(The following is an excerpt from the book “Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen”, p.42-44. To read it in its entirety go to https://capstone-ministries.com/the-rising-of-the-sons-of-dawn-book-3-many-are-called-but-few-are-chosen/)

After declaring to Eli that his two sons would die on the same day, the Lord declared in 1 Samuel 2:35-36, “I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always. And it shall come about that everyone who is left in your house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread, and say, ‘Please assign me to one of the priest’s offices so that I may eat a piece of bread.’”

I see in this a last days picture of those whom God will raise up, replacing those who act arrogantly toward the Lord in their leadership positions. Like David, they will be the ones who do the will of the Father. They will have an enduring dwelling in Christ, possessing an abundance of His bread of life that others will come begging for in their dreadful time of need. Those who serve God with a heart like Eli will, along with their unfaithful spiritual sons, be destroyed.

Isaiah 22:15-25 describe when Shebna, a high ranking officer of King Hezekiah, was replaced by the servant of the Lord, a man named Eliakim. In verse 18 Shebna is called the “shame of your master’s house.” That’s not a good title to be known by. He represents those in leadership within God’s house who have disgracefully misused their position for personal gain, trying to “carve out” a name and place for themselves (verse 16).

The Lord said He would depose him from his office, which means “to drive out, to cast out.” The Shebna’s presently overseeing God’s house will be thrown down from their “firm place” (verse 25), having dishonored the name of God through their disobedience and self-exaltation.

Eliakim’s name means “God raises,” or “God sets up.” God is summoning to Himself those whom He will raise up, exhorting them to separate from evil associations and draw near. The servants who respond to their Lord’s invitation will then arise and shine per His touch, walking uprightly in purity and righteousness, and power and authority.

Clothed with the mantle of Christ, great authority will be entrusted to them as they reign with Him on earth. The glory of the Lord will have risen upon them and they will live securely in His glorious presence.

This is the last call for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. His government will soon be established on the earth with His obedient servants reigning and ruling with Him. Encouraging one another as we see the day of the Lord approaching, we dare not delay in this midnight hour.

In 2 Peter 1:16-19 Peter describes the time when Jesus revealed His glory to Peter, James, and John in what we refer to as the mount of transfiguration. They heard the Father say “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!”

He says in verses 18-19, “And we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”

Peter is saying in this Scripture that we are to continue being “doers” of the word (the meaning of “do well”), adhering to and applying God’s word (the meaning of “paying attention”), until His light and glory comes, raising us up like Eliakim and causing us to walk uprightly with great authority. These are the ones driven “like a peg in a firm place” (Isaiah 22:23). They are the faithful servants of Christ who will be the “sons of dawn” that all of creation longs for.