Hebrews 11:1-2 KJVS
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.”
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen ( not seen with our fleshly eyes.)
What is not seen is where we are from, our home( Heavenly Jerusalem,) however, by faith we know it exist.
For by faith the elders obtained a good report (Testimony.)
Let’s look at the word elders in verse 2 of Hebrews Chapter 11, in the Greek translation.
Parts of Speech
Comparative of πρέσβυς presbus (elderly);
older; as noun a senior; specifically an Israelite Sanhedrist (also figuratively member of the celestial council) or Christian “presbyter”: – elder (-est) old.
Elderly, older, senior (figuratively a member of a CELESTIAL council) or you can say Heavenly council.
These Elders are the Elect that have already died in this flesh age, and have gone back to our Lord in Heaven.
They are the souls under the Altar, that are spoken about in the Fifth Seal in Revelation Chapter 6.
Revelation 6:9 KJVS
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:”
In each of thier lifetimes, and thier apointed generations in this flesh age( strange land,) they obtained a good report which is a Testimony they held.
Note: There is a total of 7,000 Elect that stood against Satan in the world that was( First Earth Age,) and Remnants from that total number have been sprinkled all throughout this World Age ( flesh age) all the way down to a Final Remnant, which I believe are the 232 Very Elect that are here to serve in this final Fig Tree Generation. All brought through in each of their appointed generations, for a Testimony.
Hebrews 11:3 KJVS
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Through faith, the faithful Elect know, either here or in Heaven, that the Worlds( Three Earth Ages,) were framed perfectly by the WORD OF GOD.
John 1:1-3 KJVS
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Made by Him, who we cannot( physically) see, because we are in the flesh, and it is by His Word, the Elect in each of thier apointed generations of service (pilgrimage,) know all things ( especially these Worlds) are created by Him for His purpose.
However many to this day are ignorant to that fact.
2 Peter 3:5-7 KJVS
“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
The First Earth Age( World) was destroyed, because of Satan’s Rebellion, to bring upon this Earth Age (World,) the age of Salvation, and this Earth Age will be destroyed, to bring upon a promise, the Third Earth Age (Eternity.)
Revelation 21:1-2 KJVS
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The Holy City (New Heavenly Jerusalem,) in which we who believe, are Citizens of.
Our true home that will return, after and only after this dispensation ( flesh age,) runs its course, AND the opportunity of Salvation ( through Jesus Christ,) is given to ALL.
As we can see , Gods faithful who are His chosen( Elect, ) all throughout this Earthage, down to the final Remnant, know, and have known they were, and are strangers( pilgrims) here in the flesh( Hebrews Chapter 11:13 through 16.)
Sojourning in a strange land. How so?
Let’s look at one of our fellow Sojourners, Abraham.
Staying with Hebrews Chapter 11, let’s skip down to verse 8.
Hebrews 11:8 KJVS
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
Like Abraham, who is an excellent example (1st Corinthians 10:11) of our sojourning, Gods ( faithful) Elect in each of their lifetimes have been, and are called to go out and serve, not knowing exactly were service for our Heavenly Father will lead them, but seeing ( Spiritually), the promise afar off.
Hebrews 11:9-10 KJVS
“By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
Let’s look a little closer at these Tabranacles, and the promise of a much better house.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 KJVS
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.”
The Elect throughout this Earth Age of the flesh, in each of their apointed generations understood, and understand that this fleshly Tabranacle is not their real home.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJVS
“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
In this flesh we are not in our true home, and to be out of these flesh bodies, would mean to be with Christ, in our Heavenly Tabernacles.
1 Corinthians 15:49-50 KJVS
“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”
A promise, with fellow hiers of the same promise, only seen by faith through our Spiritual eyes, not physical eyes.
2 Corinthians 5:7 KJVS
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
Paul who was also a fellow Sojourner commented on his stay here in the flesh.
Philippians 1:21-25 KJVS
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;”
By faith the Elect have, and are dwelling in earthly Tabranacles( flesh bodies,) with thier fellow Brethren, who are heirs of that same citizenship of the promise( Eternal Life,) to come.
It is more needful for God’s faithful to be here in each of their lifetimes, and appointed generations for the many who don’t know our Heavenly Fathers purpose.
2 Peter 3:5-9 KJVS
“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
By His purpose, comes His will, that All would repent, not perish, and become Citizens of the promise to come. The promise of a Holy City, and a Heavenly Tabernacle which is our true home.
Revelation 21:1-3 KJVS
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Next we look our Sojourning, in Fear.
To be continued.