“Repetition – Not God’s Order”

God is a God who supplies increase and One that delights in revealing Himself to creation in a progressive manner. This progressive manner is necessary because of man’s inability to stand in God’s greater presence in his present conditional and carnal state. While at this time, with the Christian community only knowing in-part, and only seeing in-part, progression is the needed pathway established by God to bring humanity through His maturing processes unto the place of seeing Him that is perfect. In maturing, line upon line and precept upon precept, the light grows brighter and brighter until we see Him in that perfect day. In beholding Him as He is, we, in seeing His glory become like Him, for we began to see Him as He truly is. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons [children] of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear [is spiritually revealed, make manifest], we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

In remembering that the Old Testament saints were examples or types left for us to learn by, we should take care that the Christian community of this hour does not fall into the same snares and traps that consumed the children of Israel. (Read 1 Cor. 10:1-12). The Children of Israel constantly, after many occasions when God moved in their behalf, found themselves settling down to build for themselves a kingdom and a life-style that fell far short of God’s will and purpose. They made kings for themselves that did not follow after God’s prescribed order. They built houses and cities for themselves while letting God’s will and purpose, His house, His intended dwelling place sit by the wayside.

What about the spiritual condition we see existing in the Christian community of today? Has today’s church world followed the examples set before them by the Children of Israel? While a trumpet from God has blown many times concerning the condition of today’s church world, the results of repetitious, ritualistic meetings and carnal services without true spiritual leadership remain. Therefore, where does today’s church stand? Are they, liken unto their ancestors, departing from or simply trying to maintain the order of the church after that which has gone before them? Are they trying to exist on the revelations and understandings that brought forth only the in-part truths about Christ as given to their forefathers?

Paul speaks of these in-part truths while the Christian community seems to major only in the in-part. In this they mostly ignore the perfected order of God which He is willing to reveal to them. That is, the truth which He is. 1 Cor. 13:9-10, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”. Does this not speak to us of the need for continual revelation and spiritual enlightenment concerning the Christ? This speaks of man’s former days coming to their completion or fulfillment? How, but through the Holy Spirit incorporating within man the completion and fulfillment of those things enlightened, herein, ushering in and manifesting Gods newly enlightened understandings until perfection or completeness is manifest.

Meanwhile, for the most part, what seems to be the order of the day in most Christian circles? Do they not dwell in an order of repetition, which hinders the ushering in of God’s increasing life intended for man because He has moved on beyond yesterday’s manna, which grows stale, rotten and full of holes? The church, like many of the early day disciples, depart from the progressive faith as they refuse to eat His flesh and drink His blood in a progressive manner. (Read John 6:50-71). Was it not a fact that the Children of Israel had to gather only enough manna for each day, except for the sixth day when they gathered enough for the seventh also? This means that today’s church must also receive fresh manna, fresh revelation and understanding for each day, with a double portion on the sixth day. Speaking that we likewise must cease from partaking of and forsake the old manna of our yesterdays by gathering spiritual food and revelation for this new day, the sixth day need for the double portion.

Repetition then becomes a tool for the tempter, the adversary to use as entrapments, making prisoners of the Christian community by stagnating them with yesterday’s manna. A day that now produces a lifestyle of death while deceiving the people into building for themselves religious activities and centers that keep them in spiritual darkness. Does not the Word declare that if the light that is in you becomes darkness, how great is that darkness? Denoting, that with God being the light that progressively reveals Himself unto that perfect day, all the light of our yesterday’s becomes darkness unless yesterday’s light becomes our lifestyle and God moves us forward into that ever increasing light of God’s coming perfect day. God is an ever-present God who delights in revealing Himself to those who seek Him out. He is faithful to reveal Himself unto those that ask and desire for it to be so. Ask, and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

What is the pre-requisite for walking in the light? Increased light will only come to those who walk in obedience to the light already given, which speaks of the lack of independence, a ceasing from being our own god while making God the God of our whole being. This speaks of going where He leds, saying what He says and becoming His sons through humility and obedience. Does this not speak then of dying to all that is of a self-life, speaking of the sin-nature? Having revelations alone does not bring the fulfillment of God’s will and purpose for each vessel. Each vessel must come into the experience of the revelation and its fulfillment by becoming obedient to the God given revelation. Obedience is that which enables the life of God to manifest through the receiving vessel that the world might see Christ only. We take or make of ourselves as having no reputation, for it is not we that live, but Christ Who lives in us.

While continual repetition has strangled and held a death grip upon the modern-day church world, God remains faithful. Hosea 6:1-2, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days [2000 years] will he revive us; in the third day [the 3rd 1000-year day] he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight”. Are we not entering into this third day from Jesus’ death for His raised us salvation as spoken of in the above scripture? What then is God saying to the church? God is calling forth Zion, the first-fruits of His kingdom, as they become the mountain of His holiness. This is the time for man’s separation from the darkness of absent light, a now time to walk in the light as He is in the light.

Isa. 52:10-12, “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward”. This scripture is speaking of a people who ascend from one order to another as they leave behind the doctrines of death by putting on garments of light. Thus, God is delivering a people. A people are awakening to who they really are in Christ. The anointed ones are coming forth as the results of their obedience to God and Him alone.

Isa. 52:1-3 & 6, “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourself for naught; and ye shall be redeemed without money. ….. Therefore, my people shall know my name: therefore, they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak; behold it is I”.

Being totally dependent upon God does not speak of individuality or being a vessel standing alone. Nor does it mean just you and Jesus alone. Rather it speaks of a people coming into such unity with Christ that they become the many seen as one, even as God the Father and the Son are one. John 17:21-22, “That they may all be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one”. This denotes that this many member body of Christ shall not stand-alone individually, but they shall in union, in the anointing, manifest the Christ, therein glorifying the Father.

Come; let us be gathered together in Him. Let us be progressively maturing into His nature, a nature that removes us from the works of repetition to increase eternally into that likeness of the Father. Our Father is a Father having many sons who make up the household of God. These sons are to establish His Kingdom throughout all His creation and the fulfilling of God’s will and purpose for all humanity. Even so, in this let our praise, worship and service be totally unto our Lord Jesus. In this, being led by the Holy Spirit, all things are and will be according to God’s word and purpose.

 

 

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“Redemption”

Redemption, just what is the importance and meaning of this word as it applies to man and his daily life? Just what is it that the work of “redemption” fulfills? While most believers believe simply that we all go to a place called heaven after we die because of believing on Christ, this is a very limited view of the glorious work that Christ accomplished for us on Calvary. While this limited view has held many people as religious prisoner’s captive for so many years, we can escape this limited view as we begin to seek and ask of the Father God, with honest motives, to give unto us a greater understanding. It becomes necessary to answer this question that is often asked, why is there a need for greater understandings? In this, we need to understand that increased understanding is the beginning of a relationship into true reality for man receiving from and then expressing the Christ.

In reading the scriptures, they tell us that some mysteries of Christ would remain hidden from humanity for a span of time. For God’s purpose alone, He has obscured these mysteries until certain elected preordained seasons to then fulfill His purpose. Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase”. Rev. 10:4, “Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them”. With these seven thunders, know that they are pointing to and speaking of the whole counsel of God concerning redemption. At the writing of the Book of Revelation, as concerning these veiled mysteries, revelatory understanding was not yet available.

Nevertheless, the promise is given that these same veiled understandings do belongs to us, the spiritual house of Israel. Deut. 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law [governmental nature of God]“. With the number seven being God’s number representing fullness, completion, maturity and perfection, what these “seven thunders” have uttered then is revelation concerning the fullness of God manifesting in completion, maturity and perfection. The fullness of this message, with revealed understanding, is the revelation God purposed not to reveal until a season called the “time of fullness” and the “time of the end”.

Note again, that as Daniel and John began to see something from God, God declares that these things uttered were to be “sealed up” for a time. However, God also declares with a further word, that a time would come when revelation with understanding would come. This shall be a time of revelation, when God would purpose for the mysteries to become a visible manifestation among and through His people. Rev. 10:7, “But in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets”. To answer the question of, when shall these things be, it shall be in the days when the seventh angel shall sound forth the message of fullness. What does this mean for humanity? This means there will be a removal of any confusion that exists among Christianity, concerning the things of God. That which has been sealed and withheld shall cease from being a mystery. This is because God shall withhold Himself no longer, but will reveal Himself to His people, who then become the unveiling of the mystery.

Understanding needed is, that at the opening of each seal, one through seven, progressive restored revelation of further truth came to His church, His temple. To again answer, the question as to what happens when progressive revelation is given; it is God’s purpose for that truth to then become a visible manifestation. Truth revealed is not to become just another law. Just becoming another law causes one truth to resist a progressive truth. Law has the tendency to call “a part” the “whole or full” truth. God Himself cautions us in denying further truth and settling for less than what God is willing to impart. Heb. 6:1 encourages us to “go on to perfection”, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God”. With the helping hand of the Holy Spirit, we are to build upon and become each truth given and revealed.

What then is the purpose of God in opening the seals in gradual disclosure? Eph. 1:10, “that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, in Him”. Dispensations are not just restricted periods, but each reference the fact that God has a plan to gather the fragmented and alienated universe, so that human history ultimately culminates in achieving His full purpose. There has always been an “appointed time” when all these things would be brought into Christ. Just who or what is Christ? In Him is life, glory, the promises, the inheritance, resurrection and life. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Thus, in Christ (the head and then including His many member body), humanity can attain all the riches of the full assurance of understanding to the knowledge of the mystery of God. In Christ, we gain total and complete redemption.

However, in many religious circles of this, our day and time, we see “Ichabod [the glory has departed]” written over the doors of many meetings and gathering places. Why is this so? Scripture declares that there is a way that seems right to men, but its end is the way of destruction. Emotionalism, rituals and carnal programs are not fulfilling God’s purpose. Rev. 3:17 declares the error of many of these religious groups, “because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”. These folks declare they can do for themselves, they say they have no need for divine assistance from the Holy Spirit, nor do they expect or desire any. This is not so with God’s true church.

The true church consist of those who have been chastened and trained, so weakened in the way, that they finally know they can do nothing of themselves. Jesus is calling for a fully separated people from the world’s value system as they become totally committed to Him. They are to find the spiritual power source in their lives in Christ, not in occult or carnal practices. The believer is to gauge success by the measuring rod of God, rather than by the world’s political, social, financial, and religious standards. The true church must have the presence and direction of Christ or they are lost as to what they are to do next. This true church lives in a place of knowing. They know that they cannot live outside the presence of Christ who is their life. This true church knows that they cannot live without Him in all things.

The true church then is coming to the place of true redemption. Note that redemption does not come by obeying man’s carnal ordinances and laws. True redemption comes only because of Christ. Rom. 8:28-30, and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, and these He also glorified”.

Even in hardship and suffering, even in bitter disappointments, even when wrongly treated, true Christians know that God will work amidst such situations to fulfill His good purpose in His people. God foreknew and predestined believers to be like Christ. Thus, He calls and justifies His people to finish that which he purposed. His ultimate purpose is to give a resurrected body to all who have become the justified. This purpose then speaks of the fact that during this present time, even in hardships, God is at work for the good of His people. The redemptive work of Christ cometh not by obeying carnal man’s ordinances and laws but our redemption becomes a part of who we are because of Christ and the cross that crucifies until declared, “It is finished” wherein true and full redemption has come. Amen and amen for He has come to fulfill all the Father has purposed.

 

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“Receiving a New Name”

In the world today in which we live an event is taking place among a certain chosen people. This God timed event shall eventually have a supernatural effect upon all creation. This event includes a time of separation, which in dramatic contrast will reveal those who have the “seal of God” upon their minds from those who have the “mark of the beast” within their minds. Rev. 7:3 declares, “Saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads”. This seal, as coming from God, is the invisible sign of God’s protection. It is for the overcomers, those sealed in their foreheads who receive all that comes because of the work of redemption, the adoption, which is being placed as a son. Rom. 8:23, “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.

We groan from within because, while knowing progressive salvation in our souls, that is in the mind, the will, the emotions and desires, our bodies are still subject to pain and sin. But these vessels, while still subject to the sin-nature, they have a blessed hope from God. This hope causes man to look forward to our resurrected bodies that are free from physical frailty and indwelling sin. Being of a first-fruits company of people suggests that the indwelling Holy Spirit is but a foretaste of the life to come. Eph. 1:13b-14 becomes our guarantee, “… you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchase possession, to the praise of His glory”. This word “guarantee” literally means “deposit, down payment, or first installment”. The Holy Spirit invested and dwelling in us is God’s title deed, His covenant to the possessing of us entirely and forever.

Let us remember Jacob, the son of Isaac, whose nature was changed when God touched his thigh. The touching of the thigh speaks of his strength. When God touched him, Jacob was never to walk in his own strength again. With staff in hand, Jacob’s nature changed from one of being Jacob the schemer to Israel the prince of God. This types for us a people of today who shall come and are coming to the end of their own strength. In this place of becoming weak in oneself, we now lean upon a heavenly staff, wherein we abide in God’s strength. This speaks of losing our old sin nature by the receiving of a new name, that is a new nature. Rev. 2:17b, “… And I will give him [overcomer] a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it”. This new name refers to the imputed character of Christ. Again, remember according to one of Israel’s feast, there was a “white stone” given to the individuals that were released from bondage during the “year of Jubilee”, receiving full proof of redemption, a new name, pointing to a new nature.

In considering the overcomers, those sealed in their foreheads; we can consider the truth that they shall have a distinguishing mark. These will not just walk in a new, more recent, updated set of doctrinal laws. These shall leave behind the realm of natural concepts and walk into the realm of spiritual realities. A time of reality coming forth concerning a people that shall worship God in Spirit and in Truth. True worship is not a mere form or ceremony, but a spiritual reality that is in harmony with the nature of God. These who overcome have discovered that in cultivating a relationship with Him, God wants a continuous fellowship of worship. These are those who walk is union with Him as He dwells within.

By considering King David, the King appointed by God to be over Israel, we see a type of those who come into the maturity of perfection. Compared to King Saul, the King man chose, we see that David was anointed three times, but King Saul, who is a type of the flesh man was anointed but once. David’s anointing came as He was progressively maturing into the calling and ministry of God’s purpose. A pathway of continual growth until fullness came forth. First, Samuel anointed David when as a lad, a time when David watched over his father’s sheep with this representing the outer court anointing. Second, after Saul’s death they anointed David as King over the tribe of Judah, which represents the Holy place (Holy Spirits baptism – feast of Pentecost) anointing. Then thirdly, they anointed David over the whole House of Israel as God’s King, which represents the Holy of Holies, the anointing that is without measure. John 3:34, For He Whom God has sent speak the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”.

Jesus in receiving the Spirit in fullness, with nothing held back, He alone has universal authority. However, since the endowment of the Holy Spirit has been given to “He whom God has sent”, these sent ones likewise receive a similar unlimited resource of the Holy Spirits fullness by their obedience to Jesus and His sacrifice. It is this Holy of Holies anointing which God promised that He would restore. Acts 15:16-17, “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David [Holy of Holies tent on Mt. Zion], which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things”.

As we continue to observe God’s Word, we also see that these redeemed ones are the fulfillment of the type given by Jacob’s (Israel’s) son Benjamin. At the time of Benjamins birth his mother died, leaving him with no earthly mother. At her death, she called his name Ben-Omi that has the meaning of “son of my sorrow”. However, Jacob responded by calling his name Benjamin that means “son of the right hand”. He was Joseph’s (type of Jesus) only full brother and was born in the inheritance line as “my right hand”. This becomes important when in later years, during the time of a great famine; Jacob’s sons went to Egypt for food and Joseph’s cup was found in Benjamin’s sack, a cup that was placed there as the result of what Joseph did. This speaks to us of a people who are willing to share in Christ’s anointing.

Matt. 20:22, “But Jesus answered and said, you do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? ….”. The cup refers to Jesus’ death and judgment against the sin-nature. This baptism speaks of immersion into a divinely appointed anointing. To those so willing to share “Joseph’s cup”, these shall rule and reign with Christ. 2 Tim. 2:12, “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us”. Benjamin, the youngest of Jacob’s sons, represents those who receive the promise of fulfillment. These shall come into the fullness of the inheritance. These redeemed ones, coming forth as the feet company of the body of Christ shall know full victory. 1 Cor. 15:26-27a, “the last enemy that will be destroyed is death, for he has put all things under His feet. ….”.

This great event is taking place in the world today; those that move into the supernatural realm, liken into Joseph. These shall take their place of rulership as a prince of God. Remember Joseph, the dreamer, the one who dreamed of rulership. It is unto this dreamer that all his brothers finally come. Why, it was because of a famine in the land. A time of famine is also upon the land today, not just a famine for natural food, but also a famine for the spiritual, the lack of hearing or understanding Gods revealed word. Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days are coming, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”. 

        Let us remember that Joseph, whose brothers despised him, sold him and supposed him to be dead. In meeting Him during this famine, Joseph was not at first recognized. Likewise, the carnal church of today shall not at first recognize the Christ, as He comes to manifest himself in His corporate body. Nevertheless, like Joseph’s brothers, the carnal church shall finally come to know the Christ as He manifests Himself in His corporate body. A promise has been given, that God shall reveal the Christ through this many member body of redeemed one’s. Matt. 23:39, “For I say to you, you shall see me no more till you say, blessed is He who comes in the name [nature] of the Lord”.

A time of redemption is now come upon the church, a time when the coming forth of the redeemed one’s are upon us. All is groaning and in travail. A famine, the lack of the pure, true revelation of God’s Word has come. People are running to and fro looking and longing, desiring for some relief, some type of fulfillment. Some are seeking to know the truth and the truth has come to them, it is setting them free. He is appearing in these redeemed one’s as they make their appearance, anointed to reveal the full stature of Christ. Rom. 8:22-23, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only they, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”. Thus, the question asked. Where is your heart? What is your name (nature)? Are you willing to receive and manifest the Christ nature? It is God’s season for the first-fruits to appear. Therefore, a new named people are appearing as the body of Christ makes an appearance.

 

 

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“Our Seventh Day of Perfection”

During this specific time, which is our day, God is imparting increased knowledge and wisdom unto His people. This imparted knowledge and wisdom is for those who have a desire and will to pursue the increasing things of God. In their pursuit, each one declares a desire to obey God in all things, that He might be their all and all. In this pursuit of knowledge, we are speaking about much more than a knowing about God or just a passing acquaintance. God’s word speaks of knowledge in the light of precise or further knowledge. It speaks of a relationship, the results of becoming acquainted with Him in the light of a daily walk, a gaining of true knowledge. With knowledge, imparted in this manner, God’s power becomes a part of men’s life and glory. God’s power is more than just physical strength, but it is an inherent power. God’s power, working within a people, is a power that can reproduce itself. Therefore, not only imparting the God life within us, but also reproducing itself unto a full measure.

This life is a life that includes both resurrection and eternal life. 2 Peter 1:1-4, “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceeding great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.

A promise given, that God’s precious promises are given that we might be partakers of His divine nature, that we might be sharers of a deep spiritual union with Christ. This union speaks of the blessings and benefits of Christ, which includes His godliness, the result of sharing in His fullness now as well as eternally. Receiving God’s divine nature and it’s progressive maturity enables us to escape the corruption of this world. That which we are or have been is not what we shall be. Though we have been born into a natural body as men of the dust, we shall also come forth with a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:49-50, “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust [natural man], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly [spiritual] man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption”. Thus, the needed change.

Coming into the kingdom of God speaks of coming up out of the dust realm into the heavenlies, the spiritual realms of God as man becomes His abiding place. It speaks of the resurrected body that will not be subject to the law of sin and death. It will not only be beautiful and perfect but will also have unlimited capabilities unknown to the dustman. This resurrected body will be adapted for life in the spiritual realm. A spiritual body does not speak of an immaterial body, but one adapted to the realities of the spiritual realm. This means our resurrected bodies will be like the resurrected Jesus Christ. As a life-giving spirit, the resurrected Christ is the fountainhead of God’s new creation, a new creation that has received the inherent power of God, which reproduces itself. While the natural life is that which is but sensual, responding to the five senses of man operating from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. But, Christ’ spiritual life within the new creation man pertains only to the things of the divine sphere, which includes all things in and of God.

It is for this cause, that Christ gave ascension gifts of ministry to the church, gifts from God to nurture and equip the church for the work of the ministry. These gifts are not for hierarchical control or competition, but ministries given for the equipping of the saints. Equipping implies a recovered wholeness as when a broken limb is set and mends. Also, a discovered function, as when a physical member is properly operating. The work of the ministry is the enterprise of each member of the body of Christ and not the exclusive charge of certain select leaders. Ministries are simply to cultivate the individual and the corporate ministries of the body of Christ.

This speaks of a progression into maturity, stability and integrity in each individual member’s experience, which result in the whole body’s growth and its edifying. (Read Eph. 4:7-16). Note in verse 8 that Christ ascended on high, a word used in Eph. 3:18 that speaks of comprehending what are the width, length, depth and height, being filled with all the fullness of God. Thus, height speaks of the higher dimension which Christ Jesus ascended into wherein the fullness of God dwells. It is in this place, this height, that a people can come to know concerning the fullness of God.

In Eph. 4:9, this verse reveals that Christ first descended into the lower parts of the earth. A word the Greeks used for the unseen world, hell and the grave, speaking of a state of death, a separation from God. This state of death also speaks of all those unbelievers who are separation from God while living a life in a death realm, those whom Christ is willing to descend into (by the Holy Spirit) that He might also cause ascension from within them as they yield to His maturing processes. Thus, this people can come to know full salvation wherein God has purposed a state of perfection. This word “perfecting” of “perfecting the saints” is from a verb meaning to arrange or set in order. This is a perfected people who are no longer independent nor rebellious, but each person maturing unto their place of ministry, with “ministry” meaning service rendered by a servant. A service rendered because of the work of becoming one who has reached maturity as to spiritual age or qualification.

In this, we praise God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon His people, blessings that become ours because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that is in our lives by the person of the Holy Spirit. Speaking of a people in whom the mysteries of God’s will becomes their understanding, a mystery that was formerly a divine secret becoming a fully disclosed truth of understanding and application. This understanding, set apart for God’s fullness of times, is a dispensation that references the fact that God has a plan to gather the fragmented and alienated universe so that human history ultimately culminates in achieving His purpose. (Read Eph. 1:4-10). This is a plan that had its beginning in God before the foundation of the world. This word “before” denotes “the position as being in sight, or before one, in place.” The word “foundation” refers to “the casting down, or overthrow, the disruption or ruin of the world.” This is a reference to that which took place in Gen. 1:1-2 as God began bringing forth light out of the darkness, the illumination of His divine purposes and in the fullness of time to bring forth His day of perfection.

Our attention is also brought to the occasion when, during the time of Elijah and Ahab, a drought was in the land. This drought was the result of Israel’s rebellion and mismanagement concerning the order and things of God. Is there not a like-kind frame of mind operating among the Christian community of our day and time? According to the word of God to Amos the prophet, God has declared there would be a time of famine. Even as we see God’s promised famine fulfilled among a people of today, we behold the fulfillment of that promise. Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”.

This prophecy, now being fulfilled, is birthing a people as they cry out to the Lord to restore the living word back to them. A time of restoration, that causes these hungry and thirsty people to hear the words of God and become complete in them. Thus, today’s like-kind Elijah prophets are now sounding out the trumpet to prepare the way for the appearing of this Christ as He comes forth in the perfected corporate body of Christ. Through this restored ministry, a true restoration is coming forth.

1 Kings 18:41-46 declares, “Then Elijah said to Ahab, go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain, So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, go up now, look toward the sea. So, he went up and looked, and said, there is nothing. And seven times, he said, go again. Then it came to pass the seventh [God’s number for completion and perfection] time that he said, there is a cloud, as small, as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea! [The sea represents humanity and the heart of the carnal church] So he said, go up, and say to Ahab, prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you. Now it happens in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So, Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel”.

In this setting, God shows the natural exercise in performing the supernatural that is being fulfilled in our day for the fulfilling of the spiritual. Even now, an anointed ministry is sounding out and releasing the fulfillment of this event. Going up to Mt. Carmel speaks to us of ascending into a garden, a meeting place wherein the supernatural lives in God. Thus, a modern day restored ministry, anointed with a God given authority, speaking to prepare a people for the appearing of the Christ.

In verse 43, we see a natural sea while in the spiritual we see a sea (the heart of the carnal church) of carnal humanity. Going up seven times (God’s number for a time of perfection) speaks to us of coming to the time and place of spiritual perfection and completion. In verse 44, we see a natural cloud, while in the spiritual we observe a people coming up out of the sea of humanity, a people becoming the cloud of witnesses in which the Christ manifests Himself. When speaking of a man’s hand, this word “man” as used here speaks of a great man in contrast with ordinary men. It speaks of a spiritual man versus the natural man. The “hand” spoken of here is a type of the five ministries spoken of in Eph. chapter 4. With the wind of verse 45 speaking of the spirit, an invisible force except by its seen manifestations. This spirit is the invisible origin of life that comes from God and returns to Him.

Note that Elijah and Ahab both go forth into Jezreel, with the prophet supernaturally partaking of Jezreel first, which means, “God sows”. Thus, that which took place in the natural during Elijah’s day is in God’s fullness of times being completed in a people of the spirit of God. The fullness of times points to that time of restoration for those things the carnal church system still deems as being unnecessary. This divine system of God no longer abides in the theory of a ministry of perfection only, but a ministry that is coming forth in the measure of the full stature of Christ, that place of experienced perfection.

Because we are now entering the time of the seventh day, the Sabbath day, we are going to find a carnal church, which has not been willing to except those who move outside their own religious carnal laws. However, to those who finally obey God they shall know a time of restoring, a refreshing of the five ministries that God set within the church as they move into the anointing of equipping the saints, for the work of the ministry. This is a body coming forth as a perfect man in the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Read Mark 3:1-6 – the withered hand healed) With the anointing of the body of Christ being now present among the people, they shall behold the anointing of Christ body as it makes its appearance. The work of the body of Christ shall captivate the attention of the crippled church and a needed healing shall take place.

(Read Mark 2:1-12). “We never saw it on this fashion”. The carnal church and the people of a worldly nature shall know the judgments of God. Unto those who repent, receive and obey, they shall know the peace of God, but unto those who continue to rebel against the truth, they shall experience the hand of God’s wrath. (Read Eph. 4:17-24). Those who follow Christ shall experience renewal in the spirit of their mind. Thus, they put on the new man as the old man passes away. The old life-style, dominated by the spirit of disobedience is now becoming a life-style of obedience by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Thus, our seventh day of perfection is upon us. Therefore, let us rejoice and be glad. Knowing a fellowship with God in the spirit of our day and herein we shall know life. The manifesting of God’s kingdom is upon mankind.

 

 

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“Is Now the Time?

God, for some time now, has been preparing for Himself a people He calls His remnant. These chosen ones are those called for such a time as we are seeing creation living in during this present season. These, having been prepared for this day are the called and chosen ones rising up in this hour to establish God’s kingdom on the earth. In the establishing of His kingdom, God, through these prepared ones, shall bring to naught all that has gone before which does not manifest the glory of God. Who is this remnant? What makes them different? Where do they come from?

It is God, according to His eternal purposes that supplies justification for these ones called for such a task, even before they were able to see the light of day in this natural life. God has purposely, among those receiving Him, set them aside to achieve such as He purposed before the foundation of this world. As we read in Jeremiah, we can begin to see that God was and is actively moving to establish among men His will and purpose. God called Jeremiah, a beginning that would continue until today. As God anointed Jeremiah and sent Him forth, by His Spirit, he was to speak God’s word faithfully. God is likewise accomplishing a like kind anointing and training today as He sends forth these people to establish His kingdom.

From Jeremiah, we can begin to see that God wills, sets within, and establishes a person for His purpose to fulfill. He set within their heart a calling, fulfilled as the vessels learn to yield themselves to God in total submission and obedience. In Christ, these become the visible manifestation of that which God purposed before their foundation or birthing.

Jeremiah 1:4-10, “Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou came forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant”.

A divine mantle which was purposed and given from God at the birthing of a ministry to establish the kingdom of God in the earth. Birthed to become a divine people that shall fulfill God’s will and purpose. These became God’s chosen, those set aside ones to become what was written and placed in their hearts, by God, as they were birthed from their mother’s womb. This call, this divine purpose, established beforehand, will eventually come forth somewhere in their earth walk, young or old, to become that for which God purposed. Through God’s processing path, that which God writes upon the heart shall come forth as their nature that flows with God’s foreknowledge purpose. In this, we learn to wait upon Him and listen. We hear from Him in trust as He speaks His words of direction to us in the fulfilling of His will. What a relationship, deep calling unto deep, a nature tuned into and becoming a part of Christ’ nature, walking and manifesting in that which He is.

Paul likewise affirms this truth, that a nature turned to love God, shall fulfill that preordained purpose. In standing in agreement with the Holy Spirit, a people do come forth in that glorified state in which God purposed. Rom. 8:28-30 declares, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified”.

In verse 28 above, the word “purpose” is from the Greek word “prothesis” with a meaning of, from “pro” which means “before”, and “thesis” which means “a place, thus a setting forth”. The word suggests a deliberate plan, a proposition, an advance plan, an intention, and a design. In Genesis, God reveals His intended purpose as He declares from His heart in speaking forth His desire for a man. Thus, the spirit man came forth from God’s deliberate plan, a spirit man from God’s own Spirit.

Gen. 1:26-27, “And God said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them”.

For this spirit being, neither male nor female, God began to form a tabernacle, a dwelling place for His spirit man to dwell. Thus, from the dust of the ground a visible flesh man comes into being. And into this dust of the earth body, God breaths the spirit man. A manifesting life, wherein he becomes a visible expression with a soul, a flesh man with a mind and a will, with emotions and desires. Herein a knowing is given that God had placed within this man a part of Himself, His own nature. Within each called vessel, God has written within them a desire to fulfill God’s pre-ordained plan. A desire that would surface from within as God, in due season, would draw forth from that vessel His purpose according to His time and season. Gen. 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. 

Nevertheless, God’s people of today, the visible Christian community is very much like the children of Israel. Their periods of serving God faithfully were short lived, as many of the following generations would turn their backs upon God to follow the idols of man. From time to time God would call forth ministries, the judges and the prophets, to bring forth judgment for reconciliation and restoration. Such was the case in the time of Joel, a prophet. Joel prophesied at a time of great devastation to the entire land. An enormous plaque of locusts had stripped the countryside of all vegetation, destroyed the pastures of both the sheep and cattle, and even removed the bark from the fig trees. In a short time, what was once a beautiful, lush land had become a place of desolation and destruction. All crops were lost and the seed crops for the next planting destroyed, thus judgment had come.

Joel 1:4, “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten”. Herein are the four different stages of the locust. Palmerworm = the gnawer. Locust = the swarmer. Cankerworm = the devourer and the Caterpillar = the consumer. Thus, the four stages the enemy of God uses to destroy any spiritual life in the church, to replace it with a carnal religious system, a system which has no life-giving qualities within it. Meanwhile the world looks upon this visible carnal religious system as God’s church. The world also sees it as a church without power and authority, a system of religious doctrines and traditions, forms and rituals without any quality of spiritual life as coming from God.

However, let’s remember, God has a people, a remnant, purposed from Himself before the foundation of this world. For the most part this remnant of people have remained hidden away from the eyes of the world and are separated unto God until such a time as today’s world. A call comes forth, an awakening takes place and a memory is renewed. The anointing of the Lord is released that stands this remnant upon their feet. Isa. 52:1-2, “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean [carnal doctrines and religious rituals that are works of the flesh]. Shake thyself from the dust; arise and sit-down O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion”.

This anointing from God shall cause a purifying, a cleansing that releases the true anointing and life of Christ from within the vessel. Removing all mixture, which is the results of the uncircumcised and the unclean that dwell among and mix with today’s church. In this, the time has come when God’s awakening call is going forth. This is a time to become that for which this remnant has been purposed, that which was set in and purposed by God for a people before the foundation of the world.

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 where we can see the process of God’s purposed time of restoration. Because humanity has made a covenant with death while living under the curse, it becomes most necessary for a restoration of this same people. The house of Israel, which we as the body of Christ are spiritually, has known this process of restoration through the seasons of God. God has elected each season for bringing forth the divine restoring, set aside for each purposed day. With each day, bringing forth according to God’s predetermined purpose; we now see the appearance of a man, a many member man likened unto that man formed in Gen. 2:7.

However, this formed man had no life within until God breathed forth His spirit of life unto him. Likewise, today, we have the coming forth of a prophetic ministry with a word of life. These are speaking forth the Christ life as it shall come from within this remnant. This man shall live. He shall come forth in the power of Christ resurrection to manifest the invisibleness of God to a visible world. As the 14th verse declares, “And shall put My [God] spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it; saith the Lord”.  

“Placed within your own land” speaks to us of that place in God that was and is God’s original intent. A renewed place within the realm of the garden, a dimension of God Life that walks with God in the spirit of the day. In this we are to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish and subdue the earth, while having dominion over it. In verse 9 of Ezekiel 37 God reveals the four winds that come forth so that this man might live. Also, He said to me, prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath [breath of life], thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live”. These four winds speak to us of the Spirit of God bringing change to and from within the four parts of the soul of man. The soul makes up man’s will, mind, emotions and desires. Here we see a soul being changed from the influences of a fallen nature and the carnal world around him to be restored to the mind, the will, the emotions and desires of God only. Thus, this is the fulfilling of God’s covenant with this man.

Heb. 10:16, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them”. This speaks of the nature of God, with it being manifested through the man. Could this not be that people in whom God purposed before their birthing, before being formed in the belly. A people purposed before coming forth from the womb, a people hidden away until such a time as this. Thus, a called people, those being justified and likewise to be glorified. God’s remnant of people coming forth from Mt. Zion to reclaim all of God’s creation. They are to be established as a new heaven and a new earth because the first man Adam within them is passing away. The man clothed in linen with a writer’s inkhorn by his side is now going forth. A mark, a seal from God is being placed upon their foreheads and a coming forth of a people without spot or blemish. Therefore, let it be O Lord according to Your word as You bring them forth. Yes, in establishing the kingdom of God upon the earth. Is now the time?

 

 

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“God’s Purpose”

Today, seemingly as never before in our time, many people are asking this question. Just what is the purpose of Christianity and the church? The answer to this question is that which God desires for the whole world to know and then become a part of, which is, to put His people into a new state of existence. This involves a need for the reforming of our complete nature, speaking of the purifying of our soul. Purifying the soul speaks of putting on a new mind, responding to a new will, reacting with different emotions and to be motivated by new and different desires. The results of these changes enable us to allow our souls to become the habitation of heavenly and immortal realms. Acts 17:28 confirms this as Paul speaks to the Greeks, “for in Him [God] we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring”. As a people becoming the sons and daughters of God, we, like natural offspring go through the processing for maturity until we become of full age, which is full maturity. The results are not just to hang around until death to go into a grave, but to know the eternals of God, even in the now.

2 Cor. 5:1-4, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation, which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life”.

Scriptures declare that all things, from the beginning were of the son of God, including redemption which also comes forth by Him. John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me”. Could this scripture mean more than just knowing about Jesus? Could it mean much more than becoming acquainted with Him? For when stating that He is the way, the truth, and the life, His statement declares a crossover into that same life and truth that flows through Him. This speaks of a realm that takes us into another order of life than that of the fallen man. It speaks of the same life of the heavenlies that flowed through Jesus Christ is now purposed to flow through us, a people no longer remaining of the earth, earthly but becoming one with the heavens. That is, the heavenly government, His nature ruling from within us.

As humanity, birthed from the bloodline of Adam and Eve, it makes us one with earthy creation. In this realm, humanity in its fallen condition manifests a corrupt nature. Meanwhile, God’s declaration of change speaks that the human nature is to know a transformation before it can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. The corruption that exists in our fallen mortal bodies makes it necessary for mortification, self-denial and death to these bodies of corruption a complete necessity. This speaks to us of a need for a new birth, a birth that comes by the receiving of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God, through a progressive act called sanctification forms in us that life which the resurrection of Jesus Christ entitles us, progressing from the realm of death to the fullness of the realm of life. It includes the putting on of the Christ so that His nature begins flowing through us.

To live a life of becoming the in-Christ ones, we must meet the terms of our covenant with Christ. This means a life of fearing and avoiding all response to man’s old corrupted nature. This speaks of cherishing the divine inspirations of the Holy Spirit as we open our minds to receive the revealing of the divine light of God. Divine light enables us to follow all the grace and perfections of our new birth. 1 Tim. 6:11-12, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you are also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”. 

        “Eternal life” as spoken of in this scripture speaks of “age lasting life”. This makes the new birthing of the human life an act of infinite importance in this age. Human life is, a life placed at a point between God’s eternity, the past and the future, but called to become a part of eternal life in God now. For this cause, there is a need for God given wisdom, which makes it necessary to understand our new state. It speaks of a need to conduct ourselves according to the principles of our redemption. These principles speak loudly, with the most important act being – OBEDIENCE, obedience to God alone.

In becoming Christ-like in our living, we are a part of God’s invisible life in the Holy Spirit, supported by the spiritual graces of faith and hope. Meanwhile, all those who reject the life of Christ, they shall and do worship another god. Rev. 13:8, All who dwell on the earth will worship him [beast], whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb [have not received the Christ nature] slain from the foundation of the world”. The act of rejecting Christ appears to be the results of not accepting Him at His being available.

John 1:9, “That [He, Christ] was the Light which gives light to every man coming into the world”. To those who do accept Him and the life that He is, they have the promise of entering a new state of glory. Heb. 12:22-24, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” This is our promised place of rest wherein He can meet our all, whatsoever we have need of to fulfill His will and purpose.

Wisdom speaks, that our natural senses, that which motivates the natural man, does not see nor know anything of the state of God’s glory. Our senses only show us a realm of worldly-minded men who are laboring for the poor enjoyments of a vain world. However, unto those who follow spiritual realities in Christ, they declare unto us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that we are members of Christ mystical Body, that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. Herein, we are receiving life, spirit and movement from Him who is our head.

John 17:20-22, “I [Jesus] do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.” This speaks of a life and a life style, which is completely dependent upon the Christ. As written, we who have been born of the earthly shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Cor. 15:49, “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.”

God has a purpose and it shall not nor ever cease to be. His purpose shall continue working in all who are receiving Him until we become a part of His glory. Col. 3:4, “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”. This word “appear” means “to lay bare, reveal, uncover, make visible, make known what has been hidden or unknown, make clear”. Thus, by revelation, the Christ is making Himself known, that we may become like Him. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” Is this not the day of His appearing? A time when He is revealing Himself to those that desire to know Him, to these He makes Himself known. What about your heart’s desire, is He known to you? This is God’s purpose with an invitation given, come unto me and I will give you rest. No longer playing at church but becoming His likeness and image.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter fifteen”

With the Body of Christ being the house of God, His habitation, it becomes His dwelling place through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is imperative that we know, hear, and obey His voice. God, in preparing His people for the manifesting of His kingdom on this earth, He has been schooling them to hear and know His voice as they learn to respond to Him and Him alone. Heb. 3:7 declares, “Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, today if ye will hear His voice.” God’s Word declares that obedience is better than sacrifice, revealing that the prerequisite to obedience and faith is the need of hearing from Him. Therefore, God, in the process of training His people, allows their path to intersect with situations and circumstances that are to help in all this training needed. This necessary training will enable each one to know God’s voice comfortably.

Is not God always faithful in enabling us to fulfill that which He declares when saying, “My sheep know My Voice”? John 10:3-4, “To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers.” In these verses, the word “know” has the meaning of “to know intuitively, without effort, to understand, from birth, not from just having been taught.” Thus, the Holy Spirit enables us to know, because of being borne again, that we do know Him and hear His voice.

How is it that we are to know and understand the mysteries of God unless we recognize His voice? Are we not coming to the time when the sounding of the seventh trumpet is blowing, the last trumpet, when the mysteries of God’s redemption are to be finished? For this cause, God’s first-fruits are being required and enabled by God, to leave behind all the rituals, doctrines and traditions of man that have put deceptive limitations upon His people. God is calling out, “come up hither.” This means that the heavens, the invisible spiritual realm is opening that we might see and know Him as He truly is. This is not just a knowing about Him as men’s carnal minds have portrayed Him, but as He reveals Himself at His appearing to and within these first-fruits. Are you afraid of listening to Gods revealed truths for fear of deception, or being swallowed-up by false doctrines? Yes, there are angels of darkness that desire to appear as angels of light. Yes, there are false prophets and ministries, but remember, God is always faithful to lead his sheep to good pastures and streams of living waters as they express a desire for Him and Him alone.

The Holy Spirit delights in revealing Christ to all those who would follow Him in God’s continuous, progressive revelation through faith. Again, how can we understand the unfolding and progressive purposes of God if we refuse to hear? Heb. 12:25 “See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven.” Yes, God is speaking today. He is arising from within His true prophets and ministries as they sound out God’s last day trumpet. Hear and obey and you shall live.

The pathway of God has and is leading His people back to the tree of life. Along the way, tribulation has come, but we must recognize that all things come only as allowed by God, not to harden our hearts. Remember, that all of God’s promises are ours. Heb. 3:8,“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.” As it was among the children of Israel even so is it today. While there are some who have seen God’s power manifested, the “spirit of this world” is swallowing up many many people. Recognize that the 400 years of bondage in Egypt established a slave mentality among the Israelites. This mind-set influenced their way of thinking. But still. God made available many opportunities to see the supernatural works of God in bringing them out of bondage. Likewise, we, a people of today, have a mentality that is the results of being birthed into a society that motivates people to gain all levels of natural success or sometimes misfortune through carnal captivity, the mind-set of the sin nature.

This mind-set trains us to depend completely upon ourselves or our like kind peers. This motivation, for the most part is completely worldly in all its methods while leaving God completely out of the picture or removing Him whenever and however possible. In this, we see “the spirit of this world” having great influence in many areas of the church. From this, through knowing His voice, man have been given the opportunity to escape unto God as they harden not their hearts. Heb. 3:9-11, when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, they do always err in their heart and they have not known my ways. So, I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest.”

Let us note that God was grieved with the children of Israel because, the error was not in their heads, but it rested in their hearts. Thus, failure came not from just their understandings, but it was from their desires, their way of life, which came forth from their inward life, the unregenerate soul. They would not allow God’s presence to conform them to the image of God’s ways. What about the church of today, are they willing to be conformed into the image of Christ? Rom. 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. What is your desire; do you want to know Him? Do you want to know His ways? On the other hand, are you willing just to be a Christian as the world sees and understands what a Christian should be? Or, as Paul cried out, do you desire to know Him?

Phil. 3:10, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” The word “know” in this verse takes the word “know” as used above in John 10:3-4 to another level. “Know” as used here means, “to know by experience, or effort; to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with; hence, to come or get to know, learn, perceive.” Many people are not willing to come to this place in knowing Him, but they simply hang on to religious platitudes and rituals that are foreign to the tree of life.

Rev. 21:7-8 speaks, “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” Many people today consider themselves as being saved and some claim to be Holy Spirit filled. Many do not indulge in the gross sins concerning the spirit of this world, but they are full of unbelief and fear. They find it hard to have faith and trust in God because they do not truly know Him. Heb. 3:12, “Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” 

        It is a heart of unbelief that will cause one to resist the truths of God as it is being revealed in this our day. A heart of unbelief will cause one to miss out on the promises of God. Know that the sin is not the result of the do and don’ts of the constitutions promoted by most of the churches in today’s Christian community. Sin is something that, for the most part, is very deceitful; it is a yielding to the fallen nature of the carnal mind, the sin nature. Heb. 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Why was it that some of the children of Israel could not enter into the promise land? Heb. 3:18-19, “And to whom swore He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So, we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

Thus, the message is clear; we need daily to know a cleansing from any sort of unbelief. God’s Spirit can daily search our hearts that we might see ourselves as He sees us. Friends, this is the day of His appearing, when He shall send forth His first-fruits in the spirit without measure. This we know, That as He appears [is revealed], and we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is“. Pointing to a body of people manifesting the nature of Christ, that all might behold the Christ. Thus, God’s kingdom established in the earth, through His house, His body of people, these His first-fruits will establish His kingdom throughout all the earth. Are you willing to respond to His calling and become His first-fruits?

IN THIS, FAITH CAUSES US TO ENTER IN – TO KNOW THE REALITY OF ENTERING INTO HIS REST. In this, the first-fruits are ripe and being reaped as the harvest begins. John 3:34, “For He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”.

 

 

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