“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter fourteen”

“The Coming of the Christ”

With God establishing certain times and seasons in which He accomplished those things He purposed, and with a people living during today’s time and season, most of Christendom should be aware of a certain teaching. That is, an awareness that there is going to be a soon coming again of the Christ. While most Christians believe this teaching to be true, the attitude of many is that they are not really looking for that coming. While most church people claim to believe in His coming, most live a life-style that offsets any true showing of this belief. Could we not say, along with the writer of Matthew, that a condition exists among the religious community of today that is quickly fulfilling one of the signs spoken to be aware of concerning the time of Christ appearing?

In Matt. 24:37-39 we read, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”. From these scriptures, when Noah entered the ark, God’s place of safety, a place prepared beforehand by divine instruction for divine protection, all who were not in the ark were the ones taken away. Verse 39 says clearly concerning the people who were unbelievers, “and took them all away.” Thus, the flood took away the unprotected ones while Noah and his family were safe and secure to know the joys of entering into a new world after the cleansing flood.

In looking at what scriptures are saying concerning the coming of the Son of man, it is important to open our spirits and minds to the word of God. What does God’s word have to say of His coming? (Read Matt. 24:3-14). As we consider some of the key words used in this context, we shall look at what the word really says by knowing their meanings. “What shall be the sign of thy coming?” This word “coming” has the meaning of “a being near, presence.” Hence, that for which the disciples were longing to know by their question was, “what shall be the sign of your being near, your presence?” In considering the word “presence,” consider, that a presence is “that which can be seen or can be felt and not seen.” The dictionary itself declares, “Presence” to mean “the state or fact of being present, a supernatural influence felt to be nearby.” Therefore, in this context, the coming of the Christ points to a people knowing the feeling of a supernatural presence felt to be present or nearby.

A question arises as we consider the influence of a supernatural nature and a divine spiritual presence that is nearby. We know that Jesus lived among humanity for 33 ½ years as a visible expression. However, when He returned to the Father, as the Son, the risen one, He instructed the disciples in Luke 24:49, “… behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high [this defines the meaning and purpose of the Holy Spirit]”. The Holy Spirit is of the invisible realm, a realm that the natural eye cannot see, except when the manifestation of His presence appears through the receiving ones.

Therefore, while waiting in Jerusalem and on the day of Pentecost, this power from on high, the Holy Spirit, came. It not only filled (furnished) the upper room but it filled (influenced) the 120 who were present in the room. While the Holy Spirit remained invisible to the natural eye, His coming (presence) resulted in some natural expressions. At its appearing, a mighty wind blew and cloven tongues (tongues distributing and parting themselves) like as of fire were evident. (Read Acts 2:1-4). Here the presence of the Holy Spirits coming, or presence was an influence, a supernatural expression that was present and heard because of the speaking of unknown tongues.

Back to Matt. 24:3 and looking at two other words of importance in the phrase, “the end of the world,” let’s consider “the end” and “world.” This word “end,” used many times in this chapter but has two different meanings. In verse 3, it means “meeting together of all that marks the consummation of the age.” This marks the end of one age and the beginning of another. However, in verse 6, 13, and 14 the word “end” means “the actual end.” This reveals that God is more than willing to show us even more than we ask for. This shows that while the disciples were limiting their question concerning the immediate age (a time) in which they lived, Jesus was more than willing to release unto them an understanding beyond their question. He unrolled the scroll of time for them to understand God’s order through the ages (many periods) until the actual end of time. God was and is desirous to reveal, even now, His will and purpose in the restoring of man, with each man coming forth in his own order, until the restoration of all Gods purpose.

In considering the word “world” as used in verse 3, it has the meaning of “an age, or age time, the duration of which is indefinite, and may be limited or extended as the context of each occurrence may demand.” However, as used in verse 14, when talking about the “gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the entire world,” this word “world” has the meaning of “the world as inhabited. It is from a verb meaning, to dwell. It is used of the habitable world, the civilized as distinct from barbarian, distinct from the world “kosmos” which is the world as created.” Remember, in considering the truth of this context there are only two seeds in this world, a seed chosen to worship God, the true seed of Abraham and another seed that shall worship the beast scripture speaks of, especially in the Book of the Revelation. In seeing the distinction between the two seeds, these two seeds shall continue until such a time as when the word is fulfilled that declares that every knee shall bow to worship God.

This shows us the importance of knowing the word as revealed by the Holy Spirit. We have a need to look closely at each scripture to receive revealed truth and a God given understanding. Humankind of today has tried narrowing God down to such a small limited size, thinking that they can contain Him in the prison house of their own limited intellect. We must and will become a free people, as we free ourselves from our own intellectual limitations, wherein we begin to see that God’s plan and purpose came from before the foundation of the world and the creation of man.

The Word declares that all in Christ will know restoration, as God, through the ages continues His work until all things that are His are returned to Him. Man would seek to limit God, but God, before the end of time shall bring forth each receiving soul in their own order in Christ, to a place of restoration. In understanding this truth, we must see that the presence or coming of Christ is not restricted until the entire world and every creature has heard the gospel of the Kingdom. The presence of the Christ shall come forth unto each vessel according to his or her own order by the seeing, hearing and understanding of the gospel of God’s Kingdom.

With God’s purpose, being laid before the foundation of the world, each order of His coming (presence and influence, a supernatural divine spirit felt to be present) has likewise been laid and God shall cause each appearing to come forth according to that purpose, that order. Does the Word show us the order of His appearing? Is it something that God desires to reveal unto us? In 1 Cor. 15:20-26, God begins to reveal the order of progression in which He shall make all things live. This order of God’s choosing has its beginning and ending in God. At the time of His choosing, God imparts into that people an eye to see and an ear to hear. The hidden secrets that were not known before are revealed to bring forth understanding. As God reveals these mysteries to a people, they not only begin to hear, but the word itself has the power and the authority to bring it into complete fulfillment through faith and obedience. Herein a work is begun which brings about the perfecting of that word of promise and purpose.

Matt. 13:35 declares, “… that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world”. Also, in Matt. 13:10-11, “And the disciple came, and said unto Him, why speak Thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries [the secrets, or the things thus far kept secret] of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

Man, by a lack of knowing is in bondage to carnality until God draws a people at the time of His choosing. God will give those yielding ones understanding, by the Holy Spirit, of God’s purpose at the time for any given Godly order to come forth. What of you, are you at peace with your spiritual condition and understanding? On the other hand, is something stirring in your person? Is God’s desire at work to bring you into a greater place in Him, a bringing you into a place that you have not experienced before or walked in yet? Is the Holy Spirit now at work to lay and establish a new order of people in the earth that the next line concerning the coming of Christ, His presence, His will and purpose is manifest?

Back to 1 Cor. 15:22 it declares, “In Adam all die.” This understanding is ours because God reveals our sinfulness to us while offspring of the Adam man. He quickens the receiving man through the power of the Holy Spirit into knowing that all have sinned, therefore all have died. The result of this death is that the flesh and blood body, the one formed from the dust of the earth, shall return to that from which it came. As humanity continues to live after the dictates of the natural Adam man, their destiny is to know a literal grave, the returning to the dust from which God formed the man. (Read Gen. 3:19 and Rom. 5:12-19). The knowledge we have concerning our lot with death will be a sure experience, that is unless God, after the order of His purpose, awakens us to a higher understanding. This understanding stated in 1 Cor. 15:22, “in Christ shall all be made alive.”

The greater truth here is that life is of a certainty, if the prerequisite is entered, which is a living “in Christ.” This word “in” as used here is a preposition that denotes “being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance.” This speaks of more than a one-time happening but is likened to the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, (Read Luke 8:43-48), she touched Him and became whole. The word “touched” being used here means “attached to”, implying that she attached herself to His glory, never to let go. “In Christ” brings life. It will separate us from the realm of death by our remaining in or attaching ourselves to Him. A question often asked concerning Christ coming is when will it be and how will it happen? 1 Cor. 15:23 reveals, “But every man in his own order.”

Here the understanding of some more words from the context becomes very important. As we look at the words, we should also understand that the scripture, when we allow it to, would interpret itself. In verse 22, the word “Christ” is the Greek word “CHRISTOS” which means, “to anoint.” Thus, Christ not only speaks of the person, but an anointing that enables that person to be what he is in Christ. 1 John 2:20 declares, “But ye have an unction [same Greek word as anointing in 1 John 2:27] from the Holy One, and ye know all things”. This word “unction and anointing” are from the same Greek word “CHRISMO” which has the meaning of, “smearing, the endowment of the Holy Spirit.”

The anointing then is a smearing like oil or a covering, a divine endowment, an enablement to become and fulfill the will and purpose of God. With such an anointing, we can know the reality of a life that lives “in Christ.” Is this a life of impossibility? We, the body of Christ are not just one member called Jesus, but a many member body. Therefore, the anointing of Christ is not for just the first-born son (the Head – Jesus), but also the many member sons that make up His body. (Read 1 Cor. 12:12-27). Jesus will not stand alone, but He, with the many member body making up the Christ, is the anointed of God.

In looking back to scripture in 1 Cor. 15:23, let’s consider the word “order.” This word means “something orderly in arrangement, a series, or succession.” With all being “made alive” (quickened) in Christ, He declares that His life shall find its fulfillment as it touches all things, but, the life of Christ only touches these things in the series or succession that is according to the foreordained arrangement that God purposed in Himself. With this being the case, it would do us good to follow the succession as revealed in the Word. In following the Word of God, we have the knowing that God shall leave nothing out. God shall restore, through each series of steps taken, in the order of His purposed restoration.

The first in order from verse 23 is “Christ the first-fruits”. Who is Christ? Is He not a many member body? If so, as verse 22 states, “in Christ shall all be made alive,” comes forth after Jesus Christ in His first appearing for 33 ½ years. These many member first-fruits receive a quickening after two days or two thousand years after His resurrection, to become the many member visible expression of God’s first-fruits in the earth. This appearing speaks to us of a ministry that comes forth, in the Christ anointing that will be without measure (John 3:34). These anointed ones are sent forth to minister the gospel of the Kingdom of God, to speak of the knowledge of the mysteries and to make ready for the establishing of God’s Kingdom on this earth.

John 3:34 declares, “For He Whom God hath sent speaks the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”. The sent forth ones spoken of here are not only Jesus, the first-born son, but also the many member sons of God, His Christ, and the first-fruits of God. These first-fruits are prepared, in the order of the gathering of the harvest, for His indwelling presence to be in them while here on earth. This word “first-fruits” is from a root word that means “to commence (in order of time); first-fruits”. In the Old Testament, a wave offering of the first-fruits offered as a sacrifice to God is a type of the ones received by God to usher in the full harvest.

(Read Lev. 23:10-12). These scriptures show us that with this wave offering unto God, they offered a lamb as a burnt offering to God. This burnt offering was a type that Christ fulfilled, bringing the first-fruits and the lamb together again. In this, they become one in Christ as prayed for by Jesus. John 17:20-22, “Neither pray I [Jesus] for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may 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”.

As we continue to look at this first-fruit people, in Rom. 8:22-23 we are shown a truth concerning the manifestation that shall have its beginning in the order that commences with this company of people. “For we know that the whole creation groans and travailed in pain together until now. And not only they but ourselves also, which have the first-fruit of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Note that all of creation is groaning and travailing for this time of redemption, the beginning of a new creation people. “Redemption” in this context means “ransom in full,” which speaks of the restoration of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. This groaning is an experience of the “first-fruits” as they wait for their time of adoption.

This word “adoption” is a word that means, “the placing as a son (in respect to God)”. Hence, Jesus, the firstborn son, now accepts the first-fruits at the time of the “adoption” to become a many member son that partakes of all the privileges of the family. These “sons” become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ:” (Rom.8:17). These heirs become the anointed ones that establish the Kingdom of God in the earth. These “sons” are they, which for only a season, are under teachers until the appointed time of adoption. These co-heirs are they that have come out of bondage to the world’s basic elementary rules, to become “sons,” God’s visible expression on the earth. (Read Gal. 4:1-7).

The fullness of time for the coming forth of these first-fruits to appear in the earth is now at hand. What is your expectancy concerning the things of God? Are you hearing a trumpet, a message of restoration beginning to sound? Is a groaning felt within your being? Could it not be that the first-fruits people are in the birthing channel, waiting for the last push that they might make their appearance? “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures”. (James 1:18). Thus, God’s will and purpose is to begat His first-fruits. “Begat” in this scripture means to “breed forth, to generate, to bring forth.” How, but by the word of truth which is now being spoken to reveal the hidden mysteries which have been kept secret since the world began.

This “word of truth” is generating, is bringing forth into existence God’s good and perfect gift to all creation. He is birthing and manifesting the sons of God. It was John, in the revelation of Christ, who saw these sons in their glory. These sons are those that stand with the Father in His glory, with His nature written in their hearts and minds. These sons, not polluted by the world’s religious systems, declare unto creation a new sound as a spiritual virgin, pure in the spirit of God. There remains nothing in them, which the world can touch as they follow only God’s true purpose in all things, to remain without fault. These are those first-fruits people of God. (Read Rev. 14:1-5).

Now the time for these sons to come forth is at hand that they might bring down all deceiving forms of religion. Is the time of tribulation, one such as the world has never seen, now to come forth? The system of the first “Adam” man has run its course and this declaration is coming forth, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon (bondage and confusion – man-made religious systems) the great”. This is that system which has polluted man, which has kept him captive from the truth, making him a prisoner of death. Nevertheless, truth, in the form of these sons, is now to come forth, truth that makes mankind free from the law of sin and death.

These first-fruits of Christ appear and the truth they bring ushers in God’s judgment, God’s avenue to separate all forms of damnation, condemnation, and accusation from the next order of people. This word “judgment” is the Greek word “KRISIS” from which our English word “crisis” comes. It has the meaning of a “turning point.” This means then, that another “turning point” will come forth in the earth, to gather another order of people unto our God. (Read Rev. 14:6-16). Lest we forget, let us turn back to 1 Cor. 15:23 and note that with “Christ the first-fruits” having come forth, we are further shown, “afterward they [the bride] that are Christ [head and many membered body] at His coming [presence]”.

With many folks being concerned about their loved ones that have passed on, the scriptures, allow us to rest in Christ with this concern. In 1 Thess. 4:13-18 (Read), Paul writes to us concerning those who have passed on, as well as those that remain. In allowing God’s Spirit to minister to us, from this context, we want to take time to realize the true meanings of another set of words that our spiritual understanding may continue to increase. In commencing with God’s order to restore all back to life, the first-fruits have made their appearance and now the “afterward people” comes into focus, in the series or succession of God’s plan. Judgment, the “turning point” of another order of people will begin and is to be finished. This is the fulfillment of the ministry of the “sons” with these “afterward” ones now ready for Christ presence to come at their fulfillment.

1 Thess. 4:13 speaks of those who have “fallen asleep.” This term means, “To fall asleep (unintentionally), used of death.” This context allows us to realize that the portion of people, those who have remained in Him, but have died are with Christ (first-fruits) at the time of His coming. For the Lord shall descend from “heaven” (the spiritual, invisible realm) with a divine purpose and according to the order of His arrangement, to accomplish God’s will. Where is the heaven from which He shall descend? “Descend” is a word meaning, “Come (step) down.” Thus, at a “shout,” a word that is “a word of command,” the Lord Himself “steps down” from heaven (from the invisible to the visible).

The word “descend or step down” speaks more in the light of moving from one dimension to another. Can a person not move from one dimension to another without traveling through outer space and can more than one-dimension dwell in the same space at the same time? If a Being lived in a higher dimension and stepped down into another lower dimension, would it not have the appearance of coming out of nowhere? Thus, in like manner, the Lord steps down from heaven (one dimension) to make His presence or appearance known (in another dimension). From where did He descend? Will He not simply “step down” from the place that He ascended too? Where did He ascend too? “Ascend” from the Greek means “to go up, to grow or spring up, and to come (up)”.

Now, what is it that the word “heaven” means? Its meaning is “elevation, the abode of God, happiness, power, eternity, the spiritual.” Thus, the same Jesus who ascended (grew up spiritually into the abode of God, was elevated into the spiritual realm of happiness, power and eternity), He simply stepped into a higher realm or dimension. Therefore, when He descends with a command, He shall step down again into a lower realm. This lower realm is the realm wherein man abides in His natural and carnal nature. However, Christ shall step down, out of the eternal realm of happiness and power, to gather from this earthy realm of unrighteousness, from the realm of time, a people to be elevated, to step up to that spiritual realm of happiness and power, the abiding place of God. Could this elevated realm simply be a higher order flowing through them from God?

Thus, a question to consider, is there any evidence in this context of a physical moving into another geographical place in outer space? Does it not rather speak of a growing up, from out of a fleshly earthly realm of carnality, the prison house that keeps a people from seeing that which is of the spiritual, into knowing the heavenlies, the invisible realm? The visible prison house locks in a people wherein they can only be motivated by the natural senses, that realm called death. If this is true, a people, released from that house of death, the natural sense realm, are elevated to a spiritual realm called life, one that enables them to become a redeemed people in spirit, soul, and body, to dwell in God’s abode of the Spirit.

This abode is not off somewhere else or on another planet. It is simply an invisible realm where the natural senses are concerned. Is not God omnipresent? If God is everywhere, can your natural eyes behold Him? No, but what about that people who have been awakened to know a birthing into that realm or dimension where God dwells, will they not be able to see Him in that realm? Who was it that Adam walked and talked with? God has spoken and declared, “I will restore unto myself a people, I will be their God, and they shall be my people, my expression.”

The Lord descends from heaven with a shout; a trump blows loud and clear. Are you not hearing a trumpet, a message, sounding out today? With this sound, “the dead in Christ shall rise first.” This word “rise” is a verb that has the meaning of “to make to stand up.” “To stand up,” insinuates that a condition existed, one of being inactive. It speaks of a lack of participation because the faculties needed to be actively involved, are missing or not functional. However, in this scripture, we observe that those who are dead will stand up again. They will be able to participate again. This speaks to us of a people who had lost their ability to be visible in their expressions. In this death or sleeping condition, they have not the ability to manifest the image of God to the visible creation. However, these shall “stand up” first. They shall return to a place in God, wherein they can again have a visible vehicle of expression, to manifest God’s purpose in the order God has willed for them. Were there not a people who came forth from their graves in the day of Jesus’ resurrection, which came forth to walk the streets of Jerusalem? Matt. 27:52-53 says, “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

1 Cor. 15:23 continues to read, Afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming [presence]”, now has its fulfillment in 1 Thess. 4:17, “then we which are alive [those not yet redeemed as the first-fruits] and remain”. This word “remain” has the meaning of to “survive.” This speaks to us of a people who, during the time of God’s judgment, in the time of tribulation, they “survive.” They survive by staying alive during the time of judgment (separation or the turning point) that is taking place during that season. As the many member first-fruits minister a message or trumpet the word of life unto them, they begin to overcome the turbulent world. These first-fruits are those priesthood ministers of life that shall minister to the rest of the harvest. These that remain (survive), shall therein be “caught up together with them (the dead in Christ that have stood up again)”.

Again, we should consider the meaning of the phrase “caught up.” This phrase means, “To seize, pluck, pull, and take (by force), a standing up again”. What an anointing, these sons of God, the first-fruits that already move in the new creation anointing shall, with authority speak forth life. These “that are Christ at His coming (presence), shall be seized and taken by that power and removed from the hands of the wicked one, that old system of Babylon that has bound and made them prisoners. Deliverance from death shall now be their lot, as these people begin to live again by the power of the Christ resurrection. They shall again know Him as He is. They shall walk and talk with Him in the spirit of the day.

Back to that part of scripture that says, “Caught up together with them in the clouds,” we want to look at the phrase “in the clouds.” As we let the Word interpret itself, we can receive a greater understanding as to what certain phrases truly mean. In Heb. 12:1 we are told, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses”, which allows us to consider, that a cloud, as spoken of in this scripture means more than a literal natural cloud floating around in the sky. In this verse, it speaks of a people, the throng spoken of in the eleventh chapter as a people of faith. They grouped together in their stand of faith, become a one-minded, one-spirited people. They become as one even though from different times, but many members moved by the Holy Spirit and seen as a cloud (throng) of people. In 2 Peter 2:17 we see the negative side, but the same truth, a people who are motivated totally for the benefit of the selfish Adam nature. Thus, they become “wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest: ….”

Again, like motivations, identify these spoken of, to be of such unity, that they are seen in their oneness as clouds, clouds that are carried about or blown around by the spirit of the world, through religious in practice, carnal in their thinking. In Jude verses 11-12, the same truth, Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds ….” Their oneness of mind makes them as clouds, but these clouds have no water (truth) to stabilize them.

Therefore, when speaking of clouds or a people that move by every wind (spirit), as the doctrines of men, can we not consider then, that the Word of God will seize the dead in Christ and those who survive to remain? They know deliverance by the word of God ministered unto them in spirit and truth. They plucked to stand up by the authority of God, into oneness with the Word to become as a cloud, becoming a one-minded people in Christ as they meet with Him (the many member body of Christ). In this truth of fact, as they meet with Him, they are simply meeting with Christ in another realm of life, the abiding place wherein God dwells.

Remember, God is a Spirit and to know Him is to know Him in spirit and truth. Therefore, these that are His at His coming (presence), become a people resurrected, spiritualized in body, soul, and spirit. In, as the scripture continues, “Meeting the Lord in the air,” we should note that the word interpreted “air” has the meaning of “to breathe unconsciously, to blow.” Does this not speak of a people that will be doing something that come naturally? Breathing, doing something that requires no conscious forethought. The results of the new covenant God promised to bring forth, is the covenant of writing His laws in our hearts and minds to receive a new nature. In Gen. 2:7, the word “breath” means “wind, divine inspiration.” This is speaking of the life of God imparted into man that his formed body might live. In Acts 2:1-2, the word “wind” means “to breathe, a breeze, breath.”

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people in the upper room and put within them with such authority that through this power the early church had its beginning, a beginning that was to last for two days (two thousand years). We also understand that this early church was only of an in-part realm, for these two days (2000 years), but God has declared that He would usher in a greater glory in His people. This latter-day church will usher in a glory from God that shall be the beginning of another day. God has a third one-thousand-year day in which His promises speak of perfection. Here in 1 Thess. 4:13-18 we see the coming together, with the Lord, a greater glory as we meet with Him in this place of perfection, God’s spiritual abiding place, with a renewed visible resurrected body, soul and spirit.

We can see then a ministry, through the first-fruits of God, who establish His kingdom on the earth to last for eternity. First, throughout the millennial age, that which is called the thousand-year reign, a thousand-year ministry of rest, when we shall see the Christ as He is. Then we shall see another phase of God’s order come into focus as we look again at 1 Cor. 15:20-26. In verse twenty-four we read, “Then cometh the end.” The word “end” in this verse means “the actual end,” which speaks of the end of the millennial age, the perfecting of all that He began in the beginning. Many events have taken place to fulfill the coming or presence of the Lord.

First, Christ the remnant first-fruits have come into a perfected manifestation. Next, Christ and the bride of Christ are coming forth from the abode of God into a visible manifestation of that spiritual expression of God. (Read Rev. 21:1-5). With the bride coming forth, the Word states that all former things (death, sorrow, crying and pain) are now passed away and then cometh the end, when He shall make all things new. Here we shall know the God of all creation, for even the servants shall see His face and receive from Him. The first-fruits of Christ, the overcomers, have joined Him in His throne, along with the bride who shall be placed at His (plural) side, while the servants, the saved nations, which are now included, shall stand in the light of God to be with Him forever. (Read Rev. 22:1-5).

Before ending this chapter, we again are mindful that the promise of His presence has been and is still among us. The signs are all around us to fulfill each promise. James 5:7-8 is an exhortation that God, while long in patience to bring forth the harvest, shall wait until both the early and latter rain has come forth. “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming [presence] of the Lord, Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming [presence] of the Lord draws nigh”.

This is the spiritual outpouring that brings forth the spiritual fruit within and out from a people. The early rain has come forth and the latter rain is now pouring as promised. Its pouring forth shall cause to spring up the bringing forth of men who are growing up out of the realm of death. Both the early and latter rain shall fall together to finish the gathering in of a full harvest. Man shall grow up into his place, with “every man in his own order.” Even though the mind-set of carnal creation says, “where is the promise of His coming?” God is “not slack concerning His promise,” but is faithful in the work of perfecting His people into his likeness and image.

In this, He shows us the need to dissolve some heavens (mind-sets). (Read 2 Peter 3:1-14). Could it be, in verses 10 through 12, that with “heaven” being a place of “elevation, spiritual, the abode of God”, that the heaven in the invisible realm of man’s soul has been polluted with doctrines of death, man’s traditions and doctrines that have their source and beginnings in man’s carnal mind? God has said that the old heavens (carnal religious soul) and earth (man’s fallen body, formed of the dust of the earth) will dissolve. These scriptures show that in the day of His coming (presence), in each man’s order, with a great noise the old heavens will pass away. Could this great noise be speaking of the resistance that exist in stubborn man as he seeks to remain his own god instead of humbling himself before the one true God?

These elements shall pass away with fervent heat, with the earth (old man) and his works. The word “elements” has the meaning of “elementary rule” which has made us prisoners of a system that the world uses to rule over all people. This world’s systems of rulership are of such basic, elementary rule, that in all its knowledge, the world has evolved into nothing more than a system of governments and laws that promote lifestyles such as in Sodom and Gomorrah. However, God has promised to replace those old lifestyles through the redeeming order of His appearing. Therefore, let us turn away from these worldly elementary rules and release our hearts to cry “Abba Father,” that we might take our place in God’s order.

Col.2:8 & 20-23 again speaks to us a caution concerning these elementary rules. (Read Col. 2:20-3:10). The word “rudiments” in verse eight is the same Greek word interpreted as “elements” in 2 Peter 3:10. Not knowing the manner of the world and spoiled by the elementary rules that only satisfy the desires of the flesh. Again, in Heb. 5:12-14, we receive instruction concerning the “first principles,” the same Greek word as “elements.” Therefore, elementary rules simply keep a people from growing and maturing in the things of the Spirit. They keep us in the position to remain a babe concerning the things of God. A babe, spiritually, is one that is not able to speak, one that has not the ability to converse in the truths of the things of our true God, unto the manifesting of His nature. A babe has not the ability to bring forth God’s image from the invisible to the visible.

Thank God, this is again the day of His coming. His presence is making itself known to His people and because a people know Him in His presence, they are truly becoming His people. Is not our redemption even now upon us, redemption in a full measure in spirit, soul, and body? Thank you, Father, for you have chosen us from before the foundation of the world. You have redeemed us and are bringing us forth to fulfill your will and purpose in you, you are truly coming. Amen

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter thirteen”

“Restoration – Is Now the Time?”

Many Christian’s are asking many questions today with some being hard to answer. Concerning some of these questions many individuals need to be asking themselves, causing in them a need to search for the answers. One such question is, just what is the purpose for the church during today’s world filled with its many problems? With so many existing needs, what is the church doing to help? The church, as the world looks upon it, as they see it seems to be an institution, for the most part, that has lost its purpose and its ability to help in any crisis that the world faces. Many people are running to and fro seemingly without any true purpose. Many are looking for answers as to their aimless wonderings. Many are wondering who or what they can turn to for direction as to having any real purpose in life. Is it true, as the world suspects, has the institution called the church lost its power and glory? While there seems, in some areas, to be what they call “a great falling away,” on the other hand there also seems to be some movements of spiritual activity taking place and some people are being drown toward these movements.

Is there a last day move of God taking place? Is there a changing of orders taking place as one order passes away, with another taking its place? In this, God does bring our attention to a truth. The truth is, that Jesus did not come after the order of the Levitical priesthood, but His ministry on earth was to usher in another order, another covenant. God sent Jesus, the Son of God, to earth to establish the order of a different priesthood. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee, as he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”. (Heb. 5:5-6, read and study Heb. 5:1-14).

Therefore, Jesus, when He ministered on earth, He established for creation a higher order of priest. In the establishment of the new priest order, He made the old priesthood order null and void by ushering in a far greater glory. Is there among us today the establishment of that higher order within the church? With today’s church mostly trapped and remaining after the old Levitical order of priest, a time has come with opportunity given. This opportunity is to know replacement with God’s prescribed order of the Melchisedec priesthood. This priest order is of a far greater measure, as Christ appears again in and through His people, the many member body of Christ.

In studying the history of the church, it reveals for us, that carnality and corruption was not long in coming to dominate after the passing away of the early church saints. The glory of the upper room outpouring begin to dissipate swiftly as the Holy Spirit was more and more ignored and regulated by man to the back room, so to speak. Man’s legal customs and ordinances began to take priority over the Holy Spirits leadership, causing the light and glory of God to go out, because of rebellion, as He departed from among them. Meanwhile, among all of man’s fallen ways and traditions, history also reveals that God has always had a people for His name, a light that was always there to shine amid the darkness that surrounded, by then, the carnal organized church.

Even though rebellion and idolatry seem to reign, God’s seed through each generation separated themselves, whenever necessary, from a movement turned cold and indifferent. One movement was purposed to pass into another as the Holy Spirit continued to lead, through revelation, bringing a restored truth to His people until they now find that the days of Babylon’s church systems are numbered and being brought to its end. To accomplish the ending of Babylon’s order and the beginning of another, God is moving by His Spirit upon a people, touching the depth of their being as deep is calling into deep. This moving is the Spirit of God beginning to gather His seed, the true house of Israel, His true church, to make up a visible manifestation of the order of Melchisedec.

Hear the word of the Lord, for it is as real for us today, if not more so, than when it was written. Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permit.” (Heb. 6:1-2). God does not desire to see His people continue in the same ordinances year after year. In this, man ritualistically continue to serve God through sacrificial obedience to their traditional ways continually with a sense of self-righteousness. God’s desire is that we might become obedient, a people who are spirit led to become His glory in the earth.

Know and remember, “Obedience is better than sacrifice,” even as God told King Saul through the prophet Samuel. Obedience is what God is looking for in a people today, not the ritualistic services that have taken the place of true worship. True worship and praise is a Holy Spirit led people who glorify God and then His presence becomes evident to all gathered. Necessary changes of order among the people, as needed today, could be that which God said would take place in the last days. This is an order of life, a way of living, which begins to answer and meet the needs of all the people who are asking the questions. How is the changing of this order to take place? (Read and study Heb. chapters 6 & 7).

As God’s people search for answers to questions that come from sincere hearts, God is always faithful. He has left for us examples through the shadows and types shown in His dealing with the children of Israel. Israel’s idolatry and rebellion types for us the spirit that works among most of the organized church groups of today. Therefore, in God’s dealings with Israel, even as He deals with today’s church people, God is today raising up for Himself sons. Sons of God after the order of Melchisedec, to restore back into God His purified church, the true bride of Christ.

Remember, that Christ is not only the first-born son, but He is also the many member sons who are of the adopted and are likewise coming to know the redemption of their bodies. These sons are then to go forth as Priest and Kings, to prepare the way for the restoration of the bride. Israel, a type of the church, had become an adulterous wife, Israel had become apostate and sinful, a dishonor to God, which we likewise see in the church orders of today. There is much apostasy and sinfulness within and the church is being uncovered and shown for what it is during our generation. Meanwhile, God is ever mindful of His will and purpose. Hence, He raises up ministries of reconciliation, the sons of God, to bring about restoration.

It is not hard to understand the feelings that flow from the heart of one who was or is married to an adulterous husband or wife. Likewise, in Jeremiah 31:32 we are shown that God considered Himself a husband unto adulterous Israel, “… my covenant they break, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord.” What was it that Israel did to break their vows, their covenant with God? In Hosea 1:2, the land, the whole of Israel had departed from the Lord. “…. For the land [whole of Israel] hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.” This whoredom took place as the children of Israel participated in acts of idolatry by worshipping gods of other nations. Remember, unto Israel, as well as the church of today, God declares that we should have no other gods before Him.

These Israelites were quick to follow the sensual man and the idols and life-styles of the people, the inhabitants of the land they were to possess as well as to slay the people living in the lands around them. Rebellion caused them to yield themselves to other ways, while losing sight of the commandments God had given them to follow. In accepting the ways of these other nations, they were having union with another husband, another order, one that was not their true husband. In this union with other orders, these other nations, offspring were born unto them that knew not the true ways of God. Even when God pleaded with them, Israel continued in their state of rejection. Hosea 2:2 says, Plead with your mother, plead; for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband; let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts [the loves of her heart]”.

Israel’s continuous rebellions also brought a promise from God that for a time He would withdrew His mercy from the offspring of such unholy unions. Hosea 2:3-4 declares, “Lest I strip her naked [the uncovering of all her hidden sins]; and set her as in the day she was born and make her as a wilderness [a place without God’s wall of protection] and set her like a dry land [no water of life, thus, to make her thirsty] and slay her with thirst. And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they are the children of whoredoms.” Can we not see, in this example and type, the conditions, as they exist among the many traditional churches and their members today? Is today’s churches and individuals expressing an order of life, the same order of light and life which God released, as it came out of the upper room on the Day of Pentecost? Has it grown and matured to the state wherein it expresses the life of God, in a full measure, to today’s darkened world? I think not. Could this darkness be for the same reasons that hindered Israel, their whoredoms and idolatry?

People and organizations are accepting the gifts of other lovers (doctrinal ideals and thoughts of carnal minded men), as they give themselves to a watered-down gospel, weakened by man’s mental philosophies, his humanistic psychology and their carnal self-help traditional programs. Gathering with man’s own thoughts incorporated into church services that reject the free moving of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Doctrines that reject the increasing truth that God promised would make His people free. In giving themselves to sensual ways that feed the pride and egos of the Adam man, church leaders refuse to enter God’s presence, while hindering those who desire to enter.

Thus, are we not finding another generation of children, traditional offspring that do not know the true pure language of God nor do they know His ways. And their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod and could not speak in the Jews [pointing to the pure language of God’s spirit and truth] language, but according to the language of each people [each separate group or denominational circles]”. (Nehemiah 13:24). Meanwhile, each group continues to teach in the doctrinal, traditional ways of their whorish mother. This is a mother with many lovers, as she rejects the love of her one true husband, God. However, according to Zephaniah 3:9 God has made a promise, For then will I turn to the people a pure language [God’s spirit and truth], that they may all call upon the name of the lord, to serve him with one consent”.

Let us notice the breakdown in the receiving of Israel’s gifts. God’s jealousy caused Him to reach out, even as the Holy Spirit is desiring to woo the church today. God desires for the church to return to its first love, both individually and collectively. Hosea 2:5 states, For their mother [the church] hath played the harlot; she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers [doctrines, traditions, and humanistic mind-sets of carnal men along with doctrines of devils] that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink [note: she claims as hers the God supplied food, clothing and drink]”.

This speaks to us of an order that seems to supply a kind of food (life), clothing (spiritual covering), and drink (spiritual anointing) while denying its true manifestation. Note also that God begins to change the course of His dealing with Israel (the church), that He might bring her into a position of restoration. Hosea 2:6-7 speaks, Therefore, behold, I will hedge up the way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths [both individually and collectively, the old ways are no longer working or satisfying the people]. And she shall follow her lovers, but she shall not overtake them [that which used to work doesn’t work anymore]; then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband [God]; for then was it better for me than now.”

What about you, are you satisfied with the gifts you have received for your spiritual well-being? Is something lacking or missing? The more you eat from your old gifts the hungrier you get, the more you drink the thirstier you become, your covers are too short, you seem to stand naked before God because the fig leaves, the clothing of your traditional beliefs, just don’t cover anymore. Some will say, we just need to return to the basics of our understandings, back to the beginnings, but God is not desirous that we return back to our Egypt’s, back to the glory of our former houses, for He wants us to press our way into the glory of the latter house order of God. “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former ….” (Haggai 2:9).

Many are asking another question concerning today’s visible fundamental church system. While there seems to be some good activity going on in some of the churches, what moves the people during the services if the churches are generally a part of an order that sets in a place of rebellion? They also say that sometimes the praise and worship move them. Sometimes, even the preaching of the word affects them. Among some groups, some are receiving salvation, and some are being filled the Holy Spirit. However, they also agree that these movements of the Spirit, like rain-drops, only last for a short time, with most of the gatherings returning to or remaining in a lifeless condition. They also have services that do not appear to have any real lasting benefit. Yes, God does visit these groups from time to time, for we also hear Him say, For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal [man inspired systems]”. (Hosea 2:8).

Can we not see, that God continues to care for His people? He has much against those man-made orders that are rebellious in nature while holding people in bondage; they war against God while He desires to have spiritual union with the people. In their state of rebellion, whoredoms, and idolatries God remains faithful. His great love keeps Him jealous for and causes Him to supply the needed spiritual substance for the individuals and groups while in their bondage. Meanwhile, God’s supply, they consider as coming from their efforts, as they constantly prepare for their own continual ritualistic orders of confusion.

It is God’s love and mercy that keeps the spiritual supply coming until He returns to correct the error of their mind-sets. Then, in God’s time of judgment, His wrath comes forth to bring about a needed deliverance. A deliverance that frees a people to become and receive an inheritance, one that God’s love has sealed for them. Remember, God has declared that judgment begins in the house of God, whose house you are if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Hosea 2:9 says, Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.” Notice, from this verse that the season and time when these blessings are to be taken from them, is the time of abundance, harvest time, when everything seems to be going well, then at the time of His Revealing He brings forth His judgment.

This is the time when God receives back unto Himself that which He gave during their time of rebellion. In returning, He destroys the hinderer, the adversary, the tower of Babel (modern day religion) which man has built for self. These things He destroys that He might establish His own kingdom, His place of rulership over all His creation. Can we not see that man has taken the gifts of God and built for himself a house upon the sand? Proclaimed by man to be the house of God, but faulty in its foundation, made up of man’s doctrinal traditions and humanistic religion, not by God’s divine order. In building for himself, man desires to establish a constitution that assures complacency, not victorious rest.

Man desires a structured life-style that requires no change. God will never allow that building to stand, for He is a God of increase, a God that moves on from line upon line, precept upon precept, revealing Himself little by little until a people come into the stature of the fullness of Christ. Did not He allow the temple’s destruction in Jerusalem that a new order, the church itself from the upper room might then come forth to replace the old? Likewise, in the church of today, God’s purpose is to slay the old order of death among them and replace it with a new order released to usher in God’s greater order. Therefore, once again, God returns with judgment, to uproot that passing order, to usher in the eternal.

Hosea 2:10-13 declares, And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of Mine hand, I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, these are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beast of the fields shall eat them. And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot me, saith the Lord.”

Please do not look at your neighbor or some other church group down the road and say, “that sure fits them to a tee,” but know that God is talking to each individual and group concerning the condition of self. Does not the word declare, “Judgment begins at the house of the Lord, and I am coming for a church without spot or wrinkle”? Does this not mean coming among a people or group without any iniquity, idolatry, whoredoms, and adultery? Have we yielded to God only? On the other hand, have we built our house on the sand? Do our beliefs and understandings manifest God’s glory? On the other hand, have we followed lovers other than God? Also, in judgments from God, what about your possessions, your family or your own life also? What is the most important thing to you in this life? Do we say, God, I have forsaken all to follow you? On the other hand, has our own groups beliefs and traditions become our security blanket, our example above what the word of God would reveal and speak to us? Are we willing to follow the revealed word of God in obedience? The word of God is very strong in these areas as He declares loudly, “seek Me, and ye shall know the truth”.

Thus, at the appearing of the Christ, He begins to tear down that He might build for Himself a new relationship, a renewed joining with His people. Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.” (Hosea 2:14). God Himself, does intervene to begin a work of restoration. He begins by alluring her. This word “allure” means “to entice with something desirable, to fascinate, the power to have strong attraction.” I have heard this statement spoken many times, “I almost hate to go to church, for there is nothing happening that ministers to me, church does not feed my spirit. It’s the same old boring service almost every time I go.” Could this mean that the glory has departed? Does it mean that God’s manifested presence is missing?

Meanwhile during this continuing condition, God declares that a spiritual movement will begin to take place. Something begins to happen that will get the people’s attention. God will bring forth His presence in such a way that it will entice the people and attract their attention. God’s presence will be so strong in its fascination that it will draw the people from their old places of complacency to a fresh attractive order, a presence that shall grab the people’s attention.

In getting their attention, they shall willingly follow God into the wilderness. In speaking, God will declare unto them words that will reveal who He really is. This word “wilderness” speaks to us of a place outside man’s normal dwelling places. Outside man’s religious governments and laws, into a freshness of creation that man has not touched or polluted. A place that is still virgin, where God will speak “comfortably” to them. “Comfortably” in this context is a word that means “to the heart.” Here He speaks words of mercy and love to this woman, the church, speaking to the heart, that area which represents the place of life and love. Speaking of a restoring, the bringing forth of a people into something beyond a head-knowledge, carnal mind-set experience. Here God brings them to the act of loving Him as He loves them. This is bringing them into a union that supports and manifests God’s life, His glory, and His nature. Isaiah speaks to us about this “wilderness” as being one of great restoration. (Read Isaiah 35:1-10). The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose … Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall water break out, and streams in the desert…. And a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein…. “.

What a time it shall be when a restored people know God as in the beginning. Let us note the order used during this time of restoration. Hosea 2:15 reveals, “And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt”. As we recall the time when Moses sent the twelve spies into the promise land, we can see exactly that which theirs by inheritance was. Num. 13:20, 23 shows, “…. Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes. ….and they came unto the brook of Eshcol [cluster] and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff [one cluster of grapes took two men, with a staff between them, to carry it, what a vineyard]; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs”.

These promised vineyards rightfully belonged to Israel. These vineyards were the vineyards they rejected as they followed the gods, idols, and nations around them. Are not these vineyards but a type of the spiritual gifts and ministries, given by God, to the upper room crowd? Where are these vineyards today? Why does the church seem so desolate? There are vineyards and grapes aplenty that God provided for the church, why then do we see a hungry and thirsty people? (Read Eph. 4:10-16). Are not these for the church today? Are these not to remain gifts and ministries from God to the church until it reaches the place of perfection, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ?

God, in bringing the church into the wilderness, purposes to give them the restoration of these vineyards, along with returning unto them a door of hope, just what is this entrance of hope spoken of here? Remember Joshua and Achan. After God had given Israel the city of Jericho, an accursed thing had taken place. Remember God had already declared unto Israel, And the city shall be accursed [devoted, not for man’s use, but God’s], even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: …. and you, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated [holy] unto the Lord; they shall come into the treasure of the Lord.” (Joshua 6:17-19). This verse provided the warning concerning the sin of Achan.

Achan rejected the commandment of God, as he put his hand to that which was devoted to God. Achan set aside for his own use, his own desires, the things devoted to God; he kept them for his own purposes. Things for God’s designated use become that which would profit Achan alone. He desired only to build up his own life-style order instead of being obedient to follow God. Achan desired to receive the things of God but to use them for his own profit. Achan departed from following God and His declared ways to establish his own ways. Is this the picture of the visible church among us today? I think so, but in restoration God declares that the valley of Achor would now become a door of hope, an entrance wherein man could again move with great expectancy, a time without trouble, a time when God would begin to reign supreme.

This valley of Achor (trouble), through humility, is a time of deliverance, a time of restoration. Joshua 7:20-21 speaks, And Achan answered Joshua, and said, indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I was among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment [covering], and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty [feast of Pentecost] shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it [silver meaning redemption is hidden under the Babylonish garment which has become a covering of self-righteousness]”. What do men use for a spiritual covering today? Could it be that a church group takes the devoted things of God, to establish for themselves their own constitution and by-laws? Traditional beliefs established and ordered after their own mind-sets, hiding the devoted things of God under their own religious coverings, by hiding them within their hearts, (in the earth amid their tent) through their own teachings.

Is this why, like Israel, the church is defeated? They have become a people ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth, setting under ministers that reject Gods free moving spirit for their own orders of rebellion. Herein, they continue in their religious sacrifices and rituals, while rejecting obedience to God. God’s answer, (read Joshua 7:22-26) with verse 25 saying, And Joshua said, why hast thou troubled us? The Lord shall trouble thee [our door of hope] this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.” Is this not the merciful act of God, purifying Israel so they would not remain in a defeated state? Likewise, the stone (Christ) is appearing to restore the church as they fall upon Him. In this, the purifying fire, which God is, begins to burn, to purify and lead us through that door of hope.

Entering this door brings true joy, as Israel (the church) rejoices with a breaking forth of singing. Singing represents a giving forth of all that we are, unto the one we truly love. “… and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt”. Oh, sweet deliverance has come, delivered from the earthly into the heavenlies. Exod. 15:1, Then sang Moses and the children of Israel unto the Lord, and spoke saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously: (read Acts 2:1-7). Such were the glorious joys of the early church. A coming forth from that upper room, filled with power and glory, declaring the joyous songs of deliverance. What happened? Is it now time for a season of restoration to be upon us? A time when a people will be adopted unto sons, to lead the church into a kind of wilderness separation, that she might be reunited with her true husband, the making up of the bride of Christ.

And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi [my husband]; and shalt call me no more Baali [my lord]. For I will take the names of Baalim [lords] out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.” (Hosea 2:16-17). The visible church today has many lords (lovers). Today’s lords are any other order outside God’s divine order, in which they have union. By having, union with other lovers they reject God from being over them. With each order having a separate name, they call themselves after the name of their lord (lover). However, we can rest in the fact, that the days of all these lords, these man-made orders are numbered. God is rising in His sons, to bring forth this word of deliverance and reconciliation. The true sons God will use to destroy the ways of these strange lords, these lovers.

These sons shall ministry purity to the bride of Christ, for her day of union with her true husband is at hand. This husband is the Christ, the many member sons of Gods. In this day of restoration, a covenant has been made that fulfills that which God declared. Gen. 1:26-27 by saying, 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 creepiest 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”.

Can we not see and understand that these various forms of life stated here represent orders created by God for His purpose? Each order, in a state of rebellion because of the curse, God will bring back into covenant relationship even as His created man, male and female, husband, and wife, that they might again have dominion. Division and warfare shall cease, as the covenant brings forth a fellowship, a life-style with God, such as the world has never known or seen. (Read and study Hosea 2:18-23). Take notice that God hears the heavens, the heavens hear the earth, and the earth hears the wine, the corn, and the oil. This word “hear” has the meaning of “answer or respond to.” Thus, restoration begins with God, passing through each order as the next order responds. Now, take note, in the above orders, “they shall hear (respond to) Jezreel”. “Jezreel” is a name that has the meaning of “the seed of God.” This seed of God is that which is sown in verse 23, a seed sown in the earth that becomes a new order, a new way of life, an order of people, that at one time, were not God’s people, but now they have become His people and He has become their God.

Is this the time for this restoration harvest? Have the seasons of God run their courses until we now find ourselves living in that wonderful day of release? 2 Peter 3:8 declares, 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”. Recall, the church had her beginning on the day of Pentecost, over 2000 years ago. If we listen closely, we can hear the voice of man’s spirit crying today, desiring to ascend before God. Even though it begins as a small remnant, we shall witness a move of God coming forth to fulfill this cry, until it touches the whole world. The conditions of the world are even now demanding a coming forth from God. Isa. 1:9 declares, “Except the Lord of host had left unto us a small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” 

Again, we ask, what is the condition of the visible church today? Are we not hearing a cry? Is there not a spiritual movement-taking place? Are we in that day when we hear the seed of Jezreel? Hosea 6:1-3 says, “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 from Jesus’ resurrection] will he revive us; in the third [the third 1000-year day from resurrection], he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain into the earth.”

Is the above scripture not plain in its declaration? God’s word is yea and amen. He declares, He quickens, He gives authority, and He brings forth the fruit. God shall reconcile, He is in the process of restoring receiving creation back into its proper order and place. A seed is coming forth to crush the head of the serpent, the adversary. Sons are to make an appearance at this time of adoption, to bring redemption to the bride, to purify creation, that all things will know restoration to their purpose. Can we not, even now, feel the birth pains as a woman in travail? Does not all creation groan? In this groaning, resist not, but be ye yielded unto the God of restoration, for He shall deliver. We shall be, every man in his own order, that for which God created us to be. These are sons coming forth, after the order of Melchisedec, to restore the church, the bride, back into God. Kings and priest to take dominion over God’s creation, knowing that every knee shall bow, that every order is to come forth, in covenant, to take their place in God’s kingdom. To this, we say amen.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter twelve”

“God like Perfection” 

As called ones, called by God for a divine purpose, He reveals a path that leads His people into a place of complete joy and peace. This joy and peace of a Godlike portion manifest from within as a fruit produced from a tree called “perfection.” This is a tree whose roots spring forth from the “tree of life” which dwells among the garden of God, the Holiest of All. Do we have the right to ask for and expect to eat of this tree? Can we expect perfection that produces such a life of joy and peace? The voice of the Father rings loud and clear for us in Matt. 5:48, which declare, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as you’re Father which is in heaven is perfect.”        This is a statement of fact to be fulfilled, because the heavenly Father commands it. To identify with such a request as this, we must consider the truth of this fact; we must ascend into live according to the same spiritual heaven in which the Father dwells. This heaven must be our only source wherein we can become the fulfilled expression of God’s command to be perfect. Because God is our Father, He is the only source of our newborn life. This life of perfection originates from a source other than our earthly father. It is natural for sons and daughters to take on their earthly fathers’ characteristics; therefore, it should not seem strange or far-fetched to expect characteristics of our heavenly Father to manifest themselves through His sons.

        Our measuring stick for this type of perfection comes from the perfection of the Father Himself. God’s perfection, the expression of His nature is the same nature He purposed, from the beginning, to birth in us. This nature is ours to manifest as we abide in the same heavenly places as Christ. “Be ye therefore perfect,” with the word “perfect” being the Greek word “TELEIOS” meaning “that which has reached its end. Nothing beyond; hence perfect, in the sense of initiated.” Therefore, that life which had its beginning when man came out of God, before his fall in the Garden of Eden, shall be ours again by receiving the Christ to dwell within.

        That life, received from God, will continue to mature within the receiving man until it comes to the ending of its maturing process. Herein is the place of our perfection, the end being that which expresses our being made perfect, even as the Father is perfect. Could this not mean a complete deliverance and transformation of our spirit, soul, and body? Did not the first-born Son achieve that place in the Father? His purpose is that all the other sons would likewise come into that same place of living, made perfect by having reached the end of God’s ordained purpose for them, spiritual maturity.

        God’s many promises, which are ours by inheritance, are those hidden mysteries which remain hidden from the understanding of worldly-minded vessels. However, through revelation from the Holy Spirit, many people throughout the years, as well as some today, have and are receiving understandings concerning these hidden truths. For what purpose does God reveal these truths? That they, through receiving sons, might become the visible expression of each promise. Paul writing in 1 Cor. 2:6-7 declares, “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world [age], nor of the princes of this world [age], that come to naught: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” Unto those who declare that perfection is an unreachable state this side of the grave, consider a truth.

        1 John 3:2 says, “… we know that, when he shall appear [brings to light, make manifest], we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”. Even as Paul saw Christ on that road to Damascus, likewise a people are again seeing Him today. As they see Him as He is (perfect), they become like Him (perfect). Thus, hidden wisdom seen produces visible manifestations. Our eyes and ears began to behold and hear from another realm, the heavens of God. Wisdom that was ordained before this world (age), is to be brought forth and expressed through a people who minister them unto this world. Who is it that sees, receives, and knows this wisdom of perfection? Is it not those who are spiritually maturing, even as God matures them, to declare His glory unto this evil world?

        However, there is a prerequisite set before us in coming into this place of perfection. We must “love” God above and beyond all else. 1 Cor. 2:9-10 states, “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea the deep things of God.” The word “love” in this scripture is the Greek word “AGAPAO” which means, “to regard with favor, to make much of a thing or person, or principle.” Thus, to those who favor God above all else, He reveals and manifest Himself to them. He makes known to them that which He is and that which His principles are, that each may mature into His likeness, His nature. Therefore, to love God with all your heart, your mind, soul, and body means the ability to become even as He is, perfect.

        (Read Phil. 2:5-21), with verse 5 saying, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Let or think the same things as God. Let God’s thoughts become your thoughts. Think on God’s thoughts, which are in you, in your heart, even as they are also in Christ Jesus. What were His thoughts? Where did His mind dwell? Christ Jesus was captivated by a certain truth that was the source of His motivation and remained His only desire. Phil. 2:6 describes His thought processes by saying, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”

        Notice and understand that Christ Jesus’s “being” was the essential form of God, including all the qualities which became visible to the natural eye of man. Because He was the visible expression of God in the flesh, He thought it not robbery or a usurping of authority to be of the mind to think of Himself as equal with God, the Father. Strongly consider this truth, the equality of being one with God came from seeing and hearing from the revealed Father. “As we see Him as He appears [is made manifest], we shall become like Him”. Equality is a great word that, in this context, speaks of being God-like, but not God. Therefore, we, His body become perfect even as He is perfect as we see Him as He is.

Our state of mind and “our being” remains pure by letting our mind dwell upon these things, “Do all things without murmurings and disputing’s: That ye may be blameless and harmless the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world”. (Phil. 2:14-15). God’s requirements are not to be the exception, but common, in that a people believe, trust, and obey God’s word with the expectancy of faith. A faith that realizes that God’s word, with us in obedience, causes us to become the fulfillers of His will and purpose.

Herein His word returns unto Him completely fulfilled. Herein we become “blameless” which means “irreproachable” in the above context. Does this mean that, in our place in God, the world cannot touch us? By our becoming “harmless,” a word from this scripture, which means, “unmixed, innocent”, and by our casting aside a double standard and becoming of one mind with Him we become a fulfilled people. Thus, by having a single eye before God and not being corrupt, but innocent, we become untouchable. “Innocent” in that a people become spiritual virgins, pure and undefiled before God, as they obey and follow Him and Him alone. No longer living under the canopy of mixture and in-part truths, but by knowing our place and calling in God, we are free to become the “sons of God.”

The word “son” in this context, is the Greek work “TEKNON” which means, “that which is born, to bring forth. Used of a child by natural descent, whether boy or girl”. Thus, no longer obligated to our natural lineage, but birthed of God our Father. It is stated of these sons (children), are those who are growing up and becoming a people “without rebuke and blameless”. Does this not sound as if we shall see a people birthed from God in whom nothing of this world (age) can touch? A world as described in the above scripture, as being “a crooked and perverse nation.” “Crooked,” a word as used in this scripture means “warped, untoward.” It is from this type of generation that we are to save ourselves from in Acts 2:40 “… save yourselves from this untoward [warped] generation.”

The word “perverse” as used from above means “to corrupt, to distort, misinterpret.” This points to a generation, which have taken the pure gospel of Christ, the Word, and misinterpreted, distorted and corrupted it. These interpret and distort the Word to suit their own blinded doctrines and traditions. This generation promotes, “having a form of godliness while denying the power thereof.” This means there are a people who refused to hear and see the word, the gospel that ministers to the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. This word is a gospel that can and does set aside man’s corruption and mortality! Is it not so that we are not seeing, in the minds of most Christendom, victory in all areas of man because the Word is misinterpreted, corrupted and distorted? Can we not hear a call coming forth, a trumpet sounding, to come out from among mixture, to seek God for a pure word and began to fellowship with a pure people? A people made pure because they are seeing Him, the one that is pure.

Continuing with this context in Phil. 2:15, “… among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” This phrase is a present tense statement. While among or in the midst of this perverse generation, we are to “shine” as lights, not in the distant future or because of some kind of future event, but now. “To shine” is the Greek word “PHAINO” which means “to shine forth, to be seen: having reference to the manner in which a matter presents or shows itself, independently of any observer. Hence, the word, phenomenon.” This is telling us that we are to be of such a phenomenon, that our shining forth will be extra-ordinary or of the supernatural. The matter at hand, in this context, is the visible expression of an invisible God. This shining forth is independent of the observers, for our source is from God, the Father, alone. He is our only source. Our shining is to be as “lights,” from the Greek word “PHOSTER” meaning “a light, or light-giver, used of star light, and light holders or bearers.” Speaking to us of a source of light, so supernatural, that it shines forth among a perverse generation, a world of darkness.

Phil. 2:16, “Holding forth the word of life: that I may rejoice ….” “Holding forth” speaks of the purpose of and the manifestation of the light. This word “word” as used here is the Greek word “LOGOS” which means “the word (spoken as a means or instrument); the expression.” Thus, we have a people holding for the spoken word, which brings forth the expression of “life.” “Life,” which is the Greek word “ZOE” means “life in all its manifestations. It is life in activity, and thus especially is the opposite of death. It involves resurrection life and eternal life; and hence is the gift of God.” Thus, we have a people declaring and also manifesting the resurrected, eternal life of God. This means corruption and death in all its forms will flee. God’s light and life will be the manifestation of His sons, expressing God’s Word, not a spoken word only, but also in the manifested power of eternal life, a visible expression of Christ.

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as you’re Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Purposed by God for us to be perfect, He gave gifts of ministries to the church, for the bringing forth of such perfection. (Read Eph. 4:11-16). Verse 12 declares that God has given such ministries to the church because He desires the perfection of the people, “for the perfecting of the saints,” the church. This word “perfecting,” in this context, is a word from the Greek verb “KATARTIZO” which has the meaning of “to arrange or set in order, adjust.” In scripture, this word is rendered thirteen times as mend, prepare, frame, restore, and make perfect, perfected, fit, perfect, and perfectly joined.

With a people being re-connected to the place they had in God from before the foundation of the world, we see that scripture points to the fact that a people are to come forth from among the perverse world and its activities to become Christ-like. This Christ likeness is not just reserved until the coming of some event that takes place in the far-off future, but is an ongoing expression manifesting itself progressively in the now. What must change to bring such a manifestation forth? Could it be a need for change in our mind-set, our thought life, our knowing who we really are in God? In this knowing we have a God who is ever present, working in the now.

Verse 13 of Eph. 4 continues to speak of this expression of perfection by declaring, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” This word “knowledge” speaks to us of more that something mental or intellectual known, but its full meaning denotes “precise or further knowledge, thorough acquaintance with; true knowledge, Full, or perfect knowledge”. Whom does this thorough acquaintance apply but to a people who are coming to know, in a full and perfect experience, Christ the Son of God? They are becoming a people who express “unto a perfect man.” The perfect man is a life-style that manifest, in the now, a complete, full-grown vessel that has reached its place of perfection. The measuring stick for us is, “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

With each separate part given a measure, a limited portion by degree as chosen in God, decreed to measure up to the “stature,” a word meaning “maturity, from the same word as a comrade, as big as.” In this, we become co-heirs with Christ Jesus, in maturity, as the “fullness of Christ”. This “fullness” speaks of completion, an adding unto to make up the corporate body of Christ. This is a coming forth, with a like-kind expression to declare that which Christ is. This is a placing into the corporate body, to function without fault, to fulfill your purpose and calling.

Notice that Eph. 4:14 reveals for us a people who cease from their wonderings, who stop pursuing mixture and in-part knowledge by seeking to fulfill that ministry of God’s choosing. “That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”. Here are a people, who do not manifest a perverse state of being, but while walking in this world of darkness, they are not a part of that darkness. Friends, the greater darkness spoken of is not necessarily greatest in the immoral realms and the dark places of our modern-day society. Know, that it is when the light that God has given to individuals and church groups goes out, it becomes the greater darkness. “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single; thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, they whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt. 6:22-23).

Where does such greater darkness exist? Could it not be among the religious folks who refuse purification as it comes through the revealed Word of God? This refusal causes the light to flicker and go out, to become gross darkness. Meanwhile, among this darken world there is a people who according to Eph. 4:15 which says, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ.” Speaking known truth is that which sets a person free. Meanwhile, anything less than truth will bind a person to deception. Therefore, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, wars on behalf of that one who desires to know the truth. “Truth,” in this context means, “true (as contrasted with what is false). Hence, used of God in that He cannot lie. The opposite of truth is a lie. Truth is very genuine, real, and substantial, as contrasted with that which is fictitious, unreal, shadowy, or symbolical. It is that which has truth for its base and is all that it claims to be.”

Speaking the truth then, in this context, is declaring more than words sounded out through the mouth. It is a visible expression of the invisible God manifesting Himself in love. “Love,” as used above has the meaning of “spontaneous love, irrespective of rights.” “Spontaneous” from the dictionary has a complete meaning as to this God-like love that is to flow from each vessel. Spontaneous means “happening or arising without apparent external cause; self-generated, voluntary and impulsive; unpremeditated, unconstrained and unstudied in manner or behavior, growing without cultivation or human labor; indigenous”. The love of God is not the product of an external law, but an inner law, which is from God. God’s love can be accepted or rejected according to man’s choosing. Love is enlarged from itself by the using thereof. For this cause, loving births love that births love to bring forth a greater harvest of love.

In becoming this love, the requisite to maturity, we “may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ:” Here we see the perfect reason for the body of Christ to “not forsake the assembling of themselves together, as the manner of some is ….” (Heb. 10:25a). Eph. 2:21 declares, “In whom all the building [not a natural man-made wood and stone building] fitly framed together, growing [maturing, increasing] unto a holy Temple in the Lord”. Our vision should be one of coming together, to grow-up in Him in all things. This means all things pertaining to our spirit, soul, and body. It means all things that He would lead us to put our hands to. It means never falling short of the vision, maturing up into the Head, heirs and co-heirs with the Christ, the whole body, God’s Temple. Take notice again in Eph. 4:16, “… makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” That which is spontaneous, which can’t be worked up or man inspired, it must be received from God, to increase only in the using, as we reach into God’s heart of love.

In Eph. 4:17-19 we are told, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling has given themselves over into lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness”. This gives for us a warning concerning that which man always partakes of when motivated by desires or lusts. Having vanity of the mind with their understanding darkened alienates them from the life of God. We are alienated from God by ignorance and blindness of the heart, while doing all things for self through greediness.

Which environment are you yielding yourself too? Rest assured, there is a gospel, a people, a religious system that is motivated by man’s own lust and egos. This system only satisfies that for which man desires or covets for self. While perfection that flows from love is lacking, these people abide in a place of darkness and mixture. It promotes the blind leading the blind, where both fall into the ditches of the evil deceptive world. Therein they willingly dwell in the pigpen of humanity, while in the Fathers house there are treasures aplenty.

Unto those who desire to have their eyes open. God will show them the true condition that exists among the religious, carnal Christian circles of today. In Rev. 3:14-19 (read), we have that stated witness of God concerning this condition. “These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” The beginning of God, the Fathers creation, in visible form was Christ Jesus; the Word made flesh, a creation that is to continue until all things know restoration according to God’s purpose. The first-born Son of God will see all the other sons being born of the Spirit, to overcome and set with Christ Jesus in his throne. In the process of restoration, the firstborn points out the evil condition, even as it exist today, that man might awaken to the spiritual destitute condition that truly manifest from within himself. “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot”. Why would God want His people to be cold or hot? Could it be that by being lukewarm, the in-between, man manifest a mixture that produces only after its own kind? In being full of mixture, where is the true witness?

The truth, cannot be ministered when a mixture between light and darkness deceives the people to that gospel which is not the true gospel? If all that humanity can see is gray areas, where is the darkness in contrast to the light? In this type of environment, our offspring cannot know truth after God’s own kind. God’s purpose is to establish that true witness, the word made flesh again in and through a body of people, to bring forth a real genuine restoration. Because God hates mixture, His purpose is to, “so then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth”. Lukewarmness is something that God cannot nor, will He receive into Himself. Lukewarmness will never be a part of what God is and He rejects it until pureness replaces the mixture. To digest food makes it a part of your being, so any mixture from man God cannot nor will He bless nor take into Himself.

However, God extends His love and grace to that lukewarm people. As God describes their true spiritual condition, He desires to bring understanding to those who finally seek to know the truth. “Because thou says, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” Being blind to the reality of one’s true spiritual condition deceives a people. However, through increased knowledge maturing beyond the principles of the doctrines of Christ a people become pure. Heb. 6:1a, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation ….”, by refusing to hear or go on unto perfection, simply gathers a people to a life-less traditional environment from which God’s glory has departed.

Even with God’s glory gone, man continues to build, to add to their numbers, and gain the material goods that have taken on carnal value. Nevertheless, with these things being valuable only according to man’s own value system, not God’s. Thus, what a man sees as successful, God deems as valueless. In man’s own eyes he is rich, but in God’s eyes He declares that men knows not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” The word “Knows” from the phrase “knows not,” means, “To know (intuitively) without effort, to understand.”

Hence, we see a people, though religious in practice, they, without understanding or discernment, know not the truth of their spiritual condition. They only can evaluate themselves by outward appearances, which speaks to them of wealth and increased goods. As they observe with the natural eye, they rest in their spiritual blindness, declaring that they are not in need (doctrinally), for they say they already proclaim the full gospel. In their blindness, they do not know their true spiritual condition is one of poverty. They are “wretched and miserable,” walking with the wretched one who does not give any real peace, a peace which passes all understanding. Where is their joy in the Lord? Having a lack of God’s righteousness, they become righteous in their own eyes. They live under the “letter” of the word, the law of death, instead of happiness of life in God.

Continuing from verse 17, this people are also “poor.” “Poor” is a word meaning “destitute, and in want”. The truth is that most church orders exist only upon the bare necessities of the doctrines of Christ. Meaning, they refuse to mature spiritually into that place of perfection, spiritual maturity. While they are not poor in carnal affairs, they remain poor spiritually. Being also “blind and naked”, we see an order of people who have existed on the milk of the word for so long, while being past the age of breast or bottle feeders, they have become spiritually unhealthy. Their spiritual sight has not matured enough to give them the ability to see the spiritual things God has prepared for them that love and obey Him. In their blindness, they maintain themselves through habitual life-styles ordered after childish religious games, while refusing words of instruction and teachings that will lead them into God’s promised maturity and perfection. Thus, they are naked. Without any spiritual covering and anointing, they, like Adam and Eve, seek for a fig leaf, a man-made covering, to hide their nakedness. Having a permissive doctrine, they seek to hide behind their own self-righteousness instead of allowing God’s righteousness to cover them.

God’s love and grace are so amazing. God continually seeks to correct man’s ways by the offering of Himself. Verse 18 encourages men by saying, “I counsel thee to buy of me.” This is a statement spoken to captivate our attention. That which we need from God we cannot buy because we have nothing with which to buy. Our righteousness is as filthy rage and salvation from sin is a free grace gift from God. What then is God declaring? Could it not be that God’s only desire is that we lay down our natural desires, our carnal lives of lust, that we might take true life up again in Him? I think part of the price we pay is our being released from corruption and putting on incorruption. Released from mortality and putting on immortality is not just a future tense event, but it also works progressively in the now.

We are changed by seeing, believing and having faith in God through love. A nature that God offers when He declares it as “gold tried in the fire”? Speaking of the deity of God purifying a people, “that thou may be rich” (all things being ours in the heavens), and not “poor.” We finally become dressed in “white raiment,” the anointed covering of God’s righteousness, overcoming “the shame of thy nakedness.”

Has God not spoken in Matt.7:22-23, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Does not the Father know those that are His by the covering each wear? Therefore, we must put on His covering even as Jesus said to Peter after Jesus was resurrected, “When thou growth old [spiritual mature], another shall dress thee”. (Read John 21:15-19).

“Anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou may see. Spiritual blindness is the result of poor spiritual food, a lack of proper spiritual nutrition to develop the spiritual sight needed to see God. Eye salve is that “true love for God” which releases healing for the eyes. Love opens blinded eyes to see Him as He is. This word “see” in this context means “to have the power of seeing, to use the eyes, to look at; used of the act of looking, even though nothing be seen: Hence, to observe accurately and with desire”. Thus, love heals and motivates the desires of the vessel to look toward the one loved and see Him accurately. Therein, no longer bound by a poor, naked condition, but a becoming even as Christ is, a certain people manifesting His nature for the world to see.

Therefore, friends, “be ye therefore perfect, even as you’re Father which is in heaven is perfect,” is neither an empty promise nor command. It is a promise given and fulfilled in the saints who have fallen in love with the Father. A love-force that inspires all to overcome, even as it has been promised, “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am sit down with my Father in His throne”. (Rev. 3:21). Let us, each one, agree together, in love, that all things from God are completed. Can we not believe that this is a present-tense statement? Therefore, let us love God with all that we are in mind, soul, and body. Let us give ourselves to Him by having faith in His grace to do the work necessary in those that love to follow Him. What direction does your heart felt love take? Does it put God and His purpose above all else? If so, expect largely and God will fulfill.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – Chapter Eleven”

“The Priest/Kings of the Lord”

With the clouds of change gathering for what the scriptures have declared to be the last days, the different camps of belief, those of different understandings, are all prepared to see their particular doctrines fulfilled. With each camp, for the most part, standing firm in their creeds, the winds of God’s Holy Spirit are on the increase. Winds that shall, with strength, shake everything that can be shaken. Every house that man has built on the sandy foundation of man-made doctrines and understandings shall fall, to cause only the truth to remain. Why? For the appearing of the Christ is now come. At His appearing, with Christ revealed, a full word of restoration is to be spoken and manifested.

God’s judgment shall burn up all the wood, hay, and stubble of man’s created doctrines, to release God’s kingdom government of deliverance, an order that shall eventually set the captives free. The truth, spoken through and manifested from God’s spokespersons, His Kingly/Priesthood, shall restore the creation of God back to its full purpose. All that has been out of balance, because of the fall of man, is to know restoration. Hence, in its restoration, God shall be ruler over all things. Herein, every enemy shall be defeated and put under foot as God and His Christ shall reign.

When speaking of this Kingly/Priesthood Company, of whom do we speak? God has spoken to us of a branch “out of the root of Jesse,” King David’s father. This branch shall mature until it is filled with the seven-fold spirit of God as spoken of in Isa. 11:2-3, “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord;”. The branch spoken of here is that many member “shoot,” a priesthood that is filled with God’s “seven-fold” spirit. Thus, with such an in-dwelling anointing, these shall come forth in the righteous judgment of God. Isa. 11:4-5 declares, “But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked [lawless one]. And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His rains.”

Again, who is the Kingly/Priesthood spoken of in these scriptures? Could they not be those who have had their faith tested and tried through the fire of God? These King/Priests are the chosen people of God who have remained faithful to Him because they have caught a glimpse of Him and the inheritance that is for them in the heavenlies, the dwelling places of God. Reading in 1 Peter 1:4-7 with joy we are told, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you. These are those who are kept by the power of God [the power of reproducing itself] through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed [to unveil to be visible] in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations, that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing [unveiling, revelation, manifestation, when used of a person it always denotes that he is visible] of Jesus Christ;”.

Thus, we see a testing used to birth a people from the earth realm into the heavenlies. A company of Priest/Kings who stand in these last days, to minister unto God in His Holy of Holies, which is Gods abiding place within perfected man. It is herein that He will make His appearance unto all humanity. Here we can begin to see a people who, through the fires of adversity, and brought to the place wherein all they are or have been is placed upon an altar unto God. We began to see a people who wait upon the Father to receive instructions concerning His will. All that is of an independent source is forsaken. They seek only the Father, to know and do only that which He does or that which He says.

Even as the High Priest, Jesus Christ, these also freely declare as did Jesus in John 5:19-20, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, Verily, I say unto you, the son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things so ever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will show Him greater works than these that ye may marvel”. This is speaking of a ministry, a priesthood that shall cause the world to marvel. By becoming the manifested many member body of Christ, His priesthood, these purified overcomers, shall likewise see and hear from the Father only. They, in obedience, shall do “the greater works than these shall ye do” ministry. A kingdom established and ministered unto the nations, through this Priest/King Company of people.

The Priest/King, the ministers as the sons of God, shall be the temple dwellers who reign with God from the Holy of Holies realm where God’s Shekinah glory abides. In Rev. 22:1-5, we see the environment of this dwelling place. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manners of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse [an accursed thing]: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him [those who minister unto Him, the Zadok, the Melchisedec priesthood]; and they shall see His face…. and they need no candle [the holy place realm], neither light of the sun [the outer court realm]; for the Lord God giveth them light [Holy of Holies realm, His Shekinah glory]; and they shall reign for ever and ever [to the ages of the ages].

These priests, the man-child, the sons of God, purified from all that the fire of God can burn, are changed and enabled to dwell in this Holy of Holies realm, the place of God’s Shekinah glory. They shall rise from dwelling in the flesh realm, the lower realms of the earth, to a dwelling place in the spirit, which is God’s abiding place. They shall walk no more after the dictates of the natural lights of the sun, moon, and stars. They shall move beyond the realm wherein the natural minds understanding exist. These shall desire no more just the candlestick of the holy place realm, the soulish mixture that allows a people to receive only an in-part understanding that comes from the shadows cast by the candlestick light.

Nothing will be left of the natural minds cravings, as all shall flow from the indwelling mind of Christ that is present in this priesthood. No darkness dwells there. There is no night of sickness, sin, or corruption. This company of priest shall know the fullness of Godliness as they move or mature into the realm of the seven-fold spirit of God. This realm is an order wherein the kingdom of God governs without any shadows. Herein the law of God, in a full measure is manifest through these Priest/Kings. From this throne room order of life, healing flows unto the people of the nations, as God’s government flows out to rule over His creation. As Jesus showed us to pray, “Thy kingdom come … on earth as it is in heaven.” Hence, God’s Shekinah glory comes. “Shekinah” is a word used to express the glory and presence of God to and in His people.

Who is this Melchisedec Priest of the Most High God? What does it mean for a people to fulfill that priesthood order? (Read Hebrews the seventh chapter). In these scriptures, we see that the Melchisedec priesthood order far exceeds the Levitical priest in greatness. For the most part, the ministries we see operating in today’s Christian circles, only fulfill that of the Levitical order. Meanwhile Melchisedec is an order without reference to any human qualifications for the priest office. Melchisedec genealogy is not recorded as was so essential in the case of Aaron’s sons, the Levitical priesthood. Levitical priests began their service at thirty and ended it at fifty years of age with the high priest succeeded on the day of his predecessor’s death. However, with Melchisedec and the order he represents, there is no such dates recorded for it has neither beginning of days nor end of life. We only know that Melchisedec lived, and thus, He is a fitting type of those who shall live continually.

Heb. 7:3 states, “Without father, without mother, without decent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abiding a priest continually”. This is the priesthood order that supersedes and does away with the Levitical order. The Levitical order, as we see it operating in the earth today, among the religious orders, cannot now nor has it ever been able to make anything perfect. Could it be because they are priest who operate in that fleshly, carnal in-part realm, the outer courts of God? Could they be that ministry which follows the dictates of carnal tradition and man’s doctrine instead of following the Holy Spirit and what He would lead them to do? Are they a ministry that follows the rituals and learned programmed services without considering the Holy Spirits leadership? However, God, from the eternities, before the creation of humanity, purposed to have for Himself a priesthood that would stand before Him and minister. They would go forth in God’s presence, unto all His creation, to establish and reign over the kingdom that would come of God Himself.

Here, in what we deem from scripture to be the last days, God, in all His glory is birthing forth this priesthood company to fulfill that purpose. We can behold the fundamental church orders that exist in the earth today and look upon a dead passing order. The ministries of this passing order have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting. They, of the Levitical order priesthood, have built idols of traditional understandings and humanistic religion for the people to worship. They have rebelled against the revelation of God’s word, which makes a people free. They have erected prison houses of worship and made the members prisoners of those idols, which cater to the soul’s fleshly desires, the desires of the natural man that makes himself his own god. Nevertheless, God, according to his timing, is now stepping in to bring those manmade kingdoms down.

These two priesthood orders, spoken of in the book of Ezekiel as it speaks to us of the different services that each priest order is to function in and the limit or unlimited boundaries of each order. These we see working in the church of today and God has set certain boundaries as the result of their rebelliousness. Ezek. 44:5-12a reveals, “And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary. And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel [what about the rebellion that is evident in many church circles and the people of today, as to their continuous refusal to hear and receive the progressive revelation of God’s Word, as they continue to make idols out of old doctrines and traditions left by their forefathers?]. Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations, in that ye have brought into My sanctuary strangers [those ones not blood washed and abiding in the family of God], uncircumcised in heart [a heart that continues to covet the things of the fallen Adam man and have not turned to the ways of God], and uncircumcised in flesh [continually controlled or led by the lust of the flesh and does not follow the leading of the Holy Spirit], to be in My sanctuary, to pollute it [does the Holy Spirit have the place of rulership in our life?], even my house, when ye offer My bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken My covenant because of all your abominations. And ye have not kept the charge of Mine holy things; but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves. Thus, saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel. And the Levites that are gone away far from Me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from Me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, have charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: They shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the People, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity:”

This word “iniquity” is a Hebrew word that means “crooked, wrong, perverseness.” Could it not be showing today’s Christian that worshipping idols (modern day humanistic religions of carnality) takes a people off God’s straight and narrow pathway? God has always fully intended to bring forth a people unto His likeness and image. Maturity unto that place in God requires a progressive growth until “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Progressive revelation of God’s truth is for such growth; without which it causes or makes for a perverse order. Physical growth without mental growth produces perversion. When God’s people cease from moving on in enlightened truth, to build idols and remain around the mountain of basic principles and carnal doctrines, it causes the people to fall into iniquity, thus a covenant with death that keeps the people from God’s progressive presence. “Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? In thy name cast out devils, done many wonderful works? Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. 7:22-23).

Hence, while ministers at the sanctuary gates only, they shall not, they and the people who follow them, enter God’s Holiest of All presence. Ezek. 44:12b-14 continues, “Therefore have I lifted up Mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near unto Me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place [kept out of God’s throne room order]: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations, which they have committed. But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein [house keeper ministries and not priest unto God]”.

There is a ministry which shall continue to minister in the basic principles and ordinances of the church orders, but God shall go beyond the basics, to fulfill the fullness of His purpose. These have pressed onward into maturity, to know the full truth of God’s Word. This truth belongs to those who desire much more than the tickling of the ear, to those who desire much more than the dead idols of traditional enlightenment’s, to become a ministry that feeds the people in spirit, soul and body, not just to their fleshliness.

Who is this Melchisedec ministry? Where do they come from? Ezekiel speaks of them and their status before God as we read in Ezek. 44:15-19 (Read entire 44th chapter of Ezekiel). “But the priest, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God: They shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge. [Can we not see the ascension of the man-child of Rev. 12 revealed here? These of the man-child order ascend from the earth realm which is the carnal realm. These come out of the realm of flesh, which cannot enter God’s kingdom and they stand before God and minister to Him in His presence. Their purpose is, because of loving God, they go forth unto the nations with the word and testimony of God being their life]. And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court they shall be clothed with linen garments [a change from the fleshly tabernacle of the Adam man to the spiritualized tabernacle received from the heavenlies]; and not wool [the flesh of the Adam man] shall come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads and shall have linen breeches upon their loins [unable to reproduce after the religious genealogy of the flesh man]; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causes sweat. And when they go forth into the utter [outer] court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments and they shall not sanctify the People with their garments.” 

        Do we see a Priesthood here that is not to know the limitations of the flesh? These are changed from the earthly Adam man with the ability to appear and depart according to Gods will as they come and go before the nations. These Priests shall put on the heavenly garments that enables them to stand before God, as His ministers, ministering unto Him, to again go forth and stand before the nations and minister unto them the laws and government of the Kingdom of God as they are sent in the spirit without measure.

Yes, there is a much-needed change-taking place in creation. A time has come when the whole world and all its systems, rather political, economic, or religious and spiritual, are knowing a shaking. God, bound by His Word, is releasing a new sound into the earth. Trumpeters are receiving instructions to sound out the revelation of their preordained purpose. An awakening is taking place as a priesthood is shaking itself awake, to be transformed to stand before God, to see His face and know His glory. In standing before God, they shall no longer be limited to an in-part order of truth. They shall no longer be limited to seeing in-part and hearing in-part, but they shall see Him face to face, seeing Him as He is. From this foreordained inheritance, the Priest of the Melchisedec ranks shall go forth to establish a kingdom without end. We all can give praises unto the Father for such a time as this. We shall know and see the appearing of that for which all creation groans. (Read John 3:3-8 and 2 Cor. 5:1-5).

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter ten”

“Gods Man-Child”

The whole world and all that dwells upon her is even now groaning and travailing, awaiting in pain for an event to take place that will eventually bring change to all things. “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now”. (Rom.8:22). While the whole world groans, there is coming out from the whole, a portion, a remnant that shall become a new beginning, and these remnant first-fruits shall fulfill all that the groaning desires. This is a desire, which is calling for not only the redemption of the body, but also the restoration of God’s creation. This first-fruits remnant shall become the saviors spoken of who come forth from Mt. Zion (God’s dwelling place on earth within man) with salvation available for all of humankind.

Obadiah 1:17 & 21 speak of these deliverers by declaring, “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness: and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions …. And saviors shall come up on mount Zion [pointing to God’s dwelling place within receiving man] to judge the mount of Esau [the house of flesh]; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s”. In addition, 2 Cor. 5:1-4 openly states, “For we know that if our earthly house of the tabernacle [body] were dissolved, we have a building of God, a 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 [without a body]. For we that are in the tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we should be unclothed but clothed upon that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” 

        While, up to this time in God, the church has seen nothing more than the earnest, the pledge of our inheritance, the in-part understanding of God’s ways, we are now beginning to see the first signs of this promise from God, the fullness of God making an appearance within man. The groaning is on the increase and the event when God’s remnant come forth is even now making a showing, an appearance. We are beginning to see that this birthing, the adoption, the placing as the sons of God, is taking place. These birth contractions are getting closer and closer together with each passing day and the completed man-child will soon be coming forth to take his place.

In the book of the Revelation, in the very first verse its purpose is “to show unto His servant’s things which must shortly come to pass.” With Revelation being a book written about 57 years after the death of Jesus, and about 90 years after His birth, the truth contained within Revelation points to events that take place beyond or after the time of its writing. Hence, when our attention is directed to a birthing that is to take place, as told in the 12th chapter of Revelation, that birthing does not point to Jesus’ birth as a baby some 2000 years ago, but it speaks of a birthing that is to come forth in a season after the writing of Revelation. Therefore, as we look at the declarations made in this book, we see those things that have taken place since John wrote of them, as well as those things that soon are to happen. With Revelation speaking of the last days, these things will quickly come to completion because we are now living in the “last” of the “last days.”

One event, a sign of fulfillment taking place in our day, is the process spoken of in the 12th chapter of Revelation. Herein is the declaration of the birthing of a man-child. In verse one it speaks of a great wonder that is taking place in the heavens. This is a “great wonder” because it is revealing an event on a scale never before known. “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars”: In this context, the word “heaven” is a plural word meaning more than one heaven. Therefore, this wonder of a woman being clothed with the sun is taking place in many heavens. Could this be pointing to an event that takes place in more than one man’s spirit and soul? Is it not pointing towards a kingdom of God coming forth on earth through His pure true church?

Just who and what then are these heavens spoken of here. The Greek word for heaven, in this verse, speaks of “the idea of elevation, as the abode of God.” This points us to the fact that within all who receive Him within, God abides. With God’s abiding place being a heaven, herein we have a heavenly dwelling place within humanity when they receive Him into their lives. Therefore, with a part of heaven being within, and with it being the idea of elevation, the abode of God, then man is given the ability to manifest God from within. This man can progressively become an elevated one to live in that same heaven. Hence, a people can, by becoming a spirit led people, become those who no longer follow the appetites of the fleshly carnal realm. This points to those motivated by the spirit of God from within as they become that ascended, elevated people manifesting the nature of Christ on earth.

These people are living and walking in a new dimension of life. By being a people who follow the heaven within, they become a people who are now clothed with new garments, no longer wearing the earthly garments of the old carnal nature. Clothing or being clothed speaks to us of a spiritual covering which reveals or manifest something of another nature. These are no longer dressed as those of the earth, but with the characteristics that manifest a life of God’s heavenly order or realm.

This woman, who types the church in the earth has changed her apparel, she has put off her old characteristics of the fleshly nature to reveal another nature. “Clothed with the sun” is speaking of a woman likened unto the Virgin Mary who, overshadowed by the spirit of God was clothed with the sun, receiving the Christ as she received His word, the seed of God within her womb. In this, God’s Word will birth the man-child. This woman is that part of the church which is now clothed with Christ (the sun), with the moon (speaking of the carnal part of the church) now being placed under her feet in victory. This is speaking of a people within the church who have overcome the apostasy, that which eats up the carnal minded church.

This Christ clothed woman, one, but many in number, has become pregnant. She does not defile herself with the seed of man and his own thoughts, the words of man’s own concepts, doctrines, and traditions. She has become pure in spirit to receive only that which the Holy Spirit would speak. This church, the woman church, is not necessarily that one down the street on a corner bearing another’s name, but it is Christ’ true church, which has been clothed with the sun, the righteousness of Christ. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”. (2 Cor. 11:2). This is that part of the church which separates and becomes clean through the blood of Jesus’ death that she might receive the seed of Christ. While not willing to receive from any other source, she is receiving only from God and is now pregnant with the coming man-child, God’s many member Son who shall rule the nations in love.

To enable us to understand the truth of the man-child, with a single eye we should consider the kingdom of God, the church as it is in the earth today. The church is that entity, purposed of God to usher in the 1000-year reign of peace on the earth through the birthing of a man-child. Up to now we see a church that is operating in three parts as typed by the wilderness tabernacle of Moses and the temple as built by Solomon. Part one is that Outer court area where they slay the sacrifices for sins. It represents the church that lives and dwells in the realm of the flesh that receives only the natural light of the world, or the letter of the word that does not produce true life.

Part two is about change, it is the Holy place realm, which receives its light from the light of the burning candlestick (Holy Spirit) as it daily receives the anointing oil to maintain the necessary light. This realm speaks to us of the soulish church, the women who must receive her seed or the word of God from the table of showbread (God’s word) in this Holy place. This Holy place speaks of the soul of man whose mind, will, emotions and desires, of the old fallen Adam nature, are dead as it acts separately from God. Man’s soul needs restoration as the spirit and word restore it back to life, to once again become a living soul. In this Holy place order, the soul of man either rejects the Spirit and the Word or receives them to be progressively changed. This Holy place area of the soul speaks to us of that feminine order that receives from the Spirit of God as He lives in man’s renewed spirit, purposed to give birth to a new nature as it comes forth from God.

The third part of the kingdom of God is the Holy of Holies and speaks to us of a masculine spiritual church, where the seed of God, His Word dwells in the spirit without measure. It is from out of the women church order (the soul, the Holy place) where the birthing of this masculine church spiritual order comes. This is the part of the church order that in receiving the word of God in spirit and soul have become the visible expression of God in the earth. Herein, their bodies also know full redemption. When speaking of the feminine, female, woman church, we speak of a realm of life that, though anointed with ministries and the gifts of the spirit, it continues to follow the desires of the soulish parts of the vessel, that which Paul declares as being or living in-part.

When speaking of the masculine, male, man-child church, we are talking of those who allow the anointing oil of God to transform their soul to become a spirit led order of people who stand in the presence of God’s throne room realm, a nature change into throne-room authority. An order of people who become one with God even as Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23, “That they all may 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: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”.

This woman is not only clothed with the sun (righteousness) and overshadowed by the Holy Spirit but has also put the moon under her feet. This moon, which receives its light from the sun (Christ), speaks to us of a church that has no light within itself, but only reflects the light it allows the sun (Christ) to give it. The moon speaks of a part of the church that mixes her seed with the seed (thoughts, desires, emotions, and mind) of man. Man’s seed is that which contains his own doctrines, traditions, and humanistic philosophy. Meanwhile, God’s true woman church is that part of the soulish church that gains victory over these confusions birthed from carnal man. She has become an overcomer by placing all such confusion under her feet. She has learned fully well that obedience is better than sacrifice. She is seeking to see only what the Father is doing and desiring to say only, what she hears Him say. With this being the utmost desire of her heart, she is having union with Him. In this place of victory, she, by the spirit, receives the crown of twelve stars upon her head.

This crown denotes a renewing of the mind, a coming out from under man’s order into God’s divine government. His governmental perfection now ruling over her life. The twelve stars speak of God’s number for governmental perfection and speaks of a many member woman who receives only that which comes from God. This part of the woman church becomes one placed in authority (the crown); to become the purified, perfection and purged one needed to birth the man-child, the sons of God. This woman, the cleansed part of the in-part church, is now impregnated by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit to finally birth the man-child. She is now beginning to know the travail and pain that comes with the delivery of a child. “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” (Rev. 12:2). There is that part of the true Christian Community, God’s true church, which even now is finding herself going through this birthing process. It finds herself knowing the pain of that birthing, a travailing with contractions as she is experiencing the deep-seated longing to push until this birthing is completed.

Finally, with the birthing being complete, a man-child of destiny appears. A male son who is to rule the nations is now appearing. This son is the one of birth whose origin and nature is of the Fatherhood of God. This son is he who is a son because of a relationship with the Father. Rev. 12:5 declares with firmness, “And she brought forth a man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God and to His throne”. This son is the many member sons, birthed out from the female soulish church order into a higher realm in God, the anointing of God’s throne room order. Consider this truth; it is from the throne room that true life manifest. It is within this masculine church that the seed of life dwells. The man issues forth the seed while the woman is the receiver of the seed. Again, we ask, where is the kingdom of God? Where is God’s throne? Is not the kingdom of God and His throne within?

Does not God dwell within the spirit of man, seeking to completely restore the soul of each one who receives Him, until the birthing of that new man, a new nature? Unto those who receive Him to be led of the Holy Spirit, they cease from living after the order of the earthly realm, the old nature, and their lives now ascend to a “caught up” order of life consumed by God’s kingdom and His throne. This speaks to us of a many member son in whom being “caught up,” means responding to the Holy Spirit without measure. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34). These many member sons are now coming into the full realization of their inheritance. No longer limited to the earthly Levitical priesthood order that makes nothing perfect but is now moving in the authority of the throne room, the right of rulership, a ministry from the heavenlies, which is God’s dwelling within the man.

These are God’s appointed ministry, which now comes forth in the order of the Melchisedec, the Christ-like priesthood. Heb. 7:1-3 states that, “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all: first being by interpretation king of righteousness, and after that also king of Salem, which is King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abiding a priest continually”.

This “catching up” of the man-child order does not necessarily speak to us of a physical catching away, but rather a spiritual ascension into a higher realm of Christ-like authority, a higher dimension of the spirit, manifesting from the heavenlies which are within. These heavens are that place of entering into a realm of life which manifest a new body, for this is the time of the redemption of the body. It is the time of being completely born of the Spirit of God which includes the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. John 3:5-8 declares, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit [of water – yea spiritual water], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again. The wind [spirit] blows [breaths] where it lists [He wills], and thou hear the sound thereof, but canst not tell [knows not] whence it cometh, and whither it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

This is pointing to a people that are putting on incorruption and immortality, the receiving of a spiritual body that comes and goes like the wind. However, one that can be touched, felt, and seen just as Jesus’ spiritual body after His resurrection. Hence, we see a man-child order being “caught up,” born of the Spirit. This is a body of people who are being “placed as a son.” This is the adoption, which is preparing them for the power of the first resurrection. Rev. 20:6 states, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priest of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years”.

The man-child that is to be born of the woman is to become the masculine church that is to dwell in a higher realm of spiritual authority. This man-child church is not a soulish church that needs to receive seed or life as the woman does, but one that giveth seed or has life from within because of the indwelling throne room realm. Meanwhile, the woman remains a part of that earthbound church which finds her fleeing from before that dragon to a place prepared for her. This place has been prepared wherein she will dwell for a 3 ½-year period in a wilderness (renewed time of preparation while protected). Rev. 12:6 says, “And the woman fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of God, that they [the man-child, the body of the promised seed set to crush the head of the serpent] should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” This woman church is those who birthed out from herself the man-child (the many membered sons), who are now spiritually living of another dimension of life, one separated from the woman. By moving into the life of this higher order, the man-child church is a mature people of a Christ like nature, a glorified people, who now began to rule and reign over God’s creation.

Meanwhile, those remaining in the female (soulish) part of the church order, though blood bought, find themselves in need of further processing as they flee into the wilderness that God has prepared for them. This word “wilderness” in this context is from a Greek word, which has the meaning of “lonesome.” Could this be speaking of a separation from those who have ascended into their place of rulership? With the man-child, the spirit led glorified body of Christ, having ascended into a higher order or realm because their understanding of God and their nature has matured, the women find herself in a place of necessity. With the man-child having gone beyond the Vail into the place (Holy of Holies) of God’s glory she finds herself in a state of being “lonesome.” Being in a place of separation, into that place prepared beforehand by God, she is to receive a further purging and cleansing. A place wherein she might be separated from the in-part understandings of that soulish order which has had her bound, to a place of receiving additional teaching and a further time of maturing. Herein she will also reach her ordained place of fullness.

In understanding that the woman, the soulish church, has need for a further cleansing, we should take note of Lev. 12:2-5 where we see that a further cleansing is necessary and required for those who live after the female order, the soulish realm. “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, if a woman has conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days: according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean …. But if she bears a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks [fourteen days], as in her separation ….” In other words, to those who are living and walking after the female (soulish) order instead of living and walking after the male (spirit) realm, it takes a longer period to come into that realm of being made clean or perfected.

We already see that the ones who are being “led by the spirit,” they are the “sons of God.” They are that man-child company birthed to glorify God from the ranks of the King/Priest ministry as they rule over His creation. Meanwhile, the soulish church, loved of the Father, continues in its time of purification. Because she has need of a further cleansing, it is for this reason that God has prepared a place for her among the world, learning and being protected by God. It is in this place of protection and feeding that she becomes complete before God, through the ministry of the man-child that has ascended unto God’s throne-room authority.

As we continue to read in Rev. 12:7-9 we find that a war is also taking place in the heavens, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil [slanderer] and Satan [adversary], which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth [earth as distinct from heaven], and his angels were cast out with him”.

Consider that this casting out is not the casting out which took place before the writing of Revelation. Remember, in Rev. 1:1, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servant’s things which must shortly come to pass; ….” Therefore, this context is speaking more concerning the casting out of Satan and his angels from the heaven in which the sons of God are purposed to and now dwell. The sons then become God’s deliverers through their birthing of the Holy Spirit. Note that this is not referring to the time of Satan’s removal from the holy mountain of God when he walked among the stones of fire.

Ezekiel 28:14-15 speaks of this truth, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set thee so: thou was upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire …, until iniquity was found in thee”. This anointed cherub was found with iniquity and cast from God’s highest heaven. In heaven, that invisible realm in which God abides, there are many levels. Here, in the context of Rev. 12:7-9 above we see that Satan, the Devil, that dragon, still had access to a certain level or realm of heaven. In the realm of heaven preserved for the birthed man-child, the fallen cherub has stood as an accuser, but now is to be cast from the heavens of the man-child. This speaks of gaining a freedom of expression and manifestation that the perfected sons of the throne room are coming into.

Whereas in days gone by, there has been a wrestling with those rulers of darkness and the spiritual wickedness in high places. But now these sons are taking up their right to rule from these high places. The man-child, with throne-room authority, by rights of inheritance do now minister as kings and priest. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power [authority] of His Christ [many member]; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word [expression] of their testimony [witness]; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:10-11).

What a time of rejoicing for those who are transformed from the realm of carnality and the in-part order of a church, into the spiritual realm, the authority of heaven. These are those who now have the mind of Christ and live in the heavenly realm with the spirit of God completely motivating them. They dwell in that new creation body which is free to express both the visible and the invisible. Therefore, these “caught up” ones are those born again of the spirit, the soul, and the body who have put to death the death realm in all its forms and manifestations. With the man-child having death under their feet, what of the rest of humanity?

In Rev. 12:12 we read, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell [tabernacle] in them. Woe to the dwellers of the earth and the sea! [carnal realm and heart of the carnal church] for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time”. Meanwhile the man-child, the remnant that now tabernacles in these heavens are free from the accuser. However, there remains a soulish church, the soulish woman in her ways, who still dwells in the earth realm. With the dragon now having full access to the earth only, he turns to persecute that woman, that soulish church which birthed out from her the man-child who ascended to the throne room authority of God.

Again, take note that God had prepared beforehand, for this soulish church, a place of protection in the wilderness for a further cleansing and purging. It is in this place that she receives food and protection from the dragon for a season. In this arena of time, from the serpent’s mouth, a flood of deception comes forth, seeking to destroy the woman through the continuing floodwaters of false doctrines that seek to deceive and destroy. It is here that the earth realm people who have lived their lives in the outer court of the flesh and its appetites, though religious in nature, they by this deception drown. Could this be saying that while the soulish church finds itself in need of a cleansing and a purging, those who are being protected by God, there are still other people in the earth realm who continue in their fallen Adam nature, a people deceived who swallow up this further flood of deception? In this, they continue in their ways of rejecting God and His supplied salvation. (Read Rev. 12:13-16).

We find during this period of transition, after the birthing of the man-child, with the woman now fed and purged through a further cleansing, the dragon is still at work, knowing that he has but a short time. In Rev. 12:17 we read, “And the dragon was wroth with the women [soulish church] and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [the man-child church], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. At this point, it would be well for us to read and consider some other scriptures concerning this time in God as He brings His creation towards a full measure of Himself.

With the man-child being the remnant of her seed, which the dragon makes war against during this time of tribulation, Rev. 11:7-9 shares with us, “And when they [the two witnesses, the man-child] shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified [in Jerusalem, by the religious orders]. And they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.”

Considered that according to God’s eternal purpose and preordained plan, the body of Christ, these sons of God, the two-witness man-child company is now ready to release the ministry of the power of Christ resurrection. Who are these two witnesses that are ministering during this time of tribulation? Scripture reveals for us that they are a people who have ascended to live before God in the order and government of that which is spirit and truth. It is in this law of spirit and truth that these witnesses, the overcoming man-child company defeats the antichrist satanic order that seeks to control God’s creation. In scripture, God reveals these two witnesses as the two olive trees that are the anointed word and spirit. Zechariah 4:6 reveals, Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, this [two olive trees] is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of host.” 

        By the laying down of their lives willingly and after laying in the streets for 3 ½ days, they are then to be resurrected as they move into the ministry of resurrection. Rev. 11:11 says that, “And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” This is the time of tribulation when the many who have rejected Him will now seek to know Him. While there has been a multitude of people called by God, many have rejected that call to remain worldly minded in all their pursuits. However, events do happen which will cause changes to take place in emotions and desires. While many rejected God’s call in the dispensation of Grace, in this time of tribulation many will re-think their stand. While in that time of grace they rejected Him, now in tribulation they desire to know Him and the power of His resurrection.

Could these be the multitudes spoken of in Rev. 7:9-10 & 13-14? After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God Which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb …. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, what are these, which are arrayed in white robes? And whence come they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knows. And he said to me, these are they which come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Read Rev. 7:9-17).

Again, in considering the man-child who is from the woman, let us consider some of the facts as to who they are. This man-child is a called-out seed, a group of people who have left the carnal religious systems behind to become a people that have experienced the birthing of the Holy Spirit unto the whole man. These people have known the spiritual desert, even as Moses and liken unto Joseph, they have experienced abuse from their brethren. These overcomers are destined for the throne room to rule and reign with Christ. In their birth by the Spirit, as spoken of in John 3:3-8, they bring forth the fullness of their inheritance because they have not limited God in any area. They know God and the power of the first resurrection by coming up out of the in-part church order to become the glory of God in the earth, a people without measure. They have kept the Feast of Passover and experienced the 30-fold fruit of the outer court. These have experienced the Feast of Pentecost, the 60-fold fruit of truth in the Holy place.

Moreover, even now, these are standing on tiptoes, longing and waiting to experience fully the Most Holy Place Feast of Tabernacles, that feast which ushers in the 100-fold fruit of Life. What a day! What a time to be alive in Christ. A trumpet is sounding; a people of the kingdom are becoming visible. God’s first-fruit man-child people are even now standing up to take the place of their inheritance. Thanks be unto God Who, through love, extends to us mercy and grace that we might become His Kingdom.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter nine”

                   “A New Name”

 

God has called and even now is bringing forth a people who are ascending into the ranks of those whom He calls “the overcomers”. This word “overcomer” from the dictionary has the meaning of “to get the better of in competition, conquer. To master, prevail over, to overcome obstacles, to overpower or overwhelm”. Thus, pointing to a person who has conquered every obstacle faced while gaining that Christ-like life into which God has called them. A life that knows justification and glorification, a life that leaves the mortal realm of the earthly behind to gain the immortal places of the heavenlies. This people have come to the end of a lifestyle of groaning and travailing into the placement of becoming a son, which is the redeeming of the body. Rom. 8:23 declares for us, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit the redemption of our body”.

In this redemption, a transformed body from that of a mortal groaning body to one that becomes immortal, becoming a body that glorifies God. This is a higher place than that of receiving the in-part gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit given to the church. The Holy Spirit anointing for the church is that which is but a foretaste and pledge of a far greater position, an eternal inheritance. We are shown in Rev. 7:3 that God declares of a people who shall arise to receive the mind of Christ, that each might move into that realm of the “greater works than these shall we do” as spoken by Jesus. “Hurt not …. till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads [receiving the mind of Christ]. It is unto those who are willing to become bondservants to God that are becoming one of the overcomers sealed with the mind of Christ.

By looking at the life of Jacob, it depicts for us, a life as it is lived after the dictates of the natural man. His name itself has the meaning of “contender, supplanter” which reveals for us the nature of the natural man in its ability to struggle against God’s higher purposes. Nevertheless, God brought Jacob to the place where He was alone, as it were, for it was time for him to ascend into a higher plane in God. God shares with us in Gen. 32:24, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a Man with him until the breaking of the day”. The word “Man”, as used in this scripture, speaks to us loudly in revealing some understanding as to the transition Jacob was about to complete. “Man” in this context is the Hebrew word “ISH” which means “male, or husband; a man in contrast with a woman. But it also means a greater man in contrast with an ordinary man”.

Could this not also be speaking to us of a greater man within the ordinary Adam man? In this context, we do have Jacob, the natural ordinary man, contending with a greater man. This word “ISH” is a word used “when God is spoken of as man”. Thus, this “Man”, could be the greater man within when speaking of the spirit of God that comes to dwell within man’s spirit (Adam, the natural ordinary man). With the scriptures telling us that “the kingdom of God is within”, we know that God in man (ISH) has a dwelling within that man. Could it be then, that the natural ordinary Jacob’s wrestling was also pointing to a greater man within, the man in whom the wrestling and transition within Christians is to bring forth?

Jacob was never to walk the same from that day forth, never again in his own strength (as shown by the touching of the hollow of his thigh). Jacob the contender, the natural man was now Israel, meaning “a prince with God”. This means that He becomes one who God commands, orders and rules over. Jacob now known as Israel, which replaces the name once used, for now he becomes a type of the spiritual man. Gen. 32:28 says, “And He said, thy name shall be called no more Jacob, But Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”. 

        Here Israel is a type of that man whom Jesus spoke of as one that “only does what He sees his Father do, and only says what he hears his Father say”. Israel is one who is the prince of God, a commander; He is one that now manifests that which God is in him. How, because he has become like unto the Father as shown in Gen. 32:30, “And Jacob called that name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved”. This word “Peniel” is the Hebrew word for “God’s face”, and as we are told in 1 John 3:2b, “… but we know that, when He shall appear [make manifest], we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”.

This new name (nature) is a promise from the Father unto all those who have overcome. A new nature given to those brought to the end of their own strength. In being weak, we like Jacob, have learned to lean upon the heavenly staff wherein we are in a right position before God to receive a new name. Rev. 2:17 says, “…. to him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in that stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it:”. The elders of Israel knew that a white stone represented a “victory” stone. In the year of Jubilee, at the time of Israel’s Day of Atonement feast, those released from bondage, received a “white stone”.

This white stone is the proof given for full redemption, a new name (nature), the mind of Christ and a new body. It is of assurance that these shall no longer walk as they once walked. This new walk is not a walking in some new modern updated set of rules and doctrines. Rather, they shall leave behind the natural concepts of doctrinal laws and traditions to move into the realm of reality. That which they once hoped for will now become the manifested life-style of each overcomer, as they express the nature of Christ unto the world.

As we consider a people coming into a life of maturity, a life of perfection even as the Father is perfect, we can base that truth concerning King David, who was anointed three times as a type of the King/Priest ministry that is now coming forth in the earth. David’s first anointing came through Samuel while he was still a lad tending his father’s sheep. (Read 1 Sam. 16:1-12). In 1 Sam. 16:13 we read, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him [David] in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward ….” This first anointing is a type of the outer court anointing wherein the sacrifice is for the sins of the people. Secondly, after Saul’s death (the death of the house of flesh), David was again anointed by the tribe of Judah to be King over them.

2 Sam. 2:4 shows, “And the men of Judah [praise] came, and there they anointed David King over the house of Judah”. Herein we see the type of the holy place anointing, even as it fell upon those in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. This anointing, which are the firstfruits, the gifts and ministries given for the perfection of the saints is the earnest of our inheritance. Eph. 4:13 declares this anointing was to be in place until, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.

Moreover, in Eph. 1:14 we are told that this second anointing is but the earnest (a pledge) of our inheritance until, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”. This redemption then is but the beginning of another anointing, a new day in Christ. However, a third day anointing is even now upon us. In looking at David’s third anointing, we can see another type of another greater day. Herein we see David set in as King over all of Israel. 2 Sam. 5:3 declares, “So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and King David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David King over Israel”. This anointing is the anointing represented by the Holy of Holies of the wilderness Tabernacle. It is that anointing which manifest the full stature of Christ in and through a people. It is this anointing, a life which births the redemption of the purchased possession, an anointing that enables God to send forth a people in the Spirit without measure. “For He Whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”. (John 3:34).

Here we see a remnant of people, caught up to dwell in God with their heads in the heavens (mind of Christ) while their feet walk upon the ground. This is that mature, perfected remnant that God can now send forth unto the nations, to feed, nurture and purify them, that they might likewise follow all the truth of God. In Acts 15:16-17 we read, “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, saith the Lord, Who doeth all these things”.

Another type given us to consider is Benjamin, a type of those redeemed ones who are to fulfill the ministry of the body of Christ, the sons of His right hand. These Priest/King ministers shall usher in the end-time kingdom of God. Benjamin was the younger of the two sons born to Rachel, the true love of Jacob (Israel), for whom he served Laban fourteen years to receive her for his wife. This number fourteen is twice the number of seven which is God’s number for spiritual perfection. A number multiplied by two simply means a higher form of the number (a double portion). Jacob had worked seven years and received Leah by deception and then he worked seven more years for the wife of his true love.

While each wife being perfect in her own order, Rachel represents those of a higher order in the church, the part of the church that births the true sons of God. These sons include the many member body of Christ, the man-child birthed to rule the nations. While Leah types the carnal church as seen in the earth today, Rachel speaks to us of the virgin girl Mary whom birthed the first son Jesus. Rachel, at the end of her days, after birthing Joseph, later births another younger son called Benjamin, a type of the last day man-child company. Even though Jacob (Israel), that old supplanter, the contender, had twelve sons from four different women, we can see God is controlling in bringing forth great truths for us to see. Twelve is God’s number for governmental perfection, with four denoting creative works, with reference to the material creation, as pertaining to the earth.

From among these four mothers (creative works) and twelve sons (governmental perfection), we should pay special attention to Rachel and her two sons. Joseph was the first-born of Rachel and types for us Jesus, the first-born son of God, birthed through His mother Mary. Mary was the virgin girl who knew not a man but overshadowed by the Holy Spirit she was to birth a Son, the head of the many member body of Christ. Rachel, in the last of her days also births another son. Benjamin, the younger son types the many member sons of God, birthed from the woman church that represents the last day’s virgin church, the true church that is birthing this man-child, many members in number, which makes up the fullness of the Christ. Joined with the first-born son, these first-fruits, brought forth as a remnant, shall began to rule over God’s kingdom as it is established on the earth in the last of these last days.

A few things we should notice about Benjamin are that he is the only other son of Israel that is born from Rachel. He was Joseph’s only full brother and we should notice in Gen. 35:18 that Benjamin (son of my right hand) did not have an earthly mother to raise him. Likewise, the man-child church separated from the mother (church) and matured by the Father. “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, [for she died], that she called his name Benoni [son of my sorrow]; but his father called him Benjamin”. Thus, a revealing that this last day many member son, born from the virgin Church, shall not be a son of sorrow like the first born (Jesus), but shall be the ruling sons with Christ at God’s right hand, the inheritors of God’s kingdom.

Benjamin, Joseph’s only full brother, was the one whom Joseph (while in Egypt) remembered, loved and longed to see. It was this younger brother Joseph searched for when his brothers came to Egypt for food because of a famine in the land. Remember, as his brothers were departing, to return home to Israel, it was in Benjamin’s sack that Joseph hid the silver cup. Silver, denoting redemption, was the cup offered to Benjamin for his redemption, paid for by the sufferings of Joseph before he moved into rulership in Egypt. Even as the elder son Jesus, who likewise suffered for His body’s sake, a people today who are accepting from Him His silver cup of redemption. Matt. 20:22 says, “But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask, are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him; we are able”.

Unto those who are willing to share in Joseph’s cup (Jesus), they shall also rule and reign with Him. With this “Joseph cup” denoting Christ sufferings, a people are coming into unity with Him. They are coming into that spirit of rulership in Christ wherein they come into their inheritance. 2 Tim. 2:12 shares, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, he also will deny us:” With Benjamin being birthed as the last of the twelve sons of Israel, denoting for us the feet members of the body of Christ, they shall at their appearing, come into the fullness of their inheritance. Let us take notice that it is the feet which appears last in the birthing of a natural child. This fullness speaks to us of the whole man, a day of redemption for the spirit, soul and body. 1 Cor. 15:26-27 declares, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death, for He hath put all things under His feet [members of Christ’s body]”.

Even as it was in the days of Joseph, in these last days, there shall appear another famine in the earth. This is not speaking of a famine for bread and water but a famine for the Word of God in spirit and truth. Joseph, who had the dreams of rulership, despised by his brethren, even as a remnant of people in the earth today are despised. They likewise have visions and dreams of rulership in the spirit, will and purpose of God. These visions and dreams given by God shall likewise cause today’s Joseph company to be despised, sold out by brethren as not even being a part of the household of God as the worldly-minded churches profess to be. These despised ones, though sold out and supposed to be dead, shall become the savior’s coming from Mt. Zion unto all their brethren. This last day famine is even now in the land, which is not a famine for food and water, but a famine of the hearing of the true word of God.

Amos 8:11 declares for us, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”. Honesty causes us to agree that most of the preaching from the pulpits across the land today is not necessarily the true word of God. At best, it is a watered-down version of former days, doctrines and passed down traditions that have not birthed the expression of God in the earth. Therefore, fulfilling the prophesied famine of a people not hearing the word of God. Where is the true Word of God? Most seek only for comfort or a place of survival in this cruel world, while willing to co-exist and compromise with it. By accepting the ways of the world as their ways, they allow any spiritual fruit to swivel up and die.

Amos 8:12-13, “And they shall wonder [stagger] from sea to sea [from human ways to human ways], and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro and seek the word of the Lord and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint of thirst”. Pointing to a generation in the earth today who, up to now, are fainting. They have been spiritually dying for lack of God’s heavenly manna, the spiritual life of the revealed word. They seek all the avenues, which the world’s kingdoms of religion have to offer; only to find themselves weaken unto death, unable to fulfill their thirsting and hunger cravings for satisfaction concerning the reason for their existence.

Was abuse God’s purpose in putting a people upon the earth, to be beaten and made prisoners of a corrupt system and it kings? Does God only desire for a people to die as they pass from the land of the living? Is this not the teaching of many of the church systems for the most part? Just hold on, abide, try to make it until physical death swallows you up, just wait for the hope you have of one day dying and going to heaven to be with God. Even from the beginning of humanity, God has spoken, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth”. (Gen. 1:28).

This speaks that all things are to be under subjection to God’s created man. Nevertheless, with man giving away the right to rule over God’s creation, all things came under a curse, all things seeking to corrupt God’s purpose. However, even though man, according to his natural nature, has corrupted the earth in all things, God has spoken forth a new creation man, one who is now standing forth to subdue the earth and replenish it with God’s holy love. A new kingdom, for even as Jacob, a newly named people are coming forth, no longer as schemers nor contenders, but a changed people. Those who have wrestled with themselves long enough to gain the victory and become a newly named people, spiritual Israel, a people whom God commands, orders and rules over. This people become a prince of God through a nature change. Given to rule over the earth, to feed humanity the truth of God’s word, food and drink to bring change to all God’s creation.

Again, liken unto Joseph, this people have been despised of their brethren, (those ones born unto the household of spiritual Israel, but have not yet been willing to submit to God’s divine Kingly order.) Their brethren have supposed this Joseph/Benjamin Company to be dead, but they are very much alive, hidden away among them in the earth. They are obscure, hidden until the time of their appearing. Because of the present tense time, they are even now beginning to come forth; they are speaking a word of deliverance, a word of life that shall cause the residue of God’s people to conquer death even as these first-fruit ones have conquered it. These will at first, not be recognized at the time of their appearing because of the order of their appearing. Nevertheless, humanity shall finally come to know them as Christ reveals Himself through them, His body of people that are manifesting Christ’s greater works. A people birthed into the redemption of their bodies by a putting on of God’s divine nature.

2 Peter 1:1-3, “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue; Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. A promise, a fact, a completed word that is coming forth even now by the putting on of that new name, a new nature manifesting itself through LOVE, therefore a new day, and a new order is come. It is even now upon us so arise for I come quickly, even now, saith the Lord, therefore, Yea and Amen, according to God’s word so shall it be.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter eight”

“God’s Chosen Vessels”

When considering the Christ, it is very important to remember that He is both the head and a many member body. This Christ God has anointed and called, chosen, justified, and shall glorify to bring forth the visible expression of the invisible Father/God. Christ is a King/Priest company of people, birthed and purposed to establish the kingdom of God in the earth. These people shall function in and manifest the greater works of the Father spoken of by Jesus. These are to come forth in a full measure, totally led of the Holy Spirit, in doing only what they see their Father do and saying only what they hear Him say. These are a people pure in heart, with a love for God that surpasses all else. These serve God and him alone, chosen vessels called to express His nature which lives within them. 

        Isaiah 4:2 speaks to us of a Branch, “In that day shall the Branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious….” The branch spoken of here is the Hebrew word “ZEMACH” which has the meaning of “a sprout” and it is used in scripture when speaking of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. However, in Isaiah 11:1, we are told, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots”. The word “Branch” in this scripture is not the same Hebrew word as used in Isaiah 4:2. Here in Isaiah 11:1 the word translated “Branch” is the Hebrew word “NEZER” which has the meaning of “a shoot, a descendant”. These different Hebrew words and their meanings speak to us more along the line of shoots growing out from a sprout.

With the word “sprout” being used when speaking of the Messiah; we are shown a God intended purpose to birth a like kind people as the sprout. These are those “shoots” coming forth as offspring of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, “the sprout”. God also declares in His word, that the elder son would have for Himself a generation. “…who shall declare his generation? …. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand”. (Isaiah 53:8 & 10). This scripture points to a generation of the last days, coming forth in the earth to manifest the greater works in which Jesus spoke when speaking of going to the Father. John 14:12 states, “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father”. (Also, read Isaiah 11:1-16).

In the appearing, the releasing or birthing of these “shoots, these descendants”, these chosen ones of the Father, a kingdom government is established which shall put to right standing all the kingdoms of the world’s wrongs. This government shall correct all that hurts or destroys. This kingdom changes the course of the Adam nature and causes peace to take the place of enmity. Isaiah 11:9 declares, They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea”. In that day, even as God visited Egypt with plagues and judgment to release Israel from bondage, so shall He visit the earth through a “root of Jesse”, a remnant of people, and the “shoots” who have become an ensign in which all the world shall seek after? These ones shall find themselves moving in such an anointing that humanity shall begin to see, through them, a visible expression of an invisible God. Herein God’s glory shall be manifest.

In this day spoken of, the earth shall begin to see the true seed of Abraham, the generation of which is the Christ (both head and many member body). Through the release of a working revelation concerning these “last days”, these other sons shall be matured and manifested as a Christ-like company who become God’s spokesmen and representatives on the earth. In Matt. 16:19 we are shown, “And I will give unto thee the keys [power to open] of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. John speaks of the prerequisite needed for such a place of manifested authority. John 5:19 says, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son [sprout and shoots] can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things so ever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”.

This scripture is speaking of Jesus Christ, to include His many member body concerning these last day works, which Jesus promised. This is a son company, which matures unto the place, wherein, they do nothing of themselves. The works, which they do, are only that which they see the Father do. This speaks of a special kind of relationship between the Father and the many member sons. In this relationship, they fulfill all that the Father has purposed for this day and that day which is to come.

It is of a certainty that God has purposed to build for Himself a temple to dwell in. However, in all God’s dealings with David, King over Israel, we can see that God did not desire nor request of David to build Him a house of cedar in which to dwell. 2 Sam. 7:5-7 & 12-13 reveals that while David was not to build God a house, God would have a seed, after David’s genealogy, that would become a house raised up as God’s house in which to dwell. “Go and tell My servant David, thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle, in all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My People Israel, saying, why build ye not Me a house of cedar? …. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever”.

Who is this chosen seed God is speaking of here? Who is the seed and house in whom God declares would become an eternal kingdom forever? 1 Cor. 3:16 declares for us who this kingdom, this dwelling place of God, this temple is, “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” The Greek word used in this scripture for “temple” means, “the Sanctuary or actual Temple building consisting of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies”. This clarifies for us; there are a people who do become God’s dwelling place, His chosen ones who become the expression of His glory as typed by the Old Testament Holy place and Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament tabernacle, among the children of Israel, God’s glory dwelt with a cloud by day and a fire by night confirming His presence. In this, God shall in the last days establish for Himself a greater dwelling place.

These chosen ones, they shall likewise become the visible expression of the invisible God, confirmed by the in-Christed anointing expressing in a full measure. They shall no longer live and manifest just the in-part anointing, but in the fullness thereof. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34) (also read I Cor. 13:9-10).

God has promised this fullness and even as His Word is yea and amen, it shall happen. Even now, there is a sounding trumpet sounding throughout the land. God, as promised, is declaring the message by sending forth His sounding messengers that are proclaiming the day of His appearing. Even as John the Baptist was the messenger for the preparing of Jesus’ coming forth, likewise a message is sounding out clearly today and making ready the way for the appearing of the many member body of Christ, those chosen ones who are made ready to come forth. Mal. 3:1 shouts out, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His Temple [who is His temple?], even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts”. 

        Friends, even as we write there is a revival of sorts taking place, one that is preparing the way for this appearing of the Christ and His body. It seems as if from many sources and channels of ministry, a trumpet is sounding, declaring, “Prepare ye the way for the coming of the Lord”. God has risen in many of His anointed ministers and using them as this trumpet today. However, even as John the Baptist declared, they are not that Christ, but the Christ shall and will come. 2 Thess. 1:10 says in this manner, “When He shall [shall have] come to be glorified [expressed] in [being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance] His saints [holy separated ones], and to be admired in all them that believe in that day”. This appearing will take place, the coming forth of Christ’ many members, the anointed ones, the in-Christed ones. They, as Jesus, shall follow in the aftermath of a John the Baptist ministry, which has and is preparing the way for the manifestation of the fullness of God’s Christ.

In reading the 15th chapter of John, we can see some key verses that speak to us concerning these true “shoots” that come from the “branch or sprout” of God. Remember, these true shoots are and declare for us concerning the offspring of like kind, the branch of the Father. The vine, the branch, the sprout, speaks of the Messiah, which has purposed to bring forth a harvest of like-kind fruit. This is fruit of the same spirit and same nature as the first-born son. With each shoot or son purged (cleansed). The purpose of this purging is that each shoot might bring forth more fruit, for each son finds they are unable to bear any spiritual fruit of themselves. The prerequisite to bearing fruit is that we must abide in Him. We can have no life of our own. This is a hard saying unless we see the true results of bringing forth more fruit. In the bringing forth of more fruit, the Father is glorified. The Fathers glory is then ministered as His Kingdom is manifested through the chosen people who love Him above all else.

In verse 16 of John 15, we rest in the truth that ensures us of bearing fruit that reveals the Father that brings forth His manifested glory. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained [placed] you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name [nature], He may give it you”. Thus, these chosen of the Father have a specific purpose, to rest in the Father Himself. This purpose He set in motion to come forth in His chosen time and season. For this because He declares in verse 27, “And ye also shall bear witness [testify, or are testifying], because ye have been [you are] with me [in association and companionship with Christ] from the beginning [of the Lord’s ministry]. Could it be that Christ’ body of people, according to God’s purpose have been chosen and sent out from the Father to fulfill a chosen purpose. This purpose is to establish for God a kingdom with all things to be restored back unto the Father.

Again, God would have us to know, that the Christ is coming in His saints, His separated ones. John shares with us in 1 John 4:17, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness [confidence] in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world”. In considering God’s chosen ones, let us consider some word meanings in the above scripture. The phrase “made perfect” is the Greek word “TELEIOO” which has the meaning of “to make a full end, consummate”. When speaking of love made perfect, it speaks of God in a people with a fullness of expression through those who receive Him. It speaks of a God who has invested Himself in a chosen people who shall become even as He is in the world. How do you see God in this world? Is He an invisible God, not seen by man’s natural eye? Does not the scripture declare through John a truth?

1 John 3:2 that, “Beloved, now are we the sons [TEKNON meaning that which is born, a child by natural descent] of God, and it doth not yet appear [to bring to light, make manifest] what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear [to bring to light, make manifest] we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as [even as] He is”. Let us take special note of the word “see” in the above scripture. From the Greek word “OPSOMAT”, a word meaning “that which has regard to the object presented to the eye, and to the subject which perceives, it at the same time. It denotes, not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented unto, hence, to truly comprehend”.

Thus, if God remains an invisible God to us, we likewise shall see Him remain invisible in and through us. However, to see and comprehend Him as He is, we shall find ourselves becoming the visible expression of the God we behold. No longer to remain invisible within, but a God that can be looked upon, through the anointed ones, the in-Christed ones, those who truly behold Him as He is. 1 Cor. 15:51-52 states how we shall fulfill verse 49 of 1 Cor. 15. “And as we have borne the image [likeness] of the earthy, we shall also bear the image [likeness] of the heavenly”. … “Behold I show you a mystery [secret]; we shall not all sleep [to fall asleep, used as death], but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”.

This phrase, “in a moment” is from the Greek words “EN ATOMOS” which has the meaning of “in atoms”. The word “atoms” is speaking to us of parts of our body, a change that comes forth quickly through qualification. God is here declaring that there is to be a season when a change shall take place in our bodies. This, a people are to know the reality of a body change, as the atoms are changed from that which is earthly and corruptible, to that which is heavenly in its nature, one that is incorruptible. A last trump shall sound, one that is even now on the verge of beginning to sound. Then a change takes place as we put on our spiritualized bodies, to dwell in and minister the kingdom of God on the earth. This is that for which all creation awaits. The redemption of the body which ushers in the manifestation of the sons of God as declared in Rom. 8:19, “For the earnest expectation [anxious looking with outstretched head] of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God”.

Thus, we see the fulfillment of the Old Testament type, the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast is a type pointing to a time when a people are in-dwelt with the fullness of God and His love instead of having only a measure, only an in-part. Lev. 26:11-12 states, “And I will set my tabernacle [habitation] among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk [as in Eden] among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people”. What a promise, what a covenant. Remember, that which God promises He will fulfill in full measure. 2 Cor. 6:16 continues to speak, “And what agreement hath the Temple of God [the Holy place and the Holy of Holies made up of men] with idols?  For ye are the Temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My People”. 

Therefore, according to that which God has said, that which He has purposed, and which He began in the beginning (read Gen. 1:26-28), He shall fulfill in a full measure. Not one word from God remains unfulfilled, as the fullness of God’s purpose for creation is complete. “And I hear a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell [tabernacle] with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful”. (Rev. 21:3-5). These are God’s vessels that He calls, justifies and then glorifies.

 

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