“There is a River”

Psalms 46:4-5, “There is a river [a constantly flowing river coming from beneath Zion – God’s throne], the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles [God’s great habitation – mansions who make up the body of Christ] of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early”.

From the very beginning of creation, God purposed that out from Himself He would make a creation in which to fellowship as a family. It is to and through this created family that God chooses to progressively reveal Himself. Thus, when He formed man from the dust of the earth, God breathed into the formed dustman a part of Himself. This breath of life was God’s Spirit, which He placed into the dustman, and the dustman became a living soul. Man, as a living soul became one with a will having a desire to obey God in all His leadership. Man became a living soul with a mind to think the thoughts of God. Man, as a living soul had emotions in which to respond as God Himself would respond and a living soul, with desires, in which to long for only the purposes of God.

Man, in this state of being became one that God purposed to manifest Himself to and through. From the invisible realm (heaven) to the visible realm (earth), man was to manifest the light and life, which God is. With the soul filled with the life of God, the nature of God, both the visible as well as the invisible realms would know Him. This created man’s beginning was one of manifesting a covering of God’s glory. He was, in his beginning, able to walk with God without any reservation as being at one with God, but something happens. God confirms this place of Adam’s beginning life and then his death as written for us in Genesis.

Gen. 3:8-11, “And they heard the sound [God’s voice and presence] of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day, [a common meeting place until after the fall], and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God [disobedience brings separation] among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, where are you? So, he said, I heard your voice in the garden [God’s place of manifestation], and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. [Disobedience removes and rejects God’s covering of glory]. And He said, who told you that you were naked? [a question of fact, Adam losing his covering causes man to fear God’s presence] …”  Therefore, man created to manifest God’s glory and nature has fallen. In this fallen condition, man now is separated from God, is unable to neither stand in God’s presence nor manifest His glory.

With man knowing that in his first estate he was in the image of God and his purpose was to have dominion. Herein, humanity of today still needs to know that God’s plan and purpose has never changed. Man’s fall, the result of disobedience remains, but through a proper given sacrifice God continues in His purpose. God’s recognized sacrifice for fallen man was a Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, with God’s purpose made available for each receiving man for restoration. Restoration is the progressive bringing of creation back to the place of freedom wherein they could again manifest God’s eternal purpose, which is creation returning to a place of obedience and having dominion under God. Herein, man might again walk with God in the spirit of each day, having fellowship with Him. God reveals this process of restoration as He takes man from a fallen condition, first through the natural realm (Israel) and then into the spiritual realm (the true church) and continuing until the fullness of God, according to His purpose, comes forth (His kingdom on earth – first from within the man).

Through Moses and the wilderness tabernacle, we see that God gave natural laws to Israel for man’s re-establishment. In these laws man was to be led, under the mandate of those laws, to bring forth a natural kingdom in which God could dwell. Therefore, under obedience to these natural laws they were to become God’s representative natural nation, His people. It is here, using the wilderness tabernacle, that God began to restore a people to a place wherein they might again meet with Him. Exodus 25:21-22, “You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark, you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat…”

This was a new beginning, the restoring of man to a place of fellowshipping with God from the natural realm and becoming available to God for a relationship. Let us take note of the power of this covenant God makes with man. A deliverance was now available, from a fallen separated state of existence to a renewed ability for man to meet and fellowship with God again. This fellowship was to be done through obedience, according to the laws given as written on stone.

Exodus 34:10-11, “And He [God] said, Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. Observe what I command you this day. Behold I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite”. God’s promise given, to drive out the other nations (representing idolatrous life-styles of corruption) from before them, that they might see the glory of God revealed to a natural people, the Israelites, His chosen people. In obedience, God promised continual guidance that the people might follow the progressive presence of God through all their journeys. This guidance would enable them to enter the Promised Land, a natural place of dwelling. A place of becoming a people, separated from the nations (life-styles) of the world to take on the life-style of the governmental nature of God.

Here, God in a place of leadership, gives Israel direction in stepping towards restoration. Exodus 40:34-38, “Then the cloud covered that tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys, but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys”. While this promise was available, the children of Israel constantly rebelled and chose to follow other Gods, therefore losing out on all His promises. In this the children of Israel eventually fall away from God to become captives.

Then another day came forth for humanity when God chose to manifest Himself again. However, this time He does not restrict Himself only to the natural realm, but He is now ready to take His people into a higher realm, a realm that ushers them into the realm of spiritual guidance vs natural laws. In this, God begins to manifest Himself through Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the head of the church, He begins a move to birth a many member body into becoming a spiritual household, a dwelling place for God. It was now time for the fulfillment of the spiritual. (Read Luke 24:44-53). God, no longer satisfied to be living in tents and tabernacles made by rebellious man’s hands but He now desires to move into the spirit and soul of man. God’s purpose is to fill each responding vessel with the Holy Spirit, wherein He could manifest Himself through each new spiritually birthed man. Now, instead of a cloud by day and a fire by night over a man-made tent or tabernacle, His purpose was now to dwell and manifest Himself from within man.

In this Christ left them with directions as given to the disciples whom He called to become the beginning of the body of Christ, His church. They were to wait in Jerusalem for the impartation of God’s Holy Spirit. God’s desire was to move beyond living in a man-made tabernacle filled with rules and regulations. He now chooses to manifest His presence, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within each receiving and obedient man. Herein releasing His power and glory by dwelling within. (Read Acts 2:1-4). Remember, this newborn church, the Body of Christ, was now moving into a new realm of life. A life-style in which the power and delegated authority of God is released to become a mind-set of having all things common. This is speaking of a people relating to God and each other in the power of unity as the Holy Spirit gives. This relationship is with God, one that manifest towards each other by knowing and living and having a common denominator, the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within. (Read Acts 2:41-47 & Acts 4:31-37). This is the Christ, a head and His many member body with but one heart.

But, now again, we have another day upon us and we have God moving forward again. No longer is God pleased with a church order that moves only in an in-part realm (read 1 Cor. Chap. 13 – pointing to the limitations of the Holy place, note verse nine). Now God is calling forth a people to come forth into a full measure, to again walk and talk with His creation in the spirit of that full measure. It is in these last days that God has chosen to manifest Himself in a greater way and to bring forth the birthing of a kingdom. A birthing accomplished and completed through the changing of man’s nature. Isa. 66:1-2, “Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. Where is the house that you will build me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things my hand has made, and all those things exist, says the Lord. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word”. 

        The sound of a blowing trumpet is blowing throughout the land. It is now time for the birthing of a nation, a kingdom of Priest/Kings and the coming forth of the first-fruits remnant. Isa. 66:5-8, “Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: Your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy. But they shall be ashamed. The sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord, who fully repays His enemies! Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children”. Yes, here is the birthing of a nation, a nation of Priest/Kings to become the visible body of the Christ in the earth. A people raised up to be sent forth to establish the kingdom of God throughout the earth. Even as declared in John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”.

Here we see a people, no longer bound to an in-part order or revelation, but those sent forth in a full spiritual measure to manifest the handy-works of God. This is the coming forth of the spirit-filled saints filled with the nature of God. His nature written within their minds and hearts. These are God’s two witnesses, both the Spirit and the Word manifesting the nature of God. Rev. 11:3-6, “And I will give power to my two witnesses [the remnant of God, the embodiment of the spirit and the word], and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees [spiritual anointing] and the two lampstands [revealed light and life-giving word] standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their months and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire”. 

        Resurrection time is at hand. The seven-thunders are sounding and revealing the revelation of truth that will usher in the fullness of God. These seven thunders are the seven mysteries of God. These mysteries are the former hidden secrets, which through the seven (points to perfection) church’s, the overcomers, God progressively revealed Himself until this time of fullness, when the mystery of God shall be finished. Rev. 10:4 & 7, “Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them…… but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets”. Thus, this seventh trumpet is beginning to sound, as a voice of many waters, as a river declaring God’s total redemption plan that all things might be complete.

Through each order of truth, a trumpet has sounded to open that purposed mystery. Each mystery being the enlightenment of God made known in its part of the total redemption plan. Remember, God reveals Himself line upon line, precept upon precept, with each truth remaining steadfast as the next truth is added. This addition continues until the seventh order of perfection has come, which trumpet is now beginning to sound. These seven mysteries are:

Salvation through the God given sacrifice on the cross, accomplished for fallen man.

  1. Baptism, the mystery of sanctification and justification through participating in a covenant with Christ.
  2. Man coming into union with Christ.
  3. Feeding or partaking of Christ through the Christ within, the Christ in His many member body and the Christ among us.
  4. Man, with the indwelling Holy Spirit enabled to sacrifice completely the carnal soul realm and a coming into complete submission to the nature of God.
  5. Man birthed into a new nature in Christ through the overshadowing of God’s nature within the man.
  6. The appearing of Christ through the man-child wherein the life-giving church is now complete and incorporated into Christ.

Rev, 11:15, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever”. This presents the consummation of God’s purpose with the glory of the Christ-ones reigning on the earth. Thus, the river, which came out of God in the beginning, is now flowing back into God, His eternal purpose is being completely fulfilled.

 

 

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“Repetition – Not God’s Order”

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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“Redemption”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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“Receiving a New Name”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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“Our Seventh Day of Perfection”

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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“Is Now the Time?”

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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“God’s Purpose”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God has a purpose and it shall not nor ever cease. His purpose shall continue working in all who are receiving Him until we become a part of His glory. Col. 3:4, “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”. This word “appear” means “to lay bare, reveal, uncover, make visible, make known what has been hidden or unknown, make clear”. Thus, by revelation, the Christ is making Himself known, that we may become like Him. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”  Is this not the day of His appearing? When He is revealing Himself to those that desire to know Him, to these He makes Himself known. What about your heart’s desire, is He known to you? This is God’s purpose with an invitation given, come unto me and I will give you rest.

 

 

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