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

“We, the Christ’s Body”

We, a people living in this day, are living in a time for greatness in God. This time in which we live is one where certain events are taking place that will shock the entire world, including and especially those among the religious arena. These events are God ordained, things which He has purposed beforehand. This is a time for the gathering in of a firstfruits company, a remnant of people, who shall usher in God’s greater glory spoken of in the gospels. It is a time, according to scripture, that the whole world has groaned for even until now. This is spoken of in Rom. 8:22-23, “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 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”.

The firstfruits of the Spirit spoken of here are the ascension gifts of the Holy Spirit given by Christ as a foretaste and pledge of something to follow, that is man’s eternal inheritance. The Holy Spirit also gives gifts, in the form of ministries, to the church for the perfecting the saints. Eph. 4:12-13, “For the perfection of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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”. Thus, can we not see a need for spiritual maturity in Him, which speaks of the maturing and being perfected as God’s people?

There is in scripture a speaking of some overcomers who, by the Holy Spirit, rise to enter that which Christ is. At such a time, these overcomers shall put to rest any controversy as to who and what the true church is. For this cause, a trumpet is sounding, and a message is going forth from God concerning this time in which all creation dwells. God is declaring loudly, that now is the time for His people to come out of carnal concepts about the Christ and enter the place of living in truth’s reality. The need to cease from knowing about Him only and come into that place of truly knowing Him intimately.

It is time for a people to leave behind the controversy concerning which doctrine of man is right or wrong. By experience, these can come into a knowing of whom the true Christ is and their dwelling place in Him. Phil. 3:9-10 declares loudly, “And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death”.

It is because of the cross of Christ, where He became a sacrifice for us, when accepted it means our death to the self-life. However, it is the fellowship of His sufferings that brings us into conformity to His death. Death to self means for us, that His glory is coming to rest upon and in us. This death means that His life is now ours. It also means that we shall enter into His life to go out no more. Rev.3:12a says, “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he shall go no more out….” Dearly beloved of God, this means a coming into a life style that lives in the presence of God Himself. Think of that! Never to leave His glorious manifest presence again. Isaiah tells us that our God is a consuming fire, a fire that enables a people to stand in and dwell in His divine presence. This also speaks about dying out to all that cannot stand before our Holy God nor live in His presence.

Isa. 33:14-15 says, “The sinners of Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walks righteously and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of blood [from listening to spiritual murderers concerning Christ sacrifice] and shuts his eyes from seeing evil”. This speaks to us of the necessity of dying to self by allowing the fires of God to burn up all the desires of the carnal man. This allows us to stand before God, to see Him as He is in Christ and to live in Him.

Conformable to His death is not speaking to us of the grave, but it speaks of a coming to the end of self, from allowing self (the death realm) to rule over us. As the scripture declares, it does not mean the loss of life, but rather of an entering into life. Rev. 2:7, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”. Does His death mean for us a loss of our credibility? In the eyes of the world we may seem as fools indeed, but Rev. 2:26 shouts, “And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power [authority, delegated power] over the nations”.

Does this death mean the loss of home, lands, and friends, of all things possessed? Remember, the latter years of Job were greater than the former. Rev. 21:7 tells us that, “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be my son. During our time of living in this worldly age, we might lose our good name but Rev. 3:12b says, “…. I will write upon Him [overcomer] the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name”. Thus, without doubt, conformable unto His death is not loss, but in Christ, all is gain. How? We gain by having gain through loss, by gaining life through death, a receiving of His glory through shame, power through weakness and exaltation through abasement. This is not as the world looks upon nor understands living, but through Christ, all is gain.

The Holy Spirit points us to the fact that the workings of the cross, on which Jesus died, has a far-reaching effect in that which it accomplishes. Rev. 7:3 speaks to us concerning a sealing God commands to take place, “saying …, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads”. This phrase “sealed in their foreheads” has the meaning of “the receiving of the mind of Christ”. Thus, all that the cross accomplishes manifests in us at the time of this sealing, the receiving of the manifesting mind of Christ. As we read again in Rom. 8:23, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit [gifts and ministries], even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. This sealing in our foreheads, the receiving of the mind of Christ, is pointing to our placement of adoption, the time when we shall know the redemption of our bodies, our whole man in spirit, soul and body.

The Greek word for “adoption” in this context is “HUIOTHISIA” which has the meaning of “the placing as a son”. A time when the Father, recognizing the maturity in the maturing son, now places within the son’s hand the authority to act in the place of his Father. This speaks to us of spiritual maturity and a relationship with the Father. It also speaks to us, liken unto the firstborn son Jesus, of authority and commitment. Our relationship, bound up in the placement of adoption, is the sealing of the sons (mind of Christ) and the manifestation of these sons. This adoption of the sons into manifestation is likening unto the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry at the time of His baptism in the Jordan River, Matt. 3:17 states, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. Because His other sons shall also have an in-Christ ministry, conformation comes at their receiving and manifesting the mind of Christ.

A question asked, what is being a “son” but not a “manifested son”? 1 John 3:2 declares, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear [be manifest], we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”. “Sons”, as used in this scripture is the Greek word “TEKNON” which has the meaning of “little child, an offspring but very young in maturity”. Called “little children of God”, this scripture reveals for us that there are sons who have not yet known the experience of adoption, or the sealing of the mind of Christ in their foreheads.

Though these are destined to be “sons”, they remain likened unto servants because they have not yet become one of the adopted. They, as yet, have not received the mind of Christ, the writing of the law of God (His nature) in their minds and hearts. For this cause, this scripture makes clear that these are of those who “do not yet appear what they shall be”. Why, because these are they that have not yet reached full age. The Christ (His mind) does not totally manifest from their lives yet because, in them, the mind of Christ is yet to be sealed. These are not yet matured beyond the mind-set of little children in the things of the heavenly realms.

Remember, the promises of God are to us yea and amen and shall not return unto Him void. However, these promises do return to Him through the person receiving from Him continually, in a progressive manner, until fullness comes. This fulfilling requires obedience to Christ, thus enabling each vessel to overcome. While God has proclaimed for us an inheritance, it is not for them that know of Him only, but to them that overcome. Remember, the devils also believe and tremble. Being children of God makes us heirs but being heirs does not make us present-tense inheritors.

Gal. 4:1-7 states, “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements [elementary rules] of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption [placing as a son] of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”.

This placing as a son is that which the overcomer receives. God then, gives us a key in which we can become one of those who have crossed over (overcome) from the flesh (visible) realm to follow the Spirit (invisible) realm. Rom. 8:17 declares, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together”. Therefore, while there is a suffering with Him, which speaks of denying the self-life, we, in Him, are also to be glorified.

The larger picture also needs consideration lest the people remain prisoners to a very limited understanding as to God’s purpose in His creation. His desire is, and He shall restore back unto Himself, more than just a few chosen ones called the remnant. His purpose is and always has been to reconcile any receiving peoples of the world back unto Himself. Thus, God rises from within His sons to move them into a ministry of reconciliation, a restoring of creation back into Himself. God has always purposed to do more than save just a few and damn the rest. God declares from Himself, through the prophets, when stating in Acts 15:14-17, “Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles [nations] to take out of them a people for His name [nature]. And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, 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 [nature] is called, saith the Lord Who doeth all these things”. 

        This word “residue” from the dictionary is defined as, “the remainder of something after removal of a part”. This scripture not only confirms that God has purposed for Himself a remnant of people (did visit the nations, to take out of them a people for His nature), which become the body of Christ, but that through this remnant He shall reconcile the residue (remainder) unto Himself, as they also began to seek after the Lord. First, God visits among the nations, looking for a people who shall know continual change until enabled to manifest the Christ nature. Scripture declares here, by quoting words written by the prophet Amos, that this time of restoration has its beginning in a remnant.

This remnant likened unto the Tabernacle of David, a tabernacle (tent) like structure that had fallen into ruins, being left behind as man pushed to erect for God a temple made by the hands of man. A temple spoken of and made by the hands of man, but years later destroyed as spoken by God. Man, in electing to pursue the glory of the natural temple, left behind the manifesting glory of God that rested in and upon the tent prepared by David upon Mt. Zion, which represents the place of God’s glory in man. In the erecting of the temple, the glory of God was again restricted to a closed in, hidden room, which man in general could not look upon. Hidden away behind the curtain called the veil, restricting man from seeing His glory, except by a High Priest once a year. This restriction kept the people from viewing the manifested presence of God. However, in David’s tabernacle the glory cloud and the fire were looked upon freely as the worshippers praised God night and day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In this, God gave the promise that He would restore David’s tabernacle. This promise declares that God’s glory would again manifest His presence to reveal to all in their desire to look upon the Christ, as He appears through His remnant, His true body. Herein, God is restoring, by doing away with all hidden worship and rituals to appear or manifest Himself again in the earth, through the body of Christ, the remnant that He has chosen. This remnant, elected from among the nations, shall become the tents, liken unto David’s tabernacle, wherein the residue can look upon God’s presence and glory. The revealing of His manifested presence through His sons; the remnant from the nations, shall result in humanity finally coming to the place of seeking after the Christ, as manifested through the Christ, head and body.

In this, we shall behold a Kingdom of King/Priest after the order of Melchisedec, coming forth to rule and reign with the firstborn Son, the head of the body of Christ. These, a King/Priest company in the righteousness of God, with priestly garments reveal and manifest the mind, the nature of our God. These Old Testament High Priest garments type for us, the putting on of the mind of Christ for each son. In Exod. 28:36-38 God declares, “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace that it may be upon the miter [a turban for the head]; upon the forefront of the miter, it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be acceptable before the Lord”.

In the purifying of the priest, the body of Christ, let us take note that the High Priest miter is one of the last parts of the priest garment to be put on. This speaks to us that in the maturing of the body of Christ, this remnant shall finally come to know the sealing of the mind of Christ. A putting on of the mind of Christ signifies that these overcomers receive the authority and a commission to act in the Christ authority. These shall experience the reality of the redemption of their body, a body glorified unto Christ likeness and image. This is a moving into the present tense nature of our heavenly Father.

In all that we have experienced in days gone by, we must confess that the ways in which God has led us, while a joy, has been a straight and narrow way. While having many great seasons in the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit, there remains a deep-seated desire for the lasting fullness of the greater things God has promised. While enjoying the harvest of the in-part gospel, there is that inward knowing and a longing for the coming, perfection and completeness, a growing up unto spiritual maturity to become even as Christ is. The Lord has come; His presence is among and in us. The fullness of time has come, and a people are putting on the mind of Christ that is to rule the whole man, spirit, soul and body. The Christ body shall come forth from obscurity to manifest Him in a full measure.

While the true body of Christ has known the firstfruits of the Spirit, we must remember, that the firstfruits are only the earnest, the down payment of our inheritance. Now the fullness has come, and God speaks, rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away”. (Song of Solomon 2:10-13), It is the time of change; new conditions speak of a time of restoration, a time of arising and coming away unto Him. Thus, God deserves our full attention that we might do and say only what we see Him do and say. This is a people manifesting His glory as the manifesting body of Christ.

 

 

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Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter six”

“The Redeeming Factor”

 

        “I’ve been redeemed, by His love divine”, words from an old song proclaiming one of God’s eternal truths. However, just what does it mean for man to know redemption? “Redemption”, is a word that has the meaning, from the dictionary as, “a recovery of something pawned or mortgaged; a repurchase, deliverance upon payment of ransom, salvation from sin through Christ’s sacrifice”. Therein, through Christ’s sacrifice, the ransom is paid in full and receiving humanity is repurchased for deliverance and a full recovery. While most of Christendom maintains the belief that redemption is simply a going to heaven after death because they have believed on Jesus, is a very limited and shortsighted understanding of God’s complete work of redemption.

        Just what is redemption? What does it mean when God declares that redemption is available for men through God’s love? Could it be that the glorious work of Calvary has accomplished far more for us than simply waiting around to go to heaven? To become a people who escape this very limited view of redemption, it becomes necessary for us to ask of God, to seek Him with an honest heart filled with honest motives, that we might receive a greater understanding. Does your heart hunger for more of God than you have experienced? Could it be that God is calling you into a higher level or order of understanding in your relational walk with Him? The necessity and desire of seeking for more understanding will become the beginning of our reality in expressing this greater experience, a greater walk in God.

 

Many people in the church world are asking this question. If there is more for us in God this side of dying, why is it that we do not see those greater manifestations coming forth in the church today? Could it be that many of the people, by man’s created doctrines and traditions have become blind to these greater truths? For the most part, they have been limited to see only what the fundamental church has been able or willing to show them. Nevertheless, God in the timing of His seasons declared He would open blinded eyes so they might see. Is this the time that God has chosen to reveal His son to the people who desire to become like Him? To many, the mysteries of God are just that, a mystery. However, within our understanding it becomes important for us to see that God has purposely withheld and obscured these truths Himself with purpose.

 

Dan. 12:4 reveals for us, “But thou, O Daniel, shut [close up] up the words, and seal the book, even to [until] the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge [calamities or wickedness] shall be increased”. “Many shall run to and fro” is a phrase that means to “apostatize, to rove, turnabout, despise, hence, to do despite”. “Apostatize” has the meaning of “those who turn aside or revolters”, with “revolters” meaning “such as turn aside to lies”. This is speaking of a time and generation when the many, as spoken of above, shall come to a place where their lifestyle is one that follows lies or the promoted lifestyle that is the spirit of this world, secular and/or religious. A people who fulfill 2 Tim. 3:5 which says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away”. While having a religious spirit following the thoughts of carnal man, they are not willing to follow the progressive revealing truth of God’s word.

 

John also points us to a time when things sealed up would suddenly begin to open. (Read Rev. 10:1-7). In these scriptures, John is declaring that a time would come when those things uttered and sealed by the Holy Spirit would begin to open. Notice that the sounding seven thunders from the angels were mysteries. With the number “seven” being God’s number for “fullness, completion, maturity and perfection”, this speaks to us of those things which the “seven thunders” uttered. Though sealed, when progressively revealed, they will contain a progressive message of perfection, maturity, fullness and completion.

 

This revealed message of maturity, when yielded unto, will produce a life made complete and full in God. By being sealed, it also points us to the fact that this message will remain closed until God’s time for its fullness, progressing to the sounding of the seventh trumpet or message. God allowed both Daniel and John, to see something concerning God’s completed plan, but it is obvious that those things were not to be for their day. Leaving us with the understanding that a day would come, and even now is, when this message of the fullness of time will manifest in a perfected people, God’s remnant, unto His glory.

 

Always, a people have existed who are very much aware that those things God begins, He will finish. Therein, God also shows that a time would come, when He would move by His spirit, to reveal those things shut up. When would this time be, as declared from scripture, during the days when the seventh angel or the message of God’s fullness of times begins to sound? In Rev. 10:7 we read, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery [secrets] of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets”. This is speaking of that time when the secret things of God that He withheld, until the messages of fullness are progressively declared, and then shall all these mysteries be finished and fulfilled.

 

This word “finished” as used here in Rev. 10:7 means, “that which has reached its end, hence perfect”. This means for us that the things sealed by God and withheld shall no longer remain a mystery or secret. God shall reveal Himself and we shall begin to see the Christ as He really is. Does it not say so in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know [intuitively] that, when He shall appear [make manifest], we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”.

 

A question many would ask concerning this time of manifestation is when will this revealing be? As shown to us in Rev. 10:1-7, this time is the time of the finishing of all the mysteries of God. A time identified with the sounding of the seven thunders, an event that takes place after the sounding of the sixth trumpet and as the seventh trumpet sounds. Remember, these seven thunders represent for us the time of the fullness, completion, maturity and perfection of God. Hence, this mystery, God’s secrets withheld from man, is to open man’s understanding that he might become the expression of those thunders. This means a hearing of and the seeing of a part of God which man has not yet seen. This is necessary to finish making man into a complete, perfect and redeemed vessel. This is bringing the vessel into maturity, the whole man spirit, soul, and body.

 

With an understanding that at the opening of each of the seven seals, progressive revelation of truth is available and given to the church. So, what happens when revelation comes to us progressively? As revelation comes forth from God, according to His timing for the season of His purpose, God intends for each truth to be manifest through the vessel. God has no desire for man to make revealed truth into just another law or doctrine, into another gospel. This would simply cause one truth to resist any other further progressive truth. Could this be why we have so many different church groups and beliefs with different names and doctrines?

 

Some people are remaining prisoners to one truth while others mature to accept the next progressive truth. Know that this progression shall continue until the time when the seventh trumpet sounds the message to usher in God’s fullness. At that time, the spirit of life will begin to express itself in a full measure. Meanwhile, there remains a law that can maintain itself through carnal men who not only refuse to follow on after progressive truth, but they call these in-part truths the whole gospel. This in-part law continues to hinder a people from going on into that realm of perfection.

 

Heb. 6:1-2 clearly declares that it is God’s desire for man to press on into that place of perfection, “Therefore leaving [having left] the principles of the doctrine of Christ [the word of the beginning], let us go on [be borne along] unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of (1) repentance from dead works [works of the old nature]. (2) And of faith [the living, divinely implanted principle] toward God, (3) of the doctrines of baptisms [not arguing over traditional laws of baptisms], (4) and of laying on of hands [impartation of spiritual truths], (5) and of the resurrection of the dead [progressive renewing the soul from death to life], (6) and of eternal judgment [quality of life made available in Christ].

 

        We should note that these six principles are not our endings, but our beginnings. Note also that the principle of the resurrection of the dead is not speaking of a graveyard resurrection. The word “dead” as used in this scripture denotes “the persons who were once alive, but who are not alive no longer; dead persons as distinct from dead bodies”. The dictionary defines “person” as, “a living human being, especially as distinguished from an animal or thing. A person is the composite of characteristics that makes up an individual personality”. Thus, distinct personalities (because of Adam) that are no longer what they once were in their beginning from God. Therefore, man has a need for his God given characteristics to resurrect him into a new creation.

 

This points us to the time when the first Adam died because of disobedience to God, falling from his God breathed, God-like nature. Thus, as we are all born from our mother’s womb, we are a part of that dead person realm. This is the principle of resurrection from the dead in this context (dead persons being distinct from dead bodies). Fallen Adam was a dead person but walking around in his flesh and blood body. As we continue to speak of the first principles, in considering the principle of eternal judgment, we must understand that the word “eternal” is from the Greek word “AIONIOS” and is rendered “of or belonging to an age”.

 

Thus, speaking of a certain age in God, when judgment would come forth concerning His will and purpose in each vessel. “Age”, as defined from the dictionary means, “the period during which someone or something exists”. Thus, God set forth a certain period when His righteous judgment would come forth concerning His purposes. This word “judgment” is defined as meaning “a discriminating appraisal; authoritative opinion”. This principle speaks of God’s opinion, His appraisal of His people, as He deals with them according to the age of His appearing. Herein He judges them according to His righteousness. Each one appraised and set forth according to God’s order, will and purpose for each obedient vessel, with the understanding that in Christ we become the righteous.

 

With God hiding certain truths from His people until its time of revealing, what purpose does God have in opening each seal in the form of gradual disclosure? Does He not bring forth a people, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, causing each to grow up, to mature unto the time of their perfection? Eph. 1:10 states, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him”. Let us take note of a few words or phrases from this verse that our understanding may increase as to God’s true purpose as He states them. The word “dispensation”, from the Greek word is “OIKONOMOS” and has the meaning of “administration, the work of a steward”.

 

Thus, a certain administration is released from God with vessels anointed as keepers to minister that administration according to what God has purposed for that certain time. The administration spoken of here is that which is called “the fullness of times”, a time when the seven thunders are being sounded together as one, manifesting all things in Christ. A time when all things have reached their place of maturity wherein perfection rules. The phrase “He might gather together in one” is a statement meaning “to sum up, to head up”. Thus, it speaks of a time when that which once ruled over the person, carnality, rules no more.

 

Now a new administration is established in and through a people who usher in the expression of a perfect God-like order. In God, there has always been an “appointed time” when all in Christ, according to that time and purpose, would be brought unto Christ and His body. How and when will this time be? Col. 2:2-3 declares, “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

This speaks to us of a time when there would be more than just Christ in us, the hope of Glory. It speaks of a time when we will be in Christ and His spiritual riches. Just what are we and what do we have in Him? In Christ, there is life, glory, the promises, the inheritance, the resurrection and life, which we become because we are in Him. Note in Eph. 1:10 above that only those that are in Him will have part in the first resurrection. Thus, in Christ we gain total and complete redemption. Again, looking at the above scripture in Col. 2:2-3 let’s consider three words and notice the progressive gradual revealing of the Christ.

(1) “Understanding” meaning “native insight, capacity to apprehend; used of reflective thought”. (2) “Acknowledgement” meaning “precise or further knowledge, thorough acquaintance with, true knowledge”.

(3) “Knowledge” meaning “knowledge acquired by experience”. Therefore, let us go on, that we might gain the full experience of complete redemption.

 

As we take note of the many religious circles around us today, honesty causes us to agree that the writing of “Ichabod” meaning, “the glory is departed” is over many, many, many of their gatherings. The reason, could it be that for the most part, they have moved into a mind-set that makes them think they are well able to do for themselves. Their actions speak to say they think they have no need for divine assistance nor do they expect any. In this they fulfill Rev. 3:17 which says, “Because they say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knows not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

 

But in remembering Jacob, whose name was finally changed to Israel who is a type of the true church, know that the condition we read about in verse seventeen is not so in the true church. The true church, dealt with like Jacob; it has been chastened, trained, and weakened in the way that they know that they can do nothing of themselves. They know the need of waiting before God. They know that they must have God’s presence and the direction of the Holy Spirit or they are at a loss as to what to do next. This true church lives in that place of knowing, that they cannot live outside the presence of Him who is their life. There is a knowing that they cannot live without Him and His manifest presence.

 

In Him, the Christ, it is the only place of true redemption. This is a redemption that cometh, not by the obeying of man’s ordinances and by-laws, but redemption that cometh only because of Christ. Rom. 8:28-30 speaks loud in declaring, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate [foreordained] to be conformed [fashioned like] to the image [likeness] of His Son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and who He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified”. In this, we understand that the cross crucifies until it is finished. (Read Phil. 3:14-21).

 

It is in Him that redemption becomes a way of life through the changing of these vessels. Phil. 3:21, “Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself?” Therefore, our cry is that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection, fellowshipping His sufferings and being made conformable unto His death to attain the resurrection of the dead. This is a giving up of our old dead life willingly, that the resurrection power of God might restore us to that God-life which comes from within, our redemption.

 

 

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

“We Shall Know Freedom”

 

Why it is that iniquity abounds and the love of many grows cold even as scripture declares? “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax [grow] cold.” (Matt. 24:12). Could it be that the multitudes have not as yet heard nor received the understanding needed concerning that which is necessary to maintain a victorious Christ-like life? The blood of Jesus Christ is such an effective agent for life that it can and does cleanse us from all our sins. However, what is it that keeps the fruit of sin in a producing mode in most people’s lives? Could we still be dealing with a sin nature? If our understanding is correct, sin means a missing the mark, which means, “not sharing in the prize.” Does this not speak to us, that God has purposed a certain mark for man to achieve, to receive the pre-ordained prize established beforehand by God? While the sin nature is destined for destruction, daily sins can and must be forgiven and cleansed. With forgiveness being the first step necessary to move toward the prize, other steps also become a necessity to measure up to that mark.

 

With the first step of asking for forgiveness taken, it then becomes very important for God’s people to gain much needed knowledge. Man needs to receive the understanding needed to move them out of the vicious cycle of continually sinning and needing forgiveness. Pointing to receiving from God forgiveness concerning a life-style of repeating the same sins. God’s desire is that we move on to that place of continuous victory. Remember, sins are but fruit, forgiveness picks the fruit, but other fruit (sins) will grow in its place if the root remains intact. Meanwhile, many people are testifying to the fact that they are growing weary of warring with this sin factor. Nevertheless, we must thank God continually for the blood that washes away our sins, but we must also see the need to awaken to a truth, a light of understanding that will show that God’s people do not always need to continually circle the mountain of sin. God would have us move on through this wilderness that we might gain access, an entrance into the land of promise (God’s Holy of Holies), which means for us a victorious life.

 

This speaks of coming into a lifestyle of victory in all things. As we come out of the wilderness, we learn that the Father orders the steps of a righteous man. With Jesus, we began to declare, “I only do those things which I see my Father do and only say those things which I hear my Father say.” This type of intimacy with obedience to the Father results in the destruction of the root of sin, the law of iniquity. In knowing that sin cannot dwell in the light of God’s presence, therefore neither does its root. Coming into the promises of God, His life, the spiritual promise land, means that a people can now move across that river of spiritual death (a life-style of being separated from God) to enter God’s available eternal life.

 

The river of death, typed by the Jordan River, and crossed so long ago by the children of Israel, speaks of a people of today who are separating from their spiritual death realm wonderings and all its fruits. By dying out to their spiritual death wonderings, it means a moving into a dwelling place in God, the Father. This is the place prepared for us by our elder brother, the first-born son, Christ Jesus. Remember the words spoken by Jesus when He said, “…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:2-3). What is it that keeps us from living in this place with Him? What is it that keeps us from knowing the reality of the visible expression of the Kingdom of God in and through us?

 

Iniquity is a word which, as used in the New Testament, means “illegality, violation of law, wickedness, injustice, wrongfulness (of character, life or act), transgression, lawlessness, unrighteous and wrongdoing”. From this definition, we need to pay special attention to these three defining words.

(1) “Illegality” from the dictionary means, “prohibited by law; against the law; unlawful, illicit; also, not authorized, or sanctioned, as by rules.”

(2) The word “injustice” means, “the quality of being unjust or unfair; lack of justice; wrong.”

(3) “Lawlessness,” a word which has the meaning of, “without law; not regulated by the authority of law, not in conformity with law, not obeying the law; unruly; disorderly”.

 

From these meanings for “iniquity” and the definitions of these words, we began to get a picture of a life-style that opposes that which God has established from Himself to promote order. Is it not so, that God is a God of order? Did not God, in that which He created declare, “It is good”? Meaning that God, when He declared that “it was good” brought into expression the visible creation with all things being in their proper balance. This balance is that which we all need to birth from within, which is the light, life, and well-being of God in all its forms. “Good”, the adverb, has the meaning of “beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, favor, fine, glad, graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, loving, merry, pleasant, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet and wealth”. With this word “good” having such a broad definition, we can also see its description expressed in I Cor. chapter 13 with the using of the word “charity.”

 

“Charity” is a word meaning “affection or benevolence; a love-feast”. With the definitions of “good” and “charity” intertwining in description, we can herein see the explanation and life-style of the law of life that is to be lived in God. However, we can also begin to catch a glimpse of the type of life that manifest when this law of life is broken. Disobedience caused man to fall. It is in his fall that man ceased in his dwelling and living among the law of life. Dwelling outside the law of life places the vessel into a place of living in the law of iniquity and death. But, with the scripture declaring that each seed shall bring forth after its own kind, humanity can now, while in his fallen state, only birth death, which is a separation from the life of God. Meanwhile this death, the realm wherein the law of iniquity dwells, continues in the birthing of itself from generation to generation, producing after its own kind. Regardless of how man tries to dress it up or make it act by establishing orders that permit freedom from the true law of life, it does not remove humankind from the law of sin and death.

 

Iniquity is that illegal, unjust, lawless (law) that is a law whose existence manifest many types of fruit and expressions. Its complete existence is to war against the law of God. Rom. 8:7 states, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”. “Enmity” means “to be hostile, at opposition.” Hence, iniquity in all its forms war against the law of God. Even though iniquity may take on many forms and release many expressions of life, it will forever remain in a state of opposition against God, especially when the word points it out, and then is ignored. That which man has become because of the fall and now as birthed from his mother’s womb is the results and manifestations of being out of harmony with the law of God. This law of God is that which God placed in Adam at the time of his creation. In this truth, man as we see and know him today is not the man God created and placed in the Garden of Eden.

 

Today’s man is the product of a creation that is out of harmony with the law of the original creation, a law that brought forth the first visible created man in harmony with God. Because man is out of harmony with this law of God, he now exists as an illegal, unjust, and lawless man. For man to be out of harmony with the law of God, it makes for a life-style that disrupts all that God said is “good.” Where man had his first existence in love, joy, and peace, he now knows hate, sadness, war, and broken fellowship, not only with God and the rest of humanity, but also with himself. While man may seek to do or be good by incorporating religious patterns learned through lustful desires and selfish motives, as well as knowledge gained intellectually from much study, man will always fall short.

 

Carnal man forever goes about establishing for himself religious principles that suit and satisfy his own selfish cravings in trying to fulfill his God created needs, but that man forever fails. Why does man fail, because fallen man lives outside the scope of God’s law of life? While seeking and even desiring to do well, a law (illegal, unjust, lawless) working in his members’ wars against the good. This is a law that wars against God’s law of life. Rom. 7:22-23 declares, “For I delight in the law of God [life] after the inward man; but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin [iniquity] which is in my members”.

 

It is this law of sin (iniquity – the sin nature) which man must finally overcome; which man must die unto that he may again stand in God’s presence. Like Adam and Eve before the fall, God invites the man to walk with Him in the spirit of the day. Gen. 3:8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day…” This word “cool” is the Hebrew word “ROUCH” and rendered “spirit, invisible force, is invisible except by its manifestations.” These manifestations come from both the internal and external character of the man. As coming from God, it is the invisible origin of life. All apart from this is a realm called death.

 

The blood sacrifice fallen man needed for redemption was fulfilled by Christ Jesus. It was and is His blood that was shed for both the sins committed and the indwelling sin nature. The Holy Spirit, our teacher and comforter, empowers us, teaches us, quickens us and anoints us that we might live in a realm of victorious living. For the most part, this is where the church remains, in the outer court or the Holy place order; this in-part realm of life is only a knowing of the things of God as seen through a glass darkly. This in-part realm is that Holy Spirit baptism which anoints us with an anointing and a knowing of that which is only in part; hence we only prophesy in part. However, when that which is perfect (spiritual maturity, completion) is come within the man, then that which is in part passes away. (Read 1 Cor. 13:9-10).

 

This in-part realm is that which God gave to the church and where the church will remain until we press in to obtain that purchased possession, the fullness of our inheritance. We cannot, any longer just be trusting only in the pledge, the earnest of our inheritance, but we have a need to be dwelling in the full measure. Eph. 1:13-14 declares, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest [a pledge] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”.

 

This time of sealing by the Holy Spirit, at such a time as this because the “day of the Lord” is upon us, God is actively dividing and separating a harvest. He moves among His people to purify all strains of iniquity from them. The time of the earnest of our inheritance only is passing away from this people, that the fullness of their inheritance may come forth. We are not to live any longer in-part, but a standing up in perfection, a maturity and completeness before the Father in becoming one with Him.

 

With our spiritual eyes being open, we can begin to see, to know, and understand God’s true attitude, His frame of mind concerning this law of iniquity. With heaven (God’s invisible dwelling place – also God living within receiving men) being a place of complete love, joy, peace and happiness, it is of a certainty that all which is illegal, unjust and lawless will not dwell there. Do you remember the man who entered the wedding feast without the proper wedding garment? God bound and cast this man into darkness, because he lacked the proper wedding garments.

 

Matt. 7:21-23 declares, “Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will [the desire] of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name cast out devils? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [illegality, unjust, unlawfulness]”. In the sense of this context, God is getting to know a person in connection with the doing of God’s will and not by the works of man. “Knew” in this context is the Greek verb “GENOSKO,” rendered as “to know (by experience, or effort); to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with.”

 

Herein God is getting to know, by experience, each chosen vessel. This knowing comes only as we do the Father’s will. The will of God, not accomplished through the habitual habits of man, for God is not a habit-forming law but a God of divine order, a divine nature. He is an order of life that flows continually without ceasing in revealing Himself to each hungry vessel as He leads them unto perfection. Heb. 6:1-2 reveals, “Therefore leaving [having left] the principles of the doctrine of Christ [of the beginning], let us go on [be borne along] unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works [iniquity], 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”. Perfection is that place of maturity that has fulfilled these above-mentioned principles of the doctrines of Christ. The sons of God are those led continually by God’s Spirit. To cease from the leading of God is to lose sight of the His Spirit and is like a dog that returns to his own vomit.

 

God has been pleased, until now, to allow the wheat and tares to grow up together. Is it not time for this world (present age-time) to end? (Read Matt. 13:36-43). God’s messengers are even now gathering out of His kingdom all things that offend, that which causes vessels to stumble and them that do iniquity. Matt. 13:41 declares, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels [messengers], and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity”. God declares that outward appearances only are not to His liking. They that do such things are deceived and deceive a people into not knowing the truth.

 

Notice in Matt. 23:27-28, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Here God identifies outward religious righteousness with the law of hypocrisy and iniquity. As we consider this truth, we began to see the working of a law that has the appearance of “good,” while within, the fallen, illegal, unjust, lawlessness law continues to operate. This reveals for us that which the in-part realm or anointing can never do, bring and manifest complete deliverance. However, by having the anointing of a full measure (the Christ nature), the perfection of the law of life shall come forth to manifest the glory of God, the nature of that sinless life.

 

There is a law that produces lawlessness. It is that law which causes the fallen man to continue to speak and go his own way. It never remains silent but is declaring its own at all times. This law seeks its own while, instead of loving, it uses others for its own gain. This is that law of iniquity that works within man to seek its own reward. While the “day of the Lord” is upon us, there is movement going on among God’s people. This movement is the results of God releasing from Himself, to man, an increased anointing that shall usher in the greater presence of God among humanity. From within a chosen people, the anointing of that full measure ministry shall consume that law of iniquity, to release the fullness of life in God unto all who would receive. “Iniquity” is from an old Angle-Saxon phrase, meaning “lack of inner quiet.”

 

Herein, a people are to learn how to keep the old man silent before God. To cease from allowing all the many voices of the world and self to lord it over them. God invites us to “be still and know that I am God.” In the silence of this flesh man, God can speak, He instructs, gives guidance, and reveals His will too and for us. Again, we are, by the fruits of the Spirit to be known and not by the gifts of the spirit. Therefore, consider your place in Him, stand still until God speaks and go forth to do that which He speaks. Then, we shall come into and know the anointing of a full measure. Habakkuk 2:20 states, “But the Lord is in His holy temple [the body of Christ, individually and collectively]; Let all the earth [old carnal fleshly man and all his ways] keep silence [be still] before Him”.

 

“Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day and shall be My People: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of Host hath sent me unto thee. And the Lord shall inherit Judah His portion in the holy land and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation”. (Zech. 2:10-13). God, today, is rising up from within His temple, which we are, and through His Temple He is to be seen. The old man is dead, has grown silent and the Christ is coming forth. Come forth quickly, O God, come forth. His temple, which Christ’ body is, is rebuilt for us to know the freedom of our God given inheritance.

 

 

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