“A Cry From Zion – God’s Dwelling Place”

Among God’s people, especially those living during this time and season of today, we find an increasing intense desire expressing itself likened unto the cry that came forth from King David concerning the nation of Israel. This cry has continued throughout the church era as the spiritual house of Abraham, God’s true church. This cry will be heard until its fulfillment is complete and manifesting in a full measure as spoken by God.

Deut. 30:3-6, “that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity [also pointing to today’s carnal apostate church], and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations [the many man-made religious systems] where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the lord your God will bring you to the land, which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul that you may live”.

A key phrase spoken in this context is “the Lord your God will”. This speaks concerning the God that, according to what He purposed before the foundation of the world, He will completely fulfill. It has been set within the heart, the soul of God’s new creation man, to see and know the realities of an ever-present God. These truths are to be fulfilled within the hearts of committed and obedient men who in turn shall rule and reign with Him. For this cause, King David cries in Psalms 14:7, “Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad”.

Zion is the mountain of God, wherein He manifested His glory among the children of Israel. Here David was used of God to establish a place on this mountain for Gods abiding presence to dwell. On this mountain, a tent was set up to contain the returning Ark of the Covenant (God’s returned presence – that which had departed and been absent), for all who desired to come and stand in God’s presence and look upon His glory. From this mountain God’s fire and His cloud manifested and brought release to all those who were willing to stand in that presence and glory. This brought prosperity to yielded people in every area of their lives. This life was a life of God’s perpetual presence dwelling in and among them. Nevertheless, history reveals for us a truth concerning the continual backsliding of the people of natural Israel until the northern tribes were scattered into the four winds with Judah taken into Babylonian captivity.

In this, both Israel and Judah were losing out on the greatness of God’s abiding presence and glory. Likewise, we can see a similar kind of history concerning the spiritual house of Abraham today, the church. We see a church which was birthed into the power and glory of God as His Promised Holy Spirit came to dwell within and among them. This indwelling Holy Spirit was manifesting Himself through a people to establish God’s presence to the then known world. However, like the natural house of Israel, backslidings have, through the pages of time, taken place so that Mount Zion, the church, for the most part has become an empty shell without the power and glory of God’s wonderful presence.

In this condition, among most of the Christian community’s ritualistic services, there abides a form of godliness, but a form that is absence of and denies the power and glory of God. But, liken unto King David, a cry is going forth from a remnant of God’s people as they travail before God. This travail is for the salvation of spiritual Israel, God’s true church, as they arise to come forth from Zion as saviors. Zion, God’s holy mountain is His appointed and inhabited dwelling place within the hearts of all receiving and obedient people.

Isa. 52:1-2, “Awake, awake! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean [that which carnal minded ministers are today] shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust [lust of the fallen natural body], arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion”. Remember, God has purposed to reverse the curse and bring His people to a place of possessing the promised inheritance. These are to establish God’s kingdom on the earth as it manifests itself through them. Herein, God reverses the yoke of captivity as the anointing oil and the work of the Holy Spirit completes Zion’s deliverance.

Has not the shining light of revelation come forth to brighten the pathway, that man might walk in obedience to that light? Even with the things of this world being darkness around us, His glorious light shines brighter and brighter in the purifying of Mount Zion, His people. Isa. 60:1-2, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you”. This word “glory” is the Hebrew word “chabod” meaning “that which is substantial or heavy; glory, honor, splendor, power, wealth, authority, magnificence, fame, dignity, riches, and excellence”.

This speaks unto those who are allowing the indwelling of the accepted Holy Spirit to enlighten and direct them; they have received all that is involved in God’s “chabod or glory”. This means that spiritual maturity releases the pureness of God’s glory to glorify Him in all things. This means seeing God’s glory as His glory manifest from the soul of the man. A mind changed to think the thoughts of God. The will changed to do only that which the Father does. The desires that are changed to reach out and be encompassed by that which God purposes. This change also includes man’s emotions, emotions that respond and express even as God responds to every situation.

Does this mean that spiritual maturity brings forth such a change within man that the man can now live according to the nature of Christ written upon the receiving man’s heart, his soul? Who then shall dwell upon and within Zion? Psalms 15:1-5, “Lord, who may abide in your tabernacle? Who may dwell in your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved”.

Abiding in this presence of God is the place wherein we are now invited to live. We are to identify with all that Christ is because the old Adamic nature is to no longer manifest himself through this temple. It is the Lord God Almighty, who sets us upon and in His high places, to take dominion with Him over all His creation. Psalms 18:31-33, “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer and sets me on my high places”. Because God is our rock, we now stand upon a firm foundation in the high places of God. Upon Mount Zion, the abiding place of His glory and for the overcomer, the dwelling place wherein Christ now lives. Do you believe this? Thus, a life of continuous communication and fellowshipping with Him provides an atmosphere of faith in trusting God in all His leadership.

This kind of faith makes all things possible because of our trust in Him. Mark 9:23, “Jesus said to him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”. This word “believe” is more than credence to church doctrines or articles of faith. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trusting relationship in God that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus Christ. The word “possible” in the above scripture means “the inherent idea of having the ability to act and the power to accomplish”.

Christ gives assurance that however powerless our efforts are to make things happen, He can demonstrate His dynamic power that translates people into God’s kingdom. Therefore, it is God alone who transforms a people into the place of His glory and kingdom. Thus, we ask, who is it that ascends to this place called Mount Zion? Psalms 24:3-6, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. Who has not lifted his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessings from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek your face [Jacob becomes Israel, the former “supplanter, deceiver” is now Israel, “a prince with God”].

While a large portion of the Christian community continues to serve carnal religious rituals and forms, these have only a form of godliness without knowing the power of God. However, from out of the realm of darkness, a light does shine. A remnant of people is ascending from carnal darkness to the light of God. Thus, they are leaving behind all forms and rituals of carnality. They are now being motivated by but one desire which is, that they might know God, a knowing that comes through experience. Their cry is one that goes up before the Lord continuously as spoken of in Psalms 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; on you I wait all day”. Two words we need to take note of in this scripture is first, “truth” a word meaning “certainty, stability, rightness, trustworthiness. It also means to be firm, permanent, and established; which conveys to us a sense of dependability, firmness and reliability”. Truth is therefore something upon which a person may confidently stake his life.

Secondly, the word “teach”, a word meaning “to instruct, train; prod, goad; to cause someone to learn; thus a teaching and learning which is attained through a variety of goading’s by memorable events, techniques, or lessons”. This speaks to us of not only learning about but also experiencing and becoming those things taught. Psalms 25:14-15, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net”. To fear the Lord then speaks to us of deliverance.

In considering and ascending into the place called Mount Zion, we find ourselves in the place of becoming redemption. Our redemption is to become the life which God created us for. In this redemption, we find a growing maturity in spirit and soul, which results in knowing Him, a birthing that manifest His life because our fallen Adamic life is now dead. Psalms 26:2-3 & 8, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart. For your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in your truth …Lord, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells”. Yes, there is a cry coming forth from Mount Zion. A cry of travail is also echoing forth throughout the earth desiring for the manifestation of God’s corporate sons of Zion. What is it that establishes these travailing ones, even as they are becoming the habitation, the dwelling place of God’s glory? This glory is that which is coming forth in the now as God’s kingdom is being established in all the earth.

Psalms 27:4-6, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His Tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted above my enemies all around me; therefore, I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord”. What is the cry of your heart? Are you satisfied with lifeless forms and empty rituals or do you long to see Him, to know Him and become like Him? If so, come up to the top of the mountain of God, His holy hill called Zion and see Him, become like Him and manifest His glory. Psalms 43:3, “Oh, send out your light and your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle”. Zion, the dwelling place of God’s glory, shall and is coming forth to fulfill the cry. Therefore, come forth my people, come forth you sons of Zion.

 

 

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“A Church Triumphant”

 

Groaning cries are being heard as they are coming forth from across the land today, resulting in the trumpets of God sounding out a signal for repentance and restoration. The Day of the Lord is come as God searches among His creation for a people who are willing to hear His voice. In this search, humanity must recognize that man’s crying out is the results of the increasing anguish coming from within a hungry, thirsting people. Why should there exist a people who know such hunger and thirst? Why, except that many of these voices spoken of are trumpets with words that result in unstable corruption and unproven religious activities? Along with the corrupted arena’s existing within today’s society (political, economic, educational, religious, etc.), this corruption has also greatly perverted the church and that which many call the gospel of Christ. Such corruption exists and has promoted a gospel that has no power and has been substituted with man’s own self-willed form of godliness.

Therefore, because of darkness dwelling among the world’s population and gross darkness consuming the minds of men, we see the declared promises of God having a time of fulfillment in this season that is now upon us. Amos 8:11-12 says, 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: And they [includes many among today’s visible church orders] shall wonder from sea to sea [from carnal church to carnal church], and from the north [carnal mind] even to the east [after false Christ’s], they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it [because of looking in all the wrong places].” These carnal churches are full of empty activities that are the results of rejecting God’s pure word to follow the philosophies of carnal minded professional ministries. Understand clearly that man’s high ideas cannot become a replacement for that which God has already stated and established from Himself.

With humanity living in this present-tense season of God, what is it that God has stated for us of today? To this which God states, humanity should pay special attention as He speaks. Haggai 2:6-9, For thus saith the Lord of hosts; yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens [also the heavens within man’s spirit and soul], and the earth [self-willed carnal man’s lifestyle independent from God], and the sea [heart of carnal church’s], and the dry land [man without water – the Spirit of Christ]; and I will shake all nations [worldly systems], and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house [true many member body of Christ] with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver [redemption] is mine, and the gold [divine nature of God] is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house [God’s temple which is His dwelling place within His people] shall be greater than the former [temples of incorporated laws, erected tents, wood, brick, and stone], saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts”.

While many may be waiting and looking for another natural structure to be built in Jerusalem only, God’s greater temple is not one of stone, but a dwelling place for God within the temple God alone builds, the new created man. God’s true temple is made up of regenerated vessels coming forth in God’s likeness and image. As darkness covers the earth, which is the results of man’s carnal mind without restraint, most of humanity finds they are losing all hope while living without any true purpose. Thus, the mind-set that motivates the majority is “we might as well eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.” Meanwhile, a God inspired trumpet is sounding as the voice of God speaks through His spiritually matured ministry.

Isa. 55:1-3, Ho, everyone that thirsts [invitation is for the thirsty ones], come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk [spiritual gladness and nourishment] without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread [eating the carnal doctrines of man-made organizational structures]? And you labor for that which satisfies not [religious works of the flesh]? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [resurrected Christ nature from within]. Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live [from a sin-nature to a Christ-nature]; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David”. (Read Acts 13:34). Know that God shall keep His promises, for that which He has purposed shall return unto Him completely fulfilled in each yielded and committed vessel. (Read Isa. 55:1-13).

With darkness, covering the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people, the question that should be ask is, why? In following the history of the children of Israel and by recognizing that God’s order came first in the natural realm, the law, its greater fulfillment is in the realm of the spirit as God’s Spirit dwells within man. Therefore, the natural types and signs given through Israel should speak to us, the called spiritual house of God, loud and clear. Isa. 1:2, Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me”. “Rebelled” is the Hebrew word “PUSHA”, with the meaning of “revolt, rebellion, sin against lawful authority, transgression.” Likewise, the church of today, God’s purposed spiritual entity placed within the earth has also rebelled against Him. Scripture speaks of a church that only has a form of godliness, but it denies the power of God. While the world does not need a religious form, the cry coming forth from the world is a need for power from God to know change.

John, writing to the church of the Laodicians sets the thermostat , the watermark, expected by God with this last day church finding itself falling short. Rev. 3:15-16, I know thy works [today’s church has a works driven mind-set while trying to please God with their fleshly works and humanistic orders], that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” What is God looking for in those who call themselves Christians? We hear these words as written to the seven churches of Asia Minor in Revelation, “repent, overcome, and receive.” Words that speak loudly to the church of today.

As we look back to the children of Israel, we continue to see the downward spiral they embarked upon in their rebellion against God’s pattern ways. God was rejecting Eli from being the High Priest during a time when Israel was rejecting God. Why, because Eli, without making needed corrections, allowed his sons to corrupt God’s intended way of worship and service. 1 Sam. 3:13, For I have told him [Eli] that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he [Eli] restrained them not”. “Iniquity” as written in this verse speaks of “perverseness which is from a root word to be bent or crooked.” Where is the ministry that ministers the pure word of God today? Does this verse point to those ministers who refuse to minister against the sins of the sin nature as revealed in God’s Word as they preach a permissive gospel that leads to spiritual perverseness, spiritual fornication and spiritual adultery?

Let us consider today’s ministries who remain in a state of disobedience and stubbornness. These ministries remain stiff-necked in responding to please the people above that of pleasing God. Consider 1 Sam. 15:22-23 as God speaks to King Saul, And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices [religious rituals and rules], as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath rejected thee from being king.”

How many are practicing witchcraft (rebellion) and stubbornness (releasing iniquity and idolatry) in the church today? Much of today’s church groups, like these children of Israel, have lost the Ark of the Covenant, the piece of furniture from Moses’s tabernacle that represents the glorious power and presence of God dwelling within their midst. Among many of today’s church groups, they continue only in a form of service, while having no knowledge of or desire for God’s presence, nor Him dwelling among them. In this, their forms become death because the people have become carnal minded and the church depends upon fleshly entertainment to attract and satisfy the people.

Even now, during this time of darkness and mental gross darkness, God still speaks His promises and unto those that receive them, certain events take place that bring change to that individual. Isa. 59:19-20, So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion [place of God’s manifesting glory within man], unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob [house of flesh – carnal minded church’s – remember his name (nature) was finally changed to Israel, prince with God], saith the Lord.” 

        Because, as God changed Jacobs name to “Israel – a Prince with God” – he types God’s spiritual house. This promised Redeemer has come into the hearts of all those who are receiving Him. In this reception of the Redeemer, God’s promise continues to restore until the fulfillment of all things within the receiving vessel. Eph. 4:13, Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge [full and perfect knowledge] of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” The little word “in” from the above scripture is the Greek word “EIS” which speaks of “a line that is drawn to meet another line, at a certain point.” Thus, a people are connecting with Christ and they are becoming one in Him.

The raising up of a standard is, as spoken above, a stand against the enemy of the Christ who willingly sacrificed Himself on the cross. He then resurrected before humanity as a living standard for all creation. With Jesus being the pattern Son, we can also include a remnant of people who shall fulfill the prayer prayed by Jesus and its fulfillment. John 17:5 & 22, And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. … And the glory which thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one”.

A prayer of fulfillment, by the Holy Spirit, as the vessel stands in complete obedience to the progressive work of sanctification. This work is that which no man can accomplish within himself or in his own strength and power. Nay, but this is a work accomplished as man yields to the Holy Spirit in becoming the purified vessel sanctified unto God’s purpose. This purpose is a promise from God about the restoration of David’s tabernacle. Acts 15:16, After this [begins taking out a people for His name, His nature] 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.”

David’s tabernacle was a tent erected on Mt. Zion wherein the returned Ark of the Covenant rested upon it to manifest the glory of the Holy of Holies unto Israel. In this tent, the glory of God rested as His presence filled the tent. This promised restoration of the temple of God is pointing to men of today who receive Christ within and become a manifesting tabernacle. This tabernacle shall retain the glory of God as they manifest that glory, the nature of God unto all creation. For this purpose, God is raising up His remnant of first-fruits wherein the glory of His presence dwells to manifest upon the earth.

Meanwhile, how is it that the world sees the church today? The testimony concerning most of the Christian community is one of having a form of godliness while denying the power of the gospel of Christ. Because of this lack of Godliness, the Christian community is not appealing, appetizing nor attractive where most of the world is concern. Most of the populace are declaring that there is not much difference between how the so-called Christians live their lives and the lives lived by the non-Christian. How can the fire of God that purifies and a God that saves, delivers, and heals be present when the Christians are rejecting the power and presence of the Holy Spirit? A form of weariness rest upon the people because the religious arena preaches a gospel that is absent of God’s power, His glory, His manifesting presence and a need for sanctification.

A warning of change is sounding out concerning a people that are called to know restoration. This change has come as a Holy Spirit filled people are yielding to the unity of oneness in Christ, His nature. It is a change that roots out, pulls down, destroys, and throws down for the building up and planting of God’s everlasting kingdom throughout creation. Ezek. 12:22-23, Son of man, what is this proverb that ye have in the land of Israel [Christian community], saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision fails? Tell them therefore, thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel [Christian community]; but say unto them, the days are at hand, and the effect [word] of every vision”. (Read Ezek. 12:22-28).

Unto all receiving vessels who hear the words of God, they are to respond to them with the understanding that God’s word will not return to Him void or without fulfillment. The time for restoration during this great and gross darkness is now upon us. This restoration of God’s triumphant church shall affect all creation as God fulfills His promises to a full measure. Each promise fulfilled brings forth a full measure of its fruit. Joel 2:18-19, Then will the Lord be jealous for His land and pity His people [in Christ we are Abraham’s true seed, we are His land]. Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto His people. Behold, I will send you corn [Jesus Christ the bread of life], and wine [gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit]; and oil [the anointing of God’s presence], and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations” (Read Joel 2:23-27).

This is God’s triumphant church, those who are His first-fruits people. These, now sanctified, as the hand of God fulfills His word in them unto complete restoration. Restoration as it concerns God’s manner and expression. These shall know the fullness of joy concerning their salvation. Psalm 51:10-13, Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit [unforced obedience]. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

This victorious church shall know and express the glory of God even more so than the early church. Col. 3:4, When ye also appear [manifest] with Him in glory.” This triumphant church shall walk with God in the cool, the spirit of the day. Gen. 3:8a, And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day: …” After six days or six thousand years, this man of Gods intended purpose is now coming forth. That is, a people created in His likeness and image. This people of the sixth day are even now crossing over into the spirit of God’s seventh day. The sixth day is closing out with God’s wrath beginning to come forth for the cleansing of the earth and a purifying of His people. These march with God in the Spirit of complete restoration with one sound. This is God’s day for His glorious church without spot or wrinkle while having a triumphant sound that manifest the nature of God from within His temple, which we are. Come forth you first-fruits, God’s triumphant church, come forth.

 

 

 

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“God’s Purpose”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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“Who Are We?”

The importance of knowing who we are according to and living in God reveals itself increasingly as we, the people of God, begin to take our place in Him. This, man’s destiny, is determined by God’s will and purpose for each yielded vessel. In knowing that God created the first man Adam to have dominion over His creation, God’s continuing purpose as from the beginning, is that man might subdue, have dominion over and replenish the earth. God’s purpose was that, beginning with Adam He might fill the earth with His presence in every dimension of life and throughout each manifesting order as released from God. Adam, while in total dependency upon God lived in that dominion, which was recognized and realized as Adam and Eve related to God in the cool, the spirit of the day in their beginning. Thus, Adam and Eve had a relationship with God that was one of constant communication, even as according to God’s purpose, for the day of beginnings.

Gen. 3:8a, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day…”  However, their removal from this place of fellowship and dominion within the realm of the garden, was the results of disobedience. However, God in mercy, left them with a continuing promise. This promise declares that the way to the tree of life was to be protected by God. Protected until man could, through the purposed coming Christ, re-enter and again abide in the realm that was then called the Garden of Eden. This garden represents the place, the realm wherein man might be restored and partake of the available tree of life, therein to know and receive resurrected and eternal life, becoming God’s family.

What a glorious promise of purpose. In this promise, God is helping man to reclaim His purpose. It being important for man to know the place from which he fell. To also understand the why or reason for that fall. In the garden, when approached by the serpent, the exchanged communications between God’s enemy and Eve produced a mind-set that removed Eve and Adam from their lofty realm of dominion. In accepting and receiving the serpent’s lies, that which the serpent is and what he represents became the mind-set of Eve, to then be passed on to Adam and then unto all generations following. Isa. 14:12-14 reveals the fallen angel’s mind-set to be passed on to mankind, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken [subdued] the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven [the heavens – including the throne-room], I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the MOST HIGH”.

God’s created man, coming out of Him was what He purposed before the foundation of the world. Man was created from the dust of the earth to then receive the breath of life coming from God, His spirit, to become a living soul. Created Adam was now a living soul, purposed to manifest the nature of God. But now, because of disobedience, fallen creation lives in a fallen condition. They could now, in their fallen condition, begin to recognize the lofty place from which they had fallen. This fall was from a lofty realm of dwelling in light (dwelling in the knowledge and presence of God) into a realm of living in darkness (separated from God’s Life and purpose). However, in His love, God’s promise of restoration enables man to find his way back to that realm of light from which Adam fell. The promise from God concerning a Son to be birthed and become a sacrifice came, and it now makes available to fallen man the ministry of progressive salvation, complete redemption and restoration.

This sacrifice, in becoming man’s salvation, is available to bring any repentant man back to that spiritual place God intended for man to possess and dwell. Back from darkness, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, to that realm of light which abides in Christ. The completion of our salvation through Jesus Christ results in the true meaning of the “word” and “work” of resurrection. This “work” of resurrection begins for repentant man at the cross of Jesus to continue until knowing that the completed work (restoration of spirit, soul, and body) is accomplished. Note that the word “resurrection” is a word that means “a reversal”. In this, along with Paul, we can express our desire, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection”.

God’s intention has never changed. From before the foundation of the world He purposed to make man in the likeness of His image. As written in Gen. 1:26, “And God said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over …” This word “man” as used here is the Hebrew word “AW-DAM’ with the meaning of “one showing blood (life) in the face”. This is speaking of man, whose countenance reflects the quality of his inner nature, a nature that is the results of the breath, the life of God breathed into the formed dust of the earth man. God’s breath, His Spirit caused the man of dust to become a living soul, a living soul reflecting the nature of God. “Made in God’s image” speaks of the man being in the same “shade” as God. “Shade” denotes that man vibrated or existed in the same realm as God. These vibrations speak of the different realms or expressions that extend from God in fulfilling all His purposes.

Psalms 89:15 reveals, “Blessed is the People that know the joyful sound: They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance [face, life]”. Remember that the scripture does declare that when we see Him as He is, we shall be like Him. In the above scripture, take note of the words “sound” and “light”. With each, sound or light becoming a manifestation, these are the results that come from a certain vibration. “Sound” has a certain vibration while “light” is the result of a higher vibration. Before man’s fall in Eden, he existed in pure spirit form and his body was a covering purposed to visibly express God’s light from within. However, according to God’s wisdom, He allows man the freedom to fall from that higher vibration to a lesser vibration but with a purposed hope.

Note Rom. 8:20, “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope”. Hope, having its fulfillment through salvation means for man, that deliverance from the bondage of fallen corruption is available. Salvation is the process, made available by the cross, by which we can return to God. This reversal will once again give expression to the life and light that we are as being in Him.

This also speaks that unto those who continue to reject the work of salvation which God has made available; there is a continuation of life locked into that realm of darkness. Their countenance, their nature expresses a realm of evil that maintains the manifestation of that darkness. Matt. 6:23 states, “But if thine eye be evil, the whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness”. With darkness, having many forms of expressions, sometimes it even has the appearance of light; but its source continues to be of the realm of darkness.

Can we understand that darkness is part of light? It is simply light whose vibration has slowed way down. Thus, man, in his fall, fell from a realm of pure light to a realm of light slowed down to appear now as darkness. Remember, God is “pure light” and in man’s present fallen slowed down condition of darkness, he cannot behold God and live. For this cause, God, the Word, became flesh. Meaning that God emptied Himself to become much less than what He really is. He lowered His vibration of light to become a man. For what reason did God Lower Himself? To deal with humanity on man’s level of darkness, a far lower vibration than the eternal God.

This means that God took on the form of slowed down light to appear in the realm of fallen men and the darken world. Jesus, as a flesh man, now depended upon the Holy Spirit to maintain His total victory over the flesh realm. Jesus gained victory over the realm of darkness, first through total obedience to the Father and then through His sacrifice on the cross. Man, through receiving that available sacrifice can once again approach the realm of light. That is, a quickening of vibration by the Holy Spirit to relate again with God in the realm of pure light. Therefore, we are encouraged to let the revelation of God run its course in us, that we might again become that pure light in spirit, soul and body. Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day”.

With revelation from and of God coming in a progressive manner, man has the tendency to build temples around those certain revealed truths. When this tendency transpires, it takes those certain truths of light and boxes in the light, to slow it down again until it finally becomes darkness again. Remember, darkness is light which has slowed down. Man-made temples become walls that stop the progressive flow of Gods light, thus moving towards and again becoming darkness. Therefore, revelation must remain free to move us more and more into God’s perfect day. A day wherein the light shines brighter than the noonday sun, a perfect day of restoration. Knowing a reversal from death into the power of His resurrection glorifies the Father in all things.

John 8:12, “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. Therefore, let us rise and shine for God’s glory is available for all those who are willing to see Him as He is. In seeing Him as He is, man can become His image and likeness to manifest Christ unto the entire world. Thus, a called responding people becoming the light of God, as they began to know who they really are in Christ. Herein they manifest the Christ nature unto a darken world, becoming God’s light bearers until establishing completely the kingdom of God, that is by removing all the darkness. Thus, who are we, but God’s light bearers establishing the kingdom of God in the earth. Arise and shine for God’s glory has come.

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“We, the Christ Body”

Daily, when reading the news as reported in the newspaper and hearing about world events on television or the radio, we are becoming more and more aware of the darken dangerous times in which we live. These times are pointing to the fact that many events are taking place, which will eventually and are even now shocking the entire world. These shock waves are beginning to affect the people of the world, especially among those of the carnal and religious world. Meanwhile, as these events take place, many spiritual minded people, those classified in the Bible as “the overcomers”, those living according to the Word of God, are going to enter into what He, the Christ is.

As these come into a full measure of the Christ, these “overcomers” shall lay to rest the controversy of our day as to whom and what the true church really is. A trumpet is now sounding as the voice of God is declaring that a time for spiritual reality is upon us. A departing and moving out of the realm of just knowing about or believing about God only, into the realm of becoming the manifestation of that which God has spoken. This means that these overcomers shall move from the arena of concepts and revelation only into the arena of realities.

This speaks to us of the cross on which Jesus died as He became our means of death to self, a death that now means that His glory can rest upon us. This means that His life has become ours because we are now dead to the sin-nature of self and alive in Him. This speaks to us of a realm of life wherein we enter, to go out no more. Rev. 3:12a, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more ….” What a place to live, a dwelling in and with the presence of God Himself. In this, we should remember that our God is a consuming fire, a realm of life wherein the sin nature, the self-life nor any rebellion can live. Thus, these people shall come to know the reality of “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me”.

The place wherein sinners and hypocrites fear to dwell has become a place of life for the overcomer. Isa. 33:14-16 declares, “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gesture with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: he will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure”. By considering the form of “death” as spoken of here, we are not speaking of going to the grave, but rather we speak of coming to the end of the self-life. We are not speaking of those who remain independent in their own self-will, their own purpose, their desires and mind, but to those who are becoming willfully obedient to God in all things. In considering death, we must ask ourselves these questions:

  1. Does this death to self-mean a loss of our life? Rev. 2:7, “He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”.
  2. Does this death mean a loss of credibility? Rev. 2:26, “And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations”.
  3. Does this death mean the loss of home, lands, friends, even all things? Rev. 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son”. Remember Job.
  4. Does this death mean the loss of your good name? Rev. 3:12b, “… I will write on him [overcomer] the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from My God”. 

        In answering these questions, we find out that there is no true loss in Christ, but only gain. However, our gain is through loss concerning the realm of death, a giving up to living after the self-life. We gain life through death to self, the sin-nature. Glory takes the place of shame. Power is gained through weakness and we become exalted through abasement. This death is that which takes place at the cross and all that the cross accomplishes in a yielded vessel. This living unto the death realm, that which was once lived through the saints, but as they overcome, they are to be “sealed” unto Christ. Rev. 7:3, “Saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

God’s servants are those who are receiving the mind of Christ. The sealing in the foreheads takes us to Rom. 8:23b, which speaks of the time of our adoption, “even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our bodies”. Adoption, likened to the time of Jesus’ baptism, has the meaning of being “placed as sons”. It is at this time of adoption that the ministry of Jesus had its true beginning. Matt. 3:17, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

Here we consider an often-asked question. What is being a “son” but not yet a “manifested son”? 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”. This word “children”, in this scripture is the Greek word “TEKNON” which has the meaning of “little child, an offspring but very young in maturity”. The reason given as the why God calls them children is because it has not yet been revealed to them what they shall be. This speaks of a people who have not yet come to full age and the Christ is not yet been fully manifested to and in them. This means that these sons, these children have not yet known the “placement of adoption”. These have not yet come out from under the law of sin and death.

Gal. 4:5, “to redeem those who were under the law [religious laws and concepts], that we might receive the adoption as sons”. Son’s in this scripture is the Greek word “HUIOTHISIA” which speaks of “maturity and relationship. It speaks of authority and commitment, a commitment to that Father-Son relationship”. These are in the placement of adoption that means they have fully yielded to the sealing of the sons, receiving the mind of Christ. These are now taking their place as Gods manifested sons.

God’s promises are yea and amen, to those who overcome they become the in-Christed ones who now manifest the nature of Christ. Gal. 4:1-2 declares, “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the Father”. This inheritance is one that is neither received nor experienced by those who only know about Jesus Christ. But, it does belong to them who overcome and experience their new life in Christ. By remaining children, it makes us heirs, but being heirs does not make us the inheritors. The inheritance belongs to them who spiritual mature by overcoming of the realm of death, that is the self-life living under and unto the sin -nature.

This realm of death is that carnal realm which dictates from the fleshly nature of man. It makes prisoners of those who desire to maintain their independence from God in spirit, soul and body. Rom. 8:7, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be”. Thus, we have a key given whereby we can be, together with Him, glorified. That is to suffer (deny self) with Him as we fulfill the act of obedience.

In reading Acts 15:14-17, we see that God has always purposed to do more than save a few and damn the rest. We see that God’s purpose is to visit the nations and take out of them a people for His name, His nature. God’s purpose in this is that the residue or rest of humanity might then seek after the Lord. In the Old Testament, when the High Priest was dressing to fulfill his role in the activities surrounding the Tabernacle and the Temple, the last part of the Priest garment put on was the “MITRE”. This “MITRE” points to and signifies the sealing with the mind of Christ, declaring that the overcomers receive the delegated authority of God and a divine commission from Him to act in that authority from the time of their sealing.

These shall also experience the redemption of their bodies. Let us remember that the first-fruits of the Holy Spirit are only the earnest of the inheritance, not the fullness. However, have we not come to a day, a season in God where events are taking place wherein we shall see the salvation of our God? Herein the Christ begins to appear in a full measure in and through His many-member body, the sent ones. To this, we say yea and amen. Who are you and what do you desire? God is gathering His body together in the now, for the time of the manifestation of Christ, head and body has come. Christ in you is the hope now manifesting through His many member body that are now in Him. We, an overcoming people, are the body of Christ and God has purposed to reveal the Christ with and through each overcomer to the nations. Christ in this people becomes their hope of glory as well as for the residue that would follow Him. Therefore, let the people awake, come out of their slumber and see Him as He is. This is the pre-ordained work of the Holy Spirit as He reveals Jesus Christ to us, a seeing what we are called to become.

 

 

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“Walking in the Light”

God is light and to those who desire to walk with Him in intimacy, they must walk in the light that He is. 1 John 1:5 speaks to us of this light by declaring, “This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. This word “light” used here has the meaning of “underived, meaning from no other source, also absolute); the opposite of darkness. Used therefore specially of God”. This gives us an understanding then, that to those who desire to fellowship increasingly with God, they must separate progressively from all that is not of God, all that is and remains as darkness. For, outside of God’s will and purpose living in us, our life is a life living in shades of darkness. A darkened place wherein we have spent much of our dwelling but have been invited to depart from such as we start our walk with God through believing and accepting the Christ and the fullness of His work.

Psalms 43:3 invites us to respond to the open-door invitation that God has made available. “O send out Thy light and Thy truth: Let them lead me; Let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles“. God’s “holy hill” points us to Mt. Zion of King David’s time and the children of Israel’s day. Here God’s glorious light shone forth in and above the tent scripture calls David’s tabernacle. But, it now speaks of God’s abiding place in the earth as He dwells in the hearts, the souls of today’s true church. Pointing to His living saints which are todays Mt. Zion. “Tabernacles” from the above scripture has the meaning of “the great habitation, God’s dwelling place, the place containing the presence of God in that Light called Shekinah”. Has this not been God’s purpose from the beginning? That God might have for Himself a place to dwell in the hearts of a Holy people. God manifesting Himself through them as they are sent throughout all His creation in the Spirit without measure. (Read John 3:34).

We as His people must come to the place where we realize, that without Him, we continue to walk in the darkness of our base self (fallen sin nature). As we try to maintain ourselves from the standpoint of being our own god, we maintain a life of death and darkness, which is ours by the rights of the curse. This curse has its rights within man because of the results of Adams fall through disobedience to God’s stated purpose. God’s glorious covering of light, which was outshining from Adam and Eve in the beginning as a covering, was now departed from them. They, Adam and Eve, now darkened and living in their own wisdom; walks separated from God and are lost in the darkness of self with no God light to lead them. Thus, fallen humanity now wonders through God’s creation as strangers to Him. Meanwhile this fallen man, in himself, is always building places to live in, dwelling places that never fulfill nor satisfy. With man’s appetite being so large in its lust, it never knows true fulfillment. A remaining intense desire that continually searches but never finds.

Nevertheless, thanks to God, He has supplied the ways and means to come out of this darkness into that great light which He is. While it is imperative that we come to the light, we must go further still and enter the light. How is this possible except we first recognize our need to die, that is, to be separated from the realm of darkness, to be separated from the darkness of fallen creation? One might try to substitute this dying by participating in the carnal religious activities and religious games that are available for mankind today. These are games people play while trying to satisfy the longing in the human heart for a Savior. However, this Savior and salvation does not come through religious platitudes and phrases, nor through self-imposed religious life-styles patterned after the laws and traditions of the carnal, without being renewed, mind of man.

John 3:19-21 states, “And this is the condemnation [judging; i.e. the process rather than the result] that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth [actively produces, having regard to the object and end of the action] truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God [in God’s strength]“. With a people coming out of darkness unto truth (light), this means a coming out of that which is a lie into God’s truth, that which cannot lie. Thus, this truth enlightens us and fills us with God’s light. Herein, the process of becoming light has a new beginning in us as we walk out John 3:30 which states, “He [Christ] must increase, but I [self, death, darkness, sin nature] must decrease”. How is this possible, except we, God’s people, allow for the increase of His light within us as it causes the darkness to decrease through sanctification?

Enlightenment that comes through revelation (increased understanding) by the Holy Spirit enables us to see Him as He is, giving us opportunity to become like Him in the manifestations of our lives. This enables us to walk in the light, even as He is light. This means for us continual change, growing more and more into His likeness and manifesting His glory. Thus, becoming His hands, His body extended to a world wrapped up in the darkness of their own intellect, their own will, and their own desires and driven by their own emotions (lusts). However, to this darkened world God has made this promise to those receiving Him in Obadiah verse 21, “And saviors [deliverers] shall come up on mount Zion to judge [enlighten] the mount of Esau [the house of flesh, those who continue to walk in darkness]; and the kingdom shall be the Lords”.

Can we become such a people as this? Yes, through repentance and sanctification by obedience, because God has declared it to be and it shall be so. How except we become, by the increase of what He is in His tabernacle (which is His people). This will bring results that can only come through obedience to God alone. This obedience is at a price, the ending of the old man by the increase of God within us. Obedience means a dying to the self-man (his own created world) because of a new set of priorities that, through love, now motivates this people. Jesus Himself sets these priorities for man in the declaration of who He is in relationship to Father God. John 5:19 states, “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 soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”. Jesus, the obedient Son that never did anything of Himself, He was faithful always to do those things led by the Father. Never moving in an independent mind-set but totally yielded unto the Father in all things.

Can we walk in the light as He is in the light? Yes, as the Holy Spirit quickens us to dwell in those heavenly places with Him, as we live only according to His leading. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world [darkness] according to the prince of the power of the air [spiritual darkness], the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation [manner of life] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us [made us alive] together with Christ, [by grace ye are saved]; And hath raised us up together, and made us set together in heavenly places [in the light] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”. (Eph. 2:1-7).

Because of and through salvation that was made available through Christ Jesus on the cross, we can enter the light even as He is the light. In this light we can now know the reality of living in heavenly places. This place is reserved for us as we stand before Him in His mercy and grace. In Him, we sit in these heavenlies. This means not only coming into the heavenlies, but the need to take on the mind-set and characteristics of these same heavens. Rom. 12:2 declares, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”. Pointing to the need to come into union with the government and order that rules these heavenlies, totally dependent upon God in all things and walking in the light as He is in the light. These heavenly-minded people are a new creation people ruled over by a higher dimension of life.

This is a life that manifests the nature of God while walking with our feet on the ground. “…. Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints [revealing Himself in and through a people who become like Him]. (Jude verse 14). This invitation is extended to us to walk in the light of His glory, even as we abide in Him and Him in us. Rev. 21:7 says, “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son“.

A Son is one that not only dwells in heavenly places, but also one that puts on the mind-set government and order of these same heavens. These are manifesting Christ and glorifying God on earth while walking in the Light. A light that receiving and obedient vessels become as they go forth in establishing God’s kingdom throughout the earth, that is, all creation. Isa. 60:1-2, “Arise. Shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But His glory will be seen upon you.” It is these arising ones who become God’s light to the world. Therefore, we are invited to come forth, for now is the time to walk in and manifest the Christ light. His kingdom is come.

 

 

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“There is a River”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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