“Ascension Time is Upon Us”

The visible church, as it is looked upon by the world in general, is seen as being but a building erected by man to entertain their own religious ideals. These ideals are rituals promoted for self and others of like-kind beliefs. Their interest usually lay within the confines of carnal thoughts and expressions to hold and captivate the people to their own philosophy concerning their personal religion. This structured organized arena the world calls the church, through many of them, has promoted their own doctrinal ritual’s above God’s Word. Among some of them they are removing Christ completely from their circles. With the world’s condition, in general, being a reflection of the condition of this humanistic church structure, we see a great need within the church itself. A church that the scripture classifies has a people having a form of godliness while denying the true God as having any power or authority in their midst.

Seasons have come and gone since the birthing of God’s church on the Day of Pentecost some 2000 years ago. During this span of time, the carnal mind has made inroads into what is now known as church order. But God’s Word, as spoken today by the few, is exposing the carnal church orders faulty condition. Rev. 17:1, And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, come hither; I will show unto you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters.” This great whore, the condition of the fallen, rebellious, unclean church, sits upon these many waters is identified clearly in Rev. 17:15, “And he said unto me, the waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are people, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

This great whore, as revealed, represents the many carnal Christians and organizations that reject Christ and continual misuse of His word. They love the things of this world more than the things of God. These many read scriptures only to learn about and to support their many private doctrines, but the truth eludes them. Why? But because of their manifested stand, mostly against the Holy Spirit, in stubbornness and their pride of self-importance.

Even as Israel played the harlot with the gods of other nations, the Christian Community today is also playing the harlot with the activities of this world. Her ministers become men pleasers and pleasure seekers while rejecting the need to sell out completely to Christ. 2 Tim. 3:1-7, “This know also, that in the last days’ perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lust, every learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth.”

This harlot church, in making a pact with the world, receives the lies of the false prophet and the antichrist as they desire to deny facing any trials and tribulation that the spoken and revealed truth of God’s word causes her. Rev. 12:16, “And the earth [carnality and self-will, the carnal mind] helped the women [true church], and the earth [carnal minded church] opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood [words, a flood of destructive lies sent to separate the harlot carnal church from the true church] which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” The receiving of Satan’s lies is a form of spiritual fornication because Satan is in those lies. Believing Satan’s lies form the beast that rises up out of the sea (the heart of the carnal church) to reveal the true nature of carnal Christians. Rev. 13:1, “Then I stood on the sand of the sea [heart of the carnal church]. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” Thus, this beast church goes forth to do battle with God’s true church, the women that birthed the man-child.

Concerning this, let us take note that from out of the women church God births a man-child, the first-fruits of God who shall rule with Him. These first-fruits are caught up into God and His throne and now stand with Christ in His glory. Rev. 12:5, “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 [moving into God’s throne-room authority – Christ nature].” In this caught up experience we must remember a promise from God, a promise of entering into a time of rest.

Heb. 4:9-10, “There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest [the Holy Spirit alone does the work], he also has ceased from his own works, even as God did from His.” How can this be, when we as humanity recognize the weaknesses of the sin nature that is at work in and around us continually? Could it be that Christ sanctifies and sets apart a people, enabling them to stand before Him who is a consuming fire? The Holy Spirit continues to purify yielded vessels until they are spiritually mature and stand with God as He appears through them. Malachi 3:1-2, “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me, and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple [God’s people are His temple] even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide [endure] the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap.”

As a refining fire, the holiness of Christ exposes all the carnality that dwells within man as well as all creation. Because God is even now finishing the building of His temple, which we are, a people are now awakening to the reality of God’s promises that He alone accomplishes through the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:3-4, “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness [not a form of godliness] through the knowledge of Him that hath called us into glory and virtue; whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Thus, ascension, an awakening is taking place within the vessels as to whom they are as they now are dwelling with God in His place of glory. This people walk the earth manifesting the invisible God to and among the visible world. Isa. 11:1-2, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 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 of the fear of the Lord.” That which God reveals through the indwelling Holy Spirit and Christ Jesus, God will now manifest through the spirit, soul and body of His Man-child Company.

This seven-fold spirit of God speaks of His fullness within the seed, which Christ is within. In this He matures and brings forth the fruit of that seed. This fruit is that for which Jesus prayed for as it brings forth the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ from within them, manifesting the perfect man. John 17:5 & 22, “And now, O father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with you 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.”  Eph. 4:13 reveals the act of man’s progressive growth, an on-going ascension, until the full mature measure is manifest, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect [complete, full grown] man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

The ascension, a realm of glory that manifest from God’s dwelling place of glory, is His throne-room. A people birthed into that place of authority, which manifest through the completed man, his spirit, soul, and body. This man is a glorified saint measured unto the fullness of Christ and sent into the world in the spirit without measure. John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaks the words of God; for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto him.”

Ascending unto the presence of God is now upon God’s true church. The bride of Christ is awakening to His coming as He appears through the man-child who manifests the glory of God and brings separation between the carnal church and the purified bride. This bride is awakening to the glory of Christ’ revealing as they are prepared to take the land. Remember Joshua and the day that God spoke of in Joshua 3:5 concerning the time to take the land, “And Joshua said unto the people, sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

Speaking of God’s eternal purpose points to the day of God’s eternal power and life being within and upon His people. A people whose lives reveal unto the world, that is from Gods promised elect, as they manifest that authority. These are glorified by God to fulfill that purposed priesthood and God’s peculiar possession for His glory. 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you shall show forth the praises [virtues] of Him who hath called you out of darkness [spiritual ignorance] unto His marvelous light [underived and absolute – becoming God’s glory]: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” Remember, as a royal priesthood, we are not a part of the order of the law of death, the Levitical Priesthood, but rather are a part of the priesthood of God’s eternal endless power. Heb. 7:3, “Without father, without mother, without descent [no longer a part of that which is of the earth, earthly], having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God, abiding a priest continually.”

This time of ascension is a time of glorification for the man-child to know a birthing into the likeness of the Son of God. The ascension one’s are a people receiving the throne-room authority of God, continually standing in His glory as a fire of purification establishes His eternal kingdom on the earth. Are you hearing the trumpet that is sounding out this call, saying, come up hither and behold the glory of God? Rev. 4:1-2, “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking with me, which said, come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit [understanding the revealed things of God’s dwelling place which includes the heavens within] and behold a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.”

Ascending is, becoming a visible manifestation of that which God calls the heavens. God’s heavens are speaking of a glorified people who come forth in the earth realm to remove all the carnal structures of man. These are those changed one’s who establish God’s eternal heavens upon the earth. If you are hearing, this is your day. Ascension time is upon us.

 

 

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“Are We Willing to Become God’s Fullness?”

The word “fullness” is a word, as used here, with the meaning of “a full number, full complement, full measure, copiousness, plenitude, that which has been completed”. When referring to the things of God, it speaks of an infilling of the complete purpose of God. This points us to a part of God’s character called love. In Him, you find a love that is higher and deeper than man can imagine. Through the Holy Spirit, you can begin to know this kind of love and in knowing and experiencing it, you will become knowledgeable of God’s fullness. Eph. 3:19, “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. It is for this cause that God created man, to be His kingdom agent, to rule and subdue the rest of creation. This action includes a defeating of the carnal forces that desire to control and rule over the man. Know that it is through this characteristic of love that all God’s enemies will be defeated.

Love for God becomes the gate, when opened, that puts man upon the pathway to God’s fullness. Unto the vessel that willingly forsakes all that hinders such a life of love, God, with all the host of heaven, will give their support to bring about this opened gate accomplishment. With man being distinct from the rest of creation, according to God’s purpose, he is not only a spiritual being but he also has a soul and a body. Man became a mortal being whose intelligence, perception, and self-determination far exceeds that of any other earthly being. Man’s capacity and ability constitute accountability and responsibility, so therefore mankind should never be pleased to dwell on a level of existence lower than that on which God has made it possible for him to dwell. Meaning that we should strive to reach the highest levels of God purposed life we can reach. (Read Psalms 8:4-8).

Along with God creating man in His own image and likeness, the command came for man “to have dominion”. This speaks of a design that has the right to “be filled” with the fullness of God, to enable man to have dominion over God’s creation. This dominion explains the will and purpose for the creating of man. But because of the first Adams disobedience and rebellion against God’s purpose, he awakened in himself and his offspring the appetites of the outward body. This fallen body became one that lust after the natural material things of God’s creation. However, the last Adam, Christ Jesus, ushered in for humanity a new birth, including the spirit, soul and body, a new creation that desires a life that seems foreign, undesirable and unattractive to the fallen man. Matt. 7:14, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”.

In Christ, we find the pathway of love that enables each vessel, those yielding to God’s love, to receive a power source and a desire to live in God’s presence, His purpose and will in all things. This love generates a desire and a knowing that God will work in every situation, hardship and temptation to fulfill his purpose in each one as they humble themselves before Him. Rom. 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. “Purpose” a word suggesting a deliberate plan, intention and a design. A personal salvation, well planned as God demonstrates His abiding faithfulness in awaiting the consummation of His plan.

God’s plan even now awaits the desire of men who long for the ways of God above all else. The requirement needed is one that reveals commitment to God and His will alone. This meaning is that the light, the life of God, must influence the whole of man’s makeup. This light, this life is to consume the whole man spirit, soul and body until the man begins to manifest the nature of God in all things. Matt. 6:22, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light”.

A good eye is one whose intent is to serve God and not mammon, which indicates the whole system of materialism. A good eye sees who God is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Unto those who diligently seek Him, they have the promise of eternal life. In eternal life, we glorify God even as Jesus Himself prayed that He might glorify the Father, with one purpose, to make God and the coming of Christ known. Jesus in becoming our Savior through His atoning death, we, as receivers and believers in Him, will know God and thus possess eternal life. Therefore, by knowing Him, we have eternal life. John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”.

Eternal life speaks of receiving that which God is. A coming into the fullness of God is the results of loving Him. The fullness of God speaks of coming to and dwelling within the kingdom of God, for this is that for which God purposed for humanity before the world was. This is that for which God now makes available to all who are willing to identify with His death, burial and resurrection that they might be completely born again. This is a dying to one kingdom and a birthing into another. Without this new birth, we will not be able to see nor enter the kingdom of God. John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. As man enters into the “new birth”, he begins to see the kingdom of God. God’s word, by revelation, is believed and experienced as the Holy Spirit reveals. Herein, we enter into a new realm wherein God’s kingdom order exists.

This new birth is more than just being “saved from past sins” but is a requalifying experience that opens up the supernatural dimension of life in God’s kingdom order. Man should realize that the entrance into this kingdom of God is available to experience and take place while in the earth, before physical death. We should realize that coming forth into the kingdom of God before physical death speaks of doing the greater works in which Christ spoke. John 14:12, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father”. These greater works are not speaking of greater in value or significance, but rather they are greater in scope and number. In the body of Christ, we shall know resurrection manifestations as the Christ reigns from within.

The entering into and the coming forth of the kingdom of God in the earth speaks of a changing of carnal orders or governmental laws. That which remains but a revelation in word only is passing away as a first-fruit people began to move in the power of the revelation, the revealed Word of God. God’s kingdom is the manifestation of the reign of Christ through the lives of the believers. It is a display of the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power”. What a dwelling place, knowing and fulfilling the will and purpose of God according to His preordained will and purpose. Preparing the world for that great harvest that is to come, that every eye might behold Christ and see Him as He is.

In this place of spiritual activity, a people began to enter into His rest. This is speaking of ceasing from the works or desires of the natural flesh man while entering into that order of complete obedience to God. This people are doing all things in the Father and are doing nothing in the first Adam man, their own ability, talent and strength. Matt. 11:28, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. “Rest” a word that means, “To make to cease”. This speaks of a cessation from fleshly toil and entering into a time of refreshing.

The coming of God’s fullness within man includes a “healing”, a restoration of health, tranquility, deliverance and a refreshing. This fullness is God’s rescue of the entire person and the complete repair of that person. Christ, the son of righteousness, is as if visible radiant beams of sunlight are streaming outward in all directions. From each of these beams of glorious light, healing flows. Malachi 4:2-3, “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this, says the Lord of hosts”. God’s invitation is extended unto all those who stand willing to detach themselves from the deceptive influences that permeate today’s Christian community. A community that seemingly is willing to settle for less than Gods will and purpose.

Isa. 55:1, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”. In this God reminds us that His ways and thoughts are beyond ours. Isa. 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. (Read Isa. 55:1-13). When standing with the whole body full of light, let us remember that light is more powerful than darkness. Truth is stronger than error. Grace is stronger than sin. Know that there is more power in the Holy Spirit than the power of all carnal forces. The blood of Jesus can cleanse the deepest of stains that result from man’s sins. As Daniel declares in Dan. 12:10, Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand”. Dan. 12:3, “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever”.

While many, who through the carnal religious systems of this world are deceived, these systems continue to rob the people from knowing the true realities of the resurrected Christ. Meanwhile, God has set aside for Himself those in whom He calls the elect. These elect are the remnant, the sons who shall arise to take hold of their inheritance while the religious world continues to dwell in their places of deception. Religious deceptions that seek to rob the elect through doctrines, traditions and a philosophy that puts God at a distance, at a far off position. Instead of a God that is far off, these elect know the present-tense God of the now. These are fulfilling His word and manifesting His life of fullness during this season of election. Matt. 24:24, “For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect”.

Are you willing to believe and trust in God, a God who wills and purposes for a people to come forth to manifest that which He is? Has this not been God’s plan from before the world was? Yes, and for this purpose the Holy Spirit comes to call, He justifies and He glorifies. Rom. 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God”. A Spirit led people who are willing to do, to speak and to go only as God would lead them. Herein lives a people who are standing upon the platform of obedience instead of man’s religious principles, a spirit-filled people who are of the fullness of God. Matt. 16:19, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.

These keys are the power to move beyond words and fleshly works only, keys that move a people into the revelation of the in-Christ ones who move in the manifested power of God. These keys identify this people as being the sons of God who are heirs and joint heirs with Christ. Rom. 8:17, “and if children then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”. We are living in a time, even now, when those justified ones shall put on the dimension of glorification with Him. We are speaking of an overcoming people who dare to become God’s fullness in the earth. In overcoming, a place of complete deliverance from the first Adam is theirs as they put on the life of the last Adam. Overcoming and putting on Christ that they might take their place with Him in His throne-room.

Rev. 3:21, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me in my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne”. Is this possible? Yes, to those who are willing to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church? Are you willing to open the door and enjoy intimate fellowship with the Lord? In this, the Holy Spirit reveals to man that he might truly see Christ as He is and not what man says He is. 1 John 3:2 tell us, that in seeing Him as He is, we become like Him. What do you see? Are we becoming like Him? Again, are we willing to become God’s fullness?

 

 

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“Are We Known by Him?”

Kingdom truth, as understood by a revelation from God, is available unto all those who seek to know the truth concerning the fullness of God. Revelation, as it comes from God, is spiritual enlightenment and gives understanding to a people concerning the mysteries that God purposed for each time and season. The former secrets of God’s kingdom, which remained hidden, are now becoming the order of the day, which is the kingdom day of God on earth. In knowing these former mysteries, a people, a remnant called a first-fruits company is now ascending into a higher spiritual order and dimension in God. A dimension that releases this remnant into a fuller measure of that which is in Christ. This Christ, Jesus the head, has ascended back into the Father and has put all things beneath His feet. Truth now opens the door for his remnant people to enter into these same heavenly places as they follow Him.

Why do we need to follow Him? Because we know that, He and He alone is the Way to the fullness of salvation. This is salvation on a higher level, which speaks of much more than forgiveness of past sins. It speaks of a change from that which is carnal and fleshly into that which is spiritual, and a coming into the fullness that fulfills God’s plan and purpose for creation. When speaking of salvation, are we speaking of a church going man who lives after the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life or do we speak of the man, who through the cross, becomes obedient to Christ and Christ life alone?

There is in the world today an organizational structure proclaiming to be the church, the structure of God in which He chooses to reveal Himself. However, in this self-proclaimed structure there lies the root of deception that deceives many people. This system moves in a form of godliness that denies the very power of God. It portrays itself to be God’s purpose in the earth while being a stranger to God and His true ways. In being strangers to God, Jesus has declared that He does not even know them. Matt. 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Here Jesus warns against self-deception and a mere verbal profession of His lordship without obedience to the will of God. This word “knew” in the above scripture has the meaning of “to know (by experience, or effort); to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with; hence, to come or get to know, learn, perceive”. Therefore, by people calling us Christians alone, that is not the desire of God for our lives. It is possible for a self-deluded person to exercise a ministry while using the authority of the scriptures and the name of Jesus without walking in genuine, obedient discipleship. Getting to “know” Him requires a people to exercise a walk of discipline through obedience to God’s will and His purpose.

What is a disciple? The scripture reveals for us the requirements of those who desire to be Christ disciples. Luke 14:26-27 declares a need to leave all to follow Him. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple”. A disciple must subordinate all earthly relationships to a loyalty to Christ above all else. Jesus’ remark above is an example of Hebrew hyperbole to emphasize the subject discussed. To hate one’s family is therefore not a command or statement of fact but a way of expressing the importance of allegiance to God. A disciple must die to self-centeredness and be willing to endure suffering and even martyrdom if necessary.

To deny self is not to assume some false, external asceticism, but to put the interests of the kingdom of God first in one’s life. Such sacrifice results in eternal life and the fullest experience of kingdom life now. Mark 10:29-30, “So Jesus answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time–houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life”.

Thus, discipleship becomes the prerequisite of coming into the place of truly knowing Him. As we respond to God in obedience, we become familiar with His nature as obedience brings change to our natures. The changing of our nature begins the manifestation of His will, His mind, His emotions and His desires through us. Obeying the Father was supremely important to Jesus. Obedience is the response of faith to any instruction from God. Jesus taught that true faith always manifest itself in obedience to the revealed will of God. Christian living results from seeking and knowing His will and then doing it in faith. Jesus motivated His disciples to live righteously by emphasizing that such living comes from the heart through faith, with love and in trust, more than through observance of an external code of ethics. True righteous actions only proceed from the heart of a new life reborn in Christ.

As we walk in God’s desired obedience, the Father, through the Holy Spirit, comes into that intimate relationship with us that will establish us in the place of Him knowing us. This knowledge is the result of desiring what he desires, having a will that agrees with and yields to His will, having the mind of Christ as it rest in the Fathers will and purpose and responding emotionally to every situation and circumstances even as He would respond. This is not just an intellectual knowing of Him and Him knowing of us, but a life-style of manifesting that which He is to the entire world. Herein, we begin to see the kingdom of God establishing itself in the world as all men begin to see Him in His appearing (head with His many member body). With this we agree, come quickly Lord Jesus that we might see your kingdom in all its glory.

God, in His times and seasons, reveals Himself to His people according to that which He has purposed for that certain season. Remember, that He is a God that continually manifest increase and likewise desires continual increase in His people. We are never to remain encamped in one area of understanding, but to move on in Him as each season reveals itself for God’s immediate purpose. Is not this the season for the manifestation of His kingdom on the earth? His kingdom will be a manifestation and will reveal the stature of the fullness of the Christ in His people. Beginning with the first-fruits remnant and a continual harvesting until the completion of the whole harvest. Ask yourself this question, do I know Him or just about Him? Does He know who I am because of faithfulness and obedience? It is surely the season when He shall know us and us Him in the manifestation of His appearing.

Rev. 22:1-5, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits [divine governmental nature manifesting in and through His people], the tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face and His name [nature] shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever”. Thus, a reigning people spiritually matured to leave behind all the influences of the natural realm. These fulfilled people are now living in the spiritual realm, the light of God is in them and manifesting through them. These are establishing God’s kingdom upon the earth because he knows them and they are one with Him. In this we say amen, come quickly.

 

 

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“Apostasy – God’s Indictment Concerning the Church”

God has given to His people an understanding that there is to be but one true church which lives and dwells upon the earth. However, another truth the people must consider is, apostasy is also alive, while working among and is on the increase among today’s so-called Christian community. Apostasy is a word that means, “To abandon what one believed in, as a faith, a cause or a principle”. With God’s word being the full measure of God’s purpose, the evidential signs around us reveal that the institution which the world calls “the church” has become, for the most part, a people who have abandoned some if not all the godly principles inspired by God for us to live by. These principles are those things written and preserved for humanity in the Book called the Old and New Testaments, the Bible.

In their apostate position, men have become and are followers of the dictates of highly carnal-minded ideas that they think are best for man and all creation. In this, they often contradict and attack God’s word, even to the destroying of all that God’s word represents. In this position, understand that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Therefore, by the receiving of carnal ideas into any level of church order, the door is open for that people to enter into a time of rituals promoting spiritual destruction, even according as God has spoken concerning a little leaven.

Spiritual destruction exists because rebellion and apostasy exist among the Christian community and many are constantly rejecting God’s warnings. Thus a time, an end is upon creation and judgment is come and is on the increase. As the leaven of carnality increases, it shall come to its place of destruction. In this increase know that God’s kingdom is also at the door and with His approval, man can now enter into and establish God’s kingdom here on the earth. Jeremiah 1:10 states, when speaking to Jeremiah and today’s Jeremiah generation. These are those who are a generation existing upon the earth that desires this same spiritual change. See, I have this day set [installed] you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant”.

To build and to plant points to a time of restoration, which is the results of the necessary time of destruction, the tearing down. This action speaks loud and clear for the Christian communities need, to stand up and take notice. The cup of apostasy has now reached its fullness and judgment time is now upon us. Rom. 13:11-14, And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day; not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts”.

Note that the word “light”, as used in the above scripture with “armor of light”, it is the Greek word “PHOS” which means “light (underived and absolute); the opposite of darkness”. This word, while used specially of God, speaks to us of a change that happens from within the receiving man. Meaning, as God completes mans maturity, this man no longer projects the fallen nature of Adam and this darken world. In this, changed man is to manifest the life and light of God, that is to say, a new covering, a new body. These light bearers are the Jeremiah generation, which God is now sending forth to challenge and bring destruction to all the modern, so-called up-graded philosophies of carnal men. That is, God’s truth bringing down the carnal doctrines and false-hoods that have deceived the Christian community.

In this, apostasy is now being uncovered and revealed as to the lies it represents. How, because truth, by the enlightenment of Holy Spirit as sent from God, makes men free. In this Jeremiah reveals, as a sounding trumpet, the impending destruction that comes from the north, that is to say the carnal mind of man. This sounding trumpet is blowing today as God’s truth uncovers to reveal all forms of rebellion and apostasy. Truth has its purpose, which is to cleanse the house, the land, the so-called church, that the true church might birth from within itself the man-child many member body of Christ, a people manifesting His nature.

In reading Jeremiah chapter six, from these scriptures truth reveals the present-tense apostasy of the church and Gods feeling concerning that apostasy and rebellion. With Jerusalem, used in this scripture as a type of the church, understanding is given and the church needs to hear that which the trumpet of God is sounding throughout the land. For this reason, the people are in need to understand that destruction is among them with disastrous results in the forecast. When speaking of disaster appearing “out of the north” it points to mans “carnal mind” being the enemy of God’s people and bringing with it destruction.

Also declared in verses two through seven, this enemy is seen attacking the daughter of Zion, which speaks of the offspring and the remaining inhabitants, the remnant which are a people standing-up for God’s glory. However, the leadership that responds and moves in the carnal religious systems of man has now come with an intended purpose in mind. Their purpose is to destroy and replace in God’s people an evil mind-set manifesting itself out from the north. This word “evil or disaster” as used in verse one is from a root word indicating its nature as one breaking up all that is good or desirable. In addition, notice that in verse seven her wickedness springs up in her midst as a fountain of water. Speaking of a people filled up with violence and plundering which comes from among her and seen by God continually, thus the necessary coming judgment.

These verses speak of the punishment for Jerusalem and her daughters because their rebellion causes this church to become one with the false antichrist church system. This religious system of carnality, which a large part of the Christian community populace pursues, causes God to allow these carnal mind-sets to wage war against His true saints. In this, they set themselves against all that is good and right according to God’s word. These people are in a state of ever learning about a gospel but they never receive the knowledge of God’s truth. (Read 2 Tim. 3:1-6) with 2 Tim. 3:7 declaring, “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”. God’s cry coming forth to today’s lukewarm church, those dwelling in its apostate condition, is that some might receive instruction lest they also become a desolate land not inhabited (Jeremiah chapter six verse eight). This speaks of a system that shall, along with all its promoters become as nothing in God’s sight.

As we observe the remainder of Jeremiah chapter six verses nine through thirty, the indictment from God is declared showing that every form of warning from God has been rejected, thus the consequences. The indictment is that the apostate church receives punishment because of their wickedness, their violence and their plundering. This results in God’s judgment that He uses as an antidote for cleansing. Verse 10 states this condition, their ear is uncircumcised and they cannot give heed nor harken”. These established in their carnal religions have ceased to yield to the hearing of God’s voice and His ways. They become a people who no longer yield too nor understand God’s true covenant. The word of the Lord is a reproach to them. In this reproach, they have no delight in hearing truth as it comes only from God.

God’s hand now continues against the apostate church because as stated in verse thirteen, everyone is given to covetousness, from the prophet even to the priest”. Herein a false sense of security exists because of continual falsehoods declared as the word of God coming from the so-called ministry. With the ministry of this apostate church continuing in the religion of their choice, they continue to build a house upon the sand. Building upon the sand speaks of a house that shall crumble as the flood from the adversary overcomes and destroys it. Grief and wounds, hurts and pain become the people’s lot in that the spoken of revivals come and go without true change.

Where is the true ministry and those who have the true word of God? Have they not seemingly grown silent because of the uncircumcised ears that cannot hear the true words of God? Their failure to heed the warnings given from God exacts for them the inability to hear truth. They reject God’s true revelation while maintaining a system of death that exists because God’s glory has departed. In this, we must consider this truth; God’s fury released brings destruction to these systems. (Read verses eleven through thirteen).

Meanwhile, many messages have come forth declaring this falsehood, the declaring of “peace, peace, peace” is among their idolatry when in this ungodly position there remains no true peace. True peace does not come to man when God is rejected and purposely denied His position before humanity. Isa. 26:3 does speak of true peace, but only in those who trust in God alone, You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in you”. With trust in God exchanged for religious rituals and carnal doctrines, the fruit of the life-styles lived results in a hard-hearted condition. This condition prevails among those whose purpose in life is to live for self-alone. Herein some people appear to live righteous lives for the sake of their position and reputation by obeying the order of their religious group’s doctrines. This religious position leads us to verses fourteen and fifteen while we consider this people’s inability to be shameful during their committed abominations. They are without shame as they stand to fall with those who fall. These shall know the punishment of God in their being cast down.

In observing verses sixteen through twenty, further insight is given as to the true position and cause of such a condition that result in God’s indictment concerning this fallen church. The church of today, very much a church that fulfills the existing condition spoken of as works of the flesh, while they refuse to take the place of obedience and submission to Christ alone. They declare themselves as having no need for God, resulting in being spued out of God’s house. Rev. 3:16-17, So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth. [Here we see the modern day church’s mind-set]. Because you say, I am rich, have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”.

As declared in verses sixteen through twenty of Jeremiah chapter 6, they have refused instructions while declaring, We will not walk in it”. Their refusal reveals a like kind mind-set that uncovers them as being stubborn rebels which results in God not accepting their sacrifices or their prayers. Where is the God who has promised to answer the prayers of the church today? Note, with deep thought and consideration, Jeremiah 18:15-17, Because my people have forgotten me, they have burned incense to worthless idols [works of the flesh, the carnal mind]. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in pathways and not on a highway [to Mt. Zion], to make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and shake his head. I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back and not the face in the day of their calamity”.

Friends of God, understanding is available as the results of a blowing trumpet of revelation as sounding forth from God. This trumpet results in revealing corruption as it exists and is working among much of the visible church of today. This corruption is being uncovered through true understanding of God’s word, the revealed scripture. This corruption is the results of spoilers sitting down among the people. According to verses twenty-seven through thirty, these spoilers have become the looked upon one’s, declared as the watchtower, the assayers, and the guardians of their religious systems. These also are the declared fortress existing among the people, a people, though tried and tested in the way but living according to their hearts condition, not serving God but serving man’s ways. These spoilers are the stubborn rebels that walk as slanderers and corrupters.

According to Jeremiah 6:29-30, these reject salvation (silver), these have rejected the divine nature of God and therefore in their reprobate condition God rejects them, The bellows blow fiercely, the lead is consumed by the fire; the smelter refines in vain, for the wicked are not drawn off [church populace refuses to separate from carnal minded ministries and doctrines]. People will call them rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them”. Apostasy, within a church and promoted by a system of religions to deceive the world, along with many of those called to be God’s people.

Does not the world look upon the visible church of today with this declaration, “they have nothing within them that I need”? Could it be because there is no life within the visible church and lives remain unchanged from man’s worldly life-styles? However, while the alarm is sounding concerning this enemy of carnal authority and rituals, the word of the Lord stands eternal in its declaration.

Jeremiah 7:2-3, “Stand in the gate of the Lords house, and proclaim there this word, and say, hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah [God’s tabernacle of praise and worship] who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord! Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel [Abraham’s true spiritual seed], amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. [The Lords house is His many mansions, His dwellings places]”. These make up God’s true church, perfected to birth the fullness of God’s eternal purpose, a church without spot or wrinkle (blemish) to manifest the glory, the nature of our eternal God throughout all of His creation. Come, take your place.

 

 

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“And Jesus said – Follow Me”

Restoration time is upon a people, a time when the God of all creation is in the process of bringing a finishing, a completion to His pre-ordained purpose. In the fulfillment of such a purpose, God during the process of time is, through the course of gradual enlightenment revealing Himself to His people. In this revealing He has brought creation to this time and season of fullness. It is through His First-born Son, Jesus Christ, that God birthed the outward visible manifestation of the pattern for this fulfillment. This fulfillment is His reason and purpose for creation. For this cause, as the pattern walked upon the earth, Jesus left for us His command as stated in Matt 19:21, “Jesus said to him, if you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me”. 

        Follow Him, the pattern son Jesus, as His earthly appearance manifested the nature of God expressed in the earth realm. By the Christ becoming a seed planted into any receiving house of flesh called man, this seed, through obedience by the receiving vessel, would grow to ultimately bring forth a greater fulfillment to God’s ordained purpose. This purpose, from eternity past, is a many member man birthed into the likeness and the expressed image of God. Meaning, that God’s nature through the Christ seed becomes His nature living within His receiving creation.

As we are now living in the winding down of an age and the coming forth of another day or age in God, He declares a truth to man again. There is a coming forth of a first-fruits people. This people are those who have committed themselves to walk as Jesus walked that they might become, as He is, sons of God. How did Jesus walk? Scripture reveals that a certain mind-set was established within Him which shows us the nature of His walk. A nature, with a mind-set that speaks on this wise. “I only do those things that I see my Father do and I only say those things that I hear my Father say. The works that I do are not my works but the works of the Father who sent me”.

Does this not speak loudly of a needed necessary nature change to take place within man? Man, a fallen independent soul needs a replacement to become a “living obedient soul”. God’s purpose, that this people might come forth in a full measure of God’s purpose. Is this not what scripture is telling us in John 3:34, “For He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”. This is God’s purpose for today as the cry of the Lord Jesus Christ comes forth, sounding out the need to “follow Him”.

In considering the request from our Savior unto the church to follow Him, just why and what is He asking of us? “Follow” is from a Greek word with the meaning of, “union, a road; to be in the same way with, to accompany”. Christ Jesus is then requesting of a people to be removed from the selfish life-styles they dwell in. That is to become a people with the ability to follow Him according to the life He lived on earth and is now living at the right hand of the Father. Could man’s inability to follow Christ, according to man’s old life-styles patterns, be the reason Jesus spoke to Simon Peter concerning his inability to follow Christ at that certain particular time? John 13:36 states, “Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus answered him, where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow me afterward”. 

        This context makes it clear that Jesus was speaking of a death that was necessary, one that is required of man in his following Christ Jesus. John 13:37-38a, “Peter said to Him, Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for your sake. Jesus answered him, will you lay down your life for my sake? To the answer of this question, it is clear that Peter, at that time, while in his present spiritual condition, was not able to follow Christ. John 13:38b, “… Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied me three times”. We know that Jesus’ declared word concerning this event had its fulfillment in that Peter did in fact deny the Lord those three times. Peter likened to so many today, they live under the canopy of Christianity liken unto Peter who was, at that time unable to follow Christ. These many Christians of today are not willing to allow the old man, that fallen nature and its mind-set to die, that they might follow the Christ unto the high places of God in which Jesus dwells.

The same question that Jesus asked of Peter on another day He asked of the Christian community today, “Do you love me?” Are there a people, in hearing this question, are they willing to submit to the maturing processes of God, that spiritually speaking, they might mature in Christ’ nature? When Jesus asked Peter later if he loved Him, his response was not another denial but a resounding, “Lord you know that I love you”. Peter’s response causes Jesus to make this announcement as written in John 21:18-19, “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger [spiritually immature], you girded yourself and walked where you wished [this same independence exist among most of the Christian community today]; but when you are old [spiritual mature], you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, follow me”.

Are we again living in a time and season when God’s call is coming forth? This call is not to begin another time likened unto the historical church age, but a call to “follow Him” where He is now. This time the call comes forth to establish God’s visible kingdom, liken unto the heavenlies coming and remaining here on earth. As this call comes to humanity, are we finding a people like Peter who, desiring to follow Him but in fact they are denying Him? Friends, conditions exist in the world today that calls for judgment to come forth. For this cause, God is calling forth a people, who through the judgments that begin in God’s house; maturity in their lives is to bring judgment to a rebellious world. These conditions are the results that, spoken of many times in scripture and are expounded upon in Isaiah, are declared.

Isa. 65:12-16, “Therefore I will number you for the sword, and you shall bow down to the slaughter; because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight. Therefore, thus says the Lord God: Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; Behold My servants drink, but you shall be thirsty; Behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed; Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for grief of spirit. You shall leave your name [nature] as a curse to My chosen; For the Lord God will slay you, and call His servants by another name [nature][So unto the faithful who obey Christ] So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from My eyes”.

Who are these who God is looking towards and who is it that He speaks unto, “Come and follow me”? Isa. 66:2, “For all those things [creation] 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”. These one’s are the people of God’s choosing, because they become a people who not only hear the word requesting us to “come”, but are those who are willing to “follow” Him. Is not God asking us to die to all things the carnal, fleshly mind has produced? Note, that God, to use this people to establish His kingdom, they must allow the Holy Spirit the right to slay carnality and remove every spot and wrinkle (blemish) from them. God shall write His new covenant laws (His nature) upon their hearts, the soul of His new covenant people.

This people are coming forth in a new nature because they are dying to self (the old nature) completely and can now complete God’s purpose in the earth. Jeremiah 1:9-10, “Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant”.

Is there not a Jeremiah generation being raised up in this season? A generation like Jeremiah that, by coming to the end of themselves they shall root out, pull down and destroy that they, being totally of God, might build and plant. The words of Christ echo forth across the expanse of His created earth crying out, “Come, follow me, that where I am you may be also”. With Jesus the Christ, having died, He arose and ascended to the right hand of the Father, He now invites us to come. Follow Him in His death and burial that we might know Him in the power of His resurrection, to proclaim and manifest His life to creation. We, an obedient created people are to walk in the works that God purposed beforehand. The new creation work that is taking place in each believer is that God recreates a living Christ-like nature within to make His good works a living possibility.

Eph. 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”. With God being the master designer, the redeemed believer is His new creation (body, soul and spirit). The new creation brings this people into balance, symmetry and order. We are God’s workmanship. Therefore, are you willing to, “Come and follow Him”? Do you not hear the sounding trumpet speaking to the Christian community today? Unto him that overcomes, they shall inherit all things according to Rev. 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son”. Jesus is saying, even now, to His remnant people, “Come, follow Me”.

Jeremiah 8:4-9 declares, “Moreover you shall say to them, thus says the Lord; will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return? Why have this people slidden back, Jerusalem [the church], in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I listened and heard, but they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, saying, what have I done? Everyone turned to his own course, as the horse rushes into the battle. Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; and the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming. But my people do not know the judgment of the Lord. How can you say, we are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; so what wisdom do they have?”

Could it be that the Christian community, in a large part, has become indifferent to God’s Word? The birds know and understand their divine destiny, but God’s people do not know theirs. God’s call is to “follow Jesus Christ” and likened unto Isaiah, a call comes forth for heaven and earth to witness God’s indictment against a spiritually bankrupt people because of their sin of rebellion and unbelief.

Again, declared by the Holy Spirit, “Come and follow Christ Jesus”. Isa. 1:2-3 speaks loudly, “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel [the church] does not know, my people do not consider or understand”. Come, the call comes forth, come and follow Christ, your savior cries. Jeremiah 9:23-24 speaks, “Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord”. Remember, Jesus said, come and follow me that where I am you may be also.

 

 

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“An Eternal Man – Coming out of God”

 

While most people, at one time or another have looked upon or considered thoughts of eternity. In these thoughts, God, the God of all creation, has from within Himself included humanity in His scope of eternity. With an understanding that the creator God has neither a beginning nor ending and with mankind coming out from Him, we, as a receiving people can become a part of this God who has no beginning nor ending. This truth speaks to us of an eternal purpose coming forth in all that God does and all that He is. That which God is, is not just something that is here today and gone tomorrow. Nay, but God’s eternal purpose, one without end, is to present to all He has created a kingdom. This kingdom shall exist throughout eternity to reveal unto all His creation who and what He is. In this eternal plan, God birthed a man, Jesus Christ His Begotten Son, who willingly sacrificed Himself for a creation that had fallen. In this, God’s creation called humanity, when receiving Christ is to become the manifestation of God’s nature unto all the rest of creation.

Eph. 3:8-11, “To me [Paul] who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I would preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

This proclamation declares unto creation that the mysteries of God once hidden from the minds and eyes of fallen man are now available to His creation through that same Jesus Christ. This same message, the mysteries of God, are made known through the indwelling Holy Spirit as Paul the Apostle of Christ received the revelation of these mysteries. These mysteries, as revealed to Paul, and written through letters is speaking of the gospel of the kingdom that is to now be ministered unto the world. Manifesting as a witness unto all mankind that God’s creating purpose would be completely fulfilled as commanded by Jesus. Matt. 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come”.

“The end” as used in the above verse speaks of the ending of a “time of much trouble”. This period, even now is upon the earth to run its course until its completion and the ushering in of another time. This time of much trouble (read Matt. 24:4-14) speaks of a time of religious deception, social and political upheavals, natural calamities, disloyalty and persecution which becomes a forerunner leading up to a new beginning in God. According to God’s eternal purpose, this new beginning shall be the establishing of those who are to manifest that kingdom of God on the earth. This is the results of a change from a fallen nature into a new covenant nature. These people, in being a part of the body of Christ, His many member body, are a part of the expressed image of God. This image was and is revealed through Jesus Christ our redeemer who was and is the beginning of the creation of God. Rev. 3:14b, “…These things says the Amen, the Faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God”.

Therefore, we see Jesus who is the pattern of that which the many sons are to be as the progressive work of the Holy Spirit completes God’s purpose in them. In this accomplishment, God has set into motion an order of maturing. Becoming the finished creation of God and named as an heir of the inheritance, God set, in His timing and calling, the process of continuing onward into His eternal life. Gal. 4:1-7, “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. Even so, we, when we were children, were under bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father! Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”.

To receive the full impact of the above verses it is important for us to have a clear understanding of some of the words used in those verses, words such as child, slave, master and heir. A “child” as used here has the meaning of “not old enough to speak” which reveals for us that the child spoken of here has not as yet matured into one that could speak the needed language required to rule in the household of God. However, this same unlearned child is one who is still an heir. The word “slave” is a word meaning “slave, a bond-servant”. This reveals for us that there is a certain time period when the heir, because he is but a child and unable to speak a proper language must submit unto, as a servant, certain guardians and stewards for proper progressive training.

This leads us to the next word “master”, a word that has the meaning of “lord”. This speaks of one, though born into the family for ownership; the head of the household restrains this ownership position until the proper language and maturity comes forth to fulfill and accomplish God’s creative purposes. Has not God promised that He would restore back unto His people a pure language? Is not this looking forward to the time which comes as spoken of in Rom. 8:23, “Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”. Then we consider the word “heir”, an heir of God through Christ Jesus our Lord. This word “heir” as used here means “a person who inherits through the natural action of the Law (the new covenant). This is a person who appears to get some trait from or carries on in the tradition of a predecessor (the Father through Christ Jesus)”.

Can we not begin to see the availability of eternal life as it flows forth from the Father God through Jesus Christ our Lord? That is, a people coming into the fullness of their inheritance to manifest from within even as Jesus the pattern son manifested His life. That is to say, according to John 17:11b that He was one with the Father even as we are to be one with Him, “…Holy Father, keep through your name [nature] those whom you have given me, that they may be one as we are”. For this cause, Jesus declared it and we likewise, as stated, should know that this oneness is also for the rest of the heirs. That is, standing in complete obedience to the Father who sends us. John 12:49-50, “For I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told me, so I speak”.

In these truths, we should take note that a latter day period has now come upon us, a time when God has purposed from eternity to bring forth this time of restoration within His creation. This speaks of a time when Christ the head and the many member body of Christ is coming together as heaven and earth meet to restore all things as the prophets have spoken of them. Acts 3:21 tells us, “Whom [Jesus Christ] heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began”. Heaven is the invisible realm of the spirit wherein Jesus Christ has ascended unto until this time of restoration, at which time the heaven and earth will come together in and through the Christ as He lives in His completed body (which His sanctified people are). 2 Thess. 1:10, “When He comes, in that day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed”.

When considering the truth of God’s word, it is often asked concerning that truth about the where, when, how and what as to its fulfillment. In this, God forever faithful reveals to us the requirements of discipleship wherein the fulfillment rest. These requirements likewise have a certain beginning from within the disciples as they progressively mature until a visible manifestation of Christ appears. This is the expression of God’s image through these faithful ones for the world to see. Let us not see these requirements and promises as simply old order truths but rather a time of manifesting those truths from a changed nature until all humanity begins to behold them.

Luke 14:26-27 & 33 shows us the beginning, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. …So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple”. Here Jesus makes it plain that this people are to be more loyal to Him than other humans. Discipleship means a separating from your own interest in favor of God’s eternal will and purpose. This scripture of verse 26 is an example of Hebrew hyperbole to emphasize the subject discussed. To hate one’s family is therefore not a command but a way of expressing the importance of allegiance to Him. This is a dying to a self-centered life-style while committing to a total commitment and a realization of Christ’s purpose for our lives.

In confirming the need for total commitment unto the Christ, John 12:24-25 reveals the Fathers method of glorifying the Son as well as the many other sons. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone [Jesus died]; but if it dies, it produces much grain [other sons who have received Him]. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life”. Does this not speak of a willingness to die for Him, a willingness to follow Him, and a willingness to serve Him? In this willingness to follow Him daily, we progressively come into the position of being where He is. John 12:26, “If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him My Father will honor”.

Continuing in God’s progressive dedication request, He makes it clear that serving the desires of the flesh brings forth death. The results of serving the flesh not only means death to man’s spiritual union with Christ but that the man will also know the ultimately knowledge of the death of the body. The Holy Spirit confirms that Christ’ disciples are no longer debtors to the flesh to obey its lust, but now are to become the sons of God who walk only in the spirit. Rom. 8:12-14, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God”.

This says that unto those whom the Holy Spirit leads, they have a place in Him wherein these overcomers of the flesh shall live, that is life eternal. The promise of Rev. 3:21 is that which makes up the inheritance of these matured sons that now come to the time of their adoption. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne”. This overcoming is sitting with Him in a place of kingdom authority, the kingdom that He is establishing on earth. Yes, His kingdom is coming and God’s eternal man is appearing.

 

 

 

 

 

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“An Awakening Reveals Concealed Truth”

An awakening has now come upon a people whom God has purposed and prepared for this season concerning His church. This awakening is an order of life from God, which He speaks forth in accomplishing His eternal purpose concerning His people called the church. This awakening time, now taking place, is a time which He has chosen to come and reveal Himself in and through this receiving people. While this alarm is now sounding throughout the earth and the Christ is preparing for His coming, a problem exists. The same problem existing today is likened into those disciples whom Jesus asks to stay awake and pray during His day. Today’s Christian community, for the most part, while asked to watch and pray continue, as those disciples, to fall asleep.

Luke 22:39-42, “Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, pray that you may not enter into temptation. And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done. Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation”.

Temptation (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life), remains a source used by God’s enemy to lead the children of God into destructive attitudes. These temptations continue to be the avenue many people find themselves falling into today. In this they are experiencing a separation from having an intimate relationship with God. While carelessness seems to be prevalent among most people today, God still has for Himself that intimate people who are travailing for the coming forth of the sons of God. Those who will establish, with God, His kingdom upon the earth. Gal. 4:6-7, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father! Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”.

Awake, awake and see that we are now living in that day of Christ when He is appearing. This appearing is a time when the true body of Christ appears, stands up to establish the kingdom of God in the earth. What precedes this manifested kingdom? Is it not a time of the revelation of Christ along with wrath and tribulation such as the world as never seen? Matt. 24:21, “For then there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be”.

Is it not apparent that there is a need for the Christian community to awaken? A phrase used in scripture concerning the early apostles is likewise common in the church of today, they understood none of these things, and they did not know the things which were spoken”. This is speaking of a dullness of apprehension. Luke 9:44-45 reveals the disciple’s inability to connect God’s words with the events of the day. “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men. But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying”. Another occasion for this lack of understanding was the time when Jesus was twelve years of age and stayed behind in the temple. Luke 2:49-50, “And He said to them, why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them”.

Statements made, such as those in the above scriptures also affects the Christian community today. Could it not be that the same poison coming from the Scribes and Pharisees, promoted during Jesus’ day, are also a hindrance to the people of God today? A little, a limited or no understanding at all has become a commonplace mind-set for many of today who find themselves bound to dead-end traditions that promote lifelessness among the people. To the many who refuse to see this problem because of steadfast faithfulness to lifeless churches and orders of death, they should consider this statement made by Paul in Gal. 1:13-14 while he was the master persecutor of the new birthed church.

When considering the statement note, that he was very zealous after the traditions of his day. “For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation [consider today’s religious groups] being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers”.

Is it not a fact that change, both in the natural and spiritual realms, are now taking place? Those of us alive during this season of creation are standing during the time when, like Paul, one day had passed away while a new day was upon him. This we are seeing again as the kingdom of God is now upon us and all previous preceding days have and are passing away. This means that the order of each preceding day has run its course and given way to the new day of God. Likewise, the day of the church as we have known it is coming to the birthing a new day. This means that God is now requiring the order of His new day from all those who desire to stand in Him during this last of the last days. The traditions of our fathers were sufficient for their day, but they shall not fulfill God’s purpose for this new day.

Note in Matt. 15:3 & 6b, “He answered and said to them, why do you transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? …. Thus you have made the word of God of no effect by your traditions”. While many traditions are the results of truth seen and enjoyed for the day and time of our ancestors, they can simply become rituals of service through lip service and fleshly works from hearts far removed from God. These truths can and have become rituals of religious activities, liken unto the Scribes and Pharisee’s. They become and remain a strong force being used today as they are becoming the enemy of God. This strong force is that which steals, kills and destroys the life of God that He has purposed to manifest through His people. Paul, so familiar with that destroying spirit, warns the church in Col 2:8, Beware lest anyone cheat [plunder you or take you captive] you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ”.

Where are the Christian groups that maintain a working relationship with the cross of Christ? Works of the flesh, regardless of how serving they may appear, remain works of the flesh. When man establishes an order of life, by refusing to allow God to remain as the head, that man becomes an enemy of God. Regardless of scriptures stated, terminology used, phrases declared, man cannot substitute the working, sanctifying, progressive cleansing of Christ blood. His blood is the door and pathway for a people that are moving in obedience to God instead of continually offering empty sacrifices of the flesh. Peter likewise, along with Paul declares this warning, 1 Peter 1:18, “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible [perishable] things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by traditions from you fathers”.

The work of redemption is a seed planted through the death, burial and resurrection of God’s Son, the Christ called Jesus. Jesus became the seed planted in good soil (the humble receiving man for growing), to sprout and mature until the full expression of the seed planted is manifest. This seed in maturity fulfills the “Day of Atonement” in the Year of Jubilee and the “Feast of Tabernacles”, the types from the Old Testament for deliverance and complete restoration. Here we begin to see a people who become the visible expression of the invisible God. These shall manifest in the earth the fulfillment of “the Feast of Tabernacles”. Is not this God’s plan and purpose from the beginning? Where are such a people today? For the most part they, hidden away from the sleeping church and the blinded eyes of a crazy world, a world full of darkness. But in this darkness, a world is going to and are even now beginning to see the revealing of this formerly unseen people.

The craziness of this world is in every arena of the societies of this world, the political, the economical, the educational, the family units and the religious circles. Traditions, replacing the need for constant intimacy with God, through the Holy Spirit, have caused the circle of darkness to prevail on the earth once again. Is it not so that history, all the way back to the beginning of creation, reveals a constant reappearing of legalistic traditions and man-made idols that rob the people of the life of God?

Down through the ages of time, after cycles of revival, restoration and a renewing which cast off the darkness upon man’s minds, this seed of darkness remained in the earth to eventually resurface and bring forth the fruit of death again. What about in our day, is it not true that during this time of restoration, a restoration which is manifesting newness in God, there is a battle being fought as darkness is again raging. Darkness, as it rages today proclaims this desirous declaration, what about the religious traditions left us by our forefathers? As quoted from 1 Peter 1:18 above, the words “aimless conduct” and there meaning speaks to us of the uselessness entertained when imprisoned by such mind-sets that resist the revealing power of the Holy Spirit.

“Aimless conduct” is the Greek word “MATAIOS” meaning “fruitless, empty, futile, frivolous, hollow, unreal, unproductive, lacking substance, trifling, ineffectual, void of results, devoid of force and worthless”. Peters concern along with Paul’s declaration, was “having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal.3:3). Thus, we see a people trapped by their ceasing to be dependent upon God’s leadership. A people who become dependent upon their intellectual knowledge, fleshly talents and carnal expertise in doing what they call “the work of the Lord”. Was this not Saul’s (Paul’s) prison house? Pre-learned knowledge in that he excelled above his equals and putting himself in bondage to traditions that had fallen away from the truth. In this, he was no longer living in obedience to a living ever increasing God.

Meanwhile, God is ever faithful in forewarning His people concerning certain events and circumstances that war against His true purpose. In this He warns today’s church of the conditions that likewise exist during this, our time and season. Isa. 60:2a, “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people”. Nevertheless, with this declaration God also promises that a people shall become His glory. Isa. 60:2b, “But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you”. Amen, and amen, for His faithfulness endures forever to the completing of all His will and purpose. Therefore, a people can now stand in this promised blessing in Isa. 60:1, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you”. Here an awakening is ongoing and is revealing those things once hidden and they are becoming an effectual work in bringing abundant life to God’s people. Let’s again consider Paul, the former Saul who persecuted the increasing church that was making its mark upon the world. A like-kind experience is needed and available to a remnant people of this hour who shall take the church into its new day in God, that is, the kingdom of God on the earth.

God is again anointing a people, an anointing that shall remove all the darkness incorporated into church traditions. An anointing which is the results of God’s season to rise up in a people who no longer look through a glass obscurely; but are beginning to see Him face to face. The Christian community has known in part, but this remnant is beginning to know Him fully. (Read 1 Cor. 13:12). This is a people, who are, like Paul, willing to see their yesterdays as dung that we might see Him in the light of His glory even as Paul experienced Him.

Acts 26:13-18, “At midday, O King, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads. So I said, who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and witness both of the things, which you have seen, and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of the adversary to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified [set apart] by faith in Me”.

We are in a season of great change. Even as today’s political world speaks of change, the people of God likewise shall not only see the need, but shall, in like kind awakenings as Saul (Paul); they shall arise and stand upon their feet. An anointing of end-time apportion is now upon a people as they are awakening to truths in God, previously hidden, to become that truth manifested. Awake, trim your lamps for His appearance is in the earth as His people see Him as He is to become like Him. A fact now to consider, the day of His fullness is come and God’s kingdom is making its appearance. In this, we can say with Paul as he declares in Phil. 3:10-11, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead”. Paul, apprehended by God was now a vessel ever reaching forth to attain that for which God apprehended him. Likewise, today, an appearance is taking place, the coming forth of a people who are attaining to that for which God has apprehended them. Yea and amen, come forth Lord Jesus and reveal yourself that we, your people, might become.

 

 

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