“Is Now the Time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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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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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter fifteen”

With the Body of Christ being the house of God, His habitation, it becomes His dwelling place through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is imperative that we know, hear, and obey His voice. God, in preparing His people for the manifesting of His kingdom on this earth, He has been schooling them to hear and know His voice as they learn to respond to Him and Him alone. Heb. 3:7 declares, “Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, today if ye will hear His voice.” God’s Word declares that obedience is better than sacrifice, revealing that the prerequisite to obedience and faith is the need of hearing from Him. Therefore, God, in the process of training His people, allows their path to intersect with situations and circumstances that are to help in all this training needed. This necessary training will enable each one to know God’s voice comfortably.

Is not God always faithful in enabling us to fulfill that which He declares when saying, “My sheep know My Voice”? John 10:3-4, “To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers.” In these verses, the word “know” has the meaning of “to know intuitively, without effort, to understand, from birth, not from just having been taught.” Thus, the Holy Spirit enables us to know, because of being borne again, that we do know Him and hear His voice.

How is it that we are to know and understand the mysteries of God unless we recognize His voice? Are we not coming to the time when the sounding of the seventh trumpet is blowing, the last trumpet, when the mysteries of God’s redemption are to be finished? For this cause, God’s first-fruits are being required and enabled by God, to leave behind all the rituals, doctrines and traditions of man that have put deceptive limitations upon His people. God is calling out, “come up hither.” This means that the heavens, the invisible spiritual realm is opening that we might see and know Him as He truly is. This is not just a knowing about Him as men’s carnal minds have portrayed Him, but as He reveals Himself at His appearing to and within these first-fruits. Are you afraid of listening to Gods revealed truths for fear of deception, or being swallowed-up by false doctrines? Yes, there are angels of darkness that desire to appear as angels of light. Yes, there are false prophets and ministries, but remember, God is always faithful to lead his sheep to good pastures and streams of living waters as they express a desire for Him and Him alone.

The Holy Spirit delights in revealing Christ to all those who would follow Him in God’s continuous, progressive revelation through faith. Again, how can we understand the unfolding and progressive purposes of God if we refuse to hear? Heb. 12:25 “See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven.” Yes, God is speaking today. He is arising from within His true prophets and ministries as they sound out God’s last day trumpet. Hear and obey and you shall live.

The pathway of God has and is leading His people back to the tree of life. Along the way, tribulation has come, but we must recognize that all things come only as allowed by God, not to harden our hearts. Remember, that all of God’s promises are ours. Heb. 3:8,“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.” As it was among the children of Israel even so is it today. While there are some who have seen God’s power manifested, the “spirit of this world” is swallowing up many many people. Recognize that the 400 years of bondage in Egypt established a slave mentality among the Israelites. This mind-set influenced their way of thinking. But still. God made available many opportunities to see the supernatural works of God in bringing them out of bondage. Likewise, we, a people of today, have a mentality that is the results of being birthed into a society that motivates people to gain all levels of natural success or sometimes misfortune through carnal captivity, the mind-set of the sin nature.

This mind-set trains us to depend completely upon ourselves or our like kind peers. This motivation, for the most part is completely worldly in all its methods while leaving God completely out of the picture or removing Him whenever and however possible. In this, we see “the spirit of this world” having great influence in many areas of the church. From this, through knowing His voice, man have been given the opportunity to escape unto God as they harden not their hearts. Heb. 3:9-11, when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, they do always err in their heart and they have not known my ways. So, I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest.”

Let us note that God was grieved with the children of Israel because, the error was not in their heads, but it rested in their hearts. Thus, failure came not from just their understandings, but it was from their desires, their way of life, which came forth from their inward life, the unregenerate soul. They would not allow God’s presence to conform them to the image of God’s ways. What about the church of today, are they willing to be conformed into the image of Christ? Rom. 12:2, “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”. What is your desire; do you want to know Him? Do you want to know His ways? On the other hand, are you willing just to be a Christian as the world sees and understands what a Christian should be? Or, as Paul cried out, do you desire to know Him?

Phil. 3:10, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” The word “know” in this verse takes the word “know” as used above in John 10:3-4 to another level. “Know” as used here means, “to know by experience, or effort; to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with; hence, to come or get to know, learn, perceive.” Many people are not willing to come to this place in knowing Him, but they simply hang on to religious platitudes and rituals that are foreign to the tree of life.

Rev. 21:7-8 speaks, “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” Many people today consider themselves as being saved and some claim to be Holy Spirit filled. Many do not indulge in the gross sins concerning the spirit of this world, but they are full of unbelief and fear. They find it hard to have faith and trust in God because they do not truly know Him. Heb. 3:12, “Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” 

        It is a heart of unbelief that will cause one to resist the truths of God as it is being revealed in this our day. A heart of unbelief will cause one to miss out on the promises of God. Know that the sin is not the result of the do and don’ts of the constitutions promoted by most of the churches in today’s Christian community. Sin is something that, for the most part, is very deceitful; it is a yielding to the fallen nature of the carnal mind, the sin nature. Heb. 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Why was it that some of the children of Israel could not enter into the promise land? Heb. 3:18-19, “And to whom swore He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So, we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

Thus, the message is clear; we need daily to know a cleansing from any sort of unbelief. God’s Spirit can daily search our hearts that we might see ourselves as He sees us. Friends, this is the day of His appearing, when He shall send forth His first-fruits in the spirit without measure. This we know, That as He appears [is revealed], and we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is“. Pointing to a body of people manifesting the nature of Christ, that all might behold the Christ. Thus, God’s kingdom established in the earth, through His house, His body of people, these His first-fruits will establish His kingdom throughout all the earth. Are you willing to respond to His calling and become His first-fruits?

IN THIS, FAITH CAUSES US TO ENTER IN – TO KNOW THE REALITY OF ENTERING INTO HIS REST. In this, the first-fruits are ripe and being reaped as the harvest begins. John 3:34, “For He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter fourteen”

We have been considering the word “house” with its true meaning being “a way or realm of life”. This points to a life being lived according to the Father’s will and purpose, declaring His plan for the ages. For this cause, we should take note of Heb. 3:5-6, “And Moses verily was faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after. But Christ as a Son, over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” Christ is worthy of much more glory than Moses because Moses was merely a servant, and himself a member of the house. In contrast, in God, Christ is both builder and Lord of His house and He is the fulfillment of all that Moses foreshadowed. Let us notice the contrast:

Moses House                                 Christ House

1. Servant in the house                 1. House of Son-ship

2. House of servitude                    2. House of Becoming

3. Obeying Laws                             3. Nature of God

Thus, Moses’ house or way of life was, as a servant, going about trying to obey the laws regulating the house. But the Christ house was a house that birthed those who were to become sons by nature. They were becoming a people in the likeness of Christ, to become Christ’ dwelling place within them, manifesting His many member body. Eph. 2:19-22 reads, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In Whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy Temple in the Lord; in Whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit”. 

        With the house of the Christ becoming a many member house, it is growing together to become the fullness of His Temple and His habitation. This, God’s dwelling place, is the house that is being filled with an authority to do God’s “last day” work. In reading John 12:1-5 let’s take notice that it is now time for His feet members to receive the in-Christ anointing, “Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then said one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which would betray Him, why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?” 

        Here we notice the number 300 is used which is a number God uses for “divine deliverance”. As used in this scripture, we should consider the truth that this “feet companies” anointing is for bringing divine deliverance to a groaning creation. Recognize also that with Lazarus, he that was dead but now was present, drawing our attention to the resurrection power of God as being a part of this last day anointing. With this feet company of the body of Christ anointed to usher in divine deliverance, the old house of the law lays desolate. The house of the law, which had rejected the anointed Savior, continued to live according to fleshly their desires. All that remains of them will be an empty system of religion, even with its man-made temples, rituals and sacrifices. As we consider these empty of true life religious systems, what about the emptiness of religious gatherings that function today among modern day man?

Luke 13:34-35, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killed the prophets, and stoned them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me, until the time come when ye shall say, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord“. This “time” spoken of here is the last day anointed “Feet Company,” the first-fruits of God’s harvest coming forth in a full measure. These are the results of God writing His nature upon their hearts and in their minds. The true house of the Lord is becoming the dwelling place of God Almighty and is establishing His kingdom through the necessary judgments coming from God.

Meanwhile, the adversary’s house, his way of life, shall be spoiled and made desolate. These anointed ones shall bind up the strong one’s house. It is the strong one, the adversary, who has held the world in bondage to a way of life which makes them captive to the darken world and all that is carnally wicked and evil. This is a way of life that calls evil – good and good – evil and it will be spoiled, and all its goods will be plundered. Mark 3:27, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” Generations have been and are now in bondage to this strong man, that old adversary’s house under the guise of religious freedom, which has falsely declared to be patterned after the ways of God. In the above verse, the word “goods,” is interpreted to mean “vessels (of gold and silver)”. This is speaking of God’s nature through His available redemption. These, the vessels which have been bound and held captive by carnal religious concepts, they shall be released as the anointed ones of God appear to release God’s Day of Atonement unto the earth.

Now let us look at a house called “the house of the harlot” which is also called “a strange woman.” Herein, we see another need for the deliverance of a people, those which remain bound by a harlot system of religion. These live after the orders of manufactured church systems, that which is their own man-made houses, their own religious life-styles which have become a “way of life”. Here we have a people who would rather follow the fabricated traditions of man, while they refuse to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. As Jeremiah says in chapter 5 verse 7, “How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children have forsaken me and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlot’s houses.”

Is this not a picture of much of today’s Christian Community? The many who refuse to allow themselves to recognize a need for a God’s sent Holy Spirit leadership. Is it not so that God’s Holy Spirit needs to be ever present, giving them continual guidance in all their activities? They have become lukewarm in their gatherings by following after man-made rituals left to them by their ancestor’s life-styles. Where is the fresh daily bread that comes forth from God’s throne? The houses of this harlot have produced a “way of life” which the scripture calls a house inclined to death. Proverbs 2:18-19, For her [strange women] house inclines unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” 

        However, unto those who become the true “house of the Lord,” a mighty glory rest upon them. A group of people liken unto some of the children of Israel are now delivered out from their Babylonian captivity. In coming out, they are being asked to consider God’s house. Haggai 2:3, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? And how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” God brought about their deliverance from Babylon for a purpose, that they might restore the temple of God, being restored back to a God way of life. Nevertheless, the mind-set of these people had remained ignorant concerning God’s purpose. The purpose which God had for them had been disannulled until they could recognize the need concerning the reason and purpose for their present tense God purposed freedom.

Haggai 1:2, “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, this people say, the time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.” Speaking here of a mind-set which has left out the need for God’s “way of life” to be rebuilt. Thus, they remained desolate of God’s way of life while each one, each family earnestly contended to build for themselves a house or way of life in which to satisfy self. In building for themselves, they let God’s house continue in its desolation. Haggai 1:4, “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this [God’s house] lie waste”.

This word “ceiled” means “paneled” the lining of an arched roof. This shows that their houses were not only roofed, but also wainscoted or decorated, houses that they maintained faithfully. Consider that the mind-set of these former captives could not begin to compare the greatness of Solomon’s Temple and the waste of Haggai’s day. Because of their 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they were a willing people for freedom but didn’t maintain the vision needed to see the greatness of their God. In this, God’s people of today need to remember, His purpose for salvation is for the building of Himself a house in which to dwell. His house is a house that will have many rooms or individual members, dwelling places or mansions, with this declaration, “The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former.”

A question to be asked! How does today’s Christian Community compare to the early church? The early church in the Book of Acts is the one that came forth from that upper room on the Day of Pentecost. This feast of Pentecost filled them with the power and authority of God. However, like the Children of Israel and because of a mind-set established by years of spiritual captivity, the church has become a splintered group manifesting the results of false teachings and deceitful traditions. Today’s Christian Community, for the most part, does not feel that this last day church is to measure up to the early church. What kind of captivity has produced such a mind-set? The church has fallen into captivity because they have allowed the people to drift away from the Gospel that states, “You must worship God in Spirit and in Truth.”

The Holy Spirit has now been replaced or completely removed from the activities of most of the weakened church of today. How, because rituals alone have become so common place and so important that man thinks there is no further need for the Spirit’s presence to present God in spirit and truth. The Truth of God is now distorted by man’s doctrines and traditions that expel God’s truth in exchange for man’s truth. Is not God a God of increase? Not just monetary gain, but increase in revelation of truth that enables His people to mature into God’s purposed state of perfection. Nevertheless, because of a Babylonian mind-set, most feel that it is impossible to manifest the likeness of Jesus. They fail to see and understand that God’s purpose is to have first-fruits, a many member body of people in which to dwell, a body that will measure up to a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle. This failure results in man’s nature remaining the same without change, a people not knowing change by that same Holy Spirit because most have rejected Him.

God has this to say, Haggai 2:6-9, “For thus saith the Lord of host, yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of host. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.” God’s promise is that we shall see His glory fill the house. A house, the church without spot or wrinkle, shall rise up out of the rubble of today’s distorted fallen down church. God is building Himself a house to live in. This latter-day church shall be a glorious church. God shall find rest as He lives in His people to manifest all His will and purpose throughout His creation.

Heb. 12:25-28, “See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him That spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him That speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things, which cannot be shaken, may remain. Wherefore we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” The appearing of Christ in His body is even now upon us. At this appearing there shall be a removal of those things that are earthly and temporal, in this the heavenly and the spiritual things of God’s truth will appear and remain.

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter thirteen”

Isa. 66:1-2 & 7, “Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all these things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word……Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child“.

1 Chron. 17:11-14, “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he shall be My son: and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee; but I will settle him in Mine house and in My kingdom forever: and his throne shall be established for evermore“.

Luke 1:31-32, “And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end”. 

        This son of Mary, called Jesus, was the first man ever birthed to qualify and become for God a habitation to live in. Jesus became that man in which God might reveal Himself through. The house (way of life) that Jesus became as coming from God was a house of holiness, one of obedience, sinless perfection, humility, compassion, and true Godly love. Qualifying to be a sacrifice and becoming a willing sacrifice, Mary’s son Jesus became the minister of reconciliation. Reconciliation is the process by which God brings man back together with Him again. This is possible through the shed blood of Jesus, which He demonstrates because of His sacrifice and power, becoming the model for reconciliation.

Humanity was estranged but now through receiving Christ, these are brought back to God and progressively restored into a relationship with Him through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In this, His power is released to receivers from the body of His sacrifice, because and through His death. As children of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, we are enjoined to follow the standard He left for us, to be reconciled to God and with each other as He reconciles us back to God. 2 Cor. 5:19, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”. 

         God has a house in heaven, an invisible dwelling place, which is the realm of His life and His invisible habitation, the means of expressing Himself in the invisible. However, until Jesus came, God had no earthly visible house or person among created man to inhabit nor to express Himself through. Why, because there was no place He could feel at home. God cannot feel at home in a house that is full of gossip, lust, fears, profanity, and all other immoral sins. These expressions speak of all the many houses made by the hands of man, carnal houses in which He cannot dwell. Therefore, God Himself is building, through Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, His own house, one that has many abiding places, many rooms.

Why does the Bible say to us that those living in Christ are strangers and pilgrims on this earth? Could this be because these are no longer citizens of this mortal realm where death reigns? With man being born from Adam’s lineage, we are under the curse, but through Christ becoming a curse for us, our spirits ascend into the heavens where we are members with a heavenly citizenship. Being citizens of the heavens, we now have all the rights of that realm. While our bodies still dwell in the realm of mortality, we nevertheless are rightful heirs of immortality and eternal life. Therefore, we are heirs and co-heirs in Christ and we should no longer feel at home in this earthly realm. For this cause, our spirits are continually groaning for the redemption of our bodies, a growing up into the place where man’s spirit, soul, and his body know the reality of God dwelling in their house in a full measure. This groaning for the redemption of our bodies is for the perfecting of the house, that it might become a habitation on earth for God to have for His dwelling place, just as He did in Jesus.

Rom. 8:22-23 states, “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. Just as the first-fruits of a harvest are a pledge of the full crop that is to be harvested, the Holy Spirit is the pledge of our full adoption, when our bodies shall know full redemption, God’s Day of Atonement. This metaphor also suggests that the Holy Spirits indwelling is but the foretaste of the life that is to come. We groan because although our souls are in the process of knowing salvation and resurrection, our bodies are still subject to pain and sin. However, we continue to look forward with hope for our redeemed bodies, which will free us from all physical frailty and any indwelling sin.

Being called by God to be His first-fruits, are you ready to put on your house from heaven? This present earthly body is like a fragile test in contrast to the redeemed body, which is a building, a house. 2 Cor. 5:1-4 declares, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house, which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but be clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” Our earthly house in which we now live will dissolve. Our groaning is that we might be clothed upon with a new body and not be left naked. A spirit and soul left without a heavenly body is naked. Therefore, we desire not to escape from the body by a physical death, but to be clothed upon, to put on a new body before having to go to some kind of natural grave.

We know that this earthly life realm is actually a dying life, a passing order that is a temporary tent. However, we also know that the eternal house of the heavens is the realm of God that, through change, the process of the resurrection effects our bodies, souls, and spirits as we are transformed by the Spirit of God. Therefore, it is for this we groan, being loosed from the mortality of this body of death unto that habitation of life from God. This means that our house, which is of heaven will clothe us with the realm of Gods life and shall become a way of life for us. Remember Stephen, who reveals for us that God’s only dwelling place was in Jesus but was also to be imparted to live in His many member body. Not in Solomon’s temple nor any house (way of life) made by man’s hands. (Read Acts 7:44-50).

Jesus also brings this to our attention when talking about His body by saying that His body is a temple set in the earth for a sign. John 2:18-21, “Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, what sign shewest Thou unto us, seeing that Thou does these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this Temple, and in three days, I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, forty and six years was this Temple in building, and wilt Thou rear it up in three days? But He spoke of the Temple of His body.” Remember, the word “temple” refers to a dwelling place, a way of life. Jesus was saying, if you destroy God’s dwelling place in Jesus, the physical body, He would raise it up in three days. With His body being the dwelling place of God on the earth, He was saying, kill my body and I will make it into a many member body or temple, God’s many membered places of dwelling, His mansion.

Sure, enough as written, Jesus’ body knew resurrection on the third day. From there, He appeared to about 500 people and after forty days, He ascended back into the heavens with His singular body to remain until the times of restoration, the “fullness of times.” Now we have come to another third day, when this many member body of Christ, His first-fruits, shall likewise know a resurrection. Luke 13:32, “And He [Jesus] said unto them, go ye, and tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected”. Jesus is saying that He will rise on the third day to become the House of God to then become the many member body of Christ who shall appear on another third day, the third thousand-year day from Christ Jesus. They destroyed one body, but as a corn of wheat planted, He is raising up to become a many member first-fruits harvest.

John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone, but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.” This He, Jesus, did. He died and now, at this time, a harvest of like kind is come upon us. A trumpet is blowing; a sound is coming forth throughout the land. This sound is calling forth and gathering in a first-fruits people. These are to establish God’s kingdom in the earth as the kingdoms of this world continue to fall until God’s fullness of times is complete. To him that hath an ear; let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying to His first-fruits, come forth, you people of God, come forth. Is not the day of the Lord at hand?

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter twelve”

When Jesus was speaking of mansions as He spoke to His disciples, know that the word “mansions”, as He used it, literally means, “dwelling places.” A better translation is “rooms.” Therefore, God, through Christ Jesus, is preparing “rooms, dwelling places” in which He desires to dwell. As we consider David’s life, what is it that he means when saying, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”? Psalms 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. 

        And again, in Psalms 27:4 David declares, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in His temple”. Could David have been crying out from his spirit to be able to live in the same realm of life, the way-of-life in which Christ Jesus lived and manifested? Consider that the realm where God lives is a way-of-life, a way-of-life as lived, spoken about and manifested through Jesus. The scripture also reveals a God-life as the realm of life where Christ Jesus has gone after His resurrection. The place where He went to prepare for His people, making available a dwelling place for them, consisting of a new eternal way-of-life.

Let us also consider the revelation that God is opening up to His people concerning this way-of-life in which He dwells. With open eyes, opened by the Holy Spirit, we can begin to behold a glimpse of God’s Glory. This glimpse humbles a people to, along with David, cry out in humility. Psalms 84:10, “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” “To be a doorkeeper” literally means, “to stand at the door or at the threshold.” With the word “tents” being symbolic of a temporary dwelling place, we can see a picture of this sinful age with understanding. Sins dwelling place is only a temporary dwelling place in which fallen man dwells and it will, according to God’s purpose pass away from within those receiving Christ. A temporary place in which a people of Christ are just passing through until taking up a new way-of-life as it flows from the heart of God.

When speaking of a tent as in the above verse it always speaks of a passing order, a way-of-life that is to pass away. In 1 Chron. 17:4-5, Nathan the prophet is being sent to tell David, “Go and tell David My servant, thus saith the Lord, thou shalt not build Me a house to dwell in: For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another”. Has this not been true also concerning the church for these last 2000 years? The church, in a like kind going from one tent to another, has progressively gone from one revelation and understanding to another. A living truth until we now find ourselves living in the season of God when He is actively completing the building of His temple, His dwelling place. Fulfilling the Feast of Tabernacles.

What is it that God means when declaring that He dwelt in tents, going from one place to another? As revealed through Abraham, God’s purpose was not to remain only in the many levels of a passing in-part order. Nay, but His desire was to dwell in a temple, a way-of-life, one not made with the hands of man. Abraham lived in tents because he had seen a city that was not earthy in its nature. Understand that buildings made from those things of the earth, they cannot compare with that which God is building. Heb. 11:9-10, “By faith he [Abraham] sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles [tents] with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”.

Can we not see that Abraham, who became very rich and powerful, could have stopped and built a house or a city for himself at any time, but he had already seen something far greater? If Abraham had stopped to build, by building a house and a city, he would have been saying, “I have reached my expectations.” However, by dwelling in tents, it signifies that his present way-of-life was only temporary, and he was looking for something far greater. Always remember that while God lived with Abraham in his tent, He never let him build a city on that realm or level of understanding. Heb. 13:14 declares, “… for here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come”.

This present-day world, this present-day way-of-life is a world full of sin, one that is very wicked and full of evil. Even though we have only known God’s power and presence from an in-part standing, God speaks of something far greater. He, Himself has reserved for a people, a generation that was to come, a time of a perfect way-of-life. This points to a realm fulfilling “the fullness of times”. Therefore, for this cause Abraham never built a permanent dwelling place on any lesser realm. He had a willingness to live in tents, but only until he would come into that city in which God alone builds.

Israel was the chosen nation of God as He walked with them and as He lived among them. But, throughout their journey’s, because of the promises of God, they only lived in tents. Let us remember that Israel’s journey was only to be a temporary one. Their living in tents reveals that their journey was a passing order, a passing life-style or way-of-life. Therefore, God reveals that He will not build His house among something that is temporal or passing away. All of Israel’s history was one of God desiring to lead them; even as He desires to lead the true church of today. In this, we must recognize that there is something for us and among us that is of a higher Godly order. A realm, a way-of-life, that is not temporary, but one that is eternally permanent. It is in this place that God is building for Himself a house with many rooms, in which He shall dwell in His glory.

As King David appears and comes on the scene, he, being led of God knew that the Ark of the Covenant (God’s glory and presence) belonged in the city of God, Jerusalem (a type of the true church). 2 Chron. 1:4, “But the ark of God David had brought up from Kirjath-jearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem”. Here we see another tent erected, a temporary dwelling place. David, being a man with blood on his hands could not build God a house in the realm which was the realm of continuous warfare. Again, God has promised the church that He would have for Himself a house to dwell. This house was to become a dwelling place of a permanent nature, one of rest and peace.

1 Chron. 17:11-12, “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou [David] must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me a house, and I will stablish his throne forever.” Now while some may think that the fulfillment of this promise rested only in Solomon, this promise never knew fulfillment until Jesus came from the Father. Isaiah reveals for us that 300 years after the building of Solomon’s temple, God states that He was still looking for a Son to build for Him a house. Isa. 66:1-2, “Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor [lowly] and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at [cares anxiously for] my word”.

Thus, we have the man, when Jesus came He was the fulfiller of the promise, He was the corner stone of the house that God would dwell in. Luke 1:31-33, “And, behold, thou [Mary] shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end”.

This is speaking of the beginning of the house that God alone does build. God’s house is His permanent dwelling place and a way-of-life that takes each room (vessel) of His dwelling place out of this sin cursed world to become a part of the nature of God, a new-way-of-life. In this, man becomes His temple and His way of life in the earth. Is God preparing you to become His room of dwelling? As our High Priest, our King, He is even now molding and shaping each vessel by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God that dwells within the receiving saints. Therefore, He has come and is continually coming until He fills all and all. God is building a glorious house to dwell in, a many roomed house without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter eleven”

Today’s church should ask themselves this question, when is a house not a house? In responding to this question, we should ask ourselves and consider all that Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us. We must see that as our Apostle, He is God’s representative to His people and as our High Priest, He is the people’s representative to God. We should also understand that Jesus Christ is worth much more glory than was Moses because Moses was merely a servant, and but a member of the house of natural Israel. In contrast, as God, Jesus Christ is both the builder of and the Lord of His own House. He is the fulfillment of all that Moses could only foreshadow.

Heb. 3:1-6 declares, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful to all His house. For this Man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath built the house hath more honor than the house. For every house is built by some man, but He that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over His own house; Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end”. 

        Again, we ask this question, when is a house not a house? Gen. 7:1 says, And the Lord said unto Noah, come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation”. Was God telling Noah to piece by piece tear down His dwelling place, his man-made house, and put it into the ark? No, when God was speaking to Noah concerning his house, He was declaring that the house which he was referring to and had built within this earth realm was not something that he lived in but rather “a way of life.” This “way of life”, that Noah had chosen to live was one that separated him from the life styles of the multitudes living around him. Noah chose to live a life that was one of righteousness, faith, grace, and obedience. How did the rest of the world live? They lived a way of life, a life-style also called a house, which was one that was patterned after sin, rebellion, wickedness, debauchery and idolatry.

Meaning that the world around Noah had built for themselves a house, a way of life, one they dwelt among and pursued with their corrupted hearts. With us knowing that the world’s way of life, which they of Noah’s time lived in, was one that God destroyed by the flood. Note, that if Noah’s house had also been destroyed along with the rest of the world, his way of life would have also perished. Nevertheless, Noah, because of righteousness in the saving of his house, brought judgment to the rest of the world, along with their lifestyles. Heb. 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house [way of life]; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith“. Is God, in our generation, likewise speaking to us of things not yet seen? Again, the question to ask, when is a house not a natural wood and brick house? When it is a human body, a place of habitation for the spirit. That is, becoming a realm or way of life, a place in which God desires to dwell according to His nature.

Abraham and his household also became an example as they multiplied to become the House of Israel. In them, God established a way of life through Abraham that God desired to set in the earth. In this way of life, Israel became the people known as God’s people. Gen. 18:19, “For I [God] know him, that he [Abraham] will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of Him”. These, the household of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, were the house which God had chosen to build for Himself as a dwelling place. God desired to bring forth, out from Himself, a people in which to manifest His image and to continue from generation to generation manifesting His God life within and upon the earth. How then was it that God built the house of Israel? It was not with hammer and nails, but by birthing unto Jacob twelve sons that were to carry on in living the revealed God life upon the earth. These twelve sons were to become a way of life that was to be established and manifested through them to eventually affect all the earth.

Likewise, along with Ruth, Boaz’ seed built the house that the Lord would give him through Ruth. Ruth 4:12-13, “And let thy house be like the house of Pharez whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. So, Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bares a son.” Know that while Israel was one house, meaning that all twelve tribes were one. Also, within the house of Israel, were twelve houses, with each son being a house from himself for God. Understanding is necessary to know that the Bible makes it very plain, that when speaking of a “house”, it is not speaking of a building to go into, to eat and sleep in, but is speaking of a way of life. Their life-style was to become a way of life, revealing God and becoming a habitation or manifesting life-style for those who are also willing to enter this covenant of the Lord.

What kind of house is it that God is building in our day? In John 14:1-2 we read, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” In this scripture, the word “mansions” speaks of “abiding places.” Thus, speaking to us of the fact that the Fathers house is a way of life, a mansion or way of life in which the many are to participate in. What is it that you see when speaking of the Father’s house? Do you see golden streets with beautiful mansions, with the Father’s being the largest?

One thing we must always consider, that God is a Spirit. This means that no one physical structure, ever built in heaven or on the earth, could ever completely contain Him. In seeing this truth, do we need to worry that we will lose our beautiful large free mansion in the sky? The answer is no, because we never had one. When Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many dwellings (mansions),” He is referring to, as with Jacobs sons so also with God’s sons, the first-fruits many member body of Christ. Each son is a house or dwelling place for God’s way of life to dwell in and through. Like Jacob’s sons, each son was different, with different promises and ministries, but they were all the House of Israel.

In truth, we must understand what the truth here is. First, that there is a realm of life where God lives, and it is in that realm or way of life that He makes His habitation. Secondly, that it is in this realm of the Spirit that God is preparing a place for us. John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. This is saying that we shall live in the same realm of life, that certain manifesting life-style, that God lives in.

What does this mean, “That where I am, there you may be also”? Consider this; we have had an old house or way of life that we have dwelt in and been influenced by, it ruled over us. Our old house was a house of death, pain, sickness, sin, doubts, fears, loneliness, tears, tormenting spirits, religious confusions with misunderstandings as well as all manner of human difficulties. However, our new house or way of life is to be a place of eternal victory and glory, born of God and reproducing His life in the earth through our house or a way of life. Meanwhile we are inheriting all things according to God’s word. This means for us that each one shall have a prepared house, a way of life consisting of a ministry and a realm of dominion in the Father’s house. To this, we say yea and amen.

 

 

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