Often it has been said among those of the Christian community, in agreement with scripture, that judgment begins at God’s house. God’s house is declared to be that many member body of Christ which is purposed by God to reveal the Christ unto the world. So, as scripture declares and reveals to us, this judgment comes to His house, His people, with great purpose. I Peter 4:17 states, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God”? This phrase, “what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God”, points us to this thought, “what about those who pursue God’s gospel and their need for judgment”? Let’s consider the time of Noah and the flood. These flood waters were God’s source of judgment upon a world turned into corruption. But, in the midst of that corruption, a family was found to be just, a perfect man in his generation. For his stand, Noah and his household were saved through judgment upon the world; they were protected and left by God to inherit a new world.
As we consider the flood waters of judgment that Noah went through, we should recognize the full measure of truth which this flood represents and reveals. Knowing that the flood was a source used for judgment, the church of today needs to recognize that these flood waters also point to the Word of God which is likewise bringing forth God’s judgment in the midst of all rebellion and corruption that is upon the earth today, including the Christian community. II Peter 3:5-6, “ For this they willfully forget: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water”. While the world Noah was born into perished, Noah, representing God’s new creation man was not taken away. Noah and his family were not touched by this form of judgment, but they, within the ark of God, His place of safety, rose up higher and higher until finally taking his place in God’s new world. Therefore, while judgment causes some to perish, there are some who mature into God’s increasing purpose to become His new creation people. That is, a people who shall appear with Christ in His glory. Col. 3:4, “When Christ who is our life appears then you also will appear with Him in glory”. This word “appears” the Greek word “phaneroo” has the meaning of “to lay bare, reveal, uncover, make visible, and make known what has been hidden or unknown, make clear”. Thus, the Christ-life within this people shall appear, it shall become visible for the world to behold.
How then does this new man appear? Scripture speaks to us of a man renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created the man. Col. 3:10, “And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him”. Through judgment and the seeing of Christ as He is, we become like Him. This speaks of a people dying out to the old man who is also being revealed and uncovered through gained knowledge of the word of God. These, going through necessary testing and temptations, find God uncovering the carnal nature for judgment while He is resurrecting within a new nature, one after the mind of Christ. This is God’s new creation man. This, like unto Noah, speaks of a dying, a being separated from that old world of corruption (the old man) to enter into God’s new world (new creation man), one purified by God.
Can we not also recognize that we, individually, are a world unto ourselves which God desires to establish Himself in? A flood of God’s word, which can wash from us all corruption, is preparing us for God’s new world. This is God’s new creation man, standing as one established by God to usher in His kingdom over all the earth. This is God’s ways and means committee (His word, His anointed ministry) to establish His purpose. God purposely, unto the yielded vessel, causes the outward manifestations of the old man to perish while the new natured inward man is being renewed. II Cor. 4:16, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day”.
The Christian community therefore stands in great need. That is, to know who they are in Christ. This learned knowledge comes not because of relearned doctrines and traditions promoted from all of man’s yesterdays. Our yesterdays are mostly the product of man’s limited in-part understanding or the carnal religious mind. However, this knowledge is that which comes through revelation and the experience gained through relationship with Christ of an intimate kind. That is, by becoming friends and then sons. Sons birthed from the seed called Christ, the Christ seed received and maturing within the repentant vessel. This speaks of a renewing of the mind, a renewal that comes only as the Holy Spirit is given freedom to renew and to resurrect man’s soul. Eph. 4:23, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. Our spirits now joined with God’s Spirit, which, because of the freedom given, enables the soul, which is the make-up of man, to now be renewed daily as man’s soul is progressively being saved. I Cor. 6:17, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him”. This points to a truth that man’s soul, the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires of receiving men are in the process of being separated from the old carnal world that helped to form the old corruptible dying man. Herein God’s resurrection process is forming God’s new creation man. John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. The depths of this word “know” is “to perceive, understand, recognize, gain knowledge, realize, and come to know”. This gained knowledge has an inception, it has a progress, and it has an attainment. It is the recognition of truth by personal experience which speaks of becoming a visible expression of an invisible God.
The soul of man, separated from God by Adam’s fall is purposed to be redeemed through the workings of the indwelling Holy Spirit within man. This soul, typed by the Holy place of the wilderness Tabernacle, as revealed to Moses, is the order of God’s visible kingdom that is on the horizon. This Holy place also speaks of the Feast of Pentecost which had it’s fulfillment on the day of that feast as it took place in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago. On that day, the Holy Spirit fell, filling the 120 vessels with the power needed to become God’s witnesses, the expression of His kingdom. This number 120 is a number God uses which declares a time of “the ending of all flesh”, that is, the ending of the carnal mind which has had freedom to work and influence the man. This Holy place and its furniture, this Feast of Pentecost represents the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in preparing a people. A people who respond to the Holy Spirits work by receiving all the necessary changes needed to purify the vessel for that higher place in God. That is, a people who die out completely to self and the carnal mind so a birthing into God’s Holy of Holies, the throne-room authority of God, could take place. This is a promise given and one which today is being fulfilled to be established forever.
Notice, a promise which was given to King David, the promise of a fulfillment in having a son; the Christ called Jesus, to then be more completely fulfilled in the Christ body, a many member body. II Sam. 7:12-16, “When your days are fulfilled (King David) and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house (the temple, the dwelling place within God’s people) for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be my son. If he commits iniquity (Jesus Christ committed no iniquity so pointing to the body of Christ), I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows (strokes) of the sons of men. But my mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul (house of flesh), whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever”.
In knowing that the above scripture was partially fulfilled by Solomon, but men with greater vision, can see that David was to have a much greater son than Solomon. Rom. 1:3, “Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh”. Also note the statement made concerning Solomon and the Christ made by Jesus. Matt. 12:42, “The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the Wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here”. Again, with believers becoming God’s house, His dwelling place, they are to become a living temple in which God’s purposes to manifest Himself and be established in and through them as His eternal kingdom on the earth. Note the scripture of conformation. Heb. 3:6, “But Christ as a son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast to confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end”. I Peter 2:5, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”.
In continuing with the truth of “the end of all flesh” through righteous judgment, scripture speaks of not only 120 priests as will be mentioned below, but they also speak of 120 sounding trumpets. These trumpets speak to God’s people of a message being sounded out for all who would be willing to hear. With God proclaiming that “the glory of the latter temple being greater than the former”, pointing to a time which we can, not only learn from, but relate to as judgment begins among us until it finishes its completed work. Note that these 120 trumpets, when sounded out in Solomon’s day, they were declaring that God’s glory was to now fill the temple. (Read II Chron. 5:12-14) With II Chron. 12c speaking, “And with them one hundred and twenty priests were sounding with trumpets”. As these trumpets sounded out, again note the end of flesh and its inability to serve. II Chron. 5:14, “So that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God”. (Is not Christ’ body His house, to be filled with His glory at the ending of all flesh?) Another time when 120 trumpets sounded was at the time of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, with the speaking of other tongues, on the day of the Feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem. (Read Acts 1:15 and Acts 2:1-9). These 120 Galileans were now enabled to sound out the message of God and to manifest His glory. The 120 blowing trumpets in Solomon’s temple were only types concerning the church, the true temple of God, a people being set free from all carnality and flesh to manifest His glory.
Why judgment? Because of the love of God, in purifying His temple, His house, the body of Christ, a first-fruit harvest is being separated from all the tares of carnality, as God removes these tares in the purifying of the soul. This judgment, righteous in nature, now sets these first-fruits free to be filled with the glory of God. First-fruits that are established to now manifest the throne-room authority of God in the establishing of His kingdom on earth. Herein God’s purposeful harvest will be gathered in as judgment comes forth, so that creation might be made free.
Matt. 24:37, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be”.