As we observe the world around and about us, we can take notice of this fact. Spiritual darkness is on the increase as corruption and rebelliousness is manifesting itself, in what seems to be, a condition without restraint. The fruit of this immoral world in which we are living is becoming, in all appearances and action, a great harvest of darkness. The governments of this world, for the most part, are instituting and allowing for laws and by-laws that support these immoral, corrupt life-styles. These life-styles are manifesting a nature that loves darkness rather than light. Why do they love darkness, because as scripture says, their deeds are evil? Why has the world become such a place where most now call good, evil, and evil, good? While we have a knowing that the Adversary, as a roaring lion, seeks to devour and deceive humankind, we ask this question, has the modern day church done its part in becoming the agency that God desires for it to be in lightening up a darkened world? If not, why? 1 Cor. 2:9, “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”. Could this be the problem? Has humanity become so blind that they have lost sight of God’s will and purpose in His creation. Sinful man has remained or has become ignorant of what God has accomplished for him in Christ.
Since knowledge of the things of God is more of a spiritual level than an intellectual nature, man cannot glory in nor receive God’s true purpose in any political, economical, social, educational nor religious accommodations. All these activities serve only to increase darkness rather than promote the light. Acts 4:12 declares, “Nor is there salvation in any other [Jesus alone], for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”. In Him, Christ Jesus, and Him alone dwells the light, which dispels the darkness that man may cease from being blind. With open eyes a people can begin to know the God who restores unto man, His will and purpose. Herein man can receive a new nature by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of promise.
The new natured man is one that is no longer bound to the fallen Adamic nature, the carnal man who has become a prisoner to this natural world because of responding to that which it demands. 1 Cor. 2:14 reveals clearly, “but the natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”. Scripture tells us that the natural man is unregenerate and devoid of the Holy Spirit, thus there is no appreciation for the things of God, which alone is the light of the world. Meanwhile the spiritual man is regenerate and can possess spiritual maturity with a nature that response to the light of truth.
In the beginning when darkness was upon the face of the deep, while the earth was without form and void, God’s Spirit hovered over it as God begin to speak in Gen. 1:3, “then God said, let there be light, and there was light”. Likewise, God is speaking today to the darkened groups of nations and individuals that dwell upon the earth, which are willing to hear. God’s declaration, “Let there be light!” is His desire for a manifestation of the presence of spiritual illumination, the revelation of His will and purpose. Herein, His Word declares in Psalms 82:1a, “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; … “.
Know that God has a dwelling place. Know that even now, dwelling upon the earth, God has and is rising up in a remnant of mighty men of valor. These are men whose sole purpose is to lay down their lives for the cause of Christ. What is the cause of Christ? From scripture, we know that His will and purpose is to establish for Himself a kingdom wherein righteousness dwells. It is through these mighty men of valor that God does now stand, meaning that He has a remnant that now stand in the presence of God, permanent in their standing while establishing God’s kingdom on earth. This is a kingdom which shall not be moved, eternal in nature and has God’s seal placed upon it, becoming the dwelling place of God in the earth. This is also speaking of a birthing, which now makes God a Father to this remnant of Priest/Kings who are now living in the house, the kingdom of God.
How is it that a people can come into such a dwelling place with God? Try repentance, therein becoming the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, who then instructs, teaches and chastises to bring about a birth of holiness, which comes because of complete obedience, through love to all the Father is. Think it not strange that God, as a Father, would discipline His children. Note that all discipline must begin with instruction. Instructions given from the Father, when obeyed, promote Godliness until a new nature of a Godlike portion is lived. Heb. 12:9, “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” Can we not see the truth revealed as to a family change? We are no longer to yield or submit ourselves to a natural bloodline and its curse, which comes from our earthly, our natural fathers. This is speaking to us that we, by the birthing of a renewed spirit within us, are no longer legally a part of the cursed life-styles of the fallen world. Nay, but rather we now have a heavenly Father who is our source of life. Matt. 23:9, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for one is your Father, He who is in heaven”. Revealing that this new born remnant of people are no longer prisoners to a sin cursed world and its nature, but are now citizens of the heavens because they have become and are the off-spring of a new heavenly Father.
Does this mean we are no longer offspring of the earth? Does this mean that a people can now become a part of a kingdom that is heavenly in nature, even while walking upon this earth? While scripture makes us aware that, unto those who pass on through the death of this physical body, the body returns to the dust from which it came, while the spirit returns to God. Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then the dust [body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it”. Nevertheless, there are now a people, because of the time and season, who shall claim and receive from God a renewed body, a glorified body, wherein they shall never know physical death, the grave. Does not God’s Word assure us that His plan and purpose from the beginning is life, not death? Death is but the wages of sin and we now know that we are living in the time of the harvest. Even now, a first-fruits remnant is beginning to appear who are experiencing the reality of true life. Life as it comes from God to affect the whole man in spirit, soul and body. Psalms 36:7-9, “How precious is your loving-kindness, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures. For with you is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light”. “Loving-kindness” as spoken of above speaks of steadfast love, mercy, goodness, and unfailing love while being equivalent to the word “grace” in the New Testament. With Jesus being the light of the world, while standing in Him, we not only see Him in light, but He stands in us as the light.
Friends, the Apostle Paul, wrote for us in 1 Cor. 13:2 that the church of the living God would finally mature until they could see Him face-to-face, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known”. This speaks to us of a departure from just knowing about the Christ on a limited basis. This speaks to us of a church that, through the maturing processes of the Holy Spirit come to know Him in a full measure of the calling, His purpose for each vessel. In this, we shall see Christ as He is and become that part of His body, our created purpose. Herein is the unity of the body of Christ, manifesting God unto the world until His kingdom is established in a full measure. This kingdom shall cover the earth and all that is upon it. Herein the knowledge of God will be full and instantaneously revealed.
Let us remember that God instituted a time within Himself that He calls “the Day of Atonement”. This day is an everlasting covenant, which God shall always remember. A covenant made, not because of the man, but because of that which He is. Ezekiel 16:60-63, “Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done, says the Lord God”. This atonement, an everlasting covenant, is now possible because it is one based on a new heart and a new spirit. What happens on the Day of Atonement? Is it not so that on this day, the High Priest could now approach the presence of God that rested behind the veil? On this day, the High Priest moved behind the veil into the Holy of Holies. As he moved into this place of God’s presence, he takes with him the golden censers, the altar of incense, the piece of furniture that represents the prayers of the saints in sacrificial praise and worship. It also represents the ultimate sacrifice, a dying to self, and the sin nature, totally, to stand in God’s presence. In addition, freedom from former bondage’s and a restoration back to the inheritance given by God in the beginning. Heb. 9:3-4, “and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which is the golden censer [altar of incense] and the ark of the covenant …”
Is this time, this Day of Atonement, now upon the church? Is a remnant of God’s people now moving behind the veil into the Holy of Holies? Note that the messengers of God have been holding back the four winds of destruction from the earth, from God’s people until the Holy Spirit seals them in the forehead, a receiving of the mind of Christ. Rev. 7:1-3, “After these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on the foreheads”. Do we not see a movement-taking place among the spiritual dimensions of God today? A movement that is bringing change, change as the church has never seen it before, as apostasy and darkness seem to be on the increase. But, meanwhile a sealing, a new mind-set is being established among a remnant of people who are the called, chosen, and justified ones who are beginning to know the glorifying of God’s presence, enabling these to establish God’s kingdom on the earth. In this we hear a sound, “the Spirit and the bride say, come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17)