Though no man knows the hour or the day, God has allowed spiritual minded men to discern and know the seasons of God. In this, from all appearances in the natural as well as the spiritual order of things, man can see that the day of Christ appearing is coming closer and closer—it is now at hand. This appearing, as declared in 1 John 3:2-3, shall take place in which a people shall be like Him in His appearing, “Beloved! Now are we Children of God, and it has not yet been seen what we shall be. We know, however, that if He should appear, we shall be like Him. Because we shall see Him as He is. And every one having this hope in Him purifies himself, as he is pure”.
With this truth set before us, it becomes necessary for a people to understand, in a full measure, just what is being declared and what the results of the above verses are. Consider the meanings of some of the words used. The word “appear” is the Greek word “PHANEROO”, which has the meaning of, “to bring to light, make manifest, to be visible or open to sight”. Thus, by seeing what the Holy Spirit makes visible, a reaction is the result. That is, these who see him become like Him. This involves a knowing, that at His revealing by the Holy Spirit to a people, they begin to understand what and who He really is, resulting in a people becoming like Him. “Know” from the above verse is the Greek word “OIDA” which has the meaning of “to know (intuitively) without effort, to understand”.
Therefore, this knowing speaks of that which comes from God without effort. Here the Holy Spirit makes a people to understand the goal that is set before them. That is, to become like Him with the qualifier being, “to see” Him as He is. “See” as used here is the Greek word “OPSOMAT” which has the meaning of “a regard to the object presented to the eye, and to the subject which perceives at the same time. It denotes, not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented, hence, to truly comprehend”. Therefore, the revealing is not so much for the natural eye, but that which the Holy Spirit reveals is to a purified people as He reveals the Christ to progressively maturing people. That is to say, a people that spiritually know Christ, understand Him and therefore are becoming even as He is. Speaking of God’s new creation people.
The prophet Micah foretold of not only the first appearing through Jesus who came to release God’s grace, but likewise speaks of an appearing of a coming forth of Him with His many member body. Micah 5:2-4 declares, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah [meaning “House of God and fruitfulness], through thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlastings [read John 1:1-2]. Therefore, will he give them up until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth [read John 16:21-22 and Rev. 12:1-6] then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And He [first son Jesus Christ and the remnant] shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall abide: for now, shall He be great unto the ends of the earth”.
The above verse speaks of the Lord in which the son and the remnant stand. This word “Lord” is the Hebrew word “Jehovah” which speaks of God in covenant relation to those whom He has created. “Jehovah” means “the Eternal, the Immutable One who was, and is, and is to come”. He is the God of those who are now “in Christ”. Rev. 11:15, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ [head and His many member body]; and He shall reign for ever and ever”.
Thus, the manifesting of the Christ, as birthed from Mary, was Jesus who became a God seed to be planted into a people in bringing forth a great harvest. This harvest begins with His first-fruits as Christ gathers unto Himself a like-kind people into the first-born Son Jesus. Who is this Jesus? John 8:42 states, “Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me”. This word “sent”, the Greek word “APOSTELLO” has the meaning of “to send forth, or off, or away from (as a messenger or with a commission), the sender remaining behind; implying authority on the part of the sender. Hence used of prophets; and apostles, denotes one thus sent”. However, unto those commissioned by Jesus and sent forth, another word for “sent” is used. John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, peace be unto you; as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you”.
This first “sent” is speaking of Jesus as He was sent from the Father using the word “APOSTELLO”. But, when Jesus speaks of those He sends, He uses the word “PEMPO” which has the meaning of “to send (especially with an escort), the sender accompanying those sent”. Thus, while Jesus came alone from the Father—the sender remaining behind, the Holy Spirit accompanies these sent forth from Jesus. This indicates that there are a people, which are a part of the Christ, which He then commissions and anoints as He remains with them in their going forth as a many member body.
Again, who is the Jesus Christ that the Father chose to plant within the hearts of receiving humanity? In John 1:1-4, it tells us that He was from the beginning, the Word, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men”. Christ then was always the Word. Being the Word was not something that He learned or memorized. The Word was not something He just picked up along the way but He was the Word.
This means, the Word was His nature and His nature was the Word. This means He was not just a written word or a law about the Word, but He was God’s word being manifest in the flesh, revealed for men to see. The covenant law then, given to the Children of Israel, was nothing more than a method God used to uncover the sin that ruled in and over man’s life. However, we now have a passing away of that covenant law, which is made obsolete; it decayed and waxed old, to pass away because of its fulfillment being accomplished in Jesus Christ. Heb. 8:13, “In that He saith, a new Covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away”.
In the taking away of the old covenant it means a new covenant came forth. A new covenant, when received, is a covenant not written on tablets of stone or paper, but is a nature written upon the hearts of a receiving spiritually progressive people. This truth resurrects the “fallen soul” back into a “living soul” even as God breathed His Spirit into the first Adam at his birth. Heb. 8:10, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel [spiritual house], after those days [natural house of Israel], saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in the hearts [speaking of the soul which is the mind, the will, the emotions and desires]: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people”.
This speaks to us of a people who become the offspring of God as they receive and yield to the seed. This growing seed is the word becoming flesh, a visible expression, the nature of God from within them. This is that which makes them God’s people of a like kind nature. That is to say, a people moving in the mind of God, standing forth in the will of God, and responding only in the emotions and desires of God alone. God’s people living according to this resurrected soul speak of a people that have become the manifesting nature of God, the word of God seen in the earth again. John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we behold His Glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth”.
Is this more than a people can hope for or is this something God has purposed from before the foundation of the world? If we could consider that the cross and the death of Jesus was for much more than the forgiveness of past sins committed. His blood shed was for much more than a fallen spirit. Nay, but the giving up of His blood and the death experience on that cross was for the salvation of the whole man. The cross is to bring the spirit, soul, and body of the fallen man, those who receive Him and His completed work on that cross, into a whole, finished, complete man. Did not Jesus say while dying there on the cross, “It is finished”? Meaning, the old nature has passed away and a new nature is now available unto all who would receive and appropriate all God offers and makes available. This promise, given to Abraham’s natural seed is now ours, the spiritual house of Abraham as we cast our eyes upon Him, Jesus Christ, the one who has gone before us. Gal. 3:29, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”.
Therefore, when God spoke promises to Moses concerning a land, He was also relaying the promise now being fulfilled in a people of this end-time day, as they also take a land. This land of promise first is our own individual land, our spirit, soul and bodies. In the possessing of our individual land we then, are enabled to take the land around us. This speaks of a many member Christ, establishing the kingdom of God in all the earth. In this truth, let us stand upon God’s proclaimed word and look to the cross and the fruit it bore and is still bearing. By Jesus’ death upon the cross and His resurrection, He enables us to take the land because Jesus has gone before us and prepared the way.
Exod. 23:20-23, “Behold I send an angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name [nature] is in him, but if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off”.
God’s promise to us is one of complete victory. The key is to obey His voice and submit to the work of the cross in obedience to the power of Christ’s resurrection within us. These nations spoken of here are six character flaws that live in the carnal man and make him a prisoner of that fallen nature in the soul. These flaws have possessed the land, our temples in which God desires to dwell. Therefore, slay the inhabitants of our fallen nature through the cross and be resurrected into the nature of God. In this, we can take our land through the resurrected Christ as we say with Apostle Paul, 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”. In this, we can take our land (body) and from within manifest the Christ, gaining victory over all things corruptible. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to conquer our land, our whole being?