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

We have been considering the word “house” with its true meaning being “a way of life” or “a realm of life”, a life being lived after the Father’s will. 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 the house and He is the fulfillment of all that Moses foreshadowed. Let us notice the contrast:

Moses House                                 Christ House

  1. A Servant in the house    1. House of Son-ship
  2. House of servitude            2. House of Becoming
  3. Obeying Laws                      3. Nature of Christ, His likeness and habitation

Thus, Moses’ house or way of life was, as a servant, going about trying to obey the laws of the house. But 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. 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 anointing to do God’s “last day” works. 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, continues to live according to their desires. All that will remain of them will be an empty system of religion, even with its man-made temples and sacrifices. As we consider these empty religious systems, what about the emptiness of religious gatherings that function today among modern 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’s writing His nature upon their hearts and in their minds. The house of the Lord is becoming the dwelling place of God Almighty and is establishing His kingdom through the judgments of 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 wicked and evil. The way of life that calls evil – good and good – evil is to be spoiled and all his goods 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, supposedly patterned after the ways of God. In the above verse, the word “goods,” interpreted mean “vessels (of gold and silver)” which is speaking of God’s nature and His available redemption. These, the vessels which have been bound and held captive, 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 another 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, which remain bound by a false system of religion. These live after the orders of manufactured church systems, which are their own houses, their own life-styles. 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 as they refuse to allow themselves to recognize a need for God’s Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit must needs 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 rests 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, God’s way of life. Nevertheless, the mind-set of the people was absent from God’s purpose, which He had for them and therein they put off the reason and purpose for their 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 live unto self. In building for themselves, they let God’s house continue to be desolate. 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. 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, but unable to receive the vision needed to see the greatness of their God. Remember, in this day God is building for Himself a house 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 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 captivity, the church is a splintered group manifesting the results of false teaching and tradition. 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 that church. How, because rituals alone have become so common place and important that man thinks there is no further need for the Spirit’s presence to present God’s 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 in monetary gain only, but in revelation of truth that enables His people to mature into that 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 any change, a people not knowing change by that same Holy Spirit because most reject 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 spake 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, signifieth 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 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 removing of those things that are earthly and temporal, that the heavenly and the spiritual things of God might appear and remain.



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