What is happening concerning mankind and among the world at large? The many changes going on in this world of ours seem to be of such an accelerated pace that humanity is finding it very hard and difficult to keep up. Nevertheless, in response to such manifold changes, there are a people who are finding themselves responding according to and fulfilling all those things written beforehand from God. Rom. 8:22-23 & 28 states, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. …. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”.
The word “redemption” above is that act of God’s love, through sacrifice, which speaks of restoration from a fallen condition while returning to God’s original and progressive purpose. Redemption is God’s way of progress instituted and proclaimed by God unto the children of Israel as the Day of Atonement, the yearly covering of sins through a blood sacrifice. This also points to the year of Jubilee (each fiftieth year), where complete restoration and deliverance was declared and administrated through the sacrifice. This year of jubilee is again being fulfilled in this our spiritual season in God as He brings forth His season of fulfillment. This speaks of a chosen people coming forth in the “fullness of times” to manifest their God given creative purpose, a people coming to and living in His likeness and His image.
“Purpose”, is a word meaning and pointing to “a place, thus a setting forth. This word suggests a deliberate plan, a proposition, an advance plan and intention, a design”. Also note that our personal salvation was not only well planned, but demonstrates God’s abiding faithfulness as He awaits the consummation of this great plan for and in His people.
(Read Isaiah 11:1-16). This context speaks of a time when the fulfillment of said context would come forth in its season as a seed planted in the earth brings forth a greater fulfillment. This also points to a moving away from living according to the natural realm, liken unto the children of Israel, into the spiritual realm, the manifested body of Christ. Remember, God’s word declares, first the natural kingdom and then the spiritual kingdom is to come forth.
1 Cor. 15:46, “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual”. Thus, a seed, Christ Jesus our Lord, became God’s seed to bring forth according to God’s law of the seed. This law is God given and will not be broken, as it states that “every seed shall bring forth after its own kind”. When Jesus, who is the seed, died and was placed within the tomb to resurrect, He became that seed which would bring forth after His kind, not as natural Israel who lived under the Mosaic law, but as the spiritual body of Christ, manifesting His nature. Therefore, in the time of the harvest for this God given seed, the kingdom of God shall manifest to establish God’s kingdom over all the earth. Isa. 11:9, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”.
Let us take note and remember that the natural tribes of Israel were, for a time, held in captivity within Egypt. But a time to be released had come. Their purpose, to become an established people in the land God had promised to their father Abraham. Especially take note that the release of the children of Israel came as God chose to visit Egypt with plagues of judgment. God not only sent judgment to bring His judgment upon the perverted kingdom of Pharaoh, but to also being deliverance and release to His chosen, the natural house of Abraham. Let us also take note that in the transition from the natural house to the spiritual house for today, Abraham’s greater seed is present.
Note: Gal. 3:29, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”. Abraham’s spiritual seed becomes the generation of the body of Christ needing release from a like-kind Egyptian bondage as it manifest among them today. Released how? Through the needed judgments spoken of in the Book of Revelation as seals, trumpets and bowls of wrath. For what purpose, but to release a people unto deliverance, a people to be established as God’s will and purpose for His creation. This speaks of an established kingdom of God manifesting in all the earth.
Herein we have a chosen people, vessels of mercy, birthed and sent forth as a man-child company, God’s spokes-persons and throne-room representatives taking dominion over God’s creation. This speaks of a people who have progressed and been changed so that they only do and say what they see and hear from the Father, a spirit led people. These are those of the true house of God who have received the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Their purpose is to manifest the heavens into the earth realm throughout God’s creation. Matt. 16:19, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.
Here God speaks of a people whose sin-nature is being removed as they receive an understanding of who the person of Jesus Christ really is. Matt. 16:15-16, “He said to them, but who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Here, Peter looking beyond the natural house of Jesus, by revelation, begins to see the coming forth of His spiritual house. Peter likewise catches a glimpse of the fullness of God being completed in bringing forth His new creation man, the coming forth of the creation of God into a full measure of appearance.
As we now consider the scriptures of 2 Sam. 7:1-17 (Read), we can receive an understanding of God’s progressive purpose. In desiring to have for Himself a house, a tabernacle or temple in which to dwell, He makes it plain that His true house shall not be one of natural wood, stone, or mortar. God reveals, in choosing the house of David, that He would, down through the corridor of time, birth a man. This man, Jesus Christ was to become the seed for bringing forth God a completed house, the birthing of His many member temple in which to dwell.
This son of David being spoken of points to the birthing of Jesus the Christ who Himself become that promised seed. This seed is purposed by God to bring forth a like-kind harvest of sons who would make up the spiritual house of God, a dwelling place in which to dwell. In bringing forth this spiritual house, God shall, by dwelling in them, bring forth a kingdom wherein God rules through this said people. 1 Cor. 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Cor. 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”.
Herein God has spoken, declaring that a time of preparation would come, and it would run its course to bring forth, in a full measure, everything that He has purposed and spoken. While God is a God of certainty, He always declares and reveals to a people His purpose. In the bringing forth of His First-born Son, Jesus Christ, to dwell among the people, He established a time of declaring and preparing a people for that first coming. Malachi 3:1 states, “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. As the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming, says the Lord of Hosts”.
This scripture began its fulfillment when John the Baptist begins declaring of Jesus Christ and His appearing. Thus, the Christ in Jesus appeared, Jesus died, was buried, but He also resurrected from the grave to finally, as the resurrected one, be planted as a seed in the hearts of a people as they accepted and received His sacrifice. These, through a progressive maturing nature change, shall also manifest the in-dwelling Christ in a full measure. (Read 2 Thess. 1:3-12). Note in verse 10 that it is declared, “When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed”. How is it that humanity shall see Christ again except He be revealed. This coming is likened unto His first appearing in the man called Jesus. Here, consider the declaration of the true vine and the results of those who abide in the vine.
(Read John 15:1-8). Here, the law of the seed applies, every seed bringing forth after its own kind. Thus, the vine brings forth fruit of like-kind, a seed bringing forth a harvest to manifest fruit of an equal co-heir share of that which Jesus Christ really is. Herein the Holy Spirit, fulfilling His office and purpose, reveals the Christ to these co-heirs with Christ that they might be likened unto Him. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are 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 not the Holy Spirit revealing Christ to us today, even now? Are we not beginning to see Him in and according to His eternal purpose, even as He is? Herein we can become like Him as this same Holy Spirit writes His nature within and upon the heart of our soul. Here God is speaking of a change from that old fallen Adamic beast nature unto the nature of Christ living and manifesting from within.
Consider now that the “fullness of times” is upon us. This is a season when that which is of knowledge only becomes a manifestation of God’s glory in the whole man, spirit, soul and body. A time when a completed man appears in a full measure of that which God had purposed. This speaks of change, from the natural to the spiritual, but also a change from the visible realm unto that invisible realm, which carnal flesh and blood does not see nor inherit. This speaks of a change from a flesh and blood mortal body to a spiritual immortal body that can dwell in both the visible and the invisible realms as God so wills it. A people who manifest the Christ on the earth as they see Him manifesting in heaven.
1 Cor. 15:50-52, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”. This phrase “in a moment” is from the Greek words “en atomos” meaning “in atoms”. This then speaks of a presence coming from within a people because of a change taking place in their atoms. This change speaks of our bodies, our atoms being changed from one realm of life into another. Could this mean that, because of Christ revealing Himself unto His people, He progressively matures them until He appears in and through them? Is this not speaking of a people manifesting the fullness of the Christ, joined to their heavenly head, to manifest this fullness in both the heavens (invisible) and the earth (visible)?
This transition is moving from the realm of hope (the Holy Place Feast of Pentecost), to the realm of love’s purpose and glory (the Holy of Holies Feast of Tabernacles – standing in God’s manifest presence – His throne-room authority) which is now coming into its season of time. Events are now happening concerning the season of His appearing. Christ appearing is first of all manifested through His first-fruits people, His body and then through the completed harvest, united with the heavens that the heavens and the earth might abide in the completion of God’s purpose. This purpose is a house, a temple for Him to dwell in, the abiding place of God’s intended foreordained home.
Rom. 8:18-19, “For I consider that the sufferings [dwelling in the earth, the flesh realm] of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God”. In the natural order of things, God established for His natural people, the children of Israel, the Feast of Tabernacles. Now a season is upon another realm of people, when a spiritual people are to be in-dwelt with a full measure of Christ and the fulfillment of his purpose, the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. God’s promise, “I will set my tabernacle among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people”. (Lev. 26:11-12.)
With God being our God, and we being His people, it speaks of a oneness because of a like-kind nature. A people with a restored “living soul” who now manifest a like-kind mind, with a like-kind will, with like-kind emotions and like-kind desires. A people, now knowing that which God purposed in the beginning, “Let us make man in our likeness, after our image” is now being brought into a season when this new creation man shall appear in his full measure. God’s new creation is a people who are becoming the glorified body of Christ. Rev. 21:3, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with man, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, God Himself will be with them and be their God”. His, Christ head and completed body, is come.