God’s Entire Vision Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven

The Book Of Revelation Is Being Revealed

“The Revelation Of Jesus Christ”

 

The Lamb Slain Before The Foundation Of The World

from Him who is (working now in us, His body) and who was (since the foundation of the world) and who is to come (in His glory, in His Saints), and from the seven Spirits (seven spirits of God) who are before His throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth (those ruling and reigning in Christ). Rev 1:4,5

 

The Sealed Book and Who Can Open It

 

The Book Of Life

The Book of Life is opened by the Lamb slain, before the foundation of the world. That Lamb slain is Jesus Christ, the first fruits, and His body, us that are abiding in Him. We are one with Him because we abide in Him and keep His word. The body of the Lamb, loves Him, and shows it by obeying His commandments. He purges us and refines us into His image and likeness.

The Book of Life contains the good deeds, the righteous acts of the Saints. These are the heavenly treasures laid up by our walk of righteousness.

Both the body of Christ and the body of the Beast have an image, and have a mark, identifying them. It is on their foreheads because they set their mind on the things above, where Christ is, or the things below, the old nature, the domain of the Beast. He is thrown down out of heaven, (the realm of the spirit) and roams the earth (the old nature), seeking someone to devour.

The Beast also has a “name” and a “body”, those that are “in him” and partake of “his life”, the nature of carnal man. His nature is always the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit of Christ. Man is symbolized by the number 6, and the number 666 is completely man’s nature, given over to the Beast.

The body of the Beast is very religious, believing they are serving Christ as Lord, though never obeying His voice, by loving one another, according to the commandment, the gospel. The Beast has a “spirit” also, the spirit of the antichrist, leading the body of the Beast. The Beast speaks great blasphemies, portraying himself as the Lord. He continually speaks as if he is the Christ, but his body does not obey the gospel, taught it is unnecessary by the Beast. The body of the Beast has “his mind” and “his deeds”, the works of their own hands. They attempt to serve God and mammon, believing it is possible, and still remain on the narrow way to life. This is the mark of the Beast, given to them, both in their mind and on their hand.

The Beast’s body are those that have allowed the Beast to seat himself in what was the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. This is the abomination of desolation, spoken of in the scriptures. It’s an abomination that the temple of the Lord has become desolate, occupied by a different spirit. They follow the Beast wherever he goes, believing they are led by the Spirt of God. This is called a deluding influence, and believing a lie. These members of the Beast’s body, study and memorize the scriptures too, do great signs, sing, dance, worship, but never actually obey the Lord they profess to love, or teach others they must. They don’t enter in the door, and then block the door from others wanting to enter the narrow way, that leads to life.

whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev 13:8

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” (The Lamb, Christ and His body, slain before the foundation of the world.) Rom 8:35,36

And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. Rev 15:2

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.  Rev 14:2,11

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 20:12-15

In the Spirit, the Book Of Life is not some book with a list of people’s names written in it. In the natural, I have no knowledge, but in the spiritual I see the shadow dimly. The Book of Life is “God’s life”, revealed to in the Spirit to his people He chooses to reveal Himself to. The “called of God”, are written in Heaven according to the pattern, as God begins his work in us, to transform us into His image and likeness. No two of the stars in Heaven (the heavenly realm) are the same, for star differs from star in glory, the shadow representing us. No part of His body is the same, having the same function. This work in us was completed, before the foundation of the world, long before we were born in the natural.

It is grace to be called by God Himself. It is grace to be chosen by God. It is grace to be found faithful to God. It is all Him, all His work in us, not of ourselves, lest we become boastful. Jesus is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. We were in Him, the Book of Life, as sheep being led to the slaughter. Therefore, we are the Lamb slain also, because we are in Him. Worthy to open the book and its seals. Jesus Christ is the First Fruits to God, and we are in Him, therefore we are also the First Fruits unto God. These things take spiritual ears to hear, but obvious to the spiritual man.

            The Book of Life is God’s purpose for each of us, His pattern for birthing us into Him, His image and likeness. This is the “new creation” spoken of in the Spirit. When we choose to fall away, turn back, return to the mire, return to our vomit, God’s Spirit will not dwell with us forever, sadly erasing us from the Book of Life. The angels in heaven rejoice when one soul repents. They also moan, travail and languish, when one falls away, unwilling to continue in the way. Most, unfortunately will fall away, according to the scriptures, because the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life, the image of the beast, is too pleasing to the old natural man, living in us. As God said, “Many are called but few are chosen.”

He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments (Rev 19:8); and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. ‘He who has an ear (spiritual ears), let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ Rev 3:5,6

And their name is not erased from the book of life. Obviously if you believe you are already taken out and caught up, this would not apply to you. Only the believers that are remaining at this time, should be concerned about overcoming. The problem is, this was written for our instruction.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Rom 8: 28-30

 

The Great Tribulation

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short23“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him24“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect25“Behold, I have told you in advance. 26“So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them27“For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be28“Wherever the corpse (the dead body) is, there the vultures (the powers of darkness) will gather. Matt 24:21-28

I said to him, “My lord , you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Rev 7:14

 

The Lamb That Was Slain

And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Rev 5:6-8

 

They Sang “The New Song”

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” 10Sing to the LORD a new song, Sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it. You islands, and those who dwell on them. Is 42:9,10

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Rev 5:9,10

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deeddo all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Col 3:16,17

 

The Second Coming Of Christ

The Coming In The Clouds

“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14“And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion (through becoming the servant of all) is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed. Dan 7:13,14

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Matt 24:29-31

Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Matt 26:64

“But in those days, after that tribulation, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, 25AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. 26“Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. 27“And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven. Mk 13:24-27

And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THESON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Mk 14:62

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1Thes 4:16,17

These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. Jude 1:12,13

BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Rev 1:7

 

We Shall Be Changed And Made Alive (The First Resurrection)

            The dead in Christ (those that are living sacrifices) rise first, each in his own order as they are made perfect in Christ. The rest rise as he comes in his saints (the clouds of heaven) according to Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and in 2 Thessalonians. Being changed is Him living in us, and now we are the righteousness of God on the earth, lights shining in the darkness, a new creation.

22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, (in us as we become first fruits too) 1Cor 15:22,23

      For it is not merely hearing the Law [read] that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified. When Gentiles who have not the [divine] Law do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, since they do not have the Law. They show that the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts and are operating there, with which their consciences (sense of right and wrong) also bear witness; and their [moral] decisions (their arguments of reason, their condemning or approving thoughts) will accuse or perhaps defend and excuse [them] On that day when, as my Gospel proclaims, God by Jesus Christ will judge men in regard to the things which they conceal (their hidden thoughts). Rom 2:13-16 Amp

What does it look like to “be doers the Law”, and be made righteous through His righteous acts? Only the doers of the Law are just before God.

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet (their walk) of those who preach the gospel of peace (offering peace offerings), Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Rom 10:15

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Acts 2:42-46

who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:14

For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. Heb 9:16,17

Christ died for us and fulfilled his side of the covenant. We must die (Carry about the dying of Jesus) to fulfil our side of the covenant. This is the cross of Jesus Christ and how we are “born again” into his Spirit. Do not fear little flock…. He will gladly give you the Kingdom.

Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; 6IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE.

7“THEN I SAID, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (INTHE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME)TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.’”

After saying above, “SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE IN THEM” (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, “BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:5-10

Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. 7Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart (in the hearts of the body of Christ).”9I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, You know. Ps. 40:6-9

 

The Lord’s Coming

The Coming Of The Lord

The coming of the Lord is in us. Like everything in the scriptures, first comes the natural (or at least it is prophesied of) and then the spiritual. Most of the time the natural occurs, for the natural man to observe, but the spiritual is for us. The spiritual man always looks for the spiritual (hidden in the parable). Jesus said He would come upon us as a thief.

This doesn’t speak of Him being sneaky, and only when you least expect it in darkness, although this is true. He will come to test you, and try you, to see what is in your heart, and see if you will keep His commandments or not. He will attempt to take the His life from you, to see if you will fight to keep it. Getting salvations is quite simple, keeping it is the challenge, because it requires faith and walking in Christ, with all your heart, to keep it. All of this war to see if you want to keep it. He allows enemies of the cross, led by demons. This is the walk (the crucified life) of Christ, through the fiery trials.

Even the very elect come close to falling away, and many do, except God finally intervenes. Some lose their crowns, according to the prophets. The enemy will come to shatter the power of the Holy People and cause a great falling away. Only a remnant will survive and endure to end. Daniel says He gives us a “little help”. Praise God, that little help is just enough to produce a remnant.  If it is with great difficulty the righteous are saved (through much pain in childbirth), and what will become of the ones that don’t obey the gospel of Christ?

“Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15to execute judgment upon all (through the walk of the cross), and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 1:14,15 

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger (the Baptism of John), and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap3“He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. Mal 3:1-5

      5“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.

I will give heed to the blameless way (the narrow way to life). When will You come to me (in Your likeness and image)? I will walk (in the true gospel) within my house (the temple of the Lord) in the integrity of my heart (a clear conscious). Ps 10:2

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 14Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; 2Pet 3:11-14

            and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. 1Thes 3:12,13

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming (in us) of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

10When He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people], and [He will] be marvelled at and admired [in His glory reflected] in all who have believed [who have adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him], because our witnessing among you was confidently accepted and believed [and confirmed in your lives]. 11With this in view we constantly pray for you, that our God may deem and count you worthy of [your] calling and [His] every gracious purpose of goodness, and with power may complete in [your] every particular work of faith (faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness). 12Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) 2Thes 1:10 Amp

“But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards (drunk on the wine of immorality, unfaithfulness to Christ); the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (because of sickness and disease). Matt 24:48-51

“But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him (because He is already here) and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes (turned over to the tormenters, the demons), but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more (a harsher judgment for teachers, right now). Luke 12:45-48

16“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves17“But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20“For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Matt 10:16-20

21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death22“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. Matt 10:21,22

      23“But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man (Christ formed in you) comes. Matt 10:23

            FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Heb 10:37-39

            Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Matt 26:64

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains8You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near9Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. 10As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11We count those blessed who endured. James 5:7

It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones15to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. Jude 1:14-16

 

The Day Drawing Near

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Heb 10:19-25

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour19They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us20But you have an anointing from the Holy One (not the anointing of the antichrist), and you all know. 21I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son (not allow Christ to manifest in them)23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning (love your brother as yourself). If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1Jn 2:18-24

 

His Appearing

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. Heb 9:28

But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which He will bring about at the proper time— 1Tim 6:11-15

28Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears (in us), we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming (in us). 29If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him (born again). 1Jn 2:28,29

2Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears (in us), we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is (behold Him). 3And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1Jn 3:2,3

in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2Tim 4:8

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1Pet 5:4

 

When Christ Is Revealed

When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Col 3:4

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed (in us), then you also will be revealed with Him in glory (be glorified). Col 3:3,4

 

Revelation Of The Lord Jesus Christ

that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,8who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.9God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1Cor 1:5-9

 

Jesus Comes (To Us) As A Thief

Coming as a Thief

‘I am coming quickly (as a thief); hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown (a crown of righteousness, righteous acts). Rev 3:11

(“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) Rev 16:15

“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Matt 24:43

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 1Thes 5:4

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 1Pet 4:10

For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 1Thes 5:2

3‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. Rev 3:3

“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Luke 12:39

Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”37And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man38and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels40“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age41“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43“Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Matt 13:36-43

 

Day of visitation

Come Upon You

The Last Days

The Time Has Been Shortened

      29But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess31and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away (the old nature).1 Cor 7:29-31

 

The End of all Things

      7The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1Pet 4:7-11

 

The Day Of The Lord

            For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6

           

The Day of the Lord comes in two parts.

  1. The destruction of the ungodly, the day of gloom, because they refused his voice, not obeying His gospel. The powers of darkness sweep them away with deceptive doctrines and take them captive.
  2. The salvation of the godly, Christ coming in them, through the subjecting of the believers to others. This coming of the Day of the Lord, brings about the transforming of the godly into His complete image and likeness, being perfected in love.

“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth (have the old nature). “But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things (through the fiery trials) that are about to take place (are happening right now), and to stand before the Son of Man (like the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world). Luke 21:34-36”

Part One of The Day of The Lord: The Judgment Comes to the ungodly, those among God’s people, not obeying the gospel, the manifested life of Christ. This shadow of the Day of the Lord is recorded in Joel 2. Remember, it is written for our instruction according to the Apostle Paul.

Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, 2A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations.

3A fire consumes before them (heaven and earth are consumed) And behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them But a desolate wilderness behind them, And nothing at all escapes them. 4Their appearance is like the appearance of horses (the flesh nature); And like war horses, so they run.

5With a noise as of chariots They leap on the tops of the mountains, Like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble (saved as through fire), Like a mighty people arranged for battle. 6Before them the people are in anguish; All faces turn pale.

7They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like soldiers; And they each march in line,
Nor do they deviate from their paths.
8They do not crowd each other, They march everyone in his path; When they burst through the defences (the hedge is down), They do not break ranks. 9They rush on the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter through the windows like a thief.

10Before them the earth quakes (yet one more time I will shake heaven and earth),
The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness
(many fall away and their light goes out). 11The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it? (the one that endures to the end will be saved.)

Even now in the midst of His coming, God says there is time to repent and return to the Lord

      12“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.

14Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? 15Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.

 17Let the priests, the LORD’S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’”

What happens after this?

Part Two of The Day of the Lord: The Day of the LORD is a great and glorious day, for those that obey the gospel.  The people of God have waited for this day for thousands of years, the promise made to Abraham, and to “his seed”, Christ. Abraham saw the gospel at the time God made covenant with him, and the promise was made to Abraham and Christ.

“It will come about after this (the great falling away), That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 29“Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

30“I will display wonders in the sky (heavenly realm) and on the earth (earthy realm), Blood, fire and columns of smoke. 31“The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

32“And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered;
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the L
ORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:1-32

            “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. Rev 22:12

Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Ps 103:4

 “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. “For by your words (your tongue) you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt 12:36,37Amplified

 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Matt 7:1,2

To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kind-hearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.  For, “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.  “HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.  “FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.” Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify  Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 1 Peter 3:8-17

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (where the serious trials come to keep you from the prize, his image). 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day (the day of the Lord), and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows (the fiery trials of testing) of the evil one. 17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION (mind on things above), and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph 6:11-17

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10

‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Rev 3:11

 

The Resurrection Of The Dead (The New Birth)

In the beginning God made the heavens (the spiritual) and the earth (the natural), the day and the night. He gave lights in the heavens (those dwelling in the Spirit) to give light to the earth (those dwelling in the old nature). That prophecy is of us letting our lights shine in such as way so men can see our good works. The first Adam was a living soul, that means he had light for the earth (the natural) the second Adam is a life-giving Spirt (the spiritual). Even the earthly had light but it must die (be sown in dishonour), to put on the spiritual (be raised in newness of Christ’s Life). The natural must die (to the nature of the earthly) and put on the spiritual (the nature of Jesus Christ.

We also know the old heavens and earth must pass away with fire as spoken of by Peter in 2 Peter 3. The fiery trials that come upon us for our testing so we can be changed and bear the image of the heavenly. Remember, star differs from star in glory (his image). No two parts of the body are the same. And each in his own order, so we are all in a different place in the change. Bear with one another because we are all being changed, if we are obeying the gospel of God.

There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies (heaven and the earth), but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown (dies) a perishable body (by dying daily), it is raised an imperishable body (Born Again into the image of Christ); 43it is sown in dishonour (made a public display), it is raised in glory (his image and likeness); it is sown in weakness (humble, meek, lowly), it is raised in power (the transformed life); 44it is sown a natural body (the earth), it is raised a spiritual body (the heavens). If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit (we must be changed into a life-giving spirit, into Him). 46However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy (Adam); and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly (Christ). 49Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly (be born again).1Cor 15:40-49

             1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory Col 3:2-4

            5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places (from the earth to the heavens) in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:5-7

            3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk (be raised from the dead) in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin. Rom 6:3-7

            4Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Rom 7:4

            But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies (be raised from the dead) through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rom 8:11

            Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 1Cor 6:14

            Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1Cor 15;12-14

 

The Cross, the Crucified Life, “is” being Baptized For The Dead (spiritually)

            Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE. 1Cor 15:29-32

            For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1Pet 2:21-24

            knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. 2Cor 4:14

which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Eph 1:20-23

even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:5-7

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Col 2:9-15

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Col 3:1-4

and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (right now in us) 1Thes 1:10

     

All Things That Happen Are “In Us”

            Because we are the heavens and the earth, the spirit and the flesh of man, all things that God  speaks of, happens in us. Because star differs from star in glory, and each in his own order, the effects do not appear the same. When He appears, we do not know what we will look like, only that we will be like Him. All things that happen in the heavens, in the earth, beneath the earth, are working in us for a purpose.

so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:4

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death (in you), in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. Col 1:21-23

 

Birth Pangs, The Sign A Birth Is Near

16To the woman (the called of the Lord) He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth (being born again), In pain you will bring forth children (into His likeness and image); Yet your desire will be for your husband (the Lord Jesus Christ), And he will rule over you (by washing you in the water of the Word, by being a servant).” Gen 3:16

8“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Matt 24:8

22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:23

9My children, with whom I am again in labor (pain of childbirth) until Christ is formed in you— Gal 4:19

And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth (the old nature). And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth (be born again), so that when she gave birth he might devour her child (fall away from the faith). Rev 12:4

6‘Ask now, and see If a male can give birth. Why do I see every man, With his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all faces turned pale? 7‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.

8‘It shall come about on that day,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off their neck and will tear off their bonds; and strangers will no longer make them their slaves. 9‘But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Jer 30:6-9

8“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Mark 13:8

1A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; 2and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth (being transformed through suffering, born again). Rev 12:1

4And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth (the great falling away). And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. Rev 12:4

13And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth (by overcoming him), he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child (the image and likeness of Christ). Rev 12:13

17So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Rev 12:17

 

Despairing Even Of Life

 

My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me

Being forsaken by men is immediate when we walk in the true gospel, Jesus making it clear to us. It is only one of the trials we must pass through unto being made perfect in Christ. But the final one before birth, feeling forsaken by God, a part of the Cross of Jesus Christ. It was crushing to Christ, even knowing it was coming, and so it is to us, and almost unbearable to the human spirit. This is when we give up the ghost, and fall into His hands, of pure love. This is the final victory in Christ, and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us.

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death22“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. Matt 10:21

 

Earthquakes

            Earthquakes represent the shaking that comes to test the people of God at the mountain when we meet Him. God called the children of Israel to come near Him to meet God, and when he spoke, it was to them as a loud trumpet, getting louder and louder. There was lightening, thunder, smoke, and the mountain quaked violently. The people became fearful and refused to embrace the voice of God. That is when the Law was given, because they rebelled, because they refused to obey His voice.

The shaking of the earth is the natural man, when he hears the voice of God, the gospel. The heavens must also be shaken with great trials, to pass through the heavens into God, the highest heavens.

25See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven26And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” 27This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things (idols that have our heart), so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain28Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service (become a living sacrifice) with reverence and awe; 29for our God is a consuming fire. Heb 12:25:29

 

Famines

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. Amos 8:11

 

Wars and Rumors of Wars- The Great War Of The Saints

            The wars and rumors of wars, take place in us. It is a war for your heart and mind, to keep you from overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil. Even the great war at the end, is in us. But can’t God also be talking of a natural war? Yes indeed, He can. He often gives the natural, for the natural man to see, the shadow of the real work He is doing. The spiritual however, will not be seen by them.

The great wars of God’s people in the Old Testament happened, but they were written for our instruction. Each enemy represented something we’re fighting in our quest for his image and likeness to be formed in us. Just because we don’t have the revelation yet to understand, doesn’t mean it wasn’t written for us. Amalek was an enemy, forever, for the children of Israel, and still is for us today, picturing the old nature we war against.

The great war in Revelation is no different. Wars, plagues, wrath, judgment, and the anger of the Lord, is for us. It is with us, and in us, to bring about victory in Christ, being formed in us. God’s saints go through wars and rumors of wars, and come off victorious from the Beast, the old nature, by His Spirit working in us, to form the image of his likeness. Do not fear and be dismayed little flock, His works were completed, in us, before the foundation of the world. Only our lack of faith and unwillingness to be conformed to His death, can cause us to fail, to fall away, before completing this victory, a new creation in Christ Jesus.

Our war is not with flesh and blood, it’s with powers we can’t see except when they come through the beasts of the field, to bring fire into our lives. Here in the book of Revelation we see the war raging…. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Rev 12:17

The war the dragon wages is quite effective, causing most to fall away. It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them…. Rev 13:7

“Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. 24‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25‘He will speak out against the Most High (in us) and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law (no longer love your neighbor as yourself and love grows cold); and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 27‘Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’ Dan 7:23-27

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (the heavenly places is in our spirit, the birth pangs are announcing a new birth is close). 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist (not respond in the flesh) in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Eph 6:10-13

 

The Flood Against The House

            As the woman, the church, reaches the point of full-term, and approaches the point of giving birth in its members, the dragon positions himself to devour the child, the man child, the image of Christ in us. God prepares a place in the wilderness for the woman, for it takes a wilderness of trials and testing, to change us, and bring us into the promised land, flowing with milk and honey.

And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood16But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. Rev 12:15,16

26“Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. Dan 9:26

46“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say47“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built49“But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground (the old flesh nature) without any foundation (the gospel of Jesus); and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49

      21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matt 7:21-23
      24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25“And the rain fell, and e, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall (fall away), for it had been founded on the rock (the gospel)26“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall (the great falling away).” Matt 7:21-27

            You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. 6In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away. 7For we have been consumed by Your anger (the powers of darkness) And by Your wrath we have been dismayed. Ps 90:5-7

 

God’s Four Severe Judgments–The Sword, The Fire, The Wind, The Flood

The first thing about judgment we must learn as spiritual men, is that God never judges or condemns anyone. Jesus made that clear. I know He uses the term, “judgment of God” and “wrath of God”, often in the bible, but in the Spirit, he explains it. Your own words and your own walk is what judges you, according to the teachings of Jesus in Luke 6 and Matt. 7. In the way you judge, you will be judged. By your standard of measure of judgment, you will be given judgment. Condemn, and you will be condemned. So, condemnation comes upon us, by our own standard of measure. This is one of God’s laws.

These judgments in scripture is at least fourfold, but here are two of them. It is the fire of testing and the flood of man’s words that attempts to delude us and take us from the way that leads to life. It accomplishes Gods purpose for both kinds of people, the just and the unjust. Remember that everyone is judged according to their deeds, which is the good deeds of the gospel of Christ, or the bad deeds of the old nature, the nature of the beast.. Like I said, God actually doesn’t judge anyone. A man is judged by what he manifests, life or death. He obeys either Christ or the Beast. Here are some of the purposes for the Judgment of God.

  • The destruction of those that are fleshly and refuse to be changed into the image of God. Much of the heavenly fall away, after being tested.
  • The changing of us from the earthly to the heavenly, the natural to the spiritual.
  • The covering of the sinners by becoming a living sacrifice for them. Love covers all transgressions by sprinkling them in the blood of Christ.
  • All the world must see the judgment of God, sounding forth from our lips and the walk of our feet.

6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth (the gospel of Jesus), And a two-edged sword in their hand (as servants of Christ which will bring life or destroy),

7To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8To bind their kings with chains (the powers of darkness) And their nobles with fetters of iron,9To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones (Saints). Praise the LORD! Ps 149:5-9Rev 20:4-6

4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 2Pet 2:4

6And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, Jude 1:6

31Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” Jn 12:31,32

1Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 2For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.  James 3:1,2

17By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 1Jn 4:17

22“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son (and those that are in Him). 24“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word (and acts up on them), and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life (manifesting through him), and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life (transformed into the image of Jesus). 25“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.26“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;27and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.28“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,29and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. John 5:22,24,25-29

            For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecc 12:14

            5This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. 6For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2Thes 1:5-8

1Hear this, O priests! Give heed, O house of Israel! Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment applies to you, For you have been a snare at Mizpah And a net spread out on Tabor. Hos. 5:1

10But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.” 12So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Rom 14:10-12

I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.37“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt 12:36

This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” Jn 3:19-21

17“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn (by responding in love). This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. Is 54:17

16For the LORD will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those  slain by the LORD will be many. Is 66:16

4They speak mere words, With worthless oaths they make covenants (say they will go walk in the gospel but then don’t); And judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field (we are God’s field). Hos 10:4

26For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THEFURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. Heb 10:26,27

39And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” Jn 9:39

5Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. 1Cor 4:5

27Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 1Cor 11:27-29

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. 35“The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt 12:33-37

We speak “words” or the “Words of Christ”. Words are the persuasive words of wisdom by people of great intelligence, and “The Word” is the gospel of Christ. Dominion is given to those with a two-edged sword coming out of their mouths, the life and light of Christ in righteous judgment, becoming destruction of the wicked.

11Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life (Book of those that manifest the life of Christ); and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Rev 20:11-13

 

The Four Horses, The Four Spirits Of God

The White Horse- Conquering

The Red Horse-

The Black Horse-

The Ashen Horse

I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind him9Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” And the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “I will show you what these are.” 10And the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.” 11So they answered the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees and said, “We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth is peaceful and quiet.” Zech 1:8-11

“But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster Zech 1:15

Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains2With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, 3with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong dappled horses4Then I spoke and said to the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these, my lord?” 5The angel replied to me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth, 6with one of which the black horses are going forth to the north country; and the white ones go forth after them, while the dappled ones go forth to the south country. 7“When the strong ones went out, they were eager to go to patrol the earth.” And He said, “Go, patrol the earth.So they patrolled the earth8Then He cried out to me and spoke to me saying, “See, those who are going to the land of the north have appeased My wrath in the land of the north.” Zech 6:1-8

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

3When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

      5When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

      7When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. Rev 6:1-8

The Four Horns

I said, “What are these coming to do?” And he said, These are the horns which have scattered Judah so that no man lifts up his head; but these craftsmen have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.” Zech 1:21

 

The Four Craftsmen

these craftsmen have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.” Zech 1:18-21

I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind him. 9Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” And the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “I will show you what these are.” 10And the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.” 11So they answered the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees and said, “We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth is peaceful and quiet. Zech 1:8-11

For thus says the Lord GOD, “How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it! 22“Yet, behold, survivors will be left in it who will be brought out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to come forth to you and you will see their conduct and actions; then you will be comforted for the calamity which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought upon it.23“Then they will comfort you when you see their conduct and actions, for you will know that I have not done in vain whatever I did to it,” declares the Lord GOD.  Ez 14:21-23

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. Rev 6:8

Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. 22“And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; 23and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24“And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.” Rev 18:21-24

 

Woe To The Shepherds

“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the LORD3‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing4“O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins5“You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the LORD.6“They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The LORD declares,’ when the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. Ez 13:2-6

“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock3“You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock4“Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them (instead of being the servant of all)5“They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. 6“My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.”’”

7Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8“As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock has become a prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.” Ez 34:2-10

             4“In those days and at that time,” declares the LORD, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek. 5“They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.

      6“My people have become lost sheep; Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside (from the path of righteousness) on the mountains; They have gone along from mountain to hill And have forgotten their resting place (in Him). 7“All who came upon them have devoured them; And their adversaries have said, ‘We are not guilty, Inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the habitation of righteousness, Even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.’ Jer 50:4-7

            7“I have forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance; I have given the beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies. 8“My inheritance has become to Me Like a lion in the forest; She has roared against Me; Therefore I have come to hate her. 9“Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me? Are the birds of prey (the powers of darkness) against her on every side? Go, gather all the beasts of the field, Bring them to devour!

      10“Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard, They have trampled down My field; They have made My pleasant field A desolate wilderness. 11“It has been made a desolation, Desolate, it mourns before Me; The whole land has been made desolate, Because no man lays it to heart (the word of God).

      12“On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come (the powers of darkness), For a sword of the LORD is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; There is no peace for anyone. 13“They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, They have strained themselves to no profit. But be ashamed of your harvest (no good fruit) Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”

            “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.” Luke 11:52

 

            2Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD3“Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. 4“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD. Jer 23:2-4

            “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Matt 23:13

            Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, “Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.” Micah 3:11

            25“There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her. 26“Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.27“Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain28“Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken29“The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice. 30“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one31“Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD. Ez 22:25-31

             11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13“He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. Jn 10:1-15

              11“For both prophet and priest are polluted; Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the LORD. 12“Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them, They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it; For I will bring calamity upon them, The year of their punishment,” declares the LORD. 13“Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.

      14“Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood; And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. 15“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’”

      16Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD. 17“They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You will have peace”’; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’

      18“But who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened? 19“Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked. 20“The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it. 21“I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. 22“But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds. Jer 23:11-22

 

The Book That Is Sealed

“Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it4Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” Rev 5:2-5

The Book Of Life

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. Ps. 139:16

May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous. Ps. 69:28

 

Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Phil 4:3

 

The Two Bodies

 

Wearing The Clothing Of The Bride

Or Being Found Naked

      “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:7

Notice she must clothe herself in her marriage garments which is the righteous acts (the Gospel of Jesus): We have a wedding to attend and must be properly clothed to participate.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Rom 13:14

2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.3“And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4“Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’5“But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business,6and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them (criticised and slandered them). 7“But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies (the powers of darkness) and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire( judgment).8“Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.9‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’10“Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

11“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes (righteous acts of the saints),12and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.13“Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’14“For many are called, but few are chosen (putting on the Lord Jesus Christ).” Matt 22:2-14

      For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (Copy in the heavens). For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on (Clothed herself), will not be found naked (like Adam and Eve). For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 1Cor 5:1-5

15(“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame (still walking in the flesh.”) 16And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon. Rev 16:15

Maybe the great war of Armagedon is not what has been taught. It is a war, but for the hearts of men. It is a place where the nakedness of God’s people is exposed, because they never clothed themselves with the garments of Jesus Christ. More later on that. This deception is so vast…. Who is worthy to see it? Who can open the seals Daniel spoke of, to reveal it? Only the Lamb that has been slain, those carrying about the dying of Jesus, is worthy to open it, and only the merciful God working in us, the one that reveals His Mysteries.

(“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) Rev 16:15

17‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,18I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Rev 3:17,18

      For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

      Therefore from now on we recognise no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (ministry of reconciling), namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us…. 2 Cor 5:14-20

      12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 1Pet 4:12-14

      11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love (image and likeness) is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 1Jn 4:11-14

42“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.43“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.44“For this reason you also must be ready (the bride made herself ready); for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will (because He’s coming in you). Matt 24:42

33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey.34“When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce (the harvest).35“The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.36“Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them.37“But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’38“But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’39“They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.40“Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?”41They *said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.”

42Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,

THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER STONE; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

43“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.44“And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces (become a meal offering); but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust. (judgment)”Matt 21:33-44

 

Righteousness

Definition
1.         that which has been deemed right so as to have force of law

a.             what has been established, and ordained by law, an ordinance

b.             a judicial decision, sentence

1.                         of God 1b

c.             either the favourable judgment by which he acquits man and declares them acceptable to Him 1b

d.             unfavourable: sentence of condemnation

2. a righteous act or deed

 
King James Word Usage – Total: 10
righteousness 4, ordinance 3, judgment 2, justification 1

 

Every Knee Will Bow And Every Tongue Confess

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.” 12So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. 13Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. Rom 14;10-13

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:5-11

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. Col 1:21-23

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” 13And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” Rev 5:12,13

 

The Day And The Night

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness5God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Gen 1:3-5

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.  Rev 12:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11Do this (walk in love), knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep (; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light13Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Rom 13:10-14

 

Those That Are Asleep

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape4But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober7For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation9For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him11Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1Thes 5:1-11

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11Do this (walk in love), knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light13Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Rom 13:10-14

You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. 6In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away. 7For we have been consumed by Your anger (the powers of darkness) And by Your wrath we have been dismayed. Ps 90:5-7

 

 

The Thousand Year Reign

For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night. Ps 90:4

 

The End, The Last Days

            The last days is not a time in history, a certain day out there in the future some place. The last days is the last days in us, in the completion of the new creation, of what God is doing in us. This is why the writers of scripture said the time was at hand. Lift up your heads, dear brothers and sisters, your redemption draweth nigh. Each in his own order, so you don’t have wait on anyone, having a personal relationship. Go ahead, press on in to the Resurrection of the Dead, the fullness of God in bodily form, the Adoption as a son, the spirt of a righteous man, made perfect in Christ.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming (in us), then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 1Cor 15:

And there will be a time of distress (in us) such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued2“Many of those who sleep in the dust (dust is serpent’s food, overcome by Satan) of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. 3“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars (God’s people) forever and ever. Dan 121-3

“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed8As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” 9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. 10Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. Dan 12:4, 7-10

 

The Time Is Near, At Hand

 

This Age And “The Age To Come”

            “This age”, represents the time between when we were called, our testing and trials through fire, wind, rain, floods, to be changed into His image and likeness. It is our walk of faith, looking for a city, whose builder and maker is God. A land of promise, flowing with milk and honey. There is a falling away, showing us how deeply sinful we are, then we are suddenly changed, in a moment, the Lord suddenly comes to His Temple. In the twinkling of an eye (His Spirit), an exertion of His Spirit in power, we suddenly and finally are transformed into His likeness, the image of Christ, the end of the age, into His Rest. No more tears there, no more wars, nor more famines, no more earthquakes. The testing is finally over for those He loves. After that, I have no knowledge, having not been revealed that part yet.

            Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;7but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 1Cor2:5-8

             As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you (this means you could be misled)5“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many6“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end7“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes8“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Eph 2:1-10

      9“Then they (Satan demanding permission to sift you like wheat) will deliver you to tribulation (the great tribulation in you), and will kill you (put your old nature to death), and you will be hated by all nations (those around you) because of My name (the Christ in you)10“At that time (your time of testing) many will fall away (refuse to walk in the gospel) and will betray one another and hate one another11“Many false prophets (those that don’t believe in the true gospel) will arise and will mislead many. 12“Because lawlessness (opposite of the royal law of love) is increased, most people’s love (the nature of Christ) will grow cold13“But the one who endures (stands in love) to the end (the birth of the image of Christ), he will be saved14This gospel of the kingdom (the teachings of Jesus Christ) shall be preached (from the righteous acts of the saints) in the whole world as a testimony (the witness of the Spirit) to all the nations, and then the end will come (in you). Matt 24:3-14

             “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32“Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age (where we dwell now) or in the age to come (where we pass into, life or death in the Spirit). Matt 12:31,32

            Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”37And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man38and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels40“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age41“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43“Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Matt 13:36-43

            “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them (start them on the walk of faith) in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (walk in the nature of Christ); and lo, I am with you always (working in you), even to the end of the age (when Christs is formed in you).” Matt 28:19,20

            Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36

 

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