The Entire Vision- Full Version

Note: The hundreds of scriptures in this study are provided by online scriptures, so I am not responsible for the Old English spellings, and poor punctuations, from the many translations. I make enough mistakes on my own. The revelation by the Spirit is what we are after. J

 

The Entire Vision

“The Revelation Of Jesus Christ”

 

(A Work In Progress As God Gives Us Light)

 

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.2Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned3and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2Pet 2:1,2

“Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel (God’s People); whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me18“When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand19“Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.20“Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand21“However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.” EZ 3:16-21

 

Chapter One

What Was Written In Earlier Times

 

The Old Testament, The Book of Shadows—The Keys To Unlocking The Shadows

The prophets knew it was not themselves speaking, but God. They knew they were not serving themselves, but us, “the body” desired and prepared by God, with Jesus as the head, to fulfil the plan of God from the beginning. Because the mysteries of God are only given the those that obey him, it was hidden in parables, and still is today. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow (in us)12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. 1Pet 1:10-12

 

God Always Speaks In Parables

The first thing we need to discuss is how God speaks in His Word. Because His works were finished before the foundation of the world, the things he says, are spoken as if they are already done, even though they are being done, or will be done. When he said, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”, Abraham had seen none of this fulfilled yet, but to God it was done. Now it was up to Abraham to possess it by faith.

So, as we study the words of God, we must be sensitive to this knowledge. When He said, Let us make man in our own image, he was speaking of the creation He was going to create, the new creation in Christ. When He spoke, the man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, He was speaking of Christ and the Church, according to Paul, in the letter to the Ephesians. This is how God speaks in parables, and only His disciples can understand, when revealed by the Spirit.

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. Jn 16:25

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

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” Matt 13:35

I have also spoken to the prophets, And I gave numerous visions, And through the prophets I gave parables. Hos 12:10

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. Matt 13:34

With many such parables, He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples. Mark 4:34

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.13“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matt 13:10-13

So, Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word (obey my commandments), then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Jn 8:31, 32 

He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” 34All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. 35This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” Matt 13:33-35

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.  2Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. 3There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. 4Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Ps 19:1-4

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ18Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments (loving one another), grows with a growth which is from God (into His image and likeness).

      20If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22(which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. Col 2:-22

 Every requirement of the Law, of offerings and sacrifices in the Law, are required today. Not one jot or tittle has passed away and will not pass away, until all is fulfilled by the Spirit, in us. The Law is fulfilled in the teachings of Jesus, when we obey them, by the Spirit. Anyone standing firm in His faith and keeping the commands of Jesus, fulfils the Law. Anyone teaching that the Law has passed away, will be called least in the Kingdom.

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

 

  • What was written in earlier times was written for our instruction. (1Cor 10:6,11)
  • God always speaks in parables, proverbs, mysteries, because it wasn’t written by men, but by the Spirit of God. Jesus continued the practice of speaking in parables, while on the earth. Paul, Peter, James and John also continued speaking by the Spirit, in Parables or Mysteries. Parables are only opened by the Spirit to baby disciples that obey His word.
  • The Bible is written in spiritual words and only understood by spiritual people, when revealed by the Holy Spirit.
  • Oftentimes God causes things to happen in the natural, and natural men can only see it in the natural. He records them by the Spirit for our instruction, revealed to us by the Spirit, to Spiritual People.
  • People who refuse to listen to His voice, see and experience only the natural, the shadows, becoming very religious with man’s knowledge. Those who obey His voice, see and understand the spiritual.
  • So, we have the natural written, and the spiritual revealed by the Spirit, and this is the way the Bible is written.

 

The Sealed Book And What It Takes To Open It

The first thing we must understand about the Bible, is that it is not a history book. It is “God’s Entire Vision”, his ultimate purpose for mankind, revealed in what is written by the prophets. It shows us how God is bringing forth a people for His own possession, revealing through a history of pictures and types, His parables in the Spirit. This was  to foretell what He was doing in the heart of man, to be revealed later. The men of old, and the prophets, sought diligently to understand the One (Jesus Christ and the body, Jesus the head) that was spoken of in their writings by the Spirit.

God earnestly desires a royal priesthood, a unique people, a dead body that truly lives, a people in the fullness of God,  manifesting “the eternal life”. This was God’s purpose He had in His Spirit, from the beginning, from the first words spoken in Genesis.

The second thing is to realize the Bible, the mystery of God’s purpose, is a “sealed Book”, to those not manifesting and walking in His Image, obeying by faith. I know anyone can read the Bible in the natural, and benefit from the time spent in it. It is a living Word, alive and active, God Himself in print, on natural pages. The mere presence in it reveals Him, desiring to provoke His life in us, so we can walk in it. It is first written in the natural, for the natural man, calling him to God, then to the spiritual man, to lead him into the image of Christ, the new birth.

So we must realize the Bible is a spiritual book, God’s voice like a trumpet, written to show God’s writings on hearts of stone, to reveal the true gospel to us, like He did our forefathers in the faith. This “sealed book”, which was to remain sealed until the end, is the revelation of God’s purpose, showing His work in us, from the very beginning of mankind. In the spiritual, it is never about what is happening at a given time in the world, only what is happening, or His desiring to happen, in us. May God open our eyes, to see this truth, saved for revealing in these days, the fullness of time.

I pray God may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling.

 

The Sealed Book And Why

Be delayed and wait, Blind yourselves and be blind; They become drunk, but not with wine, they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, the seers.

The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.” Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words, And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, Is 29:9-12

“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. Dan 12:4, 9

But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?” 39For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40“HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM.” 41These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him42Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. Jn 12:37-43

‘Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, Who have eyes but do not see; Who have ears but do not hear. Jer 5:21

Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.13“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

14“In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

16“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.17“For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matt 13:11-17

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing4in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2Cor 4:4

 

 

The Gift Of Prophecy- The Revealing Of The Mysteries

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1Cor 13:2

9For we know in part and we prophesy in part10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1Cor 13:9-12

‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.

      19‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. 20‘THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS (pass through the darkness of night) AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD (His light shines upon you) SHALL COME. 21‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ Acts 2:17-21

Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 14Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 15Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

 

A Few Spiritual Definitions By The Spirit

The Spirit’s uses these definitions in many cases, but not all. Sometimes terms are interchangeable because it’s hidden in a mystery. There is no grid that always works to define them. Only the Spirit can show us when they apply, and sometimes they change with more revelation, as we go deeper in the vision of God. By the Spirit, we are combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

 

  • Life, Light, and Love are the same, the nature and image of God, revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ. The Life was with God, the Life was God.
  • Life- Life is the makeup of the Spirit of God, brought and shared with mankind, the very nature of God Himself, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Life.
  • Light- Light was the Life Of God, shined forth into the darkness of mankind and represents how the “life of God” was revealed to the world. The light was Jesus Christ, the “light of life”, revealed to and shining in mankind.
  • Love- Love is the Spirit of God manifested, described as the fruit of the Spirit, God’s nature on the move through His people. Love is revealed in Jesus Christ, shown in us by the covering of one person by another.
  • Jesus Christ- God’s Son, with the Father, showing His life on the earth, The Son of God, choosing to be the Son of Man, the great I Am, revealed.
  • The Spirit of God- The nature of God, working in man.
  • The Word- The Word is Jesus Christ, from the beginning with the Father, in the form of God’s spoken word (His voice), His written Word (the Bible and anointed writings), and the will of God revealed.
  • The Way- The way is Jesus Christ and represents the Spirit led path from where we are called, to the place of the fullness of the Image and Likeness of Jesus Christ
  • The Truth- Jesus Christ is the truth. Speaking truth to one another, is speaking in the Spirit, revealing only Jesus Christ’s image, the fruit of the Spirit, coming from our mouth. If we know the truth, the real Jesus Christ in the Spirit, the truth will set us free.
  • The Cross- The Place of Christ’s death, and also, the picture of Christ’s sacrifice, revealed in the walk of Jesus Christ, and the believer’s crucified life, our daily walk of faith. His command to take up our own cross and follow Him, was before He went to the physical cross.
  • The Lamb- The Lamb represents pure innocence, the sacrifice God ordained for the guilty, us. The Lamb is the picture of Jesus Christ, and also his many membered body, a living sacrifice, abiding in Him.
  • Holy Ones- Sanctified ones, Saints
  • The Heaven- The expanse was the heavens, that divided the water from the waters. The heaven was made by the spiritual seed of God that was given and dwelt in man, the heavenly in man, the first heaven. The New Heaven is the new creation in man, manifesting the heavenly realm to others, dwelling in us.
  • The Earth- The earthly body and the nature of man, the earthy, the first earth. The New Earth is the redeemed body, the vessel possessed through the Spirit abiding in us.
  • The Nations- In the natural, Israel and the other nations. In the Spirit, the different places people reside, before coming to Christ. One nation, is the body of Christ.
  • The Beast- The image and likeness of Satan, manifested in the flesh nature of fallen and unbelieving man.
  • To Eat- To take to heart.
  • The Forehead- The mind of man.
  • The Hand- The works of our hands.
  • The Feet- The walk by the body of Christ.
  • Eyes- The spirit.
  • Idols- Anything in the heart of man, replacing the image of God, Jesus Christ. Also spoken of as men, who teach idolatry, and we set them up to worship and follow. They do not have the good fruit of life, but we follow them anyway.
  • Darkness- Darkness is the nature of the Beast, the bad fruit, the spirit of the devil, the opposite of God’s Spirit, operating in the flesh of man. Light drives out darkness, the only way to remove it, but darkness cannot drive out light.
  • Flood- Deceptive words that attempt to sweep us away.
  • The Day- A time of light. Can refer to the coming of the Lord in us. Also, the light coming to fruition in us, the day dawning.
  • Night- A time of darkness, the old nature in us, when we practice sin.
  • Anger Of The Lord- Judgment delivered by Satan/demons.
  • Rain- Works of the Spirit. Also, the flood against the house, to test the foundation.
  • Levites- Those that serve the natural house.
  • Sons of Zadok- Those that serve the Lord and come near Him.
  • Antichrist- The spirit revealed and manifesting in fallen and unbelieving man. This spirit blasphemes, professing to be the nature of Christ, but having the Beast image and nature, revealed in man’s old nature, the flesh.
  • Birds Of The Air- Messengers of Satan, demons, fallen angels, that harass and dwell in the flesh, and the old nature of man.
  • Beasts Of The Field- Mankind that is given over to the powers of darkness, and controlled by demons, always trying to devour the flesh of man.
  • Fish Of The Sea- People of the world, not the people of God.
  • Garden- The soul and the body.
  • Trees- Trees represent people and each kind of tree reveals a certain type of person. The cedars of Lebanon represents tall and proud. Fruit bearing trees are the kind God prefers, bearing the good fruit in the proper season.
  • The Grass Of The Field- People, good and bad, sometimes wilting away with a little heat and wind.
  • Sheep-People of God.
  • Goats-Pretenders to be People of God
  • The Sea- The multitudes of humanity.
  • The Waves and Tossing Sea- The wicked.
  • The Wind- Doctrines. Can also be the wind of the Spirit.
  • Clouds of Heaven- People with the Spirit of God in them, represented by the cloud of witnesses. Also men spoken of as clouds without water, no living water.
  • The Coming- The coming, the visitation, the judgment, the day of the Lord. The coming is in His saints, and also to destroy the wicked.
  • Temple of God- The believer’s body, one member, and, also the complete Body of Christ.
  • Holy of Holies- Dwelling in the presence of God, face to face, His image in us.
  • The Veil- Represents the flesh of Christ being sacrificed daily, the believer must pass through into the presence, the image.
  • Israel- God’s natural people, God’s spiritual people, and people that think they are God’s people. Not all that descends from Israel is Israel.
  • The City, Jerusalem- In the natural, God’s people, only of the natural line from Abraham, not children of promise by faith. Not indicative of the real people of God dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual that dwells in Him.
  • Zion- Where God and His people dwell.
  • Sinai- Place of rebellion and refusal to hear God ‘s voice. Where the Law started, due to disobedience. Place where the ten commandments were given, but they were only a shadow of the real Law, “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
  • Tent- Our earthly bodies
  • Dust of the Earth- The flesh
  • To covet- To lust after or desire
  • (To Be Continued)

 

The Law Did Not Pass Away

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works (righteous acts), and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:14-19

 

Natural Man Vs Spiritual Man

            There is “the heavens” and “the earth” in scripture and was first mentioned in Genesis. The earth represents the natural, the nature in man, and the heavens represent the spiritual, in man, the man with the nature of the “spiritual seed” sown in us by God, a living soul, with “life”. The natural man will always try to please his God by doing things in the flesh to please Him. The spiritual man will submit to the Spirit of God within him, and be formed into His image and likeness. The natural man goes the broad way (the way of religion), and the spiritual man goes the narrow, the way of a painful childbirth, the way to life eternal.

The natural man hears the laws of God and fulfils them in the flesh, being proud and boasting of his obedience to the law. The Spiritual man listens to the voice of God and becomes a doer of the law (fulfilling it), by the Spirit within. The natural man is very religious, and from outward appearance, loves God. For that is his intent, to have a mark he belongs to God.

The spiritual man loves God, for he hears and practices the righteous acts of the gospel, according to the Spirit working in the Holy Place, within him. Once the Spirt has disciplined him fully, he will become a perfect man, the image of the one he loves. Only then can he enter the Holiest of All, behind the veil, the crucified life of the flesh of Christ, in him.

To fulfil God’s complete purpose, both the old heavens and old earth must be burned up with fire (fiery ordeals) and intense heat, and the new heavens and new earth that are in heaven, must come down, in us. This process is completed as we become His perfect image of Love, Jesus Christ. These things are sometimes hard to understand, but this is God’s mysteries being revealed. The book is being unsealed and His purpose revealed.

12There is a way which seems right (the natural man) to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way (broad way leading to destruction) of death. Prov 14:12 Amplified

which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 1Cor 2:13,14

 

The First Creation—“Mere Shadows” Of What Is To Come

From the very first verse in Genesis, the shadows began to show us the heavenly things of God true creation, the new creation. We know this by what Paul said of man and woman in the garden, this mystery is great, but I am speaking of Christ and the Church. So, every part of the creation story is a shadow of the one to come, Christ and his bride, to be fulfilled in us.

We see that God always speaks of future things as if they were already accomplished. Here we can see it with Abraham. (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.

The Book of Hebrews says…since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things…. Heb 8:4,5

Notice here how God interprets for us the meaning of trees and gardens…. And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away. 19And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down. Is 10:16-19

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Is 58:11

 

Heaven And Earth

The first earth represented the first nature of man, though soon corrupted, the first heavens representing the heavenly seed in man, the living seed of life. The first heaven and the first earth must be destroyed, burned up, so the new heavens and the new earth may come forth, in us. The new creation is the new heavens and the new earth, in us.

 6Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. Gen 1:6-8

            He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. Ps 18:11

 

            The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory. Ps 97:6

            16The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled. 17The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows (lightning)  flashed here and there.

Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him (the creation of the new man), Zech 12:1

 7But by His word the present heavens (the seed of the Spirit within us) and earth (the old nature) are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.  10But 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 (the fiery trials of testing), and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Looking For And Hastening The Coming

      11Since 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

 

Chapter Two

The Old Covenant And The Law

            The Old Covenant is not Abraham’s Covenant. Abraham’s covenant is the New Covenant, the Covenant of Faith, according to the promise. The Old Covenant was given to a rebellious people, not willing to obey the voice of the Lord. Abraham left Egypt and believed God, following Him into a land of promise. God tested him again with Egypt, but he finally passed the test and became full of faith, an example for us.

The children of Israel were taken out of Egypt, and failed to believe in God so Egypt could be taken out of them. In their hearts, they grumbled and went back to Egypt. So, they would not obey the voice of God, being given the Law of ordinances and rituals, natural laws for a fleshly people. These became the shadows for the real people of God that came later.

And so, it is today, a fleshly people, performing natural sacrifices to feel like we are making God happy. Egypt, the old nature of pride, anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgivness, still reigns in the hearts of God’s people. We are being destroyed in the wilderness, with plagues, sickness, and disease, and not possessing the land of promise. For this reason many are weak, sick, and a number asleep.

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith14For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;15for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. Rom 4:13,15

 

The Law–“Mere Shadows” Of What Is To Come

All things written in earlier times (the Old Testament) were parables, proverbs, dark sayings, mysteries, and “mere shadows” of what was coming, and were already accomplished, since the foundation of the world. All were fulfilled in Christ, the living example of all things spoken by the Spirit, if you have ears to hear.

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments (the love of Christ), grows with a growth which is from God (the full image of Christ).

      If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. Col 2:16-23

‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT, SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’ 18SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO. Acts 15:16-18

‘Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you—indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch9‘For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone (Jesus Christ) are seven eyes (the seven spirits of God, seven representing the fullness). Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day (the day of the Lord).10In that day (the day of the Lord),’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’”Zech 3:8-10

 

The “Traditions Of Men”, The Natural, Takes You Captive

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 2that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth (the true wealth) that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument5For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

      6Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

      8See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11and 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; 12having 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. 13When 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, 14having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us (because it released judgment on us); and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross (operating in us). 15When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him (the crucified Jesus Christ). Col 2:1-15

 

The First Circumcision—A Mere Shadow Of The Real

Circumcision is nothing, according to the revelation given to the Apostle Paul. He called it mutilating themselves. The fact it was only a shadow, was clearly made known to him, and it brought him much tribulation when he taught it. But natural circumcision is much more than a physical mark, a scar, proving you belong to God. It represents man’s belief he belongs to God, his confidence in what he achieved for God, rather than the way of the cross, walking by faith, in love, the true circumcision foreshadowed.

Now, according to the revelation given to me, circumcision has been replaced today by another circumcision, other outward marks of the people of God to have confidence in. Walking down an aisle, praying a prayer, filling out a card, joining a church, having been raised in church, regular church attendance, all physical signs we are God’s people.

This is our circumcision today, we boast in, and have faith in, our New Law to keep. The obeying of the gospel is totally forgotten. The true circumcision, is obeying by faith the true commandments of God, to love your neighbor as yourself, as Paul so boldly told us. The true commandments are again, the stumbling block of the cross, foolishness to the circumcision today. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves (go ahead and get circumcised).

and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands (which included the women), in the removal of the body of the flesh (the old nature) by the circumcision of Christ; Col 2:11

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.1Cor 7:19

            For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision26So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law (love your neighbor), will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision27And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you (by walking in love) who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law? 28For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh29But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. Rom 2:25-29

             2Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you (because you faith is in the circumcision)3And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. Gal 5:2-6

For this reason Moses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. 23“If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?24“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. John 7:21-24

For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law? 28For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. Rom 2:22-29

Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say, “FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 10How then was it credited? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; 11and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them, 12and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. Rom 4:9-12

 

Why The Law Was Given

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith14For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;15for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. Rom 4:13,15

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise18For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. 19Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.  Gal 3:16-19

 

Do Not Eat—A “Mere” Shadow

The Laws concerning meats were only a mere shadow of what was to come. Was it intended for a purpose to be kept in the natural, probably so, but that is not my part, nor was it given to me to understand. We know that Peter saw the  animals coming down from heaven and he was told, Kill and Eat! “To eat”, in the Spirit means to “take to heart”.

and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” 14But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” 15Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” 16This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean. (Peter received revelation) Acts 10:28 (Notice it switched from meat to people)

After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand.11“It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” Matt 15:10

 Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? 17“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? 18“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man19“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Matt 15:15-20

 

Do Not Touch, Approach, Go Near—A “Mere” Shadow

            The commands of God to not touch, were mere shadows of something spoken of in the Spirit. For example, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ Another example is the mountain where God met with Israel…. Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

Also, He uses shadows like…. nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother; or things like…. ‘Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her menstrual impurity. Even the statement of uncover the nakedness of another, was talking about having relations with their spouse. Now you can see what Noah’s son did, uncovering the nakedness of his father. These things cause the natural man to choke, though, being meat to eat, take to heart.

            These examples are spoken in the natural, a shadow of the spiritual. God is not speaking of a mountain, a physically dead person, a woman, but speaking in the Spirit. Every one of these examples are commandments in the Spirit, and are accomplished in the walk of Christ, so all these laws are fulfilled.

 

Ark Of The Testimony- A Shadow Of Christ, The Living Gospel

The Father and the Son, “the eternal life”, are too wonderful for a mere human to understand, so they must be pictured, or shadowed for us. We are only allowed to see the shadows, at this time, as through a glass darkly. There were three things in the Ark Of The Testimony which represented Jesus Christ, the living gospel. It was made from wood, overlaid with soft beaten gold, representing his humanity, abused into something pure, for He was the Son of Man, laying down His own life, by His own choice.

  1. The Jar of Manna from heaven, the “hidden manna” that was never seen, waiting there for the overcomer to partake of.
  2. The Ten Commandments written in stone, by the finger of God. These represented the commandments written on our disobedient hearts of stone, before the Spirit changed our hearts.
  3. The rod of Aaron, that budded. The wooden staff, probably represented the cross, and the budding was the life that was born there from dead wood.

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna” Rev. 2:17.

 

The Tabernacle, The Outer Court, Inner Court, Holy of Holies

Every part of the Tabernacle was built in the natural, representing something in the Spirt for us. The Tabernacle is actually in heaven (the heavenly realm) and Moses was told to build it according to the pattern he saw in the heavenlies. It is the exact natural type and picture, a mere shadow, of what is heaven.

The Outer Court was a place for God’s people to come. Basically, open to all.

The Inner Court was for the Priests to perform their service unto the Lord, on behalf of the people.

The Holy of Holies was only for the High Priest to enter once a year, seeking forgiveness for himself and the sins of the people.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven (the heavenly realm). Rev 13:6

 

The Manna of God

The manna in the wilderness was a mere shadow of the Bread from Heaven, the Word and Voice of God, Jesus Christ, given to us daily to sustain us in our journey into the land promised. They ground it or beat it to powder, way Christ was ground and beaten on this earth, boiled by intense heat, the fire Christ went through, and tasted like it had oil, the anointing of the Spirit.

Notice it had to be gathered, for each family. God did not hand it to them, they had to go find it, every day, and only enough for the day. Once on Sunday will not work and sustain us. Fresh manna, the Word of God, must be gathered daily. One we enter the Holiest of all, abiding in Him, we get to partake of the hidden manna, represented in the ark of the covenant.

Now, Paul had revelation of something else concerning the gathering of manna. He also saw the manna as provision by the Lord for the body of Christ and spoke of it in 2Cor 8:15. He said there should be equality in the body of basic needs. HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK.

            Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium (a fragrance like myrrh).8The people would go about and gather it and grind it between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil. 9When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it. Num 11:7-9

            14When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground15When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat16“This is what the LORD has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’” 17The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little18When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat. Ex 16:14-18

            For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality— 14at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality15as it is written, “HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK.” 2Cor8:13-15

Ex 16:31,35

Num 11:7

Ps 78:23-25

Jn 6: 31-35

Jn 6:48-51

Measuring The Temple Of God And The Altar

            The Outer Court represents the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven. It is for “the called” of God, those desiring to come to God. Both wheat and tares are allowed to grow together until the harvest, and fish of every kind are caught in the net.

We see in Revelations those in the outer court are measured out, given over to the Gentiles, the unbelieving. When tried by fire on the altar, they are found not to believe.

Those in the holy place (those ministering to the Lord), must go through the veil and on into the Holy of Holies or go back to the Outer Court. Obviously then they are measured out with the rest. Only those made perfect by the testimony (witness) of Christ, can abide in His presence, because they are bearing good fruit and enduring to the end, His likeness and image. If not, they are cut down and cast into the fire, being found to be tares.

The altar, the first thing seen when entering through the doorway into the tabernacle, was made from wood, overlaid with bronze. It was at the entrance of the Outer Court, was built on a mound of dirt or rock, not from cut stones. We can take no pride in this place, the burnt offering and sacrifice for our sins.

The person coming to God, laid their hands on the innocent animal, acknowledging their sins and asking forgiveness. ‘He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. 5‘He shall slay the young bull before the LORD; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer up the blood (the old life of sin) and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting.

Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2Leave out the court which is outside the temple (the outer court) and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread underfoot the holy city for forty-two months. Rev 11:1,2

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind48and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away49“So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous50and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (quarrelling, fighting, and grumbling).

 

 

The Old Covenant–Ready To Disappear

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old (our old nature) is ready to disappear. Heb 8:13

 

The Veil Of The Temple (Two Veils)

One For The Holy Place and One Of The Holy Of Holies

The veil represents “Suffering By Dying Daily”: The Path To Sanctification and “the way” into the Holiest of All.

Each and every thing in the tabernacle represented something for us. For this study we’ll discuss the second veil. The “veil” separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, was a picture of Christ’s flesh (suffering), and it was passed through by Him with loud crying and tears, to the one able to save Him from death. The flesh of Jesus Christ now, must be passed through by suffering (the cross of Jesus Christ), like the example he gave. This is the gospel, us suffering in the flesh until we cease from sin, by being changed in the Spirit. This is the change and new birth promised, and our hope of eternal life. No one can enter the Holy of Holies, until the wrath of God is finished, by possessing their own vessel in sanctification. The wrath of God is suffering, our friend and hope, to bring us through the veil, into His image and likeness.

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let 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 water. Heb10:19-22

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,2a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. Heb 8:1,2

Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, Heb 9:3

only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect (not sanctified), so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.” Lev 21:23

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Col 1:24 

And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. Matt 27:51

“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jer 31:33

3being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

7But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, 8how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? 9For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness (righteous acts or works) abound in glory. 10For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. 11For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.

12Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, 13and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. 14But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 15But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2Cor 3:3-18

1Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (and His body). 2Cor 4:1-6

 

The True Sabbath–The “Rest” Promised For The People Of God

            The Sabbath was the Law and very serious to God’s people, but only a shadow of what was to come. Jesus, the Son of Man, was the embodiment of the Sabbath, the perfect example of keeping and obeying it. He was also a shadow of the true Sabbath, we enter into, in Him. The Sabbath Rest is residing in perfect obedience to Christ, resting in Him.

So, the Sabbath represented the “Rest” for God’s people, where no fleshly work was done, only “works” of righteousness. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

So, the rest is for us and it is not some time out there in the future. I is a place in Christ, and it is ceasing from our own works as God did in Genesis. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall (fall away), through following the same example of disobedience.

This was the greatest idol in the hearts of the Jewish leaders, keeping the Sabbath in the flesh. Jesus intentionally challenged it and told them (in parables) why it wasn’t the Sabbath yet. He was the Sabbath, pictured in the Old Testament (showing them how to dwell in the Sabbath Rest). Remember, we are warned not to fail to enter that rest, because of disobedience.

6For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17But He answered them, My Father is working (not the Sabbath yet) until now, and I Myself am working.” 18For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. Jn 5:16-18

So we see in the Spirit, that the writings in Genesis about God working for six days and on the seventh he rested, are parables of something that was to be fulfilled later. I’m certainly not saying He didn’t create it all in the six days, that isn’t my part. I can tell you it was written for our instruction, for sure. The day of rest he spoke of was to come later, visible “in Him” and “fulfilled in us”. That is, if we have ears to hear.

“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable,  And honor it, desisting from your own ways,  From seeking your own pleasure  And speaking your own word, 14Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;  And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Is 58:13,14

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth (in the flesh)?” 11And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. Rev 6:9-11

Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith (gospel not obeyed) in those who heard. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; 5and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” 6Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS (refuse to obey).”

8For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall (the falling away), through following the same example of disobedience (not obeying the gospel). Heb 4:1-11

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD. “You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God. “If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people. “As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. “You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. “It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath.” Lev 23:26-32

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 grasped,7but 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, Phil 2:5-9

“If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? Jn 7:23

Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Jn 19:31

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day– Col 2:16

13And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”Rev 14:13

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. Heb 4:9

 

Chapter Three

The New Covenant—The True First Covenant Made With Abraham

 

Abraham- The Promise Of The Land

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith14For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;15for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. Rom 4:13,15

16Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

“THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD : I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” Heb 10:16

Our father Abraham was a shadow of those willing to follow God by faith, that would come later. It takes faith in God, to start the journey with God, into Him. We must leave the country (where we dwell, the world), where we’re very comfortable and well provided for. We must go and follow God into a land we know not of, and believe we will have the heir promised, Christ formed in us. This is those of us, “called of God”. “Many are called but few are chosen.

But faith is dead faith, until it is united with works of obedience (follow the way, the cross). Once Abraham stepped out and believed God, he was given a revelation of the gospel. Abraham believed the gospel God showed him, and it was reckoned as righteousness to him. He was not yet righteous (saved), because his faith had not been perfected, however God’s works were finished before the foundation of the world. Therefore, God spoke of him as righteous, although it was not completed yet. God always speaks of us in faith, as if it is completed, because His works are completed before the foundation of the world, waiting to be fulfilled, in us.

God brought us out, like Abraham, to bring us in to a land we know not of, except it is a good land. We can’t see it when we begin the journey, but once we’re born of the water, the washing of the water of the word, we can see the land promised in Christ. This is shadowed by repentance from dead works and the baptism of water.

The new creation in us, is the land of promise, the land flowing with milk and honey, the fullness of Jesus Christ. At the beginning, we have no vision of it, so we walk by faith. We go out by faith not knowing where we are going, only following God. Once we take that step, into the land we are led into, he makes us the promise, the good land (His “life” in us).We do not know what we will look like once Christ is formed in us, for star differs from star in glory (once glorified).

But we must be born of the water, and the Spirit, to be born again and enter the kingdom of God. Being born of the Spirit is the fires of testing and trials, the great tribulation we must go through, to be saved as through fire. It is also referred to as “the baptism of fire”. These are the Canaanite Nations of the land, shadows of what is dwelling in our land (the old nature), we must overcome.

These strongholds within us, must be overcome to possess the land promised in the Spirit,  19the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

 “When He had destroyed seven (the first seven) nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance—. Gen 15:19-21

Now Abraham was promised the land, by God, from the river of Egypt (the world we come out of), all the way to the Euphrates (the sweet water), and so we are also. Abraham took all their possessions they had accumulated with them when they left, and so do we. In time, the possessions became a problem for him, because the land promised, could not sustain him with so many possessions brought with him. We have the same problem as we journey into the good land.

So, Abraham humbled himself and allowed Lot the best of the land, taking what was left, loving his neighbor as himself. This was Abraham walking in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Spirit transforming him into the image.

“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jer 31:33

13All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth (not of the old nature)14For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country (where righteousness dwells, in them) of their own15And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out (the old nature), they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one (the image and likeness of Christ). Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. Heb 11:13-16

The Tribes (strongholds) that must be overcome to take possession of the Land. These enemies represent seven different traits of our carnal character, kings ruling within us, to be overcome. Victory over these kings, a total of ten, was not given all at once, but little by little, for our sakes. God gives us the victory, but he makes us do war to receive the victory.

  • Amorites— “The high ones” Arrogant, boastful, challenging, full of pride, their main characteristic.
  • Canaanites—Accumulators of material wealth, merchants and bankers, motivated by greed and lust. Intimidators of others, to vanquish, subdue and humiliate others. Motivated by the arts and sciences, valuing it.
  • Girgashites—A dweller inn clay, unstable, completely immoral and corrupt, going back and forth and enticing and drawing others away. A decadent and vile people.
  • Jebusites— “The threshing floor.” Very warlike and immoral, practiced immoral activities and drew others into it. They held the city and it would later be named Jeruslame, which was later taken over by foreigners, only needing to recaptured again by David.
  • Hivites—Life (immortality), or the source of life, but not the life of God. They were not warlike in appearance, warm hearted people, but very deceitful, false in character, and impulsive. Using deception to achieve their goals.
  • Hittites— Very powerful and covetous. Characteristics of fear and terror, aggression, bringing fear and confusion to others.
  • Perizzites—Characteristics of hate, to separate from others, unwilling to submit to one another, without discipline, to drag away others, violently.
  • Kenites
  • Kenizzites
  • Kadmonites

 

and when the Lord your God shall deliver them before you, and you shall defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. Duet 7:2

 

His Works Finished Before The Foundation Of The World

            When God speaks, He speaks as if the thing of which He is speaking of, has already been accomplished. This is because it has in God’s realm….  although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. Heb 4:3

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all (from the foundation of the world). Ps 139:1-4

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love. Eph 1:4

seeing that His divine power has granted (it has already been done) to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2Pet 1:3

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” Matt 13:35

 

A Royal Priesthood Offering Living Sacrifices

The Priests of Israel ministered unto the Lord, by ministering to the people. Like any Priest of Israel, they offered offerings and sacrifices for themselves and for the people. The blood of the bull was sprinkled seven times before the veil, symbolizing the cost in blood to enter the holiest of all. So also Christ suffered on the cross for almost seven hours, dripping blood on the true veil, his flesh, the only way to enter the true tabernacle. We also must be refined as silver, tried seven times by fire to pass beyond the veil, His flesh.

and the priest is to offer them up in smoke on the altar of burnt offering. 11‘But the hide of the bull and all its flesh with its head and its legs and its entrails and its refuse, 12that is, all the rest of the bull, he is to bring out to a clean place outside the camp where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood (the cross of Christ) with fire; where the ashes are poured out it shall be burned. Lev 4:10-12

For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate13So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. Heb 13:11-13

“Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4“He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash and attired with the linen turban (these are holy garments). Then he shall bathe his body in water and put them on. “Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. Lev 16:3,4,14

 

We Are Sanctified By His Word Through Living Sacrifices, For Us And For Them

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. 2Thes 2:13-15

Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done righteousness And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, They delight in the nearness of God.

      3‘Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, And drive hard all your workers. 4“Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high.

      5“Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD?  6“Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?

      7“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

      9“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking  wickedness, 10And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.

      11“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
12“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach,  The restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Is 58:2-12

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings11For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, Heb 2:10,11

I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. Rom 6:19

But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. Rom 6:22

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification8So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

 

Two Births—Born According To The Spirit, Born According To The Flesh

In the Spirit the Bible speaks of two kinds of descendants of Abraham. One born according to the flesh, one born according to the Spirit. For Abraham had two sons, one by the bond woman and one by the free woman. Ishmael was a son also, from the loins of Abraham, a fleshly attempt to achieve the promise, when it looked like God was delaying or wasn’t keeping His word.

In Gal 4, we are told the children of the flesh, descendants of Hagar, represented the present day Jerusalem, people not born according to the promise, but of the flesh. And so it is today, those born according to the Spirit, or the promise, are those bearing the witness of the Spirit in them, the new creation life, being manifested. And those born according to the flesh, those not patient or willing for the Lord to come in them,  choosing to produce their own life within them, and choose to walk in the flesh. In their minds and hearts, they will always believe they are true sons, but not having the witness of the Spirit.

 

The New Birth Of The Spirit–The Witness Or Testimony (In Us)

 

The Baptism Of John

And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. 5‘EVERY RAVINE WILL BE FILLED, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW; THE CROOKED WILL BECOME STRAIGHT, AND THE ROUGH ROADS SMOOTH; 6AND ALL FLESH WILL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.’”

      7So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?8“Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 9“Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

10And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?” 11And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”12And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.” 14Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:3-14

 

Many Dwelling Places

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.2“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again (the coming of the Lord) and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also4“And you know the way where I am going.”5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 

The Way

       The Way is defined, from my perspective, as “the walk” from the place of being called, unto the fullness of God in the Spirit. The Way is more like, “the walk” unto Christ. From the called, to the chosen, to the end of our faith, being found faithful. The outer court, the inner court, the Holiest of all where God dwells. Most believers consider the beginning of the walk as being the entire calling of God. But this is not according to knowledge. The scripture has little to say about the beginning of the walk, but devotes most of the teachings about the way, standing firm and not falling away. The one that endures to the end will be saved.

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4“And you know the way where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. Jn 14:2-6

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Ps 139:23,24

            Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jer 6:16

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

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

 

The Witness, The Testimony

Witness of the Water

Witness of the Blood

Witness of the Spirit

Also called baptisms

 

The Baptisms, Of The Water, Of The Blood, Of The Spirit

  1. Bodies washed by pure water.
  2. Hearts sprinkled clean with blood.
  3. The Spirit bearing witness in us.
  4. We must have all three and they must agree to have the witness.
  5. Test The Spirits and see if you have the witness. He that has the witness, has the life.

            2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.1 Pet 1:2

This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 1 John 5:6

10The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony (witness of the Spirit) in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son (witness of the Spirit) has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 1Jn 5:10-12

 

The Baptism Of God

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 1Cor 12:13

11Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.1Cor 6:11

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27  (Adam should have sanctified Eve by covering her sin with love.)

 

There are several Baptism’s in the scriptures

 

  1. Baptism of the water, washings.
  2. Baptism of the cloud which turned to fire at night.
  3. Baptism of the fire, testing, refining and purging.
  4. Baptism of the Spirit, to form the Spirit (his image and likeness) in us.

 

 18“You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. 19“Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; 20when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the LORD21“So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations.” Ex 30:18-21

 

Being Found Blameless

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,16holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. Phil 2:14-16

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love. Eph 1:4

 

The Dead

There are several kinds of “dead” spoken of in the scriptures. For this study, we are going to refer to two at this point.

 

  1. Dead “in Christ” and living in Him
  2. Dead spiritually.

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

      “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Rev 11:18

And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Rev 14:15

4Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields (looking for fruit), and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter (judgment). 6You have condemned and put to death the righteous man (the harvesters); he does not resist you. James 5:4-6

1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already. 4Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you (the witness of the Spirit) than he that is in the world. 1Jn 4:1-4

The bible teaches us about two kinds of trees and two kinds of fruit coming from trees in our garden. The Spirit of God is the tree from which we eat, and it is the “Tree of Life”. The Spirit of the Antichrist has a tree also, in which many eat, and it is the  tree of the “Knowledge of Good, and Evil”. Those eating of it will surely die. Either way we must die, dying to the old nature, or dying spiritually.

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28so 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

      and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” Rev 14:17

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth. 1Peter 1:17

“Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4“He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash and attired with the linen turban (these are holy garments). Then he shall bathe his body in water and put them on. “Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. Lev 16:3,4,14

      19Therefore, 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 flesh, 21and 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 water. 23Let 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 deeds, 25not 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

8But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (be raised from the dead, in Christ); 10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness (rightness acts), and with the mouth he confesses (the gospel of Jesus Christ), resulting in salvation. Rom 10:8-10

      13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit (His image and likeness). 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 1Jn 4:13,14

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 (Must have all three to have the Witness.)

 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

 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. 1 Peter 1:2

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water (washings) and the Spirit (sanctifying work of the Spirit) he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5

 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

let 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 water. Hebrews 10:22

“Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4“He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash and attired with the linen turban (these are holy garments). Then he shall bathe his body in water and put them on. “Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. Lev 16:3,4,14

 

Baptism Of The Holy Spirit And Of Fire

 

Sanctification—The Washing Of The Water

Sanctification, like all promises in scripture, are spoken from God’s perspective, finished before the foundation of the world. He foresees his promise being fulfilled and it is accounted to us before it even happens. We are sanctified, being sanctified, and will be sanctified. An example of this is Abraham, his righteousness being spoken of many years before his faith was perfected, and he became righteous as a result of his walk of faith.

So also you, were sanctified by your faith, when you began your journey into God, the new creation life. But sanctification must be completed by faith, resulting in that final sanctification, once we have endured to the end. Failure to walk by faith and continually be sanctified, will cause our house to fall when the fiery trials come, falling away from the faith. Most of God’s people are falling away, due to lack of knowledge.

“Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4“He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash and attired with the linen turban (these are holy garments). Then he shall bathe his body in water and put them on.

 

Justification—Being Found Faithful Through The Fire Of Testing and Trials

 

Glorification—His Image And Likeness Manifested

 

The Wilderness Testing

 

Your Redemption Is Drawing Near

            “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,26men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27“Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:25-28

 

Behold The Fig Tree

Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees;30as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31“So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near32“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

 

34“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 trap35for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth36“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:29-33

 

The Son Of God and The Son Of Man

The Son Of Man

The term, The Son of God, is clear to professing Christians so there is no need here to teach concerning that term. The Son of Man, however, is a term that has been elusive and hidden to me, to see the true meaning in the Spirit. Finally, it is opening now and being revealed. Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and the Son of Man, fulfilling both roles but one God Man. The Son of God, became the Son of Man, to purchase us with His blood, and take us back into the heavenlies with Him, a people abiding in God. The Son of Man is Jesus Christ, choosing to become flesh, choosing to become man, to overcome and lead us back to God.

The Son of God comes from the highest heavens, His place in God. The Son of Man comes from the lowest parts of the earth, and ascends into the highest heavens. The Son of God chooses to come down, the Son of Man chooses to endure the pain of birth, to be raised up as an example to us of how to be made perfect through suffering. The Son of God was perfect. The Son of Man was made perfect. The Son of God, was obedient, The Son of Man learned obedience through what He suffered. Our Lord descended as the Son of God, and ascended as the Son of Man. The Son of God was the fullness of God, the Son of Man was led by the Spirit and became the fullness of God again.

The Son of Man is a body, a sacrificial body, a sacrificial Lamb without blemish, to be slain, prepared by the Holy Spirit, for the Father. The body was gratefully accepted by the Father, the sacrifice He desired, before the foundation of the world. The Son of Man, is the head, of a many membered body, made perfect by His living Spirit in each one. This sacrificial body, His body, has ascended into the heavenlies of God, with a host of sons and daughters, because they were in Him, walking in His image. All this was accomplished before the foundation of the world and now is fulfilled, and is being fulfilled, in Christ.

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings11For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

 12saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.” 13And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.”

 14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Heb 2:9-18

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Heb 5:7=10

until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God (who he really is), to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming (definition of spiritual children)15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies , according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Eph 4:12-16

Jesus said to keep and teach the commandments (Law) of God. Now how will we accomplish that and what will it look like if we do. It happens by obeying the gospel taught by Jesus.

Our tongue is a fire. Each day we offer sacrifices to the Lord in everything we do. We offer either His fire in our walk, or strange fire, to the Lord. Offerings of fire (heavenly treasures, fruit of the Spirit) are a soothing aroma (satisfying) to the Lord. Strange fire (deeds of the flesh, opposite of the fruit of the Spirit) is an abomination to Him. We become a living sacrifice by offering ourselves daily to the Lord when we encounter another human being (our neighbor). That is when we become doers of the word (gospel) rather than hearers who are deluded.

 

The Fear Of Death

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. Heb 2:9

because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. Heb 2:9

 

Making Known The Name

John 17 1Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,2even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.3This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.4“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.5“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.7“Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;8for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.9“I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours;10and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.11“I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.12“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.

13“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.14“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.15“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.16“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.17Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.18“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.19“For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

20“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;21that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;23I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

25“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;26and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” Jn 17

         9“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. Matt 24:9

            3and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.  Ex 6:3

 

Taking The Lord’s “Name” In Vain

20For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain. Ps. 139:20

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face (as in a mirror), and His name will be on their foreheads. Rev 22:3,4

Definition of VAIN, adjective [Latin vanus; Eng. wan, wane, want.]\\

  1. Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance.
  2. Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain

Many assume that cussing or swearing with Jesus’ name is taking the Lord’s name in vain, and maybe in some way it is. However, the spiritual of this command is to take on His name and make a vow to the Lord, and not walk in it. That is liar, one that does not confess the name (the nature of his life) of Jesus Christ, after taking His name, and then refusing to walk in it. You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.  He said, “Why do you call me Lord and not do what I say.” That, to Jesus, is taking His name in vain.

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. Ex 20:7

“Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him. Ex 23:21

 

You Are God’s Light To The World

Jesus said we are the light of the world. John says if we walk in the light like he does, we will have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin. 1Jn 1:7  The hidden truth is that to be cleansed, we must walk in the light. What does God’s light look like? The teachings of Jesus, the Gospel….

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Pet 2:9

      “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:16           

      The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness (fruit of the flesh) and put on the armor of light (fruit of the Spirit is our armour (breastplate of righteousness) for the war for our souls). Romans 13:12

5Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. Is 2:5          

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.“For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.“Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising (raised from the dead). Is 60:1-3

35So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” Jn 12:35,36

18But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Prov 4:18

9The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1Jn 2:9,10

 

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Definition of Hate:

In Scripture, hate signifies to love less than yourself.

 

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

      7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So death works in us, but life in you. 13But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written,

      “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.  2Cor 4:1-14

      I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification   For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.  But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life Romans 6:19-22.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;  and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.  Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-9

But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. Phil 4:18

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. Hebrews 12:12-16

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace16For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?1Cor 7:14

Esau was recorded in a parable, as an example for anyone later that would choose to sell his birthright for fleshly indulgence when being refined and tested. Our freewill never passes away. We can always fall away if we chose to turn back to the world and the fleshly nature. And most do. Even the elect will fall away, if their days of testing are not shortened. It is all grace to endure to the end of the fire (testing) of God.

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 9For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. 1Thes 1:8-12

 

The Rich Struggle To Enter Eternal Life

According to Jesus, it is very hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God, eternal life. Actually, it is very hard to be born again, into the fullness of Christ, dying to the worries of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, the desire for other things. Because of the gospel, the commands of Jesus, those that are rich must turn loose of what is in their hearts. Jesus said, you can’t serve God and mammon, although the church today would argue that point with Him.

So, we come to the trials of the faith, the reapers that come to test if Jesus is Lord of the new convert, a rich man. When someone comes, the reapers are looking for fruit, and they take the first thing the rich man possesses, they will scream, and the flesh will be exposed. I have screamed many times, trying to walk in the gospel. Few rich will choose the gospel, the walk of Christ, and be purged of the riches in their heart.

It is painful, I know. I’ve been going through it for thirty plus years. You, the rich in this life, can enter in, if you want it bad enough. But it will be costly to the natural man when the reapers come with the fire. My prayer is you’ll want it bad enough to endure to the end. He is worth far more than all the riches of this world.

One more point concerning riches and the rich man. The easy thing would be to give it all up and it be over. That doesn’t work with the gospel. That would be “an act” and we would then pride ourselves in what “we had done”, our flesh again. The reapers are God’s tool to come with fire and purge it out of our hears. If we have anything of the riches left, that is up to God. The scriptures say to give alms to those in need, the corners of our field, the gleanings from our crops. The gospel is to be generous and ready to share, especially to those of the household of God. Amen.

 

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone (Jesus speaking as the Son of Man)19“You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” 20And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 21Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

      23And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” 27Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31“But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”

A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 20“You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” 21And he said, “All these things I have kept from myyouth.” 22When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! 25“For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

      28Peter said, “Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You.”29And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” Lk 18:18-30

‘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

And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18Then he said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS; 19HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 20The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

      23And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven24“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt 19:16-26

 

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.

Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31“But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”

 

The Sheep And The Goats

“As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord GOD. Ez 34:31

“As for you, My flock, thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I will judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats. 18‘Is it too slight a thing for you that you should feed in the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pastures? Or that you should drink of the clear waters, that you must foul the rest with your feet? 19‘As for My flock, they must eat what you tread down with your feet and drink what you foul with your feet!’”

      20Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them, “Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21“Because you push with side and with shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns until you have scattered them abroad, 22therefore, I will deliver My flock, and they will no longer be a prey; and I will judge between one sheep and another.

 

The Dead

 

Being Found Blameless                        

 

Lay Up For Yourself Treasures

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth (in the earthy realm), where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (likewise, wherever you heart is, your treasure will be, for treasures are stored in the heart). Matt 6:19-21

“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33,34

“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 heart35“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

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2Cor 4:16-15

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life (give and it will be given unto you, eternal life). Prov 4:23

The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death. Prov 21:6

Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you? Jer 4:14

 

Bring The Tithes Into The Storehouse—Giving

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, the world of being slaves, they plundered the Egyptians of much gold, silver, and many other things. So also we, when we come out of the world, bring many things with us.

God used the wealth of Egypt, through the generous giving of His people, to build the tabernacle and all that was within it, a shadow for us. So also, God will do that today, taking the wealth God plundered from the world, and built up the tabernacle, the body of Christ. The early church saw it and lived it out, giving as anyone had need. The true body of Christ will do that again as we come into the fullness of Christ.

Sheep are very vulnerable animals, being very innocent. Not only are they good for food, but they can also be sheered for their wool, and many are being sheered today, to fulfill the dreams of the shepherds. And the scripture is being used to manipulate them, and get it from them. The scripture clearly teaches that the workman, the one teaching spiritual things, is worthy of being supported by the ones receiving from them. This term support is the problem. If the shepherd becomes rich off the sheep, God will severely judge that shepherd for peddling the gospel, if they even teach it.

“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 them5“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 (to the powers of darkness and the world), 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 LORD10‘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.”’”

11For thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12“As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. 13“I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land (the land of promise); and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14“I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15“I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord GOD. 16“I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment. Ez 34:1-16

Types Of Scriptural Giving:

  1. The giving of alms, to the poor and needy.
  2. The giving to those that ask.
  3. Lending, expecting nothing in return.
  4. The Support of the laborers of the gospel.

 

Walking The Second Mile

 

Chapter Four

The Image Of God And The Image Of The Beast

 

The Image Of God

 

Bearing Good Fruit–The Fruit Of Righteousness

When addressing the image and the likeness of God, let me first say, I’m not saying the term “image” and the term “likeness” are the same. With the mysteries of God, revelation is ongoing and it could change with one verse. I only use them as if they are for now.

Jesus Christ was the exact image of the invisible God and to be in his image is to be abiding in Him, and He in us. This is the new creation, the land that was promised to Abraham.

8“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matt 3:8,10

15“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20“So then, you will know them by their fruits. Matt 7:15-20

33“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. Matt 12:33

43“For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit.44“For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.45“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Luke 6:43-45

“And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge between Me and My vineyard. 4“What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it?Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?5“So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;

I will break down its wall (lower the hedge) and it will become trampled ground. 6“I will lay it waste; It will not be pruned or hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.” 7For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightful plant. Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress. Is 5;2-7

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified (in us). Is 61:3

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 Image Of The Beast

The teaching of the Image of the Beast is one of the most amazing things in Christianity today. Like all things in scripture, first comes the natural, then the spiritual. Can there be a literal beast, maybe so, I don’t know. But I only deal with the spiritual and will share in the Spirit.

The image of Christ is the fruit of the tree of life, the fruit of the Spirit, so the image of the Beast is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the fruit of the flesh or old nature. The mind of Christ is the mark on the forehead of the people of God, so the mark on the forehead of the followers of the Beast, those walking after the flesh. The Beast comes up out of the earth, the old nature,

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed (wounded at the cross)13He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven (in trials and temptations) to the earth in the presence of men. 14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth (in the old nature, the flesh) because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword (the Word of God, Jesus Christ) and has come to life15And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed (fall away)16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man (the old man); and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. Rev 13:11-18

“Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins. 2“Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done righteousness And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, They delight in the nearness of God.

      3Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire (coveting), And drive hard all your workers (not showing mercy and kindness). 4“Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. Is 1-4

 

Being Truly Born Again by the Witness of The Spirit

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pet 1:3

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 1Pet 1:22,23

                  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water (the baptism of death, the crucified life) and the Spirit (obedience to the will of God by the Holy Spirit) he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jn 3:5,6

 

Seeing The Kingdom Of God

            When we repent and turn away from our sins, and bring forth fruit in keeping with our repentance, we can see the Kingdom of God. We cannot enter the Kingdom until we can see it first, the way into the Kingdom. Then the Spirit comes and leads us into the Kingdom according to the need of our heart and according to the will of the Father.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jn 3:3

 

Entering The Kingdom Of God

            Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Jn 3:5-8

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Jn 1:12,13

For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation16And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. Gal 6:15,16

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. James 1:18

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming29If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1Jn 2:28,29

Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot (practice) sin, because he is born of God.10By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 1Jn 3:7-10

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him (the image in us)2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1Jn 5:1-4

We know that no one who is born of God sins (continually or intentionally); but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1Jn 5:18-20

 

The Spirit Bears Witness (in us)

 

The Image Of The Beast–Bearing False Witness

The Witness Of The Beast

 

The Baptism Of Fire—The Narrow Way Into The Kingdom

God’s mysteries speaks of different ways to purge man. There is fire, floods, and wind, to name a few. There is more than one type of fire spoken of by the Spirit. Because of the nature of fire, it purifies and refines, burning away all the dross. So fire is to refine, and also, to remove or destroy what God doesn’t want to remain. The fire of God is our friend, the Spirit of God working in us. It is the opposite for the wicked. It consumes him and he is burned up. The Day of The Lord is for both men, the righteous and the wicked, accomplishing the work of the Spirit. It is a continual burning spoken of in Isaiah 33 that God’s people pass through.

  1. Fire of sacrificesis to give God his fragrant aroma, He jealously desires.
  2. Fire of testingto refine us into his image and likeness.
  3. Fire of judgmentto see if our works remain and it destroys the wicked.

 

What does it look like if someone’s work is burned up? The floods come to test how we build our house. The fire, flood, or wind, come to test our work, to see if it remains. There are at least these three kinds of fire. To have understanding of the scripture you must know which type is being presented.

“I have come to cast fire upon the earth (that is the book of 2Peter and Revelation, the judgment of God that transforms us); and how I wish it were already kindled! 50“But I have a baptism to undergo (show you the example first, the first fruits of many more to come), and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division (caused by living the gospel); Luke 12:49,50

“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matt 3:11

to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (in you)8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. 1Pet 1:6-9

 

      Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1Cor 3:12-15

‘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

Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. “Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?” 15He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;

Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.” Is 6:13

He who rejects unjust gain And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; Is 33:14,15

and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offeri   ng and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:2

you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1Pet2:5 

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies (your offering and sacrifice) a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Rom 12:1,2

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Heb 13:15,16

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

20 No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?

23All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 1Cor 10:14-24

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma (soothing aroma of the sacrifice) of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance (soothing aroma of the sacrifice) of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma (an aroma from strange fire) from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. 2 Cor 2: 14-16 (The fire we are in does something, good or bad, for both…)

AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

 

Ascending Through The Heavens

The process of birth into the new creation in Christ, is an upward movement into the fullness of Christ, progressing more and more into His image and likeness. From the earth, the old nature, to the heavens, to the highest heavens. We must pass through the heavens as Christ did. He did it in the Father, we do it in Christ. Christ was the example, preparing the way for us. He descended into the lower parts of the earth, humbling Himself and taking on the form of flesh, then ascending into the heavens, all the way to the highest heavens.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4: 14-16

Therefore it says, “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.” 9(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things. (the fullness of God) Eph 4:8-10

“Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?11“Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony12“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things13No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man14“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. Jn 3:10-15

Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know! Prov 30:4

 

Two Great Lights—One To Govern The Day, The Other The Night

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; 15and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day (the light of Christ), and the lesser light to govern the night (the light of Satan); He made the stars (the called of God) also17God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth18and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light (the glory of Christ) from the darkness (the glory of Satan); and God saw that it was good (the separation was good). Gen 1:14-18

And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be (stars, the descendants of Abraham).” 6Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. Gen 15:5,6

indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed (Christ and His body) shall possess the gate of their enemies.  Gen 22:17

Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Gen 37:9

‘The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number. Deut 1:10

 

The Stars Of God

            “Many of those who sleep in the dust 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 forever and ever. Dan 12:2,3

            The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 9The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Ps

            He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Ps 147:4

            Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Ps 148:3

              10For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. Is 14:10

             “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. Is 14:13

Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. Is 40:26

Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: Jer 31:35

            Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land10It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. Dan 8:9,10

            Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joel 2:10

            “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of the rock, In the loftiness of your dwelling place, Who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to earth?’ 4“Though you build high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.

            “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

            “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

            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

            and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. Rev 6:13

            The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. Rev 8:12

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

 

The Two Waters

            Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! Ps 148:4

 

 

Chapter Five

God’s Secret–The Life Must Be Given Away To Receive It

 

Our Ministry, The Gospel

The Law Of The Spirit Of Life

1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law (the gospel) of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells (manifests) in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ (manifesting in him), he does not belong to Him. (The children of God and the children of the devil are obvious) 10If Christ is in you (manifesting his life), though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11But 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 (resurrection of the dead) through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live (in his image and likeness). 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Rom 8:1-14

27“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.29“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.30“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.31“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.33“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.34“If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.35“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.36“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

37Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.38Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:27-38

            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

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth. 1Pet 1:17

 

The River Of Life

A river represents the life of the Spirit, flowing from God, through his people, eventually ending up in the sea, the multitudes of humanity. Even humanity has a right to the crumbs from God’s table, one reason we should love our neighbor, even our enemies. A river must keep flowing, to be fresh. If it becomes stagnant, the life goes out of it, turning to salt, like the dead sea. This is why we must always give away our life, so the eternal life grows in us, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred fold.

Then he brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar. 2He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side.

3When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles. 4Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the knees. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the loins.5Again he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded.

 6He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me back to the bank of the river.7Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh9“It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.

10“And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many. 11“But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt12“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”

 

The Origin Of Eternal Life

       Eternal life (being a life-giving spirit) was in the heart of the Father and when he begat the Son, the Son was the exact image and nature of His Father, eternal life. The Father gave him the name, the name from the beginning, the eternal life. The very nature of life, is it must be given away, in order to maintain it, because it comes back, pressed down, shaken together, running over, poured into your lap. Life is a river and a river must keep flowing or it no longer stays living. It becomes stagnant and eventually goes to salt. If you in hope, and in faith, give life to your neighbor, you will become a “son” of the Most High, allowing his life to be manifested. This is the promise from the Father, manifested in the Son. 25This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life (in us). 1Jn 2:24

            1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life2and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—  1Jn 1:1,2

            1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him (His life), and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5The Light shines in the darkness (manifested), and the darkness did not comprehend it. Jn 1:1-5 (And they still don’t today)

13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1Jn 2:14

‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10‘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 (the old nature is dead), and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:9,10

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Jn 6:33

 

God’s Greatest Secret–Give And It Will Be Given

And By Your Standard Of Measure

This secret has been hidden in God for thousands of years and God is now revealing it to His people, although most will never see it, not having eyes to see. All things from God, the blessings of the covenant, are first given as unto the Lord, then available to be received. This has been taught before as the law of sowing and reaping, and is the way God blesses us. This is why it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matt 5:7

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you15“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matt 6:14,15

With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. 2Sam 22:26 KJV

With the kind You show Yourself kind; With the blameless You show Yourself blameless; Ps 18:25 NAS With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; Ps 18:25 KJV

He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Ps 37:26

How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. 2The LORD will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 3The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. 4As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” Ps 41:1-4

He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor. Ps 112:9

The merciful man does himself good (receives mercy, But the cruel man does himself harm (is judged and without mercy). Prov 11:17

            One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed. Prov 19:17

You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way (be merciful), as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 1Pet 3:7

“Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34“And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him35“My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” Matt 18:33-35

             “Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke? 7“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

8“Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,

10And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. 11“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. 12“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Is 58:6-12

 

Judge, And You’ll Be Judged—The Coming Judgment

And By Your Standard Of Measure

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; 12Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy 13Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness. Ps 96:11-13

By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 16“By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly. Prov 8:15,16

            “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Rev 11:18

            The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecc 12:13,14

 

A Life-giving Spirit (The Body, Jesus the Head)

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 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. 1Cor 15:42-45

 

Three Things Required, Faith, Hope, Love

  • Faith is the promise of a son birthed, us believing and trusting what God said He would do, in us.
  • Hope is us patiently waiting while the Spirit performs the promise in us, while go through the trial of testing, to bring forth the promise.
  • Love is how he does it, His love coming forth by His Spirit, doing works of righteousness, righteous acts, through us, to change us.
  • The greatest of these three is Love, because when it is given, it comes back thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold.

           Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news (the gospel) preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. Heb 4:1,2

            We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 3constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, 1Thes 1:2,3

 

In Hope We Are Saved

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Rom 8:24,25

 

Every Word Of God Is Tested

Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Prov 30:5

The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. Ps 12:6

The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. Ps 19:8

            Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth15This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing17But the wisdom from above is first pure (been tested and found pure), then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (how beautiful are the feet of those). James 3:13-18

 

Love Is The Narrow Way To Eternal Life

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven33“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Jn 6:33

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more. 1Thes 4:9,10

By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 11For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another12not as Cain, who was of the evil one (yet Cain was sacrificing before God) and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

      13Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.16We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

      23This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1Jn3:10-23

 

Alms, Righteous Deeds, and Works Of Righteousness

            Alms are gifts of mercy, given as unto the Lord, by the Spirit. These are works of righteousness, the righteous acts of Jesus Christ, spoken of as Wedding Clothes. From the earliest days in scripture, God’s people are instructed on the giving of alms. Why, because mercy triumphs over judgment. Alms, or a physical representation of love, must be given so the image of Christ can be formed in us, and us manifesting Jesus Christ to the world.

When you give your alms (your acts of mercy), don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Why, because we lose our reward and our heavenly treasure is not laid up for us. God’s accounting is very good, because he is a good accountant. It is called the Book of Life where our righteous acts are recorded, being foretold before the foundation f the world. We will give full account to God for every “deed”, good or bad. That, my dear brothers and sisters, is happening now! Not out there in the sweet bye and bye.

            The people of Israel were told when they harvest their fields, not to glean them a second time, but leave that for the alien or stranger. Also they were told not to reap the corners of their field, or their vineyard, leaving that as alms for those in need. When they beat their olive tree, not to do it a second time, leaving some fruit for the needy.

But the children of Israel were always told not to have base thought…. I’ll glean my fields and leave nothing. I’ll not plant the corners of my fields, leaving nothing. I’ll make sure nothing is left on my olive tree. It is always that way, some trying to get around the word of God, and so it is today. Remember, God judges the heart, and intent of the heart.

Definition Of Alms

‘ALMS noun, ‘amz. [Eng. almesse; Latin eleemosyna; Gr. to pity.] Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing, otherwise called charity. A gift of mercy.

Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. ‘Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. Lev 19:9,10,15

‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.’” Lev 23:22

“When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. “When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. Deut 24:19-21

            How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. Ps 41:1-3

             He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor. Ps 112:9

             There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered. Prov 11:24,25

              One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed. Prov 19:17

            13For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. (Judge and you will be judged) 14What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works (righteous acts)? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17Even so faith, if it has no works , is dead, being by itself.

18But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. James 2:12-22

            1Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HISDEEDS: Rom 2;1-6

10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 2Cor 5:10,11

“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Rev 11:18

“At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town. “The Levite (the priest unto the Lord), because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. Deut 14:28,29

And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13“But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14;12-14

But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 1Jn 3:17-19

“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts. 2“This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD’S remission has been proclaimed. 3“From a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother. 4“However, there will be no poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, 5if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. 6“For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.

      7“If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; 8but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. 9“Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,’ and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you. 10“You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings. 11“For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’ Deut 15:1-11

             “Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke? “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? “Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

      “Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. Is 58:6-10

“If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not shared it But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from infancy I guided her), If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering, If his loins have not thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep, If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw I had support in the gate, Let my shoulder fall from the socket, And my arm be broken off at the elbow. Job 31:16-22

 

Righteous Judgment vs. Unrighteous Judgment

 

Keeping A Good And Clear Conscience

            The word conscience is very complicated to define. But I have included it, and some related scriptures, because something deep in the Spirt is hidden in it. A good conscience is put in us according to the covenant promised. “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD : I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM.) This conscience is his true law God puts in us, and must be formed into His image, in us, and then held and kept against all assaults of our enemies to take it away. Our conscience must be blameless, bearing witness and testifying of the right Spirit within us, for it to be a good conscience. Obedience to the commandment and law of God, to love our neighbor as ourselves, is what shapes and keeps a good conscience. Our good conscience is confirmed through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which takes place in us.

“In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men. Acts 24:16

let 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 water. Heb 10:22

­            For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. Rom 2:14-16

For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. 2Cor 1:12

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. Rom 9:1,2

However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 1Cor 8:7,12

Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. Rom 13:5

For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 1Pet 2:19,20

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, 15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense (become a living sacrifice) to everyone who asks you (to suffer for Christ’s sake) to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and 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. 17For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 21Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in us), 22who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. 1 Peter 3:13-22

but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 1Tim 3;9

but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. Tit 1:15

The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation (His coming in us). Heb 9:8-10

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb 9:14

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. 1Tim 5,18,19

 

You Are God’s Light To The World

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:14-26

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Prov 4:18

 

The True Preaching Of The Gospel

            As we have learned, the true gospel has been hidden from this generation because we have not obeyed the commands of Jesus, though serving Him as Lord. Also, the preaching of the true gospel is hidden and is not being preached as intended. The commands of Jesus, when obeyed, is the preaching of the gospel, the bringing forth fruit in keeping with our repentance. So when we bless those that curse us, pray for those that mistreat us, we are sounding forth the gospel, to the earth, those in the old nature, the flesh. Paul called it, publicly portraying Christ as crucified. All the nations will mourn when they realize they have had the gospel preached to them, by those walking in the love of Christ. May God give His church ears to hear, and eyes to see, what the gospel is, and how the gospel is preached.

One more point I would like to make about the preaching of the gospel. Your preaching it, your walking in the gospel you preach, is allowing you to become a partaker in the gospel you are preaching. It is your salvation because you are being transformed into His likeness and image, through your walk of the gospel.

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything9For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. 1Thes 1:8-10

            You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? Gal 3:1

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news (the gospel of Jesus Christ), Who announces peace (in their walk of righteousness) And brings good news (that we’re no longer slaves of sin) of happiness, Who announces salvation (taking place in them), And says to Zion, “Your God reigns (in our earthly bodies)!” Is 52:7

            “For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. 19“I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations (to sound forth the gospel): Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory (by walking in the gospel) among the nations. 20“Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the LORD, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21“I will also take some of them for priests (a royal priesthood) and for Levites (to serve the natural house),” says the LORD. Is 66:18-21

            How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?15How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”

16However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” 17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ (living in you). 18But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; “THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.”19But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says, “I WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS BY THAT WHICH IS NOT A NATION, BY A NATION WITHOUT  UNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER YOU.”

20And Isaiah is very bold and says, “I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME, I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME.” 21But as for Israel He says, “ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.” Rom 10:14-21

            You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men3being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

4Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,6who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2Cor 3:3-6

 

Living Sacrifices

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Rom 12:1

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Heb 13:15,16

“They will call peoples to the mountain; There they will offer righteous sacrifices;
For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand.” Deut 33:19

 

Our Altar of Earth

 ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven23‘You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves24‘You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.25‘If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it26‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’

“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18“No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” Jn 10:17,18

 

The Peace Offering

I’m taking much time and space to show how the Peace Offering is an important part of God’s worship in the Law, knowing it represented the walk of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and our walk of the life of Christ, in us. Though I can’t explain it in detail yet, I must point to it, in the Spirit, as prompted by God. There were three kinds of Peace Offerings, but all were “thank offerings” in reality. It could be referred to as a distinctly sacrificial meal, together with God.

Peace Offerings—Three Kinds

  1. The Thank Offering

The thank offering is an act of thankfulness for the blessings of what God has done for you.

  1. The Votive Offering

The votive offering is a response of gratefulness for what was given as a result of a request or petition. It has an expectation of what will be received in return.

 

  1. The Free Will Offering

The free-will Offering has the personality of being done voluntarily as a result of the love and affection toward the Lord.

 

  • The sacrifice was referred to as the “bread of God” and “bread of the fire-offering unto God”
  • Usually done in private, not a public feast.
  • The offering was of an animal, offered with a meal offering or a grain offering.
  • The offering could be male or female, perfect and without defect, slain by the offeror in front of the doorway, before the Lord
  • An offering of smoke, by fire unto the Lord, as food, a soothing aroma, on the same fire the burnt offering was offered earlier that day.
  • The offering of fire consists of the fat and the blood, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the fat tail, the entrails, 4and the two kidneys, the lobe of the liver, with the fat that is on them, which is on the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys.
  • Blood from the offering is to be sprinkled around the altar of fire, by the Priests.
  • The flesh of the offering was shared (eaten) by the priests, the giver, and his children.
  • The breast and right shoulder were given to the priest, and this was the wave offering, waved backward and forward in line with the altar. This symbolized the giving and receiving. They were then waved toward the four sides of the world and vertically, representing between God and the offeror.
  • The remainder was given to the worshipper and guests to partake of.
  • The flesh of the peace offering, must be only eaten the day it was offered.

 

By Way Of Thanksgiving

‘Now this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which shall be presented to the LORD12‘If he offers it by way of thanksgiving, then along with the sacrifice of thanksgiving he shall offer unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil, and cakes of well stirred fine flour mixed with oil13‘With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving, he shall present his offering with cakes of leavened bread14‘Of this he shall present one of every offering as a contribution to the LORD; it shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings. 15Now as for the flesh of the sacrifice of his thanksgiving peace offerings, it shall be eaten on the day of his offering; he shall not leave any of it over until morning. Lev 7:11-15

 

  • Thanksgiving Meal Offering or Grain Offering: Represented an Offering through service, or being a servant, to others. It represents a believer in perfect obedience (walking according to his commandment) giving God a sacrifice, a fragrant aroma, that He accepts as pleasing to Him.
  • The Thanksgiving Meal Offering or Grain Offering: It had to be mixed with oil, the Spirit, or baked with intense heat, the fire of testing, and overlaid with oil of the Spirit, to be excepted.

Blessed are the peacemakers: (People offering peace offerings) for they shall be called the children of God. Matt 5:9

Pursue peace (peace offerings) with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14

            But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, (peace offerings) gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace (peace offerings) by those who make peace. James 3:17,18

And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 10 And the two kidneys, (the kidneys were burned with the fat) and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 11 And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD. Lev 3:9-11

            And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’S. It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood. Lev 3:17

            Lev7:11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD. 12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried. 13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. 14 And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the LORD, and it shall be the priest’s that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.

15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning. 16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten: (it had to be eaten within one day if it was a thank offering or within two days if it was a vow or voluntary offering) 17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire. 18 And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

22 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. 25 For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people. 26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. 27 Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people., 29 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the LORD shall bring his oblation unto the LORD of the sacrifice of his peace offerings. 30 His own hands shall bring the offerings (he killed it himself, not the priest) of the LORD made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD. 31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons’. 32 And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

33 He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part. 34 For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel. 35 This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest’s office;

‘Now this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which shall be presented to the LORD. 12‘If he offers it by way of thanksgiving, then along with the sacrifice of thanksgiving he shall offer unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil, and cakes of well stirred fine flour mixed with oil. 13‘With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving, he shall present his offering with cakes of leavened bread. 14‘Of this he shall present one of every offering as a contribution to the LORD; it shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings.

15‘Now as for the flesh of the sacrifice of his thanksgiving peace offerings, it shall be eaten on the day of his offering; he shall not leave any of it over until morning.16‘But if the sacrifice of his offering is a votive or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what is left of it may be eaten; 17but what is left over from the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned with fire18‘So if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings should ever be eaten on the third day, he who offers it will not be accepted, and it will not be reckoned to his benefit. It shall be an offensive thing, and the person who eats of it will bear his own iniquity.

“Shall I eat the flesh of bulls Or drink the blood of male goats? 14“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; Ps 50:13,14

 

Definition
  1. confession, praise, thanksgiving
    1. give praise to God
    2. thanksgiving in songs of liturgical worship, hymn of praise
    3. thanksgiving choir or procession or line or company
    4. thank-offering, sacrifice of thanksgiving
    5. confession

“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” Ps 50:23

I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. Ps 69:30

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Ps 95:2

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Ps 100:4

Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing. Ps 107:22

To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And call upon the name of the LORD. Ps 116:17

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, Ps 147:7

            ‘From them will proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who celebrate; And I will multiply them and they will not be diminished; I will also honor them and they will not be insignificant. Jer 30:19

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD.” Jonah 2:9

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God12For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 2Cor 9:10-12

            Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?1Cor 10:18

 

The True Cross Of Jesus Christ 

            So we have two teachings we must discuss here with reference to the cross of Jesus Christ. The first is the literal cross, the dying of Jesus Christ for our sins. That must be first and foremost in our teaching. The second is the cross Jesus spoke of over and over. Obviously, when Jesus says, take up your cross and follow Me, He wasn’t talking about a literal cross. Remember, He had not suffered on the cross yet when He said it. So what does it mean to take up your cross? The taking up our cross is the obedience to the gospel, His word, the commands of Jesus.

One more point to make here. In John 17:4,5, Jesus said  “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do5“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

So, this scripture and several others confirm to me, Jesus had finished the work at this point, overcoming the devil, dying to the flesh nature, and dying to the world. It was no longer Jesus that lived, but God living through Him. Now all he had to do was let the Father glorify Him on the Cross and finish His journey back into God, like He was before the world was. Glorification is the final step in the journey into God, the new creation.

“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me39“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Matt 10:38,29

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

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it26“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul27“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. Matt 16:24-27

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.35“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it36“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37“For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?38“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels (minister of fire to test us).” Mark 8:34

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it25“For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels27“But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:23-27

And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”— 2Cor 6:1,2

giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,4but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, 6in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love7in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; 9as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things. 2Cor 6:2-10

and the priest is to offer them up in smoke on the altar of burnt offering. 11‘But the hide of the bull and all its flesh with its head and its legs and its entrails and its refuse, 12that is, all the rest of the bull, he is to bring out to a clean place outside the camp where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood (the cross of Christ) with fire; where the ashes are poured out it shall be burned. Lev 4:10-12

For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. Heb 13:11-13

“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake13“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony14“So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves15for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. 16“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death17and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18“Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19“By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:12-19

“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

“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake13“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony14“So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves15for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. 16“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death17and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18“Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19“By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:12-19

 

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

“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 Man28“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. Jn 5:25-29

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pet 1:3,4

for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 1Pet 1:23

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

 

Only One Commandment From God

We learn from the Spirit there is only one commandment God expects us to obey. And it was the commandment from the beginning. All the commandments are summed up in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Peace Offerings are a picture of love and shows a believer’s devotion to God by his service to a neighbor in need. The second commandment is the only true commandment. Loving your neighbor as yourself is…. Loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Gal 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

             “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” Jn 12:50

      Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Gal 6:10

5To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment. Prov 18:5

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilment of the law. Rom 13:8-10

           

The “Will of God”

 

Two Creations, The True Creation Is

The New Creation Of God

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: Rev 3:14

            For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation16And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel (no longer Jacob, the deceiver) of God. GAL 6:15,16

For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.” I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; And to the heavens, and they had no light. Jer 4:22,23

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground. Ps 104:30

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation16“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Mark 16:15,16

             For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us (in us)19For the anxious longing of the creation (the called of God) waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons (manifesting the image) of God20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption (the old nature) into the freedom of the glory (His image) of the children of God. 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 8:18-23

            He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (the new creation)16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him17He is before all things, and in Him (His gospel) all things hold together18He is also head of the body (those being created), the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead (transformed into eternal life), so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth (the earthy)or things in heaven (the heavenly).

      21And 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 (His 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 (through His vessels of mercy) under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister (ministry of reconciliation, a living sacrifice daily). Col 1:15-23

             But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; Heb 9:11

             Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming (in us)? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. 2Peter 3:3,4

            “But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE7FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, 8AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.9“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate (cause the separation).” Mark 10:6

 

Sit At My Right Hand And Reign (through the gospel) Until All Enemies Are Under His Feet (us)

which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far 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. 22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him (His likeness and His image) who fills all in all (in us). Eph 1:20-23

 

The “True Power” Of God, Revealed In Weakness

The power of God is found in the fellowship of His sufferings, the weakness. When we suffer for doing what is right, and patiently endure it, this finds favour with God. Through the suffering for doing what is right, we begin to rule and have dominion over our enemies, through the cross of Jesus Christ.

and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places21far 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 come22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Eph 1:19

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony(witness) of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God (the worlds weakness, is the power of God. When we are weak, we are strong), who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2Tim 1:8

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

Weakness, The Secret To Obtaining God’s Power

            The secret to obtain God’s power, is meekness, humility, and contriteness, weakness to man, but precious in the sight of God. This is how His saints rule and reign in the heavenly realm. In the image of Christ, in His weakness, a thousand fall at our right hand and we put ten thousand to flight. We overcome all thing through Christ who strengthens us through His weakness, the power of God.

3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. 2Cor 10:3-6

33who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Heb 11;33,34

 

Awake From The Dust Of The Earth

“Many of those who sleep (fallen away) in the dust 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 (the saints, holy ones) forever and ever. Dan 12:2,3

 

The Blessing And The Curse

Judging The Body Rightly

There are two distinct ways we judge in the church, the living body of Jesus Christ. Both are absolutely necessary, and ordained by God. Both types of judgment are, judge and you’ll be judged, as our Lord stated. Also, as the Lord stated, it is by your standard of measure it will be measured unto you. This is the fulfilment of the statement Jesus made, give and it will be given unto you.

Any judgment you receive, will not be God judging you, but will only be the true Law of God being administered, according to what you have given, you will receive. And the severity of the judgment will be according to your standard of measure. Remember, whatever you give, will come back pressed down, running over, poured into your lap.

Now the two types of judging in the body and both refer to the giver, and receiver:

First we’ll discuss unrighteous judgment, the judging of others that brings us punishment by the Law, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. If we do anything other than the Royal Law, we are judged as transgressors. This comes in different forms, including sickness and disease.

Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor? James 4:11,12

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

Second we’ll discuss righteous judgment, judging the body rightly. This judgment is by loving a brother as ourselves. This is also called judgment. When we judge righteously, with the gospel, it covers their sin, and transforms us into His image and likeness, and the new birth continues down the narrow way to life.

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. Jn 7:24

“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. Jn 12:48

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things3But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS7to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Rom 2:1-10

Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Rom 14:4

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. Rom 14:10

Therefore 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 14:13

Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 1Cor 6:2,3

For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly30For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 1Cor 11:29,30

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2Tim 4:1,2

but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead6For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God. 1Pet 4:5,6

 

Cursed Is Everyone That Hangs On A Tree

“If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance. Deut 21:22,23

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— Gal 3:13

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2Cor 5:21

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.”  Gal 3:10

For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, Rom 9:3,4

 

Choose—The Blessing or the Curse

            “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity16in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. 17“But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, 18I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. 19“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,20by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, Deut 30:15-20

 

The Bread Of Life

The children of Israel were fed bread in the wilderness, God providing them bread out of heaven. This was a shadow of the Christ to come, the real bread out of heaven. Again, when Jesus walked the earth he gave them bread, showing them He could feed them bread out of heaven, a shadow of the true bread, standing in front of them. The scripture says, they ate of the bread and died. Again, looking at the true bread, most ate of the bread and died. Many today eat of the bread out of heaven and die, not eating of the true bread, His gospel, the eternal life. The true bread is His life, His flesh, His shed blood, His suffering, his walk, according to the will of the Father. If we eat this true bread, we live forever, and we have the Eternal Life, abiding in us.

Jn 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled27“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”28Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him (the bread of life) whom He has sent.” 30So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.’”32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven (the manifested life)33“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

      35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst36“But I said to you that you have seen Me (manifesting the eternal life), and yet do not believe. 37“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day (when I come in the fullness in him).”

41Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” 43Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45“It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 46“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life (manifesting in him)48I am the bread of life49“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died50“This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (my crucified life).”

      52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him (ascend into the heavenlies, in Christ) up on the last day (when He comes in the fullness in you)55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble62“What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” Jn 6:26-65

            Yet He commanded the clouds above And opened the doors of heaven; 24He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heaven. 25Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance. Ps 78:23-25

 

The Children’s Bread

And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”23But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” 24But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. Matt 15:22-28

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Jn 6:33

 

The Cause Of Sickness And Disease, and Healing

First, we must establish again, that all things in scripture must be revealed by the Spirt. We must have spiritual eyes to see them, otherwise they are sealed, and we become deluded and deceived by the natural.

When speaking about sickness and disease, we can only speak in generalities because we can’t use terms like always, all, none, and never. These are only wrangling over words and not profitable. Sickness isn’t always caused by the same action or origin, because it has many causes, according to the Spirit. For this discussion, we’ll use the word sickness, referring to both the words, sickness and disease. We are not saying; sickness and disease are exactly the same. That has not been revealed to us.

Saying that all sickness is the curse, may or may not be true. Saying all sickness is caused by sin, may or may not be true. Saying all sickness is caused by demons, may or may not be true. Saying all sickness is caused by our testing and trials, may or may not be true. Saying all sickness is caused by thorns in the flesh, may or may not be true. However, in many cases in scripture, all of the above causes are true.

 

According to the Spirit speaking in the Word of God:

  • Most sickness is the curse, according to scripture, but we certainly can’t prove all sickness is.
  • Most sickness is delivered by demons (messengers of Satan), according to scripture, but we certainly can’t prove all sickness is.
  • Most sickness is a result of sin, according to scripture, but we certainly can’t prove all sickness is. Any form of quarrelling, fighting, or anger, is enough to bring it on.
  • Often, sickness is a result of testing and trials of God’s people, but we certainly can’t prove all sickness is. When we fail these tests, sickness can move on our bodies.
  • Breaking the commandment, the Law of God, to love our neighbor, opens us up to sickness and disease.

To better understand sickness in the scripture, we must look at both Covenants, by the Spirit.

Sickness In The Old Covenant

And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.” Ex 15:26

“The LORD will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you. Deut 7:15

In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.2Chron 16:12

So after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable sickness.19Now it came about in the course of time, at the end of two years, that his bowels came out because of his sickness and he died in great pain. 2Chron 21:18,19

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Ps 103:1-4

Then they believed His words; They sang His praise. 13They quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, 14But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert. 15So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them. Ps 106:12-15

“If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the LORD your God, 59then the LORD will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses. 60“He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they will cling to you. 61“Also every sickness and every plague which, not written in the book of this law, the LORD will bring on you until you are destroyed. Deut 28:58-61

For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters born in this place, and concerning their mothers who bear them, and their fathers who beget them in this land: 4They will die of deadly diseases, they will not be lamented or buried; they will be as dung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will become food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth.” Jer 16:2-4

Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors; And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame. 17And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.

      18And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away. 19And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down. Is 10:16-19

 

Sickness In The New Covenant, the “better” Covenant.

First, we must clearly state that both covenants promise us, that God will not put sickness and disease on his people, that obey his voice, his commandments.

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. 24The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Matt 4:23,24

When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. 16When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.17This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.” Matt 8: 14-17

Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matt 9:35

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Mat 10:1

While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. 41Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ. Luke 4:40,41

who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. 19And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all. Luke 6:18,19

At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. 22And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. Luke 7:21,22

And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. 6Departing, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. Luke 9:1,2,6

God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. Acts 19:11,12

And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. 9After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. Acts 28:8,9

 

  1. The Scripture clearly states that disobedience to God, may result in sickness. This is true in both Covenants, and we’ll see this clearly, by the Spirit, in each. It also states that the intended purpose of this type of sickness, is to bring repentance of the sin, and turn us back to God. The scripture then tells us we will be healed when the work is accomplished.
  2. The Scripture clearly states that God is the one that oftentimes sends, allows, ordains, or gives permission for our sickness.
  3. The Scripture clearly states that Satan, or messengers of Satan (demons), bring sickness to both the believer and unbeliever. Certainly, these may be for different reasons.
  4. The Scripture clearly states God sometimes lowers the hedge around a believer and allows sickness to come for a time.
  5. The Scripture clearly states a messenger of Satan (a demon) may come to humble us, to keep us from exalting ourselves, when God uses us for His purpose.
  6. The Scripture clearly states that God and Satan interact, and Satan asks permission to attack us. God lowers the hedge so he can.
  7. The Scripture clearly states Satan may demand permission from God or Christ, to sift us like wheat, bringing some type of trial into our lives.
  8. The Scripture clearly states that a curse does not come unless there is a cause.
  9. The Scripture clearly states that the discipline of the Lord, may come in the form of sickness.

Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame. 17And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.

 18And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away. 19And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down. Is 10:16-19

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”

It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Heb 12:4-12

           Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight. Prov 26:2

And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.” 16“And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” Luke 13:10- 12,16

The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. Ps 41:3

“For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. Rev 18:8

‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first20‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols21‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.23‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. Rev 22:19-23

 

Authority

“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” 7And he got up and went home.8But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men. Matt 9:6-8

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Mat 10:1

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt 28:18-20

            And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; Mark 6:7

Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23“Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24“But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” Luke 5:21-24

And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. Luke 9:1,2

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. 19“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. 20“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, 2Cor 10:8

For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down. 2Cor 13:10

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; Col 2:9,10

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 1Thes 4:2

These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. Titul 2:15

Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. Jude 1:8

‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the endTO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; Rev 12:26, 27

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. 11“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Rev 12:10,11

 

The Table Of The Lord

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. 16Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 17Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 

18Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? 19What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we? 1Cor 10:21,22

“But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table. Luke 22:21

 

The Bread And The Cup

Although Jesus knew Judas was at the table with Him, and was going to betray Him, he made no attempt to stop him. This is subjecting Himself to another, becoming a living sacrifice, and offering a peace offering. He was entrusting Himself to the One that judges righteously, and the Will of God. He said, “do this” like I am, in remembrance of Me.

for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 18for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you (a thanksgiving peace offering); do this in remembrance of Me.” 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood21“But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table22“For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined (the will of God); Luke 22:17-20

 

Eat Things Sacrificed To Idols

“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. 21“For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:
29that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Acts 15:19-21 28,29

Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. Acts 16:4

Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 2If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 3but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

4Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.5For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, 6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

7However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. 9But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 12And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble. 1Cor 8:1-13

 

Committing Acts of Immorality, Adultery

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God5Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? 6But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” 7Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

      11Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

      13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil17Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:1-17

‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Rev 2:20

 

Chapter Six

The Glorious Church

 

God’s Order

Subject Yourselves To One Another, The Key To Ruling, Reigning, and Dominion

Therefore, it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. Rom 13:5

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

18Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable19For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly20For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

21For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps22WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; 23and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously24and 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 healed25For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1Pet 2:13-25

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior3Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.5For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

      7You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

      8To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kind hearted, and humble in spirit; 9not 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.

      10For, “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. 1Pet 3:1-10

            For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive (we will all be changed). But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 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 body of Christ). The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself (the Son of Man) also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. 1Cor 15:22-28

            21who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself (in us). Phil 3:21

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet (us his body).” The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” Ps 110:1,2

For He did not subject to angels the world to come (the new heavens and the new earth), concerning which we are speaking. 6But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?

7“YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; 8YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him (because God’s people have not been subjecting themselves). Heb 2:5-8

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood (the old nature), He Himself likewise also partook of the same (, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might free those who through fear of death (being subjected to the flesh attacked) were subject to slavery all their lives. 16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Heb 2:14-18

           Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying, “THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,

“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET”’? “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?” No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question. Matt 22:41-46

“David himself said in the Holy Spirit, “THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,

“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET.”’ Mark 12:38

            “For David himself says in the book of Psalms, THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET.”’ Luke 20:42,43

 “For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET.” “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” Acts 2:34-36

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 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 1:17-23

But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET”? Heb 1:13

but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. Heb 10:12-14

The women (spiritually speaking, those immature in Christ) are to keep silent (not prophesy) in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak (by interpreting the mysteries), but are to subject themselves, just as the Law (the true Law) also says. 1Cor 14:34

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.  22Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Eph 5:15-17,20-24

7With good will render service (subject yourself), as to the Lord, and not to men8knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back (give and it will be given to you) from the Lord, whether slave or free. Eph 6:7

But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

      3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children5to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

      6Likewise urge the young men to be sensible7in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

      9Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative10not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.

              1Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed2to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. Titus 3:1,2

            7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Heb 12:7-11

            3nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock4And when the Chief Shepherd appears (in you), you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1Pet 5:3,4

 

The Least Is The Greatest

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. 2For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,3and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” 4have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? 5Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? 7Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?

      8If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11For He who said, “DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” also said, “DO NOT COMMIT MURDER.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:1-6

15‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. 16‘You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD.

      17‘You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. 18‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD. Lev 19:15-18

Prayer Of The Righteous—Oh righteous Father, cause us to always choose last, so we can be truly be first, in you.

 

The Last Is The First

Now, some of the interpretations of these four times this parable is used is this: The owner of the vineyard, the landowner, is God/Jesus, the laborers are us, called to do the works of God, in this life. The Jew believed they were already the called of God, already having eternal life, believing they were first in the kingdom. The Gentile, knowing nothing of God, was the last. Because the Jew refused to accept the true gospel of the kingdom, Christ Himself, they would be last, and the Gentile first, even though it came to them, they are thrown out, allowing the Gentile to enter first.

Second, the parable speaks of some of us called early, bearing the burden of filling up want is lacking in Christs affliction, and travailing through the fires of testing. Jesus called it having borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day. Others are called later and endure little time and trials to the end of the journey, such as the thief on the cross. To whom much given, much is required. By God’s choice, we are treated equal in the end and all end up with the same reward, the fullness of God. We are never to be jealous over what God decides for each of us, some enduring much and some enduring little.

Third, the rich Jew thought their riches, even though they were blessed of God, allowed them to do good things, obey the laws, and enter the kingdom of God. But their hearts had to be changed, circumcision of the heart, and it was a stumbling block to them, and they stumbled over the stumbling stone, the image of Christ. It is very hard for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God, because their heart is attached to their riches. So, the last became first, and the first became last. The kingdom of God was taken away and given to the last.

 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers (to sound forth the gospel) for his vineyard2“When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard3“And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; 4and to those he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went. 5“Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing. 6“And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’ 7“They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’

 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.’ 9“When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. 10“When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. 11“When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, 12saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.’ 13“But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14‘Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you15‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’ 16“So the last shall be first, and the first last.” Matt 20:8-16

 

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are29so that no man may boast before God. 1Cor 1:26-29

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19“You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” 20And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 21Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

      23And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God25“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” 27Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

      28Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake30but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life31“But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” Mark 10:17-31

             22And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them,24Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able25“Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26“Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence (had communion with you), and You taught in our streets’; 27and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS (practice the old nature).’ 28“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out29“And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. 30“And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:22-30

 

The Greatest Is The Servant Of All

“But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6“They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10“Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11“But the greatest among you shall be your servant12“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. Matt 23:5-12

“But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant27“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. Luke 22:26,27

 

The Humble Is Exalted

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. Luke 16:15

 

The Fullness Of Him

In these last days, God is revealing one of His greatest mysteries. The “body” God desired, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, is the church of Jesus Christ, Jesus being the head. Christ was also a type of the new creation Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, living in the temple of the Lord, His people. We are the final sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God desired, if we die daily, and manifest His glorious life to the world. Heavy stuff to comprehend, but God says it is time to reveal it. The Lord sits at the right hand of God, putting his enemies under His feet, the church, until all is in subjection to Him. What a pleasure, a true honor it is, to be part of what God is doing through His people to the rulers and powers in heavenly places. To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones (Saints). Praise the LORD!  Ps. 149:9

And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Eph 1:22,23

            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 (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.’”

8After 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), 9then He said, “BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DOYOUR WILL.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:5-10

            “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt 5:6

            As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake. Ps 17:15

            For in Him (when you are in His image) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh (the old nature) by the circumcision of Christ12having been buried with Him in baptism (baptism of suffering), in which you were also raised up (resurrection from the dead) with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. Col2:9-12

 

The Knowledge Of Good “And” Evil

‘Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it. Deut 1:39

 

Being Sifted Like Wheat

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31,32

 

To Fall Away

            To fall away, is to fall away from your faith, not completing the journey into the likeness of Christ. It means you are turning back to the old nature, slaves of sin. Now this is a great mystery, but to test you and see if you fall away, is part of the plan of God. Here is an example…  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31,32

So, we see that you can fall away and your faith not fail, but your turn again, and now you can strengthen others. Most all fall away at some point, which is part of the plan of God. Jesus comes as a thief (Satan sifting us like wheat) to test our hearts, to see if we fall away. If we fall, we must get up and move ahead in our journey into Him.

Now, to actually fall away, and not return to the journey, will result in the loss of all things, including your crown, the crown of righteousness. Only those that endure to the end by faith, will be saved.

“In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy17and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away

“Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. Luke 8:13 

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1Tim 4:1

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. Ps 10:3

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 2Pet 3:17

 

The “Will of God”

                  Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart7With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men8knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. 9And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Eph 6:5-9

 

Definition
1.         what one wishes or has determined shall be done

a.             of the purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ

b.             of what God wishes to be done by us

1.                         commands, precepts

2. will, choice, inclination, desire, pleasure

 

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Heb 10:36

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 1Cor 15:1

      “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.17“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. Luke 16:16,17

      6Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. Gal 3:14-19

      For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 1Pet 2:15

      Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

      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

      17For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1Pet 4:17-19

      10After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you (His image and likeness). 1Pet 5:10

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 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. 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; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly 1Cor 15:41-49

14It 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 ones, 15to 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.

17But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. Jude 14-23

 

Through His Poverty, We Become Rich

The True Riches

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2Cor 8:9

But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position10and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 11For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. James 1:9-11

Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17“And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18“Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions.2“And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4‘I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.’ 5“And he summoned each one of his master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6“And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7“Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8“And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.9“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings (the true body of Christ).

      10“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Luke 16:1-13

“At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” Says the LORD. Zeph 3:20

“Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness. 19My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver. 20“I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries. Prov 8:18

as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things. 2Cor 6:10

 

Aliens And Strangers

            Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1Pet 2:11

 

A City Without Foundations

 

The Coming Glory

 

Show Me Thy Glory

The glory of the Lord is the image of God. And from the beginning His desire was to make man (mankind), in his image and likeness, revealing His glory in “the new man”, the living Body of Jesus Christ, Christ being the head. The glory of God, his glorious image, is His living nature. It is His Name given to Him by the Father, and He wanted man to receive the “new name”, written on a white stone, for those that stand firm and hold fast to His name, the eternal life, that is to be revealed in them.

The children of Israel were only given shadows of God, because God knew their hearts, that they had not been purified through testing yet. But Moses was not satisfied with that, only seeing a shadow. Moses, foretelling of the groaning Spirit in us, the new creation today, said therefore,  “I PRAY YOU, SHOW ME THY GLORY!” God offered Moses his backside, what he had done, but Moses was not satisfied. He hungered for more, and willing to take the risk, because God is a consuming fire.

That was a frightening thing for Moses to ask, and God warned Moses, “No one can see my face and live.” Moses dared to trust God, desiring to see God face to face, as do we. As we are transformed into his image and likeness, we behold as in a mirror, the glory, His glory in us, and it surely does cost us our lives. Abiding in God’s glory, is the eternal life.

 

Behold Him

But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” Ex 33:20

 

Heir Of All Things

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways2in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. Heb 1:1-4

 

The Work Of Angels

And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.” Heb 1:7

 

The Righteous And Unrighteous Scepters

As you should know by this point, the book of Psalms is also a book of parables. This Chapter in Psalms 45 is amazing and loaded with a number of keys to unlock the mysteries of God. Comparing it to Hebrews 1 where it was quoted in part, we can see how it was interpreted by the Hebrews writer. I will attempt to interpret a little, to give you a hint of what is revealed here.

My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. 3Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty!

      4And in Your majesty (the true glory) ride on victoriously (overcoming), For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness (the true image and likeness); Let Your right hand teach You awesome things. 5Your arrows (fruit of righteous lips) are sharp; The peoples fall under You; Your arrows (fruit of righteous lips) are in the heart of the King’s enemies. 6Your throne (place of reigning in righteousness), O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

      7You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows. 8All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad. 9Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

      10Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father’s house; 11Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him. 12The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favor. 13The King’s daughter is all glorious within; Her clothing is interwoven with gold.

      14She will be led to the King in embroidered work; The virgins, her companions who follow her, Will be brought to You. 15They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing; They will enter into the King’s palace. 16In place of your fathers will be your sons; You shall make them princes in all the earth. 17I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.

8But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. 9“YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” Heb 1:8,9

The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” Ps 110:2

      5“The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers. Is 14:5

‘And fire has gone out from its branch; It has consumed its shoots and fruit, So that there is not in it a strong branch, A scepter to rule.’” This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation. Ez 19:14

‘Sharpened to make a slaughter, Polished to flash like lightning!’ Or shall we rejoice, the rod (scepter) of My son despising every tree? 13“For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?” declares the Lord GOD. Ez 21:10,11

‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28and I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:27

And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Rev 12:5

From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev 19:15

 

The New Jerusalem

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. Heb 12:22-24

 

The Sons Of Zadok

“It shall be for the priests who are sanctified of the sons of Zadok, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the sons of Israel went astray as the Levites went astray. Ex 48:11

            “But the Levites who went far from Me when Israel went astray, who went astray from Me after their idols, shall bear the punishment for their iniquity. 11“Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the house and ministering in the house; they shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them. 12“Because they ministered to them before their idols and became a stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel, therefore I have sworn against them,” declares the Lord GOD, “that they shall bear the punishment for their iniquity. 13“And they shall not come near to Me to serve as a priest to Me, nor come near to any of My holy things, to the things that are most holy; but they will bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. 14“Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the house, of all its service and of all that shall be done in it.

      15“But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Lord GOD. 16“They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge. Ez 44:10-16

 

The Feast Of Tabernacles

            The Feast Of Tabernacles is the one feast that has not yet been fulfilled for the church. The Passover was Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, to take away the sins of the world. The feast of Pentecost was fulfilled when the Spirit was poured out on the people of God. The Feast of Tabernacles is fulfilled when Christ comes in fullness, in His people. Jesus was asked if He was going to come to the feast, and he said no. Then He went up in secret to the Feast. So, the Feast of Tabernacles will be the coming of the Lord in His people, in secret. Hint…. Hint….

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast (Feast of Tabernacles), Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (eternal life).’” 39But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Jn 7:37-39

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Jn 4:13,14

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Prov 10:11

      4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. Prov 18:4

 

The Glory—Being Glorified

“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. Jn 17:4,5

10when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.11To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,12so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Thes 1:10

            “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. Jn 17:22-24

 

Being Made Perfect

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, Heb 12:22,23

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

For 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 3:2

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:1,2

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

12Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. Phil 3:10-16

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings11For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, Heb 2:10,11

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1,2

For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 1Cor 13:9

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Col 3:14

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation (being made perfect also)10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Heb 5:7-10

The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, 9which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience10since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation (when we can be made perfect). Heb 9:8-10

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love19We love, because He first loved us. 20If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. 1Jn 4:18

For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Heb 10:1

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; Heb 12:4

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Heb 11:39,40

 

God’s True Children

for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Rom 8:13-17

13Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 1Pet 1:13-16

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. Heb 2:14,15

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1John 3:1-3

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 (the gospel of Jesus Christ). Rev 12:17

To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire (to become a new creation) will be for your husband (by subjecting yourself to Him), And he will rule over you (through the gospel of Jesus Christ).” Gen 3:16

 

And You Shall Prophecy, Male And Female

“Would to God that all of His people did prophesy.” Num 11:29

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. Also, he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and stationed them around the tent. 25Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again.  26But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp.27So a young man ran and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!”  Num 11:24-29

‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;

      18EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN,  I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. 19‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.

      20‘THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD,
BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. 21‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ Acts 2:17-21

“It will come about after this 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 and on the earth, 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 LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:28-32

 

Unity Of The Spirit

until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God (who he really is), to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming (definition of spiritual children)15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies , according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Eph 4:12-16

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:3

 

Giving Thanks

In the natural, we all know the meaning of giving thanks. But to the spiritual man, it means something far more. Our walk, our speech, our words, even our intent of the heart, all are giving thanks to the Lord. This is our sacrifice of thanksgiving, to Him in the Spirit.

He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. Rom 14:6

always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Eph 5:20,21

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful16Let 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 deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Col 3:12-17

 

Possessing Your Vessel In Honor

 

A Sweet Smelling Savour

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma (a sweet smelling savour). Eph 5:1

 

Accounted Worthy

            For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:35,36

             3We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater4therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure5This 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 suffering6For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you7and 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 fire8dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed11To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Thes:1:3-12

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 marriage36for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection37“But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAMAND THE GOD OF ISAACAND THE GOD OF JACOB38“Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him. Luke 20:34-37

‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy5He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; 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. Rev 3:4,5

 

The Mystery Of Godliness

 

Seeking The Righteousness Of God

8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

      12Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

      17Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,19whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things20For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Phil 3:8

Some mysteries of the Kingdom contrary to human wisdom:

  1. Through death comes life.
  2. Through life comes death
  3. Through giving we receive.
  4. Through not judging we are judged righteously .
  5. Through righteous judging we are judged righteously.
  6. Through humbling ourselves we are exalted.
  7. Through exalting ourselves, we are humbled.
  8. Through losing our lives, we gain life.
  9. Through gaining our lives, we lose life.
  10. If we die, we live.
  11. If we live, we die.
  12. If we descend, we ascend.
  13. If we ascend, we decend.
  14. If we die, we reign
  15. If we reign, we will die.
  16. If we are sown in death, we are raised in life.
  17. We cannot come to life, unless we die.
  18. If we become a living sacrifice, we live.

 

Speaking Truth To One Another

This scripture is telling us how to speak truth and how not to speak truth…

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. 26BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down (your light diminish) on your anger, 27and do not give the devil an opportunity28He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Eph 4:25-32

 

Do Not Love The World Or The Things Of The World

Thou Shalt Not Covet

COVETverb transitive

  1. To desire or wish for, with eagerness; to desire earnestly to obtain or possess; in a good sense.

COVET earnestly the best gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:31.

  1. To desire inordinately; to desire that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess; in a bad sense.

Coveting, or desiring the things of the world, or friendship with the world, makes us adulteresses, and an enemy of God. Our hearts have idols in them, and we are practicing idolatry. Coveting does not only reflect desiring what others have, but wanting to be like them, having the worlds goods. “We call that keeping up with the Jones’.”

  • Coveting is a desire for something.
  • Coveting is intentionally desiring
  • Coveting is a strong desire for something.
  • Coveting is the desire to possess something which one does not have
  • Coveting is the desire to possess not only what one can have, but what we cannot have.
  • Coveting is the desire to have more of something, he or she does not have enough of.
  • Coveting always wants more.
  • Coveting is the willingness compete, to possess it even at the expense of others.
  • Coveting is never satisfied.
  • Coveting is idolatry

 

Lust of the Flesh

Lust of the Eyes

Boastful Pride of Life

15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1Jn 2:15-17

4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (obeys the teaching of Christ.)  1Jn 5:4,5

4You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit (manifesting in us) which He has made to dwell in us”? James 4:4,5

The one that loves the world is an adulteress and is hostile toward God. One of the ten commandments is; “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Obviously physical adultery is a sin, but in the Spirit, God was speaking of spiritual adultery, of which He becomes jealous. He wants our heart, our whole heart, and will not settle for anything less.

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 (the dead in Christ) and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed (manifested in you), then you also will be revealed with Him in glory (the coming of the Lord in you). Col 3:1-4

18“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.19“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Jn 15:18,19

2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed (changed into his image and likeness) by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2

23And Jesus *answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone (without the witness of the Spirit); but if it dies (chooses the cross of Jesus Christ), it bears much fruit. 25“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal (manifest the eternal life). 26“If anyone serves Me (walks in His gospel), he must follow Me (and carry his cross daily); and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him (by making His abode in Him). Jn 12:23-26

1And 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 (led by the powers of darkness, the beast spirit), of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience (not obeying the gospel). Eph 2:1,2

24No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Matt 6:24

Most of us put God to the test and try serving him and the pursuit of wealth. It will not work out well in the end and it will be too late. One of the ten commandments is; Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

 

The Four Essentials

Abstain from things sacrificed to idols.

Abstain from blood.

Abstain from things strangled.

Abstain from fornication.

If you keep yourself free from these things, you will do well.

Though this is certainly not the biggest revelation God has given me, but it has been the hardest to receive understanding. Thirty plus years I have been asking God for the interpretation and now, I have at least part of it.

The churches among the Gentiles were growing exponentially and some people came down from Jerusalem and told the Gentiles they also had to obey the law of Moses as Christians. It disturbed and brought chaos to the new believers and Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to question the Apostles and leaders there.

After studying what Paul told them in his revelations from Jesus, they came to a conclusion on the matter, and put it in a letter to the new Gentile converts. Notice they saw what was happening among the Gentiles as the tabernacle of David being restored, as prophesied. They knew at that time, David didn’t follow any of the rules of the Law, dwelling in the presence of the Lord with the ark of the covenant, in a mere tent. David actually sat in front of the ark, in the presence of the Lord, writing his Psalms. All the people came and worshiped in the presence of the Lord, without following the order of Moses. Under Moses they all would have died. The Apostles and leaders agreed, by the revelation from the Tabernacle of David, the letter of the Law didn’t apply at this time. Amazing revelation from God.

By the way, God is doing the same thing today, bypassing the old order, because it has become corrupted, exactly as it was in the days of David, and in the days of Jesus.

But they gave them four essentials that had to be obeyed, hidden in parables, like God always spoke to the masses. Here are the scriptures and the attempted interpretation, what I have so far.

‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD  THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT, 17SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’ 18SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols (idols are the things of this world) and from fornication (love of the world and love of the flesh) and from what is strangled (things that the blood, the old life, is not drained out of) and from blood (the old life because the life is in the blood). 21“For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” Acts 15:16-21

“The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings. 24“Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 25it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27“Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols (idols are the things of this world) and from blood (the old life because the life is in the blood) and from things strangled (things that the blood, the old life, is not drained out of) and from fornication (love of the world and love of the flesh); if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.” Acts 15:23-29

Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe5So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily. Acts 16:4,5

“In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, And wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins And rebuild it as in the days of old; Amos:9:11

 

Egypt Is A False Help

            Abraham went down to Egypt in his time of need, during a famine. In the Spirit, God is saying that is exactly what happens to us, the seed of Abraham, with the faith of Abraham. God sends a famine, part of His eternal plan to perfect us in Christ, and we are forced to go to Egypt (the worldly church) for our help, due to a famine of bread. It is to test us and see if Egypt will be used to accomplish the promise (ie; Haggar bearing the son promised, rather than waiting on Sarah, the true mother).

We have a promise, the man-child that will be birthed in us, the image and likeness of Christ. Egypt has many things to offer and they all seem right when you are starving. Everything appears godly there, but it is a form of godliness, denying His power, the transformed life. Everyone loves God and praises Him, but not obeying the gospel of Christ. But what we bring back from Egypt, is not the fulfillment of the promise, only our attempt to fulfil it in the flesh, because God delays his coming, His image in us. Be patient brethren until the coming of the Lord and Christ is formed in you. He will come as promised.

This certainly isn’t an indictment of all churches. Some are making every attempt to preach the truth as best they can, but most are only a shell of godliness.

7Even Egypt, whose help is vain and empty. Therefore, I have called her “Rahab who has been exterminated.” Is 30:7

8And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Rev 11:8

 

Lifting Up Holy Hands

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands (presenting to God hands that are holy), without wrath and dissension. 1Tim 2:8

 

Washing One Another’s Feet

 

The Year Of Jubilee

 

The Two Olive Trees, The Two Witnesses

3“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.

7When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 10And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

11But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. Rev 11:3-12

He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.” Zech 4:2,3

Then I said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right of the lampstand and on its left?” 12And I answered the second time and said to him, “What are the two olive branches which are beside the two golden pipes, which empty the golden oil from themselves?” 13So he answered me, saying, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 14Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth.” Zech 4:11-13

 

“The Man” And “The Woman”

 

“The Woman” (In The Spirit)

The Woman

We know from Paul’s writings what happened in the beginning, and in the garden of Eden, was written for our instruction. God said, Let Us make man (mankind) in our image, according to Our likeness…. And let them rule…. This was God’s prophetic word, spoken at the beginning of us, the body of Jesus Christ that was to come. This is the likeness and image of Jesus Christ and we rule by living and walking in his Name (the nature of God, Jesus Christ). When we are weak, innocent, humble, meek, lowly, contrite, etc., we rule as Jesus did from the cross. This is the narrow way that leads to life, eternal life.

He created us in His image, male and female, even though He said “make man”. But in His image, the new creation, there is neither male or female, so it speaks of something more.  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

But to shadow His image, he pictures the male side, and the female side. The female side is pictured as the “weaker vessel”, to teach us the Image of Christ, how it is born in weakness, a stumbling block to the Jew, foolishness to the Gentile. In the spiritual, weakness is the power of God, so the female is truly the more powerful of the two.

The female side is the picture of the spiritual, the image and likeness of God as a life-giving Spirit, which is the new creation is formed in us, in weakness. In the Spirit, God said, be fruitful and multiply, bear the fruit of the “seed” put within you, and multiply the likeness of Christ in the earth. This was the gospel of Jesus Christ, spoken of at the first of Genesis.

In the spiritual earth and the spiritual garden, there were no animals, no fish in the sea, no birds of the air, no beasts of the field, no creepy things, etc. Only those “without the likeness” and those, “with the likeness”. In the Spirit, the earth is the old nature, and God said to rule it, and subdue it, by bearing fruit of the Spirit, and multiplying. So, we rule over all the other creatures, by weakness, by the nature of Jesus Christ, and that is the dominion. It is a stumbling block to the Jew (those that believe they belong to God, and foolishness the Gentile (the unsaved).

They could eat of every plant and every tree, that bore the “seed”, the life. It was food for them, the manna given by God. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that precedes out of the mouth of God. This is the gospel being preached by our lips, through His life, the fruit of righteousness, that is multiplying in us. Life multiplies and grows in us, because, when we give life, it comes back, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Abundant life and eternal life is in us, and in the fruit, we bear daily to others..

We know that what happened with Adam and Eve was a picture of Christ and the Church. God said, it’s not good for man to be alone. In the Spirit, He was saying, the man must have a helper to manifest the fruit of righteousness to, so he can multiply it and fill the earth.  A man shall leave his father and mother….. and become one…. This mystery is great… I’m speaking of Christ and the church. Eph 5:31

The “man” is not talking about Adam, to those in the Spirit, with spiritual eyes and spiritual ears. Yes, it happened, but for our instruction, to teach us in the Spirit. The “woman” is not talking about Eve, in the spiritual. She was a type and shadow, to instruct us by the Spirit. As always, first comes the natural, then the spiritual. Adam and Eve were the first “man” (mankind) with “the spirit”, the “seed of life”. He put them in the spiritual garden to bear the Lord’s fruit, especially to one another, to cover one another, to perfect one another, until the likeness came into the “perfect man”. And so, it is today, with us.

            The Lord took something vital, the rib, out of “the man”. God put it there for His special purpose, for “the man”.  He shaped something precious, something special, something personal, something gentle, something innocent, something only God could envision from His heart, a precious innocent woman. The man could “see her”, “touch her”, “behold her”, and give himself up for her, “the life”. He could lover her as himself, God’s way to eternal life. She was the “image” of meekness, gentleness, and kindness, to always “remind the man”…. He shaped this special piece of the “man” into the “woman”, exactly what the “man” needed to become perfect, through love.

The “woman” represented the “life giver”, the “life giving spirit”, the image of God, as a mirror, for the man to observe beside him, all his days. The “woman” was by nature, the vision God had in the Spirit, of the likeness and the image.

This “helper” he made, was to become an example for the “man” of what God wanted to be formed in the “man”, to become a life-giving spirit, the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. And so it is today, what God wants to do in the second “man”, the “body” of Jesus Christ. Firsts came the natural at the fullness of time, Jesus Christ, then the spiritual, “Us”. We are Jesus Christ now in this world, if Christ lives in us. We no longer know him, after the flesh. We know him after the Spirit, in us.

So the woman is the precious side of man, exactly what the man needs to become whole, the new creation. That is, unless man tampers with the picture, changing her into something like the man, hardened and full of the old nature. The woman by nature pictures the image, the man hast to develop, to become a life-giving spirit. The woman is by nature a life-giving spirit in the natural.

When a man and woman are married, is it a picture to remind us of God’s plan for mankind. God is saying…., Bone of my bone, flesh of My flesh. Now I have made the complete “man”, male and female, the flesh and the Spirt, made into Our Image, into the perfect “man”, one in Christ. That is the picture drawn for us by the Spirit for all who have ears to hear.

The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Gen 2:20-25

 

“The Man” (In The Spirit)

The Man

            When it comes to the man in scripture, we easily discern that it isn’t talking to only men. But, when the woman, or women, are mentioned, immediately we believe it is only talking to the female.

Adam was the parable, the picture and the type, of “the man”. God calls him the “first man”, Adam. Whether he was the first physical man on the earth, I haven’t been given that revelation, because it is not my part to know. For me, it would be wrangling over words, to argue with others over whether Adam was or wasn’t.

Paul told Timothy to Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Studying the natural things of the Bible adds to our head knowledge, allowing us to boast in our flesh, to become someone honored. But, natural things are of no value against fleshly indulgence, which must be overcome, and is needed to possess your vessel and give you a clear conscious. Only the spiritual will help us become the image of the one who bought us.

In the Spirit, we know Adam was the first to have “the Spirit” within him, the “life of God”. God called him a “living soul”, having the seed of the Spirit with all that is needed for life and godliness. We know Jesus was the “second man”, a “life-giving Spirit”. A life-giving Spirit is one that gives “life” (the gospel of Jesus), and it comes back, pressed down, shaken together, running over, until it becomes the fullness of God (eternal life).

In the Spirit, the term “man” used in most cases in Scripture, has nothing to do with gender, only a picture and a type of mankind. God treats the wise and intelligent as little children, speaking in front of them in “hidden words” (parables and proverbs) they cannot understand, and never will, unless their heart changes, by repenting and turning to Him.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2Tim 3:17

 

Put On, or Adorn Yourself Properly (in Christ)

            The adornment for women, spoken of by Paul, was spoken in the Spirit, having nothing to do with natural things, except when it fails to exemplify the true adornment, of the Spirit. Women, exactly like men, are to put on, or adorn themselves with the image and likeness of Christ, subjecting ourselves to one another, in love. Because of the woman’s role in nature, she is spoken of in the Spirit, in how to properly adorn herself.

The woman is the one with the natural beauty, of the species of mankind, and that is how God intended it. If you men can’t see that, I’m sorry, I can’t help you. So, the woman naturally wants to be beautiful, since the beginning of time. That is the way God made you ladies. But Paul warned the ladies to not only be beautiful on the outside, but adorn yourselves and be beautiful in the heart, revealing the image of Christ.

So, this is the woman’s fleshly area she must overcome. To focus only on the natural appearance ladies, is idolatry and makes God jealous. “I will punish her for the days of the Baals, When she used to offer sacrifices to them And adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, And follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me,” declares the LORD. Hos 2:13

Us men have plenty of our own idols in our hearts, to overcome. Now, if the adornment is only external and not the adornment of the heart, then it is improper for a woman, or man, with a claim to godliness. Go ahead and be beautiful ladies, inside and outside, like God intended.

Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect. Titus 2:10

Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.  Job 40:10

For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened (subjecting yourself to another) by any fear. 1Pet 3:5,6

In that day the Branch of the LORD (Jesus Christ) will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. 3It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life (the book of life) in Jerusalem. Is 4:2,3

“For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on ( wedding garments, the garments of salvation). Is not life (eternal life) more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matt 6:25

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

For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. 55“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor 15:53-57

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. 2For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,3inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. 4For 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. 5Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 2Cor 5:1-5

that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness (through obeying the righteous acts of the gospel) and holiness of the truth. Eph 4:22-24

And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.23“For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Luke 12:22

“I will punish her for the days of the Baals, When she used to offer sacrifices to them And adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, And follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me,” declares the LORD. Hos 2:13

            But 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 Christ, 1Thes 5:8,9

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth9Do not lie to one another (and manifest the old nature), since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

 10and have put on the new self (the image and likeness) who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all (in an earthly body).

      12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing 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 unity. Col 3:5-14

 

Remain In The Condition In Which Your Called

Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called. 1Cor 7:20

 24Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.  1Cor 7:24

 

God’s View Of Divorce

            Due to continual questions I am asked concerning divorce, I decided to share what was revealed to me. I am not the authority on these things, but God is. I’ve always waited until God revealed it in the scriptures, what He truly says on the matter. What I share here, I was given from God, of that I am sure. Until He showed it to me, I had no idea how to answer people.

First and foremost, God says we are not to be joined together with unbelievers, and this certainly includes marriage. An unbeliever is someone that doesn’t believe the true Laws of God, and the gospel of Christ, not someone that doesn’t attend church. Assuming because someone goes to church, they are godly, can only get us in trouble.

For the new creation, those desiring to be born again into His image, marriage, is two individuals becoming one, in the spirit, which requires dying daily to accomplish this heavenly place. This was from the beginning, shadowed by Adam and Eve. This means subjecting yourselves to each other, both male and female, and regarding your spouse, as more important than yourself. This is the gospel of Christ.

God’s plan is for the man to subject himself to the wife in love, Christ’s love, even if she becomes unlovely at times. The woman is subjecting herself to the man, in honor and respect, Christ’s love, even if he becomes unlovely, at times. Not only to those good and gentle, but also to those unreasonable. 1Pet 2:18 For this finds favor with God, his plan for forming eternal life in us. This act of the gospel between husband and wife, sprinkles Christ’s blood on the other, sanctifying them, and changes us into the likeness of Christ. This is God’s first plan, before anything else, for bringing forth His new creation, in Christ. This is being fruitful and multiplying in the Spirit.

Now if the unbelieving wife or husband, one unwilling to obey the gospel, leaves, let them leave. But to send them away, or drive them away, is adultery, because we chose a different spirit, which makes God jealous. He only desires His Spirit manifesting in us.

Remember…. The unbelieving spouse, the disobedient one, is sanctified by the believing spouse, as long as you are one. (1Cor 7:14) Are you as a believer, willing to give yourself up for the unbelieving spouse (washing them in the water of the Word), and cover them with the sprinkled blood (the blood of Christ), if they choose not to leave? To the carnal church, this looks like foolishness, like Paul told us.

All matters are judged by the true Law, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. If they choose to leave, this is being unfaithful in God’s eyes, and you are free from this Law. This is the only divorce acceptable for the true believer. God always says, “Beware, lest there be in any of you a base thought….  If I can make him/her leave, I can be free… God judges the heart, and intents of the heart. The word divorce to God means, send him/her away. This is God’s word, clearly given now by the Spirit. Beyond this, I have no knowledge on the matter. All I can say is, you asked….

Remember, the path to being born again in Christ’s image, is to subject yourself to another, wherever you are called. Servants, slaves, masters, employers, employees, husbands, wives, or children, are instructed to remain where you are called. Sending them away or leaving them, will not bring about the change we must have because, we must all be changed.

Now, as to adressing the path for the divorced, I have nothing yet, revealed in the Spirit from God. Just this one scripture that I believe is leading me to a conclusion. A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead (no longer a believer and chooses to leave), she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. One day God will completely reveal it clearly, of that I am sure. He always does if we are patient. It’s amazing how when God gives revelation on a matter, it is so clear to a spiritual man, but the natural man will never see it. Remember the Law kills, but the Spirit gives life. Let’s not judge others, except by the Law of liberty.

But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband 11(but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not send his wife away. 12But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away.

13And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife (by becoming a living sacrifice for her), and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy15Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. 1Cor 7:10-15

                        “It was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’;32but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman (someone who sends others away) commits adultery. Matt 5:31,32

            Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a manto divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, 5and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? 6“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man (the new man) separate.” 7They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?” 8He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way9“And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (sends her away), except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matt 19:3-9

 

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

 

 

Chapter Eight

Where Satan Dwells

 

Satan has a job to do with God’s people. The people of the world already lie in the power of the evil one, so that isn’t where Satan works. He works in Gods people, both in the heavenly realm and the earthly realm. When the disciples went out they came back and said, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name. Jesus said, I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning

When God’s people begin to walk in the gospel, there is no place left in our heavenly realm, in us, and he is cast out. and there was no longer a place found for them in heavenHe is there, accusing us before the Lord day and night, until we overcome him, by becoming a living sacrifice, shedding blood, and becoming a testimony of God.

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth (the flesh realm), and his angels were thrown down with him. 10Then 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 night11“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12“For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them
(the heavenly realm. Rev 12:9-12

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:4

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 3The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.” 4Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5“However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.” 6So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”

     Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job 2:1-7

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him2The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” 3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. 4He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” 5Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the LORD was standing by.

      6And the angel of the LORD admonished Joshua, saying, 7“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.
      8‘Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you—indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch. 9‘For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.10‘In that day,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’” Zech 3:1-10

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31,32

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth (in the flesh)?” 11And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. Rev 6:9-11

            And there was war in heaven (the heavenly realm), Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth (the fleshly realm in man), and his angels were thrown down with him.

 10Then 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 (in us), for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night11“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

 12“For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” 13And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child (by attacking her in her flesh nature). Rev 12:7-13

the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 1Jn 3:8-10

 

Satan Cast Down To The Earth (the flesh of men)

Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion (in your old nature), seeking someone to devour (fall away in the fiery trials). But resist him (by suffering and shedding blood), firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself (through His Spirit) perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1Pet 5:6-10

 

The Other Woman, Babylon The Great, Home of the Antichrist

Like all thing written in scripture, he writes in the natural, but we have eyes to see the spiritual, granted by the Holy Spirit. Babylon is anyone professing to know the Lord but unwilling to Confess Jesus Christ as coming in his flesh. This is the spirit of the Antichrist. The Antichrist is in the people that profess to know Christ, yet not producing the fruit of righteousness.

The first arrival of the antichrist was in the garden of Eden. He offers the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the false gospel. It is to test the people of God, to see if we will chose Him or the Beast, by eating of his fruit. The religious world is Babylon, eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and God’s people are among them. The wheat and the tares remain together until God’s work is finished. Babylon will be burned up with the fire, of testing. The tare, those without the fruit God desires, won’t know they are burned up and destroyed, and the ones around them won’t know it either, except by their fruit.

Tares look exactly like wheat to the casual observer, but there is no fruit in the head. When the trial comes, and the wrong fruit comes out, you know it is a tare. They are gathered up by the reapers and thrown into the fire. That is the harvest of the earth in Revelation. The great winepress of God is to harvest fruit from the righteous, transforming them into the image of Christ, but to destroy the wicked, becoming dead while they walk.

21“I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them 22until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. Dan 7:22

The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” 6And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. Rev 17:4-6

“The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth (rulers of the natural man).” Rev 17:18

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

 

Antichrist is Coming

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 hour. 19They 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 us. 20But you have an anointing from the Holy One (manifesting in you), 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. 23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son (manifests the life of Christ) has the Father also. 24As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. 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

3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 1Jn 4:3

7For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 2Jn 1:7

 

The Number Of The Beast And His Image

 

Seated In The Temple Of God, Displaying Himself As God

 

 

The Abomination Of Desolation

 

The Ten Kings (In our Hearts)

We are told over and over in scripture, our war is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities, host of darkness, in the heavenly places. Suddenly when it comes to the book of Revelation, they switch to the natural and the war is against earthly powers.

When we talk of mountains in scripture, we are told that each mountain represents things that happened, ie. Mt. Zion, Mt. Sinai,  or certain people, like Sarah and Hagar in Galatians. But suddenly in Revelations it becomes natural mountains around Rome. When Revelations or Daniel speaks of kings, it suddenly becomes literal countries or literal kings.

The spiritual is mostly hidden from natural men, and they can only see in the natural. The ten horns are ten kings, strongholds that rule in our hearts of our old nature, and must be overcome. Each one is taken down and completely destroyed by walking in the Spirit, and obeying the gospel of Jesus. They wage war against the people of God, and we must overcome them. The ones that overcome, the beast and all attacks coming from the Dragon, the Serpent of Old, are given access to the Tree of Life. The is the great war, not in some valley in the Middle East. We must endure to the end, the salvation of our souls.

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13“These have one purpose (to refine the people of God through trials), and they give their power and authority to the beast.

14“These will wage war against the Lamb (the body of Christ and Jesus the head), and the Lamb will overcome them (with walk of the cross), because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.

      15And he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues16“And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.

 

The Judgment Of Babylon

“I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, Who have said to you, ‘Lie down that we may walk over you.’ You have even made your back like the ground And like the street for those who walk over it.” Is 51:23

As for the prophets My heart is broken within me, All my bones tremble; I have become like a drunken man, Even like a man overcome with wine, Because of the LORD And because of His holy words. 10For the land is full of adulterers; For the land mourns because of the curse. The pastures of the wilderness have dried up. Their course also is evil And their might is not right.

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. 23“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? 24“Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.

25“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’ 26“How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart, 27who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal? 28“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD. 

29“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? 30“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who steal My words from each other. 31“Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lorddeclares.’ 32“Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.

33“Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What oracle?’ The LORDdeclares, ‘I will abandon you.’ 34“Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD,’ I will bring punishment upon that man and his household. 35“Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ or, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 36“For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God. 

37“Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 38“For if you say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ surely thus says the LORD, ‘Because you said this word, “The oracle of the LORD!” I have also sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’”’ 39“Therefore behold, I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. 40“I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”

 

 

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible®,
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973,
1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation 
Used by permission.” (http://www.Lockman.org )

 

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