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You’re Destiny - God’s Will and Purpose

By Duane Stewart

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              It has been declared by the Word of God that He is and has a will and purpose for all creation. It has been stated that all things came out of God and unto God all things shall return. If it is a fact that these things are true, how do they apply to the individual as well as to all mankind? To you, the individual, just what is God’s will and purpose? Does this will and purpose relate to a destiny set beforehand? If so, how can a person go about finding his or her destiny? In seeking a knowing concerning one’s destiny as it relates to God’s will and purpose, some questions must be considered. Is our destiny predetermined? Does God have a plan for us? Does He work a work in and around us to bring about the fulfillment to that plan? For the Christian of today, living in what has been classified as the “end-times”; these questions may be in the forefront of their minds. 

             Could it be that these questions arise in many because certain areas of time determine the dealings and movings of God in the earth among His creation? Could it not be true that God’s will and purpose determines the callings that God releases to His creation in accomplishing that which He has preordained would come to pass in any given age? If the ages of time taken out from eternity are coming to a final climax, then reason tells us that man’s destination is likewise reaching that same climax. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God. To those being invited according to a purpose; because those whom he foreknew, he also predetermined to be copies of the likeness of his Son, for him to be a firstborn among many brethren. And those whom he predetermined, he also invited; and whom he invited, those he also justified; and whom he justified, those he also glorified.” (Rom. 8:28-30 Interlinear).

             Lest we continue to forget or overlook God’s plan from the beginning, Genesis remains steadfast in God’s declared purpose. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after or likeness: and let them have dominion over.... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it ...” (Gen. 1:27-28).

             Thus, God’s stated plan and purpose. One that is eternal in its declaration and duration. A plan and that has never changed His purpose.  From Genesis chapter one through to the end of the Revelation, nothing has failed. From the fall of man to his restoration nothing will fall short. All things are being fulfilled to come into its full purpose even as God has stated beforehand. God’s desire is for a people, chosen of God, to find their place in Him. To fulfill God’s call in their being birthed into this world and being re-born to fulfill His will and purpose in this world and the one that is to come.

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“You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose” Chapter 2

Our Badily Right

It has been confirmed by God, through Jesus, the firstborn Son, that the glory we have in Him is ours by inheritance. Jesus prayed that those elected by God before the foundation of the world would each come into that foreordained glory. This is a glory which shall enable a people to subdue and have dominion over God’s creation. God’s purpose is to express Himself through us that we might be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. This glory is ours by rights, because we were, by God, “predestinated” unto the adoption (placed as sons) of children by Jesus Christ to Himself. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will”. (Eph. 1:5). Does this not mean that beforehand God purposed for a people to become His sons, whereby He might declare Himself in and through them? This declaration is according to His good pleasure as He enjoys and takes joy in this work of pleasure.

 

             If it is the Fathers good pleasure to bring us into adoption, it would be well for us to know just what it is that adoption consists of. Rom. 8:15 says, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father”. The contrast of this verse states or reveals that once we were in bondage to the spirit of this world, we dwelt under the elements of this world and the spirit of worldliness held its sway over us. But, now we are no longer under that bondage, for we have been born anew, we have been begotten of the Spirit of God and are therefore, sons of God by spiritual regeneration. As sons we now have all the privileges of the family, with God as our Father. This makes us a people who have received the gift of His Divine nature. II Peter 1:3-4 declares, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue; Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. This gift includes all the spiritual blessings of the heavenlies, which also includes the redemption of our body. “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. (Rom. 8:23).

 

             The definition of “redemption” from the dictionary means, “1. The act of redeeming or the condition of being redeemed. 2. A recovery of something mortgaged; a repurchase. 3. Salvation from sin through Christ’s sacrifice”. Therefore, when speaking of the act of the redemption of the body, at the time of our adoption, we can expect to see that which was lost or mortgaged, being repurchased by the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the cross. This means, the condition which was needed for the act of redeeming, even to the redemption of our bodies, has been met. That which was lost, so to speak, has now been found. The price has been paid to the fullest. It will never have to be paid for again. The sons must simply, through the maturing acts and leading of the Holy Spirit, be brought to their time of adoption, the redemption of their bodies.

 

             The scriptures from Eph. 1:5-7 share with us the certainty of this truth, that we, a people, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”. Thus, our redemption is steadfastly secure in something He has done for us. Just as forgiveness and redemption is a fact for the sins of the soul and spirit, likewise it also includes the body. This means that the security of completion for the whole man is ours by grace, a grace that is greater that all our sins.

 

             What is sin? Sin is a transgression, which means to miss the mark, to miss or wonder from the right path. It means to go and do wrong. We are told in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”. All have sinned, all have missed the mark, and man has fallen down when he should have stood upright. He has fallen aside from truth and equity. He is at fault, in trespass. But, when sin did abound, grace did much more abound. Man, in his fallen state, by the act of his existence, is in transgression. He is overstepping the divine boundary between good and evil. Man’s way is iniquity, a wrongful act before God. Man is in a place of error, he stands in a place of departure from that which is right. In missing the mark, man fails to meet the divine standards of God. In man’s position of trespass against God, he has allowed the intrusion of self-will to enter into the sphere of divine authority. Thus, in all his ways man is a lawless vessel that moves in spiritual anarchy. One who stands in unbelief which is an insult to the Divinity of God.

 

             In further describing the fallen man, we must consider this fact, that he is wicked in all his ways. In a place of depravity man is in the place of the wicked acting out of the evil nature. The vicious disposition and desires of that which is evil belong to him. Evil, the fallen man’s way, is full of labors and pains in working mischief. In being lawless, man has contempt for God’s law, a breaking through of all restraints, divine or human, to gratify one’s own lust. In this fallen nature, man wondered, he went astray, and now supports himself by instituting doctrinal error and religious deceit. He stands at fault, diminishing that life, which from God, should have been rendered in full measure. Man has deviated from his intended purpose.

 

             Man’s sinful nature causes him to sin in all his ways, which means in all his acts he remains cursed. Regardless of how the world beholds the man, without the Christ sacrifice, all his acts are outside God’s flow. Sin is a nature, the position of being at enmity towards God. But through Jesus’ blood, by grace, sin is forgiven. As John 1:11-13 says, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received (accepted) Him, to them gave He power (authority) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born (begotten), not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of (the will) of God”. This little word “of” in this verse is a preposition denoting “motion for the interior. It is used of time, place, and origin. It means out from”. Therefore, these ones who accept Him as Savior receive authority to become His sons. They are the begotten, those born “out from” God, according to His will.

 

             Despite the completely depraved condition of the fallen man, God has never deviated from His intended will and purpose. That is, to have for Himself a creation made in His image and after His likeness. This is the work that He continues to do by the power of the Holy Spirit. “For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope”. (Rom. 8:20). The sacrifice was already given, even before the foundation of the world. God, in His infinite wisdom, purposed for His creation to become the expression of His love. A work of redemption shall be completed and all the redeemed shall worship Him. The sacrifice came, but for the most part, thus far, has not been received. But, unto all who receive, authority is given to become that for which God intended. Through His blood, by grace, sin is forgiven. Grace works in the vessel until redemption is known in the whole man, spirit, soul and body. Yes, we shall be like Him. For has not He, God, purposed? Has He not called? Has He not chosen? Shall He not complete that for which He purposed? Declaring in I John 3:2 God tells us, “Beloved, now are we the sons (children) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as he is”. In this verse the word “appear” is the Greek word “Phaneroo” which means, “To bring to light, make manifest”. Also in this verse the word “see” is the Greek word “Opsomai” and has the meaning of, “has regard to the object presented to the eye, and to the subject which perceives at the same time: It denotes, not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented. Hence, to truly comprehend”. Could this verse be telling us, that in the process of our redemption, as light or understanding are given, concerning the Christ, and as he is revealed to us, we are changed. The more we are changed, the more we behold Him, until we become the likeness of His image, even to the whole man. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified”. (Rom. 8:28-30).

 

              Notice the progression of God’s work in the called vessel. God’s purpose is revealed in that the called are processed until they become the chosen glorified ones. “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly”. (I Cor. 15:46-49). The promise of God’s fulfillment is to bring a people into His likeness here on the earth. Confirming this truth by the realization that the assurance is as we have borne the image of the earthy, which we are, we shall also bear in image of the heavenly. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (Phil. 3:21) The promise fulfilled, a people being changed. The truth of this fact that we have gone about bearing the image of the earthy is the assurance, that God will also mature a people to the place of bearing the image of the heavenly. The fulfillment of the law of God is when God and Christ take up their abode in the heart and soul of the Christian overcomer. The ultimate expression of the law or nature of God occurs when the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit rules absolutely in the soul of the saint. The completion of the harvesting of the Christian by the Lord is the redemption of the human body. The redeeming of our body is a very important part of salvation by faith in Christ Jesus. We Christians have not been adopted as sons until our body has been redeemed. In fact, the redemption of the human body is our adoption as a son of God. Most Christians have taken the death of the physical body to lightly. Physical death is not the “natural” state of man. Physical death is a curse upon mankind and is the perpetual, direct and certain consequence of sin. Death, both spiritual and physical is an enemy which is to be destroyed on the basis of Jesus’ finished work on Calvary whenever the overcoming body of Christ reaches the necessary level of maturity.

 

             The people of God shall be redeemed, by the adoption, which is the redemption of our bodies, we shall be changed as Phil. 3:21 states, “Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto Himself”. The word “change” means “transform, or change the fashion of”. Therefore we shall be transformed from our “vile body” (body of humiliation), to His “glorious body” (the body of His glory). We are and shall be fully redeemed. Nothing shall be left out and that which had it’s beginning in Christ shall also be finished in Him. For this cause, God set within His people that which was and is needed for the fullness of Him to be manifested. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. (Eph.4:13). All things shall and are being fulfilled, and all things shall and are being made complete. “....Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God”. (Rev. 21:3). To this we say amen. The soul of man shall be filled with the glory of God. Man’s soul, his mind, his will, his emotions and his desires shall become Gods dwelling place to manifest the nature of God from within. Thus, to see these sons’s walking among mankind with spirit, soul and body manifesting the nature of God is His purpose. For this reason, that all may behold Him and the Christ appearing in them.

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“You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose”

                                                 Chapter Three

                                    “The Mysteries Made Known”

             It should be known, especially among Christian peoples, that God’s Word is all powerful. The word is not restricted or hindered from performing completely and totally that which God speaks. His words, written or unwritten, contain within themselves all that is necessary to bring about a complete fulfillment. Unto the reader or hearer that receives these words, they also receive the power to become the expression of that word. This power received, will rest within the receiver, the vessel, until such time as the receiver releases them to become perfected from within. Often, as not, warfare, a spiritual work must be accomplished within the vessel first, before God’s Word can be fully realized and manifested. All opposition within each vessel must be conquered. This warfare, much of the time, causes confusion and a great inner concern. But, unto that one who stands firm in faith, the released word will conquer every enemy; it will conquer everything that stands in opposition to that word. This battle will continue until finally the word expresses itself in a full measure. It is for this reason and this cause that God releases from Himself, line upon line, precept upon precept, a little at a time, until maturity comes forth. It should be recognized, if God were to reveal Himself all at once to fallen man, it would destroy and utterly consume the vessel. Could this be one of the reasons why God causes some things to remain hidden as a secret mystery, until such time as God permits a further work to be done? When God reveals a truth, when all the mystery is removed, the work is completed through submission and its intended purpose is brought forth into a visible expression. What is it that God desires to reveal in and through you? What is He speaking unto you now? Could it be that now is the time for a people to become a greater expression of God in the earth, greater than ever before? If so, hear the words of the Father. For unto some, those hearing and receiving the word, now is the time for their complete fulfillment.

             One thing we should ever keep in mind is that God has an eternal purpose. According to that purpose, He calls, He chooses, He reveals and He releases the power to become. Again we draw attention to Eph. 1:5 which declares, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”. We, foreordained by God to be placed as Sons according to His own counsel, His will is at work within us for His good pleasure. By the blood of the lamb, we are redeemed. While having spent our whole lives under the laws of this world, we are still destined to be completely liberated, set free from bondage and moved into a place of rulership. A people, having been elected by God, to hold such an office of purpose that we might take dominion over the earth, to subdue it, to be fruitful, multiply and establish God’s authority over all His creation.

             With God’s purpose unable to ever be defeated and by using all things to complete His will, God releases from Himself unto the called, spiritual energy (the anointing) that all things may be according to what He has spoken. Eph. 1:8-9 says, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:”. In God’s relating with a people, He delights in sharing His wisdom with them. But, thus far certain things concerning His will have continued to remain a secret mystery being kept from us, to remain so, until the time of His choosing. Then and only then, will He reveal and bring them forth. Know this, that it is the Father’s good pleasure to reveal Himself to each called vessel, to work a perfecting work within them, until perfection comes forth unto full manifestation. From the above scripture, it is again confirmed that God withholds His secrets, to keep them from being revealed and understood, until the time for them to be released, accomplished and manifested. Again, we should understand that the word can be spoken among us, but the hearing of it being declared does not make it a word received. But, unto those who receive the word and the revelation within shall also receive power and authority to become that revealed word. An enlightened word will began to captivate our attention until it becomes our focus. When focusing upon the revelation and giving ourselves up to it, the enlightened word consumes us and burns away all resistance until it is finally fulfilled unto manifestation.

             People of God, there are a mystery that continues to remain a secret. It is a mystery that has been kept hidden since the world began, Could it not be that the mystery and those chosen from before the foundation of the world are an interlocking truth? One is as the other, only finding themselves fulfilling each other. Rom. 16:25 declares, “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began”. A mystery will remain a secret, only until the time for its fulfillment. At that time it shall be revealed, then established and then expressed unto manifestation. “But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith”. (Rom. 16:26). Where was this mystery, this secret hidden? Could it not have been in the scriptures all the time, only hidden from prying eyes as parables, until the time for man to be brought forth in that truth? Even now, as in Jesus’ day, much of the Christian populace only hears the truth in parables. When Jesus was asked about why He taught in parables, He had this to say, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given”. (Matt. 13:10-11). We must remember that every man is called forth in his own order, the place of his fulfillment. When the time of your order comes forth, the mysteries of the parables shall no longer remain hidden. They shall be made known to each one, as each is given an ear to hear by the quickening of the Holy Spirit. Have you not heard it spoken, “I just don’t understand”, only to have that same one later come forth rejoicing because of their new found understanding of that which was once hidden.

             A mystery, a parable is a hidden truth, but it has a purpose, to be timely and divinely revealed. The English word “mystery” is a transliteration of the Greek word “MUSTERIOM”, which means “a sacred secret”. From the Chaldee word “RAZ” as used in Daniel’s day, it means “to conceal”. Hence, a mystery to something concealed that has a purpose, which can and is to be revealed in its time. Could it be said, that a mystery is something concealed that was there all the time? In Heb. 1:1 we are told that God has made known His will “at sundry times and in divers’ manners”. He also kept certain things secret, to reveal them from time to time according to His purpose and counsel. Thus, God conceals secrets until the time of His choosing, to the individual, as well as collectively and dispensational. Again in Matt. 13:10-11 we are shown that God revealed secrets of the Kingdom to his disciples, but not to the people in general. “And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest Thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given”. Why? Here this truth is confirmed, as we take note, that it had not before been known that the Kingdom in Jesus’ time would be rejected. In its rejection there would be a long interval between that rejection and the kingdom finally being set up in glory. In Isa. 6:9-10 it was foretold that a people would be blind concerning God’s true kingdom. “And He said, Go, and tell the People, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of the People fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed”. While this blindness and dull of hearing was told to Isaiah, the duration of this condition was kept a “secret” from him and the people only to be revealed through Paul at a later date. Rom. 11:25 tells us, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in”. There is much that can be said here, but simply consider, that blindness was to be a part of God’s promise concerning His seed (the sons of God) until the latter day church came into it’s time. Then, God would open the eyes of His chosen seed that they might know, understand and become the sons of God in the earth to establish God’s Kingdom.

             While there are many secrets hidden in God, there is one that has been revealed which is very important for this last day church. It is that God shall have for Himself a perfected people through which to rule the earth. It is through these perfected one’s that God shall establish His Kingdom on the earth so they might restore all things back to God. The mystery of Godliness is a mystery that reveals and shows that a people shall, in perfection, are His people and He shall be their God. How? Could it not be that He shall dwell in them, making the whole man complete, spirit, soul and body? A whole man completed and manifesting the glory of God. Eph. 4:13 declares that a people shall be fully redeemed, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. Thus, full salvation has a certain divine beginning and a certain divine conclusion, as well as a certain divine in-between. Much of the church of today dwells in the mind-set that says perfection or completion of man’s salvation will only take place after a physical death or a being carried away to some other place. But, does the Word of God confirm or agree with that mind-set? Paul, in his writings, does not speak as though that state of perfection in the Christians life was unattainable on earth. Rather, he says in Phil. 3:12-15 that he, himself was looking to achieve a higher place of perfection. “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded”. Paul, the apostle, called of God to receive such a revealing of the word. Used of God to write much of the New Testament, excelling in his ministry in every area, but knowing that God’s desire was to bring him and a people to a place of perfection, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

             In Phil. 3:4-7 we are given Paul’s natural pedigree, things he could count as accomplishments in the flesh, but he counted them all but loss for Christ. “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, and Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless; But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ”. What was Paul trying to show us? Could it be that the goal of the Christian life is not just to wait for an external catching away event in time and place, as most of the churches regularly teach and proclaim? Paul had been born again; he had experienced the speaking in tongues and the Pentecostal gifts. He had also known several years of fruitful ministry. What then does Paul mean when saying in Phil.3:8, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” God has set a goal before us, which is, the full possession of Christ. It is this goal that we should direct our attention toward. No where does Paul teach that this goal is only for a person after they leave the earth to go to heaven. Isn’t this what most teach or believe today? In always putting the truth of God’s Word off into the future, we become stagnated in a swamp of doctrinal correctness while Christ is simply saying to us as was spoken to Israel, “Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward”. (Exod. 14:15). But the mind-set of today is much like the children of Israel, “to do good, but never-get-there” attitude. Not so with those who are being led by the Holy Spirit. He encourages us to go forward and possess everything that God ever has been or has done. It pleased the Father to include in Jesus all the substance and nature of His own Holy being, a perfect and complete revelation and fulfillment of all God is. He who has the Son then, has everything, including the divine Godhead, all that God is, living within and out from the vessel.

             A false concept in many man’s belief is: If we have been born again, spoken in tongues, gone to church for years, wrought miracles and done many wonderful works, then we have all of Christ. Not so, Paul, mighty in God, continued to press toward a higher calling. He was not willing to rest in his own righteousness, but he pressed toward the righteousness of God. Phil. 3:9 says, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law (law of the flesh)”. Friends, until we know Him and the power of His resurrection, working in the whole man, we must ever be found pressing onward to the fullness of our calling in Christ. Let us agree with Paul in Phil. 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection....”

             A “mystery”, a previously hidden truth, now divinely revealed, has much power. These truths are being revealed today as never before in modern day history. And what is their purpose? Remember, the word revealed gives power to become. Therefore, at the time of God’s revealing, He purposes to gather that truth into Himself as we remain in Christ. A many member body is being restored unto that which we were, in Him, before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:10 declares, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:” I Cor. 15:20-25 also states, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power”.

             Friends, we have a destiny. God has chosen us from before the foundation of the world with purpose. He has called us in due season and placed us under tutors of the Holy Spirit, that we might mature to the point of receiving our inheritance. These things are not after our own counsel, but God the Fathers. Eph. 1:11 states, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will”. If He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will, does He not then bring them to pass? Is God’s Word unattainable? Is it something that is out of our reach for this life and can only be attained after physical death? Nay, but God has willed and purposed. He reveals Himself with purpose, to bring forth the firstfruits, the next order in God that each one may follow after, to come forth in their place and order in God. As God reveals Himself to you, receive and become, as He is even now coming forth in His saints. Set your goals and desires upon Christ and become a part of the Christ in the earth. Is this the day of our adoption? Is it now time for the sons of God to make their appearance? I say “yea and amen”. It is time, come forth quickly.

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“You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose”

                                                  Chapter Four

                                    The Truth Liberates”

             We, the people living on the earth as it is today, are in an age of much despair. Many are asking these questions: What am I here for? What is my purpose? God speaks of a time, in the scriptures, when such as this type of uncertainty would exist. Despair when people would be unable to find happiness, peace or contentment. Most people seem to lack any type of understanding as to what is really going on or happening. This condition seems to agree with the word spoken in Isa. 60:2a, “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people....” Does this not seem to be the way of most people today? Having a lack of spiritual enlightenment is becoming a way of life for most. Because of the lack of spiritual understanding, real purpose in life is sadly lacking. Human kind has built for themselves a world where nothing seems to be withheld from them. But, even with everything being made available, most of human kind find in themselves a vast void, a void that the activities and possessions which the world offers is unable to fill. Therefore, in a continual search for fulfillment outside of God, darkness increases through each generation until we find ourselves living in the time of the end of mans world.

              Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, God has promised unto us a Deliverer. He has declared that a new seed, a new generation, would be birthed that would overcome the adversary and establish a whole new world. This Deliverer of promise is the promised Abraham’s true spiritual seed who is now coming forth. This seed shall establish God’s kingdom, shall rule and have dominion over the kingdom. These rulers are the chosen ones called before hand to be raised up in these last days, ushering in a new world, the kingdom of God. It is for this cause that we are even now hearing His voice, “Arise, shine; for the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee, ... but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee”. (Isa. 60:1 & 2b).

              God’s trumpet is sounding and a redeemer is coming forth, to redeem and establish. It is time for the spiritual house of Israel to ascend into the heavenlies (the spiritual realms), to be raised from the earth realm of time into the realm of eternal life. This redeemer, the Christ, Head and body, shall and is even now coming forth. “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord, as for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever”. (Isa. 59:20-21). Every man shall come forth, each after his own order, to know the Father. Zion is God’s great dwelling place among the earth. Zion, God’s place of glory, is the place where God is manifesting Himself through His sons. He is returning to redeem Zion so therein all others might be redeemed. How? God is redeeming us, by His Word being revealed, by His truth coming forth with great understanding. Can you not hear the sound? The trumpet is blowing loud and clear. This is the day to be assembled unto Zion, the place of His glory.

             “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. (John 8:32). Free, free, free. Free from what? Free to do what? How is it that we are to gain the freedom spoken of here? The prerequisite is given in John 8:31a, “....If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” This word “continue” means “abide”, which is a word of action. It means we must not only hear, but actively be a participator in that word until it forms its expression in us. Those continuing in His word are known as disciples, as learners of Him. These learners are a people who have not only been found by Him, but who seek after Him, foremost, above all other things. Thus, this freedom, being spoken of in the above scripture, could be speaking of a freedom from that which brought us under bondage in the old Adam man, the fallen natural man. It could be speaking of being liberated from self, all selfish motives and desires to only desire Him. Thus, seeking the truth liberates the vessel from every hindering power to become the truth itself. Remember, we are to seek first the Kingdom of God, and all else will be added unto us. How is this possible, just by seeking Him first in all things?

             Where is this truth to be found? There are many truths, but they all are not necessarily a truth that liberates. It is a truth that gravity causes all things to fall to the earth when loosed from the power keeping it from falling, like an apple loosed from a tree. But that truth does not necessarily liberate you from bondage. It is a truth that all mankind are sinners after the fallen Adam nature. But that truth alone, by itself, does not make you free. But, the knowledge of the truth that Jesus died for our sins and by the receiving of Him into our hearts, He will cleanse and liberate us from our sins. This truth, when applied can make us free; it can liberate us from sin and can move us into a new life style. Therefore, while some truth only makes us aware, only the knowledge of the truth when applied will make us free. What then is “the truth”? “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life ...” (John 14:6). Now, could it not be that the above scripture only makes us aware of something, that Christ Jesus is the truth? The knowledge that He is the truth alone does not of itself liberate us. But, by becoming intimately acquainted with Him, be receiving and experiencing Him (who is the truth); this is what makes us free. Therefore, our goal, along with Paul is, “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection ...” (Phil. 3:10). Do you desire to really know Him? Is He your main goal? If so, “....When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come, He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and show it unto you”. (John 16:13-14). God is more that willing to show us the truth. The Holy Spirit, Himself, will guide and lead us into all the truth. He will quicken the truth and when we yield unto it, it will cause us to gain the experience.

             We have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to God’s purpose, which is after the counsel of His own will. After hearing the truth and trusting in Christ, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise when we believe. In Eph. 1:13-14 we are told, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. This promise is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”. The prerequisite of obtaining our predestinated inheritance is trusting in the word of truth after hearing and believing. This same Holy Spirit, who seals us unto that word of promise, will also quicken the word of truth. The receiver will then become a visible expression of an invisible truth. God has declared in John that He, the Spirit of promise, would lead us unto all truth. In the above scripture, this same Spirit also seals us unto the fullness of our inheritance. This word “sealed” implies possession or security, as well as being a distinctive mark. Being sealed symbolizes a finished transaction, ownership and security. Thus, we can begin to rest in a truth, that God, who has began a good work within us shall complete that which He began. He chose, He called and is now at work as the power of the Holy Spirit is bringing us into the finished purchased possession, the redemption of our bodies, a distinctive mark.

             Have you ever felt the anointing of God stirring in you? Has conviction made you aware that you have a need for something more in God? Does the Holy Spirit minister to you concerning the Word of God? Do you feel incomplete in your walk with the Father? Could it be that God has purchased for you the promise of an inheritance which He now works in you to perform it, to bring it unto the time of receiving the possession? Let’s not allow the doctrines and traditions of man to hinder us. Let’s allow the old Adamic nature to die through yielding our members unto God. “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour (uproar), and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice; and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”. (Eph. 4:30-32). Read and study Rom. 8:18-23, and let us understand that we have been sealed, that we are a purchased possession, a finished transaction, to be manifested unto full adoption. Rom. 8:23 declares, “....but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. Being “sealed” becomes the earnest of our redemption. We are sealed until the redemption of the purchased possession is fulfilled. As Phil. 3:20-21 states, “For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven (the spiritual, invisible), from whence also we look (eagerly wait for) for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change (transform, or change the fashion of) our vile body, that it may be fashioned like (to be conformed) unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself”. How many are truly eagerly looking for Him? As revelation reveals unto us the Saviour, Christ Jesus, we are changed by the power of that revelation to become that which we see. Do you see Him? Are you being changed? When the noise of the world grows silent, in those quite times, does not that longing for the Christ surface?

             Seek Christ first and all other things shall be added unto you. As we seek him, our understanding increases and our eyes began to see. Revelation begins to reveal the mysteries of God and we begin to know. We become thoroughly acquainted with Him and see the truth of His Word. We see in the truth of His word, what is the hope of our calling, which is, a call into Sonship and our acceptance as sons in the Beloved Son. We begin to understand what the riches of the glory of His inheritance are in the saints. We become His peculiar treasure and we begin to know the exceeding greatness of His power in us. We begin to experience our place with Him in the heavenlies, far above all powers and dominions. With Him we shall know the experience of having all things put under the feet of the Christ, the head and body. For scripture says, that we are His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. (Read and study Eph. 1:15-23).

             In the beginning, before the foundation of the world, God’s will and purpose was spoken and all things began to come into being, according to it’s time and season. He called and He chose. He brought forth the adversary to fulfill his purpose. He set into motion the way of salvation, through the Lamb chosen before the foundation of the world that a people would come forth in the likeness of His image. Thus, that which He began, as the First and the Last, we shall find it being finished. We shall see all things coming forth in their order, the redemption of the body, by the power of His resurrection, raising us up to become His glorious body. Thus, we have this assurance, because He began, He shall likewise finish. Being sealed unto the purchased possession now is the day of His appearance, when He shall be seen in His sons, the many member body of Christ. For this cause, we now know the workings of the Holy Spirit, to bring about the justifying, which is ours in Him. We can now begin to pray, Father, give us back the glory that we had in you before we came into this world. Come forth quickly.



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i very much appreciate your writings Duane..a hearty amen!

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You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose

                          Chapter Five

                                       “We Shall Know Freedom”

             Why it is that iniquity abounds and the love of many waxes cold? “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax (grow) cold”. (Matt. 24:12). Could it be that the multitudes have not as yet heard nor received the understanding needed concerning that which is necessary to maintain a victorious Christ like life? The blood of Jesus Christ is such an effective agent who can and does cleanse us from all our sins. But, what is it that keeps the fruit of sin in a producing mode for most people? If our understanding is correct, sin means a missing of the mark. Missing the mark means a not sharing in the prize. Does this not speak to us, that God has purposed a certain mark for man to achieve, in order to receive the pre-ordained prize established before hand by God? Therefore, sin must not only be forgiven and cleansed, but the very root of sin must also be destroyed. With forgiveness being the first step necessary to move toward the prize, other steps also become a necessity to measure up to that mark.

             With this first step of asking for forgiveness being taken, it then becomes very important for God’s people to gain knowledge and get the understanding needed to move out of the vicious cycle of continually needing to be forgiven and the receiving of God’s forgiveness. God’s desire is that we move on to that place of continuous victory. Remember, sins are but fruit, forgiveness picks the fruit, but other fruit (sins) will grow in its place as long as the root remains intact. So many people are testifying to the fact that they are growing weary of warring with this sin factor. Again, we must thank God continually for the blood that washes away our sins, but we must also see the need to awaken to a truth, a light of understanding, that will show that God’s people do not always need to continually circle the mountain of sin. God would have us move on through this wilderness that we might gain access, an entrance into the land of promise, which means for us a victorious life. This speaks of coming into a lifestyle of victory in all things. As we come out of the wilderness, we learn that the steps of a righteous man are truly ordered by the Father. With Jesus we began to declare, “I only do those things which I see my Father do and only say those things which I hear my Father say”. This type of intimacy with the Father is enjoined because the root of sin, the law of iniquity is being destroyed. It is said that sin can not dwell in the light of God’s presence, therefore neither can its root. Coming into the promises of God, His life, the spiritual promise land, means that the hindering force has been destroyed and a people can now move across that river of spiritual death to enter into God. The river of death, typed by the Jordan River, which was crossed so long ago by the children of Israel, speaks of a people who have conquered this spiritual death and all its fruits. By dying out to spiritual death means a moving into a dwelling place in God, the Father. This is the place that has been prepared for us by our elder brother, the first born son, Christ Jesus. Remember the words spoken by Jesus when He said, “....I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:2-3). What is it that keeps us from living in this place with Him? What is it that keeps us from knowing the reality of the visible expression of the Kingdom of God in and through us?

             Iniquity is a word which, as used in the New Testament, means “illegality, violation of law, wickedness, injustice, wrongfulness (of character, life or act), transgression, lawlessness, unrighteous and wrongdoing”. From this definition we need to pay special attention to these three defining words. (1) “Illegality” from the dictionary means, “prohibited by law; against the law; unlawful, illicit; also not authorized, or sanctioned, as by rules”. (2) The word “injustice” means, “the quality of being unjust or unfair; lack of justice; wrong”. (3) “Lawlessness”, a word which has the meaning of, “without law; not regulated by the authority of law, not in conformity with law, not obeying the law; unruly; disorderly”. From these meanings for “Iniquity” and the definitions of these words, we began to get a picture of a life-style which opposes that which God has established from Himself to promote order. Is it not so, that God is a God of order? Did not God, the creator, in that which He created declare that “it is good”? Meaning that God, when He declared that “it was good” brought into expression the visible creation with all things being in their proper balance. This balance is that which we all need to birth light, life and well being in all its forms. “Good”, the adverb, has the meaning of “beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, favor, fine, glad, graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, loving, merry, pleasant, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet and wealth”. With this word “good” having such a broad definition, we can also see its description expressed in I Cor. chapter 13 with the using of the word “charity”. “Charity” is a word meaning “affection or benevolence; a love-feast”. With the definitions of “good” and “charity” intertwining in description, we can herein see the explanation and life-style of the law of life which is to be lived in God. But, we can also begin to catch a glimpse of the type of life that would be manifested when this law of life is broken. It is disobedience that caused man to fall. Could it not be said then that in his fall, man ceased in his dwelling and living among the law of life? A dwelling outside the law of life places the vessel in a place of being completely wrapped up and interwoven into the law of iniquity and death. With the scripture declaring that each seed shall bring forth after its own kind, mankind can now, while in his fallen state, only birth death, which is a life that is separated from the life of God. Meanwhile this death, the realm wherein the law of iniquity dwells, continues in the birthing of itself from generation to generation, producing after its own kind. Regardless of how man tries to dress it up or make it act by establishing orders that permit freedom from the law of life, it does not remove mankind from the law of sin and death.

             Iniquity is that illegal, unjust, lawless (law) is a law whose existence manifest many types of fruit and expressions. Its complete existence is to war against the law of God. Rom. 8:7 states, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”. “Enmity” means “to be hostile, at opposition”. Hence, iniquity in all its forms war against the law of God. Even though iniquity may take on many forms and release many expressions of life, it will forever remain in a state of opposition against God. Especially when iniquity is revealed to a people, spoken of, pointed out and then ignored. That which man has become because of the fall and now as birthed from his mother’s womb is the results and manifestations of being out of harmony with the law of God. This law of God is that which was released to man at the creating of the man. If this be true, man as we see and know him today is not the man God caused to first stand up in the Garden of Eden. Today’s man is the product of a creation that is out of harmony with the law of the original creation, a law which brought forth the first visible created man in harmony with God. Because man is out of harmony with this law of God, he now exists as an illegal, unjust and lawless man. A being that is out of law with God makes for a life-style which disrupts all that is “good”. Where man had his first existence in love, joy and peace, he now knows hate, sadness, war and broken fellowship, not only with God and the rest of humanity, but also with himself. While man may seek to do or be good by incorporating religious patterns learned through lust, desires and selfish motives, as well as knowledge gained intellectually from much study, man will always fall short. Carnal man forever goes about establishing for himself religious principles which suit and satisfy his own selfish cravings in trying to fulfill his God created needs, but forever fails. Why does it fail, because fallen man lives outside the scope of God’s law of life? While seeking and even desiring to do well, there is a law (illegal, unjust, lawless) working in his members that wars against the good. This is a law that wars against God’s law of life. Rom. 7:22-23 declares, “For I delight in the law of God (life) after the inward man; but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin (iniquity) which is in my members”. It is the law of sin (iniquity) which must be overcome, died unto, that we may again stand in God’s presence. Like Adam and Eve before the fall, man is again being invited to walk with God in the cool of the day. Gen. 3:8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool (spirit) of the day ...” This word “cool” is the Hebrew word “ROUCH” and is rendered “spirit, invisible force, is invisible except by its manifestations”. These manifestations can be seen both externally to man, as well as internally within man. As coming from God, it is the invisible origin of life. All apart from this is a realm called death.

             The blood needed has been shed. Through this blood we are or may be forgiven of all sins committed. The Holy Spirit, our teacher and comforter, has also been given. He empowers us, teaches us, quickens us and anoints us that we might live in a realm of victorious living. For the most part, this is where the church remains, in the Holy Place, the in-part realm of life which is only a knowing of the things of God as seen through a glass darkly. This in-part realm is that Holy Spirit baptism which anoints us with an anointing and a knowing of that which is only in-part; hence we only prophesy in-part. But when that which is perfect (maturity) is come, then that which is in-part shall be done away. (Read I Cor. 13:9-10). This is that which has been given and where we will remain until we obtain that purchased possession, the fullness of our inheritance. We can not, any longer just be trusting only in the earnest of our inheritance, but a dwelling in the full measure. Eph. 1:13-14 declares, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest (a pledge) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”. This time of being sealed, at such a time as this, when the “day of the Lord” is upon us, is God actively dividing and separating. He moves among His people to purify all strains of iniquity from them. The time of the earnest of our inheritance only is passing away from this people, that the fullness of their inheritance may come forth. We are not any longer living in-part, but a standing in perfection, a maturity before the Father in becoming one with Him.

             With our spiritual eyes being open, we can begin to see, to know and understand God’s true attitude, His frame of mind concerning this law of iniquity. With heaven (God’s dwelling place) being a place of complete love, joy, peace and happiness, it is of a certainty that all which is illegal, unjust and lawless will not dwell there. Do you remember the man who entered into the wedding feast without the proper wedding garment? Was he not bound and cast from the wedding into darkness? Matt. 7:21-23 declares, “Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will (the desire) of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name cast out devils? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (illegality, unjust, unlawfulness)”. In the sense of this context, God’s getting to know a person is in connection with a doing of God’s will and not by works. “Knew” in this context is the Greek verb “GENOSKO”, rendered as “to know (by experience, or effort); to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with”. Herein God’s getting to know, by experience, each chosen vessel, is that which comes only as we do the Father’s will. God is not served through habitual habits. God is not a habit forming law but a God of order. He is an order of life which flows continually, while never ceasing, in the revealing of Himself to each hungry vessel unto perfection. Heb. 6:1-2 reveals, “Therefore leaving (having left) the principles of the doctrine of Christ (of the beginning), let us go (be borne along) on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works (iniquity), and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment”. Perfection is that place of maturity which has fulfilled these above mentioned principles of the doctrines of Christ. The sons of God are those who are continually being led by God’s Spirit. To cease from being led, to loose sight of the Spirit is likened unto a dog that return to his vomit.

             God has been pleased, until now, to allow the wheat and tares to grow up together. Is it not time for this world (present age-time) to end? (Read Matt. 13:36-43). God’s messengers are even now gathering out of His kingdom all things that offend, that which causes vessels to stumble and them which do iniquity. Matt. 13:41 declares, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels (messengers), and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity”. God declares that outward appearances only are not to His liking. They which do such things are deceived and deceive a people that they might not know the truth. Notice in Matt. 23:27-28, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity”. Here God identifies outward religious righteousness with the law of hypocrisy and iniquity. As we consider this truth, we began to see the working of a law that has the appearance of “good”, while within, the fallen, illegal, unjust, lawlessness law continues to operate. This reveals for us that which the in-part realm or anointing can never do. But by having the anointing of a full measure, it shall be achieved. Perfection of the law of life shall come forth to manifest the glory of God, the nature of that sinless life.

             There is a law which produces lawlessness. It is that law which causes the fallen man to continue to speak and go his own ways. It never remains silent, but is declaring its own at all times. This law is unteachable. It seeks its own while, instead of loving, it uses others for its own gain. This is that law of iniquity which works within man to seek its own reward. While the “day of the Lord” is upon us, there is movement going on among God’s people. This movement is the results of God releasing from Himself, to man, another anointing which shall usher in the presence of God among mankind. From within a chosen people, the anointing of that full measure ministry shall consume that law of iniquity, to release the fullness of life in God unto all who would receive. “Iniquity” is from an old Angle-Saxon phrase, meaning “lack of inner quiet”. Herein, a people are called to learn how to keep the old man silent before God. To cease, from allowing all the many voices of the world and self to lord it over them. God invites us to “Be still and know that I am God”. In the silence of this flesh man God can speak, He instructs, gives guidance and reveals His will too and for us. Again it should be said that we shall be known by the fruits of the Spirit, not the gifts. Therefore, consider your place in Him, stand still until God speaks and go forth to do that which He speaks. Then, we shall come into and know the anointing of a full measure. Habakkuk 2:20 states, “But the Lord is in His holy temple (the body of Christ); Let all the earth (old carnal fleshly man and all his ways) keep silence (be still) before Him”.

             “Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be My People: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of Host hath sent me unto thee. And the Lord shall inherit Judah His portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation”. (Zech. 2:10-13). God, today, is raising up in His temple, which we are. Therein He shall be seen through His people. The old man is dead, has grown silent and the Christ is coming forth. Come forth quickly O God, come forth.

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 “You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose”

                                                     Chapter Six

                                         “The Redeeming Factor”

             “I’ve been redeemed, by His love divine”. These words from an old song, proclaims one of God’s eternal truths. But just what does it mean for man to be redeemed? “Redemption” is a word which has the meaning from the dictionary of, “a recovery of something pawned or mortgaged; a repurchase, deliverance upon payment of ransom, salvation from sin through Christ’s sacrifice”. Therein, through Christ’s sacrifice, the ransom was paid in full and mankind has been repurchased for the purpose of our deliverance and full recovery. While most of Christendom maintains the belief that redemption is simply a going to heaven after death because they have believed on Christ, this belief is of a very limited understanding of God’s complete work of redemption. Just what is redemption? What does it really mean when man declares that he has been redeemed by God’s love? Could it be that the glorious work of Calvary has accomplished far more for us than a simple waiting around to go to heaven? To become a people that escape this very limited view of redemption, it becomes necessary for us to ask of God, to seek Him out with an honest heart filled with honest motives, that we might receive a greater understanding. Does your heart hunger for more of God than you’ve experienced? Could it be that God is calling you into a higher level in your walk with Him? The necessity of seeking for more understanding will become the beginning of our reality in expressing this greater experience, a greater walk in God.

             Many people in the church are asking this question. If there is more for us in God this side of dying why is it that we do not see those greater manifestations coming forth in the church today? Could it be that many of the people have been blinded by doctrine and tradition? For the most part they have been limited to see only what the fundamental church has been able to show them. But, it can also be said that God in the timing of His seasons, will open blinded eyes that they might fully see. Is this the time that God has chosen to reveal Himself to His people who desire to become like Him? To many, the mysteries of God are just that, a mystery. But, within our understanding it becomes important for us to see that God has purposely with-held and obscured these truths Himself. Dan. 12:4 reveals for us, “But thou, O Daniel, shut (close up) up the words, and seal the book, even to (until) the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge (calamities or wickedness) shall be increased”. “Many shall run to and fro” is a phrase which means to “apostatize, to rove, turn about, despise. Hence, to do despite”. “Apostatize” has the meaning of “those who turn aside or revolters”. “Revolters” meaning “such as turn aside to lies”. This is speaking of a time and generation when the many, as spoken of above, shall come to a place where their lifestyle is one that follows after lies or a lifestyle that is promoted by the spirit of this world. A people who fulfill II Tim. 3:5 which says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away”. While having a religious spirit, they are not willing to follow after the progressive revealing truth of God’s word.

             John also points us to a time when things that have been sealed up would suddenly begin to open. (Read Rev. 10:1-7). In these scriptures John is declaring that a time would come when things that had been uttered, and then sealed, would then be opened. Notice that the seven thunders which were spoken could not be written down. With the number “seven” being God’s number for “fullness, completion, maturity and perfection”, this speaks to us of those things the “seven thunders” uttered. Though sealed, when they are opened to be revealed, they will contain a message of perfection, maturity, fullness and completion. This message of maturity, when yielded unto, will produce a life of being made complete and full in God. By our being sealed it also points us to the fact that this message will not be revealed until God’s time of fullness, the sounding of the seventh trumpet or message. Both Daniel and John were allowed, by God, to see something concerning God’s completed plan, but it is obvious that those things were not to be universally revealed in their day. Leaving us with the understanding that a day would come, and even now is, when this message of the fullness of time would be released to bring forth perfection in a people unto God’s glory.

             Always, there have been a people who are very much aware, that those things which God began, He shall finish. Therein, God also shows that a time would come, when He would move by His spirit, to reveal those things that were shut up. When would this time be? It is declared, from scripture, to be prior to the days when the seventh angel or the message of God’s fullness of times would begin to sound. In Rev. 10:7 we read, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall began to sound, the mystery (secret) of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets”. This is speaking of that time when the secret things of God that have been with-held until the message of fullness is declared and then shall all these mysteries be finished. This word “finished” as used here in Rev. 10:7 is rendered, “that which has reached its end, hence perfect”. This means for us, that all things that have been sealed by God and with-held shall no longer remain a mystery or secret. God shall reveal Himself and we shall begin to truly see the Christ as He really is. Does it not say so in I John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know (intuitively) that, when He shall appear (make manifest), we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”. A question many would ask concerning this time of manifestation is when will this revealing be? As shown to us in Rev. 10:1-7, this time is the time of the finishing of all the mysteries of God. A time identified with the sounding of the seven thunders, an event which takes place after the sounding of the sixth trumpet and as the seventh trumpet sounds. Remember, these seven thunders represent for us the time of the fullness, completion, maturity and perfection of God. Hence, this mystery, God’s secrets with-held from man, is to be opened up for mans understanding that he might become the expression of those thunders. This means a hearing of and a seeing of a part of God which man has not as yet seen. This is necessary to finish making man into a complete, perfect and redeemed vessel. This is a bringing into maturity the whole man, spirit soul and body.

             With an understanding that at the opening of each of the seven seals, revelation of truth was and is being progressively restored to the church, what is it that happens when revelation is progressively revealed? As revelation comes forth from God, according to His timing for the season of His purpose, God intends for each truth to be manifest. God has no desire for man to make revealed truth into just another law or doctrine, into another gospel. This would simply cause one truth to resist any other further progressive truth. Could this be why we have so many different churches and beliefs with different names? Some people are remaining prisoners to one truth while others mature to accept the next progressive truth. Know that this progression shall continue until the time when the seventh trumpet sounds the message to usher in God’s fullness. At that time the spirit of life will began to express itself in a full measure. Meanwhile, there remains a law which has the ability to maintain itself through carnal man, who not only refuses to follow on after progressive truth, but it calls the in-part truth the whole gospel. This continues to hinder a people from going on into that realm of perfection. Heb. 6:1-2 clearly declares that it is God’s desire for man to press on into that place of perfection, “Therefore leaving (having left) the principles of the doctrine of Christ (the word of the beginning), let us go on (be borne along) unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of (1) repentance from dead works (works of the old nature). (2) And of faith (the living, divinely implanted principle) toward God, (3) of the doctrines of baptisms (not arguing over traditional laws of baptisms), (4) and of laying on of hands, (5) and of the resurrection of the dead, (6) and of eternal judgment”. We should note that these six principles are not our endings, but our beginnings. Note also that the principle of the resurrection of the dead is not speaking of a grave yard resurrection. The word “dead” as used in this scripture denotes “the persons who were once alive, but who are not alive no longer; dead persons as distinct from dead bodies”. The dictionary defines “person” as, “a living human being, especially as distinguished from an animal or thing. A person is the composite of characteristics that make up an individual personality”. Thus, distinct personalities that are no longer what they once were in their beginning from God. Man, who has died out to his former beginning, his God given characteristics, now has the need to be resurrected. This points us to the time when the first Adam died in disobedience to God, loosing his God-like nature. Thus, it can be said, that as we are all born from our mothers womb, we are a part of that dead person realm. This is the principle of being resurrected from the dead in this context (dead persons being distinct from dead bodies). Fallen Adam was a dead person, but walking around in his flesh and blood body. As we continue to speak of the first principles, in considering the principle of eternal judgment, we must understand that the word “eternal” is from the Greek word “AIONIOS” and is rendered “of or belonging to an age”. Thus, speaking of a certain age in God, when judgment would come forth concerning God’s will and purpose in each vessel. “Age”, as defined from the dictionary means, “the period of time during which someone or something exists”. Thus, God set forth a certain period of time when His righteous judgment would come forth concerning His purposes. This word “judgment” is defined as meaning “a discriminating appraisal; authoritative opinion”. This principle speaks of God’s opinion, His appraisal of His people, as He deals with them according to the age of His appearing. Herein He judges them according to His righteousness. Each one appraised and set forth according to God’s order, will and purpose for each vessel, with the understanding that in Christ we become the righteous.

             With God hiding certain truths from His people until the timing of it’s revealing, what purpose does God have in opening each seal in the form of gradual disclosure? Does He not bring forth a people, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, causing each to grow up, to progressively mature unto the time of their perfection? Eph. 1:10 states, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him”. Let’s take note of a few words or phrases, that our understanding may increase, as to God’s true purpose as He states them in this verse. The word “dispensation”, from the Greek word “OIKONOMOS” has the meaning of “administration, the work of a steward”. Thus, a certain administration released from God with vessels anointed as keepers which minister that administration according to what God has purposed for that certain time. The administration spoken of here is that which is called “the fullness of times”, a time when the seven thunders are being sounded to gather in one, all things in Christ. A time when all things have reached their place of maturity wherein perfection rules. The phrase “He might gather together in one” is a statement meaning “to sum up, to head up”. Thus it speaks of a time when that which once ruled, rules no more. A new administration is established, in and through a people, to usher in the expression of a perfect God-like order. In God, there has always been an “appointed time” when all in Christ, according to that time, would be brought unto Christ. How and when? Col. 2:2-3 declares, “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”. This speaks to us of a time when there would be more than just Christ in us, the hope of Glory. It speaks of a time when we would be in Christ. Just what are we in Him? In Christ there is life, glory, the promises, the inheritance, the resurrection and life, which we also are to become because we are in Him. Note in Eph. 1:10 above that only those which are in Him will have part in the first resurrection. Thus, in Christ we gain total and complete redemption. Again, looking at the above scripture in Col. 2:2-3 lets consider three words and notice the progressive gradual revealing of the Christ. (1) “Understanding” meaning “native insight, capacity to apprehend; used of reflective thought”. (2) “Acknowledgement” meaning “precise or further knowledge, thorough acquaintance with, true knowledge”. (3) “Knowledge” meaning “knowledge acquired by experience”. Therefore, let us go on, that we might gain the full experience of complete redemption. 

             As we take note of the many religious circles around us today, honesty causes us to agree that “Ichabod” (the glory is departed) is written over many, many, many of their doors. Why? Could it be, that for the most part, they have moved into a mind-set which makes them think they are well able to do for themselves. Their actions speak to say they think they have no need for divine assistance nor do they expect any. In this they fulfill Rev. 3:17 which says, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knows not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. But in remembering Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel and who is a type of the true church, the condition we read about in verse seventeen is not so in the true church. The true church, like Jacob, has been so dealt with, so chastened and trained, so weakened in the way, that they know that they can do nothing of themselves. They know the need of waiting before God. They know that they must have God’s presence and the direction of the Holy Spirit or they are at a loss as to what to do next. This true church lives in that place of knowing, that they cannot live outside the presence of Him who is their life. There is a knowing that they cannot live without Him and His manifest presence.

             In Him, the Christ, is the only place of true redemption. A redemption that cometh, not by the obeying of mans ordinances and by-laws, for this redemption cometh only because of Christ. Rom. 8:28-30 speaks loud in declaring, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate (foreordained) to be conformed (fashioned like) to the image (likeness) of His Son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and who He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified”. In this we understand that the cross only crucifies until it is finished. (Read Phil. 3:14-21). It is in Him that redemption becomes a way of life through the changing of these vessels. “Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself?” Therefore, our cry is that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection, fellowshipping His sufferings and being made conformable unto His death to attain the resurrection of the dead, a giving up of our old dead life willingly, that the resurrection power of God might restore us to that God-life which comes from within, our redemption.



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 “You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose”

                                                 Chapter Seven

“We, the Christ’s Body”

             We, a people living in this particular day and time, are living in a time for greatness in God. This time in which we live is one in which certain events are taking place that will shock the entire world, including the religious world. These events are God ordained, things which He has purposed beforehand. This is a time for the gathering in of a firstfruits company, a remnant of people, who shall usher in God’s greater glory spoken of in the gospels. It is a time, according to scripture, that the whole world has groaned for even until now. As spoken of in Rom. 8:22-23, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. These firstfruits of the Spirit spoken of here are the gifts of the Holy Spirit given as a foretaste and pledge of something to follow, an eternal inheritance, These gifts are also given in the form of ministries for the work of Christ within the church to perfect the saints as declared in Eph. 4:12-13, “For the perfection of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. Thus, can we not see the need for a growing up in Him, the maturing and perfecting of God’s people?

             There is, in scripture, a speaking of some overcomers who shall be raised up by the Holy Spirit to enter into that which Christ is. At such a time, these overcomers shall put to rest any controversy as to who and what the true church is. For this cause, a trumpet is sounding and a message is being brought forth from God, concerning this time is which all creation dwells. God is declaring loudly, that now is the time for His people to come out of concepts about the Christ and be entering into the place of living in truth’s realities. They need to cease from knowing about Him only to come into that place of knowing Him. It is time for a people to leave behind the controversy concerning which doctrine of man is right or wrong. By experience they can come into a knowing of who the true Christ is and a dwelling with Him. Phil. 3:9-10 declares loudly, “And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death”. It is the cross of Christ which means our death, that which He did for us. But, it is the fellowship of His sufferings that brings us into being made conformable to His death. Death means for us, that His glory is coming to rest upon and in us. This death means that His life is now ours. It also means that we shall enter into His life and go out no more. Rev.3:12a says, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he shall go no more out....” Dearly beloved of God, this means a coming into a life style that lives in the presence of God Himself. Think of that! To never leave His glorious manifest presence again. Isaiah tells us that our God is a consuming fire, a fire which enables a people to stand in and dwell in His divine presence. This also speaks about dying out to all that cannot stand before our Holy God nor live in His presence. Isa. 33:14-15 says, “The sinners of Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood (listening to spiritual murderers), and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil”. This speaks to us of the necessity of dying, by allowing the fires of God to burn up all the desires of the carnal man, thus allowing us to stand before God, see Him as He is in Christ and live.

             Being made conformable to His death is not speaking to us of the grave, but it speaks of a coming to the end of self, from allowing self (the death realm) to rule over us. As the scripture declares, it does not mean the loss of life, but rather of a entering into life. Rev. 2:7, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”. Does His death mean for us a loss of our credibility? In the eyes of the world we may seem as fools indeed, but Rev. 2:26 shouts, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power (authority, delegated power) over the nations”. Does this death mean the loss of home, lands, and friends or of all things? Remember, the latter years of Job were greater than the former. Rev. 21:7 tells us that, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be my son”. Again, even though, in the time of this worldly age, we might have the loss of our good name, we are told in Rev. 3:12b that, “....I will write upon Him (overcomer) the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name”. Thus, without doubt, being made conformable unto His death is not loss, but in Christ all is gain. How? We gain by having gain through loss, by gaining life through death, a receiving of His glory through shame, power through weakness and exaltation through abasement. This is not as the world looks upon nor understands living, but through Christ all is gain.

             The Holy Spirit points us to the fact that the workings of the cross, on which Jesus died, has a far reaching effect in that which it accomplishes. Rev. 7:3 speaks to us concerning a sealing which God commands to take place, “saying ...., till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads”. This phrase “sealed in their foreheads” has the meaning of “the receiving of the mind of Christ”. Thus, all that the cross is allowed to accomplish in us will be manifested and revealed at the time of this sealing, the receiving of the mind of Christ. As we read again in Rom. 8:23, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit (gifts and ministries), even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. This sealing in our foreheads, the receiving of the mind of Christ, is our placement of adoption, the time when we shall know the redemption of our bodies, our whole man. The Greek word for “adoption” in this context is “HUIOTHISIA” which has the meaning of “the placing as a son”. A time when the Father, recognizing the maturity in the son, now places within the son’s hand the authority to act in the place of his Father. This speaks to us of spiritual maturity and a relationship with the Father. It also speaks to us, liken unto the firstborn son, of authority and commitment. Our relationship is bound up in the placement of adoption, the sealing of the sons (mind of Christ) and the manifestation of these sons. This adoption of the sons into manifestation is likening unto the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry at the time of His baptism in the Jordan River, Matt. 3:17 states, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. Because these other sons shall likewise have an in-Christ ministry, they likewise shall be confirmed at their receiving and manifesting the mind of Christ.

             A question, what is being a “son” but not a “manifested son”? I John 3:2 declares, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear (be manifest), we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”. “Son”, as used in this scripture is the Greek word “TEKNON” which has the meaning of “little child, and offspring but very young in maturity”. By being called “little children of God”, this scripture reveals for us that there are sons who have not as yet known the experience of adoption, or the sealing of the mind of Christ in their foreheads. Though these are “sons”, they have not as yet been placed as a son, but simply remain likened unto servants. They, as yet, have not received the mind of Christ, the writing of the law of God (nature) in their minds and hearts. For this cause, this scripture makes clear that these are of those who “doth not yet appear what we shall be”. Why? Because these are they that have not as yet reached full age. The Christ (His mind) has not as yet been sealed unto the manifestation of their lives. They have not yet been matured beyond the mind-set of little children in the things of the heavenly realms.

             Remember, the promises of God to us are yea and amen, they shall not return unto Him void. But, these promises are only returned unto Him through being fulfilled in a people which requires obedience for the vessel to overcome. While God has proclaimed for us an inheritance, it is not for them that believe only, but to them that overcome. Remember, the devils also believe and tremble. Being children of God makes us heirs, but being heirs does not make us inheritors. Gal. 4:1-7 states, “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements (elementary rules) of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption (placing as a son) of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”. This placing as a son is that which is received by the overcomer. God then, gives us a key, in which we can become those who have crossed over (overcome) from the flesh (visible) realm to follow the Spirit (invisible) realm. Rom. 8:17 declares, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together”. Therefore, while there is a suffering with Him, which speaks of denying the self life that, we may also be glorified together with Him.

             The larger picture must also be looked at, lest the people remain prisoners to a very limited understanding as to God’s purpose in His creation. His desire is, and He shall restore back unto Himself, more than just a few chosen ones called the remnant. His purpose is and always has been to reconcile the world back unto Himself. Thus, God rises up in His sons to move them into a ministry of reconciliation, a restoring of creation back into Him. God has always purposed to do more than save just a few and damn to rest. God declares from Himself, through the prophets, when stating in Acts 15:14-17, “Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles (nations), to take out of them a people for His name (nature). And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, after this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name (nature) is called, saith the Lord Who doeth all these things”. This word “residue” from the dictionary is defined, “the remainder of something after removal of a part”. This scripture, not only confirms that God has purposed for Himself a remnant of people (did visit the nations, to take out of them a people for His nature), which become the body of Christ, but that through this remnant He shall reconcile the residue (remainder) unto Himself, as they also began to seek after the Lord. But first, God visits among the nations, looking for a people, who shall know continual change until they are enabled to manifest the Christ nature. Scripture declares here, by quoting words written by the prophet Amos, that this time of restoration has its beginning in a remnant. This remnant is likened unto the Tabernacle of David, a tabernacle (tent) like structure which had fallen into ruins, being left behind as man pushed to erect for God a temple made by the hands of man. A temple, those years later, would also be torn down. Man, electing to pursue the glory of the natural temple, left behind the manifesting glory of God which rested in and upon the tent prepared by David upon Mt. Zion which represents the place of God’s glory in man. In the erecting of the temple, the glory of God was again restricted to a closed in, hidden room, which could not be looked upon by man. Hidden away behind the curtain called the veil and restricted from its glory being looked upon except by a High Priest once a year. This restriction kept the people from viewing the manifested presence of God, which in David’s tabernacle, could be looked upon freely as the worshippers praised God night and day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But, God gives the promise that He would restore David’s tabernacle. This promise declares that God’s glory would again be revealed and that His manifested presence would again be shown for all to behold as they desired to look upon the Christ as He appears through His remnant, His true body. Herein, God is restoring, by a doing away with all hidden worship and rituals, things not seen, to appear or manifest Himself again in the earth, through the body of Christ, the remnant that He has chosen. This remnant, elected from among the nations, shall become the tents, liken unto David’s tabernacle, wherein God’s presence and glory can be looked upon by the residue, the rest of mankind. This revealing of God’s manifested presence through His sons; the remnant from the nations shall result in mankind finally coming to the place of seeking after the Christ, as manifested through the head and body.

             In this we shall behold a Kingdom of King/Priest, after the order of Melchisedec, coming forth to rule and reign with the firstborn Son, the head of the body of Christ. They shall be robed in the righteousness of God, having upon them the priestly garment that reveals and manifest the mind, the nature of our God. These Old Testament High Priest garments type for us, the putting on of the mind of Christ for each son. In Exd. 28:36-38 God declares, “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace that it may be upon the mitre (a turban for the head); upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be acceptable before the Lord”. In the purifying of the priest, the body of Christ, let us take note that the High Priest mitre is one of the last parts of the priest garment to be put on. This speaks to us that in the maturing of the body of Christ, this remnant shall finally come to know the sealing of the mind of Christ. A putting on of the mind of Christ signifies that these overcomers receive the authority and a commission to act in the Christ authority. These shall also experience the reality of the redemption of their body, a being glorified unto His likeness and image. This is a moving into the present tense nature of our Father.

             In all that we have experienced, in days gone by, we must confess that the ways in which God has led us, while a joy, has been a straight and narrow way. While having many great seasons in the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit, there remains a deep seated desire for the lasting fullness of the greater things God has promised. While enjoying the harvest of the in-part gospel, there is that inward knowing and longing for that which is come, perfection, a growing up unto maturity to become even as Christ is. The Lord has come; His presence is among and in us. The fullness of time has come and a people are putting on the mind of Christ that is to rule the whole man, spirit, soul and body. The Christ body shall come forth from obscurity to be manifested in a full measure. While the true body of Christ has known the firstfruits of the Spirit, we must remember, that the firstfruits are only the earnest, the down payment of our inheritance. But now the fullness has come and God speaks, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away”. (Song of Solomon 2:10-13). It is the time of change; new conditions speak of a time of restoration, a time of arising and coming away unto Him. Thus, God deserves our full attention that we might do and say only what we see Him do and say.



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                         “You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose”

                                                     Chapter Eight

                                           “God’s Chosen Vessels”

             In considering the Christ, it is very important to remember that He is both the head and a many member body, which God has anointed and called to bring forth the visible expression of the invisible God. He is a King/Priest company of people, purposed to establish the kingdom of God in the earth. These are to become the people of manifestation, who shall do the greater works of the Father which Jesus told us about. These are to come forth in a full measure, totally led of the Holy Spirit, in doing only what they see their Father do and saying only what they hear Him say. These are a people pure in heart, with a love for God that surpasses all else. These serve God and Him alone and as chosen vessels they are called to express His nature which lives within.

             Isaiah 4:2 speaks to us of a Branch, “In that day shall the Branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious....” The branch spoken of here is the Hebrew word “ZEMACH” which has the meaning of “a sprout” and is used in scripture when speaking of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. But, in Isaiah 11:1 we are told, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots”. The word “Branch” in this scripture is not the same Hebrew word as used in Isaiah 4:2. Here in Isaiah 11:1 the word translated “Branch” is the Hebrew word “NEZER” which has the meaning of “a shoot, a descendant”. These different Hebrew words and their meanings speak to us more along the line of shoots growing out from a sprout. With “sprout”, again a word used when speaking of the Messiah, we are shown God’s intended purpose in His birthing a people of like kind as the sprout. These are those “shoots” coming forth as offspring of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, “the sprout”. God has declared, in His word, that the elder son would have for Himself a generation. “....who shall declare his generation? .... Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand”. (Isaiah 53:8 & 10). Pointing to a generation of the last day, to come forth in the earth, to manifest the greater works in which Jesus spoke of when speaking of going to the Father. John 14:12 states, “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father”. (Also read Isaiah 11:1-16).

             In the appearing, the releasing or birthing of these “shoots, these descendants”, these chosen ones of the Father, a kingdom government is established which shall put to right standing all the kingdoms of the world’s wrongs. This government shall correct all that hurts or destroys. This is a kingdom that changes the course of the Adam nature and causes peace to take the place of enmity. Isaiah 11:9 declares, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea”. In that day, even as God visited Egypt with plagues and judgment to release Israel from bondage, so shall He visit the earth through a “root of Jesse”, a remnant of people, and the “shoots”, who have become an ensign in which all the world shall seek after. These ones shall find themselves moving in such as anointing, that mankind shall begin to see, through them, a visible expression of an invisible God. Herein God’s glory shall be manifest.

             In this day spoken of, the earth shall begin to see the true seed of Abraham, the generation of which is the Christ. Through the release of a working revelation concerning these “last days”, these sons shall be matured and manifested as a Christ-like company who become God’s spokesmen and representatives on the earth. In Matt. 16:19 we are shown, “And I will give unto thee the keys (power to open) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. The prerequisite for being used in such a place of power and authority is determined by John 5:19 which says, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son (sprout and shoots) can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”. This scripture is speaking of the Christ, both head and the many member body, concerning these last day works which have been promised. This is a son company, which matures unto the place, wherein, they do nothing of themselves. The works which they do are only that which they see the Father do. This speaks of a special kind of relationship between the Father and the many member sons. In this relationship, they fulfill all that the Father has purposed for this day and that day which is to come.

             It is of a certainty that God has purposed to build something for Him to dwell in. But in all God’s dealings with David, King over Israel, we can see that God did not desire, nor request of David to build Him a house of cedar in which to dwell. II Sam. 7:5-7 & 12-13 reveals that while David was not to build Him a house, God would have for Himself a seed, after David’s genealogy, that would be raised up for the purpose of building God a house to dwell in. “Go and tell My servant David, thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build Me an house for Me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle, In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My People Israel, saying, Why build ye not Me an house of cedar? .... And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever”. Who is this chosen seed God speaks of here? Who is this seed in whom God declares would become a kingdom to be established forever? I Cor. 3:16 declares for us who this kingdom, this dwelling place of God, this temple is, “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” The Greek word used in this scripture for “temple” means, “the Sanctuary or actual Temple building consisting of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies”. This clarifies for us, that there are a people who do become God’s dwelling place, God’s chosen ones who become the expression of His glory as typed by the Old Testament Holy Place and Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament tabernacle, among the children of Israel, God’s glory dwelt and was confirmed with a cloud by day and a fire by night. God shall likewise, in the last days, establish for Himself a dwelling place. These chosen ones, they shall likewise become the visible expression of the invisible God. They shall be confirmed by the in-Christed anointing wherein a full measure shall be expressed. We do not any longer live and manifest just the in-part anointing, but in the fullness thereof. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. (John 3:34).

             It has been promised by God and even as His Word is yea and amen, so shall it come to pass. Even now there is a sounding trumpet being heard throughout the land. God, as promised, is declaring the message, He is sending forth His sounding messenger that is proclaiming the day of His appearing. Even as John the Baptist was the messenger for the preparing of Jesus’ coming forth, likewise a messenger is sounding out and making ready the way for the appearing of the many member Christ, those chosen ones who are being made ready to come forth. Mal. 3:1 shouts out, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His Temple (who is His temple?), even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts”. Friends, even as we write, there is a revival of sorts, taking place, that is preparing the way for this appearing of the Christ and His body. It seems as if from every source and channel of ministry, a trumpet is sounding, declaring, “Prepare ye the way for the coming of the Lord”. God has raised up many anointed ministers, who today, are being used to become this trumpet. But even as John the Baptist, they declare that they are not that Christ, but the Christ shall and will come, It is declared for us in II Thess. 1:10 in this manner, “When He shall (shall have) come to be glorified (expressed) in (being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance) His saints (holy separated ones), and to be admired in all them that believe in that day”. An appearing shall and will take place, a coming forth of a many member anointed one, the in-Christed ones. They, as Jesus, shall follow in the aftermath of the John the Baptist ministry, which is being manifested in the now, those ones who are anointed and preparing the way for the manifestation of the fullness of the Christ.

             In reading the 15th chapter of John, we can see some key verses that speak to us concerning these true “shoots” that come from the “branch or sprout” of God. Remember, these true shoots declare for us concerning the offspring being birthed of like kind, the branch of the Father. The vine, the branch, the sprout, speaks of the Messiah, which has purposed to bring forth a harvest of like-kind fruit. This is fruit of the same spirit and same nature as the first born son. Each shoot or son shall be purged (cleansed). The purpose of this purging is that each shoot might bring forth more fruit, for each son finds they are unable to bear any spiritual fruit of themselves. The prerequisite to bearing fruit is that we must abide in Him. We can have no life of our own. This is a hard saying unless we see the true results of bringing forth more fruit. In the bringing forth of more fruit, the Father is glorified. The Fathers glory is then ministered as His Kingdom is manifested through the chosen people who love Him above all else. In verse 16 we rest in the truth that ensures us of bearing fruit that reveals the Father that brings forth His manifested glory. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained (placed) you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name (nature), He may give it you”. Thus, these are chosen of the Father before hand, for a specific purpose which is a purpose that rest in the Father Himself. This is a purpose that He set in motion to come forth in His chosen time and season. For this cause He declares in verse 27, “And ye also shall bear witness (testify, or are testifying), because ye have been (ye are) with me (in association and companionship with Christ) from the beginning (of the Lord’s ministry)”. Could it not be, that another people have also been chosen before hand, by God, sent out from the Father in due season, to also fulfill a chosen purpose. This purpose is to establish for God a kingdom wherein all things might be restored back unto the Father.

             Again, God would have us to know, that the Christ is coming again, to be manifested in His saints, His separated ones. John shares with us in I John 4:17, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness (confidence) in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world”. In considering God’s chosen ones; let’s consider some word meanings in the above scripture. The phrase “made perfect” is the Greek word “TELEIOO” which has the meaning of “to make a full end, consummate”. When speaking of love being made perfect, it speaks of God with us in a fullness of expression through that people who receive Him. It speaks of a God who has invested Himself in a chosen people who shall become even as He is in the world. How do you see God in this world? Is He an invisible God that cannot be seen with the eyes of man? Does not the scripture declare in I John 3:2 that, “Beloved, now are we the sons (TEKNON meaning that which is born, a child by natural descent) of God, and it doth not yet appear (to bring to light, make manifest) what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear (to bring to light, make manifest) we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as (even as) He is”. Let’s take special note of the word “see” in the above scripture. From the Greek word “OPSOMAT”, a word meaning “that which has regard to the object presented to the eye, and to the subject which perceives, it at the same time. It denotes, not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented. Hence, to truly comprehend”. Thus, if God remains an invisible God to us, we likewise shall see Him remain invisible in and through us. But, to see Him as He is, to truly comprehend, we shall find ourselves becoming the visible expression of the God we behold. No longer to remain invisible, but a God that can be looked upon, through the anointed ones, the in-Christed ones, those who truly behold Him as He is. I Cor. 15:51-52 states how we shall fulfill verse 49 of I Cor. 15. “And as we have borne the image (likeness) of the earthy, we shall also bear the image (likeness) of the heavenly”. How? “Behold I shew you a mystery (secret); we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”. This phrase, “in a moment” is from the Greek words “EN ATOMOS” which has the meaning of “in atoms”. The word “atoms” is speaking to us of parts of our body and is not speaking to us of a moment of time. God is here declaring that there is to be a time when a change shall take place in our bodies. This, a people are to know the reality of a body change, as the atoms are changed from that which is earthly and corruptible, to that which is heavenly in its nature, one that is incorruptible. A last trump shall sound, one that is even now on the verge of beginning to sound. Then a change takes place as we put on our spiritualized bodies, to dwell in and minister the kingdom of God on the earth. This is that for which all creation awaits. The redemption of the body which ushers in the manifestation of the sons of God as declared in Rom. 8:19, “For the earnest expectation (anxious looking with outstretched head) of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”.

             Thus, we see the fulfillment of the Old Testament type, the Feast of Tabernacles. This is a time when a people are in-dwelt with the fullness of God and His love instead of having only a measure, the in-part. Lev. 26:11-12 states, “And I will set my tabernacle (habitation) among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk (as in Eden) among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people”. What a promise, what a covenant. Remember, that which God promises He will fulfill in full measure. II Cor. 6:16 continues to speak, “And what agreement hath the Temple of God (the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies) with idols?  For ye are the Temple of the living god; as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My People”.

             Therefore, according to that which God has said, that which He has purposed and began in the beginning (read Gen. 1:26-28), He shall fulfill in a full measure. Not one word shall be left out unto that one who believes unto the fullness of God’s purpose for creation. “And I hear a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell (tabernacle) with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful”. (Rev. 21:3-5).

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You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose

                                                  Chapter Nine

A New Name             

God has called and He is now bringing forth a people to ascend into the ranks of those whom He calls “the overcomer”. This word “overcomer” from the dictionary has the meaning of “to get the better of in competition, conquer. To master, prevail over, to overcome obstacles, to overpower or overwhelm”. Thus, a person who has conquered every obstacle and has gained that Christ-like life which God has called them unto. A life that knows justification and glorification and a life that leaves the mortal realm of the earthly behind, to gain the immortal places of the heavenlies. This is a people who have come to the end of a lifestyle of groaning and travailing, into the placement of becoming a son which includes the redeeming of the body. Rom. 8:23 declares for us, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit the redemption of our body”. In this we now groan and those who overcome shall be released from the mortal groaning body, to one that becomes immortal, one that glorifies God. This is a higher place than that of receiving the in-part gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit only. This Holy Spirit anointing place is that which is but a foretaste and pledge of a far greater position, an eternal inheritance. Again, we are shown in Rev. 7:3 that God declares of a people who shall arise to receive the mind of Christ, that each might move into that realm of the “greater works than these shall we do” as spoken by Jesus. “Hurt not .... till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads (mind of Christ)”. It is unto those who are willing to become bond-servants to God that become those who shall be sealed with the mind of Christ.

             By looking at the life of Jacob (the contender), it depicts for us, a life as it is lived after the dictates of the natural man. His name itself has the meaning of “contender, supplanter” which reveals for us the nature of the natural man in its ability to struggle against God’s higher purposes. But, Jacob was brought by God to the place where He was left alone, as it were, for it was time for him to ascend into a higher plane in God. God shares with us in Gen. 32:24, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a Man with him until the breaking of the day”. The word “Man”, as used in this scripture, speaks to us loudly in revealing some understanding to us as to the transition Jacob was about to complete. “Man” in this context is the Hebrew word “ISH” which means “male, or husband; a man in contrast with a women. But it means a greater man in contrast with ordinary men”. Could this not be speaking to us of a greater man within the ordinary Adam man? In this context we do have Jacob, the natural ordinary man, contending with a greater man. This word “ISH” is also used “when God is spoken of as man”. Thus, this “Man”, the greater man within is speaking of the spirit of God that comes to dwell within man’s spirit (Adam, the natural ordinary man). With the scriptures telling us that “the kingdom of God is within”, we know that God in man (ISH) has a dwelling within that man. Could it be then, that the natural ordinary man Jacob was wrestling with the greater man within, the spiritual man in whom the wrestling and transition within Jacob was to bring forth? Jacob was never to walk the same from that day forth, never again in his own strength (as shown by the touching of the hollow of his thigh). He was now changed from Jacob, the contender, the natural man, to Israel, a prince with God. This means that He becomes one who God commands, orders and rules. Now Jacob was to be known as Israel, the name now used for the Jacob who types a spiritual man. Gen. 32:28 says, “And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, But Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”. Here Israel speaks of that man whom Jesus spoke of as one that “only does what He see’s his Father do, and only says that which he hears his Father say”. Israel is one who is the prince of God, a commander, an orderer (binding and loosening). He is one that now manifests that which God is in him. How? Because he has become like unto the Father as shown in Gen. 32:30, “And Jacob called that name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved”. This word “Peniel” is the Hebrew word for “God’s face”, and as we are told in I John 3:2b, “.... but we know that, when He shall appear (make manifest), we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”.

          
              
This new name (nature) is a promise from the Father unto all those who have overcome. It is given unto those who are brought to the end of their own strength. In being weak, we like Jacob, have learned to lean upon the heavenly staff wherein we are in right position before God and receive a new name. Rev. 2:17 says, “.... to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in that stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it:”. A white stone was known by the elders as a “victory” stone. In the year of Jubilee, at the time of Israel’s feast, a “white stone” was given to the individual who was released from bondage. This white stone is the proof given for full redemption, a new name (nature), the mind of Christ and a new body. It is of assurance that these shall no longer walk as they once walked. This new walk is not a walking in some new more updated set of rules and doctrines. Rather, they shall leave behind the natural concepts of doctrinal laws and traditions to move into the realm of reality. That which they once hoped for will now become the manifested life-style of each overcomer, as they express the nature of Christ unto the world.

             As we consider a people coming into a life of maturity, a life of perfection, even as the Father is perfect, we can base the truth of King David, who was anointed three times as a type of the King/Priest ministry that is now coming forth in the earth. David’s first anointing came through Samuel while he was still a lad tending his father’s sheep. (Read I Sam. 16:1-12). In I Sam. 16:13 we read, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him (David) in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward ....” This first anointing is a type of the outer court anointing wherein the sacrifice is made for the sins of the people. Secondly, after Saul’s death (the death of the house of flesh), David was again anointed by the tribe of Judah to be King over them. II Sam. 2:4 shows, “And the men of Judah (praise) came, and there they anointed David King over the house of Judah”. Herein we see the type of the holy place anointing, even as it fell upon those in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. This anointing, which are the firstfruits, the gifts and ministries given for the perfection of the saints is the earnest of our inheritance. Eph. 4:13 declares this anointing was to be in place until, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. And in Eph. 1:14 we are told that this second anointing is but the earnest (a pledge) of our inheritance until, “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”. This redemption then is but the beginning of another anointing, a new day in Christ. The third anointing is coming and is even now upon us. In looking at David’s third anointing, we can see another type of another greater day. Herein we see David being set in as King over all Israel. II Sam. 5:3 declares, “So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and King David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David King over Israel”. This anointing is the anointing represented by the Holy of Holies in the wilderness Tabernacle. It’s that anointing which manifest the full stature of Christ in and through a people. It is that anointing, that life which births the redemption of the purchased possession, an anointing that enables God to send forth a people in the Spirit without measure. “For He Whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”. (John 3:34). Here we see a remnant of people, caught up to dwell in God with their heads in the heavens (mind of Christ) while their feet walk upon the ground. This is that mature, perfected remnant that God can now send forth unto the nations, to feed, nurture and purify them, that they might likewise follow after all the truth of God. In Acts 15:16-17 we read, “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, saith the Lord, Who doeth all these things”.

             Another type given us to consider is Benjamin, a type of those ones who are being redeemed to fulfill the ministry of the body of Christ, the sons of His right hand. These shall become those Priest/King ministers who shall usher in the end-time kingdom of God. Benjamin was the younger of the two sons born to Rachel, the true love of Jacob (Israel), for whom he served Laban fourteen years to receive her for his wife. This number fourteen is twice the number of seven which is God’s number for spiritual perfection. A number multiplied by two simply means a higher form of the number. Jacob had worked seven years and received Leah by deception and then he worked seven more years for the wife of his true love. With each wife being perfect in her own order, but with Rachel being a higher order of the church, the part of the church which births the true son of God, including the many member body of Christ, the man-child which is birthed to rule the nations. While Leah types the carnal church as seen in the earth today, Rachel speaks to us of the virgin girl Mary from whom the first son Jesus was birthed. Rachel, at the end of her days, after birthing Joseph, later births another younger son called Benjamin, a type of the last day man-child company. Even though Jacob (Israel), that old supplanter, the contender, had twelve sons from four different women, we can see God’s controlling hand in bringing forth great truths for us to see. Twelve is God’s number for governmental perfection, with four denoting creative works, with reference to the material creation, as pertaining to the earth. From among these four mothers (creative works) and twelve sons (governmental perfection) we should pay special attention to Rachel and her two sons. Joseph was the first born of Rachel, types for us Jesus, the first born son of God, as He was birthed through His mother Mary. Mary was the virgin maid, who knew not a man, but was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit to birth a Son, the head of the many member body of Christ. This Rachel, in the last of her days also births another son. Benjamin, the younger son, who types the many member sons of God, is likewise birthed from that woman who represents the last day’s virgin church, the true church who is birthing this man-child, many members in number, which makes up the fullness of the Christ. Joined with the first born son, these firstfruits, brought forth as a remnant, shall began to rule over God’s kingdom as it is established on the earth in the last of these last days. A few things we should notice about Benjamin are that he is the only other son of Israel which is born from Rachel. He was Joseph’s only full brother and we should notice in Gen. 35:18 that Benjamin (son of my right hand) did not have an earthly mother to raise him. Likewise, the man-child church is also separated from the mother (church), into God to be raised up by the father. “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died,) that she called his name Benoni (son of my sorrow); but his father called him Benjamin”. Thus a revealing that this last day many member son, born from the virgin Church, shall not be a son of sorrow like the first born (Jesus), but shall be the ruling son of God’s right hand, the inheritor of God’s kingdom.

             Benjamin, Joseph’s only full brother, was the one whom Joseph (while in Egypt) remembered, loved and longed to see. It was this younger brother who Joseph searched for, as his brothers came down to Egypt for food, because of a famine in the land. Remember, as his brothers were departing, to return back home to Israel, it was in Benjamin’s sack that Joseph hid the silver cup. Silver, denoting redemption, was the cup offered to Benjamin for his redemption, which had been paid for by the sufferings of Joseph before he moved into rulership in Egypt. Even as the elder son Jesus, who likewise suffered for His body’s sake, there are a people today who are accepting from Him His silver cup of redemption. Matt. 20:22 says, “But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask, Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him, we are able”. Unto those who are willing to share in Joseph’s cup (Jesus), they shall also rule and reign with Him. With this “Joseph cup” denoting Christ sufferings, a people are coming into unity with Him. They are coming into that spirit of rulership in Christ wherein they come into their inheritance. II Tim. 2:12 shares, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, he also will deny us:” With Benjamin being birthed as the last of the twelve sons of Israel, denoting for us the feet members of the body of Christ, they shall at their appearing, come into the fullness of their inheritance. Let’s remember that it is the feet that appear last in the birthing of a child. This fullness speaks to us of the whole man, a day of redemption for the spirit, soul and body. I Cor. 15:26-27 declares, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death, for He hath put all things under His feet (members of Christ’s body)”.

             Even as it was in the days of Joseph, in these last days, there shall appear another famine in the earth. Not a famine for bread and water but a famine for the Word of God in spirit and truth. Joseph, who had been given the dreams of rulership, was despised of his brethren, even as a remnant of people in the earth today is despised. They likewise have visions and dreams of rulership in the spirit, will and purpose of God. These visions and dreams, given by God, shall likewise cause this people to be rejected by their brethren, to be despised and sold out as not even being a part of the household of God, as the worldly minded churches profess to be. These despised ones, though sold out and supposed to be dead, shall become the savior’s coming from Mt. Zion unto all their brethren. This last day famine is even now in the land, which is not a famine for food and water, but a famine of the hearing of the true word of God. Amos 8:11 declares for us, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”. Honesty causes us to agree that most of that which is preached across the pulpits of the land today is not necessarily the true word of God. At best, it is a watered down version of former days, doctrines and passed down traditions that have not birthed the expression of God in the earth. Why? Could it not be that the famine of not hearing the word of God is being fulfilled. Where is the true Word of God? Most seek only for comfort or a place of survival in this cruel world, while willing to co-exist and compromise with it. By accepting the ways of the world as their ways, they allow their fruit to swivel up and die as declared in Amos 8:12-13, “And they shall wonder (stagger) from sea to sea (from human ways to human ways), and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro and seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint of thirst”. That generation in the earth who, up to now, are fainting. They have been spiritually dying for lack of God’s heavenly manna, the spiritual life of the revealed word. They seek all the avenues which the world’s kingdoms of religion have to offer; only to find themselves weaken unto death, unable to fulfill their thirsting and hunger cravings for satisfaction concerning the reason for their existence. Did God put a people upon the earth just to be abused, beaten and made prisoners of a corrupt system and it kings? Is God’s desire simply for them to die, to pass from the land of the living, just to be forgotten? Is this not the teaching of many of the church systems for the most part? Just hold on, abide, try to make it until physical death swallows you up, to just wait for the hope you have of going to heaven to be with God. Even from the beginning of humanity, God has spoken, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”. (Gen. 1:28). This speaks that all things are to be under subjection to God’s created man. But, with fallen man giving away the right to rule over God’s creation, all things became cursed, all things seek to corrupt God’s purpose. But, even though man, according to his natural nature, has corrupted the earth in all things, God has spoken forth a new creation man, one who is standing forth to subdue the earth and replenish it with God’s holy love. A new kingdom is coming forth, for even as Jacob, a newly named people are coming forth and are no longer known as schemers nor contenders, but a changed people. Those who have wrestled with themselves long enough to gain the victory and become a newly named people, spiritual Israel, a people whom God commands, orders and rules over. This is the people who become a prince of God through a nature change. Given to rule over the earth, to feed mankind the truth of God’s word, food and drink to bring change to all God’s creation.

             Again, liken unto Joseph, this people have been despised of their brethren, (those ones born unto the household of spiritual Israel, but have not as yet been willing to submit to God’s divine Kingly order.) Their brethren have supposed this Joseph/Benjamin Company to be dead, but they are very much alive, hidden among them in the earth. They are obscure, hidden away until the time of their appearing. Because of the time, they are even now beginning to come forth; they are speaking a word of deliverance, a word of life that shall cause the residue of God’s people to conquer death even as these firstfruit ones have conquered it. At the time of their appearing they, at first like Jesus, shall not be recognized because of the order of their appearing. But, mankind shall finally come to know them as Christ reveals Himself through them, His body of people that are manifesting the greater works. A people who have been birthed into the redemption of their bodies by a putting on of God’s divine nature as spoken of in II Peter 1:1-3, “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue; Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. A promise, a fact, a completed word that is coming forth even now by the putting on of that new name, a new nature manifesting itself through LOVE, a new day, and a new order is come. It is even now upon us so arise for I come quickly, even now, saith the Lord, therefore, Yea and Amen, according to God’s word so shall it be.



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“You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose”

                                                     Chapter Ten

 

                                              “God’s Man-Child”

             The whole world and all that dwells upon her is even now groaning and travailing, waiting in pain for an event to take place which will eventually bring change to all things. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now”. (Rom.8:22). While the whole world groans, there is from out of the whole, a portion, a remnant which shall become a beginning, and the firstfruits that shall fulfill all that the groaning desires. This is a desire, which is calling for not only the redemption of their bodies, but the restoration of all God’s creation. This remnant shall become the saviors spoken of who come forth from Mt. Zion (God’s dwelling place on earth within man) with salvation for all of mankind. Obadiah 1:17 & 21 speak of these deliverers by declaring, “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness: and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions .... And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau (the house of flesh); and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s”. Also II Cor. 5:1-4 openly states, “For we know that if our earthly house of the tabernacle (body) were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked (without a body). For we that are in the tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we should be unclothed, but clothed upon that mortality might be swallowed up of life”. While, up to this particular time in God, the church has seen nothing more than the earnest, the pledge of our inheritance, we are now beginning to see the first signs of the promise of God, the fullness of God making an appearance within man. The groaning is on the increase and the event of God’s remnant coming forth is even now making a showing, an appearance. We are beginning to see that this birthing, the adoption, the placing of the sons of God, is taking place. These birth contractions are getting closer and closer together with each passing day and the completed man-child will soon be coming forth to take his place.

 

             In the book of the Revelation, we are shown, in the very first verse that its purpose is “to show unto His servant’s things which must shortly come to pass”. With Revelation being a book written about 57 years after the death of Jesus, and about 90 years after His birth, the truth contained within points to events that take place beyond or after the time of its writing. Hence, when our attention is drawn to a birthing that is to take place, as told in the book of Revelation, that birthing does not point to Jesus’ birth as a baby some 2000 years ago, but it speaks to that which is to come forth in a season after Revelation was written. Therefore, as we look at the declarations made in this book, we are allowed to see those things which have taken place since John wrote of them, as well as those things that are to shortly come to pass. With Revelation speaking of the last days, these then are things that will quickly come forth because we are now living in the “last” of the “last days”.

 

             One event, a sign that is in the process of being fulfilled in our day is the one spoken of in the 12th chapter of Revelation. Herein is the declaration of the birthing of a man-child. In verse one it speaks of a great wonder which is taking place in the heavens. This is a “great wonder” because it is revealing an event taking place on a scale never before seen or known. “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:” In this context the word “heaven” is a plural word meaning more than one heaven. Therefore, this wonder of a woman being clothed with the sun is an event taking place in many heavens. Could this have the meaning of an event taking place in more than one mans spirit and soul? Is it not pointing to the kingdom of God coming forth on earth through the pure true church? Just who and what then are these heavens being spoken of here? The Greek word for heaven, in this verse, speaks of “the idea of elevation, as the abode of God”. This points us to the fact that within all who receive Him, God abides. With God’s abiding place being a heaven, herein we have a heaven within mankind when they receive Him into their lives. Therefore, with heaven being within and it being the idea of elevation, the abode of God, then man, who has the ability to manifest God from within, can be elevated to live in that same heaven. Hence, a people can, by becoming a spirit led people, who no longer follow the appetites of the fleshly carnal realm, those who are only being motivated by the spirit of God from within; they can become that ascended, elevated people. These people are living and walking in a new dimension of life. By being a people who follow after the heaven within, they become a people who are now clothed with new garments, no longer wearing the earthly garments of the old carnal nature. Clothing or being clothed speaks to us of a spiritual covering which reveals or manifest something of another nature. These are not any longer dressed as those of the earth, but with the characteristics that manifest a life of the heavenly order or realm. This women, who types the church in the earth has changed her apparel, she has put off her old characteristics of the fleshly nature to reveal another nature. “Clothed with the sun” is speaking of a woman likened unto the Virgin Mary and she is being overshadowed by the spirit of God. She, being clothed with the sun, the Christ, is receiving the word, the seed of God. This is His Word which will birth the man-child. This women is that part of the church which is now clothed with Christ (the sun), with the moon (speaking of the carnal part of the church) now being under her feet. This is speaking of those within the church who have overcome the apostasy which eats up the carnal church. This Christ clothed woman, one, but many in number, has become pregnant. She does not defile herself with the seed of mans own thoughts, nor the words of mans own concepts, doctrines and traditions. She (they) have become pure in spirit to receive only that which the Holy Spirit would speak. This church, the woman church, is not necessarily that one down the street, on a corner bearing another’s name, but it is the church which has been clothed with the sun, the righteousness of Christ. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”. (II Cor. 11:2). This is that part of the church that separates and becomes clean through the blood of Jesus’ death that she might receive the seed of Christ. Not willing to receive from any other source, she is receiving only from God and is now pregnant with the coming man-child, God’s many member Son who shall rule the nations.

 

             To enable us to understand the truth of the man-child, with a single eye, we should consider the kingdom of God, the church as it is in the earth today. The church is that entity, purposed of God, which shall usher in the 1000 year reign of peace on the earth through the birthing of a man-child. At the present time we see a church that is operating in three parts as typed by the wilderness tabernacle of Moses and the temple as built by Solomon. Part one is that Outer Court area where the sacrifices for sins are made. It represents the church that lives and dwells in the realm of the flesh which receives only the natural light of the world, or the letter of the word which killeth.

 

             Part two is about change, it is the Holy Place realm which receives its light from the lit and burning candlestick as it daily receives the anointing oil to maintain the necessary light. This realm speaks to us of the soulish church, the women who must receive her seed or the word of God from the table of shewbread in this Holy Place. This speaks of the soul of man whose mind, will, emotions and desires, as in the old fallen Adam nature, are dead and act separately from God. Man’s soul needs to be restored as the spirit and word are received to restore it back to life, to again become a living soul. It is in this Holy Place order where the soul of man either rejects the Spirit and the Word or is progressively changed by them. This Holy Place area of the soul speaks to us of that feminine order that receives from the Spirit of God as He lives in man’s renewed spirit, purposed to eventually give birth to a new nature, another order coming forth from God.

 

             The third part of the kingdom of God is represented by the Holy of Holies which speaks to us of a masculine church, where the seed of God, His Word dwells in the spirit without measure. It is from out of the women church order (the soul, the Holy Place) that the masculine church order is to be birthed. This is the part of the church that receives the working word of God and is transformed in spirit and soul to become the visible expression of God in the earth as their bodies also know full redemption. When speaking of the feminine, female, woman church, we speak of that realm of life which, though anointed with ministries and the gifts of the spirit, it continues to follow after the desires of the soulish parts of the vessel. When speaking of the masculine, male, man-child church, we are talking of those who allow the anointing oil of God to transform their soul to become a spirit led order of people who stand in the presence of God’s throne room realm, a nature change with throne-room authority. An order of people who become one with God even as Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”.

 

             This woman is not only clothed with the sun (righteousness) and overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, but has also put the moon under her feet. This moon, which receives its night time light from the sun (Christ), speaks to us of a carnal church which has no light within itself, but receives only the light it allows the sun (Christ) to give it. The moon speaks of a part of the church which mixes her seed with the seed (thoughts, desires, emotions and mind) of man. Man’s seed is that which contains his own doctrines, traditions and philosophy. Meanwhile, the woman church is that part of the soulish church which gains victory over the confusions of man. She has become an overcomer by placing all such confusion under her feet. She has learned fully well that obedience is better than sacrifice. She is seeking to see only what the Father is doing and desiring to say only what she hears her Husband say. With this being the utmost desire of her heart she is having union with Him. In this place of victory she, by the spirit, receives the crown of twelve stars that is placed upon her head. This crown denotes a renewing of the mind, a coming out from being under man’s order into God’s divine government. His governmental perfection now rules over her life. The twelve stars speak of God’s number for governmental perfection and speak of a many member women who receives only that which comes from God. This part of the woman church becomes one who is placed in authority (the crown); to become the purified, perfection and purged one needed to birth the man-child, the sons of God. This woman, the cleansed part of the church is being impregnated by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit and is now becoming with child. She is now beginning to know the travail and pain that comes with the delivery of a child. “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered”. (Rev. 12:2). There is a part of the Christian Community, which even now, here on earth which finds itself going through this birthing process. It finds itself knowing the pain of that birthing, a travailing with contractions as she is experiencing the deep seated longing to push until the birth is completed.

 

             Finally with the birthing being complete, a man-child of destiny is birthed. A male son who is to rule the nations is now appearing. This son is the one of birth whose origin and nature is of the Fatherhood of God. This son is he who is a son because of a relationship with the Father. Rev. 12:5 declares with firmness, “And she brought forth a man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God and to His throne”. This son is the many member sons who are birthed out from the female church order to be caught up into a higher realm in God, the throne room order. Consider this truth; it is from the throne room that life is brought forth. It is within this masculine church that the seed of life dwells. The man issues forth the seed while the woman is the receiver of the seed. Again, we ask, where is the kingdom of God? Where is God’s throne? Are not the kingdom of God and His throne within? Does not God dwell within the spirit of man, seeking to restore the soul of each one who receives Him, until the birthing of that new man, a new nature? Unto those who not only receive Him, but are led of the Holy Spirit, they cease from living after the order of the earthly realm, the old nature, and their lives now ascend to a “caught up” order of life consumed by God’s kingdom and throne. This speaks to us of a many member son in whom being “caught up”, means a moving into the Spirit without measure. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him”. (John 3:34). This many member sons are now coming into the full realization of their inheritance. No longer limited to the earthly Levitical priesthood order that makes nothing perfect, but is now moving in the authority of the throne room, the right of rulership, a ministry from the heavenlies, which is God’s dwelling within man.

 

             These are God’s appointed ministry which now comes forth in the order of the Melchisedec, the heavenly priesthood. Heb. 7:1-3 states that, “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all: first being by interpretation king of righteousness, and after that also king of Salem, which is King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually”.

 

             This “catching up” of the man-child order does not necessarily speak to us of a physical catching away, but ascension into a higher realm, a higher dimension of the spirit, into the heavenlies within. These heavens are that place of entering into a realm of life wherein a new body is ultimately received, for this is the time of the redemption of the body. It is the time of being completely born of the Spirit of God which includes the whole man, spirit, soul and body. John 3:5-8 declares, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit (of water - yea spiritual water), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again. The wind (spirit) bloweth (breathed) where it listeth (He willeth), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell (knoweth not) whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit”. This is pointing to a people that are putting on incorruption and immortality. The receiving of a spiritual body which comes and goes like the wind, but one that can be touched, felt and seen just as Jesus’ spiritual body was after His resurrection. Hence, we see a man-child order being “caught up”, born of the Spirit. This is a body of people who are being “placed as a son”. This is the adoption, which is preparing them for the power of the first resurrection. Rev. 20:6 states, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priest of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years”.

 

             The man-child which is to be born of the woman is to become the masculine church that is to dwell in a higher realm of the spirit. This man-child church is not a soulish church that needs to receive seed or life as the woman does, but one that giveth seed or has life within himself because of the indwelling throne room realm. Meanwhile, the woman remains a part of that earthbound church which finds herself fleeing from before that dragon to a place prepared for her. This is a place that has been prepared wherein she will dwell for a 3 ½ year period of time. Rev. 12:6 says, “And the woman fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of God, that they (the man-child, the body of the promised seed set to crush the head of the serpent) should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” This woman church has birthed out from herself the man-child (Christ and His body), who are now spiritually of another dimension of life which is separate from the woman. By moving into the life of that higher order, the man-child church is a mature people of a Christ like nature, a glorified people, who now began to rule and reign over God’s creation. Meanwhile, those remaining in the female (soulish) part of the church order, though blood bought, find themselves in need of further processing as they flee into the wilderness that God has prepared for them. This word “wilderness” in this context is from a Greek word which has the meaning of “lonesome”. Could this be speaking of a separation from those who have ascended into their place of rulership? With the man-child, the spirit led glorified body of Christ, having ascended into a higher order or realm because their understanding of God and their nature has matured, the women finds herself in a place of necessity. With the man-child having gone beyond the Vail into the place (Holy of Holies) of God’s glory she finds herself in a state of being “lonesome”. Being in a place of separation, into that place prepared beforehand by God, she is to receive a further purging and cleansing. A place wherein she might be separated from the in-part understandings of that soulish order which has had her bound, to a place of receiving additional teaching and a further time of maturing. Herein she will also reach her ordained place of fullness.

 

             In understanding that the woman, the soulish church, has need for a further cleansing we should take note of Lev. 12:2-5 where we are shown, by God that a further cleansing is necessary and required for those who live after the female order, the soulish realm. “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days: according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean .... But if she bears a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks (fourteen days), as in her separation ....” In other words, to those who are living and walking after the female (soulish) order instead of living and walking after the male (spirit) realm, it takes a longer period of time to come into that realm of being made clean or perfected. We have already been shown and are now seeing that the ones that are being “led by the spirit” are being made the “sons of God”. They are that man-child company birthed to glorify God in the ranks of the King/Priest ministry as they rule over His creation. Meanwhile, the soulish church, loved of the Father, continues on in its time of purification. Because she has need of a further cleansing, it is for this cause that God has prepared a place for her. A place prepared among the world where she is separated and protected by God. It is in this place of protection that she is fed and purged, to be made complete before God, through the ministry of the man-child that has ascended unto God, in the throne-room authority.

 

             As we continue to read in Rev. 12:7-9 we find that a war is also taking place in the heavens, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil (slanderer) and Satan (adversary), which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth (earth as distinct from heaven), and his angels were cast out with him”. Consider that this casting out is not the casting out which took place before the writing of Revelation. Remember, in Rev. 1:1 we are told, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; ....” So this context is speaking more in light of the casting out of Satan and his angels from the heaven in which the sons of God are to dwell as they are delivered and become deliverers through their birthing of the Holy Spirit. This is not referring to the time when the enemy of God was cast out from the holy mountain of God when he walked among the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28:14-15 speaks of this truth, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire ...., until iniquity was found in thee”. Thus, enemy and his angles were already cast out from God’s highest heaven at that time when iniquity was found in them. In heaven, that invisible realm in which God abides, there are many levels. Here, in this context of Rev. 12:7-9 we are shown that Satan, the Devil, that dragon, still had access to a certain level or realm of heaven. In that realm of access in heaven he has stood as an accuser, but He is now being cast out. This speaks of gaining a freedom of expression that the perfected sons of the throne room are coming into. Whereas in days gone by, there has been a wrestling with those rulers of darkness and the spiritual wickedness in high places, these sons are now taking up their right to rule. The man-child, with authority, by right of inheritance do now minister as kings and priest. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power (authority) of His Christ (many member); for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word (expression) of their testimony (witness); and they loved not their lives unto the death”. (Rev. 12:10-11).

 

             What a time of rejoicing unto those who are being transformed from the realm of carnality, the in-part order of church, into the spiritual realm of heaven. These are those who now have the mind of Christ and because they are in the heavens they are completely and only motivated by the spirit of God. They dwell in that new creation body which is free to express both the visible and the invisible. Therefore, these “caught up” ones, those born again of the spirit, the soul and the body have put to death the death realm in all its forms and manifestations. This man-child has put death under their feet, but what of the rest of mankind? In Rev. 12:12 we read, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell (tabernacle) in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and the sea! (carnal realm) for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”. While the man-child, the remnant which is now tabernacled in the heavens is free from the accuser, there still remains a soulish church, the woman soulish in her ways, who still dwells in the earth realm. With the dragon now having full access to the earth only, he turns to persecute that woman, that soulish church which birthed out from her the man-child who ascended to the throne room of God. Again take note that God had prepared beforehand, for this soulish church, a place of protection in the wilderness for a further cleansing and purging. It is in this place of protection that she is fed and kept from the dragon for a season. In this arena of time, from the serpent’s mouth, a flood of deception comes forth, seeking to destroy the woman through the flood waters of false doctrines which seek to deceive and destroy. It is here that the earth realm people who have lived their lives in the outer court of the flesh and its appetites, those who live completely for self, though religious in nature, are swallowed up by this flood of deception. Could this be saying that while the soulish church finds itself in need of a cleansing and a purging, those who are being protected by God, there are still a people in the earth realm who continue on in their fallen Adam nature, a people deceived who swallow up this further flood of deception? In this, they continue on in their ways of rejecting God and His supplied salvation. (Read Rev. 12:13-16).

 

             We find during this period of transition, after the man-child has been birthed, with the woman now being fed and purged through a further cleansing, the dragon is still at work, knowing that he has but a short time. In Rev. 12:17 we read, “And the dragon was wroth with the women (soulish church), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed (the man-child church), which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. At this point it would be well for us to read and consider some other scriptures concerning this particular time in God as He brings His creation towards a full measure of Himself. With the man-child being the remnant of her seed, which the dragon makes war against during this time of tribulation, Rev. 11:7-9 shares with us, “And when they (the two witnesses, the man-child) shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (in Jerusalem, the religious orders). And they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves”. It should be considered, according to God’s eternal purpose and preordained plan, that the body of Christ, these sons of God, the two witness man-child company are now being made ready to release the ministry of the power of Christ resurrection. Who are these two witnesses that are ministering during this time of tribulation? Scripture reveals for us that they are a people who have ascended to live before God in the order and government of that which is spirit and truth. It is in this law of spirit and truth that these witnesses, the overcoming man-child company defeats the antichrist satanic order that seeks to control God’s creation. In scripture God reveals these two witnesses as the two olive trees which are the anointed word and spirit. Zechariah 4:6 reveals, “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this (two olive trees) is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of host”. By the laying down of their lives willingly and after laying in the streets for 3 ½ days, they are then to be resurrected as they move into the ministry of resurrection. Rev. 11:11 says that, “And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them”. This is the time of tribulation when the many who have rejected Him will now seek to know Him. While there has been a multitude of people called by God, many have rejected that call to remain worldly minded in all their pursuits. But, events do happen which will cause changes to take place in emotions and desires. While many rejected God’s call in the dispensation of Grace, it this time of tribulation many will re-think their stand. While in that time of grace they rejected Him, now in tribulation they desire to know Him and the power of His resurrection. Could these be the multitudes spoken of in Rev. 7:9-10 & 13-14? “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God Which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb .... And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, what are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence come they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”. (Read Rev. 7:9-17).

 

             Again, in considering the man-child who is birthed out from the woman, let us consider some of the facts as to who they are. This man-child is a called out seed, a group of people who have left the carnal religious systems behind to become a people that have experienced the birthing of the Holy Spirit unto the whole man. These people have known the spiritual desert, even as Moses and liken unto Joseph, they have experienced abuse from their brethren. These are the overcomers who are destined for the throne room to rule and reign with Christ. In being birthed by the Spirit, as spoken of in John 3:3-8, they bring forth the fullness of their inheritance because they have not limited God in any area. They know God and the power of the first resurrection by coming up out of the in-part church order to become the glory of God in the earth, a people without measure. How? They have kept the Feast of Passover and experienced the 30-fold fruit of the outer court. These have experienced the Feast of Pentecost, the 60-fold fruit of truth in the Holy Place. And even now, these are standing on tip-toes, longing and waiting to experience fully the Most Holy Place Feast of Tabernacles, that feast which ushers in the 100-fold fruit of Life. What a day! What a time to be alive in Christ. A trumpet is sounding, a people are being birthed and a kingdom is becoming visible. God’s first-fruit man-child people are even now standing up to take the place of their inheritance. Thanks are unto God Who, through love, extends to us mercy and grace that we might become that Kingdom.

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Thanks Duane & Ron & Moderator,,,more confirmation & inspiration to 'open' my heart WIDE & receive this that you've shared in it's entirety...answering & clarifying much for me,,,Yes, thanks be unto God through His love, grace & mercy(oh praise God for  mercy) we can be those glorified vessels of honor through which His Kingdom will come and His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven... YEAH GOD!!!  It's happening! TY JESUS for reconciling us back to Father God, so making His plan of redemption for ALL creation complete.  Love you ALL

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You’re Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose

                                                Chapter Eleven

                                    “The Priest/Kings of the Lord”

             With the clouds of change gathering for what the scriptures have declared to be the last days, the different camps of belief, those of different understandings, are all prepared to see their doctrines fulfilled. With each camp standing firm in their creeds, the winds of God’s Holy Spirit is on the increase. Winds that shall, in strength, shake everything that can be shaken. Every house that has been built on the sandy foundation of man made doctrines and understandings shall fall, to cause only the truth to remain. For the appearing of the Christ is now come. At His appearing, with Christ being revealed, a full word of restoration is to be spoken. Judgment shall burn up all the wood, hay and stubble of mans own doctrines, to release God’s kingdom government of deliverance, an order that shall eventually set the captives free. The truth, spoken through and manifested from God’s spokesmen, His priesthood, shall restore the creation of God back to its full purpose. All that has been out of balance, because of the fall of man, shall be restored. Hence, in its restoration, God shall be all in all. Herein, every enemy shall be defeated and put under foot as God and His Christ shall reign.

             Who is this Priesthood company spoken of here? Even as God has spoken to us of a branch “out of the root of Jesse”, King David’s father, this branch shall mature until it is filled with the seven-fold spirit of God as spoken of in Isa. 11:2-3, “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord;”. The branch spoken of here is that many member “shoot”, a priesthood that is to be filled with God’s “seven-fold spirit. Thus, with such an in-dwelling anointing, they shall come forth in the righteous judgment of God as Isa. 11:4-5 declares, “But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked (lawless one). And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His rains”.

             Again, who is the Priesthood being spoken of in these scriptures? Could they not be those who have had their faith tested and tried through the fire of God? These are the chosen people who have remained faithful to God because they have caught a glimpse of Him and the inheritance which is reserved for them in the heavenlies, the dwelling places of God. Reading in I Peter 1:4-7 with joy we are told, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you. These are those who are kept by the power of God (the power of reproducing itself) through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed (to unveil so as to be visible to the eye) in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations, that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing (unveiling, revelation, manifestation, when used of a person it always denotes that he is visible) of Jesus Christ;”. Thus, we see a testing that is used to birth a people from the earth realm into the heavenlies. A company of Priest/Kings who stand in these last days, to minister unto God in His Holy of Holies, which is God’s abiding place within man. It is herein that He will make His appearance, to be finally fully manifested unto all mankind.

             Here we can begin to see a people who, through the fires of adversity, have been brought to the place wherein all they are or have been is laid upon an altar unto God. We began to see a people who wait upon the Father to receive instructions concerning His will. All that is of an independent source is forsaken. They seek only the Father, to know and do only that which He does or that which He says. Even as the High Priest, Jesus Christ, these also freely declare as did Jesus in John 5:19-20, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, Verily, I say unto you, The son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things so ever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will shew Him greater works than these that ye may marvel”. This is speaking of a ministry, a priesthood that shall cause the world to marvel. By becoming the manifested many member body of Christ, the priesthood, these purified over comers, shall likewise see and hear from the Father only. They, in obedience, shall do “the greater works than these shall ye do” ministry. A kingdom is to be established, it is to be ruled over and ministered unto the nations, through this Priest/King Company of people.

             The Priest/King ministry of these sons of God shall be the temple dwellers who reign with God from the Holy of Holies realm where God’s Shekinah glory abides. In Rev. 22:1-5 we are shown the environment of this dwelling place. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manners of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse (an accursed thing): but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him (those who minister unto Him, the Zadok, the Melchisedec priesthood); and they shall see His face;.... and they need no candle (the holy place realm), neither light of the sun (the outer court realm); for the Lord God giveth them light (Holy of Holies realm); and they shall reign for ever and ever (to the ages of the ages)”. These priests, the man-child, the sons of God, by overcoming all that the fire can burn, shall be changed and enabled to dwell in this Holy of Holies, the place of God’s Shekinah glory. They shall rise up from dwelling in the flesh realm, the lower realms of the earth, to a dwelling place in the heavenlies, which is God’s abiding place. They shall walk no more after the dictates of the natural lights of the sun, moon and stars. They shall move beyond the realm wherein the natural minds understanding exist. These shall desire no more the candlestick of the holy place realm, the soulish mixture which allows a people to receive only an in-part understanding which comes from the shadows cast by the candlestick light. Nothing will be left of the natural minds cravings, as all shall flow from the indwelling mind of Christ which is present in this priesthood. No darkness dwells there. There is no night of sickness, sin or corruption. A company of priest shall know the fullness of Godliness as they move or mature into the realm of the seven-fold spirit of God. This realm is an order wherein the kingdom of God governs without any shadows. Herein the law of God, His word, is revealed and manifested in a full measure. From this throne room order of life, healing flows unto the people of the nations, as God’s government flows out to rule over His creation. As Jesus showed us to pray, “Thy kingdom come ... on earth as it is in heaven”. Hence, God’s Shekinah glory comes. “Shekinah” is a word used to express the glory and presence of God to and in His people.

             Who is this Melchisedec, Priest of the Most High God? What does it mean for a people to fulfill that priesthood order? (Read Hebrews the seventh chapter). In these scriptures we are shown that the Melchisedec priesthood order far exceeds the Levitical priest in greatness. For the most part, the ministries we see operating in today’s Christian circles, only fulfill that of the Levitical order. Melchisedec is presented to us without reference to any human qualifications for the priest office. His genealogy is not recorded as was so essential in the case of Aaron’s sons, the Levitical priesthood. Ordinary priests began their service at thirty, and ended it at fifty years of age. The high priest succeeded on the day of his predecessor’s death. But with Melchisedec and the order he represents, there is no such dates recorded for it has neither beginning of days nor end of life. We only know that Melchisedec lived, and thus, He is a fitting type of these one’s who shall live continually. Heb. 7:3 states, “Without father, without mother, without decent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually”. This is the priesthood order that supersedes and does away with the Levitical order. The Levitical order, as we see it operating in the earth today, among the religious orders, can make nothing perfect. Why? Could it be because they are priest who operate in that fleshly, carnal in-part realm? Could they be that ministry which follows the dictates of tradition and mans doctrine instead of following only what the Holy Spirit would lead them to do? Are they a ministry that follows after the rituals and learned programmed services without considering the Holy Spirits leadership? But God, from the eternities, before the creation of mankind, purposed to have for Himself a priesthood that would stand before Him and minister. They would go forth in God’s presence, unto all His creation, to establish and reign over the kingdom which would come of God Himself. Here, in what we deem from scripture to be the last days, God, in all His glory is birthing forth this priesthood company to fulfill that purpose. We can behold the fundamental church orders which exist in the earth today and look upon a dead passing order. The ministries of this passing order have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting. They, of the Levitical order priest, have built idols of traditional understandings for the people to worship. They have rebelled against the revelation of God’s word, which has been released, for the purpose of making a people free. They have erected prison houses of worship and made the members prisoners of those idols which cater to the souls fleshly desires, the desires of the natural man which makes himself his own god. But God, according to his timing, is now stepping in to bring those manmade kingdoms down.

             These two priesthood orders are likewise spoken of in the book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel speaks to us of the different services that each priest order is to function in and the limit or unlimited boundaries of each order. These we see working in the church of today and God has set certain boundaries as the result of their rebelliousness. Ezek. 44:5-12a reveals, “And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary. And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel (what about the rebellion that is evident in many church circles and the people today, as to their continuous refusal to hear and receive the progressive revelation of God’s Word, as they continue to make idols out of old doctrines and traditions left by their forefathers?). Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations, in that ye have brought into My sanctuary strangers (those ones not blood washed and abiding in the family of God), uncircumcised in heart (a heart that continues to covet the things of the Adam man and not turned to the ways of God), and uncircumcised in flesh (continually controlled or led by the lust of the flesh and does not follow the leading of the Holy Spirit), to be in My sanctuary, to pollute it (does the Holy Spirit have the place of rulership in our life?), even my house, when ye offer My bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken My covenant because of all your abominations. And ye have not kept the charge of Mine holy things; but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves. Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel. And the Levites that are gone away far from Me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from Me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, have charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: They shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the People, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity:”

             This word “iniquity” is a Hebrew word that means “crooked, wrong, perverseness”. Could it not be showing today’s Christian that worshipping idols takes a people off God’s straight and narrow pathway? God has always fully intended to bring forth a people unto His likeness and image. Maturity unto that place in God requires a progressive growth until “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”. Progressive revelation of God’s truth is needed for such growth, without which it causes or makes for a perverse order. Physical growth without mental growth produces perversion. When God’s people cease from moving on in enlightened truth, to build idols around the basic principles of the doctrines of Christ (read Heb. 6:1-3), it causes the people to fall into iniquity, thus a covenant with death which keeps the people from God’s progressive presence. “Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? In thy name cast out devils, done many wonderful works? Depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. (Matt. 7:22-23).

             Hence, while ministers of the sanctuary only, they shall not, they and the people who follow them, enter into God’s Holiest of All presence. Ezek. 44:12b-14 continues, “Therefore have I lifted up Mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near unto Me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place (They are kept out of God’s throne room order): but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed. But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein (house keeper ministries and not priest unto God)”. There is a ministry which shall continue to minister in the basic principles and ordinances of the church orders, but God shall go beyond the basics, to fulfill the fullness of God’s purpose. These are those who have pressed onward into maturity, to know the full truth of God’s Word. This truth belongs to those who desire much more than the tickling of the ear, to those who desire much more than the dead idols of traditional enlightenment’s, to become a ministry that feeds the people in spirit, soul and body, not just to their fleshliness.

             Who is this Melchisedec ministry? Where do they come from? For what purpose are they sent? Ezekiel speaks of them and their status before God as we read in Ezek. 44:15-19 (Read entire 44th chapter of Ezekiel). “But the priest, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God: They shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge. (Can we not see the ascension of the man-child of Rev. 12 revealed here? Ascending up from the earth realm, coming out of the realm of flesh which cannot enter into God’s kingdom, to stand before God and minister to Him in His presence for the purposes of loving God that they might go forth unto the nations with the word and testimony of God being their life). And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court they shall be clothed with linen garments (a change from the fleshly tabernacle of the Adam man to the spiritualized tabernacle received from the heavenlies); and not wool (the flesh of the Adam man) shall come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins (unable to reproduce after the genealogy of the flesh man); they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causes sweat (they have come out from under the curse which was placed upon fallen man in Gen. 3:19 which states, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread”). And when they go forth into the utter (outer) court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments and they shall not sanctify the People with their garments”. Do we not see a Priesthood here which is not to be bound by the limitations of the flesh? These shall be changed from the earthly Adam man, with the ability to appear and depart at will as they come and go before the nations. These Priests shall put on the heavenly garment, the tabernacle which enables them to stand before God, as His ministers, ministering unto Him, to again go forth and stand before the nations and minister unto them the laws and government of the Kingdom of God.

             Yes, there is much change taking place in creation. A time has come when the whole world and all its systems, rather political, economical or spiritual are being shaken. God, bound by His Word, is releasing a new sound into the earth. Trumpeters are receiving instructions to sound out the revelation of their preordained purpose. An awakening is taking place as a priesthood is shaking itself awake, to be transformed to stand before God, to see His face and know His glory. In standing before God, they shall no longer be limited to an in-part order of truth. They shall no longer be limited to seeing in-part and hearing in-part, but they shall see Him face to face, seeing Him as He is. From this fore-ordained inheritance, the Priest of the Melchisedec ranks shall go forth to establish a kingdom without end. We all can give praises unto the Father for such a time as this. We shall know and see that for which all creation groans. (Read John 3:3-8 and II Cor. 5:1-5)

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Youre Destiny Gods Will and Purpose
                                                 Chapter Twelve

By Duane Stewart                                           


                                           God like Perfection


           As called ones, called by God for a divine purpose, there is a path that leads us into a place of complete joy and peace. This joy and peace of a Godlike portion comes as a fruit produced from a tree called Perfection. A tree whose roots spring forth from the tree of life which dwells in the midst of the garden of God, the Holiest of All. Do we have the right to ask for and expect to eat of this tree? Can we expect perfection that produces such a life of joy and peace? The voice of the Father rings out loud and clear for us in Matt. 5:48 which declare, Be ye therefore perfect, even as youre Father which is in heaven is perfect. This is a statement of fact, which can be fulfilled, because it is commanded by the heavenly Father. To identify with such a request as this, we must consider the truth of this fact; we must touch the same heavens in which the Father dwells. This heaven must be our only source wherein we can become the fulfilled and the expression of Gods command to be perfect.        &nbs p; Because God is our Father, He is the only source of our new born life. This is a life which originates from a source other than our earthly father. Even as it is not unusual for sons and daughters to take on their earthly fathers characteristics, it should not seem strange or far-fetched to expect characteristics of our heavenly Father to be seen manifesting themselves through His sons. Our measuring stick for this type of perfection comes from the perfection of the Father Himself. Gods perfection, the expression of His nature, is that same nature which is being birthed in us.

This nature is ours as we abide in those same heavenly places as Christ. Be ye therefore perfect, with the word perfect being the Greek word TELEIOS meaning that which has reached its end. Nothing beyond; hence perfect, in the sense of initiated. Therefore, that life which had its beginning when we came out of God, before mans fall in the Garden of Eden, shall be ours again by receiving the Christ within. That life from God will continue to mature until it comes to the ending of its maturing process. Herein is the place of our perfection, the end being that which expresses our being made perfect, even as the Father is perfect. Could this not mean complete deliverance and transformation for our spirit, soul and body? Did not the first born Son achieve that place in the Father? His purpose is that all the other sons would likewise come into that same place of dwelling, being made perfect by having reached the end of Gods purpose for them.



          Gods many promises, which are ours by inheritance, are those hidden mysteries which have been hidden from the understanding of worldly minded vessels. But through revelation, many people, throughout the years, as well as some today, have and are receiving understandings concerning these hidden truths. For what purpose do they receive? They receive that they might become the visible expression of each and every promise. Paul, writing in I Cor. 2:6-7 declares, Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world (age), nor of the princes of this world (age), that come to naught: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Unto those who declare that perfection is an unreachable state this side of death, consider this truth. I John 3:2 says, .... we know that, when he shall appear (brings to light, make manifest), we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. Even as Paul saw Christ on that road to Damascus, likewise a people are again seeing Him today. As they see Him as He is (perfect), they become like Him (perfect). Thus hidden wisdom seen produces visible manifestations. Our eyes and ears began to behold and hear from another realm, the heavenlies. Wisdom that was ordained before this world (age), is to be brought forth, expressed through a people and ministered unto this world. Who is it that sees, receives and knows this wisdom of perfection? Is it not for those who are maturing, even as God is mature, to declare His glory unto this evil world.             But there is a prerequisite set before us in coming into this place of perfection. We must love God beyond all else. I Cor. 2:9-10 states, But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. This word love in this scripture is the Greek word AGAPAO which means, to regard with favor, to make much of a thing or person, or principle. Thus, to those who favor God above all else, He reveals Himself and manifest Himself to them. He makes known to them that which He is and that which His principles are, that each may mature into His likeness, His nature. Therefore, to love God with all your heart, your mind, soul and body means the ability to become even as He is, perfect.



             (Read Phil. 2:5-21), with verse 5 saying, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Let or think the same things as God. Let Gods thoughts become your thoughts. Think on Gods thoughts which are in you, in your heart, even as they are also in Christ Jesus. What were His thoughts? Where did His mind dwell? Christ Jesus was captivated by a certain truth which was the source of His motivation and remained His only desire. Phil. 2:6 describes His thought processes by saying, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Notice and understand that Christ Jesus being was the essential form of God, including all the qualities which became visible to the natural eye of man. Because He was the visible expression of God in the flesh, He thought it not robbery or a usurping of authority to be of the mind to think of Himself as equal with God, the Father. Strongly consider this truth, the equality of being one with God came from seeing and hearing the revealed Father. As we see Him as He appears (is made manifest), we shall become like Him. Equality is a great word which, in this context, speaks of being God like, but not God. Is God perfect? Therefore we become and are likewise perfected as we see Him.



             Our state of mind and our being remains pure by letting our mind dwell upon these things, Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. (Phil. 2:14-15). Gods requirements are not to be the exception, but common place, in that a people believe, trust and obey Gods word with expectancy by faith. A faith that realizes that Gods word, with us in obedience, causes us to become the fulfillers of His will and purpose. Herein His word returns unto Him completely fulfilled. Herein we become blameless which means irreproachable in this context. Does this not mean that, in our place in God, the world cannot touch us? By our becoming harmless, a word from this scripture, which means, unmixed, innocent? By our casting aside a double standard and becoming of one mind with Him, having a single eye before God and by not being corrupt, but innocent, we become untouchable. Innocent in that a people become spiritual virgins, pure and undefiled before God, as they obey and follow Him and Him alone. No longer living under the canopy of mixture and in-part truths, but by knowing our place and our calling in God we are made free. We are made free to become known as the sons of God. The word son in this context, is the Greek work TEKNON which means, that which is born, to bring forth. Used of a child by natural descent, whether boy or girl. Thus, no longer obligated to our natural lineage, but birthed of God our Father. It is stated of these sons (children), that they are growing up and becoming a people without rebuke and blameless. Does this not sound as if we shall see a people birthed from God in whom nothing of this world (age) can touch? A world as described in the above scripture, as being a crooked and perverse nation. Crooked, a word as used in this scripture means warped, untoward. It is from this type of generation that we are to save ourselves from in Acts 2:40 ... save yourselves from this untoward (warped) generation. The word perverse as used from above means to corrupt, to distort, misinterpret. These points to a generation which has taken the pure gospel of Christ, the Word, and misinterpreted, distorted and corrupted it. They interpret and distort it to suit their own blinded doctrines and traditions. This is a generation which promotes, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. Could this not mean that there are a people who have refused to hear and see the word, the gospel that ministers to the whole man, spirit, soul and body? A word, a gospel that can and does set aside mans corruption and mortality! Could it be that we are not seeing, in the minds of most Christendom, victory in all areas of man because the Word has been misinterpreted, corrupted and distorted? Can we not hear a call coming forth, a trumpet sounding, to come out from among mixture, to seek God for a pure word and began to fellowship with a pure people? A people made pure because they are seeing Him, the one that is pure.

 

             Continuing with this context in Phil. 2:15, .... among whom ye shine as lights in the world. This phrase is a present tense statement. While among or in the midst of this perverse generation we are to shine as lights. Not in the distant future or some kind of future event, but now. To shine is the Greek word PHAINO which means to shine forth, so as to be seen: having reference to the manner in which a matter presents or shows itself, independently of any observer. Hence the word used, phenomenon. This is telling us that we are to be of such a phenomenon, that our shineing forth can be seen as extra-ordinary or the supernatural. The matter at hand, in this context, is the visible expression of an invisible God. This shining forth is independent of the observers, for our source is from God, the Father, alone. He is our only source. Our shining is to be as lights, from the Greek word PHOSTER meaning a light, or light-giver, used of star light, and light holders or bearers. Speaking to us of a source of light, so supernatural, that it shines forth in the midst of a perverse generation, a world of darkness.

 

             Phil. 2:16, Holding forth the word of life: that I may rejoice .... Holding forth speaks of the purpose of and the manifestation of the light. This word word as used here is the Greek word LOGOS which means the word (spoken as a means or instrument); the expression. Thus, we have a people holding for the spoken word, which brings forth the expression of life. Life, which is the Greek word ZOE, means life in all its manifestations. It is life in activity, and thus especially is the opposite of death. It involves resurrection life and eternal life; and hence is the gift of God. Thus, we have a people declaring, but also manifesting the resurrected, eternal life of God. This means corruption and death in all its forms will flee. Gods light and life will be the manifestation of His sons, expressing Gods Word, not in spoken word only, but also in the power of eternal life.

 

             Be ye therefore perfect, even as youre Father which is in heaven is perfect. Purposed by God for us to be perfect, He gave gifts of ministries to the church, for the bringing forth of such perfection. (Read Eph. 4:11-16). Verse 12 declares that God has given such ministries to the church because He desires the perfection of the people, for the perfecting of the saints, the church. This word perfecting, in this context, is a word from the Greek verb KATARTIZO which has the meaning of to arrange or set in order, adjust. In scripture this word is rendered thirteen times as mend, prepare, frame, restore, and make perfect, perfected, fit, be perfect and be perfectly joined together. With a people being re-connected to the place they had in God from before the foundation of the world, we see that scripture points to this fact that a people are to be brought forth from among the perverse world and its activities to become Christ-like. This Christ likeness is not to be reserved until the coming of some event that takes place in the future, but is an ongoing expression manifesting itself progressively in the now. What must change to bring such a manifestation forth? Could it be a need for change in our mind-set, our thought life, our knowing who we really are in God? Thus, we have a God who is ever present, working in the now.

 

             Verse 13 of Eph. 4 continues to speak of this expression of perfection by declaring, Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God. This word knowledge speaks to us of more that something mental or intellectual, but its full meaning denotes precise or further knowledge, thorough acquaintance with; true knowledge, Full, or perfect knowledge. Who does this thorough acquaintance apply to? Could it be a people who are coming to know, in a full and perfect experience, the Son of God? They are becoming a people who express unto a perfect man. The perfect man is a life-style that manifest, in the now, a complete, full-grown vessel that has reached its place of perfection. The measuring stick for us is, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. With each separate part given a measure, a limited portion, by degree, as chosen in God, degreed to measure up to the stature, a word meaning maturity, from the same word as a comrade, as big as. In this we become co-heirs with Christ Jesus, in maturity, as the fullness of Christ. This fullness speaks of completion, an adding unto to make up the corporate body of Christ. This is a coming forth, with a like-kind expression to declare that which Christ is. This is a placing into the corporate body, to function without fault, to fulfill your purpose and calling.

 

             Notice that Eph. 4:14 reveals for us a people who cease from their wonderings, who stop pursuing mixture and in-part knowledge by seeking to fulfill that ministry of Gods choosing. That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;. Here are a people, who do not manifest a perverse state of being, but while walking in this world of darkness, they are not a part of that darkness. Friends, the greater darkness spoken of is not necessarily greatest in the immoral realms and places of our modern day society. Remember, when the light that God has given to individuals and church groups is refused and goes out, it becomes the greater darkness. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, they whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt. 6:22-23). Where does such greater darkness exist? Could it not be among the religious folks who refuse to be purified by the revealed Word of God? This refusal causes the light to flicker and go out, to become gross darkness. Meanwhile, among this darken world there is a people who according to Eph. 4:15 which says, But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ. Speaking known truth is that which sets a person free. Meanwhile, anything less than truth will bind a person to deception. Therefore the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, wars on behalf of that one who desires to know the truth. Truth, in this context means, true (as contrasted with what is false). Hence, used of God in that He cannot lie. The opposite of truth is a lie. Truth is very genuine, real, and substantial, as contrasted with that which is fictitious, unreal, shadowy or symbolical. Is that which has truth for its base and is all that it claims to be. Speaking the truth then, in this context, is declaring more than words sounded out through the mouth. It is a visible expression of the invisible God manifesting Himself in love. Love, as used here has the meaning of spontaneous love, irrespective of rights. Spontaneous from the dictionary has a complete meaning as to this God-like love which is to flow from each vessel. Spontaneous means happening or arising without apparent external cause; self-generated, voluntary and impulsive; unpremeditated, unconstrained and unstudied in manner or behavior, growing without cultivation or human labor; indigenous. Love then, is not something produced by an external law, but is that which is imparted by God to be expressed or rejected by His people according to their own choosing. Love is enlarged from itself by the using thereof. For this cause loving births love that births love to bring forth a greater harvest.

 

             In becoming this love, the requisite to maturity, we may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ: Here we see the perfect reason for the body of Christ to not forsake the assembling of themselves together, as the manner of some is .... (Heb. 10:25a). Eph. 2:21 declares, In Whom all the building (not a natural man made wood and stone building) fitly framed together, groweth (maturing, increasing) unto a holy Temple in the Lord: Our vision should be a one of coming together, to grow-up in Him in all things. This means all things pertaining to our spirit, soul and body. It means all things that He would lead us to put our hands to. It means never falling short of the vision, maturing up into the Head, heirs and co-heirs with the Christ, the whole body, Gods Temple. Take notice again in Eph. 4:16, .... maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. That which is spontaneous, which cant be worked up or man inspired, it must be received from God, to increase only in the using, as we reach into Gods heart of love.

 

             In Eph. 4:17-19 we are told, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling has given themselves over into lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. This gives for us a warning concerning that which man always partakes of when motivated by desires or lusts. Having vanity of the mind with their understanding darkened which alienates them from the life of God. How? We become alienated by ignorance and blindness of the heart, while doing all things for self through greediness. Which environment are you yielding yourself to? Rest assured, there is a gospel, a people, a religious system that is motivated by mans own lust and ego. This is a system that only satisfies that for which man desires or covets for himself. While perfection that flows from love is lacking, these people abide in a place of darkness and mixture. It promotes the blind leading the blind, where both fall into the ditches of the evil deceptive world. Therein they dwell in the pigpen of humanity, while in the Fathers house there are treasures aplenty.

 

             Unto those who desire to have their eyes open. God will show them the true condition that exists among the religious, carnal Christian circles of today. In Rev. 3:14-19 (read) we have that stated witness of God concerning this condition. These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. The beginning of God, the Fathers creation, in visible form was Christ Jesus; the Word made flesh, a creation which is to continue until all things are restored according to Gods purpose. It is this first born Son who shall see all the other sons likewise being born of the Spirit, to overcome and set with Christ Jesus in his throne. In the process of restoration, the firstborn points out the evil condition, even as it exist today, that man might awaken to the spiritual destitute condition that truly manifest from within himself. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Why would God want His people to be cold or hot? Could it be that by being lukewarm, the in-between, man manifest a mixture that produces only after its own kind? In being full of mixture, where is the true witness? How can the truth be ministered in manifestation when mixture between light and darkness deceives the people to follow after that gospel which is not the true gospel? If all that mankind can see is gray areas, where is the darkness in contrast to the light? In this type of environment our offspring can not know real truth after Gods own kind. Gods purpose is to establish that true witness, the word made flesh again in and through a body of people, to bring forth a real genuine restoration. Because God hates mixture, His purpose is to, so then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Lukewarmness is something that God cannot nor will He receive into Himself. It will never be a part of what God is. Therefore it is rejected until pureness replaces the mixture. To digest food makes it a part of your being, so any mixture from man God cannot nor will He bless nor take into Himself.

 

             But, Gods love and grace is being extended to that lukewarm people. As God describes their true spiritual condition, He desires to bring understanding to those who seek to know the truth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; Being blind to the reality of ones true spiritual condition deceives a people. Through much increased knowledge of the principles of the doctrines of Christ as written in Heb. 6:1a, Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation ...., a people can become pure, but by refusing to hear or go on unto perfection, simply gathers a people to a life-less traditional environment which Gods glory has departed from. Even with Gods glory gone, man continues to build, to add to their numbers and gain the material goods that have taken on value. But those things being valuable are only according to mans own value system, not Gods. Thus, what men sees as successful, God deems as valueless. In mans own eyes he is rich, but in Gods eyes He declares that men knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Knowest not, with knowest meaning to know (intuitively) without effort, to understand. Hence, we see a people, though religious in practice, they, without understanding or discernment, know not the truth of their spiritual condition. They only have the ability to evaluate themselves by outward appearances, which speaks to them of wealth and increased goods. As they observe with the natural eye, they rest in their spiritual blindness, declaring that they are not in need (doctrinally), for they say they already proclaim the full gospel. In their blindness, they know not their true spiritual condition which is one of poverty. They are wretched and miserable, walking with the wretched one who doesnt give any real peace, a peace which passeth all understanding. Where is their joy in the Lord? Having a lack of Gods righteousness they become righteous in themselves. They live under the letter of the word, the law of death, instead of the happiness of life in God.

 

             Continuing in verse 17, this people are also poor. Poor is a word meaning destitute, and in want. Is it not truth that most church orders exist only upon the bare necessities of the doctrines of Christ? Meaning, they refuse to mature spiritually into that place of perfection. Not being poor in carnal affairs, but poor spiritually. Being also blind and naked, we see an order of people who have existed on the milk of the word for so long, while being past the age of milk drinkers, they have become spiritually unhealthy. Their spiritual sight has not matured enough to give them the ability to see the spiritual things that God has prepared for them that love and obey Him. In their blindness, they maintain themselves through habitual life-styles ordered after childish religious games, while refusing words of instruction and teachings that will lead them into Gods promised maturity and perfection. Thus, they are naked. Without any spiritual covering and anointing, they, like Adam and Eve, seek for a fig leaf, a man made covering, to hide their nakedness. Having a permissive doctrine, they seek to hide behind their own self righteousness instead of allowing Gods righteousness to cover them. Gods love and grace are so amazing. God continually seeks to correct mans ways by the offering of Himself. Verse 18 encourages men by saying, I counsel thee to buy of me. This is a statement spoken to captivate our attention. Why? That which we need from God we cannot buy because we have nothing to buy with. Our righteousness is as filthy rage and salvation from sin is a free grace gift from God. What then is God declaring? Could it not be that Gods only desire is that we lay down our natural desires, our carnal lives of lust, that we might take true life up again in Him? I think part of the price we pay is our being released from corruption and putting on incorruption. Being released from mortality and putting on immortality. Not in a future tense, but in the now. How? By seeing, believing and having faith in God through love. Is this not the nature of God being offered when declaring it as gold tried in the fire? Speaking of the deity of God purifying a people, that thou mayest be rich (all things being ours in the heavenlies), and not poor. We become dressed in White raiment, the anointed covering of Gods righteousness, overcoming the shame of thy nakedness. Has God not spoken in Matt.7:22-23, Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Does not the Father know those that are His by the covering each wears? Therefore, we must put on His covering even as Jesus said to Peter after Jesus was resurrected, When thou groweth old (spiritual mature), another shall dress thee. (Read John 21:15-19).

 

             Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Spiritual blindness is the result of poor spiritual food, a lack of proper spiritual nutrition to develop the spiritual sight needed to see God. Eyesalve is that true love for God which releases healing for the eyes. Love opens blinded eyes to see Him as He is. This word see in this context means to have the power of seeing, to use the eyes, to look at; used of the act of looking, even though nothing be seen: Hence, to observe accurately and with desire. Thus, love heals and motivates the desires of the vessel to look toward the one loved and see Him accurately. Therein, no longer bound by a poor, naked condition, but a becoming even as Christ is, manifesting His nature for the world to see.

 

             Therefore friends, be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect, is neither an empty promise nor command. It is a promise given and fulfilled in the saints who have fallen in love with the Father. A love-force that inspires all to overcome, even as it has been promised, To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am sit down with my Father in His throne. (Rev. 3:21). Let us each one agree together, in love, that all these things will come to pass. Can we not believe that this is a present-tense statement? Therefore, let us love God with all that we are in mind, soul and body. Lets give ourselves to Him by having faith in His grace to do the work necessary in those that love to follow after Him. What direction does your heart felt love take? Does it put God and His purpose above all else? If so, expect largely and God will fulfill.

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Chapter Thirteen


 


    Restoration - Is Now the Time


          Many Christians are asking some questions today that are not the easiest to answer. Some of these same questions we have to ask ourselves, which is causing in us, a need, to search for the answers. One such question is, just what is the church’s purpose during today’s world filled with its many problems? What is the church doing to help? The church, as the world looks upon it, seems to be an institution that has lost its purpose and its ability to help in any crisis which the world faces today. Many people are running to and fro without any purpose. Many are looking for some kind of answer as to this aimless wondering. Many are wondering who or what I can turn to for direction as to my purpose in life. Is it true, as the world suspects, has the institution called the church lost its power and glory? While there seems, in some areas, to be what is called a great falling away, on the other hand there also seems to be a movement of spiritual activity taking place, with some being drown to these movements. Is there a last day move of God taking place? Is there a changing of orders taking place as one order passes away, with another taking its place? In this, God does bring our attention to a truth. The truth that Jesus did not come after the order of the Levitical priesthood, but His ministry on earth was to usher in another order. Jesus, the Son of God, was sent to earth to establish the order of a different priesthood, So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee, as he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Heb. 5:5-6, read and study Heb. 5:1-14).
 
          Therefore, Jesus, when He ministered on earth, established for creation a higher order of priest. In the establishment of the new priest order, He made the old priesthood order null and void by ushering in a far greater glory. Is there today, the time in which you and I live, the establishment of that higher order in the church? Is this the time, in which the Levitical order that the church has become trapped in, going to be replaced with the order of Melchisedec? The order of a far greater measure, as Christ appears again, through His people, the many member body of Christ.
 
         
In studying the history of the church, it reveals for us, that carnality and corruption wasnt long in coming after the passing away of the early church saints. The glory of the upper room outpouring begin to dissipate swiftly as the Holy Spirit was more and more regulated by man, to the back room, so to speak. Mans legal customs and ordinances began to take priority over the Holy Spirits leadership, causing the light and glory, which had been given, to begin to go out. But, among all of mans fallen ways and traditions, history also reveals that God has always had a people for His name, a light that was always there to shine in the midst of the darkness that surrounded, by then, the carnal self organized church. Even though rebellion and idolatry seem to reign, Gods seed continued on from generation to generation, always separating themselves, whenever necessary, from a movement turned cold and indifferent. One movement would pass into another as the Holy Spirit continued to lead, through revelation, restoring truth to His people until we now find that the days of the Babylonish church systems are numbered and being brought to its end. To accomplish the ending of that Babylonish order and the beginning of another, God is moving by His Spirit upon a people, in the depth of their being as deep is calling into deep. This moving is the Spirit of God beginning to gather together His seed, the true house of Israel, to make up the visible manifestation of the order of Melchisedec.
 
          Hear the word of the Lord, for it is as real for us today, if not more so, than when it was written. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permit. (Heb. 6:1-2). God does not desire to see His people continue on in the same ordinances year after year. Ritualistically serving God through sacrificial obedience to mans traditional ways, in a sense of self righteousness. Gods desire is that we might become obedient, a people who are spirit led, to become His glory in the earth. Know and remember, Obedience is better than sacrifice, even as God told King Saul through the prophet Samuel. Obedience is what God is looking for in a people today, not the ritualistic services that have taken the place of true worship. True worship and praise is that which glorifies God to the place where His presence is made known to all gathered. In the changing of orders today, could this not be that which God said would take place in the last days? This is an order of life, a way of living, which begins to answer and meet the needs of all the people who are asking the questions. How is the changing of this order taking place? (Read and study Heb. chapters 6 & 7).
 
          As Gods people search for answers to questions that come from sincere hearts, God is always faithful. He has left for us examples through shadows and types in His dealing with the children of Israel. Israel’s idolatry and rebellion types for us the spirit that works among most of the organized churches of today. Therefore, we are shown and given light in Gods dealings with Israel, even as He deals with today’s churches. God is today raising up for Himself sons. Sons of God, after the order of Melchisedec, to restore back into God, the church, the true bride of Christ. Remember, that Christ is not only the first born son, but He is also the many member sons who are being adopted and are likewise coming to know the redemption of their bodies. These sons are then to go forth as Priest and Kings, to prepare the way for the restoration of the bride. Israel, a type of the church, had become an adulterous wife, Israel had become apostate and sinful, a dishonor to God, which we likewise see in the church today. There is much apostasy and sinfulness being revealed. The church is being uncovered and shown for what it is during our generation. Meanwhile, God is ever mindful of His will and purpose. Hence, He raises up ministries of reconciliation, the sons of God, to bring about this restoration.
 
          It is not hard to understand the feelings that flow from the heart of one who is or was joined to an adulterous husband or wife. Likewise in Jeremiah 31:32 we are shown that God considered Himself a husband unto adulterous Israel, .... my covenant they break, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord. What was it that Israel did to break their vows, their covenant with God? In Hosea 1:2 we are told that the land, the whole of Israel, had departed from the Lord. .... for the land (whole of Israel) hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. These whoredoms took place as the children of Israel participated in acts of idolatry by worshipping other gods. Remember, unto Israel, as well as the church of today, God declares that we should have no other gods before Him. These Israelites were quick to follow after the sensual, man made idols and life-styles of the people, the inhabitants of the land they were told to possess, as well as the people in the lands around about them. They were easily persuaded to yield themselves to other ways, while loosing sight of the commandments God had given for them to follow. In accepting the ways of other nations, they were having union with another husband, another order, one that was not their true husband. In this union with other orders, these other nations, offspring were born unto them which knew not the true ways of God. Even when God pleaded with them, Israel continued in their state of rejection. Hosea 2:2 says, Plead with your mother, plead; for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband; let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts (love of her heart);.
 
          Israel’s continuous rebellions also brought a promise from God that for a time He would withdrew His mercy from the offspring of such unholy unions. Hosea 2:3-4 declares, Lest I strip her naked (the uncovering of all her hidden sins); and set her as in the day she was born, an make her as a wilderness (a place without a man made wall of protection), and set her like a dry land (no water of life, thus, to make her thirsty) and slay her with thirst. And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they are the children of whoredoms. Can we not see, in this example and type, the conditions as they exist among the many traditional churches and their members today? Is today’s churches and individuals expressing an order of life, the same order of light and life which God released, as it came out of the upper room on the Day of Pentecost? Has it grown and matured to the state wherein it expresses the life of God, in a full measure, to today’s darkened world? I think not. WHY? Could it not be for the same reasons that hindered Israel? Whoredoms and idolatry. People and organizations accepting the gifts of other lovers (doctrinal ideals and thoughts of man), as they give themselves to a watered down gospel, weakened by mental philosophies and the traditions of men. Gathering with mans own thoughts incorporated into church services that reject the free moving of the Holy Spirits presence. Doctrines that reject the increasing truth that God promised would make His people free. In giving themselves to sensual ways that feed the pride and egos of the Adam man, church leaders refuse to enter into Gods presence, while hindering those who desire to enter.
 
          Thus, we are finding another generation of children, traditional offspring that do not know the true pure language of God nor do they know His ways. And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews (the language of Gods spirit and truth) language, but according to the language of each people (each separate Christian circle). (Nehemiah 13:24). Meanwhile, each group continues to be schooled in the doctrinal, traditional ways of their whorish mother. This is a mother who has many lovers, while rejecting the love of her one true husband, God. BUT according to Zephaniah 3:9 God has made a promise, For then will I turn to the people a pure language (Gods spirit and truth), that they may all call upon the name of the lord, to serve him with one consent.
 
          Let us notice the breakdown in the receiving of Israel’s gifts. Gods jealousy caused Him to reach out, even as the Holy Spirit is wooing the church today. God desires continually for the church to return to its first love, both individually and collectively, Hosea 2:5 states, For their mother (church) hath played the harlot; she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers (doctrines, traditions and mind-sets of men) that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink (note: she claims as hers the food, clothing and drink). This speaks to us of an order which seems to supply a kind of food (life), clothing (spiritual covering) and drink (anointing) while denying its true manifestation. Note also that God begins to change the course of His dealing with Israel (the church), that He might bring her into position of restoration. Hosea 2:6-7 speaks, Therefore, behold, I will hedge up the way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths (both individually and collectively, the old ways are no longer working or satisfying). And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them (that which used to work doesn’t work anymore); then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better for me than now. What about you, are you satisfied with the gifts you have received for your spiritual well being? Is something lacking? The more you eat from your old gifts the hungrier you get, the more you drink the thirstier you become, your covers are too short, you seem to stand naked before God because the fig leaves, the clothing of your traditional beliefs, just dont cover anymore. Some will say, we just need to return back to the basics of our understandings, back to the beginnings, but God is not desirous that we return back to our Egypt’s, back to our former houses with their glory, but He wants us to press our way into the glory of the latter house order of God. The glory of this latter house shall be greater that the former .... (Haggai 2:9).
 
          Many are asking another question concerning the visible, fundamental church system. They say there seems to be some good in the churches, but what is it that moves some of the people during some of the services, if the churches are generally a part of an order that sets in a place of rebellion? They also say that sometimes the praise and worship moves me. Sometimes, even the preaching of the word affects me. People do get saved and filled the Holy Spirit at times. But, they also agree that these movements of the Spirit only last for a short time, with most of the gatherings returning to or remaining in a lifeless condition. They also have services that do not appear to have any real lasting benefit. Yes, God does visit these groups from time to time, for we also hear Him say, For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplies her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal (man made systems). (Hosea 2:8). Can we not see, that God continues to care for His people? He has much against those orders, rebellious in nature, holding people in bondage; they war against Him while God desires to have spiritual union with the people. In their state of rebellion, whoredoms, and idolatries God remains faithful. His great love keeps Him jealous for and causes Him to supply the needed spiritual substance for the individuals and groups while in their bondage. Meanwhile, Gods supply has been received as being from their own efforts, as it is received and prepared for their own continual ritualistic orders of confusion.
 
          It is Gods love and mercy that keeps the spiritual supply coming until He returns to correct the error of their mind-set. Then, in Gods time of judgment, His wrath comes forth to bring about the needed deliverance. A deliverance that frees a people to become and receive an inheritance, one that Gods love has sealed for them. Remember, God has declared that judgment begins in the house of God, whose house you are if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Hosea 2:9 says, Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. Notice, from this verse that the season and time when these blessings are to be taken from them. It is the time of abundance, harvest time, when everything seems to be going well, then is the time of His return to bring forth His judgment. This is the time when God shall receive back unto Himself that which was given during their time of rebellion. In returning He destroys the hinderer, the adversary, the tower of Babel which man has built for himself. These things He destroys that He might establish His own kingdom, His place of rulership over all His creation. Can we not see that man has taken the gifts of God and built for himself a house upon the sand? Proclaimed by man to be the house of God, but faulty in its foundation, made up of mans doctrinal traditions and not Gods divine order. In building, man desires to establish a constitution that assures complacency, not rest.
 
          Man desires a structured life-style that requires no change. God will never allow that building to stand, for He is a God of increase, a God that moves on from line upon line, precept upon precept, revealing Himself little by little until we come into the stature of the fullness of Christ. Did not He allow the temple in Jerusalem to eventually be destroyed, that a new order, the church from the upper room might then come forth to replace the old? Likewise in the church of today, Gods purpose is to slay the old order of death that a new order might be released, to usher in a greater order. Therefore, once again, God returns with judgment, to uproot that passing order, to usher in the eternal. Hosea 2:10-13 declares, And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of Mine hand, I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, these are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beast of the fields shall eat them. And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot me, saith the Lord.
 
          Please do not look at your neighbor or some other church group down the road and say, that sure fits them to a tee, but know that God is talking to each individual concerning the condition each is in. Does not the word declare, Judgment begins at the house of the Lord, and I am coming for a church without spot or wrinkle? Does this not mean a people or group without any iniquity, idolatry, whoredoms and adultery? Have we yielded to God only? Or have we built our house on the sand? Do our beliefs and understandings manifest Gods glory? Or have we followed after lovers other than God? What about possessions, family or our own life also? What is the most important thing to you in this life? Do we say, God, I have forsaken all to follow you? Or has our own groups beliefs and traditions become our security blanket, our example above what the word of God would reveal and speak to us? Are we willing to follow the revealed word of God in obedience? The word of God is very strong in these areas as He declares loudly, seek and ye shall know the truth.
 
          Thus, at the appearing of the Christ, He begins to tear down that He might build for Himself a new relationship, a renewed joining with His people. Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. (Hosea 2:14). God, Himself, does intervene to begin a work of restoration. He begins by alluring her. This word allure means to entice with something desirable, to fascinate, the power to have strong attraction. I’ve heard this statement spoken many times, I almost hate to go to church, for there is nothing happening that ministers to me, church does not feed my spirit. Its the same old boring service almost every time I go. Could this mean that the glory has departed? Does it mean that Gods manifested presence is missing? Meanwhile in the midst of this continuing condition, God declares that a spiritual movement will begin to take place. Something begins to happen that will get the people’s attention. God will bring forth His presence in such a way that it will entice the people and attract their attention. God’s presence will be so strong in its fascination that it will draw the people from their old places of complacency to a fresh attractive order, a presence that shall grab the people’s attention.
 
          In getting their attention, they shall willingly follow God into the wilderness. In speaking, God will declare unto them words that will reveal who He really is. This word wilderness speaks to us of a place outside mans normal dwelling places. Outside mans religious governments and laws, into a freshness of creation that man has not touched or polluted. A place that is still virgin, where God will speak comfortably to them. Comfortably in this context is a word which means to the heart. Here He speaks words of mercy and love to this woman, the church, Speaking to the heart, that area which represents the place of life and love. Speaking of a restoring, the bringing forth of a people into something beyond a head-knowledge, mind-set experience. Here He brings them to the act of loving and being loved. This is bringing them into a union that supports and manifests Gods life, His glory and His nature. Isaiah speaks to us about this wilderness as being one of great restoration. (Read Isaiah 35:1-10). The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose ..... Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall water break out, and streams in the desert.... And a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.... .
 
          What a time it shall be, when a people shall be restored to know God as in the beginning. Let us note the order used during this time of restoration. Hosea 2:15 reveals, And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. As we recall the time when the twelve spies were sent into the promise land, we can see exactly that which was theirs by inheritance. Num. 13:20, 23 shows, .... Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes. ....and they came unto the brook of Eshcol (cluster), and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff (one cluster of grapes took two men, with a staff between them, to carry it, what a vineyard); and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. These were the promised vineyards that rightfully belonged to Israel. These were the vineyards they rejected in following after the gods, idols and nations around them. Are not these vineyards but a type of the spiritual gifts and ministries, given by God, to the upper room church? Where are these vineyards today? Why does the church seem so desolate? There are vineyards and grapes aplenty provided for the church, why then do we see a hungry and thirsty people?  (Read Eph. 4:10-16). Are not these for the church today? Are these not to remain gifts and ministries from God to the church until it reaches the place of perfection, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ?
 
          God, in bringing the church into the wilderness, purposes to give them the restoration of these vineyards, along with returning unto them a door of hope, just what is this entrance of hope spoken of here? Remember Joshua and Achan. After God had given Israel the city of Jericho, we find an accursed thing taking place. God had already declared unto Israel, And the city shall be accursed (devoted, not for mans use, but Gods), even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: .... and ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated (holy) unto the Lord; they shall come into the treasure of the Lord. (Joshua 6:17-19). This verse provided the warning of Achan’s sin. The commandment of God was rejected by Achan, as he put his hand to that which was devoted to God. Achan set aside for his own use, his own desires, the things devoted to God; he kept for his own purposes. Things for Gods designated use become that which would profit Achan alone. He desired only to build up his own life-style order instead of being obedient to follow after God. Achan desired to receive the things of God but to use them for his own profit. Achan departed from following Gods declared ways to establish his own ways. Is this the picture of the visible church today? I think so, but in restoration God declares that the valley of Achor would now become a door of hope, an entrance wherein man could again move with great expectancy, a time without trouble, a time when God would begin to reign supreme.
 
                    This valley of Achor (trouble), through humility, is now become a time of deliverance, a time of restoration. Joshua 7:20-21 speaks, And Achan answered Joshua, and said, indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I was among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment (covering), and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty (feast of Pentecost) shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it (silver meaning redemption is hidden under the Babylonish garment which has become a covering of self righteousness). What does man use for a spiritual covering today? Could it not be a church group that takes the devoted things of God, to establish for themselves their own constitution and by-laws? Traditions established and ordered after their own mind-sets, which hide the devoted things of God under their own religious coverings, by hiding them within their hearts, (in the earth in the midst of their tent) through their own teachings. Is this why, like Israel, the church is defeated? They become a people ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth, setting under ministers that reject Gods free moving spirit for their own orders of rebellion. Herein, they continue on in their religious sacrifices and rituals, while rejecting obedience to God. Gods answer, (read Joshua 7:22-26) with verse 25 saying, And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? The Lord shall trouble thee (our door of hope) this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. Is this not the merciful act of God, purifying Israel so they would not remain in a defeated state? Likewise, the stone (Christ) is appearing to restore the church as they fall upon Him. In this, the purifying fire, which God is, begins to burn, to purify and lead us through that door of hope.
 
          Entering this door brings true joy, as Israel (the church) rejoices with a breaking forth of singing. Singing represents a giving forth of all that we are, unto the one we truly love. .... and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. Oh, sweet deliverance has come, being delivered from the earthly into the heavenlies. Exd. 15:1, Then sang Moses and the children of Israel unto the Lord, and spake saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously: (read Acts 2:1-7). Such were the glorious joys of the early church. A coming forth from that upper room, filled with power and glory, declaring the joyous songs of deliverance unto the captives. What happened? Is it now time for a season of restoration to be upon us? A time when a people will be adopted unto sonship, to lead the church into a kind of wilderness separation, that she might be reunited with her true husband, the making up of the bride of Christ.
 
             And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi (my husband); and shalt call me no more Baali (my lord). For I will take the names of Baalim (lords) out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. (Hosea 2:16-17). The visible church today has many lords (lovers). These lords are those other orders they have chosen to have union with. By having union with other lovers they reject God from being over them. With each order having a separate name, they call themselves after the name of their lord (lover). But, we can rest in the fact, that the days of all these lords, these orders are numbered. God is raising up His sons, to bring forth this word of deliverance and reconciliation. The sons shall be used to destroy the ways of these lords, these lovers. The sons shall ministry purity to the bride of Christ, for her day of union with her true husband is at hand. This husband is the Christ, the many member son of God. In this day of restoration, a covenant is made which fulfills that which God declared in Gen. 1:26-27 by saying, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
 
          Can we not see and understand that these various forms of life stated here represent orders created by God for His purpose. Each order, in a state of rebellion, because of the curse on man, is to be brought back into covenant with Gods created man, male and female, husband and wife, that they might have dominion. Division and warfare shall cease, as the covenant brings forth a fellowship, a life-style with God, such as the world has never known or seen. (Read and study Hosea 2:18-23). Take notice that God hears the heavens, the heavens hear the earth, and the earth hears the wine, the corn and the oil. This word hear has the meaning of answer, or respond to. Thus, restoration begins with God, passing through each order as the next order responds. Now, take note, in the above orders, they shall hear (respond to) Jezreel. Jezreel is a name which has the meaning of the seed of God. This seed of God is that which is sown in verse 23, a seed sown in the earth which becomes a new order, a new way of life, an order of people which, at one time, were not Gods people, but now they have become His people and He has become their God.
 
          Is this the time of the beginning of the restoration harvest? Have the seasons of God run their courses until we now find ourselves living in that wonderful day of release? II Peter 3:8 declares, But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Recall, the church had her beginning on the day of Pentecost, over 2000 years ago. If we listen closely, we can hear the voice of mans spirit crying, desiring to ascend before God. Even though it begins as a small remnant, we shall witness a move of God coming forth to fulfill this cry, until it touches the whole world. The conditions of the world are even now demanding a coming forth from God. Isa. 1:9 declares, Except the Lord of host had left unto us a small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Again we ask, what is the condition of the visible church today? Are we not hearing a cry? Is there not a spiritual movement taking place? Are we in that day when the seed of Jezreel shall now be heard? Hosea 6:1-3 says, Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days (2000 years from His resurrection) will he revive us; in the third (the third 1000 years from resurrection) he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain into the earth.
 
          Is this not plain in its declaration? Gods word is yea and amen. He declares, He quickens, He gives power and He brings forth the fruit. God shall reconcile, He is in the process of restoring all creation back into its proper order and place. A seed is coming forth to crush the head of the serpent, the adversary. Sons are to make an appearance at this time of adoption, to bring redemption to the bride, to purify creation, that all things might be restored to their purpose. Can we not, even now, feel the birth pains as a woman in travail? Does not all creation groan? In this groaning, resist not, but be ye yielded unto the God of restoration, for He shall deliver. We shall be, every man in his own order, that for which God created us to be. These are sons coming forth, after the order of Melchisedec, to restore the church, the bride, back into God. Kings and priest to take dominion over Gods creation, knowing that every knee shall bow, that every order is to come forth, in covenant, to take their place in Gods kingdom. To this we say amen.
 



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 Chapter 14

The Coming of the Christ

By Duane Stewart 

          With God having certain times and seasons in which He accomplished those things He has purposed, living during today’s time and season, it would seem as if most of Christendom is well aware of a teaching. That is, that there is going to be a soon coming again of the Christ. While most Christians believe this teaching to be true, the attitude of many is to not really be looking for that coming. While most church people claim to believe the doctrine, most manifest a life-style that offsets any true showing of this belief. Could we not say, along with the writer of Matthew, that a condition exists among the religious community that is quickly fulfilling one of the signs we are told to be aware of concerning the time of Christ coming. In Matt. 24:37-39 we read, But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. From these scriptures, it is revealed for us that when Noah entered into the ark, a place of safety, a place prepared before hand for divine protection, that all who were not in that place of protection were the ones taken away. Verse 39 says clearly concerning the unbeliever, and took them all away. Thus, it was the unprotected ones who were taken, while Noah and his family were safe and secure, to know the joys of entering into a new world after the flood.

 

          In taking a look at what these scriptures are saying concerning the coming of the son of man, it is important to open our spirits and minds to the word itself and what is said on this matter. (Read Matt. 24:3-14). As we consider some of the key words that are used in this context, we shall take a look at their meanings as to what is really being spoken to us. What shall be the sign of thy coming? This word coming has the meaning of a being near, presence. Hence, that for which the disciples were longing to know by their question was, what shall be the sign of your being near, your presence? In considering the word presence, it must be taken into account, that a presence is that which can be seen or can be felt and not seen. The dictionary itself declares presence to mean the state or fact of being present, a supernatural influence felt to be nearby. Therefore, in this context the coming of the Christ is to be known by the feeling of a supernatural presence being present or being nearby.

 

          A question arises as we consider an influence of a supernatural nature or a divine spirit that can be felt to be nearby. We know that Jesus was among mankind for 33 years as a visible expression. But when He returned to the Father, as the Son, the risen one, He instructed the disciples in Luke 24:49, .... behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (this defines the meaning and purpose of the Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit is of the invisible realm, a realm that cannot be seen with the natural eye, except when manifestations of His presence are shown through those being affected. So, while waiting in Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost, this power from on high, the Holy Spirit, was given. It not only filled (furnished) the upper room but it filled (influenced) the 120 who were present in the room. While the Holy Spirit was not seen with the natural eye, its coming (presence) resulted in some natural expressions. At its appearing, a mighty wind blew and cloven tongues (tongues distributing and parting themselves) like as of fire were evident. (Read Acts 2:1-4). It can definitely be said, that the presence of the Holy Spirits coming or presence was an influence, a supernatural expression that was felt to be present. The expression that resulted in that presence manifested results that could be seen and heard.

 

          Back to Matt. 24:3 and looking at two other words of importance in the phrase, the end of the world, lets consider the end and world. This word end is used many times in this chapter and has two different meanings. In verse 3 it means meeting together of all that marks the consummation of the age. This marks the end of one age and the beginning of another. But, in verse 6, 13 and 14 the word end means the actual end. This reveals that God is more than willing to show us even more than we ask for. This shows that while the disciples were limited in their question concerning the immediate age (a period of time) in which they lived, Jesus was more than willing to release unto them an understanding beyond their question. He unrolled the scroll of time for them to understand Gods order through the ages (many periods of time) until the actual end of time. God was and is desirous to reveal, even now, His will and purpose in the restoring of man, with each man coming forth in his own order, until all things are restored.

 

          In considering the word world as used in verse 3, it has the meaning of an age, or age time, the duration of which is indefinite, and may be limited or extended as the context of each occurrence may demand. But, as used in verse 14, when talking about the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, the word world has the meaning of the world as inhabited. It is from a verb meaning, to dwell. It is used of the habitable world, the civilized as distinct from barbarian, distinct from the world kosmos which is the world as created. Remember, in considering the truth of this context there are really only two seeds in this world, a seed that is chosen to worship God, the seed of Abraham and a seed which shall worship the beast spoken of, especially in the Book of the Revelation. In seeing the distinction between the two seeds, these two seeds shall continue until such a time as when the word is fulfilled that declares that every knee shall bow to worship God.

 

          This shows us the importance of not only knowing the word, but by the Holy Spirit, we have a need to look closely at each scripture to receive revealed understanding. Mankind of today has tried narrowing God down to such a small limited size, thinking that they can contain Him in the prison house of their own limited intellect. We must and will become a free people, as we free ourselves from our own intellectual limitations, wherein we begin to see that Gods plan and purpose came from before the foundation of the world and the creation of man. The Word declares that all in Christ shall be restored, as God, through the ages, continues His work until all things that are His are returned to Him. Man would seek to limit God, but God, before the end of time, shall bring forth each soul in its own order in Christ, to a place of restoration. In understanding this truth, we must see that the presence or coming of Christ is not restricted until the entire world and every creature has heard the gospel of the Kingdom, but the presence of the Christ shall come forth unto each vessel according to their own order by the seeing, hearing and understanding of the gospel of Gods Kingdom.

 

          With Gods purpose being laid before the foundation of the world, each order of His coming (presence and influence, a supernatural divine spirit felt to be present) has likewise been laid and God shall cause each appearing to come forth according to that purpose, that order. Does the Word show us the order of His appearing? Is it something that God desires to reveal unto us? In I Cor. 15:20-26, God begins to reveal the orders of progression in which He shall make all things live. This order of Gods choosing has its beginning and ending in God. At the time of His choosing, God imparts into that people an eye to see and an ear to hear. The hidden secrets that were not known before are revealed to bring forth understanding. As God reveals the mysteries to a people, they not only begin to hear, but the word itself has the power and the authority to bring it into complete fulfillment through obedience. Herein a work is begun which brings about the perfecting of that word of purpose. Matt. 13:35 declares, .... that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Also in Matt. 13:10-11, And the disciple came, and said unto Him, Why speakest Thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries (the secrets, or the things thus far kept secret) of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

 

          Could it not be said then, that man is bound by a lack of knowing, until it is given by God to draw the people, at the time of His choosing? How? God will give them understanding, by the Holy Spirit, of Gods purpose at the time for any given order to come forth. What of you? Are you at peace with your spiritual condition and understanding? Or is something stirring in your Being? Is Gods desire at work to bring you into a greater place in Him? Bringing you into a place that you have not gained or walked in as yet? Is the Holy Spirit now at work to establish a new order of people in the earth that the next line or order might be laid concerning the coming of Christ, His presence, His will and purpose?

 

          Back to I Cor. 15:22 it is declared that in Adam all die. This understanding is ours because God reveals our sinfulness to us while in the Adam man, who was quickened through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, in knowing that all have sinned, therefore all have died. The end result of this death is that the flesh and blood body, the one formed from the dust of their earth, shall return back to that from which it came. As mankind continues to live after the dictates of the natural Adam man, their destiny is to know a literal grave, the returning back to the dust from which it was taken. (Read Gen. 3:19 and Rom. 5:12-19). The knowledge we have concerning our lot with death will be a sure experience that is unless God, after the order of His purpose, awakens us to a higher understanding. This understanding is stated in I Cor. 15:22, in Christ shall all be made alive. The greater truth here is that life is of a certainty, if the prerequisite is entered into, which is a living in Christ. This word in as used here is a preposition which denotes being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance. This speaks of more than a one time happening, but is likened to the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, (Read Luke 8:43-48), she touched Him and became whole. The word touched being used here means attached to, implying that she attached herself to His glory, never to let go. In Christ brings life. It will separate us from the realm of death by our remaining or attaching ourselves to Him. When? How? I Cor. 15:23 reveals, But every man in his own order.

 

          Here the understanding of some more words from the context becomes very important. As we look at the words, we should also understand that the scripture, when we allow it to, will interpret itself. In verse 22 the word Christ is the Greek word CHRISTOS which means to anoint. Thus, Christ not only speaks of the person, but an anointing that enables that person to be what he is in Christ. I John 2:20 declares, But ye have an unction (same Greek word as anointing in I John 2:27) from the Holy One, and ye know all things. This word unction and anointing are from the same Greek word CHRISMO which has the meaning of, smearing, the endowment of the Holy Spirit. The anointing then is a smearing like oil or a covering, a divine endowment, an enablement to become and fulfill the will and purpose of God. With such an anointing, we can know the reality of a life that lives in Christ. Is this a life of impossibility? Have we not been told that the body of Christ is not one member called Jesus, but a many member body? Therefore, the anointing of Christ is not for just the first born son (the Head), but the many member son. (Read I Cor. 12:12-27). Jesus will not stand alone, but He, with the many member body, joined together to make up the Christ, is the anointed of God.

 

          Looking back to I Cor. 15:23, lets consider the word order. This word means something orderly in arrangement, a series or succession. With all being made alive (quickened) in Christ, He declares that His life shall find its fulfillment as it touches all things, but, the life of Christ only touches these things in the series or succession that is according to the foreordained arrangement that God purposed in Himself. With this being the case, it would do us good to follow the succession as revealed in the Word. In following the Word of God we have the knowing that God shall leave nothing out. God shall restore, through each series of steps taken, in the order of His purposed restoration. The first in order from verse 23 is Christ the firstfruits. Who is Christ? Is He not a many member body? If so, as verse 22 states, in Christ shall all be made alive, comes forth after Jesus Christ in His first appearing. These many member firstfruits are quickened after two days or two thousand years later, to become the many member visible expression of Gods firstfruits in the earth. This appearing speaks to us of a ministry that comes forth, in the Christ anointing that will be without measure. These anointed ones are being sent to minister the gospel of the Kingdom of God, to speak forth the knowledge of the mysteries and to make ready for the establishing of Gods Kingdom on this earth.

 

          John 3:34 declares, For He whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. The one who is spoken of here is not only Jesus, the first born son, but also the many member sons of God, His Christ, the firstfruits of God. They, in the order of the gathering of the harvest, are being prepared for His presence to be established in them, here on earth. This word firstfruits is from a root word that means to commence (in order of time); firstfruits. In the Old Testament, these firstfruits were sacrificed to God as a wave offering, the ones received by God to usher in the full harvest. (Read Lev. 23:10-12). These scriptures show us that with this wave offering a lamb was also sacrificed as a burnt offering. This type, being fulfilled in the Christ, again brings the firstfruits and the lamb together, to become one in Christ as prayed for by Jesus in John 17:20-22, Neither pray I (Jesus) for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.

 

          As we continue to look at this firstfruits people, in Rom. 8:22-23 we are shown a truth concerning the manifestation that shall have its beginning in the order that commences with this company of people. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travailed in pain together until now. And not only they but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Note that all of creation is groaning and travailing for this time of redemption, the beginning of a new creation people. Redemption in this context means ransom in full, which speaks of the restoration of the whole man, spirit, soul and body. This groaning is especially known among these firstfruits as they wait for their time of adoption. This word adoption is a word that means the placing as a son (in respect to God). Hence, Jesus, the firstborn son, now accepts the firstfruits at the time of the adoption to become a many member son that partakes of all the privileges of the family. These sons become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: (Rom.8:17). These heirs become the glorified ones that establish the Kingdom of God in the earth. These sons are they, which for only a season, have been placed under teachers until the appointed time of adoption. These co-heirs are they which have come out of bondage to the worlds basic elementary rules, to become sons, Gods visible expression on the earth. (Read Gal. 4:1-7).

 

          The fullness of time for the coming forth of these firstfruits to appear in the earth is now at hand. What is your expectancy concerning the things of God? Are you hearing a trumpet, a message of restoration beginning to sound? Is a groaning being felt within your being? Could it not be that the firstfruits people are in the birthing channel, waiting for the last push to be made that they might make their appearance? Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18). Thus, Gods will and purpose is to begat His firstfruits. Begat in this scripture means to breed forth, to generate, to bring forth. How? By the word of truth which is now being spoken to reveal the hidden mysteries which have been kept secret since the world began. This word of truth is generating, is bringing forth into existence Gods good and perfect gift to all creation. He is birthing and manifesting the sons of God. It was John, in the revelation of Christ, who was privileged to see these sons in their glory. These sons are they which stand with the Father in His glory, with His nature written in their hearts and minds. These sons declare unto creation a new sound, for they are not polluted with the worlds religious systems, they are spiritual virgins, pure in the spirit of God. There remained nothing in them which the world can touch as they follow only Gods true purpose in all things, to remain without fault. These are those firstfruits people. (Read Rev. 14:1-5).

 

          Is now the time for these sons to come forth, that they might bring down all deceiving forms of religion? Is the time of tribulation, one such as the world has never seen, now to come forth? The system of the first Adam man has ran its course and the declaration is coming forth, Fallen, fallen is Babylon (bondage and confusion) the great. This is that system which has polluted man, which has kept him captive from the truth, making him a prisoner of death. But truth, in the form of these sons, is now to come forth, truth that makes man free from the law of sin and death. The firstfruits appear and the truth they bring ushers in Gods judgment, Gods avenue to separate all forms of damnation, condemnation and accusation from the next order of people. This word judgment is the Greek word KRISIS from which our English word crisis comes. It has the meaning of a turning point. This means then, that another turning point will come forth in the earth, to gather another order of people unto our God. (Read Rev. 14:6-16). Lest we forget, lets turn back to I Cor. 15:23 and note that with Christ the firstfruits having come forth, we are further shown, afterward they (the bride) that are Christ at His coming (presence).

 

          With many folks being concerned about their loved ones that have passed on, the scriptures allow us to rest in Christ with this concern. In I Thess. 4:13-18 (Read), Paul writes to us concerning those who have passed on, as well as those that remain. In allowing Gods Spirit to minister to us, from this context, we want to take time to realize the true meanings of another set of words that our understanding may continue to be quickened. In commencing with Gods order to restore all back to life, the firstfruits have made their appearance and now the afterward comes into focus, in the series or succession of Gods plan. Judgment, the turning point of another order of people will begin and is to be finished. The ministry of the sons is being fulfilled as these afterward ones are now being made ready for Christ presence to come at their fulfillment. I Thess. 4:13 speaks of those who have fallen asleep. This term means to fall asleep (unintentionally), used of death. This context allows us to realize that the portion of people, those who have remained in Him, but have died, these shall be brought forth with Christ (firstfruits) at the time of His coming. For the Lord shall descend from heaven with a divine purpose and according to the order of His arrangement, to accomplish God’s will. Where is this heaven that He shall descend from? Descend is a word meaning come (step) down. Thus, at a shout, a word which is a word of command, the Lord Himself steps down from heaven.

 

          This word “descend” or step down speaks more in the light of moving from one dimension to another. Can a person not move from one dimension to another without traveling in space or can more than one dimension dwell in the same space? If a Being lived in the fourth dimension and stepped down into the third dimension, would it not have the appearance of coming out of nowhere? Thus, in like manner, the Lord steps down from heaven (one dimension) to make His presence or appearance known (in another dimension). Where did He descend from? Will He not simply step down from the place that He ascended unto? Where did He ascend to? Ascend from the Greek means to go up, to grow or spring up, and to come (up). Now, what is it that the word heaven means? Its meaning is elevation, the abode of God, happiness, power, eternity, the spiritual. Thus, this same Christ who ascended (grew up spiritually into the abode of God, was elevated into the spiritual realm of happiness, power and eternity), He simply stepped into a higher realm or dimension. Therefore, when He descends with a command, He shall step down again into a lower realm. This lower realm is the realm wherein man abides in His natural and carnal nature. But Christ shall step down, out of the eternal realm of happiness and power, to gather from this earthy realm of unrighteousness, from the realm of time, a people to be elevated to that spiritual realm of happiness and power, the abiding place of God.

 

          Thus, a question to consider, is there any evidence in this context of a physical moving into another geographical place? Does it not rather speak of a growing up, from out of a fleshly earthly realm of carnality, the prison house that keeps a people from seeing that which is of the spiritual, the heavenlies? This prison house locks in a people wherein they can only be motivated by the natural senses, that realm called death. If this is true, a people can then be released from that prison house of death, the natural sense realm, to be elevated to a spiritual realm called life, one that enables them to become a redeemed people in body, soul and spirit, to dwell in Gods abode of the Spirit. This abode is not off somewhere else or on another planet. It is simply, an invisible realm where the natural senses are concerned. Is not God omnipresent? If God is everywhere, can your natural eyes behold Him? No, but what about that people who have been awakened to know a birthing into that realm where God dwells, will they not be able to see again? Who was it that Adam walked and talked with? God has spoken and declared, I will restore unto myself a people, I will be their God and they shall be my people, my expression.

 

          The Lord descends from heaven with a shout; a trump blows loud and clear. Are you not hearing a trumpet, a message, sounding out today? With this sound the dead in Christ shall rise first. This word rise is a verb which has the meaning of to make to stand up. To stand up insinuates that a condition existed, one of being inactive. It speaks of a lack of participation because the faculties that are needed, to be actively involved, are missing or not functional. But in this scripture we observe that those who are dead, but in Christ, shall be activated or made to stand up again. They will be made able to participate again. This speaks to us of a people who had lost their ability to be visible in their expressions. In this death or sleeping condition, they have not the ability to manifest the image of God to the visible creation. But, these shall stand up first. They shall be returned, to a place in God, wherein they can again have a visible vehicle of expression, to again manifest Gods purpose in the order God has willed for them. Were there not a people who came forth from their graves, in the day of Jesus resurrection that came forth to walk the streets of Jerusalem? Matt. 27:52-53 says, And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

 

           I Cor. 15:23 continues to read, Afterward they that are Christs at His coming (presence), now has its fulfillment in I Thess. 4:17, then we which are alive (those not yet redeemed as the firstfruits), and remain. This word remain has the meaning of to survive. This speaks to us of a people who, during the time of Gods judgment, in the time of tribulation, they survive. They survive by staying alive during the time of judgment (separation or the turning point) that is taking place during that season. As the many member firstfruits minister a message or trumpet the word of life unto them, they begin to overcome, to be separated from the turbulent world. These firstfruits are those priesthood ministers of life that shall minister to the rest of the harvest that is to be brought in. These that remain (survive), shall therein be caught up together with them (the dead in Christ). Again, we consider the meaning of the phrase caught up. This phrase means, To seize, pluck, pull, and take (by force). What an anointing, this son company of Christ, the firstfruits, moving in the new creation anointing shall, with power and authority, speak forth such life, that those that are Christ at His coming (presence), shall be seized and taken by that power. They shall be plucked out of the hands of the wicked one, that old Babylonish system that has bound and made them prisoners. Deliverance from death shall now be their lot, as these people begin to live again by the power of the Christ resurrection. They shall again know Him as He is. They shall walk and talk with Him in the spirit of the day.

 

          Back to that part of scripture which says, caught up together with them in the clouds, we want to look at the phrase in the clouds. As we let the Word interpret itself, we can receive a greater understanding as to what certain phrases truly mean. In Heb. 12:1 we are told, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, which allows us to consider, that a cloud, as spoken of in this scripture can mean more than a literal natural cloud floating around in the sky. In this verse, it speaks of a people, the throng spoken of in the eleventh chapter, as a people of faith. They have become so grouped together in their stand of faith, that they become a one-minded, one-spirited people. They become as one, but many members, being moved by the Holy Spirit, seen as a cloud (throng) of people. In II Peter 2:17 we see the negative side, but the same truth, a people who are motivated totally for the benefit of the selfish Adam nature. Thus, they become wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest: .... Again, like motivations, identify these spoken of, to be of such unity, that they are seen in their oneness as clouds, clouds that are carried about or blown around by the spirit of the world, through religious in practice, carnal in their thinking. In Jude verses 11-12, the same truth is revealed, Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds .... Their oneness of mind makes them as clouds, but these clouds have no water (truth) to stabilize them.

 

          Therefore, they are also blown about by every wind (spirit) of the doctrines of man. Can we not consider then, that the dead in Christ and those who survive to remain are to be seized by the Word of God? They are to be ministered unto and delivered, by the Word, in spirit and truth. They shall be plucked up by the authority of God, into an oneness with the Word to become as a cloud, becoming a one minded people in Christ as they meet with Him (the many member body of Christ). In this truth of fact, as they meet with Him, they are simply meeting with Christ in another realm of life, the abiding place wherein God dwells. Remember, God is a Spirit and to know Him is to know Him in spirit and truth. Therefore, these that are His at His coming (presence), become a people that are likewise resurrected, spiritualized in body, soul and spirit. In, as the scripture continues, Meeting the Lord in the air, we should note that the word interpreted air has the meaning of to breathe unconsciously, to blow. Does this not speak of a people that will be doing something that come naturally? Breathing, doing something that requires no conscious forethought. Could this not be the results of the new covenant God promised to bring forth, the covenant of writing His laws in our hearts and minds? In Gen. 2:7, the word breath means wind, divine inspiration. This is speaking of the life of God which was imparted into man that his formed body might live. In Acts 2:1-2, the word wind means to breathe, a breeze, breath.

 

          On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people in the upper room and put within them with such power that through this power the early church had its beginning, a beginning that was to last for two days (two thousand years). We are also told that this early church was only of an in-part realm, for these two days (2000 years), but God has declared that He would usher in a greater glory in His people. This latter day church will usher in a glory that shall be the beginning of another new day, a third one thousand year day in which all shall be made perfect. Here in I Thess. 4:13-18 we see the coming together, with the Lord, a greater glory as we meet with Him in this place of perfection, Gods spiritual abiding place, with a renewed visible resurrected body, soul and spirit.

 

          We can see then a ministry, which is carried on through the firstfruits of God, as His Kingdom is established on the earth to last for eternity. First, throughout the millennial age, that which is called the thousand year reign, a thousand year ministry of rest, when we shall see the Christ as He is. Then we shall see another phase of Gods order come into focus as we look again at I Cor. 15:20-26. In verse twenty four we read, Then cometh the end. The word end in this verse means the actual end, which speaks of the end of the millennial age, the perfecting of all that He began in the beginning. Many events have taken place to fulfill the coming or presence of the Lord. First, Christ the remnant firstfruits have come into a perfected manifestation. Next, the bride of Christ has been made ready and is coming forth from the abode of God into a visible manifestation of that spiritual expression of God. (Read Rev. 21:1-5). With the bride coming forth, the Word states that all former things (death, sorrow, crying and pain) are now passed away and then cometh the end, when He shall make all things new. Here we shall know the God of all creation, for even the servants shall see His face and receive from Him. The firstfruits of Christ, the overcomers, have joined Him in His throne, along with the bride who shall be placed at His (plural) side, while the servants, the saved nations, which are now included, shall stand in the light of God to be with Him forever. (Read Rev. 22:1-5).

 

          Before ending this chapter, we again are mindful that the promise of His presence has been and is still being given. The signs are all around us and His promises have, are and will be completely fulfilled. James 5:7-8 is an exhortation that God, while long in patience to bring forth the harvest, shall wait until both the early and latter rain has come forth. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming (presence) of the Lord, Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming (presence) of the Lord draweth nigh. This is the spiritual outpouring that brings forth the spiritual fruit within and out from a people. The early rain has come forth and the latter rain is now pouring as it has been promised. Its pouring forth shall cause to spring up the bringing forth of men who are growing up out of the realm of death. Both the early and latter rain shall fall together to finish the gathering in of a full harvest. Man shall grow up into their places, with every man in his own order. Even though the mind-set of creation says, where is the promise of His coming? God is not slack concerning His promise, but is faithful in the work of perfecting His people into his likeness and image.

 

          In this, He shows us that some heavens (mind-sets) which exist will have to be dissolved. (Read II Peter 3:1-14). Could it be, in verses 10 through 12, that with heaven being a place of elevation, spiritual, the abode of God, that the heaven in the invisible realm of mans soul has been polluted with doctrines of death, mans traditions and doctrines that have their source and beginnings in mans carnal mind? God has said that the old heavens and earth (mans fallen body, formed of the dust of the earth) shall be dissolved. These scriptures show that in the day of His coming (presence), in each mans order, these old heavens shall, with a great noise, pass away. Could this great noise be speaking of the resistance that exist in stubborn man as he seeks to remain his own god instead of humbling himself before the one true God? These elements shall pass away with fervent heat, with the earth (old man) and his works. The word elements has the meaning of elementary rule which has made us prisoners of a system that the world uses to rule over all people. This worlds systems of rulership are of such basic, elementary rule, that in all its knowledge, the world has evolved into nothing more that a system of governments and laws that promote lifestyles such as was revealed in Sodom and Gomorrah. But, God has promised to replace those old lifestyles through the redeeming order of His appearing. Therefore, lets turn away from these worldly elementary rules and release our hearts to cry Abba Father, that we might take our place in Gods order.

 

          Col.2:8 & 20-23 again speaks to us a caution concerning these elementary rules. (Read Col. 2:20-3:10). The word rudiments in verse eight is the same word interpreted as elements in II Peter 3:10. We are not to be spoiled, as the manner of the world, by these elementary rules which only satisfy the desires of the flesh. Again, in Heb. 5:12-14, we receive instruction concerning the first principles, the same Greek word as elements. Therefore, elementary rules simply keep a people from growing and maturing in the things of the Spirit. They keep us in the position to remain a babe concerning the things of God. A babe, spiritually, is one that is not able to speak, one that has not the ability to converse in the real truths of the things of our true God, unto the manifesting of His nature. A babe has not the ability to bring forth Gods image from the invisible to the visible. Thank God, this is again the day of His coming. His presence is making itself known to His people and because a people know Him in His presence, they are truly becoming His people. Is not our redemption even now upon us, redemption in a full measure in spirit, soul and body? Thank you Father, for you have chosen us from before the foundation of the world. You have redeemed us and are bringing us forth to fulfill your will and purpose in you.

 

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As a Man thinks, so is He

          Man, Gods creation is made up of body, soul and spirit. God has chosen this created man for fellowship, to come into a relationship with Him that includes union with the completed vessel. In this relationship God chooses to affect mans make-up, by changing every aspect of his being, to enable man to stand in Gods presence. In Gods presence man is to know Him, to see Him, to hear Him, to feel Him and to obey Him. Man is to become the visible expression, the visible manifestation of God Himself. In this relationship, we know that God is Spirit; therefore we must begin by relating to Him in spirit. For this spiritual union to become a reality, God must first renew a right spirit within man which will enable that man to relate to God through communication and fellowship. What of mans soul and body? Is there a place for them in this Godly fellowship? Here, a continuing work must be accomplished to change mans polarity of influence. Instead of receiving all of his priorities from influences outside the body, through the five sense realm, man is being brought to a right standing, a standing up, wherein he is influenced from the internal dwelling of the Holy Spirit. Herein the soul responds to the spirit, while the body responds to the direction given by the Holy Spirit through the spirit and the soul. Does God have a different and better plan for man than this natural lifestyle of the fallen Adam? If so, how does God plan to reveal this better plan, this new covenant lifestyle to His creation?

 

          In the beginning God declares His plan as He speaks in Gen. 1:26-27, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over .... So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Hence, Gods purpose to make man in the likeness of His image was for the purpose of man having dominion over Gods creation. Here God speaks and it became so as a man came forth as an invisible light Being, a spiritual man, who stands forth from the Spirit of our invisible spiritual God. Then in Gen. 2:7 something else takes place, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. God takes from the dust of the ground and forms for man a visible shape in which the invisible spirit man begins to dwell. Thus, with a formed visible body and a spiritual invisible life form, God breathed. He kindled life into the visible form, out from Himself, to make a soul, a meeting place for the visible and the invisible to co-habitat, to dwell together in oneness of purpose.

 

          During this glorious time, the spiritual light being, outshining from the formed dust of the earth body, manifesting a triune Being in which God could fellowship. Gods breath (life) made the dust man a living soul, an intelligent man with mind (thought), emotion, will and desire. In this, we are presented with a triune man of body, soul and spirit. One who radiates of the spirit of life as he fellowships with God in the spirit of the day, in Gods Garden of Eden. What a Being, what a man this was, one who manifested the Spirit of God, one who became the visible expression of an invisible God. This glory of God remained with man until sin, through disobedience, was found in him. Gods purpose in all things, in spite of mans disobedience, was that God would eventually bring forth a people who would willfully be led only by the Spirit of God. Rom. 8:14 declares, For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

 

          In returning to Gen. 2:7-9 we see that God placed the formed man in a realm of life called the Garden of Eden. In the garden, God begins a work in His created man that would reach down through the ages, until He would have for Himself an offspring (seed) who could take dominion, a seed who would become heirs and co-heirs with Christ in all Gods holy kingdom. Therein, to begin the process, God places within the garden two specific trees (life-styles), one, the tree of life, which was for the supporting and continuation of the life of God which had been imparted to the man, the other, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The word Knowledge is a word meaning sense or perception. (Read Gen.3:1-6). With Gen. 3:2 & 6 showing us that these trees were for food, can it not be seen that man, Adam and Eve, had within themselves characteristics that could only be awakened as they ate of the certain trees thereof? In this truth, Adam and Eve, in their first estate were completely innocent to all these characteristics and there relating to outside events, until an awakening took place. They, Adam and Eve, could look upon all things around about them, but remain completely innocent to them, until such time as they chose to awaken or experience them by the eating thereof.

 

          Could it be that this created man was not punished so much for the eating of the forbidden fruit, the gaining of the experience, but because of their disobedience? Is not this the continual down fall of man today, disobedience to that which God has said? Until mans sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve were influenced only by the Spirit of God who fellowshipped with them in the spirit (cool) of the day. What was the spirit of the day? Was it not a day of innocence? But in the day of their innocence, they could not as yet have dominion. They would first have to awaken and conquer each event, each realm of knowledge, until they, becoming God-like through obedience, could rule over all Gods creation. Adam and Even were much like that which men are today. They dwell in fellowship with Gods available wisdom, but a tempter entices them to become wise within themselves. Hence, we as Adam, partake of the forbidden tree. We awaken to a sense or perception of what is good and evil. We move out of the realm of a spirit led life wherein Gods wisdom and knowledge dwell, where His nature rules, into a realm of establishing our own laws. A choosing between what we classify as good from that which we classify as evil. This means following a life-style that establishes for itself a need to obey certain laws to prove or live what is good, while in disobedience to that law, we reveal what is evil.

 

          Gen. 3:7-8 declares, And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and make themselves aprons, And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. In the eating of the forbidden tree, these scriptures reveal the results of becoming wise in ourselves. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. This word knew has the meaning of to ascertain by seeing. This speaks to us that while they were aware they were naked before eating the forbidden fruit, being completely innocent, their awaken knowledge of good and evil enabled their seeing to behold a new meaning. This new meaning caused them to need a covering. It caused them to sew fig leaves together, and make for themselves aprons. What had been their covering before this new found knowledge? Was it not the covering of the spiritual Light Being of God within their spirit which outshines from their Beings? By moving out of Gods wisdom and knowledge into mans own wisdom and knowledge, man entered into death, the withdrawing of the outshining of the Spirit of God.

 

          Adam and Eve, in their awakened knowledge, could now see themselves as they (man) really are, vessels in need of a covering from God. In Gen. 2:25 while they were in their first estate states, And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. This word naked has the meaning of wise. This speaks to us that while Adam and Eve remained in Gods wisdom they had no cause to be ashamed. But the serpent, being used as a tempter, wiser that any other creature, caused Eve to desire to be a god unto herself, desiring our own wisdom, she ate in disobedience, then gave to her husband and they both were awakened. They awoke to their own wisdom, wisdom of knowing the nature of good and evil. In this nature, they now knew the evil of themselves when outside of Gods holiness. The lack of Gods holiness revealed a need for them to cover themselves, a need to make for them a covering, to cover the knowing of self worth, the knowledge of good and evil outside of Gods wisdom.

 

          Had God not promised that death would be the result of disobedience? This death begins with the removal of Gods glorious covering of life. With the final results being, the aging of this dust of the earth body, until it returns back into the dust from whence it came. With man falling into a realm of death, it now means a life of self survival, self existence, and a lifestyle of providing for self under a law of good and evil. Living in a realm of fear as man seeks to hide himself from the all Seeing Eye and the all knowing mind of God. (Read Gen. 3:8-11). These verses reveal the reaction in Adam and Eve as God approached them in the cool of the day. Cool is a Hebrew word meaning invisible force, spirit. Until this death, Adam and Eve delighted in fellowshipping with God in the spirit of the day, knowing Him in the invisibleness of His existence. But now, in their own wisdom, they find it necessary to hide from God. Is it not true that mankind of today, for the most part, especially those without God in their lives, seek all within their power to eradicate God from their lives as well as all the earth? For, in their way of thinking, if God could be removed from their world, they would have no need to hide from Him in their own wisdom of evil. But, in all this, we should ever keep in mind that God is working according to His eternal plan and purpose. What is this plan? To have for Himself a people, who in the likeness of His image, shall be able to rule as Priest and Kings in Gods Kingdom.

 

          If you read Gen. 3:22-24 these verses show the beginning of mans journey from innocence to reconciliation, a journey which will lead them into a place of becoming heirs and co-heirs with Christ. Innocence is not profitable for rulership. In eating the forbidden fruit Adam became as God in knowing good and evil. But Adam didnt have the ability to rule as yet because of his innate innocence. Man is to not only have knowledge of, but wisdom over good and evil. Wisdom that is gained through the testing given and the choices made, as the indwelling Holy Spirit leads and teach man by imparting wisdom through those experiences. For this cause, God does not close out the way to the tree of life, but simply places a flaming sword in the path to keep the way open unto him who searches to find it. This path to life is open, that each one may return to partake of the God life, as they, going to and through the flaming sword, are made perfect. This flaming sword is the Word of God, a flame that purifies all who submit themselves to its work of separating and a bringing them into wholeness. Our God is a consuming fire and His Word is a two edged sword which provides for man a source of restoration back unto God. The word keep in verse 24 means to preserve, keep safe this way of life. Gods life and His word as it comes forth from God has never been nor can it ever be polluted (it is man that pollutes).

 

          I John 5:11-12 says, And this is the record (witness), that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. The question, which has the Son of God? Is it a people who only state verbally that they have received Him or is there more to it? Could it not be that eternal life, as it dwells in the Son is, And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we behold His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. (John 1:14). Christ is the Word of God. He was made flesh, according to Gods will and purpose, that every man might likewise receive Him and the power to become the sons of God, the word made flesh again. John 1:12-13 says, But as many as receive Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. This is not just a one time event to be forgotten, but a continual happening, a God yielding, obedient lifestyle.

 

         The big question, where does wisdom dwell? God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living soul. At the fall of Adam, what became of mans soul? Could it be that the living soul (mind, emotion, will and desires) fell into a realm of death, a separation from God. Therein, it was no longer alive unto God, but followed after the mind (thought life), emotions, will and desires of mans own fallen nature passions. Again, where does wisdom dwell? Is not its abiding place in the area of the mind? In the fallen state, wisdom seeks for self survival, looking out for what is food for self. But to the sons, those who have received power, they are led by Gods wisdom. What proceeds out from the mind? Thoughts! In Proverbs 23:7 we read, For as he (man) thinketh in his heart (mind), so is he: .... What promotes our thought processes? Is it not those things we give our minds, our emotions, our wills and our desires to? We must recognize that we can remain under the law of good and evil without knowing eternal life. We can do well all the days of our lives and still dwell in the realm of death. Disobedience, while knowing good and evil, causes us to remain in that fallen state.

 

          A person can do well all the days of his life, but is he being led of the wisdom, the Spirit, of God? If not, that person is in a state of rebellion, separated from God, to know the wisdom of death. For this cause, God leads us from test to test, trial to trial, temptation to temptation, line upon line, precept upon precept, until we become that people who desire one thing only. That is, to be led by the Spirit of God in all things. Is it not so, that unto the one who chooses to think from the realm of a beast nature, that one becomes as a beast? But, unto that one who thinks upon the love of God, with a desire to love God above all else, that one becomes love itself. In this we can return back through the flaming sword unto the tree of life, herein to know eternal life. We shall walk with God in the cool (spirit) of the day, unto that day of perfection.

 

          Friends, God has made Himself available, He is revealing Himself to a people in this day of restoration and showing Himself with an unveiled face. As the revealed Word of God is quickened to this people, by the quickening of His Spirit; they shall behold Him to see Him as He is. This is of a certainty, according to the measure we are willing to see Him, we shall become. But, are we still trying to hide ourselves from His presence? Are we still reaching out to man made coverings to hide behind? Remember, as a man thinketh, so is he. Therefore, lets stand before Him with all our heart and mind, with boldness, and become even as He is.

 

          If it be a truth that according as a man thinketh in his heart (mind), so is He, each human is liberated or bound by his own thinking habits. We can remain slaves to our own self-constructed prison cells or we can become freedom itself. Unto that individual who sees the liberty of Gods Spirit setting them free from the law of sin and death, that person shall be made free. Yes, the Word of God is a sword, a sword with two edges. One in which to cut away the intents of an evil, rebellious heart (mind), while the other edge heals and makes whole, it makes one complete in God. The fire of God that consumes is a fire that liberates the vessel from that place of bondage. Everything that will burn (wood, hay and stubble) shall be burnt. This leads us into a place of liberty, a dwelling place of rest in the presence of eternal life. Has God, by His Spirit, been talking to you? What has He been asking, telling or revealing to you? What is it that occupies your thoughts? What is it that you think upon? Does your thoughts remain heavenly long enough to lead you into the heavens? Are we gaining our place in God wherein we become free? Free from what? Free from everything that hinders, from every adversary, that we might see Him as He is, to become like Him.

 

          I John 3:1-2 speaks loudly, Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doeth not yet appear what we shall be: But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Beloved, the Christ is appearing today. Now is the day of our salvation. Think upon these things. Take control of your mind and command its obedience to God. We should purpose to have a mind with a willingness to obey Him in all things, regardless as to where He would lead us.

 

          Our destiny is laid out before us as we remain in Christ, by the seeing of ourselves in the Word, which is Christ. Therefore, the invitation has been extended unto all who will come. Every man in his own order according to Gods callings and choosing, each fulfilling Gods will and purpose as they gain the heights of Gods purpose for their lives. God has created and birthed all things after the manner of His preordained plan for every realm and order, each person coming into perfection, by obedience, to abound in the power and glory of God. To this we say Amen.

 

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 I say a hearty YES & AMEN here, "MY DESTINY, GOD'S WILL & PURPOSE." I give a shout unto God! TY my Brother, Duane for so much confirmation to what I'm hearing, "OBEDIENCE LEADS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS LEADS TO HOLINESS",,,'being no longer conformed to pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,,,let the mind that was in Christ be in you." YEAH GOD!!!  \o/  TY JESUS!!!

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