God’s Purpose For Mankind On Earth
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In my youth I tried to come up with bible doctrine by using helps like commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, and etc., but; I found myself slow of mind, and not capable of putting them together. Then God told me He did not want me to do it that way.
He said, just read the word, pray, and seek my face. He said, “Wait on me to show you My will.” He said, “I will teach you My will.” I find as I read His word, good books, listen to preaching, or what ever way it may come; that I receive revelation and inspiration that reveals both His will and doctrine to me.
I don’t just except any revelation that comes to me. I test every revelation to see if it is of God or not. I check to see if it agrees with the Word of God; I see if it agrees with past proved revelation; and I check if it interferes with my peace with God. When I have checked it over a long period of time and it does not damage my relationship with God than I except it as true. I only accept that which passes the test. This is the pattern that I have followed for over thirty years.
God has over the years shown me many things; these things I believe He wants me to share with God’s people at this time. The world situation is such that the transgressors are coming to the full. In the church the transgressors are also coming to the full. I believe God is showing me that the church is going to split into three parts. One part of the church will be falling away, and joining the antichrist. One part will try to go on as they are now, but; will see their organizations falling apart and have difficulty in hearing from God. The last part is those who have given all to follow Christ. These will walk in the high calling of God.
You may search the Scriptures, fast, pray, follow rules, you may even get very excited about this book, but; no matter what you do unless you find Christ in them, it is all in vain. Your relationship with Jesus Christ is the all important thing.
I have tried to listen to the Spirit and write what was on His mind. I am only a man and I make mistakes, you may find some of them, I am certainly open to hear your evidence. If you can convince me that I am wrong I will change my mind on that part.
I have purposely concentrated a lot information in a very small book; as I would like to stir up many others, to write and expand on it, as the Spirit leads them. The Lord lead you and show you what His will is for you. Go forward and give yourself completely to what God wants you to do.
If you are not a Christian, you need to become a Christian before reading this book. If you are not a Christian, you must realize by now that your life is in a mess. Just tell Jesus that your life is in a mess and you need Him to begin to straighten it up again. Tell Jesus you believe He is the Son of God. Tell Him you believe He died for you. Tell Him to come into your life.
If you are a carnal Christian, you also must commit your life completely to Him; only those who are surrendered to Him, and are committed to do His will, will be able to understand this book.
The advantage of conforming to God’s standard:
We are made to have fellowship with God.
We have an infinite hole in our hearts that can be filled only by an infinite God.
We are happiest when we are filled by God.
He is our peace.
He is our joy.
He is our strength.
He is our wisdom.
Every manufactured thing does best when operated within the parameters set by the manufacturer. We are the happiest when we operate within the parameters set by God.
I have endeavored to set forth the standards I believe He has for us to follow. If you do the things set forth in this book; you will be fulfilled and will please God. It will set your life apart for God. Truly God will do great things through you.
God’s instruction to man
God made man in His own image. He set him over the works of His hands; He said, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it.” Because he was made in the image of God, he was a perfect compliment to God, or at least could be made to be. God made him so he could make choices, however; unlike God he could make both good and bad choices. God made him to have fellowship with Him, to praise Him, to become one with Him, etc.
God put man in charge of the earth. God wanted the earth to be full of both people and animals. God wanted the man to bring both man and animals, yes even the whole creation into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Though the creation was innocent yet if man fell the whole creation would fall with him.
God put two special trees in the garden; the one tree looked as if it was good for food, and to be desired to make one wise, but; God said not to eat of it. This was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. While it looked good to his mind he could do what his mind told him to do, or what God told him to do. If he did what his mind said; he would sin and fall from his glorious position with God. If he did what God said, he would continue in fellowship with God.
The other tree looked like death, but; God called it the tree of life. Again he had a choice; he could go by what his mind said or what God said. If he did what his mind said, he would remain fallible, but; if he did what God said, and ate of the tree of life he would live forever. God’s word was also his protection against his enemies. He had an enemy Satan, we are not told all the circumstances involved in Lucifer becoming Satan, but; we know that he was a pure and innocent being before he fell.
Adam had a wife named Eve. Adam was to hear and do what God said, but; Eve his wife was to do what Adam said. If each stayed in their order all would be well.
Satan entered a serpent and appeared to Eve and said, “Did God say you should not eat of every tree of the garden?” Eve told him they could eat of every tree but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, neither could they touch it or they would die. Satan told her, you will not surely die; God just does not want you to be like Him to know both good and evil.
Had Eve stayed in her order all would have been well, but she listened to the serpent instead, and ate of the tree God had forbidden her to eat of and fell into sin; than she also offered some to Adam. Adam had two choices; he could either do what God said, which meant he would have to give his life to redeem her; or he could join her in her sin, and someone else would have to give his life to redeem them both. Well Adam must have thought giving his life to big a price to pay, so he joined her.
The effect of the fall
This is why we have all the pain and suffering that we all face every day. Ro. 8:19-23 says, “The whole creation is groaning and travailing in pain waiting for the manifested sons of God to deliver them from the bondage of corruption.” God’s plan has not changed. God is certainly going to bring up a large company of sons who will manifest His name, and they will deliver the whole creation from the bondage of corruption.
Man sinned; this to some extent or other put Satan in charge of the earth. God told the serpent he would have to go on his belly and eat the dust of the earth. He told the woman that He would put enmity between the serpent and the woman’s seed. He would put enmity between her seed and the seed of the serpent; the woman’s seed would bruise the serpent’s head, and the serpent would bruise the woman’s seed’s heel.
The woman would now also have pain in child birth. The man would have hard labor, and eat his bread by the sweat of his face. The ground was cursed, and would bring forth thorns and briers. Man would die and return to the dust.
Man is made of dust; and God told the serpent that it would be its meat, therefore; when we walk in the flesh we are the serpent’s food. If you walk in the flesh, it does not do any good to tell Satan to leave; God already gave him the right to feast on the flesh. If you want Satan to leave, than walk in the Spirit and you will have the authority to tell him to go.
Age of conscience
God begins to deal with man after his conscience. It wasn’t long till the works of darkness begin to mani-fest itself in other ways; Cain Adam’s first born, offered of the fruits of the field to God, but; Abel Adam’s second born offered of the firstlings of his flock. God accepted Abel’s offering, but; rejected Cain’s offering. Cain instead of correcting his works killed Abel instead.
In going through the Bible; you can see that those who follow their own will; always try to destroy those who only do God’s will. David and Saul are one example; also Mordecai and Haman are another. Man continued to get worse and worse, and by the end of the dispensation of conscience, there were only eight people and a sample of every animal saved. God had to destroy all the rest with a flood.
God told Noah; he and his family were the only ones left that were righteous on the earth. He wanted Noah to build an ark in which He would save them and a sample of every animal.
Age of government
Next God instituted the dispensation of government. He gave man the power to execute anyone or any animal that took a human life. These governments took on various forms, but all failed.
In the midst of this mess God called out a man called Abram, and changed his name to Abraham, and made him the father of faith. God has always had His church or called out ones. After a few generations Abraham’s children also fell from the faith while they were in Egypt.
Age of law
Next is the dispensation of law. So God called Moses and gave him the law, they did not obey it either. Just like all the rest, this dispensation failed also.
first half tribulation
second half tribulation
millennium (1000 years)
Age of Grace
Next is the dispensation of grace; brought to us by Jesus Christ. You see in the graph above; the word pre-tribulation is this age of grace. This is the time when we can learn to operate in grace, when we can learn to judge ourselves, put off the old man, put on the new man, take up our cross, be renewed in the image of God, walk in faith, and what ever else is involved in preparing us for the time of the tribulation. Do not let the grace of God be in vain in your life, as; you would not want to be judged with the world.
The Great Tribulation
The first half of the tribulation is three years and a half long; that is the time when those of God’s people who do not judge themselves now are judged with the world. Basically Rev. chapters 8-13, speaks of these three years and a half. some of the passages extend into other parts of the tribulation.
The middle of the tribulation: is probably three days and a half in length. A people will give their lives in a similar way as Jesus did it. This gives God an other two witnesses who followed God all the way to the cross. Now God has the right to take the kingdoms of the world and judge them, smashing those who do not bow Rev. 1:15-19.
Next the second half of the tribulation: the judgment of all that were not judged in the first half, also three years and a half in length.
Last the millennium: when the manifested sons of God deliver the whole creation from the bondage of corruption. This will be the final fulfilling of the command of God to Adam to subdue the earth.
This chapter is an overview, but; many details will be filled in, in the following chapters.
God’s instruction to man
God made man in His own image. He set him over the works of His hands; He said, “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 moves upon the earth.” When Adam sinned; these commands had to be transferred to the new creation, headed by Jesus Christ.
Fruitfulness in the new creation: is to produce the fruit of the Spirit. Multiply: is evangelism. Replenish the earth: is the time we take to meet with God in our quiet time. To subdue it: First to bring everything in our own lives into the will of God. Next we bring everything in the world into the will of God.
Dominion over the fish of the sea: Jesus made us fishers of men: Evangelism. Over the fowl of the air: have dominion over Demons; to soar in the Spirit. Over every living thing that moves upon the earth: We will bring the whole creation into the glorious liberty of the children of God. We will have much more to speak about these later in this book.
What does it mean to subdue the earth? Man was under God’s authority, and the earth was under man’s authority. All of creation had the ability to fall. God wanted it to come into the glorious liberty of the children of God so it would no longer be subject to fall. God wanted man to partake of the tree of life and live forever; also to bring the whole creation with him which is the subduing of the earth.
God did not want man to rule the earth according to his own will or purpose, but; to bring the earth into God’s plan and purpose. When the creation and even all of God’s people come into God’s perfect plan, then they will be fully fulfilled. To experience perfect peace and fulfillment; you must be in God’s perfect plan. The hole in the heart of a man is bottomless and only an infinite God can fulfill it.
The fact that man was placed over the earth has never been rescinded. When man fell into sin, the earth was in some form or other, turned over to Satan. Man is made up of spirit, soul, and body. Man’s sin caused his spirit to lose contact with God, his soul to be over concerned about himself and the world around it, his body took on Satan’s own nature. Man had basically died, and was separated from God.
We know that the spirit of a man, who dies unsaved, goes to hell, and his body returns to the earth, but; at the resurrection it will come to judgment. Ro. 3:23, says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Eph. 2:1, says, “We were dead in trespasses and sins.” At the judgment God will finally determine that man’s final destination.
For eternity before the creation God had no people to love and serve Him. God needed a people who would love and serve Him against all odds. God wanted the people to have a free will He wanted them to serve Him because they chose to.
When my children were small someone gave them a sampling keyboard; it had little recorder in it; you could record a five or ten second message in it and press a key and it would repeat it back to you.
One day I spoke into the microphone saying, “I love you.” I would press a key and it would say back, “I love you.” I knew it was only a program and it did not really love me. You can see that God would not get any fulfillment from a program.
Someone who would defeat all odds to love Him however would meet at least a portion of His inner need. Job was a man who defeated the Devil to serve Him.
Satan’s question to God was, “Will a man serve God for nothing?” God proved that at least one man would serve God for nothing.
If your wife was only a love doll and you could program her to say and do anything you wanted her to; how would that make you feel? Would she satisfy your need?
God made Adam and Eve and all of creation because when they entered the eternal realm it would satisfy His need. God gave man a choice by giving man a right way and a wrong way to go; they had a choice.
God said, you can eat of every tree, but; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent said, to Eve, God is holding back on you. Eve believed the serpent instead of God, but; Adam knew the serpent was lying. When Eve sinned; Adam who was innocent and could have died for her; when he joined her in her sin, it looked like all hope was lost.
The coming Savior
With God however, all things are possible: He told them, that they introduced a lot of trouble into the world, however they could look forward, to a redeemer to come into the world to save them. God said, “Of the seed of the woman; He would raise up a savior,” Gen. 3: 15.
It could not be of the seed of the man, because; the man sinned willfully, whereas the woman was genuinely deceived. The woman could not pass her sin on to her offspring, but; only the man could, and does. This is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin, completely independent of a man. The redeemer had to be completely free from sin.
For God to save mankind He had to come of the seed of the woman, God could not save him directly. 1 Corinthians 15: 21 says, “By man came death by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” Therefore if Jesus was going to save us, He had to become a man, and overcome every enemy as a man.
Jesus did not become like sinful man, but; like Adam in his innocence before he fell. Notice, when Jesus was being tempted of the devil, he tried to get Him to act as the Son of God, but; Jesus constantly called Himself, the son of man. The devil kept saying “If you be the Son of God.” Whether Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, forgave sins, or what ever He did, He did everything as a man. If Jesus had done anything as the Son of God we would all be lost.
Jesus was not only the Son of God, but also God. He just was not at that time permitted to operate that way. Because man brought sin into the world; a man had to take it out. Now we return back to the fall of man.
At the time of the fall; man had a certain enemy named Satan; he came to Eve as a serpent. God had put into the man and the woman a protection; the man received the word from God; the woman received the word from the man. Eve should not have depended on her wisdom. She should have gone to the man; then she would not have been deceived.
Adam was not deceived, however after Eve fell, he must have realized the cost of rescuing his wife, would be his own life. He must have thought it easier to join her in her sin, but; when Adam sinned he gained a new enemy: his own flesh. Now man had two enemies. Satan set up an orderly system called “The World” now man had three enemies.
When did Satan set up his order, called the world? I’m not sure; It may have existed in the heavens a long time. One thing is for sure is that man now has three enemies.
Walk in the Spirit
The world receives nothing of the new creation. When Mary came to Bethlehem to give birth to Jesus, there was no room in the inn. If you walk as God leads you, those who also are walking in the Spirit will receive you, but those not walking in the Spirit will reject you. That is one way you can tell if someone is walking in the Spirit or not. John 15: 18-22, Jesus was telling His disciples, that they can expect that to happen to them. The reason this happens is, that when we walk with God, it brings judgment to all who do not; either they must change, or they will be under conviction. If they are not willing to change, they will reject you instead. We must walk in the Spirit and let all judgment be God’s.
It says in Heb. 11:7 that Noah by faith built the Ark at God’s command and condemned the world; we will bring judgment on the world in exactly the same way. What then is the problem? The world can receive a good person, good works, even a Christian nation, but; it can not tolerate Christ. If you live a good life; they say what a good person, but; if you name the name of Jesus, they can not take that.
Sadly I find that even in churches, if you walk in the Spirit, you will be rejected. It is because they are operating by a set of laws, code of ethics, or some kind of organization. When God is in charge of the church; the leaders will be walking in the Spirit and not limiting the Spirit to laws. In the near future God will destroy every organization, including those in the church. We can only come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, by walking in the Spirit.
Presently the church has become a great speckled bird Jeremiah 12:9. Satan always convinces church leaders, that the church must be organized, thereby assuring its destruction. Any church that refuses organization, and only walks in the Spirit, can not be destroyed. If your church would go on almost unchanged even if ruled by carnal minds, all you have is organization. All organizations are ruled by some extent or an other by Satan, even churches, but; most churches are a mixture of both.
Even though I said that the world is in the church, I do not mean that you should leave your church, or even try to straighten it out. Do not use your own mind to figure out what to do; walk in the Spirit, and He will tell you what to do. If you are going to the church of your choice, the job of your choice, or anything else in your life that is only your choice, than seek Him, and what ever He tells you to do, do it.
You have been called to live as a light in the world wherever you are; whether in your church, on the job, at the grocery store, or wherever you are. I would like to re-orient your thinking away from just keeping laws, and rules, or walking in your own mind; to walking in the Spirit. Laws and rules can not take you one step toward God, but; only the Spirit of God can do that.
The Spirit not only has the power to save, but; to make you perfect, God is going to make a people perfect. God does not need to take you out of this world to make you perfect; His power is not limited by the world, or by your weaknesses, but; only by your unbelief. If you do what you think is right instead of what He says, that is unbelief and will limit God.
God is going to bring up a people in the earth, which will believe and do all that He says. These are the people God will use to deliver the creation from the bondage of corruption. It says in Ro. 8:19-23, That the whole creation is groaning and travailing, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. The sons of God will in the 1000 years following the tribulation; deliver the creation from the bondage of corruption. Every doctrine out of the Bible must harmonize with this one in order to be accurate. God will never deviate from His original intended purpose.
Approach every thing and everyone with God’s joy. God’s joy is eternal. God’s joy can only bear good fruit. Strive to express spiritual beauty. Get rid of your thoughts; and think God’s thoughts. Express God’s beauty in everything you do. Express God’s beauty in everything you wear. Be as full an expression of God as you can.
See God in nature. After a cold winter nature comes forth in new leaves, flowers, and the tiny fruits appear, these all express God’s blessing into our lives. As summer comes many of the fruits mature; these also show us God’s provision and supply. Remember these are some of the things we will be bringing into the new creation in the millennium. When we enjoy the creation, this joy will bless others also. It will show we appreciate what God has provided for us.
God made creation for Himself. He wants to raise us up as manifested sons of God and deliver it from corruption. He wants us to bring it into the Glorious liberty of the children of God. We must submit to all God is doing in our lives to prepare us for that day.
We must continue to spend time with God in the secret place. There God explains to us His plan that we need to walk in that day. He also leads us through out the day. We read the Bible thinking we know what He is saying. Let Him explain what He is saying, He is the only one who knows.
Some preachers are very good at using helps to get up an very accurate word or doctrine. They are very articulate and can hold people spellbound for an hour or more, but; if it is not the Spirit of God, it will help no one. Words that change lives are born of great trials and on the knees. Any word gotten in any other way than by prayer and suffering is of little value. It is not the accuracy of the word that changes people, but; the Spirit of God.
The power and the works of God are much greater than all the works of men. Everything that men can produce can not even compare to the works of the Spirit. When we believe God and walk with Him, we command greater power than all the power of the universe. What do we have to worry about? With faith and obedience to God, what difficulty can stand in our way? No difficulty stands a chance against the one who believes in God’s word.
If you search for God in the secret place, you will find Him. His presence will go before you. With God’s presence going before us we can not fail. Conquer everything with courage and the joy of the Lord.
God’s way may seem long, but; God planned the whole thing. He is with you all the way. His way may seem hard, but; He is with you all the way. His way will lead you to joy unspeakable and full of glory. Have courage. All is well. He that endures to the end shall be saved, shall receive the prize. Remember Jesus saves. He will make you win. If you hang on to Him; you can not lose. You can not fail. You will succeed. Only if you go your own way, will you lose and fail.
All power in heaven and earth are given to Jesus. All this power is available to the one who only does what He says. In your work for Jesus; Do you need a car? Jesus will supply it. Do you need money for His work? Jesus will supply it. Do you need an encouraging word? Jesus will supply it.
When Jesus was here, He only owned the clothes on His back; yet He never lacked anything. As you follow Him you may own nothing, but; you will never lack anything. Even if you need greater health to do His work; He will supply it, Proverbs 4:22; Romans 8:11. There is never a lack to the faithful. Do not waver in your prayers.
All power belongs to Jesus. He can not fail you. If He told you what He wants you to do, He will supply the need. Keep reminding yourself of His commitment to supply your need. Seek to know Him. Seek to be established in Him. Do not seek to fulfill your greed. If I live in a one room shack, if Jesus is there it is heaven. It could be a 500 room palace, only Jesus makes it heaven. While I am surely going to a place called heaven; the presence of my Lord makes this place heaven.
It is my supreme joy and privilege to do what He says. His word to me is the joy of my heart. Nothing of this world moves me. I choose to wear what pleases Him. I choose to drive the car, the truck that He has provided. I choose to live in the house that He has provided. To do His will is my very food.
I welcome all the discipline He has planned for my life. His discipline is always with the greatest of love. He never disciplines to harshly, or to much. Lord help me to rejoice in your discipline; because it shows your great love. He is removing pride, unbelief; and He is producing in me His humility. I want to be humble just like my Lord.
If you are tied to the things of the earth: sin, laziness, depression, distrust, fear, unbelief, pride, and anything that ties you to the earth; arise to the fruit of the Spirit. Arise to the life of the Spirit. Let nothing keep you down. Walk in the Spirit; life, joy, and peace await you. Those who walk the high road, have different motives, customs, and even standards. Their clothes, words, thoughts, their very lives glorify the Lord. They seek to please and glorify God in all that they do.
God has many things He wants us to know and wants us to do. We must get very close to Him so we do not miss anything. We want to make sure we do all the things He wants us to do. There may be much suffering to learn and do what He wants us to do.
Let us go forth to fulfill the intended purpose of God. There will be many obstacles, troubles, trials, and much pain and suffering, but; I can hardly wait to take this world away from Satan, and put it back in Gods hands. God use me to full capacity; what ever the pain and trouble I face; it is only for a short time. Lets get the job done. Satan has had the world for to long already.
We sometimes find it hard to understand how far reaching Satan’s influence into our lives is. We may have conflicts, of almost innumerable kinds in our lives. We have disagreements with brethren, lusts, wars, or whatever the conflicts are that arise, and we may think these conflicts are with those we are disagreeing with. Eph. 6:12, says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens.” While we only see our earthly opponent rest assured; Satan is the main force behind it.
Man’s flesh, that now has the female side of Satan’s nature; is constantly committing adultery with demons, and it conceives and brings forth a baby called sin. If this baby is allowed to grow up it will kill you, James 1: 14, 15. Every sin you commit can somehow be traced to this process.
Satan set up a system, which governs everything that is not specifically under God’s authority. One of the ways you can see, who is over a system, is to see which way it tends to go if left to itself. Just about every university in this country, begin as a seminary to train preachers to spread the gospel, but; many now preach atheism instead. Every church seems to fall away. Governments always seem to take away people’s freedom. No matter what human system is set up even under the best of intentions, they all show that, their form of government is to some extent under Satan’s authority.
God’s way is never organization, but an organism. Jesus is the head; we are the body. Every Christian leader’s number one job is to bring those under him or her, under the authority of Jesus Christ. Nicolaitanism: where the church is ruled by a dictatorial leader, or Laodicea: where the people rule, God hates both forms. The church must be a theocracy.
After the fall God dealt with man according to their conscience, but; that world had to be destroyed by a flood, only eight people and a sample of each animal were saved. Next He instituted human government, with the power to execute capital punishment, later on this also failed. Next He saved Abraham by faith, but; his children did not always walk in his faith; so God sent the law, which they did not obey either. It became evident that man was never going to be able to save himself. (It seems evident that every man must come to this realization, before, he will fully trust Jesus, to save him.)
Man has tried everything; touch not, taste not, handle not, Col. 2:21 says, that method will not work. Ro. 14:17, says, “The kingdom of God is not eating or drinking, but; righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Every religion in the world, tries to come up with some way, for man to save himself. Man will never be able to save himself; it would be like using sewer water to wash in.
What than can be the answer? Finally, Jesus was sent to earth to save man, and open the way for him, to again proceed to do, what God originally told him to do. To understand the Word of God this principle, must be applied to all doctrines. Any doctrine that does not put man, (under God) in charge of the earth, is therefore erroneous, and most be rejected.
What are the principles of salvation? 1 Thessalonians 5: 23 says, “May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the order in which salvation is accomplished. Salvation begins in the spirit.
In John 3: 6, Jesus tells Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Hebrews 12: 9 also compares our natural father, as of the flesh, but; God, as the Father of spirits; these passages indicate that our new birth experience took place in our spirits; when we were born again, our spirits completely changed worlds.
Ephesians 2:6 says, "We are seated together with Christ Jesus in the heavens." 1 John 3: 9 says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for God’s seed remains in him, and he can not sin, because he is born of God.” We know every seed brings forth after its own kind. The attributes of the Father therefore are already in our spirits. This will also come true for the soul and the body, but; only after they have been resurrected (salvation). Scripture that speaks of salvation as being past (for us) speaks of the salvation of the spirit.
When we were born again our spirits took on God’s nature. With God’s nature in our spirit, and Satan’s nature in our flesh, it means, a great battle is set up between our two natures. The spirit of the Christian has God’s nature, and there is nothing, Satan has to offer that it wants. It can not even be tempted to sin. 1 John 5: 18 says, “Whosoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.” It must be noted, that this is only talking about our born again spirit, at present, and not the soul or the body that are not yet born again. In our soul and body we still sin.
Now the salvation of the soul: Hebrews 10: 39 says, “We are those who believe, to the saving of the soul.” James 1: 21 says, “Let us lay apart filth and naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” 1 P. 1:9, says, “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” Notice the present tense. Therefore salvation in the present tense, is talking about the salvation of the soul.
The soul is the decision making part of our being. With our spirits at the right hand of Jesus Christ, and our bodies on the earth, our souls are constantly deciding between earth and heaven. If we go with God we defeat our enemies, and if we go with the flesh we always lose to our enemies. Ro. 7, says, what happens when in our minds we agree with God, but; we try to win the battle, without walking in the Spirit. Our souls are not equipped, to defeat the flesh. It seems we have a need to learn that lesson over and over again before we learn that only in the Spirit will we have the power to defeat the flesh. Therefore we will only gain the victory by walking in the Spirit.
It is our souls that make the decision, whether we will walk in the flesh or walk in the Spirit. In the soul we decide to put off the old man, (the flesh) and his deeds, and put on the new man, (the spirit), which is created in righteousness, and true holiness; (Actually the same Holiness as God’s.)
Phil. 2:12, says, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” This is the process, by which we learn to walk in the Spirit, take up our cross, put off the old man, put on the new man, enter into Christ’s rest, and what ever else is involved in the salvation of the soul. These are the things that make it possible, to obey God’s original command, to subdue the earth.
You must be led by the Spirit, or; no salvation of the soul is possible. Do not be confused by open doors, an open door is not the same as being led by the Spirit. In being led by the Spirit sometimes He has to push open a door. If you go down to a topless night club and you say; God if you do not want me to go please shut the door; I am sure when you get there it would still be open. Learn to hear God’s voice and only move with it.
When Moses took Israel out of Egypt; God banged the door open with ten powerful miracles. For David to be king; he had to run from Saul for a number of years. Jesus found resistance to His ministry from Satan, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and He ended up on the cross. We never know how much resistance we face in doing the will of God.
Seek God in the quiet place. God speaks to us in the quiet and the silence. If we are drawn away by the babble around us; He will withdraw. Make sure every sin is dealt with first. You can come into sweet fellowship with Him. The word He gives; He gives you with sweet inner peace.
If you have received a word that is not yet tested; and that sweet inner peace is missing from it; reject it even if you were going to use it for the kingdom of God. We do not have time to be side tracked by false teaching. Spend much time with the Lord. Put out of your minds all that did not come from God. Keep disciplining your self. Don’t waste your time with the things of the world. Be engaged in the things of God. Encourage your brethren. Help the needy. Visit the sick. What ever you have, use it for bringing in the kingdom of God. Do everything out of intense love for each other. This will not only help others, but; prepare you for the evil days to come.
Love is the great power of God. Nothing can stand before it. When something comes against a man, his tendency is to become mad. He will always lose the battle. If he would attack in God’s love, he could not lose. Nothing can stand before God’s love. There is no limit in the power God will give to one of His children who fights with His love. Fighting with God’s love is fighting the spirits that are moving that person, not the person himself.
Anger, fret, fear, uncertainty, and etc. will cause you to lose. Only trust the Lord; He is the victory. If love does not open the door, the time may not be right, or it may not be the will of God. What ever is God’s will and Timing, love can not fail to open the door or win the victory.
Right now the soul is the great battle ground. God’s command is “be fruitful.” The goal is the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, and peace: these attributes contain the very power of God. Do not allow anything that will hinder these attributes from manifesting in your life. Many things can displace them. There is no empty place in the soul. Your soul will be full of love, joy, and peace; or it will be full of hate, fret and fear, it can not contain both. If you get rid of hate, fret, and fear; Love, joy, and peace will rush in and take their place. Be willing to sacrifice anything and suffer anything to obtain these great pearls. The work done for God with these attributes will last forever.
Do not dwell on the past, but to learn from it. Do not dwell on the future, but; believe in God’s plan. Do not fear poverty, pain, sorrow, or woe. Dwell only in the present. Make every minute count. Every chance you get reach out in love to someone. No matter what you face; be full of joy and gladness. They will be lifted up by your presence. Rescue people from sin, sickness, disease; be fishers of men.
Refuse to be downcast no matter what. Love will conquer all. The power of love is greater than all the power of the universe. Nothing can withstand love. You have available the greatest power in the universe, use it.
Keep putting your faith in Jesus Christ; nothing can overwhelm you. No sickness, disease, sin, no enemy can overwhelm one who puts his faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is a master gardener; He may prune you pretty hard, but; He will not destroy you. He just wants you to bear much fruit.
Wait upon the Lord; all our activity can not accomplish the work God has for us to do. The fastest way to accomplish God’s will is to wait on Him. In deed the only way to accomplish God’s will is to wait on Him, and by walking in the Spirit.
For those walking on the high road, remember God is always in the background molding and shaping us. What ever the circumstances, He is arranging the circumstances to mold and shape us. Even when things go wrong, you can see Jesus in love changing us. If we knew the value of these problems, we would rejoice and shout for joy. Nothing is happening to one who trusts in Christ, that He did not arrange. What God is doing in your life will last forever.
Our goal is in sight; do not lose heart. It would be a shame to lose heart, only to find out we were almost there. Keep meeting with Christ in the secret place. Gain the strength to endure unto the end. The prize will go to the one who endures to the end. How you respond to the circumstances has everything to do with the outcome.
God is never in a hurry; if you are in a hurry, you are in the wrong spirit. Be calm. Be still before Him. Wait before Him. More by far is accomplished by calm than by hurry. No matter what happens do not be disturbed by it. Calm undisturbed trust produces immense power which nothing can stop. As you consistently come to Him in the quiet time, even if you do not feel anything; there is a great work going on. Never give up; keep coming before Him. You will see over a period of time that change is taking place. Even physical difficulties will disappear.
When Jesus went to the cross He suffered my reproach. Whenever I suffer for the cause of Christ; I suffer His reproach. Jesus’ suffered without the gates of Jerusalem. I often suffer without gates of the church. Many churches do not like this message; so they will not let me teach it in their church. Joseph’s brethren did not like his prophecies either; so they sold him into Egypt.
If you follow only God your brethren will reject you; just like they rejected Joseph, and Jesus. Just like Joseph became ruler and was his brothers’ salvation, so; if you follow the Lamb wherever He goes; you will also be your brothers’ salvation in the tribulation.
Your brothers are seeking wealth: cars, houses, clothes, money, and whatever it can buy. You set your sights on the true riches. A deep relationship with God, an insight in His word; and be about doing His work. These things are the true riches; the other things are but glitter, and will soon pass away. If you do these things you will be judging your self; and preparing your self for the time to come.
God will use people who are prepared. Those who are more concerned with things; will be knocking and asking to come in. Jesus will say I never knew you. This is not talking about your eternal salvation, but; being ready for the tribulation. The tribulation is the same fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. It is outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is the day that will burn as an oven.
Do not cut yourself off from your brethren, you need the fellowship, but do not do what they do. Their words and works are full of unbelief and self. Fellowship with them, but; do what God says. God’s words are full of the life of God. God’s words will build your confidence and faith.
Do not plan your life. God will not be found in all your plans. God’s way is to spend time with God in the wee hours of the morning. And then walk with Him step by step all day long. When you walk with Him; He will guide you and give you perfect peace all day long. His presence will sweep away all the irritations you face all day. He will make your day very profitable; God’s work is never void, or vain.
If you spend a lot of time with God; Satan may say, “You may get a demon; but don’t worry, only seeking the world’s things will get you a demon. If you ask God for bread; God will not give you a serpent. Don’t let the Devil distract you with any of his wiles. Use what God gives you to bless others; God will replace it.
You will find as you spend time with God; you will begin to move with certainty and confidence. You will find that you are calm in any circumstance. Discipline yourself to be calm. Always spend enough time with God; so that you can move in faith and prefect confidence. God always works through faith. He works in hope with certainty. Uncertainty will limit His ability to work through you.
If you are walking according to the will of God; you can completely trust the keeping of your soul unto Him as a master creator. He is in the process of recreating your soul into His own image. He alone has the knowledge and power to do that. The process has some resemblance to purifying metals. Their will be pain and suffering, but; He only uses just enough heat to do the work. He will not break or destroy you. God’s work is perfect.
Is the way you are going grievous? Could you be serving the wrong master; money, fashion, cars, houses, clothes, or whatever? Other masters can leave you devastated. God always leaves you fulfilled.
The words of Jesus are life to the soul. Prayer to Jesus is very important, but; sometimes we need to just listen to Him. When we hear what Jesus says and do it, it produces life like no other thing. Obey Him with persistence and confidence in what He says. Faith in what He says will produce power nothing can stop.
They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint, Is. 40:31. Waiting upon the LORD in the secret place not only builds the spirit, but; it also builds the soul and the body. If Christians knew the healing available through waiting on God in the wee hours of the morning, they would go that route instead going to the doctor all the time. Time with Jesus produces health. Time at the doctor only covers over symptoms.
I am not trying to diagnose medical problems; do not stop going to the doctor till you determine that you have the faith to go that route. It is dangerous to go ahead of your faith.
Time spent with God makes us fit for the work of the kingdom, makes us healthy, and gives us direction. Time spent with God is where we learn to hear His voice; it is where we prepare to hear from Him all through the day. We learn there Jesus carries our burdens. Jesus saves; no matter what happens, all is well.
One of the most important things in the salvation of the soul is; the conquering of self. To be born again you only need to believe in Jesus; and confess Him with your mouth. To conquer self will cost you everything you have.
Self gets in the way of everything we do for the Lord. A person could be one of the greatest ministers of all time; and be consumed with pride. Self will take the credit for everything it can get away with. We must constantly keep dealing with it. We must keep casting self out. Jeremiah says in 17: 9; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Self is so deceitful only God can search it out. Cast out even the least little bit of it. Any part of self that is left will rise and destroy the life of God in you.
We have been given a cross on which to crucify all the self life. Not a mite of it must remain. All our own ideas must be crucified. All our own reasoning must be crucified. All our own thinking, our own conclusions must be crucified. Only what God actually says can remain.
I am not interested in either your or my best thoughts. I only accept what God says. We have spent far to much time trying to figure out what God means by what He says. God is perfectly able to explain what He means to one who spends enough time with Him. Keep meeting with Him and let Him explain to you what He means by what He says. Many more things could be said about the salvation of the soul, but; we must move on.
Now the body: Romans 8:11 says, "The Spirit will quicken our mortal bodies." Where ever the resurrection of the body is spoken of, it is always in the future tense, so salvation future (for a Christian) always speaks of the resurrection of the body.
While the body of a Christian is pure, yet; Paul says in Romans 7: 18 that, “In our flesh, dwells no good thing;” this almost certainly refers to, the nature of Satan being in the flesh; as he is the source of all evil. This nature was received through the fall of Adam. Many instructional passages in the Bible referring to the body actually are spoken to the soul, as it commands the body what it is supposed to do.
God’s instructions for man
When God said, “To subdue the earth,” it was a command. He did not say, I suggest, or it would be a good idea, or if you feel like it; instead, He put all things under our feet, and said, “Do it.” “When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man, that you are mindful of him, and the son of man, that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, you have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beast of the field; the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the sea. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth”! Psalm 8:3-9. This passage reaffirms what Gen. 1:29, says, that God put all things under man’s feet.
Heb. 2:8 gives a new testament passage to further affirm it. It also says, “You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him, but; now we see not yet all things put under him.” Right now we do not see all things under man’s feet, but, we see Jesus, who also was made a little lower than the angels; so He could suffer and die for us.
Jesus came to earth and took our sins to the cross, paying the price for our redemption, making the way for God’s command to be fulfilled. Since God put man in charge of the earth, it is necessary for us to submit to the work God is doing in our lives, that God can prepare a people to bring about His purpose on earth.
God longs to share His power with us, but; if He did it with us in our present condition, we would use it for our purpose instead of His purpose. Using God’s power for our own purpose would be witchcraft. God will only turn over His power to people who are tried and tested. When Jesus was baptized He still needed to be tested forty days before He could use God’s power. The people who use God’s power will follow the Lamb wherever He goes.
The power of God is available to you. Meet every difficulty with love and laughter. Endure to the end; do not act for yourself. If you act for yourself you will bring forth an Ishmael. Rest and trust in God’s love. God can not fail. If He said it, He will do it. If you continue to rest in His presence, you will have the strength to endure. In His presence you will find power, joy, and peace.
In everything by prayer and supplication, let your request be made known unto God. Do not beg. Just move in full assurance and faith. Just know your prayer is answered. As you move in these principles you will develop immense power with God. Remember do not consume it on your lusts. Use it to meet your soul need. Use it to build God’s kingdom. Set your sights in the heavens and you will use it properly.
Another thing that has to happen is: for the gospel to reach every kindred, tribe, tongue, and nation in the earth; that God may of all people on the earth, take out a people for His Name. While the gospel now being preached is imperfect; yet God is still able to use it to save people everywhere it goes. Out of every place where people are being saved, Jesus will raise some up that will follow Him wherever He goes, those are the ones He will use, to fulfill the next great work, that He is about to do. In one of my Bible studies, some years ago, one of the ladies later had this prophecy from the LORD.
My friend, you’re looking toward Egypt, but the answer is not there.
Your hearts are full of void and your spirit is bare.
Have you no eyes to see? Have you no ears to hear?
For the hour is come to look for your crown.
Take your first step out in faith my children.
See through the glass; see through the glass.
The materials of Egypt; they are not real; Truth lies within our reach.
Sanctify yourself now, and lay down your life.
Choose between Egypt and Jesus Christ.
This may appear as death, but is truly life.
Open your eyes and see through the glass; see through the glass.
If you are looking to earthly things; money, houses, cars, clothes, or any earthly thing for your security; all these things are only going to pass away. God has a great love for you. He says if you seek his kingdom; He will add all these things to you. His word can not fail. Fill the void in your heart and spirit with Him. You will find Him when you search for Him with all your heart.
If you lack surrender to Jesus Christ you will not be able to see; sin always blinds the mind causing a person to accept less then God’s full standard. Look to God; whatever He brings to your attention that is not surrendered surrender it immediately.
Sanctification: is accomplished by walking separate from the world in surrender to God. Much of the work of sanctification takes place in your quiet time with God and is worked out in your every day activity.
Look for your crown. Take up the battle with every enemy. Every victory will bring you closer to your crown. Remember faith is the victory.
The glass is the word of God. The things of this life are not real. They will all soon pass away. As you give up the things of this world; you may think you are going to die, but; you will truly begin to live. The TRUTH is here just reach out and take it.
God has a tremendous desire to teach you the Truth. Aren’t getting excited? Reach! reach! reach! receive it, God is waiting for you.
An other one she got was.
My God, my LORD, you’re majestic, the awesome tune of your Name.
My foundation was wood and movable; plant me now on solid ground.
Make the soil fertile, nourish my soul, and set me free.
The windows of my soul were tainted, but now they shall see.
Still some pieces scattered, rush the wind and place them all.
Unified as one, build them together, molded as one.
Release the Spirit within me; let Jesus be all the world will see.
My feet are being ordered, marched to the trumpets call.
I want to soar as Eagles as my body waits here on the Lord.
Release my spirit to rise, rule and reign
My God, my LORD, you’re majestic, the awesome tune of your Name.
I want to be planted in your kingdom; let your book bear my name.
Standing on anything of this world is a very poor foundation. Many of the doctrines taught in the church; are wood and movable. Jesus Christ is the only Real Foundation. The very word of God; is the only True Foundation. Some of us, our eyes do not see the spiritual things properly. Some are all in pieces. The Wind of God’s Spirit will put them all in place.
Only by the Spirit can we do anything. We only want the world to see Jesus, not us. As God is trumpeting out the word for this hour; It causes our feet to march in perfect step. Accept what He says as a little child. Do not plan ahead; just do what He says each step of the way.
All the work God is doing in our lives; is worth more than all the comfort, money, and health we can ever have. If we knew the true value of the work God is doing in our lives; we would never return to seeking earthly things again. We would jump up and down for joy at the things that come against us.
Destroy self and walk with God
God told king Saul destroy all the Amalekites from the babies through oldest. He was not even to save sacrificial sheep. He was to destroy everything that breathed. When it comes to the flesh; we must save nothing. We can not even worship with the flesh. When we see anything done by self; we must not let it live. Self is our greatest enemy; we must be relentless in destroying it. nothing must live. Wherever self is alive; our new life can not exist. It is either self or the new life in Christ. Anything of self that is alive when the tribulation comes will only trip us up. It will make us unprepared for that time. Only the eternal self will be able to stand in the tribulation.
As we get rid of self, the spiritual things will rush in to take their place. We must get rid of fears, worries, greed, envies, and anything that displaces the things of God. As you get rid of those things you make room for the Fruit of the Spirit. Into their place will come: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Be silent and still before the Lord. Seek to know the Lord. Seek to know His will. Then be determined to do His will. Abide in His love. Abide in an atmosphere of love and understanding toward all men. Pray daily for Faith. Faith is a two way street. With it you receive your request from God. With it God does mighty works through you. The work you do in developing a deep relationship with God; is what develops mighty faith. Faith is all you need for God’s great power to work.
Jesus prayed, ‘That we would become one with Him and the Father;” to become one with the creator of the universe, what a tremendous privilege. When you become close to the creator; your thoughts and words become creative. Be sure your creativity creates only things that benefit your soul, others, and build the kingdom of God. The things you need and desire strength, joy, power, and riches are found in a close relationship with Him.
God called Abram, Abram (the father of a nation) when he did not even have a child. Then when he 99 years old and his body’s ability to father children now dead; God raised the vision and changed his name Abraham (father of many nations). Every time someone said to him, “Abraham,” he was saying; “Hey, father of many nations.” God was constantly reminding Abraham, that God calls those things that are not yet as though they already were.
This reminds us of the power of the spoken word. This word fulfilled what God already desired. In Gen. 15, Abraham showed us the frustration of looking inside ourselves, but; God brought him back to His word.
There is much work God still wants to do on earth. Everything God is doing on the earth, He is going to do it through a people surrendered to Him, but; He is not going to do anything without the head. There is nothing we will go through in following, Him that He did not already go through. All scripture speaks of Jesus Christ, makes Him Lord, He is our righteousness, our hope, our joy, our peace, our help, and whatever we need, He is pre-eminently our head and we the body. Any doctrine that does not recognize this is false.
I know when I walk in the perfect will of God, no harm can touch me. Nothing can harm me unless I do my own thing. Doing what I think instead of what God says, will tear down the hedge of protection God has built around me. While I am doing God’s, will, God will move any person or thing that gets in the way. In God’s perfect will there is nothing to fear. You can walk through fire, go through a lions den, nothing can stand before you.
Rev. 1, there are a number of chapters in the Bible, which especially speak of how great Jesus is; Rev. 1, col. 1, and He. 1. In Col. 1, v. 11, it starts with, talking about, His glorious power to strengthen us, to make us patient, and to suffer with joy, to give thanks, to receive our inheritance. He delivers us from darkness, translates us into His kingdom. He redeems us, and forgives us with His own blood.
Col. 1:15-19, these are words that could never be spoken about a created being, but; only God Himself, I will let them speak for themselves. Jesus “Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature: for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” The first born from the dead; I would like to point out what Paul said in Acts 13:33, that this is the fulfillment of Ps. 2 where the Father says, “This day have I begotten thee.”
Hebrews 1 is similar to Col. 1, magnifying Jesus above everything, both in heaven and earth; there is nothing we can either imagine or think, that can even begin to do Him justice. A few verses out of Hebrews 1 Jesus, “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high: being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they”..... “Unto the Son He says, Your throne O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Your God, hath anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. And You Lord in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Your hands: they shall perish but You remain; and they all shall wax old as a garment; and as a vesture shall You fold them up, and they shall be changed: but You art the same and Your years shall not fail.”
All these verses say that Jesus is very God. The awesome majesty of His person is unquestionable. When I see the awesome words spoken here, I just want to fall down and worship Him, saying Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty. He is our brother, He is our savior, He is our Lord; how can so glorious a thing be?
Rev. 1 says, “He is the faithful witness, the first begotten from the dead;” when Jesus was raised from the dead; He then was begotten of God: spirit, soul, and body. Paul says, in Acts 13:33, that this is the fulfillment of Psalm 2, where it says, “This day have I begotten you.” This was necessary, if He was to be the last Adam, spoken of in 1 Corinthians 15: 45. The first Adam was the head of the first creation, but; the last is the head of the new creation. We are touching on a subject so vast; the world could not hold the books that could be written about it.
Can you imagine Jesus loving us so much that He would wash us from our sins in His own blood? He made us kings and priests unto God and to His Father; we will rule with Him, and we can go between God, and anyone who needs to receive from God. We are priests. While the power is first with Jesus, we share in its manifestation in the earth; we are His hands.
It says in v. 7, He is coming again with clouds; probably means with His people. Hebrews 12: 1 says, “Cloud of witnesses.” Jude 14, says, “With ten thousands of His saints.” It says, every eye will see Him, including those who pierced Him; and those related to the earth, (those tied to earthly things) are going to wail because of Him. He is everything, from the first to the last letter in the alphabet; the past, present, and the future, The Almighty.
The Second Coming
The second coming: Luke 17: 22 says, “The days will come, when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you shall not see it.” This passage indicates that second coming, includes more than one day. I would like to suggest what I believe to be what this verse means.
There is a part of the church that will judge themselves; they will be ready when the tribulation begins. These are the ones Christ is formed in; or the ones in which Christ comes forth in first Galatians 4: 19.
Mal. 3: 1-6, “Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold he shall come, Says the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appears? for He is like refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap; and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as the former years, and I will come near to you to judgment; and will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against those who swear falsely , and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and turn aside the stranger, and fear not me, says the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.’
Notice He will suddenly come to His temple. Who is His temple? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6: 19, that our bodies are the temple. John says in Revelations 3: 12, “That he that overcomes will be a pillar in the temple.” It seams evident to me that he is referring to the overcomers. So the first aspect of the second coming appears to be Him coming in the overcomers.
Who shall be able to stand? Luke 21:36 says, “Those who watch and pray.” I believe that the Lord is rearing up, a many membered messenger in these days, to proclaim this message to God’s people everywhere, and Satan will use every means at his disposal to stop this message from getting out.
The sons of Levi: Jesus says in John 8:39-44, to the Jews of His day; that the works we do, determine whose children we are. In Rev. 1:6, Jesus says, we are Priests unto God; therefore we are sons of Levi. If you are a go between God and any man or woman, you are a son of Levi. In various places in the new testament; it talks about the numerous spiritual sacrifices that we sacrifice, but; the greatest one is in Rev. 11:7, where we offer up our own lives even as Jesus did.
Notice, those who commit sorcery, adultery, swear falsely, oppress their help, or reject strangers, or do not fear God; they will be judged. This is similar to Rev. 2:20-23, where some of the church is cast into the great tribulation, for adultery and fornication, and idolatry.
The second aspect of the second coming of Christ is, in Rev. 11:15, when Jesus comes to conquer the nations; also the first fruit will have just ascended into heaven. This also is spoken of in Mal. 4:1-6, the day that burns as an oven; that will burn up those who do not repent. V. 3, is where we smash the nations to pieces with a rod of iron. V. 5, again He says, He will send His messenger before that day arrives, to cause people to repent.
The last aspect of the second coming of Christ is, at the end of the tribulation; when He comes for the rest of the believers, and to deliver the creation from the bondage of corruption, over a 1000 year time.
This seems to be a good place to talk about Divorce, as He mentions adultery as one of the things that makes you subject to God’s judgment. When you get married, you make a series of vows to each other; that you will be faithful in sickness or in health, rich or poor, and etc. When you made your promise, did you mean it or not. If you break that promise, will you keep your other promises? Is your word good or not? Can you really say; God is leading me to get a divorce, or to break my vows to my companion?
I am not trying to put you under rules or laws, but; do you recognize the fact that you represent a Holy God? Do you really think you can mock Him and get away with it? We are only on this earth a short time, let us make sure we represent Him correctly. If you will walk in the Spirit instead of doing your own will, you will represent Him correctly.
Another thing to think about: are you showing your companion God’s love; how about the children? Certainly if you are both Christians and want to please God you also can work it out. If you choose divorce, you are more interested in yourself, than your family or God. You are a stranger and a pilgrim on this earth, you have been sent by God to build His kingdom in a very hostile land, you will have to endure many hardships, certainly you can take this one also.
Now I realize that you may have already been divorced; get in the Spirit, read the word, pray, seek God’s face, and ask God where you are to go from here; and what ever God tells you do it. If the direction you are going is taking away your peace, you need to reconsider, and make sure that you heard right. If you are to close to your problem you may need to seek good counsel, in order to get it right. Be diligent, judge yourself, so that you will not need to be judged with the world.
If you are going down a road, and see a sign saying, bridge out; and you just keep on going, you will end up paying the price for your error. If you lose your peace and just keep on going; you will end up paying a very high price. This is good advice for any other decisions in your life as well.
Back to Revelation 1; when John saw a vision of this great God, it was with such great power and force that he fell down as one dead. Jesus told him not to be afraid, saying, “He was the first and the last, He was dead and is alive forevermore, Amen; He has the keys of hell and of death,” even everything you need. When I read this first chapter of Rev. to know that Jesus is the plan of God, from the beginning to the end; I get overwhelmed, by the things this chapter says, about Jesus.
Steps of overcoming
In each of these steps of overcoming there is a price to be paid to make that step. Each step of overcoming is a place in God at a certain level. When you begin your life with God you must begin at one of the lower levels and from one to three steps at the start.
Some take a step or two and think they have all that there is. Some may take three or four and think that is all that is. All through history you see God’s people on one of the lower steps never seeming to go higher.
When a people stop at a lower step they will usually persecute those on higher steps. It seems that people on lower steps believe all higher steps as false doctrine; sometimes they just do not want to pay the price to go higher.
Whatever place a person is some of the steps can not be side stepped. God has a way for all His people to be brought to the truth in the near future.
Satan has been very good at deceiving God’s people in all kinds of lies keeping them going all the way with God. God is going to send a shaking that will sweep away all the lies and at that time all God people will able to make decisions based on Real Truth.
Revelation 2: 7, this is the first step of overcoming; which gives us the right to the tree of life. This probably speaks, of our right to the new birth experience; the orthodox Jews seem to have stopped at this step; this keeps them somewhat on the side lines in this age.
Jesus told the rich young ruler for eternal life he must keep the commandments; to Nicodemus He said to see or enter the Kingdom of God you must be born again.
It should be noted at this point that a number of Scriptures speak of a stairway to heaven. Jacob’s ladder to heaven speaks of the stairway. Solomon spoke of the secret place of the stairs. Jesus spoke of the stairs to Nathanial. All the people of God are some place on those stairs. The Jews under the law are on the first steps. When we were born again we went up to a higher step. As we crucify the flesh and transform the soul we go to and even higher steps. We may not be on the same step; but we are all on the same stairs. These steps of overcoming are but another look at these steps.
In Revelations 2: 11, this is the second step of overcoming; which probably speaks of the new birth itself. The new birth is the only thing that I can think of; that will deliver us from the second death. This is a higher place than just walking in law. Most Evangelical churches seem to stop at the second step.
In Revelations 2: 17, this third step of overcoming; which probably speaks about the baptism in the Holy Spirit; the one who receives the baptism; can not even explain it, to one who has not received it. The one who has the baptism, now, has a much deeper understanding, of God’s Word. If he receives that deeper word, he should realize that he is forgiven, and will never see death. Many of the Pentecostals seem to stop at the third step; but many of them seem to be going back on even that step now.
Revelations 2: 26, 27 says, “He that overcomes to this, point will receive power over the nations.” This is the fourth step of overcoming. If you want to rule with Christ, you need to at least overcome to this point. Those who reach this point will be in charge, in the tribulation; they will be smashing, any nation to pieces, that does not bow to Jesus Christ. I’m not here to take Sarasota, Florida, or even the USA, but; the whole world. I intend to help purify the gospel that is going into the world; also to spread it to the whole world. I intend to smash to pieces every doctrine that is hindering the church from doing its whole job.
The latter rain movement has tried to preach this step for more than fifty years; but never seems to take the actions necessary to really make the step; now it seems to be dividing into many factions and false teachings.
My brethren if you would like this step; it will take much communion with and surrender to God and all that He says. This step and all succeeding steps will require you to get very close to God. Before God will give you power over the nations He will make sure that you will do what He says.
We are certainly called to smash the nations to pieces, in the second half of the tribulation, but; we are not called to any form of violence in this age. Jesus said in John 18: 36, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, than would my servants fight, to keep me from being delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from here.” This indicates that when it is matters of the kingdom of God; we are not to fight. Its God’s kingdom and He will defend it.
Jesus said in Mt. 5:39, “But I say unto you, that you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.” There we see even in personal defense; there God is your defense also. You can without fear turn the other cheek, and believe God to defend you.
When it comes to military, police, sheriff, and other law enforcement officers, I see no place where that is forbidden. In Romans 13: 4 it says, “He bears not the sword in vain.” In 1 Timothy 1: 8-10 it says, “The law was given to control the law breakers.” I see no place in the scriptures where a law officer was told to quit his job, either before Pentecost or after Pentecost; so I must conclude that it is an acceptable job. Let the peace of God rule in your decision; and if you lose your peace check again. Let each one be fully persuaded in their own mind.
Revelations 2: 22 notice, some of God’s people being cast into great tribulation; chapter 3:10, speaks of others who escape the hour of temptation, to try them, that dwell upon the earth. “Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Verse 11 notice you can still lose your crown, if you don’t hold fast.
Being kept by God does not mean we will not be on this earth, in the tribulation, but; we will be kept by the power of God in the tribulation. Where you will be in the tribulation in charge or being judged; it is all determined, by your works.
If we are not going through the tribulation, than why do we need to build with inflammable materials, 1 Corinthians 3: 12?
Revelations 3: 5 Says, that Jesus will confess his name before The Father; I can not even imagine, ever getting to the place where He confesses my name. Up till now we only confess Jesus’ name. I can not even imagine the enormity of this thing, Lord; reveal to me the real revelation of what you are saying here.
Revelations 3: 12 says, “They will be made a part of the temple forever.” To have God’s name on your whole being: the name of the New Jerusalem and Jesus’ own name are very holy things.
Revelations 3: 21 says, “He that overcomes to this point, will receive the greatest power of all; to sit with Jesus in His throne.” The things in these last three steps of overcoming, are things to holy to talk about, at the present time. Notice, when John saw the risen Christ, he fell as one dead; this also is holy, and God forbids me to speak what I know about these things right now. I would point out though; that I believe this is what Paul spoke of, as the high calling of God, Phil. 3:14.
I have put a lot of stress on works. We need to talk about them for a while. Jesus said, in John 5: 36, “The works which the Father hast given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hast sent me. These works were very important.
In John 6: 28,29, “They said unto Him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God that you believe on Him whom He has sent. Works of the law have little value, and are not what we are speaking of in this book. We are speaking of works; born out of believing in Jesus, and by faith doing what He says.
Here are some of the works we are speaking about: What ever we face, we need to handle everything with a song. Even in very busy days; be calm, never fear. With Jesus with us what is there to fear. With the love He put within us we will win. Rest in Jesus. Spend much time in prayer. Face everything with joy unspeakable.
Another thing, always be thankful. No matter what the trial or temptation rejoice. Jump up and down and shout for joy. The rewards will be out of this world and also here. Be a channel of blessing to others. What ever God gives you pass it on. There are many more works for us to do. What ever God tells you to do, do it.
Going on chapter 4, this is a timeless chapter. The first application is the creation before the fall. All of creation glorified God. Many things however in this chapter can not be answered by that application. He says, “These things must be hereafter; there were twenty four elders; the creation was made to give greater glory than a fallible creation can do.
The fulfillment of this chapter is in the future when the whole creation is delivered from the bondage of corruption. You see the Father on the Throne with a rainbow around it; probably speaking again of the steps of the stairs. Each color represents steps we need to go through to reach the throne. The colors also represent the various aspects of God’s own nature as do also the stones.
The four living creatures probably represent the four aspects of created beings on earth. They probably also represent the four Gospels. They probably also represent the four aspects of Christ’s humanity; the lion, the ox, man, and the eagle. I am sure that the full revelation of what they represent is beyond the scope of our minds. One thing I know is that all of creation (except that which chooses to rebel) will be brought into the liberty of the Sons of God.
Revelation 4: 11 says, this book, (outside of Jesus), speaks primarily about the creation, of which man is the head, and that he was made to glorify and praise God. V. 10, seems to indicate the truth, that God has made the Christians and Jews, one people already at this time, (24 elders); they are certainly on the same stairway to God.
When the word trumpet is used, (v. 1), it seems to indicate that God is about unveil to us, a new revelation, to take us to a new level. In Numbers 10:1-10, we see, the trumpets used to call, to the assembly; the elders, the congregation, and to march; it is used also, to prepare for war. In Isaiah 58: 1, we see it used, to show God’s people their sin. In Revelation 1: 10, we see it used, to give John a message to the seven churches. In Revelation 4:1, it is giving John, a revelation of heaven. The last trump in, 1 Corinthians 15: 52, will be the last time of the calling of the assembly; probably the last revelation to bring about the resurrection.
Revelation 5 says, “Jesus was the only one that could open the book of creation, to understand it, from the beginning to the end.” He also, from before the foundation, of the world provided for its redemption, when it fell. It also says, “All creation praises Him and will bend the knee some day.” It seems interesting, that the Lion of the tribe of Judah; was a Lamb slain.
Almost from the time of the fall, men have tried to understand what life is all about. they always look at the creation and try to figure it out. They explore the sky, the plants, the animals, the universe, and whatever they can see, feel, taste, hear, or smell; or by whatever instruments they can come up with. They always think the next exploration will solve part of the mystery, but; they always fail. Christians know it must come by revelation from God, but; where does the revelation of God come from? Hebrews 1: 2 says, He speaks to us by His Son. In John 16: 13, 14 Jesus says, “That even the Holy Spirit will be speaking, what Jesus gives Him to speak.”
Revelation 5: 6, it talks about the Seven Spirits of God. It says that they sent into all the earth. I would like to talk a little about the work of the Holy Spirit. He is first mentioned in Genesis 1: 2 it says, “That the Spirit of God grieved upon the waters.” There we see that He has a work to do even in inanimate things. In Exodus 7:3, God said “He would harden Pharaoh’s heart;” there we see He also works in unbelievers. It says that the Spirit of God left king Saul; and an evil spirit from the Lord came upon him. The Spirit was upon him in a special way; to help him perform his kingly duties. His disobedience caused God to replace him with an evil spirit.
When king David sinned; he committed adultery with an other man’s wife. He was worried God would also remove the Holy Spirit from him. While it is true Saul lost a part of the work of the Spirit in his life; he did not lose every aspect of the work of the Holy Spirit; yet the kingly aspect was lost. David could have lost that also.
We as Christians also have the Holy Spirit working in us in various aspects of His work. We also can lose some of those aspects of His work. We must be diligent not to grieve Him; if we want Him to fulfill all His work in our lives. Being born again, baptized in the Spirit, or Surrendered to Him; all cause Him to add various new work in our lives.
The White Horse
Revelation 6: 2 says, that Adam, begin to do, what God had told him do, i.e., to subdue the earth; the first horse, of the four horsemen. Now, if you are going to talk about creation, you probably would start with Adam. Comparing this horse, with the one in 19: 11, the leader of the first creation, was not as glorious, as the leader of the new creation. Strong’s concordance, says, of the word bow in this verse: one of the root meanings is; to produce from seed. Judging by Genesis 2: 5, Adam was sent to till the ground: the bow, but; authority was given to him as well: a crown. He was sent to subdue the earth.
The Red Horse
Revelation 6: 4 says, “Sin entered the earth, and for the first time, peace was taken from the earth.” Since that time peace on earth can be found only in Jesus Christ. Luke 2: 11-14, says, v. 14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men;” It is restored only in Jesus. Now all who trust in Jesus, receive peace in their hearts. John 14: 27 Jesus says, “My peace I give unto you.” Isaiah 1: 18 says, “Sins are the color of crimson, scarlet, or red” the red horse. There are also other things in this verse, to be fulfilled, in the last days.
The Black Horse
Revelation 6: 5 says, that with sin, came the world of darkness: commerce, which will deteriorate to the point, where a man will have to work all day, just to feed him self. Ezekiel 28:5,16-18, it appears like commerce originated with Satan. A very important point, in verse 6; “And see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” Christians, who pour out their lives like the olive and grape, will not be hurt by commerce, in as far as they need it to live, or to do the work of the kingdom. Rev. 13:17 says, “That day will end sometime though.”
Mt. 6:19-24, says, not to make money your treasure, but; make the eternal heavenly things, your treasure. Your heart will be where your treasure is; you can not serve God and money. Luke 12: 13-40, Jesus talks what happens, when we use money wrongly. He also tells us, where we are to place our priorities. He says, what things we do, have much to do, to prepare us, for the coming of Christ.
Luke 16, the entire chapter, Jesus speaks of money, and shows us how we are to us it, for the building of the Kingdom of God. The rich man used it, for himself, and ended in hell. Jesus did not say, “He went to hell for rejecting Him, but; for using his money, on himself, and for his own pleasure.” You should consider that the tribulation will burn with the fires of hell. In 1Timothy 6: 5-19, Paul says, there are people, who think that gain is godliness, he said, we shouldn’t even associate, with such people. He says that, “Godliness with contentment, are to come first.” We should be content, if we have enough, to meet our needs.
In 1 Timothy 6: 12 it says, “We should fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life.” If you have more then you need, be willing to give to others in need, the work of the kingdom, or where ever God tells you to give it. You will be laying up a good foundation, for the time to come, and, laying hold on eternal life. While you already have eternal life in your spirit, you must work it out, also in your soul.
The Pale Horse
Revelation 6: 8 says, with sin and darkness, came death. Certainly many more things are contained in these scriptures, of the four horsemen, but; I mention these, at the present.
Revelation 6: 9, 10, since, the time of Abel, slain men have been crying out, for vengeance for their blood. (He. 12:24 says, “Jesus` blood, speaks, better things than that of Abel).” Luke 18: 8 says, “They shall be avenged speedily.” Revelation 19: 2 says, “They will be avenged, at the destruction of Babylon.”
Revelation 6: 12-17 says, “With sin, The Judgment should have begun, immediately;” but; Rev. 7:3 says, “God put a hold on it, till He could put a seal, on His servants.” When the judgment, does begin verse 6: 17 says, “Who shall be able to stand?” Luke 21:36 says, “Those who watch and pray.”
Last Days Ministry
I believe God is right now rearing up a many membered Elijah ministry all over the world; to prepare a people to be ready when Jesus comes. Jeremiah 50:6 says, “My people have been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place”.
The shepherds of the churches have been concerned about their ministry, and their security, and their pay. And when they teach the word; they depend on their training, commentaries, concordances, and other helps, to come up with a word for their people. They can (in that manner) come up with a word that appears accurate, and that sounds good, but; would you want to get on an airline, with a flight plan that appears accurate and sounds good?
This may have met a part of the need in the past, but; we are coming to a time shortly when nothing short of the very word of God will do. Jesus is our resting place; you need not, no you dare not, come up with your own word; rest in Jesus trust Him for the very word to give to your sheep.
If you have trouble getting a word; check your life, see if something is between you and God. Sin will separate you from God, any weight that weighs you down, could be food, drink, clothes, cars, money, houses, jobs, and almost any other thing, will hinder you. Are you really fully committed to God and His will? Be diligent your church and God depend on it.
Taught by God
It says in 1 John 2: 26-28, “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as that same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him. And now little children abide in Him; when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming”.
God has given us an anointing to understand what He says; and if you let someone else, even your pastor give you all you’re teaching, you are foolishly, turning your future over into the hands of a man instead of God. You must respect your pastor, but; let the anointing God gave you teach you; that anointing will not lie. Put your trust in God, rest in Jesus and He will lead you in the right way.
Check and keep your motives in the right place; don’t go in your own way. God can speak to us in many ways, through your pastor, the Bible, books, every day activities, and etc. It must not be a way that you figured in your own mind, but; only the Spirit of God knows the perfect way.
If I was your pastor; I would certainly encourage you to look to God rather than to myself. God wants to prepare you for the soon coming of Jesus; He wants you to able to have full confidence that you are ready, and He is the only one who can prepare you. If you get into an airplane where the pilot is using the wrong flight plan, no matter how sincere you or they are, you will not get to your destination. The Spirit never uses the wrong plan, His plan is always perfect.
If you have been told all your life what to believe, just set it on a spiritual shelf; and turn to God to teach you the truth. The teachings of most churches are full of unbelief and untruths. God will only teach you the truth. The unbelief of most churches will only leave you spiritually impotent, but; the truth God teaches will give you life and power. God’s truth will give you a calm peace that nothing can take away from you.
Don’t look inside yourself, it will frustrate you. Look to the one who promised, who also will do it. You can stake your very life on Him. Looking at what God says, and then inside your self for what to do will lead to hopelessness and despair. Looking at what God says, then at the mighty power of God will lead to hope and confidence. God alone knows the way. God alone has the power. Can’t you see the light ahead? Can’t you see we are almost there? Are you not excited?
In 1 Corinthians 3: 13 it says, “Every man’s work shall be revealed by fire”. If you go by your mind or anyone else’s mind; you are building with flammable materials, and it will be destroyed by fire. Wood can be fashioned into the most beautiful furniture, but; it will still burn up. Gold, silver, and precious stones; are materials that only the Spirit of God knows how to build with.
If your pastor loves you more than he loves his job, he will teach you how to walk in the Spirit. If you walk in the Spirit you will be prepared for the sudden appearing of Jesus Christ.
Some don’t listen to their pastor; because they do not want to be under authority, this has nothing to do with what I have been talking about. When the Spirit is leading you; you will listen to your pastor as much as you can.
The stone that is going to destroy the kingdoms of this world will be cut out of the mountain without hands. When you put your own hands to the word of God, than you will not have enough power to destroy Satan’s kingdom, no matter how good that word may sound. That Stone is Jesus the perfect Word.
Some time back I was teaching, in an in home bible study, and one of the ladies received a prophecy from the LORD and this is that prophecy.
When will thy servant stand, take up their armor, and walk the straight path?
Take not your mind’s advice, set all your soul on Christ.
Shake off the dust, we must, we must.
Our hands outstretched, are etched with the worlds’.
Christian, O Christian, break that bond.
Follow Christ, He is the only one.
Our tears we cry, heads hanging low.
Rise up O Christian, give my kingdom cause to grow.
Let loose , O Christian, this world will pass.
It’s time now to see through the glass.
Open your eyes, full vision awaits.
Awaken and rise, come forth my sovereign ones.
Let all the world know that you are my sons.
Move at my pace, set your vision to win my race.
Sons of God, let go, let go.
Cause my kingdom on earth to grow.
Stained and blemished the world, unstable their soul.
Cleanse yourself, pure, right, and whole.
For now in sight is the goal.
It is time to take up the whole armor of God. It is time to strengthen the weak knees. It is time to walk the straight path. The way is open; get up on your feet and walk by the Spirit. The Spirit is the only one who knows the way. Whether it is our mind, or the dust of the flesh; it has got to be cast out. We just got to break our bond with the world.
I see even in the church, parents clothing their children in the world’s fashions. Break that bond. Break that bond. Follow Christ. Be concerned about the work of the kingdom. Get into the word. Spend much time with God. God wants to open your eyes. God loves you exceedingly. O how He longs for a people who will do all He says.
Soon we will see the whole plan clearly. We must awake. We must arise and walk. We must arise and overcome all the power of the enemy. As we overcome all the enemy, all the world will know we are God’s sons.
The sons of God are about to go forth in limitless power. Joined to the Lord in faith, there is nothing we can not do. God will set the pace. Just set your eyes on the goal. Bring in God’s kingdom into the world. Come forth totally in the fruit and power of the Spirit. In the Spirit you can not lose.
An other prophecy she got.
Listen and obey, for now is the time to pray.
God’s grace is now upon us, chosen ones.
Hear and learn to trust.
For as the breath of fresh air.
God’s love is surely there.
So listen and obey, for now is the time to pray.
Yes, now is the time to pray.
To listen and obey God; prayer is one of the most important things we can engage in today. Not the kind of prayer we usually engage in, but; just talking to God whenever anything comes up all day long. Whenever you are concerned about anything, stop and pray. Constantly look to God’s grace. God has given everything we need. learn to trust Him. God loves you more than you can imagine. He greatly wants you to succeed. Do not let this day of grace pass with out being fully prepared.
I would like to add a few more lines, to preparing for that day; In Ezekiel 14: 1-11, “It talks about people who set up idols in their hearts,” I will quote a few lines of it; “Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that comes according to the multitude of his idols..... And I will set my face against that man.... And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.” God says, “He will punish both alike.”
What are the idols He is talking about? Anything that comes between us and God; could be television, cars, clothes, houses, money, or any other thing that keeps you from doing the very will of God.
In Isaiah 2: 6-22 God says, “His people are soothsayers, that the land is full of silver and gold, Horses and chariots, and that they worship the works of their own hands, and that they are full of pride.”
I want to pay special attention to the works of their own hands. What ever we do that does not specifically come from God is a work of our own hands; I would like to concentrate on the doctrines of the Bible. When we get out our concordances, commentaries dictionaries, and other helps to come up with our own interpretations of the Bible, we are not relying on God for the word. Is there any wonder we have so many interpretations of the Bible.
This also brings me to another point; all organizations work according to the view point of the leaders; therefore they can never come into perfect unity: there will always be some disagreement between leaders. It seems every church system has their own set of doctrines. Each individual also has his own set of doctrines. These doctrines usually are born of making their own interpretations of what the Bible means by what it says. Then they add their own ideas to them.
Would you go on a trip that was planed in that way. What if you changed the map to what you think it should be? What if an airline pilot filed a flight plan the way you interpret the Bible? Brethren this is serious. I am certain you would not live any part of your life that way. God is the only one who knows what the Bible means by what it says. You will find out what He means by what it says on your knees and through suffering. God wants you to know the truth and He is very willing to share it with the diligent.
To insist on coming up with your own interpretation is nothing but pride. Jesus when He was here said, “The son can do nothing but what He sees the Father do.” If Jesus couldn’t do it how can you do it? Unless this pride is crushed you will not be prepared for the dark days to come.
Organisms on the other hand, each part just does what the head says, so they are automatically in agreement. When I am listening to the head and you are listening to the head we are already in perfect agreement. The key than to perfect unity, is better listening to the head. If the body were an organization in a fight, the fingers and hands would still be trying to come into agreement when your opponent will already have defeated you.
Can you imagine a prize fighter needing to punch his opponent, and his fingers could not come into perfect agreement. He would be defeated before he got out the first punch. No wonder the body of Christ is so divided and so powerless.
God is coming soon to shake terribly the earth, and He says, that those with idols in their hearts will throw them to the moles and to the bats, and try to get under rocks and mountains to hide from Him. Don’t even think for one minute that you can indulge in the things of this world and be prepared for that day.
In Luke 12: 47 Jesus says, “Those who knew Gods will, but did not do it will be beaten with many stripes. In Hebrews 12: 25-29 says, “Not only will He shake the earth, but; also heaven, so He can remove everything that can be shaken.” Only those things that are by the Spirit will remain.
When God’s people go to church and try to worship God; many have idols in their hearts, which keep them from worshipping in Spirit and in truth. John 4: 23,24 says, “Only those who worship in Spirit and in truth are true worshippers.” If this word has hit you hard; do not be afraid, just make sure you are willing to do all God’s will and you will be prepared. Watch and pray and what ever He says to you do it.
You may get tired of me writing about time spent with God, but; there is no more important word to write to Christians. It is absolutely essential for you to be ready for the day of the LORD. Today is your day. You can use it to prepare for the day of the Lord. You can squander it on yourself. You can use it to reach for riches and all it can buy. You can use it reach for toys all sorts of pleasures, but; you can not escape the consequences of your actions.
In your day you are in charge, but; in the day of the LORD, God is in charge. Many of God’s people are bogged down in besetting sins and weights. Some are down loading porn off of the internet. Some are after the most luxurious homes, cars, clothes and etc. They can not even walk, much less run the race set before them.
Many of these are made leaders in the church. They are allowed to teach their unbelief in the church, but; those who believe what God says are not allowed to teach. There is still no room for the Christ in the inn. If you think God is going to just snatch them away; and leave the Jews and the world here to be judged; you are out of your mind.
These people are getting ripe for the judgment. When they reject the messengers God sends to turn them; then they will be ripe for the judgment. They will be knocking to get in, but; Jesus will say, “I never knew you.”
Judgment held back
Revelations 7: 1-3, before the judgment can begin God has to seal His servants in their foreheads. God’s seal is already in our spirits: God’s Spirit and His nature are already in our spirits, but; it has to be put in the mind of a people, or he will lose His kingdom on the earth. All that we do for the salvation of the soul is to prepare us for the day He puts His seal in our foreheads. The salvation of the soul is of utmost importance, if God is to have a people who can strand in the tribulation.
Revelation 7: 3, who are those, who are sealed; It says, “The servants of God.” Ezekiel 9:4 says, “Those who sigh and cry, for all the abominations that are done in Jerusalem.” It behooves us, to be grieved and mourn, for the things, still wrong with us, and the church. Mt. 5:4 says, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Many saints, down through the ages, have gone through, great tribulation. 1 Peter 4: 19 says, “let them that suffer, according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls, to Him, in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator”.
Suffering for Christ’s sake, causes God, to recreate the soul (the renewing of the mind). Acts 14: 22 Paul says, “We must through much tribulation ,enter the kingdom of God.” How do you relate this, with what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3: 5, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus was talking about the salvation of the spirit, and Paul was talking about the salvation of the soul.
In Philippians 3: 3 it says, “We are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” So all those who are doing those things from above are the true Israel of God; and they are the ones who will be marked in their foreheads, as well as those who mourn and suffer for the will of God.
No pain, no gain: you have probably heard this said by body builders many times. This is also true in the spiritual realm; Hebrews 5 says, “ Jesus learned obedience through suffering.” Certainly if the son of God needed to suffer, we also must suffer. Job’s life seemed to revolve around his family until tested through intense suffering; he acknowledged himself as nothing, and got a new revelation of God.
Hebrews 12 says, “Those who the Father loves He chastises, and those who are without chastisement are bastards and not sons.” This should greatly encourage those who going through a lot of suffering. Anyone who ever amounted to anything in the old testament or new testament went through a lot of suffering. David had to run from Saul as he wanted to kill him, Cain killed Abel, Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet and was put in prison, the three Hebrew children were put in the fire, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Joseph was sold into Egypt.
Those who persecute us are usually our brothers, but; because they allowed sin in their lives, they are blind to what they are doing. Sin will always blind your mind, and make it impossible to see the will of God. Repent and recommit your life to God, and choose to obey Him and you will know His will, otherwise; you may be among those who persecute other Christians.
Peter says in 1 Peter 4:12, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you”. Suffering is normal for our lives on this earth, and is necessary if we are to be prepared for the days ahead.
I was teaching on the purging we need to go through some years ago; and one of the ladies in the audience later on had a prophecy come to her, this is the prophecy.
We are being judged and brought to our knees.
The unity of the faith draws near.
Its our master’s voice we now hear.
Lets all arise and heed the call.
Let not one, O LORD fall.
For every being was meant for praise.
Now its my kingdom I shall raise.
Let the crimson color flow.
Let the bride prepare.
Purge your thoughts, make room for mine.
While on your knees I’ve heard your prayer.
My bride shall stand, the blood shall flow.
Yet then shall all the world know.
My kingdom come, my kingdom come.
Breaking all foundations into one.
My chosen children all will stand.
They’ve purged their hearts, and made room for their groom.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, glorify thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy kingdom come.
Make room for the glorified one.
In this age if you are a committed Christian; You are being judged. We are being shaken and brought to our knees. We must have everything that is not of God removed from our lives. If we are ever to have the unity of the faith; we must be able to hear God’s voice. My whole reason to write this book is that the chosen ones may rise and heed God’s call. Anyone who heeds the call will be kept by God. Let every one of us praise God and raise His kingdom.
Do not fear the shedding of blood. Let each one of us die completely to self. Let us prepare for the coming of our bridegroom. Purge our thoughts. There is no empty place in our minds. Either we are thinking God’s thoughts or our thoughts. God’s desire to hear our prayer is much greater than our desire for Him to hear us; so pray, pray, pray.
Persecution is certainly coming, even in America. Do not be afraid. Nothing can come against us except through God. The world is going to know God has a people on the earth. God’s kingdom is going to come; and anything upon which you are standing that is not absolutely His Spirit, will be destroyed. God’s people seem to stand on many foundations that are not of God; they will all be destroyed Jesus only will remain.
Here is an other prophecy.
My word is the key, you have got to get it inside your heart.
Meditate on this day and night, then you shall see, glimpses of my glory.
My people have gone astray, they have caused their own delay.
They have broken my bread and drank my cup, only to get up and walk their own way.
My people are called, they shall arise and go forth, never to be afraid.
For their darkness is short and their light is forever.
My chosen were blind, but now they shall see.
They shall tear down all religiosity, their minds will be kept on me.
Their price to pay, death, as all will see; yet it is not to be compared to glimpses of my glory.
For the heavens are now prepared, the angels now await.
My people are to arise and walk in victory.
Death shall be conquered and the lion roar no more.
All heaven and earth shall know my glory, which will no longer be glimpses, Hallelujah!
All rise and reign, take your place, stand to the call.
Give heed to my voice, all praise the king on high, rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!
To read the word of God is very important, but; you must also meditate on it a lot. To read the word gets it in your head, but; to meditate on it is to get it in your heart; when you treasure God’s Word that also puts it in your heart. We have been hindering the day of the LORD long enough. Peter tells us hasten the day of the LORD. Communion was given to us to remember the Lord’s death till He come. We just got up and went our way like nothing happened.
Let us arise and not be afraid. Let us go forth and build God’s kingdom. The darkness is almost passed. We shall soon see clearly. Religiosity is idolatry and will keep us blind; tear it down. Don’t be afraid to lay your life down. The rewards are extremely great. Heaven, the angels, and God are ready, what are we waiting for? We will conquer death and the devil, nothing will stand before us.
When you are calm, confident, and happy; you have all the power necessary to resist evil. This power is found only in spending time with God. The fact is, you do not have time, not to spend time with God. If you try to do it without spending time with God, self will be in control. With self in control, it will impede the mighty forces of God from working on your behalf. Sin, doubts, fears, and unbelief also impede God’s mighty power in our behalf.
Evil spirits do operate in our lives. How can we find out where they are operating in our lives? One of the best indicators is: to see what makes you comfortable. If you came home from work all dirty, and went to a meeting where everyone was clean and dressed up; you would be very uncomfortable.
Using this illustration; Does a topless night club make you uncomfortable? Does an anointed church service make you uncomfortable? See under what conditions you are comfortable or uncomfortable. The atmosphere in every place is created by spirits. When you are comfortable it is because you have like spirits operating in you. Unlike spirits make you uncomfortable because they want to get you out of that place. If you love God you will want to be where He is. If you are not saved you will like being among the unsaved.
If you are a very carnal Christian, you will like carnal things. The spirits that operate in you would rather you watched television than to go to church. You will be more interested in clothes, cars, homes, and etc. than building the kingdom of God. You will spend almost all your time on carnal things.
Spirits control many things in our lives. We do not realize how much influence they have in our lives. Carnal people often have emotions that go way up and just as quick go way down. They are very much influenced by what happens around them. A new car, new clothes, or a new house causes them to be very excited. When things go wrong they are in the dumps.
Many people often are unaware they are being led by evil spirits. Some people are so entangled with them they do even recognize their own personalities. Some are so entangled they may have to have them cast out.
If you are a spiritual Christian, your interest will be in building the kingdom of God. You will set aside a time when you can meet with God. You will learn what He wants you to do. You will do what He says. As your spirituality grows, you will spend more and more time with Him. As you spend more and more time with Him, your faith and confidence will continue grow. You will find that when things go wrong, you are almost unaffected by it; because you know God is your supply.
The spiritual man is always calm, collected, trusting, and full of faith. Knowing God is in control of everything that happens in your life, frees you from worry and fears. Everything you do with God will wrest away a part of the control that evil spirits have in your life. When we take the control away from evil spirits, we are taking back the land.
Many a great preacher has looked at the land; and said, it is a good land, but; the giants are to big. Fear, lusts, hate, unbelief, pride and etc. are just to big to conquer; nobody can be perfect. They make the same mistake the ten spies made in Moses’ day. Nothing is ever to big for God to do. God says, we will come to the unity of the faith; we will come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. You can not be more perfect than that. You can not be more of anything you see than what God says. You can have perfect confidence in what God says; nothing can be surer.
In Isaiah 35, he talks about a highway of holiness. This is a very exciting chapter; I encourage you to read it. He says the unclean shall not pass over it. He says no Lion shall be there. No ravenous beast shall be there. Satan will not be able to walk that road. The flesh will not be able to walk there.
You will find as you walk more and more on the highway of holiness, you will defeat those spirits. These spirits are very subtle; It is going to take God’s Spirit to flush all of them out. The church has died in the wilderness generation after generation. It is time to believe in the power of God, more than the power of sin. It is time to believe what God says. We must realize God is both able and willing to deliver us. If we do our part; God is going to do His part.
Did Jesus not suffer enough on the cross? Do we need to continue to make Him suffer with our unbelief? Did He not provide for all our needs on the cross? Why do we not believe Him? The greatest suffering Jesus faces is still unbelief and pride in the house of His friends.
LORD I seek to believe all that you say; not to fulfill my greed; but to do the work of the kingdom.
Any athlete will tell you, he has to work out many hours of the day. So we must add more and more hours every day if we are going to succeed.
Start out by setting a little time aside in the wee hours of the morning. As you go along keep adding more and more. Your time should include: Reading God’s word; prayer for what concerns you; confession of sins and weakness; time to listen to what God tells you. Surrender to all God reminds you of. It can include anyone of or all the above. Keep listening all day long. Always obey God. If you do these things, you will be preparing yourself for the day of the LORD.
Trust in God to the last uttermost limit to supply your need. Trust and do not be afraid. Depend on divine power only. Endurance is faith tried almost to the breaking point. Wait, trust, hope, and joy in the Lord. Do not depend on man, but; only on the Lord, Your strength, your help, and your supply.
What ever comes against you, remember Jesus saves. Are you in want? Jesus saves. Is Satan tempting you? Jesus saves. Are you afraid? Jesus saves. Have you doubts? Jesus saves.
We are like kings kids living in poverty; Everything we need is within reach, just believe. We need to spend time with God till we can move mountains if necessary. God has a great desire to abundantly meet our need, just believe. Close loving contact with Jesus Christ will heal spirit, soul, and body. Jesus saves. We need tried, tested, and proven faith. Jesus saves. The victor always waits for orders from his Lord. He always moves with God, never ahead.
The great test: is to see if God is your supply or not. Every great work must be so tested. May you spend so much time with God that your faith can stand every test?
The Gifts of the Spirit
The gifts of the Spirit vs. the fruit of the Spirit: When the church was just beginning, all the leaders were just spiritual children; their job was to build the church. You can not use little children to do a man’s job; so God gave them each a gift or two. We also are little children; so God also gives us gifts. If you have a bunch of five year old kids, you do not give them a set of carpenter tools; and tell them to build a house, they can not do it.
If you are God, you could give each a gift to operate a tool. One a gift to operate a power saw, one a hammer, one a tape measure, one a square, and etc. This was God’s problem in the early church.
Unfortunately it is still a problem today. Many times God still has to use the gifts of the Spirit today, if that is your problem, be humble and admit it. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, “That a more excellent way is love.” Either way use your gifts to build God’s kingdom.
The Fruit of the Spirit
God wants us to grow up and become a man. Real men of God operate in love. Your gift if it does not operate in love is just like a tinkling cymbal. The fruit of the Spirit is something that comes right out of the nature of God in you.
The fruit of the Spirit must come from much time spent with God. Perfection can not come from the gifts of the Spirit. Perfection can not come from laws. Perfection comes right out of the nature of God in you; However you must spend much time in learning to walk in God. Faith that operates by love is much greater than the gift of faith.
Do not operate in the gift realm to long. God wants you to grow up. Some ministries have done great things in the gift realm. When they did not grow up their gift deteriorated maybe even into witch craft. Some even use trickery to get people to support their ministry. If your gift is to increase it must be nurtured. You must spend much time with God.
The way to nurture your gift is this. Get up early in the morning. Read the bible. See what God is telling you through it, and immediately commit yourself to it. Meditate on what God tells you. Confess any sin. Pray about anything that comes up in your mind. Always commit to God in full surrender and commitment. As you go about your day continue to seek God on every problem. Be calm and collected. Move with confidence in God’s guidance in everything. Move in love.
If someone deliberately irritates you; say God I love that person. Deliberately bless them. Pray for them. The more you walk in love, the more God will be in everything you do. In order to meditate; you may have to get bad thoughts out of your mind. Let love be the great motivating force in your life. Learn to rejoice when things go wrong. Remember nothing is bad if God is in control. Say, “All is well.” Say, “Jesus saves.”
Lord I truly believe you are love. I believe you are the fulfilling of the law. I believe your love is a force so great it is unstoppable. I believe that same great love is available for me to use. I believe that when I operate in that love, I can do all things. I believe you long to use me as a channel of that love. Lord cause me to operate in that love and not doubt. Lord I find doubt in my life; Lord increase my faith.
Lord I long to operate perfectly in your love. Lord I long to relate only in your love with those around me. Lord show me how to love them the way you love them. Lord I desire to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in every aspect of my life. Lord I know that I am very weak. Lord sometimes I have a hard time manifesting the fruit of the Spirit, yet; I know this is the way to life. I know this is the way to prepare for the troublesome times ahead. Lord bring your love forth in me.
Lord I know you also desire for me to relate with you in love. Lord you created us for your own pleasure. Teach me to love you very much. We tend not to realize that God also has needs. God did not create robots to say, “I love you;” because He needs people who will pay the price to say, “I love you.” When you spend much time with Him; you say, “I love you.” Pay the great price and say, “I love you.” These things will meet His needs.
In Jeremiah 17: 21-27, Jeremiah talks primarily about keeping the Sabbath; Mt. 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." When we do what we think, instead of what God says, we are not entering into Christ’s rest. In verse 27 of Jeremiah 17, it says, “But if you will not listen unto me to hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; than will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.”
While Jeremiah was talking to his people about their present problem, yet I believe there is an even greater fulfillment in our day. That if we do not find our rest in Jesus Christ; we will be facing the tribulation unprepared, and will be in the fire where all our works (not wrought in Christ) will be burned up.
The Great Tribulation
Rev. 8, this appears to be the start, of the great tribulation. As to whether any of God’s people are going through the tribulation or not; Rev 2:19-25, Jesus told some in the church of Thyatira unless they repent they would be cast into the great tribulation; if they were not Christians they would automatically go into the tribulation, and He would not have had to say anything. In verse 23 He says, He would give to them everyone according to their works. In that verse, He is certainly talking to Christians. If you are fully surrendered to the Lord, and are willing to do what He tells you, all false doctrine will fall away from you one by one. If you are living for your church, people, money, fame, or any other thing, then you will be deceived.
In Ezekiel 20: 33-49, this passage is quite long, but; Israel had become steeped in idolatry. God said, “He was going to bring them into the wilderness of the people.” That He was going to plead with them face to face. He said, “He was going to cause them to pass under the rod.” He was going to purge out of them the rebels. He would accept their offerings only in the mountain of the height of Israel. Then they were going to loath themselves in their own sight for their sins. Anyone who does not judge himself now must be judged in the tribulation time. When they see how bad their sins are, they will loath themselves in their own sight.
That was the first parable. the second parable: was for the son of man to prophesy against the forest of the south field. Dead or alive: every tree was going to be burn from the south to the north. These two parables are one. God is saying the same thing in two different ways.
Keys to understanding these parables:
Key one: South field and the idol worshippers are one.
Key two: Tree and each worshipper are one.
Key three: North and those who worship on the mountain of the height of Israel are one.
Key four: South is ease, comfort wealth, which usually is idolatry.
Key five: North is the cross and the will of God.
Key six: The land is our own bodies.
These two parables show us that many of God’s people will have to face the great tribulation unprepared. The fires of the great tribulation start in the south and burn to the north. The fire starts with those at ease, and go north to those in the high call, who lay down their lives like Jesus did on the cross.
Jesus said, “If we take up our lives we would lose them, but; if we lay them down for His sake we would find them." Add two more verses out of Ezekiel 21:3,4, Thus says the LORD; “Behold I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off the righteous and the wicked. Seeing than that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north.” Here we see a picture of the cross. Jesus went voluntarily to the cross. The first thief was saved so as by fire. The second thief was lost. Everyone in the world is going to the cross. Some of God’s people go now and judge themselves; they will not be judged with the world. Some of God’s people must be saved so as by fire. The world’s people will be lost. Those who judge themselves will still lay down their lives as Jesus did, in the middle of the tribulation. Those who judge themselves now; possess their bodies in glory and honor.
Israelis and Christians they are the same body. In Ro. 11:25, Paul said, “Blindness in part is happened to Israel; until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” In Eph. 2:16, he says, ‘God made both one body.” A person is a body, a soul, a spirit; just as there are three level of serving God. While the Jew may not be yet born again, He certainly will have to come that way, yet; Paul says, “The gifts and callings of God are without repentance.”
You must remember that even we Christians have more to add to our salvation. I have no doubt that when God talks about Israel; He is talking many times about both physical and spiritual Israel. In the tribulation it will be abundantly evident that they are one.
I should make it clear that we are still in Revelation 8. It appears, that the silence of about a half an hour; may correspond to, Mt. 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins; When Christ appears, in a body of his own people, who are ready. Silence may mean; no one further could be added, to the high calling of God, for a short period, of time. The five foolish Virgins, must face the tribulation unprepared. One thing for sure, the prayers of the saints; are a very important part, of this time.
The first angel v.7 in this passage of scripture, brought judgment, on those, still tied to the earth. Revelation 1: 7, “All those still related to the earth, will wail because of Him.”
The second Angel v.8 brought judgment, on the sea, (the lost people); possibly speaking of the part of the church, that got mixed up, with the world, and the various ways, they related to the world.
The next two angels vs. 10,12 bring judgment, to the two sources of life, on the earth; (water and sunshine). This appears to relate, to their spiritual food. The last verse, certainly indicates, that he is talking about those, still tied to the earth. Phil. 3:18-19 Paul says, “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you weeping, that they are enemies, of the cross of Christ: whose end, is destruction, whose god, is their belly, and whose glory, is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Let us take up our cross, and daily follow the Lord.
Revelation 9, is about the continuation, of the first half, of the great tribulation. It seems at this time, Satan is greatly increasing his efforts to attack God’s people, still tied to the earth ; they were committing covetousness; which is idolatry and all sorts of the works of the flesh. Some Christians seem to have the idea that, they are going to the judgment, without facing any pain. What did Paul mean than in, 11Cor. 5:9-11, when he said, “Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men?” He said, ‘We labor, that, we may be accepted of him, for we must all appear, before the judgment seat of Christ; that, everyone may receive, the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men."
In 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 he says, “We have a foundation; which is Jesus Christ: and on that foundation, we build, our house.” We can build with gold, silver, or precious stones; materials that withstand fire; or wood, hay, or stubble; materials that will burn. Our work, will be judged by fire. If we didn’t have to face the day of fire, why do we have to build with materials that will withstand fire?
One of the tricks of Satan is to water down God’s Word; he certainly did that with the fear of the Lord. He says, it does not really mean fear, but reverence, respect, or awe. Use one of those words to replace terror and see if it fits. (Knowing the reverence, respect, or awe of the Lord we persuade men.) He also has Christians thinking they are going to escape the tribulation, the day of fire. What do they think will try their works than? Why are we supposed to build with fire proof materials than?
Jesus said, in John 15: 2,6, “If a branch in Him, does not bear fruit, it is cut off, and if it does not abide in Him, it withers, and is cast into the fire, and is burned.” The writer of Heb. says in 6:8, “That which bears thorns, and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end, is to be burned.” This sure seems to fit facing the day of fire. If your life bears no fruit; it will be cut off and burned. 1 Corinthians 3: 15 says, when your works are burned up, you will be saved so as by fire.
Ezekiel 9, gives, the pattern of judgment. V. 4, says “God first marks those, who sigh and cry, for the abominations committed, in Jerusalem.” Next, v. 6 He tells, “The destroyers, to destroy, all who are not marked, beginning at the sanctuary, and with the elders.” 1 P. 4:17, says, “The time is come, that judgment, must begin, at the house of God.” Therefore judgment, must begin, with us.
1 Corinthians 11: 31, 32 Paul says, “If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world”. 1 Timothy 5: 24,25 says, “Some men’s sins, are opened before hand, going before to judgment; and some they follow after. Likewise also, the good works of some, are manifested before hand; and they that are otherwise, can not be hid”. This indicates, that we must keep all our sins, and works opened and judged, or they will be judged by force later.
A further picture, is seen in Jesus, on the cross: Jesus voluntarily followed the Lord, all the way, to the cross, one thief was saved, so as by fire, and one thief was lost. There we have a picture, of the whole world, everyone goes to the cross, (the judgment).
Revelation 10: 7 says, “In the middle of the tribulation, the mystery of God, will be finished, when the seventh angel begins to sound.”
Rev. 11 apparently returns to the beginning of the tribulation. For the first half of the tribulation, the Holy city, (which I believe is Gods people), will be trodden under foot of the gentiles, because; They did not measure up to Gods standard. The Temple is measured, to see if it can measure up.
In Zachariah 4, we see two witnesses; they may refer to Joshua the high priest, and Zerubbabel the ruler? But, certainly they speak of a much greater witness in the future. Both sets of witnesses, relate to the temple; the first set of witnesses are building a temple, and the second set are the temple that measures up. Joshua and Zerubbabel were building the temple of their day. The two witnesses of Rev. 11 were the temple of the coming day.
First a word about judgment: At the beginning of the tribulation, those who do not measure up, will be judged; the finale cleansing of the Temple. Those in the outer court, walk in the light of the sun. Those in the Temple, live by the light of the candle, a deeper word.
I believe these two witnesses; are those who have judged themselves, and been renewed in their minds. God’s Name or Nature is in their minds, and they now are becoming a second witness, to the death and the resurrection of Christ when they die; just as Jesus died with out the gates of Jerusalem in His day; so these will give their lives being killed by their brethren the church of that day inspired the beast from the pit. God says, that spiritually they (the church of that day) are Sodom and Egypt. I believe these two witnesses are also, the 144,000 spoken of in Rev. 7, the true Israel of God.
Revelation 11: 12, they ascended into heaven; the first fruit of the redeemed of the earth, just as in Rev. 14:4. The two witnesses manifested the same manner, power, and purity that Jesus manifested, before, He went to the cross, that God would have His three witnesses, (He Requires for judgment), by their death.
If God is to judge the nations, He must have at least two witnesses; they must manifest the same purity, as Jesus manifested, when He was in the earth. Only those who measure up, are qualified. The angel had to measure the temple, the alter of sacrifice, and the worshipers to see if the sacrifice was ready. To measure up you will have to pass every test Jesus passed before He was sacrificed.
In Isaiah 51: 17-52:3, we see a parallel to this passage; there we see that Jerusalem drank, at the hand of the LORD, the cup of His fury; and the dregs of the cup of trembling, and rung them out. (For 42 months- my addition; this I believe is the first half of the tribulation). Verse 22, “Thus says your Lord the LORD, and your God that pleads the cause of His people, behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; you shall no more drink it again: but I will put it in the hand of them that afflict you; which have said to your soul, bow down, that we may go over: and you have laid your body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over. Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come in to you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem, loose yourself from the bands of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus says the LORD, you have sold yourselves for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money”.
If we sell ourselves for nothing, and trade our inheritance for a piece, of what this world has to offer; we will be judged by force later. Just as the holy city is trodden under foot 42 months, at the beginning of this chapter in Revelation 11; so it says in this passage in Isaiah, Jerusalem laid its body as the street for them to walk over. After Jerusalem has faced the judgment, and shook itself of the dust or the flesh, the judgment will then be transferred to the world, in the second half of the tribulation.
When the two witnesses have finished their ministry they are killed. The religious leaders of that day will not even allow them to be buried. Notice in verse 11, “They arose to their feet and ascended into heaven. They appear to be the first fruits of the redeemed from the earth, of Rev. 14:4.
Rev. 11: 15, to the end the of the chapter; the seventh angel sounded; this world comes up for judgment, and will be judged, during the last half of the tribulation, and the kingdoms of this world, became the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign forever and ever. God can now judge the world He has all the witness He needs.
Verse 18, seems to quote from, Psalm 2, where he says, the nations were angry, but God would have the pre-eminence. God was ready to judge the dead, give reward to the righteous, and destroy them that destroy the earth; (smash the nations to pieces with a rod of iron); The second half of the tribulation.
Revelation 12, Some think this speaks of Jesus’ first coming. You probably could make that application, but; it does not seem to explain a number of things. The woman clothed with the sun; more likely speaks of the part of the church; that is walking in the Spirit. This woman is clothed with Jesus Christ, and those following the law are under her feet; those walking in the Spirit, as opposed to those only keeping laws. Those keeping the law, only reflect the light of Christ. The twelve stars must be the twelve apostles.
Notice this women appeared in heaven. Old Testament Israel never appeared in heaven nor did Mary.
Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3: 13 “That while He was talking to Nicodemus He was then in heaven.” Paul says in Philippians 3: 20 “He was walking in heaven right then.”
We also know that Satan was cast out of heaven.
Paul said in Galatians 4: 19, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again till Christ be formed in you.” You can see how Christ will be formed in a company of Christians who are walking in the Spirit. This child can only be born in heaven.
Acts 13:33 says, “That the resurrection was the day Jesus was begotten of the Father.” Revelation 1:5 confirms the same thing. The first fruit the manifested Sons of God are caught up to the throne like Jesus did. They are caught up to rule with the rod of iron.
When Christ is formed in those who only do what God says this is spiritually called giving birth. This is the man-child that will smash the nations to pieces in the second half of the tribulation. This is also what Satan is so desperate to keep from happening; because it means the end of his kingdom.
It seems to me, that he is repeating the same event, as in 11:11 when the two witnesses rose from the dead. The 144,000 are the first fruit of the redeemed from the earth, Revelation. 14:4; the first of those who are begotten of God, spirit, soul, and body. Satan certainly thought he had destroyed the two witnesses; but they rose from the dead. We see like a gem stone many facets of the same event.
It was now time for those who were worthy, to rule all nations with a rod of iron, but; some of God’s people needed, to go to a place prepared of God, for the rest of the tribulation. Satan is finally cast out, and can accuse God’s people before God no more.
It seems that the Bible speaks of to separate times of Satan being cast out of heaven. Apparently the casting out is really the removing various aspects of his being and ability such as: Holiness; ability to praise God or even the desire to; ability to accuse; ability to deceive and etc. Though he was cast out he could appear before God for assignment.
God’s power will be manifested in the second half of the tribulation, as this world has never seen before. Those caught up to the throne of God; received that power; by the blood of the lamb, and the word of their testimony, and they loved not their own lives even to the death.
If by that time you have ascended into heaven, you can rejoice, for you are in charge, but; if you are still tied to earthly things, look out, for Satan is after you. While all of God’s people are saved, you can see by the rest of this chapter, you can be in the wrong place, at this time.
Joseph was one who walked in the Spirit. He was in charge when the tribulation hit Egypt. Those of his brethren who betrayed him; he was now their salvation. Moses and Aaron walked with God. They were in charge in the judgment. The Israelites who did not judge themselves, shared in the first two judgments with Egypt.
Revelation 13, the dragon of chapter 12, had his crowns, on his heads; probably speaking of his power being in the mind, but; the beast in chapter 13, has his crowns on his horns; probably speaking of government power. This beast comes up out the sea ;probably lost humanity. In Daniel 7, “ Daniel saw four beasts rise out of the sea;” these beasts were almost the same as the beasts spoken of here.
A very interesting verse Ho. 13: 7,8, God said to backslidden Israel. “Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beasts shall tear them”. This looks to me like God is going to use the heathen, to judge His backsliding people, even in the tribulation.
Daniel 7: 1-7, The four winds, spoken of in verse two; seems to correspond to the four winds, in Revelations 7:1. So these beasts, must be coming in the tribulation. All four of these beasts are present at the judgment, v. 9,10, and even after the beast is given to the burning flame, in v. 11, they continue for a time, and a season in, v. 12, though without power. Many think this is speaking about Babylon, the Medes and Persians, Greeks, and the Romans; while some application can be made for that view, I think the greater fulfillment, will be in the tribulation.
We need to speak about a few things. The politics of today do in some way relate to this beast, though we are not yet, in the tribulation. We see the battle between the republicans and the democrats. The republicans keep pulling to the right, while the democrats are pulling to left. For the republicans this is a losing battle; most republicans are where the democrats were, five or ten years ago. For those of us, who don’t want to see our country, going to the left, this can be very discouraging.
I received a letter from my congresswomen, who I respected; wanting to receive credit for helping to pass drug benefits. Though maybe not the same as the democrats would have passed, nevertheless it is a plan that would have made them proud ten years ago. While this is certainly a good type and shadow; the reality is that, they are really a part of the same beast. As we see our freedoms and values disappearing; it can be very discouraging, but this is nothing to what it will be like, when God withdraws the one that keeps evil, from coming to the full, 11 Thessalonians 2:7.
Philippians 3: 18, 19 says, “Many people walk as enemies of the cross; whose god is their belly, and whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things.” Verse 20 Paul says, “His walk is in heaven, where Jesus is coming from.”
Four realms of people spoken about in the book of Revelation: under the earth, in the sea, on the earth, and in heaven.
Notice, in Revelation 13: 6, “This beast blasphemes the name of God, his tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven;” if you have been caught up to heaven, as the 144,000, you can be blasphemed, but; not touched. In verse 7,8 the saints still on the earth, and all kindreds, tongues, and nations will be under his power. Verse 9, indicates that this word, will be understood, only by those with ears to hear.
In verse 11, an other beast, arises out of the earth. We have seen Christians, through out history; engaging in all sorts of activities, contrary to the will of God; they persecute other Christians, accept various sexual deviations, in their lives and in others, and other works of the flesh. I hear that their is a Quaker in Polk county, Florida, putting in an application, for a permit to build a nudist colony, to teach Christianity and nudism side by side. Imagine teaching a nude Sunday school class. This may be the kind of people that will make up this second beast. It is important, to make a distinction between the people, and the spirits that lead them though.
If you do not judge the flesh now, you will be deceived even like this Quaker is. If you are not willing to change your ways, you will persecute those who have changed their ways. You will find yourself speaking with the voice of the Dragon.
Just as chapter 6: 5, 6, talks about the beginning of commerce, so in chapter 13: 16, 17 says, “Only those who take the name, number of his name, or receive the mark may engage in commerce at this time;” that God may separate His people from it, before He destroys it.
The First Fruits
Revelation 14: 1-5; “John saw a Lamb, Jesus, stand on mount Sion; with Him a 144,000, having the Fathers nature in their minds”, (my interpretation). V. 5 says, “They are the first fruit, of the redeemed of the earth,” indicating that they were first to be resurrected, it must have been before the rapture. In 1 Corinthians 15: 20, “Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept”. Notice, He was not the first fruits of the earth, but; of them that slept. Jesus was never of the earth, as He says in, John 3: 13; 8: 23. In Revelation 11: 11,12, we see a resurrection, and an ascension, and in 12:5, we see another ascension; so when we see him say, in 14:4, that the 144,000 are the first fruit, of the redeemed of the earth; we conclude it must be the same people and event. I see this as being in the middle of the tribulation. If the rapture of the church had already occurred, they would have been the first fruit.
Psalm 11: 3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do”? The fact is that the righteous seem to have many foundations that are not Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3: 11 says, “Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Whether for our life, or doctrine, or anything; everything must be Jesus Christ. If you look at Revelation as a series of events you will miss Him, guaranteed. Jesus said, in John 5: 39, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” No matter how accurate your doctrine, until you find Jesus, there is no life in it. When you find Jesus in a thing, that thing is now on a proper foundation.
Ephesians 4: 11-16, gives you the principle, of what Jesus is doing with His people on the earth. “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting 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 the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 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: but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted, by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love”.
I would like to point out some things spoken here. Paul says, the ministry first must work for the perfecting of the saints, also there is other work to edify the body, but; notice he says, we will all come to the unity of the faith.
This is very important at this place; in Revelation 14 for the everlasting (or perfect) gospel, is going to be preached to all the world at this time. No error in faith or doctrine will be permitted at that point. Since the gospel now being preached has error in it; we now have some excuse, but; when the everlasting gospel is preached, everyone must come to that standard; for the mystery of God will at that time be finished.
Every minister’s number one job is bring their flock to the place where they hear from God, tell Christ be formed in them, even to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Our tendency is to look at ourselves and realize that we can not do it, instead of looking at what God says about it. Jesus said in Matthew 5:48, “Be perfect as the Father;” we look at that passage and say, is that possible? If you look within yourself the answer is no, but; if you look at God, is there anything to hard for Him.
Do you really think God would ask you to do something, and say, you will never able to do it, but try it anyway? I maintain that if God commanded anything, He has made away to do it. The next tendency is to put it far from us; like saying or thinking it just means maturity, or full growth, or as mature as you can; what than is the measure of the stature of the fullness Christ? If there is anything we need to learn; it is that whatever God says, is the way it is; even if everyone who tried it in the past, failed.
Looking at this passage, it indicates there is a people who will go in first that they may reach back and bring the rest in. If you realize you are called of God to be in the first fruit; be sure you do not look down at others, as that may cause God to eject you from that calling. I was teaching on perfection some time ago and a lady got this prophecy from the LORD.
From the Heaven He sent the rain
Now all angels are here to proclaim
For I am the Christ, I am the prophet, you need no man
For I made you disciples, but I am your head
You need no man they’ll make you mislead
Now listen children, open your ears, there’s new direction
Glory shall come, my face shall shine
I will lead you to all perfection
As the first morning rain, now I’ve sent angels to proclaim
All rise to hear and take this message forth
Blessed are those who hear my voice
My sheep do know me, I’ll not lead you astray
For you shall know this is the only way
My kingdom come, my will be done
All hail King Jesus, all glory, power, and praise
My light is your promise from the voice I now raise
It shall shine forth as never before
Not a thing left covered, not a child left to weep
For here is my promise that I will keep
From the north, south, west, east my people will come
They’ll rise as one, bringing all glory, power, and praise
The rain is sent to cause plants to grow. We are God’s plants. God has sent us everything we need to grow. You must nurture it by spending much time with God. 1 John 2:27 says, we have been given an anointing to teach us . We are all being taught by God. Get in touch with the head and do only what the head says. All leaders must get you in touch with the head. The body of Christ is an organism. All instruction must come from the head. Everyone who listens to the head will be in perfect unity with each other.
Listen to what He says. Open your ears. Then you will reflect and be God’s glory. That is the only way to perfection. Even though we have no ability to do it ourselves, God said He would make us perfect, and He will do it.
It is time to take this message forth. If you hear His voice you must be one of His sheep. He will not lead you astray. He is the only one who knows the way. It is God’s kingdom. What glory awaits us; God’s light shall shine as we never have seen it before. Do not cover anything. Bring it all out in the open. What ever is not of God get rid of it. As these things happen, God’s people will be drawn from everywhere on earth. In the end all God’s people will become one.
Before God can judge the world; He must not only have two witnesses, to the death and resurrection of Jesus, but; everyone must hear, the everlasting gospel. V. 6, refers to the everlasting gospel; (the gospel without fault), the gospel we preach today varies with every preacher. God can not condemn the world on an imperfect gospel, so; just before the judgment, He sends the perfect gospel, reaching everyone. This is the last chance for those to be saved who do not want face the wrath of God; however their works can only follow them, as the time for self judgment is past. I hope you, are saved before this, as your works can no more go before, to judgment, they must follow after, 1 Timothy. 5:24.
At this time, those who are worthy will begin to smite the nations with, a rod of iron, Revelation 2: 26, 27. The rest of chapter 14, verses 14-20, speaks of the start of world judgment. Much of this is repeated in greater detail, in chapters 16-19. 11 Corinthians 10: 6 says, “Having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your own obedience is fulfilled”. 1 Corinthians 6: 2, 3 says, “We will judge both the world, and the Angels.” Psalm 149: 6-9 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, an punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all His saints, praise you the LORD. Malachi 4: 3 says, “You shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day I shall do this, says the LORD of hosts. These passages of Scripture indicate that; those worthy will certainly judge the world. In Revelation 19: 11, 13 says, “We will be on horses, following Jesus also on a horse, to judge the nations.”
Revelation 15, the Christians and Jews, who got the victory, just before God poured out all His wrath, on those who still dwell on the earth, and the sea. (This seems to be an expansion of 14:13). V. 8 says, no one could enter the temple, ( be saved ) till all seven judgments were fulfilled. They had heard the perfect gospel, and had rejected it. About Jews and Christians: I want to be very emphatic that as Paul says, in Ephesians 2: 11-22; “God has made both, one in the same body.” We need to welcome the Jews, as our brothers. For those who want to go back into Judaism however; their is a whole book, (Hebrews) devoted to tell us not to do that, neither should we stay where we are, but; go on to the high calling of God.
Revelation 16, The full wrath of God, is poured out on the earth, and the sea. Notice, this is God’s full wrath. In chapters 8, 9, He judged only a third of most things, but; here it is His full, wrath. V.12, apparently the way was opened up, for Satan to bring his army, from the spirit world, to the earth to prepare for Armageddon. Though not indicated here, God also, will bring His army from Heaven to fight Armageddon Revelation 19; 11-16.
Revelation 17 speak of, two of the three aspects of Babylon; religious and political. Babylon has been around in various forms since man fell. Satan built a city in the heavens, which he is continuing to build and improve.
When God gives us a word, Babylon takes this word, and adds a little poison to it, so it kills, instead of giving you life. We must constantly prove all words, and doctrines, we receive; to see if they are of God or not. The most healthy food will kill you, if it contains enough poison.
If we do not watch what we eat, (spiritually) it will tend to lead us to the condition of this woman. Purple, Scarlet, gold, precious stones, and pearls all speak of the precious things of God, but; this woman used it in this case to make an abomination.
Ezekiel 16: 17-20, “You have taken thy fair jewels of My gold and of My silver, which I have given thee, and made to yourself images of men, and did commit whoredom with them, and took your broidered garments, and covered them: and you have set My oil and My incense before them. My meat also which I gave you, fine flour, and oil and honey, wherewith I fed you, you have even set it before them for a sweet savor: and thus it was, says the Lord God. Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom thou hast born unto Me, and these have you sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of your whoredoms a small matter”?
There we see Israel using the things of God for their own purposes. The things of God must only be used for God’s purposes, never for our own purposes. I will continue to stress that there are spirits, behind all these things. (even in personal battles, we are not battling our brother, but; spirits). V. 14, says, “The Lamb` shall overcome Babylon.” No matter what the battle; Jesus is the victory.
Revelation 18, shows the third aspect of Babylon; commercial Babylon; the black horse, of chapter 6: 5. V.23 and v.24, say, that Babylon deceived all nations, and was involved in the death of all who were killed on the earth. Isaiah 25: 7, says, “He will destroy in this mountain, the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations”. The mystery of God will be finished, Revelation 10: 7.
Revelation 19, v. 1-6, you see praise at the judgment and fall of Babylon, but; the greatest praise I know of in all of the Bible, is made over the fact that the Lord God is now reigning over all the earth.
V. 7-9, A picture of the new Jerusalem of chapters 21 and 22. It is really the people of God both Jew and gentile, who make up the bride of Christ. V. 10, says to understand prophecy, you must understand the testimony of Jesus.
V. 11-16, we see Jesus and His army of faithful warriors going forth again in the middle of the tribulation, to rule the nations with a rod of iron, and to tread the wine press.
V. 17-21, the beast and the false prophet were cast in the lake of fire.
Revelation 20; 1-3, Satan bound can deceive the nations no more for a 1000 years.
V. 4-6, judgment was given to the saints who recognized they could nothing, but what they saw Jesus do; even as Jesus said, “He could do nothing, but what He saw His Father do.” They submitted to no Satanic authority, they reigned with Christ a 1000 years.
It talks about the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus; in John 5: 30; 8: 28, Jesus says, “That He could do nothing, but what He saw His Father do.” Symbolically, Jesus was beheaded for the witness of His Father. When we only do what we see Jesus do, we are also symbolically beheaded for the witness of Jesus.
What all these things that these people will face in the tribulation are I do not know, but; they had to be faithful, if they were to reign in the 1000 years. This is also the time when the manifested sons of God go forth to deliver the creation from the bondage of corruption, in Romans 8: 18-23. Jesus was the first manifested Son of God. John 17: 6 Jesus said, “I have manifested thy name unto the men that you gave me out of the world."
The first resurrection: all the resurrection of saints is accomplished in the resurrection of Jesus; when we were born again, the resurrection took place in our spirits. As we work out the salvation of the soul, the resurrection will take place in our souls. In the future the resurrection of the body, it takes place in our bodies. All three of these things constitute the first resurrection.
While in our experience, we see these things taking place at different times; nevertheless they already took place, when Jesus rose from the dead, this assures us that regardless what we see, it is already done.
When the resurrection takes place in any part of our being, that part is completely transferred from this world to the next world. All the sin, sickness, pain, suffering, or any other limitations of this world are left behind, in the new creation those things do not exist. Those who enter that world, can not sin or even be tempted to sin.
Vs. 7-15, Satan makes one more try before being cast into the lake of fire, before the great white throne judgment. Those not judged before are judged now.
Revelation 21, the new heaven and new earth, in which there were no more lost people. If the sea was literal, then why is the whole creation, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God for, in Romans 8: 18-23? Is not the sea a part of the creation?
John pictures the bride of Christ, as a great city the holy Jerusalem, made up of both old and New Testament saints. The 12 tribes of Israel are the gates; the 12 apostles are the foundations; v. 12-14. At this time God is dwelling with men, all suffering, pain, crying, tears, and all old things will have passed away.
He makes it plain that the overcomers will inherit all things. We just do not understand the value of doing all that God says. You should understand though at this time, if you are still fearful, unbelieving, and abominable, a murder, a whoremonger, a sorcerer, an idolater, or a liar; you will find yourself in the lake of fire, which is the second death.
There is abundant evidence here this holy city is none other then the bride of Christ; made up of Jews and Christians.
Paul says, in Galatians 4, that those who serve God by law are in bondage, and are represented by the earthly Jerusalem, but; those who are children of promise are of the heavenly Jerusalem.
The writer of the book of Hebrews in chapter 12, says, the keepers of the law are come to mount Sinai, but; we are come to mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, the general assembly and church of the first born, to God the judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel. Notice, that the spirits of just men in the new covenant are already made perfect.
Chapter 22, further describes the bride,(and gives a warning against altering anything in this book), and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
I have given you the keys to the kingdom. Use them to open the doors to wisdom and understanding. These are not my words; As near as I can understand, they were taught to me by God. I have listened for God’s instructions on what to write, but; I’m a man, and I make mistakes. Some of myself may have slipped in, if so I reject it right now.
I want to encourage you to fall in love with the truth. Search for her as it says in the Proverbs, “As for hidden treasure.” Set your treasure only on heavenly things. The heavenly things alone will meet your need. Let Jesus Himself be your fulfillment. You will be gaining eternal life. Nothing will be able to defeat you. No circumstance will overcome you.
If however you fall in love with your church doctrines, your ministry, your money and all it can buy, or any other thing; you will never know the truth. You will not be prepared for the deceptive day ahead. I’m sure that a great many more things remain to be said, but; I hope this inspires many who will go before God, and receive many more truths.
Recently I discovered a few visions on the internet that I believe would be helpful in understanding this book:
Escape from Christendom by Robert Burnell; http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/escape.html.
Tommy Hicks’ End-time Vision; http://crash.ihug.co.nz/~revival/hicks.html.
1965 Vision of Coming Deception by Stanley Frodsham; http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~revival/1965.html
Dream: The Harness of the Lord by Bill Britton; http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~revival/harness.html.