Maturity


Maturity, or perfection. A recurring theme.

Jesus came in order bring many sons unto glory. Sons as it applies to flesh and blood, implies gender. But in Christ; in resurrection; in the spiritual house that is raised; in the lasting works of Christ in the individual, from conception to gestation and birth, there is neither male nor female. Peter wrote to females according to the gender of their tent of flesh, and said that proper and worthwhile adorning is “the hidden MAN of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price”. Paul wrote in Ephesians, in thanking the Father of our Lord… “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the INNER MAN; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. So again, the “inner man” applies to the whole family, no matter if still in the flesh, some of which is female flesh. I thought to bring this up in this peculiar time, in which so much is perversely going on in the world regarding the topic of gender. So much effort is spent by godless movements and individuals to redefine and make all distinctions of flesh, whether the natural God given distinction of male and female, or the mutated and corrupt attempt to allow for every evil imagination to find acceptance and equity in this world. But the Word of God teaches that with God, acceptance and peace with God are found “in the beloved”…in His dear Son, of whom His whole family is named. So with Christ, male and female are not equally relevant, but equally irrelevant. Without Him, there is no peace. Society seems to be bent on testing this to the extreme. But it will learn. The truth of God’s word is immutable.

Jesus said that building a house on sand is the mark of the fool. Building upon solid rock is the mark of wisdom. Building with that which passes away, that which comes and goes with the tides of time. Building with only this life in the flesh in mind, is not building that will last. I grew up near the ocean. I surfed as a young man. I have seen and built many things of sand on the sea shore. None of them lasted through the next change of the tide. There is but one foundation that should concern us. Jesus Christ…Christ in you, the hope of glory. This living and abiding truth is the foundation that no man can lay, that is already laid, and is laid in you of the Father. Christ in you by faith, was not revealed or delivered to you by flesh and blood. It is the “revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him, to show unto His servants….”.

It is written that the son, while under governors and tutors, differs nothing from a servant. Jesus said that as many as are led of the Spirit of God; they are the sons of God. This he rebuked Nicodemus with, who could not comprehend the imperative, that one must be born again to so much as perceive the kingdom of God. This Jesus said to Nicodemus, a “ruler of the people”, who presumptuously hailed Jesus as “rabbi” …hailing Jesus as one teacher to another. Much of what Jesus said to Nicodemus was to clearly establish that with out the Spirit…without THE TEACHER, to lead and guide your inner man ( gender of your tent regardless)…without this arrangement of the Father and the Son making their abode with you, you will not be made “perfect”. The choice of word “perfect” means to be fulfilled, or brought to the realization of the full potential it is in you to realize and become. Nicodemus, not by hap and stance, means the exact same thing as Nicolaitane. It is a compound word of Nike and Laity. Ruler and people. While Jesus does not hate them any more than He hated Nicodemus, He hates their deeds and their teaching.

It is not of God, that His people be perpetually under priests, preachers, pastors and elders. Here we have no continuing city. There is nothing here that simply by reason of membership, will afford you anything eternally. The body of Christ is a company of individuals. This trying time has caused many to lose their ability to fellowship in a gathering, attend a service, etc. There is nothing wrong with these things. But there is a silver lining in being force-ably weaned at some point. One must grow up quickly. The books of Samuel are but one declaration of these things…how that in his life time, the lamp went out in the “house of the Lord”, but was clearly established in the individual…in this case in Samuel.

Be encouraged. Things will never be outwardly the same in this nation. Never. But nothing has changed regarding that which is in us by faith, other than how it will be tested.

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FILTHY GARMENTS


FILTHY GARMENTS

Here is every appearance of the word “filthy” in the scriptures:

[Job 15:16 KJV] 16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

[Psa 14:3 KJV] 3 They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

[Psa 53:3 KJV] 3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

[Isa 64:6 KJV] 6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

[Zep 3:1 KJV] 1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

[Zec 3:3-4 KJV] 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

[Col 3:8 KJV] 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

[1Ti 3:3, 8 KJV] 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; … 8 Likewise [must] the deacons
[be] grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

[Tit 1:7, 11 KJV] 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; … 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

[1Pe 5:2 KJV] 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

[2Pe 2:7 KJV] 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

[Jde 1:8 KJV] 8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

[Rev 22:11 KJV] 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.


Zechariah 3:

And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by. And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they [are] men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone [shall be] seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.


From the verses that use the word “filthy”, a number of things can be gleaned:

1.Man drinks iniquity like water.
2.All are concluded to have gone back, become filthy, and none does good…not one.
3.All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.All humanity fades as a leaf. Man’s iniquities carries him off like the wind.
4.Jerusalem, so highly esteemed with man, is filthy, opressive and polluted.
5.Joshua (same name as Jesus) takes upon him all iniquity, it is all dealt with in him, and then his garment is changed (Isaiah 64:6)
6.The rest of the use of “filthy” deals withing keeping yourself clean, once Jesus made you that way by taking your punishment.


The beginning of the scriptures, particularly Genesis 3 and 4, deal with the concept of retribution, or vengeance. It is written,”vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord”. Cain murders his brother Abel. Cain is made a fugitive and vagabond in the earth. He is driven from the presence of God. He reasons that everyone that finds him, will kill him. He is speaking not merely of himself, but of all his offspring to be. The Lord sets a mark upon Cain,so that any who has the ability to see the mark, knows not to take vengeance upon him.

The end of the scriptures, Revelation 22 also deals with vengeance.”He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still”. This saying is exactly as the purpose of the mark of Cain. Vengeance and retribution are still the Lord’s exclusive territory. Jesus has taken upon him, the iniquity of us all. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Though all will not accept what He did for them, He did it nonetheless. Not one of us redeemed ourself. Not one of us can claim to be self-righteous and self-cleansed. And so, not one of us has anything to do with seeking to exact retribution upon anything or anyone in the world. Much of “Christianity” so-called, is in dire shambles and in a very sorry state. It has been delivered to the tormenters.

Peter once asked Jesus a question. I don’t know what was going on in Peter’s mind that lead to the question. But It involved what the Lord had said in the beginning, that if anyone kills in vengeance, vengeance will be taken on him, seven fold. The question Peter asked was this, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me, and I am obliged to forgive him? until seven times?” Jesus said, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times”. Then Jesus encapsulated all of this principle in a parable:

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

The mark upon Cain is still there. And it is for your sake, if you can see it. The Lord commands in end of the age, let the filthy and unjust, be filthy and unjust. Let the cleansed and set apart, stay cleansed and set apart. This too, is for your sake. It is said to us, lest we fall into the trap of self righteousness and vengeance. The churches seem to forget who is responsible for our change of raiment, and what He had to endure to secure it. Jesus at no time has said to go into the world and exact vengeance, and fight tooth and nail with your brother. If we are forgiven, let us act like it, and not be as the unjust servant in the parable, who was forgiven all, but wanted his fellow servant to get his due. Jesus said that if you take that path, The Father will too. The tormentors Jesus spoke of is real. And it is not off in the future. It is going on every day, all around you.

I am not a pacifist. I will make that clear. I am a man under authority. A FORGIVEN man under authority. If the Lord says come. I come. If says go, I go. But under no circumstances am I authorized to take matters into my own hands. Had the Lord laid the iniquity of the world upon me, and I died for it, it would have availed nothing, and the world would still be dead in it’s sin. It is a lesson that must be learned…how to hate the things Jesus hates, but not hate the people trapped in them. It is easier to learn the lesson, if you don’t forget the cross.

Whether the mark of Cain, the last admonitions of the bible, or everything concerning that subject in between, all are there for our benefit, for our sake. There is truly one message for the world. Repent and believe the gospel. There is also a message for those who are washed. Keep your garment un-spotted from the flesh, keep yourself free of the tormentors, the raging, foaming flesh fest of the self righteous who take their fallen brethren by the throat and demand satisfaction.

2 Peter 2:

For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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SEMANTICS


Semantics:

semantics (n.) “science of meaning in language,” 1893, from French sémantique (1883); see semantic (also see -ics). Replaced semasiology (1847), from German Semasiologie (1829), from Greek semasia “signification, meaning.”

Signify- Sign.
Signification in scripture ; using words to paint a picture. Or perhaps using people, places, things, events, etc., to convey understanding.


The book of Revelation is a work in semantics. I perceive that it is easy to run amok with it without the Lord’s help. For example, a church, or assembly, is portrayed as a lamp stand. But not the fuel or the flame. It is in the right hand of one who also walks in the midst of, in the case of the tabernacle and the book of Revelation, seven of them. It is said to individual lamp stand that it may be removed from it’s place. This gives rise to the question: which is greater, the lamp stand, it’s highest proper place, or the flame and oil that fuels it? One could go on and on digging into the implications, particularly when realizing the obvious association with the lamp stand in the tabernacle that Moses made, itself a pattern of things in the heavens. The very fulfilling of the Promise of the Father on the full day of Pentecost, was signified by the appearance of flames upon the disciples, and they spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance. This did not occur in some upper room, as is commonly taught. It happened on the day the feast of Pentecost was once for all fulfilled, in the outer court of the temple, in a small group of Galileans, who immediately were moved of the Spirit to speak in myriad languages of various peoples, the wonderful works of God. So the signification points to the Spirit teaching, and in this case, in the language and understanding of the hearers. That, in essence, is the signification of the place and purpose of a lamp stand. In the old testament, the Fig, the Vine and the Olive are significations. The Father, Son and Spirit. So olive oil used to fuel a lamp stand is a signification of the Olive tree speaking. The scriptures are full of significations. A lamp stand was given a place, to give voice to the Lord. Not to carry out works of it’s own invention.


The permanence of the arrangement between the lamp stand and the Lord is called into question in the whole of the scriptures. In Revelations, a church’s “place” is clearly conditional. In the OT, the pitching of the tabernacle outside of, and away from the camp, is noteworthy. The often portrayed condition of the tabernacle pitched in the midst of the camps of people was very short lived. The Lord actually told Moses that if He, the Lord, were to dwell much longer among the people, He would end up destroying them. Paul later would write that if we go to Him, we go to Him without the camp. Joshua who would stay with the tabernacle, underwent no change of relationship with the LORD, as did the camp. Joshua, to my mind, is the very picture of the present time, where it is essential to choose between dwelling with the LORD, or the camp. If you dwell with the LORD and tabernacle with Him today, you are not alone, but neither are you dwelling in the camp. If a candle stick is removed from his place, you are faced with the choice Joshua had to make. Similarly in Samuel’s time, the lamp went out in the temple, but not in Samuel. When Israel broke off following the Lord, they were not rejecting Samuel’s council. They were rejecting it’s source.


It is a time of separation. The churches have left the gospel for the most part. They are become the same hapless, helpless self help group and dog chasing it’s tail, that the rest of humanity is become. They were given a simple enough task. Perhaps too simple. They were duped into the diversity and inclusion scam. Duped by the one who does not savor the things of God, but of man. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. NO flesh. To repent and believe the gospel is to turn to Christ, in whom no distinction of flesh means anything. These distinctions are not equally important, they are equally meaningless. What do they perceive it means, to walk 100% in the Spirit, and have no confidence in the flesh? It is not the Lord who is failing. It is the assemblies. There is nothing approaching failure in Christ, who has overcome the world. So choose life. Choose dwell with the Lord. This is facilitated by the Spirit of Christ in you. Candle sticks may come and go. They have conditions that must be met. When an assembly fails in that regard, the individual has a choice to make.
Revelations opens with the understanding that the Lord is coming with, and in them who made the right choice. It signifies that company as “clouds”. It is the harvest spanning the ages. The clouds of heaven, I assure you, are not water vapor.

Hebrews 12:22-25 (KJV) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven:

I am not railing on “churches”, but magnifying their proper place. And if that place is compromised, no individual in them is obligated to suffer their fate. Having been shown what he was shown in the various assemblies, John was told to “Come up here”. A door was opened, a veil lifted, and a place was revealed that is spoken of in the book of Ephesians, among other places:

[Eph 4:4-16 KJV] [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 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; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The above verses explain what Jesus gave to us in resurrection. He is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. He is The Prophet who was to come into the world, he is The Evangelist, sent to the ends of the earth to proclaim the acceptable day of the Lord, He is the Chief Shepherd, And in Him dwells all the fullness of The Teacher, the Spirit of Truth. This is what, to every one in Him, a measure of is given. It is the Lord Himself. And if this measure in in anyone, then it is true, that “As He is in the world, so are we”. What He gives us is Himself. Everything that He is, and everything that makes Him what He is, in a measure that is capable of producing the fullness. Not an organization. An organism.

Semantics and symbols are wonderful. But the substance of what they signify is the end of the matter. That is what we were called to, and what we were equipped to obtain.

This writing is meant to encourage that the goal has not shifted. The reward to the over comer has not faded or become obscure. The fate of the individual is not married to the crowd.

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INSANITY


A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and each time expecting a different outcome. Sometimes this thinking is stuck in a closed and repeating loop because the mind is simply unaware of the worlds and vistas that are beyond it’s borders. This unawareness can be because the mind was never aware of them. It can also be the result of forgetfulness.

When Abram left his father Terah to head for the land the Lord had spoken to Abram, he took his nephew Lot with him. Lot was Abram’s nephew. They were family. When the Lord called Abram out of everything he knew, the Lord told him to “go to a land I will show you”. So, Abram departed, not knowing where he went. He departed in faith. What was in Abram’s heart was not simply to satisfy his corporeal wants and needs. Abram wanted to go wherever it pleased the Lord to take him. Lot had not set his ambitions nearly so high, or long term. This is prophetically revealed in the eventual separation of Abram and Lot. (I encourage any reading this, to go search out and read these things in the book of Genesis. Digging in the scriptures is your right and also critical to you, for only in so doing, is the thinking of the Author revealed. Opening of our understanding to understand scriptures is a gift to all disciples. But it is dormant until the scriptures are read. The casual bible student will receive casual knowledge. The ones who show more interest will be shown more results). In a picture of the brewing and inevitable parting of ways of Lot and Abram, it tells us that both households had become quite large, and the land simply could not bear them both. There was not enough pasture for them both to graze, and so dissension and strife sprang up between the herdsmen of Lot and the herdsmen of Abram. This too is prophetic. There is one scripture. One word inspired of the same Spirit of God. It professes to have one topic and subject. Jesus Christ. The same word tells us that in any great house, there are vessels unto honor, and vessels unto dishonor. Vessels of gold and silver, and vessels of clay and wood. Those who graze the word of God seeking eternal things will eventually find strife and friction with them who graze the same word seeking things of this life and age. I know for an absolute fact, that the scriptures are they that testify of Christ. That is how I approach them. They are not to me, merely a carnal how-to manual. The thinking and expectation of both Abram and Lot were revealed in their inevitable parting of ways. Abram pointed out that they were brethren, and it was not good that there be strife between them. He suggested that Lot look around and choose where he would want to dwell. Abram said that he would choose from wherever Lot did not go. Lot saw the plains of Jordan that they appeared green, lush, well watered…as the garden of God, before God destroyed the place. By appearance, Lot chose a place that offered the easiest life, with the least difficulty. Lot chose the cities of the plain. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan. It does not say he chose it. He still was following the Lord…looking for the land the Lord would show him. These two different mindsets and expectations are seen today.

After that Abram had separated himself from Lot, the Lord said to Abram:

“Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever”.

It is of note that this did not happen while Abram was still journeying with Lot. The scriptures are also like that. Lift up your eyes…seek those things which are above, not things in the earth… It is in the ensuing days that Abram came to be shown Christ, seeing His day, and rejoicing in it (John 8:56). Abraham came to understand that all the promises of God were to his seed, not seeds. They were to one who would come out of him, not to all. (Galatians 3:16). They were and are, to Christ. In Him, Christ, every word is “yea and amen”. And through faith in Him, are we joint heirs in all the fullness of God, not heirs in our own right. I don’t have much interest in God’s plan for me. His plan and purpose is in Christ. And only in Christ can I find it and have anything to do with it.

So, Lot came to sit in the gate of Sodom. To “sit in the gate” has strong meaning in scriptures. It means he became important enough, and influential enough, to have a place as a judge in the affairs of the city. It is this thing that the Apostle Peter would describe when he wrote of Lot, that God eventually:

“delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed [his] righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful deeds;)”

The KJV translates Strong’s G2669 in the following manner:oppress (1x), vex (1x). Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  1. to tire down with toil, exhaust with labor
    1. to afflict or oppress with evils
    2. to make trouble for
    3. to treat roughly


How many today are “vexed” on a daily basis, with a steady diet of “seeing and hearing” the filthy proceedings in the world today? How many are reduced to meddling in the affairs of Sodom, in an effort to make it less offensive to their own desires and sensibilities? Lot had completely lost sight of why he ever left Terah to begin with. Lot completely forgot why Abram brought Lot with him in the first pace. Lot had long since ceased to set his sights high, as Abram had done. Lot now wanted what Lot wanted. And he wanted it in a place where it did not really exist. And it is evident that Lot, having forgotten so much concerning his initial journeying with Abram, never successfully passed any of it along to his wife, sons and daughters. His family could not “remember from whence they were fallen”, because either they were never told it in the first place, or they had forgotten it.

When God eventually burned up everything Lot had come to love and fight for, he was told to flee the place with what was left of his family. He had sons and daughter who had married into the place, but the warning to leave was a joke to them, which they dismissed out of hand. And in finally fleeing, Lot and his remaining family were warned not to look back. Because Lot’s wife had children in the place who would not hear the truth, she looked back, and was destroyed. In speaking of this time, Jesus closed His admonition with the words, “Remember Lot’s wife”. We too have loved ones, acquaintances and brethren, who will not hear.

When Sodom and Gomorrah were torched, Lot’s daughters reflected the mindset of many who profess Christ today. “There is not a man left in the world to preserve seed to our father”. So they got him drunk and lay with him, producing Ammon and Moab. You can get Lot and the remnant of his family out of Sodom, but it seems it’s harder to get Sodom out of them and their reasoning. Did it never occur to these two that Abraham would have gladly received them? and provided them with a family to continue their line? No, it never did. When Sodom flamed out, everything they knew and loved was gone. Even watching the destruction was perilous to them. But Abram watched it and took no effect at all. He had nothing of interest in the place. Jesus remains Lord. Our unshakeable inheritance is intact. It never was part of this world. Jesus said “As it was in the days of Lot” and “As it was in the days of Noah”, so would it be in the days (plural) of the Son of man.

When the world they knew had been destroyed, Lot’s daughters were in a desperate state of mind. Whether they had ever been taught about why their father had journeyed with Uncle Abram, or they had been taught and forgot it, I don’t know. But their desire to preserve seed to their father Lot was disastrous. Because they had no knowledge of the one seed of all promise that God had revealed to Abram. If one knows the message and topic of the whole of the scripture, one knows the one seed and heir of all things is Christ.

Why the title “INSANITY”?

If the world and nation, and all religious expectations are shifting sand, dissolving under foot, any repeated attempts to resurrect the seed of failed expectation, over and over, while never producing anything, is insane. It is thinking that does not take into account that what Christ has done, is finished. All preservation of anything and anyone who will find preservation, is in the Seed that was raised. Building on sand is insane. It is commendable to desire equity, peace, brotherly love, and all such things. It is commendable to desire peace among nations and freedom. But without Christ, where these things are found, they will never be realized. Take heart. Whether one sees it or not, Jesus has overcome the world. God has set the bounds of the raging sea of humanity, and to it’s chaotic, pounding waves, has said, “You will come so far, and no farther”.

As a closing thought, note that Abram was not called a Hebrew, until he separated himself from Lot. “Hebrew” means “From the region beyond”. In the world, but not of it, if you will. The journey of faith is described in the Book of Hebrews 11:

“Therefore sprang there even of one( Abraham), and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned”.

This is a Hebrew. A true Jew. One that is inward and born of the Spirit, not outward and of flesh and blood. Such is a stranger and a pilgrim in the earth and not mindful of what he or she was called out of. What you read above that sprang from Abraham, is talking about Christ. It sprang from what was in Abraham by faith. That is the same who is in you by faith. Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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MAN WITHOUT A CITY


[Luk 17:20-32 KJV]

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see [it]. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them]. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.

There seems to be a never ending predilection out there, to assume all things declared in the scriptures, if not seen, handled and tasted now, must therefor be off in the future. It seems man and his troubled history are dragged along in a cart, as a homeless person with all his collected valuables are placed in a “borrowed” shopping cart and propelled from one place to another. Many such have all but given up hope of ever seeing a better day, as there is none evident here and now. The eyes of the religious world are transfixed on the horizon of the future, expecting what is referred to as the second coming of Christ.

I will be the last person to ever tell you that the Lord will not be reveal in the fullness of His glory. But I will also be the last to dissuade any from understanding, and embracing with a strong, jealous, and determined grip upon what we DO have here and now.

When Jesus began to describe to the first disciples how that He must go to Jerusalem to be falsely accused of blasphemy, to be physically beaten, mocked and derided, to be crucified and then raised on the third day; raised, glorified and inaugurated on the right hand of all power and majesty…the message was not well received. All the expectation of the Jews, the Samaritans (scattered tribes), and even the first disciples, was that Messiah would reunite the nation, drive out the foreign occupiers, and sit upon the throne of David, then and there in Jerusalem. Peter’s thinking reflected this when he attempted to rebuke Jesus for speaking of His impending death and resurrection. James and John showed this when they had their mother approach Jesus about a potential high place on His right hand and left…Jesus telling them they didn’t know what they were asking. The rest of the ten reflected this when they were so upset about James and John making a seeming power grab. John the Baptist reflected this when his ministry landed him in prison (and eventual beheading). From prison, he sent to ask Jesus, “Are you He, or do we look for another?” The two disciples leaving Emmaus reflected this by telling Jesus this was in fact their now defunct expectation. Indeed, it is always a challenge to reconcile eternal truth with temporal surroundings and situations. But the truth is, Jesus has come again, exactly as He spoke He would, and it seems to be entirely overlooked by the masses, although in each passing generation, a remnant do see it, and are added to it, functioning in this in faith.

John 14:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come [again] unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Jesus IS the Father’s house. And in resurrection, all who dwell in Him. When Jesus said, “The Father dwells in me”, it was not a poetic statement. It is the absolute truth. The fact that something is largely incomprehensible to flesh and blood, does not make it untrue. For example, when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus that one absolutely must be born again, Nicodemus said, “How can these things be?” When Jesus spoke of the coming of the Spirit and said “I will come to you”, because He does not come to you as a man, it does not make the Spirit of Christ in you to be any less Christ. It is not the commonly held expectation of a man coming to sit on a chair in Jerusalem and satisfy whatever the world is expecting of Him, But that does not in any way diminish what happened when the day of Pentecost was once for all fulfilled. The Spirit and Promise of the Father came. He has not departed. He does not come and go. Philip had a hard time with this, as did Judas (not Iscariot). Judas asked Jesus how would He manifest Himself to “us”, and not to the world. Jesus said, “If a man (woman…makes no difference) love me, he will keep my words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”. These Jesus described, IS the Father’s house of many houses.

The book of Revelation aptly describes Christ as he who came, is coming, and will come.

Rev 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Ezekiel also spoke of the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth. In the vision of Christ which God gave him. The vision was of a man who is a temple. The dimensions of the temple were based upon the rod in His hand. A Rod is two cubits. A cubit is two spans. The Span is the distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is stretched wide open. The one Ezekiel saw, is the one the gospels declare all things were made by, and for. It says of Him that He measured the heavens with the span. It is He from whom these living waters flow, being the same who stood upon the steps of the stone temple, and as the Living and true temple and house of the living God, He cried:

[Jhn 7:37-39 KJV] In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

This is what Jesus had spoken to His disciples, is what the prophets saw, and is what happened on the day it was fulfilled. The living temple Ezekiel was shown is Christ. The temple, should one search and read, is like none I have seen. The farther into it Ezekiel looked, the bigger the measurements became. And having seen this, Ezekiel, a Levite and priest, was told to show this house to the house of Israel, that might learn to be ashamed of what they do.

Christ, the Anointing in you, is the hope of glory, your hope of glory. Not Christ in anointed teachers and pastors. Not Christ perceived to be in a system. Christ in YOU.

Why the title “MAN WITHOUT A CITY”?

This is to call attention to the time we live in as shown before in Enoch. Enoch the seventh from Adam, so identified by Jude, in order to distinguish of which Enoch Jude wrote. For there were three in the days of Noah. Enoch the son of the murderer Cain. Enoch the city named for that son of Cain. And Enoch who walked with God, and God took. Jesus compared the days (plural) of the coming of the Son of man to those days. And in those days, the long suffering and patience of God was on display, while the ark was being built. But when it was built, the age in which it was built was ended. And indeed, we live in the days of the coming of the son of man. Not the unfulfilled desire of a man on a chair. But the days from the time Jesus was raised and glorified, and the Spirit of Christ came, and many are added by faith daily unto this present day, and finally until the last day is spent, the last added, and the Father sums all things up in Christ. That day will not be what many expect. I don’t claim to know what will unfold, only that the apostles wrote of elements being on fire, and the world and it’s works being burned up. Indeed, Jesus also said the days would be as in the days of Lot. Both examples Jesus gave did not give a comforting picture to man and his works. Both spoke of a way out..a way to survive the days. That is revealed to be in Christ.

Enoch the seventh came into the world and in time, came to understand that it had a city that bore his name. He was not deceived by it, and sought no place in it. It was the work of a fallen man and his offspring, conceived outside of the Lord’s presence, in a land called Nod, which means “aimless wandering”. A place so conceived and built, can not deliver what it’s name proclaims it to be. The very name “Enoch” means “a place of inauguration”. In other words, a place where you are added to something, enjoined to something, instilled in something. Enoch, though he found in his age and time, no continuing city in the world, He did find the Lord, and in the Spirit, walked with the Lord. And the Lord took him, in order that he should not see death. He, Enoch, did not wait for the Lord to straighten everything out. And it’s a good thing he didn’t. He walked with God and wasn’t waiting for anything, but walking in it.

The time we find ourselves in, is as those days. There is a lot in the world that seems to identify itself as the Lord, or of the Lord. Many places to join, and then sit around and wait. But the Teacher, as shown to Ezekiel, was first ankle deep, then knee deep and thigh deep. Finally it was waters to swim in, waters that could not be crossed. As long as the foot, or any part of the body can feel the bottom, the carnal mind finds a certain level of comfort. But if one is standing on the bottom, the waters passing him along, he/she will never be carried along of them. It says the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual and not with the words that man’s wisdom teaches (1 Cor 2:13). In other words, not comparing Himself to the things the foot can stand on. I don’t bring this up to discourage anyone. For I have found that there is nothing more substantial and certain than what the Lord teaches you. Indeed, the things which are spiritually discerned are foolishness to man. But he/she who has the Lord as his/her teacher, will never be disappointed. Without Christ in you now, I don’t see any possibility of being prepared for the things which are coming. In a world so full of so many and contrary voices, the invitation still rings true:

[Jhn 7:37 KJV] In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

[Rev 22:17 KJV] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.




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In The Volume of The Book



Psalm 71 (the work of the resurrection)

[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving kindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy loving kindness and thy truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I [am] poor and needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.


Hebrews 10

…For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].

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The entirety of the scriptures contain the declaration of Christ, the redeemer and beginning of the creation of God. The Lord once spoke by the prophet and likened humanity to clay, and Himself to the potter.

Jeremiah 18

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter’s hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

The scriptures in their entirety, declare that in one who would come, the Lord will re-create, re-generate, make anew, all things. The entirety of the scriptures reveal that that one would suffer, die, and be raised again, and in Him would redemption be found. It is in resurrection that this is effected. It is in resurrection that, as the scriptures declare that no flesh may glory in his presence, but that of God are we in Jesus Christ, who of God “is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord“.

The volume begins with a creation and a fall. It declares that one would be born of a woman and that the work of redemption would be laid upon him. The book begins with a tree and a river (sustenance for the body and soul). The river goes out in Genesis 1, works it’s work, and is revealed in it’s final and eternal estate in the last chapter of the scriptures, flowing from a tree, a tree whose leaves are for the healing of the nation, a tree like no natural tree, but one that converts inner light into sustenance and healing for others. A tree that does not merely drink water, it supplies it. The tree is not a tree, it is a people born to God in Christ, it is a representation of the finished work of the savior, the one told of from the beginning.

From the very beginning, the work of redemption is revealed in resurrection. The promised seed is murdered. Cain, it is written, was of the evil one. The seed had to be in the loins of Abel. The evil one, in Cain, bruised the heel of the savior, as it was told of him, but in resurrection, the seed of promise crushed the head of the evil one, and destroyed his purposes and thinking. The promise of God can not be nullified. Not even by the death of the one in whom the promise abides. God appointed to the woman, “another seed to take the place of Abel, whom Cain slew”. He was called Seth. And if you read carefully, the transition from chapters 4 to 5, you will read that the generations of Adam are named going forward, in Seth. Cane and his line self destruct. This is prophetic and extends to all the history of humanity to come. You are seeing it all around you. Any to be saved of all humanity must find themself in the line of Seth, the figurative man of resurrection. In all the volume of the scriptures going forward, the great river proceeds from the midst of the garden with the purpose of regeneration, to bring forth in the earth, a new people who would be the eternal house and abiding place of the Lord. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood upon the steps of what was called the temple, and He cried:

If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

From the time the great river emerges from the Garden of God, it becomes four flows. One river at it’s source, with four distinct described attributes. Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. The names of these have meanings, and the meanings read in succession, give knowledge of purpose:

“INCREASE BURSTING FORTH RAPID FRUITFULNESS”

From the beginning of the book, the Spirit of God brooded upon the face of the deep as a dove broods over her nest. Out of death and chaos would be brought forth life and the orderly arrangement of a new thing. In Noah, the dove found no rest for the souls of her feet. But when Jesus would come up out of the water, unlike the ark and Noah, John saw the Spirit descend and abide bodily in the form of a Dove, upon the one God had spoken to John of. And in Jesus would it be fulfilled that was written in the book, and not only in Jesus alone, but in a people who would be born to God in Him:

PSALM 132

[[A Song of degrees.]] LORD, remember David, [and] all his afflictions:
How he sware unto the LORD, [and] vowed unto the mighty [God] of Jacob;
Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
I will not give sleep to mine eyes, [or] slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty [God] of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired [it] for his habitation.
This [is] my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Jesus is the promise made to David, Jesus is the Israel of God. To comprehend the things written in the volume of the book, one must get beyond the old order of things, which Jesus declared from the cross to be finished, and Paul declared in the opening of the book to the Hebrews, to be the end of that age. One must get past the combined embraced errant expectations of Judeo-Christianity, and understand that all the promises of God are fulfilled in Christ alone, in resurrection. He IS the resurrection. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. Period. Only a new being, a new man (male or female distinction of your tent does matter or figure in this). I do not diminish the natural Jews. I magnify them as the ones in whom God foreshadowed all this, and brought forth His own Son, unto all peoples. And they have the same possibility of inheritance in Christ through faith in Him, that all do.

Now, the works of God have an end. It is folly to think that all things will continue as they are. The written word expounds that many times over. Christ was raised a spiritual house. And in the old order, the names of the sons of Jacob have meanings. They were organized into camps and tribes. The names of all these conspire to create a picture of the finished work of God, a people in whom Christ dwells in His fullness. The concluding book of the scriptures give a descriptive picture of the finished Christ of God, and it is written that it includes ALL the tribes of Israel. (Remember who the Israel of God is). NOT included in the final finished work, is the name Ephraim, which means fruitfulness (as in “be fruitful and multiply). It is reflected in the same last book of the scripture in declaring that the Euphrates is dried up. The INCREASE THAT RAPIDLY BURST FORTH is completed. It is not an open ended arrangement. When it is finished, it will be finished. When it is finished, all will be revealed. The final Christ of God will not bring forth another generation. This thing which the angels desire to look into, but are obliged to see as it is unfolded, is available and obtainable to you now. As the apostle wrote, “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the Sons of God”. And this is what the creation itself groans and awaits. Not the finalizing of dead religious works, not the prevailing of one nation and system over another, not a man floating down from outer space to sit on a chair and make flesh behave. All creation groans and travails together unto even this moment, awaiting the manifestation of the Sons of God, of whom Jesus is the first born, and forever the blessed preeminent one, in all things. The creation does not await man’s finished work, but God’s. And again, I emphasize, “sons” is not gender sensitive. It is neither male nor female. The gender of your earthly tent is irrelevant in this.

As the fifth chapter of Genesis declares the generation of Adam, so the gospel of Matthew declares the generation of Jesus Christ. It does not find it’s origin in Adam, but in what was in Abraham by faith. Concerning the one seed of promise, Abraham believed, and so was counted righteous. Our righteousness by faith in Jesus is the same that was found in Abraham. The same revealed hope is in you from the Father, that was in Abraham. If you count the names and their numbering from Abraham, to David, to the captivity, and to Christ, when you get to the man Jesus, before He was raised, you do not fulfill the count of 42 from Abraham. The Christ, the 42nd and final generation from Abraham (there will be no other) is fulfilled in a people, in resurrection. Jesus, and all added to Him by faith, from the time He came out of the grave, until this present moment, and until the Father sums this up and ends the age, is the 42 generation, to which all, by faith, have opportunity to be added. If the faith that was in Abraham is also in us, and comes to fruition, we are added to that generation. This is what is written concerning Christ, in the volume of the book.

Let no man steal your crown. The wrath and works of man will never accomplish this.


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THE LORD COMETH…A Search


THE LORD COMETH

If you do a search for the phrase, “the Lord cometh”, the following is what is found:

[Isa 13:9 KJV] 9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

[Isa 26:21 KJV] 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

[Isa 30:27 KJV] 27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning [with] his anger, and the burden [thereof is] heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

[Joe 2:1 KJV] 1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand;

[Mic 1:3 KJV] 3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

[Zec 14:1 KJV] 1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

[Jde 1:14 KJV] 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,


Nowhere in the verses do any of the prophets or of the apostles make any indication of the affairs of man kind and of the world being smoothed over and life in this world made easier. Yet the expectation of Christianity is just that. Jesus will supposedly come again as a man, sit on a chair in Jerusalem, restore the Hebrews and regulate flesh. This Hebrew centric flesh and blood misconception preexisted the coming of Christ, it has found it’s way into the thinking of Christianity, where it persists to this day. It is clearly on display in the post resurrection journey of Cleopas and his companion as they left Jerusalem for Emmaus. Jesus had spoken clearly and warned the disciples to take heed of the doctrine of the Pharisees, and of the Sadducees, and the Scribes, and of Herod. But this doctrine found place in them, and small wonder. They, the aforementioned trustees of the delivered oracles of God, neither kept them or understood them. Jesus Himself said to them, that they search the scriptures, and in them, think they have eternal life, and they are they that testify of Christ. And they do not come to Him that they might have life. Consider carefully the state of mind of these two disciples heading for Emmaus. As Jesus drew alongside them, he observed that their conversation and manner was sad. Jesus asked them why? They asked Jesus if He was a stranger and had not heard of the things that had recently happened. Jesus knew. But He asked them, what things? They went on to explain that they had expected certain things of Jesus, but that these things never came to pass, as the chief priests and their rulers had delivered Him to be condemned, and they had crucified Him. Jesus said to them, oh fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Aught not He to have suffered these things, and to have entered into His glory? Then beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, Jesus expounded to them what all these had said concerning Him.


The effects of the great misconception can be seen in the disciples in several places. Once the mother of James and John came to Jesus asking a thing of Him, that He would grant that when He came into His kingdom, He would grant that her two sons would sit on His right hand, and His left. Jesus told them they did not know what they were asking. They were thinking Jesus would soon be sitting in the seat of power in Jerusalem, driving out the Romans, and reuniting the fractured tribes. They were entertaining in their minds, where their place would be in all this. They had no clue how that Jesus must suffer, be betrayed and murdered, be raised and glorified. What Jesus would do was no mere rearrangement of civil and religious structure and authority. It is an entirely new creation which will be created in His resurrection, and will in the time of the Father, be revealed fully. When the other ten apostles understood what James and John were after, they were moved with indignation against James and John. They too, apparently, had the same misconception. Jesus went on to expound that they way they thought it would be, is not the way it will be “…But Jesus called them [unto him], and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”.

Again, there came a time that Jesus was tempted of the Pharisees and Sadducees to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus called them hypocrites, saying they could look at the sky and predict the weather, but did not know how to discern the signs of the time they lived in. In other words, in asking a sign from heaven, they were revealing their blindness to the spiritual signs that were already there. After this, Jesus again warned the disciples to take heed and beware of the leaven, the doctrine, of the Pharisees and Sadducees. These false teachers were the product of, and perpetuation of all the misconception about Christ. Having just rebuked these frauds, Jesus did a spectacular thing. He taught by asking questions. The answers one gives to the questions reveal whether one lives in the misconceptions of the “experts”, or in the truth revealed from heaven. Jesus first asked who do men say I am? Every answer arises out of the misconception. Some say John the Baptist. Some say Elijah. And some say Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Then Jesus asked, who do you say I am? Peter gave the answer that Jesus was looking for, but never in any way had Jesus coerced it. Peter said, “you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. Jesus said that flesh and blood did not reveal this, but the Father. And Jesus declared that upon this revelation in the individual, from the Father, would Jesus build His church. The body of Christ today, is the ground and pillar of the truth, in whom the Lord abides in His fullness. A spiritual house built in resurrection. Not a house built with men’s hands or intellect. The misconceptions of flesh and blood have no part in it. Then Jesus charged the disciples that they show no man that He was the Christ. That belongs to the Father.

After this, Jesus began to tell the disciples that He must suffer, be betrayed, crucified, and raised the third day. And again the great misconception rears it’s ugly head. Peter began to rebuke Jesus and say that this will never happen to Him. This scenario Jesus expounded, did not fit the idea of Jesus taking over Jerusalem and entering into power sharing with Peter and the rest. Jesus immediately identified the root of the doctrine. Jesus, turning, said, “Get behind me Satan, you are an offense to me. You do not savor the things of God, but of man”. This deep seeded misconception held by the Jews, the first disciples, and most of so-called Judeo-Christianity, has not changed in thousands of years. It denies what Jesus has accomplished, missing it all together. It sets up the likelihood of the religious world flocking to whatever comes along and fits the mold in their mind, of who Christ is, and what He will do. But as cited in the opening of this writing, all the prophets declare a very different picture of the Lord’s coming than the religious world embraces. And having sternly rebuked the thinking that was in Peter at that time, Jesus went on to take Peter, James and John up into a mountain alone. A mountain is often a figure of the Father in scripture. In this experience which has come to be called the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed in the Glory of the Father, together with Moses and Elijah, figures of the law and the prophets. Peter, not knowing what else to say, suggests they build three tabernacles. One for Jesus, one for Moses, one for Elijah. The Father speaks in the Glory, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him”. The law and the prophets were not there as co heirs with Christ, but witnesses. But here is the beauty of it…the individuals Moses and Elijah, were there, by faith, revealed as co heirs in the Glory. What must their appearance have been, such that Peter suggested three tabernacles? Indeed, it says we, the household of faith, are joint heirs together with Christ in all the fullness of God. This experience was given these three men to dispel the misconceptions about Christ and His appearing. Peter later wrote in his epistles of the experience, in which all who were present in the Glory were changed, and in writing of it, Peter said they beheld the power and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul also wrote of this, and all may read of it in First Corinthians 15 (and other places).

Virus and Receptors…great signs of the times.

The present situation in the world is not mere current events. The Crown-Eating Virus heralds great deception. Because they receive not the love of the truth, God shall send strong delusion that they should believe a lie. The word “delusion” means “straying and wandering about”. Particularly in a mental sense. Jesus, asked about His unveiling, said, “For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all”. I suppose that the severity of this great sign of our times mirrors the severity of the consequences of humanity embracing so much deception and falsehood. Lying and deceiving, greed and power, vengeance, pride and arrogance…all of the worst possible traits of humanity are at the forefront and unopposed by the world.

Being a carpenter and laborer, it is impossible for me to say much in any detail about how a virus works. But I encourage everyone to make a study of it. The scriptures are full of the spiritual fruit of what a virus represents. In short, to capitalize upon a misconception that exists in the minds of individuals, by understanding the misconception (if not in fact being party to creating it in the first place) and gaining access to the mind by manufacturing the outward appearance of fitting and satisfying the preexisting expectation, like making a key to fit a lock. The fact that this great sign comes named as a Crown, encourages me to take heed of the leaven of everything out there. The mind of Christ is the crown of life. Christ in you is the hope of glory. Not Christ coming from somewhere, or in this or that place, this or that “ministry’, the desert or the secret places, nor any such. Not Christ in “anointed” churches, pastors, elders nor any such. CHRIST IN YOU. I do firmly believe and know, that all that call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. The Lord is merciful beyond comprehension. But there is far more and far higher forms of being in resurrection, that what the scriptures call the “common” salvation. Concerning the Lord’s coming and appearing, there are two possibilities for me. I will be either a spectator, or a participant. If, according to the Word of God, when He appears, He will bring us with Him, in order for that to unfold, we must be with Him now. Spiritual truth is foolishness to flesh. But the truth is, the Temple of the Lord is in the earth now, and He in it. The Kingdom of God is within you now, as surely as the orchard is in the seed. The closing chapter of the scriptures warn that nothing change the pattern, the “DNA”, if you will, of Christ in you. A seed , once formed, has no business trying to alter the world. It’s task is not to let the world alter it. The knowledge of Christ in you is precious. It did not come from the world. It came from the Father.


[Rev 22:10-21 KJV]

And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.

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THE OPEN INVITATION OF MISCONCEPTION


The Corona epidemic is a very great sign of this time. In my short time as a believer, I have seen a handful of very clear signs. Last year at this time, the “Crown” virus began. It is the clear and evident physical example in a fallen world, of what it’s spiritual equivalent is. The virus is to the human population, what lies and lying are to the spiritual condition. A clear warning of this great sign, “Let no man steal your crown”.

Studying in very basic terms, what a virus is, how it operates and replicates, has been an on going endeavor. In this, I have noticed some very interesting parallels. The living cell, the tabernacle of Moses, and the human head, all have distinct and separate environments. A cell has a nucleus within the cell, surrounded by an outer containment. The tabernacle has a holiest place within the holy place, surrounded by a barrier. The head contains a brain, and within that, the mind functions.

In a very basic study of how a virus works, you learn that a living cell has, in it’s outer membrane, structures called receptors. These allow it to interact with the rest of the body. The receptors are “shaped” to accept outside “messengers” that will fit the receptor…crudely like a lock and key. If something comes along with the right key, it can either pass it’s code, in the case of a virus, it’s DNA or RNA into the cell. Or it may be brought into the cell altogether. It’s goal is to dupe the cell’s transcription and translation mechanisms into bringing the virus’ code into the nucleus to be replicated. The deceived cell will mass produce the virus until it either bursts, or is released by other means, to infect more cells. A virus is not, by definition, alive. It has no other way of reproduction than to deceive a host cell into manufacturing it. It does not metabolize food. It does not procreate. It perpetuates by transmission of falsehood. It is a lie! The deceived cell has lost it’s crown!

The human mind is the seat of thinking. A crown of life is the reward of right thinking. The mind that embraces the truth, is crowned. This is the promise of Jesus Christ. He is the truth. Every good, eternal thing, all the intent and substance of the Father is in him. I can not escape the admonition of the Word of The Lord:

[2Th 2:7-13 KJV] 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Matthew 16 is a tremendous place to read and learn of the danger of misconception. First, the Pharisees and Sadducees come to Jesus tempting him to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus rebuked them for not knowing the signs of their time. After this, Jesus warned his disciples to take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. He was speaking of their doctrine, not gluten. A little leaven, remember, can leaven the whole lump. If the experts knew what the scriptures said before of Messiah, they would have believed in him. If they believed Moses, whom they loved to quote, they would have believed Jesus, because Moses wrote about Christ.

When they came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked them a question. “Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? Jesus was asking what the world without perceived. They said, “some say John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets”. Now he asked them, “Who do you say I am?”. Peter said, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God”. To this Jesus replied, “You are blessed, because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father which is in heaven”. Consider the two perceptions, them without were all wrong. But the revelation of the Father, from within, is the truth. So in this one man, there was an expectation he received from flesh and blood, of what Messiah would do. It was the same communal expectation of the two disciples leaving for Emmaus. They did not expect what Jesus would do, though all the law and the prophets proclaimed it. Concerning Peter, when Jesus began to speak of what He must go through, per the law and the prophets, it did not fit the receptor in his mind, how that Messiah was supposed to restore the nation, sit on a piece of furniture and impose upon all flesh. I am sure Peter, as many of the disciples, entertained in their mind, some part in that. So when Jesus began to reveal otherwise, Peter began to rebuke Him. Jesus addressed the false receptor at it’s source, “Get behind me Satan….”.


What is the expectation of the religious world today? Particularly that of the Jews and the bulk of Christianity? It is no different than it has been for thousands of years. That a man will come and sit on a piece of furniture, fix Jewry, and then the rest of the world. But if you know and believe the scriptures, you will not hold this deadly misconception, knowing that Christ, when fully unveiled, comes in flaming fire and vengeance. Concerning that day, it asks who may abide it? As the prophets proclaim, it will be as if one flees from a lion and meets a bear, or goes into his house and leans on the wall, and a serpent bites him. What kind of house has a serpent living in the wall? It can not be a house built on truth.

I write these things as submitted for consideration. The Beast, the Image, the man of sin, the great deception, all would deceive, if possible, the very elect. Things are upon the threshold which will fit the “receptor”…the manufactured deceptive expectation of the world. The kingdom of God is within you, if so be the Spirit of Christ is within you. Let nothing take that crown. John in his epistles also writes clearly about the spirit of antichrists, which seek to take the crown of glory off of your head, and replace it with a dead, corrupt and corruptible idea of the the Lord and of the Father. Take heed to what things we have received from the Father, lest we let them slip. There is one Holy Father, and that in heaven. The good seed of the parable are the children of the kingdom. A virus has one function only. To perpetuate the lie that it is. To do this, it must alter the encoded truth in a living cell.

[Mat 16:23-27 KJV] 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

[Isa 5:18-20 KJV] 18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 19 That say, Let him make speed, [and] hasten his work, that we may see [it]: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know [it]! 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bit
ter.




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In His Right Mind


In his right mind…(Mark5/Luke8)
In a time like this, or any time for that matter, where one’s mind is matters. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. And, as Paul expounds to the Hebrews, God spoke in the past time by the prophets, but in these last days speaks by His son (literally “in son”).

There was on the Southeast region of the Sea of Galilee, a region called Gadara. It was the land of the Gadarenes. The name “Gadarenes”, like most names in scripture, has a meaning. It means “reward after”, or “reward later”. This place stands in stark contrast to the nature of the Savior, the Living Bread of heaven, of whom it is written, “Lo, I come, and my reward is with me…”. Also consider Abraham, when he accepted nothing from the king of Sodom, who Abraham had rescued in order to save Lot and Lot’s family, Abraham asked the Lord what would be his reward. The Lord said. “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward”. The land of the Gadarenes becomes a picture of the common mental estate of many church people…that reward is on the other side of the grave. That you live your life, be good, go to church, follow the rules, and when you die, there will await for you on the “other side”, a great reward. Reward After…the mental identifier of the Gaderene.

Once Jesus heard a man crying in the tombs. This man was a Gadarene. Jesus heard him from a great distance and had to cross the lake and travel to Gadara to see the man. He found the man tormented, living in the tombs, unruly and unapproachable. Jesus asked the man what his name was. He gave a curious answer…”MY name is Legion, for WE are many”. This was not the first time Jesus had encountered thinking of dark origin in the mind of someone. Jesus dealt with it in people every day. Once Jesus even turned at something that came out of Peter’s mouth, and said, “Get behind me Satan, you are an offense to me. You don’t desire the things of God, but of man”. Now, Jesus was not calling Peter “Satan”, but was identifying the source of Peter’s recent statements. The man of Gadara becomes a picture of many people today. People who have a mind full of the many and contrary “voices” in the world today. Whether individuals or vast media empires, there be many voices out there, and all of them vying for significance in the heart and mind of men and women. The man lived in tombs…another picture. Those who believe there are no answers, truth or reward in this life, but only on the other side of the grave, live with one foot in the grave, so to speak. But Jesus drove the many contrary voices from the man’s thinking. And when the inhabitants of the place came to see what was taking place, they found the man clothed, in his right mind, and sitting at Jesus’ feet. Each of these conditions also become something to dig into. Jesus appealed to a church in the book of Revelation, that they obtain garments from Him, in order that their nakedness not be revealed. He also admonished them to obtain from Him, gold tried in the fire…true riches…and also eye salve so that their vision might be restored. This church was at Laodicea, and they said they had everything, needed nothing. Jesus replied that they were miserable, wretched, poor, blind and naked. Apparently their doctrine was not very fruitful. So, the people of Gadara, seeing what was done in the delivered man, were in great fear, and asked Jesus to leave their coasts…to leave their sphere of influence. What Jesus had done in the here and now, was completely contrary to the doctrine of dying and going to “heaven”. Because if Christ is in you, the kingdom of God is in you now. If Christ is in you, the Teacher, and Author of the scripture is in you now. And He will teach you now. Of course while in flesh , we see and hear in part…in limited measure. But we possess by faith, all the fullness. And we will realize all, when all the fullness is revealed. It can be compared to a seed. An apple seed may not look like much, but a whole tree is in it. And it may not appear that way now, but if it is not true, it could never produce an apple tree.

I know this is sort of long winded by current standards, but it is meant to encourage any who read, to know that there are many voices in the world that will fill one’s head with uncertainty and conflict. But there is also One who can, with His word, drive these things from your mind and replace them with inviolate truth. And I am persuaded that this is a time where this is done in the individual, not so much in the “church”. This is why in every church spoken to in Revelation 2&3, it is said “if any man (woman…makes no difference) have an ear to hear, let him hear”. In other words, you don’t have to think with the group. What the Lord reveals, you are free to hear, whether anyone else will or not.

[Isa 26:3 KJV] 3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

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IRON TEETH OF THE BEAST


The Gates Of Hell


Daniel is a book that details the life of one who spent much of his adult life living in an occupation. His home land of Israel had been conquered and occupied by Babylon. The poorest of the land were left behind. Certain of the princes and of the king’s descendants were carried off to Babylon to be taught the “speech and learning” of the Chaldeans. Daniel was among these. They were to eat food and wine that the king of Babylon ate. They were to undergo indoctrination and if they were found “worthy”, a place would be found for them in the king’s court. Daniel purposed in himself from the onset, not to defile himself with the king of Babylon’s table.

In the course of time Nebuchadnezzar the king is succeeded by his son Belshazzar. Belshazzar takes no instruction from his father’s life experiences regarding the God of Daniel. Belshazzar is proud and arrogant. He holds a great banquet and sends for the gold and silver vessels that had been confiscated from the Lord’s house at Jerusalem. From these vessels, he and his fellow banqueters eat and drink and toast the gods of gold and silver, brass and iron, wood and stone.

For any who regard prophetic signification, the vessels of the Lord’s house are people, not cups and saucers. When Jesus said make clean first, the inside of cup and platter, that the outside may be clean also, He was not talking about kitchen duties. In fact, Daniel and his three friends and fellow princes of Judah were vessels that Nebuchadnezzar sought to indoctrinate and use:

[Dan 1:3-6 KJV] And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring [certain] of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom [was] no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as [had] ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

Now children of the king’s seed in whom is no blemish, but are well favored and skillful in all wisdom, cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, sound at least to me like they need no improvement. They already possess everything and more, than any school of Nebuchadnezzar’s could produce. To willingly go along with what was proposed be done to them, would have come at the expense of what they already were by birth and citizenship. Herein is a great test of an occupation. How do you function in it without compromising who and what you are? Only with the help of the one who made you who and what you are. If you trust Him, he will make a way.

In the first year of Belshazzar, Daniel had dreams and visions and wrote them. They were of four beasts that came up out of humanity in their succession, all different from one another. The fourth and last thing to take form in humanity was “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns”. “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things”.

These things are significations. You will never see such a thing with eyes of flesh and blood. But if God is willing, you can see them. Presently in humanity, three great “faiths” are about to become one. (of course there is only one faith, one baptism, one Lord, one God and Father of all…only one, but humanity has collectively rejected the Lord and is defining it’s own deity, as the scriptures detail man always does). And with this fourth terrible thing to take shape in humanity, iron teeth. If you live in the world today you are seeing and experiencing it. The gate of the mouth is to be barred with iron… Absolute control and absolute censoring of all speech. The imprisonment of thought. The re-tooling of all knowledge and learning to to conform it to the service of the realm. But the last thing Daniel saw in the vision: the Ancient of Days did sit, the kingdom of the beast was thrown down, and judgment was given to the saints (sanctified/set apart) of the most high, and the saints possessed the eternal kingdom.

When Jesus was born, and word came to Herod, the puppet king of Rome, Herod was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. This trouble lasted a few years until the ” trouble maker” was falsely accused and murdered. But according to Herod’s way of seeing things, as well as all Jerusalem with him, the “trouble” reared it’s head again when the disciples of the trouble maker continued to teach and preach repentance and the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus, the trouble maker. One of the trouble maker’s disciples was Peter, who Jesus so named, when He would make in Peter, a living example of what Jesus would do in all of them that are the set apart (sanctified/saints…them who have set to their seal that God is true). Peter was so named for a specific reason, at a specific event. Having asked the disciples who men said He was, some told Jesus this thing, and some that. Jesus asked them, “Who do YOU say that I am?” Simon said , “you are the Christ, the Son of God”. Jesus told Simon that this knowledge did not come from man, but from the Father. Jesus said “your name is “Petros” Peter (pebble/ stone) and upon this “Petra” (Rock, large stone) will I build my church , and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”.

The foundation upon which Jesus built and builds, is not Peter. It is the revelation in Peter, from the Father, of who Christ is. The same is true for you. When the scriptures speak of building upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, it must sooner or later be understood, that the foundation of the apostles and prophets is not the apostles and prophets. It is Christ. Christ in you, the hope of glory. All the work of the apostles and prophets is in the foundation.

When the Word of God began to multiply and reach even unto the gentiles, “about that time” Herod stretched forth his hand to vex “certain” of the church. He killed James, the brother of John with the sword. And when he saw it pleased the Jews, he took Peter also, put him in prison with a guard of four quaternions of soldiers (sixteen men in total), intending to bring him out after Easter ( something the Jews observed) and , no doubt, put him to death. Peter was in prison for one reason, and one reason only: the words that came from his mouth. Those words had a source. The Spirit of Christ, the Foundation in him. Peter’s hands were chained and he was separated from speaking to the world by two wards of guards, and iron gates. The iron teeth that prevented Peter from his calling…to speak. He was to be silenced until dead.

These things prophetically mirror what Daniel saw. You live in these things. Putting aside religious and political tomfoolery and rabble rousing, consider the end of the matter. The angel of the Lord came to Peter where he was, and the prison was filled with light. The angel smote him in the side and told him to get up, get dressed and follow . The chains fell from his hands. He passed by both wards of soldiers undetected. He passed through the IRON GATE that led to the city, which opened to him of it’s own accord. When he came to himself, Peter recognized that the Lord had delivered him from all the expectation of Herod, the Jews and the people. The only ones put to death were the guards, not Peter and what he represented. Herod would go on to give an oration and the people hearing it said, “it is the voice of a god, and not of a man”. Herod fell dead, eaten of worms because he failed to give God the glory…”But the word of God grew and multiplied”… as Daniel also saw.

The gates of hell are meant to keep the truth in. They will not prevail. Be encouraged, fellow trouble makers. The world is bent upon one thing. Silencing the truth that is in you. It will vaunt itself to god like status, but will die in it’s own corruption, eaten of worms like the day old bread in the wilderness. The hidden manna is in you, and He is raised higher than the heavens. Herod, and all Jerusalem with him can neither comprehend nor touch it.

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