SHIP OF DESTINY


Jesus performed a great many miracles. Among these was the multiplying of food. From a few loaves and fish, Jesus was able to feed thousands. The feeding of a multitude serves to satisfy bodily hunger for a short time, but as the water He gives is a spring welling up within such that you never thirst again , nor visit some “well” periodically to replenish, even so, the bread He gives is within you, a source of nourishment that is always there, never is exhausted, and is eternal. It too, ends dependency upon any system or mediator, and you need that no man teach you, as the Bread of Heaven Himself, according to the truth of the scriptures, teaches you of all things. Jesus, once asked by the disciples, if He wanted them to go buy bread for them all said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about”. The miracle of the loaves and fish, if comprehended, was meant to convey the truth that the Word of God in a people, breaks the cycle of dependency upon any system or individual, save the very Word in you. More baskets of left-overs are gathered from the multitude, than the original distribution.

Once, after performing this miracle, the uncomprehending crowd decided Jesus was there to feed them, and to sit in the seat of religious and civil government, and bend everything to their convenience. Perceiving that the mob would take Him physically and force-ably, and “make” Him a king (which He already was, though this too they were ignorant of) Jesus withdrew into a “high mountain” alone. When reading the scriptures, which are poetic and subtle, you may find that a “mountain” often signifies the Father, and “mountains” often signify a people, very often the people identified as them in whom the Lord dwells by the Spirit. Interestingly, when “things” get a little dicey in the world, religious folk want to hatch up all sorts of things and “inject” Jesus into them, and at such times, the Lord is often no where to be found.

Perceiving the people would force Him into something He would have no part in, Jesus made Himself scarce. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet returned, so they went down to the sea. ( the “sea” often symbolic in scripture of un-redeemed humanity).The disciples decided to get in a ship and head to Capernaum, which means “a place of comfort”…they sought solace in Jesus’ absence. They had rowed a good way out when the seas were greatly troubled by some great wind…not unlike the condition of the “seas” today. Jesus came walking to them upon the troubled sea, unconcerned by it’s state, unaffected by the mentality-Du-jour. As is written, when they received Him into the ship, IMMEDIATELY the ship was at it’s destination, immediately the troubled ship became “Capernaum”: “a place of comfort”. Ours is not a ship and a journey across the sea of humanity, determined by geography and circumstances. Ours is a ship defined by who is in it with us.

Daniel was of the tribe of Judah, of royal extraction. He experienced many regime changes. The kingdom of Judah, the kingdom of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar, and his son Belshazzar, the kingdom of Darius the Mede, the kingdom of Cyrus the Persian, beside which I don’ t know of anymore. Daniel’s journey, like ours, was not defined by any of that. It was defined by the fact that the Spirit of God dwelt in him. He was always where he was supposed to be, regardless of what the “seas” or “winds” were doing.

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Signification


Three men were taken into a mountain where they saw something. They saw Jesus changed in appearance before their eyes. They saw Moses and Elijah appear in the same transfigured fashion. They saw and heard a cloud of glory and a voice from the cloud; This is my son, hear him. They saw the overshadowing of Jesus, revealed in the glory of the Father, and the glory also revealed in Moses and Elijah, who, as figures of the law and the prophets, had served to testify of Christ. Their testimony coincides with that of the Father: This is the Son of God, hear him.

[Jhn 5:46 KJV] 46
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

[Luk 24:25-27 KJV] 
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

All the law and the prophets are fulfilled in you, when you believe the one of whom they were given to bear witness. That is their principle purpose. Jesus was asked many things, many times, by disciples looking for answers.

[Jhn 6:27-29 KJV] 
Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

What is our CROWN (corona)? Is it not also the seal whereby we are sealed? that Holy Spirit of promise who adorns the head, washes and instructs the mind? It is written (of them who have the hearing of faith) that we have the mind of Christ. We are made the benefactors of his thinking. It is revealed in them thus sealed.

The three men taken into the mount and cloud (figures themselves of The Father) were Peter, James and John. Why these three alone experienced this, I do not claim to know. But I do consider that it no doubt worked clarity and sobriety in them, and if you read the things they wrote, you may understand that the things were written from that perspective.

Peter wrote of the experience and said that they beheld, in the experience, the power and coming of the kingdom of God. Moses and Elijah were transfigured with Christ.

John wrote in his epistles exhaustively of The Truth. He wrote how that the Anointing, the Unction, the seal we have received is the truth, is no lie, and Himself will teach you concerning all things. John expounded how that the Spirit of Christ will make manifest, every false teaching and teacher.

James also wrote of  the truth, and of the lie.

[Jas 3:1-6 KJV] 
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.  Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.  Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

“IF WE OFFEND NOT IN WORD”.

Question: What is the general, aggregate state, mentally speaking, of the average church goer? an estate of faith and peace? or fear?

James writes of the crown-stealing rampant effect of the unbridled, untruthful tongue. He said it (the lying tongue) defiles the whole body, setting on fire, the course of nature, a fire originating in hell (that place reserved for destruction; reserved for the Liar and his angels).

[Mat 25:41 KJV] 
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

(I encourage the reader to read the first three chapters of the book of revelation, and carefully consider the things at work in the assemblies, as revealed to them by the Holy Spirit.)

The “course of nature”, mentioned by James, is a revealing study:
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τροχὸν γενέσεως , “trochos genesis”, “wheel of origin”.

A wheel goes round and round. So does the copy machine, cranking out copy after copy after copy, as the flame spreads and devours. Something is copied, it has and origin, a “genesis”. What does James say is the origin? “it is set on fire of hell”.

Question: what is the affect, in the assemblies, of false teaching and teachers?

Answer: Go back and read what James expounded about it.

A virus is a lie. It’s current prominence as an all consuming issue, is a sign, a signification of the times. It enters the cell by deceit. The cell, once infected, goes to work immediately in a frenzy of replication. The cell no longer is even aware it is corrupted. It has believed a lie. The current signification “Coronavirus” = Crown Virus.

[Rom 1:22-25 KJV] 
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

When Peter once contradicted something Jesus said that Jesus must go through, Jesus turned about and said “get behind me Satan, you do not crave the things of God, but of man”. Jesus was not calling Peter “Satan”, was not accusing him of being “possessed”, or any such thing. Jesus knew where Peter’s thinking was from at that moment, and put it down. When many disciples message was rejected in a town, they asked Jesus whether they should call down fire from heaven and destroy the town. Jesus said to them, “you don’t realize what manner of spirit you are of”. I do not believe the disciples were a devil-filled mob, ready to be choked in the sea like a heard of swine. But their thinking in that moment deserved such treatment. It was not wisdom from above.

James went on to say:

[Jas 3:13-18 KJV] 
Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descends not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Jesus once heard a man crying from the tombs…the place of the dead. In the man’s case, the living dead. (in considering the concept of the living dead, read what was said to a church: [Rev 3:1-2 KJV]  ” And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God”. Could a tomb with a man living in it be thus described?

Jesus came to the man, who ran to Him. Jesus asked his name: “…my name is legion, for we are many”. This man was tormented. He had his own God given mind, but it gave ear to many, many voices. The mind that can not tell a lie from the truth is comparable to a cell infected with a virus. The cell has an original DNA. But it is lost somehow. The cell is driving itself to destruction, replicating a message that does not belong in it. Jesus drove away all foreign thinking from the man, who thereafter was found clothed, in his right mind (his rightful CROWN restored), and sitting at Jesus’ feet.

I am not implying that any are devil filled. But to heed wisdom and council that proceeds from below has the same end.

The churches are full of doctrines and teachers. There are no end of writings and books out there. There is only one book I know of however, which Jesus has gifted the mind of the believer to understand. There are many winds and doctrines out there. But he that has THE doctrine of Christ, has both the Father and the Son (2John 1:9)

This is a lot of words, but the intent is that any reading, might know that Jesus is THE TRUTH.  God, The Father, has mercifully brought to light, and made evident, the fact that a nation lead by many decades of men and women willing to lie to further their own ends, produces a nation so deep in trouble, that it borders on comical, watching them try to back their way out of it. I AM NOT BEING POLITICAL. Let that be furthest from the mind. I am pointing out that the simple lie, like a virus, can have huge, compounding consequences. This message is being screamed world wide, for any who have an ear to hear.

Read. Pray. Believe. Let no man take your crown.

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Sign Of The Times


Perceiving the “Crownvirus” as a sign of the times, I continue to study viruses as well as the immune system’s response to them.

It occurs that “the churches” of Rev. 2 &3 depict five cells with pathogens (foreign intelligence), and two cells that are not co-opted with foreign intelligence. A healthy cell answers only to the DNA it was created with and that it replicates. A compromised cell has been duped into accepting any other intelligence (doctrine, teaching, what have you) which in turn tricks the cell into replicating the lie.

If you make a brief study of how viruses work, and how the body responds to them, you might see a lot of things reflected in scripture.

I have always made a difference between “churches” and The Church. I believe Paul made the same distinction when referring to the “church which is His body”. Jesus said before He was taken up, “The prince of this world comes, and he has nothing in Me”. Again, it is written that if a man sins, he sins without (external to) the body. I have heard many times over the years, the term used, that there is sin in the body of Christ that needs to be dealt with. This is bull butter…hogwash. There is sin in many of the assemblies…many of the compromised denominational institutions, but not in the Body of Christ. If there is, we are all lost in it without remedy. There remains no more sacrifice for sin…it has been dealt with once for all.

Jesus is the Truth. Anything that denies this, adds to it, or takes from it is a lie. A crown virus would seek to change the truth into anything else, while the host still believes it to be the truth.

[Eph 4:11-16 KJV] 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 teacher, the Spirit of Truth, the mind of Christ is our crown, who sits in and on the mind and reasons with us. All the world is in a uproar now over a virus. It will run it’s course. The next sudden amazement will displace it. But the greater lesson testified will always be there: “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown”.

These verses also can be seen from the above perspectives:

[Rev 21:27 KJV] 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

[Rev 22:15 KJV] 15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Years ago, a friend and a brother gave his daughter in marriage. They invited my wife and I to the wedding and I was part of it by playing the bagpipes during the ceremony. This brother is a very passionate man and was quite worked up about the event. The day before the wedding he was horse and not feeling the best. I knew his immune system was probably afflicted by stress. We were driving to the location the day before to rehearse. I remember praying for him, that the Lord would strengthen his immune system so he could enjoy his daughter’s wedding. Mid prayer I saw in my mind, the white rider (and riders) of Revelation and the truth proceeding from His (and their) mouths. As I was seeing this, it came to me that the function of our bodily “white riders” mirrors Rev.19. The leukocytes, white blood cells, are tasked with identifying any foreigner, forming a strategy to defeat it, and implementing that strategy. Armed with truth, the white riders have autonomy in the human body. They can go anywhere, be anywhere, pass through tissue and bone, are not confined to the circulatory system, but certainly move with it. A white vesture dipped in blood can be seen as a blood bath, or also as a cleansing, such as what a the liver does. Ephesians 4 describes the gift of Christ in the body. Part of the function of these gifts, as with white cells, is to identify and remove from the body, whatever does not belong there, precisely as you see in Revelation 2 & 3.

Not long after the wedding experience, I was talking to a doctor that I was building a house for. I recounted the experience to him, curious to see what he would say. he was very excited and told me that it was recently discovered that when a white cell encounters a pathogen, it identifies it, formulates a strategy to defeat it, and transmits that strategy to the rest of the immune system so instantaneously, that medical science doesn’t understand how it can do that. What the first white cell does is instantly common knowledge in the whole immune system. Dr. Clark told me it happens faster that we can transmit a signal. His opinion was that we must have some kind of unifying field or something, that is largely unknown to science. I just smiled.

We have received an unction from the Holy One, and need not that any man should teach us.

Anyhow, THE Church is the ground and pillar of the truth. It is a crown you do not want stolen by liars and usurpers.

[Rev 17:14 KJV] 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

Many are called…few chosen. Few see that being chosen is wrapped up in answering the call. (Make your calling and election sure). They with Him, are faithful to what He shows them. They do not deviate from it.

A chief function and purpose of the gifts:
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;
(Ephesians)
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LET NO MAN TAKE YOUR CROWN


Often that which is deemed a current event can be more than a current event. One such thing that bears consideration is the Coronavirus which has thrust itself into the conscience of the nations. The word “corona” means “crown”. The Crown Virus.

The second and third chapters of the book of Revelation signify the assemblies, and manner of assemblies in the earth. They are not merely geographic locations limited to seven places, but are significations that go much deeper. Of the seven, there are two with which the Lord has no contention. These two are also the only two wherein the object of a crown is addressed. The giving of a crown, and the admonition not to relinquish it.

These two assemblies are called Smyrna, and Philadelphia. Ointment (anointing), and brotherly love. The 133rd Psalm is worth consideration:

[[A Song of degrees of David.]] Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity! [It is] like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, [even] Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore.

The anointing proceeded from the head and overflowed every inch of the man, down to the hem of his garment. It saturated and overflowed the linen garments, symbolic of priesthood. The woman who was healed of an issue of blood, touched the hem of His garment. Jesus (the head) immediately perceived it, though the throng of people present saw and knew nothing. In a nutshell, Christ in you is the hope of glory. Christ in someone else is the hope of glory in someone else. In resurrection, Jesus gave to His own, as many as receive Him, the gift and promise of The Father, the Spirit of Truth. It is written that this Anointing which abides in you, is Truth, and is no lie. And as recipient of this gift and promise, you NEED that no man teach you. The Anointing will teach you concerning all things. While many do not comprehend this, and so, perceive the need of anointed teachers, etc., the fact remains, that the Anointing which we have of the Father, will in fact, far exceed any supply via others. The scriptures paint a clear picture of the relationship that should be the norm in the body of Christ, namely that every member holds to the head. The concluding chapters of the scriptures teach you that the light of a candlestick is good, but to have no need of it is better. The reasoning given, is that while the light of sun , moon and stars (calendar based religion) is good and the light of candlestick (assembly/ church) is better; the light of the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb in you, is best. In any orderly arrangement that incorporates man, even if inspired of God, the weak link in the arrangement is always man. The function of an assembly, as depicted in candlesticks, stands or falls with the quality of the human element.  Five of the seven assemblies of Revelation 2 and 3 demonstrate the human element gone amok, and the Spirit warning of this. Where the Spirit of Truth is supplanted by leadership that has left the mark, you have a problem. This problem is not unlike the function of a virus. A virus has no ability to replicate itself. It requires a host. Thinking or doctrine that comes in the name of the Lord, but not from the Lord, is a virus. Jesus warned of the leaven of the Pharisees, how that a little leaven will leaven the whole lump. Jesus also warned that the Pharisees’ means of increasing their doctrine and authority, was proselytization, the encompassing of land and sea to make one convert, one proselyte, who when manufactured (said Jesus) is two fold the child of hell that the proselytizer is himself.

This is a verse taken from Leviticus concerning the High Priest:

And [he that is] the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes: Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God [is] upon him: I [am] the LORD.    (Lev. 21:12)

The CROWN on your head, is The Anointing!

To Smyrna (Anointing) and Philadelphia (Brotherly Love):

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

In resurrection, the Lord gave us a tremendous gift. The Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, the Promise of The Father. Along with Him, the author of all inspired scripture, comes the opening of the understanding to understand the scriptures. And it should come as no wonder that the Author is able to reveal to you, His thinking. To gain understanding from the scriptures however, you must read them yourself.

The Anointing is a crown of life.

Let no man take your crown.

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As It Was


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.

Saying in the world: “Not seeing the forest because of the trees”
Message of the saying: You can be in the midst of something and not see it.

Jesus was asked by the Pharisees concerning the coming of the kingdom of God. He began his reply with a saying similar to the forest and tree saying. “The days will come in which you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it”. As the sun rises and lightens the whole face of the earth shall it be. The blind will grope about in the midst of it, and look for it, but will not see it.

Point of consideration: If Christ is in you, He is come in you. The word and title “Christ” has no real meaning apart from the Anointing, the Spirit of God. If He is come in you (and in many others since the resurrection, and will do until the Father sums up the age) …if He has, is, and is yet to come in a people, then the “coming” is under way. What remains to take place is the revealing of all together in glory.

“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 sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he (Christ) dwells with you, and shall be in you. I (Christ) will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”.

When the Son of man is revealed, you will either be a spectator or a participant.

Spectator:

“Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? (Amos)

Participant:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude)

Putting two and two together:
“As He is in this world, so are we”.

The days (plural) of Noah. See the forest, not just the trees:

Paul wrote that Levi, being yet in the loins of Abraham, paid tithes to Melchisedec, when Abraham gave a tenth of all to Melchisedec, who blessed Abraham (and the point was made that the lesser is blessed of the greater).

In the days of Noah was one Enoch. Not the Enoch born to Cain. Enoch the seventh from Adam, born to Seth, the figurative man of resurrection. Enoch walked with God and God took him.

[Heb 11:5-6 KJV]

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
But before Enoch was translated that he should not see death ( the death of the flood), he produced a son, Methuselah, whose name means “man of a dart”. It is reminiscent of the saying of Christ, “They pierced my hands and my feet”, speaking of the suffering of Christ necessary for the redemption of a people to himself. Methuselah in turn, bore Lamech, which means “powerful”. And to Lamech was born Noah, who’s name means “rest”. Not only rest for mankind, but rest for the Lord.

All that was done in Enoch, was done in and for them yet in the loins of Enoch.

Enoch: “Place of inauguration”
Methuselah: “Man of a dart”
Lamech: “Powerful”
Noah: “Rest”

Jesus; Filled with all the fullness of God
Jesus; Pierced through for our transgressions

Jesus; In resurrection, comes to us in the Anointing, the Power of God, The fullness of Him in a people. Jesus; Gives rest to us and to God, reconciling us.

The flood saw the destruction of the old world. Everything in it was destroyed. The only exception was because of faith. Enoch, before he was translated, had this testimony: he pleased God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. And from this man who pleased God and was taken up, came Noah, who moved with fear, believed God and built the ark, to the saving of himself and his household. For in Noah only, and in his generation, did the Lord see righteousness. Righteousness only comes by faith. These things came many centuries before Abraham, who also had the righteousness of faith, the law given by Moses not yet spoken of. While the ark was being built, the long suffering of God was on display, waiting for the completed work of faith.

When Jesus said “As it was in the days of Noah”, don’t just think about Noah. Think about all pertaining to the world that then was, and what provision there was to escape it. See the forest.

The days (plural) of Lot. See the forest , not just the trees.

No consideration of that saying is complete without including Abraham. There came a time when Lot and Abraham had to part ways. This time and it’s occurrences, are indicative of a household parting ways, one after the flesh, one after the Spirit. For the time had come that the same land could not bear both the herds of Abraham and of Lot. Hence there was strife between their herdmen. Abraham told Lot to chose where he wanted to live. Abraham said to Lot, that whatever Lot chose, Abraham would head in the opposite direction. Lot chose the plains Jordan, and Sodom because of their natural abundance and outward appearance. In time, because the people of the place were so wicked, Lot became a judge, siting in the gate, meddling in the affairs of the city, all the while vexing his own soul with what he saw and heard, meaning seeing and hearing as a judge. Lot was a political creature.

Abraham. Upon departing from Lot, went and dwelt in the plains of Mamre, an Amorite, brother of Eschol and Aner. These were Abraham’s friends. Abraham chose a life of peace, though with difficulty. Peace comes with solitude, but with solitude comes more responsibility and effort. It takes diligence to survive with a large household and many herds of animals, in a hard land. It is of extreme importance to comprehend that, AFTER Lot was departed from Abraham (Gen 13) the Lord said to Abraham, now lift up your eyes and look, North, South, East and West. Everyplace you see, will I give you and your seed after you. Again, it is of extreme importance to comprehend that all the promises of God to Abraham’s seed were to one individual, not many. They were to Christ (Gal 3). Abraham saw spiritually. He saw many things sitting in his own tent door, where by revelation, he saw Christ (John 8:56). From his sitting in his own tent door did Abraham do his seeing, the tent door of his heart. And all that he saw, he saw in Christ. Lot, from his seat in the gate of Sodom also saw and heard many things. He vexed his own soul every day with his constant interjection in them. And in the end, the very people of the country hated him for it and plotted to defile and abuse him. These two conditions, one Spiritual and one carnal, existed side by side in the days of Lot. Lot minded earthy things. Abraham minded spiritual things. So it was until the Lord would destroy Sodom.

When Lot was commanded to leave, yes, was drug from the place, knowing it would be destroyed, he begged the Lord to spare some little city in the place, just a “little” one for Lot and his family to dwell in. His wife, having been warned not to turn back and view the destruction, was herself destroyed. Abraham, on the other hand, looked and saw the destruction and took no effect at all. Abraham had nothing in the place. He had refused to take so much as a shoe string.

When the destruction came, Lot’s daughters made the foolish proclamation, that there was not a man left in all the earth with whom to produce children. So they induced Lot to sleep with his own daughters by making him drunk. When their nation was destroyed, they though it the end of the world. They could not see the forest because of the tree. Out of that incestuous encounter came Moab and Ammon…adversaries to the house of Jacob.

With the destruction of Sodom, Lot and his daughters saw the destruction of everything. Abraham was seeing a kingdom that can not be moved.

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words;  which [voice] they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:  For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 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, 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,And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.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: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire.

We, as Enoch, as Noah, as Abraham, and as Christ, are not a people without a city and a nation.

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Land of the Gadarenes: Land of the fool’s hope.


The Errant thinking of the Gadarenes: Flesh and blood will inherit the Kingdom of God.

[1Co 15:35-44 KJV]

But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? [Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other [grain]: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh [is] not the same flesh: but [there is] one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, [and] another of birds. [There are] also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory. So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

[1Co 15:50 KJV]

“…Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption….”

The river Jordan is a symbol among the myriad of symbols employed by the scriptures in order to teach. The style of teaching is in the mode of the parable. The Jordan has it’s origins in the snows of Mount Hermon. It’s flow springs from the mountain, having made it’s way through the porous rock, emerging as headwaters, much as the scriptures speak of the Spirit of God brooding upon the face of the deep, emerging from the garden of God, becoming four heads. Four heads but one flow, going out into the world to accomplish the Lord’s purpose, mirrored as a finished work in the concluding chapter, as living waters proceeding from the great Tree of Life, The Christ and City of the Living God, The Temple of Living Stones, House of Many Houses.

The Jordan springs from Sion the Father, to be manifested, and made obtainable from whence it springs, Zion the Son.

[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 promise is the fulfillment of the symbolic parting of waters and walking across on dry ground. The prophetic proclamation: The Kingdom of God is not on the other side of the grave. The Kingdom of God (now) is within you. You need not die to walk on the “other side”. The “Other Side” is in you.

Abraham pierced through the parched ground to dig the well which became Beersheba, the “Well of the seven fold oath”. Seven fold being explained by the seven ewe lambs added to the flocks of the gentile, symbolizing that the blessing of the Father would be to all peoples. Said Abraham to Abimelech, “I dug this well”. The prophetic gesture: I believed God concerning Christ, who is the heir of every promise. The seven ewe lambs of faith in what Abraham found, mirrored in the seven churches of Asia.

Jesus said to His disciples upon a time, “Let us go to the other side”. The “other side” being the opposite bank of the sea of Galilee. (Not the false name “Tiberius” given it by occupiers). The “other side” being the land of the Gadarenes, Gadarenes meaning “reward after”. The name begs the question, “after what”. The answer provided by the place where Jesus found the reason for going there…the man in the tomb. The tomb where a tormented soul abode, the fulfilled product of the people and their belief system. The belief that all reward is “after” the grave. The summary of the doctrine: “You die and go to heaven”. This unfulfilled tormented soul, with a head full of contrary voices and doctrines, at wit’s end, abode at the place he was taught lie closest in proximity to the “other side”, that place (according to the Gadarenes), being the grave. The Gadarenes, upon seeing their product sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind so terrorized them; so destroyed everything they taught and believed, that they in great fear, desired Jesus to depart from every corner of their sphere of belief and influence. The man found reward on this side!

The Jordan itself prophetically destroys the myth. As it passes into the sea of Galilee, creating two large encompassing shores, it eventually constricts and empties, some 800 feet below sea level, into the dead sea. Dead with salt. Dead end, with no outlet. The waters depart it only by evaporation, ascending up whence they came. The prophetic picture: if I do not find, in this life, the Man who gives living waters, I go to the grave that has no outlet. That Man can be known no more after the flesh. That Man has been glorified, raised, and ascended up to fill all things. If the prophetic meaning of all these things pass me by, and I do not find this “Man” here and now, and who and what He is should not be formed in me now (by faith in Who and what He is and has accomplished for, and in me)…if I do not cross Jordan now, in faith, on dry ground, my flesh will be swept along in a fool’s hope to the dead sea, where the waters depart, taking nothing with them. Paul, as cited above, identifies this fools hope. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. Only the incorruptible seed (and glorified body) of the WORD OF GOD delivered to it.

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THIS MOUNTAIN


 

Matthew 21:21 (KJV)

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Mark 11:23 (KJV)

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Revelation 8:8 (KJV)

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Revelation 18:21 (KJV)

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

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Jesus said that He had overcome the world:

[Jhn 16:29-33 KJV] His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Jesus makes certain promises to them that overcome as, or in the like manner, He also overcame:

[1Jo 5:4-5 KJV] 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

[Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26 KJV] 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. … 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. … 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it]. … 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

[Rev 3:5, 12, 21 KJV] 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. … 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name. … 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

[Rev 21:7 KJV] 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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I take note that When Jesus proclaimed He had overcome the world, the world itself was largely unchanged. In fact, upon His ascending up, things appeared much as they did before He came. Jesus was not mistaken in saying He had overcome the world. He overcame it in himself, among other things. But it is certain, that the world is presently overcome by Him. Jesus spoke certain things obtainable to he/she who overcomes as He has. Much of this has to do with becoming permanent fixture in the Father’s House (Which Christ is, and them in Him. He is the house of many houses). A part of this overcoming has to do with the revelation of this house, and the rejection of the false. Jesus stood next to that which is widely accepted as “the” temple, and said the words, “destroy this temple and I will build it again in three days”. The resurrection confirmed Jesus’ definition of temple. There is no other. To this day, many “christians” along with others, sit mesmerized with Jerusalem and wait for a “temple”. In like fashion as with His glorification, so the definition of “temple” will be confirmed with His coming and appearance…in His temple. He comes and will be admired and glorified in His saints and in them who have believed (the truth).

When Jesus said, in Matthew 21 and Mark 11, “you shall say to this mountain…”, do not gloss over the word “this”. That word begs the question, what mountain? And it also is in association with the cursing of a fig tree, which soon withered. The fig tree is in scriptures, often symbolic of the Father. The fig is an interesting plant. It is worth studying. Among it’s attributes is the manner in which it forms fruit. And the fig, once formed, blooms inside itself. The flowers are not visible on the outside. Jesus could discern a fig tree that was not what it is represented to be. So, also , Jesus stood before what is accepted as “the” temple, and said if you have faith, you will say to THIS mountain, be removed and cast into the sea”, (and out of your mind and being). This same “temple” had been built on a mountain called “Olives” (symbolic of the Holy Spirit), but even in Solomon’s day, the mount had become so corrupt, it was referred to as the mount of corruption. The over comer will see this arrangement of false temple and father for what it is, and, as Jesus also did when tempted with it, cast it from his/her being and into the sea of raging flesh where it belongs, and wherein it will be judged.

[Mat 4:1-11 KJV] 1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

With these words, Jesus cast mountain, “temple” and so-called father, from Himself.

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