Ezekiel 7: The defiled secret place.
Rev. 2 and 3: The secret place defiled with all the abominations in the midst.
Amos 3:3 : Can two walk together except they be agreed?
1 Cor 15: First that which is natural, then that which is spiritual, the true secret place within.
PSALM 91 …PARADISE FOUND
EZELIEL 7…PARADISE LOST
JESUS: “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Deu 27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
Jesus, asked about the “last days” and the time of the end, prefaced such answer as He gave, with an admonition: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”
NATION AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM
To help comprehend the coming of the Kingdom, and the fallacious kingdom in the earth, showing itself as the kingdom, but is in fact in direct opposition to it, consider the seed parables which Jesus used to describe His Kingdom. Christ Himself, the firstborn among many brethren, that first sown seed of the Kingdom, which fell to the earth and died, that it might not dwell alone.
Jesus said in a parable:
“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”
One sowing, one reaping. First that which is natural, then that which is Spiritual. What was sown a natural body is raised a spiritual body.
Psalm 22 begins with words that can leave no doubt regarding to whom they apply: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Reading Psalm 22 will reveal to you, the first and great seed, falling to the earth and dying. Regardless of all obstacles, this seed will be raised, and not alone. This seed will inherit all, and will dispossess every false thing set up in it’s mockery and imitation. In it’s concluding lines, speaking by the Spirit of Christ, David prophesies,
“For the kingdom [is] the LORD’S: and he [is] the governor among the nations. All [they that be] fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done [this].”
A SEED SHALL SERVE HIM
The Gospel of Matthew is an ink and paper book, which describes a book of an altogether different sort, a book of that which is sown a natural body, and raised a spiritual. A solitary house is sown, and is raised a house of many houses. It is the Father’s House. It is the living book of Psalm 139: “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them”.
It is the book of the generation of Jesus Christ.
The account states that from Abraham until David, are fourteen generations. From David until the captivity in Babylon, are fourteen generations. From the captivity in Babylon until Christ, are fourteen generations. The names, from Abraham till Christ are carefully recorded and categorized into three groupings of fourteen. But there is a little observed thing. If you count every name, when you get to the man Jesus, you are on the sum of 41, not 42. You are on the thirteenth from captivity, not the fourteenth. Thirteen is a number in scripture that often depicts confusion. But there is no confusion here. The fourteenth and final generation is the body of Christ…not that solitary body that was sown…but the glorified body that was raised. It is all who are added to Christ in His resurrection, from the time it began, to this present moment, and until , according to the Father’s pleasure, the last to be added are added, and it will conclude. And at it’s conclusion, all will be revealed together in glory. The resurrection is not passed already (2 Tim 2:18). I will not overthrow the faith of any by so proclaiming. Jesus is the resurrection, and it is yet happening. For by faith am I apprehended, and added to Him. By faith do I sit with Him in the Highest place. By faith know I, that at His appearing, I will also appear and be revealed together with Him in glory. The fourteenth and final generation of Matthew 1, is a spiritual generation. It is the generation of His resurrection. It is the generation of Psalm 139, written in secret, raised, and revealed in glory. If any be seated with Him in faith…keep your seat. That which is named the finished generation of Jesus Christ, is not comparable to carnal, chronological genealogy. It is not marching along a time line. The eternal is not off in the future. Time is stretched out in the eternal, as a string stretched in a body of water. The string has a beginning and it has an end. It’s beginning and it’s end are every bit enveloped in the water. At any point the water enters into the string, you have a unique situation. A way into the example of eternity has been made, which does not require one to travel the length of the string. Jesus, about to spend three calender days in the grave, completely dead, told a repentant criminal, “You will be with me today in paradise”. The “today” of which Jesus spoke, is not a day of the week. The topic of the “end times” is one of fascination, bordering on obsession, and the danger of complete distraction. As the apostle wrote, to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. The same apostle wrote that if this instant, this tent of flesh were dissolved, we HAVE (present tense) a house eternal in the heavens. The Father’s house of many houses is not real estate. It is an eternally glorified body of resurrection. It is in you now, as the orchard is in the apple seed now. Otherwise, if a seed is planted with nothing written in it, nothing comes up. As a further point regarding the one generation begotten in resurrection, not time, consider again Jesus answering questions about the last times:
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn”.
Take note that “bundles” is plural, “garner” is singular. Jesus said to disciples over two thousand years ago, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest”. Tare are also known as false wheat. It is an interesting study. When sown together, they are tangled in the root…they share common ground, read from the same book, you would say. But what they grow into at harvest, is two different things, as different as night and day. Tares gathered by men into bundles to be burned (tried by fire) is temporal. It has a history reckoned among the nations. It can be plotted along the line of time past, as can all other human affairs. Wheat gathered into the garner, which is Christ, is eternal. It has no record among the nations. Balaam, a man gifted of God, though he abused his gift, nevertheless saw the Garner truly:
“How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, [whom] the LORD hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations”.
As kingdom rises against kingdom, knowing truth will make free. The apostle Paul warned carefully with tears, everyplace he spoke for the space of three years, of “another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel”…in other words, “another Christ”. That is, in fact, the meaning of the word “antichrist”. It is the offer of a substitute, as a means of coming against the true. What Paul warned about in it’s infancy, is now become accepted without question, as the true.
Zec 9:13 “When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man”.
Greece is synonymous with Western civilization and religion. It, along with every other civilization and religion, are gathered together against the Lord and His Christ. The nations , and all reckoned among them, as one , despise Christ, and them that are His. This is nothing new. As you see the “churches” give in and give place to corruption, in order to preserve their material wealth and their very existence, give all the more diligence to the treasure stored up in heaven. Every living soul of man will be brought to the place of forced decision. The kingdom of heaven is within , or it is beckoning from without. It is in resurrection, or it is in behavior modification and the pursuit of creature comforts. It is in the seed, or it is in the chaff. This truth is depicted in the life of Hezekiah, a king of Judah, of whom it was said , “And he did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor [any] that were before him. For he clave to the LORD, [and] departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.”
“Nehushtan” means “that copper thing”. The cross is not a thing to be worshiped, nor any other icon or imagery. Hezekiah was like no king in Judah, before or after him, in his walk with the Lord, to include David. He was a figure of a king to come. In his reign, Israel and Samaria, with it’s false religion and priesthood fell. Then their assailant, the hosts of the king of Assyria, having absorbed all other kingdoms, set his eye on the kingdom of Judah. Hezekiah did not hesitate to give him silver , gold, the precious things of the temple, nor any other form of material wealth. Hezekiah did not worship these things. When the cities of Judah fell one by one, and at last, Hezekiah was left in the fortress of Jerusalem with his remnant, the messengers of the king of Assyria began to reproach the Living God, and boast of all they would do to the city, and Hezekiah, and his remnant. They enticed the people, in their own language, to sit “every one under his own vine and fig, and drink of his own well”… “Until I come and take you away to a land LIKE your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us”.
This created a crisis of choice. Affliction and trial in holding to the true, or peace and safety in accepting the imitation. At this reproach, did Hezekiah pray, not asking on the basis of anything he lost, but because the Assyrian did reproach the Lord. Hezekiah’s true treasure (and ours) is the Lord. And for Jesus’ name sake, are His people hated of all men. When night passed and morning came, in the camp of the Assyrians, 185,000 men of war lay dead…”behold, they were all dead corpses” (2Ki19:35). Hezekiah did not pass the test with the sword. He passed it with faith. The individual is tested as an individual. If I do not accept that the kingdom of heaven is in me now, just as the tree is in the seed now, I may well be encouraged to look for it in some other place…like the “future” for example. What is in me now by faith, may be fully and differently expressed and seen in the “future” , but it is nevertheless, in me now, or I have no “future”. My hope is not to see Him at His appearing. It is to be seen WITH Him in glory at His appearing.