|Monday, September 19, 2003|
Jeannette never saw the Interpreter. She knew there was a Presence there, but she only heard Him Interpret. This tells us that the Interpreter was the Holy Spirit because we can feel His Presence on occasion, yet He is invisible. It is extremely rare that someone will hear an audible voice from Him; nevertheless, all of us can have an inward witness that He is speaking to us. On this occasion, because it was a vision, Jeannette heard His voice. Perhaps the following verse can explain why we know it was Him.
Jesus was speaking to His disciples when He gave the above Scripture. He said the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to guide believers into all truth, and He does it through being a Counselor, Helper, Teacher, Interpreter of Scripture, and Comforter. He also is the one who places the believer into the body of Christ upon conversion. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit [1 Corinthians 12:13]. See the oneness here corresponding to the Lady’s message to be of one eye or single-minded?
After the Holy Spirit baptizes us, He remains with us and becomes the seal that cannot be broken so long as the believer does not renounce his own salvation by denying Jesus is God and Lord. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts [2 Corinthians 1:21-22]. The next step is for the believer to ask the Father to fill him to overflowing with the Holy Spirit for power to witness [Luke 11:13; 24:39; Acts 1:8]. He will then come in full measure to enable a believer to boldly testify to the work of Jesus on the cross.
In the above quote, Jesus said that the Spirit of Truth, being God, would speak only to a believer whatever He heard from the Father. He enlightens about the holy and righteous way that pleases the Father. It delighted John to find that the elect lady’s children were walking by way of truth commanded by our Father [2 John 4]. In verse 2, John said that the truth dwelleth in us and shall be with us forever. So when we walk by way of truth, we walk by way of the Spirit’s leading.
This corresponds with what Jesus said about the Spirit becoming our seal after being baptized by Him into the body of Christ. If we are walking in truth, then we are walking in the Holy Ghost, and if we are walking in the Holy Ghost, we are walking in love because …God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God and God in him [1 John 4:16]. Therefore, when the elect lady’s children walk in truth and love, they please the Father and are yielded to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Be it carefully noted that the Holy Spirit guides and teaches all believers alike through the Word of God.
There is one other facet of the Spirit’s work which the verse above tells us that is pertinent to this vision. As the Interpreter of the Lady’s message from the Father, He showed us things to come. Because He is God, He speaks in all languages, and because He was speaking what He heard the messenger say – denoted as His role in the scheme of God’s plan – He spoke in Latin which is the church’s universal language.
The message He interpreted was that there would be a gleam of the glorious Millennial assembly shining in the darkness of the world at the close of this age, that would witness in the gloomy shadows what the Millennial Age would be like. Everyone there will be walking in love. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD [Isaiah 65:25]. …And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away [Revelation 21:4].
Hence the Holy Spirit has shown us things to come through this vision by informing us that the glorious endtime assemblage of people is a preview of coming attractions and is already becoming visible. Participation in this select group is open to all, but it will take a total dedication to follow the Word to be able to saunter with these shining lights.
When is this cleansing to occur – after we get to heaven? I do not think so because sanctification is an ongoing, progressive process of penetration of the Word of God into the soul and spirit to drive out the dross before we die. Once we die, we will be in heaven face to face with Jesus and there shall in no wise enter into it (the heavenly Jerusalem) any thing that defileth [Revelation 21:27]. Therefore, we must be cleansed before we leave this earth and enter the pearled gates of the City of God. Judgment comes at the resurrection of the dead in their prescribed order [1 Corinthians 15:23]. At that time we will see how sanctified we became. … (I)t is appointed unto men once to die,…after this the judgment [Hebrews 9:27].
God is speedily working to correct the faults of His people because the necessity of being Rapture ready increases. The most heinous fault of the church is the loss of her first love in the first century. It unfavorably, even scandalously, muddied her moral fiber down through the Church Age. The Romans 15:4-7 passage reveals the Father’s heart, that He greatly desires for His children everywhere to be likeminded in the same way that Jesus and His Father were one during His sojourn on earth.
Divisions such as we heard Paul decry in his letter to the Corinthians clearly explains the issue. A review of his denunciation of their behavior is instructive here.
Contentions and prideful ambitions like those mentioned above are keeping the church from reaching her full potential as God’s royal ambassadors of love and peace. She is witnessing the dawn of the Kingdom age and she is not yet ready for glorification. Like the Corinthians, jealousy, envy, and strife within the body of Christ is devastating her. This has to stop. Trying to be the biggest and best in whatever, and vying for visibility, position, or acclaim is sapping her strength; moreover, pointing an accusing finger at others is hypocritical to the gospel of love. Our Father has told us what He wants His people to fast and it isn’t food.
From the foregoing, it appears as if we are to fast selfishness. If we go about doing the above, time spent on catering to the flesh will be at a minimum. God further states that for the light of the church to rise out of obscurity and for her darkness to become as the noonday, she will have to take away from the midst of (her) the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity [Isaiah 58:9,10]. For the church to become glorious, she will have to fast self and accomplish these last three things, which are hindering factors to the love walk. Taking the last one first, speaking vanity means to quit being prideful even of your seemingly deep spirituality and humility because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble and exalts him [James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5]. Since satan is the accuser of the brethren and he does a thorough job of it, we can quit pointing fingers and vocalizing our brethrens’ faults and failures. Finally, whatever the besetting sin is in your life – get rid of it!
things are accomplished, the light will shine upon the church and her
glory will be resplendent. Her light will break forth as the morning and
her health shall spring forth speedily;…the
light shall shine on her righteousness and the glory of the Lord shall
be her protection [Isaiah 58:8,10].
…Then Thou Shalt Have Success
According to the Revelation account of the Laodicean Church, she is highly successful. But Jesus was not happy with her success because he refused to exalt her. In fact, He threatened to disown her. Yet, the Spirit tells me that success does not have to be a problem because God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children [Psalms 35:27]. The Bible is replete with promises of wealth and prosperity. Having wealth per se is not sinful, covetousness is. The danger of riches is that it deceitfully lures one into trusting in riches for deliverances from the pressures of life instead of God. It gives one a false sense of security. Consider Solomon.
He was a classic case where desiring and securing the wisdom of God is a good thing and brings prosperity. God honors people who seek His wisdom and understanding. But alas, his riches deceived him into thinking God would overlook his negligence in not acting completely on the Word of God like his father David. Having need of nothing, he became careless, sinned against God’s express ‘Will’ laid out in the law, missed God, and lost his kingdom to his brother Nathan who sired the Christ.
Yes, like Solomon, the problem with the Laodiceans is allowing success to distort the true goals of Christianity – purity through meekness and lowliness in heart like Jesus. The pomp and glamour of the visible church evidently grieves the Father’s heart because Jesus had nothing good to say about this last days’ church. Indeed, ‘phileo’ love is knocking on the door of the Laodicean Church calling for the ‘inmates’ to come out of the prison house of selfishness. Love in truth and in deed is the requirement for the church to be ready for her glorious departure from earth in the Rapture. Praise God that according to Scripture, there will be a remnant to step out and shine forth as a forerunner of the genuine glorious bride of the coming Kingdom.
As messengers, neither Jeannette nor I can change the message. We are delivery persons. Jeannette acts as God’s receiver while I amplify His voice from out of His Word. In that sense we are mere messengers, like the Lady in the vision, obediently doing what our Father has asked us to do.
We silently and invisibly carry the water of the Word over the Internet to a confused, dry, and thirsty world. And, we are ever mindful that it is the message that counts, not the messenger because all glory belongs to God who gives the increase.
Sometimes the message is hard and we quake at the thought of having to deliver it. Other times it is a joy to be able to help lift others out of their confusion through words of encouragement and hope. This communiqué was prefaced with hope because Romans 15:4 talks about the fact that the Old Testament examples were written for our learning to help us weather the storms of life with faith for deliverance from adversities.
If anything good can be said of the devil, it is that he is persistent. The more he tries our faith, the stronger we must become in patient standing waiting for God’s deliverance. We must never give up nor relent to his attacks because God is faithful to deliver [1 Corinthians 10:13]. This was the essence of the passage in Romans that I was meditating upon the morning of the vision. Standing firm and upright on the promises in the word with the shield of faith in place inevitably brings victory. The stronger we become in faith, the quicker will be the triumphs.
The Spirit was showing me that through patience and comfort of the scriptures …we might have hope [Romans 15:4]. If there is one thing the church needs, it is hope for freedom from the yokes of bondages. The trials we face do not develop faith, they develop patience. Let James speak to this: …that the trying of your faith worketh patience, (so) let patience have her perfect work… [James 1:3,4]. The test of one’s faith does not produce more faith nor does it increase faith. The trial works patience.
I am speaking to new converts now. (F)aith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the Word of God [Romans 10:17]. It does not come by trials. If you want your faith to grow, get into the Bible and spend time learning the promises of God and the love walk. Knowledge of God is what increases one’s faith. Trials, on the other hand, forces the believer to act on the words with His mind, to not give up on the promises of God, and to endure whatever it takes to make it to the finish line. The battlefront is the mind. This is where satan confronts one to give up by throwing all kinds of contrary thoughts against the Word of God. Therefore, without patience, the battle is lost and the devil wins. With patience, you win.
Patience is mental fortitude to stay the course against the onslaughts of satan. Tell him to take his lies that God will not keep His promises to you and get out of your presence. He will try to make you think God will work on the behalf of others but not for you. That’s a lie! God is no respecter of persons [Romans 2:11]. Most people have mental strongholds built up over the years that just do not line up with Scripture. These traditions must go if you want to develop your faith, be an overcomer, and participate in the glory of the perfected bride of Christ.
Do not let satan trip you up. Refusing to cave in or faint is the meaning in the Latin message about standing upright. Moreover, we are to stand as a lighthouse beacon in the darkness of this world – always shining, never complaining, and continually praising the Lord.
Because the world is without light, you should not seek relief and try to find answers from it. No problem exists that does not have an answer in Scripture. Do you think your situation has escaped God’s notice? Do you think you have caught Him by surprise and He has no answer? Come on! The Lord our God is the true God, and all things have been provided and are on go. All it takes is fortitude, patient endurance, and holding on to God’s promises mixed with faith [Hebrews 4:2]. Are you listening with spiritual ears? Attend to my words says the Lord; Incline your ears to my sayings…they are life to those that find them, and health (medicine as the Hebrew Bible reads) to all their flesh [Proverbs 4:20,22].
It takes moral courage to stand in the face of common sense knowledge that suggests the promise of God must not be right because it isn’t working. Here is the heart of the conflict where the battle rages to its climax. Will you give in to what the senses tell you or will you believe what the Father has promised in His Word? This virtue of moral courage to do whatever God says to do in ‘The Will’ regardless of who or what confronts otherwise is the backbone of love for God. It is also the place where the believer must abandon his mentors, if necessary.
who your teachers are, they are mere men and could have gotten out of
line with the Scripture. For this reason, always check everything for
yourself to see if the things being said are so. There is no one so blind
as one who refuses to receive instruction from the wisdom of God. Having
said that, Jesus said, if you love me, keep
In fact, if
a man love me,
he WILL keep my words…and the word
which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me [John 14:15,23,24]. Loving and doing are synonymous.
Indisputably, the church must become likeminded in order to glorify the Father. He cannot glorify us until we glorify Him because God reciprocates in like kind to what we do. We honor Him and He honors us; we despise Him and He despises us [1 Samuel 2:30]. We draw near to Him and He draws near to us [James 4:8]. It is a spiritual law that as we sow, we reap. Hence, if we want God to be likeminded with us, we must be likeminded with Him. Pray that …the God of patience and comfort grant that (we) be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That (we) may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ [15:5,6].
I believe that Jesus is right now behind the veil in the heavenly Holy of Holies interceding for us [Hebrews 7:25], asking the Father to intensify His irresistibility in drawing His people toward holiness and the love walk. I can see indications that Christians all over the world are drawing in to the Holy Presence of His glory. Jesus showed how to glorify the Father and reveal Him to the world. He was always likeminded with the Father. He said, I do always those things that please the Father and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him [John 8:29,26]. Jesus never stepped outside of the will of His Father.
Many years ago I thought that He could do the perfect will of God because He was God. I questioned how He could expect meager men to always be in the know about what the Father wanted. After all, Jesus was unique and must have had a direct hot line to God since He was God Himself. Then I learned that Jesus came as a flesh and blood man setting aside His mighty power and glory in order to show men the holy way of living without sinning. He was a role model and never operated outside His humanity.
Jesus exercised only those powers that were available to fallen human beings and disposed Himself to the same limitations of mere men. The reason He could live without sinning was because He had the Torah memorized and engrafted into His spirit. This was required before age 6 of all children destined for the priesthood. He probably also had the entire Old Testament committed to memory because He was living under the law and nothing was to be omitted if you wanted to stay in the presence of God. You say that’s too hard? No it isn’t. We are not under the law now.
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Born Again Men Are New Creatures
God has put His desires and law in our hearts by way of the Holy Spirit.
God says through Paul, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, … I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them [Hebrews 10:16]; and again, …I willl put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: And I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people…And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother…for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest [Hebrews 8:10; Jeremiah 31:33,34]. Anyone who wants to can know God as Father.
Someone might ask, how does God’s law get into our hearts without memorizing it? Who does the installation? We learn from Scripture that God does it. Through regeneration, we are given a new heart that is sensitive to what is right and wrong. This is the heart of flesh about which Ezekiel and Jeremiah spoke. Without a rejuvenation of our hearts, the old stony heart as the prophets termed it, is not responsive to the heart of God because it is cut off and estranged from Him. Being hardened it is unreceptive to spiritual things. Thus, it is imperative that we be born again in order to contact God. ‘Born again’ in the Greek is ‘gennao’, to ‘procreate’, and ‘anothen’, ‘from above’. Hence, the experience of being born again means our spirits are recreated by the Father of spirits [Hebrews 12:9] who lives above us in the heavenlies. God is a spirit, and since we are spirits housed in bodies, it is our spirits that are regenerated with the life of God. Flesh produces flesh and spirits produce spirits. After this happens, we too have a hot line to the Father like Jesus, and we too can become likeminded with the Father like Jesus.
If we will just read the Bible so that we are familiar with what God has written concerning holiness and righteousness, our Comforter and Companion, the Holy Spirit, will bring to our remembrance whatever we need from God’s Word to help us overcome the temptation to sin. 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 [John 14:26]. We are not burdened down now with the tedious job of memorizing every Word of God. Nonetheless, the only way we can know what constitutes sin is through the Scriptures. You cannot know Jesus without knowing the Word because Jesus is the Word. We must read it daily. Not just to memorize it and become a walking dead Bible, but to know God.
Do you remember that God said He would give us one heart? That new heart in each one of us has been created by the same Holy Spirit that the Father sent to teach us. Jesus called Him the Spirit of Truth and promised He would remain with us forever [John 14:16]. Jesus said He would not leave His people comfortless [14:18], and called the Spirit the Comforter [14:26]. His purpose is to help us live the love life that pleases our Father. …(W)hen he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things to come [16:13].
The Holy Spirit does not speak from Himself but speaks only what He hears the Father say. This is how Jesus lived the love life without sin. Being God, the Holy Spirit is our connection into the Holy of Holies, and we have the capability to live the love life without sinning like Jesus if we avail ourselves of the Word and act on it. With the same Spirit residing in each of us, can you see now how it is possible to glorify God with one mind and one mouth? It will take a quality decision, however, to focus on the Word of God instead of celebrities and what they have to say. Jesus ought to be the only celebrity in a person’s life. If you focus on the Word, you will be occupied with Jesus and will not be disappointed by the feet of clay of frail human beings.
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Update: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:01 PM