For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you should be wise within yourselves; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the nations has comes in. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, "There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is My covenant with them, when I have taken away their sins." Indeed as regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes. But as regards the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the free gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as you also then disbelieved God, but now have been shown mercy through their disbelief, even so these also have not believed now, so that through your mercy they may also obtain mercy. For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show mercy to all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who first gave to Him, and it will be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things; to Him be glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:25-36
"Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness, when your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was grieved with that generation and said, They always err in their heart, and they have not known My ways. So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter into My rest." Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said, "Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." For some, when they had heard, did provoke; however, not all who came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with those who had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they should not enter into His rest, but to those who did not believe? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:7-19
And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:1-6
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. Hebrews 12:11-16
Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise? Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. Psalms 106:2-5
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 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. Revelation 17:9-14
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. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 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? 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. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Matthew 16:24-28
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4
Continuing on in the study of The Mystery of Israel’s Blindness, this is the second part of this study and it is being built up upon the fact that the Lord continues to strip and lay bare the hearts of those who would be found faithful in the purpose of His coming and of our need to be found faithful unto Him. Our faithfulness must be found in two areas. First in our faith in the overall plan of the Lord to deliver unto Himself a purified race of people whom He will grant favor and in whom He will give the right to rule and to reign with Him, and the other area is that of the continued ongoing working of the all consuming power of the cross. Both of these must work so that we understand that the flesh nature we all have is vile and contemptible and it is in complete opposition to the motion of the spirit of the Lord in our hearts, warring against the Lord and against His calling upon the Overcomers life. As such they who are in this state are doing well if the war is apparent because that means they are making forward progress. If the cross and the hope are both working then the war is real, the battle is great, the power of carnality opposing the person’s faith within themselves is a full blown battle, nothing short of an all out war. This is the present condition of the Overcomer. If a person has pockets of peace and no war, which too is of the Lord, but in cycles this war emerges and takes place inside the life of an individual called to be one with the Lord in His overall purpose for this time.
There is in the life of the Overcomer at this time a stripping away of two major areas that a third might remain. There is the loss of the Lord’s “might” and a loss of the Lord’s “power”. As amazing as that may seem, it is truth. The Lord is not only reducing us to the bare minimum of faith, He is doing so by removing His might and power from us so that we only have His “spirit” to retain us. We are not aware of the mightiness of the Lord at this time, except in our hope of His overall redemptive plan. Nor are we aware of the Lord’s power at this time, He remains in a seemingly absent state, His presence is rarely known or seen in our lives and we feel cut off and alone. This is paramount to what the Lord is after in developing Kings and Priests which will rule with Him. They must first go through the trial of this fiery test, to only know His “spirit” working to affect His purposes. The Lord, by the simple motion of His own spirit, will cause His purposes to be done without fanfare, without loud trumpets announcing it, but simply by the Lord being LORD over us and over the nations of the earth. At present His motion is over the called out ones who passed the first test and were found faithful in that calling, therefore He “chose” them, saying unto them that He is well pleased with the passing of this test. What was the test? It was the willingness to endure all the presentation made to them by Jesus of the fellowship of His sufferings. Their willingness to be conformed unto His death so that His life might also be manifested in them; so that they may be found as having advanced on to the next part of their calling. It matters not what the outward circumstances of the person is, what matters is that they were “willing” in the day of His power to thankfully accept the full working of their own personal cross. These then were chosen. These that were chosen were also given the announcement before the Angels and the Hosts of Heaven that they are “faithful”.
So now the Lord is moving just in these few who said they were willing to partake fully in the sufferings of the cross. These sufferings come to the Overcomer at this time in a major area, and that is that they who bear such know of NO power of God to keep them, they are left exposed to the negative elements in the earth and in the world of man to let them be seized, taken and utterly killed in the midst of all those who dwell in the earth. These who are chosen are taken aside and crucified by all the circumstances which envelop them. There is no deliverance from the nails which impound them upon their own crosses because they are a covenant people. They are a people who have agreed that for the life of Christ to be seen in them, they must also have the death of Christ seen in them. They do not wish to be delivered of any trial or test nor do they seek to have the trial or test shortened. They only want to allow all the in working of the death of Jesus to be their portion while the hope of His life keeps them to this course. So there it is, the power and the might of the Lord are removed at this time from they who overcome so that they can have NO identity other than the death of Jesus in them and NO identity before the Lord other than the life of Jesus in them. These are the cut off ones, the utterly rejected ones, the hated ones. No one in this world understands them, no one in this world cares for them, no one in this world wants to see them prosper in manmade doctrines. These who are thus affected by their personal cross are in a continual state of “flux”. They have no desire or knowledge of how to deliver themselves from their trials and they have no desire or knowledge of how to make the trials end, they simply endure them day in and day out. Yet it is these who are chosen and faithful, who do not turn their back on the call of God that is upon them to be found in such a state.
We have in the book of Genesis the story of how Esau despised his birthright and sold it to eat a mess of pottage his brother Jacob made for him. Esau carefully sought to get his birthright back but it was denied him because the Lord hated Esau for that action of personal iniquity. The Lord took me aside a short while ago and told me that His people who have traded this excellent calling of being “chosen” have remained lost in personal iniquity; the all consuming power of the cross is not working in their lives because they rejected it. These fell into all sorts of doctrines not created by the Lord or found in His word, doctrines of prosperity and worldly love and wealth. The Lord said to me that these who fell into such have done as Esau did, they sold also their birthright. So then, those who are not chosen, who remained called but did not respond correctly fell into prosperity doctrines and doctrines of devils and doctrines that protect SELF, and as such they ate the pottage. These have sold their birthright, they are rejected, the Lord has viewed them in obeisance to their own self protection rather than to obedience to the spirit of truth and as such they are given a lie to believe in. All such are bound in the systems of man; the Lord does not motion in them as He does with those who are willing to endure the process of separation of flesh from spirit. The sifting of the hearts is for them a failure, they hold to self righteousness, protection of their earthly life, protection of that which the Lord asked them to lay aside, even their own lives unto death, so that the life of Christ may abound instead.
Many get upset with me when I tell them that the Lord is not moving in the earth right now as pertains to His redemptive purposes. They think that I am blaspheming the Lord by saying this because all their works and all their doctrines reveal how great the Lord is in their midst. But I say that they are not even serving the Lord, but that perdition which imitates the true. The false Jesus, not the true Jesus; these that I tell this to are convinced that I am the one in deception, that I am the one who is not supporting their efforts at bringing about the purposes of the Lord in the earth. What is happening though is my testimony, borne of the cross and of the life of Jesus in me, convicts them. It is the Christ in me, both in His death and dying and in His life and resurrection that they are persecuting and calling false. These who do such state that what is conceived and comes forth from within them is the Lord when in fact it is their own iniquity conceiving and bringing it forth. To each one reading these lines. Look at those assemblies and tell me if you see the Lord working there? He is not working there, His presence in truth is absent, He is not even in their assemblies. In essence, the Lord is actually joined to the chosen ones and is also separate, WITH THEM, apart from all man’s religious systems. The fact remains that the Lord is only moving in the lives of the Overcomers at this time. His overall plan and His redemptive purposes are at a standstill until the Lord finishes His work with those who will rule with Him in this age that dawns. It is a fact of the motion of spirit. You never see the Lord correct the denominations nor rebuke them for all their false prophecy or prosperity doctrines, they continue unabated in this abominable flow. All such are outside of the Lord’s present motion of spirit.
So at present we see the Lord is not coming to us in power or in might. He is not showing Himself strong to us nor filled with infinite power to complete His purposes; instead He is moving in us according to a standard that is solely of His spirit alone. The Lord, by His spirit, simply IS. He is a rewarder of those who seek after Him. To seek after Him one must first take up the personal cross. To take up the personal cross one must be willing to lay aside everything else in this world and have nothing but their hope in Him alone. Once they are at that obedient place, the Lord then by His spirit alone causes them to rise in faith and in knowledge as to His will. This IS now about to happen as the Lord has also shown me that the time of His presence waning from the Overcomer is fast drawing to a close, that by His spirit alone the Lord will manifest His person in us and we will know once again the awareness of His person to us. The obedient ones will not wonder at what the Lord requires of them, for they will be walking examples of that requirement. They will be exemplary of the person of God, not of their own person. Their identity will be lost in the identity of His spirit alone. They will be ones raised again by the power of an endless life because they laid their own life down 100% completely. Such is the revelation that is now going to come to us.
So Israel was blind because they disobeyed the Lord. The example of this was their intermarriage with the nations around them in the land of Canaan. If you read the latter part of the book of Ezra, you can see how they finally were brought to repentance and cleansing of this disobedience. But it was too little too late as the Lord still scattered His people amongst the nations. In our time this blindness has happened to all those who did not obey the Lord’s command to take up the cross daily and follow Him. They are blinded now by their own prejudices, by their own ability to “not” lay the self life down which is still the requirement of the Lord’s people. Their disobedience is apparent by their blindness. They view their lives as blessed by the Lord when they have extra prosperity keeping them day by day. Little do they know that they are blinded because of that very lack of obedience, their eyesight is removed from them which means that they have lost all ability to discern by sight that which is of God from that which is not of God. That which is not of God they say is God and that which is of God they say is not of God or is of some deceptive spirit or some delusional believer. These in this blinded state persecute and hate those who are impaled and unable to move because of crucifixion. They who are called to obtain life hate those who are obtaining death to the self life process. Such is the line now drawn and the division now created by those who obey from those who do not obey. Those who obey, even in their death are not recognized as having any value by those who disobey, such is the depth of delusion from believing a lie in these end time last days.
Israel can only be healed of blindness by the Lord saving them. Christendom can only be healed of blindness by realizing that they are living in a despised state. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev 3:17. This despised state will suddenly be known to them when the Sons of God are manifested in glorified bodies, at that time they will know that they disobeyed the Lord.
So then it is now upon us, this grand motion of SPIRIT ALONE. There is not perceived MORE of the Lord, but LESS of the Lord, LESS of His presence, LESS of His power, LESS of His might. But the moment we accept that He alone by His spirit will rise us up towards His true spirit location, then at that moment we will know once again of His presence in us, it will be sparked to live once more in our hearts and it will be apparent in our lonely state. I say now in prophecy, that once you accept that there is not to be any more than His spirit alone rising in us, that at that time a great peace will also begin to envelop the Overcomer and that peace will signal the soon promise of His coming.
Only they who are chosen and faithful are the ones with true eyesight. The scales are off their eyes and they have to admit that the cross needs to work in their lives in an even greater measure than ever before. But we have arrived at the turning point, this is it, the culmination of our hope has come upon us. As we acknowledge His spirit alone working now to raise us up into His life, at that moment all that we have gone through will vanish and be forgotten as His glory is seen upon us and as the dark cloud which covers His presence is parted. Then for the benefit of all mankind will our sacrifice be seen and all peoples in all ages and for all time will understand that the Lord moves in the lives of they who were not afraid to partake in the fellowship of His sufferings; the fruit of it will be the age of His dominion, and mankind will enter in, their blindness healed, their nakedness clothed, into that age of His Kingdom in the earth.
Even so, come Lord Jesus.
To be continued.............
Kenneth B Visscher