The Mystery of Christ
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. Isaiah 13:9-19
(*NOTE*- The Medes were the people of ancient Iran, (Iranians now are their descendants), which people will be stirred up again in the hour that has come upon us. The Medes were instruments in the hand of God to correct His wayward children, they were the tools of God’s wrath to correct. They regard not worldly wealth or riches but are purposed to do all that must be done in the Will of God [The Mystery of His Will])
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Revelation 18:1-8
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 1Peter 4:14-19
Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time. Isaiah 60:15-22
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.James5:1-8
(1st Vision – continued on from “It Is Finished”)
“Then saw I the place of the Tabernacle, even that pattern which was committed unto Moses. In view of this I could see the outer court, the holy place and the most holy place. There were along with the furnishings of the Tabernacle the Brazen Altar and the Laver, plus the elements within the holy place, the Table which held the Showbread, the Golden Candlestick and the Altar which burnt incense. Inside the holiest I saw the Ark of God and the Mercy seat above it with the Golden Cherubim overshadowing. What was drawn to my attention however were not just these furnishings, but the tools by which the High Priests would perform their functions before the Almighty. Tools such as tongs and bowls and many other such things which were sanctified and made holy and part of the overall Tabernacle. The thing about the tools was they were all in disarray. None of them had any order, they were scattered about, dirty and marred. Each and every tool was in such a state in the midst of the Lord’s holy Tabernacle. As I wondered about these tools the spirit of the Lord rose in me and understanding came to me and I saw that the tools represented the 5 areas of ministry the Lord has given to the Body of Christ to be exercised therein and to mature them and develop them into a perfect man, or if you will, a perfect Tabernacle for the Lord to dwell in. (Ephesians 4:11-13) The tools were in disarray and dirty and scattered about with no semblance of order. So it is in this very hour. The ministries that God has raised up to feed His church have become divided over doctrine, defiled in their walk because they obey not the Gospel of Christ and they have heaped unto themselves the wealth and friendships of the world. This defiling has come even into the Tabernacle of the Lord, that temple which the Holy Spirit provides to us as a pattern and as a place of refuge. In beholding this I saw not one single tool without this fault before the Ancient of Days who dwelt above the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies, even in the cloud of glory which sat established between the wings of the Cherubim.” Then I saw come in through the entrance of the tabernacle a small manchild. He came into the tabernacle area with a basket on his arm and he began to pick up the tools from where they lay in disarray, putting them in the basket. With joyful enthusiasm he picked up all the tools, even into the most holiest place. He then carried them out of the Tabernacle quite a distance from there where a fire was burning and a crucible was set in the midst of the fire. Into this crucible he placed the tools where they melted down together so that they could be recast once again into tools with no defilement, fit for use in ministry unto the Lord, even in the capacity of ministry that is yet to come. I saw this as a picture of corrective judgments which will come to those who profess to bear the mantle of ministry unto the Body of Christ but who presently hold the truth in unrighteousness. There are some ministries who are not numbered with the defiled, so when I say that I saw not one tool left undefiled I would have to exempt those who were perfect in ministry which were not present in disarray as this vision had shown me. The ones I saw were in a state of defilement.”
“Upon the earth was great tribulation as the judgments of the Lord had come to correct the world of men. For a time these judgments fell upon mankind and the Lord exposed openly the hearts of men and of those who led the governments of men to reveal The Mystery of Iniquity in full operation within them. These were greatly defiled by flesh and by this iniquity which had covered the earth to overflowing. I saw a small manchild, not yet caught up to the Throne of the Lord but a manchild nonetheless who was held for a time by the Lord as He continued to work on the heart of this manchild. The manchild was the conglomerate of Sons and Daughters of God who were called His Overcomers. These were still in a state of refinement and purging by the Lord who dealt with them by His holy fire and they were not yet glorified. I saw them on a straight and narrow pathway with the Lord’s face above them watching over them very carefully taking great care to perfect in them all that His purpose had ordained. This manchild was upon this path and was guided by the Lord above them so that they would not be harmed by the rise of iniquity that had come to the world of men and by the judgments of God that had taken lives into severe correction and chastisement. The manchild was on a path that was a lonely path, a narrow path, a path that the world of men knew nothing of and the Lord was keeping them upon this path preventing any harm from coming to the manchild at this time.”
in the study on The Mystery of Christ. In present real time there is an action
of the spirit of Christ that is taking place. For the spirit of Christ is
carried forth at this very time we are in as a “shout”, a proclamation even as
He is readied to descend to awake the dead in Christ and to catch them up,
along with those who remain, into the full manifestation of eternal Glory.
The scripture declares that He shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God. This is that long awaited coming of the Lord, that coming which has become the central theme and faith of those who love the Lord and desire to be with Him in a continuance. It is also the signal of the end of tribulation for those who overcame and of the firstfruit resurrection in glorified bodies.
There are some who say that the coming of Christ will only be an internal thing. That He will be revealed in the life of an Overcomer by his coming INSIDE of them. This is a doctrine that cannot stand the test of time because at the very same time The Mystery of Iniquity has run full course and is still present in the flesh nature of men, even in the lives of the Overcomers. If Christ’s coming were to just be an internal thing, that coming would soon be marred by the equal appearing of the nature of flesh, empowered by iniquity that still works in the lives of men in this world. As such the coming of Christ within would negate the body of glory that Jesus was raised in, for it is THAT body which will come, even from the place of His seat at the right hand of the Father, and it is THAT body which will cause all nations to wail and repent when they see Him. The coming of Christ is not just to exalt the Overcomers, but to finish the work of redemption and to establish the dominion of the Lord over all things. The coming of the Lord therefore is a dispensational truth, not an inward looking, but a patient waiting for this full manifestation to literally take place. For they that overcame and who will take part in this first resurrection, there will be REAL LIVE GLORIFIED BODIES. These bodies will be seen by those who live in the world of men and these bodies can be handled, touched, actually felt by people who would remain alive in the time of His coming.
The first thing we hear is the shout. As that shout goes forth it heralds His appearing. His shout has gone forth, even the beginning tones of it and it is doing several things in the world around us. First of all, this shout is causing the Overcomer to look up for their redemption draws nigh. How different from those who claim that they are already the manifestation of Christ. Rather than seeing your life in this world in your body of flesh and blood as being the manifestation of Christ, see instead that you are but IN PART. That the full measure has NOT YET COME. The full measure of your new nature cannot be seen nor experienced while you yet live in a body of mortal clay. If your natural body is still subject to death, then it is most certain that you do not yet manifestly reveal Christ in His fullness in a glorified body, for a glorified body cannot die. The key to our hope is the reception of these new bodies the Lord has promised, and to date the only one who has received such is our Saviour, the first fruit resurrected one who will bring many sons unto this very same glory. So this shout then that comes forth from the mouth of the living Christ is exposing the new age thought of absolute perfection. Perfection comes when the Lord glorifies your actual body, fashioning it and making it like His own. It is then that you will have gone from you that personal iniquity and any other defilement which held you fast to dying daily. When He comes with this shout, you will have fully died to any animation of that old nature and will be fully raised in newness of life, eternal in a body which will never pass away. This very thing is yet to happen. Don’t allow your faith to be overthrown by thinking His coming will be otherwise. He is coming IN that same body that was raised from the tomb.
The shout also
is creating right in this present hour the massive shakings which are happening
in every place upon the earth, in every corner, through every single nation and
every single family. The shakings of the Lord are taking place as a shout from
on high, a shout which resolutely reveals the coming of Christ, and which
brings the demise of all the systems of men. It is in this world of men that
this shout is being heard which results in shakings. The shakings are tearing
apart all that man has built. Governments are attempting to cover over this shaking
and to patch up the torn pieces of their fleshly efforts with even more rules
and regulations and tax dollars attempting to rescue all that this shaking is
touching. Man attempts to fix the exposure of instability by their own means.
It will not work. The shakings have begun and they will not end until the Lord
is seen as the coming King of kings and Lord of lords. Not just in the systems
of men is this shaking taking place, but in the religious systems of the world
as well, even in the denominations that are holding the truth in unrighteousness.
Christ is also coming with the voice of the Archangel. This is the signal unto us that the war in the heavens by principality and powers and the spirits of wickedness in high places has been overcome, that the ground given for enemy forces to attack the Overcomers has been triumphantly taken back, that the powers of men’s natural minds and the wicked attractions that are in the hearts of men has been conquered. As Christ comes with this thundering voice all that has been in war against the gospel of the Kingdom will be overthrown, kept as stubble for the burning. The voice of the Archangel denotes the change from a world rife under the influence of the principalities and powers in the air to a state of absolute holiness which comes as a convicting force, even as He shouts and comes in that voice of the Archangel. The dissonance that has held men captive to the powers of the air is destroyed by this voice. It is here, in the atmosphere of the air, that death is finally put under the feet of Jesus, that men everywhere and from every quarter of God’s creation comes into the life of the Lord in the millennial reign of the Saviour. It is IN this voice of the Archangel that the dead rise first, and we which are alive and remain are caught up together with them to meet the Lord IN THE AIR, the very place that the voice of the Archangel vanquishes death and dying and the powers of fallen darkness. For His dominion must also restore all this that has fallen, even in the realm of air.
The coming again of Jesus comes also with the trump of God. This trumpet sound as a clear note from on high will not be mistaken for any other thing. It is the sound of absolute truth and of the Mystery of the Kingdom of God coming in complete triumph. The world will be at peace, no enemy or iniquity to cause men to err. It will be the open demonstration of the practical outworking of the truth of the scriptures with no discord or question as to doctrine. We have heard it said that this trumpet is the proclamation of truth through the Lord’s ministers. But it is much more. It is the declaration of truth in a higher level, one that will empower the age of the millennium to run its course in perfection. This trumpet declares Christ in resurrection power to the whole of the world and to all nations that dwell therein. This trumpet call ends religious effort in favour of a practical reality. The world entering an age of NO religious effort, of NO economy of man, of NO government of man. The trump of God ends all of man’s ways completely and situates man to come into the bountiful supply and education of the Kingdom of God. Plainly seen and heard will be the voice and nature of the Lord. No longer hidden from view the subject of man’s speculations and varying degrees of doctrine, the world will come into a complete unity of the knowledge of Christ at the sound of this trumpet.
We are still
waiting for all this to happen. We are still waiting for the Lord to manifest
Himself in us in fullness, then to actually appear in that body which was
raised from the tomb in everlasting glory. The coming of the Lord is what we
desire. It is the only hope for this natural creation which is reeling under
the pollutions of men. There would be no flesh saved if it were not for the
promise of His coming. He WILL come again, bringing this very reward with Him.
No one will be left out of that equation and no questions will remain for all
will know Him, from the least to the greatest.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
To be continued………….