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Saying the Resurrection is Past

During the recent discussions between the elders an accusation was made that we were teaching and believing the lie that “the resurrection of Christ” was already past.   It was replied but not as clear as it could be, that it was actually these fallen elders who were unknowingly teaching that the resurrection was past.  That is just one of the consequences denying the Second Death and Lake of Fire has on one’s doctrine and beliefs.  Here are those Scriptures that also speak of this lie spreading like cancer in the Body.

2Ti 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

2Ti 2:16  But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 

2Ti 2:17  And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 

2Ti 2:18  who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 

A gospel that says we don’t have to follow Christ to our “death to death” [the Second Death] as our Lord did is truly another gospel (Gal 1:8) and profanes the truth and leads us away from godliness and being partakers of His Holiness.  Such godliness is only found by our following Him and dying to death on the cross which is also the Lake of Fire.  As He is so are we, His true Christ, in this world.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 

Being freed from death, the last enemy to be destroyed within us and all men is only done by dying to death.  Here is what our Lord did to set the example for us to follow:

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through [Second] death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 

Many would rightly say that claiming “the resurrection is past” is speaking to the false doctrine of orthodoxy that Christ did it all for us on the cross.  Of course, we know the lie of substitutionary atonement is yet another of the 200 million lies (Rev 9:16) of the harlot churches of carnal men.  Those being saved are dying to death daily in the Lake of Fire which is the cross we have been given to endure.  Any other way is not the righteousness of God.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live [Paul’s reckons himself dead to death], but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” 

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice [dying daily to death], holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 

Some will say they do profess they are dying daily and carrying their cross but in the next breath deny they must also die to death which is the Second Death.  This is the same thing as there being many Jews that “believed on Christ” but they could not understand or receive His words (Joh 8:31-47).   Those Jews then and also today do not believe on Him in spirit and in truth and thus have another gospel.  We have to believe in our heart and confess with our mouth the mighty work the Lord is doing in us in raising us from death as otherwise we won’t walk into the fire (we will instead deny it) and die with Him.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 

Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 

Claiming to be the Elect of God (a true Jew) and denying the Second Death and Lake of Fire is claiming the resurrection of Christ is already past and we have already arrived.  Believing such a lie has us denying the scriptural prerequisites (requirements) for being resurrected to eternal life.   Unless we die the Second Death, we cannot be raised with Him.

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into [Second] death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 

As has been revealed (Being Raised With Christ Part 1 for a detailed study), the process, the one event of men being given the resurrection of Christ is a two-step process.  We must live out both steps otherwise we will have no part in this age of the resurrection to eternal life where we are given and then grow in the mind of the Lord.

Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation

Partaking of the resurrection of damnation is integral to the Lord’s process.  When we deny the Scriptures and take our part of the resurrection of damnation away, we remain spiritually dead in our sins and in need of a spiritual physician.  Only the Spirit of Christ can reveal these truths to us so if we do not see it we are not of His flock and have not the Spirit.  The prerequisite for the coming of Christ the second time for judgment is that we see ourselves as dead and helpless in our sins.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 

Only then (afterward) does Christ comes with the judgment that brings the Spirit of God to us and begins our day of the Lord by the gift of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 

In our previous fellowship, many have been blinded to see the depth of the spirit behind the letters (Joh 6:63) and the hidden truth regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Denying that the resurrection of damnation has any application to them, despite expressed words that say they are sinners and beasts; is a subtle lie that keeps the old man of sin alive and well sitting on God’s throne in our heart.  It also is a subtle remake of the lie that Christ did it all on the cross and our flesh does not need to be condemned like our Lord’s was.  Any man’s resurrection to life does not and cannot come until they first partake of the resurrection of damnation. 

Being raised up to damnation is essential for Christ to come to redeem His people.

Rom 7:9  For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 

Rom 7:10  And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 

Rom 7:11  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 

It is only when we see our total and complete wretchedness (Rom 7:24) and need to die to death and be rid of this carnal body and mind; that the Lord does comes which moves us into the better resurrection where there is no longer any damnation or condemnation.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 

 Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned [the condemnation and damnation continues and the resurrection to life is not come]

It is the spirit of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, both having the law but not the Spirit, that err in not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.  The Pharisees believe in the resurrection, but it is always out there in the future with no personal application to themselves.  The Sadducees believe there is no resurrection.

Act 23:6  But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 

Act 23:7  And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 

Act 23:8  For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 

The deeper meaning of saying the resurrection is past is one believing they are in need of nothing.  That is what we all believe when still in Mystery Babylon and bound to the lies of the harlot.

Rev 3:17  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 18:7  In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’

Saying we are already raised in newness of life yet denying we have to partake of the Second Death first will ensure one does not overcome in this age.  Only the new man overcomes and that only by our old man of sin being burned up in the Lake of Fire.  When we deny this we remain in our sins and salvation is elusive.

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin. 

Said another way, one saying the resurrection is past, is wresting judgment away which is the only way we come to know the Lord in our day of the Lord.   The only way is by the fire of the Lake of Fire which is the Second Death.  Believing in this, a gift, allows us to press onward and upward for that high calling.

Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 

Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Denying the Second Death which is the other side of the two-edged sword of the First Resurrection is saying the “resurrection is past”.  Denying the resurrection of damnation that produces death in us denies the whole premise of this glorious gospel.

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 

Who Spreads the Cancer of “the Resurrection is Past

It is you and me and all men who call themselves men of God who will first spread this cancer before we are given to know the Truth.  Even the names of these two deceivers that spread this false doctrine about the resurrection is significant.  Hymaneus is the Greek God of Weddings

G5211, Humenaios, hoo-men-ah’-yos

From Ὑμήν Humēn (the god of weddings); “hymenaeal”; Hymenaeus, an opponent of Christianity: – Hymenus.

Total KJV occurrences: 2

The church of Christ is not about numbers and getting married to lots of people.  Indeed it is a little flock (Luk 12:32) and only a few chosen (Mat 22:14) are going to be given to find the way of Truth.  Watering down the judgment and denying the Lake of Fire and concocting false doctrines that give the Elect, the first group to receive the blessings, greater gifts and more pay is all of the flesh and designed to draw disciples after oneself.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 

Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 

Isa 30:9  That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 

Isa 30:10  Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 

Anyone who teaches we do not carry a cross to our death and die to death, the Second Death, like Christ did is truly an opponent of true Christianity.  Yet we all are spared only by the Lord’s mercy and His coming to us inwardly with His Spirit.  We all are of the Lord found eating and drinking (knowledge) and given and giving in marriage (seeking to build the church for Christ) when the Lord will call His true people out for Himself.

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 

Luk 17:27  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. 

Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 

Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 

Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed (within)

Eating and drinking spiritual truths is how we grow in faith (study the Scriptures) and are very important.  But they are not the end all and be all.  All of us, no matter how strong or weak in faith and in God-given abilities to learn and teach the Scriptures are to be first and foremost focused on doing righteousness and remaining at peace and joy with what the Lord is doing in our lives.

Rom 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 

The second name given the heretic(s) teaching the resurrection is past is Philetus.

G5372, Philētos, fil-ay-tos’  Total KJV occurrences: 1

From G5368; amiable; Philetus, an opposer of Christianity: – Philetus.

This name comes from the word for love G5368 which is not the better-known word for love that is G26 or agape which means obedience to the Lord.  The word for love that Philetus is drawn from is “phileō”.  Here are a few verses using G5368 and shows the spirit of Philetus at work in drawing disciples after themselves and seeking preeminence in the congregation.  This kind of love is speaking of our desire for natural affections which is what drives us when death is still alive within us.

Luk 20:46  Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love [G5368] greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; 

Luk 20:47  Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. 

The erroneous doctrines that deny the Second Death, the Lake of Fire and even Resurrection to Damnation; among others are true doctrines of devils and we should take great care to avoid fellowship with those the Lord has blinded who teach such things.

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them

Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 

 The spiritual Sadducees and the Pharisees always will argue and contend with Christ over the resurrection.  But only those partaking of that resurrection to life will understand in their time of the end [end of carnal age].

Dan 12:9  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 

Dan 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 

1Co 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 

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Who are the Spiritual Levites

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This is a revisit and update of an older post based on the increase in knowledge and revelation which the Lord has given to His little flock that He is moving onto maturity as we live out the Second Death and Lake of Fire in this age.

In the next series of studies, we, will Lord willing, cover the Old Testament types and shadows hidden in the stories of ancient Israel. We learn the spiritual significance and the application for us today (1Co 10:11) of the following terms and references.

  • Who are the Levites?
  • Who are the sons of Aaron?
  • Who are the priesthood?
  • Where and what is the Camp and Tabernacle?

Types and shadows always have a positive and a negative application. It is through this system of apparent contradictions that Christ keeps the seven seals on His Word for the “many called.” God’s Word uses one type to typify exact opposites. Examples of this principle in Scripture are:

  • A lion is both Christ and the Adversary – (Rev 5:5 vs 1Pe 5:8)
  • Christ is both a lamb and a lion (Rev 5:5 vs Rev 5:6)
  • Adam is both the beast and false prophet within, a living soul, and Christ, a quickening spirit.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

In studying the Scriptures, we look primarily look and apply the Word within ourselves because the Kingdom of God (Luk 17:21) is within us. It is within the Kingdom of God that the living Word (Christ) is being lived out (i.e. experienced) by His chosen people.

2Co 3:3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart (WITHIN).

Heb 4:12  ESV For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 

But let’s also remember that the inward application of Scriptures never denies there will be an outward application also. So, both the inward and outward application of spiritual Levites and the sons of Aaron are applicable to us at our appointed times. All of God’s elect (Sons of Aaron), who are the true kings and priests of Christ, are drawn out of the gathering of spiritual Levites. We have seen this separation outwardly in recent events as the true church is sifted and only a remnant escapes and is brought onward to maturity.

2Ki 19:30  And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

What does the tribe of Levi, apart for the Aaronic priesthood, represent? 

Who are the Levites in the OT SHADOW (being given the Law) and what did they do?

  • Levites are appointed over the Tabernacle, bearing the vessels, camping around it
  • Levites keep the charge of the Tabernacle
  • Levites are given to Aaron and his sons as a gift to prepare us for our roles

Num 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

Num 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. Num 3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Num 3:9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

These truths are repeated in Numbers 18. The Levites are joined together with the much smaller flock called the sons of Aaron for a time and a season. Only the sons of Aaron can witness to the Truth and handle (rightly divide the Word) the vessels of the sanctuary within us.

Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee (sons of Aaron only) shall minister before the tabernacle of witness

Num 18:3 And they (the Levites) shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.

Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

Num 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Levi means “associated with him.” So, Levi is to be thought of as being associated with Christ and “His Christ “in the same sense as Leah was associated with Jacob.

Gen 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore, was his name called Levi.

Leah was Jacob’s first wife. She is the wife he was given deceitfully, for his seven years of his labor. Leah, thinking that her labors would win her husband’s love has now born Jacob three sons, and she names this 4th son Levi, thinking that because of all she has done for Jacob, surely, he will now be associated with her. And this is what Levi represents. Levi is “associated with Christ.” It is the spirit of the Pharisee and Sadducee within us, which are full of dead man’s bones, hearers only, having only the Law & the Prophets and not being able to walk it out because Christ has not come the second time to us yet.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

It is the spirit of hypocrisy where we say to do but we ourselves do not do, we sit in Moses’s seat (Mat 23:2). Being a Levite is our time having been given the Law & Prophets and raised up out of the sea, yet we are still a religious beast.

Rev 13:11  Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. Rev 13:12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. Rev 13:13  It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

This outward righteousness is insufficient for any man to enter the Kingdom of God. We remain in this state of disobedience, unable to overcome until Christ comes the second time with His baptism of fire when we begin our day of the Lord and dying to death  (Second Death) in the Lake of Fire. To be a spiritual Levite, we, at this stage, have only what we have been given which is the righteousness of the law. But is that enough?

Mat 5:20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Neither Levi nor “a stranger (gentile)” were ever to “come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar.” Only the priests, the sons of Aaron, those being made into doers of the Word through abiding in the lake of fire, are allowed to go into the sanctuary and handle the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar. Here is how Paul puts it in spiritual terms:

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

The sons of Aaron are to be separated from the Levites and beware partaking of their strange fire, which is false doctrines as we have seen regarding the Lake of Fire and the First Resurrection. The spiritual Levites within us [hearing the Word only] are to serve the true priests but they themselves cannot eat of the hidden manna.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh [requires baptism in the lake of fire] 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. 

Spiritual Levites within and those without us, are hearers only, still full of idols of the heart, divers and strange doctrines and are all that is not Christ. Spiritual Levites are us, before our Day of the Lord, before tried in the fire.

If we come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar at this stage, then both the Levites and the priests die. All of this is spiritually saying:

1Co 10:21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.

Those who “serve the Tabernacle” are those who are given to us for our benefit. We are the man of sin first before we become the last Adam, a quickening spirit, through a process of fiery judgment because judgment is now on our house for each of us, if we are His. At this stage, we say we are Jews but are not. We are spiritual Levites or uncircumcised Philistines.

Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

The true work of God is to believe on Him and dying to death in this age and seeking the spiritual food that raises up the new man. This does not deny our outward good works (Gal 6:1), but the true sons of Aaron unlike the Levites, labor (do the work of God) to die the Second Death with Christ.

Joh 6:27  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 

Joh 6:28  Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 

The Levites are given to the priesthood, “the Lord, and His Christ,” to help minister to the priesthood, but they themselves cannot handle the vessels of service. Remember, Leah, was Jacob’s reward for his efforts just as her association with Jacob was the reward for her efforts. Neither typifies the true Christ. Listen to what Jacob says about Simeon and Levi:

Gen 49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

Gen 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

Gen 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united : for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.

Gen 49:7 Cursed [be] their anger, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

“Come not into their assembly, be not united” with them, is our call to “come out of Babylon (state of death, state of disobedience, spiritually speaking) and be ye separate.” It is moving unto perfection leaving the milk behind (Heb 6) and not thinking above what is written.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Rev 18:4 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 [last] plagues.

Christ is always calling His people out from the Levites who have been used to prepare us and by doing so perform a great service for the Lord.

Mat 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 

Mat 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman [the church of spiritual Levites] hath done, be told for a memorial of her. 

The law and the Prophets which is the shadow of the true resurrection being the resurrection to damnation where sin begins to be imputed in our lives. The law is  not able to make us perfect and is used to reveal our deep hidden sins and ultimately bring us to the living Christ seeing we are brute beasts and truly in need of a spiritual physician (a Saviour). Only the true sons of Aaron are being visited the second time by Christ in this age and given the faith which brings the true baptism by fire that is, was and will be sanctifying us within and without.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

Christ coming the second time is what makes one a son of Aaron which is symbolism for God’s elect. When Christ comes the second time and brings in grace and truth, then begins our resurrection to life. This is when we are being taught to worship in Spirit and in truth and are moved onto maturity being remade into priests of God by the working of the Holy Spirit.

Heb 7:19 For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a  better hope [the better resurrection] through which we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants  became priests without such an oath,

Heb 7:21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to Him, “The LORD has  taken an oath and will not break His vow: ‘You are a priest forever.'”

Heb 7:22 Because of this oath, Jesus is the One who guarantees this better covenant  with God.

The Spirit of God is what separates the spiritual priests from spiritual Levites within and without. The brethren we have recently been separated from are the outward spiritual Levites in this age. Those in orthodoxy are a mere shadow of the true Levites. The true sons of Aaron (the very elect), are brought out of the spiritual Levites that were used to prepare us to be made ministers of the Gospel. They have and are being cutoff off for our sakes.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 

How the Levites serve the priesthood?

The Levites (the Pharisee within us) and those without keep the charge of all of the tabernacle and are used to teach us the Law and the Prophets, which is what brings us to Christ.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

They are the tutors and governors who help raise us up in Truth.

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

It is by their fall from grace, within and without, that salvation comes to the little flock the Lord has chosen in every age.

Rom 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Inwardly, it is leaving our first love and the multitudes within us that withstand God’s Word and our time walking with Christ yet betraying Him as Judas, that all serve to keep the Levites from eating before the golden altar. Yet they perform an incredible service [to] the tabernacle.

Mal 2:4  And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 2:5  My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

Mal 2:6  The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

Mal 2:7  For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

There must be a great falling away before the Lord comes with His angels. So, our inward abandonment of sound principles in rightly dividing the Word (living by every word, one event for all, etc.) is leaving our first love and is required in preparing us for the second coming of Christ in our day of the Lord (2Th 2:3-4).

Malachi continues and confirms the Levites within and without ourselves corrupt the Word of God and cause many to stumble beginning with ourselves which has us perishing in our own doctrinal corruption.

Mal 2:8  But ye [Levi] are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 2:9  Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

Levi is those who have no right to eat at our altar because the altar is the cross and we cannot go there at this stage of our walk. Levi is the spirit who slew Christ and “His Christ”.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 

It is so easy to just apply these truths outwardly in looking at our fallen brethren, yet we always have to look inside ourselves first. Who is serving the tabernacle and yet have no right to eat at the altar in the holy place? Where is it that the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest? Who is it who has “dealt shamefully with the servants of the man who planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen?” Who is it who has said “let’s slay His Son and seize His inheritance?” Our day of Pentecost, our Day of the Lord, is yet to come.

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Levi is “another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus” which separates the Levites from the true priests. It is the leavening spirit of the Pharisee and the Sadducee.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 

We first look within ourselves to find the spirit of Levi who is not obedient to the Word before we look outside. Unless our own logs are pulled from our eyes, we are in no position to help others come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye

We are blind before the Light (Christ, the Word) comes:

Mat 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Luk 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not [Christ’s apostles]: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

The coming of the fire is what begins to teach us righteousness (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11) and then we can see clearly and out understanding is enlightened.

Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 

We are in “the seven churches” before we become the seven angels in Christ’s right hand. We are joined to and associated with spiritual Babylon (aka the spiritual Levites) before we  “come out of her.” The spirit of the Levites is exemplified in the attitude of the first workers in the vineyard and even the older son of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Here is the spirit of a Levite exemplified who believes their service in the Father’s house deserves extra pay.

Mat 20:11  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,  Mat 20:12  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.  Mat 20:13  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 

We are coming out of her, meaning we are all first the disgruntled  “laborers in His vineyard” before we become “content with our wage knowing we our unworthy servants only doing what has been commanded us (Luk 17:10).

The spiritual Levite in us are being crafted in again in our day of the Lord. Those that served us in preparing us for our role as the true priests will also be grafted in again in the times appointed by the Father. Christ is dragging us to Himself now and all men in the ages to come. Think within first.

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 

Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 

Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 

Levites spiritually are our enemy within (trusting in the righteousness of the law) and without for a season.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

This separation and persecution is all being used to teach us to be mercifully knowing that whatever every man does is truly given them by the Lord. The gifts and calling of God will work righteousness in every man at the appointed times and transform all into the express image of the Lord. This truth should help us deal with the loss many still grieve over.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So, when the “first” [the Levites] who are now “last” are eventually paid, this will be the final outcome of it all:

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

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Being Raised With Christ Part 1

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“Being Raised With Christ Part 1”

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Act 20:20  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 

As overseers appointed by the holy spirit, we don’t want to keep back anything that is profitable to the Lord’s flock. What are we told is profitable for us?

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

All scripture is profitable for the perfecting of the saints.  All verses of the Bible are essential for our growth, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  When we say some verses in the Bible are not applicable to us, we are blatantly contradicting those verses in 2nd Timothy.

In our last study, we saw how profitable it is to apply those verses pertaining to the lake of fire to our heavens. It is by faith that we are given to carry our cross to our death knowing we will be raised up in newness of life through the earnest deposit now, and the fullness when we are given our spiritual bodies.  By partaking of Christ’s death, dying to the carnal mind which is the second death; we are partaking of His Resurrection which is the First Resurrection.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

This is the mystery of how we follow Christ to His death to partake of His resurrection which is to life eternal.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live [eternal life, know the Lord]:

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

Life with Christ is the result of our being dead with Christ, dead to our flesh and carnal mind, dying daily to the very end which is the Second Death.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead [through the second death],  with him we shall also live [be resurrected] with him: 

To rightly divide the Scriptures and the spiritual words such as the “first resurrection”; we must hold fast to these sound principles:

  • His words are spirit (Joh 6:63, Pro 1:23),
  • We live by every word inwardly (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4),
  • His words are a two-edged sword actively working on both the old man and the new man within us (Heb 4:12, Isa 55:11)
  • Christ must increase and our old man must decrease (Joh 3:30, Col 3:9-10)
  • We shall all be changed (1Co 15:51). Our transformation from the old man to the new man is the one event that happens to everyone (Ecc 9:2).

Holding fast to these principles is required to rightly divide the Word regarding the spiritual meaning of the First Resurrection.  The First Resurrection entails us living out a resurrection of judgment before we live out a resurrection to life.

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit

We need to take heed that the eye of our understanding is according to the single mind of Christ.  If we apply every word of God either to the old man or to the new man within, then our whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 

But if we say some parts of the Bible are not for us, our light has turned into darkness, and how great is that darkness!

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

That’s how a little leaven spreads and infects the whole body.  If we start by saying one or some Scriptures do not have an “IS” application in our life, then sooner or later, we see ourselves lining up verse after verse saying they don’t have a living and active application for us.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent article written by those whose understanding had been darkened by the Lord:

“There are but two resurrections, and you and I will be in one or the other:

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life [First Resurrection]; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [Lake of Fire, Second Death]

All in this age will be raised up to one of those two resurrections.  Christ and His Christ begin their judgment at the house of God in this age and are granted “the crown of life… the blessed and holy first resurrection… a better resurrection… book of life… the power of  Christ’s resurrection… the resurrection of life” as opposed to the “resurrection of judgment”. The resurrection of judgment is the second death, because all who are cast into the lake of fire were not judged in this age. Hence “the resurrection of judgment”.

That being the case, there is no way the Lord or His Christ can ever experience the second death because the second death is “the resurrection of judgment”, and Christ and His Christ were judged while in this age and while in bodies of flesh.”

So as of tonight, we seven of your elders …., have been led to put this false doctrine out of our spiritual house.”

This is patently false doctrine spoken above as these men have been blinded to see the Truth.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

We are reproving these unfruitful works of darkness that are an incredible departure from the sound principles in this reasoning over the resurrection.  Seeing only the letter and not the spirit in the words of Scripture, these men who left our fellowship, now have an ever-growing list of words God spoke that are no longer applicable to themselves in this age.

Eze 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. 

Eze 12:26  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

Eze 12:27  Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off

Eze 12:28  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. 

Who are we going to believe, those people whose “vision that he sees is for many days to come” or the Lord who says “there shall none of my words be prolonged any more”?

As painful as it is, we must recognize that these men with whom we once broke bread are overcome by the spirit of Babylon where many foul spirits make their habitation.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 

Rev 18:2 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. 

To the carnally minded, the resurrection of judgment has become another variant of the lie of eternal torment.  Such an event is only put upon those evil people over there and out in the future with no personal (IS) application to us. 

When we are given to see and understand the deep things of the spirit, the principle of “the dream is one” becomes clear.  Different events and details are speaking of the old man vs new man which is the same One Event the Lord is working in our lives and will work in all men in due time.  This principle goes back to the beginning where the Lord begins to teach His servants.

Gen 41:25  And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Gen 41:26  The seven good kine (cows) are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

The Lord’s process to remake men into His image is one.

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

All things written are lived out by all men and all are working together for the greater good (Rom 8:28) and become an integral part of raising up all men (resurrecting them) to be alive with Christ.  This is the greatest blessing and the great reward because it is what is making us holy into the very image of God.  The blessing of the First Resurrection is to live the life of Christ, reigning in righteousness within.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The Second Coming of Christ Within

Our witness for the Lord comes in two halves, signifying our whole testimony and experience in Christ. Our witness for Christ is living the two distinct steps that together are the one event.  For example, we know there is only ONE BAPTISM (Eph 4:5) yet we are told the details of two baptisms.  The dream truly is one.

Heb 6:1 (NKJV)  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 

Heb 6:2 (NKJV)  of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 

These baptisms speak of the same mystery regarding the shadow and the truth that all men must live.  The resurrections are like the baptisms, the shadow and then the reality, the entire process of both being the one event that is saving us when we fulfill those words.

 For example, there is a baptism of water and a baptism of fire.  Our living both of them in order is the one event and living by every word of God.

Mat 3:11 (NKJV)  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire

We first only get the baptism of John, which is our baptism of water. The baptism of John is a type of the true water and true bread which is to come later. It is in the church in the wilderness where we learn the letter of the Law. This is where we repent outwardly and focus on cleaning the outside of the cup, but our inner man (the inside) is yet to be cleansed.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

This is the state we are in when our old man is raised in the resurrection to judgment (reserved for judgment).

2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

We focus on outward righteousness only.  But the Lord sees our hearts, and says…within [you] are full of extortion and excess…within [you are] full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness…within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

With the planks (error in doctrine) now removed, we can preach and live the gospel which is by faith walking into the Lake of Fire (Rev 1:15), carrying our cross and dying to death.  We have been drawn out of the “shadow of death” and are now able to abide in the marvelous light which is performing the second death within us.

Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 

Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 

We are now rejoicing that Christ has come and shined light on our error.

Luk 1:76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 

Luk 1:79  To give light [bring the true fire] to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 

The precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself have been appointed to live through seven plagues and have their beast, false prophet and the father of their man of sin (the Devil/Satan) cast into the Lake of Fire.  This is the gospel that we must now preach only as we live it out in our own lives, bearing the fruit of the spirit.

Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles (our flesh) obedient, by word and deed,

To partake of Christ’s holiness, we must move beyond the shadow.

Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 

This two-step process of the shadow first then the truth (spiritual reality) is how the Lord is transforming us, destroying the old man and raising up the new man.  The truth is hidden in the Scriptures and only unlocked using the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  Coming to see this principle will open one’s understanding to the IS, WAS and WILL BE progression bringing us unto a mature man in Christ.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace… [to] grace.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The Shadow and the True Resurrection – We Live Both

To attain to the first resurrection that is in Christ (Joh 11:25), we must live out the resurrection of damnation before we can live out the resurrection of life. Our fallen brethren have been led astray by the error of their carnal minds and seeing only the letter and totally misappropriating the following verses.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 

Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever

Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation

Both of these resurrections (the shadow and spiritual reality) are ours as are all things written.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

The carnal mind and lies of Babylon have men putting the resurrection of damnation or everlasting shame out on those wicked and less blessed people than ourselves.  That is, of course, nothing more than an insidious remake of the same old lie we learn in Orthodoxy regarding the false doctrine of eternal hellfire.  Denying we live the resurrection of damnation and the Second Death and Lake of Fire is the same error we previously escaped from to which our brethren have now returned.

2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

Pro 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

The details of the one event are hidden in dark sayings and parables.

Psa 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Let’s first define the Greek word for Resurrection:

Pronunciation: an-as’-tas-is
Definition: From G450; a standing up again that is (literally) a resurrection from death (individual general or by implication (its author)) or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth): – raised to life again resurrection rise from the dead that should rise rising again.
KJV Usage: resurrection (39x), rising again (1x), that should rise (1x), raised to life again (with G1537) (1x).

Said another way, a resurrection is simply a RAISING UP.

The next question that must always be asked is: what are we raised up to? All men, beginning with the Elect must appear for that raising up:

2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Like all the workings of God, we are first given a figure or a type and shadow of that which is to come. The true light, true resurrection is fulfilled in Christ by us first living the type and shadow which is the resurrection of damnation.

Resurrection of Damnation Comes First

At the appointed time, God begins the two-step process (the shadow then the reality) to raise us up to a better Life in the Spirit. This is the first and second coming of Christ with the water and then the fire that has us following Him to the Second Death which results in us being blessed and made holy in the First Resurrection.

An outline of the event is this:

  1. The first raising up (resurrection) is FROM the Sea to the Earth. We will take a closer look scripturally how the Lord works that resurrection.
  2. The Second raising UP is from the earth to the third Heaven, the manifest presence of God in Christ in the Paradise of God.

Let us now search diligently the Scriptures whether these things be so.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, [#2] some to everlasting life, and [#1] some to shame and everlasting contempt

“Some” is not dividing Mankind into different groups ‘out there’. Both awakenings are fulfilled in every man the same way there are two kinds of baptism within every man at their appointed time.

Act 24:15  And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just [#2] and unjust [#1]

In these hidden parables of the Lord, the first shall be the last and the last first.  First the natural which is the type or shadow and only then the spiritual application is fulfilled in our life.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 

The last resurrection is indeed the First Resurrection in the eyes of God who has declared the end of all things from the very beginning.

“Some” #1 is the old man awakened to living by the oldness of the letter whose end is death.  This is our first baptism by water where we are given the oracles of God (the Law) but have yet to receive Christ, the fire, that then begins our overcoming process.

“Some” #2 is the New Man in the Newness of life, manifesting that life through the death of the old man. This resurrection is the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:27-28).  It is the fire that brings life through dying with Christ.

When we are first raised up to the resurrection of damnation, we must first discern what realm of the spirit we are raised from. All resurrections are from the grave [hades].

Our “grave” is simply when we were in the Sea of flesh, having not the Law. When we were uncalled, that is, we have not come to know Christ after the flesh at all, death still reigns in us but sin has not yet been imputed.

Satan is still shut up in the bottomless pit.

Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: […=sin was in our lives ruling us….] but sin is not imputed when there is no law

Before we are called of God and come to know Christ after the flesh, we have not been given the ‘Bible’, the oracles of God in our hearts yet. Even the “letters” has not even come alive yet.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, [=without the Law] who is the figure of him that was to come.

“Even over them” for example includes all outside of Christianity, not called to Christ after the flesh yet, who have not the Law of Moses.  This is our natural state “without the Law” from birth. The 1,000 year reign of Christ upon our earth has not yet begun.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 

Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, 

do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 

Gentiles are signified in the Book of Revelation as “the dead”…” in the Sea”. The sea will give up its dead too but there’s a process.

Rom 2:15 (NKJV)  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

Gentiles without Law is all of mankind who are beasts (Ecc 3:18) living in the sea of flesh and carnal mind devoid of the knowledge of God.  The only thing guiding us in this realm of death is ….”the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.

That is all men first being as dumb Gentiles….”without the Law”.

1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

This is us as the Beast in the Sea.

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The raising up (our resurrection) from the Sea to the Earth…(think within) is our receiving of the Law. This is the resurrection of damnation which is a resurrection to judgment and which is also the beginning of our earth within to be ruled and reigned over by the Lord for 1,000 symbolic years (the millennium).

All men who are beasts will in time be raised up into this resurrection of damnation (reserved unto judgment).   But at this stage of our resurrection, we are still dead unto God being yet carnal and living under the law of sin and death.

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning [from the law], and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

This resurrection is done practically when the Lord gives us the Law.  This is how the Lord raises up Israel from all the nations of the earth and separates them (us) from the rest of mankind that remains dead in the sea of flesh.

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 

Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

As natural brute beasts, we are given “life” but this is only the shadow or type of life at first.  This “life” is not the life of the righteousness of God, but rather a “life” that manifests the righteousness of what we are given, the righteousness of the Law.


Php 3:6 (NKJV)  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

The Law is what causes us, imputes on us to fulfil this word of the Lord ….”and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

This now risen beast still has life which is why we later see this beast cast “alive” into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).   At this stage we are a beast who has received the Law and entered into our symbolic 1,000 year reign of death within.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This beast has received the Wound, the oracles of God. It is a religious beast that follows the Lamb, strength like a lamb…all after the flesh.

This is our knowing Christ after the flesh which is our resurrection of damnation.  The outside of our cup is clean but we remain deceived despite the fire from heaven and the miracles we are given to perform.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live

This is the shadow of the true resurrection of Christ that all men live out beginning with the Elect in this age.  We think we are alive but we are still dead in our sins.

1Ti 5:6  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

This is how evil, transgressions, wrath are being treasured up in us, imputed by the Law.

Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath:[=damnation] for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Those that have done evil are you and me, raised from the grave in the sea now on the earth and given the Law, the oldness of the letter, the baptism of John that reveals in us shame, contempt, carnality and dishonour. This resurrection to damnation is our Romans 7 experience.

Rom7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. [=I was a Gentile beast without Law, sin was dead to me…as there is nothing to transgress.] 

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, [= THIS IS THE Resurrection of damnation—->] and I died. 

This death is ‘the awakening’ of the depth of evil that lives in the old man and begins to shine the light onto the hidden presumptions and invisible sins we were not even aware of in our lives.

Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me [=condemnation/damnation] by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, [=Peter, a physical Jew,  is speaking primarily of spiritual sins here wrought by the Law...] when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

The giving of the Law to us is what brings us under condemnation and/or contempt, that is, under the 1000 year reign upon the Earth (within).

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

We must NEVER forget what God does is Good. The resurrection to the earth from the Sea in spirit has its own glory, cleaning the outside of the cup, overcoming outward/ overt sins etc. But there is a more excellent, better resurrection to come.

2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 

2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 

The ministration of condemnation is the same thing as the resurrection to condemnation. Both reveal our sin.   

There is something much better coming, that far exceeds the glory of the first raising up.  This is the better resurrection that is bringing forth the true fruit of righteousness and age-abiding life with the Lord.  This is the First Resurrection whereby we are given a crown of life which is having the mind of Christ.  The shadow of the resurrection of Christ is the resurrection to damnation. This is the reason and purpose the Lord gives us the Law as we live out the Millennium awaiting our day of the Lord.

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

We are given the law to raise us up to “the Earth”, to treasure up wrath, to bring shame and contempt and gives an occasion for the next raising up to “the third heaven”. This is part of us learning to discern good from evil through this contrast.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

The Book of Revelation tells of this same mystery using signified words.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [=concluded under sin]

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

 When the 1,000 years is fulfilled, we are prepared for war in heaven to bring an occasion to overcome and fully destroy the beast, false prophet and the Devil and all his evil angels within us.  Their destruction will only take place in the Lake of Fire when they are cast “alive” into lake which is the Second Death.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

The resurrection of damnation is us being raised from Gentiles without the Law to Gentiles with the Law. We are “alive” but walking in the flesh, under tutors and governors until the 1,000 years are fulfilled/expired upon the Earth.

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 

The resurrection unto damnation, unto the ministry of death/condemnation is/was fulfilled in our lives through our old man waxing more corrupt by the Law.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,[=under the law of sin and death] fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Conclusion Part 1

If we are found faithful in this age, we will be moved on to the better resurrection and fulfill all the Words of God by living out the resurrection of life that follows our resurrection to damnation.  It has been demonstrated that the “Resurrection of damnation” is just the shadow of the true resurrection that comes only in our appointed day of the Lord which is after we have been ruled over by the Law for our symbolic 1,000 years within.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make [is making, the process] man in our image, after our likeness: [=the shadow, first Adam is flesh. Revival of old man within us for us to comprehend him] and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the appointed time for each, we move from the shadow into the true and one resurrection known as the “resurrection of life”, “resurrection of the just” which is the blessed and holy First Resurrection.  This is where we become the express image of His being.

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

1Co  15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy [first, the shadow], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Next Sunday, Lord willing, the focus will be on the resurrection to life, which is the better resurrection and which is the end of all things being the First Resurrection.

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Introduction to Preaching the Gospel

The time of the end (our carnal age) is now at hand as the recent events have opened our eyes to greater vision and understanding of the Word of God.  The Lord grows us in His grace and knowledge through the fiery trials He is sending.  The Scriptures are truly being opened before our eyes as the Lord sifts His people and brings the remnant onward to maturity.

Dan 12:4  “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 It is a miracle that this little flock of saints was all quickened to the same truth as we were awakened to the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ within us.  From this point forward, great grace will be upon us as we die to death (the Second Death) on the cross with Christ.  This is our new way of life and the only way one can partake of the blessed and holy First Resurrection.  We have all witnessed already a renewed vigor and zeal to do righteousness and to serve our brothers and sisters, there being no head of the church except the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Act 4:32  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

We have entered into a new covenant with the Lord via the law of faith that is being worked in us by the fiery trials that are bringing about death to death within us which is the second death.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will 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:

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

This is the gospel that will henceforth be preached unto all the inward nations and cities as well as the outward when the Lord brings us people who hear His words.  The preaching of the gospel divides the city. Christ comes to bring division and we have seen this outwardly fulfilled by recent events.

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50  But I have a baptism to be baptized with (lake of fire/cross) and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

Luk 12:51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Luk 12:52  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

Luk 12:53  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

The gospel and our preaching it separates us from brethren who can only walk so far with us

Rom 1:1  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God

Being told we have to eat his flesh and drink His blood by dying on a cross with the Lord is not desirable to the flesh and hence many will not walk any further with Christ.

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him

Carrying our cross requires that we leave spiritual brethren and family that we walked far with in order to follow Him.  We have already endured the natural of these Scriptures, but now we endure and live out the spiritual application. The greatest blessing imaginable awaits us if we endure and die the Second Death now in this age in the Lake of Fire.

Luk 18:25  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a [spiritually] rich man [with knowledge] to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luk 18:26  And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?

Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Luk 18:28  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Luk 18:29  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left [spiritual] house, or [spiritual] parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,

Luk 18:30  Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

The way to live with Christ is to die with Him.  Hence, we walk willingly into the fiery furnace knowing it is saving us now in this age.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him [death to death Heb 2:14], we shall also live with him: 

We hope these words and what we have witnessed will be received with joy because of the great blessing we have been given that comes to far fewer than we ever previously believed.

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Our former brethren strived to be righteous but were not given to see what we see.  Many still have sorrow in their hearts for those brethren who have been cut off for our sake.  We grieve yet that should turn to rejoicing as we take hold the promise of age-abiding life that has been given to us.

Rom 9:2  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

Rom 9:3  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Rom 9:4  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Rom 9:5  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Those we have contended over the truths of the gospel are now enemies of the cross saying we don’t have to live the Second Death which is the Lake of Fire.  They know not what they do or say and have been sacrificed for our sakes.  They will be saved in their appointed time as will all men and our role as priests of God will be to minister to them and forgive them their trespass against us.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Go and Preach the Gospel

We have been saved from the lie of the devil (Gen 3:4) that had us believing we need not partake of the Second Death in order to be saved. Knowing now what the Second Death really means and that the new man, Christ in us is the result of going through the Lake of Fire brings great clarity to what the Lord and the Apostles meant when they said go and preach the gospel.

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized (with the fire in LOF) shall be saved; but he that believeth not (no LOF for me) shall be damned.

We are coming out of the baptism of John where we were given the water of the Word that washes us and caused to seek repentance of our hearts and minds.  But like Paul and all disciples, we are now being sent to preach the gospel and are no longer to be baptizing with water.   

1Co 1:17  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him [His Body] crucified.

We all received the baptism of John in our time in the church in the wilderness which gives birth to the man-child in us.   But one greater than John, the Lord from heaven has now come and quickened our spirits and opened up the revelation of His Word.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

The one coming after John has come and has brought the lake of fire to us which is the very event that will henceforth save us and raise us with Christ.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The coming of Christ the second time to open our eyes to see clearly brings the fire that is, was and will be saving us.

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

The Gospel is a Good News

The gospel is the Word of God living and operating within us.  It follows our baptism with the water which is the baptism of repentance. The gospel is the fire of God living and operating within you.  It is Christ in you the hope of glory performing His Work in us.  Such is how our mind is renewed and we put on the mind of Christ.  Good news for our new man is very bad news for the old man and the beast and false prophet that dwell within us.

Luk 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Nah 1:15  Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

The preaching of the cross is the preaching of the gospel.  If we believe in the Lord and die with Him we will be raised in His likeness.

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his [second] death, we shall be also in the likeness of his [First] resurrection:

It is the cross and our abiding in the lake of fire that I the judgment necessary to destroy the man of sin within us and raise up Christ in his stead.

 The Angels of God Preach the Everlasting Gospel

It is the very Elect given who are not deceived by false doctrine that denies the Second Death and perverts the reward from the Lord along with the doctrines of the resurrections; who will faithfully be given to preach the gospel.  Life through the Second Death (the cross) is the heart of the good news that is the result of judgment in the lake of fire.  These angels pull people out of the strange fire that is Spiritual Babylon preaching life through the second death message which torments and ultimately kills the old man and carnal mind.

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Rev 14:8  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. (No lake of fire, no second death for me)

We are blessed indeed when we hear His voice from heaven and follow Him to death on the cross which is the Second Death.

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

We are certainly drinking of the wrath of God and die to death.  That is the everlasting gospel which is very good news to those given to receive it.  Now hearing this gospel of life through death, we must hunker down knowing what is already come upon our earth as we abide in the Lake of Fire in this age.

1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

1Pe 4:2  That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God…..

1Pe 4:5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

1Pe 4:6  For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are (spiritually) dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh (and die the Second Death), but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

It is a lonely road and few there be shall find the way.  The Gospel we preach is the same unchangeable gospel that always brings much contention from carnal men and the outwardly religious.  That setting has not and will not change.

1Th 2:1  For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

1Th 2:2  But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

1Th 2:3  For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1Th 2:4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:5  For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

1Th 2:6  Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

Our authority to preach the gospel is always challenged and rejected by the chief priests of Jerusalem who reject those that speak the truth in love and in turn persecute those that bring the gospel.

Luk 20:1  And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,

Like the Lord, we will be rejected by our own brethren, the very people we have grown up together in the faith learning the oracles of God.

Mar 10:33  Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:

Mar 10:34  And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

We will see and rejoice with our fallen brethren in due time.  But for now, they were given to reject truth and reject Christ that has been preached to them.

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

But our life is no longer about the flesh and knowing any man that way (2Co 5:21).  We are about doing the Lord’s work and obeying His commands to preach this gospel of life through death to our inward nations and all those who hear us.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

We should take heed the words of Paul about deceivers who come to us preaching another gospel that is nothing but a perversion and another jesus.

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

I pray these words will strengthen all with ears to hear and help us grasp the blessing and high calling that has befallen us as preachers of the gospel.

Mar 16:20  And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.