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The Wonderful Day of the Lord

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The Wonderful Day of the Lord

There is a day spoken about in Scriptures much more than any other day.  This day is so central to salvation and the message of the gospel a refresher is always needed.  This little flock has been washed with water, we have been prepared for true baptism of Christ which will be and is destroying all carnal mindedness within us and ushering in true and lasting righteousness.

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

The great day of the Lord is what comes afterward and what truly converts us into doers and not just hearers of the Word.  It takes fire and the second coming of Christ which begins this great day in our heavens and our earth.

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:

It is only through a fiery furnace that our new man Christ in us is emerging as the overcomer.  Our carnal and sinful ways are being burned up through this “day” which is our day of judgment otherwise known as the lake of fire which is the Second Death and wherein death (carnality) will be destroyed and along with it, the works of the devil (Heb 2:14-15).

There is much more to come than what we learned from the church in the wilderness from which we have now come out of [Rev 12:17].  Our baptism of fire has come and is coming, and we need to be prepared and reminded that our enduring this is how we obtain the greatest prize of all, knowing the Lord and having His mind.

1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The Lord’s Day is not a Sunday or a Saturday or any outward day, it is a spiritual term referencing the age or process by which all men are transformed in the image and glory of Jesus Christ.  This study is intended to show just how pervasive this “day” is spoken about in our bibles via many different symbols and terms.  The day of the Lord for every man is the same day as “judgment day” that is making all things new through the consuming work of the fiery word of God burning up the wood hay and stubble [our carnal works] within the hearts (earth) and minds (heavens) of His people.

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which, the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Isa 2:12  For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Like all words, the term “the day of the Lord” is part of the two-edged sword (Heb 4:12) meaning there is both a positive and a negative application; depending on whether the old man or new man is in view.

To the carnal mind, the Scriptures with these seeming discrepancies of good and evil veil the truth and have led to all the orthodox denominations and speculative theories about the truth regarding judgment and the day of the Lord. The truth is hidden behind the letter of the words and only revealed to the precious few GIVEN the understanding and keys to the kingdom (Mat 13:11).

There is a wide range in the language used to describe the day of the Lord and its other synonyms.  We are told, on one hand, the Lord’s coming will be a great light (Isa 9:2) and very bright (2Th 2:8) yet, on the other hand, this day is also said to be very dark.

Amo 5:20  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

The carnal mind has a tough time seeing the Lord as both light and darkness, yet He is all those things and is working all those things (Rom 8:28, Isa 45:7) for the greater good of His people.  To the new man given eyes to see and ears to hear, Christ who is His Word is light. But to the other side, the old man, the carnal mind, those same words, and same Christ is sheer darkness.  Yet it is all the same Word it is all part of the Lord’s work in His people.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Example of Babylonian Delusion

Here is a comparative table that is taken from a “Christian website” that sees the two sides of the same sword as being truly different days for different people.  This is the way most Christians see it with only those evil people over there experiencing the wrath of God. They don’t know the thing they deny is what will save them [i.e. the Lake of Fire and Second Death]

The Day of Christ is distinct from the Day of the Lord as daylight is to dark. The first is a time of great anticipation, joy, blessing, and reward. The second is a time of terror, wrath, dread, and woe. A stark contrast exists between these two days. The chart below outlines the differences.

Day of Christ Day of the Lord
For the Church (the Body of Christ) For rejectors of Christ
A day of blessing and reward A day of judgment
A heavenly hope An earthly despair
Eagerly anticipated Feared and dreaded

The truth is these days are one in the same exact day! The day of Christ is the day of the Lord, there is no difference.  Our judgment is the blessing and the same event also blessing and rewarding us.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

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.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

All of God’s people come out of Babylon [Rev 18:4 – Come out of her my people] which includes outward orthodoxy but also spiritual Babylon within our hearts.  We learn wrongly in Babylon that the day of the Lord and us dying in the lake of fire is only for those evil people out there. Such carnal thinking and filtering of Scriptures by the letter vs the spirit has us avoiding the very thing we must embrace and hasten unto if we want to be like Christ.

2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

The day is a Great Day!

The day of the Lord is a GREAT DAY because it is the day during which we are being saved as we live through and embrace the chastening and scourging our Lord is pouring out.  It is a great day because the Lord is being exalted within our hearts and minds, Christ is being raised within us!

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Zec 12:9  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

The enemies of the Lord within us, our old man, the beast, the false prophet, and Satan and all his lying demons are being destroyed in this great and terrible day of the Lord. What a wonderful work of God to His people beginning with the Elect in this age.  So much for the false rapture theory and it’s look-alike lies that have its believers taking themselves completely out of the Book of Life by denying the day of the Lord is for them.  All that we knew is being turned dark and destroyed with the brightness of the Lord’s coming. Our old ways are being replaced with His ways and His righteousness.

Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Isa 26:9  …. for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

The Day of the Lord is the best thing that happens to us. It is the day, the time during which we come to know the Lord having His mind and being made partakers of His holiness.  His Word won’t fail to perform!

Joh 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also [when He lives within us]

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

We are living this day out when we are drinking the wine of gospel which is the blessing to the new man and the wrath to the old.

Mar 14:24  And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

Mar 14:25  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Seeing the two-edged sword with spiritual eyes, the inconsistencies about judgment are being cleared up.  “The day” is a great day but it is also a terrible day for the old man and our carnal mind.

Heb 10:31  (NLT)  It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Psa 66:3  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee [this is salvation, all enemies under His feet]

This great day of the Lord is even known as the day of evil because the coming of Christ shines light (truth) onto all the hidden evil within us.

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked [the marred vessel – Jer 18:4] for the day of evil.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness [evil] shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee …

It’s also known as the day of vengeance!

A jealous God is saving us for His namesake (Eze 36:22-23) not our own.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Such destruction is the fate of every man that comes in that same day also known as His day of vengeance.

2Th 1:8  (NKJV) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 12:19  (NKJV) Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.

Vengeance against the old man is what Christ has come to proclaim and is the entire premise of the glorious gospel.

Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

It is a day of troubles and many tribulations

The day of the Lord signals the transition from the present evil age into the age of judgment when men are remade in the lake of fire.  It is only through much trouble any man shall enter into the kingdom (Act 14:22).

Eze 7:6  An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

Eze 7:7  The morning is come [Christ has come] unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near ….

Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

This Day is the Wonderful Works of the Lord

It is only through faith we can “fear not” the things the Lord is doing in our lives.  This will be the greatest trial men will face in these clay bodies.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Trusting in His promises we are looking forward and asking Him to Come more and more in our life in that day knowing the process is what is savings us.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

So, while all orthodox Christianity teaches the day of the Lord (aka the Lake of Fire) is to be avoided and something happening only to those sinners over there but not to us, the truth is the Day of the Lord is a wonderful time for the new man.  It is our enduring the process that God requires to call the light out of the darkness and bring forth the new man, the Lord from our heavens.  They are one and the same known as the wonderful works of the Lord to His children.

Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Psa 107:31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! [repeated 4x in Psa 107 alone]

The storm and trials the Lord puts upon us may not feel at times to be wonderful when viewed from a body of flesh.  Yet to the spiritual man and he who is overcoming they are becoming known as marvelous works as we look behind and see our salvation.

Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Mat 21:42  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Gathering Together Awaiting our Day of the Lord

The time of the coming of the Lord inwardly in the hearts and minds of His people is known only to the Father.

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

An outward day is coming when this world and its evil nations will cease to exist.  Yet that day is already appearing within us as the fire is being turned up as this gospel is preached and believed in every nation within us.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand [the day of the Lord and the end of all things]

The Lord has us in a Living Body of Christ to help one another through what lies ahead.

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 

2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 

The day of Jesus Christ which is the Day of the Lord does have an end.  He that began the work in us will and is finishing it.

Php 1:6  being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Paul and others and we ourselves are too frequently admonish one another to stay the course, to finish the race in order to receive the prize.

2Jn 1:8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

2Pe 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

2Pe 1:11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As we grow and mature, doom and gloom to the old man is being changed into rejoicing as the new man increases and the Lord is revealed within us.

Joh 16:20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

The Lord’s plan is to prosper us by giving us His mind and manifesting His glory within (Jer 29:11).  If we are given faith to believe in Him, we shall be saved by this hope (Rom 8:24).  This is the hope that is, was and will be saving us as we abide in it during our “dreadful” day of the Lord.

Rom 5:1  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rom 5:2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God [to be revealed]

Rom 5:3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

Rom 5:4  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Rom 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Knowing these truths and God’s purpose and methods in the “day of the Lord” and having faith in them, is how we are able to endure what is coming upon our earth, trusting in what the Lord is doing.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Our abiding through our day of the Lord is the greatest blessing as we are able to endure paying the high pricing of being chosen in Christ.

2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love [1Jo 5:3] his appearing.

We are so blessed to have been awakened to righteousness. Let’s take hold the admonishments of the Apostles and the Lord to pray, stay awake and remain sober knowing these Truths.

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 

Luk 21:36  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

Questions and comments are always welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

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

Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;   

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.   

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. 

As has been emphasized recently, we must not think that any part of God’s word is not for us.  “In your days, will I say the word, and will perform it”, says the Lord (Eze 12:25).  The Father has given our Lord life in Himself and He is giving it to His elect in this age.  The Father has also given the Son the authority to execute judgment, and the Lord is indeed executing it in our days.  The hour has come that all in the graves within us shall come forth and they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [judgment].

We have seen last week how we live by the resurrection of damnation.  This is when we are raised from the sea to the earth.  The resurrection of damnation is not something to be applied to those evil people out there and is not something that will happen only in the future.  Most people who call Him Lord deny that they will live by those words. We all deny that we live by every Word of God until the Lord opens our eyes to the truth.

Let’s see how the Lord executes His judgment to those who call Him Lord.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  

The Lord is the best at doing both, giving sight to those who are blind, and blinding those who say they see.

Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Let’s look at Joh 5:29 again.

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.

They that have done evil shall come forth unto the resurrection of damnation!  Is there anyone exempted from that?  Is there anyone who has not done evil?

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Even our Lord who “knew no sin” was made sin for us, was born of a woman, born under the law, and partook of the resurrection of damnation because of His sinful flesh.  This seems so obvious to us once we are blessed with eyes to see, but that’s how strong the delusion is which God has sent to those who do not trust the Lord and lean on their own understanding. We must always remember that we too were once deceived and under strong delusion, and should not be proud but fear.

Rom 11:19 (ESV) Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”

Rom 11:20 (ESV) That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.

All in Adam need to partake of the resurrection of damnation before they can partake of the resurrection of life in Christ.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

His Resurrection, also known as the blessed and holy First Resurrection, is the end of all things when the word of God has been fulfilled in the hearts and minds of every man.  All the words of God when lived out bring us to the end and the receiving of this great reward where we are made partakers of His holiness.

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:

In God’s sight, only one resurrection matters. He does not count the “shadow”. He finds fault with it and it’s beneath His glory. He only ‘sees’ 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,

Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

When all the spiritually dead within every man are raised to life, death is no more, and God is all in all.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

This begins with an earnest deposit when faith is come and we grow into His fullness as more and more of the dead within us are destroyed in the lake of fire and Christ in us increases.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

This is the good news, the gospel that we preach to all those that are dead (carnally minded) so that judgment can work its work of righteousness.  This better resurrection is the hope and the end of all things we soberly watch and patiently wait for the Lord to perform.

1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, 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.

The end of all things of the flesh is indeed at hand to those who are living according to God in the spirit.  The Lord sends His holy spirit to dwell in us with one purpose: to destroy our old man.

2Th 2:7  (BBE) For the secret of evil is even now at work: [within] but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

The “revelation of his coming” in our hearts simultaneously reveals our still wicked heart even after receiving the resurrection to condemnation. The process of the Lord Jesus putting to death our old man with the breath of His mouth, is the second death.

The wound of death that the Law brings to us is healed and we remain a beast as we live and abide in our resurrection of damnation.

Rev 13:11 (NKJV) Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

Rev 13:12 (NKJV) And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The first covenant and our first raising up to the earth when given the Law, was not faultless and did nothing to purge our hearts and minds of evil.

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant [=resurrection to damnation..] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. [= Resurrection of Life/ A better resurrection.]

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:[=for the New Man resurrected to Newness of Life]

A day and hour no man knows is appointed to every man when there is no more time for the lesser resurrection of damnation.  A time comes when the Word of God will be performed and that day is the day of the Lord.

2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;   Being a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God is none other than being a partaker of the Second Death!

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished [abolishing, aorist] death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Apostle Paul is saying the same thing he said in the 2nd Thessalonians verses we read above, our Savior Jesus Christ has appeared in our hearts to destroy the carnal mind/all the evil that naturally resides in our hearts (Mar 7:21-23).

Psa 58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Psa 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

The time for the better resurrection, to be raised to the Life of God was also shown to us by John.

Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and  upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Rev 10: 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,[in us!]  the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

But the time is come in this age for the faithful Elect to partake of the better resurrection (in earnest or down payment), that is, to be perfected, raised by and into the Spirit of God.

1Co 15:42-So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

The First Resurrection is the better resurrection that Paul and all disciples press onward and upward to obtain more fully in this age giving up all things and considering them dung.

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.

“Being made conformable unto his death” is dying the Second Death, dying to our flesh and the carnal mind resident in it. Dying the Second Death is how we attain the resurrection to life, being made into His image.

On the other hand, being alive yet still being carnal does nothing to change our hearts and even those of old times pressed onward to obtain the resurrection to life that is now being made manifest in the saints.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised  to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

The word raised in the first part of Heb 11:35 is translated from the same Greek word translated resurrection in the same verse, as in the phrase “a better resurrection”.  The words “raised to life again” refers to the lesser resurrection of damnation, back to the realm of the flesh that works damnation!

Hebrews 11 talks about the faith of the patriarchs which is a shadow of the faith of Jesus Christ given to the saints.  Let’s look at how this chapter ends and see how blessed we are in this age if we are given the faith of Christ to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;   

Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Why would the patriarchs listed in that chapter of Hebrews (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), even those who did not accept deliverance hoping to obtain a better resurrection, “should not be made perfect [without us]”?

Because the law given to them cannot make them perfect.

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.

The law of Moses or the law of the Gentiles cannot make those who live under them perfect.  It is only through the better testament, through the new covenant that one can be made perfect.

Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better  testament.

Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The better resurrection can only be attained by living under a better covenant.  Living under this better covenant comes with better promises.

Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises

Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:  for he hath prepared for them a city.

For the new covenant (testament) to take effect, there must be the death of the testator or the one making the covenant.  That maker of the covenant is Christ in us who dies to death (the second death) in order to be raised with power.

Heb 9:16 (NKJV) For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 (NKJV) For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Heb 9:18 (NKJV) Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

These verses in Hebrews are dark sayings and parables that are simply saying that we must lose our life, the old man, in order to receive the life of Christ, the new covenant.

Joh 16:7 (NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Joh 16:8 (NKJV) And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Mat 16:24 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Mat 16:25 (NKJV) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

What is the main difference between the old covenant and the new covenant?  The focus.

The old covenant is focused on outward righteousness, while the new covenant is focused on inward righteousness.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:21 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Inward focus:

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:  and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Inward focus:

Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:33  (ESV) “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.

Inward focus:

Mat 5:34  (YLT) but I—I say to you, not to swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God,

Mat 5:37  (ERV) Say only ‘yes’ if you mean ‘yes,’ and say only ‘no’ if you mean ‘no.’ If you say more than that, it is from the Evil One.

When Christ comes to us by sending His holy spirit:

  • He will burn out the murderer within who hates his brother
  • He will burn out the whoremonger within who lusts after a woman in his heart
  • He will burn out the liar within who swears an oath but doesn’t mean it when he says yes or no.

Is there a verse that describes this burning out process of the man of sin, who is a murderer, a whoremonger and a liar, within us?

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

We know we are being baptized with fire if our main focus has shifted from outward righteousness to inward righteousness. We have gone past the baptism of water and have progressed to the baptism of fire if we now take heed to ourselves before we take heed of others.  God’s unquenchable fire is now kindled in our hearts if we remove the plank in our eye first before we try to remove the splinter in our brother’s eye.

A dear sister asked about this unquenchable fire and the answer further demonstrates to us that the elect must be mainly concerned on cleaning the inside of the cup.

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 (barn); but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

What chaff? We need not guess…

Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell [=Gk: Gehenna] fire:

Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Some men may be ignorant and thereby falsely conclude that “if you cut off the one offending hand… cut off the one offending foot..if only we can pluck out the one offending eye…then we will enter into life, (=resurrection to life) halt and maimed and we will then avoid being cast into that Gehenna fire!

The way you avoid anything in Scripture is by going through it.  That truth remains as true as ever.

Yes… we cannot get away from any “jot or tittle” of the word of the God.

Great in the kingdom of God do we become as all is being fulfilled in us. (Mat 5:19).

You are that [living] sacrifice on the altar. It’s not just one hand that causes offense… it’s not just one foot causing offense… it’s not just one eye causing offense!

Behold… the whole body of the old man is vile, sick and defiled.

Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22 Thefts [=hands causing offense], covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Hence the spirit calls it “the body of death”….”sinful flesh”… “the body of sin” that must be “salted with fire”, that is, destroyed.

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.

As we’ve learned beforehand, the ALTAR is THE CROSS.

That’s where the destruction, salting with fire is taking place. We call that place also “Golgotha” where we are crucified with him, that is, cast into that fire…smoke and brimstone. Fulfilling His word, the Second death in us.

Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him [Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live…], and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

Our body of sin and all unrighteousness, when crucified on the cross, becomes a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Let us keep this in our remembrance.  The word translated “hell fire” above is Gehenna fire… typical of the Lake of fire.  In Christ, the true light now shines and is no more a figure of something coming, but behold, the time is now for this unquenchable fire to be fulfilled in us.

Greek: γέεννα

Transliteration: geenna

Pronunciation: gheh’-en-nah

Definition: Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom) a valley of Jerusalem used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: – hell. KJV Usage: hell (9x), hell fire (with G4442) (3x).

That unquenchable fire is the Gehenna fire that is fulfilled in who..?

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with [=Gehenna] fire,  and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

“Every one”…. starting with….starting where?

Eze 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

Eze 20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 

“I will kindle a fire in you”.  “It shall devour every green tree [and every dry tree] in you”.  Where is all these taking place?

Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

The prophet is speaking in parables…How do we practically live this…? Where is all these being fulfilled?

2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

“In his saints…in all them that believe…parables are about the kingdom of God…within” Brethren, this event is simply “the work of faith and power”….”the good pleasure of his goodness” being fulfilled in us.

2Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul is revealing the deep things of God to us here. This event is how we begin to be raised from the dead… the Book of Revelation is simply a more comprehensive, deeper/darker parable of the same event.

It is the same spirit inspiring all who wrote the Scriptures.

1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [Paul, Peter, John] severally as he will.

The one and selfsame spirit is not confused/divided.

1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

This is HOW we become worthy of His calling. This is how we attain the high prize of His calling…. ONLY by the Lord working His good pleasure in us, in heaven.

The unquenchable fire is simply the flaming fire of Christ and his holy angels destroying the old man in us. This is the deep things of God working within the heart of man at their appointed time.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

As we are perfected in this better resurrection, we will be given power, dominion, and eternal life in earnest.  In due time, we will be kings and priests with Christ in the third harvest, as we perfect others and gather them into the Lord’s barn, that is, the First Resurrection for all men.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, [by enduring our lake of fire and dying to death]

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

All men get the same reward which is the prize of fulfilling the Word of God and living by every word. The Elect who are the chosen few, just get this reward of the better resurrection first. An earnest deposit that increases in this age and the fullness when given our spiritual bodies in the age to come.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

The only variation for all men partaking of Christ’s Holiness by this First Resurrection is the order/sequence ordained by God.  Contrary to the lie of Babylon, the blessing for God’s people of eternal life is also given to those who will be saved in the third harvest.  We do get it first, and that should be enough motivation for us to strive for the prize of the high calling.  The Scriptures declare this Truth to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

Eph 3:6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

The resurrection of life is not exclusive for the faithful elect, as much as the resurrection of damnation is not exclusive for those who are not faithful in their lifetime.  The whole world will be given eternal life which the Father has given to the Son.

Mat 20:14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

God puts no difference between the spiritual Jews and the spiritual Gentiles.  The Gentiles will be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ.  Most Christians have been blinded to this secret or mystery and instead believe in false doctrines of special rewards and lesser punishment for God’s faithful elect.  The Elect of God are unworthy  or unprofitable servants, working not for pay but merely doing our duty which is our reasonable service.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We are to contend against all fleshly thoughts and beliefs that seek to exalt one group of people over another.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Elect are blessed indeed being given the rewards first yet the rewards, our salvation which is the First Resurrection, is the same for all men when they are given faith.

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

God is not a respecter of persons.  We all go through the same process.  We all do evil first and are raised unto the resurrection of damnation, before we do good and are raised unto the resurrection of life.  We are all fools first before we are made wise.  This is illustrated by the answer to a question asked by a dear brother regarding the parable of the ten virgins (Mat 25:1-13).

Ecc 2:14  (YLT) The wise! —his eyes are in his head, and the fool in darkness is walking, and I also knew that one event happeneth with them all;

That parable of the ten virgins concerns the kingdom of God, which again means it’s a living and active ONE EVENT within us.  We are the foolish before we become wise. That is God’s mode of operation. If we put the foolish on someone else, or postpone it to another age…then the Truth is gone.

Christ did not know us even when we did many wonderful works of the flesh, even had a lamp (Bible) but no oil, no spirit of discernment, no fruit of the spirit. It’s only by His spirit coming into us a second time without sin, (Heb 9:28) as a flaming unquenchable fire (2Th 1:7-10) that brings us to His wisdom, that is, raise us up to the third heaven where the Life of God resides.

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 [=burning, consuming fire within], he is none of his.

To become wise, we have to go to them that sell oil. They that sell oil are the administrators of the Fire, who make up the Lake of fire. It is through the church, His Body that all men of all time will come and buy oil for their vessels/lamp.

Eph 3:10 (NKJV) to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places [our heavens],

Eph 3:11 (NKJV) according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

The church is made up of Christ’s holy angels/ministers who are as He is, in the form of fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

So no man can buy or even sell any of the oil, except they first had the mark of the beast. That is, except they’ve first experienced flesh and blood, being in the first Adam.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rev 3:18 (NKJV) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Only those that acknowledge they are beasts and in need of a physician will lose their life to gain life in Christ. We ‘sell’ all of our old carnal ways to ‘buy’ of God gold tried in the fire (the truth).

As is evident in our recent trials, we live every jot and tittle of that little book. When we “eat the book”, every sentence written therein becomes ours.

We’ve all been led in the foolish wisdom of men, raised to carrying the Bible in our hands (as religious beasts), raised to damnation and reserved unto fire for judgment of that great day of the Lord.

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that, the bridegroom comes, the signified 1000 years have been fulfilled within…what happens next in less signified language:

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, And lest we boast of our Lord appearing in our hearts, we are told this in the very next verse:

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved [=is saving, aorist] us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

As we are seeking how these are fulfilled in our lives NOW brethren, we know this is the same event in the book of Revelation. But not all are given to discern this wisdom at this time.  So in dark signified language, let’s see HOW that “kindness and love of God our Saviour toward us [= the five foolish virgins] appeared,..

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, [=five foolish virgins who are seeking to buy oil for their lamps]

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: [=a process of knowing the manifold wisdom of God, chastening is not joyous to our foolish flesh..]

So as we go to “buy” the Spirit of Christ – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name….. the beast and false prophet that caused us to remain in foolishness also has to be destroyed in the presence of the Lamb and His holy [= five wise virgins] angels…

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. [=the 5 foolish..] These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Now here is Wisdom.

It is THROUGH the Lake of fire, that “one event unto all” in the presence of Christ and His Body/Church, that we attain the manifold wisdom of God. This is the Father’s age lasting purpose to all Men.

We cannot boast about anything!

We all have to buy oil and trim our lamps.

Once we undergo that buying process, from the sellers who once had the same mark/name/number as us, then it is FINISHED.  We have gotten victory over foolishness! (Death/Satan/Beast/Falsehood of the false prophets within us).

We become an OVERCOMER through the Lake of fire.

Then we can now say….

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, [= the once five foolish virgins] stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

We become the New Man, the five wise with “the manifold wisdom of God” we “bought” from His holy angels (the Church), and can now say that we worship God in the spirit and truth, and have no confidence in the flesh, that is….we don’t worship the beasts..etc:

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ [=in our hearts and minds, living a life of righteousness]  a thousand years.

A thousand years signified is simply this plain saying brought out in the first part of this study:

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, [=the five foolish virgins by that Lake of fire..] yet the inward man is renewed day by day. [=1000 year reign upon the earth]

As we begin to look inward instead of outward, we are not ignorant of this one thing anymore:

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Signified 1000-year reign = practical living to us enlightened saints is simply…”the inward man is renewed day by day”.

It is through the breaking of bread with the church that we know the mind of the Lord.

Luk 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

It’s our joy and crown of life.  We desire nothing else upon this earth, only to be counted worthy to walk with Him in white raiment.

Let’s look closely at Ecc 2:14 quoted above with the surrounding verses, and see how abundantly clear that these verses are witnessing to the ten virgins within us!

Ecc 2:12 And I turned myself [within] to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly…

The elect sees both wisdom and folly when we turn to ourselves within.

Ecc 2:12…for what can the man do that cometh after the king?   even that which hath been already done.

What can we do to follow after Christ?  Answer: To do what He has already done!  “Take up your cross and follow me”.

Ecc 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

If the holy spirit dwells in us, wisdom will indeed excel folly as far as light excels darkness.

Ecc 2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in [within] his head; [=the four beasts full of eyes within] but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all [Yes, one event happens to both the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins within us]

Ecc 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

Amen, king Solomon, Amen!  It is vanity to think that we are more wise, we are more special than those who have not been given the holy spirit at this time.

Ecc 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Again, how does a wise man die? As the fool.

We all die by the sword before we can kill with it.

Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword…

What was the apostle John inspired to call this one event that happens to us all: going into captivity or being killed by the sword/the word of God?

Rev 13:10…Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This is our patience and faith, brethren, that our old man is being killed by God’s word in this age, as our new man is given spiritual life.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

The elect are given spiritual life first, so we can in turn give it to others.  That is what the priests of God are doing to bring Christ to all.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; [as His Priests] that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: [providing them  something better also, that is, “the Better Resurrection”] 

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

The resurrection unto life is an ongoing, living and active event in the life of the saints. As we read, hear and live His Word, we are passing from death unto the newness of life. Having the mind of Christ and partaking of the fruit of the spirit is partaking of the blessed and holy First Resurrection.   We are given the victory over spiritual death (sin and carnal mind) through our dying to death with our Lord.

1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Again, we must not put any verse we read into the future.  We are the dead in Christ who are rising first, from our earthly mindset to a spiritual mindset.  “Age lasting destruction” is the is, was and will be fulfillment of dying daily to the old man through that fiery trial.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

To be partaker of Christ’s sufferings is to be a partaker of the second death.

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Fiery trials are not only being “reproached for the name of Christ” as the new man.  It also includes our old man suffering as a murderer [hating a brother], a thief [who kill, steal or destroy, Joh 10:10], as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters [seeing the fault of others but not willing to see the evil within them].

The Lake of Fire ushers in the first resurrection, being raised in the likeness of His Resurrection:

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

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.

Destruction of the old man is the only way to the resurrection of Life.

The life of Jesus manifesting in us is after being raised from our flesh, (via the destruction of death) when we no longer are walking after the flesh or under the Law.

Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

This is an ongoing event as the unclean old man decreases and Christ in us increases (Joh 3:30). Paul talks of this event being fulfilled in our lives to the Ephesians also:

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together,  and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [..the First, the Resurrection]

The death of the Cross is the spiritual event that must happen before being  RAISED to Life. “It is finished” is fulfilled when we are crucified with Him.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

We must endure to the end of this crucifixion to be saved.  This is why we need each other and are connected in a Body, so we can be helped in our times of need.

We must be found faithful (Rev 17:14) in addition to being called and chosen to be in the second harvest, raised in glory with Christ with the fullness of the Spirit.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Cross is one and the same as the Lake of fire, that destroys the handwriting of ordinances of the letter used by the false prophets within us.  Being raised above, to the New Jerusalem where righteousness dwells, we strive to live the Life of Christ in us.

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We are to live our life, with our affections not on the carnal flesh and attachments, but as in the first resurrection, in Christ in earnest, as already risen from the dead. Let us pay very close attention to when this blessed and holy resurrection is being fulfilled in the Saints.

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness [=as Kings] unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members’ servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Yielding our members servants to righteousness is partaking of the blessed and holy resurrection, it is reigning as Kings until it is ALL fulfilled.

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [= LAKE OF FIRE, to destroy death.]

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin [resurrection to life], and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Those now being raised to the resurrection of life are also Priests and Kings now in down payment of the Spirit, not just in the “will be”, third harvest, outward fulfillment.

And this is how priests live when they walk in the spirit of life.

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.

We are warned and admonished not to forget the Law of Christ.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Conclusion

We started by getting reminded that all Scriptures are profitable for us, so we must apply every single verse of the Bible in our life.

Then we saw how we partake of the resurrection of damnation, as we are given the law which becomes our righteousness.

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

But the righteousness through the law cannot perfect us for it is just a shadow of good things to come, the better covenant.  We are perfected through the righteousness which is of God focusing on the inside.  We are now concerned with burning the rest of the dead within us as our new man is renewed day by day.

Brethren, let us beg the Father to count us among those whom He has predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son in our lifetime.

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 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  

And to partake of the resurrection of life in our days in the flesh.

Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We have received a great blessing as the Lord has chosen us and imparted faith to us in His Word.  Knowing this gospel requires us to die to death in order to be raised, we need to minister and to edify one another daily and encourage all to hold fast our new-found confidence all the way to the end.

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end

(All Scriptures in KJV except as noted)

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Almighty God Gets What He Desires

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“Almighty God Gets What He Desires”

The catalyst for this post was an email I received from a known heretic attempting to persuade me once again to the error of my ways.  Using no Scripture and repeating the oft-repeated lies everyone learns in orthodoxy, I was told it is up to man to choose to repent and only then will the Lord save us.  This heretic, like the heretic we all are at first before we are dragged into truth, just cannot see what we are so blessed to see in our Bibles. Here is one such giant verse.

Psa 135:6  Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

The heretic did not get an answer having long ago received his two admonitions (Tit 3:10, 2Jo 1:10).  This unsolicited event brought to my remembrance how profound the basic truths we in the Body live by as we search for the deeper things that our Bibles reveal.  I share now with the brethren to stir their memory.

2Pe 3:1  This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

Getting past the lie of free will is essential to come to see the marvelous truth of the promise of the salvation of all men.  Those that cling to the false doctrine of man having a free will, have a very small God.  Such a God would, therefore, be dependent upon his own creation and their actions to accomplish the Lord’s will in their life.  But is that what the Scriptures teach?  Most certainly not as this post will touch on the basics.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

When the myth of free will is destroyed, then the Lord’s purpose in using evil to bring about good becomes clear and many false dominos are instantly consumed in the fire that is the truth (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, Ecc 1:13 CLV). The will of God, the sanctification of all men (1Th 4:3) is being accomplished on schedule.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 

1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

That glorious event that occurs in the lake of fire has already been declared from the very beginning.  The Lord is a powerful God, unlike the ones our carnal minds cannot help but invent.

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

The Lord is in charge of all things and His pleasure is getting done all the time.  Almighty God, our Lord, and Savior does not need anyone’s help to accomplish His will in the earth and in the hearts of men.  He is working all things and is sovereign over all His works.  Lords and Kings rule over their kingdom and so does our Lord.

Psa 115:3  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

1Ti 6:15  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate (Ruler/Authority), the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Yet carnal minds don’t and can’t believe this unless and until the Lord opens spiritual eyes and gives faith.

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Only a few are given the ears to hear and eyes to see the truth of God’s plan for mankind.  These truths and the plan of salvation of all are foolishness to the natural man not given the precious gifts of faith and spiritual understanding.

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

A common push back those speaking the truth face is responding to those claiming it is up to man to repent and choose himself to believe the gospel.  While some Scriptures taken by themselves seem to say this (e.g. Jos 24:15), the real truth is found only in the SUM OF THE WORD (Psa 119:160) and applying Peter’s warning here about making doctrines off one verse.

2Pe 1:20 (CLV) knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation

Choosing today whom we shall serve does not change the truth that all of our choices, be they good or evil, are all choices the Lord of Lord’s is causing us to make.  That is the truth and what the Sum of the word declares.  We have matter of fact verses telling us we have nothing to do with choosing to follow the Lord.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me

The Bible is chock full of verses that tell us to choose the right way and to obey the Lord. Yet we are also told, our choosing righteousness is not in ourselves.  It is 100% the Lord’s work in each of us and in the times He has ordained.

Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Men do not choose to have faith.  True faith is indeed a gift of the Lord (Eph 2:8) and that all of our works are really His works.

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The multitudes that know another Jesus (2Co 11:4) cannot see that faith is never OUR faith, it is always about the faith OF Jesus Christ.  Big difference.  

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith OF Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith OF Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The faith we are given is a measure of faith.  Not all get the same and this too is the Lord’s work that we learn in respecting where the Lord has every man in His hands.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

The pillar of truth that was used to open my eyes was coming to see the sovereignty of the Lord in all things.  We truly can nothing apart from the Lord.  It is everywhere in our bibles, but we just can’t see it before our time to see it arrives.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Even the bad things we do are His work in us (Isa 45:7).  Here is an article/post which covers the bad things we do and who is causing them.

Who is Responsible for Evil?

Blessed are the eyes of the few given to know these mysteries and the symbols and parables by which the Scriptures are written to keep the multitudes blinded. The heavens, earth and deep places primarily speak to what the Lord is doing IN YOU as all these words are signified and are Spirit (Joh 6:63).  Yet many multiple of witnesses speak to the immutable truth of the limitless power of God’s authority over the affairs of men.

Psa 135:6  Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.

Job 23:13  But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

The Lord needs nothing from His pieces of clay He is molding.  He has already declared it and we and every man are just living it out now.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

It is the Lord’s desire to bring every man to repentance and save every man.  That He will do by the means He has devised from the very beginning.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him (i.e. Saved). 

The way of salvation by us living by an experience of evil and then being judged by the Word we are so blessed to hear and that which is alive with us.  Thus, the true grace of God is being made manifest to those the Lord has chosen to be His House in this age.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

The Old Testament spoke clearly of this as well.  The way God’s people are redeemed is thru many tribulations (Act 14:22) which is the judgment of God.

Exo 6:5  And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

Exo 6:6  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Judgment is the fire that will burn up the unclean, consume the wood (carnal mind) and sanctify us in Christ.   The judgment of the old man is the blessing for the new man and the means of salvation.  It is also known as the strange act (Isa 28:21-22) that will consume all of God’s adversaries in the earth.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Turning our hearts back to the Lord (repentance) is the Lord’s work in us just as the turning of our hearts away from Him is in the first place.  As clay in His hands, the Lord turns us into destruction on purpose in order to then turn us back (grant repentance); but only in the appointed times.

Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return (REPENT), ye children of men.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

New Testament witnesses agree, and it is through these multiple witnesses that every truth is established.

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

Even repentance is in the “box of all things” the Lord is working in the hearts of all men.

Act 5:31  Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins

Rom 2:4  Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Act 11:18  When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Only those blinded by God could speak confidently and repeatedly in arguing that our choosing the Lord and repenting are all the choice of man’s supposed free will.  Not that more proof is needed but we have lots more once we see this with God-given eyes.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag [draw] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

The promise of the New Covenant expressed through the prophets shows the hand of God involved in every aspect of salvation.  There is no “we must do anything” in this promise, it is all “I WILL SAYS THE LORD

Eze 36:23  And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24  For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.

Eze 36:25  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

Eze 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Eze 36:27  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Eze 36:28  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

Eze 36:29  I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.

It is 100% the Lord.  The circumcision of our hearts is done by His hands and not the delusion of man’s free will doing it.

Col 2:11  In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ

Those that think it is up to them are not the true circumcision as such ones still have confidence in flesh and by extension the delusion of free will.

Php 3:3  For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Those whom the Lord has blinded in this age will stay blind until the Lord has ordained them to see and to hear the things of the Spirit.  One of the hardest things we first learn is this principle and that we cannot give to anyone what the Lord has given to us.

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.

The Lord is working to bring about His good and perfect will in the lives of every man that has ever lived.  He will do it and bring it all to pass exactly on schedule beginning with the chosen few, the Elect (Mat 22:14) who are given to believe now.

Isa 45:12  I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Isa 45:13  I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe (now). 

1Ti 4:11  These things command and teach.

These are essential truths upon which the house of God is built and the process of salvation works within our heavens and our earth.  Good to remember and be able to give answers to those precious few the Lord will put in our path.

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Sincere comments and questions are always welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Amos Part 26 – I Will Bring Again the Captivity of My People

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“I Will Bring Again the Captivity of My People”

Key Verses: Amos 9:9 – 9:15

This prophecy of Amos like all prophecy of judgment ends with salvation which is the very purpose for judgment and the very means of our deliverance from sin (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).  The Lord is saving His people right on the timelines declared from the beginning.

Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Blessed are we, the few chosen (Mat 22:14) and Lord willing the faithful (Rev 17:14) who have been given the gift of faith and the accompanying ears to hear and eyes to see. Here are the verses that complete the prophecy which are ushering in the good news gospel

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. 

Amo 9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 

Amo 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 

Amo 9:13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

Amo 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

The Lord’s purpose is always to save us and bring forth Christ by the destruction of our flesh and carnal way of life.

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

As we read these prophecies it is important to remember they all have an “is, was and will be” fulfillment just as do all of the Scriptures (Rev 1:8).  Yet it is The Elect, the true Israel of God in this and the past ages that will be living these words out in this eon (life) as we are prepared to be the rulers, judges and saviours (Oba 1:21) of the Lord in the ages to come.   The rest of mankind will be saved in the lake of fire by the words of fire spoken by the Elect, the deliverer from Sion.

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.

And it’s not any man, but only Christ, the Word in us, that is doing the judging and the saving.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Being sifted or shaken in a sieve is how we are brought to our wits ends unable to save ourselves from the stormy trials of the Lord’s whirlwind.  The purpose of the trials and afflictions is to break our fleshly spirit and pride and bring an end to our trusting in anything else but the Lord.   All that is not of faith must be removed from our heavens and our earth.  The shaking and the burning by fire are one in the same; namely the Word working judgment and purging all that needs purging.

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

The old man must be sifted so they only thing remaining will be built on the right foundation of faith.  The man of sin is being destroyed in the same process that Christ in us is being raised up.   We will be saved in that appointed time whether that is in this age or the one to come.  Not the least grain will fall to the earth is another way of saying the Lord will lose nothing whom the Father has given Him.

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

The natural state of all mankind in these bodies of flesh is a virtual sinning machine (Isa 51:5) made that way on purpose to be destroyed.  The wages of sin are spiritual death (Rom 6:23) but also bring the recompense of the Lord in coming the second time for salvation apart from sin.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us. 

Jesus Christ is come into the world, not to call the (self) righteous but to save those who know they are sinners and can do no good thing (Mat 9:13, Rom 7:24).  The salvation of sinners is by means of the war that is being fought in the hearts and minds of God’s people.  The soul that sins shall die (Eze 18:20) and that death is by a sword which is the Word that judges us.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Christ always comes in the darkest part of the spiritual night when we are blinded from the truth and not hearing nor obeying His commandments (famine of the Word) despite our faking it.

Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto everyone that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Isa 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

 In order to build a new temple and create the new heavens and new earth wherein righteousness will dwell (2Pe 3:13); the old one temple must first be torn down.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old

Amo 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 

These verses have nothing to do with a physical temple or Tabernacle being rebuilt in the end times.  While the whole orthodox world looks at events in modern day Israel and the Middle East and for physical Jews to begin constructing a new physical temple, the Lord has been at work in His Elect building His Church which is the  Temple in which He dwells.

Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

The temple is rebuilt in three days with the number three signifying the process of spiritual progression and maturity we gain in our day of the Lord (judgment).

Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body  (Eph 5:30).

But as Amos implies here, a new temple cannot be built until the first one is utterly destroyed.

Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

Mat 24:2  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Flesh and blood are only temporary dwelling places for us in the grand scheme of the Lord’s plan for mankind.  It was not intended and cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).

Salvation is of the Jews and comes through the Jews but as those words are all spirit and refer to the true Israel of God that have and are being circumcised by the hands of the Lord (Rom 2:28-29).  The disciples came to understand that salvation was for all men and would eventually extend to every man, “the Gentiles”, in the Lord’s timing.

Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Act 15:14  Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 

Act 15:15  And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

Act 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 

Act 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

The rebuilding of the temple is for the glory of the Lord and for His namesake.

Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

Eze 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

With a newly built house with new walls (doctrines) and a new foundation (faith in the Word) there is a new roof (head) as we acquire the mind of Christ.  This is the perfect will of God.

1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

1Th 4:4  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Edom symbolizes the first-born man of the flesh “Esau” and comes from the Hebrew word meaning red “adom via adam”.  We possess the remnant of Edom and “all the heathen” nations as we overcome sin in our life and little by little possess the spiritual land that was promised.

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.

Isa 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

The Restoration of Israel

The restoration of Israel is how these final verses are subtitled in most Bibles including e-Sword.  That is exactly correct yet speaks to spiritual Israel which will ultimately expand to be all mankind in the Lake of Fire.  The harvest of souls, the making alive in the Spirit of every man is assured.  It only awaits the Lord’s times determined for every man from the very beginning.

Amo 9:13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. 

The Lord does not always plant or plow as there are many steps to salvation.  There comes a time for the harvest which is the end purpose and salvation.  The harvest is brought in by His laborers (the Elect) in His field.  The last harvest of the three (1Co 15:21-22) is gathered after the Millennium Reign when flesh is destroyed by the fire of judgment in the final feast of ingathering.

Deu 16:13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

Exo34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

Both now and at the white throne judgment, it is the Elect who will do the reaping.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

All Israel (mankind) shall be saved at the end of the Millennium Reign at the great white throne judgment.  This is how the tabernacle of God will be extended to all mankind.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

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.

Spiritual Jerusalem, aka Zion, the Body and Bride of Christ, is the Lord’s Holy Mountain from which come the living waters, the spiritual milk and all true knowledge (wine) regarding the doctrines of the Lord.  The Book of Joel ends very similar as the process of judgment is one.

Joe 3:17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

Joe 3:18  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

The water of the washing by the Word is followed by the fire as Christ comes a second time for judgment even to those who will be judged in the Lake of Fire.  Knowing the truth is not enough, we must become doers, and the Lord will make us all overcomers with fire.

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:

The melting of hills is destroying our idols (the high places) in our heavens and earth and bringing the pride of man low.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The Elect hold all these roles listed here for the Lord.  I am not taking time to show and prove all of that but here are some quick references.  We are the plowman (Luk 9:62), the reapers (Mat 13:41), the treader’s of grapes (Jer 25:30) and the sower (Mar 4:14).  The Bible is CHRIST CENTRIC and it is knowing who Jesus Christ is and that He is come in a body of flesh today that opens up the eyes of our understanding to see these deep truths.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

It is through the Body of Christ that these greater works are getting done now and in the Lake of Fire.  Christ’s Elect will be the lake of fire, assembled together in one mind from which judgment will come to all men.  The words translated overtaken as in the plowman overtaking the reaper, makes it difficult to understand what is being said.  Of 187 occurrences, it is only translated overtaken here in this one verse of Amos.  A better rendering and more often use of the Hebrew word H5066 “nagash” is to “draw near or draw nigh”.

Amo 9:13 YLT – Lo, days are coming—an affirmation of Jehovah, And come nigh [H5066] hath the ploughman to the reaper, And the treader of grapes to the scatterer of seed, And the mountains have dropped juice, And all the hills do melt.

 The time is nigh and the end (salvation) is at hand salvation when we live out our day of the Lord and come through the spiritual earthquake that we were told would be coming from the beginning (Amo 1:1).

Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

When we share the truth with our fellow man, in the appointed times, we reveal Jesus Christ to them and they enter into the day of the Lord as their time is now at hand.  Such will be the process that is followed as all men come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Rev 22:10  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

Righteousness will work it course as we endure and are taught by judgment in the earth meaning our walk and life in this age (Isa 26:9).

Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 

We are all slaves, either to sin or to righteousness.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

And that is what being set free really means.  We are freed from our bondage to sin and made into bondservants of righteousness.

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Jesus Christ is come to set the captives free (Luk 4:18) from sin which is our deliverance and salvation.  When the Lord sets us free, we shall be free indeed of our former bondage.  When Christ is exalted in our heavens we are given to put on the mind of Christ, then captivity to sin is taken captive.

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Isa 14:2  And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

The Lord does have a good plan for us (Jer 29:10) but that plan requires us to go through many tribulations and experience death to our old man to be saved.  But the Lord caused the former and He alone will be causing the latter when we are dragged to Him.

Jer 29:14  And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The beast which all men are (Ecc 3:18) is overcome and subdued by Jesus Christ. Vengeance indeed the Lord’s if we are patient to wait for it.

Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

As our obedience is made manifest by judgment (Eze 36:27), then our works are blessed and the desolate cities within are inhabited by the new man Jesus Christ.

Deu 28:1  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Deu 28:2  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deu 28:3  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deu 28:4  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Judgment now is on the house of God (The Elect – 1Pe 4:17) and only those judged now will be the judges (1Co 11:31-32) in the lake of fire.  But the rest of mankind will be raised at the Second Resurrection and it is only then that they will be judged and live through the pain and suffering of judgment, even in spiritual bodies.

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

There is no turning back. Salvation is sure and it comes exactly in the Lord’s timetable.  But as we saw earlier, those ordained to be saved will be saved and none shall ever lost.  Once we are planted by the Lord in the HOLY CITY we as Christ, the Word will not return voidl

Amo 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. 

Here is some good news.  Once we make it, enduring to the very end, there is no reneging or risk of loss.  We shall forever be with the Lord (1Th 4;17) once we are given to overcome.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Once judgment is complete, righteous reigns supreme.  Nothing will enter in to the temple and the city that is unclean or an abomination (Rev 21:27).  This is the hope we should have in Christ that is saving us now and will save all men in the Lake of Fire.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. 

The vision of the Holy City and the Lamb’s wife was taught to me and most of us as a view of a physical heaven in which we would live with the Lord forever.  But even now knowing these words are spirit and speak of spiritual things, the visions is even more glorious if we have faith.

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 

We that know these truths now are so blessed and to be together in One Body so we can hold each other up as we partake of our judgment now with our temple opened in our mind to His Testimony.

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

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