Thy mystery of iniquity

What is this mystery, if Paul calls it a mystery, then we should not believe the simple interpretations that we have been taught.

When Paul speaks the word mystery it’s not a statement he uses lightly.

There are two main interpretations of this in the church. The reformers believed that this was the Roman Catholic Church; and the man of sin was the pope.

This has shifted more recently with the establishment of the state of Israel.

Large parts of the church now believe that these events will take place once the temple is rebuilt, in which triggers the revealing of the man of sin.

Paul calls him the man of sin.

This word man that he uses, is the same word in the Greek as he used when he says.

The first man, Adam, became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 1 Corinthians 15-45

The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.

As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.

And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15-47,48,49

Adam the man is a racial representation of a type of humanity.

Christ the man is also a representation of a kind of humanity.

When Paul is speaking of the man of sin, he is using the same kind of language as he uses in 1 Corinthians.

I believe Paul was not alluding to an individual character called the man of sin.

What I believe Paul was speaking of was a type of humanity.

The seeds of this humanity were already planted in the days of the Apostles.

John called it the Antichrist.

The leaven of this type of humanity was already in the early church well before the Roman Church came into being.

When the Lord was asked about the tares in with the wheat, Jesus didn’t say pull the tares out, he said let them grow together until the harvest, harvest time is when the difference will be known.

The Lord was asked were did these tares come from; the Lord said that the evil one planted them among the wheat.

So this leaven has been apart of the church since the time of the apostles.

What the end of the age does is, it matures the two kinds of humanities that are in the Christian church.

These two types of humanity are not localized in one expression, they are scattered throughout the whole body of Christendom.

They grow together as one family until harvest time.

Then comes the end when the Lord sends his angels to separate the two, notice its not until the end of the age until we truly know what is what.

So in the main stream of the true church family is this kind of humanity, it looks like the real thing, acts like the real thing, even has spiritual power to show great signs and wonders, but inwardly they are false.

The problem is they don’t know this, they think they are the true, they think that what is being manifested through them is truly the power of God.

The sad thing also is, the true sheep usually get fooled by them.

Not knowing that Satan can, and does transform himself into an angel of light.

John said believe not every spirit, you have an anointing from holy one that should alert you to the thing if it truly is of God, or the evil one.

The really sad part is that there are so few who really question these things.

We are in a state today that if we feel some kind of spiritual power in it then it must be of God.

This is the same condition that the Jews were in when Jesus was among then, always looking for signs and wonders, remember what the Lord said, a evil and adulterous generation seeks these things.

The word that the Lord gave them then, is the same word he is giving now, the only sign that will be given is the sign of Jonah, the word of the cross, this is the place that we truly find the power of God, this is the place of true reality.

Prophetic Warning

This is a prophetic warning that came.

Get your house in order.

The hour is escalating rapidly .

The nations are about to be shaken.

Set your life in proper order.

Seek the Lord while he still may be found.

Be not foolish virgins, but be wise knowing the time is short.

The urgency that is coming from the spirit realm is startling.

The sense of dread is staggering.

Get in the safety of the life of the risen ascended Lord.

Repent! for the hour of the wrath of the Lamb is at hand.

The cup of iniquity is full.

Multitudes multitudes in the valley of decision.

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain.

The hour of shaking is at the door.

Blessed assurance

1After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

“I have revealed you[a] to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name;[b] now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me.[c] I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.[d] No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

How can one read these statements by Jesus himself and not believe in the election of his people . These words that the Lord spoke in John are staggering.

What a foundation of faith we have under our feet.

Paul’s statements in Romans are also amazing.

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[p] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

10 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins.[f] 11 But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; 12 he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.”[g] 13 In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”[h]

14 Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! 15 For God said to Moses,

“I will show mercy to anyone I choose,
    and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”[i]

16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.

17 For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.”[j] 18 So you see, God chooses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen.

19 Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?”

20 No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? 22 In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. 23 He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. 24 And we are among those whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles.

25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,

“Those who were not my people,
    I will now call my people.
And I will love those
    whom I did not love before.”[k]

One could add many more amazing foundational scriptures regarding the guarantee of salvation from beginning to the ending.

Not one that he has chosen will perish? wow! who could make this kind of an statement but the universal God and King.

Why are the nations in an uproar

If we truly have eyes to see into the spirit realm, which governs this world, we would see a glorious eternal kingdom, which is right in the midst of the very presence that we dwell in.

Its kind of like three in one, the earthly realm were we inhabit, the lower heaven-lies were the principalities and powers inhabit, and the upper heaven-lies were the King and his Kingdom inhabit.

These three realms are here together at the same time, there is no distance that separates them, what separates them is depth?

We have been taught that the kingdom of heaven is some distant place far away.

This kingdom is here and now, right in the very midst of the air that we breathe.

The people who truly have seen and live in this reality called the kingdom of heaven, are the ones that are able to release this kingdom in power, into the realm of the visible.

We have come to mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem; we are not coming to it when we die.

The bible says that we have come to this eternal city yet while we are still living in this earthly realm.

At the Cross the Lord ascended the holy hill of Zion and established this city.

Through his death and resurrection, the Lord laid the foundation of this eternal city.

The bible makes it clear, this city grows out from the earth.

The clouds of witnesses that surround us are the residents of the city, but we that have been born from above, are residents also.

These witnesses were just like us when they died, they just left this physical fleshly realm.

Near the end of his physical life, Samuel Rutherford an old Reformer said, I see Emanuel’s land, and it is full of glory.

What the second coming means to me, is the physical visible revelation of this city.

The bible says every eye will see this appearing?

That to me says that this city covers all the realms of earth now.

When it is revealed every eye will be witness to its physical display.

The age we live in now is not the blessed Age of peace, that will come at the time of its revealing.

This age is the age of battle.

David was a man of battle.

The Lord is building this city in the midst of his enemies.

The Lord is using all the evil work of his enemies to prepare this eternal city.

To live in this city now is to be in a place of warfare.

The world rulers of this present darkness are very agitated at its presence; they want this city and its people who dwell in this place to disappear.

To live in this city is to come under extreme spiritual conflict.

Once we take our stand with the Lord on the holy hill of Zion, we become marked men and women.

Special attention is given us from the world rulers when we make this kind of a stand.

The Lord says fear not I have overcome all your enemies, they are already defeated by him, all we have to do is stand in his complete victory.

To truly come into the revelation of this city, is to truly see the eternal church of the living God.

Ruler of the kings of the earth

On the isle Patmos, the Apostle John was given special unfolding revelation of this universal heavenly man, which who he knew was the Christ of God

John saw that this Jesus who he walked and lived with on the earth, was now again what he always had been.

king of kings, lord of lords.

The eternal God.

The mighty one of Israel.

Ruler of all ages, not only of the present age, but all the ages that have been, and all the ages that will be.

He is the one that regulates the affairs of all his creatures.

All things are held together by his direct power.

He is before all things, he is the power that holds all things together.

What he chooses to do, no one can stop.

What he stops no one can start.

He is the one that sets up Kingdoms and empires, but he is also the one who removes them when the purpose of their use is over.

He is not waiting to rule the earth some day, he is ruling the earth now.

Just because the world is unable see this, doesn’t mean that its not true.

His great appearing in the clouds of glory, will be his self revelation of this historic truth.

This is what John saw, he saw the messiah Jesus who was supposed to set up a earthly kingdom on earth in the land of Israel, now universal lord and king of all things.

His universal rule someday will be a visible present rule, but that day waits until he has first put all his enemies under his feet.

This world is not spinning out of control; the man of the glory is controlling all the affairs of this world.

He is not waiting to be judge he is the judge of the world now.

Yes there is a future judgment to come, but there is also a present judgment now.

He disciplines the nations of the earth, he also disciplines the sins and rebellions of his people.

It might be hidden to the natural eyes, but behind the rod of his hidden wrath, is the hand of this man of glory.

He is the beginning of all things, but he is also the end of all things.

The things that are coming at the close of this age will stagger us unless we see that he is Lord of all events.

His judgments are his self-revelation to us, he reveals himself in his judgments.

The revelation of his mercy is hidden in his judgments.

We cannot see his mercy unless we see his judgments.

The cross was the greatest revelation of the mercy of God, but it was only revealed through the greatest revelation of the judgment of God?

God does not just wink at our rebellions and sins, his righteousness requires his judgment.

But when his judgment has been satisfied then his mercy is revealed.

Mercy is always revealed in his judgments.

If we cower from his judgments in our lives, we will not see his mercy in our lives.

Grace is free but its not cheap, it cost the Son of God everything.

If we refuse his discipline in our lives, we also refuse his Grace and mercy in our lives.

The cross is a revelation of both.

His judgment in our lives should not frighten us.

They are one of the great attributes of God, its what makes him God, its what he is, he is a judge over all his creatures.

Looking back at my life I thank God for his judgments, were would I be without them?

Prophetic communication

When we hear a new prophetic word from God, we hear the same word that others have heard throughout the ages.

The spoken prophetic word is always new to us, but it has always been spoken.

When we come into the heavenly Christ, who is the word, we come into the full spoken thought of God, for now and for all the ages that will follow.

Everything God has to say to humanity now, has already been spoken in the eternal Christ, who is the eternal word of God.

To come into the Christ who is the word, is to come into the full revelation of Gods spoken word.

When we come into Christ, we come into the Prophetic communication of Gods word.

When we hear the word, we become Prophetic communicators of the word.

When we speak the word, if it truly is the word, it triggers present time historic event, for those who hear the word.

God has always spoken his eternal word, but not all hear this word.

Every time we hear Gods spoken prophetic word, it is always new to us, but it has always been spoken.

Prophetic events in historic present time, wait for the prophetic eternal speaking of Gods word.

When God brings into being historic present time events, God sends forth his spoken eternal word.

The communicators of this word are the hearers of the word.

The communicators of the eternal word, are the ones who live in the eternal word.

The hearers of the word are brought into the reproach of the word, which always comes with the hearing of the word.

The communicators of the prophetic word are given access to see the prophetic events of the word, before the word becomes the historical present time event.

God allows the prophetic communicators of the word to see the glory of the word, but he does not allow them to share in the glory of the word.

Gods jealousy for the glory of his word always requires this.

Sovereign Election

I think this truth is one of the most contested truths in the faith, God is an electing God; he chooses whom he will, as he will, when he will, when rightly apprehended, this truth is a devastation to the arrogant heart of man, man thinks he can, but doesn’t understand, he is a fool, blinded by his pride.

The election of God is the beginning of the utter devastation of the Adamic life, election undercuts all our natural human ability to give to God something good in ourselves, election says no to what we are, but yes to what he is.

Election leads us into a self-revelation of the total depravity of our human nature.

Election closes the door to one humanity, but opens the door to another.

This new humanity is no longer what we are, but what he is, this foundational truth when rightly apprehended is the place of rest and peace, it takes us into the total satisfaction of Gods son, no longer what I am, but what he is.

Election opens the door to the controversy of Zion, God has a people in this world that are not welcome, the principalities and powers of the air know this.

These people are a direct cause of agitation to their rule over fallen mankind.

These powers know that on the great day when he appears with his elect, their long rein of evil will come to and end, their place of power will be given to the church which has suffered from their assaults throughout the ages of time.

In this present age there is no release from these assaults, the elect have to bear under the stress of these constant antagonisms that are directed at them from the evil one, knowing that many that have gone on have born these sufferings also.

As Saul assaulted David, so the elect will suffer from the assaults of the evil one.

This conflict will continue until the appearing of Christ’s theocratic kingdom.

Every elect member of his mystical body that now dwells on the earth is brought into this conflict.

As soon as we enter into the elect heavenly man, the atmosphere changes, we are brought into a realm of intense spiritual antagonism.

We feel that we have come into a world of intense evil, and this evil is now directed at us.

This evil comes in many forms, people begin to look at you different.

People that once were common to life now look at you with suspicion, your very presence seems to agitate them.

In the early stages of this life you wonder what in the world is going on, but over time and experience you realize these assaults are directed at the heavenly man, whom now has become your life.

The purpose of these assaults are aimed at getting us back into the old Adamic life, which is the sphere and ground of the evil one’s authority.

Over time and much failure, we begin to understand our enemies, our faith is enlarged, we begin to learn how to hold this heavenly ground, the new man is enlarged, we bend but not break.

I believe the root of anti Semitism is the direct cause of the election of the nation of Israel.

The world does not understand this reality, but the powers of the air do, if people would stand back and ask themselves, why don’t we like these people, they couldn’t give a reasonable answer, the reality is they are chosen which makes them marked for antagonism.

The intensity of this conflict will continue to escalate more and more as we approach the birthing of the theocratic kingdom, hitting the high water mark on the day that is called, the day of Jacobs’s trouble.

This conflict has no ending in this present life; the day we leave this world is the day it ends, but we do know, by Gods promise to his elect, not one shall be lost.

The revelation of Jesus Christ

I believe we are again living in a time in which the Christian church has once again lost the great truths of the apostolic faith.

Like the time of Luther, the church once again needs another reformation of the apostolic faith.

The Christian faith has once again become in most parts just another religion in the earth; it has lost the apostolic presence that separates the Christian faith from all other faiths.

We again in this day, need the Lord to send forth his great truths into the body of believers, which makes up the present church.

We have all the teachings, we have all the history, we have all the books, but we are missing what the early church had, we are missing what was restored in the time of the reformation.

I believe we at this present moment of history, as the church, are again living in the time of great need.

To finish this present dispensation the church needs to once again come into, not something new, but something that has always been, but now lost.

We need to once again ask the Lord to bring us back to where it all began, to what was completed at the cross.

We need the Lord to once again reveal to us what really is available for us in Christ.

We need to come into the reality of the finished perfected work of Christ.

We need to have our inner eyes opened to see the great work of the Christ, which he secured for us on his cross.

We all seem to have the proper doctrines and teachings.

Our theology is very sound, but we have missed the main ingredient, which is the very apostolic presence, of the living God dwelling in the midst of his people.

Yes we need power and his presence once again to fill our meetings.

We need what others in the history of the church came into.

But these things are only entered into through an inner revelation of the finished work of Christ.

Pentecost was the result of the Lord ascending to the throne, this was the result, power to perform great works in the earth.

The early church came into this truth, they saw the ascended glorified Lord of heaven, sitting at the right hand of power, having all authority in heaven and on earth.

This is what the early church came into, this was what the reformation was, it was the great truths once again being restored to the church.

To see these great truths by spiritual revelation, is to come into the throne room of power and authority.

This is were the holy spirit camps out at.

This is the place where the defeat of the principalities and powers is a living reality.

The holy spirit always bears witness to the finished work of Christ.

If we want his power and presence, then we have to ask the Lord to show us who he is in Gods universe.

When one sees the lord high and lifted up, ruling his creation with great power and authority, siting on the right hand of power, exercising his will over the nations, this brings great comfort and assurance to our faith.

To see the lordship of Jesus Christ over all things, is to come into the throne room of universal power and influence.

On this ground, which is Christ crucified, ascended ruler over all, there we truly find our release and freedom.

I believe the church is once again ripe, for a new unveiling of the universal lordship of the Christ of God.

I believe unless we see these great once and for all time delivered truths, we will continue to live under the glory, which is available for us.

Jesus said, you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.

Baptized into his sorrow

When I was younger in the faith I use to enjoy reading books like Madame Guyon, and other mystical writers that speak on the inner crucifixion of the Christian experience.

In my naivety I thought it was fascinating to read the in-depth details of the inner crucifixion of the life of Christ.

Over the years, and ever growing experience of this reality, I find it very difficult to find much enjoyment in reading about these kinds of things.

I have never written much on this aspect of the Christian experience, but felt I needed to express some thoughts regarding this road we often have to travel.

The cross of Christ is many sided in ones experience.

One side of the cross is the experience of being raised into the heavenly glory of the eternal Kingdom, seeing the greatness of our great King and God.

Partaking in the glory of his great victory that he secured for our salvation.

When he ascended into the heavens he took us with him and made us partakers of the greatness of his love.

This is a wonderful time when God by his mercy reveals in us this rapturous event.

But there are times also in our walk, when the Lord brings us into the great agony of the death of deaths, which is also is a very real experience for us in him.

Yes when he ascended to the throne we were with him, but we also were with him, when the rulers and authorities of this present evil age, ventilated their wrath and fury against him on the cross.

When one is brought into this event, the Christian experience becomes very unpleasant and difficult.

How can one even write on these things.

All is darkness, sorrow, suffering, confusion, its like being entombed in a place of weakness, unable to make any defense of the deluge of on-slots that overwhelm the soul.

No human comes through these events a hero.

When this becomes our experience, then all we can do is endure and hang on until the storm clouds of the trail recede.

It’s hard to put it into any kind of words when this becomes our experience.

The crucifixion of Christ was devastating to the disciples.

The Lord was on the cross, but the cross to them was also a very real event.

They all collapsed under the moral strain of this universal experience.

It seems like every time we enter the agony of his death and sufferings, we wonder how did we get through it.

The cross is a devastating experience to the self hood of our humanity.

Thank God that he raised Jesus from the dead, thank God this event was not the final event.

No man could survive under the requirement that was asked for.

This event will follow our Christian experience throughout this present life.

The depth of it will ever be greater, but the height of the resurrection will ever be higher.

When we find this experience to be our lot, then like Job all we can do is sit on the ash heap of sorrow.

Waiting for the moment when God who raises the dead, lifts us up again into the glory of his resurrection victory, which he has secured for us.

Overcoming life of Christ

This life, which we come into through faith in Christ is indestructible, invincible; there is no force in this universe, natural or spiritual that can stand against it.

Let the nations be in an uproar, let the Kings of the earth come against it, let all the principalities and powers rage before it, the Lord says, I have installed my King on the holy hill of Zion.

This life is our rock and our shield.

The principalities and powers may be given much liberty in assaulting our humanity, but after their rage is exhausted on us, and we wonder if they have finally overcome us, then this overcoming life, which is Christ in us, rises from the ashes of our trail into his universal victory, which he has secured for us at the cross.

Don’t let evil and trail discourage you, these events are only allowed by Gods sovereignty to draw out this wonderful life, which he has given us.

Don’t draw back into yourself when trouble comes your way, wait it out, even though you feel stretched further than you think you can endure.

When the trial is over, this precious overcoming life rises from the ashes of the trial, into newness of resurrection, which we can’t even imagine.

The days of trial are always very near.

God does allow troublesome events to come our way.

God is allowing his church to be stretched to its limits.

The only way the life of Christ which is in us, can truly be revealed is through trouble, persecutions, sufferings, and trials.

If you’ve come into the life of the Christ, don’t think that God is going to just let you have a nice peaceful time in this world.

This risen life of the Christ draws out the evil, which is in the world.

Things are beginning to change, just because we live in these so-called Christian nations, don’t think we can escape these events.

These things will come in this nation, just as much as any other.

Just know this that his life in us is the final answer.

Don’t worry about all the things that are about to take place; all things are under the Lords sovereign hand.