THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM
According to scripture, the Spirit of Wisdom is one of the seven Spirits of the Lord (see Is. 11:2 & Rev. 1:4)! But in all reality, those seven Spirits are ONE SPIRIT in Christ and the Father! When we have Christ within us in all His wonderful and rich fullness, we will then have all seven Spirits of the Lord. There is one way to receive those seven Spirits, and that is by seeking the Lord and Him only! By seeking the Lord and following Him, we shall receive Christ in fullness! That there are seven Spirits does not mean we need to seek for each Spirit of the Lord separately and individually. Rather, we will seek the Lord alone, that He might dwell within us in fullness! And when we have Him within us in fullness, we will then have all seven Spirits of the Lord within us, making us complete and perfect in Christ!
The Psalmist gave us a Word of Wisdom, when he said, “Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore” (Ps. 105:4). And Paul added: “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him” (Col. 2:9-10). The fullness of all that God is, is completed, and then compacted, packed, and bundled together in Christ! In Christ dwells all the fullness of God! When we have Christ within us in all His glorious fullness, we will then be complete in Him! Nothing more will be needed when we are complete in Christ! Therefore, to receive the Spirit of Wisdom from God, as well as all the other six Spirits of the Lord, we only need to “Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore,... For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” If there is anything more of God and His Kingdom that we may need, our spiritual attitude should always be: “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12).
The Spirit is Speaking to the Wise Hearted Again Today
Early in the history of Israel, the Lord spoke to Moses telling him to make a tabernacle of worship. He also told him how to adorn that tabernacle to make it a fit place of worship. The Lord then told Moses to set aside Aaron and his family to be the priests in Israel, and that he was to make special garments for them. Of those who were to make those garments, God said, “And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom” (Ex. 28:3). God had a people in that day who were “wise hearted,” whom He had filled with the Spirit of Wisdom! That was a Day of new beginnings, just as this new Day is in the purposes of God! The Lord is also doing A NEW THING TODAY! In that Day the Lord created a people for His Name’s sake, a people whom He had filled with the Spirit of Wisdom! And again, in this New Day of greater hope and promise, the Lord has set aside a people for His purposes. They are a people who are wise hearted, a people whom Father has filled with the Spirit of Wisdom!
The Lord said to Moses, “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty” (Ex. 28:2). In that Day, the Lord was calling and setting aside His priesthood and then clothing them with royal garments befitting their calling. So also today, Father has called a people unto Himself who shall be priests of a higher calling; they shall be priests after the order of Melchizedek! And they shall be clothed in “white raiment” (as in Rev. 4:4, 7:9, 13-17, 19:8, 14), or their old bodies will be replaced with new bodies, which is that “white raiment” that represents the fullness of the very Life of Christ! And these Spirit-anointed priests of God are sincerely believing the Lord, that they might be filled with all seven of the Spirits of the Lord, including the Spirit of Wisdom, which is the present truth for this Day and hour!
The promise of being adorned with garments of His Life was given to us by the Apostle Paul, who wrote by the Spirit, saying “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this (present body or tabernacle) we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house (tabernacle or body) which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle (or body) do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed (or without a body), but clothed upon, that (this) mortality (or this body of dying flesh) might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit” (2 Cor. 5:1-5).
Despite the many claims to the contrary, we have only received “the earnest of the Spirit.” When we originally received the holy Spirit, that was only the “earnest,” or the down payment, of the fullness of the Spirit, which are the seven Spirits of the Lord! The original word, translated “earnest,” means “a pledge, part of the purchase-money or property given in advance as security for the rest.” The portion of the Holy Spirit we were given when we first received His Spirit is only the “earnest,” which was given us in advance as security for the rest of the fullness of the Spirit! In this way the Lord separated us and secured us unto Himself by giving us the “earnest” of His Spirit, with the expectation that we would receive all the fullness of God! By our process of growth unto greater spiritual maturity, which involves the many tests and trials of this “life,” we are receiving the fullness of the precious holy Spirit, which are the seven Spirits of the Lord!
God has called us to go on with Him, beyond the present with its tests and trials, to receive all seven of the Spirits of the Lord! If we are up to date with the Lord and are walking faithfully with Him unto His fullness, we may already have the Spirit of Wisdom! All those elect, who are faithfully doing the will of God, walking with Him unto sonship fulfilled, who have left the old ways of Pentecost and the church order behind them, are receiving the fullness of the Spirit, including the Spirit of Wisdom! This is what God is doing now with His elect! Only the “wise hearted,” to whom God has given the Spirit of Wisdom, could go on with God, and walk this walk and all it involves in His wonderful and glorious Kingdom of Love! The Spirit of Wisdom is ours now, if we are prepared of the Lord to go on with Him to receive His fullness!
The psalmist said, “The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. [Job 28:28; Prov 1:7; Matt 22:37,38; Rev 14:7.]” (Ps. 111:10, AMP). Solomon gave a similar Word, when he said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Pro. 9:10). The reverent fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to know the Lord is where our understanding of all things begins! All wisdom and understanding began with God and came from God, for God is the Author of all Wisdom, including some of the wisdom of this world!
Earlier we quoted the scripture in which the Lord told Moses
to set aside Aaron and his family to be priests of the Lord in Israel. That
scripture also tells us that God gave wisdom to those who were to make the priests
garments. Therefore, the Lord is the Source of the some of the wisdom of this
world! The wisdom to create the things of this world also came from God! The
Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezaleel
the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him
with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and
in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and
in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving
of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship” (Ex. 31:1-5). Thus, God
gave that man the wisdom necessary to do menial tasks in Israel. It was not
the wisdom of God for ministry or service to the Lord and His Kingdom that God
gave that man; it was His wisdom to do a work that needed to be done to complete
the tabernacle, whether for cutting of stones or in the carving of timber, for
Israel’s tabernacle of worship.
God gave that man some of His Wisdom to do a worldly or earthly work, which enabled Bezaleel the son of Uri to “devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.” Others, who were wise hearted and in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, also helped in various crafts and talents to build “the tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle” (Ex. 31:7). These scriptures tell us clearly and distinctly that God is the Author of Wisdom, especially His good wisdom to create things, such as the latest scientific and medical discoveries, and inventions of every kind and description! Without the wisdom that comes from God, we would not have the newest inventions and creations, such as the computer and all the other latest designs and innovations!
Indeed, Christ is King and Lord over all the world in a greater way than we may have realized! Without His wisdom, what would this world be like? Without the wisdom of God this world would be like the world of thousands of years ago, lacking the latest advancements in science and technology! We would still be living in mud huts and walking to visit neighbors and loved ones, or riding horses or buggies, as they did years ago, because the Wisdom of God was lacking in the world. People would not be living as long as they are now, for the medical field would not be blessed with the latest wisdom to guide the doctors in their technology, or the scientists and pharmacists in the creation of drugs and other products to cure sicknesses and diseases of every kind and description! Just as the Lord gave His wisdom to the artisans and craftsmen of Moses’ era, so also has He blessed later generations with the wisdom of God to make the advancements we have seen in every area of human need and experience!
Some of us are old enough to be able to look back on the world we have known to see all the many advancements that have been made to make this world a better world. With this “backward” view, we can see that the world has slowly evolved into a world that is better, because of the wisdom of God! It hasn’t gotten any better from a moral or spiritual standpoint; in fact, it has only gotten worse. But since the wisdom of God has changed the world technologically and scientifically, then it is also certain that the Wisdom of God will also change mankind, to make us all perfect, so that we are just like our beloved elder Brother, by changing us into His glorious image and heavenly likeness! And that is exactly what our Father is beginning to do now with His elect in this present world!
All the signs and historical records show us clearly that the Wisdom of the Lord has essentially changed this world in the areas of science and technology! And those advances in science and technology have given us a better world! But there is a much better world yet to come forth! If God can change the world in those areas, as He has already done, then we can believe and expect that our God will continue to change the world, by establishing His righteous reign in all the earth, eliminating the corrupt rule of man, and defeating all His enemies and ours. When God does all that, we will see drastic, yet wonderful changes everywhere in this corrupt and sinful old world. And our loving and merciful elder Brother will do all this and more simply BY REIGNING!
I sometimes wonder if we really appreciate all that God is doing in this world, because of our faithfulness to Him and to this high calling of God in Christ! Because we are faithful to the Lord, and have forsaken the ways of the dead past to embrace the NEW THING that God is doing now, we are the Kingdom SEED of Christ that is planted in the Earth to bring forth the new Earth and the new Heavens, wherein dwells the Righteousness of Christ! Our consistent, positive spiritual responses of obedience to the leading of the Spirit have produced spiritual changes in the Heavenlies, resulting in actual, literal changes in the world we live in! We may not see anything in the way of actual, literal evidence YET, to indicate that the world is becoming a better place, morally and spiritually! But it is happening, whether we can see it or not! It is taking place now, not by some religious activity, such as preaching and teaching, but by our spiritual walk, or by the spiritual lives we live in this world, as we remain in our quiet, personal and individual “tabernacles,” or “booths,” where we worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth! Because of our faithfulness to the Lord and His Kingdom, and by the power of the Christ within, the world is being changed to become the new Earth, with those new spiritual and literal Heavens! Heaven is coming to Earth! And the Wisdom of the Lord our God, or the Spirit of Wisdom, also tells us that this is absolute Kingdom Truth; it is the living Truth of God for this new, Kingdom Day! By “naked” faith, “blind” faith, and faith without substance, the Kingdom of God is beginning to change the world! And the literal evidence of our faith will soon follow!
May I remind you of what one of our spiritual brothers in Christ, wrote about faith? He said, “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, BEING THE PROOF OF THINGS [WE] DO NOT SEE AND THE CONVICTION OF THEIR REALITY [FAITH PERCEIVING AS REAL FACT WHAT IS NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES]. For by [faith--trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORLDS [during the successive ages] WERE FRAMED (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) BY THE WORD OF GOD, SO THAT WHAT WE SEE WAS NOT MADE OUT OF THINGS WHICH ARE VISIBLE (Heb. 11:1-3, AMP).
This familiar passage has deep meaning for all of us in this new Day, when it is revealed and quickened by the Spirit! But in order to apply this truth to the present and the future, we should first understand how faith has changed the world in the past. The simple, basic truth for us to know and understand is that the world, as it is framed and established now, was made to become what it is by the Word of God, which is something invisible and unknown to the carnal mind. The world of the present was not made out of something visible, but by the living and powerful Word of God, which is invisible and without substance, yet powerful enough to bring forth the new Earth and the new Heavens, wherein dwelleth the Righteousness of Christ! Remember, “WHAT WE SEE WAS NOT MADE OUT OF THINGS WHICH ARE VISIBLE!” Therefore, the world to come will also be made, created and formed by the INVISIBLE Word of God, which is supported and confirmed by the living faith of the Son of God that is within us! We are so accustomed to living and judging by the carnal mind of old Adam, that we find it difficult to see with the “eye” of faith! By “naked” faith, “blind” faith, and faith without substance, the world to come is coming forth, first without any literal evidence, but confirmed by that living Faith of God, which is all the evidence we need until the real thing has come forth! The faith we must have to support the Living Word of God and give it substance is the faith that is being given to us by Mother Wisdom, in union with our Father God, Who made us what we are now! Not one among this royal, chosen company of Spirit-led and Spirit-guided BELIEVERS should ever express any doubt or fear about our Father’s plan for the future world, or the world to come!
Here is a prophecy that has been quoted many times, and sometimes misquoted. We have read and heard this prophecy many times through the years, but I would like to quote it again. Although this prophecy was misquoted in the past, there is a time when it must be entirely fulfilled, and this may be that time. The prophet Daniel said: “AND AT THAT TIME” (which is the time of the end, or the present time, when a dictator-pharaoh shall arise to deceive and destroy, see Dan. 11:36-45) “shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: AND AT THAT TIME thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to THE TIME OF THE END: (WHEN) many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Dan. 12:1-4).
Are many running to and fro these days? Yes, indeed they are! We see this every day, as our streets and highways are crowded and overflowing with cars and other vehicles, in addition to the many planes, trains and buses that are filled with people running to and fro throughout the world. Has wisdom and knowledge in the world increased? Yes, indeed it has! We are well aware of the increases that have already taken place in the fields of science and technology. Therefore, this may be that TIME OF THE END, according to Daniel’s enlightening prophecy! And it is also the time when all the anointed words of the Lord, given in this prophecy, shall no longer be “shut up,” “sealed” or delayed, but will be unsealed, opened up and then fulfilled by the Spirit! If all this is true, which we believe it is, then this is also the time when “there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.” This prophecy no longer applies to some future time; it is taking place NOW!
This may very well be that time of trouble, to which Daniel’s prophecy alludes! Most certainly, spiritual darkness covers the earth, as well as the hearts of the people, according to Isaiah’s anointed prophecy: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Is. 60:1-2). It may get worse before it gets any better, but thankfully this prophesy shows a more positive future. When spiritual darkness covers the earth and the people, as it is doing now, we are called to “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” Daniel’s prophecy concurs, saying, “AT THAT TIME THY PEOPLE SHALL BE DELIVERED, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame (or, disgrace) and everlasting contempt (or, to be deplored). And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
And how will the Lord’s elect, whose names shall be found written “in the book,” be delivered? Those who are “sleeping” in death and in the dust of the earth shall awaken, some to everlasting Life (to be given their new bodies), and some to age-lasting contempt, meaning they shall be temporarily deplored and judged because of their unrighteousness! Those that are wise, who are blessed with the Spirit of Wisdom, as well as all seven Spirits of the Lord, shall truly shine as the brightness of the firmament and with the Glory of their new bodies, while they that turn many to righteousness shall shine with the brilliance of the stars, or with the Glory of the Light and Life of Christ, forever and ever!
As we continue to walk with the Lord, by faith, obediently following Him and trusting Him only, we may hear a Word within us, saying, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” As long as it is the Lord speaking to us, by the Spirit of Wisdom, telling us to “Arise and shine,” we will then know that His Word, spoken to us by the Lord Himself, will be fulfilled concerning us! But, if it is another voice, speaking the same words but lacking the anointing and the Wisdom of the Lord, it will surely fail! The bottom line for us is: trust the Spirit of Wisdom to lead and guide you concerning the fulfillment of the prophetic Word of the Lord! The only way to know for sure if it is Father’s Time for us to “Arise and shine,” is to rely on the Spirit of Wisdom to alert us and guide us!
Are you fully prepared for this great Day and all it portends? Do you have enough of the precious “oil” of the Spirit in your “lamps” to carry you through this night to the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Are you ready for an increase in the spiritual darkness in this world, which may challenge everything we believe and everything we expect and hope for? But, more importantly, are you prepared to be delivered from all this sin, death and darkness by the glorious appearing of Christ to transform His waiting sons? And then, after we are transformed by the Glory of Christ’s appearing to us in resurrection Life, we shall “do exploits,” (Dan. 11:32), dispelling this spiritual darkness, resulting in a new Earth and those new Heavens coming forth, displaying the glory, the wonder and the magnificence of Christ, for all to see, experience and be changed, even as we were changed!
Then Daniel saw two men, one on this side of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. Then one man said to the other, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” Then Daniel heard the man clothed in linen, “sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” Then, Daniel replied, “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” When this Word is fulfilled, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; BUT THE WISE (who are being tried like as by fire) SHALL UNDERSTAND” (Dan. 12:5-10). And I do believe the WISE are now beginning to understand some of these Kingdom Truths and spiritual realities!
The scriptures abound with God’s promise of a new Earth, with newly transformed people dwelling on it and ruling it! For example, Peter wrote this prophetic Word: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13). God will indeed bring forth a new Earth and those new Heavens! And He will establish His Righteousness in that New Earth, which means that people will live on the new Earth and will do so in righteousness! That is His promise! And our responsibility regarding this promise is this: “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation” (vss. 14-15). How easy is that? That is exactly what we are doing if we are among His chosen elect! If we are looking to the Lord, expecting Him to change us, as well as the Earth and the Heavens, then all we need to do to see this Word of promise fulfilled is to believe it and then live in obedience to the Word of the Lord, as revealed through Peter (see 2 Peter 3:7-15).
I know full well that we are all becoming weary with the waiting! I know, because I see it in myself! We have cherished the promises of God for years, waiting, longing and hoping that we would witness it in our lifetime! But we have now come up to the “longsuffering of the Lord,” as His promises seem to be delayed. The Lord, in His infinite Wisdom, knew all this would take place at this time in the lives of His chosen firstfruits, so He gave us a Word of Wisdom for these times, telling us to “account (OR CONSIDER) that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.” Every minute of apparent delay is THE SALVATION OF THE LORD at work! What we think is delay is really God’s salvation at work in the earth! If it were not for His longsuffering, this world would undoubtedly be thrust into a time of strong and severe judgment! But MERCY, TRUTH AND THE WISDOM OF GOD ARE PREVAILING in this present world, for “the longsuffering of our Lord” is His more abundant salvation at work in the earth, not only for us, but for the rest of the world as well!
Out of You Shall Flow Rivers of Living Water
Our blessed Lord has said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (or from your innermost being) shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). Then the explanation is given, telling what is meant by “rivers of living water,” which is, “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive” (Jo. 7:39). I am sure we all know that the rivers of living water, which shall flow out of us to bless the world, is THE PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT THAT WE WILL HAVE WITHIN US, when we have Christ in us in blessed and glorious fullness! When we have all seven of the Spirits of the Lord within us in fullness, God will release us so that those living waters shall flow out of us in Kingdom purity and Kingdom abundance! And those “rivers of living waters” flowing out of us in glorious abundance will change the earth and the heavens, making it into the new world, or the new Earth, along with the new Heavens, wherein dwells the Righteousness of Christ!
The Psalmist likened us to trees planted by the River of Life. As we live spiritually alongside that River of Life, we are taking in those Waters, which shall be used to refresh the multitudes. From within us shall those Living Waters flow out to the people of the nations! Thus, we read, “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. [Rom 13:8-10; Gal 3:1; 2 Tim 3:16.] And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. [Jer 17:7,8.]” (Ps. 1:1-3, AMP).
The elect of the Lord stand head and shoulders above all those who are of the world and in the world, spiritually speaking, including the “Christians” in the church system. They do not intermingle with those of the world and of the church system, for they have a greater and a higher calling! They do not walk among “the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.” Rather, “his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. [Rom 13:8-10; Gal 3:1; 2 Tim 3:16.]” As a result of our sincere dedication to the Lord and to His Word of Truth and Life, we are “like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. [Jer 17:7,8.]”
As the elect of the Lord and sons of our Father, we are those trees that are planted by the mighty River of God’s Life! We are fully prepared to bring forth the fruit of the Kingdom IN ITS SEASON, or at the right time, according to Father’s time clock! We maintain communion with our Father, and are therefore, in touch with Him, that we might know the things of God and of His Kingdom, as well as His perfect will! We would never ever think of getting ahead of God, nor would we ever allow our “lamps” to run low on that precious oil of the Spirit. And the leaves on this tree that we are never fades or withers, for the Spirit of the Lord is always working within us to keep us fresh and green, so that we are always growing and always vibrant with His Life! The hungry and thirsty multitudes must have refreshing and energizing, Kingdom food!
To state it another way, our “lamps” are always trimmed and brightly burning, with enough fresh oil to keep our spiritual Light burning brightly unto the appointed moment, when Christ shall appear to transform us! And because we are linked with Deity and eternally connected to the Heavenly, the Celestial and the Miraculous, everything we do in His Name shall prosper, grow and come to full maturity! The Living Word this Christ-Man shall give forth at that time “shall not return unto me (or, unto the Lord) void, but it shall accomplish that which (He) pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto He has sent it” (Is. 55:11).
The prophet, Isaiah, foretold of the time to come, which is the time of the reign of the Christ on Earth, when he prophesied, saying, “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man (the Christ-Man) shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Is. 32:1-2). Soon, a King, which is Christ, shall reign in Righteousness, and His “princes,” or the elect of the Lord, shall “rule in judgment” along with Christ, the King! And this Christ- Man, which is the fullness of Christ, including both Head and Body, shall be as rivers of water in a dry place! Most assuredly, the world of today is a very dry place! But it is during this spiritually dry time in the world that the Christ-Man shall come forth, to reign in righteousness and to rule in judgment. Then, rivers of living Waters shall come forth from the “house,” which we are, to begin to change the hearts of men, as well as the world in general.
In his prophecy about the “house,” and the waters of the River, Ezekiel gave us this Word from the Lord: “THEN HE [my guide] brought me again to the door of the house [of the Lord--the temple], and behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple was toward the east; and the waters came down from under, from the right side of the temple, on the south side of the altar” (Eze. 47:1, AMP). The “house” referred to here, is the House of the Lord, the true Church, the “tabernacle of David” (Is. 16:5, Amos 9:11 & Acts 15:16), or the Body of Christ! In the time to come, to which Ezekiel referred, the “door” of the House of the Lord will be facing Eastward, which is toward the nations, or toward the people! At the present time, the “door” of the House of the Lord is facing the West, which is toward the Lord and His elect. Father’s purpose during the Church Age, including this present era, has been to “call out a people for His name” (Acts 15:14), not to save the world. God has already called out a people for His Name! Now we look forward to a change in the direction of the House of the Lord, from the West to the East, or from His called out elect to the people of all the hungry and thirsty nations of this sinful and carnal world!
When the morning of this new, Kingdom Day fully dawns, the door of the House of the Lord will turn to face the East, sending out Living Waters from the House of the Lord to the dry and thirsty nations of this world! And because they are all dry and thirsty, the people of all the nations of the world will drink of His Spirit, until they are full and running over with the abundance of the rich treasures of the Kingdom of our Father! And those living waters came out from the House of the Lord, or from the Christ-Man, which is the true Church of Jesus Christ! And we are that “House!” Living Waters shall come forth from within us! We are the reservoir for the spiritual waters of the Life of Christ, which shall eventually flow out of us, by the Spirit! But first we must receive those Living Waters in fullness and be changed by Him, before we may give out those Living Waters to others!
“Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around outside to the outer gate by the way that faces east, and behold, waters were running out on the right side. [Zech 14:8; Rev 22:1,2.] And when the man went on eastward with the measuring line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he caused me to pass through the waters, waters that were ankle-deep” (Eze. 47:2-3, AMP). In this passage, a spiritual man, which may be an angel or a prophet of the Lord, went out of the House of the Lord toward the east with a measuring line in his hand. When that “man” went eastward, toward the people of all the nations of this world for a “thousand cubits,” the prophet then measured the depth of the waters, and found that the waters flowing out of the House toward the nations were ankle deep at that point.
“Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for THE WATERS WERE RISEN, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over” (Eze. 47:4-5). Like all things of the Kingdom of God, those Living Waters must increase with the increase of God (as in Is. 9:7)! And Ezekiel’s prophecy tells us clearly and distinctly that those Living Waters increased, from ankle deep to become a mighty, immeasurable River that could not be crossed or passed over! When Father releases us to send out those Living Waters from within us, the flow will be measured at first, but will INCREASE until the flow of the Spirit will cover the earth, as the waters now cover the sea! And what a glorious Day of Jubilee that will be!
Despite the spiritual darkness of these times, Father is giving
us a Word of Promise and Hope that will revive and restore all things, turning
this world into a better World, with a new Earth and new Heavens, where the
Righteousness of Christ shall prevail and rule!
This present darkness shall soon end, for the Heaven of God’s Presence is coming to the Earth (Rev. 21:2)! At a moment known and planned by our loving and merciful Father, the Living Waters within us will be released to deliver us all from this present spiritual darkness, and bring forth the Light, the Glory, the Righteousness, and the Salvation of the Lord! Believe it and expect it, for, “At the end it shall SPEAK, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely; come, it will not tarry” (Hab. 2:3).
We are now at that point in time when we believe the prophetic
Word of the Lord shall be fulfilled. By the Spirit, we can now say that the
vision we have held fast within us all these years is now beginning to “speak!”
The prophet said, “the vision is yet for an appointed time, BUT AT THE
END IT SHALL SPEAK, AND NOT LIE!” If indeed this is the END, which we
believe it is, then the Spirit-birthed, Spirit-anointed, Kingdom Vision we share
“SHALL SPEAK, AND NOT LIE!” And in almost every prophecy relating
to the “End,” difficult times are included in those prophecies!
Our Vision, which is a True, Spiritual Vison, must stay true to the Word of
the Lord, and therefore must include those “difficult times,” which
we are experiencing NOW! Indeed, the Vision is surely “Speaking”
to us NOW, and is doing so loud and clear! But, just as the negative portion
of the Vision is being fulfilled, so also can we expect the very positive and
blessed side of the Vision to be fulfilled as well! We have much to look forward
to when this dark night is over! The new Kingdom morning will dawn with the
outraying of the Light, the Glory and the Life of Christ, by the power of the
Christ within us, changing everything everywhere by the glorious Light that
He Who is the greatest Prophet of all time confirmed the Word that Daniel gave, when He said, “For then there will be great tribulation (affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now--no, and never will be [again]. [Dan 12:1; Joel 2:2.] And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God's chosen ones) those days will be shortened. If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, There He is!--do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God's chosen ones). See (behold and understand), I have warned you beforehand” (Matt. 24:21-25, AMP).
There never has been a Day like this Day! This is the Day of
the Lord, bringing tribulation and darkness to the world. It is also the new
Kingdom Day, when Christ shall rule and reign to defeat all His enemies and
establish Righteousness in all the universe! The events in our world confirm
the words of Jesus. False prophets and false christs have come forth to deceive
the elect, if that were possible. Those false prophets and false christs are
NOW leading many astray, who were once on the path to sonship. They were led
astray because they were not true sons! By the Spirit of Wisdom, we will know
the true from the false! And by the Spirit of Wisdom, we will know when it is
the time to “Arise and Shine!”
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055