THE WORLD TO COME
The Bible tells us with absolute, prophetic accuracy that there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Is. 65:17, 66:22, 2 Pet. 3:13 & Rev. 21:1). The prophet Isaiah declared that the former or present world “shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” And Peter told us, “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.” And John, while in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, saw that “the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” The natural heaven, or the firmament, along with the natural earth, or the world of the present, shall surely pass away, never to exist again in its present form. There is a new Earth or a new world yet to come forth! Jesus spoke of “the world to come,” and Paul referred to it as “that (world) which is to come.” That will be a new world without sin, sickness, disease, or bondages of any kind, and also without the extreme heat of the sun and the dreaded cold of the winters, as well as storms of every kind and description. It will be a new world recreated and restored for the benefit of all! The type for that new world to come was set forth in the early history of Israel, when the Lord promised to bless their lives and make their days, “as the days of heaven upon the earth” (Deut. 11:21). Life in the new world to come will indeed be “as the days of heaven upon the earth!”
To prepare us for that new world to come, our Father is molding us and forming us, that we might be conformed to the perfect image of His son. The sons of God, who are becoming manifest sons, are now “travailing in birth,” laboring and groaning to give birth to the son of God that we are (Rev. 12:1-2). Many of us also sense an intense, inner pressure, urging us to become more like our blessed Lord! If you are suffering in the flesh, and who among us is not, this is what Peter had to say to us:“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God” (1 Peter 4:1-2).
Our loving and merciful Father must have a people who are committed to doing only and always His perfect will! And a mere verbal commitment is apparently not sufficient. The Lord knows better than we do that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Therefore, the flesh must be strongly and firmly disciplined, so that the spirit, which is who we really are, shall do all the will of our Father in Heaven, without the hindrances of the flesh. In due time, the carnal, fleshly nature shall be completely removed from us! Just as the old heaven and the old earth are passing away, to be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth, so also must our sinful, Adamic nature be removed from us, to be replaced by the living Christ of glory, making us perfect as He is perfect, and transforming us into His wonderful image and heavenly likeness. Before the rest of the creation can be restored, the elect of the Lord must first be fully cleansed, restored and transformed! Then, the whole creation may be restored and made new, just as we were!
For that new earth of Father’s promise to become a reality, all the old, corrupt aspects of this present earth must be removed and replaced with the righteous principles of the Kingdom of God. And, more importantly, the root cause of all the corruption in the earth must first be removed from us all. The prophet Jeremiah gave us the wisdom of God concerning the cause of the troubled earth and the darkness of the heavens, when he prophesied, saying, “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it” (Jer. 4:22-28).
In this case, “my people,” are Israelites. They are His flock, the people of His pasture, including all twelve tribes of the nation of Israel. But some “Christians” of today are not much different. They know not the Lord, nor His plan, His purpose, or the honor of His great Name! They are “sottish” children, or silly, immature babes . They have little understanding of God and His great plan, or Who He really is! Their understanding excels in doing according to their own carnal understanding, but they have a perverted knowledge of what is good! The word “understanding,” as used here, means the ability to separate mentally the good from the evil, including the ability to discern right from wrong. Most Christians today have little or no discernment. They have no true concept of right and wrong, and are easily misled, especially if some deceitful leader outwardly shows a little respect for their religious creeds, and dead dogmas.
After reading the above verses of scripture, the Lord appears to put some of the responsibility on His people for the fallen condition of the world and the darkness of the heavens. Yet, the Lord takes the responsibility for revealing the truth to His people, according to His will for them. Although the majority of God’s people today fit Jeremiah’s description, He will always have His small remnant in the earth, who do His will and serve His Kingdom purposes. When we observe the state of Christendom today, our only conclusion can be: they are no different than Israel was in history! In fact, it is obvious that Israel’s history is being repeated today! The masses of Christendom are like immature babes, as Israel of old was, while the Lord’s faithful remnant are always and continually moving upwards and onwards toward perfection! As long as we do the will of our Father in Heaven, and continue walking in the light of His revealed truth, we are His elect; we are His faithful remnant saints! Father has planned glorious things for His elect, and eventually for all mankind and the whole creation, because of our faithfulness and obedience to do all His perfect will in the earth!
Jeremiah prophesied of a war to come upon Judah, by the will and purpose of the Lord. That war would devastate both the land and the people, because of their many sins. Beyond that, it is also possible that the prophet was describing what the Spirit revealed of the literal earth and the literal heavens at the end of the age. The natural universe at this time is also full of spiritual darkness and despair. What the prophet said about the land of Judah, literally and naturally, could very well be seen as applying to this present time. “For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.” Notice Who is responsible for the present, spiritual darkness! It is the Lord, Who has declared: “I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.” This Word was settled in Heaven, and is now being fulfilled on earth!
Noah: A Type of the Elect of the Lord Today
In previous writings, we have consistently written that Noah is the type or the pattern of our service to the Lord in His Kingdom. Noah was called of God to end one dispensation or age, and begin an entirely new Day! So also are we called of God to end the dispensation or age of the church, and begin a new Day in God! It may sound like an impossible task, but we are seeing it all happen by the same Power that operated in Noah’s day! I doubt that Noah envisioned all that would take place in the earth when the Lord promised to send a flood that would cover the earth. Never before had there been such an awesome and devastating thing on earth! Yet, all that the Lord has done in history, He is well able to do today! It is very likely that we will witness His glorious acts of judgment, correction and restoration in a similar way today, just as Noah did in his day, as Hurricane Katrina has shown! Indeed, He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8).
In that day, Noah was called of God to build an ark for the salvation of his family, and of the animals and creatures of the old world as well. In obedience to the Word of the Lord, Noah built the ark according to the revealed plan of God! And then Noah gathered the beasts of the field, along with the creeping things and the birds, two by two and some by sevens (Gen. 7:2-3), into the ark, which he had spent the greater part of one hundred years building (compare Gen. 5:32 with 6:13-7:6). The New Testament record of Noah’s work tells us this: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Heb. 11:7).
All the while Noah was building the ark, assembling the wood, daubing it with pitch, working tirelessly day after day to complete the work God had given him to do, he was, by his righteous acts that he faithfully performed every moment of every day, condemning the world and becoming an heir of that pure and holy righteousness, which is given by faith! In the same way, when we obey our Father’s every Word and Will, we are also condemning this present confused world, and are becoming heirs of the righteousness of Christ, by the faith of the Son of God, Who is within us! It is also significant to see that Noah obeyed even though there was no evidence to confirm God’s Word to him.
Noah walked with His God with blind faith, just as we are! We have the Word of the Lord for today and tomorrow, just as Noah did, but it is a Word that requires blind faith, or naked faith, to receive it and walk it out. Jesus said to Thomas, “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Obviously, there is a special blessing reserved for those of us who believe God, even though there is no evidence to confirm that faith! This is blind faith, or naked faith! It is the faith of the Son of God, which is imparted to all the elect of the Lord!
The Apostle Paul wrote to say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). We are crucified with Christ! This means our flesh, or our Adamic nature and mind, is crucified, thus making it possible for the life of Christ to live through us despite the limited power of the flesh. But far too many “Christians” would rather live their own lives, than to allow the Spirit of Christ to live through them. When we finally learn to allow Him to live our lives, by His power within and by acknowledging that we are dead to the flesh and alive unto God, we will then become a sign and a wonder in the Kingdom of God. The world of the flesh cannot understand our crucified life! But as long as we leave ourselves on the cross of Christ, letting Him deny the flesh its carnal expression, Christ is truly living through us. Then, we are truly and fully living “by the faith of the Son of God.”
When we live by the faith of the Son of God, we will also have hearing ears to HEAR all our Father would say to us! Noah heard a Word from his God that he believed, even though he saw no practical evidence to support what he believed. The truth is, the Word of God is seldom practical! The flesh understands only what is seen, and only what is practical! But our Father does not speak to the flesh! Our Father does not provide practical evidence for the flesh! His Word generally comes to us by the Spirit to our spirit and without evidence. But when we live by His Faith, the evidence, or the substance, of what we believe is provided by His Faith, which is the Living Faith of the Son of God! Thus, we read, “Now (HIS) faith is THE SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN” (Heb. 11:1).
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark.....” Noah was moved with fear, so he began the work Father gave him to do. We will be moved with fear also when we are given a work to do in the Kingdom of our Father. It is not negative fear such as worry, panic or dread, that causes us to obey. It is the real fear of God, and not the kind of fear we may think it is. The real fear of God is deep respect for the Lord and for His anointed Word of truth and authority! Go to any church today and you will see gross disrespect among the people there, for the glory has departed and the wonderful and rich presence of the Lord is no longer there! But one day soon, the glory of the Lord will return, not to the old houses of religion and merchandise of the dead past, but to the elect of the Lord, as they become true, Spirit-born, manifest sons of their Father!
A son was born to Lamech when he was 182 years old. “He named him Noah, saying, This one shall bring us relief and comfort from our work and the [grievous] toil of our hands due to the ground being cursed by the Lord” (Gen. 3:28-29 AMP). When man’s sins corrupted the earth, the Lord cursed the ground and vowed that man must work by the sweat of his brow to till the soil (see Gen. 3:17-19). But when Noah was born, he was recognized prophetically as a man who would turn things around and begin the restoration of the earth. Lamech prophesied of his son Noah, saying, “This one shall bring us relief and comfort from our work and the [grievous] toil of our hands due to the ground being cursed by the Lord.” Thus, because of Noah’s faith and obedience to the Lord, relief and comfort would be provided for all in due time. Although the ground is cursed even to this day, the Lord’s people may enjoy His blessings on both the ground and the fruit of their crops, despite the curse! And Noah’s faith made all this possible! In the fullness of time, a new earth will come forth without a curse of any kind upon it! Then man will know the abundance of which the new earth, or the world to come, is fully capable! Because of that abundance in the new world, there will not be one needy person anywhere!
It is also written of Noah: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD...... Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Gen. 6:8-9). These words speak volumes about the man, Noah! He found grace in the eyes of the Lord! Or, he was granted special favors from the Lord, because of his calling and his willing and obedient attitude and spirit. It is written that Noah was also a just man, that he was perfect in his generations, and that he walked with God! And that is what we are doing and becoming also! As we continue to walk by the faith of the Son of God, we too, are just and righteous in God’s sight. We are also becoming that perfect Man, who walks consistently, obediently and faithfully with the Lord!
With all those qualifications, we can understand why the Lord spoke to Noah as He did. The Lord told him of the wickedness of man and of the creation that He had made, and that He was going to destroy man from the face of the earth. He gave Noah the dimensions of the ark that he was to build, and then declared that He was going to destroy all flesh upon the earth by a flood of waters. And then, we read, “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he” (Gen. 6:22). Noah labored faithfully and diligently, building the ark hour by hour and day by day, without any evidence of a coming flood of waters. Noah may not have known how God was going to do what He said He would do, he just knew enough to continue doing what his Father in Heaven told him to do. And that is what we are doing also! In due time, we will see the fruits of our faith, as Noah did, even the manifestation of the sons of God, which will release the creation from its many bondages and set every captive free!
When the rain ceased and the waters upon the earth dried, Noah went out of the ark, built an altar unto the Lord and offered sacrifices unto Him. “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered” (Gen. 8:21-9:2).
The Lord smelled a sweet savor from Noah’s sacrifice and then declared that He would never again curse the ground as He had done, nor will He again destroy every living thing. That is His eternal, immutable Word! And our Father will do all that He has spoken, nothing less! Some so-called prophets have forgotten this promise from the Lord! Many of them are suggesting that God will destroy the world and especially the wicked. But they know not the Love of God, the character of God, nor the promises of His holy, prophetic Word! Our Father will never again curse the ground as He has done, nor will He ever again destroy every living thing from the earth! That is His Promise! Just as the Lord “smelled a sweet savour” coming from Noah’s sacrifice, so also does He smell the sweet savour that we are in Christ. It is written, “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:15). We are the sweet savour of the sacrifice of our lives that our Father desires, assuring the fulfillment of the promises of His everlasting covenant!
Our loving and merciful Father has also declared: “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Gen. 9:12-15, see also Is. 54:9). When you see a rainbow in the clouds in the heavens above, remember the Word of the Lord and our Father’s many prophetic promises to His creation! He will keep every one of them!
However, we should understand that the Lord will yet judge the earth to bring forth righteousness. He will not judge the earth this time by the waters of a flood, but by the fires of His holy, burning and consuming presence! This time, God will not destroy all mankind, but He will destroy the flesh of man, which is our sinful, Adamic nature and mind! Then, we shall be righteous as He is righteous, holy as He is holy and perfect as He is perfect!
God’s Word Concerning the Flesh of Man
The Bible is rich with truth and the prophetic Word of the Lord, telling of His plan to deal with the carnal flesh of man. To begin our search for the truth concerning the ultimate destiny of the flesh of man, we read this Word: “And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:11, 13). This is, of course, the covenant of circumcision. It is a covenant by which the Lord has eternally bound Himself to us, with the promise of full deliverance from this body of sin and corruption! The term, “in your flesh,” applies to our bodies and includes a message of deliverance that is a part of us, because of His eternal covenant.
This was not merely a temporary covenant, but was everlasting, meaning it would endure throughout all time. It is also a covenant that would be in man’s flesh as long as man existed in a flesh and blood body. It is not that we should be circumcised as they were in the old days, but that covenant is with us - it is in our flesh - it is a promise to be fulfilled in our flesh in glorious fullness. Circumcision is an eternal covenant, in the sense that it promises deliverance from this flesh and blood body of death! If anyone in Israel was not circumcised, the Lord said he was to be “cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant” (Gen. 17:14). Thus, the covenant of circumcision must eventually apply to all mankind!
God’s promise pertaining to our flesh is always before us. We recognize our flesh as something that has the sentence of death upon it. But, while we wait for His promise to be fulfilled, we join the psalmist in saying, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:8-11). Indeed, our flesh rests in hope, knowing that we shall be delivered of this fleshly body in the fullness of time! We know our Father will not leave us in this corruption, but will deliver us when we come forth as His sons. He has shown us the path of Life! Therefore, we find the fullness of joy in His presence and eternal pleasures at His right hand, where we shall reign with Christ forevermore!
Isaiah, the anointed prophet of the Lord, prophesied this about the flesh of man: “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? ALL FLESH IS GRASS, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: THE GRASS WITHERETH, the flower fadeth: BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD BLOWETH UPON IT: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Is. 40:5-8). The first thing the prophetic Word of the Lord tells us about the flesh of man is that it is AS GRASS! And what will happen to that “grass?” The Spirit of the Lord will blow upon it, causing the flesh of man to wither and die! Prophetically speaking, my flesh, your flesh, and the flesh of all mankind, is as the grass of the field! When it is Father’s time to deliver us of this flesh and blood body, He will do so by blowing upon it, thus reducing it to nothing more than dry, lifeless grass, which will be replaced with our new, glorious body!
To confirm this Word, the prophet of the Lord added this: “For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with ALL FLESH: and the slain of the LORD shall be many” (Is. 66:15-16). The Lord will indeed plead with ALL FLESH by His fiery, burning Presence and with the sharp sword of His Word. In that way, the Lord will cut and burn away the fleshly, Adamic mind and nature from us, leaving the soul and the spirit, which we are, standing on the earth in our new bodies, to reveal the glory of the Lord. This is the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord, which promises, “the one (of the two men that we are - the man of the flesh) shall be taken, and the other (which is the man of the spirit, shall be) left” (standing on the restored earth, or the promised new earth, see Mt. 24:37-42). Isaiah declared: “The LORD will come with fire!” This is the Lord coming “to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.”
Also: “The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifer of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi (or His remnant), and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD (themselves as) an offering in righteousness” (Mal. 3:1-3). “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God” (Deut. 4:24, 9:3 & Heb. 12:29). By His fiery presence the Lord will destroy the “third part” of man (Eze. 5:12), which is the carnal, fleshly, Adamic mind and nature in all mankind.
With reference to John the Baptist, Luke declared, “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness [shouting in the desert]: Prepare the way of the Lord, make His beaten paths straight. Every valley and ravine shall be filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be leveled; and the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough roads shall be made smooth; And all mankind shall see (behold and understand and at last acknowledge) the salvation of God (the deliverance from eternal death decreed by God). [Isa 40:3-5.]” (Lu. 3:4-6, AMP). How clearly the truth is stated here! All mankind shall surely see and experience the salvation of the Lord, which is full and complete deliverance for all from the curse and the bondages of sin and death! And as the firstfruits of that full salvation, we will be the first to be transformed!
Of course, you know these truths, but let me quote a scripture that is very important for us to know and understand: “But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal salvation and] inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal). Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed). For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death). And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory.[Isa 25:8]”(1 Cor. 15:50-54, AMP).
And what is that ultimate victory? It is our full and complete deliverance from this flesh and blood body! It is our final deliverance in victory from this body of sin and death! It is to receive our new, spiritual body that is reserved for us in the realm of Spirit, so that when we are set free of our old body, we will not be found “naked,” or without a body. We will not flit around in the Spirit realm without a body, for the Lord already has a new, spiritual body set aside for each one of us! Paul tells us: “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we (already) have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1). Our heavenly house, or our new body, is already prepared, waiting for us to grow up and become a fully matured and manifested son of God! Then Paul continues by saying, “For we that are in this tabernacle (or, this present body) do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon (with our new body), that mortality might be swallowed up of life” (2 Cor. 5:4). The anointed Word of the Lord also tells us it is impossible for us to fully enter the Kingdom of God without being transformed from this fleshly, corruptible body, into our new, incorruptible spiritual body! The Kingdom of God is the spiritual realm! Therefore, we must come forth with our new body of Spirit Life before we may enter fully into the Kingdom of God, to reign with Christ from our Father’s royal, spiritual throne of all power, might and authority!
To confirm the transitory state of our fleshly body, Peter repeated the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (1 Pet. 1:24-25). All flesh, the flesh of every person who has ever lived, who lives now and who will yet live, is as grass! And the glory of man’s flesh is as the flower of grass. All that flesh, including the glory of it, shall wither and fall away! And every one of those withered and fallen bodies of flesh and blood will be replaced with incorruptible bodies of the Life and Glory of Christ! That is His promise; it is His everlasting covenant!
In visionary and typical language, and while in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, which Day coincides with this new, Kingdom Day, John described what he saw: “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 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. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Rev. 19:17-21).
Using typical, mystical language, John is describing the end of all flesh! This is not a vision of the destruction of all the sinners in the world, as the so-called theologians would have us believe! This is a description of the final destruction of the Adamic flesh, or the 3rd part of man! It is the flesh, or the carnal, sinful, Adamic “man” within us all that is being destroyed here! This is not a prophecy of the destruction of all mankind, for the simple reason that God has already promised in His Word to save all mankind (see 1 Cor. 15:22, 1 Tim. 2:4, Heb. 8:11 and others). Therefore, all people shall not be destroyed, but all FLESH shall surely be destroyed, in that event described typically by John. Each one of us are two people. We are flesh and we are spirit! One “man” in us is flesh, the other “Man” in us is spirit! Throughout the written Word of the Lord, it is the fleshly part of man that is to be destroyed, as in Is. 40:5-8 & Mt. 24:37-42, not the whole person! One day soon we shall be totally and eternally FREE of this sinful “man” of the flesh that is lurking within us and giving us many problems in this “life!” Then, we will Live a New Life, which is the fullness of the Life of Christ, in the new earth/world, which is the world to come!
The “supper” John referred to in verse nineteen of Revelation, chapter nineteen, is a feast of the flesh of man, typically speaking. Using typical language common to the book of Revelation, the Spirit is inviting all the scavengers, hawks, or birds of prey, to that feast, where the flesh of man will be devoured. Of course, it will not happen that way, but it is the symbolic language used in that Book to describe something spiritual, such as our deliverance from the bondage of the flesh. Horses, as used in verses eighteen and nineteen, may represent carnal, evil, military complexes, such as the one that currently runs our great nation! In the previous verses of that chapter, our Lord is seen riding a “white horse,” indicating the mighty hosts of the Lord, who do battle for and with Christ, the Lord of Glory and Life! And of course the “dragon” is none other than Satan who gives “his” power to the “beast” (see Rev. 13:4).
It is our belief that the “beast,” referred to here, represents the entire Babylon system, which was created and established by the fleshly, carnal man of this world, and which is sustained as well by old Adam, that carnal man of the flesh. It is this “Beast,” which makes war with the Christ, for both “he” and the “false prophet,” which is a leader of the Babylon system, know that the Christ, including both Head and Body, is the One who shall defeat all the combined powers of man, including Satan, the great dragon! When we consider the present state of our country and the powers that be, it is obvious that this “war,” or this “supper,” has already begun! When Christ and His saints prevail, as we surely shall, the new world, or the world to come, will then come forth in great glory!
God’s Covenant With Noah Applied Today
When Noah and his sons stepped out of the ark, they were walking on new ground, on ground that had been cursed of the Lord, yet with a new covenant for that new land! The Lord said to them, “And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you” (Gen. 9:7-9). What a holy thing a covenant is! Any and every covenant of God should be regarded as holy, and as something worthy of the sacrifice of our lives! Just as the Lord made a new covenant with Noah, so also is He making a new covenant with us! No longer are we living according to the principles, the practices, the precepts and the covenants of the dead past, for we are living in a new Day, just as Noah and his sons were when they came out of the ark!
A covenant is the solemn binding together of two parties! In this case, God is binding Himself to Noah and his posterity, and eventually to all mankind. This covenant with Noah was God’s covenant with the new world, which is the present, second world order, or the world that existed after the flood. God’s covenants are established solely by Him! The Lord said to Noah, “But with thee will I establish My covenant (Gen. 6:18). And again, He said, “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.” The Lord established His covenant with Noah, with promises for the whole creation! He makes it very clear to us that He establishes His covenants with us, with His conditions and His promises! He does not cater to our wants and wishes, but our Father establishes His covenants with His chosen ones, not the other way around! When the Lord makes a covenant with His people, that covenant is established more surely and more firmly than the pillars of heaven or the foundations of the earth, for He makes them and secures them as a binding contract. The Lord also establishes His covenants with future generations, who are not capable of either giving or withholding their consent! He makes the choices for them! When we really and truly know our Father, and His character and nature, we will then know there are no choices in God! He makes all the choices for us!
What God has done with His elect since He called us out of the church system is described here: “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries (or various relationships) wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod (of separation), and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD” (Eze. 20:33-38).
Father brought us “into the bond of the covenant!” He is purging out from among us the rebels, and those who transgress against Him. He caused us to pass under the rod, which is His rod of separation, correction and purification, to separate us wholly unto the Lord. This walk is as a journey in the wilderness! The Lord brought us here, in the wilderness of the people, where He is pleading with us face to face, to bring us into the fullness of the bountiful “land” of the Kingdom of God! In doing this, our Father also brought us into the bond of the new covenant of the new land of the Kingdom of God on earth. When we have been fully cleansed, purged and transformed into the image and likeness of Christ, we shall then enter the new world, which will be the third world, or “the world to come,” following Noah’s example!
The covenant of the Kingdom of God is also a covenant of the
Life and Peace of Christ: “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four
winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may LIVE. So I prophesied
as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they LIVED, and stood
up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Moreover I will make A COVENANT
OF PEACE with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will
place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary (or consecrated place)
in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle (His residence) also shall
be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Eze. 37:9-10,
Paul and Emily Mueller
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