THE WORLD TO COME
The kernel of the Truth we are sharing in this series titled, “The World to Come,” was first revealed by the Spirit during the Latter Rain outpouring here in Portland in 1953. The Lord gave Thomas Wyatt, the minister of the Wings of Healing international radio broadcast (which was the world’s largest religious radio program at that time) and pastor of the Wings of Healing Temple here in Portland, the wisdom, the understanding and the prophetic anointing, to reveal the wonderful truths of the Kingdom of God and of the world to come. I do not know how many really “heard” that message in 1953, but I heard it clearly with my spiritual “ears.” And that anointed message has remained within me ever since! When I first shared this truth with a group of ministers in Ghana in 1954, every one of them wept, as the holy Spirit quickened this truth to their hungry, opened and waiting hearts. We believe it is a truth that must be revealed again at this time, when the former age has ended and a new one has begun, and the world is obviously going through a time of shaking, as we approach the time for the creation and formation of that wonderful, new world to come. May the Lord give us all the wisdom and the understanding to know what He is doing in the Earth at this momentous hour!
Before I continue, let me share some other truths we received as a result of that glorious outpouring of the Spirit, which the holy Spirit called, “The Latter Rain!” One of the first truths revealed then (1948-1953), was of the Body of Christ, the importance of each member, and of the unity of that Body. The gifts of the Spirit were confirmed within believers, and prophecy was restored to God’s people. Then the Lord called us out of religious Babylon. The Spirit revealed then that religious Babylon included all denominational churches. Since then, all churches, including independent churches, have become a part of that harlot system of man, which the Spirit called, “Babylon.” We also know that the origin of Babylon is the carnal, soulish mind and nature within us all! Then the Spirit revealed our need to take the message of that visitation to the world. The Wings of Healing Temple and Bible School, here in Portland, under the leadership of Thomas Wyatt, took that message to West Africa. I was privileged to be one of those the Lord used in that great work in West Africa. And, the Lord also revealed the basic truth of the new world to come in 1953.
The Kingdom of God and the World to Come
If a poll was taken, asking people what they wanted for their future lives on earth, they would most certainly ask for a new world that is patterned after the spiritual ideals and the righteous principles of the Kingdom of God on earth. All that the world shall be when the Christ reigns over the new world, or the world to come, is what we all want, whether we know it or not. Every person of every nation and tribe on earth, who will not be among the first to be transformed, longs for the day when they will have enough to eat, good housing for their families, a good job for all who are willing and able to work, as well as good health and prosperity for all (as in Gen. 39:3, Deut. 29:9, Ps. 1:3, & 3rd John 2). And we all want a better government than the one that plagues us now! All this and more will be abundantly provided during the righteous and peaceful reign of the Christ on this newly restored earth, which is the new world, or the world to come!
By the Spirit, we will grow spiritually to know and understand what the world to come will be like. During the righteous reign of the Christ on earth, there will be no dissenters, objectors or protesters! We will all be ready for His reign and will be entirely satisfied with that reign, when we begin to see its many benefits (see Ps.110:1-3). The world will then be one happy and harmonious place, for the needs of every person will be abundantly supplied and all mankind will be pleased with the reign of Christ. This is not just a “social gospel,” it is the living Truth of God for the world of the future, which is “the world to come!” All this is promised, planned, purposed and declared in my Bible, and it is in your Bible as well! If this is your deep desire or your spiritual vision, as it is mine, then it is about time we more seriously and diligently sought the Lord for that great event, which will bring all this to pass; and that will be the manifestation of the sons of God! May the holy Spirit impress upon all who are chosen to become manifest sons of their Father, our responsibility to see the Lord when He appears, the nearness of the hour of our transformation, the spiritual importance of it all in our Father’s plan for this world, and the coming of His Kingdom to all the Earth in fullness (Rev. 21:1-2)!
The Lord’s prophet clearly declared what is now taking place in the earth, when he prophesied, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins” (Is. 11:1-5). All this shall soon be fulfilled in glorious and complete fullness!
The “rod” that is to come “out of the stem of Jesse” is Christ, including both Head and Body! The word “Branch,” refers to a descendant of Jesse, which is King David. And that descendant of David, in the first and original example, is Christ Jesus, the Head! But that “rod out of the stem of Jesse,” also includes Christ, the Body, as well as Christ, the Head! The term, “shall grow out of his roots,” suggests that this descendant shall grow out of David’s family, to become the fullness of Christ, which must include both Head and Body! It is very possible that the fullness of Christ has already come forth and the Body of Christ is now ready to be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ, the Head. This corporate Man must be changed into the full Glory, image and likeness of Christ, making one complete, fully enChristed Man!
This corporate Christ-Man will then be uniquely anointed with the seven Spirits of the Lord, making “Him” of “quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (man, which is the Adamic man, the 3rd part of man (Rev. 9:15), or the man of sin within us all). And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”
When we come forth in the image and likeness of Christ, we will be anointed with the seven Spirits of the Lord! Then, the fullness of the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon us! Then, we will have the wisdom and the understanding of the Mind of Christ! Then we will judge as He would judge! No longer will we judge after the sight of our fleshly, carnal eyes, our fleshly, carnal ears, or our fleshly, carnal mind, but we will judge with the purity and the holiness of the righteous Mind of Christ! By His righteous, pure and holy Mind, the world and everything in it and of it will be restored and brought into harmony with the wonderful lifestyle, as well as the principles and purposes, of the Kingdom of our God! That will be the new earth, the new, third world, or the world to come!
Then, Isaiah’s anointed prophecy continues: “The
wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the
kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little
child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones
shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking
child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his
hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy
mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters
cover the sea” (Is. 11:6-9). This prophecy is not about the animal nature
within us, as some might interpret it, but this prophecy refers to actual, living
animals, who now manifest their base natures, or the nature of the beasts, which
they are now. But in the world to come, the wild, beastly nature of all the
animals will be changed by the Spirit of the Lord, making them good, peaceful
and nonaggressive creatures, fit to dwell with redeemed man in the new order
of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Can you believe all this will take place in “the world to come?” Of course you believe it, for your elder Brother has given you of His faith! He has also separated you unto Himself, making you one of those who shall be wondrously transformed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness, to bring His Word to glorious fulfillment! And that will be the manifestation of the sons of God! All that has been written in our Father’s pure and holy Word will indeed be fulfilled! In the world to come, even the animals will be regenerated, restored and given a new nature, a new attitude, and a new mind, making them all peaceful, pleasant and agreeable to the rest of the creation. Then, the whole earth shall be “full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea!”
As we continue to believe this pure, anointed Word of the Lord, we will know that we are of that company of the redeemed, who shall reign with Christ in His Kingdom, from the throne of His Glory! It is also very important for us to be changed into His image and likeness, for the whole creation is waiting for that wonderful event to take place. When we are transformed into His ineffable image and likeness, the whole creation will then awaken from its spiritual slumber, in fulfillment of the promised restoration of all things (Phil. 3:21, Col. 1:20 & Rev. 21:5)! “For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship]” (Rom. 8:19, Amp.).
Every Word of the Lord shall be fulfilled, for the anointed prophet has declared, “Seek out of the book of the Lord and read: not one of these [details of prophecy] shall fail, none shall want and lack her mate [in fulfillment]. For the mouth [of the Lord] has commanded, and His Spirit has gathered them” (Is. 34:16, AMP). Not one prophetic Word of the Lord shall want its mate, which is the fulfillment of that Word, by the Spirit! And this is one of those anointed prophecies that shall surely be fulfilled: “THE WILDERNESS and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose and the autumn crocus. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing.” Surely, the dry land and the desert shall blossom and rejoice “even with joy and singing!” I have heard the songs of combined joy, groaning and travail coming from the creation, and I know this may very well take place, actually and literally, for all to hear and be blessed, as I was. Every created thing will rejoice with joy, singing as they never have before, because of the great deliverance they will experience, when we are manifested as sons of the Living God!
The Word of the Lord continues: “The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellency of [Mount] Carmel and [the plain] of Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty and splendor and excellency of our God. Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble and tottering knees. [Heb 12:12.] Say to those who are of a fearful and hasty heart, Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance; with the recompense of God He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. [Matt 11:5.] And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Is. 35:1-6, 10, AMP). In due time, the multitudes “shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty and splendor and excellency of our God.” Until then, it is our prayer and our goal to “strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble and tottering knees. Say to those who are of a fearful and hasty heart, Be strong, fear not! BEHOLD, YOUR GOD WILL COME with vengeance; with the recompense of God HE WILL COME AND SAVE YOU!”
The Lord also said that some of His people are “a rebellious people.” (Is. 65:1-5). But despite the infidelity of many Christians today, the Lord will not give up on His own. He has called forth a remnant from among them, who shall do all His will in the earth, thus bringing forth their full salvation. “Thus says the Lord: As the juice [of the grape] is found in the cluster, and one says, Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it, so will I do for My servants' sake, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth an offspring from Jacob, and from Judah an inheritor of My mountains; MY CHOSEN AND ELECT WILL INHERIT IT, and My servants will dwell there” (Is. 65:8-9, AMP). We are His chosen and elect sons who shall inherit the “mountains,” or the governments, of His Kingdom! We were called out of Christendom to restore them and lead them all back to the Father that they might do His will according to Father’s plan and purpose for them!
And then the promise of a new heaven and a new earth is given: “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. And the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. [Isa 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev 21:1.] But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a rejoicing and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; and the sound of weeping will no more be heard in it, nor the cry of distress” (Is. 65:17-19, AMP) Is it possible that even the old troubled, violent and warring city of Jerusalem will be filled with joy and rejoicing, and with a joyful, and fully redeemed people? Most certainly that is exactly what shall happen in the world to come, as our Father changes the order and blesses everything in the earth, for His Glory and Honor! The Jews and all others will come to Christ in the world to come, acknowledging Him as their Savior, Redeemer and Messiah!
The prophet continues by saying, “There shall no more be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who dies prematurely; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner who dies when only a hundred years old shall be [thought only a child, cut off because he is] accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat [the fruit]. For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and MY CHOSEN AND ELECT shall long make use of and enjoy the work of their hands” (Is. 65:20-22, AMP).
In the new earth, or the world to come, the blessings of the Lord shall prevail! Life will replace death, the curse will be removed, and the new earth shall bring forth an abundance of fruit! The people will build houses and will also inhabit them, which means there will be no repossessed homes! They will also plant their vineyards and other crops, and will partake of those crops without worry or interference. No longer will the ground be cursed, but the soil will bring forth in abundance, without weeds and harmful diseases. There will also be a new, Kingdom economy created for the benefit and the profit of all, replacing man’s corrupt, selfish, unjust and self-serving economy. In that Day, there will be no poor, needy or homeless people, for every need will be supplied, and all people will be abundantly blessed of the Lord. Also, our Father will deliver His chosen and elect from death first, for they are the firstfruits of all others! And then death will eventually be vanquished for all and removed from the earth, never ever to be experienced again by any person! Then, eternal Life will be the standard for all mankind!
“They shall not labor in vain or bring forth [children] for sudden terror or calamity; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear. [Isa 30:19; 58:9; Matt 6:8.]” Never again will we bring forth children for sudden terror or calamity, such as the evil wars of man, which have been all too prevalent during this present world order, for we shall be blessed of the Lord, and our descendants will be blessed as well. In the world to come, the prayers of the people will have more power and effectiveness. Just when a Spirit-birthed prayer is becoming a thought in their minds, Father will respond. Before they call on Him, He will answer them. And while they are still speaking, He will hear and will satisfy their earnest pleas.
Also, in that new world, “The wolf and the lamb shall
feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the
serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mount [Zion],
says the Lord” (Is. 65:17-25, AMP). What a wonderful life we have to look
forward to in the world to come! It will be a world of unprecedented Love, Righteousness,
Peace and Rest for all, in every situation, throughout all the universe! The
wolves will no longer be ravenous beasts, or wild dogs, as they are now, but
God will give them a new nature, allowing them to feed among the lambs in peace.
The lions will eat straw like the ox, and along the side of them, while little
children will play with the once most poisonous snakes (Is. 11:8), without being
harmed, and the dust of the earth will be the serpent’s food.
And this is the most wonderful promise of all: “They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mount [Zion], says the Lord.” In the world to come, there will no longer be the hurtful, destructive disagreements of the flesh between people, for the carnal mind will no longer trouble mankind. Then all people will be at peace, with no disagreements or troubling thoughts. No longer will there be the conflicts and dissensions of religion, or of spiritual understanding, for the carnal mind will no longer trouble the people. This has been an obvious problem! The negative things done on earth are also heard in the Heavens of God’s Spirit. Now, disagreements on earth resound in the Heavens of Spirit. But in this great Day that is just beginning, there will be no hurt, harm or destruction on Mount Zion, or in the Heavens of God’s Spirit, for the destructive disturbances of the carnal mind will no longer take place on earth! These wonderful, spiritual promises shall be fulfilled naturally and literally in all the earth, when the Christ reigns supreme over all in that wonderful, new world to come.
When Solomon finished building his Temple, He asked, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings 8:27). Surely, the religious houses of man could never contain Him, nor can the heaven of heavens contain Him either! And it is certain that God could never dwell on this earth as it is established and functioning now! But God has promised that He will dwell on earth, and that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea (see Ps. 146:4, 83:18, 89:11, Is. 11:9, 54:5, Jer. 23:24, Hab. 2:14 & 1 Cor. 10:26). But first He must recreate and restore this earth, to make it conform to His wonderful image and heavenly likeness! And the result of His creative Hand of restoration and blessing will be the new earth, or “the world to come!”
When the Lord looks on this present earth, this is what He sees: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure” (Ps. 2:1-5). And how does He speak to wayward man in His wrath? By shaking the earth and the foundations of the heavens, making it all tremble, as He is doing now! “The foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils” (2 Sam. 22:8-12, 14, 16). This must be the time for that Word to be fulfilled, for we see it commencing now!
Our Father does all this to bring His people to repentance that they might turn to the Lord. And this is what the Lord did recently when He sent hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the Gulf States! God is calling for repentance! America is under the sure judgments of the Lord! When He has completed His work with us, this nation will be the Lord’s chosen nation to represent the Gospel of the Kingdom to all the nations of the world! Then we will know and experience the wonderful truths of this prophetic Word: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” The following is the Word of the Lord for every aspiring son, who would rule and reign with Christ: “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Ps. 2:6-12).
All who are apprehended of their Father and chosen of Him for sonship will pay close attention to this pure, anointed Word of the Lord! But notice! Who is it that will declare our sonship? It is our Father and no other! Not until He declares us to be sons of our Father will we truly be His sons! So many today are declaring themselves to be sons of God, even manifest sons of God. But not until their Father makes that declaration will they be His mature and manifest sons! The psalmist said, “the LORD HATH SAID UNTO ME, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” When the Lord says this about us, it will make a huge difference! What we say about ourselves hardly matters at all! And then, when He has proclaimed our sonship, He will also say to us, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”
The heathen belong to the Lord; they are His possession, and it is His right to give them to us! The Psalmist said, “The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, AND THEY THAT DWELL THEREIN” (Ps. 24:1). They will become our inheritance when we become all that He is, or when we become perfect just as He is perfect! The “holy Spirit of promise,” is “the earnest of our inheritance UNTIL the redemption of the purchased possession.” (Eph. 1:13-14). And “the purchased possession” referred to here, is the whole world of mankind, who have been bought with a price, as we were, but who have not yet been drawn to the Lord, by the Spirit of the Lord, during the church age (John 6:44 & 14:6).
Not only will the Lord give us the heathen for our inheritance, but He will also give us “the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” This is the heritage of all those who shall become manifest sons of their Father! It is not the present earth that will become our possession, but it will be the new earth, the new world, or the world to come, wherein dwells the pure and holy righteousness of Christ! It is the new earth, or the world to come, that “shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea!” It is that new earth, or the new world of the future, which shall be our possession or our inheritance, when we are fully matured and manifested as sons of the Living God!
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is rich with truth, not only for the past, but for today and tomorrow as well. And to try to find the beginning and ending of a sentence in Paul’s wonderful epistles is also somewhat of a challenge. But here is one sentence that stands out for us today. This is Paul’s prayer for us and I rejoice that it is being fulfilled in our lives NOW: “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION [of insight into mysteries and secrets] IN THE [deep and intimate] KNOWLEDGE OF HIM, By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, BUT ALSO IN THE AGE AND THE WORLD WHICH ARE TO COME” (Eph. 1:17-21, AMP). What truth this is! The Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ is ours now!
The Amplified translators, by the wisdom of God, properly translated
this scripture to read as it does! THERE IS AN AGE TO COME AND ALSO A WORLD
TO COME! The age that was to come has already come forth! God has already changed
the age, from the Church Age to the Kingdom Age, and the changes He has made
has resulted in a new Heaven of Spirit, or the third Heaven. And it is the present,
third Heaven, or the new Heaven of His Spirit, which has changed us, is changing
us, and which will continue to change us, until we come forth in His exact image
and likeness! It is also the present, new Heavens of God’s Spirit that
will change everything else in this universe, just as we have been changed!
Beloved, get ready for all the changes that are coming upon the earth! Our Father
is moving mightily by His Spirit to bring forth THE WORLD TO COME, just as He
has already brought forth the new and more glorious age of the Kingdom of God
The Lord has also given us this promise: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10). There are many fresh, new, Kingdom truths that our eyes have not yet seen, our ears have not yet heard, and that have never entered into our hearts, even those truths and revelations, “which God hath prepared for them that love him.” But now, at this strange time of transition, OUR FATHER IS REVEALING THEM TO US, BY HIS SPIRIT! He is searching out the deep things of God that we might know and understand all He is doing, as we approach the glorious dawning of the new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth!
The age changed at evening time (Zech. 14:6-9)! Now we await the dawning of the morning of this new, Kingdom Day, and also to the coming forth of the new earth, or the world to come, as God’s Word has promised. “But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide. [Isa 65:17; 66:22.]” (2 Peter 3:13, AMP). And John, while in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, said, “THEN I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea. [Isa 65:17; 66:22.]” (Rev. 21:1, AMP). What a challenging Word this is! “There no longer existed any sea!” Can you imagine what this world will be like with no seas or oceans on earth?
The seas of this present world cover 71 % of the surface of the earth. But in the world to come, there will be no seas! That means 71% of the earth’s surface will no longer be covered with the waters of the seas or oceans, allowing man to use more of the earth’s surface for growing food and sustaining man’s life on earth. And with people living for hundreds of years on earth before their transformation or their full salvation (Is. 65:20, see second paragraph on page seven), all that added space on earth will be required for homes and farms, to house the masses of people in the new world to come, and to sustain man’s life on the newly restored and abundant new Earth.
Our Father and His Sons Care for the Poor and the Needy
Do you know that our Heavenly Father cares for the poor and the needy? After Hannah had given birth to Samuel, she prayed a prayer that included this portion: “The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them” (1 Sam. 2:7-8). During the ages of man in this world, the Lord made some people rich and others He made poor, some He brought low and others He lifted up. But in the fullness of time, when the Kingdom of God has fully come to earth, He will provide for all! He will raise “the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory!” Is it not worth the small sacrifices we are called upon to make, to bring such wondrous promises to glorious fulfillment in all the earth?
I care deeply about the poor of this world. And every true son of God should care about the needs of the poor also. Job most certainly was a son of God. Job represents every true son who was there in spirit with him, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). It was Job who said, “I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.” And again, Job said, “I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.” And, “Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?” (Job. 29:12, 16 & 30). Like Job, my soul grieves for the poor and the needy! Sometimes I weep for those who are in trouble. I groan and travail for the poor and the needy of this great nation and especially for the poor and needy victims of this world, who have endured wars, hurricanes, earthquakes, and many other problems related to this sinful, old world!
Our Father in Heaven cares about every poor person and every needy person in this world! Not only does He care, but our Father has already made provision for all the poor and needy (see Deut. 15:1-11, Ps. 68:10). In the new world to come, which will be under the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of God, there will be no poor or needy people anywhere in all the Earth! Jesus sent word to John, telling him that one aspect of His ministry was to preach the Gospel to the poor (Mt. 11:5). And I have seen the power of the Gospel in West Africa, as an entire village turned to the Lord. When they did, they ceased worshiping a fish. Instead they sold the fish and prospered! Thus, the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom delivered them from their poor condition!
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual order established for the benefit of all, especially for the poor and needy! The word, “poor,” appears more than 200 times in the Bible. Many of those verses show God’s care for the poor and needy! The Kingdom of God is all about righting the wrongs of man, and establishing spiritual principles that will work in a practical way for all mankind! The principles of the Kingdom of God can be applied to all, right here on earth where people live! All true sons of God care deeply about conditions in this world! We care because our Father cares! We care because it is our Father’s will that we care! Our goal, which also is the stated purpose of His Kingdom, is to do all the will of God on Earth, and that includes meeting the needs of all in the world to come!
Yet, our care and our concern does not drive us to try to do something in the flesh to meet the needs of humanity. Our carnal atempt to solve the needs of this world would be no better than anyone else’s fleshly, carnal work. I travail for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita! But I must bow to my Father in Heaven and His holy and righteous will. He alone is the answer! Christ and His righteous Kingdom are the only answer to the many needs of this world! All other answers or solutions are only temporary, half-hearted and in part attempts at solving the many problems of this world. Man has tried to do it, and has failed miserably. Now, it is time for our Father to move by His Spirit, correct the wrongs of man, remove man’s feeble and incompetent works, agencies and governments, and establish His righteous Kingdom in all the earth! And He is beginning to do just that! Then and only then will the needs of the masses of this world be met in fullness, in completeness, and in righteousness!
The sinful, Adamic nature in us all created the Babylonish systems of this world. Religious Babylon is the harlot system of religion in this world, which has replaced Christ as its Head, with carnal, unspiritual and worldly-minded preachers and theologians, who have determined what most Christians should believe. There certainly are those Pastors who try to do the will of God and serve Him faithfully. But the system itself is corrupt and there is no hope that it will ever change. Therefore, the church system must be replaced with the Presence of the Lord and the righteous principles of the Kingdom of God. And this is the Day when that shall take place! How blessed we are to be living in this great Day!
Each of Babylon’s three parts are also flawed. They were created by man and are now operated exclusively by man! No wonder the systems of this world are corrupt! Man is running it all! But in the new world to come, man’s systems will no longer exist! God will remove them all and will replace them all with the righteous principles of the Kingdom of our God! Man’s Babylonish religious systems will be replaced with the rich and abiding Presence of the Lord! Man’s Babylonish political and governmental systems will be replaced with the government of the Kingdom of God! And man’s Babylonish economic system will be replaced with the righteous and just economic principles of the Kingdom of our Father! Then, God and His Kingdom will be totally involved in every aspect of man’s life in “the world to come.”
In anticipation of the Lord’s takeover of the world and
its systems, God called us out of the threefold Babylonish systems of man, with
this anointed, prophetic Word: “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and
deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity (or, don’t
be punished with her); for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; he will
render unto her a recompence. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand,
that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore
the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her;
take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon,
but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country:
for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies”
Spiritually, this prophecy applies to the threefold Babylon systems of this hour, which in the religious sense, has corrupted the earth with her false doctrines, and her false, counterfeit, religious structure and hierarchy. The Lord said He would have healed her, but she would not be healed! So His Word to all His elect now is and has been for fifty years: “forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies!” When we forsake threefold Babylon and her evil ways, where do we go? We who are called according to His purposes will go to Zion, to the Lord’s “country,” which is also our “country,” and to the spiritual capital of the greater “country” of the Kingdom of our Father!
When we forsake the Babylonish, harlot systems of man, we are
then admitted to Zion, the realm of His royal throne of all power and authority!
It is written of Zion: “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in
the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation,
the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city
of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.” When we
grow spiritually to take our throne in one of Zion’s holy palaces, we
will then learn more about our Lord, Who is our refuge! We will also know that
He was our refuge throughout our spiritual journey!
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055