THE WORLD TO COME
The anointed Word of the Lord has gone forth, declaring with all the authority of our Father, that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth. The prophet Isaiah declared this hallowed Truth: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Is. 65:17, 66:22). And Peter, by the Spirit, said, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). By these anointed and chosen witnesses of our Father, the Word of the Lord as given here, is absolute and certain! Further, Christ is the Living Word; He is the Word, even that Word which is God! The Apostle John wrote to say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD” (John 1:1).
In his book, “The Restitution of all Things,” Andrew Jukes wrote this (in 1867) about the Word of God: “The blessed fact, which we confess as Christians, is that the Word of God has been made flesh, - has come forth in human form from human nature. Jesus of Nazareth is Son of God; not partly man and partly God, but true man born of a woman yet with all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. So exactly is Holy Scripture the Word of God; not half human and half divine, but thoroughly human, yet no less divine, with all treasures of wisdom and knowledge revealed yet hidden in it.”
Just as Jesus in His human form was the very Son of the living God or God manifest in the flesh, so also is the Word of God the Living Truth of God and the expression of God Himself! It is God speaking to man in a way that man may understand Him and then do all His will on earth! God cannot be separated from His Word! The Word of God is God, even the same Word by which all things were created. The Amplified translation of the Bible interprets John 1:1-3 like this: “IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. [Isa 9:6.] He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.”
Therefore, when God declares His Prophetic, Living Word, and then quickens that Word and reveals it to us by His Spirit, it is the creative power of GOD, not only declaring a Truth, but providing all of HIMSELF to fulfill that Living Word and bring it to pass in all the Earth! Just as God and Christ, or the Father and the Son, are One in likeness, power, glory and manifestation, so also is God one with His Word in glory, power, manifestation and fulfillment! And, just as it is impossible to separate the Father from the Son, so also is it impossible to separate the Godhead from His Living Word, or from that Word, which IS GOD!
The anointed and Living Word of God for all the elect today is: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21). Those “times of restitution of all things” are now upon us! We stand on the threshold of those “times of restitution of all things!” Those “times” are now “at hand” and we need to be prepared for those Divine, miraculous and life-changing events!
We prepare for this great event, which is the restitution of all things, by repenting and being converted to the new principles of the Kingdom of God for this new Day! That which once was truth for yesterday has now become “sin” for the elect of the Lord in this new Kingdom Day! And to “sin,” as used here, means to miss the mark. It is missing the mark for any true son of God to wallow in the pig pen of yesterday’s revelations! It is missing the mark for any Spirit-begotten son to maintain the status-quo! It is also missing the mark for any of us to turn a deaf ear to the Voice of the Lord today, Whose Voice is calling us to leave the old, Pentecostal realm of church order and church administration, and march on to the greater fullness of Tabernacles! And it is also missing the mark for us continue to live in the wilderness of man’s carnal understanding, while our Father is calling us to walk and live in the Spirit and ascend higher up the mountain to the glorious heights of the Throne of His righteous Kingdom! Beloved, it is time to move on, and move on we will if we are one of His chosen elect!
The anointed and Living Word of God, which is God in Power and Glory, has declared positively and with great authority that there shall be those “times of restitution of ALL THINGS!” And the anointed and Living Word of God has also gone forth, declaring with that same, positive authority, power and glory, that there shall be “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). Some are now trying to tell us that there already have been those new heavens and that new earth, to fulfill this prophetic Word of the Lord. But in all the history of the world, we can readily see that there never ever has been “a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!”
Some may say that we have already had that new earth, but all the evidence clearly shows that the world has never yet experienced that “new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness!” The righteousness of Christ has never yet blessed the earth; the earth has never yet been cleansed and restored, nor has the knowledge of the Lord ever covered the earth as the waters cover the sea! But all that and more is coming to the world along with a new Earth! Christ shall soon appear to begin those glorious “times of restitution of all things,” which will also include that “new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!” The world has never yet witnessed those wonderful and glorious “times of restitution,” or that “new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!” But we believe those wonderful times, are even now “at hand!”
Despite the false claims of some, we will continue to look for those “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!” We will most certainly know that “new earth” when it comes forth, for the righteousness of Christ will then abide and remain everywhere within and upon that New Earth! Then, every person of every nation will want to serve the Lord and live a righteous and Godly life, one that will give great glory and honor to the Lord! And we most certainly haven’t seen or experienced that yet! At that time, the righteousness of Christ will cover the new Earth in a greater way and to a greater depth than has sin and death during this second world order! And not until the Righteousness of Christ is everywhere throughout all the Earth, can we truly proclaim that the new Earth has come forth! Our Father’s holy and unerring, prophetic Word promises us a “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness,” and we will continue to believe for it and look for it, as Peter admonished us to do!
We will remain in a repentant state while we continue to hope, patiently wait and look for those “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!” Why is repentance so necessary, especially for those of us who have walked faithfully with the Lord for so many years? “That He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you--even Jesus, Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past [from the most ancient time in the memory of man]” (Acts 3:20-21, AMP).
Are you believing, waiting, hoping and looking for those “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness?” That is what we are called to do, and that is what we most certainly will do, if we are among the called and chosen elect of the Lord! To bring His holy remnant or a chosen people to fullness is the supreme purpose of our Father for this present hour. It is not the purpose of our Father to save the whole world of mankind at this time, but “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Lu. 1:17), and “to take out of them (or, out of the nations) a people [to bear and honor] His name” (Acts 15:14, AMP). When the Lord has His remnant, or His called and chosen elect, separated wholly unto Himself, He will then appear to them, raise them to the fullness of Christ and change them into His glorious image and heavenly likeness! And that will be the manifestation of the sons of God! Then, we will begin to see those “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!” Then, we will all begin to see, as John did, “a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” (Rev. 21:1). Then, the Kingdom of God will have come to Earth in fullness, changing it all, as the many-membered Christ reigns in fullness to put all His enemies and ours under His feet, including death, which is the last enemy!
Then, “the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Is. 2:2-4). All this shall surely and certainly take place in the new Earth, or the world to come, when the sons of God are fully manifest! And our spiritual destiny depends on our calling and experience! If we are obediently walking with the Lord, following Him, trusting Him and keeping His every Word, then we are among that chosen company who shall become all that Christ is in the Earth! We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as HE IS! As we await that glorious moment, we will continue in repentance before our Father, “that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you--even Jesus, Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until THE TIME for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past!” Amen!
There is coming a “TIME,” and it may be sooner than we realize, when “the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past,” shall take place and be gloriously fulfilled on this Earth. And then, by the mighty, sovereign power of the Kingdom of God, this old earth shall become the new Earth, or the world to come! And that designated “TIME,” is rushing onward and forward to completion and fulfillment, even as I write these words. According to God’s Holy and Living Word the kingdoms and governments of man must come down, to be replaced with the government of the Kingdom of God, with Christ and His brother-sons reigning over all. And God’s Word shall be completely and entirely fulfilled in all the Earth! The Bible, which is the anointed and Living Word of God when revealed to us by the Spirit, tells us this: “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they (the nations of this world and their governments) be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father” (Rev. 2:26-27).
We may all rejoice with joy unspeakable, for the kingdoms of man are coming down! The reign of the Christ in the Kingdom of God, which includes Christ’s “power over the nations,” is prevailing, and we shall soon see man’s kingdoms and governments fall and be broken “to shivers,”... as the vessels of a potter!” All of man’s governments and kingdoms everywhere, including all the democracies in the world, will fall to be “broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone (of Christ) that smote the image became a great mountain (or government), and filled the whole earth” (Dan. 2:35). First, all the kingdoms and governments of man must be broken to pieces and carried away by the wind of the Spirit! Then, the mighty Stone, which is the fullness of Christ, even that same Stone of Christ that smote the image representing man’s kingdoms, shall then become “a great mountain,... (that) filled the whole earth!” This is the Kingdom of God coming down from God out of Heaven to the Earth, being manifest among us here on this Earth in which we live! And the Kingdom of God, of which we are a vital part, shall continue to grow, taking over the world until the Christ is LORD AND KING OVER ALL THE EARTH, thus bringing forth the new Earth, or the world to come!
And it all begins by the glorious appearing of Christ “Who before was designated and appointed for you--even Jesus, Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past!” Therefore, we will watch for the glorious appearing of Christ, Who will change us and begin “the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past!” Christ will appear to those who are waiting for Him and expecting Him, as it is written: “Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but TO BRING TO FULL SALVATION THOSE WHO ARE [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] WAITING FOR AND EXPECTING HIM” (Heb. 9:28, AMP). We are assured that Christ shall appear to us, for we are patiently waiting for Him!
The most important thing for any of us to do now is to continue to HOPE for our change, patiently and expectantly WAITING on the Lord, as we WATCH and LOOK eagerly for His appearing, remaining CONFIDENT in faith, TRUSTING and BELIEVING for the fulfillment of all the promises of God, including His wonderful and uncompromising promise of a new body, together with a new world to come! Indeed, God will truly “bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him” (Heb. 9:28, AMP). The psalmist advised us to wait only for the Lord and to trust Him only. Thus, it is written, “My soul, wait ONLY upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him. He ONLY is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved. WITH GOD RESTS MY SALVATION AND MY GLORY; He is my Rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God! Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (Ps. 62:5-8, AMP). What wonderful words of hope, promise and encouragement! And these encouraging words of hope are God’s pure and holy Word, sent from the Father with all His authority and power to back it up and fulfill it right here on this earth!
The anointed prophet, Isaiah, said of the Lord: “O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things, even purposes planned of old [and fulfilled] in faithfulness and truth” (Is. 25:1, AMP). The Lord our God has a record of faithfulness in the Earth! He has never yet failed to fulfill His Word! Then, the prophet remembered all that the Lord had done in history, when he said: “For You have made a city a heap, a fortified city a ruin, a palace of aliens without a city [is no more a city]; it will never be rebuilt. Therefore [many] a strong people will glorify You, [many] a city of terrible and ruthless nations will [reverently] fear You. For You have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the ruthless ones is like a rainstorm against a wall. As the heat in a dry land [is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so] You will bring down the noise of aliens [exultant over their enemies]; and as the heat is brought low by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless ones is brought low” (Is. 25:2-5, AMP).
The Lord destroyed cities and made of them a “heap,”
so that they were never rebuilt. And while God was destroying cities in history,
He was also protecting His own people. He was a stronghold for the poor and
the needy in their distress. He was their shelter protecting them from the storms,
from the heat, and from the blast of the ruthless ones. He will also bring down
the noise of the “aliens,” or of the unbelievers, so they will never
again exult over the destruction of any of their enemies. In fact, in that Day,
there will be no enemies, for all will be at peace and at rest, just as the
Lord our God has promised: “And on this Mount [Zion] shall the Lord of
hosts make for all peoples a feast of rich things [symbolic of His coronation
festival inaugurating the reign of the Lord on earth, in the wake of a background
of gloom, judgment, and terror], a feast of wines on the lees--of fat things
full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And He will destroy on this
mountain the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples
[in mourning], and the veil [of profound wretchedness] that is woven and spread
over all nations. He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death
forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach
of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken
it. [1 Cor 15:26,54; 2 Tim 1:10.]” (Is. 25:6-8, AMP).
This also is the pure, anointed, prophetic Word of the Lord! It is THAT WORD, WHICH IS GOD as He shall be manifest in Truth and in Life! The Lord will reign from Mount Zion, providing a spiritual feast for all mankind, which will result in the deliverance of all, beginning with His chosen and elect remnant! And that will be a total and complete deliverance, which will include deliverance from death for all mankind forever! The Lord our God will “destroy on this mountain (Mount Zion) the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples [in mourning],” which includes the sinful Adamic nature and mind that is to be removed from us all, “and the veil [of profound wretchedness] that is woven and spread over all nations,” which includes the curse that is to be removed from the Earth for the benefit of all mankind! What a complete deliverance that will be! And then that fully redeemed man shall live on the new Earth, where there shall be no sin, sickness, sorrow, suffering, pain, tears, disease or death!
The “background of gloom, judgment, and terror,” which is to exist at the beginning of the time of the reign of Christ on earth, is just about complete. There certainly exists at this time that “background of gloom, judgment, and terror,” but it may increase! Yet, we who know the Lord, also know that He will not put upon us any more than we can bear! All things are ready for the appearing of Christ, which is to begin “the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past!” When Christ appears in the very near future, He will begin that “time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past,” including all that the Prophet Isaiah foretold by the pure Word of the Lord, which we quoted above!
In this great Day, when Christ appears to take His seat on His throne on Mount Zion to govern the whole Earth, we will all rejoice at the faithfulness of our God! “It shall be said in that day, BEHOLD OUR GOD UPON WHOM WE HAVE WAITED AND HOPED, THAT HE MIGHT SAVE US! THIS IS THE LORD, WE HAVE WAITED FOR HIM; WE WILL BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION” (Is. 25:9, AMP). What a glad Day that will be when we join with all the elect to sing together the praises of our Father, when our salvation is complete! We will then shout with great joy and victory, saying: “Behold our God upon whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the LORD, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation!” Amen! May we continue to WAIT FOR THE LORD AND FOR HIS APPEARING! He will soon appear to transform us into His own image and likeness! Then, we will rejoice and will be glad that we spent our latter days in this life growing spiritually and WAITING FOR HIM!
The prophet Isaiah continues his prophecy by saying, “For the hand of the Lord shall rest on this Mount [Zion], and Moab (used for the sinful, Adamic nature and mind within us all) shall be threshed and trodden down in his place as straw is trodden down in the [filthy] water of a [primitive] cesspit. And though [Moab] (or old Adam) stretches forth his hands in the midst of [the filthy water] as a swimmer stretches out his hands to swim, the Lord will bring down [Moab's] (or old Adam’s) pride in spite of the skillfulness of his hands (to save himself) and together with the spoils of his hands. And the high fortifications of your walls (or, the Babylonish systems of this present world order) [the Lord] will bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust” (Is. 25:10-12, AMP).
The people of Moab, like the carnal nature within us all, sometimes were Israel’s friends and at other times their enemies. They are used here to represent the sinful, Adamic nature and mind that is within us all! The Lord will not destroy any sinful people, but He will indeed remove and destroy the sinful, Adamic “man” that is in all of us! And “the high fortifications of your walls” represent the Babylonish systems of this world, which “the Lord will bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust!” None of this is intended of the Spirit to discourage us or cause us to fear. But it is given to us as a promise from our Father, confirming and assuring us that our loving and merciful Father will indeed bring forth righteousness in the new world to come! And this Good News, which is the pure Word of the Lord, should cause us all to rejoice and be continually joyful in the Lord, by His Spirit!
Isaiah’s prophecy continues in the next chapter with these wonderful promises for His elect and chosen ones: “IN THAT (same, Kingdom) DAY shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; [the Lord] sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the [uncompromisingly] righteous nation which keeps her faith and her troth [with God] may enter in. (Until that Day, Lord,) You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]” (Is. 16:1-4, AMP). The Lord, Who is our Rock of Ages, will indeed open the gates that will allow us entrance into His most intimate Presence, that we may be changed and transformed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness! Until then, our Father will guard and keep us in perfect and constant peace, for we are keeping our minds stayed only and always on Him!
Here is another Prophetic Word, which shall also be fulfilled in this great, Kingdom Day: “BEHOLD MY Servant, Whom I uphold, My elect in Whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice and right and reveal truth TO THE NATIONS. [Matt 3:16,17.]He will not cry or shout aloud or cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not quench; He will bring forth justice in truth. [Matt 12:17-21.] He will not fail or become weak or be crushed and discouraged till He has established justice IN THE EARTH; and the islands and coastal regions shall wait hopefully for Him and expect His direction and law. [Rom 8:22-25.]” (Is. 42:1-4, AMP). “My elect,” as in this passage, refers first to Christ! He is Father’s Servant, Who shall bring forth justice and righteousness and reveal the truth to the nations! But we are also among that elect who are becoming a vital part of the Christ! Together, or in union with Christ our Head, we shall assist Him in bringing forth justice and righteousness. With Him, we will reveal the Truth to the nations. We are now a part of the Christ, and will, with Him, fulfill all the Word of the Lord!
Notice all that our Father will yet do for the nations of this world and in all the Earth! “He will bring forth justice and right and reveal truth TO THE NATIONS.” And He also “will bring forth justice in truth. [Matt 12:17-21.] He will not fail or become weak or be crushed and discouraged till He has established justice IN THE EARTH.” God has a marvelous plan and purpose for the nations of this world and also for the whole Earth! By the just and peaceful reign of Christ, He will bring forth justice and righteousness for the nations of this world, and will also reveal the truth to those nations! And that is a very large order! The Lord has already said, “He will not cry or shout aloud or cause His voice to be heard in the street.” Or, God will not reveal the Truth to the nations by preaching to them, as He did in the past, for “He will not cry or shout aloud or cause His voice,” or the Voice of His Spirit speaking through His messengers, “to be heard in the street!” Instead, our Father will do all that He said He would by simply sending his Word into the hearts of the people, revealing to them His Word and His Truth, by His Spirit! And there is no better way for any person to be taught, than by a revelation from the Spirit of the Lord! Then that verse closes with this very strange remark: “and the islands and coastal regions shall wait hopefully for Him and expect His direction and law.”
Why should the islands and the coastal regions of this world wait hopefully for the Lord, expecting His direction and His law? Because God’s Word clearly tells us that in the new Earth, or the world to come, there will be no seas or oceans (Rev. 21:1)! Those who live in the islands and the coastal regions of this present world will experience a drastic change in their lifestyle when the new Earth comes forth without seas or oceans! But our loving and merciful Father will lead them safely, by His Spirit, so the drastic changes He will make will not adversely affect them! Instead of fearing the many changes to be made when the new Earth comes forth, we will all embrace our Father’s merciful plan, joyfully anticipating the many wonders of the new world to come! And since GOD IS LOVE, we know He will manifest His great Love, as the Earth and everything of it goes through the many changes necessary to bring forth the new Earth! Rejoice, saints of God, a new world is coming forth, bringing the righteousness of Christ to all the Earth, and all that is on it, of it and in it!
Then, the anointed prophet of the Lord declared, by the Spirit: “Thus says God the Lord--He Who created the heavens and stretched them forth, He Who spread abroad THE EARTH and that which comes out of it, He Who GIVES BREATH TO THE PEOPLE ON IT AND SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO WALK IN IT: I the Lord have called You [the Messiah] (and all the elect with Him, vs. 1) for a righteous purpose and in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people [Israel], for a light to the nations [Gentiles], To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison. [Matt 12:18-21.] I am the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images. BEHOLD, THE FORMER THINGS HAVE COME TO PASS, AND NEW THINGS I NOW DECLARE; BEFORE THEY SPRING FORTH I TELL YOU OF THEM” (Is. 42:5-9, AMP).
New things are now coming forth, by the Spirit of revelation from God! Are you able to hear them? Has Father given you EARS TO HEAR all that the Spirit is saying today? If He has, you will HEAR all that God is saying to His elect and chosen ones at this time! All the old, former things of yesterday have been fulfilled; those former things have already come to pass! Therefore, it is time for new things to be revealed to all who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying in this new Day! The Spirit of the Lord is indeed declaring new things NOW! Our Father is telling us about them before those new things take place in the Earth! And what are those NEW THINGS? The first is, we shall be given a new, sinless and deathless body displaying the Life and Glory of Christ (Gen. 1:26, 2 Cor. 5:1-4 & Phil. 3:21)! And the second new thing is, we shall be given a NEW EARTH wherein dwelleth the Righteousness of Christ, which we shall enjoy and govern in justice, righteousness and peace, in union with Christ, our Head, Lord and King (Rom. 5:17, 2 Peter 3:13, Rev. 5:10, 20:6 & 21:1). All the old things have indeed passed away and are passing away! And new things are now being revealed by the Spirit! Father is telling us all about those new things now, before they spring forth!
The Lord not only called us “for a righteous purpose and in righteousness;” but also promised us: “I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people [Israel], for a light to the nations [Gentiles], To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.” Then, He says: “Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, the islands and coastal regions and the inhabitants of them [sing a song such as has never been heard in the heathen world]! Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of the rock [Sela or petra] sing; let them shout from the tops of the mountains! Let them give glory to the Lord and declare His praise in the islands and coastal regions” (Is. 42:10-12, AMP).
Again, we are told to sing a new song unto the Lord. The old songs of yesterday are empty, meaningless and of no value to us now. They have lost their prophetic appeal and purpose, for all those former things have been fulfilled. They are yesterday’s manna, and the spiritual people that we are can no longer live on yesterday’s manna. We must have a new song to sing, and by the Spirit, God is giving us that NEW SONG TO SING, which we shall sing to the glory of the Lord and with all that is within us! Our new song is a song of the fullness of redemption, with nothing left out, which the prophets foretold was to be fully restored. And those who go down to the sea will also sing a new song, for they need not depend any longer on fishing to sustain them and their families. But in the new Earth, there will be no seas and, therefore, no fishing. God will provide something better for them, just as He will for all those who live in the wildernesses, in the wastelands, in the rocky regions, and on the mountains. It is my deep conviction that in the new Earth, there will be no deserts, rocky regions, high mountains or wastelands and certainly no seas, for all the Earth will be restored abundantly, with life-giving soils bringing forth in abundance everywhere. When our loving and merciful Father removes the curse, restores the Earth and makes it all new, there will be no wildernesses, rocky regions, wastelands or seas or oceans anywhere on Earth! And when there are no more oceans or seas on the new Earth, seventy-one per cent of the most productive soil on earth will be released and used for man’s benefit. Then, every bit of land will be more productive than it ever was before, and all mankind will rejoice and will sing that new Song, because of what our God has done in bringing forth the NEW EARTH, which He has promised in His prophetic Word!
Remember, God has given us this promise: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until THE TIMES OF RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21). It is time for us to repent and turn to the Lord! Although this time is one of spiritual darkness, it is also one of those “times of refreshing,” which have “come from the presence of the Lord!” Repentance will prepare us for the glorious appearing of Christ, Who shall change us into His very image and likeness! And when we have repented, the promise is: “he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” And those “times of restitution of all things” are now AT HAND! Are you ready for the next move of the Spirit of God?
To show Father’s loving concern for His people and the condition of the world, the prophet said this: “The Lord will go forth like a mighty man, He will rouse up His zealous indignation and vengeance like a warrior; He will cry, yes, He will shout aloud, He will do mightily against His enemies. [Thus says the Lord] I have for a long time held My peace, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry out like a woman in travail, I will gasp and pant together. I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their herbage; I will turn the rivers into islands, and I will dry up the pools. And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness into light before them and make uneven places into a plain. These things I have determined to do [for them]; and I will not LEAVE THEM FORSAKEN” (Is. 42:13-16, AMP).
The Lord is going forth like a mighty man and is rousing up His zealous indignation and vengeance like a warrior!. He is moving mightily against His enemies! He is crying out now “like a woman in travail!” We may not be able to “hear” it, but we know this is true, by the Spirit! For a long time now our loving and merciful Father has been silent and was restraining Himself, so He wasn’t correcting the many problems of the world before the appointed time. But now, the time has come to begin to change the world, to bring forth the new Earth, or the world to come.
May we continue to faithfully and obediently walk with the Lord, obeying His Word and doing His will! As we do, we will behold the Lord in His great Glory when He appears to transform His waiting sons into His very own image and likeness! Nothing else will turn the tide and bring deliverance to the groaning creation! As the Phillips Translation has put it: “The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited - yet it has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children (or sons) of God! It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that AT THE PRESENT TIME ALL CREATED LIFE GROANS IN A SORT OF UNIVERSAL TRAVAIL. And it is plain, too, that we who have a foretaste of the Spirit ARE IN A STATE OF PAINFUL TENSION, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realized our full sonship in Him” (Ro. 8:19-23, Phillips).
By the Spirit, I can see that every created thing is now groaning in a sort of universal travail! They are all groaning and travailing to be set free of this Adamic “life!” Over forty years ago, the Lord gave me ears to hear the creation groaning and travailing for our manifestation! And their sounds of travail have been with me ever since! Not only is every created thing groaning and travailing for our manifestation as sons of the living God, but we too are groaning and travailing! We too are personally in that difficult and indescribable state of “painful tension,” as Emily goes through her third cancer experience! To go through this difficult experience of “painful tension,” is what takes place while we are waiting for the redemption of our bodies, which will mean that at last we have realized our full sonship In Him! This “painful tension,” is as a sign, indicating that we are on the true path to sonship fulfilled!
Like many of you, we are struggling through the tests and trials
of this life, that we might gain that greater Life, even that “Zoe”
Life, which is the abundant, rich and full Life of Christ! And WE KNOW, WE KNOW,
WE KNOW, THAT “THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE
COMPARED WITH THE GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED IN US” (Rom. 8:18). Soon,
we shall put on that new and glorious Garment of His Life, which will replace,
as an overcoat, this present garment of the Adamic flesh and blood body of sinful
and dying man (as in 2 Cor. 5:1-4)! And we also know, with firm assurance and
by past experiences, that whenever the Lord allows difficult tests, trials,
troubles and darkness to come our way, His transforming appearing will soon
follow! We long for His appearing - we sincerely desire to see Him as He is
in all His great Glory and Splendor! To see Christ, the Lord, in His brilliant
Glory, and in Kingdom Power, is the vision of our hearts! It is that Heavenly,
Spiritual vision, which gives substance and value to our lives! We have joyfully
entered into HIS REST, and His abundant Life and the new world to come is all
that matters to us now!
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055