THESE ARE THEY ...
Father’s plan and purpose for His elect at this time is to bring us forth in His image and likeness. The manifestation of the sons of God is the goal before us. It is that Divine purpose which is uppermost in our lives at this time. It is that wonderful, sovereign, heavenly purpose for which the whole creation is groaning and travailing, including us. It is the supreme plan and purpose of the ages, which “the angels desire to look into” (1 Pet. 1:12). Job said, “The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof” (Job 26:11). How true that is! And do not those “pillars of heaven tremble,” and are they not “astonished at His reproof” as our Father judges and corrects all His sons to prepare them for their glorious manifestation? It is God, our Father, Who is now judging and correcting His sons in preparation for their manifestation, causing the heavens to take notice. He may also punish “the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity.” He also said, “I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible!”
Why is our Father so busy doing all these things at this time, when the old age is ending and the new is just beginning? So He may “MAKE A MAN (which is the Christ Man, the sons of God, the Christ Body) more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir” (Is. 13:11-12). Indeed, God is making a Man! And this Man is “more precious than fine gold,” for “HE” has known many years of trials, testing and processing by the Lord. Our loving and merciful Father has a huge investment of much spiritual “wealth” in this small remnant, who are all sons of God, with the promise and expectation that we shall soon come forth in the pure image and Heavenly likeness of Him Who is the Father of all! When we do come forth in His image and likeness, we shall be naturally, literally and physically transformed, and given our new heavenly, spiritual bodies, which are just like Christ’s resurrected and glorified body of Righteousness, Life and Glory.
This MAN of our Father’s creation was prefigured and foretold in Israel’s history. When all Israel stood before the Jordan and Joshua was preparing to lead the nation across that river, the Lord instructed him to take twelve men out of the tribes of Israel. He was to take one man out of each of the twelve tribes (Joshua 3:12, 4:2 & 4). Not only were there to be twelve men, a man out of each tribe of Israel, but those men, according to the original Hebrew words, were to be united as ONE MAN! Although there were twelve men, they functioned as ONE MAN, with each man having a particular position among the group of twelve. The number TWELVE indicates the perfection of government. That number is the product of three, which is the Divine, Heavenly number of perfection, and the number four, the earthly number of that which is material. It is the Heavenly, Spiritual realm fully applied to the earthly realm of man, to govern it all in righteousness, holiness and purity. It is a picture of the Kingdom of God coming to the earth, bringing His Righteousness, Justice, Love and Peace to the whole creation!
What Shall This Man Do?
As with all of His works, Father has a plan and a purpose for that MAN of His creation! The MAN of Father’s handiwork is a MAN of purpose and an expression of the Father’s heart. Just as God is Love, so is He a manifestation of the Love of God to the whole creation. That MAN will be known, not so much for what He does, but for what HE IS IN THE EARTH! He will be as God in the earth! That MAN will be God’s salvation in the earth (Ex. 15:2, Ps. 118:14, 21-22, Is. 12:2)! He also is a MAN of war (Ex. 15:3) and is glorious in power (Ex. 15:6). He will gather the nations unto Himself and into His Kingdom! Although He was considered a little one in His beginnings that MAN has now become a thousand and also a strong nation (Is. 60:22). The lands of this earth were desolate before Him but will become like the garden of Eden as He administers His Kingdom of Love for the benefit of all (Eze. 36:35). He is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), a possessor of the wisdom of His Father (1 Cor. 3:18), and also of all the kingdoms of this world (Rev. 11:15)!
The prophet Isaiah said, “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” And Job said, “Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven” (Job 22:14). The world is most certainly in deep and gross, spiritual darkness at this time. It is spiritual darkness such as we have never known or experienced before. But, despite the present darkness in this world, God is on the move! He is walking throughout the circuit of Heaven! He is alerting all the hosts of Heaven, as well as every created thing on earth, to the glory that is about to be unveiled and released in a people! And those people are Father’s chosen and elect sons. “These are they..” who shall come forth in His image and likeness!
As the spiritual darkness around us seems to worsen and grow darker, deeper and more intense, let us never forget the rest of Isaiah’s anointed, prophetic Word: “but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee” (Is. 60:2-5). All this shall truly be fulfilled in us, for us and with us, AFTER Father’s purpose for this gross spiritual darkness has been accomplished, AFTER the new morning has dawned, and AFTER we have been changed into His glorious image and Heavenly likeness! Then, His glory shall be seen upon us! Then, the Gentiles shall come to our Light, and kings to the brightness of our rising! Then, sons and daughters shall join us, to be “nursed” and nourished by His pure Word, at our side. Then, we all shall SEE, and shall flow together in perfect harmony! Then, we shall be enlarged, because the abundance of the great sea of man is being converted unto us! Then, AFTER WE HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto us, and entire nations shall run to Zion, to receive of her many Kingdom blessings and benefits!
The Revelation of all Truth is Time or Age-related
How important the word “after” is in understanding the timing of the prophetic word of the Lord! It is important to know that God has a “due order” (1 Chron. 15:13), when considering the time of the fulfillment of the prophetic Word of the Lord in the earth. None of Father’s plans and purposes shall be fulfilled in the earth outside of, or without considering, the due order of God! Job answered one of his friends, who was a would-be “comforter,” by saying to him, “And though AFTER my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:26). Do we understand all that Job is saying here? AFTER his body has been destroyed, he would yet see God in the flesh. Is that what Job is saying? If so, Job may be referring to a resurrection of this physical body, AFTER this present body of flesh and blood had been destroyed and before his translation had taken place. However, the Amplified Translation shows that verse a little differently: “And after my skin, even this body, has been destroyed, then FROM MY FLESH OR WITHOUT IT I shall see God” (Job 19:26, AMP). This translation seems to describe the truth of that verse, as we understand it now. Whether with this body or without it, we shall see God! And Paul wrote to say, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living” (Ro. 14:8-9). Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord, for He is Lord of both realms. As one of His elect and chosen sons, we shall see the Lord when He appears. We shall be changed into His glorious image and likeness as HE IS NOW, when we do see Him, for we shall see Him AS HE IS!
The prophet Hosea gave us this time-related Word: “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. AFTER TWO DAYS will he revive us: IN THE THIRD DAY he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight” (Hos. 6:1-2). This scripture is very clear. Two dispensational days, or two age-days, must elapse before the Lord shall raise us up! Then, on the third day, the Lord “will raise us up, and we shall Live in His sight!” We believe two thousand-year days, or two age-Days, have already passed since the first coming of the Lord! This is the third Day; it is the great Kingdom Day; it is the thousand-year Day, when God shall raise us up and cause us to Live the fullness of the Life of Christ in His sight! We also believe we are the generation that shall be transformed; this may also be the generation that was seen coming out of “great tribulation;” this is our day of fulfillment! And because we see this as the Day of the fulfillment of this Word, it is also the time when we are called of God to “return unto the Lord!” The Lord has torn us with the intense processings of His Spirit, and now it is the time for Him to “heal us!” He has smitten us with many stripes from His merciful rod of correction, and now it is the time for Him to “bind us up!” Knowing this, we will gladly and joyfully “return,” or draw closer to the Lord.
Jesus also gave us another time-related message, when He said, “Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Mt. 24:29-31). There are several markers given in this prophetic Word, which will alert us to the hour of fulfillment. The first is “the tribulation of those days.” Without a doubt, these are days of tribulation. This truth is confirmed to us daily, by signs and wonders all around us, including the devastation from recent, severe earthquakes, which caused tsunamis throughout coastal areas of South Asia, resulting in the loss of possibly two hundred thousand people or more.
Spiritual darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the hearts of the people. Gross error and deception abounds, both in the churches and outside of them, such I have never witnessed before! The carnality of man has reached its apex or its extreme point of manifestation, so that man’s carnality touches every aspect of life as we know it now. Triune Babylon, especially the religious realm, completely dominates the lives of most people in this world! That unholy realm is totally infested, invaded, occupied and overrun with man’s carnal-minded understanding! Without a doubt, this “day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness” (Zeph. 1:15). But it is precisely at this time of gross spiritual darkness in the world when “the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
The next marker given by Jesus in these verses is this: “the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” We do not believe this Word applies to the literal sun, moon and stars, for we see a greater, spiritual fulfillment. The “sun,” we believe, represents Christ, the “Sun of righteousness.” The “moon” represents the church, while the “stars” are the church-order ministries (see Rev. 8:12 & 12:1). With this understanding, we can readily see and understand that Christ, the Sun, is not shining as brightly in the earth as He has in the past. The gross, spiritual darkness in the earth at the present time is due to a lack of spiritual Light. Thus, when the Light of Christ in the earth is “darkened,” or when He ceases to shine with His glory and splendor, as He did in the past, the world will then experience the gross, spiritual darkness which we now see. Turn off the true Light, and spiritual darkness will prevail in the earth, as it does now!
The same is true of the church, for it is no longer “the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill” (Mt. 5:14). Instead of being “the light of the world,” the church has become a reproach to the Name of the Lord, for it is the center of much error, deception and materialism, resulting in gross, spiritual darkness in the world. The church, which is typified by the “moon,” has ceased to be “the light of the world,” thus eliminating another source of spiritual light in the earth. The reason the church is no longer “the light of the world,” is due to the fact that God has taken His glorious Presence from the church, leaving it spiritually empty and devoid of glory, power and authority. It is now the time for the function and purpose of the church to cease, for God is doing a new thing in the earth! The Kingdom of God is coming down from God out of Heaven, replacing the church as the Lord’s vehicle of purpose in the earth. John, while in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, described this new arrangement in the holy city, the new Jerusalem, when he set forth his vision, saying, “And I saw no temple therein (the church order had passed away): for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun (Christ, the Sun, no longer shines in the earth as He once did, for HE is to be revealed in a new and greater Light), neither of the moon (the church order of the past), to shine in it: for (the greater Light of) the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Rev. 21:22-23).
Then, Jesus said, “the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” Those “stars,” or “the powers of the heavens” are truly being shaken. This is the present condition on earth and in heaven, and has been for several years. Since the “stars” represent ministries, we can readily see that some ministries, especially some larger TV ministries of the past, have indeed “fallen from heaven.” The spiritual light, which those ministries once were in the world, has gone out. They have fallen from heaven; they lost the anointing they once had; they no longer dwell in the heavens of the Spirit of the Lord, from which their gifts and ministries once flourished! The day of such individual ministries is over, for God is truly doing a new thing in the earth! He has made a corporate MAN, which is the Body of Christ, the sons of God, or the Christ-Man, who shall shine in the earth with a new and greater Light, dispelling the darkness and ruling and reigning from Father’s royal throne of all power and authority! This Christ Man shall also reveal the Father and His Truth to the creation, bringing deliverance to all!
Indeed, “the sun (is) darkened, and the moon (does) not give her light, and the stars (are) falling from heaven, and the powers of the heavens (are being) shaken.” What does this tell us? It tells us, as nothing else can, that the hour of our transformation is very near! And what is the next event to take place after this? Jesus told us, when He said, “And then shall appear THE SIGN of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, AND THEY” (THE ELECT) “SHALL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (When we see Him as He is, we shall become all that He is.) “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together HIS ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
First, “the SIGN of the Son of man” shall appear in heaven. The word “sign” is taken from the Greek word “semeion,” which means “an indication, especially ceremoniously or supernaturally.” (From Strong’s Concordance.) I believe that “sign” is a supernatural indication, letting us know that the heavens are astir and God is about to do something grand and glorious for His elect. It is a marker to indicate, or tell us, that we shall soon see “the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” To me the sign of the Son of man, which I discern and which is appearing in Heaven, is the deep and profound spiritual quietness and darkness of these times. Another part of that “sign” also is the intense processings of the elect, by the will of our Father, which is taking place now and has increased in recent times. By these “signs” we know we shall soon see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven, or in the clouds of Spirit, with power and great glory to transform us and initiate the dawning of this new Kingdom Day.
When the sign of the Son of man appearing in heaven is given, Jesus said, “then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn.” This does not mean that all mankind on earth will mourn when that sign appears. The term, “all the tribes of the earth,” refers to the remnant only! The word “tribes” is taken from the Greek word “phule,” meaning an offshoot, a race or a clan. And that “offshoot,” that “race,” or that “clan,” is the relatively small remnant in the world at this time, which will eventually include the elect of the Heavenly realm as well. They are the elect and chosen ones; “these are they...” who shall see the sign of the Son of man, when He comes or appears to transform them!
When speaking of the Kingdom, Jesus said this: "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain-first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." (Mk. 4:26-29, NIV). The Kingdom of God is just like that! It was planted in the earth - into the hearts of God’s people (Lu. 17:21) - as a seed, which became a growing plant, showing first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. Finally, the Kingdom seed within us became a fully matured plant, producing ripe Kingdom fruit, ready to be harvested. And when the fruit of the Kingdom, which we are, has ripened and matured, it/we will be harvested by the angels of the Lord!
Jesus explained that harvest time, when He said, “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world (or age); and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world (age). The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Mt. 13:37-43). The “tares,” the false wheat, or the disobedient, would-be sons, shall be harvested first by the angels, or the messengers of the Lord. Then those tares, including all those who have offended and worked iniquity in the Kingdom of God, shall be gathered and burned in the holy fires of the consuming Presence of the Lord, where they shall be judged, corrected and restored. God has a plan that involves all mankind, including the disobedient, willful and unrepentant “tares.”
Mark’s version of the event declared by Matthew (24:29-31), reads as follows: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven” (Mk. 13:26-27). Matthew’s account tells us the angels “shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other,” while Mark tells us that those angels or heavenly messengers shall gather together His elect ”from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.” Therefore, the angels of the Lord, or His heavenly messengers, shall gather all the elect from every area of the earth and also from every realm or area of the Heavens. All the sons of God, whether they have died and gone to Heaven, or remain on earth at the time of this ingathering, SHALL ALL BE GATHERED TOGETHER, to comprise one holy and united Body of sons! The elect of that ingathering shall be transformed to live the Life of Christ in blessed and glorious fullness (see 1 Thess. 4:14-18)! The principle of Life is: whether we live or die we are the Lord’s! The sons of the heavenly realm shall be joined to the sons of the earthly realm, so that all true sons from both realms shall make up the resurrected and glorified Christ Body! This is the MAN that God has been making into His image and likeness! And this is the MAN that shall show forth the salvation of the Lord, and rule and reign over all from Father’s righteous and peaceful Kingdom of Love!
Another time-related, prophetic Word is this message given by Jesus: “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light” (Mt. 17:1-2). Jesus said, “after six days.” But what did He mean by that? The “after” Jesus mentioned is given in the previous verse, which is the last verse of chapter sixteen. That verse (Mt. 16:28) says, “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Six days after Jesus spoke those prophetic words of hope and promise, He led the three disciples up a mountain where He was transfigured before them. The prophecy Jesus gave six days earlier had been fulfilled! Those who were with Him on the Mount did see Christ come in the glory of His Kingdom! This truth also tells us what the Kingdom of God is! THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS FATHER’S SPIRITUAL REALM OF ABUNDANT LIFE AND GLORY! Therefore, to enter into the Kingdom of God is to enter into His Life and Glory! And unless we have been transformed by the manifest Life and Glory of God, we have not yet fully entered into the Kingdom of our Father!
Furthermore, when Jesus said, “after six days,” He may also be giving us an indication of the TIME of our transformation! It is possible that, just as Jesus was transfigured after a six-day period so also shall we be transfigured AFTER SIX DISPENSATIONAL DAYS, OR SIX AGE DAYS of man’s journey on earth have elapsed. Although we have no interest in making an issue of this portion of Jesus’ message, it may have some significance. Six thousand-year age days have indeed passed since the creation of man! This may give us another sign of the nearness of the hour of our transformation. With or without any of these apparent signs, we should be diligently WATCHING AND WAITING FOR THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF OUR LORD TO CHANGE US! Jesus also said, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. TAKE YE HEED, WATCH AND PRAY: for ye know not when the time is” (Mk. 13:32-33). All the efforts of man to try to determine the hour of His appearing are futile and useless! Only the Father knows the hour of Christ’s appearing! It is impossible for us to know the day or the hour unless our Father should reveal it to us by His Spirit! So we will diligently continue to spiritually TAKE HEED, AND WILL WATCH AND PRAY!
However, I strongly believe that our loving and merciful Father IS REVEALING TO US THE WONDERFUL TRUTH THAT THIS IS THE HOUR OF OUR TRANSFORMATION! Do you not feel and sense an urgency to seek the Lord and believe Him for our imminent, bodily transformation? I certainly do! Our Father may not speak to us in loudly proclaimed and discernable words of hope and promise, like we think He should. He may simply speak to us with His still, small Voice, urging us onward and upward toward the pinnacle of HIS LIFE! It may not even be necessary for us to hear a Voice at all! Father may be “speaking” to us without words or voice by gently and quietly leading us to watch for Him, seek Him and approach Him for that most glorious of all experiences, which is our transformation from this body of sin and death to that new body that is fashioned like unto His! Without being aware of it, we may be very close to the precise “moment” of our change! Every urging within us is God leading us to our appointed destiny in Him! And we will not despise “the day of small things!” We rejoice in the “small things” our Father is working out within us, for we know He is working all things according to His wise, eternal purpose!
Sonship is not only about hearing the word of the Lord, whether personally and individually, but sonship also includes being led by His Spirit. This is the major qualifying requirement for sonship: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14). Therefore, all who are led by the Spirit will make it to sonship fulfilled! To become manifest sons of God is a strictly personal matter! Our Father designates believers as His sons by leading them by His Spirit! They that are led by the Spirit are becoming manifest sons of God! Many of us know that our Father speaks to us only rarely, if at all. We have often tried to know what His will was in a certain situation but in almost every case the Lord rarely spoke to us. So we believed we were doing His will without hearing Him speak and without knowing in advance what His will was. We simply acted on our inner convictions and what we believed to be His guidance, and His will was done! Therefore, every inner urging of the Spirit, whether with a voice or without one, is God leading us by His Spirit to become fully manifest sons of our Father! By being led by His Spirit, as we are, WE KNOW that our appointed “moment” of transformation is very near!
Another indication of our approaching transformation is by the tests and trials we are experiencing. With reference to sonship and how we can know if we are on the right path leading to manifest sonship, the writer to the Hebrews wrote the following: “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children (or sons), My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, and scourgeth EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and Live?” (Heb. 12:5-9).
Every true son whom the Lord loves - those sons whom He deeply and truly loves - He chastens. And He scourges all those sons “WHOM HE RECEIVETH!” The Amplified Translation says it best: “For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes” (Heb. 12:6, AMP). I trust we can “hear” and receive all that Father is saying in this scripture! Every true son that our Father deeply and truly loves, He chastens and even scourges those sons “whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.”
Therefore, when Father chastens, scourges and corrects us, as He is dong now, He is, by that very act, showing that He cherishes us and is welcoming us into His heart and into His very Presence! How wonderful it is to be caught up into the very Heart of God, there to enjoy His Presence and grow to the full maturity of manifest sons of God! If you ever doubted your sonship, it is assured to you by the constant chastening, scourging and discipline of the Lord in your life! This is the standard and normal procedure for all true sons: “For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, EVERY SON WHOM HE ACCEPTS and (HE) welcomes (them) (in)to His heart and cherishes (them)!” Do you know His strong hand of discipline and correction in your life? If you do, then you also know that He loves and cherishes you! Do you sense that He is scourging you? If so, then you also know He is accepting you and welcoming you into His heart! And when our Father ACCEPTS US AND RECEIVES US INTO HIS HEART AND INTO HIS PRESENCE, we should then know that our spiritual growth unto manifest sonship shall soon be accomplished and fulfilled! And when we see the saints of the Lord, who are true sons of God, suffering as they are in these dark and dismal days, we are firmly persuaded, by this additional sign, that the “moment” of our metamorphosis or our transformation is very near!
The Revelation of Truth is Also Generational
The ages have progressed and the world along with them, until it is the time for the unveiling or the manifestation of the sons of God! This great truth, or this manifestation, could not take place until the due order had come, or until the time was right for that purpose to be fulfilled in the earth. Therefore, the revelation or manifestation of God’s Truth in the earth is time-related and generational! I would like to share with you something wonderful the Spirit revealed to me, concerning what Jesus had to say about an unjust steward. The entire story is found in Luke, chapter sixteen. But our only concern now is with this portion: “the children of this world (age) are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Lu. 16:8).
In other words, the Lord has purposed to reveal worldly, earthly truths to the people of this world, and spiritual truths, or truths of the Kingdom of God, to His people. The Lord is telling us that the people of this world generally understand worldly, earthly matters much better than God’s people do. When the Lord first quickened this verse to me some years ago, I usually looked for necessary help from repairmen who were of the world and who understood such worldly matters. If I needed plumbing done, I looked for someone with good plumbing experience. I could have hired a Christian in some cases, but my concern, after “hearing” the words of Jesus in this verse, was to get the best qualified person and the most knowledgeable to do the job. I believe it is Father’s plan to reveal the truths of the Lord to His people, but to reveal worldly truths, truths pertaining to the earth and the things of it, to the people of this world.
Jesus qualified this truth even further when He used the words, “in their generation.” Therefore, all truth is age-related and generational! By this I mean that all truth is revealed by God to mankind when the time is right for that truth to be revealed. All truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, whether it is the wisdom and knowledge of science, engineering, electronics, or computers, comes from God (see Ex. 31:6, 35:25-35, 36:1-2 & Job 38:36)! He is the Source of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding! And He has revealed it to the world gradually or by degrees, according to His purpose for that particular age or generation. For example, God did not reveal the great truths of the automobile to us in one, mighty and awesome revelation, to include the high degree of sophistication of today’s modern cars. Instead, He gave us the wisdom of the automobile gradually and by degrees. We have progressed in wisdom and knowledge from the earliest cars, such as the original Ford Model “T,” to the highly computerized and more sophisticated cars of today! This wisdom and knowledge came to us by degrees! Had such knowledge not come to us by degrees or gradually, what would man have done with such modern cars, capable of going a hundred miles an hour or more, on old, dusty, bumpy, muddy roads? Thus, in the great wisdom of God, He gave us that knowledge gradually or by degrees, so we would be fully prepared for the most modern technology, when it was given to us by the Lord at the right time.
So also have the wonderful truths of God and of His Kingdom come to us by degrees! When the knowledge of the Lord in the earth is full and complete and all have access to the knowledge of Him, there will be no more wars and destruction of any kind any where, especially in His holy mountain. Thus, it is written, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain:” Why not? Because “the earth shall be full of THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Is. 11:9). Like all other wisdom, knowledge and truth, “the knowledge of the Lord” was given by God to mankind gradually, or by degrees. The knowledge of the Lord we have now is much greater than it was centuries ago, or even years ago. As our loving Father continues to reveal the knowledge of the Lord to His elect, and increases that knowledge to us, then in due time, “the earth shall (ultimately) be full of the (increased) knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
The truth of sonship is a wonderful truth! But that truth was
scarcely known before the Latter Rain outpouring of the Spirit. Of course, the
Apostle Paul, and others of that era, knew the basic truth of sonship, but I
do not believe they understood much of what the Spirit revealed to them. How
could they know and understand such mysteries, for the time had not yet come
for its fulfillment? The apostles and prophets of the age of the early church
only saw through the “glass” of truth “darkly,” compared
with the understanding we have today. Those of that era did not have the depth
of that truth that we do today. It was not yet the time for that truth to be
fulfilled in a people! But this must be the TIME for the manifestation of the
sons of God, for the truth of it is becoming more real, giving us more wisdom,
knowledge and understanding of it, by the Spirit! Therefore, truth, all truth,
is age-related and generational! Our Father has revealed truth to us in a progressive
manner, so that we know more today than the saints did centuries ago. Our understanding
of spiritual truth is greater, for we have been thrust into the crucible of
the tests and trials of the Lord, where Truth is more clearly understood, and
where that Truth has become more meaningful! And what makes the truth of sonship
more meaningful to us now is the fact that the time has come for that truth
to be fulfilled in a people!
Were we to judge the wisdom and knowledge of people who lived centuries ago, without allowing for the generational aspect, we would certainly say they were a backward people. But their lack of truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, pertaining to worldly matters, was not their fault. Nor is it the fault of past believers, or believers of previous generations, who did not have the spiritual understanding we have today. Obviously, it was not the time for the Lord to reveal these truths to them. God did not reveal the wisdom and the knowledge of cars, computers, and the Hubble Space Telescope to previous generations of people in the world, for it was not yet Father’s time for those truths to be revealed! MANKIND MUST GROW INTO THE WISDOM AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH to be able to receive that wisdom and then know what to do with it for the benefit of all mankind! And I believe that is why Jesus said, “the children of this world (age) are IN THEIR GENERATION wiser than the children of light.” It would not have been a correct Word, a true Word, or a wise Word from God, had Jesus left out the all-important phrase, “in their generation.” Each and every generation and age has received truth for its time, according to the wisdom of God and His plan and purpose for that generation or age!
To further illustrate the importance of TIME in this passage of scripture, the word “world,” is taken from the Greek word “aion,” which means an age! Thus, that scripture should read, “the children of this AGE are IN THEIR GENERATION wiser than the children of light.” The first thing to consider when comparing the children of the world with the children of light is the age or the dispensation in which they lived. The second all-important fact to know when making this comparison is also the generation in which they lived. To each age and generation are given certain wisdom, knowledge, truths, abilities and understandings, according to Father’s purpose for that age or generation. And there have also been generations of spiritual Light as well as generations of spiritual darkness. The period of the Early Church was one of those periods of greater, spiritual Light. So also was the period of the nineteenth century a time of spiritual Light, as believers such as Joseph Salmon, Jacob Boehme, and several others, were inspired of the Spirit to declare certain truths. This may be true of other generations or ages as well. The truths given to previous generations have expanded and increased, from that day to this, so that the time of fulfillment is near! The believers of former generations may have declared certain truths, but we are the generation that shall enter into the fulfillment of those great truths!
(As you may know, we published a book written in 1847 by Joseph
Salmon, titled, “Antichrist In Man.” This book sets forth the great
truth that the real antichrist, or the man of sin, is the carnal nature within
us all. We only have a few copies of this book available, but the entire book
may be found on this web site: www.kingdomlife.com/kingdom/antichristinman.htm
If you have not yet read this excellent book, we would encourage you to do so. Also, our more current articles are now on this web site:
or: www.ariseministry.com And click on “New.”)
Christendom has been looking for one man to arise in the world who would be the anticipated “Antichrist.” Although we do believe one corrupt “pharaoh” exists at this time, who fully personifies the carnal spirit and nature of the Antichrist and who controls all three areas of Babylon’s power, bringing trouble and sorrow to the masses of this world, yet we know the real “Antichrist” is the sinful, carnal, Adamic nature in all of us! That man of sin within us all is the major cause of all the wars, trouble and sorrow in this world throughout our history, from Adam to the present. But we are living in that wonderful age, the age of the Kingdom of God on earth, when the Lord will end the dominion of that “man” of sin, who has brought nothing but trouble and sorrow to this world, and deliver the creation from this severe bondage! We are the anointed remnant of the Lord, His chosen generation; “these are they..” who shall be gloriously transformed, thereby bringing an end to that Antichrist nature and spirit, and setting the whole creation free! The world will know that the sons of God are manifested, not by our loud, noisy and persistent claims to sonship, but when they see the whole creation being set free in Christ!
What Else Shall This Man Do?
The Christ Man is both a King and a Priest! As King, He shall rule the nations with a rod of iron. But as a Priest, or rather a High Priest, this Man shall perform a function that any ordinary priest could never fulfill! This Christ Man shall put Satan away forever! The pattern and example of this High Priestly work has already been revealed and set forth in the ministry of the High Priest in Israel’s history. As the High Priest and our pattern and example, Aaron was to take two goats and present them before the Lord. Thus, it is written, “Aaron shall cast lots on the two goats–ONE LOT FOR THE LORD, the other lot for Azazel or removal. And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord's lot fell and offer him as a sin offering. But the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel or removal shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over him, that he may be let go into the wilderness for Azazel (for dismissal)” (Lev. 16:8-10, AMP). Notice! There is only one lot, or one goat to represent the Lord. Some would try to tell us that both goats represent the Lord in redemption. But the scripture clearly states that only one goat or one lot is for the Lord! The other goat, the scapegoat, or the goat of departure, represents some thing else, or someone else! One Bible commentary tells us that Azazel is the ancient name of an evil being in opposition to God. We believe “Azazel,” the scapegoat, or the goat of departure, represents Satan. There is nothing redeemable about Satan; nor is “he” a created being that can be “saved; Satan simply is the evil spirit! And Jesus said the devil has an end! The devil, or the evil spirit, is not to be redeemed, but to be cast out into the wilderness, away from any being that “he” might torment, inhabit or occupy.
The Lord’s goat, or the goat that represented Jesus Christ, was slain and offered as a sin offering, just as Jesus was. But the other goat, Azazel, or the goat of departure, also called the scapegoat, which is the devil, was sent away into the wilderness, there to be dismissed, where that evil spirit would come to an END. The scapegoat, or Azazel, or the devil, was to be presented alive before the Lord, and then taken alive out into the wilderness, where that evil spirit shall be left alone, without any sustenance, and without anyone to torment, which for “him” is certain annihilation or elimination. That “Azazel,” or the scapegoat, was to be left alive and then dismissed into the wilderness is a clear indication that this second goat, or the goat of departure, had nothing whatever to do with Jesus and the sacrifice He made for our sins.
Many years ago, the Lord gave me a vision of Satan’s house. In that spiritual vision, I saw a little bent figure rushing around a small house pulling out pieces of the foundation and other parts of the house. The little, bent figure of a man kept working, tearing down the little house with determination and purpose. But when “he” finally worked his way to the front of the house, I saw that the name on the doorway was Satan’s. It was the devil tearing down his own house, or his own kingdom. After the vision, I read the words of Jesus in Mark 3:23-26. And this is what Jesus said, “How can Satan drive out Satan? And if a kingdom is divided and rebelling against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided (split into factions and rebelling) against itself, that house will not be able to last. And if Satan has raised an insurrection against himself and is divided, he cannot stand BUT IS [SURELY] COMING TO AN END” (Mk. 3:23-26), AMP). Will the devil be saved? God can do anything! But we do not see the devil as a part of the redeemable creation! The devil is the evil spirit; “he” is that spirit which rules over a divided kingdom. And since Satan “is divided, he cannot stand BUT IS [SURELY] COMING TO AN END!”
The most wonderful part of Satan’s end is that he is to be taken out into the wilderness and there released alone by the hand of a fit man, with no one to torment or inhabit, to be destroyed there in that wilderness of aloneness and desperation. To understand this truth more clearly, we return to the account given of Azazel, or the scapegoat, in the book of Leviticus. There, in Leviticus chapter sixteen, verses twenty-one to twenty-two, we read this: “And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and SHALL SEND HIM AWAY BY THE HAND OF A FIT MAN INTO THE WILDERNESS: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land NOT INHABITED: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.”
Who is that “FIT MAN,” by whose hand the evil spirit shall be led out into the wilderness, where “he” shall have a sure end? That “FIT MAN,” is none other than the Christ Man, the Christ Body, or the sons of God joined to Christ the Head, making one complete MAN OF THE SPIRIT! It is interesting to see also that the word “fit” means TIMELY. This corporate MAN shall come forth in a TIMELY manner, or at the right time, which is the time when Father has determined to bring an end to the reign of sin and death, and initiate the dawning of the new morning of the Kingdom of God on earth. Then, sin and death will be a thing of the past and THIS MAN SHALL REIGN IN LIFE! GLORY TO GOD!
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, PORTLAND, OR 97298-0055