THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
The Kingdom of God is the spiritual realm of our Father’s dominion that manifests the grace and mercy of our Lord. Just as God is gracious and merciful, so also is His Kingdom! The Kingdom of God is everything that God is! God is Love; He also is the Source of true, compassionate grace and the abiding and eternal, mercy that is tender, kind and forgiving! Therefore, the Kingdom of God is also the Kingdom of love, as well as the Kingdom of grace and the Kingdom of mercy! The wonderful Kingdom of our Father is a manifestation of love, which He is, and of God’s great grace and overwhelming mercy. And it is that Kingdom, or that realm of God, that is coming down from heaven to the earth! The coming of the Lord and His Kingdom to the earth will completely change this earth, making it into the new earth of our Father’s holy will, predestined purpose and sovereign plan.
After the Lord made man and set him on the earth to dress it and to keep it, man degenerated spiritually and began to do evil continually. The wickedness and the evil of man were very great in the earth, and every imagination and thought of the heart of man was only carnal and evil continually. When the Lord looked upon the wickedness and evil of man, He repented of ever making man on the earth. His “heart” was “grieved” by man’s constant and persistent evil. So the Lord decided He would destroy the man that He had created on the earth, including the animals, the creeping things and the birds. Yet, in spite of the spiritual darkness of that era, the Lord had one man among the many who was faithful and righteous, and who was obedient to the ways of the Lord. Of that one man, it is written, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen. 6:8). Thank God for that one man among the many, named Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord!
What would this world be like if there was not one person on earth who had found grace in the eyes of the Lord? If righteous Noah had not found grace in the eyes of the Lord, the world of mankind, including all the creatures and animals, would have been destroyed and left without hope, because the Lord repented of ever having created man upon it. The history of this world, along with its destiny, would have been much different. This world and its future potential would have been bleak and dark indeed, without the evidence of the grace and the mercy of the Lord, manifest in a person or through a people. But God . . . But God.
But God found a man whom He could use to turn this world around
and fulfill His purposes for mankind within it. Through this one man and his
family, our loving and merciful Father began a process of redemption and restoration
in the earth. He not only made the man He created the object of His Love, but
He made this earth to become the realm of His dominion, and a fit place for
future generations to fulfill His complete, perfect, holy and sovereign will.
By that one man, the Lord began turning the world back to Himself, reversing
the previous trend of evil and darkness, and establishing a new Day in the earth.
So also is our Father raising up a Man in the earth in this new Day, who will
reverse the trend of evil and darkness in this world, and fully establish the
Kingdom of God in all the earth! And to confirm His goodness to all, as well
as His all-encompassing plan of restoration, our Father is imparting His grace
and mercy to His elect and chosen ones of this hour, making him/us a Man of
grace for the salvation of all.
Grace and our Father’s Plan for this World
Grace, God’s grace, is not something new! The grace of God has been a part of His plan for this world ever since Noah’s day, when the sins and iniquities of mankind were seen by the Lord, and it repented Him that He had created man on the earth. The grace of the Lord is our Father’s remedy for man’s continued wickedness, persistent iniquities and unending transgressions. His grace comes into force whenever the sins of man increase. Thus, we read, “where sin abounded (or increased), grace did much more abound (increase): That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ro. 5:20-21). Our God is bigger than all of man’s sins! When it appears that sin reigns unto death, His overwhelming grace will turn things around so that grace reigns instead of sin. Then, His grace will reign through righteousness unto eternal Life, by Christ Jesus, our Lord and King of all.
We are the holy remnant of the Lord. We were not chosen because of our own goodness, or our own holiness, or our religious works, but we were chosen as His elect by the grace of God. Thus, it is written, “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Rom. 11:5-6). Do we fully realize just how special and holy this high calling of God really is? We were chosen of God and set apart by Him, according to the election of grace, that we should become manifest sons of God, who will show forth that grace to all the world at the moment of our transformation. God and the Love that He is, as well as His abundant and overwhelming grace and compassionate mercy, will then be displayed to all the world, releasing mankind from the bondages of sin and death and raising them to the fullness of the Life and the Glory of Christ.
At one time, there was a governor of Judah named Zerubbabel. The word of the Lord came to Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it” (Zech. 4:6-7). The “headstone” of course is the Lord Jesus Christ. But there also is a remnant who are growing up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (Eph. 4:15). They are becoming what He is, the “headstone” of the body of Christ!
If we consider Zerubbabel, who he was, what he did, as well as the meaning of his name, we will see ourselves doing what he did in this new Day. As the governor of Judah at that time, Zerubbabel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar and taken to Babylon. But the Lord raised up Cyrus, king of Persia, and put it into the heart of King Cyrus to assist in the return of Judah, Benjamin and the Levite priests to Jerusalem, as was prophesied by Jeremiah. God had given to Cyrus all the kingdoms of the earth, and then charged him to build a house for him in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1-2). So King Cyrus put out a call for all those of Judah, who were captives in Babylon, to come back to Jerusalem and build the house of the Lord. And Zerubbabel, the former governor of Judah, was the one who led the remnant out of Babylon to return to Jerusalem where the house of the Lord should be built.
As Zerubbabel was taken as a captive to Babylon, so also have many of us been “captured” by the Babylonish religious system. We did not know of the bondage we were involved in until it came time for us to be delivered out of it. Then the Lord revealed it to us, by His Spirit. Seeing the religious systems of man to be the great Babylon that they are, we hastened to be free of it all, by the leading of the Spirit. And that is what Zerubbabel did, by the leading of the Spirit. He led the remnant of the captive people of Judah, Benjamin and some of the Levite priests, to leave Babylon and return to Jerusalem. It is also interesting to see that the name, Zerubbabel, means TO FLOW AWAY FROM BABYLON. And that is what we are to be doing also! We are called of God to flow away from Babylon! And when we FLOW away from Babylon, by the Spirit, we will lead others to follow us!
The word “FLOW” suggests that we are fully surrendered to the leading of the holy Spirit. That word tells us that being led of the Spirit does not involve self-works! We do not need to swim against the tide, or do any manner of work to be led by the Spirit. All we need to do to be led by the holy Spirit is to FLOW WITH GOD! The Spirit of God is like a flowing river of Life! That holy, divine River of God is constantly flowing. He is flowing as in a circle! That River of the Spirit came out from God, flowed to the earth, picked us up in its holy, heavenly current, and is taking us back to the heavenly realms of Glory with our Father. All the while we are flowing away from Babylon in our return to the fullness of the Kingdom of our Father! And what else can we do now but keep FLOWING WITH GOD!
By the grace of the Lord, we are what we are (1 Cor. 15:10)! His grace is a part of us and is constantly working in our lives. And by His grace, we have been reconciled to God by Christ Jesus, who has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. As the holy remnant of the Lord, who were chosen by His grace, we shall manifest that grace to all mankind by that ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19). We fully understand that God was in Christ, “reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, (or, not counting them and charging man with his sins, but cancelling them) and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” God does not hold any person responsible for their sins! The grace of God is the remedy for all the sins of man, for by His grace we are freed from sin and its consequences. This is the grace of the Lord and of His kingdom that is now coming down from God out of heaven to the earth! And we are the messengers of that great grace and abundant mercy, which is to be displayed to all the world, for the benefit of all mankind!
When the grace of God abounds or increases in the earth, that grace will overwhelm sin and its effects upon mankind. We see this clearly in the life of Noah. The Lord repented that He had made man on the earth when He saw the evil in man. But while man’s sin was increasing in the world, the Lord was preparing Noah to be the messenger of His increasing grace in the earth. However, we must also know and understand that God was not at all surprised by man’s tendency to sin and do evil things. God knew what was in man when He created him! The Lord created us as spirit beings, but the devil sowed the “tares” of the Adamic nature and mind in this earth, which we are. And now those “tares” are within us and are a part of us (see Mt. 13:24-30). Now we really are two different people! One part of us is spirit, and the other part of us is flesh. The Lord said of man: "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because HE ALSO IS FLESH” (Gen. 6:3, NAS). Man was made a spirit being, but “HE ALSO IS FLESH.” That is God’s holy Word of truth regarding every one of us!
Christ was the Lamb that was slain from before the foundation, or the conception, of the world! Therefore, God knew we needed a deliverer and a Savior before He created us, to save us from our sinful, Adamic nature and mind. In the beginning, we received this carnal nature that tends to do contrary to the will, the purpose, and the law of the Lord. But now, at the end of the ages of man, our Father has purposed to remove this Adamic nature and mind from all mankind, beginning with His elect and chosen ones. And He has a plan, already working and in force, to fulfill all that God has purposed concerning us and the world!
God’s Grace Brings Forth a New Day
Whenever sin increases in the earth, as it did in Noah’s day and as it is now, God moves by His Spirit to counteract that sin with His ever-increasing grace (see Is. 9:7). In Noah’s day, sin abounded and increased with such overwhelming power that God repented that He had made man. But, knowing that Noah was a righteous man, a man who loved God and faithfully served Him, the Lord took Noah, made a covenant of grace with him, and used him to establish a righteous family and nation in the earth. The Lord told Noah to build an ark for the saving of his family and two of every kind of creature on earth. Then He sent the flood to destroy the unrighteous. Those who were spared were the eight members of Noah’s family (1 Pe. 3:20). That’s all! They were then sent out of the ark after the flood to begin a new age in the earth, with a new covenant of promise for all mankind.
The Lord is doing a similar work today, by His Spirit, and He may only need eight souls to do it again in this new and greater, Kingdom Day! With only eight souls at that time, the Lord began to restore righteousness in the earth, by establishing a righteous seed among men. Today, He is doing all that and more, and the Lord may only need eight obedient, willing and faithful souls with which to begin that Kingdom work in all the earth! And neither the doubts and fears of man, nor the unbelief of some of His people will ever prevent God’s great plan of full restoration and redemption from being gloriously fulfilled in all the earth (see Is. 43:13, NIV or Amplified, & Job 9:12 & 11:7-10)!
As soon as he left the ark, Noah built an altar unto the Lord. Then we read, “The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease" (Gen 8:21-22, NIV).
I trust we are able to “hear” this anointed Word of the Lord! God has promised that He will never again destroy all living creatures, including man, as He did then! But, despite these wonderful promises of God, many Christian theologians and others, resolutely and confidently declare that God will soon destroy all the people who do not believe in the Lord as they do. Many people have died due to floods, famines, earthquakes, storms, fires, and other natural disasters, and also as a result of diseases and wars, but our faithful Father has kept His Word. He has not destroyed all living things since that covenant was given. And we believe our loving, merciful Father will continue to honor that covenant of grace and mercy, which He made with man after the flood.
God’s Order Between Pentecost and Tabernacles Revealed
This is a Day like no other in the history of the world! In spite of all the carnal minded doctrines and the religious hype among us today, God has a people in this great Day who are His and His alone! They are hearing directly from Him and not from the tradition-bound preachers, or any other so-called “masters” of religion. This is also the great Day when that Adamic “man” of the flesh will be taken from us, leaving the spiritual man standing on the earth to manifest the great glory and purpose of the Kingdom of God on earth! With each passing day, we are moving closer to Father’s fulfillment of those eternal purposes!
The Lord loves us with an everlasting Love and He has a plan that will deliver us of this dual nature. This order, plan and purpose of God will come into fulfillment in our lives when we leave Pentecost and begin to “walk” through the two events that took place between the original observances of Pentecost and Tabernacles in Israel, which are, Trumpets and the day of atonement. Do not let anyone ever tell you that God does not have an order for us at this time of the interval between Pentecost and Tabernacles. The God whom we love and serve knows the end from the beginning, for He planned it all. He knows where we are in our walk with Him today, for He called us to walk this new walk in this wonderful new Day! He has had an order or a plan and a purpose for our present and future walk with Him that has existed from before the foundation of the world. And should anyone ever want to make their bed in hell (see Ps. 139:7-10), our all-wise Father will be there with an order, a plan and a purpose, to bring them out of it in better spiritual condition than when they made that “bed.” Further, our loving, gracious and merciful Father has a plan, an order and a purpose that will take us beyond today, even to the eternal future in Him!
Following Pentecost there was “a memorial of blowing of trumpets” and then the “day of atonement.” This brought the worshiper to the grand and final feast, the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:23-32). According to some Bible commentaries, Trumpets were sounded during that time of the “blowing of trumpets” in Israel, for the purpose of calling the people to be awakened, to shake off their spiritual drowsiness, search themselves, amend their ways, repent and prepare themselves for the events of the coming day, that it might indeed be a day of atonement for them. All this was literally done in Israel of old. It speaks to us today of our need also to shake off our spiritual drowsiness, search ourselves, repent, and amend our ways, that we might be prepared for the sobering events of the day of atonement.
Trumpets, for us today, is fulfilled when we hear the Voice of the Lord (Rev. 1:10-11, 4:1, Zech. 9:14, see also Mt. 24:31, 1 Co. 14:8, & 15:52). When we leave Pentecost by hearing the Voice and the Word of the Lord, we are observing the present truth regarding “Trumpets” for this Day. The spiritual truth of Trumpets is also fulfilled in our lives today when we hear His Voice, calling us to prepare ourselves for the day of atonement. We cannot go on with God unless we hear the sound of the Trumpet, which is the Voice of the Lord. It is “unlawful” for any of us to make a move in the kingdom of God unless our Father has told us to make that move! We cannot leave the principles of the doctrines of Christ and go on to perfection unless our Father permits us to do so (see He. 6:3). The outstanding principle, or the major “law,” of the kingdom of God, is to do our Father’s will (Mt. 6:9-10). And we can only do the will of our Father by hearing His Voice. God’s will is also declared in the Bible, but the written word of God must be revealed and made alive to us by the Spirit before it can mean anything to us. To try to fulfill the written word by the obedience of the carnal mind is folly. But to fulfill God’s Word by the mind of Christ, whether written or declared by the Christ within, is to fulfill His Word in the truest sense of the word. When we hear the Voice of our Father, calling us to leave Pentecost, “Trumpets” is then fulfilled in our lives.
There were other features regarding Israel’s observance of the blowing of trumpets that are very significant and important for us in this new Day. Trumpets was observed on the first day of the seventh month at that time in Israel (Lev. 23:24). But that seventh month was once observed by Israel as their FIRST MONTH. And the wonderful, liberating year of Jubilee also began on the tenth day of the seventh month, during the “day of atonement” (Lev. 25:8-9). Therefore, the blowing of trumpets and the day of atonement marked the beginning of a new day in Israel, including the day of Jubilee. And for us today, this is the beginning of another new Day in God. It is the beginning of the glorious new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth.
This Day began at evening time, at the beginning of this present era of spiritual darkness. It coincides with the rather dismal yet preparatory events, such as repentance and rest, which were a part of the day of atonement. But these preparatory events, which may seem to be difficult and negative to some, are only the foundation upon which is being built God’s wonderful plan of the restoration of all things. Father is preparing us to be His manifest sons, who shall release the whole creation from its many bondages. Then, having observed the blowing of trumpets by the Spirit, we will go on to worship the Lord according to the higher, spiritual principles of “the day of atonement.”
On the day of atonement, every worshiper in Israel was told: “ye shall afflict your souls (meaning to be humble and to repent), and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day (or to enter His rest): for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings” (Lev. 23:27-31). The people of that day were commanded of the Lord to repent and afflict their souls. It was a time of soul-searching for personal sins and for the abominations of the land. They were to mortify their bodies and deny its appetites, as a token of their sorrow for their individual sins. And God’s requirement for us today is similar to what it was then in Israel’s history, for we have the same problems Israel had then!
God’s order for us today, or His plan and purpose for all His chosen ones in this new, Kingdom Day, is to REPENT and REST! We are not to afflict ourselves in the same way Israel did back then, for the dead forms and rituals of that era have now become higher, spiritual principles in the Kingdom of our Father. In this new Day, we are being led of the Lord to repent, for repentance is the spiritual equivalent of being afflicted in our souls. We are also called of the Lord to enter into HIS REST! Our attitude or posture of spiritual rest, means we will rest from all the old, religious, church-order works of the past. It is the spiritual equivalent of ending all work, as Israel was called to do when they observed the original day of atonement in their history. And when we REPENT AND REST, by the leading of His Spirit, our Father will speak peace to our hearts (Ps. 85:8), just as He did for Israel in history.
Therefore, repentance and rest is God’s order for His elect of today! Repentance and rest will take us to the glory of Tabernacles and also to the fullness of the Kingdom of God. We must “walk” spiritually and symbolically through trumpets and the day of atonement to the glorious feast of Tabernacles, where we will be changed and transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. But we cannot possibly progress spiritually from Pentecost to Tabernacles without passing through trumpets and the day of atonement, and all it means spiritually for us. There is no way that anyone will ever bypass, either trumpets or the day of atonement, as they “journey” from Pentecost to Tabernacles. Such a thing is utterly impossible with God! There are no shortcuts in the Kingdom of God! Unless we REPENT AND ENTER INTO THE REST OF GOD, we cannot grow in God and progress spiritually beyond Pentecost to Tabernacles and all it represents spiritually for us and for the whole, groaning creation!
When we are changed and transformed at Tabernacles, we will then be given our inheritance in the Kingdom of our Father! We must be transformed, to either enter or inherit the Kingdom of God, for flesh and blood cannot enter or inherit His Kingdom! REPENTANCE AND REST is God’s way of bringing us to Tabernacles, where we shall be changed. Then we will receive the fullness of our spiritual inheritance in the Kingdom of God, after we have been transformed.
The anointed Word of the Lord clearly details God’s plan, His order, and His purpose for us when we repent and rest! Thus, the writer to the Hebrews wrote: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (He. 4:11-13). When we repent and enter into the REST of God, the Lord will get out His sharp, two-edged sword and will operate on us with that great, spiritual sword, which is His Word! And our REPENTANCE AND REST will begin that process!
The sword of the word of the Lord is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. The sword of the Lord, which is His Word, will pierce through all the elements of our being to divide asunder that which is soulish from that which is spiritual! He is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of our hearts, or of our souls, including our mind, our will and our emotions, and will separate the profane from the holy. Our Father will then remove from us all that is of the Adamic man, including our carnal nature and mind, leaving us to BE the man of the Spirit standing on this earth to represent and manifest the glory and power of the Kingdom of God to all (Mt. 24:36-44). And not one of His elect and chosen ones, who are called of the Father to become manifest sons of God, will miss this divine and holy separation of soul from spirit that takes place on this new, spiritual Day, which also parallels the day of atonement!
The Word of God is also explicit and clear, telling us just Who will do this cutting and separating work within us. While in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, which represented this present Day, John saw just how this spiritual work of separating and dividing with the sword of the Word of the Lord within us would take place, and Who would do this great work. John heard a “great voice,” which was as the sound of a trumpet, thus indicating the fulfillment of the original blowing of Trumpets (as in Lev. 23: 24). It was the Voice of the Son of man that he heard! Then John described the Christ, as he saw Him in the Spirit. He saw the Son of man, which also includes both the Head and the entire body of Christ, standing in the midst of seven golden candlesticks. He was clothed with a garment that went down to His feet and was also wearing a golden girdle.
John continued to describe the One Who would do that work. He said of Him: “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went (His Word, which is as) a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:14-18).
If I saw the Christ of God as He is described above, and He laid His hand on me and revealed Himself to me as the first and the last, as He that once lived and was dead, but Who now is alive for evermore; I would immediately cast myself down before Him, trusting that He would bring forth that sharp, twoedged sword to remove from me all that was vile and corrupt, and I believe you would too. Just a glimpse of Him, as He is, in the glory, holiness and purity of His endless Life in the kingdom of the Father, and we would see our immediate need of deliverance from this beastly nature and the deceptive, carnal mind of old Adam. And in seeing our need, we will also see our deliverance in Christ. He Who is alive for ever more will remove from us all that is of the mind and the nature of old Adam, thus raising us up to the fullness of His Life, which is true Life indeed!
Here is another description of our Beloved and His coming sent to us by some friends:
Tonight, My Beloved is coming
He is appearing
Clothed in God he comes
Arrayed in glory he abounds.
Kissed by the sun
Bedecked as the moon
Ah, more radiant
A glowing light streams from his face.
His face, so comely
His presence, so divine
His countenance radiates life
And his eyes pierce my heart
That flame of fire
Intense the heat in which I stand
Hypnotized in his command.
It is finished.
The Lord is leading us to REPENT AND REST! Therefore, we shall see and understand, by the Spirit, all the wonders of God that will take place on this great Day! We shall soon see Him whose head and hairs are white like wool, as white as snow. We can see that His eyes are as a flame of fire, piercing through all that is within us, and prepared to burn all the dross out from us. We long to see Him Who is a consuming fire, Who is burning from us all that is not of the Life and the Spirit of God. We will also see that He has a sharp, two-edged sword in His hand, which is His Word of Truth and of all power and authority. With that “sword,” He is removing from us all that is of old Adam! We can see that His countenance is as the sun that shineth in His strength. And when we did see Him as He is, we would fall at His feet as if we were dead! We would then submit ourselves to Him for the wonderful work of separating from us the soulish from the divine, the flesh from the spirit, the carnal from the righteous and the profane from the holy. Then we will be transformed to live the Life of Christ in glorious, Kingdom fullness!
After observing the spiritual principles of trumpets and the day of atonement, we will be wondrously cleansed of the Spirit and prepared for the grand feast, the Feast of Tabernacles, and all it represents to us spiritually. In some of those feasts in Israel, there was what was called, “an holy convocation,” which was an assembling or a gathering together of the people (see Lev. 23:24, 27, 35 & 36). “An holy convocation” is a holy and sacred calling together of the people, by the Spirit, and not by the will of man! In those days, the people were to come together on a certain day, usually the first, the seventh or the eighth days of a particular “feast.” Today, “an holy convocation,” means much more, for it tells us that such a gathering together must be called by the Spirit of God, and by Him alone, for it to be holy. Man and his carnal-minded approach to the precious things of God has no place in the kingdom of God! The will of God in calling the saints together is not done by a preacher or two saying, “I feel we should have a meeting.” The will of God is done clearly and distinctly when man is not involved at all in the decision process. The mind of the Spirit is a pure and holy mind of divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding! And it is that mind, the mind of the Spirit, which should guide each one of His people to a place and a date of meeting, by the same Spirit. Then and only then we will see “an holy convocation!”
Years ago, the Lord gave me a vision of what it would be like when He called “an holy convocation.” I saw in the Spirit that individuals were told, by the same Spirit, to go to a certain place at a certain time. The place I saw in the Spirit was a very large auditorium, much larger than most churches, perhaps a sports stadium. When the people arrived at that place, they found that many others had been given the same directions, by the same Spirit. The holy Spirit also had told many other people to come to that same place at the same time. The holy Spirit was surely among them, for they all came together, not by the mind, the will, the purpose and the arrangement of man, but by the mind, the will and the purpose of the Spirit of God.
The “service” did not consist of preaching and teaching, but it was all music. Some of that music was made by instruments, but most of it came from the many voices of the redeemed who were present at that holy convocation. They were all singing the same melody, with the same words, at the same time, by the same Spirit, and without man’s leadership or song books! It was prophetic singing in the Spirit, presenting the full truth of God and the pure wisdom of the Kingdom of God! It was the sweetest, most beautiful, heavenly music I have ever heard; it was much more beautiful than the “angelic singing” we heard during the Latter Rain move of God! Now that, I believe, is “an holy convocation” in this new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth! And when the Lord of glory appears to change us, we shall indeed be changed! Then we will sing, not with our old, human voices that are weak and tired, but with new and clear heavenly voices will we sing the blessed songs of the redeemed and the prophetic truths of our Father and of His triumphant Kingdom of all power and glory! What a glorious Day this is, and what a more glorious Day this will become!
The feast of Tabernacles was also a time celebrated or observed by resting in God. No work was to be done at that time. For us, this means we are done with the old religious works of the church age, and are resting in the finished work of Christ, including all His future works as well. Also, to observe the feast of Tabernacles, every worshiper was told to construct a “booth” outside their homes made of the branches of trees, to dwell in it alone and individually, for seven days (see Lev. 23:42). Every Israelite was to dwell in a booth alone, that each generation of Israelites may know that their forefathers dwelt in booths when the Lord brought them out of the bondage of Egypt. That was done as a memorial, looking back with thankfulness for Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt. But for us today, dwelling in booths looks forward to the grand and glorious day when the Lord will fully deliver us out of the bondages of the Babylon systems of this world. Dwelling in booths also was a sign, telling the Lord’s obedient and faithful people, “I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD” (Lev. 23:43).
We begin to observe the feast of Tabernacles spiritually by ceasing all the past works of the church system and by entering into a “booth,” or a secret place, with the Lord. Those who dwell in “booths” today are in a holy and a separate place with God in the Spirit. Many of us, have been in our “booths” for about thirty years, by the leading of the Spirit. We do not go to meetings or participate in man’s religious programs, for God has removed us from the ways of the flesh and the carnal mind. They are dwelling “in the secret place of the most High . . . under the shadow of the Almighty.” They have no earthly “heads,” “pastors,” “elders,” or “teachers,” for the Lord alone guides them, shepherds them and teaches them. They alone can say of the Lord: “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him (alone) will I trust.” They also know that God shall deliver them from “the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.” He covers them with His feathers, and under His wings they trust; His truth is their shield and buckler.
They need never be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. The Lord is a shelter for them and a strong tower, protecting them from their enemies. They shall abide in His tabernacle forever (Ps. 61:3-4). A thousand shall fall at their side, and ten thousand at their right hand, but it shall not come nigh them. And because they made the Lord their refuge and the Most High their habitation, there shall no evil befall them. God has given His angels charge over them, to keep them in all their ways. Father has set His Love upon them and will deliver them. He will set them on high, because they know and respect His Name. With eternal life will He satisfy them, and will show them His salvation (Ps. 91)!
Father called them by His voice, which is as a sound of a trumpet, to leave Pentecost and all it means, and be separate and alone with the Lord. Some have progressed beyond Trumpets to the day of atonement. Others have progressed spiritually beyond the day of atonement to begin to observe the feast of Tabernacles by dwelling in “booths.” Their “booth” is not a literal hut built of palm branches, but their “booth” today is the holy sanctuary of the Lord (as in Eze. 44:16 & Ps. 91). It is a quiet, separate and holy realm in God that is free of man’s influence, where they commune with God in the Spirit. They are alone with God in a “booth,” and are no longer ministering to people according to the old order. They are ministering to the Lord, by the Spirit (as in Eze. 44:15-16). When they have finished their assignment in their “booths” in the fullness of time, they will be given new garments of His Life. They shall become priests after the order of Melchisedec, and will minister to the multitudes of this world in the power and glory of the abundant and endless Life of Christ (Eze. 44:17-18, 23-24, Heb. 7:15-17).
The Carnal Mind Resists Spiritual Growth
One of the greatest hindrances we face at this time regarding our spiritual growth is our carnal mind! The carnal mind is the mind of fallen Adam; it is the mind that thinks predominantly on religious things, carnal things and the things of this world. To walk with God today, from Pentecost to Tabernacles, we will have to shut out the voices of the carnal mind and grow to become more spiritual. True spirituality is not something we work up from within us, or something we learn by much studying, or by fasting and praying. Being spiritual is that high degree of Spirit Life and Spirit living that comes only from God. It is not something we learn or do; it is that spiritual quality of life with God that is given us from above. When we are spiritual, by the power and the anointing of the indwelling Spirit of God, we will know the things of God and of His Kingdom. He Who is within us will be faithful to teach us and to lead us into that which is truly spiritual.
Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (Jo. 14:26). The Comforter, the holy Spirit, shall teach us ALL THINGS! The Spirit will not teach us only the things we may want to hear or just the things that sound good to the carnal mind; Jesus said He will teach us ALL THINGS! And I take Him at His word! Therefore, we are being taught ALL THINGS by the Spirit of God! This being true, we should know there is much yet that we must learn, by the Spirit. And if there is much more for us to learn, we should never ever reject a new word or a new message! The carnal mind will always reject new truth, without allowing us to seek the Lord, to know whether that new word is indeed a new, spiritual truth from the very heart of the Father, or another useless, empty message from the carnal mind of man. How much better it is for us and wiser of us, to put that new word “on the shelf,” to see if the holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Truth, will reveal it as truth to us and make it a living word for us to walk out individually, by the Spirit!
Jesus also promised that the holy Spirit would “bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” It is
my firm conviction that every anointed Word spoken by the Lord, and every truth
from every move of the Spirit throughout the ages, as well as every blessing
given to mankind in every age, by the Spirit, remains to this day in the realm
of the Spirit. The Word of God, which also is His truth, is still alive today,
for it all dwells in the living, active realm of the holy Spirit. And God continues
to speak today, just as He did in the past to His prophets in Israel and to
His anointed ones throughout Church history. Paul said something like that,
when he wrote, “But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this
wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring
Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring
up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even
in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach”
The wonderful Word of God, which apprehended us and provided us with the initial salvation of the Lord, is nigh unto us, even in our mouths and in our hearts. That anointed word was the word Paul preached and also includes every other word of God that has been uttered by an anointed one from that day to this. All that God has done, every word He has spoken forth by His Spirit, although that word came forth through lips of clay, is fully alive in the Spirit today. It is all in the realm of Spirit, and by faith it is also nigh unto us, even in our mouths and in our hearts. We do not need to bring Christ down from heaven, nor do we need to bring Him up from the dead, to receive something from God, by the Spirit. All that God has done and will yet do is in the realm of the Spirit! And if our Father should want us to know something that is there in the Spirit, He will be faithful to reveal it to us and make it known unto us, by that same Spirit.
I confidently affirm that the days of the preaching and the teaching of man are over! Our Father has an elect remnant in the world today who are Spirit-led and Spirit-taught! They know, by the Spirit, that the Lord has brought an end to the old, dead religious performances of the past. And they also know the difference between the soulish works of man and the wonderful work of the Spirit of God! As it was in the past, so it is today! The old, dead, Jewish religion ended with the coming of the Lord, Who was the true Sacrifice for man’s sins. But many of that religion do not know, even to this day, that God has moved on beyond that old, dead religious order of the past, including all its old rituals. By His Spirit, the Lord abolished that old Jewish order and began a new order, with greater promises and blessings. Yet multitudes today still worship according to the old Jewish order of the past!
Every religion and every denomination today, including the nondenominational realm, all have their varying degrees of soulish worship. But God is on the move again! He has brought an end to the old, dead, religious church-order of the past, and is beginning a new thing in the earth. He is not doing it with outward signs and manifestations, but by the silent, hidden flowing of His Spirit within His elect! Another phase of the Kingdom of God has come to earth, by the Spirit! And for now, only those who are truly and deeply spiritual will know it!
Those who are spiritual will also have an inherent desire for that which is spiritual. It is their inner ambition and spiritual passion to experience the glorious wonders of God. They expect the supernatural and are, therefore, preparing themselves for a manifestation of Him! They do not think it to be something strange and beyond hope that the manifestation of the sons of God should take place, and that it may take place very soon. They joyfully, and with much hope and faith, expect such a wondrous thing to take place, not only in their own lives, but in the lives of all who are apprehended of the Father for sonship fulfilled. And they are being changed from glory to glory as they anticipate their ultimate transformation, which is declared to take place, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” (1 Cor. 15:52).
The only reality in this world at this time is the work of the Spirit of God in the lives of His elect. All else is unreal, untrue, impure, imperfect and an expression of the hopelessness of man! God is raising up a people who know Him and who expect to see Him and become all that He is. They are “eating” of the Bread that He is, and are also “drinking” of His blood, thereby becoming all that He is. Because they have hearing ears, they are hearing precious things in the Spirit, which are giving them renewed hope and confidence in their Lord and King! By them, the earth shall be transformed to become the new earth of our Father’s prophetic Word of Truth! Then, the world will be forever stable, so that it will never be moved (1 Chron. 16:30).
“Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father,
and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love”
(2 Jo. 1:3). And may “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Amen” (Ro. 16:24, Phil. 4:23, 2 Thess. 3:18 & Rev. 22:21).
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, PORTLAND, OR 97298-0055