THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
As the Kingdom of God comes to earth, the corrupt systems of man will all be replaced with corresponding righteous elements of the Kingdom and dominion of Christ, by the Spirit. Then the nature and character of God will be fully demonstrated and manifested in all the earth. Instead of Babylon’s religious systems of man, there will be the pure, righteous and holy Tabernacle of God! It will be God Himself dwelling on Earth in His Tabernacle with and among all mankind; that will be the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles! Instead of Babylon’s political-governmental systems of man, there will be the government of God, which is a theocracy. It will be the rule and dominion of God, by the Spirit, which will include His transformed sons, who rule and reign with Christ in the power and authority of His Kingdom. Instead of Babylon’s corrupt economic system, there shall be the equitable and just economy of God, which is governed by the Lord, according to His standard of purity, righteousness and justice. When the Kingdom of God has fully come to earth, there will be a new Earth, recreated according to the Divine pattern and example, and fulfilled by the Spirit.
This old world, when governed entirely by the reign of Christ and His sons, will be so dramatically changed we will not recognize it as the world we once knew. It will be the new Earth! The financial economy of the Kingdom of God on earth will be very different from the current corrupt economy of this present world that is governed by the Adamic man, the man of the flesh. In the present Adamic economy, lust, greed and avarice are the governing principles. But in the Kingdom of God, the Love of God will be the standard. His Love will be the governing principle by which all things on Earth will be administered and judged! The pattern and example of what the financial economy of this world will be like when the Kingdom of God has fully come to earth has already been demonstrated and fulfilled in Israel, as a pattern and an example, during the wise and just reign of King Solomon. Of Solomon’s reign, it is written, “For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon” (1 Ki. 4:24-25). What a wonderful era of peace, love, justice and prosperity that was!
The scriptural record shows that Solomon controlled a vast area, and that he had peace, not only within the bounds of the area Solomon governed, but also in and among the surrounding nations. “He had peace on all sides round about him.” Such a situation would be unheard of under the present, corrupt system of man, that is governed by the old Adamic mind and nature. But that peaceful condition or situation is the model for the future of the whole world; it is to become the Divine standard, not merely for one nation or a portion of the world, but for the whole world of mankind, in due time! The Kingdom of God is the government of God and His sons! It is the only government where there is justice, equity, peace, prosperity and the Love of God! It is that Kingdom that is coming down to the Earth from Heaven, bringing with it/Him all the attributes and characteristics of the Lord God Almighty!
The next thing we read about Solomon’s kingdom is that “Judah and Israel dwelt safely.” Imagine that! All Israel once lived on this earth in absolute peace and safety! The Hebrew word, translated “safely,” refers to a place of refuge, including “both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust).” (From Strong’s Concordance.) Every Israelite knew they were secure and were able to trust and believe that they would be safe and secure each and every day. There were no wars, no strife, no angry arguments, no unending disputes, no conflicts, no fears, and no unsolved dissensions between one person and another or between one nation and another, for every person in Israel and in other nations dwelt safely in their own lands. And that wonderful state of absolute peace and safety will again be repeated on Earth, not for one nation only, but for the whole world. The world today has become more complicated by the diversity of people in many different nations! But the Kingdom of God is the only government that is capable of governing such diverse peoples as exist now on the earth! When the Kingdom of God has fully come down to the Earth, all mankind shall dwell safely and securely, just as Israel did in history during the reign of King Solomon.
Not only did all Israel dwell safely and in peace, but “every man (in Israel dwelt) under his (own) vine and under his (own) fig tree.” This is a description of all the Israelites dwelling in their own land, enjoying full prosperity, peace, safety and plenty. The word “under” signifies that every Israelite was covered, sheltered and protected by the security of their own homes and lands. For a man to have his own vine, probably a grape vine, and his own fig tree, shows that he had a home, a place to dwell, and plenty to eat for himself and his family. And that is God’s plan for every person in all the earth, when His Kingdom has fully come down to Earth. Then, every man will enjoy peace, prosperity, security, and blessings abundant, along with a good home and plenty of food for himself and his family. Many times, while living in Ghana or Nigeria several years ago, my heart bled for the poor and the needy that I saw every day on the streets. Many of them were begging for food, their hair crusted with mud and dung from lying on the streets, their bodies scantily clothed with filthy rags draped about them, and flies and bugs pestering them continually.
But it is not only in such countries where people are in desperate need; they can be seen on the streets of our American cities and towns as well. In fact, a recent news report stated that there are more poor and needy people now living on the streets of our American cities than at any time in history! And here in Oregon, one third of those living on the streets are children! They are in just as critical a state as any other poor and needy person anywhere in this world! That such conditions exist in this country, where there may be more wealth than in other countries, is indeed a disgrace! It is the direct result of the carnal, imperfect rule of unregenerate man! In the Kingdom of God, there will no longer be the rich and the poor, for all wealth will be evenly distributed and every person will live in absolute peace and prosperity. This condition will exist in all the world, in the NEW EARTH, when God has removed the greedy, lustful and reprehensible Adamic mind and nature from us all, beginning with His elect saints!
The poor and needy are everywhere and their needs are critical, total and absolute. And the only reason the needs of these people are not met today is due to the lust and greed of many of the more prosperous among us, especially among our political leaders. It may sound trite and common, but it is true nevertheless. The rich are getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer! And that condition will never change in this world! Only in the Kingdom of God is there any hope for the poor and the needy of this world! The only thing that can be said about man’s half-hearted attempts to meet the needs of the poor and the needy now and in the past is that they are all “too little and too late!” If we are really concerned about the poor and the needy of this world, we will lay aside every weight and the sin of unbelief that does so easily beset us, and will run with patience the race that is set before us. We will make every effort in the Spirit to grow to full maturity in Christ. The manifestation of the sons of God is the only event that will change things in this world. Therefore, we will press our way in to His fullness, by the Spirit, until we stand mature and complete, and in the manifest glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Captain, our Savior and our King!
At the present time, we are shut away with the Lord. But we
are (or should be) growing spiritually unto our manifestation. Just as it is
the nature and the characteristic of the caterpillar to remain hidden and enclosed
within its cocoon until it has grown to become a butterfly, so also are we enclosed
within our own individual “cocoons,” in the Spirit and by the Spirit,
unto our manifestation as fully matured sons of God. In our present state, we
are (or should be) less exposed, that Christ may be all the more revealed! Not
until we have grown to the full maturity of sonship fulfilled will we be free
of this spiritual “cocoon.” Then we will be fully fit and finished,
prepared of our Father to show forth the manifest brilliance of the resurrected
Christ of glory.
The passage we quoted above states that Judah and Israel dwelt or settled safely and securely in their own land, and in prosperity. It is interesting to see that “Israel” means “he will rule as God.” As the remnant of Israel, which we are, we are that anointed company of saints who shall rule and reign with Christ, and AS God in all the earth. We are becoming all that God is! When we are fully transformed into the image and likeness of Christ, we will have His mind, His name, His nature, His character, His love, His wisdom, His authority and His life. We will indeed by AS GOD, to reign in the earth as God Himself would reign! Nothing of God’s nature and character, or any of His other attributes, will be lacking in our lives, for we shall be ALL THAT HE IS!
The Wisdom of Solomon and the Mind of Christ
Without a doubt, Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, except of course for our Lord Jesus Christ! In the beginning of the reign of King Solomon and after King David died, the Lord said to Solomon, “Ask what I shall give thee” (1 Ki. 3:5). God wanted to give Solomon all the help he needed to rule Israel in righteousness, wisdom and justice. Solomon replied, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Ki. 3:9). Solomon did not ask the Lord for wealth, or power, or for any thing personal. He asked the Lord for wisdom and for the ability to judge and govern the nation of Israel in righteousness and justice.
So the Lord replied, “Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days” (1 Ki. 3:11-14). What a wonderful promise given to Solomon, when all he asked the Lord for was an understanding heart so he could judge and rule Israel righteously! God gave Solomon, not only an understanding heart, but also a wise heart or a heart of wisdom, and then the Lord added both riches and honor, beyond what any other king, past or present, had received.
After hearing this wonderful word from the Lord, Solomon then offered a burnt offering unto the Lord. Then two harlots, who had just become mothers, came to see King Solomon. They both lived in the same house and both had given birth. One of the babies died but both mothers claimed the only living baby. So they went to the King to see if he could solve their problem. King Solomon asked for a sword, with which he would cut the baby in two and give half to each mother. But the real mother of the only living baby did not want to see her baby cut in half and killed, so she agreed to let the other woman have the baby. When he saw the compassion of the real mother for the baby, Solomon ordered that the baby should be given to her (see 1 Ki. 3:16-27). Then, we read, “And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment” (1 Ki. 3:28).
Solomon displayed the wisdom of God in this instance and throughout his reign of peace and prosperity! So outstanding was his wisdom that kings and queens came to ask counsel of King Solomon (1 Ki. 4:30-34). No other earthly king ever excelled in the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Solomon! The record states of Solomon, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” (1 Ki. 4:29, see also Ps. 72, which is “A Psalm for Solomon!”) By the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God, Solomon reigned righteously in Israel and governed God’s people with true judgment and honorable justice. David, the former King and Solomon’s father, said, “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain” (2 Sam. 23:1-4).
This is the standard of righteousness and perfection for all those who shall rule and reign with Christ from our Father’s throne in the glory and honor of the Kingdom of God. It is the manifestation of the mind of Christ, which we must have in fullness if we are to reign with Him! And our loving and merciful Father will continue to purge and purify us until we are totally transformed. Then we will have the fullness of the mind of Christ, and will manifest all His Divine attributes fully and completely, and for His honor and glory!
The Apostle Paul admonished us with the wisdom of God, when
he said, “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you
which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although
being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness
of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God
was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained” (Phil. 2:5-6, Amplified).
If we let, allow, or submit to the workings of the Spirit in us, we will grow
to have the mind of Christ.
The mind of Christ is the mind of humility! The mind of Christ is a trusting, believing mind; it is not a doubtful mind! The mind of Christ is the mind that expresses the plan and purpose of the Lord! The mind of Christ is the mind that has all its priorities in order - in God’s order, that is! The mind of Christ is not fixed on earthly things! The mind of Christ acknowledges that we are becoming one with God! The mind of Christ also acknowledges that our future equality with God is not something we should eagerly seek for or grasp, as with carnal desire! The mind of Christ leaves no room for the flesh! The mind of Christ will replace the carnal mind of old Adam, so that only the will and purpose of God is faithfully and fully expressed and fulfilled! The mind of Christ is a willing mind! The mind of Christ is also the renewed mind, by which we are being transformed! The mind of Christ is one mind, which glorifies the Lord! The mind of Christ is the pure and perfect mind; it is the mind of Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Grace! The mind of Christ is a sound mind, expressing His power and His Love, without fear! The mind of Christ contains within Him all the laws and principles of the Kingdom of God! The mind of Christ is a sober mind of hope, always looking forward to the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Christ Jesus! The mind of Christ is the compassionate mind, always manifesting the Love of God! And finally, the mind of Christ is the mind that leads the believer to suffer in the flesh, for those who suffer in the flesh have ceased from sin.
It was the wise King Solomon who advised us, saying, “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” (Pro. 4:1). And all the wise among us will indeed hear these words of wisdom, given by a great King of Israel who reigned over God’s people in the purity of the righteousness and the holiness of the Lord our God! And those words of wisdom are: “Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her (wisdom) not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” (Pro. 4:4-9).
What a Word that is! The elect of this hour are becoming manifest sons of God! They shall be transformed to BECOME all that Christ is! They will have all the attributes of God, including His mind, His love, His mercy, His grace, His righteousness, His purity, as well as HIS WISDOM! Wisdom comes from God and from no other! We will have come to a higher degree of wisdom, knowledge and understanding when we know for certain that all the wisdom that man has used and demonstrated throughout history by devising new, beneficial inventions and ideas, all came from God. He is the source of all good, productive wisdom! When we have received the mind of Christ in fullness, we will also have the fullness of the manifold wisdom of God, which is the wisdom needed to rule and reign with Christ in righteousness, love, justice and peace!
In this passage, Solomon referred to wisdom in the feminine form, as “her” or “she.” When the Lord created Eve, He took her out of Man. Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:SHE shall be called Woman, because SHE was taken out of Man” (Ge. 2:23). Ever since then, man needed a woman to make him complete. But of course, more was taken from the Adam man than the mere “rib.” When the Lord divided the woman from the man, He took more out of him than we may realize, for soon after that division, both Adam and Eve “fell.” Is it possible that God took wisdom out of Adam, leaving both the man and the woman devoid of the wisdom of God? They not only lost “her,” which is the precious gift and ability called “WISDOM,” they also lost the very Life of the Spirit of God, which made them sons of God, enabling Adam to commune with God in the Garden. But all that God removed from Adam, and all that was lacking in both Adam and Eve after their separation, is being restored to us in this Day!
We are to exalt her, and then she will promote us. And when we embrace her, or when we embrace wisdom, she will bring us to honor. She will also give to our head an ornament of grace and a crown of glory, when we embrace her. How necessary the Spirit of wisdom is in the lives of all those who are being changed into the image and likeness of Christ! Wisdom is declared to be the principal thing! It is that characteristic of God that is most important in our lives, which will be as a crown on our heads, identifying us with the fullness of the Life of Christ! We will embrace the wisdom of God, for it is that necessary attribute or characteristic of God that will make it possible for us to rule and reign with Him in true righteousness, love, grace, mercy, justice and life!
We believe wisdom is shown in the feminine gender in scripture to indicate that “she” is a companion to the “HE,” which is the masculine Spirit of God within us. When He determined to take Eve out of Adam, the Lord said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18). The term, “help meet” means an aid, an opposite part, or a counterpart. And that is what Eve was to Adam! She was Adam’s counterpart! Just as the Lord created Eve, the woman, to be an “help meet” for Adam, or his counterpart, or his aid and companion, so has the Lord designated the wonderful feminine lady, called “Wisdom,” to be our counterpart, our aid, and our companion, in the Spirit and by the Spirit!
WISDOM, therefore, is our necessary companion! She is our aid and our counterpart! Without the WISDOM of God, we are devoid of one of the most necessary attributes or characteristics of the Lord our God! But we do not need to be lacking in wisdom! God’s word has gone forth, saying to all of us, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (Ja. 1:5). There is a wisdom that is of this world, and there also is the wisdom of God. By this, we will know the wisdom of God: “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (Ja. 3:17).
The Spirit of wisdom from God is one of the seven Spirits of the Lord. The Spirit of wisdom, together with the other six Spirits of the Lord, are to be given to us by the Lord, making us perfect and complete, transformed into His image and likeness. Thus, we read, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD (1) shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom (2) and understanding (3), the spirit of counsel (4) and might (5), the spirit of knowledge (6) and of the fear of the LORD (7)” (Is. 11:1-2). This is a description of the Christ-man, or the man of the Spirit, which we are becoming! After the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom is the greatest of the seven Spirits of God, with which we shall be anointed! Then, we shall have the wisdom of God, enabling us to manifest or show forth the fullness of Christ to all mankind! When we have come forth in the image and likeness of Christ, we shall be anointed as He is anointed with the seven Spirits of God, including the Spirit of wisdom, to become all that He is.
“The Wisdom of Solomon” is one of the books within
the volume called, “The Apocrypha.” According to the forward to
the book, The Apocrypha are the books which “form a part of the sacred
literature of the Alexandrian Jews, and with the exception of the Second Book
of Esdras are found interspersed with the Hebrew Scriptures in the ancient copies
of the Septuagint, or Greek Version of the Old Testament.” “The
Wisdom of Solomon” begins with this admonition: “Love righteousness,
ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in
simplicity of heart seek him.” The following are excerpts taken from the
rest of “The Wisdom of Solomon:” “For if the just man be the
son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies.
As for the mysteries of God, they (the ungodly) knew them not; neither hoped
they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls.
For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity.
Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that
do hold of his side do find it.
“But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself. As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect.
“But though the righteous be prevented with death, yet
shall he be in rest. For honourable age is not that which standeth in length
of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair
unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved
of him: so that living among sinners he was translated. Yea, speedily was he
taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile
his soul. For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away
from among the wicked. This the people saw, and understood it not, neither laid
they up this in their minds, That his grace and mercy is with his saints, and
that he hath respect unto his chosen.
“Then shall the righteous man stand in great boldness before the face of such as have afflicted him, and made no account of his labours. When they (the ungodly) see it, they shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the strangeness of his salvation, so far beyond all that they looked for. And they repenting and groaning for anguish of spirit shall say within themselves, This was he, whom we had sometimes in derision, and a proverb of reproach: We fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be without honour: How is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints! Therefore have we (the ungodly) erred from the way of truth, and the light of righteousness hath not shined unto us, and the sun of righteousness rose not upon us. We wearied ourselves in the way of wickedness and destruction: yea, we have gone through the deserts, where there lay no way: but as for the way of the Lord, we have not known it. What hath pride profited us? or what good hath riches with our vaunting brought us?
“But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord’s hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them. He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour, and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his enemies. He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true judgment instead of an helmet. He shall take holiness for an invincible shield.
“For they that keep holiness holily shall be judged holy: and they that have learned such things shall find what to answer. Wherefore set your affection upon my words; desire them, and ye shall be instructed. Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away: yea, she is easily seen of them that love her, and found of such as seek her. She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself first known unto them. Whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail: for he shall find her sitting at his doors. To think therefore upon her is perfection of wisdom: and whoso watcheth for her shall quickly be without care. For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her, sheweth herself favourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth them in every thought.
For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline;
and the care of discipline is love; And love is the keeping of her laws; and
the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption; And incorruption
maketh us near unto God: Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom.
If your delight be then in thrones and sceptres, O ye kings of the people, honour
wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore. As for wisdom, what she is, and how
she came up, I will tell you, and will not hide mysteries from you: but will
seek her out from the beginning of her nativity, and bring the knowledge of
her into light, and will not pass over the truth. Neither will I go with consuming
envy; for such a man shall have no fellowship with wisdom. But the multitude
of the wise is the welfare of the world: and a wise king is the upholding of
the people. Receive therefore instruction through my words, and it shall do
“For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out. Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for the light that cometh from her never goeth out. All good things together came to me with her, and innumerable riches in her hands. And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them.
“I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I do not hide her riches. For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth: which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts that come from learning. God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise. For in his hands are both we and our words; all wisdom also, and knowledge of workmanship.
“For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit, holy, one only, manifold, subtil, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good, quick, which cannot be letted, ready to do good, Kind to man, stedfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all things by reason of her pureness. For she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore can no defiled thing fall into her. For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness. And being but one, she can do all things: and remaining in herself, she maketh all things new: and in all ages entering into holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets. For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom. For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it. For after this cometh night: but vice shall not prevail against wisdom.
“WISDOM reacheth from one end to another mightily: and sweetly doth she order all things. I loved her, and sought her out from my youth, I desired to make her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty. In that she is conversant with God, she magnifieth her nobility: yea, the Lord of all things himself loved her. For she is privy to the mysteries of the knowledge of God, and a lover of his works. If riches be a possession to be desired in this life; what is richer than wisdom, that worketh all things? And if prudence work; who of all that are is a more cunning worker than she? And if a man love righteousness, her labours are virtues: for she teacheth temperance and prudence, justice and fortitude: which are such things, as men can have nothing more profitable in their life. If a man desire much experience, she knoweth things of old, and conjectureth aright what is to come: she knoweth the subtilties of speeches, and can expand dark sentences: she forseeth signs and wonders, and the events of seasons and times. Therefore I purposed to take her to me to live with me, knowing she would be a counsellor of good things, and a comfort in cares and grief.”
There is much more that we could copy from “The Wisdom of Solomon,” but we trust the portion we have quoted will encourage us to seek the Lord for the precious gift of Wisdom. Solomon’s testimony assures us that we can also receive her and live by her hand of guidance and instruction. The Spirit of wisdom from God is readily available to all who will seek for her, and who will pay the price of surrender to gain her vast treasures, her deep insights, her wonderful teachings and her rich mysteries. Wisdom will be freely provided for all who will seek her, and for all who will Live to reign with Christ in His glorious Kingdom of righteousness, love, joy, peace, justice and prosperity.
Following the book of “The Wisdom of Solomon” in The Apocrypha, there is the book of Ecclesiasticus, which is also titled, “The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach.” That “Jesus was the son of Sirach, and grandchild to Jesus of the same name with him.” While The Apocrypha is not considered to be a part of the canon of scripture, it has value in that it contains the writings of saints of the Lord who were righteous and faithful to the Lord and His purposes. We will quote portions of Ecclesiasticus: “All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with him for ever. Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity? Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom? Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting. The word of God most High is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting commandments. To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed? or who hath known her wise counsels? [Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? And who hath understood her great experience?] There is one wise and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon his throne. He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out upon all his works. She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her to them that love him.
“The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing. The fear of the Lord maketh a merry heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long life. Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and he shall find favour in the day of his death. To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and it was created with the faithful in the womb. She hath built an everlasting foundation with men, and she shall continue with their seed. To fear the Lord is fulness of wisdom, and filleth men with her fruits. She filleth all their house with things desirable, and the garners with her increase. The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect health to flourish; both which are the gifts of God: and it enlargeth their rejoicing that love him. Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding, and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast. The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life. The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath.
“The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight. My son, gather instruction from thy youth up: so shalt thou find wisdom till thine old age. Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of the Lord, and meditate continually in his commandments: he shall establish thine heart, and give thee wisdom at thine own desire. Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.”
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.” And this we will do as we
follow on to know the Lord. He is the Spirit of Wisdom; within Christ are all
the spiritual attributes and characteristics that we need to reign with Him.
Our desire for the wisdom of God may have increased by reading the scriptures,
along with the testimonies of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus. And by following on
to know the Lord in His glorious fullness, we shall receive from Him all that
we need to reign with Him.
Becoming One With Christ, the Lamb
There is a necessary process that brings us to Christ, so that we become one with Him. The apostle John, speaking to “the seven churches which are in Asia,” introduced himself to them as, “your brother and companion (sharer and participator) with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance [which are] in Jesus Christ, was on the isle called Patmos, [banished] on account of [my witnessing to] the Word of God and the testimony (the proof, the evidence) for Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9. Amplified). John was given insight into the plan and purpose of God for every one of us, when he saw himself as a “brother and companion with you (us) in the tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance [which are] in Jesus Christ.” We are being made ONE WITH AND IN CHRIST! And to become ONE with and in Christ, we must be identified with the tribulation and the patience of Christ, Who is the LAMB of God, declared so from the foundation of the world!
The Lamb of God is Christ Jesus! He is the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world. When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he said of Him,“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The Lamb of God is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who died for the sins of the world. And in the scripture we quoted in Rev. 1:9, John declares himself to be a brother and companion, or coparticipant, with us in tribulation, meaning pressure caused by trouble and anguish, including being afflicted, burdened and persecuted. That is the description of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and that description of the Lamb includes us as well. If we are to rule and reign with Christ, we will first become ONE with Him, Who is the Lamb of God! And to become ONE with the Lamb is to endure with patience, the tribulation of the tests and trials, which will join us together in holy union, so that we become ONE with Him in fullness! The term the“patience of Jesus Christ,” as used in the King James translation of Rev. 1:9, means “cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy;” it includes waiting for the fulfillment of God’s Word with patience! And to patiently wait for the Lord is one of the trials we are all going through!
As the Lamb of God, Jesus fulfilled the word that was written
concerning Him by the prophets. And that word declared, “He was led as
a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened
he not his mouth” (Acts 8:32). So also have we been led as a sheep to
the slaughter; we were like a lamb, for we were dumb before our shearers, and
we opened not our mouths during that lamb-like process. In the fifth chapter
of the book of Revelation, the Lamb is alone at the throne and among the four
beasts and the twenty-four elders (Rev. 5:6).
Then, the four beasts and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb with the prayers of the saints and began to worship Him. The song they sang to worship Him said this: “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10). Obviously, the four beasts, or the twenty-four elders, represent the body of Christ, or the sons of God, who shall rule and reign with Christ on earth in the glory and honor of His kingdom! But that body of sons are not yet fully joined to Christ, the Lamb, to become ONE with and in Him!
The fourteenth chapter of the book of Revelation begins with the Lamb standing on mount Zion, and with Him were the one hundred and forty four thousand redeemed saints, taken from the earth, who had their Father’s Name written in their foreheads. They sang a new song to the Lord and before His throne; it was a song no one else could sing but those who were redeemed from among the people of the earth. They had followed the Lamb wherever He led them, for they are the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. They had gone through the processings necessary to their high calling, for they were seen to be without fault before the throne of God. Then, an angel was seen flying in the midst of heaven, “having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Rev. 14:6-7).
At this point in the continuing unfolding of the revelation of Christ, the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and the one hundred and forty-four thousand redeemed saints (or the Body of Christ, the sons of God), are two separate entities. The Lamb stands alone as one and the one hundred and forty four thousand also stand alone as one (body). But those two are being made ONE by the revelation and manifestation of Christ! Here, the purpose of the Father is expressed in more detail, which is to “preach” the everlasting Gospel, or the Gospel of the salvation of all, including a call to worship the Lord and Him only to all the people of every nation on earth. And the life-changing purpose of God that shall accompany the everlasting Gospel are His judgments.
By the judgments of the Lord the message and the truth of the everlasting Gospel are imparted to all the people of every nation on earth! Not only that, but the Lamb and the Body (of Christ) are also brought together in closer union, by the judgments of the Lord, which accompanies the everlasting Gospel! (For more on Father’s purpose in judgment, please see the following scriptures: Ps. 97:8, 119:30, 39, 43, 52, 62, 76, 164, and 175; Is. 26:8-9, Eze. 20:11 & Rev. 19:2).
“Progress” and “increase” are words that best describe God and His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is always increasing in the earth (Is. 9:7), and so also is the Christ growing, progressing and increasing. And as we walk with the Lord, in the Spirit and by the Spirit, we are also growing and increasing with the increase of God. As the truth of the book of Revelation is revealed to us, we will see this growth and increase, by the Spirit, from the beginning of the book to the end of it.
The scriptures we have quoted shows the Lamb and the Body of Christ as separate entities. They continue to be two separate entities, and of them, it is written, “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. These are they which were not defiled with women (the harlot systems of Babylon); for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Rev. 14:1, 4-5).
We will have our Father’s Name in our foreheads, or in the governing area of our minds and spirits. We are free of the harlotry of the religious and political realms of Babylon and are virgins unto the Lord. We follow the Lamb wherever He leads us, by the Spirit, for we are His firstfruits. There is no guile in our mouths, for we are without fault before the throne of God. These requirements describe the sons of God who are transformed, and are no longer in bodies of flesh and blood. And these are necessary principles in our lives if we are to be a part of the living, resurrected and glorified Christ of God!
Then, in the seventeenth chapter, a beast arises and is joined
by “ten kings.” “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the
Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they
that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Rev. 17:14).
Before the union of the saints with Christ, the Lamb, there are battles to be
fought. But I doubt that these are literal battles, for all the battles that
take place in the heavenlies are spiritual battles. There are many such battles
to be fought before we are fully joined to Christ, the Lamb. How we need to
remain in close union with Him as this great Day unfolds!
Then, towards the end of the book of Revelation, a marriage takes place. Thus we read, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” (Rev. 19:7-9).
We might say our goal is to be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ; or to attain to all the fullness of God. Or, it may be to fully observe the feast of Tabernacles. All are correct, for all of them bring us to the same place in the Spirit, which is to be transformed. Our goal is to be married to the Lamb, and that means the same thing! How wonderful to know that we are on the path leading to His Life!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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