THE PRESENT TRUTH

An Introduction to the Works of Robert B

 

THE PRESENT TRUTH An Introduction to the Works of Robert B. ThompsonCopyright Š 201 Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

While in Bible school many years ago the author felt impressed that God was ready to take His people past Pentecost. The Present Truth includes the various concepts that have surfaced as the author has sought to explain the burden given to him in those early years. Included is a list of books and booklets with a brief summary under each title.

There are seven feasts of the Lord. The Church has been as far as the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost, the fourth feast. Now it is time for the Church to press forward to the fullness of God, to the spiritual experiences portrayed by the feast of Tabernacles—the last great convocation of Israel. This is the present truth.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Belief Is Not Salvation

The Facts of the Kingdom Belief in the Facts of the Kingdom as Distinguished From Salvation Two Problems That Have Resulted From Incorrect Belief Forcing Morality on the Secular Society The Definition of Salvation Divine Grace Conclusion

Some Important Concepts

Born of God The Bride of the Lamb Brothers of Christ Christ, Head and Body The Coming of the Lord The Continuity of the Covenants The Day of Atonement The Day of the Lord The Disciple Eagles’ Wings. The End-time Eternal Life Faith The Feast of Tabernacles The Feasts of the Lord The First Resurrection The Firstfruits of the Bride The Four Aspects of the Divine Decree The Four Great Types The Goal of Redemption Grace and Faith Versus the Law of Moses The Great Tribulation Image and Union Israel The Judges of Men and Angels The Judgment Seat of Christ The Kingdom of God The Love of Money. The Manifestation of the Sons of God The Nations of the Saved The New Covenant The Overcomer Responding to the Vision of God The Rest of God Restoration The Resurrection The Royal Priesthood The Second Death Shattering the Power of the Saints Suffering and Glory Survival and Security, Worship, and Achievement The Temple of God The Thousand-year Kingdom Age The Three Stages of Redemption The Throne of God The Two Beginnings Two Kinds of Righteousness The Two Witnesses The Wall War The Witness of God Working Out Our Salvation

 

Introduction

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. (II Peter 1:12)

After I received the baptism with the Holy Spirit in 1948 the Lord saw fit to impress me that the next Divine move after Pentecost would have to do with the Church receiving a greater measure of Christ in us, and that before we receive a greater portion of Christ the Lord must bring us through the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27). The thought came that the Levitical Day of Atonement portrays God’s judgment upon sin, beginning with His household.

At that time I knew very little about the seven feasts of the Lord or the Tabernacle of the Congregation, but soon both of these types became important to me. I began to see in them a pattern that applies in four areas:

The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The growth of the believer from chaos of personality to the image of God and complete union with God.

The growth of the Church from a disorganized group of people to the unblemished Bride of the Lamb.

The construction of the Kingdom of God from the laying of the chief Cornerstone, Christ, to the glorious new Jerusalem, the supreme government of the world.

The Gospel of the Kingdom I am announcing has to do with the Lord forgiving all who repent and making them rulers and citizens of the new world of righteousness that is to come. This is God’s response to the rebellion of the angels and of the first world. The atoning blood of Christ has made possible this new creation, the new heaven and earth reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He who possesses Jesus possesses all that we are presenting, although for now the various elements of redemption may be in an early stage of development in his personality.

If the reader will keep in mind that all of God’s work is centered in the Lord Jesus, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, he will not easily be led astray. The longer we live the more we realize that all we need and desire is in Jesus and is Jesus. Whether wisdom or love or joy or righteousness or peace is our desire, all is found in Jesus and only in Jesus.

The Lord Jesus is God’s Center and Circumference, Cornerstone and Capstone, of all things in the heavens and upon the earth. When the Lord Jesus is kept as the Center, all else of life comes together in harmony.

Salvation is the moral and finally physical transformation of the individual. Salvation includes removal from Satan’s image and from union with Satan and entrance into Christ’s image and into union with Christ. There must be a change of image and a change of union. Image includes what we think, what we say, what we do, and how we appear. Union refers to our abiding in Christ, our oneness with the Lord in all we think, say, and do.

Salvation is the change from Adam to Christ. It is the journey from Egypt to Canaan; from chaos to perfect rest in God; from Passover to Tabernacles; from the bronze Altar to the golden Mercy Seat.

This is what salvation is. The primary goal of salvation is not to bring us to Paradise. It is to make it possible for the believer to have fellowship with God and to fulfill God’s purposes concerning man—to be and to do what man is destined to be and do.

When we make Paradise the goal we come short of the Glory of God. We miss the mark. When we make the image of God and union with God our goal, Paradise follows naturally.

In order for a believer to make the transition from Adam to Christ he must allow God to do His part, and then the believer must do his part. If God’s part or the believer’s part is omitted, the transformation never will take place.

Our desire in our writings is not to talk about Jesus, it is to present Jesus Himself, as the Holy Spirit enables. When we have Jesus we have everything of worth. When we do not have Jesus we have nothing of true, eternal worth. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed One of God, is Himself the Kingdom of God and eternal Life.

Belief Is Not Salvation

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:19,20)

The Facts of the Kingdom. Knowledge plays an important role in the Divine salvation. There is a need for people to be aware of the existence of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and of the righteous and holy Nature of God. There are aspects of the rebellion of the angels, and of the entrance of sin into the world, that when we know of them help us understand the presence and results of sin in the human personality and the need for forgiveness and deliverance.

Another realm of knowledge concerns the attitude God has toward sin, and the covenants God has made with people because of their sin. Of special importance is the knowledge of God’s will for the individual as revealed in the Scriptures and also in personal revelation. God’s will for His elect includes their transformation into the moral image of Christ, their union with God through Christ, their readiness to build up the members of the Body of Christ, and their readiness to serve as the light of the world, beginning with their own neighborhood.

It is important that people become aware of the future of mankind with respect to God, that is, the resurrection of the dead in which each person receives the consequences of his or her behavior, and the forceful installation of the Kingdom of God on the earth.

The areas of knowledge associated with the Kingdom of God are as follows:

Knowledge of the existence of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and of the righteous and holy Nature of God.

Knowledge of the aspects of the rebellion of the angels and of the entrance of sin into the world, that when we know of them help us understand the presence and results of sin in the human personality and the need for forgiveness and deliverance.

Knowledge of God’s attitude toward sin and the covenants God has made with people because of their sin.

The knowledge of God’s will for the individual as revealed in the Scriptures and also in personal revelation.

God’s will for people includes their transformation into the moral image of Christ, their union with God through Christ, their readiness to build up the members of the Body of Christ, and their readiness to serve as the light of the world, beginning with their own neighborhood. In addition, the saints, the members of Christ, are being trained in spiritual warfare.

The Kingdom of God will be installed on the earth as Christ and His saints descend from Heaven and drive all sinners, spiritual and physical from the earth. Justice finally will come to the meek of the nations.

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1)

Knowledge of the future of mankind with respect to God, that is, the resurrection of each person from the dead that he or she may receive the consequences of his or her behavior, and the forceful installation of the Kingdom of God on the earth, are facts that are necessary for every human being to understand..

Throughout the history of the Christian Church great emphasis has been placed on a correct understanding of the facts of the above areas of knowledge. Theologians have argued. Wars have been fought. Dissenters have been tortured and martyred. The attitude of the Christian leaders and organizations has been that people must agree with the positions and beliefs of the leaders and organizations. The individual who does not conform to the accepted statements concerning the areas of knowledge is cast from the group, organization, or movement, penalized in some manner, and sometimes tortured and slain.

The various Christian denominations exist because of the different understandings of the areas of knowledge associated with God and His Kingdom.

As we are approaching the coming of the Lord and His Kingdom to the earth we are growing aware that belief in what is true in the Kingdom of God is not of itself salvation.

The knowledge of the facts of the Kingdom of God serves as a basis and guide for the Divine salvation. Because the knowledge serves as a basis and guide it is important that it be accurate. But accurate knowledge, and a profession of belief in accurate knowledge, are not salvation. Salvation is not composed of what we know or believe.

The monumental error of current Christian thinking is that if one professes belief in correct doctrine he is saved. Added to this confusion is the unscriptural position that being saved means he will attain permanent residence in Heaven when he dies.

God’s purpose behind all of His covenants is that people practice righteousness, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. By viewing God’s salvation as a profession of belief in the true facts of redemption, with the goal of spending eternity in the spirit realm, we have effectively undermined God’s desire to have righteous people who perform His will in the earth and who are able to bring deliverance and eternal life to others.

Belief in the Facts of the Kingdom as Distinguished From Salvation. The following passage is often used to emphasize that salvation is knowledge and belief, and that to make a profession of belief that conforms to this statement is to insure one’s entrance into Heaven. It is important for the student to understand that the concept of residence in Heaven as the purpose of salvation is not mentioned in the tenth chapter of the Book of Romans, which is the context of the following passage, nor is entrance into Heaven mentioned one time in the entire Book of Romans.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9,10)

If we were to remove this passage from the Book of Romans and make it the only statement in the Scriptures we could make a case for salvation as being belief in certain facts.

Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. That Jesus is Lord and rightfully our personal Lord is a true fact. Confession of this true fact is essential to salvation.

Believe in your heart that God has raised the Lord Jesus from the dead. The physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead is the cornerstone of our faith. Apart from the physical resurrection of the Lord we have no hope for our own resurrection.

You shall be saved. What it means to be saved must be determined from the entire Scriptures. Being saved has little to do with going to the spirit Paradise.

With his heart man believes unto righteousness. God counts us as righteous when we believe God has raised the Lord Jesus from the dead.

With his mouth man confesses that Jesus is his Lord, and God saves him on the basis of this confession.

The above is an accurate statement concerning God’s plan of salvation. The statement serves as a basis and guide for the working out of our salvation. He who does not regard Jesus as his Lord and who does not believe God has raised Him from the dead is not likely to find the road to eternal life.

The problem today is that the above passage is lifted from its context and made to mean that if a person confesses Jesus is Lord and believes God has raised Him from the dead he is saved and on his way to Heaven; not that he shall be saved, as the Scripture states, but that he is saved.

If there were no other verses in the Bible we could defend the prevailing point of view. However, this would be to make salvation a mental position having little impact on life on the earth (which is exactly what Satan desires!).

Let us look at a passage also from the Book of Romans that reveals the folly of making the Divine salvation a mental position.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16)

Speaking to Christian people (certainly not to the unsaved because they cannot choose to live righteously and thus receive eternal life on the basis of their behavior), Paul tells us that if we (Christians) choose to obey sin we will die spiritually.

Let us say the individual believes that Jesus is Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead. After this profession of belief he is baptized in water into Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Then he chooses to sin. What then? He dies spiritually, according to the Apostle Paul!

We could give numerous examples from the New Testament that portray clearly the association of righteous behavior with salvation. Salvation is a not a profession of belief. A correct profession of belief is the basis and guide to salvation but the profession of belief is not salvation. Neither is residence in Heaven the goal of salvation. True salvation always produces righteous, holy behavior. Righteous, holy behavior brings us the most valuable reward of all, which is fellowship with God.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 3:7)

Evangelical theology is far off course. As a result sin is increasing rapidly throughout the Christian churches as well as the rest of the world. The work of demons is protected by law in the United States of America, for example. There is no standard, no plumb line. Why is there no plumb line? It is because God’s people view the Christian salvation as a doctrinal position rather than the re-creation of the individual.

Two Problems That Have Resulted From Incorrect Belief. Belief is redeeming when it serves as a base and guide for the actual Divine redemption, and when its facts are accurate.

We already have referred to the fact that the sin in the society of today is resulting from the position of the Christian churches that salvation is belief. If one holds to the correct beliefs he is on his way to Heaven, it is supposed. But since faith apart from works is dead, and righteous works are not considered necessary by Evangelicals, the churches are filled with dead faith.

It is stressed vigorously today that Christ performed a finished work of salvation and that any effort on our part to make righteous behavior a necessary aspect of salvation is an unrighteous attempt to add to the perfect work of Christ.

How Satan must rejoice over this concept! The effect of such an unscriptural concept has been to destroy nearly every bit of righteous, holy behavior from God’s people. The light of good works, which is the true testimony of the Church, has been extinguished by a faulty knowledge of the new covenant.

The irony here is that not only is belief stressed in place of behavior, but the belief itself is based on an inaccurate understanding because the true knowledge of the facts of the Kingdom reveals that belief itself is not salvation.

The result of dead faith in the Christian churches is, first of all, loss of the Presence of God from the churches. The Christians churches have much to say about God and about God’s plan of salvation through Christ. However, the churches are preaching about Christ rather than preaching Christ. To preach Christ is to bring the very Presence of God to people, not just a message about God and His Gospel. One can preach about God and Christ and still continue in unrighteous, unholy behavior. But one cannot bring the Presence of God and Christ apart from a righteous, holy, sternly obedient life.

The second problem resulting from the dead faith of the Christian churches is sin in the unchurched society. If the moral light goes out in the Christian churches, then the world has no moral light to live by.

Because the necessity for righteous behavior has been removed from the Divine salvation, the historic Christian nations, such as America, England, France, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, have become addicted to lust and pornography. Every vile lust flourishes in the nations that at one time carried the Gospel light. Their judgment is soon to come and will be devastating beyond comprehension. They have failed the Lord.

Christians are concerned as they see the effect of their doctrinal confusion on the moral condition of the United States and the other nations. They are upset at the abortion, the child molestation, the gangs, the drugs. What do Christians expect when they no longer are doing good works but counting on flying away from trouble in a "rapture"?

Forcing Morality on the Secular Society. In spite of the Scriptures that exhort us to bear witness by letting the light of good works shine, we intend to heap confusion on confusion. We are going to go forth in our self-will (not with the Lord you may be sure) and force the secular community to stop the aborting of infants, to stop the sexual perversions, to cease permitting gang membership, and to put an end to drugs.

We are going to use force—guns, if necessary—and compel the unsaved population to do what we think is proper.

To employ force to compel sinners to behave according to Christian standards is to seek to bring in the Kingdom before the Lord returns. The Kingdom of God indeed will be installed by dreadful authority and power when the Lord Jesus appears. His enemies will be consumed by the fire of His holy Presence. But our task before the Lord returns is not to begin to employ force but to bear witness of God’s righteousness, of the covenant of water baptism available to every individual who hopes to avoid God’s wrath, and of the soon coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth.

The result of Christian militancy will be a terrible backlash. The unsaved community, which includes the majority of people, will rise up in fury and the persecution of Christians will be severe and widespread. Why? Because the Lord is not with us.

From the beginning of the Church Age various institutions, particularly the Catholic Church, have attempted to force their will on the unsaved community. The Lord alone knows how many good people were imprisoned, tortured and killed because they refused to conform to the ecclesiastical notions. Only a few hundred years ago some of the Catholic monasteries were sending out "soldiers" to force the populace to be "Christians."

Have we learned nothing?

The humanistic people today outnumber us. They are not going to bow down to our attempts to force our values on them—especially when the Christian churches themselves are filled with every sin of the flesh as well as self-will and self-love.

The present government of the United States is an abomination to multitudes of politically conservative people. We yet may have an armed uprising by conservatives. The Christians are not to participate in an armed uprising. We may think that we have made a temporary gain by such action but the end will be bitter.

Evil cannot be overcome by evil, only by good. We are called to deliver and heal those for whom Christ died, not to kill them. It is only when our government commands us to sin that we are to resist the government, and then not by killing our opponents but by doing what good we can and by holding fast our testimony during imprisonment, torture, and death.

How many believers of today are true Christians? How many churchgoers have turned aside from their own life and are carrying their cross of self-denial behind the Lord?

And these fleshly, self-willed believers intend to force the unbelievers to live a moral life? The Scriptures command God’s people, not the unsaved community, to repent and turn from their wicked ways! What are we thinking of?

The Lord Jesus taught us that if His Kingdom were of this world His servants would fight but that His Kingdom is not of this world. We are told we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against fallen lords in the heavenlies. We are informed that the weapons of our warfare are not of flesh and blood but mighty through the Holy Spirit to the pulling down of strongholds.

The Lord is not commanding the unsaved people to repent. He is commanding His own people to repent, for the Christian churches are filled with people who are sinning, who are leading spiritually lukewarm, worldly lives. They do not know the Lord’s will. They do not understand the new covenant. They believe in a silly "rapture" that will deliver them from suffering (as though suffering were not one of the characteristics of Christian discipleship throughout the centuries). They have heaped to themselves teachers to tickle their ears. They have not presented their bodies a living sacrifice. They are in love with themselves.

Now they are disobeying the Lord by running ahead of Him, attempting to set up the Kingdom of God by human means. Surely, God has sent a powerful delusion upon us because we do not love the truth. Truly, great suffering is ahead for the Lord’s people.

The Definition of "Salvation." We have said that salvation is not composed of an accurate understanding and profession of belief in the truths of the several areas of knowledge of the Kingdom of God. "The righteous shall live by faith" has to do with how the righteous live, not with their profession of belief in the facts of redemption. The righteous live by trusting in God and not in themselves, by obeying the Lord in each decision of life.

Well then, if salvation is not a statement of "faith," just what is salvation?

Salvation is, first of all, deliverance from the wrath of God that will be poured out in the last days.

And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (I Thessalonians 1:10)

After that, salvation is our change from Satan to God. The purpose of delivering us from wrath is to authorize us to begin the transformation of personality that is salvation.

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18)

Salvation includes:

Deliverance from the wrath of God.

The opening of the individual’s eyes.

The turning of the believer from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.

The forgiveness of the believer’s sins.

An inheritance among those who are sanctified [set apart to God as holy] by faith that is in the Lord Jesus.

Salvation is the change from the bondage of Satan to the moral image of Christ and to untroubled union with the Father through Christ.

This is what salvation is. It is a change of what we are. It is a new creation. The first man, Adam, must be crucified. The new Man is Christ, who Himself is the Kingdom of God.

For in Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Galatians 6:15)

The mainspring of the Christian salvation is death and resurrection. If we would experience the new covenant we must enter the death of the Lord and enter the resurrection of the Lord. The degree of the Divine inheritance assigned to a son of God depends directly on his or her willingness to enter the death and resurrection of Christ.

Through the salvation that is in the Lord Jesus Christ we obtain:

Forgiveness.

Deliverance and healing.

Change into the image of the Lord.

Union with the Father through Christ.

A redeemed body.

Divine Grace. The grace of God is the Presence and power of Christ that produces the salvation we have mentioned.

Grace is the Divine enablement that creates salvation.

Image and union, and participation in the roles and functions of the Kingdom of God, which we shall mention in a moment, are made possible by the following elements of grace:

The body and blood of the Lord Jesus. The body and blood of the Lord Jesus provide:

Protection from Divine judgment.

The forgiveness of sin.

Deliverance from sin.

Nourishment for the new man.

The born-again experience. When we truly receive Christ as our Lord and Savior He is conceived in us. After that He must continue to be formed until He comes to maturity in us.

The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us:

Eternal Life.

Power and wisdom to overcome sin.

Power and wisdom to bear witness.

The written and personal Word of God. These include:

The Old and New Testaments.

The wisdom and knowledge of the Lord.

The gifts of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives ministries and gifts to every member of the Body of Christ.

The ordering of tribulation and offenses. We usually do not think of offenses and tribulation as being part of the grace of God under the new covenant. However, the various chastenings that come upon us are a very important tool that the Lord uses to purge us from sin and to bring forth in us the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; (I Peter 4:1)

Every element of grace is necessary if we are to save ourselves and those who hear us.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (I Timothy 4:16)

Conclusion. Current evangelical doctrine has no place for the concept of saving ourselves by the things we do. Therefore current evangelical doctrine is not taking into consideration the whole counsel of God. Today’s preaching is not a balanced presentation of God’s plan of salvation. We are to save ourselves by examining ourselves in terms of the doctrine taught by the Apostles of the Lamb to determine whether or not we actually are doing that which has been commanded by Christ through His apostles and prophets.

Saving ourselves and those who hear us means bringing us from the bondage of Satan all the way to the moral image of Christ and to untroubled union with the Father through Christ.

The following are roles and functions in the Kingdom of God that are possible to us only to the degree that we are in the image of Christ and in untroubled union with the Father through Christ. We are being prepared by the Spirit of God in order that we may serve in these roles:

A member of the Bride of the Lamb (Revelation 21:9).

A part of the Temple of God (Ephesians 2:22).

A member of the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:12).

A part of the vehicle for the end-time revival (Isaiah 60:1,2).

A restorer of Paradise on earth (Romans 8:21)

A member of the royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9).

A witness of God (Isaiah 43:10).

A son of God (Revelation 21:7).

A brother of Christ (Romans 8:29).

An overcomer of the accuser (Revelation 12:11).

A governor of the nations (Revelation 2:26,27).

A judge of men and angels (I Corinthians 6:2,3).

A wall of defense around the Glory of God (Revelation 21:14).

A part of the revelation of Himself—God in Christ in the saints (Revelation 3:12).

A thoughtful consideration of the above roles may help the student understand why the current emphasis on a flight to the spirit realm is so destructive of God’s plan for man. Instead of sons of God and brothers of Christ we have the vision of untransformed people lounging in mansions with their jewels and golden slippers.

The truth is, the purpose for bringing the members of the Body of Christ to maturity as measured by the standard that is the fullness of Christ, is that these members may return with Christ and bring justice to the meek peoples of the earth. The meek shall inherit the earth, but it will require Christ and His Body to make it possible for decent people to inherit the works of God’s hands. It appears that we do not as yet really understand the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, the coming of justice to the earth.

The concept that the Divine salvation consists of our believing and professing accurately the facts pertaining to the Kingdom of God, with the goal of going to live eternally in the spirit Paradise when we die, has prevented the Christian people from bearing witness and affecting society as they should. Satan has managed to put out the light of good works. The supreme goal of God under all covenants, which is to produce people who behave righteously, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, doing His will in the earth, has been successfully thwarted by today’s teaching and preaching.

We are in a time of reformation of Christian thinking. The coming of the Kingdom of God is at hand. God is ready to meet every person who seeks Him with a pure heart and to bless him or her with the wisdom and strength necessary to grow in Christ’s image and to serve his or her own generation according to the will of God.

The harvest field is white. Everywhere we go we find people who are depressed, whose sons or daughters are in jail or have run away from home, who are distraught because of sickness or their job, who have AIDS, who are confused about where they stand with God. Multitudes are perishing for lack of the Spirit of God. If we will seek the Lord and obey Him we most likely will soon find ourselves working in some corner of the Kingdom.

Let us turn from the false teachings, the evangelical fables of our day, and follow the Lord Jesus to the fullness of salvation and ministry.

Some Important Concepts

Following are some of the concepts that have emerged as the burden of "Christ in you" and the removal of sin through the process of judgment began to unfold in my heart and mind. Each of these concepts is elaborated in the books and booklets I have written.

Perhaps the main theme of our message is, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The vision of the eternal Temple of God, the spiritual fulfillment of the Old Testament feast of Tabernacles, has always been at the forefront of our thinking.

Born of God. The first concept we shall present is that of being born of God. The necessity for being born of God is one of the major areas of our doctrine. If we have been born of God we truly are sons of God and brothers of Christ. The new life that has been born in us is from God and over the untold eons of eternity will bring forth the likeness of the Parent from whom it came.

The parables of the Kingdom that the Lord Jesus taught us, such as the parable of the sower, have to do with planting the Divine Seed in human beings. It is Christ who has been born in us who is the Kingdom of God.

One of the central misunderstandings of the Christian faith is the idea that salvation is the bringing of the adamic man to Heaven. We want to be "saved" as we are and brought up to Paradise. However, the destiny of the adamic nature is the cross, not Paradise.

It is our new inner nature that is saved and is the Kingdom of God. The new man who has been born in us finds his way at once to the right hand of the Father in Christ.

The concept that the old nature is not saved but assigned to the cross of Christ, while it is the new nature, Christ formed in us, that is salvation, that is the Kingdom of God, is one of the bases of all of our writings.

For in Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Galatians 6:15)

The Bride of the Lamb. The Bride of the Lamb is the eternal complement of Christ, being made one with Him by eating His flesh and drinking His blood, and living by Him as He lives by the Father. There is no more important event in the mind of God than the joining of the Bride to His Divine Son.

The Bride must be as the Lord Jesus is: born of Divinity and born of humanity. Like must be united with like in the economy of God.

The concept that there are two brides, a Gentile bride in Heaven and a Jewish bride on earth, is part of the set of Evangelical mythical beliefs.

The concept that the Bride of the Lamb is a wife but not a "queen" must become clear to the victorious saint as he or she climbs the "secret place of the stairs."

For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (Ephesians 5:29)

Brothers of Christ. The elect are destined to be brothers of Christ. We truly are brothers in that we have been born of the same Father. There are several such promises that have to do with the impartation of Divinity and glory to God’s family. We are not to stagger at these but to recognize fully, and certainly without any sense of grasping or self-glorifying, that the Lord Jesus—the Lord of Glory—is the Firstborn among many brothers, many sons of God.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate {to be} conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

Christ, Head and Body. Christ is the Servant of the Lord whose task it is to bring justice to the nations of the earth.

Most Jewish and Christian scholars understand that Christ is to come to the world. What is not as commonly realized is that Christ consists of the great Head, the Lord Jesus, and also a Body composed of the saints.

The Church, the Bride of the Lamb, the sons of God, are terms that speak of the several relationships that exist between God and His saints, His elect, His Israel.

The eternal Servant of the Lord, described in the Book of Isaiah, is Christ—Head and Body. To the Apostle Paul was given the revelation that Christ, the Anointed One of God, consists of the exalted Head, the Lord Jesus, and also of a Body made up of those who are called, chosen, and proven faithful. Christ is the perfect Deliverer who is being fashioned by the ministries given by the ascended Lord.

The churches are the raw material from which the members of the Body of Christ are drawn. Christian organizations often assign leaders to the churches who have been trained by the denomination and voted in by a majority of people. However, because of the Divine Nature and purposes of the Body of Christ, only the Holy Spirit of God can correctly assign and direct the gifts and ministries needed to build the Body to the perfection required if it is to serve the Head adequately.

For this reason the churches of today must begin to emphasize ministry by the Spirit of God rather than by organizational assignment. The Christian organizations must become very much more sensitive to the mind of the Spirit.

Bible schools and seminaries cannot create apostles, prophets, or gifts of healing. They can inform the mind and create an environment that is holy and set apart from the world. But the leaders of the churches must look to the Holy Spirit to establish the ministries of the Body. When they do they will discover the riches latent in the local assemblies.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, {in whom} my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 42:1)

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also {is} Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12)

The Coming of the Lord. The concept that there will be a secret pre-tribulation coming of the Lord to "catch away a Gentile bride" is an error. There is no "Gentile bride," only the one new Man, who consists of all Jews and Gentiles who are part of Christ. There will be no Jewish kingdom on earth. There is but one second coming.

Great confusion exists concerning the Lord’s coming. Satan has impressed the Church that the Lord’s coming means our going to Paradise to reside forever in a golden mansion. Satan may desire that we leave to go to Heaven, but such will not take place. The Lord’s coming is just that—His coming. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming with His saints as King of all kings and Lord of all lords. The kingdoms of this world are to become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ—Head and Body.

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. (Matthew 24:30)

The Continuity of the Covenants. God’s work from the beginning of time has been one progressive movement toward the new world of righteousness that is to come. The present heavens and earth are temporary.

Dispensational teaching, the concept that God keeps changing His method of dealing with man, including the teachings that accompany Dispensationalism such as the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church and the division between the Jewish elect and the Gentile elect, has made logical, clear, straightforward Bible interpretation impossible.

It is difficult to imagine a model of interpretation more destructive to the Kingdom of God than Dispensationalism. It has succeeded in destroying the moral strength of the believers and preventing the Christian people from understanding God’s purposes in the physical land and people of Israel.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner {stone}; (Ephesians 2:19,20)

The Day of Atonement. The Levitical Day of Atonement (Leviticus, Chapter 16) portrays both forgiveness of sin and deliverance from sin. We are forgiven our sin through the blood of atonement shed on the cross of Calvary. We are delivered from sin as God judges the works of the enemy found in our personality.

The Church of the twentieth century has come as far as Pentecost. Before the Church can attain the rest of God it must pass through the work of reconciliation portrayed by the Day of Atonement.

The trumpet of the Jubilee was blown on the Day of Atonement revealing the relationship between restoration, and forgiveness and deliverance from sin.

The coming thousand-year Kingdom Age will be the kingdom-wide fulfillment of the Day of Atonement.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us {our} sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)

The Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord will be characterized by war: God against Satan; the Holy Spirit against the False Prophet; Christ against Antichrist. The wisdom and power of human beings is as nothing compared with these galactic spiritual forces.

The Day of the Lord will dawn in fire. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The heavens and the earth will be shaken. Here is God’s answer to the great rebellion that took place before the world was created.

Only that which is established in Christ will stand the shaking of the Day of the Lord. Numerous so-called "believers" in the Lord Jesus will be terrified, being tossed about as straw in a hurricane. All their works and most of their personality will be burned away, if the Lord judges them worthy of salvation.

The churches are hoping for a "rapture" that will carry them into the Presence of the Lord in their worldliness, sin, and self-seeking. To be brought into the Presence of God in their condition would result in unbearable torment.

The Day of the Lord is characterized by a large, powerful army of holy people—the saints of all ages. The judgment of God will be administered through them, resulting in the cleansing of the heavens and the earth and the filling of the whole earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (II Thessalonians 1:7,8)

The Disciple. There is a difference in kind between the average church attender of today and a true disciple. Multitudes of believers attend church. Of these believers only a handful, it appears, are disciples. A disciple is someone who has laid down his life, taken up his cross, and is following the Lord Jesus each day. Only the disciple is a true Christian.

If any {man} come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26,27)

Eagles’ Wings. God carries us until we learn to walk uprightly. Much is given to us when we are spiritual babies. As we mature in the Lord, Christ is able to assign more difficult tasks to us. The Lord does all the fighting when we come out of Egypt, but we must participate in the battle when we enter the land of promise.

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and {how} I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. (Exodus 19:4)

I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able {to bear it}, neither yet now are ye able. (I Corinthians 3:2)

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, {even} those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

The End-time. Babylon, Laodicea, the False Prophet, and Antichrist are four areas of deception of which the saint of the last days must be aware.

Babylon is the great Christian organization and may finally be located on the bank of the Euphrates River at the site of ancient Babylon.

Laodicea speaks of Christians who have been overcome by a government that speaks comfortably to them and supports them but is not itself governed by the Lord Jesus. The Laodicean believers are occupied with their "rights."

The False Prophet is the attempt of believers to use the power of Christ before they have been crucified with Him.

Antichrist is the striving of man to be his own God.

The False Prophet is man-centeredness in the spirit realm. Antichrist is man-centeredness in the political realm. Babylon is man-centeredness organizational realm. Laodicea is man-centeredness in the church realm.

Power will be given to Antichrist to overcome the saints in the last days and he then will be free to bring forth the fullness of lawlessness in the earth.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Revelation 13:7)

Eternal Life. Eternal life is a kind of life. Biologic life is the life of the animal. Eternal life is the Life of God. Until a human being is given a portion of eternal life from the Lord he or she is little more than an intelligent animal. All flesh is as grass, destined to perish with time.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have {it} more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Faith. Scriptural faith is that which depends on God for all things. "The just shall live by faith" has little to do with the acknowledgment of theological facts concerning Christ. The just shall live by faith means righteous people live by depending on God rather than on their own resources.

True faith is neither belief in doctrine nor the effort of the soul to manage the spiritual realm by believing what the Scriptures declare.

There is, however, a true militant faith that includes the bold declaration of that which God has stated. However, this is not an attempt to work miracles by attempting to believe. It is a call to the Lord for help. There is a total difference between attempting to use the Scriptures to work magic and calling upon the Lord Jesus in faith. One is of the False Prophet. The other is the faith of the prophets and apostles.

But without faith {it is} impossible to please {him}: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and {that} he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

The Feast of Tabernacles. The feast of Tabernacles is the last and greatest of the seven feasts of the Lord. During one week of each year the people of Israel are to celebrate the feast of Tabernacles by living in a booth constructed outside of their house or apartment.

The spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles is the climax of the work of redemption. After all of the graces and provisions of God have operated in our life, the Father and the Son will come through the Holy Spirit and make Their eternal abode in us. This is the Kingdom of God and the goal of all our efforts in Christ.

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month {shall be} the feast of tabernacles {for} seven days unto the Lord. (Leviticus 23:34)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)

The Feasts of the Lord. The seven feasts of Israel, found in Leviticus, Chapter 23, are an excellent set of types which a believer can study and thereby gain some concept of the beginning, the program, and the goal of salvation. Many Christians think of salvation as something that took place in their life years ago, which they remember, and on the basis of which they hope to be taken to Paradise when they die. That the Divine redemption is a process that must be taking place every day of the disciple’s life has never been made clear to them.

With the exception of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, the seven feasts of the Lord well may be the most important scriptural picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, the growth of the Christian from birth to maturity, the development of the Church into the Bride of the Lamb, and the creation of the Kingdom of God.

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, {Concerning} the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim {to be} holy convocations, {even} these {are} my feasts. (Leviticus 23:2)

The First Resurrection. Although the expression, "the first resurrection," is found in the Scriptures its implications have not always been pursued. The expression indicates there is no resurrection of believers prior to the one described in Revelation 20:4-6.

It appears there are to be two main resurrections, one at the beginning of the thousand-year period and one at the end. The first resurrection must be attained by the believer (Philippians 3:11) and is reserved for the blessed and holy members of the royal priesthood. The second resurrection is the general resurrection of the dead in which all persons will participate, with the exception of those were called up by the Lord at the beginning of the thousand-year Kingdom Age.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This {is} the first resurrection. Blessed and holy {is} he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:5,6)

The Firstfruits of the Bride. The Bride of the Lamb includes all of God’s elect—the whole family of God from the time of Abel. There is a firstfruits of the Bride, a specially dedicated, warlike remnant of people who will, as we understand it, be raised when the Lord appears. We think that the balance of the Bride will not appear until the end of the thousand-year period.

There are major scriptural types that portray the firstfruits of the Bride meeting the Lord when He appears. One type is Gideon’s three hundred. Another major portrayal is the separation of the Ark of the Covenant from the remainder of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. A third major portrayal of the firstfruits is the rule of David over Judah prior to His rulership over all Israel.

Our understanding is that the entire Church will not be united until the holy city descends from Heaven and is established upon the new earth.

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. (Revelation 19:7)

The Four Aspects of the Divine Decree. God always understands the full significance and aspects of all He does. In the beginning God gave four decrees concerning man: man is to be in the image of God; man is to be male and female; man is to be fruitful; and man is to exercise dominion. These decrees shall never be altered. They constitute what man is.

Adam and Eve were a prototype, a preview of what man is destined to be. The fullness that God has in mind concerning man is as follows:

     The Lord Jesus and those who are like Him and part of Him are true "man."

     The Lord Jesus and His Bride are what God means by male and female.

     The spreading of the Divine Vine, the Olive Tree, the Seed of Abraham throughout the universe fulfills the edict concerning fruitfulness.

     The Lord Jesus and His victorious saints, the sons of God, shall be seated forever upon the Throne of almighty God, governing all the works of God’s hands. Man was created to be the throne of God.

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and {that} your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (John 15:16)

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:21)

The Four Great Types. There are four great types in the Old Testament:

     The Tabernacle of the Congregation.

     The Feasts of the Lord.

     The journey of Israel from Egypt to Canaan.

     The days of creation.

Each of the four types is divided into seven segments that correspond to the seven segments of the other three types.

The four major types reveal seven aspects of the Lord Jesus Christ, and also seven aspects of the growth to maturity of the individual believer, the Church, and the Kingdom of God.

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (I Corinthians 10:11)

The Goal of Redemption. The goal of salvation is to bring human beings into the image of God and into complete, untroubled union with God through Christ.

There are several Divinely assigned roles for which man is being prepared. At the beginning of this book we listed fourteen roles and functions for which salvation prepares us.

The Divinely ordained roles and functions are possible only to those who are in the moral image of Christ and who are in a state of complete, total oneness with the Father and the Son to the degree that they have become an essential, integral, eternally incorruptible part of the revelation of the Father to His creation.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21)

Grace and Faith Versus the Law of Moses, not Versus Righteous Behavior. When the Apostle Paul contrasted faith and works he was not speaking of a profession of doctrinal belief versus godly behavior. Yet this interpretation of Paul has persisted mightily since the Reformation.

First of all, by "faith" Paul means a life lived in dependence on God, not a doctrinal position. The righteous shall live by faith means by humble dependence on God rather than by independence of thought and action (the American ideal).

By "works" Paul means the works of the Law of Moses, such as circumcision. He is not referring to honesty, faithfulness, and truthfulness.

We are justified by placing our faith in Christ and living in Him rather than by obeying the statutes of the Law of Moses.

This misunderstanding of Paul has destroyed the moral strength of the Christian churches.

A careful study of Romans and Galatians will reveal clearly that Paul is not seeking to turn people away from righteous behavior but from the works of the Law of Moses.

In other passages Paul insists that if we do not live righteously we will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (Romans 3:21)

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:28)

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21)

The Great Tribulation. The Bride of the Lamb must be without blemish. It is obvious that in the present hour the Bride is filled with division and blemishes of every sort.

During the closing days of the present age the Lord Jesus will give of His Glory to His Bride and also purify her in the fires of the great tribulation. The great tribulation will separate the Bride from the Christian organizations and purge her from sin and self-will until she comes up from the wilderness leaning on her Beloved.

In the Valley of Achor, the place of judgment, the Lord will minister to His Bride until she knows Him as her Husband.

When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. (Isaiah 4:4)

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (I Peter 4:12)

Image and Union. None of the Divinely ordained roles can be assigned to a believer until he or she has been conformed to the image of the Lord and has been brought into untroubled union with the Lord. Oneness with the Son in the Father is the highest attainment possible for the human being.

We have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. However, image apart from union is not desirable. To be like Christ but not married to Christ could lead to the pride of Satan, who seeks to be like God but not part of God.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate {to be} conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:23)

Israel. God’s Israel Is One. The Church is one, beginning with Abraham and Sarah. The olive tree is one.

The new covenant is not a change of the religion of Judaism to a new religion of Christianity. Both the old covenant and the new covenant are made with Israel. To participate in the new covenant a Gentile must become part of the Israel of God.

The Divine redemption is given as one progressive revelation of God to Man. Christianity is the giving of eternal, Divine Substance and Life to the Altar, the Lampstand, and the Booth of Judaism.

There is no Gentile church and no Jewish church. There is only the one new Man.

The Christian Church and the physical people and land of Israel are on a converging course. The form of Israel is on the earth. The spiritual nature of Israel is in Zion in Heaven, in righteous people made perfect. When Christ appears the spiritual nature of Zion will come to earthly Zion.

God in the last days will turn once more to physical Israel. All that the Prophets have declared will come to pass in fullness. Jerusalem will become the center of government of the world. All nations on the earth will come to Jerusalem to receive instruction from the Lord, who will be dwelling there. The eternal moral law of God will be enforced throughout the creation by the rod of iron, the strength of the Spirit of God.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)

And if ye {be} Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)

The Judges of Men and Angels. The first creation, beginning with the angels, has risen in rebellion against the Lord God. God made man for the purpose of judging the rebels, both angelic and human. After the judgment has been completed it will be man’s responsibility to govern the universe, both spiritual and physical, that God has created.

Man was created to be the throne of the Judge of Heaven.

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (I Corinthians 6:2,3)

The Judgment Seat of Christ. The Judgment Seat (beema) of Christ is not an awards ceremony, it is a court where accused criminals are brought to trial. Each Christian, along with everyone else, will be revealed before the Judgment Seat and rewarded according to his works. Divine grace does not change what we reap but what we sow.

It is God’s way to bring us into situations where the hidden elements of our personality cause us to act. Then God judges our actions.

It is of the utmost importance that God’s people understand clearly that they will be rewarded according to what they have done while living in the world. They will receive eternal life if they have practiced good and lashes if they have practiced evil.

We are to confess of our sins now and repent of each of them. As we do, God forgives our sins and cleanses us from them. In that case they will not be held against us in the Day of the Lord.

Let no person—Christian or otherwise—think that he or she will not face the Judge. Each of us indeed will face the Judge one day, and it is a cause for trembling.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things {done} in {his} body, according to that he hath done, whether {it be} good or bad. (II Corinthians 5:10)

The Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is coming to the earth. Heaven is coming to the earth. The Divine Throne is coming to the earth. The Day shall come when Jerusalem will be referred to as the Throne of the Lord.

In that Day people will pray to God in Jerusalem, for Jerusalem then will be all we associate with Heaven.

There is an inner Kingdom and an outer Kingdom. The outer Kingdom cannot appear to the world until first the inner Kingdom has been created in the hearts of God’s elect. The inner Kingdom is established in us when the only lawful King, Christ, is firmly seated upon the throne of our personality.

The Lord alone shall be exalted in that Day!

At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. (Jeremiah 3:17)

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (Revelation 22:3)

The Love of Money. Covetousness is idolatry. Of all the gods in the world, the love of money is the greatest source of evil. Men hoard money in order to protect themselves in case God should prove to be unfaithful and undependable. From Balaam to Judas, from Gehazi to Ananias and Sapphira, the Scriptures teach us to trust in God rather than in money.

Where an individual’s treasures are, there his heart will be also. What we truly love is what we truly worship. The firstfruits of the Bride of the Lamb are free from marriage to other relationships, things, and circumstances. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5)

These are they which were not defiled with women; 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. (Revelation 14:4)

The Manifestation of the Sons of God. It is God’s plan and delight to give the works of His hands to His sons as an inheritance. The first and greatest Son to receive the inheritance is the Lord Jesus.

When the Lord Jesus appears, those who live by His Life will be revealed together with Him. They will go throughout the creation (which they will inherit along with the Lord) judging, delivering, teaching, and blessing the peoples of the saved nations.

The nations will continue in the bondage of corruption until the Son and the sons are revealed from Heaven.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)

The Nations of the Saved. It appears that the nations of the saved constitute an unknown group of people as far as modern theology is concerned. Yet it is utterly impossible to understand the Kingdom of God until one realizes that there are two groups of saved people—the members of the Church, and the nations of saved people for whom the royal priesthood of God serves as Christ’s representative.

The concept of Israel, of God’s elect, is not that the chosen people are destined to go to Heaven while the remainder of mankind is assigned to eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. Rather, the elect of God, the Seed of Abraham, are those people whom God has chosen out of the world, whether Jewish or Gentile by physical birth, to represent Himself to the nations of the earth.

No doubt many people will be cast into the Lake of Fire because of the wickedness of their deeds. However, the majority of people who have been born on the earth will be raised from the dead and then brought into the new heaven and earth reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. These saved individuals will live on the earth and be ruled, guided, and blessed by God’s elect, by the Lamb’s Wife, by the members of the new Jerusalem. If this were not true, Christ and His saints would have no inheritance.

But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: {men} shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. (Isaiah 61:6)

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (Revelation 21:24)

The New Covenant. The purpose of the new covenant is change—the change of the believer from a lawless individual into one in whom the eternal moral law of God has been eternally engraved.

Forgiveness is included in the new covenant. But the purpose of the Divine forgiveness is to make possible the new creature who serves God by nature, not to perpetuate lawlessness and immorality.

The new covenant made with man by the God of Israel is probably the most misunderstood contract ever made.

The new covenant is never made with a Gentile. A Gentile must become part of Israel through marriage to Christ if he or she is to participate in the new covenant.

The mainspring of the new covenant is death and resurrection. Our adamic nature must be assigned to the cross with Jesus and our new born-again spiritual nature must be assigned to the right hand of God in and with Christ. Any other approach or emphasis will lead only to the unproductive programs and activities of manmade religion.

The Divine grace of the new covenant is not God’s apology for the sins of man. Neither is Divine grace a new dispensation in which God, being discouraged with attempting to make man in His image, has decided to accept him in his sin and rebellion.

Divine grace is the Presence of God made available through the Lord Jesus Christ so that every need and true desire that man has may be met perfectly and completely. However, the program of redemption is first of all for God’s benefit and only secondarily for man’s benefit Man is transformed so he may worship and serve God.

Divine grace, if it is not to be aborted, must result in actual righteousness and holiness of personality and behavior. It is the righteousness and holiness created in us by Divine grace that result in eternal life. This is in contrast to the Evangelical lawless-grace-rapture doctrine.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Romans 6:22)

Eternal life is both the source and the result of holiness of personality and behavior.

The concept that salvation is unconditional, that we cannot lose our salvation by willfully continuing in sin, is clearly unscriptural and has hindered the establishing of the Kingdom of God in the believers.

The eternal moral law of God can never be altered in any manner. The purpose of the new covenant is to change what we sow, not what we reap. The Kingdom law of sowing and reaping shall never be made of none effect.

The adamic race died on the cross. God is not saving our first personality. The Kingdom of God is the new personality that is born within us.

Salvation always is a season of opportunity, always conditional, always based on our response.

It appears that some of the Protestant reformers emphasized belief in doctrine at the expense of the moral transformation that is salvation under the new covenant. The moral and doctrinal chaos of the Christian churches of our day is the fruit of the incorrect emphases and myths of Catholic and Protestant theology. Faith without works is dead!

For this {is} the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (Hebrews 8:10)

The Overcomer. All the promises of God are to the victorious saint, the one who is living in Jesus each day. There are no promises to the defeated believer except very stern warnings concerning lashes and outer darkness.

Satan always is conquered as we trust in the blood of the Lamb, as we stoutly, defiantly, consistently, diligently declare God’s Presence, Word, will, and eternal purpose in Christ, and as we cease grasping the things of this world and follow Jesus into death to our self-centeredness and self-love.

If we do not trust in the blood of the Lamb, or if we declare something other than that which the Word declares, or if we grasp relationships or things or circumstances and do not place all our treasures on the altar of God, then it is impossible for us to live in victory. We will go down in defeat and are no longer eligible for the rewards assigned to the overcomer.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, {which is} new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and {I will write upon him} my new name. (Revelation 3:12)

Responding to the Vision of God. God’s way is to declare a thing to be done. For example, He already sees the saints glorified—perfect in Christ. The problem is, how are we to respond to the timeless vision?

How are we to address ourselves to that which God has declared to be true but we do not see to be true? The correct response to the prophetic vision insures the successful attainment of all God has stated. An incorrect response leads only to confusion and emptiness.

The sixth chapter of Romans advises us to count ourselves as dead to sin. Does this mean we are unable to sin? Not at all! Does this mean it does not matter whether or not we sin because God does not view our sinful conduct as being sinful? Not at all!

How, then, are we to respond to the fact that God has declared us to be dead with Christ and risen with Christ?

God has said we are a new creation in Christ, that we are crucified and Christ is living in us. Does this mean we are a new creation even though the people around us see the same old personality?

The Scriptures state we were healed by the wounds of Christ. What if we still are sick? How are we to regard ourselves—sick or healed?

The right response leads to glory. The wrong response leads to frustration and deception.

The only correct way to work with the timeless Divine vision is to grasp the vision by faith, declare it is so because God has said it is so, recognize clearly it is not a fact when it is not yet a fact, understand that we have enemies in the spirit world that are determined we never will possess the victory, and then start out after God every day, following His every guidance, enduring in patience until that which has been promised is possessed in solid reality.

Cry out, "Give me this mountain!" If you do not quit, the mountain someday will be yours. With God, all things are possible.

Remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Follow God’s timing. Let God modify your desire as He sees fit. Do not clutch anything (remember, you do not understand even your own desires). If you do these things you will receive the Divine treasures. They shall be given to you. Hope deferred makes the heart sick but when the desire comes it is a tree of life. Never, never, never quit!

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)

The Rest of God. God created all things in six days and then God rested. "All things" include the eternal destiny of each of us through to our role in the new heaven and earth reign of the Lord Jesus. Our task in life is to strive to enter the rest of God, turning away from our own attempts to create heaven and earth according to our opinion of what is righteous and profitable.

As we seek the Lord Jesus, cooperating with Him as He strikes down our adamic nature and guides us in paths of righteousness and peace, we are increasingly able to find joy in the will of God. The individual whose supreme joy is to do God’s will has obtained the greatest good possible to a human being. He rests with Christ in God as God brings into view the wonderful world of righteousness He has envisioned from the beginning.

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left {us} of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Hebrews 4:1)

Restoration. The story of the prodigal son is the basic story of human life.

The story of the prodigal son is the story of God’s Israel, the story of Samson, of the Christian Church, of man himself. We are given a fabulous inheritance, we lose it because of lack of appreciation and experience, and we gain it back to an even more glorious extent by hard work.

God has promised that all the locust has eaten will be restored. The glory of the latter house will be greater than the former. The latter rain, the greatest revival to date, is on the horizon. The glorifying of the Church that will take place at the Lord’s return is greater still. The new heaven and earth reign of the Lord will be many times more marvelous yet.

God gave man Paradise on earth. Man forfeited his right to the tree of life, to immortality. Now we have to gain back the Presence of God by centuries of agony and patience. But God will return in far greater glory than was true of Eden. God has kept the good wine until now.

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:21)

The Resurrection. The resurrection into the new world of righteousness, the central hope of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, has been so twisted and obscured by the unscriptural, destructive stress on the catching up of the saints (termed the "rapture") that not one believer in a thousand has a clear understanding of the resurrection to eternal life—this most important act of redemption.

The Scriptures do not emphasize the ascension of the saints. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament speak of the resurrection. It is the resurrection that is the goal of redemption, the overcoming of the last enemy.

As Paul declared, the first resurrection, the resurrection of the royal priesthood, must be attained. The first resurrection, the resurrection that will take place at the Lord’s return, can be attained only as we press through to life lived in the power of Christ’s resurrection.

The first resurrection, the resurrection out from among the dead, will occur at the beginning of the thousand-year Kingdom Age, the historical Year of Jubilee.

Every human being who has ever lived will be raised from his or her place of decease at the end of the thousand-year Kingdom Age, with the exception of the blessed and holy members of the royal priesthood. Those who have practiced righteousness will be brought forward to the new world of righteousness. Those who have practiced wickedness will be cast into the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, where the wicked will be confined for eternity.

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28,29)

The Royal Priesthood. The Church, the Bride of the Lamb, is a royal priesthood destined to govern the saved nations of the earth. It can be seen today that self-seeking government has caused the moral and sometimes physical destruction of the inhabitants of the earth. Many people are plagued with overweight while multitudes of others are starving to death. There is no greater need than that of righteous kings and priests who through Christ will bring the Person, Word, will, compassion, wisdom, justice, and eternal purpose of God to the nations.

The physical nation of Israel was set apart by the Lord to be a holy priesthood—His representatives to the other nations of the world. It appears that the nation of Israel often has rejected this role, striving instead to make peace with other nations and dwell among them in the customary pursuits of life. Because many Jews have not obeyed the Lord’s will they have suffered throughout the centuries.

Meanwhile, God has gone to the Gentiles and purchased a people for His name. A few of them are willing to serve God as a separate, holy people whose chief purpose in life is to worship and serve God, while the majority merely are church-attenders.

In the last days the true saints will turn to the physical people and land of Israel and bring the Presence and blessing of the Lord to them.

But ye {are} a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; (I Peter 2:9)

The Second Death. The Lake of Fire is referred to as the "second death." It appears that the second death is eternal separation from God in an area of torment.

Revelation 21:8 describes the kinds of people that will have their part in the second death—people who refused to be separated from the behaviors over which the Lake of Fire has authority.

He who overcomes the world, Satan, and his own lusts and self-will will not be injured by the second death. As long as we practice the behaviors over which the second death has jurisdiction, the second death retains authority over that part of our personality. This is true whether or not we believe in Christ.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Revelation 2:11)

Shattering the Power of the Saints. The books of Daniel and Revelation inform us that the end will not come until first the witnessing power of the saints has been overcome by Antichrist. Antichrist will wage war against the Spirit-filled witnesses of the last day. God will permit Antichrist to prevail until the Christian testimony has been destroyed from the cities of the earth.

Then, when people are speaking of peace and safety, the Lord will appear and the glory of His appearing will destroy Antichrist and all the wicked of the earth.

We notice today in the United States of America that the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ has been destroyed by the viewing of the new covenant as an unconditional forgiveness of the sins of the believers, with a minimum emphasis placed on righteous, holy behavior. Thus the power of the saints already is being shattered by the skillful deceptions of the adversary.

And I heard the man clothed in linen, which {was} upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that {it shall be} for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these {things} shall be finished. (Daniel 12:7)

Suffering and Glory. Because of the rise of the humanistic spirit, the "rights of people," it has become fashionable to ignore the large role suffering plays in the redemption of God’s people. The emphasis today is on "positive" preaching, on preaching and teaching that appeal to the self-love of the listeners. Ours is the age of the ear-ticklers.

However, it remains true that God’s people have been and will continue to be "sheep for the slaughter" until the Lord comes and establishes His Kingdom on the earth.

Suffering in the flesh produces the strength of holiness in us, if it is accepted in faith and trust in the Lord and not in unbelief and bitterness. It is especially important that the chosen rulers suffer with Christ because suffering is the tool God uses to remove self-will and rebellion from us.

If we suffer, we shall also reign with {him}: if we deny {him}, he also will deny us: (II Timothy 2:12)

Survival and Security, Worship, and Achievement. These are the three pursuits of mankind on the earth. They are the three areas in which every son of God is tested.

Physical life includes eating, playing, working, sleeping, and reproducing. We can seek to obtain survival and security for our physical life by trusting in the world spirit, or by looking to the Lord for all things.

We do not as yet understand all the wonderful aspects of spiritual life that will be true of the world that is to come.

Worship is that to which we cleave in order to find joy. We can seek to obtain joy by obeying the lusts and passions of our flesh, or we can look to the Lord for joy.

Man was made to be fruitful and to have dominion. The healthy human being seeks to expand himself and to govern his circumstances. This is the realm of achievement. We can seek to be fruitful and have dominion, to achieve something of significance, by trusting in our own understanding and strength; or we can trust in the Lord that our life is worthwhile.

We are in the rest of God when our total life, our total worship, and our total desire for fruitfulness and dominion are found only in Christ.

And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. (Luke 4:3)

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. (Luke 4:6)

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: (Luke 4:9)

The Temple of God. God is building a living house for Himself. The Christian Church is the eternal habitation of God. This is the reason for the existence of the Church. Through the Church the God of Heaven will be able to minister to the needs of all His creatures.

The holy blood of the cross gives us the authority to be children of God. The Holy Spirit of God gives us the power to overcome unclean spirits and also to bear witness of God.

The authority of the blood and the power of the Spirit have been given to us that we may become the living temple of the Lord. It is as the Lord Jesus Christ comes with the Father and takes His place on the throne of our personality that our destiny is fulfilled.

The Father and the Son dwelling in the fullness of the Spirit in the saint constitute the Kingdom of God. This is the spiritual fulfillment of the Old Testament feast of Tabernacles—the omega of salvation.

There are two aspects to our becoming the eternal temple of God. The first aspect is that of Christ being conceived and then brought to maturity in us. Christ formed in us is the eternal temple of God.

The second aspect is that of the Father and the Son coming to make their abode in the temple that has been formed in us, making it Their eternal dwelling place.

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:21,22)

The Thousand-year Kingdom Age. The thousand-year Kingdom Age is for the purpose of perfecting God’s Israel. During the Kingdom Age the saved nations will be governed in righteousness. But the main purpose for the age, as we understand it, is to serve as an opportunity for growth from the present stage of development of the Church to the incredibly glorious state of the Church during the new heaven and earth reign of Christ.

We believers are far too crude, in the present hour, to experience the Divine Glory that will fill the new Jerusalem. The thousand-year period of fellowship with the Lord Jesus will help prepare us for the Glory that will be given to the elect of God.

Blessed and holy {is} he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

The Three Stages of Redemption. Three deaths and three resurrections are included in the Divine salvation: death to the world and resurrection to citizenship in God’s Kingdom; death to sin and resurrection to eternal life; death to self and resurrection to fruitfulness and dominion.

Salvation takes place in three broad stages. The first stage, the blood of atonement for sin, gives us authority to participate in the Divine salvation. The second stage, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, gives us the power to participate in the plan of salvation.

It is the third stage, the entrance of the Father and the Son into the believer, that is the purpose of salvation is and the Kingdom and rest of God.

Self-will is the most virulent poison in the human personality. God uses suffering to slay our self-will and to establish Christ on the throne of our personality. Religious pride and envy, the desire for prominence and exaltation, always is at the door of God’s Church. Some people whom God has not chosen observe carefully God’s elect with the intention of usurping, if they can, the glory and honor assigned to the saints. For this reason the elect must be on their guard constantly or they stand in danger of having their crowns of authority stolen from them.

If each of us will remain on his guard, looking to Jesus at all times, the Lord will protect us from Korah, Absalom, and their fellow conspirators.

The third death, death to self-seeking and to the lust for preeminence, is the only route to the throne. But death to self-seeking is gained through the prolonged deferral of our most intense desires and prolonged immersion in distasteful circumstances.

Patience, and the Kingdom of God!

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: (Deuteronomy 16:16)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:7)

{This} I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

The Throne of God. What is "man" that God is concerned about him and visits him?

Man has been created to be the eternal throne of God Almighty.

Some of the lords of the spirit realm rebelled against the Father. The creation of man is the Father’s response to the rebellion. Through man God will govern all the works of His hands. Through man God will prevent all further rebellion against His will.

The victorious saints will rise to meet the Lord in the air when He returns in the clouds of glory. The reason the resurrected saints rise into the air is that they may replace the fallen lords on the thrones that govern the creation.

The wicked rulers of the spirit world will be overcome by the saints who trust in the blood of the cross, who maintain a true testimony of the Person and Word of God, and who love not their own lives, take up their cross, and follow the Lord Jesus.

It is the placing of the victorious saints on the thrones in the air that will cause the chains of futility and corruption of the earth to be broken and the Spirit of God, of righteousness, of peace, of joy to cover the earth in waves of Divine Glory.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and {I saw} the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received {his} mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)

The Two Beginnings. The Lord Jesus is the Firstborn, the Beginning of two creations of God. God through the Logos created all of the first creation. The first creation included the angels, the heavens, and the earth—all the spiritual creation and all the physical creation.

The first creation rose in rebellion. The Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary brought to an end the first creation when He said, "It is finished."

When Christ rose from the dead He began a second creation. The second creation is what God has had in mind since before the first creation came into existence. God knows in advance all that will take place—God is that great!

The Lord Jesus is the Firstborn from the dead, the Beginning of the second creation. Every angel and every human who would be saved into the second creation, the eternal righteous creation, must have the Lord Jesus as his Center and Circumference. The Father has been pleased to make Christ the Center and Circumference of the new world.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone and Capstone of the Kingdom of God and of every person who is part of the Kingdom of God.

Our response is to assign the first creation, that is, our first personality, to the cross with the Lord Jesus. Then we are free to be raised with the Lord into the new creation. To be "saved" is to be brought into eternal life in the second, eternal creation, the new world of righteousness.

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether {they be} thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (Colossians 1:15,16)

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all {things} he might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18)

Two Kinds of Righteousness. Two types of righteousness are set forth in the New Testament. The first kind, actual righteousness of behavior, such as honesty, truthfulness, kindness, patience, mercy, is the subject of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The second type of righteousness, imputed (assigned) righteousness, has to do with the manner in which the Lord regards us. Imputed righteousness was assigned to Abraham when he believed God’s promise. Imputed righteousness is assigned to us when we put our faith in the Lord Jesus instead of in our observance of the Law of Moses.

There is no greater misunderstanding in Evangelical thinking than that concerning the proper roles of actual righteousness of behavior and imputed righteousness. Imputed righteousness is given to us because we trust in the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Sin-offering. But imputed righteousness must lead us to actual righteousness of behavior. If it does not it has not served its purpose. If we continue to sin after we have received the Lord Jesus, the Divine righteousness no longer will be imputed to us.

The continual—almost exclusive—emphasis on imputed righteousness has destroyed the moral strength, the testimony of the Christian churches.

And account {that} the longsuffering of our Lord {is} salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all {his} epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as {they do} also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (II Peter 3:15,16)

The Two Witnesses. Just before the Lord returns, the greatest witness of all time will be borne to the nations. The two witnesses, Christ and the Body of Christ, will announce the coming of the Kingdom of God. They will be anointed with the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit as portrayed by the two lampstands of Revelation, Chapter Eleven.

The present-day ministry of the Spirit of God, including the judgment and deliverance that is cleansing the saints from the works of the flesh and from self-will, is preparing those who will be used of God to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to every nation under Heaven. No doubt the children of today will play a special role in the end-time revival.

Every era of history has had its two witnesses that have spoken in advance of the purpose of the era, and in whom has been demonstrated the purpose of the era and what was to take place during the era. Beginning with Adam and Eve, each of the seven "days" (eras) has contributed and keeps on contributing to the coming world of righteousness, and each day is eternal.

We now are approaching the sixth day, the day of the Kingdom of God. The two witnesses of the day of the Kingdom are Christ and His Body. They will bear witness under an unlimited anointing of the Holy Spirit, as portrayed in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Revelation. Christ and His Body reveal in themselves the righteousness and power of the coming sixth day.

The fourth chapter of the Book of Zechariah announces the symbolism of the golden lampstands: "Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, the Lord says." The eternal temple of God will not be completed by the resources of the flesh of man but by the Spirit of God.

And I will give {power} unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred {and} threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Revelation 11:3)

The Wall. If the Paradise of God is to survive it must be protected by a wall against sin and rebellion. Man was unable to keep possession of the garden of God because it was unwalled. The serpent had access to the beauty and wonder of God.

The wall of defense and the rod of iron are being created in the victorious saints in the present hour. The wall is the impenetrable, eternal wall of the new Jerusalem, the overcomer’s resistance to sin. The rod of iron is the stern discipline of those who obey God in every circumstance, under every adverse condition, throughout every pain and frustration.

Every era of history has had its two witnesses that have spoken in advance of the purpose of the era, and in whom has been demonstrated the purpose of the era and what was to take place during the era. Beginning with Adam and Eve, each of the seven "days" (eras) has contributed and keeps on contributing to the coming world of righteousness, and each day is eternal.

Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we {are} in, how Jerusalem {lieth} waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. (Nehemiah 2:17).

And had a wall great and high, {and} had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are {the names} of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: (Revelation 21:12)

War. The Kingdom of God will be established on the earth by violence, by war. To a world weary with wars and rumors of wars this does not come as good news. However, wars will continue on the earth because there is war in the spirit realm.

The first creation of angels and men has risen in rebellion against the Father. The sin must be judged. The wicked must be removed from the creation. The righteous must be delivered and made invincible in righteousness so the will of God may be performed and the peace and harmony of the universe maintained.

The sin was judged, the atonement was made, the justice and wrath of God were appeased, on the cross of Calvary. But Satan and his followers are unwilling to acknowledge this. They are unwilling to surrender the creation to Christ even though He has paid for it with His blood. This is why war is necessary.

There will continue to be wars until the Prince of Peace comes with His armies and removes sin and sinners from the heavens and the earth.

A description of the righteous army that will invade the earth is given several times in the Scriptures. The only manner in which Christ and His saints can gain their inheritance, the land of promise, is by unrelenting war.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him {was} called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (Revelation 19:11)

The Witness of God. There is a difference between ministering and bearing witness. To minister is to bring forgiveness and deliverance to people and to build them up in Christ. To bear witness is to faithfully reveal the Person, Word, will, and eternal purpose of God.

It requires many years of patient suffering to produce an eternal witness of God. Gifts and ministries can be assigned to an immature believer in a moment of time, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit do bear a true witness of God. However, gifts and ministries often are temporary and operate only during the lifetime of the individual. The witness borne by the personality and testimony of the individual who does God’s will is eternal, as in the case of the writings of the Apostle Paul.

A faithful witness of God always is eternal. Noah, Job, and Abraham are bearing witness to us today, not only because of their gifts but especially because of God’s dealing with them and their response.

There is much Christian ministry throughout the world today, for which we thank God. But the testimony in many instances has been destroyed because of the sinful, self-seeking behavior of God’s messengers.

The true testimony of God always is in supernatural power and always is clothed in righteousness, holiness, and stern obedience to God.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Working Out Our Salvation. One of the major misunderstandings of Evangelical theology is that the Christian salvation is a sovereign work of God; that the believer has little to do but believe. "The just shall live by faith," the cry of the Reformers, has come to mean that the righteous go to Heaven because of their belief in theological facts concerning the atonement, the resurrection, and the lordship of Christ.

However, the Scripture does not support this one-sided position. Such statements as "in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee" (I Timothy 4:16) and "if the righteous scarcely [with difficulty] be saved" (I Peter 4:18) reveal clearly that the current program of salvation by mere mental assent is not at all what the New Testament teaches.

Let us turn away from the frivolous Christianity of our day and by faithfully serving the Lord save ourselves and those who hear us.

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (I Timothy 4:12-16)