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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Listening to Jesus, continued
"Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. (Leviticus 23:24—NIV)
It is our point of view that the Blowing of Trumpets signifies the coming of the Lord of Hosts to His Church to declare war on His enemies (the Judge is standing at the door).
The sixth feast, the Day of Atonement, symbolizes the reconciling of our personality to God as the enemies in us are revealed and cast out.
The seventh feast, the feast of Tabernacles, portrays the Father and the Son coming to us and making Their eternal dwelling in our personality.
Back now to the fifth feast, the Blowing of Trumpets.
We think the Lord today is standing before us and blowing the trumpet of war. The alarm is sounding in God's holy mountain, Zion, the Church of the Firstborn to use a term from Hebrews. The Lord is ready to judge His people.
This is how we interpret the fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of John.
Please keep in mind we are discussing listening to Jesus—"What are you saying to me right now, Lord?"
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2—NIV)
The above refers to Christ, Head and Body, which alone is the Father's House. Christ went to the cross, and then to Heaven to sprinkle His blood before the Mercy Seat, to prepare a place for you and me in the great House of God.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3—NIV)
We do not believe, from the context, that Jesus is referring to His worldwide appearing when "every eye shall see Him." We think He is speaking of His coming to the individual Christian to prepare him or her to be with Him where He always is, in the heart of the Father, in the midst of the Consuming Fire of Israel.
You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" (John 14:4,5—NIV)
For centuries we have made the assumption that Jesus was speaking of going to Heaven. Not at all! Jesus was speaking of bringing us to the heart of the Father.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6—NIV)
Not to Heaven but to the Father. Jesus is not the way to Heaven but to the Father. Our goal is not to go to Heaven it is to go to the Father. Until we understand this we cannot grasp the true nature of the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is God in Christ in the saints governing the creation of God. Our goal is to dwell in Christ at the right hand of the Father. When the Lord appears we will appear with Him—at the right hand of the Father. Then He and we (He being our Life) working together will install the Kingdom of God on the earth.
To be continued.