1. Daniel 7:25… “He will speak out against the Most High…”
2. “…he will wear down the saints…”
Christians are accustomed to short, intense battles against a recognizable opponent. This slow, constant pressure with no rest at any time against an opponent that seems to have no face and to be everywhere is tiring. We seem to be in an unending marathon where we also run the gauntlet of assaults against all decency. We were enlisted and immediately deployed to the front line of battle. Now we are trying to adjust to this new style of warfare. We are trying to learn how to rest (seated with Christ above) even if we are in muddy foxholes on earth; surviving without changing our clothes as those in battle must live; protecting our feet from rotting due to wet socks; learning how to take quick naps in between shellings and so on; intense, dirty – unrelenting warfare. Yes – we are tired. But we are learning and adjusting. Soon we will gain our full strength in this new style of combat. Then watch out.
4. “…he will intend to make alterations in times and in the law.”
The Lord has foretold this time – but we are living it. With the Lord’s warning, He has alerted us to the signs of this attack by the enemy.
He has given us the opportunity to take stock of where we are in this crucial countdown and has called out to us through the scriptures to “overcome”. He has even told us of the rewards awaiting those who do “overcome”.
Now the decision is up to each one of us. We may say to a friend that we wish those in government would stand with – not against our president – but are we releasing prayers all during the day for this president: “Oh, Lord help our president.” That prayer of undergirding only takes a second and can be said throughout the day.
I hear people say that there is a lack of “backbone” in many government representatives – but are we standing firm? Or do we want to “let down our guard”?
We can do it. Isaiah 40:28-31 says:
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False Doctrine Or (All The Pretty Little Liars)
I received this vision on the 6th day of Hanukkah – but I did not include the year when I wrote it. That was a dreadful oversite. But, at least, the Lord saved this extremely helpful teaching. It was in a stack of material I felt the Lord might wish to add to the next book. I had not seen the revelation for some time.
However, when I read it, I was struck by its present relevancy. When the Lord teaches, He says when His message is to be shared for the good of His children – and He wants this revelation to be shared now.
6th Day of Hanukah
I saw faces with flower petals around their heads – as though their faces were the centers of flowers.
But the rest of the body was human. They were standing in a flower bed – together – as if they were flowers growing in a bed.
I approached the group. They turned from talking to one another to addressing me.
“Hello,” I said.
“Hello,” they chimed in enthusiastically, “come for your petals?”
“I don’t know,” I stammered.
“Well you cannot go further without your petals,” they nodded between themselves.
“But no one told me that I needed petals to go further.”
“That is because you were not advanced enough to receive this hidden information,” they smiled sympathetically. “The path is long and sometimes inhospitable – but with your petals you can always turn your face to the sun.”
“But – and I do not mean to be disrespectful – I can do that now,” I said.
“What are you saying?” they said, mildly taken aback.
“I can turn my face to Jesus at any time,” I added.
“Ah,” they now understood what I was saying, but not well.
“These petals help you gather greater light,” – they tried to help me gain more understanding.
“Again – and I mean no disrespect – but there is nothing in the Bible about that,” I said slowly.
“Oh,” they chuckled, “now we see the difficulty. The need for petals is in other books – books that should have been a part of the Bible but certain people with their own agendas kept them out. These other books
have hidden, secret knowledge. With this knowledge of the secret things you begin to look like us. Look how beautiful we have become. Who would not wish to look like a flower? With these petals, you gain more and greater light.”
They continued, “Oh we – [they nodded to one another] climb higher than those who only gain knowledge from the Bible. Look at our beauty. Look what like-minded friends we have. We have more power as we tap into the secret wells of the universe.”
“You certainly seem powerful. I feel the power radiating from you, but at what cost?”
“What do you mean?” they queried among themselves, “there is only gain.”
“No friends,” I said, “you have exchanged power for purity.”
“Purity – we are the most loving of all people.”
“No – you have exchanged the love of God alone for hidden knowledge. You are stuck – look – your feet are
rooted in the earth, you can’t move forward with Christ. You are deluded.”
They were agasted. They looked at their feet planted in the ground. At first they were alarmed – but quickly reasoned their way through all they had heard to a place of pride in their decisions. “This is beautiful,” they said as they found they could not move their feet. “This gives us a firmer stand. More grounded.” They chuckled among themselves at their play on words.
I saw that I was not helping them through this exchange, I was only becoming entangled myself and “bogged down”. “I hate to leave you like this, but I must continue up the path before me,” I said finally. “May the Lord give you light.”
“Yes,” they smiled and turned their faces to the natural sun.
“I meant the Son of God – His light.”
“Oh,” they chuckled, “that is foundational knowledge – we have gone beyond that – but perhaps, you are too simple to comprehend… or to ever desire the greater light that we have found.” They realized that their
answer was a bit harsh or even cruel so they softened the second part of the sentence – saying it with sadness, sympathy and even pity.
“Perhaps you are right,” I said with equal sadness. “I am simple.”
I shrugged and slowly smiled at them. Then quickly I turned on my heel and waved in the air over my shoulder as I headed up the path: “May the Lord Jesus be with you.”
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Calibrating Christ Within
Webster’s Dictionary –
Calibrate: (to fix, check or correct:
(1) the graduations of a measuring instrument.
(2) to find by actual use [as in a fire arm] the ways in which it must be corrected or adjusted for uniformity [as in firing].
Caliber: – figuratively: quality, ability.
This revelation took place on Prayer Mountain nine years ago. The following account of the exchange is shown right from my journal of 2008.
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The Angel Gratitude
August 19, 2006: Saturday
An angel appeared by the right side of the gazebo. He leaned into the seating area, propping his elbows and forearms on the rail.
“Anna,” he said, “I am GRATITUDE. Your Father feels you need my assistance.” He adjusted himself as if to present a new idea; then continued. “What do you have that you have not received from the Lord? Surely the children of Israel grumbled in the wilderness, for they looked upon their progressive desires.”
“Progressive?” I questioned.
“Once a desire has been answered, another desire raced from the horizon and rushed into their tents. Desire is a cruel taskmaster.”
He continued: “Instead of acting like the children of Israel, the children of the Living God should call to mind, with gratitude, the blessings already given by their Father. This (gratitude) would leave little room for the gnawing worm of another and yet another desire. Then the suffering from progressive desire would cease.”
He raised himself from leaning on the gazebo rail. “Therefore, your Father has sent me to assist you in order that the peace of the Lord might replace this restlessness.”
He smiled and then winked at me and was gone.
This is one of my favorite angels: The Angel of Gratitude.
Indeed the Desert Fathers said that gratitude towards God is one of the best bestowed gifts we should seek.
They felt that gratitude opened the channels for good from our Heavenly Father to the believer. Gratitude showed appreciation to the Lord for all that has been bestowed already. Therefore, gratitude allows us time to be happy, thankful, embracing the kindness He has already given.
The Desert Fathers felt that – not only is the Lord infinitely worthy of such continual expressions of thanks from His children – but the continual expression of gratitude toward God changes the whole way we perceive life.
When I was growing up a relative of mine used to say: “I’ve got the ‘I wants’ and ‘the gimmes’ – a term she used when she wanted to go out to get some ice cream. It was an endearing saying. Of course, the dictionary brought us back to stark reality giving us the actual meaning of the word “gimme”, (grown children who still expect money from parents.)
Our Heavenly Father, says to come before Him and “ask” that our “joy may be made full.” But dear children of the Living God, to simply go to Him with our hands out each time we seek to be with Him – well, no human would appreciate that type of relationship – why should He?
The Lord sent to me the Angel Gratitude because my mind was restless with the desire for many things. It was a relief to “lay those burdens down”.
There was great joy in replacing progressive desires with an unending fellowship with Him. Of course, I “ask” when I need something for the work (for after all, we are not only family we are in His employ.)
I am sharing with you about the Angel Gratitude because you may want to ask the Lord to send an angelic helper from that particular choir to assist you, also.
I wish to encourage you – for the Desert Fathers were right. Your life becomes one of unending joy when you overflow with gratitude to and for our Lord.
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FOR THERE THE LORD COMMANDED THE BLESSING (PSALMS 133:3)
Does the Lord reserve special locations where He commands “the blessing”?
Psalm 133 suggests that He does:
1. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
2. It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
3. It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing – life forever.
I am sure there are many such locations throughout the world. Prayer Mountain is but one of these.
JULY 28, 2006 – FRIDAY
Oil was pouring down off the trees and onto the open areas of the top of the ridge.
The Lord spoke to me: “Stand in it.” I got up and left the gazebo and walked down to the area where the tiny angels had burst forth, (shown this month in the ANGEL section.) “Here,” He continued, “I have commanded the blessing.”
The oil was about ankle deep and golden in color. But when I walked around in the oil, a thicker and different substance appeared beneath my feet and crept up the sides of my shoes.
The Lord spoke, “Your steps are bathed in butter.”
Immediately, I got Albert to come out of the gazebo and walk around in the oil and butter. I wanted his steps to be bathed in butter also.
When we returned to the gazebo the Lord said: “I have commanded a fortress to be built here, (look at the wall of the fortress under ANGELS, December 2016) in order to protect this chosen area from the enemy – so that My children will be able to meet with Me here and receive the fullness of the blessing I intend for each. When built, the walls will deflect the glance of the enemy. Their glance will bounce off its surface and cause them (the enemy) to divert their gaze. The followers of the fallen cherub will look elsewhere.”
Glance: Webster’s Living dictionary: “To look quickly or briefly; as to glance at or over something; to allude to obliquely or in passing.”
The reason I included the Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word “glance” is that I think the word is important to the understanding of the words that were spoken. It seems that the wall is not exactly invisible in the spiritual realm (as we think of invisible) but more like a non-stick skillet or perhaps like a stealth bomber. It seems (and I could be wrong about all of this, you know) that the walls deflect the enemy’s brief look in their direction – thereby appearing invisible. Some spiritual entity glancing in the fortress’ direction would not allow its eyes to stop and actually gaze intently at the fortress. It would pass it by. This, it seems, would not preclude the enemy knowing where to look when assigned to hinder the Lord’s work in the area. In that case, they would give more than a glance towards the ridge.
Job 29:6 seemed even more accurate when I looked it up. It says: “When my steps were bathed in butter, And the rock poured out for me streams of oil!”
I had never noticed that oil and butter were together in this verse – which was the case up on the ridge today.
Albert felt moved upon to look up COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME – number 222 in the hymnal he brought to the ridge. We sang verses 1 and 4. Here they are:
Come, ye thankful people, come
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied:
Come to God’s own temple come,
Raise the song of harvest home.
Even so, Lord quickly come,
To thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin.
There, forever purified,
In Thy presence to abide:
Come, with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.
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Does the Lord Use Angels To Help Move Us Forward?
THE ANGEL “RIGHT NOW”
I show you many angel encounters from the past, but here is a revelation that was sent to me in January of this year. I wish I appeared “super spiritual” in all of my visitations/revelations. Unfortunately, many angels are sent to me with a word of correction. This angel is one such messenger.
January 8th, 2017
An angel materialized slowly before me. We looked at one another, but neither spoke. Finally, I broke the silence.
“Were you sent by the Lord?” I asked.
“Yes,” was his short answer.
“I see the words ‘Right Now’ – well, all over you.”
He took a moment to scan his arms and his clothing. “Yes,” he said.
Since he did not elaborate on that answer, I continued: “Is that your name or your message?”
“Both,” he said.
Again silence… so I continued, “Has He sent you to help me?”
“I certainly know I need help,” I added cheerily, trying to lighten the situation.
Well, that didn’t work. I cleared my throat and waited for him to continue. He didn’t. Then I chuckled to myself and looked from side to side wondering what to do. “You’re not very talkative,” I said leaning toward him confidentially – as if sharing a secret.
“No,” he said.
I paused again – waiting for him to speak. Finally, I sighed: “May I ask why you aren’t talking?”
“There has been enough talk,” he said. “I am here for action.”
That answer took me aback a bit. It also convicted me – but not enough to jolt me into action. Instead, my curiosity “side-tracked” me.
“Forgive me for asking, but don’t you feel – goodness I don’t know how to say it without offending you or in some manner sinning against the Lord…”
“Let me say it for you,” he interjected. “Do I feel ‘odd’ having these words all over me?”
“Yes,” I sighed – nodding my head in agreement.
“I am sent to you alone. As you begin and then complete each task asked of you, that particular ‘Right Now’ will vanish. The Lord has waited a long time to send me to you – believing that you would be obedient and move forward in the work to which He has called you. Now – since you continue to be distracted – he has sent me to be a visual reminder of His need for you to resume His work.”
“And,” he continued, “He has given to me a PROMPTER, to further aid you.”
“That looks a little like a cattle prod,” I said slowly.
“What is a cattle prod?” he asked.
“Oh – it sort of keeps the cattle moving by zapping them.”
The angel laughed – “No,” he said, “we do not ‘zap’. This is more of a nudge if the visual is not stirring you to proceed. Anna, the Holy One has spent many years in training you. Consider well this calling. Consider well the service He is due.”
“He has sent me to say to you: Right Now! Move forward…Now.”
I looked past the angel and spoke: “I ask you, Lord, to forgive me.” I was somewhat chagrined. Then realizing that he was still standing before me, I continued to address the angel: “I am easily distracted and am grateful to our Lord for His help. Welcome into the gathering of angels sent to assist me. They labor valiantly for the Lord in this earthly assignment, let me tell you. He has been generous with His servants (the angels) and I am astounded by His and your help.”
He smiled and disappeared.
I closed my eyes, drinking in the silence: “Oh Lord,” I said, out loud, “may I not disappoint you but move ahead in your work.”
The Angel “Right Now” holds a heavenly prompter in one hand and an hour glass in the other.
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There has been so much “fall out” and “flak” due to the spiritual battle that took place before the new president of the United States was elected, that each of us might consider asking the Lord to send a member of this choir to our households, churches and areas.
Honestly, these battles may just be the beginning and we will need to avail ourselves of every assistance provided to us by our Heavenly Father to remain in good (unruffled) health and standing for His Kingdom purposes – BUT – in the peace of the Lord.
(Again – I am taking this right from my journal of 2015.)
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Standing On The Promises
Before the election recently, I was trying to believe the words of the prophets concerning the eventual winner for president. I was in a place of “hope’ but not belief. I really tried to believe the prophets – but, alas, that which I saw and heard in the natural “shot down” any flicker of solid belief until one of our prayer meetings of ministry associates, a few days before the election.
We were praying when a highly prophetic member of the group stopped us by saying: I have just seen the ‘Trump Train’ leaving the station and it is being pulled by the engine ‘Old Promises’.”
An involuntary cry emitted from everyone praying and high – spontaneous – praise began to be lifted to God for a considerable time. He (God) broke through all doubt concerning the election and replaced it with certainty…His certainty. The prophets were right. No matter how hopeless it looked Trump would win.
But why did we have a breakthrough in the spiritual realm? We had all heard the phrase “the Trump Train” but through prophetic revelation the Lord had now given an answer to a vision He had shown in 2008 – at that time – eight years before. He had given instant knowledge and understanding and then wedded the two.
I am enclosing the vision here for you to read.
This revelation – now – has come to maturity – not only for me, but for us all.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
At the beginning of the year 2017 the Lord will start fulfilling an old promise made to each of us in the past… (not one given by the prophets…but an old promise made to you by God Himself.)
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Pray and ask the Lord to fulfill that promise. If He indicates anything further – step out into it. Even baby steps reveal trust and faith and willingness to move deeper into the fulfilling of His promised word.
He is answering, dear children of the Living God. Ask for the old promise to be fulfilled.
These are exciting times. We must continue to battle in prayer for our president – but with the other hand step into long promised callings and rewards for ourselves…something like those who built Nehemiah’s wall: battle with one hand and build with the other.
We have been waiting for this time. Move forward with joy – but move forward and expect Him to answer.
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The Risk of Love
Everything in the Bible is about Christ. So we have to know who He is: Christ the appointed and anointed one. The Son of God accepted from the Father – from eternity – the Messiahship, the One who would come and through whom everything would be created and in whom everything would live and to whom everything would go and then when it fell into sin, through whom everything would be redeemed: every tree, every cloud, every acre of land, every human being, every angel, except the fallen ones who have made an eternal decision. When an angel decides not to love God, it is forever. They can’t change that.
Now on that basis, John 16:15 our Lord said “All things that the Father has are Mine.” All things, not the Father but the things of the Father. When the Father brought forth continually out of Himself His Son, His only begotten, He gave Him all things that He could give Him. He gave Him the basic attributes of God, the basic capacities and faculties of a divine mind, divine emotions, divine will. He gave Him the equipment for a divine heart, divine faith, hope and love; the capacity for these things.
Love gives all that it can give but He could not force Him to exercise faith, hope and love the way the Father thought, the way the Father felt, the way the Father willed. He could not force that on His Son. He could equip Him to be God also then He had to leave it to Him to decide how He would use these things. How He would be as God too.
Love, divine love, gives everything it can give. “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” Not only gives it but it is under the Son’s authority from now on forever, until He turns the kingdom back to the Father. Everything is under the authority of Christ, He is in charge of everything. The Father has turned it all over to Him.
THE GREATEST RISK
You see divine love risks everything too, there is a risk in this with the Father – the greatest risk that was ever taken, because when He gave these attributes of God, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, all the faculties that the Father had – He gave these to the Son; but He had to leave to the Son how He would use them.
Let us just take the one capacity for love. Love certainly can’t be forced on someone. Someone has to be willing to receive it and to return it. The Son could not be a robot and the Father just put everything of Himself on the Son. No, love requires a willing response. But the Son had to be free to decide what sort of lifestyle He was going to have, if I may say it that way, what sort of lifestyle as the Son of God. How He would love His Father in return, in His way of thinking what was best to do. That was the question and on His decision, the greatest decision that was ever made, rested the future of God and of creation, everything, God included, rested upon the decision the Son would make. And I cannot tell you how He made the decision, perhaps we will know some day, perhaps it is too great a thing for mortals to know, even resurrected mortals.
If He chose to be God in the way that He thought best as the Father’s Son, the source of love and divine life and light would be forever confined to the Father because the Father had chosen to put all things into the hands of the Son.
THE ISSUE IS THE SAME TODAY
The issue was between the things of God and God. Between the gifts of God and a relationship with the Father. That is the question for you and me. That was the question for the angels, every angel had to make that decision between loving the gifts and using them as they thought best – that is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or saying, “God I want to be with You, I want to know You. You are worth more than all Your gifts.”
Luke 10:22 No deeper scripture is in the Bible than Luke 10:22 – “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, (do you know why? Because the Son is hidden in the Father) and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
This is that intimate fellowship that has been forever because Christ chose that above everything.
Philippians 2:6 & 7, really beginning in verse 5 – Have this (mind or) attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (it is not “was” in Christ Jesus in this translation it is; “is” in Christ Jesus forever) who, although He existed in the form of God, (that is to say, He was God too) did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, (He was equal to His Father but is was not something that He took and used Himself) but emptied Himself, (denied Himself and said, “I will not express Myself as the Son of God but rather, I will receive all that You can give Me Father so that I can express You and I Myself choose a hidden relationship with You Father because I want to know You and continue to go on knowing You and You knowing Me. I want You Father. You are worth infinitely more than these precious divine gifts that make up God.”) Emptied Himself taking the form of a bond-servant.
WHAT SORT OF BOND-SERVANT?
That is what He did in eternity, when He made His decision. Not a bond-slave, a servile bond-slave that does medial things. Not that kind, but with the heart of a bond-slave who willingly for loves sake, sets aside his own things in order that he may live by His master. Live as His master lives, be known as His master is known.
There is a scripture back in Exodus 21 beginning in verse 2. God in Exodus 20 has given the ten commandments saying, “Do you know what the first ordinance that He gave after the ten commandments? The first ordinance after the ten commandments is “If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. Well that is a funny thing isn’t it. That is the first ordinance. Verse 2, On the seventh year he must be set free. Every slave, every Hebrew that you have enslaved and many had to indenture themselves because of debts and so forth, to be slaves.
“But (in verse 5) if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ (not freed, he was free to be, to go and have his own life now. He says, “No my freedom, is to continue as a slave for loves sake because I love my master and my family,” and that is what Jesus did. As Christ, the eternal Son of God) then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently. He will listen only to his master, out of loves sake now, not because he was a slave, he is free! He stays on as a free man but with the heart of a bond servant.
Who is this ordinance talking about, of course it is talking about Christ, that is why it is the first one.
If the Son of God had not made this stupendous, limitless decision to seek nothing of His own and to be satisfied with living hidden in His Father, in order that He might hear His Fathers heart beat and hear what His Father was saying and let it be said through Him, through Christ. And what the Father wanted and planned and hoped for, so that He could do those things and please His Father in every way, if He had not done that, we would not know of the love of the Father and you and I probably would not be here today. There would be no creation because there would be two Gods; the Father and His Son – who was a different kind of God than His Father. And there would not be the absolute perfect unity between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as there is.
THE RULE OF DIVINE LOVE
So the divine love must rule, expanded because the divine love is the person of the Father and, of course, Divine love is alive and there is no end to divine love filling a limitless universe. There is no limit to the love of God and He will fill the New Heaven and the New Earth forever.
Take that scripture Ephesians 3, that’s what it means, Ephesians 3:18 and 19 Paul prays “I want you to be able to comprehend with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,” (of the love of God. Four dimensions, not just length, breath and height. That fourth dimension is a living dimension, it moves, it expands and Christ through His decision, set it free.) and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
That’s the decision, there is only one truth; and that truth is in Christ Jesus. One truth; that we can only live by dying to ourselves because human beings were created to live by the life of God. Now we don’t have any trouble “existing” but “to live”, we must die to ourselves, as Christ did from eternity and we were created in His image were we not? So, as He is, so are we. As He lives so are we to live.
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I am sharing a copy of another letter to a Christian who was expressing unforgiveness. Since these two letters are like book-ends, (though to two different people) I thought you might benefit from seeing them both. The names have been removed but they address questions I receive almost daily. If such questions have crossed your mind – though you have not written asking about the subjects – I do hope these two letters help you.
The Lord needs us now. We must get cleaned-up and standing at attention ready to be called into action.
Even though you love the Lord, I feel the suffering coming through your letter. You are still in pain… pain all the way back to your childhood. That must be dreadful. I would suppose that such hidden pain, (silent and unseen) weighs you down – as well as blocks your nearness to God.
In order to taste the depths of God’s love, the barriers to that access must be removed. That is the reason our Lord shed His blood – to provide that access – that we and others – could be washed clean and stand before our Heavenly Father clothed in Christ’s righteousness.
False religions of the early days, as well as today, hold people in bondage by never allowing them to be rid of their mistakes, (and who of us does not make mistake after mistake while growing up physically and growing up in the Lord). The price Jesus paid to allow us to be washed with His blood and to be forgiven was radical in its day and is as radical in its lack of application today. God forgives. Recognize the error, ask to be forgiven and Jesus’ blood washes away what we Christians call “sin.” We get a clean slate.
My, oh my, how we need that clean slate daily. Well, guess what, so do others. God says to us that He sets us free but He wants to set others free, also.
Now why does He want this? It is because we are not free if we do not forgive from the heart. If we do not forgive, instead of being free, we actually tie those people to us. The more we add to that list of those we are unable to truly forgive, the more “baggage” we begin to drag with us. It weighs us down – it blocks us and hinders our greater access to our God. We are actually hindering ourselves from growing in God.
Now forgiveness, in many ways, comes from a change of perspective. All of us are growing up physically, mentally and (once born again) spiritually. In all three we start as babies. Being “born again” means you are a spiritual baby – and that baby must grow. This means that Christians are in varying stages of growth. They could be babies, children, teenagers or young adults, mature or wise in their spiritual lives.
Often we are shocked and hurt by a baby Christian – thinking that because that person is indeed a Christian, he or she should act in a certain way, immediately. We do not expect that physically or mentally of humans in the natural. We do not expect a new born to climb a set of stairs. That would be silly. We do not expect a baby to do math. That too, would be silly. But we do expect baby Christians to pass spiritual high school exams. When they do not act with maturity we are hurt – mainly due to our own expectations and standards. Actually, we have set them tests that are too high for them spiritually.
But beyond this, we chain them to us and hinder that other person’s growth in the Lord and our own growth. Of course we may for a time, blind others from seeing the unforgiveness within us, but beneath the surface it is still there gumming up our spiritual pipes and holding us both back from getting to or accomplishing our true desire – which is to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father.
Now – what do we do?
1. Realize that everyone is at a different stage of spiritual growth. Even if physically the person may be an adult, that person could be at any stage of spiritual growth; perhaps a baby. That is the reason the Bible says that we grow up into Christ. As a child you could not see this – but as an adult, you see more clearly – and, as I said before, with a mature perspective. In other words – now your perspective is different. Even adults can be forgiven for acting like spiritual teenagers because we do not truly understand where they are in their spiritual maturity.
2. God our Father says He forgives you as you forgive them. Why? Because as you mature to the place that you see every person is accountable to God alone, it is not up to you to hold them in bondage blocking the growth of you both – and notice that our Heavenly Father does – in this passage – say that your attitude is blocking you both. For that reason alone, you should want to embrace a new perspective and set them free – simply by forgiving them – and yourself for holding yourself in spiritual babyhood.
Dear friend, by being uninterested in the world and the things of the world, you are much more in God. Great! Rejoice!
When in the secret place however, do remember your brothers and sisters in Christ and His desire to raise up His bride and establish His Kingdom.
Intimacy with God is not just for ourselves. As with our Lord, He used His nearness to the Father to offer prayer for others. The word says that He ever lives to make intercession – not for Himself, but for us.
I hope this has been helpful. I see that you have a heart for God. May this help you clear out the road blocks, break the chains holding you to earth and allow you to soar.
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God Teaching One On One
The Lord spoke these spiritual truths to me several years ago. They changed the way I looked at life on earth – well perhaps not all of life – but that which was said by the Lord changed my perspective on what I would consider trials and difficulties.
December 16th – Wednesday
My Heavenly Father is speaking:
“Welcome to Heaven on Earth.”
“What does that mean?” I asked.
“Perceptions, Anna – how you perceive what is around you. How do you perceive the obstacle course? Is it a burden to you? Is it a joy? Are you enjoying the training camp? I want you to thrive in the midst of zigs and zags, of ups and downs, of ins and outs.”
The Lord continued: “I want you to look at and then through the situation to see the test behind the conundrum. I want you to best the test.
“Look behind the eight ball, see My face smiling at you. I am giving you a flashlight and night vision goggles.”
“Look into what seems dark. The Director is in the light booth. Let Him see you smile up into His face.”
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Side Notes For: Do Angels Teach Angels?
The last healing revival that occurred in America was in the 1950s, when God granted the “gifts of healings” to only a small number of Christians (1 Cor. 12:30).
God extended the promise of healing in body, soul, and spirit to all mankind who would repent of their sins and receive Christ as the new life within them (1 Thess. 5:23; Mark 16:17-18).
God the Holy Spirit imparts and sustains all life, whether it be in heaven or on Earth (Acts 17:25; Job 12:10; 1 Tim. 6:13).
FOOTNOTES FOR: DO ANGELS TEACH ANGELS?
1. The first promise made by God to the Israelites on their journey from bondage in Egypt concerned healing. He spoke it three days after they crossed the Red Sea (Exod. 15:22). He said that if they would heed His voice, do what is right in His sight, and obey His laws, then He would “put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer” (Exod. 15:26).
Through the forty years of their wandering in the wilderness, God was faithful to His word and preserved them from sickness on a diet of bread from heaven and water (Deut. 8:4; Ps. 78:23-25; 105:41; 1 Cor. 10:4).
This health is made possible by faith in His work on the cross of Calvary and in His resurrection and ascension into heaven (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt 8:16-17). Matthew used the same words, “healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness,” twice about Jesus and once about His disciples (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 10:1). At one point in the life of the church in Jerusalem, all the sick and the demonized were being healed (Acts 5:16).
2. Christians through whom the Lord Jesus would exercise His healing ministry in a pure way must hate their natural self-life (John 12:25; Luke 14:26) and the things of Satan’s kingdom on the earth: “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life” (1 John 2:15-17; James 4:3-4).
3. Demons are evil spirits who are part of Satan’s forces. Those who work on the earth try to possess or oppress human beings who allow themselves to become vulnerable to their attack because of sin, deception, or ignorance (Deut. 32:16-17; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Cor. 2:11).
There is much greater demonic activity recorded in the Gospels and the Book of Acts because of the ministry of Jesus Christ while on Earth and of His disciples in the New Testament church. The Lord cast them out of afflicted people who came to Him, and so did His disciples (Matt. 8:16; Luke 10:17). Known as exorcism, or deliverance, or the casting out of evil spirits, this ministry has always had some part in the work of the church throughout the centuries.
4. The Hebrew word for “scourging” or “stripe,” found in the phrase “by His scourging we are healed” (Isa. 53:5), is chabburah, the name of the instructor for these training sessions.
5. The angelic beings are spirits (Heb. 1:14) whom God created by two means: (a) “by the word of the 33:6). LORD” they were made, and (b) “by the breath of His mouth” they began to live (Ps. God’s breath, the Holy Spirit (Job 33:4), continually sustains the angels in life, and He is able to pass through them purely and powerfully to enliven other angels.
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When I Am Weak Then I Am Strong
Christianity is a radical life.
We began this life by exchanging our death for His life. Then as a Christian, He actually comes to live in and through us. He doesn’t just touch us on the shoulder and say: “I dub you to do what I did.” No, He says, “I come to be all that is needed in you. I come to accomplish My will through you.”
That, dear children of God, is a completely radical way of living. But we must allow Him to be the strong One within us. He must be the One that goes out to meet the foe… His name – His power.
However, now days, I hear a good deal of prayer that begins, “I come against this or that demonic power.” There is no recognition of whether that which is being “come against” is a demon or a prince, power or authority, (which hold higher rank). All are addressed in the same blanket form: “I come against” – the Christian – he or she – taking on the enemy – putting him or herself out in the forefront of battle. It is almost as though they say: “In my power I do this.”
Every few years the enemy drags the body of Christ into some new error. Then satan, being knowledgeable in the word and how to wield it – (remember how he used the word to tempt Jesus after the forty days and nights in the wilderness) has legal grounds to attack that person or group. He has legal right to afflict him or them – if he can trick them into acting against God’s plan.
For a while the body of Christ was bound and determined to wage war against the high demonic powers in mid-heaven. We even had huge conferences to scream at the devil. Most – if not all of those so engaged – that led those conferences were reduced and often disgraced. The enemy saw to that. Those so engaged stepped over legal bounds given to the body of Christ in one way or another and paid the price.
Those Christians that rose up to warn them, were shouted down for a while, by the body of Christ itself. They were shouted down until they began to see the consequences of stepping over into areas not allowed to us – of not allowing Jesus to be the One to fight the battles.
The statement: “I come against” may not seem as big as those conferences where thousands came together to scream at the devil and shake their fists at high ranking demons over cities and areas, but if you have any authority at all in the spiritual realm – the effect could be as devastating to you personally or your ministry, your family, your church or your friends.
One of the greatest truths that we need to know and indeed, have pounded into us again and again is that:
Christ died to pay the price for our sin/sins. He rose to the right hand of the Father and is given all power and authority to deal with what faces us on earth. If we accept Him as our savior and Lord, He will come to live within us and do ALL through us. ALL.
All that we do should be what he desires, in His name and in His power. Him, Him, Him – all the way.
We need to stop being like cave men shaking our fists and screaming as we dance around a fire before a hunt. It may get our primitive blood up but it also opens some dangerous doors.
No – we need to be more precise and careful. If you have never seen the Japanese Classic ‘The Seven Samurai’, you should. The youngest was not well trained and jumped around a good deal. But there was a master swordsman among them. He was sparse in his actions, calculated, swift and accurate. It was not showy – but oh so deadly. It wasn’t like dancing around a fire. It was more like getting a job done.
I remember being with Bob Jones one time when he was delivering an afflicted person of a demon. He spoke to the invading spirit saying very naturally: “In Jesus name you are relieved from your assignment,” and the demon left, no shouting – no show. Like the master swordsman: sparse and deadly.
Jesus died to pass these tests for us. We do not need to say: “Please I’d rather do it myself.”
Really, it is much more fun to see the Lord move on our behalf. Nothing is more exciting than seeing God move.
For when I am weak, then I am strong in the strength of His might.
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Notes On The Angel You Who Hear Prayer
Al and I did a little research relating to this experience.
1. There will be angels to assist those on the ridge when the divine glory descends, particularly in prayer.
2. Jesus carried His shed blood to the Father and that blood can cleanse the conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
3. The purple robe of the angel was a clue that this was no mere angel. He cloaked Jesus, who is royalty. All the colors of the rainbow in that large halo give another clue that this angel was more than an angel of prayer.
4. The angel named YOU WHO HEAR PRAYER was sent to the Moravians by a royal decree. Jesus– by coming Himself within the angel– showed that the angel whose nick-name is PRAYER– came by a royal decree to this little mount also. The purple draining from the garment before Jesus stepped from the angel was a visual statement of this royal decree. The purple covered the top of the ridge.
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The Witches’ Destruction Of Our Home And God’s Salvation
I was laughing when Rick Joyner called to console us. This may have seemed as though I was in shock, since Albert and I had just lost everything – our home, our car and our dog – to fire. Laughing is not your usual response to such loss.
However, with the destruction I had been given the most extraordinary gift – incomparable to the loss, really. I had been given the actual experience, deep in my bones, of knowing that if you have Christ, you have EVERYTHING! It is rare that we are reduced to what we can carry in one hand – but we were so reduced – and indeed, found Him to be All.
Let me start at the beginning.
The Day Before The Fire
There was an after Christmas sale at our local electronics store, so Al and I and the dog drove into the shopping center so that I could get batteries. Everyone else in town read the ad also, so the place was a crush. I went in alone.
As those of us inside the store politely waited our turn to check out, one woman began shouting over our heads. She was looking in the phone book for a Christian retreat center. I called to her past several people and gave her the number.
Suddenly – she pushed her way to stand front of me, she was joined by equally pushy, large men dressed in black. Needless to say there was a lot of jostling to accomplish this. But the alarming thing was that they were filthy and stank. I mean – really stank.
She fixed me with a snake-like gaze and almost hissed: “Are you Anna Rountree?”
I swallowed hard and dryly choked-out: “Yes”.
She smiled as though a snake’s tongue would slip though her lips, and said: “We have come for you.”
When she said this, the putrid aroma increased. The men beside her did not speak; but hung their heads and stared down at me like great, hungry raptors. They too radiated noxious fumes. (Later Bob Jones helped me to understand the odor was from demons.)
While still crushed within the store, she began to address a subject that was extremely private – which made me wonder “how in the world she knew about that and how she knew I was in any way involved in the project?”
They were from out of town, it seemed, and actually were from out of state. According to her, these three were travelling all over America to find those who were a part of this particular type of Christian ministry. They heard that I was helping to establish such a work in Moravian Falls: therefore – they wanted to come to my house. I told them that we were, indeed, interested in the type of ministry she mentioned but it was my husband’s birthday and I needed to get back to our plans for the day. However, I would step outside and talk to them for a few minutes. (I needed to check out.)
Still, I was fascinated, for as far as anyone in Moravian Falls knew, we were writing – period. However, it was true, a couple had asked us to help them look at some property for their Christian ministry – and we were doing our best to help them. Since my husband and I never discussed this, and I knew the couple did not know anyone to tell about their plans, I was amazed that these people seemed to know all about it in some dark and oily way.
Once outside the electronics shop they did not talk about the subject they had broached. Instead they began to question me about my daily schedule – my daily life, when I was at the house, etc. They continued to press me to be allowed to visit my home. There was something predatory about them – like birds of prey sitting on a dead tree waiting to pick my bones clean.
Also, they said odd things like: “We’ve read your books. They’re true, you know…” speaking as though they had some secret – but dark – knowledge. As they moved closer and closer I moved back and back away from them.
Finally, after about twenty minutes of being asked personal questions, I said I needed to leave. The woman flew into a rage (causing quite a disturbance outside).
I was genuinely saddened to have upset her – so – amid a thousand Christian apologies, (I’m a bit of a Pollyanna). I hugged each one of them and I left with every demon in hell hanging on me like bats. I returned to the car.
Once at home from the electronics store, both Albert and I had to go to bed. We felt very ill. Of course we did not realize it at the time – but the demons were causing the dizziness and nausea. We went to bed in the early afternoon and remained in bed until 12 noon the next day.
We only got up at that time, because we had a luncheon appointment with a family that lived on Pore’s Knob.
The Day Of The Fire
As I walked through the house I had the fleeting impression that the house was going to catch fire.
I stopped in my tracks in the middle of the living room. The dream and vision of eleven years before flashed through my mind – so I quickly made a mental check of all the heating units I had turned off in the house.
“No,” I said to myself, “nothing has been left running.” I chuckled and actually said out loud: “What? You think you’re prophetic?”
I continued out the front door. Once outside, I turned again to look at our home and think through the heating outlets. At our glass front door stood our little short legged, Jack Russel, terrier Cassie (whom we loved). Finally, seeing that she would not join us that day, she turned from the door, and so we too turned to leave. We climbed into the car.
At around 3:00 p.m. a call came into the friends with whom we were having lunch. It was for Albert, so they handed him the phone. He listened briefly to the voice on the other end of the line and then sort of shrugged – as if someone was playing a joke on him.
“They said our house is on fire.”
I leapt to my feet. We both ran from the house and jumped into the car. As quickly as I could, I drove home. As I drove I thought: “What would I want to save? Our dog, the journals.” (I was asking myself the same question I asked in the dream.)
At a great distance we could see black smoke rising from our side of the mountain. As we drew nearer, fire trucks passed us coming and going. You see, in the country, there are no fire plugs – so the fire trucks must fill up in town and then carry the water to the mountains.
At the bottom of our small “mountain” our car died. There was no reason for it to die except witchcraft. It just stopped working – never to run again. It was a great loss. Gwen Shaw had given us her old, white Cadillac when she could no longer get in and out of it with ease. Even though old, it meant the world to us, because it came from her.
Fire trucks from several surrounding towns had come to help – with their volunteer fire departments. We got out of the car – leaving it on the side of the road at the bottom of the mountain.
I tried to calm myself. The walk up to the fire was steep and I was so upset that I did not want to have a heart attack on top of everything else.
When we reached the house, the Red Cross had set up a station handing out blankets, coffee and hot chocolate. Someone provided folding chairs.
I asked about our dog. I was told that she would have died early in the fire.
Al and I sat down behind the yellow tape that the fire department had put up to keep people from getting too close to the volunteers.
The first floor of the house had already caved in onto the lower floor and begun burning everything to ashes. I was sure the journals had also been destroyed.
As in the dream and vision, all of us watched in silence as the structure burned.
Even though I did not really take full advantage of the dream and vision given eleven years earlier, the Lord graciously saved us.
First of all: The officials said that there was an explosion in the attic of the house – the poisonous fumes from this explosion would have knocked us out and we would have burned to death in the fire.
Secondly: He fulfilled what He showed in the dream and vision. The journals had been put in cheap (Wal-Mart) safes but never locked. Even though they were sitting in water within the safes – the journals made it through the fire. It took them three months to dry out.
Thirdly: No human life was lost.
Fourthly: As in the dream and vision, I lost everything we owned except for what was in my purse and the journals. (Oh, the two children in the dream and vision were the two books we had already written.)
Fifthly: Bob Jones helped pin point the location of the witches’ coven that had sent one of their high members to the area, strengthened by the two warlocks traveling with her.
Bob Jones had dealt with this coven before. He called them 12 White Wolves… high witches. They had targeted other Christian ministries in the area. Usually they did not come themselves. However, they were trying for a kill. There were two international ministries – in our immediate area – that I did know that had battled them, for they told us about it.
How did the coven manage what they accomplished? Who knows? But Gwen Shaw, Bob Jones and I all had been under attack at the same time. We spoke to one another about this attack that nearly killed each of us. We talked about the enemy trying to take out the older generation before we could impart to the younger. Now, they are gone to be with the Lord… and my husband among them. Who is going to tell you the truth about these things – such as a witches’ attack – if not the only one left to tell the story.
Learning To Truly Listen
It is the duty of the older generation to pass on what we know to the younger generation.
I have not shared this story many times. Usually people say: “But you see angels – you talk to Jesus, nothing like this could happen to you.”
The times are becoming more dangerous and we need to become more sensitive to His guidance at all times and in every way – warnings especially.
I have learned that the Lord warns us before disasters. We are His children. Why would He not? But could this fire have been averted? I do not know. But I do know that the next time He gives such a warning, I plan to listen and act accordingly.
One of the actual journals that made it through the fire.
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The Unseen Spiritual Phenomena
1. An eagle’s nest is used for many years; through the years the eagle may enlarge the nest up to six feet high and five feet wide. The White Eagle, the Lord Jesus, shares His nest, which is on a rocky ledge on a mountain height, with those who are learning to fly with Him in Spirit. Spiritually, His nest represents a place of rest, quietness, and intimacy with Him (Ps. 31:20; 63:7; 91:1-2, 4, 9, 14). This is a place where one learns to trust Him as God’s everything, and so as one’s everything (Col 3:11; John 3:35).
2. The paper doll Christians copy one another by using standardized methods of ministry employed in the church, or they attempt to reproduce the kind of ministry that was effective in the life of a famous minister of the past. They may try to duplicate the conditions that brought revival at another location. This use of patterns and formulas is actually a form of divination (a method of obtaining results in the spiritual realm without God’s help), which He will not tolerate. Satan will often supply some of his limited power to this occult practice to advance his evil purposes. The false prophets in the Old Testament would repeat each other’s words or pronounce prophecies that God had not given them (Jer. 14:14; 23:30; Ezek. 22:28).
The Pharisees obeyed complicated rules and rituals of behavior, but their reverence for God consisted of tradition learned by rote (Isa. 29:13). The Lord refused to copy both the customs of the Pharisees and the God-inspired fasting of John the Baptist (Luke 5:33). He listened and watched for His Father’s instructions moment by moment (John 5:19-20, 30).
3. This kind of Christian is rare. This disciple “hates his [soul] life [mind, emotions and will] in this world” so that he may have the soul life of Christ forever (John 12:25). He is not at home on Earth (2 Cor. 5:8; Phil 1:23), for he cannot be satisfied by anything in this present world system (1 John 2:15; 17; 5:29). He desires only to feed upon the Lord Jesus as the hand of the Father shares His Son with him by the Spirit (Hos. 11:4; Ps. 78:23-25; John 6:32-35, 57).
Jesus’s food is to please and honor His Father in everything (John 4:32, 34; 8:29). Jesus alone nourishes the Father (Lev. 21:6; Num. 28:2; Ezek. 44:7). As His Son is the true bread and drink (John 6:51, 55) Jesus alone sustains such a Christian. In time, this kind of believer will be perfected into oneness with the Son and the Father so that he is, acts and looks like Jesus who is formed within him (John 17:21, 23; Gal. 4:19; 2 Cor. 4:10-12).
4. The lofty eagle flies alone or with his mate, soaring effortlessly on the thermal currents; he builds his nest as high as possible. He has binocular vision, a symbol of the believer whose spiritual eyes, Christ the great Eagle, has opened (Matt. 13:16-17; Eph. 1:18-19). This Christian is at home in the godly spiritual world (1 Cor. 2:9-10; Phil. 3:20). He “[seeks] the things above, where Christ is,” setting his mind upon the things of God (Col. 3:1-2).
The gift of the Holy Spirit enables the Spirit to bear witness of Christ in the saint (John 15:26), first to God the Father (Acts 2:3-4; 1 Cor. 14:2) and then to others (Acts 2:5, 9-11; 1:8).
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The Angel Elijah’s Teaching
We all know angels bring messages from God to those on Earth… (an example of this is the angel Gabriel bringing the message to the virgin Mary that she had been chosen to give birth to the Son of God, Luke 1:26-38.)
Perhaps less understood is that angels teach – though it is verified in the Word. Also, our Heavenly Father takes these teachings very seriously: “You who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.” (Acts 7:53) or “This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.” (Acts 7:38) and “Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the Seed would come to whom the promise had been made.” (Gal. 3:19) and (Hebrews 2:2) “For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty…” These examples verify that angels taught in the times of the Old and New Testaments and they teach today.
This is one such teaching. It was given on the first day of Sukkot, October 9, 1995 by the angel Elijah. (I included a little sketch of the venerable angel Elijah in the angel section of the website on April 2014, if you would like to see his appearance.)
I am including the first two pages of the revelation from the journal. The writing is faded and the pictures’ bled into one another because the journal went through the fire that took our home and then sat in water from the fire department’s attempt to save the structure.
After these two first pages, the writing from my journal will be typed.
Here now, is the angel Elijah teaching in our time:
OCTOBER 9, 1995 – FIRST DAY OF SUKKOT
Some of the Lord’s angels were sitting near me and dangling their legs over the outside of the wall.
They, too, were watching.
I began to speak in tongues, speaking outward toward the road I was watching as if sending out a message by the spirit. Then I saw a figure walking on the road, coming towards us. It was the angel Elijah. I stood up and waved “Hello”. The angel Elijah waved and the other angels got up and waved also.
“Let’s go down to meet him,” I said.
The angels agreed and we went down some stone steps to the ground level. The gate to the city opened as we approached it. We ran to meet the angel Elijah. We made a little group around him and hugged him.
“Where have you been, Elijah?”
“With our King,” he answered.
“How is He?” I asked.
“What news do you bring?” I continued.
“Storm clouds are brewing.”
“What should we do?” I interjected.
“Keep your ear to the ground to listen for His coming.”
I didn’t say anything, but I was puzzled.
“The ground of which you are made,” he said. “He comes to rest His head in your heart. He comes to rest His head in your mind. He comes to rest His head in your life. The ground He treads is your flesh and He comes to walk across it as a Conqueror. Hold to all He has whispered into your ear. Hold to all spoken to your heart. Hold to all revealed to your mind. Don’t let your love for Him grow cold.”
“The feet of fire and blood come to tread down all that is of serpents and scorpions; to remove them from the ground on which He treads and fling wide the doors that the King of Glory might come in. He comes to tread as a Conquering King, subduing the flesh and filling the heart.”
“I have a need of my heart being filled,” I said weakly.
“Let Him see the gate of your heart opened to Him, Anna. Bow the knee before the Conquering King. Go out to Him as you have come out to me and walked with me into the city. Let no door be closed to Him. Let Him tread upon all that would rise to sting or poison.”
“His power can subdue. The feet of fire and blood seek to walk this ground and vanquish every foe. He would possess you totally. He deserves no less, Anna. Let the King of Glory come into the gates within.”
“There is nothing but Him, Anna. Nothing to be desired but Him. Let Him tread upon the serpents and scorpions in your life. Let Him be the conquering King in your life and reign over the ground you walk around in. He will give to you, not only a New Heaven, but a New Earth. Behold all things are new when God pitches His tent in you.”
By this time we had walked into the city to a well and I looked down into it and saw the face of Jesus.
Elijah spoke: “When at all times you see His face in that deep well, all is well. Do not think all is well if you see your own face – only His. Remember well what I have spoken. The face in the well should be His. Seek Him in all, that all may be His.”
He looked to the horizon: “Morning calls and the day begins.”
“Thank you Elijah,” I said “for sharing with us.”
He put his hands on my shoulders.
“Bless you, this day, child of God.”
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Notes for the Teaching on All Time is Present Above
The “river of the water of life” in heaven is a visible representation of the Holy Spirit providing life to everything there (Rev. 22:1).
The streams that come out from the inspiration of the river of the Holy Spirit are the various movements (such as denominations) of the people of God in Christ who together form His living church on earth.
The sword of the Spirit is the living Word of God concerning Christ Jesus as applied by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Rev. 19:13-15).
Oil is a type of the anointing with power that the Holy Spirit bestows upon believers so that Christ Jesus from heaven will be able to minister through them for the bringing in of His kingdom here on Earth (Exod. 30:25, 30; Acts 1:8; 2:33, 1 Cor. 4:20).
1. Even on Earth God grants to His faithful children “to drink of the river of Thy delights. For with Thou is the fountain of life” (Ps. 36:8-9). The Hebrew word for river means “a wadi or the channel of a watercourse that is dry except when it rains” (a symbol of the Spirit outpoured – Hos. 6:3), and then it becomes an overflowing river. This spiritual river is the powerful moving of the Holy Spirit supplying eternal life to and through those who obey Him (John 4:14; 7:38-39; Acts 5:32).
We are entering “the last days” (2 Tim 3:1; 2 Pet. 3:3) when the Holy Spirit will be outpoured in a mightier way than ever before (Joel 2:28-29) as the promised “latter rain” that will bring in a worldwide harvest (Joel 2:23-24). The Spirit will then move through the earth – as the river described in Ezekiel 47:1, 5, and 9 – to bring life wherever He flows.
2. These streams are not independent, for they not only drink from the one Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13-14), but they also add their particular contribution back into the flow of the Spirit in the one church (1 Cor. 12:7; Eph. 4:4, 16).
The coming descent of the Holy Spirit will be in such fullness of power that it will be necessary for these streams of God’s people to be bound together in “one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). This unity in the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:3, 1 Cor. 12:25-26) will be needed to utilize in purity all the gifts and graces from the Spirit so as to preserve His work from corruption or waste.
3. In the coming days we pray that the Lord Jesus will send forth His Word to the various churches as He did in the second and third chapters of Revelation. He depends upon those who overcome by walking above their flesh, the world, and the devil: saints who no longer live for anything but for Him (2 Cor. 5:14-15; Phil. 1:20-21; 2:21).
The ribbons in the vision represent those streams or bodies of believers who are pliable and willing to be rolled up by the Spirit to wait for His use (Hab. 2:3; Mic. 7:7). The spindles are long rods on which the spools may easily rotate as the ribbons are unwound and sewn together.
4. The heavenly city of God is “the Jerusalem above [which] is free; she is our mother” (Gal. 4:26; Heb. 11:16; 12:22). The earthly copy of that city is the church of the living God described in Psalm 46:4-5: “There is a river [the Spirit flowing freely] whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved.”
5. There is a vast supply of this oil that God has reserved for a fuller “salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:5; Rom. 8:18-19). It will come as a gusher, which is an oil well that spouts forth of itself without being pumped by man. The members of that unified, true church will dwell together as brethren, all of them having a share in the anointing oil that comes down from Jesus, who is their head (Ps. 133; 1 John 3:14). “Spindle Top” was one of the greatest oil gushers in recorded history.
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God’s Show And Tell
When we returned to the cabin we began to do a bit of research on this particular experience. Here is the understanding that we have received, so far.
1) The scarlet cord symbolizes unity with Christ in His self-sacrifice. Christ is the unity between these angels. They are one in Him.
2) The grouping, also, shows that they function as one.
3) The various sizes of the angels mean that they were created with different giftings and responsibilities – but when one angel indicates a direction, all cooperate (if the group feels the leading is of and from the Lord). The bundle effect shows that they were put together for God’s purposes. The nationalities represent a remnant of the whole.
4) I Samuel 25:28 (partial): “…because my lord (David) is fighting the battles of the Lord…”
I Samuel 25:29: “Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your (David’s) life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God…”
5) The angels represent God’s protection of His own children. I Samuel continues: “but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.”
6) As a group of the Lord’s children is brought together and learns to be led by Him – in unity with the others that are brought together – then as a group, they will be like the angels in this tight bundle. What the Lord has imparted to each member of the group will – if respected by the other members – show the ministry of the body of Christ. Such respect and love is a picture (in small measure) of the unity and of the diverse giftings within the God head. Then the enemy will have difficulty gaining entry into such a group. Such a group will be bound up with the Lord in the bundle of the living and fulfill the criterion that releases the promises of the Lord.
7) This is the true meaning of John 15:7: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” This is a promise given to those called together by the Lord and willing to be brought into a place of unity with Him and with one another. The unity in Christ and with one another tugs on God. It’s like a needy child that is tugging on the parent’s clothing, asking the parent to keep his/her promise.
Another example of this is: John 15:16: “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” [It is the Lord who puts the “bunch” together for His purposes.]
8) The Child of God that does not abide in Christ cannot do what pleases God. But when He puts Christians together who do abide in Christ, the grace and power is increased for the answering of those prayers that He Himself gives to be prayed.
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Notes for the Teaching on Starting the New Year Right
1. The Lord Jesus calls disciples to be with Him and to share His life (Mark 3:14). They are to be wholly given to Christ as He is to the Father (1 Cor. 3:23). Claiming nothing as their own, they are to receive all from Him (Luke 14:33; Rom. 8:17, 32). They know the unearthly joy of blessing God and others in His name (1 Pet. 3:9).
2. The passions of Christ are the pure spiritual fires of His love that have burned from eternity for the Father and for those whom the Father has given Him in betrothal (Luke 10:22; John 6:39). “l have loved you [My people] with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3).
3. Christ has shed tears from eternity. He has known hear tache because of the rebellion of the angels. From the beginning “the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Gen. 6:6). There is sorrow for those whom He knows will not receive the gift of salvation (Matt. 7:13-14). He has continuing sadness because He knows that many of those who will be joined to Him will be lukewarm in their response (Rev. 3:16). His regret for their loss does not diminish the ardor of His heart that yearns for all of these (Jer. 31:20).
4. It is the wisdom of the Father that the full stature of His Son will be shown forth by His body, the church (Eph. 4:13). Each member of the bride has been chosen and called to manifest that portion of God’s Son that the Father in His inscrutable wisdom designs. Hence the full stature of the Lord Jesus will one day be reflected corporately in the Father’s children (Eph. 4:4, 7, 10; Gal. 4:19).
5. The root of the Hebrew word for myrrh means “bitter.” Myrrh signifies the bitter sufferings of Jesus at Calvary. “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5).
It also represents His present tribulations (Phil. 3:10; 2 Cor. 1:5). Christ Jesus is still bearing shame and sorrow because Christians deny Him by cooperating with His enemies (Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26-29).
It is necessary for the church to bear its portion of His afflictions as His body, as part of Him. “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body [which is the church] in filling up [completing] that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” (Col. 1: 24).
6. The other Hebrew word for husband, Baali, is translated “my master.” It is the same word used for the god Baal. Hosea says
that this word will not be used again for Israel’s husband (Hos. 2:16-17).
7. The human race was created to reflect the life, character, and glory of God’s own Son who is the image of the Father (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:15). Christians cannot themselves in any way bring forth this divine fruit. It can only be the Lord Jesus formed in them by the Spirit (John 15:5; Gal. 4:19).
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How Does He Teach The Young?
The following are pages from my diary of twenty years ago. I had just begun to see into the spiritual realm. Our heavenly Father here is guiding me into a completely different call on my life. He is teaching me as we humans might teach a very small child.
GOD’S PICTOGRAPHS –
Hummm – pictographs. Now remind me again – exactly what is a pictograph?
Well, remember the cave paintings? Pictographs “are pictures representing an idea, as in primitive writing” according to Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. Many experts feel that these paintings were commemorating animal hunts – but there is also the possibility that pictographs were teaching tools – a classroom that took place around a fire on a cold winter’s night.
It is this later teaching tool that is employed by our heavenly Father… visions that are “still” pictures. They are a bit like making a presentation by pointing to a large illustrated pad that is sitting on an easel. The pictures do not move – as is the case with many visions. They are a far more primitive tool – often used to teach those who have begun to see into the spiritual realm recently. Those whose spiritual eyes were opened recently are babies in the gift and therefore our heavenly Father uses the same means of instruction that we humans use with our young. He makes it simple and repeats the picture over and over to reinforce the message.
This message – (given exactly twenty years ago) explains in simple terms that He would be giving me a new assignment. He would allow me to show some of the beauty of Christ and of His angelic hosts… and of heaven itself.
Of course, I did not understand until years later what He meant. That makes these pictographs all the more precious. They are like letters written to you by your parents when you were very young (which you discovered later in life). They are to be cherished, for they show your parents’ love for you long before you were aware of their care and guidance.
Even if you do not understand the pictographs that are given to you at the time, record them anyway. Years later you will look back and smile to see how much Parental love was being poured out on you.
Our Heavenly Parent keeps baby pictures, too.
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Notes For The Teaching On Paradise
1. The battering ram with the iron head of a goat (Lev. 17:7; 2 Chron. 11:15, “satyrs”) symbolizes the satanic attack that God permits to come against the false church in the spiritual wilderness (Rev. 17:3-5). He did the same thing to apostate Jerusalem (Ezek. 21:21-27; Rev. 18:8).
The King of Babylon in the Ezekiel passage above represents Satan, who was the power behind the throne of the earthly king of Babylon, even as Satan was in the case of the king of Tyre (Ezek. 28:2, 12).
2. In the last days before the Lord Jesus returns, the false church will be in league with the Antichrist, who is called “a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names” (Rev. 17:3; 13:1), and who is the personification of Satan, the “great red dragon” (Rev. 12:3). The Antichrist and his armies will turn upon this whorish church and destroy her by fire (Rev. 17:16).
3. The man-controlled organization that calls herself “the church” is centered upon things of this world and seems oblivious to any impending judgement of God against her. This also was the case with the people in the days of Noah and in the city of Sodom (Luke 17:26-30). This church will not understand what God is doing (Matt. 24:39).
4. The false church is called “Babylon the Great” (Rev. 17:5) because she is the final form of the satanically inspired, religious system that began in the days of the tyrant Nimrod to exalt herself through witchcraft and idolatry (Gen. 10:8-10; 11:1-4). This first Babylonish church used bricks instead of stone to build her city, even as today’s Babylonish church builds herself up with man-made materials instead of relying upon Jesus Christ to build her with living stones (Matt. 16:18; 1 Pet. 2:5).
5. In Genesis 28:12-13, Jacob dreamed that “a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven” with the angels of God ascending and descending on it. The Lord, in His preicarnate form, was standing above it.
He told the first disciples that they would see the heavens opened and the angels ascending and descending upon Him (John 1:51).
6. This is the shed blood of Christ that releases us from guilt and separation from God that was caused by our sins (Rev. 1:5). The way is now open to the throne of God by faith (Heb. 10:22) through hope (Heb. 7:19) in the Lord Jesus.
7. It is the release from the power of sin by the death of the totally corrupt corporate spiritual heart of the human race. This happened when the old human race died with Christ on Calvary. God gives those who would believe in His Son a new heart that lives by the resurrection life of the Lord (Eph. 2:10; Rom. 6:6-8; 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Col. 3:3; Gal. 2:20).
8. It is to live in God (Col. 3:3) the heavenly life of love, ministering to His needs (Ps. 65:4; Rev. 3:12. It is the place of the disciple who continually bears about in his body the sentence of death from the same inner cross to his own self-expression that Jesus bore daily here on earth (2 Cor. 4:10; 1:9; Matt. 16:24; Phil. 2:7). It is the final stage of overcoming the enemies of God, where the soul life (mind, emotions and will) of Christ Jesus is being imparted to the believer (Matt. 16:25). It is the place of the overcoming Christian in every generation (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28; 3:5, 12,21). The disciple who overcomes the world, the flesh, and the devil as the Lord Jesus overcame them seeks only the living God, in comparison with whom all things are as rubbish (Rev. 3:21; Col. 3:1; Phil. 3:8)
9. The area where one arrives first when entering heaven is called Paradise. One then moves on to the celestial city – the heavenly Jerusalem – and finally to the throne of God the Father (Heb. 12:22-23). Jesus promised the repentant thief whom they crucified with Him at Calvary that He would meet him in Paradise that very day (Luke 23:43).
10. The living church is able to climb into Paradise in spirit and to live “hidden with Christ in God” in spirit and heart (1 Pet. 3:4; Col.3:3) as described in the three sections of the stairway of Christ under notes 6, 7 and 8 (John 3:21; Isa. 26:12; Ps. 31:19-20). His people are also able to: (a) hide in caves in places prepared by God (Rev. 12:14), as did David and his men (1 Sam. 22:1); or (b) float on the water, as did Noah and his household during the flood (Gen. 7:23).
Christians are those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit implanting the Word of Scripture concerning salvation within their new hearts and spirits so that they have begun to experience the life, light, and love of God.
11. In heaven, whatever one asks for immediately appears because the abiding fruit of Christ’s character is in everyone; all things are available in Him, as He promised (John 15:16).
12. The Garden of God in heaven (Ezek. 28:13), which is the pattern for the Garden of Eden that was on the earth (Gen. 2:8-9), contains fruit trees too.
13. Every created object and every living creation (angelic, human, animal, plant) in heaven is formed of God’s light, which is substantial and can be felt and allows the divine light of the glory of God to shine through everything (Rev. 21:23; 22:5). There are no shadows there, no hint of darkness.
14. The work of certain angels is that of rescuing believers from danger as described in Psalm 91:11-12: God gives “His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” An angel of help rescued Daniel from the lions (Dan. 6:22) and Peter from jail (Acts 12:11).
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Notes For The Revelation Of The Angel Of Obedience
1. All God’s children must learn to obey Him, even as Jesus on Earth had to learn in His human nature to obey His Father in all things (Heb. 5:8; John 8:29). The natural person of believers is incapable of obeying God, for their “flesh” (the earthly body and soul acting on its own) desires only to do what it pleases (Rom. 8:7, 7:18; Eph. 2:3). Therefore our obedience must be learned by repeated acts of the will in freely choosing moment by moment the obedience of Jesus’ perfect human nature in us (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). The Holy Spirit can then reinforce the flow of the Lord’s obedient life in us (Heb. 5:9; Phil. 2:13). Christ has been made unto us all things, including the obedience that the Father desires (1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 3:11). Believers need to let Christ manifest the life of obedience in them, for He is the only life in them (Isa. 26:12; 2 Cor. 4:10-11; John 14:13-14, 19; Col. 3:4).
2. The earthly soul life must be replaced by the soul life of Jesus’ perfect human nature in us (Matt. 16:25). This exchange is called the salvation of the soul (Luke 21:19; Heb. 10:39; James 1:21; 1 Pet. 1:9). The Holy Spirit cannot protect us when we allow the devil and his demons to work through our old self (Gen. 4:7; Eph. 4:27; 1 Pet. 5:8-9). We give legal permission to them to inhabit the darkness in us because of sin (Eph. 5:11).
3. The glory of Christ’s love meets all of the believer’s true needs (John 17:24; Phil. 4:19). The enemy is capable of stimulating our natural desires so that we feel we must have certain earthly gratification and have them now (1 Pet. 1:14). We can come to rely upon these substitutes and to love them instead of loving the Lord (1 John 2:15-16). We can discover that “the love of Christ [for us] controls us” (2 Cor. 5:14); that His love is better than wine (Earth’s best stimulants) (Song of Sol. 1:2); and that His “love never fails” us (1 Cor. 13:8). It is no sacrifice to choose that which is of God in Christ – eternal, divine, truly pleasurable, and satisfying – instead of that which is temporary, created, a counterfeit pleasure, and a false satisfaction (James 4:3-4; 1 John 2:17).
4. Every believer must “forsake…his thoughts” because “every intent of the thoughts of his heart [is] only evil continually… from his youth” (Isa. 55:7; Gen 6:5; 8:21). The Holy Spirit transforms us by helping us set our renewed minds (no longer conformed to this world) on God’s interests (Matt. 16:23; Eph. 4:23; Rom 12:2).
5. The Lord Jesus said that the path that leads to true life is narrow and restricted to walking step by step in Him who is the way (Matt. 7:14; 1 John 1:7).
6. Paul tells us that the imaginations and speculations of the mind of the natural person are vain and futile because they focus upon “the creature rather than the Creator” (Rom. 1:21, 25).
7. God said that the root of sin in mankind is in the thoughts of our hearts (Gen. 6:5). Jesus reiterated that truth (Matt. 15:18-19).
8. Paul says that the unruly mind can be reclaimed for Christ by casting down speculations and every proud argument that is contrary to the true knowledge of God in Scripture. The believer then takes control of every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
9. The young apostle Peter was headstrong, bent on going wherever he wished (John21:3). Jesus told him that when he grew old, he would have to follow his Master in the way of the cross where he did not wish to go (John 21:18-19).
10. An example of this word is spoken by Moses to the children of Israel to “listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God.” (Deut. 15:5).
11. God’s “eyes are too pure to approve evil, and [He] canst not look on wickedness with favor” (Hab. 1:13). “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face [intimacy] from you” (Isa. 59:2). The light of God cannot fellowship with darkness (1 John 1:6).
12. “Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4). “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11). “Thou dost give them to drink of the river of Thy delights” (Ps. 36:8). “God has prepared for those who love Him,” things never seen or heard before, things beyond imagination (1 Cor. 2:9).
13. Having “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,” He became “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:10; 12:2-3). Perhaps the worst suffering was the shame He endured from people believing He had been rejected by the Father (Matt. 27:42-44). He kept choosing at each trial to entrust “Himself to Him who judges righteously” instead of justifying Himself (1 Pet. 2:23). Jesus’ perfected human nature, fully joined to His divine nature, is within the believer as his new nature: complete in Christ and becoming complete in its expression through His disciple (Col. 2:10; 3:10).
14. God created first in heaven the prototype of every animal that ever lived on Earth, and it still exists there in a perfect state (James 1:17; Heb. 8:5; 9:23). In the case of dinosaurs and other animals that ate meat on Earth instead of the grass and plants that God provided for them (Gen. 1:30), they remain in heaven as the gentle herbivorous creatures that He made them. He will restore the carnivorous animals now on Earth to this condition during the Millennium (Isa. 11:6-9; Rom 8:19-21).
15. Many have spiritual bodies that look like the physical form of human beings (Dan. 10:16, 18), but others are unique creations of God, as are the four living creatures around the throne in heaven (Rev. 4:6-8) or the wheels (Ezek. 1:15-20).
16. The Holy Spirit opposes the flesh in believers; He presses the power out of it in order that He may bring forth the obedience of Christ (Gal. 5:17; Rom. 8:12-13; Col. 3:5). The outward discipline that the Spirit custom designs for each of us is meant to bring us to accept God’s “sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:9; 4:10-11). This process is like pressing out the juice of grapes, leaving the “flesh” or pulp lifeless. Some Christians refuse to accept and carry this individual cross as Jesus continually bears His private cross (Matt. 16:24). Therefore they have to continue in chastisements from God for years (Heb. 12:5-6).
17. Children in human families learn to obey by being disciplined or trained by their parents, and so do the children of God. Divine discipline also is meant to bring us to receive the gift of repentance, so that we change our attitude and direction and return to peace and right relationship with our heavenly Father by sharing in His holiness (Heb. 12:10-11).
18. Sometimes angels must strongly oppose us, as the angel with the drawn sword blocked Balaam’s path (Num. 22:22-35). An angel also wrestled with Jacob at the ford of the Jabbok (Gen. 32:24-31).
19. When the sons of God are revealed in the last days as those who “will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom” (Matt. 13:43), “the whole creation,” including the angels and the redeemed in heaven, will share in “the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Rom. 8:18-19, 21-22; Col. 3:4). Christians have received “the promise” of the Spirit (Acts 2:39), who brings forth Christ as that “Something better for us, so that apart from us they [the redeemed in heaven and the angels] should not be made perfect” (Heb. 11:39-40; 1 Pet. 1:10-11). All heaven also awaits the victory Jesus won over Satan and his host at Calvary to be enforced by the overcoming church, so that all of God’s enemies will be cast out of that part of heaven that they occupy (Eph. 3:10; Rev. 12:10-12).
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The Gift – Side Notes
Christ Jesus wears a golden girdle as the great High Priest to the Father (Rev 1:13).
The canopy is called the chuppah in Hebrew and means “a chamber.” It represents the place in his father’s house that the bridegroom in ancient Jewish ceremonies had prepared for the couple to begin life together.
The Lord Jesus comes not only as King but also as Priest according to the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 5:6)
Spiritual wisdom is primary among the Holy Spirit’s giftings, for “all desirable things cannot compare with her” (Prov 8:11; cf. Isa. 11:2). Therefore she is represented by a crown of gold (Prov. 4:8 – 9; Ezek. 16:12).
Rings on every finger can mean that the sword of the Spirit (the living word from God) is to be fully grasped and communicated in writing to others (Eph. 6:17; Rev. 1:11, 19).
All of the eight gifts given here are manifested in some form of a circle, symbolizing that they are of the Father Himself and eternal, without end. God empowers these endowments to operate as the Christian follows the leading of the Holy Spirit (Heb. 2:4; Rom. 11:29).
The mysteries of God are those truths concerning Him that cannot be known except that He reveals them.
Women in Scripture who were childless felt great disgrace (1 Sam. 1:5-7, 10-11).
The Bible speaks of the Lord as the husband of His people (Isa. 54:5; Rev 21:2). The Father instituted human marriage on earth in order to prepare His children for eternal union with His Son.
All judgement has been committed to Christ Jesus, who alone has the authority to render righteous verdicts with divine mercy (John 5:22; James 2:13).
God says that when we are betrothed to His Son, we are “advanced to royalty” (Ezek. 16:13).
THE GIFT – FOOT NOTES
1. The Lord Jesus visited the apostle John in a vision while he remained on the earth at the Island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9). He was so overcome that he “fell at His [Christ’s] feet as a dead man” (v. 17; cf. Acts 9:3-5). But later John was taken up into heaven in spirit where he was able to look upon the Lord Jesus as well as the Father on His throne without being physically overcome (Rev. 4-5).
2. The apostle John saw “seven [of the] angels who stand before God” to do His bidding (Rev. 8:2). We know that among the angels of His presence is Gabriel, who told Zacharias that he “stands in the presence of God” (Luke 1:19). These angels are chosen for this special responsibility (1 Tim. 5:21).
3. The colors of their robes signify that these angels stand in the presence of Christ the King (John 19:2-3). The golden girdles across their chests indicate their priestly service to God (Rev. 15:6).
4. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me,” Jesus said (John 6:37). The Father “gives” or betroths His children to His Son here on Earth at the time when each one is born again of the Spirit and enters the kingdom (John 3:3, 5-6).
For the Christian the chuppah is “in the bosom of the Father” Himself. The Lord calls this “My Father’s house” where His own on Earth are to abide in spirit even now (John 1:18; 14:2-3; 17:24; Col. 3:3).
The presence of the canopy symbolizes the fact that Jesus is coming from His Father’s house in this instance. The chuppah itself represents the Father as signified by the word love.
5. Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High eternally (Gen 14:18; Heb. 7:1-3).
The purple robe attests to Christ’s royalty (John 19:2-3). The white robe with the golden girdle across His chest signifies His priesthood. Jesus appeared to the apostle John in the same white robe with the golden girdle. (Rev. 1:13).
The crown He wears covers the top of His head in filigree work of gold. It is similar to the ornamental crowns placed on top of the Torah scrolls, the written Word of God in synagogues. The Lord Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1).
6. The dictionary gives the meaning of human wisdom as knowledge of what is true or right, coupled with just judgement in applying it to obtain the desired results. But “the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God,” for natural wisdom is hopelessly flawed by sin (1 Cor. 3:19; 1:20).
The wisdom of God the Father from the beginning has been encapsulated in the person of His son (1 Cor. 1:24; John 1:2). Those who receive Christ Jesus are put into Him by God, so that the Son becomes for them all things including divine wisdom (John 1:12; 1Cor. 1:30; Rom. 8:32).
7. The dictionary defines human knowledge as acquaintance with information learned from study or from experience. Golden earrings signify the divine knowledge from the Father that Jesus receives for the Christian. Christ said that “He [God] awakens My ear to listen as a disciple…and I was not disobedient” (Isa. 50:4-5).
The Holy Spirit reveals to the disciple the knowledge the Lord Jesus has received for that person (1 Cor. 2:10-11). One category of such knowledge is the spiritual gift called the word of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8). It is a direct disclosure of knowledge that was not seen, heard, or thought by the Christian (1 Cor. 2:9).
Another area of supernatural knowledge is the disciple’s conscience where the Spirit reveals what is in accord or not in accord with the life of Christ in that person (Rom. 9:1).
8. The human definition of understanding is insight or comprehension with the mind of the meaning or the significance of something. The golden heart hung on a chain over a disciple’s heart represents the spiritual heart of Christ being reproduced in that person (Song of Sol. 8:6). King Solomon asked God for an understanding heart to administer justice in the natural realm (1 Kings 3:9, 11). The Christian is given a spiritually minded heart to understand things of God in the supernatural sphere (Ezek. 11:19; 1 Cor. 2:14; Isa. 6:10).
The renewed human spirit is to know intuitively in the conscience when some thought, word, or act is from God or not, but the heart is to understand its meaning. What the mind or the spirit cannot understand, the heart does because it is the seat of faith by which we understand spiritual things not seen (Heb. 11:3; Rom. 10:9-10).
9. One of the meanings of human discretion is the capacity to act judiciously, being circumspect in exercising sensitivity regarding the effect of one’s conduct.
The main Hebrew word for bracelets is derived from a root word meaning “to bind or join”. Bracelets on the wrists of the Christian signify being bound or attached to The Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 6:15, 17).
In New Testament times, prisoners were bound to their guard by a chain around their wrists (Acts 12:6-7). Paul considered consecrated disciples to be willing prisoners of Christ Jesus (Rom 16:7). As such we are to be restrained by the Spirit in not being able to do or say what we please, but are to act as the Spirit leads (Gal. 5:17-18).
10. The dictionary defines discernment as the faculty to make distinctions accurately between things.
The nose ornament is a symbol of spiritual discernment because the nose instantly recognizes the presence of an odor. It distinguishes between pleasant and offensive smells without reference to the mind or to sight (Ezek. 16:12; 1 Sam. 3:9). Discernment is meant by the common expression, “Sniffing out a matter”.
The first thing to determine in spiritual discernment is whether the matter at hand is of God or not. If it is not of God, the next distinction is whether it is of the flesh (coming from the natural person) or of Satan (demonic). This spiritual gift can be a manifestation of the Holy Spirit called the distinguishing of spirits. It enables believers to identify the kind of spirit that is operating in a particular situation, group or person (1 Cor. 12:7, 10).
11. In ancient Jewish betrothals, for the right to marry the girl, the groom’s family gave gifts – called the bridal price (Gen. 24:53; 29:18, 26-27; 34:11-12). The giving of money or some other gift of value constituted the engagement to be married. In more recent Jewish betrothal ceremonies, the groom gives the bride a ring and says “Behold! You are consecrated to me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel.”
When one is betrothed to the Lord Jesus, a spiritual ring on the finger is a constant reminder that one is consecrated (set apart) unto Him. It also represents His pledge of faithfulness to endow the person with spiritual gifts and grace needful to carry out the Father’s calling upon that person.
12. In the Bible a golden necklace is an emblem of authority for a person who is under greater authority (Gen. 41:42; Ezek. 16:11). An example is King “Belshazzar [who] gave orders and they…put a necklace of gold around his [Daniel’s] neck giving him “authority as the third ruler in the kingdom” (Dan. 5:29). The neck represents the human will, either in yieldedness to authority or in being obstinate and stiff-necked (Prov. 1:8-9; Matt. 8:8-9; Acts 7:51). The Father gave His son authority over all things (Matt. 28:18; John 3:35). However, the Lord Jesus humbled Himself always to the authority of the Father’s will (John 5:30).
Because of His love and respect for the Father, Jesus feared to ever act independently of Him, but found delight in obeying Him (Ps. 40:8; Isa. 11:3; John 5:19-20). Christians will find rest only in having the same yoke about their necks (Matt. 11:28-30).
13. The betrothed, Rebekah, asked the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “He [Isaac] is my master. Then she took her veil and uncovered herself” (Gen. 24:65). It was a custom in early times in the East for a future bride to be, set apart until she was married. A disciple of Christ accepts the spiritual veiling of one’s whole being in consecration to Him (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
The word for favor is usually translated as “grace” in the Bible. The veil of divine favor (grace) surrounds those who embrace their consecration to Jesus. Each can say (with David) “You surround [me] with favor as with a shield” (Ps. 5:12).
14. Through his servant, Abraham gave gifts to Rebekah, the betrothed of his son Isaac (Gen. 24-53). Our Father God gives gifts of His splendor through His Son to those who welcome their betrothal to Christ Jesus (James 1:17). These presents cause the bride to be “exceedingly beautiful” in God’s eyes. He said that the “Beauty [is] perfect because of My splendor which I bestow on you” (Ezek. 16:13-14).
15. The author of the Book of Hebrews says that Psalm 45 is about God’s son (Heb. 1:8-9). It is a wedding song of the marriage of Christ the King and His bride. In Psalm 45:13 the bride is described as “all glorious within”. This refers to the “hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4).
16. King Solomon asked God to “give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil.” God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked [things] for yourself…I have done according to your words… [and] I have also given you what you have not asked” (1 Kings 3:9, 11-13).
17. The supreme mystery of God is Christ who incorporates all other divine mysteries within Him (Col. 2:2-3). The mystery of the ever-expanding love that is manifested in Christ is the greatest mystery of God. It can never be fully known (Eph. 3:17-19; Luke 10:22).
18. “Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; For more numerous are the children of the desolate, than of the one who has a husband” (Gal. 4:27; cf. Isa. 54:1).
19. Adam was “a type of Him [Christ] who was to come” (Rom. 5:14; cf. Gen. 2:24). Husbands and wives on earth are to become “one flesh,” meaning that the two think and act as one. In full union with Christ, the betrothed one becomes one heart, one soul and one spirit with Him (Ezek. 11:19; Acts 4:32; 1 Cor. 6:17).
The Bible calls Joseph the “husband” of Mary. After their betrothal they were considered married but without the physical consummation (Matt. 1:19). This is also true with the betrothal to the Lord Jesus. (2 Cor. 11:2).
20. In two instances of betrothal in Scripture, the groom places his garment over the intended bride.
God spread His skirt over His people of Jerusalem that His love might cover their nakedness (the exposure of their sinful nature) (Ezek. 16:8; 1 Pet. 4:8).
The widow Ruth asked her relative Boaz to spread his covering over her as a sign of his willingness to be her protector as redeemer (Ruth 3:9, 12-13; Deut. 25:5-7).
Jesus as our head covering in betrothal means that we walk under His favor, protection and authority. This is so that our “minds should [not] be lead astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3).
21. The passionate heart of Christ for His betrothed ones is represented by the ardor of the shepherd for the maiden in Song of Solomon 4:9. “You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride. You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes.”
22. “…the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world [system ruled by Satan]” (1 John 2:16). Pride is claiming for oneself glory that belongs to God (John 5:44). All glory belongs to God. He has said, “I will not give My glory to another” (Isa. 42:8).
The Son of God “is the radiance of His [Father’s] glory,” but He did not claim that glory as His own (Heb. 1:3). It remains the Father’s alone.
The light of God’s glory shines within the hearts of disciples, but it is not their possession (2 Cor. 4:6). They are “reflecting” it, as in 2 Corinthians 3:18, where “reflecting” is the better meaning of the Greek word usually translated “beholding”.
23. Isaiah spoke of abstaining from the pointing of the finger,” which means passing judgement on other people (Isa. 58:9).
24. David said the same thing to Saul when the king offered his daughter to him in marriage: “Who am I…that I should be the king’s son-in-law?” (1 Sam. 18:18).
25. “What do you have that you did not receive?”(1Cor. 4:7). “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17; John 3:27). Even our own beings now are a gift from God because His Son purchased us on the cross of Calvary from our former master (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rev. 5:9).
26. “Pharaoh king of Egypt had…captured Gezer…and had given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife” (1 Kings 9:16). A bride’s dowry is the material wealth that she brings to the marriage.
There are no riches that anyone can give to God’s Son whom the Father “appointed heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2). His Father owns “the earth and all it contains” (Ps. 24:1).
27. The linens to which God refers are the white, finely woven linen robes such as those worn by the Aaronic priests (Lev. 6:10; Exod. 39:27). These garments represent the righteousness of Christ with which “it was given to her [Christ’s bride] to clothe herself in fine linen” (Rev. 19:8; cf. Isa. 61:10; Rom. 3:22). Fine linen symbolizes righteous acts that the Holy Spirit accomplishes through the saints to glorify the Lord Jesus (John 16:14; Rom. 15:18-19).
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Bob Jones’ Interpretation Of The Dream Of June 30th, 1995
(This relates to the pink house and its contents. Pink, of course refers to that which is occurring in the flesh.)
Anna: (speaking to Bob Jones) It looked like a box.
Bob: Jerusalem. That’s the way they look in Jerusalem. They look like a box. The waves off the side of the cliff are humanity. Ships represent leadership…leadership chained to humanity. The buildings will be as high as they are wide. They are square….like 15 feet wide and 1 5 feet high and 15 feet long. The heavenly buildings are like that.
Wood speaks of anointed flesh. So the treasure that you saw was the treasure of the past. But the sons of thunder—their mother made a request of the Lord that “my” sons sit at your right hand and your left hand. Jesus said: “it is not Mine to give.” Then He said: you don’t know what you asked– for this is required of me. You’ve got to drink of My cup. They ( the sons of thunder) said: “Lord we can do it.” And so they did drink of His cup. They could do it. I’ve never heard them preach on that. James was the first to be martyred—killed like Him, wasn’t he? John remained behind to live for Him, didn’t he?
So they did live in this persecution, didn’t they? So—those were old cups, weren’t they? ….that men did drink out of, didn’t they? And so men did drink. The church was birthed on persecution. And there is something old and something new that comes in the wedding. This was the treasure of the church…of the early church.
These are treasures that religious men have usurped. This speaks of coming into the property that the soul has taken over. The soul in our churches has no vision of persecution and suffering. But the LAST DAY CHURCH will come out with great suffering. And so, those are the cups. Can we drink from them? It is only those who will drink of them—(the leadership that was not chained to humanity in the dream) that will no longer be chained. So they are not coming through the system…but outside of the system.
But the system—that which controls—has got to give up and bring a new wedding. And what you were seeing was that those who really owned it were coming “into their own.” They had inherited that “stuff”. The spigot that was sitting on the floor was the widow woman’s spigot. They brought vessels from many churches and they got oil from it. It was the oil to keep her son from slavery…religious slavery.
But isn’t that in the treasure of our past? Didn’t that spigot continually run oil so that everybody that had a vessel had them filled? And it ran the best of the oil….the best for light and life—for well-being which speaks of the Spirit. And hasn’t the church usurped the authority of the Spirit?…..and put Him out? But when the Spirit—the spigot of oil—comes won’t the spigot run continually then? And who will it touch?
FLESH ….”I’ll pour My Spirit out on all flesh.” And so did the early churches die in the spirit or did they die in the flesh?
Anna: The flesh.
Bob: Dying in the flesh is easy. It’s living in the soul for Christ that’s hard. So can we drink of His cup? Yes, we can.
Albert: (my husband) He told them they could.
Bob: And we can too. We do drink of His cup of what we see going on in this world. Every time you’re grieved….for sin grieves God, doesn’t it? You see, I saw satan’s trophy room and so many things of God were there in his trophy room….and he usurped it. They have usurped so many things through knowledge….the tree of knowledge….and taken away from us….but they are all there in scripture. That old dead piece of stick is there in scripture—when Moses lifted it up. There are all kinds of vessels in scripture and we are many different vessels aren’t we? There are awesome treasures there, aren’t there?
(Speaking of the table in the dream) The acacia wood is probably what you thumped…..thorns like a locust.
Albert: It does have thorns.
Bob: That’s what they made the ark out of. So you were testing the wood of the table of the Lord. So this table of the Lord was really the communion table of God. Here is where He communes with His people. Here are the cups where He communed with them. The sopping cup of the Last Supper was there.
And can we drink from His cup? Of course, we’re going no place until we do…and don’t we continually?
Albert: Where else do we have to go? Is there any other option?
Bob: The righteous will absolutely suffer persecution—that’s drinking from His cup. And are we not persecuted and brought low by the world every day? We’re made fun of.
But where she was and what He’s bringing back to the church—what she saw there—I’d study to find out what that letter means in Greek. You’ve got a letter there—did you notice it? Turn back (He was talking about turning back to the beginning of the dream as it appeared in the journal originally) and look at that letter. That house is shaped in the form of a letter. I’m just wondering what the letter for Koinonia (Greek for fellowship) is? See that letter? That’s a love letter to the bride in the book of Revelation, is what that is. I know for me, the thing it makes is a “k”. In these things the width and the height is always the same. It’s a cube….so is that.
Al: And you remember those scriptures.
Bob: That’s a gift. You surely have seen that I can’t even remember my own name at times. But when I get into something like that (looking at a dream or vision) a gift starts operating. That’s a gift that’s quickening those scriptures to me. Jeremiah 9:23-24. “Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; (24) but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me…’”
Al: We’re reading where Solomon goes astray.
Bob: Yeah, he married all those foreign churches. Nehemiah would not. Why not? It came through his mother’s blood line. She knew that the only one who could see her was King David. So she presented herself to him to tempt him. David got all the blame for it and took it because he was a man—but Bathsheba was presenting herself nude…presenting her body to him knowing he was up there. So it came on down into Solomon. So Solomon said, there are several things I don’t understand and one of them is love. I don’t understand the difference between love and sex. So they could get to him because all he was after with a woman was sex. So he did not have a compatible companion. So he was always seeking it in a new conquest, wasn’t he?
Albert: He had one thousand wives and three hundred concubines.
Bob: He was one busy man.
Albert: That shows you that he didn’t know what love was.
Bob: And therefore in searching for it, he never really became holy. So he really didn’t seek after righteousness and holiness did he? He went the way of perversion. In that perversion he tells what he didn’t understand in scripture. So his wisdom was of the earth, wasn’t it? It wasn’t a godly wisdom. But, it was an earthly wisdom.
Albert: He knew a lot about the things of the world.
Bob: He asked God for the wisdom to deal with man, didn’t he? So he was brilliant, wasn’t he? Did he have godly wisdom? Only when he sought it. And he was a cruel ruler. And he didn’t have compassion for anything that wasn’t a Jew. He put everything to the whip except the Jews.
So he didn’t know God’s way and he didn’t have God’s wisdom. He had the greatest wisdom that man has ever had—and so who did they give the credit to? They gave it to Solomon—the wisest man that ever lived.
Anna: They gave it to Solomon and not to God.
Bob: So who is the church giving the credit to now?….the charisma gifts. Who looks so foolish to the church (this is speaking of himself for he was often mocked) he can’t talk straight so that we have to answer for him. He’s always making a mess of it.
But wisdom comes by the fear of God, doesn’t it? Over a period of time that wisdom begins to bring in the proper application of it—which is understanding. And real understanding is fear God in all your decisions. I think you can only get understanding from Him. So you’ll notice when I’m trying to interpret a thing in understanding, I’m quoting scripture to you. So I don’t think we’re going to get any understanding at all apart from scripture.
The thunder that’s coming, we better understand it. And we better understand it by the Word. We better filter it through the logos. Then with the understanding of it we better totally obey it.
Albert: All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ Jesus—of the things that are really valuable.
Bob: (speaking of the buffet table in the dream) That’s the Lord’s table, that’s who that is. The Lord is the buffet table. So that’s really the Lord isn’t it? And all of His goodies are there. Everything there is Christ—His cup—His spigot. That’s where the oil ran out. When the prophet prayed for it, the oil never ceased, did it?
So prophets play an important part in this thing. But the vessels are of the Lord and the prophet must remember that He must be the Lord’s vessel for the oil to pour through it. And he’s got to have that wisdom and understanding. So knowledge to me is an invitation and wisdom is the application—but understanding is the ‘’know-how’’.
Albert: And the prophet can’t be controlled if he wants to stay a true prophet.
Anna: Understanding, what brings it?
Bob: It’s a gift that works through the Word. Then all of a sudden it is like a key that begins to unlock. Here’s the beginning of it. Here’s the next meaning and the next thing you know you can interpret every bit of it yourself. So that’s why you need an old eagle who can teach you to understand. And the understanding is: “Look at it.” Turn it every which way. If you’ve got a diamond, you’ve got to look at it from every aspect. Turn it in every way and then “ah” this is the direction its saying.
So you knew it was a house.
Anna: But I didn’t know it was a letter.
Bob: Well, you didn’t turn it. But once attention is drawn to it, the next time you’ll know it. So with revelation I turn it every direction I can. And all the time praying for a scripture on it…..for its got to be filtered out of the logos.
I personally think you’re talking about the house of Koinonia. That’s a “K”. The house of “k” or friendship. That’s what you saw was the friend’s house. It was a friendly house of beauty.
Anna: It was a beautiful place inside.
Bob: You know what bothered me? There were no windows in it. There must be windows in it….those are prophets. But again, the House of the Lord has no outside glory. The glory is within. In every vessel the glory would shine. It doesn’t look beautiful to mankind on the outside. That was Him, wasn’t it? The Friend. Was He beautiful on the outside? The Word says that He was not: (Is 53:2-3) “For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
The “K” is for Koinonia….the coming forth of the House of Friendship—-the friendly house. You’ll be joining the House of Friends up on the mountains.
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Bob Jones On The Root Of Bitterness
(This was told me in June of 1995. The story he is telling is from his own experience with a root of bitterness.)
Bob: In ’82 I was in a place (he is speaking of a certain church with which he had a connection. This is not Mike Bickle’s church. This experience came before he even knew Mike.) and He told me to go resign being a prophet and to put my mantle on another young man and go home and sit. A man in his obedience removes the mantle. It is not of his doing. It’s the Spirit. So I did that and Viola (his first wife who died) and I thought we could go back to that same church and we’d sit on the back and maybe get away with it. So I walked into the church the next Sunday after doing that and saw a woman I’d prayed for who was having a miscarriage—and she stopped and the baby was born healthy. She always came and laid that baby in my hands. But that Sunday she said: ’’Will you get out of the way? You’re always in my way. You’re always standing here.” Then the pastor came and said: “Bob you sure are distracting things. Would you mind going and sitting down?”
So we sat down in back and there were two or three “words” coming in prophecy at us that were critical. And I said: “God what’s happening?” And He said: “I’m helping you leave, Bob. I told you to and you came back. Now I am helping you.” I said: “I heard you, Lord, don’t help me anymore.”
So—I went home in August. I was praying sitting out on the back porch—praying. And I said: “I am sick here at my stomach. I am sick here from this abortion stuff. This is really bothering me and I’m really hurting all over and I’m hurting inside like I’ve never hurt before….and from my own sins I’m hurting, Lord.”
And I saw like two fingers coming out of the West and they came and hit me right in the eyes and I fell back on the divan. When I opened my eyes I was blind. I have no idea how long I was blind, but I was blind quite a while. I was wondering if this was a stroke or something. So I just sat there. I waited and just sat there and wept.
After a while, my sight returned to me…and He began to speak to me about a new group of people He was going to bring…and He began to speak to me of a root I had in my heart and He said: “Pull it out.” So I got a hold of it like a root that had suckers on it and I tried to pull it out. When I did I’d almost faint. He kept saying: “Pull it out, Bob.” And I’d say, “God, I can’t.”
I know now it was on the Day of Atonement when He came. He said: “Can’t get it out, huh?”
I said: “Oh, Lord, I need help. That thing hurts so bad and I’m rooted into the earth—the worldly things. It hurts so badly.”
He said: “Dear friend, I’ve come to help you. He reached down and ‘took–a-hold- of’ the root in my heart with both of His hands and He just began to pull it out. I was in the spirit but I fainted in the spirit. And He began to pull the thing out…and it had root systems. It was all over my body like a ROOT OF BITTERNESS. It was a bitter thing. I’d grown up in bitterness (it was usual for those that came from his part of the country to hold grudges and seek vengeance–). On the ends of the roots were knots…and they were so hard to pull out without the help of God. And what He pulled out of my heart was a ROOT OF BITTERNESS.
So what I’d done until that time, I’d kept all that bitterness cut down like a sprout. But I couldn’t get the root out. And when He pulled the stump out, He pulled my memory out with it. I couldn’t remember a week past. People would come and say: ’Do you remember this or that?’ Before, they were talking about un-forgiveness and hurt and pain. Now there wasn’t any memory of it.
So He pulled out the whole root system. Then He started speaking to me about young people coming—and what they were and everything. So I filled it in with that. (Instead of seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, he filled his thoughts with the coming young people with whom he would work.) I kept filling it in that God was bringing a group of young people…He’s told me that since 1975….and I filled it in with that.
God said: ’You must watch that because that is fertile ground for another root to grow. But it won’t be of the past…it will be the present. With the persecutions and everything that’s going to happen, you must watch the root system and keep it daily pulled out. Keep the weeds pulled out of your heart daily.’
You see, anger over a length of time gets more anger in it—then your imagination adds to it. It becomes bitterness. When bitterness comes into you, you start looking for anything that will keep you alive until the next day….anything that will stimulate the soul to try to live. It was sin—and that sin was anger and bitterness.”
Anna: “But Bob you understand.”
Bob: “I think that understanding came because I had no man to understand and I had such a hunger for it. I just kept seeking Him and at different times He’d give me an understanding on a different level. In all the persecution that I went through, He’d excite me because the things I’d been asking Him for years—what it really meant–, He’d give me the meaning of it. I’d get so excited in the time of persecution I wouldn’t have time for the persecution….because of what He was saying. I’m still having it now.
But those fingers (he held up his index and second finger toward me in illustration of these two fingers going into both his eyes) hit my eyes and they began a new thing in my life. These fingers are used to plant seeds in the growing cups. Life.”
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Interpretation Of The Vision Of June 28
I am giving to you the interpretation of one of my visions that Bob Jones very kindly explained to me in June 1995. This vision is not only valid for the present, but it is such a great teaching tool that I wish to share it with all of you. In this way, you will be receiving instruction from a very mature prophet. (If you have not seen the vision on which this interpretation is based, it is shown under the section set aside for “PERSONAL MESSAGE”.)
Bob Jones talking: “The gold stamens mean a pure mind. Those who come to this mountain (speaking of the mountain on which years later I would live) will have a pure mind. But everything must be built on 2nd Peter 3:1 out of a pure mind…the gold mine of God. 2nd Peter 3:1:
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up
your pure minds by way of remembrance.” (KJV)
Anna: “I could see myself falling from a great distance into the flowers.”
Bob: “So we fall from where?” he asked. “From here (he pointed to his head) to here (he pointed to his heart.) So you see how far we must fall?…from THE SOUL to the SPIRIT. You were falling. You don’t fall really in love with Him in the head. You are too soulish. You fall in love with Him in the Spirit. The head, then, begins to vote for the Spirit.”
Anna: “But as for myself, I fell again and again.”
Bob: “But that’s exactly what you’ve been doing…and the others have been. Since that meeting up there in Moravian Falls, even youth have really begun to move here.” (he points to the SPIRIT.)
Anna: “The landing was soft and no one seemed afraid.”
Bob: “Isn’t it? We think it’s a terrible landing, but it’s beautiful isn’t it? “This” (he points to his head) “is hard, isn’t it? This” (he points to his belly) is soft isn’t it? Can you imagine falling on your Daddy’s stomach?”
Anna: “At first the people came down like a few drops of rain. Then they came down like a downpour.”
Anna: “The people were caught in the flowers—but then the people began to spill over the flowers…”
Bob: “You see, the first ones don’t spill over.”
Anna: “That’s right, they didn’t.”
Bob: “But they do prime it.”
Anna: “That’s right, like priming the pump.”
Bob: “So the pump is being primed through Rick (Joyner) and other ministries that have been on fire since that time (a meeting of several ministries that occurred in Moravian Falls). And they are already going through the whole earth right now priming everything else. A lot of things that I’ve shared are now like priming things.”
Anna: “On them was the pollen from the large flowers on the mountain.”
Bob: “Whose pollen? They got it off the flower…the Rose of Sharon. So they were carrying honey—which is the good word of God. That’s what pollen is. Bees make honey out of pollen.”
Anna: “Where the people ran, a flower was left in the footprint.”
Anna: “then the flowers like those on the mountain covered the earth.”
Bob: “…the revelation of it. You see it blossomed when you get the revelation of it.”
Bob: “…the shofar. God is blowing the shofar now…Zechariah 9:13 and 14…’.storm winds of the South.'”: Zechariah 9: 13 and 14:
13 “For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. I will stir up your Sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.”
14 “Then the Lord will appear over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord God will blow the trumpet, and will march in the storm winds of the South.”
Bob: “God is blowing the trumpet…. God declaring His time. So the heavens are declaring Poppa’s timing.”
Anna: continuing the give to Bob the parts of the vision: “their vibration shook the whole earth.”
Bob: “That’s Isaiah 66:2: ‘those who tremble at My word.’ Bob continues: … “but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My word.”
Anna: continuing the vision: “Then lightning flashed across the sky and thunder rolled.”
Bob: “Lightning—His power. Thunder, His voice.”
Anna: “then the Aurora”.
Bob: “His beauty is rainbow colors.”
Anna: continuing the vision: “…burst across the whole sky.”
Bob: “God’s covenant was revealed in the heavens.”
Anna: “Christ on a white horse…”
Bob: “The white horse is a pure movement of the Spirit. The merry-go-round goes up on top of that ridge. You see the merry-go-round has no beginning or end, but goes world-wide. It has a world-wide spin. It’s like what you’re saying. It’s like the flowers. I was told I’d never ride the white horse. I could not control the white horse—but others are able who are apostolic. You see, I’ve always had to run with the white horse. But the pappas are coming which will direct the movement—which I am not. But, I’m the one that motivates and keeps the white horse alive. I’ve got the reins. A lot of times the apostle doesn’t have the reins in His hands. I’ve got the reins. But I have to walk beside of it…and keep it in the flow. That is my purpose.”
I have shared with you Bob Jones’ interpretation of the vision of June 28, l995 that is shown under the section: Personal Message. This is the interpretation of a prophet that is at the height of his gifting. He taught me and now he is able to teach you. It was a rare gift that I was granted in my life. It is even rarer that this was recorded and now can be shared with you—so that he may teach many, many more of God’s children.
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THE FIRST OF THE TRANSCRIPTIONS: BOB JONES
Here are the first of the transcriptions to share with you, my friends. I am giving these to you as they came to me-literally. My husband, Albert, and I were interviewing Bob Jones. The one transcribing added all of our little reactions, etc. I did not expect her to record these…but now, I am able to see their worth in helping the reader to be a part of the exchange. There was a good deal of unrelated chatter before we asked him about the first time he remembered experiencing the supernatural.
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Teaching On The Mountain Of Spices
In all of these entries on the web-site I am trying to share exactly the process that occurred while I was receiving the revelations (many of which are in the books THE HEAVENS OPENED, THE PREIESTLY BRIDE and HEAVEN AWAITS THE BRIDE). It is always helpful to have the results shared with the body of Christ; but sometimes it is also helpful to see the inside workings of the end results. Such sharing rarely happens—but I find it most helpful when it does—I hope you do, also. Here are the notes from my journal of 1995 as I attempted to understand the revelation of THE MOUNTAIN OF SPICES.
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Looking At Something In A Different Way
I was showing Bob Jones one of my drawings at one time. He took the page and turned the picture round and around. I asked him what he was doing. “When I see something—whether it is on a page or in a vision, I turn it around on all sides to see if that helps me to understand what is being said.” In many ways, that is what these particular angels do. We’ve all been stuck in a problem because we continue to run around the same mental track each time we approach the matter. These angels help us to take a side road in our minds, etc. They help to “unstick” us so that God’s life can flow in that situation again.
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I am typing the hand written text for the vision that I call The Picnic. When you reach the drawing for the picnic, the center fold of the journal makes a dark line in the center. Also, remember, this revelation is 20 years old and the journal passed through the fire that burned down our house and the water that the fire department poured on the structure trying to save it. Many of the angels you have seen earlier on the web site. I will start at the far right and name those at the picnic. Anna (me) is sitting to the extreme right. Next-moving clockwise- is Boaz, then Jachin (found in May 2013 under angels), then one of a group of five guards (air, earth, fire, water, and under the earth), this one is Fire. Then the angel Phyllis ( She is found in the section on angels in February 2014). Then the second of the guards: Earth. Next to Earth sits Chuckles or as Bob Jones called her: Emma the angel of healing (December 2012 under angels). Barely seen on the far left side of the picture is Cerise, (an angel of Zeal). Turning the curve in the circle is Judy, the angel of Praise (found under angels in July 2014). Next to her is The Angel of Promises (found under the angel section in February 2013). Sophia, the angel of Wisdom sits next to him (found under angels in September 2014). The angel Daniel is next. (He is found in angels, June 2014). Sitting next to him—but behind Daniel’s staff is the guard Air. Next to him is Heather (remember she is formed from the mist of the Hanging Gardens in Paradise –which are found in October 2013). Next to Heather is another guard: Water. Beside Water sits the angel Aaron with his staff. Then next to the Angel Aaron is Tacti (another guard—this time for under the earth.) The last angel shown in the picnic—sitting right next to me on the far right is the angel Clara (found in angels March 2014).
VISION: September 3, 1995
I traveled the tunnel rather listlessly. I had been ill and still was not too “up-to-par”.
At the mouth of the tunnel in Paradise stood my angels (those angels assigned to me while I am on earth). “Don’t despair, Anna. Let’s have a picnic,” the angels said. Jachin and Boaz were on either side of me. We were quite a little troop going down the path.
“We knew you’d be coming and have it prepared already.” They said.
[We went to a location near the terraced waterfall. A picnic cloth was laid out under some lovely nearby trees (although it wasn’t to shade us from the sunshine, as on earth—more like a canopy).
“Heather,” I said, “works here. Could she join us?”
“Of course,” said Clara—and went over to the waterfall and called her. Heather formed from the mist and the two talked a moment and then she came over with Clara.
“Heather,” they all said and all the angels hugged her.
“I’m so happy to see you,” she smiled.
“Come sit with us,” Aaron said, “Right near me,” added Daniel in a grandfatherly way.
[There was a feast laid out—of fruits, nuts and sandwiches, breads olives and a thin wafer-like stuff piled high in the center of the picnic cloth. The cloth was red and white like so many picnic cloths on earth.
Daniel said: “All of this bounty comes from our God and He is generous in sharing His bounty with us.”
The angels burst into a song of praise and thanksgiving. Their hands were raised and their faces turned up. Their hands were touching one another. As they sang, it was like electricity or fire or intensified light. The song climbed the scale and climbed in intensity. Then it was over and the blinding light subsided and we were ready for the picnic.
[The picture shows a donut of light with their feet or hooves barely seen at the bottom.]
“Take what you’d like, Anna,” Cerise said.
I reached for some bread and bit into it. It tasted sweet and nutty and fruity. They all watched me before starting.
“This is good,” I said. They smiled and nodded to one another. “Are you going to eat?” I asked.
“Oh yes,” they said and reached for the wafers in the center of the table cloth.
“Mmm, heavenly,” said Chuckles—and we all laughed.
“So, how have you been, Anna,” asked Jachin.
“Not too well. I’ve been sick.”
“Are you feeling better,” inquired Boaz.
“But how is your spirit, is what Jachin meant,” said Aaron.
‘Well, I don’t know,’ I answered. I’ve been ‘thrown off ‘by this illness. I wish I didn’t need to be ill.’
‘Are you following the guidelines set down by your Father?’ asked Phyllis.
‘No,’ I answered, I can’t say I am.’
“Don’t you think it would be wise to do so?” asked Sophia.
“Yes,” I said, “I’ve been remiss.”
“Your Father has given you a period of time in Florida to get work done and to get your life focused on Him and away from the world. But He also wants you to follow His guidelines as a preparation,” said Judy.
“Preparation for what?” I asked. [At this period of time I had no idea that He would ask me to write books based on the revelations He had given me.]
“That is not for us to say,” Cerise said.
“He wants obedience from you, Anna,” said Aaron.
“Careful obedience,” said Daniel.
“Absolute obedience,” said Heather, and they all laughed.
“Yes, absolute obedience, otherwise that which is ahead of you will be too dangerous,” said Clara.
“Dangerous?” I asked.
“To the life and work or God in you and through you, Anna. If one is on a dangerous trail, one listens very carefully to the trail guide—who has gone before.” Daniel said.
“You are in a time of rest; clarification of direction and purpose, and preparation for that which is to come,” Sophia said.
“Work as unto the Lord. Seek Him in all that is done. We are here to help you—and others will be called to step forth. They are with us and you, but have not stepped forth as yet,” said Epaggelias (the Angel of Promises).
“We are here to protect you, Anna,” said the five guards, “as well as be companions to you.”
[The five are: Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Tacti (under the earth).]
“You have many friends—and more than you realize,” said Aaron.
“How is bread made up here?” I asked suddenly.
“It comes together because we wish it. We think in ourselves that which we would like and it materializes. But manna comes from the throne of God. Did you try some?” [I did not write down which angel said that.]
“Please,” they said.
It was like air….there wasn’t anything there. It was white and so thin you could almost see through it—well, you could, but opaquely. They watched me as I put the wafer into my mouth. It dissolved in my mouth. There is no taste to which I can compare it—sweet but not sweet—nutty but not. It was full of flavors, yet almost air.
“It’s good,” I said.
“Yes,” said Jachin.
“So, back to the question that was asked you. How is your spirit?” asked Aaron.
“I think I’m a bit distracted,” I said.
“You must learn to work, but always, always…” Aaron said.
“Always,” said Chuckles.
“Put communion with the Lord your God first. You have busied yourself with the work at hand. This is good. But, you have failed to stay in communion with your heavenly Father,” said Aaron.
“He has asked you not to run off with the gifts, has He not?” asked Daniel.
“This is a quiet time when these variances can be corrected and the proper order and focus can be trained into your life.” [I had to look up the word: variance. It was not a word that I ever used and I was not sure exactly what it meant. The meaning of the word is at the bottom of page 112. The meanings are: the state or fact of varying, difference or discrepancy; disagreement, discord, dissension, being changeable or having a tendency to change; (in law) a lack of agreement between two parts of a legal proceeding which should agree.]
Sophia continued: “Do the work at hand, but always, communion with your Husband (Jesus), your Father and your Friend must come first.”
“There is much to do, Anna. The Lord has commissioned you as His Chancellor. Your first duty is to report to Him each day for
dictation. He has your training program all planned and only needs you to show up,” said Phyllis.
“I have been remiss; but I thank you for your help.”
[All the angels hugged me.]
“Are you getting tired?” asked Cerise.
“A little,” I said.
“Time to return,” said Cerise.
They helped me up. The cloth was picked up by its corners (by no one I could see) carried up and disappeared.
“No clean up,” said Chuckles…..and we all laughed.
With arms around one another, we began to walk toward the tunnel.
“Good-bye,” I said to Heather—and waved to her as we left.
“Blessings,” the others said as we walked away.
[They began humming a song. The hum went right through me, inside me to my inner most being.
We walked to the mouth of the tunnel and just kept going—they with their arms around me and one another—like a small troop, we hummed in the tunnel. The tunnel seemed to glow with light more intense as we hummed. At the earth mouth of the tunnel, we walked through—and they were invisible—not gone—just invisible.
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Notes On Sense And Nonsense
1. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him—but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God…We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Cor. 2: 9-10, 12 NIV).
2. The natural or earthly-minded person comprehends things of the world. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8, NIV).
3. Jesus of Nazareth walked and worked on Earth, but He lived above in His Spirit within the Father (John 1:18; 14:20). On earth He did not judge by what His eyes saw or by what His ears heard (Isa. 11:3). He relied upon the Holy Spirit to teach Him all things (John 14:26).
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Revelations Concerning Crystal Clear
As I have told you before, all angels do not look alike or dress alike or have identical duties.
Since they are spirit, they may appear in different shapes and clothing, with different voice inflections, etc. Usually, they appear in a particular shape, size and clothing. However, CRYSTAL CLEAR demonstrates the variety of manifestations used to better relate the Lord’s message to a believer: a child. The angel CRYSTAL CLEAR is so named because the Lord teaches the truth through her in very easily perceived and unmistakable terms.
NOTES FOR THE REVELATION CONCERNING CRYSTAL CLEAR
1. Angels who minister to particular believers on Earth (Heb. 1:14) often have names that identify each one’s function. All heaven is formed of supernatural light that is, substantial and transparent, reflecting the glory of God in everything everywhere (Ps. 8:1; Rev. 5:13).
2. There is no sea in heaven or on the new earth (Rev. 21:1), because the sea represents rebellion that cannot bring life but issues in death. The unbelieving peoples of earth are often represented by “the tossing sea, for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up refuse and mud.” (Isa. 57:20-21; Jude 13).
3. His words are “spirit and are life” (John 6:63) to those who act upon them by building upon Christ the Rock as the foundation. But those who put their hope in anything that is built on the sands of Earth will see it swept away one day (2 Pet. 3:10).
4. “The world” is one meaning of the Greek word cosmos, which is used in the New Testament to denote the spiritual kingdom of Satan on the earth that is ruled by aggression, deception, lust, greed, murder, and pride (1 John 2:15-17); John 8:44; Rev. 12:9). All human beings are born into that kingdom with the spirit of evil working in them (Eph. 2:1-3). The only way to leave that kingdom of darkness is to be born again by the Holy Spirit into Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:30) and so be transferred out of this “world” into His kingdom (Col. 1:13). Jesus taught the lesson about building on sand in Matthew 7:24-27.
5. The “flesh” is one meaning of the Greek word sarx to denote the independent use of the earthly, outer person of soul and body. The law of sin in the members of the human body (Rom. 7:23) has also corrupted all natural expression of the faculties of the soul (mind, emotions and will). This expression is called the old self (Eph. 4:22), and “nothing good dwells in…my flesh” (Rom 7:18).
6. The copper in a penny gives it a sour taste in the mouth. Copper in Scripture signifies the righteous judgment of God against sin. The altar for animal sacrifice in the courtyard of the wilderness tabernacle was plated with a copper alloy, probably bronze (Exod. 27:1-2; Num. 2 21:6; 8-9). The only good we have in us as believers is Christ Jesus (Luke 18:19; John 15:5).
The angel CRYSTAL CLEAR imparts a powerful and refreshing blessing because the light from God flows through her hands. The angel Gabriel touched Daniel and revived him (Dan. 10:10, 16, 18).
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A New Day For Angels Also
The following conversation occurred on February 12, 2008 on earth.
The first interchange was with TUTOR. I will show you TUTOR under the Personal section. The main part of the exchange was with the SCRIBE. The Scribe records all that is occurring in a certain location here on earth. It is the SCRIBE that is pictured—even though he looks older and wiser than my art work can depict him. These pages are right out of my journals.
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Angels As Signposts
Some angels not only deliver messages to us or assist us in the tasks at hand, but some are markers of great significance in our lives. They themselves are signposts. The very arrival of such an angel means that your life is about to make a momentous change. (The angel of the Lord appearing to Zacharias—John the Baptist’s father—the angel Gabriel appearing to The Virgin Mary).
Often the first response to such an angel’s declaration is that you come under a massive attack from the enemy.
Well, with a higher calling or greater authority, an increase in the anointing is given to you. That increase in the anointing comes with greater light. The gathering of greater light to a person attracts hindering demons that seek to stop—even if only temporarily—the use of this greater anointing for the sake of the Lord’s kingdom.
WHY DOES OUR HEAVENLLY FATHER ALLOW SUCH AN ATTACK?
Remember that after His baptism Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1b) where He was tested by the devil. His baptism and the anointing He received at that time were markers of the beginning of His public ministry. But first He was tested. The enemy tests the anointing and also tests us to see if there are any chinks in our armor. The Lord allows this testing.
WHY DOES OUR HEAVENLY FATHER ALLOW THESE TESTS WHEN HIS CHILD IS BARELY “ON-HIS-FEET” IN THE NEW AUTHORITY OR CALL?
1. It allows the child He is training to use the new authority—even if it is “baby steps” to rebuff the enemy.
2. The attack confirms something new and more dangerous to the enemy has occurred in the person’s life.
3. It gives those who are being tested the chance to “test” their own spiritual armor. Remember, that David was outfitted for battle by the King in Saul’s own armor. However David took off the armor for he said: “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” (1Samuel 17:39b)
DO SUCH ANGELS REMAIN ON ASSIGNMENT WITH YOU?
These are angels of great responsibility and authority. They are not personal angels or angels assigned to an area of the land or over cities, etc. Therefore, when the angel VICTORY appears, both his presence and the message he brings are important—(well, all messages from angels are important—but some messages are of greater significance.) But if he brings with him a symbol of authority, that symbol
adds additional weight to his visit.
THE DELIVERY OF A SPIRITUAL OBJECT
The angel VICTORY brought with him a scepter. Such an object in the natural would indicate authority. Here it is given—not only to the person receiving it—but receiving it on behalf of a group. If you have visited the web site or written to the address provided for you so that you may write to us and request prayer (these not only write, but receive a written answer) you know that we pray for you. The Lord has called a group of us to pray. Those that gather are giving of their time and of themselves to hear the Lord and pray His purposes—as well as for the requests we are laying before Him on your behalf.
The authority that is now given to us must be tested. Pray with us that we pass the tests.
WHAT DOES THIS AUTHORITY MEAN?
I am not sure. Although I have been a part of corporate intercession (and the others in the prayer group, also) I do not believe that I have been part of a group that has received a greater authority for prayer than that which is more than the anointing and authority available to all believers.
WHAT DO I THINK IT MEANS?
Well, I know what I would like it to mean. I would like it to be in prayer that which was spoken of Samuel about prophecy..(1 Samuel 3:19: “So Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.”) In other words, he prophesied from the throne of God and God backed up his words. I would like very much to be so in the will of God in our prayers that God answers rapidly and completely that which comes from His throne through us. That is what having greater authority means to me—however, this is very new to me and to the group that prays together.
I am sharing with you at the beginning of this anointing so that we may grow together in our understanding of the breath, height, and depth of this mighty gift bestowed by our Heavenly Father.
A NEW EXPERIENCE
Even though we are here and you are there we will be growing in our understanding at the same time.
Pray with us that our prayers are more effective in your behalf and in behalf of others—many of whom are suffering in these deeply troubling times.
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Teaching By Seeing
On the Second Day of Hanukkah, December, 1995, the Lord gave me an experience in heaven that was shared in Heaven Awaits the Bride. Here is the illustration that was drawn on the day of the revelation—along with the text:
THE POOL OF REFLECTION
After we arrived in Paradise, I found that I was sitting alone near a clear, round pool of water. On the opposite side of the pool, shrubbery was growing in geometric shapes—squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles. These shapes were reflected within the pool…
It was unusually still by the pool, like being in the eye of a hurricane. I swung my legs around, putting my feet into the water. They hardly made a ripple. Strange.
“Where am I?” I asked myself.
“The pool of reflection,” a child’s voice answered from behind me.
“Uh oh,” I said within myself because I recognized the voice. “Crystal Clear,” I smiled faintly as I turned to face her.
There she stood, her hair still tousled as if from play. She was wearing the same pale shift and pinafore. She looked five or six years of age. However, she had old eyes. At times I could see through her arm or leg. She was a spirit.
“You have come back to see us,” she exclaimed cheerily. “We L-O-V-E, love you,” she continued, spelling out the word “love” as if it were in a child’s song.
I sighed painfully within myself as I remembered the last time I had seen her. “But,” I thought, “perhaps this time will be different.” I decided to ask her about the pool. “What is the pool of reflection.”
“It is a place where you can see yourself very clearly.” she said.
I was not sure that I liked that idea. “Does one wish to reflect upon oneself?” I asked coolly, my flesh suddenly rising up and being as sly, legalistic, and evasive as the flesh always is.
She continued as though she did not notice. “You might want to take a look to see if you are cooperating with God or resisting Him. Do you want to look into the pool? She asked brightly.
Of course I did not want to look into the pool. However, I was beginning to hear in my own voice, as well as in the hardness of my heart, my resistance to correction.
Shortly before arriving at the pool I was telling the Lord that I would give up anything and everything in order to gain more of Him. Now with my first opportunity to allow this declaration to become experiential in my life, I was balking. “Do you think I should look?” I asked limply.
“It might help,” she replied.
With a sigh I took my feet out of the water and lay down on my stomach to look into the pool. I was amazed. I saw Jesus’s face reflected in the water instead of my own. But here were geometric objects stuck onto His head and face. “What are these objects,” I asked.
“Blocks,” she said. “You are blocking Him. They make the face of Jesus look really ugly.”
She leaned over to look at my face in the pool. “Hmmm,” she said as if making a diagnosis. “You need to unstick the glue.”
“Unstick the glue?” I asked, “How do I do that?”
“Repentance,” she said matter-of-factly. “Repentance unsticks the glue.” She pulled back to look at me directly instead of at my reflection.
I sat up to look into her face. She shook her head from side as children do when correcting one another. Speaking in a slow, singsong manner, she said: “You’re too old to play with blocks.” Before I could answer her, she vanished.
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Angels Helping Angels
This particular spiritual experience taught me many important aspects of angels. Let’s take this occurrence piece by piece:
I find that angels often describe spiritual occurrences in a way that brings a quick understanding of the situation through comparing it to something the person might understand. Here, a choir of angels of varying sizes is traveling north on assignment. By using the term “migration” it seems that this is a yearly occurrence for this particular group. Since we are not privy to the reason, we can only speculate: such as being assigned to humans that winter in the warmer climates and return home to the cooler climates in the summer. However that, I am sure, would only explain the shift in location for some of these angels.
ANGELS ASSIGNED TO A LOCATION
Some angels on this high mountainous ridge where I live, seem to be stationed here for long periods of time… times longer than a single human lifetime. The prophet Bob Jones often said that this particular ridge in North Carolina had the second largest number of angels in the world….the Mount of Olives being the first. This perhaps is due to the prayers of the Moravians and partially due to the Lord’s own call on the land.
ADDED LIGHT AND POWER
Where there are many angels stationed, as there are on this ridge, there is a supernatural glow from the multiplied light and power. When a path was first cut to the top of the ridge, the top glowed so brightly that people down on the road could see it—stopped their cars, got out and climbed to the top of the ridge to see such a sight. This supernatural glow lasted for several days—people taking rocks from the area that continued to glow even away from the site. That glow may not be seen by humans now, but angels passing through do continue to see it.
CHARGING THE BATTERY
In other words impartation.
Here is a scripture where the Lord heralds an impartation: Ezekiel 2:1-2a: “Then He said to me, ‘Son of Man, stand to your feet that I may speak with you.’ As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet…” The body of Christ recognizes the laying on of hands to
Impart the Spirit. Let me share with you a circumstance in my own life that might illustrate this “Charging the Battery”. My husband and I were friends of Bob Jones. Often we would be with him when he ministered. At such times, he would sit on the platform and stretch out his right hand to lay it on each person as he/she came before him. The line might include hundreds of people, but he prayed for them all. After a while, however, his arm would freeze in place. Just as we associate heat with the anointing, so when the anointing drains from a person for a period of time they become cold. This would happen with Bob. The anointing was being imparted to those being prayed for and he was starting to run low. Often, at such a time, he would even show a ring of frost around his mouth. Therefore, at such a time, his friends would gather around him and lay hands on him to “fill him up again.” We helped him by imparting that which was within us to him.
Being present when this choir of angels arrived and hearing how angels help other angels was a great privilege. We often hear of how angels help humans. We also know that they must be working together in order to stand as an army, etc., but to see the angels assisting one another—showing such camaraderie and generosity towards one another was a unique blessing that I shall never forget.
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And what of His heart’s desire?
This is an example of the angels teaching. The angelic encounter occurred on February 25, 2008. (The Scribe is an angel that records— and here, as we see, he also teaches.)
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Revelation Feeds Revelation
My dear friend Bob Jones always said that revelation is “caught” not “taught”. You might also say that being around those who are prophetic helps to build the prophetic in you. [Remember that blue birds represent revelation.]
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All Creatures Great And Small
In February on 2008 Clara (the angel that took me to see the healing angels—she is pictured from my journal of May l995 which is shown on March 2014 on the web-site, if you would like to see what she looks like) took me to heaven for a lesson above. I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me.
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Teaching on Future Duties
This vision teaches future duties for the body of Christ. The wall is brick—not stone. Brick symbolizes that which is man-made. There is “life” beyond the wall (symbolized by the vine). But within the wall (the world) the house (not the house the Lord built) is burning. The believer (symbolized by me) has escaped over the wall into life. But now (in these increasingly dangerous times) others wish to escape the fire to come. We, as believers, are called to help the younger believers over the wall.
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The Journey From Salvation To An Intimate Walk With Christ
I had only been seeing in the spirit for a few months; but the Lord continued to instruct me (through visions) about the way to draw closer to Him—from being set free from the enemy kingdom until a maturing into a place of intimacy with the Lord.
PAGE 65: From being set free through salvation to being drawn by the Lord into the path toward maturity.
PAGE 66: Salvation brings a new beginning. Obedience to the Spirit of God and to His Word means that the believer begins to bring forth the beauty of Christ in his/her life….thus the flowers.
PAGE 67-68-69: Not everyone receives Christ. These have no flowering of Christ within them. But the Lord has mercy upon them. He sees them as beautiful and their tears and desire to bring forth “He who is the beauty of the Father’s Kingdom”, moves Him. He takes each person’s nothing and returns to them life.
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PAGE 70: Here we see the Lord brings the child into salvation and she is clean—washed in the blood of the Lamb.
PAGE 71: Jesus adds to His own church.
PAGE 72: Those blood-washed and growing in Christ walk with Him to take the good news of the kingdom to the world.
PAGE 73: Those serving the Lord on earth continue to grow as he guides them into greater maturity.
PAGE 74: The Lord takes the Christian higher and higher in love, knowledge, gifting and the fulfillment of His promise for intimacy.
PAGE 75: Now we see that all of this has been a journey into maturity—the maturity that He desires for His bride.
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A Different Way of Teaching #2
This vision came time and time again soon after the heavens were opened to me. However, I did not understand the meaning of the pictures until several years later. I knew, however, that a vision that is given again and again in the same order and presentation has vital meaning. This series of pictures was the Lord’s way of trying to teach me the calling He had placed on my life.
I will write the text that is in long hand in the journal and then –the Lord being my helper—explain the symbolism.
[Suddenly, I saw a coloring book drawing of a house with a mother and father standing outside, smiling. There were large clouds overhead.]
The cloud over the house is a divine covering. The man is my husband and I am the wife. Our lives—as shown by the lack of color—are normal.
[Then bluebirds came to nest in the attic of the house.]
The attic means that one is dealing with higher revelation—possibly visions from and about above. The blue birds mean revelation.
[Lightning struck the house from all sides.]
Lightning means the power of God.
[And the house got bigger and bigger and then at one point the house was so full of people that–]
The house is hit with more and more of the Lord’s power.
REVELATIONS EXPLODE FROM THE HOUSE
[All the people in the house were blown out of its windows and door onto the green grass of the front lawn. They picked themselves up and ran back into the house joyfully.]
The people represent revelations…..many going out and many coming in.
[Then there were television cameras and interviewers and cameramen around the front of the house. An interviewer asked us: “Now, tell us about yourselves?”
Albert said: “What is there to tell. We’re just a usual family.”
“Usual?” the interviewer exclaimed as if amazed because of all that was going on.]
The number 4 represents the world. I’ll tell you the meaning of the 4 cameras soon.
JUST WHAT WAS GOD DOING?
[An angel stood before the house. “Because you are highly esteemed, the Lord has established for you this house.”]
The angel is a messenger. The house is built under a glory cloud. The red door means entrance through the blood of Jesus. But what in the world does the whole vision mean? I was perplexed. Only recently—at that time—had I entered into the realm of visions. Both Albert, my husband, and I believed that the Lord wanted us hidden. So what in the world was the meaning of the T. V. cameras? At the time we lived near our friend Bob Jones. We ate with him once a week. So—-I left a page empty in the journal in order to get his answer to this perplexing question posed by the T. V. cameras.
My heavenly Father was trying to teach me through visions. He was giving me my marching orders. He was relating to me the reason He had me on this earth at this time. Even after this instruction and the meaning of the vision given to me—it took me three years to understand that He wanted me to relate the visions He had given to me to His children. The pages shared with you are from my 1995 journal. The page with little on it is exactly as Bob gave the answer to me. The Lord’s teaching methods are truly amazing.
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Other Ways of Teaching
Our heavenly Father has other ways of teaching His children. Sometimes the teaching is in pictures. Here is an example of the Father teaching me in pictures. This series was given to me over and over again on January 9, 1995.
The first picture shows the Holy Spirit taking a person from the sea of humanity, delivering the new believer (represented by the fish) to Christ (represented by the sun). Then in pictures #1-6 there is a progression of revelation concerning Christ. In square 1 there is a little revelation of His glory. In square 2 there is a greater revelation of His glory. In square 3 there is more of a revelation and then in square 4 there is a full picture of Christ in His glory. Then the revelation begins again.
THE NEXT REVELATION
The next revelation finishes the teaching again. Boxes seven and eight complete the revelation of His glory in greater measure. Then Mickey Mouse (a cartoon character) appears and says:”IT’S SHOWTIME!”
What in the world could this mean? It means that the Lord is going to show me something in a very simple—almost childlike way so that I cannot miss His meaning.
As Mickey Mouse stood there, confetti began to pour down from above. This meant that we were going to celebrate. Then The Father showed who was to be celebrated. JESUS!!!!!
THEN THE LETTERS WOULD COME CLOSE TO ME
The large, red letters would come close to me and then splat all over me. When this happened a voice said: “The blood of Jesus.” The Father was showing me that, through the blood of His Son I am redeemed, cleansed, forgiven and protected. Then Chuckles appeared confirming that this was a glorious gift to mankind—believing mankind. In the revelation of Jesus all the colors of the rainbow were displayed. All good things are in Him.
DOUBT AND UNBELIEF?
Suddenly, Woody Woodpecker appeared asking me if I was living in doubt and unbelief? Woodpeckers eat worms, etc. inside trees. Wood, hay and stubble—that which is fit for the fire. The woodpecker gave a mocking question to me. Did I believe the Lord did all of this for me. Could I give this as my testimony? Could I tell what the Lord had done for me?
My answer caused the Holy Spirit to pick up the evil one—represented by the snake—and carry it away from me.
THE LAST PICTURE
The last picture was of the Holy Spirit dropping the snake on the Rock that is Jesus Christ.
And what did it show?
REVELATION 12:11: “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their (soul life) even to death.”
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Study for the End of the Age
“…I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on earth and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people…”
The Father, Himself, holds the eternal gospel to be of such importance that He has sent out an angel to circle the globe over and over again to preach it to all who live on earth. If it is of such importance to Him surely it should be of equal importance to us.
But, what is the eternal gospel? Is it different from that which we already know? Is it a sign of the end times or is there deeper revelation of Christ our Heavenly Father that will bring a newer experiential clarity to the body of Christ?
This month we will begin a study of The Eternal Gospel. We pray that the Lord will open this revelation to all who hunger to know.
The Eternal Gospel
THE APPROACH OF THE END OF “THIS AGE” (Mt 12:32)
The Lord Jesus while on earth spoke several times about the last days of “the present age” (Mk 10:30). “The present age” will conclude with His return with the armies of heaven and the resurrected saints to establish His kingdom on the earth (Mk 10:30). There are increasing indications today that we are entering upon the end times of this current age that will culminate in worldwide tribulation that will precede His coming again to reign.
JESUS PROMISED MORE REVELATION
On earth, Jesus told His disciples that “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (Jn 16:12). We know that some of these new revelations concern the character of His Father. The Lord said, “An hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative [symbolic] language, but I will tell you plainly of the Father” (Jn 16:25). He further said in prayer to His Father: “I have made Your name [heart character] known to them[His disciples] and will make it known, so that the love with which You [Father] loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (Jn 17:26). Paul was granted revelation that “for ages has been hidden in God” (Eph 3:8-9, 11; Col 1:26; 1Co 2:7; Ro 16:25).
All divine mysteries are locked away in Christ Jesus (Col 2:2-3). The mystery of the awesome, self-sacrificial love between the Father and the Son is the greatest of all. Now Christ is bringing forth deeper revelations from the Scriptures that concern the fullness of the Father’s love. That divine love in Jesus is to mushroom in greater and greater measure in His disciples so that we are taken to increasing depths within God. To be utterly immersed in divine love will keep us secure in the midst of awful hardships to come. We know that God’s strong love given between a husband and wife can carry them through the most terrible trials. How much more can the Father’s wondrous love for His Son in His disciples carry them through any distress in supernatural victory?
THE ETERNAL GOSPEL
As this age begins to close, there is coming forth from heaven the revelation of “an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people” (Rev 14:6). The word, gospel, is the English noun used to translate the Greek word for “good news” from God. The angel that the apostle John saw here “flying in mid-heaven” with this great good news, said: “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come” (Rev 14:7). The eternal gospel is to bring forth worship of the Father as never before — “worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of water” (Rev 14:7).
The flying angel means that this gospel began in heaven and will be revealed from heaven as one last call to all people on the earth before the harvest takes place (Rev 14:14-20). The eternal gospel concerns the eternal cross in God. It is the revelation of the good news that originates in God and reveals the incredible depth of divine love. The first recorded words in the New Testament about the gospel Jesus preached were “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [in Him]” (Mt 4:17). In Jesus Christ, the eternal gospel is made visible and fulfilled on earth.
The eternal gospel began when there was only God in existence. Nothing had been created. This was in eternity past before time was. And it will continue to be proclaimed forever in the eternity of the new heaven on the new earth. It is the story of the astounding cross of love within the Persons of God that was the reason for bringing into being all creation in heaven, in the vast universe, and on earth. The purpose of God creating all things cannot be understood apart from the eternal gospel.
THE GOSPEL OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST FOR SIN AND OF HIS RESURRECTION
The gospel that was fully proclaimed in the New Testament began in eternity past when the Son freely accepted His anointing as Messiah to be born one day on earth as the God-man, Jesus of Nazareth, and then be and proclaim the truth on earth, and die by crucifixion for the sins of mankind that all might be reconciled to God. By His resurrection and ascension to the Father, He was able to send back His human-divine spirit to be joined to the human spirit and to sanctify all who would accept Him by faith as the only salvation.
This gospel of the shed blood of Jesus Christ for all sins on earth and His rising from death into heaven as Lord of all will be proclaimed forever as part of the eternal gospel. The gospel of the cross of Golgotha and the resurrection of Christ cannot be fully understood apart from the eternal cross within God. The crucifixion and resurrection saves from sin and death. The eternal cross saves from self.
THE ETERNAL GOSPEL IS THE FULL GOSPEL AND INCLUDES THE GOSPEL OF THE CROSS FOR SIN
The Father in heaven proclaimed the eternal gospel before sin, Satan, the evil world system, and death had come into existence. And there will be nothing but God, the heavenly host, and His children when the eternal gospel continues to be heralded in the new heaven on the new earth forever, when these enemies of God are no more.
THE FINAL HARVEST
The eternal gospel of the unfathomable cross of love within God must be made known throughout the earth (Mt 24:14). It will be a great means of bringing in the final harvest of disciples on earth before Christ’s return. This last in-gathering is to be initiated by the Lord Jesus from heaven: “Then He [Jesus] who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Rev 14:14-16).
IN THE BEGINNING
Before anything was, there was always God. “Before the world was created, the Word already existed; he was with God, and He was the same as God” (Jn 1:1, Good News Bible). With God there is no before or after. Before there was anything but God, the Father has always been bringing forth out from Himself the Son as “the exact representation of His nature,” as the same kind of person as Himself (Heb 1:3). There never was a time before the Father was begetting His Son. He will always be coming forth from the Father. As the Son has always been being brought forth (“begotten”) from the Father, so the Holy Spirit has always been proceeding from the Father through the Son (Jn 15:26).
THE ONLY BEGOTTEN
The Son is “the only begotten from the Father” (Jo 1:14). “The only begotten” means unique, only one of His kind. The Father and the Son are of the same divine nature. They differ only in origin, function, and relationship: the Father is unbegotten; the Son is begotten. The Father originates; the Son governs.
The word begotten here does not mean one event in time as when a woman gives birth to a baby. The process of bestowing the divine properties and character of the Father upon the Son is not something that had a beginning. A beginning implies a time when it was not. This divine begetting of the Son is before time — outside of time — eternal. As the Father did not begin, neither did the Son. The Father continually bringing forth the Son out of Himself is a divine relationship — an ongoing, deeply personal union between them forever.
THE GLORY OF THE FATHER
From the beginning, the Father was sharing His glory with His Son. Jesus said in prayer to His Father: “The glory which I had with You before the world was” (Jo 17:5). God’s glory is the indescribable splendor of the infinite goodness of His love (Ex 33:18-19). Jesus said that the glory “which You [Father] have given me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (Jo 17:24).
THE UTMOST LOVE
Nowhere in Scripture does it say that God is faith or that He is hope. But the Bible does say that the Father is the supreme form of love (1Jo 4:8, 17). The Greek word used for God’s kind of love is agape. He is this highest kind of love in His nature and character. God’s nature is that combination of attributes that make Him divine at the most essential level — that is, His being is love in its most perfect form. God’s character is the sum of the aspects of His heart person, with the uttermost being love.
This love that is the Father is called forth out of His heart by His esteem for the person He loves. This kind of love is found only in God or from God. It is love that desires only to value and enhance the loved one. And to give to the loved one all that can be given — to hold nothing back.
LOVE CANNOT BE REQUIRED FROM ANOTHER PERSON
For love to be given there must be at least two persons who freely consent to share love between them. For the Father to share Himself in love to the utmost, He needs another divine person like Himself. In begetting His Son the Father was endowing Him with all of the attributes of deity, equipping Him as God with the powers and virtues of His nature and the traits of His character, including a perfectly free will. Love cannot require the other person to return the love offered. The other person must voluntarily respond with love.
THE SON’S FREE WILL
The Father’s gift of free will to His Son also gave the Son the full right to exercise all of the divine faculties with which the Father was endowing Him, in the manner that the Son would choose. The one exception was the Father’s power to originate or create something from nothing, to be the source of all that comes into being. He could not give that power to the Son and still remain the Father of all.
THE GREATEST LEAP OF FAITH
True love, which is the Father, cannot be satisfied unless He offers all that is possible of Himself to the beloved one. Consequently the Bible says that the Son was equal with the Father in sharing the same kind of nature — that of deity (Php 2:6). The divine endowments conferred upon the Son were not partial or limited but were the same as those of the Father. From the beginning, the Father demonstrated the impassioned ardor, utter trustfulness, and complete self-giving in granting His son equality with Himself and in entrusting Himself to His Son.
The Father took the greatest leap of faith that will ever be known. The Father was willing to risk everything in sharing with His Son all the divine attributes including omnipotence.
How would the Son exercise the freedom to use His divine powers and virtues?
1) Forever there was and will be the Father bringing forth His Son as fully God.
2) The Holy Spirit has been and will always be proceeding from the Father through the
3) The Holy Trinity shares the glory of divine love that seeks only to value and
enhance the loved one.
4) The Father trusted His Son to exercise all of the attributes of God in the manner
that the Son would choose.
THE MOMENT OF THE AGES
THE FATHER’S TOTAL LOVE
The Father’s complete love has always been going forth to His Son and to the Holy Spirit, for the Father does not give to them by measure (Jo 5:19-20; 12:49; 3:34). The Father can only be satisfied with giving love to the fullest and of receiving love to the utmost in return. The Lord Jesus affirmed this truth when He said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, that is completely (Mk 12:30).
The only begotten Son “is in the bosom of the Father” (Jo 1:18). This phrase means that the Son shares the whole heart of the Father in the deepest intimacy of love.
THE MOMENT OF ETERNAL DECISION
The Father in sharing His divine nature with His Son was giving all of the love that the Father is. But the Son had the complete freedom to choose how He would love the Father in return. Two main choices were open to Him. Either He could express love as a co-partner with His Father in using the divine powers and virtues bestowed upon Him as He thought best. Or He could choose to lay aside His own divine self-expression, with Himself to be hidden and to be a conduit for all that came from the Father to pass through Him to the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Son could elect not to show Himself (His thoughts, desires, will, words, and acts) but to live to make known the Person of the Father only. Therefore He would fully return the Father’s love. The course of all the future rested upon the Son’s decision.
The Son freely made the choice that would govern the coming ages. He chose His Father above all the divine gifts and powers. He knew that these giftings were not the Father. He laid aside forever any demonstration of His divine self so as to be the full revelation of His beloved Abba (Mk 14:36). What the Son would be known as would be whatever He received of the Father. He would live to be an exact mirror of His Father.
Then a wondrous thing began to be unleashed within the Son. The Father’s love given to His Son began to mushroom more and more. Paul describes this bursting forth of divine love by using the example of the four dimensions of “breadth and length and height and depth” (Eph 3:18). The fourth dimension in this Scripture is expansion, enlargement.
The Father’s love flowing in the Son began to multiply. We know that this overflowing happened in the beginning because the same divine love was to “abound still more and more” in the saints on earth later (Php 1:9). And there will be no end to the unfolding of the Father’s love through the Son.
The Son freely chose to deny the use of His own reason, desires, will, words, and acts as God’s Son so that He might be a reflection of all that the Father would share with Him. This was the beginning of the cross of love in the eternal gospel. The Son chose to have nothing for Himself except a hidden, intimate relationship where He is known only by the Father. Jesus states this fact clearly in Luke 10:22: “No one knows who the Son is except the Father.”
OTHER SCRIPTURES THAT REVEAL THIS ETERNAL DECISION OF THE SON
Paul refers to the Son’s choice in Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV): “Christ Jesus, who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God [the Father] something to be grasped [and held on to], but made Himself nothing.” The usual translation of this last phrase is “He emptied Himself, taking the form [the very nature] of a bond-servant [a slave].” The bond slave of love does not live for or keep anything for himself. The Son chose to have the heart of a slave toward His Father for love’s sake forever.
It is revealing that the very first ordinance that God gave at Mt. Sinai after the Ten Commandments concerned any Hebrew slave who chose not to go free but to remain a slave out of love for his master (Ex 21:1-6). It would seem that this Scripture was placed here as a tribute to the Son of God.
Jesus on earth said many times that He came to earth to make known His Father. Examples are “The Son can do nothing on His own; He does only what He sees the Father doing” (Jo 5:19, Good News Bible). Again He said, “I can do nothing on My own initiative, . . . but . . . I speak just as the Father has told Me” (Jo 5:30; 12:49-50). “No man has seen God [face to face] at any time, the only begotten Son . . . has fully made Him known” (Jo 1:18). And we know that the Son from eternity past submitted Himself willingly in all things to become the very manifestation of His Father because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8). Therefore what He was on earth, He was in eternity past and will be forever.
THE BEGINNING OF THE GREATEST MYSTERY
The eternal cross of love chosen by the Son was the beginning of the eternal gospel. This gospel reveals the glory of the self-denial within God for love’s sake. It involves a cross far greater than the cross for sin borne by Jesus on earth later.
The forsaking of His own expression of deity (and of His own human self by the Son on earth) to take the part of a slave began the wondrous mystery of the love from the Father that extended to the Holy Spirit, and then back to the Father and eventually to all creation. It is the greatest truth about the heart of God that has yet been revealed. It is the key to understanding the Father’s plan for all the ages to come.
THE SON’S NEED
Now for the Son to be the full image and likeness of His Father, He would need to pass on all He receives from the Father. He would need to keep nothing just for Himself that could be shared with another. We know that as Jesus, the Christ, He did that on earth, sharing with the disciples all that the Father told Him (Jo 15:15).
How would the Son do this in eternity past?
1) Before the world was formed, the Son chose to empty Himself of His own self-expression.
2) He chose to reveal His Father only.
3) This choice brought forth an explosion of love from the Father within the Son.
4) The Son’s choice not to express Himself for love’s sake was to become the criterion for all the Father’s adopted children to come.
THE ETERNAL CROSS OF THE SPIRIT
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is fully God as the Father and the Son are. He is of one substance (that of which deity consists), majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son. The Son is always being begotten out of the Father. The Spirit is continually proceeding from the Father through the Son. The Spirit in proceeding from the Father receives His divine attributes and faculties. And in proceeding through the Son, the Spirit knows every word and act of the Father as the Son does (Jo 16:13-15). “Whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing” (Jo 5:19-20). The Spirit knows at all times the will of the Father to glorify the Son in order that the Spirit may pray that will for the praying saints on earth (Ro 8:26-27; 1Co 2:11). And He forms Christ Jesus in the saints as one of His major tasks (Php 2:12-13). The Spirit has many tasks both in heaven and on earth that facilitate the will of the Father through His Son. The Father originates, the Son redeems and rules (He is Lord of all), and the Spirit executes.
THE EXAMPLE OF THE SON
Two awesome choices made by the Son set an example for the Holy Spirit in coming to the decision about His own expression as the third Person of the Trinity. The Spirit has the same free will to choose His own way of exercising the gifting and power of deity as the Son does.
THE SON’S FIRST CHOICE
The first of the Son’s choices was to forever renounce the outward disclosure of Himself so as to reveal and glorify (exalt) only His Father. This complete denial of His self-expression assured the Son of sharing one life in hidden union with His beloved Father. As a person, only the Father would know him. Jesus affirmed this, saying “No one knows who the Son is except the Father” (Lk 10:22).
THE SON’S OTHER CHOICE
The other freely willed act of the Son was to forever take the heart character of a slave unto His Father. He resigned all rights, privileges and standing of His own in order to obey the Father in every way. The Son “emptied Himself [gave up all that He had], taking the form of a bond-servant [a slave]” (Php 2:7). He would never initiate.
THE HOLY SPIRIT’S CHOICE
“The Spirit searches [is constantly exploring] all things, even the depths of God [the hidden depths of God’s purposes] … the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God” (1Co 2:10-11).
To discern the depths of the Father presupposes being privy to the intent that gave rise to His thoughts. Therefore the Spirit also discerns the deeper motive behind the Son’s choices. The Spirit knew that the Son’s choice was a clear demonstration of the priority of personal relationship over one’s personal use of divine gifting and power.
The Holy Spirit respected the uniqueness of the love relationship between the Father and the Son. Jesus said on earth, “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” (Lk 10:22, NIV). The Spirit would not infringe upon their holy bond. Therefore the Spirit freely elected to serve the Son as a bondservant, as a slave of love. He chose the same kind of self-denial as the Son chose.
THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE SPIRIT AND THE SON
Scripture describes their bond in several ways. The Spirit reveals and exalts the Son. Jesus said, “when, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, He will lead you into all the truth [about God]. He will not speak on His own authority, but He will speak what He hears and will tell you of things to come. He will give Me glory, because He will take what I say and tell it to you. All that My Father has is Mine; that is why I said that the Spirit will take what I give Him and tell it to you” (Jo 16:13-15, Good News Bible). Like the Son, the Spirit never initiates.
Thus what any Person of the Trinity says in Scripture is on behalf of all three Persons. Through the unity of sharing the same divine nature, life, character, mind, emotions, will, faith, hope, and love, they are one in all aspects of their being. Yet, they are three distinct Persons in origin, function, and relationship to each other.
THE SPIRIT GOES BEYOND THE SON
In addition to following the Son’s example of not speaking or acting on His own, the Spirit goes beyond where the Son was able to go in self-sacrificial love. It was not possible for the Son to be hidden and still manifest the Father. He had to be seen.
But with the Spirit a further sacrifice was added — that of invisibility. He would never be seen as He truly is, “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him” (Jo 14:17). Others would see Him as being represented by various elements of creation. In heaven He is always present before the throne in the form of seven pillars of fire (Rev 4:5). These flames symbolize the seven categories of the ministry of the Holy Spirit (Isa 11:2). Christ embodies these, and the Spirit takes of His.
One of the most prominent symbols of the Spirit on earth is the wind. The Greek word for spirit is pneuma, which the Bible translates as breath or blowing. The first instance of the Spirit in motion is Genesis 1:2 — “the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”
THE ANONYMITY OF THE SPIRIT
The fact that the Spirit is nameless is witnessed by the fact that He has no one to represent Him as the Father and the Son do. He has no personal name, as the Father and the Son have. His designation in the Bible is simply “the Holy Spirit” or just as often, “the Spirit.”
We stand in awe before the eternal example of deepest humility in the sacrificial love of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
1) The Holy Spirit is fully God.
2) He freely chose to follow the Son’s example of completely laying aside His own self-expression as a slave for love’s sake.
3) His primary ministry is to reveal and glorify the Son.
4) In humility the Spirit also would remain invisible and nameless.
THE FATHER’S RESPONSE
As the Son and the Holy Spirit laid aside all manifestation of their own selves for love’s sake, there was a mighty release of love from the Father. We cannot fathom the magnitude of the expansion of the Father’s love drawn forth by the totality of sacrificial love in His Son and the Holy Spirit. Had the Son chosen otherwise, we would have had a limited knowledge of the Father’s love instead of having the opportunity to live in complete union with Him. The Father described Himself as “abounding in lovingkindness” (Ex 34:6). Likewise the Father’s love within His children was to “abound still more and more” (Php 1:9). The boundless universe continually expanding is a testimony to the limitless love of God.
THE FATHER’S DECISION
The Father could not lay aside His own self-expression because the Son and the Spirit were totally dependent upon His continual manifestation to the Son. But in the Father’s humility He responded by limiting personal knowledge of Himself except to and then through the Son. Jesus said, “no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Lk 10:22).
For love’s sake, the Father then designed to bring into being out of Himself a creation that would be in various ways a reflection of His Son. Scripture says, “that He Himself [the Son] will come to have first place in everything” (Col 1:18). All creation would owe its existence to the love of the Father for His Son. The Father would design all things and creatures to display something of the love, beauty, humility or goodness of His Son.
The Son would sustain all creation in being. “There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we for Him, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whose intermediate agency all things exist and we through Him” (Col 1:16). The “for Him” in this verse means that everything was to be the Father’s love gift to His Son. Because all was a love gift to the Son, we are able to understand the meaning of the Scripture, “the whole earth is full of His glory [of divine love] (Isa 6:3; Jo 17:24).
The Son is the reason that the Father would bring forth all creation, for He is the “heir of all things” (Heb 1:2). This truth is the heart of the “the eternal purpose which He [the Father] carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph 3:11).
THE LORDSHIP OF THE SON
There are two aspects of the Son’s lordship: 1) as high priest, and 2) as King.
1) “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands” (Jo 3:35, NIV). This expression of filling the Son’s hands is similar to the ordination ceremony for the high priest of Israel when they filled his hands with portions of the sacrifices that he would offer to God at the altar (Lv 8:25-28). In like manner, the Son offers back to the Father all things placed in His hands.
2) As King the Son sovereignly controls and provides sustaining care for all that exists outside of God (Lk 10:22). The Son would “be continually giving to all, life and breath and all things” (Ac 17:25, Wuest). The Son would be lord of all, for the Father would give all authority to Him (Ac 10:36; Mt 28:18).
THE GLORY OF GOD
The glory of the Holy Trinity does not issue from any display of themselves. It comes from their voluntary self-sacrifice out of love for each other. “Then Moses said, ‘show me Your glory!’ And He [God] said, ‘I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you'” (Ex 33:18-19). The glory of the Trinity is the splendor of the goodness of their life of love. The supreme love is to willingly lay aside one’s own life in order to reveal the life of God. “We know love by this, that He [the Son] laid down His [self] life for us [to know the Father]; and we ought to lay down our [self] lives [to reveal the Son] for the brethren” (1Jo 3:16).
Scripture clearly says that all good things were first created in heaven (Jas 1:17). A specific example is the tabernacle in the wilderness that was constructed according to the original tabernacle that is in heaven (Heb 8:5). God made all things in heaven of the tangible light from Him that can be seen and touched. The light of God’s glory would shine through everything. There would be no darkness or shadows there and so no need of the sun (Rev 21:23; 22:5).
1) An explosion of love was the Father’s response to the Son’s denial of His own self-expression forever.
2) In humility the Father purposed to reveal Himself only to and through the Son.
3) All things would owe their existence to the love of the Father for His Son.
THE FAMILY OF GOD
CREATED FROM HIMSELF
So the Father created from Himself the spirits of every human being who would ever be conceived in a woman on the future earth and placed them all within His Son until each would be placed in a human fetus on earth. We know this from the Scripture: “He [the Father] chose us in Him [the Son] before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4). There is no death in heaven. Everything there is everlasting as is the human spirit.
God referred to the spirit of Jeremiah when He told him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [in the beginning in heaven]” (Jer 1:5).
David was shown this revelation for He said to God, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance [my spirit] and in Your book [of life] were all written the days that were ordained for me when as yet there was not one of them [before time was]” (Ps 139:16).
THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Our spirits were created to be the essential nature of human beings as the spirit of the Father is the nature of His Being. The human spirit was created to receive the life of God, “the father of our spirits” (Heb 12:9). Our spirits are everlasting and will always be either with God or separated from Him. The human spirit was created to be always under the control of a higher spirit so as to make union with God possible. It cannot function alone. Jesus said, “He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (Jo 15:5). The human spirit never dies, but at the death of the body on earth, “the spirit will return to God who gave it,” either to live with the Father forever or be thrown into the lake of fire eventually (Eccl 12:7; Rev 20:15).
The spirit is the most important part of a human being. Within each human embryo, at the moment it is conceived, God places that person’s spirit. God then considers the embryo to be a human being. Even at this early stage of development, the Father is able to communicate with that human spirit. Isaiah said, “Before I was born, the Lord called me” (Isa 49:1). It is even possible for the fetus and the mother to be filled with the Holy Spirit before birth, as were John the Baptist and his mother, Elizabeth (Lk 1:15,41). The embryo’s spirit is able to hear, understand, and respond to the Holy Spirit. Jeremiah was consecrated a prophet unto God while still unborn: “Before you were born, I [God] consecrated you” (Jer 1:5). Also with Isaiah, “The Lord called me from the womb; from the body of my mother, He named me” (Isa 49:1).
PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE
Our human spirits are created to eventually become one spirit with the Son. “The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1Co 6:17; Php 1:27). The nature of the Father is spirit — the essence of who He is. “God is spirit” (Jo 4:24). It is therefore our human spirits that are meant to “become partakers of the divine nature” (2Pe 1:4). The Biblical words for the spirit of a human being and for the spirit of the Father are the same: pneuma in Greek, ruach in Hebrew.
THE MARVELOUS CAPACITIES OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Our human spirits that the Father placed within the Son before time was in heaven had all the capabilities that the rest of the human being would later exhibit on earth. To list only a few, the human spirit can hear (Rev 2:7), speak (1Co 14:15), think (Eph 4:23), feel (Lk 1:47), and choose or purpose by one’s free will (Ac 19:21).
There are other important functions that are found only in the human spirit. Our conscience is dependent upon the intuition of our spirit. Worship and fellowship with God are possible in one’s spirit. Christians are to be able to understand the truths of God by direct perception and intuition in their spirits and by revelation from God, and secondarily by mental understanding or observation (1Co 2:12-13).
The spirit of the Lord Jesus was very sensitive in spiritual intuition: “Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, ‘Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?’” (Mk 2:8).
THE UTTER FAIRNESS OF GOD
Our human spirits in heaven in the beginning were in the immediate presence of the Father because they were placed within the Son (Eph 1:3). There were no distractions, confusion, evil, temptations, sickness, pain, fear, or death. There were no distinctions of nationality, race, wealth, religion, education, culture, intelligence, or family rearing. All were on the same equal plane. Even as we know now that a child within the womb experiences much of what occurs outside of the womb, so from within the Son our spirits experienced the love, joy, peace, and glory of the Father and His Son, a relationship they would all be invited to share.
1) The Father created the spirits of every human being who would ever be conceived within a woman on the future earth.
2) He placed them all within His Son giving them the possibility of eventually becoming one with Him, partakers of His divine nature and members of His family.
3) Because of the human spirit’s capabilities each spirit was able to experience the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and to understand the eternal gospel that was being proclaimed and demonstrated to them in heaven.
LIKE THE SON
LIKE THE SON
As has been said, before anything was created, the choice that was made by God’s Son influenced everything that would come thereafter. He freely chose to lay aside the expression of His own life in order to receive and manifest only the life and character of His beloved Father.
The Father placed all the spirits of mankind within the Son before the foundation of the world. Scripture says clearly that we were within Christ in the beginning: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him [God’s Son] before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:3-4). All of our spirits were consigned for safekeeping to the Son’s care until each of us would be conceived on earth.
THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
Jesus, as the embodiment of true man and God on earth, said, “I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (Jo 6:38). Jesus was fully free to choose His own will instead of the Father’s, or Satan would not have been able to truly tempt Him in the wilderness (Lk 4:1-13). And as Jesus Christ was on earth, He was in heaven in eternity past and will be forever, for He “is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Heb 13:8). And all human beings were created to be like Him (Ge 1:26). Our freedom to choose is part of that likeness. Also the free will to choose had to be within us if there was to be true love for God.
Every human being has a free will that operates in the soul, and in the heart, and in the spirit (Php 1:22; Heb 4:12; Ac 19:21). The fact that God protects the freedom of the power to choose all the days of every human being on earth is attested to by the Gerasene demoniac who came to Jesus as the Lord stepped ashore (Lk 8:26-39). He is a picture of mankind. He had thousands of demons within him — a totally ruined human being. But God still preserved his power to choose. The man was able to choose to come to the Son of God, and he did so and was delivered of all evil spirits and was restored to his right mind.
There are other earthly examples in Scripture of God sustaining the human power to choose. The two trees in the Garden of Eden on earth bear witness to the genuine capacity of Adam and Eve to choose one or the other (Ge 2:16). Moses charged the Israelites, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life that you may live” (Dt 30:19). And Joshua repeated the admonition to “choose for yourselves whom you will serve” (Jos 24:15).
THE ETERNAL GOSPEL PROCLAIMED
For a gospel to be eternal, the good news would need to be announced from the beginning with God and continue to be proclaimed forever. From within the Son, the spirits of mankind could hear and understand the wondrous privilege offered them to become children in the Father’s household by sharing the life of His Son. The opportunity was laid before them of being coheirs with Him of the Father and of all the blessings of heaven: “If children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Ro 8:17; Eph 1:3).
Above all else, our spirits experienced the love flowing between the Son and His Father — a love of which we could be a part. Jesus said, “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (Jn 17:24).
1) Like the Son, the spirits of all humanity have a free will from the beginning.
2) God always protects the power of free choice in all human beings in heaven and on earth. Each person is therefore responsible for the choices made.
3) From within the Son, the spirits of all mankind could hear and understand the eternal gospel.
THOSE WHOM HE FOREKNEW
THOSE WHOM HE FOREKNEW
Was there a response from those human spirits that had been placed within the Son in eternity past? Being privy to the unmatched love between the Father and the Son and being privileged to hear the unsurpassed splendor of the eternal gospel proclaimed by God, Scripture reveals to us that the spirits of all mankind did indeed respond (Eph 1:3-4; 2Th 2:13).
How do we know this?
The answer lies within the meaning of the Greek words used in Scripture to describe events that occurred before the foundation of the world.
Two words are keys to this understanding. These words are “foreknew” and “predestined.” Understanding the Scriptural meaning of the word, foreknew, opens the understanding to predestination. Therefore, let us begin by looking into the Greek word for “foreknew.”
A major Scripture for the verb “foreknew” is Romans 8:29: “For those whom He [the Father] foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He [the Son] would be the firstborn among many brethren.”
In order to examine the word “foreknew,” we need to look at the verb in its simpler form: “knew.” This word is found in Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, [for we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds on earth (2Co 5:10)] ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”
The Greek word for “knew” in Matthew 7:23, above, is ginosko, which in this case means for God to know someone through a personal relationship with that person. In other words, ginosko means more than God acknowledging the other person’s existence. It means knowing another person through loving fellowship (1Cor 1:9). The people addressing Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 were not sheep of His fold — because as He said elsewhere, “I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father” (Jn 10:14-15). As Jesus attests, there is a close union between the Shepherd and His sheep — but also between the sheep and their Shepherd.
The people in Matthew 7:22 may have prophesied in His name, cast out demons and performed many miracles; but they had not made a decision to trust and receive Him as their life-giving Savior.
But let us look more closely at Matthew 7:22-23. In this Scripture usually we focus on the word, “knew.” Often we slide over the word, “never,” an adverb of great importance. “Never” for God includes eternity past as well as the present. How could the Lord never have known these particular human beings when Scripture tells us that their spirits (and all human spirits) were placed within Him before the foundation of the world? (Eph 1:3-4).
He “never knew” them because a personal relationship of love did not exist between them. Therefore, they did not fulfill the Biblical criterion for being “known” and thereby embraced by God in eternity past.
The verb, “foreknew,” in Greek is proginosko; and its noun, “foreknowledge,” is prognosis. Apart from God — and on a merely human level — these Greek words mean having personal knowledge beforehand. The English word for such knowledge is “prognosis,” meaning in therapeutic terms, having medical knowledge of another person that could determine that person’s future.
When Scripture says that God foreknew some people (as in Romans 8:29), it means that He knew them through love and personal fellowship in the beginning. This relationship determined their eternal destiny.
THE MEANING OF FOREKNOWLEDGE
The Greek words for “foreknew” and “foreknowledge” are rich with internal meanings. Since the first occurrence in the Bible of either foreknew or foreknowledge determines the meaning of both words in other places in the New Testament, we will examine that first occurrence.
Of the two words, foreknowledge occurs first in Acts 2:23: “this Man [Jesus], delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God [the Father], you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.”
The word, “foreknowledge,” here does not mean that in eternity past the Father sovereignly decided that His Son eventually was to be crucified as a man on earth for the sins of the human race. In the Greek sentence structure of Acts 2:23, the word, “foreknowledge,” refers to the same matter as the words, “predetermined plan.” The reason for this is because there is no article “the” before the word. This means that the two words refer to the same thing. The matter to which both words refer was a plan that resulted from an agreement between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This plan determined the destiny of the Son on earth.
Respecting the Son’s free will, the Father did not require Him to submit to the crucifixion on earth. The Son freely accepted His role as the one who would be anointed — as the Christ — to die for the sins of all humanity. The Father then arranged a predetermined plan for the crucifixion of His Son to occur on earth (Acts 2:23).
Therefore, the foreknowledge of God means His knowing beforehand based upon:
1) a relationship, not just an acknowledgement of another’s existence;
2) an affinity that is mutual — perhaps not in equal proportions — but reciprocal;
3) a shared unity of love. Since God is love, the criterion for knowing and being
known by God is love; and
4) a mutual agreement that determined the destiny of those who chose the Son.
For God to know mankind at anytime (eternity past or in the present), they would need to be willing to live by the life of the Father through the Son.
When was mankind foreknown? Before the foundation of the world.
Since foreknowledge by God is predicated on a reciprocal agreement, when did this mutual relationship begin? It began when all the spirits of the human race were still within the Son.
Only love freely given is love indeed. To be in the likeness of the Son, each human spirit had to be given the opportunity to choose to live by the life of God under the same conditions in which the Son chose. The time and place was when the eternal gospel was proclaimed by the Holy Spirit in heaven before the foundation of the world.
Upon hearing the eternal gospel, our spirits exercised their free will — in the likeness of the Son — and they either accepted the established plan for union with God or rejected it.
1) Under the same conditions as the Son of God, the spirits of all mankind (in the beginning) were given the opportunity to live by the life of the Father through the Son.
2) They experienced the multiplied outpouring of love between the Father and His Son. They heard the unsurpassed glory of the Eternal Gospel. According to Scripture, some spirits of mankind responded with an impassioned desire to be as close to God as possible and to participate in this extraordinary love between the Father and the Son.
3) Some did not. But for those who chose the Father through the Son, these were known and therefore loved by God. These were “those whom He foreknew.” NOTE: This choosing in eternity past does not negate the need of every human being to choose Christ as Savior once each is housed in the flesh on earth. Choosing Christ on earth is the criterion for salvation.
4) The choosing in heaven was for God’s sake. The choosing on earth is as a witness to Satan and for deliverance from his dominion into the kingdom of the Son (Col 1:13) and to provide a second opportunity for those who did not choose Christ’s life in eternity past.
Predestination is more easily understood, now that we have examined “foreknowledge.”
In previous chapters, we have learned from Scripture that the spirits of all human beings were created and placed within His Son by the Father before time was (Eph 1:3-4). These spirits had all the qualities of the human beings with whom they would be joined one day on earth (Ac 19:21). An essential element of the eternal gospel is the God-sustained freedom in every person to choose to share the self-sacrificial life of love of the Son for the Father —— or to choose not to share the self-sacrificial life of love of the Son for the Father.
We have shown that foreknowledge is predicated upon a relationship of love and a mutual agreement that determines the destiny of one of the parties. Also, we know that the only way that mankind can have a relationship with the Father is by choosing to live by the life of His Son. The spirits of humanity who embraced the Son had to make this decision in eternity past in order to fulfill the criterion of being “like” the Son. Because of this relationship of love with the Father and His Son, they were “foreknown” by God.
Therefore, predestination is God’s response to those who chose the life of the Son in the beginning.
PREDESTINATION AS A RESPONSE TO FOREKNOWLEDGE
On the basis of the Father’s knowledge of those who had freely chosen His Son in eternity past, “He predestined us to adoption [on earth] as sons [heirs] through Jesus Christ to Himself” (Eph 1:5).
In Romans 8:29, we read, “For those [in eternity past] whom He [the Father] foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He [the Son] would be the firstborn among many brethren [brothers and sisters].”
DEFINITION OF PREDESTINATION
The Greek word for predestined is the verb proorizo, a combination of two words. One is horizo, a verb meaning, “to mark out boundaries.” The other is pro, translated “before.” The compound word means that the Father determined beforehand in eternity past the future on earth of those who had decided to be conformed to the Son. He did this by decreeing guidelines that would bring these persons to a certain, sure destiny. For all these the Father ordained specific bounds and circumstances and the grace necessary that would absolutely guarantee to bring them on earth to choose to be conformed to the image of His Son through the gift of faith in His death for sin and His resurrection for life. Paul refers to these people: “When the Gentiles heard this [the gospel of salvation], they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed [predestined] to eternal life believed” (Ac 13:48).
Paul again spoke of the believers in Christ on earth: “In Him [the Son] we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His [the Father’s] purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will [to glorify the Son]” (Eph 1:10-11; Jn 17:1).
JACOB AND ESAU
A major Scripture concerning the verb, “predestined,” is Romans 9:10-13:
there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac, for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ Just as it is written, ‘JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED’.
It should be noted that the word, “His” — when italicized within the Bible as in this Scripture — means that the word is not part of the original Greek text but was inserted. The text actually reads, “according to choice.” So also in Romans 11:5 and 28, and in 1Thessalonians 1:4 the words, “God’s” or “His” are inserted but not found in the original. God’s foreknowledge and predestination of Jacob was in response to Jacob freely willing to live by the life of God’s Son. God loved Jacob because of his choice in eternity past. It is only those who choose the Son and His way of life that are able to know the divine love between the Father and His Son (Jn 17:23, 26).
WHAT ABOUT ESAU?
Esau was given the same opportunity in the beginning to decide to live by the life of God, as was Jacob. Clearly Esau did not so decide; therefore, he was not foreknown by God and consequently was not predestined to salvation on earth.
But was he hated?
The word for “hate” is miseo — “to hate.” However — in Greek — when it is used in contrast to “love” (as it is here), it does not retain its original meaning of literal hatred, but of a lesser degree of love. Therefore, a better translation of this Biblical statement would be “Jacob I loved, but Esau I loved less.”
Now this statement fits seamlessly with God’s own revelation to Moses that He deals with mankind either through mercy (springing from love) or compassion (arising from pity). Mercy is for those who chose to live by the life of the Father through the Son. Compassion is for those who did not so choose and were not predestined. But neither Jacob nor Esau was hated.
Being “loved less” is Esau without hope? No. Far from our heavenly Father being arbitrary in His dealings with Esau, He was more than fair. Esau was among those who had the opportunity to hear the Gospel preached by the Son of God when He descended to Sheol, the place of departed spirits (1Pe 3:18-19).
Those who lived after Christ’s resurrection and ascension are given opportunity after opportunity to join the family of God through salvation on earth. The Scripture says, “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, who desires all men [people] to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Tim 2:3-4).
THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE
The human spirits who chose to live by the Son’s self-sacrificial life of love for His Father were given names that were recorded in the Lamb’s book of life (Ps 139:16; Rev 21:27).
These are the ones that Jesus meant when He said, “those whom You [Father] have given Me [to care for]; for they are Yours . . .” (Jn 17:9). Again, Jesus said of those who chose Him in the beginning in heaven, “that of all that He [the Father] has given Me [to care for] I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day” (Jn 6:39).
God so loved those who chose Him in eternity past that He assured them salvation on earth. He predestined them to be a part of His family forever.
1) Those who chose to live by the life of God through the Son in eternity past, the Father foreknew.
2) Those whom God foreknew in heaven before the foundation of the world, He predestined to salvation on earth. Those who were not foreknown and therefore were not predestined in heaven are given the opportunity to accept life through Christ Jesus:
a. for those who lived and died before Christ lived on earth, these were given the opportunity to hear the gospel preached by the Lord in Sheol.
b. by hearing the gospel preached by others on earth after Christ’s ascension or through the inner witness within their spirits of the eternal gospel that was proclaimed to them in the beginning (Ro 1:19) or through the witness of physical creation (Ro 1:20).
NOTE: This is such an important subject and so vital to the cohesiveness of the gospel that we have added an extensive appendix at the end of the book to explore further foreknowledge and predestination.
GOD DESIRES ALL MEN TO BE SAVED
Questions arise when we discuss foreknowledge and predestination because Scripture states that God “desires all men [people] to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Tim 2:4). The cry of the human heart is the same as when Abraham implored God, “… shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Ge 18:25).
THE FIRST QUESTION.
What about the people who lived and died before Christ Jesus died and rose again and never heard the gospel of salvation on earth?
Before Christ died on the cross, He said to one of the thieves being crucified, “This day you will be with Me in Paradise” (Lk 23:39-43). Therefore when Jesus died, His spirit rose into heaven, returning to the Father (Lk 23:46; 1Co 15:45, Eccl 12:7).
After becoming a life-giving spirit, but before He received His resurrected body, He descended into Hades, the place of the spirits of all departed human beings since Adam and Eve except for persons like Enoch and Elijah who were taken up bodily by God while still alive (Ge 5:21-24; 2Ki 2:11).
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust; so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison” (1Pe 3:18-19). “For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God” (1Pe 4:6). These two Scriptures verify that Christ descended into Hades and the reason He descended.
Because the Son of God was given the opportunity to choose to live by the life of His Father or by His own life not only in heaven but also on earth, and because He represented all of mankind — for He was not only true God but true man — all of mankind while on earth must be given the same opportunity to choose as Jesus chose here.
However the human spirits in Hades had not been given that opportunity while on earth. Hades was at that time divided into two areas with a gulf separating them. Jesus told a parable about a rich man and a beggar both dying and going to Hades. The poor man went to Abraham’s bosom, a place of comfort. The rich man went to the other area of Hades and was in torment (Lk 16:19-31).
We know that Abraham believed God and “He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Ge 15:6). Therefore, because the beggar was in the same area of Hades as Abraham, it is assumed that he believed God. The Scripture reveals that the rich man did not believe God in that he did not treat the poor man according to Scripture.
Righteousness in this parable is not salvation. No one could be saved until Jesus Christ lived and died for the sins of mankind. Therefore, all of the spirits of those who lived and died before His death were in this holding area called Hades.
The human spirit can hear, understand, decide and respond (Rev 2:7; 1Co 2:12; Ac 19:21; 1Co 14:14-16). Those who believed the good news of salvation as proclaimed by Christ in Hades (whether they were foreknown and therefore predestined, or not) were then taken into heaven with Him as first fruits of His inheritance from the Father.
THE SECOND QUESTION.
After Christ’s resurrection, what of those who lived or live now in remote areas or have never heard the gospel?
For those who were foreknown and therefore predestined to salvation in eternity past but have never heard the gospel on earth, Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me [in eternity past] will come to Me [on earth], and the one who comes to Me [on earth], I will certainly not cast out” (Jo 6:37).
God arranges the outer circumstances and the inner ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict these people of their need to be saved. Jesus said, “He [the Holy Spirit], when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (Jo 16:8). All those who are foreknown and therefore predestined will be given the opportunity to choose Christ as Savior while alive on earth — either by the witness of the Holy Spirit within them or by the preaching of the word through believers (Ro 1:19-20, 16:25-26).
God also provides for all those who were not foreknown and therefore not predestined. He either presents the gospel to them through believers; or for those in remote places who have not been reached by missionaries, there is the inner witness within them. Romans 1:19-20 says: “that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Ro 1:19-20).
They will receive the revelation of God through those things that have been created, or that which is within them.
What does it mean: “that which is known about God is evident within them?” As we have said, the eternal gospel in order to be eternal, had to be proclaimed from the beginning. The spirits of all mankind, having been placed within Christ, could hear this gospel being declared. It has been well documented that mankind through the ages has had the same core memories and longings. These memories are in the human spirit. These include a belief in a creator God, His Son as mankind’s Brother, and a divine Helper. There is a belief in an original home that is above, a hell that is below, a time of the creation of earth, and a destiny and Savior of mankind.
However, because these memories are within the spirit of man, they become corrupted when that spirit is placed within a body that contains the sin nature. Therefore, the Truth that is the basis of these core memories has been distorted — not within the spirit of mankind — but within the soul (mind, emotions and will). This distortion has given occasion to the enemy through the ages to replace the Truth with a multitude of false gods (which Paul calls “doctrines of demons”) (1Ti 4:1) or the delusion that one’s own “self” is God. These distortions arise from the world, the flesh and the devil.
However, Scripture tells us that God placed the Truth about Himself within the spirit of mankind through these core memories. They hold the essential elements of the eternal gospel (Ro 1:19-20).
Jesus said, “no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (Jo 6:44). The Father knows everything, and He is continually aware of the thoughts and purposes in all human hearts (1Ki 8:39). He knows when any unbeliever is searching for the true God. The Father draws each seeker by the Holy Spirit who is everywhere and who knows what the Father is thinking at all times (1Co 2:10).
The Holy Spirit offers the seeking person conviction of sin and Christ as our righteousness (Jo 16:8). The Spirit does this not through words or by using human reason or emotion, but by Christ speaking to the heart. Jesus said, “an hour is coming and now is, when the dead [in sin] will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (Jo 5:25). Saving “faith comes through hearing and hearing by the word of Christ” (Ro 10:17).
All judgment has been given to the Lord Jesus (Jo 5:22). It is He who judges if the person is seeking the Truth from the heart. If he is, then the Lord will reveal Himself to that one. The human spirit in such a seeker is able to hear and to respond. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door [of the heart] and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20).
The Father assures us that either from witnessing that which He has created in the world or through the witness of the eternal gospel that He has placed within us, we will hear of salvation in Christ Jesus. For this reason the apostle Paul can say about those who refuse salvation in Christ, even if they live in foreign lands or have never heard the preaching of the gospel through believers, that they are without excuse (Ro 1:20).
As our Father dealt righteously with the departed spirits who lived before Christ, so also He deals righteously with every human being on earth. Everyone will be given the opportunity to receive salvation in Christ.
THE THIRD QUESTION.
What about a fetus who dies through abortion or miscarriage — or a baby who dies in early childhood?
If the Father is so careful that all those who lived before Christ’s ascension into heaven and those who lived after His ascension would hear the gospel of salvation, then would He not provide an equal opportunity for fetuses and babies who were going to die young?
At the moment of conception God joins the person’s spirit to the fertilized egg in the womb. That embryo is now a human being. However the difficulty of being human even in the beginning of life is that the substance in which each spirit is housed — the human body, though very tiny — falls under the judgment of original sin (Ro 7:18). The law of sin, as Paul said, is in our flesh — our body primarily and in our soul. He said, “I see a different law in the members of my body … making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members” (Ro 7:23). The law of sin is inherited at conception and not the result of anything that we do or do not do. In other words, we do not come under the law of original sin at the moment of birth but at the moment of conception.
David said, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Ps 51:5). This Scripture does not mean that the procreation of children is a sinful act. It means that once a human spirit has been joined to a fertilized egg, the fetus has the law of sin within it. Once we are under this law of sin, there are no means of salvation but through believing into Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
How can a fetus or baby hear, understand and accept the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ? You will recall that we said in Chapter 4 that the human spirit has all the faculties as the rest of the human being. It can hear, understand, decide and communicate (Rev 2:7; 1Co 2:12; Ac 19:21; 1Co 14:14-16).
Jeremiah and David were called by God from the womb and responded to that call. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5). “You have been my God from my mother’s womb” (Ps 22:10). If Jeremiah and David could respond to God while in the womb, the Holy Spirit can likewise communicate the gospel to any child who will be aborted or miscarried or die in infancy.
Why, we may ask, are not all human beings given the opportunity to choose Christ while they are in the womb? The reason is that the Lord wishes to give every person every opportunity to come to Him on earth and then to mature. Jesus charged His twelve disciples to go into all the world and make other disciples (Mt 28:19-20). Although a life cut short does not exclude a baby from hearing the gospel and from choosing Christ, it does remove the opportunity for growth in discipleship while on earth.
Those fetuses and infants choosing Christ are received into heaven at their death.
The Father is just and more than just in turning the rebellion of Satan into an occasion for every person on earth in whatever circumstances to choose His Son as Savior and to live forever with God.
1) Those who lived on earth before Christ heard the gospel preached in Sheol and were given the opportunity to live by the life of the Father through the Son – or not.
2) Those who lived or live in remote areas of the world will receive revelation of the gospel
a. Through “those things created.”
b. The witness of the Holy Spirit to them.
3) The spirits of embryos or infants (who will die young) are given the opportunity to hear the Holy Spirit communicate the gospel to their spirits, and the Holy Spirit knows the response in their hearts.
HEAVEN AND THE HOLY ANGELS
The main purpose for God creating heaven first and then the earth was His love for His Son (Jo 17:24; Col 1:13). As the Son chose eternally to reflect only the work, words and character of His beloved Abba, Father; so heaven is a gift that reflects God’s love for His Son. “For in Him [the Son] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Col 1:16). The Son “is the radiance of His [Father’s] glory” of love (Heb 1:3). He shines through everything in heaven because the nature of everything in heaven is light and spirit; therefore, unity and oneness are among all that is there (Jo 3:5-6; Col 1:12).
A second reason for creating heaven was the Father’s desire to have a family of those like His Son around Him to love and to reveal Himself – and to be loved in return (Eph 2:19).
The term, household, in the Bible usually means the members of a family together with the servants (Ge 17:12-13). Most of the heavenly beings were created to be glorious servants who would serve the living God and “render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (Heb 1:14).
We know that God created the heavenly beings before He created the earth because the heavenly host sang and shouted for joy when He began to form this planet (Job 38:5-7). Every good thing on the earth was first created in heaven (Jas 1:17).
THE HEAVENLY SERVANTS.
Like Adam the angels are called “sons of God” in Scripture because they were not born but were created directly by God (Job 38:7; Ge 2:7). Throughout the Bible we see that they comprise the court of heaven, and like courtiers they are in ranks and have duties commensurate with their position in heaven or on earth.
THE HIGHEST RANK
The highest rank among God’s angels is called “the angel of the Lord,” or “the angel of God” (Ge 16:7; Ge 21:17). God at times comes to earth in the form of this angel. The Bible describes this angel as acting, making promises and commanding as only God can (Ge 22:10-12). Often this angel is called “the Lord” or “God.” An example is when “the angel of the Lord appeared [to Gideon and] … The Lord looked at him and said … ‘Have I not sent you?'” (Judg 6:12, 14).
Another example of God’s personal intervention on earth is the man with a drawn sword who appeared to Joshua as the commander of the armies of the Lord (Jos 5:13-15). He was the pre-incarnate Son of God who will command the armies from heaven in the final battle against the armies of the antichrist on earth (Rev 19:11-16, 19-21).
In the Old Testament the word, angel, is recorded some 110 times. Of that total, 95 instances are of God as that angel or 86% of the Old Testament record. Do we realize what this means? God Himself loves His people so much that He personally visited them in the form of an angel to be near them and to help them.
THE SECOND CATEGORY
Different from “the angel of the Lord” or “the angel of God” is a second category that God calls “His angel” or “My angel.” Two instances are Genesis 24:7, “He [God] will send His angel before you.” And “My angel shall go before you” (Ex 32:34).
The children of Israel understood the difference between the two. God told Moses, “I will send an angel before you … for I will not go up in your midst” (Ex 33:2-3). When the people heard this, “they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments” (Ex 33:4). They understood that God Himself would not be with them. Later He relented, and His presence continued to accompany them through the manifestation of the pillar of fire and of the cloud (Ex 13:21-22).
This powerful angel sent by God often rescues the righteous from great peril as in the book of Daniel 6:22: “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me.” This angel may also relay important revelation from God as when Jesus told John, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things” (Rev 22:16).
THE THIRD CATEGORY.
Another class of angels personally dispatched by God from heaven is called “an angel of the Lord,” — a term used almost exclusively in the New Testament. God the Father did not need to send “his angel” because Jesus His Son was on earth and being attended by many angels (Mt 1:20; Jo 1:51).
THE FOURTH CATEGORY
Yet another special group of angels is known as “the angel of His presence.” “In all their [the Jews] affliction, He [God] was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them” (Isa 63:9). In Luke 1:19 one such angel addresses Zacharias, “I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God.” The Bible refers to seven such angels who stand before the throne of the Father to do His bidding. “And I saw the seven angels who stand before God; and seven trumpets were given to them” (Rev 8:2).
THE FIFTH CATEGORY
The Son of God also has a company of angels who do His bidding. “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks and those who commit lawlessness” (Mt 13:41).
AROUND THE THRONE
All categories of created beings are represented around the throne of God.
Above the throne, fiery, six winged Seraphim blaze in holiness as they sing the most glorious music known (Isa 6:2). Their proximity to the Father allows them to draw from His glory and overflow in high praises of God.
THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES
In the center and around the throne close to God are four cherubim who are called “living creatures” in Revelation 4:6-8. These particular cherubim are radiant with white light. One looks like a calf, one like a lion, one like a flying eagle, and one like a man. Each has six wings beneath which are hands. Their bodies are full of eyes before and behind, indicating completeness of discernment through spiritual perception and understanding (Rev 4:8).
The Father created these four cherubim to be near Him on the throne as a foretaste of the unity He designed among human beings, beasts, animals and birds and their loving response to Him on earth as in heaven (Ge 2:19-20). He was to include all four categories of creatures in His covenant with Noah after the flood (Ge 9:9-10). These four living creatures are so close to God on His throne that the glory of His presence enables them to continually “give glory and honor and thanks to Him” (Rev 4:8-11). They often lead heaven in worship (Rev 5:8-12).
Two large cherubs are stationed beside the arm rests of the throne. Each one is a composite of the four living creatures near them. Each has the face of a man, the wings of an eagle, and one portion of each body is that of a lion and the other part that of an ox (1Ch 13:6; 2Sam 22:11).
These two cherubim serve to guard the honor of God’s glory. Several places in Scripture say that God “sits” or “is enthroned” above the cherubim (Ps 80:1; Ps 99:1).
The word, “cherub,” comes from a root word meaning “holding something in safe keeping.” The glorious sound from the moving wings of some cherubim is “like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks” (Eze 10:5).
Paul describes governmental ranks of angels in Colossians 1:16: “For in Him [Jesus] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” The Father delegates His authority to these four ranks: thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities.
In Revelation 4:4 we read, “around the throne [of God] were twenty-four thrones, and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments and golden crowns on their heads.” The proximity of these angels to the throne of God, seated upon thrones assigned by God, wearing crowns, and being designated as elders sets them apart as senior angelic leaders. One of the main duties that Scripture enumerates is that of leaders in worship (Rev 4:10; 5:8; 14; 7:11; 19:4).
Although the number 24 signifies heavenly government, these elders also are shown as leading in worship, praise and the priestly function of offering prayers of the saints on earth to God on the throne (Rev 4:10-11, 5:8).
These are high-ranking angels who carry authority over large spheres of responsibility on the earth and perhaps throughout the universe. The Bible reveals their wide-ranging rulership in several categories. The Scripture reveals seven examples of their dominion over air, earth, fire, waters (fresh and salty), beneath the earth, vegetation, and living creatures. Scriptures for these seven are air (Rev 7:1; 16:17); earth (Rev 16:2); fire (Rev 16:8, 14:18); waters (Rev 16:3-5); beneath the earth (Rev 20:1-3); vegetation (Rev 16:21) and living creatures (Rev 16:10).
These angels were also used by God to exercise His authority over the false gods of Egypt (Ex 7-12).
Rulers (or principalities)
The third ruling class of angels with delegated authority from God has oversight over a certain nation, territory or city on earth. Another translation of the Greek word for rulers is principalities. An earthly principality is a country ruled by a prince and called a princedom. Michael is “the great prince who stands guard over the nation of Israel” (Da 12:1). His position is so important to God’s plan that he is designated an archangel (Jude 9).
The ruling angels from heaven war against their counterparts in Satan’s realm here on earth called “the world” (Da 10:13, 20; Jo 12:31; 1Jo 2:15-17).
Authorities (or powers)
This fourth group of angels has authority over a narrower sphere than do the three ranks of angels described above. The Greek word for this fourth group of angels is exousia, which means the delegated power to act. The other major Greek word for power is dunamis, which means the inherent ability to perform anything to effect the divine purposes — power that God possesses.
Examples in Scripture of angelic authorities or powers are:
1. To revive a person (Mt 4:1; Da 10:17-18);
2. To watch over a congregation (Rev 2:1);
3. To reveal Scriptural truth (Zech 4:5-6);
4. To patrol the earth (Zech 1:10);
5. To deliver from danger (Ge 19:15);
6. To praise God (Lu 2:13-14);
7. To escort the spirit of a dead person to its reward (Lu 16:22);
8. To prophesy to a human being (Ac 27:23-24); and
9. To destroy an enemy (2Chr 32:21).
1) The upper echelon of heavenly angelic beings are:
• The angel of the Lord;
• His angel or My angel;
• An angel of the Lord;
• Four living creatures;
• Cherubim; and
• The angels of His presence.
2) The ranks of governmental angels are first thrones, then dominions, rulers, and authorities.
3) These along with the other angels and believers comprise the Father’s court in heaven.
ANGELS AND THE ETERNAL GOSPEL
Angels serve in heaven and on earth. Examining their forms of service and manner of life gives us – their beneficiaries – greater understanding of our Father’s heart of love, for they live the Eternal Gospel.
The broadest and most numerous categories of spiritual beings in heaven fall under the name of angels. Most of these spirits function under the authority of the angelic orders of thrones, dominions, principalities and powers (Col 1:16).
Much activity is given by all angelic beings in heaven to thanksgiving, praise, rejoicing, worship and adoration of God. The variety of the means used includes songs (Rev 5:9), sounds and flying (Eze 1:24), music (Rev 5:8), speech (Rev 4:11) and being prostrate on their faces (Rev 5:14; 7:11). There is much dancing on the sea of glass before the throne. We know this because Psalm 150 enumerates the ways to “praise God in His sanctuary … in His mighty expanse” of heaven (vs 1), which includes all kinds of musical instruments and with “timbrel [a tambourine] and dancing” (vs 4).
SOME DUTIES OF ANGELS IN HEAVEN
Living the eternal gospel not only means the denying of one’s own self life in order to reveal the virtues of God’s goodness – with which each angel has been endowed; but also to choose to obey the Lord.
All of the angels serve God in the capacity to which each one is assigned. There are many different tasks for angels in heaven. From a multitude of assignments examples of such tasks are service in God’s armies in heaven (Mt 26:53; Rev 19:14) and service in the temple of God in heaven (Rev 15:5-8).
ANGELS WHO MINISTER ON EARTH
Angels also serve the Lord on earth. Usually such angels are dispatched to earth for three primary reasons:
1) To proclaim a message or promise from God: to admonish (Lk 1:19), announce (Lk 1:35), command (Lk 1:20), commission (Ac 8:26), confront (Num 22:24), instruct (Ac 6:15), reveal (Act 7:38) or warn (Ge 19:12-13).
2) To protect by guarding (Ex 23:20), guiding (Ex 23:2), preparing a way (Ge 19:15), rescuing (Ac 7:38) or strengthening (Lk 22:43).
3) To punish or destroy. There are angelic watchers who come to earth with delegated authority from God to decree decisions made in heaven either for good or for judgment as related in Daniel 4:13, 17-23.
ANGELS WHO ACCOMPANY INDIVIDUALS
Also there are angels that serve the Lord by accompanying individuals on earth. One such angel is mentioned in Acts 12:12-16 where the spirit is referred to as “his angel.” Presently the popular moniker for such an angel is “guardian angel.”
Jesus said that the angels assigned to accompany children on earth “continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Mt 18:10).
Angels assigned to people on earth assist the Holy Spirit in protecting, encouraging, teaching, directing, strengthening, convicting and helping that person first in being born again and then in growing up into Christ (Mt 1:20; Ps 91:11-12; Judges 6:12, 14; Ac 10:3-5; Mt 4:11; Nu 22:31-35; Da 10:5-6, 14). Angels can help us in speaking the truth as it is in Jesus and in alerting us to hear what God is saying to us (Lk 1:13-17).
Angels have remarkable powers such as being able to read our thoughts (Ge 21:17); to prophesy (Lk 1:20); to change their appearance (Ex 3:2); and to appear and disappear (Judges 6:12, 21). There is little need for the assigned angels to appear to us on earth in order to fulfill their work with us, lest we try to honor them instead of God (Rev 19:10; 22:8-9). However, angels can be seen when God deems it profitable for His Son’s life in believers (Lk 1:26-28).
AS IN HEAVEN
Angels assigned to us on earth can give great support to us in forming the practice of giving thanks joyfully to God for all things even as they do in heaven (Eph 5:18-20; Col 3:15-17). We also bless our assigned angels in this way and give them the opportunity to add their praises to our going to heaven (Rev 7:9-12; Ps 148:2).
THE HOPE OF THE ANGELS
The main hope of the angels is to know God more deeply through the Son (Jo 14:6; Col 2:2-3). They long to be closer to the Father in the way that the gospel of Christ offers human beings — “things that angels long to look into” (1Pe 1:12). They with all “of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” when “the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Ro 8:19, 21).
THE LOVE OF THE ANGELS
The holy angels followed the example of the Son in His self-sacrificial love and servant hood. They model the eternal gospel. God’s adopted children are to inherit every blessing in heaven, to partake of the divine nature, and to share in the oneness between the Father and the Son (Eph 1:3; 2Pe 1:4; Jo 17:21). Angels have not been offered similar promises. However, the angels by receiving from Christ and by passing on to others that which they receive, demonstrate the eternal gospel through their love and humility.
Angelic spirits have nothing of their own (1Co 13:5). They take nothing from God’s creation, only care for it and give to it. Their joy or sorrow is centered in God and others. The Bible says that the angels celebrate together whenever one sinner on earth repents (Lk 15:10).
THE FIRST WITNESSES
The holy angels were the first beings to give witness to the eternal gospel in heaven. All of the heavenly beings were given the free choice to accept a life of self-sacrificial service in love as the Son of God had chosen, or, as Satan demonstrated, of not accepting a life of self-sacrificial service in unity with the Godhead. Being everlasting creatures, their decision – once made – was forever.
Those who chose to live like the Son will be everlasting witnesses to the eternal gospel (Rev 22:3-5). There will be continuing opportunity for the angels to rescue, reveal, instruct, announce and watch over the people in the nations outside of the walls and to work alongside of the redeemed in the new heaven on the new earth (Rev 21:24).
1) The holy angels followed the example of the Son in His self-sacrificial love and servanthood.
2) The angels by receiving from Christ and by passing on to others that which they receive, demonstrate the eternal gospel through their love and humility.
3) They take nothing from God’s creation, only care for and give to it.
THE ETERNAL GOSPEL AND THE BEGINNING OF THE REBELLION IN HEAVEN
We have seen the life of unity and love that proceed from those who chose to live by the life from the Father through the Son. But there were those among the angels who did not so choose. For the first time, we see the consequences of seeking to live apart from God.
The difficulty began with a cherub stationed in the throne area of heaven. Scripture called him “the anointed cherub that covers.” Covers means to honor and guard the presence of God’s glory (Eze 28:14). Instances of the glory of God associated with a cherub are found in Ezekiel 9:3 and 10:18-19.
The cherub’s name was Helel, meaning “day star” in Hebrew and translated as “Lucifer” in Latin (Isa 14:12). The Bible described him as a marvelously gifted creature in the court of heaven. His rebellion was to live for himself in the hope of being equal to God. Since his capacities for good were so great, when he turned from union with God, the degree of darkness within him became equally as great.
He then became known as Satan, a word meaning “adversary.” He was also to be called “the devil,” an English word used in the New Testament to translate the Greek word, diabolos. Jesus called him “the father of lies” (Jo 8:44).
There are two primary scriptures that tell the story of the rebellion of the cherub, Helel. They are Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-17, revelations from God to His two prophets. The revelations concerning Helel are couched within the prophecies about two evil kings. The reason for describing Helel in prophecy about two heathen kings is because Satan was the evil power behind their thrones (Isa 14:3-6; Eze 28:2).
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning [Helel], son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!” (Verse 12).
In verses 13 and 14 there are five instances, each beginning with the words, “I will ….” These words were the root of Helel’s revolt:
But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; ‘I will raise my throne above the stars of God [the other angels], and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north [where heaven gathers around God’s throne].
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High [God].’
The second Scripture, Ezekiel 28:12-17, is almost entirely above Helel’s fall from heaven:
You [Helel] had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God [where the Son walked in heaven];
every precious stone was your covering [over his robe]: the ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryle, the onyx and the jasper; the lapis lazuli; the turquoise and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
You were the anointed cherub who covers [guards the Father’s glory], And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire [a symbol of the heart of love within the Father].
You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
By the abundance of your trade [his evil work]
You were internally filled with violence, and you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God [heaven].
And I have destroyed you [your place in heaven], O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire [in the Father’s heart].
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, that they may see you.
Verses 14 through 16 indicate the agonizing pain of the Father God in tearing out the roots of this relationship with so gifted a creature who occupied such a cherished place in His heart.
These Scriptures imply that Helel’s beauty and wisdom led to his corruption, for they gave him a ready audience among the angels in heaven. God meant him to use his giftings to benefit the heavenly host. But he used them to turn many of the angels against God. Another translation of the word “trade” (or traffic) in verse 16 is gossip. Helel’s gossip was slanderous of God and was so effective that apparently one-third of the angels joined his rebellion (Rev 12:3-4). Satan and all these angels rejected a life of self-sacrifice like the Son’s.
THE STAGES OF SATAN’S DECLINE
At the time of his expulsion from heaven Satan was allowed by God to establish his command headquarters in a lower level in what is called the second or midheaven. We know that he is still occupying this section of the heavenlies because Scripture tells us in Revelation 12:7-9 that eventually he and his angels will be cast down to earth:
And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon [Satan]. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole word; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Satan’s desire was to replace God or to be as God, but his end will be quite different. “Nevertheless you [Satan] will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit” (Isa 14:15). During Christ’s thousand-year reign, he [Satan] will be imprisoned in the bottomless pit (Rev 20:1-3). Satan’s final destination will be to live forever in the lake of fire or hell (Rev 20:10).
1) The cherub Helel “had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.”
2) Helel decided not to live a life of self-sacrificial love as the Son chose to do.
3) Instead Helel began a campaign of gossip and slander against God in heaven and convinced one-third of the angels to follow him.
4) The Father had Satan and his angels removed from highest heaven. Their end will be the lake of fire or hell.
May we suggest that you reread the chapters on Foreknowledge and Predestination, chapters 7 and 8, respectively, before beginning this appendix.
The chapter on predestination ended with the discussion of Romans 9:13: “Just as it is written, ‘JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.'”
Let us continue with Romans 9:14.
1) “What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!”
This question is inevitable. Is God “just” concerning salvation? Although he is addressing the question as it relates to his natural brethren, the Jews, the question is applicable to all mankind. God is not holy and righteous unless He is also just. Therefore, Paul quickly dismisses the idea of God not being just.
2) Romans 9:15.
“For He says to Moses, ‘I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION'” (Ex 33:19).
At first glance, “mercy” and “compassion” seem to be a side-step instead of a validation of God’s justice. That is because the English words do not equal the total meaning of the Greek.
A. In Romans 9:15 the Greek word, eleco, comes from the prime root eleos, which is usually translated “mercy.” The word means to have an active compassion or graciousness. This active compassion denotes an attitude that arises out of a mutual relationship, such as between parents and children or brothers and sisters.
Because of the relationship, each can expect faithfulness and trust between the parties. Therefore God’s own statement implies active compassion toward those with whom He has a relationship — those He “knew” — or those who were foreknown and therefore predestined.
There is a legal implication within the word “mercy.” Although those cannot claim God’s promised mercy, they can certainly expect it.
B. To have compassion is oikteiro in Greek, from the word oiktos meaning pity.
The Greek word means, “to show distress at witnessing the misfortunes of others.” It includes a sense of unhappiness for the ills of others — to pity them. The term arises from “inward parts” of the animal sacrifices that were considered the nobler parts, the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys. Later the “inner parts” were expressed by “womb” or “bowels” as the seat of feelings.
However within the word “compassion” there is not the relationship that evokes an active response, such as in the word “mercy.” There is the possibility of a response, but not the active expectation upon the part of the recipients of compassion.
“Mercy” is for those who — according to choice — entered into a relationship with the Father by choosing to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. “Compassion” is for those who did not so choose.
Therefore, since God clearly states that He relates to mankind either through mercy or compassion, these two are the criteria by which God dispenses justice. They are the validation of God’s justice.
3) Romans 9:16
“So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”
Again, although Paul is referring to his natural brethren, the Jews, the truths within the verse relate to mankind as a whole.
For the Jews, he is addressing the truth that by sheer determination to follow the Law, they cannot come into a relationship with God — nor because they are children of Abraham. They cannot enter into this relationship through works or by birth.
For mankind in general “it does not depend on the man who wills … .” This more closely relates to the five “I wills” attributed to Satan in Isaiah 14:13-14: “I will make myself like the Most High” — referred to as “self-will.” “…Or the man who runs … .” This relates to the popular misconception of our times, and indeed of times past, that all of mankind will be saved.
“But on God who has mercy,” refers to that relationship with God based upon being foreknown and therefore predestined. On these God has mercy.
4) Romans 9:17
“For God says to Pharaoh, ‘FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH'” (Ex 9:17).
Here God says that He assisted Pharaoh to become ruler in Egypt. “Raised up” is exegeiro in Greek. It means, “to arouse,” “to raise up.” In Hebrew it means, “caused you to stand.”
God brought Pharaoh forward on the stage of events. Then He used his implacability to demonstrate God’s power to accomplish His ultimate desire. If Pharaoh was going to resist God, He could still work his resistance to His glory.
There are two objectives in Romans 9:17. The “and” leads to “that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” Jewish scholars believe that the greatest revelation given to Moses when he asked to see God’s glory was the goodness of the heart character of God implicit in His name (Ex 33:19). Among the characteristics within His name lies the truth that God is just.
Therefore, the Scripture used by Paul leads again to His original premise that God is “just” based upon His mercy and compassion. God is just at all times, but here Paul is focusing specifically on salvation.
Since this defense of God’s justice is laid out as a legal argument of “mercy” toward the children of Jacob, it must be balanced by “compassion” toward Pharaoh. In other words, God is demonstrating His power to bring forth children to Himself (though Paul stresses that it is the remnant only that will be saved) and demonstrating His heart character through the revelation of His name. Ultimately He will accomplish what He says He will accomplish and be “just” to all while bringing it to pass.
5) Romans 9:18
“So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”
Now as Paul reaches the conclusion of his legal argument for God’s justice, he deviates from his careful adherence to God’s word spoken to Moses (that is, the Father’s definition of His goodness toward mankind as either mercy or compassion) to a contrast between mercy and the act of hardening a non-believer’s heart.
Mercy and compassion are both stirrings of God’s goodness. Hardening “whom He desires” sounds like an arbitrary and even a belligerent act.
Is it? To better understand Paul’s subtitle of “hardening” under the category of “compassion,” we will need to look more carefully at God’s dealings with Pharaoh.
Three words are used in Hebrew to describe the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. The one used most often means “to be strong.” It represents foolhardiness and an insensibility to danger: foolhardy. The second is “hardens,” meaning an action that is “self-produced”: stubborn. The third means “produced by God.”
It is the latter representation that Paul uses in this instance. However, with so little of the Old Testament story related in this letter, Paul assumes that those who received the letter knew the full story. All three types of “hardening” are necessary to understand the full significance of God’s dealings with Pharaoh. They form a network of human offenses and divine judgments.
So then Pharaoh was 1) “foolhardy” like a teenager; 2) “stubborn” like a self-willed child; and 3) subject to a law of God.
The person of Pharaoh can be portrayed in several symbolic ways (often as Satan). However, in the case of Paul’s argument within this letter, Pharaoh represents those who did not choose to live by the life of the Son of God in eternity past: unregenerate man. (We realize that everyone was unregenerate at birth. But we are using this term at the present time to designate those who were not foreknown and therefore not predestined).
As unregenerate man, Pharaoh begins his life on earth having refused “the Way.” Just as choosing “the Way” through the Son leads to being “foreknown” and subsequently “predestined,” the opposite of that eternal law goes into effect for those who refuse “the Way” — a hardened heart toward God.
On this path the person is given the opportunity — but not the certainty — of salvation. Conversely, each time another opportunity is offered and refused, the spiritual heart becomes harder.
Often unregenerate man is allowed — and even assisted — to become rich and powerful (as the Lord said He assisted Pharaoh). Such kindness should lead to gratitude and to a seeking of God as the fount of these blessings. But in Pharaoh’s case, it did not.
Notice also that God gave opportunity after opportunity for Pharaoh to change his mind set and acknowledge God. Unfortunately with each refusal, his heart became harder.
Why then does Paul say that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart? Because it is a law — the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Ro 8:2). When the Son chose to live by the life of His Father and the Holy Spirit chose to live by the life of the Son, life itself became available only through the Son. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (Jo 14:6).
On the other hand, not choosing “the Way” leads to a progressive hardening of the spiritual heart.
So how then can this hardening be considered compassion?
God shows compassion toward unregenerate man in two main ways (or a combination of the two):
A. As spoken to the unregenerate Jews but applicable to unregenerate mankind in general (Is 65:2 and 3a):
Verse 2: “I [God] have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,
Verse 3a: A people who continually provoke Me to My face” (Is 65:2-3a).
The first is the heart-felt yearning of God toward those who were “wombed” in His Son. The second is “tough love.”
How is “tough love” a type of compassion? If the spiritual heart is hardened again and again either because of “fool-hardiness,” “stubbornness” or by God Himself, eventually it may become so dried and brittle that one more tap will crack the outer shell, hopefully leaving a softer more pliable heart beneath. It is possible for that softer heart to respond to God and seek “the Way.” “Tough love” therefore is compassion.
This scenario played itself out in Pharaoh’s life. His stubbornness finally yielded to God. However, instead of seeking God with that softer heart, he turned and became a more violent opponent of God. He hardened his heart again and eventually became a permanent adversary to God.
6) Romans 9:19-20a
“You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?’ On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?”
This is a very unusual exchange. The interjection is less a question than an accusation against God — to which the Greek attests. Paul uses this method to further his argument for God’s justice even to the confirmed recalcitrant.
Therefore, he does not answer that which is not a sincere question (and he should know because he asked it). Instead he answers the heart attitude behind the contention — which is closer to the questioner “shaking his fist” at God.
Paul’s retort to the questioner is similar to a parent’s reply to a rebellious child: “Don’t you use that tone with me, young man.” However, since the non-existent questioner and the answerer are the same person, Paul, it is the attitude revealed within the Greek words that He is using to extend his defense of God’s justice to its utmost conclusion: is God just to those who begin and end as His enemy?
The Greek word for “answers back” is antapokinomai, made up of apokrinamai, “to give off judgment,” thus “to answer” and the prefixed preposition “anti,” “against,” thus “to form a judgment against God.” Also, here the word signifies “a reply to an answer already given.”
Therefore, there is the sense within the Greek words that Paul has already answered the question of God’s justice (as it relates to salvation). But the questioner, rather than yielding to God, is goading Him, trying to provoke God into a wrangling debate. The antagonism latent within the Greek words provokes Paul’s rebuke.
7) Romans 9:20b
“The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this, will it?'”
Paul’s swift reply to the questioner is a reminder of which one (between the Maker and the made) of them is God. This, of course, is a main “sticking point” to hardened incorrigibles. They would rather (literally) go to hell resisting God’s way to salvation through His Son than to yield and be gathered into the family of God.
These have been seduced by the same temptation Satan used with Eve: …you shall be like God” (Ge 3:5). Confirmed adversaries to God want to set all standards and criteria themselves. In other words, they want the rewards of heaven but on their own terms. As Paul says in Romans 10:3-4: “For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to [Christ] the righteousness of God.”
8) Romans 9:21
“Or does not the potter have a right over the clay to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”
One pot is used for a noble purpose, such as food preparation. Another is used as a toilet. However, both are used. Even if the unregenerate man is antagonistic toward God, God can use that antagonism to bring glory to Himself — as He did with Pharaoh.
9) Romans 9:22
“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?”
God could justly show wrath toward those who violently oppose Him and display His power to bring His desired purposes to pass, but instead, He shows patience toward them.
Paul calls these dissenters “vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.” The English translation of the Greek leaves the impression that their destruction was prepared by God before the foundation of the world. However, “vessels of wrath” means, “appertaining to wrath.” The fuller definition in Greek suggests that by their own acts they have “fallen under His wrath.”
“…prepared for destruction.” “Prepared” is from katartizo, literally meaning “adjusted.” Again, God does not prepare the “vessels of wrath” for destruction, but “ripe for destruction.” In other words, the “vessels of wrath” themselves have a hand in their own fate. For something to become “ripe” there must be a development over a period of time.
Also, the word katartizo does not mean previously prepared for destruction, but a “vessel” that reaches that end because of “adjustments” based upon their choices: a process.
10) Romans 9:23:
“And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory.”
Paul begins his final argument relating to God’s justice based upon “mercy” or “compassion” by placing in juxtaposition the words “prepared” and “prepared beforehand.” But first he reminds those who are unrelenting in their opposition to God that He will use them “to make known the riches of His glory” upon those who choose “life” through His Son.
Verse 23 of chapter 9 in Romans uses the English words “prepared beforehand.” These words are proetoimazo in Greek. This Greek word is completely different from “prepared” in verse 22. That word is katartizo. “Prepared beforehand” here refers to the “vessels of mercy.” These “vessels” have been prepared for glory previously.
“Beforehand” is absent from verse 22. That is because, as we have said, “prepared” in verse 22 shows a process. In this process all the elements over a period of time dictate the outcome. Although the “vessel” (while “in Him [the Son] before the foundation of the world,” Eph 1:4) refused to live by the life of God through the Son, the possibility of salvation is left open to him until his death on earth. The outcome then is indefinite until the end.
In verse 23, “prepared beforehand,” indicates a previous single act. While in the Son, before the foundation of the world, the “vessel of mercy” chose to live by the life of the Son of God. Because of this choice, the “vessel” was foreknown. Once the “vessel” was foreknown by God, by His direct agency in a single act He predestined that “vessel” to salvation. The eventual outcome of this “vessel” is definite.
These verses cover Paul’s main defense of the justice of God toward those predestined to salvation and toward those who were not predestined. With each He is fair — and more than fair.
Although this discourse relates to Paul’s natural brethren, the Jews, it is applicable to all mankind.
God is just.
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