Part 1 The Bride, Christ’s comforter/ helper, mother of His children.

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Part 1 The Parakleet. Christ’s comforter/ helper, mother of His children.

We know them who said “let Us make man in our image and likeness”. Then they, the plurality of God, proceeded to make them male and female. They wanted us to know them that way, male and female. So when we get to Christ’s discourse about the heavenly family in John 14-16 we draw upon this truth. Male and female made He them in His, or their image. (there are other articles explaining this in depth if you are new to the plurality of God, male and female. Please read earlier post’s)

 

In the book of John, Christ said that He would not leave us orphans, that He would send “another helper” a different parent, not Himself but one like Him, meaning bone of His bone and Flesh of His flesh, in composition and design similar to Him of non-matter before creation spirit and truth. That He would send “the comforter”, whom the “world can neither see or know”.  Here we have the hierarchy of the family of God and the parents of those who are “in Christ” and born of them. If we look at them in the Greek it takes on a fuller meaning. The English translators committed a huge blunder here.

 

This is the first part in a series that deal with these obscurities in the English translations from the Greek and Hebrew scriptures.

 

This comforter/helper comes from the Greek word “parakleetos” which is from the word “parakleesis” meaning comfort, consolation and exhortation. The “parakleetos’ is the one that brings comfort, consolation, and exhortation. It is actions of the parakleetos that brings parakleesis to the “kleesia”. We have the giver, the gift and the receiver of the gift.

We know even in English that “para” means over. Like parachute, paratroop, and so on. So also with the Greek. But who is the “parakleetos” over? The Kleesia. And who are they? Well “kleesia” means the called, the invited, the saints, and is where the word “Ekkleesia” comes from. This is the word  translated into “church”. So the “para” is over the church, meaning not the building or earthly hierarchy but the heavenly called ones. Those who hear the voice from heaven. Where 2 or more are gathered in His name, underneath Her, like the cloud over the tabernacle and the city in the old testament, for His name is on Her, He has Her covered, they are wed, they are one. The para is over those gathered to the eternal truths found “in Christ” for the “called out” are the called “in Christ” Like one of the plural in the man Jesus said,”Oh how I would’ve gathered you as a hen gathers Her chicks, but you were not willing. So also today.
 She is in Him as are we and we are under Her care, comfort and tutelage. She is the other comforter/helper/help mate, wife and bride. When the body of Christ comes together in the physical, the prophets apostles evangelists and teachers, meaning the ekklisia, or church as we say in English, this is when we practice these truths collectively. Just as earthly Jerusalem was a tutor by mirroring the eternal, to bring us to Christ so also is the earthly Church. It too is temporary having the same purpose as Jerusalem did, to bring all into the full stature of the son of God, but when what is mature has come that which is in part will be done away with. When faith has come. When the eternal is obtained by faith.
Here is the break down from Strong’s Greek concordance for your verification
#3874+  parakleesis, meaning helper and comforter,the other parent.
#3870= para, over
#2821= kleesis, and means an invitation, and the invited are the called, from 2564
#2564= kaleo, meaning to call
#1577 ekklesia , are the called, from #2564
In English the helper/comforter/other parent like Christ but not Christ, is over the church. Christ is over Her. She is hidden
in Christ as are we. The church is not the bride of Christ, the Holy Spirit is. There is nothing on earth or time and matter that is of the right design and composition to qualify being the bride but Her. It is not 3 men in heaven ruling mankind.
So we have the caller calling an invitation,calling to a people to be gathered to the place of the calling under the Holy Spirit, the Parakleet. This is the family structure of the spirit. This is partially spelled out in 1 Corinthians in the topic of “coverings”.  We will discuss this topic more later. And as all born from the flesh from Adam and Eve die. The replacement for Adam and Eve are Christ and His comforter, helper, Holy Spirit, the parents of the new creation. And we are this kind if indeed His spirit dwells in us. As Paul also said in Galatians 4.26 “the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all” And She is the city/bride/wife of Christ/comforter/another helper/Holy Spirit the two come together under the New Covenant to be one for the propagation of the species for the procreation of the new creation of those born of Word/ Jesus and Spirit/ helper.
John 3.29 He who has the bride (the helper, another comforter, parent so we are not orphans) is the bridegroom”. (past tense) If they were not united, or wed, there would be no offspring and we would still be dead in our sins, but now they are and so are we. If you are this kind. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. As many as are not led by Her are not born of Her and Him. They are not His. For the world cannot know Her or see Her. And thie birth too is not a time dimensional truth started with Pentecost, For even Isaac was born of the Spirit. way before the time of Jesus. (Gal 4.29). Pentecost just showed in the physical the eternal realities like the man Jesus did.
The Bridegroom Has the Bride, The King is in the City on the throne even now! Like He was before He came in the flesh to show us the way. Hebrews 13.8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. He never was not King. He was born in the man Jesus the ever lasting Father and king of Kings but not of “earthly Jerusalem for His kingdom is not of this world”and the City is as
eternal as Her King, the kingdom “finished from the foundations of the world”. He always has been as with Her also.
This is the Kingdom of God which is always at Hand!

TODAY, THE LORDS SABBATH REST

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In the Melchizedek post we talked about the King from the before time. The priest who is King or more importantly this King that is also priest. Without father or mother meaning no beginning  or end of days who lives continually. Of whom it is witness that He lives. Who? The eternal before time one.

Let us go on about this eternal topic, the before time, that which is now and is after time. To that day which is not measured by days months seasons and years. To the day that was before anything was made. This place that has no need for the sun because the lamb is it’s light. This place Peter refers to “till the day (of this age) dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”. This day is not a physical one related to the sun and solar system as we know it. The morning star for us is an awakening. That sun shines eternally. “Jesus Christ is that light that shines in the  heart of every man”. He is that true light. He is the light of the new day. The day that already was. Like the King and priest who lives continually in a day that is like them. That has  no beginning and no night. For God is light and in Him is no darkness.
The writer of Hebrews expounds on this day as the day of rest. The Sabbath that is not on a Saturday or a Sunday remains a day continually saying “There remains a rest for the people of God”. There is a promise to enter in to this day, to this place. “Let us fear lest any of you fall short of entering in, for the gospel was preached to us as well as them but it did not profit them not being mixed with faith”. This is the gospel finished from the foundation of the world.
You see when God rested from His works, He rested from His creation from what He spoke into existence. He did not rest in what He created, and He says “it is in this place they shall not enter”. So did God rest in the heavens like Orion’s belt or some distant galaxy? No. Those were made on the 2nd day of creation. Well maybe He rested where the angels are. No. For He has not put the age to come of which we speak in subjection to angels. (Heb 2.5). For He made all things visible and invisible by the things that He said and He rested in this place before a word was spoken in what is called the beginning. That place before time and the creation of matter and lower level spirits. The place of His rest is before all things. A place where  a created thing cannot go but to Us the invitation is extended, to this place is Gods rest, from His creation.
 
It is generally thought that the Sabbath is just not doing our works. That we rest from our labor. But He says “in this place they shall not enter“. This place before time and matter. This place remains the King and a Kingdom continually, eternal, timeless, the be fore time place.For he who entered his rest has ceased from his works as God did from His.
Let’s look at it this way. There is this creation that we experience with our physicality, and there is a spiritual before time reality. Both of these realms have specific design being distinguishably different from each other. The creation we experience physically has characteristics of getting old. From the day it was made  there was erosion, corrosion, decay, corruption, wrinkling and fading. The apostle differentiates  the two this way “for our outward man perishes but our inward man is renewed daily”.
More appropriately our inward man is brand new always. It is not being made or it is not eternal, It is forever new.It is our inheritance ”reserved for us in the heavens that does not fade”.
 
So there is a getting old creation and the new. But the new creation is not getting new or being made as we think of a new born baby or a new house or car. You see these things are created. They have a beginning. The new in an eternal sense is just not getting old. It is eternally new in it’s perfect unchangeable state at it’s peak point in glory. This is how we know Christ as the Bridegroom and father of the new. The new Adam, the replacement the new creation. 
The first man Adam is a human being, the last Adam, Christ  is a life giving spirit.. As Adam was born of the dust so are all of humanity and as Christ  was heavenly so too are we, if we are born of the Spirit. The last Adam Christ is a quickened spirit. (1 Corinthians 15.45-49. And are we not quickened if we have this spirit? 
 
Think about in the physical world all the efforts that are made to create and make new things and to refurbish and to restore. Almost everything man does is related to this. Our jobs and duties as parents and teachers and nurses and politicians are all spent doing this. The health and fitness industries do this. They try to optimize us and make us as perfect as possible. To be glorious. 
 
A  preacher friend of mine always said “no matter how much make-up and lip stick you put on a pig, it is still a pig. And it is our old Adamic nature that we wash up and make sure there is not a hair out of place to be as perfect as humanly possible and doing the best we can and we offer that to God. God is not pleased with that. Like the Israelite’s in the desert with the sacrifices “drag that old carcass outside of the camp”. It is what  is inside that counts.  Rom 12.1 Offer up the living sacrifice. The for ever new. 
 
The new testament teaching of “putting on the new man” is just this. By faith we learn to put on, not the pig and the best we can do but Christ in His perfection that has been gifted to us in it’s complete form.  And when we put Him on, the new man, “in the image of Him who made us” this grants us access to Gods eternal, invisible, before time, always brand new, glorious, non-created, realm scripturally called “the new creation”.
This is what Paul means in the book of Galatians 6.15 when he says that “nothing avails anything but the new creation”. Meaning we are granted access to Gods rest in the before time when we put on the new, in Christ. This is what grants us access.  This is what it means to be “in Christ”.
Feet can’t get you there. Not a car an airplane or a flying saucer but faith. Being re-newed by the washing and the regeneration of the spirit. This is the porthole into that kingdom. Faith in Christ. This is you new in the eternal . The new creation is you. (2 Corinthians 5.17)
 
Of Adam he was told “in that day you eat of the tree of knowledge you shall die” And mankind with all this creation has been dieing, fading, and falling apart every day since then. But there is another day. It is called in scripture “that day”, the “Sabbath day” the day of rest from this creation to be where God is.
As in Adam all die. In Christ all live. All who are quickened enter by faith. And they rest where? In that place, that day finished from the foundations of the world before time and matter. That place from before God ever spoke a word.
 
There are many who think that the visible creation must be gone, that time must culminate before we see the new. That the new is somehow after this, but if you can truly understand, what they are looking forward to has already been since the foundations of the world. It pre-existed not being subject to time and matter in it’s eternally new glorious state of existence. The things that are in “that day”  are God, it is all God, it is complete, a complete kingdom “and you are complete in Him who is the head of all power and principality. And to be in that day is to be in Christ. The things that are there is the King in all rule and power in the Kingdom.
When Christ said the Kingdom is at hand, this is what He meant. All the components of the Kingdom which are equally God. They exist before a word was ever spoke. If they are not eternal it is because they were spoken into existence. But the King and the Kingdom are equally eternal and before time.
So they are only new, meaning having not been, only in our understanding. But they, meaning the persons of the Godhead, are always. To be in the forever Kingdom is to be in the forever day. This is being “in Christ” if you can receive it. If your ability to recon is working.
 
As John the baptist spoke “He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom. And yes this is the Bride of Revelation 21- “Therefore this joy of mine is full”. And his understanding is complete. This is the eternal gospel to be preached till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man  to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. To no longer be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine by the trickery, cunning and craftiness of men who lie in wait to deceive. They formulate theories that keep you out of this Kingdom. They direct your attention to another day,  to another work of God.
 
The kingdom to come in which we speak is “TODAY” If you will hear His voice harden not your hearts as they did in the wilderness. TODAY is the day of salvation. Today is that day of rest.
 
The Kingdom of God is still at hand.
Blessings

EKEINOS # 1 MEANS THEY AND THEM NOT HE AND HIM

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In the notes at the bottom of the page in chapter 2 of the book of John, in my Greek interlinear it states of the translaters, “John repeatedly uses the demonstrative adjective ekeinos in the sense of “he” referring to Christ”.
This is uncommon. Ekeinos is translated “them , they and that” in all the new testament with the exception of the book of John and 1st John. In other words John was referring to Christ as a plurality by using “ekeinos” and better translated “they” or “them” in those passages.
The reason John did this I believe is that John was revealing the nature of the God head.  As I wrote in “The Bridegroom has the Bride” Christ and the Holy Spirit are two portions of the Godhead and are correctly interpreted as “they” and “them”
In the Strongs #1565 ekeinos means they, them ,those, meaning a plurality.
Here are some verses I am referring to.
29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
So John the baptist’s ministry as “the friend”, witnessed the union through baptism, “On whom you see the spirit descending and remaining upon”. So then in clarifying 3.31 the one from above is above all, uniting and becoming one with Christ. This is like Adam and Eve, the two become one, reuniting the true split and through that union are those born from above. The spirit from above in union with the Son for the new creation. II Cor 5.17
I believe that John was pointing to this union by using the word ekienos for Christ so that the reader would know the plurality of Christ. The translators muted that plural word. In fact throughout the book of John the translators took every liberty and opportunity they could to turn all adjectives pertaining to Christ and the Holy Spirit to “HE”. Not only did they interpret “they” and “them” as “He”, but they also capitalized “He” and “Him” This was all done to elevate their distorted view of the Godhead, of which God said He made it for us male and female. Gen 1.27.
He /They who also said “let US make man in our image, in OUR likeness.
This same distortion is evident in John writing about the “helper” the “comforter” the other parent so they are not “orphans”. Unless it is Adam and Steve that reflect the Godhead being only male. I have a problem with that.
Anyway I don’t know the Greek well enough to understand why they did this, but I know man.
I can rest just fine in this but it is those who are erroneously waiting to become The Bride when you can no more become The Bride then you can become The Son. We can only take on characteristics of our parents.
Paul says in Galatians 4.26 The Jerusalem above is free, which is the Mother of us all.
So the union is complete unless we are all born out of wedlock. Heavenly Jerusalem is the final Revelation of Christ in the book “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”.
Blessings

The High Priest and His Breast Plate

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Caiaphas the high priest made the statement that “it is expedient that one man (speaking of Christ) should die for the people, and not only that but that He would gather together in one (in Christ) all the children of God scattered abroad.

This is about His body and a great truth. As He said “where two or more are gathered together in my Name there am I”, gathered “in Christ”. And as we are gathered to these eternal truths that were with the father, we are gathered to something much more than a city  at a specific point in time. To something more solid then a mountain of granite. For the form of this world passes away, so that the eternal remains. And it is not as if the eternal has to be brought down or brought back like at some 2nd coming. No it is much easier than that.
Deu 30.11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
 
What we are gathered to are these transparent stones of truth. It is from this quarry that we are hewn. Like Peter being a living rock, we too are living stones being built, assembled, or gathered up a spiritual habitation for God.
 
 The High Priests ephod with 12 stones
 
The high priest an ephod being a breast plate with 12 stones positioned on the front, over his heart. And it is these 12 stones brought together that he holds very dear. 12 is the number of tribes of Israel and the number of disciples and symbolizes the foundation of the house of God. We are His house. It isn’t until the high priest puts these on that he goes into the Holy of Holies. Without them He does not enter. What he holds dear he takes into the very presense of the Father Himself. Isn’t that what Christ prayed in John 17? Father that they may be one with us? And this prayer was said by the same person who said “let there be light”? And that did not take some 2000 plus years but “it was so”. And isn’t this He who said “take up thy bed and walk”? So too in Gethsemane He spoke and prepared a place for them and us that “where I am they may be also”. This was for them and is operational for us today. This is the message. He became sin for us to become righteous “in Him” so “be ye reconciled”. Be one with. Be gathered to the Father now. For we have such a High Priest eternal in the heavens now appearing to the Father. For this reason we can go boldly to the throne room of grace. This is a current reality of life in the spirit to all who believe. Take caution that no one rob you of this reward of faith.
 
You see this is the age of transformation and transfiguration. For we are being transfigured into the same full image from glory to glory by the spirit.
 
But there are those who believe that they are left in limbo waiting for Christ to come back and do something. That they will not believe to receive. But when Christ does come back, it is not to pick up where He left off to finish a work in you as though He did something half way. For the just shall live by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please Him. For when He comes he would not save for when you see it, it is not of faith, for we are saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope.
 
There is a coming a time when “time is no more” (Rev 10.6). That only the eternal remains (Heb 12.27). That which we have acquired in this age, that which we have received from Him we keep. This is our whole purpose to lay hold of why He laid hold of us. But what about when He comes? 
 
Revelation 22.11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous[e] still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” Again, time is no more.
So if we have the notion that His work will continue later we may be found slothful stewards. For He is close at hand who judges us and His reward is with Him to give as He wills. And He wants to today. It is the Fathers good pleasure to give us the Kingdom but if we are looking for it with our eyes it is passing before us like the wind. For if we do not put on Christ and the invisible truths about Him that are Him, we will be found naked. For we groan within ourselves not to be unclothed but to be further clothed in immortality. This is invisible. This is not an event but a life style. The flesh will return to the dust. The transformation of our heart, mind and soul and putting on the new body is now.

 

The Body of Christ, the called out and the Valley of dry bones.

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Christ’s body seen in Israel

In I Corinthians 10 Paul draws upon old testament teachings of Israel saying “they all passed under the cloud, and through the sea That they drank from the rock and that rock was Christ. He drew a parallel between Christ and Israel. Exodus 4.22 says that Israel is Gods first born son but is it really? No it pictured Christ, and as Israel was called out of Egypt so too was Christ. (Mt 2.15  ) That Christ was the fulfillment of that prophesy. But Israel was a visible picture of the body of Christ as being a community being several members edifying, learning and growing in understanding Christ. “They drank from that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ”. And verse 11 All these things happened to them for us on whom the end of the ages has come”.

Israel expired in a physical sense be it the law the tabernacle the feasts the sacrifices and so on, but as Peter said after he explained how he saw the Transfiguration of Christ that “you have the prophetic word more sure than what we had when we were with Him on the mount”. Meaning that even if the pictures are no longer visible for the physical eye, the written account is active for those who have eyes to see, in the spirit.
Just as all who were in Israel with Moses were called out of Egypt, Israel being Gods first born son, the people being collectively called out, pictured those who are called out to be “In Christ”. So being “IN Israel” pictured being “IN Christ”. Israel collectively prophesied the body of Christ comprised of many members.
The ekklesia, the called out
Now when Jesus said to Peter “on this rock I will build my church” From the Greek it says “I will build my ekklesia”. Church is the word the translators use for ekklesia but it means “the called out ones”. Those in Christ are the “called out ones”. They are called out of the world to be in. Every where in scripture you see the word church, it means “the called out ones”, and has the same Hebrew meaning as General assembly or festive gathering.
So if we misunderstand these truths we miss out on these parallels and the old testament has less relevance and meaning.  So being in Israel is to be in Christ. Not in a land but a people collected around spiritual truths and practices. Those in Christ are His body as those in Israel pictured His body. All His members.
Other pictures of the Body
The writer of the book of Hebrews 3 uses members of house as an analogy of being in Christ instead of a body. That the house of Moses was expired with the house of Christ ” of whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence of our hope and rejoicing firm to the end”.
Daniel draws from a picture of “a great mountain” instead of a body or a house. Dan 3.45 inasmuch as you saw that stone cut out of a mountain without hands”, being a kingdom that stands forever that will not be destroyed or left to another people. And that prophecy expired when Christ said “on this rock I will build my Church”. Church meaning “called out ones”. That on this rock I will assemble my called out ones.
There are other ways used to define the Lords people like the man whose name is called “the Branch” The “good Shepherd” we being the fold, and many more, but these all expire “IN Christ” The law and the prophets were until Christ. This is what it means in in 2 Corinthians 3 when Paul says of the Jews that “their minds were hardened. For until this day (even our day)  a veil remains unlifted in the reading of the old testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ” . All the pictures are fulfilled in Christ, meaning it is of Him. It is finished.
Valley of Dry Bones
In Ezekiel 37 he uses an analogy of a valley dry bones and the Lord said “Son of man, can these bones live? Then the Lord said of the bones I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live. And that happened. The body that was so dry, dead and lifeless in a spiritual sense so much so that Christ came and condemned it, He put out of business. He took the Kingdom from those stewards and gave it to another and closed the old covenant to establish a new. He took the teachings of the Mosaic and the Davidic and fulfilled, expired and raised them. Christ said “destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days”  and He did. He took the truths the meanings the structure being the very bones that held the body together and resurrected them into the spirit where they belong. Of the bones, God breathed in new life. Like with the first image of God, Adam who received breath became a living body, so too with the valley of dry bones which just pictured the body of Christ being an assembly of called out ones. At Pentecost they received breath.
The dead rise in Spirit
From Isaiah 26.19 Your dead shall live; together with My dead body they shall arise”
The whole body of Christ is resurrected. When He rose, the Ekklesia rose with Him. “With my dead body they shall arise”. This is being “In Christ” being members of His body, the body the others pictured. All things are fulfilled In Christ. We are reckoned dead and “thus judge that if one died for all then are are dead”. We are alive in view of the Father. As those who crossed the Red Sea did so after the angel of death passed over them. This is the Passover, from death to life, to new life “in Christ” To be called out of Egypt and death, into life of the Spirit “In Christ”. The New creation is the New spirit, this is new life.
This is breath in the old bones and the flesh and sinews is not of a carnal nature for the carnal does not inherit the Kingdom. We having put off Adamic, now put on Christ. He is our new body and as we see Him as He is so we too become, for “as He is so are we in the world” and He is not of the flesh. “we knew Him once in the flesh but now we know Him that way no more”.
Not a bone broken
A prophesy and a promise of Christ on the cross was that “not one of His bones would be broken. That all the insults hurled at Him throughout time, all the stones thrown swords and staves, however disfigured and marred His visage becomes, even from lies of cults and the confusion of the unlearned and even the obscurities of various translations, Not one bone was broken. The truth remains. The very structure endures. Lo I am with you through the ages.
Invisible Pillars and Stones
Of Him it was said “righteousness and truth are the foundations of your throne. That these are invisible pillars. Invisible structures, bones, truths  if you would. We also see more invisible and transparent stones and terrible crystals in the structure of the Heavenly Jerusalem. The twelve gates are named the twelve tribes of Israel and the foundations are named of the twelve disciples. This city where every brick has a name, unhewn and untouched by human hand  mind you, is not made from granite or marble or gold or matter from the earth of this creation, but is the new creation “measured according to the number of a man who that is of an angel”. That is right. A resurrected saint of His kind and likeness is a brick in the Kingdom of God.  Isn’t this what Daniel saw “this great mountain”? And this is the election. Your name was already written on a brick/stone from the beginning.
You are the elect.
The church being the called out ones, called to be saints, to be “in Christ” in the body, being assembled to these eternal truths, a new body from the resurrected dry bones,  being the stone and new life, cut out with out human hands from the book Daniel, is the body of Christ having received the Holy Spirit . Not one bone or truth broken but assembled, come together, resurrected and seated in the heavens . (Eph2.6) We gather not to a physical place on earth for that is not His house, but the truths in Christ. We are gathered and assembled to Him in Spirit and Truth for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
Jerusalem raised incorruptible
So not only was Christ raised incorruptible having been sown a seed, so too the Jerusalem of earthen dirt had been expired in purpose and raised in the spirit of our mind. For that Jerusalem stood in contrast to the heavenly. It was at set times in a set place to a certain people in a prescribed fashion called the law to the Jews in the Hebrew language but now has come to the gentiles. To all nations, tribes and languages. As Pentecost showed not in the Hebrew tongue but all languages and all peoples in every place where two or more are gathered together. For the time now is when you will no longer worship in Jerusalem but in spirit and truth. Mt 24.1 Jesus said of Jerusalem  “not one stone shall stand upon another”. Unlike the earthen Jerusalem with stone upon stone never to be seen again, remains a city eternally in the heavens made of heavenly stones, which is the place of our calling and our inheritance and our citizenship, the Kingdom finished from the foundation of the world where sits our King.
Psalms 48.12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
If you think the idea of an invisible city is strange, look at this from Revelation 3.12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: (not earthen) and I will write upon him my new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Blessings

Revelation of the Bride

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I don’t understand why the church today thinks that it is the literal bride of Christ. It is no more the bride of Christ than Eve or the tabernacle or the temple. These are all female images displaying eternal things unexposed to the carnal mind, unveiling the intimacies of the living God, His helper, another comforter, the one sent so we would not be orphans. To those who are born of the spirit.

If you have a view from above, a heavenly one, looking down on the tabernacle of meeting with the holies and most holy, or even the temple in Ezekiel, you see it is laid out like a human body taking on human form having the head facing east. The Holy of Holies being the mind and reason.

God called Israel His Son in Exodus 4.22. But Israel was not really Gods son but an image like Adam and Eve. The same with Solomon, meaning peace, (Shalome)and Jerusalem (Yeru-Shalome) meaning city of peace.  These portray the King and His Bride. The male and female working together fully portray God being made “in His image and likeness made He them male and female”. This is what Adam, Israel and Solomon portrayed, but then expired by Jesus Christ who said, “he who has seen Me has seen the Father”.

As with the tabernacle so too with Jerusalem. The twelve tribes are positioned around the tabernacle or the city as if to protect her. To protect her, to cover her. She is hidden in them. Israel is the same picture as the body of Christ, the prophets were the eyes.

We know the prophets cried over the city Jerusalem and called her “mother”, but she was not really their mother any more than Israel was Gods Son. Israel and the kingdom are like Adam and Eve. Unlike with Adam who’s bride was taken out of his side, the city/bride, is hidden inside of Israel, from within ,portraying “In Christ”. And outsiders or foreigners were not to partake in the workings of the temple which are the invisible things of God.

Paul defined himself as a steward of these mysteries of God, to dispense to the elect of God, those in Christ, not Adam. These mysteries are the interpretation of the physical into the eternal spiritual counter part. This is what a prophet does. He is to make simple the eternal realities of God through pictures and patterns and visions. You see the Jewish leaders thought the temporary pictures were the real deal when Jesus said that He would re-build the temple in 3 days, they said that it took Solomon years to build. The Lord was never talking about the physical. The earthen pictures always refer to an eternal counterpart. Jesus was talking about His body, the invisible Kingdom.

Now I hate to break it to the church on earth but what we are is the same as was earthly Jerusalem, a temporary picture of the eternal realities of the Kingdom of God which are at hand, within grasp. If this were not true, why would Paul say of the body of Christ on earth that “prophesies will fail, tongues will cease, knowledge will vanish”, being temporary, but when that which is perfect has come then that which is in part will be done away with. That is right. Tongues and prophecies end with the understanding of what already was.

The church is a means to an end like all the other pictures and patterns given for us to understand God. And what is the purpose then of these things given in part? To hold us over until the illusive second coming? To keep us in a holding pattern til He comes to deliver us? Wake up! He already did that.

These things were given “til we come to a mature understanding, to bring us into the full stature and measure of Christ”. And if that is to happen to each one of us now, what are you standing around for? Know ye not the parable of the talents?

And of Paul again “I press on to lay a hold of why Christ laid hold of me. This is walking with God, to press on toward the upward call in Christ. As many as have this mind are mature.

The church like Israel, is a guardian or a tutor to bring us to faith, but after faith has come, or after you receive the eternal counter part, you are no longer subject to the repetitious cycle of the patterns. It brings you to the eternal invisible, ever ready kingdom of God. You are not at some train station waiting for a man named Jesus to come and save you. He already did that if you have an ounce of faith.

And of those who understand the spiritual counterpart? Galatians 6.16 As many as walk according to this rule, peace (Shalome) and mercy be upon them, (upon us) upon the Israel of God”

We speak what we hear and testify of what we see and man does not receive our testimony. If I tell you earthly things and you don’t understand, how can I tell you heavenly. They were never meant to be earthly, but to teach us eternal.

If we are not talking about the “Kingdom of God at hand” we may be like those who Christ said “you are neither entering the Kingdom nor are you allowing those who are trying to enter to do so. We may be found false stewards if we stop short of this one thing.

Behold I stand at the door and knock!
The Bride is in the Groom.
The Kingdom of God is at Hand!

Gah-den and the Garden of Eden

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As I was researching the Garden of Eden in the Strong’s and Englishman’s Hebrew concordances, the name Eden has some interesting things. It is spelled with a letter that carries the same sound as our “G”. It is the 16th letter in the Hebrew alphabet which is called “gah-yin”. And Eden in Hebrew is correctly pronounced “gah-den” not Eden. From Strongs # 5729,  This word “gah-den” sounds like “garden” but here is where it gets cool. “gah-den” broken down into syllables comes from two words. #5704 means, unto, forever, and until. It is used in Genesis 3.19 “UNTIL thou return to the ground”.  #2004 is translated, thee, therein, they, them, and (in them). Gah-den can mean “forever (in them)” or “until in them”. This helps define Edens purpose.
Because of the fall Adam was to eat bread until he return to the ground.He was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Adam was judged by God. He was kicked out of being (in Them) and was told “cursed is the ground, in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life, in the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the dust for from dust you were taken and to dust you will return. This is the judgment of the man of flesh, which is in contrast to the man of the spirit. Blessing in the  Garden are you or “Gahden” which was “blessed are you, by cultivating in Eden/spirit and joining God in His rest you shall eat the produce of the trees and live forever (in them). And who is (them)? The one who said “let Us make man in our image.
The object of Eden was for man to be forever (in them). God is the (they), or (them) in Eden, in the Gah-den. So then the purpose of Eden? To live forever (in THEM). This is what it means to be (In Christ). Jesus who said “We speak what we hear and testify what we have seen” He is (they) and them being we and “let us make man” (The father the spirit and the Son are them).
 Man was made from the dust of the earth and given the breath of life and became a living soul. He was made of contrasting compositions, earth and spirit. When he transgressed he lost the spirit. The spirit that made him a living being departed and he became dead. Meaning not only that he would die and not live forever but that he was dead in the spirit.  When he left the Gah-den, he left the spirit. His actions of sowing and reaping that before brought life while he was in Eden, now brought forth death. From the sweat of his brow he worked to eat bread till he returned to the dust for from dust he was taken, but we know Him who is the bread of life and we eat of Him, we return not to dust but to the Father. This is Eden, gah-den. This is to be in the spirit, (in Them) in Christ.
This is why man must be born again, or made over. He must be made new like he was in the beginning. To enjoy the “Gah-den” he must be born of spirit, meaning get again what Adam and Eve lost, the breath of life. And having this breath of life not of oxygen but the Holy Spirit, an eternal composition of non composition, we now have a sweet relationship with the invisible God like Adam lost, hence the garden of Eden is restored “in Christ”. This is the redemption. To redeem from the fall to restore to the beginning, to Eden. To him that overcomes.
So fallen man eats produce of the earth to grow up to be a full man of dirt, but we eat of a different produce. Not like the manna in the wilderness though. They all died in unbelief except Joshua and Caleb with the new generation. Josh 5.11+12 “they ate the produce of the land on the day after the passover” (from death to life) “the manna had ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land”. These verses refer to spiritual food. Like Jesus said he only spoke in parables, but to the disciples he said He spoke plainly about the father.
The Lord planted a garden and there He put the man whom He had formed and instructed him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Scripture says “cursed is the man who hangs from a tree”, and it was Christ who hung on a tree for us, and He is the fruit of that tree and He is life. He is the tree of life. “Lo the volume of the book is written of Me” and Eden too is about God and is God in make up and composition of being invisible to the naked eye and carnal senses as are all aspects of God.
As the name Jesus in the Greek is the same as Joshua in the Hebrew and means savior, for his name is what He came to do. He was His name so too the Garden of Eden (Gah-den) carries with it, it’s purpose. We work it not with the sweat of the brow but being leisurely (in them). This is the rest of God.
We then being redeemed, are redeemed from a curse to be restored to the pre-curse relationship. And we sow in the gah-den to reap in the spirit as it was designed for Adam and Eve.
Since we put off the old Adamic man by the working of faith at baptism, are we then naked? If we are waiting for a visible work of God we are. But if we put on Christ we are clothed, and we do this by sowing and reaping, and God is not mocked for whatever a man soweth so shall he reap and what we reap we don’t reap some 2000 plus years after He said it or that is a mockery. You see Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and He said that “she has chosen the good part, that will not be taken. He did not give her an I.O.U.
Before Adam died he was put into a deep sleep then he was split in two, so are all who are of his image. They are sleeping and cannot discern those who said “Let Us make man in Our image and Our likeness.
We have some understanding of the term “In Christ” but simply put, to be “in Christ and the spirit” is to not be “in Adam of the dust”. Hence the term in scripture “Awake!” This is what we do after we put off the old man symbolized by baptism and receive the life Adam was denied being now quickened, or made alive we then “wake up” and reverse the first condition from Adam.
Jesus went to another garden to complete this task after He had said “I go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may be also. Here is the purpose of this garden called Galgatha, meaning the skull which is a the dead head, and as Adam died and all flesh returns to dust, the place of the work Christ begins is to renew the mind, the spirit of the mind. The skull is the dead to God mind, being the carnal mind that is enmity against God, this is where redemption takes place. “be ye renewed in the spirit of your mind”.
The human mind attached to the eyes ears and lusts of the flesh is totally unable to see Him who is invisible and close at hand. Christ redeemed us from the garden of the dead skull to restore us to another garden, to a new way of thinking. This garden is an eternal place not associated with time and matter, but of the spirit being the composition of non-matter. It is in our renewed mind that we sow the word of God and reap things of the spirit, not of the dust. what grows, or transforms here is the renewed mind. Not of things seen with eyes of flesh because that just inflames the flesh and the carnal mind, but with the eyes of understanding. What we see we put on, we become.
This is the new life. We put on Christ. As Mary had chosen that which was needful, the part that will not be taken, an eternal gift, so too with us we receive several needful things. We sow, we see, we reap, we receive, we keep. And He who has said “I come and my reward is with Me”, He is invisible and leaves invisible deposits with us that grow within us and we become new in His Kingdom. But this is not a new kingdom in terms of existence but only new in understanding for the kingdom was finished from the foundations of the world. This is why Jesus’s message was “the Kingdom of God is at hand”. Learn of it in the gah-den, meaning in the spirit and become what you learn, be ye transformed in the spirit of the mind that you may know what Gods  good acceptable and perfect will is. Which is?  To be forever (in them).