The Bridegroom Has the Bride
The Bridegroom Has the Bride
I know you know these things but itâ€™s good to keep it fresh.
Col 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son.
2 Pet 1.3 His divine power has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness.
2 Pet 1.4 We are partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption of the world.
These are all past tense.
Since we have these things our spirit is already where our body wants to go, but our body will never go there.
He has (already) qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance. We donâ€™t need another day.
We are a digit, A singularity, a human, defined as a person in place and time. This is our old nature. It was Christ who became a man for us to become like Him. We knew Him once as a man, a digit, a singularity, but henceforth know we Him like that no more. He is no longer a singularity and if anyone is â€œin Christâ€ they are no longer constricted to their old humanity, but are a â€œnew creationâ€ in His image, being ubiquitous. Not being restricted to this creation of time and space. God is spirit and He seeks those to worship Him in spirit and truth.
So being â€œin Christâ€, â€œin the Spiritâ€, we have been quickened, we have been translated, we have been Raptured, we are where flesh and blood cannot go. This is why we â€œknow no man, who is a believer, after the fleshâ€ being a digit, a human. â€œFor we have this treasure in earthen vessels for the excellence and the Glory is of God and not our digit. And since we are â€œin Christâ€, â€œin the Spiritâ€, we too are partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light right now. Col 1.12
Our carnal desire is to be with Christ in our bodies but this can never be. Flesh and blood does not and cannot inherit the Kingdom and this body does not go there. It is not for the physical eye or the physical ear.
If we were Raptured, or taken away from this world in our current condition, we would freeze in our current condition. â€œLet him who is unjust be unjust still he who is filthy let him be filthy still, he who is righteous let him be righteous still, he who is holy let him be holy stillâ€ Rev 22.11. God would have to re-create the same current earthly conditions to finish His work in us. That is why we are here.
This is why eschatology and end times fascinations can be dangerous by being an escape from the greater work God wants to do in us now. Eschatology focuses on and speaks of another day and derails the work of the Holy Spirit now. Today! If you hear His voice. For there remains a rest for the people of God.
If anything is unfruitful, it is a teaching to the body of Christ that morphs with every new fear, to keep people spiritually paralyzed and focused on that and not real growth. Who does that sound like? I mean Nibiru? Blood moons? What will they think of next? These are carnal fascinations with no eternal fruit.
So why do we need a rapture? To be saved? To be delivered from this evil world? To be quickened? To be translated? This has already happened if you are â€œin Christâ€. And if you are already in His will, why would you want to go somewhere else?
What shall separate us from the love of God â€œin Christâ€ Jesus? Height? Depth? Government powers? Demonic principalities? A sword? A famine? Martial law? Through all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
As in Daniel there were 3 men threatened with fire, and their reply? God is able to deliver us from the fire, but even if He doesnâ€™t I will not worship your image. It was in the fire where the forth man was seen. We know who He was. Fear not these end time images they present for they will expire and they will present another. We are where we need to be. In Him.
2 In the visions of God He took me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain; on it toward the south was something like the structure of a city.3 He took me there, and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze. He had a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand, and he stood in the gateway.
4 And the man said to me, â€œSon of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here so that I might show them to you. Declare to the house of Israel everything you see.â€
Here we have Christ showing Ezekiel the heavenly city, things in the spirit, current realities for them and us. As Christ had spoke of â€œthe Kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the worldâ€.
The Lord then tells Ezekiel to explain to the house of Israel to be ashamed because of this vision.
â€œSon of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them.
That they may be ashamed? I mean we are talking of the blue print for the 3rd temple arenâ€™t we? Didnâ€™t God give that to us so we can make it? So He can come back and be our King?
Paul said in Acts 17. 24 â€œGod, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with menâ€™s hands, as though He needed anything,
I believe the earthly temple and articles were meant to teach us the greater reality of His unchanging eternal kingdom.
When Christ said â€œthe Kingdom of God is at handâ€ meaning â€œright hereâ€ the Jewish leaders thought they were running the show. Christ did not deny His kingship but just said His kingdom is not of this age, and offered it to them if they would repent, or â€œbe ashamedâ€
Christ also took Moses up a â€œhigh mountainâ€ and showed him this kingdom. The Lord told him when making these things on earth to â€œMake all things according to the pattern I showed you on the mountâ€.
So this is the sin for them to be ashamed. They worshiped the articles and not what they represented. As in Christâ€™s day when He said â€œdestroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three daysâ€ they thought He meant their brick buildings.
With Moses they gallivanted thru the desert carrying the ark of the covenant having the mercy seat with the two tablets in it, yet they did not see the one who sat on it. Although this chair appeared empty, it wasnâ€™t. The ark contained the tablets which were the Words of God Himself, the living word, His words which created all things. Oh the irony. The chair was empty yet the box contained the Living word where all things came. The ark seated empty was full of eternity. And today, some are looking for that wooden box? Some are looking for a red heifer? Some have a fixed gaze upon modern Israel? Anticipating a temple? What then sacrifices?
Tell my people their sin that they may be ashamed. Could our leaders be doing today what they did back then?
Christ goes on to say to Ezekiel 43 12 This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law (immutable truth) of the temple.
We understand through Moses that there is the holies and the â€œmost Holyâ€ or â€œHoly of Holies. That the Levites, after they kept themselves from strong drink and dressed in fine linen, were able to enter the holies, but the Holy of holies had even higher standards indicating that even after they sanctified themselves and cleaned their flesh up as best as possible, there was still a Holy place unreachable, indicating that there was another dimension off limits to the flesh. as we know this was bridged through Christ by His blood and the chief priest did this once a year to point to that. So we can go boldly to the Holiest. Heb 10.19
What â€œMost Holyâ€ means is â€œnot like this worldâ€, â€œanother dimensionâ€, alternate realityâ€ the true reality. The originator of all things, the fulfillment of all visions and parables.
In John 16.14 speaks of the Holy Spirit will Glorify Christ, the Holy Spirit will take what is Christâ€™s and explain it to us. So the question isâ€¦ is the book about the Jewish people and the renewal of their kingdom? or is it about the revelation of Christ?
Icor 9 But as it is written:
â€œEye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.â€[a]
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
Fortunate for us we have access by faith in Christ which enters behind the veil into this reality. Let us be careful not to mix the unholy with the Holy.
At Christâ€™s transfiguration the disciples saw Him in His Heavenly state. Having tasted of His eternal reality they asked Him, Why do the scribes say Elijah must come first and restore all things?
Christ reply? â€ I say to you Elijah has come alreadyâ€.
Huh! People still say Elijah is coming even today, but why? To restore an earthly Kingdom?
Mt11.11 Jesus answered and said to them, â€œIndeed, Elijah is coming first[a] and will restore all things. 12 But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him. Do we?
So if Elijah came already what exactly did he restore? The Kingdom?
He can not restore the eternal unshakable Kingdom. (HE12.28)
But he does restore access to that Kingdom through the eternal gospel. As it is today and was back then, it needed to be restored as seen here.
Christ said in Mt 23.13, But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
They were in the temple in Jerusalem and Christ said the â€œKingdom of God is at handâ€, or right here! He wasnâ€™t talking about where they were standing in Jerusalem in the Temple of that day or any day.
John the Baptist made straight the way of the Lord by preaching the â€œKingdom of God is at handâ€ in the desert, away from the â€œHoly cityâ€ and away from Â a completed temple.
So what gets restored? Letâ€™s look at Malachi 4 of the prophesy the disciples referred to.
Malachi 4. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn (restore)
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.â€
Hmm. What does that mean?
Well first bear in mind that all who came out of Egypt by Moses were called â€œchildrenâ€ That is right. All that are under the law are called children. (Galatians 4.1-3) All of the people of Israel were called children, even adults. Used over 120 times in the old testament â€œThe children of Israelâ€. Referring to the 12 tribes.
Second, To those children under the law the term â€œfathersâ€ meant Abraham Isaac and Jacob. This is who they called out to, the God and covenant of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Used some 40 times.
So now lets dig a little deeper to the source in 1 Kings 18.37, in the prayer of Elijah.
36 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, â€œLord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, (the fathers) let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned (restored) their hearts back to You again.â€
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, â€œThe Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!â€
Elijah turned (restored) their hearts back to Christ by calling upon the God of Abraham according to that pre-law covenant, to a status believers had before Moses and the law. He turned hearts to the fathers, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for the covenant of faith.
The gospel had to be restored to what it was before the law and what it developed to be over the years. As we know, the law was added because of transgression till the seed would come (Gal 3.19). And again to the Jews chiding Him about marriage Christ said â€œit was not so from the beginning but Moses added it because the hardness of your heart. Indicating a change from Gods perfect will and a need to be restored.
John the Baptist in the spirit and ministry of Elijah restored access to the Kingdom (make straight the way of the Lord) by turning (restoring) their hearts to the faith of the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. By restoring to them that form of belief of justification by faith unto righteousness for a relationship right now with the God ( Gen 15.6) who seeks those to worship Him in spirit and truth, away from Jerusalem and the temple.
Here is the what the Angel spoke to Zacharias, John the Baptist father about Johnâ€™s purpose in life in Luke chapter 1
16 And he (John the Baptist) will turn (restore) many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, â€˜to turn (restore) the hearts of the fathers to the children,â€™ and (restore) the disobedient to the wisdom of the just (Abraham Isaac and Jacob) to make ready (restore) a people prepared for the Lord.â€ Meaning vessels prepared to receive the Son of whom all prophecies are fulfilled.
What did the Lord come to redeem, save and restore? A city? A nation? No. People
What did the Lord want to redeem, save or restore it to? A city? No. Himself
He came to redeem, save and restore people to Himself from a corrupt creation. As Christ prayed â€œFather I pray that you take them not out of the world, but you keep them from the evil oneâ€. And He prayed â€œFather I pray that they may be with Me where I am that they may behold My Gloryâ€. And that is with the Father. This is the restoration. Not an earthly kingdom. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son. His Son is the Kingdom.
At the transfiguration the disciples were delighted to see Elijah and Moses. So much so in fact that they wanted to make them each a temple. But what did the Almighty say to them? â€œThis is My beloved Son, Him you shall hear. The disciples after hearing this looked around and saw Jesus only. Â Christ is the fulfillment of all the law and the prophets. It is as we gaze at Christ in His full glory that we are transformed.
So let us rejoice in that restoration which points to Gods full revelation of Himself in His Son and accept a full relationship with God in Christ right now, for what was lost in the garden of Eden is restored. Today is the day of Salvation/restoration with Him right now!
God spoke to Adam at the tree of knowledge saying â€œin the day you eat of it you shall surely die. Adam died at 930 years and with God one day is as a thousand years. Adam died â€œin that dayâ€ in his millennium. The aspects of Adam and the fall are patterns of Christ.
What is the purpose of another earthly temple, especially a man made one. My question of the thousand years as a kingdom with Christ in the flesh is what I donâ€™t understand. It would be a time that would require no faith and that is not like Him. Flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom, His kingdom is not of this world, and we wait for the kingdom or righteousness which can only be the New Creation at the time when creation itself is delivered from the corruption. Romans 8.19-21
The people behind the temple today reference the Ezekiel temple as their pattern, when it was a vision of the eternal. Anyway the weakness and un-profitableness of this age cannot correctly portray these things, hence we look for a city whose builder and maker is God.
Once again I donâ€™t see Christ, Peter or Paul refer to an earthly kingdom between the Jewish temple and the Heavenly city, quite the contrary. I donâ€™t believe there will be any partial re-establishment of the old Covenant and thatâ€™s what an earthly city/temple would be. He takes away the first to establish the second. I believe the thousand year points to a heavenly reality. Revelation 20 never says Christâ€™s reign on earth is in His physical Presence. Daniel refers to the courts being seated, are we not seated? Are we not invited to His rest? Are we not ambassadors of another kingdom?
The rest is the sabbath, which is also interpreted thousand year reign in scripture just once.
We have a minister of the true sanctuary and true tabernacle which the Lord erected, not man. He 8.2
His tabernacle is perfect. He 9.11
The heavenly Holy of Holies is denied with an earthly temple.
Christ after dealing with sin, sat down at the right hand of God waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
I donâ€™t believe He is coming back to wage war, for our weapons are not carnal/earthly. His work at calvary is complete so He sat down and this is the rest, sabbath,millennium, reign of Christ we are invited to
The book of Hebrews is replete with pleadings to let go of the shadows, images, and patterns. Why would the Lord return to that? Those things are to take us o Him, not bring Him back. It is carnal thinking that turns the work and promises of Christ into future events to happen on earth.
1. â€œTo finish the transgression,â€
– This was fulfilled. (Matt 21:33-45; 23:32,35,36,38; Luke 11:47-51; 1 Thess. 2:14-16)
2. â€œMake an end of sins,â€
– This was fulfilled. (John 1:29; Matt 1:21; Acts 10:43; Hebrews 9:12-14,26; 10:9-14)
3. â€œMake reconciliation for iniquity,â€
– This was fulfilled. (Romans 5:8-11; II Cor. 5:17-21; Hebrews 2:17; Col 1:12-21)
4. â€œBring in everlasting righteousness,â€
– This was fulfilled. (Romans 3:21-26; 4:13; 5:17,18; 9:30,31; 14:17 (Isa. 51:8) ; Hebrews 9:12; II Thess 2:16; I Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 9:9)
5. â€œSeal up vision and prophecy,â€
– This was fulfilled. (Matthew 13:14,15 (cf. Isaiah 6:9,10); 17:5; John 1:1; 12:39-41; Acts 7:37; 28:25-27; Romans 1:1-2, 3:21, 16:25-26; Ephesians 2:11-17; 3:3-6; Colossians 1:26; Hebrews 1:1-2; I Peter 1:9-11; II Peter 1:19-21)
â€œblindnessâ€(Is 8:16; 29:11; Daniel 8:26; 12:4; Matt 13:03-23; 22:29; Luke 24:44-47; John 12:37-41; Acts 3:17; 13:27; 28:23-29; Rom 9:32-33; 11:7-10,25; I Cor 1:22-23; 2:6-8; II Cor 3:14; I Pet 2:7-8; Revelation 10:4; 22:10)
6. â€œAnoint the most holy (or holy place).â€
– This was fulfilled. (Matthew 3:15-17; Luke 4:18; John 1:32; Acts 2:32,33,38,39; 4:26,27; 10:37,38,44,45; Hebrews 9:22-24 / Not Physical Temple â€“ Acts 7:48-49)
There are so many distractions when it comes to our greater purpose. Life itself with all the demands around us. Things always commandeering our mind and physical senses. Most of the time we donâ€™t even recognize this. We think as Christians that this will all stop, but then we find ourselves in a whole new set of challenges and distractions. Like which denomination am I? Which ones are distractions? I think all these questions are answered when we see â€œThe Oneâ€ calling us. I think He is as complicated and simple as the first words out of His mouth, His first expression to us. Even as it says in 1st John, â€œthat which was from the beginningâ€. That is â€œThe Kingdom of God is at handâ€ He is our purpose and the purpose of this blog to focus on â€œHimâ€.
Some may ask of my qualifications. Some may want to reference what I say with commentaries and other sources. We have to admire the Bereanâ€™s (Acts 17.11) for going to the source of all revelation, the scriptures. That is what I do. I will agree the the Apostle Paul when he says â€œthe gospel that is preached by me is not according to man, I neither received it from man nor was I taught it, but it came through revelation of Jesus Christâ€.
I have learned that everything about God is a revelation, and that the â€œOnly Begotten Sonâ€ is His own self portrait. That â€œin Christâ€ is all His fullness and His invisible attributes. That silver and gold I want not, but His indescribable invisible gift of Himself. That all the promises of God have their fulfillment â€œin Himâ€. Not in an activity, or a church, or a nation, or an earthly kingdom, but â€œin Himâ€ our citizenship is â€œin Himâ€. (Philippians 3.20).
If I am seen as foolish, and if it looks like I have nothing this I know, that being found â€œin Himâ€ I have everything. That since I receive His righteousness, and I â€œput Him onâ€ , as the new testament instructs, with all His invisible attributes, that I am clothed with the eternal and divest myself of these perishable rags, that those dressed in the world are the ones who are â€œpoor blind and nakedâ€. It is a pity that many who confess Christ see themselves as stuck in their humanity and wait for Christ to come as a man to rescue them from this world. He came preaching â€œthe Kingdom of God is at handâ€ because He is â€œthe Kingdomâ€! His reward is with Him because He is the reward, it is Him. He is the same yesterday today and forever! He is not of this age or creation. His kingdom is not a juncture in space and time but a reality.
When all the dust of this age settles, (Hebrews 12.22-28) when all that has been made has been removed, then all will see those who found â€œHimâ€ shine. There will be many who weep because they did not grasp the fullness of the gift that was â€œat handâ€ that was available for them in this world by faith. Him who was and is and is to come. He always will be. For of is fullness we have received
This One who said â€œrepent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!â€. This was not a statement said then detracted as meaningless but is a truth for all of mankind for all of this age. HIS KINGDOM IS AT HAND! Where you are right now!
I Timothy 6.15-16 He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
May He bless you with the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
The Sabbath and the Lords day are different days. The Sabbath is the last day of creation signified by 7â€²s.
In previous articles we discussed the nature of God as being a plurality. Some call this the trinity. This one God, or THEY who said in the beginning â€œlet US make man in OUR image and OUR likeness â€œ. Unlike Adam and Eve who were made in Gods likeness â€œmale and female made He themâ€. They were split and portrayed â€œselvesâ€, from the Greek â€œautosâ€ that became one in covenant to show the plurality and the unity of God. That is a unity that has always been with God, but we understand this in marriage. The two become one to be able to have offspring. And we are the offspring of God being of the New Covenant by receiving His word or DNA and breath. His DNA Â is written not on tablets of stone but on our heart by God.
It is funny that they are looking for a link between monkey and man but there are hundreds if not thousands of missing links between all the species. A missing link would be a thing of dual natures. Â As much time that has been spent looking for â€œthe missing linkâ€ there is a missing link that has been over looked in the debate. That is the God man known as Jesus or Yeshua. This God man was equally man and God, not being part man and part God but being fully man and fully God. The first in the New humanity.