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Yea, saith the Lord, I am indeed God, the creator of the universe, the creator of man, and I came to my own and they knew me not, saith the Lord; yea, this is the way it is written, saith God. Fear not, and be not distressed, for all is in order, yea, all is in order, saith God, for all things have been ordained and planned and written from before the foundation of the earth. I have trained thee up, saith the Lord, and I have armed thee, and I have strengthened thee, and thou shalt indeed stand, thou shalt not be destroyed. Fear not man, saith God, fear not his face, for I have given thee a forehead made of flint, saith the Lord, and thou shalt face him in great strength, and in great power, and know this, that he who I have raised up cannot be cast down, and he that I have put together cannot be rent asunder.
Yea, I am indeed with thee saith the Lord, I am thy Savior, thy defense, and thy husband, I shall do all things, and I shall indeed save Adam, and indeed everything that is happening shall be used for the good of the many, saith the Lord, for I am indeed not a man, but I am God, but I am not known amongst men, for men look at me in their own image, but I am not in the image of man, saith God, man shall indeed be in the image of God; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord, and who, who shall not do it when I have spoken it saith the Lord, who shall cast down my word, the living God, the Holy One of Israel, who has the power to cast down my word?
He who sits in the temple of God and lifts himself up as God, indeed, he believes that he has the power to cast down, but he is the liar, and he is the father of lies, saith God, and everyone who believeth him, they are the children of the Devil, indeed saith the Lord, I shall save my creation, and I shall go forth as was planned from the beginning. Fear not the one that sitteth in the temple of God, for I shall indeed unseat him, saith the Lord, and I shall possess the temple that I have raised up for myself saith God, and I shall indeed be glorified and magnified from deep within the bowels of the earth. Hallelujah.
We are starting in Galatians 3:23-26, "But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster, for ye are all the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ."
We have a situation in the church world today where, by and large, most of the members of the church believe that they are no longer under the law. They believe that because the law of ordinances, which God gave to Israel to justify them in the eyes of God, has been repealed, that the fulfillment of the new covenant has come unto the church today, and this is not true. The fulfillment of the new covenant is Christ in you, the hope of glory, the living Christ living forth through us, being our every thought, every emotion, and our every desire. This is not evident in the church world today. What is happening is that we are in an interim stage.
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, and he repealed the law of ordinances from Israel, what happened was that he removed his Spirit from being isolated in the nation of Israel and made it available to the entire world. We took one step more along the program of God, in that, we no longer have to keep these burdensome laws of making sacrifices and doing this and doing that. If we have received faith in Jesus Christ, our sacrifice is within us, and the sacrifice is immediately implemented.
But for all intents and purposes, the people in the church world today are in the same spiritual condition as was the nation of Israel. We still sin, we break every element of the law of God in our mind. The human spirit is still producing unclean fruit, only instead of having sacrifices in the natural realm and the Levitical priesthood, we now have the Melchizedek priesthood of which Jesus Christ is the high priest, and the sacrifices and the implements that justify us before God now are in the spiritual realm. But we are in the same spiritual condition that Israel was in. The New Covenant has not yet been implemented in our lives. The sign that the New Covenant is fully manifested in your life is that you are incapable of sin, and that your mind has been brought to a position where you never think a thought that would violate the law of God. The only person that I know of that has reached this or attained this is Jesus Christ.
So the church is still under the law. We are still under a schoolmaster, and now our schoolmaster is within us. He is the Holy Spirit. If you have received the Holy Spirit, and that is not necessarily the baptism of the Holy Spirit, If you have faith in Jesus Christ and the work that he did on the cross, and you believe in that work that he did on the cross, and you believe that through that work you were saved, that is a sign of the thirty- fold salvation. You do not have to be speaking in tongues to have faith. That is the first step. Hallelujah.
What is happening today is that those of us that have received the Holy Spirit and now have faith in Jesus Christ to bring us unto salvation, are experiencing within our own hearts the same thing that Israel experienced. The law is no longer the law of Moses, but He is the law of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, who is the person of God, who is a law unto Himself, is now within our heart. And if we sin in our mind, if we have a wrong thought, one of His functions is to act as our conscience and to prick us and say, "No, that is wrong." Sometimes He speaks to us directly, sometimes He speaks to us through a man where He is manifesting with greater strength or greater maturity than He is manifesting in us.
The work of the Spirit of Christ is to fertilize the human spirit and bring forth the image of Christ. Just as the Holy Spirit hovered over the virgin Mary 2,000 years ago, He is now hovering over our human spirit. First in the natural and then the spiritual. What God did in the natural 2,000 years ago, the fertilization of the virgin Mary, the crucifixion on the cross, all of this in now happening within the individual spiritual being of each and every one of us.
That work that He permitted to happen in the natural, for many reasons (the obvious one of which is, that we can understand what He is doing in our lives) is now being appropriated to every human being whose time it is (eventually it will be everybody), but it has to be your time, in accordance with the timetable of God, not in accordance with the timetable of man. That same work is happening within our own spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not outside of us fertilizing us to have a human child. He is within our very being, fertilizing our human spirits to bring forth the Christ child. When the Christ child is birthed in us, He has to be nourished and raised up, and the Holy Spirit is doing that. The ultimate will of God in our life is that the Christ child should come forth in full power and totally swallow up our carnal mind. We will then be manifestations of Christ in the earth. The personality that we know ourselves as now will totally bend and yield to the Spirit of God. We will no longer sin in our mind, we will no longer be human people walking around with the Holy Spirit. There is nothing wrong with praying in tongues and prophesying, but what this is, it is a sign that the Holy Spirit is within us bringing forth the Christ. The end of the work of the Holy Spirit in each and every one of us, is that Christ should appear in our personalities. He is already come again, He has returned to the earth in the form of the Holy Spirit.
Now we are waiting for Him to appear, and He is going to appear in each and every one of us. Not all at the same time, one by one. We are growing at different rates of speed, and there are believers at different ages. We are not waiting to die to go to heaven, and live in a mansion, and walk on streets of gold. This is the end of the age, and the Lord is bringing forth the truth of His word. He is going to appear in each and every one of us, He is going to rule and reign in all of mankind.
When every one of us, every man on the face of the earth, has the mind of Christ, when that carnal mind has been swallowed up by the Christ, there will be a cessation of conflict. No one will disagree with anyone else. We will all be thinking with the same mind, and our thoughts will not be selfish, our thoughts will not be to defend our self, but they will be for the good of the many, and we will, indeed, be the fulfillment of the Christ in the earth. Hallelujah. Glory to God.
We are going to start in I Thessalonians 3:12. When the King James translators translated the Holy Scriptures, they arbitrarily entered in the beginnings and ends of chapters. In some cases, we find out that if we look carefully, the chapter end really came a verse or two earlier, so we are starting in Verse 12 of Chapter 3, which I believe should have been the beginning of Chapter 4. That is why I am starting at the end of the Chapter.
"And the Lord made you to increase and abound in love one to another and toward all men, even as we do toward you, to the end, that he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. Furthermore, then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus Christ, that as ye have received of us, how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.
That everyone of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor. Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God. That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who have also given us his Holy Spirit. But as touching brotherly love, ye need not that I write unto you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed you do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia, but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more. And that ye study to be quiet, and that you do your own business, and to work with your own hands as we commanded you. That ye may walk honestly towards them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep"
We have mentioned the imputed and the imparted anointing in the prior meetings. What is upon the church today, by in large, is the imputed anointing of God. We spoke last week about the darkness that is across the earth, and the gross darkness which is within the people, and the promise of God that He shall be around us as a wall of fire, and as the light and the glory within us. Spiritually, in our spiritual beings, we exist within this line of the flesh, within this outline that we call our body, but it is skin that holds in our natural, our physical, and our spiritual beings. We are held in by skin. We are told that in the book of Job.
Okay, and, spiritually, we exist within the skin and without the skin, within and without. The imputed anointing of God is poured upon us from on high, and it gives us gifts and the calling of God, which are without repentance. That is why we find many people in the church today, they teach, they preach, they prophesy, they heal, they deliver, and in their own personal lives there is sin and great reprobation. A lot of people fall when this becomes obvious to them, because they cannot understand this in their own mind, but it is very clear in the Scriptures that the sin of man should not keep us from God, because we are in the process of being brought into His image.
So keep your eyes on God. As long as the Holy Spirit is with somebody, if God sends you to that person, you go, you go. We cannot expect people ministering the gospel to be perfect. There is then the imparted anointing, and that is the anointing that gets inside of us. That is when our human spirit is fertilized, and Christ starts coming forth within us. We have the Holy Spirit from without. We have both the imputed anointing and the imparted anointing. He is pouring down upon us, and He is rising up like a flood from within us. Hallelujah.
This is what God is bringing upon the earth today. There are many people preaching against this, they do not want the truth to get out, and we are told that when the man of sin is revealed that Christ will come forth. Hallelujah. God today is exposing who the man of sin is. If we cannot get a revelation of who the man of sin is....the man of sin is our own fallen nature, the one that opposes the work of God in our life. God is not bringing forth the image of Christ in our spirit unopposed.
As we studied last week, the natural man has gone to Shinar, he has set up a base from which he is raising up armies and waging war against the living God. He is diametrically opposed to all of us being brought into the image of Christ. We know that he must fail, but between his setting up his base and his failure, it could mean great stress and difficulty for many of us. Hallelujah. Just because we know that God is Almighty and all powerful, that does not mean that there will not be a battle. God has permitted, in his wisdom, a battle. Some people feel that they do not have to fight, they just lay back and they let things come upon them and God will defend them. God wants us to fight. He wants us to fight.
The analogy He gave us a few weeks ago was that of a drowning man, okay. He wants us to do everything we can in His Spirit, not in our own spirit. The problem with a lot of people is that they fight in their own spirit, and when Jesus Christ tries to pull us into shore, what He says to us is, "Relax, float, let me do it." But man thinks, when he hears that he has to fight, he thinks that he has to thrash and flail his arms and his legs, and he is working against the move of God to bring you to the place where God would have you. When God says that we have to fight and work with Him, we have to do it the way God says to do it, not the way we think we should do it. And in the case of the drowning man, God is saying, "Relax, and breath deeply."
In different situations God might tell us to do different things, but the key word here is that we have to seek God as to what He wants us to do in every situation in our life.
Now we are going to try and understand the verses that I just read because this is one of the great misunderstandings in the church today. God is not being portrayed realistically, not only to the world, but to His people. He is being portrayed as an unforgiving, hard-hearted God who will throw you in hell forever if you do not come when He calls you, and He wants this doctrine exposed for what it is. It is the doctrine of man, and the hour is come that He is opening up the Scriptures to the church and to the world for whoever has ears to hear.
There are two kinds of Christians in the church today: those that hear from God, and those that are carnal, and we have many Christians that have the Holy Spirit. They love God, but they are totally in the world, and, for all intents and purposes, they are in the same category as unsaved people, because the work of Christ is not coming forth in them, and I do not say this to condemn anybody. We have to have the truth so that we can go on with God.
When you get the Holy Spirit, that is not it. That is not the end of it. You have to change, and you have to start acting like Christ, and that change takes place in your mind. It is not your work, it is the work of the Holy Spirit.
So this is a hard word, but God has asked me to say this, that there are many Christians in the church world today that fall into the category of unsaved man, because although they have received the Holy Spirit, nothing at this time seems to be happening.
Okay, we are in I Thessalonians 3:12. "And the Lord made you to increase and abound in love." That word is the "agape love" of the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to love one another with the agape love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and not only those in the church, but toward all men, even as the apostles loved them. God wants us to grow in the agape love. That is the Christ that is emerging forth in us. As He grows in us, we will find we are able to love more and more.
Okay, Verse 13 of Chapter 3. "To the end He may establish your hearts un-blameable in holiness." Now he is talking about the coming forth of the Christ in us. "That he may establish your hearts un-blameable." We know that the heart of man is desperately wicked, that is what the Scripture tells us, but our hearts, the promise said, will be un-blameable. And this is the work of the apostle toward the church today. Hallelujah.
"In holiness before God, even our Father at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ." As Jesus Christ emerges forth in our hearts, it must be un-blameable. Sins must be confessed, curses must be broken, evil spirits must be cast out. We must confess every wickedness that we are aware of that is in our heart, which is our mind, so that it can be made un-blameable at the coming of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah, glory to God.
Chapter 4:1. "Furthermore then, we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus Christ that as you have received of us, how ye ought to walk and to please God, so we would abound more and more." The apostle is telling the church that there is certain behavior that is required of us before Christ comes forth. The emergence of Christ is a process. It is coming forth for some of us very slowly, and at a very frustratingly slow pace, but we have been given the law. We have been told what we are to do that would please God while we are in this interim stage. Hallelujah.
And this is the law. "For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus, for this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication." The word "sanctification" means "purification," and "to be made holy." The ultimate will of God in our life is not that we should die and go to heaven, but that we should be made holy. There is nothing here that says anything about dying. We are responsible to God to throw ourselves in line with His program and do everything we can to move with Him. If we fail, there is no condemnation, but we do have the ability to repent, and if we cannot repent we have to ask for help in that area. There is repentance and there is deliverance. Hallelujah.
The next verse says, "Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God." Verse 6. "That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any manner, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such as we all have forewarned you and testified." Now, most every time I have ever heard these verses preached, when they go back to Verse 3 and say that we should abstain from fornication, this is related to physical fornication. There is nothing that follows Verse 3, that would indicate that this is physical fornication. We have studied in prior meetings that when we agree with the evil thoughts that impulse into our mind from the natural man, that this is spiritual fornication.
God can give us the power to disagree and resist; therefore, when that happens there is no sin. When we are weak, and we agree with ungodly thoughts, there is spiritual fornication that takes place and evil fruit is produced which are called demons. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. We are being strengthened to the point that we can resist, but if we fail, we merely cry out to God and repent and submit to deliverance from the evil spirits.
Now, of course, as we have studied in other messages, you cannot do this until you come to the point where you are separated in your mind and you can tell what is good and what is evil. The natural man cannot even tell when he is doing something that is breaking God's law. This is all discussed in prior messages if you do not know what I am talking about.
I am going to read these few verses again, "For this is the will of God even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification." Hallelujah. Now the word, "possess" means (I am sorry I am going to go back) "that ye should know how." The word, "know how" means "to see and to have knowledge." This is a word that, if you study it in the Greek, it clearly means spiritual knowledge, and spiritual sight. You have to get a revelation from God of how to possess your vessel in sanctification and honor. We are not talking about human sex. You have to get a revelation from God, Hallelujah.
The word, "possess" means "to get, to acquire, to obtain, to purchase a thing for one self." We have talked about this earlier. We are spiritual beings, we are spirits, we possess a soul, and we live in a body. God is in the process of creating us. At the end of the creation, we will be a spirit being, possessing a soul and a body that we have full authority over. We are in the process of purchasing, for ourselves, a body. Our instructor is the Holy Spirit. When the Christ starts to emerge forth in us, our instructor becomes the Christ. Hallelujah.
Back to Verse 4. "That everyone should know how to possess his vessel" The word, "vessel" means "equipment, apparatus." This body is an apparatus that our spiritual being should function, and exist, and live in, in the realm of appearance. That is what it is, it is an "apparatus." Hallelujah. Okay, back to Verse 4. "That everyone should know how to possess his vessel, purchase his apparatus, in holiness (sanctification means holiness), and honor." Hallelujah. The word, "honor" means "value, money paid, a price, and sum." It could mean a price reckoned in silver, and we know that silver typifies salvation. The Hebrew word that is translated into the Greek word that is used here, is used to describe the priest's estimation of the price.
So when we are told to possess our vessel in honor, it is not man's estimation of honor, it is not what you think honor is, it is what the priest thinks honor is, and our high priest is Jesus Christ. He wants the best, nothing less than the best. He is not condemning us if we sin, He is going to help us, He is going to strengthen us, He is going to join himself to us, He is going to give us of His own power and life until we come to the point that we no longer sin, but nevertheless, He will not accept anything but total honor, purity, and blamelessness in our minds and our hearts. That is what we are striving for, and we are striving for it now, not after death. Glory to God.
Verse 5. "Not in the lust of concupiscence even as the Gentiles which know not God." And, again, those words mean lust, but there is no specific indication that the Lord is speaking only of physical lust. Of course, physical lust is included, but we know that any sin that manifests in the natural realm was first conceived in our mind, and God is no longer dealing with external objects. When He was manifesting in the nation of Israel, that is all that He was concerned with, physical behavior, but now He is getting down to the nitty gritty. He is purifying our soul. He wants our soul blameless, but, if we do fornicate, that sin has to be dealt with.
Jesus Christ is going right to the heart of the matter, and He is dealing in this hour with our thoughts because He has given us, by His spirit, power over our thoughts. If you do not have power at the moment you are reading this message , He will give it to you. If you desire it, He will give it to you. It is not impossible, it is possible, and He wants us to desire it. Okay, this is the law. This is how He expects us to behave ourselves while we are being converted.
Verse 6. "That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any manner, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we all so have forewarned you and testified." This situation is rampant in the church today. Highly anointed men and women of God, when they walk out of the church and they go into their business, they lie, they cheat, they steal, they hate, they fornicate in their mind. This is not condemnation, this is the truth. We need the truth to get where we are going, because we cannot repent if we cannot see our own soul/personality for what it is. And the Scripture says that we, our soul/personality, is desperately wicked, and the human spirit, when it fornicates with the soul/personality, or with the Satanic realm, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, it is capable of producing every evil work known to man.
God is not going to come in and clean us up if we will not confess that we are capable of all of this wickedness, and that we can retain it or restrain it to the point that we will not let it manifest in the natural realm, but it still comes forth in our mind. And if it comes forth in our mind, we have committed fornication, and birthed an evil spirit, in which case we must get deliverance to go on with God. And if the reason is that we are not strong enough to resist the thought, a curse is operating in our life, and the curse must be broken.
The hour is at hand. We have to stop standing up and saying, "This was done 2,000 years ago, and we have the Holy Spirit, and we are saved and, we have no curses and no demons." The Lord is not going to tolerate this much longer. The word is going forth now that it is not true and, at the appointed time, people, those of you that cannot receive this word, from you He is going to withdraw His imputed anointing. The hour is at hand, the hour is at hand, this is the word of the Lord to the church. Stop your nonsense, because he wants to clean you up, and if you will not go along with this process, He will clean you up against your will. He will violate your will, He will put you in the shower, He will wash your ears, He will strip off the blue jeans that you have been playing in the mud with, and He will launder them. He will violate your will for the sake of his own righteousness, and because he loves you.
God gave us a Scripture last week in Job 34:33 that says (I like that Scripture) He is going to save you whether you choose or whether you refuse, but refusing is the hard way to go. Hallelujah, glory to God.
Okay, Verse 7. "For God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness." Okay, there we go again. The church is all hung up on sexual sin. They are all hung up on sexual sin. If you were not saved and you listened to the radio and TV, you would think that the only sin that there is, is sexual sin. What about all of the pride manifesting in these men that are condemning the poor guy that is on TV, and in front of the whole world because he fell into sexual sin? Our authority to preach and minister the word of God is the Anointing. When the anointing is upon us as we preach, it means that the Lord has accepted our repentance, and no man cannot tell us to sit down.
Well, I say unto you, God hates the pride that stands up and says that he have to sit down for a year, more than He hates the sexual sin. You who have set yourself up as God and are sitting in the temple of God, and are calling yourself God on the face of the earth, and are telling the people in the church that you are God, the Lord is about to bring you down. Repent, because you are coming down whether you choose or whether you refuse. Hallelujah.
Verse 8. "He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God who hath also given us his Holy Spirit." Every person that condemns someone in sin, if that person is overtaken, whether it be sexual sin, whether it be financial problems, whether it be infirmity, all of this mess that is going on in the church today, you are not healed because you have no faith, you have financial problems because you have no faith. This is not God, it is a lie. And it is the spirit of man lifting himself up as God, to condemn those for whom Christ died. And we are told here, "For he that despiseth, despiseth not man, you are despising God, who hath also given us His Holy Spirit." Hallelujah. You need to repent, and get deliverance from pride if that is what you are doing.
The Spirit of God has nothing but mercy and compassion on the poor and the afflicted of the earth. All of the anger that you read about that has to do with God is against the pride of man, the rebellion of man, and the idolatry of man. He does not despise that poor guy that cannot get himself up off the floor, because he has been in the church for four years and is he has not overcome all of his obvious problems? God is not despising him, brethren.
But, on the other hand, we are all responsible to seek the Lord as to what corrections we need to make concerning our thinking and our attitudes, because anything other than prosperity for those truly serving God, arises out of curses manifesting as wrong thinking. It is inaccurate to draw a conclusion about one's relationship with God, based upon his present physical or financial condition. We must look at the whole picture, going back several years, to determine whether or not the individual is progressing. And even sometimes a picture such as that can be confusing, because judgment can fall on a man's life for several years before the fruit of his repentance is visible to the carnal mind of other men. So what does all this mean? It means that we should not judge other men. Only Christ Jesus can judge, because he has the mind of the Father. Hallelujah.
Verse 9. "But as touching brotherly love, you need not that I write unto you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another." Hallelujah. We do not always see love in the church today, so we have the law, we are to love one another. If we cannot love one another, we need deliverance. Now sometimes people do terrible things to each other. There is no condemnation in this message, if you cannot forgive and if you cannot love, you need deliverance. Glory to God. But that is the law, the church is under the spiritual law of God as it is ministered by the Holy Spirit today, and the church is breaking the law because of the thoughts of their mind.
Sometimes I have trouble loving somebody. I have to cry out to God. It just happened to me the other day. I was being utterly overtaken, there was a strong spiritual force of rebellion and complaining in the area where I am, and it was overtaking me, I was getting caught up in it. I had to cry out to God to deliver me before I sinned. Hallelujah.
Verse 10. "And indeed you do it toward all the brethren which are in Macedonia, but we beseech you, brethren, that you increase more and more." You think you love the brethren, but Jesus says there is room to love more and more. As Christ comes forth in us, our ability to love increases, and one of the measures of spiritual growth is that we are loving more this year than last year. And let us not get our definition of love all mixed up, love is not an icky sticky gooey thing.
Love is the Spirit of God, and sometimes the Spirit of God will rebuke somebody. Sometimes the Spirit of God will tell someone that they are in sin. Sometimes the Spirit of God will tell somebody that "you have offended me," and "this is what you did was wrong." Sometimes the Spirit of God will help somebody with a financial problem. Sometimes the Spirit of God will pray deliverance. The Spirit of God is the life and the mind of God that comes against anything and everything that opposes His nature. Hallelujah.
Verse 11. "And that you study to be quiet and do your own business, and to work with your own hands as we commanded you." The word, "study" means "to be fond of honor, to desire or strive earnestly for honor." This is not something we do in the church three times a week, it is something that we do every second of our waking and sleeping life. It is an attitude of mind. Do you desire honor? Do you desire to manifest the Mind of Christ? Do you desire in your relationships with people to manifest the Spirit of God? Some people have trouble loving. Other people are walked all over because they have trouble standing up and saying, "Brother, you are offending, I love you, but you cannot do that to me." That is the love of God.
If someone has a problem, and they are aggressive towards other people, and you stand up and say, "Brother, you have hurt me, I cannot permit you to do that to me, I love you and I am going to forgive you, but I am going to stop you right here because you cannot do that, it is wrong." That is the love of God. A lot of people are afraid, they have fear of confrontation, they cannot go to somebody and say, "That is wrong." Well, you are not manifesting Christ, praying secretly does not show the love of God to the offending individual. So we have to get an understanding about what the love of God is. We have to get the Mind of Christ, brethren. God is not a man. Hallelujah.
Verse 12. We are going on with the law that is upon the church today. "That you walk honestly towards them that are without, and that you may have lack of nothing." When the law of God is fulfilled in our hearts, we will have lack of nothing. You have to walk honestly towards all men. I do not do it all the time, I am not there yet, but this is the law that is in the church today. Hallelujah.
Verse 13. "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others which have no hope." The Greek word, "asleep" means "to put to sleep, to slumber," and the same word in the Hebrew means "to lie down, or spiritual weakness." We have talked about this concept in these meetings, that the Lord describes spiritual weakness throughout the Scriptures as being in a bed or lying down. When the Christ comes forth in us in His fullness, we will stand up in the spiritual power of God.
So these people that are asleep, I suggest to you, they are not dead. They are people who are lying down spiritually. They have no spiritual power. Another translation for that word is, "to be lain with" or, that is "to be a woman that has been ravished." We have been taught here that unless we are one with Christ, we are spiritual females. Our spiritual sex is female until Christ has completely joined himself to us. "A woman, ravished," then, would mean that we have been overtaken by the spiritual power of the living soul that died who is Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, and that we have fornicated with him, and when we fornicate we produce evil fruit. Hallelujah.
The word, "sorrow" means "to offend." He says, "I hope that you sorrow not." Well this same word is used in II Corinthians 7:8, where Paul is speaking to the Corinthians and he says, "For though I make you sorry, I repent not." He told them something that they did not like, He offended them, but it was the Spirit of God in him that offended them. He showed them the love of God, and in Ephesians 4:13, the word, "grieve," in "grieve not the Holy Spirit" is the same word as sorry.
I am going to read 1 Thes. 4:13 again, "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those which are spiritually weak, that you be not offended, or that you be grieved as others, which have no hope," that is, which have no hope in salvation. He is talking about the unsaved world, those who do not have a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and, therefore, have no hope of salvation. He says, "do not be ignorant and do not be grieved. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." He is going to save them also. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose and again, even so them which are spiritually weak, in Jesus Christ will God bring them." He's going to save them anyway.
Verse 15, "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep." The word, "prevent" means "to attain or to reach," and "remain" means "surviving." Those of us who survive the processing of God, Hallelujah. I am going to read this verse again, "For we say unto you by the word of the Lord that we which have the life of Christ and remain after the processing of God unto the coming of the Lord, unto the merging of the Christ in us with our natural man, we shall not prevent or precede, or be preferred above them which are spiritually weak." We are not better then those who are spiritually weak. If you think you are better, you have pride, you need to repent, and you need deliverance.
If you think that you are special because you are saved, and everyone else is going to hell, you need to repent and get deliverance because you will be surprised when you see who Almighty God takes with Him.
Some of us are stronger than others. We are fighting to overcome the lusts of the flesh. We are a spirit man wrapped in flesh, and the flesh is desperately wicked. The heart of man is desperately wicked, who could know it. Our natural man is being joined to Christ, and we are required by God to rise up over the temptations and the military power (God calls it the military power of the flesh), and live, and strive for, and reach towards Christ, but if we are not strong enough to do it, He is going to come and get us anyway, and we better stop hating the weak, because He has died for the weak. Jesus Christ has died for the weak. Hallelujah.
Verse 16. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, and the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first." The "archangel" means "the chief angel, the prince." The Lord Jesus Christ is coming down from the spiritual realm, He is going to manifest in men, and He is going to speak in audible words. He is going to speak through men so that the least spiritual man on the face of the earth can understand what He is saying. Hallelujah.
"And with the trump of God." That means a trumpet. It is traditionally in the Scriptures, "a call to war," and that means the supernatural ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has given you His Spirit, He has given you the word, and when he speaks through....when the archangel speaks in the realm of appearance, he is going to be speaking the truth of the word of God, he is going to be casting down the doctrines of men which prevail in the church today.
The Gospel of God is being proclaimed for all to hear, who have ears to hear, and the result of the receiving in your spirit of that Gospel will be deliverance, and that is the trumpet, the call to war, to overcome the armies that would deceive you into denying the true message of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you indeed shall be made in His image and, glory to God, you will no longer sin in your mind, but live a life of holiness on the face of the earth. Hallelujah.
"And the dead in Christ shall rise first." The word "rise" means "to stand erect in spiritual power." That is the exact opposite of the word that we just talked about that is translated "asleep." They are going to wake up, they are going to stand up in spiritual power. Hallelujah. And the phrase is, "And the dead in Christ shall rise first."
Now, the word, "first," the Greek word that is translated "first" has an equivalent in the Hebrew. It is the Hebrew word "echad," and it is Strong's #259, and this is what it means. It means "one, has the face of the same, as one man together, one after another, one by one, joined in one, and united." I am going to read this verse to you again, Alternate Translation. And the dead in Christ (these are those who have never stood in spiritual power, they just did not receive the strength to rise up like you and I, who are sitting here today have) shall rise first. We are where we are today because we got a shot, a little more shot of spiritual power. I do not understand it completely, but there are people out there who are not here because they did not find within themselves the spiritual power to stand up and start moving in Christ.
So the dead who never stood in spiritual power, they just never made it, they are going to stand up in spiritual power, and despite their weakness, they are going to find themselves in Christ, together as one man with those of us who were given the power to be where we are today. I am going to read it again, "And the dead, who never stood in spiritual power in the flesh, will rise and despite their weakness, find themselves in Christ, together as one man with the church." Glory to God who is merciful beyond our ability to even comprehend it. Hallelujah.
Verse 17. "Then we which are alive, which have the life of Christ, and remain after the processings of Christ, those of us who are alive and who survive, glory to God, shall be caught up together with those that were weak." They did not go through the processings because they did not get to where we are, but we are going to be caught up together with them, "in the clouds." The clouds are our spiritual bodies, we are going to live in the heavenlies, "to meet the Lord in the air." If you study that word in the Greek it means, the realm of the spirit. It is not the atmosphere of this physical world. There are several words translated "air." This word means "the realm of the spirit."
"And so shall we ever be with the Lord," together as one man. If we have the power to come, we are going to come. If we do not have the power to come, He is going to come down and He is going to get us. Hallelujah, merciful, merciful God, and no one is better than any one else.
The more you have received of Christ, the greater your obligation to minister to those who are not where you are. Anyone that has been blessed by God and walking around thinking that he is better than anyone else, he needs to repent and to submit himself to deliverance. And anyone listening to this tape that is not schooled in the ways of God, that have been put off by someone like that, I speak the word of truth to you, they were not manifesting Christ to you. If you want to know the Lord, if you want to see Him, if you want to understand spiritual things, humble yourself before God and ask for it. God will give liberally to you and He will send people to you who will manifest the Christ to you, if you truly, genuinely desire it. Hallelujah.
We are now going to I Thessalonians 5:3-10, "For when they shall say, peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and there shall be no escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness that, that day should overcome you like a thief, ye are all the children of the light, and the children of the day, we are not of the night, nor of the darkness, therefore, let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober, for they that sleep, sleep in the night, and they that be drunken are drunken in the night, but let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep [whether we are spiritually strong, or whether we are spiritually weak], we should live together with him." Hallelujah.
I want to go into some of these words to give us a better understanding.
Verse 3. "For when they shall say peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape." The reference here is I Corinthians 5:5, where Paul is saying, "To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ." That is the travail upon a woman with child, and it is going to come upon them like a thief in the night. A little further on in the message, God is going to explain to us how that the ones who refuse are called into Christ. It is not necessarily an easy process. They are coming against their will and the tribulation, the trials that we have been going through, and all the processing that we have survived are going to come upon these other people, but they are not going to be expecting it, because they will have no understanding.
I am going to read that verse again, "For when they shall say, peace and safety [everything is wonderful and I am fine, in my own righteousness], then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman [that is the birthing of the Christ child], and they shall not escape." They are not going to escape the birthing of the Christ child. They are going to have their trials and their tribulations, and it is not going to be any more pleasant then ours. Probably will be even more difficult because they will not have the understanding, but they are going to produce Christ too. Jesus Christ is coming forth in the earth, Hallelujah, whether they choose or whether they refuse.
Verse 6. "Therefore let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober." Now this word "sleep" is a different Greek word that means, sleep, and it means "to fall asleep while you are standing." Now, this is people that have already experienced the power of God. They said, "Do not fall asleep, do not lay down, maintain your vigil, stay in Christ, study, stay in the Spirit of God, watch, remain awake, watch to ward off destruction, which will try to bring you down, because you are received of Christ wherever you are." There are forces, and these forces are in your own mind and in the mind of other people. They are within, and they are without, and they are determined to bring you down, and they will fight to the death to bring you down.
This is the government that is rooted in Shinar. We talked about it last week, who has established it's own base and that base is in your mind, and they are going to fight to the death that Christ should not come forth in you. So your enemy is not only the people without that do not understand, but it is in your own mind. Hallelujah, glory to God.
I have the word here, "circumspect." I do not know what verse that is in, but I will read it to you. And the word "circumspect" means "be careful to consider all the circumstances and possible consequences." It must be a verse further down.
Okay, Verse 9. "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." The word "wrath" means "an internal motion, the natural disposition, temper, character, movement, the agitation of the soul, desire, any violent emotion or impulse." This is the condition of the natural man. We are inclined to all of these things, violent emotion, agitation of the soul. This is the characteristic of the natural man. The overall characteristic of God is peace.
Now God likens the soul, in the Scripture, to the raging sea, throwing forth waves, and foam, and raging violently. God is even, He is an even sea. There is no agitation at all. Hallelujah, that is verse 9. I will read it again, "For God hath not appointed us to the wrath of the natural man, He has called us out from this to the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ." He has called us to obtain salvation which is the peace of God. Hallelujah. In many situations, we said this earlier, God lumps Christians with unbelievers, because if you analyze these Scriptures, there is really just two categories, those that choose, and those that refuse, and the Christians that have the Holy Spirit, that will not fall in line with the processing of God and submit themselves to having the Christ come forth, God lumps them together with unbelievers, and the birth pangs of the coming forth of the Christ will be upon them as the same way as the unbelievers.
I would like to take a few minutes to talk about the parable of the virgins, and of the ten virgins, and that is in Matthew 25:1-13. God is going to give us a little more insight into what is happening here. Matthew 25:1-13. "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise and five were foolish, they that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their lamps, took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and slept, and at midnight there was a cry made, behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. Then all of those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil for our lamps have gone out, but the wise answered saying not so, lest there be not enough for us and you, but go ye rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves, and while they went to buy, the bridegroom came and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage, and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us. But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
Okay, we are going back to Verse 1. The number "ten" typifies the law. The word "virgins" indicates the way that God sees us, a virgin. We are no longer dealing in natural things. Now Mary was a virgin, and she produced the Christ. We are told in the Book of Revelation about the virgins that follow Christ wherever He goes. These are spiritual virgins whose soul and spirit have been purified and cleansed, and God sees us as virgins.
In a prior meeting we talked about how the Lord Jesus Christ views us as it is given to us in the Song of Solomon. Even though the living soul that died said, "I am fallen, how could you love me?" When He looks upon us, He sees us as clean, because He knows that He has the power to make us clean, so He sees us as he knows we will be. So we have ten virgins, that is the number of the law, okay? God is looking upon the church as clean, yet they are under the law, and they had lamps, they had the Holy Spirit, they had some light, and they went forth to meet the bridegroom.
This is what is going on in the Spirit-filled church today. They are doing everything they know how to go forth to meet the bridegroom, but they want to do it in the way that their carnal mind wants to do it. And five were wise, and five were foolish.
We know that wisdom is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is made unto us wisdom. If you want wisdom, just ask for it, and God will give it to you abundantly. The word "foolish" in the Greek, it merely means "without wisdom." So half of the church world has the wisdom of God, and the other half of the church world does not have the wisdom of God. One half hears the word of the Lord saying, "Come this way," and the other half is saying, "No, we are going to do it our way." Hallelujah. "But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps." Now, our vessels, we just talked about that, that is our apparatus, that is what our spiritual man is living in, and they took oil in their vessels along with their lamps. They laid hold of the imparted anointing, they got it inside of them as well as outside of them. Hallelujah.
Verse 5. "When the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. The word "slumbered" means, "to start to nod off." And then finally they just laid down in spiritual weakness. You cannot stand still with God, either you go on, or you go backwards. Now the people in the church world today that have the Holy Spirit, that speak in tongues, that prophesy, that believe in faith and in the hope of salvation, either you have to go on, you have to go on and receive this message that Christ is coming forth in you, or you are going to fall backwards. You are going to lay down in spiritual weakness, you cannot stand still with God. Hallelujah.
"And at midnight there was a cry made." Now that is the shout, and the loud voice of the archangel and the sound of the trump, we just talked about it. "Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him." Well, to go ye out to meet him, you have to have Christ, He is coming for his own. He is coming for the Christ that has come forth in you, that is what He is coming for, His own. His own seed has gone forth into the earth and is being birthed and emerging forth in the vessels of the natural man, which are going to be swallowed up. He wants His own. So they went out, they arose. "Then all the virgins arose, and they trimmed their lamps, and the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil, for our lamps have gone out." If you do not have the imparted anointing, the hour is coming, the hour is at hand, your lamps are going out.
It is already happening in the churches today. You go into churches that were filled with the mighty power of God, you go back two years later and it is as dead as a door nail. What happened? They did not go on with God. Somewhere along the line God told them to do something, and they did not do it, and if you are reading this message and this has been your experience, I do not know what you did not do, you have to get on your face before God and say, "Lord, what did you say to me that I did not hear, that your Spirit has lifted up off of this church?"
"And the foolish said unto the wise, give us your oil, for our lamps have gone out." You cannot get it from another church. You cannot get it from another believer. You have to get it from God. You have to go back, find out what you did wrong, repent, ask God what He wants you to do to get yourself right with Him, and go on with God. You cannot get it from someone else. Hallelujah.
Verse 9. "But the wise answered saying, not so, you cannot get it from us, lest there not be enough for us and you, God has just given us our portion, but go ye rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves." One of the Scriptures God gave us last week was in Revelation. Jesus said, "I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire." Those that sell are believers who are manifesting Christ Jesus, the one imparts the seed of Christ. You cannot get it from another believer who has only the Holy Spirit.
Verse 10. "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage, and the door was shut." Christ Jesus is marrying our spirit, He is joining Himself to her, He is going to become one with her, and there is an appointed hour for this to happen. There is a general time sequence across the earth and within that time sequence, just for an example, I do not know when it is going to happen, no one knows the times and the seasons, but there will be a period of years, just like the time came for Jesus Christ to be crucified, and the time came for the Pentecostal revival.
There is a natural time coming that Christ Jesus is going to start marrying the human spirits of the chosen vessels that are prepared, and they are going to move into the hundred-fold anointing without measure. When we move into that time period, it will happen person-by-person. Everybody did not get the Holy Spirit all at once, so in the same manner each individual will rise into the fullness of the stature of the Lord Jesus Christ, as they are called by God.
Okay, that was verse 10. "And when they went to buy (they went to the believers manifesting Christ Jesus to try to catch up with what they missed) the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage, and the door was shut." If Christ is not formed in you, you are not ready, and you cannot go in. "Afterward came also the other virgins saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us." But He answered and said, "Verily I say unto you, I know you not. You have not produced the image of my Son, you are a natural man, you may have the Holy Spirit, but His job was to bring forth Christ in you. I do not know you, I am looking for my own. I am looking for Christ, I do not see Christ in you. I do not know you, I never knew you. You are the natural man, your father is the Devil, you are darkness, and I am light. You have no business in my kingdom."
You are only getting into the kingdom when you manifest the Christ. When He emerges forth in you and swallows up your natural man, the new you will go into the kingdom. Natural man is not going into the Kingdom. Hallelujah.
Verse 13. "Watch therefore for ye know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of man cometh." Hallelujah. So that is the condition of the church today. The people in the church today that are not bringing forth the emerging Christ are going to be lumped together with the unsaved, but God is going to save them anyway, He is going to bring forth Christ within them anyway, and this is how He is going to do it.
II Thessalonians 2:1-13, "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled neither by spirit or by word or by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come except a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not that when I was yet with you I told you these things, and now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work, only he that now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way, and then shall the wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness of them that perish, because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved, and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned that believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth."
We are starting to expound in verse 3. "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come except there be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." The Greek word translated "falling away" means "defection, conscious abandonment of allegiance." We have to fall out of allegiance with our carnal mind. We have to stop believing the lies that he is feeding us. Hallelujah. The word also means "abandonment of a previous loyalty," and it can be translated "divorce."
Now we have talked about this, we have called it the separation by the washing of the word. This is the separation of the mind of Christ within us from the carnal mind. That is what has to happen, one of the things that has to happen before Christ comes forth in us. We have to move forward people. It is not enough to dance around, and speak in tongues, and say praise God. This is serious business. God is doing something here, and we have to throw ourselves in line with him.
The Greek word translated "withholdeth" means "to be let loose of some troublesome condition or circumstance by which one is held as it were bound." We are bound. We are victims of our own carnal mind. Once we receive Christ, it is no longer us that sinneth, but sin that dwelleth in us. There is a separation, that part of us that God is redeeming before He swallows up the natural man, that element in us, the human spirit that is going to marry Christ and be redeemed, must separate from the carnal mind that she is married to. We have been pulled out from the carnal mind, and now there is a warfare between Christ Jesus and our carnal mind, but our carnal mind still has great power over us. We have to be broken free from him. Hallelujah.
Okay, I am going to read that again, "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day, the day of the Lord...." He said in the verse before that, "The day of Christ is at hand." The day of Christ is the day that Christ is going to come forth in us. "Let no man deceive you, that day is not going to come, unless you pull away from the natural man first, and that the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." He is our carnal mind, he is the natural man, he is the living soul that died that set up his base in Shinar and raised up armies and is waging war against the living God. He is in our own carnal mind, and he is in the mind of the people without.
Unfortunately, today, he is in the mind of large numbers of the men and women that call themselves the five-fold ministry. They are not preaching the word of truth that is going to bring forth the emerging Christ, and they are not only shutting up heaven to themselves, but they are shutting it up to all of the people that are sitting under them. They have no power so they are manifesting their own power. It is called a shepherding spirit. They control the people and bring them into bondage. They tell them not to go to another church, not to listen to another word, not to read another book, because, maybe if they do, the Christ within them will quicken it to them that it is the truth. Hallelujah. The warfare is on two fronts, in our own mind, and it is coming forth from Shinar, religious Babylon, which is in the preachers, and they are set with all of their power against the emerging Christ just like the Pharisees did in the days of Jesus. If they could do it they would kill him.
This is not a natural manifestation, this is a spiritual manifestation. They are not trying to throw us off the cliff today, but they are praying against us, and they are praying psychic prayers, and they are trying to destroy the emerging ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, but I say unto you that you cannot do it, because Jesus Christ is God, and He shall be glorified, whether you choose or whether you refuse. Hallelujah.
Now God, in Verse 4, goes on to describe the son of perdition. This is how you can recognize him. He exalteth himself above all that is called God. He does not care if the Lord witnesses the truth of this message by signs and wonders. Jesus said, "If you do not believe my words, believe my works." They could look at a man of God, he has the power to heal, he has the anointing all over him, he has the wisdom of God, he has the gifts of God, and they hear this word coming forth, and they try and shut him down. The anointing is supposed to witness to the word. They see these people who manifest Christ Jesus, the Lord sends them into the churches, and gives the preacher a prophecy through these young sons, tells the preachers that they are called to great things in God, but when these preachers hear this word of truth about their carnal mind, they call the young sons for manifesting Christ Jesus, unclean.
When they hear this word of truth about their carnal mind, they deny all of the signs that God has given them that this is the word of the Lord. This is the man of sin, this is the son of perdition, he is sitting in the pulpits of the church today. "He opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God in his own mind, in his own church, showing himself that he is God.
Verse 5. "Remember ye not that when I was yet with you I told you these things, and now ye know what withholdeth, that he might be revealed in his time." What is withholding you from moving on in Christ is your natural man, the natural man and your own carnal mind, who you have submitted yourself to as if he were God, but God is Jesus Christ, not your carnal mind, and your access to God is Christ Jesus, not the carnal mind of the man in the pulpit. Now, if you honor the carnal mind of the man in the pulpit above Christ Jesus within you, you are guilty of idolatry. You need to repent, and get delivered, and have that ungodly soul-tie broken.
However, Paul said, follow me as I follow Christ. So, if the man in the pulpit is manifesting Christ Jesus to you, Christ in you should submit to him. The bottom-line brethren is that Christ Jesus, where ever he is appearing, must distinguish between the man of sin, the carnal mind of the natural man, and Christ Jesus. Everyone must seek God to find out what church the Lord Jesus wants you to go to, and then recognize that once the Lord Jesus has assigned you to a church, that the anointing on the man in the pulpit must be greater than the anointing within you, and submit to that man. Christ Jesus is appearing in many stages of development across the church world. When Christ begins to appear in you, the Lord will send you to a church where the pastor has a more mature manifestation of Christ Jesus and you do, for the purpose of training up the Christ within you.
Verse 7. "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work, only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way." Our own carnal mind reinforced by the carnal mind of men who have ungodly spiritual power, mind control, witchcraft, shepherding spirits, ruling over God's people, refusing to turn them over to the Lord. That is who is withholding you.
Verse 7. "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work, only he who now withholdeth or letteth, will withhold until he be taken out of the way." He has to be taken out of the way. If you can recognize yourself in this message, and throw yourself in line with God, He will break the curses and the ungodly soul-ties. If you cannot do it, He is going to take you anyway. He is going to set you free anyway. Hallelujah.
Verse 8. "And then shall the wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." Hallelujah. And that wicked one in your own mind and in the pulpits, they have got you afraid to say anything against a man in the pulpit. Do not you talk about that man of God. Well, let me tell you something, brethren, you can expose sin if Christ Jesus is manifesting in you in the office of prophet. That is not gossip. We submit to the Spirit of Christ wherever he manifests.
Maybe the Lord Jesus Christ is manifesting through someone sitting in the back of the church. You have to get discerning of spirits. God is a spirit, He is not a man, and there is no man on the face of the earth today that I know of, I doubt that he is anywhere, that is manifesting Christ Jesus 100% of the time. You submit to Christ Jesus. If someone prays for you and brings forth a mighty deliverance in your life, a great blessing, and the next day he tells you to jump off the roof, are you going to do it? Of course not, but if the next day he tells you something spiritual that is detrimental to you, you will do it, most of you will do it. This is what is going in the churches today. Hallelujah.
Seek God, seek God, seek God, He will save you. Do not submit to a man. YOU CAN SUBMIT TO GOD IN THAT MAN, but do not submit to a man. You will be destroyed. Hallelujah.
Verse 8. "And then shall that wicked one be revealed, (we are revealing him right now), whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of his mouth." Even these people that are manifesting the natural man and calling it God, God is going to save them, He is going to consume them with the Spirit of His mouth. Their spirit is going to be thrown into the fire of God. We said in the message last week, that our spirit is likened to gold, and metal is purified by fire. God is going to put his fire upon these people that think that they are manifesting Christ and are not. They are not going to hell forever, but God is going to deal with them. He is going to put the fire of his Spirit upon them. Hallelujah.
So the spirit of these people that fall into this category are going to be thrown into the fire of God. I am going to read the whole verse because it does not make sense. "And then shall that wicked be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming."
Two different processes to two different parts of the living soul that died. The human spirit is going into the fire for purification, and the other two parts, fallen Adam, which is the conscience, and Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, are going to be destroyed with the brightness of His coming. The brightness of His coming is the emerging Christ. He is going to swallow up the soul man, and He is going to nail himself to our carnal mind, and the Lord Jesus Christ will be all in all. And when you look at a vessel who has been through this processing, all you will see is Christ. Fallen Adam, Eve, and Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, will be there, but they will be brought into a position where they are the under part of Christ Jesus, and unable to manifest independently or do any harm to anyone.
Christ will rule and reign totally throughout your mind, and when He rules in your spirit, He rules in your soul, and then He rules in your body. They will still be there. fallen Adam, Eve, and Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, will still be there. The men who experienced this will still exist, but they will have been, (what will have been destroyed is their natural man), brought into submission to the Christ who has come forth in great brightness and power. He is going to come forth whether they choose or whether they refuse. He is going to do it. Hallelujah.
Okay, Verse 9. "Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders." Now, "Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders." Now we know that Jesus told the Pharisee that their father was the Devil, and we have spoken about this in a prior meeting. If your motivation is not coming forth from the Spirit of Christ, your father is Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind. And we can flip back and forth from moment to moment, from day to day, whether we manifest Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, or whether we manifest Christ. But the one within us, whose coming is after the working of Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, with all power and signs and lying wonders, is the natural man within us that is calling himself Christ. This verse says that he has spiritual power. He has all power and signs and lying wonders.
Now remember, Satan, the unconscious part of our own carnal mind, is the spirit that is ruling in the natural man. He has taken on his own spiritual power, he is in the church, he has set himself up in the ministers that are supposed to be serving Christ and bringing forth the fruit unto harvest for God, but who are cutting these people off from the kingdom, and he is calling himself God, and he is doing signs and wonders. He is doing healing, he is doing deliverance, he is praying in tongues, and he is prophesying, and he is turning around and cutting off the kingdom of God. It is not my word. It is the Bible.
Verse 10. "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved." Hallelujah. They are deceiving, they are full of deceivableness, they are deceiving themselves, and they are deceiving the people. What is deceiving is the unrighteousness of the natural man, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness of them that perish. The natural man is perishing, he is full of deceivableness and unrighteousness, and he is in this condition because he received not the love of the truth that he might be saved. God has turned him over to his own lie, and his lust for power. Hallelujah.
Verse 11. "And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie." The word "delusion" means "error, wrong opinion," and the word "strong" means "supernatural power." The word, "believe" means "to acknowledge the existence of or conviction of the truth." And the word "lie" means "exhibited for the treacherous purpose of deceiving man." For this cause, shall God send them a supernatural error that they should believe the treachery that would deceive for the specific purpose of deceiving man.
Verse 12. "That they all might be damned, that believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." The Greek word translated "damned" means "to separate, to put asunder, to pluck out." The Hebrew word that is equivalent to this means "to be set up erect, to be given spiritual power." I am going to read it again. "That they all might be separated, plucked out, set up in spiritual power." He is going to save them, He is going to send them a supernatural lie that they should be deceived so that He can save them.
Now what does that mean? It means that they are going to reap the fruit of their lies. This thing is not happening overnight. All kinds of destruction and hardship can come upon their life as a result of this, which is going to be likened to the trials and tribulations of those of us who are in Christ. I personally believe it is going to be much more severe. It is not a question of God is just going to snatch them up and everything is just going to be okay. What He is going to do is send His armies against them. The sword of the Lord is the wicked. He is going to let the demons overtake. He is going to let them be overtaken.
All kinds of hard times will come upon them until they are so overcome they cry out and say, "God, I served you, I served you, I prophesied in your name, I spoke in tongues, I healed the sick, I was in church, I preached to the people every morning, what do you mean I am locked out?" And He is going to say, "I never knew you, I never told you to do that, and I never told you to do that, and I never told you to do that. I told you to bring forth Christ in my people. I never knew you."
There are going to be a lot of shocked ministers around that have the responsibility of teaching, and they are going to be dealt with much more harshly than the people that sat under them, that really did not know what was going on. Hallelujah.
I am going back to verse 11. "And for this cause, God shall send them a supernatural error that they should believe what was originally sent to deceive them, that they might be plucked out of the fire who believed not the truth, but who had pleasure in unrighteousness." They had pleasure in unrighteousness, they preferred to believe the lie. They liked that power that they were wielding over the people. They liked being God. So trials and tribulations, and what the Bible calls destruction is coming upon them, but we know that when God sends destruction, the end result of it is that you are cleansed, and that you stand up. Man's destruction is that you are destroyed off the face of the earth, or you are thrown into hell forever and ever. But everything that God does turns out good, even though it might not be pleasant when you are going through it. Hallelujah.
Verse 13. "But we are bound to give thanks always for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth," and what this says...., this is a little hard to receive, but what he is saying here, is that from the beginning he knew, he chose this group to come unto salvation through sanctification of the Spirit. We have spoken about that. It is the separating of the mind of Christ from the natural man, and belief of the truth is the truth about your own sin nature. He knew there would be a group of people that would attain to full salvation, through the emergence of Christ, which is the easy way, so he picked them, and He knew that there would be a group of people that would have to go the hard way. He knew it. And that is the way it is going to be, but nevertheless for whatever His purpose is, He has chosen this.
We all have the opportunity to be saved whether we choose or whether we refuse, whether you go the easy way, or whether you go the hard way. If you have made a mistake, God does not hate you. He loves you, and He is going to chasten you until you cry out to Him and ask Him why this is happening to you, at which point He will help you to repent. He will impart His strength to you, He will impart His life to you, He will give you of his love and His life, and He will bring you forth, and you will be caught up the air with the group of believers that have been obedient to God from the beginning. And when God is all in all, we are all going to be the same. There is just two ways to go. We are all going to be caught up as one man in Christ, in the air together, in the spiritual realm of the Lord. We will become spiritual men. Jesus Christ is the first of many brethren. If you want to know what you are going to become, you can read the Bible and find out what happened to Jesus Christ. Hallelujah. Glory to God.
We come against the witchcraft being worked against this woman. We rebuke you in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ. All spirits of witchcraft come out. We dislodge you, we expose you and attack you with the power of God. Hallelujah. May the power of God come upon you and swallow you up. Hallelujah. Come out, come out, come out witchcraft. You driving controlling force that would destroy her, come out. We break your power, we break your weapons, we break your authority, may you be exposed totally in her mind, that she might move against you by the power of God. Hallelujah. Do not threaten me, I rebuke you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. May your sword go back upon your own heart. May it enter in and utterly destroy you. Come out witch, come out witch. Be cast down. We just destroy this enemy. It is your battle Lord, it is your battle.