TABERNACLE OF MOSES

BY:  CHARLES W. WELLER

A STUDY IN OVERCOMING

PARTS 1-8

PARTS

TITLE

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BRAZEN ALTER-PASSOVER-TREE OF LIFE

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UNLEAVENED BREAD-LAVER-2ND DEATH

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WAVE OFFERING – SHOWBREAD – NEW NAME

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PENTECOST – CANDLESTICK – RULE

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5

BOOTHS – SHEKINAH GLORY – SON

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BLOWING OF TRUMPETS

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DAY OF ATONEMENT-MERCY SEAT-THRONE

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BOOTHS – SHEKINAH GLORY – SON

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PART ONE

THE BRAZEN ALTER PASSOVER  THE TREE OF LIFE

The terrain is different in 1999 than in previous years. In the USA, in 1776 a group of men signed the Declaration of Independence and accepted the responsibility, the personal responsibility, of their actions. They knew that by signing their names to such a document, King George of England had the right as their sovereign (until that point) to require their death, the confiscation of their property and the punishment of their families as well. Yet, these men signed the document. They counted their families, their loved ones, their estates, their business, etc. as nothing in their quest for liberty.                                                                                                   

What person is there in the USA today who would sacrifice his family for an ethereal quest of something as intangible as “liberty” or the “pursuit of happiness?” Who is going to step up and pay the price for the deliverance of a people? John Hancock wrote his name flamboyantly it is told, so that King George could clearly read his name! Who has the daring, the audacity, to sign his life away so clearly?

The desire for the present and the things it offers is a hindrance, to say the least, to what the future could hold. The future is determined by what we do in the present and what we learned from the past. What was molded in the lives of these men who signed their names so boldly and defiantly? What had their parents taught them and what in society had influenced them so? To know these things gives an indication of the way the minds of these men worked that glorious day creating the blessings (from the Declaration of Independence) that we enjoy today.

These men came out of a Christ-centric world. The principles of the Western society were founded in the Reformation. England, Scotland, Ireland as well as the Germanic countries were the roots that these men came from. Very little influence came from the Renaissance, France and the followers of the godless Voltaire. These men were aware of the sacrifice that Luther, Zwingli, Knox, Calvin and others made. They had patterns to follow.

Most of these men had letters. Did you know that Greek and Latin were taught in grade school then as well as Algebra? Where are we today? These men had to learn the two languages plus what they spoke as well as at least one other to communicate in the Colonies! The Bible was a book taught from in those days. All schools were private. Public schools were a ‘new’ phenomenon in the 1800’s – over a hundred years later. What an exceptionally good system we had! Most ministers were teachers of students. Yale, Harvard, Princeton were all schools to develop spiritual leaders. Yet today they have left their calling, for the most part, although well qualified in the secular fields.

One cannot lead a change unless one knows the Bible and He Who is the Word of God. All wisdom comes from God. But one has to be able to also understand the divine principles laid out in the Bible in order for success. These men knew that truth, freedom, etc. was worth dying for. They knew that they could not exist in a life without those freedoms. To be married and raise a family in a world controlled by bigots, pagans and ungodly governments, was unconscionable to them. For what existence would their families have in such a tyrannical world? Better to die for freedom and hope for change than to allow your family to be in bondage. Such was their thought. What glorious results!

They overcame. One-third of the people of the Colonies wanted to remain subservient to England because their financial well-being was greatly tied to it (aristocrats predominately). But a few good men who had a modicum of success in the business world as well as just ordinary concerned citizens pressed the day forward. They convinced the “neutral” group of about one third to lean their way, as they formulated a plan of action.

A Continental government was formed, which in those times was, illegal, by the way. They placed a man named George Washington as its head of the army – illegal by the way. Then they sought funds from foreign governments (France in particular) – illegal by the way according to King George and England.

Our country was formed by a group of overcomers. People had a vision of the future which was not like the present. These people seized the day. Thousand’s died. Everyone of the signers of the Declaration of Independence lost everything that they had. And some even lost their lives for the sake of freedom and liberty. Yet, these are the things they had to overcome: very little financing, enemies from within and without, weapons that were made to hunt with but not to fight with, ice, snow, storms, floods all sought to sap the strength of these. But they overcame.

Great as our American history is and as replete as it is with an encore of such similar men and women, it is nothing to be compared to what God is doing within a small group of people – the overcomers, the sons of God. God has called a few in this hour and is just about finished preparing them for their near future work. Unlike the founding fathers, it is a spiritual work rather than a natural one. The overcomers have learned the tools of spiritual warfare and have the ability to speak a heavenly language.

EIGHT LEVELS OF OVERCOMERS

The phrase “to him that overcometh” is very clear in the Greek. It is in the active voice in contrast to the passive voice. What that means, and may you English majors allow me some grace here, is that it is participatory. The person is involved with the activity, rather than permitting something to be done ‘to the person.’ Overcoming is an action verb. It implies that one has succeeded and is succeeding and will succeed in the endeavor. Now, the mood is a participle here in the Greek. What that means is that the verb, overcome, has as it were, an i-n-g on it. Overcome is a verb that shows a present tense action. Since we all live in the present, it implies overcoming – now. The only place to be an overcomer is in the situation of that very moment. Our moment in time, whatever the number of years, is the opportunity to overcome the fallen Adamic nature, that sin nature. It is accomplished by developing the life of Christ within, not by beating the already dead Adamic nature.

There are eight levels of overcoming in the book of Revelation. But within each step of the Pilgrim’s path of overcoming there is also a depth of understanding and a plethora of symbols and analogies. One can read these levels and find a superficial reading of truth or one can dig deeper and find the strength of personal identification with the Savior. You can have union with the Lord Jesus in thought, deed and action.

Each of the first eight levels can correspond to one of the vessels in the Tabernacle of the Old Testament, which relate to a personal spiritual experience in our own lives. At the very same time each level of overcoming can be followed through the three feasts of the Old Testament (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) which have eight parts. Again the feasts represent a spiritual journey in our Christian walk. So, let us list these here and make them available for reference and personal study:

FEASTS

TABERNACLES VESSELS

OVERCOMERS

I. Passover (Leviticus 23:5) 1st month 

a)       Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6)

b)       Wave Offering (Leviticus23:11)

Brazen Altar (Exodus 27:4)

Laver (Exodus 30:18)

 

Showbread (25:23-30)

Tree of Life(Rev.2:7)

 2nd Death (Rev.2:11)

New Name Rev.2:17)

II. Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16)  3rd month

a)       Wave of the firstfruits (Lev 23:20)    

Candlestick (Exodus 37:17-23)

Altar of Incense (Exodus 30:1-10)

Rule (Rev.2:26)

 

White (Rev.3:5)

III Tabernacles 7th month

a)       Blowing of Trumpets (Lev 23:24)

b)       Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27)

     c) Booths (Leviticus 23:34) 

Ark/Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22) 

Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:17-22)

Shekinah Glory (Exodus 29:42-45, 40:34)

 

My Name (Rev.3:12)

 

Throne (Rev. 3:21)

Son (Rev.21:7)

THE BRAZEN ALTAR, THE PASSOVER AND THE TREE OF LIFE

To start with, we might state that each vessel in the Tabernacle from the Brazen Altar to the Altar of Incense was anointed (Exodus 30:26-29) with oil. This speaks not of just salvation but also of the Holy Spirit’s activity in all the realms of God. There is a holistic unity of the Tabernacle, for one can see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit active in each vessel’s type and shadow. (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11)

The Brazen Altar is an Old Testament type and shadow (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:13) to each of us of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. The altar was made of brass (today we would call it copper) and brass speaks of judgment in Scripture, as noted in Isaiah 60:17. For wood I bring brass, and for brass I will bring gold. Note also in the same verse the analogy of stones for iron and iron for silver. Both iron/brass speak of judgment. Silver speaks of redemption and gold, of course, divinity. It is at the brazen altar where the lamb that was slain is offered up. It has been said that the brazen altar is large enough in size to fit all the pieces (laver, showbread table, candlestick, altar of incense, Ark of the Covenant and mercy seat) of the Tabernacle in it! Praise God! Everything is found in the cross – even the complete work of God! Did you know that when they celebrated the Passover 3 days journey out of Egypt, they were at Succoth, which is translated in the English to be – Tabernacles? Yes, Passover (brazen altar) reveals all the work of God and the summation of all things in Him.

The altar was made of shittim wood. In the present it is called acacia wood. I saw this wood in Kenya and it is very hard (much like our life before Christ comes in). Wood in Scripture speaks of humanity, its frailty and of course its ability to decay, that is, to participate in death due to the sins of Adam which passed on to all. (Romans 5:14, 17) The wood is overlaid with the brass (in KJV, actually copper). Jesus died for us, our sins. He was the propitiation (1 John 2:2) for our sins. He was judged for us and we are cleansed by His blood offered on the Mercy Seat. Thus, the brass, covers us, protects us, and we are seen by the Father through the protection, the covering of His Son. (Romans 4:7) Love covers a multitude of sins, John states.

Do you remember the brazen serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness? It covered the sins of the people and saved them from death. Again brass is used as a symbol of judgment, judging their sin, and at the same time revealing the salvation from their sin. Who was lifted up in the wilderness (John 12:32-35, John 3:14)?

There was no top or bottom on the altar of incense in that it was open to allow the ashes of the sacrifice to fall through and the fire on the grate on the top to have a complete work. For the cross is a complete work. The sacrifice was tied to one of the four wooden horns overlaid with brass. Everyone will be brought to the altar for the judgment of their sins. We are eternally tied to the sacrifice.

For the sins of the one are sent off into the wilderness via a lamb (probably a less than year old goat which is pure and undefiled, especially since some places goat is used rather than lamb) and the other lamb is sacrificed. But the key is that the altar is opened ended. Praise God! He is offered up to remit our sins of the past, and the sacrifice covers the future too, as the open bottom indicates. His love, Scripture states, has no boundaries, and nothing can separate us from His love. (Ephesians 3:18, Romans 8:35)

The brazen altar was five cubits in width and five cubits in length and three cubits high. While I do not like to stretch things, Bible Numerics is an honorable study. Every reference work on the subject that I have states that five is the number of grace in the Scripture. So here is 52. Grace perfected. Often three is the number of completion. But we also note that there were five kinds of tools used in the brazen altar – (Exodus 27:3) pails, shovels, basins, forks and firepans. Grace was the sacrifice (Jesus) Grace does the work (Jesus) lest any man should boast that he did it himself! Speak to the mountain of flesh before you and say: “What are you O great mountain?…you will become a plain and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, Grace to it!” (Zech 4:6-7) He is the Grace that removes the mountain of flesh in our life.

These firepans were used to carry the hot coals of the pleasing acceptable sacrifice offered to God into the Holy Place. There the coals were used to light the candlestick (menorah) and the incense in the censer found at the altar of incense. What does this speak to us? The fire (light) of God is the starting point of God’s work (our God is a consuming fire) and every step of our walk with God because our God is a consuming fire. In all the vessels of the Tabernacle which have light are our trials and tribulations (fires, if you will) to bring us unto the glory of God, the eighth step. The Brazen Altar lights the way from the outer court (salvation, Passover) into the Holy Place (Baptism of the Spirit and gifts, Pentecost) and into the Holy of Holies (union with God, Tabernacles). Every step of our walk with God is revealed in Passover. Let us never leave nor forsake the depth of meaning found in Passover!

Remember that to eat of the Tree of Life in the first level of overcoming, one must hate the doctrine of the Nicolatians, even as God hates it. (Revelation 2:6) This damnable heresy is the principle that the ministry – what we would call today ministers in the churches – should be over the people. God never wants the ministry to be over the people but to serve the people as after the order of Melchizedek. Any ministry that seeks to rule over one or control one is not of God. If any ministry says that their way is the only way, they are of the Nicolatians. Any ministry that hinders the development of the priesthood of the believers (1 Peter 2:9) is of the Nicolatians. Any system that teaches one cannot go to God directly but must be absolved of sin through the sacraments (wine and bread) or through the priest/minister confessional listening is of the Nicolatians. You have an advocate, Jesus Christ, and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Exodus 12 perhaps has the best explanation of what occurred at the feast of Passover. The Passover is considered the first month of the Hebrew calendar. Just as a birth of a child is commemorated, so too the spiritual birth of the nation of Israel. Yet, it means even more so for us when we are born again of an incorruptible seed. The Lamb taken was unblemished –without spot or wrinkle. A true sacrifice for us, Jesus Christ, was born from above without any taint of the fallen nature from Joseph or Mary. That is why He is our Passover and deliverer. The blood was spread on the doorposts and lintel of the house. Thus, the sacrifice protected the Hebrews from the death of the firstborn which was about to occur in Egypt. Everyone within the house was saved by the sacrifice – not the blood. The Hebrew firstborn was saved. So, we are saved by Jesus in a similar manner. He was slain and was the sacrifice that enters and protects our house (the body we live in).

Now the crux of the matter is what comes next. The Hebrew people had to eat ALL of the Lamb, ie. kidneys, liver, as well as the mutton. I remember as a child having to eat liver (as a grown – up never!). Somehow I always got the piece with the rubbery bile duct. I would chew and chew and it just never could be masticated. Mother would holler at me to swallow it. Hated liver! But we must eat all of the Lamb of God. The Hebrews ate it with bitter herbs it states, and they ate the entrails too. (12:9) We must, if we are to be overcomers and in the nature of the Lord, eat ALL of Christ, even that which tastes bitter to us. It is a requirement so that we reveal the full nature of Him. Eating liver does something for you…makes you a better person.

While more could forever be written on Passover, let us press on into the understanding of the first level of overcoming, which is found in Revelation 2:7 which reads: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches: ‘To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’” It is obvious that the book of Revelation is written to saints. One cannot be a saint until one is ‘saved’ that is when one personally experiences Jesus Christ in his life and forgiveness of sins. So, just because one is ‘saved’ does not mean that they is eating from the tree of Life. The realm of the Tree of Life is higher than the beginning Christian walk. It is a deeper level, hidden within the superficial walk. While many will talk of their walk with the Lord using the same vocabulary, yet their meaning may not have the depth. For example, as a high school student I took Algebra receiving a fair grade (C) for it. But when I went to college, I was more mature and retook the same course and received a much better grade because I understood the reasoning. I understood the reasoning in High School but in reality it was superficially. Eating of the Tree of Life begins at Passover, when we have a personal encounter with our precious, glorious Lord Jesus. It is then He talks to us and walks with us daily. But as a child, we find He does not share all with us for we cannot comprehend it. Ah, but when we have matured (do we really ever reach it?), He calls us into His counsel as Sons of God. (Romans 8:19-20)

So, what is the Tree of Life? It is superior to the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (KGE). It is not an equal and opposite of the KGE. The fallen nature, that inheritance you and I received from Adam, eats from the KGE. The new man in Christ knows no man any longer after the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:16), even himself! He begins to eat of the Tree of Life. Hear and understand the difference. It is a vital, definitive change of perception by the Christian. The new man becomes the meaning and inspiration of your life, not an occasional thought or self-effort at trying to be a dynamic Christian. He becomes the center of the person who does nothing to promote his or her own Christianity. One identifies oneself with Christ as Christ, even as Paul states in Galatians 2:20, 4:14: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I which live but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God…you received me as an angel of God, even Christ Jesus Himself.” What an identification with the Lord.

Eating of the Tree of Life is power(ful). For when you finally come to the realization that you are alive unto Him and dead to trespasses and sin (Romans 6:2, 22 Ephesians 2:1 Colossians 2:12), the knowledge of this reality, the life of this reality, empowers you to seize the day and manifest who you are. Adam was removed from the Paradise of God (Eden) because Adam didn’t not identify himself with the Lord but with his own soul (Eve) who came out of him. Identifying with the desires of the flesh, Adam forsook the relationship he had with the Father. When one has been freed from the false church doctrine that keeps one a prisoner to who he was before he came to know Christ, one begins to flower into the pleasing fragrance and aroma of Christ, who He is in this world. He walks forth from the old nature, leaving the husk and the swagger of self-confidence, revealing the broken contrite nature Christ since your life is hid in Him.

Let us take Tree of Life as a matter of supply. For He supplies all our needs in the Tree of Life. The tree of KGE consumes unto itself, but the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God (you) produces its own food. (Revelation 22:1-3) In typical church teaching we were taught that supply was outside of us. We had nothing and God would have to enter and supply. How often have you and I cried out for God to supply and been found wanting? Then others in the power of the soul, some would say Satanic power, have made others bring things to them. Such is another false sense of supply. Jesus manifested infinite supply within Himself for Himself and others. He was able to create a fish with a coin for taxes, supply food for five thousand twice, etc. It is when we know the Tree of Life within, the Kingdom of God, Christ Jesus, who is all these, that we find the supply which we are. We find supply when we ask “what can I give of myself” for out of the abundance of the heart comes life. We could give out of ourselves from natural things – food, clothing, etc. or we can give from the supply of what we are – forgiveness, life, etc. For our supply is He who reigns within. To really enjoy the Tree of Life, give up all desire for anything and begin giving from Him who you are identified with. True identity is Christ coming forth as the fruit of your being. It is only as we become supply for others that we reap the supply of life that comes from the tree in us. Have you not given and felt good – even better than eating your favorite meal?

The Tree of Life is duplication, replication. For you have been born of an incorruptible seed. (1 Peter 1:23) He is replicating Himself in you. Have you read Hebrews 9:28? “So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many shall appear a second time…” How shall He appear? Out of the church, His body, the saints (2 Thessalonians 1:10) For He has made His abode in you (John 14:23) and now has translated you out of the kingdom of darkness (KGE) and into the kingdom of His Son (Tree of Life) (Colossians 1:13). Remember the natural truth is symbolic of the spiritual. When a seed is carried forth from a Redwood by the wind, it floats until it gently is placed on the earth and planted by the hand of God. The seed of the Redwood will not begin to come forth until a fire releases it from its casing. It was the fire of sin that caused Christ to come and deliver us. It is the fire of corruption of the world that cries out from the KGE that causes the seed of the Redwood to come forth from the ground. The life of the second tree, the duplicate, that which is replicated, is no different from the original. Rather the truth is – it is the same as! He has come again, manifested in a corporate son. The Tree of Life is the first step of eight steps of being conformed to the fullness of His identity.

The Tree of Life reaches the world. A few years go Kevin Costner starred in a movie entitled Field of Dreams. In it he had a desire to build a ball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield. He believed if he did that the spirits of famous ballplayers would come and play. If he built it they would come. Evangelism is like that. In order to save the world it is not required that we go to them, but rather that we reveal what they want. For if we are what they want, they will beat a path to our door. Cause Christ to be seen in you and the brethren and we will see the salvation of the world. How? By helping each other to grow in the knowledge of who they are in Him.

The Tree of Life is Grace. As Joel Goldsmith has stated: “The goal of the mystical life is for us to become beholders of God in action, where we ascribe nothing to ourselves – not even good motives (KGE). We no longer have desires. We no longer have needs because every need seems to be met before we are even aware of a need. This is called living by grace.” Grace is Christ Jesus, it is not a thing, but the person of our Lord within. It is only when you are aware who you are that the life of God begins to manifest and show. We are not in the fallen nature, but growing in the fullness of the Passover experience, far above the initial understanding.

Now, Revelation 2:7 states that the Tree of Life is in the Paradise of God. It is found in the middle of Paradise. As Paul has written – Paradise may be in the body or out. (2 Corinthians 12:4) It is a realm, a place of habitation. Adam knew it but left that place when he listened to his soul (Eve), who declared the desire of the flesh was good for the eyes, food and wisdom. But Paradise is bread of the Spirit, Christ Who is the wisdom of God, and the eyes of the Spirit.

Revelation 22:2 states that in the middle of the street of the New Jerusalem is the Tree of Life. Now we know that if this were a literal city and as described was 12,000 furlongs (1,500 miles) by 12,000 furlongs (Revelation 21:16) it could not have one street as stated in 21:21 and 22:3. It is not literal. Revelation 3:12 states that the overcomer receives the name – the New Jerusalem. So, in the middle of the person is a street, the way, the highway of the Lord upon which no man can stumble (Isaiah 35:8, see our message on the Highway of the Lord). And in the middle of the street was a river coming forth (see also Ezekiel 47:1-9) and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life. What is this trying to tell us? The Tree of Life, Christ Himself, and we as found in Him, straddle all time – past, present and future. Just as the cross of Passover forgave sin up to Jesus’ crucifixion, and at the time of His crucifixion and throughout the time that followed His death, so the Tree of Life ties all time together in the Life of Christ. For He came that none should perish and that if He be lifted up all men would be drawn unto Him – past, present and future.

The Tree of Life had fruit, twelve manner of fruit. It does not mean that it had twelve different kinds of fruit say like apples, pears, peaches etc. What it means is that this tree produced twelve crops of fruit during the year! The natural tree produces one crop. So if this tree was in a literal city of New Jerusalem it would not be a normal tree! No, my friends, Revelation is an allegorical and symbolic book and it is not literal as some would suggest. Hal Lindsey has it all wrong! This Tree of Life is a corporate expression of the body of Christ which we are. He has placed His headship on those who overcome and they have been beheaded of their Adamic nature recognizing that their life is hid in God. Then the fruit of the overcomer becomes evident, completely fruitful all the time, in season and out of season because the overcomer is in Christ.

The fruit of the Christ life, that Tree of Life in the midst of you, is to bring healing to the nations. The sons of God first to manifest this are to bring healing to the whole body of Christ as well as to the world. The verse goes on that they have His name in their foreheads (verse 22:4) as the overcomers do. (3:12) 

PART TWO

UNLEAVENED BREAD (Leviticus 23:6) LAVER (Exodus 30:18) 2ND DEATH (Rev.2:11)

Overcoming is the first step to becoming. Overcoming is resting in the Spirit of God proactively so that the old fallen nature, that Adamic nature can be removed. Overcoming is recognizing, believing and knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are in the new creation man and not the old sinful nature. Jesse Penn-Lewis wrote many years ago: “Calvary means that Christ not only bore on that Tree your sins, but that He carried to the Tree the sinner – carried you there. When you come to the point of recognizing that God does not patch up the old life, but calls on you to reckon it crucified…you will find that the new life has in it all the characteristics which belong to it.” (More Than Conquerors, Jesse Penn Lewis, England)

The climax of the overcoming life, as C. A. Fox states in the Spiritual Grasp of the Epistles, “…gravitates, strange to say, back to the Cross; and when we have learned the power of His resurrection, we are only thereby fitted to become conformed to His death.” It is only as we spiritually seek the depth of Christ, seek to know Him to the utmost, that we are able to reveal the life of Christ. This revelation is accomplished by bearing the dying of the Lord Jesus in us – the world attacks our flesh and we must reveal the life of God in this flesh as we are crucified. For the world looks for a savior and every time that they attack the saint, the overcomer recognizes that this life is hid in God in Christ and bears the dying dart of the unbeliever, as Christ, so that the life of Christ is revealed. The more we overcome, the more we reveal the death of the cross, which is the Life of God. The greatest deception of believers occurs when they move away from the root of the faith, which is abiding in the cross. The overcomer joys in the victory which he/she finds in the working of the Life in them via the cross.             

“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus…” (2 Corinthians 4:10) This verse means that there is a processing, an ongoing effort by God in you to bring you to death. It is not a dying to sin because that was already accomplished in your life when you received Jesus as your Savior. No, it is not that. Rather it is full identification with the Master. He is working in you so that you might experience the process of His life – dying, crucifixion and resurrection life. It is then He is glorified in you. The new life can only be manifested if you know the old life has already been removed.

Let’s talk about full identity. “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.” (Matthew 27:42) In order to save others Jesus remained on the cross. The overcomer remains on the cross for a similar purpose – to save others through the revelation of Christ in the overcomer. Oh, you have the power of the resurrection working in you because you have experienced Jesus as your Savior and baptizer in the Holy Spirit. But the very life of Christ that you have is making you conformable to His death. Thus the power of God in your life is working to keep you on the cross, so that you might be able to bear the cross, and the world might see the dying of the Lord and experience the life that empowers you to remain on the cross.             

You remain on the cross. You feel emptied out. You have your own trials and tribulations and then someone comes to you seeking help. Ah, yes, the opportunity of God! For out of your emptiness Christ steps forth and ministers from you. Just as Jesus depended on God to sustain Him on the cross, so you depend on the ascended Lord to sustain you. While there, in the midst of your own need, even as Jesus was in His, you minister to the person, for the person and even in place of the person because you are identified with Christ. They come to you not because of who you are! They come to you because they see Jesus! What an overcomer you are.             

“Ye are wise in Christ” 1 Corinthians 4:10 states about some, while Paul states he and other leaders are “...fools for Christ.” Why the difference? There are some running around today proclaiming who they are in Christ and the wisdom that they have besides the position they seem to hold as bishops over so many. These babes are the ‘wise in Christ.’ For they are carnal even though they seem to be spiritual. They joy in the knowledge that they have, but they have not been made a fool of for Christ. A fool for Christ is the overcomer who seeks to be crucified rather than be lifted up in front of others. Some glory in reigning with Christ, when the real overcomer is dying with Christ. Union with the Lord, which is the path the overcomer takes, requires a death identification rather than a self-promotion or self-effort to obtain a place of reigning with Christ. The throne of the overcomer (Revelation 3:21) is a fruit of the crucified walk with God, a cross walk, if you will.             

The overcomer is the one who has come to the place in his/her life that the trials which attend to the outer man and the flesh, do not remove them from the cross. Jesus was nailed to the cross, a crown of thorns placed on His head, all of which attacked the flesh. Yet He remained on the cross not permitting the flesh to control where He lived, for He lived in the spiritual realm. The flesh could not pull Him down. So too it is with the true overcomer.             

So, then we come to the second level of overcoming found in the book of Revelation. Having eaten of the Tree of Life Who is Christ, and residing in the Paradise of God, the spiritual realm within us, and knowing that the old man, that carnal nature, that Adamic nature is dead, we progress to a new level of spiritual insight.

“He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” (Revelation 2:11)

The church at Smyrna is to whom the letter is written. From the word ‘Smyrna’ we get the English word ‘myrrh.’ The wise men brought to Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh in that order. It shows forth the divinity (gold) of Christ, the anointing (frankincense) and the cross (myrrh). If we are to ascend into the nature of our Lord then we must first experience trials and tribulations (myrrh that is suffering), the work of the cross. It is fitting to note that the second level of overcoming deals specifically with trials, tribulations, etc. In fact, it is covered here more so than any other of the levels of overcoming.             

The church was poor in the literal sense but rich in the spiritual sense. While poverty is not a sign of spirituality, sometimes poverty can increase spiritual growth because the individual is dependent on the spirit for maintaining earthly provision. At times, then, poverty could be a spiritual trial.

The synagogue of Satan, those who say they are Jews and are not can be found in any group of people and even within yourself! For the warfare that we fight is a spiritual battle between the LAW of the Jews and the GRACE of faith. Jim Baker, of PTL fame, recently stated in Christianity Today of 12/98 the following about his Christian faith: “I grew up in an era of law. But either we believe in grace or we don’t. So I have to accept the grace in the story (the movie the Apostle) even though it is fictional, if I am going to accept grace for myself. And to forgive me is the hardest thing I have to do today. I have no problems forgiving others.” He was raised where Christianity was a legalistic set of do’s and don’ts. But Christianity is grace in action. In fact, it is the only religion that preaches grace in the world and abhors self-effort. The synagogue of Satan is those that make Christianity legalistic. For the Law is to bring us to Christ, and it is not to bind us. Guilt comes from the Law. Freedom is found in Christ through grace. The trials/tribulations are a direct result of the battle in one’s mind, the battle of Armageddon if you will, which struggles between law and grace.

Some say that the devil mentioned in verse 10 is referring to the Roman Emperor of the time. Perhaps, on the natural plane that is true.  The verse states that there will be ten days of tribulation. It is interesting to note that history records 10 emperors of Rome who persecuted the Christians.              

But regardless of the literal, let us look at the spiritual. For the number ‘ten’ in Scripture always refers to personal testing. Each of us who are determined to know Christ to the fullest are going to be tested. The crowd (500 people), waiting for the Lord after forty days, dwindled to 120 when He appeared in glory on the day of Pentecost. Almost 80% had left before the Lord returned. If it had been a few days longer how many more would have left?

The overcomer is of a different breed than most because the overcomer is willing to die for principle. Many will compromise, hedge a little, cut a deal. But the overcomer wants the fullness of God and will not settle for second best. It is all or nothing. This focus, this vision, this quest, is what will be the salvation of the world. For God is looking for one man fashioned in the image of His Son who will stand in grace in this hour.             

We note that the feast of Unleavened Bread and the Laver (see the chart from the first message) are two correlating things with the second level of overcoming. The feast of Unleavened Bread is a part of the feast of Passover. It is the ‘second stage’ of the feast of Passover. The people had to eat the meal in a hurry since they were going to leave Egypt with haste that very night. Thus, normal production of food would not be provided, shortcuts had to be done. Yeast was left out of the bread that was being made for the family and those partaking of Passover. “Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.” So states Exodus 12:15. Any overcomer who allows his soul to seek things of the flesh, will be cut off, that is, judged by God. For the high calling in Christ Jesus requires that we settle not for a lower plane. What of the men of Hebrews 11 who lived by faith not receiving the promises (Hebrews 11:13) but pressed on? We must press on and not stop for the leaven that creates death. Paul writes that one can be corrupted even by the little things: “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6) He goes on to say in the next two verses: “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” The old nature must be purged. To purge something has within it the implication that it will be removed, even like a bowel movement purges us of contaminates. Our life is like Christ’s in that we are in the new creation man and must rid ourselves of the old nature.

The King James Version of Ephesians 6:24 reads: “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity…” The word ‘sincerity’ there means incorruption. In 1 Corinthians 5:6 sincerity means pure as tested by sun light. Thus, the bread of life, which we are since we are part of Him, is to be unleavened, that is, with purity found in it, incorruption found in it. Also this bread is to have ‘truth.’ I once was discussing with a Methodist minister the ‘truth’ of Scripture. He insisted that ‘truth’ is a ‘what’ or a ‘thing’ but I kept telling him that Jesus was the “way, the truth and the life.” The truth was not a ‘what’ but a ‘who’ that is to say a person. Thus the unleavened bread must be a relationship between the eater and the one who is the bread. Since you and I have been called to be the bread broken for the rest, we must know that overcoming is the only way that we could experience the giving nature of Christ.  Not a bone of His body was broken, but the Scripture states: “Take, eat, this is my body broken for you.” What body? Not Jesus’ literal body. No, my friends, it is you and I, the corporate body of Christ that is being served to the world. We are the bread of life to a starving world for they see Jesus in us.             

Now in the outer court of the Temple was the Brazen Altar, as we have discussed and also the second vessel, the Laver. There have been many people who have tried to describe the Laver. Some have said it was a dish of large size. Others have said it had water in the top and a faucet or spigot at the middle so that the water from the top could run out over the bloody hands of the priest to cleanse the priest before entrance into the Holy Place. Thus, all the water would not be contaminated.  Details are just not found in the Scriptures. But as Jesus was our pattern, He was baptized, immersed, in the Jordan River so too it follows that we walk the same spiritual path.

Why? Each person is part of the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) Each person has to be cleansed, and his or her need of cleansing is different, individualistic, if you will. The ministry of cleansing is personal and a holy moment. As God began restoring the light of Scriptures, it was Wesley who suggested this second experience be called “sanctification.” Wesley noted it followed the personal experience of being saved by an experiential faith as Luther had declared. There was almost 200 years difference in time between the revelations of God to these two men. But truth enlarges and is not on our timetable.

The other thought that could be compared to the Laver is that of the Anabaptists who appeared earlier than Wesley. They expressed the truth of water baptism, immersion, as “baptizo” in the Greek truly means. This caused a division with Luther, Calvin and others. But the truth is truth and will divide those who settle and put down tent stakes. Does the Laver relate to water baptism? I think that the answer can be undeniably yes. In foreign countries where the population is predominately Moslem, Christian water baptism will cause one to be disinherited from his family and open to be killed in some of the countries. If one is Jewish and gets saved, there is no real problem until he is water baptized and in the stricter Jewish beliefs one is disinherited and treated as dead. So, water baptism is a more serious step for some than others and thereby a greater testimony.             

Now the animal sacrificed was cleansed at the Laver before it was offered. In particular its feet and legs were cleansed. This reveals a cleansing of the “walk” of the person, a change from the old way of doing things and a new beginning.  Much as Moses took his sandals off when on Holy Ground to see the burning bush, so the feet were cleansed. One could consider Jesus washing the disciples feet within this context for He considered them “clean” except for the feet, the walk. The dust of Adam (Adam being made of the earth) had to be removed, if you will, because we have our citizenship from above.             

Never did a priest die in the Holy Place/Holy of Holies. The priest was cleansed before he went into the two areas. There was no rope on the priest to pull him out if he died in the Holy Place or Holy of Holies. It is not in the Scriptures but rather is some old wives’ tale! The priesthood was cleansed, sanctified before they went into these rooms.              

Like the Brazen Altar, this vessel too was made of brass (copper). It speaks of judgment. (Exodus 30:17-21) The interesting point is that ‘brass’ is used only in the outer court and not on the interior of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. In these two rooms, an ascending order of spirituality, there is the putting on of Christ, represented by the gold, and there is no recognition of the old nature at all. Ponder that and your walk. If you are still dealing with the old nature, even though anointed with the Holy Spirit, you are ministering outside the Tabernacle when you should be progressing inside.             

Now, we see in Exodus 30:26-28 that all the vessels were anointed with oil. This speaks of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that draws (John 6:44) us to Christ (Brazen Altar). None can call Him Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3), and this chapter deals with the gifts of the Spirit, active today, and speaks of the Holy Place realm. The Holy Spirit is active in all levels.

Now the Laver also speaks of the baptism of the Spirit contrary to what normal Pentecostal preaching states. Pentecostals have told the Baptists for years that they do not have the Holy Ghost, but that is not totally correct. Jesus after the washing of the disciples feet and the Last Supper, breathed on the men and they received the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22) The disciples did not receive the ‘power’ of the Holy Spirit until Pentecost but they had the Spirit. We must also include what Peter states – that the prophets were filled with the Spirit. (1 Peter 1:11)  The Holy Spirit can be within you, but Pentecost is the breaking forth of the Spirit out of you for the benefit of others. Just let me state now, but we will deal with the third level of overcoming later, that the waving of the firstfruit during Passover is the first taste of the Holy Spirit found inside the Tabernacle at the Table of Showbread.

We cannot forget that the Laver speaks of sanctification. If a spiritual house is not built on holiness it will fail. Many will proclaim that God is Love and that is true. But above all things God is Holy. His love comes out of His Holiness and that is what makes His Love pure. Many have been the saints that cry ‘God is love’ and then use such ‘love’ for license, liberty and lasciviousness. There is a two-fold problem here. First, they know not the nature of God. Secondly every spiritual house has four pillars to it, and the second pillar is holiness. The whole spiritual house of cards will come tumbling down if the person does not truly understand the holiness requirement. No man can see God without holiness.

We cannot forget 1 Thessalonians 5:23 which states: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Note that holiness is to be imbedded in every cell of our fiber – spirit, soul and body. The Laver is on the superficial basis a symbol of the holiness that we are to manifest and a token outwardly of the change – water baptism. But on a deeper spiritual basis, we are to come into a oneness, union identification with the Lord Jesus, to such a degree that we are ‘the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) This identification with Christ is so intimate and so real that there cannot be any desire nor lust because you realize you are living in Him and not in the fallen Adamic nature any more. Those that think they are living in that realm and have an ‘easy going love’ which allows them to be lustful or have the liberty to do what they wish are still carnal and deceived. In fact, they are not in the union of identification that they think they are.

The second level of overcoming speaks that we shall conquer the second death. Reading in Revelation 20:6, 14 as well as 21:8 will give some reference to this ‘second death.’  Perhaps what Ray Prinzing writes in Revelation, a Positive Book, page 193 would be worth noting here. He states the first death is “…descending from the purity of the realm of the spiritual, to awaken to the realms of the flesh, to mind the things of the flesh. As long as we remain carnally minded, we remain in a state of this death, for ‘to be carnally minded is death.‘ (Romans 8:6) Bluntly spoken, in the first death, we die out to God and His righteousness, and come alive to self and its pleasures.” This result, inherited from Adam and active in all of us, causes us to be earthly minded.

Ray explains the second death so well that I must just quote it from pages 194-195.  For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of dead. For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) Two Adams, each a beginning of a race. “The first is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.” The first brought mankind into death, and the second brings us into life.

All Bible statements prove the two deaths are absolutely UNLIKE. The second death undoes all the work of the first death, in the same manner that the last Adam undid all the work of the first Adam. Not to nullify the purpose being wrought out by the plan of God in the firsts, but to bring a release from all the negative aspects of the firsts, into MUCH MORE – the glory and victory of His positives. In so many ways, “He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:9)

Creation was made subject to vanity for a purpose. Sin was allowed to exist for wise ends and when those ends have been secured it will have to cease to exist. The PURPOSE is not nullified, but the ‘means’ whereby the purpose has been executed shall be done away. Discipline is a means to an end, but not an end in itself, for it leads us into the “afterwards, yielding the peaceable fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11)

The first Adam of God was righteous, and became alive unto sin. The last Adam of God was righteous and died unto sin – “For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God” (Romans 6:10) and so fulfills all righteousness. The first Adam made all men sinners; the last Adam makes all men righteous. The lives and deaths of the two Adams are thus greatly contrasting the one to another.

The second death is a transition from corruption to incorruption, from present mortality to immortality. Transformed from the carnal mind to the spiritual mind. It is a transformation wrought by DYING out to the one realm, to come alive in the higher realm. The SECOND DEATH IS PREPARED TO PURGE OUT AND BURN AWAY ALL SIN AND ITS RESULTS, and in doing so cleanses all of God’s universe.” End quote

So the second death is dying out to what the first death lowered us into.  Said another way, the second death delivers us to LIFE, just the opposite of what the first death did – delivered us to DEATH.  The overcomer is one who is seeking the resurrection of Philippians 3:10. This ‘out’ resurrection is only used once in Scripture and that is in this location. Like Paul states, he had not obtained what all hoped for – a physical change, but he was pressing into God to be a partaker of the out resurrection. This is a walking in the Life of God in a fullness while inhabiting a physical body of death. This out resurrection Paul obtained to – left for dead twice, bitten by a venomous snake, shipwrecked, etc. Each time he was raised up by the resurrection life within himself. For he walked in the fullness of God. Even his opinions (1 Corinthians 7:6, 12, 25) are canonized in the Scriptures! He came in the victory of the second death.

WE ARE IN THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST, IF WE WOULD BUT ACCEPT AND WALK IN IT! Consider:

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; [Colossians 1:19 KJV]

“For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divines fullness – the sum total of the divine perfection, powers and attributes – should dwell in Him permanently.” [Amplified Bible]

For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.  [Colossians 2:9 KJV]

“For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead), continues to dwell in bodily form – giving complete expression of the divine nature.” [Amplified Bible]

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.  [Ephesians 3:19 KJV]

“[That you may really come] to know – practically, through experience for yourselves – the love of Christ, which far surpasses, mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God – [that is] may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself.”  [Amplified Bible]

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. [John 1:16 KJV]

“For out of His fullness (abundance) we all received – all had a share and we were all supplied with – one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.” [Amplified Bible]

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:  [Ephesians 4:13]

Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. [Ephesians 1:23]

And I am sure … I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. [Romans 15:29 KJV]

SELAH – Hebrew word meaning: sit and ponder these things

PART THREE

WAVE OFFERING (Leviticus 23:11) SHOWBREAD (Exodus 25:23-30) NEW NAME (Revelation 2:17)

The third level of the overcomer enters into the Holy Place. The Holy Place is where there is no natural light like there was in the outer court area, which was covered by the light of the sun and the moon. From here on, the walk of the overcomer is a spiritual walk of the highest order, even though there will be more siftings. The tests on the outer man will not occur any more, for as Revelation 11:1-2 states the world is to judge the outer court but the actual Tabernacle, made up of the Holy Place and Holiest of All, is to be judged by God Himself through the Spirit. Thus, level three will begin the inward workings of the Lord, not shown to the world. It is a hidden work.

It is important to note the makeup of the Tabernacle. It is created out of shittim wood as the KJV calls it (acacia in today’s terms). The wood is a symbol of humanity and the frailty of humanity. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord. (Romans 3:23) This tree has features to it that others would not necessarily want, and there are features about you personally that others do not want! For in all humanity there is a desire to be different than what we are. None of us is satisfied with any of our features, whether it be a nose too long, a blemish, height, weight, hair color etc. This deep-seated desire to be changed from what we are can only be found in Christ! The only way to overcome the corruption in and of the flesh is found in Christ’s nature, which the overcomer presses towards.

Exodus 26:17 states that the Tabernacle, made of wood, has pieces which hold the boards in place. These are called “tenons.” Most of the time in the Old Testament this word is translated “hands.” The boards are held together by hands! Ye are the body of Christ, the boards, and it is the laying on of hands (Hebrews 6:2) that commissions, that sets apart, that distinguishes some from others. For it is a special calling. The outer court, which is representative of the first two levels of overcoming (Brazen Altar and Laver), follows the idea that many are called. But the Tabernacle causes a separation, a deeper call, few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) Not that one is better than any other, all are of the house of God, but some are selected and others produce 30, 60, 100 fold. Another Scripture is that there is hay, wood, stubble, precious stones, silver and gold. (1 Corinthians 3:12) The calling and election is of God, not we of ourselves lest we would boast.

There were five pillars holding the curtains that covered the entry way into the Holy Place. They were capped with a golden hooklet at the top which speaks of the divine work of God in their life to be placed in such a capacity. These wood pillars speak of the hand ministry.  Nevertheless, the hand ministry, of Ephesians 4:11-13 (Apostle – thumb, prophet -index, evangelist -middle finger of outreach, pastor -ring finger, teacher – the smallest finger) is to set the body and place the body (the boards) in their right function according to the gift that God has given the vessel. And the true hand ministry is to uphold, uplift, edify, build up, the body. The ministry is after the order of Melchizedek and not after Levi which seeks to take unto itself, elevate itself at the expense of the body. In fact the tenons were not visible at all! How the ministry should also be! The body has pre-eminence not the ministry! The ministry is to see that the body is revealed as a cohesive unit, without division. Note the sockets were made of silver, which speaks of the redemptive work of Christ needed for the tenons to function. The ministry must know the Lord and the crucified life!             

How can we not remember the words of Paul! For we are a building ‘fitly framed together growing unto an holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:21) And we are not made with hands (2 Corinthians 5:1) but by the Spirit of God Himself.  For each part of the body supplies every need. (Ephesians 4:16) Note that the body supplies every need! Do you have a need? Then seek out the body of Christ. They have the answer. I did not say the church on the local corner. Nor did I say your particular denomination. But seek the person, the living body of Christ, who has the answer. For our dependency is on the body which supplies through their knowledge of Him!

The Tabernacle does not include the outer court experiences, although those experiences are necessary to partake of the Tabernacle. The Spirit does the inner workings of God. As we stated in the previous chapter, the outer court has the Baptism of the Spirit, but the Spirit led life of the believer takes a deeper turn when one realizes that God is not outside himself but inside. For the outer court believer prays to a god outside himself, looks to a literal heaven for a god, cannot see god in others because god is in heaven, and is waiting to go to heaven rather than fulfilling Matthew 6:10.

But the boards of the Tabernacle are symbolical of the personal dealings of God done to make us fitly framed to reveal a building, not the individual boards. David (which means beloved and are we not beloved of God?) had five stones (hand ministry of Ephesians 4) taken out of the river (spirit of life) that when used by him (as he represents the corporate body of Christ in type and shadow) slays Goliath who is the corporate example of the fallen nature, the flesh etc. When we realize that our grafting into Christ is in reality a grafting into one another because each is in Christ, we can slay every dragon, devil, monster, of the fallen nature because we have been submissive to the hand ministry of the Lord.

We note that the boards are overlaid with gold. Wood overlaid with gold speaks of a revelation in the body of the divine nature of God. It does not reveal sanctified fallen flesh. No, it reveals a changed life that no longer knows any man after the flesh but after the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:16) Humanity that has been crucified is what is overlaid with gold. But enough on the making of the Tabernacle.

THE TABLE OF SHOWBREAD

Some would say the Table of Showbread is similar to the communion table in churches. While that may be true, it is far from the spiritual significance. Consider the table itself and the bread on it. The spiritual types and shadows (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11) must be considered to receive the life that is found. The table of Showbread is composed of twelve loaves of the ‘Presence’ on the table. Twelve speaks of God’s divine government in Scripture numerics. There were 12 disciples, 12 tribes, 12 gates to the New Jerusalem, 12 wells, 12 cities of refuge, and many more each of which when studied will show a form of subservience to leadership. So, the first trial of the tabernacle in this spiritual quest of the overcomer is to be a disciple, one who sits under authority, recognizes authority and yields to authority. It is only when one is not rebellious, and willing to submit that one can proceed in this walk. Many vessels are discarded here because of their refusal to subjugate themselves in the dealings of the cross.

Rotherham’s translation of Exodus 25:30 reads: “And thou shall place upon the table Presence-Bread, before Me continually.”  Now, the bread is a type of the Word of God and we know that the Word of God is Christ Himself  because John states in 1:1-3,14: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…all things came into being by Him…and the Word became flesh.” Now this “word” is the Greek “Logos” and is different from another Greek word “rhema” which is translated in English also as “word.” The difference is very important (see our message: The Logos, the Light, and the Life). There are many “rhema” churches in the USA, and the Greek needs to be elucidated unto them. Rhema in the Greek is used for a spiritual word that is given for the moment, like a word of prophecy or understanding. But the Logos derives its truth from Jesus. Logos means the divine expression. The pre-existent Lord (before He took on bodily form) was the Logos. He was the divine expression and that expression became flesh. The Logos always represents Christ, the fullness of God, and it can be seen in the flesh! That is, He can be seen in you and the Word became flesh is a promise to us too as can be seen in 2 Thessalonians 1:10. It is not the place to go into this here, but suffice it to say that the Logos is to be revealed in us. Thus, the bread, the symbol of Christ in the Tabernacle and the table of Showbread, is also a symbol of us. For the priesthood ministry of the believer is to serve the bread (serve yourself) to others, even as Christ served Himself for others’ salvation.

Leviticus 24:5-7 states that there were two stacks of bread with six pieces in each stack. The bread would be similar to a pancake in the Western world as far as a visual look, but thicker. Somewhat like a Kenyan chipati.  These were baked, that is tested by fire before served. We as part of the body of Christ, the bread that is broken to be served to others, must first be baked in the furnace of affliction that Christ can come forth (as in the fire of Daniel 3:25). The bread of course is a symbol of Christ, but as you remember, not a bone of his body was broken. (Psa.34:20) Yet in 1 Corinthians 11:24 we read that His body was broken for us. Which body? You and I.  We are to be served to the world as the bread of Life so that they might come to Christ.

Now Numbers 4:7 reads: “Over the table of the Presence they shall also spread a cloth of blue and put on it dishes and pans and the sacrificial bowls and the jars of libation, and the continual bread shall be on it.” The bread is ‘continual’ because it is changed every day – the daily bread of Matthew 6 and the Lord’s prayer. He is our ‘manna’ every day for what we need for every day and by the same token we in identification with Him are the bread for the world, the very bread that they need every day. The bread is placed on a plate made of gold, which speaks of the divinity of God. The saint is covered by the blood of Christ and is presented to God as the bread, because in Christ are we cleansed by the Word (Logos) (John 15:3).

And the color blue of the cloth represents the heavenlies of the spiritual person. For our citizenship is from above (Hebrews 12:22-23), the heavens. This is a spiritual place in which we reside today, if we recognize our identity with Christ. Now, some will say that I am saved and I am going to heaven. Then you still see a separation from you and God with Him being in a distant place. John 14:23 states that He and the Father came and made their abode in each of us. Believing that and knowing that are two different things. But what we are writing about is the depth of knowing that. Your identification is so great with Him as an overcomer that you are casting yourself forward as Him (Galatians 4:14) so that others might find Him. Ah, the blue room. The blue room within, where if two or three are gathered He is there also (John 14:23 and you make three).

Each vessel is made of gold for the table. Full identification with the Divine. The table is wood, shittim wood, that has been transformed by the renewing of the mind (you are the wood) and fashioned fit for an over-layment of gold. The crucified life permits the gold to be placed on the wood table. Thus, the inner workings, dealings of God, bring about the change into His nature for the overcomer. The overcomer is fit to be included as a table, one who serves another with the bread of life worked into their own fiber. Now, that is real identification and union with the Lord. Remember the vessel (table) is you but He is the bread in the wrapper!

Now, we might note that the bread could not be touched by anyone but the priest, when it was under the Law. But Jesus, the bread of Life, said to Thomas to touch and feel Him. Grace has replaced the Law and legalism. Many of the Christian faith do not grasp the depth of grace. The Law, or those things done by the saint to earn, control or reach a certain goal are done in self-effort and are of the flesh. Any saint who holds another accountable without removing the board from his eye first is carnal and under the Law. Jesus removed the Law. He was approachable and touchable. The Law keeps you from things, but grace opens up the avenue of relationship. As an example, I went into a bar to see a friend who wanted me to meet him there. I led the man to the Lord. But some of the brethren saw me go into the bar, a ‘preacher’ none the less! I was confronted by the elders, members of that church and the senior pastor and called into question about my integrity as a minister. I left that denomination and never have belonged to another. Grace saved that man, the Law would still have left him setting there.

David in 1 Samuel went into the Tabernacle and ate the bread. He acted under grace. And as we know, he is many times cited as an example of Christ in the things he did. Grace gives freedom. Law brings death. Jesus came that they all might have life – John 3:17. He did not come into the world to condemn the world. Neither are we to condemn but to manifest Christ so that they might have life. The bread of life on the Table is that which works in us His nature and removes the Law, which controls the old fallen nature, but cannot change that nature. Praise God for Grace which no longer sees the old nature and empowers the new creation man within our breasts. David who lived under the Law must have had an insight about Grace because he stepped past the current religion by faith into grace.

The Table is the same height as the Ark of the Covenant. This means to me that the Logos is equal in importance with the Ark realm in the Holy of Holies. The Logos, Christ, contains no greater revelation than what the Ark possesses. If your revelation that God seems to have spoken to you is not in the Table, it is not in the Ark realm either!

Frankincense was poured on the bread before it was eaten. The anointing, that is to say the Holy Spirit, must be partaken of before the true understanding of the bread (word) can be masticated.  Without the anointing which breaks the yoke, the letter of the word kills. (2 Corinthians 3:6) That means the natural literal interpretation kills. Maybe that is why singers brought the bread to the table – 1 Chronicles 9:27. They were praising God for the spirituality of the Word, the Bread of Life.

“To him who overcomes to him I will give of the hidden manna and I will give him a white stone and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” Revelation 2:17

As you read Revelation 2:12-17, you will note reference to the place of Satan and how one brother, Antipas, was killed. Tradition states he was one of the earliest disciples of Jesus, after the original 12 (remember there were 70). It is said that he was killed by the priests of Aesculapius, the Roman god of medicine. Some say he was burned under a brazen bull by the rule of Domitian, the Roman Emperor who persecuted the Christians.

Either one would be horrendous enough. But the place of Satan is the key. For the place of Satan is found not only with individuals but also within systems. Many Christians worry about the ‘mark of the beast’ but what they fail to realize is that the mark of the beast is the fallen nature that they have had since their birth! You were born with the mark of the beast! Secondarily, any Christian is sealed (Revelation 7:3) and cannot be harmed by the beast nature because of the sealing of the Lord. Ephesians 1:11-14 discusses the sealing of the saint through the Holy Spirit. The preaching by ministers that the saint can be harmed by the mark of the beast is a lie. For we have the mind of Christ! Yet there are systems, even church systems, that are of the synagogue of Satan because they are at enmity with God for any number of reasons. This is why Jesus crusaded against the moneychangers in the Jewish system. Jesus never demonstrated against Rome, the political, economical or social power. Jesus only came against Satan, the religiousness of mankind – that which is an adversary against the Lord’s way,

But previously in 2:2, 6, 9, we find in the first two levels of overcoming a concern by the Spirit of God for all false religion and again in the third level we find the same concern. The concern in the first two levels dealt with paganism in the church and without, and now we find the concern to be paganism outside the church through persecution as well as people within! Now we see the Balaam situation within the church. The leadership is telling the men/women who can minister through prophecy to tell the saints it is all right to eat of foods offered to sacrifices and to commit immorality. This is not talking about physical, natural sacrifices nor natural, physical immorality here. The whole context is concerning spiritual things.

Spiritual immorality could be defined as having a spiritual relationship with false religion. As an example, a person in the faith using Tarot Cards, Ouija Boards, divining the pregnant woman’s child through a thread and some object over her stomach, are just some basic examples. Or what is really worse, living by the Law of the Old Testament rather than by grace and faith. (Ephesians 2:8) This living by the law can best be explained by our message, Why Jesus had to Repent. In the Old Testament there was the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23) which is rebellion against the way of the Lord. Once when I was a Baptist, I said the Baptism of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit that the Pentecostals experienced was of the devil. That was a sin of witchcraft! I was rebelling against a move of the Lord, but I am sure you have never done such a thing. Thank God, our God accepts repentance! Also there is the sin of necromancy, which is talking to the dead. Some consider this literally but it is more importantly spiritually! Talking to the old nature which is dead in trespasses and sin. (Romans 6, 2, 7, Ephesians 2:1) Then there is necrophilia, having sexual relations with the dead. Some take that literally, but there is spirituality to it also. Trying to produce spiritual life through your own efforts and using the old fallen dead nature of Adam to produce the life in it is necrophilia. There are still some trying to be overcomers at this level who are doing it out of self-effort and self-glory. But they shall not pass through this unless they fulfill verse 16 and repentance.

We note in verse 17 that the hidden manna will be given to him that overcomes. The manna was the bread that came from heaven while the Israelites were in the wilderness during the 40 years. It fed them. It came every day but the seventh, and that was because a double portion was received on the sixth so that they could rest on the seventh day. Now is the sixth day from Christ and the double portion of the Bread is being poured out in preparation of the seventh day!

The manna is a strong statement of the Lord here. For it speaks that the overcomer will begin to flow on a daily basis with the Life of God within his/her vessel. The hidden manna was from the inside of the Ark of the Covenant which is the sixth vessel. God was giving a foretaste of the Life to come from the Holy of Holies to this level of overcomers. Unfortunately some might think that they have possessed fully at this time but they have not. There are many steps to the full revelation of Who He is. But the manna is similar in spiritual context as the twelve loaves on the table of Showbread.

There is a difference between a mountain and a hill and knoll. So also is there is difference between a rock, stone and pebble. The Rock is Christ. We are the stone. The pebble was Adam. As Daniel 2:34 states we were the stone cut out of the Rock. (2:34, 44-45) We are well able to bring down the statue of the old nature in this realm. For in this day we receive a white stone. White speaks of purity because we are the righteousness of God in Christ and we walk in that as overcomers giving no place to the flesh and seeking nothing but the holiness of God that we might cry: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.

The overcomer gets a new name. He still does not get the name of the Lord yet for that comes in a later realm of overcoming. Perhaps, I could say it something like this. My name came from the middle name of my father after the flesh – Charles. I also received his surname, Weller.  But now as an overcomer, not fully identified with Christ, but well on the path, my name would be: Charles Christ. Anointed (which is what Christ means).

“…a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” But it is a name that I know and not others. The reason is that it is a secret internal work and the outer man has no appearance of change. Looking at me you would not know who I really was. If I would be so foolish to proclaim myself as a son of God (Romans 8:19-20), you would laugh for I still look the same as I did yesterday. Nevertheless, the change has occurred. The overcomer is a secret agent. Only the overcomer and God know.

“And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head many diadems; and He has a name written which no one knows except Himself.” (Revelation 19:12)  This is the corporate body of Christ. God makes His ministers a flame of fire it states in Psalms and Hebrews. Note the “head” is singular. But the crown is “diadems” which is plural. It is not a typographical error by the Spirit of God when the book of Revelation was written. It is a mystery revealed to those with an eye to see. The last half of the verse: “which no one knows except Himself” sounds a lot like “which no one knows but he who receives it.” That is because it is the same. Again let me state that this is the corporate body of overcomers who unbeknownst to themselves are part of the 7,000 that have not bowed their knees to Baal, yet they stand alone and isolated as God deals with them personally and individually.

THE WAVE OFFERING

The wave offering was a selection of the firstfruits of the harvest. These were the first of the crops, that matured. Every farmer looks to see the firstfruits because the farmer knows that the remainder is coming! When the firstfruits come, the rest will automatically follow! So, the farmer looks carefully at the firstfruits to make sure they are the best. If they are the best, then the crops that follow when they come in will be the best.  The exciting part of the firstfruits is that God has chosen us – James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” For in Christ our Lord we have been chosen through Him who is the truth to be a firstfruit, unto the original Farmer, God.  It was His will, His desire, His planting in hope that we would come forth in His image. He planted Himself in death so that as a seed He could produce us from His stalk and root and we would be the fruit of Him.

Revelation 14:4 states: “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” These firstfruits were not defiled by women. This means that they had not partaken of any spiritually corrupt desires, like Eve did. (Genesis 3:6, 1 John 2:16) The firstfruits are spiritual saints (male and female) who have kept themselves pure in the unadulterated Word of God. They have settled themselves for nothing less. These were redeemed from among men in that they were delivered from the fallen Adamic nature and found placed in Him. They are the firstfruits unto God and the Lamb because they have the same nature as the two.

Now a word of caution might be needed here. Jesus came upon the fig tree and cursed it. The fig tree was a symbol of Israel. The fig tree produces its firstfruits BEFORE the leaves come. Jesus came upon the tree and found no figs even though there were leaves. He spoke of Israel not producing the fruit and therefore being cut off. Paul also writes we too must be careful unless we be cutoff. “…for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you...” (Romans 11:21)

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept…But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23) There will be those, the overcomers, who are to be a kind of firstfruits of the coming of the Lord in a people. (Romans 8:19-20) The overcomer is the hope of creation because if they can conquer the flesh, then all mankind can be freed from corruption. The world groans for the manifestation of Him in a people because then there is hope. Oh, Lord let the overcomers arrive!

So let us press on into the Tabernacle, which we are. Let us press deeper into ourselves to find the ‘home,’ the ‘abode’ that Jesus states is there: “…we (Father and Son) will come to him and made our abode with him.” Or as the Amplified states: “…we will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.” For the overcomer is leaving the outer man and the false identification with him and looking for a new land, a Promised Land, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5) where Christ Jesus our ascended Lord resides.

PART FOUR

PENTECOST (Leviticus 23:16 3rd monthCANDLESTICK (Exodus 37:17-23) RULE (Rev.2:26)

The overcomer is marching on, pressing on with all vigor, preempting the Adamic nature at every turn, so that the glory of the Son might be seen in the universe. Nothing can stop the march of the Hosts of the Lord as they conform to the glorious image of the Beloved Son. The overcomer has been called and chosen, to be the repairer of the breach, the intercessor for creation through the life of the Savior, Christ Jesus. Issac Newton wrote of the sons of God and the glorious deliverance they shall bring. Many through the ages have been a remnant, pressing on for a city not made with hands, like Abraham. But now is the time to cause a critical mass event. If enough people call on His Name and partake of His Nature, which is what ‘name’ means, then the change of the governments of this world will become His. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

The fourth level of overcoming is that of Pentecost. Truly this experience of the fourth vessel of the Tabernacle causes much division in the body of Christ that it should not. But those who are overjoyed at the experience share it with those who do not have it, because they want them to have a similar experience in Christ. This desire to bless comes across to those who do not have the experience as an insult to their spirituality. Truly there is a way in Christ to present this to another without confrontation and without carnal efforts to share the experience that alienates others. The best way is to let your light shine, reveal the joy of the experience, the victory of the experience, etc. Make others hunger for more of what you have.

Pentecost is a word that means fifty. It occurs fifty days after Passover. It is the second major category of the three feasts. For forty days (Acts 1:3) Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. Then on the day of Pentecost, ten days after the forty days (Acts 2) He returned (John 14:28) and filled the saints that remained (there were 500 but only 120 remained faithful and waited) with the Holy Spirit. While the disciples had the Spirit earlier (John 20:21) they received the power and the gifts on the day of Pentecost. We might add that the understanding of the Scriptures came then too, because up to this point there was no understanding of the Scriptures and the disciples were in fear of their lives. Only after one receives the power of the Holy Spirit is the enlightenment of the Scriptures really opened up for the spiritual content.  And the most significant statement of Pentecost is that the brethren become emboldened to stand for their faith and lose their lives. Up to Pentecost the church cowered, but after Pentecost they were empowered. I might add that of the great men of faith and just to name a few – Luther, Wesley, Moody etc. all had the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.

To be an overcomer one has the requirement to experience all the feasts in his lifetime, even as Jesus experienced all the feasts in His. He is our pattern example to follow. (1 Peter 2:21)  Recently, a lady came to our fellowship meeting who was a born-again believer, and she had heard from someone that we believed in the salvation of all. She too believed that. But it was knowledge to her and not Life to her, in that she could not act out and produce the fruit of this truth to others. In talking with her and probing a little, I found that she had not ever experienced the feast of Pentecost, that is, used any one of the gifts of the Spirit of 1 Corinthians 12. She understood mentally the concepts of no rapture, reconciliation, etc. but these were doctrines to her. I explained that she needed the baptism of the Spirit. I gave her some material that explained the gifts and how they work and how to receive them, since she did not want to be prayed for to have the experience immediately. She never returned. Hopefully, she will have the desire for the experience, but I saw on her face that it was a stumbling block to her.

The feast of Pentecost is a powerful experience that should be used to propel us deeper into Him rather than to bless the flesh with physical health, wants and desires. But Pentecost also divides those who seek to be an overcomer by the strength of their mind (knowledge, understanding) or by the power of self-effort from entering in. For the leading of the Spirit is contrary to the ways of men – Proverbs 4:7. If man is to get wisdom, then he does not have it. Wisdom is a person – 1 Corinthians 1:24. Pentecost is an experience that reminds me of adolescence. As a teenager you feel your adult nature within, but your immaturity overrides it. You want the rights of adulthood, but are not quite mature enough to handle the decision-making. We have all been there at one time. Pentecost is like that. You can use the power of the Spirit and go to exhilarating heights and accomplish tremendous things in God, and the very next moment be in the doldrums of despair wondering where God is. An overcomer passes through this experience.

All the feasts, vessels, and levels of overcoming are part of the foundation of our faith. What testimony would there be without the experience of salvation (Brazen Altar)? How good a testimony could there be if there is no holiness experienced (Laver)? Could we testify without the power of Pentecost (Candlestick)? Each part of our walk is part of a maturing process. Ah, the Christ life is a life-long change into His nature. It is important to partake of all that the Lord has for us.

In 1 Corinthians 12 it states that none can call Jesus Lord except by the Holy Spirit. It is the experience of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that seals us (Ephesians 1:11-14) from the enemy. (1 John 5:18) As the Amplified Bible states: We know [absolutely] that any one born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him – Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against evil – and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].”  The power of the Holy Spirit within us keeps us from the wicked one. Jesus saves us and the Holy Spirit (read John 14:16-19), who is a manifestation of the Lord, protects and empowers us.

Now there are listed in 1 Corinthians 12 nine gifts of the Spirit: (1) word of wisdom, (2) word of knowledge, (3) faith, (4) gifts of healing, (5) miracles, (6) prophecy, (7) discerning spirits, (8) gift of tongues, (9) interpretation of tongues. It is interesting to note in the Tabernacle, in the Holy Place, which speaks of an inner working, there are nine lights. The ‘candlestick’ as the KJV refers to it has seven lights, the center light and three branches off either side. But there are two more in the Holy Place and we find them mentioned in Zechariah 4:2-5. Thus there are nine lights, each a type of each gift of the Spirit. All the lights are equal and none is better than another (1 Corinthians 12:11), because they all come from the same Spirit. He gives severally as He wills. But if you have the experience of one, you know you have them all because it is the same Spirit.

In fact, contrary to typical Pentecostal preaching, it is not found that every time the people in Acts were prayed for did they receive speaking in tongues, but they did receive the Holy Spirit. Also contrary to typical Pentecostal preaching you do not have to ‘tarry’ to receive the Holy Spirit. We must realize that God cannot be forced into a certain pattern but will do what is best for that individual’s personal walk with God.

Some gifts are provided for growth, too. As an example, tongues and interpretation are excellent gifts used to edify the body of Christ. If one feels led to speak in tongues in a service, pray for the interpretation also. You may not have it, and some other might, but if no one does, someone was out of order for not having the interpretation. But chances are it was you. Sometimes what the Lord gives us is not always to be declared, and only experience in a loving body of believers can determine that. Secondly, with maturity you can just prophesy without the need of tongues and interpretation. If you have done the first, go on to prophesying. Now I know that many churches require that if you have a ‘word’ you need to get permission from the elders before the service to give it in the service. While God may bless that, because it is His word, the eldership is wrong in making such a requirement. The Spirit is to be free in a service and not controlled. If the person is out of order during the service, then the elders are supposed to be mature enough to recognize that, and quietly go over to the person and assist them in understanding. Thus, the whole body is edified as the body of Christ sees the love of the elders extended to the immature saint (the spiritual adolescent) trying to grow in his/her gift. It teaches the body to discern a word of the Lord from a word of the flesh. But if the elders only allow approval before a service, the saints remain immature in their discernment, because the discernment is done for them, which according to Hebrews it should not be. (Hebrews 5:14)

Now, the candlestick is found in Exodus 25:31-40 and 37:17-24.  This vessel was of one beaten work. That is to say that the craftsman hammered this vessel until it was in the shape that he wanted it. The Lord is to work on us until we are the vessel conformed into the image of Christ. (Romans 8:29, and 12:2) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) He is the loving hand that deals with us.

The vessel is unlike the other vessels up to this point (Brazen Altar, Laver, Table of Showbread) This vessel is made of pure gold. Gold speaks of the divinity of God, that divine nature we receive when we accept salvation and realize He lives in us. (John 1:9) Why this vessel and not the others? The candlestick speaks of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. It has to reveal total divinity. You, as a new creature/creation in Christ are pure and undefiled. The old nature has been done away in Christ. (Romans 6:6-14) You are alive to Christ. Now He is shaping (Colossians 1:13) you by removing your sin consciousness and replacing it with a heavenly one.

The candlestick is a symbol of light. He is the Light of the World. But then so are you – a light set on a hill. (Matthew 5:14) You are to arise above the flesh, overcome (be on top of that hill of flesh)  In fact with a little study you can see the candlestick outlined in Matthew 5. There are nine ‘blesses’ in the chapter, which correspond to the light of the Holy Place. Each gift of the Spirit is to fulfill one of those experientially within you. And of course the whole chapter is about light. But personal study will reveal even a greater depth of Matthew 5 and the candlestick.

The candlestick had 66 parts to it – cups, bulbs, branches, etc. God knew there would be a type and shadow of the number of books in the Bible from the beginning. Men have struggled to figure out what books should be included, and right under their noses, so to speak, was the answer which they never found. And even today some biblical scholars question…oh well.

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word that is used for the main trunk of the Menorah or candlestick means ‘loin.’  Or one could say the seat of reproduction. Yes, He who is the Light is the way, the truth and the LIFE. He is Life. The Light is Life (see our booklet: The Logos, the Light, the Life) We have life as we walk in the light. “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:10) He is the shaft, the root out of which springs the body of Christ. As Paul states in Romans 11:16-21, we are the branches. Because we are, He prunes us to be conformed to His image, a beaten work made of fine gold, that we might prove the acceptable will of God and lead mankind to salvation. For He shall be glorified in His saints (2 Thessalonians 1:10)

The other two lamps of Zechariah speak of the Old and New Testament being one. Of course, there are many other analogies that could be made. The oil in them again was used to light a dark place – for a light (Christ) shines in darkness (your old nature) and the darkness comprehends it not. The Old and New Testament find their fulfillment in Christ, and thereby you, since you are found in Him.

Let us press on to know Him and the power of His resurrection so that we might be the offspring of the One who has called us and chosen us to be overcomers in this day. Let us yield our vessel to the instruction of the Holy Place (Pentecost) realm so that we might mature into the man of God, the personal and corporate expression of His nature. We can settle for nothing less than to be Who He is by His grace working in us.

There is the story of a chicken and a pig. Each is a very important part of the food chain for humans. Many wake up in the morning and if there is time, which in this pressing society is not often, one will fry an egg and cook some ham and bacon for breakfast. The smell of the bacon is enough to stir the juices in one’s stomach. As we are drawn to the kitchen table, we wait to eat the eggs, ham and bacon. Our hunger satiated and empowered by the protein, we are off to start the day.

But I ask you a question. Who gave more to that meal, the chicken or the pig? Ponder carefully. Each gave of himself. But one gave more. The chicken produced an egg and donated. But the pig, ah the pig, gave his abdomen for bacon and his thigh for ham. The pig was committed totally. It cost him his life to produce life in another. Such is the work of the Holy Place.

The Baptism of the Spirit and the gifts are for today so that we might be willing to give this life up in order that another might see the life of Christ made manifest. The gold divine nature in us is being shaped into an offering of light (candlestick). Do not struggle against the dealings of God as He fashions you after His image. Rejoice in the dealings, because you are blessed nine times as Matthew 5 brings out. You are blessed to be chosen, blessed to be conformed and blessed to be served to others. Now you know the difference between ham and eggs.

In Revelation 2:18-23, it states certain things concerning this level of overcoming. As in the first three there was a fight with the flesh – Nicolatians, Balaam, false apostles, so too there is a battle here for the overcomer – Jezebel.  In 1 Kings 16th chapter throughout the 21st is her story. But spiritually in the book of Revelation she represents some serious concerns to the overcomer. It is worthy to note verse 24 states that there is a remnant that does not hold to this – the overcomers. But the overcomers must struggle with Jezebel. Jezebel is within a person as well as without (found in others).

In Pentecost we find bread with leaven, and leaven is a type of sin in the Scripture. So there must be some things that have to be worked out, removed, dealt with. Jezebel is some of that leaven that has to be overcome if we are to progress in God. Spiritually speaking, the woman nature, that soulish nature, must be cast out because she is Hagar, the one who has produced a child of the flesh, and not a child of the spirit. Like Eve, she desires the things of the flesh, those things that are good for the eyes and to make oneself wise. (Genesis 3:6) This sort of leaven, the carnal mind which is at enmity with God (Romans 8:7), must be removed.

The Jezebel nature seeks to take the birthright (the land) from the righteous. This nature seeks for itself a place that it cannot have, because the heart is all wrong. The carnal mind wants to be religious and pure, but it cannot be because it is not in it to do so. So, it seizes every opportunity to bless itself with the desires of the flesh – wants, health, etc. The true overcomer sets aside all things (Philippians 3:8) as dung that he/she might know the righteousness of Christ. Paul set aside his own body (being beheaded in Rome as tradition says) for the testimony of the Lord. Paul used his body as a seed if you will. The true overcomer has disregard and disdain for the natural and only uses it to foster life on an eternal plane. The overcomer conquers the Jezebel nature that seeks to steal the birthright, his body which is for the kingdom.

Jezebel seeks to take the saint down the path of immorality and idolatry. (Revelation 2:20-21)  Immorality is a sexual relation, which can be spiritual or physical. But the spiritual sense is the truly relative point here.  Any time we try to produce life without God, it is immorality. As an example, if a person comes to you for prayer for a sickness, unless you have the mind of the Lord, don’t pray for healing. Unless the Lord has told you to pray, you will be committing immorality, for you are trying to produce something with someone else rather than God. You are producing out of yourself.

The Lord goes on to say in Revelation 2:23 that He will kill the children of Jezebel. No flesh shall stand before the Lord. No offspring of Adam will enter into the kingdom. Only those who are in the image of Christ can enter in. For the soul (that carnal mind) that sins (Ezekiel 18:4) dies. Flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom. (1 Corinthians 15) We must rejoice that the Lord loves all of us enough that He died for us to deliver us from the hand of the fowler.

There is to be a rejoicing that we do not know the ‘deep things of Satan’ (Revelation 2:24) but rather have concentrated on knowing Him and the power of His might. If we look on Adam and the old nature, our efforts will be there to destroy him by our own hand, which is carnal effort. But if we look to the Author and Finisher of our faith, He removes the old nature as we partake of the Life of God. Look upon Him and you will no longer see death working. Look upon Him in others and you will not see death working in others. For as you see life, life is produced.

The realm of the Holy Place is dark except for the light of the candlestick and the two of Zechariah 4. The darkness is representative of the inner man because the outer court was lit by the natural sun, but the inner court (Holy Place and Holy of Holies) is lit by the Spirit, which no man sees except him who knows himself. As He, Who is the light within, deals with us, He leads us to the Altar of Incense where the final death occurs, where you and I lay down our life as Christ. Our old nature was killed at the Brazen Altar and now as we mature in Him, we come to the place, the Altar of Incense where the only thing that we have to offer is Christ – Romans 12:2. He is the only one pleasing to God, not our old nature. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to train us, encourage us and prepare us for the manifestation of Christ in us. Each step of the way we reveal more and more unto that glorious day when He appears totally within us (Luke 17:20) without a barrier.

“And he that overcomes and keeps my deeds until the end…” states Revelation 2:26 speaks of the end. What ‘end’? It is not the end of the world it is talking about. It is concerning the end of your overcoming. Remaining faithful and overcoming all the obstacles that are within you, will lead to the end of the struggle – the struggle to produce Christ in you.

The butterfly comes from a worm. The worm is a butterfly. The worm was a butterfly since the moment it was birthed. It just did not appear what it truly was. (1 John 3:2) There was no concern about its old nature, but only the process to become what it truly was. The worm was a butterfly in process. When God birthed you out of Adam into His Son, He saw His Son. The worm-life (Adam) is the process of shedding a false identity so that you can reveal who you are. The work done is internal and done through the Spirit of God. The actual worm grows to adulthood and then spins a cocoon.  The worm is preparing its death so that the life might come forth. Jesus prepared His death, so that the Life could come forth. He was always the Lord, but hidden in the flesh (worm) until He could be resurrected. You are hidden in your flesh until you can be revealed, too.

Now, the worm spins the cocoon. The key is how the insect does it. As a layman in science, I might not use the correct terms, but the thought is that the head of the insect ejects the material that makes the cocoon. The worm starts with wrapping its end and working up towards its head. When it comes to its head, it spins enough that its head falls off! The carnal mind, which keeps trying to deceive us all along the journey, is finally defeated by our denial of its existence since we are in Christ. Identifying with Christ causes the carnal mind to spin its own demise! Hear and understand! As we identify with Him and grow in His nature we are making our challis.  Then the cells of the worm rearrange in some liquid state. The tail becomes the head, so to speak and the butterfly emerges. A quickening goes on. Overcoming is a process. “Keep His deeds until the end.”

Revelation 2:26 goes on to state that the overcomer shall rule with a rod of iron. Many carnal brethren have seen this as a heavy-handed action. I have heard it explained: “Well, this means we shall straighten out all those who are wrong and correct them with the rod.” This is not what it means at all. Perhaps Hugo Grotius said it best in 1654: “He knows not how to rule a kingdom, that cannot manage a province; nor can he wield a province, that cannot order a city; nor he order a city, that knows not how to regulate a village; nor he a village, that cannot guide a family; nor can that man govern well a family that knows not how to govern himself; neither can any govern himself unless his reason be the Lord, Will and Appetite her vassals; nor can Reason rule unless herself be ruled by God, and wholly obedient unto Him.”

The overcomer has conquered any desire to rule over anyone. It is because that desire to rule has been crucified, that the overcomer is qualified to rule. Those excited about ruling and reigning with Christ do not realize how carnal their desire to rule is, and yet at the same time the desire is holy and God will work it out. The sons of thunder wanted to rule and reign and asked for such a position. Jesus’ reply was that it was His Father’s decision, but could they drink the cup that is required. The two said, “We can.” And we know that they did. What is required is to drink the cup. Selah. Besides, the reigning is over the nations within yourself, not over other people!

Revelation 2:28 states that the overcomer shall receive the ‘morning star.’ Revelation 22:16 states: I, Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Thus we see that the Lord is the morning star. Peter states that the Day Star shall arise in our hearts. (1:19) If we can overcome the final test of the flesh, which is Jezebel found within the church, that body of Christ, and if we can fulfill the words of Hugo Grotius, then we have begun another realm of overcoming.

PART FIVE

WAVE OF THE FIRSTFRUITS (Leviticus 23:20) ALTAR OF INCENSE (Exodus30:1-10) WHITE (Rev.3:5)

In Genesis 1:1 we read the verse in the KJV as follows: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The Hebrew for the word “beginning” has in its meaning the word “firstfruits.” Eighteen times it is translated as beginning and twenty-eight times as: firstfruit, first or chief. So, we could read the verse as: “In the firstfruits God created…” Ponder this thought in the depth of your being. The firstfruit of the Father was His Son, the pre-existent Christ, that is the Son in the Spirit before He made His earthly incarnation.  Does not the Word proclaim that we were in Him from before the foundation of the world? It is found in Ephesians 1:4 which states: “According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” We can see then that Genesis 1:1 is expressed in Paul’s thought of Ephesians 1:4.

The church was called out as a firstfruit of the world, even as Christ, the firstborn of all creation, was the firstfruit of the church. For just as Christ was birthed out of the Father, so all creation was birthed out of Christ which we find in John 1:3 which states: “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” Scripture declares that God is holy and that we are to be holy like Him. Since He is the firstfruit of the Father, then it follows that all that is created from out of Him also has to be holy.

The pre-existent Christ was the firstfruit of God. The creation of Adam was a firstfruit of all creation. Jesus was a firstfruit of the faith spoken of in the Levitical offerings in Leviticus 23. The church, the true body of Christ – not any religious system – is the firstfruit of the earth that the whole will be brought in.  Since we were chosen in Him from before the foundation of the world, we are to reveal the very nature of Christ. This process of the revelation of Christ is seen or clarified in the book of Revelation, for it deals with the firstfruits coming into the revelation of Christ. View the book of Revelation from this perspective.

There is always a firstfruit as a dedication offering to the Lord. God calls us as a remnant to be a kind of firstfruit even out of the church, that body of Christ, of which every believer is a part. Within the church is a firstfruit. As an example, out of the world came the church (born again [Passover] believers), from out of the church came those filled with the gifts [Pentecost] of the Spirit, and from out of them came those who are called the sons of God, [Tabernacles]. Each remnant a saint can ‘pass through’ and mature into. For it is not a time oriented place but a relationship realm in God.

This wave offering is different from the first found in the Passover feast. For this wave offering is a production of Christ as an offering, since it is tied in with the Altar of Incense. The first wave offering was a firstfruits unto coming into Pentecost, but this wave offering, specifically called the firstfruits is to show the laying down of the Christ life, acting even as Christ did, for the benefit of others. This speaks of a people who have come into the identity with Christ and now use their life as an offering to set others free. But more about this later as we talk about the Altar of Incense.

Consider Adam from another perspective. In our writings over the years we have shown Adam as a type of Christ. Simply stated he was not deceived as Eve was (1 Timothy 2:14); he knew what he was doing. God had called him to oneness with God. To learn this, Eve was given to him to teach him the oneness that he had with God. When Eve transgressed, Adam understood the principle of God needing to maintain the oneness. He crossed over and bore her sin on himself so that in the future she would be credited with producing the holy seed (Mary producing Jesus). He is a perfect type of the Lord.  Recently, I came across a publication of 1843 where the brother expresses the same thought about Adam!  James Reilly states: He voluntarily put himself into her condition, by receiving the fruit from her hand, and eating thereof: such was his love for his wife. And as they were not (though distinct in person) without each other in the Lord, her transgression extended unto him; and his union unto her, made it equitable for the curse and condemnation of her folly to fall on him; and that without the consideration of his consent and compliance with her.”

Adam understood the purpose of God – union, oneness. He, like Christ, gave his life for his wife even as Christ gave his life for the church, yea, even the world. Christ was not deceived. He knew what He was doing and why. Jesus understood the purpose of union and identification with us. He bore our sins in union with us. Adam bore Eve’s sin in union with her. We need to come into such a union of oneness with God that our sole purpose is our identity with others.

Just as Adam was never out of union with Eve, even so her sin affected him. So also Christ was in union with the church even though she sinned. The two are inseparable. Adam voluntarily placed himself in full identity with Eve and her transgression. Likewise Jesus did the same with the world. Adam knew and experienced his wife’s frailties because of sin, so that he might bear her burden and judgment. Such union, such purpose is also seen in Jesus the Christ.

“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so also are the branches.” Now if the Father is the root, and the Son is the vine and we are the branch, the whole is holy for it is all begotten of the Father.  If the remnant, those called and chosen to be conformed to His Image, are identified with Him, then the rest of the body of Christ will follow into His nature also. God knows that the firstfruits are just that, firstfruits of what will come. So, God created in the beginning with the final expectation of what the firstfruits would produce – the full revelation of Himself. Rejoice for the trials and sacrifices that you are going through are so that the whole body of Christ can come completely into His Image.

When I had heard the parable of the true vine, I always identified with the branches. Such a reaction is a natural selfish way of looking at things. When we look at the part (i.e. branches), we are carnal because we fail to see the whole. The Adamic nature always looks for itself, tries to find itself in the “small picture.” But the nature of God looks for the whole and the plan of the whole. The branches are PART of the whole and should not be focused on, but should be seen only within the context of the whole. We must see that God is moving with a holistic purpose. This seed can produce only what it is.

Maybe a comparison between a Kiwi bird and an Eagle would be appropriate. The Kiwi is a New Zealand bird. It has wings to fly but they do not work. It has a long beak and feeds at night by eating bugs that come out in the tall grass. The bird has no vision. If the field the bird was in caught fire, the Kiwi would find out by its beak being burned! It has wings but no ability to see above the current situation. But the eagle, soaring from the air can spot a fire a mile away. It is important that we see the whole and not the part, or that which is immediately in front of us. If we act or react from what is immediately in front of us, we fail to act properly. A proactive person sees the whole, the distant future, and plans accordingly; he is not affected by the current.

There is a union not only of purpose begun with the “beginning” but a union of nature as well. “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18) God planned from the foundation a manifestation of His firstfruits which started with the pre-existent Christ. The union of God and creation starts at the beginning, which is also the ending. God creates from the firstfruits so that all will be summed up in Him in the end. (1 Corinthians 15:25-28) God’s goal is the end, the final product, if you will. To accomplish the end, He has selected a firstfruits company founded by His Son to establish the end result, manifest it first, and bring it to a conclusion. The nature of the firstfruits is identical with the nature, character, of God.

Exodus 23:19 states: “The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shall bring into the house of the Lord thy God...” The firstfruits are the offering that is acceptable to God. Jesus was acceptable as a sacrifice to God not only because He was God’s Son, but also because He was the firstborn of all creation. He established a heavenly man in a natural realm. (1 Corinthians 15:44-49) Thus, He could be the propitiation for our sins because of who He was – the firstborn of a new creation.

Isaiah 46:10 reads in the KJV: “Declaring the end from the beginning (Hebrew firstfruits), and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand and I will do all my pleasure.” The end is based upon the beginning or as the Hebrew states, the firstfruits. If the firstfruits are not in proper order, all is failure. If you were to draw a line and it was not completely straight, say just off one-quarter of an inch, within a mile you would miss the mark or location you wanted by over 200 feet. It has to be perfect. The pre-existent Christ was/is. The pre-existent Christ lowered Himself a little lower than the angels and appeared as Jesus and was the perfect man.

God has called a firstfruits from the earth who are redeemed from men. (Revelation 14:4) These are those that stand before the throne. They stand because they have entered into His nature. They do not have to bow down as some do, because they are standing in His nature and not their own! As Hebrews 2:8-9 states: “Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus… “ The firstfruits are here because Christ was a firstfruit unto God. It just does not yet appear to the world what will be.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” states Psalm 111:10. How often that verse has been quoted and received with rejoicing.  Yet, the word “beginning” is the same word that is found in Genesis 1:1. So, let us read that again this way: “The fear of the Lord is the firstfruit of wisdom.” Christ was the firstfruit. It is only as we enter into union with Him Who is the only firstfruit that wisdom begins. Oh, let me say that again in another way for the importance of it cannot be lost! He has the only true identity. Adam’s identity is a lie, deception. There is no life but His. We do not have a life which we share with Christ but rather His life is ours. (Even that statement – His life is ours – reveals duality which there is not.) 1 Corinthians 1:24 states that Jesus is the Wisdom of God, the firstfruit of wisdom!

As firstfruits we reveal the original firstfruit. Proverbs 8:24 speaks of wisdom when it states: “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning (firstfruits) or ever the earth was. When there was no depths, I was brought forth.”  Where was wisdom? In the beginning, it was the very foundation of all that was created. Wisdom was Christ and we were in Him. Proverbs 8:21 states: “That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.” The word “treasure” found in Exodus 19:5 is similar to Peter’s quote in the New Testament when he speaks of “treasure” which means a storehouse. Consequently, those who love the Lord, the firstfruits, will have their void, their armory; their storehouse filled with the substance of wisdom, which is Christ, Himself.

Christ is married to the church. We need to comprehend the depth of this mystery. As a husband and wife become one in spirit, soul and body, so then all that they do is the appearance of one. Since our identity is in Him Who is the firstfruit, the One who will bring all things into Himself, we must also function in like manner. This brings the restoration of all things spoken of in Acts 3:21.

Job was a blessed man of the Lord. He had a wonderful family and his first family was, as it were, a firstfruit. Because of his trials he lost all he had including his children. “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning (firstfruits).” Job had 14 children in the latter end (seven sons and three daughters in the beginning). It took the firstfruits in Job’s life to produce the latter end. It took the righteous nature of God in His life to enlarge Him. Christ, being of the nature of God, the firstfruit of God, will enlarge the revelation of the nature of God. Since we are seed of His seed, begotten out of Him we also will assist in the revelation of God. Thus, the glory of the latter house is greater than the former because it has been enlarged.(Haggai 2:9) Firstfruits are merely an indication of the crop that follows.

A farmer rejoices at the firstfruits because he knows what will follow. He shouts for joy at the firstfruits not because of them but because he knows they indicate the harvest that is about to take place. Sometimes I think Christians are hunters rather than farmers. They are always hunting – trying to find the one that needs to be saved. Hunters seek out one but do not stop to plant and raise. Hunters get excited and rejoice over one that they “bag” for the Lord. The vision of the hunter is for the immediate – that which is presently before their eyes. The farmer on the other hand looks for the end result and sees the firstfruit as confirmation that the end will be just like the beginning. The farmer sees the whole. God preferred the offering of Abel over the hunter. Not that the hunter’s offering was bad, but the attitude of the hunter was open to question. But we, like Abel, need to be farmers and cultivate the seed that is already in the vessel and allow it to come forth in the field given to us. The harvest field is white and ready. It is time for the firstfruits to begin that harvest.

“Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” It is out of His will that the firstfruits come. They can do nothing but the performance of His will, because they have been conformed to His nature. There can be no other truth than the one purpose of God – to manifest Himself in all creation. This presents the unity of it all.  For who has seen the complete work of the Lord but Him who saw the end from the beginning or the end from the firstfruits of it all.

The “word” of truth in the Greek is Logos. (See our message on the Logos for the greater detail of the truth of “Logos”).  But suffice it to say that the Logos is the revelation of the divine expression made manifest in the earth. The Logos not only spoke it all into creation but spoke Himself into the creation as the manifestation of Jesus. He came to set me free that they might through Him become one with Him and the Father.

Out of the Father’s will. Think about that phrase. Out of the Father’s will.  The will begat us. The will is a means of creation. Carefully ponder what I am about to say. The Father is masculine – able to place His will (seed) so that it can beget. Now, He begat us through the word of truth. The “word” is the Logos, which is His Son, the pre-existent as well as the physical manifestation. His Son carries us in His womb to deliver us up to the Father as a firstfruits to the Father. The firstfruits are acceptable to the Father and therefore the whole field; the children that follow out of His womb are acceptable. Oh my, what a precious life this is!

Now we know that the tares grow up with the firstfruits until the time of harvesting the firstfruits. Then the difference is noticed. As we read the parable of the 30, 60, 100 fold we find that the seed that is sown is Christ. (Luke 8:11) Christ sows Himself into the earth, the Adamic creation, us. The seed of Himself is already acceptable to the Lord, His Father. Thus, Christ who birthed all creation out of Himself (John 1:3-4) established beforehand that the firstfruits would be acceptable. So, in the plan of God Christ is in the process of creating sons who are of His seed.

How good is this seed? Jacob says of Reuben, his firstborn: “Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning (Hebrew firstfruits) of my strength, the excellency of my dignity, and the excellency of my power.” While we know that Reuben was a man begotten from a man and not a perfect type unto us, yet we can draw life from the statement that Jacob makes for it is true of all firstfruits. Also note that Reuben was of “power” and consider then that the firstfruits are from “God” which in the Hebrew plural as was mentioned before, means power. The word confirms itself.

There is in every man an amazement at the power to procreate. The ability to give life is just as powerful to a man as it is for a woman to carry and birth a child. When the child comes the world gives much glory to the woman and deservedly so. But the man is greatly left out of the picture. He too is overpowered, overwhelmed at the birth of a child because he realizes the strength of himself and what it means.

It is no wonder that Jacob looked at Reuben all the time and thought of his firstborn with great consideration regardless of the frailities of that man. Every look at his son brought to Jacob the thought of the remembrance of God coursing through Jacob and empowering Jacob with the ability to give life. So too Jesus was ecstatic over the firstfruit of His loins and the possibilities. The plan of the ages would be complete because the firstfruits were birthed and had been conformed to His image.

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. Rev.14:4. These were not defiled with women. What does that mean? As one studies the word, we find that Eve was deceived. Eve came out of Adam.  He represents the spirit and she the soul, the feminine. The word “psuche” in the Greek is feminine and is used for the soul. These 144,000, the firstftuits, were not defiled by the carnal mind. They had no relation with it. No marriage was made, that is, the carnal mind was not allowed to consummate its fleshly desires.

The spiritual nature of the firstfruits was not beguiled by the fleshly nature of Proverbs 7. The writer of Proverbs states clearly that Wisdom (ie. Christ or at least the Holy Spirit) was to be the man’s sister.  The carnal mind tries to seduce the young man. If it does, the individual must walk a path that is far more arduous than if union was maintained with the family of God. These were virgins it states. Virgins because they had not given themselves over to the temptations of the desires of the flesh.

The firstfruits did not prostitute themselves for a moment’s pleasure. They decided to use the Spirit of the living God in them to “keep” them from evil as 1 John 5:18 states: “…he that is begotten of God keeps himself and the wicked one touches him not.” They follow the pattern that Jesus set before them. Jesus in Matthew 4 is led of the Spirit into the wilderness (read our booklet about the Wilderness) to be tempted. He in His temptation did not identify with the temptation but identified with the nature of God in Himself and thereby overcame the temptation. So too, the firstfruits. They are so focused on who they are in Christ that they cannot be drawn away from their identity – for their life is hid with God in Christ.  This is the difference between the firstfruits and the others who follow after them.

How else could they follow the Lamb wherever He goes if they did not keep their eyes on Him? It is because their focus is on Christ that they have the victory. When you walk with Christ you have fellowship with one another as you are in the light. (1 John 1:7) In Him there is no darkness at all. One cannot get lost, cannot fall out of the light into darkness if he walks in the union of the Spirit of 1 Corinthians 6:17, because he that is joined to the Lord is one. In fact this word “join” is the same word “made” in the KJV of Ephesians 2:14. He has made us one by removing the wall that was between us. They can follow the Lamb because the skin, the face that covers the deep, has been removed from them.

We note that these were “redeemed from among men.”  The word “redeem” means to have been bought. Once bought the ownership of the thing determines where it resides, lives and dwells. Christ has bought us and placed us in the realm of life for us to walk in. Salvation is for the soul in that Jesus offered His soul for the adamic soul. (Isaiah 53:10) Redemption is given for the deliverance of the body, the natural body. Paul writes how there is a house within our natural house (2 Corinthians 5, see our audio tape). When the time comes the earthen, this adamic, will be removed and the inner nature and the inner house, not made with hands will appear. There have been men who have seen it from afar (Hebrews 11:39-40), who possessed it by the Spirit (kairos time) but it was not the appointed time (kronos time) to manifest it. Chronos is chronological time, watch time. But Kairos is used as relationship time.

Consequently, there is a cloud of witnesses, people from times past that are a firstfruits company waiting for the sons of God of Romans 8:19 to manifest – apocalypse, unveil, reveal the complete revelation of Christ. The sons of God are the last who receive the same wages as the firstfruits of previous ages.

But let us take a moment to consider the cost of being a firstfruit. It takes being cut off from the source of life that you have had, even as Jesus was cut off from the Father on the cross for the sake of others. Yet, it means also that the life in you, that Christ life, is powerful enough to deliver you from the cross. Such a union! The firstfruits are to be a sacrifice so that others can enter in – a bridge that others can feel free to walk on. The firstfruits are “crypt-kickers,” that is, they have conquered death and no evil thing can hurt them even if it takes their natural body. Death cannot touch them because they have been harvested into life by allowing the dying of the Lord Jesus in their body to have its way. (2 Corinthians 4:10) Rejoice ye firstfruits. Oh, clap your hands all you people for there is One who is the Way, and He has prepared a firstfruits that are a pleasing savor unto Him. It is these who have come out of the fire and have no smell of smoke from the lake of fire on them. They have overcome. He is their God and they are His son – Revelation 21:7 – the eighth level, the new beginning of overcoming.

THE ALTAR OF INCENSE

There are, as you know by now three vessels in the Holy Place. Each brings great truths of the New Testament to us. As one enters the Holy Place, the first place one would gravitate to is the Table of Showbread because the bread speaks of food, for us, individually and corporately. We must be able to feed ourselves. Then one progresses to the Candlestick, which speaks of the gifts of the Spirit and the giving of oneself to the ministry to others. When we come to the Altar of incense we come to serve God.  Each of these first two are horizontal in their position to the Brazen Altar and Laver. The last vessel that we come to is the Altar of Incense, which is vertically positioned. Horizontal is man to man relationship. Vertical is God to man relationship.

Cloud of Glory

Mercy Seat

Ark of the Covenant

Candlestick

Altar of Incense

Table of Showbread

Laver

Brazen Altar

Thus, we have the shape of the cross clearly visible in the layout of the Tabernacle and the order of progression found in God. The truth is, we come to the Table to eat of the bread to feed ourselves and then we reach out to others via the gifts but the most important is the Altar of Incense and our ministry to Him. In truth, it is only as you minister to Him that you can really minister to others. For when you see others as Him, then you minister.

The altar was made of acacia wood (KJV shittim), which speaks of humanity. It is overlaid with gold (Exodus 30:3) which speaks of the divine nature of God covering us. For Jesus alone is our intercessor for us, our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) He has overlaid us with gold (Zechariah 3:4-5) by and of Himself being covered with our sins and exchanging them for a crown of glory. There is no other intermediary that is needed except the Lord. As we offer ourselves as Romans 12 states, then we are offering Him within which enables the nature of Christ in us to reach out to others.

The altar of incense had rings placed on it so that it could be moveable. (Exodus 30:4) Because God loves us He always wants us to improve and grow in Him. To nurture and encourage this in us, He requires us to be flexible and changeable as well as amiable to it! Our Altar of Incense, personally designed for us by God, is a place of sacrifice. It is a moveable sacrifice in that He wants us to be offered up for all men in all situations.

Remember, this altar is not the altar of salvation – this altar is the second altar. The first altar did away with the sin nature, that old fallen nature that nature inherited from Adam. This altar is not offering up a sin offering. This altar is offering the nature of Christ that is worked out in you. For it is Christ in you that can be offered for the world to find Him. You are the only manifestation of Jesus they are going to see. So at every opportunity you are to be offered up for the sake of the brethren and the world for Jesus came not only for the house of Israel, the brethren, but also for the world. God has been working in you, doing His good will and pleasure (Ephesians 1:9) In fact, Romans 6 is really about the second altar, where our identification is with Christ and His death and resurrection, not on our personal salvational experience, as it has been taught.

Romans 12:2 states: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. The perfect will of God is that I “urge you therefore brethren by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to God which is your reasonable service of worship. (Romans 12:1)  The only one living in you is Christ. Adam is dead. Christ is the only one that is acceptable to God, whether the babe in the manger or the adult on the cross, whether you are a new creation in Christ, or a mature one. Only He who is in you is acceptable and He is the only one within you.

It is important for us to differentiate between the God-given personality He bestowed on us, the fallen nature and the new nature. The personality you have is neutral. It is influenced either by the fallen Adamic nature or the nature of Christ. When God saved you, He removed the Adamic nature. He did not remove your personality. Now, your personality has to be trained in the new ways of Christ to forsake the old. Those old ruts are hard to get out of. But as we behold Him and do not concern ourselves with the ruts, we begin to arise, as He draws all men unto Himself.

Your personality and Christ is all that remains in you after salvation, regardless what the church system has taught. You are not a sinner any longer. You are a new creation in Christ. You were a sinner, but you exchanged that for life. The church system, as a whole, keeps the saint focused on the sin nature and thereby the saint never matures in Christ. But in reality the marriage supper of the Lamb is the nature of Christ marrying your God-given personality to reveal Him coming in the flesh again – 2 Thessalonians 1:10.

It is this revelation – the one in you – that God is calling to be offered up as a sacrifice. The altar of incense is a place of worship as Romans 12:1 states. It is far different than worship as we call it in church services. In worship there is a praise to God but it blesses the individual too. But this worship is different. The individual receives nothing out of it but the pleasure of offering himself up. The highest form of worship is that you offer yourself, that you are sold out to the purpose, as Jesus was completely committed to offering Himself up. That is true worship – not praise songs, not worship songs which bless the individual, although those are fine. God has called us to be crowned (the Altar of Incense is crowned with a ridge 30:3), crowned with a golden crown (30:3) which is the crown of thorns. This is the pleasing sacrifice that is offered and that is why the Altar of Incense still has the horns on its corners, as does the Brazen Altar. The first altar has a sin offering tied to it. The second altar has tied to it an offering of life eternal, the mature life of Christ in the individual.

Incense was burned on the Altar twice a day – in the morning and evening. The Altar was not to have any burnt offering or meal offering or any libation poured on it or any strange incense. (30:8) The only acceptable offering was the incense of a crucified life. For grace is only manifested in a life as we remain on the cross. When you get off the cross, the Law comes into effect. We have full freedom to walk in Life as long as we remain in grace and grace is only found as we live in the crucified life. Your whole day (morning to evening) is to be a manifestation of the work of the cross, so that Christ can be revealed and offered to all men by the pleasing aroma of the fragrance of Christ – by the walk that you live. As 2 Corinthians 2:15 states: “For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved…” an incense that sends a whiff, a scent of the Lord to those who know Him.

“He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

Revelation 1:1 states: “The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave Him…” Jesus was clothed with a special garment. He was clothed with “a revelation” of God. He lowered Himself from the heavenly, spiritual realm and took on a form of man, not that He was a man. (Philippians 2:6-7) No man could offer Himself as our Savior, only God could. Jesus took on the likeness of sinful flesh. (Romans 8:3) Jesus was clothed with a cloak of humanity, albeit, humanity before the fall. We have humanity after the fall. He revealed the nature of the Father in that which He was clothed. Now because He has set us free from sin and death, we are being changed; a new garment is being placed on us. We have taken off the filthy rags of the adamic nature and walk in the newness of life, revealing the garment of praise, a life hid in Christ.

The garment that the Lord gives the overcomer in the fifth level, that level of grace working within, that level where the altar of incense offers up the aroma of Christ, is the swallowing up into His nature. “And while he was praying, the appearance of His face became different and His clothing became white and gleaming.” (Luke 9:29) On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus revealed the inner nature, that identity of the Father (for He and the Father are One). It encompassed about his outer man. The garment that is given to the overcomer is not something that is outwardly discerned, but rather is fashioned in the heavens by God without human hands (efforts) (2 Corinthians 5). It is in this spiritual habitation, this realm, that Christ lived and now the overcomer resides there also. Spiritually the saint is clothed with the nature of the Father, but others cannot see it unless God reveals it. It was only when God moved on Peter that Peter knew Jesus was the Christ.

The overcomer endured the cross in his/her life, even as Jesus did – for the joy that is set before. (Hebrews 12:2) The overcomer submits willingly, humbly to the dealings of God, because the overcomer knows that the Life of God is the answer to the world’s problems. The overcomer knows that it will take a man, a corporate man, as well as individuals who comprise the corporate, to deliver mankind from the death and decay that exists. The overcomer long ago gave his life to God so that God could be made manifest in his/her life. The death, the sacrifice being offered, is the very life that the overcomer sought.

But the victory is joyous. The white garments speak of purity. But it is even more than that. Jesus was wrapped in a garment at the time of His burial. His preparation for burial was the means to reveal the Life of the resurrection. He was prepared for death with myrrh, aloes, alabaster and other materials. The altar of incense requires a sacrifice, one who has been prepared. This Christ in you, the hope of glory, is being prepared. The overcomer recognizes this and yields to the dealing of the Lord. The purity which the white color speaks of is holiness, without which no man can see God. The white speaks of being set apart for the purposes of God. It only comes when one is fully identified with the Son.

If we are identified with His death, then we will be glorified with Him Romans declares in 6:5. This is not talking  about a salvational experience here. Although some might construe it that way, this verse is talking about an altar of incense experience, a white robe experience. It is not talking about something we get after ‘we get to heaven’ as the normal church order teaches. Rather it is discussing an experience in this life now. It is only as we remain on the cross that grace can be manifested. It is only as we remain in death that life can be seen.

Now the Lord states that he who overcomes will not be blotted out of the book of life. This statement is quite formative. For if you have overcome up to this point, and you enter into this realm, then there is no longer any identification left with the old nature, that fallen nature, that adamic nature. This statement in the Lord is not a negative but a very strong positive. For the Lord is saying that if the work of God is wrought into you, then when you come to this place, you will remain in life. There is no longer any death working in you.

When you enter this level, the tree of knowledge of good and evil no longer exists. You have stopped eating from this tree and now are fully persuaded to eat only of the tree of life. You began eating from the tree of life with the first level of overcoming, but now it has its finished work within you and there is no longer any desire nor attraction to the old tree of knowledge of good and evil. In fact, there is nothing within you to desire from that poisionous tree. You realize that Life is found in death and identification with the Lord.

The word “confess” in Revelation 3:5 is the Greek homologeo, which comes from two words: Logos and Homou. The word “Logos” is the same word used in John 1:1-5 where it states: “In the beginning was the Word …” Jesus was the divine expression, the Logos of God (see our book on the Logos, the Light and the Life). Now the word ‘homou’ means “together with” and even more thoroughly it denotes coincidence of kind or quality” as Zodhiates states in the Hebrew/Greek Study Bible. So, when the Lord confesses us to the Father, He is stating to the Father that we are one with Him in purpose, function and identity.

Revelation 3:5 goes on to state that He will confess us before the Father and His angels. The area of discernment is that of angels. Angels in the Greek are not white robed, feathered creatures with a halo that fly around. The actual Greek states simply that the word means a divine messenger. Angels are merely people who have been commissioned by God with a heavenly call or purpose. Write us for our material on who angels really are). When you are fully identified with the Jesus, then the angels, those divine messengers of a spiritual realm, will rejoice for you have joined their ranks. You no longer produce on a carnal (in opposition to natural or spiritual) plane nor are married on the carnal plane. What does that mean? It means you have no relationship with the fallen carnal nature and you no longer try to produce life on the carnal plane but seek to produce life only on the spiritual plane.

The Lord has a “few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garment” proclaims Revelation 3:4. Soiled garments means that some people have worked in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. They have tried to perform godly works with the efforts of themselves rather than exercising Christ. Did not the Lord say in Matthew 7:22 “Many will say to me in that day,’ Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?’” And did He not say: “I never knew you.” Though these proclaimed they were doing the work of the Lord, Jesus declared they were not. Their garments were soiled. They did do the work of the Lord, but since their hearts were not right, it cannot be considered from God, although God honors Himself when He is called upon. If the heart is concerned with self whether that be self-promotion, self-enrichment, or any other self-desire, and does not have God first in love, purpose and call, then the garment is soiled. This fifth level of the overcomer reveals the remnant that desires nothing but God and thereby will be confessed to the Father.

SUMMARY

The Altar of Incense is a spiritual realm that requires the revelation of Him, the sacrifice of Him. We must be willing to lay down our personal Savior and our relationship with Him for the sake of the brethren, even as Paul was willing to be a castaway for the sake of the Jews coming in. We must be willing to offer up the manifestation of Jesus within us to the world so that the world might be saved by Him Who is the light in us. We cannot save the world, but we can be the saviors of Obadiah 21, because we allow Him to openly use us for His glory. He will be glorified in His saints as we yield to the Life of Christ in us.

What a privilege to be offered as a firstfruits of Him. What a privilege to give the Life of God to the people as we bear about the dying of the Lord in us. What a blessing to be called to die, even as He was called to die. What greater love can any person have than to reveal Him to others? What more could we ask for than to be changed into His Image and wear the same garment as He?

All of this is done by the pleasing aroma of the fragrance of Christ wafting upward from out of us. It is only as we remain on the path of purpose, the call of the cross, that grace abounds within us creating the opportunity to release all creation.

PART SIX

BLOWING OF TRUMPETS (Leviticus 23:24) ARK/COVENANT (Exodus 25:10-22) MY NAME (Rev.3:12)

On the first day of the seventh month the Feast of Tabernacles begins. There has been a copious amount of writing on the meaning of Passover and Pentecost, but ask any child of the King what they know about the Feast of Tabernacles and a blank look crosses their faces. Why? Because traditional Christianity has never experienced the feast. Fortunately, traditional Christianity does teach what it has experienced, but it would be difficult to teach something that the majority of ministers have not experienced in their lives.

It is not ours to discuss this particular feast in detail, but you may write us and ask for the booklet Manifesting the Feast of Tabernacles which deals with the Feast going on within you, and we will send it to you. About 35 years ago George Warnock of Canada wrote a booklet called the Feast of Tabernacles which dealt with the Feast from historical and spiritual interpretations. His spiritual interpretation shows Tabernacles being fulfilled outside of a person rather than a spiritual experience within the individual. It is a very good book, and can be purchased at: George Warnock Ministries, P.O.Box 652 Cranbrook, B.C. Canada V1C4J2. It may be best to read those booklets before you proceed, unless you know about the Feast of Tabernacles.

Tabernacles begins with a day of rest (Leviticus 23:24)!  It is a cessation of all self-effort. Hebrews 4:10 states that some have entered into their rest. Rest here does not mean death. Have you entered into a place, a realm of the spirit, where you no longer struggle with “things”? Such a place exists and some have entered into that place. The whole Feast is devoted to a time of spirit-led activity.

Perhaps, explaining what spirit-led activity is would be good. In the beginning of my walk with the Lord Jesus, I was anxious to do those things which would be pleasing and fruitful for the kingdom. Since I had read the Bible, I knew what things should be done. I went about doing those things – helping widows, orphans, etc. But as I sought to be ‘more spiritual’ I began to pray about every activity and see if it was God’s will that I do this or that. Slowly, I was bound by religiousness. But thanks be to God that Grace more abounds! Grace came in and freed me from that deception! I had become religious which is the opposite of spiritual. True spirituality is natural in that it is to be second nature to you, effortless.

The hardest truth to come to live in is the truth of rest. In order for you to come into rest you must know that Jesus has defeated all flesh and self-effort on the cross. The first step of this understanding is mental. The reality of living it follows. That is why in this Feast of Tabernacles, we find in Leviticus 23:27-30 that some who have entered into the Feast still have to learn the truth of the experience, the life of it, rather than the knowledge of it. In Proverbs it states that we should get knowledge but in getting, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7) There can be no fleshly works, no self-effort, no self-promotion, no self-kingdom building, etc. All this is cut off during this feast. The trumpets declare it at the beginning of the feast with a day of rest. By the end of the feast there is no flesh because it is removed.

Each man (Nehemiah 8:15-17) is to build his own booth (that is what the word “Tabernacles” means). As we stated in a previous section, Succoth, where the Israelites first celebrated Passover out of Egypt, means booths. So within Passover, we can see Tabernacles if we look for it. The feasts are not juxapositioned against one another but part of a completion, a circle. You are to build your own walk of faith – work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12. This does not mean work it out by your own effort, but to do so effortlessly by abiding in Him who will complete what He has started. (Philippians 1:6) So when these Israelites were building their own booth it was a type and shadow of us building our faith within our vessel, ourselves.

Now, the Israelites took the following woods: olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and willow. (Leviticus 23:39-40 and Nehemiah 8:15) The olive speaks of Israel, the people God first loved but divorced. (Jeremiah 3:8) The wild olive speaks of the Christians who were grafted in. (Romans 11:17) Myrtle speaks of the suffering one must experience as well as throwing off the old nature in the processing of God. The Palm was used on the roof of the booth that was built because it speaks of praise, and that is the sealing (ceiling) of the Lord. Judah, the tribe that the Lord Jesus came from, means praise. In Genesis 29:35, we find his mother stopped childbearing when Judah was birthed. Jesus is the praise of the Father and no other child is needed. Peter 2:9 states we are a chosen priesthood that shows His praises. We are a praise to God and He is the glory of our head. The willow was used because it draws its strength from the waters of life. It seeks out life and grows by the water. So should we.

The Israelites were to remain 7 days in the booth, which was built on top of their literal house. Almost every roof in the Mid-East at that time was flat. Many people slept on the roof for it was cooler there. The booth was built on the top of the house. The type and shadow truth is that we are to ascend out of our house (the fallen adamic nature, that sinful nature) and allow Him who is within to appear on the outside!  The assumption is that you know in Whom your life is hid.

These people (Nehemiah 8:17) had come from captivity back to Jerusalem. The King had set them free. Our King Jesus who ransomed us from our sinful nature has set us free. They built their booths as a testimony, a reminder of their freedom. Whether they felt free or not, they were. Whether you feel free of the fallen nature or not, you are. They celebrated for seven days reading from the Pentateuch. Seven is the number of completion, a number of rest, for the Lord rested on the seventh day. Do you rejoice in your freedom in Christ? Are you victorious in your walk? If not, you might need this third experience.

As one studies the ministry of Jesus we find that He did many things during the Feast of Tabernacles,  In these passages are a number of different types of Sabbaths. The regular Sabbath occurred from Friday at 6 p.m. to Saturday at 6 p.m. But there were special holy days, such as Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. These special times also had Sabbaths. As an example, Christ was not crucified on Friday during the day (before 3 p.m.). It was a Sabbath, a special Sabbath. From Thursday 6 p.m. to Friday 6 p.m. was the special Sabbath for Passover. Then it was immediately followed by the regular Sabbath from Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 6 p.m.  Remember Christ was in the tomb three days.  Tradition teaches only two days – Friday night and Saturday night coming forth in resurrection on Sunday morning. Church tradition is wrong. Hear and understand. So Jesus was in the tomb Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night.

In Matthew 12 we find the disciples going through the fields at harvest time (harvest time is when the feast of Tabernacles occurs). Jesus does not mention to the disciples that they cannot eat because it is a Sabbath. But the Pharisees are quite irate, those religious vipers, as Jesus called them.  Jesus mentions that compassion (ASV) or grace is needed and not the Law to the Pharisees. They could not comprehend that for their religion was based on do’s and don’ts. What is your faith based on? Hopefully grace and not legalism.

Jesus went on to the synagogue and found a man there with a withered hand. The hand speaks of Ephesians 4:11-13). The man, in type and shadow, speaks of the Body of Christ, the church. The body of Christ is not whole if the ministry is sickly. The hand ministry – thumb is the apostle, index finger is the prophet, middle finger is the evangelist, ring finger is the pastor and the little finger is the teacher (ask for our tape on the Five Fold Ministry), is what is found in Ephesians. When Jesus healed this man, He was trying to teach a spiritual truth about Tabernacles. A little leaven, sin, which the withered hand speaks of, keeps the vessel in death and out of wholeness.

When Jesus healed this man, the Pharisees spoke against Him. (12:14) They preferred the man be sickly in order to maintain order and religion rather than life. Jesus came to heal, bring church order into life and grace rather than let it stay in legalism. Are you manifesting Jesus, who you are in this world?  Or do you tell people that they need to change? Jesus was never critical of anyone, but rather gave the opportunity to chose life.

Another time during the Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in the synagogue. (Luke 13:10) Here again He made a woman well and the Pharisees spoke against it. For eighteen years this woman suffered; it was caused by a spirit and Jesus made her well.

In Luke 14 we find Jesus heals a man of dropsy on the Sabbath. How did He do it? Jesus went into the very house of a Pharisee to eat, and healed the man in the Pharisee’s house. They could make no reply. (vs.6) He asked if it was Lawful to heal on the Sabbath? The answer is YES. For the Law represents the flesh, and in the day of the feast of Tabernacles all flesh is removed. (Leviticus 23:25-30) There is no work, because everything is led by the Spirit.

In John 5:9 we find that Jesus heals a man who could not walk. In John 9:14 we find Jesus heals a man’s eyes so that he can see. In all these cases Jesus heals on the Sabbath: a hand, eyes, feet, total cripple and a woman. The type and shadow here is so important. The hand, to do the work of God, is a symbol of having the mark of the beast nature removed and replaced with the nature of Christ. The feet healed is a type and shadow of the change of walk or lifestyle from the fallen sinful nature to the way of Christ. The eyes were healed so that the man could see spiritually rather than interpret Scriptures carnally or naturally. The woman represents the soul, the mind, the will and emotions that were healed. The Feast of Tabernacles brings everyone into the nature of Christ through deliverance.

We find that the last day of the feast is called the great day of the feast. (John 7:37) Consider therefore what Jesus said. There were 199 sacrifices during the feast of Tabernacles. This number in Scripture represents it is finished. On the last day, the great day, it is a time of rejoicing for there are no more sin offerings or trespass offerings needed! This is why Jesus proclaims to the people: “…from your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” Note that it states rivers and not river. Now there is only one person but many rivers. The one is the body of Christ. The rivers are the individuals who make up the body of Christ! What a precious truth Jesus is stating when we all realize we are in His nature. But even a deeper truth is that other rivers can flow through you!

Tabernacles is a time of rejoicing at what God has removed. Numbers 29 shows that the offerings required are decreased each day. Why? The need for offerings is sin. The offerings lessened each day until there was no need for any more! Tabernacles brings the full release.

Is it no wonder then that the Trumpets blew so loudly on the first day of Tabernacles? We find in Numbers 10 that the trumpets blew for particular reasons: (1) if two trumpets are blown, gather the people at the Tabernacle, (2) if one is blown, the leaders are to gather at the Tabernacle (3) an alarm is blown to tell the people to move out, (4) trumpets are blown to call an assembly (5) trumpets are blown to call the people to war, (6) trumpets are blown for the feasts, (7) trumpets are blown on days of gladness, (8) and on the first day of every month, and lastly the trumpets are blown over (9) burnt offerings (10) sacrifices and (11) peace offerings.

Trumpets were made of a single piece of silver. Silver speaks as a type and shadow in the Bible of redemption.

The trumpets were declaring a message of redemption. The joy of being released from the flesh of the fallen nature requires a sound of great joy. Such was a blast of the trumpet. These trumpets were made of beaten silver, out of one piece of silver. It takes the workings of a master craftsman to bring about a creative work. Just as the Pieta of Michaelangelo was beautifully hidden in stone until he revealed it, so in the lump of silver was the beauty of a trumpet hid. With God’s direction, the craftsman hammered the silver into a smooth, long, beautiful trumpet.

The sound would be exquisite because of the work in creating the trumpet. We cannot have indistinct sounds (1 Corinthians 14:7) because the hearers will not know what to do. God is fashioning a people, a firstfruit people, a remnant, the sons of God who will be the sound that the world hears. For God is making a manchild (Revelation 12) into the glorious image of His Son. This will not be a sound that is muffled. No, this sound will be seen in creation and heard throughout the cosmos. It is a sound blown first in Mount Zion, the highest realm in God, for it is declared out of the Holy of Holies, out of the fullness of God Himself. (Joel 2:1) A people called of God redeemed (Isaiah 43:1, Isaiah 62:12) by the blood of the Lamb.

The first sound then heard of the Feast of Tabernacles is heard within you. It is a spiritual sound that calls you to higher ground, a higher righteousness, a higher holiness. The sound of the trumpet is not exclusive. It is a sound that goes on for all to hear, but not all choose to follow a road less traveled than others. For the requirement to be like Jesus is not an easy call, but an exhausting one. To be like Him? To be like Him! What a vision and goal He has called to us to when we enter Tabernacles. The aroma of Christ draws us, envelopes us, and propels us on regardless of the cost which is total. For none of the Adamic nature can remain if we are to be like Him. Our identity in Tabernacles is totally hidden in Him. The trumpets proclaim liberty to the captives. Liberation from Adam into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. (Romans 8:21)

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

BLOWING OF TRUMPETS (LEVITICUS 23:24) ARK/COVENANT (EXODUS 25:10-22) MY NAME (REV.3:12)

The Ark of the Covenant corresponds to the Blowing of Trumpets. The ark is found within the Holy of Holies. It is not part of the Holy Place. The Holy of Holies represents the very life of God. To reach this level, one has to be dead to the carnal nature (altar of incense removes it and this vessel sits in the Holy Place right before the entrance into the Holy of Holies). There is no darkness in the Holy of Holies for the glory cloud of light fills the room. The Holy Place is lit only by the candlestick (menorah) and the lampstands that Zechariah mentions. Thus, we have the fullness of Light in one place, the Holy of Holies, and some light in another, the Holy Place. The Holy of Holies represents the Spirit of God, and the Holy Place is a type and shadow of the soul. The outer court is a type of the body. The room is actually 10 x 10. Ten is the number in Scripture for personal testing. The number is squared speaking of a perfect work.

The ark was a symbol of God’s covenant with the people. It was made of wood, which speaks of humanity in the scriptures. The wood was overlaid with gold, inside and outside of the ark. The wood was ‘crucified’ wood. By that we mean that the person’s old nature was gone, removed. The visible life was godly (outside gold) and the inside was godly – not a whited sepulchre as the Lord called some! It had to be cleansed in order to be overlaid with gold, which speaks of the divinity of God, the pure unadulterated holiness of God.

The ark had rings on the corner of it because it was moveable. The rings were placed at the bottom of the Ark of the Covenant. (Exodus 25:10) It was the only vessel that was lifted above the shoulders of men. This typifies the headship of Christ over the body of Christ. (Luke 9:58) The rings were made of gold which speak of the divinity of God and the necessity of purity in the realm of the Holy of Holies.

God is not bound by any method, theology, tradition, history, etc. Thus, the vessel is a type and shadow of a person who begins as a babe, becomes an adolescent and matures into a senior adult. The ark is moveable because every day in the life of each of us is a new day to face with its situations. God looks to lead the ark and the people of God in every new day. While we learn principles from our parents, each generation is different and walks a different path. Thus, as we enter the Holy of Holies, we are to learn how to walk after the Spirit, far different from walking after the Lord in the mind or mental realm. As Watchman Nee states in the Ministry of the Word, “if there should be any defect in your emotion, thought, understanding, heart or spirit, the word of God will be damaged by you” pg. 30. To enter this realm means that God has done a work within you to such a degree that you are able to flow with the Spirit unencumbered by the flesh nature.

Exodus 25:11 states that there was a golden crown or molding around the top of the Ark of the Covenant. This molding was found on the Altar of Incense as well as the Brazen Altar. There is a sealing that goes on with your salvation at Passover when you experience Christ as your Savior, Pentecost (Ephesians 1:14-5) when you experience Him at the Altar of Incense as the one who consumes the flesh and offers the Christ in you as a sacrifice, and in Tabernacles on the Ark of the Covenant when you are sealed with the glory of God’s cloud.

When Moses was born, it was a unique time in the history of the Lord’s people. They were in the bondage of the flesh, which is what Egypt speaks of. They were bound by the Pharaoh of the time to build his many buildings out of mud and straw bricks. Day in day out they labored in the heat of the desert making mud bricks. They were free when they went there, but now they could not leave. They were strong in physical strength when they went there but now they were weak in the flesh and had not the strength to work. Such is the bondage of pleasantness of the flesh. It looks great and is attractive but is void of life.

All the newborn males were to be killed Pharaoh had ordered, because even in bondage the women were producing more children and the Israelites were going to out number the Egyptians. So Moses’ mother after a period of time had to get rid of him or be caught which would mean sure death for both. As Exodus 2:3 states: “…she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.”  She hid him openly in the ark.

Moses was in a small ark, a boat-like vessel, floating down the river. Openly seen by many and eventually picked up by the queen to be raised. His mother was selected to be his nursemaid. Isn’t God good? The realm of the ark is a special realm, a special spiritual place. Called of God, Moses would be used and all his life protected because of the calling, the realm of the Spirit that he resided or dwelled in. The ark speaks of a called life, a life filled with divine purpose, fraught with the dangers of the world but protected in the canopy of God’s love.

The situation with Noah was similar. He was a righteous man living in a perverse world that was continually concerned with fleshly carnal desires. He was a man called to build an ark (same word used with Moses) and it never had rained before. He told the people there would be rain. Right. What is rain? Hid in the middle of all the people was an ark that would save Noah, his family, and many animals.

Each time in Scripture the ark is used as means to declare a new dispensation, a new time or a new event to unfold. Each time the ark is used with a man, a spiritual man, who will deliver the creation in some manner. Well, in this day God is building an ark and a corporate man, composed of men and women, the body of Christ. The headship company of this body is the sons of God who are called according to His purpose and plan, lest they should boast. This body is to reveal Him to creation which groans for deliverance. (Roman 8:19)

The Ark of the Covenant is different from Moses’ and Noah’s but not in purpose. This Ark of the Covenant is of a ‘covenant.’ It is a unilateral covenant. God declares. It is not contingent on man, but on God that the covenant is fulfilled, because He swears by Himself, an oath that cannot be broken. (Hebrews 6:17) The counsel of His will will accomplish it. Everything that was ever created was created out of God. (John 1:1-3) He is Holy and none can come before Him without holiness. He created out of the Holy of Holies, the very heart of His nature. The Tabernacle was an earthly type of Himself, for out of the heart, the spirit, one speaks.

God declared in Genesis 6:18 to Noah that His covenant was with Noah, the one called, and that Noah was to come into the ark. Yes, we are to come into the Ark of the Covenant also. Enter in until the indignation is overpast. (Isaiah 26:20) Enter in until all carnality is removed. For we are alive in Him, and that removes the old.

WHAT WAS IN THE ARK?

Now, within the Ark of the Covenant were three items: the rod of Aaron, the jar with the hidden manna and the tablets of stone. All of these are important types and shadows to us. But when the writer of Hebrews mentions the ark, he mentions that these items are no longer there except for the tablets of stone. This is very significant to us. Why were the other two items missing?

Aaron’s rod was in the Ark of the Covenant. You remember the story of the Old Testament when all the elders, the leaders of the twelve tribes, questioned the choice of Moses concerning Aaron. In fact, these leaders were not questioning Moses really but God. So, God gave a sign to them. Each was to take his rod/staff and place it with the others. God would select. God had already selected. He was just going to select the same again in a dramatic way that the leaders would easily understand, since they did not accept Moses’ statements. The almond rod of Aaron budded, that is, it grew leaves and fruit.

The leaders accepted this dramatic action by God as proof of Aaron’s choice. However, this rod is omitted in the Ark of the Covenant. Why? The reason is that the rod represents man’s ability to rule and be in control. The rod represents judgment and selection one above another. But in the Holy of Holies this is not allowed. For there will be no man in control, no carnal nature, etc. The one in control is the Spirit (as many as are led by the Spirit they are the sons of God – Romans 8:14). Every man shall know Him from the least to the greatest and have no need for any man (Adamic, fallen nature man) to teach them. (Hebrews 8:11)

God removed Aaron’s rod because his was a passing order. The new order was after Melchizedek (see our message on Melchizedek). In the way of the Kingdom, the Spirit reigns in the individual and others recognize it because of its authority and humility worked in the individual. The truly spiritual person has no desire to rule, and that is one quality that qualifies him to rule!

The second piece missing from the Ark of the Covenant is the earthen jar overlaid with gold inside and outside, filled with the hidden manna which came from the time in the Wilderness when God fed the millions of people directly from the sky with something akin to coriander seed. Why was the manna removed?

First, the jar was made of clay. Clay, from the earth, represents the earth nature of man. The jar overlaid with gold inside and outside represents the redemptive work God has done for us through Christ Jesus. The old nature, that fallen nature is removed by the blood of Christ. There can be no fallen nature in the Holy of Holies. It must be spirit-led and walking in the inner man, the new creature in Christ, not the old nature.

The one thing that remained in the Ark of the Covenant was the Decalogue, the Ten Commandments. For a complete explanation, write for our audio cassette tape on the Ten Commandments. As we know from our traditional church upbringing, the Ten Commandments were something we were supposed to keep. An effort that was impossible, was it not? Somewhere along the way you did not or could not keep all ten for very long. Yet, try as we might we failed.

One cannot keep the Ten Commandments. It is impossible for the fallen nature to keep the Commandments.  The Adamic nature cannot do it. Some would question what the “Law” is doing in the Holy of Holies. But the real truth of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are not a “law” in the truest sense. Let me explain. One needs to keep the flesh, the carnal nature, controlled if one is not in Christ. The “eye for an eye” concept is one way of doing that. But the Ten Commandments were spiritual and not carnal commandments like “an eye for an eye.”

Take the first commandment for an example. “Thou shall have no other gods before me.” The Hebrew people took that to mean icons, grove worship, temples to gods, etc. They destroyed all these so that there would only be one temple to the Holy One of Israel. But that was on a natural plane. People could sneak and worship these idols, which is what Jacob’s wife did by bringing her father’s icons with her when she left home.

When one spiritualizes the Ten Commandments, a whole new depth of meaning comes to light. Having no other gods before you means not worshipping self. For the Adamic nature always places itself above God. In fact, the Adamic nature is very religious! It goes to church, tries to live a Christian life, doesn’t smoke, drink, lie etc. and feels it is Christian. That is a false god! But it gets worse. Many born again Christians still serve the same god of self by trying to act like what a Christian should act like (whatever that means!) and not walking in growing grace. Many are the saints that still fail trying to keep the Ten Commandments just as much as they did before they experienced salvation. Why? Because they do not know that the old nature was removed at salvation and that they are a new creation growing in Christ, and because they are a new creation they should focus on growing in Him and not doing of things. But the church system as a whole keeps the saint bound to the doing of things.

Here is another example of the Ten Commandments to make clear what we are trying to say. “Thou shall not commit adultery.” This is another commandment. Many think that this means having a sexual relation with someone other than your spouse. (Fornication, by the way, is having sexual relations outside of marriage). So, they remain pure in the natural although their desire is burning within their mind. Whether committed in the natural or done in the mind, it is the same. But the Ten Commandments are not just written about physical adultery. The Ten Commandments are also about spiritual adultery. Spiritual adultery is having a relationship with a false god – perhaps self. How so?

Have you ever questioned whether you need to get together with the brethren? Then because there is a  movie on, you decide to stay home. Shortly thereafter you feel guilty. False religion makes you feel guilty. When you are in Christ you are free to stay home or go. If you go because you should, that is false religion. If you go because you have the liberty and want to, that is true Christianity.

Spiritual adultery is not easily spotted by the individual because it is so subtle. If your children are the center of your life, that is spiritual adultery and failure to walk in the Ten Commandments. Notice I said walk. For if you are in Christ you can keep all the commandments without a struggle, with ease, but if you are identifying yourself with Adam, that fallen nature, then the Ten Commandments are a seemingly insurmountable mountain to keep. Persons who have truly entered the Holy of Holies walk the Ten Commandments out in their life because they are in Him.

Adultery, literal/physical or spiritual is not possible because the person recognizes his life is in God. Some have in the past walked in that victorious place. Some do now and all will in the future.  Thus, the Ten Commandments remain not as a sign of the Old Testament “Law” but rather as a way of life, a lifestyle manifested and lived out by some.

One could look at each of the other eight commandments and draw spiritual parallels. But the key is that the Commandments are found in the Holy of Holies, and that one can live in that realm and manifest the fulfillment of those Commandments in their Life. Christ did. Therefore since we are in Him, we can also through Him and not in ourselves.

MY NAME

Blowing of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) Ark/Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22) My Name (Rev.3:12)

Can you imagine that? Receiving the name of the Lord? What does it mean? The whole verse reads as follows: “He who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will no more go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God and My new name.”  The verse is filled with delightful dainties of God.

Foremost of importance is that when one enters this realm you do not leave it. Well GLORY! For in Pentecost you have great days in God and then plummet to the pits of despair. That realm is like a yo-yo sometimes. But in this realm there is no more death working. You are in a realm of life. This realm will not be done away with nor can anything pull you down out of that realm. It seems that 1 John 5:18 is fulfilled as the Amplified Bible states it this way: “…the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him – Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil – and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].”  John goes on to say in 1 John 2:13 about the young men: “…I am writing you young men because you have overcome the evil one….” You see these saints remained in a realm, a place of victory where the enemy cannot touch them. Even Jesus was a in a place where the enemy could not remove Him. It is because of Jesus that these men in the early church walked the victorious life – not waiting to get to heaven as the church teaches. They walked it right then in the first century. So what about you and me? Can we walk in a victorious realm all the time? Yes. Let us do it. Let us remain in Tabernacles. There is no reason to leave. If anyone would tell you it is a place for the future, tell them your future is now. For what we do today creates our tomorrows.

The greatness of these words must not be missed. While the whole Bible ought to be ‘red letter’ for it all is inspired of God and is His voice, nevertheless, the ‘red-letters’ of this verse catch the eye because it is the voice of the Lord speaking. He states that the overcomer will not go out anymore. This is a place of rest, even as the trumpets have declared. A place of no more struggles. A place of peace.

He will make you a pillar in the temple of God, if you are an overcomer of the sixth level. What does that mean to you and me? First, we must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that each individual is the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:17, 6:19) But each individual is a part of the corporate expression, that spiritual family (no denominations here), the body of Christ. God makes the overcomer the pillar of the temple. It is perhaps the most important part in many ways.

In Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 3:17) there were two main pillars which supported all the building, but especially the roof. These two pillars had names – Jachin and Boaz. Jachin meaning that ‘God will establish’ and Boaz meaning ‘strength.’ It is said that these two pillars were overlaid with gold and that when the sun came up in the east and shined towards them that the rays would bounce off the gold. Since these were on a high hill in Jerusalem, it is said the light would be seen 100 miles outside of Jerusalem as it flashed. Oh, what a glorious sight in the natural but a beautiful sight in the spirit. For it is the overcomers who reflect the nature of the Son over the Land and give hope to the world. The world cheers every time for the person who overcomes.

In Isaiah 19:19 we find a pillar set in the middle of the land and on the edge of it. Contradiction? No. For Egypt at one time was Egypt and the Sudan. It was called upper and lower Egypt. Well at the dividing line between the two areas a pyramid was built. A pillar, if you will. God has His pillars, those conformed to His image who stand as the demarcation line between the flesh and the Spirit.

To become a pillar in the temple, one must be like Jacob. He overcame many obstacles in His life (see our booklet Who is Jacob?). He overcame his own flesh nature, Esau his brother, the deceitfulness of His mother, the guilt of lying to his father, etc. It was along this path of life that three times he set a pillar. Each milestone a special place of remembrance for him in his walk with God.

First, in Genesis 28:18, he laid down his head on a stone (the chief corner stone?). When he awoke in the morning, he stated that he had met God there. It became a sacred place to him, a remembrance. So he took the stone on which his head laid and raised it up as a marker, a milepost in his life. He renamed the place Bethel  which means: “house of God.” Jesus looks for a place to lay His head. (Matthew 8:20) Jacob in reality gave up his headship that day deciding no longer to be the captain of his soul –giving the Lord (Christ) the headship.

Jacob became spiritual that day, but not completely. He went on with his life and met the woman of his dreams but a father-in-law of his nightmares. The man cheated him all the time, but God blessed Jacob in spite of his father-in-law. When they separated Laban was quite upset with Jacob because he was losing his daughters, his sheep etc. So a pillar was placed between them as a division and a sign. (Genesis 31:45, 52) This was the second pillar in Jacob’s life. Now Jacob learned a lesson from Laban – shrewdness of mind is not acceptable to God. The carnal mind although brilliant still comes from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Jacob now learned to depend on the mind of Christ, or God.

But to be a pillar in the temple of God takes even more and so we come to Jacob’s third pillar experience. In some sense he returns to the first pillar location and has another experience. Just as Passover celebrated by the Hebrews as they came out of Egypt was done at Succoth, which means booths (Tabernacles), so we find the full circle with Jacob. (Genesis 35:14) Here we find a drink offering being poured out on the pillar. Was not Jesus poured out for us? Are we not to be poured out for others? Here we find oil being placed on the pillar. Was not Jesus the Christ (Greek word means anointed) of God? Jacob renamed the place El Bethel, meaning God of the House of God. He had surrendered all that he was to the working of the Lord that the Lord would be all in all in him.

To be a pillar in the temple of God means that you have had the three experiences of Jacob or experienced the three feasts we are writing about. When Christ becomes your life, when you are able to keep the Ten Commandments because you are living in Him and there is no desire to do anything else, then you will be overlaid with gold as the pillars were in Solomon’s Temple, the very divinity of Christ in this life. Then you will be given the place of honor because you have identified with the crucifixion of Christ.

In Exodus 24:4 we find that Moses and not the elders built a pillar (some translations say altar but the word in the Hebrew is pillar) to the Lord. Only the Shepherd can do it! Only Christ in you can build you as an altar, as a pillar for God. It is not something you can do for God. It is something God can do for you because He loves you! He wants you to be an overcomer, so He makes it possible in your life.

Now the overcomer receives Christ’s new name. What is that? Some interesting things about the New Testament. When the phrase “Jesus Christ” is used by Paul it refers to the man, but when the phrase “Christ Jesus” is used by Paul it refers to the ascended Lord. What is the new name of Jesus? The key is the word ‘name’ which can be defined as the ‘nature of.’ The name is not a specific name but refers to the character of God – holy, righteous, loving, etc. When you put on the name of God you are putting on His nature, character. So when John writes here he is speaking of the overcomer revealing the very character of God.

What is the New Jerusalem? It is not a literal city. Revelation 21:9 says, “Come I’ll show you the bride,” and in verse 10 the New Jerusalem is shown. Scripture interprets itself. The New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ – the church, that corporate body of believers. Here in Revelation 3:12 it states that the New Jerusalem is coming down out of heaven. In Hebrews 12:22-23, we find the New Jerusalem is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26) It is a spiritual realm of all the saints joined together, walking together, in one purpose, one mind. That is why Paul was encompassed about by the cloud of witnesses – he was one mind with them in the Lord. He saw the heavenly Jerusalem.

Oh, to walk in the spirit, to have His name, to be in the spiritual city of my God, to have the name of my God written on my forehead, a seal of His nature. Let us enter this sixth level of overcoming.

SUMMARY

God does nothing unless He reveals it first to His prophets. (Amos 3:7) It is His prophets that declare a new thing or the workings of God. The feast of Tabernacles begins with a blast of the Trumpets. While in the time of the Old Testament it was a literal trumpet, today it is a spiritual one. Do you hear the sound? It is a word of life being proclaimed unto all levels of mankind. In the 1940’s it was “Come out of her my people” but now at the dawn of the Millennial it is “Come unto Me.”  There is a sound coming forth from the vessels of God calling people to come home. The call is to return unto Mt Zion, the place where Adam fell from – it is not external but within. God has fashioned a people to be the trumpet, the messenger, the declarer, for people to come home, to be ingathered unto God which is what the word Tabernacles means.

God has called a people, the overcomers, to be the revelation of the Ark of the Covenant. To reveal to people how to live the Ten Commandments and manifest the life of God found in the Holy of Holies. There are people who did so in the past and are doing it today. They live in His presence, but the world does not know it, even as the world did not know who Jesus was because He looked like one of them. Have you seen the overcomers? Are you one of them living in the realm of victory, above the enemy, secured by God (1 John 5:18)? Aspire to it if you are not yet there because it is life indeed.

Many of Christendom are concerned about the mark of the beast. Ha! You were born with the beast nature and it is Christ who removes it when you are saved. Your life is hid with God in Christ. Believe it. Know it. It is true regardless of the fear peddlers who call themselves Christians. How is your sealing in the Lord coming along? Have you been sealed enough to receive His name and the name of His God, the Father? If you’re on that path, press harder for the high prize in Christ Jesus! For you shall be like Him. (1 John 3:2)

PART SEVEN

DAY OF ATONEMENT (Lev.23:27) MERCY SEAT (Exodus 25:17-22) THRONE (Revelation 3:21)

There are many who believe that we live in the “letters” of the Bible, meaning the New Testament in general and in particular the letters written to the churches. Some, therefore, denigrate the Old Testament and even the Gospels. However, we must realize that the writers of the letters, as well as the writers of the Gospels, constantly refer to the Old Testament as a source and interpret the Old Testament with Christian thought, rather than Hebrew thought. Studying the atonement in the Old Testament with the understanding of Jesus’ work and life, brings alive even in more detail the depth of truth and life in Christ. The things in the Old Testament were written for our edification and were in type and shadow. (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:6-11) We cannot truly see the Old Testament correctly unless we see it through Jesus, and as we get ‘into the minds’ of the New Testament writers. If we were to study the Old Testament without our personal experience of Christ as our Savior, we would not study it correctly. This was evident with Saul before he became Paul. So let us rejoice in the grace bestowed upon us by Christ Jesus who interprets the Old Testament for us, as He leads us by His Spirit.

The ‘Day of Atonement’ has been commonly interpreted: at – one – ment with God. This is not what the Scripture means at all. Many are the ministers that have mutilated such a precious truth by failing to grasp the depth of the Atonement of Christ. It has never meant at – one – ment with God. It is far more powerful than that. God is not bringing us to a joint harmony with Him in the Atonement, like two long lost friends embracing each other. No, He is offering Himself for us, in place of us. We deserve to die, but He died for us. This is the true Atonement. It is His death, His sacrifice, that brings us into the presence of the Lord.

The first place that atonement occurs in the Scriptures as atonement is Exodus 29:1. Here we find the Hebrew word kaphar {kaw-far’}. It has been translated as: atonement, purge, make atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch, propitiate. This same word is found in Genesis 6:14 where it states that the ark of Noah was covered over with pitch. Atonement covers both the inside and the outside.

The work of Jesus on the cross covers both the inside and the outside of the believer – your past and the future. He forgives your past and makes your previous sins as though they never were and covers all future sins by the shedding of His blood and the redemption that He is. He appeased, that is pacified, the requirement of sin. The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Death is the result of sin. He destroyed the wages of sin by being obedient to God – God desired obedience rather than sacrifice. Thus, we receives the wages of eternal life (John 4:36) because of His propitiation of our sins.

The reconciliation of mankind is founded upon the need for cleansing from sin. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation, Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:18 “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” The belief is that the saint is reconciled because of placing trust and faith in the work of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the individual, as well as the world. The atonement then is the personal work of the Savior giving His life for each of us, but in even a greater sense, that we through our identification with Him have been given a ministry to reconcile the world as emissaries, ambassadors of a spiritual kingdom. Christianity is the only religion in the world that seeks to free and elevate man from the fallen nature. Every country where Christianity has grown, the exploitation of the masses is alleviated, but this is not true with other religions.

Daniel 9:24, which speaks of the end of transgressions, is bringing to light the truth of the cross and the work of Christ. Note as you read this verse the items mentioned there: end of transgression, end of sins, reconciliation for iniquity, which results in the establishment of righteousness, seals the vision and anoints the most holy. Our audio tape on the subject “It’s finished” is based upon this verse. The depth of the cleansing is total. When Jesus cried “It is finished” while on the cross, He was declaring the end of sin and the victory of eternal life regardless of the current situation. His death removed sin; what we see is an aberration of the truth. His atonement was not futile but fertile.

“Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” Jesus declared to the disciples in John 16:33. It is because of His effort that we can just walk in the result of what He delivered once and for all to us. We are overcomers not because of some self-effort but because of His effort. He is the reason we can live in the life of God while in this body of flesh.  Paul writes in Romans 7:24: “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Christ Jesus, the living Lord, the ascended one, delivers us not the man Jesus. This reconciliation is total – full deliverance from the body of death – not just the physical body, but the soul that sins dies too. (Ezekiel 18:4) Jesus has delivered us from both the carnal mind, that soulish realm and the flesh, the body.

The atonement of Christ works because He was a sacrifice offered to God and the value of His sacrifice had value for God. If God had not placed value, trust, worth, in Christ, then the atonement would not work. Now, that we have been called and conformed to the image of His Son, we have value, not because of who we are but because of His Son. This value, the Christ in You, is well able to perform the ministry of reconciliation to your neighbor as well as to the world because of Him who has done a finished work in you. The holiness of the atonement of Christ cannot come in contact with corruption or evil without prevailing and conquering it. The atonement not only delivers and liberates the person but creates a new person in Christ. Of course, that assumes the saint (no longer a sinner) yields to the Holy Spirit and allows the Holy Spirit to conform the saint into the image of Christ.

Another word used for atonement that is found in the Scriptures is propitiation. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) In order that God might be true to Himself and reveal the answer to sin in a moral world, not only must there be forgiveness of sin but sin must be borne away. God provided His Son as the means to expiate sin and bear it away. This is revealed clearly in the feast of Passover, but this third feast, Tabernacles, brings an end of sin, the omega manifestation, since Jesus was the Alpha manifestation. Christ has called His body, the sons initially and the church as a whole, to reveal Him. This revelation of Christ in the church shows forth a personal reconciliation for each individual corporate member, as well as corporate expression for the world to see. The sins of the world were borne away by Christ, and now the body of Christ which we are, is to manifest the victory that He wrought thus enabling the world to receive true repentance. He bore our sins on the tree. That is propitiation. It has value for us experientially but it also has value for God because all creation shall return to the Lord. (Psalm 22:25-29)

The person who really believes in the propitiation of Christ, that is accepts it in his heart and not just his mind, who truly stakes his life on it, is actually right with God without any strings or conditions attached. Growing in the propitiation of Christ and walking in the freedom of Christ, without guilt, enables you to become the very manifestation of Him and thereby reveal the propitiation within you. Romans 8:1 states that there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. If you truly, absolutely believe it, it is reality.

Within the idea of atonement is the concept of a ransom. A ransom is a fee paid to another in order to set someone free. The ransom is not paid to us, rather we are the people being set free – the fruit of the ransom. The ransom is paid by Jesus. He offers Himself for us. The ransom is a tremendous price. Consider. He lowered Himself from the heavenly realm to the earthly. He paid a price for that in that it limited the manifestation of God because of the flesh body. Then He, Jesus, offered up the very incarnation which He had lowered Himself into. His visible expression of the divine was laid down as a sacrifice – not seeking to save Himself, who being divine He could have. That is why the atonement has meaning for us individually, corporately and experientially in our lives. His was a voluntary sacrifice who lowered Himself to the ultimate indignity – death on a cross.

Now, John expresses some of the same thoughts about our spiritual walk as overcomers. Consider 1 John 3:16 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” True reconciliation or atonement is not just something that Jesus did for you and that you can relax and rejoice in but rather is a constraining influence that propels you to manifest the same atonement within your life for the sake of the brethren!  If the atoning work of Christ does not drive you to be conformed to His Image, then you are not an overcomer because you have failed to realize the call of God. In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul writes of bearing reproach while the brethren reap life. He did this for them. This is true reconciliation. The atonement of Christ for us is so that we might manifest His atonement in us for the salvation of the world.

Jesus took on Himself the punishment of sin. He who knew no sin became sin for us. As 1 Peter 2:22 states: “…Who committed no sin nor was any deceit found in His mouth.” Jesus was pure, holy, undefiled and had none of the fallen nature. He had no part of Mary nor Joseph. He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 8:3, Philippians 2:7) Scripture declares. Now, then read verse 23 and 24. Let me quote the Amplified Version: “He personally bore our sins in His [own] body to the tree [as to an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin  and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.”  Note the past tense here – “have been healed.” The purity of Himself does the atoning. Now, then read 1 Peter 2:21. It states we are to walk in the same footsteps He walked and explains it to us – 22-24. We are to be a similar example of the atonement. Have you considered yourself as a pattern of the atonement to others? Why not? We are to identify ourselves with Jesus, walk in the same footsteps, be conformable to His image, and do greater works than He did. All the previous were commandments for us to do. The fruit of fulfilling those is the manifestation of the atonement in us.

Where are the Christians that manifest the atonement? Where are the overcomers? All I see in the USA are saints who claim to be deep in the Lord and are self-centered in their faith and what is going on in themselves! Many are the saints that know the Bible and understand doctrine, terminology, truths but have failed to appropriate the life of God. Reconciliation and Restitution of All Things is not a doctrine but a lifestyle. Jesus lived it. We as overcomers are to also. The Kingdom of God reaches out to others from the nature of the atonement within the vessel by identification with Christ Jesus. The atonement was done by Christ Jesus, the Living Lord, the ascended, because it is His Life that conquered death. Now the atonement is being worked in the overcomers to manifest Christ, even as Paul did.

Now, the true atonement of Christ Jesus is found, of course, in His love. He died for us. What other religion offers a substitutionary act? NONE. Only Jesus has done this. As overcomers, we are the repairer of the breach for the brethren. We are to stand in the gap for them, as we identify ourselves with Him. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:10: “we are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished but we are without honor…” and it goes on for three more verses like that. As a leader of the saints Paul identified Himself with Christ and thereby even Christ’s humility. Even more important in some ways than His love for us is His humility. He humbled Himself for us. The true overcomer partakes of this humility. The false overcomer proclaims his/her sonship. The true overcomer lives the life of the Son. The root of sin is pride. There was none in Christ. He humbled Himself. Overcoming is humbling – it may sound contradictory but it is not. Pride cannot reside where humility thrives. True atonement has within it the destruction of pride through the humbling process – trials and tribulations. The ministry of reconciliation, that Paul states the Christian has been called to, is to provide every opportunity to humble us and exalt the Lord. As Paul states we ‘abase that you may abound.’ (Philippians 4:12, 2 Corinthians 9:8) The atonement of Christ not only frees us from the sin nature but raises us up in the Spirit to conquer victoriously every time that the serpent nature raises its defeated head.

We must not lose the life of the atonement or let it become a doctrine. If the atonement becomes a work done for us, then we make our Savior a function of God rather than a person. The atonement is a person, Christ Jesus, who lives and moves and has His being in us. He is a vibrant, vivacious, vicarious life He lives in us. If we relegate the work of atonement to a historical event of time and the man Jesus, we deny that He has come in the flesh and made His abode in us. (John 14:23, 1 John 4:3) The atonement is to be made manifest to the world through a people called a royal priesthood, who should show the praises of Him. (1 Peter 2:9) The work of a cross is no longer on a tree but revealed in a people who have chopped down the tree of knowledge of good and evil in themselves by revealing the tree of life through the crucified life.  It is only as we remain on the cross, spiritually, that the life of God is made manifest.

If the New Testament could be summed up in one thought, a person would have to find the common thread throughout all the books. That one common thought which is hammered out in each book is: the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer and Reconciler of mankind. Whether you start reading from the end to the beginning, or vice versa, the one constant revelation is the manifestation of salvation revealed through Jesus Christ. It is the embodiment of Christ as the Reconciler that is so revolutionary. A man, the Son of God, revealed reconciliation in every aspect of His life, in every detail. He constantly showed to all the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19) which means the state of enmity between persons (God and man) has been changed to one of friendship. We are to follow Him in every aspect of our life relationships.

The atonement and reconciliation have many things in common, but there is one of serious importance. The covenant that the Father established is unilateral, that is it is one-sided. He determined the solution to the problem of sin. He alone is the answer. Now then, the sinner, the one who creates the offense cannot provide the solution to the problem of sin. The sinner needs the forgiveness. It is only the one who is wronged (Jesus or you) who can provide the forgiveness. Do you understand the depth of that? That is why Christ states in Matthew 6:14 that we should forgive. But forgiveness must be in your nature as a character asset in order to forgive. Something has to be worked out in you by the Spirit of God because people do not normally forgive. Christ was wronged but He still provided forgiveness and then bore away the sins. When you are wronged, you may forgive, but do you bear away the sin of the person? You can and should since you are a new creation in Christ.

When you and I enter into the Holy of Holies, this third room, this third feast, you have already passed through many trials and dealings of God. In fact, you have gone through six levels of overcoming. You are no longer identified with your fallen nature when you experience the sixth level of overcoming because your mind has been changed and you entered into the ark realm. There is no struggle with accepting the fact that you are in Christ. The newness of the victory over the flesh is evident and there is joy and peace in this level. The realization that nothing can separate you from the love of God is overwhelming. Basking in this life and light enables you to be transformed into the atonement for others. It is your full identity with Him that empowers you and vivifies you lifting you out of the realm of mortality into immortality, even though the time of the redemption of your flesh has not yet come. Living in the Holy of Holies creates immortality. Only life is in this realm. There is no death. The atonement appears to be death to those who do not live in this place, but in reality the atonement experience is life giving.

The Day of Atonement is a day when the whole nation of Israel, a type and shadow of the body of Christ, would humble themselves before the Lord. (Leviticus 23:27) It began on the tenth day (represents personal testing in Scripture) of the seventh (number of completeness) month. The people were to have a holy convocation. Holy meaning a time of separation UNTO God, not a separation FROM the world. They were to afflict their souls, that is to study and show themselves approved, a workman (2 Timothy 2:15) trained in rightly dividing the Word of God. Their ‘souls’ refers to their minds. They were to see whether or not that they grew in stature and wisdom of God, even as Christ did. (Luke 2:52)

God not only wants a people trained in His ways, but He wants a people who know His ways. A servant can be trained in the manner the Lord of the house wants, but that does not mean the servant understands the reasonings of Lord of the house. God wants us to understand and do His ways because we do understand and love Him. The Day of Atonement is a time of checking yourself out to make sure that you measure up. Even Jesus came to the place where He said: “Not my will but thine be done.” Jesus was already in the nature of God when He said that. It was a trial, a test, for Him to see if He was willing to be the atonement for others. Are you?

Verse 28 goes on and states that there was to be no “servile work” (KJV). This means that the individual was no longer working as a servant but as Christ. The person knew the ways and reasonings of God rather than just being an employee. But the meaning goes further than this too. It means there is no flesh nature there, no carnality. There is to be a sacrifice by fire. Our God is a consuming fire. He will consume us for His purposes and plans. God consumed Jesus in His eternal plan for the salvation of mankind. His three and one-half year ministry was the fire of the Lord. What a trial.  Now, we are called to walk the same steps offering up the Christ formed in us for the sake of mankind.

The verse goes on to state there is to be no work. This implies personal effort. As an example, wool speaks of effort and sweat, but the priest’s garments were made of linen – a finished work, cool and comfortable. There is to be no self-effort in this place because person’s life has been swallowed up in God. That is why verse 29 reiterates that humbleness is a virtue. Pride goes before a fall, but these are crucified saints – they have had every opportunity (trials and tribulations) to be conformed to His Image. Anyone not found in the nature of the Lord in this realm is removed, cutoff. Right identity, walking in the nature of God, is a requirement. God again states the same in verses 30-31. It is not to be lightly construed.

THE MERCY SEAT

DAY OF ATONEMENT (LEV.23:27) MERCY SEAT (EXODUS 25:17-22) THRONE (REVELATION 3:21)

The second similitude of the seventh level of overcoming is that of the Mercy Seat. As we look at the Scripture, we find that it was made of pure gold. Gold is representative of divinity in the Scriptures which includes the idea of holiness, purity, fidelity, trustworthiness, love etc. The Mercy Seat is believed to be made with the Cherubim (vs. 19) of one piece of gold. Consider the delicacy of creation from one piece of gold. It took a master craftsman to create such a piece of art.

The carefully crafted Mercy Seat and Cherubim are hammered out of one piece of gold to a height unknown. Solomon’s temple had Cherubim that were twenty cubits long (a cubit is equal to about 18 inches, a royal cubit 25 inches, but a ‘rule of thumb’ for a cubit is from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow). However, we are unable to determine the height of the Cherubim in the Tabernacle because the Scriptures do not state. Cherub is singular; Cherubim plural; the KJV Cherubims is poor English. This vessel is of a beaten work by a hammer – hand crafted by the master craftsman and perfectly formed for its own function. Everything that was in the one piece of gold, was revealed by the work of the master craftsman. Just as Michaelangelo saw the Pieta’ in the stone before it was chiseled out, so too in this case. God knows what has to be brought out of us, as we are created in His Image and conformed to the Image of His Son.

The number seven is generally considered a number representing completeness in Scriptural studies. The Mercy Seat represents the completeness of the work of God, the totality of the atonement. The victory of the atonement – that every person will be saved, because Jesus did not leave one to the Devil/Satan. There are so many verses that reveal the reconciliation of all, although some would dispute it. See www.tentmaker.org on the Internet, a personal friend, who has compiled writings from the first century to the current on the truth of that or write us. But the real truth of the Mercy Seat is that God’s love is filled with mercy and He sent His only begotten Son to extend mercy for us. Such a love. A total love. A sacrificial love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God – neither height nor depth, if we make our bed in hell, He is there with us (Psalm 139:8) let alone in this life and the hereafter.  Satan, evil, the carnal mind, none of these things can defeat the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross which restores our relationship with Him. What a love. The Mercy Seat is the symbol of the completeness of the work of the Cross. Mercy Extended, Grace Victorious, Love Unfailing, all seen in the cross brought alive by the resurrection and manifested in you and me by the salvation experience working in us.

Now then, we who are called to be conformed to His Image are to reveal the atonement, the Mercy Seat experience, to the world. Rather than condemn them to hell like the church system does, we offering a loving God who forgives and offers renewal to a new life. Jesus came not into the world to condemn the world but to give life – John 3:17. So why does the church preach differently? They have been indoctrinated with brackish water, not the cleansing flood of the Holy Spirit. Let us manifest the Mercy Seat. (Luke 3:6) It is our calling, our duty, but even more it is out of the love that has been bestowed on us that we act. For it is His love shed abroad in our heart that compels us onward to the dealings of God and the laying down of our lives to reveal Him.

Exodus 25:22 states: “And there I will meet you; and from above the Mercy Seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in a commandment for the sons of Israel.” Exodus 29:43 states: “And I will meet there with the sons of Israel, and it shall be consecrated by My Glory.” He meets with the priesthood there – NOT the Levitical priesthood which the Roman Catholic church says it is from nor from the daughters of the Harlot (denominations), but the order of Melchizedek, the one of  which Jesus is a pattern. (Hebrews 6:20) For each individual of the body of Christ (for we are part of Him) is a royal priest, part of the corporate royal priesthood of 1 Peter 2:9.

Because God sees each of us in His Son, we commune with God through the one and only mediator – Jesus Christ, in whom our life is hid. (1 Timothy 2:5, Colossians 3:3) It is in Mercy that we commune. There is no communion with God really unless you are in His nature. He may respond to your prayers, answer or not answer your prayers. You may command Him to do something for you because you think you can, and He may do it if it meets with His will for you, but true communion only comes with God at the Mercy Seat. You must be merciful as He is merciful to understand His will and ways, let alone have His nature. For the Mercy Seat is not a place of a servant but of a Son, one who understands his father.

The number one premise is He is Holy, and no man can see God unless he is holy. (Hebrews 12:14) It is His Holiness that makes His Mercy so precious because it is righteous. It is at the Mercy Seat where we have sat down in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3, 2:6) “Great is Thy faithfulness, there is no shadow of turning in Thee, morning by morning, new mercies I see, all that I have need of Thy hand has provided,” the old hymn declares. His mercies I see because I understand His mercies. How does one understand the mercy of God? By experience and identification with Him. Some receive His mercy and never have a clue nor seek Him because of the mercy extended, but those that love Him seek out the reason for the extension of mercy. They seek His nature. Morning by morning, that is, daily we seek His mercy and His merciful ways in us. It is as we see a merciful God, we become like Him. Divinity begets divinity. As we behold Him Who is merciful, we become like Him. As one Cherub (you and I) behold the other Cherub (Christ) we become like Him Who is between us – the glory cloud, God.

We are called to bask in the beauty of Mercy. We are called to the divinity of Mercy (gold). We are called to manifest the mercy of God. Without going into detail (write us about who Lucifer is), we know that Lucifer was Adam. It states that Lucifer was the anointed Cherub. There are two Cherubs connected to the Mercy Seat, of the same beaten work. One is Christ, the Alpha, and the second is the Omega – His corporate expression, made up of the new creation man in Christ Jesus which is each individual who comprises the corporate expression! Well, Glory to God. What a work He is creating.

The Mercy Seat is a place of rest. It is a seat… a place where one resides and is comfortable in. Ah, when you sit down in your favorite chair, it surrounds you, encompasses you, envelopes you softly, tenderly and you melt into the chair. Such is the Mercy Seat. It is a place or relaxation and rest in God. You let go and fall into it knowing that it will support your weight, all of who you are. Resting in the nature of God without any struggle for you are identified with Him.

The Mercy Seat is a place of authority. For only one can sit there. It is not every man who can place himself there. It is from this realm of authority that the love and holiness of God comes forth. It is a place of government, kingdom government which is another way of stating that one person rules – the king, Christ Jesus alone. It is not a democracy, a republic, etc. but a kingdom ruled from this seat. He Who is all Wisdom reigns supreme. What peace there is knowing that there will be no mistakes. God is so good.

The Mercy Seat is the central figure in the Tabernacle. Everything leads to the Mercy Seat. It is the end result, the last piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. Why do all the other pieces point us toward the Mercy Seat? Why is the Mercy Seat the last piece of furniture? The vessels from the Outer Court up to the Mercy Seat are laid out in the shape of the cross with the Mercy Seat being the capstone, the last piece. Mercy is the capstone of the faith, the pinnacle of His Love made manifest. We, the sons of God, the firstfruits of the faith, are to be a token of that which all will participate in – mercy.

The Mercy Seat is the judgment seat of God. Not unto condemnation and death but unto Mercy! Unto Life! Unto Restoration and Restitution (Acts 3:21)! For what father condemns a child, even though the child has done wrong? No, the father corrects, metes out a righteous judgment for the restoration of the child. What mercy, what love our God bestows on us that we will be reconciled and restored to Him. He knows our need so He can supply. It is found in Daniel 7:22 which states: “Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” For when we enter into the realm of the Mercy Seat, the very nature of Christ and His Father, then we are given the privilege of judgment but not until we have come to mercy. It is when our nature is a gracious one and one that is righteous, that we shall possess the kingdom. In fact, the hardest one to be gracious to is yourself. But the saints shall possess the kingdom – themselves. Then the natural kingdom shall be seen on the earth.

THE THRONE

DAY OF ATONEMENT (LEV.23:27) MERCY SEAT (EXODUS 25:17-22) THRONE (REVELATION 3:21)

The Scripture declares in Revelation 3:21 “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” The one who has conquered every obstacle of the flesh through the power of residing in the nature of Christ is the overcomer. It is to this person that the place of authority is given. It is not to the outward situation that we look but to the inward man and the ability to arise from every situation that we consider. For we see Christ, being formed by every trial and circumstance in the individual. 

It is the nature of Christ in the person that is going to sit down on the throne of Jesus. He has given up His position in you so that you can come forth – the new creation man, the man after His own image. Christ removes Himself from the place of authority in you as you, the new creation man, have passed from babe, adolescent, now into adulthood! You are now of age spiritually and He gives place to you who have been conformed to His nature. He knows that you will walk the walk, manifest the life without yielding to fleshly trials and temptations.

For up to this point the work of His Cross in you has been for a personal salvation, a total salvation within you. He, Jesus, was working within you to lift you out of the miry clay nature. He was causing the nature of the Father to resurrect, to come forth out of you. He sat upon your throne until you came to the point of maturity that He could remove Himself. You taking the throne within yourself is not the Adamic nature ruling, but the direct opposite truth – the nature of Christ ruling. God of the house of God, as El-Bethel means, is when Jacob was changed to Israel. Israel ruled and Jacob was no longer to be seen – ever.

The verse states: “…grant to sit down with Me on My throne…” Jesus does not have to grant this, but He does. When does He grant this, that is, let you sit with Him? When He knows that you are in His nature – not when you think you are! You are probably in His nature before you think you are because He looks upon the heart, and the normal person looks upon the flesh, not the inner man. It is one throne, and there is no duality here – there are not two people on one seat, as the mind would picture things.

Of course, we are not talking about a literal throne. For anyone who comes into His nature can sit on the throne and surely there has been more than one person in the nature of Christ over the last 2,000 years! No, this is a spiritual realm, a heavenly place, a place where the corporate body of Christ, made up of individuals, has entered into. Daniel 7:9 states: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” All thrones are cast down. The throne of self that is found in every man must be removed. This is accomplished by the ascendancy of the new creation man, the one found in the nature of Christ. For when the Ancient of Days, the Father sits, His garment is white as snow, meaning that it is holy, pure and undefiled.

His throne is made like a fiery flame. Our God is a consuming fire Hebrews declares, quoting the Old Testament. His throne is the lake of fire.. (Revelation 15:10) It consumes all that is dross. All the false thrones are burnt and His rises from the ashes. He is in ascendancy. Every principality and power casts its crowns before Him. Even likewise do the righteous (Rev.4:10) for there can be only one throne – His.

Your action of taking your rightful spiritual place within yourself, in one sense, releases Him to ascend even higher than what you currently are aware. When you complete Him (He is the head, and we are the body, the completion of Him (Colossians 2:10)), then He is made whole and can ascend to sit with the Father. But He, Jesus, cannot do that until He grants that we sit with Him, which He will not do unless you are completely conformed to His Image.

It all fits together as one reads 1 Corinthians 15:28 which states: “And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.” You see Jesus is not subject to the Father in the broadest sense until everything is brought into subjection to Himself. When we individually finally come to the spiritual place within ourselves where we are all subject to Him, then we will be able to sit with Him. When our house is totally subjected to the ‘higher power,’ then He can be elevated to the throne of the Father. But it is contingent upon us to fulfill our place so that He might be released. Note that I said ‘us.’ It is a corporate body, the body of Christ, which needs to come into this place. Obviously such an expression can occur only if individuals possess their reins.

Then, when we have ascended and sat down with Him, He arises, resurrects from that realm to reveal a higher order than what we have seen before. God never gets smaller nor stagnant, but is ever expanding and growing. “And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter…” Isaiah 30:26 declares. The moon’s brightness increases by the exponential of one. But the sun is seven. 1 x 1 = 1. 7 x 7 = 49.  For every level of understanding we grow (1 x 1), God expands seven times (49).  What marvelous life is yet to unfold as we subject ourselves unto Him.

Now, we note that Christ ‘overcame and sat down with the Father.’ What did Jesus have to overcome? Hebrews 1:3 states that “when He had purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High…” So in order for Him to assume the throne, which we hoped to come to, He had to purge sin, our sin, from us. Is your sin purged from you? Do you know that experientially? It is already accomplished, but the mental assent of this truth is not sufficient for it must be a heart-felt experience in order to accomplish it.

Consider Hebrews 8:1-2 which reads: “…we have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man…” This verse is proclaiming Jesus as an intermediary for us because of the sin nature. Yet it goes on mentioning the true tabernacle – which you are. The heavens are located within the vessel and they have been cleansed by Christ who makes His abode in us. (John 14:23) The goal is that the Father’s throne might also be made within us. He goes to the Father (John 14:12,28, 16:10,16,17,28) so that He can come to us.

When we come to the throne and make our place there on His throne, it is not for our self-growth, but that we might be a vessel, a way, a bridge for others to ascend because His grace has been given unto us to ascend.

God is looking for a firstfruit company to present, declare the truth that God reigns in their life, that Adam is dead and others can also overcome.

PART EIGHT

BOOTHS (LEVITICUS 23:34) SHEKINAH GLORY (EXODUS 29:42-45, 40:3 SON (REV.21:7)

For who can be His Son? Who can arise in the everlasting burnings and stand (Isaiah 33:14)?  Isaiah goes on to say, “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil.” There is a people, the people of God, who individually overcome many obstacles during their life and qualify because they seek His kingdom. Unbeknownst to the individual who suffers righteously but silently at the hands of the world, there are others who have not bowed their knees the Baal. In Elijah’s day there were over seven thousand that had not given in to unrighteousness, but they were not aware of each other. Sonship and overcoming is not only an individual event but a corporate expression being worked out individually.

It is this duality, individual and corporate, that causes consternation among many saints. For some the work of the cross isn’t quite finished yet when they cry out, “Why do I have to wait on others?” We are interdependent because we are all of the same body – Christ’s. Each of us must fulfill our own personal role within the Body of Christ. If we fail, it affects the whole Body. But Jesus is preserving us blameless. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) Each of us will fulfill the call of our life and thereby bless every other participant in the Body of Christ.

Nehemiah 8:15-18 declares how each individual is to build his own booth during the feast of Tabernacles. This last feast is the culmination and summation of all the feasts. We have a house, eternal in the heavens, that is the spiritual realm, which God has fashioned for us. (2 Corinthians 5) He has built the house for us. He is working in us to perform the counsel of His will. (Philippians 1:6) All individuals will complete their own house by the leading of the Spirit. (Romans 8:14)

So on the day of the feast, the saint builds a house made of parts from different trees. The saint builds it under the direction of the Holy Spirit, not leaning to his own understanding. It is not hidden within either. For the individual booth was built on the housetop. Yes, we must arise and shake the dust (Adam) off our feet (Isaiah 52:2) for we are Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22), the city of the Living God. (Revelation 21:9-11) This new creation man in Christ Jesus comes forth out of the old house. The person had to leave his own house literally and build a small individual room on the flat roof of the house as his personal “tabernacle.” We must leave the adamic fallen nature and find our identity with Christ.

The tabernacle was built with palm branches, signifying the praises of God, which were used as the roof of the structure. Olive and wild olive branches were used inside for support. This speaks of the Hebrews (olive) and Gentiles (the wild olive) (Romans 11:17).  The willow and other hard branches were used also. The importance is that it takes all kinds to make up the Body of Christ. All are pure, as God told Peter when Cornelius came to him.

Tabernacles in Numbers 29 is a time of decreasing offerings. If one reads carefully, there are 199 offerings used during the last seven days of the feast. Each day of the feast requires less of an offering. As one reads, it can be noted that it is the bull offering that is decreased each day. The bull offering is not a sin offering. Jesus Christ was the sin offering. The bull offering is a trespass offering. This is slightly different. Sin is forgiven since we are found in Christ Jesus, and the sin nature has been removed. The trespass offering is for sin committed unknowingly. Every day this offering declines because there is less need. This means that the person is growing in the nature of Christ, and the victory of Christ is progressing in one’s life. By the time of the end of the feast, there is now no need for a trespass offering. The final day’s offering is one of completion or finality, which is represented by the number seven for the bullocks used.

The life of God is completely victorious in the overcomer, and the overcomer has arrived at a spiritual place in God where sacrifices are no longer needed. Genesis 33:17 states: “And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.” “Succoth” in Hebrew means tabernacle. When the Israelites left Egypt they traveled three days’ (Today and tomorrow I do cures, but on the third day I shall be perfected, Jesus said in Luke 13:32, speaking of being perfected in the Body of Christ) journey and stopped at Succoth to celebrate the Passover. Passover is found completed in tabernacles, Succoth.

Salvation through Jesus Christ is the most important event in a person’s life when the cleansing flood is experienced. The gifts of the Spirit cannot be denied in their importance in edifying the saint and building up his faith in God with the experience of Pentecost. But the experience of Tabernacles for the overcomer is perhaps the ultimate experience. It is coming into identification experientially with God, a union if you will.

A wedding begins the union of two people. Having children and experiencing many of life’s events bring the couple closer together because they participated in common things. But union in a marriage in one sense is when the couple begin to know what the other thinks before it is spoken, or they both have the same understanding of a situation without a word said. Union, Tabernacles with God is similar but obviously much better because there is no misunderstanding or confusion.

Many saints have walked in union with God over the centuries with each expressing it in their own words or ways. Madame Guyon, Jacob Boheme, Clement, Joel Goldsmith, etc., have all written of this experience. The Lord did not place the three experiences in the Bible without the desire that we would individually participate in all of them. Some settle for Passover, a personal salvation, and that is all right. Others seek more of God and desire the experience of Pentecost, and that is good. But there is more beyond Pentecost, and it is the feast of Tabernacles. This third experience is worth the trials for the life that is thereby obtained.

Jesus came out of the Holy of Holies to establish our salvation, Passover. The Holy Spirit came out of the Holy of Holies to establish the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost. God is coming out of the Holy of Holies to establish Tabernacles.                                                                                                                             

Adam was the tent, a shadow of the true Tabernacle. Adam was a man who was created out of the earth, the dust realm, and to the dust must return. But our Lord was from heaven. As we have borne the image of the earthly, so we shall bear the image of the heavenly. (1 Corinthians 15:49) We know that if this earthly house is dissolved, we will be clothed upon with the heavenly house. (2 Corinthians 5:1-14) Adam had a spiritual house until sin entered in. He was cast down to a lower realm, where God gave him a coat of skin. (Genesis 3:20) The residual effect is evident to us who live in this shadow, a tent, which must pass away because death works in it.                                  

But praise be to God that He has given us the true tabernacle. The manifestation of Jesus removes the old. (Hebrews 10:9) Adam reigned until Jesus came. Jesus revealed the kingdom of God ruling and reigning in His life, for the Holy of Holies ruled. The Adamic tabernacle was religious, educated and knowledgeable in goodly things, but had set itself up as godly. Darkness always sets itself up as ruling until the light comes. Adam reigned until Christ came. The tent, the shadow of the true tabernacle, that tent which had no life in it but looked good, was visible but void and incapable of producing life. Christ, the true tabernacle, came revealing life because He lived in the Holy of Holies.

God is coming forth out of the Holy of Holies to be manifested in the new heavens and the new earth. The new heavens is the mind of Christ, for Adam was a living soul (mind) until he sinned and thereby dying died. The new heavens, the mind of Christ, is filled with life and cannot die, for Jesus offered His soul (Isaiah 53:10) for our soul which had perished. God is also coming forth out of the earth. Not the Adamic earth which returns to dust but rather God is causing the new creation man, which we are, not fashioned with hands but a piece of the mountain Himself, to come forth. The inner man is being renewed daily (Col.3:10, 2 Cor.4:16) as the outer man perishes. As the old falls away the new is revealed, for it is being quickened, vivified, made alive by the life of God out of the Holy of Holies.

The first tabernacle was a man, Adam. The second tabernacle was God, Jesus. The third tabernacle is God manifested in man, the new creation man. The difference between the truth of who a saint is and what he thinks he is, is the perspective from which he looks. The church system teaches an adamic approach – Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles in that order with Adam always coming closer to God. God teaches a life approach – Tabernacles, Pentecost, Passover with all realms emanating from the Holy of Holies of God Himself, and God stretching out to mankind. The church teaches we get “saved” or we get life at Passover. The truth is that Tabernacles gives life to the Passover experience, but Passover of itself is not life. Salvation is not life but an experience that can lead us to the understanding that we are alive.

Jesus removed the old tabernacle – Adam. Adam has been dead for over 2,000 years. We have been delivered by the cross and the resurrection of Christ Jesus, our ascended Lord. Where are you in the plan of God? Adam is dead; long live the king! You are living because of the life that Christ revealed, but are you living in the life of Christ?

Tabernacles provides the means to state as Paul does that it is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me. (Gal.2:20)  The Lord of us all can quite quickly quench our desires for the ways of the flesh and establish us fully in the realm of life. Living by the faith of the Son of God is far different than “having faith.” The old nature, that flesh nature, that adamic nature, tries very hard to “have faith” for many things, to believe for many things, and it cannot. The adamic nature cannot please God. It did not in Cain nor could it. If one “has faith” for something then who receives the credit when that something is given? Adam does and not God. Paul lived in a realm of Tabernacles as he states: the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.

The article “the” does not appear in the Greek. We do find it in the King James Version as English requires articles to make the sentence more comprehensible. Therefore it may seem that I am trying to make a point with something that is not there in the original text. However, the Greek implies that “the” faith of the Son of God is different from “your” faith in the Son of God. Other translations do bring the thought out clearly:

Wuest: “It is no longer I who lives but there lives in me Christ. And that life which I now live in the sphere of the flesh, by faith I live it, which faith is in the Son of God.”

Concordant Literal: “…Now which I am living in the flesh, I am living in faith of the Son of God.”

Young’s: ...and which I now live in the flesh – in the faith of the Son of God.”

Bible in Basic English: “…which I am now living in the flesh I am living by faith, the faith of the Son of God.”

Panin: “…Live by faith which is in the Son of God.”

Each of these translations clearly express that there is a difference between the faith of a person, when he hopes in or hopes for something and the faith of the Son of God. Many people have “faith” in something; as an example let us say that “something” would be their children. If their children fall into sin or fail them, they are crushed. Personal faith has no substance because its roots are in Adam. God is constantly testing us to see if our faith is in Adam or Christ Jesus. Substance comes only from life, and that comes from the Lord’s essence. The faith of the Son of God is a person. Jesus, by laying down His life He expressed the faith of God. As God’s only begotten Son, Jesus revealed God’s faith toward us in His ministry and atoning expression. The invisible God became visibly expressed through His Son, and the Son revealed faith, for He did only what He saw or heard His Father say. He never walked in the flesh, but in the faith of the Father’s words, which are life.

The Greek brings out that Galatians 2:20 “en pistei” can be translated as: “(from, with, of, by) faith.” The Greek phrase indicates (particular to Paul’s writings) the indwelling of Christ, which thereby implies that “the faith of the Son of God” is in actuality Christ, Himself, and His own faith.  The Greek preposition “en” can be translated variously but basically: “with, from, by, of.” Yet, in Galatians 2:20 “en” has a more difficult use. The Diaglott indicates it is “from” meaning rooted in, based out of, and then the Diaglott states “en” which is translated “towards” the Son of God. This indicates the faith comes out of the Son of God and moves even towards the Son of God. In other words, the faith causes one to move closer to God while even being in God. How true! The adamic faith, rooted in Adam, cannot draw us closer to God because it sets itself up as God.

Paul had come to the place in his life that God had removed from his being any attachment to a personal faith. Paul’s personal faith was in the laws of the Old Testament. But on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), something happened that removed any possible connection between his personal beliefs on religion and true religion. Paul was very religious. He was highly educated. His place was such in the religious system of the day that the leaders ascribed to him great respect, especially his zeal for the religion. But his whole life was consumed by his own faith in something. That is the way of Adamic flesh. We see many sold out to the corporate structure, or their religious denomination, their family, etc. Their life is consumed by the direction or goal of their “faith.” Unfortunately, even many Christians are also the same. Living in the Adamic nature, while being a saved or even a Spirit-filled person, is being at enmity with God.

When God appeared to Paul that day on the road to Damascus, Paul fell to the earth. His eyes were blinded, and for three days he did not see. Adam was made of the earth. Today and tomorrow Jesus said He did cures but on the third day, He would resurrect. When God raised Paul up, God resurrected Paul out of the earth and redeemed him from the earth realm. (Revelation 14:3) The scales fell from his eyes, and he was free to see in a new way – without the adamic religious trappings. Paul changed from the adamic nature, which is legalistic, to the ministry of grace which is mercy – unmerited favor.

The truth of the feast of Tabernacles is found in Paul. For years I have studied the man and his writings. It is my belief that the ultimate move of God is in a people who have experienced life in the way Paul did. Tabernacles is not a feast for oneself, but it is a feast in which the Christ life is laid down (perhaps I should say offered up) so that others might enter in. Your life hid in God becomes the means by which you are the bridge (laying down) that others might enter. In order for you to lay your life down or use your life in Christ as a sacrifice, an atonement for others, you would have to be dead to the adamic a long time ago! Hear and understand. Paul was dead to his old nature, and that is why he could state in Romans 9:3: For I could wish that myself were accursed for Christ for my brethren, my kinsman according to the flesh. He expressed a belief that if the life of Christ in him could be laid down as a benefit for others, he would have done so. This is a true tabernacles understanding.

Living by the faith of the Son of God creates an opportunity to sow your life rather than preserve your life. Living by the faith of the Son of God establishes you in Tabernacles in that you are engathered unto the Lord. You have ceased from the flesh and entered into the rest experienced in the Mercy Seat realm. Mercy, pure unadulterated mercy, flows from you. As Jesus came to give life, so also will you. Mercy is above the earth realm of understanding. People may experience salvation through the mercy of God but that does not mean they understand mercy. Experiencing mercy and living in mercy are two different things.

When one enters into the Holy of Holies and the eighth step, there is only but one life to give and that is His, because your identity is with Him. God gave His Son. Now you give the Son formed in you for the sake of others.

THE SHEKINAH GLORY

God gives His glory to no man, Scripture declares. In this realm there is glory of none other than GOD Himself. No fallen nature takes His glory. No man can usurp His glory. Only the pure and unadulterated person can receive His glory. Pure in the sense that one must be holy as He is holy to see God. Unadulterated in the sense that one has not gone a whoring after other gods like Israel did (the god of self). God will give His glory only to one who is of Him, His bride, the Body of Christ, the overcomers or those who have died to identifying with the old nature and are alive unto God.

The glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire. (Exodus 24:17) It consumed all that is not of Him. When God appeared as the burning bush, the bush was not destroyed. His glory (the fire) did not destroy the bush, because He made the bush, and it was pure. His creation was good. His glory could be seen in the bush, surrounding the bush, through the bush, etc. The fire was to remove the ropes of bondage as it did for the pure men found in the furnace in Daniel. While the fire consumed the soldiers that threw them in, it did not touch the Hebrew children. Such is the glory of God. For those in His nature will not be consumed nor even smell of smoke.

Now the word “Shekinah” is not found in the Scriptures, although it is used with the glory cloud by many ministers. The Hebrew “Shekinah” means “presence.”  The glory of the Lord was found in the Tabernacle. It was found within the Holy of Holies within the Tabernacle. It is out of the Holy of Holies that God moves. All that He is is Holy. From this holiness emanates His love, peace, judgment etc. All comes out from His glory.

Revelation 14 states that the Lake of Fire is around the throne. Exodus 24:17 states the glory of the Lord is like a devouring fire. Hebrews quotes Psalms and states our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29) All these verses are proclaiming the same truth. All death is swallowed up in God, Who is life and fire. For the glory of God is self-sufficient, self-existent.

He will share His glory with no man, Scripture declares. What that also states is that if any man wishes to partake of the glory of God, that man must become like God, be a partaker of the nature of God. Those who desire to be conformed to His Image (Romans 8:29) will manifest His glory. It is this group of people, saints of like-minded faith (Romans 8:19-20), who will become sons of God. Note the little “s” is not a capital “S.” These saints are willing to lay everything down to know the Lord. Just as Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress followed the path, the narrowing path, which led to communion with God, so too we must allow His glory to work in us

2 Thessalonians 1:10 states: when He comes to be glorified in His saints. The God of all glory has come and made His abode in us (John 14:23), and now He is working His good pleasure in us, transforming us by the renewing of our mind and translating us out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son. He is creating within each of us the glory that His Son had before the world began. He is hand-fashioning us, kneading us like good dough in the hands of a great chef. He labors in love to fill us with Himself, even His glory.

Consider Isaiah 60:13 which reads: The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.  Here the Lord is speaking of His people. He mentions all the trees because these trees help make up the individual tabernacles that each person builds during the time of the engathering at the feast of Tabernacles. We are His habitation, His sanctuary. The place of His feet shall be glorious. Many are the locations in Scripture about the Body of Christ who are called His feet.

Jesus’ feet crushed the head of the serpent. He did this Himself, but we who are part of His Body, crush the serpent under ours. At the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. The custom was the person was clean except for the dust collected on the feet by walking, so when the person entered the house the feet were washed. Jesus washed their feet to prepare them for the new walk that would occur after the Supper, when they would have a spiritual walk. We are His feet, the place of His footstool in the earth. He reigns from the heavens, but His feet company walk the earth revealing His life in their flesh.

In the last part of Isaiah 60:7 it states: and I will glorify the house of my glory.  We, who are the house of the Lord, were made by Him for Himself. He gives His glory to no man. (Exodus 33:20) But to any person who has received Christ as His Savior, the Lord comes and begins to work His good pleasure in the person, because that one has been bought with a price – His Son’s precious blood. You are His house and He will glorify His house. Just as you glorify, that is, fix up the house the way you like it when you purchase your residence, so He is doing with you.

The overcomer who arrives at the eighth level is at the point of new beginning. Adam had a beginning that degenerated, but this new creation man has a beginning that will have no ending. There is very little written about the Shekinah glory in Scripture or otherwise, because little is known. Better yet – it is still to be written! The glory of the Lord shall fill the earth (your flesh) and the heavens (your mind) (Jeremiah 23:24, Ephesians 4:10). It has not entered into the minds of men what the Lord will do. But it shall be glorious!

IF ONE OVERCOMES, ONE IS A SON.

A son in the Greek is “Huios.” A child in the Greek is “Teknon.” The KJV of the Bible does not clearly delineate between the two. The NAS version of the Bible correctly does. Just what is a “son?”  Who can be a “son?” An overcomer is what a son is. One who has overcome all the desires of the adamic, fallen nature by remaining and identifying oneself in Christ is a son.

Further elucidation is necessary lest some things be misconstrued. A son is not THE Son of God. But A son is part of THE Son. For THE Son seeks to be the HEAD of the Body of Christ, which we are. In one sense then we are conformed to His Image that we might be part of the corporate expression of Him, thus becoming A son on the corporate level. But in order for that to occur, A son must be dealt with by the precious grace of God to be A son on the individual level to qualify for the corporate expression. Many are called but few are chosen, like Gideon’s group mentioned in the introduction of this message. A Son is the person who has yielded his/her life to God for the sole purpose of glorifying God. This deep desire drives the individual to such a length that the person is willing to suffer all things for Christ. Because it is an individual walk, what you might need to experience could be different from the next person.

The best way to test to see if you are in the faith is to compare yourself with THE Son. He is the pattern Son, Whom we are to follow. There is no other to look to. Even then one must be careful. For are you looking at the man, Jesus, or at the ascended Lord Jesus? For if you look at the man, the historical man, then you are not following the pattern Son. If you look at Jesus as a spiritual man, then one must be careful also for He was not. He grew in stature and wisdom (Luke 2:52) and learned obedience by the things He suffered. (Hebrews 5:8) The man Jesus had to learn to be spiritual since He was tried in all ways like we.

Now at times He was called the Son of Man (82 times in New Testament) and at other times He was called the Son of God (43 times in the New Testament). If one studies these times in the Scriptures, you will see there is a difference in meaning between the two. In some of the locations (like in the Gospels) one says Son of Man and the other might say Son of God. This too has significance. For the phrase “Son of Man” speaks of identification with the man, human nature but not the fallen nature. He did not have any part of Mary or Joseph (if He did, He would have been born with a sin nature and could not have saved the world. See Philippians 2:7 and Romans 8;3. Mary carried a zygote. She did not produce an egg, which it would have come from the sin nature and then was fertilized by God.)

The Son of God reference is to His Godly nature. In fact the Son of God phrase is properly associated with His resurrection and ascension. As one looks at the prophet, priest and king presentation of Christ (Psalms 22, 23, 24) in the Old Testament and the same in Hebrews 1:1-3, Jesus was seen as a Son of Man during His prophetic ministry (3 1/2 years) and as a priest on the cross. He revealed His kingship on the resurrection and ascension, no longer bound or hindered by His body of flesh. He did not receive His glorified body until after His ascension. He was incorruptible during His life of 33 1/2 years.

We, who are called to be sons of God (Romans 8:19, Revelation 21:7) must first become Sons of Man, so to speak, since that is the pattern of THE Son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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