A CONSUMING FIRE
BY: JACKIE CAPORASO
JANUARY 3, 2009
MESSAGE No. 190
IF I MAKE MY BED IN HELL
OUR GOD ANSWERS BY FIRE
PAUL UNDER ATTACK
TALE OF TWO JERUSALEMS
Because he prophesied of a kingdom where the lion will lay down in peace with the lamb, Isaiah has been called the “prophet of the kingdom.” So it is no wonder that today, many of his prophecies are ringing in our ears as the Spirit speaks them again to our hearts.
In one of these, the prophet declares, “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.” (Isa. 26:1) Isaiah’s heart must have jumped within him when he spoke of the salvation that was coming to the people of God. But was he aware of whom these people were all going to be?
It is very possible that Isaiah had no idea that the strong city was going to be a New Jerusalem from above and that the great salvation that he was speaking about was going to include gentile nations as well. Isaiah spoke clearly of the glorious first resurrection as it is written, “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall rise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Vs. 19)
As Isaiah spoke these words, was he aware of the times of terrible persecutions that were going to take place before the glory of the Lord appeared in the earth? Did he know that ghastly persecutions would relentlessly increase upon the seed of Israel, and that their enemies would not let up in their pursuit to wipe them off the face of the earth? What was Isaiah thinking when he spoke these words from God?
“Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is passed. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.” (Vs. 20-21)
IF I MAKE MY BED IN HELL
Isaiah’s prophecy reveals that there are “chambers,” or places of refuge where one can dwell and be protected from the “indignation” and the punishment that is coming upon the inhabitants of the earth. Let me say here that these are not literal places of refuge in the earth somewhere. They are places in the Spirit. One can be in isolation in a literal forest or a remote place in the earth and still feel the “indignation” that is passing over the world. God places us where He wills, but our safety is in His Spirit, under His Shadow.
The dictionaries define the word “indignation” as “righteous anger,” but the word that Isaiah used comes from the Hebrew meaning “to froth at the mouth.” It speaks of anger or wrath so fierce that it is to the point of foaming at the mouth. This is the kind of wrath that Isaiah foretells as coming upon the inhabitants of the earth (the carnal man).
Isaiah does not mince words. He clearly states that the wrath is coming as punishment, not correction. Let us not be deceived; God is finished with the man of flesh. He put an end to him on the cross of Jesus. God has made a way, but the first Adam creation will be no more. The way is the cross of Jesus working in our lives and the Spirit of the resurrected Lord rising within to overcome our man of flesh. He is our hope of glory and our only hope of life eternal. There is no other way – Jesus Christ is THE Savior of our souls.
The wrath of God came down on the last Adam on the cross. When we reckon ourselves dead with Him, we rise in the power of His resurrection. So can we still be found in the Adam who inhabits the earth? In my own experience I can truthfully say that sometimes I dwell in the peaceful place of His Spirit but at times I drop back into the realm of the earth where my carnal thoughts begin to provoke my emotions and I can feel the effect of the storm.
I can go from heaven to hell right in my own bed. David knew the feeling when he worshipfully penned, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways…
Where can I go from Your Spirit: or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are There. If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea (Of humanity) even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psa. 139:1-3, 7-10)
The word of God still stands. Paul wrote, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) We can take heart even from our place in hell that our God is still there, and that He is bringing beauty out of our ashes. The carnal mind constantly speaks in our ears and we are so accustomed to it that we do not quickly recognize the fox and we are snared into the traps that he lays out for us. Before we know it, we are down in the quagmires of the earthly realm. The quicker we become aware of this, and the faster we run to our place of refuge in Christ, the sooner peace is restored to our souls.
It is as we taste of the peace and quiet of His Spirit, and as we bask in His love that our desires are turned towards Him and that we flee from the things that may have once thrilled us. Indeed, we all choose to dwell in the Spirit, so why do our emotions so often run wild and pull us down into a hell within? Why is it that after all the teachings we have heard, and all the praying and Bible reading we have done, we still find ourselves, as David, making our beds in hell?
It has been four years since my husband went to be with the Lord. During that time, the Lord has shown me so much love and held me close to His heart. He has given me much peace of mind and of heart. The trials that I have since gone through have been relatively mild, and my problems have been quickly solved… until just recently when all hell broke loose.
It came suddenly upon me and before I knew it, it was as if, spiritually, I had been punched in the face and knocked down to the ground. No sooner did I get up to recover that I was knocked down again. My emotions were frayed and I felt that even my health was threatened. It was in that place that I heard the Lord speak to my heart and say, “Do not blame yourself or anyone for the turmoil in your heart, it is I the Lord who ordained it for you!” Then He took me to the words of Malachi where He said, “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple.” (Mal. 3:1a)
I thought that the storm within had been caused by the changing events in my household, but the Lord was pointing to something much deeper. The word “SUDDENLY” jumped at me for it is just the way it happened within me. Indeed, as we seek the Lord in hope of getting closer to Him, He answers us and comes to His temple.
Yes, SUDDENLY, the Lord whom we seek comes to our temple and all hell breaks loose. SUDDENLY He reveals Himself in our spirits, souls and bodies, and we find ourselves in the eye of a storm. The flesh in those areas is squirming and the “old man” loses his footing.
The Master of the wind and fire goes through our beings to the degree that we can stand without being consumed. He purifies every nook and cranny until we are limp before Him. When there is no more strength of the old man left, He picks us up and anoints us with oil and we feel clean as never before.
We may blame ourselves or the people in our lives, but there is really no one to blame. This old Adam man is finished and whatever residues are hiding within are being burnt up. Fire consumes; it leaves no trace of the old. Fire is the true purifier. Beloved, rest assured that all our personal and global problems are the answer to the prayers of the saints of all ages who are eagerly waiting for the manifestation of God’s sons.
The appearance of God’s holiness is stirring up the entire world and shaking it until there is nothing left to shake. God’s holiness once appeared in one man Jesus, but now the Sun of Righteousness is arising in a people strategically positioned all over the world. Yes, the God that is appearing within us is a fire that forever destroys the works that the man of flesh has claimed for himself.
Yes, our God is a consuming fire. When we identify ourselves with Jesus on the cross, He consumes our sacrifice. Malachi says that “His Messenger has prepared the way for this.” His Messenger is the blessed Holy Spirit who has trained us and prepared us for such a time as this. O Beloved, think not that the only warfare is taking place on the battle fields of Iraq or Afghanistan, the greatest warfare of all is taking place as God is changing the hearts of men. If we yield to His fire, we emerge with full understanding, as pure gold. If we rebel against it and resist Him, we find ourselves fighting against the very God we are seeking. Malachi wrote, “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.” (Mal. 3:2) Indeed, He is preparing us by fire and by fullers’ soap. And the purpose of this is that His priesthood “may offer unto Him an offering in righteousness.” (Vs. 3b)
OUR GOD ANSWERS BY FIRE
We have laid ourselves on the altar and offered our hearts to the Lord, now He is accepting our sacrifice – by fire. There was a day when Israel was caught up in the worship of Baal and false gods and Elijah wanted to show the people that only Jehovah was the true God of Israel.
Israel had been under the rule of wicked king Ahab who was married to Jezebel. They persecuted and even killed God’s prophets, so the people turned away from the true God and followed the worship of Baal and other false gods.
But there came a day when God stirred Elijah to call a gathering of all the false prophets for a showdown test. They had to build an altar and offer a bull for a sacrifice to their gods. At the same time, Elijah also built an altar to offer a sacrifice in the name of the Lord His God. Neither would build a fire under the altar so that the God who answered by fire and consumed the sacrifice would be declared the “true God.”
When all was in order the false prophets went first and “…called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying ‘O Baal, hear us!’ But there was no voice; no one answered. and they leaped about the altar which they had made. And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, ‘Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened. So they cried aloud and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.” (I Kings 18:26b-28)
At the end of the day, the prophets of Baal were exhausted and their sacrifice still had not been consumed. Then it was Elijah’s turn and he built an altar and laid the wood in order. He took a bull and laid it in pieces upon the wood and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood. Then he said, Do it a second time, and they did it a second time; and he said Do it a third time, and they did it a third time. So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.” (I Kings 18:33-35)
Then at the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah called on the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel and he prayed, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord He is God!” (Vs. 37-39)
It is good to keep in mind that Elijah was dealing with false gods that had infiltrated Israel. He was not testing the heathen nations; it was God’s people who were being deceived. The world’s people are looking to many false gods today, but God is putting His own people to the test. Many pastors today are drawing the flocks to their churches with words of man’s wisdom.
If we listen closely to some who have a reputable name among Christians, we hear mostly psychology and teachings on how to live a good life. The gods of the intellect are kings among us today, leading the people with man’s reasoning. Faith comes by hearing and the people who are constantly taught man’s reasoning have placed their faith in that. Only one God answers by fire and consumes the bull of our nature. Only one God brings beauty out of ashes and set the hearts of man at peace with each other. Our God has made a way for us. Jesus put on the Adam man and offered Himself on the cross of Calvary. The Father answered by fire, consumed His sacrifice and He arose the first of a new creation of God.
We have offered our lives to Him, we have identified ourselves with His death, and now He answers by fire and purify our hearts and minds until we become an acceptable sacrifice to Him. Truly, He is coming out of His Holy place and we are being changed…but not by our own efforts. As Peter prophesied, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief (suddenly and without warning) in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (II Pet.3:10)
Beloved, be not deceived, the works of men that must first be burned up are the works within our own hearts and minds. Our God is a consuming fire and only the God who answers by fire brings His glory to the world. The waters of Noah were God’s judgment for that day, but they did not destroy the evil therein. God has promised that He would no longer flood the earth that way. God has promised a day when the fire of His holiness would burn up the hay, wood or stubble, the works and teachings of men, in His house first then throughout the whole earth.
Our Lord is faithful. He keeps His promises. He has prepared us and now He suddenly swoops down into His temple as a consuming fire to purify every corner as He goes. He repeats this until there is nothing more to burn, then He takes the silver and the gold of His nature that He has placed in us and passes them through the same fire until they are refined as the purest silver and gold. This is what the sons are experiencing today.
PAUL UNDER ATTACK
Paul was a man of higher education. He described himself as an “Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the stock of Israel, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church, concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.”
Paul also possessed a vivid personality and a strong character. He was a man who stood firm and would not budge from his convictions, so God chose him and totally turned him around. God used this man’s energy and fervor to spread a gospel totally contrary to the establishment in which he had been a pillar. This has been God’s pattern for many who were once highly esteemed among their denominations, but suddenly found themselves on the other side of the “fence” when the Lord called and separated them from their mother’s womb (their churches).
Paul speaks of his experience, “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 1:11-12) When it came to this new Gospel, Paul had no credentials from men or from the schools of men. The established religious order could not accept that! Paul preached through revelation! This was unheard of and definitely objectionable! Could anyone now believe that since the time of Paul, others have been anointed to preach or teach the word from the same source?
Paul continues to explain, “When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb (Judaism) and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” (Vs.15-17)
Paul’s credentials were the Lord Jesus Christ revealed in him. He did not ask anyone else’s opinion, not even from those who had walked with Jesus Himself while He was here on earth. He just went into the desert and waited on the Lord to move him. Paul knew that He had received the Spirit of the living Christ; he was not looking for anyone else’s approval. He had a clear vision of his mission and he was going to fulfill it.
When Paul began to teach that obedience to the truth and not the traditions of the ‘fathers,’ is acceptable to God, he came under the violent attacks of religious men who felt threatened. If Paul had yielded to them and such attacks had succeeded, Christianity might have become another Jewish sect dependent upon circumcision and the keeping of the Law of Moses. The Gospel might have been kept for the Jews only and the gentiles would not have heard the truth concerning the salvation that is theirs in Christ!
When we ponder these things, we realize that the tactics employed by the enemies of Christ against Paul, are the very same that have been used down the centuries, and are still being used today. Some may think that the Christ that is under attack today is the historical Christ who walked the earth two thousand years ago, but we know that we are standing in a spiritual warfare between the resurrected Christ and the principalities and powers of this world systems.
We know that the enemies of Christ work through the carnal mind of every individual, and that the carnal mind is fed by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Eph. 2:2-3)
This prince uses every imaginable trick devised by him. He is especially keen on tripping those who are called to sonship for they are the biggest threat. This prince works in the minds of those who exert power over the people, whether they are in the churches or in the governments of this world. He is a master in “exchanging the truth of God for a lie so that they worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever, Amen.” (From Rom. 1:25) He is an expert in bringing the Word of God down to a literal letter of law and keeping the people under the bondage of rituals and traditions. This is his clever way of making void the Living Word of God. This is the way that he silences the voice of the Spirit.
Paul was also under attack from those who had converted to Christ but still desired to keep the covenant of Law. They wanted to continue with the circumcision of the flesh and with the keeping of days and traditions. Paul wrote, “You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.” (Gal. 4:10-11)
Paul’s mission was not only to turn them to Christ; it was also to turn them away from their traditions lest their faith in Christ was in vain. Is this not what has happened to Christianity today? Thousands of well-meaning Christian flock to their churches to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but are unaware that they are hearing a smidgeon of His Gospel and a large dose of rules and laws that have been woven into the Word. This method is keeping the people under the bondage of traditions, works and rituals.
Most of these Christians will never change their ways of worship for fear of losing their place in heaven and going straight to an eternal burning hell after death. If you tell any of them that you hear directly from the Spirit of God within, they look at you as if you were insane or sacrilegious. Yet, Paul was elected, called and anointed by God to remain faithful to the Gospel of the kingdom and to the truth that the Lord Himself was revealing by His Spirit. God has chosen, called and anointed us to do the same. If it were not for the “elect,” the voice of God’s Holy Spirit would have been forever silenced in the world. This is why our personal battles are so fierce. We may think that they are just the run of the mill struggles of this life, but in reality, we are fighting against the principalities and powers in high places that have usurped the place that belongs to Christ.
Have we not heard the Spirit speak the same words to our hearts that He once spoke to Isaiah? “Come my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood and will no more cover her slain.” (Isa. 26:20-21)
When the Father sent His beloved Son to the cross, He was proclaiming to the world that this Adam man was finished. Then He sent His servants throughout the world with the word of “repentance” to give them a way out of this certain death. But now the time is at hand and the indignation is passing over the dwellings of the inhabitants of the earth. As it was in the land of Egypt long ago, the word is heard, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you!” We have a sure place of refuge for these traumatic times. That refuge is not a rapture in the sky, it is simply the life of the resurrected Lord in our spirits, souls and bodies. The Adam man will not be spared; he was finished on the cross of Jesus. The blood of Jesus, His life seen in our daily walk, saves us from the wrath that is upon the world. Jesus accomplished the will of His Father. There has been a time for the inhabitants of the earth to repent; now the time of His ‘indignation’ cannot be delayed or denied.
Paul’s heart was filled with love for the little church that was fighting to overcome the onslaught of those who insisted in holding onto the father’s traditions and still call themselves Christians. He flatly declared, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.” (Gal. 1:6) When laws are woven into the gospel of Christ, it is no longer the pure word of Jesus; it is “Another Gospel.” There are those who preach all grace and let their flesh run wild; this is not the true gospel either. Jesus zeroed in on the power of the Spirit to take authority over our own hearts. It is as we walk in the Spirit that we overcome the strong appetites of the flesh. The “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” makes us free from the law of sin and death. Paul explains this, “But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire to be in bondage?” (Gal. 4:8-9) Paul did not give them laws to follow, instead he offered “himself” as an example, “Brethren, I urge you to become as I am, for I am as you are.” (Vs. 12a)
TALE OF TWO JERUSALEMS
Jesus did not do away with the law or the Old Testament; He said that He fulfilled it. Paul was not commissioned to do away with the law, he was painstakingly striving to make them understand that now, they were no longer under a written, blanket law, instead, the Spirit of the living Lord was shining His law individually in their own heart. Paul did not want them to slide back to the old application of law.
There is an old saying that the only way to take a bone away from a dog is to throw the dog a steak. Although I am not at all insinuating that Paul looked upon them as dogs, yet the illustration applies. Indeed, when the Lord brings us out of the darkness we thought was light, He does it by showing us the true light.
When we begin our walk with the Lord, we still think with our natural minds. This is why we need to hear the word, and the word we hear develops the faith we need to believe spiritual realities. Otherwise, we only believe in what we see with our natural eyes and what we can reason out with our natural understanding. Paul wanted them to know that now they no longer belonged to an assembly in the earthly realm, now they were part of a church in the Spirit.
Again, Paul makes use of events in the Old Testament to bring about the reality of spiritual truths. He explains that there are two covenants and compares them to Abraham’s two sons. One covenant is likened to the son of the bondwoman and the other to the son of the free. One son inherits the promise and the other inherits the richness of earthly goods. “For it is written that Abraham had two sons: one by a bondwoman, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the free woman through promise. Which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children – but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Gal. 4:22-26)
It was not by accident that Sarah was past the age of bearing children when God gave her the promise of a son. Isaac is the son of promise. He is the second son that is born to Abraham and he represents the second Man who is the Lord from heaven. Ishmael is the first son and represents the first man Adam who is the man of dust.
“And so it is written, the first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. and as we have borne he image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” (I Cor.15: 45-49)
Paul was teaching the Galatians that the Jerusalem that they revered was as Hagar. The literal temple where they worshiped was as the bondwoman. The covenant that they kept applied strictly to the flesh and did not include the spiritual realm as an inheritance. When they moved under the covenant of Christ, they became heirs with Isaac and were no longer under the rules of Ishmael. They could no longer call the literal Jerusalem their mother; they now belonged to the Jerusalem from above.
Paul also taught this to the converted Hebrews who had the same problem. “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven.” (Heb. 12:25)
Paul had just declared to them, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” (Heb. 12:22-24) Paul was painstakingly explaining to them that in Christ they were no longer under the rules of the old covenant, now they needed to hear Him who spoke from heaven (the spirit).
Even though these words were spoken to Jewish men who had converted to Christianity, they very much apply to us today. Many Christians flatly refuse to hear what the Spirit is speaking today. They much rather adhere to the words of a written law. When we do this, we are either children who do not have the maturity or the trained ear to hear what the Spirit is speaking. Or else, we are too stubborn and set in our ways to ever hear; we need to be born from above.
Then Paul nails his teaching down, “Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.” (Vs.22) The key word here is “persecute.” The dictionary defines the word as meaning, “To pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment. To harass persistently. To oppress with injury or punishment for adherence to principles or religious faith.”
Is this not what the nation Israel and Christian nations have suffered throughout the centuries. The enemy has been relentless in its attacks against the city of Jerusalem. But God in His wisdom has hid His true Jerusalem from men. She stands in the middle of it all yet is out of the reach of the foe. This is why she does not visibly meet. She is above the entire scene until she comes out to rule and reign with Christ in the earth.
There is another kind of warfare going on within each one of His called out people; it the flesh warring against the spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. The old Adam wants to claim the inheritance of eternal life, but the Christ Spirit in us is the Overcomer who inherits all things. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, “I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33) “He who overcomes shall inherit all things.” (Rev. 21:7a)
Jesus explains that even when we are in the world and can still be in Him. He is our peace in the middle of the world. He has given us His Spirit who has already won the battle to overcome the world in us. I have no doubt that when Isaiah prayed earnestly for Jerusalem, he was thinking of his beloved city. But the Spirit within him may have had another city in mind. “For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.” (Isa. 62:1)
David’s heart overflowed with love for that city when he wrote, “Pray for the peace at Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’ Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.” (Psa. 122:6-9) When the literal Jerusalem is at peace, the enemies of Christ will be under His feet.
The city of Jerusalem and the Jewish seed have always been the target of God’s enemies. Today, Jerusalem still suffers the threats of those who are ready to pounce on them and wipe them off the face of the earth. Although David and Isaiah were certainly praying for them, yet today we also pray that those who belong to the Jerusalem from above will not turn away from the Word that is spoken to them by the Spirit of the living God.
John saw the New Jerusalem come down out of heaven from God and each of us are seeing it in the Spirit as we hear the word of truth and become aware of who we are, and who our brothers and sisters are in Christ. We are that City made up of an innumerable number of “angels” who are the messengers of His truth. How we rejoice with a grateful heart unto our Lord and God!
Because of His love,
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