ACCORDING to MY WORD
BY: ELWIN R. ROACH
PUBLICATION # 249.13
IN WHOSE NAME do WE SPEAK?
DYING from GLORY to GLORY
And Elijah …said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 1 Kings 17:1.
IN WHOSE NAME DO WE SPEAK?
According to “My Word, “Your Word,” “Our Word” — What is the worth of such words? How much weight do they carry? Will our words move ant hills, or mountains, or neither? And, let us ask, in whose name do we speak?
We can expect men like Elijah to say: “…according to my word.” But for us to prophesy, pray for the sick, or cast out demons “according to my word,” would be unthinkable for most, and rightly so, especially if we happen to be speaking from the natural, human realm, even if we happen to be dressed in our finest religious garb with golden crosses hanging from our necks. Outward show works on the man’s psyche but not on spiritual matters.
Notwithstanding, when we pray or prophesy, it has been common practice to conclude with: “Thus saith the Lord,” or “In the name of Jesus,” etc., for we want to at least be scriptural. Or do we feel that God will hopefully endorse those words and seal them with His immutable authority and power. We all, I am sure, have said those very words in our prayers, even screamed them, spouted, spewed, declared, demanded, and quoted dozens of scriptures from one end of the Bible to the other while invoking the name of Jesus, Lord, Lord Jesus Christ, Lord God, Father, Father God, and more during the process. And when it was over and done with, it was an exception if anyone was delivered, changed, or helped to any degree. On the other hand, there were times when we spoke a mere dozen words or less and mountains were removed. What’s the difference? Although we may have shouted a hundred times, “In the name of Jesus,” we may have been speaking in our own name, that of the natural man, yet when people were healed and the words, Jesus, Lord, God, Father, etc, were never breathed, but having been one in Him, we were speaking in His name. We carry His name, and everything we do or say is in His name. It can, then, be said that we were also speaking in our name, but not our natural, human name/nature, but it was in His/our Name/nature, since we and the Father were one. We were identified with Him and He with us.
This identification is not always the case and has concerned me over the years. For instance, when someone had ministered a great word, or a miracle was done by them, very often they divested themselves from the anointed word they delivered or the miracle they had done. They would humbly say, “It wasn’t me. It was the Lord. Praise His wonderful name.” However, when they did or said something that was not accepted as being “Christian,” they were quick to stand front and center to be identified with it, and say, “I am a guilty sinner. The devil tempted me and I submitted to the temptation. Why am I so often a partner with such a foe of Christ? I hate the devil and I hate myself.”
Why is it so hard to identify and be one with Jesus when we do something good and powerful, while we are quick to snuggle into the feather downed den of iniquity with the devil and claim to be one with him? If someone tells you what a wonderful word you shared, or how tremendous it was that you laid hands on and healed the sick baby, just say thank you! It is ok to be one with Jesus, and when you speak or do marvelous things that stream from His throne, it is in His name, and this is without having to utter the words, “In the name of Jesus.” Moreover, when it is not presumption and you know from where you speak, you can say, “This will not happen except by MY word.”
Our Lord made it clear that His source of power and authority was not His alone: “Then Jesus answered and said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” And, “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me.” John 5:19, 31
Not one time with His thirty-seven miracles recorded did He say in the name of anyone, not even in the name of His Father, or Jehovah-Jireh. He simply commanded, and it was done, such as, with the religious man with the unclean spirit(s):
“Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ ‘Be quiet!’ said Jesus sternly. ‘Come out of him!’ The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him’.” Mark 1:24-27
“And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.” Mark 5:41-42
This begs the question—do we really know who we are? Jesus certainly did; for He said, “I and My Father are one.” John 10:30. Have we heard those words by the Spirit? Is our relationship with Him as Father and son? If so, we can say that we know who we are. Since this rings true to most of us, why, then, are we at times so quick to say it was not me but, Jesus, or perhaps to attach someone else’s name to the wonders of God that we do or when we declare spiritual truths? Let me explain:
When we share things, it is often something we had heard from others. A small number will plagiarize and take it for their own, but most will say, “I heard this from Brother so-and-so, or Sister so-and-so said this or that,” and this can be for various reasons. For one, we want to be honorable and give credit where credit is due. Another reason could be that we are not sure the word will be received as being sound, and to say, “This is what Brother so-and-so said,” helps to prevent others from thinking we believe something that is questionable. If the word is not believed, the heat will then rest on the one we are quoting rather than ourselves. None of us want to be found guilty of plagiarism, and feeling that someone might have read or heard the same thing, we make sure to give the source of what we share. And it might be that we quote well-known authorities in the word in order to give credence to our word, especially if we have always seen them as being so big that we can’t say anything of our own that could measure up to them, or would be of any real value without their name embossed into it. And again, it might be that it is just the way we are saying something and has no motive behind it at all.
A good indicator, however, that the word of truth is not owned by people is that if you hear them always saying, “Elwin Roach wrote…” “Brother Eby said…,” “Bill Britton believed…,” or “My grandma always said…” They may believe it, but owning it as their own, maybe not. Hopefully, I am wrong, but I don’t think this is the case.
What must happen or how long does it take for a word to become our own? When we forget from where or whom we heard it? Sometimes I wonder if we have anything of our own. Will we forever be students of others? Will we ever grow up to be masters in the Lord’s house, or will we remain servants forever? Does an auto mechanic recite from where he learned how to work on cars every time a customer brings one to fix? Or an astro-physicist who is the quest speaker at an international conference, does he tell his colleagues the names of the professors who he sat under in college to validate his word? To do so would not only be a waste of time, but could cast doubt in the others’ minds as to whether this guy is sure enough about himself to teach me or work on my car.
There was a dear friend of ours who told just about everyone she talked to that there is no eternal hell and that everyone would eventually be saved. Along with her declarations of truth, she would always be sure to say, “This is what Elwin Roach believes and has been teaching for years.” In essence, she was saying, “I declare these truths to you in the name of Elwin Roach.” Although this was a little embarrassing to me, that which she shared changed many people’s lives, and some of them were delivered from the lies they had embraced. They were freed from the deceptions of dead dogmas that are embedded throughout the church system. Her works were, therefore, good and profitable. I do not know if there would have been less or more reaping if my name had not been used; but I know of no one who was more faithful and diligent in her pursuit of truth and making it known to everyone she knew, yet this dear saint had difficulty in seeing who she was in her Lord.
Permit me to ask again; the word that you know to be truth, did you hear it by the Spirit? Did the Lord give it to you? Was it quickened by His Spirit? If the answer is yes, then speak it as your word, for if it was given to you, it belongs to you. It is yours! Anything that is given to you is yours. If your husband gives you a new car for your birthday, the car is yours, and you do not have to drive it in the name of your husband. You just get in and drive it to Dillards and buy yourself a new pair of shoes. That which you buy also becomes yours. You do not wear your new shoes in the name of Dillards. It is not necessary to invoke the store’s name nor the name of the manufacturer to make it right for you to wear the new shoes. It is the same with truth! Buy the truth, and sell it not! Once you have bought it, that truth belongs to you. You can tell others from whom you bought it if you so desire, or you can simply declare the truth, and the Spirit of that truth will embody your word.
If we say to an infirm man, “Rise up and walk in the name of the Lord Jesus,” we are either speaking as a son in training or as a servant who has been given his Master’s authority. If we have our Master’s authority the man will be healed whether we are a servant or a son. However, sons who have the name of their Father written in their foreheads will have become of age and will simply say, “Rise up and walk,” and they will rise up and walk. Or it can be, “Rise up and walk according to MY word.”
It matters not where we stand or what we believe, this could still be difficult to embrace. We may wonder if we can be justified in saying such a thing? To some, it could seem to be blasphemy, and if not blasphemy, perhaps unscriptural to say the least; for we have always invoked the name of Jesus when we ended a prayer, asked for a healing, or commanded a demon to be cast out of a possessed person, and not to use the name of Jesus would be unthinkable to some. However, such will be the standard mode of healing and delivering people after the sons of God are revealed that the apostle Paul spoke of in the eighth chapter of Romans.
We might quote scriptures to people for the same reason we name people. It could be to insure that our words are from a creditable source. But tell me, which of these is the most creditable?
“Jesus said in John 3:16 that God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
or without mentioning the chapter and verse…
“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Quote chapter and verse if you chose to do so; but one is just as powerful, or weak, as the other, depending on by which spirit the words are spoken. We can use the name of Jesus, or not use it. We can quote the verse word for word the way the King James’ translators rendered it, or we can speak the word that is easily understood by most English speaking people, or in any other language of the world. If it is by YOUR word that is ONE with the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, it will have the power to raise the dead. If not, the word will be dead regardless of how it is said, and nothing will happen. Formulas do not twist the arm of God, but Life begets life! That, dear friends, you can count on!
For instance, there is a story about some men in the book of Acts that used the “name” of Jesus, and much to their own peril:
“Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists [I call them kingdom Gypsies], took upon themselves to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Acts 19:13-16
Seems to me that there are no mystical powers in the given name of Jesus. If there were powers, His childhood friends could have had a heyday using his name. They could have played mischievous tricks on their friends, commanding dead birds to “rise up and fly in the name of Jesus,” or “In the name of Jesus, I command my scuffed knee to be healed.” Sounds a little silly, but the same goes with the way Christians use His name today. You see, His name can be recited all day long while praying for the sick, it can be shouted from the rooftops, it can be broadcasted through the airways of the world by every electronic device known to man, and not one hair on a man’s head will be moved. That is, unless His Name, His Nature, His Life embodies that word, then mountainous kingdoms will come down. Moreover, His Name can embody the words that we speak without ever mentioning “the name of Jesus.”
Not to be condescending, but please let me ask; do you hear what is being said? Namely, that God is not interested so much in how we voice certain words and names in human languages. His ear is not listening to a particular set of words that has the right pitch and ring to it. This does not matter; but speaking by the Spirit, the Life, the Nature of our Lord Jesus Christ matters a lot!
There are great teachers of the truth today. He has always supplied His body with His anointed word. But can you tell me why it is that we have a hard time speaking without calling upon their names. When sharing with others, I often quote my old friend, Stacy Wood, who awaits us on the other side. He had a major impact upon my life and he holds a special place in my heart. I also quote my friends Bob Torango and Preston Eby. I even quote myself at times, as well as many others, and I am sure it is for one or more of the reasons listed earlier. But when will I only say that which I hear from our Father. And when will my Father and I be so one that the word can be said to be my own? When will I say, according to MY word whether it is a scripture, a personal revelation, or originally from another member of His body?
I wonder also if Elijah questioned his own statement after having declared it to Ahab? I doubt it, especially since he stood before God, and He knew where he stood. He was one with Him and whatever Elijah spoke, he was speaking by the power of God. There was no division between the two, and when Ahab heard Elijah he heard God, and so it was also with the elements. If the prophet was silent, the elements were likewise silent; but when he spoke, they spoke; that is, they thundered and manifested HIS WORD in the form of RAIN! He was surely one of the WATCHERS at whose command nations rise or fall! For “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and sets up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:17. (ref. “The Watchers” Parts 1-3 free upon request).
I believe the holy watchers of today have been made ready to sound from the throne, and in some cases they have sounded and nations have fallen and risen at their word; but the manifestation of the sons of God that creation eagerly awaits has not yet taken place. If it is here, as some say, it is without manifestation, and a kingdom void of demonstration has little use. It has no power to move a hill of beans, much less mountains.
When the sons of God are manifested, each will be heard saying: “Except by MY word,” or “According to MY word,” and things will be held at bay or they will be loosed according to their word. The phenomenal will take place on such a scale that it will become normal. When a missing limb grows from the stub of a man’s shoulder or hip, this would be far from normal to the average person; but that which is supernatural is common to Him as well as to those who will be living in His manifested fullness where all things are possible, and not merely possible; but they are manifested. The events of the manifested sons of God would be classified as supernatural today; but not much time would lapse before people would grow accustomed to them and be viewed as normal and expected. Do we see such transpiring today? Not on our street. It is not happening in our city, and neither have we heard that is taking place in yours.
I wish I could say that the great day of this manifestation has begun, and we are walking in the glory of its brightness, but if I did, I would not be truthful or presumptuous at best. The sum of creation still groans in pain, and we ourselves as well. We surely stand in an hour that precedes the fulfillment of the next great feast, the feast of Tabernacles. We have been in our own palm covered huts; but although that day has not broken forth, the time is swiftly approaching for it to suddenly appear. It is then that the trumpets will sound and the shout of great rejoicing will be heard everywhere in the streets of every city, highway, and byway.
By the anointed word of God all things are created and come into being. The anointing of Jesus is certainly in our midst, and it will bring to pass according to His word. This anointed word will bring about the Kingdom of God in the earth that will be a greater glory than we have ever known. It will come as the manifested sons of God and will usher in the new order, the Kingdom Age. It is then that the fullness of time will have arrived. In pain, from glory to glory, will this New Age be birthed. This will be the real New Age to rise and shine with the glory and power of the Last man, Jesus Christ the King of kings, rather than the first man, Adam. Although painful, it has come to this place, from glory to glory.
DYING FROM GLORY TO GLORY
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
This verse has been one that most of us have eagerly embraced. We had seen it as a blissful metamorphosis of some sort. We had never considered that changing from glory to glory could be remotely related to any sort of death. We had it in our minds that from glory to glory would be like one big picnic after another, with each one being greater than those before; but we did wonder on occasion if it was really one wondrous glory after another, why all the adversities and travail we have gone through over the years? It is no mystery that they have played havoc on some of our picnics. Perhaps a few rays of light can be shed upon this glorious change and see why death is part of the process.
Death and life has been an ongoing process since Adam and Eve ate from the tree in the midst of the Garden of Eden. We can even see this principle in seeds, especially that of Jesus. His death was a seed planted in the earth to die, and it came forth a much greater life and produced more seeds. From that day forth, the process has carried on. There has always been death and then life. When it comes to spiritual matters, the life is not equal to the one before it, but far greater!
There has been misconceptions of what the death of Jesus was all about. A large number of people assume that His death means we do not have to die. They say that He died for us, and as us; therefore, it is not necessary for us to die. But let us know, He did not die to spare us from death; but rather, He died and rose again so we can die, and this is without any fear of remaining dead! By His victory of conquering death, we are assured that we will live again. When we lay down our own lives, regardless of how it is done, He will raise us to a greater life by the transforming power of His resurrection.
We, therefore, are not afraid to die; for we know that with each death there is a greater life that follows, a life that is manifested in us that outshines the previous life we had in Christ. Each cycle of death/life brings us to a greater realm in Him.
Paul said that he died daily, and surely we know that he meant more than struggling against the natural lusts of the flesh. He was not dying to desires of having a woman of the night, or any other such temptations of the flesh. Neither was he dying inside because he could not fulfill human ambitions and carnal lusts. Nor was he begging God to kill his flesh everyday he went about the Father’s business. I am sure that the persecution he received because of his word was a part of that dying which would have been similar to his new man being crucified because of his word and living testimony. But not only that, he was dying to each glory to which he had been awakened. As it has been with us, each glory he experienced was always short-lived. Once it came to maturity, rather than basking in it till kingdom come, it grew old and nonproductive. It did not mix with the next phase of his life. Each glorious move of God is like an aging garment that loses its luster and fades away. It begins to show wear. The edges fray and become frazzled. Decay sets in and is made ready to be discarded; but like old shoes that are broken in, they fit good and had always made our walk very comfortable. Paul, of course, understood this, but he also knew that it was necessary to die to that former glory so that the greater glory could come forth. Thus, the painful cycle of ever dying to the old and coming alive to the new. This simple fact remains; as long we are alive to one glory, the greater glory cannot take its place.
It is not unusual for agonizing sorrows to flood our souls once our changing process from glory to glory begins. What a terrible time it can be; for when we pass from one side of life to another, the former has to die and give place to the latter, and we all know that the transition of death, any kind of death, is never easy. To walk upon the glorious shores of the new life, death must take place. Groaning, distress, and even anger, can rise before the new life rises like the phoenix from the ashes. This is dying out to the old order of life that shone with such glory for years. It is like losing those dear to us. Regardless how old he or she might be, we can hardly turn them loose, knowing they will never return. We have loved these dear ones, our old glories, more than words can express. The very thought of not having our old confidant around anymore causes such sadness. We forget that weeping may endure through the night, but joy comes in the morning Psalm 30:5. How we will miss our old friend’s blessings. How we wonder if anything could ever do for us what that old glory did?
But, as the old glory starts to fade, we begin to awaken to a new sound in our being, a voice that we cannot resist. As the old glory on its deathbed decreases in power and strength, the new glory stands in the wings awaiting the moment of the old glory’s last breath. It is in that interim that we start to yearn to know more and experience more of the new glory’s wonders. Then, a dawning of a new day is brought forth in our hearts and we run headlong into the blinding Light, out of the wings of darkness and shadowy grave of death into the glorious brightness of God*s radiant glory and enfolding life. Tremendous are the ways of the Lord, unsearchable, past finding out; but He reveals them to us liberally when we die to the old and live in the new!
Some are overly concerned that they might miss the glorious manifestation of the sons of God in the earth. They are doing whatever they can think of, hoping to help their cause; but election has nothing to do with what we can do in the flesh. No amount of sweat, tears, and toil will avail anything. We are only to be ready for when the bell tolls for the old and the trumpet blows for the new to usher in the day of the Lord, and I am confident that He will lay in our hearts and lives that which is necessary to be ready. We can have our ears tuned to the sound of the Voice of the Son of God, and I believe His trumpet is being placed to the lips of the Watchers, and when they sound, we will hear the clear call to muster.
Many voices have sounded over the last half century that called us to higher places in Christ as we died from one glory to live in the next, and where we stand today is far removed from the beginning stages of our calling. Although we are living in the final hours of a great day, this day must also end. That is the order of things. This must die, and is dying. It is already passing away, and many are struggling against it. Some are worried and sorrowful that they no longer feel the presence of the Spirit. They write and ask us, “Where is God? I feel so alone.” But death is that way. Even with a room full of family and friends, the one dying is alone as life ebbs away. No one walks through that portal with him; but what a grand awakening on the other side. There is no delay, and the trumpet is blown with an unmistakable sound to those who have been made ready. The sound of that trumpet could be the one that Jesus told John not to write in the book of Revelation.
Such a word that is unsearchable. It cannot be found in books. Searching for it won’t do. Only by divine impartation can it be had. It is neither by the will nor might of man; it is not by his volition that it is possessed, but by the will and timing of God! Moreover, this word has not been hidden by the cherubim from you. It has been hidden for you! And now, you can and will manifest it. It is a word that cannot be written or spoken, but lived!
There will be no gentle nudging by the familiar hands of the old order to wake us up to be prepared for school. This awakening will be a trumpet blast from the heavens that will put to death all the glory we have been so fondly embracing. It will raise us suddenly into the new order, the new age that will astound even us, and especially the world. We cannot and will not be attending meetings and seminars to learn this revelation. We will be imbued with power from on high as the King hands us our marching orders. This trumpet will sound and we will say to the world: “According to MY word!”
We will not be aligning ourselves with the right clique of friends, nor will we be checking our Hebrew/Greek Concordances and Bible Dictionaries to see if this word might be a true doctrine or not; for it is that for which we have been waiting all these years. It will be the clarion call that penetrates into the depth of our being. There will be no time to go down from our rooftops to pack a carry-on bag, or tidy up and sweep a little dust under the rug before leaving. This word of the Holy Watchers will be of such magnitude that only those who are already aware of its impending blast will be able to receive it. This will put to death the old glory as we are clothed upon with the new!
At this majestic moment, the glory within will envelop us, swallowing up all previous elements of glory into that which will endure to the end of the age. The manifested glory of sonship within us is waiting to make its grand pass and review, first in us and then out from us. It will gloriously dissolve the outer tabernacle and come forth from that which is already resident in us, the eternal house not made by hands that will abide forever. This trumpet that will sound in us individually and throughout the body collectively is that which ignites and begins the quick work that is reserved for that moment of inauguration of the King of kings in God’s eonian Government! And then His voice will be heard throughout the heavens and the earth: “WE are one! Hear ye my SONS!”
Surely there is even now an awesome work of the Spirit that is refining the soul of man while changing him from glory to glory. By the presence of He who is fire, the sons are being changed. They are walking in the midst of the furnace of their Lord. They are a people who are His firebrands. They no longer sit around the camping fires of yesteryear. The glory of Pentecost has been swallow by a greater fire. It is the very flaming presence of God that burns with a fire and cannot be quenched. It must and will burn until it has consumed all of the enemies of our soul. If you are chosen for such a purpose, as a flame of fire that was begotten by Fire, you are well able to abide in this furnace. All others will run back to the more comfortable glories of world or old orders. But, for those of you who are chosen, there is no refuge whereto you can run; moreover, it is not in you to do so. There is no choice for those among the election of God. There is no escape, and they do not look for one!
He will have a refined people who are the living dead. They are alive to Christ but dead to the world! The New Man emerges from the fiery presence of God, the furnace that changes the elements. They are vessels that come forth pure and complete. The flames, of course, burn away any and all temporal bonds. The corruptible are released from their state of death and brought into His glorious light—changed from glory to glory, as painful as it might be, and it is!
Dear friends and fellow sojourners in this great venture from death unto life, from glory to glory, can you not see that we are being changed in our makeup— spirit, soul, and body—that when we speak, we speak as the oracles of God. We speak from the throne upon which we sit and with whom we are one. When we speak, our words move mountains and give life to the dead and weary souls. According to our word will the dead be raised, the sick healed and lame will walk, spiritually as well as physically! We will not have to go to meetings to be encouraged. Sunday school and church will not be the place to be energized by the Spirit and Word; for WE will be the meeting place. Souls will be drawn to us as moths to a flame. Their old man will die in the fire of God, which will be according to our word, and as it has been with us, they will also be painfully changed from glory to glory. Wherever we are will be the place whereby people will be made whole and raised from the dead in Adam.
According to our word, heaven’s rain will descend and cause the earth to bring forth; souls will burst into living, spontaneous combustion. Tidal waves of purifying fire will sweep the earth when the order of this “New Age” breaks upon us and the world. We and they will forsake and discard as refuse every previous old age and order that had been held so precious and dear to our hearts. Our glorious candles and they were glorious, will be changed to the greater glory of the daylight sunrise of God’s Kingdom.
The Pathfinder that I was called to write has been a light to many over the years, even to myself; but that glory will be changed to a greater glory, a glory of, no doubt, a walking, talking publication to the world . Although it has fulfilled that which God called it to be, that glory is the lesser and will be swallowed into the greater! What would we do without The Pathfinder, Kingdom Bible Studies, Tentmaker, The House of The Lord Messenger, all the internet ministries, your church services, home meetings and yearly conferences? If they all died, would we throw up our hands and forget it, go into a state of depression, or sorrowfully pine away because we are all alone with no fellowship? Please! There is no need to give any of this a second thought; for all these glorious things are destined to die so there can be resurrections from their deaths. The process is called, “from glory to glory!” That which was so great and glorious will be much greater once those old things have died and passed away, otherwise, not all things could be made new, even the glorious things will be made new! I can live without The Pathfinder, how about you? Hopefully you can, for there will be a replacement of something much greater.
Please, dear friends, let us not be deceived. God’s Kingdom is not presently an outward reality in the earth. It has not been certified, that is, His sons have not been manifested! They have not been revealed! The manifestation of the sons of God is what certifies the validity of His Kingdom! We have surely had the revelation of sonship, which I believe has been certified in each of us by the Spirit. We have had the revelation, the unveiling in our spirit, of His Kingdom, and without first a revelation within, there will be no revelation, unveiling, outwardly. Moreover, nothing of God’s economy will come to pass if it is not revealed to us by His Spirit; for He does nothing unless His secrets are first revealed to his prophets/sons, Amos 3:7. Kingdom/Sonship has been revealed to us. Next is the unveiling to the world. It has been given to us by His Spirit, and it has taken deep root in our hearts. This word belongs to us, we own it, it is ours, and we will suddenly declare and manifest it at the proper time.
In our anxiousness, we might proclaim it in faith as it has already taken place; but having faith for that which is not seen is not the manifestation of our faith. Having faith is believing in something that has not arrived, so much so that at times we can call those things that are not as though they were; yet, it still awaits a time in the future to be manifested. On occasion a thing is declared to have arrived when it is clear that it has not. Rather than it being something to be anxiously waiting for, some will try to rush it along. However, if it is not the word of the Watchers, it will not happen. If it is not according to your word, my word, our word as being one with our Father, it won’t happen! Otherwise, it is not the substance of faith but presumption of an illusion. Either way, there is no marrow to this bone, no life of the New Age to transform our makeup.
Be ready, dear friends, for the instant when great thunder will suddenly roar from the heavens of every son in our Lord’s body. Our eyes will turn toward the heavens within, and the most glorious thing that you have ever seen or imagined will appear. Not a physical face, but the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will stretch forth His hand over us and impart our commission to the peoples and the nations of the world. We will in turn stretch forth ours as He did over us, and the same liquid fire will stream forth as we say: “According to MY word…” Never will there have ever been such a mighty manifestation of His glory. This is that which He will do in the last day, the day of the Lord in His Kingdom. Through His elect will be restored all that the cankerworm, the palmerworm, and the caterpillar has devoured. He will restore all that has been destroyed.
They will go forth as a mighty army sweeping over the face of the earth. There will be no church or denomination that has a part of this whatsoever; for they will be astounded and fall at their presence. These people, being one with their Father, will be going in the Name of the Lord of hosts! They will be marching forward, and everything they do will be in the name of Jesus Christ. They/we will minister to the multitudes. Tens of thousands, even millions, will come to the Lord Jesus Christ as we stand and trumpet the message of the Kingdom that is coming in this hour! It is the Kingdom that is His good pleasure to give unto us, even the one we already enter from time to time. It is the Kingdom wherein the commanding power of God according to your/my/our word is declared and heard by all!
ACCORDING to MY WORD [Elwin R. Roach] 1