THE BRINGING FORTH OF HIS IMAGE
BY: LINDA KEITH
Rom. 8:28-29, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
In this study, I want to look at things that are needed to be in the Son’s image. There are many things, but only a few can we go through, to see what it takes to be in the image of the Son. There is the KNOWING of who we are; the KNOWING of the mind that has been given to us, by Father; the attributes; and some of the incorrect thinking about what it takes to be in His image. We will look at some things that we have gone over before, but is needed and worthy to be repeated again.
VS 28, “to those who love…”
First and foremost, it takes love, for Him, to have His image show forth through us.
John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments; and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
This word “keepeth” means “to guard over”. In the Book of Revelation, in the first chapter and we are told:
Rev. 1:3, “Blessed is he that readeth (or receives), and they that hear (in the Spirit) the words of this prophesy, and keep (protects) those things which are written therein…”
We hear, everyday, the words spoken by some “unhearing” folks, “God doesn’t need us. We are to do nothing”. Well, I don’t agree with those words. For God’s plan to be completed and manifested, on earth, He needs us. If He had wanted a bunch of clones, He could have had that at the very beginning of all things. But, He doesn’t want clones. He wants someone who THINKS, TALKS, and IS just as He is. Someone who is not only LIKE Him, but, IS actually Him, as His Body. He wants someone to commune with. Yes, Father needs us, as much as a dad here on earth needs the children he so desires. And as for “we need to do nothing”, again I disagree.
Why does a parent tell their children to do things if they don’t really want them to do the things? You see, Father made a plan, finished the work of that plan, and now waits for us to walk into the finished work. WALK is a doing. It is a work that we, as His Son does.
As I’ve said, a million times, MAN cannot do the work that Father intended for His Son to do. Man can do nothing. But, for those who KNOW that they are no longer MAN, but instead, are the Son that Jesus died to make us, THEY are the ones who, not only does Father want to do the things He has said to do, but, that CAN do the works that Father has laid before us. The idea that we are mortal man, will keep us from doing what He has told us to do.
So, we see that the first thing that has to be done is to LOVE HIM. If we love Him, He loves us. There’s nothing hard about understanding that. But, to do it, we have been shown the wrong way to love. His love is not the love that we think of with the natural mind. How do we love Him?
MT. 22:36-40, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Like I have told you before, the first four books of what we call the New Testament, is actually, still Old Testament. Jesus and the disciples were under the law. UNTIL Jesus died and resurrected did the New Testament begin. That would be in the Book of Acts.
Now, I want to say something that I’ve said a million times and will continue to say it. The above scripture tells us that we are to love Father with ALL OF OUR SOUL. It is STILL taught and discussed, that we are a soul, and a Spirit and a body. This simply isn’t true. Gen 1:27 tells us that we are created in the likeness and image of God. We were and we STILL are. That cannot change anymore than Father can change. John 4:24, 2 Cor. 3:17 tells us the God is a Spirit. Also, spirit can live in flesh and blood, but flesh and blood cannot live in a spirit, right? Well, aren’t we told that “IN HIM we live, move and have our BEING?” The soul is the flesh natured part of our mind. Yes, we have a soul, but, we are not a soul. In Gen 2:7, we are told: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man BECAME a living soul.”
It says that the man that, in Gen 1:27, was created a Spirit Being, because God is a Spirit Being, here in Gen 2:7 that Spirit man became a living soul. That man was NOT CREATED a soul. He was created a Spirit Being. He was created out of the VERY SUBSTANCE of God. Now, IF God cannot change, neither can that Spirit man change from what he was created, because of what and Who he was created out from within. It has been taught that the man, Jesus, was the soul of God, and I agree with that. Likewise, when the Spirit man was created, his soul was ONLY the thoughts of God. He knew NOTHING BUT GOD. BUT, another LIFEFORM came alive within that man when he was “formed” of the dust of the ground. That LIFEFORM that came alive was his THOUGHT LIFE, his soul life. The soul is the seat, of thought, passions, desires, emotions etc. God breathed into that formed man the capability to THINK on his own. As you saw, when God told him to name the animals, GOD DIDN”T TELL HIM WHAT TO NAME THEM, man thought up the names himself. THE MAN created NATURES!! Each name of each animal is a NATURE! The soul is that part of us that is our personality and nature. Many teach that in Gen. 2:7 , God breathed into the BODY of the man that created a Spirit Being. At that time, MAN DID NOT HAVE A BODY! I believe that when it says “man became a living soul”, that was the part of Father’s plan, for man to be allowed to think with his own thoughts. (Remember, up until then the man ONLY had the thoughts of God. He knew NOTHING but God, UNTIL God brought forth Eve or the soul part of the man.)
It is sometimes a help, to be able to read all the different translations of the bible. But, with all the different bibles that are now out, man has changed them to be what they want them to be. I read, “I refer you to Gen. 46:15-27 (KJ) to see that the scripture identifies persons as souls and in many newer translations the Hebrew word for soul is translated “person or being”. unquote. So, are we now to take this rendering of some man, who has taken the bible and made it to say, what he wants it to say. The bible doesn’t say, a soul is a person or a being. Folks are quick to say, “oh, that’s not in the bible, saying specifically that”, but when it is convenient, they will take a scripture that does not say, specifically, what they are teaching, and say, “this scripture really means what I am saying”. Again, this is why I say that ONLY the Holy Spirit can truly give us the real interpretation of any scripture. What He gives us to understand may differ from person to person, because of what realm of Him, we are walking in. All the theoLOGICAL learning in this world is not going to help anyone understand Father’s truth. It is just going to give us LEARNING of this world. We are Spirit, and we need to understand in the Spirit.
And God caused that Spirit Being to sleep, and He brought forth the SOUL, EVE. This is where the THINKING fell and everything changed. The thinking, that since has followed, was/is the THINKING of the carnal mind, in the soul. This feminine part of Adam, liked the flesh, the natural. And she wanted to see if it was true, that she would become as God. Little did she know, she had already been what God was. And we know where her thinking led us. The natural thinking IS DEATH, the Spirit thinking IS LIFE!
And we’re also told that this flesh body is us. Which is also untrue. IF this flesh body is us, then, when it dies, is that the end of us? How would we enter the Kingdom of Heaven if this body was us. Flesh and blood cannot do so. We are told that when the body dies, it returns to the dust, right? Aren’t we told in MT 10:14, Mark 6:11 and Luke 9:5 to shake the dust off of our feet? Our feet represent our walk in the Lord. We are to shake ALL of the earthly, fleshly being off of our walk and walk in what we are, SPIRIT! And IF, this body was purposed, by God to be us, why did He plan that we get “another self”, the NEW CHANGED BODY? Do you see what I mean? I think folks get so logically minded, that they can’t see the forest for the trees. We are a Spirit Being that has a soul and lives in a flesh body.
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians. The whole chapter is speaking about the resurrection of the dead. And we can look at this resurrection in two different ways. (1) the returning of those who have seen physical death and are waiting to be called back into new bodies; or (2) we can look at it as OUR resurrection, when we went to the cross with our Saviour, Jesus. But, it deals with “bodies”, and let’s look at it.
1Cor. 15:36-44, “Fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some oth. But God giveth it a body as it hath please him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh for men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.”
Notice, so far, in these verses, it is FLESH that is being talked about. And we are told that God gives a body as it pleases Him. There are 4 kinds of flesh mentioned here. Men, beasts, fish, and birds.
The flesh of animals and birds refer to the meat of an animal. (as food). The flesh of man refers to the human nature. (With its frailties and passions. Specifically, a human being as such, carnally or fleshly minded. Now, here in verse 39, it speaks of flesh. Flesh is not US. The flesh is what we THINK is and has been us, but, it’s not. We are Spirit. The flesh is simply, a state of mind. What our focus is stayed on. The more we focus on what we are, the more it is seen within and through us. It’s not IMAGINERY; it is TRUTH. Just as though, when the soul began leading our thoughts, our beliefs, we FORGOT who we are, and took on the thinking that we are mere mortal man. But, IF God cannot change what He is, neither can we; because we are His very substance.
Now, let’s look at verse 40. “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrrestial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory.”
Here, it is speaking of BODIES, not flesh. There are many kinds of bodies. We were told that each seed has its own body. Now, what we’re talking about, is the human body us? Although God has given every seed its own body, and that seed is within that body, is the body the seed? No. No, it’s not. It is a container, or a vehicle. When the oak seed is ready to spring into life, does the body that it was incased in remain? No. The seed becomes a tree. The body of the seed of a bird, is the same. The body is an egg shell. Is the shell the bird? No. As the bird breaks into life, the shell is left, it isn’t used anymore. OK. We are a Spirit, we live in a body. Is the body us? No. When one’s body perishes, does that person perish? Absolutely not! That Spirit returns to the spirit realm. That Being has eternal life. This body doesn’t. BUT when the Firstfruits are fully manifested in the earth, and they have put on a NEW BODY, is that body them? Yes, the Spirit, the Soul and the Body become ONE IN LIFE. No death is connected with either part of that Being.
We must remember what we’re told in Proverbs.
Prov. 22:20 “Have I not written to thee EXCELLENT things in counsels and knowledge?”
This word “excellent” means, “in three realms, 3 fold. So, these, stars, moon, sun, all have deeper meanings than what the natural mind would think, when we hear these words. EXAMPLE: STAR
Now we know that there are stars in the night skies. But, look at what Revelation tells us.
Rev. 1:20 (remember John was seeing and hearing IN THE SPIRIT) “The mystery of the seven STARS which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches…”
Angels are messengers. You are receiving a message. I am an angel. I am a messenger. When you teach someone something, you are an angel, a messenger. Stars are LIGHT GIVERS. The moon and the sun are varieties of light. Each has a different level of glory. The moon just reflects from the sun. The Sun (Son) is the true Light. It’s the same with bodies. This flesh body that we are living in, is just a reflection from the REAL one, the one that the change is being seen in now. The one that can’t see death; the one just like Jesus’ body. It can change to whatever is needed in a situation. It can be seen, or it can’t be seen. THIS BODY OF FLESH IS NOT US!!
I ask you, don’t believe what I say. Because what is a revelation from Father to me, is merely knowledge and second-handed at that, to you, UNTIL Father witnesses the truth of these words to you. THEN it becomes a revelation of truth to you.
But, I’ll tell you something. This Spirit Being is being awakened to the fact of what and Who he is and ALL things are become new, not the old fleshly thinking. The soul has become new, she’s back where she started out at, at ONE with the man; and they are BOTH THINKING ALIKE, with Father’s thoughts. “AS A MAN THINKETH, SO IS HE”.
How are you thinking? Are you thinking that you are a mere mortal man? If you are, then you have to take what comes with mortality, sickness, death, pain, suffering. Your thoughts and word CREATE!! (Prov. 18:21, 23:7, MT 12:34) Are you thinking what Father has told us? As I am, so are you in this world. You are created in MY image. In ME ye are complete. You don’t live, it’s MY LIFE, CHRIST, that lives in you. These are words that Father has told us. Do you believe them AND HIM, regardless what your natural eyes see; or regardless of what some really great preacher tells you? Or are you going to WAIT until THAT PREACHER tells you that it’s time to believe? If you wait on him/her, you’ll be hearing it from the other side, because people are waiting themselves right into death!
Folks, this is what John 14 and Rev. 1 are talking about. KEEP HIS WORD. To keep means to PROTECT Father’s Word. How do you protect God’s Word? By allowing the Holy Spirit to do the interpretating to you the written Word; and then YOU ALLOW NO-THING OR NOBODY to tell you any different. There is a difference in being stubborn and protecting Father’s Word. If you KNOW Father has revealed something to you, KEEP IT, PROTECT IT. I don’t care who teaches what, PROTECT WHAT HE GAVE YOU, this shows your love for Him!! This is what the Word says. “IF you love Me, you’ll keep my commandments.” You’ll protect them.
While we are here, I want to say something about anyone who is raising a big fuss about having the 10 commandments taken out of public buildings. Instead of complaining, you should be shouting for JOY!! It is Father who wants them out of places. The 10 commandments are OF THE LAW. When you try to keep ONE of them, YOU FALL FROM GRACE!! You don’t believe that? Read Gal 5:3-4. There are many who have fallen from grace because of those religious laws!!
Trying to keep the 10 commandments is bondage to the law. Exactly what Jesus set us free of! Do you know what WHOREDOM is? Whoredom is being unfaithful to your husband. The law is not our husband, Christ IS!! You can’t keep one iota of the law and be married to Him at the same time. You wander away from Him. BUT, He is always willing to forgive and take you back. No guilt needed. No condemnation required. Just go back and live as He lives. Without condemnation; without looking for something wrong in folks; just LOVE THEM, HIM and YOURSELF. Get back under that beautiful grace that He so lovingly gave us. WE don’t have to try to stop doing anything. All we have to do is keep our focus on Him and all that is fleshly will fall away. The fleshly has no place in the Spirit. You see, that’s the difference in mere mortal man and the Spirit Being you were created as and are; man can do nothing, so they try to keep the law, which they can’t, but the Spirit Being keeps looking at Who he is the image of. When our focus is on HIM, you can’t see anything else. You don’t see right and wrong; you don’t see good and bad; you see ONLY HIM in EVERYTHING, regardless what it might look like by the natural eyes. You see, the law was for people who did not have a Savior; we have One. All we need is what we are, Spirit. It’s HIM that we came forth from.
So, we see that there’s only two commandments that we must keep to show our love for Him. BOTH OF THEM ARE LOVE!
Let’s look back at Romans Chapter 8: 28, “…to them who are the called…”
This word “called” is “invited”. I use to think, “Father, it’s not fair that SOME are invited, and some aren’t”. I had a preacher tell me, “God doesn’t owe you anything, He doesn’t HAVE to be fair”. Well, I still disagree with him regarding this. He tells us “to PROVE Him”. And He gave us His word, “IF you do this…..I’ll do that”. I believe Him. But, we have ALL been invited, to be conformed to the image of His Son, but, all will not come. Which, once again, tells me, we DO have a part to play in Father’s Plan. This is a truth that I refuse to be robbed of. As I said, He doesn’t want a bunch a clones. He wants someone who will take up what He has given us, and use it.
He has invited us to:
1) the proclamation of the gospel
2) to attain eternal salvation
3) with a Divine selection and appointment.
According to His Purpose. Purpose = the original intent of what God wanted us for. He predestinated us.
Pre=before or before hand, destinate = where and how we are to end up; to be conformed. Conformed = to be a profile, likeness, image of His Son.
Each thing that we go through is to produce the image of the Son in and through us.
To love and protect Father’s Word is a MUST for being seen in the image of the Son. We MUST take what Father tells us, BY HIS SPIRIT, and hold it close and depend on HIM to do the interpretating to us. We MUST never let the lust of the eyes, rob us of what He has given us. The lust of the eye is seeing SOMEONE show you how well educated and profound they are in the Bible, and then you take what they give you, over what Father gives you. You MUST protect what He gives you. IF you don’t, YOU DON’ T LOVE HIM! This isn’t what I say, this is what the Word says; you read it for yourself. As you protect His Word within you, it will manifest through you and He is seen more clearly.
Look back at the Pattern. Jesus never once backed down from what He heard from Father. Man would try to tell Him this and that, but, it didn’t work, HE PROTECTED AND LOVED what He heard His Father speak. And He loved it so much that He told everyone!! Hallelujah!
So, this is a MUST, part of the image of the Son to be seen in you, LOVE and PROTECT.
Rom. 8:28-29, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren...”
We are looking at, in this study, the Image of the Son. That means like Jesus, we must know WHO we are and WHAT we are. We must know, without a doubt, the Truths that Father has been and is showing us. But, KNOWING is not enough. We must BELIEVE the things that we are hearing from Him and we must live it. There is MUCH in the written Word that tells us about ourselves, IF we focus and meditate and allow Father to show us the hidden things, in His written Word, you will see these hidden Truths.
We were created, Spirit, light beings, if you will. We were created and ARE EXACTLY as Jesus was, when He was on the Mount Figuration and revealed Himself to His two disciples.
Matt. 17:1-8, “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John is brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man save Jesus only.”
In this part of this study, (and maybe in the next part), we will be looking at the Spirit realm, or, the invisible realm. The invisible realm is where those who have passed over, are now. We, like Jesus, must know how to communicate with those in that invisible realm. We see throughout the New Testament, Jesus speaking to those who had passed on. We also saw in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation that those in that invisible realm ARE BEING MINISTERED TO, AND IT IS THE FIRSTFRUIT THAT ARE AND WILL DO THE MINISTERING TO THOSE IN THE INVISIBLE REALM. In the above scripture, we see, without a doubt that not only Jesus spoke to Moses and Elias BUT THEY TALKED WITH HIM.
I am going to give you some scriptures showing that WE have a ministry to those who have passed on. Then, we’ll get into this study. PLEASE read all these scriptures.
I would suggest that you read all of Chapter 11 of Hebrews. You will see that this is talking about the folks of the OT that had passed on.
Hebrews 11:32-40, “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again; and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trail of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) They wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these ALL, having obtained a good report through faith, RECEIVED NOT THE PROMISE; GOD HAVING PROVIDED SOME BETTER THING FOR US, THAT THEY WITHOUT US SHOULD NOT BE MADE PERFECT.”
John 11:41-43, “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by, I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, LAZARUS, COME FORTH.”
(There are many more scriptures of the dead being called forth). Now, where was Lazarus? He was dead. Stop and think about it, Lazarus HAD TO HEAR Jesus, in order to come forth when Jesus called him to. Lazarus was in the invisible realm; his body had already started to stink. So, this should tell us CLEARLY, this flesh body IS NOT US, as some teach. We merely travel and are seen in this body. But the real us remains alive, even after we step out of this body. The dead gets another body when they are called to come forth, JUST AS JESUS DID!! Ours change. (those who swallow up death.)
Rev. 10:1-4, “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire; and he had in his hand a little book open; and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven…”
Daniel 12:5-7, “Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. (Jordon=death). And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”
(I suggest that you request my study “Life on Both Sides of the River” to get the meanings of all the symbolic language and to clearly understand what this is all about). They one clothed in linen are the firstfruits. The two on both sides of the river, are MANY MEMEBERED MEN. One many-membered man on this side and the other, a many-membered man on the other side of the river. (the river represents Jordan, Jordan represents death.) The one ON THE WATERS is the manifested body of Christ. One like unto the Son of Man. (Rev.1:13)
One thing I do want to say, here. There have been folks who have taught that we are not to communicate with the dead. They have shown me the story of Saul and Samuel. Saul had made a commandment of his kingdom, that no one was to communicate with the dead. But, that was Saul’s commandment. And as I went into this study, I ask Father about this. It’s like He said, “Didn’t Jesus do away with death, hell and the grave? So if He did, then WHO IS DEAD?” Father started giving me this study before I left for Florida and He continued, all the way to Florida and back from Florida. You can take what you will, and leave what you will. But, those that Father is showing this same thing to, is a showing that Father is gathering a people who will do the work that the flesh Jesus did, while He walked the earth.
1 Cor 6:14-17, “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord IS ONE SPIRIT.” The harlot is anything that is not Father’s Truth. There are two bodies (many membered). One, the harlot. Two, the body of Christ. (many-membered.)
Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Are you pleasing man, or are you believing and pleasing Father?
Up until now, many have just experienced Father, in that Spirit realm. But, there are those who have experienced others that are in that invisible realm. And remember this, just because YOU haven’t heard of it or of those who HAVE experienced that realm, does not mean that it isn’t a fact. I personally know some that HAVE experienced communing with people in the invisible realm. That is: talked to them AND had them talk in return.
Let me say this; I don’t mean, some people just think, “oh, I think I’ll contact so and so, and talk to them”. No, this is not what I mean. These people are folks who KNOW who they are; what they are; and do ONLY what they hear Father tell them to do. REMEMBER THIS: “as a man thinketh in his heart (mind), so is he”. I pray that Father will make you to know the depth of this verse. It is so important, not ONLY to us, here on earth, but to those who have stepped out of their body of flesh and entered into the invisible realm, that they actually began in. It is VITAL to understand that verse.
As we descended to this natural realm, our makeup slowed down, and it is so important to know that so did our thoughts. This is when the Light in our body turned to or gelled into the blood that we now know, in our veins. When we descended, we started looking for God, OUTSIDE OF OURSELVES. This was the beginning of the illusional picture that we have held, and many now hold. It is an illusion because we ARE what we’ve ALWAYS BEEN, Spirit. Because we started looking for God, outside of ourselves, we have been looking for EVERYTHING else, outside of ourselves. But, there is a people who have dropped the illusional thinking. They are seeing things and people as they truly are. Haven’t you talked to someone on the phone, or on the internet, and KNOW the SPIRIT of that person, without ever SEEING them in the flesh? That’s experiencing the Spirit realm, the invisible realm. You see not with your eyes, but with your heart, the true person that person is. But then, when you meet that person, face to face, you think, “oh, this person is different than what I expected of the person I talked to without seeing”. That’s because you are focusing on the flesh, the illusion of what that person seems to be in the flesh. We do this often, but, we lose our focus; when we meet, we allow our focus to drop from the Spirit, back to the flesh. We experienced the invisible realm, and didn’t even know it.
This may sound strange to some, but to those that Father has spoken this same thing to, they will understand what I am about to say. On the back from Florida, Father said to me, “I have taught, really, all there is to teach, here on earth. Now, it is time for my firstfruits to learn of the invisible realm. A world of people all around those on earth”, and be as much a part of it as they are of this natural world.
When you think about it, He has taught us all we really need to know, about this natural realm. We KNOW, and most preachers will tell us, “those in the Spirit world hear what is being taught and preached, here on earth”. And they are hearing. But, like us, they want to ask questions, they want to share with us, things about that realm that they are in. We are their HOPE. (please remember, by WE, I mean those who know who they are, not those who think we are mere man.)
LOVE and PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES.
RISE ABOVE THE HARDSHIPS OF THIS WORLD
BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT PART OF IT.
SEE THE CHRIST IN ALL.
LOOK ONLY TO ME.
KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON ME.
DON’T WANT, TAKE WHAT I GIVE YOU.
DON’T NEED, KNOW I TAKE CARE OF YOU.
KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN.
DON’T ASK MAN,
ASK ME FOR TRUTH AND UNDERSTANDING.
HOLD MY VISION.
THINK IN YOUR HEART AS I SAY.
LISTEN TO ME.
What else do we need to know about this realm of the flesh? Nothing really. We need to learn how to stay our mind on the Spirit, not the flesh. Jesus did that, you know. He walked the earth, with His mind in the heavenlies. So should we.
To start with, I want us to look at the story of Lazarus and the rich man.
Luke 16:19-31, “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs, which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; the rich man also died, and was buried: And in Hades he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivest thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside al this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot: neither can they pass to us that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to My father’s house: For I have five brethern: that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.“
This study is not to prove that there is eternal hell fire for the unjust, although, I do not believe that teaching. Why? Because this parable, itself, shows us differently. This is not what I want to call your attention to. Notice these things:
1) In the natural, the rich man had had the best. Lazarus, the beggar had only the hard things of life. Notice that the rich man felt it was Lazarus’ place to serve him. AND EVEN AFTER DEATH, the rich man had not changed his way of thinking! This shows us, clearly, that all are not perfected, when they die. They still have a work to be done in them and have learning to learn.
2) Also, upon the death of these two men, one is “carried by thee angels,” and one is “buried.” Can you see the heavenly and the earthen realm here? One immediately experiences the invisible realm, one is covered with earth.
3) We must see this in the Spirit. One is “being in torments,” and one is “afar off in Abraham’s bosom”. But, notice the one in torments can see the heavenly or the higher realm. He had to “lift up his eyes”. Not the natural eyes, but the eyes of the Spirit that is seeded in him, even though he is the bad guy. He must be taught, and He must come to know His Saviour, and he must learn to LOVE. It is obvious that he still considered his brother lower than himself. That must change.
4) He (the rich man) KNEW of God’s MERCY!
5) God told the rich man that there was a “gulf” between Lazarus and the rich man. This shows ranks and orders.
6) “The torments” that is spoken of: wouldn’t you be in torment to be able to see that higher realm, and not be able to partake of it? I don’t believe, for one minute, that the torments were anything other than being separated. After all, the rich man had no body to torment. He was in Spirit form. The water that he wanted to cool his tongue couldn’t be literal water; he had no tongue to put the water on (literally).
7) Notice that even if one in that higher realm wanted to go comfort the rich man, it wasn’t possible. And those in the realm where the rich man was could not go to the higher realm. And yet, we are told by Father that ALL will be saved. So, this shows that those STILL have some learning to go through.
8) Not all can teach the rich man. For Father told him, when he ask for the beggar to be sent to his family and warn them so they could repent and not end up where he was at. Father said “let the Moses (the law) and the prophets teach the rest of his family. Why? Because God is no respecter of persons, they have the same chance that all men have to learn of God and then to learn to be ONE WITH HIM. They will learn here on earth, or, they will learn on the other side.
So, this little bit tells us many things about the other side. They don’t burn in hellfire; there are ranks and orders; and the learning goes one. All have a chance to rise.
“Growing up, in the invisible realm”
What I mean by “growing up” there, is the maturing and education of the real person. The bringing back, the remembrance of who we are. We do continue to evolve or Rev. and Daniel would not tell us that we are being “proclaimed to”, by that One (those in the image of the Son) who is standing with one foot on earth and one foot in Jordan. (REV. 10:1-3, DANIEL 12: 5-10) I believe those who have passed on have lessons to learn, there, just as we do here on earth. I do not mean anything that has to do with the materialism. I believe this because, just as with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, it shows us that there are “different areas” where the people are at. We know that the story of the rich man and Lazarus is a parable, BUT, JESUS USED PARABLES TO TEACH! And, each parable is for us to learn from. Some will dismiss this, but that’s OK.
Now, God IN NO WAY has those that have not known Him, or done terrible things while here on earth, in a BURNING HELL FIRE!! HE IS THE FIRE THERE, JUST AS HE IS HERE ON EARTH. (Dan. 4:24, Heb. 12:29 “our God is a consuming fire”). Those on the other side has to be prepared to be called back, just as Father is TRYING TO TEACH HERE ON EARTH, THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE OTHER SIDE, IN THE FIRST PLACE.!!
We are learning that there is no use in trying to teach those, who are closed minded to what Father is bringing forth now, in revelation. They have God boxed in, to their beliefs. They don’t even accept the fact that they are Spirit beings, and that this body IS NOT US. It is a vehicle to be seen, in. They forget that the written Word says, “THIS body WILL BE CHANGED”. But, there is a people who are hearing and NOT trying to justify their beliefs by the EDUCATION of the carnal mind. Just as we HAVE to receive revelation and teaching by the Spirit that we don’t have to see physical death, and that this body, this physical body IS NOT US. If this body was us, when it died, so would we. Those unbelieving, will simply crossover Jordan and THEN they will see that they allowed their “LOGICAL MIND TO DECEIVE THEM”. (2 Thes. 2:11) The REAL US IS NOT THIS BODY. If that were true, then those who have passed on, no longer exist!! Because their body is dust, now. They try to make a case that the body IS us, BUT… But, the Word says, “FLESH AND BLOOD cannot enter heaven”. So IF this body IS US, where does that leave us?… as dust. It’s religious THINKING, not Spirit THINKING. Flesh cannot even be elevated to even enter the Spirit, to commune with Father. It is the SPIRIT that communes with Him. So, take what you will, as truth, and leave what you will.
Back to the invisible realm. The Spiritual law, “like begets like” shows us that the ranks and orders work in the invisible realm, just as it works any where else. Lazarus and the rich man shows this. (Luke 16:20-25) Progression is open to all, there, just as here. I believe that is what determines the ranks and orders. There is no faking, no acting, no trying to make Father think that a person is, what they are not. The religious thinking, there, will not hold a drop of truth! They are and will process just as we are here on earth. God is no respecter of persons.
Those who have hideous mind sets, (Hitler, Saadam, Ben Laden) will come to recognize the mistaken thinking and the teachings that they have held, while on earth. They will be purified just as the rest of us, by learning that it was already done by the Blood of our Saviour, before the foundation of the world. “Like begets like” I have no doubt, that evil people (those who didn’t know, that they really are not evil) find themselves among their own kind, UNTIL the working of the Holy Spirit deals with them. And the hearing of the Word is being taught to them.
In our small group, here at home, we ALWAYS invite the ones in the invisible realm to join our services and to learn with us. Who knows how many MILLIONS or spirit beings are learning right along with us, on Sunday, or during study periods. They are ALIVE folks!! They have to learn, the same as us. Those who Passover, “wake up” there with the same thoughts and problems they had here on earth – except a body. They are all around us. (Heb. 12:1)
This childish thinking that all we have to do is die, and then automatically we’re perfected, must be put where the childish toys are, AWAY!! I can just imagine some who have passed over, having been taught, “Honey, you’ll be perfected when you awaken in that realm”, waking up and thinking, “Boy!! My friend, did you ever have that wrong!!” I think that what a person sees, when they arrive in the invisible realm, is what they have believed here on earth. (As a man thinketh, so is he, Prov, 23:7). If they believed that heaven was sitting on a cloud, with white wings; or being in green fields of beautiful flowers; whatever they believed; I believe that’s what they wake up to. This is the reason for the necessity of further teaching and learning.
EX: Most folks were taught that heaven was a place, way off in space; it had STREETS of gold, beautiful mansions, anything that they wanted. If they were sweet freaks, there would be all the sweets they could think of, if they were babies when they died, they remained babies, etc. But, say, one day they were just floating along on their clouds (because they were too tired to use their wings, because they had eaten so much sweet stuff), and they floated by a place on earth, and they could hear what was being taught. And they heard someone teach, “The Word doesn’t say STREETS of gold, it says STREET, not plural.” (Rev 21:21, Rev 22:2) And then they hear that person teach, “in Rev 1:20, it tells that all the words used in that book, aren’t literal, they are symbols”. That “angel” that is floating around will probably fall off of their cloud!! And then the Holy Spirit causes them to think, “Oh man!! If I’ve been mistaken about all this, what else was I mistakenly taught?” And the process of learning begins or continues.
This may sound like a fairytale, but think about it. IF WE are living in an illusion, which we are, or have been, then it’s all in our thinking… with the wrong mind. There are those who are sooo cool and smart that won’t accept the “illusion thing”, because they don’t want to think, “Have I really been this hardheaded and stupid? Has all of my cronies and mentors taught all this wrong?” The answer is, YEP YOU HAVE, ALONG WITH THE REST OF US. But, Thank God, there is a people who is allowing Father to show us just how we have been CREATING with the carnal mind, instead of the mind of Christ. They laugh at us, backstab us, and really have a great time, thinking how smart and educated they are; what GREAT theologians they are, BUT, when they are looking from that invisible realm, at those who have swallowed up death, they’ll think differently. And my heart DOES go out to them.
And regarding these hideous thinkers (the above mentioned). There are people Christian people, who THRIVE on the thoughts of those hideous people like Hitler, Saadam, Ben Laden, being in some fiery hole or dungeon or are confined to an almost unimaginable hell. It is the same people who are adherents of all that is good, that take such perverse pleasure in the thought of the suffering of others, like those men. Oh!! Folks, we need to stop looking to man and allow Father to teach us.
There are many who believe that once a person has passed over, they NEVER are heard from again. UNTIL they are reunited with others who pass over. But, believe what you will; there ARE people who have EXPERIENCED talking and communicating with people who have passed over. I’m not just talking about mediums and the like. I am talking about people who Father has used to give understanding to someone who is passing over, or has already passed. People like Floyd Watson. Remember the story of the woman who died from a heart attack at a bus stop? Remember me telling you about the brother, Bro. Bill Madison, having the experience with the man in the hospital? There are MANY who have heard from the other side and talked with them. Some, I KNOW. And I know that they are God’s vessels and He used them for the purpose Father had. I heard my natural dad, speak my name, AFTER he passed over. Whenever he wanted my attention, he always called me Linda Lee. When he used my middle name, I knew he wanted my attention. Folks, I’m not talking about fortune tellers and all that. I’m talking about folks that have left the box that they had been in for so long, and kept God in so long, and opened up completely to hearing not only Father, from the invisible realm, but others that Father had had them hear and talk to. There are those who have been blessed by Father with this ability, and then, there are those who took the gift that Father gave them and used it corruptibly, for financial gain. Heck, there are PROPHETS right here on the good old tera firma, that do that too!
I am not talking about PSHYICS, I am talking about those who have allowed themselves to be reminded of who they are and where and who they came from. There is SO MUCH that we have shut out about ourselves, our real, true selves. But, those willing, are being awakened to the truth of who we are. We need to stop being so skeptical to things that the carnal minds cannot grasp. Those in the invisible realm must be prepared to come back into their glorified body. They must HEAR being called back, just as the other Lazarus did.
This will probably be the last part of this study. (at least until Father teaches me more about it).
Many people think that when one passes over, that all about their existence here on earth, is forgotten. EXCEPT FOR: their loved ones; their children, their spouses, their grandchildren; all the good things that they did, while here; people think that when they were preachers, they remembered all the good things that they had taught, but, that they don’t ever think of all the wrong that they did. This is foolish thinking. We have the same mind when waking up on the other side, as we had here. Where do we get this idea? It’s from guilt and shame.
We know that things that are needed to be overcame, IS NOT OVERCAME by forgetting about them. We have known, if we have read the bible and listened to Father, that there is a process that we must go through to overcome anything. We have read about Satan coming before God, along with the sons of God. (Job 1:5, 2:1) We have read that when Jesus was in the desert, being tempted, that Satan was there with Him.
MT. 4:1, “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
MT. 4:5, “Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple….”
MT. 4: 6-7, “And saith unto him, IF thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
MT. 4: 8, “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.” And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Now, Satan was never a literal man. These happenings HAD to have taken place in the heavenlies. And where is the heavenlies? In our mind. The invisible realm, when one passes over, does not just zap one into perfection. It’s a spiritual place. BUT, so is it HERE TOO a spiritual place. We are not instantly overcomers, just because we pass into that invisible realm. What had to be overcame here, STILL has to be overcame there. Satan didn’t create a high mountain where every kingdom could be viewed. Satan didn’t literally take Jesus into the Holy City and sit Him on a pinnacle of the temple. If he had, all in that city would have seen him. Instead, did you notice, the devil took Jesus UP and ask Jesus to bow down? It was a state of being. Jesus, although He walked the earth, His mind was in the heavenlies. If this wasn’t true, He could not have heard and seen the things His Father said and done. He was constantly in the Spirit world as well as the natural world. He is our PATTERN! ALL here on earth and those in the invisible MUST learn that the overcoming HAS BEEN DONE. Not in this illusional world, but, as one learns that that is just what this place is, an illusion, and who they really are; THEN the overcoming becomes REAL. But, it must be realized
I believe that each person in the invisible realm have to face the wrong that they did and repent. Some will say, “well, Father has already forgiven them for all that they did”. And that is true. Why would it be anymore believed there, than it is here. The churches, and even the Kingdom people, are STILL teaching that “we are sinners saved by grace”, and “we cannot never be equal to God our Father” and that “we are mere mortal man”… when the Word tells us differently. There is STILL teaching of “we have been separated from our Creator” and will be until we are perfected. When the written Word tells us differently. So, why would those who have passed over forget the hurts they have caused others; the evil things that they did while here; and the unforgiveness they never asked for? They take with them, the same thoughts that they had here. That is why the teaching goes on in the invisible realm. Yes, God doesn’t see all these things, He sees each and every person on earth and in the invisible realm, COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, BUT that doesn’t mean everyone else sees it that way. MOST Christians will tell you, “yes, I’m covered by His Blood” and in the same breath, admit to being a sinner.
A person who has been taught prejudices and narrow religious or political beliefs from childhood and could not recognize that they were not acting in the better interest of others; and those who committed brutal murders or violent crimes; and all the such, will have to relearn truth. They will HAVE to ask not only God for forgiveness, but, also those that they hurt. And all the families of those persons hurt. AND the unforgiveable sin of Matt 12:31-33 against the Holy Spirit must be forgiven. Remember, we are told: “sin that is retained is retained, sin forgiven is forgiven” and remember, “The good work that He began He will perform”. It IS ALL DONE, but folks don’t believe it, so they must learn. This is one reason why it is so important for us to forgive each other. John 20:23, “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” IF you are holding a sin against another, they must receive your forgiveness, in order to be raised to a higher level of knowing Father’s Truths. Speak of a hell, what could be worse than having that gulf between you and higher knowing? It could be a long road to spiritual growth and allowing the perfection that has been provided for us, to become a real truth to a person. It is not meant as a punishment, it is a necessary learning that is needed. This will upset some people who just KNOW that someone is rotting in hell for something that was done against them. This is not the “rotting in hell” that many hope for, for someone who has hurt them in some way. Also, those who passed on, NOT knowing Jesus, must come to not only know Him, but, to accept Him as their Saviour. For those who want to learn from their mistakes and move closer to perfection and God, the opportunity is always there. They need to learn that forgiveness is provided by their Father. They hear the same Word that we hear. It’s not just moving from the natural realm, into perfection. If that were the case, we’d all be killing ourselves to pass over into perfection. But, there are those who know, we already have that perfection and the belief of His Death and Resurrection and what all it accomplished, is now beginning to manifest through us, here on earth. Praise His Holy Name!! If He says it’s so, it is so, regardless of what any unknowing preacher teaches.
Just as here on earth, I believe that in the invisible realm there is teaching. I believe that every pioneer, helps with the learning. I believe that people like Bill Britton, are teaching Sonship to those who don’t know it. And the Holy Spirit is giving discernment to those doing the learning. I don’t believe for one minute that these pioneers are just sitting or floating around waiting, doing nothing. They progress just as we do and have here on earth.
We are told that we have guardian angels. Some of them are people we knew right here on earth. There are many people that will tell you that someone from their past has either warned them of upcoming danger; and has even helped them stay alive. Folks, it can’t be denied. And if anyone has any hope of being a part of the Firstfruit, be prepared for the inacting with those who have passed over. We are who will help them come into perfection. AGAIN, LET ME SAY, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT MERE MORTAL MAN!! I AM REFERRING TO THOSE WHO ARE RISING ABOVE THE NATURAL AND THE NATUAL WAY OF THINKING. THOSE WHO KNOW WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE. WE ARE AND WILL BE USED AS THE HOLY SPIRIT TO MANY. Oh boy, I can hear some folks out there, with this last remark, but, that’s ok, I forgive you.
Folks, don’t let ANYONE rob you of your inheritance. “LIKE BEGETS LIKE”. Your Father is the Creator. So are you. Your Father is Spirit. So are you. Your Father deals with those in the invisible realm. So will/are you. Your Father walked the earth and yet, was in the invisible realm. So can and should you.
This Tsunami that just took place; it is just a showing that MUCH will happen this year. Father has made me to know this without a doubt. Just as in Noah’s day, the flood sprang UP from UNDER the water and washed away flesh; This will manifest this year, spiritually. Pentecost, as wonderful as it was, was a drop in the bucket, compared to what is going to be seen by many. “First the natural, then the spiritual…”
By the way, have you noticed how many things, movies, TV shows, articles, interest of people are becoming more seen, regarding the invisible realm and the people there. Before you scoff, remember, God is all in all.
THE BRINGING FORTH OF HIS IMAGE, Parts 1-4 [Linda Keith] Jan. 2005 1