THE END OF ALL FLESH

BY:  LLOYD ELLEFSON

 

This Seed is about God’s intention and God’s idea about the end of all flesh.  The end of all flesh doesn’t mean the end of the physical body but it does mean the end of the carnal mind and of the fleshly mind.  The end of all flesh means the end of teaching about God, prophesying about God, promoting ideas of who God is and what his nature is, simply from scripture, history or from one’s own intellectual knowledge. 

 

In Luke 20:34, “And Jesus answering said unto them, ‘The children of this age marry, and are given in marriage. But they, which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and they are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto him.’”  

 

Jesus is talking about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob being in resurrection.  He is talking about an age.  What is an age? Where do the scriptures say there is a church age or a kingdom age?  Are the ages a period of time?  I don’t think so.  I think ages are stages of the revelation of God in Christ Jesus. 

 

In Hebrews 1, it says that Jesus Christ makes the ages.  The ages are not something that time makes. The ages in Christ affect those things in the earth.  The children of this age marry and are getting married but when we get into this other age, does that mean that it’s a period of time?  No, it means it is a stage of understanding.  

 

There are people in Noah’s day who lived continually in sin.  There were some people in Moses’ day who lived under the law.  Some people lived in the faith of forgiveness, and some have progressed into oneness with Christ and into an understanding of these things spiritually.  These things are all happening at the same time.  Therefore, I believe that the ages, and the ages to come, are things that God is revealing in his Son, Jesus Christ. 

 

 The sons of the children of this world marry, but they that are counted worthy to obtain that age neither marry nor are given in marriage. People from years ago lived and died. That doesn’t mean that none of them were able to reach that age, if it was in time, but it’s not in time, it’s in the stage of understanding. The people who are counted worthy to obtain that age and the resurrection from the dead will do so now because Christ makes the ages and Christ is now. The reason they don’t marry is because in the spirit we don’t do that; we’re one with Christ. It isn’t man and woman and the progeny of the flesh, rather it’s a spiritual realization and ascending into a better understanding of the eternal purpose of God that’s in Christ Jesus.  

 

The Bible says that they don’t die anymore because, of course, we have been given life in Christ.  It is a life that doesn’t corrupt and doesn’t die. The Bible says they’re “like the angels.”  The word ‘angels’ means messengers. They are the messengers.  Right now they are the messengers of the spiritual realization in Christ.  It may be in all kinds of stages (which are ages), but nevertheless there are a lot of people that are witnessing to Christ in all of these stages, whether its forgiveness, or the baptism of the spirit, or some kind of a progress that they’ve made. There are some that haven’t made any progress and they’re still living in legalism and they’re hoping for natural things to come upon the earth.  Yet there are some that are entering into an identification, knowing that God has made us one in Christ Jesus.  We are the children of God, being sons or children of the resurrection that is, being raised from the dead to an understanding and an age of which we are now messengers of.  Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed this about Abraham and Isaac. 

 

Abraham received the promise, Isaac was the son of the promise, and Jacob was the one who had a change in his nature and became Israel and became the father of a group of people (which is all typology).  God is not the God of the dead, so all those that are dead in Adam are actually unconscious or separated from the understanding of Christ and they are not the messengers, they do not have the life, and they are struggling in the vanity of their own mind.  Everybody that has come to Christ is alive in God.  Christ is the one who makes the ages. 

 

Ephesians 3:10, “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.”   The elect or the called out people of God are going to inform the principalities and the powers of what God’s eternal purpose is.  Ephesians 2:2-3, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” 

 

These principalities and powers are working in men and it takes men to address them, but men have to be spiritual and understand that they have wisdom above the delusion and the stages of understanding that are in mankind.  Ephesians 2:7, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”  In the ages to come, which is something that Christ makes, it is a stage of understanding the riches of the glory that God has put in Christ Jesus. 

Matthew 13:37-39, “He answered and said unto them, ‘He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels.’” 

 

This age doesn’t end until something happens, until some of the seeds have born fruit. Jesus said once, “Don’t say that it’s a long time until the harvest because the fields are all already ripe.”  This was before his death and resurrection. He was talking about the harvest of the law.  The fruit of the law is repentance. The law is a learning process by God to bring you to Christ and no man can come to Christ unless the Father brings him there.  Christ will not receive anybody that the Father doesn’t give him. 

 

The harvest, of course, is the good seed.  We know that in the parable of the seed, there were seeds that were cast out and they landed in different places. The fowls of the earth took some up immediately, some went by the wayside and they never bore fruit, and some were in thistles and they choked.  Eventually there was only one set of seeds that actually brought forth fruit and that was the seed that landed on the good ground. 

 

The basis for everything coming to Christ is in the law.  Jesus said that if you don’t believe Moses, then you won’t believe me.  In Luke 16 (in the parable of the rich man) he said, “They’ve got Moses and the prophets and that will keep them out of the hell you’re in.”  Many people disparage the law and say that the law is done and they are not in it any more.  However, the law goes on and there are many people still in the stage of the law and many people who haven’t yet come to the realization of the stage of the law. 

 

Genesis 6:3, “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”  God had an idea that man wasn’t doing so well, that man was continually evil, and that there was no restraint of the law and he was going to purge the earth of this evil flesh.  It is interesting how God does this.  There are stages of things that we will look at. In Exodus, God instructed Moses to make a tabernacle, and when they were dedicating it something happened. 

 

Exodus 40:34-36, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys.” 

 

This is an indication and type that there would come a day when the Law of Moses, the carnal law of commandments, would not operate in the temple of God.  Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, but when it came to entering the Promised Land, God took him aside and showed him the land that he could not enter.  This is again a type of Moses not living in the kingdom of God or the law of Moses not entering the kingdom of God.  These things did not happen because there was going to be a new law and a new sense of things in the new law. 

 

Moses died at the age of 120 years.  In Deuteronomy 34:7, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”  The Law of Moses is still in effect to the natural man.  It’s still is what natural man must hear before he can come to Christ.  

 

Another temple, the temple of Solomon, came up some years later. In II Chronicles we see what took place at the dedication of Solomon’s temple.   II Chronicles 5:12-14, “Also the Levites which were singers, all of them of A’saph, of He’man of Jed’u-thun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding trumpets.  It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”  Again, this is a sign of the priesthood.  In Solomon’s day, there was a time coming when the Levites could not minister in the house of the Lord.  They could not minister in the temple of God for something new was coming.  This all represents a type.  The 120 priests were shut out because there was a new priesthood coming.  It signaled the end of the fleshly priesthood and the end of fleshly laws – being fulfilled in Christ but not destroyed. 

 

In Luke we read about the dispensation of Christ in the New Testament. Luke 24:46-49, “And said unto them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until you have been endued with power from on high.’”  

 

Jesus is saying that the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham comes when they wait in Jerusalem for it. In Acts 1 they were gathered in an upper room and there were 120 people amongst them. Acts 1:15, “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of his disciples, and said, (the number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty)...” 

 

Acts 2:1, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, there were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”  Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 

 

These 120 people received the Holy Spirit, which is the giving of the law. Jesus had breathed on them in John 20 and they became a new living soul in the sense of Christ’s dispensation and now they received something to end the flesh mind. 

 

The first Passover was in Egypt and about a month and a half later (or about 50 days) after the first Passover, they came to Mt. Sinai in the desert and Moses received the law.  Fifty days after Christ’s Passover (as the lamb crucified), there came the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, which is the giving of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.  Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but he came to fulfill it.  The law is a fulfilled law that’s in the spirit of Christ and comes to us in the Holy Spirit. 

 

In Deuteronomy, ‘deuter’ means two; it means the second giving of the law.  When Moses came down from the mountain, we know that the text of the scriptures tells us that he became angry at what was going on in the camp.  He threw the tablets of stone down and they broke on the ground. God (again) gave him instructions to have a new stone and a new set of the same laws made again.  This is the second giving of the law pictured in the scriptures.  The second giving of the law is the law that was actually put in the ark and was not broken. In Deuteronomy 10:1, when Moses made the second stones, he was also instructed to make a wooden ark.  That was typical of the Ark of the Covenant, the Law of Moses, and many of the things remained until these temples were destroyed and everything was lost. 

 

Jesus said in Matthew 23:38, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” That, too, was a picture of humankind not having the spirit of Christ in the temple of their body.  Jesus said that it was left unto them desolate.  It was already desolate, and all the things of the Old Testament came to an end. 

 

In the two great covenants, the covenant of Moses and the covenant in Jesus Christ, both are accompanied by a law and a priesthood. Jesus is the high priest of our confession and Moses was the high priest of that area.  Moses prophesied that there would come another prophet from amongst the people similar to himself, and if people didn’t hear this prophet, they would be cut off from amongst the people.  We know that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  

 

God spoke in all these different ways. The progression of the ages, or the stages of understanding, and the revelation of God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus has come to a fruit in the spirit now.  There was a form of knowledge and truth in first law (Romans 2:20).  In the law that is of spirit and life, it’s a spirit of the law that is in the life of Christ Jesus.  It comes to us in the Holy Spirit and brings us the realization of a whole new relationship with God in a covenant in which he is the one that does both ends of the covenant; both the promise and the oath to perform is of God now, not man.  Nothing is left up to man.  

 

In these last days, it says that even though he spoke in all these manners and all these things happened, he has now spoken to us in the Son in whom he made the ages.  Christ makes the ages, as it says also in Ephesians.  If you don’t listen to this one, then you’ll be cut off from amongst the people because this is the fulfillment of what Moses said. In Moses’ day, in the bearing of witness of two to three people, they would stone a man to death. In Hebrews it says how much more sorrow (punishment) will happen to those who trod down the blood of Jesus.  It simply means that it’s really a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God in the rejection of Christ.  It is much more serious than the stoning of the body that happened in the Old Testament.  

 

We know that flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God.  If you read the Old Testament, you’ll read about the many things that God did - from destroying everybody during the days of Noah except for animals and a family, and down through the ages with plagues, diseases, wars and everything else.  You get the idea that all flesh is grass.  What is man to God in the sense of flesh?  He made a change so that he could represent himself truly in the spirit and that’s what the message of Jesus Christ and the new covenant is all about. 

 

If we look into the prophets and at the Minor Prophets in particular, there is always a mention of a day.  It’s always referred to as “when the day cometh” or “when the day approaches.”  It’s singular because they are referring to the day of the Lord, the day when God’s lordship is expressed through his Son, Jesus Christ.  It’s always been there and it will always be there, and the brightness of its coming is what puts away the darkness. 

 

In the last chapters of the book of Revelation, it talks about the temple of God having no light in it, only needing the light of Christ, which is a different light, one of illumination and understanding.  The doors and the gates are open and the light is shining forth from there, but there are many that don’t enter in because they don’t like the light and they are afraid to be exposed.  

 

Jeremiah 25:33, “And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” 

 

Paul said the same things in Philippians 3:7-8, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”  

 

People who still feel that what God has in mind for the flesh, other than death and keeping it as a true testimony or a true witness of who he is, are going to be mistaken.  God does not put a value on the flesh. If you read the Old Testament you can see that unless the flesh is used as a true witness for God, it really doesn’t amount to anything.  Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Flesh and its blood, that is its soul, its consciousness of being, does not inherit the kingdom of God.  The kingdom of God is simply a rule in which God is ruling us by the spirit of his Son, Christ Jesus.  Now we live in a law of life, not a law of sin and death, but a law of life in which the law keeps us.  Before we had to keep the law, now the law keeps us.  God Bless. 

 

END OF ALL FLESH, THE [Lloyd Ellefson]          4

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