OCTOBER 30, 2008











There was a day in Israel when things were so bad that people were desperate. The prophet Habakkuk was in tears before the Lord, “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ and you will not save.” (Hab. 1:2a)

The distraught prophet continued to implore the Lord, “Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” (Vs.3-4)

The Lord did not ignore His faithful prophet, but He did not stop the violence of that time. Instead, He set a vision before Habakkuk, and He told him to write it down plainly and quickly for anyone who would be able to read it. “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie…” (Hab. 2:2-3a)

Habakkuk was awed by the vision. It was filled with woes for those who were building with bloodshed and establishing cities by iniquity. But in the midst of all this, we read, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14) When it was over, faith rose up from the prophet’s heart and he wrote, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Hab. 3:17-18)

It is obvious to all of us, that the days of Habakkuk are upon us… and so is the fulfillment of the vision. It is also obvious that we are not all looking at the same vision, and that because the vision can only be read by the Spirit, not all are able to read it with understanding. Nevertheless, for those who are able to read it, there is great joy in looking past what is taking place in the world, and witnessing what God is really doing in the land.

The wise writer said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Prov. 29:18a) The word here speaks of a prophetic vision from God, when there is only the vision that man can set before us, we are in danger of perishing. This, we know by experience as we witness that the nations of the world, as well as our own, are collapsing day by day.

Because the church at large has killed the prophets, it has not been able to set the true vision before the people. The church has not operated in the ministerial order that the Lord had purposed for her. She has been mostly evangelistic and has lacked true prophetic word. Jesus once told Israel, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets…” this same word applies to the Christian Church that is in the world today. The prophetic vision has been totally ignored and those who have had the courage to speak have suffered their demise among them. This is what happened to our Lord and to many among us who have personally experienced the same.

The church has erroneously given the name of prophets to men who are preachers of righteousness. Others have rejected the true prophetic word when God sent it to them. They have gathered to themselves, ministries that agreed with them, and they have called them “their prophets.” Many have paid dearly for this, yet they have continued the same practice. True discernment comes from the prophetic word of the Lord and the church has lost her way because she has rejected true prophets.

God showed His servant Habakkuk that in the days ahead there is indeed redemption for the entire earth, but in the meantime, violence and all manner of iniquity will flourish.

Today, our Lord has opened the vision in an even greater way than was shown Habakkuk. Little by little, He has revealed God’s plan and purpose for us in this age and the ages to come.


For those who are able to read in the Spirit, God is revealing His purpose as never before. We are certainly seeking to know more and we usually look for “What is in it for us?” We also need to look at “What is in it for God?”

A dream that I had a few years ago came back to my mind. “I was hurriedly walking through an air terminal to catch a plane. I had a big roll of blueprints under my arm. I held onto it tightly because I was going to read them on the plane. I needed them to get to my destination.”

I knew that the Lord was speaking about the plans that He has drawn up since before the foundation of the world. He was saying that we need to take these plans on the plane (in the Spirit) to read them. We need to do this in order to reach our destination.

The dream also showed that we have been given charge of these blueprints; and that we must hold onto them tightly, and keep them close to the body.

This word is for all who are entrusted with the vision of God’s plans in the earth. The other very important point in the dream is that THE BLUEPRINTS ARE TO BE READ ON THE PLANE. This means that God’s plans must only be deciphered in the Spirit. They cannot be interpreted by the carnal mind.

As the Lord unveils this to our understanding, we find that we are very much a part of God’s plan but that He has a great purpose for Himself as well. When Paul wrote his famous long prayer to the church, he said, “…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…” (Eph. 1:18)

Paul who had seen things beyond his time was not writing about the inheritance of the saints; he was writing about the inheritance of the Lord in the saints.

As we are caught up into these heavenly places (spiritual understanding) in Christ, we find that because we are still carnal in part, we cannot see the things of God clearly. It seems that at every level, there needs to be clarification and purification so that our vision may be pure and our minds renewed.

It is by the constant “renewing” of our minds that we are transformed into His image, so it is important for us to continue on the path of being lifted into the Spirit and purified from the thoughts of the carnal mind, every step of the way.

Our minds have been crammed full of the many doctrines and ways of worship that the church system of our day has taught us. The church in the land has been “evangelical” but not “prophetic.” It has been as it was in Israel during the time of Eli the high priest, he had grown very old and his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see. His sons were lying with the women at the door of the tabernacle and having evil dealings in full view, but although Eli knew everything that was going on, he had no power to stop any of it.

Today, instead of purifying the people by the Word of God, the church has adjusted its standards to fit the spirit of the world at the demand of the people. For this reason, her doctrines are polluted and her sons commit abominations in plain view without correction.

The church is the one called to set the standards in the world, but the visible church has lost God’s standards long ago. The true church is not yet ready to be seen; God is keeping her in hiding. Is it any wonder that the nations are corrupt? The prince of this world rules over the leaders so that when the law does not fit the desires of the people, the leaders find lawyers who are able to manipulate the law and make it fit.

This is done in such a sly manner that honest people are fooled into believing that the new laws are for their protection when in reality they are for their destruction. This not only applies to the laws of the land, it applies first to the doctrines of the church. This is why it is vital that we hold on tightly to God’s blueprints and that we remember that the blueprints are to be read on the plane; that is in the Spirit.


We need to understand that there is a distinct difference between soul and spirit and that it is the soul that is lost in Adam. The Light of God is now hid behind the veil of flesh and our spirits are in darkness. It is only when we realize our situation, repent of our sins and call upon the name of Jesus that the Spirit of God quickens our spirits and His Light can shine through to our conscious man (soul).

His Light is truth and when His light shines in us we begin to see that we had believed lies and the truth makes us free from these lies. We then begin to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Phil. 2:12) As Paul points out, it is through continuous obedience to the Spirit that we work out the salvation of our souls.

If a man leaves this earthly realm without repentance, his spirit remains in darkness and his soul remains lost. The writer of Ecclesiastes speaks about the VANITIES of mankind. He describes the death of the Adam man in this way, “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” (Eccl. 12:7)

We think of “vanity” as “excessive pride,” but the word here comes from a root word meaning, “to be led astray.” We have been led astray by lies that we thought were truth; this has left us “void” or “empty.” Our lives have been as James wrote like “a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” This is the meaning of “Vanity.” It is only as we turn to Christ that we are filled with a life of hope and joy.

The spirit goes back to God who gave it, but what happens to the soul is what salvation is all about. The spirit that is in man does not go to hell; it simply returns to the Father of all spirits. (See Heb. 12:9) But the soul needs the Savior of the body in order to escape nakedness and torment when her earthly body is dissolved. “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.” (Eph. 5: 23)

When Jesus shed His blood on Calvary, He purchased a body for our soul so that when this tabernacle of dust is dissolved, our soul has a new tabernacle or body in the spirit realm. Paul wrote, “For we know that if our earthly house (body), this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (II Cor. 5:1) This new body is there for us and will be made manifest at the time of the better resurrection.

The church has taught us that salvation is an escape from hell and the way into a heaven of eternal bliss with all our loved ones. This is not the salvation that is taught by the Word of God. True salvation is the total transformation of the individual into the image of the Son of God. Salvation opens the door to fellowship with our Father.

As our minds and souls are transformed into the image of the Son, we have fellowship with the Father. There is no other way to the Father. “No one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. And He turned to His disciples and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see.” (Luke 10:22b)

Indeed, we can only know the Father when the Son (in us) reveals Him to us. In another place, Jesus was praying to His Father and said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) There is no clearer explanation of true salvation than these words of Jesus. Salvation is knowing the Father and communicating with Him. Salvation will never come through Buddha or any other gods; it can only come through the only One who has access to the true Father – Jesus Christ.

We cannot know the true God except through the Son and we do not know the Son by mental exercise or by knowledge of the Bible, we know the Son when we are transformed by the renewing of our minds and begin to think as He does. This is the working out of our salvation.


We always want to know what is in this salvation for us, but the question must be asked, ‘what is in it for God?’ We could answer it this way. Because God is an invisible Spirit, His visible creation cannot know Him. God’s purpose is seen in Jesus Christ when He said, “When you have seen Me, you have seen the Father!”

God’s plan is to dwell within a people who will make known His glory to His visible creation throughout the ages to come. This people will be in the image of the firstborn Son of God. When we look at Jesus, the pattern Son, as He walked this earth, we know that His priority was to magnify His Father and do only what His Father was doing and speak only what His Father was speaking. Jesus was the image of His Father.

Jesus’ mission included atonement for sins; this is not the mission of the sons. Their mission is to show forth God’s glory to His visible creation throughout eternity. The sons were with God in Christ before the foundation of the world. God brought them down into the visible earthly realm to become living souls, overcome death in Christ and be sons indwelled by their Father.

God sent us to this earth in order to acquire a soul and a visible earthly body and to be transformed into the image of the Son. Our new body is fashioned after our earthly body through the power of resurrection. There is no resurrection without death and there can be no death without the body that Paul called, “This body of death.” (See Rom. 7:24)

The prize of God’s high calling in Christ comes as we suffer the loss of all things (natural life) and are raised into the life of Christ. Paul wrote, But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” (Phil. 3:8) This was the exchange that Paul was yearning for. He desired to find the Christ within so that the glory of God might shine through him and that none of himself might remain.


“Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” (I Cor. 15:28)

Just this morning I received a forwarded email from a brother who wrote at length concerning our will and the will of God. He seemed to be angry with those who believe that God honors man’s will. He was right of course in saying that God’s will supersedes man’s will by far.

However, one needs to understand that although God’s will is supreme and that in the end all things will come into His arrangement for His creation, at this time, He has delegated much of the work to His servants.

The verse above points to the fact that up to now, all things have not been subject to God. We often hear and I have said it myself many times, “God is in charge!” Indeed, God has coordinated all things for His purpose and He is very much in charge, but He has delegated the work to those that He chose to bring His plan to pass.

A perfect example of this is the story of Job. God called on Satan, one of His best delegates, and began to assign him his case. “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” (Job 1:7)

Satan’s territory is everywhere. He goes to and fro and back and forth in the earth, looking for areas of weaknesses among Gods’ creatures where he can do his best work. However when he appeared among the sons of God it was another story. It was God who assigned the work to him and who set boundary lines on the work. Satan may have had his eye on Job, but he could not touch him without God’s permission.

We know the discourse, “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Vs. 8) Satan knows that God protects His servants and that he cannot touch them at will, but he stays close and ready when God gives him the signal.

The reason for this is that God has a purpose for His servants, and He chooses their trials carefully so that they learn to overcome and grow strong in the power of His might. The trials that God chooses for His own are made to teach them to take hold of the Holy Spirit within and overcome; they are never meant to destroy them.

If we were called to accept everything that Satan throws at us because it is the will of God, there would have been no need for Paul to exhort the church to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11)

God directed Satan to touch His servant Job and Job’s trials increased in intensity. They became so severe that in the end Job was completely stripped from all earthly goods, from his wife and his friends’ esteem, and even from his health, his dignity and self-respect. God did not spare His beloved servant, instead He passed him through a fire so hot that only few would be able to pass and still remain in the faith. Job became a perfect type of the Lamb of God and the Lamb Company. There is no doubt that Satan was then, and has been all along, one of God’s most powerful “delegates.”

God’s Son, Jesus, was and is certainly THE most obedient and most powerful delegate that the Father has sent. Satan tested Jesus to the utmost yet He fulfilled all that the Father had lined up for Him to do. By the power of holiness that was in Him, Jesus destroyed the power of Satan and triumphed over sin and death. It is that same overcoming Holy Spirit that triumphs over the power of Satan in us.

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2:14-15) By the power of resurrection, Jesus overcame death so that when our earthly bodies are dissolved, we have a house (body) in the realm of spirit.

In addition, there is a better resurrection still, and all those who have died in the faith are waiting for this. “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” (Heb. 11:39)

God delegated the work of overcoming death to His son Jesus. By the Spirit of holiness, Jesus overcame the death of the soul and received the first body of glory. In turn, He sent the same Holy Spirit to those who would follow Him and delegated the work of overcoming the death of the body to them.

A chapter written to the Corinthians has to do with the last enemy to be destroyed. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (I Cor. 15:26) It explains that now that Christ is raised from the dead, He has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Paul declares, “For as in Adam all die, even in Christ, all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (Vs.22)

In Adam all died. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) All humans have sinned and all fall short of God’s glory and all humans remain earthly, subject to death and the grave. From the time that Adam and Eve sinned, all souls died. In the realm of death, there are rulers, authorities and powers that hold men’s souls in their clutches.

What is happening in the world today gives us a good look at the way these rulers operate. They have taken control of men’s wealth, health and well-being; they even possess their souls. Men are subject to the politics and laws of the world’s rulers who rob them and abuse them continually. They have taken possession of their labors and through fear they have taken charge of their lives.

The Bible calls the spirit that rules godless men, “the prince of the power of the air.” Men suffer under that rule; it is the realm of “death.” They are desperate and are calling on anyone that can change that cycle. The problem is not in Washington, the problem is in the hearts of men. Men need to call on the name of the Lord Jesus for He is the only One who will bring real change.

Only the One who has overcome the power of death by the Spirit of holiness can bring this unending cycle of deceit and violence to an end. Jesus rose from the dead and is seated at God’s right hand until all His enemies are made His footstool” This is accomplished as those who follow Him overcome every enemy in their path. And it is done one person at a time. “…each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (Vs. 23)

Jesus, the Christ, atoned for the sins of the world and redeemed (bought back) the souls that were lost. By His blood, He purchased the new body of glory for Himself and all who are found in Him. The sons of God are delegated to take hold of His Holy Spirit within and overcome death in the body so that there is no more need of undertakers, graves and the cemetery. “O Death where is your sting? O Hades where is your victory?” (I Cor. 15:55) Then there will be no more grief and all tears will be wiped away. This is the program that we are looking for, anything short of that is only temporary.


“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Rev. 21:21-22)

John wrote this as he beheld the vision of the Holy City that had come down from God out of heaven. What John saw was a spiritual scene that he could only describe with natural, material things.

We know that the city is not a place in the sky where we go when we die, and John said that the city came down to earth. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21:1-2)

The city that John saw was coming to the earth out of heaven from God. This means that had been hid in the Spirit, but was now taking its place in the visible realm of the earth. John called it “New Jerusalem.” We know that Jerusalem was the seat of God’s church in the Old Testament and so we find that New Jerusalem represents the seat of God’s New Church in Christ. God’s new church had been hid in the Spirit (heaven) but is now being revealed in the visible realm.

Through the centuries, saints of God have tried to interpret the meaning of this vision but it has been has the blind man of Bethsaida who was brought to Jesus to be healed. Jesus spit upon the man’s eyes and put His hands on him. Then He asked the man if he saw anything. “And he looked up and said, ‘I see men like trees, walking. Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” (Mk. 8:24-25)

For us to see clearly the meaning of what God has shown us by the Spirit, it takes a continuous touch of the Master’s Hands on our eyes. We have tried to interpret the vision and at first we have seen it as a literal city with streets paved with real gold bricks. Then we have seen it half spiritually and half literally but we still needed to be exercised in the ways of the Spirit. Finally, He touches our eyes again and we can clearly see what a beautiful and glorious thing He has done in us.

The twelve gates were twelve pearls. A pearl is one of the most valuable gems, but pearls differ from other gems. Most gems are minerals that are mined from beneath the earth, but pearls are formed inside the shell of oysters. These oysters make a special substance called nacre and that substance lines the inside of their shell.

When a foreign substance, such as a grain of sand or a tiny parasite enters the body of the mollusk, the nacre-forming cells begin to work. They cover the invading substance with thin sheets of nacre until the foreign body is completely enclosed in the shelllike substance forming a pearl.

Only few mollusks produce the beautiful colored nacre that is essential for valuable pearls. Only the sea pearl oyster, which lies in tropical seas, produces this precious type of pearls. Edible clams and oysters have dull shells, so their pearls are without luster and have no value.

The gates speak of the entrances or the ways to enter into that spiritual City of God – God’s true church. Twelve is the number of God’s government and it denotes those who are in complete obedience to His rule and order.

There were twelve tribes of Israel and twelve apostles of the Lamb, denoting that in the Old Testament, Israel held the oracles that showed the way to God, and in the New, the Word that began with the twelve apostles lays out the foundation.

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” and those who have overcome doctrines that are foreign to the Spirit and false worship have become the way into the City. They have defeated the lies of the enemy and can open the way for others to enter into the ways of truth and light.


From the beginning of mankind, men have felt the need to worship God but because they were in darkness and could not see the One true God, they proceeded to erect altars and build temples to gods created out of their imaginations. These are everywhere in the world today. Christianity has pretty much followed the pattern. Impressive Cathedrals, churches and monuments with icons of God in the image of man are everywhere to be found.

So it is hard to imagine the City of God without a Temple. Yet Jesus declared that God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. He also said that the hour for this was already here. It is indeed hard for us to let go the idea that we need to go to church to worship God. We may go to find fellowship with those who believe as we do, and we may want to bring our children to Sunday school and Christian activities, but we do not need to go to church to worship God.

By now we know that God’s city is not a geographical place where thousands or even millions of people live and work. If we look at most cities in this world, we find that they are overcrowded, dirty, and noisy and often have a high rate of crime. Most people in cities are confined to live in stone and concrete buildings with little space. They are subject to the nerve-racking noise of traffic and are exposed to sources that pollute the air with fumes that endanger their health.

God’s City is not like Rome or literal Jerusalem, and it does not fit the mold of any earthly city, this is why it called the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. A city is a community that has some form of government. In this case, the Holy City is a people totally ruled by God’s righteousness or righteous ways.

John described the gates and made note that there was only one street in the city and it was pure gold, transparent as glass. Of course, this is not speaking of a literal street paved with gold bricks as some of the songs we have sung proclaim. This single street denotes that those who are there walk in the pure and untarnished nature of God. Gold speaks of that eternal nature and the transparency speaks of the truth that embodies these people.

John’s vision shows that there is no temple in that city. Jesus told the woman at the well, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father… But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:21, 23)

Today’s cities and towns are filled with churches and temples. The Jews are squabbling about Temple Mount so that they can someday rebuild the Temple and offer their sacrifices. But beloved, be sure that God’s City has no need of a Temple and the reason is clear, “The Lord God and the Lamb are its temple.”

This is the greatest revelation of Jesus Christ. He has offered Himself as the sacrificial atonement once and for all. Now, He has become the Light of the City. For you see, each individual who forms that City is filled with the nature of God Almighty and of the Lamb. The Lamb in them is the Light of the City and the Light of the world. These people are not holding up a light, they are the Light.

There is no need for outward worship in the City and there is no need for more sacrifices to be offered in a Temple, therefore there is no need for anymore Temple. The true Church is not a building; it is a people. As Paul declared, “Know ye not that you are the temple!”


God created the heavens and the earth and He saw that it was good. He created all manner of “things” to provide for the needs of His creation and He saw that it was all good. But we know the story, when Satan came on the scene, all things over which Adam had dominion were now handed over to the serpent.

Through the carnal mind, Satan holds the power of death. Jesus destroyed the works of Satan by the power of resurrection. And more than that, Jesus Christ restores “all things” that were lost in Adam. This means that not only man is redeemed and restored to its sinless state, but the entire natural creation of God is restored as well. This is something that most of us had not thought about but it is significant and worth pondering.

Restoration begins with the sons. They are God’s priesthood and go through purifying fires that they may be caught up into first resurrection. We have written and read a lot about this, but redemption begins with the sons and it does not stop there.

Paul wrote, “…because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (death) into the glorious liberty of the children (sons) of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. And not only they, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” (Rom. 8:21-23)

The truth that the entire creation waits to be delivered unto the same glory as the sons of God means that the sons have come into this glory first. This is why they are called “firstfruits.” As God’s priesthood, they are His first offerings. They have been delivered first in order to deliver the rest of creation.

When we think of the rest of creation we think of people, but in fact, it does not stop there. Not only the new heaven and new earth speak of the new body of glory and the new mind of Christ, it also speaks of all the “things” that were lost in Adam. It speaks of the natural creation as well. Jesus is truly the Savior of the world. At this present time, the work is taking place within the firstfruits and the firstfruits are being made fully alive by the same Spirit that dwelled in Jesus and now dwells in them. This is the earnest or down payment of their inheritance. And their inheritance is the full restoration of the heavens and the earth as God created them when He declared that they were good and very good.

When our mortal bodies are fully made alive and the resurrection from the dead has taken place in God’s firstfruits, redemption of the material creation will begin. When mortality puts on immortality and the last enemy, which is death, is destroyed, then the saints will receive the new visibly manifested body where God Almighty and the Lamb will dwell and rule forever and ever. Amen and Hallelujah!

Because of His love,

GOD’S BLUEPRINTS, MSG. No. 188 [Jackie Caporaso]          1


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