METAMORPHOSIS – OUR TRANSFORMATION
BY: ROBERT D. TORANGO
CHANGED FROM THE INSIDE OUT
A NEW CREATURE
A NEW NATURE
THE WOLF and the LAMB; THE WORM and the BUTTERFLY
THE WORM AND THE BUTTERFLY
A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH
CHANGED FROM THE INSIDE OUT
NOVEMBER 30, 2005
58] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor. 15:51- (KJV)
We are being changed, from glory to glory and from dimension to dimension. This may not be news to many of our readers, but in light of the solemnity of this event pertaining to the plan of God for the ages, I feel it would no doubt be profitable for us to delve into this “change” that is referred to by the holy scriptures, and let us see if we can grasp the proper measure of the importance of such an event to all of God’s creation. Only by seeing the full measure of such a transformation will we be able to ascertain the meaning of the “full salvation” that we are aspiring unto. We pray that God will give us grace and understanding as we look into this most meaningful and relevant of all studies for us that are walking in the deeper elements of God’s dealings with His sons. In this, the first part of this study, I would like to lay a little amount of groundwork that we will build upon in the following segments.
Usually, in my writings that deal with biblical truths and concepts, I prefer to stick with the King James Version of the scriptures when referring to these terms, as I do not want to give any reason for any of those critics of this Truth of the Kingdom of God to accuse me of skirting what the KJV states in it’s deposition of God’s Word. In such a study as this, however, I will be delving into other translations that adhere to a more strict interpretation of the original Greek text, although I will be comparing those translations with the common King James Version. Throughout my ministry I have always attempted to show to our readers how important it is to search out the original Greek and Hebrew words and their meanings, to show a more genuine expression of what the original body of scripture was declaring, versus later translations that give their own interpretation of those original, inspired writings. In my mind, we should try to get as close to the original meaning of the scriptures as possible, rather than wholly depend upon more modern translations, although all scriptural translations can be used to gain a fuller viewpoint of the many aspects of those holy writings. Even so, in this particular study I will be relying more heavily upon the Greek definitions and a variety of scriptural translations other than KJV in order to bring to light a greater understanding of such biblical words as “transformation,” “change,” “transfiguration,” “translation,” etc.
Seeing as to how we have used these terms to a great degree in our message of what we believe God is doing in the firstfruits company of sons, i.e., – that God will make these early sons to be prototypes, or examples of the benefits of God’s full salvation for all mankind, I find it extremely important that we rightly divide one term from another, rather than continue to lump them all into a description of one action. In truth, when we talk about “The Change,” we have to know that this event involves more than just one type of “change,” seeing as to how we are a composite being, with a body, soul and spirit, and as such we are in need of a multi-faceted transformation, rather than a singular and one dimensional transformation. This is evident when we look at the different Greek words used in the original language when describing these English terms. As evidenced by the title of this study, I want to focus on a Greek word that speaks most precisely about our present stage of transformation, from corruption unto incorruption and from mortal unto immortality. This Greek word is “metamorphoo,” from which we get our English word, “metamorphosis,” a well known term that we all became familiar with in our science classes in school.
Throughout the years of ministering this great Truth of the full salvation that Christ has purchased and acted out in Himself in His death, burial and resurrection, there have been certain words in the scriptures that have become “buzz words,” words that we use over and over again to differentiate our present state and condition in this age, from the state and condition of prior ages. As we now know, since our age has actually materialized, prior ages were locked into a certain period of this change of the spirit, soul and body of mankind. Prior ages were “shut up unto the faith” that we are presently accessing in Christ. Although they had the knowledge and understanding that such a change was available in Christ Jesus, they had to live out of an “earnest” of their inheritance, a down payment of greater things to come, and hence they were locked into a dispensation of God’s eonian plan, experiencing only a stage of the change, but not the full experience of that transformation.
Gal. 3:23-4:7 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (KJV)
Since all believers have been made subject to their generations and the times of their earthly life, we must understand that no generation has an advantage over another generation in regards of an eventual participation of the complete change, regardless of whether we are speaking about the generation that was in Christ’s time, or the generations of the early church, or any of the coming generations. God is no respecter of persons, or generations. What is happening today in our generation has been made possible by reason of what God has done in all prior generations. This element of truth is wonderfully captured in the momentous occasion of Mary visiting Elizabeth and the giving forth of salutations to each other, orchestrated by the spirit of God. In the belly of these two chosen vessels of God dwelt two of the most important figures of our redemption story, John the Baptist and Jesus, the Christ. Just listen to the words that come forth from these young mothers, as they come to terms with their purpose in God’s plan.
Luke 1:39-55 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
(Notice that Elizabeth understands the significance of the purpose of her own babe, whose birth was also full of wonder and strange happenings. John’s father, Zacharias was a priest of the division of Abijah. His wife, Elizabeth, was one “of the daughters of Aaron” <Luke 1:5>, meaning she also was of priestly descent. Zacharias was visited by an angel of the Lord while ministering in the temple and was informed that their prayer for a child had been answered and even in their old age they would have a son that would be called John, who would be great in God’s sight and would be filled with the Holy Ghost in his mother’s womb. So, for Elizabeth, this was a great confirmation to what kind of babe was in the womb of Mary.)
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. (KJV)
The apostle Paul also gives witness to how God has ordered the order of the generations and how the dispensations of God correspond to such periods of time.
Col. 1:25-29 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (KJV)
Peter also witnesses to such a plan for all generations and how we are to know our own generation and how it has been purposed by God to fulfill its dispensational purpose.
1 Pet. 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (KJV)
As you can see, it is very important for us to understand our role in the eonian plan of God, and not to think too much of ourselves, as though we have displayed more faith, or more honor, or more worthiness to receive this transformation at hand than the prior generations. We are only playing out our role, fulfilling our generation in Christ, which happens to be positioned in the final stages of the relay race to the prize in Christ Jesus that has been set before all men. As we continue on into the full experience of the salvation of God, let us stay humble before the Lord and give honor where honor is due. I give honor today to all of those that have gone before me, who have gone hungry, made destitute, put to death, tortured and imprisoned, made outcasts for the sake of the gospel, all so that the Good News could continue on to other generations, until this message of God’s Glad Tidings would be hand delivered to men and women of great valor in the faith of Christ. We hold in our hands today a truth that has outlived kings and kingdoms, that stood great persecution and empirical hatred, only to be found untouched and unpolluted in a generation that stood afar off from that generation that God had placed in Elizabeth and Mary long ago. Time could not kill it’s message of hope and glory, men could not silence it, death could not quench it’s fiery substance, but through the power of the spirit of God it has continued throughout all generations, and if this is not the generation of which we write, it will not end with us either, but will continue to shine forth in darkness until that which has been promised is performed in a chosen generation.
As we study about this great metamorphosis, we do not do so with some erroneous self-serving motive of it being relevant only if it happens to us personally. In other words, this word is true whether I myself partake of it’s fullness in this life or not. To be sure, we are all living candidates for this to be accomplished in our lifetime, as no one knows the exact hour or day of this change. But, we do not minister this truth in a desperate spirit of fleshly labor, or out of a spirit of fear of the grave or a dreadful view of the future, but our hope is in Christ, and whether in this body or out of this body, we will all be changed. Those that have gone before us, having made their transition from this life into the other life, will not have any advantage nor disadvantage separate from us, but they will be made whole with us as we are all made whole in Christ. The metamorphosis that takes place in this dimension will have a reciprocal effect upon all other dimensions, as nothing happens in heaven or earth without affecting the other. What is bound in one dimension is bound in the other dimension, and what is loosed in one dimension is loosed in the other. Heaven and earth are intrinsically connected in God and are mirror images of each other. Surely this is why the whole creation is groaning for this change.
Rom. 8:20-23 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)
Having established therefore that we have nothing to glory in concerning ourselves, but being made mindful that there is a mighty working of the spirit of God taking place in our being, we continue to seek out the hidden mystery of God’s will concerning this great event of death being swallowed up into life. In so doing, we lay aside all of our own devices of doctrine and conceived perceptions, for we know that we are entering into the holy of holies of God’s presence and we cannot handle these instruments of truth with our own carnal understanding, but they must be handled with the pure sincerity of the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dealing with the subject of metamorphosis, we should be aware that we will eventually be speaking of things that we have no fit language to express certain elements of this great process. We will have to come to terms with the integration of things natural and things spiritual. This will not doubt be a difficult task for some. We have been taught throughout our Christian walk that the natural and the spiritual were to never meet, that those two states were in constant battle and had nothing to do with each other. I find it impossible to discuss the transformation that is based upon the scriptures in light of such assumptions. To be sure, God’s intention is to change what is natural into something else, and if we are to stay true in our search for truth, we must come to realize that what is spiritual must also be changed into something else! What that is, only God knows, for it is beyond our earthly experience and nothing in this physical dimension would compare with that finished form of the New Man.
This New Man that is being formed in and throughout our being will be without parallel. Only the form of the risen Christ would be comparable, since that is the pattern out of which the New Man is made. The problem is, the scripture does not give much detail about that arisen state and condition made evident to the disciples before the ascension of Jesus Christ. We know that after His resurrection, Jesus was no longer bound by natural laws of state and condition. We read how He appeared in the locked room to the disciples without asking someone to open the door, and we know that He was able to change His appearance, whereas He appeared as a stranger to some and to others He was known as Himself immediately. We know He was not limited to space and time, as He was able to appear and disappear at will, but we also know that He was able to touch and be touched, and that His glorified body had form and mass to it. We should keep in mind that even before His resurrection, Jesus was able to do many of these same feats, while yet in His physical body. In fact, there was a true transfiguration prior to the Resurrection Morning, which took place in the Mount and entailed a brilliant illumination and visitation from the presence of the Father and His messengers.
Matt. 17:1-3 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his 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. (KJV)
The point is that Jesus had access to that transfiguring power that resided in Him before His death, burial and resurrection and I believe we can legitimately declare that we do also! We have many witnesses throughout the generations of believers that give witness to the fact that at certain times that which is within us can and will allow us to function in a supernatural way, momentarily allowing us to be freed from physical laws that would otherwise limit us to this physical dimension. Even in this present generation, we have many witnesses to the fact that God is still opening up a portal of another dimension that presents itself to those that are willing to be made partakers of that heavenly dimension, which is not of this earthly, physical world but is a preview of things to come for those that press on into the transformation that is at hand. Should we not expect this to be the case, seeing as to how we are the offspring of such glories that have manifested throughout the past ages? Indeed, I believe we need to ready ourselves for a further display of such supernatural experiences as we draw near the time of full manifestation of the spirit of God in the hearts of mankind. Surely this is to be expected, that the Temple of the Holy Spirit, which you are, will be filled with the glory of God’s presence and that this physical tabernacle would be caught up into a realm of life and glory that would be transfiguring for you and I.
The religious church systems of today are asleep at the wheel concerning this kind of manifestation, having settled long ago for a form of godliness but denying the actual power of manifestation that such a substance of God would bring to our walk in Him. To think that we actually contain the fullness of Christ in us should cause us all to be on tiptoes, stretching our neck to peer into this realm of spirit life. A door is opened to us that has been shut to former generations and we must not neglect this opportunity to come to KNOW the Lord, not as a figure or a religious icon, but to KNOW His ways and to walk in His corridors of abiding life. If we pray in the spirit and if we sing in the spirit, then let us learn how to WALK in the spirit of the Lord, is the admonition of the Apostle Paul. Let us transcend this physical dimension by walking in the Life of our Lord Jesus Christ. I think Enoch is our example, as one that the scriptures describe as a “walker” that took a walk one day and never came back. That is, Enoch walked in the spirit of his God and walked into a place where God “took him,” being translated from a physical, limited dimension of temporal life into a spiritual, unlimited dimension of eonian life. Many scholars cast doubt upon this event as simply an allegory, a story that points to a more cerebral truth in God, but I truly believe that such an event took place, and that the other miraculous accounts in the scripture were actual events that took place, not because I have any proof of such events, but because of my own experiences in my own life that defy natural laws and physical limitations. It is to our detriment that we have become so knowledgeable of the limitations of our natural existence that we have allowed that knowledge to blind us to another world that is in our midst, but cannot be discerned by the natural mind or senses. As a result, academically speaking, we have become messengers of God that are blind, deaf and dumb concerning those actual realities and principles of the other world where our Lord dwells and lives, but the spirit of the Lord is at work to open our eyes to what lies within us, and how it is actually one reality in Christ, not two split worlds, but one world with 2 elements within it, the seen and the unseen. It is the purpose of this great truth of transformation to reveal to mankind the coming together of all things in Christ, until there is only one true reality, HIM.
Eph. 1:9-14 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)
We have thus far been living on the earnest of such an inheritance, just using the interest of such a vast treasure, but we are now being made ready to take possession of the full purchase of the gift of salvation, that reaches far beyond just the saving of the soul, but brings all things under the dominion and power of Christ Jesus, our Lord. It is not enough for there to be the disannulment of our separation from the presence of our true Father, which Christ performed through the wondrous act of reconciliation. Death has been made of no effect by Jesus Christ, having stripped that enemy of any power over us. This took place in Christ, in God.
2 Cor. 5:17-21 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)
There is simply no greater truth than the truth that we have been reconciled by Christ to God, our Father. Not going to be reconciled, we ARE reconciled, and so is every person born of a woman. Not someday, not after they go through a religious ceremony of confession and repentance, not after they repent and give up their sinful ways, ALL HAVE BEEN RECONCILED! This is an immutable, unarguable truth. The reconciliation in Christ from before the disruption of the ages was accomplished before the first man was even made! The problem is that not all men know of this great gift, so they continue to live in a relationship with God that is dysfunctional and paranoid, due to the misguided doctrines of a powerless system of dead, religious dogmas. Thus, we bring glad tidings to all that we meet, spreading the Good News of the wondrous gift of reconciliation to all those that have been oppressed under a load of guilt and shame, loosening them from their own failing efforts of earning their salvation, into a knowledge of what an enormous salvation has been already purchased for them by the Lover of their soul. Every man will come to know of this gift, in this age and in the ages to come God will continue to reveal this free gift to one and all. But, this is not all there is for us to experience! Many that have come into this great truth of the world being reconciled to God by Jesus Christ have settled for this knowledge and have accepted the gift of reconciliation without going on to the further stages of KNOWING THE LORD. Reconciliation opens the door for us to walk through and go on into the sacred presence of the Father Himself. Christ has become our Righteousness and we approach the Father in that Righteousness, without which we would be cut off and separated from His fellowship, which is death. It is now vital that we all know that Christ has healed that breach and we can now go on to the fullness of our inheritance in Him, which entails more than a clean conscience and a new mind, but embodies a New Creature, which will manifest by us being turned INSIDE OUT.
In our next segment of this study, we want to start to look at the actual definitions of the terms that the scriptures use concerning this great transformation. We will look into the scriptures contextually and break them down to bring out the rich complexity of this metamorphosis that is at hand. It is time for us to walk a path of understanding that is not well traveled, but has been reserved for this generation of sons to traverse. In doing so, we will leave the common and well covered elements of God’s plan for the ages and we will hear THE REST OF THE STORY! Glory!
A NEW CREATURE
MARCH 23, 2006
Gal. 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (KJV)
What is God’s purpose in instituting this great Plan of the Ages? What was His intent in forming man from the dust of the earth and making him a living soul? Why did He make man a little lower than the angels, yet visits him with an intimate relationship not given to angels and heavenly creatures? Why did He subject this creature to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him that has subjected the same in hope? Why was man made in such duality, having been given two seeds, one of corruption and the other of incorruption, made of both light and darkness, earthly elements and heavenly elements, bearing the image of the earthly and also the image of the heavenly? Why was man lowered out from God Substance into the dark and musty world of his humanity, shaped in iniquity and given the capacity to sin against God and mankind? What was in God’s mind before the disruption of the ages concerning this lowly creature called man? What was it about this creature that caused such an act of love and sacrifice to be acted out in the Creator, giving His own Son for the supreme gift of salvation to this dusty amalgamation?
Such questions may not be very uplifting to consider and some of us may rather not even address such thoughts, preferring to keep ourselves safe and secure in our ignorance concerning such disturbing realities, but for us that are truly seekers of truth, we must come to terms with such questions in order for us to come to true and relevant answers. Of course, someone will always fall back on old clichés when addressing such questions, such as the standard quote, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” all the while failing to read the next verse that follows this often misused verse, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” I Corinthians 2:8-9 Ah yes, the deep things of God, those things that mere mortal man does not even bother to consider when contemplating his place in God’s Plan of the Ages. After all, who are we to come to such spiritual conclusions about our origins and our endings? Well, my dear friend, we are the chosen generation of the Lord, the heirs of His salvation, the election of grace, the priesthood that is called after the order of Melchizedek, and if we do not ask these questions, then no one will.
Certainly, the present religious systems of men will not ask these questions. For the religious world, questions are dangerous to the health and security of the system that they have instituted. They demand unquestioned loyalty to their doctrines and concepts about God, shrouding themselves in schools of higher learning and theological positioning that demand years of brain washing at the hands of the indoctrinated teachers and leaders. The present church system of religion has lost its way and has left the original, designed plan of God for man and has replaced that plan with their own carnal plan of man-made design. The main-line, fundamental church system has left the path of God’s truth and instituted their own version of the so-called end time and impending doom for mankind. Today, the standard doctrinal statement found in almost every statement of belief in this system of religion includes a belief that has come to be termed, “the rapture of the church,” or “the second coming of Christ”. Sadly, the only hope left to the modern day “church” to come into the presence of the fullness of God is to be whisked off to heaven via a bodily flight through the air into the sky, in a desperate, last minute escape from the clutches of evil. Sad as it may sound, the “church” of today has rested all of it’s hope on a rapture theory that no one can agree on exactly when it is supposed to happen, since the church system of higher learning has also drawn up a millennial chart of events that are supposed to take place on the earth, based upon a carnal viewpoint of scriptures that deal with so-called “end time” events, most notably the book of Revelation. So, the problem is to figure out just where exactly in these sequences of events the supposed rapture of the church is to take place. One thing that almost all of the theologians of the church system agree upon is the occurrence of the so-called “Great Tribulation,” which is generally taught by these systems as a time of God pouring out His wrath upon all the earth in a fit of rage and anger. This Great Tribulation is a central part of the chart of the end time sequences of events, so the theory for the rapture of the church has to either take place pre-tribulation, or mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation and the funny part is that no one agrees on the correct timing for this event to take place, although they all use the same scriptures and references for each rapture position that is taken, pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib. This is what the “church” has come to, a confused, uncertain, body of believers without consensus on what they would term as the single most important event to transpire in the history of God’s plan, the “rapture of the church” into the presence of Jesus. As you might have surmised by now, I do not believe in a “physical rapture” of the church into the blue yonder, but I believe that there is something much more grand and momentous that is to take place in the heart of the believer, an event that will indeed cause a people to rise into the presence of the Lord, but not in bodily flight through the air, but an ascension that will translate us out from the kingdom of darkness and despair into the light of the Kingdom of God. In my viewpoint, this is not an external event, but an internal experience in the hearts of believers.
Please understand that my intent is not to try to prove to you that there will be no rapture, although I myself have come to that conclusion. Real Truth does not rely on our scholastic abilities to prove its true validity, but absolute Truth will simply make all other part-truths irrelevant in the light of it’s glorious reality. I did not come to the reality of the present, abiding kingdom of God and the present, indwelling of the Son of God in my life by reading a newsletter or hearing a taped teaching discoursing on such a possibility. The fact is, I arrived at this conclusion the same way a person would arrive at a location in the far distance, finding myself arriving at such a conclusion in a natural and fluent progression and in looking back at that journey, I realized that during that whole journey I was given no other recourse or direction, since all other roads were cut off for me. The wonderful thing about Truth is that when it is revealed in its entirety, all other shadows and symbols of that Truth disappear and are made of no effect. For this reason, I truly do not try to change someone’s doctrinal belief, but I do speak of the Truth that has been revealed to my heart, and in so doing, if it truly is absolute Truth, it will automatically do away with all lesser viewpoints that we may have conjured up on our journey to that Truth. One day, as I continued to walk into the Truth of God, I looked for the rapture theory, and it was no where to be found! It was swallowed up into the greater Truth of the abiding presence of Jesus Christ in my life, so there was no longer a need in my mind to look further down the road for something intangible and out of reach, for the Lord had come to my house and made His presence known. Why should I look for Him in the sky or in a city or out in the desert when He was standing up in His temple declaring Himself as present and available? I came to this Truth just as sure as if I were to get in my car and drive to the local market, that which I sought after in past days, I have come to and arrived at by the grace of God. So, for me, the focus of this present time in God is not in trying to get ready for the supposed event of the rapture of the church, but I do believe we are getting prepared for something to take place! After all, God is going to get that which He has been after from the genesis of His plan. It just isn’t going to be accomplished by a mass exit of the overcoming Church from planet earth!
If Christ IS come in the flesh, if He HAS come to His temple and seated Himself in that temple in heavenly places, if He HAS filled us with the fullness of His Self, if we are indeed the house of God, the dwelling place of the Most High, the city of God, if we are indeed the house not made with hands, the New Jerusalem, if we are His gates of praise, walls of salvation, the everlasting doors through which the King of glory shall appear, then why would we be looking for some kind of external, physical kingdom or city to be set up on earth? The answer is that we are still carnal and our understanding is still dark. All of the doctrines of the modern “church” that have put God afar off into the wild, blue yonder, and that have portrayed the devil as equal to Him in power and strength, all of this comes out of the darkened understanding of the natural, religious mind. When Jesus reveals Himself to any person, that person will never again look for Him in some far off place, but will walk with Him and talk with Him and live in Him. The King is here! He has not been exiled to some far off planet, lurking out in outer space waiting to come to break through the stratosphere of earth’s atmosphere and call His chosen to the sky. The King is here! He has always been here, and He has never been away from His Body, but has filled it with Himself and is revealing Himself from glory to glory to those that are looking for Him. Every day I see and hear Jesus and we have beautiful communion together. Right now, even as I type these words, He is with me and speaking to me words of life. When I lay down in bed tonight, He will be with me and when I wake up in the morning, He will be with me, for He is my eternal, abiding friend that I will always have at my disposal. I know some may think this is the words of a fool, but since He revealed Himself to me, I have never been out of His presence! The Truth is, He has always been with me, I just didn’t know it. I wasn’t looking for Him, because the church system had taught me that He was way up there and I was way down here and someday I would get to go to Him either when I died or when I was “raptured,” but one day I found the courage to believe God’s word instead of the words and thoughts of men, and I saw Him! Right here, with me, in me, through me, and everywhere I looked, I saw Him, O glory to His name! This One that I loved with all of my heart, longed after to look upon Him, to see His visage, to bask in His presence, one glad and glorious Day the scales of my eyes fell off and I saw Him, not with the eyes of flesh, but with greater eyes, that tell no lies, I saw Him, nay, I knew Him, I smelled Him, I felt Him, in all truth, I was made AWARE of Him. It is truly difficult to find the words to express this excruciatingly personal relationship with Him, but any one that reads these words and have come to KNOW Him in this way, will have a Yea and an Amen in them at my words. This is how far off the path of life the “church” has come, to where Jesus has become a disembodied spirit floating around somewhere, waiting to take us to a floating city in the sky. God help us! We must get back to the true plan of God for mankind! That plan is not for an escape out of this world, but the true Plan of the Ages deals with the transformation of mankind from a creature of the dust into a creature of spirit life.
To answer the questions posed above, what God is after is simply a NEW CREATURE! That is the whole point of making God’s plan for mankind. Change is an intrinsic element in Gods nature, and everything that comes into contact with the spirit of God cannot remain unchanged. Everything must give way to God’s vivifying Life, and whatever is lowered out of Him must be raised up again in a greater life. All that we see in this existence came from God and was lowered out of Him. Everything had its beginning in God and it all consists by Him and for Him. So, everything and everyone is in a state of progressive transformation. The earth, the heavens, the sun, the planets, everything has been lowered out from God and in its present state and condition has a limited existence. The sun, in time, will burn out and darkness will cover the earth and the surrounding solar system. All that keeps the sun burning is fuel, and that fuel is the same as the fuel that runs your car or the fuel that runs your physical body, it has a limited supply and if not replenished will run out. Scientists tell us that the universe is like a wind up clock running down, and energy will one day run out. The earth will eventually die, and all life on it. I am not trying to be morbid, nor am I being a messenger of doom, this is the reality of how God made the natural world. It is fashioned with a limited time span of existence. Everything we see around us in the natural world will come to an end.
The only hope for all creation, natural and spiritual, is the transforming power of the life of God. The Good News is that God is not far off from His creation! He fills all things and gives life to all things. He is the true Source for all things to exist by and He has infused all things with Himself! The PLAN isn’t to pray to be taken off this dying and sinful planet and escape into outer space, the PLAN is for a people to come into the fullness of Christ, to have that infused life within them rise up and fill the house with its glory and consequently for that people to become the agents of a Greater Life, the Life of God, and to begin to sound forth in earth and heaven the glorious sound of the New Man, not angel, not man, but a New Species of God Substance, filled with the full counsel of the Father. We are not here to live out a miserable life and then pray we can get to heaven someday, but we are here to be CHANGED, from corruption into incorruption, from mortal into immortal, from earthiness into heavenliness, we are here to BE changed and then to have the power TO CHANGE everything else. That is the True Plan as Paul wrote in his epistles to the elect of God. Now, to those that are held captive to the five senses of the natural man, these words will seem like a story of fiction, but to those that have had the scales removed from their eyes, to those that have had a visitation from the invisible spirit of Christ, this will ring true and will enlarge our vision of our purpose in this life.
God did not put you in your body and place you on this earth for you to live your life out as mortal man, but if this writing is witnessing to you at all, if you are feeling an inkling in your heart of hearts that I am talking about you, if you feel a stirring in your inner man and sense an awakening coming forth in areas of your being that have been asleep, then you, my friend, are on a collision course for your true destiny in God and from this day on you will start to see a greater purpose in your existence. You are more than a chunk of physical clay, but you are a spiritual being, placed by God in a physical, corruptible body for a predetermined intent. The majority of Christians only know about God by reading letters on a page or by attending and engaging in a structured religious ceremony that depicts man’s doctrine about God, but He is more than just what we believe Him to be. HE IS WHAT HE IS. Our developed belief about what He is does not dictate what He in actuality is, but that developed belief or faith is a physical mechanism that feebly enables us to mentally handle this kind of quantum thinking. However, there is in each one of us another Mind, that metes out to us information as we can handle it, revealing to us His glorious Self from glory to glory and each phase of revealing changes us, in ways that we cannot begin to fathom. So far, throughout the ages past, most of the change has been on the inside of man, beyond the five sense realm. We could perhaps look at the world and see the outward condition of man and his surroundings and come to the logical conclusion that nothing has changed from 2,000 years ago. But, that would only be the logical, soulical vision of our lowered mind that cannot know the things of God because they are spiritually discerned. For those that have had their inner eye opened, the world is not the brink of a historic disaster of self-destruction, but we see the world on the brink of a great Day of the Lord, that has been progressively dawning toward this present hour since the Beginning and it is now upon us. I am sure this sounds as far-fetched and mysterious as Jesus sounded when speaking of spiritual realities to men and women that were living in a lowered reality. Tear down this temple and I will build it back up in 3 days, and immediately everyone thinks Jesus is talking about the physical temple in the city. If any man eat of this bread, he will never die, and immediately everyone thinks Jesus is talking about the natural bread in their hands, or, horror of horrors, His own physical body. That is how foreign this realm of spirit and life is to those that are only aware of the limited, soulical life of the natural world. However, we must not lower our vision and our reality to appease the flesh of men, but as we speak of these mysteries surely they will quicken and make alive those that are purposed to hear them. We might speak to a hundred and only 10 will hear, but we must speak, for whether they hear or don’t hear, the word of the Lord will continue to visit creation until all have been changed.
So, for us that are walking in the Light of the Lord, our focus must be on those invisible, spiritual elements of our purpose for coming into this earthly life. We are here to be changed. In fact, we are here to set a precedent in the earth and follow after Jesus Christ into the glory of our heavenly Father. WHEN this change takes place in its full manifestation is not our concern. This Change did not start with us, and it may not end with us, but we will run our course and finish our leg of the race. There is a very good reason why God keeps us in the dark about the Who and the When concerning the imminent change and transformation of mankind. Surely we can admit that if we were to be given those facts that we are still subject to moving out of time and order in the set phases of the plan of God. By this I mean that we are still selfish enough to try to bring it into evidence before its set time, as we do everything else that God gives to us. I can’t count the times in my own life when God has spoken to me by His spirit and revealed something to me that was about to take place in my life. Each time I would try to figure out a way to make it happen in my own timing, to fit the rest of what was going on in my life at that time. God is a very patient God! Despite all of my innocent maneuverings, invariably nothing would take place until God instituted it. That meant, however, that during that time of internment, I was in a living hell, wondering why God would say such a thing to me and then not let me come into it when I thought it should be evident. As the decades have gone by in my life, I have learned to hear the Lord and to receive instructions from Him and then to not put my hand to it, but let it sit on the stove for as long as the Lord saw fit, without my hands getting in the way and making a mess of it.
Such peace I have enjoyed when I take my hands off the things of God and let Him perform that which He allowed me to see before they arrived. Even now, I have several items on the stove, letting them simmer and cook until the appropriated time for them to be integrated into my life. I admit that sometimes the waiting for them to become available is hard on my natural self. One of the great memories of my childhood is having to go a whole day around the house waiting for dinner time to arrive while my mother cooked her delicious spaghetti dinner in the kitchen. We didn’t have air conditioning, so I could find no relief from the mouth watering aroma, even when going outside to play, as the wind carried the aroma right out through the open windows into my nostrils. As a result, I had to risk life and limb by sneaking into the kitchen to sample the simmering sauce by sopping it with a piece of bread and then running for my life. But, finally, after a full day of suffering the aroma that promised such a tasty meal, the call would come that the food was ready and the set time arrived. No one had to call me twice to such an event, as the waiting made me a willing participant to come running to the feast.
Can we not see the same thing in the present time and atmosphere in God? Can you not smell the aroma of the Bread of Life in our midst? Something has been cooking in our being and it is causing us to become extremely hungry for the things of God. The problem for us is that there has been a bunch of promise of things to come, but no food yet! Did you know that the very beginnings of proper digestion of natural food is begun before the food ever enters our stomach? How many of us have waited all day to attend a dinner engagement at a wonderful restaurant and in anticipation of that meal heard a growling and rumbling coming from our stomach? That, my friend, is the beginnings of digestion, brought on by our ability to anticipate that meal, drawing a mental picture of how it will taste and how it will take that hunger away. Then, we finally arrive at the establishment and we either look at a menu, or walk by the food bar, and the sights start to initiate a further stage of digestion, even lifting our spirits a little, making us a little more jovial and personable to our dinner partners. Surely you have noticed this, haven’t you? Then, the meal is served, and we immediately enter into the next phase of digestion, the sense of smell. Oh, come on now, you know we all do it, even if we don’t want others at the table to be aware of it, but it is an ancient genetic habit from our earliest beginnings, before we eat the food, no matter how delicious it looks, we put it to the final, time honored test, we smell it. I had a fast rule when I was a child, if it doesn’t smell good; it isn’t getting in my mouth! When the aroma of food reaches our nostrils, our body starts to anticipate and prepare itself for the ingestion of that food. This is the final test before the external food source is actually introduced to our body, for everything up to this point has just been anticipation, but now, through the sense of smell, we are going to determine whether it is worthy of our ingestion. Our mouth starts to gather fluid, which is full of digestive agents that will aid in the digestive action of the food when it is first introduced into our mouth. Whether you know it or not, the pupils of your eyes widen to inspect the food even closer, looking for anything suspicious or unappetizing. Sorry, but the clinical examination of the digestive process is kind of gross, but this is how important it is for our body to assure itself of the proper ingestion and digestion of fuel. Anyway, if the food looks good, if the food smells good, then comes into play the old adage, “Through the teeth, over the gums, look out stomach, here it comes!” But, not so fast! One of the most important phases of digestion happens in the mouth, before the big gulp. Proper chewing of the food prepares the stomach for the arrival of the food. While the food is pre-digested in the mouth, the stomach is resembling a rumbling volcano, churning with acids and enzymes, all needed to break down the prepared food from large pieces into much smaller molecules which the body will take full advantage of in meeting the needs for fuel and nutrition. If one step or more of the lengthy digestive process is missing, the result is improper digestion, which leads to malnourishment and physical weaknesses.
As this is true in the natural, so how much more true is it for us in the spirit? We are at a time in the progressive Plan of God for creation where elements must be changed from one form into another form. That carrot that you ate for lunch no longer has any resemblance to a carrot now! However, all that it was changed into was in the carrot before it’s transformation, but in another order or form. As the many stages of the Day of the Lord have come and gone, they have gone through a series of assimilations into the new stages, which each age of God’s plan having a certain glory to it, which must give way to the new glory that follows it. The old glory must be dissimilated, broken down to it’s basic elements, and then re-assimilated into a new form of glory. Even in this realm of passing orders and glories, we can see the process of one glory fading, but the rising of a new anticipation of the next dimension of glory. We start to hunger for that new glory, yearn for it, pant after it as the hart pants for the water of the stream, we thirst and hunger for the greater life in God. It takes that groaning, and travailing to bring us to the proper posture of receiving the greater and letting go of the lesser. Our dear, esteemed brother in the Lord, J. Preston Eby, once ministered to a gathering that I attended this wonderful promise that has given me much comfort when I faced an interim between one glory and the next. Quote: “The Father never lets us experience hunger without having the substance to satisfy that hunger ready for us to eat.” In other words, if we smell the aroma of fresh baked bread, then it won’t be long before we are called to the table to partake of that wonderful meal. If we are all feeling the same anticipation concerning the break through of life in our midst, then we can rest assured that the change is at hand, even at the door, for us to enter into it. I have never had such an expectation in me concerning this tremendous truth of Transformation as I have right now. Irregardless of the fact that it seems that so much is happening in our lives that would seem to make it impossible for such a thing to be happening, I declare to you all that are reading these words, IT IS HAPPENING! Even in the midst of such sickness and death throughout the ranks of the sons of God, I cannot hold back this declaration, although it may grind against our logical mind and what we see with our natural eyes and hear with our natural ears, I tell you of a truth, we are on the precipice of the greatest event the world has ever known!
How do I know this? Because the whole company of the First Fruits of Christ are hungering after it at the same time! I must tell you that I have been ministering about this Transformation for about 35 years now, and it has been ministered for much longer than that by the early trail blazers of Truth, but something is different in my being as I write about it in this article. I am not writing this in a desperate act of trying to ‘name it so I can claim it,” or in a “mind over matter” display of trying to wrestle something out of the heavens, but my spirit knows something that is exciting it to a fever pitch! My inner man is jumping up and down inside of me, my heart is singing a song of victory and salvation, and it is not coming from a doctrinal aspect, but from an expectation that goes beyond what I know and what I can comprehend right now. I don’t care if it happens in my own life, as I am aware that many have gone before me that have been great men and women of faith and purpose and I do not hold any aspirations of grandeur for my own part in this great Journey for creation, but something is HAPPENING dear ones, and all that I know is that we must have our focus and attention upon this momentous occasion, the transformation and transfiguration of the sons of God in this earth. It is not out of fear of the grave that we are ministering this wonderful truth, but out of the pure joy of seeing Christ appear in His saints and to see every man awakened unto this great Gift of Life that Jesus has won for us. I long for the song of victory to be sung on every hill and mountaintop, the sound of it going down into the valleys and filling the pastures with the sound of Redemptive Victory! I yearn for pain to be cast off the children of God and to see the nature of the Lamb manifest in every life. I thrill to the sound of the marching of the army of the Lord that I hear in my spirit, as the heavens declare the approaching hour of God establishing His kingdom in the hearts of men. Can you hear them, dear saints of the Lord? Do you hear the innumerable company of those that are singing the new song of the Redeemed of the Lord? Is it resonating in your being, filling you with the glorious harmony of such a host that are being gathered together in Christ, a heavenly choir of ascension and victory drowning out the doubt of our minds, filling us with a dangerous faith in the power of our Christ and our Lord? Oh yes, we are a very dangerous people! We have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Woe to the darkness, woe to the corruption of sin and death, woe to the walled cities of despair and sorrow, for we are gathered this Day against those principalities and powers to bring them down and to free the captives from their deadly chains. We are a people that are being made ONE, with God and with each other, and nothing will stand against this army of priests and kings, as their Supreme Lord and King leads them on. Hell and Death are on shaky ground, sickness and disease are on notice, agony and defeat are on our hit list, and we will bring to this earth the visitation of our King, having a great resolve within us to bring this final act to it’s long ago purposed end. Such a Day we have come to and such a Day have we been born unto. Now, rise up and take the land!
A NEW NATURE
MAY 16, 2006
Eph. 2:1-10 1] As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2] in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3] All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4] But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. 6] And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7] in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8] For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9] not by works, so that no one can boast. 10] For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
2 Peter 1:3-11 3] His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4] Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5] For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6] and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7] and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8] For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9] But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10] Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11] and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NIV
Our metamorphosis is not a process of some shallow behavior modification program, but it is a change that takes place at a nuclear level in our being. I do not believe that God is satisfied with a people that have learned how to suppress their sinful desires in a reaction to appease external religious and social mores set upon them by their peers. Although this is a necessary rule of law in a civilized society, it is not to be looked upon as the true evidence of the metamorphosis that we are writing about. Anyone can act more holy and less sinful if given the proper incentive to do so by threatened punishment befitting the act of misbehavior. That is why, in a world that hardly knows God, we live by the laws of government, which prevents our society from wholly degenerating into a state of chaos and destruction. I think we can all agree on the fact that without these restraints, the natural inclination of all men everywhere would be to descend into a state of destructive mayhem, where the most vile tendencies in man would come to the surface and spiral into a black hole of the most hideous acts known to man. In every civilized place on the face of the earth, there are varying degrees of rules and regulations enforced upon the people of that society, to assure that the natural inclination of man’s base nature will be suppressed. Even in the present religious world, there are watchdog groups that have been formed and instituted to keep an eye upon certain aspects of their membership, to ensure that morality and integrity is kept in check. As the scriptures above indicate, no one amongst us can say that they have not had their portion in that corruptible inclination. Now, some will protest against this frank observation, saying that they have never partaken of such wild acts of lascivious behavior, such as adultery or murder and the likes. But, according to Jesus, it is not only the actual enactment of such behavior that God observes, but it is the very thought and intent of the heart that He observes.
Matt 5:27-28 27] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (KJV)
Of course, this applies to more than just the act of adultery. All actions have their source from within us and are only outgrowths from that internal impetus.
In the scriptures, we find that there is a “nature” to man and his actions. In the King James Version of the scriptures, the majority of scriptures that deal with the English word, “nature” come from the Greek word, “phusis”. The Strongs Concordance gives this definition of that word.
5449 phusis (foo’-sis); from 5453; growth (by germination or expansion), i.e. (by implication) natural production (lineal descent); by extension, a genus or sort; figuratively, native disposition, constitution or usuage: KJV– ([man-]) kind, nature ([-al]).
Notice that the thrust of this definition has to do with an outgrowth from a germination or expansion of an internal source, which is native to our being. Everything in essence has a “nature” to it. The nature of the duck is to quack, the nature of the sun is to shine, the nature of the sea is to roll, and so on. There is a nature to our behavior that is directly linked to our soulical life and there is a nature to our behavior that is directly linked to our spiritual life. Regardless of what many claim, man has two natures at work in his being and there is a constant struggle within him between those two natures. Both natures are “inherent,” meaning that we were born with both lineages, one of the adamic life and the other with the God life. All mankind have been born from the God life, which is our foundational nature. However, our life in the physical dimension has been mostly lived out from the mundane nature, which we inherited from the adamic lineage. I have heard from many over the years that have thought to escape that adamic lineage by renouncing their participation in that earthly germination, but the fact remains, if you are living in a physical body, you are a child of corruption, albeit you are not foundationally bound to that lineage but it is worthy to note that you have been invested first with a higher life which is from God. When we were first conceived in our mothers womb, our spirit was fresh from the Presence of God, and our flesh was fresh from the earthy lineage. At that period of natural life, our spirit was still in touch with the Presence and our soul was still innocent and in subjection to our spirit. As time went by, our natural genus germinated and we became more soulical and less spiritual. That is the “nature” of our existence, first the natural and then the spiritual. That is to say, we were first consciously a natural man and then a spiritual man later, but concerning our human life, we germinated out from the natural, adamic life first, and we became soulical in our constitution. Our spiritual life was diminished and became buried under the soulical existence, albeit with a set appointment in God to be reconstituted as our foundational life, revealed in the ages of God’s plan for all men.
At this present time, we are in an age that is our time of germination of the Christ life. Although we have all walked in the days of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and living the limited and sensual life of our flesh, we are now being born once again, but this time we are being born by an incorruptible life, which has been contained in a seed of incorruption waiting for the time to germinate. This is that time!! The “nature” of God’s plan of the ages is for all things to first be germinated after the natural adamic life, and then to be brought under the dominion and influence of the germination of the Christ life. It is the “nature” of God to bring everything into a state of vanity and then to lift it all into a state of glory. In God, the way up is down. We begin in Him, are lowered out from Him, and then are lifted back into Him, but with a New Life. The process of being lowered and then raised by Him works in us a curious and wondrous work of redemption that in the end of the process makes us a New Creature of God, or a new species of His lineage. Man was never intended to stay “man,” but he has been formed and fashioned with a design to be a God-man, a man that has been born out of God and lowered into a humanity, only to be swallowed up into the lineage of his Father, a new-man clothed, covered and invested by the God life. We are destined to become In-Christed by that Christ life, which emanates from our Lord Jesus Christ. By Christ life, we mean the Anointed Life, which is the Life of the Anointed One, Christ Jesus. This Life is the only Life that can transform us from an earthly creature into a heavenly creature. It is that Life, the Christ Life that we and all creation are groaning to experience! The Good News is that all men will eventually be In-Christed by that Life in the final solution of God’s eonian plan for man. We are even now experiencing an outgrowth from that Christ Life, which is not outside of us, but buried inside our earthly form. That genetic lineage of God Life will stay true to its nature, which is to leaven the entire loaf with it’s Life!
Matt. 13:31-33 31] Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32] Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. 33] Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (KJV)
It is the nature of the Father to leaven everything with His Life. We must, however, understand the difference between the leaven of the kingdom of heaven and the leaven of the Pharisees. As I have stated, our original state in the Father was entirely void of the “leaven” of the nature of the world. When we were lowered into the fashion of flesh and blood, we were “leavened” by its mundane life. So, we must now be “unleavened” from the adamic life and “leavened” by that original measure of God Life that is inherent to us. God is faithful over the works of His hands, and will not leave us “leavened” with death and corruption, and to ensure that promise, He has leavened us with the Christ Life, which is the seed of an incorruptible Life buried in our field through the abiding life of The Christ. The difference between our present experience with the original seed of God Life and the experience of past generations is that our experience will be the germination of that seed form, resulting in the release of that Life to leaven our whole being with its transforming power. It is the “nature” of the seed to stay encased in that seed form until a time appointed when it will break out from the small, limited form of the seed and bring forth out of that seed form all the inherent genetic substance that it contains. This is the appearing of the Christ Life in the saints!
Whenever we deal with genetics it is vital that we understand that the genome is in a form far different than that form it is designed to become when fully matured. If you were to compare an apple seed to a fully mature apple tree, you can readily see that the form of the apple seed is incomparable to the form and mass of the tree that it contains. When you look into the mirror and view yourself, you are seeing an apple seed compared to what you contain within you. Physically, we don’t see any sign that we are the bearers of such a glorious lineage. Our natural form is merely a kernel of what we are to become. Encased within this outer shell of flesh and bone is the stuff of the New Creature in Christ! As it is in any seed life, we have been impregnated with the seed of Christ, and it has been buried under the top soil of our being, attended to by the spirit of God and waiting for it’s time of germination, which, when it takes place, will change everything having to do with the form of the seed. After germination, the seed gives way to another form contained within it in a genetic code at a molecular level. Soon, the form of the seed will no longer be visible, but the form now represents a far more extensive structure that was locked up within the seed waiting to be revealed. So, when we talk about the revealing of the sons of God, we are not talking about people having some sort of Pentecostal fit come upon them, able to leap tall buildings and fly through the air. Neither are we talking about ordinary preachers turning into better preachers, or prophets turning into better prophets. We are actually talking about a manifestation (revealing) of the Christ Life in a people that have been transfigured and transformed by a death to their human existence and made alive to their Godly existence by reason of the outgrowth of the Christ Life that has come to the fullness of it’s time.
The Change that some of us have been teaching about for so many years is much more than what we may have imagined in past days. The teaching of this event, The Change, has taken on many names through the years. I first heard it and taught it with the title of “Life and Immortality”. It became shortened to “the message of Immortality” and most of the emphasis on that message has been on a physical immortality, which caused some to preach a message of “never die,” which means that they believed they would physically live forever, without going to the grave, experiencing a physical change that would make them young again and return to their years of vitality. Some have even taught and declared that they had already come into this state and condition, and could not die physically. Most of them that we first heard preach this declaration are dead now. But, there are still some that hold to that declaration and still believe that they will physically live forever. To be entirely truthful, I have gone through a clarification process in ministering about this Change, and this is why I am writing this series, so I can hopefully share with you how the Lord has dealt with me concerning some of the imbalances that have been represented in this message over the years. To be sure, there is a Change that is imminent and it will result in a people that will not lay their bodies down to be buried, or cremated or whatever else we decide to do with our dead bodies. But, this is far more complex than just us declaring that “we will not die.” In the first place, that statement alone is not accurate. I know that for most of us, that statement means that we will not “physically” die, but that is also not correct. We cannot take this physical form into the eternal state of the New Creature. That would be similar to an apple seed saying that it is going to be a tree, but still stay in seed form. No matter how much this physical body is anointed by the presence of the Lord, it will still be a mortal body, even if it glows in the dark or walks on water, this physical body is not the form of the New Man. Before our true form is seen, we will die to our physical form and all of its components. I believe that this is one of the great errors we have had in this message about our Change. It seems that we have become so acclimated to this physical body we live in that we have been willing to try to bring it over with us into our transformation, but it is vital that we lose our identity with our physical existence and allow God to expand our awareness to include our “glorious body” that is contained inside of our physical body.
Physically, we were born with a death sentence genetically implanted within the DNA of our cells. In every cell of our physical body, there is a genetic switch that is turned on at a certain stage of our biological life that causes our bodies to begin to die. Our heavenly Father is the Creative Geneticist that instituted this limited existence into this physical body, so it is not something that the Devil did to us, nor is it some kind of curse for sin and disobedience, but it is simply a physical limitation to our biological house that has a “nature” to live a certain amount of years and then cease to function. The same biological reality is played out in plants, animals, fish, and all other species of earth. It may be a shock to you, but our physical body is not the “image and likeness” of our Father. It is a tent that He pitched for us to live in. The Image and Likeness of God is inside of that tent, and that is where our true identity is found! If I were to lay this physical body down in death, and years later, my wife, Charlotte, were to lay her physical body down, and we were brought together on the other side of the river, Charlotte would not know me in that dimension by my blue eyes or the shape of my nose, or the shape of my body. None of that would exist! But, she would truly KNOW me, but not by my physical features. It is my belief that we all know one another by a much more spiritual sense than we are conscious of at this time. There is a “knowing” of one another that goes beyond our five senses of “knowing”. Spirit knows spirit as much as flesh knows flesh. We may not be aware of it in our natural mind, but our spirit has its own abilities to know its own kind, deep cries out to the deep, and spirit relates to spirit. Since all of our spirits have come from the same Father, there is a relationship already integrated into us that follows us through this life and into the life to come. Whatever takes place in our natural existence, there is a parallel to that in our spiritual existence. Oh, that God would start to illuminate our understanding about our true self in the spirit. The trouble is, whenever anyone starts to get the eyes of their understanding opened about this dimension of spirit life, they invariably bring it into the soulical realm and turn it into some New Age philosophy or another kind of pseudo mixture of their natural and soulical understanding. Surely, the Day is here when we can delve into this spiritual world without polluting it with the imagination of our mind. The fact is, we are a spiritual people, embodied in a physical body, and we have been leavened with a soulical life, which is a life of mixture and dilution between the natural and the soulical, which would result in a mutated abomination, a Man-god, instead of a God-man, if left without the influence of the spirit of God. As we allow God to “unleaven” us we will be transformed from the corrupted form into the incorruptible form, and we will start to see Him as He is, and not as we imagine Him to be, and not only Him, but we will start to see ourselves as we truly are, and everyone else as they truly are, in Him. Oh, hasten the Day, sweet Lord!
It is quite evident to me, that none of this transformation can take place until we go through a change at the nuclear level of our being, which entails a change of our nature. To be made physically immortal without being changed at a deeper level on the inside, would result in a creature that would be hopelessly imprisoned in an eternal state of mixture and corruption. That would be the true definition of “eternal damnation”! But, thanks be to God, we will not be subjected to this vanity forever, but we have been subjected in hope, which we have in Jesus Christ, as the Psalmist so wonderfully writes, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. (Psa. 16:10-11) We will be Changed, by that unfailing Life that abides within us, and our Change is coming from the inside out. As we have partaken of the nature of the adamic life, even so we will partake of the Father’s divine nature, for that is our original nature of which we have been born. For whatever reason, the message of Immortality and Life has not emphasized the need for a nature change and this is why so many today are claiming such outlandish achievements without the evidence of a true outworking of the character and nature of the Christ Life. For most, I would think that this omission of the necessity of a change of nature is because of the process involved in such a change. In fact, there is a real aversion to many today to even think of this Change as being a PROCESS, so it is being represented as a finished reality, forgoing the need for any further change of our being. However, there are no shortcuts to this Change, dear ones. I see no feasible way that we can disavow this Change as being a process, since it is a present, ongoing rearrangement of our elemental parts, which have been lowered out of the divine arrangement of the Father, into a corruptible, disarrangement of death which must go through a process of being brought back into divine order. In this present age of our world, there is a consciousness of needing everything to happen quickly, the sooner the better. We have microwave ovens, and some have a microwave message of the Change. We have fast food, drive through establishments that allow us to get it and go, and some have a message of the Change that says we only need to get it and go. You and I know that in this present arrangement of our society, we are giving up a large amount of proper nutrition and palatable taste in our lifestyle of fast food and quick meals. America has a real problem of obesity and malnourishment, and it is all due to our life style of eating on the run and not taking time to plan our meals out and taking the time to prepare them. The reason this is such a problem is that our work schedules and our after-work schedules make it impossible to go through the PROCESS of purchasing and cooking our food the way we know we should. So, we sacrifice what is best for us and settle for junk food and short nights and long days. But, God will not allow us to do the same thing with our Change in Him. No matter how long it delays us and causes us to wonder just how long it’s going to take to get us there, the Change will go through the proper PROCESS that will ensure it is done well and done right. We are not going to eat grapes in the Kingdom; we are going to drink wine, which is grapes PROCESSED into wine over a lengthy but necessary formula of being crushed, filtered, bottled, aged and readied. We are not going to chew on kernels of wheat in the Kingdom, but we are going to eat bread, which is kernels of wheat that have been tribulated, winnowed, milled, kneaded and baked in a lengthy PROCESS that is necessary to be Life to all that eat of it’s substance. Even so, we will not escape this PROCESS of Change, our Metamorphosis is at hand and it will continue in its manifold stages of transfiguration until it produces the design that the Father purposed from the beginning.
The New Man is made up of spirit, soul and body, but not in the present order of body, soul and spirit. This is the disarrangement of our corruptible life, body first, soul second and spirit last. In the new arrangement of the New Man, the spirit will be first, then the soul will be subjectively joined to the spirit and the body will be last. In our present arrangement, these 3 elements are separate from one another, each having their own individual identities. In the new order of the New Man, these elements will be joined in a marriage of union through fusion, each one having their part in the overall existence, but no longer divided and disjointed from one another. Death is separation, and life is union. We are being made WHOLE in our God, all of our parts are being incorporated together with each part complementing the other. Having said this, let me say that I believe there is a body that is not the body we have been identifying with in our soulical life. The scriptures declare:
1 Cor. 15:44 “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” (KJV)
Most of our natural life has been focused upon our natural body, but our true existence is in our spiritual body, our inner man which is renewed day by day. In the same vein, there is a natural mind, and there is a spiritual mind. Most of our knowledge and reasoning that we rely upon in our soulical life comes from the natural mind, which is carnal and not able to conceive of the things of God, but we must start to rely more upon our spiritual mind, which is the mind of Christ and knows all things pertaining to the things of God. The human psyche is what most people live by in their everyday life, and this is where most people worship God from, which cannot bring them into His true presence. This is why Jesus told the woman at the well,
John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)
Notice the phrase, “in spirit and in truth,” for we must come to know the truth about the spirit and how it works in us. There is a True Worship that comes from the truth of the spirit, which is not lip service, but is a NATURE from which all True Worship comes. It is the “nature” of truth to cause the spirit to worship the Father and without the truth of spirit, the soul will bring that worship to a soulical level, which will not rise to the level of True Worship. True Worship is not an act that we do at a prescribed moment of a church service, but True Worship is the result of Truth revealing Himself which initiates a true expression of the nature of the Christ Life. In this respect, our life becomes a True Worship in the midst of this world, and it reveals our true nature in Christ. His Love is acted out in our lives in a True Worship of that nature of God, and we become the instrument of God’s love to mankind. His Peace, His Salvation, His Joy, His Mercy, etc., becomes incorporated into our life, transforming us into the nature that operates each one of those divine attributes, so Love is no longer something we have to do, it is simply what we are. That is how far we have yet to go in our transformation, but all things are possible in God!
How immeasurably greater is our transformation than just physical immortality! How short that message comes when compared to the eternal work that is taking place in our inner being, as thrones and dominions are thrown down, but not just any old thrones and dominions, but these are seats of power and dominion that are ancient in their lineage in mankind. These seats of governmental power have not been shaken by the soulical message of the church systems that have voiced their diluted sermons for the past 2 millennial days, but they have remained through the ages, keeping mankind imprisoned by their reign of corruption and death. Their lineage carries all the way back into the garden in the genetic makeup of the divided man, but their time is short now, as the time has arrived for the revealing of the New Man in Christ. A great shaking is taking place in our hearts, elements are passing away with a loud noise, our earth is quaking with volcanic eruptions of the unstoppable Change that is taking place deep inside of us. Earthly foundations are being cracked and crushed, and those proud thrones that have been resting upon our adamic lineage are swaying precariously by reason of the shaking, which has shook those earthly foundations before, but now this shaking is taking place in the principalities themselves that are sitting on those thrones, reaching into our heavens, and the Lord has promised not to quit shaking those heavens and our earth until only that which can remain will remain. Oh, glorious Day! Our redemption is at hand, our release is at the door, those generational prison houses are being torn down around us and we will see His salvation wrought throughout our being. Hang on, dear saint of God, until God says, “LET GO,” and then let go of the old and grab hold of the new. That is one of the great lessons of this metamorphosis, to hang on to what is, until God is ready for us to grab hold of that which is to come. Everything is by appointment, in it’s season and order and we cannot move out of timing and order in our Change. Be anxious for nothing, but stay in the flow of the Change in your life. Trust the rhythm of the spirit in your life and when you dance with the Day of the Lord, let it take the lead. Listen to the Lord, be quiet before Him and let the voice of the spirit speak words of Life to your soul. Stay in your ordained place and be not moved out of that place by anyone or anything. Make your calling sure and stay the course, as your world dissolves and your heavens catch fire, be not afraid. The Lord is in control and you will come forth as pure gold, refined in the fires and made whole.
THE WOLF and the LAMB; THE WORM and the BUTTERFLY
Isa. 11:6-9 6] The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7] And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8] And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9] They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (KJV)
Metamorphosis is an event that happens in certain aspects of biological life that entails a journey of change from one form into another form, but not just an external, physical change only, but a complete change of form and nature. The word itself, metamorphosis, denotes a change of mind and nature which is necessary in order to operate and function in the new form that takes place. In this chapter of our study on this phenomenon of transformation, we will be focusing upon the inner workings of such a change, rather than the more obvious, external changes that take place in such an outworking process. This is especially critical for us that are presently experiencing such internal eruptions of God’s operation of salvation for the whole man. In earlier stages of God’s plan for the ages, the focus of the Body of Christ was upon outward signs of God’s workings within mankind, such as signs and wonders, healings and miracles, including the raising of the dead, the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, etc., etc. In this Age of ages that we are living in, the focus is changing for us who are now sons of God ready to take our place in the participation of the unveiling of Jesus Christ to the masses. In order for this to take place, there must first come about a great and complete change in these sons, so the inner man is seen and heard in a corporate expression of the New Man in Christ. Heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the earth will be broken amidst great disruptions and quakes, elements will melt and old heavens will burn up and be removed. But, that which remains after this great shaking and rearrangement will be eternally rooted in the Christ Nature, unblemished, unspotted and singular in vision and purpose. This is the process and this is the journey upon which we have embarked, and it is not a process for the weak of heart and the uncommitted. As long as we love our life, as long as we are double minded, as long as we are drawn aside by our own carnal lusts, as long as we crave attention and individual fame, as long as we remain competitive and ambitious, as long as we allow jealousy and envy to take place in our heart, as long as we hurt and destroy in God’s holy mountain, as long as we refuse to forgive our enemies, as long as we devour the weak and raid the helpless, as long as we hide the Truth and follow fables and legends, as long as we allow prejudice and dishonor to remain in our lives, as long as we remain the OLD CREATURE, this change cannot and will not happen! We must DIE to the old nature and be transformed by the new nature. We MUST! It is not a wish, or a desire of our heart, it is a necessity and a commandment from our Father. WE MUST BE CHANGED!!
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words and in dealing with these issues of change and transformation the scriptures portray a beautiful portrait of restoration and reconciliation by using common examples that we are all familiar with. In the prophetic scripture above, Isaiah uses stereo-types of animals that normally behave according to a specific nature and disposition to show how in the ages to come, there will be a change take place in the hearts of the sons of God that will trumpet the emergence of a new age of harmony and unity within the inner being of these chosen vessels of God. This transformation must be accomplished first in a first-fruit company of sons and then it will be demonstrated and put on open display by God to all men everywhere, who, as beholding in a glass the glory of the Lord, will all be changed into that same image and likeness found in each son of God, fully expressing and manifesting the incorruptible nature of their Master and Lord. This is the appearing of Christ in His saints, and is accomplished by reason of a fiery transformation that has worked an elemental, nuclear changed in the inner most being of each son. By son, I mean to differentiate this chosen vessel of God from the servant realm, which is a realm of “whosoever will”, but the true sons ar those that are apprehended by God, not asked and invited to participate in such a metamorphosis of character and nature, but these sons of destiny are actually harpooned and dragged to such an occasion! They have no other recourse! Once the Lord has seized them, there is no turning back and to assure there is no chance of such a returning to where they have been snatched from, all of their former paths are burned up by the operation of the spirit of God. Doors that were wide open to them are slammed shut in their face. Loved ones turn their back on these appointed messengers, their reputations are dragged through the mud, ministerial positions are revoked, the phone stops ringing, they are cut off from all former associations and they become isolated and confined, without friend or foe, left with only One Hope, to trust in only one True Friend, to hear only One True Voice, rely on only One Source, stand on only One Foundation, live for only One Cause, serve only One Master, Jesus Christ, the Author and the Finisher of their faith! Great Day of God Almighty! For such a time and occasion have these sons been prepared from before the foundations of the earth and every one will lose their head and be found in Christ, lost and swallowed up into His wondrous Nature, Named with that Name, Anointed with that Anointing, called with that Calling. The world has never seen such a company of sons that have ladi their lives down and sworn allegiance to their King and Lord, the Captain of their salvation. They can’t be bought and they can’t be schmoozed by the religious Whore of Babylon, her voice does not fall upon their ears, for their hearts are circumcised and their minds are renewed. This is the great Transformation that we are walking into today and I do pray for us all that we will not fear this great experience, but that we may embrace it and cling to that Purpose that has called us from this world of care into such a private and intimate chamber of birth and renewal.
This is a Day where God is breaking the cycle of death and corruption. This is why we have been birthed in such a time, to break the mold of Adam and to allow the reality of the Christ-Life to take place in mankind. Mankind has been encased in a hard shell of limited, carnal life, hopelessly locked into that state and condition. We know that One has broken that prison door and has made a way for us to boldly enter into that New Life. But, it is not enough for only that One to enter into this eternal life, but the will of the Father is for that inheritance to be hand delivered to all mankind. It has been the choice of God to accomplish this transfer of the riches of Christ to all men through a company of sons that have been embossed with the Name and Authority of Jesus Christ, Ambassadors of His glory, Stewards of His storehouse. When the scriptures declare that we are being changed into His image, it literally means His image is being embossed upon us, which is so much more that just a change of mind, or belief in God, but necessitates a shift of our substance, a literal change of our form. Embossment happens when an object is remolded, such as a designer might emboss their logo upon a sheet of metal, where the metal itself takes on the shape of the logo, an icon of that company, and permanently alters the surface of the metal through heat and pressure. So it is, we as the chosen people of God’s purpose are being put to the heat and made pliable and changeable, and we are then being pressed into the image, the form and expression, of Christ, which makes us In-Christed, bringing to pass the scriptural declaration, “As He is, so are we in this world!” If you have seen me, you have seen Him, for He has embossed His expression upon me, and I am hid in Christ. What a grand time to be walking in God!
Each animal described by Isaiah in the key scriptures above needs no introduction and we do not have to go to the dictionary to find out about these creatures, as they have all acted out their roles in such purity of nature that the reader can immediately discern that this is a description of an unbelievable change of behavior in creatures that have been historically locked into their specific behavior patterns. What the prophet describes here is characters that are behaving entirely uncharacteristically! But, let us not just pass over this astounding scenario without gleaning some very significant information that will be immensely relevant and helpful to us in understanding what the spirit of God is performing in our own transformation as “new creatures” in Christ Jesus.
Throughout the history of man, certain creatures in our world have retained an image that is instantly recognizable as either predator or victim and Isaiah uses this ancient imagery to show how God plans to change those ingrained traits into a new state of behavior and identity. However, it is extremely important for us to understand that the actual change that takes place in these stereotypical role models has to do more with the predator than the victim aspect of these distinct animal types.
The WOLF may be the greatest stereotype of a predator known to mankind. The name itself has become a staple in our language for something vicious and cruel, predatory and violent, slinky and cunning. A man is said to be “wolfish” if he is behaving unsavory toward the opposite sex, slinking about to prey upon naïve women susceptible to his predatory goals. Many of us grew up as children reading of Little Red Riding Hood and her dealings with a cunning wolf dressed up as her Grandmother, going to great lengths to get the little girl close enough to gobble her up. Horror stories of humans that turn into werewolves have always been popular in our modern day, conjuring up images of a fearsome creature that curdles the blood because of the legendary ferocity of the creature itself. Carnivorous and living in packs, the wolf is famous for its cunning ability to hunt and steal its kill from other herds of animals that cannot protect themselves against the sharp teeth and pure strength of the beast. Wolves will find a flock of sheep and pick out the weakest or youngest lamb and isolate it from the rest of the flock, then falling upon and tearing it to pieces, feasting upon the helpless creature with a hunger that has made the wolf legendary. In spite of all of the urban legend surrounding this mysterious animal, there are those that have studied the life of the wolf in the wild that will tell a different story than is commonly known about this animal. A loving parent, playful and loyal to the family, which paints a picture of this predator that is in stark contrast to the image of a bloodthirsty killer. The truth is, all creatures of the wild are truly WILD, but man has a tendency to try to “humanize” all animals and as a result, there are many seemingly opposing opinions about such creatures as the wolf and other predators. The domestication of the dog and other animals has attributed to mankind’s skewed outlook on nature and its residents. We think WOLVES should behave more like Lassie and stop all of that maiming and killing of such innocent creatures as the gentle and meek LAMB. But, the WOLF is doing nothing wrong, he is simply acting out his role that he has been created into, a predator that must eat meat in order to stay alive, and the simple truth is, the poor animal cannot go shopping at Krogers to pick that meat up in the meat department, already killed, butchered and packaged out of the sight of impressionable humans and then take it home to devour it. The WOLF will have to run down its prey, grab it and wrestle it to the ground and then try to kill it by tearing it’s throat out, all so it can eat the meat on the bone, so to speak.
So, where is the sin in that? Well, in the world of the predator and the prey, there is absolutely no sin to it at all! God has made it so. Animals must act like animals, some will act as predators and have even been given the tools to be a predator by having a physical form that lends itself to the activity and nature of a predator, i.e. – long, sharp teeth, powerful jaws, strong muscles, etc. Indeed, it seems to me that the physical form of the predator is actually dictated by the nature that is contained within that form, rather than the form dictating the nature it contains. In fact, I believe that this is a fundamental principle involving all things in our universe, namely, the form or external shape of things are dictated by the internal nature and function of those things. If we accept such a premise, then we can see how the natural and the spiritual are both locked into their separate forms, by reason of the distinct and respective nature of those two dimensions. As predator and prey are uniquely entwined with one another, yet directly opposed to one another, so the natural is inherently connected to the spiritual, but directly opposed to one another in their form and function. As I have written, the actual change that takes place in Isaiah’s prophecy has more to do with the predators listed than the prey that are listed. So it is that in the overall transformation that is to take place in all of God’s creation, the focus of that change is on the natural elements, not on the spiritual. As the WOLF takes on the attributes of the LAMB, even so the natural, corruptible creation will take on the attributes of the spiritual substance of God Almighty!
Although this is all in order in the present course of things, as seen in the balance of nature between the hunter and the hunted, we are now reaching into a new dimension and time in God when the partitions that have separated the natural and the spiritual are being rent and a great compounding of these distinct and independent elements are being joined together to form a new thing in God, a new heaven and a new earth. Isaiah’s prophecy declares that there is coming an age when the order of the earth is going to change, which will be especially noticeable in the change of nature and genetic dispositions in the elements contained within the old earth. Personally, I do not believe that God throws the old earth and the old heaven away and creates brand new ones. I believe the old earth and the old heavens pass away by reason of a process of transformation, which brings out the new earth and the new heavens from within the old ones! This is not speaking of the literal planets themselves passing away, but it is speaking of us! Our old earthy self must pass away, become void and without form, so the new form of the new earth can be raised upon us. The old man is buried in Christ, and the New Man is that which rises from our being, swallowing up the corruptible form into the incorruptible form of Christ. Of course, when Isaiah writes of the wolf and the lamb, the lion and the calf, the child and the asp, he is not writing about those natural creatures themselves, but he is using those creatures as types and examples of the distinct difference between our own being, both divine and human, both ravenous and gentle, both wolfish and lamblike. Eventually, the predator must no longer lust after the prey, and the prey must not fear the predator, as love takes its awesome place in the center of all things. Love is the missing key in the disarrangement of the present world. As God starts to bring true, divine arrangement back into His creation, LOVE will be the driving force behind that rearrangement. There is, in all of God’s creation, a hidden and untapped element of pure LOVE that is yet to be experienced by the ancient order of a fallen world. Yes, we have experienced a measure of love in our lives, and that has lifted us up from the earth in a special way, but there is a LOVE that is in us that cannot be measured or comprehended. It is an instinctual LOVE, not conscious or emotional, but innate in our being, by reason of our beginnings in the image and likeness of God Himself, who IS LOVE. This LOVE is not spoken by mere words, as so many do today, mouthing the words, “I love you”, which cheapens the kind of LOVE I am writing about. This LOVE cannot be spoken from the mouth of man, it is beyond expression of language, but its expression is a creative force that will bring us through our imminent transformation. This unspeakable, unknowable LOVE – is the force and vitality behind the process of metamorphosis and it is a force that cannot fail, nor will it fall short of its intended, finished work.
The WOLF cannot stop acting wolfish simply by trying to teach it a new philosophy of “lamb-life”, or by sending it to “lamb school”. Neither can you beat the WOLF to try to rid it of its wolfish behavior. You can punish it, chain it up, starve it, rebuke it, threaten it, and more, but at the end of the day, you will still have a WOLF on your hands with an inherent wolfish nature. You can even try to dress it up like a lamb, covering it with wool and hiding its fearsome visage, but all you will end up with is a WOLF in lamb’s clothing. The only thing that can change the WOLF is the LOVE that is expressed through the true LAMB nature. Once the WOLF experiences this LOVE of the LAMB, it will no longer be subject to the wolfish nature, but LOVE will have its way in the WOLF and the hunger will be no more. Of course, I am not writing about some animal, dear one of God, I am writing about you! Oh yes! Our WOLF will no longer snarl and bite within us, neither will our wolfish desires run rampant over us, but our LAMB will win over our WOLF with that inexpressible power of TRUE LOVE, which even now is wooing our beast and causing us to cry HOLY! Again, let me be clear on this point, our WOLF is not to be cowered and beaten down into a submissive posture that is forced upon it by reprimand, as this would only assuage our wolfish nature for a period of time, which would rise up again at some point in time, when we would least expect it. Oh no, dear one of God, this transformation is not to have a subjected WOLF at our feet, but it is a transformation that will truly change the desire and heart of the WOLF, causing this wolfish beast to fall head over heals in love with the LAMB, embracing the LAMB, protecting the LAMB, thinking as the LAMB thinks, loving as the LAMB loves. What a wonder Isaiah writes about, a WOLF that is not wolfish, freely dwelling with the LAMB, not chained down in the presence of the LAMB, not confined and drooling with desire to tear the LAMB’s throat out and devour it, but at peace and contentment with the LAMB. Wonder of wonders! Isaiah goes on in his prophetic imagery, speaking of the leopard lying down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling being together, without any tearing of flesh or violent intentions on the behalf of the converted predators, but all at peace and oneness. Then, wonder of wonders, he speaks of a child leading this parade of love and peace, which is only fitting that in the presence of such transformation within the ranks of the beastly natures represented by the prophet, that Innocence Personified should lead it in an open display of the power and authority of TRUE LOVE. Yes, dear ones of God, our Child will lead this parade of LOVE victorious through our own being, as a testimony and witness of God’s overwhelming LOVE and NATURE at work in our house, investing all things with its outworking principle of transformation. Praise His holy Name!
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The prophecy of Isaiah continues to unfold the length and height and depth and width of this transformation as he continues to portray the predator endued with the same mind and heart of the prey. The cow and the bear shall feed, not on each other, but on common food. Then, to even further the scope of this marvelous transformation, he declares that their offspring will lie down together. How glorious it is to see that the change that is pictured in this prophecy extends even to the offspring, showing to us that the very roots of the seed of corruption have been plucked up and will no longer bear fruit in the following generations. Again, this is not some kind of behavior modification program instituted here, but it is a change at the nuclear level of the bear, and reaches into their following generations. Ancient and historical creatures that have been locked into a role of predator and prey, are now living in a new order of life, at ease with one another. Then, even more detail about the extent of this transformation, as Isaiah declares that the lion will eat straw like the ox. Mind boggling! The lion is famous for his carnivorous appetite, gouging huge hunks of flesh from his prey, gorging himself upon the prey’s flesh until he can eat no more, and then lazily stretching out on soft grass and sleeping it off, purring with a deep rumbling contentment of satisfaction. This is the picture we have grown up with concerning this majestic creature, but now, according to this prophecy, the lion is no longer a flesh devouring beast, but he has now developed a great fondness for straw! Now, it is a fact that the body and form of the lion is not suited for eating straw, with the massive jaws and large teeth and sharp claws being suited more for rending the flesh and breaking the bones of the prey he used to hunt. But, here now is the huge creature, contented to chew cud like the ox, having exchanged his violent mannerisms for the docile appetites of his former prey, which illustrates even further where the focus of the transformation is centered upon, the predator and not the prey.
Now, if you were a curious sort of person, you might be thinking, “I wonder why the Lord has chosen to change the inner nature of such creatures, but not their outer form and shape, leaving them with the same physical attributes that are still associated with their former appetites and behaviors.” I am glad you asked that question. It has always been my opinion that in the ages to come, as we continue to experience our transformation through the process of metamorphosis, we will eventually be “like HIM”. However, it is my opinion that we will always have our testimony of being redeemed man, and not created angel. By this I mean, that we will give glory to God throughout eternity, and how else are we to give glory to our Father but by bearing upon us the mark of our great salvation and redemption, which is namely, our humanity. I am not a Being Of Light, or a GOD that had no sin, I am a Redeemed Man, a God-man and for that reason I will always stand as a witness to the power of God’s LOVE, that took such a creature and renewed it, transforming it by His own hand, into a wondrous and illustrative portrait of God’s creative nature. Looking at the prophecy of Isaiah, please tell me, who do you think truly glorifies God and illustrates His grace and transforming LOVE? Is it the lamb, or the calf, or the kid, or the child? No, dear one of God, the truly glorifying creatures of this prophecy are the wolf that is no longer wolfish, the lion that is no longer a flesh-eater, the leopard that is no longer a predator, these are the images that cause one to sit up and take notice, for these are the ones that are living contrary to their former innate instincts, and God saw fit to have them keep their outer shell of who they once were, so we can stand up and cheer God for His curious and wondrous redemptive power! Even so, we are set to be God’s glory throughout the ages and on to eternity, by reason of our redemption and salvation through the vivifying power of the Christ-Life that has been bestowed so freely upon such lowly creatures as us. For this reason, Christ is personified as the Lion of Judah, and the Lamb of God. He is the Lion with the heart of the Lamb, a Priest-King, a spiritual warrior with a sword and a heart of compassion. Sounds incompatible in our world, but in His world, these are all elements and personalities that flow out of the unity of LOVE. Love that will not let us go, will not let us stay bound, will not let us stay unchanged, but is always working for our good, for us and not against us, making war against all the elements of corruption that would keep us locked into our role of prey or predator, love that believes for us when we cannot believe for ourselves. This is the Compound Man, the Pattern of the New Creature, a Specie of God-man that will cause all heaven to wonder at such a thing.
Remember, the process of metamorphosis is that of a change brought about by a resident and indwelling nature that influences and dictates the outer form. The outer form is indicative of the inner nature of the creature. We have, in our past life, had two natures at war in our being, the Wolf and the Lamb, the corruptible and the incorruptible. First the natural, then the spiritual, so we have borne the external image of the earthy by reason of an inner nature of the Wolf, but at the core of our being, at a nuclear level, we are first and foremost a lamb! Our true genetic identity is the Lamb, not the Wolf. Our genesis is in the Lamb, and the Wolf is a necessary element of our redemptive course, but it is not our dominant genetic self.
1 Cor. 15:46-49 46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47] The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48] As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49] And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (KJV)
In I Cor. 15:44, Paul declares that there is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. Right now, we are only cognizant of the outer, natural body, which is in essence a chaff-like shell, but inside of that external form, there is a spiritual body, already resident! That is the house that Paul declares in II Cor. 5:1-5 that is a heavenly house, which we must clothed with, putting it on over this limited and corruptible flesh and blood body. In this scenario, the flesh and blood body will be no more, and the spiritual, heavenly house that we put on will not stay as it is either, as it is entwined into a new compound with the earthly body, thus a new body, both heaven and earth, but in this union, it is NEITHER! This is the trademark of the New Man, a Man that once was many things, but now He is neither of those, yet all of those combined in a new and more excellent way! For now we are NEITHER male nor female, bond nor free, Greek nor Gentile, but a New Creature.
We are not a simple creature with an amoeba-like existence, one dimensional and singularly important. We, mankind, are a multidimensional, multilevel, multi-tiered being which the great Creator did His best creative work upon. An amalgamation of such opposite elements should by all rights be unable to coexist, but we are also invested with the makeup of our Creator-Father God, which is our saving grace. However, we must now come to the Great Purpose for which we were created, to become a compound of sin and grace, darkness and light, death and life, man and God, through a process of entwinement and tabernacling that will cause the death and poison in us to be canceled out by the Life and Glory of our inherent qualities of God. This is what a compound is, the joining of two or more pure elements which gives each element new and different properties and functions. Compounds are the very prototype of what God has planned for Himself and His creation. Left to himself, man is limited and unable, a pitiful and schizophrenic creature that is constantly at war with the complexities of his makeup. His only hope is to be joined to God and to be transformed by that Divine Life. In any form of compounds, each element remains in its pure self, but by being bonded to other pure elements, such as Hydrogen with Oxygen in the chemical compound of H2O, both elements of hydrogen and oxygen take on new properties than they had before they bonded with one another. Once locked into the chemical mold of being and behaving as gases, now they are bonded into a new chemical form that allows them to behave in a new manner, as liquid and not gas. Wonder of wonders! Can you see how this so clearly symbolizes to us how the joining of the genetic makeup of God with the genetic makeup of man will form a New Man, a New Species of God-man, with new properties and characteristics that neither one had before this glorious marriage of parts? When this marvelous Plan of God is finished there will be a new race of creature with God, which came out from God and returned back into God, now filled with God, Life of His Life, Spirit of His Spirit. This is the great Metamorphosis for mankind, subjected unto vanity, lowered into the realm of the dust life, shut up from his true identity by the law until a time appointed of His Creator-Father, then a Birth and a Life and a Death and a Burial and a Resurrection, out of which came a prototype Son, a King-Priest Order, that for 2 days has been working in the hearts of men, and now at the dawning of the 3rd Day, there begins to rise a chosen Seed of promise that will bring to this earth realm the Divine Image and Likeness of the One that began it all in Himself!
THE WORM and THE BUTTERFLY
Isa. 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (KJV)
Gal. 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (KJV)
In examining the wonderment of the process of metamorphosis, there is perhaps no greater and clearer example of our own journey of change and transformation than the journey of the caterpillar. The story of the caterpillar and its eventual change of form into a butterfly has been well documented and volumes have been written about this biological event that should suffice for our readers to have a ready knowledge of what takes place in the life cycle of this creature. But, for us that are living in present Truth, especially those of us that are looking for an imminent change of our own, from our present form of corruption and perishable life into the incorruptible and imperishable life of God, then this particular event has much to speak to us about. It is, in fact, a very precise analogy of our own evolvement into the Christ-Life.
For those of us that have been given the great honor to see beyond the soulish interpretation of the scriptures involving what some have come to call “The Rapture Theory”, there is a simple question that we have asked of ourselves. If the church is not going to be whisked away in some future flight through the air into the sky, as it is preached so emphatically by some mainstream churches, then what is the actual change that must come about for the world to see the greatness of Christ in the earth? If we are NOT going to fly away some day, then what is to transpire? In fact, when one takes the time to study the scriptures concerning this present time of manifestation and transformation spoken of in so many places throughout the New Testament, one would have to come to the conclusion that God’s intent is not to salvage a frightened, unfinished Body of Christ from a world of darkness and sin in some sort of last ditch rescue effort of Jesus, snatching us away just before the jaws of Satan swallows our last glimmer of hope, but in fact, God has a much more grand and victorious plan concerning the church and the world.
Instead of relying upon a sick, paranoid, stressed-out, beleaguered, faithless, distracted, fat, lazy, carnal “church body” that is so evident today, God is forming a company of overcoming, conquering, believing, reigning, ruling, authoritative sons of God. These sons are on a fast track of transformation, for they are to be the first fruits of Christ, our First Fruit in God. Rest assured dear saints, God is not going to hand the keys of the Kingdom over to some fat cats of the religious systems of this world, whose hearts are far from God and are still participating in the political power struggles of the Babylonian world system. No sir, there will be no flies in the ointment that is being formed in the crucible of God’s operation within the hearts of those that are predestinated and preordained to be called, sons of God.
Take note, however, of this great and immutable fact concerning this company that I am writing about. It is not a journey of fame and fortune that we have embarked upon. It is a journey of death and upheaval, not a time of blessings and honor. What awaits us in this stage of God’s plan is not a pat on the head from a patronizing God that ushers us into some kind of paradise filled with lollipops and candy canes. God will become our enemy before this Day is through, mark my words. He must! It is not His joy to deal with our worm, but deal with it He must, and the worm in us must and will give way to the butterfly in us! God will draw it out in us and in His determination He will not stop until we are changed into a new form of creature. The worm will not die, as in the sense of being thrown away for something better, but the worm contains within itself another form, that cannot be revealed until the form of the worm has been disassembled and deconstructed. There are some today that call themselves sons of God, but they have nothing to show for it but the title itself. They think this sonship we are called into is some sort of knighthood, riding through the streets of Jerusalem with their names being called out by a cheering throng. They couldn’t be more wrong! This Day of change and transformation is not a day of kindness and peace. Far from it. This Day has come to take our life, to bring an end to our own will and desire, to cause an upheaval in our being that has no comparison in this world we have lived in. It is a time of earthquake and shaking that will cause the very landscape of our being to change. It is a time of rearrangement for both our body and our mind. Earth and heaven will pass away as we have come to know it in the days of our flesh, and a new heaven and a new earth will rise out of that passing, a new body and a new mind. The new can not come into existence until the old has been entirely disassembled and made formless.
That is the journey of the caterpillar into the butterfly. Let us try to place ourselves into the life of the caterpillar and perhaps we can learn from this creature and have faith concerning our own destiny of change. For one thing, the caterpillar has a form that is conducive to a terrestrial existence. It crawls through the world, slow and meticulous in its actions. It is cumbersome but steady as it lives out its stage of existence, seemingly just like all the other varieties of worms in the world. But, there is something special about this particular worm, for it is not precisely just another worm, but in more correct terms, it is a larvae, which distinguishes it from other worms. For other worms, they are born worms and they will die worms, but because the caterpillar is a larvae it holds a destiny within it to become something else that has a greater purpose and a far more superior design than is seen at this stage of its development. Dear friend in Christ, fellow companion and fellow heir of sonship, did you know that you have been living in a form that is passing away? This body that we take care of each day, this life that we have lived according to the boundaries and parameters of the world around us, it is only a temporary form, and we have only been living as larvae in our journey of developmental process.
Jacob is called a worm in the scriptures, a fitting title. The name of Jacob means supplanter. He had the nature of one that takes by any means, and he lived his life in such a way, until the worm changed and Jacob became Israel, a Prince with God. But, Israel was always there, inside of Jacob, waiting for an appointed time to be revealed. Jacob died, passed away, ceased to exist, when that change took place and Israel took over that life when the angel wrestled with Jacob until the dawn. Of course, this was all planned and ordained by the Lord, and it should be noted that Jacob had no choice in the matter. We have lived as Jacob in the days of our flesh, and we have struggled with this Truth to see our change come about, but we have no choice in the matter, it is by divine appointment that this change takes place and the where, when and who is not in our hands to quicken or delay its operation. That is another stipulation that applies to the company of sons through which Christ will be revealed. In becoming a new creature in Christ, we give up all of our rights as citizens of the old life. In the old life of mere man serving God, we had choices that we could make, yea and nay was in our speech and we had certain legal rights in God, whereby we could quote the scriptures back to God and demand to have things go our way. The Word of Faith movement has lived by this legalistic manipulation of the scriptures concerning their life in the flesh. The preachers of the Word of Faith movement are nothing short of religious lawyers when it comes to their relationship with God. “Now God,” they say, “your Word says that by your stripes I am healed, and I demand to be healed according to your Word.” Of course, contractually they are right! The scriptures are a contract between God and man, legally binding. So, God moves for them and performs His obligation of the agreement, regardless of whether it is the perfect will of God for them or not, He stays true to His contract. But, I must emphatically declare to us that so flippantly take on the title of “sons of God” how so very different our relationship with the Father is than the relationship of the servant. The general rank and file of Christians are made up of hirelings, those that walk in a legalistic, contractual relationship with God, the provider of their benefits. His benefits are great concerning this realm of walking AFTER God, and those that are schooled in this relationship are able to draw vast amounts of blessings off that abundant supply. But, with those that are chosen to walk with God as sons of His substance, those that are ordained to come into His throne and sit down there and rule and reign with Christ as He ushers in His kingdom, they are not hirelings and as such, they do not have the RIGHTS of a hireling!! If you are a son indeed, then you have given up all of your scriptural rights, and you have no LEGAL and CONTRACTUAL ground to stand upon. God can do with you whatever He so desires, without your assent, without your blessings, and without revealing to you what it is He is doing. For sons, it does no good to argue with God, telling Him how unfair it is for Him to come into your world and turn it upside down, especially since all of your friends are being so wonderfully blessed and healed and restored and rolling in prosperity. Why, they don’t even know as much about God’s plan as you do, neither have they been so filled with revelation as you have been, so how could God treat you so unfairly as to cause your life to be so hard and terrible? Why can’t you be healed, why can’t you be restored, why can’t you have tons of money? Oh, Jacob, you worm, God will help you. He will hold your right hand and He will give you grace that will be sufficient for you. But, Jacob, it will do you no good to complain or to make a legal claim to having your own way. You are not a hireling, and you will not be paid a fair wage. You are a son, and you will sit under tutors and governors until a time appointed, and not a minute sooner than that appointed time, but not a minute later either. At that appointed time of the Father, you will be released from your limited life into an unlimited life that is already resident within you. Ah, Jacob, you worm, you will be changed and a Prince with God you will surely be!
To those that live an earthy life, a terrestrial walk in Christ, the only thing that matters is the present state and condition of their being. God is a good God if they are getting all their needs met, but He is a mysterious and untrustworthy God if a momentary need goes unresolved. For this simple servant of God, there is only the NOW, and this is the spirit that has infected our present generation and has become a cancer in the hearts of mankind. For those that only live in the NOW, they have no vision and live without hope or insight into what is to come. For them, if it isn’t being done NOW, it won’t ever be done. They have lost their understanding of the ongoing and continuous work of God concerning His final solution to the woes of mankind. They have lost the art of making wine, or making a good loaf of bread, as they have taken on the stigma of a microwave generation, without patience and without the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing something through from beginning to the end.
Study the caterpillar and put yourself inside of this creature. While in the form of a worm, it is not in torment, continually asking the Creator, “when do I become the butterfly, how many more days do I have, how long do I have to crawl through this life as a worm, etc. etc.” Some today are showing signs of weariness in the journey and they are trying to find another way into this place of transformation, reaching out to New Age concepts that teach how to deny your worm and visualize your butterfly, but there is no fast and easy process into our final form and design. The caterpillar is not a closet butterfly, going around and telling all the other worms he is actually a butterfly and he in fact never was a worm, but it was only a lie of his worm mind. No, dear one, the caterpillar has an instinctual knowledge that he is on a path of change that will take place without his conscious manipulations or “trying” to be a butterfly. The butterfly will come forth on a specific time and date that is genetically written within the DNA of the caterpillar and until that transformation takes place the worm will not deviate from its process. Like Enoch, who before his translation walked with God and pleased God until that time arrived, the caterpillar will be content in whatever state he finds himself in until the change takes place.
It is my belief, that just as we have a genetic code that operates each day within our physical bodies, that dictates certain changes throughout our life, we also as spiritual beings have a spiritual genetic time code that takes place in our journey into our final state and condition in Christ. Throughout our lives, we have had spiritual genetic codes switch on and off that have brought us through the many courses of experiences and revelations in our relationship with the Father. Outside of our control, the Father has prompted many things to take place that changed us in many different ways, both physically and spiritually. Some things took place that only affected us physically, and other things only affected us spiritually, but we are now in a time when God has put His hand to every facet of our being, and BOTH heaven and earth are going through this great metamorphosis at the same time.
Such is the case with the grand design of the caterpillar being transformed into a butterfly. The worm enters into the self made womb of change, the chrysalis, with the body and the nature of a worm. While in the form of a worm and living as a worm, the caterpillar is by necessity at peace being a worm, although it carries within it the awesome design of a heavenly creature. Buried within the worm is a new identity and an entirely new creature. In the popular book and movie, The Da Vinci Code, the notion is made that there has been a hidden agenda in the earth since the days of Jesus, a secret that has been passed on throughout the generations that Jesus did not actually die at the cross, but lived a human life which included marriage and physical offspring, beginning a physical lineage in the earth that continues today. While I think this is all a bunch of hooey, (men will be men), spiritually, this has a basis of reality. Jesus did start a new lineage of creature, but it is not a fleshly lineage, but a spiritual lineage that has been like a chalice, hidden within the hearts of men, and will be revealed in our generation as a true lineage to the Christ, made evident by a greater proof than physical DNA, but a spiritual gene of Christ will be put on open display for all the world to see, in a company of SONS! If there is a chalice of Christ, then we are that chalice! If there is a genetic offspring of Christ, then we are that offspring and heirs to the throne of Jesus Christ by birth, which supersedes any legal office of the church systems. Let me put all of the Bishops, Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists, Pastors and any other elected or man made office of the religious world on notice, Christ is not going to appear in the fullness of His glory within any of those offices! They are stages of larvae, temporary offices that were instituted as maintenance ministries to the church while living a soulish, terrestrial life, but Christ will only appear in a company of sons that have been transformed, translated, and transitioned into a life that is renewed, restored, reconstituted, regenerated, and resurrected. Nothing else will put Him on open display without spot or blemish. We are that generation!
The caterpillar goes into the stage of metamorphosis at a set time in its life cycle. In this critical stage of change, it starts to deconstruct from the form of a worm, into a stage of neither worm nor butterfly. This is in direct correlation with what Paul writes concerning us.
Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (KJV)
Indeed, in all transformations from one form into another form, there is that moment of time when you are neither, caught betwixt the two distinct forms. This is surely a part of the passion of Christ on the cross, when He realizes He is no longer the son of Mary and not yet the arisen Son of God. What a stupendous moment of dramatic pause must have taken place for Him while hanging on the tree when He instructs the disciple that He loved to take His place in the house of Mary, speaking a declaration that would symbolically remove Him from the house of His mother, “Woman behold thy son!” and to the disciple that He loved, “Behold thy mother!” Now, at this moment, Jesus no longer belonged to the earth, and heaven could not yet receive Him, a state of non-identity. So it is, when we think of ourselves at this point of our transformation, we should see ourselves as NEITHER, yet becoming something else. At this stage, the caterpillar is no longer discernible, its form completely disassembled, but the transformation does not stop here. Something else starts to take shape, a new form that dictates a new state of mind and nature.
Yes, dear saints, this is the crucial point we need to understand concerning our metamorphosis, especially those of us that have walked in the message of immortality and life for so long. In times past, the emphasis of the change from corruption to incorruption and this mortal into immortality has focused upon the physical aspect of this “metamorphoo” that Paul writes about to the church of Corinth. In fact, it has become known as the message of immortality, but it really is not about immortality as much as it is about incorruption! In fact, physical immortality is a by-product of the inner change that is taking place in the hearts of the first fruits. If the caterpillar only changed his outward form, from that of a crawling worm into that glorious external form of a winged creature, without having a change of mind that would be able to function in this new form, it would be a travesty of the highest degree! Here would be a creature, with wings and a body designed for flight, locked into the nature and consciousness of a crawling worm, lurching around on the ground with all of the facilities for flight, without the actual faculties needed to make such a design operate. In other words, the worm consciousness had to die out to the consciousness of winged flight, not just the physical form to fly, but the will and the desire to fly! If the butterfly is to truly be a butterfly, he would have to have the heart of a butterfly to escape the world of the terrestrial and live in the world of the celestial. After all, this is the true distinction between the worm and the butterfly, those huge, beautiful wings that open up another world to the creature that once was earth bound, but no longer! For us, sons in the making, there is a great need for a change of mind, not just a change of body. Our wings are not external, they are internal! It is our spirit that soars in the heavens, flying into the heights of God’s presence, allowing us to be lifted upon the breath of God’s sighs for us. For most of us, this has to happen in an unconscious state of dreams or visions, or spiritual trances and extravagant movings of the spirit of God in our midst. But, as the true change takes place in our inward parts, we will be wide awake, with a hyper awareness of all that is taking place in us and around us, viewing everything with an ancient and genetic understanding through a single eye.
We really have no idea of what this new man is going to look like or act like. No more than the worm could imagine how many flowers he would visit and drink from and the fields he will visit in one day. How could we possibly put into words how the new man will think or act, since it is a world outside of the limitations of this life? We can speak vaguely about it, use words like ecstatic, glorious, mind-blowing, and so on. None of the words in our language would ever be able to tell the true essence of this which awaits us, and not only those that are the first partakers of such a glorious state, but all of those that have passed before us. For us, we are men and women that are being changed into something that is neither male nor female, bond nor free, Greek nor Jew. In other words, take any extreme points in this natural world we live in, hot and cold, death and life, light and darkness, etc, and then try to think of something neither, yet all of those things combined. For that is what this new creature will be, all of the above, yet neither.
Eccl. 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (KJV)
That which we shall be is made up that which we once were, but in another form. Corruption is not destroyed and thrown out, it puts on incorruption and mortality is not destroyed, it puts on immortality, defeat is swallowed up into victory, this outer house is swallowed up into the inner house. The butterfly at one time was only a spirit inside the worm, but once the transformation takes place, that which once was only an intent, a design, is now form and substance. The new man in Christ is right now only a Truth that we minister, but in the ages to come, the Truth becomes more than a message, it becomes substance and has a form to it. The Word of God became flesh and now our flesh will become Word again. The cycle will play out in all aspects of our life and our world. Inside of this world, there is another world waiting to take form, neither physical nor spiritual, yet both. Can you see this? If not, in the days to come, we will. As we gain our wings and learn to use them, we will see a myriad of things that are invisible to us in our present state and condition.
Those that have laid their body down and have passed from the visible state and form into the invisible state and form know much more than they did while alive in this dimension. However, they do not know it all as of yet. They have to wait for us to be changed in this existence in order for them to come into their final dwelling place in the Father. Without us, they are not yet complete. This is why all heaven is viewing us right now, with great expectations and groaning and travailing, like a woman with child that is nearing the time of birth. We are birthing a new man, a new kind of man, a new species of God-man. By saying that we are BIRTHING this new man, I mean that we are impregnated with Christ, the original Seed of Incorruption. We are carrying that Seed within our heart like a woman carries a child in her womb and just as the pregnant woman has a set time of delivering that child, we also have a set time of delivering this new man into the earth. Jesus is the Pattern Son of this new man and is the original strand of spiritual DNA from whence this new man comes. We have not created this new man within us, but we carry the gene for it within us and we are being changed by it.
I cannot help but continue to distinguish our walk of sonship from the walk of the servant, no more than I can fail to point out the difference between the caterpillar and other non-transforming worms. Ours is not a walk of our own faith in God, but we are being moved upon by a genetically imposed WILL that comes from our genetic pattern, Jesus Christ. His WILL is being done in our life! In fact, we have no life outside of that willed life that He is. We LIVE, yet it is not us that live, but it is Christ and we now live because He WILLS us to live. Nothing can take our life, for nothing can disannul His WILL for us, neither old age, nor sickness, nor disease, nor pestilence, nor famine, nor natural disasters, nor men, nor any principalities, powers, thrones nor dominions of any kind can keep us from partaking in His WILL for us, for He is the Supreme Power and WILL in heaven and earth. World events play no part in our transformation, wars and rumors of wars are not our timetable. We are not being moved upon by this metamorphosis by reason of the increasing wickedness of mankind, nor are we marching to a beat dictated by the length of suffering or despair of our fellow man. We are on a timetable that is preset in God from the beginning, which is not liable to the church ages that have thus far transpired. We cannot make numerical predictions concerning when this final stage of transformation will be completed. Try as we may, we cannot study the weeks of Daniel, or the times of desolation, or any other prophetic timetable and come up with an accurate chart of our manifestation, so let us quit trying to do so and start to focus on the task at hand. Let others predict and surmise, sell their books to a curious but spiritually oblivious world and make mockery of the plan of God. We must hang on and give up, let go and grab hold, shut out the old and open up to the new. Before we ever see one cell of our body changed, we will first of all see a change of our thinking and our vision. First things first and all other things will follow. Our thinking must be expanded to see possibilities where only impossibilities appear.
Ezek. 37:1-6 1] The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2] And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3] And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4] Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5] Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6] And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)
We must be able to have the sense of the possibility of flight, when there was no possibility at one time. This is critical for the butterfly, and it is critical for us. I pray the Lord will open up our minds and give us vision today, so we may prophecy according to the WILL of God. I pray we will speak not as men speak, but as the oracles of God, with full assurance in His WILL for us. We are on a different path than the religious world, so let us not mimic the former dispensational ministries, but let us speak with the voice of the Seventh Angel, sounding forth the Seventh Trumpet that will initiate the unveiling of the Seventh Dimension of God’s life in our lives. If we continue to speak and think as men (worms) we will die as men. If we will yield to the WILL of Christ in us, and speak as He would speak, we will pass from death into life and the second death will have no power over us. It is the time for our metamorphosis and nothing can save us from the total deconstruction of the world we have made for ourselves. This world and all of its trappings still have a death grip upon the sons of God, and that will have to be broken in us in order for us to cross over to the new life. It is a fine line we must walk, staying in the world, but not of the world, but we can trust the process that has begun in us and will bring us to the completion of it.
We have gone way beyond Bible stories and Sunday School. It is time to eat the Word, assimilate it, digest it and inhale it. The Word is not a book of printed matter, it is a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He fills us with His Word. Hang on, chosen one, the Lord has you firmly in His grasp. He has anchored you in Him and the storms of this life will not move you out of your place. Be still and know that He is God. He that has begun this metamorphosis in your life will finish it. You have seen much taken from your existence in this world, loved ones, homes, friends, health, finances, but know that the Lord is still making you and confirming your walk in Him. In the end, when all is said and done, you only need the approval of One, the Light of your life. Let Him fill you now with a new song, wipe your face and cry no more, a new Day is come and it is the time to dance before the Lord. No more blue days and long nights, but rise up now and take your flight, up, up and away, into the heavens go, leaving behind all dread and shame, His wonders to extol.
You are a son of God by birth, not by doctrine or philosophy. The proof of your sonship is entwined within the fabric of your being, and it will speak for itself in the days ahead.
A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH
2 Pet. 3:8-14 8] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11] Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12] Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13] Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14] Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (KJV)
When we speak of “our transformation”, it is necessary that we understand how much more reaching this transformation has been intended by our Father than just a personal, individual change. It is true that it must start with us, as individuals who have entered into a personal salvation and are now walking onward into the progressive evolvement of sons of God in the making. But, it will most certainly not end with us, floating around in the air as angelic butterflies meandering about through the eternities of God. There is a great consequence of our personal and individual maturation and transformation in the Christ Life, which will become a catalyst to everything around us, a universal upheaval and rearrangement that will mirror the same cataclysmic reformation that has transpired in the spirit, soul and body of the first fruit sons. For this reason, we walk in the spirit with a great sense of responsibility and soberness, knowing the time is at hand and we are pregnant with a New Day that speaks of greater things than what have thus far appeared.
Everything around us is affected by our inner life and nothing outside of us is exempt from that effect. Before we condemn this dark, miserable world with our thoughts of righteous indignation toward such an ungodly atmosphere, it might behoove us to look inward, inside our own hearts, for the truth of the matter is that the outer world is only a mirror image of the condition and state of the heart, mind and spirit of mankind, including us that have been regenerated by the life of Christ Jesus. In fact, the only hope afforded to the outer world to become enlightened and restored is the transformation of the sons of God and the subsequent chain reaction such a change will initiate in the heavens and the earth. Billions of people are living their lives in small, inconsequential cocoons with only a bare glimmer of a symbiotic relationship with the outside world. They go to work, try to do their job so they can get paid at the end of the week, abide by the laws of the land, trying not to kill anyone or do themselves severe bodily harm, eking out some time to spend with their little circle of family and friends, avoid somehow the ravages of disease and sickness, lend a helping hand to others now and then, endeavoring to have a semi-fulfilled little life, and then grow to be old and collect their retirement and social security check, see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, then hopefully die a quiet, fast death. Most people today would count this as a pretty good life, self satisfying and about all anyone can expect out of this cold world.
However, we who have come to the knowledge of the saving and regenerating life of Jesus Christ, the Savior and King of the universe, those of us that have truly passed from our Self Life into the Christ Life, for us this is a mundane and pitiful expectation to live such a short sighted existence. The whole universe is relational! Everything in us and outside of us is connected by lifelines of God’s Divine Intent and Purpose! Nothing in this existence lives and dies by itself, for everything is held together and consists by the entwining presence of God Almighty. He holds it all together in Himself, things seen and things unseen, things that are physical and things that are material, organic and inorganic, high things and low things, terrestrial things and celestial things, natural things and spiritual things, He embodies it all and everything is complete in Him. YOU MATTER! You are not insignificant and alone on this great planet or in this life, whether you are conscious of it or not, you have an effect and you are affected by everything in and around you.
Recently, I related to a congregation of folks how a good friend of mine used to greet me when he called me on the phone. He lived in Texas and we live in Tennessee, and when I would answer his call, the first words out of his mouth were, “How am I doing in Tennessee?” The first couple of times this happened, I let it fly over my head and just continued our conversation, but then I started to listen to what that statement was saying. “How am I doing there?”, and I started to understand the profound meaning behind that innocent little greeting. First, he was relating to the divine principle of God’s inclusive love for all His creation, the Oneness that He abides in, expressed so wondrously by Jesus in His great prayer to His Father.
John 17:11 11] And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (KJV)
John 17:21-23 21] That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22] And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23] I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (KJV)
Secondly, my friend realized the secret to perfection, which is not praying 24 hours a day in your closet, nor is it fasting for 40 days on a mountain top, but it is a very simple but selfless matter, “that they may be made perfect in one”, which means that I need you more than you need me, and I am only as good and complete in Christ as I am good and complete in you. If Christ is in you, and Christ is in me, then I must minister to the Christ in you in order for the Christ in me to become complete. Could this be what Paul was saying to the “children” he was ministering to?
Gal. 4:19 19] My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, (KJV)
Could it possibly be that Paul was referring to a pure principle of being a minister of God’s life, a principle that reveals the true reason for being “ministers of the sanctuary?” Perhaps Paul had come to realize that although Christ was greatly formed in his own heart, Paul was not allowed to be satisfied with his own richness in Christ. Instead, he travails like a woman in birth pains for the forming of Christ in the little ones that was in his care. In other words, my friend in Texas was telling me that HE was only as good in Texas as WE were in Tennessee! Oh my, what a life changing expression that is, I am only as blessed and safe and well in Christ as the rest of the creation of God, and if there is any sickness, or death, or despair, or darkness, or hopelessness anywhere else outside of me, then I am commissioned by the principle of Oneness in God to groan and travail until all of my parts are made whole. Wow! No one wants to go there! It is so much easier to stay in the partitioned rooms of our own blessed existence than to identify with such a lost and undone creation. This is one of the most radical revelations available to the sons of God, and not many will be prepared to take such a step, including yours truly. But, if we can just get it written down and then let it wallow around in our being, then allow the Light of Lights to illuminate our darkened and selfish being, perhaps we can come to terms with this magnificent principle in the days ahead.
It is one thing to wear the title of “sons of God” and other titles that we adorn ourselves with so readily and easily, such as “kings and priests”, “Melchizedek Priesthood”, “Light Bearers”, “The Lights Of The World”, and so on. It is quite another thing to actually BE those entitlements, to demonstrate the virtues of each title and to bring to this present world the full expression of such endearments. I hate to be the one to inform us, but we MUST become all that we have declared we are. If you are the representative of Jesus Christ to this darkened place, then I would think you would at least be aware of what He wants to express through you and have you represent. In our present state and condition, about the only thing we can change is the belief systems of mankind. We have become excellent salesmen for God! Boy, do we have the gift of gab! We can talk about God for hours at a time, preach ‘till the cows come home, reveal the hidden and ancient secrets of the mysteries of the universe, expound on the Hebrew and the Greek texts and show our dexterity with the Greek tenses and differentiate between the masculine and the feminine, venturing even into the definite and the not so definite articles for good measure. If we can’t dazzle you with our intelligence, we will baffle you with our profundity, wearing you down with the sheer weight of our proclamations, until your mind gives way to our mind, and you agree with our theological viewpoint and discard your old theological viewpoint, which will only last until someone else comes along with an even more weightier viewpoint, and then they can take away from you our old viewpoint and replace that with their new viewpoint, and so the wheel of mind control goes round and round, and where she stops nobody knows, but it sure won’t be on God! But, we won’t mind, because we will have already gone on to other minds to overcome with our superior viewpoints on God. Such has been the inconsequential ministry of the Church for the last 2,000 years! Nations waging war on other nations, societies imposing their will on other societies, just to implant their theological understanding into the minds of the conquered, until everyone lines up on the same ideological side of the room.
The history of Christianity has been inundated with exactly this kind of war-like persuasion concerning Christ, forcing the idea of Christianity into the minds of poor, ignorant peoples the world over, which is the Harlot Church System’s idea of conversion, which is not a conversion to Christ, but is a conversion to the IDEA of Christ! Subsequently, the world has been on a fast track to destruction and the so-called conversions of the church system has not changed the world one iota. No wonder that God is wanting to wake us up out of our slumber and cause us to have a fresh vision of the purpose of our TRANSFORMATION. Truth is, the world will never change until a people arise from the dust of the earth and start to bring that change from an inner place in their being, a place that is made up of the throne and dominion of God and His Christ.
There is a chosen generation to do such a thing. It is a generation that has been held back in the Father until a time appointed and this predestined, preordained, foreknown people will bring to this world a nuclear implosion that will cause the foundations of death to crumble. The death I am speaking about here is not a hole in the ground, but THE DEATH that has reigned in the hearts of darkened creation, which will have no authority over the chosen ones that have died to themselves and have come alive in God. The Dead In Christ will be the First Fruits raised into THE LIFE, which is JESUS THE CHRIST, the pattern Son and the First of Many sons. Our transformation originates from this Original Source, which is in the hearts of every man in seed form, but as our transformation continues to take place, the Christ in us will cry out to the Christ in each man, and deep will cry to the deep, spirit will cry to spirit, until our resurrection experience becomes the experience of every man. At the voice of Him that has been raised from the dead, even though they are dead in their trespasses and sins, when that voice reverberates throughout the heavens and the earth, then each one will rise to that sound and God, who is no respecter of persons, will reveal Himself to all that are alive and remain in their carnal state and condition.
It is vital for us to be able to surrender to the death of our own self centered life in order for us to truly be made whole in God. I am not doing very well. Please read this with the understanding of the spirit. I have cancer. I also have Parkinson’s Disease. I also have Alzheimer’s. I have hardening of the arteries. I lost my job. I lost my child. I was raped. I am in prison. I am mentally and physically wore out. I am manic depressive. I am naked. I am hungry. I am all these things, because I am what you are. However, I am also blessed. I am well. I am whole. I am at peace. I am healed. I am restored. I am righteous. I am full of joy unspeakable. YOU are all these things, because YOU are what I AM! WE are crucified with Christ, nevertheless, WE live, yet not US but Christ lives in US, and the life that WE now live, WE no longer live according to OUR own faith, but now WE live by the faith of the Son of God. I am weak, but WE are strong, you and me and Christ. I can do nothing, but WE can do all things, you and me and Christ. WE are made perfect in OUR oneness, you and me and our Lord. I can’t change a diaper, but WE can change the world! You and me and Christ. Get it? Oneness.
This is the sacred secret of our metamorphosis. It is not a secret of changing bad thoughts with good thoughts, behavior modifications or moral choices, although all of these things are beneficial to the individual, they will fall short of having any effect on the world at large. Now, this is where we must be spiritually minded, having an understanding of how the SPIRIT works and how it operates. We know what makes our cars run, or how babies are formed, or how to till a garden, but we must start to understand the WAYS OF THE LORD. His ways are not the ways of the natural world. It is true that the natural world is a type and shadow of how His world operates, but we must now be prepared to go into places that angels fear to tread therein. Angels and all other soulless creatures would know nothing about where we must trod, because they have no idea what it is to DIE! The experience of spiritual Death is uniquely ours, and the experience of spiritual Resurrection is uniquely ours, as no other creature but man has been given that experience. Animals die physically, plants die physically, but man is the only creature that God has created that will experience these two dimensions, spiritual death and spiritual life. Spiritually speaking, this is a great honor and is a gift from our Heavenly Father to us to be such a unique and rare creation in Him.
In the Spirit, death is not the end of anything, but only an interim from one dimension and form of life into a greater dimension and form of life. It is a graduation process that can only end in a greater life. It is NEVER a demotion of life. When God spoke to Adam, “in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die” it was not a curse of an endless state of death and deterioration, but rather a promise to be raised into a greater life! This is how the spirit operates and this is the law of the spirit of life, that death brings a greater life. Spiritually, throughout the ages of this Plan of God, when death takes place, the object that experiences death is always encased in a temporary form which it “lives” in until it’s time of release takes place. This is an ongoing cycle of progression for all generations, from one form into another form, until we arrive at our final dwelling, which is the New Man. To be sure that you know where I am coming from in this progressive changing of forms, I am not speaking of the popular belief called “Reincarnation”, which is a soulish attempt to once again humanize the spiritual elements of God’s ways. We only have ONE physical body, and we will not lay this physical body down and then come back again into another physical body, in a redundant attempt to become our finalized form. The TRUE DEATH that I am speaking of, is not laying down 7 physical bodies of flesh and blood in order to become perfected. The forms that I am speaking of are spiritual and not of this flesh and blood body, they are inward and are structured as boxes within boxes, as shown to us in the structure of the Tabernacle and the Temple.
As the glory of God starts to move from the most innermost box, or room, of our being, it starts to incorporate each subsequent room or form into ONE FORM. Spiritually, this is the progression of becoming InChristed. He is in us now, but soon He will be in us and through us, we in Him, Him in us, taking on His Oneness. Now, it is important we understand the Oneness of which the scripture speaks. “That you would make them one (HEN) even as we are one (HEN)” This is not a singular oneness, but it denotes a wholeness of oneness, a completeness made up of a union of many parts, but viewed as a whole. Our physical body is a grand example of this oneness. If you see me walking toward you in a room, you don’t see me as a head, arms, legs, torso, ears, eyes, nose, etc., although all of those parts are there, you rather see me as one thing, Bob. You don’t say to me, “Hello to the many parts of the body of Bob” but you say, “Hi Bob!” Now, you are not ignoring all of my parts, it is just that you don’t see me as a bunch of parts, you see me as ONE, the corporate me. There is much more to me, however, than you can see or know, for I am made up of over 100 trillion “Bob’s”, individual cells that are put together into such a wondrous expression of oneness, they do not appear to be trillions of parts, but they appear to be one thing, me. So it is with us and God. He is in us, and we are in Him, and we are One with Him, and if you have seen us, you have seen Him, because we are ONE, but not one thing, we are a compoundment of each other. Now, that is true with us as an individual, and that is true for us as the entire creation of God. The same principle of oneness abides for all things created. You are me and I am you, so how am I doing? Very well, thank you, and I am getting better as each nano-second goes by!
So, the glory of the substance and nature of our heavenly Father is inexorably moving within us, from the depths of our innermost being He is shaking Himself and at the appointed intervals of time I am dying to my self existence and coming alive by His eternal, assimilating Life. My temporal life is being swallowed up by His manifold, eternal life, and with far reaching consequences in the making. I say, “in the making,” because one does not give power of great consequence to an immature child, who is not fully formed in the knowledge of how his world operates. How could a child possibly understand the force and impact a speeding bullet would have on a person’s body? So, you don’t give a loaded gun to an infant.
Likewise, the greatest keys of the kingdom of God have not been given to the first and second day ministries, for they would use those keys in self serving ways. God has allowed them to minister to the outer body, in healings and miracles, and has even allowed them to move in prophetic utterances, but nothing that would be earth shaking, just in their own little circles allowing them to play with the tinker toys of the kingdom. I don’t mean to minimalize the first two days of ministry, but am only making reference to them from the perspective of what has NOT been expressed yet by God in the midst of His people. To be sure, the toys of the five fold ministry has been foreshadows of things to come, but if put in scale to those greater things themselves, they would appear as a toy bulldozer set next to a true earth moving machine. This is how much more powerful the Feast of Tabernacles will be than the prior two feasts. The manifestation of the sons of God will be exponentially more powerful than the five fold ministry of the church order, which will seem like child’s play in comparison to the full order of kings and priests when they are set to appear to the world at large. The world has never seen a ministry in the earth like them, not even when Jesus was in His body. This is the result of the compoundment of God with man, an exponential power that grows as each part takes its place.
John 14:11-13 11] Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13] And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (KJV)
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (KJV)
The “greater works” are possible because of the oneness that Jesus made available to us by dying to this world and His individual life in this world and graduating into His rightful place at the right hand of the Father, where we, the overcomers, will be gathered to sit with Him, to rule the nations and to judge all things. In order to get there, we must go through many cycles of death and life until we are transformed into our original design, which is the image and likeness of our Father. This is far from the general viewpoint of the Christian church systems, to just be a “good Christian” and get a cabin in the corner of glory land. To be truthful, that kind of thinking is nothing more than a child’s dreams of fields of lollipops and rivers of candy. So, let the children play with their toys and continue to grow up, but we are crying out to the sons of God, to put away our childish things and our childish understandings and start to comprehend with us what is the height, the depth, the width and the length of God’s provision and plan. Life and immortality have nothing to do with YOU! It is a by-product of the outgrowing seed of Christ Life in a chosen generation, which will bring us to our end, only to discover our Beginning!
If we can grasp that all things are connected on a spiritual plane, both things in earth and things in heaven, then we will now start to understand how a single pebble thrown into the lake will create a ripple that will reach to the farthest shores of that body of water. In the past administration of God’s plan of the ages, each level of ministry was contained within itself, having no influence on the other parallel ministries that coexisted with it. To understand this, we should see that there is one administration of God’s glory to the general population of mankind which runs linear, in calendar years from one millennium to another. We are presently in the 3rd Millennium from Jesus Christ when He ministered on earth. Within that span of time, God has measured out His glory for each generation, and knowledge has been measured out to each generation, so that the world has increased in technology at the same rate as the Church has progressed in her spiritual understanding. As the spirit of God moved on the Church, so the spirit of God measured out natural understanding to the world at large, so that there has been a comparable ratio to the amount of glory given to the church and the amount of knowledge given to the nations. As the church has taken each level of glory and brought it down into their own clutches and used it in a self-serving way, so the world at large has taken the knowledge measured out to it and used it in a self-serving way. Almost all technological advances that started as an advancement of mankind, eventually has ended up being used to destroy mankind. Greed, lust for power, dominion over others, all of this has driven the world to corrupt the precious knowledge given to it by the Giver of all knowledge. But, this is not just in the world at large. I could retype the above words and use it to describe what the Church has done with the precious revealing of God’s glory to it. Greed, lust for power, dominion over others has been the thrust of the Church and it has created that same spirit of corruption in the world. The Church has been given some wonderful truths of God, and what has she done with it? She has kept it to herself, used it to condemn and control others, bringing people under her dominion and waging war against all others that do not agree with her agenda. Sounds familiar when looking at the world today, doesn’t it? In truth, we have not fully comprehended how much the spiritual state and condition of the Church has affected the world at large. The reason is that it is all connected. If the world is to be saved and healed of it’s despair, the Church must be saved and healed from it’s despair. In order for the Church to be saved and healed, a company of sons of God must be saved and healed. The Church will remain as it is, until the Manchild stands up in the throne room of his Father and starts to sound forth the voice of the trumpet of restoration and resurrection. Then, in a series of trumpet blasts, spiritual utterances and proclamations, the Church and the nations will turn to God and be converted.
If we had eyes to see with, true spiritual eyes that saw things as they truly are, we would see in our midst the many dimensions that coexist with us. We would see the natural world that everyone sees, but we would also see other worlds, levels of existence separated from each other by veils of understanding. Paul spoke of a man that experienced 3 of these worlds, or heavens. There is nothing to say there are not more than these 3, but if that is all, it is enough for this writing. Notice the pattern that God has given us, 3 Feasts, Passover – Pentecost – Tabernacles; 3 parts of our being, body – soul – spirit; 3 partitions of the Tabernacle, outer court – holy place – most holy place. In this life, most people only live in recognition of one dimension, and others see another place in the sky somewhere called heaven, but we who are to enter into Oneness with our God must start to see with new eyes and understand with a new mind how these worlds interrelate and correspond to each other right now, in our midst. Jesus certainly walked in the knowledge of a multi-dimensional world, which caused Him to see Nathaniel under the tree, walk on the water, transport himself and others across the water to the shore, pass through the midst of those that would grab hold of him, speak to Lazarus to come forth from the world he went to, become transfigured and speak to Moses and Elijah from the world they dwelt in, and so on. When one looks at all the multi-dimensional things Jesus did while on earth, we should be able to see how such an intimate knowledge and understanding of these “rooms” of God would give us power over time, distance and life and death. Jesus could sit in one dimension and see into another dimension, without the veil blocking Him from what was taking place. I only speak that which I have heard my Father speak in heaven, and I only do those things I have seen my Father do. That must become our statement, dear ones, not just the statement of Jesus!
There is an order and a procession of this Oneness taking place in God. We cannot move out of order and out of our rank and file in experiencing these dimensions. It is orchestrated by the spirit of God, in a grand parade of splendor and glory, each part of that parade marching in its place and in perfect time with the Grand Marshal. The scripture has told us that the glory of the latter house will be greater than the glory of the former house. This is not a diminishing of the former, but it is a statement of the nature of the procession of God’s parade. Each new element brings an added glory to the former element, not a separate glory, but a glory that heaps itself upon the former glory in an extravagant display of glory that is revealed then as the “more excellent glory.” So it will go on, each veil that is rent will reveal an accumulative measure of the grace and love of Jesus Christ exponentially greater than the former, and His Light will ever shine unto the perfect Day of His illumination in His brethren. Indeed, if there is one aspect of this next step of our transformation that will distinguish our course of order from the former orders, it is the accumulative power that will be represented in us. As I wrote above, in prior ages of procession, the ages unfold one after the other, but in this dimension that is being opened to the chosen ones, it is a place of oneness and fullness, a simultaneous appearing in earth of many levels of God. We had a glimpse of this in the Mount of Transfiguration, but can you imagine a mount where not only Moses and Elijah appear, but a full company of the living-dead appear, 144,000 strong, InChristed Ones, with His name and His seal upon them, virgins unto the Lord, clothed in His Righteousness, armed with His Word, led by His spirit, made one with their Captain of Salvation, for where He goes, they go. He has become the wheel within their wheel, eyes inside and out, they follow the spirit wherever it takes them, a multi-dimensional company of saints that see everything as it is, without veils or vaporous mists of carnal understanding, they are and they are not, they are dead and yet, they live forevermore, they walk the earth, but they live in the heavens, they speak from heaven and their voice fills the earth, the voice which they speak with is the voice of the Ancient of Days, it is the voice that every man’s spirit knows from it’s beginnings and every heart turns toward that voice at its sound and cries, ABBA FATHER!! Glory to God! This is where our transformation is taking us friends! This is our destiny and it is where our spirit is leading us.
What will be the result of this transformation? What will be the effect of the passing of our own heaven and earth? What will take place when the final throne and dominion in our own heart will have been overthrown and within us there is only ONE that stands and speaks, only ONE that is seen? What is to be done when we have endured to the end of our self and we are made whole, a New Man in Christ, a fully manifested expression of Christ in the earth, with no mixture and no clang of cymbals or tinkling of brass, a pure and undefiled heart, with the mind of Christ fully operational, having become God’s love personified, His glory in the earth, His jewels and His diadem? What will this mean for the worlds? The answer is it will be the beginning step of making all things new! A new creation! Not only mankind, but ALL THINGS, which would entail all things in heaven and all things in earth. There is a new heaven and a new earth within the present heaven and earth that is waiting to burst forth. Just as we have within us the new house, eternal in the heavens, so it is that everything in a corruptible, temporal state has within its makeup an eternal figure that is to remain throughout eternity.
Heb. 12:26-29 26] Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27] And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28] Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29] For our God is a consuming fire. KJV
The shaking of the heaven and earth will not stop until only that eternal element from which all things have been birthed and formed will remain, and the rearrangement of the restitution of all things is finally completed. It is a reconstitution of the whole creation that this great Plan has been commissioned to perform, bringing everything lowered out from God back into an ascended restoration, so that the form and nature of that which remains is not that which it started out as, but it has been enhanced and glorified by the total experience of the progressive metamorphosis that it has taken part in. This is not only true in mankind, but in all of God’s creation. Many dear folks still believe that the old material earth and the old heavens themselves are to be destroyed and annihilated and a new earth and heaven will materialize out of the wild blue, but I declare that within the molecular arrangement of the entire universe as we know it today, there is a new universe waiting and groaning for the completion of the metamorphic unveiling of the sons of God that will then trigger the universal restitution of ALL THINGS.
Many times I have traveled this great country and been in awe of the grand beauty of the diverse landscapes that declare the handiwork of our God. But, we haven’t seen anything yet! This world is only a mere shadow of the world to come, a world that is full of light and glory, with all things harmonic in nature, all operating out of the ONE MIND and lending strength and beauty to each part. Yes, this will and must start with the new creation man first, but it won’t end with that New Man, but ALL THINGS are to become NEW!
Isa. 11:1-9 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (KJV)
Rev. 21:1-5 21:1] And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2] And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3] And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5] And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (KJV)
God does indeed have a truly unimaginable Plan concerning all that He has birthed out from Himself. Out from Him and contained by Him, compassed about with His substance is this world and all that is therein. God is here, dear hearts, within and without, in all of His glory He resides within all of His creation, and He is getting restless and is starting to rise up to shake Himself, causing everything that HAS BEEN to come off it’s moorings and to crumble under this great upheaval. Only those that know the secret of the emerging of the new heavens and the new earth will be at peace during this time of ordered chaos. The systems of this world must come to an end, both ecologically and governmentally. A new Kingdom is at hand, a government of a King that will bring an end to all war and destruction. His order is an endless order which will bring an end to all other orders on earth and heaven. Everything that has been established in earth and heaven as an order will find its end in this Melchizedek Priesthood Order. This is the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of men, and it will bring to His people a divine continuity that will remove the middle wall of partition from their beings and all duality and schism will be swallowed up into His perfect Oneness. As this Kingdom is established there will be great sounds of renting and elemental reconfigurations that will fill the air with the sound of change. Great thrones that have ruled over the minds of God’s creation will start to groan and shudder as the Word starts to speak against their rule and authority. Sickness and disease will sigh the last breath and will let go of their hold in all living things. Health and vitality will spring up as the King vivifies all creation with His Life. Hatred and violence will be defeated as the ONE THAT IS LOVE conquers these offspring of fear with a LOVE that transfigures all negative energy. Those that once lived a life of tearing and renting will now be known as peace makers and builders of paths to dwell in. As the Kingdom of God rises from the hidden shadows of man’s being, all other creatures will come into harmony with mankind, as a new system of life takes place. No longer eating dead things, but all creatures will exist by the substance of God, as the earth takes on its eternal state. A totally new way of living will take place for all organic life, as everything that once survived off the life of other creatures will now be sustained by the Life-Giver. Ah, and song will fill the earth, music that has never been heard before on the scale of such purity and harmony. All living things will break out in an expression of such worship and adoration for God that the whole earth will be filled with this spontaneous eruption of heart-praise. The trees will clap their hands, the birds will sing a new song, the rivers will gurgle with exclamations of joy and exaltation, the lions will roar of God’s greatness, the elephant will trumpet out His loving kindness, as the whole earth will join in a joyful sound of salvation and restoration.
Does this all sound like a great fantasy to you, my friend? I understand. But, this is the reality of what is happening right now in heaven and earth. It is a fantastical reality, too much to comprehend as we think right now, but nevertheless, this is only a few thoughts on what the whole creation is moving toward. Earth is groaning, heaven is groaning, mankind is groaning, everything is groaning for this unveiling of God’s substance and the coming together of all things, both which are in heaven and which are in earth, into one thing, HIM. Truly, this is a glorious journey and I wouldn’t take anything for my participation in such a journey. Open your mind, see with new eyes, think new thoughts, be not afraid, the time has come for His will to be done, in us, through us and into all things. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor, world without end.
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