THROUGH EYES of FIRE SERIES #25
BY: DANIEL YORDY
JULY 14, 2013
BACK to the SCROLL
Now that we are beginning to see more clearly, it might be useful to us to venture back to that enigmatic scroll, a scroll that only the Lamb is worthy to open. But as we do, let's keep as our focus the following truth.
– The whole strategy of God in the reality of these last days is that Jesus walks the earth right now, yet the only people who know it are those who see Him alone. –
You see, if the Lamb is in His church and not absent, if the Lamb is the life of every single little member, regardless of all foolishness, if the Lamb carries each of us in all ways, living as us now in this world as we find ourselves to be, then Jesus told us the truth.
Whatever you do to one of the least of these My brethren, you ARE doing it to Me.
I spent the entire last letter placing the hedge and reality of the Atonement won by Jesus around every single one who names Him as Savior in some way. We must carry that basis of love inside of us through all things. Now, let me take the opposite tack. There is no condemnation, that is, casting down without hope, in the judgment of God; but judgment is still terrible. And the judgment of God at the end of this age is devastating.
The greatest shock, the most horrific reality of these last days, is the open rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ by His own as He comes again. Christians today will no more approve of the form in which He appears than the Jews did 2000 years ago.
No one tolerates God showing up in the flesh.
Let's look again at the scroll.
I have never heard any teaching in any realm of Christendom that does not define this Scroll, Greek, biblion, as anything but one form of condemnation or another.
How can that be? This is the throne of God, the Mercy Seat of heaven. It is the Lamb-Slain who by His nike, His victory, has won the right to open this central book of God. How can it be anything other than the unfolding of Salvation, the great Story of God?
...He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The triumph of the Lamb.
Jesus is worthy because He demonstrated that He was just like God: Be merciful for I am merciful. Jesus, having all power, refused to use that power to bring harm to anyone in order to preserve His own life.
The question in front of every single Christian is one, little, huge three-letter word:
It has pleased God by His infinite wisdom to place two very different HOWS in front of the universe and before every individual human being. It has pleased God to give as answer two lambs to the question – How?
The Scroll cannot be condemnation, but that does not mean it is not terrible. The Salvation of God is a terrible thing. Yet, unless we see out from all-consuming Love, we can see nothing at all. This is the judgment. The whole earth and most of Christianity is convinced that Jesus IS NOT here. They look at Him, and they do not know Him.
I have been making the statement: Christ is always all BEFORE anything not Christ vanishes away as it never was. More than that, Christ is always all ONLY by faith. That is, we see Him as all against all outward sight and against all human judgment. Now, this statement, Christ is all FIRST before not-Christ vanishes is a New Testament verse that I have paraphrased. Here it is.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
Parousia, His Person inside of us, comes first, then comes the breath of His mouth out of that fullness, the words that we speak. And what happens? That which is not Christ vanishes as it never was – “destroy” is “cause to cease.”
So how does this glorious and most wonderful reality of Christ transform itself in the minds of most into something awful that we do not want to know?
Here is what we were taught, if you can believe it. “Get rid of the lawless one first, so that when Christ finally does come, He will not get rid of you.” Hello? Since when can lawlessness get rid of lawlessness? And exactly how is it a bad thing that the presence of the Person of Christ revealed in us causes all that is not Christ to vanish away by the prophetic Word of Christ that we speak? Turn on the light and darkness is not!
Do you see how the perceived absence of Christ is the cause of all the darkness ruling inside of Christianity?
Christ is absent only in the delusion of the mind. Let's look at the whole context.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming (presence). The coming (presence) of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God
Paul worded this reality strongly, and rightly so.
By the way, the word Paul used in verse 12 is
Then the word “truth” is found twice. Truth is Christ Jesus present now with us for real – our very and only life. Paul is speaking of those who neither loved the truth of Jesus walking now upon the earth in union with them, as them, nor believed in it. And what is the strong delusion?
The Nicene Christ, the Nicolatian Christ, a Christ only back then, only up there, only someday. A derelict Christ; an absent Christ. A Christ who left behind Him such a mess that only the tangled web of human command and control can operate in His place. A Christ who left us somehow to make it “to” a “heaven” that has replaced this absent Salvation. And the only way to know this substitute salvation is to be taken out by the law of sin and death.
People are still looking for this “unrighteous deception,” this “strong delusion,” yet to come into the experience of the church!! No. This thing came into the church in fullness 245 years after Paul wrote these words. Our job is to escape from it by Christ our only life, not to avoid it. Yet those caught in it will decry Christ present now as us as the “coming deception.”
Because they call the false Christ true, as the true Christ shows Himself in the earth, they will call Him false.
We must look more closely at verse 11:
Jesus said that the serpent would plant lies in His church and that He would NOT remove those lies. Paul said that God is the One who causes the many to believe those very lies. Why? – Mercy.
For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
And we also were committed to disobedience, except that God, by that same Mercy, has caused us to pass through the veil into the Holiest of all, into the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Let's get the picture of the Scroll clear in our minds. We begin with the throne of God in the heavens, the authority of God in the universe. The One who sat upon the throne held a Scroll in His hand. This Scroll was sealed with seven different seals and thus could not be opened or read. The fact that it could not be opened caused great distress in all the realms of heaven.
Then the Lamb-Slain stepped forward as the One worthy to peel off those seven seals so that the Scroll could be opened. He was worthy to do so because He had revealed God, that is, He had lain down His life for His friends, that is, He had said,
You see, the whole point of this exercise is what is written in the Scroll. All heaven wants the seals removed, not so the seals will be removed, but so that all that is written in the Scroll can be read and known by all creation. And, of course, nowhere in this vision is found any mention of what is written inside that Scroll.
We know what is that Scroll, and we know what is written there.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith... that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Do you see how the practice of separating John's vision of the Revelation of Christ from the Revelation of Christ as Savior and Salvation has created such absolute horror?
The Scroll is the hearts of the sons of God, the firstfruits of Christ, many sons come to glory. When that Scroll is opened (the New Jerusalem), then, for the first time in creation, the God who fills us full, the One who is written within our hearts will be seen and known, touched and read by all creation, both heaven and earth.
It is not God as the law, but God in Person. The law is simply a limited description of that same Person, but on tablets of stone. This time it will be the real deal, God Himself written in every nuance of His Being and Person upon tablets of flesh, laid wide open for all to read.
Now, let's see this clearly. The seals do not open the Scroll. The seals prevent the Scroll from being opened. Their removal, one by one, allows, by the removal of the seventh and final seal, for the Scroll of our hearts to be opened and the God who fills us full to be seen and known and read by all.
This is the purpose of God from the beginning.
We desire two things. We desire that the seals be removed, and we desire that God will prepare us in all ways for that moment when our own hearts are ripped wide open for all creation to see and know God.
Is this not the clear teaching of the gospel? Is it not the purpose of God from the beginning?
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
The guy on the white horse does not come out of the Scroll. The King James translators put the word “and see” after the word, “Come.” But John heard only the word, “Come.” That word was not directed towards John, but towards the white-horse fellow, the removal of the first thing that holds back the revelation of God to all out from our hearts. The seals are what MUST BE REMOVED!!
Look back at all that I teach. I know that no one will enter through the veil into the Holiest until the false definition of salvation is busted out of their minds and hearts. Thus I hammer at that false definition of salvation all the way through.
Salvation is not “escape hell and go to heaven, after death has defeated you, by something a far-away Christ did for you back then.” Salvation is the life of Christ Jesus revealed in us and through us now into this earth.
A huge question before us right now is whence came this false definition of Christ into Christian thinking.
You see, one of the great tasks of the sons of God at the end of this age is to remove each and every lie planted in the church WITHOUT disturbing one stalk of truth.
A few months ago I saw a shadow, a little slip, one tiny thread of wrong words in the speaking of a precious saint of God and a reader of these letters. I took a sledge hammer to the removal of that one tiny thread out from among the white fabric of Christ. In so doing I hurt the heart of Christ in my dear sister.
But God continued to press me on the same issue until now, until I see with exactitude the tender ministry of the tiniest of tweezers to draw that one tiny wrong thread out from the speaking of Christ in my brother or sister's mouth. Indeed, even as I write these words, I am brought up short and humbled before you.
And yet I know that God uses even all of my foolish stumbling to reveal His ways to me. And by the press of difficulty, He causes me to see the exact line between the finest root of the tare and the finest root of the stalk of Christ.
And thus I continue to explore in my heart and mind before God that darkest of centuries in the history of the church of Christ, from the riding forth of Constantine, conquering and to conquer, to the publishing of the final part of Augustine's City of God. It is here that the Nicolaitan Christ replaced the true Christ of God in the weave and fabric of all Christian thinking.
Think of how many times you have heard a preacher laboring over a verse of Christ our life in the New Testament trying his best to explain why it means something other than what it says, or explaining why it is not
All of it is obedience to Augustine.
Augustine commanded the church of Christ NOT to read one word of Scripture except through the Nicene Creed and by the definition of the Nicolaitan Christ. And so all have done.
It just astonishes me. I was recently following my endless curiosity and found myself looking at the hiring requirements of a Quaker college in Oregon. They said that anyone whom they would hire must agree to their statement of faith. I clicked on their statement of faith and found the Nicene Creed. George Fox, the brother through whom the Quaker move of God began, preached an entirely different knowledge of Christ than the Nicene Creed, that's why they broke his bones with clubs time and again after he spoke in the Puritan-Anglican churches. He had dared to stand before them and say that Christ is found in them.
Sam Fife preached against the Nicene Creed and the Nicolaitan Christ by name. His effort and word were the same as mine, an attempt to blow out of God's people's minds the false definition of Christ and Salvation that came into the church through that Nicene Creed and to replace it with a knowledge of Christ revealed now through us. That is entirely the reason those who opposed him called him a heretic and a deceiver. Yet a few years ago, I clicked on the “What We Believe” page of the website maintained by the present ministry of that move of God and what did I find?
The Nicene Creed: Christ back then, up there, someday.
It is wicked, and it is overwhelmingly powerful.
Conquering and to conquer. – It was granted to him (the beast) to make war with the saints and to overcome them.
One thing we must understand about God is that He is very peculiar. He is odd; He is different.
Consider story. The primary action in The Lord of the Rings begins in September and ends in May, a period of nine months. In September everything seemed desperately hopeless for everyone; in May the whole world was gloriously free and the King had returned to His throne. Most epic stories take a bit longer. Simba went from a cub to a young lion, then restored the kingdom; Odysseus took ten years to return home from Troy and rescue his wife and son, but still a span of time within which we can easily see a moving progression from lostness to victory.
Then, in all story the movement of the hero to the accomplishing of his task, the defeat of the devil figure, and the winning of the quest, is clearly laid out. When we see the essence of the task, the full match between the hero and his enemy, then we can take that meaning all the way through and see its progression from beginning to end.
In contrast, it appears to us that God's story has covered 1984 years since the birthing of the church, over 60 generations of sorrow, vanity, hopelessness, and defeat, interspersed here and there with personal victories known only by a few.
This is not what the early church was expecting. The early church was expecting a progression from victory to victory, from glory to glory, like any good story. Paul expected fully to be among those who would experience their mortal bodies swallowed up by life, who would never see death. Living forever is the promise of the gospel, after all. They all expected the Revelation of Jesus Christ in their lifetime. Instead, in one decade, almost all of the leading ministries of the church were executed and Jerusalem was totally destroyed.
The early church was not monolithic. Yes, the Holy Spirit could be recognized among each other by different groups, but we know how much the human religious intellect rules over the Spirit. Within a short time there
As the second and third generation died, all belief in victory over death vanished from the church. Under the horrors of Roman persecution, as the church was driven underground, everyone became convinced that Christ was far away. Yet the church was still spreading like wildfire.
Yet that same church began worshiping dead saints as connections to a far-away Christ, they began worshiping Mary as the Mother of God, they began worshiping the exaltation of the flesh, weeping and crying over it, placing it high up on pillars as if it was a horror, whipping and abusing it. They placed their flesh as a barrier, an obstacle between themselves and ever knowing this Christ who had not returned.
And so the Nicene Christ did not begin in the human experience in AD 325. Already in John's time, he spoke against that Nicolaitan Christ with these words:
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
But John's words were not heeded and a Christ, far separate from human flesh, replaced Christ-in-you throughout the church. You see, there was no New Testament. There were every number of books circulating, some from the apostles, some from the disciples of the apostles, and some from every crackpot under the sun. And then there was also the Old Testament, adding to the confusion, with Plato sticking his nose in regularly.
The church became a total mess, disunited in every possible way, believing every ridiculous kind of thing. Constantine, having taken the standard of the cross as his symbol of conquest, wanted a “bride,” a Christianity
Yet Paul and John make it clear that God sent the false definition of Christ into the earth for His purposes. That's why I say that God is so very odd. Consider that heaven's view of Christ walking the path of the atonement, laying down His life for His friends, is the total opposite of earth's view. In most human story, the victory of the victor comes out of human strength. To the human mind, a man laying down His life makes no sense. How can such a thing be the mightiest victory in the universe?
Yet heaven saw that walk as the most breathless climax of the most incredible story.
Earlier, I said that the false lamb is sent into the earth (nominal Christianity) by the true Lamb as judgment against the false self, giving the false self a far-away Christ. Here’s how it works. The vindication and judgment of God is found in those who walk as the true Lamb in weakness. When He is revealed as He IS, the falseness of separation will be demonstrated to all.
The strategy God has up His sleeve is that His Son walks this earth for real but in secret, proving all that He speaks through those who believe Him without seeing. Then, when He has proven all of His word, He removes the cover (takes off the final seal) and all see the reality of God written in fullness out from our hearts.
The question before us, the reason I say that God is peculiar is, why does God need this false definition of Christ, spanning two thousand years of endless grief and sorrow and seemingly pointless and terribly short lives, against which to prove Christ, to prove the Word He spoke from the beginning? The answer to that question is slightly less murky to me now, but only slightly. We know it is true; we don't fully know why. I think it's because we don't quite yet see Him as He is.
“Did God indeed say,”
I think I've raised more questions than answers, but you can't get at the right answer until you have the right question. And these are things few have ever considered.
God intends to win a second time, through a second laying down of our lives. AND WE ALSO. God's answer to all opposition is the second witness of Christ, a body of people right here on this planet who face the lie as Christ Himself and defeat it.
All that opposes God and that victory match that victory negatively in every conceivable way. That’s how story reveals the hero. The victory God wins through us upon this earth will match in perfect counterpoint, every single cry of accusation against God through 6000 years of human defeat.
Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:
God proves His Word true; He does so through a Man laying down His life for His friends, and we also.
Again, I recommend that you read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. As you read it, I want you to see that the psychology and voice of each lost individual is a particular accusation against God. Each human is a voice; each voice is a different accusation against God. Just as no two snowflakes or no two fingerprints are identical, so no two accusations are identical. In fact the final story of each is told entirely as an accusation.
Then, notice how each accusation is met by its own answer, also a voice, also a human who shows in him or herself by his or her own story, the falseness and foolishness of each accusation. Again, each answer is unique to each accusation and different from all other answers.
This is pretty cool. Each individual answer is a man or woman coming as Jesus-Sent, as a page out from that wide-open Scroll, coming as God's Word overcoming each and every accusation – by a life laid down for the human caught by that particular accusation, that particular false story.
I'm not suggesting that The Great Divorce is a determiner of truth; rather, God uses such images and pictures
Now, when I wrote about the Scroll in “Overcome,” and the removal of its seals, I postulated that the seals corresponded to the seven elements of the curse. At this point, I see the truth and reality of that more clearly than I did before. The removal of the seals that keep the Story of God written upon our hearts from being seen and read by all is the removal of the curse, point by point. But I also said this: “Two are left out of this particular picture: judgment upon the dragon (you shall eat dust, that is, human flesh) and judgment upon the beast (your husband will rule over you).”
Now, I could say that maybe we could match judgment upon the beast with the guy on the white horse and judgment upon the dragon with the opening of the seventh seal. But that is not something I do. I have a strong intellect that gathers in many things, but my intellect can never discover Christ. My heart desires one thing alone, to know Him, thus intellect must bend to that Desire as a servant only.
When I read so many “explanations” of Revelation, I see immediately and so clearly that intellect was the master of those discoveries, and thus the heart was never looking for Christ. That's why they never find Christ their Savior in the Apocalypse of Christ. He is veiled to all who do not desire Him, who are not seeking Christ alone.
Also, in “Overcome,” right after I made that comment about the dragon and the beast, the lie and the curse, I said this: “The lie said that Christ is not our life; the curse said that we have a life not His.”
Let's continue with the Nicene Christ, for the sending forth of this false husband, conquering and to conquer, determines the path of the entire story and the nature of the victory at its climax. It is by the Nicene Creed that the church continues to believe that Christ is not our life and that we have a life not His.
By the early 300's, Christianity was a confused mess of opposing ideas, all found inside the deep heart-despair that Christ had abandoned the earth and was now far away somewhere in “heaven,” and that human flesh in the believer was hated by God and the cause of all human darkness.
Into that mess strode a pagan, demon-possessed psychopath, murdering thousands to gain power over all. This psychopath commanded the power figures of Christianity to gather together in Nicaea to hammer out one definition of Christ and Christianity. He had no care what that definition might be; he wanted it only as a weapon of power over. That psychopath, Constantine, presided over every meeting of the council, sitting there in arrogant pride, demanding a codified resolution to this question, Who is Christ? What is Christ?, so that he could use it as a weapon of command and control over the entire Roman world.
Now, the fact that Constantine did not care what that codified definition might be, the fact that he did bring together into that council the greatest scholars of Christianity and Scripture in the Roman Empire, meant that the Christ they hammered out would look very much like the Christ found in the various manuscripts that were higher up on everyone's lists of the “canon” of New Testament Scripture.
EXCEPT, that Christ would be savagely separated from human flesh and absent from the earth.
The Council of Nicaea did not invent that false definition of Christ, they just wrote it down as “true doctrine.” Augustine then took that same definition and, by his powerful intellect, made it absolute through all the thinking of almost all Christians from then until now.
And by Augustine's command almost all Christians force the Nicene Creed upon every verse in the Bible even though it just does not match up. The Nicene Creed was written entirely for the purpose of explaining and defining an absent Christ. Jesus did not do what He said, here's why.
Now, you might say, “Okay, Yordy, show me point by point how the Nicene Creed is 'wrong.'”
It doesn't work that way. In fact, that's the whole problem. The revelation of Jesus Christ as Savior and Salvation has nothing to do with point-by-point intellectual argument. The Word God speaks is a Spirit Word that births itself inside of faith and reproduces in those who believe everything that is found inside of that Word – filled with all the fullness of God. Now, how can we match that reality against the sterile intellectual pronouncements of the Nicene Creed? It's like comparing cock roaches that need to be exterminated with the engineering requirements for astronauts landing on Neptune; you can't do it. They are two completely different realms.
We know God as His Word is birthed in our lives in all fullness through faith. Creation knows God as our hearts are laid wide open by the victory of Christ through us and God can be read and known by all. Now where do you find that in the Nicene Creed? Yet these words that I speak are found all through the Bible from beginning to end.
In fact I say, let us take these words (the ten most important verses in the Bible, spoken as confessions of faith) and see everything God says only through them and only through eyes of fire, through Christ, the first One of our kind, through Christ our only life.
Let us read and interpret every word in the Bible ONLY through Christ our life, as every Word God speaks, revealed now through us, through our dying flesh as all the fullness of God revealed, right here on this earth.
Let us prove the Atonement in all fullness in the place in which it must be proven, our dying bodies. “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” is 100% literal.
Now, I've said something in my last few letters that I intend to keep on repeating, over and over, using slightly different words each time, until I see this reality with eyes wide-open.
God has set His order as perfection first, sinking into Christ second, and perfecting last.
The Nicene Christ has turned that completely around. Subduing the flesh first, winning Christ (life – going to heaven) someday second, and being just like Him so far into the distance that no one even thinks about it, in fact, making it impossible.
Why is God's perfect order so critical to us? Seed, plant, seeds?
Christ brings forth Christ; there is no problem there. The difficulty occurs in the plant. Do the seeds come out of the Seed through the plant or do they come out of the plant by its own smarts?
If I am 100% grateful for my particular human weakness in all of its silliness and inability, if I bring no shadow of curse upon myself in my thinking or in my words, if I speak Christ, SEED, Perfection as my only life, the only thing I am, revealed through my weakness, if I see my flesh as the very flesh of God, belonging only to Him, in spite of any present outward appearance, if I allow all perfecting to flow only out of the Perfection of Christ Himself that I already am with no interpretation by me, no interference of any scheme to “deal with my flesh,” then what comes forth in the end can be only all the Perfection of Christ.
But if I think any form of “Oh me, oh my,” then I, out of unbelief and hardness of heart, will put my own stamp upon that seed coming forth as me. I will fashion Christ by a false image.
The truth is Christ is my life. The truth is I have no other life. The truth is my flesh is the eternal dwelling place of God, my heart is the wide-open Scroll by which all creation reads and sees and knows their God.