THE TWELVE GATES OF THE HOLY CITY
BY: DAVID JOHNSON
TITLE and SUBTITLES
THE GATES ARE PEARLS
THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH HAVE PASSED AWAY
HAVING THE GLORY OF GOD
CLEAR AS CRYSTAL
HAVING A GREAT WALK WITH THE TWELVE GATES
THE FIRST GATE OF THE CITY, REUBEN
THE SECOND GATE OF THE CITY, SIMEON
THE THIRD GATE OF THE CITY, LEVI
THE FOURTH GATE OF THE CITY, JUDAH
THE FIFTH GATE OF THE CITY, ZEBULUN
THE SIXTH GATE OF THE CITY, ISSACHAR
THE SEVENTH GATE OF THE CITY, DAN
THE EIGHTH GATE OF THE CITY, GAD
THE NINTH GATE OF THE CITY, ASHER
THE TENTH GATE OF THE CITY, NAPHTALI
THE ELEVENTH GATE OF THE CITY, JOSEPH
THE TWELFTH GATE OF THE CITY, BENJAMIN
THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
When I was a teenager I remember being brought up in the Church of Christ and would be asked to sing at funerals. We would sing songs like, ‘I’ve got a mansion just over the hill top in that bright land where we’ll never grow old and someday yonder I will nevermore wonder, but walk the streets that are paved with gold.’ We would sing, ‘Looking For a City’, ‘When the Roll is Called up Yonder” and others.
It wasn’t until I was around forty-five years old that I bothered to study the book of Revelation, Chapter 21 and 22 and the Lord begin to open my eyes to the facts of those two chapters. Oh, I had read them many times and had talk about the streets of Gold that are in the Holy City of God. I had envisioned along with the rest of the body of Christ that marvelous City that was prepared for the saints of God.
That was until, sometime around 1985, that one of my Christians friends came to me and said, “David, you have got to listen to these tapes by Kelley Varner, (http://www.templebuilders.com/), concerning the Twelve Gates of The Holy City!”
I finally sit down one evening and begin a journey that would absolutely change my whole concept of the Word of God and especially the Old Testament. I had been taught that the Old Testament had passed away and wasn’t much use to us except as a history book of the beginning of things.
This unavailing of the true meaning of Revelation 21 and 22 has changed my life. As a result, I have endeavored to set down my understanding of this passage in the hopes that as you read and meditate on the truths contained herein, you, also, will be changed. My prayer is that as you read this you will do so with an open mind and when you do see that the scripture plainly disputes what man has told you, that you will accept the scriptures.
In the study of The Twelve Gates of The Holy City, there are a number of principles I want to share with you that will lay the foundation for our understanding of this great revelation in the bible. The First of these Principles is that the City is not a natural city but is rather a people.
The City has the glory of God because the Glory of God is His nature. In Isaiah 48:11 God said: “I will not give My glory to another!” This is a rather interesting statement in the light of the fact that the City is a people with the glory of God.
Paul said that those who have joined themselves to the Lord are one spirit with Him. We have been born of God by the impregnation of His word, which brought us eternal life. Our spirit and His Spirit are now one.
What does all this mean? It means that we have always been in the loins of our heavenly Father who provided a way for us to be born of His Spirit. Peter said in I Peter 1:23, “For we have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible seed, that is the living and abiding word of God.”
The Greek word for `seed’ is ‘sperma’ which means sperm. To be born of God we must hear the word of the lord that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died for us and God raised Him from the dead and all who believes this and confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord shall be saved. If we believe this and confess it, we have been born of God. Rom. 8:9-10 If we have been born by the seed of God then we are His offspring and have been in His loins throughout eternity. We will not receive eternal life, we are eternal life if we have been born into His family.
As I have shared with you before, the City is a people who have the nature and glory of God. If you have been born of God you have this nature inside of you. This is why Paul said in Phillipians 2:12, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who is at work in you to both will and do His good pleasure.”
Throughout the Body of Christ today, there is the prevailing thought that we are still looking for a city and that city is somewhere over yonder on the other side. Most Christians are convinced that this is a literal, natural city that Jesus went to heaven to prepare for us.
The reason for this is, because men are looking through a natural mind when in reality only a spiritual mind can understand these things. Paul said in 1 Cor. 2: 9-16; “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
Since you were a little child, everything you have heard about the last two chapters of the Bible was something that was somewhere over the rainbow. And if we are good enough we will get to go there someday.
The Lord began again to pour out His Holy Spirit at the turn of the nineteenth century and since that time millions have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever noticed that the teaching about end times by those who are filled with the Holy Spirit is not much different than those who haven’t?
The reason this is so is because most of them just accepted what they had been taught by those without the Spirit. It was this way until thirty years ago when Spirit filled men and women began to seek for more revelation of the last two chapters of the Bible.
In order to understand the twelve gates of the city, you must understand what the city is. In the light of scriptures, the city is a people and the city, which is a people, is a dwelling place for the fullness of God.
All my life I have heard Christians talk about having a mansion to dwell in when we all get to heaven and walk on streets of gold. Why are people so concerned about having a mansion to dwell in? This word `mansion’ is only mentioned in one place in the bible. In John 14:2 Jesus said; “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
I would like for you to take note that what Jesus went to prepare for us was a house for His Father. In that house there are many MANSIONS for Him to dwell in. Who is the house or dwelling place of the Father? Jesus, who was the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us, and was the beginning of the true tabernacle of God.
He was the stone the builders rejected, but now has become the chief corner stone. He was, Himself, a house, an abode, a habitation for all the fullness of God. Jesus was the first born among many mansions, I mean, many brethren. Jesus was looking for someone He would not be ashamed to call brethren.
The Greek word for `mansion’ is `Mone’ and is found in only two places in the bible. John 14:2 and John 14:23 which says; “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
The word translated here as `abode’ is the Greek word `mone’. Take note that the Father and the Son are going to make their dwelling with him. Who, then, is the dwelling place for? Is it a dwelling place for us, or a dwelling place for Him? If it is for Him, then why all the concern for my dwelling place? The church has written music about this such as:
I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop – Lord build my mansion next door to Jesus along the golden avenue.
We must guard ourselves against a spirit that will say when it hears this message, “I don’t care what you say, this is what I believe and nothing nor nobody will ever change my mind.” “I will not change and I will die believing this.” Yes, and you will be buried outside the City.
Through out the scriptures there is no example of mankind being evacuated from the earth to dwell with God, but God is continually coming down to be with man. Down, not in a since of direction but descending down from a higher form of life. The invisible realm into the visible realm and dwelling with man
We see God coming down and walking with Adam and talking with him. He came down and talked with Abraham and Moses. In John 1:14 it says: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The bible starts with God coming to dwell with man and it ends with God coming to dwell with man! Rev 21:3 says; “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
Here is a principle that is constant from Gen to Rev, God is always coming down to you and me. It is so easy for us, however, to want to escape our responsibilities, because in order to be a habitation for God, you must be holy. But who wants to take the time to be holy?
We are the mansion of God that Jesus said He would prepare. We are living stones being built up as a spiritual house for the presence of God to dwell. Peter said in 1 Peter 1:4-6; “As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him–you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
And in Heb 3:5-6 it says; “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”
I Cor 3:9 says; “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
1 Cor 3:16 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
1 Cor 5:1 says; “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
Eph 2:19-22 says; “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Notice that a citizen is one who is a part of a city. In 11 Tim 2:20-21 Paul says; “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
The word `prepared’, as used here, is the same Greek word used in Rev 21:2 which says; “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
The bride in Revelation has prepared herself by renewing her mind according to His word.
In John 14 Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” This sounds good but I want you to take a look at the word translated `for’. In the Greek this preposition is not `for’ but `in’ or `into’. Jesus was saying, “I go to prepare a place in you.” Food for thought, isn’t it!
I made a statement earlier that the City is a people and that these people are an abode. In the light of the scriptures we have just studied, they are a building, a house, a temple, a habitation, and a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.
Read with me again Rev 21:12 which is talking about the city and says: “It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.”
And in verse 21: “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl…”
The Second Principle is that these twelve Gates of the City are twelve experiences. As we continue to teach on the Twelve Gates of the City I want you to keep in mind that the twelve gates are twelve experiences. They are twelve entrances into experiences which will progressively unfold in you and me from the Christ nature that lives in us. This is why Paul said to the Galations, “I am traveling again until this Christ, this anointed one be formed in you.” There is taking place in us, individually and corporately, a formation. There is a transformation taking place in us and we will come progressively, line upon line, precept upon precept, into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. There will unfold progressively out of that God nature a pattern of experiences which will follow the first born Son as an example. Through these experiences we will become this city where you and I can take up our place as a permanent abode for the dwelling of the fullness of God.
Let me give you just a taste of what I am talking about. In verse 12 of Rev. 21 it says: “It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.”
The name of the first born son of Israel was Reuben, which means BEHOLD A SON. And this is exactly what happens when you born of God. Jesus said in John 3:3-7; “In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
No one gets into this city without a genuine rebirth experience.
The second gate is Simeon, which means HE WHO HEARS. What is the purpose of the infilling of the Holy Spirit? Jesus was continually saying, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying.” Paul said in I Cor 2:12; “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The reason why there are still Christians in the Outer Court who are still opposing this is because the God of this world has blinded their minds. The only way anyone is going to hear, is by the Spirit for the Spirit of god searches all the deep things of God. Paul said in I Cor 2:9-10; “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
Therefore, if you really want to hear something, get filled with the Holy Spirit because you will not hear much until you do.
I have just shared with you a sample of the first two gates of this Holy City. The first gate that we must enter in our quest to be like Jesus is that of a true born again experience. After being born of God and having experienced the Feast of Passover, we must then experience the Feast of Pentecost, which will help us to understand the spiritual things of God.
These are just the first two gates that we must enter through in our quest and there are ten more gates, or ten more experiences that we must enter before becoming like Him, clear as crystal.
Now, let me make a very strange statement. Outside this City are the cowardly (the dogs), the unbelieving, the vile, the murders, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and whosoever loveth and make a lie. As we learn about these gates, it is not something we talk about, but is something we must experience and walk in.
Do you really want to be a part of this City? You see, when I talk about the City, most people want to think I am talking about a Heaven or Hell situation. I am not! I am talking about an abode which God is preparing as a dwelling place for His fullness.
Now, let us look at another principle. First, I said the City is a people. Secondly, I said the twelve gates are twelve experiences. The Third Principle is that these twelve experiences will bring us into the light, and light is indicative of understanding.
Having said this, I just told you that you are blind. You have a lack of knowledge, but the good news is that the Holy Spirit is available to be our teacher and our guide into all truth. Jesus said in John 14:26; “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
He also said in John 8:31 (KJV) “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
And the apostle Paul said in I Cor 13:12; “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
We still have a lack of knowledge in the deeper things of God but by His Spirit He is progressively healing us of our blindness. As we come through each gate, we can make this statement, “I once was blind but now I am beginning to see!”
What is light? Rev 21:11 says; “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal…
The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner and our light will be like unto Him. Would you agree that Jesus is a stone most precious? The stone that we will be made like unto is a jasper stone, clear as crystal. This stone is what we know as the diamond. In other words, in these stones there are no shadows. Only clearness. What I am saying is that this is the reality and substance of this City. In it there is no more a law of sin and death and there is no more a shadow of those things to come. When the bible says clear as crystal, it is not hoping for understanding, it is having it.
If you ever go through all the twelve gates of this City you will have come into a dimension where things are as clear as crystal. This is the Third Dimension of God’s grace, the Feast of Tabernacles. How many times have read the bible and said, “That is not very clear?” Or, “Well, I am clear on that area, but what does this mean?” Or when someone is teaching you might say, “Will you clarify that for me?” You see, in the mind of Christ everything is crystal clear. Rev 22:1 says; “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
As this river of His life begins to flow through these old minds of ours, it begins to revive and wash our minds clean from all the junk and debris that the world has place there. The reason our minds have been blinded is because of all the garbage of man’s doctrine has been cluttering up the channel.
So, this City that Abraham was looking for is really a people. This sounds like a lot of foolishness to the natural mind that can only see natural things. We must set our minds on heavenly things and allow the Holy Spirit to give us understanding of the things of God.
The twelve gates are experiences, which will bring you into the light, unto a ministry where there are no shadows. There is only the clearness and the reality of those who know their God. Rev 22:3 says that there is no more curse and as a result there is no death, there is no fear and three is no limitation. We come out of the shadows and out of darkness into the perfect light of the Lord and we have His nature.
The Fourth Principle is that there is only one street in this City!
Rev 21:21 says; “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.”
And verse 16 says; “The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.”
The City that John saw was a cube. It is almost impossible to visualize in your mind this city with one street. It is obvious to the careful observer that the City is not a literal natural city. The City is a cube, length, width and height.
Three is a very significant number in the bible. Three is the number of The Government of Grace. Anytime there is a throne, anytime there is government, anytime there is sovereignty, you will always find threes in the bible. For example:
1. God will be manifest as Father, as Son and as Holy Spirit.
2. Jesus said, “I am the way, I am the truth and I am the life.”
3. The Kingdom of God is not eat or drink but Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.
4. Jesus said, “I am the one who Was, and Is, and Is to Come.”
5. Redemption is Death, Burial and Resurrection.
6. In Him we live, and move, and have our being.
7. Now abideth these three, Faith, Hope and Charity.
Here is length, width, and height. Anything that is three dimensional has substance. The number ‘three’ sometimes denotes that which is substantial or that which is real. The fact that the City is in the shape of a cube shows that it is a reality. A spiritual reality.
The shadow of the Third Dimension of God’s grace is the Holy of Holies in Moses’s tabernacle and it was 10′ x 10′ x 10′. In the temple of Solomon it was 20’x 20′ x 20′. It was a cube. All of the truths of the Holy of Holies which is the shadow of the Third Dimension of God’s grace apply to this City. It denotes a dimension of life and ministry which is as pure as crystal with no curse, no death, no fear and no limitation.
The fact that there is only one street in this City indicates that there is only one way, one walk, and one purpose. The street of gold signifies that it is a walk that has been purified. (pure gold) It is a walk by faith and not by sight. It is a walk by the Spirit. It is a divine walk. It will be a walk in the footsteps of Jesus the pattern. It will be a walk in God because among this people there is only one walk, there is only one road, one path, one way and that person said in John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Greek word translated `way’ is 3598. hodos, hod-os’; appar. a prim. word; a road; by impl. a progress (the route, act or distance); fig. a mode or means:–journey, (high-) way.
So Jesus was saying, “I am the street!” There is only one way to walk. You can serve the beast and walk in your own way if you want to. If you do you will live with the dogs, the sorcerers, the whoremongers and the liars. But if you want in this City you had better do what Isaiah said and get on this highway.
Isaiah 35:8 says: “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”
THE GATES ARE PEARLS
In the first chapter we learned that the City is a people and the Twelve Gates are how I get to be a part of these people. The Twelve Gates are twelve experiences we go through in order to enter into that fellowship and that habitation. The Twelve Gates progressively unfold line upon line, from glory to glory, the Christ nature from within you.
There is one street in the whole City. One street designates that there is one walk and it is a walk in gold, which is the divine nature. There is only one way. Paul walked on this street. It is called Straight Street.
This brings us to the Fifth Principle. You will never see until you are made blind. Blind to the traditions of men who would add to the words of this prophecy. I praise God for that blinding light that knocked me from my feet! It put me on a street called Straight where I had to submit to ministry that would lay hands on me so that my eyes could be opened.
Rev 21:12 says that it had a great, high wall. The cities of biblical times had walls around them to keep out their enemies. This wall is the wall of His presence, which the Prophet Zechariah called a wall of fire. Our God is a consuming fire. Aren’t you glad enemies can not penetrate that wall? Would you like to enter into a walk where all your enemies are under your feet?
How do we get into this City? These twelve gates are twelve experiences we must go through to enter this City which will bring us to a people who have no enemies.
Rev 21:3 says: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
John said in John 1:14; “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
When the Word became flesh God was manifested in the flesh and because God became man then man can become the expression of God. It is said of Jesus in Heb 1:3; “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,..”
Jesus said in John 20:21; “…as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
Allow me to paraphrase this for you. As the Father has sent me to be the expressed image of Him, even so I send you to be the expressed image of Me. In John 8:12 He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” What He was saying was this, “I am the light of the world, you be the expression of Me and you will be the light of the world.”
God becomes man and man becomes the expression of God. I am not talking about two beings but rather what Jesus prayed about in John 17:22: “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:”
God is finally going to have in us that which He has always longed for. A habitation and an abode, a dwelling place, a mansion, a City and a temple where He can rest.
Most of the Church today wants to fly away out of this visible realm over to the invisible realm. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are the reasons they want to fly away. Also the irresponsibility of no facing up to God’s ultimate intention of bringing forth a dwelling place in the earth for Himself. This is a result of not accepting the responsibility of walking by faith and not by sight. Paul said in Romans 4:17: “…even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
And in 2 Cor 4:18: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
If we ever get a revelation of this passage of scripture we will understand that this people, this City by faith will call those things which are invisible into the visible realm where all things will become visible, even God who will dwell among us as He once did with Adam. However, when the people of God in our time refuse to mature and walk by faith we will only see the flesh manifested.
When the economic and social pressures come (or Esau comes with 400 men) it is much easier for that Jacob nature to think of escape. God is going to have a people, who are even now beginning to manifest themselves, who are not the least bit interested in leaving the visible realm and going to the invisible realm.
The reason for this is because they have received revelation of the truth revealed in Rev 21 and 22. There will be a generation of people who do not ascend out of the visible realm to the invisible realm.
They understand that the invisible realm is going to descend from the invisible realm to the visible realm. What happen when the Word was made flesh? The invisible God was made visible and the divine nature could be touched.
You can not deny that He was all the fullness of the God head in bodily form. It is God’s full intent to take His fullness and put it in a body, His Church, in order to express all that He is in the visible realm. Then the nations of the world can behold the invisible God through a visible expression.
I am not the least bit interested in being caught up because the New Jerusalem is coming down. You say, “But, what about the fact of being caught up?” Your problem is that you have the idea of direction in your mind when there is no such direction in the universe as up. Paul was caught up, Philip was caught up, and John was caught up, yet, they did not leave the earth.
What John saw was all that God is coming into the visible realm. Man in all his wisdom and strength could not get to God so God came down to man. If we could only understand that the realm of heaven is the realm of God and God is Spirit. The realm of heaven is the realm of the Spirit. God is a lot closer that we think. If the earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved you would see right here and right now a habitation of God eternal in the heavens.
Would you like to see all that is coming out of the invisible? Heb 12:18 says; “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;” And Verse 22; “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the City of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,”
As I said before, most Christians want to go from this visible realm to the realm of the invisible and they want to go any minute. The way the invisible will come into the visible is through the Twelve Gates.
This brings us to the Sixth Principle. We must ascend into the spiritual realm to receive spiritual revelation of God’s eternal purpose for us individually and for us corporately. John said in Rev 4:1: “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. At once I was in the Spirit,”
I want you to notice that the messenger said to John, “Come Up Here!” Paul said in Col 3:2: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
And in Phil 3:20: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
If our citizenship is in heaven then that is where our vision must be. If you will come up into the Spirit realm you will be able to see clearer and understand the will of God. To those who are just coming into the Kingdom and to those who have just been resting in their salvation, God sends a ministry to them with the message, “Come on up here!”
Once you have learned to abide in that realm of the Spirit where the revelation of God is flowing, the Lord can say, “To those of you who have an ear to hear, I want to reveal to you what I have in mind.”
Jesus said in John 16:12: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”
Once you get into the flow of Spiritual revelation and allow your mind to be renewed, you will begin to see a brand new concept of heaven and earth.
There are trumpets sounding today, messengers, for all those who are in the Spirit saying, “Come Here! I want to show you what must shortly take place!” What I have been saying to you so far in this discussion of the Twelve Gates is, “Come here and allow me to show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.”
Where have we been so far? Carried away! Your mind is not the same as when you begin to read this article. In your thinking you have been carried away. You say, “Man! We got carried away!”
There are many messengers in the world today who are fulfilling the prophecy of Malachi who said they would proceed the manifestation of the Son of God. A messenger who would prepare His way by preparing God’s people for Him. This woman spoken of here has made yourself ready and is prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. She is prepared by a plurality of ministries that have told her how to get ready and how to enter these twelve experiences into this City. Therefore, the invitation is: “Come closer! You have been too far off!”
Those who are truly disciples of the Lord are maturing and coming into a totally new dimension of revelation of the eternal purpose of God. Others are like the sons of the prophet who follow Elijah and Elisha afar off and will not take the step of faith to enter into that Spiritual realm. This is where most Christians are today, following Him afar off.
There is a messenger running through the ranks of Spirit filled people saying, “Come Here!” John had to come here in order to get closer to the messenger. God is dealing on the local level to bring the sheep closer to the ministry. The pastors that are after His heart are saying, “Come here and allow me to show you the Bride and the sheep that hear His voice are doing just that. The goats, on the other hand, are still following afar off looking for a city.
Revelation 21:11 says of the City: “It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”
The word that is translated here as `glory’ is No. 1391 in Strongs concordance and is the Greek word `doxa, dox’-ah’ ; from the base of G1380; glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (lit. or fig., obj. or subj.):–dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship.
This City is filled with the Praises and worship of His People.
Isaiah saw in Isaiah 6:1-3 which says: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Notice that they were calling to each other and saying, “He’s Holy! Holy! Holy! As they were doing this glory filled the heavenly temple. They were actually creating glory for God and He stepped out into the glory they were creating. We have had the false concept that the glory comes down from God to us. Perhaps because He said that He would not give His glory to another. He simply said that the glory we create is for Him and no other.
The only place He is enshrined and the only place He will dwell is in glory and the only atmosphere in which God manifest power is in glory and David said that God dwells in the praises of His people. This is why it is so important for us to praise Him daily. When we praise God to each other we are creating the glory for Him to dwell in and this is where His power is pored out. (Read my lesson on Holy! Holy! Holy!)
The reason the nations today are in confusion and staggering like a drunken man is because they have no light. Therefore, they cannot see the glory of God. If we will begin to praise God to each other in the Third Dimension His pure presence will be seen by the nations.
This brings us to the Seventh Principle. Every gate of this Holy City that you enter into will cost you and bring you pain and irritation. Is it any wonder that most Christians just want to look for the city?
Revelation 21: 21 deals with this: “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.”
Do you know how a pearl is formed? By irritation and pain. A grain of sand gets inside the shell of that pearl producing creature and begins to irritate it. In order to alleviate the pain the oyster secretes a substance that surrounds the grain of sand and through a process of pain and irritation the pearl is formed. Paul said in Romans 8:17-18: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Jesus talked about the pearl in Matt 13:45-46: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
On the surface it would seem as if Jesus is the pearl of great price but He is not. The City is the pearl of great price. It cost Jesus His life. Just to get this treasure He gave His life as ransom for the whole world. It cost Him a lot of pain and irritation. It stands to reason that if we are to enter into this City that it will cause us a lot of pain and irritation and, like Jesus, it will cost us our lives. Not the life of our body but the life of our soul. We will have to die to our way of thinking and doing things.
The pain and irritation we are experiencing, both individually and corporately, is the loss of the old nature and the loss of the old man. As we pay the price to enter each gate of this City there becomes less and less of the old man and more and more of the new man revealed. There is more of His life revealed and less of ours. The reason there is irritation and pain is because surgery is taking place in you. The old man is being cut off. Only a spiritual man will endure the cross, despising the shame like Jesus did because of the joy set before him.
There are few Spirit `filled’ ministries who are wanting to enter in through the suffering of these twelve pearls and even less Spirit `filled’ people. The whole rapture teaching is an escape from pain and irritation. I don’t believe that there is a person alive that enjoys pain. Jesus didn’t but He was willing to suffer in the flesh that He might obtain the joy set before Him.
Heb 12:2 says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus endured the Twelve Gates, He endured the cross, He endured the pearls and He despised the shame. If you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal this to your spirit and you begin teaching this and walking in the light of it you will become the despised of the Spirit `filled’ community.
The reason people refuse the Twelve Pearls is because they do not want to become a curse. The one thing institutional and organizational Christianity hates more than anything else is the divine order of God’s government of the local assembly and revelation knowledge. The reason they hate this is because it requires them to change. One of the greatest things ever said of me was by a woman who attended our fellowship. She told a friend of hers that this pastor expects you to grow. A revelation of this Great City will put to death their religious system and if you dare to follow Jesus you will be made a curse to all that is of the flesh.
Not only that, but you will be made sin! SIN!… WHAT?… The brass serpent that Moses hung on a pole represented Jesus Christ because on the cross Jesus became sin. He had my sins and yours on Him and this is the same way the world will see you. The world will see you as a serpent and a devil. They said that He is doing this by the power of Beelzebub and that He is demon possessed.
Because most people do not want to change and because they do not want to grow up, the description of Moab in Jeremiah 48:11 applies to them. Jer 48:11 says: “Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another – she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged.”
Amos said in Amos 6:1: “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion,..”
Moab was the son of Lot‘s oldest daughter and here it says he had been at ease since his youth and had settled on his dregs. In order to understand this verse you must understand something about how wine was made in biblical times.
The Greek word for `dregs’ is No. 8105. shemer, sheh’-mer; from H8104; something preserved; i.e. the settings (plur. only) of wine:–dregs, (wines on the) lees. Lees or Dregs is solid matter that settles out of wine during the fermentation process. In ancient Palestine, wine was allowed to remain on the lees to increase its strength and flavor. Such wine “on the lees” was much preferred to the newly fermented product. In Isaiah 25:6, a banquet of wine on the well-refined lees symbolizes God’s people enjoying the best God can offer. Zephaniah 1:12 pictures the inhabitants of Jerusalem who did not believe God would act as wine resting on the lees. Compare Jeremiah 48:11. Since wine was normally strained before being drunk, the prophetic images point to a temporary respite. To drink dregs or lees is to endure the bitterness of judgment or punishment In Psalms 75:8 it says: “In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.”
Zep 1:12 says: “At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.’
In the purification process of making wine the wine would be poured from one vessel to another and left for a time in order to allow the dregs to settle and then poured to another vessel for a time. With the pouring from vessel to vessel the wine became purer and purer. Any waste or worthless residue and impurities would be left behind.
Jeremiah describes Moab as those who do not want to go through the purifying process. They refuse to allow their life to be poured out. They attempt to save their life, yet, Jesus said in the end they will loose their life.
I have had a lot of friends in my life but I find that as God pours me from vessel to vessel that I am also poured from relationship to relationship. In my purifying process many times I must leave former relationships behind because they are either not yet ready for the next purifying process or they refuse to walk any deeper with the Lord. They do not want to be poured out and to be purified. I find that most of my friends wanted to stay back at the first gate of the City because most of their friends and relatives are there and they do not want to be labeled as an odd ball. So they become satisfied with just being save from going to hell.
Jesus said Matt 19:29: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”
Our priority must be to seek the Kingdom of God first and all these things shall be added to us.
As I am poured from vessel to vessel, as I enter through each gate, as I move from pearl to pearl, from pain to pain, from irritation to irritation, I discover that I do not even know anymore the people that used to irritate me. God has given me a brand new family to irritate me now. It’s much like divorce. You just go from one set of irritations to another until you come to realize that it is you who must change. We must learn to allow this irritation process to work and develop our patience.
Two things happened to the wine as it was poured from vessel to vessel. It got sweeter and clearer. He is going to pour us out and empty us over and over and over. We must not allow ourselves to get settled down into the dregs of complacency. If we settle down in our dregs we become impure again. As He pours us again and again, we get sweeter and sweeter and clearer and clearer until we are clear as crystal. Pure as gold with no impurities, no faults and no darkness. Jesus sold all that He had just to purchase this pearl of great price.
What happens to those who do not want to be poured out? Jeremiah said that Moab has gone into exile. Nobody wants to be a prisoner of the Lord. They want to do their own thing. They don’t want to have any ministry or authority over them. They want to believe the bible the way they want to see it and they want to go to the church of their choice. They refuse to go into captivity and be led by the Lord’s Spirit.
Jeremiah said that as a result Moab tastes the same and his aroma is unchanged. He is preaching the same thing he did thirty years ago and wonders why it is not working today. His scent, his aroma have not changed. This is a very polite way of saying, “HE STINKS! In biblical times where did they put the garbage dump? Where did they put the dung hill? Outside the City! Those whose aroma does not change are going to find themselves outside the City along with the dogs, the murderers, the whoremongers, the abominable, and those that love to make a lie.
You must understand that when I talk about the City, I am not talking about a Heaven or Hell situation. I am talking about an abode which God is preparing as a dwelling place for His fullness and if you want to have a part in this dwelling you must enter these gates.
As you read this book you are going to come face to face with a decision that you will have to make. Will you pay the price necessary to enter into this City. If you are willing you will be changed and you will get sweeter and sweeter and clearer and clearer and your aroma will become like the apostle Pauls. He said in II Cor 2:15-16: “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?”
And when the book of your life is opened, you will be an epistle known and read of all men and you will know who is in the City and who is not. Those who walk without will be in darkness, but those who walk within will be the light of the world.
THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH HAVE PASSED AWAY
Revelation 21:1 says: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.”
We see here the passing away of the heaven and the earth. I see this as the passing away of the old spiritual and natural order. Heb 12:25-29 says: “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”
The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
There is a shaking in the heavenlies. Paul said in Eph 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
And in Eph 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
Through out the book of Ephesians the Church is spoken of as being in the heavenly places. It is not a natural land it is a spiritual land. It is not a natural warfare it is a spiritual warfare. It is not fought with natural weapons it is fought with spiritual weapons. If my inheritance is in the heavenlies and if my enemies are in the heavenlies then one of us is going to have to leave.
God told Joshua to go in and take the Promised Land and that there were giants and walled cities that would have to be overcome. He also told him to be strong and courageous. He knew that there were fights that had to be fought because he knew that in order for them to possess the land they would have to drive the enemy out.
In Revelation 12 there comes out of a woman (the Church) a man child who was destined to rule the world with a rod of iron. He is the overcomer of chapter two. This ministry arises and ultimately does what Jesus began to do. Jesus destroyed the power of the devil and this ministry is going to punish him.
The principle in Revelation 12 is that there is war in heaven when the saints of God begin to blind the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realm and loosen the spirit of grace.
Whenever there is war in heaven there is a shaking that takes place here on earth. The only reason why there is an unprecedented rise of wickedness and sin is because the enemy is being shaken out of the heavenlies. Jesus said in Luke 10:19-20: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
There is a shaking taking place here that produces the result of Revelation 21 where John saw a new heaven and a new earth. The result of a new order in the spirit is a new earth because the spirit world effects the natural world. To say this another way, John got in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and he saw a new heaven and a new earth. Your old concept of heaven and earth will pass away. A new concept or a new way of thinking will be yours because you dared to have your mind renewed.
If you get in the Spirit on the Lord’s day you too will see a new heaven and a new earth because your old concept of heaven an earth will pass away. A new way of thinking will be yours because you dared to have your mind renewed. If you will allow your mind to be shaken by the revelation of God’s Word the enemy will be shaken out of your mind and out of your land. What produced the new heaven and the new earth? The shaking of God’s word as a result His Word again becomes flesh in us.
Revelation 18:11 is speaking about the passing away of Babylon and the Jezebel spirit. It says: “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more–cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.”
And again in Revelation 18:14: “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.'”
This is a part of the passing away of heaven and earth, the passing away of Babylon, the harlot, Jezebel. She is spoken of in chapter two and again in chapter fourteen where the 144,000 began to speak the Word against her to bring her down just as Elijah prophesied the death of Jezebel would occur. In chapter eighteen we see her complete destruction.
You talk about heaven on earth! What would it be like if every cult, every ism and every tradition of men were no more?
The term `passed away’ in Rev 21:1 is the same term used by Paul in I Cor 5:17 when he said: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation (new heaven and a new earth) the old (old heaven and old earth) has passed away. This is exactly what Rev 21 is talking about. The old things, that which is from the beginning, original, primeval, old, ancient, used of men, things, times, conditions are passed away. All these things I have spoken of are become new!
The New English bible translates this as, “When anyone is united to Christ there is a new world, the old order is gone and a new order is already begun.” In Rev 21:1 there is a death or a passing away of an old way of thinking and everything that old way of thinking has produced has died with it. How would you like to live in a world where the mind of Christ prevailed? This has been God’s intention from the beginning.
Revelation 21 goes on to say, “…and there was no longer any sea.” The word `sea’ and used in scripture represents the turbulent masses of humanity. As used here it means that there was no longer any turbulence among the people. Instead of unrest there was peace.
What is now causing all of this unrest and turbulence and violence in the earth? The old order! The harlot church, especially in this age has been a factor in every war that has been fought. What about the war that has been going on in Northern Ireland. It is an unholy war and has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus. Yet, the world looks at that mess as a representation of Christianity.
Jesus said in John 18:36: “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
If the Catholics have to fight for their position and the Protestants have to defend theirs, then they both are wrong. This world is restless because she has never seen the City of God! When this City, this people are manifest, there will be no more sea and the turbulence will be gone. The corporate Body of Christ will say, “Peace! Be still! And all the world will marvel in that they do not just see one son, but many and the troubled sea of humanity will settle down and be calm.
Isaiah 57:20 says: “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.”
There will be no more trouble, no more curse, no more rain, and no more sorrow.
Revelation 21:20 says: “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
First of all, notice that the City is Holy, meaning it has the nature of God. In Matt 5:14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A City set on a high hill that cannot be hid.” Heb 11:10 says, “For he (Abraham) was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Jesus said, “I will build My Church!”
Heb 11:15 says, “If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a City for them.”
The word `prepared’ stresses an internal preparation or an inward adorning. This again indicates that it is not natural but spiritual. This word is used in Rev 21:2 also: “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
This word `prepared’ is used in Rev 19:7 and translated `has made’: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”
The word `prepared’ is the Greek word No 2090. hetoimazo, het-oy-mad’-zo; from G2092; to prepare:–prepare, provide, make ready. Comp. G2680. II Tim 2:20-21 says: “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
In Rev 21:2: says: “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The phrase `adorned for her husband’ means to arrange in divine order. There are many ministries, which must be put in divine order and there are many church governments which must be put in divine order. This is something that can not take place over night.
In Matt 25:7 Jesus said: “Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.”
The word `trimmed’ used here, and the word `adorned’ in Rev 21:2 are from the same Greek word No 2885. kosmeo, kos-meh’-o; from G2889; to put in proper order, i.e. decorate (lit. or fig.); spec. to snuff (a wick):–adorn, garnish, trim.
There has been a lot of emphasis on preparing even in the harlot system, however, there is one difference. All of the virgins trimmed their lamps but five of them forget something. They forgot the thing that makes the lamps burn. OIL! There are many churches that know the divine order, but where is the divine oil (the anointing of the Holy Spirit)?
In Revelation 21:2 it says: “The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.”
The Greek word for `decorated’ and `adorned’ is the same word.
Revelation 21:3 says: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
John 1:14 says, “And the Word become flesh and dwelt among us.”
If God is going to live or dwell among us, then, where are we going to be when He dwells with us? Rev 5:10 says: “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
Does a king reign? Yes!!! What does he sit on? A THRONE!!! Rev 7:15 says, “Therefore, they are before the throne of God.” Someone says, “Yes! But that is in heaven!” If that is true, then please explain this to me. Rev 1:15 goes on to say, “And serve Him day and night in His temple.” What determines day and night? The sun rises and it is day, the sun sets and it is night. How can I be before His throne if it is in heaven where there is no night? The only place there is day and night is here on earth. He shall dwell among us! This doesn’t say that we will dwell with Him!
This question was asked in Rev 7:13: “Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes–who are they, and where did they come from?”
The question was answered in Rev 7:14: “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Immediately, the natural mind will conclude that when I come out of tribulation, I will immediately fly off to be with the Lord. But, I can be delivered out of something without moving an inch. The truth of the matter is that the 144 that were sealed, or brought into an immunity, were the ones that brought in the harvest here and in chapter 14. They brought them out of great tribulation into this immunity.
There are valid ministries in the Body of Christ who are doing that right now. If you will walk in what this ministry is saying, you will be delivered. If you don’t, you won’t! If you want to make it hard on yourself, just ignore the ministry.
I know that I am tearing down a lot of your theology. Why not just let it go! It hasn’t done anything for you! Let it pass away! I know that God has said He is going to have a meeting in the air, I understand that the meaning of that word `meet’ means a welcoming committee, also it means to meet a dignitary and welcome Him. When Jesus appears in the air, we will welcome Him to this earth.
There is a ministry and a message in the earth right now that is teaching God’s people how to be overcomers and how to be delivered out of these things NOW! To such a point that it does not have control over you anymore. To where it does not dominate you and control your thinking. We have not arrived yet, but by faith we will and of a truth I am pressing toward it.
Eliljah prophesied the death of Jezebel and every time we speak life to the Bride we are speaking death to the harlot. Paul said in 2 Cor 2:16: “To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?”
Revelation 21:4 says: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
The old order of things has passed away. The old way of doing things have passed away behold all things have become new.
Before continuing I would like to review the principles we have learned so far.
1. The City is a people and the Twelve Gates are how I get to be a part of those people.
2. The Twelve Gates are twelve experiences we go through in order to enter into that fellowship and that habitation.
3. There is one street in the whole City and that one street denotes one walk and only one way.
4. The invisible realm is going to be made visible
5. To understand the City, you must be in the Spirit.
6. The City has the glory of God, which is His nature.
7. The Gates of the City are twelve pearls.
In Revelation 21:4 it says: “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.”
There is no more curse because there are no more enemies. What has happened by this time is that a ministry and a people have come forth that have put all enemies under their feet. Notice, it says that the old order of things have passed away. What we have known as Pentecost is passing away. Pentecost is not a denomination, it is a day. The 1st Day is seen in the Feast of Passover, the 2nd Day is seen in the Feast of Pentecost, and the 3rd Day is seen in the Feast of Tabernacles. What we have known is passing away.
I Cor. 13 is a commentary on Revelation 21:4. This chapter is another description of this full grown man that God is forming. He is building a body, a many membered man, of which Jesus is the head. The nature that energized that man is the very nature of God, which is love. This chapter is very profound, in that it takes you beyond the veil because it describes a person, which is love. Jesus is the head, we are the body and this is a body of love and “Love never fails.”
I Cor 13:8-9 says: “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part.”
Jesus, however, moved beyond this dimension because every word He spoke was anointed. He said, “I am the way and I am the truth.” He did not know in part. HE KNEW! And in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
There is something greater than the feast of Pentecost because that which we have known is passing away. There will be a lot of tears but God will wipe them away. People who do not want to believe will say, “Well, tongues have ceased.” With this kind of reasoning, so has knowledge. Paul is just simply saying that we know that the gifts of the Spirit are tools that produce fruit for the edification and the building up of this body or this man. These tools are to be around until this man gets built. In a similar vein, you will not need the architects either who are the five fold ministry.
Verse 10 says, “When perfection comes the imperfection disappears.” He taketh away the first in order to establish the second. The old heaven and the old earth have passed away. This is a description of that perfect man, and is describing the City we have been talking about. That which is in part shall be done away.
There are three interpretations of this verse.
1. A thirty-fold interpretation which says; when we get the full Cannon Scripture or the completed Bible, we will not need the power of the Holy Spirit. NONSENSE! This is nothing more than a cop out for a lack of fruit and ministry.
2. A fifty-fold interpretation which says that when Jesus comes we will not speak in tongues anymore and there is some truth in this.
3. A hundred fold interpretation which Paul himself gives in Eph. 4:13 when he says, “Until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the full measure of perfection found in Christ.”
Notice he speaks here also of knowledge. A full complete and accurate knowledge. In verse 11 Paul says: “When I was a child (I spoke with tongues) I spake as a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.”
What he is saying is that when I was a child, I prophesied in part, I understood as a child and I moved in a word of wisdom, and also a word of knowledge, but: “When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”
Not childish in the since that these things are bad, but childish in the reality that we have come into something that is more mature or the more excellent way. There is something beyond Pentecost.
“Now, we see through a glass darkly.”
We do not see it all now.
“But then we shall see face to face.”
The City has the glory of God and it is clear as crystal. When He says these things will pass away, God is moving us from the Feast of Pentecost to the Feast of Tabernacles. If you are encamped around the Pentecostal experience, it is passing away because there is more to God’s purpose and plan. What is really happening, is that the Holy Place is moving into the Most Holy Place and you will either go on into the Holy of Holies or become a part of the outer court.
Many Spirit filled, full gospel churches are not much different than any other church in what they teach. The proof of the pudding is in the people.
Rev. 21:4 says: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order is passing away.”
The natural understanding of no more pain is, “Oh good, my back will not hurt anymore.”, but this is not the pain spoken of here. I want you to know why there is no more pain.
Rev 12:2 says: “She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.” (NIV) (KJV) “And when being with child cried, travailing, pained to be delivered.”
Do you want to know what caused the pain? Do you want to be delivered? Paul said in Romans 8:18-23: (KJV) “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 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.”
There is pain in natural child birth and there is also pain in Spiritual child birth. There is travail to be delivered. The creation shall be delivered into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. But not without some pain. This is the reality of the message I am bringing you about the City. The gates or the entrances of the City are made of pearls and with every gate, (which is a pearl) there is pain. I do not look forward to the PAIN and neither did Jesus.
The Bible says that Jesus endured the cross and there was pain in that cross. He despised the shame of it but for the joy, the reality of building this City and seeing this people who would reflect His glory.
My greatest fault is my impatience, and I ask you to forgive me. I get so impatient with those who want to see the glory, but will not go through the pain necessary to bring it about. So many have come our way and are excited about the ministry God has given us, but so few a are willing to travail and be put through the pain and agony of bringing it to pass.
I get so impatient with those who want to fuss and fight over petty differences, when there is so much more a stake. There is a price to be paid to enter this City and there are no free meals. Each person must enter each gate and suffer each experience by themselves.
John 16:20 says: “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child (man) is born into the world.”
Notice: The man is born into the world. You may ask, “Well, if this be so, what will cause the pain in us in order to bring forth that which God is looking for.” Rev. 16:10 says: “The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne (or the seat KJV) of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. And they gnawed their tongues in pain and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.”
The beast is “SELF” and notice that the beast nature is reflected in their tongues and in their deeds. The source of their pain was in their seat. The seat of the beast which is their own selfishness. Then what causes us pain? The pain is caused when we have to get off the seat of our throne and allow Jesus (allow the Spirit) to rule. What I am saying to you very kindly is, “Don’t complain to me about your pain and I won’t complain to you about mine because we brought it on ourselves.
The pain is in the seat of the beast because it is in darkness. Darkness is ignorance or rebellion and hates the light (or the truth) and will not allow itself to be exposed. As a result, it is full of pain. The only reason the creation is groaning, is because it is in darkness. If the creation would come out of the darkness into the light the pain would go and the joy would come.
Isn’t it sad that even though God poured out his wrath on their disobedience, they still would not repent? It says they cursed God because of their pains and their sores. Do you know what caused them to be sore? They had too much power in the seat.
The minute you come down off your throne and allow the Spirit to rule, watch what happens to your pain. All through out the Scriptures there is linked together the forgiveness of sins and the healing of your body. When you accept Jesus as your savior, He is not only your savior but also your healer. When you allow Him to become Lord there will be no more pain.
Revelation 21:5 says: “He who was seated on the throne said, `I am making everything NEW!’ Then he said, `Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’“
This verse is a command to those in the five-fold ministry. Write what I have shown you on the tablets of their hearts. In other words, instruct and teach them what I have shown you. Heb. 8:10 says: “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.”
This is the purpose of the gifts of the five-fold ministry to the Church. Habakkuk. 2:2-3 says: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on the tablets, so that a herald (or messenger) may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.”
To preach this, to teach this, and to walk in this you must come out of the natural and into the super natural and then you will be able to write this on the hearts of men and women.
John said in 1 John 2, “I write unto you little children I write unto you young men, I write unto you fathers.” There will be ministries that can only write on the hearts of little children and they are very important. There will be others who can write on the hearts of little children and on the hearts of young men. But praise God there are ministries being raised up by God who can take the written word and make it come alive as they break the bread of life and write it on the hearts of little children, and young men, and even the fathers.
Revelation 21:6 says: “He said to me, it is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
It is done. This is how God views things.
Ps. 2:1 says: “Let the heathen rage, and let the people imagine a vain thing.” The heathen are raging, and worst of all God’s people are imagining a vain thing.
Jesus told John, “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” Jesus is the Alpha and His many brethren are the Omega. Jesus was the beginning of the creation of God. In Rev. 1:15 John describes the voice he heard as the sound of many waters. Paul said in Romans 8:29, “Jesus was the first born among many brethren”
Why do you suppose John fell at his feet as though dead? He had seen the resurrected Christ! John saw the Omega! When God said, “It is done,” and John saw it, he fell as one dead. Someone says, “Oh, Brother Johnson, I just do not believe that!” Let me show it to you.
Jesus, who is the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end, is the one speaking here. Notice what he says, “I will give to him who is thirsty to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Notice the Alpha and the Omega is going to give to those who are thirsty a drink. Rev. 22:17 says, “The Spirit and the Bride say `COME!’ and let him that hearth say `COME!’ Whosoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
From Whom? The Spirit and the Bride because the Bride is a City and there is a river of life flowing out of the City, out of the people of God! It is not just the Alpha feeding the nations but also the Omega. Shouldn’t this alone be good enough reason why we should bear the pain of the twelve gates? There is going to be a ministry of life flow out of that City.
Ezekiel saw the same thing and he said everywhere the river came it brought life. It is one thing for Jesus to say, “Come and Drink.” But it is another thing for there to be a people in the earth who will say, “Come!, I am a well! I am a weeping fountain.” The natural man scoffs at this but there are men and women on the earth right now that are weeping fountains. But do not put your eyes on them. Instead, look to the corporate body.
Eph. 4:15-16 says, “Instead speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Christ. From Him the whole body joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Rev. 21:7 says, “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will by My son.”
Rev. 21:8 says, “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
The vile (KJV) `abominable’ means that which defiles and pollutes to stink, to turn one’s self away from on account of the stench -to abhor, detest. (Theyer’s #947-948) You can compare verse 8 with chapter 22;14-15 which says:
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates of the City. Out side are dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood”
Dogs, (Theyer’s #2965) = A shameless person, a man of impure mind – sodomites. Liars, (Theyer’s #5574) = To deceive, to lie, to speak falsely, to show one’s self deceitfully – to speak deliberate falsehoods. In Acts 6:13 it says, “They produced false witnesses, who testified…” The word false as used here in acts 6:13 is the same word as liars in Rev.21:8. This is simply saying that there will be nothing false in that City. No pretenders, no hypocrites, no one who talks it but don’t walk it. There is only one street in the City – Straight Street. One way. One walk.
Rev. 2:2 says, “I know you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles, but are not and have proven them false.”
There will be some so called apostles on the dung heap outside the City and this City, which is the light of the world, will reveal everything which is false. So do not get upset with flesh and blood. Let them alone and let them go their way. If they are false, they will be found to be false. If they are true, they will be found to be true.
Rev. 21:9 says: “One of the angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, `Come here and I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.'”
The word “COME” indicates that John is in the Spirit. Notice that this time the messenger did not say, “Come up here!” This is a call to those who are already up. They have already been raptured. Already been translated Already had a resurrected.
When I was converted I was resurrected from death to life. What I am inviting you to do now, is to take a closer look. Ezekiel 40:1-4 says: “In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city-on that very day the hand of the Lord was upon me and he took me there. In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand. The man said to me, `Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.'”
The greatest need among those in the ministry is to drop what they are doing. It is not that important, because the Spirit is saying, “COME I want to show you something.” Tell the house of Israel (the Church) all that you see. This is not being done. Because so many ministries are not in the Spirit realm and cannot see what God is doing. That is why nothing is happening.
There are, however, a few ministries that have laid down their works and have `come up’ in the Spirit realm and are seeing what God is doing. We should be able to recognize these ministries if we can only see. Once we see, in the wisdom of God and the timing of the Spirit we must declare all that God is showing us to the Church.
I hate to tell you that there are men who have entered in to the Spirit realm and have seen what God is doing and because He wasn’t doing what was in accordance with their theories and doctrines they left and never came back. Don’t bother them. Just leave them alone. The light of the Holy City will reveal their works.
Then there are those who are being told what the Lord is doing and many are not going to like what we are seeing because they do not want to change.
In Ezekiel 43:10-12 it says: “Son of man describe the house to the children of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins.”
When you receive the revelation of the City, and the true purpose of God, you begin to realize that you have been believing in fairy tales all your life. And if you are in the five-fold ministry, you realize you have been feeding your people the husk. There is no life in it.
Ezekiel goes on to say: “Let them consider the plan (Jesus) and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple.”
KJV says, “Let them measure the pattern.” When we measure the pattern (Jesus) we realize our absolute dependence on the Spirit of God to mold us into His image. Eph. 4 says, “Until we all come into the measure of the fullness of Christ.” Just show this to the Church. Show them a Jesus they have never seen. Preach to them a Gospel they have never heard. But I warn you, Ezekiel, I send you to a rebellious house. If I sent you to the heathen they would hear you. But I send you to a perverse and rebellious nation. “and if they are ashamed of all they have done.” The implication is that even after you show them the pattern, some will not be ashamed. They will continue in their iniquities.
“And if they are ashamed of all they have done then show them the design of the temple.” You will never see the City until you examine the pattern and repent. The only ones who will see the Holy City are those who are ashamed of what they have done. Until the ministry humbles themselves and repents of their deeds, they will never see the design of the house.
“Make known to them the design of the temple – its arrangement, its exits and entrances – its whole design and all its regulations and laws.” He is saying, “Ezekiel, tell them when to go out and when to come in and when to come in and when to go out.” Someone says, “Well, Bless God, nobody is telling me when I can go out and come in.” When you get ashamed enough of what you have done, you will listen.
Well, Bless God, I will go out and come in when I please! Maybe in some city built by man but not in this City!!
Rev. 21:10 says, “And he carried me away in the spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.”
And he carried me away. In Rev 17:1-3 we see the same words spoken here, “And he carried me away in the Spirit.” There were two women he saw, one was a harlot, one was the Bride. He saw both of them when he was carried away in the Spirit. Rev. 17:3-6 says: “Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious tones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.”
Now, here is Principle Number 8. If you proclaim the truth about either the harlot or the Bride you will be accused of being carried away. You will be accused with being out of your mind and that is exactly where you are. Out of your mind and into His.
John said that the messenger “showed me the Holy City.” This comes only by the revelation of the Spirit. Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:17, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father, which is in heaven.”
What I am teaching you here, I have set at the feet of ministry to receive, but it has been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit. And only He can reveal this book to you. Why don’t you ask Him to do just that before you continue reading?
Lets look once again at Rev. 21:10 which says, “And he carried me away in the spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.”
I warn you to fasten your seat belts and hold on to the Word of God. I am going to begin to shake down some of the walls of confusion that have been surrounding your understanding of The Holy City. Notice that the first glimpse that John got of the Holy City was when he saw it “Coming down out of heaven from God.” Wait a minute! Did that say that John saw the City coming down or descending out of heaven? From God? But I thought we were going to be caught up and dwell there with him?
Matt. 8:1 says of Jesus, “When he came down from the mountain side, great multitudes followed Him.”
This is the harvest. “Came down” used here is the same word that is used in Rev. 21:10 and when the Holy City comes down you will see the nations of the earth walking in the light of that City, just as great multitudes followed Jesus.
Rev. 21:11 says: “It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.” The King James version says, “Having the glory of God.” The Greek word for “having” is “echo” and means to have or possess. This City possess their possessions which is the nature of God. John 1:14 says, “The Word was made flesh and Dwelt among us and we beheld His glory.”
In John 17:22 Jesus said, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.” Heb. 1:3 says, “This son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being-.” John 1:12 says, “To as many as received Him gave he power to become Sons of God.”
Paul said in Romans 8:17-21: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His Glory. I consider our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the Sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
The City is “Clear as crystal” Rev. 21:21 says: “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The street of the City was pure gold, like transparent glass.”
Exodus 24:9-10 it says: “Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel, went up and saw the God of Israel. Under His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.”
Isaiah 66:1 says, “The heaven is My throne and the earth’s My footstool.” Listen very carefully, if it is under His feet, it is still in the earth! Let me say that again. If it is under His feet, it is still in the earth!
Now, hold on again. John said, “The street of the City was pure gold, like transparent glass.” John saw only one street in this City! He did not see many streets! He saw a paved work. The Hebrew word for paved mans to become white or transparent. (#3840) “And the street of the City was as pure gold, like transparent glass,”
They saw a paved work of something like a sapphire stone. The sapphire stone on the breastplate of the high priest had a name scratched on it which is the Second Gate to the City, Simeon, which means, `He who hears!’
Moses and those with him saw this in Exodus 24:9-10 which says: “Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.”
They saw a paved work made of something like as sapphire as clear as the sky itself.
The Song of Solomon 5:14 speaking of Jesus says, “and his belly is as ivory over laid with sapphires.” Out of his inner most being was the desire to hear what Father is saying, (John 6:45)
Rev. 21:21 says, “The street of the City was pure gold, like transparent glass.” The word transparent comes from a Greek work (Diaphanes #1307) and means shine through. God is wanting to bring us into a lifestyle where the very nature and lifestyle and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ will shine through.
II Peter 1:19 says, “And the word of the prophets made more certain, and you do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shinning in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
The same word used in Rev. 21:21 for `transparent ‘ is used here in II Peter 1:21 and translated `dawn’. The day star is rising and I see something beginning to dawn. Jesus is beginning to shine through.
Isaiah 60:1-3 says: “Arise, shine, for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord rises on you. See the darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
It is not by chance that people will come our way. They will be drawn by the brightness of our dawn. As this revelation progresses, more and more people are going to become aware of the genuiness of that nature of Jesus in us. If we `come up in the Spirit realm’ we will begin to that glory and that light in each other’s lives. We will begin to see that transparency in each other. We will begin to see the nature and the light of Jesus Christ beginning to shine through. IT IS THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY!
HAVING THE GLORY OF GOD
Rev. 21:11 says, “Having the glory of God; and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”
The word ‘having’ in the Greek is ‘ECHO’ and it means possess. This City possessed the glory or the nature of God. The Old Testament priesthood was the tribe of Levi, and the Levitical Priesthood had no possessions. The priests did not receive an allotment or a portion of land. If you will study through the book of Joshua, you will find that God Himself was their possession. Our possession is God Himself and His possession or His inheritance is us. I have an inheritance and it is in Him, and He has an inheritance and it is in me. (Eph. 1:18)
Since the glory of God is His nature then one aspect of His Nature is TRUTH. If this City has the glory or nature of God, then, the City has come into all truth. John 1:14 says: “And the Word was made flesh (meaning Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Note that the Word is the pattern and example for the whole City. What did the Word do? It dwelt among us. What did the City do? It came down and dwelt among men. And John said Rev 21:23-24: “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.”
In other words, just as we behold His glory, the nations are going to behold our glory, which is not actually our glory but His glory shinning through us. This glory is full of something-GRACE and TRUTH! All grace and truth. NOTICE: It does not say all knowledge.
QUESTION: How do we know that Jesus was full of grace and truth? John, who wrote five books of the Bible, including Revelation, said in John 21:25: “Jesus did many other things as well. If everyone of them were written down, I suppose that the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written!”
Here is where end time teachers have missed it. They talk about when we all get to heaven we will be full of grace and truth,….and every body shouts!!! But how is the world going to know it unless grace and truth is poured out to those who need it? What good is all grace and truth unless it is ministered to those who are in need of it?
John 17:5 says, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self….” Glory is His nature. Jesus prayed in John 17:20-26: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I Have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
What, then, is the purpose of our being filled with the nature of God? That the world may know! Some how end time preachers have forgotten that God so loved the world that He gave His life for it. The world is never going to know until we get our act together.
Heb. 1:1-3 reads, “In time past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the exact radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word”
When he says “in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son,” this is the corporate Son or the Body of Christ. Paul said in Eph. 3:8-11: “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given to me; to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make known (plain) to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the Church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the Heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If Jesus was the exact representation of His Father’s being, then we are to be exact representation of the image of Christ. The words `exact representation’ in the original are linked with the word ‘mark’.
For example: The mark of the beast or the mark of the Lord. There is going to be a people who have stamped or impressed upon them the very likeness or image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. 21:11 says, “and her light was like unto a stone most precious…”
Notice: It does not say His light; it says her light. Her light was like unto something. Our hope is that when He appears we shall be like Him. Not then made to be like Him but like Him when He comes.
First of all, the stone most precious is the chief corner stone, Jesus! Here is the stone that is more valuable than any other. This stone will cost you something. This message will cost you more than you paid in the outer court, or in the Holy place.
Daniel 2:31 says, “You looked, O King, and there before you stood a large statue – an enormous, dazzling statue – awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock (or stone KJV) was cut out, but not by human hands.”
God does not dwell in a building made by hands. Notice the stone now: “It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.” You can assign various kingdoms that have existed from the beginning of time, even down to now, to this statue or as the KJV says, image, and what this is saying is that every devilish tradition or ism or religion from the dawn of civilization until now, has to be destroyed.
Do you want to know how we are going to strike down this image? Rev.1:15 says, “Out of His mouth came a sharp double-edge sword.” As you continue to read this book I am literally striking down the image of false teaching and false religion that men have built in your mind. “And her light (TRUTH) was like unto stone..”
II Cor. 10:3-5 says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every though to make it obedient to Christ.”
Jesus said in John 16:13, “When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” And at the same time He is guiding us into all truth, He is at the same time smiting the image. Individually, as He guides you into all truth, He smites the image in your own mind. And pulls down the strongholds of your own imaginations. I see this happening in my own life and mind. Corporately, God is sending truth into the earth. And men cannot understand why their worlds, their denominations, their isms, their philosophies, and everything they have built their lifves and ministry on, is being smitten.
Somebody says, “I do not believe it has anything to do with our day.” Look at the feet of it. I will give you two examples of this. Iron and Clay. In the political realm – détente between the iron hand of Russia and the clay of democracy. In the charismatic move – between the iron hand of Roman Catholicism and the democratic clay of Protestantism. This beast does not have much to stand on. He has no foundation
Look again at Daniel 2:34, “While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the image on its feet of iron and clay and smashed it.”
Destroyed the foundation of it. The Psalmist said, “If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do.” But let us turn that around and say that if the foundations be destroyed, what can the unrighteous do. It is bottomless, because there is no foundation. All this means is that the enemy is being brought into position where he is not going to have a leg to stand on. There is a message and a messenger that put him into that position. So if the enemy has no base of operations and does not have a leg to stand on, he is bound.
There is a messenger in the world today with a message that will, if accepted and acted upon, bring the enemy into a place of helplessness.
“And her light was like a stone most precious, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”
Crystal is the color of water, which speaks of the truth that only the Holy Spirit can bring, and this is what shatters the image and renders the enemy helpless. As long as we stay in the thinking of the dark ages, the enemy will never be thrown into the bottomless pit. Paul told the Ephesians to give the devil no place. You can begin to give him no place in your life and put him in a bottomless pit and keep him there.
Daniel 2:35 says, “Then the iron, the clay, the silver,and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. And the wind (or the Holy Spirit) swept them away without a trace. But the stone that struck the image became a huge mountain and filled the earth, the whole earth.”
Daniel explains this vision in Dan. 2:43. I want to show you proof that the charismatic move that we have been experiencing is not going to be what brings back Christ. God has been in it, and God used it to bring a people out of darkness, however, many charismatic’s choose to remain in that darkness and refuse to come out.
There are many that teach on the Common Market, the Euromart, the European Nations, etc., in which they say represents the ten toes of the image. They say that the Common Market is going to come together and out of that is going to come a world dictator. I am going to leave that to the Bible scholars. I do know this, however, those feet made up of iron and clay and those ten toes are not going to cleave to one another. I do not read of any kingdom after that image is smashed that comes forth except the Kingdom of God. I believe that the next world kingdom is going to be the Kingdom of God.
Daniel 2:43 says: “And just as you saw the iron mixed with clay, so the people will be mixture and will not remain united, anymore than iron mixes with clay.”
Détente will not work and Jonathan is going to have to learn that you just can not bring Saul and David together.
Daniel 2:44-45 says: “In the time of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—-a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.”
“And of the increase of His government and His kingdom there will be no end.”
Back to Rev. 21:11. “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious.”
Do you want to be a part of a ministry that is going to destroy everything man has produced? Maybe you had better give this a lot of thought. It means tremendous warfare.
James said in James 5:7: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”
Here the word precious is linked with another descriptive word, `fruit’. Precious fruit of the earth. The stone is precious, and it destroyed the image, the fruit is precious and what produces the fruit? The early and latter rain. The latter rain brings the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which brings maturity. Or the stone out of the mountain, or the fruit out of the earth. The Lord is long patient for this fruit to manifest, in order that He might receive it.
Paul said in 1 Cor. 3:12-13: “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.”
We will know what is a stone precious and we will know what is wood, hay and straw, because the Day will declare it. You will know what is hay and what is chaff, what is gold and what is silver, because one will burn and one will not. One will be consumed and one will be refined. This message will either burn you up or refine you. If it burns you up, I know what you are made of and what is really your intentions. But if I see your countenance becoming brighter and brighter than I know His Word is refining you.
Peter said in 1 Peter 1:6-7: “In this you greatly rejoice, though for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” KJV says, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious…”
There is something better than walking on streets of gold. Going through the furnace. The whole church world is not interested in this kind of suffering. They just want to get on those streets so they may receive their inheritance. But the problem with that kind of thinking is that gold is going to perish.
1 Peter 1:18 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you by your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ...”
If gold and silver are perishable, and your inheritance is imperishable, how can your inheritance have anything to do with gold? You see, my inheritance is the imperishable life of God Himself. It was in the furnace that the form of the fourth man was seen.
Let’s go back to Rev. 21:11: “Having the glory of God; her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal...”
We have shared with you that light is truth and it is truth that Jesus said would set you free. If you have a revelation of truth and live your life accordingly, you not only will be set free, but you will also be a light to those around you. If your local assembly will come together and walk in truth, you will be the light most precious.
In Rev. 21:11, we see a church that has come into all truth and is shinning with the radiance of His presence. That truth is pure. It is not mixed and that is why the river that flowed out of this City is pure. The word and ministry that flows out of this people is pure. No darkness, no pollution, in this stream; only truth. What do we usually associate with the color white? purity, righteousness, and spotlessness. But there is a color purer than white and clear as crystal. This is the color of water.
In John 7:37 Jesus spoke of this river when He said: “Out of your bellies will flow rivers of living water-this spake He of the Holy Spirit that believers would later receive.”
CLEAR AS CRYSTAL
Rev. 21:9-11 says, “Come I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. Having the glory of God, and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like jasper stone, clear as crystal.”
Let us take a closer look at this word ‘jasper.‘ Rev. 4:3 says, “And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper…”
This City has come into the nature or the appearance of the one who is setting on the throne. Christ was the first fruit, we are the harvest. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world, a city sat on a high hill that cannot be hid.” Jesus said; “I don’t just speak truth, I am truth.”
Moses was instructed in Exodus 28:17-20 concerning the breastplate of the High Priest: “Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. In the first row there shall be a sardius, a topaz and a beryl; in the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald; in the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; in the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings.”
The King James version says…”they shall be set in gold in their enclosings.”
In the Old Testament, the jasper stone was the last stone on the breastplate. It says that the jasper stone was set in gold and enclosed. Song of Solomon 4:12 says, “A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” I see this jasper nature as the nature of Jesus enclosed, and as long as you are in a covenant where there is a law of sin and death, it will always be that way. However, when you come to a better covenant and a new testament and better promises and a better blood, His blood, the jasper stone is no longer last. It is first and it is no longer closed in and no longer a fountain shut up, but it is released and the nations shall walk in the light of it.
On the breastplate of the high priest, the jasper stone was in the last row and the last stone on the plate, and it was enclosed. Look again at Rev. 21:19, which says: “The foundations of the City were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper.”
In the Old Testament the jasper was last, but in the New Testament the jasper is first. Jesus said in Matt. 19:30, “Many who are last shall be first.”
We must realize that the jasper stone speaks of Jesus Christ, the stone most precious, the stone which the builders rejected, that now has become the head of the corner. It denotes His nature, His light, which is as clear as crystal.
In Rev. 4:3 it says, “And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and sardius or carnelian.“
The sardius stone was thought to be a ruby stone. Ruby is red in color and would depict the color of blood. The name Judah was scratched on this stone in the high priest’s breastplate. The name Judah means to praise, and so today we praise God for the blood of Jesus which purifies us from our sins. In the Old Testament the jasper stone was last, but in the New Testament the jasper stone is first. However, between the last and the first is included all that is in between.
The jasper stone or the nature of God is seen first of all in Jesus, but knowing that He is the firstborn among many brethren, the head of the body, then the body which is last, shall also be as the jasper stone, clear as crystal having the nature of God. We must become as clear as crystal.
Song of Solomon 1:2 says: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth (she is already saved, she already loves Him therefore this whole book deals with the believer, from infancy to maturity) for thy love is better than wine (She has a grasp of the Kingdom for she says this love realm is better than Pentecost and she says) because of the savor of your good ointments (She is talking but His name, His fragrance,) she says it is as ointment poured forth, therefore the virgin loves you. (In other words, this book is just for pure people.)
Draw me, we will run after you: The king has brought me into His chambers: (When He brought you into His chambers is when you were filled with the Holy Spirit.)”
Chapter 2:8 says: “The voice of my beloved! Behold, He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: He stands behind our wall (This is where she made a mistake: for He is the vail) gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. (She says I can see him every once and awhile, but I am still looking through a glass darkly.)
My lover spoke and said to me, `Arise, my darling, and come with Me.‘ (This is the same thing spoken to John who was told to [Come Here!] `See the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in the land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, My darling; My beautiful one, come with Me.'”
God is saying, “I want to now deal with what most people whitewash or candy coat. I want to bring you into a local assembly and deal with you until you are as clear as crystal.” He says, “I want you to come out of the playpens of religious games and come to a place where We can get those foxes, those deceiving cunning little foxes that love to lay down and play dead. I do not want you to just play dead. I want you to be dead.”
Verse 16 says, “My lover is mine and I am His:” My, how carnal she is . My lover, my healing, my ministry, my, my, my. It is carnal to say, “My lover is mine and I am His,” because later after she has gone through some fire and some testing, she changes her tune. Look at chapter 7:10 “I belong to my lover, and His desire is for me.”
Back to chapter 2:16, “My lover is mine and I am His: He browses among the lilies.” Where does He feed?
Among the lilies. Only among the pure. “Until the Day breaks and the shadows flee.” A new day has broken forth and we no longer need the light of the moon in this City. The moon is just a reflector of the sun, but we do not need these types and shadows any longer. We do not need that impart realm anymore, because we have come into the clearness. Clear as crystal. Until the day breaks and the fears and doubts flee away, repent, turn, my lover.
God’s message to a Spirit filled Church in this hour is to repent and turn from your wicked ways, and seek My face and I will Heal you. Turn away from your carnality and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills of Bether. Bether means to divide and that is exactly what Jesus came to do to the Church, but She says, “I do not want it.” This is why in the next chapter the heavens become brass and she loses Him.
“Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.”
Who is this that appears like the dawn? Not looking for the dawning of a new day, but appearing like the dawn. Most people are looking for the morning. Why don’t you start looking as the morning? One of these days the Sun will come up! Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. Now, why don’t you start looking like the greater one in you? If you had a revelation of who is in you, you would never say that again. The seed that is in you could not be holier, and the potential that is in you could not be any greater.
Ezekiel 1:22 says, “Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like crystal and awesome.”
If you study the characteristics of these living creatures, you will see characteristics of the people who will become clear as crystal. They had the face of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. You must have the intelligence of a man, the patience and humility of an ox; the boldness of a lion; and soar like an eagle. It says that their feet were straight. They walked in a straight path. They had four wings and with two of them theycovered themselves. Showing their mode was shy. They did not fanfare their greatness in a monthly magazine. They did not let one hand know what the other hand was doing, because their wings covered their hands. The other two wings were stretched upwards in praise, and the wings touched each other signifying unity in praise. When they moved, it sounded like the roar of rushing waters, and like the voice of God, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still they lowered their wings. They were silent and the Lord spoke.
Jer. 48:11 says, “Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither has he gone into captivity therefore his taste remained in him and his scent is not changed.”
We find here a description of the purifying process of wine. We are poured from one local church to another. From one people to another. That is, unless you find yourself among a people who would put no limitations upon the pouring. This is the description of the charismatic move today. They do not want to be emptied from vessel to vessel and they do not want to go into captivity. When you go into captivity, you have no choice as to what you wear, to what you eat, as to anything. You have no rights because you are in captivity. You do not lift your voice to express your opinions, you have none!
Now, who wants to come off THEIR throne to do that? There is a people in the earth that are not at ease. Woe be unto them that are at ease in Zion! Moab has been at ease from his youth. That is his problem; he is immature. If he is ever to become mature, he must be poured out from vessel to vessel, but, because he has not been, his testimony, I mean his scent has not changed. If you are giving the same testimony you gave last year, then you have not been emptied. If you do not know more about Him this year than you did last year, you have just been going around the mountain again. You are not praying, meditating and studying and using your payer language. You are probably in the wrong church.
Let me speak an encouraging word to those of you who feel that your world is being turned upside down. You are being emptied from vessel to vessel. About the time you become accustomed to this round vessel, God will put you in a square vessel. If you still want to be round, you are going to have a problem being square.
Then He puts you in a vessel that is the shape of a triangle. You were round, but had thought you would never settle down and become square, however you finally became square and just as you are settling down, He places you in a triangle. Could this be what Jesus meant when He said that we would have to become as little children to enter the Kingdom of God? You see, an adult’s head is hard and not pliable but ridged. However, a child’s head is soft, pliable, and moldable.
We must become as water; pure, clear as crystal and ready to flow into any vessel that the Lord brings our way. Anything that will not flow has become hard. God’s frozen chosen. This is why He puts us in the furnace. To thaw us out so we can flow with the move of His cloud. The reason we experience all of this pressure; is because we will not pour. Spiritual growth requires a pouring out from vessel to vessel, from glory to glory, line upon line, until we are formed into His exact image and likeness, then we will shine forth as the light of this world.
Do not ever drive your stakes down so deep that they can not be pulled up and moved from friends, family, jobs, houses, land, etc. God is looking for a people who will allow His Spirit to purify them in order that His glorious nature may shine through them.
We have seen that the jasper stone, in Exodus 28, was that last stone in the last row and on each of the stones was scratched a name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. If the jasper stone speaks of the nature of Jesus, that we are becoming, then it would be interesting to know the name of the tribe that is scratched on the jasper stone, because it would give us an indication of how we are going to become clear as crystal.
The name of the tribe of Israel on the jasper stone is Naphtali. The word Naphtali means to obtain by wrestling. This could not mean to wrestle with God. God loves me and it disturbs me when people teach that you must wrestle with God and maybe you just might get your answer or pray through. The idea of praying through does not line up with scripture, because scripture says that Jesus said, “Little flock it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” If I am not wrestling with the Lord then I wonder who I am wrestling with?
Genesis 32:24 says, “So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.”
They wrestled until the breaking of a new day. Paul talked a lot about sports, and he knew that most of the sports of his day were to the death. Somebody died. Remember in the Song of Solomon 2:17. ..”until the day brake and the shadows flee away.” The same thing is happening here to Jacob.
Peter said in II Peter 1:19 … “until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
Genesis 32:24 says, “And Jacob was left alone…”
No one wants that place; we want the crowd, we want the place of security, the place of comfort where they know the answers, or someone with us knows the answers.
Gen. 32:24 says, “So Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, (that Jacob nature is a strong one) he touched the hollow of his thigh.”
The Hebrew word for touched is the same word used when it says that Ussiah was touched with leprosy, when God smote Job. It is a strong word, as in Isaiah 53, that says Jesus was smitten. Notice he touched the hollow of his thigh. The thigh speaks of that with which man reproduces; and what man is reproducing in this hour is hollow. They even prophesy and talk in tongues, but you come away from their meetings empty and hollow. Gen. 32 continues:
“And the hollow of his thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, `Let me go, for the day is breaking’ But Jacob replied, `I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ The man asked him, `What is your name?.'”
Meaning; what is your nature? And Jacob said; I am a phony, a hypocrite, and a supplanter.
Do you think Spirit filled churches want to stop shouting long enough to be told that they are hypocrites? Therefore, in order for you to become a jasper stone as pure as crystal, you must wrestle with that beast nature of self.
THIS KINGDOM IS NOT FOR HALFHEARTED PEOPLE!!!!
HAVING A GREAT HIGH WALL WITH TWELVE GATES
Rev. 21:12 says, “It had a great high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the twelve gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.”
The wall is a hedge, and the purpose of the wall is to keep out all enemies. Job had a hedge around him, and the Church is spoken of as a vineyard. There is a wall great and high. Perfect protection and immunity from all enemies. The gates of hell shall not prevail against this City. The walls are being constructed even now, line upon line, and our enemies are finding it harder and harder to get us.
There are some things happening now, that a year ago would have made you blow up. It would have gotten to you, and you would not have been able to stand. However, because you made a decision to make your stand on God’s Word, and make all your decisions on His Word, these things do not even concern you now.
Now instead of fussing at those who oppose you, you have sympathy for them and pray that their eyes might be opened as yours have been. These things do not bother us as much, because the wall is getting higher and higher.
Let us look at a person in the Bible who had a wall so great and so high that nothing could break through. Would you like to hear how He described that wall? In John 14:30, Jesus says, “I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me.”
Jesus was really saying that there is a wall around me that is so great and so high that the devil can’t get a foothold on me. There is no crack in this wall and there is no opening in this wall. In other words, there is no aspect of My life or My ministry where the devil can get a foothold. He has no part in Me.
In Matt. 5:27-30, Jesus said: “You have heard it said, `Do not commit adultery’, but I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go to hell.”
Jesus was dealing here with a principle of purity, and He meant to do something definite and drastic. Here is a Kingdom Principle: I would rather go into the Kingdom halt or maimed than to go to hell.
After Jacob wrestled with the Lord, he walked around with a limp, but his nature was changed. Don’t ever look down on someone who is maimed, because it may be self-inflicted. They mean business so much that they will not participate with you in what may be lawful for you to do, but they realize that this is a weak spot in their makeup, and they refuse to let the devil have a foothold in their life anymore.
Jesus said in Luke 14:21: “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.”
This is who is going to be at the banquet at the end of this age. Jer. 31:8-9 says: “See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.”
This is not talking about natural things. If you know that there is an area of your life where Satan has a foothold, do not play with it, deal with it. The Babylonian concept, or the old order concept is; I can grit my teeth and handle it. No you can’t!
Have you ever wondered why all of a sudden someone that you thought really had their act together, fell? You say, “Well, I would have never believed that.” The reason is; because they covered their tracks well. They white washed their problem by keeping that desire down. But when the right situation came the pressure became too much and under those circumstances the desire surfaced and they acted.
The wine skin will crack every time and the wine will be spilled. Do not think for one minute that you can grit your teeth and be able to keep your foot on the devil, because you cannot. This is why we have to go through these twelve gates. Like the formation of pearls they cause pain and much irritation and in the natural leave us with a limp. If you want to enter this City and become a part of these people it will costs you something.
So He said: “Go out in the streets and the alleys and get those people that refuse to allow the enemy to gain a foothold in their lives, for they are the people I am looking for.” He is talking about pastors who every now and then will love God’s people enough to pluck out an eye or cut off a hand in order to save the body. I would rather do that with one member of a local body than see the whole body perish.
Zechariah 2:1-5 says: “Then I looked up–and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, `Where are you going’? He answered me, `To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is’. [Any time you see in the Scripture someone about to measure anything, they are checking on the condition of that which they are about to measure.] Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another came to meet him and said, `Run tell that young man, Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. And I [meaning Jesus] will be a wall of fire around it’, declares the Lord, `and I will be a glory within.'”
How many want to be a member of a church where God speaks and says, “I am going to be a wall of fire around you, and My nature will be within you?” Is that wall getting higher and higher around you? Can you sense the presence of God becoming greater and greater? Elisha told his servant Gahazi in 2 Kings 6:17: “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
David said in Psalms 34:7: “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
Zechariah 2:6-13 says: “Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,’ declares the Lord, `for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,’ declares the Lord. `Come, O Zion! Escape, you who live in the daughter of Babylon’ [denominations or nondenominations – anything contrary to the Word], `and flee from her.’ For this is what the Lord Almighty says: `After he has honored me and has set me against the nations that have plundered you, for what ever touches the apple of my eye, I well surely raise my hand against them so that their salves will plunder them’. Then you will know the Lord almighty has sent me. `Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you’, declares the Lord. Many nations will be joined to the Lord in that day and become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. The lord will inherit Judah as His portion in the Holy Land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from His holy dwelling.”
2. Rev. 3:12 says, “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God and the name of the City of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will write on him my new Name.”
The name of God, or His nature is what brings us into this new City.
Let me summarize what we have learned in our foundation teaching concerning the City. The City is a people and that people is a dwelling place or an abode for the fullness of God. The City is the body of Christ, the Lamb’s wife, and that City is the perfected Church. The twelve gates are twelve experiences, which we must go through in order to enter this City and they progressively unfold from The Christ nature that is within the people of God.
As we progress from glory to glory, from line upon line, there will unfold from within you, the Christ nature, all twelve of these experiences. In order to be a part of this people, we must progress through all twelve of these gates. The fearful and the unbelieving are on the outside. These are twelve entrances into the light, which is truth.
We will discover in the next chapter that the first gate has the name Reuben on it. Reuben means, “Behold a Son.” We know that the first thing one must do to inherit eternal life is to be born again.
There is only one street in this City and this street is made of gold which speaks of one walk in God and it speaks of a nature in us that is made perfect through suffering. The wall of this City represents His presence, which is a hedge and protection from the enemy. The wall speaks of the truth that no enemy can get into that City. Jesus said that the evil one had no place in Him and has no place in the people of this City.
This City is not going up, it is coming down. Because we are natural minded, we think of up being up, and down being down. However, when it speaks of this City coming down, the City is descending down out of a higher realm or order. Out of the spirit realm. This City is descending down out of the invisible realm of the spirit into the visible realm of the natural.
The City speaks of a people who are going to become visible to the nations. There will be a people on the earth who will manifest the divine nature of the son of God.
Each gate is a pearl and pearl speaks of a great price. In the natural it takes much pain and irritation to produce a pearl. There is more to being saved than just being born again and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you are to go into maturity it will cost you something. The pearl speaks of the fellowship of His sufferings.
Heb. 5:1-10 says: “Every high priest is selected from among men [that means they are separated from men] and is appointed, or ordained to represent them in matters related to God.”
The purpose of your appointment of ordination is for men. Any ministry that is ordained to promote a person is not like the pattern we see here. The charismatic crowd that is only interested in the manifestation of spiritual gifts is no different from the other crowd that is only interested in the rapture!
I am ordained not for myself, but for others. The totality of Jesus’ ministry, was, is, and always will be for others.
“To offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” This people are going to be offering something. They are not takers, they are givers. He is looking for people who can have compassion on the ignorant. I am not talking about others. I am talking about myself. When I study and hear other learned men speaking, I realize how ignorant I am, and I have the tendency to condemn myself for not knowing more. So I must learn to have compassion, first of all on me, and then for my brother. I must learn to have compassion on those who are weak; and we are surrounded by those who are weak.
“He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as the sins of the people. No one takes this honor upon himself;”
You do not get filled with the Holy Spirit and then hang your shingle out that says `Counselor’ hours 8-5. The greatest cancers to the body of Christ today are novices, self-ordained, who do not know what they are talking about. The only ones more foolish than they, are the ones who go to them and listen to what they are saying. The reason people go to them is because they know if they go to a seasoned ministry, they would have to get their lives straightened out.
“No one takes this honor upon himself, he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. [Even Jesus was ordained by His Father.] So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But, God said to Him, `You are My Son; today I have become your Father.’ And he said another place, `You are priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death.”
Jesus even had to die to his own self-life, for He said, “I do nothing of Myself.” Jesus paved the way as a pattern for you and me that where He walked, we might also walk, not for ourselves, but for God.
“He was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered.”
Even though Jesus was the Son of God, He had to learn to be obedient. This is a principle in God’s Word, and if we are to learn to be like Jesus, we must also learn to be obedient. Notice that obedience is learned through suffering or going through the twelve gates. The Greek word for obedience is `HOOP-AK-O-AY’, #5218 and comes from two Greek words. `Hoopo’ means `under’ and `a-koo-oh’ means `to hear.’
The real meaning of the word `obedience’ is to hear a word of wisdom and then come under subjection to what you heard. To hear the word of God and to become doers of that Word. Why don’t some people hear? They refuse to `come’. “…and once made perfect, He BECAME the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him,”
Jesus obeyed his Father and became (meaning He also had to go through the same process that we have to in order to become mature) the author of eternal salvation. Just as Jesus had to obey the Father, He says that we have to obey Him. Just as He submitted Himself to the Word of His Father, so He says that we have to submit ourselves to His word. Someone says, “Well, How do I do that?”
Paul said in Eph 4:11-13: “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. He gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,”
There is no possible way into this City apart from hearing the word of the Lord, the voice of the Lord, through these ministries. The very purpose of these ministries is: “to prepare God’s people for Works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Jesus was made perfect by a step by step process of obedience and every step was a step of pain and of great price. Heb. 2:6 says: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the Son of Man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels;”
This is a quotation of Psalm 8:4-6, and the original Hebrew word for angel as used here is, #430 `ELOHIYM’ which is the name of God in the creative sense. What this is saying here, is that man was made just a little lower than God Himself. “…you crowned Him with glory and honor and put everything under His feet.”
In putting everything under Him, God left nothing that was not subject to Him. Yet at present, we do not see everything subject to Him. Yet, any ministry that preaches that God’s purpose is that we put all enemies under our feet and that there will be a City or a people that will all be victorious, will be rejected by the large majority of the church. And this is largely the reason Jesus cannot come at this time.
Paul preached a glorious church without spot or wrinkle. Without the spot and the acne and pimples of the charismatics because they are in their adolescence and immaturity. And not the wrinkles and the deadness of the Pentecostals. And we see not yet all things put beneath His feet. This is just another way of saying that we are not there yet. I am not there yet and neither are you. I am not yet a part of the City. I have just come through some of those gates and so have you.
I still have some gates to go through. I have only experienced some of the gates. I have only paid part of the price. You see, I am not yet fully one with Him in my understanding and that is why I am pressing on in my attempt to come into the full knowledge of Him.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death. So that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy (Jesus) and those who are made holy are of the same family.”
If Jesus was made holy by suffering, then we also must follow the pattern He followed and be made perfect through suffering also. When you hear the word suffering, you automatically think of physical pain. What do you think hurt Jesus the most? We did by rejecting Him!! The twelve gates are twelve steps of pain and suffering and discomfort and irritation to the flesh, but joy and delight to the spirit.
You will be mocked and derided and crucified and as you are persecuted for Jesus sake, you can leap for joy and identify with the prophets, because just maybe He is making you one of them.
Revelation 17:3 says: “There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.”
Notice that her appearance on the surface looks just like the Bride; scarlet, gold, precious stones and pearls. She was a whited sepulcher but inside she was full of deception and drunk with the blood of the saints. Do not be deceived when someone comes to you and says, “Well they must be of God. They have paid such a price. They sold their homes and have given up their jobs and everything for this message they are preaching.”
Here, you see that the harlot is also dressed in pearls. How can you tell the difference? The woman in chapter seventeen is receiving all the glory and praise, but the woman in chapter twenty-one is the one doing the praising and the giving!
The pearl is formed within an oyster as an abnormal growth. Have you ever found in your walk and your life that all of a sudden something is not quite normal? Immediately the old order says, “SIN”! Isn’t it interesting that the first time you were on fire for the Lord, and really turned on to Jesus, someone called you abnormal. You are different, kind of crazy. This much learning hath made thee mad!
What the world considers normality is insanity. The world is going crazy, but not in the manner that you might think. There is a very fine line between a genius and someone who is crazy. A man who is really out of it, as they say, lives in his own world which he has made up and created, and most people do not understand him. The whole church world is living in a world that they created and they need delivered.
In olden times, pearl divers believed each pearl had a distinct personality in life. Their belief was so real to them, that gems resembled humans in some ways. Pearls could become ailing, loose their brilliance, become a lackluster paleness. This gave rise to a unique profession, that of a pearl doctor. Unfortunately, no knowledge is available of his treatment or cures. Prize pearls have natural beauty and a shimmering loveliness that beg a description. Delicate tints play upon surfaces from gleaming, silvery white through several colors to glistening black. The hues are so varied that one can find almost every colored tint. Rarest of all are the rainbow pearls, exquisite gems, beyond duplication, and exhibit every color of the rainbow.
A pearl is formed when an irritant which is any of many foreign substances, something that is not natural to the oyster, such as grains of sand, bits of shell, parasites, eggs of marine animals, perhaps even the oyster itself, or even mud, enters and lodges in the tissue of the oyster.
The oyster’s attempt to isolate the irritation, covers the offender with macra which hardens quickly and successive layers of macra are added like a painter applying consecutive coats of varnish in the oyster’s effort to relieve himself. In this effort, a gem is born. The thing that causes a pearl to be formed is a foreign substance.
God has taken His word and sent it to us, and when it first came, it was a foreign substance. The word of the Kingdom has been lodged in us and all of us, in one way or another, have tried to get rid of it. By trying to get rid of it, we have made it grow. How many have really struggled with revelation knowledge? The very thing you were struggling with caused life in you to be formed. This is the reason you do not see me get too excited when I see you struggle with the Word.
The struggling is necessary for you to have the proper growth in your inner man, and if I would interfere with that process, I would actually be hindering what the Word is causing to be born in you. In struggling against these things, you are strengthened in your growth. Too many pastors have hindered the growth of the body of Christ by wanting to keep their congregations dependent upon them to make all their major decisions.
The people of God become a City where the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form, a gem of a people, crystal clear and transparent, full of the life of God.
THE FIRST GATE OF THE CITY, REUBEN
Revelation 21:12-13 says: “It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.”
“There were three gates on the North” ( Dan, Asher, and Naphtali)
“On the South side” (Reuben, Simeon and Gad)
“On the East side” (Judah, Issachar and Zebulun)
“On the West side” (Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh)
Ezekiel 48:30 lists these names differently as follows:
1. On the north; Reuben, Judah and Levi.
2. On the south; Simeon, Issachar and Zebulun.
3. On the east; Joseph, Benjamin and Dan.
4. On the west; Gad, Asher and Naphtali.
Genesis 49:1-29 lists these names in a different order and because this is the first place they are listed, this is the order we will use in our discussion of the twelve gates.
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph and Benjamin.
By studying each of these names, we will be able to see a step by step growth and development in the life of a Christian. From Reuben to Benjamin we go from infancy to maturity. Each of the gates are a manifestation of this nature of God in you.
The firstborn son of Jacob was Reuben. You and I are not going to be a part of the City and the People described in Rev. 21 until we experience the meaning of Reuben.
Reuben means, “Behold a son!”, or “See a son!” You must be born again to enter this City. The new birth is an importation of the divine nature in the form of a seed. You did not choose to become a Christian! You cannot make a decision for Christ! He chooses when you will be born both in the natural and in the spirit. I have been born again, I am being born again, and I shall be born again. The new birth is when God imparts and deposits Himself in us. The beginning of the divine nature is in the form of a seed.
Mary was confused about this in Luke 1:34-35 when she said: “How can this be?” Mary asked the angel, “Since I am a virgin?” “The angel answered, `The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the HOLY One to be born will be called the Son of God.'”
This is exactly what happens to you when you are born again. The Holy Spirit overshadows you and births in you a new spirit and imparts in you the same nature and quality of seed and life that was deposited in the womb of that young virgin. Heb. 12:9 calls God the Father of Spirits, and you are a spirit being of which God is the Father.
I Peter 1:23 says: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible seed; that is the living and abiding Word of God.”
James 1:18 says: “He chose to give us birth through the Word of truth, that we might be a kind of first- fruits of all He created.”
Does this say He saved us so that we might do something for Him? No! He said, “That we might be something.” A Kind! The word `kind’ can be translated `species’. In Gen. chapter one, the seed was to produce after its own kind. You will produce the kind of Christian you are. This is a good word for pastors. We will produce the kind of Christian we are! The ministry I have, will for the most part, be reproduced in those I minister to.
The purpose of the new birth is so we can be a first fruit of His creation. John 1: 1-14 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize Him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children (sons) of God. Children (sons) born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Man is spirit, has a soul and lives in a body. Adam’s spirit was so in union with God’s Spirit that there was perfect union. But when Adam sinned, this perfect union was broken and a separation took place between God’s Spirit and Man’s spirit, which resulted in death to man’s spirit. With our spirit we make contact with God’s Spirit.
When we are born of God, the Spirit of God lights the candle of our spirit, and we become the light of the world. John 1:9 says, “The true light, that gives light to every man, was coming into the world.”
Prov 20:27 says, “The Spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.”
Unless the Holy Spirit lights you, I do not care how many sinner’s prayers you have repeated, you are not lit. Unless you have been drawn to Jesus by the Spirit of God, I do not care what you think or say, you are not born of God.
However, when this happens, my spirit is saved, my soul is in the process of being saved, and my body shall be saved. When I was born from above, my spirit passed from death to life. A resurrection took place, and now I have communication with the Father of Spirits, because he that is born of the Spirit is Spirit.
John 1:10-14 (KJV) “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
He gave us the right to become Sons of God. You can get excited just preaching thirty fold salvation and you can get excited about preaching sixty fold but it is about time we have some ministries that preach a hundred fold salvation. There is only one way into the City, and that is through the gates. Anyone who tries to get in any other way is a thief and a robber.
Gate one is Reuben – “Behold a Son!” When God lights your candle, all of creation stands and sings the Hallelujah Chorus and says, “Behold, a son.” Unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given.
In John 3:3 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last days.”
In verse 37 He says, “All that the Father Gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” Verse 38-40. “For I have come down out of heaven not to do My will, but to do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I lose none of all He has given Me, but to raise them up at the last day. For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.”
There is real danger in this day of easy believeism. Jesus did not come preaching just believe. When asked, “What are we to do?”, Peter replied in acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized.” Repent means to have a change of heart. Turn from your way of thinking and acting. You cannot do this by yourself. It takes the power of God to change your way of thinking. Today there are too many trying to take the place of the Holy Spirit, and they talk of saving souls. “How many souls have you won to Jesus this year?” “We have to be soul winners for Jesus.” In all of the years of my ministry, I have yet to save one soul for Jesus. I have not led one person to Jesus, and I never will, nor will you.
This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit alone. You may be used from time to time to be His spokesman. You may think you are a spiritual midwife at the alter helping to pray someone through, but I have news for you. When a baby is ready to be born, it does not need anyone’s help. I cannot lead anyone to the Lord, nor can I pray you through to anything. You say, “But Pastor, don’t you train alter workers?” “No, I just feed sheep and they beget sheep.”
Eccl. 3:2 says, “There is a time to be born.” Chapter 6:3-7 talks of being still born. “A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded. Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man – even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails this prosperity. Do not all go to the same place? All man’s efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.”
He comes in darkness and obscurity, then goes out without knowing anything. This is speaking, in a spiritual sense, of those who have spiritual abortions and miscarriages. People who have been harassed and pressured by some Pharisee who has compassed land and sea to put another notch in their belt. As a result, it makes them twice the child of hell they once were. So many try to do the work that only the Holy Spirit can do.
The first Adam produced the beast of self-nature. At the new birth, we receive another nature that begins to overcome that beast. It begins to break his power and dominion until Christ in you is formed. The new birth, [the first gate] is the beginning of the descending of the New Jerusalem into the visible realm. Your family and your friends can begin to see the nature of God in you, because you are becoming different.
Six things the new birth is:
1. A birth
2. A cleaning
3. A quickening – bringing to life
4. A creation by the Spirit
5. A resurrection from the death of sin to a right relationship with Christ.
6. A translation from the dominion of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light – truth.
Gen. 49:1 says, “And Jacob called his sons and said, `Gather yourselves together so I can tell you what will happen to you in the last days.'”
Notice he said, “last days”. “Gather yourselves together, sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel, your father. Reuben, you are my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellence of power: Unstable as water, you shall not excel because you went up to your father’s bed then defiled it; he went up to my couch.”
Amplified version says, “Reuben, you’re my first born, my might, the beginning [first fruits] of my manly strength and vigor; [your birthright gave you) the preeminence in dignity and the preeminence in power. But unstable and boiling over like water you shall not excel and have preeminence [of the first born], because you went to your father’s bed; you defiled it; he went to my couch!”
From verse three we can see four aspects of what happens to us when we were born again. We receive might, strength, dignity, and power. All of these are in the seed that gave you birth and is your potential. When you plant a seed into the ground, you do not have the fruit nor can you yet see the potential of that seed. There must be a growing time. A developing time.
God has put Himself in us by His word and if allowed to grow it will manifest in the fruits of the Spirit as recorded in Galatians 5. If this is so, then why do we have so many problems? He says we are unstable as water. James 1:6-8 says: “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
This tells you what a new Christian is: He is double minded and unstable in all his ways. Isn’t this true also in natural birth? How can anyone who is unstable and double minded lead others? Paul said in Eph. 4:14-15: “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
This is the purpose of the five-fold ministry gifts. If you have only come through the first gate of the City, you are unstable. If you stay at this gate and do not go on into maturity, you will not excel. The word excel means to come over something.
Reuben, you will never be an overcomer as long as you just walk through one gate. If you only walk through one gate, even though the potential to succeed is in you, you will not be successful in this life by overcoming and all you can hope for is that there is a better life awaiting in the future.
In our area, there is church after church with hundreds of people in them with the divine seed of God in their lives, but they are unstable as water and will not excel as long as they remain in that place of refusing to mature.
Then Jacob said, “Because you went to your father’s bed and defiled it;” Reuben’s problem is pride and lust. Love of self. I want what I want and I want it now! I will scream or whatever else I can do until I get your attention!! If I want to go up to my father’s house and lay with his concubine, I will do it. Reuben was not able to control his desires. Everyone, in the Reuben category is trying to live the Christian life by following the letter of the law, and it is humanly impossible to do it. This is why Reuben is flustered, confused, and unstable in all his ways.
In Gen. 35:22 we read, “And it come to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father’s concubine, and Israel heard about it.”
The word Bilhah means trouble. It can also be rendered as confusion. This is a perfect description of a young child or young Christian: They always want to join themselves to something or somebody that is going to get them into trouble. It seem as though they are always troubled and unstable in all they do.
Here is the Ninth Principle: As long as I am motivated by pride and lust and possess an inability to control my desires, I will want to lay with that thing that is trouble and join myself to it so that it becomes one with me. I will be constantly in trouble in my life and I will constantly be unstable, I will constantly be nervous, and I will be constantly flustered and will never be able to excel.
THE SECOND GATE OF THE CITY, SIMEON
The second gate to the Holy City is the gate of Simeon. The name Simeon means ‘hearing’. In a broader sense it means, `He who hears and obeys what he hears’. There is an experience that will help you to hear what the Spirit is saying: That experience is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You can not hear and know what the Word of God is saying unless you have the anointing of the teacher who is the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, who is our example, did not start His ministry until He received the anointing of the Holy Spirit. And He said in John 15:12-15, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
Paul said in I Cor. 2:12-14, “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing Spiritual truths in Spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things what come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are Spiritually discerned.”
Paul did not leave any doubt as to where he stood on the importance of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for he said in Eph. 5:17, “Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
This is not an option if you want to be pleasing in the sight of God and do his will. This is not an option, it is a command. If you have come through the first gate, Reuben, you have been born again and the Holy Spirit is within you. He is not going to come down, He is going to come up! The baptism of the Holy Spirit is simply releasing Him to flow up out of your born from above Spirit and you can release Him any time you desire.
The reason the baptism of the Holy Spirit is fought so much is be cause this is the anointing that is going to release all truth to you. Jesus said in John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.”
It is no wonder the Pharisees fight it. Once you start hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches, you will see through the transparency of their traditions. They only crucified Jesus for one reason, He was light. He exposed them and made men see what they were without saying a word about them.
When you are filled, or come under the control of the Spirit, you start to move from tradition to truth and really start to have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to your generation.
At each of the twelve gates were twelve angels, or twelve messengers, or twelve messages! The sad thing is that people are preaching only the first gate, or the first message, they have only one message and there are eleven more. Proverbs 1:22 is a verse for all of you who have experienced the new birth, “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
The word simple means immaturity. “How long, you immature ones, will you love immaturity?”
“And the scorners delight in their scorning, and the fools hate knowledge.”
Don’t hate knowledge. If you hate knowledge you will perish. God had a very strong warning about this in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
There are ten more gates to go through, and you must have the experience of this gate in order to understand the other gates. Proverbs 1:23 says, “Turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you and make My words known to you.
Genesis 49:5 says, “Simeon and Levi are brothers: (This is the only good thing said about them) Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be thou not united: For in their anger they slew a man, and in their self will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.”
Amplified version reads, “Simeon and Levi are brothers (alike, headstrong, deceitful, vindictive and cruel); their swords are weapons of violence. O my soul do come not into their secret council; unto their assembly, my honor, be not united (for I knew nothing in their plot); because in their anger they slew men (an honored man, Shechem and the Shechemites); and in their self will they disabled oxen. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.”
What happens if you just stop at this second gate and refuse to go any further? You can become violent and unjust and deal with people the wrong way and damage lives and even be false. Notice it says here that they were cruel and that the instruments of their cruelty were in their churches. Not only were they cruel in their churches but when they went home, they were cruel to their wives and children. This shows the danger of stopping at the second gate.
“Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.”
In the book of Numbers they numbered Simeon twice and the second time they numbered him, he had decreased by over fifty percent. This shows me that in every church and every ministry where people stop at the second gate, there will be a decrease in their attendance and growth. People are tired of going into churches where there are envies and cruelties, with people always arguing and quarreling; where everybody wants to be chiefs, and nobody wants to be Indians.
Don’t blame the people, it is the ministry’s fault for stopping at the second gate, and then gets angry at anyone that preaches anything more. They are well aware that they cannot lead anyone where they have not been. You cannot take them beyond the second gate if you haven’t gone on yourself.
The name Simeon was on the fifth stone on the breastplate. The stone was a sapphire stone. Ca. (Song of Solomon) 5:14 says, “His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: His belly is as bright ivory overlaid with (hearing) Sapphires”
The inner most being of Jesus was set on just one thing; hearing what the Father had to say. Do you just want to be like Jesus and have an ear to hear what the Spirit wants to say to you?
Exodus 24:10 says, “And they saw the God of Israel; and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in His clearness.”
Ezekiel 1:26 says, “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone…”
Only those who can hear are going to rule!
Isaiah 54:11 says, “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, behold I will lay thy stones with fair colors and thy foundations with sapphires.”
This is speaking of the Church as She is being restored, and the very foundation of this restoration is the fact that this Bride can hear what the Spirit is saying to Her generation.
Lamentations 4:7 says, “Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire.”
God is going to give His Church pastors after His own heart who shall feed His people with knowledge and understanding. He is now polishing them, and this word literally means to cut off or divide. He is doing a work of purification, and I encourage you to present your bodies a living sacrifice and let Him polish you like a sapphire stone. Faith comes by hearing, and when you really start to hear, He will start to polish.
THE THIRD GATE OF THE CITY, LEVI
Levi is the name of the third gate of The Holy City. When we think of the word Levi, most of us immediately think of the priesthood and we are not too far off. The meaning of the word Levi means `Spiritual Ministry’. It is a ministry of and by the Holy Spirit in union with our spirit.
The actual meaning of the word Levi is union or attached. Two things being entwined. Something joined together. Adhesive. To adhere to. To cleave. For this cause shall a man leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife. This union that the word Levi speaks of is both vertical and horizontal. I am in union with God, by the Spirit, and in union with man, by the Spirit.
The purpose of the second experience that of being filled with the Holy Spirit, is so I can have union with God. Paul said, “He who is joined with the Lord is in Spirit with him.” God wants us to first of all be in union with Him, and then we can be in union with one another. We can minister unto Him and we can minister unto one another.
Paul said in Eph. 4:15-16, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, thatis, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by ever supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
And in I Cor. 12:7, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
One of the biggest problems in the local church is that people don’t know one another by the Spirit. We have not matured and our judgments are in the flesh. In II Cor. 5:16 Paul says, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. (KJV – Henceforth know we no man after the flesh) Though we once knew Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”
If, when I mention Christ, all you can think about is the man who walked in Galilee, then you don’t understand this verse. All the Calvary stories that make men cry are not spiritual at all, and for you to just sit and be reminded of the historical Jesus will move your flesh, but will not do your spirit any good. Can you not see that most people don’t even know Jesus after the Spirit.
Let’s take a look at His title and I think you will be able to see what I mean. Jesus Christ the Lord. Jesus is the man, and most people just know Him in that dimension. Someone who lived two thousand years ago and is now somewhere out there in heaven, where ever that is. How many have moved into the second dimension and know Him as the Christ (The Anointing)? This anointing is in you and it abides. The third dimension is knowing Him as Lord.
The amplified version of II Cor. 5:16 says, “Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a purely human point of view – in terms of natural standards of value. No, even though we once did estimate Christ from a human view point and as a man, yet now we have such knowledge of Him that we know Him no longer in terms of the flesh.”
Now, listen very carefully to what I am about to say: “You and I can not go through this third gate until we learn to discern one another after the Spirit and not after the flesh!” Most Spirit-filled people have not gone any further than Simeon. Once you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you must move on into Spiritual ministry, because this is the whole purpose of being filled with the Holy Ghost. I am not talking about the pulpit ministry because very few are called by God to be in this ministry, but I am talking about everyone learning how to minister to one another effectively in the Spirit.
You can be a channel of supply through the gifts of the Spirit, you can come into a service, not primarily to be ministered to, but to minister to others and to give of that Christ life that is within you. I want to become so in union with Him and so in union with you, brother, that I don’t know anyone in the flesh and I am not moved by what I see with my eyes, nor am I governed by what I hear with my ears, but I can flow with a clear pure Spiritual ministry.
Most of the time when I am talking to another person I am not even looking at their outward appearance because I am looking at the vibes they are transmitting. I can’t help it because there is a radar set on the inside of me. Most of you would be amazed by just how sensitive it can be. When I meet you I want to tune in to your spirit. What I hear you say can just be a cover up, a mask, of what is really there. The purpose of the gift of discerning of spirits is to distinguish what kind of a spirit is motivating a certain action or behavior. The Greek literally means a seeing through.
What would happen in your fellowship next Sunday if we all came with the attitude that this morning I am coming ready to minister? This teaching is not profound; it is very practical. It will change your life now, if you will apply it. This will bring commitment and responsibility.
Listen now, I want to shock you and cause you to, hopefully, wake up. I declare to you that the reason we don’t see more of Levi (Spiritual ministry) is because so much of our fellowship is in the natural and not Spiritual. The minute you start wanting to be spiritual, natural people will say, “Who do you think you are?” “Don’t you want to talk about anything except the things of God?” NO!
The things in the natural are dying and will soon pass away. If it is not eternal, if it is not of the Spirit, it is passing away. We call ourselves spiritual, but we are hung up on houses, cars, lands and everything in the world except Levi. Why is it that we think we can come into a service, get ourselves a cheerleader and sing choruses for forty five minutes and then we are in the Spirit?
Now, I know that with thanksgiving and praise it gets deeper as you go and I don’t want to be one of those that are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good, but God is not interested in natural fellowship, natural worship. The reason your worship service is so fleshly sometimes, is because you live, walk and talk that way all week. If you do that all week, there is no way you can come to church and in forty-five minutes get into the Spirit by singing choruses. We are to walk in the Spirit at all times.
I have seen people come through both the first two gates that are ever learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. (II Tim. 3:7) People will come our way and enter into the presence of the anointed Word and get into heavenly places in Christ Jesus, but there is never any change in their lifestyle. The reason being; they have stopped at the second gate. When ever you see the word `knowledge,’ you can think of Levi, because Levi means union. The word knowledge (EPIGINOSKO #1921) means to become fully acquainted with, and to have full discernment. When you have full knowledge of something or somebody you have actually come into union with them, because you have taken the time to get to know them.
I Cor. 13:12 says, “We see through a glass darkly but then face to face; now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known.”
The first time the word known is used here, it is the Greek word (GINOSKO #1097), and means here that my understanding is in part. The second time the word know is used in this verse, it is the Greek word (EPIGINOSKO #1921), and means that I will be fully acquainted with Jesus, even as He is fully acquainted with me. There has been a growth, a development even as in a marriage relationship, it is a learning.
Jesus extended to us, as believers, the covenant relationship of love, and He said, “Come all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Come and learn of Me (He compared Himself to an ox) for I am meek and lowly in heart (then He invited you to marry Him) take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.” Marriage is a learning process and you and Jesus are like you and your wife, you are a team of oxen yoked together.
Do you want to know what causes strife between you and Jesus? He wants to move and you just want to sit, or He wants to rest and you are rearing to go. What happens then, is that you just go around in circles. God wants everyone of us to demonstrate spiritual ministry. Here are ten examples of this.
1. We are many boards. Ex. 26:15-20
2. We are many stones. I Peter 2:5
3. We are many teeth. Ca. 4:2 This describes the teeth of the Bride. He says they are like a flock that has just come up from the washings (she has just brushed her teeth) they are even shorn, they all bear twins, and there is none barren among them. (no cavities) A tooth is a living thing, and if you don’t believe in the principle that when one suffers we all suffer, just get a tooth ache. Did you know that the teeth in your mouth actually represents the body of Christ? If one gets bad enough you just get rid of it. The trouble with most churches is that they are just a lot of false teeth.
4. We are many crumbs. I Cor. 10:17 “For we being many are one bread.”
5. We are many joints. Eph. 4:16
6. We are many flames. Matt. 5:14 Lights
7. We are many grapes. Is. 658 New wine in the cluster.
8. We are many soldiers. Joel 2:1-11
9. We are many grains of salt. Matt. 5:13-16
10. We are many clouds. Rev. 1:7
All these terms reveal just one thing, and that is ministry. Each one of these terms have to supply, each one has to give, each one has to minister in order for the whole thing to work. In Levi, God wants every one to come into union with Himself and with his fellow man, until each one can be a joint of supply.
Genesis 49:5-7 says, “Simeon and Levi are brothers.” (Simeon means to be filled with the Spirit and Levi means to minister) instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be thou not united: For in their anger they slew a man, and in their self will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.”
Not only does all these things happen when you refuse to go any further than just being filled with the Spirit, also they happen if you stop after learning to minister in the Spirit. Have you ever been in a church where prophecy flowed, yet these things were happening? Don’t think that just because we prophesy in church on Sunday Morning that we have arrived. We have just begun.
You see, if I stop and am content to just prophesy in part and if I stop and I only want to know in part, if I am content to just work some miracles and see some gifts of healing operate, then the chances of these things happening in my ministry are great.
Simeon did not change, but Levi did change. Much like the two thieves on the cross. Saul was not as great a sinner as David. David was an adulterer and a murderer. Yet David was a man after God’s own heart because he was quick to repent.
In the 25th chapter of Numbers, a descendent of Simeon was involved in whoring after the Gods of the Moabites and with sexual immorality with the Moabite women. This is the last reference to the tribe of Simeon for they are not mentioned in Deuteronomy where Moses blesses the tribes of Israel.
In Exodus 32:26 Moses said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come to me. And all the Levites rallied around him.”
There are some people who will just sit and say, “I probably never will move into spiritual ministry.” If You want to move into spiritual ministry, you will; if you don’t you won’t. I want you to notice something; both Simeon and Levi had a chance to prove themselves, and they did.
One changed his fate, and the other did not. We must grow up. Once we understand that we have passed through the gate of being born again and have also passed through the second gate of receiving the Holy Spirit, we must go on and learn to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit and this is not just an option. As a matter of fact if you continue to seek the Kingdom of God, you will not be able to help yourself, because this ministry will flow naturally through you. If you continue to pursue God and are not satisfied with stopping at the second gate, then all of a sudden from within you a real ministry will start to flow.
In Deuteronomy 33:8-11, Moses said to Levi, “Your Thummim and Urim belong to the man you favored. You tested him at Massah; you intended with him at the waters of Meribah. He said of his father and mother, I have no regard for them. He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant. He teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel. He offers incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar. Bless all his skills, O Lord, and be pleased with the work of his hands. Smite the loins of those who arise up against him; strike his foes till they rise no more.”
THE FOURTH GATE OF THE CITY, JUDAH
The first gate of The Holy City is Reuben and means: (Behold a son). The second gate is Simeon and means: (He who hears). The third gate is Levi and means: (Spiritual ministry). The fourth gate of The Holy City is Judah and Judah is an experience. Judah means praise, worship, reverencing the Lord. Judah means to praise Him with your hands extended. I see that hand extended two ways. Unto Him and unto others.
Judah is always first. It is the first stone on the breastplate. In the Book of Judges it was the first tribe to go to war. In the Tabernacle of Moses, Judah was the first tribe to move out or to lead. Judah was camped by the door of the Tabernacle.
Jacob’s sons, by order of birth, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah. Yet Judah moved from fourth place to first place. You can make a very interesting study of the order of their birth, verses the order of their arrangement on the BREASTPLATE.
We will find out, as we study Zebulun and Issachar, that both of them move from ninth and tenth place to third and second place. They jumped seven positions and as we study them, you will see why they got promoted. There is a principle in this. Someone says, “Well, you know I was born last.” “Pray for me brother, I just don’t have the advantages that some people have.” “I came into life with four strikes on me already”
What place did Judah come in? Fourth! In what place did he end up? First! Zebulun and Issachar started out ninth and tenth and ended up second and third. Joseph started in a pit but he ended on a throne. Jesus started in a manger, but now He is Lord of all.
You say, “But, Brother Johnson, I don’t have the kind of advantages you have had. I don’t have one bit of pity for you because, in this Kingdom, after the first two gates, it is up to you where you go from there. There is a real proving and a real testing of your heart as to what you really want after the first two gates. You can go into this City as far as you want and if you stop, don’t blame me, don’t blame the Lord, don’t blame the devil, don’t blame your wife, don’t blame your kids, your in-laws your out-laws or any one else!!
This gate speaks of the experience of praise (confidence, faith, trust in God) coming from the Christ nature within you. There is a Judas type of praise that betrays the Lord Jesus. This is the praise that comes from ones mind or from ones talent. It might surprise you to learn that the name Judas means praise. The Judas praise that betrays the Lord Jesus is whenever we praise from our mind or our talent. When we praise from our minds we are merely giving mental assent to His word. When we praise from our natural talents or abilities we do so in order to impress men. We know better, but so often are like the priest of Malachi, we have given Him the lame and the sick out of the herd.
I predict to you that before this year is over and when you are in praise and worship, God is going to speak to you and say, “Stop the show.” Because, what you are offering up is an abomination and you can either start over or go home. I don’t know why it is that we think we can imitate the incense.
Most of the singing in the church today in the form of soloist, quartets and groups is a demonstration of their musical talents and abilities and is an abomination in the site of the Lord. Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:40-41, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in Heaven.”
Jesus said, “God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
In spirit means your heart is in it. If your heart is not in the meeting, stay home. Do you know what all this is coming to? It is God confronting the church with taking on responsibility. The third gate is talking to spirit-filled people and telling them to minister to others.
If you will refuse to just praise God from your minds and your talents and allow your praise to come from deep within your inner being, the Lion of the tribe of Judah will begin to sound forth within you and miracles will begin to happen, and people will be healed. From within you is flowing forth an anointing that will touch lives and set people free.
Prov. 28:1 says, “The wicked man flees, though no one pursues him, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
The lion is the standard of the tribe of Judah. When you and I begin to praise Him. there comes forth from us a boldness of God which releases the anointing of God on our worship and brings forth the anointed word. Amos 3:8 says, “The lion has roared, who will not fear?” Demons will flee!
The Bible says to clap your hands, but tradition says don’t. The Bible says to dance before the Lord, but tradition says don’t. The Bible says to bow and to kneel and to open your mouth and sing aloud, but tradition says you can’t do that. Jesus said that when you stop these things you are in vain worship.
Jesus said in Matt. 15:7-9 says, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: `These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'”
Many spirit-filled people think that because they sing three or four scripture songs that this is worship. I will be bold to make this declaration to you. I doubt very seriously if any of us have experienced the kind of worship that our God is seeking. Vain worship is vanity, empty, useless, futile, worthless and a waste of time. How many of you would want to spend your life time worshipping Him in this way and then hear Him say; “In vain you worshipped me?”
Paul said in Acts 17:23, “For as I walked around and observed your objects of worship, I even found an alter with this inscription, to an unknown God; whom therefore you ignorantly worship, I will declare Him to you.”
This is ignorant worship. What is the difference between vain worship and ignorant worship? Vain worshipers are not sincere. Ignorant worship is just that. Without true knowledge of that which is worshipped. Col. 2:23 says, “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”
Self-imposed or will worship needs a cheerleader. Will worship works like this: Stand up. Raise your hands. Praise the Lord. Clap your hands. Kneel. Dance. In principle, if we stop here, we are no different than those people who have a kneeling pad on the back of their pews, and a piece of paper saying when to use it.
I am looking for a spontaneous flow of praise and worship that is done decently and in order. As it stands right now in our development toward maturity, we must be led into worship where we flow out to the Lord. If we ever come into maturity in our daily ministering unto the Lord, when we come together where will be a spontaneous breaking forth of praise and worship.
Now, I want to show you two things Judah or praise will do. Rev. 18:20 says, “Rejoice over her, O heaven” Rejoice, saints apostles and prophets” God has judged her for the way she treated you.”
Rev. 19: 3 says, “And again they shouted: `Hallelujah!’ The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
Praise destroys Babylon. In other words praise destroys confusion and Babylon means confusion. Babylon is a spirit and as they continued to say, “Hallelujah” smoke began to rise out of Babylon. If you will begin to praise and enter in through this fourth gate, Hallelujah, you will destroy the confusion in your vessel.
Secondly, praise will bring you out of the prison house and every limitation. Remember in Acts 16 when Paul and Silas were in prison. They began to sing and worship the Lord and the prisoners heard them. The world is shaking in fear and the church doesn’t know what to do about it. In the midst of all this fear and confusion, God is raising up a people and a City who will lift up their hearts and hands and praise Him. There is an earthquake coming and many are going to be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.
We cannot praise God out of our own strength. This is why Paul said in Gal. 4:6, “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, the Spirit who calls out `Abba, Father’.”
It is not me crying, “Abba, Father.” It is not you crying, “Abba, Father.” It is the Spirit of His Son crying, “Abba, Father.” So, even in our praise and worship, it is God who is at work in us to both will and do His good pleasure. There is not enough strength in me to praise Him with my whole heart.
Genesis 49:8 says, “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. You are a lion’s cub, O Judah, you will return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness – who dares arouse him? The scepter will not depart from beneath his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs, and the obedience of the nations is His. He will tether His donkey to a vine, His colt to the choicest branch; He will wash His garments in wine, His robes in blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, His teeth whiter than milk.”
It is obvious from this that Judah is number one. Judah was an overcomer he rose from number four to number one. This prophecy speaks of rulership, of government, of preeminence. Psalms 149: 6-9 is a commentary of Gen. 49:8-11. It says: Psalms 149:6 says, “May the high praises of God be in their mouths and a double edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples…to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all His saints.
This speaks of the hierarchy, principalities and powers and dominion in the kingdom of darkness. When we praise the Lord through the power of His Spirit within, the rulers of this dark world are being bound with fetters. You can actually enter into the rulership of Judah. When we praise the Lord, it puts our hands on the neck of the enemy.
In Gen. 49:9. there is listed three stages in the growth of the lion. Judah is a lion’s cub. He crouches and lies down – in other words, he humbles himself. Like an old lion – who dares arouse him? I see a growth here. Cub – baby, lion – young adult, and old lion – father. We can draw this comparison. 30 – fold, 60 – fold, and 100 – fold. Or, Outer court, Inner court, and Holy of Holies. Or, Thanksgiving, Praise, and Worship.
The only way you can get some people to thank the Lord is to give them something. Thank you Lord for saving me. Thank you Lord for healing me. Thank you Lord for filling me with your Spirit. We should thank the Lord for these things, but what if the only way He can get us to praise Him is by giving us something? Usually it is only something I like.
Praise, on the other hand, occurs as a result of our receiving a revelation of Him. In order for our praise life to flourish, we must be seekers of the Kingdom of God because praise is a result of revelation.
What about worship? You say, “Well, Brother Johnson, I didn’t hear you shouting as loud and I didn’t see you dancing like you usually do!” You old lion! No, it is just that as you mature you get smarter. Someone who is experienced in true worship, knows that volume has absolutely nothing to do with the anointing. I trust that the lion cubs will not misunderstand some of the old lions.
Gen. 49:11 says, “He will wash His garments in wine, His robes in the blood of grapes.”
Isaiah 5:1-2 says, “I will sing to the one I love a song about his vineyard. My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside (Zion). He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with choice vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a wine press as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only (Ishmaels) bad fruit.”
There are four things in a vineyard. 1. The vine and the branches. 2. The hedge or wall. 3. The tower. 4. The wine press. Wine in scripture can mean the blood of Jesus but it can also mean joy. What is the purpose of a vineyard? To produce wine. The local church is a vineyard and the purpose of any local assembly is to produce the joy of the Lord, which is His strength. In order to do this there must be the vine and the branches, the hedge, the tower and the watchman is in the tower which signifies ministry, and the wine press.
Back to Genesis 49:11, “He will wash his garments in wine, and His robes in the blood of grapes.”
If you were to see Judah, you would not have any trouble knowing where he had been. He has been in the wine press. Judah is the only one in the wine press. It takes two to seven people in the press to make it work. In the wine press they would sing and shout and dance and something would begin to flow. The wine press was constructed so that the wine would pour from an upper vat into a lower vat. When you learn to minister to God in praise, joy will begin to flow from your innermost being. This joy will be for those in a lower vat or those who have not yet learned the joy of the Lord.
Deut. 33:7 gives a four fold blessing of Judah, “Hear, O Lord the cry of Judah; bring him to his people. With his own hand she defends his cause. Oh, be his help against his foes!”
If you and I will allow this Judah nature to come forth from within us God will hear the voice of Judah. He will bring him unto His people. His hands shall be sufficient for him. God will be a help to him against his enemies.
Judah is the first stone on the breastplate and the stone is a sardius. A sardius stone is red (ruby) and is pliable. The word sardius means red or ruddy. David was ruddy in color. Rev. 4:3 says, “And He that sat on the throne had the appearance of jasper and sardius.”
Full of praise. Gen 49:12 says, “His eyes will be darker than wine” or KJV, “His eyes shall be red with wine.” He shall be saturated with praise.
THE FIFTH GATE OF THE CITY, ZEBULUN
Zebulun means: HABITATION Not only does Zebulun mean a habitation, but a habitation to be desired. It is from a root word meaning: Enclose, reside, or dwell within. This is the gate where your Christianity leaves the individual realm and your conversation changes from ( I ) to ( we). The biggest problem we face in the ministry today is people who are wrapped up in `I’. Even to the point that they let you know without a doubt, “It is MY ministry”.
I have met very few who have walked through the fifth gate. Even those who are proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom. Most of them are so caught up in what they are doing that they fail to realize that the last enemy, death, can only be conquered by the corporate body of Christ. Anyone who has come through this gate will find that everything they do, the way they think, what they do with their time, their talent and treasure, is always for the body of Christ.
I want to give you seven terms which describe this gate. We are God’s:
1. Habitation; Eph. 2:19-22 says, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s People and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a Holy Temple in the Lord. And in Him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling(habitation) in which God lives by His Spirit.”
2. We are a temple. There are two Greek words for temple. “HIERON” speaks of the temple in Jerusalem and refers to a temple that is not living. However, when Paul wanted to convey the truth of Zebulun, he calls us a temple in Eph 2:21 “In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a wholly temple.”
In I Cor. 3:16-17 he said, “Know you not, that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.”
And in II Cor. 6:16, “For we are the temple of the Living God.”
And in II Thess. 2:4, “He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
In every one of these references the word used for `temple’ is not the Greek word `hieron’. It is the Greek word `NAOS’, which means a living temple. It can be rendered, “The inner sanctuary”. Everywhere you see the word temple after the book of Acts, with only one exception, I Cor. 9:13, the Greek word used is `Naos’ meaning a living temple.
3. We are a tabernacle. Rev. 21:3 says, “The tabernacle of God is with men.”
4. We are a house. In II Tim. 2:20 Paul says, “In a great house there are vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor.”
Heb. 3:5-6 says, “Moses was a faithful servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”
5. We are a sanctuary. Heb. 8:1-2 says, “We have a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in Heaven, and serves in the sanctuary the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.”
6. We are a building. I Cor. 3:9 says, “For we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, God’s building.”
7. We are a mansion. Jn. 14:1-3 says, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions.”
Abode, dwelling place, a tabernacle, a house, a sanctuary, a building. The Greek word for mansions is “MONE”. All this points to Zebulun.
Would you like for me to tell you whether or not you have gone through this gate? One way you can tell is if you want to sit under anointed teaching no matter how long it lasts, and you desire to hear revelation teaching. Also, you can tell if there is an inward tug on your spirit that wants to be with your brothers and sisters on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
You have entered into Zebulun in direct proportion to how hard that chair is. When you want to be with your brothers and sisters in the Lord seven days a week. Have you moved from the individual man to the corporate man? Well let us put the acid test to it. That thing you are sitting on – your wallet. Did it get baptized when you did? Are you more concerned with meeting your own financial needs than the expenses of your local fellowship?
If you came to a choice of paying your own bills or the Lord’s and you choose yours, you have not entered through Zebulun. But Brother Johnson, I need that money for me! We laugh at this, but how many preach sonship that don’t have the Spirit of the Son?
You cannot go through Zebulun by yourself. There is nothing in me that wants to be around you for seven days a week, but there is something of Him in me that wants to be with you. It is only when I slip from that higher nature to the lower nature that I have problems being around you. Listen to me, you had better get to know the family and the City that you are going to live in forever. You know, I would rather spend time with my brothers and sisters in Christ, than I would with my own flesh and blood family. I have more in common with my spiritual family. I have no life by myself and you have no life by yourself. The life we live is; you in me and I in you and us in Him. Paul said to the Romans, in Rom. 14:7, “No man can live unto himself.”
Psalms 68:6 says, “God takes the solitary and sets him in families.”
I have no joy without you and no peace. Jesus said, “This is my commandment that you love one another, that your joy be full.” You cannot have fullness of joy without one another. The reason is, one of us could not hold it all, but all of us together can. If it comes down to a choice between His family and your own, there is no choice. His family always comes first. You say, “But I want my mother in this family.” Your mother would be in this, if she wanted to be.
When we pass through the experience of Zebulun we will no longer be concerned with my ministry, my family, my church, my healing, my testimony, my goals, and my vision. Instead, we will think in terms of our ministry, our church, our goals and our vision. Rather than always placing our wants, our needs, our desires first in our thinking, we will think first of how we can contribute to the needs of others.
We will use our faith to pray for our brother’s healing, instead of praying for our healing. Isn’t this what Jesus was talking about when He said, “The greatest among you will be the servant of all.”
When we are in need financially, we find someone who has a greater financial need and bless them in the hour of our need. Is this not what Jesus meant when He said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things shall be added to you?”
Paul and Silas were an example of this. They were hurting, needed healing and deliverance, yet they ministered to and worshiped God. The only reason the saints of God are so individualistic, is because the ministry is. As long as the ministry keeps sending out their tapes and their books, there will be those who make gods out of them. Even men with sincere motives will not be able to handle it.
When I come in through Zebulun, I don’t talk about my needs, I talk about our needs. I don’t talk about my blessing, I talk about our blessings. I don’t talk about my walk, I talk about our walk. I don’t talk about my ministry, I talk about our ministry. So many churches are just stepping stones on some pastor’s way up in his ministry.
Lord, help us to move out of our individual, self-centered mentality into a corporate understanding of the body of Christ. Give and it shall be given to you; this is Zebulun. Pastor, if, in your fellowship, you have only come to the place where you have big healing lines, then we have not matured very much.
Your responsibility as a pastor is to train the people of God to minister life to one another. It is not your responsibility to be the only one in your fellowship who has the anointing to lay hands on people.
A pastor’s responsibility is to bring you into a corporate relationship where the river of living water will be flowing from each of you to one another. Deut. 15:7-11 says, “If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be open handed and freely lend him whatever he needs. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: `The seventh year, the year for canceling debts is near,’ so that you do not show ill will toward your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in you land.”
Most people give because they expect something in return. In other words, they are for hire. They give of their time, talent, and money in order to get something. Most of you have been taught that if you will give your tithes and offerings, God will open up the windows of Heaven. Therefore, you are giving, otherwise, you would keep the money because you need it. You might as well keep your money, because your giving is cursed anyway. You can give because you know it is required of you and you want to be pleasing to your employer or to God. But, there is a giving that can be done where there is absolutely no motive to give in order to receive. God wants you to be like Him and give of your time, talent, and money because you love the people you give to.
Issachar became a servant unto tribute. This means he became a love slave, because he was not paid. When we become a love slave to God, we will not be able to be bought, because He has bought them. Like Issachar, we are under contract to Him and to Him alone. You could not begin to pay me what I am worth and, I could not begin to pay you what you are worth. When I approach the work of the Lord, I do it whether I get any thing out of it for myself or not. You say, “Brother Johnson, you can’t mean that!” Yes, I can. Because I have been through Zebulun and Issachar.
Through Zebulun, I left the individual realm, and now I have only one reason to live; that I might pour out my life for the Body of Christ. If this is not your reason for living, you are living in a lower realm.
You say, “But, that sounds so hard.” No! The way of the transgressor is hard. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light.” When you pass through these two gates, it is no longer a sacrifice; it is a privilege. When you pass through Zebulun you no longer think as an individual, but in terms of Him and His Church. You are not concerned about your welfare, but the welfare of God’s people. You are not concerned about your own finances, but the finances of God’s people.
You are not concerned about your own health, but the healing of God’s people. You are not concerned with your own reputation, but the reputation of God’s people. You are not concerned with what your family and friends say about you, but you are vitally concerned about what they say about the Body of Christ. For you to pour out your life for the Body is not even a sacrifice, it is a privilege.
Zebulun is only the fifth gate. Five is the number of grace. His grace is always sufficient. Zebulun stresses the importance of the local assembly. There are so many people who have had a Reuben experience, and some have gone on to experience Simeon and even Levi and Judah but most of them have stopped here and become a law unto themselves, therefore they only minister corruption and death.
There must be an experience of this gate, and it must be experienced, it cannot be forced. We don’t force people to go to church, and we do not condemn them if they don’t. We cannot do anything to put it in the heart of a man to be part of the family of God. Only from the Christ nature from within through the power of the Holy Spirit can a man get a vision of a local assembly.
I have met a lot of ministers who have told me that God was leading them to do a lot of things. I cannot hear a word they are saying, because they are isolated from the Body of Christ. They are alone and are going about doing their own thing.
The principle of Zebulun is that he stayed, was in training, and learned about sailing before he went to sea. This is very important. Where did Jesus grow up? In a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth. Whose territory was Nazareth in? Zebulun.
Matt. 4:13 says, “Leaving Nazareth, He went and dwelled in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: `Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ From that time on, Jesus began to preach, `Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’.”
Nazareth is a priestly city, and priests would gather in Nazareth before going up to Jerusalem to perform their priestly duties. So, who was there to observe the ways of the priesthood? Jesus. Nazareth was a crossroads of travel and every manner of thinking and cultural exchange took place there. This is why they say, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Jesus was submitted to ministry before He entered His ministry. Jesus, at the age of twelve, confounded all the teachers of the law. Yet, how long did He wait? How long did he practice the principle of Zebulun? 18 years!
I wonder how many young ministries are willing today to go through the Zebulun gate and become identified with a dwelling place; a local church, a people where they can learn about ministry before they go to minister? We must submit our ministry to the ministry of the Body of Christ, because in the multitude of counselors, there is safety. The new wine is still found in the cluster of Zebulun!
Proverbs 25:8 says, “What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?”
Do you know that they held the courts in the gates of the city? The elders sat in the gates of the city. Here is good advice: Don’t go hastily toward eldership unless you want to be revealed for not knowing what to do in a crisis.
Zebulun was the third stone on the breastplate of the high priest. The stone was a carbuncle. Zebulun was the tenth son of Jacob, yet he rose to the position of number three. It is not where you start that is important, but where you are placed in the setting. Zebulun rose seven positions from his birth because he lived up to his name and became identified with the people of God.
THE SIXTH GATE OF THE CITY, ISSACHAR
Gen. 30:18 says, “And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband, and she called his name Issachar.”
The key word in this verse is hire, because the name Issachar means hired. It also means reward. The NIV renders this verse as: “God has rewarded me.” This word can also mean the payment of a contract or compensation; a benefit, a price, it can mean wages.
Here is the principle: It is not enough to just become identified with the body; but in Issachar you cannot be bought. You cannot be hired. There are those who have passed through Zebulun and are identified with a local assembly, yet they are sucking the breast of the harlot. They have identified themselves with and are drawing their life from a system that God is going to destroy.
Babylon, which means confusion, is a spirit. Any spirit that comes forth and says, “Let’s make a name for ourselves” is a part of the Babylonian system. If you were to say, “Every man has his price”, Issachar would give you an argument. Issachar cannot be bought, because he has already been bought and he is under contract to another. Someone else has purchased the exclusive rights to Issachar.
There are a lot of people that would like to get hold of this kind of ministry, but he will not be bought. He will not serve another. You cannot serve God and mammon. He is under contract and cannot be bought. Rare is the ministry and rare is the man that has made it this far into the City. Many owe their life to the system. Many owe their allegiance to Saul, because they have their retirement plan already made out. Many were trained in Saul’s schools, and many have their lives invested in a head and shoulders system.
Jesus could not be bought. Satan showed Him all the world systems. Five thousand men and women wanted Him to be their pastor, but He refused.
Naaman tried to give money to Elisha but Elisha refused. He said, “My servant can, but I can’t be bought.”
Abraham took 318 men that he had trained himself and defeated five armies. The king of Sodom said to Abraham, “Let me pay you for this.” Abraham replied in Gen. 14:22, “I have raised my hand to the Lord God Most High. Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread of a thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.'” “After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
And Abram said, “That is ok Lord, but where is my son?” “All I have is Eliezer of Damascus and I don’t want to leave my estate to him. “You promised me a son and I have sold out to you and have left my home and family and have even got rid of Lot.”
I wonder how many people will be excluded from the City because they cannot pass through the sixth gate?
After you have passed through Zebulun and are able to discern the corporate body of Christ, you will come in contact with people who will try to buy you. They will come to you and say, “Do you really agree with what the Pastor is teaching?” “Did you know, have you heard… ” “Well, I think this is the way it should have been done, don’t you?”
Some are Pastors themselves. Some are mothers in Israel and would like to possess you and manipulate you, control you. “Bishop, the Lord told me you should be doing this.” “Well, I discern something strange is going on around here.”
Issachar cannot be bought, and he will not buy you. Pastors who have passed through Issachar will not Lord over God’s possessions.
I Chronicles 12:32 says, “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the time, to know what Israel ought to do: The heads of the men were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.”
There are few today that know what God’s people ought to do. What you ought not to do, is lay with the harlot. Issachar is a man of understanding and he understands that this is the time that you cannot be bought.
I want to give you an example of four men who would not lay with the harlot. You say, “Brother Johnson, what do you mean by harlot? Well, I could say the Catholic Church is the mother of harlots and the Protestant churches are the daughters and granddaughters of her. It goes back much farther than that, all the way back to the dawn of civilization. Clear back to Nimrod. Even back to Cain because he was a fugitive and a vagabond. He was marked with the beast system clear back there.
God’s people need to be men of understanding and we need to understand that we are not to lie with the harlot. Proverbs 7:1 says: “My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, `you are my sister,’ and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.”
The harlot system is a ministry that flatters you. Verse 6, “At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice. I saw among the simple, (Note: The one that is going to get snared is said to be among the simple. The word simple means immature.) I saw among the young men (or I saw among the immature) a youth who lacked judgment, (or understanding. What did Issachar have? He had understanding.)”
In Verse 8, “He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.”
Note that only a man with the lack of understanding will walk straight into the snare of the harlot. Also the greatest manifestation of the harlot system will be at the last day when the dark of night sets in.
Verse 10 says, “Then came out a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now is the squares, at every corner she lurks.”
The second characteristic of the harlot system is that she is loud and defiant and never stays at home. The third characteristic is that she has a church on every corner.
“She took hold of him and kissed him, (She caught him and probably offered him a job. She said he could teach a Sunday school class. We need you to lead our young people.” Let me make you feel important. You just got saved, “Do you want to preach?”)
“She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: (Note how religious and the imitation of purity.) I have peace offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows, so I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you.”
Here is another characteristic of the harlot system; they will come after you, badger you and harass you.
Verse 16, “I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.” Where did she get her righteousness? Egypt.
Verse 17, “I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.” If you made a study of the Song of Solomon you would see that this is an imitation.
Verse 18, “Come let us drink of love till morning; Let us enjoy ourselves with love!” This is s false love that gives only temporary satisfaction. When the day breaks it is gone and leaves a bitter taste in your mouth because you have been used. Your time, your talent and your youth have been prostituted.
Verse 19, “My husband is not at home;” Isn’t that the truth? You will not find an intimate relationship with Jesus there. He is outside knocking (Rev. 3:20) trying to get in, but she will not let Him in because she would have to change her (doctrine) ways. He has gone on a long journey. He has been gone so long that we don’t heal anyone here anymore and we don’t speak in tongues and haven’t in years.
“He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”
The moon is a reflection or an imitation of the real light and has no power source of its own. The full moon is an indication of 666 or the full manifestation of that which is false. Note that this is when Jesus comes back.
Verse 21, “With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.”
This is how the harlot system manipulates you through fear and intimidation. If you don’t follow our doctrine we will ex-communicate you. If you can’t believe it the way we do, you will miss the rapture. The root meaning of the word rapture is rape.
Verse 22, “All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose, till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.”
Committing fornication with the harlot is a life or death situation. You cannot participate with her in her smooth and righteous sounding man-made doctrines and not get burnt. The Word of God says, “Come out of her!”
The rest of the chapter tells the advice given to the sons of the kingdom.
“Now then, my sons, listen to me: Pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray to her paths. Many are victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”
Allow me to summarize this chapter for you. Those who refuse to allow the Holy Spirit to lead them through the experience of Issachar; are simple, are among the foolish, the immature, and will be seduced by smooth flattering talk of those who want to control and manipulate them to their way of thinking in order to build a kingdom for themselves under the guise of doing it for Jesus. You cannot afford to become a part of any system that prevents the free flow of the manifestation of the Spirit of God.
Now, let me give you four examples of men who could not be bought.
1. Joseph, in Gen. 39:7-23, ran from the harlot system and she persecuted him by telling her husband a lie. She was filled with righteous indignation because she did not get her way, and she turned on him like a viper. Joseph, as a result, had much of his youth stolen from him. His reputation, his integrity and his ministry. God restored the years that the canker worm had eaten.
2. What about Moses? Heb. 11:24-27 says, “By faith, Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
3. What about David? I Sam. 20:24-25 says, “So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon festival came, the king sat down to eat. He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David’s place was empty.”
This describes Saul’s table and all of his dignitaries were there except David. You will not find David at Saul’s table.
4. Finally, what about our Jesus? John 6:15 says, “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again into the hills by Himself.”
It can be a lonely road, especially when you first refuse to go along with the harlot system. But after God tries you and tests you in that commitment, He will then cause you to be identified with others who cannot be bought.
5. Heb. 13:12 says, “Therefore Jesus also suffered and died outside the city’s gate in order that He might purify and consecrate the people through the shedding of His own blood, and set them apart as Holy for God. Let us then go forth from all that would prevent us, to Him outside the camp, at Calvary, bearing the contempt and abuse and shame with Him. For here we have no permanent city, but we are looking for the one which is to come.”
If you cannot be bought, I have one question for you. What is your reward? Is it dying and going over yonder to get it? If it is, then we have a problem because Rev. 22:12 says He is coming down here and bringing His reward with Him. So don’t miss Him on the way up, when He is on the way down.
God told Abram in Gen. 15:1 “I am your shield and your very great reward.” Your reward is Him. His reward is you. We are His family. For the reward set before Him, He endured the cross. Jesus could not be bought because He knew He would be brought into a living union with a people who would have the same nature as His that could not be bought.
Jesus said in Matt. 6:6, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you openly.”
This is talking about a nature. A reward that is open is a reward that is revealed. The book shall be opened. Your nature will be revealed for what it is. Someone says, “Well, I just don’t believe that!” Will you believe what the Apostle Paul said about our being an epistle read and known by all men? If you are going to be found in the book of life, it will be on the day when everybody’s nature is revealed by fire. My goal is to have an open reward in that day.
Gen. 49:14, “Issachar is a rawboned donkey laying down between two saddlebags (or two campfires).”
The word donkey or ass as used in the Bible means strength or noble character. We use the word to mean simple. A dumb ass. (KJV) says, “Issachar is a strong ass crouching down between two burdens. Notice the following” Issachar is a strong noble character. He lies down or is crouched down indicating humility. He has a balanced ministry which is a burden for the lost and a burden for the Church.
“And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant to tribute.” (forced labor)
Issachar rests in Zion from his labors. He humbled himself to be a love slave. How many Spirit-filled people are voluntary love slaves to death? Some Spirit-filled people have the attitude, “God what can I get out of this?” Like Judas, they have their hand on the table. Because Jesus said, “The hand that betrays me is on the table.” John had his hand on the table. This describes Spirit-filled people who are over balanced in areas of healing, deliverance, and their emphasis is meeting the needs of man. What can I get from God?
If this is where you are in your development in the Lord, I do not say these things to condemn you but that I might encourage you to come higher. You see, all of us go through this stage of development. My problem is with those who refuse to go higher. Another attitude some Spirit-filled people have is, “What can I do Lord?” This is a good attitude and it is nice to have people like this around. The only danger with these folks is that too many times, it is just them doing it and not the Lord directing them. These are usually more interested in doing than in being. Like Martha, they think serving is more important than worshipping.
Issachar is a strong ass, he is bearing two burdens, he is a worker, he is spending and will be spent for this Gospel. His attitude though is, “How can I serve?” There are too many Christians in the Pentecostal-Charismatic realm that are only looking for rewards. I am not looking for a reward. I am looking for an opportunity to be of service to the Body of Christ. Someone says, “Brother Johnson recognize me from the pulpit. Ok. You’ve got your reward!
Do you know that strange as it may seem, the Kingdom of God was able to hold together before I got here. If something happened to you and me, I am sure it would still stand. If you are a pastor and the work that you are involved in wasn’t growing and nothing was happening, what would your attitude be? God did not call you to be successful. He called you to be faithful. God is getting ready to unveil a reward that will blow all our minds. And it would not surprise me if it is through little known ministry.
Deut. 33:18-19 says, “Rejoice Zebulun, in your going out, and you Issachar, in your tents. They shall summon peoples to the mountain and offer sacrifices of righteousness; they will feast on the abundance of the seas (people), on the treasures hidden in the sand.”
Isaiah 60 is commentary on this passage and it says, “ARISE! SHINE!”
Zebulun rose seven places from birth to number two on the breastplate of the High Priest. Issachar was the ninth son and rose seven places on the High Priest’s breastplate, to number three position. The stone on the breastplate that Issachar’s name was written on was a beryl. There are two different kinds of beryl. The stone is aquamarine or a pale blue/green. Some stones are a light gray color. The blue/green stones carry with them the idea of two elements mixed together to produce the third color. The light gray stone also has two elements, which are mixed together which produces the third color.
The two elements are silicate of aluminum and berylium. Beryllium is the only stable light weight metal with a relative high melting point. It takes a lot of fire to melt berylium. Beryllium has an excellent electrical conductivity. It has good mechanical properties. It is use for structural and thermal applications and nuclear reactors. It is used because it can withstand a lot of heat and is strong. Of course, nuclear reactors have to do with atomic changes.
This is the Eighth Foundation and eight is the number of new beginnings. You can now understand why beryl is the stone in the eighth foundation. The Eighth Foundation is praise and worship. It starts in the Holy Place or the Feast of Pentecost.
Remember that the golden altar of incense was taken by the High Priest into the Most Holy Place or Feast of Tabernacles once a year?
Blue is one of the colors of the beryl stone and blue is the color of the heavens. It is a heavenly color.
It is not enough to just become identified with the body; but in Issachar you cannot be bought. You cannot be hired. There are those who have passed through Zebulun and are identified with a local assembly, yet they are sucking the breast of the harlot. They have identified themselves with and are drawing their life from a system that God is going to destroy.
THE SEVENTH GATE OF THE CITY, DAN
Dan means: JUDGE Gen. 30:6 says, “God has vindicated me: He has listened to my plea and given me a son. Because of this she named him Dan.”
Dan also means an umpire, to execute judgment, or to minister judgment. One of the names of God is Adonai. The name `Adonai’ means Lord, Master or Ruler. So the purpose of Dan is to judge and to rule, therefore, I am going to focus my attention in teaching Dan to those who are to rule over the House of God.
Dan was called to be a judge. He was called to lordship, to rulership. If you have not gone through the sixth gate, Issachar, it disqualifies you to enter the seventh gate, Dan. Because, if you can be bought, you cannot be a judge. But, if you cannot be bought, then you can minister pureness of judgment. Jesus said in John 7:24, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.
In any situation there is one judgment that is the answer. There are many judgments, but just one judgment. This answer will come through a word of wisdom and will be God’s judgment for that situation. When I use the word judgment, people usually think of something negative. Judgment is not negative. It is positive. There is a judgmental kind of criticism that will condemn you, but I am speaking of a ministry of no condemnation. The judgment that flows out of the old nature will condemn you. Judgment that flows from the new nature will not condemn you, it will not minister death, but will minister life and righteousness.
Jesus said in Matt. 7:1-5, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
How many have heard this statement, “Christians should not judge!” How stupid! Jesus was not telling us here not to judge. He was telling us how to judge. 3. In John 7:24, Jesus said, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment”
The word for judge used in Matt. 7:1, is the word `KRINO’, which means to separate, to select, to choose, to determine, to conclude, to correct, to esteem, to decree, to sentence, to think, to approve, to have an opinion, to deem, to resolve, to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong, to pronounce judgment, to rule or govern, examine, investigate, discern, to decide, etc…….
Simply stated, “If you make a judgment, you have made a decision.” What do parents make every day concerning their children? Decisions. It is a cop-out to say, “We must not judge.” In many homes there is very little discipline, and as a result there is chaos.
Discipline requires decisions and follow-through. Unfortunately, the chaos that is in the home, because there are no decisions made, has been carried into the church and many pastors are afraid to rock the boat. Sons of the Kingdom do not condemn or criticize others. Those who have such a critical spirit will reap what they sow. Usually, those who are unqualified to give advice are forever giving free advice. Those who are qualified to give advice follow the principle Peter gave in I Peter 3:15, “Be ready to give an answer to every man that ask you.”
Don’t you ask a seasoned minister unless you are prepared to receive and accept the truth. When you ask me, I cannot allow your sentiments, your feelings, your reputation, your tithes and offerings to bribe, to sway or to pervert my judgment. There is a nature in me called Dan that is tempered by the nature of Issachar that cannot be bought. Because I cannot be bought, I don’t allow our friendship to cloud the decisions I must make concerning the welfare of the assembly. I don’t care what Moma thinks, here is my judgment. I don’t care what the consensus of opinion is, here is my judgment. I don’t even care what I think, here is my judgment. My judgment is His judgment; righteous judgment.
You see, righteous judgment is the judgment of the Lord and cannot be questioned. In any given situation, Jesus would render the right decision. Then why have so many wrong decisions been made? We will see the key in just a few minutes, but we have not waited for His word to come. While it is true that those who are unqualified are forever giving free advice, it is also true that judgment and justice is rendered by those the King has called, appointed, chosen and anointed. Those who are given the responsibility of judgment have judged themselves. These are proven ministries who have met God’s requirements. This self examination is currently being experienced in the church as a Day of Atonement.
This feast day is a day of humiliation when justice may be denied to us in order to prove us. We are all reluctant to judge ourselves, but this is the day in which we must consider the plank in our own eyes. This will qualify a ministry to render pure and righteous judgment in the earth.
What then, is the basis for that righteous judgment? Righteous judgment is the judgment of Jesus; His fairness and His decisions. Righteous judgment cannot be based on our experiences. “Well, It has been my experience –” Our experiences are valid and may be helpful, but we must not limit God to deal with others the same way He has dealt with us. There is only on way you can learn the ministry and that is by doing it. The key to a successful ministry, however, is submitting it to a proven ministry for their judgment and leadership, in order that you might become seasoned.
If you will realize you are immature and that you are a novice, then you will submit your ministry to proven ministry. When you are making a righteous judgment concerning another person’s life, you must realize that they are a unique person and God will deal with them in their uniqueness. There are no two people alike, just as there are no two snowflakes alike. The principal of no two snowflakes being alike indicates to me that God’s judgments are unsearchable.
Usually, I can spot immediately, problems and scriptural solutions to those problems in a person’s life. But what if I am not sure? Then this Dan nature from within me will cause me to wait on the Lord and I will receive the word of wisdom for that situation. If you ask a seasoned ministry a question concerning your life, don’t be surprised if he tells you that he first must pray about it. Don’t be surprised if they tell you to come back at the same time tomorrow and they will give you the answer.
Be careful of the man who has all the answers. Chances are, he hasn’t been through Dan. Chances are, he can be bought and is just trying to flatter you. Have you ever made a wrong decision? Do you know why? You were hasty. Your good or bad experiences do not qualify you for this kind of judgment I am talking about. Experience is sense knowledge. The righteous judgment of Jesus goes beyond that, beyond what the eye can see into the realm of the spirit.
God does not always deal with others the same way He has dealt with you. The Pharisee in you will always want God to deal with others the same way He deals with you. God’s judgments are unsearchable. Even as each snowflake is different, every situation you face is different. If God’s judgments are unsearchable, then I must have some help to find them.
If you needed to know something from the scriptures and you knew I was knowledgeable in that area, would you not come to me and ask, rather than not know? There is someone who is available to us who knows every answer. Maybe we should hang a sign up outside saying, “The church that knows all the answers.” I didn’t say, “The pastor that knows all the answers.” Collectively we should have enough of the Holy Spirit in us to be able to give an answer. Who has all the answers? The Holy Spirit, and He is in us!!! If we will just wait on Him, Dan will come forth.
Paul said in I Cor. 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”
God has revealed to us things that no eye has seen. Things beyond experience.
“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man’s spirit within him? In the same way no man knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
No man knows the thoughts of God!! Now, that should let the air out of a lot of preachers sails! However, there is within me, the Spirit of the Son who knows all the answers. My problem is that my mind is so cluttered and my mouth so much in motion that I cannot hear. If I would stop and be still and know that He is God, I would never make a mistake.
Show me one mistake Jesus made. What was His secret? He waited for the voice of the Father within.
He said, “I don’t say anything but what I have first heard Him say it.”
He said, “I don’t do anything but what I see my Father doing.”
My problem is that I have said too many things that He didn’t say, and I have done too many things He never did. But I’m learning to let Dan come forth. When Dan comes forth the righteous judgment, the answer will be there.
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught us by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to Him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments (decisions) about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment”
The key to this statement is, “The Spiritual man.” The natural man cannot be allowed to judge the Spiritual man. I must be in the Spirit to make Spiritual judgments. I cannot make Spiritual judgments (decisions) with my natural man (self-soul). In my Spiritual man I have the mind of Christ.
Jacob’s prophecy to Dan is recorded in Gen. 49:16, “Dan will provide justice for his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.”
Those of us in the five-fold ministry get into trouble if we lose sight of the truth that Jesus was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is our pattern in all things and it was not His desire to lord His position as Emmanuel over us. How many there are in the five-fold ministry that desire to lord over God’s people.
There are well known seasoned ministries that are about to become one of the stars that will fall from heaven.
I want to show you why. This will be good strong meat for those called by God into the ministry. You must learn to dwell among the people of God and not above them.
Gen. 49:17 says, “Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horses heels so that its rider tumbles backward.”
Don’t let this fool you. Both Jesus and Satan were represented by the serpent.
In Matt. 10:16 Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
We live in a perverted world today, and much of our thinking has been perverted. We too often lose sight of the fact that Satan has perverted everything his hands has touched. music, art, drama, sex, man, and the animal Kingdom.
The word serpent is the Greek word (OPHIS) and carries the idea of sharpness of vision, wisdom. Jesus told us to be wise like a serpent. Satan has not only defiled the serpent but he has also perverted wisdom. Dan was to be a serpent by the roadside.
Jesus said in John 3:14, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.”
Not only was Jesus lifted up as the representative of sin but also as all wisdom. Jesus’ wisdom in offering himself up as a sin offering far exceeded Satan’s wisdom in crucifying Him. Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and Satan is as a roaring lion.
I know men in the ministry that cannot be bought, but refuse to pass through the experience of Dan. There are men in the ministry who are called to be Dan (to make righteous judgments in Israel) and instead of allowing the wisdom of God to put the kingdom of darkness in confusion, they become shrewd and cunning in their wisdom. Instead of a blessing to you, they become a menace and an instrument of destruction that causes many to fall backward. Because they pervert wisdom they become bitter and thrust out the tongue and instead of edifying God’s people, they bring condemnation.
Psalms 140:3 says, “They make their tongues as sharp as a serpents; the poison of vipers is on their lips.”
The word viper means to overwhelm, to break or to bruise. Some men pastor like that. They overwhelm their people and bruise them and even brake them and cause them to fall back or backslide. Every minister that takes the wisdom of God and perverts it for their own gain and have caused the riders on the horse to fall backward, will be judged in this life by God. He will let the ministry experience the righteous judgment they have perverted.
Do you know what the remedy for all of this is? Gen. 49:18 says, “I wait for your salvation, O Lord.”
Do you know why I have made mistakes in the ministry? Because I did not wait on the Lord. Do you know why I have made mistakes in my personal life? Because I didn’t allow time for God to work all things out. The word `WAIT’ means to look for.
Here are some scriptures concerning waiting on God.
Psalms 40:1 says, “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Isaiah 25:9 says, “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Isaiah 26:7-9 says, “The path of the righteous is level, O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.”
Isaiah 33: 2-6 says, “O Lord, be gracious to us: we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. At the thunder of your voice, the peoples flee; when you rise up, the nations scatter. Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts; like a swarm of locusts men pounce on it. The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, and rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”
Isaiah 40:31 says, “They that wait upon the Lord.”
Psalms 25: 3-5 says, “No one who waits on you will ever be put to shame but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.”
Psalms 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Psalms 37:9 says, “For evil men will be cut off, but they that wait on the Lord will inherit the earth.”
Verse 34, “Wait for the Lord and keep His way. He will exalt you to possess the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.”
Dan was the tenth stone on the high priest’s breastplate and the stone is a Beryl stone. The word Beryl means to break or subdue. God has called for the ministry in this hour to break and subdue and punish everything that is evil.
Song of Solomon 5:14 says, “His hands are as gold rings set with Beryl.”
Deut. 33:22 says, “Dan is a lion’s cub, springing out of Bashan.”
Ministries that have gone through Dan are wise as serpents and bold as lions. When they spring, it is going to be at the enemy. When they claw and when they mangle and when they kill and destroy, it will be against the enemies of God’s people.
THE EIGHTH GATE OF THE CITY, GAD
Gen. 30:9 says, “When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maid servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, ‘A troop cometh!’ So she named Him Gad.” Gad means a troop cometh or good fortune.
Can’t you just hear God when Mary gave birth to the baby Jesus saying GAD!!! A troop cometh! He is the first born among many brethren Gad means in Hebrew to crowd upon – to attack – to invade – to overcome – to assemble by troops – an army – a band of men who are fully armed and prepared.
The eighth gate is knowing by experience that you are part of that troop. Gad, the eighth gate, speaks of predestination. God never did intend for predestination to become a doctrine. As long as it is in the doctrine realm it will produce death. God meant predestination to be an experience.
When you get far enough into the City, through the eighth gate you will know that you were in the bosom and the mind and the heart and the counsel of God before he laid the foundation of the world. Have I lost you? I get so tired of the pitiful way so many so-called Christians allow the least little thing to cause them to leave the Church. The least little thing and they stop tithing. The least little thing and they pout for months. If you go through this gate, nothing will move you. Nothing will offend you. Nothing will upset you. Nothing will cause you to want to bail out.
If you ever get a revelation in your spirit that God had you in His heart before you were born, it will change your life. God brought Jesus out of His bosom the Word says and there was more than one Son in His bosom. There was a troop in the bosom of God. God has always had a family in His heart.
The word predestinate comes from two Greek words. ‘Pre’ – meaning before and `horizon’ – meaning to set a boundary. It simply means something that has been determined before hand. Another description of predestination is to preplan something.
Rom. 8:28 says, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers, and those He predestined He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.”
What then can we say in response to this? If God be for us, who can stand against us? God has declared and decreed and determined and has spoken irrevocably that it shall be as He decreed it shall be. There is something in my heart that tells me I can’t help but win. For this purpose God has decreed my success. There is something in my spirit that refuses to agree with the sense knowledge of what my eyes see and my ears hear.
If this book says, “The earth is the Lord’s”, then I believe the earth belongs to the Lord. God has declared in Numbers 14:21, “As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” And I believe it shall be. It doesn’t alter one word if you don’t believe it. God said it, and in my heart that settles it!
What, then, happens in our spiritual walk when we pass through the gate of Gad? Gen. 49:19 says, “Gad, will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.”
If you have passed through Gad, you are accustomed to spiritual warfare. You are a seasoned warrior. You do not turn and run when you are outnumbered and overwhelmed by the enemy. You do not hide your head in the sand and pretend nothing is happening. No matter how dark and how hopeless it may seem in the natural, there is an inward confidence, and inward knowing that God has everything under control and you will be successful.
Some of you, undoubtedly, have been overcome by the enemy in some area of your life. Stop beating on yourself and stop that condemnation. If you will leave gate 1 and 2 and allow the Spirit of God to bring you through gates 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and this eighth gate, you will be a seasoned warrior and you will have experienced the infallibility of the word of God. You will know that God has planned a way out for you. Perhaps no one is oppressed by condemnation more than the pastor who teaches present day truths about the Kingdom of God. You are faced constantly with those who lack understanding, and have doubts, and unbelief.
There is an abomination of condemnation that will enter your temple if you allow him and he will convince you that you are no good. II Thess. 2:3-4 says: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
But if we will allow the nature of Christ within us to raise up, He will slay this abomination by saying, “It is written'” II Thess. 2:8 says: “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”
I will overcome, because greater is He that is in me.
Gad was the sixth stone on the breastplate. The stone was a diamond.
Jeremiah said in Jer. 17:1, “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron and with the point of a diamond; it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and upon the horns of their alters.”
God is raising up a troop who are going to pinpoint the son of the Church. He cleansed the temple twice. At the beginning and the end of his ministry. At the beginning and the end of this age the temple shall be cleansed. A ministry that has endured hardness is a good soldier. God is bringing forth a troop that will stand without fear or favor and in humility declare the sin of the Church and prepare her to meet Her Husband.
Deut. 33: 20-21 says, “Blessed be he who enlarges Gad! Gad lurks like a lioness, and he tears the arm, yes, the crown of the head. He selected the best land for himself, for there was the leaders portion reserved; yet he came with the chiefs of the nation, and the righteous will of the Lord he performed, and His ordinances with Israel.”
I Chron. 12:8 says, “Of the Gadites there went over to David to the stronghold in the wilderness men of might, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were swift as gazelles on the mountains.”
Verse 15 says, “These are the men who went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, east and west.”
Verse 37-38 says, “On the other side east of the Jordan River, of Reuben, and Gad and the half-tribe of Manesseh, 120,000 men armed with the weapons and instruments of war. All these men of war arrayed in battle order, came with a perfect and sincere heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king.”
Paul said in Eph. 4:19 that a man can come to a place in his life where he is passed feeling. He said in I Tim. 4:2 that there were those who would have their conscience seared with a hot iron. I believe that an individual can go so deep into sin that God will give them up to their own desires. But, on the other hand, I believe that you can mature to a place in your knowledge and understanding and experience in God, where you cannot turn back. You have locked in with God. You have gone too far to turn back.
If you ever pass through the gate of Gad, the experience of knowing that you were in the loins of God before the foundation of the world as a troop, a people, a family, there will be the evidence of this in the way you live and the fruit you produce. Like I said before, you are the fruit of this ministry, the epistle of the Holy Spirit, and any other ministry can come in and inspect your fruit and know if this ministry is of God.
If you pass through this gate, you will absolutely know beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are from God and He has raised you up for just such a time as this. Jesus passed through this gate. If you pass through this gate you will know that absolutely nothing can come your way, no circumstance, no obstacle, no temptation, no test, and no devil in hell that can ever begin to move you, persuade you from the determination and the dedication and the preservation of this walk with God.
I am saying that it is possible to reach a place in God where you will never fall. But you will have to pass through eight gates to get there.
What is Gad? John 13:3 says: “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.“
Predestination is knowing who God determined you to be in Him! “Jesus knew His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God.” What if I were to say to you that I have come from God and He put all things under my authority and I am going to return to Him? Do you know what Jesus did to prove what He said was true? Did He work some miracles? NO, He girded Himself with a towel and washed their feet. Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be the servants of all.”
There is troop of servants coming out of the bosom of God, marching through out the world demonstrating the nature of God.
THE NINTH GATE OF THE CITY, ASHER
Gen. 30:12-13 says, “Leah’s servant Zilpah bore a second son. Then Leah said, `How happy I am! The women will call me happy.’ So she named him Asher.”
Asher means happy, to be straight or level – to go forward – to be honest to prosper – blessed. If you experience the ninth gate on your way into the city, you will be content in every circumstance. This contentment comes from a peace within you from the Christ nature. The proof of this contentment within is the flow of worship.
Paul wrote four of his letters from prison. Eph., Col., Philippians and Philemon. One of the themes of the book of Philippians is contentment in any circumstance. Phill. 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We are not to worry about anything. The next time you are tempted to worry, get on your knees and pray first. Verse 8-9 says, “Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Paul said in Philippians 4:10-13, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
It is not natural to be content. The world is going crazy with fear and worry and doubt and unbelief. In the midst of all this, God is preparing a people and a City so the nations can walk in the light of the nature that God is producing in them. God is releasing in us His nature and we are learning to be content with every circumstance we are faced with. You won’t hear us gripping and complaining about it.
If I were teaching on the steps required to become free from worry, I would start at Reuben and bring you through Gad. Take all the gates preceding this ninth gate and you will find steps into deliverance from worry. The toughest gate for the worrier is Issachar, because the worrier can be bought. If you are sold out to Jesus, you will be delivered from worry. But, Brother Johnson, I’m just worried about my children. I can’t help it if you don’t want to turn your children over to Jesus. If you will give Isaac to Jesus, He will give him back to you.
Paul wrote II Tim. While in prison in Rome and he said in II Tim 2:9, “This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.”
There is no prison door, there is no chain, there is no circumstance that can bind a nature. God is wanting us to come into a walk, where we can be absolutely content in every circumstance.
Paul says in II Tim. 2:10, “Therefore, I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy statement: If we died with Him, we shall also live with Him, if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.”
He is a nature that is within you, and He will abide faithful if you will allow that nature to continue to flow from within you.
The writer of Hebrews says in Heb. 12:2, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus had passed through Gate 9, Asher, and he understood what real joy was all about. As Jesus was ascending to Golgotha He told the women, “Don’t weep for me; weep for yourselves.” Jesus had passed through Asher. He had learned to be content in any situation. Heb. 1:9 says, “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
Jesus was the happiest man who ever lived. Asher means contentment in every circumstance. HAPPY. Because Jesus loved righteousness and hated wickedness, He was anointed of God with the oil of joy. We have been told about Jesus that He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. But it was your grief He was acquainted with, because He didn’t have any!
Those who are walking in Him, who have passed through Asher, are burdened with your grief’s, not theirs. Because they don’t have any. They are content. You see, if I cast all my care upon him, I don’t have any.
The purpose for the Asher experience in Jesus is so you can lay aside all your grief’s and care and devote your time to being an intercessor for others. An intercessor is one who has a burden for another and is free to spend their time praying for someone else. Can you now begin to see why the whole Christian world is bogged down in self-interest.
The person who will say to me, “Pray for me, Brother Johnson, this thing has me so upset, I just don’t know what to do!,” is a long way from the ninth gate. God does however, have a people in the earth right now who are content. There are people who have walked through this gate and they are happy.
What would happen in the world if the Church would stand up and declare to everyone that we can’t be destroyed because, I am. I cannot be worried, because I am. I cannot be anything else but happy, because I am. I am always content, because I am. The world and most Christians can’t understand someone like this. But the nature of I am is being developed in them, and they know that all is well despite the circumstance.
They have been delivered from worry and once you get this far in your maturing process, nothing will get the best of you, because you know who you are. I ‘m not saying that you will no longer be buffeted. But it will not destroy you. There is that Christ nature in us that will keep us from falling.
Gen. 49:20 says, “Asher’s food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.”
Let’s first look at the promise that, “Asher’s food will be rich.” There will flow from the man who has walked through the experience of Asher, a rich ministry to the body of Christ. Jesus said in Jn. 7:37, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” If you have come through Asher, you have a merry heart. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”
There is a healing ministry coming out of Asher and will bind up the wounds in the body of Christ.
Notice, the KJV says, “Out of Asher his bread shall be fat.” Fat always is an indication of excess, plenty, and prosperity. He will be rich in ministry and he will overflow in Godly ministry.
Then it says, “He will provide (or yield) delicacies fit for a king.” The word ‘provide’ or ‘yield’ means to give. If you are a giver, then you will be happy because the secret of happiness is being a giver.
Not a taker. Show me someone who is always worried and I will show you some one who is a taker and not a giver.
You won’t make it through this gate if you are a taker. But the giver always have something to give? He has delicacies!! He has pleasure, delight, and ministers cheer.
Who stood up in the midst of the storm and said, “Be of good cheer!” Jesus! “Cheer up!” God is love. There is no fear and no worry in love. What does perfect love do to fear and worry? Cast them out.
Asher was the eleventh stone on the breastplate. The stone Asher was engraved on is an onyx stone.
There were two stones on the shoulders of the high priest as well as the twelve on the breastplate. The two stones that were on the shoulders of the high priest had engraved six tribes on each stone and were onyx stones. Onyx is the color of flesh.
God is looking for some shoulders in this man he is creating that he can put government on. He is looking for some people who are responsible to rule.
Judges 5:17 says, “Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? Asher remained on the east coast and stayed in his coves.”
This is a song Deborah sang about the time they went to war against the enemy and called on their brothers for help. Asher said, “I’m happy. Why should I bother with you?” “My family is prospering and we are at peace and content.”
I’ve had pastors say to me, “Well brother, I am just concerned with keeping my ministry and my church happy. I can’t help you.”
Do you know why Asher fell from the eighth place to the eleventh place? Because he didn’t share that happiness. Asher, however, was prophesied to have ministry flow out of him and to give unto others which would bring pleasure and delight to them. But when called upon in the time of war, the time for battle, he did not respond. He said, “Go fight the enemy yourselves.” “I’m content to stay home.” “Why should we get involved in that, anyway?” “Let someone else do it.” “We are too busy maintaining the status quo!”
Jesus was content and happy before we came along. Why did he want to mess with us? He didn’t have to get involved. But praise God He did. The reason why He did is explained by His nature. His nature is love and to love is to give oneself for another.
Deut. 33:24-25 says, “Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil. The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.”
Notice: “Most blessed of sons, Asher,” Asher, because of his happy, contented nature will be highly blessed among his brethren. They will respect him and favor him because of his happy, loving, giving nature. His immature brothers, however, are envious and jealous of him because he is blessed and they can’t understand why. Because they will not allow the loving, giving nature of God to flow out of them. They are takers. If you get this far into the city there will be people who envy you. There will be people who will want to condemn you and make you as miserable as they are. There will be those who will want you to come and feel sorry for them and want you to mourn with them because they have it so rough.
We are certainly supposed to have compassion on those who are having difficult times. However, there is a big difference between those who have no desire to change their circumstances and those who truly need help. I do not have time for those who are not interested in doing anything for themselves and those who rebel against spiritual authority. Until people are ready to change the circumstance that is causing their sorrow, you can’t really help them. They will suck the life out of you, if you allow them.
You had better break off your relationship with them. I don’t want any part of, or any association with a nature that refuses to trust God!
Deut 33:24 says, “Let him bathe his feet in oil.” Elijah told Naiman to dip (bathe) himself in the River Jordan seven times. This is more than just a dipping of the toe. This means to be baptized in oil. If your foot, your walk, is bathed in oil, then you are always anointed. Do you want to live a completely anointed life before the Lord? Then get happy! There will be a people that will experience the Asher gate who will be anointed with the oil of gladness above their brothers and sisters. Everywhere you walk people’s lives will be anointed with your oil of gladness. This anointing that flows from your walk will have signs and wonders following.
Deut. 33:25 says, “The bolts of your gates will be iron and brass.” This indicates judgment and strength. II Sam. 12:18 says, “On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead.” This is the problem with so many pastors today, they are afraid to tell their people the truth. I would rather tell people that what they have produced from the adulteress relationship they have had since they left their first love Jesus Christ and played the harlot by doing their own thing, is dead!
That ministry is dead and all the fasting and praying in the world will not bring it to life. If you want to help people, you have to be honest with them. However, if you really want to hurt them, just go along with them in what they are doing and bid them God’s speed and watch them die. So many today, refuse to accept responsibility. Their reasoning is, “Let someone else do it!”
Notice II Samuel 12:18 goes on to say: “On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
When the ministry was still alive, we tried to speak to him and warn him that his ministry would die, but he would not listen to us.
Verse 19-20 says, “David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized his child was dead.” “Then David got up from the ground. After he washed, put on lotion, and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshipped.”
What did David do to get out of his situation? He got up and washed and anointed himself. He changed his clothes (his attitude) and went to the house of the Lord and worshipped. How many of you, when God says no, will accept his wisdom and worship him?
THE TENTH GATE OF THE CITY, NAPHTALI
Gen. 30:7-8 says, “And Bilhah, Rachel’s maid, conceived again and bare Jacob a second son. And Rachel said, `With wrestling, have I wrestled with my sister and I have prevailed and she called his name Naphtali.”
The name Naphtali means to obtain by wrestling. It comes from a root word that means to entwine yourself around something and to struggle. The word means simply, wrestling. The Apostle Paul made several mentions of wrestling in his writings and in his day, it meant to wrestle to the death of one of the wrestlers. So when Paul talked about wrestling in the spiritual realm, you can see how serious it really was. When he said in Eph 6:12, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” he knew that we must wrestle in order to win and subdue them and do away with them so Jesus can reign supreme in the world. In our wrestling against evil, either we will prevail over evil or evil will prevail over us.
If you come through this tenth gate you will overcome God. I realize that this is a very strange statement, but let me explain. The truth of Naphtali is that you are an overcomer and a prevailer. There has been a release of the creative word in you when you come through this tenth gate.
I would like to first take a look at the negative side of this account of the birth of Naphtali. Have you noticed that there has always been a struggle between Rachel and Leah? Leah speaks of the law and legalism but Rachel speaks of grace. Leah speaks of the bond woman but Rachel speaks of the free woman. This is similar to Hannah and Peninnah of I Samuel 1. Peninnah had all the children and provoked Hannah, because Hannah, like Rachel, was barren. You can also liken Leah to the old covenant and Rachel to the new covenant. Leah to the flesh. Rachel to the Spirit.
Paul said in Gal 5:17, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
This Greek word for ‘contrary’ means that they are adversaries. Enemies. Naphtali got his name from the fact that Rachel and Leah were always struggling. There is a fleshly wrestling. Paul said in Eph. 6:12, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood.” What were Leah and Rachel doing here? Wrestling against flesh and blood.
Literally, Naphtali was born out of frustration and trouble and struggling. There is a real nugget of revelation in this statement I have just made. It is going to take some frustration if we are to become like Jesus. God is going to have to absolutely frustrate us (in the way we think) if we are going to see this City become a reality in our walk.
Naphtali was born as a result of sister wrestling against sister. Naphtali was the sixth son born to Jacob. However, Naphtali ended up on the breastplate of the high priest in the number twelve position. LAST!!! He went from half-way to last. Do you know why he ended up last? Because if you fight your sister you will end up on the bottom. Go ahead and argue with your brother and sister, you will end up last.
Naphtali and Dan belonged to the same denomination. They had the same mother. Dan means to judge. Those who are always judging and criticizing are always wrestling. This City we are talking about is a people, and I will not get to be a part of this City by wrestling against you. Here we have two sisters or two churches wrestling.
Like Hannah and Peninnah, one church has all the people, and so the pastor gets up and talks about the other church which doesn’t have as many. They are just making fools of themselves. Leah is the one that is producing children, and you do not have to make her barren. She will stop producing the minute Joseph is born. The minute Jesus was born the law was annulled. His life and ministry annulled it. If you can ever get Joseph and Benjamin born in your fellowship, you won’t have to be concerned about the harlot churches producing, because they will become barren.
Isaiah 54:1-2, “Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband. Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”
This will happen the minute Joseph and Benjamin are born. There is a harlot system out there and God has her right where he wants her. She will produce only as long as God allows her to produce. I don’t have to fight her nor do I need to sit in judgement of her. I don’t need to say one word. All I need to do is to allow Joseph and Benjamin to be brought forth in me. Joseph means (Let him add.) Benjamin means (Son of the right hand.)
We don’t have time to wrestle with our brother because we don’t want to end up on the bottom. Jesus did not come preaching and teaching against the Pharisees. He came preaching and teaching the Kingdom of God. The kingdom moved the Pharisees.
Dan fell five places to the tenth spot and Naphtali fell six places to the twelfth spot. 6+5 = 11 Eleven is the number of confusion, and if you judge and wrestle your brethren this is where you end up. IN CONFUSION!!
Dan and Naphtali’s mother was Bilhah and Bilhah means timid, fearful, old, troubled and confused. This is the kind of system that produces a people who are always fighting and judging one another.
I made a statement earlier that if you come through this experience of Naphtali you will have wrestled with God and overcome Him. Let me explain. There are two natures and they are struggling in the womb of your mind, and this Christ nature is kicking hard to be born. Here in Gen. 32 Jacob overcame God in this sense. He was bold to take his inheritance when he was tested.
The angel of the Lord said to Jacob, “Let go of me!” But Jacob said, “I’m not going to let go of you until you bless me.” The only way you can overcome God is to refuse to let go of Him. The number 10 is the number of responsibility and the number of testing. God will put you through His final testing of your character in order for your character to be as His is.
Gen. 32:24 says, “So Jacob was left alone.“ If you make it to gate 10 in your maturing process, you will find yourself alone in the trials and in the decisions you will have to make. No one else will understand what God has specifically designed for you to walk through, because there is no one else like you.
So Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him till day break. You cannot tell me who this man was, and neither can I tell you who he was. He may have wrestled with himself. Notice: “There wrestled a man with him until the breaking.” Something had to break. If you make it to this tenth gate, you will wrestle until the breaking. Even as in Jacob’s day, there is only one way to wrestle with God; until death occurs.
This final conflict between your will, your nature, your desire and His desire must occur in order for there to be only one will, one desire, one nature: HIS NATURE! In this wrestling match there is a paradox in that you overcome by submitting. You win by loosing. If you seek your life, you will loose it. If you loose your life, you will find it.
Jacob wrestled until the breaking of a new day. When you come into this relationship with God, He just might take some liberty with you. Like Job, for instance. Job was minding his own business, walking righteously before God. Have you considered My servant, Job? In Jacob’s case it was God who was the aggressor, for it was He who started this wrestling match. Jacob had been running from this for twenty years.
In every man’s life there comes that one time when you meet God face to face and get your name and nature changed or you wait another twenty years. I know ministry that is running from God because they are afraid to stop and change their nature, because they know what they are.
Verse 25 says, “When the man saw that he could not overpower Jacob, he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh.” This word `touched’ is the same word used when the bible says, Uzziah was smitten with leprosy in the forehead. It is the same word that says, Job was smitten. It is the same word in Isaiah 53 where Jesus was smitten. It was more than just a touch. He smote him in the hollow of his thigh. The area of the thigh is that area in which a man produces. The Jacob nature, or the old nature produces only that which is hollow. Because God loves us, He is going to wrestle with us until He completely touches all that is produced by our old nature.
Jesus sat on Jacob’s well when the woman came to draw water from that well. We are much like the woman – we like to draw from our old nature. Jesus told her that if she would come to Him He would give her living water and she would thirst no more. Jesus said, “I am the well you are going to draw from.” We are to draw from His nature that we may live.
Verse 26, “And he said, `Let me go the dawn breaketh.’ And he said, `I will not let you go until you bless me.’ And he said unto him, `What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob’.”
He said my name or my nature is Jacob, I am a phony, a hypocrite, a supplanter. God said, “Yes I know, but you will no longer walk according to the flesh because I have put a stop to your production, and from this moment on you will be called Israel, for I have changed your nature. And as a prince you have power with God and with man and have prevailed over both.”
The name `Israel’ means, he shall rule as God. (#3478 or prince with God.)
There will come a time in your maturing process as you come to this Naphtali experience where you will tenaciously hold on to God until he touches you and changes your nature. From that moment on you will rule as God. I did not say “You will be God.” I said, “You will rule as God.” You will walk like, think like, act like and rule like God. First there must be that maturing of the nature of Christ within you. Naphtali is when you began to walk in your inheritance as a son of God.
Turn now to Gen. 49:21, “Naphtali is a hind (deer) let loose, he gives goodly words.”
A hind is a female deer. The root word for hind means strength, or mighty man. Psalms 22 says, “To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”
Notice that this Psalm is written to the chief musician, Aijelith Shuhar. Aijelith Shahar means the hind of the morning. Some consider Jesus to be the hind of the resurrection morning and this Psalm is talking about Jesus in the first verse. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Psalms 29:9 says, “The voice of the Lord makes the hinds to calve and discover the forest; and in his temple does everyone speak of his glory.”
The spirit of the Lord is what will cause you to produce and bring forth fruit unto harvest. Nothing you produce outside of God will last. Psalms 18:33 says, “He makes my feet like hinds feet, and sits upon my high places.”
Habakkuk 3:19 says, “The Lord is my strength and He will make my feet as hinds feet and he will make to walk upon my high places.”
In Gen. 49:21 it says, “Naphtali was a hind let loose.” Do you know why the church is always portrayed as a female – a hind – a doe – a bride – she – her – etc… Because a female has no seed in her – of her own. We can do nothing without the sperm of God that is within us, which is His word. – I Peter 1:23
The term, “Let Loose” means to be sent forth or to shoot forth or to sow as to plant seed. Naphtali speaks of a people who are going to be sent forth. Because I refuse to let go of God, I AM GOING TO BE SENT forth to produce. To speak God’s words. I don’t speak words unless I hear my Father say them. David said in Psalms 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh God! My strength and redeemer.”
Naphtali was the twelfth stone on the breastplate. The stone was made out of Jasper. A jasper stone is as clear as crystal and this speaks of the nature of Christ. In the Old Testament or the old order, the jasper stone, or the nature of Christ, was last. It was enclosed, hidden, shut up. However, in the New Testament the jasper stone is listed as first. (Rev. 21) The Christ nature is revealed.
If you successfully pass through the experience of Naphtali in your maturing process, you will become clear as crystal and the Christ nature in you will shine forth as the sun.
THE ELEVENTH GATE OF THE CITY, JOSEPH
Both Joseph and Benjamin are a type of the first fruits company or people in this end time. People who are overcomers in the church. People who have been sent ahead of their brothers to preserve life here on this earth. Both Joseph and Benjamin are beautiful pictures of this end time group of overcomers who comprise and make up the City of God and all the nations of the earth will walk in the light of this City.
If you walk through the Joseph Gate, you will be a preserver of life for your family. You also will receive a double portion, because Joseph was the father to Ephraim and Manesseh, who both ended up on the breastplate. If you make it through the tenth gate, you will produce a double portion from this Christ nature in you.
Joseph is a preserver of life to his family and Benjamin is the son of the right hand. This speaks of Rev. 3:21, “He that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I overcame and sit down with my Father on His throne.”
4. I Sam. 1:4-8 says, “Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?”
There is a reason why Peninnah has all the children. On purpose, God has made us barren. There is a reason why. Up to this point, the local assemblies that are proclaiming this message have been barren in comparison to the rest of the churches. God has been in it, because until He can produce in us the vessel that will produce what He wants, we will just produce another Ishmael like all the rest of them are doing. But we cannot allow this to condemn anyone, and also can not allow this to be an excuse for us not to reproduce. God wants Rachel to bring forth Joseph and Benjamin.
Gen. 30:1 says, “When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became envious of her sister.”
This is the wrong attitude to have and someone will say, “Well, the church across town has all the people and all the money and all the facilities. They envy their sister church. You must not do this. You must realize that a sovereign God has kept you barren until you are ready to produce what He is looking for.
“And she said unto Jacob, ‘Give me children or I will die.'”
Now, when you get to this point of desperation, when you get to this place in God, you are ready to start producing something. In verse 22 it says, “and then God remembered Rachel.” Do you know when God remembered Rachel? When it was due season. God deliberately waited until He was able to change Jacob’s nature before He opened Rachel’s womb. He wanted that which was produced in her to be of Him.
God will withhold your reproduction until that which is produced in you is of Him and when this happens, you will give birth to the preserver of your family.
Then it says, “God listened to her and opened her womb. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, ‘God has taken away my disgrace.’ She named him Joseph, and said, ‘May the Lord add to me another son.'”
When you start to produce what God wants you to produce, you will start prophesying. Your ministry will become prophetic.
The name Joseph means, ‘let him add or let him continue to do a thing’. There are two ways that Joseph can be taught. First, as a type of that people who have been sent ahead of the rest of the church (Gideon’s 300) for the purpose of preserving life and feeding their brethren. Or that Joseph is a type and shadow of those who are overcomers in the church, pioneering and pressing into a realm and a walk before anyone else. In this harvest it speaks of those who are first fruits who mature early.
The other way of teaching Joseph is as a type and shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus was a savior of the Church, Joseph was a savior of His family.
Rachel prophesied, “God’s going to add to me another son.” That other son, Benjamin, was to be a full brother to Joseph. This speaks of those people who will come to the full measure of the stature of Christ. Not a half brother, not a half message, not a half truth, not 60 fold but 100 fold. Not Pentecost, but Tabernacles. A full brother to Joseph.
In the story of Joseph you will find that Benjamin is a key, because without Benjamin the other brothers would not have been fed. Joseph was rejected before he was accepted. He was envied before he was honored. He was stripped before he was clothed. He was cast down before he was exalted. He was a slave before he became a master. He was imprisoned before he ruled. He was forgotten before he became well known.
What about you? Are you willing to go through all that God has designed for you in order to be a savior to your family?
Gen. 50:20 says, “As for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive as thy are this day.”
The purpose of Joseph’s life and ministry was to keep many people alive. In the circumstances he had to go through, he could have blamed the devil. He could have blamed his father. He could have blamed himself. However, Joseph knew that it was God who had everything set up in order that he, Joseph, might become the preserver of lives.
There were three strippings of Joseph. He was stripped of his coat of many colors, his clothing was stripped away by Potiphar’s wife and then the prison clothes were stripped away and he was led to the throne. A 30-60-100 fold stripping. All of this speaks of “A first fruits company, the elect of God.”
There are some principals in the life of Joseph that we should take a look at. The First Principal is that Joseph was favored by the Father.
Someone says, “But God doesn’t have favorites.” Yes He does. For whom He choose, He did predestinate to be formed into the image of His Son. Not everybody is going to be in this class. You will find no reason why Joseph got the coat of many colors other than the choice of the father. The seven colors in the coat indicate the seven spirits of God. It was a priestly coat. It was a coat for a ruler.
Joseph was the eleventh son and he started out in confusion. When you are a dreamer, the first thing the dream will do is confuse you. When you tell your half brothers your dream, they will seek to do away with you. The coat was a mark of distinction, or royalty, of birthright. He was a dreamer, he had a vision of the throne. In light of present day truth, he would see beyond Spirit filled people of this day and see the Feast of Tabernacles. He would see that there are those who will rule and reign with Christ in this age. He understands that it is possible to be like Christ. He would proclaim a message that there is going to be a people who will rise and put the enemy under their feet. He would see that as the world systems fall apart, we will be the only salt in the earth left that will be here to preserve it.
There are many descriptive terms for Joseph and Benjamin’s ministry. They are called a Joseph company. Sometimes a Benjamin company. Sometimes they are called 100 fold. Sometimes they are called the Judah company. Sometimes a manchild company. Sometimes a first fruits company and sometimes the elect of God.
It is obvious that Joseph’s half brothers did not like the vision that Joseph told them. In fact they hated him and persecuted him. In Genesis chapters 37-50 we read the story of Joseph and I want to give you an outline of each chapter and comment as I go.
In Genesis 37 we see how he was treated by his half brothers. They hated him, envied him, persecuted him, they conspired against him. They wanted to kill him, strip him and throw him in a pit and finally sell him. This is where many people see him as a type and shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Basically, what this chapter portrays is a gross misunderstanding of Joseph by his half brothers. If you have the courage to speak forth today what the Lord is saying to you in your prayer time, you will be ostracized; you will be maligned, you will by slandered, you will be talked about, you will be hated, you will be envied, you will be persecuted, but mostly, you will be misunderstood.
The first thing to be leveled against you is this: that you are being exclusive and that you think you are better than anyone else. The questions they ask is, “Why can’t you be like everyone else?” and, “Who do you think you are?” There is a lesson to be learned in all this: don’t tell your dreams to a half brother.
In chapter 39, Joseph is given a measure of authority in Potiphar’s house. You can see the hand of God on Joseph’s life. In this chapter he refuses to lay with Potiphar’s wife and He is falsely accused and put into prison. In chapter 40, he interprets the dreams of the Baker and Butler. Even though Joseph is in a prison house, he has learned like Asher to be contented in any circumstance.
In chapter 41 things begin to turn around, because the Pharaoh has a dream. It is called to Pharaoh’s attention that there was someone in his prison that had all the answers. God is raising up a ministry that has all the answers. Jesus said in John 14:26, “When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.” Joseph did not hesitate for a minute to tell Pharaoh the answer to this dream. What the world is looking for right now, is the answer and no one has the answers, except those who are part of the Joseph company.
You say: “Well, where are they now?” In a prison house. They are a king and keeper of all the prisoners and they are waiting for the word from the one who is the ruler to send to the prison house and call for them to come. When this happens they will give the answer before all. When Joseph came out of prison, he came out to reign. Here in Chapter 41, he is exalted to second place in the kingdom.
In chapter 42, he proves his brethren. But he deals mainly with Benjamin.
In Chapter 44 he deals mainly with Joseph’s and Benjamin’s silver cup.
In chapter 45, he reveals himself and God’s purpose to his brethren.
In chapter 46, he reveals himself to Jacob.
In chapter 47, Joseph places and nourishes the family. He also subdues all the land unto Pharaoh.
The very ministers in your local area that think you are a false prophet and an heretic, are the very people God had on His heart when He started dealing with you to be sent ahead in order to preserve them in time of trouble.
The day will come when the very people that have come against you and have thrown you in a pit, (if you are a part of this Joseph company), will come to you. They won’t be able to recognize you, but you will know who they are. They will come to you for corn, and you will be the only one who can feed them.
God is strategically placing local churches all over this great country of ours, as a hub of a wheel and these local churches are going to be the glory of God in their local area. In a time of spiritual famine, God is going to bring people from all denominations into these Joseph churches. The day will come when there is no corn: (Absolutely no Word at all in the harlot system.)
Do you know how Babylon fell? They diverted the flow of the river. The rivers of the harlot system are drying up and all of those who have ministries of life are blocking up the river flowing into the harlot church. There are churches in your area that are in deep trouble. There are even Spirit filled churches who do not know what to say. Their pastors do not know what to do because their system is no longer working. The river is drying up and it is only a matter of time until the city of Babylon (the lie that they have believe in) is going to fall. When this happens, you no longer will be considered a heretic and they will flock to you for counseling.
What did God say on the wall in Daniel? “You have been weighed in the balance and are found wanting.”
Gen. 37:3 says, “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children. Because he was the son of his old age.”
Joseph is a son for the last days. He was born at the end of Israel‘s life. Just as he was a son of Israel‘s old age, even so God is raising up a people for these last days. In the first days of this age, there is coming a Joseph ministry.
Verse 4 says: “And he gave him a coat of many colors.” This coat spoke of royalty, for a ruler or priest. Right now there is a Joseph people all over the world and the coat of many colors is on them. The coat of many colors speaks of the seven spirits of God, which are around the throne, and the fifth chapter says they are going to be sent into all the earth.
Verse 4 also says, “And when his brothers saw that Jacob loved him more that all his half brothers. They hated him and did not speak peaceably to him.”
To add to this, he told his half brothers about a dream he had in which they bowed down and worshipped him. Needless to say they hated him all the more. They called him the dreamer. They said the day will never come when we will bow down to you. As if this wasn’t enough, he had another dream.
In verse 9-10 it says, “Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”
In this dream not only did his brothers bow down, but his mother and his father also. This even enraged his father when Joseph told him. The things of God can only be understood by those who have an ear to hear.
Verse 23 says, “So when Joseph come to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the richly ornamented robe of many colors, and they took him and threw him into a cistern. Now the cistern was empty and had no water in it.”
When you find yourself in a pit there is only one way to look! UP!!
In Gen. 37:31 it says, “And they took Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.”
So you want to wear the king’s robe of many colors in the Kingdom of God? It’s been dipped in the blood of the scape goat. Can you bear the reproach? Can you bear the humiliation? Do you want to be misunderstood? If you are an evangelist, do you want to trust God to meet your needs or will you suck the breast of the harlot? There are a lot of churches that will pay you good if you will preach what they want. It is sad to say, but there are very few churches in this land where you can preach the truth. The truth will tear down strongholds of false doctrine.
It was prophesied of Benjamin that he would raven (tear up) as a wolf. The word raven means to tear up. Tearing up people in their thinking, is exactly what we are doing. Those who are going to be the son of the right hand will be found tearing up religious traditions of false teaching. Jesus went through the temple and cleansed it and chased out the money changers. He did not announce he was coming, and he did not apologize. God is producing a ministry in this area that is going to tear this area apart.
People are going to be crying out: “Tell us the truth.”
Gen 39:1, “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian,who was one of Pharaoh’s officials (the captain of the guard),brought him from the Ismaelites, who had taken him there. And the Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house ofhis Egyptian master.”
He was prosperous! You cannot stop a dreamer. From the time it took to take him from Canaan to Egypt, he was prosperous.
In Verse 10 it says, “And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, (Please come and hold me a revival), he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.”
Chapter 41:9-13 says, “Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.
And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged.”
Notice that Joseph prophesied and it came to pass exactly as prophesied. God has a ministry in the earth and you can lock them up with your wagging tongues in a small church, you can entice them, you can try to buy them and do to them anything you want, but everything they say is going to happen, and there is nothing you can do about it.
God through the kings dream restored one man and humbled another. No man has this kind of authority, however, Joseph did, because he was God’s mouthpiece. Elijah walked into Ahab’s court and said, “It’s not going to rain in this land until I say so.” and then he walked out. Ahab called for his doctor of divinity and asked him, “Who was that nut?” And he said, “Ah, you know those old prophets!”
“They come in off the desert every once in a while.” But a year later, when it had not rained, Ahab said, “WHERE IS THAT MAN OF GOD?”
God is raising up prophetic ministry that will speak a creative word and will speak a brand new kingdom into existence. It will arise and control the affairs and destinies, not only of men, but of nations. He called Jeremiah and said, “I have ordained you to be a prophet to the nations. You can tear them down and pull them up.” History is nothing more than His story as dictated through the mouth of God’s prophets. Every age that has ever come into being was spoken into existence. We are sitting around waiting for this Kingdom to come and God is saying, “Get up from where you are sitting and start speaking it into existence.”
Joseph controlled the affairs of an entire nation, and if you will also, the entire earth.
Gen. 41:33-40 says, “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.
This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”
The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Can you hear Jesus saying to a ministry, “According to your word shall all my people be ruled and only in respect to the throne will I be greater than you?” In John 14:12 Jesus says: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
And Rev 3:21 says, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit on my throne, just as I overcome and sat down with my Father on His throne.”
What happens in your town will be dictated entirely by what is declared by the Joseph ministries in your town. What happens in your town should be entirely dictated by the word of the Lord spoken through His prophets. The mouth of a Joseph ministry. If you don’t like the sin and corruption going on in your city, prophesy against it. Most people are afraid to speak the message of the Kingdom of God, because their half brothers will raise up and say: “Who do you think you are?” “Who gave you the authority to speak and prophesy like that?”
However, if you do speak God’s message, you will reply to them that your Father gave you the right the day he gave you a coat of many colors.
Gen. 41:41-46 says, “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.”
Joseph told them how to plant, how to harvest, and he told them how to store it up. God, even today, is sending out a ministry to all who will receive them, saying this is what you plant, this is how you plant it, this is how you harvest it, and this is how you store it up. From all over your area people are going to come to those ministries that are preaching to Word and are walking in it.
They will request that you come and teach the Word of God and tell them how to declare the Word of God and how to walk in it and how to harvest the souls and how to preserve them and teach them to reproduce. They will do this because they do not know how to produce. They have fished all night and caught nothing, because they were fishing in darkness.
Joseph is getting ready to go through the land and show churches how to do everything according to God’s plan. How to get people saved. Teach them why it is necessary to baptize them in water. How to get people filled with the Holy Spirit. The men in most churches don’t even know how to be a good father. Children don’t know how to behave.
His ministry is an Elijah ministry as well, because he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. And the hearts of the children to the fathers. Family relationships. Gen. 49:22 says of Joseph, “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches will climb over a wall. With bitterness, archers attacked him, they shot at him with hostility.”
The word `archer’ represents ministries in scriptures. Other ministries have taken aim at Joseph and they shot at him with anger and wagged their tongues. But do you see what is going to happen?
Verse 24-25 says, “But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the mighty God on Jacob, because of the shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your Father’s God who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings from the heavens above, blessing of the deep that lies below, blessing of the breast and womb.”
When Joseph shoots, the other ministries don’t like him. A Joseph ministry has a word that will pierce your heart. There is a tremendous anointing behind the words of Joseph that will draw you to Jesus. It has been my experience in the ministry that whenever this Joseph ministry is flowing through me, I never miss.
Verse 26 goes on to say, “Your Father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, and the beauty of the age old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince of his brothers.”
Are you willing to be separated from your brothers, in order that the Lord may use you to preserve them? Or are you even interested in the welfare of those who disagree with you?
Deut:33:13-17 says, “And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, and for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, and for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, and for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
Joseph was blessed with a double portion, Ephraim and Manesseh. Ephraim means doubly fruitful and Manesseh means causing forgetfulness. They were the seventh and eighth stones on the breastplate.
Can you see that Joseph is a ministry that is sent ahead to preserve life for the whole family? Are you now beginning to understand what Gideon’s 300 are all about and what first fruits are about?
THE TWELFTH GATE OF THE CITY, BENJAMIN
Gen. 35:16 says, “And they journeyed from Bethel, and had but a little way to come to Ephrath, when Rache suffered the pangs of childbirth and had hard labor. When she was in hard labor, the midwife said to her, `Do not be afraid; you shall have this son also.’ And as her soul was departing, for she died, she called his name Benoni (son of my sorrow) but his father called him Benjamin (son of the right hand). So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath, that is, Bethlehem.”
When Benjamin came forth it fulfilled Joseph’s name, he shall add another son. In Gen. 32 we have read where God told Jacob that his name shall be called Israel. But all the way through Chapter 33 and 34 he was still called Jacob. But as soon as Rachel died, that which he loved. It is said, “As her soul was departing”. As soon as that soulish realm is dealt with we shall rule as God. (Israel)
We started this book with Reuben which means ‘Behold a son’. It is a long way from ‘Behold a son’ to the position of ‘Son of my right hand’. In bringing Benjamin forth, Rachel the free woman, the Church, travailed. In Rev. 12:2 it says of that woman; She travailed in birth and pain to be delivered. It is going to cost the Church some travail to bring forth Benjamin. It is going to cost the Church her soul. The soul has got to depart in order for Benjamin to be born. They were on their way to Ephrath, which means fruitful. God is going to have some fruit, and out of that fruit, He is going to have a travailing Church.
There was in this passage a mid-wife who could prophesy. She said, “You shall have this son also.” There is going to be a many membered man in the earth. He will have the nature and the image and the ministry and the anointing of Jesus Christ and will do greater works. He didn’t say more works, He said greater works. He didn’t say you would do it through radio or television. He said greater works than these. The word shall be made flesh and Benjamin will come forth; the son of my right hand, and Rachel shall die.
Gen. 42:3 says, “Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him.”
Do you want to know where this Benjamin company is? Hidden with the Father. In the words of Rev. 12, they are in the womb of the Church. The father has them preserved and hidden. Their names are not flashing across the markers of civic auditoriums around the nation. Most people haven’t even heard of them. Like John the Baptist was kept hidden on the back side of the desert until the time was right, these are being preserved and hidden by the Father until His time is right.
Gen. 42:20 says, “But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die. This they proceeded to do.”
The one who will be a full brother to Jesus’ purpose, is to verify the word and to preserve life. Like Joseph, Benjamin is one who preserves live. Why did Joseph’s brothers suddenly become so obedient? Because Joseph gave them no other alternative. He said, “Boys if you want to live; you can’t survive without Benjamin” He is your only hope.
There are a lot of people who will tell you that they just can not wait to see the face of Jesus. I declare to you that in this age you will never see the face of Joseph until Benjamin and Joseph come together. Benjamin will get the woman ready. She isn’t to meet Joseph yet. God is going to have a ministry that is going to go ahead and prepare the bride to meet her husband.
Gen.43:1 says, “Now the famine was still severe in the land. So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, `Go back and buy us a little more food.’ But Judah said to him, the man warned us solemnly, `You will not see my face again, unless your brother is with you.'”
You will never see the face of Joseph unless Benjamin is with you. The Church as a whole does not want to hear this message. The message I am bringing to you in this chapter is a dream I have had, and I am not talking to half brothers. What I am saying to you is that you will not see Jesus coming again until you see Benjamin brought forth among his brothers. Without this Benjamin ministry the Church will never see his face and even those who have died and are in the presence of Jesus will not be made perfect. (Heb. 11:40)
The reason that I can no longer play the charismatic games is because I am on my way to the land of Cannan carrying the bones of Joseph. When Moses came to the Red Sea, he had a coffin full of bones that had more faith than the whole crowd of people he led out.
Gen 43:29 says, “As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own Mother’s son, he asked, `Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?’ and he said, `God be gracious to you, my son,’ Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.”
Joseph knew Benjamin when they met. He was so moved when he saw the joy he had died for. The joy that had been set before him that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. When he recognized that, he had to go into his chambers and weep. Benjamin did not know Joseph when they first met. We who have been apprehended for this Benjamin ministry have not fully recognized Joseph.
There remains only one thing we need. Gen 44:1 says, “Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house, `Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack; along with the silver for his grain.'”
There is only one thing we must experience before we fully recognize our elder brother. His cup in our sack. Why is it a silver cup? First of all I am redeemed. The silver cup in the sack of Benjamin points to the redemption of the body.
King Saul began the natural kingdom and Saul of Tarsus gave revelation of the spiritual kingdom. Both of them were of the tribe of Benjamin. Is there a silver cup in your sack? Is there something within you that will actually cause you to come into this redemption of the body that you might stand before all creation and deliver them? There will come a ministry that will recognize fully their older brother.
In Gen. 43:34, Joseph sat his brothers down at the table and fed them. Benjamin received five times as much as his brothers. Jesus said, “It is My meat to do the will of My Father.” Benjamin’s ministry is five fold, and will do the will of the Father. Benjamin is the anointed Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher all in one.
In Gen. 45:22-23, Joseph gave his brothers new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and FIVE sets of clothing. There are five ministry gifts to the Church that are going to lead us through change, after change, after change or raiment, until we are all clothed with immortality.
David used five stones and each of them were giant killers. There are five giants in our lives; our five senses.
Gen. 49:27 says, “Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.”
Jesus and Satan are described as being both a serpent and a lion. The wolf is fierce. God is going to have a Benjamin ministry that is going to tear up everything man has produced. This is going to make a lot of people angry. In the morning of this new day he is going to devour a message and a prey. And in the evening, while everyone else is saying `The night is coming when no man shall work’, Benjamin is saying, `Praise God! This is my shift.’
Isaiah 60: 1-2 says, “Arise! Shine! For the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee. For behold darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.”
Benjamin was born in the number twelve position, and was the ninth stone on the breastplate. The stone was an amethyst. Benjamin was the only son born unto “Israel“. (Prince with God) Joseph was the end of the old nature and now Benjamin has come forth in the new nature.
Now, Let’s go back to where we started in Rev. 21. Every gate has been a pearl. If you want to be a part of those who will be called the “Son of His Right Hand”, it will cost you something. Rev. 21:22 says, “I did not see a temple in the City, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.”
At evening, Benjamin will divide the spoils. Jesus went in and bound the strong man and now all that is left is for us to spoil his house. Benjamin has spoiled the house of the evil one. Like the man child of Rev. 12. He has been caught up to God and His throne but satan has come down and his house has been spoiled.
God is preparing a ministry to equip the Church to completely put the evil one under her feet. This Benjamin ministry is going to divide the spoil from the victory Jesus has already won. There is only one thing remaining as I see it, and that is to get His cup in our sack. Will you take His cup into your sack?
Can you imagine the reproach Benjamin had when they discovered Joseph’s cup in his sack? Don’t you figure his brothers thought they would be killed? Can’t you just see them blaming Benjamin? And he tells them, “I didn‘t have a thing to do with it.”
There is a cup in my sack and I did not have anything to do with putting it there. It was not because I was obedient, or faithful, or because of my service to the Body of Christ. My elder brother put it there to draw me and my half brothers back to him. He didn’t tell me and he didn’t ask me for my permission, he just put it there and all my brothers are wanting to kill me. I cannot help it if I had the same mother He had. Our mother was a free woman who was over shadowed by the Holy Spirit. And like my older brother, someday, I will stand and say; “You meant this for evil but God meant it for good.”
If His cup is not in my sack, we would starve to death. That cup is what is going to call me and my half brothers back to Him, so He can reveal Himself fully to us.
THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
1. The City is a people and the Twelve Gates are how I get to be a part of those people.
2. The Twelve Gates are twelve experiences we go through in order to enter into that fellowship and that habitation.
3. There is one street in the whole City and that one street denotes one walk and only one way.
4. The invisible realm is going to be made visible.
5. To understand the City, you must be in the Spirit.
6. The City has the glory of God which is His nature.
7. The Gates of the City are twelve pearls.
My prayer for you is that the eye of your spirit might be opened and you can see that this City of God is made up of people and that you are a part of that City. I pray that you might be able to see that the mansion that Jesus went to prepare is you. This temple is made up of all God’s children and you are a part of that temple that He has constructed as a dwelling place where He can rule and reign forever. Jesus said in John 14:23, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
TWELVE GATES OF THE HOLY CITY, THE, Introduction, Chapters 1-20 [David Johnson] ~ BIBLE STUDY 1