YE NEED not THAT ANY MAN TEACH YOU

BY: ELWIN R. ROACH

261.14

 

PART ONE 

DECEMBER 21, 2014

 

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The Anointing that Abides

Gathering and Assembling

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Gathering and Assembling (Continued)

The Cave of Adullam

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THE ANOINTING that ABIDES

 

"But the *anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." 1 John 2:27

 

*anointing: Grk chrisma; an unguent or smearing, such as, to rub in. Here is an anointing that penetrates to the inmost core, so that it totally changes the inner nature. It will not run off, nor can it be washed or wiped off, because being rubbed in, it becomes a part of the inner being. It abides and changes the inner being, we become spirit of His Spirit, Joined unto the Lord in one spirit. (I Cor. 6:17)

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Could this be true? Did the apostle really mean we do not need anyone to teach us, that to hear what someone has to say is a waste of time? Was he honestly saying that it is only the anointing that teaches us? If the answer to these questions is "yes," why should we ever listen to or read from anyone else? And we might assume that John was telling us that there is no need for ministers of any kind. If so, John would have been opposing Paul in regards to what he wrote concerning the ministries of prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors, and teachers in Ephesians 4:10.

 

If there was no need of men and women to preach the Word of God, it is unlikely Paul would have written: "...How shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:14-15

 

Even so, after reading this verse more than 40 years ago, I felt that I should withdraw myself from all fellowship and not receive from anyone, that I should receive the word directly from the anointing, straight from the Spirit of Christ that I had received in order for me to have a pure word to minister to others. However, after doing this and not having the expected anointed word to come to me, and with no feeling of the presence of the Spirit of Christ whatsoever for at least a month, I realized that something was definitely wrong. That is when the Spirit impressed upon me: "I do not give the whole truth to anyone. Portions are withheld from each person. This is so they will have to fellowship with one another. Everyone is enlightened to some of My mysteries. They all have their part of the truth that the others may be lacking. They, therefore, must fellowship together in order to receive a complete word, not just a partial word that each individual receives from Me. If you cannot receive from others, what makes you think your word to them would be any better than theirs to you? If you will not hear from others, why should they hear from you? And whether you receive any truth, whether from reading the scriptures, reading books, or from hearing others speak--it is by My anointing in you that you hear and learn." That was quite an eye opener.

 

You see, the problem does not reside in the hearing of someone preach, teach, or prophesy, as I had taken John's word to mean. According to the scriptures, men are the primary dispatchers of truth, and very little would be heard without them. If He chooses to do so, God could divinely inspire the souls of every human being, and with one sweep of His hand miraculously enlighten them to all truth and save every one of them. That, however, is not the way he usually works. He has saved people in this manner, I was one of them, but it is not His general rule. He finds great pleasure in taking His time, and working through Christ's body of many members. That is the primary means He uses to call His creation back home.

 

Let us never for a moment think that we should cease from hearing others speak. It is good to give your ear to the vessels of His calling. Much life can be had in their words. The issue is not in hearing others, but in not hearing properly. Jesus mentioned this in Luke 8:18, saying, "Take heed therefore how you hear."

 

One can speak either by the anoints of the Holy Spirit or he can speak by his own spirit, and regardless of which spirit it is spoken, those hearing the message can likewise hear by the Holy Spirit or by their own spirit. If it is heard by the Holy anointing that abides within, it is then by that Spirit which will teach the hearers of the word. Although a man or woman presents the word of truth, it does nothing to anyone until the Spirit within quicken it and teaches that person. If the Spirit does not teach it, even if the person is speaking by the anointing, but the ones listening do not hear it by that Anointing, the best possible scenario is mental ascension. It would be carnal reasoning. This, of course, would be the letter that kills. And we know that there is no life in the letter alone, never has been, and never will be. So let us take heed, as Jesus said, in how we hear. It is a very important issue.

 

When people isolate themselves with hopes of escaping the influence and doctrinal pollution of men, they may be in for a surprise. I am not saying our Lord does not draw us away and unto Himself at various times, for He does. There are also occasions when He may separate us from fellowship, from listening to tapes, or reading anyone's publications, a spiritual fast, if you please. Many today know by their own experiences this is true. Some, however, separate themselves from the body when it is not the Lord doing it at all as I had done.

 

When 'I' withdrew  'myself' from any sort of hearing what others in the body of Christ had to say, my intentions were good; but I was way off track, and I even had a scripture to back me, so I had thought. This was one of my first and finest lessons in the dangers of building upon an unstable foundation of a presumed truth. Other than having learned by my mistake, nothing was gained. I missed the target by a mile.

 

I suppose the first mistake I made was in not knowing that I was just as susceptible to error as the men and women I felt I no longer needed to hear. My own mind had a cunning way of sewing adamic thoughts, cherubim if you will, into the veil with those of Christ's, that the stream of truth flowing through my earth could become muddied as well as with anyone else. I was sadly surprised when the small amount of word I had been receiving stopped altogether. If it had continued, I would have no doubt brewed an apothecary's mixture. The very thing from which I tried to escape went with me into the wilderness to where I had fled. Try as I may, it was impossible to outdistance myself. I could not get away from my greatest and most deceptive enemy--myself.

 

Praise God, this deception lasted only a month or two before I knew what was happening. Since I had willingly severed myself from hearing God's anointed men and women, God severed His word from me. Once I realized where the responsibility lay--which was in me and by the anointing of Christ--not only was I able to hear and receive from all the members of Christ's Body, but that inner word began to flow again. It is now a true pleasure to hear the voice of my Father in every vessel of His wonderful body. It is good to know that those of His household are not useless utensils, but they all stand as vital parts in my life. Each one will help us all along if we let them. They are not here to slow us down, but to speed us up.

 

We have many hindrances in the land, this is sure, but most of them cannot compare to ourselves. Although this nation is killing our unborn babies on a massive scale, very similar to when Moses and Jesus were babies, we must know they are not our worst enemies. It is not the president, the liberals or conservatives; it is not drugs, alcohol, or the tobacco industry; it is not the misidentified antichrist, or the hoard of false prophets and teachers; it is not Babylon, nor is it the devil that is our worst enemy. Our worst and foremost enemy is OURSELVES. All those other factions are merely exterior fragments of the evil that is sufficient unto the day thereof. Matthew 6:34. And although greater is He that is in you than he or it that is in the world, there is still an enemy in us that is greater than the one in the world. Again, ourselves! We are deceived when we confuse our natural intellect with that of the rubbed in anointing that abides. Such subtlety takes the place of Christ, and when it rules instead of Christ, it is antichrist!

 

GATHERING And ASSEMBLING

 

Since it is clear that no one can be an island unto themselves that it is not just them alone with God who will save the world, and gathering themselves together with nominal churches is not the answer either. By doing so, they would most likely bring more division than union to the body of Christ. In their sincere, but sincerely misguided venture, rather than assembling, they can be disassembling themselves from Christ's body. When they should be re-membering the body from whence they came, they are forgetting and dis-membering it. And please know that I am not suggesting that they should get involved with a home fellowship which can be no more than a microcosm of a large church that is steeped in error. I am saying to recognize the body of Christ and its members and not to refuse being in union or having true communion with them, and if there are none where you are, abide your time. Even when there is silence in heaven, and you are physically alone, the half hour will pass.

 

Most of those who call themselves Christians do not know the difference between assembling and gathering. The two words seem the same, but there is quite a difference. One is unto life and the other unto death. Ray Prinzing wrote in his book, Daily Overcoming Devotionals:

 

"'There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen. The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.' (Job 28:7-8)

 

"There is a path - it is a foreign highway to the vulture. A vulture is a bird that feeds upon dead bodies. Matthew 24:23-28, makes it clear that false christs and false prophets will arise, and people will be saying, go here, or go there, to feed upon their ministry. If it were possible they would deceive the very elect. But Jesus already warned us, 'GO NOT FORTH' and 'BELIEVE IT NOT.' Then He summed it up with the illuminating fact, 'for wheresoever the carcass is (dead bodies), there will the eagles (the Greek text reads, VULTURES) be gathered together.'

 

"The vultures gather to feed upon the flesh of all these ministries. There is no stronger indictment to be made. The offerings are taken, the emotions are played upon, the soulish realm is stirred, but the inner spirit famishes for the want of FRESH MEAT OF HIS WORD, a divine revelation application for our NOW.

 

"But, there is a path, which the vulture's eye hath not seen; it goes beyond the flesh, beyond the corruption of man, beyond the kingdom-building programs of the carnal. It is our desire to ever walk this ascending path, mounting up, growing into spiritual maturity, into the fullness of God, into that realm of which Jesus prayed, 'Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, BE WITH ME WHERE I AM: THAT THEY MAY BEHOLD MY GLORY, WHICH THOU HAST GIVEN ME.' (John 17:24)

 

"Augustine said, Let Him who prayed, 'that they may be with Me where I AM,' fulfill that prayer.' Full well this man knew that it was not in the power of his own flesh and self-works to enter into the state of being where it can be said, 'I AM.' Only Christ can bring us into this UNION with Himself, to become ONE IN HIM. There is a path, it is found in HIM WHO IS 'The way, The Truth, and The Life' (John 14:6)." -- End quote. A good example of assembling unto life is the 120 at Pentecost. They were led together and met in one accord. It was then that they were filled with the Holy Spirit. We do not generally see this in church gatherings today. The Holy Spirit is really not welcome, and it is a rarity to see them as being in one accord. They may be in one accord concerning their church's agenda, doctrines, decrees, picnics, and dogmas; but not being in one accord spiritually as on the day of Pentecost.

 

I do not believe we are wrong by saying that most church services are gatherings rather than assemblies. It is rare for everyone to be in one accord spiritually. For example, let us compare the many members of a congregation to an airplane that also has many members, or parts. Each member of the congregation and of the airplane serves its purpose that enables them to function efficiently. Paul said it this way: "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:16

 

With the plane, we can have all the parts of a new Boeing 747 gathered together in a pile on the assembly line, but yet to be assembled. Who of us would think to hop on that pile of new parts and expect to be flown to Timbuktu or anywhere else in the world. Even though there are no parts lacking, that heap of plastic and metal would be more akin to a junk-pile than a jet airliner. It could not be flown whatsoever. However, when all those parts are properly assembled, they are in one accord. It is then that it would be possible to fly safely anywhere in the world that has an adequate airport.

 

We all have bought gifts for our children, and the boxes they came in were full of parts with notices that read, "Some assembly required." Well, dear gatherers, some assembly is required as well. We want to be portions of Christ's manifested Body, this is good; but before the members can come forth and work, there is more to it than being gathered together, we must be assembled.

 

Since there are no meetings of like-minded people in their area, some think that they cannot be assembled with others. However, a collection of warm bodies are not necessary in order to assemble. It is just as possible when isolated, sometimes more so. Being in one mind and spirit is the crucial point, not the grouping of bodies together with minds that think on the same human parallel. It is not unusual for the brethren to be void of meetings of any kind; but this does not stop them from being assembled. Although they would choose to gather on a regular basis with like-minded believers, they do well being without it. They are satisfied when it is known that they fill their place and station in Christ's Body while doing or not doing exactly what their Father bids. They may be physically detached from the Body, but they are spiritually connected. They may not be gathered with others, but they are assembled with them in Him.

 

Some may sit Sunday after Sunday in chapels and churches of 20 or so members, a 100 or more, or in cathedrals of 5,000 plus and not be assembled. Frankly, it would be remarkable if they were assembled. They sing in their choirs, teach Sunday-school classes, preach firebrand sermons, and still may not be assembled, only gathered. What a difference! Just being there does not constitute a true assembly. Yet, we have often heard, "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as some are." They, of course, believe they are assembling themselves together by going to church, and assume that those who are not, but truly are assembled, must be forsaking that bidding word.

 

Those who are active in their churches may feel they are assembled, but this does not do it either. Men and women can be full of "good works" but totally void of the assembled Spirit and Godly works of Christ.

 

It is not uncommon to see people gather for special meetings. Wherever a revival, a convention, ingathering, or out-of-town guest is speaking, many are there to hear the anointed word of God. Very often, however, after being filled, they go away without having digested what was ministered. Therewith, they fail to put into practice or grow by that which was delivered. They are suspected of being gathered rather than assembled. It is good to attend these meetings, we love to do so when we can; but the purpose of coming together can be wrong. What is the motive? Is it to enrich our lives and grow in the Lord, or simply to eat and get religiously fat?

 

Our very dear friend, Bob Torango, gave this analogy about people who are hearers of the word only and do not bring it to fruition, or manifestation. In essence he said: They are like the one-celled amoeba, which is of the simplest life form. Their entire lives revolve around receiving but never giving. Never being full, they are on a relentless search of food, and more food.

 

Like the amoeba, they flow through the corporate Body of Christ, engulfing and consuming all they can. They may be eating a rich diet of the word, but they still may not be members of that body, and they are not necessarily assembled in it. There is more to being a manifested son of God than consuming and believing present-day truths. It is wonderful to believe God's eternal truths. We have heard, however, that demons also believe, but it does them no good. James put it this way: "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:19-20

 

The apostle did not say that the devils believe and embrace God's truths, only that they believe there is one God. As for that, we know people who believe many things that we know to be true; but they are devils in the flesh.

 

We do well to have the believing parts of the body gathered with us in fellowship and spiritual meetings, yet without being assembled we can still be lacking. When we are not assembled, we are not necessarily in one accord, and if not, will be unable to manifest the cohesive substance of Christ. In addition, Paul did not say that creation was standing on tiptoe looking for a people with a new doctrine, or even the 'right' doctrine. The fact is, they couldn't care less about a blueprint of Christ's body, or detailed instructions of how it is supposed to work. Don't you think that they want to see it in operation, rather than having the Owner's manual being read to them?

 

As profound as Jesus' words were about His impending death, His resurrection, and the totality of humanity's reconciliation to Him, they could not be compared to the actual events and fulfillments. Likewise today, creation is not asking to be told about the appearing of the Sons of God. They are anxiously waiting to see it! Manifestation is their hope of being delivered from the bondage of corruption. Great sermons and doctrines are not the answers to their decay. It is good to know what God has planned for His creation; but that for which the world yearns is the substance to which the plan points. They do no care about being hypothetically or doctrinally saved--they want the reality of salvation, and that will be at the consummation of the assembling of Christ's body.

 

All the members of humanity hunger and desire their portion from the banqueting table of the Lord. They cannot be filled by others reading a cook book to them, or by reading the book themselves. People might drool over the pictures of succulent dishes in Martha Stewart's cook book; but their appetites will not be sated until all the parts listed of the recipes are properly assembled and salted with fire.

 

People want a taste of reality. They are not looking for pseudo doctrines, or even true ones. It is not in their interest to have their souls excited by the latest revelation or to strengthening and confirm their religious beliefs. There is a groan deep within humanity. The world is crying out for deliverance. Subconsciously they are looking to see the Lord coming in His corporate body, the sons of God. The world is anxious for something far greater than a superficial church and sermons about flying away to heaven or the threats of everlasting damnation and hellfire for those who don't join their ranks or lineup with their beliefs. They are weary of religious professions without possessions. They want nothing to do with such fluff and nonsense. They want to see the sons of God. They want to see the work of God's hands, the ones who will sanctify His name and manifest His glorify. In turn they will seek after God for themselves.

 

They will never, however, see the work of God's hands in people who do not take heed in how they hear. They who separate and seclude themselves from the body of Christ while saying: "We need not that any man teach us--we will hear directly from on high for ourselves," will have little or nothing to offer anyone. Those who are not assembled, only gathered as the many parts of a jet airliner, will have no functioning part with the elect of God in His Kingdom. They who are pulled away by their deceived imaginations from the living body of Christ, along with those who are gathered in their churches, will surely be found wanting.

 

On the other hand, if you are hearing the voice of our Father, you are learning as you abide in that place to which you have been called. Many have heard Him saying to come out of mystery Babylon, and they did. As it had been with them, likewise with you. When you leave the confines of your church, you will be joined to the Lord's body. Whether you find yourselves in a crowd or alone in the desert, be sure to know--you are God's workmanship, and He will place you in the Body where you fit perfectly. 1 Corinthians 12:18. Furthermore, you will remain there for the appointed time, but not forgotten, and neither will you be guilty of forsaking the assembling of yourselves together. You will be assembled with those who will come forth as the manifested Sons of God!

 

"...Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have builded?" 1 Kings 8:27 Since King Solomon could not build a house that could contain God, then do we think that we can build one in which He would like to live? I think not! But in His assembled body, He is more than pleased to dwell throughout the ages, which is in you and me and all the others!

 

This is a tremendous day wherewith the mysteries are being taught by the anointing. They are impossible to describe in human terms; but they will be gloriously displayed by the sons of God for the whole world to see and then become partakers of that glory! What a much greater teacher, that of the anointing, than the soul of our old man whose days are numbered and coming to a swift close!

 

Therefore, look up dear anointed ones of the Lord. We are being assembled like the members in the valley of dry bones: After he prophesied the anointed words from God, there was a rattling noise from all across the valley, and a great assembly began to take place. The bones of each body came together and attached to each other as they once were. Then the muscles and flesh formed over the bones, and skin covered them; and they laid there with no breath (and in silence, perhaps for the space of half an hour). He then prophesied again the word of the Lord God saying: Come from the four winds, O Breath, O Spirit, and breathe upon these dead bodies, that they may live again. And as he had commanded the bodies began to breath; they lived and stood up--a very great army! Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Paraphrased)

 

You see, as long as those bones were only gathered in the valley, there was no life in them. They had nothing to give; but once assembled--they became a great army!

 

So gather in churches if you will. It could either be good, bad, or indifferent, depending on each gathering and the spirit of the people; but never again think that going to church is assembling yourselves together. And neither think that those outside the camp of churches are forsaking the assembling of themselves together. What a day!

 

 

PART TWO 

JANUARY 27, 2015

#262.15

 

Gathering and Assembling (Continued)

The Cave of Adullam

Four Hundred

 

"Ye need not that any man teach you...." but "Forsake not the assembling of ourselves together...." 1 John 2:27 & Hebrews 10:25

 

Why would John say that we do not need anyone to teach us, and the writer of Hebrews tells us to assemble ourselves together? If we assemble, wouldn't we be in a place where men and women would be teaching us, or we would be teaching them? To answer, it matters not who is speaking, or if no one is speaking, we can only be taught spiritual truth by the anointing. If the word is heard by the natural mind, it is man teaching us, but if by the Spirit it is the anointing that teaches us. That is one reason we take heed as to how we hear, and when we hear properly, our Father's voice will be clearly heard, and we will know what it is for His members to assemble and form His cohesive body. Such as that jet airliner of thousands of parts that are joined together in their proper places by those on the assembly line, forming one body, as opposed to all the parts merely being gathered in a factory and disconnected from one another. Sometimes church and home meetings, in-gatherings, conferences, retreats, spiritual advances or assemblies, and sometimes they are gatherings of discombobulated parts.

 

Once people come out from man's religious system, as well as the religious system within themselves, and are joined to the Lord's body, whether they find themselves in a crowd or alone in the desert, they are God's workmanship, and He will place them in the Body where they will be fitly joined together. 1 Corinthians 12:18. They will be joined with those who will come forth as the manifested Sons of God! They will no longer just be gathered as non-working parts of a machine, but will be properly assembled with no man teaching them anything.

 

This is a tremendous day wherein we are being careful of how we hear, as the mysteries are being made known by the anointing. Such marvels are impossible to describe in human terms; but they will be gloriously displayed by the sons of God whereby the nations will be fed. It is then that the whole world will see, hear, eat, and become joyful partakers of that glory! What a much greater teacher and nourisher, that of the anointing, along with manifestation, than of the soul of our old man whose days are numbered and swiftly coming to an end. When that happens, there will be no more spiritual starvation found anywhere! There will be an abundance of the living word of God worldwide.

 

Jesus said that "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of God." Matthew 4:4 However, until the first Adam meets his demise, there will be starvation. Those in the world today are hungry and searching hither and yon for a morsel that will fill the emptiness of their souls. Most assuredly, there are many meats and drinks, yet completely void of nourishment. Those who eat and drink from those tables are only satisfied for the moment. There is nothing in any of it to sustain them for any time at all. The world is filled with pleasures, merriment, and exhilaration; but there is not one ounce of substance to quell the craving of the spirit. The world has more today than any time in history. Religion, entertainment, books, and knowledge, along with lusts on every level flood the banks of the world more than it has ever known. And they all do nothing more than temporarily intoxicate the flesh and soul. Such is the diet from the tree of knowledge of good and evil from which they eat that flourishes in the midst of their garden.

 

They may not knowingly be aware of it; but those throughout the world of every religion are hungry. There seems to be plenty to eat; but they are still hungry. They are starving; for there is nothing that adds to the Spirit. How can they be filled when there is nothing to feed upon but rituals, programs, ceremonies, ordinances, pomp, vigor, regalia, flash and show, candles, and incense? There are temples, cathedrals, regal appearing priests and preachers, fine-tuned organizations, and a plethora of religious activities of which they partake--but hunger lingers.

 

The members of the world's church system get involved in working for the cause. They are very committed, and we do not begrudge their honorable commitment to that which very often serves a good. But they put so much effort into these things that it is often something other than the anointing of Christ. Their central focus is often on the movement. They love being part of the latest movement, or the message. Are you part of the movement or in the message, they ask? Or they focus on the organization, and especially the ministry, or the method, or the personality. Some are caught up in the experience, or some other religious thing. But all these religious things and never-ending activities do nothing but to inebriate and excite the flesh and soul. Frankly, Christians all over the place are drunk, not with our Lord's New Wine, but with the old! In this stupor, contrary to what they think, they do not know the living Christ; for they have not consumed the nourishing substance of Him! And we are saddened that they do not resound our Lord's words, "My meat is to do the Father's will." If they could in truthfulness say this, then there would be no way for them to suffer starvation or malnutrition to any degree. Sadly, so many do not take care of what they hear or how they hear.

 

Regardless, there is still a cry in humanity that yearns for some real food. And it is not the superficial, placated, letter of the scriptures that kill. For example, people's hunger cannot be sated by a five star chef reading cook books to them. Neither will it work if they read the books themselves. Hunger will remain. People might drool over Martha Stewart's or Betty Crocker's pictures of succulent dishes in their recipe books; but they will not be satisfied until all the parts of the recipes are gathered, assembled, and salted with fire.

 

The people want a taste of reality, not pseudo doctrines or even true teachings for the mere sake of exciting their inquisitive souls. And like worthy ships traversing the seven seas, they want vessels that can sail through every storm to God's celestial shores, not something like a polished surfboard to merely ride the waves of the oceans' shoreline. There is a lot of religious surfing today, and it may be a lot of fun; but it goes without saying, we won't get far with that mode of shallow seafaring.

 

Again, the people of the world are hungry, they are starving, waiting to see all the attributes of Jesus Christ. They may not be consciously aware of it; but their hearts yearn for the incorporated body of the sons of God, the people who become the living manifestations of Who He IS, as Paul wrote in Romans 8:19-21. The world waits for something far more than a superficial church and their sermons about either going to heaven to play harps forever, or sinners going to hell forever. They are weary of religious professions without possession. They want nothing to do with such placated nonsense. But when they see His sons, the work of His hands, they will be satisfied and will sanctify His name. They will glorify God, and in turn seek Him for themselves.

 

Another way of looking at the difference of being assembled and gathered is a baseball game. From what I remember Kelly Varner having said quite a number of years ago: After your favorite team has won the game, have you ever jumped up and declared? "WE won! WE won! Bless God, WE won!" Well, the fact is, 'WE' didn't win anything--THE TEAM WON! WE WATCHED while THE TEAM WON.

 

In this picture, all the spectators were GATHERED in the stands watching the ASSEMBLED team working together as ONE BODY. It is much the same with many Christians today. They gather and assume they are assembled; but they are only a gathered group of spectators, not assembled as a team.

 

Large crowds and the roar of cheers are not necessarily an assembly. It can be; but this is not what constitutes an assembly, nor does believing in your religious team whether it is the Baptists, Methodists, Assemblies of God, Sons of God, ad infinitum. Simply believing is not the ticket to glory. Embracing their doctrines, as good as they may or may not be, will not give you a home-run to paradise. Home-runs come when you are a player on the team. You are then an assembled member of Christ's Body. You are not just showing up and feeling good, shouting Hallelujah, praise God, and saying Amen to everything preached.

 

It is good to encourage those running the race, the ones fighting the good fight in this harrowing journey; but we can see there is more to it than being cheering spectators. There is a participation on our part if we expect to finish the race and claim the prize of the high calling. We have heard the call to assemble, even trumpeted the call ourselves to the others to be made ready for the great triumph over all darkness, evil, sin, death, and hell.

 

"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall *gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:31

 

*gather together: Grk. episunag; epi (over, upon) sunag (to lead together). Same epi as Epi Archiereus: High Priest; that is, the Highest Priest Over all other priests, and the High Assembly Over all other assemblies.

 

What do you suppose this means? Do you think it is Gabriel or Michael the archangel standing on the rim of a silver-lined cloud while trumpeting peals of thunder that are the clarion call to arms for all able-bodied saints? Does our imagination see myriads of feather-winged angels amassing with us for battle? No! Not by any means!

 

Please hear me fellow angels/ saints and sojourners in Christ. Angels in the scriptures speak of a message or messenger sent from God. Regardless of whether the messengers are special created spirit beings or human beings, and the latter could be on either side of the veil, they are what the Bible refers to as angels. From what I have found, most of the angels we read about in the scriptures are men who had not tasted death. Some could be those who have crossed over to the other side and are among the innumerable company of angels and/or the spirits of just men made perfect. (rf. Hebrews 12:22-23).

 

The emissary who sounds a trumpet is an angel, a messenger. The sound of the trumpet is the angel, or message of a particular note that is heard and understood by those for which it is intended. The angels/messengers of Christ sound the trumpet that will cause the body of His elect to be called together in spirit. It is the superimposition, the high assembly (- episunagg) of Hebrews 10:25. Although they may be scattered to the four winds, and from one end of heaven to the other, when the call is heard, they will be gathered together in one accord in one mind, in one voice, and in one Spirit!

 

After the high calling is sounded the elect will be led together unto the high assembly that is over and above all assemblies, not in one physical location, of course, but as a united spiritual body over the entire earth. There are times that the trumpeting of the high calling is local or for special assemblies of the elect being led together for instructions, edification, blessings from on high, and to carry out God's special purposes designated for that particular season. But we can be assured that with the High Assembly we will not be sitting on fluffy clouds and strumming harps, or joining a heavenly choir while singing our favorite church songs to Jesus.

 

When we are called and led together in the Great Day of our Lord by His angels, and by the word of power and authority, and by the command to assemble, we will do so in the Spirit of the word we hear. It is in His Spirit that we will be in during the Lord's Day and with the keys of the Kingdom in hand. His power and authority will not be lying dormant but will surely become evident throughout His body. It is then that we will have overcome and been found worthy to shake both heaven and earth by the command of His word! Praise God!

 

In this race let us never be intimidated by those who fail to realize what true assembling and participation is. Let it also be far from our own minds to feel we need to make excuses for not gathering ourselves inside the walled cities of Babylon or Assyria where the latter's diet digressed to *asses heads, doves dung, and their babies. And please, we should never be pressured into joining Saul's army who seek to destroy God's anointed. Rather than thinking that we must be busy about religion's business, let us be about our Father's business. In this, the cave of Adullam will serve us for the time, as it did for David and his men.

 

*Asses' heads (Man's knowledge) doves dung (yesterday's doctrines which remain after the anointing has flown away) babies (their new converts.) See http://www.godfire.net/diet.html (Pub. #52.93).

 

THE CAVE of ADULLAM

 

"David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave of Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men." 1 Samuel 22:1-2

 

Have you ever felt that your flight from Saul's guardianship; that is, your church and pastor's covering was a mistake, especially when you found that obscurity was your only place of safety from ridicule, slander, being the object of gossip, and accused of being a heretic? This is where many are today; but rest assured, it was not a mistake. Although you find yourselves in a place like David's dark cave, you are in the heavens. Even though you are in obscurity and detached from the crowds, you are ever assembled with our Lord in the cave of Adullam. You may have made mistakes in the past; but leaving that religious hierarchy has not been one of them! You are where you belong for the moment. We know that tough times endure through the night; but tough people in Christ last forever.

 

Adullam means justice of the people and comes from the Hebrew word, Adlay, meaning justice of God. Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament. Therefore, let us all be encouraged who are in the cave of Adullam, for we are being prepared to be God's justice in the earth. Creation is anxiously waiting our exit from obscurity, and thereby delivered from the bondage of corruption, and also made free in the same glorious liberty of the children of God as Paul mentioned in Romans 8:19-21.

 

In the days of Jesus, before His crucifixion, He, like David, found Himself more in the wilderness ministering to the people than in the synagogues and meeting halls of the cities. Neither David nor He were welcome in the "honorable" places of Saul or that of the Jew, so the seashores, hillsides, and caves had to suffice for the time.

 

It was therein, outside the camp, where the people in distress, (Grk. matsowq, a narrow place, i.e. confinement or disability (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance); and every one that was in debt, (nasha', through the idea of imposition; to lend on interest; by implication to dun for debt; to lead astray, i.e. (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to seduce (Strong's); and every one that was discontented (mar, bitter (lit. or fig.); also (as noun) bitterness, or (adv.) bitterly (Strong's), sought out David. And so it is with us. Like those in distress, in debt, and discontented--we seek after Jesus, even to the dark cave of Adullam.

 

While under the rule of Saul in the church system, we were in distress, narrowed down to fit their church mold, confined to their dogmas and thereby Spiritually disabled. We were made to believe we were indebted to them. We were led astray, deluded, and seduced by their religious harlotry. In such servitude, the diet of vile doctrines and unending ceremonies became the norm. The heavy burden of discontentment set bitterly upon our spirits. Oh, but praise God! When we left and were gathered together, assembled with our Lord, it mattered not in what city, wilderness, or cave our physical bodies abode--all was well!

 

Isn't it good to be free? Our lives are no longer squeezed from us. We are not seduced, and the sweetness of our Lord has replaced the bitterness of Saul's reign. Secular Christianity may see us as misfits; but we are God's justified misfits. Our friend, Ella, said that David raised up an army with only four hundred men, rejects, those of no reputation nor comeliness about them, and like David's army of discontents--we will also bring the same Adullam justice to the world. Moreover, as 400 is 4 X 100, and 4 speaks of creation while 100 is a type of the Sons of God, these typical 400 are the sons of God who will be instrumental in bringing justice to the world as a new creation. But for now, we will remain gathered together in obscurity with our Lord.

 

The Hebrew word for gather does not carry the thought of gathering in the sense we are noticing in this study; such as, gathering parts into a pile, or people grouped in a congregation to hear a message. The Hebrew word means to grasp, and it is often used to describe an assembled army that is exercising great power as a working body of soldiers. For example: "That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord." Joshua 9:2 You see, their purpose was not to merely come together to be encouraged for another day by their drill sergeant. They came together IN ONE ACCORD as an ASSEMBLED WAR-MACHINE! It was a mechanized, assembled army, which could crush the enemy and bring victorious justice to the people.

 

FOUR HUNDRED MEN

 

The four hundred who joined David in the cave has some significance for us today. According to E.W. Bullinger in his book, Numbers in Scripture, four hundred (400) carries the thought of a divinely perfect period. Regardless how many actual days they dwelled in the cave, it was the perfect period appointed by God that would prepare them to reign with their future king. What they endured is not unlike our own lives. We too have had a perfect season of long days and dark nights.

 

There were times when we wondered if the call of being manifested in Christ's glory was only a dream. Could we have only imagined we would someday rule and reign with the Captain of our salvation? Will these hard and lonely times ever end? Oh, yes, dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, it will end! What we are enduring is working an eternal weight of glory that is not comparable to the silence and inactivity we presently know. Like those in Adullam's cave, we are being prepared to reign openly with Him in His Kingdom.

 

Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" has been misused and made to be a whip of condemnation to compel people to gather into their churches. It is also used to condemn those who do not heed their call. It is one of the most abused verses in the Bible. The horrible mind-set for so many is that if a person is a Christian, they must attend a "church" of some sort. Any will do as long as it carries corporate papers, is sanctioned by mainstream religion, they are a nonprofit, tax exempt business, or it is at least a place where people gather on a weekly basis to listen to one person tell his or her view of the Bible. It is in their misguided thinking that everyone has to have a church or pastor to cover them.

 

Those who do not attend such organized gatherings are often suspected of not really being Christians. We have heard it said, "How could anyone who is a Christian not go to church?" Of course, there is no place in the Bible that says the only way a person can be a Christian is to belong to, or go to, a certain church. Such thoughts are manmade.

 

The High Assembling is that to which we aspire; but let us not discount all gatherings. They are necessary as well. We are not to only be thinking of high assembling of an army. There is need to gather so those in need of correction can be ministered to. Some require counseling, while everyone should be taught sound doctrine. The brethren who give way to the lusts of the flesh are in dire need of a people who can, and will, exhort them in Godly love and wisdom that will bring correction. If it is not done in love and understanding, it will not be the work of the Spirit and will do much more harm than good.

 

There are a lot of overseers in churches that are more often scourgers than true exhorters. It is customary to beat the wayfarers with the letter of the law. If this does not work, the sinners may be excommunicated. Rather than administering godly counsel that will set the hapless souls back on the narrow way of Christ, they often destroy them. Religion can be ever so cruel. The face of religion may be beautifully painted, but her heart is pure evil.

 

Newborn Christians need nurturing. This is common sense. Young girls and boys with driving passions can use good counsel at times from Godly role models. And there are others who simply desire wholesome fellowship with the saints. Should we tell them all to stay home and forsake the gathering of themselves together? Absolutely not! For such gatherings are indispensable for some.

 

However, with the spirit of the world with which the church system has clothed herself, and coupled with so many erroneous teachings, I am reluctant to encourage anyone to join themselves to that which is engaging in such spiritual adultery. Therefore, rather than sending innocent people into such misguided places, I would suggest the high calling for them. Let the 400 in the cave of Adullam prepare themselves to receive, nurture, encourage, and exhort those in need.

 

It is time to question those in the religious system, "How can you remain in Babylon or under the heavy hand and sword of churches where there is no justice for the people?" I believe the question is just as legitimate as when it is asked of us by them, even more so. For so long, those in organized religion have warned us about the dangers of separating ourselves from their guardianship, yet it is time to turn it around.

 

The 400 who have assembled with Jesus, the unseen King, could easily warn those who are at ease in Zion. They could be alerted to the impending fall of that religious system by saying: "Come out of her My people, and be not partakers of her sins and plagues. Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together with the anointed, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

 

You see, righteous gatherings lay in the eyes of the beholder. What is right for one is not for the other. I will hasten to tell you, not everyone is called to the cave of Adullam, and neither is everyone called to subject themselves to the rule of Saul. We all have our own unique calling in this life, and each person should abide wherein they are called. If you make a good church citizen, and you are excited about the word being preached, then stay where you are. The time for you to leave will come when it is hit with God's judgment. It will then fall, and you will have no choice in the matter. But please know, this is not for your hurt but for your good. Since God loves you, everything that comes between Him and you will eventually be brought down.

 

However, if you are not one of those who are at peace in those places, you might examine your calling. If you are in distress, feel indebted, and are discontented, it may be time to leave and head for the cave of Adullam. If you are hearing the Father saying to come out, fear not and be quick to move. You will not face starvation, and there is no need to be afraid of the devil. He is not waiting behind every bush and corner for you, and the only shadows where you find him lurking will be in the shadows of your own mind. When you leave the confines of your home-church, you will be joined to the Lord and His 400. Whether you find yourselves in a crowd of people or alone in a desert place, be sure to know--you are God's workmanship and He will place you in the body where you fit. 1 Corinthians 12:18. Furthermore, you will remain there for the appointed time, but not forgotten, and neither will you be guilty of forsaking the assembling of yourselves together. You will be assembled with those who will come forth as the manifested Sons of God!

 

"...Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have builded?" 1 Kings 8:27 Can we then build a church building in which He would like to live? I think not! But in His assembled body, He is more than pleased to dwell through the ages and beyond, in you and me and all the others! And during any age wherein the increase of His government is a factor, and there is a need to delve deeper into His mysteries--The anointing which we have received of Him abides in us, and we need not that any man teach us: for as THE SAME ANOINTING THAT TEACHES US ALL THINGS, and is truth, and is no lie, even as it has taught us all, we shall abide in Him." This is wonderful! Don't you believe it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

YE NEED not THAT ANYONE TEACH YOU, Pts. 1-2 [Elwin R. Roach] 2014-2015          11

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