The interpreters of the book of John used great liberality to defend their understanding of the Godhead they call the â€œtrinityâ€. They homogenized the various terms and Greek words, like â€œautosâ€ which means self, â€œthat oneâ€”itâ€ and â€œtheyâ€. These gender neutral terms are all brought forth into English and capitalized into the male words â€œHeâ€ and â€œHimâ€. These words they applied to verses that described the Holy Spirit, the helper, the comforter, our other parent. We are not left not be orphans. I sure hope He doesnâ€™t share this task with another male.
These gender neutral words could have, and I believe should have been interpretation as female. Below is how those passages would read if they knew the Holy Spirit, whom the world cannot receive for they do not see her or know her. But I do.
14.16 I will pray the Father and He will give you another comforter, my helper, helpmate, that She may abide with you forever 17. the Spirit of truth whom those of the world cannot receive. because it neither sees Her or knows Her, for She dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans, meaning without a parent.
25 these things I spoke while being present with you 26 however My Help mate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, She will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you. She will nurture you.
26. but when the Help mate comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, She will testify of Me.
15.5 But now I go away to Him who sent meâ€¦ 7. nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, My Help mate will not come to you, but if I depart I will send Her to you. 8. And when She has come, She will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement.
(His Help mate is clearly not the father either, but the third person of the Godhead.)
12. I have many things to tell you but you cannot bear them now. 13. However when She, the Spirit of truth has come, She will guide you into all truth, for She will not speak of Herself but whatever She hears She will speak and tell you of the age to come. 14. She will glorify Me, for She will take what is Mine and declare it to you. (she will break it down in small pieces you can understand) 15. All things that the Father has are Mine, That is why I said She will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Abraham the father of the elect Â himself was a picture of God the Father, our Father who is in heaven. The one who made man in His image male and female made He them. Abraham and Sarah are pictures of our invisible parents.
The Lord in the beginning brought forth Eve from Adam. She was in Adam and from Adam. God brought her out to display distinguished complimentary characteristics of Himself in the first parents. Eve was Adams hidden insides brought out Â or made visible us to understand our heavenly Father being displayed in two parts male and female.
This image takes on more light in Abraham when The Lord said that from him would come the seed, and Hagar with Ishmael did not count. Abrahamâ€™s seed was in his hidden self, the one he was covenanted with in marriage, Sarah. Sarah was Â hidden in him. She was identified as in Abrahamâ€™s tent. Â Abram gave seed to Hagar, but technically and spiritually she was not one with him. Hagar was of Abramâ€™s work of his flesh but Sarah was of a promise by an invisible word, of the spirit. This one shall come forth from you. He meant Sarah.
Isaiah 51 brings this into view. â€œListen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord; Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you.
He directs you not to Abram and Sarai but to Abraham and Sarah after the name change they portrayed Â our parents, but were they? In a sense being the father of faith but more so in the sense of being a type, a picture or a model of God Himself. Abraham means â€œfather of a multitudeâ€. God is really our Father and not Abraham.
Paul expounded on this in Galatians referring to Hagar as being in bondage to the earths elements being a visible city bound by time matter itself, but the invisible city which is Heavenly Jerusalem, who is free the mother of us all. As Isaiah put it â€œSarah who bore youâ€.
We being born by the Word of God and the Spirit of God are not born out from a woman like from Eve who was visible, to come into being from an invisible place called the womb, to live in Â a visible place called earth, but keeping in contrasts, we are born from the visible to the invisible. We are born into the Spirit, into Christ. Just as Sarah was in Abrahamâ€™s tent, Â and Eve was the rib in Adam, so too the Holy Spirit is hidden in Christ. This is the one the world cannot receive because it neither sees her or knows Her. Â The one Christ said I will not leave you orphans, I will send you my helper and I donâ€™t believe He meant another male. It was Adam and Eve pictured not Jesus and Steve.
As the Spirit is in Christ so too are all born of that union. We too are hid in Christ. That when He is revealed we shall be seen with Him in Glory. The earth itself will be delivered from corruption to the glorious liberty the sons have already experienced.
There you have the two births. Nicodemus asked how can this be? Of this being born from above and Christ Â said â€œIf I tell you earthly things and you donâ€™t understand, how can I tell you heavenly/invisible things? Nicodemus should have known Abraham and Sarah as family pictures, as Paul did. He understood allegories, so can we.
Once again the prophesies and pictures point to, and have their fulfillment in the eternal. Explaining eternal unseen realities. As we understand these realities we can enter.
Something to enhance your study of the scriptures and understanding our parents, â€œmale and female made He themâ€. Abram had his name changed to AbrAHam, Sarai to SarAH It was at the name change when they recieved the Spirit and the child of promise was birthed. AH is feminine. Watch the â€œAHâ€. RebekAH, HannAH. You get the picture.
Another common thread is that all the fathers of faith married their sister be it Abraham, Isaac Jacob and even Moses. This is because not only is the Holy spirit Christâ€™s wife Â but she is also a sister because they display the Father in two parts sharing their origin. They likewise share the same destination going back to the Father the Bride and Groom now being Parents of all those born of the Spirit. To be eternal, having the gift of eternal life our parents have to be eternal. For more on this read the other articles on the Plurality of God.
Abraham in Egypt Â referred to his wife as his sister and she was, but it wasnâ€™t until Pharaoh recognized her as his wife and restored her to him that his kingdom was able to have children.
These truths we are talking about brings further understanding to when the 2 faceless angels went down to Sodom. The men of the city wanted Lot to bring them out so that they could know the angels carnally. Meaning with their physical senses. They wanted to define them in this creation of time and matter. Â This was despicable to the two angels and itself is spiritual fornication.
This is as it says in Revelation 11.8 the great city which is spiritually called Sodom where the Lord was slain. They want to know Him carnally. The representatives /angels of God being the word and the Spirit, the Bride and Groom. Â Again from Revelation 18.23 and Jeremiah 7.34,16.9, and 25.10 that â€œno more in you will be heard the voice of the Bride and the Bridegroom. The voice of the parents of the new creation. Let the just be just and the unjust be unjust still.
In Sodom they reached out and pulled Lot in. They struck the men with great blindness so that they could not find the door. Is this not like the end time seekers who Â are blind to the door to the Kingdom at Hand right now? It is so close yet so far away for it does not come with observation but is inside. But They want to know Christ as a man king, and the spirit/Bride as a physical reality at a place where time and matter intersect that they call Jerusalem. This is knowing God carnally and completely misunderstanding Him. It is the sin of Sodom, spiritual blindness and wearying themselves trying to find the door. Â This is why their story changes with every new wind. But we who know Him who is true and Faithfulâ€¦
To the immortal invisible who alone dwells in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see. 1st Timothy 6.16
In 1st Peter 3 the women are taught Â to let their beauty not be the outward adorning, but let it be the hidden person of the heart. And that is what the Holy Spirit is. The hidden person in the heart of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the Bride, the wife and the Holy City. As in Jeremiahs day and described in Revelation, of the Voice of the Bride and the Groom. They say come. And, While it is called today, today if you will hear His voice, male and female made He them. Word and Spirit. Even with us our word goes nowhere without our breath/spirit. The two are one/ Echad and we are one in them in Him, that which is from the beginning which we have seen and we have heard we declare unto you that you may have fellowship with us and with the Father and Jesus Christ the righteous in whom is hidden the spirit.
Simply put the Bride becomes a city in our understanding, realizing that which already was. We become citizens. Like Christ becomes a King in our understanding but He already was for they are unchangeable.
The Bride is eternal and the third person of the trinity. We are born of the Spirit and of the Word/DNA. Our citizenship is heaven (Phil 3.20) When you see this She will come up every where in scripture. But we mustÂ plant inÂ the spirit to reap the spirit. The carnal mind rejects this. It has to be spiritually discerned.
As Abraham portrays the father of all, his wife portrays the mother of us all. Isaiah 51.2 â€œLook to Abraham your father and Sarah who bore youâ€. Not that they wereÂ our parents but they portrayed our heavenly parents. She was the barren persecuted by the one with child, Hagar. AndÂ Jerusalem of the earth had her day but we are from the one who was barren, the one of promise, of faith. As seen in Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, you get the picture. These are all shadows of Heavenly Jerusalem the mother of us all. (Gal 4.26-27) Jerusalem above is the mother of us all. As it is written; rejoice oh Barren, you who did not bear, break forth and shout you who did not travail, (not having the curse of Eve) for the desolate has many more children.
The old covenant mother was earthly Jerusalem in bondage to time and matter. The new covenant Mother is Heavenly, spiritual, and free. That which is born of the flesh is flesh but the spirit renders spiritual beings. These are invisible, hidden â€œin Christâ€ as is She. The hidden person of His heart.
The City of God is as eternal as the Son and the Father. She is not becoming anything She already wasnâ€™t. As Christ is the same yesterday today and forever so isÂ She.Â Just as Christ didnâ€™t have to become something for His sake but ours, so too with Her. It is our understanding that becomes clear to who they are by Revelations. That is why she is seen as the final revelation in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. ButÂ She already is our mother,Â as Christ said â€œanotherÂ Helperâ€ not Himself, not the Father. (see articles on Ekienos)
Here is a truth to help us understand this better. Our new citizenship is not accessible to our human body. In Zechariah 3 the Lord said of Joshua the high priest; Take away his filthy garments, see I have removed your iniquity from you. He was then clothed in rich robes. The robe of righteousness.Â This is our inheritance eternal in the heavens. And as we put this on by faith, we get â€œa place within My house and My courts, says the Lord. I will give you a place among those who walk hereâ€. This is the same as Hebrews 12.22Â â€you have already come to Mount Zion, to the city of theÂ living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to theÂ feast gathering, and ekklesia of the firstborn. To the spirits of just men made perfectâ€.
There is nothing you cannot bury by faith. Paul counts it as dung. Put it behind you that you may become the unleavened loaf.
The Kingdom at hand Has the King of kings in the City of cities. The one whom all others are modeled after.
The Lord continually reached out to a disobedient people. â€œif after all this you do not repent I will punish you 7 times more for your sins. So in the time of Christ He said â€œOh Jerusalem I weep for you. If you only you would have known your time. Now these things are upon you. He came a thief in the night and they were desolate. They did not know the hour of their visitation
We see historically Jerusalem as the place where the Israeliteâ€™sÂ gathered to celebrate the feasts and perform the sacrifices. Jerusalem means city of peace, or city of Shalom. Strongâ€™s concordanceÂ connectsÂ â€shalomâ€ with who we know as KingÂ Solomon. Solomon means peace. JeruShalom was the city of Solomon. Solomon was the physical representation of the son of David.
We know Christ is the real object of the â€œson of Davidâ€ prophesy because all the gospels refer to Christ as the â€œson of Davidâ€. Solomon was an earthly fulfillment but he was not eternal soÂ Solomon could not have been what God was referring to with the promise of â€œyour son will build me a house for my nameâ€, 2 Sam 7.13+16. And this house was the center of the city. It was this city, Jerusalem, that all believers would come at the appointed timesÂ to celebrate the feastâ€™s with the sacrifices and rest on the Sabbath. This is what Yahweh meant in Due 12 The Israeliteâ€™s having come out of Egypt were told by God to seek the place of the 12 tribes whereÂ Yahweh puts His name. It was in this place that the sacrifices would be performed, where they would rejoiceÂ and where His rest for them would be.
Joshua means â€œsaviorâ€ and he brings into the land as promised, meaning the place where the promises are fulfilled. Now after the land was split up between the tribes they went back to war. In other words coming into that land was not the literal fulfillment of the promise or they would have no wars. They would be at rest. But the Holy Spirit was indicating to them that the promise was not literal. see Hebrews 4.8Â .
With this in mind we look at Solomon in the same light. The promise is not literal. If Solomon was the literal fulfillment he would still be alive and reigning in Jerusalem. The people got that and spoke of Christ â€œBlessed is He who comes in the name of the Lordâ€.Â A question then arises. Does Yahweh put His name on a land or a people or a person?
The old covenant picture was the city. All the sacrifices and the feastâ€™s were in the city. The city was in the land. And from Heb 1.1 god spoke at appointed times in various ways in times past to the fathers, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. Meaning God communicated to them through these various ways but now the Son supersedes and explains. As Christ said â€œI will no longer speak to you in parables but I will tell you plainly about the Father. What the land, the city, the sacrifices and the feastâ€™s had taught about God are now taught by the son.
When Moses first saw the Lord he was told â€œTake your sandals off for where you stand is holy groundâ€. Then he was instructed to make the things he saw on that mountain that was holy ground. This is where the blueprints and the calendar was obtained for the old covenant. The whole purpose of the old covenant was to bringÂ a certainÂ people with a certain language to the place to worshipÂ God, in a certain land at a certain city on certain days with certain activities.
With Christ, John the Baptist said â€œit is He who comes after me who was before me whoâ€™s sandal strap I am not worthy to unloose. Instead of taking off sandals like Moses because the ground was holy it was the man that was holy, donâ€™t touch his sandals. This marked the start of the new covenant. The promises of God were no longer at a certain place on a certain day but a certain person. This is the true place where God put His name, is not a land or a city like the old covenant, but a man, the Son.
Paul says that all the promises of God in Christ are yes and amen. That â€˜in Christâ€ the promises dwell. All eyes were on the land and the city, are now should beÂ on the Son. We can see that the Holy Spirit indicated that the land was not of this age, that the Son was not of this age. Does it seem strange that the land is not of this age? That the Son is not of this age? It is not the land that is Holy but the true son with Holy sandals He is Holy, and those who are â€œIn Christâ€ are in the true land where the promises have their reality.
If Â the â€œholy landâ€ has been replaced by the son who is Holy and those who were pictured â€œin the landâ€ were just learning to live â€œin Christâ€, meaning the same thing. The same way those who honoredÂ King Solomon were learning to honor Christ as King
Earthly Jerusalem or JeruShalom was given a king Â Sholom/Solomon. The city wears his name. We bear the name of Christ. We are ofÂ his city, we are a royal generation, a holy people. Why? Not because we are in a holy land, for that is an oxymoron but we by faithare in true Holiness in the Son who has the Name, who sanctified all His by His blood. He sanctified a people not a place.
So whoÂ are the citizens? John 1.13 those born notÂ man or flesh but of God.Â Who then is the Jew? Rom 2.28 the jew is not the outward appearance but the inward circumcision of the heart. Where then is Israel? Gal 6.15-16 in Christ the only thing that matters is the new creation, as many as walk by this rule, Sholom be upon them, the true Israel of God.
It has never been about land and lavished buildings and extravagant festivities. These were all tutors to bring us to faith. To understand their eternal counterpart.
Peter was speaking of the baptism in chapter 3 he says. there is also an antitype that saves us namely baptism. not the removal of the filth of the flesh but an answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. who has ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.t
1 Peter 4.1 Therefor since Christ suffered in the flesh arm yourself with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
It does not say arm your body, or kill your body butÂ arm your mind. It is here we find the gift, for Christ by the grace of God has tasted death for every man, especially those whoÂ believe. The question then is if we arm our mind what happens to the sin? Isnâ€™t God watching that? Having put off the fleshÂ by faithÂ we have to redefine â€œsinâ€.
In Zach 3 we see Joshua the high priest standing before God and Satan accusing him.Â The Lord rebuked Satan, then says of JoshuaÂ â€Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?â€ The Lord instructed those who stood by to remove the filthy garments and to cloth him in rich robes.
So then here is how we define sin now as it pertains to the clean conscience, theÂ new man.Â In Romans 14 Paul was talking about our freedoms when it comes to what day to worship, what foods to eat, what to drinkÂ and in general what is our mind set now that we are past sin according to law. Verse 22 do you have faith?Â And, Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats because he does not eat of faith, (and here is the key) forÂ whatever is not of faith is sin.
Sin relates now to faith being actions in the mind as it pertains to the leading of God,Â verses the body carried away with cravings. If we understand as it says in Hebrews 11.6 that without faith it is impossible to please God, we learn that it is more important to follow His Spirit then to go back to law. We know if an external law helped, Christ would not have gone to the cross. This then is the struggle of the flesh, we would rather have a list of â€œthou shalt notâ€™sâ€ on the refrigerator than to follow the spirit. Then to follow the unction of the Spirit.
So then when Satan, ourselves or anybody accuses us and tries to put us on the defense and throw our minds into a whirlwind of apologizing, making excuses, and confessing we have an answer of a good conscience. This becomes the act of faith that pleases God. With Joshua the Lord had the sin removed and had him robed in fine linenÂ and we do that by faith.Â This pleases God.
I do not taint my relationship withÂ my heavenlyÂ Father by dwelling on sin in the flesh. It is an insult to the Spirit of grace. The sin factor is gone in the spirit, in the heavens and in our minds if our mind is set on the Spirit, the things that are aboveÂ This pleases God. We are unobstructed and unhindered., without excuse to relate to God. Let nothing come between you and that. When we hear correction from the heavenly voice we make the necessary adjustments in our walk and move on.
Back to 1 Peter we read that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour whom resist steadfast in theÂ faith,Â knowing that the same is being experienced by your brotherhood in the world. Here isÂ the key.Â Are we in Christ or in the world? If we succumb to the accusations like Joshua, we have to ask ourselves â€œare we in the flesh or in faithâ€. For if you are in the flesh, you are in the world where Satan is active. If you are in the faith Satanâ€™s words fall on deaf ears. Gods not listening,Â He is not imputing. Why are we.
This is where we appropriate our faith and give God the Glory. Instead of apologizing for yet another short coming on our part, bless God because he paved the way once for all.This is faith and this pleases God. He really is not happy with continual apologies and confessions as though thatÂ keeps us clean like the continual sacrifices of old. He didnâ€™t like that either. But he likes an answer of a clear conscience washed by the blood of the lamb. The accuser of the brethren is cast down. We are accounted as seated with Him in heavenly places. Far above all powers and principalities. The roaring lion becomesÂ toothless road killÂ .
Here are a couple other verses that expand on this
Heb 10.1-22 with sin gone by faith, another act of faith is to enter the holiest of all by the blood of Christ.
John 17.15 Christ prayed not that we would be taken out of the world but that we would be protected from evil.
1 John 2.12-14 are the words that â€œyou have overcome the wicked one.
MyÂ work of faithÂ is to follow the Holy Spirit. I do not glorify Satan for any of his mischievousness for he is limited to what the LordÂ allows him. Like the serpent who was a staff in Moses hand so is Satan in the hand of Christ, all power and authority been given to Him. Â It is when I test the boundaries of the promise. To be in Christ by faithÂ or in the world. If I fill myself with the spirit and not the world satan stands no chance.
I have found it unfortunate that steps taken by the church fathers to protect their form of religion and to promote their doctrines have truncated the word and purpose of God.
Having seen the Holy Spirit in the bible as the comforter, another helper so you are not left orphans and as the gift given in place of Jerusalem Â I decided to dig a little deeper and this is something I found to help me understand the 3rd person in the Godhead. The Wisdom Solomon knew is this person. Solomonâ€™s name means peace and as Davids son and king his wife and city Jerusalem, meaning city of peace. So you have the king of peace in the city of peace.
when unrighteousness cometh in.
22Â As for wisdom, what she is, and how she came up, I will tell you, and will not hide mysteries from you: but will seek her out from the beginning of her nativity, and bring the knowledge of her into light, and will not pass over the truth.
22Â For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit holy, one only, manifold, subtil, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good quick, which cannot be letted, ready to do good,
7Â And if a man love righteousness her labours are virtues: for she teacheth temperance and prudence, justice and fortitude: which are such things, as en can have nothing more profitable in their life.
8Â If a man desire much experience, she knoweth things of old, and conjectureth aright what is to come: she knoweth the subtilties of speeches, and can expound dark sentences: she foreseeth signs and wonders, and the events of seasons and times.
18Â And great pleasure it is to have her friendship; and in the works of her hands are infinite riches; and in the exercise of conference with her, prudence; and in talking with her, a good report; I went about seeking how to take her to me.
21Â Nevertheless, when I perceived that I could not otherwise obtain her, except God gave her me; and that was a point of wisdom also to know whose gift she was; I prayed unto the Lord, and besought him, and with my whole heart I said,
5Â Moreover, the nations in their wicked conspiracy being confounded, she found out the righteous, and preserved him blameless unto God, and kept him strong against his tender compassion toward his son.
7Â Of whose wickedness even to this day the waste land that smoketh is a testimony, and plants bearing fruit that never come to ripeness: and a standing pillar of salt is a monument of an unbelieving soul.
8Â For regarding not wisdom, they gat not only this hurt, that they knew not the things which were good; but also left behind them to the world a memorial of their foolishness: so that in the things wherein they offended they could not so much as be hid.
10Â When the righteous fled from his brotherâ€™s wrath she guided him in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of holy things, made him rich in his travels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours.
14Â And left him not in bonds, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: as for them that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory.
We are Pilgrims. Yes we have an eternal hope, which means we are on a heavenly journey. This journey is pictured in scripture as â€œgoing up to Zion, going up to Jerusalem. It is growing in the understanding and the internal likeness of our risen Lord.
22Â But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,Â 23Â to the general assembly and church of the firstbornÂ who areÂ registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,Â 24Â to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things thanÂ that ofÂ Abel.
Hear the Heavenly Voice
25Â See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much moreÂ shall we not escapeÂ if we turn away from Him whoÂ speaksÂ from heaven,Â 26Â whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying,Â â€œYet once more I shake[a]Â not only the earth, but also heaven.â€[b]Â 27Â Now this,Â â€œYet once more,â€Â indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28Â Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[c]Â serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.Â 29Â For our GodÂ isÂ a consuming fire.
And here we will see that the mindset of pilgrimage is a key to the kingdom now, by faith.
BlessedÂ isÂ the man whose strengthÂ isÂ in You,
Whose heartÂ isÂ set onÂ pilgrimage.
6Â As theyÂ pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
7Â They go from strength to strength;
Each oneÂ appears before God in Zion.
In the mountain of Your inheritance,
InÂ the place, OÂ Lord,Â whichÂ You have made
For Your own dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord,Â whichÂ Your hands have established.
That is the focus. Eternal, Holy, separate from sinners and this created realm.
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4Â He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5Â He shall receive blessing from theÂ Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6Â ThisÂ isÂ Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face.Â Selah
The eternal gift of life is timeless. What has been given to us â€œIn Christâ€ cannot not be lost or taken away because it is not related to the creation of emc=square of time and matter or any of things made from the Big Bang. That is why we are instructed to not look at the things that are seen for the things that are seen are temporary but the things that are unseen are eternal. The gift from God can never be seen with human eyes. â€œFlesh and blood does not inherit the kingdomâ€. For even Christ himself, the one who brought immortality to light through the gospel, did not appear in His royalty. And His own words? â€œMy Kingdom is not of this ageâ€. Meaning this creation that we physically experience.
We are called to His eternal Glory. Paul said â€œto be found â€œIn Himâ€ not having my own righteousness but that which is by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul also said of his listeners that it was his desire to present them to the Lord as â€œchaste virginsâ€. This has nothing to do with our humanity or our past, of which Paul counted all as dung, but it has everything to do with us being found â€œin Christâ€.
We see in Zechariah 3 Joshua the high priest standing before the Lord and Satan accusing him. And what did the Lord say of Joshua? Is this not a brand plucked from the fire? The Lord proceeded to instruct those who stood by to â€œtake away the filthy garments, see I will clothe you with rich robesâ€. Those who stand before the Lord, and we all do if we have His Spirit, are never seen by Him in our old nature. For â€œeven the holy angels behold the face of the Father when they see these little onesâ€. Us. It is only our guilty conscience and the fallen angels that try to drag our stinky old carcass into the presence of our Father. Like a cat dragging a half dead rat into the house. Get that thing out of here!
And this is what we do whenever we bring before the Lord our failures or our human accomplishments, good and bad. Our continual confessing of sin or bragging are equally repulsive to the Father. When it comes to sin His answer has always been the same. He dealt with it at the cross. Both of those actions deny the perfect offering, the sinless sacrifice, the lamb without spot or blemish. The one who died to free us from sin. Anytime we try to drag are old carcass into His presence it is as if we say â€ No Christ wasnâ€™t enoughâ€. Even from Hebrews 10.2 that the worshipers once purged should have no consciousness of sin. Receive this gift for it is part of the package.
The Lord acknowledges those who exist on the resurrection side of the cross. This is why â€œif anyone is â€œIn Christâ€ he is a new creation, all things are made newâ€. We offer ourselves living sacrifices which is our new spiritual man. As we learn to put on Christ we find ourselves in a place where no man can go, where no man has been, meaning those born from Adam.
You see Christ came to us by a virgin birth and He lay down after the cross in a tomb no man lay in before to display this truth. The place where He came from and where He went has nothing to do with man or time and matter And as we accept the gift, the new creation in His like likeness, the one who is spirit and truth, we too are found, that is our souls that have been purified by the word of truth, we are found as a tomb where no man lay and like the virgin whom no man has defiled. A place before and after all humanity Why? Because that is the timeless eternal gift spotless, pure and undefilable reserved for us in heaven. Which cannot be tainted by humanity and that includes our old dead carcass of a man.
Our human body and our mind as it relates to our old self are non existent and have no place before the throne of God. They are pre-Christ and unclean and nothing that is defiled can enter. The sacrifice you take into His presence is His Son Himself and that is what He sees in us. If there was any other acceptable gift then the Son, then the Son died in vain. This is what it means to be found â€œin Himâ€™.
Are we â€œin Christâ€ or â€œin the worldâ€? Are we trying to bring the half dead rat into the house of God? Are we offering up continual efforts of doing the best we can and covering our short comings with confessions instead of His blood? This is where Satan wants you to confuse you. The roaring lion who is seeking whom he may devour, knowing that this suffering is experienced by our brotherhood where? â€œin the worldâ€. To that I say, get â€œin Christâ€. Put on the â€œnew manâ€.
I John 2.12+ I write to you children because your sins are forgiven for His names sake. I write to you new men because you have overcome the wicked one, and because you are strong and the word of God abides in you.
The Coming of the Kingdom, by faith or fact?
Lk17.20Â Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said,Â â€œThe kingdom of God does not come with observation;Â 21Â nor will they say, â€˜SeeÂ here!â€™ or â€˜SeeÂ there!â€™[a]Â For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.â€
22Â Then He said to the disciples,Â â€œThe days will come (like today) whenyou will desire toÂ seeÂ one of the days of the Son of Man, andÂ you will not seeÂ it.Â 23Â And they will say to you, â€˜LookÂ here!â€™ or â€˜Lookthere!â€™[b]Â Do not go afterÂ themÂ or followÂ them.
John 19.36Â 36Â Jesus answered,Â â€œMy kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but nowÂ My kingdom is not from here.â€
Christ clearly states that His Kingdom is of a different make up. He indicates that with the temple too when He said He would rebuild the it in 3 days.Â He was talking about His body.Â SubsequentlyÂ we see the brick temple of that day ripped from top to bottom to where â€œthe earth quaked, and the rocks were splitâ€. Mt 27.51. Totally condemned and put outÂ of business. Any structure of our day with that damage would notÂ allow access but tear it down. But He rose victorious. And of that old age of a physical kingdom being Jerusalem, in Mt 11.13 that â€œall the law and the prophets were until Johnâ€ the baptist. Meaning that all the pictures that were played out through the feasts and the sacrifices in the tabernacle/temple,Â were pictures of the eternal reality, the invisible kingdom,Â but not the kingdom itself. So when Christ kept saying â€œthe Kingdom of God/Heaven is at handâ€ He meant right here right now!Â The whole old order had expired as seen as the main theme in the book of Hebrews. 8.1 NowÂ this isÂ the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, whoÂ isseated at the right hand of the throne of the MajestyÂ in the heavens,Â 2Â a Minister of the sanctuary and of theÂ true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.Â And again in Heb 8Â 13Â In that He says, â€œA newÂ covenant,â€Â He has made the first obsolete.(mosaic) Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (the city the temple and the sacrifices up to 70 a.d.by Titus) So then the law, the sacrifices, the temple, the city, and the land have all expired as having had only temporary, pictorial meaning to describe the eternal. Eye has not seen nor cannot see theÂ kingdom of God, nor ever will.Â But it is revealed by the spirit. So ChristÂ trulyÂ set up the Kingdom to those born of the spirit, even as Paul said in Galatians thatÂ we areÂ born from above, heavenly Jerusalem. So it is from that place that we are ofÂ the new creation, as Paul said in 2 CorÂ Â 17Â Therefore, if anyoneÂ isÂ in Christ,Â he isÂ a new creation; old thingsÂ haveÂ passed away; behold, all thingsÂ haveÂ become new.Â Â So flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom. I Cor 15.50Â Â Once again in John 4 whenÂ ChristÂ was talking to the lady at the well,Â 21Â Jesus said to her,Â â€œWoman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain,Â nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.23Â But the hour is coming, andÂ now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.Â 24Â GodÂ isÂ Spirit, and those who worship Him must worshipÂ in spiritÂ and truth.â€Â I plead with you not to follow the seekers of a kingdom on earth. Or even as Paul pleaded in Cor 5.20 â€œbe yeÂ reconciledâ€ 6.2Â 2Â For He says:
â€œIn an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.â€[a]
Behold, nowÂ isÂ the accepted time; behold, nowÂ isÂ the day of salvation.
Too many people are looking over there when it is right here, â€œat handâ€
Is Christ really coming down in this age to sit on some silly chair in a temple made by men?
Look atÂ what YHWH told Ezekiel when he was taken up in visions to see somethingÂ likeÂ the structure of a city. Ez 40.2. After anÂ in-depth examination of that city in that heavenly vision he was instructed to â€œdescribe the temple to the people of Israel that they may be ashamed. Ez 43.10
Ashamed of what? At the notion that YHWH dwells in buildings made in this age by masons. Acts 17.24, Ex 20.25
This may be hard toÂ receiveÂ but that whole thing going on in modern day Israel is anti-Christ. Not only is Christ the Temple, but the true city is a timeless eternal one (Heb 12.22, Mt 25.34) Anything else is aÂ counterfeit.Â And we can say this also of â€œthe landâ€. Let me demonstrate from scripture.
In Ex 4.22 the Lord said â€œIsrael is my son, my firstbornâ€œÂ Â Well we know Christ really is, but Israel is a picture of Christ. And we know they divided up the inheritance in Joshua andÂ Israel became a land, hence â€œThe promised landâ€. ButÂ Christ is the true son and the true land.Â That is why the â€œpromised landâ€ is not mentioned once in the New Testament, because those who are trulyÂ in the land, areÂ in Christ, areÂ in the firstborn, areÂ in HisÂ Son, areÂ in the spirit, andÂ livingin His promises they are born from above and of that kingdom.
So since we areÂ hid in HimÂ (Col 3.1) let us seek the things that areÂ in HimÂ and not in the world. Keeping our eyesÂ on HimÂ andÂ His kingdomthat is â€œnot like this worldâ€. Let us now enjoy the things He reveals to us by the spirit and the fruits of that Kingdom, looking for the blessed hope of being revealed with the One of whom we now enjoy being in His presenceÂ .
I find it interesting that Judaism, Messianicâ€™s, Ephramiteâ€™s, Nasareneâ€™s and sacred namers for the most part use the lesser light of the night to rule their days, months and years. Doesnâ€™t Islam, Wickans, Pagans, satanist and other cults do this?
Letâ€™s look at this.
In the Strongs concordance from the Hebrew it translates chodesh # 2320 as months with the exception of when it is used for new moon only 8 out of about 250 times, and only in connection to the phrase â€œnew moonâ€. Other than those 8 times, it is never used in equation with the luminary called the â€œmoonâ€, just in reference to the measurement of time. New moon could easily be a mis-translation.
Strongs translates Yareach # 3391-4 as moon. These are associated with luminaries and the heavens. There are few times this word for moon is translated â€œmonthâ€. Usually in connection with pagan month names possibly in reference to pagan names brought up from Egypt and in exile in Babylon.
Other than the already mentioned minor exceptions moon/yareach and, month/chodesh are not interchangeable. New moons  should be translated new months because it refers to times, not luminaries, where it is always translated months.
There goes the verses supporting a moon month from the scriptures.
Think about the moon as an anti-type. In size its about the same as the sun to the naked eye, but infinitely smaller. It possesses no light of itself. It is called the lesser light in importance but it determines the days months and years? Mmh! What does the sun do?
The only feast celebrated by night is the Passover. Which pictures coming out of darkness into the light.
My research has led me to Enochâ€™s calendar or also known as the Essene calendar, which is more stable then the Gregorian calendar.
The point is this. God gave a miraculous clock in the sky and itâ€™s not the moon. To the one who sets us free, why would he bind us to laborious task of following the moon?
More important is the admonition by Paul from Galatians 4.9-11
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.
The following information was copied from the link below.Â I have found that the translators from Greek to English chose to interpret the Holy Spirit as â€œHeâ€ and â€œHimâ€. Not only did they select to make the Spirit male, they chose to capitalize all references that one.
The point is this. There is more indications that the Holy Spirit is feminine. God in the beginning chose to reveal Himself in male and female. Gen 1.27 So God created man in His image. In the image of God He created him male and female. The purpose was to reveal Himself through Adam and Eve the parents of the first creation who were contrasts of the Bride and Bridegroom of the new creation, being the Word of God and the Breath, or Spirit of God. Those of the new creation are born of the Word and Spirit, both being equally and fully God. Please read the 1st article on this topic for a fuller understanding before you proceed.
Holy is a funny word. Sometimes we think it means to be pious or self righteous, a state of being perfect or clean or religious. All those things may add definition to what holy means, but the truth is, simply put, holy means other dimensional, not of this planet, unlike what we can comprehend naturally.
The Bridegroom Has the Bride
I know you know these things but itâ€™s good to keep it fresh.
Col 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son.
2 Pet 1.3 His divine power has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness.
2 Pet 1.4 We are partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption of the world.
These are all past tense.
Since we have these things our spirit is already where our body wants to go, but our body will never go there.
He has (already) qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance. We donâ€™t need another day.
We are a digit, A singularity, a human, defined as a person in place and time. This is our old nature. It was Christ who became a man for us to become like Him. We knew Him once as a man, a digit, a singularity, but henceforth know we Him like that no more. He is no longer a singularity and if anyone is â€œin Christâ€ they are no longer constricted to their old humanity, but are a â€œnew creationâ€ in His image, being ubiquitous. Not being restricted to this creation of time and space. God is spirit and He seeks those to worship Him in spirit and truth.
So being â€œin Christâ€, â€œin the Spiritâ€, we have been quickened, we have been translated, we have been Raptured, we are where flesh and blood cannot go. This is why we â€œknow no man, who is a believer, after the fleshâ€ being a digit, a human. â€œFor we have this treasure in earthen vessels for the excellence and the Glory is of God and not our digit. And since we are â€œin Christâ€, â€œin the Spiritâ€, we too are partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light right now. Col 1.12
Our carnal desire is to be with Christ in our bodies but this can never be. Flesh and blood does not and cannot inherit the Kingdom and this body does not go there. It is not for the physical eye or the physical ear.
If we were Raptured, or taken away from this world in our current condition, we would freeze in our current condition. â€œLet him who is unjust be unjust still he who is filthy let him be filthy still, he who is righteous let him be righteous still, he who is holy let him be holy stillâ€ Rev 22.11. God would have to re-create the same current earthly conditions to finish His work in us. That is why we are here.
This is why eschatology and end times fascinations can be dangerous by being an escape from the greater work God wants to do in us now. Eschatology focuses on and speaks of another day and derails the work of the Holy Spirit now. Today! If you hear His voice. For there remains a rest for the people of God.
If anything is unfruitful, it is a teaching to the body of Christ that morphs with every new fear, to keep people spiritually paralyzed and focused on that and not real growth. Who does that sound like? I mean Nibiru? Blood moons? What will they think of next? These are carnal fascinations with no eternal fruit.
So why do we need a rapture? To be saved? To be delivered from this evil world? To be quickened? To be translated? This has already happened if you are â€œin Christâ€. And if you are already in His will, why would you want to go somewhere else?
What shall separate us from the love of God â€œin Christâ€ Jesus? Height? Depth? Government powers? Demonic principalities? A sword? A famine? Martial law? Through all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
As in Daniel there were 3 men threatened with fire, and their reply? God is able to deliver us from the fire, but even if He doesnâ€™t I will not worship your image. It was in the fire where the forth man was seen. We know who He was. Fear not these end time images they present for they will expire and they will present another. We are where we need to be. In Him.
2 In the visions of God He took me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain; on it toward the south was something like the structure of a city.3 He took me there, and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze. He had a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand, and he stood in the gateway.
4 And the man said to me, â€œSon of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here so that I might show them to you. Declare to the house of Israel everything you see.â€
Here we have Christ showing Ezekiel the heavenly city, things in the spirit, current realities for them and us. As Christ had spoke of â€œthe Kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the worldâ€.
The Lord then tells Ezekiel to explain to the house of Israel to be ashamed because of this vision.
â€œSon of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them.
That they may be ashamed? I mean we are talking of the blue print for the 3rd temple arenâ€™t we? Didnâ€™t God give that to us so we can make it? So He can come back and be our King?
Paul said in Acts 17. 24 â€œGod, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with menâ€™s hands, as though He needed anything,
I believe the earthly temple and articles were meant to teach us the greater reality of His unchanging eternal kingdom.
When Christ said â€œthe Kingdom of God is at handâ€ meaning â€œright hereâ€ the Jewish leaders thought they were running the show. Christ did not deny His kingship but just said His kingdom is not of this age, and offered it to them if they would repent, or â€œbe ashamedâ€
Christ also took Moses up a â€œhigh mountainâ€ and showed him this kingdom. The Lord told him when making these things on earth to â€œMake all things according to the pattern I showed you on the mountâ€.
So this is the sin for them to be ashamed. They worshiped the articles and not what they represented. As in Christâ€™s day when He said â€œdestroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three daysâ€ they thought He meant their brick buildings.
With Moses they gallivanted thru the desert carrying the ark of the covenant having the mercy seat with the two tablets in it, yet they did not see the one who sat on it. Although this chair appeared empty, it wasnâ€™t. The ark contained the tablets which were the Words of God Himself, the living word, His words which created all things. Oh the irony. The chair was empty yet the box contained the Living word where all things came. The ark seated empty was full of eternity. And today, some are looking for that wooden box? Some are looking for a red heifer? Some have a fixed gaze upon modern Israel? Anticipating a temple? What then sacrifices?
Tell my people their sin that they may be ashamed. Could our leaders be doing today what they did back then?
Christ goes on to say to Ezekiel 43 12 This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law (immutable truth) of the temple.
We understand through Moses that there is the holies and the â€œmost Holyâ€ or â€œHoly of Holies. That the Levites, after they kept themselves from strong drink and dressed in fine linen, were able to enter the holies, but the Holy of holies had even higher standards indicating that even after they sanctified themselves and cleaned their flesh up as best as possible, there was still a Holy place unreachable, indicating that there was another dimension off limits to the flesh. as we know this was bridged through Christ by His blood and the chief priest did this once a year to point to that. So we can go boldly to the Holiest. Heb 10.19
What â€œMost Holyâ€ means is â€œnot like this worldâ€, â€œanother dimensionâ€, alternate realityâ€ the true reality. The originator of all things, the fulfillment of all visions and parables.
In John 16.14 speaks of the Holy Spirit will Glorify Christ, the Holy Spirit will take what is Christâ€™s and explain it to us. So the question isâ€¦ is the book about the Jewish people and the renewal of their kingdom? or is it about the revelation of Christ?
Icor 9 But as it is written:
â€œEye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.â€[a]
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
Fortunate for us we have access by faith in Christ which enters behind the veil into this reality. Let us be careful not to mix the unholy with the Holy.