A closer look at Christ’s Second Coming

Second Coming for the Bride

Introduction:

When we talk about the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must realize that there are (in succession) an INvisible and a visible Coming.
The INvisible Second Coming is the (hidden) coming for the Bride(church); this is the so-called “wise-virgin” part of the true believers.
The VISIBLE Second Coming is the coming on the clouds, when every eye shall see Him in His full glory as King and Lord, also the eyes of those that pierced (or rejected) Him.

The VISIBLE Second Coming

In my opinion the following Bible texts all relate to the VISIBLE Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, from the context of the following Bible texts we can learn that the visible Second Coming will take place AFTER the Great Tribulation and BEFORE the beginning of Christ’s Millennium of Peace.
The resurrection of all true believers who passed away (or died) in Christ in the course of the ages until the end of the Great Tribulation (see Revelation 20:4), will also take place AFTER the Great Tribulation, but BEFORE Christ’s Millennium of Peace. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that there is a resurrection of the righteous BEFORE as well as AFTER the Great Tribulation.
Also one and the same event is meant by the trumpet mentioned in several texts below; viz. the trumpet of Revelation 11:15. Here again one reads that Christ’s Kingdom (i.e. the Millennium of Peace) starts AFTER the sound of this trumpet (and the great voices in heaven – see also 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

1 Thessalonians 4 verse 15-17:
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the resurrected righteous [i.e. the believers]) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (namely 1,000 years with the returned Lord ON EARTH)

Matthew 24 verse 29-31:
“Immediately AFTER the tribulation (the Great Tribulation, see verse 21) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man (thus this is the visible Second Coming) coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 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.”

1 Corinthians 15 verse 51-52:
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (NOT all ‘pass away’ or ‘sleep in the Lord’), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (AFTER the Great Tribulation), and we (that are left alive from [and thus AFTER] the Great Tribulation, because God saved them – see Revelation 12:6, 14) shall be changed.”

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By A. Klein

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LUKE, Chapter 15 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 4)

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A threefold parable of God’s redeeming love

In and through Christ we must be willing to be delivered of every spiritual mistake and self-will in the service of the Lord

How often children of God follow their own sinful heart, and that they act willfully while serving their Lord and Savior. Many Christians often do not ask themselves, whether they do walk and act in and by the Spirit of the Lord. How often is the Lord not saddened by the stubborn actions of many a child of God, because, tempted by one’s own deceitful heart, one over and over again tries to justify oneself before God and men.
Strikingly the Lord Jesus Christ tells us in this chapter, by means of three parables, of a spiritually mature laborer, and child of God, who also acts so willfully (and thus wrongly), but – we must give God alone all thanks for this – also of His redeeming love, whereby he is found again and brought back home (with God and His Church), because he let himself be found by that divine love!

The first parable: The lost sheep

LUKE 15 verse 1-7, “Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
We read here about the redeeming love of the Son of God. In this parable the relationship between shepherd towards sheep is discussed. Some two thousand years ago the Savior gave His (earthly) life on the cross at Calvary; but now, by His resurrection in the NEW (divine and eternal) LIFE, He is united in the spirit with His spiritual Body, namely the Church, and all its members. He now is, for all eternity, united with humanity in the spirit, with all who have accepted Him in their heart as their Lord and Savior.
What is a shepherd without sheep; what is a head without the body? By (physically) dying and rising the Son of God, by His (Holy) Spirit, has become the Head of the Church, His (spiritual) Body. What is a vine without its branches? What is a bridegroom without his bride? By His death and resurrection, which brings us (and all who are willing) redemption – He forever entered into this wonderful relationship with those who sincerely believe. He sought this union with the (believing) person; this union is given Him (by the Father), and the joy over this must have been so immensely great that He was fully prepared to suffer the shame and death on the cross; and because of which He was able to meet this suffering courageously. He is the Prince of Life, but He put Himself under the heel of the prince of death to save mankind. He (voluntarily) surrendered to the power of darkness, to satan. Satan is (and remains) His enemy, but He voluntarily put Himself under his heel to save you and me, His Church, His Body and His Bride, by sharing the human body, vulnerable to sin (He, as the Son of man on earth, had a will of His own). The joy of these (spiritual) riches, He knew, would be great for Himself as well as for His Bride(church)!
The sheep in this parable is not a lamb, but a mature sheep in a (special) group of a hundred! This has a deeper meaning, for the number 100 can be divided in 2 x 50, whereby the number 50, seen in biblical light, is God’s code for the infilling with the Holy Ghost. These two groups of 50 sheep refer to God’s children and laborers of the so-called “Former Rain” (whereby is meant the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; see Acts 2:1-4), and those of the so-called “Latter Rain” (whereby is meant the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-time), which now is about to break through. Therefore, to keep it brief: this sheep belongs to the Bride-church. Thus, it is a Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit of God; a Christian belonging to the “elite corps” of Jesus! What made this sheep withdraw from the flock (the Church) and from its Shepherd? It had tasted the sweet relationship with Jesus; it had the sweet guidance to the green pastures of God’s Word, to the very quiet waters of the comforting communion with the Holy Spirit. What made it draw away from Shepherd and flock? What was the reason? Slowly, ever so slowly, and undetected by the unwatchful eye, the poison of sin penetrated little by little the heart, once purified by the blood of Jesus. By the cleansing in the blood of the Lamb of God, this heart used to live in fervent devotion for Jesus and His Kingdom. Clearly a fiery “first love” was present. But by the almost imperceptible penetration of sin that (spiritual) fire was quenched… Because of it the sheep inwardly went through a straying from the only and right way, so that it did not feel at home with the Shepherd and the flock. The self-willed ego-life again flourished… and because of it, it reached the point that it separated itself from the Shepherd and the flocks… All kinds of causes could be mentioned for this, but in fact they were all caused by a three-headed monster, namely by the (sin)monster of lust. This monster tempts with… a beautiful man and/or woman, and sinful enslavement to sex; with (pursuing) riches, or the worries and many activities of (daily) life; a self-willed labor for Jesus or pride; a desire for honor, fame and the applause of people.
We are not told why this sheep drew away from the Shepherd and the flock. What we do know, is that this three-headed monster will try carefully and resolutely to sneak into hearts which are devoted to God. And if it is successful, the self-centered life, in different areas of life, will surface again, and before one realizes what is happening, one (again) is a prisoner of some lust which leads to sin! Slowly, but surely, this force of sinful lust will then come and dwell in that life, and will force the human spirit to satisfy this lust; because of which the person, who at first was a servant of justice, now again has become a servant of sin.
One could also become disloyal to the Lord by following (the will of) another person, while that will in essence is contrary to the will of God. And that person could be: an essentially apostate minister, a friend, one’s own husband or wife. One could also idolize the minister, one’s own husband, wife or child, or another person, with the sad result that one automatically strays from the Savior because of this. For, if we no longer love Jesus Christ above all and everything (else), if we no longer give him the (seat on the) throne of our heart, but give that place to something or someone else, then all mercy will (have to) leave us, and we will lose the bond with His Holy Spirit and His Word. Then we will separate from the Shepherd and from the flock.
Nowadays we see many separate from the flock; they no longer visit the congregations. And, most assuredly, even if they claim the opposite, they have left the Shepherd. Their heart no longer is the property of Jesus; their heart does not have the first love for Him anymore, for if that were so, they, in spite of everything, would be found in the circle of the flock and, above all, at His feet.
Drawn away by lust and self-will the sheep strays further and further from the Shepherd and the flock, and becomes increasingly more entangled in the thorns of the wilderness of this life. But, alleluia (praise ye the Lord), there is One, Who came to seek that which is lost; the rescue operation initiates from Him, from Him personally. It comes forth from the compassionate heart of the Shepherd: “He leaves the ninety-nine and goes after that which is lost, until He finds it!” The Spirit of the Lord seeks for the lives of those who once belonged to His flock. He seeks them with His searching love: He calls them with a wonderful Word of grace. He goes to them, He approaches them, He calls them; He calls those whose hearts have almost been totally destroyed by sin. Blessed that sheep that responds to the call of the Shepherd. So many believers were lost in the wilderness of the earthly life. Some used to preach the Word full of fire themselves; namely the news of Him, Who died for us on Calvary, in order to give us a NEW LIFE here on earth, and ETERNAL LIFE in the Kingdom of God. But many did hear the call of the Shepherd (again), but did not respond; they stayed away and were lost forever! But this sheep was blessed, because it responded to the call of the Shepherd! It bleated, it called for help! Glory to Jesus! “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
Beloved, that is how it is when we respond to the call of that almighty Shepherd of Love. When we do, and in all sincerity say: “Yes, Lord, here I am, the lost and strayed sinner!”, then He will put us upon His shoulders. We do not have to take care of the homecoming, He will do that for us. He will rectify what we have spoiled (botched), without any reproach, if we confess our sins to Him (Proverbs 28:13). He it is Who will take us back to the safe circle of the flock (the Church of the Lord), whereby we will be one of the 100 (2 x 50) again. Glory to God’s great mercy! He it is Who carries us upon His shoulders, Who fills our heart with new joy and courage, whereby we receive strength to fight in the life of the cross (i.e. the dying process of our old life), and to enter into His Kingdom. It is Jesus Who will restore all things for us, when we again accept Him in our heart, because for Him all darkness must disappear. Then that same first love will be kindled again which made David exclaim: “For by Him I have run through a troop (with Him I will defeat [the army of] the enemy); and by my God have I leaped over a wall!” (2 Samuel 22:30; Psalm 18:29). It is God’s mercy when this first love is kindled (again) in our heart and life, but this first love must burn in each laborer of Jesus! O, that first love, the love for Jesus, that love that is so needed and necessary, also for the labor for Him. But, this first love must go together with the “fear of God“, whereby is meant the fear to again stray from God into the desert of sin of this life; the fear which keeps us alert to shut every little door and chink to satan that might cause us to stray again.
Beloved, let us maintain that first love. It burns in the hearts of those who have just discovered the great love and mercy of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. But do you still have this first love? For with all, who are not alert enough, who do not walk in the fear of God, this first love will gradually disappear, because of the powers of those monsters of lust and self-will. Therefore we must see to it that we remain in this first love, in the ardent love for Jesus. We must continue to feel this burning longing for Jesus in our heart and life. Even after thirty, forty or fifty years. For, however long we have walked (in faith) with Jesus during our earthly life, this first love must lead us, and must be the basis of our everyday life. This first love must be the motivation of all our labor, of all our speaking. It is the love wherewith we love God with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our strength. It is by this love that we can reach the final phase of our sanctification and our justification; whereby we will also experience that perfect love towards our neighbor; yes, even towards those who hate us! It is by this love for Jesus that we will stand as conquerors on the shores of the crystal sea (see Revelation 15:2).
This sheep then again returned to the flock; this child of God fortunately came back again in the circle of his brothers and sisters; in that circle where he can love his Lord and Master and can serve Him, because he has been delivered from all self-will and sinful lust! Glory to Jesus!

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 18: …God’s purpose with mankind – An eternal sanctuary of our almighty God and Father

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God’s purpose with mankind

We, Christians, are called to be made up to an eternal sanctuary of our almighty God and Father. For our being (body, soul and spirit) is like a vessel, which He fully want to inhabit and throne in (that is reign in love).

Gen. 1:26a, “Let Us (Father, Son and Holy Spirit – see note[1]) make man after Our image, after Our likeness.”

God didn’t gave up His original plan after the fall of man, but this happening did influence this matter so, that the Son of God – in God’s time – had to leave His heavenly throne in order to share fallen mankind to save them by accepting a human body, that, genetically seen, is a descendant of David and by His death at the cross of Golgotha (i.e. Calvary) to pay the debt of human sin, followed by His resurrection.
After 3 days and nights He rose out of the death and went up into heaven, where He sat on the throne at the right hand of the Father. There He can be the Mediator between God and the fallen man. From His throne He sends the 7 Spirits of God (see note[2]), the Holy Spirit, to all men. The Holy Spirit has to share His labour, which He has finished on earth, with all men, who have been repented unto Him.

Romans 1:3, “(the Gospel of God)… Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;”

Hebr. 10:5-10, “Wherefore when he (i.e. Jesus) cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou (i.e. the Father) wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me), to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldst not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the (Old Testament) law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O god. He taketh away the first (namely: the Old Testament), that he may establish the second (the New Testament). By the which (i.e. God’s) will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ one for all.”

Hebr. 9:11-15, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come (namely the spiritual goods the New Testament believer will receive), by a greater and more perfect tabernacle (namely the heavenly), not made with hands (of people), that is to say, not of this (earthly) building (like the tabernacle of Israel); Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (who are sinners by nature). For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve (perfectly) the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first (or old) testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

John 3:16-18 and 36, “For God so loved the (people of the) world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  …  36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see (the eternal) life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

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[1] Our almighty God has three forms of revelation: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s Being is a Unity. He is one Being, one Person. The teaching that God consists out of three Persons is an error. In Deut. 6:4 is written: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord (He is one Person!).
This is, moreover, subscribed to by the fact that the two cherubim and the mercy seat had to been made out of one peace of gold (see Exod. 25:18). The both cherubim and the mercy seat picture our almighty God in His three forms of revelation. The cherubim picture the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the mercy seat the Lamb, the Son of God. Man also consists out of three parts: body, the visible part, and soul and spirit the invisible parts.
[2] See our study The 7 Spirits of God and of the Lamb of God, for FREE.
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The 10 fulfilled/perfect New-Testament Commandments of the Kingdom of Heaven ON EARTH

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Firstly:
The 4 laws in relationship to the neighbour:

  • Love your brother in Christ with the love of Jesus (see Matthew 5:21-26).
  • Love your wife/husband with the love of Jesus (see Matthew 5:27-32).
  • Do not deceive your neighbour, love him/her as yourself (see Matthew 5:33-37).
  • Love your enemy as yourself (see Matthew 5:38-48).

Secondly:
The 3 laws in relationship to God:

  • Show your love for God in your offerings (see Matthew 6:1-4).
  • Show your love for God in your prayers (see Matthew 6:5-15).
  • Show your love for God in your fasting (see Matthew 6:16-18).

Thirdly:
The 3 laws in relationship to the old man to which we must die:

  • Die to your own “I”-life in relation to money and material goods (see Matthew 6:19-34).
  • Die to your own “I”-life in relation to your interrelationships with others (see Matthew 7:1-12).
  • Die to your own “I”-life in relation to all spiritual labor (see Matthew 7:13-29).

 

By E. van den Worm

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The constitution of the Kingdom of heaven on earth.

Part 3
The 10 fulfilled (perfect) laws of the Kingdom of heaven on earth (the Church), given by our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matt. 5:17-48, Matt. 6 and 7)

 

 

 

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LUKE, Chapter 14 – The purification… in order to come to “the end of all flesh” (Part 3)

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In and through Christ we must be willing to be delivered from the noxious terrestrially and worldly minded view(s) of life

This new chapter deals with the fatal, worldly influence(s) in the life of Christians; an influence which is experienced by the body (verses 1-6), the spirit (verses 7-11), and the soul (verses 12-24). It is the influence which is exercised on each worldly minded person (and thus also on each worldly minded Christian) by the spirit of this world; by the (demonic) forces in the air, whereby, in our human nature, from birth, there is rebellion against God and His will. And because of this influence by the tempting and deceiving forces going forth from satan, many Christians are reduced to spiritual death, to a life without God and without rules, because the power coming from satan fills them.
But God wants to cleanse us from every sinful lust in our natural spirit, soul and body, which this demonic worldly spirit seeks to manipulate by means of its temptations and deceits. That is also the reason why He says to us: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters…” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18; compare also Isaiah 52:11 and Revelation 18:4). And, if we really do what He asks of us, He will fill us with His nature and Spirit, so that we will be (or become) truly children of the almighty God.
At the end of this chapter (verses 25-35) He advises us to, carefully and with discreetly, accept the purifying and sanctifying working of His power of grace, because it is solely this way of the cross – namely the way we, in and through Christ, must go in order to (completely) die to (the powers of) sin within ourselves – which will lead us to the blessed presence of the fullness of His Spirit in us.

The spiritual death brings sickness in the body

LUKE 14 verse 1-6: “And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him (closely). And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy (or oedema). And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; and answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? And they could (or rather would) not answer him again to these things.”
The spiritual death reveals itself here in the dropsy (oedema; this is a sickly [abnormal] accumulation of fluid in the body) of that person, who was also invited into the house of the chief of the Pharisees. The same way the spiritual death can reveal itself in all kinds of sickness in our body, and weaken it, sometimes unto death. But Jesus came to deliver us (completely) from this spiritual death and from all its effects in our body, soul and spirit. And He will heal us, if we surrender to Him (completely), so that we will experience that wonderful rest (of the soul) which is in Him (see Matthew 11:28-29). But, in order to be (completely) healed by Him we must have completely mended our ways and turned away from all the old and sinful things in our heart and life. Also there must be, besides faith in Him, the desire to be (completely) delivered from all influence(s) of the spiritual death, which also causes sickness.

The spiritual death brings pride and the desire for honor and/or fame in our spirit

LUKE 14 verse 7-11: “And he put forth a parable to those which were (also) bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
The Lord here tells us a parable of someone, who was invited to a wedding feast. So are we all invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb of God (Revelation 19:6-10). Every worship service or (public) expression of our faith must be seen in the light of this spiritual feast.
Man finds himself, by nature, and thus under the influence of the spiritual death, very important and, at any occasion, loves to assign himself an important place. This, unfortunately, is also the case at all religious occasions, where one loves to be seen, and heard. Positions in the Church, which were taken this way, whereby one was driven by pride and the desire for honor and/or fame, unfortunately disturbed and/or ruined many gatherings already; sometimes to the extent that congregations were torn apart thereby… When do we learn to subject to that mighty guidance of God’s Spirit? When will the sincere plea live in our heart which only asks: “Lord, what would You have me do?” On the other hand many spiritual leaders are also guilty of stubbornness (self-will); of the (often strong) tendency to rule and of short-sightedness, whereby they, and not the Spirit of God, have the say-so.
All those, who by their willfulness, and thus driven by pride or the desire for honor and/or fame, have taken in (or even won [by fighting for it]) positions in the Church of God, or who were called by people or by themselves (and so not by God!) to hold certain positions in the Church, and thus act in their own will, always oppose the Spirit of God, and by doing so harm the Body of Christ! Is it not Christ alone Who is the only Builder of the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10; Psalm 127:1-2)? Therefore we all are to be called by Him alone, in order to be used as living instruments in and by His building Hand (1 Corinthians 3:10)! Is not Christ alone the only Good Shepherd (John 10)? Therefore all, who are called by Him to the pastoral function, should only be living extensions of His shepherd heart!
The satan, who is the cause of the spiritual death within us, always holds out the false hope to us of a great ministry in the Church and in the world. Let us therefore learn to recognize the voice of satan, and rebuke him, in order to (be able to) take in a lowly place at His feet, giving Him all the glory; to (be able to) hear His loving commands there concerning our ministry in Him, that we perform those in His strength (Romans 12:3). This way we shall learn to honor each other; namely the anointing which (also) works through our brother and/or sister. We shall also learn to esteem others more than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). If we have the sincere desire in our heart to serve Him, and if He has also called us personally thereto, then He shall lead us also personally to that position (appointed by Him) in Him. He will personally prepare us to (be able to) do good works (see Ephesians 2:10). As Christians we should not use our elbows; but God will remove all obstacles personally! In this way He also put David on the throne of Israel. The Word of God is applicable here: “He that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16)!
Should we, however, fill a position in the Church of God while we have not been called to it, and led by the Spirit of God, then we could, if we have a winning human personality, draw many to us and captivate them, but because of us these will, during their earthly life, not become “citizens of heaven” (by which is meant a life of complete subjection and devotion to God). For this is something only the Spirit of God can do. And if we are not called, we miss the so needed anointing of God, because only His anointing can work strongly and with power in the hearts of the audience, whereby they, should they really want this, could be (completely) delivered and renewed by His power. “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 17: The 10 fulfilled (perfect) laws of the kingdom of heaven on earth (the Church), given by our Lord Jesus Christ

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Introductory word

When a Christian deals about God’s 10 commandments, he mostly means the 10 commandments, which Moses received from God in the old covenant. Often one has no insight in the 10 fulfilled (perfect) commandments, which our Lord Jesus Christ has given us in His sermon on the mount. Therefore we need to study accurately these commandments, which our Lord has given us.
It is impossible to fulfill these 10 commandments in our human power and will.
These 10 commandments of our Lord Jesus show us in what things we fail. But if we confess these shortcomings, they will be forgiven us. Then we wash our conscience in the dear Blood of God’s Lamb, and we are washed in His blood by Him also. We are not yet able to achieve these commandments of our Lord without sinning against them, because we are not yet made perfect. Even the Mosaic 10 commandments we can’t achieve in our unperfected state. Don’t mourn therefore, if you are not able to keep these fulfilled (perfect) laws of our Lord. Our shortcomings only prove our unperfected state in Christ Jesus. This perfect state, however, is a state, which He demands, therefore He will bring us in this perfect state.
Mat. 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father Which is in heaven is perfect.”
These 10 commandments (laws) of Jesus have a core, which we can find in Mat. 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
So we have to love God above all, even above our own life, and love our neighbour as our self.
It is possible for us to be nice and kind, but not doing so cordially. Our human nature has to die. Only then the Lord will build in us His Divine nature. This Divine nature does not come before the Lord has burned away our old, sinful nature.
In the biological nature we have a perfect example in the development of a caterpillar into a butterfly. If the caterpillar wants to be a butterfly, he has to surrender himself in a process of dying in order to come in the state of a butterfly. The same we have in the spiritual world. The Divine life does not come before we have brought our sinful, human life, in the power of the Spirit of God, into death, by sharing the death of God’s Lamb. The old sinful man in us wants to be cherished and be served. If not, we may come to hatred. By God’s grace we have to be borne again out of God, and become mature in this Divine state.
Many Christians think they already have this love of God (in Greek: agapè), but they still have their human love (in Greek: philio), because they are not yet born again out of God, or because their process of – being born again – is not yet grown to maturity.  For this being born again and its growth we have to share the process of dying, which the Lord wants  to give us, if we are willing to grow into His death.
Rom. 6:5, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”

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The prophecy of Ethan, the Ezrahite (about the perfect New Covenant in Christ Jesus)

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The perfect New Covenant in Christ Jesus implied in Psalm 89

Psalm 89 verse 15-18:
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In they name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted. For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.”

This is a prophetic Word, taught by Ethan, the Ezrahite. For the Old-Testament believer lived on divine promises, which he had not yet obtained in his earthly life.
Hebrews 11:39-40, “And these all, having obtained a good report (of God; that they pleased Him) through faith (in God’s promises, Word), received not the promise (of God); God having provided some better thing for us (of the New Covenant), that they without us should not be made perfect (we are to teach then in Jesus’ Millennium, and are to lead them to perfection in Him).”
Let us look at these verses in Psalm 89 in the light of the end-times.

Psalm 89, verse 15a, “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound (of the perfect, true Word of God)…”
In the end-times the eternal Gospel will be proclaimed.
Revelation 14:6, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven (the kingdom of heaven on earth, which is the Church), having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”
It is only by this Gospel that sinful man can be brought into the perfect salvation, and into the perfect rebirth of God, and so to walk in God’s light.
God’s Gospel knows the teaching of grace, of forgiveness of sins by the repentance of the sinner and by his washing in the shed blood of the Lamb of God; but also the teaching of the perfection, the perfection in Christ. This doctrine will only be fully taught, understood and accepted in the end-times.
The so-called “foolish virgins”[1] of Matthew 25:2-3 only accept the teaching of grace of God’s Word, the forgiveness of sins by the washing in Jesus’ blood.
The “wise virgins”[2] also accept the teaching of perfection of the Gospel, the perfecting sanctification in and by the power of the Spirit. The teaching of perfection is, amongst others, expressed in Ephesians 4 verse 13:
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (the full nature of Christ).”

Psalm 89, verse 15b, “…they (the Christians) shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.”
These Christians shall then, in perfect purity, delivered from all darkness of sin, live, walk and work in the light of God’s Spirit.

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[1] See – also on our Website www.endtime-messenger.com – the study: The 5 wise and the 5 foolish virgins and their destiny in the end-time”, from E. van den Worm.
[2] See note 1.
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