Book review 28: The perfection in Christ, on earth, in the end-time

Gods temple

Introduction

Hebr. 6:1-3, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”
The Scripture doesn’t only teach us the salvation bringing grace in Christ Jesus, the reconciliation with God by our personal conversion unto Him, and by our faith in His Word and in Jesus Christ, our Saviour, and by the washing in His dear shed Blood, but also the perfection in Christ, already in this world.
The apostle Paul also was pursuing this prize of this high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Php. 3:10-14,  “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Mt. 5:48, Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
2 Cor. 3:17-18, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Eph. 4:11-16,   “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

  • For the perfecting of the saints,
  • for the work of the ministry,
  • for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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 fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, Which is the Head, even Christ: 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.”
Col. 1:27-29, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.”
Hebr. 10:14, “For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
With the fulfilment by our Lord Jesus Christ of His sacrifice on His cross at Golgotha He has prepared for us an eternal perfection, which He now, even on earth, wants to build in our body, soul and spirit, if we faithfully surrender our self to Him.

When shall the revelation of this perfection in Christ happen on earth?

1 Petr. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
The divine heritage, offered by God after the death of God’s Lamb to mankind fallen in sin, is revealed on earth in the end-time.
The Scripture tells us further, that in the end-time, saviours shall rise, and that the Kingdom shall then be the Lord’s.
Obadja 21, “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau (picture of all worldly minded Christians); and the Kingdom shall be the LORD’S.”
In the end-time the Bride of God’s Lamb is revealed on earth, in the Church, after her perfect redemption by the Lord God of all the powers of sin and satan. Then the heavenly Bridegroom shall return on earth, invisibly in and through the Holy Spirit. Then the Spirit of God shall glorify her, inwardly and outwardly, with divine glory, and authority. He then has prepared her so for the bridal festival, for her unity with the Divine, resurrected Bridegroom.

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By E. van den Worm

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Table of contents

Introduction.
When shall the revelation of this perfection in Christ happen on earth?
This shall happen unto us:

  1. When we also have faith in this part of the Scripture, i.e. in the teachings of our perfection by faith in God’s Word.
  2. When we have accepted His call to come and have part in the supper of the Bridal festival of God’s Lamb.
  3. When He has taken us as future members of the then still to form Bride of God’s Lamb.
  4. When we have surrendered ourselves to take part in His purifying Fire.
  5. When we hunt for it.
  6. When we personally and continually take part in His death.
  7. When we continually and spiritually take part in the supper of the bridal festival of Gods lamb.
  8. When we give the highest priority in our life to the realization of this divine promise.

The perfect redeemed Bride of God’s Lamb.
The  144.000 perfect firstborns in Christ Nature of the end-time.

  1. Their calling and sealing (anointing).
  2. Their spiritual birth (distinction) out of the Bride of God’s Lamb.
  3. Their revelation on mount Zion, the Church.

Then the Divine Bridegroom shall use His Bride – and at that time still hidden in her body the 144.000 firstborns – as His spiritual instruments.

  1. up to the healing of His backslidden Church.
  2. up to the realization of the world-wide revival.

A time of sudden separations in the spiritual body of Christ.

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LUKE, Chapter 24 – The glory of the risen Christ (active) in the NEW MAN

LUKE,
the Book of the NEW MAN in Christ

“Verse by verse” the deeper meaning of this Bible-book,
explained in the light of the Israeli Tabernacle

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Part III:
The life in ‘the holy of holies’ of the marriage child of God

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The glory of the risen Christ (active) in the NEW MAN

Christ is risen

We have come to the last chapter of the Gospel after Luke, and this chapter, according to the characteristics of the Tabernacle, we must view in the light of His Shekinah glory. It was the light of His divine glory (and the proof of His perfect presence), that at the time was present between the two cherubim on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. This light depicts the light of the love of God that, by Jesus’ atonement, will work in the complete person – after body, soul and spirit – unto the full revelation of His justice in the sanctified person, and to the glory of His sweet and unsurpassed Name! Let us fervently desire the effect of this perfect light of God in our heart and life (Matthew 5:6), until we will be perfect in Him, as it is written:
“…every one (disciple) that is perfect shall be as his master” (Luke 6:40b).
Should there be among you who think that fullness in Christ here on earth cannot exist, then you detract from the Word of God (Colossians 4:12; Matthew 5:48; John 17:23; 2 Corinthians 13:11), which tells us that He will build a church without any “spot or wrinkle” (Ephesians 5:27). Never in the history of the church this was realized, how wonderful members of the Church, especially in the beginning, might have been (see a.o. the book of Acts). But in the end-time, which we have already entered into now, the (perfect) Bride of Christ (namely the New Jerusalem) will be formed! By the powerful effects of the Word and the Spirit of God this Bride(church) will be led into the fullness of and in God. She will be brought to this (divine) perfection in order to be able to experience the divine miracle of the Marriage of the Lamb; namely the actual union of Jesus – the living Bridegroom, the Lamb of God – with His Bride living on earth, namely the then perfected Church (members) which is (are) called hereto (Revelation 19:6-10). And all that will take place on earth (Luke 12:36)!
But the Marriage of the Lamb is an event which is hidden from the world. Therefore the divine Bridegroom will not (be able to) be seen by the worldly person, but they will know who the Bride (namely the woman married to the Son of God) is, and this is because of the Shekinah glory of God, which will seen in and through her being and actions (Revelation 12:1; Psalm 45:14-16; Isaiah 60:2). And this glorious Bride(church), although in secret on account of the persecutions by the then present political world-church of the end-time (Revelation 17:1-9), the Latter-Rain-Revival (i.e. the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-time – see Joel 2:23-32; a revelation of Him as the revealing light of God), which will then go over all the world; will lead in the omnipotence of her heavenly Bridegroom; as is also written in Obadiah 21:
“And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge (and to recover) the mount of Esau (= type for the carnal Christian); and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”
In this Bride(church) the Word of God, which we can find in Ephesians 3:18-19, will have been realized:
(that ye) may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Then all the weak and imperfect, all that is man’s own, will have been destroyed (brought to nought) by the victory of His resurrection power in our heart and life. Then God will (be able to) work in and through us, and we will be able to completely serve Him with a all-encompassing love and subjection! Then the wonderful waves of God’s love and power will go through us to lead carnal man – who, in the end-time, will have been brought to the extreme form of unrighteousness by satan (Ezekiel 22:25, 29) – to faith and true repentance unto God, as a divine triumph; God’s last triumph of the end-time!
God calls you and me now to go into His promise of this end-time; for He wants us to be part of His Bride(church) and the Marriage of the Lamb! Let us open our hearts for this and continue to walk in the “circumspection of the righteous” (Luke 1:17), so that God can work His way in our heart and life, and He will be able to fulfill His almighty works of grace in us unto the honor and glory of His divine Name!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (namely the way of the cross unto the killing of the “old me”), Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Spiritually seen, in this end-time we will enter an impressive time, even if it will entail a complete process of the cross (i.e. a complete dying to our old ego) as far as our “flesh” and our body is concerned; whereby we will experience increasing oppression and resistance. God’s Church will have to be detached from all earthly-minded life; and it will have to grow unto the perfection of the heavenly-minded life (Haggai 2:7-10).
Let us look at this last chapter of the Luke Gospel in the light of what was written up before. It is good to put the following, for the sake of order: Now that – by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ – the sin offering for the sin of man was made, in heaven, thus with God, an ETERNAL redemption of sin and death is fulfilled (Hebrews 9:11-12). Now this victory over sin by Jesus Christ, our High Priest, must, here on earth, still be assigned to all, who have repented unto Him, have confessed their sins, and who have given themselves over to Him in faith (Hebrews 9:14-15). After all He alone, with the help of His anointed as His spiritual instruments, will build His Church by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 16:8; Psalm 127:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:9-15).

God’s Shekinah glory working in our body

LUKE 24 verse 1-12, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulcher; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.”
The Lord Jesus Christ did not lie anymore in the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathaea, wherein, three days and nights previously, they had laid Him, after they had wrapped Him in embalmed cloths, whereby the cloths became hard as plaster. Only His face they had not (yet) covered, they had put a sweat cloth on it (John 20:7). The women had wanted to work His face with the spices they brought. But the Spirit of resurrection raised Him from the dead!
In Acts 2:23-24 we read:
“Him (Jesus) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”
And in Acts 2:31-32,
“He (i.e. David) seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”
And in Acts 13:30-33,
“But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
In the place of the sinner, the Son of God and the Son of man underwent eternal death (James 1:15). By the baptism in His death He had laid down His life (John 10:17-18) in order to receive that life again at the resurrection. Therefore it is written: this day have I begotten you (Acts 14:32-33). Before this dying He was begotten of the Father in the eternity of the past (Colossians 1:15). As the newly begotten Son of God He rose from the dead on the day of the resurrection, but now in an ETERNAL relationship to His Church – which was to be formed from mankind. God’s Shekinah glory raised Him from the grave and had filled His soul with victory and joy. Therefore this newly begotten Son also had to receive all divine power again (Matthew 28:18; Daniel 7:13-14); something He has always had already as Son of God before His sacrifice.
The Roman guards at Jesus’ grave were terrified when the saw God’s flashing glory revealed there, and immediately took flight. With great ease, characteristic of the resurrection body, the Lord Jesus Christ came out of the embalmed wrappings and left them like a cocoon of cloth (an empty cover) behind in the grave. Peter and John later also saw that empty cocoon of cloths and therefore believed in His resurrection (Luke 24:12; John 20:6-9).
Our body, too, must be cleansed from sin, sickness and death by the Spirit of resurrection.
“And if Christ be IN you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit of life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10).
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Rom. 8:13). We must kill the works of the body by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit therein, so that our body be freed from all sinful lusts of that body (2 Peter 1:4b). The Spirit of resurrection also frees us from all dominion of powers of disease over our body:
“But if the Spirit of Him (i.e. God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11).
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). Finally, by the Spirit of resurrection, also our body will share the resurrection of righteous, and will thus triumph over the power of death (2 Thessalonians 1:10).
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:39-40).
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
As regards the Bride(church): it will not die at all, for it shall be found alive at the return of Christ, because it was “kept” in the desert by God (see Revelation 12:6, 14). The Bride will put on immortality at some point in time. We can read this in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52:
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, 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, and we
(the Bride, which is then stlll on earth [in the dessert] – see Revelation 12:6 and 14) shall be changed.”
The Bride of Christ will fully experience the effect of God’s Shekinah glory, thus also in her body. Not only will the body of the members of this Bride(church) be protected against sin, sickness and death, but they will also, in their earthly body, be carried off to the desert as on the wings of a great eagle (Revelation 12:6 and 14); just as Philip was carried off to Azotus by the Spirit of the Lord (Acts 8:39-40); and Ezekiel was taken to Babel by the Spirit (Ezekiel 3:14-15). The story of the missing in Matthew 24:40-41 and Luke 17:34-37 relates to this same event.

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 27: The Divine healing work (in the Church of the end-time)

Gods temple

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God’s Word is in the  end-time sevenfold sealed

It is God’s intention to bring the in sin fallen mankind to consciousness of her sinful state by means of His salvation bringing Word. If she shouldn’t be saved by this Word of God, she should be eternally damned. But satan, as God’s enemy, from the beginning, wants to torpedo anyhow, the Divine, salvation bringing work of God. Therefore satan has sealed this salvation bringing Word of God with seven seals by his slyness and power. This happens through the power of sin, which he has brought in the Church, especially in the end-time.
This sealing of the Gospel, brought by satan, is the reason, why mankind doesn’t understand God’s offer of His salvation bringing grace. This seal of God’s Word, brought in by satan, is sevenfold. In the Bible Book of Revelation this sevenfold seal, brought in by satan, is represented by the seven headed dragon. To attack and overcome this power of sin, which satan has brought in the Church and in mankind, God’s Lamb has to bring seven seal-judgements over mankind and over the Church (Revelation chapters 6-8).
Rev. 12:3,  “And there appeared another wonder in (the Kingdom of) heaven (on earth, which is the Church); and behold a great red (sin-)dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.”
The 10 horns tell us about the fullness (the number 10 expresses this) and power of these sins, which dominate in the Kingdom of heaven on earth (this is in the Church). The Bible book of Joel tells us too about this in the end-time-Church operating power of sin, which clear-cuts her inwardly.
Joel 1:1-20, “The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation (this will happen in the end-time). That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten (a total inward corruption of the end-time Church). Awake, ye drunkards (drunken of the earthly, spiritual wine of sin), and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine (the divine life in and through the Holy Spirit); for it is cut off from your mouth. For a nation (of devils out of hell) is come up upon My land (picture of the Church), strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. He hath laid My vine (picture of the Church) waste, and barked My fig tree (picture of political Israel): he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband (picture of the Lord God) of her youth. The meat offering and the drink offering (pictures of the true Word of God and His Holy Spirit) is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD’S ministers, mourn. The field is wasted, the land mourneth (pictures of the Church); for the corn (picture of God’s children) is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil (pictures of the Holy Spirit)  languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers (pictures of God’s servants), for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field (pictures of the believers) is perished. The vine (the Church) the  is dried up, and the fig tree (political Israel) languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field (pictures of the Church), are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of My God: for the meat offering and the drink offering (pictures of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit) is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD (the day of judgements over the Church) is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts (picture of the Church) groan! the herds of cattle (picture of the pastors) are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire (God’s judgements) hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters (picture of the indwelling Spirit) are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”
The Bible Book Matthew speaks about this power of sin as the multiplied un-righteousness.
Mt. 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
By this multiplied unrighteousness God’s people, (the Church) is blinded for the true Word (will) of God. Many sinful actions are not seen anymore as such, or the believers are not willing to see them as sin. So homosexuality is no longer seen as sinful, and this sin is in the Netherlands even legalized!
Rom. 1:21-22+24-27, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”  … “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (the sickness of aids).”
Lev. 18:22-23+25, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.” … “And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.”
Also abortion and euthanasia are no longer experienced as sinful, and these sins are in the Netherlands legalised too! These sins have brought spiritual blindness, and many of God’s people are got lost by practising these sins.
Hos. 4:6a, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
The apostle John, realising this, wept much.
Rev. 5:1-5, “And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book (the Bible) written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals (it is sealed because of man’s sins, brought in man’s body, soul and spirit by satan, by which man is blinded for God’s Word and will). And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
Because of this dominating spiritual darkness, and powers of sin, nobody out of the Christian Church is able to break the seals of God’s Word, except the Lamb of God alone, for He had overcome the powers of satan and sin at Golgotha.
Rev. 5:6-14, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts (litt. transl.: living creatures), and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne. And when He had taken the book, the four beasts (living creatures, the divine priests around God’s throne) and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the sealsthereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts (living creatures) and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.”
This spiritual, satanic power has been able to enter the Church in an underhand way, because of the, within the Church dominating, sins and by the spiritual sleep, which satan has brought in her in the end-time.
Mt. 25:5, “While the Bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
Mt. 13:25-30, “But while men slept, his enemy (satan and his human workers) came and sowed tares (wrong teachings) among the wheat (God’s true believers), and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto Him, Wilt Thou then that we go and gather them up? But He said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat (God’s true believers) with them. Let both grow together until the harvest (the end-time): and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them (this points to God’s judgements): but gather the wheat into my barn (picture of God’s Kingdom on earth, the true Church).”

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The sevenfold power of sin, which threatens the Church in the end-time

On the bases of the Lord’s measures intended for her healing, at which we will look in the 3rd chapter of this study, we are able to conclude, which spiritual powers of sin are reigning in the last days of the Church.

1.     Many misleaders, false christs (anointed ones), and false prophets bring God’s people on wrong ways.
They are anointed by satan, out of hell.

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LUKE, Chapter 23 – The 7 blood steps of Jesus Christ, which let to the fulfilment of His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary

LUKE,
the Book of the NEW MAN in Christ

“Verse by verse” the deeper meaning of this Bible-book,
explained in the light of the Israeli Tabernacle

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Part III:
The life in ‘the holy of holies’ of the marriage child of God

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Jesus with His cross

1st blood step:

Jesus before Pilate, as His (earthly) judge

LUKE 23 verse 1-7, “And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.”
The accusing crowd of chief priests, elders and scribes – with a growing number of followers among the disappointed people; disappointed, because this Messiah did not meet their expectations of divine invincibility – led the captive and shackled Jesus to the Roman judge Pontius Pilate, who was also the representative of Rome. Their (false) accusation was that Jesus would have forbidden to pay taxes to the emperor, and with this they stirred up the people against Him. But their main accusation was that He called Himself Christ, the King. And whoever called himself king, rebelled against the emperor of Rome. Therefore Pilate questioned Him on this point. But Pilate understood all too well – because Jesus Christ did not act in secret, and Pilate must have known of the sermons of this Man – that the issue was a religious conflict among the Jews themselves, and that they had handed Him over to the judge out of spite and jealousy. That therefore was the reason Pilate wanted to release Him, saying: “I find no fault in this Man!”
When Pilate, however, heard that Jesus was born in Galilee, he thought to be rid of this “dirty matter” by sending Jesus on to the judge over that area, namely king Herod, who “happened to be” at Jerusalem.

2nd blood step:

Jesus handed over to the curiosity and the mockery of Herod

LUKE 23 verse 8-12, “And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. An the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.”
Herod hoped to be surprised by Jesus with a “show” of His power. Therefore he was glad, when Jesus was handed over to him. He had heard so much about His wonderful power, and even thought that He might be John the Baptist, who was brought back to life by God (see Matthew 14:1-2). Because of his curiosity he spoke much with Jesus, and asked Him many questions, but the Lord Jesus did not answer him by a single word. Therefore Herod became angry and mocked Jesus, together with his soldiers. He also showed Jesus his contempt by putting a shining purple garment on Him (Mark 15:20 and John 19:2). After that he sent Jesus away, back to Pilate. Yet Pilate’s action by sending Jesus to him, pleased Herod. Was there enmity between them at first, from that time on they were friendly.

3rd blood step:

Bar-Abbas preferred over Jesus

LUKE 23 verse 13-25, “And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him. (For of necessity he must release one prisoner unto them at the Passover feast.) And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done; I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”
Pilate wanted to release Jesus, because he found Him not guilty. And because it was the custom that a prisoner received remittance for punishment during the Passover feast (i.e. the memorial festival of Israel’s exodus from Egypt by God’s hand, whereby the Passover lamb was slaughtered), Pilate therefore tried to release Jesus at the Passover. Pilate therefore asked the people: “Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?” despite the fact that he knew they had handed over Jesus because of spit and jealousy (see Matthew 27:17-18). But the people, stirred up by the chief priest and rulers of the people, demanded increasingly violently His crucifixion (and thus the release of Bar-Abbas).
Jesus is the Son of God the Father, Who is in heaven; while Bar-Abbas means “son of the father”. Bar-Abbas was a murderer and rioter, and therefore his action tells us which father he was a son of, namely “the father from the depth” thus the devil. The people preferred this son of the devil over the Son of God; the rioter and murderer they preferred over the Savior, while He had done nothing but deeds of love among them. And, because Pilate, the Roman judge, could no longer control the very rebellious people, he handed over Jesus unto a true “people judgment” (which means that the people, instead of the judge, sentenced Jesus)…

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 26: JESUS, our •Guide, •Redeemer, •Saviour, •Sanctifier and •Complete & Perfect maker

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Jesus, our

  • Guide,

  • Redeemer,

  • Saviour,

  • Sanctifier and

  • Complete & Perfect maker

Jesus has promised not to leave or forsake us.
Hebr. 13:5b, “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Matth. 28:20, “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
When will this happen in our life? When we have opened our heart to Him and have accepted Him as our Redeemer and Saviour.
Rev. 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart), and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door (of the heart), I will come in to him, and will sup [1] with him, and he with Me.”
Then He will come into us and will sup with us and we with Him. This means, that He then will share with us His finished work accomplished for all men on Golgotha. This means, that He then shares with us His death an resurrection, By this spiritual work of Him we effectively will die from our sinful life and take part in His resurrection life. This doesn’t happen all at once, but gradually. He leads us on the way to the finish.
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
John 10:11, “I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep (image of the Christians).”
Ps. 23:1-6,  “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
John 14:15-20, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be IN you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.”
If we keep our heart continually open for Him, He will lead us out of our state of sin into the state of redemption. He will lead us from the power of sin ruling in us, yes even to the perfect redemption from it, up to God’s heaven, where only is absolute holiness.
On this way of sanctification He leads us to our heavenly Father, into His heaven, where we may live eternally in Him, and He in us.
This is a process! By and trough Him we grow out of the power of sin into the Christ-nature. We then become members of the spiritual body of Christ, of which our Lord Jesus is the Head of us all.
After we have Jesus admitted into our heart and He is able to start His work of sanctification, we may call us “children of God”, although we still are sinners, who still have to ask Him for pardon. Then we are – (in Latin) “de jure” – children of God. This means that from Him we receive the right to call ourselves so, because of our faith and sincere surrender, although we still are sinners. In and through the process of sanctification He makes us then “de facto”, this means: in all truth, sons of God [2].
2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
1 Cor. 1:30, “But of Him (this is: out of God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
When we die He brings us to the heavenly paradise also called ‘pre-heaven’, or first heaven, to the house of our heavenly Father, with its many mansions, where we will be prepared for our eternal dwelling-place in God’s Holiness, the New Jerusalem [3] (see Rev. 21).
John 14:1-4, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many masions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place fore you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
If we die on this “way of our cross” (see Luke 9:23), the way of our personal cross process, the missing sanctification will be imputed to us in our eternal life, which we then have been entered in.

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[1] See on our website www.endtime-messenger.com the study: “Called by the Spirit of God to the marriage supper of the Lamb”.
[2] Also daughters (of God) will become – if they are perfect ‘in Him’ – (spiritual) sons of God. It is the so called manly maturity: “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). And, when we have entered the eternity, there are no marriages anymore, nor is there intercourse between man and woman, because no propagation is needed there.
[3] See on our website www.endtime-messenger.com the study: Called to be made up to God’s purpose with mankind: an eternal sanctuary of our almighty God and Father“, and/or The new Jerusalem, the Bride of God’s Lamb, the Body of Christ”. (note AK)
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LUKE, Chapter 22 – The seven introductory blood steps which led to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary

LUKE,
the Book of the NEW MAN in Christ

“Verse by verse” the deeper meaning of this Bible-book,
explained in the light of the Israeli Tabernacle

Part III:
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Jesus on the cross

LUKE 22 verse 1-2, “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him, for they feared the people.”
The Passover feast was near. And it was predestined that Jesus should give His life at this feast for a world lost in sin and guilt. For, this feast was established by God (see Exodus 12:1-28), and pointed to the Sacrifice of Jesus Who, as the Lamb of God, would (voluntarily) give His life to reconcile God with man.
The forces of darkness – which then were mainly active in and through the priests and scribes (the religious leaders of the Jews in those days) – tried to capture and kill Jesus in a crafty way. Reason for this was that these chief priests and scribes feared the people, because they people (still) followed Him, because they saw in Him their political Messiah. They did not see Jesus as the Savior of their souls, but mainly as a political leader, and thus as the one who would rescue and deliver them from the Romans’ rule.
As we know the high priest of Israel was not allowed to enter the Holy of holies of the Israeli Tabernacle without blood (of a sacrificed animal), and without his censer, wherein the prescribed (by God) incense burned. This also was only allowed once a year, namely on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16). Having arrived in the Holy of holies the high priest had to sprinkle the blood of the sin offering (i.e. the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the Israelites) seven times; first on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, and then seven times in front of it. These sprinklings symbolized the seven introductory steps of Jesus, which led to His sacrifice on the cross; as well as the seven actual steps which led Him to His death (on the cross).

1st introductory blood step

Judas’ betrayal

LUKE 22 verse 3-6, “Then entered satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve (disciples). And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.”
Satan could, of the twelve disciples, use the disloyal Judas (as an instrument) to capture Jesus without rebellion. Perhaps Judas never had a (truly) repentant heart; or perhaps he gradually became entangled in the nets of the (idolatrous) mammon; for he managed the money and therefore was responsible for the finances of this core of Jesus’ disciples. However sad, it is unfortunately a fact that he betrayed His Master for money – namely for thirty silver pennies, the price for a slave. And he promised the chief priests, etc. that he would seek a “good” opportunity to have Jesus captured without rebellion, without the common folk noticing anything.
Let us (be willing) to learn a lesson from this, that we being warned against the crafty temptations of satan, who tries to capture us too in the nets of the mammon, are delivered from the (often strong) desire for earthly goods and riches. Let us (be willing) to see the danger of idolatrous effects, possibly formed by material things (such as money and goods) and/or people (such as husband, wife and/or children). Let us realize that they may create a separation between us and our Savior-God. For, as is also written in 1 Timothy 6:10, hunger for money is the root of all evil. And this is, because in this world everything (and almost everybody) is for sale for money.

2nd introductory blood step

The Passover: God’s only way to salvation, which, in the Father’s heart, was already established at the foundation of this world

LUKE 22 verse 7-13, “Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover (meal) that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare (it); And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the Passover (meal) with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room (room on the top floor) furnished: There make (it) ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover (meal).”
Here are a few more symbols we may take to heart. The question was put where Jesus wished to eat the Passover (meal). The Lord linked up the finding of this place to some marks, which were prophesied in advance: At entering Jerusalem they would find a man, bearing a pitcher of water. A pitcher filled with water is the symbol of our repentant life, a life now (completely) devoted to God. The Passover (meal) therefore was to be celebrated in a heart and life which has turned (sincerely) to God. And, here is a man bearing a pitcher with water. In those days this did not occur often. Usually it was a woman carrying that.
The master (good man) of the house would show them a large, furnished upper room. This large, furnished upper room is the symbol of the heart which is (completely) devoted to God. Thus: we are to eat the Passover (meal), now Communion, with a heart that is turned to, and devoted to, God. We must keep our heart (with all diligence) from everything that is not good (Proverbs 4:23); we must keep our heart for Jesus and His gracious works.

Luke 22 verse 14-18, “And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover (meal) with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”
Jesus would eat the Passover lamb for the last time in the way, established by God in the Old Testament, and drink wine therewith, as is still customary today; for soon Jesus Himself, in and by His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, would form the great Anti-type, whereby is meant the spiritual reality, whereof all others form a shadow. “Purge out therefore the old leaven (= symbol for sin), that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The Kingdom of God would, by His resurrection, ascension (to heaven) and by the (Pentecostal) power of the Holy Spirit, break through (begin) in the hearts of those children of men who (truly) turned to Him. In and by the Holy Spirit, this Passover will bring us in close union with His death and resurrection; make us “one planting” with them (Romans 6:5); whereby NEW and divine LIFE can be poured out into the hearts and lives of all He, by His sacrifice, was able to grant grace (Revelation 3:20b). These works of grace He put as a divine promise in the sacrament (means of grace) He was about to establish, namely the sacrament of the Communion; a promise He would confirm by the shedding of His own blood.

LUKE 22 verse 19-20, “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament (covenant) in my blood, which is shed for you.”
It is a renewal of the divine blood covenant God made with Abram (as mentioned in Genesis 15), and the (divine) works of grace of which at the end of this period of grace (i.e. in the end-time) will be so miraculous, that God will be able to realize and fulfill His great mystery – of which Revelation 10:7 speaks, and whereby is meant the revelation of His Bride(church). Then He will be able to celebrate the Supper of the Marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9). This Supper precedes, and is a preparation unto, the Wedding. This is to prepare the Bride as a (divine) channel, as a (divine) instrument in His hand to gather in the last, great harvest of souls. After this harvest of souls (see Revelation 14:14-16) and after the Millennium the eternal Marriage of the Lamb will take place (Revelation 21:1-27). God then will have created a Bride for Jesus, the heavenly Bridegroom, that the eternal divine marriage feast be celebrated.

LUKE 22 verse 21-23, “But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.”
Luke brings this revelation of Jesus after the establishment of the (New Testament) Communion. The other gospel writers, namely Matthew, Mark and John, place this revelation of Jesus after the eating of the (Old Testament) Passover lamb, but before the establishment of the (N.T.) Communion.
The fact that someone shares the O.T. Passover or the N.T. Communion unworthily tells us, that not everybody who eats the Communion bread and drinks the wine, shares the Kingdom of God in truth. But everybody has to examine himself scrupulously, as we can read in 1 Corinthians 11:28-29: “But (first) let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body”. But this Word also tells us that there might be traitors among those that share the Communion, especially “at the last hour”, when people will be possessed by satan, because of which they (a.o.) will suffer from an increasing persecution mania (Revelation 9:1-12)!

3rd introductory blood step

The salvation of man – after body, soul and spirit – drove Jesus to Calvary
Man in his lost state cannot possibly serve and follow God. And, as man is born in that lost state (in and by original sin), God, in and by His justice, has created a way for that lost person to (be able) to escape. “For the creature was made subject to vanity (namely sin; for satan keeps man enslaved to sin. [The bible translators mistakenly thought that God made man to sin, and wrote the nouns in capital letters]), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:20-21). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:23-26). “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:10-13).

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 25: A closer look at Christ’s Second Coming

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A closer look at Christ’s Second Coming

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.”

Revelation 1 verse 7:
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

Revelation 10 verse 7:
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (with the seventh, and thus last, trump), the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”

Daniel 7 verse 13-14:
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom (thus His dominion starts with His [visible] Second Coming on the clouds when the 3½ years of the Great Tribulation wherein the Antichrist reigns is past!), that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

Revelation 11 verse 15:
“And the seventh angel sounded (with the seventh, and thus last, trump); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

Where and with whom shall He reign?
Revelation 5 verse 10:
“And (the Lamb) hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 20 verse 4-6:
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God (i.e. the martyrs that died for the sake of Christ down through the ages), and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands (these can only be the true believers which have to suffer a martyr’s death in the Great Tribulation, because BEFORE the Great Tribulation the matter of this beast [i.e. the Antichrist] that must be worshiped, and the mark of the beast, are not raised); and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years (on the earth).”

Thus 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 clearly refers to the VISIBLE Second Coming as the coming on the clouds is the VISIBLE Return. This we could clearly read in above Bible verses.

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For a correct understanding of the INvisible as well as the visible Second Coming of Christ it is important that we also see the differences (as regards the meaning as well as the time) respectively of the “taking up”, “the removal” and “meeting Him in the air”.
But before the so-called “taking up” and “removal” becomes a fact, preceding these is the (INvisible) Marriage Supper of the Lamb (see “the parable of the great supper” of Luke 14:15-24, and Revelation 19:9). For the Supper is the (spiritual) preparation for the Wedding. And this Supper will make us completely subservient to the Father. This will be necessary in order to achieve the restoration of the Church and the great worldwide revival.
Only AFTER this Supper the (INvisible) Marriage of the Lamb will take place (see “the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins”, Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:7-8).

The INvisible Second Coming

Thus, there first is the (INvisible) (Marriage) Supper of the Lamb (see “the parable of the great Supper, Luke 14:15-24 and Revelation 19:9), and only thereafter the (INvisible) Marriage of the Lamb will take place (see the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins, Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:7-8). The Supper is the (spiritual) preparation for the Wedding, because when we TAKE PART in the Supper we choose for the ETERNAL (and thus PERFECT) deliverance from the power of sin and Satan based on our faith in Calvary (see Hebrews 9:12). For the Supper points to the death (but also the resurrection) of Jesus Christ. Those called to His Supper must have experienced (spiritual) death, just as He did. With this is meant a TOTAL dying to our old, sinful (“I”) nature. In this way, TAKING PART in this Supper will make us completely subservient to the Father. And this will be necessary in order to come to restoration of the Church and to the great, worldwide revival. It is only then that we can be part of His resurrection and belong to that Bride(-church) without spot or wrinkle. Only then will we belong to that group that will be “taken up” or “removed”.
And without the Marriage of the Lamb, which will also take place in the hidden place, there will be no perfect union (and thus no “fruit-bearing”) between Bridegroom and Bride. This Marriage and the ensuing perfect (spiritual) union between Bride and Bridegroom will see to it that there will be a great harvest of souls during the so-called Latter-Rain-revival (see a.o. Acts 2:17-21; Joel 2:23, 28; Obadiah 21). Requirements in order to belong to the Supper and the Marriage of the Lamb are found in the following bible texts:

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By A. Klein

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