Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Following is the 330 year old prophecy of the manchild written by Jane Leade. It includes the explanations and insights of Larry Hodges. I first read this writing about ten years ago and was greatly impressed with it. It is lengthy, but well worth the read, and with the signs being given in this hour of those things which are soon to occur in the kingdom of God, it is a very timely word.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.
Jane Leade’s Prophecy of 1679
1. A FULL AND COMPLETE REDEMPTION
2. THE UNSEALING OF THE LIVING TESTIMONY
3. A NEW NAME (NATURE) GIVEN
4. THE MANCHILD OF REVELATION 12
5. THE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST
6. AN UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD
BY: LARRY HODGES
During the early 1980's there came into my hands a writing entitled 1619 Prophecy. At the bottom of this writing was a notation which stated that it had been found among the papers of Charles S. Price, a well-known and much-respected servant of the Lord who has gone on to his reward. I knew nothing about the writing except as stated. But the Lord had already begun showing me many of the things of which the writing was a strong and anointed confirmation. It would be years before I even knew who had penned this prophecy. All I knew was that the Holy Spirit had inspired it.
As I continued studying the prophecy over the years (I do not place this prophecy on a par with the Bible. I use it only as confirmation - as it aligns with the Scriptures as I understand them.) I was impressed with the fact that here was one, and probably not the only one, who had a more than elementary grasp of the Scriptures. She evidently had a fairly good grasp on the Lord Himself. I must admit, some things contained in her writings do not lend themselves readily to those not yet weaned from the breast. She speaks wisdom among those who are perfect (mature). Such things are but folly to the natural man and he cannot receive them, but to those who are of full age, it is meat; it is the hidden word of His presence which is able to make one strong in faith to believe all things written concerning Christ Jesus and the complete redemption He has purchased for mankind.
With the help of some on our mailing list; those from Canada, England and other places, we have gathered all of her writings so that we now know somewhat more about this dear saint of God named Jane Leade. She is said by various religious Encyclopedias to have lived between the years 1623 and 1704. If you are wondering, as I did, how she could have written a paper four years before she was born, the answer is, the date of the 1619 Prophecy is wrong. As was pointed out to me by a sister from England, the manner in which they made their sevens (7's) in her time causes them to often be mistaken for a one (1) these days. We believe therefore, that the 1619 Prophecy is actually the 1679 Prophecy.
Before I go further, let me caution the reader that in going back in history to check for background and other information concerning people such as Jane Leade, we must keep in mind the prejudices and biases of that time. Many of them still exist today. The era in which Jane Leade lived, just emerging from the darkest period in human history (the dark ages), was not known for its openness to, and tolerance of, truly spiritual things any more than the natural man has ever been since Cain slew Abel. Therefore, it is important when reading the judgments of others (writers of Encyclopedias, etc.) concerning this and other writers that we take into consideration the fact that Christ has always been outside the camp of traditional religious thought.
When the term "mystic" was used to describe Jane Leade, it was used to place her in a category near that of witches and mediums. The term simply means, "Relating to mysteries, having insight into spiritual realities not apparent to the senses or obvious to natural intelligence" (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary). Being a mystic is not automatically bad just because it is meant to be so.
All the prophets of the Old Testament could be stamped with that seal. They were so "far out in left field," according to the conventional religious thought of their day that they were routinely judged and executed by their religious leaders. But their word still stands today as "...a more sure word of prophecy which we do well to look unto." If we are truly committed to following the Lamb whithersoever He goeth, we must be prepared to be called mad, as He was; to be numbered among the transgressors, as He was; to have our names evil spoken of, as His was. By the definitions of her day Jane Leade was in very good company. By the definition of the natural-minded, not only were the prophets mystics, but so also were Jesus, the twelve Apostles, the Apostle Paul, Stephen, Philip, John of Patmos, and a whole host of others who thought of it as nothing more than the normal life in the Spirit.
From all accounts, Jane Leade apparently organized a group into what was called The Philadelphians around the year 1693, in London, which was quite popular for a time. Then there arose such a clamor from traditional quarters that they voluntarily disbanded it but continued to meet privately. It was presumably named after the sixth Church of Revelation 3:7. She was said to have been a disciple of Jacob Boehme through his writings (a German mystic 1575-1624), though she went farther than he ever did in revelational understanding. She was born the year before he died. This Philadelphian Society, which her son-in-law led, flourished for about 10 years. During this time she was apparently vilified and ostracized. God is faithful to see that this almost always attends The Truth. It weeds out the half-hearted and merely curious.
Apparently the 1619 (1679) Prophecy and her other disclosures came by open vision or rapture as she was caught up in spirit and shown such things as she relates, thereby becoming a kind of heavenly spy sent ahead to bring back a report as to that inheritance awaiting its obtaining by those who dare to believe God. Nor is she the only one to have seen such things. We want to expose the reader to this and other writings of Jane Leade's with the hope of awakening in each the desire to lay down all that pertains to this life for the benefit of all that pertains to the fullness of His life.
Nor was Jane Leade the only person to whom God has revealed such things. Martha Wing Robinson, of Zion, IL, USA, was another such dear saint of God to whom it was given not only to see such things, but who was allowed to enter into them in a measure few have known until now. From all accounts in her book, Radiant Glory, (I do not have it or an address for it) she was enabled to walk experientially in, "no more I, but Christ," for many years until her death. The encouraging thing about her experience that I feel compelled to share is that she said she was made to know that this was not for a few, but for many in the latter part of this age.
Therefore, it is with joy that we make this book available to all who are willing to be conformed unto His death that they might also know Him in the power of His resurrection. We refuse to charge for this publication, making it available to those who send for it so long as the Lord supplies the means to continue. Should we run out of books and the means to have more printed, we will not be able to continue to send them out. You would be very surprised to hear of some of the places these books have gone simply by the Holy Spirit. We feel strongly that this is something God desires to supply to the Body of Christ at this time and we fully expect, because of their content and spirit, that they will continue to be in demand for another 1,000 years. We are obviously in oil-buying time, which is already beginning to overlap with lamp-trimming time. The time is at hand.
Jane Leade's Prophecy of 1679 (Jane Leade's words in italics)
"There shall be a total and full redemption by Christ. This is a hidden mystery not to be understood without the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is at hand to reveal the same to all holy seekers and loving inquirers. The completion of such a redemption is withheld and abstracted by the apocalyptical (or revelation) seals. Wherefore as the Spirit of God shall open up seal after seal, so shall this redemption come to be revealed both particularly and universally. In the gradual opening of the mystery of redemption in Christ doth consist the unsearchable wisdom of God; which may continually reveal new and fresh things to the worthy seeker. In order to which the Ark of the Testimony in Heaven shall be opened before the end of this age and the living testimony herein contained shall be unsealed. The presence of the Divine Ark will constitute the life of this Virgin Church, and wherever this body is, there must the ark of necessity be."
The commonly held view of "redemption" by most of traditional Christendom is simply that we all go to heaven after believing on Christ . . . when we die. This is such a limited view of the glorious work of Calvary. There is much more to this salvation and it is much fuller and more inclusive than conventional religious teaching has given us reason to hope. But, as usual, error has run faster and yelled louder than truth. So today, at least in most places, truth must go outside the traditional circles of acceptance where the impostor is held to be truth.
Thankfully, we have the ever-faithful Holy Spirit on hand to take the things of Christ and reveal them to us if we are really seeking and asking with right heart-motives. May He reveal His heart and purposes to you concerning the hour in which we live, as you continue reading these lines. God is, and always has been, interested in more than just keeping us from some hell. He is in perfect control of all things and never gets the least bit anxious about the way things are going, because they are going exactly the way He is ordering them in every least respect. Our God reigns.
This prophecy clearly states that this mystery of Christ has been purposely withheld and obscured by God, Himself. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" --Daniel 12:4. And yet again in Revelation 10:4-- "And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not." Seven being the number of fullness, completion, maturity, perfection, what the "seven thunders" had uttered was clearly a message concerning fullness. It was not to be revealed until the time of fullness.
Obviously John and Daniel both saw something which was not to be revealed universally in their day, for they were told expressly to "seal up" those things. Paul also said that he had seen things about which it was unlawful (not permitted) to speak. But we have a further word from the Lord concerning the unveiling of these things, concerning a time when it would be according to his good pleasure to reveal these things to those to whom these things would pertain. "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets" -- Revelation 10:7. That is, in the days when the seventh angel shall begin to give forth the message of fullness, that which has been sealed and withheld shall no longer be a mystery.
We have seen the actual opening of seal after seal within us particularly as well as in the Church generally, as truth after truth has been progressively restored to the Church. It has been rather sad to see that a law seems to have been at work concerning this progressive revelation of God's heart and purpose toward mankind. By "law" I mean, it seems inevitable that many of those whose hearts were set ablaze with the preceding revelation of Christ have fought those who have received the latest revelation.
Just in our day, we can remember when those who had received the blessing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit have fought those who went on in the further revelation of Sonship. It seems that we are very prone to calling a part the whole. But we who have been the recipients of the glorious message of Sonship as it pertains to the resurrection of the dead, stand in danger of doing the same thing concerning the even more glorious truth of eternal judgement (See Heb. 6:2). Brethren, we are to go on unto perfection!
And what is the purpose of God in opening seal after seal in such a gradual disclosure of the mystery of Christ? "That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:" -- Ephesians 1:10.
There is and always has been an "appointed time" in which the Father would bring all into Christ, the glory of God, the divine Ark of God. It is because in Christ "... are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" --Colossians 2:3.
Christ Himself is the divine Ark, of which Moses' ark, behind the veil in the Holy of Holies, was but the type. In Him is life. In Him is the glory. In Him are the promises. In Him is the Law. In Him is the hidden manna/word. In Him is the inheritance. In Him.... who is the Resurrection and the Life. Therefore, only that which is of Him will be raised in the resurrection. Only that which is of the resurrection will have part in that first resurrection.
This prophecy says that "the Ark of the Testimony in Heaven shall be opened before the end of this age and the living testimony herein contained shall be unsealed." Simply put, in our modern phraseology, the people of God will of necessity be moved into the very life and essence of what Christ is by a supernatural act of the Holy Spirit upon them. No longer will men get by living in the realm of concept or doctrinal stance, but there will be an actual entering into the Inheritance, which is Christ; into the total and complete redemption that He bought and paid for concerning those who will follow Him wherever He leads them. Brother, sister, this world has never seen that which God has in store for this hour.
There are in this present hour many places of religion where there is nothing of the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit, nor even the slightest expectation that He might pay them a visit. They have so long run things and controlled things that they no longer even notice that Ichabod ("the glory has departed") is written over their doors. These are well able to do for themselves and neither need nor expect divine assistance. Not so with the Virgin Church.
Like Jacob of old, whose name was changed when his nature was changed, this Virgin Church) has been so weakened in the way, so dealt with, so chastened and "trained," that they can do nothing of themselves. This is part of t he secret of their strength. They must have the presence and direction of their heavenly Ark or they are lost as to what to do next. They have come to the place where they have realized that they cannot live outside the presence of Him who is their life. They are irretrievably connected to Christ as an ever-dying man is connected to a modern life-support system. They cannot live without Him!
"The unsealing of the Living Testimony within the Ark of God must begin the promulgation of the everlasting gospel of the kingdom. The proclamation of the Testimony will be as the sounding of a trumpet of alarm to the nations of professed Christendom. Authority shall be given by Christ to the putting an end to all controversies concerning the true church that is born of the New Jerusalem mother. This decision will be the actual sealing of the body of Christ with the name (or Authority) of God, giving them a commission to act by the same."
That which is about to burst upon the world will not be a message brought "with the enticing words of man's wisdom," but one which comes in the "power and demonstration" of Christ. It will not be simply the declaration of another doctrine, another batch of concepts, more books, more information. And believe me, it will certainly not be the coming of men and women who are attracted to the spotlight, to the crowds, to fame and fortune. This that is coming very quickly now, the unsealing of the Living Testimony, will shock the entire world, including the religious world.
When that small remnant of "come-outers" enters into the Testimony of Life, enters into WHAT HE IS, and their very lives begin to bear record as to what Christ is, then shall be laid to rest the controversy as to which is the true church. Lines will be drawn and sides taken as the message goes forth like a trumpet blast, declaring the imminent appearing of the Lord in those who are looking for Him.
This is presently coming to pass. I do not say that it is complete, yet. But I do declare that the Lord has revealed, to those who have ears to hear, that this is the time of realities rather than concept. It is the time of entering into the very life of Christ Himself. It is being made abundantly clear to all that THE CROSS is the KEY to entrance into this realm in Christ!
It is being made very clear that what Jesus accomplished for us in His cross was not a reprieve for the flesh, but flesh's sentence, that we are not delivered from the cross, but to it; that we are not delivered from death, but through death! Beloved, there is no way into any world but by a birth into it, and there is no way out of any world but by a death.
As those who are becoming love-slaves to Christ enter into Him more and more fully, by way of an applied cross (not a doctrinal one), more and more of His nature becomes theirs, more and more of what He is becomes theirs, more and more of His glory rests upon them, more and more of His life is theirs, as their lives are laid down. This is known as, coming to zero! It is a very unpopular idea, and one called heresy by much of Christendom, but according to that way which some call heresy, so worship we the God of our "fathers," believing ALL things which are written in God's word.
There is a place into which one may enter from which there is no going out. "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:..." This position, having been gained, cannot be lost. This is within the veil of the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place. It is within the very presence of God, Himself! There is preparation required for this, for our God is a consuming fire.
"The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;" -- Isaiah 33:14, 15.
Coming to zero is not the great loss most think it to be. It is, in fact, not loss but gain. Does it mean the loss of your life? "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." -- Revelation 2:7. Does it mean the loss of credibility? "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:" -- Revelation 2:26. Does it mean the loss of home, lands, friends, even all things? "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." -- Revelation 21:7.
Does it perhaps (it probably will) mean the loss of your "good" name? "...and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." -- Revelation 3:12. No, there is no true loss in Christ. There is only gain; but gain through loss, life through death, glory through shame, power through weakness, exaltation through abasement.
This realm is not one of doctrinal stances and concepts. It is one of living realities. Those who are entering in are finding that this is where the "hidden manna" is. There is a revelation of God's heart, or His thought and purpose concerning Christ, which is not apparent to others still caught up in the loaves and fishes (gifts and blessings) of the Holy Place. Shame and suspicion are always connected with any new thing which God is doing and which most are not yet "seeing."
This paragraph of the prophecy begins with the words, "The unsealing of the living Testimony within the Ark of God..." What is the Testimony in this Ark, and what is the Ark? All throughout the Old Testament the ark was synonymous with the divine presence of God. He told them that He would meet with them there, above the Mercy Seat upon the ark.
It is clear that the ark represented none other than Jesus Christ, the true Ark in whom alone is the divine presence and life of God. The Testimony? The testimony in the ark of Moses was the Law given at Sinai. "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God" Exodus 31:18.
The Testimony in the true Ark, which is Jesus Christ, is the living testimony and representation of the living God. It is that life and nature of God manifested in Christ. And, dear brother and sister in Christ, it is that life and nature which God is unsealing and revealing to His own, showing the way into it in this hour. It is into that Testimony (life/nature) that some will enter in this next impending move of God.
The law written indelibly, with a Pen of iron and with the point of a Diamond (the Holy Spirit), upon the fleshly tables of our hearts! And He's doing in us! At some point, He will remove the veil (and the temple of God was opened in heaven) and reveal His very presence, nature/name in that people of whom David's tabernacles was a type. It had no veil in it like Moses' tabernacle.
There comes a time when that which the cross has been allowed to accomplish in the lives of some is to be manifested and revealed. This will take place at the "sealing" of those who have left all to follow the Lamb whithersoever He leadeth. "Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" Revelation 7:3. "And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel" Revelation 7:4.
This "sealing" is nothing else but the placement of adoption spoken of in Romans. "And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body" Romans 8:23. If you will look back at the preceding verse you will notice that the number of those sealed in Rev. 7 was 144,000. That is the symbolic number denoting the firstfruits company of overcomers. I do not believe that it is a literal number, or that the number of overcomers are limited to this figure. "12 = divine government so 12 x 12 = 144 + 000, which 0's simply show "added glory." These are those who allow Jesus' rule from the throne room of their hearts. Self has been dethroned and they are under divine government!" --Bill and Elaine Cook
Those in this company of people thus sealed in their foreheads (the receiving of the mind of Christ) are those who experience what is known as the "placement of adoption." Having the spirit of adoption is not the same as receiving the placement of adoption. The adoption is spoken of often in the New Testament. "...Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;" Romans 9:4. The apostle Paul is here speaking to the Christian Church about "the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body..." as well as other things pertaining to the time when the adoption takes place and says that these things had been the birthright of the Israelite, according to faith.
Adoption in the western mind is not at all what it is in the Biblical sense. We westerners think of adoption as being that which occurs when a man and his wife take into their family a child that is not their biological offspring, one which was not the result of their union, and by a legal procedure called "adoption," make him a legal part of their family. It is obvious that the child is part of the family from that time forward on grounds other than blood relation.
T.A. Sparks has this to say about it. "When we come to the things of God, we find that we have to change some of our human ideas, and amongst the many things in which that is so is this matter of adoption. God's idea about adoption is altogether different from ours. Our idea is that of bringing someone into the family from outside, but that is not God's idea at all about adoption. The word "adoption" literally means "the placing of sons," and you will have recognized, if you were following closely, that adoption comes at the close of things in all those passages of Scripture. It is something which lies ahead. We, who have received the Spirit, wait, groaningly wait, for our adoption. We were foreordained unto adoption as sons. It is something for which we are waiting, according to the Word of God. Thus it is not just the matter of bringing into the family, but it is something which is the result of what has transpired since we came into the family..." (GOD'S SPIRITUAL HOUSE by T.A. Sparks)
What a wonderful picture we see of this in Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan when the Father spoke publicly before all, "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" Matthew 3:17. From that time forward, though until then He had done absolutely NOTHING of which we are aware, He commenced to conduct kingdom business in His Father's name! This is what is just ahead for those coming into the placement of adoption, as sons!
Some may object to this on the ground of the Scripture which states, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" 1 John 3:2.
This is one of those times when the truth of a matter was done less than justice by the King James translators, and the KJV is the version I mostly use. The KJV translators used the same word, "son," for Greek words that conveyed different meanings. (They did this throughout the entire Bible. I believe God used this as a means of "sealing" the Word unto the time of the end.) For instance, the Greek word, TEKNON, means, little child, an offspring but very young as to maturity. It is also used in the first verse of I John 3; "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not" 1 John 3:1.
That word used here in the Greek for "sons" is also TEKNON and carries the same meaning as it does in verse 2, little children. This can be seen more clearly when one sees which word the Spirit chose to use in the Greek when referring to Jesus in verse 8; "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil" 1 John 3:8. Here the Greek word, HUIOS, is used. HUIOS signifies the relationship of offspring to parent, as legitimate as opposed to illegitimate. So John is not actually calling those in I John 3:2, "sons." In using the Greek word, TEKNON, he is referring to them as "little children," as he referred to them throughout his epistles. The reason why "it does not yet appear what (they would) be." "They" are not yet of full age and Christ is not yet manifested. There has not as yet been the "placement" of adoption spoken of in Galatians 4:5.
Here, ("... that we might receive the adoption of sons" Galatians 4:5.) the Greek word used for sons is not that of little children (TEKNON), nor is it simply that which is used to show relationship only (HUIOS), but the word used here (HUIOTHESIA) is one which shows maturity and relationship because it is speaking of the authority, commitment, and relationship bound up in the placement of adoption, the sealing of the sons, the manifestation of the sons of God.
Now you will have to understand, I am not a Greek scholar, nor even much of a student of Greek, and I do not put a lot of stock in searching out various meanings in a quest for revelation. But obviously there are times when much depends upon the meaning of a single word, as in this case.
God's full thought toward you and me has never been simply, salvation and a trip to heaven. Nor has it been only to "get saved" and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then just to wait for His return. Salvation, as God intends it, is an ongoing process in which you and I have been involved since the day we bowed our knees and hearts at Calvary and truly gave up to Him all rights to our lives.
Our initial step of salvation was only preparatory to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as the Feast of Passover was preparatory to Pentecost. But Pentecost was but mid-way to the conclusion of that eternal salvation wrought by Christ at Calvary. It was preparatory to the Feast of Tabernacles as the baptism of the Holy Spirit prepares us for the adoption of sons.
Yes, indeed, we are now the children of God and it does not in any way appear what we shall be, for before we become like Him we must see Him as He really is. Not in the light of traditional religion. Not in the light of man's darkened, fearful mind. But as He truly is! Thus, you and I are experiencing the purging, cleansing, maturing fires and waters of God without which we could never come to full growth. Life in God is not had by escaping death. It is obtained OUT OF death! The cross of Christ is not the reprieve of the flesh; it is flesh's sentence! The Christian's cross is the only doorway to life abundant, for only through death is death's power conquered.
Therefore, being the children of God is not the same as being sons of God, and the promises are to them that overcome, that is, to the sons. The inheritance is not to them that believe, but to them that overcome. The inheritance is for full grown sons! Consider what the Word of God says about this inheritance and the one for whom it is held in trust. "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father" Galatians 4:1,2. "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together" Romans 8:17.
Being children makes us heirs, but being heirs does not make us inheritors until we have suffered with Him that we may also be glorified together with Him, as the scripture says. As Paul is speaking with those in Galatians there in the fourth chapter it becomes plain that he knows he is not speaking to those who are of full age in the Lord. Otherwise he would never have said what he did in verses one and two, that the heir was no more than a servant, but is under those who will child-train him, that is, the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11. Nor would he have later, in verse nineteen, referred to them as, "little children."
There is a redemption reserved for those who have suffered with Christ, who have borne their cross, who have passed through the waters and they have not overflowed them, against whom the flame has kindled but they were not burned. They have been called by name. They are His peculiar treasure. They are His inheritance. A firstfruits unto Him which He will use to bless those who follow after. Across their hearts are written the words of the Spirit, "HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD!"
The Church was never given the charge to "save the world" in this dispensation, as we have been told. It was given the charge to, "...Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" --Mark 16:15. That's all. To this attest the words of James in Acts; "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. ...That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things" --Acts 15:16,17. "Brethren! Hear me! Simon unfolds how God first visits the nations, to obtain out of them a people for His name. ...So that those left of mankind should be seeking out the Lord, and all the nations, on them over whom My name is invoked, is saying the Lord, Who is doing these things" (Concordant Literal New Testament).
God has something greater in mind than saving a few and damning the rest. And the firstfruits company of overcomers, the sons of God, will play a very large part in His plan, for they are the reason God has visited the nations in order to take out of them, a people for His name. They are peculiarly His.
"And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead..." --Exodus 28:36-38.
The High Priest's mitre is one of the last parts of the priest's garments to be put on and it signifies the sealing with the mind of Christ, by our High Priest. This company of overcomers will receive authority and a commission to act in that authority at the sealing (with the mind of Christ). They shall experience the redemption of the body, spoken of in Romans 8. "And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body" --Romans 8:23. The firstfruits of the Spirit is only the earnest of the inheritance, not the fullness.
"This New Name (or Authority) will distinguish them from the seven thousand names of Babylon. The election and preparation of this Virgin Church is to be after a secret and hidden manner. As David in his ministry was chosen and anointed by the prophet of the Lord, yet was not admitted to the outward profession of the Kingdom for a considerable time afterward, of the stem of David a Virgin Church, which hath known nothing of a man or human constitution, is to be born and it will require some time for it to get out of the minority and arrive at full and mature age."
Those so sealed in their foreheads as seen in Revelation 7 ("Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" --Revelation 7:3.), will receive all that goes with the "placement of adoption." It is not just that another "name," as we know names, is conferred upon them. Far from it. This book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ has more spiritual things in view than just the giving out of another name.
In the biblical sense a name often has to do with a prevailing nature. We see this clearly in the account of Nabal, Abigail's husband. "Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send" –1 Samuel 25:25. Nabal means, folly.
Jacob means "schemer, conniver, supplanter." Why? Because that's what he was by nature. Read his early life story to see how he attempted to obtain the inheritance through deceit. In God's eyes it was already his, but he tried to possess it in the strength of self, even as we have tried many times. After Jacob's encounter with the Lord at the brook Jabbok, the Lord touched Jacob in his thigh, the place of his strength. He crippled him so that from then on he never walked as he had in the past but leaned upon his staff until the day of his death. His name was changed from Jacob (schemer), to Israel, (a prince with God). God changed Jacob's name because He had accomplished a change in his nature.
Jacob is a type of those in this age whom God is so weakening, so crippling as to their own nature and abilities, that they will never again be able to walk as before in their own strength and abilities, but must forever go forth leaning upon their heavenly Staff. They, by the exceeding great and precious promises of God, are being made partakers of His divine nature/name. Those so dealt with by the Lord as to receive a change in their very nature will receive a "new name." "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it" --Revelation 2:17. That "white stone" was given to an individual who had been in bondage, but was fully released in the year of jubilee. It was proof of his full redemption. The new name is the new nature of the New Creation which is Christ. But, until this work is completed, it doth not yet appear what we shall be.
This very thing, their lives showing forth Christ, is to be the distinguishing mark of those so begotten of God. In an hour when the mystery of iniquity is being revealed, the mystery of righteousness will also be revealed . . . in a people. They will not walk in a newer, more recent, updated set of doctrines. They will have left the realm of concept and will walk in the realm of realities. This will be the characteristic which will distinguish them from the religious, harlot systems containing the "7,000 names of Babylon."
But, though elected and chosen and anointed to this ministry, they will not come into the visible possession of such a ministry until they have come to maturity. David was a type of this. David, as a lad, was anointed to rulership by Samuel, but it wasn't until he was at least 40 years old that he actually received the kingdom. He was anointed three times, Saul but once. He was anointed by Samuel, as a lad. Later, after Saul's death, by the tribe of Judah. Finally, he was anointed by all Israel, at which time he was installed as undisputed king of Israel. There is an anointing which we received in our "outer court" experience; another, and greater anointing, which we received when we were baptized in the Holy Spirit. There is a third, and yet future anointing which will be the receiving of the Spirit "without measure" for those who continue following Him into full sonship as co-heirs and co-rulers with Him.
They are also typified as the "Benjamin Company." Joseph, whose throne it was, had but one full brother out of all Israel. That was Benjamin. The rest of the brothers had the same father, but a different mother. Those in the Benjamin company have no earthly organization as their mother. Theirs is the New Jerusalem mother which is from above, while their half-brothers are content to look to Springfield , MO, Cleveland, TN, or some other headquarters on this earth as that from which their authority springs. The word, "headquarters," means, the place where the head resides, where it "quarters." Does your head have its quarters on this earth?
Benjamin was the only one born in the inheritance. She who brought him forth called him, Benoni. It means, Son of sorrow: but Benjamin's father would not accept that. "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin" -- Genesis 35:18. Not son of sorrow, but son of my right hand shall he be. Is it not interesting that it was Benjamin's sack in which Joseph's cup was found? Especially when Jesus has asked the question, "Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with" -- Matthew 20:22? Stephen Jones, in his book, Secrets of Time in Prophecy, makes the interesting observation that the disciples Jesus was speaking to here were all from Galilee (except for Judas who was probably a proselyte Edomite) and therefore were from that portion of Israel which belonged to Benjamin.
Only those who are willing to share "Joseph's" cup, willing to share in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings, will have part in ruling and reigning with Him. "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" -- 2 Timothy 2:12. There is an inheritance in Christ which is far more than eye has seen or ear heard, and it is reserved for those who desire Him with all their hearts. Benjamin, you will recall, received a portion five-times larger than his brethren. He was also the youngest of the children of Israel. It will be those members which are birthed last, the feet members of the body of Christ who will come into the fullness of the inheritance. "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him" -- 1 Corinthians 15:26,27.
It has been the unsearchable wisdom of God that the election and preparation of this last-hour remnant is after a secret and hidden manner. Because it has been hidden from most, it has cost the elect to continue in their obedience in following after the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. There has been, and will continue to be until the end, separations of dear, well-loved, and long-trusted friends from those who see what their friends and brethren do not. In some cases it will mean that the future sons, that life of the Son within them, is shut up in limitation and restriction as doors of ministry and service are closed to them. Their brethren still have their fields of endeavor while the Josephs are shut up. But though they, in some cases, have meant it for evil, the Lord has meant it for good that He might save many people through them.
The time will eventually come when the brethren who despised this dreamer of rulership will come to him because there is a famine in the land. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:" -- Amos 8:11. On another level it may surely be said that those natural Israelites who sold their despised brother, Jesus, into the hands of the Gentiles, and who have all these long years supposed that He was dead, will come also to Joseph, bowing down to Him. They will not recognize Him at first when He appears in His corporate Gentile body. But they will eventually, as He reveals Himself to them, come to say, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name (nature) of the Lord." "For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" -- Matthew 23:39.
As surely as there are a people who will enter into the life of the testimony of the divine Ark , taking on themselves the same nature contained therein, and its authority, in order to show forth this redemption in the earth, so surely will they who pierced Him, they "...Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;" -- Romans 9:4, say, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!" So, also, I might add, will many of those who now reject the sonship message as fanaticism.
This remnant, this virgin church, so brought forth, has not known the "forceps" of man's intervention; it has been a normal birth accomplished by the Spirit alone. As each member has held to the Head, which reigns in majesty, they are made one in Him. This church was seen coming out of the wilderness during Martin Luther's day. Not as a part of Luther's Protestant movement, but outside of it. This virgin church has not been a part of the Great Harlot or her daughters of Protestantism. This virgin church has not been defiled with women. (There are several applications to being "defiled with women."
To walk according to the sensual, soulish [female part] life rather than after the Spirit, or those who are partaking of those dainties served only in the houses of the harlot systems of man's religion.) It has taken from then until now, in successive stages of growth and development, in the obtaining of revelation and understanding of the heart and purpose of God, for this virgin church to come to some measure of maturity. None know what that stage of development is just now: we just know that the time of the redemption of the body, spoken of in Romans 8, is upon us.
THE MANCHILD OF REVELATION 12
*"The birth of this Virgin Church was typified by St. John's vision where the great wonder appeared in heaven, bringing forth her first born that was caught up to the throne of God (or identified with the Authority of God). For as a virgin woman brought forth Christ after the flesh, so shall a Virgin Church bring forth the first born after the Spirit who shall be endowed with the seven spirits of God. This church so brought forth and sealed with the mark of Divine Authority will have no bonds of impositions, but the holy unction among these new-born spirits will be all in all. There is not at this day (1619) visible upon the earth such a church, all profession being found light when weighed in the balances. Therefore, they are rejected by the Supreme Judge. Which rejection will be for this cause, that out of them may come a new and glorious church. Then shall the glory of God and the Lamb so rest upon this typical tabernacle so that it shall be called the Tabernacle of Wisdom, and though it is not now known in visibility, yet it shall be seen as coming out of the wilderness within a short time; then it will go on to multiply and propagate itself universally, not only to the number of the first born (144,000) but also to the remnant of the seed, against whom the Dragon will make war continually."
There are those who believe that the "Manchild" of Revelation 12 is Jesus of Nazareth. There are several reasons we do not hold to this view, not the least of which is the fact that the scriptures themselves state emphatically that this entire book of Revelation, including the twelfth chapter, is... "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass..." -- Revelation 1:1.
This was written around the year 90 AD and some 56 to 57 years AFTER the death of Christ and almost 90 years after His birth. This is provable, historical fact. It could not have been referring to the Christ Jesus who was born of the virgin, Mary. There are certain applications that can be made, but this vision of a "Manchild" coming forth of a woman who was clothed in the sun, etc., speaks of something yet future.
This something is the coming to maturity of a called-out remnant, a group of people who have left the organized religion of man, who have been brought forth in a spiritual birth by the Holy Spirit, and who have been shut away on the back side of a spiritual desert as Moses was; a people who have known the limitations and restrictions that Joseph experienced because of his brethren, yet they are destined for a throne! This something is the corporate Manchild company of overcomers who will rule and reign with Christ, for they do His will.
This company of people, this small remnant of misfits, will come into the fullness of their inheritance in Christ because they have not limited the Holy One of Israel to simply the experience of "Passover," that is, salvation; nor have they limited Him to what they have called the full gospel. That is, having experienced "Pentecost" through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they have not limited God to this in-part realm while they camped around their favorite doctrines.
These have had an insatiable desire to know Him, to be conformed to His death that they might also be partakers of His resurrection, that is, the first resurrection. This company of misfits have been willing to pay a price, for they know by the Spirit that there is but one way out of this life and that is through a very real death...death to self by way of the cross. They have not believed the lie that we are delivered from death by the cross of Christ, but unto death! Therefore, they have part in the first resurrection, being blessed and holy. The second death has no power over them.
Beloved, do not take what I have said above to mean that you are not an heir. YOU ARE AN HEIR IN CHRIST JESUS! But consider the words of the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul... "Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;" -- Galatians 4:1. I have a very dear and precious brother who takes issue with me for even using this scripture. He feels that it pertains only to the Jews who came out from under the Law. I know that it surely does pertain to them, for it states as much.
But I also see the stating of a principle by the Holy Spirit, that we cannot come into our inheritance until we come of age in Christ: that is, until we come to the measure of the fullness of the stature of Christ, unto a complete, mature man. This simply means that so long as we remain immature, we cannot inherit. There must be those who, through the grace of God, bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom, and that is not merely "Christ in you, the hope of glory;" it is Christ, the image and glory of God, in you, IN FULLNESS! It is the Spirit WITHOUT MEASURE, WATERS THAT NO MAN COULD PASS OVER, WATERS TO SWIM IN, FLOODS ON DRY GROUND! This is what is coming next, if we err not.
We have known the experience of 30-fold fruit-bearing in the outer court, as we kept the Feast of Passover (the Way). Many have also known the experience of 60-fold fruit-bearing in the Holy Place, as we have kept the Feast of Pentecost (the Truth). But none of us has known the experience of 100-fold fruit-bearing which takes place behind the veil of the Most Holy Place during the Feast of Tabernacles (the Life)! It is into this realm that those who will make up the corporate Manchild company, are caught up as they are sealed in their foreheads with the mind of Christ and identified with the authority of God in Christ. The woman in Revelation 12 is the true virgin Church, in general, out of which God will bring forth a Manchild remnant.
Those so brought forth into such a realm of fullness in Christ will, as the 1619-79 Prophecy says, know no bonds or impositions of the carnal nature or of the flesh. Beyond this, it is pointless for us to speculate. Let us make our calling and election sure as to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, moving from the in-part realm of the gifts to that which is perfect, mature, complete, which is Christ in you, All in all!
That is to say, a "Virgin Church." Is that not, in our day also, an unusual and interesting connotation, Virgin Church. One that has not known a man. One in whom the incorruptible seed of Christ, rather than the seed of man's ideas, has been sown. Jesus said, "For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it" – Matthew 19:12.
A eunuch is one who has the care and oversight of the king's harem, over the king's wives. He is to look after their welfare, see to their safety and well being. The idea that the eunuch would implant his own seed in the king's wives was not even a possibility, much less an option. Eunuchs were neutered and could not perform such an act. Made eunuchs by men. Others are born eunuchs in that they have no desire for women, hopefully no desire for men either.
It is to this situation the Lord Jesus refers when He states that some men have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. That is, they have come to the place, through the dealings of God, by the power and mercy of God, where they do not speak their own minds, they do not implant their own concepts, ideas, dogmas, traditions, etc., into the hearts and minds of the flock of God, but have done as the apostle Paul did. "...I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" -- 2 Corinthians 11:2. Too often churches have become corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ through the same subtlety by which the serpent beguiled Eve with the lie.
Words are seeds and bear the corresponding fruit. It was evident in the year 1619 that there was no visible church upon the earth that was virgin. There is today! It cannot be found down the street on some corner, bearing the name of another. The Bride should have only the name of her Beloved, her Betrothed. Her ministers have not espoused her to themselves, but to Christ!
They have not ruled over her, but have watched over her and cared for her needs and safety, even to the laying down of their own lives when the need has arisen. They have not defiled her with their own seed, the thoughts of their own minds, the words of their concepts. She, scattered across this entire country and around the world though she is, is undefiled. And she is one. "My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her" -- Song of Songs 6:9.
There may indeed be three score queens and four score concubines, and even virgins without number, but His undefiled is the only one who is fair as the moon, clear as the sun and as terrible as an army with banners, for she is solely His. She has left the sanctuaries of men and their theology, and has come out from among them that dance around a golden calf, the making of their own hands, entrusting herself completely and without reserve to the Lord, who is her Shepherd.
She has allowed Him to wrap her in obscurity and anonymity while others continue to gain prominence and recognition. The last time she was seen she was coming up out of the wilderness leaning upon her Beloved. She has been so stripped of strength, so laid bare as to abilities, so crippled as to personal ambitions that she simply cannot walk alone. She must lean continually upon her heavenly Staff. She is clothed in the sun (Son) and she is crowned with judgment and wisdom, with the moon underfoot, that dead body which is but a reflection of the true.
This is a seldom-seen view of the glorious church standing yet in the vestibule of her inheritance. She is not the Manchild, but the Manchild is within her ranks and is about to come forth. She is the Tabernacle of Wisdom, because she is the temple of Him who is Wisdom.
As the 1619 Prophecy states, she will go on to propagate and multiply around the world, not only to the number of the firstfruits (144,000), but also to the remnant (the rest) of her seed; that is, to those in whom Christ is not yet fully manifested. There are those who bring forth fruit, some 30-fold, some 60-fold, and some 100-fold. As one star differs from another in glory (1 Corinthians 15:42), so also is the resurrection from the dead; every man in his own order. HALLELUJAH!
Let us here take a closer look and go into more detail concerning Revelation 12 as it pertains to the issue at hand. Please read the chapter in order to refresh your memory and to get some idea of the context in which we are speaking.
1. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5. And she brought forth a manchild, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
I will try not to plow the same ground twice, but the woman clothed in the sun is the Church in general, although not necessarily everything out there that calls itself the Church. She is made up of blood-washed, Spirit-baptized, called-out-ones who know no King but Christ. This Virgin Church, which has not known a man nor been implanted with man's "seed," is pregnant with a small remnant of those in whom Christ is coming to fullness.
Not every seed brings forth fruit unto perfection, that is, unto maturity and completion. Some bring forth fruit 30-fold, some 60-fold and some 100-fold. It is this fruit (100-fold) for which the Husbandman has long patience. "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain" -- James 5:7. Christ in you, the hope of glory!
The child which she brings forth is the Manchild company who are birthed into a higher realm, just as the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a higher realm than that of simply justification. The portion into which this body of people is birthed is that of the Spirit without measure; whereas the baptism of the Holy Spirit has been "according to the measure of every part."
It has been the in-part realm of the earnest of the inheritance, whereas the manifestation of the sons of God will be the realization of the inheritance, not just the down payment. This body of overcomers is caught up to God and to His throne, indicating that, as Ezekiel the 44th chapter reveals, they are a part of the Melchizedek order of priests; that is, a priesthood that is after an endless life. This Melchizedek priesthood is the same as that depicted by the Zadok priesthood. The word, Zadok is the same as the last part of Melchi-zedek. It means "righteous." Jesus Christ is the High Priest and Head of this priesthood.
To say that the Manchild was "caught up...," does not necessarily mean that it is a physical, geographical catching up. While there is strong evidence pointing to a spiritual catching up, I personally still believe there may be a physical, geographical catching up in store for the Manchild company only, simply from the types given through Enoch and Elijah. There is also much scripture supporting the opposite view (according to our understanding of scripture).
Whether it is spiritual or physical makes little difference in my mind, since, in either case, one must ultimately be prepared, or else the issue becomes simply a rhetorical one. In any case, those who enter into such a realm will come into what is known as the redemption of the body (Romans 8:23), that is, they will receive a new body that is not subject to the bondage of the fall of Adam but is made like unto Christ's resurrected, glorified one.
They will thus be enabled to stand in the very presence of God, who is a consuming fire: they will be able to appear and disappear as Christ has, since His resurrection out from among the dead. They will also, if I err not, be able to be in more than one place at the same time. Christ, who is the Resurrection, is their life.
What we are actually presented with here in the 12th chapter of Revelation is something called the placement of adoption. This has been covered in a previous chapter of this book. It is also the first resurrection spoken of in Revelation. "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" -- Revelation 20:6.
*6. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Since the woman is not the Manchild, but that body out from which the Manchild is birthed, she must be those who have not as yet moved into that realm of maturity and fullness that the Manchild has entered into. She is then brought by the dealings of God into a condition of desolations, a wilderness condition. I believe that is the 3-1/2 years or 1260 days of tribulation needed to finish her cleansing and purging, whether spiritual or literal.
I have heard preachers say that tribulation cannot cleanse one and is not needed, since the blood of Jesus cleanses every sin. We are not here speaking of sin. We are speaking of the self-life and the Adamic nature. You should notice the inferences made to gender here. One is to the Manchild, who is cleansed first and enters in: the other is to the woman whose cleansing takes longer. If we look back in the book of Leviticus where it deals with the laws of purification, we find that it took twice as long for cleansing when a girl was born than when a male was born.
"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days" -- Leviticus 12:2, 4, 5.
This was a type that was to teach us that if we walk after the soul (psuche-feminine) rather than the spirit (ruwach-masculine), it will take longer to come to purification. Thus, the woman of Revelation 12, walking after the soulish activity of the mind, affections and self-will, is not brought forth to maturity as quickly as those who walk after the Spirit. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" -- Romans 8:14. "...that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore." The Manchild company, who have entered into life, will feed the woman, nourish her, minister to her and ultimately bring her into fullness of life also. When I say, "life," I am referring to that realm behind the veil in the Holy of Holies.
Immediately there is war in heaven. That's because the sons of God have entered into a realm in the heavenlies from whence Satan has for so long ruled. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" -- Ephesians 6:12.
This is the time when he (Satan), of whom Pharaoh was but the type, is confronted by Christ's representatives on earth in order to bring out of hard servitude the chosen seed of God. Moses and Aaron were a type of those who will bear the first office under Christ to confront the Adversary of God and completely overthrow him and his regency. To this end the great Prince, Michael, will stand for the children of God.
"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book" -- Daniel 12:1.
The great dragon was cast out, who had from thence deceived the whole world. That's the good news. NOW! When the sons are caught up to the realm of governing authority. NOW is come salvation! NOW is come strength! NOW is come THE KINGDOM OF OUR GOD AND OF HIS CHRIST! But woe unto the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For he has come down to you in great wrath, for he knoweth he hath but a short time. The inhabiters of the earth are those who yet walk in the fallen nature of the earthy man, Adam. It is that vast multitude which constitutes the sea of humanity.
So the woman comes into a wilderness condition where the sons of God minister to her for 3-1/2 years. During this time the serpent casts out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. But the scriptures say that the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing this flood of waters. What...is this talking about? Unless I am completely misled, that which comes out of the mouth of the serpent is just what it was in the garden...deception. There is now a flood of it such as has never been seen before.
We are living now in a time when there is a flood of information, floods of books, of tapes, of sources of data. Some are true, some are false. There are a great many things in this hour which closely parallel the truth and which are causing some to be deceived. The New Age Movement is one instrument Satan is using to flood the world with half-truths and outright lies. This is a time when false Christs and false prophets so abound, showing great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. All this flood of deception will find a repository in those who are of the earth, earthy. Those yet in fallen Adam.
So, the dragon goes to make war with the remnant of her seed. He can't get at those who have moved on beyond the veil, into the Most Holy Place, for he cometh and findeth nothing in them. He has no legal standing or ground here because this is the New Creation only, and Satan has ground only in fallen Adam. So he focuses his attentions on the remnant of her seed, that is, the rest of her seed who have not yet moved into the fullness of their inheritance in Christ.
*"Wherefore the spirit of David shall revive in this blossoming root. These will have might given them to overcome the Dragon and his angels, even as David overcame Goliath and the Philistine army. This will be the standing up of the great prince Michael and will be as the appearance of Moses against Pharaoh, in order that the chosen seed may be brought out of hard servitude. Egypt doth figure this servile creation under which Abraham's seed groans, but a prophet, and the most prophetical generation, will the Most High raise up who shall deliver His people by the force of spiritual arms. For which there must be certain head powers to bear the first office, who are to be persons in favor with God, whose dread and fear shall fall on all nations, visible and invisible, because of the mighty acting power of the Holy Spirit which shall rest upon them. For Christ will appear in some chosen vessels to bring into the Promised Land, the New Creation state."
In other words, this child caught up to become identified with governing authority is the blossoming root, known as the Manchild company, who will, by virtue of the mighty-acting power of the Holy Spirit upon it, make war with the dragon and his angels and overcome them. This is God's heavenly militia, which He has enrolled to go against Satan and his angels in the might and power of spiritual arms.
These will have learned to come into and so abide in His Presence that it is most natural for them to walk in this place of His Presence, and to do all things from thence. They have found the experience of the secret place of the Most High.
Jane Leade put out another paper entitled, "A Short Exercise For The Spiritual Warriors." In it she denotes what is needed in order to come into the state of abiding in His Presence. Those desirous of knowing more about this may write me and ask for a copy, which I will be glad to send you. This small, but mighty, remnant of Overcomers are but the blossoming root of the New Creation Plants that will spring forth throughout the earth gradually and progressively, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Just as God visited Egypt with plagues and judgment in order to bring the release of His natural chosen seed, so also will He visit this world with the vials of revelation in order to bring about the final release of the true seed of Abraham, that generation which is Christ's. The prophecy is quite clear: there must be raised certain head powers to bear the first office. That is, God will raise up those who have been predestinated by the divine ordination of God to bear the governing responsibility.
These will not bear rule because they have completed a course in a Bible School and have been given a diploma and ordination papers. They will not bear rule because they understand many of the great truths of the Bible, or because they have been successful in the business world, or because they are people in favor with the religious leaders of their day, or because they are mentally, emotionally, or financially capable.
Those appointed to such an office will be appointed by none other than the Lord Himself. As such, they will be His spokesmen and representatives on earth. They will do only that which they see Him doing in heaven, i.e., "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" --Matthew 16:19. One can only lawfully do on earth what God is doing in heaven. That is the main reason the "Faith and Prosperity" message, though it had a kernel of truth, never worked.
"For Christ shall appear in some chosen vessels..."An amazing statement, especially to have been spoken in the year 1619. Even in this day of the unfolding revelation of the purposes of God in Christ, many of the more learned and esteemed religious leaders with large followings brand such a statement as heretical. But time and events will once again prove true the saying that, "First, the new thing is attacked as absurd; then (because of events) it is admitted to be true but insignificant; finally, it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it."
The truth is, God was never interested in an earthly temple. He never told either David or Solomon to build Him a temple. "Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?" In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?" --2 Samuel 7:5 & 7.
All the temples, houses, and tabernacles in the Old Testament were but types of the true, which is Christ Jesus and His Body! Does not the Holy Ghost testify to this? "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" --1 Corinthians 3:16. Why then, except that we have been wrongly taught, have we looked for His appearing out in the skies somewhere? But, you may ask, "Do not the scriptures state that when He comes every eye shall see Him?" Most surely.
But He need not come in the skies for every eye to see Him. "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts" -- Malachi 3:1. "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty" --2 Peter 1:16. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" --1 John 3:2. "When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day" –2 Thessalonians 1:10.
The coming, or appearing, of the Lord will be in His people; that is, in the true temple of the Lord. This is why John exhorted the believers under his care..., "...little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming" --1 John 2:28. In John 15 we are told to abide in Him that we might bring forth much fruit, for herein is (my) Father glorified.
The fruit that is borne by abiding in Christ is not more souls saved, more witnessing and testifying, more and more good works. It is Christ in you, the hope of glory. This, Christ in you, is the precious fruit of the earth that the Husbandman of James 5:7 has long patience for as He waits for it to come to 100-fold maturation.
When this occurs AND the Father's appointed time comes, when the trump of God sounds, then all those in whom the cross has done its effectual work, all those in whom Christ has been fully formed unto the perfect man, will suddenly, all at the same time, (1) in the twinkling of an eye, I believe, MANIFEST CHRIST! This is the manifestation of the sons of God spoken of in Romans 8:19. This is the Lord suddenly appearing in His temple (Malachi 3:1). It is the Lord coming to be glorified IN His saints, and to be admired IN them that believe. (2 Thessalonians 1;10)"
This is the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles when the Lord comes to dwell in His people in fullness, rather than in measure, as we have known through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
And...Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God" --Revelation 21:3. Is this not what was prophesied in ages past? "And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people." -- Leviticus 26:11,12. This is surely the beginning of the realization of the original intention of the great and merciful heart of God from the beginning -- that He might dwell with and fellowship with man without consuming him. This hope and intention is couched in the words, "Let us make man (mankind, not, a man) in our image, after our likeness..." -- Gen. 1:26, and it is the cause of exultation in the last book of our Bible, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people and God himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be NO MORE DEATH (not even the second death), neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are FAITHFUL AND TRUE" -- Revelation 21:3-5.
Think of it! NO more death, NO more pain, NO more crying, because the former things, all of them, are passed away! Thus, He that sitteth upon the throne can exultantly exclaim, "It is done! I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End! I started all things with a thought in mind toward man, and I have also completed all things and have realized the intentions I had in mind when I made the creature subject to vanity."
What we have here is the New Creation state into which the Manchild company has moved first. Thus, they are also called the Firstfruits company and many other things the Bible has used to typify them and the truth concerning them. The old creation in Adam has passed away and behold, all things are new! Beloved, is that not the message God has for so long declared by the cross of Jesus Christ, the last Adam?
The cross has declared ALL in Adam to have been eternally judged and forever put away. It is not a better, upgraded version of us that He is after. It is not a fresh arrangement of our deodorized, Adamic garbage that He is after. It is not turning over a new leaf. It is a New Creation! That is only possible through and by Him, but He is ever willing to do that which is needed. The fact is, we were not delivered from death by the cross. We were delivered to it! A truth, sad to say, that most of Christendom has yet to learn.
I am told that "in a moment" is from the Greek words, "en atomos," or in the atoms. It should really have been translated, "We shall be changed in the atoms" -- in the smallest part of our body, not in the smallest part of time! It has to do with matter, not time.
"Thus, Moses, Joshua, and Aaron may be considered types of some upon whom the same Spirit will come, yet in greater proportion. Whereby they shall make way for the ransomed of the Lord to return to Mt. Zion, but none shall stand under God but those who have become "tried" stones after the pattern and similitude of Christ. This will be a fiery trial through which a very few will be able to pass or bear up in it. Whereby the waiters for this visible breaking forth are strictly charged to hold fast, and wait together in the unity of Pure Love. This trial will be of absolute necessity to all for the clearing away of all remaining infirmities of the natural mind, and the burning of all hay, wood, and stubble. For nothing must remain in the fire, for as a refiner shall He purify the sons of the kingdom. There will be some who will be fully redeemed being clothed upon with a priestly garment after the Melchizedek order. This will qualify them for governing Authority. Therefore it is required on their part to suffer the Spirit of burning, and the fanning of the Fiery Breath searching every part within them until they arrive at a Fixed Body from whence the wonders are to flow out. "
Moses and Joshua and Aaron were types of those upon whom the Spirit of God came in order to lead the children of God: first, out of bondage and then into the inheritance. These who make up the Manchild company must first enter into that which is typified as being "behind the veil". They shall be the immediate forerunners of those who will, thereafter, follow them out of the bondage of that servile creation which is fallen in Adam, returning unto Mt. Zion.
Into this place of union with God shall they come until He is All in all. The main difference between the "Firstfruits Company" and those who follow later being that some of those who enter in first will receive the seven-fold Spirit of God. That is, they will receive the Spirit without measure, and having at that time received also the new body, they will indeed be able to bear the Spirit without measure.
The prophecy goes on to say that, "...but none shall stand under God but those who have become "tried" stones after the pattern and similitude of Christ." This is but another way of saying, "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" -- 1 Peter 1:7.
The reason being, the only way out of any world is by a death, and the only way into another is by a birth. We need not think that any shall stand under, or have a place in the building of God under Christ, unless and until they have come through the lakes of cleansing, purging fires. All the things, which Paul called light afflictions, work in us a more exceeding weight of glory without which we do not enter into the place He has prepared for us.
We are to receive an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away. It is reserved in the heavenly realm for us, who are kept by the power of God unto salvation. This salvation is that which is ready to be revealed only in the last time and only in the heavenlies. So we greatly rejoice, though now for a season we may well be in heaviness through various temptations, yet we know that the trial of our faith...shall be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ!
And what is the word to those who have really seen these things and have yielded themselves to the dealings of God and to His cross in this hour? "WAIT!" Only a further working of death to the impatient soul. Some have already come to the unmistakable conclusion that absolutely NOTHING can be accomplished along the lines of the bringing forth of this holy seed until the Father's appointed time. "For if the firstfruits (Christ Himself) be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches" --Romans 11:16.
We are therefore in a time of coming to zero, a time of coming to the place wherein we can only do what we see our Father doing, the time of the actual putting off of the deeds of the old man and of the flesh; the final circumcision. We have brought forth more than enough religious Ishmaels under the pretext of, "It seemed a good idea at the time." This epitaph could be written over every heartache and hardship mankind has ever known. Adam could have had it inscribed on his tombstone. So could Eve. Good ideas are not what God is after. Obedience is what He is after.
Thus, we need the refining work of the purging fires of trials, in order to burn away the infirmities of the natural mind. Most of what has been religiously offered to God in the form of good works has been but wood, hay and stubble. Most of the religious monuments that have been built in honor of men are but the same and will not abide the fire which shall try every man's work in order to reveal whether it was built in obedience upon the foundation of Christ, or through disobedience right next to it.
Oh, beloved, understand that to build upon the foundation of Christ is an exacting experience. This temple, which He is building is built only with precious materials, materials bought only in the fires, materials taken only through conflict and war. David provided for the building of that typical temple with the gold, silver and precious stones taken in battle with the enemy! The true temple of the Lord cannot be built by any but front line warriors who are, through conflict, gathering the gold, silver, and precious stones for the true temple of the Lord.
Oh there may be ever so many seeming great and noble works that men have constructed and for which they are highly esteemed by their peers. Such is but wood, hay and stubble; fuel for the fire, and the day will declare it. There are but few, and therefore very precious ministries that have endured the fires of obscurity, of misunderstanding, of isolation from their brethren, of being thought to be of no account and appearing that way, but their work has endured the fires of God.
These men, most of whom were all but unknown during their lifetimes, being dead, yet speak and minister to the hungering, thirsting hearts of many today who are not satisfied with the husks of men's minds and the worm-eaten doctrines of yesterday. Only those who have been faithful to wait on the Lord have come into the place where the hidden manna is kept in store for those who truly hunger and thirst after righteousness. Waiting is extremely difficult and trying for the natural man. It is equally trying for the one upon whom God has placed a calling to serve. It is one of the hardest things not to take that which God has given and "use it for God's glory," as they say.
The Lord gave me a clear illustration of this matter a long time ago, just before He began to deal with me along these same lines. I was asked by a friend to pick up a dog for someone at a kennel out in the country. The man who ran the kennel also operated an obedience school for dogs, both pets and hunting dogs. When I arrived that day, he happened to be out in the field putting some of the hunting dogs through their paces and I could see him from the driveway. As I approached him, a beautiful Labrador retriever came to meet me. I picked up an object and tossed it out and the dog ran and retrieved it for me. I told him, "That sure is a well-trained dog there."
"That one?", he said. "That dog's no good, yet. He's just doing that because its in his nature to. Let me show you what a real dog works like."
With that he opened one of the holding pens on a nearby truck and out came a beautiful golden Labrador retriever, but her mind was not on playing. She went immediately to the feet of this man and to his left: fixing her eyes on his face, she never moved. He stood motionless for the longest time. In fact, I was getting uncomfortable for the dog. I thought that she would just have to move, he waited so long.
But the dog was motionless except that she had begun to tremble with expectancy and with desire to ...go! Finally, the man shot a dummy far out into a pond. Only then, briefly, did the dog take her eyes off him to watch and see where the dummy went. Then more waiting and more trembling. The excitement in the dog was quite obvious. She was now trembling from head to feet, but otherwise immobile, her gaze fixed like a laser on the man.
Finally, he made a slight movement with his left hand and out she shot like a rocket from its pad. She left the bank and hit the water without ever slowing down. She was obviously in her glory. But then she did something I had not expected. She turned around in the water and watched her master who waved her first right and then farther back to the place the dummy had fallen.
She took it gently in her mouth and brought it and laid it at his feet and then took the exact position as before, eyes fixed on him, body trembling almost violently, but immobile otherwise. No pats on the head, no back rubbing, just, "Good girl." That seemed to be more than enough for the dog. "Now, that," he said, "is a dog a man can do something with." I had to agree.
The lesson from this little account is so clear I think I need not enlarge upon it. But let me just point out a few things. The first dog essentially did what the second dog did, but not for the same reasons. The first dog did it for himself, it was in his nature. The second dog was totally and constantly under the control of her master and she would do nothing for herself, even though it was also in her nature.
Even during the excitement of the moment, in the pond, she continually looked to her master for direction, though I'm sure she could have found it by herself. When I saw this display of obedience and loyalty, I could not help but admire both dog and trainer. He had obviously put a lot of work and time into this second dog, thereby making her to be much more valuable than the first.
Waiting on the Lord is hardest toward its end. If Abraham had only waited a few more years rather than going in unto Hagar. It seemed a good idea at the time. It seemed a good idea to Israel and Aaron, at the time, to build a golden calf, too. If only the children of Israel had waited 40 days, rather than 39, for Moses to come down from the mountain. If only Saul had waited for Samuel and had not acted presumptuously, but it seemed a good idea at the time. It cost him a kingdom.
Waiting on the Lord has more purpose in it than is often apparent to us who are doing the waiting, but it is a necessary part of our training and conditioning. We must come to the place where even that which God has given, gifts and all, are freely laid down upon His altar. Not in pretense, as we then take them up at our caprice and use them "for His glory." But to leave them there, to become nothing, to be nothing, to do nothing, except to wait, our eyes fixed, our gaze fastened on Him.
We will not move according to right and wrong, or according to good or evil. We will only do that which we see our Father doing. Oh, there is a place in Him where the losing all becomes the greatest joy, and that for which crowns are given; crowns that are in turn thrown at His feet, who alone is worthy! Wait. Wait, I say, on the Lord. Therefore we are strictly charged to hold fast, and wait together in the unity of pure love in order to give the fires of God their chance to remove all remaining infirmities of the natural mind, and for the burning of all hay, wood and stubble. For nothing must remain in the fire, and where there is no wood, (human nature) the fire goeth out.
In the completed temple it is said..."And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever" --Revelation 22:5. There is no experience of the "sun" of the outer court, nor "candle" of the Holy Place.
Those in this completed temple are not walking after the lights of their own intellect, understanding, and senses. "Immediately after the tribulation 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 coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" --Matthew 24:29,30.
The Manchild company will not walk according to their own soulish lights for they will have experienced a darkening of their sun and moon and stars. The very powers of their heavens will have been shaken to their very foundations. But so surely as they have been brought into loss, limitation and declension in the loss of temporal powers, so surely shall this herald in them the sign of the Son of man coming with power and great glory... INWARDLY first, and then outwardly manifested. There must be nothing left of the natural mind, for that ministry into which the sons of God shall move will not be done in mixture, as we have witnessed in this present Levitical (temporal, changeable) priesthood.
Fully redeemed means spirit, soul, and body. The complete redemption of which comprise a kind of angel, not seraphic in nature. It was these kinds of angels that Jacob saw ascending first; not descending first, and then ascending...revealing that only those who have so ascended and received of such a glory are qualified to then condescend and communicate that glory to others. They will be clothed upon with the new body which is incorruptible, after the power of an endless life, even that life which is of the Melchizedek priesthood order. And who was this Melchizedek? "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually" --Hebrews 7:3.
He was a natural man whom God used as a type; and not Jesus in some other form. Probably, as the book of Jasher says, he was Shem; one of the sons of Noah. Shem was certainly alive at the time Abraham defeated the five kings. Who he was naturally, is not important. What he represented is what is here in view. He was without mother or father, the Bible says, without natural descent. That is, we have no account of it, no biblical record of mother or father, and in this sense Melchizedek was a good type of the New Creation priesthood of Jesus Christ.
The Levitical priesthood was a changeable one. Priests came and went; they lived and died. But the Melchizedek (which name means King of righteousness) priesthood is an unchangeable one, its members having been clothed upon with the priestly garments of an incorruptible, "fixed" body.
This Melchizedek priesthood was itself typified by the Zadok priesthood. The Zadok priesthood was a family in Levi and therefore part of the Levitical priesthood. Zadok, a priesthood out of a priesthood, is the same word as the last part of Melchi-zedek and means the same thing, righteousness. We see these two priesthoods in Ezekiel 44 and are told explicitly how they differ in their services.
"And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed. But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein. But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge. -- (Ezekiel 44:10-16)."
There is a ministry that shall minister to the house, to the people of God, but there is another, more exalted priesthood, the Zadok or Melchizedek priesthood, which shall come nigh unto God and minister unto Him as well as to the people. "And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments" --Ezekiel 44:19.
This means that these priests will not be bound by the flesh or its limitations on any level. They will be able to appear physically before the people clothed in flesh and bone and will be able to put off that in which they minister before the Lord, changing back and forth at will. In fact, I believe that they will be able to be in several places at once, just as Jesus. "Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court" --Ezekiel 44:21.
This priesthood, unlike the gifts ministries which were typified by the Levitical priesthood, will not drink the wine of pride and become lifted up, hence the reason for the many and effectual dealings of the cross, lakes of fire and various other dealings of God in their lives. Wine often symbolizes pride throughout the scriptures. It has destroyed many strong men of God.
"Upon this body will be the fixation of the Urim and Thummim that are the portion of the Melchizedek priesthood whose descent is not counted in the genealogy of that creation which is under the fall but in another genealogy which is a New Creation. Hence these priests will have a deep inward search and divine sight into secret things of Deity, will be able to prophesy in a clear ground; not darkly and enigmatically, for they will know what is couched in the first originality of all beings, in the eternal anti-type of nature, and will be able to bring them forth according to the divine counsel and ordination. The Lord sweareth in truth and righteousness that from Abraham's line, according to the Spirit, there shall arise a Holy Priesthood. Abraham and Sarah were a type of that which would be produced and manifested in the last age. The mighty Spirit of Cyrus is appointed to lay the foundation of this third temple and support it in the building."
Again, we see that the Melchizedek priesthood is one whose descent is not counted in the genealogy of that creation which is under the fall, but in another genealogy which is Christ, the New Creation. As such, upon this body of priests will be the fixation of that which the Old Testament Urim and Thummim was but the type, that is, the mind of Christ.(2) I have never read a clear explanation of just what Urim and Thummim was in the Old Testament or just how it operated. But it is clear that whatever they were, they were used to get the mind of the Lord.
Having the mind of Christ in this sense is far more than merely have the Holy Spirit resident in us with His mind. It is having actual and immediate access to that mind and having complete and total understanding of it. Many have been the times when we have known a thing by the Spirit but have not understood it. These will have deep and penetrating insight given them so that when they speak forth the word of God it will not be according to their faith, for that which is seen is not faith, but according to a deep inward knowing of the mind of God. The ministration of these priests will not be as has been seen in the gift realm, as glorious as that has been. It will not be gifts at work at all, but the Son Himself, as the greater works begin to flow out from this consecrated body of priests unto a hurting and perishing world. Everywhere this river of Spirit flows, life springs forth! These are the sanctuary waters, which issue forth from beneath the threshold of the completed temple, the Spirit in an inexhaustible supply!
As we stand today on the brink, our entrance into that inheritance reserved for those who are kept by the power of God unto a salvation (redemption, release) ready to be revealed in the last time, our minds go back to that time which was typical of it. The time when Joshua (Old Testament name for Jesus) would re-circumcise the people, sanctify a priesthood and lead them into that which God has so long ago promised to their father, Abraham.
The message then was the same as it is today. "Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." The Ark (the Presence of God) would be borne by a holy, prepared priesthood. This meant that not only would they be assured of victory over their enemies, but that it would be required of them to live righteous and sanctified lives. This time of the great crossing over was typical of something God had purposed for a long time.
"And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he is also flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years" -- Genesis 6:3. The number, 120, represents the end of flesh. There was given to man in the days of Noah 120 years until the Lord sent the inundation which brought the end of all flesh, as God stated in the above verse. Flesh has always been that which has bound and enthralled mankind.
The end of flesh and our admission into the glorious liberty of the sons of God is what we look forward to. There were 120 in the upper room when a flood of the Spirit came on the day of Pentecost. Since then, there have been 40 Jubilees (50 years), or years of release. 40 X 50 = 2,000 years. We are approaching very near to that 2,000th year, or 2-day mark now.
When the children of Israel crossed Jordan after coming out of the wilderness, the Ark was placed upon the shoulder of a consecrated priesthood who stood in Jordan, the place of death to self, and the waters stood up on an heap all the way back to the place of Adam! And the people crossed over, 2,000 cubits removed from the Ark! It has been 2,000 years since Jesus Christ, our divine Ark, stood in death and conquered it that we might pass through into our inheritance during the time of harvest (the end of the age ... Matt.13:39). What a Jubilee!
But that isn't all. Since God originally spoke of His intentions of the "end of all flesh" there have been 120 Jubilees. 120 X 50 = 6,000. Thus we see man's six working days coming to a close as God sends one more final deluge of His Spirit upon planet earth, which deluge will surely be the sunrise of a new day for mankind and the beginning of the end of flesh.
The inauguration of a holy priesthood is news, which causes angelic choirs to sing for joy and should cause our hearts to join in with them. No longer will sin be hidden in the church. No longer will men and women be able to lead double lives; one in the pulpit and another behind closed doors. This body of priests will be given the same penetrating, soul-searching knowledge that Jesus had when He walked this earth. But this knowledge will be for the salvation of men, not for their destruction. This knowledge will work in mercy for reconciling men and women to God.
There will probably be some hard-hearted Annanias' and Sapphira's who will be instantly judged. But for the most part, men's hearts will melt in true repentance, resulting in their complete and total restoration. The word of the Lord will come forth clearly, for they will not speak as our modern day Scribes and Pharisees do. They will speak as those having authority and their word will be one of power to deliver.
In fact, we don't even need such a manifestation of Christ as I have just described in order to have an uncompromised word of God go forth; just uncompromising, dedicated men and women who are willing to be stoned (even if it is only verbally), turned out of the temple and barred from speaking any further.
This portion of the prophecy is very important, as I see it. It witnesses to the scripture itself that God will bring forth a Holy Priesthood from Abraham's line, and we know that, but it declares that He will do this, not according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT! Are you a Jew? Are you a Greek? Are you black or white? IT MATTERS NOT! Race and genealogy are not a part of that which God is doing in the New Creation, which is Christ.
Smart men, men wise according to this world's knowledge, have debated and disputed for years attempting to show that God will fulfill His promises along natural lines, declaring that the United States is Manasseh and that Canada is Ephraim, after the flesh. Well, they might be, but I don't really see that it matters if they are. What God is doing, that which concerns His highest and best, is after the Spirit and not along natural lines at all.
Consequently, He has appointed the mighty Spirit of Cyrus to lay the foundation of this "third" temple. The Spirit of Cyrus was that spirit which moved king Cyrus to allow the chosen seed to return from their Babylonian captivity to Zion. He helped them in the rebuilding of the walls and of the temple. God has been faithful to supply His Spirit after the same manner calling to His own, "Come out of her my people..." and causing them to depart from spiritual Babylon. That same Spirit has supported them in returning and in laying the foundations of the "third" temple.
The first temple was the original one which God built in the garden. It fell through transgression. Jesus came as the second temple, was sown in the earth, and raised again the third day to be seated forever at the right hand of power and as the federal Head and Capstone of the third and final temple, His Body. This is the house He is building for His Father to inhabit. In His Father's house are many mansions (dwelling places), for the house of God is made up of many members, each a dwelling place of the Lord.
1. Urim and Thummim were stones called "Lights and Perfections," hidden in the pocket of the High Priest's breastplate. When the High Priest took them out and inquired of the Lord, they would light up if the answer was "yes", and they would remain dull if the Lord was not in it (No). It relates to the rise and fall of the Spirit within. Our hearts light up when the Spirit is saying, "Yes!" It stays dull or "blah" when it is No. It is today the witness of the Spirit.-- Contributed by Bill and Elaine Cook.
*"There are characteristics and marks whereby the pure Virgin Church shall be known and distinguished from all others and whereby the unction and true sound of the Holy Spirit shall be discerned from all others that are low, false and counterfeit. There must be a manifestation of the Spirit whereby to edify and raise up this Church, whereby bringing heaven down upon the earth and representing here the New Jerusalem state in order to which spirits are thus begotten and born of God, ascend to New Jerusalem above where their Head in majesty doth reign. None but those who have so ascended and received of His glory can condescend and communicate the same, being thereby His representative on the earth and subordinate priests under Him now. He that has ascended and glorified has made Himself, as it were, our Debtor. Consequently, He will not be wanting in qualifying and furnishing certain high and principal instruments who shall be most humble and as little regarded as David was, who He will dignify with honor and priestly sovereignty for drawing to them the scattered flocks and gathering them into one fold out of all nations."
There are certain marks and characteristics by which the true Virgin Church will be known from all others that are, if I may say so, counterfeit. Among these attributes is the unique voice and operation of the Holy Spirit. In her, the Virgin Church, He is recognized as the only and true Vicar. The meetings are His, the order of service is His, whatever is said or not said, is for Him to decide.
She, having tasted of the good word of God fresh from His own provision, has no time for the teachings of men, nor appetite for their doctrines. Because the Holy Spirit is in charge, no man in her midst, not even the elders, stands head and shoulders above another. Here there is no hierarchy, jostling with another for position and advantage. All are ever seeking a lower place, knowing that His Spirit, like water, always seeks and fills the lowest places first.
Thus, the message comes not from the professional (no professional preacher would last long here). It might come from the man or woman sitting on the back row. It might come from the little old man or woman who just walked in. The Holy Spirit is the preacher and so whoever He gives the message to is responsible to give it. In fact, everyone has the opportunity to put their little into the common pot that everyone might be enriched by that which every joint supplieth.
The elders in her midst are those men who are older in the Lord and who have been found faithful in the things of God. They have been appointed by the Holy Spirit through an apostle, not by the local pastor, who could then rule them. I have been told that this is idealistic and will not work in practicality because one man always seems to rise above the others and takes the rein of leadership.
My answer is that it certainly will not work, nor is it meant to work, in any instance where the Holy Spirit is not in very real and full control. The fact that it hasn't worked in so many cases is not proof that it won't work; it is proof that the conditions for it to work have not been met.
The gifts of the Spirit are openly manifested, everyone being given equal opportunity to allow the Spirit to use them. All prophecy is judged, but no one is castigated for an error. Correction is done in mercy and compassion by the elders, who know that they have also made mistakes and probably will again.
There is a sweet all-encompassing spirit of love and unity and blessing in the midst of this Virgin Church. One cannot enter into her midst without very quickly admitting that God is in her of a truth. In this kind of atmosphere, men either break for the altar or run for the door. They cannot long remain unaffected, for God is in His holy temple.
This is surely, as Jacob said at Bethel, the gate of heaven. This is what may also be referred to as Jane Leade refers to it, The Ascension Ladder. (I hope to write another booklet on one of her papers touching that subject, the Lord willing it.) This is the body of Christ which Jacob saw as a ladder whose feet (members) were on earth, and whose Head (Jesus) was in heaven, and upon whom the angels of God ascended and descended.
This is an operation of the mighty, faithful and precious Holy Spirit of God, without which men often labor, after the Lord has departed, as unmindful as was Samson. How many churches today have "Ichabod" (the glory has departed) written over their doors and yet, pastors and people carry on as if nothing was wrong. They still speak in tongues, they still sing and dance.
In fact, many have ceased dancing in the Spirit and have begun to dance to choreographed arrangements in specially made, flowing chiffon garments, carrying little banners and tambourines. This only satisfies those who have an appetite for husks rather than the corn, and it is equivalent to Israel feeding upon asses' heads and dove's dung. Asses' heads speak of the carnal mind and dove's dung represents the residue after the Spirit has departed.
It is a spiritual house that Christ is building. Remember, He said, "I will build my house." He has been doing just that through the use of spiritual gifts, including the five ministerial gifts found in Ephesians. "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 fullness 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:" --Ephesians 4:11-15.
This is what God is after, that we grow up; that we come to maturity, unto the perfect man. Did He not say, "I will make a man more precious than gold"? That has more than one meaning. The gifts of the Spirit will find true exercise among those virgin spirits of the called-out number.
I think we will all pretty much agree that in order for one to communicate effectively, one must have been a partaker of that which he attempts to share. In other words, the man who would share the glory of salvation with another, must of necessity be a partaker of it himself. Where this has been the case, he has no trouble communicating the glory of that experience.
But let him begin to attempt to enlarge upon the further glory of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which he has not yet experienced, and you will find the same man at a loss. Only those who have so ascended and received of His glory, in whatever degree, can in turn condescend and communicate that degree of His glory to others.
I have to admit, as will others, I'm sure, that one of the reasons we have had such a terribly hard time articulating and explaining what we have seen by the Spirit concerning the subject at hand, is owing to the fact that we have not as yet ascended and moved experientially into that still further glory.
We are able by the Spirit to see it dimly, to know that it is there, and to grasp it in the measure that we have been enabled to see it, but to share it with others (which is what the biblical meaning of "communicate" means), we are finding it extremely difficult. But it is there before us.
Enoch, Abraham, David and all the prophets saw things before their time and spoke of them, but to communicate them, to share them and impart them to others, they could not. Nor could the disciples who had walked with Jesus communicate that life, that nature to others...until after Pentecost! But we can see it yet future, though near, and by faith embrace it, and declare it.
Jane Leade, in another of her writings (Ascension Angels) explains it thus. "There meets me one objection which I am to give answer to, which is this: You have here discoursed of a high and wonderful state of ascension and descension for visible glorification. How come you to understand the way of it without you were actually ascended by a cloud of glory coming down to receive you out of all mortal sight, after the manner of Christ? We answer to this: You are given to know, there is an ascension in Spirit which beats a track (makes way) for the soul with its resurrection body (there is a spiritual body) to follow after. Thus it is given to some to be taken up in Spirit, to make discovery of what lies concealed in superior regions, as not yet understood." A kind of heavenly spy, as it were, sent ahead in spirit in order to bring back a report upon which an entrance into such things is to be gained.
Those in whom Christ appears at the sounding of the seventh trump will move into that greater glory. This is the time of the first resurrection, and what most have mis-labeled the rapture. They will "ascend" into a higher place, in fact, into the very place symbolized throughout scripture as Mt. Zion, the holy hill of God, the place of His abiding presence.
Once they have ascended (not necessarily physically), and have moved into this experience of "no more I, but Christ," they will then be able to condescend and communicate, or impart, or share the same with others.
When I say, impart, I do not mean to imply that any will receive this experience simply by the laying on of hands and impartation. It will not happen that way. I mean that their ministry will be in such power and grace that where there is a hungry, receptive heart willing to bear the cross, willing to die to self, willing to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth, there will be divine enablement to enter into that which is held out to them by the Lord.
One of the reasons the world today is so turned off by religious things is that it has never seen a true representation of what God is really like. The Church is supposed to be the light of the world and if the world is in darkness, is it the world's fault?
It is inconceivable to me, absolutely inconceivable, that ANYONE, can see Christ as He is and not be changed! It might be for the worse, but changed, he will surely be. When the sons have been manifested they will become Christ's representatives on earth. That is, their lives will be a clear representation of what Christ, and therefore, God, is.
The Lord Himself will be as faithful to supply such instruments during this time as He has been to supply all else in Christ up to this time. These instruments or persons, will not be like those we have admired in the past; men of degree, station, ability, charisma, etc..
They will be as little regarded as was David and I'm sure you remember the story of David when Samuel came to anoint one of the sons of Jesse to become king. David wasn't even included in the first round of nominations. He wasn't even acknowledged as being a possible candidate for a throne. The reason for this? Because David didn't look the part. The first man Samuel had anointed king (Saul) surely fit the part. He stood head and shoulders above all others. Not David, and not those who will have part in this exalted ministry and rule. "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; ... for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart" –1 Samuel 16:7.
These vessels of the Lord will be most humble, but the Lord will dignify them with honor and priestly sovereignty so that those seeking a living word will be drawn to them, or rather, to the undeniable overflowing measure of Christ in them. As we look about us today we see the flock of the Lord scattered upon the hills and mountains of religion.
They are divided and in many cases isolated one from another because of the doctrinal fences that men have built in order to secure their own kingdoms and further their own personal agendas. But God will, through His sons, gather them out of all nations, out of all denominations, under one Head and into one fold.
Seeing therefore that these things must shortly come to pass, what manner of men (and women) ought we to be in all manner of conversation? Seeing that God will soon bring forth that for which all of creation now groans, and for which liberty, all long, we ought to desire to be among that number of the firstfruits unto Him that is risen from the dead that we might be one of those who will be His principal agents and representatives on earth.
Let me say here that this is NOT beyond the reach of the least of us. Because all that is needed for any to attain to this high calling of God in Christ, He has already supplied in Christ Jesus. He has not made these things ready for giraffes only, but for the lambs. And our inability to understand all these things will not hinder His giving them to us.
These are heart matters, not matters of the head. It is ours to apprehend that for which we have been apprehended of Christ. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, remember, He giveth more grace.
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