This was written back in ’07, but I feel to post this here now, for your edification. — D
Quite a while ago, the Lord spoke a word to me that He was going to “strike the tops of the pillars of religion until the threshold shakes.” Now I’m not an architect or engineer, but as I understand it, the threshold of a doorway is usually the strongest part of a building, so when something happens to a building whereby even “the threshold shakes,” you can be pretty sure that that building is coming down!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a strong sense that some of the walls of religion are even now cracking in the shaking of the day, and that many of those walls are soon to come down altogether under the weight of revelation of truth that God is now bringing forth to His elect.
Men have painted a gross caricature of God because of their intellectual acquiescence to certain religious doctrines and traditions of men, but that too shall soon be utterly destroyed as the highest revelation of the knowledge of God ever known to man is brought forth. This revelation, beloved, will not only expose much of the carnal and misguided teachings and traditions of the church today, but this revelation of truth shall also DRAW a remnant people OUT and AWAY from Babylon’s crumbling walls – where these people can be taught and trained by the Lord Himself.
Our God and Father desires to have a people in which He can fully manifest Himself to the world, and He shall surely have that. Yes. God Himself is even now preparing a remnant people as vessels of honor in which He can dwell in Spirit in a way that the sons of men have never known before (in a way that has only been revealed in Jesus Christ). This that I describe to you is the ministry of the “seventh day,” and is that which will carry on all throughout the Age of Tabernacles until ALL MEN are fully turned in their hearts to the Lord.
This “ministry” of which I speak to you today is laid out for us in the following passage of scripture (from the book of Micah)…
“But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and the people shall flow into it. And many nations shall come, and say, come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (4:1-2)
We are entering a time, beloved saints, when a remnant of God’s people are going to be caught up into such an awareness and consciousness and understanding of God and His deep spiritual truths, that they shall be changed into His very likeness by the revelation (note: when the apostle John heard the voice like that of a trumpet say to him, “Come up here,” [Rev. 4] he was being beckoned to come to a higher spiritual place so that he could see things from a higher spiritual perspective. John did not get “raptured” away physically, and this too is what God is doing with some people today; beckoning them to come up higher so that they might see HIM more clearly).
When we SEE Him, friends, we become like Him, and the Lord now desires to give His people such a tremendous revelation of Himself that THEY BECOME that “Mountain of the House of the Lord” that shall be raised up above all other “mountains and hills” (those being the religions of the world and other worldly systems of government). This is God’s plan to draw all nations of the world to Himself. Do you realize that, friends? This means that WE ARE NOW in a very critical time for Christians, for it is a time in which they must be willing to let go of all of their religious preconceptions about God so that they can move on into the place where they can actually BEHOLD HIM! (as my brother Peter Demetris says, “Are you hearing me?”).
“And it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him for we shall see him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)
It is in SEEING Him as HE IS that we become like Him, beloved. The word that is used for “appear” and “appears” above is the Greek word “phaneroo,” which by the way, means to “reveal or make known.” In the context that it is used in the above passage of scripture it does not describe a physical manifestation of something as much as it does A REVELATION OF SOMETHING. Are you hearing me? (LOL). If you allow me to paraphrase what John is saying in the light of what the Spirit is also saying in this day, I believe this verse could be translated like this;
“It is not yet revealed or made known what we shall be when Christ is fully manifested in a people, but we know that when He is revealed or made known to us by His Spirit (not by the traditions of men), in that way we are made like Him, for it is by the revelation of Himself that He changes us into His very image and likeness.”
Let me just end this here by saying that we become like the God (or god) that we worship, and that many people today are misrepresenting the true and living God because they worship a god of religion; a god formed and fashioned by the understanding of carnal minded men. God desires a people who can fully EXPRESS Him, beloved ones, and that can only happen when we SEE HIM AS REALLY HE IS! — D
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PS — I was going to end this here, but I just received an e-mail from a brother which I’m going to tack on at the end here. Without much comment on this, I give to you his response to something that I said about the coming of the devil to “rob and kill and destroy us” as being something that is also the “coming of the Lord” to us, in that the Lord uses even the works of the adversary (which are intended by Satan to harm us) to bring us to LIFE ABUNDANT IN CHRIST (John 10:10). Our Father really is SOVERIEGN. In knowing this, we CAN really rest in ANY situation.
Here’s what my brother Chris just wrote to me about this. I’m sharing this with you now because through what this brother has to say – you should be able to SEE GOD. I did.
Good morning …
David, that is so true … PERSPECTIVE is really what this whole thing is about. God is changing our perspectives to see things (everything) the way he sees it. In this way we are changed and transformed.
We know that already, but the issue is exactly what God’s perspectives really are. There is so, so much truth in the scripture that says his ways and thoughts are far, far above the unredeemed mind.
You just wrote that the Lord can and will give us life abundant THROUGH the very coming of the enemy intended to destroy us (e.g., Joseph and others). David, that kind of thinking doesn’t come from the unredeemed mind. That can only come from God. The natural mind can’t understand how sin, death and so on can and are the very things that will ultimately give us victory! It is THROUGH these things we are being birthed into the living and glorious hope of God. Without the pressures and contractions of these things, immortality cannot be born!
I’m just now getting to a place in my life and my perspectives of our Father to finally see that there is absolutely NOTHING that is my enemy. It’s all just a season and in the most sovereign sense, all by design to teach, mold and train me. This isn’t just about overt sin, but because it makes the example so clearly I continue to speak about it: if I’m caught in a sin, a season of sin, or anything along this line, I now perceive that I’m safe with God and this is just something I am passing through. Furthermore, I now look at it as my friend and helper because in its manifestation there is the always needful uncovering of all that is dark within me so His light can shine completely and thoroughly within. I don’t fear it as though it will cut me off from God – I now see it as the very thing that will take me closer to God. In essence, there is NOTHING that can manifest in my life, no matter how good or bad it may be, that isn’t 100% a tool and process of my father to serve the eternal work of bringing me into perfect union with my Father! This is so amazing and is the very thing that can begin to breath such comfort and peace, even in the midst of the very things that from an external perspective would appear to be abominable to God (not to say they aren’t abominable to Him, or myself for that matter). In this way is one fulfillment of his “setting a table in the presence of my enemies.”
Love to you, friend …