“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together unto Him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or troubled, neither by spirit, or by word, nor by letter as from us, that that day of Christ is at hand.”
Dogmatic speculation of the future events is a large and profitable commodity of the religion of Adam, not only because of the wonder of delving into the mysteries of time and the universe, but also because of the willingness of the natural ears to hear such pontifications and conjectures. These two, coupled together, make for the fertile fields of Mars Hill where man is assembled to hear and speak something new; a place where vague hypotheses can be cultivated together with a doctor of divinity degree from anywhere to produce a fantastic presentation that fills the seats and the coffers.
Endless lectures and volumes of writings have been dedicated to the pursuit of uncovering the hidden things of God and His kingdom, yet they all fail miserably because of the two primary ingredients necessary for the understanding of the wonders and vastness of His domain. The first is the ability of man to know such things. The natural cognitive and emotional characteristics of Adam are devoid of both the desire to know the truth and the ability to recognize it when confronted by it. That which may be known of God, both His power and His glory, have been openly manifested in the creation so that the invisible things of the Creator are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead (Rms. 1:20). The natural man, however, is not capable of knowing these things because God has filled his mind with the cares of this world and the needs of the flesh. Even though man lives, moves and has his being in God’s masterful creation, yet he cannot see, discover or know the work which God has done from the beginning.
The other essential ingredient to the knowledge of the truth is the work of God upon and in His people. Those who have been born from above have the testimony of the Spirit of truth within. This Spirit of the Most High communes with the spirit of the children of grace, for they are indeed one in the same, not according to the abilities of the flesh but from faith to faith. This teaching of the ‘breath of God’ is undetectable to the human ear and incoherent to the natural mind but it is the word of God whereby each of His children live; “for man shall not live by bread alone but by ever word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4).
Every child of Adam is devoid of the Spirit of God and every child of God is completely separate from the flesh of man. The natural man cannot hear the Word of God since Adam is not a child of grace thus the Word of God is not for him. Since Adam has not the Spirit he is none of God’s, though he is part of His creation; “that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.
God has afore prepared an earthen vessel for His seed to dwell in, yet the seed and the vessel never mix, for there is enmity between them. That which is spiritual cannot become carnal and that which is of the earth cannot become ethereal. The chosen vessel has been anointed with the shed blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world as an identifying mark just as the Egyptian shanties in Goshen were marked wherein the children of Israel dwelt. The recompense for the sin of Adam has been paid by that same precious blood and the inside of the house has been purged from all leaven so that the incorruptible seed could not be contaminated by the dead body; but Adam is not changed. Nicodemus was correct in asking; “How can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (John 3:4), for each son of Adam is appointed a time of habitation.
Thus the cumulative wisdom of man with the combined superstitions of ignorance and the postulations of the learnings of ‘science falsely called’ could never properly investigate, understand or explain the ways of God and the prime indicator of his inability is found in his theology. Since man cannot comprehend God or eternity it is inconceivable that his theology could contain anything less than speculative conjectures based completely upon his natural existence. Since he does not have the mind of God, knows not His ways and cannot confer with His eternal Will then what more could be expected than to hear of a God who needs the help of the creature to perform His will, the assistance of the dust of the earth to win souls to God and the good intentions of institutes of higher education to explain His love for His Beloved; for whom He created all things.
“For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy with him also of a contrite and humble spirit and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Is. 57:15)
The ever present eternal nature of God demands that there can be nothing new or exciting about Yehovah God for He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His love is eternal and His immutability is the foundation of assurance for His people; because He cannot change, the children of Promise cannot be consumed, even though as the Spirit reveals, they know they stand guilty in Adam before Yehovah God. He cannot do anything that is contrary to His will, which He has purposed in Himself to do, as He causes all things to come to pass by the counsel of that will.
There is no time in eternity for time was created and set in motion by the Creator in the beginning. He set the lights in the heavens to divide the night from the day, for “signs and seasons and for days and years” (Gen. 1:14) and though ‘time and chance happen to all of creation’ yet with Him all is ever present and finished.
Time began when the voice of God said, “let there be light” to serve as the stage on which the events of the manifestation of His creation, prescribed of God, came to pass in their appointed place, magnitude and succession. It does not, however, have any command, control or influence upon the Ancient of Days for He is the Master over everything; ruling by His great power over all flesh, His will is performed on the earth as it is in heaven. Is there any who can oppose His will in heaven or stay His hand? Is there one who dwells outside of the realm of God who does not answer to His eternal decree? Is His kingdom from everlasting or is it yet to come? And has there ever been a time (which is only possible in creation) when God and His people were separated?
He is Omnipotent and He reigns supreme and though the ignorance of Adam may speculate about the power of his ‘free will’, calling the sovereign decrees of God ‘unfair’ or the effect of his duties assuming that his actions effect the world rather than being a result of His decree, yet the Word of the King is also ever present. He turns the hearts of men as the rivers of waters, withersoever He wills making them passively willing to perform that which He has decreed as necessary, for “God has put it in their hearts to fulfill His will and to agree and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the Word of God be fulfilled” (Rev. 17:17).
“We beseech you brethren...”
This address is unto those of like precious faith who have the testimony of the Spirit of God unto the answer of a good conscience before the Lord. The doctrines of Adam have gone into the market places and beating the hedges of the byways and highways have assembled many people together with the promise that one day the Lord will return for them. This is set forth as incentive for obedience as under the watchful eye of their ‘jesus’ who is not watching over them but rather spying on them to see their evils, they are through fear of retribution, instructed what to wear, who to associate with and the means and methods of living a righteous life.
The testimony of the children of the Israel of our God begins with such actions and ambitions but it continues with numerous failures, copious amounts of fear and an ever-present reality of the uncleanness of their ways. While the religious fellow bondsman and labourers speak of the lives they are living for the anointed and the victories they have won, the children of hope find the labours of this world tiresome, the burdens unbearable and the battles lost. They attest to the fact that they have tried the ways of man and though for a brief moment they may have been elated by the stimulants of false praise and admiration, yet this, like the light of Moses’ face, faded away quickly, leaving their end worse than their beginning.
Thus the testimony of truth is that in this flesh dwells no good thing as the law of the members brings the body of this death into the bondage of the law of sin. They find that the lineage of Adam is a heritage of inabilities as the cursed children have eyes full of adulteries which cannot cease from ‘missing the mark’. And to compound the brief of this vanity upon the soul of the children of hope, the natural man and his ways continue to strive for the mastery, with varying degrees of failures, being deceived to conclude that he has done a good work for the Lord. This is the common condition of every child of grace as, in the time pleasing unto the Father, their eyes are opened to see that they are of the ‘hot’ passions of the disgraceful nature of Ham. They were brought forth in the place of their nativity among the common people of the land which are easily ‘humbled and subdued’ by everything of the world because God has put the things of this world in their minds that they may be ‘brought low’ in their ‘zeal’ (Canaan). Their father is a speaker of great swelling words that are pleasing to the itching ears but which speak great blasphemy against God, “opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he, as God, sits in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is god”.
This Temple of God is the children of His habitation wherein God dwells with man. The fullness of the Godhead dwells within His people, for this is His body, and the man of sin, though sought after and identified by many of the theologians as the current politician, dictator or other potentate, is that same one who in the garden of Eden, sought to be like God as he took and did eat of the fruit of the tree. This man of sin is manifested in each child of the dust and having eyes opened by the grace of God, the children identify him, the evil of his ways and his guilt before God. This guilt is not placed in holding as the laundry list of improprieties is compounded to be held against the children of hope someday when they stand before a great white throne to answer for their actions, these works are identified as the fuel for consumption of the Refiner’s fire, as every man’s work is being made manifest by the light of day.
The children of Israel wandered for forty years through the wilderness; a cloud preceded them during the day and a pillar of fire accompanied them every night. The darkness of the night was made bright and revealed by the glory of the in-folding fire which never diminished. So the Refiner’s Fire, consuming the residue of Edom, reveals the truth concerning Adam to the children of grace. This teaches that it is not by the might, nor the strength of the arm of the flesh, said Yehovah of Hosts, but by My Spirit and as the children grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, the light of His glory shinning brighter and brighter in their hearts, so they see the vileness of man and the wretchedness of his ways.
“...by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ...”
The daily testimony does not end in the despair of the corruption of man. This constant revelation causes the child to cry unto the Father for forgiveness as they confess their sin and deliverance from the body of this death. This hope cannot exist without the tutorial of experience concerning sin and helplessness. Indeed their father was an Amorite (sayer) but their mother was a Hittite, a child of fear. This fear is painfully experienced in the flesh as the righteous Law of God is taught by the Spirit within but the love of God casts away all fear, as that same Spirit causes the children to walk by faith, keeping the statutes and precepts of the perfect Law.
The ever-present testimony of the indwelling of the Anointing, the Comforter, the Master in the fullness of Emmanuel, is not governed by time for now is the Tabernacle of God with men. The anticipation of each pilgrim and stranger in this foreign land is that when the time of this habitation is concluded, the veil of time shall be lifted, every man in his order, and we shall see Him as He is. But the reality of truth is that every child, being One in Him, is risen up together in Him and is seated in the heavenlies, adorned in the righteousness of the saints, which is His imputed righteousness, singing His praised forevermore.
His kingdom is and though the eyes of man cannot see the King in all His beauty seated upon His throne yet the testimony of peace is that being justified by His faith, the children of hope have peace with God. This hope is the assurance in the finished work of God in which the guilt and rebellion of Adam have been satisfied. It is the evidence of His eternal love which cannot be altered or diminished by what man may do or by what thoughts, words or deeds proceed from the wickedness of the flesh and the earnest anticipation of being absent from this body and present with the Lord. There, having laid down the tabernacle of this dwelling, and seeing Him in the beauty of His Holiness, His Beloved bows in submission before Him who alone is worthy.
The reality of existence, wherein the cares of this world are paramount in the eyes of the flesh, is the jurisdiction of time but the governorship of time and the daily events in the life of the children of the King cannot alter the reality of the present status of His Kingdom. When the thief on the cross petitioned the Savior to remember him when He came into His kingdom, Jesus answered and said “Today, shall you be with Me in paradise” giving clear evidence that the kingdom existed; yet Jesus also instructed His disciples to pray that the Kingdom of God was to come for the two are true.
He is the King of the Universe seated and ruling over His kingdom wherein the inhabitants of this world are accounted as nothing as His will is done. He is the King of peace in Jerusalem from above who sits as both King and Priest having the counsel of peace between them both (Zech. 6:13). He has redeemed His people making them a kingdom of priests unto God offering up the sacrifice of praise and the offering of thanksgiving for His love and His good work which He has done. Yet while in the habitation of the earthen vessels, these kings and priests are ambassadors of the Kingdom in this foreign land. They are gathered together by the Spirit to speak of great things which God has done for them and, according to the love of the fellow inhabitants of the pasture, to lift up the feeble hands and, bearing one another’s burdens, comforting them which are in any trouble.
“That you be not soon shaken in mind, or troubled; neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of the Lord is present”
The children of hope were not afraid that they had missed the ‘rapture’ or the so called ‘second coming of the Lord’; they were taught that the day of Yehovah was to be manifested, as Jesus taught the disciples, in the destruction of Jerusalem. This was the time when the wrath of God was to be made evident in the events of time as foretold by that Prophet who should come among them as a sign of His return. Yet there were those who taught it as a time of fear that the children may be caught up in the destruction, even as it is taught today.
The Spirit has given His word to the children who have ears to hear, that the time of His coming shall be as a thief in the night wherein no man has made preparations or made himself ready; “but you brethren are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are the children of light and the children of the day; we are not of the night nor of the darkness” (I Thes. 5:4). This is the time when the final judgment of God is signified upon the flesh as death is swallowed up in victory; the tabernacle of this dwelling is put off and the child of the King is revealed in the glory of the resurrection. Each one, every man in his order, shall be manifested to be sons of God by the spirit of holiness, in the power of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah who is the resurrection and the life of His people. Wherefore, comfort one another that though they suffer persecutions and tribulations, which are the manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, for each child is blessed to be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you suffer.
Many have devised numerous theories and conjectures as to how and when these things shall be but the testimony is sufficient; “But I would not have you ignorant, brethren , concerning them which are asleep, that you do not sorrow, even as others which have no hope; for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him; for this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which sleep; for the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel and with the trump of God (both signifying the voice of Yehovah God) and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in that air and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thes. 4:13ff).
Therefore, brethren of like precious faith and in hope of the end of our time of this habitation, do not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine which speculate that THE resurrection which is Jesus Christ, is past or be encumbered with the doubts and fears of when it shall be. The voice of the Master goes forth in His appointed hour and the dead hear His voice and live. His sheep also hear His voice and follow Him; another’s voice they shall not hear nor follow after the false shepherd and charlatans of this world; the natural man may if that is the path assigned unto him, but His precious little flock can never hear another. These things must be as the foundation of His Kingdom stands sure for the Lord knows them which are His and all that the Father has given to Him were raised up together in Him from before the foundation of the world; they are risen up and translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of life during the time of this habitation and they shall be raised up when time has finished its duties.
“Let no man deceive you by any means for except there come a falling away first and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitting in the Temple of God shows himself that he is God” (2:3)
The doctrine of Adam strives to lead by diversion calling to the hearers to look here and look there, trying to find and identify this man of sin. Many religious, social and governmental people have been branded with this label but as they have lived and died, so the mystery of iniquity still works. After these men and women have passed a new target is set as the Pharisees of this world look to prove themselves holy by pointing at the next victim and thanking God that they are not like his one.
The man of sin who resides in the temple of Yehovah is Adam in this earthen vessel. He strove to gain the knowledge of good and evil in the garden for it would make him like God. He accused God saying, “the woman which You gave me did eat” and, after attempting to make a covering for his nakedness, he never admitted his guilt. The Temple of the Lord cannot be the Jerusalem which is from above for nothing may enter there who loves and makes a lie neither can any abomination be found in Her.
Thus as the Spirit of God teaches His children the perfect Law of Liberty in the Anointed One, He shows them the vileness of the man and the corruption of his abomination before the Lord. The brighter the light of His glory shines in the heart of His people, the more the man of sin is exposed and the son of destruction is manifested. The children of hope see these things and they hate themselves in the flesh as they remember their own evil ways and their doings that are not good; thus they learn that in them, that is in their flesh, dwells no good thing and acknowledge “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death. I thank God through The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah our Master”
The churches at the time of Paul were awaiting the destruction of the edifice in Jerusalem and they saw it in their generation. The children of hope are awaiting the destruction of the tabernacle of Edom by the consuming fire of the Lord for when that is complete, then we shall see Him as He is for we shall be like Him. We walk by faith not by sight!
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 4, 2018