“For behold the day coming, burning like a fire-pot, and all the arrogant will be and all that do wickedly, chaft, and they will set ablaze the coming day, says, Yehovah of hosts, which shall not leave to them root or branch.”
The theology of man is saturated with the speculations and conjectures of that coming day of the Lord when the end shall be manifested. Many chronological lines have been established occupying copious amount of time have been expended in attempt to pin-point the end of time which the Lord Himself told the disciples; “it is not given unto you to know the times or seasons, which my Father has put in His power” (Acts. 1:7).
This was in response to the question about the restoration of the kingdom of Israel which is generally accepted to be the prelude to the end of time as we know it; thus at the time when the kingdom is restored it is speculated that the final chapter would be unfolding. This and many other derivations of this premise are the foundation upon which the prognostication of future events rests, for which many would call into question the fellowship of the companions of the pasture being not of ‘like precious faith’. Like the disciples of old, many are more concerned with the conjectures concerning future events rather than the attention to the current events as they unfold along the path that is walked.
Jesus told the gathering in the place of assembly (synagogue) that the Spirit of Yehovah was upon Him to preach the “acceptable year of Yehovah” (Luke 4:19). This quote, which the Prophet Isaiah was given almost 500 years earlier, proclaims that this anointing was already in existence unto the glory of Yehovah God, who, being eternal and unchangeable, is not influenced or restricted to time. The time of acceptance of Yehovah is as His will is performed bringing all things harmoniously together for good to them that love Him. Thus from the beginning, the day of Yehovah is manifested as the heavens declare His glory and the firmament shows forth His handiwork.
The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah came in the fullness of time, when all things required were fulfilled and completed, that the work of God, which was finished before the founding of the world, might be made manifest. He came not to usher in a new dispensation of time but to indicate that the promise of the Father to His people, elect according to the foreknowledge of God and chosen in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah before the founding of the world, was finished in Him. The Beloved had put all His enemies under His footstool, as revealed in the passage of time, the extent of the kingdom was from the rising of the sun to the roaring of the nations, kindreds, tribes and tongues and from the borders of the fortified defenses (Egypt) to the ‘breaking forth in fruitfulness’ (Euphrates) and peace was manifested in the righteousness of Messiah. This was the promise of God to David as the Temple of God was revealed in the Anointing, which is His body, His Beloved bride and ‘the general assembly of the called out assembly of the First-born, which are written in heaven’ (Heb. 12:23); the promise which Solomon announced was complete without limitations; “and Yehovah has performed His word that he spoke and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit upon the throne of Israel, as Yehovah has promised, and have built an house for the name of Yehovah God of Israel” (I Kings 8:20).
Was Solomon in error? It is true that every son of Adam is a liar and the truth is not to be found in them, but was the King of peace in error when he proclaimed that the promise given to David was fulfilled? If not, which indeed he was not, then the kingdom of the Beloved was raised up in the kingdom of Peace being an eternal kingdom. Now Solomon is no longer among the inhabitants of this world and the house of Israel has been left desolate for this was the word of the Lord unto Jerusalem as “in the midst of the week He caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease and for the overspreading of abomination, He made desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured out upon the desolate” (Dan. 9:27).
When the perfect sacrifice for sin was manifested in the fullness of time by the crucifixion of the Lamb of God which took away the sin of the nations (the mystery of the gospel that was hid from the beginning) the handwriting of ordinances of the ministration of condemnation was nailed to the cross with Him and abolished. There remains no need for the type of the ministration of death for the light of that glory has faded away. The New Covenant reveals the hidden inability of the natural man, making evident the vanity of this world and uncleanness of the ways of Adam. Thus the covenant which the Anointed confirmed with His people was a covenant of life and peace finished in Him. It is not based upon the blood of bulls and goats, the observance of days and seasons or the statutes, limitations and corruption of the type in the Law of Moses for these vanish with the user.
The acceptable year of Yehovah is when He saw the travail of His soul and was well pleased that the debt had been satisfied by He who endured the contradiction of sin against Himself. He who knew no sin became the sin of His people in Adam and removed it into an uninhabited land, as far as the east is from the west, never to be called into account again. Thus from the beginning, as the Lamb stood being slain from the founding of the world, the Salvation of Yehovah is upon His Beloved. He is pleased with her works being accepted in the Beloved for “we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which He has afore ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). His chastening hand is upon His Beloved as the children become partakers of flesh and blood as they grow in grace and knowledge of His will.
“My son, do not despise the chastening of Yehovah neither be weary of His corrections” (Prov. 3:11)
The love of God for His children, whom He has made subject to the vanity of this world by reason of hope, is the revelation of the nature, characteristics and impotence of the natural man. He has ordained that this process be enacted and accomplished through a constant pressing down upon His children through the cares of life and the needs of this earthen vessel. These tribulations are the proving of he who endures with God Being Israel, and he who cannot endure with God being natural. The natural man neither knows God nor delights in retaining God in his mind. God has given the carnal mind to be incapable to ‘stand the test’ (reprobate) having his “eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, beguiling and unstable souls and an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children” (II Pt. 2:14); thusly the natural man is perishing. God has placed His incorruptible seed within an earthen vessel which cannot measure up to the perfection of holiness having afore prepared it unto glory. His love for His people is manifested in the demonstration this to them each and every moment of the time of their habitation.
He has chosen His people in the furnace of affliction, not to torment them with pain and agony, but to refine them as silver and consume the wood, hay and stubble of the natural existence (Is. 48:10). He has made Edom, being completely deceived by the pride of his heart, to be the stubble before the fire of the house of praise (Judah) and the flame of the next son (Joseph) (Ob. 17). The redeemed of the nation of Israel as well as the redeemed of the Lord of every kindred, tribe, nation and tongue of this world, comprising the body of the Anointed, are the conflagration which consumes the works of man (I Cor. 3:13), the arrogance of the flesh and the house of the wicked (Job 21:18). The seed of the fullness of the Godhead is the fire that devours that which is full dry before His people in that day of darkness and gloominess (Joel 2:2). The world before them appears as the Garden of Eden until it please the Father to open the eyes of the blind but once they have been awakened to the presence of the Father the fire of His glory consumes before them. That in which they found comfort and security now appears as the wilderness that it truly is for; ‘behold the day is come, said Yehovah God, that I wills end a famine in the land, not a famine of bread nor of thirst for water, but of hearing the Word of God” (Amos 8:11). Since the natural man does not have the eyes to see nor the ears to hear that which it is unlawful for a man to utter, so this house of dust; “does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14).
The Messenger of Yehovah came forth to proclaim that time was filled up and complete and that the furnace, which He had lovingly prepared for His people, was for good. He preached the ‘glad tidings of great joy’ as a light unto the nations and the glory of His people Israel. The salvation of His people is established firm and sure in the Beginning, which is Messiah, and He has called them “with an holy calling, not according to our work, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began but now is made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Tim. 1:9).
Thus the day is come; that acceptable time of Yehovah. The furnace of affliction specifically prepared and reserved for each member of His body as they sojourn in these earthen vessels, is burning and consuming the pride of the heart which has deceived the natural man and the uncleanness of the labours of the arm of the flesh. This refiner’s fire is proving the faith within which is glorious, brilliant and above value for is that treasure hid within the field and the pearl of great price. This time is not optional nor is it negotiable for God has afore ordained that it is both necessary and good for His people. The consumption is also so complete that there “shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau, for Yehovah has spoken” (Ob. 18). The flame is set in both intensity and precision so as to consume the impurities of the flesh as the outward man perishes in the flame. This also reveals the contradiction of sin to the seed within as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will.
“...that it should leave neither root nor branch”
No flesh shall stand in the presence of Almighty God for the kingdom is not of this world (Jn. 18:36) neither shall flesh and blood inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor. 15:50). When Jesus came to the fig tree, which symbolized the nation of Israel, He found no fruit, therefore He cursed it saying, “Let no fruit grow on you henceforth for ever” (Matt. 21:19). The tree immediately withered away for it had neither root nor branch. This is not an indictment against people of any nationality but rather an indication that the type as set forth in the nation of Israel was no more; thus there is no fruit in man. The salvation of Yehovah had come to fulfill every type and foreshadow as He fulfilled the Law in righteousness.
When Jesus explained the parable of the seed and the sower to His disciples, He openly professed that any who cannot endure the tribulation (pressing) or persecution, which arises because of the Word of God being offended and fades away, is because they have no root. When those who are overcome by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and they become unfruitful (Matt. 13:21f). Jesus is not instructing the disciples to look down and judge others but rather to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. He did give the instructions that the children of the kingdom shall know the children of this world by their fruits but this is to be introspective in nature. That which has no root in the matter of spiritual things is of this world and the fruit of the field cannot sustain or satisfy the children born from above.
The fire of His presence in His people is to consume both root and branch of man for the grapes thereof are wild (Is. 5:4), that no flesh should glory in His presence.
“But unto you that fear My name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings and you shall go forth and grow up as calves or the stall”
The consuming fire that was seen at the burning bush by Moses and at Mt. Sinai by the children of Israel is Yehovah God. The indwelling of Immanuel in His people means that the fire is burning in them consuming the natural which is unprofitable in the kingdom of God. This fire was fearful to those who looked upon it; Moses was not permitted to approach unto it unless he put off his shoes for this was Holy ground and the people of Israel recoiled in fear at the sight and sounds of the consuming fire but our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29).
When the king was enraged because the young men refused to bow down and worship his image, the form of his visage was changed against Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He commanded the fires be stoked and the furnace made exceedingly hot so that it slew those men that took these three to certain death yet the flames had no power nor influence over them for they were sons of God. So it is that the intense flame of the Refiner’s fire shall have no power over the children of the kingdom. This flame shall heal them from the incurable wound that is in Adam as it completely consumes first the old man and then the outward tabernacle of this dwelling.
Is this unto who-so-ever wills or for those who come unto Jesus for forgiveness? Is this reserved for those who surrender all and make Him lord and master over their lives? Or is it only to the elite who have taken dominion over their sin, naming and claiming the promises of God and procuring His blessings through obedience? No it is unto ALL that fear that name which is given above every name; the name, Salvation of Yehovah, whereby His people are delivered.
Only those unto whom the Father has revealed Himself being taught of the Spirit truly know the reverence of God and His holiness. They understand what the perfection of holiness is being taught of His Spirit and they know that in the flesh they have no right to assume that they are children of the King. As the light of His countenance shines forth in their hearts, not the heart of stone wherein is the guilt of rebellion, but in the heart of flesh wherein His law is written, the darkness of the ways of man is illuminated as the wretched man is revealed. They find that those things wherein they had confidence, being of the flesh, have been shown to be abominable before God and those things which were esteemed profitable are now revered as dung.
The words ‘given’ of the prophet of God (Nathan), being completely subjective to the Beloved through the illumination of the Sun of righteousness, have shown them that, in the flesh, they have sinned against God. They have failed to ‘hit the mark’ of His holiness for in their flesh dwells not good thing and though they would do good, yet they find evil is present. They are shown that this pressing of God upon them works patience, which is a fruit of the Spirit of God. This patience is necessary for the endurance of the proving experiences (trials) which the Father has ordained as a means to comfort others in any kind of trouble (II Cor. 1:2) and for hope. This hope is not a wishful thought which is easily shattered being built upon the experiences of man; it is the earnest expectation of the imminent return to the homeland, Jerusalem from above. It is the unbridled confidence in the faithfulness of God who can neither change nor deny Him; upon this immutability is His promise fixed and is an anchor to the soul.
This hope is not speculative; it is substantial in the fullness of God. It is the good pleasure of the Father to give the kingdom to His children and He has given each of them this hope through the subjection of the vanity of this existence (Rms. 8:20). They are delivered from the wrath of God, which is poured out upon the ungodliness of man (not the ungodly men as the Pharisee concluded) by the blood of the Lamb and they are delivered by this hope; “but hope that is seen is not hope, for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?” (8:24).
The natural instincts of the flesh constantly seek for the tangible proof of this deliverance as a relief from the confusion and uncertainty of this existence. It looks to the environment wherein it emanates to see the evidence of improvement with the hope that one day it will be completed. God however, created man complete and although the earth is prepared to supply the needs of man yet it cannot sustain him free him from his nature or prevent him from returning unto the dust from whence he came.
The redeemed of Yehovah go in and out in the way of righteousness by faith. They are scattered about from generation to generation yet they are all attended to in a specific manner to bring them through each evil generation. They are preserved in the salvation of Yehovah, kept safe in the hands of Almighty God from whence no man can remove or dislodge and, being set apart unto the good works God has assigned, they are accordingly equipped. Each is fed by the Bread of life which proceeds from the mouth of God having their thirst quenched by living waters; thus they “go forth, growing up as calves in the stall”. They are never left to themselves and though from time to time the flesh is empowered to show forth its true nature, the grace of God sustains them as they run the race with patience.
“And you shall tread down the wicked for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I do, saith Yehovah of Hosts”
The children of grace have been granted to overcome the wicked one by the blood of the Lamb because salvation and strength and the kingdom of God is come and the power of His Anointed; for the accuser of the brethren is cast down, which accuses them day and night, and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives unto death” (Rev. 12:10).
The enemies of Israel were put under the feet of David in type of the supreme sovereignty of God who has made all His enemies His footstool. Since the inveterate foes of the Master are subdued, so also are they under the feel of His children, though for a time they do not see it as such. Yet the wicked, which is the seed of Adam and Esau, is the servant of the children for good; “I write unto, little children, because your sin is forgiven for His name’s sake. I write unto, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because you have known the Father. I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because you are strong and the Word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one” (I John 2:12ff).
The strength of the house of Jacob is not in the arm of the flesh for they do not wrestle against flesh and blood. The impudent nature of the arrogance of man is the pride by which he has been deceived to think himself god; but the children of grace are the sons of God being born from above. The god of this world is the servant of the Most High God who leads the great piercing serpent about with hooks in his jaw. The sheep of His pasture are not called upon to rid the land of the evil beast; that is His doing. He has worked all their works for them; “for it is God that works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13) therefore in the time which the Father manifests this work in them they understand that the dust of the earth is beneath their feet even though it does not yet appear that way.
Thus according to a common deliverance and like precious faith, the children find solace in the fellowship of the holy ones of God in hope of the final deliverance form the body of this death. They have loved one to another because the love of God is shed abroad in their heart as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will.
“Remember the Law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, the statutes and judgments”
The first and greatest commandment is to love Yehovah you God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. The second is like unto the first and upon these two hangs the fullness of the Law (Matt. 22:27ff)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 4, 2017