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Psalm 97:1

“Yehovah reigneth; let the earth rejoice let the multitude of the isles be glad.”

There can be no gospel that does not begin and end with the sovereignty of God. The glad tidings of great joy rest particularly upon the severity of the matter (sin), the validity of the condition, in that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and the need for deliverance for God has concluded all under sin. The act for which the message is proclaimed is exclusively the right of the judge in His application of the law according to the good pleasure of His will. If God be not sovereign over all then He has not the right to redeemed them that are condemned under the law. If He does not have complete power over all things then there is the distinct possibility that there may exist an area in which He is deficient to deliver those whom He has decreed should be delivered. If He be not King over all His creation, and there is nothing that exists outside, above or beyond His creation, then He has not the jurisdictional right to do with His according to the good pleasure of His will. The gospel of salvation begins before the foundation of the world when God purposed, decreed and completed all things that have been, are now and ever shall be in and of Himself, for His glory and honour.

The God of the universe reigns supreme over all that is. He is self-sufficient in Himself and all encompassing so that nothing comes to pass but according as He has purposed. He is the singularity of all things joined together in Him, without dissemination, dissension or delegation so that by Him, through Him and for Him all things were created and continue. He is ever present and never changes. His work is the same in the beginning as it is now and shall be when time shall be no more. Because He is immutable, His Word is also the same for how can there be any consistency between what He purposes and what He does but they be identical. He rules as King over all according to the purpose that He has purposed in Himself and therefore His Kingship and kingdom are unalterable. He is the great King over all the earth, the heavens declare His glory and the firmament shows forth His handywork (Ps. 19:1).

His word is the word of the King and there is power in all that He says, commands and proclaims. He spoke time and the cosmos into existence by the power of His will, He set the invisible thing of His creation as the testimony of His magnificence power and He established the times and habitations of all the children of Adam by the word of His mouth. His Word has gone forth and has accomplished His will on the earth as it is done in the heavens and nothing can influence or persuade Him for He answers to no one and is not a respecter of persons. The Word which He spoke came to pass without the assistance of any which He created for His creation was by the Word. His work bears no condition of compliance in order for His will to be done or contingencies unto completion.

The singularity of God incorporates all things in their entirety, including every thought, word and deed. He has afore ordained according to His impeccable‘before knowledge’ of all things that every event should transpire in an exact order with every necessary element required for compliance perfectly in place. It is because of this absolute perfection that He has caused all things to work together for good from generation to generation. This good is not for all mankind although He has decreed that the wrath of man shall praise Him while the remainder of that wrath He restrains. This good is for His name’s sake, which is His beloved, and not because of any good in man or benefit that Adam may bring before God.

He is all sufficient and lacks nothing. He does not become greater by the magnitude of the worship of man nor does He endure from age to age through the ignorant superstitions of man passed down through fables, customs or legions. His complete and perfect knowledge of all things is based upon the fact that He has purposed, designed, designated, empowered and performed everything, whatsoever comes to pass. Mankind, the environment in which he lives and the socio-economical conditions he daily strives with is all part and parcel to the express will of God.

He is the master builder of time and seasons which He has assigned to every event under heaven. He has no need to‘look ahead in time’ since He created time and is not under its control. There is no tomorrow in His presence as all these works were finished from before time was even created and to every event, whether they be thought, word or deed, there is a purpose. The purpose of God is unknown to His creation as every creature bows obsequiously to His commands. None can stay His hand or object to His decree and there is nothing in the heavens, in the earth or beneath the earth that can resist His will or counterman His commandments. This is the reign of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Yehovah is His name.

“...let the earth rejoice (tremble)...”

The people of the land follow each and every step that has been assigned unto them. They think the thoughts that they have been given and are drawn away after the needs and desires of the flesh. The Creator has filled their hearts and minds with the cares and business of this world wherein they live to exercise them in the vanity of the flesh. One generation passes away and another generation stands in their place as the cycle of life rolls on. Each day the sun rises and crosses the sky in precise time increments only to return the next morn and repeat his seemingly endless trek in the heavens. The wind, the rivers and all of creation is filled up with labours that cannot be explained by the limited intellect of man as the things which have been are the same as that which shall be and that which is finished is that which shall be done; there is no new things under the heavens.

Every child of Adam is inseparably connected to the dust of the earth. The need for food and shelter occupy the moments of the days. Man cannot rise above the all consuming necessities of the day in his life and has no understanding of the condition wherein Adam exists. Therefore, as the people of the land turn and tremble in a circle, there is none that desires forgiveness, there is none that seeks after righteousness and there in no one who can find out the works which the Eternal God has completed from the beginning.

If the gospel were an offer of salvation to Adam and his seed, no one would accept it because; “they that are whole have no need of the physician” (Mk. 2:17). Therefore the preaching of the cross and the shed blood for the remission of sin is foolishness to them that perish; “and of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind you should have no sin: but now you say, We see, therefore you sin remains” (John 9:40).

“...let the multitudes of the isles be glad.”

The island is an isolated portion of land that stands alone from the waters around it. This is the representation of the children of the Kingdom of God who are in the world but not of the world. They have been chosen in the Anointing from before the foundation of the world to be partakers of flesh and blood during a particular time period and for a specific purpose. These are made separate by the work of God when He, from the same lump of clay, formed a vessel afore prepared unto the glory of being the receptacle of the incorruptible seed. Though for a time they walk according to the god of this world, that spirit that works in the children of disobedience, yet in the time appointed of the Father, He reveals Himself in them.

During this time of ignorance the Spirit of God groans within this earthen vessel with groanings and utterances which Adam cannot hear. The incorruptible seed has been made subject to the vanity of this world and the bondage of the corruption of the flesh and even though the hope within has not yet been revealed yet “it is hard for you to kick against the pricks” (Acts. 9:5). But and when the light of His countenance is made known unto His little children they rejoice that they are subjects of the King of the Universe who has manifested His mercy and love unto them. This is not a love based upon works of righteousness which have or ever could be performed by the body of this death. It is based upon the eternal love of the Father for His children, that perpetual love of the Bridegroom for His wife which is the love He has for His own body.

“Zion heard and was glad and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, Yehovah” (97:8).

The gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is not for the world to hear, accept or reject. It is the Word of God unto the children of praise as His messenger proclaims what He has done. The theology and rhetoric of Adam preaches the need for his children to come unto God and ask for His salvation in order to receive it, but He said, “I am found by them that sought Me not” (Is. 65:1). The doctrine of man proclaims that once he has secured this boon at the anxious bench before God then he must be diligent never to loose that which is so precious to him. He continues to assert that he must do something either to obtain the blessing of the Lord or to retain them but the Sovereign of the Universe has blessed His people with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies (Eph. 1:3). The labours of the arm of the flesh cannot add anything to this marvelous wonder and the inability of Adam to measure up to the Holiness of God cannot diminish the perfection of Holiness which He has granted His Bride to be adorned with. Herein is comfort for those who dwell in the land (isles) and the frustration of futility to the natural man (earth).

The gospel is proclaimed by the mouth of God when He says to the nations, “Yehovah reigns” (Ps. 96:10). He is rightly praised when it is said that He has clothed Himself with strength and majesty and because of this nothing can move the earth or His throne (Ps. 93:1). Herein is the comfort of the strangers and sojourners as they wonder in this waste howling wilderness for the Word of the King speaks unto them, “lift up your voice with strength, lift up be not afraid, say to the cities of Judah, Behold you God” (Is. 40: 9).

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude and as the voice of many waters and as the voice of mighty thunderings saying, Alleluia for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honour to Him for the marriage of the Lamb is come and His wife has made herself ready; and to her it was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints” (Rev. 19:6).

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 21, 2014