“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified by His angel unto His servant John.”
The speculations and endless pontifications of man concerning the future is an expanding and profitable enterprise. Opinions become repeated and modified until they are accepted and presented as fact by those who have mastered the ‘science’ (falsely called) of eschatology wherein, like the astrologers and soothsayers of old, the masses of people flock to hear the latest predictions desperately searching for hope. The compilation of the amalgamation of opinions seasoned with the arrogance of understanding while festering in the compost of public acceptance has resulted in confusion and division as groups are formed, dismantled and reformed into the camps of (what is called) Biblical studies. The views and insights of the educated are coveted and quoted while the common people are humbled beneath the greatness of the learned professor and scholars.
The servant of God was in the Spirit in the time appointed of the Lord when he heard a great voice as of a loud trumpet. This was the voice of God who had lifted this man up into the heavens to ‘uncover’ that which was hid, ‘open’ that which was closed and ‘disclose the truth’ of things as yet unknown (Gk. ‘Apokalupses’). Today this word is associated with horrific events signifying the end of all things in cataclysmic devastation yet, to John, it was understood by the teaching of the Spirit that God was revealing those things which were ‘quickly coming to pass’ upon the stage of time, for the seven called out assemblies of God, that they might have peace.
This disclosure of that which was hidden from the beginning was not given as a neo-evangelical fear tactic to scare unbelievers to the Anointing (not that it would do any good for there remains no more sacrifice for sin); neither was this manifestation given as s social statement against world government or the unmasking of an evil dictator, wicked potentate or malevolent man of military might, that should someday rule over all the nations of the world. These are the ideas of the diminutive doctrine of Adam who cannot see beyond this temporal existence; the revelation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is a blessing for His people who are given ears to “hear this prophecy and keep the things which are written therein”.
This revelation is singular. It is concerning the deliverance which Yehovah God, who is the singular source and sum of all that is. His way, purpose and will are harmoniously one according to His eternal love for the Beloved and all His works are the result of the intention of His heart, being firmly established in the righteousness of His judgment (Ps. 111:7). He cannot change His eternal purpose nor alter His perfect love for His Bride which is in Him, therefore every thought, word and deed of the whole of the created existence comes to pass, functions and concludes for the good He has purposed for His children; the called according to His purpose.
This revelation is relevant to the children of hope in every generation for the salvation of Yehovah is first finished from the foundation of the world, then revealed in His people during the time of their habitation and again revealed when the tabernacle of this dwelling is laid aside and the veil of this existence is removed. Then all who wait for His return shall be absent from the body and present with the Lord, being flesh and bone of the risen Lord, and, because they are the sons of God born of the Spirit and born from above, they shall see Him as He is and be like Him. This is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, which is the hope of glory within, whereby the children are delivered. While they dwell in the body afore prepared for them, they groan within the earthen vessel waiting to be delivered from the body of this death. They are taught of the Spirit concerning the vanity of this world, the impotence of the flesh and the uncleanness of their ways being identified as strangers in a foreign land and, being hated of all men for the name of Jesus, they patiently wait for the time when, every man in his order, shall again see Jerusalem from above.
This is God’s revelation not man’s. It begins in the beginning wherein He who alone inhabits eternity purposed in Himself to deliver His people from the inability that the creature should have being fashioned from the dust of the earth. He saw that there was no man capable to deliver for His purpose decreed that Adam should be fashioned that way and since it is His salvation of His people, He brought His deliverance to Himself by the power of His right hand that NO flesh should ever glory in His presence. His sovereign will caused Him to humble Himself as the Lamb of God and shed His blood for the forgiveness of the sin which existed but had not yet entered into the world. God supplied Himself the lamb for the burnt offering for sin (Gen. 22:8) as His blood (the life of the body – Lev. 17:11) was shed by His hand for His children; but being the perfect sacrifice, in whom was no sin, He is risen up in testimony of the finished work, having all His seed in Him. He is therefore, the first resurrection and upon all who, being raised up in Him having eternal life, the second death has no power (Rev. 20:6).
These are the redeemed of Yehovah whom He has made kings and priests unto God, giving them the ministry of reconciliation, not to reconcile the world unto God but because He has reconciled all things unto Himself. These, living and reigning with Him who has dominion and power for ever and ever, are new creatures, not formed from the dust of the earth, but after the flesh of the Anointed, the inner man lives and moves and has his being; “old things are passed away and behold all things are become new; and all things of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, even as that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (II Cor. 5:17ff)
His kingdom is in Himself, who is the beginning. It has been revealed from generation to generation in His people through trials and tribulations and as the kingdoms of this world pass by (over which the Almighty has complete command) the Kingdom of our God remains the same. It cannot change for He cannot change and as the great King over all the earth who has taken His great power to rule over all flesh and blood, so His will is performed on the earth as it is in heaven. “This matter by the decree of the watchers and the demand by the word of the Holy Ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdoms of men and gives it to whomsoever He will and sets over it the basest of men” (Dan. 4:17).
This revelation is given of God to Himself without the assistance, translation or interpretation of the creature. God gave the word unto Himself when He became flesh and dwelt among His people but he came in the form of a servant. He did not come to start a new religion, initiate social reform or overthrow the political structure of the times for His kingdom is not of this world. He did not say that His kingdom did not extend over this world nor had He come to conquer the people and assimilate the world into His kingdom. He came to reveal the Kingdom of the sovereign of the Universe who is seated in the heavens causing all things to come to pass as He has decreed. The disciples were astonished that He had command over the winds and the waves and the teachers of the time were amazed that He knew His letters without any schooling. The natural man could not see the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form which stood before them neither could the ears of the flesh comprehend the truth but unto them unto who it was given to hear, the words were life and hope; “and He said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to others in parables that seeing they might not see and hearing they might not understand” (Luke 8:10)
This same Word of God, which became flesh and dwelt among us, is the life of His people. He ‘tabernacles’ in all who have been born of the Spirit of the incorruptible seed, bearing witness to them that they are His children. The word which He spake came from the Father, for He and the Father are one, and the word of testimony which is spoken by His people is the same for they are one in Him. He took upon Himself the form of the servant in demonstration of His love for His people, so His people are servants one unto another; each member supplying the needs of the other in fulfillment of His commandment. All that God has done is for His love of His Beloved and she returns that same love to Him because He first loved her. Likewise the brethren love one another because that same love of the Father dwells in their hearts; they rejoice in the Beloved for the joy of His salvation and they weep with one another for the revelation of the Spirit of the vanity of this world and their own evil doings in Adam. Therefore the witness of the brethren is the same for once they were blind but now they see and, having their eyes opened by His grace, they see the abomination of this man and his world and look forward to being delivered again from it.
“Behold He comes with clouds and every eye shall see Him and they which pierced Him and all kindreds of the earth shall wail before Him; even so Amen”
There can be no difference from generation to generation of the good news concerning the Anointed Salvation of His people “which shall be unto all people” (Lk 2:10) nor is it left to man to insure that the Word is proclaimed. He came forth to manifest His salvation to all men, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, and in the fullness of time every chosen vessel (every man in his order) shall see the salvation of Yehovah when he reveals Himself dwelling in them. He shall return again, unto all that patiently wait for Him, a second time without sin and He shall come in that same pillar of cloud, with all His Holy ones, that was with Israel in the wilderness.
This cloud stood erect (pillar) as it led the nation from the great house of bondage into the land of promise. It was the testimony of the faithfulness of Yehovah God who first gave the promise unto Abram, wherein He told him that his people would be in bondage, and whose good pleasure brought about the hatred of the brethren for Joseph (thus relocating the savior of the land from Canaan into Egypt by the hands of the Midianite traders) and the drought which brought Israel into the same land for safe keeping until the sin of the Amorite was complete (Gen. 15:16).
This is the testimony of a great cloud of witnesses who proclaim that He alone is worthy for He has redeemed His people and washed them from their sin by His precious blood, from the foundation of the world. These are not worthy of this world for they are not of this world. They are buffeted and battered by the cares of the flesh as the outer man is drawn away after these desires but the inner man walks in the Light of Yehovah, which is His Anointed Salvation (John 8:12). This faith cannot be proven unto the natural man who desperately seeks a sign wherein he may have assurance but this faith is manifested in the good works the children have been created unto in the Anointed Salvation. Faith indeed is no faith if there is no manifestation and man’s natural faith will be seen in his performance of natural good deeds; but the faith of the Son of God is manifested in ways that the natural man, though he may see them, yet he cannot recognize them; “then the righteous shall answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and fed You? Or thirsty and gave You drink? When did we see You a stranger and took You in? Or naked and clothed, or saw You sick, or in prison and came to You? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Truly I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done unto Me” (Matt. 25:37ff).
The piercing of the body of the Lord as it hung on the stake was done by one man who was a Roman soldier. No one else took a spear and thrust it into His side and though wicked hands were ordained of God to slay Him, yet it was the wound which He received was of the house of a friend that is being referenced here (Zech. 13:6). It was the type of the righteous sword of the justice of Yehovah that pierced the shepherd and scattered the flock when the lamb was slain in the house of the children of Israel in Egypt. His commandment was that a lamb should be taken for the house and the people that dwelt therein, according to the number of the souls. Each house slew the lamb and the blood was to be struck on the posts of the door; “and the blood shall be to you a token upon the houses where you are and when I see the blood I will pass over you and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt” (Ex. 12:13). The people within were covered by the blood without as the children of God pierced the lamb of the sacrifice. God had mercy first upon the tabernacles of the dwellings for those already chosen and called the people of the Lord.
Thus every child of Israel pierced the lamb and shed the blood for the preservation and protecting in the salvation of Yehovah from His wrath against the ungodliness of man. This was seen in type in the land of double protections (Egypt) wherein no man was protected from His wrath, save those for whom the blood was shed, and it was manifested in time when God poured out upon the house of the ‘Beloved’ and the inhabitants of the ‘coming forth of Peace’ (David and Jerusalem) “the spirit of grace and supplication and they shall look on Me whom they have pierced and they shall n mourn for Him and one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zech. 12:10).
The redeemed of Yehovah are of every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue of this world from generation to generation and unto each one, individually, shall this be revealed. They each, every man in his order, shall cry out “Who are you Lord?” as the Father reveals Himself unto them. Then shall they see Him, not with the eyes of man, but through the testimony of the Spirit, that He is the One who loved them and gave His life for them. The Comforter shall testify that the warfare is accomplished as the children continue to walk in the wilderness of this world, and as He reveals the love of the Father for His Beloved, so He also reveals “your own evil ways and your doings that are not good and you shall hate yourselves in your own sight for your iniquity and for your abominations” (Ezek. 36:31). This revelation of the salvation of Yehovah causes the children to despise the tabernacle of this dwelling and cry out to the Father for deliverance. They know, as the light of His glory shines brighter in their hearts that in them (that is in their flesh) dwells no good thing; therefore they know that Adam has no right to the kingdom, no portion in the inheritance and no memorial in the finished work for he is a cursed child who cannot cease from sin. This understanding of wretchedness and impotence places the redeemed of the Lord prostrate before the perfection of His Holiness crying out, “Be merciful to me a sinner”.
The common experience in the common deliverance of the people of the election according to grace is through the trials and tribulations of this world. These then are companions in tribulation as the hand of the father is laid heavy upon the earthen vessel pressing it back to the dust from whence it came. The temptations are those which are common to men and the results are the same; the outer man of the children of Adam perishes as the inner spiritual man is strengthened by the Spirit of the Lord God Almighty.
The testimony of the everlasting gospel, given to John by the Messenger of God, is exclusively for those of the household of faith as an explanation of the manner in which the Father guides and delivers His people from the current evil generation. The people in the days of John were watching the events and activities of the armies of Titus as they destroyed the venerated objects of the last days. Even though this was a testimony of the scriptures unto the fact that Jesus is God as the word of That Prophet came to pass, yet the nature of Adam was afraid and saddened at the destruction. Jesus said that when they saw the armies surrounding the city, they would know that the days of vengeance were upon them and He further proclaimed that not one stone would be left upon another. These came to pass as He turned the hearts of man to do His will for He put it in their hearts to fulfill His will and give their kingdom unto the beast until the words of God shall be fulfilled (Rev. 17:17).
These brethren saw the churches scattered to every corner of the world as the gospel was preached to all the world, but they also witnessed their brethren being persecuted, many being put to death for their belief, as the established religious and social orders made haste to eradicate the church of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. This they could not do for the decree of God was that this was the predestined means whereby the church would grow. In every place where these strangers and sojourners were scattered, there the Lord revealed those whose hearts He had opened and when the sure sound of that certain trumpet sounded, all who had ears to hear were gathered together in the name of Yehovah.
But what relevance is that today. Since these things happened so many years ago? Has the persecution of Adam ceased? Is there no more enmity between the flesh and the Spirit? Has the law in the members become resolved to the law in the mind which delights in the Law of God? Is there unity between Esau and Jacob? We know the answer to these can never be in the affirmative for that which is of the earth shall never become that which is of the Spirit; after all, that is the type set forth in the creation that everything brings forth after its kind!
Yet the dominions of darkness still seek to overcome and smother the light form above for the Adversary goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The idols and images which Adam has set up along with the Levites he has called to be his priests are systematically crushed by the chastening ways of God which He performs through the activities of the creation in time. All men have an inveterate hatred for the children of hope and like Esau, they seek to kill him if they could. Thanks be unto God that man may kill the body, which is Adam, but they have no power over the inner man who has eternal life in the Anointed.
“I am Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, said the Lord, which is, and which was and which is to come, the Almighty”
The testimony of peace and comfort is unto the redeemed of the lord who are blessed to hear His voice and follow Him. The Word which Jesus spoke was not for the Lawyers, scribes and Pharisees because they were none of His but the still small voice of the Shepherd is for the sheep. He is the same and can never change. His Word is true, His works are righteous and He is the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns forever.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 25, 2018