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June 18, 2006/October 1, 2014
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Have you ever heard about "the glory cloud"? A number of times it is mentioned in the Old Testament. In Exodus 40:34 it says, "Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle."
In 1 King 8:10,11 it says,
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.
Why are there so very few testimonies of "the Glory Cloud" today?
The "Glory Cloud" is "a sign and wonder" of the glory of the LORD filling the temple. The temple should be filled with His Glory. When the "Glory Cloud" comes, the people's needs are met "by the LORD, and the power of His Holy Spirit." Blind eyes see, deaf ears hear, the lame walk, sickness and disease disappear. It's not a work of men, it's "by My Spirit, says the LORD"!
This was not just for the Old Testament, it is for today. It should be happening in the churches today, in the New Covenant. It does happen, now and then. But, because of some bad teachings in the Churches today, very few have seen "the Glory Cloud."
One day, it came from my spirit "the teachings of men have made the Word of God of none-effect." I knew within me what this was referring to. Many years ago, I was attending a meeting. When the meeting was over, the person in charge was about to close the meeting.
When a Word came from the LORD, "those who have taught what they have heard other men teach, and have not received it from My Spirit, if they will repent My grace will cover them." I knew within my spirit, that was a Word from the LORD. I also know the LORD never gives a Word unless it is important. If we want to see the Glory Cloud in our Churches, we will need to get away from the teachings of men, and believe the Word of God.
One brother in the LORD spoke of the Glory Cloud in one of his meetings (this brother is now gone home). He relates that day somewhat like this: He was in his motel room in the afternoon before the evening service. As he ministered to the LORD and laid before the LORD that afternoon he had a vision. In the vision, everything that was to happen that evening was shown him.
When he went to the meeting that evening, all he did was act out what he saw in the afternoon (in the vision). After the praise and worship, he got up to speak. He only spoke for a few minutes, then the Glory Cloud began to fill the Church. He saw the Cloud coming in. As the "Glory Cloud" came it got so thick he could not see through it. He stepped down from the platform to lay hands upon those who came up for prayer. He never got close to many of them, "they fell under the power, and were healed before he got to them."
One lady almost forced her sick husband to come to the meeting that evening. He was against everything that she believed. He was against the preaching of the gospel. He was against the laying on of hands. He was against healing. Yet, he, himself was very ill, and in need of a miracle.
The best she could do was get him to go up into the balcony and watch what was happening down below. As he sat with her in the balcony, he was making remarks about the praise and worship, and then about the preaching. But, when the "Glory Cloud" came in, he was right in the midst of it. The LORD healed him, and he gave his life to Jesus!
It was not man, it was God. The "Glory Cloud" filled the Sanctuary that evening. It was not by man's power or by man's might, it was by the Spirit of God!
In Zechariah 4:6 it was prophesied, saying "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." Christians need to understand what the LORD is saying in this verse. This is a prophecy to Christians today, under the New Covenant. The LORD is telling us, what He does in the body of Christ will not be done by man's ability, man's might, or man's power, but by the Holy Spirit.
It's also interesting to notice that this prophetic word was spoken to Zerubbabel, who was at that time the governor over the Jews in captivity. He would have been King, had they not gone into captivity. The LORD used the prophet Zechariah to speak to Zerubbabel, saying, "This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
The word "zerub" means "called out, or rubbed out." The word "babel" means "Babylon, or false worship (man made religion)." Babel is mentioned the first time in Genesis chapter Eleven, when the descendants of Noah built a tower, and God confounded their language. Therefore, it was called "Babel" (Gen. 11:9). In prophetic language to Christians, "Zerubbalel" means "called out of religious operations."
Religious operations among Christians are those things that are done "by the flesh." Christians are not to be doing the LORD's Work by means of the flesh. The LORD's work is only to be done "by my spirit, saith the LORD..."
The word of the LORD to Zerubbabel at that time was concerning the rebuilding of the Temple. Zerubbabel the Governor and Joshua the High Priest were instructed to rebuild the Temple. In prophetic language, the message in Zechariah Chapters three and four speaks to Christians today. Zerubbabel is a type and shadow of "Christians who are called of God." Joshua, the High priest is a type and shadow of "the LORD." My Spirit is "the Holy Spirit."
Therefore, the prophetic message to Christians today is that, "they are being called out of religious works of the flesh, to help build a temple for God." That temple is their body, "know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (1 Cor. 6:19). Christians are to be involved in building this temple, by "presenting their bodies a living sacrifice unto the LORD" (Rom. 12:1). Yet, their part is not something they do by the works of the flesh, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building" (1 Cor. 3:9).
Christians are not "saved" by their works, or their power.
Our "new birth" did not come about by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man "but of God" John 1:12,13 says,
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
In John 6:44, Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." Our bodies are the temple of the living God. We did not choose God, He chose us. There are two important facts of truth that we need to understand in the above verse:
(1) Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..." We didn't choose Him. God the Father chose us, and drew us to Jesus. It was not our doing, it was God's choice to choose us. This was done already before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4, Rev. 13:8, 17:8).
(2) Jesus said, "...and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44b). This is a promise by the LORD. "He will" raise us up on the last day.
It must be "God" working in our lives for us to be truly saved. Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Yet, it is not by God alone, but also by faith. We must be involved in our salvation. It is God working in us and through us that produces Salvation. Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
In Acts 2:47 it says, "...And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." The LORD adds to the Church those who He desires "to be saved." A born again Christian is not "already totally saved" when they become Children of God. They are born again "Children of God," but they still need to be "saved." Saved means "delivered and protected."
When a person is born again they are added to the Church, which is the LORD'S body. But, they still have a mortal body, where sickness and disease resides, the body still needs to be "saved." It needs to put on immortality (1 Cor. 15:53).
At the same time, their mind is still corrupt, it needs "to be saved," it does not think the way God thinks. Their mind must be renewed by the Word. The corruption is still there, they still need to be "delivered and protected" (1 Cor. 15:53).
As Christians, we have two things "we must do" to complete our Salvation. We must "present our bodies a living sacrifice unto God," and "renew our mind on the Word of God" (Rom. 12:1,2). We are laborers together with God. God does His part and we must do our part.
God does not force anyone to do His will. We must be willing to do our part so God can do His part. As Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Only by God working in us can He perform that which He desires.
In the New Covenant (in which we live today), God works from within us. In the Old Covenant (before Jesus went to the Cross), God was with them, but not in them. Before Jesus went to the Cross He said to His disciples in John 14:15-17,
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
The Holy Spirit was with Jesus' disciples at that time, but He was not "in them."
TYPES & SHADOWS
God's plan for man is shown in the types and shadows of the Old Testament. One of the greatest examples of "By My Spirit" can be seen by understanding the Tabernacle which the LORD had Moses build in the wilderness.
When the LORD instructed Moses to build the tabernacle in the wilderness, he was instructed to build it as a type and shadow of our human bodies. The outer covering of the tabernacle had "goats hair"(Ex. 26:7).Under the hair was skins "goat skins and badger skins." Just as our human body has hair upon the outer covering (our skin).
The complete tabernacle included the outer courtyard, the Holy Room, and the Holy of Holies (the Most Holy Room). In the courtyard, which is a type and shadow of our physical body, anyone could enter. That which was good and that which was defiled could enter into the courtyard.
There in the courtyard, the sacrifices were made (bulls, lambs, etc.) of the offerings brought by the people into the courtyard. Everyone could enter the courtyard and present their sacrifices and offerings. In the courtyard, that which was good was kept, and that which was not good was burned or taken outside of the tabernacle to be destroyed or disposed of.
The courtyard is a type and shadow of the physical body of man. Just as in a human body, all types of food can enter though the mouth into the stomach. In the stomach, digestion starts and the good parts are used within the body and the bad parts are gone into the intestines and the bladder, and in the end disposed of outside of the body.
Inside of the tabernacle was another room called "the Holy Room." In the Holy Room only the priests could enter. The congregation could not enter into the Holy Room. In the Holy Room "was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread" (Heb. 9:2). In the Holy Room the priests would sacrifice, pray, study, and minister to the LORD.
This is a type and shadow of our (human soul). Our soul is in our body, but not a part of our body. In our soul we pray and study, and prepare our sacrifices and offerings to the LORD. Our soul must be separated from our body. It is a separate part of our total being (spirit, soul, and body). It is not the body and it is not the spirit of man. It is the man himself, in the body of flesh.
What we do in our soul must be separated from what we do in our body. We must not be conformed to this world...we must renew our minds on the Word of God (Rom.12:2). We must come apart from the things of the flesh, to enter into the things of the Spirit. We must prepare ourselves to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh (Rom. 8:1).
In the tabernacle, next to the Holy Room, was the Holy of Holies (Most Holy Room). In the Holy of Holies is where God dwelt. Nothing could enter the Holy of Holies that was defiled.
In the Holy of Holies, only the High Priest could enter. He could not enter unless he was first sanctified (set apart), cleansed by the blood. If there was anything that was not sanctified in the Priest when he entered the Holy of Holies, he would be struck dead (and they would need to pull him out with a rope that was tied to his leg). It actually took two weeks of sanctification before the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. The High Priest only entered the Holy of Holies once a year, to make atonement for the people by sprinkling blood on the Mercy seat.
The "Holy of Holies" is a type and shadow of "our human spirit," which is in our belly (inside the tabernacle), yet separate from our soul. We have a body (tabernacle), inside our body resides our soul (the Holy Room) and our spirit (the Holy of Holies). In the Holy of Holies we meet with God. We come before the throne of God in the Holy of Holies. If anything which is defiled comes into the Holy of Holies it will be destroyed.
The complete tabernacle (including the courtyard, the Holy Room and the Holy of Holies) is a type and shadow of our human body, soul, and spirit.
It has always been the mind of God that man should enter the Holy of Holies, where God dwells in His fullness. Therefore, when Jesus paid the price for our sins, iniquities, infirmities, sicknesses and diseases on the Cross of Calvary, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom. That veil was between the Holy Room and the Holy of Holies. God no longer dwelt in the temple built by hands. The Holy of Holies room in the temple in Jerusalem was no longer needed.
When the veil of the temple was rent, God left the temple built with hands to reside in a temple built by God (in our new created spirit within us). The Old Covenant came to an end, and the New Covenant came into effect.
Following Jesus' death and resurrection, God comes to dwell in our bodies (in our spirit). Therefore, we must now enter into the very presence of God (in our spirit). We enter "by the blood of the Lamb" (Jesus Christ).
Don't Be Deceived
Those who teach that "man is a spirit" are ignorant of what the Holy Spirit teaches in the Word of God. If man was "a spirit" that would mean "man is God," "Who is Spirit." Man would be represented as the one who dwells in the Holy of Holies, rather than in the Holy Room, preparing to enter into the very presence of God (in the Holy of Holies).
There are a lot of bad teachings within the body of Christ today, that hinder Christians from walking in the Light, and knowing the Truth that God desires for us. One of the bad teachings is that "man is a spirit, and has a body and a soul." Believing false teachings prevents Christians from knowing the truth. Not knowing the Truth prevents Christians from being free of all demonic activities.
The Bible very clearly states that "man is a living soul." In Genesis 2:7 it clearly says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Many Christians have taught that "man is a spirit," when 1 Corinthians 15:45 also says, "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." When the Word of God tells us in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that man was created "a living soul," we should not let "men" tell us "man is a spirit."
Our living soul was first "in Adam," then through the new birth we are translated from the flesh "of man" to the spirit "of Christ." Romans 8:9, says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Colossians 1:13 says, "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son." Then 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The reason for all of this is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
Those who are a living soul "in Adam" will die. But those who are a living soul "in Christ" will be made alive "in Christ." It's where our living soul is that determines where we will spend eternity. If we are "in Adam" we will die and spend eternity in hell. If we are "in Christ," we have eternal life and will spend eternity with God in heaven.
Our physical body came from man, when our living soul was breathed into that body by the LORD God (Gen. 2:7, 1 Cor. 15:45). Therefore, we were "in Adam" from the beginning. Our "spirit" came from God.
When we are born again, we receive "a new spirit." Ezekiel 36:26 says, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." We are translated from "the flesh of Man" into "the Spirit of Christ." "In Christ," we have eternal life.
We are still "a living soul," but we have changed positions, we are no longer "in the flesh of Adam," but "in the Spirit of Christ." We are a new creature "in Christ," not in ourselves. Our "old spirit" is passed away and we have a new spirit, dwelling in us, in the Spirit of Christ. Thereby, we become a part of "the body of Christ" here on earth. He is our head and we are His body.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The old thing that passed away was our old spirit. We received a new spirit from God. This new spirit is in our belly, and it is joined one Spirit with Christ.
Yet, we are still a living soul, and we still have a physical body. God is not through with us yet. The time will come when our soul will no longer be corrupted and our physical body will no longer be mortal. In 1 Corinthians 15:51-45 explains,
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
We must understand what God is telling us from God's point of view. God sees everything from the "Now" position. God sees the end from the beginning.
We are a new creature in Christ. We have been translated from the powers of darkness into the kingdom of God's Son (Col. 1:13). We were in the flesh but now we are in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). We still have our mortal bodies, and we still have our corrupted soul...But these things will also become new sometime in our future, before we enter eternity in heaven. This mortal body and this corrupted soul that we have now, will not inherit life in heaven (1 Cor. 15:50).
This revelation of the spirit, soul, and body of man is so simple that the educated men cannot understand it. God understands it, and those who seek Him will understand it. But those who spend their time in the courtyard instead of the Holy of Holies will never understand it.
The difference between understanding things from God's point of view and man's point of view is in who taught us? Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." We must first come to Jesus, and then be taught by the Holy Spirit from within us. In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
The greatest hindrance for Christians today is the teachings of men. The LORD is not pleased with the teachings of men. Some time ago there came a Word from the LORD saying, "Those who have taught what they heard other men teach and have not received it from My Spirit, if they will repent, My grace will cover them!"
There are many books written by Merle E. Koepke, explaining from the Scriptures, the difference between being "in Adam" or being "in Christ." For those who desire to know the truth, they can find the information in many of those books. For we must go on from "the milk of the Word" to "the meat of the Word," that we may grow thereby (Heb. 5:12-14).
Enter The Holy of Holies
The Holy of Holies is where the very presence of God dwells. It's where God dwells in His fullness. It's in our new created spirit, which is in our belly (not our head).
Our body represents the courtyard of the tabernacle. In reference to this, Jesus called His body a temple, (tabernacle) (John 2:19). Paul called our body a tabernacle (2 Cor.5:1,4). Peter called his body a tabernacle (2 Peter 1:13,14).
As we learn the difference between "our soul" and "our spirit," we can then understand the plan of God for our lives. God desires to dwell in man "in His fullness." Yet, God cannot dwell in man until after man is "born again" of the Word and the Spirit (1 Peter 1:23, John 3:6).
Everything that God has for those "who are born again" is already "in their spirit" (where God dwells). We receive from God from within our spirit. Jesus made mention of this in John 14:18,20, saying,
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Then in verse 23 Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." There are many places in the New Testament that speak of God dwelling in us (in our spirit).
Entering the Holy of Holies is entering into the very presence of God. God is "in our spirit," and we need to enter into His very presence. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." The fullness of the Godhead dwells in our spirit, and we must open the door to our spirit and have fellowship with the LORD, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
Using the type and shadow of the tabernacle we can better understand how to enter into the very presence of God. Our soul is between our body and our spirit. Our body is like the courtyard of the tabernacle. In the courtyard there is everything that is good and bad (clean and unclean). Only the good (which is sanctified by God) can enter into the presence of God. We cannot bring that which is defiled, that which is "of the flesh" into the presence of God in the Holy of Holies. For, Galatians 5:17 tells us, "the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other..."
Our soul must be willing to part with that which is of the flesh. We must "walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh" (Rom. 8:1,4,5,6). The sacrifices are made in the courtyard (in our flesh). Our offerings of the things of this world must be made in the courtyard. Those things that pertain to this world must be kept in the courtyard. We must leave all that pertains to this world behind and enter into the Holy Room, where the priests entered and prepared for their daily obligations.
We must leave the world and the things of this world in the courtyard, then enter into the Holy Room (the soul realm, not the flesh realm). In the Holy Room, we minister to the LORD and "praise and worship" the LORD.
Praise and worship does not necessarily mean singing. We can sing praises unto God. But praise includes speaking the Word of God according to Who God is and His faith-fullness. As we praise the LORD, and God, for Who they are and what they have done, we enter into true praise.
The word "worship" has many meanings, yet the best meaning of worship is "giving unto whomsoever you worship the very best you have to offer." When we worship God, we give to God the very best we have to offer. We must get rid of all fleshly desires for the things of this world and give to God the best we have. The best we have to give to God is our complete being (our body, soul, and spirit).
When nothing else in our life matters, except to worship God, then we can enter into true worship. As Jesus taught; when we "deny ourselves," then we can truly "worship God in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). We are "a living soul" and we must set aside all desires of the flesh and enter into true worship unto God.
When all the flesh is out of the way (when we deny ourselves), then we can enter into the Holy of Holies, into the very presence of God. Nothing that is defiling can come into the very presence of God in the Holy of Holies.
Because of the blood of the Lamb, we can enter into the Holy of Holies. But, we cannot bring along all our baggage, our desires for the things of this world. We must "worship God in Spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).
What happens when we enter into the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God)? In the presence of God is "the anointing." When the anointing comes upon us, all of the powers of Satan are broken. Satan cannot stand in the presence of God under the anointing. The yoke of bondage is destroyed by the anointing (Isa. 10:27).
Keep in mind, only one person was permitted to enter into the Holy of Holies (that was the High Priest). When the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies, he entered "alone" and brought only "the blood" and "the burning incense" (Ex. 30:10; Lev. 16:2-34). The incense was only "that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not" (Lev. 16:13). It was "the blood" that made atonement for the people.
Only one person was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies, that means, today each person must enter the Holy of Holies alone, no one else with them. The Holy of Holies is in our spirit where God dwells. No one else can enter "our" Holy of Holies. We must enter ourselves (alone). We must come into the Holy of Holies (after we have spent time in the Holy Room).
What is the purpose for entering the Holy of Holies? The whole purpose is that God can minister to us, individually, "by His mercy." Not because of anything "we have done to deserve it," but by His mercy, which He has purposed to do for us in Christ Jesus.
"Mercy" is God's idea, God's plan, God's purpose--"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6). In the Holy Room, we minister to God. In the Holy of Holies, God ministers to us. Therefore, we must first enter into the Holy Room and minister to God before we enter into the Holy of Holies, where God ministers to us.
In the Holy Room, we commit ourselves unto the LORD. In the Holy of Holies, by the anointing, the LORD ministers to us. The anointing comes after we have ministered to the LORD. After we have spent time in the Holy Room. Then we enter the Holy of Holies and the anointing comes upon us to set us free of all that is not pleasing to God.
When the anointing comes upon us, we can ask whatsoever we need and it shall be given. The anointing destroys all the works of the enemy.
When the anointing comes, the sick are healed, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, even the dead are raised. When the anointing comes, the devils are cast out, and the minds of people are made sound. It's the anointing that destroys the works of the devil in the lives of those who will praise and worship God in the Spirit.
To help bring in the anointing while praising and worshiping God, "pray in the Spirit." Praying in the Spirit brings a stronger anointing. The stronger the anointing the greater the manifestations. Praying in the Spirit is "the soul" and "the spirit" working together with "the Holy Spirit." When all three are working together Satan has no power. All his powers are broken and destroyed by the anointing.
Our mind is the main function of our soul. Where our mind dwells, our soul goes. Therefore, it is important that we do what we are told to do in Romans 12:2. It says, "be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
The Church at Laodicea had a major problem, which they knew not of. In Revelation 3:15,16 Jesus said to them,
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
How many churches today are in the same condition? How many are living in the courtyard, and not spending time in the Holy Room, or the Holy of Holies?
Jesus described the condition of the Church at Laodicea, saying, "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Rev. 3:17). They were spending their time in the courtyard, seeking the things of this world, and things of the flesh. How many Churches today are in the same condition, seeking "prosperity, and worldly blessings"?
To the Church of Laodicea, Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Rev. 3:18).Because the LORD loves all who are His (all who are born again of the Word and the Spirit), He said, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent" (Rev. 3:19).
Then Jesus gave the solution to their condition, saying, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20). The LORD did not speak in Revelation 3:20 to those who are not born again. He spoke this to Christians in the Church of Laodicea.
The LORD did not close the door between our soul and our spirit. We close it ourselves, by not desiring to enter into the very presence of the LORD. The doorway is there, the veil has been "rent in twain from the top to the bottom." (Matt. 27:51). But, we must still enter through "the doorway" (the opening between our soul and our spirit).
Jesus didn't say He was standing and knocking "on the door," but rather "at the door." He is standing "by the doorway," in our spirit, knocking at the entrance to our spirit, where the fullness of the Godhead dwells.
Those who love the world and the things of this world will never enter into the very presence of the LORD. Nothing defiling and nothing of the flesh (that is not sanctified by the LORD) can enter into the very presence of the LORD. We must leave the courtyard and get into the Holy Room, and then enter into the Holy of Holies. We cannot bring along with us, all the things of the courtyard into the Holy of Holies.
The whole 91st Psalm is prophetically speaking to the New Testament Christians. It starts off saying, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." To dwell in the secret place of the most High, is to dwell in the spirit, not in the flesh. It's entering into the Holy of Holies, and having fellowship with God.
When we are walking in the spirit, and not in the flesh, Satan has nothing on us. Satan can do nothing to us, when we are dwelling "in the secret place of the most High," for then we are abiding "under the shadow of the Almighty."
This is where God planned for every Christian to live and abide all the days of their lives on this earth. That's God's perfect will for Christians.
IN HIS PRESENCE
In His presence "we must enter alone." Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. When he entered, he brought nothing of himself in. He wore the garments that were prepared for him. He took with himself only "a censer full of burning coals, and his hands full of sweet incense, and the blood" (Lev. 16:12-14). The purpose for the burning coals and the incense was "that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony..." (Lev. 16:13).
When Christians do not enter the Holy of Holies because of their husband or wife, children or friends, or anyone else, they will miss the anointing that is for them in the Holy of Holies. We must enter alone, no one else with us. Each person "individually" must enter the Holy of Holies by themselves. God looks at each individual as someone special, and desires to have fellowship with each one on a one-to-one basis.
God dwells in the spirits of every born again Christian. Our spirit is like the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. Only one person could enter the Holy of Holies at one time. There was only one Holy of Holies in the tabernacle, and only the High Priest could enter in.
There is only one spirit in man, and only the person who is in the same body as their spirit is in, can enter into the Holy of Holies (in them) to have fellowship with God. This is important to understand, for we do not look to another place to have fellowship with God...We look to "God within us" for fellowship. A husband cannot enter into the Holy of Holies (the spirit) within his wife, neither can the wife enter into the Holy of Holies (the spirit) of her husband. God is a personal God, and desires to have a personal relationship and fellowship with each person (individually).
Many Christians lack things they need in this life. Many do not benefit from the body and blood of Jesus, because they are looking to others in the body of Christ to hear from God for them. While God is in their spirit wanting to be God in their lives and wanting to supply all their needs. Many rely only upon their Pastors for their spiritual food, while God is in them (in their spirit) ready and willing to supply all their needs. Christians should be looking to God (in their spirit) for all their needs.
Many Pastors have not entered the Holy of Holies, because of their wives, children, or others whom they associate with. Jesus said, "every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life" (Matt. 19:29).
We must be willing to forsake everything, to enter into the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God). We cannot enter the Holy of Holies until we have first entered the Holy Room. In the Holy Room we present ourselves a living sacrifice unto God. We set aside all our desires for the world and the things of this world. All the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life must be left behind when we enter the Holy Room.
We cannot let the devil tempt us with "the cares of this world, and the deceitfullness of riches, and the lusts of other things" (Mark 4:19). We must be aware of the deceitfulness of the enemy. Remember the Word of God says, "they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition" (1 Tim. 6:9) Again in 6:10 it says, "the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." The Word also says, "the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4).
God is the Creator of heaven and earth, not just this earth. He comes down from heaven to bring us up to heaven. He tells us in Romans 12:2, "be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..." As long as we remain conformed to this world, we will never enter the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God). God is Holy, and they that enter His presence must be Holy. Holiness is the absence of worldliness.
Christians are not from this world, they are born from above, where God sits upon His throne. God is calling to those who love Him "Come up hither..." Come up to where God is, in His Glory, in His presence! Leave the world behind and come up to heaven where the LORD has prepared a place for you.
To enter into the presence of God, we must come in the likeness and image of God. The likeness and image of God is not what men teach.
1. The likeness of God is: He speaks His Word and it comes to pass...He speaks those things which be not as though they were...God is a faith God.
2. The image of God is: Love, faithful, merciful, longsuffering, forgiving, compassionate, etc.
We enter the Holy of Holies in the likeness and image of God. When we come as He is, we can have fellowship with Him in His presence.
Before we enter into the Holy Room to present ourselves before God in the Holy of Holies, we must leave the courtyard. We must leave all our thoughts and intentions of this world behind. We must submit ourselves unto God; not to the world and not to the desires of the flesh of man. Too often, those in the ministry want to carry along with them into the very presence of God all their cares and desires of their minds and their flesh. This cannot be taken into the Holy of Holies.
We must enter the Holy Room alone, leaving everything behind. We must enter His courts with praise and worship. We must praise Him for Who He is and all that He has done. We give Him all the praise and the Glory.
We must come according to His Word, not the words of men. We must put away all pride, for God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). We must come to present ourselves as servants unto the most High God of all creation. God is Love, and He loves the praises of His people.
We must humble ourselves before His throne, cast down all our crowns, and all our accomplishments, and make ourselves available for the Master's use. We must be vessels of honor, in the house of the LORD (1 Tim. 2:20,21).
God is not interested in what we can do, of our ability. God is looking for vessels of honor that He can use to do His will here on earth. God is looking for a willing heart, that will believe His Word, not the words of men. God is looking for men of faith (faith in God), not men who think they are someone great.
In the Holy Room, we must confess our sins, and receive His mercy and grace. Set aside all our desires and seek His will. Commit our ways unto the LORD and He will bring His will to pass in our lives (Psa. 37:3-5). As we lay our lives before Him, praising and worshiping God for Who He is and all He has done, we will prepare ourselves to enter into the Holy of Holies.
Remember, we do not have to walk into the Holy of Holies, the LORD will come to meet with us, if we open the door with our praises and worship (Rev. 3:20). There is no veil between our soul (where we dwell), and our spirit (where God dwells). We enter by the blood of the Lamb (where the Mercy seat is). By the Love, Mercy, and Compassion of God, He desires for our fellowship more than we desire His fellowship.
In the presence of God there is Love, Joy, Peace, etc. God is LOVE, and He desires our fellowship in the Holy of Holies. As we lay our lives before Him, He will come and have fellowship with us.
If we love God with all our heart, we will enter the Holy Room every day, and praise and worship Him. In the Holy Room, we minister to the LORD. In the Holy of Holies, the LORD ministers to us. God receives from us, praise and worship in the Holy Room. We receive from God all that we have need of in the Holy of Holies. Romans 8:28 says, "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Do we love Him enough to give Him all we have, our life, ourselves "spirit, soul, and body"? When we love Him "with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength," then all things will work together for our good.
What is the end result of our willingness to enter the Holy Room, daily and worshiping and praising the LORD? God will then meet us in the Holy of Holies, and have fellowship with us. God will show us His Glory. God will manifest in our lives. God will remove everything in our lives that is not pleasant in His sight. All sickness and disease, all sin and iniquity, all cares for this life and this world will disappear. We will glory in His presence. The Glory of God will fill our temple (our body). Nothing will harm us when we are in the presence of the LORD.
As His Glory fills our temple (our body), Satan and the world cannot touch us. People will fall under the power of the Almighty God, when they walk in our presence. The sick will recover, the blind will see, the lame will walk, the deaf will hear, etc.
When a Pastor walks out of the Holy of Holies into the Sanctuary of his congregation, the Glory Cloud will come and the needs of the people will be met by the power of God, not the power of man "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6). When the Glory Cloud fills the Sanctuary, that's when God shows up. That's when God takes control, and people receive from God, not from man.
In Isaiah 6:8, it says, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." Who can the LORD send today? Who will enter the Holy Room, so the LORD can come in from the Holy of Holies and have fellowship with them? Who will permit the LORD to use them in these last days, to do His will?
God's will is that we make Him God in every area of our lives. It's not what we can do, but what God can do through us. Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." God wants to do His good pleasure in us. It's all about what God can do, not what man can do.
Many Christians who have been called into the ministry today are doing all they can to do "their idea" of what God wants them to do. They become "men pleasers" rather than pleasing God. They get in the way for what God wants to do, and go about doing what they want to do. Self denial is not a part of their ministry. Their ministry is "their ministry," and they will do it "their way."
God does not do things the way we plan. Our ways and His ways are different. Our plans and His plans are not the same (Isa. 55:8,9). Many times, when God wants to do something, He doesn't tell us what He is doing, He only lets us see what He did when He is finished.
Everyone who is born again in this world, is facing the same enemy, the devil and his demons. Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). The tribulations we face are not caused by people, they are caused by demons working in the minds of people. God wants to use us to set others free of these demons working in their minds.
While I was in Bible School, there was a sister in the LORD who was one year ahead of me. Unknown to me at the time, she had a problem with demon spirits working in her mind, caused by experiences throughout her childhood that continued on into her adult years. She came to the LORD at a young age. In her grade school days, she refused to get involved with other children her age who got involved with sex, drinking, and etc.
As a result, she had a girl-friend, who was also born again. The two of them went around together much of the time. Being that they did not follow those who were not Christians, the spirits of this world keep using people to accuse these two girls of being lesbians. This continued on from grade school, all the way through college. Even though, she did date some boys, she usually broke off her friendship with boys when they wanted to get involved in sex and drinking. This resistance to sin gave the spirits of this world an opportunity to affect her mind in such a way as to make it difficult for her to have good fellowship with those of the opposite sex.
I had no idea that she had this condition. We never got involved in any way that would give these spirits an opportunity to cause a problem where she would not trust me. I was about fifty years old and she was about twenty-five at the time. That was an advantage for the LORD to use me, because she considered me more of a father-like individual in her life. She also knew the LORD was using me to help others. By this we were able to work together, whereas with some of the others of the opposite sex she had a problem.
I had no idea she had this problem, caused by demonic spirits working in her mind, that she was not free to fellowship with others of the opposite sex. But, what happened was, we would at times get together to pray for each others situations. She lived on campus, and I lived about five miles from campus. I usually went to prayer at school on Monday evenings from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. She had to work in the afternoons and evenings until 8:00 P.M. One Monday evening we made arrangements that I would stop over to her apartment after prayer to pray with her for finances.
While we were praying, it came from my spirit to lay my hand upon her head and pray. As I did, out of my mouth came words similar to these "LORD, just pour out Your love upon her, let her know and experience Your love for her." As I was praying, tears began to come from her eyes. I could see, she needed to experience the love of God in her life. I was concerned that if I stayed there with her, either one of us would start holding each other, which is not uncommon when a person needs comfort. Therefore, I quickly told her I had to go, and left. In myself, I knew something happened, the LORD was doing something, but I had no idea of what He was doing at the time.
Two days later, we met at a fast-food restaurant where many of the other students met for lunch many times. While sitting across from each other, tears were still coming from her eyes. I said to her, "You need to wipe those tears from your eyes, others will think I am saying something to you that is causing you to cry."
It was then that she told me what had happened. She told me of all the years that she went through with the thoughts in her mind that there was something wrong with her because she would not get involved with boys in sex and drinking. And that in grade school, high school, and all through college this condition continued, where they even wrote articles in the school news papers about her and her girl-friend, saying they were lesbians.
That Monday evening, when the LORD had me lay my hand upon her head and pray, the LORD set her free... The thoughts that tormented her for years disappeared. She experienced the love of God in a way she had never experienced it in all the years before. The tears of joy, just kept coming for about three days. She was totally set free of demonic activity in her mind that caused her problems for many years.
Until she explained what happened that evening when I prayed for her, I had no idea what the LORD was doing. I thought I went over to her apartment to pray for finances, but the LORD had another reason for me being there that evening.
God knows every individual, and every situation in each individuals life. He wants to be God in our lives and set us free of all demonic activities. He is not looking for those who think they can do it themselves. He is looking for those who will let Him use them to do it Himself.
God can only use those who will deny themselves and let Him be God. God is looking for those who will trust Him totally, in every area of their lives, not just to supply all the desires of their mind. When Satan attacks someone, God wants to deliver them Himself. All He wants us to do is be obedient to do what He has told us to do in His Word.
Everything that happens in our lives that is of any value is a work of God in our lives. In John 15:16, Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." As we read this verse, keep in mind that each time it says "and," it means in addition to what was previously said. Therefore, the first statement must be correctly understood before we continue on with that which follows by the addition of "and." By this, Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you..."
When we came to Jesus, we didn't come because we chose Him, but we came because He chose us. Did Jesus make a mistake when He chose us? Did God make a mistake when He drew us to Jesus? I have never seen God make any mistakes yet, and I am sure you cannot find anytime where God made a mistake.
Not only did God draw us to Jesus, and Jesus chose us, but in doing so; the Holy Spirit made us a new creature in Him, "born from above." Notice what Jesus said in John 17:14, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." By our new birth in Christ, we are not even of this world. Look again what Jesus said in John 17:16, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." If we are not of the world, then where are we from?
We are born from heaven above where Jesus came down from. The Father sent Him down to earth to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
Your existence here on earth was God's idea from the beginning. To Jeremiah, the LORD said, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations" (Jer. 1:5). If this is so with Jeremiah, it is also so with you. Before you were conceived in your mother's womb, God knew you. Before you came into this world, God had a purpose and calling for your life. Before you were born, God had already ordained a ministry for you to fulfill. Ephesians 1:4 says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." This is the beginning of your life here on earth. From the foundation of the world God called you, that you should be holy and without blame before Him in love. That was God's first purpose in your life...to be holy and without blame before Him in love.
How could God fulfill His purpose in your life? God had to begin somewhere. Therefore verse 5 tells us; "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will."
God started by His Son, Jesus, adopting you into the family of God, as children of God.
Now, understand, this was God's will and good pleasure to adopt you in Jesus Christ to Himself. This was not your idea, it was God's idea from the foundation of the world, even before Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, God planned to adopt you to Himself in Jesus Christ. You didn't choose God, He chose you.
Who did all this, that we could become the son's of God, and share in His eternal life forever? God did it, we didn't do it, not by our good works, not by the will of the flesh; but by God working in us and for us. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). It's not us, it's God working in us to do His good pleasure. It was His idea from the foundation of the world, that He chose you to inherit eternal life in His Son, Jesus Christ.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified (Rom. 8:29.30).
Who chose you? Who called you? Who made you a new creature in Christ? Who justified you? Who redeemed you? Who cleansed you of your sins? Who's idea was it?
It was all God, "by His Spirit," working in and through His Word. So, whereof do we have anything to glory of? What makes us any better than the least in the kingdom of God? Let us not glory in anything we do, or anything God has done in our lives; only let us rejoice in that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Not because of what we have done, but because of what God has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
All of this, everything God has done in our lives and everything He will do in the future is all done "By His Spirit!" God does everything according to His Word, by His Spirit. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit working together. As Zachariah prophesied "...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6b).
All of this is God working in you and for you. If God be for you, who can be against you? (Rom. 8:30). What can you add to what God has already done for you through His Son, Jesus Christ? Is there anything you can do to make His plan better?
There is something else God is doing to make this plan even better. In Ezekiel 36:27, it was prophesied, "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." God said, not only was He going to make you a new creature in Christ Jesus, and give you eternal life with Him forever. But, He was also going to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, giving you power to be witnesses unto Jesus all over the world (Acts 1:4,5,8). Just as God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, He wants to do that same thing with you.
The Holy Spirit within you will cause you to walk in His statues and keep His commandments (Ezek. 36:27). How will God do that? The Spirit of God within you, searches your heart and knows what is the mind of the spirit; then He makes intercession for you according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27). When you respond to the move of the Holy Spirit within you, God does that which He had planned for your life, "by His power and by His Spirit that dwells in you..." It's not you, but Christ in you that does the works...
Thereby, we become co-labors with God, doing what God had called and ordained us to do from the foundation of the world. God and man, working together as One. It's not God alone, but God and us working together to do His good pleasure. As we respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit within us, "the Holy Spirit works within us to do His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). It's not us doing the works, it's the Holy Spirit working within us to do the works. It's not our works, it's the works of the Holy Spirit being done in us. It's all God! We are only vessels for the Master's use. We are the vessels for the Holy Spirit; we are the temple of the living God.
The temple is not God, the temple is where God dwells. We don't worship the temple, we worship God who dwells in the temple. We are the temple, God is still God; dwelling in His temple...
How can God do in our lives what He desires if we do not permit Him? We must be labors together with God. To do this, we must get out of the courtyard, into the Holy Room and spend time praising and worshiping God in Spirit and in truth. We must separate ourselves from the world, and enter into the Holy of Holies, and fellowship with the LORD (Rev. 3:20).
God's will for everyone is that they enter into the very presence of God (in the Holy of Holies). Over the years, some have entered into the very presence of God. At one time Kathryn Kuhlman entered into the very presence of God. Before she did, it is said that she died--that is, she totally gave herself and her life over to the Holy Spirit.
As a result of her dying to self, the presence of God came upon her, not only in her meetings, but also in her daily life. It is said that when certain people came to see her in her office, they could not get through the doorway. When they tried to enter, they fell under the power of the anointing. The door to her office was open. She sat in her office and invited them to come in. But the anointing prevented them from entering (nothing defiling can enter the very presence of God).
Many times, all Kathryn Kuhlman needed to do was to raise her hand, and the power of God was so strong that those near her fell under the power. No one could come into her presence unless the Holy Spirit permitted them. It was like a shield around her, the anointing was present, even in her office.
That is what God desires for every person living today. Who will become what God has planned for them in this life?
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
What's happening today among the Christians is a type and shadow of what happened to the children of Israel in the Old Testament. What we saw happen in the Old Testament, we see today in the Churches.
Let's take a look at the types and shadows. At the time of Moses, the LORD chose the whole tribe of Levi for His own. Every family of the Levites were chosen for the ministry.
Out of the tribe of Levi, there were those who were of the son's of Aaron. Then there was Aaron himself. Only Aaron himself could enter the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God). He could only enter once a year, and only after he was sanctified. Yet, Aaron could enter into the Holy Room, and he could also enter into the courtyard.
Only the sons of Aaron could enter the Holy Room (where they made sacrifice, prayed, studied, and burned incense). They were right next to the Holy of Holies, but could not enter in. They could go out into the courtyard where the people and other priests were.
The other Levites could not enter into the Holy of Holies, neither could they enter into the Holy Room. They could only enter the courtyard with all the other children of Israel. Yet, they were called of God to minister to the people.
This was the Old Covenant, when the people were in the flesh (not born again). They were chosen by the LORD and were His own (chosen in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). But, they were still in the flesh.
Anything that is "of the flesh" cannot enter into the very presence of God (unless they were sanctified by the presence of the LORD) (Ex. 29:44). Only those who are born of the Spirit and the Word can enter into the very presence of God (Heb. 2:11).
Therefore, all of those who are born again today, can enter into the very presence of God (into the Holy of Holies--where God dwells). For, we are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). The partition between the Holy Room and the Holy of Holies has been done away with. We can now enter the Holy of Holies by the blood of the Lamb.
Yet, the same devil that deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden is still around today. He is still putting thoughts in the minds of those who are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit. The devil hasn't changed, he is still the same devil he always was. He still blinds the minds of Christians as he did with Eve. He still gets Christians to hold on to,
(1) The lust of the flesh.
(2) The lust of the eyes.
(3) The pride of life.
These things are not of the Father, but of this world. In 1 John 2:15-17 says,
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
These things will prevent Christians from entering into the very presence of God (the Holy of Holies).
Today, among those who the LORD has called into the ministry (like the tribe of Levi), most of them want to stay in the courtyard, and not enter the Holy Room, or the Holy of Holies. They love to be with the people, where the tithes and offerings are presented (in the courtyard).
Many of them are more interested in the tithes and offerings then they are in what God called them to do. In the courtyard, they look at what others are giving, and within themselves they seek to receive the tithes and offering for themselves.
Some of the largest ministries today are spending more time in the courtyard, building their own ministry than they are getting into the Holy Room, and studying and praying, and worshiping and praising God. They are more interested in what's happening in the courtyard than what God has in store for them in the Holy of Holies (in His presence).
The Apostles of Jesus, in the early church, understood what Jesus taught a lot better than many of those in ministry today. Look at what happened following their baptism in the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.
In Acts 6, when there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration, the Apostles reply was, "look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business...But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:3,4). Those who are called into the ministry need to be spending their time "continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
This, the Apostles did, and as a result of their commitment to spend their time in prayer and ministry of the Word, when Peter and John went into the Temple at the hour of prayer, the lame man was healed. Peter was ready to be used by God when he came to the lame man at the door.
By the Apostles continuing in prayer and the Word, in Acts 5:15,16, it says,
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
We must spend time in the Holy of Holies, and receive the anointing to do the works that Jesus did.
When we look at what Jesus taught, we see things a lot better. Jesus taught that we must first deny ourselves before we can become His disciples. We must trust totally and completely upon the ability of God the Father and the Holy Spirit, not in the ability of man. We must learn to not do our own will of the flesh, but only the will of the Father in heaven.
We must be willing to come out from among those who will keep us from following the Holy Spirit. There was one of Jesus' disciples who wanted to first attend the funeral of his father, Jesus said, "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead" (Matt. 8:22). Another wanted only to say good-by to those of his family, Jesus said, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).
To the twelve Jesus sent out in Matthew 10, He said,
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me (Matt. 10:37,38).
To His disciples, Jesus said, "every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life" (Matt. 19:29).
These and many other things Jesus said to those who He called to be His disciples. Those who will follow Jesus must get out of the courtyard and into the Holy of Holies. But you cannot go from the courtyard to the Holy of Holies without first entering into the Holy Room, and spending time alone with the LORD and the Holy Spirit in prayer and the Word.
Those in the ministry today, who still spend time "raising money" for their ministry have not left the courtyard. They are still walking after the flesh, and not after the Spirit. God didn't need money to create this world and all that is in this world. God didn't need money to create man and all that man is. God didn't need money to raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out devils, or do any of the mighty works that Jesus did.
All God needs is vessels fit for the Master's use. Vessels who are redeemed by the Blood, sanctified by the presence of God, made perfect by His Word and the Holy Spirit. It's not what man can do, it's what God can do through those who will spend time with God in the Holy of Holies.
It's in the presence of the LORD and the Holy Spirit that man receives "revelation" from God. By "revelation" from God, we can know God and His power. We can come to the fullness of the knowledge of His resurrection, and His ability to do all things by His Spirit.
The only thing that will matter when we stand before the LORD on that last day is, "did we do the will of God" (Matt. 7:21)? Did we "submit ourselves unto God and permit Him to use us for His good pleasure"? Did we enter into the very presence of God, and let Him do His will in our lives?
Will we deny ourselves so that He could use us to do His will in our lives? Until we enter into the Holy of Holies, and the very presence to God, we will never experience the fullness of God's plan for our lives.
In the presence of God there is no lack, no tears, no pain, nothing that is not pleasing to God. To please God, we must submit ourselves unto the Holy Spirit and follow Jesus. Where He leads we must follow....
But, be aware, wherever the Holy Spirit manifests, Satan is there also... When the son's of God come before the LORD, Satan comes also (Job 1:6, 2:1). Not every manifestation is of the LORD, for Satan comes also with great signs and wonders.
We must enter the Holy of Holies by first, leaving the courtyard behind and all that the world has to offer and enter the Holy Room. There we must study the Word and pray, praise and worship God in Spirit and in truth. When we have completely surrendered our will to His will, we can enter into the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God), and sit and eat (with the LORD) the Spiritual food the LORD has prepared for us. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
The LORD is waiting for those who love Him to come into the very presence of God, and have fellowship with Him, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit. This is the fellowship God has desired for man from the foundation of the world. How many Christians today want to have "fellowship" with "the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit"? We can, but there is a price to pay, we must leave the courtyard, enter the Holy Room, and then enter into the Holy of Holies.
If we cannot trust God with our lives, and all our needs, we cannot enter into the very presence of God. If we still want to stay in the courtyard where others enter to pay their tithes and make their offerings, we will never enter into the Holy of Holies. If the world, and the things of this world are important to us, then we are putting something else before God in our lives. God is a Holy God, and nothing can come before Him.
The LORD must be Alpha and Omega in our lives. He must be the beginning and the end in our lives. The world and the things of this world will pass away, but the Word of God will stand forever. We must make a decision, will we enter the Holy of Holies, or will we stay in the courtyard?
Let's look at another type and shadow in the prophetic. In Hebrews, Chapter Ten, we see a fulfilling of the prophetic. It starts off in verse One explaining, "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect." If we let the religious theologians tell us what this is speaking of we'll not come to the revelation of what God is saying to us.
Yes, Jesus came into this world to be the very sacrifice that God desired to take away the sin of the world. Jesus put an end to the Old Covenant Law, that God could have a body to dwell in, and manifest His Glory through.
Jesus came, born of a virgin. It says, "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me" (Heb. 10:5).The body of "Jesus" went to the Cross to pay the price, that the body of "Christ" could have fellowship with God in the Holy of Holies (the spirit of man).
When the Holy Spirit had Paul write the book of Hebrews, He had him include the future "prophetic Word" along with the past "fulfillment of prophecy." Therefore, when Jesus was born into this world of a virgin, God was preparing a body, to be the sacrifice for the sin of the whole world. As John the Baptist proclaimed, "...Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
God had prepared a body for His Son, Jesus, to dwell in upon this earth. The body of Jesus was to be the true sacrifice, replacing the old type and shadow with a better Covenant, made with better promises. The body and blood of Jesus replaced all those sacrifices in the Old Covenant which were only a type and shadow of that which (at that time) was still to come (the body and blood of Jesus).
Now, when the Apostle Paul was writing to the Hebrews, the prophetic word concerning the body and blood of Jesus had already come and gone. Jesus had already gone to the Cross, paid the price with His blood, and already ascended into heaven. So what are the next verses speaking of to us, today? In verses three through eight of Hebrews 10, it is talking about "the body of Jesus." Whereas Hebrews 10:9,10 is speaking of "the body of Christ."
In Hebrews 10:9,10 it says,
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Now the Holy Spirit is talking about the body of "Christ," of which you are a part of, if you belong to Him (Rom. 8:9, 2 Cor. 5:17). Jesus already came in the volume of the book to do the will of the Father as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). He came and did what His Father sent Him to do. Therefore, after showing us the love of the Father by many signs and miracles. Jesus died and arose again from the dead, and lives today as the Head of "the Body of Christ."
Jesus came back from the dead as "Jesus Christ" the head of "the body of Christ" here on earth today. "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God," through His body (here on earth), that the whole world will know God. "Christ" has now come in His love and compassion, His forgiveness and acceptance of all who will enter in, working through "His body here on earth."
This Word of prophecy is being fulfilled today, as Christ works through His body to do His Father's will. The Holy Spirit has prepared a body (the body of Christ), to do the Father's will. A body which is sanctified by the LORD Himself, as it says in Hebrews 2:11, "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one."
There is no longer a veil between the Holy Room and the Holy of Holies. Christians do not have to sanctify themselves before they can enter the Holy of Holies. The LORD Himself has sanctified those who are His own. It is Christ that said in Hebrews 10:9, "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God."
Christ has come as the head of His body (the church), to do the will of God the Father. He is standing at the Holy of Holies, knocking, that we may open the door, that He may come in and sup with us (Rev. 3:20). He knows we are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked," and in need of the anointing to brake the yoke of bondage to this world. Many of the body of Christ are still in bondage to this world. They are still in the courtyard (Sanctuary) trying to minister by their own ability, working from the flesh, saying "God told them."
Many of those who have been called into the ministry are spending their time in the courtyard (Sanctuary), ministering from their natural minds, saying "it's God." They are using Bible verses to convince "the babes in Christ" that, what they are saying is from God.
Yet, prophecy is being fulfilled today, the Holy Spirit is calling out those who will lay down their lives and pick up their cross and follow Jesus. Those who will deny themselves and get into the Holy Room and praise and worship the LORD, study the Scriptures, and intercede for others, as "the Spirit leads."
True intercession comes from our spirit (the Holy of Holies), not from our mind (the Holy Room). We must prepare ourselves in the Holy Room to enter into the Holy of Holies, and receive all that God has for us. We enter from the courtyard, through the Holy Room, into the Holy of Holies. We cannot enter into the Holy of Holies while we are still in the courtyard.
A body is being prepared today (the Body of Christ) to enter into the Holy of Holies where God is in total control. Where the flesh is dead to everything this world has to offer. Where the only thing that matters is "the will of God." Where nothing in this world will enter in. For in the Holy of Holies, the only thing that was brought in by the High Priest was the "burning incense" and "the blood," to be sprinkled on the mercy seat.
We must not bring anything of this world into the Holy of Holies. We enter only "by the blood of the Lamb." In the Holy of Holies, God does not permit that which is "of the flesh." Nothing that will defile the Holy of Holies will be permitted in the very presence of God.
In the Holy Room we minister unto God, and unto the LORD. In the Holy of Holies God ministers to us... In the Holy of Holies is where the "Mercy seat" of the Ark of the Covenant was. On the "Mercy seat" is where the blood was applied. When the Blood was sprinkled on the Mercy seat, their sins were forgiven. It's by the "Mercy" of God, that God ministers to us in the Holy of Holies.
To enter the Holy of Holies, we must first enter through the Holy Room, where we prepare ourselves to enter the Holy of Holies. In preparing to enter into the Holy of Holies, we minister unto the LORD (in praise and worship). Following the praise and worship, we can enter into the Holy of Holies and God will minister to us... Whatsoever is not right in our lives, God will make it right. God will heal our bodies, and give us a sound mind. All the powers of Satan will be destroyed in the Holy of Holies. God will make us whole, physically and mentally.
Those who are called into the ministry are like the son's of Aaron. They belong worshiping the LORD in the Holy Room, and abiding in the Holy Room. Once they have spent their time worshiping the LORD and ministering to the LORD in the Holy Room then they can enter into the Holy of Holies and God will meet all their needs. They do not need to look to anyone else to meet their needs. God will supply all their needs in the Holy of Holies.
It's after that they have ministered to the LORD in the Holy Room, and God has supplied all their needs in the Holy of Holies, that they can then go out into the Sanctuary and minister to those in the Sanctuary, "by the anointing of the Spirit of God from within them."
It's after the Holy Spirit has met all their needs--after they have ministered to the LORD in the Holy Room--then they are in a position to minister to the people in the Sanctuary.
What's happening in the churches today? The Pastors are not spending time in the Holy Room, neither are they entering into the Holy of Holies. They are spending all their time in the courtyard, looking to the people to supply all their needs. Neither do the People get their needs taken care of, nor do the Pastors get their needs met. They've let God out of their lives and went about doing their own thing, their way, saying "it's God."
Many have not prepared themselves in ministering to the LORD. Therefore they are ineffective in ministering to the people. They have not entered into the Holy of Holies and received of God the anointing to minister to the people in the Sanctuary. Therefore, the people in the Sanctuary come in with needs and leave with nothing happening...
In the Sanctuary, nothing happens, God does not manifest with His power and anointing. God is there, but nothing happens and the people leave, sick, confused, and broke. They gave their money to the Pastor, they made their sacrifices and gave their offerings, and now they have nothing, nothing at all.
It's no wonder the people stop coming to church on Sundays, nothing happens! It's as though God does not show up. The sick come in sick and the sick go out sick.... Nothing happened...God did not manifest to heal the sick.
When the Pastor spends his time in the Holy Room, ministering to the LORD, then God will show up and he can enter into the Holy of Holies and receive from God all his needs, physical, material, and mental. God will meet all his needs.
Then, when he goes out into the Sanctuary to minister, God will have a vessel prepared for the Holy Spirit to use to minister to the people. The people's needs will be met by God, by His Power and His might, not by man's power and not by man's might. When God shows up with His power, everyone will receive. All their needs will be met by God, not by man.
We need to learn from the Old Testament times in the wilderness, how that they had all their needs met by God, not by man. God kept them warm in the nighttime and cool in the daytime. God fed them with manna and quail, and even their shoes did not ware out. They didn't plant or harvest, they didn't build homes or buy and sell. God supplied all their needs according to His ability, not man's ability, Not by man's power, not by man's might, but by His Spirit...says the LORD!
As Moses spent his time before the LORD the whole congregation benefitted. When Moses went to the LORD the LORD answered, and the people received. Even Moses did not age, when he was 120 years old there was no wrinkle in his face and his eyes were not dimmed. His sight was perfect and his health was complete at 120 years old.
To serve the LORD "God's way" is always the greatest reward... Man's ways do not work but God's ways never fail.
Remember, the courtyard of the tabernacle was the same place as the Sanctuary in the temple at Jesus' time. It was the same layout. The Sanctuary, the Holy Room, and the Holy of Holies. It was in the Holy Room where "Zacharias" (who was of the sons of Aaron) was ministering to the LORD. "His lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord" (Luke 1:9). It was there in the Holy Room where the angel of the LORD met him.
It was in the temple (the Sanctuary) that Jesus entered twice and drove out the money changers, saying one time, "Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise" (John 2:13-16). Again, in Luke 19:45.46, Jesus entered into the temple and drove out the money changers, this time saying, "My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves." It was the Levites (Pastors and those called into the ministry) that were the money changers, only the Levites were permitted to minister in the temple.
It's the Pastors and those who are called into the ministry today that are the money changers, making the place of worship a den of thieves. Before the LORD returns, will He cleanse the churches of the money changers? Will He drive out those who make the place of worship a place of merchandise?
Before the great shaking (Heb. 12:26,27), will those who have become money changers and thieves repent? Will they enter into the Holy Room, and minister to the LORD, then enter into the Holy of Holies and have all their needs met?
Once God meets their needs, then they can minister to the people "by the Spirit of the LORD" and not by the ability of man? This is God's plan for those who are called to the ministry, how many will follow God's plan?
There will be a great shaking. It's still coming. It says in Hebrews 12:25-27,
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
There will be a great shaking, and God is going to shake everything that can be shaken.
Even before this great shaking, remember, 1 Peter 4:17 says, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" Therefore, before the great shaking, judgment must first come to the house of the LORD.
On Earth as in Heaven
Why are Christians today so caught up in the world? Why do they love the world and the things of this world? Why are they still following the teachings of men?
Jesus said, When you pray, Pray "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). How are things done in heaven? How are the people's needs being met in heaven?
There is no report of anyone planting and harvesting in heaven. There is no report of anyone building, buying and selling in heaven. There are no wars in heaven. There is no sickness or disease in heaven. There is no crying nor tears in heaven. Revelation 21:4 says, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
If this is the way it is in heaven, why shouldn't it be the same here on earth? Jesus said, Pray "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). What's happening in heaven today? Look in Revelation 4:8-11. The Apostle John, while in the Spirit on the LORD'S day, saw, and wrote,
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (Rev. 4:8-11)
In heaven, the saints go before the throne and sing praises unto the LORD and to God. They praise and worship the LORD for Who He is. They give glory and honor to the LORD, Who was and is and is to come!
As they praise and worship the LORD and our God, all their needs are met. They do not labor, or buy and sell. Their needs are all met by God and our LORD. He supplies all their needs.
Jesus said, Pray, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). The religious spirits today have kept Christians in bondage. They teach how to prosper, how to live in love, doing it their way...
God has a better plan, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). God wants to supply all our needs. God wants to put away all sin and iniquity, all sickness and disease, all crying and tears, etc. God wants to be God, not some religious idea of "sacrifices and offerings." It says, "...Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein..." (Heb. 10:8). God does not have pleasure in our "sacrifices and offerings."
God has pleasure in being God in our lives. God rejoices in our praises, and our worship of His Son. God desires to be magnified in all the earth. It's our praise and worship that God desires. Jesus said, "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24 NKJV).
God rejoices in our praise and worship in the Holy Room (our soul), and when we enter into the Holy of Holies (our spirit), God will supply all our needs, "not by man's power, not by man's might, but by His Spirit, Says the LORD!"
We are told to do two things while here on earth-- "present our bodies a living sacrifice unto God, and be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind" (Rom. 12:1,2). If we will do these two things, God will take us from the cares of this world into His Kingdom, where He is God, and there is none other like Him.
God wants to "restore our soul." What does that mean? God wants us to think like He thinks and live like He lives. As long as we are "conformed to this world," we will have tribulations and needs that will not be met. We will live like the world lives. God wants to be God, and remove all things that are not of God from our lives.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:1,19).
Today is "the acceptable year of the Lord." God has already accepted those who are born again into His family. God wants to be God in our lives. All God wants is "our life," that He can take away all that is not pleasing in His sight. God wants to destroy all the works of the devil in our lives. In 1 John 3:8 it says, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."
In Isaiah Isa 55:8,9 it says,
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Our soul must be restored to think the way God thinks. Our minds must be renewed, so we are no longer conformed to this world. We must have a sound mind, that loves and worships and praises the LORD our God.
We enter the Holy Room and praise and worship God, and our LORD Jesus Christ, and minister to the LORD. Then we can enter into the Holy of Holies and God will minister to us. God will change our thinking, restore our soul, that we love Him with the Love He gave us.
In the Holy of Holies, all the works "of the flesh," all the works of the devil will be removed. Only that which is of God will remain. No more sickness or disease, no more sorrow or pain, no more wants or needs, all will be met by God. God will supply all our needs, physical, material, and mental.
When we come out of the Holy of Holies, we will be whole, body, soul, and spirit. We will be complete in Him. There will be no lack, for God will be our God in every area of our lives.
There are testimonies of a few who have given themselves to enter the Holy Room every day. Giving to God their lives, their all. Almost every service they see into the spirit realm as they minister. They see what God is doing in the spirit before it happens in the natural. All they need to do is what they see God doing in the spirit. They see angels praising and worshiping, and they praise and worship along with the angels. Then they see the sick being healed, the lame walking the blind seeing, etc. all they need to do is speak the Word and it manifest in the natural.
Remember, Jesus said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise" (John 5:19). The way to minister is to see what God is doing in the realm of the spirit, and do what you see God doing.
When we give ourselves over to God, to use us, He will use us. Not for our glory but for His glory. Anyone can enter into the Holy of Holies, if they will get out of the courtyard and into the Holy Room and minister unto the LORD every day. Giving themselves as servants to the LORD God, for His Glory.
The key to all that God has for you, is:
A. Rise early in the morning, before anyone else...
B. Give yourself, your all to God...
C. Give God the best of your day, 2.4 hours of your day, every day. The first-fruits of your day.
1. By yourself, all alone, lay your life before the LORD. Give Him your total self, body, soul, and spirit.
2. Let nothing enter into your time with the LORD, spend time with the LORD alone, by yourself.
3. First get rid of the past, the days before, the things of this life. Confess your sins, and be clean before the LORD.
4. Then praise and worship the LORD, giving Him honor and glory for Who He is and all that He has done for you. Praise and worship the LORD and the Father. Usher in the Holy Spirit as your Helper, Guide, Comforter, Leader and Teacher.
5. Raise up Jesus! Raise up the complete Godhead. Give glory unto God, your Father and Jesus your LORD.
6. Sing praises unto God. Speak the Word of God, not the words of men. Read the Scriptures out loud, according to what God says, according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh.
7. Pray in the Spirit, not in your understanding. Let God be God in your life.
8. Give God control of everything in your life, every hour, every minute. Submit yourself unto God.
a. Give God your eyes, that He may anoint them to see into the spirit.
b. Give God your ears, that He may anoint them to hear what the Spirit is saying.
c. Give God your mouth, that you may speak His Words.
d. Give God your hands, that He may use them for His glory.
e. Give God your feet, that He may plant your footsteps.
f. Give God your body, that it might be a living sacrifice unto the LORD, as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Put God in total control of all you have and all that is in your possession. Make Him LORD of your life... Do this every day. Every day commit yourself and all you have unto the LORD.
When we do these things, then God will respond and we will be endued with power from on High. It will not be by our might, not by our power, but by His Spirit, says the LORD!
KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING
Satan is "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). The Word of God tells us this, and it is true. But the Word of God also tells us, we are "not of this world" (John 17:16). Therefore, we are not to submit to Satan's deception. In Colossians 2:8 we are told, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Through Satan's craftiness, and subtilty he deceived Eve, and then used Eve to get Adam. Satan uses those who God uses, to bring in false teachings, and false manifestations. When the sons of God come before the LORD, Satan comes also (Job 1:6, 2:1). Be sure that what you believe agrees with the complete inspired Word of God, not the words of men.
How does Satan get his false teaching into the Churches today? When the Holy Spirit anoints an individual with a special anointing, Satan comes along with a false anointing to ride on the tail of the true anointing. Satan knows that knowledge is the desire of man... Man has a desire for knowledge... Therefore, when God anoints a man with the gift of healing and miracles, Satan comes along with a false anointing of "teaching." Those who have a true anointing to operate in the healing and miracles, get off into teaching, where they have no anointing from God.
Where the true manifestations of healing and miracles come, Satan comes with his false teachings, to draw Christians away from the power and presence of God. When the sons of God come before the LORD, Satan comes also... Never follow a person, only follow the LORD, by His Spirit within you...
Those who get their information from the Holy Spirit will get information from the inspired Word of God. The Spirit and the Word agree, they are One (1 John 5:7).
Satan has brought into the Churches "a sin gospel" to keep God's Children in bondage. God is not preaching "a sin gospel," He is preaching "a righteousness gospel." We are made "righteous" by the body and blood of the Lamb, "Jesus Christ," the Head of the body of Christ.
We must not be deceived by the teachings of men... We must come boldly into the throne-room (Holy of Holies), as son's of God, washed by the blood, "to do His will, not our will." We are ambassadors of Christ, to represent the Godhead here on earth (2 Cor. 5:20). An ambassador does not supply his own needs, and he does nothing of himself. He is only there as a representative of the One who sent Him.
Therefore, we must first commit our total self to God, then we can enter the Holy of Holies and receive the anointing to do the will of the Father. With the anointing, comes the "revelation," with the revelation comes the power of God. Information alone is of no value, without "revelation." We must receive "revelation" from the Written Word of God to know the truth that we can be "true ambassadors for Christ."
Satan is the god of this world. Wherever the Holy Spirit goes, Satan sends his spirits to manifest also. He is a counterfeiter of the true. If you do not know the True, you will easily be deceived by the counterfeit. Only by "revelation" of the Word of God can you know the True.
By the types and shadows in the Old Testament we can get to know the true and receive revelation of that which God is doing as well as that which Satan is doing. The teachings of men will make the Word of God of none-effect. The teachings of men come from the minds of men, whereas the teachings of God comes from the spirit's of men.
Every teaching of men about Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden that does not agree completely from Genesis through Revelation is not of God, but of men (Matt. 16:23). When men teach that which is not recorded in the Scriptures, you should know there is something wrong. The Written Word of God and the Holy Spirit agree. That which is not Written is very questionable, to say the least. When Jesus was tempted by the devil in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, He used the Written Word of God to defeat the devil, saying "it is written." If it is not written in the inspired Scriptures, it is very questionable, to say the least...
Types and shadows of the Old Testament will prove the teachings of men to be false. Especially the teaching that "man is a spirit," and has a soul and a body. That false teaching has become one of Satan's strongholds among many Christians. There are so many false doctrines based upon that false teaching, that it's almost impossible to mention them all.
Let us see the Truth, that we do not get taken up in the error. What happened in the garden of Eden when Adam sinned? (God knew the end from the beginning. By God's foreknowledge, "the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8)).
The first thing that happened was that Adam placed mankind under the lordship of Satan. Satan became a master over mankind. Romans 6:16 explains this saying, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Adam yielded himself and all his descendants as servants to Satan.
As the LORD God had said to Adam, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely (muwth) die (muwth)" (Gen. 2:16). The LORD told Adam that two deaths would come upon mankind, corruption--spiritual death, and mortality--physical death. The living soul would become corrupted by Satan. The physical body would become mortal. The end result of "corruption" would be eternity in the lake of fire--the second death (Rev. 20:6,14). The end result of "mortality" would be the soul separated from the physical body--physical death--the first death.
The living soul "which is man" would continue to live and never die. The living soul is the created man himself and will continue on forever, either in hell or in heaven. The choice is up to man, where he will spend eternity (he will spend eternity somewhere, either heaven or hell). Man is "a living creature--a living soul," with a soul that will live forever...
NOTE: in Genesis 2:17,
The words "surely die," in the Hebrew signify two deaths, corresponding with Re 20:6,14. The Hebrew word "muwth," translated both "surely" and "die," is a primitive root word.
The first word "surely" is in the "infinitive mood." Infinite means "unlimited; not limited to any person, number, or tense." Infinitive means "existence or action without reference to person, number, or tense. It is usually the form of the first person singular present."
In the case of man (the first Adam, eternal death came upon mankind). But, not upon the Jesus, the Second Adam, (in Him was eternal life). "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" 1Co 15:22.
The second word "die" is also the same Hebrew word "muwth" but is in the "imperfect mood," expressing an action, process, or condition which is incomplete. This pertains to the death of the natural body, which is called "mortal" in Ro 8:11 and 1Co 15:53,54. Mortal means "death is resident; in the process of dying; and must eventually die" Ro 5:12.
Therefore, the word "surely" pertains to eternal death and word "die" pertains to physical death.
Adam, of his own free will submitted himself and all his descendants as servants to Satan (Rom. 6:16). Satan became man's master by operating in man's soul (the mind being the primary part of the soul).
We can see this much clearer in the types and shadows of the Old Testament. (God knew the end from the beginning, and Joseph was first sold into slavery, then imprisoned, then raised up to become second to Pharaoh). When Joseph became second to Pharaoh, Jacob and his whole family (of their own free will) moved to Egypt to live (under Pharaoh). Pharaoh became their master (over them).
If you study the complete history from Joseph's birth until his death, God's hand was upon Joseph. God knew the end from the beginning.
Following the death of Joseph, other Pharaohs came into power which did not know Joseph, and became "slave masters" over the children of Israel. The children of Israel were slaves to Pharaoh, and he was their master.
God knew the end from the beginning, for the LORD God had already told Abraham, "Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;...And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance" (Gen. 15:13,14).
At the time of the Passover the LORD God delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery (to Pharaoh). At the crossing of the Red Sea, Pharaoh and his army were defeated. Pharaoh was drowned in the Red Sea (Ex. 14:18,27,28).
By the body and blood of the Lamb, the children of Israel were set free... They were delivered by the power of God, not by the power of man. They had a new beginning, freedom from Pharaoh and all his slave-drivers. A new beginning in their lives, a new beginning of years and a new life (Ex. 12:2).
By the body and blood of Jesus, those who are born again are "redeemed--bought back from being slaves to Satan." Jesus Christ is their Master. We are servants to God, and our LORD Jesus Christ. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Rom. 6:16).
In the teaching of "man is a spirit" some have even taught that when Adam ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,
"he committed High Treason, he became a partaker of Satan's nature. He was actually born again, and he became a new Satanic creation. Because man is a spirit being, it was his spirit that partook of Satan's nature."
This is totally false, not from the Word of God, and not from the Holy Spirit...
In the types and shadows of the Old Testament we will see that the Children of Israel, when they entered Egypt, by way of Joseph, they remained "children of Israel." They never became "Egyptians." They were servants to Pharaoh, but never a part of Pharaoh, nor ever an Egyptian. They remained in Goshen, as Children of Israel, in bondage to Pharaoh.
Christians today, who do not worship the LORD in the Holy Place, and enter into the Holy of Holies, in the very presence of the LORD, will remain servants to those who are of this world. If they listen to those who love the world and the things of this world they will not enter into that which the LORD has for them. They will still love the world, and the things of this world "just as the Israelites who wanted to return to Egypt." In Numbers 14:4 it says, "And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt."
Christians must learn to get out of the courtyard and into the Holy Room, and minister unto the LORD. Then, the LORD can come from the Holy of Holies and sit down with them, and minister to them from the Spirit, not from the flesh. Then, we can walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. For God will be leading, guiding, comforting, teaching, and helping us in everything we do.
It takes the power of God to overcome the power of Satan in our minds. As we submit ourselves, totally and completely unto God in the Holy Room, God will minister to us in the Holy of Holies. When we receive from God and not from the world, we will know that which is truth. In 1 John 2:27 it tells us, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." Who will we listen to, the Holy Spirit or man? Who will we follow, the Holy Spirit or men?
Here we stand, the Holy of Holies on one side and the courtyard on the other side. Which way will we go, into the Holy of Holies, or out into the courtyard? Many have chosen the courtyard, where the congregation is with all their tithes and offerings. But few have chosen the Holy of Holies where God will minister to all our needs.
A LIVING SOUL
Let's look at another type and shadow to understand why man is a living soul, not a spirit. In Genesis 2:7 it says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground (earth), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." When the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, the physical body was a part of the earth. The earth belonged to man and man belonged to the earth. The connection between the two of them was of the same substance.
Then, the LORD God breathed into the body of man the breath of life, and man became a living soul. When the breath of life from the LORD God came into man, a spirit was formed in man. God breathed a spirit into man. The spirit of man is in man, man is not the spirit. In Job 32:8 it says, "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." In Zechariah 12:1 it says, "The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him."
Thereby, the living soul of man is in the body of man. So is the spirit of man in the body of man. Proverbs 20:27 says, "The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." The spirit of man is not the man. The spirit of man is in the belly of man. In the body of flesh and bones is the soul of man and the spirit of man. (Those who are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit know that their spirit is in their belly, and their mind is in their head. The mind is the primary operation of the soul of man).
The spirit of man is God's part of man, that part that God has reserved for Himself. That's why Job 32:8 identifies the spirit "in man" where God gives man understanding.
Man's body belongs to the earth, it is made of the elements of the earth. Man's spirit belongs to God. Man's soul belongs to man, who is "a living soul." The soul of man is between the flesh and the spirit.
The soul of man is the decision maker in man. That's why God is now "saving souls," for man is "a living soul," and God is saving man (people).
Before man was created, Satan was cast down to this earth (Isa. 14:12, Luke 19:17). Satan was on earth and God was in heaven. The earth was Satan's domain, he was "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). God's domain was in heaven, where the Father sits upon His throne.
When the LORD God created man "a living soul" He put the soul of man in charge of the body of man, and put a spirit in man whereby God could communicate with man (Job 32:8). The body of man belonged to the earth. The spirit of man belonged to God. Man, "a living soul" was between that which belonged to the earth and that which belonged to God.
Adam was, and we are "ambassadors" for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). An ambassador is one who is sent to another country to represent the one who sent him. God sent man down to earth to represent Him here on earth. God gave man a body made of the elements of the earth, and a spirit in man to communicate with God.
Man, "a living soul," must determine within himself, will he communicate with God or with this world and the god of this world, Satan? There are two gods, the God of heaven "the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," and Satan, the god of this world. Man is not a god and never was. Man is a created being, formed of the dust of the ground, received his life by the breath of the LORD God, and became a living soul.
Whose servant are we? Do we serve the devil, or God? Who created us, the devil or God? Who do we belong to the devil or God? What's our position, are we ambassadors for Christ or are we servants of the devil?
In the beginning, the LORD God offered to man dominion upon this earth. God put man in the position of an ambassador for Christ. Man was to know what was happening on earth and report back to God his findings. God supplied man with everything man needed, a body to dwell in and a spirit to communicate to God with.
What happened? Adam and Eve communicated with the serpent instead of the LORD. The serpent beguiled Eve, and she spoke to Adam. Adam obeyed the serpent and became a slave to Satan. Satan became man's master, by thoughts in man's mind which is in his soul.
God continued to work with man from his spirit (Job 32:8). From the spirit of man, God gave man understanding. From the spirit of man, the inspiration of the Almighty spoke "prophecy" into the world that changed the course of man, who is a living soul.
Through prophecy, spoken to man from his spirit, God informed man of his condition. And God gave man the solution to his condition "the body and blood of Jesus Christ." (Man's spirit was never dead, not to man or to God). God used man's spirit to bring forth His Word into this world. Souls were saved by the voice of God speaking to man from his spirit.
Today, man is still a living soul. But those who have received Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior are now born again of the Spirit and the Word of God. God gives us a new spirit (Ezek. 36:26). God Himself takes up His residence in the new spirit of God. Man is joined "One Spirit with the LORD." God included His dwelling place into man's body, and has become one with man here on earth. The complete Godhead dwells in man, "in his spirit." God is still God, man is still man, Satan is still the devil.
But God has made us a new creature in Christ Jesus, His Son. We are now bone of His bones, flesh of His flesh, sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus. We belong to God, and Satan is no longer our Master. We are no longer slaves to the devil, we serve God by the power of the God dwelling in us, in our spirit.
We are one with God "in the spirit." But we are still in this world, and Satan is still the god of this world. The only part of man that is completely new is our spirit, where God dwells in us. In 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 it says,
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
We are still "a living soul," between our spirit (where God dwells) and our flesh (where sin dwells). We must make the decisions. Will we submit to God in our spirit or to sin in our flesh (Rom. 7:14-23). The Apostle Paul wrote,
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Rom. 7:15-25).
In our mind, our soul, we must make a decision, will we become servants to the devil in our flesh? Or will we become servants to God in our spirit?
When we side with God in our spirit, we have all the powers of heaven to help us. But when we yield to the flesh, Satan has an advantage over us. Satan is still waging a battle for our soul from the flesh. God is working from our spirit within us to overcome the flesh and walk in the Spirit.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1,2).
Who is man that he should withstand God? Who is man that he should teach that which is not from God? Who will follow man (teaching from his mind) and who will follow God (teaching from our spirit)? If we get out of the courtyard and into the Holy Room, and praise, worship, surrender our all to God (spirit, soul, and body), we can enter the Holy of Holies (by the blood of the Lamb), and God will minister to us, in every area of our lives.
We need God, working in us and through us by His Spirit. We don't need the teachings of men that lead us astray. We need the fullness of the Godhead bringing us into the very presence of God (in the Holy of Holies). Jesus is standing at the door, knocking, wanting to come in and have fellowship with us in the Holy of Holies (Rev. 3:20). Who will answer the LORD and come into the very presence of God Almighty, and receive all that God has for them? Will you?
Which will we chose, the courtyard where the world supplies our needs by the natural ability of man, or the Holy of Holies where God supplies all our needs by His supernatural power. We are a living soul, and we make the choice where we will spend our time, with the world, and the flesh, or with God in the Spirit. Eternity is calling, heaven and hell are before us, which will we choose?
THE MERCY SEAT
By type and shadow we must understand "the Mercy Seat." The Mercy Seat was on top of the "Ark of the Covenant." The Mercy Seat is where the two cherubims of gold had their wings stretched over. (Ex. 25:17-25).
In the Ark of the Covenant was the tables of stone, on which the LORD Himself wrote the Ten Commandments of the Law. The Ark of the Covenant also contained a sample of the manna, which the LORD rained down from heaven in the wilderness. It also contained Moses' Rod (called Aaron's Rod--for it was Aaron that was the spokesman for Moses).
Thereby, in the Ark of the Covenant there was the evidence of the Law, the manna, and the Rod. Each of these three were a symbol of God's ability to do what He promised. The Law was to keep them from the powers of Satan. Obeying the Law would prevent Satan from becoming a slave master over them (like Pharaoh was a slave master over them in Egypt). The Law was not to put them into bondage, but keep them from bondage.
The manna was a reminder of God's supernatural ability to take care of all their needs. God supplied them with manna and quail to eat, heat at night and cool in the daytime. This was all by supernatural power, not by man's power.
The Rod of Moses was a reminder of God's supernatural power to deliver them. Following the ten plagues, the Rod of Moses was used to open the Red Sea (Ex. 14:16,21). Then Pharaoh and all his army drowned in the Red Sea after the children of Israel were safe on the other side. Moses lifted up his hand over the Red Sea and the waters returned on Pharaoh and his army. Moses' Rod was used many times to demonstrate God's Almighty Power.
Each item in the Ark of the Covenant was a reminder of God's power and ability to keep His Word. The total success of Israel was based upon what was in and upon the Ark of the Covenant. It was on top of the Ark of the Covenant that the Mercy Seat was. It was upon "the Mercy Seat" that the blood of the Lamb was placed. Everything under the Mercy Seat was dependant upon the Blood that was sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat (Lev. 16:14,15). It was the blood that made an atonement for the sins of the children of Israel (Lev. 17:11).
Let us see another important part from the types and shadows in the Old Covenant. The Blood is more important than the Law. The blood of the lamb was shed at Passover in Egypt, before the Law was given in the wilderness. In Galatians 3:17 says, "And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect." Now we know this was specifically speaking of the covenant made with Abraham. But the statement is still true concerning the blood, for the blood was also confirmed of God in Christ at the Passover. The blood brought the children of Israel out from bondage to Pharaoh and Egypt into the protection of the LORD God Almighty.
Therefore, the shedding of the blood came before their deliverance. First the blood, then their deliverance. Without the blood there can be no deliverance. This all happened before the Law, which came after they were delivered. After they were in the control of God in the wilderness the Law was given.
It was upon the "Mercy of God" that the blood was shed. Therefore, on the Ark of the Covenant was "the Mercy Seat," where the blood of the covenant was applied. The Law (tables of stone) were in the Ark, under "the Mercy Seat." You cannot get to the Law without going through "the Blood" on "the Mercy Seat," where the blood was applied. Therefore, the Blood of the Lamb comes before the Law.
In type and shadow, Christians must understand, if you want to obey God's Laws (which He has written in your heart and in your mind--Hebrews 8:10), you must first enter by way of the Mercy Seat. To try to "obey the Law" "without the Mercy," it will not work (it will be pure religion--no Holy Spirit).
This was the condition in Israel when Jesus came. In John 10:1-15, Jesus addressed this issue. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" (John 10:1). You will notice, Jesus was not talking about the devil in John 10:10, when He said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy..." As we read on in John 10, you will notice that Jesus was speaking of the Levites, the Priests, and today the Pastors of Churches.
Jesus said, "But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep" (John 10:2). Which door is Jesus speaking of? The door to the sheepfold... Jesus is the Lamb of God that shed His blood. Therefore, you enter the door to the sheepfold through the Blood of Jesus.
The sheep belong to the LORD, not the shepherds. To enter they must enter through the door into the Holy Room, and then into the Holy of Holies, where God dwells. These things Jesus was speaking to them in a parable. Then in verses seven and eight, Jesus said,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Jesus said, all the Levites and Priests that came before He came were "thieves and robbers." They taught "the Law," but not "the Mercy," or "the blood." They taught to obey God, but not to receive from God. You could say they tried to enter the Ark of the Covenant from the bottom, not from the top (through the blood--through the Mercy Seat). To the Levites (the Pharisees and the Sadducees), the Law was more important than the Mercy and the blood. Those who preach the Law without the Mercy and the blood are nothing but thieves and robbers, who have come to steal, kill, and destroy.
Jesus, in comparing Himself to the Pharisees and Sadducees, said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly...I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (John 10:10,11). Then in the next verses, Jesus included those who came in through the door, but left the leading of the Holy Spirit "for the money," saying,
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep (John 10:12,13).
In John 10:7, Jesus said, "I am the door of the sheep." To the Churches today, Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
The Pharisees and the Sadducees at the time of Jesus put the Law before "the Mercy Seat," before "the blood." Without "the Mercy Seat" the Law is of no avail. The Law was never meant to put a person in bondage, it was to keep them out of bondage.
"The Mercy Seat" and "the blood" was to get them out from under the slavery of the devil, and set them free of their past. Keeping the Law would keep them from the works of the devil, where God could be God in their lives. The manna and the Rod of Moses were included with the Law, all in the same place in the Ark of the Covenant. But, the Mercy Seat and the blood was "above the Law" on top of the Ark of the Covenant. Mercy and Grace come before the Law... By Mercy and Grace, we receive not just the Law, but also the provisions "manna" and God's power "Moses' Rod."
We must understand the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Mercy Seat, the Law, the manna, and the Rod of Moses. They were in the Holy of Holies... To benefit from the Mercy of God, and the Law written in our hearts and minds, and the provision and the Power of God, we must enter into the Holy of Holies.
The blessings promised to the Church today do not come without the Law written in our hearts... But the Law does not come before the Mercy and Grace of God, which is "Above the Law." That's why Paul preached, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8). The Law, without Grace and Mercy (and the blood) could not save anyone. We are not saved by the Law, but by the Grace and Mercy, which is above the Law (in the Ark of the Covenant--in the Holy of Holies). Yet, the Law is good, and is necessary to keep us from becoming in bondage to (the Slave Master) Satan.
By Grace and Mercy (through the blood), we are freed from Satan and his demons, "by Grace we are saved, through faith," not by the Law. The Law is under the Mercy Seat, and does not come before the Grace and Mercy of God. If Grace and Mercy are not preached, the preacher is nothing but a hireling, he is not a good shepherd. To preach the Grace and Mercy of God, the Pastor must first enter the Holy of Holies and receive the anointing from God. Without the anointing, his preaching is in vain.
The Ark of the Covenant was in the Holy of Holies... Everything concerning that which God offers to man is in the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant is. The fullness of God dwells in the Holy of Holies... To receive from God, we must enter into the Holy of Holies. As we enter the Holy of Holies, the first thing is the Mercy Seat over the Ark of the Covenant. We cannot receive the provision "manna" without entering through the Mercy Seat. We cannot receive the power "Moses' Rod" without entering through the Mercy Seat. We cannot obey the Law (written in our hearts and minds) without entering through the Mercy Seat. All God has for us, comes after the Mercy Seat. The Mercy Seat is in the Holy of Holies...to receive, we must enter into the presence of God in the Holy of Holies.
Why "the Mercy Seat"? That is where "the blood" is applied. That is where Satan's powers are broken, by the blood of the Lamb. The blood is what seals "the Covenant" we have with God. The New Covenant is sealed in the blood of Jesus. Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 22:20, "This cup is the new testament (New Covenant) in my blood, which is shed for you."
Now, look at the importance of the Blood of the New Covenant from this point of view. When Jesus ate His last supper with His disciples, He was in a room apart from the world and others. He met with them privately, in a pre-selected room. A type and symbol of the Holy of Holies, where no one else except those chosen could enter. The entrance to the Holy of Holies is only for those who are chosen by the LORD (Christians today, born again of the Word and the Spirit).
Now, look at what happened after Jesus arose again from the dead. Before Jesus went to the Cross He had already said to His disciples, "But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee" (Matt. 26:32). The same day Jesus arose from the dead, when the women met Him, Jesus said to them, "Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me" (Matt. 28:10).
Why Galilee? The Jews (religious people) would not look for Him in Galilee. Today, the religious leaders will not enter the Holy of Holies, they stay in the courtyard. In John 7:52, the leaders of the Jews said to Nicodemus, "Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet." God does not appear to those who think they are someone great (the religious leaders). The LORD appears to those who enter the Holy of Holies "by the blood of the everlasting covenant." To meet with the LORD, you must come to Him in the Holy of Holies (Rev. 3:20).
Yet, if the Pastors, and anyone who truly loves the LORD will enter the Holy Room and minister to the LORD. He will be knocking at the door for them to enter the Holy of Holies. In the Holy of Holies the LORD will minister to the needs of all who enter. Not according to the Law, but according to Mercy, because of the blood of the Lamb.
After the LORD appears to each one individually, in the Holy of Holies, then they will have the anointing to minister to others in the courtyard. First, they must meet with the LORD in private, and receive of the LORD their needs. Then they can go out into the courtyard and minister to the needs of others by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).
We must never forget, the gospel is based upon the Blood of the Lamb, not upon the Law, or the righteousness of men. Revelation 12:11 says, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." The blood of the Lamb comes before their testimony. Their testimony is based upon "the blood of the Lamb."
The Old or The New
We need to understand the Scriptures. They are given to us as a basis for all that God has done and is doing on this earth. They are written from the beginning to the ending. They are information and revelation to those who will search and study them. Yet, they are progressive, using the Old Testament to lay the foundation for the New Testament.
We must have "revelation" from the "information" in the Scriptures to know and understand the will of God for our lives. Therefore, as we receive "revelation" we must put away that which is old and put on that which is new. We must mature in that which we are taught, that we may become what God desires for us. As we are told in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." As we study the Scriptures we will receive "revelation" from the "information" contained therein.
Throughout the ages (from the time of Moses on), men have had the Scriptures, which contained the "information" needed to obtain "revelation" from God. Yet, the "information" is not sufficient in itself, we must have the "revelation," to know the will of God for us individually.
The information in both the Old Testament and the New Testament is "the foundation" for what God desires to do in the lives of those who truly love Him. The "foundation" is only the basis upon which the end is established. The "foundation" is necessary, for without a solid foundation, a building will not stand. Therefore, we must have a solid foundation in the Old Testament and the New Testament, to be taught by God, His ways and His desires for us individually. Where there is not a good solid foundation, the building will not stand...
So it is with the Scriptures, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is "old" and is passed away, for the New has already come. The New Testament replaces the Old Testament. The Old Testament was only the foundation for the New Testament. We do not live in the foundation, we live above the foundation, which is built upon the foundation.
Here is where many Christians fail in their walk with God. Many have fallen from the faith, and given heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim 4:1). When God desires for us to enter into the Holy of Holies and have fellowship with Him, many have desired the courtyard ministry seeking the world and the things of the world.
The greatest deception among Spirit-filled Christians today is the desire of the things of this world, and the unwillingness to give up the desires of the flesh for the true anointing of the Spirit. They love the works of the flesh and the manifestations of the Old Testament, rather than seek the true anointing for the New Testament.
Many Old Testament prophets have entered into the Churches, prophesying from their minds what they say "God said." Their eyes are upon the world and all that is in the world. They prophesy lies, and deceive many into following their false prophecies. They do not know how to"rightly divide the word of truth."
One basis upon which we can "rightly divide the word of truth" is upon the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me" (John 6:45). Today, among many of the Churches, they follow the teachings of men rather than the teachings of God. They put a great emphasis upon the modern day "Prophets," rather than the Holy Spirit. People raise up "Prophets," who prophesy from their minds, leading many into deception.
Therefore, it is important to be taught by God, by entering into the Holy of Holies and having fellowship with the Father and the Son. That which is of the flesh cannot enter into the Holy of Holies, only that which is sanctified by Jesus Christ. Jesus said, unless we deny ourselves we cannot follow Him. This is the beginning of a true walk with God, and the entrance into the Holy of Holies.
In the Old Covenant, God worked with men who were in the flesh (not born again, and not baptized in the Holy Spirit). He used the examples (types and shadows) in the Old Testament to bring in the New Covenant. Now that the New Covenant has come it's time to leave the Old Covenant and enter into the New Covenant. We keep the Old Covenant as a foundation for the New Covenant. But we do not live in the foundation, we live above the foundation, in the house that God built. We do not worship God in temples built with hands, but in temples which God built by His Spirit (in our spirit).
It's time to leave the Old behind, and live in the New... God has great plans for those who will leave the Old and enter into the New. For those who will serve God "with their spirit," not their mind (Rom. 1:9). The minds of men have been corrupted by the enemy (Gen. 3:6, 1 Cor. 15:53,54). But the spirits of those who are born again, are perfect, created by God and for God (Ezek. 36:26, John 3:6). In our spirit the fullness of the Godhead dwells (Col. 2:9,10). Out of our belly flows the rivers of living water (John 7:38).
We must "present our bodies a living sacrifice unto God and be not conformed to this world, but be renewed in our mind" (Rom. 12:1,2). This is our responsibility, yet it cannot be done by man; by man's ability, or man's power, or man's might. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).
We have "a New Covenant," based upon "Better Promises," whereby, if we will submit ourselves completely to the leading of the Holy Spirit He will guide, comfort, teach, lead, and help us in every area of our lives. Earth is only our dwelling place at this time, to prepare us for a heavenly existence with God.
We must learn the ways of the Holy Spirit, be taught by God to know the truth that will set us free of the world and the things in the world. We must loose the bonds of the flesh that desire the world and the things of this world, that our soul is free to have fellowship with God in the spirit.
In the Old Testament, in Isaiah 6:8, it says, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." That was the Old Covenant. Today the voice of the LORD is saying, "...Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter" (Rev. 4:1).
God is not looking for those who will go in their ability. God is looking for those who come up to the "revelation" of who we are in Christ, and how to be led by the Holy Spirit from within, not the mind from without. Total surrender to the Holy Spirit in the Holy of Holies is God's desire for Christians today.
The beginning of eternal life in Christ Jesus is in the spirit of man, not the mind of man, and not the flesh of man. The flesh must die, the mind must yield to the Spirit of God within us that the "new man" born "of the incorruptible Word of God" can mature within us.
In 1 Peter 1:23 it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." In John 3:6 it says, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." The lusts of flesh and the lusts of the Spirit are contrary to each other (Gal. 5:17). Therefore, we must be taught of God to overcome the flesh and the corruption in our mind.
Satan has used the Old Testament and the Old Testament Prophets to keep us bound to this world and the things of this world. Worldly prosperity is questionable in the light of the Word of God in 1 John 2:15,16,17.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
The teachings of men have their eyes upon the world and the things of this world.
In the New Testament, God is saying, "...Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter" (Rev. 4:1). The Apostle John was shown things concerning this world, and the end times of this world. God wants to show us "today" His plan for eternity, whereby those who will be obedient to the Holy Spirit in this life will partake of the new heavens and the new earth which are to come.
God has a plan for those who will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. God's plan is not this world, but eternity to come... Which will we choose, this world or eternity to come? The choice is between the flesh and the spirit. The natural or the supernatural. The things of men or the things of God? By man, or by the Holy Spirit?
How many Christians today know what is available to them "today" in the realm of the Spirit? This world has nothing to offer compared to what God has in store for those who will enter into the Holy of Holies and fellowship with the Father and the Son.
In the world, many Christians walk after the flesh, seeking the things of this world. But God has a much better way, better promises, and better operations. Let's enter into that which God has for those who will be led by the Holy Spirit.
Let us see what God is doing today, among those who will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. In one example, a brother in the LORD, who's ministry is based in Florida tells us: He had been ministering in another country a number of times. During his times in that country there was a woman who attended his meetings. This woman became very ill, and was hospitalized, in critical condition. During the night, she said this certain brother in the LORD came into her room and prayed for her. She was totally healed. She got out of bed and got dressed and was walking out of the hospital when she was stopped by an attendant of the hospital. When they asked her where she was going, she said, I'm leaving, I'm healed.
They persuaded her to wait until they got her doctor to come and examine her. The doctor came and did a complete examination and found her to be completely healed. She told the doctor what happened during the night, saying, this brother in the LORD come into her room and prayed for her and she was healed.
The fact is, this brother in the LORD was here in Florida that night. He never left Florida in the natural at anytime during the time this woman was in the hospital. He received a letter from the woman, telling of how grateful she was that he came and prayed for her in the hospital.
A year or so later, he was back in the country where this woman lived. He met with the woman, and she took him to her doctor to verify all that happened. Her testimony, the records at the hospital and the doctors reports all agree, what she said happened, did happen. Yet, this brother in the LORD (physically) never left Florida during this whole ordeal. There are hundreds of testimonies like the above one. Many who have submitted themselves to entering into the Holy of Holies (having fellowship with God).
There are things that God is doing in the spirit realm today, that most of the Christians know nothing of. Many pastors do not believe what God is doing, how God is using those who will be led by the Holy Spirit in these days. God is not limited to man's ideas or man's understanding. There are no limits to what God can and will do, using those who will enter into the Holy of Holies and have fellowship with the Father and the Son.
There are testimonies of those who have been translated (physically--body and all) to other parts of the world, in an instant of time. They have been used by God to do great things for those who are in the kingdom of God. There is a report of a pastor in Russia, during the years of the Iron Curtain. At times he was translated up to one-thousand miles in seconds to minister in other parts of Russia. Sometimes, when the Russian police knew where he was, by the time they got there, God had translated him (body and all) to another part of Russia, hundreds of miles away. "With God all things are possible."
Many Christians have reported experiences of leaving their bodies here on earth and visiting heaven. There they met with the LORD and many of their friends and relatives who have gone on before them. This is not an uncommon experience for many who are Christians today.
There are many Christians today, operating in the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and discerning of spirits. They receive instant wisdom in all sorts of circumstances. They receive instant knowledge of what is happening in their lives and the lives of others. They receive instant information, identifying spirits, what they are doing and what they intend to do. These gifts are not just for a few Christians, they are for all Christians, to operate in each one as the Spirit wills (1 Cor. 12:7-11). God is not a respecter of persons. He can use anyone who will receive the information from Him in the Holy of Holies (their spirit). Age and maturity are not a prerequisite for the gifts of the Spirit. God will choose those He can trust to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. God can only trust those who will trust Him and have fellowship with Him in the Holy of Holies (in their spirit).
We must be aware that, wherever the Spirit of God goes, Satan follows. When the sons of God come before the LORD, Satan comes also (Job 1:6, 2:1). There are false manifestations of the gifts of the spirit, and there are true manifestations of the gifts of the spirit. If we are faithful to enter into the Holy of Holies (in our spirit), we will know when the false operations from Satan are present.
The nine gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 are needed in the body of Christ, but God only uses those who He can trust in the gifts. Those who God equips, He sends. Those who Satan equips, he sends. Follow God, not Satan.
There is much in store for those who will spend time with God in the Holy of Holies, having fellowship with the Father and the Son. God loves His people, and desires to have fellowship with everyone who is His own. But, God is Spirit, therefore we must enter into fellowship with God in the spirit (in our spirit) where God dwells in His fullness. We are the temple of the living God, He dwells in us and we dwell in Him.
We need types and shadows to understand what is of God and what is not. We need types and shadows to understand what is happening in Christianity today. Jesus taught in parables, yet types and shadows are very helpful in understanding Christianity today.
In the New Testament there are three major classifications for Christians. There are babes in Christ (1 Cor. 3:1). Then there are Children, these include the babes in Christ who are not yet mature (1 John 2:1,12). Then there are sons of God, those who are mature in the things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:14, 19). These are three stages of Christian growth within the body of Christ.
As a type and shadow of these, in the world we have little children who have not attended school, they are all the way from a new born baby up to when they start attending school. Next we have those who are old enough to attend school (grade school, high school, college). These are still in the learning stages of life. They are dependant upon others for their learning and understanding. They are maturing, but not yet mature. Thirdly, we have those who are mature enough to enter into the world system whereby they become productive in what they have learned. It is this third class of people that carry the load for the first two classes of people (the babes and those in school).
This is the same in the body of Christ. We have babes in Christ who need to be taught the first principles of God. Among those we find Churches teaching such things as you must love your neighbor, you must forgive and forget what others have done to you, you must not steal, kill, lie, cheat, etc.
In 1 Corinthians 3:1,3 Paul wrote,
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
When we need to teach Christians how to live with each other without getting into envy, strife, and divisions we are still working with babes in Christ. The first stage of Christian life.
In Hebrews 5, Paul spoke of those who should be mature but are still in need of teaching. He spoke to them of maturity but they were not able to mature. In Hebrews 5:1-10 Paul used Jesus Christ as an example, who came after the order of Melchisedec. Then Paul made this statement, "Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing" (Heb. 5:11). In the second type of Christians we have those who want to be teachers, but are still in need of teaching themselves.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Heb. 5:12-14).
There is a place in Christ, where we no longer walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit. This is maturity in Christ. We set aside the things of the flesh and enter into fellowship with God in the Spirit. This is the third group of Christians that God is looking for. The Christians who are of full age, no longer a babe, no longer a child, but a son of God.
Son's of God no longer walk after the flesh but after the Spirit. Son's of God no longer look to the world as a source of supply for their needs, they have matured from this world to heavenly places in Christ Jesus. They operate by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by the flesh.
The important thing we must learn in our coming up from a babe in Christ to a son of God is, how to mature in Christ. How to go from the courtyard to the Holy Room, and into the Holy of Holies. This is God's plan for every Christian, to enter into the Holy of Holies and have fellowship with the Father and the Son, walking in the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
To understand this desire of God for every born again Christian, we must understand the Scriptures, where they are located. There is a progression in the Word of God from Genesis through Revelation. In Genesis through the gospel of John, God was working with people who were in the flesh. They were not born again of the Word and the Spirit. But they were God's chosen people. They were like babes in Christ in need of the milk of the Word. Therefore, God had to give them the Law under Moses and the Prophets. They had to be taught how to live with each other and how to keep the devil from operating in their lives. The Law was not to put them in bondage, but to keep them from going back into bondage.
After Jesus came and showed us the Father and laid the foundation for the New Testament, He died and arose again, and ascended to the Father. He then sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things, to lead, guide, comfort, and help us in becoming mature in Christ.
All through the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is teaching us and preparing us for maturity as sons of God. Therefore, like the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus was preparing His disciples for after He would leave and go to be with the Father. Now, the Holy Spirit is doing the same as Jesus did, preparing us for eternity with the Father and the Son.
We find in the New Testament a lot of teaching for those who are still babes in Christ. We find a lot of teaching for those who are children, learning the things of God. Then we find the teaching of the Holy Spirit for those who will mature and become sons of God. Even today, the whole world is groaning and waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (Rom. 8:19).
It is sad, to say the least, that in the Christian Churches today, there is very little teaching to bring Christians to maturity in Christ. There are many who say they are "Pastors." And yet, they are not bringing the sheep to maturity. It could be that most of them are not mature themselves. It's difficult to be taught by someone who does not know how to teach, and does not understand what they should be teaching.
In many Churches today, the people come. Church begins at 10:00 A.M. and the Pastor first gets there just before it's time to start. The doors are opened and usually by 10:15 they start to sing. Then after the announcements and offerings, the Pastor gets up to speak. His message is usually for babes in Christ. How to get alone with others in the body of Christ. Then comes 11:30 or so and everyone leaves for home. The service is over and that's it for Sunday Church.
Where is God in these services? What did the people receive from God? Are their lives changed? Did they receive all that God has for them? Whose their Pastor? Or do they have a true Pastor?
What we see in many of Christian Churches today is a type of the Levites. They were all chosen by the LORD to be His servants. But most of the Levites could not enter the Holy Room in the tabernacle. They could not even minister in the courtyard. They could come into the courtyard with the other tribes of Israel. But, their ministry was in the homes of people. They were to serve the people outside of the tabernacle. These Levites were chosen and ordained to minister to the other tribes outside of the tabernacle, to teach them the Law, and to obey the Commandments. This is the first class of those called by the LORD to be servants of God.
Then we have the second class of Levites, the sons of Aaron. They were the priests that could minister in the courtyard. They ministered to the other tribes in the tabernacle. They are the ones who prepared the offering to be offered to the LORD. They were the ones who were permitted to enter into the Holy Room and minister unto the LORD.
Then we have the third class of Levites, the High Priest. The High Priest was permitted to minister in the courtyard, in the Holy Room, and in the Holy of Holies. The High Priest was the only one who could enter into the Holy of Holies.
So again we have types and shadows of things to come. The Old Covenant is a type and shadow of the New Covenant. The New Covenant is a type and shadow of eternity to come. Who is ready to receive that which is to come "eternity with God"?
If the Pastors of Churches today are going to stay in the category of the average Levite, and spend all their time ministering to babes in Christ, how many will mature to become sons of God? The Pastors of Churches today need to mature themselves before they can mature others in the anointing that belongs to every Christian, babes, children, and sons of God.
God is not a respecter of persons, He will sometimes anoint someone who is still a babe in Christ. Someone who has not been stunted in his growth by a Pastor who is not mature himself. We see this happening all over the world, and praise God for His Love, Grace, and Mercy, that He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh.
But, God is looking for maturity, for those who will come out of the courtyard, into the Holy Room, and minister unto the LORD. Those who will give themselves wholly to God as a living vessel to be used by God.
The eyes of the LORD are upon those in the Holy Room, with a sincere heart and desire for God Himself. Not just for manifestations, but for God Himself. Those who will give themselves wholly into the care of the Holy Spirit. Those who have left the world behind, left the desire for the things of the flesh, and desire to have fellowship with God. These are the ones the LORD is looking for... The ones who are looking for what God wants not what man wants.
God is not a respecter of persons. God will anoint anyone who is willing give up the world and the things of this world and enter into the Holy of Holies and have fellowship with the Father and the Son.
What does it take to walk in maturity today, and do the will of God? It takes a person who is totally committed to do the will of God according to the desires of God, not of man. God looks at the heart of man, not the intentions of the mind. When God sees a right attitude in the heart of a person, He will use them for His glory.
Why don't we see the "Glory Cloud" today, as it was seen in the Old Testament? Has God changed? If God has not changed, then we must change.
The "Glory Cloud" is the presence of the Holy Spirit manifesting. When the "Glory Cloud" comes, the power of God is present to deliver and set free all who are oppressed of the devil. Where the "Glory Cloud" has appeared in these last days, people are healed of every manner of sickness or disease. They are set free of all oppression of the enemy. It doesn't make any difference what their condition is, they are set free...
Amos 3:3 says, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" The "Glory Cloud" comes when we agree with God, and His Word. Look what happened in Exodus 40? What was it that brought the "Glory Cloud" in so thick that in verse 35 it says, "Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle."
If we study the whole chapter we will see that Moses and the children of Israel did what the LORD had commanded them. They set up the tabernacle exactly the way they were told by the LORD. They followed the LORD'S instruction completely.
The whole operation was dependant upon Moses, what he did according to the instructions the LORD gave him. Moses was a Levite, but he was not of the sons of Aaron. Moses was Aaron's brother. But Moses entered into the presence of the LORD even before there was a Holy of Holies room in the tabernacle. Moses spent his last forty-years desiring to be in the presence of the LORD every day. Moses' heart was right with God, and God honored Moses intentions of his heart.
The "Glory Cloud" will fill the temple, when the one in charge of the temple is spending their time in the presence of the LORD. Pastors need to be spending their time in the Holy of Holies, in the presence of the LORD. When they do this, the temple will be filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, wherever they go. When they enter the Sanctuary where the people gather before the LORD, The whole building will be filled with the "Glory Cloud."
In 1 Kings 8, when Solomon finished building the temple, they brought in the Ark of the Covenant and placed it into the Holy of Holies. When they finished placing the Ark in the Holy of Holies Room, "the cloud filled the house of the LORD,...So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD" (1 Kings 8:10,11).
For the "Glory Cloud" to come and fill the Sanctuary, we must first enter into the Holy of Holies, into the presence of the LORD. There we will receive the anointing to minister to the people.
We must first enter into the Holy Room and minister unto the LORD. Then we can enter into the Holy of Holies and the LORD will minister unto us. Once all our needs are met, we can then be used of God to minister to others, by the anointing within us. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).
God wants to do all things by His Holy Spirit, not by man. God is looking for vessels He can use for His Glory. Vessels prepared for Him, for His service, by the Holy Spirit, not by man. God will use whosoever He chooses when he sees a heart that is right before Him.
You can be that vessel, if you will give your all to Him, and enter into the Holy Room and praise, worship, and minster unto the LORD (Acts 13:1,2). Then enter into the Holy of Holies and sup with the LORD and receive the anointing to minister to others (Rev. 3:20).