The Diversity of Zion

Rev. 21
9 ¶  Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11  having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
12  It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
13  There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.
14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

 An angel spoke to John, saying, , “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  From this point John is taken to a great and high mountain, and shown the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. The holy city, Jerusalem, IS the bride. The great and high mountain is the realm of Zion, from which the bride ascends. From verse 11 onward John begins to describe what he saw. Like the rest of the book of Revelation, what John sees are symbols of spiritual realities. Coming down out of heaven is indicative of descending from a higher spirit realm into the lower earthly realms to be manifested. Thus, every eye shall see Him. Verses 11-14 are describing the diversity of Zion, for the holy city, Jerusalem, is both a realm in God, and the Bride. Zion is also indicative of sons. These titles are all interchangeable. Continue reading

Our Father’s House

John 14
1 ¶  “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
2  “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
3  “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

The realm of Zion is our Father’s house. The following is an excerpt from a message by Henry Dubose. Continue reading

The Great Commandment

Mat. 22
35  One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,
36  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
37  And He said to him, “’YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’
38  “This is the great and foremost commandment.
39  “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
40  “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

 The transition from individual experience to collective experience is summed up in the above verses. We enter initially into a relationship with God according to “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the individual experience. Most of Christianity still lives in this realm. It is about what we receive and give on an individual level. But Jesus said there is a second commandment like the first. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is a higher realm of fulfillment. This level, while not neglecting the first commandment, embraces a collective experience with all of the body of Christ. This level is fulfilled on a spirit level. Continue reading

Sons After God’s Own Heart

 

God testified that David was a man after His own heart. This is quite an endorsement! But what was it that made David such a man? I suppose we could point to how David served God without compromise, and how he was zealous for the name of the Lord. He was a faithful man who never bowed his knee to foreign gods. All of this is true, and no doubt factored into God’s assessment of David. But there was one thing about David that was most important. He had an honest heart before God. He was quick to acknowledge his sins and shortcomings once they were exposed. Now, this may not sound worthy of being at the top of God’s list in terms of importance. But consider this: It is an honest heart that allows God to flow freely through us. The Lord will never stop revealing Himself to us as long as we walk with an honest, contrite heart. Our problems are never an issue with God, regardless of how deep they are. Covering them up, or worse, refusing to see our own need, is the true obstacle. Continue reading

Having Eyes Like a Flame of Fire

The deeper we move into a living word the greater our perception becomes. It is the word in us that peels away the layers of deception created by religion. We are crying to see and understand the hour that we are in, and what really opposes sons coming to maturity. But we cannot see everything at once. Layer after layer is removed, like scales falling from our eyes, and then we begin to see as our Lord sees.  “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: “The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this…” And again in Rev. 19:

11 ¶  And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12  His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13  He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. Continue reading

Seeing By the Living Word of Christ

The word of God living in us is to become the means by which we discern and appraise all things. There is a gift of the Holy Spirit, the discerning of spirits, that is listed in 1st Cor. 12. This gift of discernment is not the same thing as the discernment that comes by the living word of God abiding in us. The gift of discerning of spirits can come to anyone, anytime, according to the need. The discernment which comes through the living word abiding in us only comes as the word becomes a part of us, inseparable from our own spirits. It is created through the fires of God sealing His word in us. It is us becoming the word. Continue reading

Observe! Be Astonished!

Much has been written and taught concerning the Kingdom of God. There are even groups who pride themselves in teaching “Kingdom theology.” But one thing is always overlooked: The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed (Luke 17:20). The kingdom of God comes within us as an inner work. The kingdom of God is the transformation that takes place in us as Christ’s nature displaces Adam. Jesus said that unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. We are born again into successive levels of God’s kingdom. Ultimately, the completed work that God will accomplish in His sons will no more resemble what has passed for  Christianity than what was opened up on Pentecost resembled Judaism.  Continue reading