The Ascending Christ

John 6
61  But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?
62  “What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?
63  “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

The verses that precede the above passages describe how Jesus told His disciples that unless they eat His flesh and drink His blood, they would have no life within themselves (vs. 53-66). His disciples grumbled and stumbled over His statements. Now, we pick up the discourse in verse 61. Jesus tells His disciples that if eating His flesh and drinking His blood causes them to stumble, what then if they see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? The inference here is that seeing Christ’s ascension would really flip them out. Continue reading

Is God Your Crutch or Your Enabler?

Is God your crutch or your enabler? That is a sobering question. There is a false narrative embedded in Christianity. This false narrative carries the spirit of passivity. It implies we are to wait for God to act. “Oh, He won’t let us down. He is going to provide, and do everything for us! God will help us.” This is an insidious mindset because it separates God from the revelation of Christ in us. Continue reading

The Valley of Jehoshaphat

Joel 3
1 ¶  “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

2  I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.

3  “They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.

4  “Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head.

5  “Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples,

6  and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,

7  behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.

8  “Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation,” for the LORD has spoken.

9 ¶  Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!

10  Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”

11  Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.

12  Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.

13  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15  The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

16  The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

17  Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more.

18 ¶  And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim.

19  Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood.

20  But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations.

This chapter speaks to a realm of judgment and confrontation descending into the earthly realm. It comes from “above,” meaning a higher realm of spirit. Mystically, periods of time in the Scriptures often refer to realms of spirit, not literal time frames. “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” The day of the Lord, i.e., the realm of God’s retribution, is near. “Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.” Jehoshaphat means “Jehovah judges.” Continue reading