Many, many sincere Christians will inevitably betray the Lord in this hour. How could such a thing be? It comes to pass because of the realm in which Christianity dwells. No, there will not be Christians denying the man Jesus; but they will deny the Word. We must know the Lord in the realm in which He is being revealed. If we don’t, we become those who ultimately betray His current manifestation. The predominately soul realm of the church age is passing away. The realm of Judas is the realm of soul.
How does this betrayal take place? It comes through drinking from many waters. It is a grievous thing when we rejoice in a true word from God and then turn around and embrace something that is devoid of the life of Christ, thinking it is Christ. I do not mean embracing false doctrine. Many of the teachings being presented today in Christianity are true on the face of it. It is not whether the teachings are factual, or if they line up with doctrines we believe to be true, but it is the realm the teachings are coming from. The church age has been an age of predominately soul. Yes, the spirit of God has been it’s kindling, but the flames have been a mixture of God and man.
It is at the conjunction of ages that betrayal takes place. It is when one age is ready to supersede another that the climate is right for betrayal. Many things are in play at the conjunction of two ages. The truths and teachings of one age are giving way to a higher manifestation. This is precisely what happened when Jesus came forth the first time. Jesus was betrayed at the consummation of one age and the beginning of another. The days of the Law, the days of Judaism, were ending, and a higher realm was set to come forth. The higher realm was born on the day of Pentecost in the upper room with the 120 disciples receiving the Holy Spirit. Read through the Book of Acts as it is a chronicle of one age giving way to another. Read of the conflicts that arose because of overlapping ages.
In this hour the church age is passing away. Truths of the age to come are being presented by many. This is the difficulty. It is not that the teachings are false, but too many still come from the wrong realm. Teachings out of the soul realm of the church age will never impart the revelation of the Kingdom as it is now being revealed, regardless of how true they are. We must get hold of the fact that it’s not about how true something is, but what realm it’s coming from. There is a pure realm of spirit opening. The majority of what has passed, and still passes for spiritual, is at best a soul and spirit mixture. The soul realm asks, “Is the teaching true?” But this is not the criteria of the kingdom as it is opening now. The criteria is a pure word devoid of the soul realm of Adam. If we perpetually drink from many waters, it becomes virtually impossible to discern the difference. Religion is the leaven of the soul realm that defiles the word of God coming forth. It is not the overt religion that is easily seen, but the subtly of speaking a word when the work of the cross has not crucified the soulish element.
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
The work of the cross comes in this hour, not to deal with weaknesses or problems of our flesh nature, but to separate soul from spirit. It is a work reserved for these days of the kingdom opening to us. How can we know such a work is being accomplished in us? We can know because we begin to discern the life of the Lord when a true word is spoken. It is only when we have a revelation of the true that we can discern the false. Jesus said that His words were spirit and life. Factual teaching does not necessarily carry His life in them. Spiritual truths become very deceptive because in themselves they cannot impart life. How is it that two people can speak the exact same thing and one carry the life of Christ, and the other doesn’t? It is the realm from which the word comes. Here is an eye opener:
A child of Zion, a babe in terms of “spiritual knowledge,” born into this higher realm, will have the capacity to impart the life of the Lord in a way that the most seasoned saint, even after a lifetime of serving God, can never do. The reason for this is that it’s a matter of the realm in which ministry comes. In this church age that is passing, a man could walk with God all his life, knowing the Lord in that realm very intimately, yet still be unable to see or impart Zion. A babe in Zion evaluated from the predominately soul realm of the church age seems ill equipped to minister anything. But it is not how well we know the Scriptures, it is not about many experiences we have had, it’s about simply dwelling in a realm devoid of the soulish/religious drive of the church age. Thus, we see that in this higher realm of His kingdom maturity is defined much differently than it has been in the passing church age. This is what Jesus meant when He said that unless we become as a little child we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. One of Zion’s greatest attributes is its absence of religion. Not the overt religion that is readily identified, but the subtle leaven of religion that blinds the spiritual eye. Zion is free! That is the way Paul described Zion in Gal. 4.
26 But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.
27 For it is written, “REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.”
28 And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.
It is out of Zion that a pure, living word flows. The rivers of life as described in both Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22 flow from Zion, a realm devoid of soulish input.
The realm of soul always strives and labors. It is incapable of hearing God in the higher realm of spirit. This doesn’t mean that people never really hear from God, they do. The Scriptures are implicit that everything brings forth after its kind. This is established in Genesis. Jesus Himself said that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit, is spirit. We can hear God in whatever realm we are living. This is what makes things so difficult. If we are hearing in a lower realm, we feel no need to hear in a higher one. Ultimately, those who refuse to hear in a higher realm, insisting that what they hear is THE word of God, become those who actually oppose the word. This is betrayal in it’s higher manifestation. Israel loved God but had many lovers.
1 ¶ God says, “If a husband divorces his wife And she goes from him And belongs to another man, Will he still return to her? Will not that land be completely polluted? But you are a harlot with many lovers; Yet you turn to Me,” declares the LORD.
2 “Lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see; Where have you not been violated? By the roads you have sat for them Like an Arab in the desert, And you have polluted a land With your harlotry and with your wickedness.
3 “Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no spring rain. Yet you had a harlot’s forehead; You refused to be ashamed.
4 “Have you not just now called to Me, ‘My Father, You are the friend of my youth?
This message is not meant to condemn, God forbid, but to open the eyes to see a higher realm. The predominately soul realm of the church age has loved God but had many lovers. Who are those lovers? It is those who speak words that stir our souls but cannot impart the life of the Lord to our spirits. What then is the answer? It is found in Mat. 13.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
We must diligently seek the pearl of great price. This pearl is the pure, living word of God. When we find, it we “sell” all that we have and “buy” it. In other words, we cease from drinking from many fountains and drink from the one source God has revealed. Jeremiah exclaimed, “Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” God’s kingdom is opening to us in an unprecedented way. It is to be the joy and delight of our hearts, but first it costs us everything.