A Reigning Manual for the Glorious Church– In Preparation of The Bride of Christ
All Scripture references are from the Living Stream Ministry Study Bible- Recovery version, unless otherwise noted
(NOTE: This is a ‘rough draft’ of a chapter of my finished book- available on Amazon via Title Link: Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!)
We stand at a watershed period in human history, the critical importance of which is not escaping the hearts, minds, and prayers of the watchers and intercessors in the greater Body of Christ. As I post this on my blog today– right now… The Call-Nashville is transpiring… Prayer with Fasting over the last 40 days is culminating in the full day event at Titans’ Stadium in Nashville. Worldwide there has been unparalleled agreement in prayer for a heart of repentance to come upon our contemporary society. In particular the burden is for America to return to her Christian foundations, and herald the Gospel of the Kingdom throughout the land in these Last Days.
There is the sound of an Awakening thundering on the horizon. The Universal Body of Christ is beginning to rise up, in our time, and take possession of what our Lord has commanded. Jesus said, “Occupy until I come.” Luke 19:13 (KJV). In the context of the Parable of the talents, it specifically deals with faithful stewardship on a personal basis; in the greater context of the corporate Body of Christ it speaks of our dominion mandate restored to the children of God since the Cross of Calvary. We are finally discerning that this is a military directive from our Commander in Chief, the Captain of the Hosts of Heaven.
We as sons and daughters of the Kingdom are to exercise the authority and power of His Presence that we have received through the in dwelling Holy Spirit. The mandate that is ours is to appropriate everything for which the Lord died: the full rewards of the Lamb’s sufferings.
Luke 12:32… Do not be afraid , little flock, because your Father has been well pleased to give you the Kingdom.
Not only are we to expand the Kingdom by winning souls and facilitating their transformation into mature and dedicated disciples– but we are also to invade, conquer, and possess every area of contemporary society. This is not a “Fortress” mentality– hunkered down and waiting to be raptured… but rather His Special Forces operating in all seven mountains of our cross-culturally diverse society: 1) the local Church, 2) the traditional Family, 3) Education, 4) Government and Law, 5) Technology and Media, 6) the Creative Realm: all the Arts, Sports and Recreation, and 7) Business and Finance.
This End of Days training manual is directed to all the children of God who are tired of being spectators. Each of us who are fed up with observing our society and world overrun by the children of Satan can take heart in knowing how it all finally ends: He has won already– and therefore we inevitably win! The fact is that our God will not restore the world without our active involvement… He has chosen not to do it without us. In His Infinite Wisdom He has ordained that we are to escape Egypt, learn to war in the wilderness, cross over Jordan (now!), and possess our Promised Land (twelve stones out… twelve stones in [see previous post]). Just as Jesus in His active ministry went strategically from place to place destroying the works of the devil, and exactly as demonstrated in the Book of Acts– the Spirit filled and led people of God turned the world upside down… (which is in eternal reality- right side up); so are we called to do the same and more. We are to facilitate and nurture the greatest Harvest of Souls in the history of mankind! With one voice in one accord, we must all declare, “Thy Kingdom Come: Here and Now!
Chapter 1: A Chosen Generation: Who and what are we?
There is a truth, a reality that the knowledge of- will begin a process of internalization and transformation that each of us as sons and daughters of God must experience. Many of us in coming to Christ were seriously damaged goods ( my own life a prime example). Hopefully pride will not cause us to forget or make light of our brokenness, sinfulness, and rebellion. But if we have truly been born again, and we are obeying His Word and Spirit, then this reality can, will, and in fact must manifest.
Romans 12:1,2… I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassion of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what the will of God is: that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
The metamorphosis of our minds: our thoughts, will, emotions, imagination, motives, and desires– will allow us to grow in the understanding and living out of the Will of God. The special truth, the reality that I am alluding to is that we must begin to see ourselves as the Lord Himself see us. The Holy Bible is the Almighty Trinity’s comprehensive love letter to mankind, and specifically to all of us who respond to and receive His precious gift of eternal life (His Divine Life within). This life begins when we are born again through the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
John 3:16… For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes in Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
How does God see His born again children? It is beautifully stated by Peter under the anointing of the Holy Spirit:
1 Peter 2:9… But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may tell out the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
As a new creation, a new race of being with His Divine Presence within, we are privileged to declares the virtues of our Holy God. As in all Scripture there are almost unfathomable depths of meaning and profound truths to be gleamed from this portion of holy text; to be meditated upon, understood, and accepted. This verse speaks volumes and we will look carefully at some of the truths revealed that we may possess the Kingdom according to our Father’s revealed Will.
A Chosen Race: The Elect of God
1 Peter 1:2… Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father in the sanctification of the Spirit unto the obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ…
Romans 8:28-30… And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers; and those whom He predestinated, these He also called; and those whom He called, these He also justified; and those whom He justified, these He also glorified.
In Eternity Past, before God created anything in this particular universe– including the angelic host, He knew us all by name. His sons’ and daughters’ names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world (Rev. 21:27+). Because God knows the end from the beginning, He always knew who would respond to the call and would therefore constitute His chosen ones. Each of us needed to arrive on the scene of world history, to be born into the mainstream of humanity, hear the declaration of the Gospel, and eventually respond to His saving grace.
The word “generation” implies a new race– distinctly different, because of the indwelling Divine Life of the Lord in us. The sad fact is that “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 20:16). Unfortunately there are myriads exiting this life daily who have no relationship with the Father through the finished work of Christ on the cross, and as a consequence are eternally doomed. When the contemporary prophet Bob Jones had a massive aneurysm burst in his head, he died and went to Heaven until the Lord sent him back, because he was not finished, and had died ‘illegally’… had been assaulted by Satan without authority. At the time of his crossing over– he was aware that at that exact instant, 97 other people had died without Christ and were therefore damned. Hell has truly enlarged itself (Isaiah 5:14).
The most important aspect of our Dominion mandate is to win souls for Christ and His Kingdom; not just converts– but rather disciples… those who are sold out 100% for the Lord. In our sharing the Gospel we “awaken” the spiritually dead to their likewise being called and potentially chosen, and we thereby actively participate in the expansion of the Kingdom (see www.keytorevival.org). We, The Chosen- must live our lives in such a way as to be contagious. Our family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and even strangers must catch our healing condition. We have the antidote to the poison of spiritual death!
The Chosen are easily recognizable. We are salt and light. Salt was highly valued in ancient history and biblical times not only for adding flavor to food, but also as a preservative. Light scatters the darkness, bringing clarity to that which is veiled or hidden. Expanding on this metaphor the Lord Jesus said:
Matt. 5:13-17… You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has become tasteless, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, except to be cast out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city situated upon a mountain to be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but on the lampstand; and it shines to all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
What does this imply in our lives? By being the chosen who are grounded in the truth– (the Way, the Truth, and the Life), we add flavor to an otherwise tasteless or bitter life. We act also as a preservative to the corruption of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Also as salt causes thirst, our lives cause mankind to thirst and hunger after righteousness… to be made right with God, jealous for Him.
2 Cor. 4:5-7… For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. Because the God who said, “Out of darkness light shine”, is the One who shines in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.
We truly carry the most profound treasure in the vessels of our earthly bodies– the Abiding Presence of God, the Divine Life! This is the Good News! The gospel is the gospel of the Glory of Christ, which illuminates, radiates, and shines in the heart of man. If a man’s heart is not veiled or blinded by Satan– man can see the illuminating power of the gospel. When God said let there be light, His shining in the Universe produced the old creation. Now God’s shining in our hearts makes us a new creation, and produces the new covenant ministers and our ministry.
Please don’t miss the contrast here between the old covenant of the Law given to Moses, and the better covenant which we have received administered through Christ’s atoning work. In Exodus 34:29 we find that Moses’ face shone when he came down from the mountain with the tablets of the Law. This was because he had been in the Presence of God, who was shining upon him from without. In Christ, we shine from within, as we release unhindered the manifest Presence of His indwelling Spirit who is One with our spirit.
1 Cor. 6:17… But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
This clearly indicates the mingling and “fusing” together of the Holy Spirit of Christ with our spirit. In the regeneration of our spirit from death to life, the power of the resurrection is activated in each of us by the life-giving Spirit who is now in residence within us.
Romans 8:14-17… For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery bringing you into fear again, but you have received a spirit of sonship in which we cry– Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God. And if children, heirs also; on the one hand, heirs of God; on the other, joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him.
Our regenerated human spirit mingled with the Spirit of God reveals to us a glimpse of the extent of our eternal blessings. Sonship in this spirit includes the life, the position, and the living enjoyment of our birthright, the inheritance, leading to the full manifestation of a son of God. We can call our Father Abba because we are now His children, not just His creation. By this intimate exclamation and profound term of endearment we “witness” that we truly are His children, which the Spirit confirms as He bears witness. This also begins a necessary process of growth as it appropriately restricts us to living and walking according to this life, a life in keeping with our being children of God.
The last verse 17 above presents a sobering truth: There is a condition for us to become heirs. We are not heirs simply because we are children of God. After being born as children, we need to grow to become sons and daughters– which requires suffering, that we may be qualified and glorified as legal heirs. The Lord Jesus says:
John 10:10… The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly.
The enemy comes to kill us spiritually, emotionally, and ultimately physically. How? He comes to steal our vision, purpose, and destiny. He desires that we be conformed to his image rather than the image of God, that was and still is our original design. He comes to destroy as many around us as he can– through our fallen nature, rebellion, or ignorance in passivity. But No! No! No! The wicked one will not advance any further! You and I as God’s Chosen ones must act like it! The light of His Presence will dispel any and all darkness. Cause your light to shine to fulfill what the Lord intends– “…that they may have life…” dynamic, invincible spiritual life transforming everything you touch. This is life more abundant– the Spirit without measure, a continuing flow of the Divine Life getting ever deeper, ever wider, and with increasing power.
Psalm 42:7,8… Deep calls unto deep at the sound of Your water spouts; all Your waves and Your billows pass over me. By day Jehovah commands His lovingkindness, and by night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
Not only does the Holy Spirit bear witness that we are God’s children, He also continually communes and communicates with us the deep things of God. We each have a unique relationship with the Trinity, and it is God’s desire that we have ears to hear and eyes to see all that he plans to reveal to us. The destiny and purpose that we can fulfill require active faith, daily leaning into the vision that the lord would impart to us, as long as we are receptive and walking in humility and the fear of the Lord.
Jeremiah 29:11… For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Amplified Version
We are a new creation, back to God’s original intent– a dwelling place for God in the spirit that we may proclaim His glory, mercy, and love… and yet there is more…
“The Chosen”– For What Purpose?
Dr. Paul Billheimer wrote a life-changing book, Destined for the Throne. He develops the thesis that the divine intention of our Triune God in the creation was and is to prepare a Bride for the Son. Space does not permit me to do it justice, but it presents a compelling picture of the Love of God, a love story of universal proportions. Think of this: Genesis 1:1 speaks of a creation that by God’s very nature of being perfect, was initially made perfect. Then in verse 2 it becomes as one translation states “without form and void”. I prefer how it’s stated in the LSM Recovery Version:
Genesis 1:1, 2… In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. But the earth became waste and emptiness, and darkness was on the surface of the deep.
‘In the beginning’ refers to the beginning of time which began at the creation of the universe and will continue until the Great White Throne judgment at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. Time exists for the accomplishing of God’s purpose which he conceived in Eternity Past. God in this verse is the Hebrew word Elohim which means Mighty One, and is plural– although the word created is singular… revealing the Trinity in the first verse of Holy Scripture. The order of creation “heavens and earth” implies strongly that the heavens and the angelic hosts were created first (see Job 38:4-7), followed by the earth with some forms of living creatures. Our God createdthe good earth, and something profoundly cataclysmic must have happened to render it “waste and emptiness” (see Isaiah 45:18– where it clearly states that God did not create the earth- a desolate waste). Many scholars believe that God’s judgment fell on a preadamic universe because of the rebellion of Lucifer and the angels that fell with him and creatures on earth who joined that rebellion.
Waste and emptiness are words used for judgment in Scripture. The darkness on the surface of the deep symbolizes death that covered the whole earth. Therefore this line of reasoning considers that verse 1 of Genesis 1 deals with God’s original creation while beginning with verse 2 it is referring to God’s restoration of a damaged universe.
For a long time I have wondered why Lucifer fell. How could he who had such a privileged position in the angelic hierarchy, rebel against the Creator and seek to usurp His throne and power? We find two references in scripture that describe him in detail:
Isaiah 14:12-17… How you have fallen from Heaven, O Daystar [Lucifer], son of the dawn! How you have been hewn down to earth, you who made nations fall prostrate! But you, you said in your heart: I will ascend to Heaven; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne. And I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost part of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. But you will be brought down to Sheol, to the uttermost parts of the pit. Those who see you will gaze at you; they will ponder concerning you, asking, “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, the one who shook kingdoms; who made the world like a wilderness and tore down its cities; who did not release his captives to their homes?
Ezekiel 28:12-19… Thus says the Lord Jehovah, “O you who sealed up perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty, you were in Eden, the garden of God. Every precious stone was your covering… The workmanship of your tambourines and pipes was prepared with you on the day that you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covered the Ark; indeed I set you, so that you were upon the Holy Mountain of God, you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trading they filled your midst with violence, and you sinned. So I cast you out as profane from the Mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of stones of fire. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness. I cast you to the ground; I presented you before kings that they might look at you. By the multitude of your iniquities in the unrighteousness of your trading you have profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I sent forth fire from your midst; it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who look at you. All who know you among the people are astonished at you. You have become a source of terror, and you will be no more forever.
Satan’s rebellion polluted not only the earth, but also the heavens, and caused both to be judged by God. That is why in Genesis 1:2 the sun and stars did not shine, and the earth was covered with darkness and deep water. Rev. 12:4a; 9b reveal that one-third of the angels of Heaven joined Satan in his rebellion and were judged becoming fallen angels. These are the evil forces of the devil which are against God’s purposes in creation.
Ephesians 6:12… For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
The living creatures [human-like?] on the earth in the preadamic age also joined Satan in his rebellion (according to this thesis). They became disembodies spirits, the demons who live in the water where they were judged. They work for Satan’s kingdom of darkness with the driven desire to possess human vessels to carry out their evil assignments. Again not only does the rebellion of Lucifer seem the height of madness, but how was he capable of persuading one-third of God’s holy angels to rebel with him? I have prayed about this dilemma off and on for many years… how was this possible? In a period of fasting and prayer I came upon a possibility, though I must add the disclaimer that this is just a theory without scriptural confirmation, and is therefore purely conjecture.
The angelic hosts of heaven are referred to as sons of God (Job 1:6). They have enjoyed a great existence– one full of wisdom, beauty, power, and apparent productive purpose. But they were all created and had no inherent power of procreation (see Matt. 22:30). Ponder this with me: every single angel was like the rest of God’s creation… instantaneously created. Everything burst on the scene (the Universe) so to speak full grown as if it had already been here. Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Since we believe the Scriptures holding to the inerrancy of God’s Word, it’s apparent that the chicken (two of a kind: male and female) came first– full-grown, fully formed, at the peak age of maturity, and in God’s wisdom was given the ability to procreate… to make eggs. Therefore all future chickens came from the original prototypes. How can we know this? Because Adam was created a full grown man and then he was filled with the breath of God and became a living soul. The Universe was created with age (as Adam was) as if it had been here all along!
What if the Trinity presented to the angelic hosts the decision to create a distinct race of being (mankind) in which God would dwell in physical form, who would be an extension of His Divine Life and would carry out His myriad purposes in the Universe? This would immediately put another form of life between the Godhead and the angelic hosts who are all created, and yet will never carry His Presence although empowered by it. With Lucifer’s proximity to God as the most powerful archangel who carried the responsibility of “covering” God’s glory, and leading in the worship of God– he could be the most profoundly offended… especially if he already had designs on elevating himself even further.
Lucifer may have challenged God as being unfair to them as those rightfully closest to God, and also may have challenged the wisdom of His creation– ridiculing the idea that humans would love, honor, and obey God without being forced. This set up a legal suit to be adjudicated over time with the victory won in Christ’s atoning death. This will only be answered on the other side, although it poses a provocative scenario.
Genesis 1:26-28… And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping that creeps upon the earth. And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion…
Man was created on the sixth day, filled the breath of God, and given a dominion mandate. God created a physical being (man– both male and female) to express His image and represent Him by the delegated authority of dominion over all of God’s creation on earth. This would also include overcoming Satan, God’s enemy, recovering the earth, and exercising God’s authority in order that the Kingdom of God would come on earth manifesting God’s Glory. Due to the fall of the first Adam, the recovery was not possible until Christ as the second Adam would initiate the inexorable process of full recovery and restoration through His victory on the cross.
One strong point that needs emphasis deals with the manner that Satan deceived Adam and Eve and its results. Looking carefully at the account of their complementary relationship in God’s design, we read:
Genesis 2:22, 23… And Jehovah built the rib, which He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. And the man said, “This time this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman because out of Man this one was taken.
Eve was not created, she was built from Adam’s rib. This is a type of the building of the church with the resurrection life released from Christ through His death on the cross, and His impartation into His believers in His resurrection. Before Eve was built God had clearly told Adam (Gen. 2:16, 17) that they could partake of every edible thing in the Garden of Eden except for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. In the book Enmity between the Seeds by Bill Cloud (see www.billcloud.org) the author presents a fascinating theory. Since in God’s creation of earth in the six days of creation, He looks at His handiwork and said that it was all good– the tree of the knowledge of good and evil may have been planted by the enemy as part of the legal controversy. There is evidence of corrupt seed being planted in the field of the world (Matt. 13:24-30) which we will look into in greater depth in another chapter. This provocative book lays a compelling case for the explanation of the crisis in society and the world reflecting the historic battle in each generation between the children of Satan and the sons and daughters of God.
She and Adam were deceived by Satan in acting independently from God and His directives. The enemy appealed to her as the weaker vessel and caused doubt of God’s Word and trustworthiness (Genesis 3:1-7). Satan’s questioning stirred up Eve’s doubting mind which prevented her from using her spirit to contact God. The evil thought entered into Eve and contaminated her mind even before she ate of the tree of knowledge. Without the covering of her husband Adam, she became ensnared by the serpent and fully deceived.
Because of this transgression on both the part of Adam and Eve, man fell into God’s condemnation and was cursed. He was alienated from the life of God, and Satan’s evil thoughts and feelings were injected into man’s mind contaminating man’s soul. Via this sin Satan entered into man’s body and became sin within man. As a result of the fall– man’s spirit was deadened and insulated from God. Each of man’s triune nature– his body, his soul, and his spirit– was damaged by the fall.
In this legal court case before the entire Universe of creation we are witnesses for the defense… (viewing Satan and his forces as the plaintiffs against God, and the Trinity as the defendants before all… proving the validity of God’s Love, His Wisdom, and His ways). This is why 1 Peter 2:9b is so powerful– … that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Amplified Version. We testify of our changed lives, daily being transformed because of the Lord’s working in us through His Spirit. This following portion of Scripture says it all:
Ephesians 3:9-11… and to make all people see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished Christ Jesus our Lord…
God’s Wisdom made known by whom?… by the church! To whom?… to the principalities and powers– see Ephesians 6:10-18. With all due respect and humility, please understand that The Chosen are destined for the throne, destined to inherit the Kingdom. We are called, empowered, and transformed, to rule and reign with Christ in the Millennial Kingdom for 1000 years… and then in the Eternal Kingdom beyond time after the 1000 years has transpired. The wicked one and his legions know this. They have known this desire and purpose of God since before the fall of the first Adam. The last Adam (Christ Jesus) has made our transformation and full inheritance possible and assured. The truth is that all creation is to glorify God– to reveal His profound Divine attributes and Perfection. Man has the singular enviable position of being vessels of His Presence. We carry the Kingdom, because we are in Him and He is in us… Hallelujah!! Always remember this… call it to mind, and declare it: “I am chosen and filled with the Presence of God.”