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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 251A

November 27, 2005

Revelation Beatitudes of the Everlasting Gospel – Part 1


Revelation 14:6,7 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

There are seven beatitude blessings in Revelation.  The first promises a blessing to the one who reads it to the local churches, and to those who hear it and keep what it instructs them to do.  The assumption is made that the one who proclaims it to the church is also a doer.

A church member, who does not do what the word directs, is like a man who looks in a mirror, sees himself as he is, dirty and unattractive, then walks away, and later on forgets what he saw because he likes himself as he is, and never changes from what he viewed in the mirror.  The same man looks into the word of God, the perfect law of liberty, sees himself as he really is, and then walks away, deliberately forgetting what he saw, and never lets God change what he has seen into what the world needs to see.  The blessing is for those who do submit to the Spirit by letting him change their life they live in the flesh.

James 1:22-25 – But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Revelation 1:3,4 – Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. [4] John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Your physical birth and life is not nearly as important as your new birth by hearing the word of God, and then living your life in the flesh in obedience to what it says.

Luke 11:27,28 – And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. [28] But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

When a Jewish man or woman converted to belief that Jesus was the Messiah, their family normally disowned them and they lost all their inheritance, including any sort of family employment or financial help.  So it was necessary in the first New Testament churches for them to sell their possessions and share everything as a local visible church body.  This is not the case in the U.S., but the time may come when it will be necessary to survive persecution.  The ones who have the attitude of being willing to do such a thing will be blessed for having done so.

Acts 2:41-47 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. [43] And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. [44] And all that believed were together, and had all things common; [45] And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. [46] And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, [47] Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Those who have such an attitude are those who seek the kingdom of God, and are not guilty of hoarding up treasure on the earth instead of trusting God for their security.  The kingdom of God, for which they wait, is greater in their desires than the desire for the things of this present life.

Luke 12:31-40 – But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. [32] Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. [33] Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. [34] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [35] Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; [36] And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. [37] Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. [38] And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. [39] And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. [40] Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephesians 2:6,7 – And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Luke 8:15-17 – But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.    [16] No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. [17] For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I Corinthians 15:38 – But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 251B

November 30, 2005

Revelation Beatitudes of the Everlasting Gospel – Part 2


Revelation 14:6,7 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

There are seven beatitude blessings in Revelation.  The second promises a blessing to those whose good works do follow them.

Revelation 14:13 – And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Patiently laboring in the work of the Lord, enduring to death of the flesh, will determine the size or degree of the reward at the judgment seat of Christ, and it will be a reward that lasts for all eternity.

I Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Hebrews 10:35-37 – Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. [36] For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. [37] For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Enduring faith in heavenly things hoped for, but not yet seen, are the substance and evidence of a genuine faith that produces a good report for the believer.  It is the good report that assures us we will receive the reward of our labor, when we are made perfect in body, soul, and spirit at the first resurrection by his amazing grace.

Hebrews 11:1,2,39,40 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [2] For by it the elders obtained a good report. [39] And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: [40] God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

All the saved will be made perfect in body, soul, and spirit at the first resurrection when the Son of man reaps the earth.

Revelation 14:12-16 – Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. [13] And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  [14] And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. [15] And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. [16] And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

The Old and New Testament saved will receive the promise at the first resurrection, and their reward will reflect the degree of their labors and suffering in his service.

Hebrews 11:36-40 – And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: [37] They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; [38] (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. [39] And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: [40] God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

There are many saved, both Old and New Testament, who are still waiting for the first resurrection, and the robes for their labors, on the opening of the sixth seal, but they will have to wait until many of their tribulation brethren are martyred prior to the sounding of the seventh trumpet.

Revelation 6:9-11 – And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Salt is known for its savour, but if it has lost its savor, it is of no value to the one who uses it.  Children of God are known by their ability to suffer, but if they have lost that ability to suffer, then they are of no value to the one who uses them, or to the ones who see their lack of faith in the God they profess to believe.

Matthew 5:11-19 – Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.   [13] Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. [14] Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. [16] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.   [17] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. [18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. [19] Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Please note that both of these individuals are in heaven, so this is not about keeping the commandments to go to heaven.  A saved person who keeps and teaches God’s commandments will be more highly esteemed in heaven than a man who did not.   

 
     

Special Prophecy Update Number 252B

December 4, 2005

Revelation Beatitudes of the Everlasting Gospel – Part 3


Revelation 14:6,7 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

There are seven beatitude blessings in Revelation.  The third blessing is obtained by a vigilant effort on the part of church members to live a Bible directed life that will cause them to be rewarded with glorious outer apparel in heaven.

The Hebrew culture was such that you could tell the social status of a person by the clothes he or she wore.  The men worn an undergarment that had sleeves and come down to just above the knees or one that looked something like a breechcloth wrapped around his loins and his waist.  When a man only had this attire on he was considered to be “naked.”  The garment that people saw him wear in public was like a loose one piece dress well below the knees with a large leather belt or sash to gird it at his waist.  There were variations of this type of visible outer garment.  Those who were of higher social status worn a sleeved coat, cape, or robe over the outer garment.  These garments were often used in the Bible to parallel heavenly garments that would be worn by the future residents depending on their faithfulness or unfaithfulness to God.  Hence, throughout the writings of the New Testament, there is much emphasis placed on heavenly attire being a blessing for those whose faith endured to the end.

Revelation 16:15 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Believers now live in a temporary house, tabernacle, or temple.  The house, tabernacle, or temple body they will occupy in heaven will manifest the degree to which they glorified God in this life, and the attire they are given to wear will eternally manifest their degree of faithfulness for all eternity.

I Corinthians 6:19,20 – What? 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? [20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

The Greek word translated “accepted” in the following verses means “well pleasing.”

II Corinthians 5:1-10 – For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. [2] For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: [3] If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. [4] For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. [5] Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. [6] Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: [7] (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) [8] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. [9] Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. [10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I Corinthians 3:9-15 – For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. [10] According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. [11] For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. [14] If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by (dia – through) fire.

Such an individual will remain in heaven eternally, but I hardly expect him to be attired in the outer garment of works he lost in the fire.  The time of judgment for gain or loss for the saved is found in Revelation 11:18, which follows the sounding of the last trump in a series of 7 in Revelation 11:15.  The mystery of God in I Corinthians 15:51 at the last trump is the same mystery of God in Revelation 10:7 that will be finished when the seventh angel sounds the last trump in Revelation 11:15.  The mystery is finished when there is time no longer in the age of the Gentiles – when all the saved of all the ages are finally found together in heaven with souls covered by glorified bodies, and the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord.

Revelation 10:6 – And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I Corinthians 15:51,52 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] 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.

Revelation 11:15 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:18 – And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

I Thessalonians 5:9 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Revelation 16:1 – And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Galatians 6:7-9 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. [8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Revelation 3:3,4 – Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. [4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 16:15 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 252C

December 7, 2005

Revelation Beatitudes of the Everlasting Gospel – Part 4


Revelation 14:6,7 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

There are seven beatitude blessings in Revelation.  The fourth blessing is written to churches to advise those who belong to them to make themselves ready for the day when they meet the head of each local church face to face.  Each church member weaves his own outer garment by the degree of glory God receives by his or her service in one of his Son’s churches.

I have a lot of questions to ask you on this subject?  And you are the one who I am asking to supply the answers?  I am not going to supply the answers, but I do believe you should ask yourself these questions, because there are going to be a lot of things that go on in your future eternal life in another place, and those who are wise do make themselves ready for it by the power of Christ in them.

Revelation 19:7-9 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. [9] And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

So where has his saved wife “made herself ready” by giving him glory in this present life?

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Have you ever considered the possibility that the degree of glory manifested in your new glorified body might be directly proportional to the degree of glory received by God by Christ Jesus in the local church?

I Corinthians 15:38-41 – But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. [39] All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. [40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. [41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. [42] So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

Did you ever consider the possibility that some glorified bodies at the first resurrection might shine in differing degrees of glory, depending on the degree of submission to the Spirit they exhibited as God’s children.

Daniel 12:3 – And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Is it possible that as God’s children walk their walk in one of his local churches, as they hear and apply his word to their walk by his power, he is washing their outer garment by the power of his word?  Could this be the process by which “they that be wise” became wise in believing and applying his word to their lives?  Could these be the wise people whose lives turned many to the righteousness of the Lord they saw in them?

Ephesians 5:25-27,30 – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; [26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. [30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Is it possible that church members who do not continue faithful will live outside the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem?

Revelation 21:24 – And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Did not Jesus speak the words of Luke 22:28-30 to the members of the New Testament church he organized during his earthly ministry?  Are the members of his New Testament churches not supposed to continue to walk with him to the end of physical life?  Is there not some reward for this?

Luke 22:28-30 – Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. [29] And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; [30] That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 14:15-24 – And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. [16] Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: [17] And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. [18] And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. [19] And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. [20] And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. [21] So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. [22] And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. [23] And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. [24] For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Could it be that the New Jerusalem is the Kingdom City of God and, as such, represents the Kingdom of God?  Is it possible that only the ones God deemed faithful will be allowed to enter it?  There is a big earth on which the New Jerusalem is planted by God?  Could it be that the faithful saved will live in the city, and the rest of the saved will live outside the city?

Matthew 10:34-39 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [36] And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. [37] 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. [38] And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. [39] He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Could it be that those, whose lives were judged not to be     worthy to live in the immediate presence of King Jesus, may end up living in heaven outside the city?  Could it be that all those who gave up (lost) their lives to God in service to him, actually found his purpose for their lives, and will end up living in the city, while those who found their joys in all the things of this life lost the God given opportunity because they found their life here more important than their future life, and will end up living outside the city?