Convention September 2010
recording started in process)…once God grants you & me that
gift, you can see that many turn the grace of God into lasciviousness
and thereby making shipwreck of the faith.
the very gift that God has given you and me—if you and I stay in
a harlot-based relationship to the King, always needing to be allured
by the gifts that He gives us, then when the Prince returns, you
are left in the same kind of relationship, where all you have is
says in Ezekiel 46 that when the Prince returns the gift returns
to the Prince! If your concept of a relationship with the
King is that you must always be baited, or you must always be allured,
then there’s something else that has to be birthed in the heart
of a people that are going to finish this race, realizing that He’s
not always the one seeking you! But, there has got to be something
that is deep within you , where you are running after Him!
what God does to determine whether that is you and me, or not; He
withdraws Himself; He actually begins to pull back. You can just
see this—(it would make a good play or something)—the Father just
pulls away a little bit—not to totally turn His face—He is just
kind of looking over His shoulder and you can hear Him saying, “Do
I have anybody that is really interested in Me?” To find this out,
God lavishes the girls with all the gifts. It soon becomes apparent
who is in the race for what He has or who is in the race
for Him .
starts us all out on a level “playing ground”. In order to get you
engaged in the process, He starts us all out the same way. You and
I do not start out with the Lord God as our God. That’s not your
fault; don’t feel so bad about it. God birthed you in a realm of
dust. You came into this realm with an appetite that does not have
any desire whatsoever for the things of the Lord. God knows that,
therefore, we do not start out with the Lord God as our God, we
start out with our belly as our God. That is why He does not bait
the hook with something that He wants, but with something that you
want. That gets you started and then He tells you this, “You are
only going to know, if you follow on to know.”
the process of this journey—it’s called the “path of the just”—He
puts a little seed in you. That seed He puts in you, right from
the beginning, is the incorruptible Word of God. That seed in you,
given the right soil; given the right environment; given the right
faithfulness; that seed in you will bring forth after its kind.
It is not unconditional; it is conditional. Nothing is wrong with
the seed; there are several problems with the ground. You can see
there is only one quarter of the ground that actually brings forth
fruit and the kind of fruit that remains. We are a people who are
being called to bring forth fruit, but that fruit has got to remain.
is inspecting His house to find out on what basis you and I are
in a relationship with the King, because you and I—we heard it clearly
in the prophecy this morning—our toes are hanging over the threshold
of the finish line!
are a people who are called to be found worthy to obtain something!
Let’s look at it in Luke chapter 20.
me say as we begin, among other things, I think one of the greatest
ploys—one of the greatest deceptions—is that Lucifer himself has
pulled the wool over God’s people’s eyes by erasing the finish line,
which is resurrection , and replacing it with natural
death . You ask the average Christian where they are going
to go when they die—even in our own midst—and you will find that
people have based their eternal security on an experience they had
such and such a time in the past.
can see that there is nothing really secure until you cross this
(finish) line that God is talking about. You really have not secured
your place in Christ until you have been found worthy and obtained
what God says is the door to that eternal realm!
said two things of Himself when He was here: He said, “I am the
door.” Most people have misunderstood what He was speaking about
when He said that, so they have defined the “door” as being your
born-again experience. They feel that is what makes Jesus the door.
He also said this, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” The real
door Jesus was speaking about, that He is, was not when you get
born of the Spirit; the door He was speaking about is the abundant
entrance that must be ministered to you into an everlasting Kingdom
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! That’s the door that He was
order for you and me to inherit everlasting life—and it does come
as an inheritance—in order for you to inherit everlasting life,
which the Bible calls a reward, you have got to finish the course
He has called you to run and actually be found worthy to obtain
is the course God has had this people on from the first day He sounded
an apostolic trumpet and called us out from every tribe, nation,
kindred, and tongue. He sounded a trumpet to give a governmental
call to a people that could only be apprehended by this finish line—the
all the ranks of God’s girls—and I like to say this, God has got
a lot of girlfriends—let me say this now—He says He has ‘threescore
queens, fourscore concubines, and virgins without number’—that is
a lot of girlfriends! Do you realize that they are all in a relationship
with the King? The virgins are in a relationship with the King;
the queens have a relationship with the King; the concubines have
a relationship with the King; they are in His courts! Not only that,
you see this very clearly in the book of Esther, the King has made
available to all the girls, all the treasures out of His treasure
house. That is part of the goodness of our King!
I fear, that it’s a mark of our immaturity when we, maybe through
a lack of understanding or over-zealousness—that’s what it was in
my case, over-zealousness—we sometimes diminish the queens, the
concubine, and the virgins.
does not matter to you and me the status of God’s girlfriends! That’s
God’s business! He has them in the court; He has a relationship
with them, but it does not change the fact that God has got a certain
girl that is going to bring forth from the midst of her a governmental
people. That people have a perspective that the rest of the girls
do not have!
all through scripture you will see Zion
and Jerusalem together.
From Zion , he says
the law will go forth from Zion —that’s
the sons of God. And the word of the Lord will go forth from Jerusalem
—that’s the woman. So you will see very clearly
in the word that He puts in furnace in Jerusalem
, but His fire is in Zion
! The two are together; you can’t have one
without the other. In fact, Zion
is just a high hill in the midst of Jerusalem
. All that are in Zion
are a part of Jerusalem
; not all that are in Jerusalem
are a part of Zion
has a wheel in middle of a wheel. God has a house in the midst of
the house. What Zion
is, is a perspective in the midst of Jerusalem
that nobody else has. It is the high hill.
Somebody in this “end time move of God”—and I still don’t mind that
term—is going to finish up with a perspective that the rest of the
woman does not have. Because of that perspective, God is going to
take this little girl and she is going to go through a transition
by birth and grow up into the measure and the stature of
a perfect man—the government of the next age, called the Melchisedec
order of government!
is a governmental call. Not everybody has a governmental call. The
salvation for those who come later is of no less quality than those
that receive it now. But there is something about doing it now that
has a reward that comes with it that those who do it later do not
me say this; you can’t even get engaged in this unless He calls
you. You wouldn’t be able to hear or see this, so let’s not slam
people who can’t see it; it is God who is the One who gives the
hearing ear and the seeing eye. Unless God moves in this hour to
open our deaf ears and our blind eyes, we will be nothing more than
derelicts lying in the ditch like everybody else. It remains to
be seen whether we’re going to be a Shulamite maiden, or a Ruth,
or an Esther. It remains to be seen.
has called a people out and the question is, how far out they are
going to go? He has called us to go way out. He has called us to
be and do something that nobody else has ever done and I’m not making
an apology for it! In fact, deep down inside of me there is an excitement
that somebody is going to do it first! It doesn’t make them better,
but it does make them first! There is nothing wrong with being first
because it is going to take the first to come back and deliver the
rest and bring all of creation out of the bondage of corruption
and into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
people that wake up with this vision, are the true people who have
a burden for creation. All the running around and doing “sacrifice
unto their net”—that’s what the word says (Habakkuk 1:16
)—they do sacrifice to their net while the
top of the rock is bare (Ezekiel 26:4)—we’ll look at that scripture
in a minute. They run around sacrificing to the net, but the top
of the rock is bare. There is not going to be any harvest out of
this age, yet they proclaim they have the burden for creation.
those who have the burden, the real burden for creation
understand what is required to set creation free. In order to set
creation free, you have to actually apprehend that which you have
been apprehended for, in order for you to be able to give it away.
was no way Jesus could do for you and what He has done until He
finished His own course. You can see that as long as He was external
to the disciples around Him, He could not give them understanding.
He said, “I have been here with you so long and you still don’t
understand what I’m talking about?”
until He left and sent back the Spirit of Truth —also called the
Spirit of Understanding; also called the Spirit of Wisdom, Counsel
and Might; the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord; the Spirit of Holiness;
the Spirit of Repentance; the Spirit of Grace and the Spirit of
Supplication. Until God granted you that gift, as an act of mercy,
you and I would have been every bit as lost as all the others throughout
God has elected you and me and brought us to the kingdom for such
a time as this and given us a down payment or an earnest of our
inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession—that’s
we, along with the rest of creation, are groaning and travailing
for the manifestation of the sons of God and we ourselves also,
that have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit (or to know), the redemption of
the body. (Romans 8:23)
finish line is when God validates the salvation of your soul by
giving you a brand new body. Until you get your soul saved, you’ll
never receive a spiritual body.
first thing God has to do is join your spirit to His Spirit; now
you have the light on the inside and you begin a process, called
the “trial of your faith”, on a path, called the “path of the just”
that is growing brighter and brighter unto the perfect day; until
you actually cross the line that God says is the finish line and
inherit as your life, everlasting life.
devil has come in and erased the finish line so that you won’t even
start to run as though to win; very clever. Brethren, the move of
God is not yet free from the deception of eternal security. Why
do you think we keep hearing it over and over again? Because Brother
Buddy has the needle stuck on the record? No, no. It’s because he
is more for you than you are for yourself! There is only one lie.
Lucifer is the father of it (the lie). You and I were all born under
the father of that lie. You came into this world convinced in the
strength of your own arm—you will not surely die. Did your born-again
experience just eliminate that concept? No, it strengthened it—it
strengthened it. This was not a mistake; God planned it this way.
said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” I have always
wondered, “The heavens are unclean and You say, ‘Repent for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand?’ And then You tell me the kingdom
of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and she hid it in all
three measures of meal? You did not do me any favors, God.” No,
He didn’t. As Brother Buddy said, “This program is so wired that
the very thing He starts you out in will destroy you. The very thing
He starts you out in will destroy you if you don’t get a hold of
Him and be taught by Him, because before it’s over, the whole thing
is going to be leavened.”
did He leave the sentence of death? It would have been nice if He
had taken it away; but no, He left it in there. He left the sentence
in there—why did He do that? Well, He tells you, ‘so that we should
not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead!’ (2 Corinthians
He etches out for you, that until you have actually been raised
from the dead, you have not completed your trust in Him. So what
comes just before resurrection? What has to happen just before resurrection?
Death! So, ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
saints’ (Psalm 116:15). How do you qualify for resurrection? You
must be dead.
Buddy has told us for years that it has to be the right kind of
death. The death that you and I are called to die is not one of
your choosing; although you do have to choose. If you could just
die to “things”, the Catholic Church would have had it done a long
time ago. The ascetic lifestyle would have more than filled up your
credits. But no, you have to die the right kind of death, which
is the death to sin. Sin is anything that is not of faith. The problem
with a people walking by faith is that they do not know what is
coming tomorrow. You and I didn’t start out this way. Aren’t you
glad God does this line upon line and precept upon precept; here
a little, there a little, and you actually only know if you follow
on to know?
the process of time, there is a lot of sorting that happens; a lot
of sorting. So, before it’s over, there is not a whole lot left
running. The enemy has lodged within you the seeds—I like how Brother
John Clark used to say this; he would say, “The seeds of our destruction
are with us in our beginning.” It really is true. If you and
I don’t get dealt with in the things that need to be dealt with
before it’s over, that beast will rise up and rend you! If
you don’t crucify the beast—because they that are Christ’s are not
those who are born-again—they that are Christ’s have crucified the
flesh…(Galatians 5:24 ).
That’s the identifying characteristic.
53:1 says: The transgression of the wicked say within their heart,
* there is no God. (*the use of italics
indicates these specific words are not present in the original language)
“No God.” I like how Brother Bobby Owens once said, “They say
‘no to God’.” The wicked also says, “Within my heart there is no
fear of God before my eyes.” So, when the fear of God is taught
by the precept of men, then it comes directly from Lucifer through
you never get to choose the ruler. The rulers are set. God set it
upright in the beginning. He set up two great lights; one to rule
the day and one to rule the night. You are going to be serving one
of those and you never get to rule; you never get to be boss. You
are either going to be under the power of darkness or you are going
to be under God’s authority. What you do get to do is choose which
one you are going to be under. You and I are always going to be
a manifestation of the source from which we are drawing. The best
you can ever be is a manifestation from what you are drawing.
the word would declare this of Jesus, ‘God manifested in the flesh.’
How is that so? Well, you never saw Jesus. He kept Himself hidden.
That is not saying He was God when He was here; it is saying He
was a man that had the Holy Spirit as His guide from His mother’s
womb. It says the Holy Spirit could make Him of ‘quick understanding’.
What the Holy Spirit taught Him was that He must keep Himself hidden,
because if He ever came out, He would have been in trouble. Jesus
knew that. He never bore witness to Himself. He kept Himself under
the authority of God.
whole journey is about teaching you and me who is going to rule.
We start out, it would seem, at a disadvantage since we start out
in the clutches of a woman. We start in the thinking that God is
there for me and I’m not there for Him. That is God’s problem because
He started you out there. If He is going to get us out of this,
He’s going to have to lead us out and He said that He would do it.
is going to have a people, the seed of David, that He doesn’t take
His mercy from and He’s going to lead them all the way home! How
would you like to be among those that get ministered to an abundant
entrance? Wow! I think we’re closer to it than we think.
just before that happens, there is going to be a people that have
committed themselves to His hand. They are going in and come no
more out. The gift God gave them whereby they are sealed unto the
day of redemption, they don’t break the seal—they don’t break the
seal; they stay completely hidden in Christ. God knows who those
are. God knows those He is working with; therefore, you and I don’t
have to worry about anybody else’s burden other than to bear your
own burden in this thing. Although, a couple of verses later, it
does say to bear ye one another’s burdens, but you have to understand
what God is talking about. There is something that only you can
do for yourself. God has made you accountable to get under the authority
of the only One who can work in you both to will and to do. We don’t
even have that ability in us. He has to work that in you both to
will and to do of His good pleasure and you have to work it out.
In the working out of it, what God does, is to begin ejecting all
the leaven and all the deception we pick up along the way.
am absolutely amazed at how many people—our people—who have sat
under this word for 30 some years, would still be convinced that
when they cross the veil—when they die physically, I’m speaking
of—that they would be in everlasting life. No, there is only one
man who has actually secured His place in Christ; His name is Jesus.
He is the only One who has actually secured His place in the body
of Christ, as the head of that body; His name is Jesus. He did it
by the only way you can do it. ‘He was declared to be the Son of
God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection
from the dead’ (Romans 1:4). That’s the only way that gets it done.
Anybody that is going to have joint seating with Him, in the Father’s
throne, is going to have to go the way that He went.
enemy would love to have us think that all you have to do is go
along here and if we cross through the veil, we’ve got it. No, even
if we cross through the veil, even those that died in faith, have
not yet secured eternal life. Even those that died in faith; and
that goes all the way back to Abel. ‘But they, without us, cannot
be made perfect’ (Hebrews 11:40 ).
told Daniel, “Daniel, you stand in your lot.” That’s all right;
that’s a good place until something better is coming. You see a
parable of Lazarus and the rich man; the rich man had his reward
during his lifetime. Poor Lazarus didn’t so well, but when he got
to the other side, where was he? Right in the bosom of Abraham.
What does that mean? Abraham is the father of faith.
you are waiting, if you have died in faith, your father is Abraham;
your mother is Jerusalem .
So you are there waiting in the bosom of Abraham. Waiting for what?
The last class. We’re in a relay race here. Brother Buddy has said
many times, “This could be the last class.”
along, God has had this university—God’s University. He’s gone through
a lot of trouble and written a lot of stuff down for our learning
and our admonition upon whom the ends of the age have come (1 Corinthians
10:11 ). Why? Because
the final class that receives the baton is very unique. They are
the ones who actually cross the finish line and bring into fruition
the fullness of all the plan of God.
know what this move of God has been about since the day God sounded
an apostolic trumpet and began to call a people out—not to be a
healing move of God; not to be in the other courts that are there?
Not diminishing the other courts, but God has a call—a governmental
call—on a people. What God has been training you and me for these
last 40 years is how to grab that baton; how to take it without
dropping it. Every line has been teaching us.
have been many moves of God that have dropped it. He has told us,
“Let us, therefore, fear lest a promise being left you, any of you
should let it slip” (Hebrews 2:1). Why would you let it slip? You
didn’t give it earnest heed; you didn’t take due diligence. Why
wouldn’t you? You have a false concept of the grace of God; that
the grace of God covers your inability to get it done.
the grace of God is a teacher; not a slush fund. I have been saying
along the way that people have a concept of the grace of God as
a slush fund. You had a bad week—“Too much holiness this week, Lord.”
So, you draw on your slush fund and make provision for the flesh
and turn the grace of God into lasciviousness (Jude 1:4).
grace of God is a teacher; “ Teaching us that,
deny ing ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:12
). That’s the plan
for the grace of God. It’s not some ethereal commodity that’s available
to you when you’ve had too much holiness in a week. No, the grace
of God is the Spirit of Grace; the same Spirit that’s also the Spirit
of Holiness to teach you to walk in such a way as to qualify for
what God says is the finish line so that you might actually inherit
the kind of life that He has and only He has. This is what we are
in this for!
what that life gives you the ability to do—once you’ve actually
apprehended it; once it’s yours, what it gives you the ability to
do is quicken whomsoever you will. The Spirit of Christ
is a quickening Spirit.
you realize the call on this people during the millennial reign
will be to be the life inside of creation? The Spirit of Christ
is not one member, but many. It’s a corporate anointing.
Sam said it this way, (singing) “When I’m in Him, I’m in you. When
you’re in Him, you’re in me. When we’re in Him, we’re the image
of our God. Hal-le-lu-jah!” He used to say, “I’m going to go right
into you.” He was saying things that we were all just saying, “What??????”
was an eight-year-old little boy just sitting there with that apostolic
word washing over me. In the days since, an incorruptible word of
God has sprung forth and like Jeremiah said, “It’s a word burning
in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9). It doesn’t matter at the age it hits
you; if God has called you, it is going to spring up and He is going
to bring it alive. For this people He is going to make sure we are
going to be without excuse. He’s going to make it plain enough so
that if you’ve got a mind to do this thing, you’re going to know
exactly what is required. And we’re going to give it all
diligence. Don’t you just love God’s plan?
I just tell you this? I am living—I believe, unless I am deceived
and God would have to show me if I am—I am living with an awareness
now, where I can say with a clear conscience, I love righteousness
and I hate iniquity. I couldn’t always say that. I love righteousness.
is something that’s happened, especially in this last couple of
years. I want to ascend to the hill of the Lord and I know what
it takes; you got to have clean hands; you got to have a pure heart.
You know what? You will never do something that you don’t want to
do. That’s deep. You know how you are actually going to do this?
You’re going to want to! You know how you’re going to stay out of
sin; the snare that so easily besets you? You want to! How did you
get into it? You wanted to!
what caused you and me to go out of the way of truth and the life?
Why would we do that? Because we thought we could come back anytime
we wanted. The wicked come and go from the place of the holy (Ecclesiastes
8:10 ) because they
have no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18
). God calls it wickedness; we call it grace.
We say grace is God’s provision for me to come and go. No, grace
is God’s Holy Spirit working with us; telling us that we had better
wake up before He takes it away!
you and I have gone off the path and gone into sin, He didn’t take
His Holy Spirit from us. We didn’t have to get born-again—again.
Did you notice? You didn’t lose the Spirit, but you did lose something.
You didn’t lose your born-again experience, but you did lose your
place in Christ because there is no sin in Him
! Therefore, to commit that sin and to go out in the way of
the flesh, you couldn’t do it and still be in an abiding relationship.
You had to come out of Him. When He returns, Thessalonians tells
us that He is coming for a people who are in Him—actually living
in Him. You couldn’t do that until He put the light
in you and then told you to walk in the light as He is in the light
(1 John 1:7).
man stumbles in the dark because there is no light in him. Once
the light is in you, then you are accountable to walk in the light
that He gave you. If you’ll walk in the light as He is in the light,
then you’ll maintain the fellowship with Him—with the Father and
with the Son. That’s what brings the blood of Jesus into effect—not
the other way around.
Christendom believes that the blood of Jesus covers their sins—past,
present, and future. There is actually no covering for sin
that you are in . ‘People go about covering with a covering,
but not of My Spirit, saith the Lord’ (Isaiah 30:1). It’s certainly
not a covering that God gives them. The blood of Jesus is for the
remission of sins that are past ! In order to get sin in
the past tense, God would have to grant you His goodness; it’s called
the gift of repentance. So that when we’re off the trail, the Holy
Ghost moves as a convicting influence in our heart to cause you
and me to repent! Aren’t you glad that this gift has been available
every time we have strayed off the path? We have all had that in
of you might have that in common here this morning, but God is not
interested in what you did; He’s interested in what you’re doing!
So don’t do despite to the Spirit of Grace (Hebrews 10:21
)! If He’s convicting you, then get back in
the light so the blood of Jesus can cleanse you from all sin. That’s
the provision that God has given you through the measure of His
Spirit, called the grace of God.
love it! I love that God has made available to you and me whereby
we can live in Christ, a life where there is no sin! That’s a life
lived by the Spirit.
and I don’t start out knowing that; we grow into it. We grow into
an understanding of that. So before it’s over, with all your getting,
you are to get understanding (Proverbs 4:7) because he that wonders
out of the way of understanding remains in the congregation of the
dead (Proverbs 21:16).
who is giving heed to the Spirit of Truth, will be understanding
that the Spirit of Truth will teach you of the fear of the Lord
to keep you connected with the life which is your salvation. The
call that has been on this move of God since the beginning is that
somebody is going to do it first! They are going to be immersed
under the authority of God in such a way that He increases and they
decrease and like Enoch, they end up as part of the “was nots”.
They just disappear because they are no longer seen. ‘Before his
translation, he had this testimony: that he pleased God’ (Hebrews
you are here today with the concept that you will receive eternal
life on the basis of natural death, you are deceived. Even those
that have crossed to the other side cannot have eternal life, except
by the resurrection. If you do die naturally—by the way, the natural
death is irrelevant; this body is going to go anyway; it’s going
to go back to dust anyway.
the question is, if you cross through the veil, what state were
you in when you did that? Were you in faith or were you in sin?
Sin has this effect—it separates you every time from your place
in Christ. This is why the goal is to win something. You have to
win your place in Christ!
do you win anything? You race; you win; you qualify! That’s how
inspiration of the Spirit hit me this morning because God was underlining
for us so clearly in prophecy about the resurrection and that this
is the next major event on God’s calendar. This is what is right
ahead of us! There’s going to be a whole lot of people that have
walked along side and have been part of us; have heard the word
and been excited about it, but have not clearly understood that
you have to actually be found worthy to obtain it. In our passivity
sometimes, the enemy steals the very essentials of truth that you
and I need worked in our inward parts so that this truth will make
you free from the lie.
Luke 20, the Sadducees, who don’t believe there was any resurrection,
were trying to trick Jesus with a question about whose wife the
woman would be who had married all these men and He replied:
– ‘But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world,
and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given
in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto
the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the
have got to be ‘ accounted worthy to obtain that world’!
fallacy in Christendom is to take probably the most famous verse
in the Bible, John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten Son...’ We look at that verse and the church launches
themselves into a carnal campaign to manifest the love of God—hear
me now—by winning the world! They align themselves with the false
understanding of the love of God. What they believe is that because
“God so loved the world”, (in their understanding), the way that
they now have to love the world, is to get it saved. So the church—the
woman—believes she is in the world to win it! That’s her whole concept.
She is there to win the world!
question we have to ask ourselves is, does God actually love the
world? People say, “Well, it says He does.” But, what did He tell
you concerning the world? If He told you not to love the world,
why would He be loving it? He said, “Love not
the world, neither the things of
the world.” (1 John 2:15). So, why would He be telling you to love
the world and He doesn’t love the world?
He does not love this present evil world. As Brother Buddy has said
for years, “You don’t destroy something that you love!” God has
demonstrated that He hates this present evil world and that He is
actually going to destroy it. But then you see, everything in God
is dimensional, and He has made three worlds—the first world was
destroyed by water; this present evil world being destroyed by fire
to make way for the world wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter
3:13); a world without end!
do you get into that world? The one that God so loved that He gave
His only begotten Son? Through the door, that’s how you get in,
by the Door. Jesus, being the Door, told you exactly what that door
is when He said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25
). And He said, “No man comes to the Father,
but by Me” (John 14:6(b)).
being children of the resurrection (Luke 20:36
), you have got to be found worthy to obtain
that world (Luke 20:35 ).
We don’t just get it by default. We don’t just get it by the call.
We get it by being found worthy; by being found faithful—faithful
unto the end.
is the reason most people will not “make the grade”. It’s not because
they don’t want to. It’s because of a little slumber; a little folding
of the hands (Proverbs 6:10 ).
They don’t redeem the only thing God gave you, which was time.
only gave you so much time to get it done. That little space of
time that God gave you to get the work done, to qualify for everlasting
life by the resurrection, is called grace. That little space of
time, called grace, is the Holy Spirit striving with you to teach
you the things of the Father that would get you qualified for this
Holy Spirit is not only teaching you to speak with tongues. We just
had a Youth Camp and as always there is usually a little teaching
on being born-again and being filled with the Spirit. That’s always
good because we are just not a third feast people; we are a three
feasts people. The seed of Abraham can be a blessing to all the
nations of the earth. If they are His sheep, they will hear His
kingdom of heaven is still like a net; it’s still bringing them
in. During the course of the Youth Camp, there were some questions
about the Holy Spirit and it kind of turned into a rather lengthy
debate, which probably got a little bit too much time spent on it,
but in the course of looking at it later, we realized that it’s
really a sad thing that being filled with the Holy Ghost ends up
getting defined as speaking in tongues only; when the whole argument
of whether you have the Holy Spirit or whether you don’t is all
based on speaking in tongues. The churches get polarized and the
debate goes on and on and it has for decades, of whether or not
you are filled with the Holy Ghost by whether or not you speak with
very unfortunate because the real work of the Holy Spirit is not
so you can speak in tongues. The real effect of the Holy Spirit
in your life goes far beyond you just speaking in tongues. He did
say that if you would ask Him to be filled, you would be filled.
In many cases, a lot of people don’t speak with other tongues right
away because their carnal mind is still standing in the way; they
are not yet in a place of surrender where they can disconnect their
intellectual understanding of what’s happening and sometimes that
takes a process.
being filled with the Holy Ghost and having the Spirit of Grace
upon you is the teacher coming into effect in a way that He has
never been there before. He’s coming in to teach you the things
of the Father that would get you qualified for this ultimate goal.
love looking at the different characteristics of the Holy Spirit;
one of them being seven eyes; seven lamps and seven spirits of God;
because as He is searching the inward parts of the belly, He is
bringing to light the hidden things of dishonesty—the very things;
the secret faults; the presumptuous sins that could keep you out
of this high call of God in Christ Jesus.
was in a place a few days ago doing some roofing at the halfway
native reserve, up near where we live, and met one of the band of
administrators, a young fellow who is the son of the chief and an
assistant pastor in the Baptist Church
. I had a great conversation with him and
he was talking to me about another fellow who helps out there quite
a bit. This young fellow was saying that he had some real questions
about this and I asked, “Why?” He said, “You know, I’m young and
I don’t know a lot, yet, but I’m looking for something authentic.”
he said that, I felt something leap in my spirit. We had had some
fellowship over a couple of days and I reached out and I grabbed
his hand. When I held his hand, he said, “You’re a believer, aren’t
you?” I said, “Yes, and I’m looking for something authentic, too.
I found it and you just keep looking. If you’re hungry, He’ll keep
feeding you. Go with what the Spirit of the Lord is teaching you.”
we fellowshipped together, he began to talk about the goals of the
church. He had just finished school at a Baptist seminary and I
was pretty surprised about some of the things he was talking about.
You could see the indoctrination that was there so his initial response
to everything came from his schooling. Every time he would say something,
I would just say, “Well, have you ever seen this verse over here;
what do you think it’s talking about?” He would say, “Well, that
doesn’t fit.” I said, “But you said you were looking for something
authentic. What does it feel like?” He said, “Well, now you’ve raised
a question.” I said, “I’m not going to tell you what to believe,
but I’m going to tell you Whom you should pursue if you want the
truth. Go home and get on your knees and ask the Spirit of Truth
to lead you and guide you and don’t look at your Baptist missionary
statements and your doctrinal inclination. Some of it will be good;
a whole lot of it will be the error that comes from men trying to
establish a people in the form of godliness and not in the power.”
said, “Boy, I got more than I bargained for!” I said, “We’ve just
had some great fellowship together. You have quickened my spirit.
You only had to say one thing and I saw a brother. I don’t care
where you are, if you are looking for something authentic, I am
still looking and I have not yet laid hold of the real, finished
on my way, but I haven’t yet laid hold of the finished thing, but
I have a sneaking suspicion that we are going to know it when it
happens! We’re going to know that something has been changed from
this mortal to immortality and from this corruptible to incorruptibility.
Amen? Something is going to change!
to Ezekiel 26. The problem with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
is that you can end up going in directions that you didn’t think
you were going.
Buddy was talking about the woman whose heart is snares and her
hands as bands (Ecclesiastes 7:26 ).
If you are going to escape from her, you are going to have to please
God or you’re going to get caught in the net that she uses.
net that this woman uses, God actually allows; it’s what gets the
process started. But just because it gets the process started, it
doesn’t mean that it’s going to get it finished. It’s in following
on to know Him—because we’ll know as we follow on to know.
on to know Him is a constant coming out of one level and into another.
So, we have a lot of beautiful songs where God is always calling
us higher; come higher; or go deeper, because He takes us from faith
to faith and from glory to glory and from one understanding to another
is looking for an abandonment in His people who will understand
they don’t know anything as they ought and the only way to get there
is to hold to his hand; God’s unchanging hand.
in Ezekiel 26:3—if you want to do a good study, do a study on Tyrus.
You’ll see that Tyrus types two important things in scripture. It
very clearly types Lucifer and also, it very clearly types the woman
who is situated in the sea realm.
can see that God uses the woman aspect of the church to cast her
net into the sea. When you are under the teaching of the woman,
you are under a concept that your ministry is in the realms of the
sea; you spend your time in the sea.
happens on the seas is where the merchant ships go. The sea is full
of merchandising; the ships that go from country to country trading.
says they are all made rich through the sale of these delicacies,
but in Revelation you see they are going to howl. There is going
to come a time when the whole thing is going to come down and God
is going to bring all the merchandising down.
in the meantime, it looks pretty good because there’s a lot of trading
going on. It’s interesting that the Zidonians were the ancient Phoenicians
and you remember that Jezebel was a Zidonian. She, all the way from
almost the beginning—from I Kings all the way to finding her still
at the end in Revelation—as a prophetess who is still in the midst
of God’s people to seduce them. The Phoenicians were the great traders
who went to Carthage
in North Africa and
throughout the Mediterranean
and did all the trading. The Zidonians were great seafarers.
have Tyre , a type of
harlot church system, that really when you see the type in scripture,
she is completely under the control of Lucifer. That is not outside
of God’s plan; that’s part of God’s plan.
this all becomes about, if you are interested in the finish line,
is what government you are under. There is only one government that
can actually get you into everlasting life and that is God’s government.
The option is never that you are one of the governments; that is
not an option for you. We don’t get that option!
reason it becomes so deceptive is that we don’t consciously think
of the devil as the other option. We think of ourselves as the other
option. The devil doesn’t want you to think of him as the other
option. He doesn’t want you to serve him; he’s far too subtle for
that. Most of God’s people—I don’t want to offend you, but even
at this late date and even in our own midst—are still under the
do we know that? The Day of the Lord comes as a day of darkness
and not light. Judgment comes first to the house. The name of the
house is Zion . You
see in Psalm 132 that He says He is going to dwell there forever;
“I’m going to put My name there.” That’s God’s house.
judgment comes first to His house and by that judgment what’s the
first thing He has to tell that house? AWAKE!! ZION
, AWAKE!! Awake to righteousness!
who sleep, sleep in the night. That’s God’s house He is talking
about. Those who are drunken are drunken in the night. This is right
at the end. God’s house is asleep in the night. Two great lights—one
to rule the day; one to rule the night.
there is going to be a people that Paul speaks of; they are not
children of the night. So, that day will not overtake them as a
thief because they are children of the day. There is going to be
a people who are not walking in darkness, that are not asleep and
are not drunk, but they are living soberly and righteously in this
present world. They are walking in the light as He is in the light.
the majority, darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people
of God (Isaiah 60:2). He catches us all in a state
that is completely opposite to what you think you have. We think
we know; we think we understand; we think that
we have revelation, but He sounds His trumpet and He calls it the
sound of an alarm! What’s so alarming? You think you are awake!
has this characteristic about it; when you are in it, you call it
“light”. So the thing you would suspect is that you are asleep!
So as God wakes a people up in the last hour, they have to awake
to the one thing that God requires at His return—righteousness!
can see throughout the beginning part that we are still busy going
about establishing our own righteousness, which is of the law; according
to a formula. So we end of with a cloak that we call righteousness,
but it’s based on the formula of the laws and governments and regulations
that are established by the mind of men to put you in the form of
godliness, but causes you to deny the power.
at the end, what God is busy doing is tearing down the structures—the
man-made structures of idolatry.
your finger in Ezekiel and look in Isaiah 44, verse 9. Here’s the
history of the church:
44:9 – ‘They that make a graven image are all of them vanity;’
is the first thing God said? “Don’t make any graven images. Don’t
do that; why? He is without form. No man has seen His shape or form
anytime at all, so don’t make any graven images. But, you can’t
build a congregation and thereby secure your sustenance and provision
unless you have an image for everybody to conform to. If you can
get everybody into “sameness”, you can have the kind of cohesive
structure that will lend itself to security!
Spirit of God, whenever He is moving, moves like the wind. Everything
looks like it’s falling apart all over the place! It’s just kind
of waving in the wind! Because God is not going to do it according
to the evenly spaced rows of the groves that we build on our high
you notice that very few kings—I can only think maybe of one great
king throughout the kings—but very few actually took down the groves.
They did some other good things, but they left the organized form
of worship and offering of incense in the high places; the way man
does it—neatly spaced planting of trees.
you ever notice God doesn’t plant that way? Even in His natural
creation; it’s kind of sprinkled around. The way man plants is get
it all in a row so that everybody is the same—“don’t rock the boat”!
That’s why God took us to community! It wasn’t to get us all in
the form; it was to show us how many people could rock the boat!
boat is going to rock and reel so much that you can find out exactly
what happens to it in the book of Acts. It’s going to rock and roll—excuse
the expression—so much that the ship is going to be destroyed.
tell you what, brethren, before it’s over, any man-made structure
is going to be destroyed. Anything that is not a result of the hand
of God is going to come apart! But anybody who will grab a board
and grab a plank, and stay with the program, is going to arrive
worry about what God tears down, just worry about hanging on to
the word that God spoke to you and He’ll get you to shore—He’ll
get you to shore. When you arrive there and the viper that jumps
out of the fire and takes hold of your hand, just shake it off;
it’s not going to have any affect.
this is what God is doing. Don’t worry about things when they look
like they’re in shambles! That’s part of the process! God does it
that way! I love His program! I love it!
have to learn to have a Zion
perspective! You have to be careful with that term these days, but
the Zion perspective
is higher than the rest of the city. They are up in the realms where
they can see what’s going on and what the plan God has for the rest
of the city!
in this little girl, Jerusalem ,
is going to wake up with a Zion
perspective; they are going to climb the hill of the Lord! They
are not going to stay down here with the chickens. They are going
to understand; you know what, it’s alright; it’s falling apart;
this one’s going here; this one’s going there; this thing looks
terrible; it’s alright; it’s alright. Unless the Lord builds the
house, we labor in vain.
the way, God does all the work in the different quarries. He’s doing
it without the sound of a hammer. You look around and everything
is in parts; that’s because God is a master craftsman; He can work
in quarries all over the world and then when He wants to bring it
together, He brings it together in one day and a nation is born
in a day! Who gets the glory? He gets it all because there is no
one who could have conceived of this thing except the Lord God!
He’s the only One who could pull this together! We have tried and
we have made a mess! Here is a picture of it in verse 9:
44:9-12 – ‘They that make a graven image are all of them vanity;
and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their
own witnesses, they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable
for nothing? Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen,
they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand
up; yet they shall fear and they shall be ashamed together. (Look
at this; verse 12) The smith
with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with
you ever found somebody trying to put you together with hammers?
Hammering away on you; you have to look like this and look like
this, and they bang away.
44:12(b) – ‘and worketh it with the strength of his arms:’
your hand if you’ve ever been experiencing the strength of someone
else’s arms. We have all been under the arms of the flesh and we’ve
all used them as well. We’ve all tried—have you ever been sitting
by someone and you hear an anointed word and you think to yourself,
“Boy, I hope “so and so” really hears that. That’s just the line
that they need to hear.” You have the tongs and you have the hammers
and you want to build it just the way it should be built.
44:12(c)-13 – ‘yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh
no water, and is faint. The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he
marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes and he marketh
it out with the compass, (notice
what he’s striving for) and maketh
it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man;
(for what purpose?)
that it (his idol that he has
created) may remain in the house.
they turn the glory of an incorruptible God like unto the glory
of corruptible man (Romans 1:23 )
and they worship and serve the creature rather than the creator.
history of the church is to take the hammers; take the compasses;
take the planes and shape and mold and form a people so that they
can benefit from the work of their own hands. Anything I build myself
has a profit for me. Anything that God builds leaves Him as the
One who profits; therefore, He is the One who is going to get the
the ones who wake up and do this first, realize they are not in
this for them! This is about Him! This is about His glory and in
giving Him His glory when He appears! You shall be just like Him
when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, we also shall appear
in the glory that you gave Him. The glory that He is, is the glory
not just that He deserves, it’s the glory that the Father bestowed
upon Him when He finished the course that He was called to run!
Nobody else qualified Jesus; He qualified Himself by running as
though to win.
can see that the forms that are built are so that they can remain
in the house. Notice verse 14:
44:14-15 – ‘He heweth him down cedars, (tress
are a type of men’s lives so this is at the expense of anyone in
your group) and taketh the cypress
and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the tress
of the forest: he planteth an ash and the rain doth nourish it.
Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and
warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh
a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth
fashioning and forming of idols according to the works of the law.
John Jeffreys brought a tremendous line on his study out of Galatians
showing that there has always been the effort of the church to get
a people back under the rudimentary elements and the form and constraint
of the law, which cannot bring forth life.
you can see what God is going to do in this hour is raise up a priesthood—a
Melchisedec priesthood—that will teach the people the difference
between the holy and the profane. Their ministry is not to the people;
they take charge of the sanctuary; therefore, their ministry is
a ministry unto the Lord.
that ministry unto the Lord, you can see the two priesthoods in
Ezekiel 44, where one priesthood ministers before the people at
their idols. In other words, they will not pay the price to take
the idols down to the Brook Kidron and get them crushed. Why? Because
you’ll suffer the loss of your monetary support and your other forms
of provision that come as a result of the formulas you have generated.
the ones who have their ministry unto the Lord, they take charge
of the sanctuary; therefore, they can minister to the Lord at His
table. For them, He is their inheritance! He is their provision!
to Ezekiel 26, verse 2:
26:2 – ‘Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem,
Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned
unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste: therefore
thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and
will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth
his waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus
(the walls are a type of salvation
in scripture) , and break down
her towers: (You can follow this
little theme throughout scripture; what the towers represent. God
in Zephaniah is going to bring the high places and the towers down;
He is going to bring the houses of ivory down; all the places of
intellectual understanding that are established through the teaching
of the woman. And notice it says:) I
will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of
a rock. (notice this place of
barrenness; nothing on top of the rock; a place of barrenness) It
shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea:
for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God: (look
at this next phrase) and it
shall become a spoil to the nations.
doesn’t say “harvest” to the nations; it says, “spoil” to the nations.
The church is looking for the great harvest! It’s not going to be
a great harvest; it’s going to be a great spoil.
top of the rock is bare. You can see over in Habakkuk where they
‘sacrifice to their net’. While they are sacrificing to the ideological
theory, that what salvation is, is having your place to save the
world—you are working to win the world instead of win Christ—but
you end up with no harvest at all.
love the part in John where Jesus comes to the disciples who had
gone back fishing. He shows up and they are out fishing. He’s standing
there on the shore and says, “Do you have any fish?” And they replied,
“No, we’ve labored all night and caught nothing!” That’s the church-age;
they have labored all night—the top of the rock is bare—and they’re
sacrificing to their net. What does Jesus say? “Throw your nets
on the other side!” Why does He say that? That’s where the harvest
is! There’s no harvest on this side. “The harvest is on the other
do you get to the other side? By the door! By the resurrection from
the dead! It takes the resurrection to bring in the firstfruits
of the harvest! They are not on this side! They are coming from
the other side!
John even records how many fish were there; 153—numerical value
meaning the manifestation of the sons of God. That was probably
just an accident that somebody counted the fish that day; only John
records it, by the way. I’m not even sure that he stopped to count—I
doubt it. I think the Holy Spirit threw that number in there so
that you and I would understand that this harvest that God is looking
for is coming from the other side.
what’s the goal that He’s set before you? What’s the better hope
that you have been begotten unto? A lively hope! Do you have that
lively hope working in you? Is there a lively hope, Saints, working
in you? The lively hope is not the starting line; the lively hope
is the finish line! He is working in you that if you and I will
awake to the trumpet sound that God is sounding in this hour and
awake to righteousness so that we will be ready when He comes, He
will be pleased to call us the children of the resurrection! When
we come out of that test; after having finished it, it will be the
final validation that you are who you say you are!
sons of God are identified, not just by the Spirit that’s in them,
but they are identified, ultimately, by the place they have inherited.
Because he that hath the Son, hath life; he who hath not the Son,
hath not the life (1 John 5:12 ).
don’t have Him, yet. You do not have Him, yet. He sent the
Spirit of His Son in your heart crying, Abba, Father! You and I
are still waiting for the fullness of the godhead to indwell you
bodily. It’s called the bodily resurrection. Sown a natural body,
but raised a spiritual body.
tell you, I think we’re getting close—I think we are getting close.
Is your spirit bearing witness? The hour is upon us; Paul said it
was high time and that was 2,000 years ago. So it’s got to be a
lot closer now than it was then.
so, here we are. What is it that could derail the plan of God in
your life so that you would fall short of this so great a call?
Every one of us still has something; still has the possibility of
not enduring to the end.
He says, “This great promise of everlasting life that has been left
us; let us therefore, fear and cry with strong crying and tears
unto Him who is able to save us from death.”
He can do it; only He can take us home. If we will get under His
authority, He will finish the work that He’s begun.