Measure of Christ
Arsenault at Maine 2007
don’t know about you, but if things get much better or get any more
exciting, I don’t know what we’re going to do. Because I think He’s
about to suddenly come to His temple. He said, “Blessed
are you when I come, if I’m giving them their meat in due season.”
So we want to be among those who are gathered together eating the
meat of His word.
to the book of Zechariah chapter 1, verse 16:
1:16-17 ‘Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem
with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts,
and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry yet, saying,
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall
yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall
yet choose Jerusalem.’
2:1-2 ‘I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man
with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou?
And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth
thereof, and what is the length thereof.’
11:1-4 ‘And there was given me a reed like unto a rod; and the angel
stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar,
and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the
temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles:
and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy
a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candesticks standing
before the God of the earth.’
want you to keep that in mind that the two olive trees and the two
candlesticks are standing before the God of the earth.
can see that God has us in a time of measuring; of course, the measure
is the stature of Christ that we’re being measured by. I think in
closing the other night, we looked at the measure in Deuteronomy—the
just measure; ‘you shall have a just weight and a just measure both
in your bag and in your house’. It’s very clear that God wants to
know what criteria we’re using to measure things in these last days.
There’s been a lot of criteria throughout the church world—throughout
our walk in the Lord—with how we measured where we’re going.
that doeth truth—he that loveth the truth—has a certain measurement
of the truth. There’s only one measurement to reveal whether or
not what you are walking in is error or truth; that’s the light.
God is light; what do we know about that? In Him is no darkness
at all. Light is the measurement and what light measures is what
darkness you’re yet in.
interesting that you can’t measure darkness scientifically. Light
has a measurement; you can measure light, but you can’t measure
darkness. Darkness is always less light. ‘The path of the just is
as the shining light and it shines more and more unto the perfect
day’. So every time the light gets brighter, what do you think is
happening? It’s dispelling your darkness. ‘So you who were sometimes
darkness, now are ye light in the Lord’.
can see why in this move of God, we’ve never had an official doctrine
because as the light gets brighter, we begin to find an increased
understanding in some of the same passages that we had read previously.
Anytime you would think that life would come out of the way you
had been taught or even what you believed last year, you just put
yourself in a box and in a form, because life is never about teaching;
life is never about doctrine; life is a person! ‘We live by every
word that proceeds from the mouth of God’. It’s a present
tense communion relationship that we have with the Father and with
can never have life based on what I’ve been taught. Life is based
on that hearing ear. ‘Today if you hear His voice, today is the
day of salvation’.
can see the whole church bases the way they live life on a criteria
according to their doctrine. Doctrine forms your criteria for how
you measure things, but you can never use doctrine as the criteria
to measure anything because it’s His voice that you have
to listen to, to obey. As you are under that command of God—under
His authority—He’s increasing the light in your life and in my life.
He’s challenging our criteria because the evidence that you’re walking
in the truth is that you bring your deeds to the light to see that
they are wrought in God. What the light reveals is the author of
what you and I are involved in. We need to know who the author is
of what we are involved in.
sin does not always appear as sin. It takes being under the command
of God for sin to show up exceedingly sinful. As long as you and
I walk according to the “default program”, which is ‘every man’s
way is right in his own eyes’; according to what? Well, according
to the light you have—according to the understanding you have. But
if the light in you be darkness how great is that darkness. That’s
gross deception whenever the criteria we use is our own reasoning’s.
That’s why God is light and in Him is no darkness at all and whenever
we’re in Him , He’s going to reveal anything in us that’s
what criteria have we been using? You find the body of Christ is
full of different measurement scales, but there’s only one
measure that’s going to get it done; it’s the measure and the
stature of Christ .
it’s interesting where the real measurement is taking place. You
see here in Revelation chapter 11, He’s measuring the temple of
God and the altar and them that worship in that temple. What altar
is this that they are worshipping at? The altar of incense, right?
The court that is “without” is the court that has the brazen altar
in it. He is saying, “Don’t measure the court that is without; measure
it not because it is given unto the Gentiles.”
what God is out to measure in the temple is your worship—He is out
to measure our worship. There’s a measurement for the worship you
and I are to be involved in. There’s a criteria that God has set,
which is the stature of Christ .
interesting, that the first time the word “worship” is mentioned
is when Abraham is taking Isaac up to Mt. Moriah and he says, “Let’s
go up yonder to the mount and worship.” If you notice, what he took
along with him—his implements of worship; he had the wood, he had
the fire, and he had the knife. There’s never any problem finding
lots of wood around; wood is a type of flesh. We’ve all been able
to produce plenty of wood for the fire. So, the wood was there and
the fire—God provides the fire, but you got to have the knife because
‘if a man be given to appetite, let him put a knife to his throat’.
In our worship before the Lord, He is looking to you and to me to
cut off every other appetite. If your belly is your god, your end
He’s measuring our worship. Before it’s over you can’t worship Him
in Jerusalem or in this mountain; you have to worship Him in spirit
and in truth. You’ll only know if you are doing that according to
the light you are living in. We can expect to have God reproving
us and tweaking some things and putting the finishing touches on
this house as we get closer to the end here.
Because the light is getting brighter and brighter. The Daystar
is rising in our hearts and it’s revealing in us anything that is
otherwise minded. You and I have to get this right. If we’re going
to be in Him, there’s no darkness at all. We’ve been content with
shades of gray; we’ve been content with getting it “just about”
right. You’ll never get it right by conforming, by reforming, by
fixing things. The only way to actually get it right is to get in
Him . Only in Him is there no sin. Only in Him is there
no darkness at all . That light reveals the hidden thing
of dishonesty. Hidden from who? From the one who counts; hidden
David says in the Psalms, ‘cleanse thou me from secret faults’.
Secret from who? Secret from me—from the one who counts. Did you
know that you are accountable for what you don’t know about? You’re
accountable for that. What you are accountable for is to say, “Search
me, Lord, and see if there be any wicked way in me.” So that the
light reveals that which is in you that could disqualify you from
this so great a prize. You and I don’t want to be found “wanting”
at the end of this thing.
that loves the truth—if you are doing truth, the evidence is you
are coming to the light and you’re going to live there because it’s
the light that reveals the hidden thing of dishonesty.
dishonest? What is it that I could be involved in that is dishonest?
What makes any work dishonest is the work I believe I can do and
is acceptable to God. It’s dishonest. I can’t perform anything in
my own strength and have it be acceptable for God. Therefore, you
have Cain’s sacrifice and you have Abel’s sacrifice. Cain’s wasn’t
accepted because it wasn’t offered by faith.
you and I are in the light, it’s going to reveal what it is we love
more than we love God; what agenda we’re tapped into. You can find
that what happens is, when the light starts to get brighter, men
draw back from the light because they love darkness—because that’s
what they are. They love darkness rather than light, why? Their
deeds are evil. He tells us to mortify therefore the deeds of the
body. We’re going to be judged according to the deeds that are done
in the body. Who’s got your temple? What are you using the temple
for while God’s testing out your stewardship? You are not your own;
you belong to Him.
testing out your stewardship with that which is temporal before
He’s going to give us that which is eternal. So how are we doing?
If you really want to know how you are doing, you are going to live
in the light. You’re going to bring, not just all your deeds, but
every thought. You call that a
narrow way? That’s like a tightrope— every thought
into the captivity of Christ. That’s narrow; that’s straight and
therefore, few there be that find it. Very few are going to actually
live in the light so that the light will reveal all these little
rabbit trails that we’ve all been so good at chasing.
I’ll tell you if we are going to get it right and we’re actually
going to be His house, it’s going to be because we don’t want to
live anywhere else.
let us let God judge our criteria because He has a measuring reed
and this reed is His standard and He’s out to measure the
temple and the altar therein. He’s not measuring that outer court
realm; that’s coming later. That’ll be your mission, should you
choose to accept it, once we’re up in the Millennium as the Melchisedec
Priesthood. That will be our mission to set creation free. That’s
what that outer court is being left for; it’s left for the Sons.
now, God is judging the altar of incense because that is where you
worship. Why is the measuring reed up against you at that point
in your progress towards fulfilling this thing? That altar of incense
represents the Day of Atonement. It says, ‘He that doesn’t afflict
his soul in that selfsame day, that soul will be cut off and die.’
So He’s out to measure whether or not you and I are actually going
to finish this race and pass from these first two experiences we’ve
had in God—these first two parts—and move on in. What He has right
there at the veil is a measuring reed.
like when you go to the amusement parks. We use to take our little
kids there; they were always very disappointed because there was
that yardstick right beside and it was awhile before they could
go on those roller coasters because they didn’t measure up.
you and I are going for a ride as well. It says He is going to take
you in a way that you would not go. In order to go on this
ride, you’re going to have to measure up or you’ll fall off. In
fact, He’s making sure if He can shake you off, He’s going to shake
you off. This is a stiff measurement. No ducking under the bar and
getting on this ride. This is a ride you’ve got to measure up for.
is He measuring us? At the altar where you worship. What He’s checking
out is the criteria you use in your worship towards God; that you
have the right implements with you in your worship towards God.
Or, do we love darkness rather than light and we’re so hooked on
our own deeds that we call darkness light and we never come up to
the measure and the stature of the fullness of Christ. Therefore
this happens, if you’ll turn back to Zechariah; a very familiar
passage, but it’s worth reading again.
13:8-9 ‘And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the
Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third
shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the
fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them
as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them:
I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my
is measuring us and He’s measuring us just before we fully come
out of this second feast realm and go on in and fulfill a third
feast. Do you know how you know when you’re living in the third
feast? Not because you’ve been 40 years listening to end time revelation;
not because you understand the feast of tabernacles and you’ve read
it all; no, it’s called the “feast of rest”. Rest means I’ve ceased
from my own works. So you’ll know when you’ve fulfilled the feast
of tabernacles when you’ve ceased from your own works; in other
words, you brought all your works to the light and what has been
exposed is, who is the author of what you’re involved in. That’s
the feast of rest; that’s the feast of joy; that’s the feast of
ingathering and that’s where God gets ready to bring in the full
what does He do at the beginning of this month? The first day of
the seventh month, He starts blowing the trumpet. That trumpet says,
“Awake to righteousness and sin not!” He starts sounding the trumpet
to get you and me to realize that we are about to get on a ride;
do you measure up? This is not a ride you get to ride without the
parts are going to be cut off and in John 6, verse 1, you see that
Jesus is by the Sea of Galilee and in verse 2:
6:2 ‘And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles
which he did on them that were diseased.’
6:4 ‘And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.’
by the Sea of Galilee at the feast of Passover. So now Philip is
hungry and the company is hungry and he says in verse 5:
6:5(b) ‘Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’
you know the story, verse 8:
6:8-9 ‘One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith
unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves,’
is the number for grace and barley is the grain for Passover. So
here we have a multitude of people gathered around the Sea of Galilee
in their Passover experience and this is when Jesus feeds you. This
is when He is out to make a provision for you because you weren’t
seeking Him because you were lost; He came seeking you. Aren’t you
glad tonight that if He didn’t come seeking you, you wouldn’t be
found yet? So, He found you; you didn’t find Him. You woke up not
because of anything you were doing. It was because He decided to
shine the light into your darkness. You woke up and said, “Lord?”
happens by the Sea of Galilee where He’s performing His reasonable
service towards you. He breaks the bread, as you know, the five
barley loaves—the grain for Passover—and there were also two fishes.
Of course the story goes on, He increased the bread and the fishes.
The two fishes are a type of Pentecost. Two is the number of “witness”
and when did you get the witness in yourself?
see, right after the disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost in
the Upper Room, they weren’t filled with the Holy Spirit and endued
with power from on High so that they could just go out and raise
the dead and heal the sick and show the power of God. The reason
that experience happened to them was so that they could be a witness
of the resurrection. Now because they could witness to the life
that was in them, they were able to have signs following them. They
weren’t following signs; signs were following them because they
were witnessing to the power of the resurrection in them.
that’s the witness. That happens in the first two feasts as God’s
free gift to you. That’s His provision to you. You get to have all
of that, free of charge. Right by the Sea of Galilee where our gentle
Jesus, meek and mild, breaks the bread and gives you the fishes
with all the multitudes and we’ve been thankful for that.
there comes a time when, as you grow a little bigger, you’re looking
at that big roller coaster. You want to go on that ride. How many
of us heard that trumpet sounding in the early days and we heard
about ruling and reigning? We heard about a priesthood after the
order of Melchisedec. We heard about firstfruits and a remnant and
we had all these ideas and we had no idea what it was going to cost,
but it sounded good and God was quickening us. We had a vision before
us and as best as we knew how, with the Lord helping us, we started
walking towards this call, to make it sure. Amen?
find ourselves here today looking at the “big ride” because He’s
going to carry you on eagle’s wings and as we get to the gate—that
second veil that must be rent before we get on this big roller coaster—there’s
the measuring reed right there at the gate to find out if we’re
going to measure up to this thing.
now, some of us when we get close to it—like my wife always does,
she’s not going on that ride when she gets good and close, once
she sees it do a few loops—my son won’t either, my daughters will
get on any ride with me, anywhere, anytime, but my wife and my son
sit back and wave.
don’t want to be among the spectators; you want to measure up and
get on the ride. Amen? He’s going to carry you in a way that you
would not go. Now, when you were young, Jesus told Peter, you went
where you would. That’s what you can do in the first two feasts.
Do you know why? Because He came to serve you in Passover and Pentecost.
Here’s the bread—and He feeds you—here’s the fishes, now you got
the witness in yourself; you begin to witness to the life.
real evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life is not that you speak
in tongues or that you can do miracles. The real evidence that you
have the Spirit in your life is that He brings judgment to the house
of God. The Holy Spirit is out to reveal the Father. He’s out to
clean house; to get you ready to be the habitation of God.
we read on down in verse 15, of course you know when they gathered
up all the fragments, there were 12 baskets left. Out of all those
fragments, God pulls a divine government out of everything that
is left over.
can see what the multitudes view is of Jesus and his ministry to
6:15 ‘When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take
him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain
is the characteristic and the viewpoint of the multitudes around
the Sea of Galilee feasting on the provision of barley and of the
fishes; they want the king to serve them. They have no idea that
a king is for you to serve. In the first two feasts, it looks like
it’s all about you! It looks like He’s out to perform this great
service toward you; which in fact, is true! Unless He performed
that service towards you, you would never be able to finish the
last third of this race.
now as God gets ready for you and me to show Him whether or not
we love Him—as I say, we get up to the gate, there’s the measuring
reed and He says two parts are going to get cut off; He tells us
that up front. Two parts are going to get cut off; the third part
is going to have to measure up.
what does He bring along to make sure you measure up? He brings
the fire. What has the church always done when they saw the fire?
They drew back. They drew back from the fire and what they draw
back to is, “Moses, you go hear from God and you
come back and tell us and we’ll do everything that you say.”
That’s where you are in the first two feasts; living by external
alright for a time, but you can see that when God got ready to really
take Paul on, He separated him from his mother’s womb for the purpose
of revealing the Son in him . It’s a little different
program now. As you can see later in this chapter, if you look in
verse 33, Jesus is talking about the bread that comes down from
6:33-34 ‘For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven,
and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore
give us this bread.’
you can see how He had so beautifully set them up. Five thousand
people just got fed by five barley loaves. So now He is about to
tell them about a different kind of bread because they were getting
pretty comfortable with the menu. It was free! That’s nice when
somebody takes you out to eat and it’s all free, isn’t it? But,
when it starts to cost you , you sometimes start to have
a different viewpoint.
6:35 ‘And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that
cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall
6:48-49 ‘I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in
the wilderness, and are dead.’
had just fed them the bread. He said, “Your fathers ate bread like
this and they’re dead.”
6:50 ‘This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man
may eat thereof, and not die.’
said, “I’ve got a different menu for you, if you’re interested.
Yes, I was here with the multitude by the Sea of Galilee in the
Feast of Passover; I am a provision to you. The Feast of Pentecost;
I am a provision to you, but I’ve got a bread, if you’ll eat it,
you won’t die!”
bread you have been eating in these first two feasts is not an eternal
bread because it’s something that’s external! You’re going to have
to get it on the inside! What would be required?
6:53 ‘Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood,
ye have no life in you.’
they’re not so sure about this new menu; not so sure about it.
6:55-56 ‘ For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in
me , and I in him .’
what you have to have to have life; ‘if ye abide in Me and My words
abide in you.’ It takes the reciprocal thing to have life; it’s
not just good enough to assume you got it based on what He did
. It takes the two working together. In order for you to fill
up your part, we’ve got to eat this bread or else we have
no life in us!
6:57-58 ‘ As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father:
so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread
which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna,
(now He’s talking
about Himself—this bread that came down from heaven) and
are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.’
6:60 ‘ Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this,
said, This is an hard saying; (they’re
not measuring up to the yardstick; they’re drawing back from the
6:61 ‘When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at
it, he said unto them, Does this offend you?’
they weren’t offended when He was feeding them by Galilee; that
draws the crowds. But when He says, “Oh, you want life! Well, that’s
a different menu!” When He shows them this menu, it’s a hard
6:66, interesting, right? John, 666.
6:66 ‘From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked
no more with him.’
can see in the realm of the multitudes, the bread is still available;
the fishes are still available. You can still camp by the sea and
Jesus can still perform towards you. But once we get up at the end
of this thing; once we get to the altar of incense, there is a measuring
reed there, that’s going to eliminate those two parts—it’s going
to eliminate those two parts.
or not we go on in and fulfill this third feast and actually cease
from our own works will be whether or not we measure up—whether
or not we’ll be compatible with the fire. Amen?
back to the book of Zechariah in chapter 5. He’s stretching that
line out and measuring us.
5:1-2 ‘Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold
a flying roll (or
a scroll) . And
he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying
; the length thereof
is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.
what do you know about those measurements? What part of the tabernacle?
The Holy Place was 20 X 10, so Zechariah here is having a vision
of the Holy Place and we just read that the Holy Place, which is
where the altar of incense is, is being measured by the reed. He’s
measuring our worship there. It’s 20 X 10.
5:3 ‘Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth
forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth
shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one
that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.’
what he was looking at was the scroll pulled out like a crazy carpet
and he looked at the scroll and there was writing on both sides
of it. When he looked at the writing, the Lord told him—spoke to
him—and said, “This scroll is a judgment or a measurement against
the Holy Place.”
the judgment that’s being measured against this realm, he says the
one side, ‘for he that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side
according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as
on that side according to it.’ It’s the curse. With the scroll,
God is actually revealing to us a measure—revealing to us that if
you and I don’t measure up to the stature of Christ, we’re not under
the love of God; we’re left under the curse of God. He’s having
a look at the judgment on both sides of the scroll.
you remember in John 10, He’s speaking about there’s no other way
to come up. He’s the door and if you try to come up another way,
you’re a thief and a robber. There is only one way to actually do
this. He that doesn’t afflict his soul in this selfsame day, that
soul will be cut off. Zechariah is having a look at this measuring
line that’s in this whole book; that Jerusalem is being measured
by and to not go on into this thing, actually is a curse in this
says that ‘everyone that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side
according to it.’ So these are the characteristics that He is addressing
that you find in the multitudes that have received the barley and
the fishes by the Sea of Galilee. Here are the characteristics:
they’re stealing and they’re swearing falsely.
you see John writing about this in Revelation that it’s blasphemy
to say you are a Jew but are not—that’s swearing falsely—to say
you are something, when you’re not, is swearing falsely. There’s
not going to be any blasphemers in the Kingdom; no hypocrites in
the Kingdom. Neither are you going to come up some other way.
He’s revealing the judgment that is going to fall and the criteria
that cuts off the first two parts, because only the third part is
going to measure up and come through the fire.
5:4 ‘I will bring it forth, saith the Lord of hosts (In
His time, He’s bringing forth this curse—this judgment—on those
two realms) ,
and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house
of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in
the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof
and the stones thereof.’
this is what’s waiting us if we don’t go on to make our calling
and election sure. So it behooves us; it’s a jeopardy we are in.
Do you know who I think this is written to? It’s written to us!
To whom much is given, much is required.
don’t even believe that this pertains to our dear Pentecostal brethren
who God may not yet have opened the eyes to the reed standing just
before they go on in. It’s to whom much is given, much is required.
and I have been given a glimpse of another realm in God. You and
I have been given a glimpse of the finish line. You and I have been
given a glimpse of what salvation actually means. Their time is
coming when you and I become the saviors on Mt. Zion to judge the
Mt. of Esau. So this is not written for those who are out in that
realm and God may never open their eyes. It’s written for you and
I who are standing at the veil with the altar of incense there as
an instrument and a criteria to find out what is the criteria for
altar of incense is a measuring reed. It’s there measuring your
worship in the house. It’s there measuring whether or not you and
I are going to qualify to go through the veil.
says, “If you don’t go through, once I’ve opened your eyes to this—once
I’ve revealed to you this high call—he that doesn’t afflict his
soul in that selfsame day is going to be cut off. Here, have a look
at the scroll.”
characteristics and the reason for being cut off are because you’re
living as a thief and you’re swearing falsely. You actually think
you’re going to be all right. There is no other way; He’s the door
and no man comes to the Father, but by Him. That means you’re going
to have to go the way He went to get there.
swear falsely—you can’t have a name that you’re alive when you’re
dead. This is what we’re going to look at. This is the age we are
women will take hold of one man saying, “We’ll eat our own bread;
we’ll wear our own apparel; just let us be called by Your name to
take away our reproach.” Those seven women represent a whole church
system; it’s a complete number. That’s the characteristic of that
realm of the multitude by the seashore who received the barley and
received the fishes.
why in this move of God, 40 years ago, we heard an apostolic line
and a trumpet saying, “Come out from her. Come out and be separate
and touch not the unclean thing.” God was taking a people out of
Mystery Babylon; taking them away from the mother and her daughters
so that we could be a pure seed unto Him. That’s
the word and that’s what we’re still fulfilling.
it’s been given to us, much is required—we’re accountable. Who does
weeping and gnashing of teeth pertain to? Not to the world! It’s
us! After having been given an opportunity to not have the proper
respect for the birthright, you see Esau though he sought a place
of repentance carefully, with tears, he couldn’t find one. Why?
Because the door was shut! He was locked out as a result of his
criteria are you using in your worship? As a people of God and as
individuals, we’re right there at the veil. The question is, will
the veil of flesh be rent in you? Well it will, if we measure up;
if we measure up to this thing. So God has got that reed there measuring
the altar and them that worship therein.
it continues on. A few years ago, I couldn’t understand how these
two things fit together and then the Lord really opened this up
to me. This was the word that God used in this move of God that
we would come out of her—come all the way out. Well, how far is
out? All the way out! It’s yet to be decided whether we’ve
come all the way out. Some people have actually gone back. I’m not
going to fall into presumption and think I’m all the way out, yet.
It’s not over until it’s over. We don’t want to draw back into perdition.
We don’t want to be of those who draw back but those who press on.
never all the way out until the ride’s over—‘til you’ve successfully
made it through the ride.
5:5-6 ‘Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto
me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah (Now
an ephah is a basket. It’s a form of measurement for grain; it’s
a dry measure. There was a dry measure and there was a liquid measure.
A “bath” was a liquid measure and an “ephah” was a dry measure.
An ephah and an homer are the same thing—an ephah holds 10 homers.
We’ll look at this in a second.)
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth
forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the
what He is revealing here is there is a measurement—an ephah is
a measuring tool; it measures grain. He said, “There is a resemblance
in the whole earth that’s according to this ephah— according to
this measure.” Ephah actually means measure.
you remember the women in the gospels? She hid leaven in all three
measures of meal.
this ephah, which is a measure, there is leaven in it because the
woman put it there. There’s leaven in this ephah, put there by the
woman. He says it has the same resemblance throughout the whole
5:7 ‘And behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead (that’s
the lid—it means the lid on the basket) :
and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.’
the lid is lifted up, this is a woman that is seen sitting in the
midst of the ephah—there’s a woman in the basket; there’s a woman
that things are being measured by. That’s why we’re looking at the
criteria for which you measure things.
we’re going to see here is, this is a grain basket representing
the word. Barley is a grain. When the lid is actually lifted up—this
is why the Spirit of His mouth and the brightness of His coming
comes to reveal what’s in the basket. When that lid gets lifted
up and the measure is revealed, a woman is revealed in the midst
of the measure. He tells you right up front, “When I lift the lid
on this thing—when I lift the lid, you’re going to see that her
resemblance is the same in the whole earth.” He tells us that right
5:7(b)-11(a) ‘…a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And
he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the
ephah; (He closed
the lid.) and
he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then I lifted
up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women,
and the wind was in their wings; (What
is the wind a type of? Doctrine. So, ‘little children, be not tossed
to and fro by every wind of doctrine.’ These two women are
carried by doctrine and they’re representing what’s in this basket.)
for they had wings
like the wings of a stork: (an
and they lifted up the ephah (they
lifted up this measure)
between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that
talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
(Where are they taking this measure?) And
he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: (Where’s
that? Babylon; Shinar is another word for Babylon.)
these two women—and we’ll look at the characteristics of these women,
because you are going to be found or have been found in one or the
other of these two women.
two women, the lid has been on them. You can see in the book of
Nahum, God says at the end of this thing He’s going to lift the
skirt of the harlot and discover her nakedness. In other words,
the lid of this harlot woman—the thing that has been hidden is going
to be revealed and when it’s going to be revealed, we’re going to
see the mother and her daughters and the resemblance will be the
same in the whole earth.
question is whether or not you and I will have come all the out
and measured up because she has a measure, too. What carries her
is the wind in her wings, but her wings are the wings of a stork;
it’s unclean. It’s not a complete gospel; it’s unclean.
is so important for you and me to know what we’re measuring things
by, because if we’re going to get it right, it’s got to be according
to the measure and the stature of the fullness of Christ;
not by a barley experience alone.
hasn’t always been apparent what word it was going to take to bring
you and me to perfection. There was a lid on this thing as you and
I know. That’s why the path of the just is as a shining light.
we came out—when Brother Sam started ministering, “Come out of her!”
We didn’t know what we were coming out to, really. But now as we
followed on to know, what God has begun to do in our midst is lift
that lid and begin to show us the wickedness that is in that measure;
so that you and I can line up before the proper measure. He’s judging
the temple and the altar where you and I worship.
carrying this thing—two women are carrying this thing—to build a
house in the land of Babylon. What’s Babylon mean? Confusion.
5:11(b) ‘And it shall be established and set there on her own base.’
these seven women that want to be called by His name to take away
their reproach. It’s got its own base. Notice she builds her own
foundation, but it’s confusion.
what makes it confusion is ‘a double-minded man is unstable in all
his ways.’ There are two women here.
17:1-3 ‘And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven
vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew
unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many
are a type of people) With
whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, (remember
and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine
of her fornication.
(Isaiah calls them the drunkards of Ephraim)
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw
a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy,
having seven heads
(That’s that complete religious system—it’s a government. All religious
power is governed by the devil, but it’s religious; that’s why it’s
seven. But notice what’s with these seven heads. I have another
whole word that I’m not going to minister now on the seven heads
and the 10 horns. It says she has seven heads)
and ten horns.’
is always a number of man’s government. The law was 10 commandments;
10 plagues; it’s a number of man’s governments; it’s a type of democracy.
can see that all power is religious power, but it’ camouflaged because
she’s committed fornication with all the kings of the earth and
they’re all drunk by the wine of her fornication.
you and I will see before it’s all over—the powers that you and
I will face—will be religious power, because who is the god of this
world? Lucifer is the god of this world. So every democratic government
is ruled by these seven heads that are hidden within these 10 horns.
Across the name is blasphemy because she has no faithfulness in
her, but she’s committed fornication with all the kings of the earth.
can see why God was so careful to sound a trumpet sound that we
would come out of her and why the enemy—you see it Revelation; they
still allow Jezebel in the midst of the church who seduced the saints
to commit fornication and eat things offered to idols.
you’re out, of course, the seduction is to draw you back. What is
it that children are carried away with? Winds of doctrine.
that’s why it’s an unclean thing and it will establish you on the
wrong foundation; it establishes its base in Babylon; it’s confusion.
The reason it’s confusion is because these two women have two characteristics.
summarize, Babylon very clearly here as we read it down here:
17:4-5 ‘And the woman was arrayed in purple (What’s
purple the color of? Royalty; sonship. So she’s got a message; it
looks pretty good on the outside. This is what you see out there;
it is a message of sonship based all on what Jesus did. The measure
has not been fully revealed. Until the lid comes off, you begin
to find that message that the church has grown up under has been
lopsided and the resemblance is the same in the whole earth and
He says it’s wickedness and in the end I’m going to discover her
lewdness, He tells us in the prophets.)
…decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden
cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.’
mother has produced two women. Go to Ezekiel now. What the two women,
that come out of this mother have, are two characteristics that
we would see in the church realm.
23:1-2 ‘The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of
man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:’
God is revealing is that these two women are the characteristics
of a church system—two women. You’re going to be in one of these
women or the other or have been. The church ages, as a whole, has
been in one of these two women.
been set up on a base of wickedness; it’s her own foundation. They’re
the daughters of one mother; Babylon is their mother, because remember
where that foundation is built—in Babylon; it’s confusion and she’s
the mother of these harlots.
23:3-4 ‘And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; (that’s
a type of the church)
they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts
pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. (Notice
the names) And
the names of them were Aholah the elder, (she’s
the older sister)
and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons
and daughters. Thus were their names: Samaria is Aholah, (she’s
the elder sister)
and Jerusalem Aholibah (the
younger sister) .’
can see that the woman that would be first, would be the woman under
the law. When Jesus shows up, you remember one day He comes along
to Jacob’s well and He meets a woman there who was a Samaritan woman.
You know the story; He reveals to her that she had five husbands
and the husband she was now with, wasn’t her husband either.
said, “If you’ll drink the water that I have, you’ll have everlasting
life; you won’t drink again and you’ll have that fountain on the
inside of you.”
well represented the traditions of their fathers; it was a church
that was under the law. So Jesus came; the reason He came was to
break that law that the whole church was under. What He did, was
brought you into another realm; He made it possible for you to be
under another realm.
there were two women. The other one’s name is Jerusalem. Jerusalem
is totally different because Jerusalem would represent the church
that is not under the law. You can see this in scripture that works
of circumcision and works of uncircumcision profit nothing, but
it’s a new creature in Christ.
wanted to reveal to us that it didn’t matter which characteristic
you were going to be in—or which side of this thing you were going
to be in. Whether you were under the law in the circumcision of
the flesh, or whether you were walking in the uncircumcision as
the Gentiles did in the vanity of their mind; neither one of them
was going to get the work done, but you would have to be in Christ
. If you were in Christ, you would be a new creature in Christ.
happens is people would come out from under the law and they would
come into this Jerusalem part of it where in the Jerusalem church,
you get to partake of these first two feasts. Because you have broken
out of the one and come into the other, you mistake that as freedom.
notice something; if you turn to the book of Revelation chapter
11, actually we were here before in the beginning of the chapter.
We had read earlier about the two witnesses, which are the two olive
trees and the two candlesticks which were standing before the God
of the earth.
11:7-8 ‘And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast
that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against
them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies
shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is
called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.’
was Jesus actually crucified? In Jerusalem; so what He’s revealing
to us here is that spiritually, the characteristic of Jerusalem
was Sodom and Egypt.
won’t take the time, but if you will look in Ezekiel 16, you’d see
that the sisters of Jerusalem: one sister is Sodom; Jerusalem is
in the middle; one sister is Sodom and the other is Samaria. What
God is revealing to us is, Sodom is Jerusalem. Right here, we are
seeing that Jerusalem spiritually is known as Sodom and Egypt.
reason for that is because the modern church that is locked into
these two realms, and I hope I don’t stumble too many of you, but
the reason it’s characterized as Sodom is because sodomy is a union
that can’t bring forth life. It’s done for pleasure, but it can’t
bring forth life.
see that in the realms of the first two feasts and especially in
the charismatic second feast realm, what everything is about is
the pleasure for the body. So everybody’s wrapped up in a religious,
emotional experience and what they’re called, in scripture, are
the “drunkards of Ephriam”. This woman, Jezebel, is making sure
they’re all drunk on the wine of her fornication. She is there doing
this with all the kings of the earth.
and I want to be careful and know the jeopardy that we’re in because
we have been part of a people that God wants to bring all the
way out . We’re right at the gate now where He’s measuring the
temple and the altar therein. He’s lifting the lid on that ephah
and what’s being exposed is the measure that you measure things
most Christians measure things with is the doctrine they were taught
by. So they get tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. So
they run to this church; they run to that church and it’s confusion;
it’s Mystery Babylon.
wants to open this up for us. She’s riding a scarlet colored beast.
In the end, this whole thing’s going to come down in one hour. You
can see spiritually it’s called Sodom and Egypt. Because the relationship
with the Lord is based on “You giving me the bread all the time.”
these last days, ‘men will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers
of God.’ Now that is all right until God says it’s time to go on.
Now He’s taking a people out of—away from—the Sea of Galilee. He
wants you and me to stand up to the measuring reed and find out
if we measure up or not.
the first two feasts, although you’ve been given provision, although
you’ve been given the gift, the point is, you still can live your
life unto yourself and it doesn’t take away that gift and that provision.
is challenging us now in these days: how far out are we going to
come? Or is our relationship with Him—because the ones that crucified
Him are characterized as Sodom and Egypt. In other words, they sacrificed
Him for their own life. They released Barabbas and crucified Christ.
kind of a slap to be characterized as that, but now if you’ll look
here in the book of Isaiah chapter 1, verse 1:
1:1 ‘The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning
Judah and Jerusalem…’
God has typed for you right in verse 1 is two things: Judah are
the sons and Jerusalem is the woman. So the law will go forth from
Zion—that’s the sons—and the word of the Lord will go forth from
Jerusalem—that’s the Bride.
important for you to understand there are two Jerusalems. There’s
a Jerusalem which answereth to Mt. Sinai and is in bondage with
her children, but there is a Jerusalem, which is from above, who
is the mother of us all and she’s a free woman.
Brother Sam had us coming out so that the woman could stay free.
There’s a woman that’s a bondwoman that’s in slavery and so we’re
all her children, but God has got a free woman, which is the mother
of us all. Now watch how this goes.
is the woman saved? In child bearing. In order for this woman—which
you don’t see ready until the end of the Millennium—she’s in heaven;
she’s the mother of us all—Jerusalem, which is above, is the mother
of us all—it’s not until the end of the Millennium that you see
Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride
for her husband.
has to come out of her is her salvation. It’s her salvation that
comes out of her. So, she’s the mother of us all.
in Isaiah 62. You can see what God would do was take you out of
Mystery Babylon—the mother mystery church and all her daughters—and
when you would come into Christ, you would have Jerusalem as your
mother and Abraham as your father. This is how it would work in
you walk by faith, Abraham is your father and Jerusalem is your
mother. This is the state you would be in until God is all in all—until
we would come up in resurrection.
is our mother and those that walk by faith are heirs according to
the promise and Abraham is our father.
62:1 ‘For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s
sake I will not rest, (There
you go again; there’s the sons and the woman. God is always going
to have the mystery of a man and a maid. God’s got to have both
right here. He’s not going to hold His peace because there’s got
to be a union consummated here so that life can come forth.) until
the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, (That’s
talking about a birth. That’s talking about something actually happening.)
and the salvation
thereof as a lamp that burneth.’
62:4-5 ‘Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; (Once
this is actually taken place.) neither
shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called
Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee,
and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin,
so shall thy sons marry thee:’
who? The virgin, but who’s the virgin? The virgin is the woman they
come out of. The virgin is their mother. Only in God does this work.
Has it happened before? Who was the mother of Jesus? She was a virgin
because anything born of God cannot be born of man. It’s got to
be an incorruptible seed.
first of the firstfruits came through a woman; however, He came
from His Father; it was an incorruptible seed. So Christ Jesus was
only one member of the Christ, so how else are the rest of the seed
of Christ going to be born? They have to be born the exact same
way. Who are they born of? They’re born of a virgin. What’s her
salvation? She’s saved in child bearing. We are the salvation
of this woman.
why in scripture, Jerusalem and Zion are always together like this.
They’re always together because Zion is the sons that come out of
Jerusalem. For what purpose? To turn around and marry her and in
that marriage, the land will no more be termed Forsaken. The land
is going to be married.
what are you called to do as the sons? Grow up into the Head, which
is Christ. What did the first son not do? He never kept the garden.
He wasn’t faithful to the woman. God has raised up a ministry in
this hour like Mordecai, who never married and he never took the
woman to himself; he presented her to the king. He always presented
her to the king.
true ministry is espousing you to one husband; they
are not the husband; they espouse you to one husband which
can see the woman then is not ready until the end of the Millennium
as a Bride. Who is ready? The Sonship Company. When in
resurrection when the sons comes up, you’ll see for the first time,
the woman tucks in underneath her husband and she’s clothed with
the sun (Revelation 12); clothed with the sun and she has a crown
of 12 stars on her head.
what the first man didn’t do in keeping the garden, because remember
that was his command; he was to keep and tend the garden. Well,
what’s the garden? Who’s the garden? Let’s look at it in the Song
of Solomon 4:12 ‘A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring
shut up, a fountain sealed.’
who’s the garden? She’s this woman. The garden is the woman. Now
watch how this works out.
of Solomon 5:1 ‘I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse:
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb
with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends;
drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.’
of Solomon 6:1-2 ‘Whither is thy beloved gone,’ (This
is the rest of the women talking now. They’re talking to her, the
‘O thou fairest among women?’ (All
these other women out there are now looking at her.) ‘Whither
is thy beloved gone…whither is thy beloved turned aside? That we
may seek him with thee.’ (Notice
where He went. He’s gone down where?) ‘ My beloved
is gone down into his garden,’ (He’s only after one
woman.) ‘to the beds of spices,’ (And
what’s He doing there?) ‘to feed in the gardens,’ (For
what purpose?) ‘to gather lilies.’
what is He? “I am the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley.” Jesus
is the lily, so who are the lilies? They are the rest of the sons.
Jesus is the lily and the sons are the lilies. What’s He doing there
amongst this woman? He’s gathering out the sons. Why? Because she’s
saved in child bearing.
looking, out of this virtuous woman that is keeping herself tucked
underneath His government, God is eating there in the midst of His
garden and He’s gathering lilies.
notice what it goes on to say, chapter 7, verse 2. Actually, I have
to read chapter 6, verse 11 because I always get a kick out of this.
of Solomon 6:11 ‘I went down into the garden of nuts’ (Sometimes
I feel like that’s how we all are. He’s down looking in the garden
of nuts; we all look like a bunch of nuts sometimes. Nevertheless,
amongst all you nuts, He’s going to find some lilies that He can
gather together; sons that will be called by His name.)
of Solomon 7:2 ‘Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth
not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.’
pregnant; her belly is like a heap of wheat and what do you see
surrounding that word? The sons. Because how is she going to be
delivered? How is she going to be saved? In child bearing. And when
this child is born, He’s going to be caught up to the throne to
rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years.
can see that God has brought in these last 40 years—how God has
done something so beautiful. You got to have the right man and you
got to have the right woman to make this thing work.
of the ministry that have left us have found that there’s no life
getting produced because they don’t have the right woman. You got
to have the right relationship to bring forth this life. It’s got
to be the virtuous woman that this son comes out of.
as a son marries a virgin—she can’t have a relationship with anybody
else. The son that comes out of her—and that’s what you and I are
doing here, because collectively, we are this woman. Collectively,
we are this virgin woman and what is coming out of us is this manchild.
For what purpose? He’s going to turn around and marry her. Christ
is looking for a wife; looking for somewhere to put His head.
this is the salvation that the world is waiting to see: ‘the manifestation
of the sons of God.’
you’re in the running for this, if you’re in this program, you’re
one of these lilies that have been gathered out of the garden of
nuts. You’re very zealous; you guard your heart with all diligence
for out of it are the issues of life.
can see the lilies round about this belly of wheat because any day
now when Zion travails, she shall bring forth and a nation shall
be born in a day.
in an exciting time here. This is about to happen. This is why God
is lifting that lid off of that ephah. This is why God, line upon
line, precept upon precept, has been lifting the skirt of the harlot
so that we can see what criteria those first two feasts have measured
their walk by. Because it says it’s got the same resemblance in
the whole earth.
you and I step up to the gate, He measures the temple and the altar
with a different kind of measure than the house that’s built in
Babylon. This is a house that’s got to last forever. So, how are
like the word John Basalyga mentioned about the cubit. By taking
one thought, can you add one cubit to your stature? This reed, in
Revelation, is a royal cubit; you need an extra cubit to measure
up because the common cubit was only six and you need seven cubits
to make up that royal cubit.
can you, by thought, add one cubit? No; you’re going to have to
measure up to a different measure. So now God has got us right up
to the line here and our God is a consuming fire. Two parts get
cut off and die and the third part He brings through the fire. The
measure is Christ.
tell you when that measurement shines like the sun, every eye is
going to see it. Every eye is going to see. You know what it says
about her? She’s going to come down in one hour and it says the
merchants will wail because of her delicacies that they were made
rich by. That whole realm is a realm of mercantilism; it’s a realm
of wares to sell.
has had us under a trumpet sound for the last 40 years to get us
to this point where we are now, where He measures the temple and
the altar and them that worship therein.
and I are at the veil—the second veil—where the veil of our flesh
must be rent, but it’ll only be rent if we measure up to the stature