THE HEAVENLY VISION
DESCENDING FROM GLORY TO GRASS
ave you ever wondered why some Christians (especially preachers of the gospel) start very well in their walk with God when they are young; they will be so fervent in the spirit, living a true holy life and teaching the accurate word of God with demonstration of power on the streets corners, market places, hospitals, towns, cities, villages etc. However, as soon as they manage to gather multitudes together and form an organization, they will begin to lose spiritual values just like the image King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream of which Daniel interpreted for him…
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay (Daniel 2:31-33)
This scripture teaches us that the head of the statue was made with pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of brass, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. This image gradually lost all its qualities; from pure gold to silver, silver to bronze, and from bronze to iron and then from iron to clay. This is exactly how many great preachers and Christians are descending from glory to grass. I have seen people who started with pure fire in their bones but after the long run, they descended gradually from glory until they became spiritually dormant and began to live in their past achievements. Presently many preachers who were once regarded as “holy men of God” have compromised their faith with the world; some of them are now known as fornicators, child molesters, thieves, liars, gay bishops and pastors in today’s pulpits. Most of these people began very well but along the way, they stopped growing and remained spiritually dead. These are the kind that Jesus talks about…
Nevertheless I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place (Revelation2:4-5).
MOVING FROM GLORY TO GLORY
cripture teaches that the path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day (Proverb14:18). This means that our light as Christians is not supposed to shine today and go off tomorrow or remain stagnant, we are made to grow from faith to faith, strength to strength, and from glory to glory till we all reach God’s predetermined state of perfection….
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God (Psalm84:5-7).
Going forward and backward is not God’s will for anyone; we must be achieving a higher level of knowledge, revelation, wisdom, power, holiness, purity and glory each day, Just as Peter the apostle said….
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (2Peter1:5-7).
Our spiritual growth should be constant, we should be increasing instead of decreasing, for instance, our level of separation, inward purification and dedication at this moment should not to be the same tomorrow, each day should be our new beginning. God wants us to be progressive spiritually and physically, one common proverb says, “a river that does not flow will stink”. If a Christian fails to advance spiritually and chooses to be fixated in the knowledge and character of Christ, the system of this world will overtake and dominate that person again. God has not brought us out from the world to abandon us on the way; God has brought us out from the world to bring us in to Himself to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors… (Deut, 6:23). Spiritually there is no such thing as retreat; the saints of God must be in constant migration until they reach and stand with Christ on the peak of Mount Zion.
WALKING WITH THE HEAVENLY VISION
he major problem causing many from not advancing daily is the lack of vision; King Solomon said that where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverb29:18). In simple terms, this “Vision” speaks of where you are coming from, where you are going to and the way to your destination. If you leave your house and don’t know where you are going, you will never arrive anywhere, in other words, people without vision must definitely live a careless life. When the Pharisees accused Jesus that He bore witness of Him, and that His record was not true, the Lord answered and said to them
Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. (John8:14)
Clarity of vision is essential when it comes to fulfilling our divine destiny in God. Prophet Habakkuk was told by God to write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets so that people will read and run with the vision (Habakkuk2:2). We all need to see the heavenly vision clearly and run with it or else we’ll be going back and forth in our spiritual lives until Christ returns.
HEAVENLY VISION VERSUS IMAGINATION
ftentimes Christians mistake the Heavenly vision with an earthly imagination or mere mental picture, and that is the main reason why many Christians will start out very hot but end very cool or lukewarm. King Solomon said…
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. (Proverb21:16).
A dead congregation represents an assembly “ A local church” without spiritual vision or accurate revelation of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God; a church that grows only in quantity and not in quality. Lack of understanding or vision causes stagnancy, backsliding and destruction of a soul (Proverb29:18). A visionless Church leader will only produce multitudes not disciples, as we can see today, organizational church is no better than social clubs. The Christians, (especially our leaders) need to see the eternal vision that the scripture speaks about, because the blind cannot lead the blind…
Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Luke6:39).
Prophetically, one can see that the structural church today is like a dungeon; a spiritual prison, since most of our leaders lack true vision people continue to gather around them without attaining spiritual maturity. The majority of Christians today aim to become like their pastors instead of becoming like Jesus Christ, and this is simply because all that the people have been able to see so far is their pastor who has positioned himself in the center of the church as God’s standard or the ultimate oracle…
Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering (Luke11:52).
When leaders are short sighted, failing to advance spiritually, their followers will never be allowed to see beyond them. If the followers dare claim to see spiritually what the leaders have not seen or experienced, the leader will declare the person an antichrist and raise persecution against him, and that is the main reason why it is not good to follow men, the children of God must fix their eyes on Jesus Christ not on men…
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews12:1-2).
If your focus is on man, your life will be full of disappointment, hurt and bitterness, but as you pursue holiness and continue looking unto God, your lives will be transforming daily for the scripture states; those who look to God are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame (Psalm34:5). It will be impossible for those who are looking unto God to become fixed and static in one revelation of God like the organizational Christians. God is new every morning, and every day we must see something new in Him that we have never seen since the day that we were created. It is the spiritual image and the likeness of Jesus Christ that our internal eyes perceive that changes our physical personality, not bible stories; believers should be encouraged to see Jesus Christ and establish a personal relationship with Him. Having accurate knowledge of what spiritual vision is will really help our spiritual growth especially now that sin is dominating every human endeavor.
SEPARATING VISION FROM IMAGINATION
hen Paul the apostle was trying to defend himself before King Agrippa, he said “Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the “heavenly vision” (Act26:19). If you consider this scripture, Paul the Apostle did not say “My Vision”, he made mention of “The Heavenly Vision”, which suggests that Paul was talking about something mystical not earthly. The heavenly vision is very different from the mortal imagination; imagination can come from the human mind, but the heavenly vision is eternal, it is not something new or different that God is asking us to do; the vision has been even before the foundation of the earth. We don’t create the heavenly vision in our mind by thinking, the vision is spiritually revealed to our innermost man by the Holy Spirit…
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God (1Corithians2:10-11).
Imagination can be very deceiving, that is why Jeremiah the prophet said…The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah) For example, did you know that your mind can develop a clear picture of you pastoring the largest denominational church in the world and to hold open-air crusades in all 196 countries of the world? And if you are not spiritually mature enough, you will call it your vision and abandon all that you are doing to pursue it, then after much labour and sacrifice, at the end you will discover that you were not acting according to God’s will and for you to turn back and start afresh will be very difficult.
Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew7:21-23).
There will be many surprises on the Day of Judgment; some will say to Jesus, Lord did we not have the largest church congregation in the world? We even preached on radio and television stations, and built the largest and most expensive cathedrals in your name! Others will say Oh Lord! Our ministries were worldwide and we trained thousands of preachers and so forth, but the Lord will say to them, “You were working outside of God’s will, because you allowed the imagination of your hearts to carry you away”. We should be very sensitive in the spirit to know when our mind is projecting ideas and when the Holy Spirit is illuminating the eyes of our heart, a good idea is not always close to God’s idea. If you know a preacher who is talking about “retiring from God’s service”, or a minister who was very powerful and devoted to holy living when he was young, but when he established big religious structures “ministries”, the passion for righteousness disappeared; just know that person was chasing after the dream of his mind and when he caught it, he relaxed thinking that he reached the climax. This is exactly what has happened to most of our present day bishops who are now living in their past glory. When they started, their vision was to build the largest denominational church, own private television and radio stations and so forth; now that they have achieved their soulish imaginations they no longer know what to do, their zeal and passion for spiritual growth has gone, they are now too big to reach people in the rural areas of the world, even to pray warfare prayers is no longer necessary because they believe that they have entered fully into their rest. They are now called “papa” by their blind followers who gather around them, and all that they do is sit in one place in the city and continue to expand their religious kingdoms by sending out young preachers using them to start branches of their churches and ministries across the globe with the expectation of collecting tithes and offerings from the people using the words, “my sons and daughters in the ministry”. It is obvious that most great preachers today cannot seriously fast and pray because they believe that they have achieved their vision and they lack nothing, not realizing that they are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation3:17-18).
IDENTIFYING WITH THE VISION
t is significant to realize that the heavenly vision is different from that big church organization or Christian school you want to establish, it is also different from that clear picture of the business that you want to set up to support “God’s work”, or the charity organization you have in mind to establish, etc. All of these are good dreams and imaginations, which can be created through the natural power of our minds; you don’t have to be a Christian to have good plans and ideas. Anyone can have big dreams or clear plans of achieving something great in this world, however the vision that the word of God is referring to as the heavenly vision is the revelation of God concerning our eternity with Him. A person will have no true vision until he has set an eternal goal in Christ, and that spiritual target is to attain sinlessness and immortality in Christ Jesus…
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life (Romans8:7).
We are to exit gradually with sacrifice from sin nature to arrive into the sinless nature of God fixing our whole attention on Jesus Christ, which is exactly what Paul the apostle regarded as a high calling of God in Christ Jesus, and that is the vision every true Christian should run with; spiritually we must clearly see Jesus Christ and constantly pursue to become like him. Paul was not pursuing theological degrees, or to establish his international ministries, neither did Paul consider any other thing as his vision, he set all of his heart after holiness, sinlessness and immortalization of the total man and that is what moved him to make the following statement…
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus(Philipians3:7-14).
People who have perceived the inward journey of perfection in Christ and focus on it will never become cool or lukewarm in their spiritual life, because each day the Holy Spirit will spiritually open their internal eyes to let them see that they have never arrived, and are still in need of deeper separation and purification of their heart. As we pursue inward and outward purity, we will see ourselves as new beginners each day, but those who pursue external services as their vision without considering the inner life of Christ will not go far spiritually, their hotness will last for but a moment, as soon as they succeed to establish their religious structures, their fire will burn out. Oh! the people of God should know that migration from mortality to immortality is the vision that God set before man right from the beginning, it is not to form or to build religious institutions but to conform fully to the image of Christ; in the beginning God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Genesis1:2 6)”. As we should know, Jesus Christ is the complete image of the invisible God (Colosians1:15), therefore making man in the image of God means to make every one become like Christ in nature and in character, which is our divine destiny…
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (Romans8:29-30).
We are moving up to sinlessness and immortality gradually, and it is imperative that we continue working out our salvation with fear and trembling because none of us have reached the end or has accomplished the vision.
THE FIRST DEPARTURE TOWARDS IMMORTALITY
dam began the spiritual movement to immortality from mortality in the period of Innocency; he was formed in a mortal body while however, God is immortal; God purposed the mortal man to be conformed fully to his own image to share with Him in a state of permanent perfection and immortality of the outward man. As stated in my article “The Eternal Sabbath” The first man “Adam” who was “earthly” was not perfect like God, if so he couldn’t have fallen. Because God exists in the realm of permanent perfection He cannot sin which is why the second Adam who was Jesus Christ could not sin because the fullness of God dwelt in Him bodily on earth (Colossian 2:9). The law of “do and do not” exists in the realm of imperfection to test the obedience of man. Adam was formed into a state of sinless perfection, which is very different from permanent perfection. The state of permanent perfection is a realm where it is impossible to sin. The journey was set before Adam to reach immortality of the total man through daily obedience to the word of God. This is made visible in the command that God gave to man; "Be fruitful, increase in number fill the earth, and subdue it. These divine commands are spiritual, and are beyond physical reproduction. Apart from giving birth biologically, to be fruitful means to manifest the complete nature and character of God or to reach a dimension in God where the fruits of the spirit (Galanthians5:22) will manifest in one’s life and remain permanent. To increase in number means to raise (multiply) sons of God in the world. To fill the earth means to let the nature of God (“His Breath” which He imparted in the inward part of man) dominate the outward man so that that which is mortal (the earth or dust) will be transformed and clothed with immortality. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)”, which means that those who seek for a complete divine nature of God both inwardly and outwardly will be filled with all the fruits of the spirit and will be clothed with an imperishable body. To subdue the earth means to eternally conquer and keep our flesh under subjection and not to allow it to have control over us. It is for the purpose of perfection and immortalization of the total man that God gave Adam a help mate, both were made to run the spiritual race together; man is endowed with the path finding or breakthrough capability to spearhead the move and carry his wife along to reach the complete state of perfection and immortality in God…..
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself (Ephesians5:25-28).
It is clear in this scripture that the sole purpose of marriage is to attain complete state of perfection and immortality in Christ and that is the vision. Husbands are to provide a strong spiritual covering for his wife; dying daily in the flesh to bring his entire household unto perfection. It is a pity that some people will neglect building themselves, their wives and children and begin to pursue religious nonsense. God wants every individual and every family on earth to achieve sinlessness and immortality in Christ Jesus. Religion is something that man created in rebellion against God; Satan invented religion to blindfold people from the seen the pathway to perfection. The first man “Adam” and his wife Eve could not reach the end, they both failed when they listened to the voice of the enemy.
ABEL THE MAN OF REVELATION
fter the fall of Adam, the aim of reaching permanent perfection and immortality lives on among the people; it was then during the period of conscience when people were being governed by their conscience to pursue God’s vision. The sacrifice of Abel for example, teaches us that he saw the vision and wanted to achieve it; he was the first man that performed an atonement of sin by revelation. The scriptures teach us that Abel brought the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof and the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering. His offering prophetically typed Christ the sacrificial lamb, the first born of God’s creation. Abel knew that only the blood could make atonement for sin (Leviticus17:11). He was not pleased with man’s condition after the fall, so he tried to reconcile man back to God by the blood of a bull so that humanity would still reach the fullness of Christ. It was Satan’s plan to keep man below God’s standard, and was provoked by Abel’s revelatory offering. Satan then entered Ken and caused him to kill Abel his own brother simply because Abel made an attempt to cover the sins of his parents. Anyone seeking for sinless perfection and immortality in Christ is a terror to the kingdom of darkness. If we play religion like Ken, doing things based on human ideas instead of walking in the accurate revelation of the Almighty God, we will find favor with Satan and evade persecution. Just mention holiness and purification of the total man, then religious men will turn against you and try to destroy you. Scripture teaches us that…
All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).
In my careful study of the writings of the prophets in the Old Testament, I have discovered that the prophets of old saw the vision of immortality of the total man; they knew that God set a race before man that needs a great sacrifice to accomplish. We should learn from them, those who through faith subdued kingdoms. Understand! The kingdoms that we are to subdue exist inside of us. I mean, sin wants to stop us from reaching our destiny in God and that is the kingdom that we are to overcome. Sin always desires to dominate and control us; most Christians wanting to achieve a greater height in Christ will be challenged by a particular sin such as anger, bitterness, sexual immorality, lying, lust, drunkenness etc. Scripture teaches us that we should lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). As mentioned earlier, the race set before us is to exit from mortality to immortality; we are moving from the sin nature to achieve the complete sinless nature of God, we Christians must recapture this eternal vision.
SETH THE MAN OF UNDERSTANDING
eth was born during the time that Satan thought he had succeeded in stamping out righteousness in the earth after Cain killed Abel, the righteous one. But prophetically Seth walked in the steps of his martyred brother Abel. Seth understood that they were falling short of something; he knew that the life they were living was not a fulfilled life, so he began to seek for God. Seth bore a son and named him “Enos” which means mortal man, sick, despaired of, forgetful. The name “Enos” suggested that Seth saw the void and emptiness in man, and began to call upon God for help, Seth led the people of his time to seek for God and depend on Him for their eternal perfection. The scripture says:
and to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD...
In the original Hebrew, “to call” contains the emotion of “crying out” to God from the depth of our spirit and soul from the center of who we are, a very good example of what it means to call upon the name of the Lord can be seen when Ezra looks around at his people and is horrified. Despite all of their religious activities for God, the hearts of the people were full of iniquity; they hadn’t surrendered themselves fully to God. Ezra tore his garment and his robe, pulled some of the hair from his head and beard, and sat down disgusted. He fell to his knees and stretched out his hands to the Lord his God; and said, ‘O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens. We are before you in our guilt, for no one can stand before you because of this’” (Ezra 9:3, 5, 6, 15). Before the birth of Seth, the descendants of Cain had already developed dangerous religious systems that directed men towards human worship just as today where church members worship church leaders. Through Seth, God raised righteous descendants, a God fearing generation whose hearts were pure before the Lord; people with a genuine mind to reach sinlessness and immortality in God, thus the desire for perfection continues among the people.
ENOCH THE MAN OF VISION
he scriptures teach us about Enoch who did not taste physical death but translated to immortality…
By faith, Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Hebrews11:5).
Enoch was a mortal man like us but when he saw Jesus Christ coming with the perfected saints he visualized the possibility of reaching immortality, he pursued it until he was translated. …
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude1:14-15)
The man Enoch was in the period of conscience and spiritually viewed life inside the period of grace, in other words, he saw four thousand years ahead of his generation through prophetic revelation. Enoch saw the possibility of exiting from sin nature to a sinless nature through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Enoch refused to allow the flesh to dominate him, and focused on the heavenly vision and worked it out. Though his ancestors could not make it, he was determined to achieve total perfection because with God all things are possible (Luke 1:37). Sinlessness and immortality of the total man is possible but only through the grace of Christ Jesus…
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone observes My teaching [lives in accordance with My message, keeps My word], he will by no means ever see and experience death. John 8:51 (Amplified Bible)
In another scripture, the He says I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John11:25-26)
We must spend time in prayer asking God to give unto us the spirit of wisdom and revelation just as Paul the apostle prayed for the Ephesian believers (Ephesians1:15-23).
Spiritual revelation, consecration, dedication and commitment are necessary to walk with God. Don’t ever try to confine yourself to anyone’s view of Christianity, whom you are seeking for is God; desire to know Him and serve Him unlike any other man. We should prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. The Lord is looking for a remnant that will stand out among the crowd and say no to corruption, and stand tall as Jesus Christ in righteousness. It is not all about Churches, ministries, the Christian religion, or Judaism, it’s all about true intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ; to achieve God’s divine nature and His character and manifest it in the midst of darkness so that men will refrain from sin. Perfection and immortality in Christ is possible and it is an ancient vision that the prophets of old desired to see.
NOAH THE PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUNESS
here is no doubt that Noah also had the revelation of Jesus Christ and the perfection of the saints, the scriptures refer to him as a “preacher of righteousness” (2Peter2:5). Noah lived during the time that the population of the world was great, and the entire people of the earth had completely sold their hearts out to do evil, because the sons of God (angels) came down from heaven and married the daughters of men because of their beauty. There were giants on the earth in those days, and when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them who were regarded as “the mighty men who were of old men of renown”. It is was the falling angels that also introduced astrology, magic, occultism and so forth in the time of Noah, this is made very clear in the book of Enoch which is one of the Jewish Apocryphal books, apostle Jude quoted a verse from “Jude1:14”. In the face of the great darkness in the time of Noah, when the celestial beings corrupted themselves with the daughters of men, and no single soul on earth was righteous before God, Noah took his stand and defeated sin to make God proud. The ultimate goal of Noah was God, not material possessions, had it been he was earthly conscious he couldn’t have conquered the forces of darkness in his generation.
ABRAHAM THE MAN OF FAITH
he book of Hebrews helps us to understand that Abraham’s life was completely focused on perfection and immortality of the total man…
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews11)
The spiritual city that Abraham saw was the heavenly Jerusalem, which is the immortalized assembly of the saints in God’s dwelling place; Abraham and his wife Sarah considered themselves as pilgrims, because they were spiritually hoping to be translated; to be clothed with an immortal tabernacle and to appear before the Lord without sin(2Corithians5:1-8). Abraham saw the days of Jesus Christ and lived by the principle of grace, which is according to the righteousness by faith, Jesus says, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad (John 8:56). Abraham also partook in eating the body and drinking the blood of Jesus Christ; it is written that Melchesedec offered him bread and wine (Genesis14:18). Abraham saw the days of Christ by divine revelation. We must understand that without revelation, we cannot move to the next level in Christ, consider the prophets of old, from the time of innocence to the period of the law; they all prophetically pursued perfection. Abraham is called the father of faith, and we Christians must come into full realization that faith is not just to believe in something and then claim it, faith is prophetic; it is a spiritual reality revealed by God to man which man has to bring into physical manifestation through sacrifice and patience. God showed a man named Simeon in the Old Testament that he would not see death until he saw the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Then, Simeon based on that revelation lived until Christ was born, that is faith (Luke2:25-26). Faith is not blind, when the scripture says that we walk by faith, not by sight: it means focusing on what the eyes of the heart have seen regardless of what is physically happening around us. I personally believe that when Enoch shared his vision of translation to immortality without passing through physical death to his friends, (his Christian brothers and sisters) most of them tried to confuse and discourage him by letting him look back to see those who had lived before him if there had been anyone who translated. Today, many Christians believe that perfection is not possible, the only kind of faith believer’s today practice is the faith to claim material possessions, “name it and claim it”. Oh! May the Lord grant us understanding! King David said:
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. (Psalm 84:5-7)
David was a great prophet; the scripture reveals that he also had deep insight concerning the immortality of the total man. Another prophet who shares an encouraging view about perfection is Job. According to the scripture, Job said:
There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. (Job 28:7-8)
Job was speaking about the pathway to immortality, and the principles of his life revealed that he was perfection and immortality oriented. Job declared thus;
"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a virgin (Job 31:1).
Who could have told Job what Jesus said?
“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”, (Matthew5:28)
It is only by revelation! Job as a prophet saw the eternal laws of Jesus Christ and looked for internal purification; he made God the goal of his life instead of material possessions. According to the scripture, Job was tempted by the devil and lost all of his physical wealth, his children and his health, but he refused to compromise. Despite the great calamities that came upon Job, instead of murmuring and complaining he worshiped the Lord and said,Blessed be the name of the Lord”. In all that happened to him, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly (Job1:22). May we all come to that point where God becomes our ultimate desire in life! Moses was 120 years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated (Deuteronomy 34:7). This should show us that he also spiritually saw and sought for immortality with the Lord God. King Solomon said…
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave (Proverbs 15:24).
Again, he said…
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble (Proverbs 4:18-19.)
After reading this scripture, can anyone doubt that King Solomon did not see the inward and outward perfection of man? Elijah as well saw this great spiritual vision; he was transported by a chariot of fire into heaven without passing through a physical death. Scripture helps us to understand that Elijah was not a supernatural being, but someone like us (James5:17).
The difference between these people and us is that they had a divine vision and a great passion for holiness. None of them were chasing after material pleasures like many of us who are running after money “in the name of God”. Most believers are trying to use God to achieve their selfish interests. No spiritual person will argue the fact that these prophets of old were sinlessness and immortality conscious; only the theologians can debate this. The Jewish people lost the ancient vision of sinlessness and immortalization of the earthly body when they forsook the prophetic word of God and developed for themselves a religion now called Judaism. When Moses knew that his era was about to end, he announced to the Jews (his followers) that he would soon depart and God would raise another prophet among them (Jesus Christ the Messiah) who would teach them everything that they needed to know about God. Moses told the Israelites that if any one among them failed to listen and follow the teachings of Christ, that person would die (Deuteronomy 18:15-22); death in this regards signifies spiritual death that leads to physical death. Moses informed the Jews that if they failed to migrate from the law to grace, their faith in God would become unfruitful and their spiritual meetings would become desolate. After the prophetic declaration of Moses, the Messiah Jesus Christ arrived, and when Christ arrived, the Jews forgot Moses’ warning and rejected Christ the Savior who God sent with the present truth in the dispensation of the grace and truth (John1:17). As the Jews failed to follow the current move of the spirit and remained with the law, all happened just as the prophet foretold. All of the people died spiritually, and Judaism (which was their religion) lost the glory and became like any other religion contrasting the days of the prophets when Elijah shut down the heavens, the rain ceased to fall, and he called down fire from heaven (1Kings17). It important to realize that we are on a divine journey; it is not a matter of belonging to a religious group, but focusing on Christ and cleansing ourselves daily from sin to become like Him. When people lose focus from conforming to God’s image and form organizations, the spirit of God will leave. For instance, when the Sadducees organized and became fixated in the Mosaic Laws, the people who saw beyond the Sadducees took their leave and started another movement towards restoration; they were known as the Pharisees. When they also became dogmatic, the Essenes came up and moved beyond the Pharisees, afterwards came John the Baptist, and then Jesus Christ.
SPIRITUAL MIGRATION TO IMMORTALITY IN THE CHURCH AGE
hen discussing the church movement we shouldn’t think of different religious church orders such as Roman Catholics, Protestants, Pentecostals, charismatic’s, Jehovah witnesses and so forth, because the church of Jesus is one church, individual called out people with the Holy Spirit…
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to one hope when you were called one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians4:1-6).
The exodus suggests the internal journey of the New Testament saints towards permanent perfection and immortality in God. The church has been called out of the world, as God called Israel out of Egypt, as the Israelites journeyed from Egypt to the Canaan Land, the present Church is spiritually moving out from sin nature to the sinless nature to achieve permanent perfection and immortality in God. There were types of called out people (church) for God in the ages past; Adam and Eve represented the church in Eden in the time of Innocency (Genesis2). Enoch and his household symbolized the church in their generation (Genesis5:24). Noah and his family in the ark represented the Church in Christ in their time (Genesis 6:9) Abraham and his household signified the called out people (church) in the age of the Promise (Genesis12). Moses and the children of Israel were the church in the wilderness under the period of law (Act7:38). Now all these groups mentioned were just but a shadow of the reality, which is in Christ. None of the “shadow churches” made it corporately to permanent perfection and immortality in God, which is why God sent the second Adam “Jesus Christ” who overcame sin and death for us. The present New Testament church will finally advance to the immortal age, Jesus Christ promised that he will build His church and the gate of hell shall never prevail against it (Mathew16:18). The gate of hell represents sin and death, so the New Testament church of Jesus Christ will completely trample sin under her feet and cross over to the realm of immortality where God reigns. In this mortal age the church of Jesus Christ was revealed in the 1st century after receiving the Holy Spirit, since then the saints have been growing gradually to reach sinless perfection and immortality in Christ through the guidance of the eternal Spirit of God. The Church is transiting from one level of faith to another level of faith as the Holy Spirit reveals God’s present truth (2Peter1:12), and each new revelation brings the saints closer to their destiny which is total conformity to the image of Christ; which journey our forefathers (beginning from Adam) began but could not finish. I give glory to God that we will end this journey.
A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE SPIRITUAL TRANSITION
hough we cannot give a complete account of the moves made by the saints corporately towards perfection in this period of grace, we can mention the few notable ones. Let us start from the first move…
THE FIRST DEPARTURE: The New Testament came into force after the death of Jesus Christ, a testament is in force after men are dead, it has no power at all while the testator lives (Hebrew9:17). The twelve apostles led the first departure from the Mosaic Law to the grace with the divine mystery of justification by faith through the atonement of Christ. Then the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ were given the responsibility of preaching to the Jews (Galatians2:7-8).
THE SECOND DEPARTURE: As the twelve apostles of the lamb were about to round up the testimony of Christ to the Jews, God called Paul the apostle with a higher revelation of Christ. The twelve apostles preached the revelation of Christ from His first to the second day, which covers from His birth to resurrection. While Paul the apostle preached from the mysteries of Christ after the ascension, and it was through this revelation of Christ after the ascension that brought the gentiles fully into God (Ephesians3). The divine mysteries of Christ revealed by God through the apostles laid the foundation of the New Testament church.
THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY OF THE CHURCH
fter departing from the Mosaic Law, The church established in the pure doctrine of Christ for 300 years with no problem despite the attack of the enemy, the believers remained un-organized and flexible, focusing on the spiritual journey of perfection. In the early 4th century Satan attempted to reconcile the called out people of God “the Church” with the worlds religion including- the mysterious religion of the Romans called “Mysteries of Mithras” this incident occurred when Constantine was the emperor of Rome “313 AD”. The effort of unifying the satanic cults of the ancient world with the divine principle of Christ gave birth to “Roman Catholic Church” which symbolizes MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation17:5). The same as it happened in the days of Daniel when the children of God were taken captive to Babylon; King Nebuchadnezzar changed the original Hebrew names of God’s servants and gave them Babylonian names, knowing that the Hebrews prophetically named their children. The ancient Hebrew were serious about naming their children, they gave their offspring names according to God’s eternal purpose, for instance; Daniel means “God is Judge”, but King Nebuchadnezzar changed his name to Belteshazzar meaning “Bel will protect” Hananiah means “God is gracious” but his name was changed to Shadrach meaning “Inspire of Aku”. Azariah means, “God is my help” his name was changed to Abednego, which means “servant of Nego” Mishael means “Who is like God” his named was changed to Meshac “belonging to Aku”.
Now, the purpose of changing their names was to give them a new identity. After changing their names, the King introduced Babylonian victuals for them instead of allowing them to continue eating what the Lord had divinely commanded them to eat in the Mosaic Law, of which if we bring to the New Testament, the changing of food signifies introducing a false doctrine; replacing of God’s accurate revelation with human ideologies. The Israelites were taught to speak the Babylonian language and to wear their garments, which indicate adoption of pagan religions. All of these things mentioned took place in the medieval Roman Catholic religion. It was there that the Christianity religion was named and the false idea of an organizational church system originated, and an attempt was made to bury the true message of the kingdom, including the original Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts.
It is a mystery how the new testament scriptures that were preached and written by the Jewish disciples of Jesus Christ, are now claimed to have been originally written in Greek when the twelve apostles including Paul were Jews and most of their messages (except the letters of Paul) were directed to the Jewish community. The Babylonian scholars fabricated a story that Hebrew was a dead language in the 1st century which was why the New Testament was documented in Greek instead of Hebrew. They made such fabrication in efforts to conceal the truth and introduce their destructive heresy. There is irresistible confirmation, both historical and linguistic that shows that the texts were originally written in Hebrew, and that Hebrew was not a dead language. The famous 1st century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus revealed in his books (Antiquities and Wars) that Hebrew was the language of the 1st century Jews and that they did not know Greek. The Dead Sea Scrolls also show secular documents written at that time concerning current events signifying that Hebrew was a living language. Papias, bishop of Hierapolis, c. 150 A.D. said, "Mathew put down the words of the Lord in the Hebrew language, and others have translated them, each as best he could." Irenaeus (120-202 A.D.) Bishop of Lions, France, wrote, "Matthew, indeed, produced his Gospel written among the Hebrews in their own dialect." Origen (c. 225 A.D.) said, "The first Gospel composed in the Hebrew language, was written by Mathew…for those who came to faith from Judaism." Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (c. 325 A.D.), wrote: "Matthew had first preached to the Hebrews, and when he was about to go to others, he transmitted his gospel in writing in his native language" (Ecclesiastical History III 24, 6).
The New Testament was written in the Hebrew mindset and should be studied and translated likewise so that the reader will realize the accurate meaning of what the writer wants to relay. Look at what the great Babylon has done to confuse the whole world; replacing the original Hebrew New Testament scriptures with Greek and Latin translations. The mortal church began in Jerusalem, so how did Vatican City become the headquarters of the church? They stamped out the names of the Jewish believers and replaced them with St. Dominic, St. Anthony, St. Boniface, St. Romanus, St. Athanasius St. Linus and so forth. This is just a little evidence to prove that the simple Christian faith that started with Jesus Christ with a Jewish origin is hidden from the natural man. It is just a simple spiritual way of life, but the enemy has created an image and clothed it with the name Christianity and turned it into a religion to cause people to miss the lifestyle of God, but thank God for the Holy Spirit!
THE DEPARTURE FROM THE MYSTERY BABYLON
n those days of darkness when the true saints ran into spiritual wilderness and functioned in a principle known as “ekklesiola in ekklesia,” which means “a little church in the church” which is called “the puritans thought”; the believers in Christ came to the point where they had to operate independently in order to avoid the corruption of the apostate church. After many years in the wilderness, the Lord called out for a new beginning, just as He revealed it to his servants the prophets…
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.( Revelation18:1-4)
THE PROTESTANT… after some years in the apostasy, a fresh revelation of justification by faith was revealed to Martin Luther, and he spearheaded the fresh exodus to immortality, but when the believers left Babylon, the great Babylon did not leave the mixed multitudes among them. After 300 years that the protestant people departed from Roman Catholic, the mixed multitudes that followed them remembered the cucumbers, garlic and onions; the pleasures of sin in Babylon, they stopped their migration and built a monument on justification by faith, formed an organization out of the message and called it the Lutheran Church. As soon as the organization was established, the Holy Spirit departed from the congregation but the true remnant seeds of Christ the “spiritual called out people” followed the Spirit to the next level.
THE ANABAPTISTS… When the Lutheran people stopped progressing in the revelation of Christ and settled in justification by faith alone. A new order came known as the Anabaptist movement, which began around 1522 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Anabaptist were people who received a revelation about purification and spiritual discipline. Due to their inward hunger for a complete cleansing and total maturity in Christ, they left the Lutheran order because they wanted to achieve a greater height in Christ. Some of the remarkable leaders in the Anabaptist transition were Conrad Grebe, Balthasar Hubmaier,Jacob Hutter and Thomas Müntzer who rejected the formal principle of Protestant reform based on scripture alone, and denounced infant baptism.church should consist only of saved and baptized believers; he turned against Luther with a number of anti-Lutheran writings. Both the Catholics and Protestants were persecuting the Anabaptists; some of them were tortured, and burned at the stake simply because they refused to worship in big organized churches. They maintained scriptural study groups in private homes, house-to-house evangelism and one on one discipleship; these principles were offences against the mega-organized churches, and thousands of Anabaptists were murdered because of their faith. In trying to be strict in the doctrine of Christ and daily discipline, the Anabaptist became very dogmatic and formed another organized religion, then the Holy Spirit left again with the remnant seeds “the Church”.
THE MENNONITES…when the Anabaptists became just an ordinary religious organization, around 1538 The Holy Spirit inspired a man named Menno Simons a former Roman Catholic Church priest who received a deeper revelation about purification and the pattern of the original church . Simon felt that the both the catholic clergies and the so-called reformers in his days focused much on dealing with the external restructuring of the religious church than the internal purification of believers. Menno Simon worked hard to make sure that the believers in Christ reached perfection in God. He aimed to end the division and competition among religious Christians by extremely opposing denominationalism and fanaticism. Menno did not form any religious group but followed the divine principles of Christ; he practiced holiness, and converted sinners making them disciples for Christ. Through the labor of Menno Simon, many believers from the organized religion were converted and began again in his time to pursue the internal purification of their souls. After the death of Menno Simon, the antichrist rose up in the hearts of those who pretended to follow his teaches and then they formed a new religious organization and named it after him (the Mennonites), afterwards the Holy Spirit departed from them and moved the church to the next level.
THE PURITANS…In between the 16th and 17th century after the Mennonites organized and settled with the message of Menno Simon, the system of becoming a church in the church resurfaced again, which is called “Puritanism”. Puritanism was never a religious organization but just a thought or a way of life. For instance, John Wycliffe and John Huss were puritans in their thought, they did not have any intensions of breaking away from the old order religion to build different religious structures, they preferred to be a light in the world and in the structural church, and then make disciples for Christ. The puritans of the 16th and 17th century were people who saw beyond the Anabaptist and the Mennonites and wanted to achieve total conformity to the image of Christ. They worked towards religious, moral and societal reforms and wanted to maintain the original order of the church, to pursue the purity of character without forming an organization; they wanted to obtain sinless perfection and immortality in Christ. Due to extreme moral discipline, the puritans became fixed and static in revelation, some of the well-known figures among the 17th century puritans included Thomas Cartwright, John Owen, Richard Sibbes, Richard Baxter and Jonathan Edwards.
THE HOLINESS…when it was another season for a new departure, God released a fresh revelation different from purification. A man called Philip Jacob Spencer, born at Rappoltsweiler in Alsace on 13 January 1635, received a divine message on sanctification (“holiness”) and he began to spread the message across Europe which resulted in the movement called Pietism which lasted from the 17th century to the mid-18th century. This movement changed the focus of the many organizational Christians from observing religious rituals, to pursuing personal piety. When Pietism took the form of religion instead of a lifestyle, a new order was decreed in the realm of the spirit and immediately began. The church of God can never become stagnant, it must reach perfection.
THE METHODIST…When Pietism took the form of religion; John Wesley was influenced by the teaching of Spencer, but saw beyond his mentor. Wesley received a deeper mystery of sanctification and Christian perfection and this revelation drew the saints closer towards perfection. After the death of John Wesley in 1795, the hypocritical followers of his message formed an organization and settled in the revelation of sanctification and Christian perfection, afterwards the Holy Spirit departed again with the remnant.
THE PENTECOSTALS… When the Methodist settled with the doctrine of sanctification, the spiritual movement had to continue because the church never arrived at God’s predetermined state of perfection and readiness. The new movement “Pentecostalism” grew out of the Methodists revival during the 2nd half of the 19th century with the revelation of the Holy Ghost baptism. The key pioneers were Charles Fox Parham, Agnes Ozman, William J. Seymour, J.H. King, Thomas Ball Barratt and others. The majority of the early Pentecostal leaders were former Methodist members who saw the need of constant migration to immortality. When the zeal of Holiness and perfection departed from the Pentecostal group after the death of the early pioneers, the remnant seeds of Christ who were consciousness of conformity to the accurate image of Christ left the religious organization and began a fresh departure.
THE LATTER RAIN… After the death of the early pioneers of the Pentecostal movement, the people that followed after them returned to the principle of organized religion and lost the zeal of Holiness and perfection. Then In 1948, a “revival” broke out in Saskatchewan, Canada, with a higher level of revelation of Christ and His kingdom. The latter rain Christians were conscious of conformity to the accurate image of Christ. It doesn’t matter how the historians argue this; the latter rain departure started with the message that God gave to William Marion Branham. Branham did not form any religious organization in his days; it was after his death that we began to hear the sect called the “Branamist”.
God doesn’t like organizations; He is only interested in seeing His people conform to the image of His Son Jesus Christ, so that Christ might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans8:28-30). That is why when believers shift their focus from the inward journey of perfection to form organizations, the Holy Spirit will depart from them and move with the remnant seed into a new dimension of faith. We must realize that the denominational groups are not the church; they are nothing but empty religions. The Holy Spirit is here to lead and inspire us; He doesn’t operate through dogma and doctrines. The true church will never form but conform to Christ’s image, Paul the apostle says:
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you (Galatians4:19).
When the antichrist succeeds in forming religious organizations out of the old move of the spirit, the spiritual Hebrews (the Church) will continue their journey to immortality with no name or building physical structures. Oh! May the Lord help us to realize that the true church is not Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Anglican (Church of England), Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonites, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostals, Charismatic, Latter-day Saints, Church of God (Adventist), Seventh-day Adventist, Jehovah's Witnesses, Holiness, Apostolic, Assemblies of God, Nazarene, cherubim and seraphim, Celestial Church of Christ, Latter-day saints or others. The true church of Christ includes all of the revelatory saints in both past and the present generation; those whose aim is to become sinless and immortal in Christ without settling with any man made religious structure.
WHY PEOPLE BUILD RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION
he denominational structure is different from the spiritual church of Christ, denominational church system gets its roots from the Roman Catholic religion, organizational churches are formed due to lack of spiritual accuracy. When people refuse to follow the inward voice of Christ to pursue the acts of God, they will stop conforming to the image Christ and form organizations through the help of the antichrist spirit. Understand! When the called out people (church) took their first departure from the Mosaic Law in the 1st century, the religious spirit pursued them to conquer and make the people religious by organizing them into different sects…
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. (Revelation6:1-2)
The white horse rider represents the religious spirit “the antichrist” who is following the church to make them become an organization on earth, so that the people will stop their journey to the state of perfection. What the antichrist spirit does when God calls for a new move is to make the people focus on the Act of God instead of following the Path of God. The scriptures help us to understand that there is the Path of God and the Act of God; scripture says, He made known his paths unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. (Psalm103:7) Now the Path of God speaks about God’s divine nature and His character while the Act of God stands for His miraculous signs, bringing it to the New Testament; The Path of God is represented by the Fruits of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and so forth.(Galatians 5:22) while the Act of God is the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which is the word of wisdom; the word of knowledge, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles; prophecy; discerning of spirits; divers kinds of tongues; the interpretation of tongues: (1Corinthians 12:4-8). When the Spirit of God moves, both his act and his path will be revealed, but it takes a spiritually matured person to wait and not get carried away by the mighty act of God. Let us take an example from the following scripture;
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, what doest thou here, Elijah? (1 Kings 19:11-13).
In the above scripture Elijah is an example of a spiritually matured mind who was seeking for the reality of God, not just the act. He knew that God would translate him to immortality without experiencing a physical death. While waiting for God at the mount where He asked him to wait, God moved 3 times with 3 great signs but God was not in any of the signs, the signs were just an impact of His passing by. Elijah waited patiently to hear God’s inward voice before taking any further step; the character of God can only be obtained by hearing His voice and to continue hearing it. The religious church organizations formed because people followed the external moves of God instead of following the sacred voice of God of the moves. God wants us to focus our eyes on Him not on the manifestation of His power (Preaching, teaching and working of miracles). It is not wise to blindly pursue the external manifestation of God when He calls for a new order, because by following the external moves people have always ended up forming religious movements but none have been able to conform fully to Christ’s nature and character. What is important in every move of the spirit is to wait patiently and silently to receive the internal voice of the Lord, adhering to it without making much noise. As we are following that eternal voice it will lead us daily to the deeper part of light in Christ whereby our character will change daily to become like that of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In pursuing the act of God, we should remember that one-day the move will get cold and the people will stop growing and begin to form an organized religion. All denominations began with fire but eventually they became lukewarm because the people were looking at the external manifestation of God in their generation instead of beholding the eternal purity that follows the eternal sacred voice of the Lord. Lack of accuracy is dangerous, we must endeavor to listen to God and hear clearly from Him before doing anything, or we will find ourselves building Babylon. May the Lord sharpen our accuracy and help us to see that the journey is not about forming or joining any religious group, but focusing unto Christ, and to daily separate and purify ourselves from sin.
(Mordecai and Catherine)