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Apprenticeship V

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To the elect of the Holy Spirit gathered from the ends of the Earth:  Your apprenticeship in becoming innovators with the word and work of the Lord God Almighty, that you may learn to not only master sin as Cain was told to do, not only to obey the Lord as all servants of God are meant to do, but to master the word and works of the Lord in such a way that it reflects and witnesses that not only do you believe and know Him who called you, but that you understand Him because He has revealed His thoughts to you.

For your effort, expect no reward, no recognition and no dispensation of grace, for the reward and recognition is that you are privileged to receive His thoughts, and the grace is that despite all your weaknesses and inadequacies, you are worthy to know His thoughts.

Just as the apostle Peter was rebuked by Jesus for not having in mind the things of God but of men, so any of the elect who do not have in mind the things of the Spirit are in the same category.  Peter meant well, he was sincere and probably spoke what he did out of love for Jesus, but he said, “Never Lord!  This shall never happen to You!”  Another saving grace of Peter was that he never actually opposed Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, and for those who can understand this, Judas Iscariot was the instrument that facilitated the crucifixion because of his action in betraying Jesus.  Perhaps that is why in one translation it speaks of Judas’ repentance.  Just remember elect, the Lake of Sulphur has only four guests who are definitely pre-booked to reside there:  The false prophet, the beast, Satan and Death.  Judas Iscariot’s name is not listed as going there in the Revelation.  Oh, the grace and mercies of God that man has yet to fathom!  Whether Judas will be in the Lake of Sulphur is irrelevant at this point in time and does not serve to bring Jesus back.  So move on.

Look at what the apostle Paul wrote about in Romans 8 for a moment as we take a pause, for what lays ahead is not for the faint hearted.  The road gets narrower and the edge gets sharper.  Go no further from here if you fear for your soul, but to venture on from here requires you not only to be willing to lay down your life for Christ, but to risk the very destruction of your soul for His glory.  For what is life without a soul?  You may live forever an immortal, but if your soul is destroyed, then you are only an animal, a dog or even a serpent.  A dog if you can be domesticated, that is, taken into the household, or a serpent if you cannot be domesticated, that is, deemed unworthy to be even a pet or animal of burden, a wild animal.  Now, the destruction of Satan’s soul was predestined as early as Genesis 3:1.  When he made his first appearance, God’s word had already foretold his destiny, for he was introduced:  Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.  Without a soul, no creature, though it may be alive, is considered living.  The God is the Living God who has a soul, and those who are made in His Image and those who are considered sons of God have a soul.

Just as the fires of Hades are designed for the torment and imprisonment of spirits, so the Lake of Sulphur is designed for the torment and destruction of those whose souls have been destroyed.  Those spared from the Lake of Fire, even though they are condemned in Revelation 21:8, are known as the dogs outside the city in Revelation 22:15 having had their souls destroyed, but by God’s mercy will be permitted to live out eternity on New Earth forever.

Your education in your apprenticeship is based firmly on this truth of God that He desires mercy and He is merciful, and the understanding of God’s mercy will help you to always think the best of God.

For as surely as these teachings are now loosed on Earth so that they are loosed in Heaven, bound on Earth so that they will be bound in Heaven, know for certain that the knowledge and understanding of these chapters will be taken by the Spirit and made known to those who are elected for these times.  Some will access this through contact with us or the website, but many more others will receive this as direct revelations from the Lord so that all the glory continues to go to Him.  And amongst those of us who receive this and continue to proceed from here will be the one who is destined for destruction, the one for whom there is no repentance, the one for whom even the Name of Jesus avails no grace, the final antichrist, the false prophet.  Whoever it may be will be the one who ignores the warning that will be clearly made known.  Even Adam had more grace for his disobedience than the one who proceeds beyond this point and still disobeys.  For if Adam had only repented instead of blaming God for giving him Eve as a helper, he might have saved himself from expulsion from the garden.

Now, back to Paul’s writing in Romans 8, which commentators have titled, ‘Life through the Spirit.’  Paul wrote:  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the Law of the Spirit of Life set me free from the Law of Sin and Death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  You however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.

Look closely now at:  Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires …the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…  …the Spirit… living in you… will give life to your mortal bodies, and …those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  Now ignore the encouragement that is there for those who are still struggling with sin to avoid it and have not even considered that they are to master sin and you will see what the Spirit inspired Paul to write to us:  Have their minds set on what the Spirit desires …the mind by the Spirit is life and peace, and the Holy Spirit will give your mortal bodies life, life like that of Jesus’. 

Indeed, those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God, for He is the Spirit of Sonship, and as sons whose lives seek to imitate the Son Himself, we seek to obey what the Father commanded us to do.  But like Jesus, there is a moment when we go the extra mile as He did, who when made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison…  Jesus being a light to those in the prisons of Hades was not in the original mind of God when He said, “It is too small a thing for You to be My Servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make You a light for the Gentiles, that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the Earth.”  The Lord never said Jesus would bring salvation to the depths of the Earth or to those who are dead, though Jesus did say, “Do not be amazed at this for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”  Something the Father gave Him to say, sure, and we have assumed He meant the final resurrection on Judgement Day.  Look again and look closely.  Jesus said, “…those who have done good,” not those who believed His Gospel, which is:  “…everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” 

So, these groups of the dead are those who died before salvation by faith through grace was available by Jesus Christ, but when only works were available.  We assumed the time would be the last day, Judgement Day when the Earth is destroyed and all are raised to face the Great White Throne judgment.  And perhaps we assumed correctly, perhaps that is what the Father meant when He gave Jesus those words to say.  But Jesus put those words into effect before the Judgement Day of Revelation 20:11 and made these words manifest 2000 years ago on the day He died and was made alive by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus took the words of the Father and put them to effect in a way that may not have been exactly what the Father had in mind, so that when He ascended He took captives with Him in His train and brought to the Father the first fruits of His ministry, those who were lost from the days when God waited patiently for Noah to build the ark.  If you want to see the beginning of an innovation or the meaning of an innovation, you are looking at it.  Can you see?  Do you perceive?  Can you hear and understand?  Make your heart sharper and you will.

Now, we know that Noah built the ark as commanded by God, and we know that Noah had three sons.  However, nowhere is it recorded that his sons helped him at all.  Perhaps they were too young or perhaps they just didn’t help.

Even now the Knower of God of our age is building an ark to carry His family through the days of distress that are coming, which makes the days of Noah seem like a swim in your backyard pool.  Who is the Knower of God who can truly be called righteous and blameless amongst those of our times?  Why, it is the Holy Spirit Himself of course!  Righteous, because He has faith in God completely, hence He does not speak on His own, and blameless because He only does what He hears the Father and Son have decided, and though He is being ignored, slandered, maligned and falsely represented after 2000 years, He has not stopped doing what He was sent to do.

Now, does He also have no sons who can help Him?  Are His sons like Noah’s, too young or too disinterested to help?  Does He have any sons or daughters who would put aside their desires, their lives, their ambitions, their wills, and pick up a tool here, a tool there, and step up to help Him?  You who say He is the Father of your spirit, can you see your Father working day and night to finish His work before the disaster comes, so that He can save His family?  If you can, then help.  If you are too young, stay out of the way, go and play and we’ll get you when the work is finished.  But if you consider yourself not an infant, not a child, but a young man or woman, a young adult, if you consider that you can do something to help, then listen, for He is showing you His plans so that you may help.  But those who have enough maturity to be truly sons and daughters, the real work will fall on your shoulders and it will be by your blood, sweat and tears that every piece of this ark will be knitted together.

Now, look at what Paul wrote:  Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires, so what does the Holy Spirit desire?  Where has He, the One who does not speak on His own, spoken His mind, His heart, loudly and clearly to show us what His heart is full of?  What word has flowed out of the lips of the Holy Spirit to show us the over-brimming desire of His heart, except this one word, a word that is not limited in its context to an individual or incidence or time, but a word that anyone who has heard it can pick up and run with?  It is this one word, “Come!”  when He together with the bride said, “Come!” in response to Jesus’ twice repeated declaration, “Behold I am coming soon!”  A word that drew this response from Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon.”  And as John admonished, no, commanded us:  And let him who hears say, “Come!”

So then, if you say you live in accordance with the Spirit, then set your minds on what He desires, for He desires that Jesus come!  Setting your mind on the coming of Jesus, your thoughts, your plans, your hopes, your dreams and your life entirely on the coming of Jesus begins your living in accordance with the Spirit.  It begins your life as His son or daughter picking up a hammer, a saw, a plank and some nails and stepping onto the worksite to build the ark of the Knower.

So, are you still resting?  Good, then have a look at the garden of God where the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food…  In the beginning there was only one command, one law and one sin that man could commit by which he could die. The command was:  “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;”The law was:  “…you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil….” And the penalty was:  “…for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Now that garden has been resurrected, the garden of God has been resurrected, and as you have been taught, when something is resurrected it often takes a form that you will not recognise unless it is pointed out to you.  As the Lord read Isaiah 61:1-2 in the synagogue at Nazareth, saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”  He also said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Now, what were those prisoners, blind, oppressed and poor people who are mentioned in Isaiah 61:1-2 to be called?  Isaiah 61:3 says:  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendour.  The KJV calls them, ‘trees of righteousness.’  The oak, to hint at their future role, for oak trees of old were used for pillars and the spines of ships.  You see, the ‘church’ with all those who are saved is the Garden of Eden resurrected in a form that you cannot see unless you are made aware.  It is a garden of trees of righteousness bearing fruit in season and out of season that are good for food and pleasing to the eyes of God.  And once more there is one command that declares freedom, and one law that declares what is forbidden, and one consequence of the breaking of that law.

The resurrected command that brings freedom, the resurrection of the words, “You are free to eat from any tree…” is the command to “Listen to Him,” the well beloved Son who is the Tree of Life in a different form.  This new command gives freedom as well, for Jesus Himself said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

And in this garden, the law that dictates what is sin, what is forbidden is this:  “anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven… anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” 

And the penalty is expulsion also out of the garden into the Lake of Fire.  Thus, this is your assurance from here on:  There is only one law, one command and one sin.  And for you who have listened to Jesus, who have practised His words, who have faith in Him to listen to the Holy Spirit and want to so set your mind on the desire of the Spirit that you want to make it happen for Him— there is only one sin, a sin you can never commit as long as your mind is set on the Holy Spirit’s desire to have Jesus come and you confirm that which is in your heart not with words, but with action.

For the words of the betrayer were, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”  And as he brought the soldiers to arrest Jesus, he said, Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.  For he had already pre-arranged with the guards:  “The One I kiss is the Man; arrest Him and lead Him away under guard.”  You see, his words were sweet, but his actions deadly.

Do not think for one moment he who is the false prophet or will be the false prophet, will be declaring like Peter did, “Never, Lord!  This will never happen…” when the Holy Spirit says, “Come!”  But he will be saying it in his heart, and though he will declare the Gospel of Christ, even kissing the word publicly or speaking of Christ as tenderly as one would kiss His cheek, his heart is where these words of Peter will take root and be manifested in his rebellion, “Never, Lord!  This will never happen…”  You see, Paul wrote about him:  the lawless one will be revealed, because for this man there is truly no law left.  He is cut off from the Law of Moses because he has eaten the flesh and drunk the blood of Jesus, and he is cut off from the Law of Jesus because he will speak against the Holy Spirit not by words as much as by his actions.  So, he too will receive from Jesus the reward his actions deserve when Jesus arrives. 

For the secret power of lawlessness that is already at work, which Paul wrote about, is the power of thought, a secret power because a man’s thoughts are hidden from all except God and a man can hide his thoughts behind his words and actions.  However, this secret power has been held back because the One who… holds it back will continue to do so till He is taken out of the way.  Now, He who has been holding back the secret power, the power of thought, is no longer holding it back but revealing it, and the very definition of lawlessness is made succinctly clear.  He is one of us who, having acquired the knowledge and practice of the power to take captive all thoughts to make them obedient to Christ (see the word), will use it to take captive the thoughts of men whose minds are not set on the desire of the Spirit to make them obedient to his christ, the beast, whom he will declare to be ‘God’ with signs and wonders, even calling down fire from Heaven.  No wonder then, he would deceive the elect if that were possible.  But it will not be possible for you, the elect who remain true, will have set your minds on the desire of the Holy Spirit to fulfil Jesus’ promise to come, and not only will you display this mindset by your words, but also by your very actions.

Because the false prophet will not set his mind on what the Spirit desires, but set it on what his heart desires, that is, “Never, Lord!  This shall never happen!” to Jesus’ promise, “Yes, I am coming soon,” he will deceive and delude himself.  For he has set his mind and the power of thought on what is wicked and false, beyond understanding, that is, a man’s heart.  Thus, for all his knowledge, for all his practice, though we lay out our plans plainly before him, he will not be able to see that he is the one who has condemned himself to failure, for out of a man’s heart comes folly.  So he will fall victim to his own folly and never see that he has condemned himself to be thrown alive into the Lake of Sulphur.

For all others, every sin against Jesus will be forgiven.  As it was in the garden, they are free to eat from other trees other than the Tree of Life, so even if they do not listen to Jesus, they will be forgiven.  Even if they do not practise His words, they will be forgiven.  And even if they do not listen to the Holy Spirit, they will be forgiven as long as they do not speak against the Holy Spirit, not so much by their words, but with the thoughts of their heart, confirming those thoughts with foolish action like performing miraculous signs on behalf of the beast to delude those who have accepted the mark and gathering the armies of the world to make war against the Rider on the horse and His army. 

So, now having rested, be assured you cannot become the lawless one as long as your heart, yes, your heart, always says, “Amen, come, Lord Jesus,” and your mind that is set on the desire of the Spirit, governs the actions of your hands and feet to hasten the preparations for His arrival and coronation as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

And when this desire of the Spirit consumes you, your soul is already lost, lost forever to the One who will keep it safe forever, the Lord God Almighty.  Amen

So, if those who lose their life for Him will find their life, what of those who risk their very soul for Him, will they not find that He would salvage their soul and make even their very soul an imitation, a likeness, an image of the very soul of God Almighty?

 

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