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Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed Your children. When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.[1]

The failure of anyone, Jew or Gentile, Christian or non-Christian, to enter the sanctuary of God will result in oppression of others or being oppressed by others. For only in the sanctuary of God, in the place where God understands God understands God, is there perfect freedom. Freedom from all fear, all doubt and all envy, for if envy is the bitter root, then doubts are the thorny branches that bear the fruit of fear, which is certain destruction of your soul. For even Jesus said, “Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.”[2] And the one who wrote Psalm 73 tells us that the understanding of all things, even the final destiny of the wicked, can only be found in the sanctuary of God.

When the Lord was with the Israelites, His sanctuary was held within the boundaries of a man-made tent, into which the high priest alone could enter after a ritualistic purification that took time, effort and sacrifice. And if you consider the clothing of Aaron, so many layers in the hot desert did not convey a sense of comfort, but rather a sense of discomfort and heaviness and burden before He could enter. The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover (mercy seat) on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover (mercy seat).”[3] And then God commanded the sacrifices that had to be made.[4] In the same way, when Jesus entered the sanctuary of Heaven, for the earthly sanctuary was merely a copy and a shadow,[5] He had to go through the same cleansing and sacrifice, except for Jesus, the blood of the sacrifice was all His, even the blood that He would sprinkle with His fingers. And just as Aaron took off the linen garments and left them in the Tent of Meeting, so Jesus left the linen that wrapped Him in the tomb, the place where all who do not believe in Jesus will meet with God.

So, Jesus’ journey into the sanctuary of God was played out ritualistically by Aaron’s journey into the Most Holy Place, except that all the blood, sweat, tears and cries came from Jesus and not some sacrificial goat or two. Thus, if God was prepared to meet with men whom He has chosen to be His high priest in the Old Testament, in the line of Aaron, how much more He is prepared to meet with those who approach in the line of Jesus? That is why we are to listen to Jesus, for He is also the great High Priest who perfected the way to the greater Sanctuary, the one in Heaven, not the one on Earth, which is merely a shadow and a copy. In that Sanctuary, lies the perfect understanding of God, which draws from roots free from all envy, to give rise to the fruits of love, which are certain salvation of flesh and soul. David wrote: I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.[6]

Unless you enter the sanctuary, you will never behold the power and the glory of God properly, just like the rest of Israel who habitually saw the cloud of glory above the Tent of Meeting, and when it also filled the Tent,[7] yet never really saw the true power and glory of God, so all who do not enter the Tabernacle through Jesus will never behold the true power and glory of God. No one who does not listen to Jesus will enter, and no one who does not follow Jesus and practise His words will succeed. Like the Israelites, they will merely stand outside and watch as the high priest enters and waits. To them, the miracle of complete understanding as God understands will be only a concept and not a life experience. If we do not understand the final destiny of the wicked, then we have not entered the Sanctuary of God, and if we do not listen and believe what Jesus said, how can we enter?

The common doctrine of Hell being the place of eternal punishment for most denominations means that they have not entered the Sanctuary of God, and a desire to avoid mentioning Hell so as not to offend those who would like to be blessed by a loving God, is just as common now as a practice. Unless our understanding of the final destiny of all, both the wicked and the righteous, the sinners and the saved, embrace faith in the words of Jesus and that which He showed John the apostle in the book of the Revelation, we have not begun our preparation into the Sanctuary of God, where even the final destiny of the wicked is made known.

The power of understanding allows you to know the final destiny of the wicked and save you from envying their prosperity, which is really no prosperity. When you understand the final result of any battle, you will be able to look at your opponent and stare them down just with your eyes. Your lack of fear will be, as Paul wrote, a sign to them that you are being saved even as they are condemned. By faith we may understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,[8] but by understanding, we know that all will have their lips purified by God after the destruction of the Earth by His fierce anger, that they may call upon the Name of the Lord and be saved.[9] In his letter, the apostle Peter wrote: The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.[10] In the same way, God is not what others understand Him to be unless they have followed Jesus into the Heavenly Sanctuary in the prescribed way. This was why Jesus had to say to Mary, “Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’”[11] After that He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.[12]

By understanding, we know only those who have lost their heads for the sake of the word of God and their testimony will return for the Millennium.[13] By understanding, we know that God will dwell with His people forever in New Jerusalem, from which we can explore the New Heavens to glorify Him.[14] By understanding, we know Jesus has shown mercy to those He condemned to the fiery Lake of Burning Sulphur by permitting them to be dogs outside of New Jerusalem.[15]

Thus, the greatest power of all is understanding, for with it, even the final destiny of the wicked is known to you. If the destiny of those who give God no delight is known, then how much more you will know and understand the destiny of those who delight in the Lord and who are the Lord’s delight.

God spoke out of His Sanctuary by His understanding, and the Word became flesh as the Spirit moved, and creation came into existence. Creation did not come into existence for God to understand, but rather came into existence because God already understood all things. The journey of life for God is not a journey for the acquisition of more understanding, but rather, more displays of the understanding They already have to its fullness. As such, no creature or powers can ever overcome Them, but only be guilty of eternally underestimating Them. For every creature, be they spirit or flesh, angels or men, begin their journey in innocence and live to acquire understanding, and all that they do is a display of their effort to acquire understanding. As such, it is not for us to understand God, but to see how God understands us, and for that, we must enter the Sanctuary of God by way of Jesus, and to dwell there, we can only do so by remaining in the One who fulfilled the Psalms (as the Law[16]) and the Prophets.

Jesus alone is the One whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from His heart and has no slander on His tongue, who does His neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on His fellowman, who despises a vile man but honours those who fear the Lord, who keeps His oath even when it hurts, who lends His money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken,[17] which is why he who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice, will never be shaken, even when the river rises, the rain falls and the winds blow.

The psalmist of Psalm 73 looked at the prosperity of the wicked and nearly lost his foothold. The church looked at the temple worship and to acceptance by Jews who were zealous for the Law and those belonging to the party of the Pharisees in Jerusalem, and sought to possess the temple, which was really no temple anymore, and lost its foothold.

Had they understood what Jesus was teaching them and who He was; had they understood John the Baptist’s message, “Look, the Lamb of God,”[18] they would not have gathered at the temple, but would have gathered themselves on Golgotha and formed the new Temple of their God, themselves as the living stones. What would have happened had they met daily on that rocky outcrop, forsaking the city that rejected their Lord and turning their backs on the temple that was a hollow relic of the glory of the Law of Moses, clearly setting out for all to see the distinction between the new and the old, like a city on a hill, like a lamp on a lampstand?

What would have happened if at the place where their Lord was crucified, not only were the sick healed and the lame walked, but full power was displayed through the new Temple of Living Stones, in which once more the cloud of glory could be seen shining upon the old and desecrated sanctuary?

There is only one way to find out what would have happened, and that is for the living stones of God to gather on Golgotha as we should have done and let the world see what the Living Temple of God should really be like,[19] then the world can truly decide for itself what it wants when the choices are clear, and after the world decides, judgement can come.

Just as there is a temple in Heaven, a Sanctuary in the realm of the spirit that is Heaven, so likewise, God who is now flesh and seated at the right hand of the Father who is Spirit, is waiting for a Temple of flesh for Him to return to and to minister from. When the church finally understands that it is the Temple of God on Earth with its Holy of Holiest being in Golgotha, and Golgotha is in the hearts of all who are called by the Lord, then shall the Lord return, for the Father will not send Him back till the Temple is completely dedicated, no more than the cloud of glory did not fill the Temple of Solomon until it was dedicated.

Until now, the church has been like the old temple, a work in progress, with pillars being raised here and a room taking form there, but there has been no dedication to the singular focus of listening to Jesus and the practise of His words to the exclusion of all other words and practices. There is no singular focus in the hearts of the stones to bring Jesus back for His glory, but rather, a cacophony of noise and gestures as each seek to be glorified before Jesus.

But now, through one and ones whom He has elected, who are prepared to pay the price and carry their crosses to follow Jesus, whilst listening to Him, the Sanctuary is being raised, and when the Sanctuary is raised, understanding is once more available for those who enter. It is only after you have listened to Him and put His words into practice so that you can begin to do what He has been doing, can you begin to understand Jesus, and when you understand Jesus, you will have the understanding of God and you will understand the final destiny of all, not only of the wicked, but also of the righteous, and of all creatures, great and small.

It is with understanding, not faith or knowledge, that you will succeed in not fearing what others fear and not consider a conspiracy what others call a conspiracy. It is with understanding that you will be able to receive all things, good and bad, and know that it is by the superior unchanging will of God to prosper you and not to harm you that it has come. It is with understanding that you will be able to love each other as Jesus loves us, for He who loves us not only knows us but understands us, and you will see all the rules of men with their ritualistic do’s and don’ts are poor substitutes for God’s understanding.

When you can stand in Christ, you are standing in the Sanctuary of God, and then you will understand Final Destiny. Thus, it is given to you and I and all the elect to enter the Sanctuary to listen to Him who speaks not from a cloud above a tabernacle of wood and gold, but from a Body of flesh and blood just like ours, the same body and flesh, which is His way of saying, “I understand you,” so that when He asks us, “Do you understand what I have done for you?”[20] we can say, “Yes, Lord, we understand.”

God will send Him back when He sees the Temple ready and dedicated for service, a temple made of living stones, that not only have faith in Him, not only know Him, but understand Him. Only such a temple, only such a church, is worthy of the King of kings to return to, to give Him the glory.

So, if you cannot say, “Yes,” to His question, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” then weep, cry, wail, repent, seek, ask and knock till the doors of His Sanctuary open, and then enter. Then will you understand the final destiny of all.

AMEN


 

[1] Psalm 73:13-17

[2] Matthew 10:28 (NKJV)

[3] Leviticus 16:2 (NKJV)

[4] Leviticus 16:3-23

[5] Hebrews 8:5

[6] Psalm 63:2-3

[7] Numbers 9:15-16

[8] Hebrews 11:3

[9] Zephaniah 3:8-9; Joel 2:32

[10] 2 Peter 3:9

[11] John 20:17

[12] Luke 24:45

[13] Revelation 20:4

[14] Revelation 21:1-4

[15] Revelation 21:8; 22:15

[16] John 15:25 (Psalms 35:19; 69:4)

[17] Psalm 15:2-5

[18] John 1:36

[19] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2005/04.05.2005_GospelOfTheDesignOfTheTemple.pdf

[20] John 13:12

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