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The purpose of the overflow overrunning and overtaking the ways and works of men and devils is to overthrow and overturn them so that there will be total devastation of the works of all who forsake God.

The overcomer must overcome sentimentality, which tempts them to keep the old ways and mix it with the new. The moment James mixed the old in with the new in Acts 15, the ability for the church to overcome, in the way the Lord had in mind to overcome, was lost. Do not forget, what we think and consider and what our opinion is on any matter or subject, does not count if it does not agree with what God has in mind, has purposed and has planned.

Thus, when you say a person is good, that is a matter of opinion. When Jesus said, “No one is good, except God alone,”[1] that is not a matter of opinion but the truth. The Lord’s overcomers must learn to separate themselves, which is to be holy, from the opinions, recommendations and judgements of men and stand with the T/truth only, which is the W/word of God. As the Lord said, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.”[2] Nothing from the New Covenant can be applied to the Old Covenant to mend the Old Covenant for it will only make the Old Covenant worse. If that is the case, then how much less sense is it to attach a piece of old cloth to a perfectly brand new cloth, which needs no mending? That is what the opinion of James the Younger in Acts 15 did to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

When Jesus went into the Temple on two different occasions, and overturned the tables of the money changers and scattered their coins, the first time He did it, He overturned the tables to get them out of the Temple, for He said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a market!”[3] The second time, just before His crucifixion, He overturned them again, saying, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’ ”[4] However, He had in mind what He had taught: “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the Gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”[5]

He was obviously telling us that the way of the Old Testament, which is seeking righteousness with God by observance of the Law of Moses rather than through faith in Him, is the way of the thief who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”[6] When Jesus first overturned the money changers’ tables, He was doing so to put them back into their proper place outside the Temple gates, not inside the Temple, but the second time He overturned the tables, which had remained inside the Temple by the way for they had not listened to Him, was to overturn as to overthrow, as to destroy irrevocably. He was by word and by action declaring that which would come: the establishment of the New Covenant through His sacrifice that would completely render obsolete the Old Covenant as a means of righteousness with God and rules by which men could live by. From then on, it would be listening to Jesus that would be the Law by which men would live by.

However, the art of overturning and overthrowing the works of sinful men and devils lies not in their utter devastation as much as in having overturned them and overthrown them to use them for God’s purpose. It was prophesied that “Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians pride will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.”[7] The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis gives us a very vivid picture of what God means by overthrow. Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the Heavens. Thus He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.[8] The complete devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah is the foretaste of that which will happen when Jesus arrives, as Paul wrote to the Thessalonians: And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendour of His coming.[9]

That is the way the Overcomer Himself, our Lord, who overthrows His enemies without giving them any recourse for action in the finality of judgement. However, that is not the way for us—not yet. For when Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in John 2:15, He did so to restore proper order in the old way, and to set up the necessary opposition, yes, necessary opposition, so that the word of the Lord would be fulfilled. When He overturned the tables the first time, it caused the Jews to demand of Him, “What miraculous sign can You show us to prove Your authority to do all this?” to which Jesus replied, “Destroy this Temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”[10] This was the statement that would later allow His accusers to misquote due to the two who bore Him false witness. Finally two came forward and declared, “This Fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ”[11] Thus, it allowed Jesus to become sin through His silence and refusal to rebut the false testimony.

That first overturning of restoring the correct order in the Temple set up the situation by which the transfer of sin could be affected upon Him so that He could be the sin offering. Likewise now, the overcomer, or rather those who seek to be overcomers, must learn to overturn and overthrow in a two step fashion. The first is to restore to proper place and order whilst at the same time, setting up for the next and final encounter. Unlike Sodom and Gomorrah, which were overthrown without any warning for the angels warned no one except Lot and his family, now through the grace that has come through Jesus Christ, when God overthrows or overturns anything, He first issues a warning that sets and restores that which is astray to its proper place. However, the wisdom of God is such that He knows that men will not heed the warning, and so He uses the first warning to set up for the last devastating move when He overthrows irrevocably, just like He did to Sodom and Gomorrah.

The restoration of the command, “Listen to Him (Jesus)!”[12] at this time in history is just like Jesus telling the money changers to get out of the Temple. He did not outlaw the money changing, but merely wanted it to be carried out outside of His Father’s house. Likewise now, the restoration of the command to listen to Jesus is a restoration and recommendation for all disciples to align their ears correctly, and the command to listen to the Holy Spirit is to align the ears of the churches.[13] Nothing is forbidden, we are only restoring that which is the best and most profitable way for those who profess to be disciples of Christ. As much as we commend to all and remind all that they must listen to Jesus, they are not forbidden from listening to James the Younger or practising his teachings in his letter, nor are they forbidden to listen to anyone who comes in the Name of Jesus and/or God. That is what you must learn as you continue to turn into an overcomer. An overcomer does not judge or condemn, but rather opens the way and raises the standard by which judgement can come because those they have warned have not listened. If Lot had not lived in Sodom as a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—[14] then God could not judge Sodom and Gomorrah for there would have been no standard.

Likewise, the Lord is raising up overcomers who have overcome the sentimentality of upholding traditions at the expense of listening to Jesus—overcomers who overcome persecutions and hardships, even disfellowship and imprisonment, who overcome the easy peace and walk the way of the hard fought victory, who not only listen to Jesus but find such delight in obeying Him and practising His strange and uncompromising words, that the Lord again, indeed, has a standard by which to judge just as He did in the days of Noah and Lot. If Noah never completed the ark, God could not send the flood, and if Lot did not live in Sodom, God could not overthrow Sodom and Gomorrah. Likewise, if the Lord does not have His elect who delight in obeying the Father’s and the Son’s commands to listen,” then neither can the Lord be taken out of the way so that the lawless one can be revealed, nor is He able to execute judgement according to His new commands of listening on individuals who profess to be disciples and collections of people who profess to be the church.

Steadfast, unrelenting zeal for the Lord in listening to Him and in taking a confrontational stance, as Jesus did when He first overturned those tables in the Temple, is the first step in setting up the whole world for its final overthrow by the Lord Himself on His return. Thus, those who seek and desire to be overcomers, must, whilst they live on the Earth, walk listening to Jesus and practise His words in such a way that it is as confrontational to those who hold to watered down and twisted traditions and doctrines as it was confronting to those money changers whose tables were overturned by Jesus.

The confrontational stance is designed to set up resistance, not avoid resistance, but rather, it is to raise up resistance so that people will resist us, must resist us, not befriend us or tolerate us. Their resistance against us proves we are not evil by the truth that Jesus commanded, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.”[15] As their resistance to our march mounts up to a counter attack, then we turn the tables on them by not resisting them, thus proving by the T/truth that they are evil so judgement can come.

Thus, even as we overflow, overrunning and overtaking the plans of the world with the plans of God by our constant obedient practice of the commands of Jesus so that God might have a standard by which to judge, the surging of the flood is not a mindless undisciplined charge of destruction, but rather a cunning, yes, cunning, scheme by which the plans and ways of all the enemies of God are overturned so that the truth of their hearts are revealed by their words and the foolishness of their ways are judged by their actions. Cunning because Jesus said we are to “be as shrewd (wise) as snakes and harmless (innocent) as doves.”[16] The only way to minimise further harm to future generations is to have Satan locked up for one thousand years and Jesus reigning on the Earth. As such, all events that lead up to the arrival of Jesus are events that are designed by God to minimise harm to all who are meek so that they may inherit the Earth.[17]

The zeal with which we practise the word of Jesus must be like the zeal that consumed Jesus when He overturned the tables. We must set up for all to see what the church at full power was always meant to be so that all may be judged by what they think, say and do. Since there is no church where all who are sick are healed, then God cannot judge those who seek the wisdom of men and science for their healing, the same wisdom and science that openly declares God does not exist with its fine theories. But if there is a church at full power where all are healed, then the Lord can judge even the sick. Since there is no church where food is multiplied and water is turned to good wine for free, then the Lord cannot judge those who seek to perpetrate buying and selling by imposing on them the Law of Supply and Demand and reinforcing that law by artificial lack to support greed. However, if the church at full power is available to multiply food and provide all the essentials of life for free, then God is able to condemn all who still seek to protect the system of buying and selling by taking on the mark of the beast to protect the cursed fortress of artificial greed. An example of artificial greed is while the world is offended at the human cost of conflict on blood diamonds and seeks to stem its trade, yet it does not take the right steps to end the state of artificial lack created by the diamond traders.

Since the church without power has often come into nations to spread diseases and covet their gold, even subjecting the very people God sent them to set free into slavery, the Lord cannot judge those who condemn, rile against, and attack His church. But a church at full power that heals all the sick and makes gold as common as wood, that sets the people free, that is attacked, then God is able to judge on behalf of the church against her attackers and accusers.

As I have said before, the existence of such a fellowship, a fellowship of overcomers displaying to the world what God had raised up the church for, to bless the world and yet that is attacked by the world, will rouse the jealous anger of the Lord to send Jesus thundering back with all His angels to rescue and deliver His saints on Earth.

Thus, until the standard was raised, until God found His Noah and the ark was completed, the ancient world could not be overthrown by the flood. God gave Noah a task that took one hundred and twenty years to give the people of his time fair warning. If Lot had not moved to Sodom and lived the life of a righteous man, tormented in his soul daily by the sinfulness of Sodom, God could not overthrow Sodom.

Likewise, the art of overturning and overthrowing the works of the enemies of God is to first give a warning to set them up for the judgement, to set up a standard of proper behaviour and position, and then to return to see if it has been listened to. The science of overturning and overthrowing the works of the enemies of Jesus is simple, a zealous and confrontational stance on listening to Jesus and the practice of His words so that the tear in the old garment will get worse, not better. It is not the lot of the overcomer to abide in peace with the world, for Jesus Himself said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ ”[18] The world cries out for peace, but “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”[19]

As the world commensurates the birth of the Overcomer, Jesus Christ, let us bless it with the words of the angels who witnessed the miracle of the Word who became flesh through the virgin birth at Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace to men on whom His favour rests.”[20] And while His favour rests on us, let us listen to the Spirit of the Overcomer, the Holy Spirit. AMEN


 

[1] Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18

[2] Matthew 9:16 (Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36)

[3] John 2:14-16

[4] Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17 (Jeremiah 7:11)

[5] John 10.1

[6] John 10:10

[7] Isaiah 13:19

[8] Genesis 19:24-25

[9] 2 Thessalonians 2:8

[10] John 2:18-19

[11] Matthew 26:61

[12] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[13] Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22

[14] 2 Peter 2:7-8

[15] Matthew 5:39

[16] Matthew 10:16 [NLT, NIV, ESV, NASB]

[17] Matthew 5:5

[18] Matthew 10:34-36

[19] Isaiah 57:21

[20] Luke 2:13-14

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