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“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.”[1]

Leave aside the superficiality of being a witness for Jesus and the task of acquiring the testimony so that we may stand up and declare that the words of Jesus are the truth; leave aside the need to practise the word and the need for us to prepare ourselves so that God can entrust full power to us; leave aside the needs that we have in preparing the Earth for the end game of the Lord. Leave all that aside and see the purpose that God has chosen each of you to be His witnesses and His servants “…so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.”

Salvation that comes by faith in Jesus is the first step of coming to know Him so that whoever believes may have eternal life.[2] The knowing of Him that comes through the eternal life is the beginning of the witness for the witness knows that which He testifies to, not believes. And for that witness to be achieved, He has given us the power.[3]

As I have said, you are not being trained to be sons of God, but educated to be sons of God; not trained to witness, but indeed the witness is part of your education to be a son of God. The eternal life that you receive through faith in Jesus Christ allows you to come to know God so that from that knowing, you may believe Him not with unseeing faith but with knowing faith, the type of faith that Thomas had after he put his hands into the side of Jesus. That type of faith does not save a person, indeed, there is no salvation in the knowing faith, but only a sure judgment for “that servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”[4]

The faith that saves is the faith of one who believes and has not seen. The faith that judges is the faith of one who knows. From what you already know of God through the listening to and the practising of the words of Jesus, comes the faith for you to believe in the Holy Spirit, the One the world cannot accept. Jesus said to the disciples before the Holy Spirit arrived, “…The Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be [is] in you.” We are supposed to know the Holy Spirit, and from knowing the Lord, we are supposed to believe in Him and then understand Him. The knowing faith leads us to the understanding of Him whom we do not see, the understanding faith. The faith that understands God is the faith that allows you to anticipate what God will do next. If you can understand and anticipate God, then there is no one you cannot understand and anticipate, not even Satan.

Because the validity of a witness’ testimony is based on what he knows, then our testimony of Jesus Christ must be based on what we know of Him, as well as our testimony of the Holy Spirit based on what we know of Him. We have arrived at a very crucial nexus of time. To understand what needs to be done next, lets go back in time.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by Satan (the devil)[5] and after forty days and nights of fasting, Jesus was hungry. At that point in time, the tempter came to Him and said…[6] Because of what Satan said in verse 6 and 9; Jesus made accusations with His testimony. “…the devil… was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”[7] That testimony was co-witnessed by the Holy Spirit, the One whom the world does not see, and because of the testimony of these Two, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, court sat in Heaven and Jesus said, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.”[8] And this happened as Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven.”[9]

In Revelation, the Voice in Heaven said to John, “But woe to the Earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”[10] Satan is like a criminal condemned to the Lake of Burning Sulphur but still out on bail …out on bail because he has managed to discredit the validity of the testimony of the two Witnesses who brought him down. In any criminal case, if the testimony or evidence can be shown to be unreliable, there can be a mistrial. Satan has been working for a mistrial, and thanks to us, the so-called co-witnesses of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, he has managed to delay the day of his execution by his appeals. You see, the devil has made an appeal on the grounds that Jesus is not the Truth that He says He is and that the Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of Truth that Jesus says He is.[11]

Firstly, if Jesus’ words are proven false or until all of Jesus’ words to His disciples are proven true, including John 11:26 and John 14:12, then there are grounds to appeal that Jesus is not the Truth He says He is. If that is the case, then there are grounds to appeal that the Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of Truth that Jesus says He is. If that is the case, then there are grounds of appeal that the testimonies of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not entirely true either. If that is the case, there can be a stay of execution until a third witness is found who can firstly verify that the testimony of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are true and secondly, that they have a testimony of their own, that Satan the devil is indeed a murderer and/or a liar. Such witnesses would put an end to the devil’s court room antics of appeals that delay the day of his execution.

Now, are you beginning to see the need for expert, reliable, faithful witnesses? Witnesses whose testimonies can be relied on? The end cannot come as long as Satan can appeal against the truth of Jesus’ words because there are no witnesses to verify them. Three truths in particular need verification—John 11:26; John 14:12 as well as Matthew 24:14: “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Because Jesus said to the devil, “It is written,” each time He replied Satan, you can be certain that Satan is now challenging the Father, “Where is it written that the Gospel has been preached to all nations?” Like the taxman, Satan is asking, “Where are the receipts?” We do not know if God has all the receipts, but this I know, if we can be raised up as the third witness who can stand and testify that we know John 11:26 and John 14:12 to be true in our lives, and also present the devil with receipted invoices of the Gospel preached in every nation on radio, TV and in print, then we have come a long way in shutting down the devil’s avenues of appeal and then the end can come.

As such, for the witness of the Holy Spirit, we must be able to stand and testify that the Holy Spirit has been:

1. Teaching us all things.

2. And reminding us of what Jesus has said.

3. That the Holy Spirit has testified about Jesus and continues to testify about Jesus.

4. Convicted us of righteousness.

5. Guided us into all truth.

6. Told us what He has heard.

7. Told us what is yet to come.

8. And above all else, that when He made known to us what belongs to Jesus, by taking from what is Jesus’ and making it known to us, He did it to glorify the One who sent Him.

When we can testify that the Holy Spirit did all these things for the glory of Jesus only, then, by Jesus’ own words, we have declared that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. For Jesus said, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honour for himself, but he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”[12]

When we can testify concerning the motive of the Holy Spirit in all that He has shown us, taught us and led us to do, as being focussed entirely on the glory of Jesus who sent Him, then we can undo the damage of Acts 15:22-29 when the apostles and elders, with the whole church… sent the following letter: It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” It seemed good to the Holy Spirit to have us Gentiles to be put back under the curse of the Law of Moses by practising it in part and not in whole??? It seemed good to the Holy Spirit to recommend these things that go against the teachings of Jesus??? Now that does not sound like a person who is working for the glory of the One who sent him, but for his own glory. But as for the testimony, the written testimony of those who were in Jerusalem in Acts 15, they have declared the Holy Spirit as One who would be against Jesus Himself. No wonder after Acts 15, there is very little mention of power available to continue the earlier miracles!

No wonder Satan has roamed free and the church has had such a history prostituting herself whilst killing those who held to the testimony of Jesus and the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Many are they who have laid down their lives for the sake of the testimony of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, refusing to go back under the curse of partial observance of the Law as recommended by James the Younger. Now, if you understand this, you understand the gravity of the danger we face from within and without, and that not one of us can survive a day on this Earth if the Name of the Father, the Name He gave His Only Son Jesus, does not keep us all protected.

Satan the devil does not mind if Christians only focus on living a moral life and die to go to Heaven to await the resurrection. As long as John 11:26 is not proven, John 11:25will not take place for the end shall not come. Satan the devil does not mind if you build huge denominations with huge, artistic buildings that can be used later as tourist draw cards, as long as there is no effort to produce written proof that the Gospel has been preached in every nation. Satan the devil does not mind if we feed the poor anytime we want to as Jesus said, as long as we don’t have Jesus back with us in the flesh. Nor does he mind if we search the Scriptures as long as we do it without the Holy Spirit. So, he invented fanciful doctrines such as the Holy Spirit has left, and then religions, which deny the existence of the Holy Spirit and the Son. Neither does he mind if we know either the Scriptures or the power of God, for one without the other is still capable of generating error. He does not mind preaching by preachers who have not practised what they preach. They are preachers, not witnesses. No judge will allow a preacher to preach from the witness stand. So he does not mind long courses in theology and have multitudes buried in Seminaries and holy solitude, as long as they do not witness. Satan does not mind losing souls to Heaven, as long as Jesus does not come back, for until Jesus arrives with the saints and the holy angels, Satan will remain free to roam and avoid his imprisonment in the Abyss.

So, you see, we have been doing the things that Satan does not mind, and because we are all anxious for God to keep us blessed until we get to Heaven to receive our reward, we have all been like Peter, for we had not in mind the things of God, but of men.

For God has only one thing on His Mind… justice for Jesus, to have His Son proved true, to be glorified and to have the Son of Man who is at His right hand return on the clouds of His glory. For the Holy Spirit has only one thing on His Mind… that which the Father has on His, and since the Holy Spirit has searched the Mind of God, then the Holy Spirit will do what is on God’s mind and more.

So, He needs His elect… ones He can set aside for the work He has for them. That work is firstly to prove that the entirety of Jesus’ words is true and reliable. However, since He, the Holy Spirit, is the Co-Witness in the case that threw Satan out of Heaven, He also needs a co-witness to verify His testimony and His truthfulness. Thus, as elect of the Holy Spirit, you are to be witnesses of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit, having acquired and produced the witness, the testimony and the evidence that Jesus is the Man of Truth and that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.

Thus, your testimony of the Holy Spirit must include these facts:

· That He has been teaching you al things.

· That He has been reminding you of what Jesus said.

· That He has testified to you about Jesus.

· That He has convicted you with regards to righteousness.

· That He has guided you into all truth.

· That He has told you what He heard.

· That He has told you what is yet to come and

· That He did all this, even making known to you what belongs to Jesus, for the glory of Jesus who sent Him.

For that, you need to be able to recognise His voice. You need to have read what Jesus said so He can remind you. You have to be practising the words of Jesus so He can teach you. You have to believe that Jesus is at the right hand of God. You need to desire to glorify Jesus who sent you, otherwise He can’t guide you into all truth if you are not a man/woman of truth yourself. And to hear Him, you need to recognise His voice and confirm that He has told you what He heard the Father say and what is yet to come. Recognising His voice allows you to let Him testify to you about Jesus and finally, that you come to know Him and understand Him so much that you can testify on the basis of what you know and understand that He did it all for the glory of God the Son, Jesus. To back up your testimony, you will need to produce the evidence that the Holy Spirit is who He says He is, that is, the Spirit of Wisdom and of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and of Power, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord,[13] the Spirit of Truth,[14] the Spirit of Grace,[15] the Spirit of Holiness,[16] the Spirit of Life,[17] the Spirit of Revelation[18] and of Glory[19]. Evidence also that He lives in you and with you, and although the world does not see Him, you do; evidence that through the power of signs and wonders, the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, lepers are cleansed and demons submit and are driven out; and evidence that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth to back up your testimony.

What is that evidence in its most clearly defined and irrefutable form? It is when you become a person possessed by the Holy Spirit and all that you do, say and think during that possession is to the glory of Jesus only. When does that possession begin? It begins when you hold to the testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of Prophecy, that you expect Him to come back soon so that your whole life is lived in expectation of His arrival and that you are preparing yourself and others to greet him on His arrival and not you to be greeted at your arrival in Heaven.

Herein lays the difference and the separation. All who live and believe in John 11:25 will die, and none will experience the promised resurrection until those who live and believe in John 11:26 can produce the evidence of its truth. Those who live to be greeted in Heaven at their arrival are not suitable as witnesses for the Holy Spirit. Those who live to greet Jesus at His arrival are suitable. For when Jesus arrives above Jerusalem, the testimonies of both the Holy Spirit and Jesus are validated once and for all, and all avenues of appeal by the devil are closed, and that which John saw in Revelation will manifest. And I saw an angel coming down out of Heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.[20]

James is right in this when he wrote to the Jews advising them that the Spirit He caused to live in us longs jealously.[21] The Holy Spirit does long jealously. He longs jealously for the Father and the Son to be glorified for the Oneness that They have. He longs jealously for Them to be proved true and vindicated. He longs jealously for Jesus to be proved true beyond all doubt. He is jealous for all that is God and all that belongs to God. So jealous is He for God that He was prepared to be poured on all flesh. So jealous is He for God that He continues to labour to this day. So jealous is He for God that He will not fail to raise up the witness and produce the testimony with evidence to back it up.

For the Lord, who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai when he gave Him the second set of tablets, said to Moses, “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose Name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”[22] And Paul testified: Now the Lord is the Spirit.[23] Thus, full power is given to those who will allow the Lord to create them to be His witnesses, to those who allow the Lord to produce the evidence and to acquire the testimony to bring justice to Jesus.

For truly He is the Lord God who gives us the power and the ability to create, to produce and to acquire wealth,[24] and what more enduring wealth is there than a wealth of witness of words that will endure even when Heaven and Earth is destroyed. AMEN


 

[1] Isaiah 43:10

[2] John 17:3

[3] Acts 1:8

[4] Luke 12:47-48

[5] Matthew 4:1-2

[6] Matthew 4:3,6,9

[7] John 8:44

[8] John 12:31

[9] Luke 10:18

[10] Revelation 12:12

[11] John 14:16-17

[12] John 7:18

[13] Isaiah 11:2

[14] John 14:17

[15] Hebrews 10:29

[16] Romans 1:4

[17] Romans 8:2

[18] Ephesians 1:17

[19] 1 Peter 4:14

[20] Revelation 20:1-3

[21] James 4:5 (NIV footnote)

[22] Exodus 34:14

[23] 2 Corinthians 3:17

[24] Deuteronomy 8:18

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