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When one takes away the revelation of the Father in the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ, even the teachings of Christ can become a mere motivational morality thesis on what is right and wrong. It is the de-emphasis of the revelation of the Father through Jesus Christ, that even the most well-meaning preacher of Christ can use the teachings of Christ and His disciples amiss.

In John’s second letter, he wrote: And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.[1]

If you are not familiar with the letters of John, but are listening only with your own understanding and perception, then walking in love can mean walking in tolerance, harmony and general charity to your fellow humans. However, John’s definition of love is that we walk in obedience to His commands. Now, obedience to a command, any command, can be trained. You can train a monkey to obey a command. However to understand why the command is to be obeyed requires an education, and for an education, you need a teacher.

Jesus said concerning Himself: “Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’ for you have One Teacher, the Christ.”[2] Thus, the ability to obey the commands of Jesus with understanding requires Christ Himself to educate us by discipleship through the Holy Spirit, who is not the Teacher, but the Counsellor, who as Jesus said, “will guide you into all truth.”[3] And Jesus came to give us an education on the ways, acts, thoughts and words of the Father, making known to us the Father He knows. Thus, any christ or messiah who claims to be from God and yet cannot and does not make known the Father, is no Christ. For the true Messiah, the only true Christ, did not come to just deliver and save the world or to make God known to those who follow Him, but to make known to all who would listen what He knows of the Father. For those who hear the Gospel, their faith in what they hear will save them, and whoever does not believe will be condemned. However, look at the reason for their condemnation. It is not on the basis that they did not believe the message, but rather on the basis that they did not believe in the Name of the Person who delivered the message: “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God’s One and Only Son.”[4]

Anyone then, who comes without emphasing the Sonship of Jesus and the Fatherhood of God, even if they come in His Name, is a false Christ. For Jesus said, “False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”[5] Thus signs and miracles are not the test for the authenticity of Christs or prophets. Neither is moral propriety or holiness as perceived by men, or good naturedness, such as kindness, gentleness or charity. For Christ Jesus was known as “a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”[6] And He was not always meek and gentle as when He twice made a whip and took it to clear the money changers and the dove sellers out of His Father’s house in anger. Thus, what we often think of as the fruits of the Spirit, of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,[7] are not infallible in testing for those who are false. Now in saying “false Christs and false prophets will appear,” Jesus made it clear that it was those who follow, who would come after Him, who would present themselves as Christs and prophets, who are those who are false. For the imitation can never precede the original. There was no mention of false Christs until Jesus Christ appeared on Earth. Before that, there were false gods and false prophets. Why? Because before Christ Jesus came, prophets of God like Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Zechariah, to name a few, had been making God known to His people and to those who were not His people. As such, with each revelation of the original, imitations began to appear.

As God was revealed, false gods appeared, as Moses wrote: They sacrificed to demons, which are not God—gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear.[8] And false prophets appeared after Moses, even in Israel, prophesying peace and prosperity, because that is what we prefer to hear. It is interesting that Balaam was paid to prophesy curses, but ended up pronouncing blessings each time. Now compare him with those who love to prophesy peace and prosperity so that they are well fed and clothed. Would their prophecies not end up to be curses if Balaam’s ended up to be blessings? How easy it is to be in error and pacify and edify your congregations, teaching them: Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you,[9] when it carries no revelation of the Father and is in fact a statement that God Himself had declared, “You have not spoken of Me what is right.”[10]

For the false prophet, THE false prophet, the one who will be thrown alive into the Lake of Burning Sulphur, will come with his revelation of God through Jesus Christ, but missing from his teachings is the revelation of God the Father through Jesus Christ. His deception for those who have believed in Jesus Christ is that what He teaches reveals God’s ways and the practice of them brings temporary relief, even healing and miracles. But not one of them, his teachings, healings or miracles, will endure to eternal life. For even the manna from Heaven was mildewed by the next day, so also, the signs and wonders of healing miracles will not endure to eternal life. Even within the definition of what eternal life is, Jesus included the presence of Fatherhood and Sonship. If you truly come to know God, you will know that He is a Father who has a Son, an only begotten Son, whom He gave His Name to—Jesus. If you have really come to know Jesus, you will know that He has a Father whose Name He also bears. Thus, John wrote: Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.[11]

The love we are to have is to walk in the obedience of the commands of Jesus, commands that anyone who does not want to know the truth can be trained to obey—but commands that anyone who knows the truth will obey as a son obeys a father, not trained to obey, but disciplined to understand and obey, and the understanding of what they do obey is the hallmark of their discipleship as sons.

And what is the truth, which all religions that claim to reveal God refuse to accept, beginning first with the Judeaizers who crucified Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ was not crucified because He claimed to be the prophet who was to come, as God had promised: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers,”[12] for many wondered if He was the prophet promised. But it was when He said, “You are right in saying I am,”[13] when the Sanhedrin asked Him, “Are You then the Son of God?” that they closed the case and took Him to Pilate to demand His crucifixion, saying “Why do we need any more witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”[14] They made their case to Pilate saying, “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.”[15] Jesus Christ was crucified because He told them the truth—God has a Son who bears His Name, Jesus, and I am He.”[16]

So, to this day, many other religions whose roots lie in the Sanhedrin, that is the yeast of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians, who claim a revelation of God Almighty, God the merciful, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sins, but deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, calling Him another prophet, a holy man, even an angel or a brother of Lucifer, whatever they admit of Christ Jesus, they have this in common, they all deny His Sovereign Sonship. Whatever and however they may differ in the belief and practice of the worship of God, they have this in common—their denial of the Sovereign Sonship of Christ Jesus of Nazareth. But they are another person’s servant, and we have no right to judge them or even be offended by them.

However, those who come in His Name and yet do not reveal and even deny His Sonship, these are the ones we are to bring to repentance, and if they refuse, to bring to retirement. John wrote: Whoever continues in the teaching (of Christ) has both the Father and the Son… meaning, anyone who has the Father and the Son has continued and is continuing in the teaching. What then does it mean to say has both the Father and the Son, since we can never really possess God the Father and the Son? It means that anyone, whose thoughts have the honour, glory and welfare of the Father and the Son, have continued in the teaching of Christ. And how do we know who has the Father and the Son in their thoughts? By their speech, for whatever the heart is full of will overflow unto the mouth, as Jesus said, “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”[17] And we know that they are liars or hypocrites who do not practise what they say through their work. Anyone who professes to have the Father’s and the Son’s welfare, glory and honour in their hearts, will always be working in a state of preparedness, preparing for the arrival of Jesus. For, when the Son of God appears in His Father’s glory with all the holy angels, and His martyrs with Him, then shall the question of the Son’s heart be answered: ‘When, Father, will they know I am Your Son?” as He hung on that cross listening to them taunt Him, saying, “He’s the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God, let God rescue Him now if He wants, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.”[18] If you have learnt to have the Father and the Son foremost in your thoughts, you would know without having to be told that these unspoken words of Jesus would have been in His heart. Words He would never speak nor ask of the Father, for He knows that the Father cannot and will not answer Him, for Jesus Himself said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”[19] For what else would be in your heart if you had carried your cross in obedience to the Father’s command, and now, hang on that cross because of the truth you have spoken?

Though Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour,” He also said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” What were the days of Noah? Listen, God never gave Noah a set number of days to complete the Ark, but a set number of years, one hundred and twenty. “My Spirit will not contend with man forever. For he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”[20] We do not know how long it took Noah to complete the Ark fully, but between Genesis 5:32 and 6:6, the Ark was completed – less than one hundred years. However, we do know that after Noah had completed everything God had commanded Him, God said, “Seven days from now, I will send rain.”[21] Noah was given one set of ‘seven’ warning before the flood. The warning was given after he did everything, just as God commanded him.[22]

So that even though God will not tell Jesus the day or the hour, we do not need to ask either, but know that is the burning question in His heart… “When, Father?” The question the Son cannot and must not ask of the Father, or else it will break His word, for if He asked, the Father will tell Him, for by His own words, He said, “Ask and it will be given to you… for everyone who asks, receives.”[23]

And it is a question we need not ask, knowing the answer does not mean anything, for it is a question that we can answer, and it is one set of ‘seven’ from the day we have done everything the Father has commanded us. For the command of God on the Mount of Transfiguration came this way, “This is My Son, whom I love. With Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[24] So then, God did not speak to James, Peter and John as He spoke to Moses as God Almighty, the Deliverer of Israel, but as God the Father, the Father of Jesus Christ, and in commanding us to listen to Him, that command is to listen to Him as His Son, not as His Prophet, Holy One, Anointed One, His Christ or His Apostle, but as His Son.

The completion of everything that is commanded of us is testified to by the appearance of sons of God in the Likeness and Image of Jesus Christ the Son, for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Sonship.[25] And by His ministry, believers are raised as disciples who become friends of Jesus, finally moulded into the Likeness and Image of Jesus Christ. That Likeness and Image is seen by the world in the way those who are the brothers and sisters of Jesus, who do the will of their Father in Heaven,[26] are also able to cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the lepers cleansed and the dead raised as they preach the Good News to the poor, even as they carry their cross just as their Brother did. That Likeness and Image of Jesus Christ is seen when there are brothers and sisters of Christ Jesus of Nazareth who are doing the things that Jesus Christ had been doing, and even greater things than what He had been doing.

For the purpose of the command, “Listen to Him!” was to reveal the details of the plans of God to His new generation of knowers, those who know Him, of the details of the Ark of God’s Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins. It would be an Ark whose four walls are made of sons and daughters in the Likeness and Image of the One and Only Son, who is One with the Father. And the truth, the full truth, is that from the sons of Seth who was raised by Adam in his own likeness and image, God would raise up sons who are in the Image and Likeness of the Son of God who is One with the Father. In so doing, the rebellion of Adam, not the disobedience of Adam, for Adam disobeyed when he ate of the fruit, but when he raised Seth in his own image and likeness, he rebelled – for at that moment, Adam became god for Seth and replaced God in the life of Seth – in so doing – the rebellion of Adam is put down once for all and atoned for.

So then, it is not we who are waiting on God or for God, but rather, it is God who waits for us to complete everything He commanded us.

And they who are the Image and Likeness of God have the Father and the Son, for that is the masterpiece of the Holy Spirit. The understanding of this will keep you safe from all deception, even by the false prophet, that last anti-Christ who is doomed already. For no true servant of God will deny God from glorifying His Son, and any servant who does not know that His Master has a Son, does not know His Master.

So, it is not for us to ask, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the Earth and avenge our blood?”[27] Or to ask, “When, O God, will You send Jesus back?” but rather, it is for us to say to the Lord, “As soon as we have completed everything You commanded us, You can send Jesus back.”

So then, do not fear what they fear, do not call conspiracy what they call conspiracy. Do not be overly concerned with the things that are happening, for were we not told by Jesus, our Master and Teacher, before it happened? Lament not about these days of distress, evil and wickedness, for it is into our hands that God has given us the power to shorten these days and end them with the arrival of Christ Jesus of Nazareth in the fullness of His Father’s glory with all His Father’s angels and martyred saints.

So we cry out, “Soon, O Lord, soon… Your Son can return.” Amen.

And we work to make that happen, for the day called today, Jesus arrives in the Light of the Knowledge of His Heart.


 

[1] 2 John 6-11

[2] Matthew 23:10

[3] John 16:13

[4] John 3:18

[5] Matthew 24:24

[6] Matthew 11:19

[7] Galatians 5:22

[8] Deuteronomy 32:17

[9] Job 22:21

[10] Job 42:7

[11] 2 John 9

[12] Deuteronomy 18:18

[13] Luke 22:70

[14] Mark 14:63-64

[15] John 19:7

[16] John 18:6,8

[17] Luke 6:45

[18] Matthew 27:42-43

[19] Matthew 24:36-37

[20] Genesis 6:3

[21] Genesis 7:4

[22] Genesis 6:22

[23] Matthew 7:7-8

[24] Matthew 17:5

[25] Romans 8:15

[26] Matthew 12:50

[27] Revelation 6:10

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