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A fellowship of believers and disciples who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to their church would have to be a fellowship of men and women who not only recognise ‘the voice’ of the Holy Spirit, but would be of one and ones who having heard what the Holy Spirit is saying, can either agree or disagree, obey or disobey, and speak with or speak against the Holy Spirit.

As such, a church that does hear what the Holy Spirit is saying is a simple, straightforward structure, for if it is a fellowship of those who agree and obey what the Spirit has said, it is the body of Christ with Jesus as the Head.  However, a ‘church’ that hears what the Holy Spirit is saying, but does not agree with the Holy Spirit and is speaking contrary to what the Holy Spirit says and is doing what the Spirit does not have in mind is not the body of Christ, but rather is, as Jesus said, “the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars…”

The synagogue of Satan is not a satanic cult with pentagrams and so on.  Rather, it is a fellowship of men and women, even of disciples, who do not have in mind the things of God, but of men, and speak accordingly.  They are men and women, believers or disciples, who, like Peter, when they hear the will of the Lord that is contrary to what they are hoping for, will say either in their heart or through the overflow of their mouth, “Never Lord!  This shall never happen to You!”  They are a synagogue of Satan, the Satan that Peter became… a stumbling block to Jesus because they do not have in mind the things of God but of men.

When the council of Jerusalem adopted James’ recommendations, they had in fact began to raise up these very synagogues that Jesus spoke about in Revelation 2.9 and 3.9 of people who claim to be Jews though they are not.  They claim to be Jews because of their zealousness for the law, when as believers of Jesus Christ (that is, they believe the Person and words of Jesus so that they have by their faith drunk His blood and eaten His flesh as He commanded), they can never ever be Jews, for they are cut off from the people, the Jews, by the law as it is written in Leviticus 17.10.  As such, whether they knew it or did not know it, they are liars, as Jesus said.  No one who has obeyed and practised John 6.53 can ever be a Jew, even if they circumcise their foreskin, which is why Paul in his frustration wished that they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! 

As such, there is no in between; either a church can hear what the Spirit is saying or it cannot.  If it cannot, then it is guilty of ignorance and disobedience at worst, but a church that claims to hear what the Spirit is saying yet has in mind the things of men and not of God is guilty of being a synagogue of Satan.  However, the church we hope to see resurrected is the fellowship of believers and disciples who do hear what the Holy Spirit is saying and are in absolute agreement with the Holy Spirit.  That absolute agreement is not just a verbal “Amen” to the Holy Spirit… it begins there, but the agreement is confirmed with a manifestation of signs and wonders, all designed to prepare this world for the arrival of the Son of Man on clouds of glory with all the holy ones of God.  However, at a time when false signs and wonders are increasing as promised, we must be aware of counterfeits beyond the common.

For we may say that a church that says “Amen” to the Spirit is the church that is listening or hearing from the Spirit of God.  Certainly if there are false prophets, false apostles and even false Christs… is it then possible that there is a false Spirit?  Our basic innovations at this stage is to produce an error proof, a counterfeit proof church… one that is always undeniably under the control of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit… and attention to detail is always the best way to defend against a counterfeit.  When the world says, “The devil is in the details,” it is deceiving itself, for no counterfeiter wants anyone to examine his work in detail, but rather, in broad strokes.  There is a difference between a counterfeiter and a person making a copy.  A counterfeiter produces a copy to deceive and pass it off as the original, but a copier produces a copy and will never attempt to pass it off as the original.  Thus, those who are attempting to do what Jesus has been doing to copy Jesus and openly admit it are not counterfeiters.  But those who are attempting to do what Jesus has been doing in an effort to have themselves passed off as Jesus Himself are counterfeits.  A copy is not false; it is a copy, which is what it truly is.

The detail that those of us who want to see the resurrection of the church that should have been, would have been, and could have been must pay attention to, is the word that names things.  For the first ability that man had was the ability to name things… as it is written:  He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

Have you noticed that in the past we have referred to the Spirit of Truth who has been sent from the Father by two names?  Some call Him the Holy Spirit and others call Him the Holy Ghost.  Those who use the King James Version will see that the translators speak of the Holy Ghost, whereas the new translations speak of the Holy Spirit.  Is there a difference and is one set in error?  God forbid… for both are translations of the Word of God… but just as Leviticus 11.29 in the KJV does not mention “the great lizard of any kind,” but “the tortoise after his kind,” and 2 Corinthians 4.4 in the KJV speaks of the glorious Gospel of Christ, and the new translations speak of the Gospel of the glory of Christ …so now see that the KJV speaks of the Spirit of Truth as the Holy Ghost, and the NIV, AMP and NASB speak of the Spirit of Truth as the Holy Spirit.  So then, conformity to the new will ensure that the counterfeits will not be able to gain a foothold on the Galilean congregations.

The name or term ‘Holy Ghost’, although can correctly be used to address the Person of the Spirit of Truth, it is not as appropriate as it should be.  Why?  Precisely because the church has deviated so far. The last time Jesus used the term “Holy Ghost” was Acts 1.8 in the KJV when He said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” and throughout the Epistles, the writers referred to the Spirit of Truth as the Holy Ghost as well.  However, that term… ‘Holy Ghost’ or ‘Ghost’, was completely dropped by Jesus Himself, and by the Spirit as well, when the translation of the KJV recorded for us the sevenfold repeated command of the seven letters as:  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”  See that the word ‘Ghost’ is no longer in use even in the KJV, but rather, the word ‘Spirit’ is used in the seven letters that Jesus sent to the seven churches to correct them, rebuke them and encourage them about their errors and the promises of what is yet to come.

The term ‘Holy Ghost’ is not wrong or incorrect usage, for Jesus Himself called the Spirit of Truth by that term.  However, the present situation demands a change in terminology as shown by Jesus Himself when at the end of each of the seven letters to His seven churches, He Himself no longer used the term ‘Ghost’, but the term “Spirit”. 

It may seem pedantic and a needless excessive regard for details to many, but I will not apologise for what I am about to teach, for my personal salvation depended on the change of one verse, Leviticus 11.29, from “the tortoise after his kind” to “any kind of great lizard,” and my gospel that no man taught me but I received from the Lord Himself, is found in the word because of a change of one verse in 2 Corinthians 2:4.4 from the glorious Gospel of Christ to the Gospel of the glory of Christ.  And if that which we, rather, I am bringing forth, seems a damnable lie of Satan, then be fairly warned and venture no further… but if you can recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit clearly saying to you… “This is the way; walk in it,” then read on…

So now, see that Jesus Himself changed the way He addressed “the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father,” from “Holy Ghost” to “the Spirit” in the KJV translation, and in all the new ones beginning with the RSVB, “the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father” is known as the Holy Spirit.  Why?

Because the word ‘ghost’ can refer to the spirit of a dead man.  Indeed, when we now say ‘ghost,’ we are speaking of the spirit of a dead person who is separated from his flesh because of death.  However, a spirit is a living thing and has nothing to do with death.  Angels are spirits and they cannot die as we die.  Thus, the term, “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name,” leaves the hearer and the listener in no doubt that Jesus Christ is alive and that God Himself is alive.  But the term, “…the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things,” can suggest to some that God is dead, for His Spirit is a Ghost.  Pedantic?  …No.  In the civil war between the Gileadites and the Ephraimites, the Gileadites used the word ‘shibboleth’ to distinguish between themselves and the Ephraimites who could not pronounce the word, but said, “Sibboleth.”  So that the difference between life and death that day was only one letter or syllable, ‘h’; not even a whole word.

So now, the resurrection of the church that should have, could have, and would have been launched from Galilee instead of Jerusalem poises as great a danger of civil war as the situation between the Gileadites and the Ephraimites, and like the Gileadites, we need to know who belongs to whom.  Furthermore, it is not we who are suggesting that the term ‘Holy Ghost’ is obsolete, but rather, it was Jesus Himself who stopped referring to the Spirit of Truth who goes out from His Father as the Holy Ghost, but called Him, “the Spirit” in Revelation 2 and 3 when He had to take the church at the end of their first century to task.  Thus, when the Lord Jesus Himself was correcting His church, the title of the Spirit of Truth He used is “the Spirit”.  That change was necessary because the church had lost its power when it was infiltrated by not only the Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, but also by the Nicolaitans, Jezebelians and Balaamites.  If the word ‘Ghost’ needed to be dropped by Jesus… then now how much more so by us? 

For indeed now, under the guise and title of the ‘Holy Ghost’, there is a counterfeit spirit passing himself off as the Spirit of Truth, for the word ‘ghost’ has room within its meaning to accommodate the spirit of a dead person.  Thus, invoking the term ‘Holy Ghost’ in a church that does not listen to Jesus, does not practise His words and does not follow Him, but has within its existence every recommendation of James the Younger to the Jerusalem church and the twelve tribes of Israel – rather, where Balaamite, Jezebellian and Nicolaitan teachings are held in high regard and loved – allows a counterfeit spirit to enter… a spirit that only speaks of the church going to Heaven and saints receiving their promised mansions… a spirit that speaks of financial blessings and faith instead of repentance, obedience, sacrifice and suffering for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

For the church that Jesus does not need to write a letter to is the church of the Spirit… for such a church knows, not believes, that Jesus Christ is alive in the flesh, sitting at the right hand of the Father on His Father’s throne, making intercession for His saints even as He awaits the Father to send Him back on the day known only to the Father… and if the Father knows the day, so does the Spirit who goes out from Him, for the Holy Spirit searches out the things of God… even the deep things, and He knows the mind of God.

Thus, a basic innovation for this church is the dropping completely of the term ‘Ghost’ in all references to the Spirit of Truth and to restrict ourselves to the term used by the Lord Himself, “the Spirit”.  For the word ‘spirit’ does not accommodate the possibility that it belongs to someone who is dead as the word ‘ghost’ does.

As usual, be prepared to meet with the detractors who insist on using the term ‘Holy Ghost’.  Do not condemn them; love them as one is commanded, but recognise that it is not our work to convince everyone, but rather, it is our work to be totally convinced by God that we have been set aside for a time as this, to witness the church that God truly had in mind for His Son, Jesus Christ, as His body, a church that listens to the Holy Spirit and that works with the Holy Spirit and for the Holy Spirit so that Jesus can be glorified on every day that is called ‘today’.

So, who is the Spirit of God for the Galilean church?  He is the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, sent to the disciples of Jesus Christ in His Name… to do all that Jesus said He would do in John 14-16, Acts 1.8 and Mark 13.20 until Jesus can come back.

To those who know Him,

To those who recognise His voice and hear what He says to the churches,

To those who work for Him and with Him,

To those who are not only baptised with Him but are in Him—

He is the Holy Spirit from now until Jesus’ feet touch the Earth on the Mount of Olives.

No one who is an elect,

No one who works for the workshop,

No one who is called to be a member of the Galilean congregation in whatever capacity

– Apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, believer, disciple –

No one… will refer to Him as the Holy Ghost from here on;

Just as no one who could not say, “Shibboleth,” crossed the Jordan that day in Judges 12.6.

No, it is not we who judge, but rather, by their words they are judged.  Just as the Ephraimites could not say, “Shibboleth,” and perished, so we will witness those who use the term ‘Holy Ghost’ in their congregations, who do not listen to Jesus, do not practise His words and do not follow Him, but who continue their love affair with the rules and doctrines made by men who have not in mind the things of God.

If I am wrong, then I am a worse sinner than Paul already, and the Lake of Fire is my destiny.  So again, come no further unless you hear clearly the Spirit of God saying to you, “This is the way; walk in it.”

A road that leads to Galilee and a road that leads back to Jerusalem confronted Peter and John at the empty tomb of Jesus Christ that fateful morning two millenniums ago.  Likewise, the same two roads confront you now if you have come this far.  Which road will you choose?  And how will you address the Father of your spirit… is He the Ghost or the Spirit?  As for me, He is always, “Amen Holy Spirit!”

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