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It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace.[1]

Maturity is impossible without the Holy Spirit, for He is the Spirit of Sonship through whom all children become sons.  So crucial is the work of the Holy Spirit, as we know, that Jesus could not have completed His ministry without Him.  Indeed, all focus is on Jesus and His finished work for our salvation, but the place of the Holy Spirit in bringing out and making known that which is in the mind of God—the thoughts of God and the words of God that are unspoken—is acknowledged by Jesus when He said, “Anyone who speaks a word against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”[2]  And the Father said, “Not by might or by power, but by My Spirit.[3]

God Almighty, all powerful, discounted His own power and might for His Holy Spirit.  God the Son, the Mediator for the Covenant of Forgiveness of Sins, declared “Anyone who speaks a word against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”  When you see it in this context, you will understand why there is no sacrifice left for those who have gone all the way and tasted of the powers of the Age to Come.

For to crucify Jesus all over again, is to crucify the Holy Spirit, for Jesus was raised by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The raising of Jesus Christ by the Spirit of Holiness[4] Himself opened the gateway, the door, for the Spirit Himself now to be poured on all flesh in fulfilment of the prophecy of Joel 2:28-32.  Jesus’ last words – no – Jesus’ triumphant shout from the cross at the ninth hour, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit,”[5] were not the words of One who had endured and could now surrender.  If Jesus surrendered His Spirit, He would not have said it in a loud voice.  No one surrenders in a loud voice, but Jesus had succeeded when He said in the second last utterance, “It is finished.”[6]  Beyond finishing the word of salvation, what was finished was the preparation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit again, now on all flesh and not just selected prophets of God, or kings like Saul and David, or judges like Samson, but on all flesh.  Restored now—no, resurrected now for the Holy Spirit were the days before Noah, when the Holy Spirit contended with men all their lives even if it were hundreds of years long.  Removed now by Jesus’ sacrifice was the sin in men that caused the Lord to say, “My Spirit will not contend with (remain in) man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”[7]

The raising of Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit of Holiness, declaring Him to be the Son of God, the Truth, would mean that all the words of Jesus would be testified to by the Holy Spirit with an even weightier (heavier) testimony to be the truth.  Now, through Jesus Christ’s obedience to be God’s sacrificial Lamb, the Holy Spirit can contend with man forever and remain in Him forever.  In him or her whom the Spirit of Life remains forever, there can be no death, so that whoever believes and lives will, and can never die.  The Holy Spirit can now testify for Jesus with His extremely weightier testimony, as Jesus said, “I have a testimony weightier than that of John,”[8] and He has said, “When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me.”[9]

It is the nature of the Holy Spirit to be of few words, but to us His power does the speaking, as it is written: “The Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.”[10]  Anyone in the elect of the Holy Spirit, who has tasted of the powers of the Age to Come, now who speaks against the Holy Spirit is committing the sin that crucifies Jesus Christ all over again, and the worst sin any member of the elect or the mature can commit is to live as if Jesus is not coming back.  The arrival of Jesus Christ with the hosts of Heaven—angels and martyrs—is the Holy Spirit’s final testimony for Jesus, and every word fulfilled concerning that arrival, is the process and work that the Holy Spirit has committed Himself to now.  Anyone not agreeing with the Holy Spirit and anyone speaking against the Holy Spirit is delaying and hampering the word of the preparation.

Those who have not listened well enough to recognise, and still have in their minds the things of men and not of God the Holy Spirit, might find themselves being treated as if they were Satan, and moved out of the way, so that they may watch from the sidelines.  The church that is coming back with Jesus for the Millennium is the Resurrected Church, the Church of the First Resurrection, so it is simple that their powers for the coming age are resurrected power, and being resurrected, can never pass away again.

When the power was given to the church in Acts 2, so that the church could be the witness of Jesus Christ, that power was subject to loss and to a death brought about because of the second generation of disciples who embraced the practices of the Nicolaitans, the teachings of Balaam the greedy, and Jezebel the false prophetess.[11]  They embraced Judaism as an equal to the work of Christ, and so trampled on the perfect sacrifice of Jesus and shunned the perfection of the Resurrection.

Power could no longer be entrusted to such a church that gladly forsook the power of the Holy Spirit and made substitutes with political power, financial power, intellectual power and military power.  History testifies to this, as the church by the third century had embarked in venerating these four worldly powers, using them to persecute to death the remnant that chose to hold onto the word, even to death.  It suited the plan of God to permit the martyrdom of those who chose beheadment for their testimony for Jesus and the word of God,[12] so that there would be raised up for the reign of Christ’s Millennium a group to whom could be entrusted the powers of the coming age to reign with Him.  Paul wrote to Timothy this trustworthy saying:  “If we die with Him, we will also live with Him.  If we endure hardship, we will reign with Him.”[13]

As trustworthy as this saying is, it is but half the truth, for Jesus has declared that “those who live and believe will never die…”[14] if they believed it.  It is now clear, to us anyway, that there remains one unfinished work, the raising up of a group of martyrs who will not join those who are waiting in Heaven for the First Resurrection, but a group who has faced death but yet lives because they will never die.  Such a group of people will have faced the testing of their faith as those under the altar[15] had but yet live, and as such can be entrusted to be the first fruit of those who will manifest the powers of the coming age, as Jesus said, “So the last will be the first, and the first will be last.”[16] 

The Holy Spirit knows that any persons, who speak with Him now and speak for Him to finish the preparations of the arrival of Jesus Christ, are putting their own lives to an end, for the arrival of Jesus Christ would put to death life as we would know it.  For to agree with the Holy Spirit now is to usher in the days of distress when our lives and hopes and dreams will perish… perish with the dreams of old age, retirement, grandchildren, successful businesses, comfortable homes, and professions and relationships.  In fact, those who now speak with and for the Holy Spirit in bringing to pass this final hour have laid down their lives by their own will and authority, without some persecutor seeking to end it for them.  As such, the church of the living martyrs is different from any other church the world has ever seen.

It is different from the church in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea,[17] for it is a church, a fellowship, where the most important member of the fellowship is the Holy Spirit.  His Presence makes the two or three needed for things to be done in Heaven as Jesus said.[18]  His prayer is the most important prayer.  He is the Chief Counsellor, the Teacher, the Senior Pastor, and only what He has in mind counts.  It is the church where James the Younger’s recommendations would never even be considered.  It is the church where what is considered good by men is never accepted without the Holy Spirit’s approval.  It is the church that loves their enemies,[19] and even death, for it is the church that would seek the Holy Spirit’s confirmation, expecting all who lie to the Holy Spirit to share the fate of Ananias and Sapphira, but it is also the church where the disciples love as Christ loved and raised Lazarus from the grave.

It is the church the world has never even read about, because it is the church that listens to what the Spirit says and does it.  It is the church that Jesus dreamt of having for the Father, so that as the last Adam, He would have children who would not die and be buried like the children of the first Adam.

Whatever are the reasons why such a church had not manifested before, we now have the opportunity to manifest it, and once more, we should learn from the lesson of Israel who through Ezekiel was shown very clearly the plans that God had for the temple they were to rebuild after the exile.  For when Ezekiel was shown these plans, he was not told to bind them up and seal them up until the end.  No, he was told, “Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here.  Tell the house of Israel everything you see.”[20]  And again, “Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins.  Let them consider the plan, and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations and laws.  Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.”[21]

When they returned from exile, which was their resurrection in a way, they did not build the temple according to Ezekiel’s plans, for the plans of the temple were not plans to restore the temple, but a resurrection of the temple. 

Likewise now, the Holy Spirit is not laying down plans of restoration or revival, but is continuing on the plan of Resurrection, which has always required a death, for where there is no death there can be no resurrection.

The death of the church that was known far and wide, not for its fine architecture or political power or military power or financial power or intellectual power, but for its miraculous power as it is recorded:  The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people.  And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.  No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.  Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.  As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.  Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.[22]

That is the church, the body of Christ, that died to be replaced by the present body that we see, which has the appearance of being alive, but is dead!  It is maintained, like the embalmed body of Lenin or of fine architecture, by political power and military power at enormous financial expense to pander to the intellectual will of the ruling class.  That is the church that died, and it will not be restored—no, it will not be a church of apostles and elders with land being sold to provide money for the needs of the church.

It will be and is a resurrection of that first church—a resurrection, just as Ezekiel’s temple plans are different from David’s temple plans, so will it be for this body of Christ.  Just as Ezekiel’s temple was only to serve a short period of time before Jesus would appear, so likewise, will the resurrected church of the living martyrs.

What form will it take?  What are the entrances and the exits?  Where are the porticos and hallways?  What are its dimensions and what are its surrounding areas?  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying…” 

It will not have power to witness for Jesus, but resurrected power to bring justice to Jesus.  It will not be a church that will defend the testimony of Jesus, but the church that exposes the sham that was Jesus’ trial and enforce due compensation of justice for Jesus to be paid in full, first from the Jews and then from the Gentiles.  It will finish the preaching of the gospel, so that not only will those who believe receive eternal life, but those who have refused to believe, receive the condemnation that Jesus promised in John 3:18.  Repentance and forgiveness will be preached and will be received and given up to the very end, but this time, those who are sent out are not sent out like lambs amongst wolves, but like lions against wolves.  Just as Jesus entered His day of trial and suffering, silent like a lamb led to slaughter with only a few words to say, yet ended it with a shout—so now, the days of lambs amongst wolves are over—the resurrected church are not lambs amongst wolves, but lions amongst the wolves!

Resurrected power for the resurrected church is given not to be witnesses of Jesus, but to be executors of His will and executors we will be.  As a lion would break the neck of a wolf with one bite, so shall fire come out of the mouth of the living ones to destroy any who oppose them.

As such, we need to plan and prepare for a church whose power will make foolish the intellect of the wise, which respects not the political will of the kings of the Earth, nor are swayed by their financial offerings, and neither perturbed by their military might, but is marching to Jerusalem to greet Jesus and the resurrected ones, where the Holy Spirit will showcase His resurrection of power at the battle of Armageddon.

Now, let us repent, for we have said to God, “Let God hurry, let Him hasten His work so we may see it.  Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come, so we may know it.”[23]  For we have delayed God, we have slowed His work, and when He prevailed, we refused to listen and see, and did not carry out the plan of the Holy One.

But now, it is here, and who can stand in this last hour when the Holy Spirit will not hold back any longer nor contend with man another millennium, but will let Himself be taken out of the way so that the lawless one might be revealed, whose destruction will bring glory to Jesus.

Now the Holy Spirit will reveal His plans for the final hour, plans that cannot be fulfilled using military power, political power, financial power or intellectual power, but only by His Resurrected Power, the powers of the Age to Come.  “To he who has an ear, let him hear…”  “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”[24]  The fulfillment of the plans of the Holy Spirit will require witnesses who have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.[25] 

And if they hated Jesus and His disciples, how much more will they hate the Holy Spirit and His elect?  Indeed, the world would celebrate the demise of the two brothers in Jerusalem and gloat over them, but their celebration and gloating will be cut short, just as the mourning and weep of our fore-brothers and sisters was cut short when the Resurrection Himself stood in their midst.  Likewise, so shall the world’s celebration and gloating be turned to mourning and weeping and gnashing of teeth as suddenly the Resurrection and His resurrected ones stand in their midst at Jerusalem and we shall be the witnesses of this with the Holy Spirit.  

AMEN

Prepare yourselves to receive the plans, you who have ears to hear.




[1] Hebrews 6:4-6

[2] Matthew 12:32

[3] Zechariah 4:6

[4] Romans 1:4

[5] Luke 23:46

[6] John 19:30

[7] Genesis 6:3

[8] John 5:36

[9] John 15:26

[10] Mark 16:20

[11] Revelation 2:14-15,20

[12] Revelation 20:4

[13] 2 Timothy 2:11-12

[14] John 11:26

[15] Revelation 6:9

[16] Matthew 20:16

[17] Revelation 2-3

[18] Matthew 18:19

[19] Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27,35

[20] Ezekiel 40:4

[21] Ezekiel 43:10-11

[22] Acts 5:12-16

[23] Isaiah 5:19

[24] Luke 8:18

[25] Revelation 11:6

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