There is a River
“There is a river [a constantly flowing river flowing from beneath Zion], the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles [God’s great habitation – mansions who make up the body of Christ] of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early”.
From the very beginning of creation, God purposed that out from Himself He would make a creation in which to fellowship with Him as a family. It is through this created family that God chooses to progressively reveal Himself. Thus, when He formed man from the dust of the earth, God breathed into the formed dustman a part of Himself. This breath of life was God’s Spirit, which He placed into the dustman, and the man became a living soul. Man as a living soul became one with a will having a desiring to obey God in all His leadership. Man became a living soul with a mind to think the thoughts of God. Man, as a living soul had emotions in which to respond as God Himself would respond and a living soul, with desires, in which to long for only the purposes of God.
Man in this state of being became one that God could manifest Himself to and through, from the invisible realm (heaven) to the visible (earth), manifesting the light and life, which God is. With the soul completely filled with the life of God, the nature of God, both the visible and the invisible realms would know Him. This created man’s beginning was one of manifesting a covering of God’s glory. He was, in his beginning, able to walk with God without any reservation as being at one with God, but something happen. God confirms this place of Adam’s beginning life and then his death as written for us in Genesis.
“And they heard the sound [God’s voice and presence] of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit of the day, [a common meeting place until after the fall, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God [disobedience brings separation]among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, where are you? So he said, I heard your voice in the garden [God’s place of manifestation, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. [Disobedience removes and rejects God’s covering of glory. And He said, who told you that you were naked? [a question of fact, Adam losing his covering causes man to fear God’s presence …”
Therefore, man created to manifest God’s glory and nature has fallen. In this fallen condition, man now separated from God, is unable to neither stand in God’s presence nor manifest His glory.
With man knowing that in his first estate he was in the image of God and his purpose was for dominion. Herein, humanity of today still needs to know that God’s plan and purpose has never changed. Man fall, the result of disobedience remains, but through a proper sacrifice God continues in His purpose. God’s recognized sacrifice for fallen man was a Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, with God’s purpose made available for each receiving man for restoration. Restoration is the progressive bringing of creation back to the place of freedom wherein they could again manifest God’s eternal purpose, which is creation returning to a place of obedience and having dominion under God. Herein, man might again walk with God in the spirit of each day, having fellowship with Him. This revealed process of restoration takes us from fallen man, first through the natural realm (Israel) and then into the spiritual realm (the true church) and continuing until the fullness of God, according to His purpose, comes forth (His kingdom on earth).
Through Moses and the wilderness tabernacle, we see that God gave natural laws to Israel for man’s establishment. In these laws man was to be led, under the mandate of those laws, to bring forth a natural kingdom in which God could dwell among. Therefore, under obedience to these natural laws they were to become God’s representative natural nation, His people. It is here, with the wilderness tabernacle that God began to restore a people to a place wherein they might again meet with Him.
“You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat…”
This was a new beginning, the restoring of man to a place of fellowshipping with God from the natural realm and becoming available for a relationship. Let us take note of the power of this covenant God makes with man. A deliverance was now available, from a fallen separated state of existence to a renewed ability for man to meet and fellowship with God again. This fellowship was to be done through obedience, according to the laws given on stone.
“And He [God said, Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. Observe what I command you this day. Behold I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite”.
God’s promise given, to drive out the other nations from before them, that they might see the glory of God revealed to a natural people, the Israelites, His chosen people. In obedience, God promised continual guidance that the people might follow the progressive presence of God through all their journeys. This guidance would enable them to enter the Promised Land, a natural place of dwelling. A place of becoming a people, separated from the nations (life-styles) of the world to take on the life-style of the governmental nature of God.
Here, God in a place of leadership, gives Israel direction in stepping towards restoration.
“Then the cloud covered that tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys, but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys”. While this promise was available, the children of Israel constantly rebelled and chose to follow other Gods, therefore losing out on all His promises. In this the children of Israel eventually fall away from God.
Then another day came forth for humanity when God chose to manifest Himself again. However, this time He does not restrict Himself only to the natural realm, but He is now ready to take His people into a higher realm, a realm that ushers them into the realm of spiritual guidance vs natural laws. In this, God begins to manifest Himself through Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the head of the church, He begins a move to birth His body into becoming a spiritual household, a dwelling place for God. It was now time for the fulfillment of the spiritual. (Read Luke 24:44-53). God, no longer satisfied to be living in tents and tabernacles made by rebellious man’s hands but now to move into the spirit and soul of man. God’s purpose is to fill each responding vessel with the Holy Spirit, wherein He could manifest Himself through each new spiritually birthed man. Now, instead of a cloud by day and a fire by night over a man-made tabernacle, His purpose was now to dwell within man himself.
In this Christ left them with directions as given to the disciples whom He called to become the beginning of the body of Christ, His church. They were to wait in Jerusalem for the impartation of God’s Holy Spirit. God’s desire was to move beyond living in a man-made tabernacle as He chooses to manifest His presence by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within, His power and glory dwelling in man. (Read Acts 2:1-4). Remember, this newborn church, the Body of Christ, was now moving into a new realm of life. A life-style in which the power and delegated authority of God is released to become a mind-set of having all things common. This is speaking of a people relating to God and each other in the power of unity. This relationship is with God, one that manifest towards each other by knowing and living and having a common denominator, the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within. (Read Acts 2:41-47 & Acts 4:31-37). This is the Christ, a head and body with but one heart.
But, now again, we have another day upon us and we have God moving forward again. No longer is God pleased with a church order that moves only in an in-part realm (read 1 Cor. Chap. 13 – pointing to the limitations of the Holy place, note verse nine). Now God is calling forth a people to come forth into a full measure, to again walk and talk with His creation in the spirit of that full measure. It is in these last days that God has chosen to manifest Himself in a greater way and to bring forth the birthing of a kingdom. A birthing accomplished and completed through the changing of man’s nature.
“Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. Where is the house that you will build me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things my hand has made, and all those things exist, says the Lord. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word”.
The sound of a blowing trumpet is blowing throughout the land. It is now time for the birthing of a nation, a kingdom of Priest/Kings and the coming forth of the first-fruits remnant.
“Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: Your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy. But they shall be ashamed. The sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord, who fully repays His enemies! Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children”.
Yes, here is the birthing of a nation, a nation of Priest/Kings to become the visible body of the Christ in the earth. A people raised up to be sent forth to establish the kingdom of God throughout the earth. Even as declared in John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”.
Here we see a people, no longer bound to an in-part order or revelation, but those sent forth in a full spiritual measure to manifest the handy-works of God. This is the coming forth of the spirit-filled saints filled with the nature of God. Written within their minds and hearts is God’s nature. These are God’s two witnesses, the Spirit and the Word in manifesting the nature of God.
“And I will give power to my two witnesses [the remnant of God, the embodiment of the spirit and the word, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees [spiritual anointing and the two lampstands [revealed life giving word standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their months and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire”.
Resurrection time is at hand. The seven-thunders are sounding and revealing the revelation of truth that will usher in the fullness of God. These seven thunders are the seven mysteries of God. These mysteries are the former hidden secrets, which through the seven (points to perfection) church overcomers God progressively revealed Himself until this time of fullness, when the mystery of God shall be finished.
Rev. 10:4 & 7,
“Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them…… but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets”.
Thus, this seventh trumpet is beginning to sound, a voice of many waters, a river declaring God’s total redemption plan that all things might be complete.
Through each order of truth, a trumpet has sounded to open up that purposed mystery. Each mystery being the enlightenment of God made known in its part of the total redemption plan. Remember, God reveals Himself line upon line, precept upon precept, with each truth remaining steadfast as the next truth is added. This addition continues until the seventh order of perfection has come, which trumpet is now beginning to sound. These seven mysteries are:
- Salvation through the God given sacrifice on the cross, accomplished for man.
- Baptism, the mystery of sanctification and justification through participating in a covenant with Christ.
- Man coming into union with Christ.
- Feeding or partaking of Christ through the Christ within, the Christ in His many member body and the Christ among us.
- Man, with the indwelling Holy Spirit enabled to sacrifice completely the carnal soul realm and coming into complete submission to the nature of God.
- Man birthed into a new nature in Christ through the overshadowing of God’s nature within the man.
- The appearing of Christ through the man-child wherein the life-giving church is now completed and incorporated into Christ.
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever”.
This presents the consummation of God’s reign with the glory of the Christ-ones reigning on the earth. Thus, the river, which came out of God in the beginning, is now flowing back into God, His eternal purpose is completely fulfilled.