Mantle vs. Anointing

MANTLE VS. ANOINTING

By Gale Maiden

 

Character, Character and Character unto Glory

God’s mantle is His character and glory. The character and glory of God is developed in us by an intimate relationship with God called the anointing. A mantle in the natural is a cloak or outer garment for covering the body. A mantle is used symbolically in the Bible as the righteous call and covering of God in fulfilling our destinies.

The Prophet Elisha received the Prophet Elijah’s mantle…the character and glory of God given to Elijah (I Kings 19:19).

 

Mantle Realized in Holy Spirit and Power Anointing

Over a period of time, Elisha by the anointing given him through his relationship with Elijah the man of God, eventually qualified and received a double portion of the spirit anointing upon Elijah. Elijah saw in Elisha’s spirit a great calling and sought to bring it forth into a full- fledged mantle. Also Elisha saw the character and nature of God in Elijah’s spirit and sought it with all that was within. Elisha said several times to Elijah, “As the Lord lives and my soul lives I will not depart from you (Elijah).”

The anointing in spirit and power comes upon God’s chosen when the mantle is fully realized. Elijah said to Elisha, “If you see me the anointing is yours…if not you cannot have it.” Elisha was required to see the character and glory of God our Father in the spirit of the Prophet Elijah.

 

My Father, My Father…

Elisha saw that which was required by God in order to fully possess the spirit of Elijah mantle as his own. Elisha’ declaration at the moment Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind was proof enough that he saw properly. Elisha did and said…

And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!"

2 Kings 2:11-12 NASU

 

Elisha saw the fullness of the spirit of Elijah mantle. Elisha called Elijah father and associated him with the protection of Israel, the children of God. The mantle of the spirit of Elijah is the Father’s heart in protecting Israel. Elisha came into the fullness of his mantle.

 

Jesus’ Mantle…Savior of the World

It might be said that the mantle points towards our destiny and calling and the anointing is proof of the mantle. Jesus at age 30 was fully anointed at the River Jordan and announced such a bit later in the temple. The mantle of God had been cast upon Jesus at his birth and thirty years later the fullness of his anointed relationship and mantle with God was revealed.

The process of coming into the fullness of the anointing began when the Angel Gabriel said to Mary the mother of Jesus, “You shall call (invite) his name (identity) Jesus.” Jesus means Yahweh saves! Every time the name Jesus was spoken it was in reality calling for Jesus to come into the fullness of his mantle in demonstration by the anointing (Christ, Messiah). The name Jesus Christ literally means Yahweh saves by the anointing. Glory to God forevermore!

 

Let Us Do the Mantle of God to His Glory

We are called having had the mantle of God cast upon us. Seek the fulfillment of your mantle; receiving and continuing your anointed relationship with our heavenly Father.

The spirit of Elijah is restoring all things through righteous and loving Father and son heart relationship (Matthew 17:11, Mark 9:12).

God desires to be fully identified by our mantle and the anointing!

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about (in the fullness of his mantle) doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 10:38 NASU

 


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Prophetic Dream: River of the Water of Life

PROPHETIC DREAM – RIVER OF   THE WATER OF LIFE

An Empowering Dream in Establishing the Mountain of God

By Gale Maiden

I received this dream sometime after 4 am on October 9, 2014. I had awakened around 4 am and began to pray. I asked God to continue giving dreams especially for divine direction. I again immediately fell asleep and received the following dream.

Dream

I am a Land Surveyor and had been called out to perform a surveying project. There were three helpers with me. The four of us were walking westward up a rather steep incline. It was obvious by the surroundings that we were in a major construction earth moving environment.

I glanced ahead looking upward where I saw a tremendously high single mountain peak. It appeared to reach thousands of feet into the sky. I noticed that the high point of the mountain had been changed somewhat apparently by construction equipment. The shape of the center of the high peak indicated that a road was being built in the direction of my location. The road was not finished but under construction. Likewise there was obviously a road being built along our path heading towards the high peak. The road beside us and the road on the peak were not connected and were obviously intended to be connected.

We finally came to a place with a round stone table sitting on the construction grade where we met the person who had employed me. The stone table held the construction plans. This man was obviously the superintendent over this massive project. This man said to me, “There is something wrong and I need your help.” This man immediately asked my party to join hands with him around this stone table and he led us in prayer for resolution to the problem facing him. My helper on my right hand immediately firmly gripped my hand and looked intently into my eyes as if to say, “I understand the significance of this moment in time.”

This man in charge pointed to a river flowing perpendicular to and crossing through the proposed road site being built to the high peak. It was obvious that something pertaining to the river was hindering the road construction. The water in this river was the clearest water I have ever witnessed. Every part of the river bed was totally visible no matter what depth the water. I quickly observed that the bed or foundation of the river was very irregular and was impeding a consistent flow. I immediately saw a “ponding” caused by a deeper point in the stream bed.  This irregular river bed area had caused an inconsistent flow of the water.

We concluded that until this river bed or foundation was made consistent the road construction which was to bridge the river could not proceed. The inconsistencies in the depth of the river bed foundation were indeed the culprit. 

I knew immediately that by surveying methods I could assess the problem and make recommendations that if implemented would cause this river to majestically flow. I knew that once the recommended solutions were successfully addressed then the construction of the highway to the mountain top could be completed.

End of Dream

 

 

Key Points of Instruction Given to Me from the Dream

This dream is one of several dreams given to me concerning surveying, constructing and building roads and bridges. Again I began over thirty years ago doing this very type of work. This profession is God given to me. I know that this life’s work is from God because I love this work as much or more today as I did when I began.

The whole body of Christ is called to be Surveyors. We all have a God given boundary or MEASURE of faith (Romans 12) which we are responsible for establishing in the earth!

 

Peace Found in Finding Our Measure of Faith

In the dream I sensed the peace which goes along with knowing that we are in the destiny and place of God. The freshly moved earth under my feet is my Paradise or Eden. The molding of raw earth into beautiful symmetrical highways with bridges is my heartbeat for sure. My motto is, “I believe that you can get there from here!”

 

Hear the Word of the Lord and Succeed

I believe that this dream is both a personal and corporate church mandate from God. It is common knowledge that the world wide church is under construction in many ways.

I and my three helpers were called to address whatever road and bridge construction needs requiring our professional services. The three helpers speak to me of the three disciples Peter, James and John. Of the twelve Disciples of Christ it seems that these three were cutting edge men and on the forefront of Christ’s mission. I believe that my helper on my right hand is symbolic of the Apostle John who is known for knowing the heartbeat of God.

 

Western Direction Prophetically Important

We were walking westward up a steep incline. West is the direction of fruitfulness. Israel crossed east to west across both the Jordan River and through the Land of Promise into a place of fruitfulness. The steep incline speaks of challenges facing a church under construction and a bride making herself ready.

 

Mountain of God (Isaiah 2:1-3)

I believe that the high mountain is the mountain of God. This mountain peak was positioned in height so as to reach the middle of the earth’s atmosphere. Some would call this the mid-heavens. In Ezekiel 14 we see that the King of Tyre (some say a type of Satan) was cast down from the mountain of God because of iniquity in his heart. Thus the mountain of God is the holy abode of God.

 

The Prophet Isaiah told us of these days in which the holy mountain of the Lord is being established in the hearts of lovers of God. From all nations are God’s people desiring to come to the mountain of the Lord to be taught concerning the way of the Lord. How exciting!

The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths." (See Psalm 24:3-4 also)

Isaiah 2:1-3 NASU

 

The road and bridge are self-explanatory in that they represent a construction process for access to God’s holy mountain.

 

River of The Water of Life

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,in the middle of its street (road).

Revelation 22:1-2 NASU

This verse clearly depicts the River of the water of life and the street or road seen in my dream.

 

In order to construct any part of the kingdom of God we must have the power and life of God. I believe that the river in this dream is God’s river of life. Only carnal man can impede the consistent flow of the river of life. It is the condition of the river bed foundation that determines the consistency of the flow.

I believe that I and my crew of three were called so as to eliminate river of life bed or foundational “ups and downs.” In the natural I am fully graced to perform such awesome and essential tasks.

 

Our Foundation and Smooth Riverbed is Jesus the Christ

My God given heart’s cry is to establish in the hearts of people a revelation of Jesus the Christ…the already laid foundation and the water of the river of life. I am reminded of the Prophet Elijah’s mandate to bring down high places and raise up low areas in order to make the way to the Lord level and easily accessible.

 

Table of Stone Covered by Life Giving Spirit Plans

The stone table reminds me of the tablets of stone on which were the written laws of God. The construction drawings overlaying the stone table reminds me that by the spirit of God we have a new covenant which is easily accessible. By the spirit of God plans and drawings the church will successfully complete the road and bridge connection to the holy mountain of God.

 

An Awakening Revelatory Church…No Longer in the Dark

The construction superintendent represents a discerning church which realizes that something is wrong and is delaying the construction project. Like many this man could not put his finger on the problem but has a heart’s desire to find a solution. What wisdom…he calls for help! Not only did he call for my assistance but most important he first acknowledged God as the solver of the church’s dilemma.

 

Foundation, Foundation and Foundation

For many years God has shown me that the church is being adversely affected because of a lack of understanding concerning the foundation of the Church who is Jesus the Christ. Many precious saints are crying out and desiring heaven and earth to again be one…new heaven and new earth. Access to the holy mountain of God is only obtainable when the rivers of living water flow out of our bellies consistently. This life giving water empowers believers to work wisely in completing the highway between earth and heaven. Again earth and heaven were created to be totally one in agreement!

 

God Solutions

Finally I believe that there are an innumerable number of God’s Surveyors who are more than qualified to measure and righteously establish the foundational boundaries of God in the earth thereby bridging earth to heaven.

My recommendation to the body of Christ is to trust that in asking God for a spirit of wisdom and revelation, we will know and understand him who is Lord over heaven and earth. Remember that Isaiah the Prophet said that the mountain of God is a place of learning the ways and paths of our Lord.i

We must continue to ask God for His construction plans for our lives. We  are asked by the Spirit of God to examine ourselves to see if were re indeed in His faith. The flow of God’s water of the river of life in our foundational correctness produces an everlasting mountain of God with never ending holy instruction.

 

Heavens are Understood and Utilized From a Righteous Position in the Earth

All natural surveys of land boundaries begin with well-known and established foundational points. Beware of heaven seekers who do not come by way of the earth. Beware of seekers of the spirit who do not come by way of the natural. God says that first comes the natural and then the spiritual and also that by way of the earth is heaven properly addressed. (Request my article on the natural and spiritual, earthly and heavenly at office@fathersheartministry.com)

 

Is This an Age of Problems with no Solutions?

Prophets of doom and gloom who do not also prophesy the solution are not in my opinion hearing the voice of God.

As specific as the problem described we should prophetically receive the strategy to destroy our enemies. Good always overcomes evil. And by the way our enemies are unholy and therefore are not qualified to drink of the water of the river of life nor ascend the mountain of our Holy God.

God Knows Things!

 

 

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Blood Moon

 

BLOOD MOON

BAD MOON A-RISIN’…OR GOOD MOON A-RISIN’?

By Gale Maiden

The upcoming tetrad of full lunar eclipses is certainly “the talk of the town” among Judeo Christian communities. These four full lunar eclipses are being labeled as “blood moons” and are to happen on the Jewish Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in both 2014 and 2015.

The name “blood moon” is derived from the bloody red color which sometimes appears over the whole eclipsed moon during a full lunar eclipse. What is the significance of these heavenly events?

 

End of the World?

From every walk of life and religions there are questions concerning heavenly signs; questions especially concerning the upcoming four “blood moons”. We see in scripture that the moon is noted as having an appearance of blood. This coloration of the moon is associated with what is called the “great and notable day of the Lord.”  “Blood moons” are associated with the “last days”. What is the great and notable day of the Lord? What and when are the last days?

 

God’s Moon is Good

We are told in scripture that God has specific purposeful functions for the heavenly luminaries who include but are not exclusive to the sun, moon and stars. God created all things in six days. On the fourth day God created the following:

Then God said, “Let there be lights (sun, moon and stars) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth“; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light (SUN) to govern (grant dominion over) the day, and the lesser light (MOON) to govern (grant dominion over) the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

Genesis 1:14-19 NASU

 

God’s Good Moon Gives us Dominion Over the Darkness of Night

The sun, moon and stars primary function is to separate day and night. Also these lights are for signs, seasons, dates and years and to give light on the earth. The sun and the moon are the greater lights with the sun being greater than the moon. The sun grants humanity dominion over the day. The moon grants humanity dominion over the darkness of night. God saw all of this as good!

 

The Heavens Ain’t Talking No Trash

The Psalmist David said…

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;

And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Psalm 19:1 NASU

 

In light of the upcoming four “blood” moons (first blood moon is past) we should be looking for the goodness and glory of God. God placed the moon in the heavens so that we His people would have dominion over the darkness.

The upcoming tetrad of full lunar eclipses (first happened in spring of 2014 at Passover) are a part of God’s goodness in giving us signs of the present condition or atmosphere of the heart of man. These four full lunar eclipses coincide with Passover and Tabernacles in both 2014 and 2015.

 

First the Natural Then the Spiritual

The alignment of the sun, earth and moon sets up a natural and spiritual portrait of the earth’s atmosphere. As the sun releases its light over the entirety of the earth it produces specific colors on the moon. The color projected on the moon is an indicator of the natural composition of the earth’s atmosphere. Prophetically speaking the atmosphere of the earth is a product of the hearts of men (Matthew 13…the kingdom of heaven). On the second day of creation God created an expanse called heaven which includes the present atmosphere around us. Adam and Eve enjoyed this heaven on earth in a location called the Garden of Eden or Paradise.

On the fourth day of creation God began at the circle of clouds which He created on the second day and created the higher heavens, sun, moon,, stars etc.

Noted above is the fact that these four upcoming lunar eclipses coincide with the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles. Passover is the first of seven major annual Jewish feasts with Tabernacles being the seventh and final feast of the year. These seven feasts represent the whole process of redemption unto life. Passover of course represents the shedding of Christ’s blood for the life of all mankind. When the children of Israel applied the blood of the lamb to the doorposts of their dwellings the death angel passed over granting the surety of life.

The Feast of Tabernacles again is the seventh and final major feast which  is a celebration of God’s presence in His fullness in each of us as temples (tabernacles) of God.

 

Oh How God Loves His Created!

I believe that the God ordained loving act of presenting the world with these four lunar eclipses is an indicator of God’s desire for His children to walk in the fullness of the shed blood and resurrection. Jesus shed his blood to end the shedding of blood. As long as the projection of the earth’s atmosphere displays a “blood red” color my understanding is that there is work to be done to consummate the age of sin in the world. There should be no blood shed after Christ shed his blood.

A blood moon is an indicator that we have work to do. The good news is that Passover thru Tabernacles is symbolic of our perfection thus the ability in Christ to alleviate the earth of continued bloodshed. When the moon literally is white during a lunar eclipse we know that we have overcome the shedding of blood.


NASA Article Excerpt

In an article written by a NASA engineer he asks us to picture ourselves on the dusty moon looking back toward earth during the time of a full lunar eclipse. He says our view would be an earth encircled with sunlight reflecting every sunrise and sunset. This speaks to my heart in implying that every daily earthly activity is exposed by the sunlight. The sun is symbolic of the spirit of God. The moon is symbolic of the souls of men.

These blood moons are like progress reports given in our education system. These reports reflect the current standing in the educational maturing process. Also these reports give recommendations concerning specific areas where students may be lacking and also commendations on areas of exemplary work.

It is important in the understanding and functionality of heavenly signs that we see them not so much as future events but as present indicators of present conditions. It is impossible to function in the future. It is our “now” that determines our tomorrow; a tomorrow which arrives only to be called now!

 

No Need for Sunlight, Moonlight or Starlight

I saw no temple in it (New Jerusalem) for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.

Revelation 21:22-26 NASU

 

My Grandaughter’s Perspective of the Moon

God gave His heavenly hosts eyes to see and a voice to bless sons of God.

My granddaughter, who at age three lived near Dallas, Texas, had a “moon” declaration. My wife would call when the moon was visible and have our granddaughter look at the moon and say, “I see the moon and moon sees me: God bless the moon and God bless me!”

 

God Don’t Talk No Trash

A rock and roll band called Creedence Clearwater Revival sang a song titled;

BAD MOON RISING

My understanding is that a young Christian member of the band wrote this song. No doubt probably came from a “negative” approach to end time revelation.

I see the bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today


Chorus: Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise


I hear hurricanes a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin


Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye

CHARGE

Rejoice  because God has given believers ALL POWER to declare a GOOD MOON  A’RISEN


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Jesus Our Messiah Has Come…The Second Time?

Jesus Our Messiah Has Come…The Second Time?

By Gale Maiden

What Must We Do?

While recently reading Isaiah 61, I was gloriously inspired when I again realized the high calling of God on Jesus our Messiah; that same high calling which we as followers of Christ are also called (Philippians 3).

There is one exception to our high calling and that is the high calling of Christ’s death alone on the cross for our sins. Only Christ qualified and has fulfilled this call.  Our God given DNA is to co-labor with our Heavenly Father as adopted mature sons in ministering reconciliation to a dying world (II Corinthians 5). God is in both Jesus the Christ and in believers declaring reconciliation.

 

God’s Heart For Restoration of Mankind

Isaiah chapter 61 declares the loving heart desire of God for restoration of all things to those who will believe in and through His Christ and His christed anointed sons.

My heart raced while realizing that in Jesus’ advent 2000 years ago, all of the power and glory of God was made available for restoration to believers. The preaching and demonstration of the gospel of His presence (Matthew 24:3) has been the mandate since that time. We know that when the gospel of the presence of God in Christ has been preached throughout the world only then will the end (of sin) in the world happen.

 

Jesus Announces His Fulfillment As Messiah

When Jesus our Messiah appeared 2000 years ago in the temple (Luke 4:18) he announced that the following prophetic word given by the Prophet Isaiah (chapter 61) was being fulfilled at that moment. This word had been scribed by the Prophet Isaiah 700 years before Jesus appeared that day in the temple. The Prophet Isaiah wrote:

The Spirit of the Lord God (Yahweh) is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:1-3 NASU

It is most important to note that the purpose of salvation in Jesus our Messiah is that we as believers shall be called oaks or trees of righteousness plantings of the Lord. Jesus our Tree of Life has come and established the parameters of anointed ministry. The above scripture refers to believers as they. The above prophetic word was fulfilled when Jesus entered the temple and announced the following:

And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written (Isaiah 61:1-3),

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Luke 4:16-21 ESV

 

Faith for Fulfillment Given to Believers

The fulfillment of this prophetic word set into motion the required faith for the unveiling of the restoration of all things to those who will have faith. When Jesus was resurrected the restoration of all things in heaven and earth was fulfilled positionally and awaits faith activation in order to realize our full salvation. God has set in place all things pertaining to full salvation; we must experientially receive. God does not impose reconciliation upon us but rather bids us to agree that it is complete in Jesus the Christ.

From this point forward Jesus began to demonstrate for all mankind that which is required of believers in order to facilitate the totality of the “at hand” Kingdom of God. The faith foundation being mandated by God and demonstrated by Jesus the Anointed was actually listed in Isaiah 61:4-9. These mandates have been given to each and every believer. These mandates are our generic faith mandates and are given to bring an end to sin.


What Must We Do?

Then they (we as trees of righteousness…plantings of the Lord) will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will rise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.

Isaiah 61:4 NASU

Every individual is likened to a city. Not only are we to rebuild the ancient ruins, former devastations and ruined cities but first individual and corporate human cities must be relieved of the desolations of many generations. Restored literal cites is a product of individual human cities walking in the fullness of salvation. Remember that God through Jesus His Christ has made us trees of righteousness, plantings of the Lord. We are totally equipped with love and life!

 

Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, and foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.

Isaiah 61:5 NASU

Strangers and foreigners will be drawn to us by the goodness of
God being demonstrated in the Church. The strangers and foreigners having received a witness of the goodness of God are drawn into a place of servitude. It is only the goodness of God which brings forth a true turning to God.

 

Benefits of Fulfilling Our Anointed (Christed) Mandate

But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.

For I, the Lord, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; And I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed.

Isaiah 61:6-9 NASU

 

No Disclaimers Found

Jesus has and continues to totally fulfill the responsibility of his calling as savior of the world. I find no disclaimer in the holy written word of God. A disclaimer is a statement that denies something, especially responsibility. There are no additional responses required by Jesus to God in fulfilling the redemption of mankind.

Jesus declared 2000 years ago that it (redemption) is finished…redemption of mankind is in place and available to all who will believe. This is why our New Covenant declares that today is the day of salvation and that now is the accepted time.

 

Jesus is “Fixing” To…

A diabolical fallacy concerning our Messiah is that he is to return in the future to fix every wrong. Jesus has already rescued his Church. Again all is fixed in Christ’s death and resurrection. By faith in the fulfilled responsibility of Jesus, with the total absence of disclaimers, the bride is making herself ready by the power of Jesus’ advent 2000 years ago. Again there is no second advent for the rescue of the Church. The bride of Christ is without spot or blemish made possible through the finished work of the cross; making available present tense resurrection life.

Jesus is the last day(s)! Christ’s full presence in the Earth came 2000 years ago. Christ’s disciples acknowledge Christ’s eternal presence in the following passage of scripture.

As He (Jesus) was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming (Greek parousia i.e. presence), and of the end of the age?"

Matthew 24:3 NASU

The disciples wanted to know what the tokens and indicators of Christ’s obvious presence and the end of the age. The disciples equated Christ’s presence with the end of the age. Positionally Christ has overcome the age of sin. Indicators of Christ’s presence and subsequent rending of sin are all of those events found in the “Olivet Discourse” in Matthew 24 and also in the synoptic Gospel’s of Mark and Luke.

Jesus preached that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus fully represented God’s kingdom so therefore we know that the presence of Jesus is the presence of the Kingdom of God.

It is the gospel of Christ’s presence alluded to in the following verse which must be preached and attested to in order for the consummation of the age of sin to be fully realized. We are to utilize the already in place presence of Christ experientially and see the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.

Jesus said, "This gospel of the kingdom (Gospel of his presence) shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony (an actual  hands on witness) to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:14 NASU

 

Things Happen and Jesus Comes or Jesus Comes and Things Happen?

…so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.

Matthew 24:33 NASU

This verse is clear in relating all of the happenings of the “Olivet Discourse” to the presence of Jesus our Messiah. THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN AND THEN JESUS COMES…THESE THINGS HAPPEN ONLY BECAUSE HE HAS COME!

 

All of these things alluded to in this verse are the indicators or happenings listed in Matthew 24. We have been witnessing these things for 2000 years; therefore we know that Jesus was near and at hand both at that time and now.

 

"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 

Matthew 24:34 NASU

 

Generation in this verse is a Greek word which means to cause to be; to bring into existence. This is not a literal age group of people who happened to be living at the time Jesus spoke generating these words. Jesus was simply saying that the words contained in Matthew 24 will be totally fulfilled (not pass away) because these are spoken words from God. Proof that generation is the word of God and not a literal age group is found in the verse following the one above. Scripture interprets scripture.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my (generated) words will not pass away.”

Matthew 24:35 NASU

 

This verse is proof that generation used here is a generation of the word of God; words which will totally be fulfilled.

Note: Many who call themselves partial preterist wrongly base their doctrine of eschatology on the false understanding that these verses must have for the most part had to have been fulfilled before the death of the generation of people alive at that time.

The term preterism comes from the Latin praeter, which is listed in Webster’s 1913 dictionary as a prefix denoting that something is "past.”

Again I believe that Jesus was simply saying that these generated words would be fulfilled (and not pass away) bringing an end to the age of sin.

 

So Let Us Do the Following…

Scribed in the Book of Revelation we find that Jesus said the following:

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Revelation 22:13 NASU

Jesus said on the cross that “It is finished.” Jesus said 2000 years ago that he is the omega (last letter of the Greek alphabet),

,last and the end. I hear the spirit of God saying, “There ain’t no more!”

Jesus as the omega is the fulfillment of the Greek alphabet; Jesus has communicated once and for all the fullness of his presence. From the Book of Revelation we know that our Messiah is totally revealed (apocalypse). Jesus is the last and end of the fulfillment of the promise of Messiah. If there is to be a second advent of Messiah then Jesus would be untruthful by calling himself omega, the last and the end.

I believe that Jesus can and will literally and physically appear at any time to those who can see him with the eyes of the heart. Jesus ascended into a cloud out of the onlookers sight and will in the same manner return as we have sight to see him. The mature bride of Christ is now seeing him with pure eyes of the heart. Jesus is come and continues to come a second time and a second time and a second…never ending time.

 

Jesus our Messiah Has “Come” and is “Come”

We find in the Book of Revelation at least 37 times the English words come or coming translated from the original Greek text. The Greek verbs indicated are never used in a future tense! In English If you tell me you are coming to my house then to me your coming is a future event. This is not so in the Greek tenses  of come or coming.

The Greek word for come or coming in all 37 uses in the Book of Revelation is the imperfect tense and present tense. The Greek lexicon identifies the word for come or coming as erchomai (er’-khom-ahee); middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses.) The present and imperfect Greek verb tense is described as follows:


Greek Present Tense

In English, we know that the present tense describes something happening right now.  It informs us of the time when an action takes place. In Greek, however, the present tense primarily tells us the type of action.  The Greek present tense indicates continued action, something that happens continually or repeatedly, or something that is in the process of happening. 

Greek Imperfect Tense

The Greek imperfect tense is straight forward.

Past time – Imperfect always describes something that happens in the past.

Continued action – Imperfect always describes something that is continued, repeated or habitual. 

 

Has Jesus our Messiah Come?

In light of the revealed Greek verb tenses let us look at just one of the key verses found in the Book of Revelation which uses the English translation “come“ or “coming.”

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I (Jesus) am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:20 NASU

Paraphrased this verses is saying, “Yes, I (Jesus) have come and continue to come to cut short. Even so be it (amen) Lord Jesus you have come and continue to come.”

 There is nothing in this verse that implies a future coming; on the contrary Jesus has come and continues today making himself available to all who will believe. Glory to God forevermore!

Rejoice saints in knowing that our Messiah has come in the fullness of the love of his God and our Father God granting all believers victory over sin and death. Let us preach and witness the Gospel of his presence (Matthew 24:3) bringing an end to all evil (Matthew 24:14) in earth and heaven. He has come!


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