The Eternal Gospel

“I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the Eternal Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” Revelation 14: 6.

What is the “Eternal Gospel”? It is the Father’s own declaration of Himself. It is not the testimony or witness of men. There are many religious messages that have origins in flesh and blood, but the “Eternal Gospel” is the Father’s revelation of Himself. It is written across creation. It is painted by the lives and journeys of the people of God. It was portrayed in the men and women of Israel. It sings out from the depths their calamity and pours down from of the fullness of their comfort. It is the promise of His Son woven into dry commandments and rituals of Law. It is YHWH making Himself known by the Spirit of His Son.

When the writer of Hebrews describes the Gospel he is not merely describing a salvation message, but God’s own witness of the coming of His kingdom; a Kingdom where His Spirit and Life invade the darkness of this earth, rescuing the lost, and filling souls with the warmth of His love and the light of His glory. Believers today often minimize types and shadows in the Hebrew scriptures as if they are only strange coincidence, but the Spirit declares these prophecies to be the eternal Gospel.

“We have had the gospel preached to us, even as they also; but the word did not profit those hearing it, not having been mixed with faith in the ones who heard” Hebrews 4:2.

We are told that the Gospel came to God’s people while they were in Egypt. They had seen the great judgement of plagues on their enemies, culminating in the death of a lamb. They tasted this lamb, absorbing His flesh within. They colored their doors red with His blood, and entered within through the door of His cross. They did abide within this death until the break of dawn. They were buried deep within waters. And as they walked entranced by a Red Sea standing up like a wall, they were covered with grace, the grace of the testimony of Jesus. And yet they were blind to the promise of this Son, and deaf to the chorus of His voice. Except for Joshua and Caleb, that first generation did not except YHWH’s gospel. Mathew was not the writer, nor Mark the author, neither Luke the penman, but within the obedience of their sojourning, the Gospel of Christ was preached to them by God Himself.

The Gospel is “eternal” in that it is the same yesterday today and forever. It is as constant as Who He is. Though seeing Him requires a miracle, Yeshua the Messiah looms large in the foreground of God’s canvas from beginning to end. Not once has the Father had another view, another way or another goal. In eternal reality, He has only cut one covenant. Yeshua came as the tangible image of His invisible Father. Even in the day of the Old Covenant, it was only an older testimony of Him.

“All the prophets and the law prophesied until John” Mt 11:13.

Every jot and tittle prophesied of the coming of the Spirit of Jesus Christ in His people as their resurrection Life. Even if many lack light in seeing this cord intertwined within the testimony, Even thought His face was concealed secret, There are some in whom the mystery is unfolding by the unveiling of Jesus Christ.

“Now to Him Who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began, but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the eternal God, for obedience to the faith” Rom. 14:24-26.

There are many who would have us believe that YHWH changes. That He was once a wrathful perfectionist who has been pacified by the blood of His own Son. Many compartmentalize God in a way where they imagine the Father is the angry God of the Old Testament and in the New Testament His Son has saved you from His Fathers wrath. They teach that this present age is a temporary dispensation of grace. And that the work of Christ has only bought us a respite from the wrath of this temperamental god. To them grace is not an eternal relationship but only a safe space that will one day be destroyed in the end of the world. But this is not the God of the Bible. It is a false god and a false gospel. These messages have their origin in the darkened understanding of men.

In Truth, the God of Justice is One and the same God as the God of Mercy. His Name is YHWH. And He is Love, Light, and kindness itself. And He has been the same from the foundation of the world.

He is the God of eternal Grace, and eternal Fellowship.

He is a God who died for you and as you. And He has always planned to. He has patiently and meticulously declared His purpose from the foundation of the world. He has had His people document this in scripture. His steadfastness is the foundation of truth and reality. His unchangeable Life effects all who come to Him with a constancy and certainty that provides rest and peace.

He is security. He is stability. He is faithfulness

He is our Rock.

So David sang,

“I love you, O YHWH my strength. YHWH is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge” Psalm 18:1-2.

Taught of God

“Brothers, I make known to you the gospel preached by me, that it is not according to man. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it , but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”Gal. 1:11-12

For years I identified with a job, (I would say it was my calling) instead of in Christ.

I saw myself as a Bible teacher.


Until The Father began to reveal His Son in me. In seeing Him I saw The Spirit of Christ Himself living in His people as the substance of true ministry.

“He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ” Eph. 4:11.

This view of men holding offices as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers is temporary.

It is temporary because it is incomplete.

It is “until” Eph. 4:13.

This first view of ministry is external.

It is just skin deep.

until we all may come to the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” Eph. 4:13.

Christ in you is the true servant of God. He performs all true ministry.

“My counsel shall STAND and I WILL DO ALL my pleasure” Isaiah 46:10

This is the Father describing how Jesus Christ would rise up out from among the dead. My counsel shall “stand”, or “arise” in the sense that the person of the wisdom of God is the One Who ministers in His body.

But what about ministry?

Shouldn’t we be trying to be apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, or evangelists for God?


First we need to know Jesus. There is no trying. You rest in His work. Man does not live in Gods stead. Only Christ living counts. He alone is glorified in this house.

Are Churches continuing to be established? Are there still prophecies, pastoring, and teaching?


It is just that Jesus is glorified in theses activities. Man is not.

These are functions of Christ in His Body, not positions or offices for men to claim as their own. God is Spirit. Man is a soul. A soul can do nothing of himself to minister the Life of the Spirit. Those truly given to the Church need no reminding that it is “not I but Christ” who ministers.

When men boast that they are God’s gift to the Church, they are not.

“He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ.” Eph. 4:11-1

Christ alone is the true “Apostle” in the Church.

it is written,

“Holy brothers, called to be partakers of a heavenly calling , consider THE APOSTLE and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” Heb. 3:1

He is the Prophet.

“I will RAISE them up a PROPHET from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in His mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him.” Here Him. Deut. 18:18

And Jesus is the true Evangelist. Christ in you was not just the first to preach the Gospel, He is the only true preacher.

“No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” Mt. 11:27.

But Christ in you is more than just the preacher of the Gospel, He is the Eternal Gospel, and He sat down.

“But when God was pleased, “He having separated me from my mother’s womb” and having called through His grace (Isa. 49:1), to reveal His Son in me, that I MIGHT PREACH HIM.” Gal. 1:15-16

He is the Pastor.

In truth there is only “One flock, and One Shepherd.” Jn.10:16.

Jesus is our teacher

The Word is very plain on this. It is this Anointed One Who is the anointing that abides in you teaching you all things.

“You may not be named Teacher: for One is your teacher, and you are all brothers” Mt. 23:9 BBE.

The Fathers view sees ONE Son living in a people. This is why at the center, within the heart of the tabernacle, behind the veil, in the midst of “the ark of the testimony”, was the second set of tablets. Not the ten that were broken, but a new set of commandments. This law came with a glorious, unveiled, shining face. This law represented the New Covenant that we now have in Christ our Life. This Law was Christ in you.

“I will put my law within them, and I will write it ON THEIR HEARTS. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD” Jer. 31:31-33.

This is the law of the Spirit of Life. It is not external but internal. The teaching of the New Covenant is also a work of the Spirit. So Jesus says,

“They “shall” all “be taught of God.” So then everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me,”Jn.6:44-45, Isa. 54:13.

Go to Him. Be taught by Him.

No Consciousness of Sins

“Seeing, Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord. For astonishment took hold of him, and all those with him, at the haul of fish which they took” Luke 5:8-9.

There is a big difference between seeing ourselves and the seeing of Jesus. Peter was overwhelmed with his own sinfulness, he asked Jesus to depart from him. There is great encouragement in that Jesus did not leave him as he asked. So it is written,

Not at all will I leave you, not at all will I forsake you,” never! Deut. 31:6, and again Hebrews 13:5.

This was the beginning of Peter following Jesus. Taking on guilt and self consciousness is not the fruit of being spiritual. Just because square one always begins in our own sorrow and guilt, this is not where you are called to live.

But as we follow Jesus sin consciousness is to be left behind for good. The purity that we come into is His. It is not based on us or our behavior.

Here a couple more statements from the book of Hebrews:

“the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

      Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.“ read Hebrews 10:1-12.

I’m not saying you should not ask for forgiveness for sins. You should. In the same way as you do whenever you talk to any of your loved ones disrespectfully. But know this. You are forgiven and blameless in Christ Jesus. When you go on to be taught by the Spirit you will begin to be able to accept Gods view of you. His view is that you are perfect because He has placed you in His perfect Son.

You are perfect in Him.

His view is the truth. Will we open our hearts to see what God sees? This is the faith of God.

Twice Hidden

The Spirit is showing how we are both hidden in Christ, and also how Jesus Christ Himself is hidden to the soul, then unveiled.

“Mind the things above, not the things on the earth, for you died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God. Whenever Christ our Life is revealed, then also you will be revealed with Him in glory.” Col. 3:2-4 LITV.

Both coverings are from God.

One understanding is received when we come to God. We know too well our own need of Christ. So we come to Him as our refuge. He is that and more.

“The name of YHWH is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are set on high” Psalm 18:10 ELT.

Looking for ourselves in this relationship we can focus too much on self. Minding things below can seem as harmless focusing on how we fit into God’s plan, or what is our gifting, Where our place is. All of this is important at that stage. But there is more.

Then He appears. And we see Him. He is our Life. Since He is our Life we also appear with Him in His glory. But in seeing Him, our place, our gifts, our anything, fades out of significance.

We are not our Life.

It is Christ Who is our Life.

This is a relationship.

It is the Appearing of Christ.

It begins

It does not end.

His appearing is not a one time revelation. It is an ongoing unveiling. Notice how Greens Literal rightly reads: “WHENEVER Christ our Life is revealed” Col.3:3 LITV.

Jesus also described being twice hidden:

“The world no longer sees Me but you see Me. Because I live, you also shall live. In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.” Jn. 14:19-20.

Jesus is in The Father.

You are in Jesus.

And Jesus is in you.

I tried to imagine this was like being inside one of those Russian nesting dolls, with Jesus both inside and out, only to my own confusion. But we are not to imagine this. All this can be seen in God’s testimony of His Son.

Their are detailed testimonies of our relationship in Christ in the Old Testament. They are the Fathers own parables about His Son and the Salvation that He is. They show Jesus as our Gathering in profound and beautiful ways. The New Testament was not yet written when He said,

“You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have eternal life. And they are the ones that testify of Me” Jn. 5:39.

It is easy to assume that those scriptures testified about how to have good behavior. Nevertheless Gods focus throughout the whole Old Testament was about the coming of His Son.

Holy Spirit please reveal Christ as the fulfillment of the Ark of the testimony. Let us see Him and truly follow Him into the inheritance of the saints.

“I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are on the ARK of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment” Ex. 25:22.

God has really only commanded one thing: to be gathered into Him.

The Hebrew word for ark is ‘Arown (727). It can refer to a money box, a chest, a coffin or as with the baby Moses, a basket, also Noah’s great ship. All things that were used to gather. The term is derived Arrah: 717, meaning “to gather”

The Wycliffe Bible Commentary directly translates this term “gatherer.”

This “gatherer” testified of The Son in Whom is All spiritual things have been gathered. Notice how His good pleasure is gathered “in Himself.”

“Making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in administration of the completion of time, to GATHER together in One ALL THINGS in Christ” Eph. 1:10

It is called “the ark of the testimony” because the ark was a testimony of the Person of Christ in whom the whole Church has been gathered.

It is not unusual to name a thing for its function. In the same way as a screw driver is named this because we drive screws with it, So also the Ark represents God’s gatherer. If we could read Hebrew we would understand that in this verse YHWH was describing the ark as “the gatherer of the testimony, of all things which I have given you in commandment” Ex. 25:22.

The Father commanded that some wood be built into the ark.

“make an ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, and a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. And you overlay it with pure gold; you overlay it inside and outside.” Ex. 25:10-11.

It was made of Acacia wood.

This wood represents man. These desert trees were known for being thorny and crooked. We have a similar tree here in the Ozarks called Black Locust. The Latin name is Robinia pseudoacacia meaning false acacia because of its similarity to the acacia tree. This wood is worthless until the outward parts are cut off and the heart was made straight. They are extremely dense and the heart is very hard.

Within the Ark, the many strait boards were joined together into one vessel and then over laid with gold. This illustrates many souls of men and women joined together into Christ our covenant.

If you could lift the mercy seat, and look inside, gold alone would to be seen.

“you have died, and your life has been hidden with Christ IN God” Col. 3:3-4.

When the men of Beth-shemesh looked into the ark 70 men died. As He has said:

“no man sees Me, and lives” Exodus 33:20.

After experiencing death by seeing the Lord, then you would know Gods view: there is nothing seen but gold. Nothing but Christ.

“with pure gold; you overlay it inside and outside.” Ex. 25:10-11.

The wood is covered within gold, clothed in the ark, put out of view.

“you are in Me, and I am in you.” Jn. 14:20.

Man is only pleasing in His death: thru death you have been drawn out and had your crooked, thorny outward man peeled off, and then put put of view. Hidden in the gold that He is. Jesus did this for us in the cross.

There is much to say about having every thing of the external cut off. This was the same work that God illustrated in circumcision. The flesh was cut off by a sharp stone, revealing the head and shedding blood. The rock speaks of revelation. It points to a people who no longer judge according to the flesh because their identity is outside of the flesh in Him.

“At that time an offering is brought to YHWH of Hosts, A nation drawn out and PEELED”…”Even of a people fearful from the beginning to now” Isaiah 18:2,7 ELT.

This is about how a Gentile people would be made “an offering to YHWH” Some translations say that they will bring a present, and that they are a people “tall and smooth skinned.” But this is not God’s meaning. The Father has no interest in smooth flesh or presents. His eye is fixed on the heart of His Son living in His people.

Will we know the circumcision of the heart? Will we embrace the cross cutting deep enough to see that the Resurrection is not the restoration of our flesh?

Christ alone is the Resurrection.

In our Bible you may read:

“And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet IN my flesh shall I see God” Job 19:26 King James Bible.

The King James translators really blew it on this verse. The original language does not say “in.” It says “from my flesh”. Had Job believed in a resurrection of his flesh we may find something said about it. But he said the opposite.

“There is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and RISETH NOT: till the heavens be no more, they shall NOT awake, NOR be raised out of their sleep” Job 14:7-12 KJV.

Further down he says,

“If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come” Job 14:14 KJV.

The change he is speaking of is the Resurrection. It is to receive the change from a house of flesh to a spiritual house in Christ. Water in the form of Liquid never rises up to the clouds. A change of form has to first come. In the same way as water is changed from liquid to vapor. So in Christ our identity is changed from the flesh to His Spirit. This is a change from visible to invisible. And this is to the glory of our,

“King eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only wise God” 1 Tim. 1:17.

What does the Hebrew in Job. 19:26 really say?

“And when after my skin this is destroyed, Then WITHOUT my flesh shall I see God”

Jewish Publication Society of the Tanakh.

Being confronted by the original language some Christian Bibles also translate the passage similarly.

“And after my skin, even this body , is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God” Job. 19:26 American Standard Bible.

I cannot think of another mistranslation error where it is so wrong. They have effectively made the English say the opposite from the original Hebrew. Why? A heart that is bent on seeing their own flesh in the resurrection has rationalized that Job must have meant to say that he is looking out from his flesh, seeing God instead of,

“after my skin has been struck off FROM my flesh, yet this, I shall see God” LITV.

The Fathers good pleasure is exclusively in Christ our Gatherer. As individuals outside of Him we are not the object of the Father’s good pleasure. The Church is in Christ and Christ is in her. The Church is the fulfillment of the wood in the ark. Many boards with the bark and sap wood struck off, cut straight and joined together into One Gatherer. How did we come to be in this union with Christ? Through His death.

“For you died, and your life has been hidden with Christ IN God” Col. 3:3-4.

If our death in His cross made our entrance into Christ, then we understand that the Fathers favor is not on us but toward His Son who is in us. Yes, we are “sons” and “daughters” because we have been placed in The only begotten Son Jesus Christ. We are only sons of God in Him. His Spirit in you is not for the improvement of the flesh. His presence is in you so that you may present yourselves pleasing to Him,

“Therefore, brothers, I call on you through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God” Rom. 12:1-2 LITV.

In Christ you have been made one offering to God. This offering of our bodies as a living sacrifice is only pleasing as it is through union with Him. The word “sacrifice” here in Greek is singular in this verse. Meaning together we are one offering to God. We are not to offer our bodies separately as many living sacrifices to God.

You as an individual are not called to make God happy. You are no longer living in a vessel that requires your obedience to activities or commandments. The will of God is obedience to death. His death.

Jesus is your obedience. Let’s look at the testimony again.

“the ARK of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment” Ex. 25:22.

All things given in commandment were gathered into one vessel.

There is another kind of hidden.

“Being Darkened in their understanding” Eph. 4:18 KJV.

The world does not see Jesus because He is the Spirit. Wherever the natural mind reigns there is darkness. Every vessel living by the darkened understanding is unable to see farther than skin deep.

The outside of the cup and dish become priority because somehow the filthiness inside just doesn’t seem to be an issue. It is a drunkenness without wine, A blindness with 20/20 eyesight, and ignorance in the over educated. Jesus and His kingdom are hidden, veiled, to all who are given to external religion.

The culmination of the feasts of Israel is the feast of “Ingathering” (Exodus 23:16, 34:22). Just as the goal or end of the way into the tabernacle was the Ark (or gatherer) of the testimony. So Jesus is end of the law for all who believe.

Now we are not looking at the boards but the ark itself that was hidden behind a veil.

The book of Hebrews teaches that holy place spoke of the first Covenant and then the things inside the veil: the Holy of Holies, were a parable about the New Covenant in Christ, (see Heb. 9:9.)

The veil made the separation between the two.

Until today, when Any code of ethics is read, a veil lies on the heart of anyone abiding in Adam. But whenever a heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away, see Ex. 34:34 and 2 Cor. 3:15-16.

It is revelation that determines your relationship with God.

This veil represents the veil that remains over the religious heart. This veil is not just over the heart of Jewish people who have not accepted Jesus as their savior. It is the cause of the blindness to seeing the presence of Christ in you. This veil is the source of Christian religions idea of a jesus who is far far away and we are trying to get to until this life is o’er and we all fly away.

Let’s look at another Hebrew word that has been translated “gathering” in Genesis.

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be” Gen. 49:10 KJV.

This word for gathering can be used interchangeably with obedience. It is 3349


[yiqqâhâh] \hik-kaw-haw’\

From the same as 3348; obedience: – {gathering} to obey. –

Abiding in Him is to abide in obedience.

“Casting down IMAGINATIONS , and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2Cor. 10:5.

We read these words and often our darkened understanding interprets this be about our obedience TO Christ. But this is about Gods own knowledge shining into our darkness, casting down and destroying our imagined understandings. Notice how this is “the obedience OF Christ” We are only obedient when we are abiding in “the obedience OF Christ” Not our obedience to Christ. Our soul can only know obedience by faith not by works. Whenever you are gathered into Christ that is where “your obedience is fulfilled” 2Cor. 10:6. There is where you are pleasing to God.

God has called you to do one thing: to be gathered into Him. This is the same as abiding in Him. This is abiding in His good pleasure. There are many statements in the scriptures were it is too easy to assume it is about us doing a lot of different things to please God. May the Lord show us that all of this is about being gathered in the one who is well pleasing to God. Here are some examples:

“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him” 2 Cor 5:9.

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and Spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” Col 1:9-10.

“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, Heb 13:20-21.

All this working, and walking is about abiding in the One Who is well pleasing in the Fathers sight.

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” 1 John 1:22.

The revelation of Christ is not about transforming our flesh so that we become like Jesus in an external way, it unveils Christ in you as your complete relationship with God.

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”2 Cor. 4:7

Man puts his treasures in containers of strength. But God has placed His treasure in weak vessels to show Himself glorious.

As our mind is renewed we see that it is Christ in you Who pleases God and we present ourselves to God by being gathered in Him. You are now in the Son of His Love. Jesus Christ died so that you can enjoy His relationship as the beloved of God. So you as a soul are hidden in Christ.

Are you knowing the revealed Christ? If you are then you are you are knowing the new Covenant.

In Him you have been brought into the Holy of Holies itself. You have been placed within in the very throne of God! So rest in Him. Bask in the light of our Fathers smile.

Retent and Believe

For many years we have put up a big colorful, tent during our June Bible conference. When we were cleaning up, we took down the tent and afterwords my friend Kay was telling me I need to “Retent” and believe.

So punny.

But the thing that got me thinking about her pun, was I had just been contemplating this verse:

“In that day I will raise up the tent of David that has fallen, and I will wall up its breaks. And I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as the days of old” Amos 9:11

The restoration of the tabernacle of David was fulfilled in the third day; Resurrection Day. James quotes Amos as evidence that God has gathered up the gentiles into His Son (see Acts 15:13-18). James understands that the fulfillment of what David’s tent represented had come. He is not predicting another new tent would be built in the future. May the Father give revelation in us to see how His tabernacle was God’s testimony of Jesus and the work He has finished. The tabernacle was a “parable” about the New Covenant era.

“Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way of the Holy of Holies has not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle was still standing; which was a parable for the present time” Heb. 9:8-9.

Jesus has put away the old first house and raised up as a whole new house in Himself (see Jn. 2:19).

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” Revelation 21:3.

You are not waiting for some other era before this Word is for you, His presence is with you, You are His people, And He is your God and God Himself is with you. This is “for the present time” Heb. 9:9.
The tabernacle testified of the coming of Jesus Christ and His finished work.

The Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” John. 2:18-22.

How was the temple a parable of your salvation?

The first tent was commanded in Exodus.
The tabernacle of Moses bore witness of the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s Man. The righteous man. Who is Spirit Soul and Body. And so God commanded that the tabernacle to have an outer court, a holy place and then at the very heart and center, was the Holy of Holies. This tabernacle represented a creation filled with God’s Spirit.
The Ichabod house bore witness of the first man Adam, who is soulish. The wrong man.
This tent represented a man who was only soul and body.
His spirit was empty and without the Glory of God.
Every one in this tent needs to be born of the Spirit. Meaning we receive the Spirit of God where He was absent. So that the Spirit of Christ is at our heart and center. In this we have been translated out of Adam and placed into Christ. True Repentance is in fact to receive this change; It is to be taken out of the first old man and find our home in the Second. It is through His death and resurrection that all believers have in fact been “Retented.”
The Tabernacle of David represented Jesus of Nazareth as the Last Adam.
After the Ark of the Covenant was brought up from Abinadab’s house it was brought up into God’s “rest” in Jerusalem. Therefore they sang,

“Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength” Psalm. 132:8

The Glory of God was found in this tent for thirty three years. This was at the time when King David reigned in Israel. 33 Years was the same length of time that Yeshua, the Last Adam, would walk the earth. Then there was no veil covering the Glory of His Spirit. So the Son of God came as God’s place of rest. The tabernacle of David did not have an outer court or holy place. This pointed toward what would be accomplished in His death. Where Jesus shed both soul, and body, and the Spirit of YHWH was Glorified.
That tabernacle was taken down. This tent was “fallen”(Amos 9:11) so a greater house could be established. As the Last Adam Jesus took down the old tent and raised up a New House in Himself.
Solomon’s Temple modeled the House of His Resurrection, Jesus Christ living in His Body the Church. There is no greater resurrection than the Spirit of Christ living in a people. If you are born of the Spirit today, then you have already received resurrection Life. You are a member of the Body of Christ. No more waiting. The hope of another general Resurrection where God is said to the restore your flesh back to you after death is a false hope. It is another Jesus, and another gospel. In the book of Acts Paul while was on trial he explained that the hope of Israel is the promise of the resurrection. Then he tells us that the resurrection was completley fulfilled when Jesus rose from the dead. It is false teaching to say that God has fulfilled the resurrection only “in part” because Word of God says God “hath in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it hath been written, My Son thou art—I to-day have begotten thee ‘And that He did raise Him up out from among the dead, no more to return to corruption, he hath said thus—I will give to you the faithful kindnesses of David” Acts 13:33-34.

There was a tent that represented the first man Adam. Also there was a house that represented One New Man in Christ. In the eyes of God there are only two people: Adam and Christ. Your relationship with God can only be thru one or the other. The first was a represented by a house of condemnation without the glory. The Second is the House from heaven. This is our home. It is Christ Himself. It is the House of Grace and Glory. In the New Testament there are more than 200 different statements where the Holy Spirit tells you that you are “IN Christ.” While you can intimately, and personally experience the perfect favor of the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. You are not actually having your own relationship with God. You have been given Jesus’ relationship. And even though this love and favor can be experienced in a personal way, this relationship is thru the person of Christ. He is your Head. You are His Body

A tent represents a body, in the Bible. For example Peter says:

“But I deem it right, so long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by a reminder, knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.” 2Pe. 1:13-14.

In the same way the writer of Hebrews also describes everything from the veil outward to represent “the first” man Adam. During the days of Eli the Ark of the covenant was removed from tabernacle of Moses. And the glory of God departed. All that the tabernacle represented was in fact happening to Israel. The people had said: “appoint a king to us, to judge us, like all the nations” 1 Sam. 8:5. And so Saul became the ruler that made them “like all the nations” in Adam.

The Tabernacle of Moses was at Gibeon. Empty. Void of the presence of Gods Spirit. and yet the priests and Levites continued going thru the motions in ignorance as if God was still there. They were determined that the show must go on, with or without the Spirit of God. I shudder to think of how much of christianity goes on in this way now, in the ignorance of our own understanding.

The condition represents the false worship of empty false religion.

At that time, it was as if the tabernacle only had two parts. It had an outer court and a holy place. The Holy of Holies was an empty, dark, nothing. Was it musty, dusty and covered with spider webs? Was it swept clean? The Word doesn’t say.

It was as if it never had been.

It is a testimony of the first man Adam. The soulish man. Soul and Body. Without the Spirit. And so Israel was in the same condition. They were given exactly what they had asked for. He made them “like all the nations.” The soul was King, reigning over the flesh by the power of the flesh; of the earth, earthly, Groping around in Spiritual blindness. What else is there to go on? The longer I follow the Lord in this the deeper this parable goes. When they looked for Saul, “he could not be found. So they inquired again of the LORD, “Is there a man still to come?” and the LORD said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage” 1 Sam. 10:21-22.

King Saul hid himself from the Lord at his own coronation. Why?

He was conformed to the image of Adam for a testimony of the Gospel. Do you remember Adam saying, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Gen. 3:10.

But God would raise up the testimony of Jesus in contrast to the man of flesh.

One of the ways the soulish man fails to see what God understands is that we assume that God deals with us as individuals. May the Holy Spirit teach us how God “sums” us all as One Man, judged together in one judgement and sees all raised up in one resurrection being justified together. We assume God is angry with us whenever we are disobedient. We Assume that we make God happy when we do well. But you do not determine God’s peace or wrath. God is the same and His security is as consistent as His covenant. He has judged all men together as evil because of the sin of our “first father” Adam. And He has made a way of justification in Christ Who is to God a second Father of One New Man in Christ. God says,

“I, even I, am He who blots out your trespasses for My sake; and I will not remember your sins. Cause Me to remember; let us enter into judgment together; sum up yourself, that you may be justified. Your first father sinned, and your interpreters transgressed against Me.” Isaiah 43:25-27LITV.

The tabernacle has always been a parable of God’s covenant. Let’s get back to His parable.

In the days of Saul where was God? The Ark of the Covenant was at Abinadab’s house.

When David was anointed King he returned from battle with the head of Goliath. It was not won by clever strategy or by the strength of numbers. The Spirit of God gave the victory. It is remarkable that he removed the head and carried it with him up to Jerusalem. The Hebrew word for head speaks of the source. A “head” is more than a father who is the source of a certain family. It can refer to a spring that becomes a river. A head of grain will come into its fullness in a harvest. A body is the fullness of a head because it gives expression to the head. A body gives full expression to the head.

Goliath was the head of the Philistines. In this one death they all died. Goliath was a champion in that he represented the whole army of the enemy. So that by the one man’s death the many were made dead. David was also a champion for the army of Israel so by the one man’s obedience the many were made victorious. This death was a testimony of the cross of Christ. It was a decisive victory in that tens of thousands were killed together in that one day because of removal of that one head. David had only wrought one death and yet,

“the women sang to one another as they celebrated, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.’ And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, ‘They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?'” 1 Sam 18: 7-8.

Saul burned with jealousy. He represented the first man. The rejected man. David represents the Second. So that the one representing the flesh persecuted the king that testified the Spirit, even so it is now.

David brought out the ark of the covenant to his own house. And YHWH was worshiped there without a veil for thirty three years. The same length of time Jesus lived until He was crucified. So also The tabernacle of David was taken down. There was no holy place/soul. No outer court/flesh. Only the Spirit: represented by the ark of the Covenant.

Then Solomon built a greater house. At the dedication of the temple the first tabernacles were taken down. The tabernacle of Moses and David’s tent were taken down. This pointed to and was fulfilled in the work of Jesus’ death and burial. This temple was fulfilled in the Resurrection. When Solomon was the revealed as the son of David the man of peace And the same Ark that gave life to the tabernacle quickened the temple of Solomon. This house points us to see Christ in His Church. One New Man. One Spirit Soul and Body. The Body of His Resurrection. One New Man Risen and seated together in Christ Jesus. When Ark of the covenant was brought in the staves were removed. “And they drew out the staves of the ark”, 2 Chronicles 5:9 It says that there is not another house. This is it. This the permanent place where His presence resides. It says to me, Christ in you is enough. He is our Home.

The Resurrection is Spirit and Life.

The substance of the resurrection is One Spirit. It is Christ in you. It is not flesh. The Resurrection is spiritual because the Resurrection is the Spirit of Christ in you. How much time have I wasted arguing for this. Even words like “Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God” cannot persuade. Reading “till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep” Job 14:12, the argument fails. The soul must see His Appearing. Until the soul is made to witness Him, hearts will look to future and postpone the inheritance. As long as there is ignorance of Jesus we will look to the flesh. The natural mind imagines Paul was describing many different kinds of resurrection bodies:

“God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.” 1 Cor. 15:38-42.

There is a rationalization in theology that Paul was trying to convince that there will be many different kinds of resurrection bodies some day. And I have had no answer to this until now. Look at how Paul was referencing Deut. 4:15-19. It says,

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air. The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth, And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” Deut. 4:15-19.

This is a warning to all of God’s people to continue to knowing the Lord in His appearing. God is warning us that if we do not see Him we will make idols of the flesh. The flesh of men and beasts and birds and Fish are all one thing: Flesh. In 1 Cor. 15:38-42, Paul was only comparing two things: Flesh and Spirit. Flesh worships flesh. Gaining new fleshly bodies is not the substance of the resurrection. Christ in you is the substance of the resurrection. The resurrection of flesh and blood is a great idol in modern christianity. It says to God: what is in it for me? The Resurrection is not something other than Him. The answer is seeing the Lord. When we see Him, the Spirit of Christ living in His Body the Church, we see a finished work. This body is Now. It is today that you are in Christ or Paul would not have written,

“knowing the time, that for us, the hour already is to be aroused out of sleep, for now nearer is our salvation than when we did believe, the night did advance, and the day came near; let us lay aside, therefore, the works of the darkness” Rom. 13:11-12

“We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”. 2 Cor. 5:1

The Lamb of God

As with all the Law, the feast of Passover was in God’s perspective a Premorial of the work of Christ. If you will allow for a new word to be coined, a Premorial would be a prophetic memorial to a past work of God; Who’s main purpose actually pointed forward to the coming of His Son in the future. The Passover was instituted by God in memorial of their great deliverance out of Egypt, when the destroying angel killed all the firstborn of Egypt, and in one night passed over all the Israelites houses, whose doors were “striked” with the blood of the Lamb slain and the Lamb was eaten inside the house.


“Dip ye a bundle of hyssop, in the blood which is IN THE THRESHOLD” Ex. 12:22.

How is it that the blood was “in the threshold”?

In the land of Goshen, their houses were built with a kind of gutter under the door so that if there was rain it would not come under the door into the house. So, at the first Passover, the blood was poured out “in the threshold” of the door and they dipped Hyssop in the blood and struck the door with the hyssop.

This became a premorial testimony of Jesus, who shed blood from His feet, hands and His crown. So also the door was anointed with blood in all four places, as also the four horns of the altar.

Most English translators have used the word “basin” instead of “threshold” here, Since later it became custom for Israel to pour the blood into bowls at the Passover. But in looking up the Hebrew the word, 05592 סף – saf: from 05605, its meaning conveys a sense of containing. This word refers to threshold of a door 24 times and a bowl only 4 times in the KJV.

The Septuagint (an ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament) says “The blood which is “OF”– 3844 “THE”– 3588 “DOOR” -2374, confirming that the blood of the Lamb is also literally the Blood “of the Door” since it anointed the door in all four places originally. This also points us to the Life of the One would become the fulfillment of the door. In His coming Jesus said,

“Truly truly, I say to you—I am the Door” Jn 10:7

And though the sign of the cross was so vividly depicted on their door, His people are not to fix their eyes in the external sign, and not on our temporal deliverance from slavery; but that door calls for eyes of faith to look on Him, the true Lamb of God, by whom the wrath of God passes over all those who have passed through His death and judgment, into Christ Himself. Just as Jesus said.

“I am The Door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved”, Jn.10:9

He is the the cross and Door into the house of God, having our hearts sprinkled with His blood, by true faith we are to follow Him, passing through His death and having entered into His Life, where we feed on Him.

It is amazing how this has become a message about how Jesus died so we can live unto ourselves when the testimony clearly shows Israel participating in the death of the Lamb by passing through a blood stained cross on the door entering into the house of God and eating the Lamb of God.
The second half of this verse reads…

“…None of you shall go out of the door of His house until the morning” Ex. 4:22.

Here they were to abide until the dawning of The Day. This is about standing still, resting, until Jesus Christ is revealed in you. Peter says “till the Day dawns in your heart,” 2 Pe.1:19. Paul describes the revelation of Christ to be the fulfillment of the first light of the day of creation.

“God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor. 4:6.

This is why YHWH caused the ninth plague to be darkness so that the dawning of the Passover would also testify of the Light of Christ in you, The Dawning of the New Creation Day of The Lord. This is the day of Salvation in which the Lamb is the Light.

We come to see and live in and by His eternal Light, so that there is “no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” Rev. 21:23

The Passover was such a living portrayal of Christ that it makes the heart cry out, O foolish Israel, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified?

But we are as blind as they. At this time there are myriads of messages in Churches about how His blood has enabled us to escape from death.

But this is not the Truth. This is not the way the Father sees the cross. It is written,

“We thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead” 2 Cor. 5:14.

The witnesses of the first Passover had no testimony of escaping from death that night. They saw that they all had actually passed through death itself, and so it is written,

“The Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, WE BE ALL DEAD men” Ex. 12:33 KJV.

Unless The Father enlighten the eyes of our understanding and give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him we also will miss the reality of the Passover. The Door urges us to enter into his death, rest and abide in the substance of the Fathers house till the Day of The Lord. Jesus Christ is our true shelter. The shadow can only be “kept” by truly living and abiding in His substance.

“Dip ye a bundle of hyssop.” The hyssop is the faith of the Son of God.

The bare hands of man do not touch the blood of the Lamb. And so also we do not believe into Him through our own determination or fleshly energies.

This finished work was the work of God. It is not the work of man.

‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish ALL My good pleasure’; Isaiah 46:10 NASB

In Christ you are without spot or blemish. You are unleavened. So purge out the old rejected Adam because “ye are unleavened.”

“Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and Truth.” 1 Cor. 5:7-8 ESV

There is nothing left undone for you finish or perfect. Therefore live and move and have your being in Him, Abide in Him and in His absolute perfection.

In the Passover we see the whole Gospel of grace and salvation by the cross of Jesus Christ. In the choice of sacrifice, in its preparation, in the shedding of blood, in anointing the door with the blood, and in the eating of the Lamb.

In the Sacrifice:
The Father appointed that it be a Lamb or a kid to testify of the nature and character of Jesus. His innocence, patience, meekness, and humility.

“Consider Him…. Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself,” Heb. 12:3.

His obedience to the Father was unto death “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He opens not His mouth.” Is. 53:7.

He gave Himself as a Lamb. He gave His flesh to feed us. He gave His own righteousness as a fleece a more pure white than the snow, to clothe us.

Just as in the foundation of the world it was written,

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” Gen.3:21.

In the cross, the person of Salvation was glorified. The cross was the outward manifestation of the very Life and nature of Jesus Christ. He is the “Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. 13:8

“For 1,400 years after the first Passover out of Egypt, the Passover lambs carried a little name tag of their owners before the Passover sacrifice. They had to keep the lamb for four days before the sacrifice. The tag would hang around the neck of the lamb; it was tied with a red cord” -Richard Samuel

“Just like the Jews put their family name on their lamb for sacrifice at the Temple, God put His name on His Lamb for His family, which includes you and me” The Lamb, Yahweh- Michael Norten.

In the last post we looked at the inscription that was nailed to the cross, and how It bore the Name of YHWH. Now consider how that Titulus was first hung on His neck.

The inscription of the crime with which one crucified was accused was called a “Titulus” in Latin. In the section called “the trilingual titulus crucis tradition” of the book… “It would normally be hung around the neck”– The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone: Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha, Volume: 26 The Trilingual titulus crucis Tradition in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton 20 by Daniel Anlezark – Page 4. E-Book ISBN:9789004357211 Publisher:Brill January 2017

“Verse 37. – Set up over his head his accusation written. This was the titulus.”… “This, which had been hung round the criminal’s neck or carried before him on the way to execution, was now affixed to the upper portion of the cross over his head.” Pulpit Commentary Mt. 27:37

May He turn our hearts to see how Jesus is The Lamb of God given for the House of YHWH. What Pilate meant for evil God meant for our Good. Have you come to be washed in the blood of the lamb? May we come. Come in through His death. Come and rest in the House of YHWH. Come and eat the lamb completely.

Do we understand the priceless value by the blood of The Lamb?

“You were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your foolish behavior received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” 1Peter 1:18-19

Do we prize the blood of the Jesus?

Consider the infinite worth of His blood; In that it was able to purchase the whole Church of God, which a thousand worlds of gold could not. There is no wealth in heaven or on earth that could redeem one single soul. But His blood has bought redemption for all out from sin and death.
What was bought with His blood?

His blood has purchased more than your acquittal from guilt. But the blood has caused His very own righteousness and favor to be imputed to you in Christ.

Jesus is the One “Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” Rom. 3:25

And so the Apostle John writes how the saints have “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”. Rev. 7:14

There is not one treasure on earth that could have prepared a place for you in the Fathers Love, which is better than life, except the blood of Jesus. In His Love there is no lack or want. But the full supply of everything needed for both life and godliness. His blood is true wealth because it is His eternal Life.

The blood of the lamb has forever purchased perfection for His Body, the Church.

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time them that are being sanctified”. Heb. 10:14

His blood has made the way for you into a New Covenant relationship with God.

“Without shedding of blood is no remission of sin. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” Heb. 9:22-24

The blood of the covenant even speaks when we don’t know how we ought to pray but the Spirit intercedes for us, as well as His blood since “The life”.. “is in the blood” Lev. 17:11. You have not come to some created thing but to a Life that pleads for us, In Christ you have been placed in Zion, so you are come unto “Jesus, and to the blood of sprinkling, SPEAKING better things than that of Abel.” Heb.12:24

“And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after he has said, This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws on their heart, And upon their mind also will I write them; then says He , And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” Heb. 10:15-18

And so the writer of Hebrews goes on to explain that it is the blood of Jesus Christ that has made ACCESS into Christ Himself and into His pure relationship of favor with the Father.

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest of holy BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having a great High priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: ” Heb. 10:14

His blood has rent the veil in two and made the way into the Holy of holies giving entrance into the kingdom of heaven and into an unveiled face that we may behold His Glory. Without this blood the Lord dwells “in the light which no man can approach ; whom no man has seen, nor can see”1 Tim.6:16.

His blood is the one key which unlocks heaven by which,
We have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have the access by the faith into this grace in which we stand.”Rom.5:1-2

“In whom we have the freedom and the access in confidence through the faith of Him” Eph 3:12. His Blood has purchased peace with God the Father and reconciliation in that, we which were far off “were made near by the blood of Christ”.
The blood of the Covenant has purchased victory over all the enemy even satan who,
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Re 12:11

If there was such power in the blood of a lamb “striked” on their doors on the first Passover so that the Israelites lay safe within their houses untouched by the angel of death, how much more can we trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to cover believers in His name from the hand of God because of our trespasses and sins? So the Blood of Christ (our true Passover) has bought immunity and safety from all the judgment and dangers threatened against us because of our own sin.

Do we see the blood of Jesus Christ as a common thing?

Do we undervalue Him by not considering His matchless worth of His blood? Many look at His blood as insufficient for salvation. So many think it necessary for man to add his own righteousness. As if the sweat of Adam’s brow needed to be mixed together with the blood of the Lamb? By underestimating the true wealth of His blood many are carried away into a prosperity gospel. A false gospel promoting natural success as evidence of the favor of God. It is an empty pursuit stemming out from an ignorance of true wealth and value. There can be no boasting in our comfort or acceptance in the presence of The One “despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces” Isaiah 53:3. By adding financial gain, comfortable circumstances and gifts of tithes of corruptible things, to a salvation that is already complete and perfect; they assume that His death is not enough to extinguish the sinful nature, and continue to attempt to crucify again their own flesh by fleshly energies. And so the fleecing God’s flock is covered up in the religious garb of “spiritual disciplines”. No. Not one drop of the sweat of Adam will fall within the same creation as the blood of the Lamb. By His death and resurrection “out from among the dead” Jesus Christ has sanctified Himself from the world of man. So that there is now no relationship with God in earth except between The Father and Christ in you.

The blood of Christ is so precious that we are to take heed against profaning or sinning against it. Consider the punishment that he is worthy of who would tread….
“under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” Heb. 10:29

So stand fast in this grace and do not trespass out from Christ in any attempt to produce another grace of your own. None of this is about finding a shiny new scriptural principle, or getting our theology squared away. Neither is this some attempt to persuade you to adopt some kind of “Hebraic view of the Messiah;” It is about the Eternal Gospel. God Himself is preaching this Gospel. It is about knowing and experiencing the Son Whom God has declared from the beginning. He is in you. Turn to Him. Trust in Him to reveal Himself to you and in you. God Himself has declared His Son in all these laws, rituals, types, and shadows. The eternal gospel does not have man as its source. And it is not taught by Man. It more precious than gold. The Holy Spirit has been revealing Jesus in a way that gives a new depth of meaning to the most legalistic passages in the Bible: the words of Moses. I write these things to show you some evidence that He is still revealing His Son in a direct way. Write you that you can know that His Love is in His Son, And that He has played you in His great love. His love is far bigger than we know. There is far more value in knowing the heart of God in true relationship of prayer trust and waiting for His appearing than by reading books or attending seminars.He is your Eternal Inheritance. Abide in Him until the light of this full day dawns.

YHWH crucified

This post is kind of long so get yourself a cup of coffee and settle.

Do you know His Name?

“‘My people are taken away for nothing. Their rulers wail’, declares YHWH, ‘and continually all the day My Name is despised. Therefore My people shall know My Name. Therefore in that day they shall know here I AM, behold it is I Who speak.’ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, Who proclaims Salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:5-7.

Jesus is the Great I AM.
His coming is the good news of the Gospel.
He is the salvation and peace that was promised here in Isaiah.

There is this notion in the heart of the old man that God is pleased with having slaves. This comes from the “darkened understanding” (see Eph. 4:18). It is is a view that attempts to minimize His righteousness. Modern christianity has become a patchwork of soulish theologies constructed to cover our sin and bring God down to something that we can to wrap our natural minds around. This is the philosophy of the prodigal soul:

“I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” Luke 15:19.

But in the parable, the Father is having none of this. Who our Heavenly Father is, is so much higher, greater than our own imaginations and concepts of Him. There is only one way to come to Him.

His Way.

That way is by the revelation of God in Christ. And His way has you clothed in the very best garments of His own beauty and Glory. God’s people are a people who are called by His Name.

“If my people who are called by My Name humble themselves, and ask and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chron. 7:14.

The Bible shows that God has given Himself many names. “YHWH your healer” is a Name given by God in Exodus 15:26. Allah for example is not a God given name. It is man made. Adonai is another of His names. Adonai is a God given name. Adonai means Master or Lord. Lord is found 419 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. So there is a true relationship where He is “Lord” of all Adam and of all the earth. However this is an Old Covenant relationship. A New Covenant relationship is a relationship of freedom and union within God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Notice that the New Testament describes the end of a Master/slave relationship in Adam and the inauguration of a New Covenant relationship in the Son:

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. I no longer call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his lord does. But I called you friends, because all things which I heard from My Father I made known to you” Jn 15:14-15.

“But I say, for as long a time as the heir is a child, even though he being lord of all, he is no different from a slave, but is under guardians and housemasters until the time pre-set by the father. So we also, when we were children, we were under the elements of the world, being enslaved. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, having been born out of a woman, having come under Law, that He might redeem the ones under Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So that you are no more are a slave, but a son, and if a son, also an heir of God through Christ” Gal. 4:1-7.

Jesus also said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin. But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the Son abides forever. Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed” Jn. 8:34-36.  

Another example of how Yeshua has become your freedom is seen in the great Passover deliverance of God’s people out from slavery in Egypt and then His carrying them into the land of inheritance. This emancipation was a prophetic testimony of the freedom from slavery to sin, in Adam, and of our being carried out to be placed into an eternal inheritance. All this shows Yeshua to be the true deliverer and Lamb of God.

These are all examples of how the Spirit teaches that a master/slave relationship falls short of the relationship that Jesus died to give you.

You may love to serve God, but He has not made you His slave.

In the New Covenant, God makes Himself known as your heavenly Father. He also reveals the Spirit of His Son in you as the only true servant of God.

Come and see how the very Name of YHWH touches all of this.

He did not reveal Himself as “the Lord” from the beginning.

I should mention that His Name isn’t really God. In the Bible the word “god” is a generic term referring to all kinds of gods. In Hebrew this word is “El.” In English, believers capitalize the G to distinguish between the One true God and the god’s worshiped in other cultures. And that when men curse, saying things like “god damn” this or that, it is not technically a violation of the third commandment, (using The Name in vain). It is of coarse an expression of a wrong heart since this is speaking empty, disrespectful, words in anger as prohibited by Jesus on the mount in Galilee. But this is not the same as using the Name of YHWH in vain.

The Proper Name that God has given Himself is YHWH.

The name Jehovah is just as much a manmade name as Allah. As we continue on in this, we are going to look at how the Name YHWH was changed into “The Lord” also “Jehovah”. Unfortunately the name of YHWH has been removed from most English translations of scripture. Even in your Bible. Originally The Name YHWH is written in the Hebrew Bible 6970 times. His name is more than a term that merely refers to the Divine entity. YHWH is the written representation of Who He is. His divine name is the nearest representation of God in language;

The glorious name of YHWH is blessed forever. The Name of YHWH literally means I AM. As it is confirmed in Isaiah,

“You are my witnesses,” declares YHWH, “and My Servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I AM he. Before Me no god was formed, nor is there any after me. I, I AM YHWH, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are My witnesses,” declares YHWH, “and I am God” Isaiah 43:10-12.

It is God revealing Himself as the fullness and fulfillment of everything that He has promised, required, and prophesied. The title “The Lord” in most places is not actually a translation of YHWH but a tradition of man intended to keep the name from being used in vain. “The Lord” is also a term that affirms and reinforces the relationship that Adam has with God. For the believer in Christ this is the wrong relationship. Modern christian religion perpetuates this misunderstanding and the mistranslation of YHWH exacerbates the problem. The Name YHWH has been changed into “The Lord” almost 7000 times in most of our English Bibles.

Are we more comfortable with a “Lord” than the One Who has named you His “friend” (Isaiah 43:8) One Who we are unable to comprehend with our own mind?

Since God has not revealed Himself as “the Lord” in the vast majority of these these Old Testament verses, let us throw off this tradition of man and embrace Him in the light in which He has truly revealed Himself.

From the beginning He has always been I AM. And as we go on, we will show how He saw to it that The Name of YHWH was even written, on the cross above Jesus. He has not concealed Himself or His name from His people. This is something man has done.
David didn’t coverup the Name. He wrote,

“The name of YHWH is blessed, From now, and forevermore From the rising of the sun to its going in, the Name of YHWH is to be praised” Psalm 113:2-3.

YHWH is a God of revelation. And He unveils Himself. When God reveals Himself as YHWH, He is proclaiming Himself as the source of all things. And Who He is, shows that mankind is the source of nothing.

When did God reveal Himself as YHWH?

“God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am YHWH. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as El Shaddai [God Almighty], but by My Name YHWH [I AM] I did not make Myself known to them” Ex. 6:2-3

The Lord declared His Name to Moses at the burning bush.

“Now Moses said to the One God Behold! When I come to the sons of Israel, and I say to them, The God of your fathers sends me to you, then they will say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? Then God spoke to Moses: I AM THAT I AM. And He said: say you to the sons of Israel, “ I AM has sent me to you. And God said to Moses: say you to the sons of Israel, YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name for the age, and this is the remembrance of Me for generation after generation” Ex. 3:13-15 ELT.

God has defined His own Name to mean I AM. He did not leave the interpretation or definition to man. You do not have to consult a Hebrew Lexicon or scholarly commentary. It is right there in your Bible. In verse 14 God told Moses to tell them, “I AM has sent Me to you.” and then in verse 15, “Say you to the sons of Israel, YHWH, the God of your fathers has sent” me. Whenever you look at the Name in the original language of the Bible you find the tetragrammaton in the Hebrew Scriptures. YHWH is written not Adonai. It does not mean Lord. These four Hebrew letters are pronounced: Yod Hey Wav Hey. It should not read “The Lord” in your Bible unless you believe you also should be protecting His Name from blasphemy or cursing. This was the reason the Jewish people began replacing YHWH with Adonai. But is this is unnecessary. Since you are under His protection; He isn’t under yours.

I AM that I AM communicates how He is present to produce His own Divine Life in you. HE IS the source of all that He is, and He produces His own increase. You cannot produce His increase. Your soul has never produced anything acceptable to God. HE IS the sum of all Spiritual things. YHWH fulfills everything that has been created typified, promised and prophesied. Therefore The Name YHWH is the expression of grace itself. More pointedly, I AM that I AM also declares how I AM not so that you can be any more. I AM THAT I AM. I AM declares that I AM all that I have created, promised, and required. And We are none of this, unless our souls are made into vessels of Him.

Some of your Bibles may read “I AM WHO I AM” for example the English Standard Version. This also muddies up living water. The word for “who” isn’t found there in Exodus 3:13. “Who” in Hebrew is pronounced “Mi.” When it says I AM THAT I AM, the Hebrew reads: Eh Yah Asher Eh Yah. Not Eh YaH Mi Eh Yah. So it should not be translated “I AM WHO I AM.” Asher is properly translated “that” as it in the KJV. It is a difficult expression in English because it can be so broadly used in Hebrew that it can seem to be all over the place. But it is simple enough to that He revealed Himself as “I AM THAT I AM”. YHWH was not trying to convince Moses that He is not an imposter. Since “I AM WHO I AM” would lend itself to the idea that God is trying to convince Moses that he is true. God wasn’t being defensive. He was not being cryptically evasive either. He is revealing Himself. It is our place to simply believe.

And if there is anything that I want you to take away from this word study it is this: God is present to cause everything of His own glory. It is not up to you. God has done it and He is going to continue to do it and you can bank on it. Everything of your sanctification, Salvation, and growth up into Christ is God’s own working in you. And we are to stake everything on this. So come and rest with us completely in His finished work.

Understand that the real reason that the Name of YHWH seems so obscure is because the natural man cannot face Him. Knowing the God of Glory comes at the loss of our own glory. The soulish man is ruled by a darkened understanding that makes the easiest truths the hardest to accept. Knowing YHWH is to know grace. There is much more to say about this.

Many of Literal Translations offer JEHOVAH the proper Name of God.

יהוה YHWH is also called the Tetragrammaton by those who assume the name YHWH is so mysteriously holy that no one really knows how say it anymore. But that is not how it was in the beginning. In the second century BC the Jewish community started a new tradition. To keep people as far away from blaspheming the Name as possible, they basically built a wall around a law (Lev.24:16) to protect GOD from blasphemy. It was thought that יהוה:(YHWH) was too holy to be spoken (except on the Day of Atonement.)

Now since the Name YHWH is in the scriptures almost seven thousand times, man’s religion felt that it had to do something about speaking the Name when they read from the Law. So it was decided that everyone will just say Adonai (Lord) instead when they read the Name. Unfortunately “Lord” became thought to be a literal translation of the Tetragrammaton, and this has been carried over by Christians into almost all our English Bibles. I AM has been removed from most of our English translations of scripture. Some of the Jewish people would say “HaShem” to show a reverence instead of just changing the scripture. “Ha, “is Hebrew for “the.” It isn’t a word by itself in Hebrew. “Ha” is tacked on to the word in the same way as we use a prefix in English. “HaShem” is the Hebrew word for “the Name” and it found is here in the 24th chapter of Leviticus:

“And the son of an Israelite woman, and he was a son of an Egyptian man, went out among the sons of Israel. And the son of the woman of Israel and a man of Israel struggled together in the camp. And the son of the woman of Israel blasphemed the Name [haShem], and cursed. And they brought him in to Moses; and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. And they put him under guard, that it might be declared to them at the mouth of YHWH. And YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, Bring out the reviler to the outside of the camp. And all those who heard shall lay their hands on his head, and all the congregation shall stone him. And you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, When any man curses his God then he shall bear his sin. And he who blasphemes the name of YHWH dying shall die. All the congregation shall certainly cast stones at him. As to the alien, so to a native, when he blasphemes the Name [haShem],, he shall die” lev. 24:10-16.

To keep יהוה from being verbalized, the Jews inserted the vowels from Adonai (Lord) between the four consonants יהוה to help the reader remember to say Adonai instead of Yahweh when reading Torah aloud. The rabbis have plainly recorded all this.

“‘God whom they call “Lord.” This common nomenclature is the result of a long and complex development. In the Jewish tradition, the Tetragrammaton, הוהי, the four letter name of the God of Israel, is no longer spoken but is replaced by the reading adonai (יָֹנדֲא).”‘ Tradition and Innovation: English and German Studies on the Septuagint Martin Rösel Society of Biblical Literature Atlanta, 2018, pp. 291–316.

Also “Understanding The Name of God in Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval Jewish Thought by Hillel Ben-Sasson is an excellent reference book on this. Here are a couple more scholarly books that say as much for those who want scholarly verification.

“The meaning and pronunciation of YHWH , commonly known as the Tetra- grammaton (four letters),YHWH… “of Israel, which in the course of time fell into oblivion; (2) that it was pronounced “Yahweh,” rather than “Jehovah,” as had … doubt, the rendering Kyrios ton dynameon, Dominus exercituum, “the Lord of Hosts” -which we know is untenable, the word YHWH not being used.” Obermann, Julian. “The Divine Name YHWH in the Light of Recent Discoveries.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 68, no. 4, 1949, pp. 301–323.

There is really no such word as Jehovah in Bible. It is a hybrid word man made to keep people from speaking the Name.

If you know a little about Hebrew you may be scratching your head asking yourself; but wait a minute I thought the original Hebrew didn’t have any vowels? And you would be correct. The Masoretic text was a later version of the Hebrew where they added indications of vowels. They were jots and tittles added about 700 AD. Some time later Christian monks in Germany where reading this text, not knowing anything about how the Jewish people were trying to restrict verbalization of YHWH, pronounced the hybrid word Jehovah. And they thought, AH HA! Now we have discovered the super secret Old Testament name of God….

Ah ha, His Name is Jehovah! And unfortunately, it stuck. And so this is why some literal translations (LITV and YLT) published Jehovah instead of Lord.

Sometime back I wrote a blogpost called “Jehovah and the Giratypus” Where I was showing the word Jehovah is like morphing the words platypus and Giraffe into Giratypus. The Name Jehovah is as much a silly man made word.

(My apologies to the Jehovah’s Witnesses).

Should we continue man’s tradition of cover up?

No. It is clear from the scriptures that יהוה was commonly spoken in conversation. Here Boaz says to Ruth,

If he is not pleased to redeem you, then I will redeem you, YHWH lives!” Ruth 3:14

“YHWH lives” was a common an expression before the prohibition of His Name because they understood back then that YHWH doesn’t really need anyone to protect Him. He is God. YHWH lives was probably used as an expression of assurance like people say today, “as sure is the day is long” or “As sure as eggs are eggs.” Here in Arkansas we say “Sure as shootin.” maybe because we have more guns per square inch than anywhere else in the world. But “YHWH lives” also says He lives and no other soul actually has Life unless His Spirit is living within that soul.

God has not called His people to veil His Glory or His Name.

The Name of YHWH was bought to fulfillment in the Person of Christ. The cross is the very manifestation of the glory of YHWH, The Great I AM. In the finished work of the cross Jesus “crossed out” the created life of man and replaced it with the Divine Life of YHWH. Both the Name of YHWH and the the finished work declare I AM, you are Not. So God caused the name YHWH to be written on the cross. Some have read this and somehow missed this point so I will say it again:

The Name of YHWH was actually written on the Cross of Christ.

“Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. And it had been written in Hebrew, in Greek, in Latin” Jn. 19:19-20.

This is where we will show you the Name of YHWH was written, on the cross above Jesus. This inscription highlighted the first letter of these four words forming an acronym in all three languages. Now you can find plenty articles online giving reasons why it is far fetched. But I want you to understand that Greek, Latin and Hebrew in those days had no punctuation, and no spaces between the words, (Latin writers sometimes used hederas to separate paragraphs). But in general, if you have ever looked at a manuscript the letters just run together Scriptio continua. They wrote this way partly to save space on valuable parchment, but also because punctuation had not been invented. But there were different ways that writers would distinguish where one word stops and another began. Capital letters were used or at times the first letter of a word was written a little bigger than the other letters.

The Catholic church has traditionally made an acrostic from the Latin written on the cross so that INRI is still found on every crucifix since the first century. Because JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS in Latin was written: IESVSNAZARENVSREXIVDÆORVM. So INRI became basic abbreviation because the first letter was highlighted to show where each word begins.

And because ησοῦςὁΝαζωραῖοςὁβασιλεὺς τῶνουδαίων was the way this was written in Koine Greek, INBI also became the acrostic abbreviation written on all the crucifixes in Greek orthodox Churches. יהוה

In the same way, whenever the first Hebrew letters are made larger or in bold face it would be written: ישועהנצריומלךהיהודים Yeshua TheNazarite Andtheking TheJews. This is the proper way these four words were constructed in Hebrew according Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg of the Israel Bible Center. ( Then the first letters of the Name YHWH form an acrostic abbreviation above Yeshua where he was crucified. There is also a fourteenth century painting by Fra Angelico highlighting the the Name of YHWH above Jesus Christ. The inscription in the painting reads in Hebrew, ישוע הנצרי ומלך היהודים.  This translates as, “Jesus the Nazarite and the King of the Jews.” Fra Angelico painted “and” because this is the way the original text appeared. “And” begins with Vav in Hebrew and it is tacked onto the beginning of a word in the same way as we us a prefix in English. I found this by looking at an interlinear translation of ū·me·leḵ 4428(e) וּמֶ֣לֶךְ in Genesis 14:8 (Look for yourself at this one word literally translates: “and the King.” Then I found other Hebrew scholars such as Dr.Lizorkin-Eyzenberg confiming this.

It is no wonder that the Chief priests attempted to have it removed. Though John writes that when the chief priests speak to Pilate they deftly argue that they have a problem with Pilates scribe using of the definite article “The” King. They asked him to change the sign to read “a king” indirectly removing the name of YHWH from the cross, which was likely their true purpose. They would never complain to Pilate about the use The Name on the cross because the argument would require them to verbalize the Name of YHWh before Pilate. See John 19:19-22.

I know it is all complicated stuff that was lost in translation so that many will just categorize this as extra biblical speculation. However, this is the Truth. Jesus is God. That is the Gospel. And it perfectly affirms Who Jesus is,

“I and my Father are One” Jn. 10:30.

“And Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, Am I so long a time with you, and you have not known Me, Philip? The one seeing Me has seen the Father!” Jn. 14:8-9

Jesus Christ “is the image of the invisible God” Col. 1:15.

In the Book of Revelation John writes: “When I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, ‘Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death” Revalation 1:17-18 see also verse 11.

This is the fulfillment of the words of Isaiah: “Who has planned and done it, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I YHWH am the First and the Last; I am He.” Isaiah 41:4

The name of YHWH requires knowing Him by revelation. You are not called to figure Him out with your own mind, or discover Him. He makes Himself known. It is not up to us to learn Christ or reveal Christ. Flesh and blood has not revealed Him and cannot reveal Him. He IS in you. And He is making Himself known. HE IS that HE IS.
There is a tremendous rest in this.

Why does His presence cause your heart to rest?

Because you are released from all your impersonations of Jesus to find His Life living in you, and you living in Him.

So live Life. His Life.

It never was about you.

“We preach not ourselves” 2 Cor. 4:5.

This is the preaching Christ alone. Period. We are not preaching a method. I am not proclaiming a message of saying the right words, as if saying the right Name will make something happen for you. The Gospel is not a formula, etc. This is not about adding “IN THE NAME OF YHWH” to the end of your prayers, It is about knowing Him in truth.

To face Him as He is, is to find our own end at the cross.

“I am YHWH; that is My name; and I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images” Isaiah 42:8 ELT.

There is a message in many Churches today that will tell you that Jesus died to enhance your life. Jesus died so that you can live. It says that God’s character is this:


And if you mean Jesus died so that you can live by God’s own Life, then Okay. But the Jesus who died so that I can live my own natural life is also a false god. The underlying deception is that He is a Santa Clause Jesus who died so that I don’t have to. This is a false religious christianity that romanticizes the slavery of the soul to God’s Spirit. Your soul was not kept alive to be become a slave of the Spirit. These two natures do not coexist together. We have lost our soul life at the cross. The cross of Christ has brought rest for the soul.

The New Covenant is Christ living in our stead not us living in His stead. The finished work of Christ has exchanged your heart for His. “YHWH lives.”

Paul wrote “to me to live is Christ” Phill. 1:21.

He did not say “For me to live is Christ” Although you have probably heard many say these words.

Can you see the difference?

And the name Adonai or Lord falls short of the glory of this exchange. In John 12:25 Jesus said “Whoever loves his soul-life loses it, and whoever hates his soulish life in this world will keep it for eternal life”. This also is about rest for the soul.

In the book of Joshua the Gibeonites deceived Joshua so that they might escape from death.

Why have ye deceived us, saying, We are very far from you, and ye in our midst dwelling? and now, cursed are ye, and none of you is cut off from being a servant, even hewers of wood and drawers of water, for the house of my God” Joshua 9:23-24

So what is this story really about?

These scriptures were written for our admonition. What was happening was bigger than Joshua. He made them slaves because he was deceived. This is about the deception of taking up a false cross. It is a common deception in the Church. Wouldn’t our own souls rather deceive us and live as slaves to teachings of men and external laws rather than be subject to the cross of Christ? Two cannot coexist together. You lost your soul at the cross. You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your soul is not kept alive to be made a slave of your Spirit. It is a false christianity that romanticizes the slavery of the soul to God’s Spirit. The cross of Christ has brought rest for the soul thru that death. God has destroyed the soul of Adam at the cross. Then Jesus was raised as both the Spiritual Life of every believer, as well as the restoration of the soul. So it is written,

“He restoreth my soul” Ps. 23:3

I AM that I AM communicates how He is present to produce His own Divine Life in you. HE IS the source His own increase. The Name Yahweh/I AM is the expression of grace itself. We cannot produce His increase. More pointedly I AM that I AM also declares how I AM not that you can be any more.

Who is God?


Who am I?

I am crucified with Christ.

Secure In Christ

“Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all of them have been gathered together, and they are come in You. I live, says YHWH, Truly You have clothed Yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and You have fixed them in you, as a bride” Isaiah 49:18 English Literal Translation.

Who has gathered “all of them” in Himself? Who has clothed Himself with God’s people?

Jesus the Messiah.

This was accomplished in His finished work.
He is now your heavenly Husband, Who spoke through Isaiah. Saying,

“I greatly rejoice in YHWH, My soul exults in My God, For He has clothed Me with the garments of salvation, With the robe of righteousness He covered Me, As a bridegroom decorates Himself in ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” Isaiah 61:10 ELT.

In Isaiah God declares that He would make His Son our husband and Head. This was accomplished when you were raised up together with Him in His Resurrection. Now He has gathered you into a marriage union in His own perfect righteousness. This is the manner in which you are loved by God.

“Fear not, for you are not ashamed, do not blush, for you art not confounded, For the shame of your youth is forgotten, And the reproach of your widowhood remember no more. For Your Maker is your Husband, YHWH of Hosts is His name, And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, ‘God of all the earth,’ He is called. For, as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit. YHWH has called you, Even a youthful wife when she is refused, said your God. In a small moment I forsook you, And in great mercies I have gathered you, In overflowing wrath I hid my face for a moment from you, And in a kindness enduring forever I have loved you, So says your Redeemer—YHWH!” Isaiah 54:4-8 ELT.

In the cross we all were gathered together where He said “In overflowing wrath I hid my face for a moment from you.” In His death was when He “forsook you” in the “small moment.” And because “it is finished” He will never leave or forsake you again. It was in His Resurrection that the words “in great mercies I have gathered you. And in a kindness enduring forever I have loved you.” This love is with you now by His Spirit. In His Resurrection all believers have been gathered into this Marriage union whether they know it or not. This is for you. This union is fulfilled, it is eternal. Christ our Husband is the The Head; The Church is now His Body.

“Therefore, my brothers, you also have been made dead to the law by the body of Christ; so That you belong to another, to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” (Rom. 7:4)
This spiritual Marriage union was also illustrated in the clothing of the high priest in the days of Moses. Aaron’s clothes were a prophetic parable teaching us about a coming relationship with God through our Resurrected Savior. The significance of the High priest’s ephod previewed our New Covenant union within our heavenly Great High Priest. It was a parable commanded by God pointing to the coming of Jesus and the New Covenant union. His image shows a relationship of pure grace and Divine Love where the man of sin, Adam, has been so far removed from God’s sight that no man except Jesus ministers in God’s house. It is an eternal relationship showing how the kingdom of Israel was a testimony fulfilled in the Body of Christ. In His view the Church is the true city of God and the expression of His heart and Word. The image that God was depicting, when seen by the eyes of the Spirit, shows us how Jesus has clothed Himself with all of God’s people, who are, to Him, more precious than costly jewels. And as you look on  these “garments of salvation,” Is. 61:10, let the Spirit encourage your soul in all the ways you are securely fastened and fixed within God’s Grace. And may your heart find rest and comfort within the breast pocket of judgement, seeing that these are the same living stones that are built up together into the heavenly New Jerusalem.

Why? What does it mean?

It means that all who have come to rest in this secret place of the Most High, in Christ Jesus, have already come to Zion, the heavenly New Jerusalem, They are the Wife of the Lamb. There is no future event that has yet to take place before the marriage of the Lamb is come. In Him, You are already seated in the heavens reclining at the table, enjoying, even feasting, at the the marriage supper of the Lamb.

“He made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved, and raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:5-6.

None of this was postponed until the afterlife, or until God can perform some other miracle. It is now IN Christ. May He grant you favor to see the One He sees. It is a breath taking panoramic sight wherein all His people are clothed with the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ in God’s own sight. It is written:

2“You make holy coverings for your brother Aaron, for beauty and for glory. 3 So you speak to all the wise-hearted whom I have filled with the Spirit of wisdom; and they make the coverings of Aaron to sanctify him for his serving as priest to Me.
4 And these are the garments which they make:
A breast pocket, and an ephod, and a robe, and an embroidered coat, a crown, and a girdle. And they make holy garments for your brother Aaron and for his sons, even for him to serve as priest to Me. 5 And they take the gold, and the blue, and the purple, and the crimson, and the bleached linen. 6 And they make the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, crimson and bleached, twined linen, skilled work. 7 It has two shoulder pieces at its two ends; and it is joined together.
8 And the band of the ephod which is on it, is like its work, gold, blue, and purple, and crimson, and bleached, twined linen. 9 And you take two onyx stones; and you engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel. 10 Six of their names on the one stone, and six of the remaining names on the second stone, according to their birth. 11 You engrave the two stones, the work of a stone engraver, the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the sons of Israel; you make fastenings in a work of gold. 12 And you affix the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron carries their names before the presence of YHWH, on his two shoulders for a premorial.
13 And you make of gold settings:
14 and two chains of pure gold, you make them entwined, a work of cord; and you place chains of the cords on the plated work.
15 And you make a breast pocket of judgment, skilled work, like the work of the ephod you make it: gold, blue, and purple, and crimson, and bleached, twined linen you make it. 16 It is square, being doubled, its length a span and its width a span.
17 And you have fixed in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of ruby, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row. 18 And the second row: emerald, sapphire and diamond. 19 And the third row: jacinth, agate and amethyst. 20 And the fourth row: chrysolite, onyx and jasper. They are plaited with gold in their settings.
21 And the stones are according to the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, the engraving of a signet; they are each according to his name for the twelve tribes.
22 And you make chains of woven work on the breast pocket, a work of cords, in pure gold.  
23 And you make two rings of gold on the breast pocket.
24 And you join the two rings on the two ends of the breast pocket. And you fasten the two cords of gold on the two rings, at the end of the breast pocket. 26 And you weld the two ends of the two cords on the two plates. And you affix them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, to the front of it. 27 And you make two rings of gold, and you weld them on the two ends of the breast pocket, on its edge, inward across from the ephod.  And you make two rings of gold, and you weld them on the two shoulder pieces of the ephod, from beneath, at its front, near its joining, above the band of the ephod.  28 And they bind the breast pocket from its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue ribbon, to be above the band; and the breast pocket may never move itself from the ephod.
29 And Aaron has borne the names of the sons of Israel on the breast pocket of judgment on his heart, in his going into the holy place, for a premorial before the presence of YHWH continually.
30 And you put the Urim and the Thummim into the breast pocket of judgment; and they are on the heart of Aaron in his going before the presence of YHWH. And Aaron has borne the judgment of the sons of Israel on his heart before the presence of YHWH continually. 31 And you make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 And the mouth in its top is in its middle; a binding is all around its mouth, of woven work; it is like the mouth of a corselet; it is not to be torn. 33 And you make pomegranates of blue and purple and crimson on its hem, all around on its hem; also bells of gold are among them all around: 34 a bell of gold and a pomegranate; a bell of gold and a pomegranate, on the hem of the robe all around.
35 And it is on Aaron for ministering; and its music is heard in his going into the sanctuary before the presence of YHWH, and in his coming out, that he should not die.
36 And you make a blossom of pure gold. And you shall engrave on it the engravings of a signet: ‘HOLINESS TO YHWH’.
37 And you put a ribbon of blue on it, and it shall be on the crown, to the front of the diadem.
 And it is on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron shall bear the iniquity of the holy things which will sanctify the sons of Israel to all their holy gifts. 38 And it is on his forehead continually, that they are accepted before the presence of YHWH.
39 And you weave the coat of bleached linen, and you make a crown of bleached linen, and you make a girdle, the work of an embroiderer. 40 And you make the coat for the sons of Aaron; and you shall make girdles for them; and you make crowns for them, for glory and for beauty.
41 And you clothe your brother Aaron with them, and his sons with him; and you anoint them, and you consecrate them, and you sanctify them. And they minister as priests to Me. 42 And make bleached linen shorts for them, to cover the naked flesh, from the loins as far as the thighs are. 
43 And they are on Aaron and on his sons in their going into the tabernacle of the congregation, or in their drawing near to the altar to minister in the sanctuary, and so that they do not raise up iniquity and die. It is a perpetual statute to him and to his seed after him. Ex. 28:2-43 ELT.

How does God see you?

He sees you in His Son.

Jesus is your Head. You are One in Him, just as He is One with His Father. He is your identity in the presence of God. You are His Body. You are not known by the identity of your flesh. You are known by Him. The Resurrection was the answer to this prayer,

“That they may all be One, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in you, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be One even as We are One” Jn. 17:21-22.

Jesus is now the holiness and identity of His Body the Church. He is your acceptance with God.

“And He is the Head of the body—the Church—Who is the beginning, the first-born out from among the dead, that He might be in all things —Himself—having been first from before all. Col. 1:18 ELT.

 “Now you are the body of Christ and members of Him in part.” 1 Cor. 12:27 ELT.

When Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians He shared from this same heavenly view of the marriage union in our High Priest. When he says “You are accepted in the beloved” Eph. 1:6. He is describing this Divine union as a relationship of pure Grace. And it is a description in accord with: “‘Holiness to YHWH’ shall continually be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before YHWH” Ex. 28:38. Paul was showing us the same Jesus as Moses wrote of because all Israel was depicted in the body and their holiness was seen in their head.

Holiness in God’s understanding is not your behavior or a lifestyle. True holiness is in a place where you abide by faith. It is in a Person. And it is a true relationship in Him. Holiness to YHWH is not about man’s impersonation of Jesus. Holiness as it is to YHWH is all about abiding in the One Who is Holy and bearing true fruit out from a relationship of union.  The need for this distinction comes from our ignorance of this union in Christ. And the insistence of being known by our own individual holiness is a rejection of being gathered IN Christ.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! And you would not be gathered” Mt. 23:37 ELT.

The New Testament tells us that we are “in Christ” more than two hundred different ways. And yet there is a great blindness among God’s people concerning what it means to be gathered up and known by God in His identity, under His crowned head.

Most translations read “miter” which is considered a kind of hat denoting authority. And though some may dispute whether it was a crown, or not, it was made to bear the appearance of a crown in the traditional form. In the way that a crown has a similar form with flower or blossom. One of the Hebrew words describing his crown is actually a word for describing a blossom. Youngs Literal Translation reads: “And thou hast made a flower of pure gold, and hast opened on it—openings of a signet—’Holy to Jehovah” Ex. 28:336-37 YLT.

This crown pointed toward the coming of the One Who would be both King and Priest. God had long ago declared the coming of the end of Aaron’s priesthood through Samuel in the days of Eli.

“I said indeed that your house and your father’s house should walk before Me. But now YHWH says, Far be it from Me! For those who honor Me, I will honor; and those despising Me will be despised. Behold, days come when I shall cut off your arms, and the arms of your father’s house,” 1 Sam. 2:30-31

Eli’s father was Aaron. The coming of Jesus as both the true High priest and King was the fulfillment of Aaron’s priesthood and established in the order of Melchizedek (a priesthood of Gentile nations, more ancient than Israel). But the order of Melchizedek is not priesthood of men. And in Ezekiel we are told plainly that the authority represented by both the miter and crown can truly only belong to the Messiah.

“Remove the miter and take off the crown. Things shall not remain not as they are. Exalt that which is low, and bring low that which is exalted. A ruin, ruin, RUIN will I make it. This also shall not be, until He comes, the One to Whom judgment belongs, and I will give it to Him,” Ezekiel 21:26-27 ELT.

And so Jesus came and was clothed in these “garments of Salvation” since they have always belonged to Him. But He did more than go into holy rooms in symbolic natural tabernacles, into clouds of incense, He ascended into the clouds of heaven and sat down in the throne of God. His own throne. And He has carried you there just as He said.. “I am coming again and will receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Jn. 14:3. You are now represented there in Him in this throne of grace. And you cannot be “torn” from Him.

“The mouth in its top is in its middle; a binding is all around its mouth, of woven work; it is like the mouth of a corselet; it shall not be torn” Ex. 28:32.

It is amazing to me that Caiaphas’ own unbelief caused him to break the Law of Moses tearing the garments disqualifying himself from his High priestly office while accusing Jesus face to face.

“By the living God, You tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.  Jesus said to him, You have said it. I tell you more. From Now on you shall see the Son of Man seated in the right hand of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest tore his garments, saying, He blasphemed! Mt. 26:63-65 ELT See also Ps. 110:1, Daniel 7:13.

The Days of symbolism and testimony had come to their end and the reality of the Day of Atonement began. It is the Day of Christ.

This is the New Covenant Day.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” Jn. 10:27-29 ESV.


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Christ our Secret place

Yet a little while and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live.  In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you”  Jn. 14:19-20.

What does it mean to know Jesus is “in” God and you are “in Christ”?

When He says “a little while and the world will see me no more,” He is telling us that even though He will forever make Himself invisible to the natural eyes and minds of the world, you can be made to see Him by faith, and in seeing Him, you will be made to know God’s own view of you. Seeing God’s view of Jesus is key to knowing the Truth.

When he says “Because I live, you will live” He is telling us that to God, His eternal, Resurrection Life has now become your eternal Life.  Jesus is declaring to us, just as He is “in” His Father, so also every believer is, to the same measure, “in” Him, and also has the presence of His Spirit within.  Jesus Himself is the substance and foundation of Salvation,  righteousness, and union with God.  His union with the Father secured your union in Christ and He in you. He is the New Covenant. Living in covenant with God is bound together with knowing Jesus and abiding in Him.

I was a believer a long time before I experienced anything of the reality of being in Christ. It was a familiar expression among Christians. I had heard it said of groups of believers in a far away lands, that they were “in Christ.”  I had read letters from believers who would sign “in Him”, for the postscript.  I had even read the words many times in my Bible; but they had no real meaning in me until I began to be taught by the Lord Himself. Until then, the words “in Christ” were formless and empty. Only the light of His presence unveils this reality, 

I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” 

When Jesus began making Himself known in me, then the scripture came alive.  As if my black and white heart had its first taste of color. 

It’s all Him.  

Where should we begin? 

Let us start with the first man, Adam. In seeing what it means to be “in Adam” we can begin to behold a contrast to being “in Christ.”

The Day of Christ exposes Adam to be the “man of sin.”   He was not always the man of sin, but he became this, when he “sold”  himself to the serpent. But before this, in the beginning,  Adam was created in the image of God as a type, or “figure of Him that was to come” Rom. 5:14.

“We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be One flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.” Eph. 5:30-32. 

Here Paul clearly shows the relationship of marriage union in Adam as the first prophecy testifying of the coming of Jesus Christ. When “God created man in His own image, man male and female, ” Gen. 1:27, the image was a specifically of Christ crucified. 
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him… And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” Gen. 2:18, 21-24. 

So in the beginning, the natural, created life of Adam was created as a testimony of the cross of Christ. Animals were not a suitable helper for Him since they were not an increase of Adam, so were not a suitable testimony of the work of Christ. When it is said, “a man shall leave his father, and shall cleave unto his wife,” it was said to be a promise of how Jesus would leave His Father to be joined in union with His wife, the Church. Notice that in Christ “We are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones,” Eph. 5:30. This saying is the New Testament fulfillment of Adam’s statement, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh” Gen. 2:23. When it was written that, “the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept” it was also a promise of how, Jesus in the cross, was put into the deep sleep of death. When Jesus was put into death, His side was pierced so that the Life which was of Him issued forth to the increase of His eternal life. 
“One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” Jn. 19:34. 
Therefore the image Adam bore in his creation was a testimony of Jesus Christ crucified.  
There is a common, misconception in christian religious systems assuming that because God is triune, that the image of God in which Adam was created testified of the Trinity. The thought is that God must have created man with a human spirit, soul, and body. But this is an imagination being projected on the Bible.  Adam did not have a spirit to be regenerated. The Word of God says that he was created merely as a “living soul” Gen. 2:7, having a body. The doctrine of a tripartite Adam goes on to say that Adam’s human spirit died in the garden as the result of sin, and the logical conclusion is that it is a human spirit that is “regenerated” when believers are “born of the spirit.” But being “born of God” is not a restoration of the created life of man, but the coming of the presence of God’s own Divine Life, where He was absent.  It is the very Holy Spirit of God Who is received through Christ when you are born of the Spirit. In Christ, the Church is an entirely new creation that is made Life of His Life, and Spirit of His Spirit, out from His own Life-blood. In Christ, this “One New Man” Eph. 2:4 is entirely other than the “old man” and completely new. So when it is written, 

“The first man Adam was made a living soul, but the Last Adam a Life giving Spirit” 1Cor. 15:45, 

Paul is declaring that the judgement of Christ is the division between the first mankind and Jesus Christ, “the Last Adam.” So we are told Adam did not have the Spirit but in Christ alone is a sanctification of the Spirit, soul, and body. 
 Relationship with God has always been one of abiding and faith. 

In the first temptation Adam, already created in the image and likeness of God, was being tempted to reject his rest, and to reject God’s Word. And because of unbelief in God’s view of the likeness of His Son, they were provoked to do something to be “like God,” and in doing so he rejected the likeness of Christ crucified and so the fruit of unbelief became sin. And so death entered the world through the man of sin.

Why is Jesus called “the Last Adam”?

Because the cross of Christ was the end of Adam both head and body.  In the Bible God at times shows us His corporate view of all mankind. Just as a child is born head first, and then afterward the feet appear, God’s Word has shown all humanity as a single man spanning history. 

For example in the second chapter of the book of Daniel, God showed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to be the statue of a man. And in that vision Adam is seen as an idol.  The head represented the king of Babylon and the different metals represented other kingdoms that followed in time until the days of Jesus when the stone was cut without hands, broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold when it struck the image at the feet. The timeline shows when the coming of the Lord would be fulfilled. It also shows the head as the beginning of the man and the heel is the last or end of of that man. God communicated the same corporate timeline of man when He cursed the serpent in the garden. God declared Adam as a corporate humanity, saying that the serpent was “the head” of the old man. Jesus was the end of that man. Jesus as  “the heal” is the “Last Adam” because the work of the cross would destroy the old man.

“YHWH God says to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field: on your belly you go, and dust you eat, all the days of your life;
and I put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He crushes you—the head, and you strike Him—the heel.’” Gen. 3:14-15.  English Literal Translation.  

Young Literal also reads: enmity I put between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he doth bruise thee–the head, and thou dost bruise him–the heel.’” Gen. 3:15 YLT.
God is describing the first humanity as one serpent. God’s purpose for this man is the cross. And Jesus understood the will of God perfectly.
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:That whosoever believes into Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jn. 3:14-15
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him” Jn. 8:44. 

”Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” Jn. 12:31-33. 

When the work of Christ unveiled we see that “all men” died on the cross according to God’s view: The Apostles wrote from this same unveiled view:

The love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead” 2 Cor 5:14.

The cross has affected us all in a mutual and corporate way. And though we can accept this as a teaching or a message, we don’t really know it until we see this in His appearing.

When the veil remains over the heart that soul can only see themselves alone in his walk thru this world. In ignorance, the soul will war through a world struggling to attain to a relationship of rest and favor that Jesus has already brought them into. Knowing nothing of Jesus Himself as the secret place of the Most High God we assume God will love us if we change instead of first abiding in His love and being changed by Him. Underestimating the power of the blood of Christ as nothing more than a covering for his past sins and wrongdoing. This place of peace rest full provision and victory is within God’s Son Jesus Christ. And though it is good to know and believe the statements such as “because of Him you are in Christ Jesus” 1 Cor. 1:30.  The Father’s intention is for your own heart to made an eternal witness of “Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:4.

Already you are clean because the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you” Jn. 15:3-4.

“‘If you abide in My word, then are you my disciples in reality; And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free’.
They answered Him, ‘of Abraham we are, and have never been in slavery to any man: how can you say, ‘you will be made free’?
Jesus answered them, ‘truly, truly, I say unto you, everyone committing sin is the servant of sin.
And the servant does not abide in the house to the age: but the Son abides to the age. Therefore if the Son shall make you free, in reality you are free’” Jn. 8:32-36 English Literal Translation.

Why the Law?

Have you seen how YHWH was declaring His Son in the Law of Moses?

I cannot stress how important it is to see Jesus Christ here.

Like a two edged sword, the Law was given for two reasons.

The first reason was to prophesy of the coming of Jesus.

“All the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John” (the Baptist)-Jesus Mt. 11:13.

The other reason was that it would show us what we are outside of Him.

“The law came in so that the trespass would increase”- Paul, Rom. 5:20.

Good behavior isn’t one of His reasons for the Law.

Did the Law of Moses improve the behavior of Israel?

What were the first two commandments?

“Thou hast no other Gods before Me.”

“Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image.” Ex. 20:3-5 YLT.

What was the first thing God’s people did after this?

They made a graven image.

A golden calf.

The first commandments they received were the first that they broke.

Think about that.

Because they had applied Gods words to themselves, the sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived” them and through it killed them, But when the Law is seen to point to the Life that Jesus is then “the commandment is holy and righteous and good,” according to Rom. 7:11-12. Few realize this but the law actually has the same affect on people today.

“The power of sin is the law” 1 Cor. 15:56.

Nevertheless people go on proclaiming external righteousness.

We need to see Jesus in Ex. 20:

The original language here doesn’t actually say don’t do this, don’t do that or “thou shalt not” etc.

Most don’t know this, but there is actually no future tense in Hebrew, (only perfect and imperfect tense, this is more like past and present tenses in English).

ALL of the futurist language you have read in your Old Testament has been added by translators to “help” us understand what they assume God really meant. In the preface of Youngs Literal Translation it says,

“The Hebrew has only two tenses, which, for want of better terms, may be called “Past” and “Present”-Dr. Robert Young.

God purposely chose a people with a language where it was impossible to say “will” or “shall” but only “let there be” what already is.

If the Spirit causes this understanding to get a hold of you it will radically and profoundly change the way you read the Old and New Testament.

Can you see God’s view of Jesus in this?

It shows how the foundation of all of God’s word has always been an expression of an eternal finished work. Even before Jesus came to manifest His eternal Life.

When the Father looked on Israel He did not see many individuals, He only recognized One Son. As it is written,

“So says YHWH, Israel is my Son, even my firstborn.” Ex. 4:22 ELT.

The 10 commandments were always a communication of God’s view of His people in Christ. Jesus is the “You” in these verses.

“You have no other Gods before Me.”

“You do not make to yourself a graven image.”

“You do not take up the name of YHWH your God in vain….”

“You do not murder.

You do not commit adultery.

`You do not steal.

`You do not answer against your neighbor a false testimony.”

The “ten words” are not Commandments for you to keep. Because He didn’t even say “don’t do this or that” because in God wasn’t even addressing man. He was speaking to One Son that fills His View. The Law was spoken out from His knowing of the Son. This was the Gospel, the good news spoken to Israel, even though they did not believe God’s view.

“For, indeed, we have had the Gospel preached to us , even as they also; but the word did not profit those hearing it, not having been mixed with faith in the ones who heard. For we, the ones believing, enter into the rest” Heb. 4:2-3

This is beautiful. The Gospel of grace is right there in the ten words. The Son. The Person of the Gospel. But this invitation was also refused because the words were not mixed with faith; they didn’t perceive this from God’s view. So the words were rejected and broken as a type of how Christ Himself (The Word) would be rejected broken.

The Father never stopped declaring His Son. And after they had applied the ten words to themselves, and failed to live up to His perfection. YHWH wrote a second set of tablets and put them into the heart of a tabernacle that was just a pattern or parable of the New Covenant in you. This time the stone tablets came with a glorious shining face. But they refused Him again, putting a veil over that face. They could not live in the land because of their lack of vision, faith.

In view of Him, this passage is also so clear.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image out from the glory [of the first] to the glory [of the Second] For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:17-18 ELT.

There is an incredible rest in seeing His unveiled face. It is to see with His eyes. In seeing Jesus we are brought out from the glory of the first covenant and into the glory of the Second.  It is Christ in you, the glory that Israel had hoped for.

Commandments weren’t even what God was trying give them.

They were being called into relationship.

They were being drawn to know and observe YHWH Himself.

But because of fear they rejected this relationship at the foot of Mountian.

“At the sounding of the ram’s horn, they shall go up INTO the mountain.” Ex. 19:13 LITV

Most translations make it sound as if there never was any invitation into His presence, but only a rejection of everyone but Moses.

“Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up TO the mount” Ex. 19:12-13 KJV.

But just coming “to” the mountain falls short of what this was really about. The warning to Israel illustrated how there is no relationship with God except in the third day. Only then. Only when the voice sounds long as a trumpet, then was Israel invited to turn “to see the voice” Rev. 1:10-12. The translators of the NRSV, The Schocken Bible, YLT and LITV get it. Thats why in Ex. 19: they describe an invitation to come up “into” the Mountain.

This invitation is fulfilled by the Church coming boldly to the throne of grace in His Son Jesus Christ. Only in Christ. Only in the Life of of The Resurrection. As in,

“After two days He revives us:

in the third day He raises us up,

and we Live in the sight of Him.” Hosea 6:2

We have no access in our own name, righteousness, or strength; no relationship. The ban spoke of how flesh and blood can never inherit the kingdom of God. Everything from, and of, man is rejected. The administration of death was fulfilled in the cross. The New Covenant is the administration of Life. All this testifies of an invitation to Gods people to come to Him in The Person of the Resurrection. But this invitation was refused. So that generation did not come unto Him as He intended. Only Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders would be invited up later in Ex.24:9-10.

Obscure translations aren’t necessary to see how this was an invitation unto Himself.

“When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God UPON this mountain.” Ex. 3:12 KJV

“Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you UNTO MYSELF. Ex. 19:4 KJV

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for YE SAW NO manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire” Deut. 4:15 KJV

Now this is saying something huge. They were being warned because they didn’t see Him, or even a similarity of Him. That first generation is being told to watch there step because the didn’t come up into relationship of seeing Him on that Day.

“Therefore, diligently guard yourselves, for you saw no form when יהוה :YHWH spoke to you at Ḥorĕḇ out of the midst of the fire” Deut. 4:15 TS

Most commentaries suggest that He purposely didn’t appear to them because He believed they would have just make graven images of Him, but why would he warn them to be careful not make images of a form they didn’t see any form to begin with?

They were being warned because they had refused their only means of transformation. We can only be transformed into His image by beholding His Glory. Only seeing Him by revelation can change you.

“But we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18

Because they feared death, they removed themselves nine miles away from the mountain. Then He spoke the ten words.

But this was far was less than His best for them. But even then the Gospel was offered to them even as He was being rejected.

The Father has never failed to clothe His Israel in Jesus Christ.

He has already provided all that He required.

His Love endures forever.


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