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Monday, November 12, 2018


Chapter Fifteen

   All that we know today as GLOBALISM is merely growing, developing Antichristism.  Satan is the “god of this word” (II Corinthians 4:4) and the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2).  Globalism is simply the majority of the people of the world accepting him as “god of this word” and the “prince of the power of the air.”  It is anti-Christ because it is the rejection and hatred of all that Jesus taught about righteousness. 

“ . . . speak {Zechariah} unto him {Joshua}, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he {the BRANCH or Messiah} shall build the temple of the LORD {the temple the Jews were building at the time of Joshua, nor Herod’s Temple, would NOT be the Kingdom Age Temple}; and he {the BRANCH or Messiah} shall bear the glory, and {the BRANCH or Messiah} shall sit and rule upon his throne {the King’s crown}; and he {the BRANCH or Messiah} shall be a priest upon his throne {the High Priest’s crown}: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both {thrones or offices combined in one Person}” (Zechariah 6:12-13).

Every time Satan has come close to achieving Globalism, God has showed His sovereignty over His creation.  First, God did this with a worldwide flood (Genesis 6:17).  The second time God did this was at Babel when He did “confound the language of all the earth” and scattered “them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9).  The next intervention of God will be God’s judgment and destruction of the one world government of the Antichrist.  This destruction will happen at the second coming of Jesus at Armageddon.  The last intervention of God will be at the end of the Kingdom Age when Satan will be “loosed a little season” (Revelation 20:3) only to be eternally and finally “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone” (Revelation 20:10). 

1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season” (Revelation 20:1-3).

            Pic Very few people understand that terms like OPEN BORDERS and GLOBALISM are just jargon describing the progressive rise of Antichristism.  When Liberals use terms like PROGRESSIVE, the destination toward which they seek to progressively move is Antichristism.  These are the prophetic types in Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Kingdom spoken of in the prophets.  Although to the human eyes and from a secular perspective, the world is headed for a very unpleasant future, believers are given prophetic truth to see beyond this destiny of doom and gloom.  That does not mean that the night of darkness and suffering is not about to come upon the world, for God tells us those days will come.  

However, God also tells us the Antichrist will not sustain his power in the world.  God is still sovereign.  Ezekiel 21:18-27 clearly gives us the dualistic vision of type, and Antichrist fulfillment of that type, in a new day dawning.

18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways {a fork of two different roads; one to the right to Israel and the other to the left to the Ammonites}, that the sword of the king of Babylon {Nebuchadnezzar as a type of the Antichrist} may come {God’s will is the captivity of Jerusalem}: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city. 20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites {the Ammonites and Moabites originally formed an alliance with Zedekiah to fight against the Babylonians}, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced. 21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver. 22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort. 23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he {God} will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken. 24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered {secret spiritual adulteries}, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand {captivity of Jerusalem and its people both by Nebuchadnezzar then and the Antichrist at the end of the Tribulation}. 25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel {Zedekiah, who desecrated Israel with his idolatry, would be forced to watch his sons murdered by the Babylonians, then had his own eyes put out, after which he was shackled and led away in chains to Babylon}, whose {Zedekiah’s} day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn {the threefold proclamation signifies absolute certainty}, it: and it shall be no more {no more kings ruling independently in Israel until Messiah comes}, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:18-27).

          The meaning of the mental image of “The BRANCH” growing “up out of his place” (Zechariah 6:12) is often lost to us.  The “growing . . . BRANCH” gives us the perspective of growing in glory.  The glory of Messiah will grow until He reaches the fullness of His glory in the New Heaven/Earth where His glory will become the sole light thereof.  

From the perspective of everyone in the world at the end of the Tribulation, Israel looks as if she is dead, destroyed, and will never be restored.  It would appear by all natural appearances that the “olive tree” that is Israel will never be restored to life again.  Jesus reaffirmed this prophecy in Luke chapter twenty-four.  “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).  The “times of the Gentiles” extends from the Babylonian captivity to the second coming of Jesus at Armageddon.  However, other prophecies speak of the restoration of the nation of Israel and the restoration of the independent throne of Israel by the Messiah at His coming. 

The glory of Messiah growing until He reaches the fullness of His glory in the New Heaven/Earth is the substance and context of the prophecy of Isaiah recorded in chapter fifty-three.  The whole of the promised accomplishments of Messiah are defined in these twelve verses of Scripture.  The chapter begins with the birth of Messiah in humble beginnings that by appearance offers little hope to Jews looking for a conquering Messiah able to deliver them from the bondage of the world dominating power of the Roman Empire.  Thirty years later, the carpenter’s Son could heal the sick, raise the dead, calm the storms, and walk on water, but appeared to be no warrior.  After all, He was later crucified.  Most Jews were persuaded to discount the rumors of His resurrection.  Isaiah 53:12 culminates with the dividing of the spoils of victory in the defeat of the globalism of the Antichrist at the second coming of Jesus at Armageddon and the restoration of Israel as the universal empire ruled by Jesus and His priesthood of faithful Church Age believers.   

The Jews at the time of Christ could not see the timespan in “The BRANCH” as He grew in power and glory. The majority of the Jews at the time of Christ could not see their powerful Messiah rejected, despised, and murdered by an insolent mob.  Therefore, because of their ignorance and bad theology, they became part of the mob of His rejectors of which Isaiah chapter fifty-three speaks.   

The Jews could not understand the most simplest of spiritual truths: of what value was it if they gained the whole world, the Kingdom, but lost their own souls (Matthew 16:26)?  Now, read the twelve verses of Isaiah chapter fifty-three from that context of thought.  Isaiah chapter fifty-three spans the millennia from the birth of Jesus to His second coming in power and glory.  The Jews, like most under the Sun people, could not see the timespan that accompanies most prophecy.  “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8). 

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed {the answer is believers only who see the incredible timespans in God’s Messianic prophecies}? 2 For he {the Messiah} shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground {an impossibility by all appearances}: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him {nothing spectacular about Him}. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not {the rejection of Jesus as Messiah by most of the Jews}. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs {what they deserved}, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken {most Jews were convinced by the corrupt priesthood and believed He deserved it}, smitten of God {vicarious propitiation was necessary to God’s plan of redemption}, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 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 dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days {resurrection/glorification}, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong {faithful Church Age believers}; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:1-12).

During the Church Age, Jesus is building a spiritual, eternal Temple composed of living “born again” stones that will transcend time into the NEW Heaven/Earth once it is created after the end of the Kingdom Age.  Jesus will also build a physical Temple at the beginning of the Kingdom Age.  These two different Temples should not be confused or conjoined.  One is Israel and one is the Church.

12 And speak unto him {Joshua}, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he {‘The BRANCH’} shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne {King}; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. 14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial {reminder that Joshua did not fulfill the type and Messiah will} in the temple of the LORD. 15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God” (Zechariah 6:12-15).

          In Zechariah 6:12-15, the LORD is making it clear to Joshua and the other remnant of returned Jews that the Temple they were rebuilding with the rubble of Solomon’s destroyed Temple was not going to be the Kingdom Temple.  The Prophet, Priest, King Messiah would build His own Temple when He comes.  However, one generation often fails to explain what God says and so the truth is lost to the next generation.  The crowns were to be placed in the Temple being built as a memorial (reminder) that Messiah would build His own Temple.  

          The Mosaic Covenant was about shadows, types, and physical structures intent upon portraying spiritual realities.  Because humans are empirical beings (touch, sight, smell, hear), it is always easy to transpose these shadows, types, and physical representations into forms of idols reducing the forms into externalism and ritualism.  When this happens, the forms of worship replace true worship and become what is worshiped with little consciousness of what they represent.  The New Covenant would transition believers away from these types and shadows to worshiping the Spiritual Being Who is God.  The transition from shadows and types was intent upon helping humans understand that they are primarily spiritual beings merely occupying temporal physical forms.  It is very difficult for corporeal beings to transition their view of themselves into spiritual, eternal beings. 

23 But the hour cometh, and now is {transitioning from the Mosaic Covenant to the New Covenant}, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

          The building of the Church is initiatory in the transition from the physical shadows and types of the Mosaic Covenant.  The Church is a spiritual structure constructed of “born again” living stones.  This transition in thinking still proves to be difficult for most Christians.  When most people think of a Church, they think of a building.  The building is just where the church assembles.  The church is the assembly of “born again” believers.  Just like a pile of building materials is not a building until it is assembled, the church is not a church until it assembles.  Since the Church is a primarily a spiritual entity, the “gates of Hell cannot prevail against” it.  

Christ’s building of the Church is not yet complete.  In other words, the Church is not yet fully assembled.  The Church is still under construction.  The Church will not be fully assembled until we all “meet the Lord in the air” (I Thessalonians 4:17).  Until that “moment,” Christ is still building His Church.  To be in “fellowship” with Christ is being fully surrendered in holiness and cooperation with Christ in “the work of the ministry” of all faithful believers to build His Church.  The “work of the ministry” is Church building through evangelism (soul winning and discipleship).  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God’s building” (I Corinthians3:9).

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter {a piece of rock}, and upon this rock {massive rock; Peter’s personal proclamation/testimony of Who Jesus is thereby confessing Jesus to be LORD} I will build {to be a house builder; construct} my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven {preaching salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of redemption through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ}: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:13-19).

          Missions (evangelism) is always building spiritual constructs and adding living stones to Christ’s future spiritual church.  Evangelism s not waiting for the stones to come to the church.  Go cannot be taken out of the Gospel.  Missions is building/planting local assemblies.  A church is an assembly that assembles to assemble a spiritual local construct.  A local church is a spiritual construction project in progress. Disconnecting missions (evangelism) from building a spiritual organism called a church is totally foreign to the Scriptures.  Discipleship is the shaping and molding of individual living stones for their placement in the living structure. 

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (I Corinthians 3:11-17).

          The metaphor of the living Temple of God is intimately and eternally connected to God through “the regeneration.”  We cannot fully understand what this New Creation will be like in the fulfillment of its metaphor, but we can know that, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (I Corinthians 2:9).  There will be a union of God and His redeemed children in a way not even imaginable by the finite human mind.  The transition from the physical to the spiritual is difficult for finite and empirical beings to comprehend.  Although there will be physical characteristics to the New Heaven/Earth, this New Creation will be primarily spiritual.  Presently, although there are spiritual characteristics of the Church, the Church is primarily, at least in appearance, physical. 

11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged {loving candidness}. 12 Ye are not straitened in us {there was no narrowness of Paul’s love in saying what needed to be said}, but ye are straitened in your own bowels {the narrowness in their reception of what they needed to hear}. 13 Now for a recompence in the same {appeal to reciprocity; be as opened to what Paul is saying as He was opened to them in saying what needed to be said for their benefit}, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged {open your heart to what I have to say}. 14 {Now the command and appeal to obey} Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? {none} and what communion hath light with darkness? {none} 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? {none} or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? {none} 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? {none} for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said {to the Jews and nation of Israel under the Mosaic Covenant}, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you {in the closer intimacy of the New Covenant as a Father intimately receives His children}, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:11-18).

          The grand difference between the Jews’ relationship with God under the Mosaic Covenant is described in of II Corinthians 6:16-18.  Some differences in the examples in the way people are received is based upon their positions before the one receiving them.  An ambassador from another nation is received with curtesy and offend given the same respect that would be given the person he represents if that person was there.  A servant bringing a report to his master or an employee to his employer is allowed to converse about the things require, but without given the privilege of discussing private or intimate details that are none of his business.  There are varying degrees of distance maintained in those relationships.  However, a father calls his children to his knee.  There is a much more intimate relationship in the father/child relationship.  The father joyfully anticipates this closer intimacy he has with his children.  The children long for the love and joyful embrace of their caring father. 

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