Prelude to Light
My Words are Spirit and They are Life!
In the early morning of May 25, of the year 2000, I was asleep on my bed, when in a night vision I found myself standing in front of a man, who was about 30 feet from me and on the same floor level. The person, I was looking at was an ordinary, baldheaded man past middle age, and was clothed in priestly garments of a white robe with a green tunic.
NOTE: The color of green universally speaks of new life, of budding and living vegetation; it inspires hope, with the renewal of life and energy. The color white represents light, purity, innocence, joy, triumph and glory.
Besides the baldheaded man in priestly garments, I knew that other people were in that room with me. All of us were standing in a lineup in the forefront of that dimly lit room, however from my central position, I did not look around to see who was there. The only light that was in the room was directly over and surrounding that one priestly person standing in what would be the altar portion of the building. My fixation was on that solitary person and the chalice he was embracing with both hands held close to his chest. It was only a moment into the vision, when He extended both arms straight forward, while still holding the chalice with both of his hands; and then he opened his mouth proclaiming very boldly: “Behold the Living Sacrifice”.
In the next moment, he turned to his right, to about 45 degrees and began to pan the room from his right to left with his outstretched arms while he continued to hold the chalice with both hands. On my far left I heard an "Ohhhhh", then an "ooh ooh" in quick succession. Momentarily, I thought to myself, surely the communicants were being blessed, but that was the only sounds I heard, as I watched the priest slowly turn in my direction. Just before he pointed the chalice towards me, I began to see a multicolored light emanating from the chalice and extending its reach all the way towards me. I was anticipating a blessing, with answers to questions concerning the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ. But, when the multicolored Light came upon me, my head was driven backwards, for I was pierced through the forehead by that beam of Light. Instantaneously there came a silent explosion of white light within my mind, and I grunted out "Oh ohhh": Then in less than a moment, I was stabbed in and through the abdomen and chest by that same piercing white Light, and I cried out “Oooh ooh”! Startled and gravely discomforted, I found myself fully awakened, in a seated position, clutching my belly as if severely wounded and pondering the experience with bewilderment.
The dream lasted, I suppose, all of 15 or 20 seconds. However, after the awakening experience, I fell asleep quickly. When I awoke at the appropriate time and well rested, I immediately remembered the bold words, “Behold the Living Sacrifice!” From that day and afterwards, I began to understand the dreams relevancy to the Holy Word's of Jesus Christ and of the inestimable value that God's Living Covenant in the Communion Blood of Jesus provides for the Lord's Church Body: Fear not: I AM the First and the Last: I AM He that lives and was dead; and behold, I AM alive for evermore, Amen: And I have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1 verse 17 thru 18.) Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He forever lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, Holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. (Hebrews 7 verse 25 thru 26.) No one comes to the Father except by Me!
The following scriptural texts are significant to the vision's understanding. Others will follow.
Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (logical) service. And be not conformed to this world: But be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect Will of God”.
First we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices: For every sacrifice to God is salted. But if that which is salted shall loose its savor, how then is it to be salted? It is good for nothing and is to be cast out and to be trodden under the foot of men. (See Matthew 5 verse 13.)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office (praxis (more precisely, function or doing) derived from prasso): So then, we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (Romans 12 verse 1 thru 6. )
Unfortunately the King James Version of the Bible incorrectly uses an inflated interpretation of the Greek word "praxis" to mean office (of significance) rather than the more correct lowly meaning of function, which would be natural to the differentiated cellular members within the whole body.
Verily, verily, I say unto
you: If a man
keep My Word, he shall never see death.
Standing in the darkness with a representative portion of the church, the sharpness of the Holy Spirit's Sword of piercing rebuke, made it abundantly clear to me that the contents of the cup, which the priest proclaimed "to be" the Living Sacrifice, absolutely contained the very Spirit and Life of the Word of Holy God that is One with the sacrificial Communion Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. (See John 6 verse 63.)
The Holy Spirit of God, through His sharp two-edged Sword of Truth, very dramatically emphasized the two parts of my being that are influenced by the Spirit of the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. First, there was the head representing the mind with its conscience, or more precisely the spirit of man resonating in the confines of the heart, that being the core thoughts, emotions and intentions within the mind of man, whether for good or bad: And secondly, the essence being the soul with the essence of life within the man. (See The Soul and the Life.) For Scripture says; So take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: (See Ephesians 6 verse 13 thru 18.) For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.) For "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." (Jeremiah 17 verse 10.) For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted (chastened) for your faults (sins), you shall take it patiently? But if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you then take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 19 thru 21.)
From the Song of Moses, we read: See now that I, even I AM He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My Hand. I will whet My glittering (My lighting) Sword, and My Hand shall take hold of judgment. (See Deuteronomy 32 verse 39 thru 42.)
Did the I AM that I AM really Say?
I kill and I make alive: I wound and I heal!
In that moment of visionary time, I both witnessed and experienced extra-dimensionally, the Lightning of the Living Sword of the Spirit of Grace, pierce through the fleshly part of my mind with its self centered spirit, and then into the core of the body, where the very soul of my being would exist in the flowing blood within the heart. The experience left an indelibly deep impression within me, for, it was as if I had been slain with that multicolored Sword of Light, and yet, I awoke from the experience, to live. Yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Who Loved me, and gave Himself for me, (See Galatians 2 verse 20.)
For even unto this were you called: Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps, Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His Mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him (Yahweh God) that judges righteously: Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed, for you were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 21 thru 25.)
For it was by the stripes applied to the flesh of Christ Jesus that we were initially healed from the power of sin and death, for in the past we were as sheep going astray, but now in His search and calling for us, we have heard His Voice and returned unto the care of our Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. (1st Peter 2 verse 25.)
(Jesus says My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me)
A Warning from Holy God's Spirit of TRUTH: Nothing in the vanity of our human flesh wants to hear of the possibility of Holy God's Spirit of TRUTH bringing correction to our straying unbelief in His Living Word of TRUTH. So Yes; the Wisdom in God's justice will allow for sin to administer stripes to any one of his wayward sheep, so that in the wounding repercussions of sin, correction can be made and there would be repentance from sin's strangle hold, then the Physician of our souls would now be able to heal those that return to His keeping.
This generation, like all past generation's of adulterating self exultation, when left to themselves, will exchange the Truth of God for a lie that accommodates their own self centered desires, leaving them without accountability to the Almighty for their illicit actions. Now the Truth of the Word of God is seen as foolishness, and made subject to philosophical debates among the many self absorbed scholars of philosophy, who, in their natural pride, will argue over what they think God, might have meant, and yet in the flesh of their own idolatrous minds, they may never come to the knowledge of the Truth. When the Supreme Council of the Lord is dismissed as foolishness then every man will make his own way and do what is right in their own eyes that satisfies the desires of their calling flesh. Witness for yourselves: There are many religious leaders that have cultivated a mind of unbelief that profanes the unfailing Word of God, and now they breed their own unbelief within the itching ears of their followers. The cultivated unbelief of the naturally gifted mind of a charismatic leader creates stumbling blocks that naturally deviate from the Spirit of TRUTH. The naive may end up following a completely skewed perception that departs from the only TRUTH of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty. The TRUTH of Yahweh God can not be dismissed as innocuous, for Christ Jesus/Yeshua is the Personification of the TRUTH of God, and is none other than the Righteous Judge of the whole earth. Jesus Christ, the very Word of His Father, is One with the King of His created universe, where all things in His universe are held together with the Power of the Infinite Word of the Almighty God. (See Ephesians 3 verse 9.)(Consider the challenges for today Romans 1 verse 21 thru 25.)
Jesus Christ, the TRUTH of the Word of His Father God, says: My sheep hear My Voice and I know them, and they follow Me. (See Mark 8 verse 38 and John 10 verse 26 thru 27.) David, the king of Israel, understood the correcting and yet comforting Voice of his Shepherd, for David wrote in Psalm 23: Thy Rod and Thy Staff they comfort me. Yes, Jesus the TRUTH of God, knows all of His sheep, and in knowing them, He understands that they all can be distracted and led astray. There is a Rod in His Hand that He will use for correction, so that none of His sheep should be lost in the briars to be devoured by the wolves.
Yahweh God Almighty is ever faithful to His Covenant Word of Salvation Grace in Christ Jesus, even though we are not ever faithful to Him. Therefore God's Spirit of Holiness will correct His Covenant people of our waywardness, for in His Righteous Judgment, He will allow our own sins to find us out. God allows the pains and sorrows of sin to afflict our flesh, so as to bring us to repentance, and then His Spirit of Grace will set us on God's path Way of Truth that allows us to follow in the footsteps of the Life that is His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer (that is to endure the pains of sin) for His sake; (Philippians 1 verse 29.) While this understanding is not popular in the fleshly, faith based ministries of name and claim it, nevertheless, God, in the trying of our faith, gives unction to sin's administration of stripes of correction that are appropriate for the misdeeds and misconceptions of His wayward sheep. (See Luke 12 verse 42 thru 49.) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. (Psalms 51 verse 17.) For if we would judge our selves, we should not be judged, but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, so that we should not be condemned with the world. (See verses for Chastening) Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat (of the Lord's Table Provisions for Life in Christ) wait one for another. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 26 thru 34.) The Body of Christ, in this world, is not working to its fullest potential to glorify the Almighty God, while its sitting members embrace the darkness of their own self centered sins, rather than centered in an unadulterated Love of their Creator. (See 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 27.)
The Table of the Lord Jesus Christ, is to be set with His Provisions of Faith that are ascribed in the Word of God, so that God's Holy Spirit of Grace can lead all of the baptized members within the death of Christ, into the sanctified unity of the One Holy Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. The divisive sin's of our flesh shall not have dominion over the people of God, for we are not to be led by the flesh of our fallen humanity, but by the leading of the One Holy Spirit of the Only God of the Living, Who raised up our Savior Christ Jesus from the dead. In Communion, when acknowledging our failures to our merciful Savior, then God's Holy Spirit of Grace is faithful and just to cleanse and absolve us of our unrighteousness. No chastening of the Lord for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (See Hebrew 12 verse 5 thru 11.)
I AM the Way, I AM the TRUTH, I AM the Life of man, No one comes to the Father except by Me.
Now then, we that are the baptized members within Jesus Christ, having given our submission of our wills to that of God's Will, can be freed from any condemnation of our failures in the thoughts and actions of our corruptible flesh. With the acknowledgement of the present sins of the flesh, known and unknown, then with our unity with God's Spirit of Holiness, our collective prayers and petitions are not hindered by our ungodliness, so that now we may bring them into the throne room of God's Holiness. Holy Yahweh Father God is pleased to honor our righteous petitions that will glorify His Name in all the world. The Man Christ Jesus, is our High Priest, and is to be at the forefront of all of the individual members, so that He may raise up the saved into His stature within the One Man Christ Jesus. As members in the Grace of Christ Jesus, we are called to be light in the world, and as His representatives, we are no longer to be party to the darkness of this world.
Through God's Gift of His Spirit of abiding Faith in Christ Jesus, the darkness of sin is no longer to continue to have dictating dominion over our souls and minds that are housed in the wretchedness of our fleshly being. For he that suffers in the flesh ceases from sin. Make no mistake; our own sins are a stench in the Nostrils of God Almighty, and produce havoc on the sensitivities of our self centered flesh. God will use our own sins and those of others, like a rod, to correct our unrighteous thoughts and judgmental behaviors against others. (See Psalm 139 verse 23 thru 24.) In the darkness of this world, we are yet subject to our own trials of unbelief, and also to the tribulations of the sins of others that are blinded in the darkness of this dying world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (See John 8 verse 12, John 9 verse 5, Matthew 5 verse 14, John 16 verse 33.)
God's New Covenant of Grace, is within the Blood of Jesus Christ, and gives every one who lives by the Spirit of Faith within Christ Jesus, the assurance that God's Spirit will faithfully be correcting the mistakes and curbing the passions of our flesh. The Spirit of Father God's Grace works within us with the Holy intent of increasing the virtues of Love's Righteousness that is within His Son Christ Jesus. (See 2nd Timothy 3 verse 16 thru 17.) Hereby we perceive the Love of God, because He (Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd) laid down His Life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1st John 3 verse 16.) Interestingly, the 1st Epistle of John Chapter 3 verse 16, numerically chimes together with John's Gospel, Chapter 3 verse 16, and so they do in TRUTH.
Jesus, the Word of His Father God says: The Words I Speak to you are Spirit and They are Life.
If we return to the above visionary dream, then we might see within the stunning outcry of the one person, along with mine, that the Holy Spirit of God was providing sufficient evidence that the vision was a true witness to the Eternal's Power IN Communion. Also, the One Spirit of God was bearing witness, through the visionary dream, of the spiritual reality of sin's corrupting influence that remains in our physical body of flesh. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the (condemnation of the) law, but under (God's) grace. (Romans 6 verse 14.) For God's Word of Promise, within His New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, is absolute Truth, for under His Grace in Christ Jesus, the Living Blood of the Holy Ghost will cleanse and absolve His called people of their confessed sins of darkness. If we say we have no sin then we deceive ourselves and the TRUTH is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (See 1st John 1 verse 7 thru 10.) For the God of all Grace, Who has called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, that after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, established, strengthened and settle you. (See 1st Peter 5 verse 5 thru 11.) The piercing Light of God's Sword of the Spirit, revealed the Truth of the sanctifying power of the unseen Spirit of the Holy Communion Blood of Jesus Christ.
To be frank, I thought that all the others that were gathered in that room with me, would have responded to the Spirit of the Word of God. However, only one other person with myself, had opened hearts to receive of the Lord's Provisions for renewing Life IN the Christ of God. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If any man hear My Voice, and open the door, Then will I come into him, and will sup with him and he with Me. (See Revelation 2 verse 17 and chapter 3 verse 20.) In the dream, maybe there was only the two of us who continue to struggle with the unruliness of our own flesh. If the humility of a person's heart is not evident to God, then the vanity of the flesh reigns in the communion rite designed by men, and not in the leading of God's Holy Spirit of Grace and Truth.
No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put on to fill the garment up, takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles (wine skins); else the bottles (wine skins) break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles (wine skins) perish: But they put new wine into new bottles, (wine skins) and both are preserved. (Matthew 9 verse 16 thru 17.)
The True Provisions of Life are that which the Lord Alone Provides through His Spirit of Grace.
Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I AM meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (See Matthew 11 verse 25 thru 30.)
These are the Words of TRUTH, issued from the Living Bread of Life, for He came down from heaven to give rest to those who would come to Him.
Tragically, so many, within the so called churches, are wallowing in the mire of worldly sin, and in their home spun theology, are dismissive of 1st John chapter 1 Verse 7. For if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. The Spirit of the Word of God speaks of our Communion/Fellowship that we are to have in the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ. With our repentance, then the darkness of our self serving sins of the flesh, having come to the Light, are put under the cleansing Blood of Jesus Christ, through God's Holy Spirit of Grace. The TRUTH of God so desires that the Love of God might reign in the spirit of our minds, to give Glory to Father God Almighty. Yahweh God Almighty is faithful to His Covenant Word of TRUTH, for He is One with the Sacrificial Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ: For God's Spirit of Sanctifying Grace is IN Christ's Life giving Blood, and through the Water of His Blood, the believer will be cleansed from acknowledged sin that in insidiously rooted within our idolatrous flesh.
Apparently, if the present unbelief and confusion continues in the churches' teaching on Holy Communion, then, in the absence of the TRUTH of the Word of God, the called to the TRUTH of God will continue to languish in their pews. The Witness of God, is that the heavy burdened, who sit in the pews, have not been given the opportunity to respond to God's Sanctifying Word of TRUTH in His Holy Communion that removes the burden of confessed sin from the pew sitter's minds. (See James 1 verse 21 thru 24.)
Holy Communion, by and through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, is intended to be only for Baptized believers, who are settled within the spirit of their minds that they will follow the fullness of the True Words of their Chief Physician Christ Jesus. (See Matthew 9 verse 9 thru 13.) However, if the old vessels remain settled in their unbelief, then it would be very foolish to partake of the Holy Spirit's Provisions of the Lamb of God. The New Wine of the Spirit of God is for the new created wine skins of True Faith, for that Abiding Faith is One with IN their Savior, Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah. The Infinite all-knowing Almighty God knows from the beginning of His creation of time, those who belong to Him.
Not one of us are justified in a perfunctory performance in Holy Communion. Holy God Almighty, has called us to humility and in truth we are to repent of our sins of the flesh, leaving the imprisoning chains of our sin, dissolving under the Righteous Blood of God's Holy Son, Christ Jesus. Being One with the Spirit of God, we will continue to trust in God Almighty's Faithful Word, knowing that our souls and the spirit of our minds are in His Holy Spirit's care. The prison doors are already opened, and His reproof through the covering Love of God IN Christ Jesus will bring the redeemed into the perfection of His Love that passes all human understanding.
Before this Communion visionary dream, and along with those visions in the chapter "Arise Shine", I initially saw Scripture in a singular perspective, relating only to the selfish sensitivities of my own person, and not to that which is necessary for the wholeness of all the members within the One Body of Jesus Christ. This visionary dream became a spiritual revelation or awakening of the spiritual heart of my mind's spirit and soul, and not necessarily applicable to the desires of one's own selfish flesh. Indeed, the blessing of the flesh that I might have desired or anticipated, did not take place, although this does not preclude God from giving a healing to a condition within our physical bodies at His own wise discretion and purpose in glorifying His very own Word, Jesus Christ. God enlarges our Faith in Who He Is, and what He can do through His Spirit that resides within His obedient people of His Faith. That Faith is not a faith that glories in the flesh that perishes along with its excesses. For the sons of God are those that are led by the Spirit of Yahweh God Almighty, and are crucifying the sinful will of the flesh. (See Galatians 5 verse 24 thru 25.) Without humility there is no repentance, without repentance there is no remission of sin, without the remission of sin there is no power of the Holy Spirit, for God is Holy and not party to our sin.
Believe thou not that I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but The Father that dwells in Me; He [the Father] does the works. Believe Me; I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in Me, the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. (John 14 verse 11 thru 12.)
It is during the Lord's Passover Communion with Unleavened Bread, during His Table of New Covenant Grace that Jesus instructs His disciples in the Word of His Father: 'The Father that dwells in Me, He does the work. (first) If you live in Me and (\second) My Words live within you, (third) Then you shall ask what you will (according to the sanctifying Word of God) and it shall be done for you. And then again Jesus/Yeshua say: Without Me you can do nothing! (John 15 verse 5.) When seeking the Grace of God through a genuine Faith in the Word of the Almighty God, then the members of the Body of Christ are to be strengthened together in their functioning charism gifts of the Spirit of God within the One Holy Body of Jesus Christ.
In the natural, there are also certain healings that can take place through the wisdom that people have received from God, and that wisdom may grow from an understanding of the nature of this natural body in conjunction with God's designed order of nature itself. Even the wisdom of faith in God, does not allow for the continued abuse of His natural law, and perhaps the appetite of the flesh may need to be curbed or adjusted to bring about a change.
All healing first takes place inwardly, and then God's Grace may be manifested outwardly.
For the called child of God, obedience to the Word of God comes first, then comes God's blessings, working within the living members of the Body of Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of the storms of this earthly life, God's Spirit of Life brings about a sense of well being within the spirits of His new creations in Christ Jesus. The Love of God is manifested to the redeemed, first occurring within our souls and the spirit of our minds, and then that same Love of God within us, is to be manifested in the Power of His Love to the lost souls of this perishing world. The charisma Grace of the abiding Spirit of God within the souls of Faith, enables the manifestations of the Almighty's Power within and without of the sanctified members of the One Body of the Living Sacrifice, Jesus Christ. The Living Grace of God's Spirit is given to His called people, for the Glorification of the only Almighty God of the Living. (See 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 14.) Though the Holy Spirit of the Living God Almighty nothing is impossible: Therefore the manifestations of the Faith of Christ Jesus working within the functioning members of His Body is not limited to natural wisdom.
As we continue in the Way of Jesus Christ, we will see there is dynamic “Power in the Blood of Christ”, with unseen dimensions of enabling Life in the Communion Covenant Blood of our Lord and Savior: For the Blood of Jesus Christ is One with the Word of His Father of Life, and Christ's Blood is enabled, both to kill and make alive, and to wound and heal through the two edged Sword of the Holy Spirit of the Eternal God Almighty. Greater emphasis on the Covenant Blood of Jesus and its spiritual affects on the soul and spirit of man will be presented in the following section 'The Crucible', but presently let us continue to always look to our Lord Jesus, the Living Sacrifice of God.
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