Temple Builders Prophetic Web Book: Spiritual Israel: Prophetic Teaching
by John Robert Lucas
 
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Spiritual Israel: Prophetic Teaching

Chapter 24
Who Is Israel?

Num 14:23-24

Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Twelve spies went into the land which God had promised, you know the story, ten had evil reports and two had good reports. Joshua and Caleb had the good report; however, notice Joshua is not included in this promise even though he was also one with a good report. Each spy was a ruler; each man represented one of the tribes of Israel. Caleb represented the tribe of Judah and yet the scriptures teach that Caleb was not 100% Judah lineage, he was also a Kennizzite which was a descendant of Esau. The “SEED” that shall possess the land has nothing to do with natural heritage; it refers to ONLY Christ Jesus. It is totally EXCLUSIVE to one seed and yet it is totally INCLUSIVE to all mankind. Paul saw this truth and therefore gave us our present day terminology – “IN CHRIST”. Caleb did inherit the physical land that was promised but God was also speaking of a future land to be inherited by those who are in Christ. Just as sure, just as a reality it was when Caleb settled in that land that was promised, you can be as sure that it pointed to the land that we shall settle in as well – eternal life.

Now in continuing we must teach a truth to dispel a lie that has circulated throughout the church concerning “natural Israel”. Please read the entire chapter so that we have the opportunity to qualify all of our statements. Paul was quite plain in his speaking concerning natural Israel and therefore it would seem there could not be any controversy concerning natural Israel’s role in the church and in the last generation; but there is great controversy. As we have said before, a controversy exist because of our failure to diligently seek Jesus as our only truth and life, and therefore we have believed the words of men who do know understand God’s plans and purposes.

Placement Theology

Throughout the church there are those who are not of the “mature faith”, they are immature in the ways of Christ concerning His ultimate plan of reconciliation for the last generation; the proof of this is the fact that they label others as “REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY”. Similar to the heresy hunters we talked about in an earlier chapter we can see a people in the body of Christ being deceived by these teachers. These teachers target and label anyone that uses the terminology “spiritual Israel”.

We are called of God to clarify some simple truth so that you may never be subverted by their ignorance in unbelief. Some in the body of Christ say that natural Israel is the SEED and that natural Israel is the object of all Old Testament scripture, though many have different degrees to which that apply this doctrine. Some of them pick and choose by some complicated method that scripture pertains to natural Israel EXCLUSIVELY and another scripture will pertain to the church. They are quite confused, these same Christians existed in Paul’s day, and therefore he strongly admonished them.

Paul made it quite simple, Israel is Jew AND Greek, together comprising God’s great plan. Paul calls both Jew and Greek – branches! One is a natural branch and the other is a wild olive branch. Paul clearly taught in Romans that the natural branch was cast off. What does Paul mean by that? Though Jesus was a Jew, to abide in Jesus, as a natural Jew you cannot “naturally” attach. It is through faith not by natural birthright, not by Cain or Esau. Therefore by faith the Jew first, at the day of Pentecost, attached by faith to Jesus and three thousand were saved – grafted. Afterwards the gospel was preached to the gentile and they likewise were grafted by faith. So what we have now is natural Israel branches grafted alongside wild olive branches that were grafted. One has NO INHERITANCE over the other because ALL are fellow heirs with Christ.

Christ is SPIRITUAL ISRAEL; He is the ONLY heir according to promise! This new doctrine, this new covenant is called the new wine. The old wineskin is equal to the non-grafted natural branches; they represent the natural Old Testament order, which are fulfilled, and cast away. As a natural Jew you must receive and hold this new wine in a new wineskin. The new wineskin is God’s new way of doing things – to abide in Jesus and get grafted, get new. When the old wineskin became discarded it was because Jesus fulfilled all that it represented. Jesus was the promise, He was the Promised Land, He was the final and ultimate sacrifice, He was the Temple, and He was Israel.

How could anyone deny that Jesus Christ is Spiritual Israel when Paul describes how the promise was not to seeds as many but to Seed as One. Therefore when you are in Christ you are IN SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. This is not hard. To deny this is to deny Jesus’ birthright to the promise. God did not plan for a dual plan or dual promise; it is totally exclusive to Jesus. Therefore when the Bible talks about Israel or about the Jew in relationship to promise, it is written to ONE PERSON – Jesus. It prophesies to One Person – Jesus! When the first animal was slain to cover Adam and Eve it prophesied of Jesus. Every animal sacrificed afterwards pointed over and over and over again to Jesus the sacrifice. Likewise, each natural Jew that was born pointed over and over and over again to Jesus – the Heir of the promise. Those IN JESUS are co-heirs because of grafting not because of the law or natural birth.

Where does natural Israel fit in today? God has still cast them off; they will never grow out of the vine again, period, ever, UNLESS the Jew will place faith in Jesus Christ. If the Jew places faith in Jesus then he becomes one who is in Spiritual Israel and therefore shares in the inheritance of the Son, as all do. If he rejects Jesus, if He will not abide in Jesus, he is then “in spiritual gentile” and not “in Spiritual Israel”. Is the Spiritual Israel the REAL ISRAEL? Is the spiritual gentile the REAL GENTILE? God looks to the spirit of a man and not to the body of the man that shall perish, and which can never “enter in”. Even in the Old Testament God revealed this truth.

In saying all this, do we conclude that the Jews have no significance in the church? Paul balanced the gentile thought on that matter as well. What God intends is this, the last days Church is a two-winged church, Jew and Greek, yet ONE in the Spirit. The church is not a “Jewish church” which thinks it is more special than the “gentile church” and the church is not a gentile church which thinks it is more special than the Jewish church. The Christian Jews will SERVE both gentile and Jew in the same manner and the Christian gentiles will SERVE both Jew and gentile in the same manner. This is the way of Christ.

The veil, the partition wall that separates the Messianic Christian Jews from the Christian gentiles will be abolished in reality. What we will see is a mature Jewish church intermingled in love with a mature gentile church. What separates the two churches today is “ignorance in unbelief” - both sides are guilty. In a Messianic conference that I attended there was one Messianic Christian Jewish leader that strongly admonished his fellow Jews for elevating themselves ABOVE the gentile branches. As a Jew he further told them that he considered his Jewish heritage as rubbish (just like Paul did in Philippians) compared to knowing Jesus. As a citizen of Israel he proclaimed that his natural citizenship meant nothing and his spiritual citizenship meant everything, his home is not the natural Promised Land. This teaching is not “replacement theology” it is “PLACEMENT THEOLOGY”!! We are all placed into Him Who is Spiritual Israel and there is no other Israel that provides life, there is no other Israel that God blesses. You are blessed from heaven only because of the Son. Those who curse Israel are cursed; those who bless Israel are blessed. If you are DOING the sayings of Jesus then you are blessing Israel, if you are not doing the sayings of Jesus then you are cursing Israel. We can conclude that to teach against Spiritual Israel is to unknowingly teach against Jesus – it is an anti-Christ doctrine. Paul spoke at length to the Roman Church and the Galatian Church about this topic so that neither side would be caught “scattering” instead of “gathering”. The promise to the Jew is the promise to Jesus. We share in the promise as Jew and Gentile ONLY BECAUSE HE GIVES IT AS BOTH OF OUR INHERITANCE. Most end time prophecy as taught concerning natural Israel is an anti-Christ doctrine. They teach that in the last days the plan of God belongs to natural Israel because they fail to understand the book of Romans and other scriptures. The promises and the plan of God belong to the body of “Jesus the Seed”. This plan INCLUDES the Jew and Greek in the last day. There has always been a remnant Jewish believer but in the last day we shall see a greater grafting of natural branches by faith. Let us continue this part of the plan…

We are the descendants of Caleb because of Jesus. Let us establish, we are the holy nation and royal priesthood that Peter, being a Jew, spoke of – because we are in Christ. Jesus fulfilled being the promise land and Jesus is the promise. We are the children of promise even as the scripture declares. Gal 4:28 - Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Eph 2:11-14

Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," {which is} performed in the flesh by human hands - {remember} that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both {groups into} one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, (NAS)

There was a barrier, a dividing wall separating us from Christ, but in addition there was a dividing wall, even a PREJUDICE separating us from the Jews. This scripture pertains to the wall that divided Jews fro m Greek. Jesus was made our peace for the purpose of making both groups into ONE. The wall was destroyed! Certain Christian doctrines have erected the wall again. This is division in the body and shortly we will see God’s mature ones casting down this doctrine. Concerning last day's doctrine; scripture pertains to Christ and His body and God does not exclude Jew or Greek from the end time church. Christ does not have TWO BODIES. The end time church will be a Glorified Jew & Greek Church in ONE BODY, they will be as two olive trees bearing witness to the world. I firmly see that the two witnesses of Revelation are Jew and Greek. Maybe just one physical Jew and just one physical Greek in Christ, but nonetheless Jew & Greek. Perhaps the two witnesses are a body of mature believers of Jews and a mature body of Greek. And maybe just two individuals fulfill the scripture, each representing a group. In this same way Joshua and Caleb represented the tribes of Ephraim and Judah. And the Judah that Caleb represented was a mixture of Esau (gentile) and Judah – or those born physically as gentile and receive Jesus – of the tribe of Judah in their heart to be transformed into a man that represents the Caleb of today.

Zech 4:12-14

And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.

Rev 11:3-4

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rom 11:14-17

in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, (NIV)

In end time prophecy God will hide truth to those He has cast deep sleep upon and at the same time reveals all His secrets for those that truly hunger and thirst for Jesus. To those that take a scripture and speculate, they are given knowledge that is vain. To those that humble themselves to learn of Jesus and will seek Him in scripture, they shall see. We must interpret scripture with scripture. Again, Romans gives us clear understanding that there are two different kinds of branches, natural and wild olive. There is only one olive root – Jesus. Both branches that are grafted in will share in the nourishing sap. In Zechariah there are also two branches, they are called “two anointed ones”, and it is clear that they are the two witnesses of Revelation. Revelation describes the two witnesses as two olive trees as well. I see two branches coming together that have the root in common – these are the two branches of Romans, Zechariah, and Revelation. The two shall become one and they will be a catalyst that shall bring “life from the dead”. If we see only the Jews as the fulfillment of end time prophecy then we are not even close to the glorified church that we are so longing for. End time prophecy must not EXCLUDE the gentile, and yet end time prophecy must INCLUDE the Jew.

The natural man will say “lets help the unsaved Jew by eliminating their enemies” by fighting anti-Semitism. This is not the answer, mature Christians have always been and will always be the most hated race of people on the planet by the world system, but the difference is that we rejoice in it, the difference is we laid down our lives for the One Who gave His all for us. Being a friend to the Jew is not helping to stop anti-Semitism… that will just promote “self-preservation”. We must reach out to get them “grafted” by faith in Jesus and then to show them the plan of maturity that is set before them, then lay down our lives for them, showing them the resurrection life of Jesus, as we preach in power, doing the works of Jesus.

“Are you saying that there is little prophetic significance to Natural Jew and Natural Jerusalem?” Not at all, but this is where things are not as simple. As we have taught earlier, immaturity likes to categorically accept or categorically reject. We want to make everything "spiritual Israel" or we try to make everything "natural Israel". But it is the mature man that learns to discern what pertains to the natural Jew and what pertains to the Spiritual Jew. God wants balance before His throne. The book of Romans is clearly teaching about "natural Jews" because he contrasts them with the natural Gentile. Paul starts this theme early in the book as follows:

Rom 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Rom 2:9-11

{There will be} tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to every man who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.   For there is no partiality with God. (NAS)

Paul puts Jew and Greek together for the first time. Whether they do evil, they receive from God the SAME, and if they do good they receive from God the SAME. God is not like man - there is no partiality. This Jew & Greek issue continued throughout the book of Romans. This is where the same issue I am dealing with is dealt with in scripture along with most of Galatians.

Rom 10:11-12

For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed. "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same {Lord} is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; (NAS)

Paul states that there is NO DIFFERENCE between Jew and Greek - in relationship to the spiritual. Is there a difference between the physical Jew and the physical Greek or are we simply prejudice? So Paul asks this question later on.

Fullness of the Gentiles

Rom 11:28-29

From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of {God's} choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (NAS)

Paul declares that the gifts and calling remain and they have not been "cast off", though as we have said earlier the WAY in which they approached God has been "cast off". Does this make them special, nope - it makes them fortunate. God will provide them with every opportunity to accept the truth of His Salvation - Yeshua. God has never rejected the Jew, as the scripture declares - THERE IS ALWAYS A REMNANT, referring to Jews who bow down not to Baal but to Christ only! However God will in the "fullness of the Gentiles" cause all Israel to be saved.

Rom 11:25-27

25     For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob." "And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins." (NAS)

What is the fullness of the Gentiles? The fruit of sacrificial Love that comes from abiding in the Vine, the Olive Tree - Jesus Christ. This is what will make them jealous for what we have. Why? They know not Love! The Jesus-Love is foreign to them. They will not accept our Jesus in great number until they see you lay down (even your physical life) for them. And we will do it without bitterness and self-preservations but we will count it as honor in regards to the eternal reward. Their brethren had their lives TAKEN, they are bitter; they want to preserve their future from this happening again. They will see a marked difference in a people that "love not their lives unto death". This is the very thing that will cause them to accept Yeshua, not "man's Christian methods". Notice it never gives the definition of "fullness" as the number of the LAST Gentile believer to be saved. This is a definition that man's wisdom gave to this scripture. God says that Fullness means a BRANCH THAT IS FULL OF FRUIT. That also fits with the context, and also the context of the branches of John 15.

How many will become saved? The scripture says all. Does all mean all? The scripture says "all of Israel". All I can tell you is that it is a number of the elect that comprises Jew and Greek, God's right hand and God's left hand. God excludes nobody in the final election of those who shall be saved. Included are ALL that come to Yeshua and FOLLOW HIM. Some say this particular scripture is talking about physical Israel, some say spiritual Israel and why is there a controversy? Because of Self-preservation, even about God's spiritual plan. All of Physical Israel cannot be ALL as far as categorical (everyone in the entire nation). Man's will is involved and the principle remains "many are called but few are chosen". So when does all not mean all in the Bible?

Acts 10:38

"{You know of} Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and {how} He went about doing good, and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. (NAS)

Not ALL were healed. Many remained oppressed by the devil, especially in His hometown. All means in this scripture "all who CAME to Jesus in faith". "ALL" in Romans is the same meaning. ALL natural Israel shall be saved - who come to Him in faith, and many shall come. Not all will come, but many will. The plan concerning the physical Jew in the last days is to reveal to them the Son of God Who shall be revealed through a Gentile Church who will lay down their lives for their brethren with same attitude that Paul had when he said "I would burn in hell that my kinsman would be in eternity with Jesus". As a natural Greek I must declare that all men are my kinsman whether Jew or Greek, but for demonstration of Love I make effort to reach the physical Jew with the heart that Paul displayed. It is this heart of sacrificing yourself that shall win the Jew to Jesus. Once they are grafted they simply become fellow heirs in the kingdom of our Lord. As Paul said; “there is NO DISTINCTION”.

The Jew is no more special; they are fortunate as we all are who are grafted in the vine. I have a heart for the Jew, but I will show them Who Christ is through Love instead of through pity or self-preservation. It will be through truth instead of trying to show them that they are exalted branches, it is by esteeming them as more important than myself and showing them, and then teaching them to esteem the Gentile as more important than themselves and showing them. After years of being persecuted for being a Jew how can they ever receive this Gospel? With God all things are possible, God will remove the veil, and God will have a people that demonstrate His nature. The physical Israel that is saved will never have their lives taken from them again, like so many times in the past. Why? Because they will lay it down. This is the end time Jew and this is the end time Gentile that shall be “life from the dead”. The Wailing Wall is the only remains of the original temple site. It is symbolic of a people that pray to the "natural", to the "old order", but God will is to take those same people and in the last day reveal to them God's real Temple - Jesus Christ and His body. This is a body that they are "included in", of Jew and Greek - yet a veil of blindness prevents them from worshipping in the true Temple. This veil will be removed, not through "political correctness" or "pity" but through a people that will lay their life down to demonstrate Jesus' Love for them

Present Truth

Heb 3:19;4:1,2,8

So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.     Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. (NIV)

Twelve spies went out and only two came back with the Word of God. If the nation of Israel had “combined their message with faith” – they would have entered in…into the “rest” of God. Instead they wanted to stone the messengers. From the lips of these two messengers comes PRESENT TRUTH. So what is different about this present truth compared to truth? Present truth is for NOW and must be received and acted upon NOW. Real prophets are forerunners, therefore the words spoken are a revelation of scripture, and yet at the same time our response is “I have never heard one that has spoken these things”. It is truth for where you are today; it is truth for where the church is today.

Matt 4:4

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

When tempted by the “lust of the flesh” the response of Jesus was to reveal His food source. What sustained Jesus is what sustains us today. Notice that the “word” in this scripture did not “previously proceed” as in past tense. It is present tense and it is a verb. Hebrews says the Word of God is “full of life”, “full of power”, and IS ACTIVE. Of course we are not saying that the truth of the cross is a past tense word and is inactive. The truth pertaining to the cross is eternally proceeding out of God’s mouth at the speed of light and will never reach the end of eternity. But we shall now observe a truth of God that became PAST TENSE.

Num 14:29-30

29     Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,

30     Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

God gave a present truth and He did it through two of His servants, they were in the minority. God has a Caleb and Joshua reserved for the last days – both Jew and Greek, of the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Ephraim. They shall rent their garments because of the false report and shall respond by giving God’s present truth. The words of Joshua and Caleb must be mixed with faith and must be acted upon. We can observe that the people of flesh, a people who murmur, a people of unbelief – Always REJECT PRESENT TRUTH.

Now let us observe how God’s present truth has now CHANGED. Before present truth was “You shall enter in”, now present truth is “your bodies shall die in the wilderness”. In other words God sent 12 spies, 12 witnesses and He already gave them the word of promise, the word of prophecy that “they could enter in”. Two of those witnesses AGREED WITH GOD – “we can possess the land”. They were mixing faith with what God hath said – present truth. Because of the unbelief of others that present truth from God’s two servants remained the same – it did not change, it was simply delayed; it can no longer be acted upon at the present moment for the true witnesses or any of God’s children. As Joshua and Caleb, we also must be ministers that speak forth God’s truth and at the same time renting our garments towards the evil reports – we must not water it down, we must speak it with the same intensity that God is giving it to us. Even if everyone were to reject the present truth of God we still have a promise that we shall enter in.

Num 14:37-38

37     Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

38     But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

The messengers that bring that which is not present truth shall perish. As Proverbs declares “God shall overthrow the words of the transgressor”. It is great transgression with God to be His messenger and to deliver anything other than His present truth message. But God preserves His faithful servants that declare present truth. We must become a people that will go to our closets of prayer and be attentive to hear what God is saying today for others around us. When was the last time you got alone with God to listen for the word that will be present truth for someone else? We must feed off what Jesus is saying to us today – that is our manna, and then we must take that same manna and share it with others.

Num 14:40-42

40     And they rose up early in the morning, and got them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

41     And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

42     Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.

The people repented! This is where it gets scary concerning how our ways are not His ways and most of the time our thinking is not like His thinking. They repented saying “we have sinned”. God’s present truth had already changed and it was too late – for they can no longer enter into the land. I wish to re-iterate this point concerning God’s present truth - it was too late. Now what we see are a people that are about to act on “PREVIOUS TRUTH”. Moses declares that the “new present truth” is the commandment of the Lord. If you act on the previous truth you will be smitten; God is not with you. God is only with His present truth. Now, let us not let the accuser of the brethren read into this. For example, if God has called you to a ministry and then you stop serving God, Satan will use what we have just said against your restoration. I can tell you from experience that God’s restorative ability is beyond anything you can imagine and His time element is not on man’s normal rehabilitative schedule. He can mature you quickly once you have totally abandoned your self-efforts to obtain only His labors. Now, does that mean you can habitually reject the dealings of God and expect to “finish your course”? Today is the day of salvation; do not harden your heart as they did in the wilderness.

Num 14:43-45

43     For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

44     But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.

45     Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

The people repented, confessed their sins and then rejected present truth again and acted on previous truth. God said the land was theirs, but that was previous truth. The "land is not yours right now", that is present truth, that is the Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God and is life to those that adhere to it and death to those that act on another word. They fell by the sword. We cannot speak “peace, peace” when God says there shall be no peace. We cannot speak “war, war” when God says rest. It is not up to us to decide what present truth is today. We know what He shows us for today and we live by that, and when we speak to others - they will live by that. All ministers everywhere must pay the price to HEAR God’s present truth for their sheep. Ignoring present truth will smite you just as fast. Only what He shows me can I write to you… this must be the way of every true minister. Jeremiah chapter 23 brings out God’s attitude towards those that do not teach present truth.

Jer 23:16-18

16     This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

17     They keep saying to those who despise me, 'The LORD says: You will have peace.' And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, 'No harm will come to you.'

18     But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? (NIV)

There are many visions circulating in this present day but they are not present truth because they are not from His mouth. You will know many of them because of their audience – they despise the Lord. Maybe not openly, maybe not consciously, but they do not walk in God’s sayings, in His ways, in His nature. They are not disciples that have forsaken all to follow Jesus. Verse 18 separates God’s “Joshua and Calebs” from the ten producing evil reports. Those that teach present truth are the same ones that stand in the council of the Lord to see and hear His words. If you prepare a message of any kind, you must fear God and stay in His council or risk being one who prophesies out of his own heart instead of out of God’s heart. Throughout the scriptures you will observe truth in Christ that is constant and at other times there is truth that was for the moment. Jesus said Peter could walk on the water once, which was present truth that defied nature. Peter could not do that again as he chose. There are things the Lord will speak to you today, mix it with faith and you will walk on water. Wait and you will miss that opportunity to defy the forces of nature. Concerning who you are in Christ, it is constant, it is always present truth, because His character never changes and you have His nature on the inside of you.

Mark 16:15

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Acts 16:6

Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,

A good example in the ministry of present truth is found in Acts. Jesus told the disciples to preach the Gospel to everyone and go everywhere to do it. Many Christians read Mark 16:15 and believe they have complete license to preach to anyone, anywhere and stand on this scripture to do it. They believe they can never be wrong because this scripture is written. That is simply put – immaturity and this type of immaturity exist in much of the church world because they have no revelation of present truth. Paul was forbidden to do something that Mark 16:15 said He could do – he was forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach is Asia. The church has learned scripture and instead of working with the Holy Spirit to do as He wills, they choose for themselves. Zealous evangelists without knowledge will use Mark 16:15 to circumvent God’s will. If God speaks Acts 16:6, their response is Mark 16:15. In reality whenever we do such things we are using God’s Own word against Him.

Living according to scripture is not cut and dry, that would be law. Living according to scripture is through relationship that is so intimate that we move with the heartbeat of God. We preach AT the place on His heart, we are preaching TO the people on His heart and we are preaching WHAT He is saying NOW. And I can testify He says it different almost every time, from a different view, a different method at His choosing. Never say, “what shall I preach”. Say to the Lord, “what are you saying” and then preach the answer. This present truth is not just a particular “revealed truth” hidden in scripture; this present truth is ministering a custom message to each gathering based on what the Holy spirit is speaking at that moment. As a present truth minister we may have received a present truth message and then on our own we plan on spreading that message without regard to the people. The higher calling of ministry is to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying for each meeting which many times will include different present truth revelations. I can stand before a people and teach this chapter verbatim and it may bless them and minister to them. The more excellent way is to speak a message that God knows they need TODAY. The Holy Spirit is the SELECTOR OF CONTENT not the minister. Every gathering has a God ordained present truth message that God wants to speak but most ministers have not learned to hear and therefore they speak the vision from their own heart. God values the minister that neither speaks nor acts on previous truth but instead he has exchanged it with a present truth contained in a fresh new wineskin.

Finally, this present truth type of minister must minister heart to heart. Every gathering is an opportunity to speak the heart of God to the people intermingled with every thought and every emotion that is present. Instead of allowing pulpits to separate us from the people, we must draw close to them to reveal God’s heart. There is no impressing with knowledge, wisdom, and revelations – we impress upon them God in TRUE FORM! We must intermingle this truth that we carry with the compassion that gives answer to their every affliction. We give revelations that reveal the true nature of God that dispels every false knowledge. We impart the “higher wisdom” so that God’s people will become the habitation of the Lord. We must learn to preach to people with real needs, real problems, and real pain instead of an attitude that we are teaching mere walls of people. We must yearn to reach them from our teaching and preaching, and we must learn to not utter one word of condensation to the flock of God. We must urge, exhort, and encourage them to accept the present truth of what God is saying NOW – so that they will be both rescued and also become the rescuers. We must refrain from telling them how bad things are, how corrupt the world is, and giving them newspaper preachings – in favor of preaching the good news that sets them free from the bad news. The evil report will focus on how big the giants are but the focus of the good news of the gospel is this – EVERY GIANT HAS ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED ON THE CROSS. This is a previous truth that is always a present truth and we must all abide in this present truth – daily.

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