Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Dear brother Adrian, brothers, sisters and friends, I have read the Fragmentation of Philadelphia.
There is a great sadness in my heart on account of the blindness that is prevailing. The faith of Jesus is so foreign to the hearts and minds of men, yet they propose to be saved by the “righteousness of Christ.” The righteousness of Christ, which does not exist, they hope to be saved by, while they reject the faith of Christ which is offered them.
Christ does not have a righteousness of his own. He lives his Father’s righteousness, therefore he is his Son. Those who view the Son of God on the basis of the substance instead of spirit can never appreciate this. But even so, they should consider that if Christ is supposed to be living in them, does he now live a life so completely different than when he walked this earth. Will they condemn Christ for keeping the feasts, or call him a legalist. Or do they think he lived and accomplished righteousness under a “deficient system” as they call it. Do they think that Christ’s sacrifice was of such a nature as of the Levitical priesthood instead of that of Melchizedek? Did he live and render a Levitical service and sacrifice in order to become a Melchizedek priest? What do they understand the priesthood of Melchizedek to be? If his life and death was of the Melchizedek priesthood, then why condemn those who live his life and fulfill the righteousness of God’s law? Perhaps they need to examine which Christ they serve. Which Messiah causes them to dishonour the law of the Father?
1Jn 2:6 He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Our dear friends need to carefully consider what this means: The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Those that find the law of God so odious and contradictory to God and themselves might think rather that the odiousness and enmity is in their mind towards God and his law. They might be careful to see whether the God they serve is not a different God than the one the Son of God reconciles us to. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law (of God) could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law (of God) might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:2-4
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death…that the righteousness of the law of God might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
It is so sadly evident that our friends view the law of God to be the law of sin and death, and therefore they do not allow the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (the faith of Jesus) to accomplish in them what the law of God could not do, so that the righteousness of the law of God could be fulfilled in them. To receive the spirit of the Son, the faith of the Son, so that the enmity would be slain, and the delight to do the Father’s will established. To cease to be judges of the law and become doers of the law; to see the Father’s commandment as life everlasting.
Why serve God by only giving assent to the law of God with the mind, admitting that it is good, while serving the law of sin with the flesh? That is not the faith of the Son. Paul cried out: who shall deliver me from such a state! The Son delivers so that we may serve the Father complete, spirit, soul and body, so that the righteousness of God’s law might be fulfilled in us, who walk by his faith, and that the Father’s law be written in our hearts and minds.
People find it easy to make a special event of their birthday or anniversary which is important to them. Do we value so little the appointed times which are so heaven rending that the angels must be shockingly amazed at our indifference, not to speak that we should call them evil? When heaven stands in awe, should those who call themselves “Christian” be so indifferent or even derisive of the events which are precious in our Father’s sight; that move Him to the greatest depths! It is a cause to be wondered at, why there is such an enmity towards the appointed times of God. Why there is such an enmity to those events which are so important to God. Why people do not find it in themselves to rejoice and sorrow with God at those times which are special to our Heavenly Father and his Son in the establishment of the Kingdom of God: The annual times which He shall remember throughout eternity.
The Passover and Unleavened Bread – the sacrifice of his Son to redeem us from the enemy; from sin; the Son’s sacrifice of himself so the Father may live, the resurrection, the first fruit; should this be so slighted with us? His Son’s victory over Satan; The judgment of Satan! (Just scratching the surface)
The Pentecost – the day of the Father’s joy in the enthronement of his Son in heaven and giving of gifts to men, marked with the giving of his word and spirit. When the angels shouted in loud voice Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Just scratching the surface)
The Trumpets – The day announcing the forthcoming wedding day, (judgment day), calling to be ready for the wedding, come out of her my people, (Just scratching the surface)
The Day of Atonement – The day of his coming to get the bride. The day of at-one-ment; the Day of Judgment, The Wedding Day; the Day all heaven will be emptied and Christ shall come in his Glory and the Glory of the Father, with all his angels. (Just scratching the surface)
The Tabernacles – The wedding reception, in the Kingdom of God finally, the joy of his kingdom. Rejoicing that our home is in heaven and not here. (Just scratching the surface)
The above is just a sampling of much greater depths. If people think they can remember these things anytime they wish, why can they not remember them when God wants them remembered and has announced them so? Why is it ok to set our own camp meeting time to think about these things, and yet it is wrong to do it at the time and for the purpose God appointed? Why is it that to do what God says is “legalism” and works, and to do what they see fit, when they see fit is “grace”? Is it not the other way around? Have they not forgotten that they are to cease from their “own works” that the works of God might be manifested in them?
There are many prophecies, which deal with the kingdoms of this world, what the beasts are and will do and what men will do, to which there is great attention, study and analysis given. All these shall pass away and be forever done with. Yet none of the prophecies are so profound and forever enduring as the prophecies that are contained in the appointed times. They are God’s prophecies/promises (for the promise is sure), his appointed times, in fulfillment of the everlasting covenant of God’s Kingdom, and they are markers of his work in the establishment of His Kingdom. They are not only prophecies of time, but they are full of meaning and instruction in the length, depth, breadth and height of the love of God and the faith of his Son; even the scepter of God’s kingdom. Could it be that those who find them repulsive, do so because they are not part of the kingdom, and have not yet been redeemed from the enmity? It is not for nought that the little horn of Dan 7:25 has sought to change the appointed times and laws of God’s kingdom.
These appointed times were given to the children of Israel in remembrance of their deliverance from slavery to the Promised Land. Their deliverance however was only a type of the true deliverance from sin to God’s kingdom of which these appointed times speak, to which they also are called, but some did not enter because of unbelief. For God’s children (the Israel of faith) they are the markers and appointed times in godly rejoicing of the true deliverance and real Kingdom of God, and they mark faithfully the great moments of His kingdom, past, present and future, looking with confidence to the fulfillment of the remaining events. Why should these be called a burden and a legalistic work? Could it be that there is an enmity towards God’s kingdom? Frightening! Christ did not come to destroy the law or the prophets but to exalt it and make honourable.
Isa 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivers; for a spoil, and none says, Restore.
Isa 42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
The enemy has successfully robbed the people, by deceiving them in thinking that they are doing the will of God when they are belittling and disregarding his bidding (his law, his statutes and his judgments). They even feel they have to disregard at least something to prove that they are not “under the law”. What a belief! What a snare? While on one hand they speak of being diligent searchers of the word of God, they seem to be preoccupied with “what I do not have to do”, or “what is required of me”. Which of you men would be happy to be married to a wife that thinks in those terms towards you? Does not faith and love bring the wife to live for her husband, and to partake in his life? Or should she only do “what is required of her”?
Or perhaps a wife that was just looking out for herself, living her own life by the rules, without faith and without true love to her husband; when she has a change of heart, and actually turns to love her husband, will she not now seek to do all that her husband “desires”; what pleases him. Does she not repent of her old ways, and have great sorrow over the corruptness with which she related to her husband who loves her, and turn with a whole heart to please him and do much more than before, according to his will, in a right spirit. So what “works” was she freed from? Does she now do what she values, or what he values and desires?
Friends, the appointed times; the feasts are not a requirement! They are special, precious and monumental never to be forgotten times for those of the kingdom of heaven: the Father, the sons of the Father, the groom, the bride, the family members, those who follow the lamb withersoever he goes, for the guests of the wedding, the friends of the Father, for those who rejoice with the Father and the Son. None is required to be there, it is only for those who want to be there; for those who have an investment there. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. In them is revealed the reality of the covenant faith of the Son of God. They are the promised/appointed times of the Everlasting Covenant. Any who think to be there as a requirement or their own pleasure will be found without the wedding garment and cast out!
It is high time to stop thinking about requirements, and start asking the Father what it is he is saying to us! May the Lord give grace to those who oppose themselves, and are still using the sacrifice of the Son of God to form beliefs in a man-made “dispensation of grace”; a works/non-works platform, which by its very nature requires them to be judges of the law and grace, and thus prevents them from being doers of the law and partakers of the grace, fulfilling the righteousness of God. Those who have laid down their life to receive the life of Christ think in terms of their Father’s will, pleasure, and the righteousness of his kingdom.
How long shall the people keep offering to God a Levitical sacrifice of Christ in order that they may continue to live? When will they accept and become partakers of the Melchizedek sacrifice of the Son of God, who laid down his life that the Father may live, and that the Father’s kingdom be established forever? This is the covenant faith of the Son of God; the Everlasting Covenant of the Kingdom of God to which we are called. It is spelled out in the appointed times, which the little horn has great reason to seek to thwart it.
Dear Brother Carlos, I have sent you an email.
I am glad that the statement of the two sacrifices has caught your attention, and I pray it catches the attention of many others, and that all will give it prayerful thought, and choose to be partakers of the Melchizedek sacrifice. As it is not possible to elaborate “briefly” on this subject, I am constrained to leave the questions stand till future articles. It is my prayer that the two questions will grab hold of each one reading this and that each will inquire before the Father: “Father, which sacrifice am I offering to you? Whose will do I live to do?” The following Article is helpful. http://maranathamedia.com/article/view/the-fellowship-that-was-hidden-in-god-part-2
Verily, verily, I say unto you; except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. Joh 12:24,25
Blessings to all