John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 17: 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Eph 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children(carnal believers, babes, I Cor 3), tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming(the flood of the dragon of rev 12); 15 but speaking the truth in love(James 3:13-18), we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head((manchild), even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
These previous three portions of scripture, for me, seal the prophetic certainty of a manifestation of the Body of Christ as it ought to be, in the Spirit, under the headship of Jesus Christ, manifest in the earth.
I also see some pictures of this prophetic reality in John's revelation, and in Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
Rev. 10:10 I saw another strong angel 1)coming down out of heaven, 2)clothed with a cloud; and 3)the rainbow was upon his head, and4) his face was like the sun, and 5)his feet like pillars of fire; 2 and 6)he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; 3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices. 4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them." 5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, 6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer, 7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.
8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, "Go, take the [c]book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land." 9 So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, "Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey." 10 I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. 11 And they said to me, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings."
In Revelations 10, I believe we see a fulfillment of Jesus' prayer in John 17 and Paul's revelation in Ephesians 4, NOTE THAT:
There are 6 characteristics of the Son of God in six characteristics of the strong angel/messenger. I see these characteristics as fulfillment of Ephesians 4:13…. "until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."
Look at them and see what you think :o)
1)COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN-
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN". The term "COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN" means that which is already real in the [heavenly realms, within the veil, in the spirit] manifesting in the ages within realm of men.
1 Pet 1:20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.
Jesus is the word, the LOGOS(living word), our manna, "every word that comes from the mouth of God" upon which we live, the bread of heaven.
The strong angel/messenger is the MANIFESTATION, "come down out of heaven" before men as Jesus declared in John 13, prayed in John 17 and as Paul defined in Ephesians 4. It is IMO, A PROPHETIC CERTAINTY.
2)CLOTHED WITH THE CLOUD-
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us.....
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.....
Here again we see us, the ecclesisa, "coming down out of heaven", "clothed in clouds" and God speaking.
It is written somewhere that the Lord comes forth in clouds and thick darkness, and we know Jesus is "Coming in the clouds"- IMO we are those clouds. I believe the revelation of Jesus Christ will crescendo at the end of the age in the manifestation of His Bride and His City coming down out of the heavens within His people, due to a "latter rain" of the Spirit.
James 5:7,8 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Stay patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws nigh.
Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be made whole.
3)A RAINBOW UPON HIS HEAD-
The rainbow upon His head signifies the head is in heaven, and we are "seated in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" as we are "growing up in all aspects into the head". The revelation of the salvation of all and the covenant of Noah that God Almighty would never again destroy the whole earth is a symbol for the "restoration of all things" and the "salvation of all" and the "whole creation set free into the glorious liberty of the children of God". Ezekiel's vision incorporates many of these aspects in a resounding confirmation.
Ezekiel 1:26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it(breastplate of righteousness), and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
The Spirit of Reconciliation is the radiance surrounding the throne. Oneness, union, harmony rising within the Body of Christ and shining out into the whole world.......
Ro. 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
1 Pet. 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto a sincere love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flowers fall away: But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
4)HIS FACE SHONE LIKE THE SUN-
Although this may be the aspect about which most could be written, due to the volume of references in scripture comparing the sun, the dawn, the noonday and the light to the glory of God- it is also the aspect with which we are all most familiar. Our God is LIGHT, Our God is a CONSUMING FIRE, Our God is LOVE. His presence is as the sun, dispelling all darkness. The light of His countenance is blessing and prosperity and healing. The turning of His face away, the dwindling of His presence and glory- the "outer darkness" where the soul languishes until the heart returns to first love and reconciliation.
As regards the ecclesia, the "house of God"- it is the presence of the glory of the Lord, His "divine nature" expressed corporately, that make the "lamp upon the lampstand" shining light into the whole house, the "city set on a hill" that shines light into the whole world.(revival/restoration- 1: lamps among the ecclesia restore the house 2: cities set on hills restore the world)
1 Cor. 4:4 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God(dragon), but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God(sunshine/presence/manifest truth). 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. Let there be light! Jesus prayed "SANCTIFY THEM IN THY TRUTH" so that we would excel in the ministry of reconciliation and restoration BY THE MANIFESTATION OF TRUTH.
SANCTIFY THEM IN THY TRUTH- Not with the dead letters of doctrines and laws in the hands of men, but rather the LIVING WORD in the SPIRIT creating living epistles upon human hearts, building a tabernacle of living stones.
Arise O Lord to thy Dwelling Place/tabernacle, thou and the ark of thy strength, let thy priests be clothed with righteousness and thy godly ones sing for joy....
2 Pet. 1:16
For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased"— and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
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