1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
The opening of heaven happens at the baptism of Jesus--heaven is torn open--and a dove alights on the Beloved--
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
[heaven] "being torn open"
Apparently a primary verb; to split or sever (literally or figuratively): - break, divide, open, rend, make a rent.
Is this the beginning of the reconciliation of God and man?
We see this word, 'schizo' again at the death of Jesus--
And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Heaven and the veil are both torn open and the reconciliation is complete--
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
20 which [he] hallowed to us a new way, and living by the covering [by a veil, or covering], that is to say, his flesh, [Wycliff]
And this way takes us through the curtain that is Christ himself.
GOOD study Molly....it lines up so perfectly with something He gave me a while back, so I'm going to add it. sorry about the length, but one thing just leads to another....
All of creation is waiting on the manifestation of the sons of God, that's true. And the word manifestation there means, of course, to uncover or reveal. But what is actually to be revealed or uncovered? It's not the Christ, for He has been revealed in varying degrees for 2 days now , the 2 days/2000 years of the inner court realm of Pentecost. Christ is a many membered body that is Spirit, and it is Christ that is/are the son(s), the seed of the Father. So who is it then, that all of creation is waiting to have uncovered?
God the Father was IN Christ, reconciling all men unto Himself. Christ is the seed that COVERS the Father, and it is THIS uncovering of the true spiritual sons of God of the Father, that all of creation is waiting for. This is why it says that unless a grain (seed) of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone, ie. without the fullness of the Father, too, in full manifestation.
We, our natural flesh, are not the sons; the flesh profiteth nothing. This is why there are sons/Christ raising up, that are according to the flesh, both male and female. There is terrestrial flesh, and there is celestial flesh, and it is the celestial flesh of the Christ that must be laid down as it is that seed that beareth fruit after it's own kind, because it's own kind is the FATHER. What we sow, we reap. This is why if we sow the flesh (ours) we only reap corruption, but if we sow the Christ seed, His flesh, we reap incorruption of the Father, the everlasting life!
The Christ seed, if you will, is the life that covers the everlasting life of the Father within. It is everything He has given us in this inner court experience, that literally forms what is Christ in us. The gifts, the titles, even the doctrines must be laid down as crowns at His feet. THIS IS the circumcision of Abraham, the father of our faith, who was declared righteous because of the SEAL of circumcision. Abraham was called to leave country (the land/earth you are comfortable in/your comfort zone), kindred (who are my brethren? those that do the will of my Father), and his father's house (carnal mind or the carnal minds you are submitted to), and lay his promised seed, his only begotten son of promise, on the altar. This is the message of the 7th trump.
We are called to do only what we see our Father do, and He laid His only begotten son, the Christ on the altar, too. ONLY BEGOTTEN means, there's ONLY ONE, only ONE SON of promise, and that Son is Spirit enrobed in flesh. Christ IS the firstfruits offering! This is why it says you can't have the Son without the Father, nor the Father without the son, for each comes to REVEAL/UNCOVER the other.
Hebrews 10 tells us the tabernacle is the pattern of things in the heavenly realms. The tabernacle had TWO partitions. The first, represents the veil of our terrestrial "flesh" that is "rent" when we go from the outer court experience of initial salvation to the inner court experience of the inner court/baptism of the Holy Spirit, as we partake of true communion, the bread/word eaten in the light of the candlestick/wine to the renewing of our mind. Those that hunger (bread) and thirst (wine) for righteousness shall be filled (with the fullness of God the Father=Holy of Holies experience).
Christ apportioned Himself to us in the inner court realm of Pentecost in gifts, titles, ect. and as great as it's been, it is still only a portion, the earnest/in part realm of our inheritance. We laid down our flesh, our "veil" to enter into the Christ, and it is this veil that is done away with when we are no longer under the letter of the law that killeth, but under subjection to and IN the Christ, for the strength of the law is sin but if the flesh is "dead" then we are no more debtors to the law.
We "died", (if we have appropriated it) if you will, and were resurrected into the SPIRIT of Christ. Christ laid down His flesh, which is celestial flesh, to enter into the Father, because flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom of God (represented as Holy of Holies). This is the second resurrection, and the rending of the SECOND veil, that is between the inner court and the Holy of Holies, which is the flesh of Him, that we must lay down. Blessed is he who takes part in the first resurrection (rending of our veil to enter into Christ), upon whom the second death (laying down the flesh of Him-rending the second veil to reveal the Father who is a consuming fire) will have no effect, ie. we can see Him face to face and live.
If we die with Him (the Christ seed), then shall we also be raised with Him, into the presence of God the Father. This is the grand purpose of being IN CHRIST, and this is how He takes us to God the Father. Positionally, we received it, but not experientially, because we could not, for the time had not come---until now. So the promise therefore is IN Isaac/Christ/the flesh of Him being rent/laid down, not in Ishmael/the flesh of us being rent, for our life is hid IN Christ, and that life that is hid is the Father. Male children (the sons) were circumcised on the EIGHTH day, and then given their name/nature. This is when He says He will give us a new name, no man can know, after we receive the WHITE STONE. Why the eighth day? Because the 7th day of no part darkness represents Christ, whom we are to be IN, who is Spirit. For this reason, 8 speaks of a new beginning. The word beginning, in the Hebrew literally means, FIRSTFRUITS (of a ressurection).
This is also why it says if Christ the Spirit had not risen then we would be as those that have no hope. Why? Because if the Christ had not ascended to the Father, then neither would we able to, because there is only one mediator between man and the Father and that is the Christ. This is why it says only ONE MAN has ascended to heaven, even Him that descended. Beloved, He that descended, was the Holy Ghost upon Mary/a type of our soul, that birthed the Christ. He that ascended was the same, which is how He shed forth that which they saw and heard on the day of Pentecost and is why He was not recognizable, and why they thought He was the gardener.
He IS the gardener! He tends the Eden of God, removing that which offends and does iniquity (Matt. 13, one plants, and "weeds"), and He builds up and edifies the body (one waters) of the Seed that was planted in His likeness. But the increase is of, WHO? For God to give an increase/harvest means the harvest has to be the same type of body as the Seed that was planted. So then the Seed that arises is not the natural covering of the seed that was visible to the naked eye, but rather is a harvest, a many-membered body, yet ONE NEW MAN. It is sown in corruption (our flesh/the grave), but raised in incorruption (HG manifested as the body that cannot die, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world).
This is why it says saviors shall ARISE on Mt. Zion. Let me rephrase that for you. SEED shall arise on the mount of God, ie. God prepares to procreate AGAIN with the souls/female part of men, producing HIS generation, over and over again, ie. the 42 generation that is Christ/Spirit, ready to lay down His life AGAIN. For unless a seed fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone. For this reason, the 42 generation is all that will ever be, because the Spirit of God is everlasting, ie. His Kingdom without end, because end speaks of death, and there is no death in His Spirit.
So the promise is the FATHER, who is IN Christ reconciling all men unto Himself. GOD Himself is the priest's portion. Ever wonder why when He arose He still had the marks? It was so we would know we could lay down the FLESH of Christ and still live, for it was not just the natural marks they were looking at, but the marks of the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world, for flesh and blood (terrestrial) cannot enter the kingdom of God. First natural, then spiritual. But He has flesh and He has blood and it was this that went thru walls and ascended to the Father, when THAT veil was rent.
This is why the Holy GHOST was not given until after He ascended to the Father. A ghost is a spirit that has lived in a body. A HOLY GHOST is one that has lived in a HOLY BODY, i.e.. the CHRIST body/veil that the FATHER lived/lives in, therefore that veil had to be rent as well, for He said if I don't go away (the celestial flesh of the Christ that was risen), another comforter will not come to you. Why not? Because the other comforter is Him in another form, a form without visibility, that comes upon our souls just like it did Mary, that in due season we would birth the Son, making that which was invisible, visible AGAIN, but this time in a many-membered body, ie. A HARVEST.
Job lost everything the Lord God had given to him, which represented the flesh of the Christ, at the hand of the LORD, but that is the requirement for the double portion, for Job received double. Job said in the beginning I heard of God with mine ears (inner court) experience of hearing Him thru the gifts, but NOW I see Him with mine eyes (Holy of Holies experience). We are changed by what we perceive from glory to glory, thru the mind of Christ. It is our carnal fleshly nature to want to hang onto the FRUIT (gifts and callings) that looks so good to the lust of the flesh of our "Eve", but He was marred so badly so that none should desire Him.
None desire us out here in the wilderness, either, because of the way we "look". We look like heretics that don't even know God, backslidden (they think), maybe even have a devil (they accused Him of same). The APPEARANCE of sinful flesh is merely doing it's job, as we are made of no reputation, stripped of all our "fine garments" (the gits, callings, titles, ect.) He had given us.
For this reason, laying down the flesh of Him, looks bad to the lust of the eyes. That's why when He told the disciples the manner in which He should die, many left Him that same hour. And that's why many will not lay down everything to be made of no reputation as we have been, out here in the "wilderness". Taking on the image of sinful flesh is not pretty, not something the lust of the eyes covets. But Elijah, a type of the Christ, told Elisha what the requirement for receiving the double portion was; if you see (perceive thru the mind of Christ) the FLESH OF ME leave, then you shall have it.
The veil was made of GOAT'S hair (image of sinful flesh) linen (speaks of His righteousness) and about 9 inches thick. Nine speaks of the fullness of His love manifested as the Christ = 9 gifts, 9 fruits, the number of knops and flowers on the golden candlestick branches. Only the hand of God the Father can rend this veil of the Christ, because no man can come to the Father except the Father call him.
In Song of Sol. it says thou hast DOVE'S EYES = the only thing left in this flesh is the mind/perception of Christ within this image of sinful flesh, within thy locks (hair=glory); thy hair is as a flock of GOATS, that appear from mount Gilead. The word appear there means to caper as a GOAT. So the glory appears as a "capering" goat. And all along we thought the goat was only a bad thing, because we judged after the flesh, desiring only that which "looked good" to the lust of the eyes. Eve desired the fruit because it looked "pleasant".
Gilead is a region EAST (kings come from the east; east speaks of that which comes from God) of the JORDAN (past the death of the first veil of flesh), and comes from root word that means something ROLLED away, heap of stones (lively stones=the Christ in each one), by analogy a SPRING of WATERS (He comes with a voice of many waters). This is why Gideon laid TWO offerings on the altar--one a cake, and one a kid (male GOAT). We must see Him as He is to be conformed into His image from glory to glory. Has He given you dove's eyes so that you can see Him as the image of sinful flesh, and thereby be changed into that glory? Do you see Him as the veil of goat's hair/linen that must be rent/flesh of Him laid down, to reveal the Father inside?
When Jesus said "I am the resurrection AND the life", it was because He heard the FATHER speak this. The Father is the resurrection and the life! The Father also said, "I stand at the door and knock, and if any man will hear my voice (inner court) and OPEN (rend the veil) the door (Christ IS the door), then I (the Father) will come in and sup with him and him with Me." Christ, the Son, seed of God, is the door that must be opened. Open there runs into a meaning of opening the EYES. The eyes are not truly open until the veil has been rent. Father, open the eyes of our understanding, that we may see You as you are now, and dance/cavort as David did when He was stripped of the garments YOU had given him. The garments He gave us are anything not of ourselves, but of Christ who dwells within us and upon us. Blessings......