Encountering The Word Made Flesh

Like Saul on Damascus road, you must encounter the Lord Jesus Christ in this life or perish. This is because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Ps 51:5). What King David said is applicable to all. God is not bothered about the number of people returning to “hell beneath” (Prov 15:24) from where they came to the surface of the earth. 

God mourned the loss of His created human beings in the Garden of Eden. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked … Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Gen 3:6-9). God in mercy promised to send Seed of the woman to redeem fallen mankind. The promise was fulfilled more than two thousand years ago in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ “who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead” (The Apostles Creed}”.  

God’s present activity on earth is that everybody has a chance of hearing the gospel message. What happens thereafter depends on man, not God. A free-will acceptance of the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross of Calvary is what matters. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Some Christians will miss heaven because of their lack of love for the brethren. You cannot shun brethren on earth and expect to socialize with them in heaven. Living for eternity in God’s presence is like a four-legged race. You are not a winner until you have won all stages of the contest.

The abundant life Jesus brought from heaven to earth is not only for this life but for the hereafter. It means to be saved, enjoy the things that accompany salvation in time and enter heaven in grand style to dwell in the presence of the Lord forever. Since being born again is good but not always enough to guarantee entry into heaven, a Christian must therefore work out his or her salvation with fear and trembling through mind renewal with the Word of God.

Imperatives For Being Born Again

You cannot abide in Christ except you are genuinely born again. The vast majority of those who claim to belong to Christ have no relationship with Him at all. You must be infused with a Hypostatic Chip in the power of the Holy Spirit who is currently in the world to convict mankind of sin, righteousness and judgment.

You were created to exist forever. In the beginning Adam had a sinless nature. His fall resulted in spiritual, physical and eternal death as decreed by God. Thereafter the human body became mortal; it was made of dust and will revert to dust by reason of Adamic sin.  But the real you is not your body. You are a spirit being. You have a soul. These two constitute the real you. Have you noticed that when you sleep you dream dreams and see yourself doing things as you would in the natural?  It is the real you that goes out in the spirit realm to engage in sundry encounters, some good, some horrible. You need the new birth to realign your life with God your Creator.  For you to be a child of God you must be infused with a part of God, eternal life, which I prefer to call Hypostatic Chip because of its characteristics.

If you have not changed your spiritual status by a conscious and voluntary surrender of your life to Jesus Christ, then Satan is your spiritual father.  Your status in life has nothing to do with it.  Your wealth, education, political position or social standing cannot change the situation. That is the stark reality of your status before God.  You may not appreciate the gravity of that horrible state of affair now until your life on earth is terminated.

The final destination of unbelievers is the lake of fire.  At death unbelievers are taken to hellfire which is in the middle of the earth where they will remain until the millennial reign of Christ and the White Throne Judgment when, without exception, they will be herded into the lake of fire to be tormented forever and ever. 

Being born again is the first step towards entering heaven. Regeneration alone does not guarantee entry into heaven. Jesus spoke about discovering the narrow road to heaven (Mt 7:13). The message was for believers. Some believers are on the narrow road; some remain where they were when they got born again. All unbelievers are walking along the broad road that leads to hellfire. An unbeliever cannot be on the narrow road to heaven because he or she is already spiritually dead. An unbeliever cannot ‘see’ the narrow road in that state. For such people physical death is a confirmation of eternal death, which is irreversible separation from God.

Jesus said the road to heaven is narrow; the gate at the end of the road is very narrow. Entry into this road is by volition. Many born again Christians do not find this road for lack of follow-up; they eventually backslide. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Some believers who find the road grope alongside it without knowing what to do for lack of appropriate input of doctrine.

Unless you see the kingdom of God you cannot begin to walk along the road that leads to the gate of heaven. The gate of heaven must open for you to enter the celestial city. To be able to survive the perils along the narrow road you need the water of God’s Word imbibed in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is imperative to learn kingdom-life principles applied in daily living to be fit to live in heaven. You do not learn how to live in heaven in heaven. You learn how to live in heaven on earth as you cannot do in heaven what you are not used to doing on earth. That is why the Bible gives strong commands regarding love, forgiveness and being one another’s keeper.

Let brotherly love flow is heaven’s standard for redeemed mankind.

Seven Ways Christ Shed His Blood

In Adam all sinned, and the penalty for sin is death, which culminates in eternal separation from God.  To redeem sinful man, blood must be shed because without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin. Since life is in the blood, the only way to mitigate the death penalty already passed on humanity is to ransom the life in the blood of an Innocent Person whose blood has the ability to remit sin.  Jesus is the only Person who is qualified to make the sacrifice. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev 17:11).

Here the Bible is instructing on the Old Covenant type of offering the blood of bulls and goats for the covering for a time of the sins of the people.  That was the only way a Holy God could have dealings with His people until the New Covenant became operative to deal with the sin question once and for all.  Thus, the life of Jesus was given in exchange for the life of all the posterity of Adam and Eve through shedding of His blood on Calvary’s Cross.  The blood of Jesus made a once-for-all atonement for the remission of the sins of the world because Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary unaffected by the original sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and valves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption  … so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Heb 9:11-28).

By shedding His blood on Calvary’s Cross, Christ became our substitute, exchanging our sinfulness for His righteousness.  Whoever accepts Christ therefore has His righteousness imputed or accounted to him.  The Bible declares, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Gal 3:13).  In other words, our redemption from sin, which includes the removal of the curse of the law, is complete in Him.  Furthermore, the ways Jesus shed His blood mirror the particular aspects of the curse that Adam’s transgression activated.  Let us consider seven of such applications.

  1. Sweat As Blood In The Garden Of Gethsemane. Lk 22:44 – And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.  Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Sweat is a symbol of hard labor.  It typifies struggling for existence and survival.  This curse, “in the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” contracts with life of comfort Adam enjoyed in the Garden of Eden before he sinned when he had dominion over God’s creation.  So, the blood that dropped as sweat from Jesus in the Garden redeemed man from struggling for existence.
  1. Crown Of Thorns. Mt 27:29 – When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head. A thorn is a plant or brier that abounds with pricks. It is not cultivated, but grows on its own to inhibit, choke or destroy life-sustaining crops.  God cursed the ground for the sake of Adam and commanded it to bring forth thorns and thistles. When Roman soldiers planted a thorn on the head of Jesus, blood dripped from the points where the pricks on the thorns tore into His flesh.  The effect on man of the blood that dripped to the ground was the removal of inherited or generational curses, such as barrenness, poverty and oppression.
  1. Beard Plucked Off. In Bible times, the tradition of keeping the beard signified beauty, favor and dignity. The beard of Jesus Christ was yanked off His face in a brutal manner.  The hair was not shaved off; it was pulled with the skin mercilessly with blood oozing out (Isa 50:6; 53:3).  That judgment restored beauty and favor to redeemed man.
  1. Jesus Gave His Back To The Smitters. Jn 19:1 – So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. Jesus received thirty-nine strokes of the Roman cane. The scourging was in fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isa 53:4-5). Jesus willingly gave His back to the ‘smiters’ and by reason of the bleeding and laceration of His back He purchased our healing.  Thus the believer has been redeemed, inured against sickness and disease and protected from all forms of bodily infirmities.
  1. Hands Nailed To The Cross. The hands of fallen humanity shed innocent blood. That was why Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.  By nailing His hands to the Cross, Jesus re-established the works of our hands to glorify our Maker. Ps 90:17 – And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.
  1. Feet Nailed Together. The feet symbolize dominion. God’s standard for His people is that ‘every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you.’  Also, ‘the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever.’ Sin and iniquity mortgaged that provision to the extent that the feet of men are swift in running to mischief.  The judgment on the feet of Jesus restored dominion to the redeemed of the Lord.
  1. Blood And Water From His Side. Jn 19:34 – But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. The shedding of the Blood of Jesus was completed with the blood and water that flowed from His side. It is the seal of the New Testament.  The blood of Jesus sprinkled the whole world, bringing salvation to whosoever believes in Him. “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels … to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Heb 12:22-24).

Therefore the Blood of Jesus saves from eternal death; restores beauty and favor; confers dominion; prospers the works of our hands; removes sickness and heals bodily infirmities;  redeems from inherited and generational curses; and removes human struggle.

Revelation From The Lord

This is the revelation I received on September 12, 2010. Jesus is still at the right hand of God in heaven but He is no longer sitting down. Right now, He is standing on His feet ready to step out of the third heaven and descend to the atmospheric region of the earth to receive the church to Himself.

As soon as He steps out of heaven two trumpet sounds will issue in quick succession. Only the righteous dead will hear the first trumpet sound. As they begin to descend to the earth the second trumpet sound will issue and only those alive in Christ at that moment will hear this second sound. Both sleeping and living qualified saints will be transformed with glorified bodies and rise together to meet the Lord in the air. How long it will take before the Lord steps out of God’s throne room was not disclosed, neither was I told how long it would take Him to walk down to the atmospheric part of the first heaven.

The import of the revelation I received is that time is short. “But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor 7:29-31).  In the first place a state of expectancy will prevail.  Those eligible to be partakers of the rapture will be in a state of expectancy. They will not be taken by surprise. They will know the times and season. There must be a looking and hasting for the coming of the Lord.

Secondly, God always has a witness to whatever He wants to do. The antediluvian were warned of Noah’s flood. Even sinful Sodom and Gomorrah had angelic visitation. Israel was warned of the disaster for rejecting Christ. Right now, nobody knows the day or hour of the rapture but many members of the eschatological community all over the world know the end-times are here and that the season is on the brink. As rapture time draws nearer and nearer, those who made themselves ready by watching, expecting and anticipating the rapture while busy doing their allotted tasks faithfully will sense in their spirit that the hour has come for the trumpet to sound.  They will have and know the mind of Christ.

This is the terminal generation.  God told Simeon that he would not see death until the birth of Christ. If you were born on or before May 14, 1948 and God has purposed for you not to experience death, the probability is one hundred per cent sure that you will be alive when the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ takes place.

Let those with hearing ears hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church! The choice is yours; choose zoe, the life of God and live forever with Him.

Five End-Of-Time Scenarios

FIVE END-OF-TIME SCENARIOS

You must be born of God the Holy Spirit, live as one born of God whose sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus and abide in Christ to the end, which could be physical death or Church rapture, whichever occurs first.

Entering Heaven?

Entry into heaven is a function of discovering and following one’s ‘Growth Path’ to the end of life on earth. Growth Paths are programmed into Hypostatic Chips, the life-giver from God received at the point of salvation. The Chip is activated through obedience to the Holy Spirit who uses the programs in the Chip to form Christ in yielded human vessels. Total sanctification of spirit, soul and body is the cut-off mark for entry into heaven. Perfection is possible.

The idea that being born again is sufficient to gain entry into heaven is grossly in error. Only overcomers enter heaven. Those who overcome the devil, the world, their flesh and the ‘little foxes that spoil the vine’ have a chance of inheriting and ruling the new earth while living in the New Jerusalem. Have you ever wondered where Jesus lodged during the forty days’ interval between His resurrection and ascension into heaven? He lived in heaven while supervising operations on earth until the Holy Spirit assumed duty.

Success in life does not depend on what you have but who you are and who has you. Prosperity is a function of character. Character depends on integrity. Your integrity is measured by who you know and not the quantum of your material possessions. Wealth acquired without God is wicked prosperity. The quality of your relationship with the Holy Spirit determines the level of your integrity. Success in life without Christ is an absolute failure. It is easy to be a hero in nothing.

At the end of life in the flesh, the vital questions will be:

  1. Did you live the abundant life on earth? Abundant life is life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Did you make it to heaven? Only those who satisfy the Master’s conditions can enter heaven.
  3. In heaven, did you attain your expected end? Jesus said: ‘Behold I come quickly and My reward is with Me.’ (Rev 22:12) The reward of Jesus is to be as close as possible to Him in heaven.

Entering heaven is serious business. Those who do not plan to enter heaven have actually planned to live in the lake of fire eternally. Ignorance of spiritual realities is not an excuse in determining final destinations.

Two Resurrections, Three Destinations

Nothing created by God goes into oblivion. Even the present earth when burnt up by fire shall become a mass of ash. It will be deposited at the bottom of the lake of fire to add pungency to the agony of its inhabitants. All dead human bodies shall “… come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (Jn 5:29)

Man has eternal existence. At the end of human dispensations, every person who ever lived on earth will be in one of three final destinations: New Jerusalem, New Earth and the Lake of Fire. Where you will be eternally depends on the decisions you make in this life.

The Final Word

God has standards. By reason of His attribute of unchanging character, those standards do not change with time. They apply to all with equal force. Even though man born of a woman is a child of the devil, he or she has a window of escape. Everyone retains God’s communicable attributes, such as eternal existence, volition, justice and equity. Consequently, you must be recreated, choose who to follow Jesus, Satan or self and meet conditions for entering heaven or miss out.

You must fulfill your destiny, the blueprint of your life, on earth to occupy your rightful position in heaven. God wants to give us the expected end embedded in individual Hypostatic Chips. The Final Word is to enter heaven in grand style. This brings five scenarios to the fore:

Scenario 1

You can have a ‘good life’ by human standards on earth but miss heaven. This is a heavy loss. However, there is something to remember as attested to by Abraham in the case of the rich man in hell.

Scenario 2

You can have a bad life on earth and make it to heaven. This is good gained the hard way, like Lazarus who was poor in body and soul but rich in spirit.

Scenario 3

You can have a bad life on earth and still miss heaven. This is a case of missing everything. 

Scenario 4

You can have a good life on earth and enter heaven. This is abundant gain but it may fall short of the expected end.

Scenario 5

You can have a good life on earth, enter heaven and occupy the position preordained for you in the Eternal States. This is the ultimate abundant life Jesus brought to mankind. This grade earns a special reward from Jesus.

God has given the world His best in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and His last in the Holy Spirit. Eternal life with characteristics similar to Hypostatic software is available to all who sincerely desire to have it. Your personalized Hypostatic Chip contains all that you need to have abundant life in this life and the life to come. Every individual is unique. So are Hypostatic Chips. No two of them are exactly alike. Your destiny embedded in your Chip was specially designed for you.  When an individual is implanted with the pre-designed Chip, he or she becomes fearfully and wonderfully made, not before. As a child of God are you working out your salvation with fear and trembling?