Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Beulah Land

  “The Real Beulah Land”                       

In Isaiah 62: verses 1-7 God said Jerusalem was to be; "a crown of glory and a royal diadem in the hand of the Lord. No more forsaken… no more to be called desolate."

Rather, Isaiah 62 proclaims; “thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."

It seems that this is so important to the Lord that He has determined to put watchmen on the walls to insure His word, here, will be performed…..  listen to what He sais in verses 6 & 7:

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”            

So, as we read on we see; Zion and Jerusalem are foreordained by God to have the righteousness thereof go forth AS A LIGHT and...AS A LAMP, IN THE EARTH.   Zion and Jerusalem are to become a crown of glory and a royal diadem in the hand of the Lord. The Gentiles are to see this righteousness and all Kings this glory….And God had determined that He would call this Zion and Jerusalem by a NEW NAME.
Who, then, is this; “Zion” and this; “Jerusalem”?   They are, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, metaphors which God has used to hide the MYSTERY of His Kingdom from those without eyes to see or ears to hear?

Did not Jesus say to Christians: “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify the Father which is in heaven?

Are we Christians not just; ...."living stones” being builded into His dwelling place" 

Is not His dwelling place……or Tabernacle, within US?

We are; Dwelling places within the City of God….His “New” Jerusalem……the city He is building, without hands …….the City of God that we read about in Ephesians 2… and Revelations 21…

How long oH Lord….when is this to be actually manifest in the earth…..?

Hold steady people of God for God has purposed to have a people who will be governed by Him willingly from the heart.   A people who will, at all costs, allow His righteousness to be worked by the Holy Spirit in them, until all of these things, fully, come to pass. God will have a people who will choose to allow Him to have complete dominion within their hearts.  This is the place within us where the King has dominion ……This…is “The Kingdom of God” which Jesus said not to look for, here or there……. for it is……within us.

Our souls and flesh were as a wilderness, before Christ. Our souls and flesh were as a dry, thirsty and desolate land.    But.. NOW " Jesus said;..out of your inner most being will flow; rivers of living water..."

The real “Beulah land” is
not some day in heaven.   For the Kingdom of Heaven is "at hand"!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Flesh vs. Spirit

The controversy; Flesh vs. Spirit

From my journal notes

     1Co 15:46 ASV; “Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual.”

Beginning many months ago, I started thinking and writing on a subject starting in the Old Testament which chains through to the Spiritual applications in Paul’s writings to the Galatians 4:19-31, etc...  I believe the Lord brought this to my attention and prompted me to delve into it in some detail.  The premise of my study and writing began with this thought; “Consider, now, the controversy between the children of the bond woman and the children of the free woman.  So I began to think and study; first about the, NOW, natural situation between the descendants of Ishmael and the descendants of Isaac.  At the same time, I was, also, considering; the; “NOW” spiritual application of this allegory.

There is a natural fulfillment to Bible prophecy, followed by a spiritual fulfillment.  Of course, in his letter to the Galatians; Paul was talking, more, about the Spiritual fulfillment of the allegory he discusses, in Gal. 4:19-31, of Ishmael and Isaac.  In other words; Paul was pointing out the prophetic allegory or metaphor written in the Book of Genesis which was pointing to the Spiritual reality the Church would face of the controversy between the flesh and the spirit.  This is the, very real, conflict that would exist and does exist, today, for all Christians between their fleshly desires (represented by Ishmael) and the desires of the Spirit or will of God (represented by Isaac).

In the allegory, as Paul called it, from Genesis; the bondwoman, Hagar, birthed Ishmael.  Ishmael was Abraham’s first son.  Ishmael was the product of getting ahead of God and natural man trying to help to manifest God’s promise with ways of the flesh and not waiting on the Spirit to do His work in order to bring forth God’s promise.

The other woman, Sarah, birthed Isaac, Abraham’s second son.  Isaac was the child of the freewoman who was “born after the Spirit”.  Isaac was the child God promised to Abraham and was a product of the work of the Spirit, when such a thing seemed impossible in the natural.  

Ishmael’s descendants, in the natural, are now, generally, what we know as the Islamic peoples of the Middle East regions.  True to the prophecy regarding Ishmael in Genesis 16:7-12; (below), his descendants were among those who were the enemies of the children of Israel when they crossed the Jordan to take “the promised land”.  (Psalms 83:4-8).   Since then, Ishmael’s descendants, in the natural, have been in bloody controversy with Jews and just about anybody else who won’t agree with them.

Genesis 16:7-12 (Literal translation version); “And the Angel of Jehovah found her by a well of water in the wilderness; by the well in the way of Shur.   And He said, Hagar, Sarai's slave-girl, where did you come from? And where do you go?   And she said, I am fleeing from the face of my mistress, Sarai.

And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hand. And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, I will exceedingly mulply your seed, so that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Behold! You are with child and shall bear a son; and you shall call his name Ishmael, because Jehovah has listened to your affliction.

And he shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against all, and the hand of everyone against him; and he shall live before all his brothers.  (Emphasis is mine)

The point is this; the decedents of Ishmael, in the natural have been true to the prophecy and have been, down through history, like “a wild ass of a man”, their hands against all, and the hand of everyone against them…”

And… true to the prophecy, our flesh, like “a wild ass off a man”, has been at war with our Spirit since the Spirit was first given to believers. 

James 4:1 (KJV) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members ( your flesh)?

James 4:1-10 (CEV) Why do you fight and argue with each other? Isn't it because you are full of selfish desires that fight to control your body?

 You want something you don't have, and you will do anything to get it. You will even kill! But you still cannot get what you want, and you won't get it by fighting and arguing. You should pray for it.

 Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons.

You people aren't faithful to God! Don't you know that if you love the world, you are God's enemies? And if you decide to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

 Do you doubt the Scriptures that say, "God truly cares about the Spirit he has put in us"?

 In fact, God treats us with even greater kindness, just as the Scriptures say, "God opposes everyone who is proud, but he is kind to everyone who is humble."

 Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you.

 Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can't make up your mind.

Be sad and sorry and weep. Stop laughing and start crying. Be gloomy instead of glad.

 Be humble in the Lord's presence, and he will honor you.”

 Current events in the Middle East, Biblical prophecy, and Current events in the Spirit are all tied together; 1Co 15:46 ASV; “Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual.”

The real considerations are those things hidden by God in this natural allegory, which Paul points out in Galatians, chapter four, that has been playing out in Natural world history, even unto this very day, with parallel fulfillment in the Spirit. 

This allegory from Genesis continues, with lessons for Christians to learn, regarding the controversy between the children of the bondwoman (the flesh) and the children of the free woman (the Spirit).

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Listen to episode #6 of This weeks Open Range Show

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Episode 5. The Open Range Show; "Our Nations One Clear Hope..."

The Open Range Show  (new each week)

This week; Episode 5. Our Nations One Clear Hope...
Featuring the great sounds of Country Gospel artists; "Larry C. Johnson"; Rocky Morris; Buddy Coppock and Gayla Earlene.  Plus... some scripture and comments regarding our nations “One Clear Hope”; by Keith. 
Hosted by Keith; The "Open Range Show" is a 30 minute, internet radio show, featuring Country/Western Gospel music ministers and  Keith will do some Bible teaching as well.  If you know Keith, it is more likely to be concerning The Kingdom of God and the mystery of the Kingdom.  Each week we will feature a new program and we will open wide the gates to the vast expanses of God's word, in a variety of ways, to include Country/Western Gospel music, Bible teaching, Western Gospel Poetry and even a bit of appropriate...Cowboy Poetry, from time to time.   

Below is a link to the "Open Range" page at Keith's web site where the The "Spreaker" Radio player is ready to go with this weeks program.  
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Tune in again next week, the latch string will be out for you....