Ye Shall Receive Power, #19

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“These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” (Revelation 11:6)

Because of the rebellion against the Lord God of the earth, the worldly rulers and peoples will be tormented. God’s anointed witnesses will interfere with their pleasures and their self-seeking. But the wicked will not be able to stop the witness, neither will Antichrist be able to stop the witness, until God is satisfied that the testimony has been given to perfection.

The saints will bring plagues on the earth, praying in the Spirit until nature cooperates with the Gospel witness.

We are reminded of Moses, of Elijah, and particularly of Elisha and the two bears (two witnesses) that killed forty-two young men (forty-two months, the period of time set aside for the invincible latter-rain testimony—2 Kings 2:24).

Since the Book of Revelation is mostly symbolic representations of spiritual realities, perhaps the plagues that accompany the prophecy of the two witnesses are symbolic of spiritual events and circumstances.

It may be true that shutting heaven “that it rain not in the days of their prophecy” has, in addition to the natural application, a spiritual significance. It may indicate that the anointed saints will possess the authority and power to bind and loose in the spirit realm such that the Glory of God will be manifest and will operate only as they direct. There will be no flowing of revival except in accordance with the will of Christ expressed through the saints.

There will be no more groups of believers called by the name of Christ but “eating their own bread and wearing their own apparel,” as is true today (Isaiah 4:1). There will be no more “synagogues of Satan” made up of people who claim to be “Jews” (Revelation 3:9). In that day it will be manifest that there is but one Church, one Body, one Word of testimony concerning the Person and will of Almighty God.

What would happen to the Christian witness if God clothed the true saints with glory and also gave them the power to stop the flow of spiritual life to those who call themselves Christians but who are not? Can you think of any other act of God that would enhance the testimony of Christ more than this?

Anyone can call himself a Christian now. Perhaps this will not be the case in the days to come. The power to give the Holy Spirit may be restored to God’s apostles. How would this assignment of authority and power to the true saints affect the Christian witness?

The greatest single hindrance to the Christian testimony today may be the multitude of sects that call themselves Christian but that practice and speak things that are not of Christ.

If God granted great authority and power to the leaders of the churches of today the result would be a huge denomination in which self-seeking men and women strove for position. But the members of the remnant will have been cleansed beforehand of the self-seeking that has divided the Church, the one Body of Christ, into a thousand denominations, destroying the witness of Christ.

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Ye Shall Receive Power, #18

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And thou shalt make a candlestick [lampstand] of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.” (Exodus 25:31)

Until we gain a vision of the great Divine Lampstand of God, who is Christ—Head and Body, we tend to place too much emphasis on the local churches. Placing too much emphasis on the local churches destroys the unity and maturity of the one Body of Christ, the second Lampstand that will bear the end-time witness of the soon coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth.

If we are not careful our local church becomes a kingdom separate from the Kingdom of God.

The Wife of the Lamb is not the local churches. The Wife of the Lamb is the Substance of the Divine Christ created in us by the manifestations of the Holy Spirit that are distributed among us. She is of Christ’s Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:3,4; Hebrews 2:11; John 1:13).

If a person were to see Christ ministering and hear Him speak he would believe one Person was ministering and speaking. But we know from what Jesus told us that in reality two People were ministering and speaking as One. The Father and the Son work as One; and yet it is “the testimony of two men” and therefore lawful.

It equally is true that whenever the Body of Christ serves in its corporate ministry as the Light of the world, the Temple of God, the Servant of the Lord, and in all the other aspects of its external, corporate ministry, it never is the Body alone that is functioning nor is it Christ alone who is working. It is Christ in and with His Body.

Therefore the Light of the world, the Temple of God, and the Servant of the Lord, compose “two men” just as the Father and the Son are “two men” (John 8:17).

The elect, the members of the Body of Christ, the remnant, the saints of God, will pass throughout the entire earth in the days preceding the coming of the Lord. We shall heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, and bear witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the soon coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth.

If any person will attempt to stop or harm us the judgment of God will fall on him. He will be consumed by the Word of the Divine testimony, as happened to Ananias and Sapphira who lied to the Spirit of God.

The God of the whole earth has determined every tribe and village on the earth will see and hear His glorious testimony. God will not allow that determination to be frustrated by men or by satan.

We can understand, from the world conditions of today that it will require the kind of fiery judgment portrayed in Revelation, Chapter 11 if we are to gain access to every person. Many governments of our time are determined the Word of God will not have free course among their citizens.

To be continued #19

Ye Shall Receive Power, #17

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14)

Previously we mentioned nine aspects of the external, corporate ministry of the Body of Christ. The first of these corporate ministries is that of being the light of the world, including the bearing of the latter-rain witness of the last days.

Christ Himself is the perfect fulfillment of each of the nine aspects except, of course, the aspect termed “the Bride of the Lamb.” Christ is not His own bride. The Body of Christ is the Bride of the Lamb. Yet it is the Divine Substance of Christ that forms the Body in us. Eve was formed from Adam’s substance. Adam was joined to that which originally had been part of himself.

The Body of Christ, when it has been brought to the fullness of the stature of Christ, will be the perfect fulfillment of each of the nine aspects. Then there will be two Lampstands, two Lights of the world—Christ and His Bride.

Seven lampstands are set forth in the first chapter of the Book of Revelation. These seven are the assemblings that bear the name of Christ. But they are only the one Church in different conditions and perhaps in different ages. There is but one second Lampstand—the one Church, the Body of Christ.

Christ and His Body are two witnesses, and yet they are one witness because the Witness is Christ in His Body. The Lord works with His Body but also dwells in His Body.

The Father and Christ are two witnesses, and yet They are one witness because the Witness is the Father in the Son. The Father works with the Son but also abides in the Son.

And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.” (John 8:16-18)

We know God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. Christ never was alone, except for the moment when the wrath of God fell on the sin that Christ had become for us. The Father and the Son, the two Men, are the Light who entered our sin-darkened world and accomplished a perfect redemption for us.

Whenever the Church serves as the Lampstand of God, the Light of the world, it is Christ in the Church who is the Light of the world.

It is nothing the Church does that is the light of the world. It is Christ, and God in Him, who is the Light of the world.

There is no wood, no humanity in the Lampstand. The Lampstand was hammered from solid gold, from that which typifies Divinity. The Lampstand, the Body of Christ, is Divine even though it is created in the personalities of imperfect people.

To be continued #18

Ye Shall Receive Power, #16

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Will Elijah and Elisha be reincarnated or descend from Heaven and then preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God before the Lord returns? Of course not. To bear witness of the coming of the Kingdom of God is the responsibility of the saints of Christ, of no one else.

The double portion of the anointing of the Spirit will be given to God’s second Lampstand, the Body of Christ, as soon as the Body of Christ has been built up in the Head. The Head is the first Lampstand, the Lampstand of Zechariah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist was Elijah of whom Malachi spoke:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:” (Malachi 4:5)

In a spiritual sense, John was Elijah. Yet, John was John, not Elijah. Elijah was not reincarnated in John nor did Elijah come down from Heaven to prepare the way before Christ.

But the spirit of Elijah rested on John.

But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.” (Matthew 17:12)

We look at people and circumstances from the earthly point of view. God looks at people and circumstances from the spiritual point of view. The Book of Revelation is God’s point of view. How we view people and circumstances often is quite different from that set forth in the Book of Revelation. The human mind cannot interpret the Book of Revelation.

The end-time witnesses will not be Elijah and Elisha even though they probably are the strongest scriptural types of the two witnesses. Rather, it is true that the same Power that rested on Elijah and Elisha will abide on the Lord’s remnant.

In order to announce the return to earth of His chosen King, who is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the earth will pour out the fullness of His Spirit on His elect, so signs and wonders of unparalleled glory and power will be revealed in support of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The God of the whole earth never shall give His earth to Antichrist or to Antichrist’s worshipers.

The Lord Jesus will anoint us and work with us, confirming the Word of the Divine testimony with signs following (Mark 16:20).

The two end-time witnesses are the two olive trees. They are the double portion of the Spirit of God, the latter rain, the source of continual anointing so the testimony of Christ may cover the earth in a short period of time.

The testimony of Christ is the Spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10).

What of the two lampstands? As we understand the symbolism, the two lampstands of Revelation, Chapter 11 are Christ, the one Lampstand; and the Body of Christ, the second Lampstand. These two are one; yet they are two.

To be continued #17

Ye Shall Receive Power, #15

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These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 14:4)

The two wave loaves are “the firstfruits to the Lord.” So it is true that it will be Christ’s “firstfruits,” His remnant, who will bear the double portion of Pentecost and who will testify in the days preceding Christ’s return from Heaven.

The “double Pentecost” that will fall on the earth just before the Lord returns can be seen in the symbolism of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. The two sections of the linen curtains were joined together by fifty gold “taches” (clasps) (Exodus 26:6). The two sections of the goats’ hair curtain were joined together by fifty bronze clasps (Exodus 26:11). These two sets of fifty clasps were located directly over the Veil that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place.

The Holy Place represents the present age. The Most Holy Place represents the coming of the Lord and the thousand-year Kingdom age.

The word Pentecost is derived from the Greek word that means “fifty.”

We see, therefore, that at the point where the Church age passes into the Kingdom age, where the Holy Place became the Most Holy Place, there were placed fifty gold clasps and fifty bronze clasps. The two sets of fifty speak of a double Pentecost, of the “Elisha” anointing. The fifty gold reveals that the end-time Pentecostal witness will be the Glory of God Himself, as is shown also by the golden lampstands. The fifty bronze signifies the end-time Pentecostal witness will be a work of judgment, as we can observe in the destructive works performed by the two witnesses.

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit who abides in His Fullness in and with Christ, expressed Himself in several pairs of Old Testament witnesses: Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Joshua and Zerubbabel, and so forth.

The Spirit of Christ spoke in all the prophets of the Old Testament (1 Peter 1:11).

There were two prophets who specially are typical of the end-time, latter-rain witness. They are Elijah and Elisha. Much that was true of them and their circumstances and victories will be true of the circumstances and victories of the saints of the last days.

The lives and ministries of Elijah and Elisha are strong types of the double portion of the anointing that will come upon the saints so they may complete the work of the testimony, not by human ability but by the Spirit of the Lord.

The two olive trees and the two lampstands stand “before the God of the earth” (Revelation 11:4); “by the Lord of the whole earth” (Zechariah 4:14).

Both Elijah and Elisha spoke of standing before the Lord. No other prophet of the Bible described his position in just this manner.

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” (1 Kings 17:1)

And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.” (2 Kings 3:14)

To be continued #16

Ye Shall Receive Power, #14

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And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:” (Zechariah 4:2)

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:4)
Zechariah speaks of one lampstand and two olive trees. But Revelation 11:4 mentions two lampstands and two olive trees. Why?
The explanation may be thus: at the time of Zechariah, the Body of Christ, which is the second lampstand, had not been formed. There was only the one Lampstand—the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ means “the One anointed with oil.
Now we have the exalted Head, Christ, but also the Body of Christ, the Body of the One anointed with oil. There now are two lampstands, although the two are one, as we shall discuss later.
Who or what are the two olive trees? The two olive trees are the source of continual oil for the Lampstand (unlike the Lampstand of the Tabernacle of the Congregation which had to be refilled every twenty-four hours).
Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:14)
Elijah and Elisha appear to be the strongest representatives of the “two anointed ones.” Each of them employed the expression “as the Lord liveth before whom I stand.” No other person in the Bible used that expression.
We could not see Elijah when John the Baptist appeared, yet the spirit of Elijah rested on John. We will not see Elisha, the prophet of the double portion, when Christ and His Body minister. But the double portion will rest on them. More about these two later.
The number two represents a lawful witness. Under Old Testament law, two or more witnesses are required if the testimony is to be established in court.
Also, “two” symbolizes power. The Spirit’s anointing of the prophets of all ages provides the power for their testimony of the Person and Word of God.
Two large loaves made from wheat flour were waved during the celebration of the feast of Pentecost. These two loaves mark the completion of the wheat harvest, indicating that the greatest Pentecost of all will come at the end of the age.
Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves [the two witnesses] of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” (Leviticus 23:17)
The two olive trees are the double portion of Pentecost, the power to bear witness of the God of the earth. They are the “greater works,” the powerful Pentecostal revival of the last days, the latter (harvest) rain.
The same Pentecostal power that rested on Joel abode on Peter. Therefore Peter cried, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.
This same Pentecostal power, now in unlimited fullness, will rest on the end-time remnant enabling them to bear witness to the whole earth of the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the meaning of the two olive trees. One olive tree for the former rain. Two olive trees for the latter rain (Joel 2:23).

To be continued #15…

Ye Shall Receive Power, #13

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And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, And behold a candlestick [lampstand] all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:1-6)
The two olive trees, and one of the lampstands of Revelation 11:4, are described in the fourth chapter of the Book of Zechariah.
Revelation 11:4, in conjunction with the preceding passage from Zechariah, signifies that just before Jesus returns, the true saints will be forced to abandon human efforts to save the world. We shall allow the Holy Spirit to use us as He will. He indeed shall use us. The Spirit is waiting for us to discover only He can perform the work of the Kingdom of God.
The significance of the olive trees and the lampstands (“candlesticksKJV) is that only the Spirit of God is able to build the Temple of God.
Notice (in Zechariah, Chapter Four) that there are two olive trees but only one lampstand.
The prophecies of Zechariah had directly to do with the return of the Jews from Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuild that which had been torn down by Nebuchadnezzar, particularly the Temple of Solomon. The efforts to restore Jerusalem are described in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
In addition to its application to the restoration of physical Jerusalem in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, the Book of Zechariah is strongly symbolic concerning Christ and His Kingdom.
We believe verses six through nine of Chapter Four of Zechariah have to do with the coming of the Lord and the completion of the Temple of God; with the accomplishment of the mystery of God, which is Christ in us:
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [Christ] thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation [Christ—the Foundation of the Temple of God] of this house; his hands shall also finish it [complete the mystery of God, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory]; and thou shalt know the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.” (Zechariah 4:6-9)
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But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:7)

To be continued #14…

Ye Shall Receive Power, #12

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Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” (Ephesians 2:2)
satan has convinced the churches that he is the God of the earth; but he is not. He is the God of the spirit of this age, of the world system. He is the spirit that directs the children of disobedience.
Our God is the God of the whole earth, praise His holy Name! He has given all the earth and its peoples to Christ and to whomever Christ desires to share them with.
God is preparing a Deliverer who will destroy the evil angels. The Deliverer is Christ—Head and Body.
Before the God of the earth utilizes Christ to deliver the earth from corruption, He will use His Christ (the Head working with and in the Body) as a final witness who will testify with powerful signs and wonders to all the peoples of the earth of the coming rule of God over the nations.
The two olive trees represent the double portion of the anointing of the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the prophets of all time, of every age. Of particular significance here is the Spirit who abode on Elijah and Elisha. The lives and ministries of Elijah and Elisha are symbolic of the two witnesses of Revelation, Chapter 11. Christ gave the former rain “moderately” under the old covenant (Joel 2:23). The rain increased in power at the time of the Book of Acts. But just before Jesus returns, the full flowing of “oil” will cause the Lampstands to burn with great brightness giving an earth-wide witness of the resurrection of Christ. There will be a continual, unlimited anointing on Christ’s witnesses in the last days.
The two lampstands represent Christ and His Body, as we understand the symbolism. Only Christ and His Body are the Lampstands of God. They are the only “lights” of the world. No prophet ever was referred to as “the light of the world.
Indeed, the prophets were lights shining in dark places as the Spirit of Christ spoke through them. But no saint of the Old Testament ever was termed “the light of the world.” However, the Scriptures refer to Jesus as “the light of the world” and to the saints as “the light of the world.” Only the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lampstand of God, the Light of the world; and His Body is being built up in Him and fashioned in His image.
John was not “that light,” but was sent to bear witness of “that light.” “That light” is in us, in the members of the Body of Christ.

To be continued #13

Ye Shall Receive Power, #11

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“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven [not toward the spirit Paradise but toward the sky] as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven [that is, into the sky].” (Acts 1:9-11)
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“And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Revelation 11:11-12)
As we understand it, the resurrection and ascension of the “two witnesses” (Revelation 11:11-12) is the first resurrection from the dead, and the ascension of the saints (witnesses) of all ages to meet Jesus at His return in the clouds of the heaven. We shall rise to meet the Lord “in the air,” not in the spirit Paradise. This is an event in the physical realm for which our spiritual training is preparing us.
The world is in darkness today. But God has promised an end-time revival that will be greater in authority, power, and glory than any revival of the past. Truly, Christ has kept the good wine until now.
In the present hour we are ministering to one another, building the “Lampstand,” the Body of Christ. One day soon the double portion of oil will be added to the Lampstand. We shall go forth during a period of great confusion and disturbance in the world to preach the soon coming of the Lord Jesus.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks [lampstands] standing before the God of the earth.” (Revelation 11:4)
Why the God of the earth ? Why not the God of Heaven?
It is because the purpose of this revival is to announce to the peoples of the earth that the Kingdom of God is coming to the earth.
The earth is the Lord’s. For hundreds of years the Christian churches have announced that the purpose of redemption is to bring the saved to live in Heaven for eternity. This is neither scriptural nor reasonable.
Why would God create us on the earth if our eternal home is Heaven?
Heaven is for the angels. The earth is for mankind. God created both Heaven and the earth and He knows the end from the beginning.
Some of the angels left Heaven, their original place of responsibility, and invaded the earth. God has ordained they will be judged by people—the people whom they have caused anguish and terror. Such is the justice of God Almighty.
Today mankind is being seduced by the cunning, lusts, violence, and rebellion of fallen angels. Even the Lord’s people find it very difficult to control themselves in such a demonic environment. They trust that the Lord will remove them from the earth so they can find peace in the spirit realm, in Paradise.
To be continued #12

Ye Shall Receive Power, #10

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And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Revelation 11:1)
Those who are worshiping God at the Altar of Incense are the saints who have pressed past the Lampstand, which typifies Pentecost, and have arrived at the Altar of Incense. The Altar of Incense is the place in Christ where we praise God fervently in every situation; where our life, into which Christ has been pounded as in a mortar, is being poured out in holy worship and service to God.
The Altar of Incense stood in front of the Ark of the Covenant. The holy Veil separated the two pieces of furniture. The Ark of the Covenant represents “that which is perfect,” that is, the coming of Christ to us in His fullness. In that hour we will know as we are known because Christ and the Father will be making Their abode with us (John 14:23). There will be no more need for the partial, fragmented manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
We think the saints have been undergoing the judgment of God, the Divine measurement of their lives, over the past thirty years, and that the judgment is continuing as the “Lampstand” (the Body of Christ) is being perfected (Revelation 11:4; Luke 13:32).
We must not lose the vision or become discouraged. God has promised to us the “greater works“—the going forth of the Gospel in the fullness of power to every human being on the earth. An “open door” has been set before us. Let us press in to the full realization of all God has promised.
As soon as God has cleansed us of what is unacceptable to Himself, and has totally reconciled us to Himself, He will pour out on us the double portion of power and glory so we can bear witness of the atoning death, triumphant resurrection, keeping power, and soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Revelation 11:3)
Here is the worldwide corporate ministry of the Body of Christ during the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week, as we understand it. The “sackcloth” typifies the repentance that must be proclaimed during the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and also the humility, the lack of religious finery and pomp, that will characterize the saints who bear the latter-rain testimony.
Just before Jesus returns the saints will go forth, two by two in some instances, as in the days when Jesus was on earth. The Lord’s witnesses will go to every nation, every city, every village under the heaven. They will heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead, and preach the Gospel message: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!
The witnesses will preach with great power throughout the first half of the “week.” Then God will allow the testimony to be silenced. But at the end of the week the saints, God’s witnesses of all ages, will be raised from the dead and will “ascend up to heaven in a cloud.” It is our point of view that this does not mean they will ascend into Paradise, as in the erroneous teaching of the “rapture,” but rather that they will be caught up into the clouds, into the heaven immediately above us.
To be continued #11