The Coming ONE – Seeing Him
The Coming One – Seeing Him
“And I saw Heaven having been opened, and behold a white horse, and He who is sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He judges and makes war…”
Revelation 19:11 (LSV)
This open heaven presents the true nature and character of the Risen Christ. Those who live and walk in the Spirit begin to see the Risen Christ and HE who sits on the Throne!
“After these things I saw, and behold, a door opened in the sky, and the first voice that I heard—as of a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you what must come to pass after these things”; and immediately I was in [the] Spirit, and behold, a throne was set in Heaven, and on the throne is [ONE] sitting…”
Revelation 4:1-2 (LSV)
John described his walk in God before the unfolding revelations given to him:
“I was in the Spirit on the LORD’s Day…”
Those who are living in the Spirit are made to understand the advent of the “LORD’s Day”. In every generation, there has always been a remnant who comprehended, in some measure, the Will of God concerning the day in which they lived. The depth of our abiding in HIS Spirit will determine the measure that we see and hear the wonder of God concerning His Present Truth. While many may be content with the general truth of the gospel of God there are things far deeper to be seen and known of Him!
Friendship With God
Friendship with God is determined by our walk, not our confession.
“Ye are my friends,
if ye do whatsoever I command you”
Jesus goes on to say:
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
This truth does not negate nor diminish His infinite love for all His children. Any good parent will withhold certain things from a child until their maturity and trustworthiness are sufficient. If we live disobediently before Him, we should not question our inability to know what the Master is doing.
Truth is a precious commodity. The true minister of the Gospel measures its ministration according to the development of those with whom he is sharing (see Hebrews 5:11-14).
“I have yet many things to say unto you,
but ye cannot bear them now”
“And the Lord said,
Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do…”
“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him…”
May we comprehend the privilege of knowing Him and Him knowing us! There is an intimacy in our relationship with Him, an unveiling, and a holy exposure of His purposes to every generation.
“For the Lord Jehovah will do nothing unless
He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets”*
Let us not walk carelessly but be attuned to His Will and Ways. Many see no connection between their walk with God and the state of their family and the lives of those around them. His word declares that even if we treat our wives improperly our prayers will be cut off.
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered” (Literal Greek “cut off”)
1 Peter 3:7
We are called to walk circumspectly, not carelessly. We must understand that He who is Holy is also calling us to become holy!
“Because it is written,
Be ye holy; for I am holy”
1 Peter 1:16
The modern “gospel” declares that we are holy simply because we believe; but this does not alleviate us from our responsibility to “pursue/follow holiness”, without which we cannot see God.
“Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord;
looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God…”
If the holiness spoken of here was ours by simply believing, there would be no admonition to pursue its wonder. The promise to those who acquire it is that they “see” the Lord.
We are exhorted by Christ:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and His righteousness…”
To what end:
“and all these things shall be added unto you”
If the righteousness spoken of here is given just because we believe, why then the exhortation to “seek” His Kingdom (His rule and His government) in all things?
There is a Call going forth in this hour to “consider our ways”, and to turn back to Him so that we may “hear” what the Spirit is saying in this hour. There are many who “in hearing, hear not”. This describes those who have grown numb to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, who ignore the need to respond to the admonition of God and rely on “positional truth” rather than the “present truth” of His purposes.
To His disciples, He testified:
“And he said, Unto you, it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand”
The disciples were those who followed Him. The others believed in the scriptures yet failed to “see” Him of whom they testified would come (John 5:37-40).
Purity of Heart
“Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God”
For the true disciple, this verse carries the prerequisite of passion born of a longing to know Him, to see Him, and to live in such a way as to please and honor Him. The contentment of many in having received forgiveness of their sins (as wonderful and miraculous as this is!), fails to fan the flames of this passion to know Him more intimately and relieves them of any further pursuit of Him. They do not feel the “groaning” associated with the “first fruits of the Spirit”.
“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves groan within ourselves…”
There is to be a glorious pursuit of Him, borne of His Spirit, by those in whom the promises of God are a living reality.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled…”
*Note: The true prophetic ministrations are those who serve Him; they do not seek notoriety or preeminence. They declare what they have “seen and heard” regardless of the consequences. There is a vast difference between those who prophesy by a gift and those who minister by their relationship with Him. The depth of our relationship with Him determines what we hear and see. To this end, we exhort, admonish, and encourage each other to “press toward the mark” of the Prize of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord.
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”
1 John 1:3
Those who walk in the Spirit of Christ walk in the power of His humility; the more we touch Him the more we become aware that our brothers’ and sisters’ walk with Him take precedence over our own.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…”
This spirit of selflessness is the result of His mind becoming formed in us.
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again
until Christ be formed in you”
(To be continued Part Two – The Day Of The Lord)
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