Date: 11/01/2019 Issue Number: 376
When Joseph was given the birthright and Judah the scepter, Levi was given the priesthood.
Moses was of the tribe of Levi.
There was an interim of three or four generations between Levi and the first actual priest (Aaron, who was Moses’ older brother). Scripture says nothing about the manner in which the right of priesthood was passed down. It was not until Aaron received the priesthood that we learn which son of Levi actually received the priesthood.
Gen. 46:11 tells us that Levi had three sons: Ger…
Date: 10/01/2019 Issue Number: 375
Abraham gave us the example of Passover faith, Isaac gave us the example of Pentecostal obedience, and Jacob gave us the example of Tabernacles agreement. The sequence culminates with Joseph, whose rule over Egypt prophesies of Christ’s Kingdom in the earth.
The feast of Passover was fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross at Passover. Pentecost was fulfilled in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at the start of the Pentecostal Age. That age has now ended, and we are in the transition of ag…
Date: 09/01/2019 Issue Number: 374
Abraham gave us the example of Passover faith, Isaac gave us the example of Pentecostal obedience, and now Jacob gives us the example of Tabernacles agreement.
The life of Jacob as a whole lays out the entire Christian walk, culminating in his change of name and nature from Jacob, the believer, to Israel, the overcomer. As such, he is a snapshot of an overcomer, not in his early life but at the end of his wilderness journey.
Jacob was a believer from the beginning of his story, but his faith wa…
Date: 08/01/2019 Issue Number: 373
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are three distinct snapshots of the Kingdom, but yet they are closely tied together as one. Each of these men represent a different feast day revelation in the path to Sonship.
Abraham is the example of New Covenant faith, which is the revelation of Passover.
Isaac is the example of obedience, which is the revelation of Pentecost.
Jacob is the example of agreement, which is the revelation of Tabernacles.
When applied to the division of time into ages, we see also a progression of the K…
Date: 07/01/2019 Issue Number: 372
The Kingdom of God was established on earth at the time of creation. However, when Adam and Eve sinned, there was a disruption. With the loss of immortality, the essence of Kingdom life was lost, leaving only residual features that also began to be degraded.
It is not that the Kingdom of God ceased to exist. After all, creation was still owned by the sovereign Creator by virtue of His labor. But because Adam had been given authority under God, Adam’s sin gave him a debt that he could not pay. Therefore, the …
Date: 06/01/2019 Issue Number: 371
Many have asked questions about life in the Kingdom after the second coming of Christ. They are curious as to the changes that will occur between now and then, both in one’s personal life and in the governments of the world. In this issue we will attempt to explore these questions.
Obviously, since we are peering into the future, we know that we seeing through a glass darkly, as it were. The future has no real precedent from the past. We have only glimpses of the future, prophesied through types and shadows …
Date: 05/01/2019 Issue Number: 370
On March 22-24, 2001, God led us to conduct a prayer campaign with the awkward title: He is Building Effective Apostleship. In recent weeks our home team began to discern that this was soon to be revisited (on the next level, of course). Then this topic disappeared from sight until April 21, when we were suddenly given revelation needed to understand the next phase of this emerging ministry.
Apostleship can be seen as the leadership of the five-fold ministry that Paul mentions in Eph. 4:11-13,
11 And He gave some…
Date: 04/01/2019 Issue Number: 369
When God created man in His own image, it is evident that He intended for man to be free and to enjoy an abundant life (John 10:10). Such a life is not merely immortal but also one that reaches its full potential and enjoys the satisfaction of fulfilling one’s calling in the fullest sense.
The world’s pursuit of freedom has proven to be elusive to most people, because men’s definition of freedom has differed from God’s definition. If men do not know what true freedom is, it is hardly possib…
Date: 03/01/2019 Issue Number: 368
Freedom can lead either to chaos or cosmos (order). It depends on whether freedom springs from God or man, that is, from the laws of God or the traditions of men.
Men have always promised freedom to the people in order to garner their support and loyalty, but such freedom has inevitably been short-lived or downright non-existent. Only God’s plan of freedom brings genuine freedom, and this is set forth in the divine law. Hence, the psalmist tells us in that great law-chapter, Psalm 119:44, 45,
44 So I will k…
Date: 02/01/2019 Issue Number: 367
During the 60’s revolution, it was often argued that government should not try to legislate morality. Those who were unschooled in the law of God had weak responses. The fact is that all laws legislate morality, if we use the term in its general sense. Laws set the standard of behavior for the nation, because sin is a moral crime.
On the other hand, if one means that laws have no power to change hearts, that is certainly true. Laws are weak in that they only regulate behavior. Paul makes it clear that the la…
Date: 01/01/2019 Issue Number: 366
When the Bible began to be printed in the mid-1400’s so that Christians were able to read it for themselves, it changed the way men thought, and this changed the course of western civilization itself.
During the Dark Ages, the Church ruled supreme. No one was allowed to question its authority or its interpretation of Scripture, and if they heard God’s voice, it always had to be subject to veto by the priests. Hence, the law of God was always subject to the traditions of men, as it was in Jesus’ d…
Date: 12/01/2018 Issue Number: 365
During the Roman Catholic middle ages, Europe had a “Christian” worldview, not a Kingdom worldview. The Christian worldview of the church came out of an age that was the prophetic counterpart to the reign of King Saul, whose reign began on Pentecost—then known as the day of wheat harvest (1 Samuel 12:17).
The difference between Christian and Kingdom is the difference between the reigns of Saul and David. Saul was crowned on Pentecost; David was crowned in a Jubilee year. Each was crowned legitima…