My child…listen; do not be stubborn and self-willed. I have told you the way to true comfort and happiness…a place of quiet, refreshing rest for heavy-laden souls. In repentance and resting in Me is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is. Then walk in it, and you will find rest for your soul. [Father God…Isa 28:11-12; 30:15; Jer 6:16]
I stand in awe of the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One Who always was, Who is now and ever shall be, and Who is to come. [Rev 1:8; 22:13] Hallelujah!
THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH: POSSESSION OF THE BETTER PROMISES
All of these heroes of faith, though they won Divine approval by means of their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what had been promised. God had planned something better and greater in view for us, so that these heroes and heroines of faith should not come to perfection apart from us. [Heb 11:39-40]
THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH: POSSESSION OF THE BETTER PROMISES.
These heroes of faith received the promises, having seen them from afar off and having embraced them…the great promise of Christ Jesus and His redemption and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit…but died not having received the fulfillment of these promises. They would have to wait until the time that we were to receive the fulfillment of these promises, so that they would be made perfect together with us, and not before. Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of a Heavenly calling, consider Jesus.
If you have been living outside the veil that prohibits entrance into the Holy of Holies, do believe that God has provided some better thing for you also…a life within the veil, continually abiding before the face of our Father and enjoying His delight in you as His child! Living my life continually and unceasingly in the Holy of Holies…abiding in the inaccessible Light of the Glory of my Father’s unclouded Presence…is my birthright as a child of the Most High God! Wherefore, brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way to God, through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh; and having a great Priest over the House of God; let us then draw nigh…here let us continually abide. [Heb 10:19-20, 22]
The glorious perfection of the New Covenant
In these closing verses of Hebrews chapter 10, we have the summing up of the entire chapter as well as the entire letter to the Hebrews. The superior excellence of the New Covenant is stated to be this: that we have some better thing, something perfect, which the saints of old had waited for but had never possessed. The Book of Hebrews was written to set before us the glory of these better promises God has provided for us through Christ Jesus His Son…promises that have perfected us:
- Christ has inherited a better name.
- He has brought us a better hope.
- He is the surety of a better Covenant enacted in better promises.
- In Him we have the better country and the better substance.
- To them God spoke in the prophets; to us in the Son.
- To them was offered the rest of Canaan; to us the Promised Rest of God.
- Their high priest was a man who died; ours is High Priest forever, in the Power of an endless life.
- Their sanctuary was on Earth, and even that had its veil; ours is the true Heavenly Sanctuary, with the veil rent in two and taken away.
- Theirs was the Old Covenant, in which they had no power to faithfully keep; ours is the New Covenant, with the heart made new by the Holy Spirit.
- Theirs was the blood of bulls and goats; ours is the Blood of Jesus.
- Theirs was a sanctifying cleanness of the flesh; ours an eternal cleansing through the Blood, and the sprinkling of the heart from an evil conscience.
- Theirs was a worship that made nothing perfect; in ours we are perfected
- Their worship was a witness that access into the Holiest was not open; ours is the blessed experience that in the new and living way to God dedicated for us by Christ, we have living access into the Holy of Holies and the very Presence and love of the Father.
- Their Law made nothing perfect; Christ, by His sacrifice, has perfected us
- Apart from us they would not be made perfect; for us the blessing of some better thing, of being made perfect, has come.
Failure to embrace the perfection truths of the New Covenant
We have the possession of the thing promised, the Divine reality, the full inheritance of what were to them only the good things to come. The promise alone was sufficient to make them live a wonderful and powerful life of faith. Why is it then that so few of God’s children…we who actually have possession of the promises…so few experience the joy and the holiness and the nearness to God and the power of faith in my life? The one only answer is that I do not accept the possession with the same intensity with which they accepted the promise. If I will only rise up out of my worldliness and sloth and yield myself to the glorious perfection truths of this Epistle to the Hebrews…the perfection of our Great High Priest and His work…and press on unto it, He to Whom it has been given to work His work in me in the Power of an endless life will reveal in me that better and perfect thing as I have never yet known it! By faith, the fulfillment of every promise will be made true to me in the Power of the Holy Spirit poured out upon believers at Pentecost…the Spirit Who comes from the Throne of our great High Priest! Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. So let those of us who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions. [Phil 3:13-15]
The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit appropriates the blessing
Christ Jesus has done it all in opening the Holy of Holies, securing the freedom and the right of access therein for the children of God; it is He Who, as much, must do all within me even now to make the actual abiding in the Holy of Holies a living reality. It is Christ Jesus Who makes the Holy of Holies, and the entrance into it, and the life within there to serve the living God, a living continual reality. He does this in the Power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within me. Christ redeemed me, that I might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The Holy Spirit is the all-inclusive blessing of the New, the better, Covenant.
Life within the veil my birthright
Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of a Heavenly calling, consider Jesus. If you have been living outside the veil, do believe that God has provided some better thing for you also…a life within the veil, continually abiding before the face of our Father and enjoying His delight in you as His child! Wherefore, brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way to God, through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh; and having a great Priest over the House of God; let us then draw nigh…here let us continually abide. [Heb 10:19-20, 22]
Abba Father, You alone reign! You are robed with Majesty! You are robed with Majesty and armed with Strength and Power! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved! Your Throne was established long ago, Father; You are from all Eternity! Your statutes stand firm; Your house is beautifully arrayed with Your Holiness, Father, for endless days, forever and ever! Hallelujah!
I praise Your Holy Name forever and ever, Father! All Wisdom and Power are Yours! You change times and seasons; You set up kings and depose them! You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning! You reveal deep and hidden things! You know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with You! All my thanks and all my praise belongs to You, God of my fathers, for You are the One who gives me wisdom and power!
Precious Father, Your Law…the revelation of Your will…is perfect, restoring my soul! Your testimonies of the Truth are sure and trustworthy, making wise ordinary people who are naive and gullible! Your precepts, given to me as specific instructions, are right, Father, giving joy to my heart! Your commandments carry the authority of Your Word; they are pure and radiant, bringing Your light to my eyes! In the hearts of Your people You foster a worshipful respect for the Lord’s Awesome Presence and a reverential trust in Your unfailing, unchanging love. Such reverence and respect for You is pure and clean, Father, enduring forever! Your judgments…the decisions You make concerning human situations…are sure, altogether fair and righteous! These special revelations to Your people…Your Law, testimonies, precepts, commandments, judgments, reverential respect for You…are more precious than gold, Father, more precious even than the finest gold! They are sweeter than honey, sweeter even than drippings from the honeycomb! As Your servant, I am both warned by them and greatly rewarded in keeping them!
Brothers and sisters in Christ…
This is where I stand. I don’t know why God has been exhorting me to continually warn the brethren to be prepared with a supply of food, necessities, and provisions…but I am not giving up my own provisions at this point in time. I am holding on, and I will wait and see what takes place. And so I continue to encourage you…make provision for the physical sustenance of your family and yourself [refer to https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/02/26/brace-yourself-prepare/]. A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep on going, and suffer for it. [Proverbs 22:3]
The Lord always warns His holy remnant beforehand, so that they will always be prepared and never taken by surprise like the unbelievers and the lukewarm. Make provision for yourself and your family materially, spiritually, and emotionally NOW for what the Lord is warning will take place so as to not be overwhelmed by a severe scarcity of goods, and thereby spiral into debilitating emotional depression!
You need to be prepared and available as a minister of the Lord to a dying world: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life. [Phil 2:14-16] We have been raised up by the Lord for such a time as this!
I still hold to the Spirit’s words of warning: “Brace yourself, and tell others that I have warned them to brace themselves, for they are about to see even more shocking things. Ready or not, Nation, here it comes! Brace yourself on My Word and on My promises, and do not rely on your own strength. Do not stop bracing yourselves, and don’t look back; the storm will not pass until I, the Lord, stop the storm! Those who refuse to get ready will be wanting in the end.”
But if the watchman sees the danger coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and the sword comes and takes the life of even one of them, that one will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood. [Ezek 33:6]
Lord God Almighty, as Your watchman I have been solemnly fulfilling the responsibility You have given me in sounding the alarm to warn Your people; there will be no blood on my hands.
Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity. The Earth also will disclose the blood shed upon her, and the ground will no longer hide those who have been murdered…63 million unborn children slaughtered in cold-blooded murder…and conceal her guilt. They will be brought out for all to see. [Isa 26:20-21]
We are encouraged, though, to keep our own integrity in times of common apostasy, that, if we do so, we shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
There is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in this Last Day of the Lord…a Godly remnant of His children who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. God’s holy remnant is called to a life of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial…to walk along the path that Christ Jesus dedicated for us, and to follow in His footsteps as our forerunner. You cannot become part of My holy remnant without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own.
Friends, brothers and sisters, this is our Lord’s exhortation…
Arise My bride, and prepare to pray:
- Pray to strengthen the backbone of the Church. The current ongoing persecution of the Church and of Christians is going to escalate exponentially; it is going to get MUCH WORSE.
- Pray for the cleansing of the corruption in the Church. God is going to expose and purge corruption within His Church, and separate the wheat from the chaff…separate His True church from the apostate churches that no longer belong to Him. He is going to expose false prophets and teachers, and wolves dressed in sheep clothing pretending to be shepherds.
- Pray for a Great Harvest: It is a call to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere; God will use His holy remnant to seek and to save the lost. There will be a great harvest of souls in these Last Days. Jesus said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the good news of the Gospel to everyone, everywhere. With My authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me. [Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47]
And now, Lord God Almighty…bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, so that those who sow in tears, invoking the Lord of the Harvest, will reap with songs of Joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying bountiful sheaves from the harvest with him! [Ps 126:3-6] Hallelujah!
Arise My bride, and prepare for battle. There is going to be severe Satanic, demonic attacks against God’s holy remnant of committed, uncompromising, steadfast Christians, pastors, and leaders [not the lukewarm], and against marriages, families, and children in these coming days! There is going to be severe attacks and intense persecution coming from pretending “Christians” within the church, against pastors who preach the uncompromised Word of God. For the time is coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something self-pleasing and gratifying, they will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. [2 Tim 4:3-5]
Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. [Rev 12:12]
Arise My bride, and prepare to see My Face. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
“Behold”, says the Lord Jesus in His last warning for the last opportunity offered to mankind to be among His redeemed, “I come for the last time like a thief in the night to gather those who would be among the elect! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, in watchfulness, prayer and readiness for the summons when it comes, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed, eternally without remedy.”
ENDURE TO THE END
I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will deprive you of your crown. Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…I will make a pillar in the Sanctuary of My God. Never again will you leave it. I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; I will also write on you My Own new name.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”