"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [John 1:1]
As believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, we are familiar with the creation story. How that the Lord God created in six days, the heavens and earth, man and all that exists therein, by the spoken Word of God. On the seventh day God ended his work and rested. Man was created in the image of God, perfect as a son of God. Having a child-like innocence, and with a body that would not deteriorate or die. The man and woman lived in a perfect environment called the Garden of Eden, until the day they disobeyed the Lord God and heeded to the serpents tempting and suggestion to eat of the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Thus came the fall of man from perfection to imperfection, from life unto death.
God in his kindness and mercy and his love as a father toward Adam and Eve, was to provide a covering for their sin and nakedness. "And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they
were naked, and they sowed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him Where are thou?" [Genesis 3:7-9] Man is still hiding from God behind the fig leaf covering of religion. The Lord God is still calling out to man. "Do you know where you are? Do you know you need a savior?"
God is calling out to Adam to return unto Him through Jesus Christ. In Matthew 21:19, Jesus cursed the fig tree, that it bear fruit no more forever, and presently the fig tree withered away. I believe that this parable speaks to this present day religion no matter what banner it goes under, for it will no longer hide sin, but will dry up and wither away. The only ones that will prosper in this day, are those who walk in the light and manifest the love of Jesus Christ. Man has always tried to establish his own righteousness, and has been reluctant to submit to the righteousness that comes by the faith of Jesus Christ. The scriptures witness from the beginning of time even till now, a
continual rebellion of man towards the Lord God. God has continually striven with man to preserve his creation, and the scriptures through the Old Testament show types and shadows of the redemption and restoration of his creation. As the Pascal lamb without sin, He took away the sin of the world because he is the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, and the second Adam. The shedding of the blood of the innocent lamb of God, the death and resurrection from the dead, would bring life back to man, and deliverance from sin and death and from the curse of the law.
Take note that man was created on the sixth day and the Lord God ended his work on the seventh day and rested. Man was made perfect on that day and that we are in the sixth day of time, entering into the seventh day of rest. We are in the third day since Jesus' first coming as the suffering servant. It says in Luke 13:32, "You go and tell that fox, behold I cast out devils and do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected," Why
would Jesus need to be perfected, since he is already perfect? This is a word spoken to his body. For we have entered or are entering into that third day of perfecting the saints of God into His image.
We are told to be converted and to become as little children, innocent, humble, teachable, and obedient. The Lord has at this present time hidden ones, [Psalms 83:3], being molded and shaped as vessels fit for the Master's use. These are the first fruits of perfection, the 144,000, the spotless bride of Christ that will sing a new song. They will bring forth children for the Father in his likeness, [Rev 14]. The bride of Christ will have power of attorney with his name and an open checkbook, [John 16:23-24].
They that would hold onto this world’s way of living by sight of the natural eye, will lose their life, but those who would die to themselves and seek the life of Christ, will save their lives. For we live in a day when "Behold the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return until he hath done it and until he hath performed the intents of his heart in the latter days," [Jeremiah 30:23-24]. "Come my people enter into the chamber and shut thy doors about thee. Hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation is overpast. For behold the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity," [Isaiah 26:20-21]. All that Jesus came to do and preach, we are called and ordained to do the same, [Matthew 28:18-20]. As Jesus went forth preaching repentance - meaning turn away from unbelief and from earthly sensual pursuits and turn toward faith in God through Jesus Christ looking to spiritual things and things pertaining to the Kingdom of God – we should do the same.
The Kingdom of God is at hand, and Jesus Christ is the Kingdom. He is the tree of life and life more abundant. Jesus said that all power was given unto him in heaven and in earth, [Matthew 28]. Paul said in Corinthians 4:20 that the Kingdom of God is not just in a lot of spoken word, but in power. The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink (carnal sensual) but righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The just shall live by faith, [Hab 2:4]. Thus, we are a household of faith [Eph 2:19]. "Behold the Kingdom of God is within you." [Luke 17:21] We need to turn our spiritual eye of faith inward to abide in him and his Kingdom, for it is our faith that overcomes the world. [l John 5:4] Jesus is the door of the house of God where the Father dwells with Jesus sitting on his throne of power. We also need to be overcomers and sit down with Jesus in his throne [Rev 3:21]
We are living in a day like unto the time of Israel's exodus from Egypt. "But the more they affected them the more they multiplied and grew" (Exodus 1:12]. Paul speaks in Acts 14:22 "that we must, through much tribulation, enter into the Kingdom of God." In another place, Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God being taken by force [Matthew 11:12]. The Kingdom of God is not in some other land somewhere, or some other day, but it is here and now with us and in us. He is the Spirit of Jesus Christ or Holy Spirit sent from the Father by Jesus on the day of Pentecost and is with us yet today as the Government of God, and the mind and will of God desiring to be King in our lives. He desires that his will that is done in heaven also will be done in these earthen vessels. Then we will begin to see heaven on earth, for the earth was made for man. Those who will resist the will or government of God will not be allowed to remain here and see and enjoy what God has prepared for those that love him because they want to.
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard neither entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" [I Cor 2:9&10]. For the Lord is preparing a table for those who will heed the call of the Spirit. For the "Spirit and the Bride say come" [Rev 22:17] because the marriage feast of the Lamb is at hand. Now, as the plagues that already have begun to fall on Egypt, - World, we need to heed the Word of exhortation of the Word of God. In Exodus 12:22-23 it says "And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it into the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two door posts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out at the door of his house till morning." The blood we know is the type of the blood of the lamb of Calvary. The door is the same, [John 10:7]. His house is our house. The Kingdom of God is where the Father dwells and where we dwell by the faith of Jesus Christ in his house till the morning. Jesus arose from the grave early in the morning of the third day, [John 20:1]. We should be looking for the resurrection of the people of God or better called a reviving by Jesus, early in the morning of this third day. Jesus will manifest himself in his saints through his Spirit first.
Then we shall behold him coming in the clouds or descending with the clouds of heaven. The scriptures will have at times a past, present and future fulfillment, and is revealed or unveiled at the time appointed by the Father, to the hungry hearts and diligent searchers and seekers of truth. This scripture found in Exodus 19:10-11 appertains to this day we are living in. And the Lord said unto Moses "Go unto thy people and sanctify them today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothes." And be ready against the third day. For the Lord will come down in the sight of all people, upon Mount Sinai [Verse 16] "and it came to pass on the third day in the morning."
Jesus will come first to his heavenly Jerusalem. A heavenly realm where our spirits dwell [Eph 2:6] Jerusalem Mount Zion which is above, is free and the mother of us all, [Gal 4:26]. And then after this we will se him descend on the Mount of Olives as was stated by the angels in [Acts 1:11]. Luke 12:31 says, "But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you." What things? Understanding, wisdom, knowledge, and illumination. For these are much better than silver and the gain of fine gold, [Proverbs 3]. Fear not, little flock (remnant), for it is your father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
The Lord would say unto his people that though the number of man is 666, a square root, I am God Almighty, there is nothing too hard for me, for I can make a square box fit into a round hole. For I
sit on the circle of the earth and what goes around comes around and what I have begun, I will finish. What I have spoken I will accomplish it. For none of my words shall fall to the ground, or return unto me void. So search out with diligence my salvation, so that you may stand in this evil day. Thus saith the Lord Amen.
With love from brother Ed J. Hintz, your fellow laborer in faith and tribulation in the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ.