1. CIRCUMCISION OF THE FLESH is the physical TOKEN of the EVERLASTING COVENANT between man and God. God said to Abraham:
“This is my COVENANT, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall CIRCUMCISE THE FLESH OF YOUR FORESKIN; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you” (Genesis 17:10-11)
2. CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART really came first, followed many years later by that of the FLESH. CIRCUMCISION, in the infinite wisdom of God, was designed to RESTORE and bring man into God’s ETERNAL REST through Jesus Christ. Adam, the first to hear from God, was also the first to have his heart CIRCUMCISED and RESTORED. As you may well know, God passed the INSTRUCTION not to eat the forbidden fruit to Adam, not Eve (Genesis 2:16-17) The choice of Adam for CIRCUMCISION over Eve, is therefore a consequence as well as symbol of the requirement of CIRCUMCISION for the CHURCH. The CHURCH, like Adam, was established on the SPOKEN WORD of God and received His ORACLES. Evidently, the primary tool of CIRCUMCISION is a SHARP KNIFE, which in this case is the WORD of God, as it is written: “For the WORD OF GOD is quick, and powerful, and SHARPER THAN ANY TWOEDGED SWORD, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12) As soon as Adam fell into SIN, God brought out the SHARP KNIFE and cut deep into the foreskin of his heart, saying: “…WHERE ART THOU? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I WAS NAKED; and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:9-10) When Adam “saw” and “heard” the SHARP KNIFE, he hid himself, because he was NAKED. That was exactly where God wanted him! Every man that will be CIRCUMCISED must stand NAKED before God. In any case, the SHARP KNIFE caught up with him in his hiding place. Adam was confronted with his SIN, CONFESSED ALL and the FORESKIN of his heart was removed, as it is written: “…HAST THOU EATEN OF THE TREE, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?…The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I DID EAT” (Genesis 3:12) Adam answered the question correctly, though some argue that he merely passed the buck to his wife. More importantly, however, God accepted his CONFESSION. Right there in Eden, the template of CIRCUMCISION, i.e., RENEWAL of FAITH in God through CONFESSION and REPENTANCE was established. Adam CONFESSED and REPENTED, not because he had not known God, but for falling short of His requirements. God, in turn, SEALED his RETURN and RENEWAL with the shedding of blood. The Bible says: “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21) Blood was necessarily shed when God killed a lamb or more and made coats of skins for Adam and his wife. By the shedding of blood, the sure foundations of CIRCUMCISION were built into SALVATION via the blood of Jesus Christ. In the natural, blood is shed when the KNIFE cuts the flesh. In the real sense, the blood of Jesus Christ, the LAMB of God, is shed every time hearts are CIRCUMCISED, to RENEW, SANCTIFY and CLEANSE the CHURCH, as the Bible says “… Christ also loved the CHURCH, and gave himself for it; That he might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it with the WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD” (Ephesians 5:25-26) The CHURCH is CIRCUMCISED, CLEANSED and REAPED in every age to bring in the harvest of the earth. Those who HEAR the VOICE of the Lord, in their generations, like Adam, and submit to the SHARP KNIFE of Present Truth are SANCTIFIED and gathered into God’s REST. The FINAL HARVEST of the earth is coming of the Lord to receive His BRIDE, but the CHURCH is not ready, by reason of UNCIRCUMCISION. This message echoes the VOICE of the Lord calling His CHURCH to present herself for CIRCUMCISION. If any man has ears, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the CHURCH.
3. CIRCUMCISION was given to Abraham as a TOKEN of the COVENANT God made with him and through him, to bring ALL MEN under the SHARP KNIFE of His WORD including YOU. The COVENANT had TWO CLAUSES. The first pertained to the territorial estate God bestowed on Abraham and his CHOSEN HEIRS, for an everlasting inheritance, as it is written: “In the SAME DAY THE LORD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAM, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18) The SECOND, which also incorporated the FIRST, opened the door of GRACE and CIRCUMCISION to all nations, as it is written: “And I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an EVERLASTING COVENANT, TO BE A GOD UNTO THEE, and to thy seed after thee” (Genesis 17:7) The two CLAUSES were SEALED with the TOKEN of CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH, to ALL MEN born in the household of Abraham or BOUGHT with money, as it is written: “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, OR BOUGHT WITH MONEY OF ANY STRANGER, WHICH IS NOT THY SEED” (Genesis 17:12) By this subsection of the COVENANT, YOU and I were ADOPTED and established in the COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION, not because we are Jews, but as ONE BOUGHT and ADOPTED by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says: “For ye are BOUGHT WITH A PRICE: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20) So then, God is our FATHER, not by TOKENS in the FLESH, but by proof of CIRCUMCISION “MADE WITHOUT HANDS, IN PUTTING OFF THE BODY OF SINS of the flesh by the CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST” (Colossians 2:11) The CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST is not an outward show of piety or religious rituals, but the Lord purging His CHOSEN VESSELS, “That he might present it to himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, NOT HAVING SPOT, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27) If truly YOU and I were bought with the blood of Jesus Christ, “let us lay aside EVERY WEIGHT, and the SIN which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the RACE that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1) The RACE before the CHURCH is the EXODUS to Gilgal, to be CIRCUMCISED at the HILL OF FORESKINS (Joshua 5:3)
4. CIRCUMCISION inevitably became the sole prerequisite for Israel to enter the Promised Land, after forty long years in the wilderness. God said to Joshua: “…Make thee SHARP KNIVES, and CIRCUMCISE AGAIN THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL the second time” (Joshua 5:2) Imagine being led by GLORY CLOUDS in the day and PILLAR OF FIRE by night for forty years, only to denied entry to the Promised Land by reason of UNCIRCUMCISION. These people ate angel’s food and fellowshipped in God’s Presence, but were disallowed to the Land until they were CIRCUMCISED! (Psalms 78:24-25) If CIRCUMCISION of the FLESH prevented Israel from entering the Promised Land, how much more shall UNCIRCUMCISION of the HEART deny access to God’s heavenly kingdom. The children of Israel were not CIRCUMCISED all the forty years spent in the wilderness and all elders who had their foreskins removed in Egypt died on the way, as it is written: “…All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness…Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised” (Joshua 5:4-5) The present CHURCH is in many ways like Israel at Gilgal. All the elders who had their hearts CIRCUMCISED by the REVIVAL of the 1930s and 40s are mostly dead and gone to be with the Lord. The JOSHUAS and CALEBS in the FOLD are very few and we are largely an assembly of UNCIRCUMCISED flocks. We are so close to our destination, like Israel, yet so far away by reason of UNCIRCUMCISION. Our pulpits are overtaken by men who are neither CIRCUMCISED nor skilled to use SHARP KNIVES of the WORD of TRUTH. The ALMIGHTY has decreed that CIRCUMCISION must commence from the pulpit. Let every man that ministers at the altar of Christ step forward to be CIRCUMCISED.
5. CIRCUMCISION must necessarily begin from the priesthood, irrespective of age and status. Abraham, the prophet of God, was ninety-nine years old when he submitted to be CIRCUMCISED, as it is written: “And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin” (Genesis 17:24) I challenge all shepherds leading the flocks of Jesus Christ to step forward, NAKED before God and CONFESS every FAULT and SECRET SIN. We need not be told that CIRCUMCISION demands that we UNDRESS our hearts to the scrutiny of the SHARP KNIFE of the WORD of God. Though the VOICE of the Lord is calling all preachers and teachers His to Gilgal, those who have BLASPHEMED and SINNED against the Holy Ghost are deaf and will not heed the summon, because “…blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31) Beloved, no genuine servant of the Most High is exempt from CIRCUMCISION, by reasons of status, titles, riches, fame, size of congregation, etc. All these things are merely gifts to assist in the work of God. God, in the same manner, gave Eve to Adam as HELPMEET, but he mismanaged his HELPER and allowed her to rule over him. Is it true that God blessed YOU with earthly riches, spiritual gifts and dominion, for His work, but you allowed yourself to be enslaved to sexual sins, hypocrisy, filthy ambitions, covetousness, lies, emulation, political distractions, etc? What you need now is CIRCUMCISION, and though the pain is severe, the Lord insists that you allow His KNIFE to cut to the innermost parts unhindered. When we REPENT and RETURN to Him in sincerity and godly sorrow, the Lord surgically removes our FORESKINS of SIN, SELF and FLESH. Being CIRCUMCISED, we are CLEANSED, REVIVED and made ready for His Coming. CIRCUMCISION of the CHURCH prepares us for the OUTPOURING of the Holy Ghost and the GREAT REVIVAL that precedes the coming of the Lord. I plead with all men, irrespective of sect or denomination, to willingly submit to be CIRCUMCISED by the preaching and teaching of the WORD of TRUTH. Our time is far spent and this is no room for CANDY-COATED sermons and doctrines of devils. Whether you are reading or listening to this message, I admonish you not to harden your heart, as the Bible says: “TO DAY if ye will hear his voice, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, as in the provocation” (Hebrews 3:15)
6. CIRCUMCISION is for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and are desirous to be made ready to be TRANSLATED at His appearance in clouds of glory. If you are not BORN AGAIN, I enjoin you to turn you life over to Jesus Christ right now. REPENT and BELIEVE, by FAITH in the SALVATION preached in His NAME, amen