MYSTERY OF GODLINESS

1. God said: “… Let us make MAN IN OUR IMAGE, AFTER OUR LIKENESS: and let them have dominion …” [Genesis 1:26] Take note, IMAGE and LIKENESS are not the same, and God was not in error when He went ahead and “… CREATED MAN IN HIS IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM; … ” [Genesis 1:27] The emphasis on IMAGE in verse 27 clarified the deliberate omission of God’s LIKENESS in man. The IMAGE of God in man is the LIVING SOUL, which we received when God , “… BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS the BREATH OF LIFE; and MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” [Genesis 2:7] A LIVING SOUL is equipped with INDEPENDENT WILL to make CHOICES, but lacks the LIKENESS of God to be made PERFECT. The IMAGE of God is FORM, and His LIKENESS is God REVEALED in CREATION. The MYSTERY OF GODLINESS is the missing component of CREATION, and by REVELATION, we are made PERFECT in the LIKENESS of God.

2. Angels were CREATED in the IMAGE of God and man, a “… LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS …” [Psalms 8:5] Angels were not CREATED in God’s LIKENESS and KNEW God by His WORD until “… HE BRINGETH IN THE FIRSTBEGOTTEN into the world, he saith, And LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM” [Hebrews 16] The FIRSTBEGOTTEN is God REVEALED in the ANGEL OF THE LORD; in the FORM angels could SEE. They SAW the LIKENESS of God and HEARD the VOICE they KNEW so well declare His PRESENCE in their midst. Remember, no angel ever SAW God, and were constrained to CHOOSE by FAITH in the WORD and not by SIGHT. Those who ACCEPTED who God SAID He is, and were not distracted by what they SAW or did not SEE were made PERFECT in Hs LIKENESS, as it is written: “But we all, with open face BEHOLDING AS IN A GLASS THE GLORY OF THE LORD, ARE CHANGED INTO THE SAME IMAGE FROM GLORY TO GLORY, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” [2 Corinthians 3:18] The angels that HEARD the WORD, SAW the WORD manifest in their midst and DENIED His LIKENESS were led into REBELLION by Satan “… And the great DRAGON WAS CAST OUT, that old serpent, called the Devil, and SATAN, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD … “ [Revelation 12:7-9]

3. Adam and Eve had the FORM of God and KNEW Him by His VOICE until they DENIED the WORD and fell into SIN. When the WORD came calling, they HID themselves and lamented, “… I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was AFRAID, because I WAS NAKED; and I HID MYSELF” [Genesis 3:10] Adam and Eve DENIED the WORD and lost the COVERING that came with the FORM of God. Listen carefully, whereas Adam and Eve SINNED against the WORD, fallen angels DENIED the REVELATION of God and were condemned to SECOND DEATH, “… in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH” [Revelation 21:8] The WAGES of the SIN of man was clearly stated, “… for in the day that thou eatest thereof THOU SHALT SURELY DIE” [Genesis 2:17] The SENTENCE subsists in the FLESH, until the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS was REVEALED and ever since whosoever DENIES the REVELATION of God in Jesus CHRIST joins fallen angels in “… EVERLASTING FIRE, PREPARED FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS” [Matthew 25:41] Meanwhile, God made a COVERING for SIN and “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God MAKE COATS OF SKINS, and CLOTHED THEM” [Genesis 3:21] The “COATS OF SKINS” was not a fashion statement, but most likely LAMBS were slain the “JUST” died in place of the “UNJUST” to restore the IMAGE of God in man;. This is a MYSTERY, “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” [1 Corinthians 2:8]

4. At the appointed time, the “… WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER,)… ” [John 1:14] The “ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER” is Jesus Christ; the TRUE and ONLY MANIFESTATION of God, “… the BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON,…” [Hebrews 13] In Him is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS REVEALED, and in Him “… DWELLETH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY” [Colossians 2:9] Jesus Christ IS NOT AN ANGEL or the second person of a TRINITY of gods. He is God, the ONLY JUST ONE, laying down His LIFE for the UNJUST, and “… without controversy GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: God was MANIFEST IN FLESH…” [1 Timothy 3:16] Many of those who SAW God MANIFEST in FLESH did not BELIEVE His TESTIMONY, “But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them gave he POWER TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD, even TO THEM THAT BELIEVE ON HIS NAME” [John 1:12] Beloved, it does not matter if we did not SEE Him in the FLESH, “… BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, and YET HAVE BELIEVED” [John 20:29] All God requires of you is to BELIEVE who He SAYS He is, and “… WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS” [1 John 3:2] It is no doubt a MYSTERY; think over it prayerfully and “… WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling” [Philippians 2:12]

5. Friend, I encourage you to BELIEVE who God SAYS He is and accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and SAVIOUR, amen.

BY THEIR FRUITS

1. A PROPHET is a MESSENGER ORDAINED by God to SPEAK on His behalf. Whenever a PROPHET SPEAKS in the name of God, he SOWS the LIFE of God. The SEED is the SPOKEN WORD proceeding out of the mouth of God to ACTIVATE and give LIFE to His PURPOSE, as it is written: “So shall MY WORD be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE, and IT SHALL PROSPER in the thing whereto I sent it” [Isaiah 55:11] Listen carefully, there are FALSE PROPHETS; and they are FALSE not because they were not ORDAINED, but for SOWING DEAD SEED in the name of God. FALSE PROPHETS may DRESS, SPEAK and POSTURE as MESSENGERS of God, but “… BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM” [Matthew 7:20]

2. The FRUIT of the TREE OF LIFE, in Eden, had the SEED of the LIFE of God. As long as Adam and Eve BELIEVED it was so and touched not the FRUIT of the other TREE, they had the LIFE of God [Mark 11:24] Then came along the FALSE PROPHET, boasting, “… YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” [Genesis 3:4-5] Take note, every time God SPEAKS to SOW His LIFE in man, FALSE PROPHETS arise to SOW “… TARES among the WHEAT, and “ … The ENEMY THAT SOWED THEM IS THE DEVIL” [Matthew 13:25-39] The young PROPHET in 1 Kings 13:1-34 was armed with the WORD of God, but no sooner he delivered the MESSAGE, a FALSE PROPHET arose, saying: “…, I AM A PROPHET also as thou art; and AN ANGEL SPAKE UNTO ME BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. BUT HE LIED” [1 Kings 13:8] The PRETENDER had the credentials of a PROPHET but LIED and SOWED DEATH instead of LIFE [1 Kings 13:24-26] Beloved, do not allow those who FLAUNT credentials of material endowments and BOAST of spiritual exploits to turn your OBEDIENCE to DISOBEDIENCE, “BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” [Matthew 7:15]

3. It is the nature of SEED to be SOWN in season and once in the ground, “… the earth BRINGETH FORTH FRUIT OF HERSELF; first the BLADE, then the EAR, after that the FULL CORN in the ear” [Mark 4:28] Once the SEED is SOWN, TRUE or FALSE, the harvest is determined and “THE EARTH BRINGETH FORTH FRUIT OF HERSELF”. If the SEED SOWN is the LIFE of God, the HARVEST is a bounty of men and women regenerated in the IMAGE and LIKENESS of Jesus Christ, for “… WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP” [Galatians 6:7] The REVIVALS of 1950s and 1960s were inspired by outpouring of the Holy Ghost, to SOW the SEED of the LIFE of God, but was quickly followed by an army of FALSE PROPHETS. Over the years, the two SEEDS grew into identical “BLADES” and “EARS”, and impossible to separate or identify WHEAT from TARES. This generation is the FRUIT and “BY THEIR FRUITS” it is clear who and what was SOWED. It is very depressing to see big BRANDS of Christianity, bereft of the RIGHTEOUSNESS that flows from the LIFE of God. Going by the preponderance of TARES over WHEAT it saddens the heart to admit that some of the people we celebrate as GENERALS of God SOWED TARES. Against all odds, God has His LITTLE FLOCK in the Church, BORN AGAIN of INCORRUPTIBLE SEED and growing into the FULNESS of the STATURE of Christ, as it is written: “FEAR NOT, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” [Luke 12:32]

4. We are “… BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever” [1 Peter 1:23] The INCORRUPTIBLE SEED is the LIFE of God in Jesus Christ, in who “… dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” [Colossians 2:9] This is the SEED in you if you BELIEVE “… GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, …” that is, in Jesus Christ, the “… LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” [1 Timothy 3:16 & Revelation 13:8] This was the SEED SOWN by PROPHETS in every age, but there were also FALSE PROPHETS who brought “… DAMNABLE HERESIES, even denying the Lord that bought them, … [2 Peter 2:1] Now, the HARVEST of the earth is ripe, the coming of the Lord is near and REAPERS have their orders to GATHER, “… FIRST THE TARES, and BIND THEM IN BUNGLES to BURN THEM: but gather the wheat into my barn” [Matthew 13:30] REAPERS are at work GATHERING TARES in ecumenical BUNDLES of diverse CREEDS to be BURNT [Matthew 13:39] Beloved, EXAMINE the SEED in your soul, purge your heart of the LEAVEN of the FALSE PROPHET and “… desire the SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, that ye may grow thereby” [1 Peter 2:2] Turn away from those who preach UNITY in DIVERSITY, and “… COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4]

5. If you are not BORN AGAIN, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, and have the LIFE of God established in you, amen

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When Israel was restored to the PROMISED LAND in 1947, the GENTILE CHURCH crossed the PROPHETIC THRESHOLD of the LAST DAYS and THERE SHALL BE NO PEACE, says the Lord until the “… kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, …. ” (Revelation 11:15)

GENERATION OF FOOLISH VIRGINS

1. The PARABLE of TEN VIRGINS is the TRAGEDY of professing Christians SHUT OUT of the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB. Jesus Christ is the BRIDEGROOM, and VIRGINS are Christians who “… TOOK THEIR LAMPS, and went forth TO MEET THE BRIDEGROOM” [Matthew 25:1] The LAMPS indicate valid INVITATION, but “… the BRIDEGROOM came; and THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITH HIM TO THE MARRIAGE: and the DOOR WAS SHUT” [Matthew 25:1-10] The MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB is the reunion of Christ with His SAINTS in the AIR, when we “… WHICH ARE ALIVE and remain SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1Thessalonians 4:17] It is the fervent HOPE of every Christian to be ”CAUGHT UP” in the “AIR” to be with the Lord, but FOOLISH VIRGINS shall be SHUT OUT; not because they did not pay their TITHES or missed Church services but because they were NOT established in the KNOWLEDGE of TRUTH.

2. All TEN VIRGINS went out to MEET THE BRIDEGROOM with LAMPS, but “While the BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] LAMPS give us LIGHT to “SEE” in the dark, and FAITH established in the PROPHETIC KNOWLEDGE of the PERSONAL IDENTITY of God is the LIGHT by which VIRGINS navigate the DARKNESS of this world, as it is written: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, but shall have the light of life” [John 8:12] Every VIRGIN is a LAMP but a LAMP without OIL is like SALT that has lost its TASTE, “… IF THE SALT HAVE LOST HIS SAVOUR, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth GOOD FOR NOTHING, but TO BE CAST OUT and to be trodden under foot of men” [Matthew 5:13] Take note, though SALT is VISIBLE, the TASTE thereof is not SEEN, but evident in the mouth. Christians are the SALT of the earth and though the world celebrates our LAMPS, if there is no OIL we are “GOOD FOR NOTHING”. A professing Christian without OIL in his LAMP is likened to a BRIDE without WEDDING GARMENT, as it is written: “… Friend, how camest thou in hither NOT HAVING A WEDDING GARMENT? And he was speechless…. BIND HIM HAND AND FOOT, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; …” [Matthew 22:12-13]

3. The LAMP in the PARABLE was essentially a CLAY VESSEL, with a WICK resting in OIL. The CLAY VESSEL is MAN formed out “… of the DUST OF THE GROUND” [Genesis 2:7] The WICK is our FAITH in Jesus Christ, by which we are RECONCILED to God, “For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH… ” [Ephesians 2:8] Every VIRGIN is BORN of God by GRACE and by FAITH we grow into maturity “Till we all come in the UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST” [Ephesians 4:13] Listen carefully, we are VIRGINS by GRACE, but the OIL to grow into the “STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST” is received by CHOICE and the CHOICE before us is the TRUE IDENTITY of Jesus Christ. The Lord ASKED His disciples, and the same applies to all, “… “WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM?” [Matthew16:15] Peter answered, “… Thou art the CHRIST, the SON OF THE LIVING GOD… and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH;… ” [Mathew 16:16] “THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD” is “THE EVERLASTING FATHER” BORN to us in fulfilment of Isaiah 9:6. If we DENY the TRUE IDENTITY of Jesus Christ, we can neither ABIDE in Him nor receive the OIL that flows from the ROCK, as it is written: “IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, he is CAST FORTH AS A BRANCH, and is WITHERED; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and THEY ARE BURNED” [John 15:6]

4. The GENERATION of Christians who SING and PRAY without knowing who Jesus truly is are FOOLISH VIRGINS. Though they dominate the landscape with a form of godliness, it is evident the POWER of God is absent, and “… I bear them record that THEY HAVE ZEAL OF GOD, BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE” [Romans 10:2] Having no ROOT in the ROCK OF AGES, they struggle and exert themselves in “Perverse disputings of men of CORRUPT MINDS, and DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1Timothy 6:5] FOOLISH VIRGINS shun the RIGHTEOUSNESS that come from PURE KNOWLEDGE of God, “…  because they RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF TRUTH, that they might be saved…. GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that they should BELIEVE A LIE” [2 Thessalonians 2:10-11] Beloved, the BRIDEGROOM is calling His VIRGINS to the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB, saying: “I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, WHICH IS, and WHICH WAS, and WHICH IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY” [Revelation 1:8] Those who have ears will hear, TRIM their LAMPS, put away the “LIE” and establish their FAITH on the  “FLINTY ROCK”, “… to suck honey out of the rock, and OIL OUT OF THE FLINTY ROCK” [Deuteronomy 32:13]

5. Thus says the Lord: “… Write, BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH ARE CALLED UNTO THE MARRAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB…. These are the TRUE SAYINGS OF GOD” [Revelation 19:9] Your INVITATION is the SALVATION preached in the name of Jesus Christ; accept Him today as your LORD and SAVIOUR, amen