ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
March 1, 2003
Calling Up God's Reserves
May this update from Zadok Publications find you in good health and in spiritual power!
Dr. Oliver has spoken to several congregations and groups recently and shared some of the work in the new text: "The Regal Pair, a study in Holiness and Righteousness." Here is a brief portion which was shared at WOW Center in Newport New, Va.
Calling Up God's Reserves
When the U.S. called up their reservist to active duty, communities were often surprised who were among those ranks. "Reservists" seemed "hidden" to the general populace, but when called upon, they manifested themselves as the grocer, the young waiter, the "computer guy." God has His hidden reserves today, similar to Elijah's day.
In like manner, Elijah had no idea there were seven thousand who were "God's reserves." Otherwise, he would never spoken the words of I Kings 19:14:
Even after a powerful display of wind, fire, earthquake and still small voice, his final words were exactly the same as his first. God relieved him from his active duty--just as he will do today with anyone who feels he is the only one upon which the kingdom rests. The kingdom does not rest with man."I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."
Elijah, the repository of great power, was oblivious to the "reserves'" of God. The Lord told him to return the way he came and He revealed three of those reservists: two kings and man named, Elisha. Elisha was a reservist whose spiritual power was not garnered at the mantle of Elijah, it was only doubled there. His spiritual walk was already tuned to God's will. (Is it any wonder that He was able to contain a double portion of the power of Elijah?)
This very hour, there are enclaves of just men and women who have not bowed their knee to Religious Baal. Often referred to as the "remnant," their place in history has been fixed; they are God's Reserves. As a "Remnant/Reservist" indeed, they have been torn from society, ripped from the pursuits of the flesh, cut from the failing throws of religion, severed from the mediocrity of what is called "Christian," scorned by those searching for success (they are like some "piece" left on a cloth bolt--being of "little use" by those who make judgments according to man's plans and being considered "odd," by those measuring by man's standards). Cast aside like some "off-scouring," these "remnant/reservists" pray, seek God in the secret place, watch spiritually, intercede, determine by Divine Judgment where they are to reside and what will be priority for their lives. Pockets of spiritual power, they are hidden to the world and strategically scattered about the globe. They form enclaves of holiness and righteousness who seek only the Father's will.
Enclaves are like that--they operate under a Divine Order--unlike institutions. God, to them, is limitless and the scope of their spiritual universe is as large as His. In seeking His face and being willing to draw closer to His presence, they fulfill the scripture, "I will show you great and mighty things which will come to pass." Just as He answers with "awesome deeds of righteousness," their response to the world is to bring such deeds upon the earth. Unlike "righteous acts," their deeds are drawn from the righteous heart of God either to bless or curse the earth. These "directed acts of God's Righteousness" find entrance through the cooperative righteousness of these "holy ones." Many of those who are the "reserves" know that the Lord is drawing them into a greater dimension of His presence to a place where their will to be "drawn back into the earth world" is diminished. They are taken to the "royal room." In this royal room, they are able to intercede and call things upon the earth with deft wisdom. Open to them are realms of glory and spiritual scope not available to the passing pray-er. Elisha stood as an example of them.
Elisha's acts superceded those of Elijah when a double portion came upon him. God is able to go beyond double for the heart willing to receive it. These Last Days will see individuals like Elisha and corporate bodies like the seven thousand, reach into realms of the Spirit unknown in former days. "Awesome Deed of Righteousness," (which is a noun form) will bring about a spiritual day that will eclipse the Disciples.
These willing to "lay down their lives," say like Paul:
Their ranks are among those of communities, such as are found in Northwest Arkansas, and individuals, such as may be tucked away in some church or cloistered away in remote places. One thing is common among them: God is calling them up!We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD.