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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
January 1, 2011
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2 Tim 2:18-19
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
Two Part Newsletter:
l. Part One: a compilation of views shared on TruNews.com
2. A new serial entitled, "Letters to Aaron," from his father.
The first part of the newsletter this month is a compilation of views shared during my December 6 and 13 interviews with Rick Wiles of TruNews.com. Although time was a factor and not all the items were shared, here are the notes, including the parts which, because of time, were not able to be aired. Hopefully, the reader will review the suggestions section and even perhaps incorporate them during 2011.
December 6th broadcast:
We are living in a chaotic time when too many intervening variables are bombarding the society. In any scientific survey using parametric statistics, there has to be an absolute before there can be a variable with which to compare. If there are too many intervening variables, the result is unstable and the measure is broken down. The same is true in this society. Due to government interventions and legislative and judicial micro-governance-nothing is nailed down. Everything is up for grabs, and the society is unable to absorb the shock effect of that much change and do so without long term instability.
This begs the issue for the reason of my address to the ministers in Hot Springs entitled, "How in the World Did We Wind Up Here?" In that address, my pivotal scripture was taken from Jeremiah, the prophet who resided over the fall of Judah and Jerusalem. When he questioned God about how the Jews wound up defeated and enslaved --God gave him Lamentations 4:12.
No greater indictment of clergy could have been gathered against them. God blamed them! They were condemned by what they condoned. Their compromises kept them from speaking while great injustices were perpetrated against the people of God. They were silent before kings (gov't) and before the courts of Law. They did preach the messages given them by God and avoided Scriptures that did not meet their criteria of passivity.
12 The kings of the earth,
And all inhabitants of the world,
Would not have believed
That the adversary and the enemy
Could enter the gates of Jerusalem -
13 Because of the sins of her prophets
And the iniquities of her priests,
Who shed in her midst
The blood of the just…
There are counter parts today!
A nation, such as ours, cannot do the same things Judah did and have a different result. Those who remember my series on Jeremiah entitled, "The Road to Captivity," know the many similarities which were pointed out during that Bible survey. Many used those newsletters for Bible Studies in groups. God is not mocked; He will mete out the same judgment upon any nation that turns from Him the way His own people did. There needs to be repentance among the clergy of the world. Clergy determinations have not been in line with God's messages both for repentance and judgment or for compassion and enabling.
The "easy believe-ism" message has allowed compromises from the religious leaders that are disdained by the Lord and clearly are against His Word. No outcry is heard from the people of God when infractions occur. (Take for instance, a minister of a large charismatic non-denominational church stood on the platform during the inauguration of a Gay-Lesbian activist while being sworn into office as mayor of the city of Houston and blessed her and thanked God for "raising her up for such a time as this." Yes, it was a politically motivated action. Yes, some say the mayor ingratiated him with favor afterward-pushing a real estate transaction in his favor. This scenario fits perfectly the Lamentation passage!)
Jesus, after cursing the fig tree, entered the Temple with one thing in mind-cleaning it out. He overturned tables, cast out vendors and cried out in the zeal of the Lord,
(It is observed that up to this point, the rulers tolerated Jesus, but from this point forward, they sought to destroy Him.)
And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"
(Allow me to prophesy:
God has some automatic triggers built into sin and into righteousness. With sin, there is a built in judgment which begins the moment sin is initiated. He sealed judgment into the action. The same is true with righteousness, for reward is built into its acts as well. Nations will soon find out their attempts to manipulate and challenge God through their governing systems will discover they aren't aware of who they are dealing with.
The greatest job of the religious leadership, in 2011,will be mentoring the crowd they have engendered. Maintenance is a horribly difficult business when one assumes the role of ministering to the profligate. [Moses had a difficult time with Israel who had dealings with the living God.] Imagine the difficulties for those leading multitudes who have never had such an encounter, yet seek to speak for Him. )
(As a matter of fact, God said this prophetic word was to be spoken during this broadcast.)
"Tell the nations of the earth, you don't know who you are dealing with."
In a recent discourse with Russ Stendal, missionary to Colombia, he invited me to review an article that had been sent to him. The article quoted many celebrated figures in the religious world (including A.W. Tozer's comment about the very small number of saved people in the churches). I wrote Russ that I received many such articles almost daily, but the main issue was no the awareness of how few real believers there are, but how long this toleration of Sodom in the church house would continue unchallenged. The real issue is who among the clergy will rise up and challenge their economic base in order to reject Sodom? That is the real issue today! (Clergy aren't willing to erode their support base in order to challenge compromise and sin!)
Congregants have to look no further than their own congregation to witness that God is justifiable in withholding His power. Look at the plight of Jeremiah. He was given a message from the Lord to deliver to the religious hierarchy (which resulted each time in his imprisonment. He soon got the picture: Deliver God's message; go to Jail). No wonder he dreamed of a solitary place with no mandate from heaven, but God would not allow the ONLY man who held the truth to cease from his labors. His message was a fire in Jeremiah's bosom.
I ended the broadcast with a quick reference to Sealed Unto His Coming, and concluded by pointing to Jeremiah 35 and the Recabites. They were an example of loyalty in a disloyal society. (The next broadcast began with that reference after a quote from Ravenhill.)
Monday, December 13th:
Leonard Ravenhill, in his appeal for 10,000 John the Baptists and multiples of Elijah, concluded:
"the problem today is not communism, nor yet Romanism, nor liberalism, nor modernism. God's problem is -- dead fundamentalism."
This is our problem as well as God's. In spite of the travesties being cast upon the peoples of the world, the greatest need is for a return of Holy fire power in pulpit and pew.
(Author's Note: remember these are just notes and the following may not have transitional statements between thoughts. An attempt to give clarity was given in the previous section, but may be handled differently in this portion.)
While writing "The Road to Captivity," a series in 12 segments, I revealed the similarities between the break down of Judah and what is happening in the U.S. today.
1. The federal government of Jeremiah's day vacillated greatly. The king would make
a decree then reverse it shortly afterward (Jeremiah 34). His counselors would only tell him what he wished to hear. The prophets did the same. The legislators contrived actions that would benefit them but leave the public in a lurch.
2. The ministry had deteriorated to a point where they were useless as instruments of God.
ONLY Jeremiah held the truth. Every prophet and preacher that Jeremiah encountered was a liar and an interloper. (It reminds me of the passage in Luke about John the Baptist. After calling the names of all the governmental leaders and all the religious leaders of the day, Luke stated: "the word of the Lord came to John." By-passing all the leadership figures of the day, God chose a fellow in the wilderness. That well may be the same today! (Luke 3:1, 2)
I pointed out that Jeremiah was the ideal book to study in today's circumstances because every irrational act made by Jeremiah's government and religion finds a modern counterpart. Jeremiah summarized early about the real issues:
Jeremiah, thirty-three chapters later (and positioned late in his prophetic career), gave an example which also has parallels today. It involved the Recabites, the descendants of Jonadab. God told Jeremiah to prepare a wine feast in the Temple and to invite them. They attended, but refused to drink wine. Because of their covenant, they could not participate. Even though they believed the prophet had heard from God, they remained loyal to their pledge. Several observations came out of this passage (Jeremiah 35:1 ff.).
But when you entered you defiled My land and made My heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, 'Where is the Lord?' and those who handle the Law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me, the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water.
The Recabites stayed true to their father's pledge. (Note: America's forefathers made pledges to keep this nation in the hands of Jehovah. They wrote it in their documents. In Jamestown, they proved what was important to them. They erected a cross, built a church, a stockade, and then their own homes--in that order. Since my forefathers are buried there, I have a right to say, "Every naturalized citizen should have to go to Jamestown, learn of its religious foundation and swear to uphold Jesus Christ as the Lord of this land.")
- The Recabites were a family unit. (They recognized that if just one of them
compromised, then all of them were breakers of the promise.)
- They shared a common ratification of their ancestral covenant.
- They had made their covenant with God and believed God would have to TELL THEM if it was to be revoked. That had not happened.
- They shared a common bank of knowledge concerning their heritage.
- They maintained a codicil to the greater law given to Moses.
God applauded the Recabites. They stood their ground and honored the prophet, while refusing his offer. The Lord was able to use their testimony of faithfulness as an example to a wayward nation who also had a covenant, but did not honor it.
Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabites, "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.' 19 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Jonadab son of Recab will never fail to have a man to serve Me.'"
(Private note: Among the Israel-obsessed Christians who are constantly searching for ancestral ties--let me be a Recabite.)
How do the actions of this family relate to the early church and to modern congregation?
What are some of the Issues that come from the example of the Recabites?
- The Early Church:
- They regarded themselves as the family of God. (The actions of one
would affect the others; hence, Ananias and Sapphira had to be dealt
- They all had personally ratified their covenant with Jesus.
- They had a common bank of knowledge in the Word and in their
personal relations (They often testified: "We can only say what we have
seen and what we have heard.). Note: the many O.T. references made
by the early writers such as James, Jude, Peter, Paul.
- They were willing to become a spectacle or be different from their
- The Modern Church:
- They are mostly ignorant of their great heritage and covenant.
- They have not ratified their covenant with Jesus.
- Their bank of knowledge is scattered and deficient.
- They are unwilling to be a spectacle.
Saints (like the Recabites) cannot participate in most of that which is offered by the churches.
Participation with the events of most churches (or even the goals
and membership requirements) violate their covenant with Jesus.
The dilemma of the saints in 2011 is where can they fellowship?
Those who truly hear the Spirit will be grieved. (Or like Lot, they
will be vexed in their spirits with most of what is offered in the
religious buffet served up today.) They are alone and many times
are lonely. (Later in this study, I will mention venues that have been
taken in order to have fellowship and placate loneliness.)
Because of loneliness, some have compromised and re-entered the religious playground.
The majority of emails and letters I receive are from those who have
been dislodged in various religious circles and have nothing in common with
the milieu of today. When they have tried to re-enter the congregations, they
do so as spectators who are often looked upon as "outcasts."
Fellowship: Some Alternative Approaches:
Some, after being awakened, rationalize their desire to stay "churched." They claim
that "God wants me to remain and be a witness." How can this be? God said "Come ye OUT from among them and be separate." Besides, I believe very few of them rise up in meetings or elsewhere and declare openly the error they encounter.
Reformation simply is Not Going to Happen!
Reform of the masses of congregations is not on God's agenda. It wasn't in Jesus' day, nor is it in our own. Nowhere in the New Testament account of Jesus' ministry is there found one trace of evidence He believed the Temple would experience reform or revival. The same is today! STOP TRYING!
The Forming of an Underground church:
Groups have purchased common lands (sometimes remote) and sought to create an amiable fellowship with others of like faith and order. These communities often have a shortlived camaraderie. Social aspects overpower the day to day patterns. John Dowie ran into this in his City of God at Zion, Illinois. The social and spiritual endogamy in such places is often overwhelming to their pursuits.
- Segmented or separated groups:
Under the guise of Prayer groups or Bible Study groups-sometimes approved by the church or without approval-they meet to give vent to the need of "a deeper walk study" or for associations which want more than they are receiving in standard settings.
There is forming a huge "underground" church in the world. It is mostly portrayed as being in oppressive societies like China, Vietnam and countries like N. Korea. Evidences of its appearance in the US, however, are now becoming visible. It is on time. With the critical issues facing civil liberties, there will be a great need for a body of believers who move by the Spirit and find their spiritual nourishment in the "fellowship of the flames."
Here are some of the Common Beliefs and Traits among the Clandestine:
How can we edify the saints in 2011?
- The rejection of the Rabbi's of Re-definition:
In the book, Sons of Zadok, I mentioned the attempt to re-define religious terms to fit liberal theology. Using propaganda techniques similar to national governments, these theologians repeatedly have used various translations of the Bible for their crutch. They also use their old standby: "The original language meant thus and so." They have slowly changed the meaning of words, just like culture has changed the English language. (Less than a hundred years ago, "fag" meant a cigarette. "Gay" was an adjective for merriment. In the same manner, the church leaders have changed the meaning of salvation, grace, mercy, atonement, faith, prayer and the church. Review what pops into one's mind when these words are mentioned in church settings. Is it the same definition as popped into the minds of the early church? Do these terms reflect something the Spirit can approve?)
- A Return to Simplicity:
With the advent of the sub-culture called, "the underground church," there has come a return to simpler ways. Worship teams, formal services, egregious pleas for donations, promotional "mission trips," flashy lighting and plush surroundings have given way to prayer places and simple fare. (Exegesis has replaced eis-egesis among them.)
2 Cor 1:12
For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
2 Cor 11:3-4
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted - you may well put up with it!
- Seeking to Re-establish the Model.
Somehow the model of the early church has been lost. There is a great need for God to show the "church to the church," just as He did to Ezekiel about the Temple (Ezekiel 43:10ff). Finding the correct model is a mandate among the true saints:
(Every book I have written addresses this issue.)
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Some Practical issues:
Some Corrections That Must be Made.
- Offer decent materials:
A walk through any Christian bookstore is an evidence of this need. Materials available are like what one reader aptly said, "I have had to go through mountains of paper to get a teaspoon of knowledge." One must ask oneself, "How can a dedicated Christian author put out some this kind of garbage?" The answer is simple: Bookstores are a business and trivia is what sells. The unknowledgeable suck up trivia and think it great. (So, it is necessary for TruNews and Zadok Publications and others to supply at least something worth the read. Rick, you mentioned beginning an e-press for unknown but viable authors and their works. You mentioned the internet and how you plan to work with it as you have in the past, but with a new theme of edifying those who want "something more" than claptrap.)
I think the paramount obligation for any media person to deal with is the fact that Paul's writings are/were directed to one group of people ONLY---the saints. We must identify the saints, target them, build them up and bring them closer to each other.
- Develop a different framework for fellowship
I believe conventions are a thing of the past. Why do I say this? Their platforms are as controlled as the sanctuaries on a Sunday. It is all about propaganda and controlled agendas. There are good meaning people who gather annually for 5 to 15 meetings. They spend their bucks, give their monies and come home to an emptiness that cannot be placated by DVD's and CD's of the speakers. .
Somehow, there must be a better way for Christian intimacy. A forum, other than facebook must surface, even though social networking may be a part of it. With such comes a word of caution---beware of the eyes that are not holy who might have access.
Critical to the underground church is a fellowship and network through the Spirit. I believe contacts are being developed now which will affect the whole Body of believers who are to face persecution in the future. It is this network, worldwide, which is under the direction of the Spirit. They will pray simultaneously (though maybe unknown to each other) the same prayer, "Come NOW Lord Jesus." Their prayer will be answered in His Second Coming.
- Praying in the Spirit.
I do believe the intentions of Billye Brim to involve worldwide prayer are correct.
www.billyebrim.org (live webcast, Wednesdays, noon - I personally join in)
(Those on campus at Prayer Mountain pray in tongues and under the leadership of the Spirit for direction.)
Daniel 4 says, "this came by the watchers and the holy ones." I believe there are watchers and holy ones on this earth now. By praying the Word and under the anointing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in tongues, great changes will be wrought nationally and internationally.
- Stay informed about world persecution of Christians.
Voice of Martyrs is playing a vital role in its web presence, www.persecution.com.
(However, they seek to appeal to all church groups.) They offer film presentations, speakers and up-to-date testimonies of persecution found in most countries-even in the US. By testimony from foreign pastors, they reveal how, when a convert comes to present himself to the church for baptism, he is handed a paper saying he/she is willing to die for Jesus Christ and are asked to sign it. Through VOM's efforts, prayer can be made specifically about certain critical situations involving Christians.
- Be willing to move and do the will of God without hesitation and at a moment's notice.
(This takes a quality decision.) Regardless of circumstances or personal feelings, we must do the work of the Spirit with expediency. Ezekiel was a prime example. Jeremiah, as well, in the O.T. and Phillip in the N.T. are great examples.
- Assist the saints in being the Bride.
Little bride training is going on. Solomon's Secret is a text that will equip the Second Eve in preparation for the coming Bridegroom. (Written materials are adjunct to the real task.)
- Exercise Faith:
Call for things that be not. Stand and believe. Acknowledge this truth daily, "Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God."
- Shut Up until God speaks:
The volume of verbiage in Christianity is appalling.
Unless the Spirit prompts, Shut Up! The same goes for writers. Everyone seems to think they are doing the Lord's work when they send and forward email. If the Lord says do it, that is a different matter. In the past, no O.T. prophet dared speak until spoken to by God! Jonathan Edwards was like them. He often did not mount the pulpit just because it was Sunday or a gathering assembled. He spoke when the Lord spoke. When he did go to the sacred desk, it was sacred and the people listened. Consider the spewing of modern Sabbaths and cease to wonder why there is no depth among believers.
- Have homes that teach the Word to all its members and live the Word before them.
Create a forum where a higher standard is evoked than that of the church and world. Apply the blood. Look and verbalize about supernatural events in each other's lives. Speak often of the blessings of the Lord. Talk about the tithe and the seed monies sown and how they brought a harvest. Talk to the television. Point out objectionable materials and refuse to watch them (The same with all media).
- Testify of your faith in public and stand to condemn wrong.
Stand up for what is right in your community. Stand visibly against error. Prayer-walk areas. Hand out gospel tracts. Learn to rely on the gift of discernment. The Spirit will direct your life away from things as well as to things. (For instance, the Spirit said, "Have nothing to do with Rick Warren's, Purpose Driven Life materials and similarly, "Do not attend 'The Passion' movie. "
(I have been amazed how many churches and pastors have endorsed both.)
- Stand convinced that your presence in your business or job is the defining
element in the mix of things.
Be led by the Spirit in work decisions, even allowing the Spirit to direct you to the job.
- Cease to be Afraid.
Intimidation and deprecation will be hurled at the saint---here is where the armor of light takes precedence in the arsenal of faith. There are
going to be many opportunities to take the historical oath: "Here I Stand!"
These are but some of the things needed to enable the saints, but these are a beginning and the readership may wish to add their own items to it. I realize the controversy several of these factors may bring, but in the words of an old evangelist in the 50's---"Excuse me, but you know it's so.!"
- Acknowledge the role of Minister and Ministry has been ill defined.
Ministry has basically two aspects. The first is ministry to God. The second is Spirit directed. Ministry is doing what God points to do, where He points and with whom He points. Other activities are man contrived. A minister today bears little semblance to anything in the N.T., but is highly defined by the culture.
- Congregations must call for a higher standard of morality and spirituality than the church currently proffers.
Preaching the "Cracks" would be a good place to begin. In other words, preaching those texts that have been purposely abandoned. Dare to feed the sheep, for emaciated sheep bring no glory to God.
- Seminaries and Bible schools must be scrutinized heavily.
(The liberation theology of the National Baptist Seminary in Atlanta is a disgusting example.) Most schools of theology share one common factor: they produce a product. That product will look like all its others.
- Take down the hierarchy.
Corporations have cleaned their ranks and
made more efficient their systems of operation. Churches just add more layers and broaden the ranks of decision makers. (When I wanted to build a church in Kenya, the missionary said, "Send the money directly to me. If you send it to headquarters [Southern Baptist], it will be two years before I see it, if then.") The mess of bishops, superintendents and other prelates suck up finances and personnel and produce little in the kingdom but act as "barriers of delay" in God's work.
- Hold media to a higher level of responsibility to its audiences.
who listen to a steady stream of video madness begin to accept its definitions and absorb its agendas. By supporting these addicts, one participates in their coming judgment.
- Christian music must be called to a higher level of holiness.
star status, coupled with glamour parades of ego centric "spotlighters," defines the Christian Music arena. What on earth is the church saying to a world with more lost than at anytime in history?
- Recognize that Christian Counseling and it flavinoid content is often
a farce along with some deliverance ministries.
Dependence on sophomoric principles of psychology and parapsychology and not the Spirit of the Lord is an abomination. Employing sociometrics and therapy techniques learned from psychoanalysis may seem productive, but to what gain? (May I suggest, reading a chapter a day from the 31 chapters of Proverbs will produce better results. One can do this 12 times a year for the greatest gain imaginable. Proverbs has delivered many for thousands of years, long before there was a Freud or a Jung. A few have the strength to tie all advice to the Scriptures.)
- Meditate and Memorize the Word.
How can the Spirit bring to
remembrance what is not there? In the oppressive times ahead, it will be necessary to quote and speak those words-for it may soon be illegal to own a Bible.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C.R. Oliver, PhD
Part II A Letter To Aaron
This is the first in a series which will appear in the Newsletter each month. Some may be shorter, some longer, but all are right from the heart of a father to his son. Philip, Aaron's father, was a mail carrier for 42 yrs. and wanted to express his heart to his son and ultimately to all his family. Would that all fathers were so schooled in the Spirit and the Word as he is. May all sons have the ability to receive such instruction. May these installments be a blessing. If so, email Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A LETTER TO AARON
And to all sons of the faith
From his father and elder in the Kingdom
Worship, Part One
Over the years, we have had many conversations about spiritual things, including worship. My job as your father is to protect you, nurture you, and draw out of you what is in you. This letter is about one of the major things God placed within you when he made you. You have worship shut up in your heart. Zechariah 6:13 is speaking of Jesus, "He shall build the temple of the Lord, and He shall bear the glory, and He shall sit and rule upon his throne, and He shall be a priest upon His throne." We were redeemed to become kings and priests unto our God (Revelation 5:8-9). Although we are called to sit and rule on his Throne with him (Ephesians 2:6), our role as kings is not the subject of this letter. This letter has to do with our place in the Temple as Priests.
I have been being prepared to write this letter to you for a long time. About 25 to 30 years ago, in my heart I heard, "Call my people unto me and teach them my covenant." Later, I was reading a book about the Azusa Street revival and the author quoted a verse that I was unfamiliar with. Psalm 50:5, "Gather my saint's together unto me; those that have made covenant with me by sacrifice." I knew that this verse was a confirmation of what I had heard first, but I had no idea then of what I am writing to you about now.
Revelation 5: 9-10, speaks of our redemption as being the beginning of a process that finds its end in our taking our place at the throne of God. Speaking of the ministry of Jesus, in Revelation, we read, "Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to our God by thy blood…And hast made us unto our God kings and priests." According to Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15, "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet like unto me…" This prophet that was to come after Moses would deliver the people, bring them into covenant with God, build the tabernacle, and establish the priesthood, just as Moses had done. Anyone claiming to fulfill this prophecy must accomplish these four things to be able to stand beside Moses as this "other prophet." In all of history, Jesus is the only one who can qualify to be called a prophet like unto Moses. Our Lord redeemed us, brought us into covenant with our God, is building the temple, and has made us kings and priests unto our God. The verse, just quoted from Revelation 5, spoke of Jesus accomplishing the first and the last things necessary for him to stand on the same spiritual piece of ground with Moses. Since our Lord Jesus has accomplished all that Moses did, we can rightfully claim that Jesus is the prophet of which Moses spoke.
There are two points here, each of which has both legal and practical ramifications. First, both Moses and Jesus were used of God in their day to establish a kingdom of priests. Second, none of the men that established any of the so-called "Great Religions" of the world has ever met the standards giving them the right to claim to be a prophet in the same class with Moses. However, we can claim that what our Lord Jesus has established sets Him above them and all their claims; He is Lord. Add to this, that the plan of redemption required a final step that neither Moses nor Jesus were ordained to carry out. To complete His plan through Moses under the Old Testament, God sent Joshua to divide the land (Joshua 1: 6), and to establish his plan of redemption through the Lord Jesus under the New Testament. The Father then sent the Holy Ghost to divide the gifts of the spirit to the church (1 Corinthians 12: 11). Our promised land is the gifts that the Holy Ghost has given to us individually. There are dramatic differences between the two covenants. Many principals of the scriptures are misinterpreted just by not knowing what our promised land is. I'll explain in this letter the fact that a stream flows out of our promised land of standing before the Lord to minister unto Him. The stream of blessing that flows out of His presence gives a divine dimension to the human effort that is required of us, once we come to whatever is our calling outside the place of worship.
In the Old Testament, the people were brought to the mountain of God in an attempt to bring them into their role as a "kingdom of priests" (Exodus 19: 6). When the people were confronted with the presence of God, with the mountain quaking, the lightening, the fire and smoke, the sound of the trumpet _ growing louder and louder, they rejected the offer. Had all of the tribes of Israel accepted this call, it would not have been necessary to have chosen the tribe of Levi to be the priests for the nation (Deuteronomy 10: 9-10). Jesus today is issuing a similar call to the church, and His attempts in this regard have largely been met with the same reaction. The presence of God is no less unnerving today than it was then. Consequently, the place that the Body of Christ was redeemed to occupy has few takers...
In Hebrews 3 and 4, we read of the Lord's later attempt to bring the people of Israel, not into the priesthood, but into the land he had promised to Abraham. Again they refused. The covenant may have been changed, but human nature had not. Today, we still limit the Holy One of Israel just as they did back then (Psalm 78:41). Hebrews 4: 2 calls their place in the land "rest" and calls this "rest" the gospel that was preached to both Israel under the Old Testament and the Church under the New Testament. How could this rest in the Promised Land be the same gospel that is to be preached to the Church? It is simple. We have to understand the parallel between the ministries of Moses and Joshua and the ministries of Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Redemption under the Old Testament was complete when Joshua began to take the people into the land. Under the New Testament, our redemption is in the process of being completed by the Holy Spirit in His work of bringing us into our place as kings and priests unto our God. This is the gospel.
Hebrews 4: 3-5 adds another dimension to our understanding of the rest of God. The gospel says that in creation God rested on the seventh day. Under the New Testament, the gospel has to do with his taking us from being without form and void to walking with Him as new creations. Our rest in the land as kings and priests and our rest in creation as new creatures are divinely set processes. Attempting to fit bits and pieces of the Word of God into our various doctrines has taken us to the point we have obscured the true intent of God. The result is the lack of the glory and presence of God among us.
When the Lord rested in the tabernacle, His glory filled the place. When He rested in Jerusalem, after David had dispossessed the Jebusites, and after the Temple was built-- His glory fell there too. When He rested in creation, He had built a place of abundant provision for man and for daily fellowship face to face with man. Our God divinely set forth processes that, if we allow Him to complete His work in us, will have its end in our walking in His glory, His provision, and in His rest.
We do not serve a haphazard God. In Genesis 1 and 2, a divine plan was executed to an exacting standard and in a precise order. Once a step in this process was spoken into existence on a particular day of creation, it could never cease to function at its full potential forever. Once "let there be light" was uttered, light had better continue to function. It has to for our existence here on the earth to continue. If this principal is so easy to comprehend when we consider the place of in the light of the creation around us, why do we think we can piece together our own little plan to get us to the pathway the Lord has already mapped for us?
Under the New Testament the Lord Jesus has redeemed us, brought us into covenant, built the Temple and established a Kingdom of Priests. Then, after the Lord ascended, the Holy Ghost was sent from the Father to bring us into His rest in His Throne as kings and priests. As I have already said, Moses and Joshua in their ministries were a shadow and direct parallel to the callings of Jesus and the Holy Ghost. All that I have been addressing has a direct bearing on whether you are able to enter into the fullness of worship. Without knowing and functioning in these principles and the remainder of what I will be sharing, you cannot stand in the place you are called. You have worship contained in your heart, and the Lord is the one who placed it there. I question today the many in the Church who say that they don't need to be constantly refreshed in the doctrines that are the foundation upon which everything is to be built. Many of the doctrines of the Church have been cast out, such as redemption, holiness, the New Covenant, the fear and judgment of God. They cast out teaching about the workings within the temple where we stand before the Lord to minister unto Him, the gifts of the Holy Ghost (even objecting to using the name Holy Ghost). These elements are to be constantly and vitally functioning in the Body of Christ, but they have been cast out. Their reasoning is that everything which is left will neatly fit into a particular group's (or ministry's) vision or doctrinal stand. Their defense for picking and choosing can come from ignorance of the word of God or from the arrogance in their thinking that they know better than God. Their reasoning goes like this, "We are beyond that" or "that is not our ministry" or "the world simply won't hear it that way" or some other version of "we don't need that stuff." The people who say such things would never dream of telling God (in reference to the creation), "We don't need that light stuff" or "we don't need that firmament stuff." They know that we would all fall dead if any part of the Lord's creation ceased to function for even a second.
The plan of redemption, like the plan of creation, is a divine master plan--unlike a Chinese restaurant menu where you can choose one item from column A and perhaps two from column B. In the case of creation light and the firmament, once they were set into motion, they had to continue to operate without the permission or commission of man. (I know this could seem to be my going on and on, but I am laying a foundation upon which you are going to build. I refuse to build things that are not in the divine blueprint.
That's the problem today, we come up with our many plans and wonder why our plan does not meet the standard of performance we see set forth in the word of God. No plan that has not passed through the engineering department of heaven, and received the approval of the Father, will stand or prosper.
In case we were in doubt about this plan, the Lord presented it again in Romans 12: 1 where we read, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." This verse, along with 1 Corinthians 6: 16-20, is most often interpreted as having to do with our remaining sexually pure, and this is part of the truth. But what Paul is trying to get across in Romans 12:1 is actually a call from the Lord for us to enter our place as priests unto our God. You will see we are most like the tribe of Levi (as we are both called) and are "to stand before the Lord to minister unto him." Remember Revelation 5:9-10 that says the Lord's purpose in redemption was to make "us kings and priests unto our God?" The verses in Revelation 5 and the one in Romans 12 both point to the same conclusion.
Aaron, having worship shut up in your heart by God makes you the perfect candidate to teach these things to others. I am writing this letter to give you more understanding about this subject. The more you know, the more you can teach the people of God, and the further you can take them into their ordained place in worship.
Now let me show you what I believe Romans 12:1 is saying. There are direct parallels between the call of the tribe of Levi and that of the Church. First, in Numbers 8:5-22, we read about the tribe of Levi being offered to Aaron, the high priest, as a waive offering (a living sacrifice). We are urged to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to our High Priest, the Lord Jesus, in Romans 12:1. Second, Deuteronomy 18:6-7 states, "And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel where he sojourned and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the Lord shall choose; then shall he minister in the name of the Lord, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the Lord." In Romans 12: 1, Paul uses the word "beseech" in appealing to us to become living sacrifices. Again we read in Deuteronomy 18, "And if a Levite comes with all the desire of his mind...then he shall minister…" The service of an individual Levite was, with the possible exception of the high priest, voluntary. And the word "beseech," used by the Apostle Paul in Romans 12: 1, carries the same sense of our service being voluntary. The word "beseech" in the Greek meaning is "to come along side." The Greek word translated "comforter" in the New Testament means "to come along side to help." Both words are from the same Greek root words! Paul, here, is coming up beside us as a father would, in an attempt to convince his sons of what is the very best path for them to take. In Romans 12: 1, neither Paul, nor the Spirit of God, is issuing a command. They are putting forth "a call" for us to choose the highest and best (which is to take our place in the priesthood). Earlier in this letter, I explained we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lord to stand in the tabernacle as kings and priests. The place we are called to is the Lord's turf; it is set up and operated as He has preordained, and we are to function there at His pleasure and under His lordship.
Whether we individually choose to "come with all the desire of our mind" to stand before the Lord, or not, is a decision the throne of God has left to each of us. Some try to command others to take a place predetermined by man that will aid the "vision" or cause us to fit into some doctrinal bent. And if we aren't willing to fit into the system, then we will be denied access into their inner sanctum or ostracized. I have personally occupied places (in another man's ministry) that were not my calling. The leader of the ministry was my brother in Christ. If he had a need, then to me, the Lord had a need. Because I willingly sowed into his ministry, I will reap what was planted in his ground. (What I am speaking about is our divinely ordained place in the unseen tabernacle.) It is one thing to help another man do what he was called to do and quite another for someone to demand you fit into some mould-- that may have little or nothing to do with why the Lord has placed you together.
Romans 12: 1, in the King James Version, speaks of our "reasonable service" which is correctly interpreted in some translations as "our priestly service." To this point, it can be concluded that we are like the tribe of Levi, a royal priesthood, and that we, like them, have the individual choice of whether we present ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord or not. There is usually a marked difference between our ministry to the Lord as priests (in the unseen tabernacle) and our calling and vocation outside the place of worship. Whatever the spiritual gifting and bent we might exercise in the "seen realm" can and will bleed over into and even obscure our heavenly calling as priests. Before we know it, the urgent business our natural eyes see can easily trump our heavenly call. This is just the nature of the world we live in. Also, leaders of particular groups or movements emphasize what they perceive to be the most important need or focus for the Church. Although the thrust envisioned may be valid, it is presented as fiat (in most of the Churches these sorts of things are put forth as the only option there is, thus affording no way for the average Christian to ever get a clear vision of his or her calling). Also in my experience, it is hard enough to find your priestly vocation, much less hear God calling us to "come up hither" into the place where we are to minister unto God. Our priestly call may well differ from our vocation. Our vocation is our call to minister for the benefit of man. But our call to the priesthood is to "bless the Lord," to "stand before the Lord to minister unto him." (Too often we have the Church picking and choosing what they want to do, or do not prefer to do and then what they have chosen or determined to be the best course of action for the whole of the body of Christ.) As a father, I know that all five of you are different. I have taken my pattern from Adam. Every tree in the garden already had in it what it what it was supposed to be. Adam was not put into the garden to choose what type crop he wanted. He was placed there to protect and nurture what the Almighty had already chosen to plant there. Only in that kind of atmosphere will the gifts and callings the Holy Ghost has chosen to place in each of us ever come to their fullness.
Finally, Deuteronomy 10:8 completes the picture the apostle Paul was painting in Romans 12:1. Paul spoke of our "reasonable service." In Deuteronomy 10: 8, the reasonable service of the Levites was laid out (and by extension, our reasonable service is laid out)." The Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister unto Him and to "bless in His name." In Deuteronomy 10, we are told exactly what the ministry of the Levites was. In just the same way the tribe of Levi officiated as priests under the Old Testament (Covenant), so we are to function as priests under the New Testament (Covenant). If their calling was, "To stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to bless in his name," so is ours.
Our calling is not some empty thing without any benefits. There is "the blessing" that comes from simply standing in God's presence. When we leave the tabernacle, we don't leave that "blessing" there. It has pervaded our being as we ministered to the Lord. And I believe that the "blessing" and "the empowerment" that we bring with us, after those times, has a lot to do with Matthew 6: 33, where the Lord said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." To be a kingdom of priests, who stand before the Lord to minister unto Him and to seek first the kingdom of God, we must embody the same principals. There is a "blessing" that comes only from standing before the Lord to minister unto him. It is the only thing that can "empower" us to "bless in His name" once we come out of the tabernacle and into the world. And it is the only thing that can consistently cause all things to be added unto us. Eleven, of the tribe of Israel, were given the land. But the tribe of Levi was given the priesthood. I have proven that of all the tribes of Israel, we are most like Levi. In Deuteronomy 28: 8 we read, "and He shall bless thee in the land that the Lord thy God giveth the." The land, for the other eleven tribes, was a piece of physical real estate. But for the tribe of Levi (and for us), the land is our place in the ministry of worship. And He said He would bless us there. The trouble is that where we have been seeking the blessing of Abraham is no where to be found in the framework of religion.
Let us consider that the purpose of the Father in sending Jesus to redeem us with His blood was to bring us into His Presence. His desire is for us to sit and rule upon His throne and sit as priests on His throne with him (Ephesians 2: 6 and Zechariah 6: 13). But the Lord has placed a double edged sword in our hands. One edge of the sword is a place of unfathomable power, authority, council and blessing which is available only to those who answer His call to become "living sacrifices." The other edge of the sword is where we were granted a free will. Every choice has its consequences. If we choose to stand before the Lord to minister unto Him, the benefits that come with that choice can not be comprehended by the mind of man. At this point, we have entered a realm where He is manifestly Lord. Our choice has placed us under the authority and rule of another. So this sword cuts like this. If we chose His tabernacle, we have ceded control to Him because the place we have chosen is in His kingdom, and there He is Lord. If we reject Him, as He comes alongside to persuade us to take our place in the tabernacle, then we have also rejected the place of blessing He is offering. As God's heirs, each of His children has been provided a seat in His throne as kings and priests. But He does not command any of His children to walk in His courts; He has left that choice to each of us!
VL from N.C.
(With donation included) OEA, Intl. -- Please use this gift to start or be used for a new work for the Lord. May it be multiplied and fruitful for the Kingdom of God. We pray you will be blessed as you share the "gospel of the kingdom"…and for Jesus' resurrection power to be magnified! May God continue to use and strengthen you and be in health. May you be lights in the world!
(Within three days of each other LM of Colorado sent an offering with the same directive: Use this on a new work. The two were combined to purchase equipment for a projection team in Cambodia. They will go to remote villages and show the Jesus film in Khmer and other videos and DVD's from power point to those who have no other witness. We are working now with Cambodian local churches and ministries to get them translated into the Khmer language. At OEA and Zadok publications, we take no funds for administration and make sure that all designated gifts go directly to the missionaries for their work. In conversation with a leading media person last week, I commented, "People are looking for reliable sources to send their monies to and be assured they are handled in the proper manner." I believe we have a viable place in the kingdom for our integrity with funds. Dr. Oliver).
R.F., from Arkansas:
Commenting on the Oct l, newsletter "Twelve Immutable Truths."
Dr. Oliver, These poignant and powerful truths washed my heart and soul with fresh encouragement. I have definitely been in a cold, winter season of my life.
(Oh, the precious Holy Ghost directs our newsletters, and they do a work in the hearts of many, but how blessed we are to hear about it. Thanks RF for your email to us.)
1. The First Cambodian Baptist Church, Aldine, Texas
These are pictures from our participation with the First Cambodian
Baptist Church, Aldine, Texas, during November, 2010,
25th anniversary celebration. (This church supports
missionaries and sends personnel from their congregation to
Cambodia on a regular basis to do witness evangelism.
A photo of the early gathering for the celebration to
give an idea of the membership. Some are from other
countries like Laos and Vietnam.
Pastor Savaan Kruoch and his music minister decked in festive garb as used in Cambodia.
These are various scenes during the evening:
Left: Singers of Cambodian traditional songs
Right: Proof they are truly, a Baptist church. They must
gather to eat. Some things I had never eaten before!
Left: A long term saint and member.
Right: Chamiom Mau and his wife, my co-worker in Cambodia.
2. Visiting With Voice of Martyrs Conference
All readers must know this is a valid organization and worth keeping up with at www.persecution.com . Here are pictures from the event in Katy, Texas, Nov. 2010.
Dr. Oliver visiting with Russell M. Stendal of Colombia, speaker for VOM . All speakers had undergone imprisonment and persecution to qualify for platform duty. Contact Bro. Stendal via email to receive his newsletter and order his DVD's and Jubilee Bibles as well as his whole library of books, commentaries and special works. His Jubilee bible is a direct translation from the Cassadora De Reigna's 1657 bible. Worth the Read! email@example.com
Harry Senica, ministry assoc. to OEA, outside the conference
3. Letter forwarded from Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg:
This letter, forwarded from Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg, is an example of the type of ministry we are supporting in Guatemala and Costa Rico.
Is is one of the letters I have been sent from Moses in Uganda and by this letter please lift him to our Lord that we can also set up more groups there.
4. Report from December Meetings in Cambodia with Missionary Mau:
Hi Bro. Kevin,
sorry for a little silence. i have just reached home from the Congo jungles where we had a really trimendous time. We taught pastors during the seminars by day and presented films by night to the village. It was spectacular to see the power of the film evangelism during this trip; the entire village emptied out each night to the field and would brave the cold to watch the film up to about 9:30pm. Attendance was huge and each night 100+ would give their life to Christ. Our shows would start by around 7:00pm but the village people start reporting at the venue as early as 5:30pm and by 7 the ground is just infested with human beings, my heart leapt each night at the sight. The pastors were so amazed, they have never seen any thing like this or seen such a large number receive Jesus in any one meeting. they want to call us back to do more presentations. The biggest problem was accessing the location with equipment but the next time they want to hire some motor bikes to pick us from our last town and take us to the village.
I have started creating film sub teams at different locations. These will help me present the films when and where i cannot go personally. I am testing the viability of these sub teams already and we are targeting to present at least 15 film shows in villages this month with the help of the sub teams. Today after arriving home, I handed over the equipment to one team here in Lira and they are off to the Sudan boarder. I have trainned them on how to handle the equipment and my most immediate assoicate "Alfread" is leading the crew. They will present for the next 4 or five nights. Its a move of faith as I am not providing any form of facilitation to them. Let us pray for their safety and fruitfuless over those days and that the Lord will prvide for them. I called them and confired they have already arrived at their destination and ready for tomorrow night.
The Lord bless you richly
Over 500 attended a Bible Play and many were witnessed to by Bro. Mau. Email him for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org Here are Pictures dateline 12/15/10.
Mau preaching to more than 500 people
More than 500 people listen to Mau preaching
Mau teaching to Khmer rouge group
The Khmer rouge fellowship, 65 of them become the children of our Lord and one couple just married after Christmas party.