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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
March 1, 2011
Forget not all His benefits
Hebrews 12 has an interesting passage that stores more in one sentence than most readers are aware. It has to do with the cross and why Jesus chose to die on it. Two words stand out in the following verses, "joy" and "endured (also endurance)."
This scripture is about people of faith following Christ's example. He did not look at the tribulation of the cross, but instead embraced the joy of being in the will of God. Soul satisfaction has joy all its own; it knows that after conflagration comes commendation.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus endured the cross. He knew when He was nailed to its rails that it was a trial with benefits. It would forever mark history, like a sword unsheathed. Time would be marshaled by it. Its image would imprint millions of hearts and lives would never be the same because of it. To Him, the cross was something that stood in the way of more important things. It was the incredulous barrier of sin and death and it had to be"breached."
...and joy of faith
"The Joy" outweighed the cross. "The benefits" outweighed the gruesome ignominy of Calvary. Not until one reads "joy" a different way can this be understood. "Joy" joins the ranks of those inefficient English words which fail to convey their truths, similar to the word, love. However, the first descriptions of the Holy Spirit use those very words, love and joy. I personally do not believe it is possible to know their meaning without the insight of the Spirit.
"Joy" in the context of Hebrews 12 is what W.E. Vine calls a "metonym (a word which stands for other words or meanings). Joy has a range of meanings; at one end of the spectrum, it could connote the gladness of heart for a job well done; at the other end, an expression of satisfaction in the face of the Father. It also could well mean the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy...
Joy is a place in God. Apart from Him, there is no counterpart. It is beyond the comprehension of the worldly to understand how Paul could be in chains, guarded with every move, in the despictable of prisons and sing! Joy is IN God. The "joy of the Lord" is spoken of in the same terms Peter described in I Peter 1:8 as, "joy unspeakable (Inexpressible) and full of glory!"
1 Thessalonians 1:6
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit.
"Joy," sometimes, is that substitute word which is plugged in whenever there is the need to convey a sense of being "beyond the description of feelings." It is that estate where so many rivulets of blessings are pouring into the human soul that the overwhelming effect can only be described as, "Joy."
"Joy," also incorporates many other venues attributing to the elevation of heart. Joy is when a saint participates in an assembly where the Spirit brings him into another dimension and the supernatural begins an exhibition of miracles and healings. Joy rises up inside the redeemed when they recognize the presence of God and are grateful to be where He is. Whenever ministry touches those areas ordained by the Spirit, somewhere in the heart of the believer there rises a gladness of heart which is beyond limits. Joy wells up to salute and honor the things of God.
As Jesus (the man of sorrows [He was still in His human earth suit at the time]) saw beyond the cross to redemption, healing and restoration. Joy welled up in His soul. When He saw the defeat of satan and total satisfaction on the face of the Father, anticipating death and Hell being conquered, joy rose up inside Him. When He envisioned ensuing multitudes forming the church, Calvary became the source of joy.
The great benefits afforded by the joy of the cross flowed into the life of Peter, who boldly declared,
The joy of the cross flowed into Paul, who could say, "I have endured trials, beatings, shipwreck, deprivation, prisons and constant resistance, but I count it as nothing."
1 Peter 4:13-14
But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
The joy of the cross flowed to the heart of the missionary and, like Paul, no difficulty compared to the ward of souls brought into the kingdom of God. As missionaries behold the faces of their spiritual fruit, their lives are worth all the hardship.
2 Corinthians 7:4
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
The joy of the cross enters the being of the agonizing intercessor, and his endless watchfulness in the Spirit pales before the product of his vigilance. Testimonies, of prayers answered, find some have been rescued out of peril, some have avoided the crashes of life, some have reached for favor and received it, but all have been rescued by prayer and there is joy in being part of "The Fellowship of the bent knee."
3 John 4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
The joy of the cross strengthens the endurance of the evangelist. When the net is drawn and souls enter the kingdom, there swells within his heart that "knowing" which supersedes the definition of euphoria and "histerion."
The joy of the cross engenders the indefatigableness of the pastor who, beyond his capacity, shepherds his sheep with abandon, enduring pain and heartache of great proportion. When he sees the gospel proclaimed by his flock and works of faith initiated and completed in them, there is unparalleled joy.
The joy of the cross possesses the prophet and his utterances reach beyond the mere recitation of the circumstances. He advances to a realm of dominion housing the Oracles of God. Flooding his spirit is an element of joy which flows from the court of heaven.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.
The joy of the cross enables the apostle to build upon the foundation of his predecessors and comprehend the fellowship of joy that pulsed in all of them. He can now join with Peter, James and John and speak what he has seen and heard.
There are realms of joy reachable only by and in the Spirit. There are realms which man has not yet entered, but in these extensions of time, they will be attainable and will incorporate all those who wait upon Him. Abandonment to its embrace will have greater expression than the dancing of David or the ecstasy of Miriam.
Jesus "endured" the cross FOR the Joy (benefits) set before Him.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
(Example: When a father works long hours and toils in labor that seems endless and unappreciated, the recollection of such hardship is wiped away by the glowing faces of his children unwrapping presents, gleeful in their anticipation. All through those hours of labor was the mental picture of those children's faces. It made those many hours worthwhile. He endured the ordeal for the joy-benefits.)
The benefits of Jesus' "enduring" outweighed the cost of the cross-
There it is! The whole essence of Christendom is founded on this principle.
Endurance has its reward: which is ultimate joy and one's entering the company of those who experience Christ on a more profound level than this age knows.
But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;
There is a connection between "enduring" and "joy."
For you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.
Jesus knew both the cross and the reigning were in sequential order. As He drew near the cross, He knew the time to return home was near. "Closer Home" is a wondrous portent. Mighty power joined forces in Him just after His endure-ment. Saints still have difficulty ingesting the passage in Ephesians 1:19-20, which says:
2 Timothy 2:10-12
Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
(Author's Note: Yes, that mighty power works in me also! It causes joy to well up. It is supernatural in origin and so is my joy! It causes me to shout and speak in tongues and do all the excesses for which the modern Pentecostals look in suspect. Much joy wells inside causing me to explode into song and find expression in prophetic utterance.)
(That you may know :) what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places
Think of it:
·Jesus envisioned an empty seat in the throne room, "For the joy He endured the cross."
What remains for the people of God is to "endure for the (joy) benefits set before them!"
·Jesus thought of the multitudes born in to His Father's kingdom, "For the joy He endured the cross."
·Jesus anticipated His bride--"for the joy He endured the cross."
The simplest of word study reveals that "chara (noun form)," translated as "joy," in the focal passage (Hebrews 12) means, "benefit." However, one of the chief translations of joy is, "the circumstances attending cooperation in the authority of the Lord." No one outside the will of God can participate.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, and ultimately His death on the cross, He did so with joy, for He was "cooperating with the authority of the Lord." He was a lamb "slain before the foundation of the world." That is why diverse temptations and awesome tribulations caused Paul to say, "Count it all joy!"
Gladness (noun) is another form of this same Greek word, "chara." Combined with a cognate word, "euphrosune," from which the English word, Euphoria, comes, it gives vent to the shouting saint who is "exhibitionally" uninhibited. Go ahead and shout, Hallelujah!
(Author's Note: There was a man who would call me from time to time and give a praise report. This man was so full of the joy of the Lord that "Hallelujah" would be interjected in every sentence. When he died, the hallelujah's, I am sure, did not. I miss him.)
There is, however, a verb form of "Joy" in the Bible (chairo), as well. One must keep in mind that JOY is two sides of the same coin. One is the verb side: "We joy." "We rejoice." "I joy." There is also a companion word "oninemi" meaning: "to benefit, profit, to derive benefit"--such as: "let me have joy."
1 Thessalonians 2:19-3:1
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.
(Dear Readers, Jesus derived benefit from "the joy set before Him." Somehow we all must understand this principle.)
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
JOY is a benediction. Yes it is! Jude closed his one page power message showing the path to non-participation in future wrath. In His benediction, he included Joy, which is the reigning element of heaven.
This is my benediction for you as well. Don't let anyone steal your joy!
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD.
Egypt Again- How to Handle a Financial Crisis, January 22, 2011, an article by Mike McGuire, DRE
The Crisis Begins
Is there a description of a major financial crisis in the Bible? Let's take a look at Genesis chapter 47. In Genesis 47:11 the early stage of the prophesied seven year drought has begun.
Genesis 47:11 - And Joseph situated his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded
During the former seven years, Joseph knew what would happen before it happened. He knew that in order to survive the seven years of drought, grain must be stored during the seven abundant years. The government acted with wisdom, it required that 20% of the grain harvest would be given to the Pharaoh. Grain was stored in the cities.
Genesis 41:47-49 - Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly. 48 So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. 49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.
Point #1 - "Be Discerning of the Times" If the people or the government lack revelation about the time they live in, they will go through times of plenty and put back nothing. In today's world, people have not been spiritually discerning. Even the experts are taken by surprise when calamity comes. We should not be just caught up in eating and drinking and miss the catching away of the saints. (1 Thess. 4:16-17, Micah 7:4)
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thess. 5:6-8)
Point #2 - "God's people prosper in difficult times" They do not sell ownership of land, houses, or livestock during a difficult circumstance. Jacob had probably received a grant from the royal Pharaoh to use the land of Goshen.
Genesis 47:27 - So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.
Point#3 - "When the money fails people trade their businesses & valuables to the government in exchange for food" Who came to Joseph needing help? I'm going to interpret Gen. 47:13 literally; "all the Egyptian's". In verse 27 we find that God's people had ownership of possessions and multiplied exceedingly. I see no indication that the Hebrew people had to go to their brother Joseph to offer him their flocks and herds in exchange for bread. Most likely, the money failed for the Egyptians in the 2nd year of the drought.
Genesis 47:13-17 - So when the money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed."
Verse 16 - Then Joseph said, "Give your livestock, and I will give you bread for your livestock, if the money is gone." 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year.
Point#4 - "Fear sets in with an enduring crisis and people offer themselves as servants in exchange for food" - The Pharaoh accepts their offer, he moves all the people into the cities. This would be the third year of the drought.
Genesis 47:18-19 - When that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, "We will not hide from my lord that our money is gone; my lord also has our herds of livestock. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh; give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate."
In the third year of the drought, the Egyptians once again, approached Joseph with a desperate proposal. They offered him their land and offered themselves as servants to Pharaoh. Now the Egyptian government looks more socialistic than ever. The government now owns everything and the people are all servants of the government.
The 2009 World Financial Crisis
Let me pause here and discuss briefly what happened in the 2009 World Financial Crisis in the U.S. Real estate values began to decline. Overburdened with debt, many individuals were unable to make their house payments. Highly leveraged brokerage houses, banks and insurance companies failed financially. In some cases, major parts of the business were sold off. Some large companies were taken over and operated by the U.S. Treasury. In early 2009 a severe stock market decline occurred. Certain hedge funds would short the stock of a company and cause the stock value to decline radically. This would exacerbate credit issues. Fear was the order of the day as investors would sell first and ask questions later.
During the preceding 13 years of plenty from 1995-2008 real estate flourished. Much of the, so called, prosperity was via easy credit made possible by government regulated loan programs and guarantees. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates abnormally low. Real estate went higher commensurate with debt levels.
With the crash of 2009, CEO's, individuals and local governments were crying out for the federal government to take-over troubled assets in exchange for Federal assistance.
You will see some similarity here with what happened in Genesis 47, however, there is a huge difference. Joseph knew 14 years into the future what would happen. Joseph had proven himself as a man of integrity. He had the understanding of what to do, and he was in charge. In that day not only was the government solvent with no debt, but they had gathered in the wealth of all the nations around them. Other nations needed Pharaoh's food supply. Unlike the 2009 crisis, Egypt's drought was not manmade.
Summary of the U.S. & Global Impacts of the 2009 Financial Crisis
- The government has taken ownership of privately owned assets - Gen. 47:20
- Extended government benefits such as unemployment compensation - Gen. 47:23
- More people work in the public sector - Gen. 47:24-26
- More people are moving into cities globally looking for work - Gen. 47:21
- Stronger nations rule over nations with large debt and weak currencies - Gen. 47:14
- Taxes will ultimately go up in order to service the massive national debt - Gen. 47:24
- Monetary stimulus results in debt, currency devaluation and inflation - Gen. 47:15
Three hundred years later; a Pharaoh that did not know Joseph vowed to deal shrewdly with God's people. (Ex. 1:7-14) Jacob entered the land of Egypt with 66 people and they had increased to approximately 2 million. The Pharaoh set taskmasters over the people and made them toiling slaves. They built the treasure cities of Egypt (2 Chron. 11:1 & 12:16). Still, the people of God prospered even more. Adversity would not stop God's blessing.
Point#5 - "An ungodly government will fail in an attempt to oppress God's people" The next great leader sent from God was about to enter the scene. Moses would come and demand that the Pharaoh set the people free to return to Canaan. Canaan was the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Pharaoh resisted Moses and the plagues began. Finally the 10th plague had begun. When the Death Angel would pass over a house the first born son would die. This would not happen if the blood of a lamb was applied to the doorpost of the home as directed by God. The result was that Pharaoh released the people. They left Egypt both health & wealth.
Psalms 105:37 reveals that they left with '…silver and gold and none feeble among His tribes.' God's people were one miracle away from total freedom from Egypt. The waters of the Red Sea rolled back the people crossed over. Today, God's people are one miracle away from Heaven.
Lessons from Genesis 47
- Put something aside in prosperous times
- Listen for the Word of the Lord. Be sober and watch at all times
- Attend Church & Listen; you will need to know what will happen in the future
- Continue to sow during hard times
- Eliminate Debt
- Own possessions & inflation proof commodities, if you can do this peacefully
- Win the lost because the time is short and eternity is at stake
- Know that God is your source, not the government
The last days are depicted by Jesus as times of economic increase. People will be eating, drinking, marrying. They will buy, sell, plant and build, in an environment of sexual perversion and violence. This will continue right up to the day Jesus comes in the clouds for His church. Jesus is coming for a glorious Church holy and without blemish. We will prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. (Eph. 5:27, 1Thess. 4:16-17, 3 John 2)
Mat. 24:37 - But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Luke 17:28 - Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. 30. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
LETTERS TO AARON
Those who have been reading the serialized "Letters to Aaron" will find the third segment by clicking HERE. Your browser will open in a new window.
Margaret C, Irving, Texas
Please let Mr. Oliver know how very much I appreciate his teaching. I know it was by the Lord that I found his Zadok book. I was in Half Price Bookstore looking for a treasure. As I was looking through the religious section, book by book, I came across a book that was upside down. I pulled it to see what it was before I put it back right side up. It was his Zadok book and needless to say, it never made it back on the shelf, because I bought it. I know God placed it there at that time just for me. After checking online, I came across his ministry. I was thankful to find that not only was he still active, he had several other books. I really appreciate his in-depth study and look forward to reading his other books. It is hard to find this type of message and is desperately needed. It was good to read that I am not the only one who feels this way.
From Geraldine Du T, Namibia
DEAR BROTHER, EXOD 9:5
(Commenting on the Book, En Punto and in block letters as received)
EN PUNTO! YES, I DO AGREE WITH THIS. THE BODY OF CHRIST IS NOT AN ORGANISATIONALIVE AND EACH ONE IS BEING DIRECTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (RUACH…. THE NAME OF MY HOUSE)! WE EN PUNTO! YES, I DO AGREE WITH THIS. THE BODY OF CHRIST IS NOT AN ORGANISATION …ITS CANNOT JOIN A FAMILY…YOU MUST BE BORN INTO IT TO BE PART OF IT.
THIS IS MY 50TH YEAR THROUGH A SPIRITUAL DESERT …… AND LIVING IN THE NAMIB DESERT I CAN IDENTIFY WITH EACH STEP…. HOW TO SURVIVE BY PICKING UP DAILY THE MANNA (EXODUS 16, REV 2:17) WE ARE LIVING AGAIN IN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, WHERE THE REVELATION OF THE RESURRECTION IS THE PRIME TESTING OF THE APOSTLES. THE LORD HAS REVEALED TO ME THE 'OTHER SIDE'. FATHER CANNOT DESCRIBE HIS LOVE FOR US….IT IS BEYOND THE CROSS. WE NEED TO GO THROUGH (GALATIONS 2: 20). THE SPIRIT ALONE CAN COMMUNICATE WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE. ONLY THE CROSS CAN RESTORE A DIVINE BALANCE IN US AND ONLY THE CROSS CAN RELEASE THE GODLY SEED (RHEMA) TO PERPETUATE THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST. THE SONS WILL BE REVEALED NOW ….IT IS THE TIME BUT THE CONNECTIONS EZEK 10 NEED TO BE MADE BY REVELATION. THIS IS IT THAT IS WRITTEN, THE TIME IS RUNNING OUT VERY FAST. I AM 84 YEARS OLD AND THIS IS MY 50TH YEAR …A JUBILEE… AND I AM EXPECTING THE SONS TO BE BORN RUNNING. THE WOMB OF THE SPIRIT WILL RELEASE THEM PSLM 110. GEN 24 LAST VERSE AND REBECCA WENT INTO 'SARAH'S TENT'. THE GENTILE BRIDE IS HOUSING IN THE SPIRIT THE BLUE PRINT TO THE PROMISED LAND... . A JAR OF MANNA (WITHOUT WORMS).
GOD BLESS YOU
From Jim Courier
The following are pictures of Jim Courier, field evangelist for Oliver Evangelistic Assoc. Inc., in Guatemala and Ecuador.
Guatemala, January, 2011::
Left: Jim stands with Pastor Martin, the sponsoring pastor for distribution of the projectors and equipment.
Right: Pastor Martin with materials supplied by Oliver Evangelistic Assoc., Inc. in conjunction with the Gospel Outreach Association. Each projector unit has a laptop, external hardrive stuffed with gospel outreach materials both for laymen and clergy. These materials can be used in areas with no electricity ---just plug into the auto console and begin movies of Gospel characters and modern interest Jesus film-all in Spanish.
Below, Jim is preaching and teaching as well as praying for those in need. Bro. Jim has been working in Mexico for many years and is fluent in Spanish.
Ecuador, late November, 2010:
Rev. Courier is ministering to Pastors and their flocks. They all want him to return for a month's long evangelistic itinerary.
Right: Pastor Louis while working with Jim.
Right: The projection equipment.
Left: Pastor George's church.
Right: Pastor George.
Left: Jim ministering.
Right: Another of the churches receiving equipment.
Jim is awaiting funds to travel next to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, scheduled May, 2011. Equipment costs have not been met nor does he have the airfare. Partners are urged to send directly to this ministry through OEA at P.O. Box 971, Montgomery, Texas 77356. Partial materials have been obtained. A minister's Conference has been scheduled in advance and much depends on funds coming in. Your faithfulness has provided for EVERY appeal that we have made through the years. To God be the Glory!