The Scattering and the
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
The question many Christians are asking today is: "What is God going to do next?" When speaking to His disciples, Jesus gave us a blue print of the days in which we live, and what is next on God's agenda. In Matthew twenty-four, Jesus gives His disciples what they should look for at the end of the age.
We are to look for wars and rumors of war, nations (peoples) rising against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms, famines, earthquakes, and pestilence (diseases). We see these signs in the headlines, on the newscasts, and in many publications. But Jesus warns, these are only the beginning of sorrows. So, then, what is next on God's agenda?
"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake." Matthew 24:9
As we look at these facts in light of history, this is what happened to the early church. When persecution came, it scattered the early church all over the earth. In the understanding of the carnal mind, this seemed like a bad thing. But in the eyes of God, it was a good thing, because this is the way He spread the gospel of salvation all over the earth.
So, what will happen in our day? Today, there is another message God has yet to spread all over the earth, and Jesus explained this message to His disciples:
"And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14
Most of God's people are looking for the end of the world (the age) and Jesus returning to set up His Kingdom. But before He can set up His eternal Kingdom, the gospel of the Kingdom is going to be preached all over the earth.
How, then, is God going to accomplish this? It will be in the same way He did it in the early church, and that is through persecution. Persecution is going to scatter God's true people all over the earth. One may ask:
"What is going to bring on this scattering process?"
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! Saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:1
Why is God going to scatter His sheep? It is because the pastors have destroyed the sheep of His pasture. The word destroy means "to cause to perish." The pastors in today's modern church system have caused the people to give up. Because of this many have completely turned away from the church, and their faith has been destroyed. What a pronouncement against the pastors in our day!
Many pastors have allowed false doctrines to be brought into the church, and these false doctrines are destroying the flock. What are some of these false doctrines? Many pastors teach such damnable heresies, proclaiming once you are saved, you cannot lose your salvation, no matter what you do. This is certainly not what the Bible teaches. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, declared:
"For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." II Peter 2:20-22
Peter declares, that for those who know the way of righteousness and return to the filth of the world, their end is worse than their beginning. Or, it would have been better if they had never received forgiveness of their sin, than to have accepted God's free gift, and then to throw it into the hog's wallow.
Another damnable heresy in today's modern church system is the teaching of the rapture, where God is going to whisk away His lukewarm church. This teaching does completely away with the overcoming message. Those who believe this false doctrine are going to be the overcome, not the overcomers Jesus revealed in the book of Revelation.
Then there is the false teaching of ultimate or universal reconciliation. This teaching is that all are going to be saved. Even the devil himself will ultimately be saved. Those who believe this heresy should ask themselves, "Why did Jesus die for the sins of mankind if everyone would eventually be universally saved?" Those who expound this false teaching proclaim, "Once they spend time in the lake of fire, they will repent." Be warned, this `second chance' teaching is shunned by all of God's Kingdom people. Only those who do not have God's Spirit would be fooled by such a lie.
Another false teaching which has crept back into the church is the teaching of `Judaism', where we must keep the Jewish holidays, and worship on Saturday - - - in essence becoming Christian Jews. There is no such thing as a Christian Jew. We cannot drag our old religion into our new life in Christ, any more than we could drag are old bad habits along behind us. We are to become a new creation, a new man. As Paul stated:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17
Being in Christ, or having the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives, is how we become the new creation. The old things in our lives must be buried, never to be dug up again. This includes old religions. These, too, must pass away. Jesus declared the old religion (Judaism) was of their father the devil. Therefore, those who teach such things have the same father as the early Jews did. Jeremiah continues:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people; Ye have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:2
Another way these false pastors have scattered God's flock is because they have not taught them of God's judgment, and how they should be prepared. Jesus warned:
"But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 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 (Noah) entered into the ark," Matthew 24:37-38
Those who trust in these false pastors and teachings listen to the message of the soon return of Jesus, but they do not teach of Noah preparing the ark to take his family through the flood. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains:
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Hebrews 11:7
These pastors have been warned of God's judgment coming upon the earth, but are they preparing the people for these coming events? No, they are still eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage. But there is no sounding of the alarm. Because of these false teachings to the church of comfort, ease, and no commitment, the lukewarm church of today is sitting back on their lees, not preparing for the soon coming day of judgment.
Many who have the Spirit of God in their lives are fleeing the church system because they have been diligent in searching the Scriptures, and have found these false teachings go directly against God's Word. These are preparing on their own for the days ahead. Be warned!
"His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber." Isaiah 56:10
Many watchmen in the church system today are blind, and are unable to speak God's true message to His end time people. Instead they are sleeping, lying down, and loving to slumber. Paul explains this further to the Hebrews:
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for this is unprofitable for you." Hebrews 13:17
God's watchmen are to be those who watch over the souls of the flock, but as Isaiah revealed, many of God's watchmen in our day are blind dogs, who have no vision, and they love to slumber. God graphically uses the symbol of the dog in this grave pronouncement against the false pastors of today. As Isaiah states, these dumb dogs (unbelieving hypocrites) cannot bark. They refuse to give a warning as to what is coming upon the earth. Paul speaks to the preachers who are asleep:
"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14
Paul considered these sleeping preachers as being dead. If they would only wake up, God would show them what He wants to be taught to His sheep. Isaiah continues his revelation:
"Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter." Isaiah 56:11
These are greedy dogs. A dog whimpers and whines when they want something. These pastors who have scattered God's sheep are constantly whimpering and whining. They are not satisfied, their housing is not good enough, their retirement is not soon enough, their church is not big enough, etc. etc. These can never have enough. They only look to their own way, and they look to the people for their gain.
But many, many in the church system today are fed up with the fleecing of the flock. These are leaving the churches in droves, looking for the true Word of God. Isaiah wrote of these people:
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
Who among you will give ear to this? Who will hearken and hear for the time to come?" Isaiah 42:22-23
Those who sit in these denominational prison houses have been robbed of their eternal inheritance, robbed of the promises of God, and robbed of their ability to prepare for the days ahead. Isaiah asks, "Who among you will hear this? Who will hearken to the time to come?" None of these sleeping dogs will cry, "Restore." Where is the message for the need to return to our created place in God? The prophet Ezekiel spoke of this scattering of God's people:
"And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered." Ezekiel 34:5
Again, we see the same thing. God's people are scattered because they have no shepherd. God's people have become meat (food) to all the beasts of the field. The beasts of the field are those who still have their old, beast nature. These are those who prey on those who have no pastor.
"My sheep wondered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, My flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them." Ezekiel 34:6
Ezekiel records, God's sheep have gone from mountains to hills. They have gone from the high place in God to a lower existence. This has not only happened in our location, or even in our country. It has happened all over the earth. Why? Ezekiel tells us why:
"Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the Word of the Lord, As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My flock;" Ezekiel 34:7-8
God gives the following warning to the shepherds who feed themselves, but do not feed God's flock:
"Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the Word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require My flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them." Ezekiel 34:9-10
These shepherds who have allowed the afore mentioned false teachings to come into God's flock are going to be dealt with very severely by God:
"And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." Luke 12:47
Jesus called these pastors `hirelings'. Hirelings are only interested in God's sheep to feed themselves. Hirelings are only interested in being pastor as a job, not as a calling of God. Peter gives warning to these false teachers of damnable heresies:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." II Peter 2:1
Peter describes those who teach false doctrines as false prophets and false teachers. He explains these false prophets and false teachers will bring upon themselves swift destruction. God is going to deal very harshly with these expounders of lies, falsehoods, and half truths.
Isaiah goes on to explain the thinking of the hireling who only looks at his position as a job:
"Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant." Isaiah 56:12
Alcohol and drug use among those who occupy the pulpit is at an all time high. These live like the world until they put on their religious uniforms to perform in front of the people.
So, who are these who have been scattered? These are those who are called of God, but went no further. In order to explain this, we need to look at the tabernacle Moses built in the wilderness. God spoke to Moses, and showed him a pattern of how he was to build the tabernacle. This pattern is a picture of the Kingdom of God. Paul records God's words:
"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." Hebrews 8:5
This is the pattern God showed Moses in the Mount for the tabernacle in the wilderness. This pattern had three areas: the outer court, the holy place, and the most holy place. Mark recorded Jesus' words concerning these three areas in the parable of the sower. What was it the sower planted?
"The sower soweth the Word." Mark 4:14
So, how did the Word affect those who heard it? Some of the seed fell by the wayside. Some of the seed fell on stony ground. Some of the seed fell on good ground. The seed which fell on good ground, produced fruit.
"And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred." Mark 4:8
The different fruit the Word produced in those who heard it, directly correlates with the three areas in the tabernacle:
The thirty fold realm The Outer Court
The sixty fold realm The Holy Place
The hundred fold realm The Most Holy Place
These three realms are also explained in the New Testament, and are labeled the called, the chosen, and the elect. By Jesus' words we know:
"For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14
From the chosen, God has His elect. The elect are those who will enter behind the veil into the very presence of God.
So, who are these who are scattered? These are those who remain in the Outer Court. These have no anointing, and do not assimilate the Word of God into their lives. This is the old, denominational church system, whose only hope is to die and go to heaven.
Many in the sixty fold realm are being called out of the Pentecostal System, because they are not being fed the truth. These look to store front groups or home ministries who are searching for the truth. When they find it, these will enter through the veil and find the peace of God that passeth all understanding. These are those who are searching for the true Word of God with their whole heart.
The question many may ask is, "When will this scattering happen?" This scattering is happening in many ways. First, God's people are scattered when the hirelings rob them of the truth of God's word. Another way God's people are scattered is when God calls His elect out of the organized church system. And lastly, God is going to scatter His people during the judgment of God. God's judgment is called by many names. It is called The Day of the Lord, The Wrath of God, and The Great Tribulation. This end time scattering which happens during God's wrath will be upon God's people who have not been prepared spiritually and physically by their hireling pastors. This is when all those who do not know God's Word, and have not been taught what to expect during this time will be driven by fear to seek a place of refuge.
But God makes a special promise to His elect, those who are going to enter into the hundred fold realm:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:29-31
This list of events will happen immediately after the tribulation. First the sun will be darkened, and the moon shall not give light. This will take place when the nuclear bombs are detonated in the atmosphere. When this happens, it will create great wind storms on the earth. Dust and debris will block out the sun and the moon. This will also be when the stars will fall from heaven. Jesus explained this event to John on the Isle of Patmos at the opening of the sixth seal:
"And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." Revelation 6:12-14
Jesus describes what God's people can expect when the mountains and islands are moved out of their place. The earth now sits at a 23 degree angle, in reference to the North Pole. When the sixth seal is opened the earth will come again to an upright position. Isaiah spoke of this when he stated:
"The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again." Isaiah 24:20
The earth will wobble on its axis until it comes to an upright position.
Matthew continues the list of events that will happen at this time. This will be when the powers of heaven (the spiritual realm) will be shaken. Jesus also explained this event to John:
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:7-9
This war that takes place in heaven (the Spiritual realm) will be when God's elect deal totally with the spiritual realm of darkness in their lives. They will do this with the help of God's arch angels. This will be when Their hearts (minds) will be made pure, and totally separated from the world, and all it has to offer. Jesus declares:
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30
All the earth is going to mourn when they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven. Clouds represent God's glory. Heaven is the Spiritual realm of God. Most of the church expect Jesus to return in the flesh, but Luke recorded in the book of Acts:
"And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight." Acts 1:9
When Jesus ascended off the earth, He was caught up in a cloud. Or, He was taken up into the glory of God. This was the glory Jesus had before He came to earth to redeem mankind. When Jesus returns, He is going to return in that same glory. He is not returning in the flesh, but as Paul explains to the Thessalonians:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
We need to leave out the phrase because our testimony among you was believed. This phrase was not in the original. Leaving out this phrase, this Scripture reads:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
What day is this talking about? This is The Day of the Lord, also referred to as The Day of Wrath and The Great Tribulation. This will be when the whole world is going to mourn because they will see the saints (God's hundred fold elect) glorified with the same glory Jesus had from the beginning of time. God's elect will be empowered with power no man has ever witnessed. Jesus gives the elect this promise in the book of John:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12
Matthew continues the list of events that will happen in The Day of the Lord:
". . . He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:31
This is when the great trumpet will blow, and God's gathering will take place. But who are those who are going to be gathered? It is going to be God's hundred fold elect. The time of this great gathering has been prophesied by the ancients throughout God's Word. The prophet Jeremiah spoke much about the scattering of God's people. He also speaks much about the gathering of God's elect:
"And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:3-4
Who is God going to gather out of all countries? God is only going to gather His remnant. The remnant are those who are left after His judgment. He will make them fruitful, and they shall increase. Then God is going to set up shepherds who will feed His elect the truth. Then God's flock shall be secure. They will fear no more or be dismayed. The word dismayed means "to be afraid, to be shattered." Nothing is going to move God's elect. They will have no doubts and no fear because, they have God's assurance of total peace. These gathered ones will lack nothing. They will be totally cared for.
The prophet Ezekiel also spoke of God's gathering His people from all nations:
"For thus saith the Lord, God; Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country." Ezekiel 34:11-13
We live in that cloudy and dark day, when God's elect are going to be scattered. But He has promised He will gather His people Israel. Is God speaking here of ancient Israel? No, He is speaking to Spiritual Israel, those who are His new creation, the new man who is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ezekiel continues:
"I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment." Ezekiel 34:14-16
The name Israel means "prince of God." The word prince means "son of the king." So who is Ezekiel referring to? These are the sons of our King, Christ Jesus. These are today's Israel. God is going to feed His flock on the high mountain. These are those who dwell in the sunny heights of Mount Zion. This is the people David spoke of in the twenty-third Psalm. Let's look again at this Psalm:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (lack). He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." Psalm 23:1-6
Those whom God gathers from all nations are going to be those who dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Once we recognize who God's elect are, then understanding can come into His Word. An unknown Psalmist wrote:
"Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto Thy holy name, and to triumph in Thy praise." Psalm 106:47
God's elect, whom He will gather, will triumph in His praise. The prophet Amos spoke of this day when God's people will praise Him openly:
"And I will bring the captivity of My people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them." Amos 9:14
Many who read this will believe God again is speaking of ancient Israel. But Amos also prophesied:
"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old." Amos 9:11
What was the purpose of David's tabernacle? After the Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant, it dwelt many months in the house of Obededom. At that time, David attempted to bring the Ark back into the city of Jerusalem. To do this, he had erected a tent for the Ark of God . As we know, the Ark of God was always behind a veil, and only the high priest was permitted to enter behind the veil to offer up sacrifices for the sins of ancient Israel:
"So they brought the Ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God." I Chronicles 16:1
Israel offered up all the offerings unto God to fulfill the law. At this time the law of God was still in effect. But what else did they do?
"And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the Ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:" I Chronicles 16:4
David appointed Asaph as chief musician. He also appointed several other Levites to worship and praise God continually.
"Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all His wondrous works." I Chronicles 16:9
David was declaring a new day to us, when we will be able to come boldly before the throne of God to worship and praise His name. How do we know Amos was not speaking about ancient Israel? We need to look at the words of Luke in the book of Acts:
"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name." Acts 15:14
The people God has taken for His name are the `in-Christed' ones, or Christians. God has taken these from among the Gentiles:
"And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:" Acts 15:15-16
This fulfills the words of the prophet Amos:
"That the residue of man might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, saith the Lord God, who doeth all these things." Acts 15:17
When God Gathers His people, they will build again all the waste cities that were destroyed during His judgment upon the wicked, sinful world. Those whom God will gather will worship and praise His name before the Ark of the covenant in the very presence of Almighty God. Another unknown Psalmist wrote:
"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18
God is creating a people who will worship and praise His holy name.
In the beginning, God separated light from darkness. This was the first day of His creation. This was before God created the Sun. The Sun was created on the fourth day:
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5
God called the light, Day - - - and the darkness, He called Night. God has made this separation between light and darkness down through the ages. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul explains:
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5
The children of light are the children of the day. The word light means "the power of understanding Spiritual truths." Paul continues his explanation of the children of light:
"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ," I Thessalonians 5:8-9
God has not appointed His children of light to suffer wrath. Those who have on the breastplate of faith, love, and the helmet of salvation are not destined to wrath. These will be gathered into a secure place by God. These are those who know their God as Christ Jesus. Paul asked the church at Ephesus:
"He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto Him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." Acts 19:2
Paul asked them how they were baptized, and they said unto John's baptism.
"Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after Him, that is, on Christ Jesus!" Acts 19:4
Jesus also had received John's baptism. But we are to believe on Him that came after Jesus, and that is on Christ Jesus. Paul explained this to Timothy in His second letter:
"Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." II Timothy 2:10
All the things Paul endured were for the elect's sake. And God's whole plan of salvation is in Christ Jesus. The called and chosen are still worshiping Jesus the Good Shepherd. Only the elect know Him as Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is the risen, glorified Christ who came on the Day of Pentecost as the cloven tongues of fire to cleanse man of his old, carnal nature to prepare him for service in the Kingdom of God.
Peter revealed this generation God is raising up to praise the Lord:
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light." I Peter 2:9
The great day of God's gathering, when He will gather His elect from all over the earth where they have been scattered and driven is not far off. Jeremiah gives us this great promise of God:
"Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in Mine anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely." Jeremiah 32:37
God has declared that when He gathers His elect, He is going to feed them. What is God going to feed His elect? He is going to feed them the truths of His creation. This is when God will reveal the secrets of His creation from the time He spoke everything into existence. Job's friend Eliphaz spoke of this day:
"For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways." Job 22:26-28
The new day is on the horizon when God's people will have this creative voice. Yes, God's great day of gathering is close at hand. God is about to bring all his people together - - - not in one church - - - but in one Spirit. God is preparing His elect for that day, when all creation will rejoice and praise their God.
As Jesus stated to all who will heed His Word:
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28
Our redemption is at the door, and the end of the age is very, very near. It is time to look up, and get our eyes off the world and all its problems, and remember God is still in control. Praise the Lord!
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give