Going On In
By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
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A wise man once said, "No matter where you are in God - - - GO ON." Today God's people are desiring to go on into the deeper things of God. They are tired of the milk and pablum messages from the pulpits. They are crying out for meat - - - something they can get their teeth into.
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." I Corinthians 2:9-10
Those who love God and desire to know what God has prepared for them are searching the deep things of God by the Spirit. When we think of the deep things of God, we think of His Word - - - and His deep Word is like a well that is dug deep to get to the pure water. The prophet Isaiah spoke of the wells of salvation:
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:3
Wells are the symbol of life and refreshment. In ancient times if a man owned a well it was a sign of wealth. If he owned a well he could water his flocks and irrigate his crops. Water was a commodity he could sell. In ancient times water was the most important thing because of the dry, arid desert lands.
Today water is the most important thing in a Christian's life. Without the water of the Word the soul dries up, and man dies Spiritually. When the soul dies and the spirit dries up, man only becomes a shell with no hope, without God, living out his days trying to please his flesh. He tries to satisfy his hopeless condition with sex, alcohol, drugs, and the things he can accumulate - - - never realizing the joy of salvation he has missed. It is the water of the Word that vitalizes the soul of man so that he can become Spiritually alive. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus how God uses the water of the Word in each of our lives:
"That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word," Ephesians 5:26
The Word of God is the cleansing power in our life which sanctifies (consecrates) us unto God.
Isaac was the promised son of Abraham. Abraham is a type of God the Father, and Isaac is a type of Jesus, the Son of God. Isaac is also our example of going on, no matter the hardship.
"And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there." Genesis 26:17
God shows us many things in the names of His people and the places where they dwelt. Isaac pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar. The valley is where we grow. The valley is where we find rivers and streams. It is the place of refreshment. Everyone enjoys mountain top experiences in the Spirit, but we cannot grow there. We must grow where the refreshing water of the Word flows to get us through our everyday life. The word Gerar means "a lodging place." So Isaac pitched his tent and lodged in the valley near the rivers and streams of refreshment.
"And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them." Genesis 26:18
Isaac digged again the wells of water Abraham, his father, had originally dug. The word digged means "searched for." So Isaac dug deep to search for the source of water his father had found. Today this same deep water of the Word is available to those who are thirsty and dry, and are willing to search deep for the life-giving water the Father has given them. There are three steps all must go through if they are to find the deep things in God's Word.
Step One: We must FILL ourselves with God's Word.
The human mind is like a computer. Whatever we program in our computer we can draw from later. Luke writes:
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; . . . for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45
Step Two: We must STUDY God's Word.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15
We not only need to fill ourselves with God's Word, we need to study God's Word so we can rightly divide the Word of Truth.
Step Three: Finally, we must SEARCH the Scriptures.
"Search the Scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John 5:39
The word search means "to examine" the Scriptures. The word examine means "to inspect carefully to discover the truth." This is what those do who dig deep to get to the source of water the Father has freely given us.
Isaac dug again the wells his father had dug, because he had a thirst for the water of life. He began to seek the deep water (God's Word). Isaac desired to drink of the water his father had prepared for him. These were the wells of salvation. The word salvation means "victory and deliverance."
As the Word states these wells had been filled with earth by the Philistines, after the death of Abraham. The Philistines have always been the enemy of God's people, Israel. The Philistines occupied the country of Philistia, and it is where the word Palestine comes from. The main cities of Philistia were Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdad. Israel is still troubled by these same people today.
The Philistines filled the wells of Abraham with earth. Earth is symbolic of the flesh. Today the messages coming out of the organized church are filled with flesh. They have no vision of their Spiritual creation. All they see and understand are fleshly things. They view heaven as a physical place where all the needs of the flesh will be taken care of. The phony rapture teaching is just a way to save the flesh. The prosperity teaching is so the flesh can enjoy all the earthly and worldly comforts and joys. When suffering is mentioned they want to flee what they deem as false teaching. They all speak of ruling and reigning with Christ, but they forget one Scripture:
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" II Timothy 2:12
We must remember Goliath was a Philistine. He was the giant who made all Israel to shudder in fear. The Goliath spirit is still in the earth today. Today, these giants control the news media, the movie industry, and the newspapers. They have all but stopped the teaching of Christianity. They have used their power and influence to deny, distort, and disregard the truths of God's Word.
Some of these same giants stand in the pulpits of large denominational orders and fill the airways with their distorted view of what the Father has given us to live by. This Philistine spirit has stopped up the wells of salvation with their fleshly understanding and their misinterpretation of God's glorious Word. This Philistine spirit existed in the religious system in the days of Jesus. Jesus declared:
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the Kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." Matthew 23:13
The same is true in the religious system today. They have robbed God's people of their inheritance, and have shut up the Kingdom of heaven (the Spiritual realm). As Jesus declared, they themselves are not going to enter in, and they are hindering all those whom God has called to enter in. Isaiah proclaimed this same message:
"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." Isaiah 42:22
Those who are in their prison houses are those who are trapped in their denominational orders, and are afraid to leave. These have been robbed and spoiled. They have not heard the message of restoration, and many are dying of thirst for God's life-giving Word.
So Isaac redug all the wells the Philistines had stopped up with earth and called them by the same name his father had named them.
"And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water." Genesis 26:19
Isaac dug deep in the valley and found a well of springing water. The word springing is the Hebrew word CHAY and means "flowing, fresh, living water." It is this living water Gods people are thirsting for today. The prophet Amos prophesied of our day:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.
And they shall wonder from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11-12
Today man is running from church to church, searching for the true Word of God, and they cannot find it. Truly there is a famine of the Word of God in the land. The prophet Isaiah wrote of our day:
"Therefore My people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst." Isaiah 5:13
The people sit in their prison houses, famished, and drying up from thirst because there is no living water coming forth from the pulpits. Week after week they get the same dry morsels they got last week, and they cry out for the living water, but the well has dried up.
"And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him." Genesis 26:20
The herdmen are the shepherds and teachers of the flock. When Isaac dug deep and found the living water, the herdsmen declared the water was theirs. The same is true today, when God raises up one of His sons and shows him the living water, those in the Philistine religious system do what they can to kill the fresh revelation because it goes beyond their understanding, and what they have been taught. They strive with those who have not been to their denominational seminaries. If they go against what their denomination has prescribed, they will hear from their headquarters. They are unable to go any further than their precepts and doctrines, while their people are dying of thirst.
Isaac called this well Esek which means "strife and contention." Paul wrote to the church at Philippi:
"Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds." Philippians 1:15-16
Many of the herdsmen (pastors) of the Philistine church system are in constant strife and contention with those who are proclaiming the living water. Those who are proclaiming the living water are not hindered by those who are causing strife and contention. Like Isaac, they simply move on, unhindered by the hirelings in the church system.
"And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah." Genesis 26:21
Isaac moved on to another well. Again the herdsmen caused strife and contention at this well also, and Isaac called this well Sitnah which means "hostility and accusation." There are always hostilities and accusations against those who dig deep in the wells of salvation to overcome the flesh messages from the organized church. But God gives hope to those who desire the deeper things of God. Samuel wrote:
"The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall He thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and He shall give strength unto His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed." I Samuel 2:10
Those who are guilty of hostilitities and accusations against God's people who are searching the Scriptures have become adversaries of the Lord. The word adversaries means "enemy." Those who are guilty of hostilities and accusations have become enemies of God.
When Jesus walked the earth, the religious system of His day drank from the well of Sitnah, and were hostile toward Jesus, and made accusations against Him. When Jesus and His disciples ate some of the grain as they passed through the field on the sabbath, the Pharisees accused them of breaking the law:
"But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto Him, Behold, Thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day." Matthew 12:2
According to their religious laws, it was even against the law to prepare food for themselves on the sabbath day. When Jesus' disciples broke the heads of the wheat and threshed out the grain in their hands, they were accused of harvesting. Their laws were so strict, common sense could not prevail. They were so irritated against Jesus, they plotted His murder.
"Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him." Matthew 12:14
Those who drink from the well of Sitnah have a Pharisee spirit. They want to destroy those who do not agree with them. This is why Jesus informed them:
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
Those who drink from the well of Sitnah have become sons of satan. If there is murder in one's heart, then that person is guilty of murder, and he has become the son of satan. If there is lying in one's heart, then that person has become the son of satan. All those who are hostile and make accusations against God's elect are sons of satan, and have become the enemies of God.
When we witness this Pharisee spirit, then it is time to move on. The herdsmen at Gerar also strove for the water of Sitnah, so Isaac moved on. We are not to fight those who desire either the waters of Esek or the waters of Sitnah. God has more for those who have moved away from strife, contention, hostility, and accusations. God has a higher realm for His people. Paul writes in his second letter to the Corinthians:
"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." II Corinthians 13:11
Paul wrote be perfect (mature). Be of good comfort (consoled). Be of one mind (having the mind of Christ). Live in peace. If ones does these things, the God of love and peace will be with him. So Isaac moved on:
"And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land." Genesis 26:22
When we rise above all the strife, contention, hostility, and accusations of the religious system, then God will make a place for us. When we cease to let these things bother us, and press toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, then what man thinks or does is no longer our concern. Paul related to the churches at Galatia:
"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage; to whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:" Galatians 2:4-6
Paul had risen above these false brethren. These sons of satan who came to question Paul's liberty in Christ Jesus added nothing. Paul gave them no place. Paul knew God accepted no man's person. Some today are high and lifted up in their own importance, but God looks at the heart. Those who have been trained in the Pharisee seminaries can add nothing to those who have dug deep in the wells of salvation.
The well Isaac dug, he named Rehoboth. The word Rehoboth means "a broad place." Webster describes the word broad as "open and clean, not covered, not confined, and not concealed."
As Isaac declared, the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. God has a people who are going to be fruitful in the land or "in their earth." And the fruit they will produce are the fruit of the Spirit. We can relate this back to when Israel inherited their promise land. God promised them:
"For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year." Exodus 34:24
God is going to cast out all the nations (peoples) who have caused strife and contention, and who have been hostile and make accusations against those who desire to dig deep in His Word. He is going to broaden the lives of those who desire to go deeper into His Word. God desires to open His Word in a new way to give us understanding and instructions to live by. God also spoke another promise through Moses:
"And if the Lord thy God enlarge thy coast, as He hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which He promised to give unto thy fathers;" Deuteronomy 19:8
God has promised He will give us all the lands He promised our fathers. What is His promise to all those who serve Him? God has promised the meek (those who totally depend on God) shall inherit the earth. This is the land God has promised to our fathers.
God is constantly moving us on, until we reach that place where He has made room for us. When God broadens our coast, He brings us out of the confines of the organized church system, and frees us from their precepts and doctrines, and we begin our walk with God as His true church (His ekklesia).
Not only our walk changes, but also our vision. When we dig deep in His Word, God reveals Himself in a new way and we begin to discover His purpose in our life. God desires a people to return to their created condition as they had in the Garden of Eden before sin.
The church system teaches there is only one hope, and that is dying and going to heaven. This was not the message Jesus brought to earth. His message was one of living and overcoming the old, sin nature so we can again walk with Him in the cool of the day as Adam did before he entered into disobedience with his wife, Eve.
The message of restoration to our created condition is foreign to the church system because they have been taught it in the Philistine seminaries. They have been robbed and spoiled of God's true Word.
Isaac had come to a broad place, and for the first time he was free from the herdsmen of Gerar. But Isaac had one more move to make:
"And he went up from thence to Beersheba." Genesis 26:23
Even though Isaac had come to a broad place where he could be fruitful in the land (his earth), he wanted to move on. But, unlike Isaac, when the Spirit begins to become operational in many lives, they become complacent and content to stay at the well of Rehoboth, instead of moving on in the Spirit.
Such are those who, in their Pentecostal experience, have been given the gift of tongues. They believe they have arrived, and desire to go no deeper into God. In reality, they only have the firstfruit of the Spirit, which is only the early rain. As James declares:
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the Husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7
James speaks of being patient. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Everyone speaks of the coming of the Lord. As James proclaims, He is coming for the precious fruit of the earth, those who have received both the early and later rain.
There is another greater anointing to be received, then the anointing we receive at the well of Rehoboth. This is why Isaac moved on to Beersheba. The word Beersheba means "the well of the seventh oath." As we look at God's numerical values we discover the number seven is God's perfect, divine number. There are many examples of the number seven in the Bible.
A perfect example of the number seven is the seven golden candlesticks in the temple. The center candlestick is the highest and represents Christ Jesus. There are three candlesticks on the left which represent the three ages of the Old Testament: God ruled Israel first with patriarchs, then judges, and finally with kings. The three candlesticks on the right represent the New Testament with its revelation of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Christ Jesus is the highest and the seventh candlestick which overshadows both the Old and New Testament.
God rested from His creation on the seventh day, and we are about to enter into our seventh day from creation, and we need to be drinking from the well of the seventh oath. An oath is an agreement two parties enter into. It is an agreement where expectations are set down on both sides. God has kept His side of the oath He made with all mankind. Now it is mankind's turn to fulfill their side of the oath by keeping and living by His Word. The Psalmist David wrote:
"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Psalm 12:6
The words of the Lord are pure words. The word pure means "clean: morally, ethically, and undefiled." God's Word is tried in the furnace of the earth, and purified seven times. In other words, God's Word has to come into divine perfection in our life.
When Isaac arrived at Beersheba, he had come to his place of rest:
"And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for My servant Abraham's sake." Genesis 26:24
Isaac had come into the presence of the Lord. As we compare Isaac's experience with the wells of his father, we can compare this with the example God gave us in His Word of entering into His presence.
When Moses built the tabernacle in the wilderness, God gave him the design for the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies. When we view Isaac's experience at the wells of Esek and Sitnah, we can compare these to our Outer Court experience which represents the church system where there is strife, contention, hostility, and accusations. In this Outer Court experience we could not drink of the waters of these wells, so we moved on to Rehoboth which represents the Holy Place in Moses' tabernacle. This represents the Pentecostal movement of God. This is when the Spirit begins to move in the people's lives, but they become complacent and believe they have arrived. Because of this, they are not looking to go any further with God. They are satisfied with the waters of Rehoboth. But as Isaac discovered, this water did not satisfy his thirst and quest for God. He had to move on to Beersheba to go behind the veil into the Holy of Holies where God meets with man between the Cherubim. [see "Beyond the Feast of Tabernacles" by George Kirkpatrick]
When Isaac came to Beersheba, he knew he had arrived at the place his father had planned for him to be. He had entered into his place of eternal rest. Paul spoke of this rest in his letter to the Hebrews:
"For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works. And in this place again, if they shall enter into My rest." Hebrews 4:3-5
God is speaking of the rest we will enter into on the seventh day. Because as Paul related, "All the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Then Paul explains who these are who enter into God's rest:
"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His." Hebrews 4:9-10
These are those who have ceased from their own labors and have stopped trying to build their own earthly kingdoms. They are, instead, spending their time getting ready to enter into the Kingdom God has prepared for them.
When Isaac came to Beersheba:
". . . he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well." Genesis 26:25
Isaac built an altar where he could worship the Lord, and their he pitched his tent. This was the second time it was said that Isaac pitched his tent. The first time was in Genesis 26:17:
"And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there." Genesis 26:17
The word pitched in this verse is the Hebrew word CHANAN and means "to encamp and rest." This is where Isaac first camped, to take a physical rest in his journey. But when Isaac got to Beersheba and pitched his tent, the word pitched in this verse has a completely different meaning. The word pitched in this verse is the Hebrew word NATAH and means "to stretch out, to extend, to spread out." When Isaac came to Beersheba, he entered into his place of Spiritual rest. There he would worship at the altar he had built and give thanks and praise to his God. When Isaac came to this place, he was ready to spread out into God's unlimited realm. This is the same promise God gives to all His people who have ceased from their own labors and have entered into His Spiritual rest. An unknown Psalmist declared a whole generation who would build an altar, like Isaac, and praise God in His unlimited realm.
"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18
God has a special generation He has created for this last hour of time, and they were created to praise Him. [see "God's Last Day Chosen Generation" by George Kirkpatrick] Peter also discloses this generation:
"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
God has a chosen generation who will become His royal priesthood. These will become His holy nation (Spiritual Israel). This is His peculiar people. The word peculiar does not mean this generation will be a bunch of "odd balls." The word peculiar means "a purchased possession." These are those who are His chosen from the foundation of the earth. These were created to bring praise to God. These have been called out of the darkness that surrounds the worldly people into the marvelous light of His glorious gospel of truth.
When Isaac got to Beersheba he dug a well. He no longer desired the water from the well of Esek or the well of Sitnah. Even the water from the well of Rehoboth could no longer satisfy his thirst for God's Word. Only the waters of Beersheba, which had been purified seven times in the furnace of affliction could satisfy him.
We need to go on as Isaac. We should go on past the wells of Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth to Beersheba. Our desire should be to go on into the fullness of God, and experience the anointing of the early and latter rain, a place where we can spread out, without all the hindrances of the strife, contention, hostility and accusations of the church system. Our whole desire, must be as Isaac's, to draw from the deep water of the pure Word that cleanses, refines, and purges us of all unrighteousness. Only if we go on to Beersheba will we become fit to enter into the presence of God.
We should note, Isaac did not try to change the thinking of the herdsmen of Gerar. He simply moved on. Yet, we hear today about those who desire to remain in the church system saying, "I know it is dead and not going on, but I am going to stay to change them." The only ones who will be changed are the ones who desires to go on, but continue to drink of the waters of Esek and Sitnah in the Outer Court. Even those who drink the waters of Rehoboth, and have a Spiritual experience in their life, will not move on past the Holy Place. They are content with the water that will not fully satisfy.
If we are going to get to where God is, we must move past the veil of the flesh into the Holy of Holies, so we can worship in His presence
As one wise man said, "No matter where we are in God, we must move on." The way may seem difficult at times, but the journey is well worth it. There is a song that goes:
God is moving us on, He is leading the way.
A way we have never been before.
There are mountains to climb, there are valleys to cross,
But before us is an open door.
Out of Zion shall come a deliverer, a deliverer, a deliverer
Out of Zion shall come a deliverer
O My people, Rejoice in the Lord!
O rejoice in the Lord! O rejoice in the Lord!
O My people, rejoice in the Lord!
O rejoice in the Lord! O rejoice in the Lord!
O My people, rejoice in the Lord!
That open door leads to God's Kingdom age, the millennial reign of Christ. We need to ask ourselves, "Are we ready to enter in?"
God is leading the way. Are we following on to know Him in all His fullness, or are we only viewing the few who are going on, from afar off?
God is calling His elect to dig deep and enjoy His refreshing Word. The shallow wells are polluted with the things of the earth (the flesh). We need to dig deep to get away from the fleshly understandings of the herdsmen of Gerar (the Philistine church system). To drink of the Word of God, we must be purified in the furnace of our earth. Amen!
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Beyond the Feast of Tabernacles
God's Last Day Chosen Generation
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