The Great Last
By George Kirkpatrick
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Jesus gave us a great revelation just before He ascended off the earth. These were His final words:
"And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:7 & 8"
Can we know when the last day is? Yes! God has placed the knowledge of the times and seasons in His power. What is the power of God? The power of God is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was the power in Jesus life which enabled Him to do the works He did, and the Holy Spirit is also the power in our lives to do the works God has given us to do. When we receive the power (the Holy Spirit) then we also receive the knowledge of the times and the seasons. Without this power working in our lives, we cannot be a witness for Jesus Christ.
Again, we ask the question, "Can we have the knowledge of the times and the seasons?" First we must learn how God measures time. God's time table is measured in thousand year increments. Peter informed us:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8
The two days most spoken of in God's Word are the third day and the seventh day. These two days are the same period in God's time. With this knowledge, we discover the seventh day is the seventh thousandth year from creation. We also discover when the Bible speaks of the third day, it is speaking of the third day from Jesus' earthly existence. We are about to enter the third day which is also the seventh day. With these two revelations, we then discover the seventh day and the third day are speaking of the same time. These two days are also referred to as the last day. John, the beloved, recorded Jesus' words concerning the last day:
"And this is the Father's will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." John 6:39
When Jesus speaks of the last day, He is speaking of His great last day of rest. This great last day is also the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ when we will rule and reign with Him here on the earth.
Paul spoke of those which the Father gave Him:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:29
Those who were given by the Father were foreknown before the foundation of the world. God will lose none of these predestined ones, whom He will raise the last day. Paul continued:
"Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:30
Those whom God called from the beginning of time, He has justified (made righteous). Those He justified, He also glorified (He imparted His glory). Jesus spoke of the day when His glory would be seen in His saints:
"The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto Him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." Luke 13:31-32
Jesus told the Pharisees, "Today and tomorrow I cast out devils and do cures, and the third day I shall be perfected." The word perfected means "to bring to an end, a goal." What was the goal Jesus had in mind? As Paul related to the church in Rome, He was to be the first born of many brethren. His many brothers will make up His ekklesia (the true church).
The today and tomorrow Jesus spoke of are the two thousand years of the church age. During this time the church was to cast out devils (deliverances) and do cures (healings). This the modern church has failed to do.
The devil has a front row seat in most modern churches, and they speak more about the devil then they do about the Lord Jesus Christ. The people come to church sick, and leave the same way, because no one has prayed for their healing. The reason for these failures is because the church no longer believes the Words of Him whom they are supposed to represent. These will not be justified, nor will they be glorified.
But God has those He foreknew and has predestined to do the work of the ministry. There are a few who will overcome the world to become His praise and His glory in the coming new day. God's will is to raise these up in the last day. As Jesus stated, the third day He would be perfected. Speaking of this day in his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote:
"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
God will be glorified in His saints in that day, the third day from Jesus, or the seventh day from creation. Paul discloses:
"Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Thessalonians 2:14
It is God's glory to glorify His saints and raise them up to live in His sight. The prophet Hosea prophesied about this time:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
It will be after the two days of the church age, or on the third day that our God will revive us. The word revive means "to be restored to life." When Adam sinned in the garden, death became part of man's existence. Man has lived under the threat of death all their lives, but as Hosea prophesied, " . . . after two days . . ." or on the third day man again will be restored to life. The death threat will have been defeated by the overcomers who have ceased from their own labors, and have entered into God's total rest. Paul spoke of that day:
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." I Corinthians 15:26
Death has been the enemy of God's creation since the Garden of Eden, but through Christ (the anointing) we have the promise of life. Jesus' assured the promise of eternal life to all who believe His Word and act upon it. Most believe eternal life is in some far off place called heaven. We need to understand that heaven is not a physical place, it is a realm. It is the Spiritual realm over and above the earth realm. No where in the Bible does it say heaven is our inheritance.
So then what is our inheritance? The earth is our inheritance. This terra firma where we dwell is our inheritance, and it is the meek who will inherit it. So then what about eternal life? Eternal life is God's Kingdom within us, and it is coming in "our earth" without observation. The religious system of Jesus' day, as the religious system of our day, wanted to know about the Kingdom of God:
"And when He was demanded of the Phariseees, when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold the Kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21
Those who have the Kingdom formed in them will be part of God's Kingdom Age. The Kingdom is coming in those who are applying and living the Word of God in their lives. God must have a people who have the Kingdom within their earth before He can bring His Kingdom on the earth. These will be God's ruling and reigning saints who will rule with Him during the one thousand year millennium. These are also the ones who will inherit eternal life. These are the overcomers. Jesus revealed these to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and He shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
There is no inheritance for those who are overcome by the cares, riches, and pleasures of the world. Jesus gives us insight into the overcomers:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." John 5:24
All the promises of God come with a condition. Jesus stated those who hear God's Word and believe on Him that sent Him will receive the promise of eternal life. So who has God promised eternal life? It is those who hear His Word and do it.
The word heareth means "to comprehend and understand." It also means "to hearken." We must not only comprehend and understand God's Word, we must hearken to His Word. We must not only be hearers of God's Word, we must be doers of His Word.
We must also believe what God's Word dictates. God's Word is our road map to get us through this life so that we may inherit God's promises of eternal life, but if we do not live His Word and follow our example Jesus, then we cannot expect to inherit God's promises which includes eternal life.
We must also believe in the one who sent Jesus. Unfortunately, most in the church system today do not know, nor do they understand who it was who sent Jesus. So if they do not know who it was who sent Jesus, how can they believe on Him. Who was it that sent Jesus? Most would say the Father. So who is Jesus' Father? Who was it that overshadowed Mary to conceive Jesus in her womb? Three times it is explained in the gospels who the Father of Jesus was:
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:18
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20
"And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35
The Holy Ghost fathered Jesus, and the Holy Ghost is the one who sent Him. Yet those in the church system today do not believe (comprehend or understand) in the one who sent Jesus. Since they do not know the Father who sent Jesus, they do not have eternal life dwelling in them. To the Romans, Paul wrote:
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2
The Spirit of life is in Christ Jesus, the risen glorified Christ. As Paul related, those who have the Spirit (life) are free from the law that declares "if you sin, you die (death)." Paul also informed us those who have the Spirit of life dwelling in them are not under the law of sin and death. These are those who are promised eternal life.
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Romans 8:6
If we are carnally (fleshly) minded, we are dwelling in death. If we put off the fleshly mind, then we can have life and the peace that passeth all understanding. Timothy also enlightened us:
"But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:" II Timothy 1:10
Jesus abolished death for all who will believe on Him who sent Him. In these, God has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. So then, why hasn't man moved into this promised place in God? There are two reasons:
1 Man has not studied the Word until it has become an integral part
of his life.
2 It is not yet the Day of Fulfillment as Hosea declared:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
All these promises of God will come after the two days of the church age, when we will walk into eternal life. It will be in the third day (the seventh day, the great last day) which is the beginning of the Kingdom age, that we will obtain eternal life. This is when, as John stated, Christ will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Hosea continues:
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3
On the third day we will receive the double portion anointing. As of yet, we have only received the Firstfruit Anointing, but on the day Hosea speaks of, we will receive the double portion anointing to do the greater works Jesus spoke of.
"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
We will do the greater works because Jesus returned to His original position as the Father, the Almighty God, the risen, glorified Christ.
Speaking to His disciples, Jesus gives us insight as to how we are to understand His Word:
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
It is the Spirit that quickeneth (giveth life). The flesh has no profit in our understanding of His Word. The words Jesus spoke are Spirit and they are life. So if we are to find life in God's Word, we must understand the Word by the anointing of God. Keeping this in mind, let us look at the Marriage Supper at Cana:
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:" John 2:1
We know this marriage supper at Cana was on the third day. With Spiritual eyes it is easy to see this marriage supper is a type and shadow of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb on the last day:
"And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine." John 2:2-3
Wine represents the anointed Word of God. With the Spiritual application then we discover Jesus' mother said they have no anointed Word. Spiritually speaking, who is the mother of us all?
"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Galatians 4:26
The Jerusalem which is from above is the Holy City, New Jerusalem, and as Paul declared, the New Jerusalem is the mother of us all. To understand this, we must declare the truth. Jesus declared to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
And He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God," Revelation 21:9-10
The Holy City, New Jerusalem, is the bride of Christ. The Holy City is made up of those whom God will raise up the last day. And as Paul related, the New Jerusalem is the mother of us all. So when the mother declared, "They have no wine," she represented all those who make up the Holy City and are desiring the anointed Word of God which reveals the life of Christ.
"And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece." John 2:6
In Jesus' day water pots were made of fired clay, but the water pots at the Marriage Supper were made of stone. By the Spirit, we discover who these six waterpots of stone represent. Six is the number of man. Peter spoke of these stone waterpots:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual house, an holy priesthood to offer of Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
The overcomers are those lively (living) stone waterpots who make up God's Spiritual house. These are those who will be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim." John 2:7
The living stone waterpots were filled to the brim with the water of God's Word. Something special is going to happen to those who have been filled with the living Word of God.
"And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it." John 2:8
The water of the Word in the living stone water pots had been turned into new wine. This new wine will not be put in old wine skins (the old religious system). This new wine will be put in new wine skins who will bear it before the world.
The governor of the feast called the bridegroom, Christ Jesus:
"And saith unto Him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but Thou hast kept the good wine until now." John 2:10
The new wine is the good wine, and it will be kept until the third day when God will raise up those who are filled with the water of the His Word. This living water will be turned into new wine in the overcomers and they will be raised up to live in His sight.
As we continue to seek out the last day, we need to look at Paul's letter to the Hebrews where he speaks of entering into God's rest:
"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." Hebrews 4:4
As we look at God's Word to understand what Paul was referring to, we look at the book of Genesis:
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." Genesis 2:2-3
The word rested means "cause to cease, or to put an end to." So God put an end to that which He set out to achieve. As we come into the understanding of what God set out to achieve in His creation, we need to understand what God's finished work consists of. Paul writes:
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 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." Hebrews 4:1-3
God has given us a wonderful promise of entering into His rest, but Paul warned we could come short of it. The phrase come short of means "to lag behind, or to be left behind." If we are to enter into God's great last day rest we must cease from all our own labors as God ceased from His.
God's great last day of rest is not a physical place. This place of rest is in each of us who have allowed His Kingdom to be formed in us.
Coming into God's place of rest does not mean to fold our hands and sit on our front porch. What it does mean, is coming into the place in God where our total trust and reliance is on Him. This is when we quit thrashing around, trying to make something happen. When we come into God's rest we stop trying to please God with our "busy-ness." All our own labors, the works of our own hands, must cease. Coming into God's rest is having God's absolute assurance that He is in control of every facet of our life, and that nothing can touch us unless He allows it. We must also consider God has never left the rest He entered into. When we come into His total rest, we can also remain there because our total trust and reliance is in Him.
Paul wrote this same gospel was preached to those who enter into God's rest and to those who come short of it. But those who come short of God's rest do not mix the Word of God with faith. The same gospel preached to the multitude has only produced life in those who have acted upon God's Word in faith. Only those who believe and act upon His Word will enter into His rest.
The Greek word Paul used for the word rest has the meaning of "cessation of labor," but it also has the meaning "to have confidence, to be quiet, and to have mental and emotional tranquility." Again, entering into God's rest does not mean to sit under a shade tree and expect God to feed you and meet all your needs. It also does not mean to try to build your own kingdom on earth, instead of entering into God's Kingdom within. When we enter into God's rest, we come to the knowledge and understanding that God's works were finished in us from the foundation of the world. Paul writes to the Ephesians:
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundations of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:" Ephesians 1:4
We were chosen in God before the foundation of the world, and His works were finished in us before He rested on the seventh day. We must bring forth these finished works before His seventh day.
Today God is urging His people to turn to Him with their whole heart and cease from putting their trust in the works of their own hands, but instead to put their complete trust and security in Him.
There is nothing God's people can do about the terrorist threats or the corruption in the government or the threat of Nuclear War, but there is something they can do about finding rest, protection, and peace of mind in the Father's hand. God has promised:
"For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth." Romans 9:28
We need to pray and give God a chance to finish the work He has begun in each of us, by allowing His righteousness to fill our lives. Paul continues:
"Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7
A hardened heart is one that is no longer pliable to God's Word. It only believes what it can see and reason out in it's own self. This is unbelief, and it is subject to God's judgment. The day of God's judgment is the day God has limited (determined) for His creation to overcome all unbelief, and turn again to His pure Word for His direction in our lives. As God warned:
". . . I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4:3b
Yes! God's wrath is coming upon all who have not entered into His rest, and those who dwell in their unbelief will be partakers of the fullness of His wrath. Then Paul made a remarkable statement:
"For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day." Hebrews 4:8
If we could have entered into God's rest in Jesus, then Jesus would not have spoken of another day. As stated before, God measures time in one thousand year days. When Jesus was born, it was the beginning of the fifth day after creation, or the beginning of the fifth day. Five is the number of grace. Our modern time is measured from the birth of Jesus, or He was the beginning of the first day, or the beginning of the age of grace. But Jesus spoke of another day, and John recorded Jesus' words:
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44
No one can come to God's saving grace unless the Father (the Holy Spirit) draws him. The word draw means "to impel by an inward power." Those who have this inward power (the power of the Holy Spirit) working in their lives will be raised up the last day by God. This is the day Jesus spoke of, when He would raise up His elect. And only those who have made Christ Jesus their head will enter into God's eternal rest. Paul continued his explanation of those who will enter into God's eternal rest:
"Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:" Hebrews 4:6
Entering into God's eternal rest is not a new message. Many have heard, but remain in their unbelief. They can only see through the eyes of today. Jeremiah speaks of those who remain in their unbelief:
"Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." Jeremiah 5:21
They read and they hear God's wonderful Word, but they have no understanding of what they hear or what they see in God's Word as they read. Therefore they remain in their unbelief. They fail to heed God's words:
". . . the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4:3
God's works were finished in us when He entered into His rest on the seventh day. Paul reminds us:
"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
Only those who have ceased from their own works will enter into God's glorious seventh day rest. These God will raise up on the last day.
Matthew records another seventh day experience we all must witness:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart," Matthew 17:1
It was after the sixth day, or at the beginning of the seventh day that God took Peter, James, and John His constant companions into an high mountain:
"And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:2
We all must have this mountain top experience if we are to be raised on the last day. The word transfigured is the Greek word METAMORPHOO and means "changed into another form." Christ has got to be transfigured in each of our minds if we are going to be raised up on the last day.
Today Jesus Christ has taken many forms in people's minds. Some only see Him as a good, moral man. Some see Him as as a prophet. Most in the church only see Him as the Good Shepherd. Some even recognize Him as the Great Physician. Many recognize Him as the Son of God. But most all see Him in His fleshly existence, and they expect Him to return in His flesh to set up His Kingdom. We need to open our Spiritual eyes and hear what God's Word says. Peter related to all who would seek for understanding:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36
Let all the house of Israel know. . . Peter was speaking to natural Israel and to Spiritual Israel. God hath made that same Jesus whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ. The phrase hath made means "he has become something He was not before." There was a change that took place at His resurrection. That same Jesus has become both Lord and Christ. The name Lord means "supreme in authority." The name Christ means "anointed or anointing." The risen Christ has become supreme in authority. He has also become the Anointing. After His resurrection, Jesus spoke to His disciples:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
Jesus revelation to His disciples was, "All power. . ." The word power is the Greek word EXOUSIA and was translated "power, authority, and jurisdiction." The word all is a little word. It is the Greek word PAS and means "all inclusive, nothing to be added." So the risen, glorified Jesus was made Lord. He was given all power and authority in heaven and in earth. To understand this we must consider the revelation given by Isaiah:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
The promised Son was the Prince of Peace when He walked on the earth, but after His resurrection, He returned to His position as the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father. As stated before, Jesus' Father was the Holy Spirit. Therefore the Holy Spirit is God the Father. Luke recorded Jesus' words:
"All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him." Luke 10:22
Most who call themselves Christian do not know who the Son is. As Luke related, "No one knoweth who the Son is but the Father." It is only by and through the Holy Spirit anointing that we can know and understand who the Son of God is. As we search for the truth, we must look at the revelation we are given concerning the Son.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
We can all relate to God as the creator of the heaven and the earth. So we know God as the Creator. By the Spirit John records:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3
By John's writings, we know the Word and God are one, and that all things came into being by God (the Word). John continues:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. So we know in the beginning the Word was Spirit. John wrote:
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth." John 4:24
Most believe the Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. John informs us:
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." I John 5:7
This Scripture describes the three as the Father (God), the Word (Son), and the Holy Ghost. So our second revelation is that the Word is the Son of God.
The question we need to ask ourselves is, "Was Jesus God when He walked the earth in the flesh?" The answer will probably surprise most, but let the Scriptures answer the question:
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." John 14:10
Many times Jesus stated, "I came to do the works of the Father." John recorded Jesus' words, "The Father (the Holy Spirit) that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." When Jesus came into His earthly existence, He was the perfect vessel for the Holy Spirit to flow through to accomplish the purpose of the Father.
In Paul's revelation to the Colossians we learn:
"For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9
It is only through Jesus' fleshly existence that we can relate to the Almighty God who is a Spirit.
It was Jesus' sole purpose in His life to bring glory to the Father, and He gave all credit to the Father Anointing for the works He accomplished.
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me." John 5:19 & 30
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things." John 8:28
The question that needs to be answered is, "Was Jesus God when He walked on the earth?" If Jesus was God when He walked on the earth, why did He not do His own works? As stated before He became the perfect vessel for God to flow through to do the works of His Father. Jesus was able to accomplish what He did because of the anointing of His Father.
When Peter, James, and John went with Jesus into the mount, He was transfigured before them. When this event took place their whole concept of Jesus was changed. We, too, must have this mountain top experience in the Spirit in each of our lives. As Peter, James, and John, we must come to the high place in God where we know, that we know, that we know who the Son is.
For thirty-three and one-half years Jesus wore the mantle of earthly flesh. But that flesh man was crucified - - - and had there been no resurrection, that would have been the end of Jesus. But, praise God, there was a resurrection, and we need to seek the Son where He is today, and what our relationship to Him is today. Again we look to the words of John:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father." John 14:12
Jesus stated we will do the greater works because He returned to the position He had in the beginning, and that was as the Father, the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus' resurrection He came on the Day of Pentecost as the cloven tongues of fire, the Anointing (the Holy Spirit).
So how are we to know Him today? We are no longer to know Him as Jesus the Christ, but as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ, the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father. Praise God! Paul gives us insight to this fact:
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16
We are to no longer know Christ after the flesh. We are to know Him as the Anointing, the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father.
We cannot do the greater works with the firstfruit anointing. We must have a greater anointing, and we are going to receive the early and latter rain anointing in the last day.
But until the transformation of who Christ Jesus is becomes a reality in our minds, we will never do the greater works. We must never forget the promise we are made through the pen of John:
"And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:40
As we witness the Great Last Day on the horizon, we can rejoice that we are indeed approaching the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when all the water of the Word will be turned into the New Wine and we will be raised up to live in His sight.
All those who hear and act upon the truths of God's Word will become His rulers and reigners in the Great Last Day. This has been God's promise to those He knew before He laid the foundation of the world. This promise is not made to this generation only. Jesus gives us insight into that great day.
"There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God." Luke 13:28-29
All those in every age who have served God with their whole being will sit down with Him in His Kingdom.
We need to search our souls and ask ourselves, "Have we entered into His rest, or do we continue to try to build our own kingdom? Will we be at the Great Marriage Supper, or will we be part of those who are weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth?"
These are the decisions we must make before the Great Last Day!