Lately, I’ve received a number of e-mails asking a variety
of questions ranging from UFOs, fallen angels, the book of Enoch, one-world government,
the failing economy, etc.One can spend
a lifetime researching various topics.There
simply is not enough time to study everything.Our end-time priority is to line up with the will of God and pursue His
plans and goals for the end times.We
cannot afford to be distracted.
So what is the will of God for all saints?What is God after?Surely, He is in control and all the events about
to happen are part of His plan for us.Why did He create Adam and Eve in the first place?
From the beginning, God desired deep in His heart to have
children in the image of His Son, Jesus. Romans 8:29 says, “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.”2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the
Spirit of Lord.” Our destiny and
purpose is to be perfect like Him.
God gave us the fivefold ministry to perfect the
saints.Ephesians 4:11-15 states:
And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, a
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ.(Underlining
In the next verse, Paul speaks
about the church: “From whom the whole
body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Thus, he recognized that
the second thing God desires is a perfect church that will become the Bride of
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ
also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and
cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to
Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but
that it should be holy and without blemish.Eph. 5:25-27.
The Bride is
mentioned in Revelation 21:2:“And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
her husband,”Again, in Revelation
22:17, the Scriptures say, “And the
Spirit and the bride say, come . . . .”
declares: “Blessed are they which are
called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
A perfect church must
have mature saints.However, mature
saints alone do not make a perfect church.The saints must learn how to love one another and work together to
accomplish God’s will.Every part of the
body must work in unity and learn love, loyalty, diligence, faith and obedience
to spiritual authority.We are to be one
with each other and with the Father and Son through the Holy Ghost.There are to be no divisions and
renegades.Each must walk in his own
path and not break ranks.Joel 2:7,
THE RACE TO PERFECTION
The apostle Paul
spoke often about the race to perfection in Jesus.1 Co.
9:24-27.He considered all things of the
world to be no more than dung.Phil
3:4-17.He even states that those that
do not pursue perfection are the enemies of the cross of Christ.“(For
many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that
they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose
God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly
things.”)Phil. 3:18-19.Those Christians that do not walk after the
Spirit are enemies of the cross of Christ. The Lord Jesus died on the cross so that we
could fulfill God’s plan and purpose for mankind.
Jesus did not die on
the cross to merely make it possible for us to live a wonderful life on earth
and then die and go to heaven.He died
to fulfill the Father’s will and desire: so that we can walk into spiritual
perfection and come together as a perfect church.The highest calling of all is to be perfect
in Christ.Phil. 3:14.
GOD’S DESIRES MUST BE FULFILLED FIRST
Before God brings
about the end of the world, He must first have His perfect sons and daughters
and His perfect bride. That’s why He
started the whole creation.It doesn’t mean that they must be perfect
before He starts anything.It means that
He will have a people well on the way to perfection, who will attain full
maturity when Jesus returns.Since
revival will bring persecution, tribulation and the end of the world as we know
it, God will not start revival until He has His perfect ones well on the way.
GOD IS RAISING UP HIS
ARMY AND TRUECHURCH
Revelation 12 speaks of three classes of Christians: (1) the
woman in the wilderness (the true church); (2) the army of God (man child); and
(3) the martyrs.All three groups are very
mature in Christ.They are called the
“overcomers.”In all probability, the
rest of Christendom will fall to the devices of Satan.2 Th. 2:3.
Warring against the demonic kingdom is a process by which
the saints will mature in power and faith.It is not the entire process, but an important part of growing up.As we learn to depend upon God and as we obey
Him, we will grow.We are given the
privilege and honor of being His true sons and daughters in the battle against
Satan’s kingdom.“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged word in
their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the
people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all His saints.”Ps. 149:6-9.
In the process of warring against the demonic kingdom, we
will be transformed. Our faith will increase, we will know the resurrection
power of the Lord, we will learn to rely solely on Him, and we will know Him
In Revelation 12:7-10, the following is recorded:
there was a 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.
As we bind up Satan and his strong men, God will send His
warring angels, even Michael the archangel to bind up Satan’s strong men.Columns and columns of angels on chariots and
white horses will do battle on our behalf.Heb. 1:14.They will know who are
praying and fighting against Satan and his angels. It is important that all of us engage the
enemy and grow into spiritual maturity.Time is short.
HOW TO PREPARE
Notwithstanding, deliverance and spiritual warfare are only
a means to an end and not the end itself.They are only part of the total picture.There are other important clues to perfection.Remember, none of the apostles and Jesus ever
spoke of saving money or storing food or buying weapons to protect our family
in the end times.They spoke of spiritual
perfection in Christ and trusting God.
TRIALS AND SUFFERINGS
They knew that persecution, tribulation and suffering must
come in order to perfect the saints.Without trials, chastening and sufferings, we cannot be perfected.Jesus learned obedience through the
sufferings He endured.Heb. 5:8, 9.We too are perfected by chastening and even scourging.Heb. 12:6-12.
Paul mentioned that he strived to know “the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His
death.” He endured many things for
the Lord and served as an example to us.He describes some of his sufferings:
are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always
bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of
Jesus might be made manifest in our body.For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that
the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.So then death worketh in us, but life in you.2 Co.
See also 2 Co.
11:23-30.It is the path to
perfection.I’m sorry that I cannot tell
you that the path is nice, easy and comfortable.It is not.
Paul went on to say,
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which
are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen
are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”2 Co.
4:17-18.There is a plan and purpose for
all the sufferings.It leads to
perfection in Christ.
All the things that Paul mentioned are going to happen to
each one of us, like it or not.Persecutions and tribulation will come.We will either fall away from the faith or rejoice in the privilege God
is giving us to join the Lord Jesus in suffering unto perfection.Most Christians, however, avoid sufferings
and trials.They mistakenly see
sufferings and trials as every day problems common to man such as earning a
living, buying a house or car, handling their families and having a good life.
According to Paul, the trials and sufferings that change us
come from preaching the gospel to every creature and serving and obeying God
with all our heart.Sufferings and
trials come with feeding the poor, passing out tracts, preaching the Word,
going on the mission field, fasting and praying constantly, evangelizing,
healing the sick, casting out devils, raising the dead and doing the will of
God.Our faith and trust in God grow as
Most saints will come to church and give of their time and
money only as much as they can “afford.”If it touches their comfort zone, they will pull back to avoid trials,
tests and suffering.They can never be
perfected in Jesus Christ. Their faith
is never tested and they never “seek ye
first the kingdom
of God.”They do not want to be tested or suffer for
Christ’s sake.They only want to suffer if
it is necessary to benefit themselves.They will remain baby Christians.
THE KEY TO PERFECTION
The apostle Peter spoke of the end times.He said,
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are
partakers of Christ’s suffering: that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may
be glad also with exceeding joy.”1
Pet. 4:12.He knew that sufferings were
coming in the end times.Expect
them.We are to embrace challenges and
difficulties in serving God.
Once again, the apostle Peter spoke of the end of the
world.He said, “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch
unto prayer.And above all things
have fervent charity (love) among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover
the multitude of sins.”(Underlining
mine) The most important thing is to love
Deliverance, spiritual warfare and evangelism are important,
but no matter how many demons we cast out, how many we heal and how many we
convert, God will look to the heart.Jer. 17:9-10; Rev. 2:23.Every
man’s work will be tried by fire and only those works that were performed out
of perfect love and according to the will of God will stand.1 Co.
3:13-15; Mt. 7:21.
Jesus said, “… seek ye
first the kingdom
of God, and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”Mt. 6:33.Trusting God, believing and having faith in Him is the bridge every true
Christian must cross to get to the mountain
of God.You can’t learn to trust God without being
put to the test.Trust God to take care
of your children, your livelihood and your future.Submit to His chastening and tests.Love the brethren.That’s God’s way.