December 22, 2018

the last days #15

December 22, 2018

You must believe that God is omnipresent. This doesn’t mean present in two locations at once as that is far too small. God is much bigger. You must believe that God is omnipresent from sunrise to sunset. From beginning to the end. Yesterday, today, and to the ages. From olam to olam, from the age to the age, he is present. From the beginning to the end, he is present. He was present, and still is present, and is going to remain present to the ages. The Western linear concept of time conflicts with this, and thus leads many Christians to blindly read the scriptures under a strictly grammatical-historical hermenuetic (interpretation). They will never have the eyes to see, nor the ears to hear, until they hear and believe.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and to the ages. Heb 13:8 YLT

This is a great big giant door into understanding the last days. If you do not believe this truth you will miss everything God has to say about the End throughout the biblical record.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He Is [estin-#1510], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins. John 8:24 KJV

The word “he” does not appear in this verse. Translations foolishly add it as though it was. The KJV adds in italics so at least you know it does not exist in the original Greek. This verse is not about believing God is real. “He is” is not the same as “he exists”. It’s about believing in his name, I AMthis is the “high, unattainable truth” (Ps. 139).

Before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58

This is God existing within the scope of the entire age—the future as well as the past and present, all at once, concurrently. Concurrently, presently, actively, now. This is what makes the prophecies prophetic. This is what makes the Word alive and active and speaking directly to you. This is what makes that word, I AM, so powerful and mesmerizing:

Therefore when He said to them, “I AM” they went backwards and fell upon the ground.” John 18:5-6

In the garden before his arrest the text says, “Therefore knowing all the things that were coming upon him, he went forth…” (v. 4). Because Jesus knew the future he went forth essentially “stepping into the future” like a time traveler. But he is not a time traveler because he makes time. This transcends the Calvinist idea of linear sovereignty in to something way more awe-inspiring. This is the Living I AM mind you, and is precisely the truth we need to believe. Perishing in your sins means to come into judgement blind and deaf, unable to realize the power of Word as something active and alive. “When therefore he said unto them, I AM he , they went backward, and fell to the ground” (v.6). Christ was literally one step ahead of them, time-wise, and as a consequence, they went backwards and fell. This is something only the I AM can do! You must have perfect knowledge of what is coming. God wants us to have this kind of faith. We can have a clear and concrete knowledge of what is coming ourselves through his Word because his Word reveals it. His Word is “being written” as we live and breathe right now because he is revealing Today to the Prophets of thousands of years ago, and thus the Word we have is complete and reveals the End. This is what makes the Word living and active and not a dead historical reference book. The need to realize this is that if you don’t see and believe this, you will enter into the night and get clobbered by what is coming—you will perish, and not be saved from it. How can you? You didn’t see it coming!? Your sins plague you now because your faith is small! You have not been set free until your eyes are opened and your ears unplugged to the truth of the I AM because it is the only way you will be able to find the substance of the things hoped for.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for… Hebrews 11:1

The vast majority of Christians believe in God and Jesus scarcely any different than a demon does. They cling to a “hope” indeed, but yet it is a hope with no substance. Just ask any of them to define this “hope of Heaven” or “reward in Heaven” or “the promise of inheritance”. Nary a Christian will have the slightest clue how to answer. To them the entire Bible is great big giant history book of the past. They have no substance of heaven and therefore never think about it nor search for it in the Scriptures. Many will be eating and drinking and thinking about their next cosmopolitan adventure, and then…

Consider the implications and meaning of the name I am and that we were commanded to baptize people in that Name. Far more than dunking people in a tub of water and chanting “in the name of the father, the son, and holy spirit”, we were supposed to “baptize” peoples ears and minds into the realm of this powerful truth. Consider how full of Scripture John the Baptist was. Consider that the Jordan River is symbolic of something. Baptism today is akin to the incense burning and sacrifices that God said many times was not what he was looking for. “Foolish Galatians! You don’t get it! I am speaking to, and looking for the heart!” (1 Sam. 15:22, Ps. 40:6, 51:16, 69:31, Jer. 7:21-22, Micah 6:6-7)

Jesus spoke this mystery in the famous John 14:6 verse. You virtually never hear it in context. Read it in context:

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I AM, there you may be also.
And you know the way where I am going…I AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God didn’t hide this mysterious omnipresence out of sight to leave us speculating. It is embedded in his language but we have warped it beyond recognition. For example,

And it cometh to pass at the end of days… (Gen. 4:2 YLT)