God’s Earth / Kingdom Restoration Project and Movements
A historical message of God’s restoration of the earth from the corruption it went into at the Garden of Eden; to establish His Kingdom (Government) where all things reflect His glory; from the Garden of Eden till Date.
1.0 IN THE BEGINNING
1.1 God’s purpose for creating the earth was to establish it as a visible domain or extension of His invisible Kingdom in heaven, where all things reflect His glory to His pleasure (Matt.6:10; Rev.4:11; Psalm 104:31).
1.2 Things reflect the glory of God when they carry His aura because they are manifesting
His nature which includes among others, His holiness, love, faith, power, wisdom,
strength, peace, joy, judgment, mercy, goodness, long-suffering, order, harmony, beauty,
honor, majesty, opulence, excellence, greatness and wonder.
1.3 In fulfilling His purpose for creating the earth of filling it with His glory until it is full (Num.14:21; Isa.6:3), He created all living creatures to manifest different aspects of His nature and gave them capacity to reproduce and multiply after their kinds in order to fill the earth with His glory. Only man was created to fully manifest God’s nature for a specific reason (Gen.1:21-22, 26).
1.4 Man was the last of God’s creation. His creation came out of the specific need for the earth to continue to be orderly filled with living creatures and be managed to be reflecting the glory of God to His pleasure all the time; while He remained in heaven (Gen.1:2, 26, 28: Psalm 115:16). He was created to be God’s estate manager on the earth.
1.5 God’s plan for man to fulfill this purpose was to create him in the image of the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son (the Word of God) and God the Holy Spirit (Gen.1:26). This was because it takes the Trinity working together in unity to birth divine purposes to manifest God’s nature that reflects His glory. Once God has decided on any purpose He wants to achieve, He will work out everything that is required to achieve it because nothing is impossible for Him to do; He works all things to line up with the fulfillment of His purpose (Eph.1:11b; Mark 10:27; Jer.32:27).
1.6 Even though each of the three divine personalities of the Trinity has His distinct identity and specific function in the birthing of divine purposes, they are one; the presence of one of them in a place is the presence of the other two (1John 3:24b, 5:7).
1.7 The Word of God is the custodian of the nature of God and all divine purposes (2Pet.1:3- 4; Acts 20:32). The role of the Holy Spirit is to search the unfathomable depths of the Word to locate the specific word for the birthing of every purpose due for birthing and to reveal it to God the Father (1Cor.2:9-10). The role of God the Father is to engage His faith to believe what the Holy Spirit reveals to Him in order to obey it which will birth the purpose to manifest His nature that reflects His glory. This is why creation is credited to the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the faith of God (Gen.1:2; Psalm 33:6; Heb.11:3; 2Pet.3:5). This was the procedure they followed to birth all the supernatural works of creation recorded in Genesis 1:2-31 for them to be reflecting the glory of God: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…” (Gen.1:31a). Only what reflects His glory is good in God’s sight.
1.8 God began the creation of man in the image of the Trinity by first creating him in His own invisible image by creating his invisible spirit (Gen. 1:27) – God is a Spirit and the Father of spirits (John 4:24; Heb.2:9). Next, He molded a visible body of clay which he would use to carry out his assignment in the visible earth, to house his spirit. Lastly, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life – the Holy Spirit. He was instantly filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit because God fills everywhere He is (Eph.1:23). Freshly created, he was perfect with no impurities in him to prevent his being filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
1.9 Man’s spirit and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in him made him complete in the image of the Trinity. The Word of God, the custodian of divine nature and all divine purposes was in him through the Holy Spirit that searches and reveals it; the fullness of the Holy Spirit in him enabled him to naturally manifest the spirit of faith which is one of the dimensions of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of faith is the faith of God to always believe what the Holy Spirit reveals in order to obey it to birth divine purposes to manifest the nature of God for the reflection of His glory. The fullness of the Holy Spirit in man is the essence of the image and the glory of God.
1.10 Therefore, man was packaged as a spiritual house or temple for God to inhabit through the Holy Spirit to carry out His purposes on the earth through man’s faith and obedience (Eph.2:22; 1Pet.2:5). The legal members that make up this spiritual house of God are:
(a) The Holy Spirit: this is the invisible representative of the Trinity in man. His main function is to reveal the word for every divine purpose to man and to give him the faith of God to believe it in order to obey it to manifest the nature and glory of God. He resides in the invisible heart of man, a place that God carved out in him as His throne (2Cor.1:22).
(b) Man’s spirit: this is the invisible and spiritual part of man. He is the real man created in the image of God the Father and also resides in the heart. It is with this spirit that the Holy Spirit communicates to reveal the word and impart the faith of God for birthing divine purposes. But it has a special department or component that processes all information coming to it from the Holy Spirit and his body, into instruction for the body to obey to birth divine purposes – his soul.
(c) Man’s body: This is the only part of man that is physical and visible. Scriptures also refer to it as the ‘flesh’. It is man’s house or frame that carries him around and with which he relates with the physical, visible world to implement the instructions coming from the soul of the spirit to birth divine purposes. If permitted, it is possible for illegal occupants to gain entry into this house of God. The illegal occupant that seeks entry is satan with his demons and idols.
1.11 God is holy; His greatest attribute is holiness (Psalm 89:35; Heb.6:16a). The Holy Spirit too is holy; holiness is His identity. The heart of man which is the throne of God is also the throne of holiness (Psalm 47:8). Therefore, the principal requirement of the house or body that God will inhabit to fulfill His purpose on the earth is holiness (Isa.52:11). Sin is the diametrical opposite of holiness. God’s holiness is such that He cannot behold sin talk less of co-habiting with it (Hab.1:13; Psalm 15:1-6, 24:3-4). Sin is what pollutes the heart of man to make him unclean and unholy (Mark 7:21-23). You commit sin by disobeying God. Sin is bred by a disobedient heart – a heart that disobeys God as a life-style which is an imperfect heart. The house of God is therefore kept clean from the filthiness of sin through a life-style of full obedience to God by an obedient or perfect heart (Psalm 119:9; 1Cor.7:1). The disobedient heart breeds sin through some forces that manipulate man to live in disobedience – the motions of sin (Rom.7:5). The forces are generated by satan and the idols he plants in the heart of man. Without the work of satan and idols, there will be no sin to pollute the heart of man. Every act of disobedience which is sin is rooted in an idol (Deut.28:14, 29:18; 1Tim.6:10a). Therefore, even though sin is what pollutes the heart and God’s house, it is not the major concern of God and problem of man in keeping his heart and body clean; but the impurities of satan and idols that breed sin by manipulating man to live in disobedience to God. Their presence in the heart of man is what makes his heart and him imperfect.
1.12 It was only after man was complete in the image of the Trinity that God put him in the Garden of Eden that He planted, for him to begin to carry out his assignment. The Garden of Eden was the Kingdom of God he was mandated to cultivate and manage to be reflecting the glory of God as it expanded to cover the earth through the multiplication of all the living creatures created by God; for the earth to become filled with the glory of God.
1.13 As man began to carry out his assignment, he began to fill the earth with the glory of God because he followed the divine procedure that culminates in obedience to the Word that manifests the nature of God for the reflection of His glory. This was because he was filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit through whom he accessed the Word and received the faith of God to obey it. Through this procedure, he gave names that reflected the glory of God to all the animals and birds in the Garden of Eden. That was why God was satisfied with the naming (Gen.2:19).
2.0 THE CORRUPTION OF THE EARTH
2.1 THE CHALLENGE OF MAN
But the composition of man placed a great demand on his ability to continue to obey God to fulfill His purpose after his creation. Unlike God who is fully a Spirit, he was made of two major parts. The first was his spirit from heaven; its desires were of heaven and aligned with God’s purpose he was created to fulfill on the earth. The second was his body from the earth; its desires were of the earth and for the things of the earth that were always at variance with God’s purpose he came to fulfill on the earth. For him to fulfill God’s purpose, he needed to set aside or subdue the desires of his body. He needed to deny his body its desires. This is what Scriptures refer to as crucifying the body or putting it to death. Since his body would continually have earthly desires for as long as he was alive, he needed to continually deny it its desires as a life-style. This would bring suffering or pain to the body. For him to fulfill God’s purpose, he had to endure this suffering as a life-style. This was the demand that his composition placed on him. Enduring the suffering of denying the desires of the body as a life-style to keep it crucified is God’s everlasting blood covenant with man for the fulfillment of His purpose on the earth (1John 5:8). The blood demanded by God is the blood from the crucifixion of the body – the suffering or pain of denial is the proof of the release of the blood.
2.2 The things of the world that man’s body desires to have are not all illegitimate in themselves for him to have; they are the things that God created for his use and enjoyment; but the body’s desire for them is always inordinate, without control and therefore detrimental to the fulfillment of God’s purpose. The body always wants its desires met instantly and through any means available without regard to its effect on the fulfillment of God’s purpose. Such means may include begging, borrowing, stealing, bribery, extortion, robbery, lying, deceit, slander, fighting, fornication, adultery and murder. These are all sinful manifestations that pollute God’s house and are contrary to His nature. The desires of the body include among others the desire for living, eating, drinking, sleeping, sex, activity, association, satisfaction, comfort and recognition.
2.3 God did not create man to be independent or self-dependent; but to be fully dependent on Him for everything he required for his sustenance and fulfilling His purpose. He was not to meet any need in response to the lustful desires of his body, but in line with the will or word of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit. God knew all his needs and provided for them before asking, and far more than he could do by himself. But the problem with the body is that, no matter how well you cater for its desires, it cannot be satisfied. Its desires are elastic and unending. This is why, whether legitimate or illegitimate, the desires of the body must be denied at all times to crucify it – this is man’s covenant with God for the fulfillment of His purpose on the earth.
2.4 But God who created man to fulfill His purpose on the earth knew that he would be faced with this challenge. Therefore, before the beginning of the world when he conceived the purpose for man to fulfill, He also conceived along with it the help that he would require to endure the suffering of denying the desires of his body to fulfill it. This help was His grace (2Tim.1:9).
2.5 Grace is a joint product from the three members of the Trinity; but it is communicated to man through his fellowship with the Holy Spirit that is in him (Rev.1:4-5; 2Cor.13:14). The Holy Spirit communicates this grace through seven of His dimensions responsible for implementing God’s work on the earth (Rev.5:6; Zech.4:6-10). They are the spirit of the Lord which is the spirit of power (Mic.3:8), the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of understanding, the spirit of counsel, the spirit of might, the spirit of knowledge and the spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isa.11:2). They can be summarized as the spirit of power and the spirit of wisdom in the relative proportions of about 16 percent and 84 percent respectively. Understanding, counsel, knowledge and the fear of the Lord are all elements of wisdom. Might is a product of both power and wisdom in the relative weights of one to ten respectively (Eccl.7:19). These mean that, even though the power component is also important and in fact indispensable, grace is communicated principally through wisdom by teaching or spiritual enlightenment; and the Holy Spirit is the Teacher (Tit.2:11-12; John 14:26; 1John 2:27). Grace through the Holy Spirit teaches to the point of full persuasion or overwhelming conviction to deny the lustful desires of the body in order to obey God to manifest His nature that reflects His glory to fulfill his purpose. When man is filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and pays attention to Him, he will always receive abundance of grace to crucify his body to obey the word revealed by the Holy Spirit – the truth (John 17:17) – and manifest the nature of God.
2.6 Therefore, to birth divine purposes to manifest the nature of God that reflects His glory to fulfill His purpose, man needed not only the revelation of the truth but also abundance of grace to endure the suffering of denying the desires of his body in order to obey the truth. It is abundance of grace from the fullness of the Holy Spirit that gives access to the faith of God (Rom.4:16a).
2.7 Freshly created, Adam the first man was perfect with no impurities or illegal occupants in him. Therefore he was filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He and his wife Eve had access to abundance of grace from the Holy Spirit to endure the suffering of denying the desires of their bodies to obey the truth. But they had the responsibility to continue to maintain the fullness of the Holy Spirit by maintaining the perfect state of their hearts by keeping impurities out of it.
2.8 THE FALL OF MAN (BC 4000)
Unknown to Adam and Eve, satan, an invisible evil spirit was also in the Garden of Eden with them. He was once a high-ranking angel of God in heaven. He was created full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. He was the guardian angel of God and therefore had the privilege of always being in His presence (Ezek.28:12-14). But his position and endowment got into his head. He became proud and led a third of the angels of God in heaven in a coup to overthrow the Almighty God and take-over His position. But his rebellion was quelled by the angels loyal to God. He and his fellow rebel angels were subsequently thrown out of heaven into the earth pending the time of execution of judgment on them (Isa.14:12-15; Ezek.28:16-17; Rev.12:3-4, 7-11).
2.9 Satan came to the earth with great anger which he decided to vent by sabotaging the fulfillment of God’s purpose on the earth entrusted to man (Rev.12:12-17). He was present when man was commissioned into his assignment. Therefore he knew exactly what to do – move man to live in disobedience to God. He pursues this goal by gaining entry into man’s heart to corrupt his soul and spirit responsible for enforcing obedience to the will of God (2Cor.11:3). He corrupts the soul by infesting it with his evil spirits of fear and lust that manipulate it to gratify the lustful desires of the body for the things of the world instead of denying them (1Pet.2:11). This is how he turns the things of the world created for man’s benefit to idols for him to worship (or obey) in place of God. They can be personalities like himself, wife, son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, boss and pastor. They can be possessions like food, money, car, jewelry, business, career, qualification, beauty, title and skill. They can also be activities that become addictions like pornography, sexual immorality, homosexuality, masturbation, cigarette smoking, taking hard drugs and revelry. It is through the spirit of fear and the spirit of lust that satan brokers the marriage of idols to man through his body, which gives the idols license to cleave to him by moving into his heart to pollute it. From there, they control him to live in disobedience to God.
2.10 Satan came to Eve and engaged her in a discussion over the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which shares the conspicuous location of the center of the Garden of Eden with the tree of life. God had instructed Adam that he could eat freely from all the great varieties of trees that He planted in the garden except one – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He was cautioned that eating from the tree would lead to his death. But by the end of satan’s discussion with Eve, he had convinced her to eat from the tree. Then she influenced Adam to also eat from the tree in disobedience to God.
2.11 The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a symbol of the everlasting covenant of God with man. Man’s part of the covenant was that he must endure the suffering of denying the desires of his body as a life-style to keep it crucified which would enable him obey God to manifest His nature and fulfill His purpose. God’s part of the covenant was to give him his inheritance which was God through the fullness of the Holy Spirit. It was through the fullness of the Holy Spirit he would access everything he required to fulfill God’s purpose and live a glorious life to fulfill his destiny (Eph.1:14). The conspicuous location of the tree symbolized the fact that the things he would deny the desires of his body for, would always be conspicuously displayed around him. He would be seeing them every day of his life; yet he must endure the pain of being denied having them to keep his body crucified to fulfill the everlasting covenant (Luke 9:23).
2.12 Satan was able to convince Eve to eat from the tree because she gave him opportunity to corrupt her soul by his spirit of lust as he spoke with her, by giving him audience and attention (Ezek.2:2). Satan gains access into man’s heart to control his soul through three major platforms:
(a) When man gives him audience and attention by entertaining evil thoughts in his mind as Eve did; instead of casting them down as Jesus did when satan came to tempt Him (Jas.1:14; 2Cor.10:5; Luke 4:1-13). This is why Scriptures command: “Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil” (Eph.4:27, AMP).
(b) When man is already habouring his properties of sin or idols in his heart. Here, he does not even require man’s permission or attention before entering his heart, as he entered Judas Iscariot’s heart to move him to betray Jesus. Judas was already harbouring his properties – the idol of covetousness and the sin of stealing (Luke 22:3; John 12:4-6). Satan could not gain access into Jesus’ heart because He was not harbouring any of his properties (John 14:30, AMP).
(c) When man is in darkness – when his heart is devoid of the light of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit that reveals it (Psalm 119:130; John 1:1-5, 16:13). This makes him naturally and highly vulnerable to satanic incursion and manipulation; satan operates in the realms of darkness (Matt.12:43-45; Eph.6:12).
2.13 CONSEQUENCES OF MAN’S DISOBEDIENCE
In line with God’s prior warning to him, man died for his disobedience; that was the verdict in the Word of God, the custodian of all divine purposes (Ezek.18:4; Rom.6:23). He did not die physically but spiritually, by losing the Holy Spirit that made him a living soul. He still had his own spirit that gave natural life to his body like all the other living creatures created by God (Jas.2:26). Adam’s disobedience had very serious consequences on the fulfillment of God’s purpose on the earth and man’s destiny:
(a) By losing the Holy Spirit, he lost the image of the Trinity. He could no longer access God’s Word (the truth), grace and the faith of God for birthing divine purposes to manifest the nature and glory of God. He could no longer fulfill God’s purpose on the earth and hence his destiny.
(b) As he could no longer fulfill His purpose, God sent him packing out of the Garden of Eden (His Kingdom on the earth) into the world.
(c) To execute the death sentence for his disobedience, he came under the curse of God (Deut.28:15-68, 30:19; Gen.2:17). The curse sentenced him to a life of frustration on the earth and eternal damnation after life on the earth (Gen.3:15-19, 5:29).
(d) By losing the Holy Spirit, he could no longer access grace to endure the suffering of denying the desires of his body to crucify it to fulfill the everlasting blood covenant. His body took total control of him and facilitated his bondage to sin and death.
(e) His spirit became dead. It was no longer responsive to God but satan through the idols that began to fill his heart.
(f) He inadvertently handed over his dominion and ruler-ship of the earth to satan whom he obeyed (Rom.6:16; 2Pet.2:19). That was when satan became the prince and god of the world (John 14:30; 2Cor.4:4); and the whole world came under his control (Luke 4:5-6; 1John 5:19).
(g) The fulfillment of God’s purpose for creating the earth of filling it with His glory ceased temporarily. Instead of it being filled with the glory of God through His nature, it began to be filled with evil, violence and wickedness through satan’s nature of sin; the whole earth became corrupted from what God created it to be (Gen.6:5, 11-12; Psalm 14:2-3).
3.0 GOD’S EARTH/KINGDOM RESTORATION PROJECT
3.1 No one can nullify God’s purpose to prevent it from being fulfilled by failure to do his part like Adam; and the children of Israel in the wilderness (Gen.3:22-24; Num.14:1-4, 11-12, 20-21); or by opposition as satan has been doing from the Garden of Eden (Rev.12:17). Before man aborted the fulfillment of His purpose, God knew he would; He knows the future. Therefore, He had another plan in place before the beginning of the world for its fulfillment. This plan was that He predestinated children to be adopted from the corrupted people of the world to whom He would restore the Holy Spirit who would restore them from corruption to regain the image of the Trinity for fulfilling His purpose; then He would destroy those who continue to destroy the earth through corruption, from it at His appointed time (Eph.1:4-5; Matt.13:40-43; Rev.11:15, 18).
3.2 But before the Holy Spirit could be restored to man, he had to be reconciled to God through atonement for his sins through the sacrifice of a man without the blemish of sin. It takes the blood of man to atone for the sin of man; and only sacrifices without blemish are acceptable to God. No such man existed on the earth after his fall. Therefore, God Himself planned to come down to the earth as man through His Son Jesus Christ, the Word and second Person of the Trinity to provide the atonement; remember, God will work out anything required to fulfill His purpose because nothing is impossible to Him.
3.3 God scheduled the coming of Christ to the earth to provide this atonement for the end of the world (Heb.9:26). By the end of the world, Scriptures mean the period between the first coming of Christ to the earth to provide this atonement and His second coming when the earth shall cease to exist in its present form, in line with divine agenda (1Cor.10:11; Eph.1:10; 2Pet.3:10-13). This period is also referred to as the ‘Last Days’ or ‘End-times’. The period commenced about four thousand years after the fall at Eden and it has been on for about two thousand years now, after Jesus provided the atonement by His death on the Cross at His first coming. Four thousand years may appear too long to man who is bound by time, but not to God who is not. To Him, one thousand years is like one day (2Pet.3:8).
3.4 GOD’S KINGDOM ESTABLISHMENT PROJECT BECAME A RESTORATION PROJECT
The fulfillment of God’s purpose of establishing His Kingdom where all things reflect His glory on the earth ceased temporarily when man lost the image of the Trinity that empowered him to obey God as a life-style to manifest His nature and glory. Essentially, this was the image that Jesus came to restore to those whom God predestinated from the beginning of the world for adoption as children from the people of the world, to fulfill His purpose (Rom.8:28-30) – believers that make up the Church of Jesus Christ. All believers were predestinated to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ the Son of God. His image is the image of the Trinity because the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in Him bodily while he was here on the earth, through the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Col.2:9-10; 1John 5:7).
3.5 Jesus confirmed God’s schedule for the resumption of the accomplishment of His purpose for creating the earth when He began His earthly ministry: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt.4:17). But by this time, the whole of the earth was full of corruption – corrupted men and their corrupted works. Therefore, God’s Kingdom establishment project became a restoration project – restoration of God’s creation on the earth from corruption to be reflecting the glory of God.
3.6 God’s creation on the earth comprises the animate and inanimate world. The animate world comprises all living creatures led by man who manages the whole of creation through his inventions or works. The inventions are the numerous systems and sub- systems through which he runs the earth to make it habitable for all living creatures. This was man’s assignment before his fall – to work and manage the Garden of Eden to be reflecting the glory of God (Isa.45:18, 43:7; Gen.2:8, 15). Restoring God’s creation on the earth from corruption boils down to restoring man and the systems through which he runs the earth to make it habitable for all living creatures from corruption to be reflecting the glory of God. This is how God’s purpose of establishing His Kingdom where all things reflect His glory will be accomplished. These systems include among many others worship, transportation, building construction, town planning, farming, health- care, governance or ruling, nature preservation, administration, education, law maintenance, house-keeping, dress-making, catering, entertainment and trading. The systems will be restored from corruption by restoring man that runs them from corruption. It takes the restored man to run and manage them to be reflecting the glory of God to fulfill His purpose. The restored man is God’s elect whom He predestinated to be adopted as His child and to become conformed to the image of Christ, who has attained that conformity. The restoration of the elect from corruption is the condition for God’s creation on the earth to be restored from corruption to fulfill His purpose.
3.7 The elect is practically restored from corruption by his salvation from sin – the stoppage of breeding of sin in his heart for it to become perfect. This salvation is a two-stage process. It begins with his new-birth as stage one. This is when he confesses Jesus as his Lord and Saviour and receives the seed measure deposit of the Holy Spirit in his heart (Eph.1:13). The second stage is his growth to become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This is when he regains the image of the Trinity (the inheritance) and obtains his full salvation (Eph.1:14). This means that new-birth stage one is only a provisional salvation which he might lose if he does not go on to obtain the full salvation. This is why every believer, though already born-again, is admonished to continue to work out his salvation (Phil.2:12). God’s Kingdom restoration project is therefore a three-stage project as follows:
Stage 1: This is restoration of the Holy Spirit to the elect through his new-birth.
Stage 2: This is restoration of the new believer from his corrupted form back to the image of the Trinity by becoming perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit through the workings of the seed measure of the Holy Spirit received at new-birth.
Stage 3: This is restoration from corruption of the systems through which the earth runs to make it habitable for all living creatures, by the restored believer.
3.8 THE FOUR PHASES OF GOD’S KINGDOM RESTORATION PROJECT
God’s Kingdom restoration project can be likened to the four major phases of a building construction project which are Preparation, Foundation (or substructure), Superstructure and Close-out.
Preparation phase is the time to put in place everything required to commence actual construction. These include getting the land, preparing the drawings, obtaining the building permit, selecting the building contractors and mobilizing them to site, and clearing the site for actual construction to commence.
Foundation phase is when actual construction commences. It is when the portion of the building below the ground that will support the entire weight of the building is constructed. The foundation is what prevents the building from sinking into the ground or crashing during construction and when in use. After the completion of the building, the foundation is not visible; but without it the building cannot stand.
Superstructure phase is when the portion of the building above the ground that will be in use is constructed. It comprises among others the upper floors, walls, roof, windows, doors, plumbing and electrical works, and everything that makes the building livable. It is the portion of the building that is visible after construction and admired when properly constructed.
Close-out phase is when the project is concluded. It comprises concluding activities like testing of equipments and general cleaning that culminates in the handing over of the completed building to the owner.
3.9 The Preparation phase 1 of God’s Kingdom restoration project covered the period between the fall of man at the Garden of Eden and the ministry of John the Baptist who came to prepare the ground on which the foundation would be laid.
The Foundation phase 2 covered the period of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ till when He ascended to heaven.
The Superstructure phase 3 is the Church age that commenced on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and it shall end at the second coming of Christ to conclude the project.
The Close-out phase 4 is when Jesus will come back to the earth the second time to solely conclude the project and hand over the completed project to the Father – His Kingdom where all things reflect His glory (1Cor.15:24-25; Rev.21:23-27).
This phasing of God’s restoration project reveals that the actual restoration work is between Christ and His Church – Husband and wife. How has God structured this work for them to implement and what specific roles did the saints of the Old Dispensations play in the preparation phase?
3.10 PREPARATION PHASE 1
The preparation phase was the period that God used to sensitize the world about His blueprint for the restoration of the earth and to prepare for the coming of Christ to come and lay the foundation of the project at His appointed time at the end of the world. Even though man was estranged from God, He had to use him for this preparation and therefore relate with him one way or the other. For this purpose He put in place covenants and raised special messengers to act as mediator between Him and man – His prophets. The covenants were temporary and imperfect provisions to guide His relationship with man until the coming of Christ to restore the Holy Spirit the instrument of perfect relationship. There were three of such covenant provisions that constituted major restoration moves of God towards the fulfillment of His purpose on the earth. Therefore, as imperfect as they were, they all had the ultimate purpose of bringing man to the place of obeying God to manifest His nature that reflects His glory.
3.10.1 Covenant of Seedtime and Harvest Move through Noah (BC 2500)
Following the fall and corruption of man at Eden, evil, violence, oppression and wickedness covered the earth as he multiplied. The earth was filled with everything contrary to the nature and glory of God. It got to such astronomical dimensions that God was grieved in His heart for creating man (Gen.5:5-6). He therefore decided to destroy every living creature on the earth by the flood. But He exempted Noah and his household (total of eight persons) and some living creatures He instructed him to bring into the ark He instructed Him to construct for their safety. They were the remnants He chose to continue the implementation of His plan to fulfill his purpose for creating the earth. After the flood and the destruction of every living creature on the earth except those in the ark, Noah offered a great sacrifice to God. The sacrifice pleased God and made Him to swear not to again curse the earth because of man’s sinful ways or mete out a blanket judgment on all living creatures as He did with the flood (Gen.8:20-21). But that henceforth, the covenant of seedtime and harvest would rule the earth. The covenant boiled down to everyone eating the fruit of his doing (Job.34:11; Prov.24:12; Jer.17:10; Rom.2:6; 2Cor.5:10; Gal.6:7-8). The covenant set the pace for everyone to work out his own salvation in subsequent dispensations of God (Psalm 9:15-16; Jer.31:29-30; Phil.2:12). Through the covenant, salvation and judgment became personal rather than collective as was the case at the Garden of Eden and the Flood. The covenant was to serve as a bail- out instrument from the effect of the curse pronounced on man and the earth at Eden. By sowing good seeds of obedience to God by walking in His ways, man would reap the blessing of God which is the antidote to the curse (Isa.65:8), and fulfill God’s purpose. But the covenant was at this time of little value in bailing him out of his predicament or fulfilling God’s purpose. This was because he lacked the capacity to obey God’s laws as he did not have the Holy Spirit the facilitator of obedience in him; rather, he was under the full dominion of his body, satan and sin. Therefore, after the flood, evil, violence, oppression and wickedness continued on the earth unabated in spite of the covenant. This move of God confirmed two vital things. The first is that God does not want any inch of the earth corrupted with evil; He wiped out millions of people apart from other living creatures from the earth because of it. At full fulfillment of His purpose, the New Earth will be like this: “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev.21:27). The second is that, God is bent on fulfilling His purpose of filling all the earth with His glory through His nature; hence the reservation of the remnants with which to continue the implementation of His plan for its fulfillment.
3.10.2 The Covenant of Circumcision Move through Abraham (BC 2000)
The next major move of God was His initiation of His new spiritual family through Abraham, and the enactment of the covenant of circumcision with him and his descendants. They were the ones He separated by predestination from the foundation of the world to fulfill His purpose on the earth. There were two categories of Abraham’s descendants. The first category was his natural descendants – the children of Israel under the Old Covenant. The second category is his spiritual descendants through Christ – believers under the New Covenant who make up the Church of Jesus Christ. The covenant of circumcision was for Abraham and his descendants to separate themselves to God by circumcising their hearts to become perfect which would enable them obey Him as a life-style to manifest His nature and fulfill His purpose on the earth. Then this would commit God to give them their blessing inheritance which is the antidote to the curse (Gen.17:7-11, 12:1-3; Num.22:12, 23:8, 23: Isa.65:8). The land of Canaan promised him and his descendants by God was a figure and a shadow of the Kingdom of God, the real inheritance (Gal.4:24-26, TLB). It was the blessing lost by Adam at the Garden of Eden by losing the image of the Trinity through the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from him. Abraham secured the restoration of this blessing inheritance for himself and his descendants after the circumcision of his heart, through his obedience to God’s instruction for him to offer his only son Isaac as sacrifice to Him. But it was Christ the Seed that secured their access to it also after the circumcision of His heart, through His obedience to death on the Cross (Gen.22:16-18; Gal.3:13-16; Phil.2:8). The covenant of circumcision was what God used to separate His adopted children who would access the inheritance with which to fulfill His purpose from the rest of the people of the world. The circumcised heart would enable them sow the good seeds of obedience to God to reap the blessing that cancels the curse, thereby making the covenant of seedtime and harvest work in their favour rather than against them like the rest of the people of the world that remain under the curse. The covenant of circumcision is the same as the everlasting blood covenant for fulfilling God’s purpose at the Garden of Eden – denying the desires of the body as a life-style to keep it crucified which enables you to obey God to manifest His nature and glory (Gen.17:10, 13b).
3.10.3 The Old Covenant with the Children of Israel Move of God (BC 1500)
The next major move of God was His enactment of the Old Covenant with the children of Israel, the natural descendants of Abraham. They had two major roles to play in the preparation phase of God’s earth restoration project. The first was to serve as the channel through which Christ would be physically born into the world (Rom.9:5). The second was to act as temporary model of God’s relationship with man through His commandments, laws and ordinances until Christ’s coming to establish the perfect relationship through the Holy Spirit (Rom.9:4; Gal.3:19; Heb.9:9-10). The laws would maintain sanity among His people and separate them as holy people from the people of the world who worshipped idols and lived in sin (Exod.19:5-6; Lev.18:24-25; Deut.7:1-6; 1Tim.1:9-10). The covenant was for them to obey all the commandments and laws which would commit God to give them the inheritance (Exod.24:3-8; Deut.28:1-13). But the Old Covenant was rooted in the covenant of circumcision made on their behalf by Abraham their forefather. Without first fulfilling the covenant of circumcision to secure the perfect and obedient heart, they could not obey the commandments and laws to fulfill the Old Covenant (Deut.10:12-16, 30:6, 8). But they could not get their hearts circumcised. Therefore, they lived in disobedience to God and His commandments, worshipping idols for the major part of their history. They obeyed and served God only when they had God-fearing leaders like Samuel, David, Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah. For this reason, God sent them packing from their shadow Canaan inheritance the same way He sent Adam out of the Garden of Eden. But as usual, He continued to reserve a remnant in every generation with whom to continue the implementation of His plan to fulfill His purpose scheduled for fulfillment at the end of the world (Isa.1:9, 6:11-13; Jer.31:7; Ezek.14:22; Mic.2:12; Rom.11:5). The children of Israel failed to get their hearts circumcised for three major reasons.
The first was that they refused to hear the voice of God that would have facilitated the circumcision of their hearts as it did for Abraham who like them did not also have the Holy Spirit, God’s perfect provision for the circumcision of the heart of man (Deut.5:23- 27, 18:16). Having refused to hear His voice, God instructed Moses to teach them the laws which they were to continually meditate upon and confess to draw grace for the circumcision of their hearts (Deut.5:30, 6:4-9; Josh.1:8). The teaching responsibility was subsequently passed to the priests. The second was that they also failed to continually meditate on, and confess the laws. For the greater part of their history, they were in the type of backslidden state described here: “Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law” (2Chr.15:3).
The third was that they relegated the circumcision of the heart, their part in the covenant with God, to the background; while celebrating the physical circumcision of the cutting of the body which was only a token or symbol of the real circumcision of the heart (Jer.4:4, 9:25-26).
3.10.4 The Move of God through the Prophets (BC 400)
The fourth major move of God in the preparation phase was His move through His prophets. Since the Old Testament saints did not have the Holy Spirit in them or access to His voice, God spoke to, and related with them only through His prophets (Heb.1:1; Num.12:6; Isa.6:8-9; Amos 3:7). He had prophets in every generation on whom He put His Spirit for carrying out the assignments He gave them (Mic.3:8). Apart from specific assignments given to them, they were to warn the people against idolatry and sin; turn their hearts to Him from idols; and deliver them from their troubles when they returned to Him (1Kgs.18:1-46; 2Kgs.6:8-7:23, 17:13, 19:1-37; 2Chr.15:1-15). More importantly, they played a very significant role in aligning the people’s expectation towards the coming Messiah who would restore the kingdom to Israel. But their messages and prophecies went beyond the nation of Israel to all the nations of the earth because God had in mind not just the restoration of Israel but His Kingdom in the whole earth. They prophesied of the salvation of God to all people and His universal worship (Psalm 2:8, 22:27-31, 45:12, 96:7-13; Isa.40:5, 45:22-24, 49:6; Zech.14:9, 16-21).
The last prophetic messages recorded in the Old Testament are in the last two verses of the last book – Malachi 4:5-6. The message was specific about the type of prophets that God would be sending to His people from the end of the Old Testament era till the second coming of Christ to the earth, and their role. They would carry the spirit of Elijah that turns the disobedient to the obedient through the power to manifest miracles, signs and wonders (1Kgs.18:21, 37-39); to prepare them ready for the return of the Lord. John the Baptist was the first of these prophets and the last prophet in the preparation phase of God’s earth restoration project (Luke 1:13-17, 16:6; Matt.17:10-13). He therefore played a dual role in the restoration project. No wonder, Jesus announced him as the greatest Old Testament saint (Matt.11:11).
As the last prophet of the Old Testament, he was the one that cleared the ground for Christ to commence the foundation laying in phase two of the restoration project. He did this, first, by announcing that it was time to re-commence the establishment of God’s Kingdom that ceased after man’s disobedience at the Garden of Eden; that God was about to begin to restore all that became crooked (corrupt) back to their perfect state (Matt.3:2; Luke 3:5).
Secondly, he introduced the people to the new message of the Kingdom of God – repentance for the remission of sin – which was completely different from the old order that the people were familiar with; this was the message Jesus began to preach when He began His ministry (Matt.3:2, 4:17).
Thirdly, he introduced them to water baptism which was alien to the people and a figure of baptism into Christ, the mystery for removing corruption in order to regain the image of the Trinity lost at Eden (Matt.3:5-6, 11-12; 1Pet.3:20-21; Gal.3:27).
Finally, he introduced Jesus physically to them as Christ, the Messiah (John 1:26-34, 3:25-31).
In performing his New Testament Elijah role, he turned the people from living in disobedience to God to living in obedience to Him through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, for them to escape the wrath to come – eternal damnation; he prepared them ready to reign with Christ in His Millennial and Eternal Kingdoms (Luke 3:7-14). Just as John said to the people, he decreased for Jesus to increase until he disappeared from the scene for Jesus to fully take-over from him (John 3:30; Matt.14:10-14).
3.11 FOUNDATION PHASE 2
Move of God through Jesus Christ (0-30AD)
The fifth major move of God towards the restoration of the earth to fulfill His purpose was the release of His Son Jesus Christ to come into the world to lay the foundation of the restoration project. Concerning this foundation, Isaiah prophesied: “Therefore thus saith the LORD God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (Isa.28:16). The foundation stone was a tried stone; a precious corner stone; and a sure foundation. Jesus was tried as gold is tried in fire to purify it (Mal.3:3). The fire that purified Him to become this precious corner stone and sure foundation was the suffering of denial that crucified His body to circumcise his heart for Him to become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He was tested in all aspects of life for Him to become perfect (Heb.4:15). This was the sure foundation that He laid. On it rests the whole weight of God’s restoration project. Without this foundation being in place, He would not have been able to secure salvation for man. It was what qualified Him as a sacrifice without blemish and empowered Him to submit to death on the Cross to secure salvation for man (Phil.2:8): “Although he was a Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (Heb.5:8-9, NIV). His perfection positioned Him to obey God as a life-style to manifest God’s nature to deliver the captives through miracles, signs and wonders as He preached the Gospel message. The sure foundation was the fulfillment of the covenant of circumcision made with Abraham; and also the everlasting blood covenant made with man at the Garden of Eden. He did this as example for believers to follow (1Pet.4:1-2). This was why He had to come into the world as man with flesh and blood like them (Heb.4:14; 1Tim.2:5; Phil.2:8; Gal.4:4). The only difference between Him and other men was His virgin conception through the Holy Ghost that filled Him from His mother’s womb and who subsequently worked out His perfection.
The perfection of Jesus was the secret of His continual manifestation of the supernatural from the beginning of His ministry to His death on the Cross and even His resurrection from the grave. It was impossible for Him not to resurrect from the dead because He had crucified His body while on the earth to secure the sure mercies of David (John 20:9; Acts 13:34). Throughout His three and half years ministry, He was supernaturally meeting all the needs of the people which no one else, including the Jewish leaders and government of the day, could meet – their physical, material, emotional and spiritual needs. It got to a point that the people wanted to make Him their King by force (John 6:15)! This was the example that He set for believers – becoming perfect to manifest the nature of God to take-over the kingdoms of the world in order to establish the Kingdom of God. For the believer to be fully restored from corruption, this foundation laid by Jesus must be in place in his life. But for the elect in the world, he must first be called by his new-birth. I will liken this to the preliminary work like marking out the foundation layout that must be done before the foundation is laid. Without this too, the real foundation cannot be laid.
Before Jesus went back to heaven, He inaugurated His Church that would build the superstructure of the restoration project on the foundation laid by Him. He did this by introducing the New Covenant to His Disciples on the Eve of His crucifixion (Matt.26:28). Then He gave them instructions regarding it after His resurrection before ascending to heaven (Acts 1:2).
3.12 SUPERSTRUCTURE PHASE 3 THROUGH THE CHURCH (30 AD TILL DATE)
3.12.1 The next major move of God towards the restoration of the earth to fulfill His purpose was the birth of the Church of believers that would build the superstructure on the foundation laid by Jesus. They were the spiritual descendants of Abraham whom God predestinated in the bowel of Christ to fulfill His purpose on the earth after it was aborted by Adam at the Garden of Eden. To facilitate this fulfillment, God introduced the New Covenant which Jesus inaugurated on the eve of His crucifixion (Heb.8:7-12; Matt.26:28). Their part of this covenant was to live a life-style of full obedience to God which would commit Him to give them their inheritance as His children. This inheritance is the real inheritance to which the land of Canaan in the Old Testament was a figure and a shadow. This inheritance has been described in various ways in Scriptures – God’s Rest (Deut.12:9-10; Matt.11:28; Heb.4:3, 9); the Kingdom of God (Matt.25:34); Peace and Joy (Luke 2:10, 14; Rom.14:17); Eternal Life (John 3:15-16; Tit.1:2; 1John 2:25); the Blessing (Deut.28:1-13; Acts 3:25-26; Gal.3:13-14); the Holy Spirit (Gal.3:14; Acts 2:38- 39; Eph.1:14); Wisdom and Power of God (1Cor.1:24; 1Cor.2:7). But they are all pointing to the same thing: the inheritance is God in the believer in all His fullness through the fullness of the Holy Spirit which enables him to manifest the nature and life of God naturally (Num.18:20). It is the image of the Trinity lost by man at the Garden of Eden. The fullness of God implies, the sum total of what God is (His nature and attributes); what He can do (His abilities); and His possessions.
3.12.2 Like the Old Covenant, the fulfillment of the New Covenant to secure the inheritance with which to fulfill God’s purpose is in fulfilling the covenant of circumcision which God made with them through Abraham their forefather (Col.2:6, 11). The covenant of circumcision is the root of both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The major difference between them is that the believer has in him the Holy Spirit, God’s ordained and perfect instrument for circumcising the heart of His saints which the Old Testament saints did not have. This is what makes the New Covenant a better covenant (Heb.8:6). The New Covenant went into effect in 30 AD on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to indwell the believer; that was when the Church of Jesus Christ was born.
3.12.3 As contained in section 3.7, the actual restoration work is in three stages that begin with the restoration of the Holy Spirit to the elect through his new-birth as stage one. Stage two is the restoration of the new believer from his corrupted state to the image of the Trinity by his growth to become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Stage three is the restoration from corruption of the systems through which the earth runs by the believer that has been restored from corruption. The scope of works for these three stages of actual restoration work between Christ and His Church are as outlined in Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 61:1-4. Quoting from this Isaiah prophecy, Jesus confirmed the foundation to be laid by Him from the scope of works when He taught in the synagogue, as He was about to begin His ministry (Luke 4:15-19). The sure foundation was that He became perfect to be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit which enabled Him to manifest God’s nature and preach the Gospel with power to deliver the captives through miracles, signs and wonders. He did this as example for believers to follow (Isa.61:1; Luke 4:18). The crucifixion of His body for Him to become perfect prepared it for death on the Cross to secure salvation for man (Heb.5:8-9). This enabled Him to confidently and boldly proclaim that it was God’s appointed time for the world to be saved from bondage to sin (Isa.61:2a, Luke 4:19). But after completing His portion and returning to heaven, this foundation had to continue to be laid by the Church in the lives of the elects to be restored from corruption. The scope of works covering the three restoration stages have, from the foundation of the world, been structured by God into three groups of assignments for His saints to implement in order to accomplish the Church’s superstructure phase three as follows:
(a) Soul-winning: This is preaching the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver the captives through their new-birth, healing and deliverances including execution of vengeance on the enemy (Isa.61:1-2a, b). This is the first stage of the restoration work and the first step towards the full restoration of the elect from corruption. Jesus has given this assignment to all believers as their secondary assignment (Mark 16:15-18).
(b) Perfecting of the new believer: This is the restoration of the new believer for him to become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to manifest the nature and glory of God as a life-style (Isa.61:2c, 3). The perfection of the believer is what establishes his beauty. It is the stage two of the restoration work and the second and final step that achieves the believer’s full restoration from corruption. It was the tried, precious and sure foundation stone laid by Jesus (Isa.28:16). It is what makes the election by predestination of the elect and his calling by new-birth sure (2Pet.1:10). It is what gives value to his new-birth. Jesus has given this assignment to His Five-fold ministers as their primary assignment in addition to their secondary assignment of soul-winning (Eph.4:11-13). The Five-fold ministers are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. They are extensions of Christ in continuing to lay the tried, precious and sure foundation stone of believers that make up His Church.
(c) Working and managing the systems through which the earth runs: This is stage three of the restoration work. It is the building of old wastes and repairing of desolations of many generations (Isa.61:4). It is restoring from corruption and running the systems through which the earth runs to make it habitable for all living creatures that have been in corruption since the fall of man at Eden. These numerous systems and sub-systems include transportation, building construction, town planning, farming, health-care, governance or ruling, nature preservation, administration, education, law maintenance, house-keeping, dress-making, catering, entertainment and trading. Jesus has given this assignment to all other believers apart from the Five-fold ministers, as their primary assignment in addition to their secondary assignment of soul-winning. Every child of God has a system assigned to him by God from the foundation of the world to restore from corruption to be reflecting His glory (Eph.2:10). He is specifically gifted by God to restore it from corruption by dressing and keeping it as Adam was doing before his fall. He must discover it from God under the Five-fold ministers as he is growing to become perfect. This means that his growth to become perfect must culminate in the discovery of the assignment; its discovery to the point of receiving God’s marching order to begin its pursuit is clear proof of becoming perfect.
The primary assignment of the believer is the desolate heritage he is to inherit and turn to the Garden of Eden by restoring it from corruption to be reflecting the glory of God (Isa.49:8b; Ezek.36:33-35). It is his platform and instrument for taking-over the kingdoms of the world from satan and his children in order to establish the Kingdom of God. The kingdoms of the world simply refer to the various endeavours through which the world thrives – politics, commerce and industry, entertainment.
It is in the superstructure phase three of God’s earth restoration project that the beauty and glory of the Kingdom is seen. But without the sure foundation of perfection of the believer, it cannot stand. It is the perfect believer that is filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to manifest the nature of God and preach with power to execute vengeance on the enemy and deliver the captives through new-birth, healings and deliverances. It is the perfect believer that is able to manifest God’s nature of divine wisdom to build the old wastes and repair the desolations of many generations (1Cor.2:6-7). The conclusion is that it is the perfect believer that is able and ordained by God to build the superstructure phase 3 through the three restoration stages and three groups of assignments.
3.12.4 Primary and Secondary Assignments
God always has a specific plan for achieving every purpose. To obtain his ordained result in anything, you must locate and engage His plan for doing it. God’s plan for you to win souls at the rate He ordained for you to meet your quota is to be on your primary assignment pursuing it. It is your primary assignment because it is the reason why you are here on the earth. It is the work that God created you to come and do on the earth (John 17:4). It therefore comes first in terms of priority before soul-winning which is your secondary assignment. This however does not make it more important than soul-winning. In fact, soul-winning is more precious to God because winning more souls is getting more people engaged in their primary assignments of restoring creation from corruption to fulfill His purpose. This is why it is the responsibility of all believers. Your primary and secondary assignments are like the shell and nut of a palm kernel fruit respectively. The nut is the softer, edible and more sought-after inner part. But until you crack the hard outer shell, you cannot access the nut. But when you crack it, you have access to the whole of the nut. It is cracking your primary assignment that will give you access to the great number of souls that God assigned to you to win. Yes, a new believer or one who has not yet become perfect to discover his primary assignment can preach the gospel and win souls as enabled by the measure of the Holy Spirit in him. But this is part of his training to become perfect and to access the blessing of God in soul-winning before he becomes perfect to be on his assignment. Therefore, to devote all your time to soul- winning at the expense of discovering your primary assignment and pursuing it is great misplacement of priority that will ultimately hinder the fulfillment of God’s purpose and your destiny. God’s sharp sickle of harvest this End-time is His glory. It is the glory you are reflecting by reason of the supernatural results you are generating in the pursuit of your primary assignment that will be attracting great multitudes of souls to you to be saved without struggles (Isa. 55:5, 60:1-3; Hag.2:7; Zech.8:23). This is God’s plan that will achieve God’s expected result. This was how John the Baptist, Jesus and the Early Church Apostles attracted the great multitudes. Without engaging God’s plan, you cannot obtain God’s result.
3.12.5 Even though the glory and beauty of the Kingdom will be revealed principally through the great number of believers that are restoring the systems through which the earth runs from corruption, the most critical factor in this manifestation is the foundation of perfection which is the core assignment of the Five-fold ministers. Down the ages, the failure of the Church to measure up to its responsibility of building the superstructure phase had always been traced to the failure of the Five-fold ministers to focus on this core assignment of bringing the saints of God to perfection.
3.12.6 Baptism into Christ to become perfect
The believer will follow Jesus’ example to become perfect to secure his sure foundation by the circumcision of his heart through the crucifixion of his body. But this is only the first, though most critical phase, of the series of three-phase faith operations that baptize him into Christ for him to be conformed to the image of Christ to become perfect (Rom.6:3-9); Col.2:6, 11-12; Gal.3:27). The second phase is his burial with Christ in baptism; and the third phase is his resurrection with Christ. But the circumcision of the heart through the crucifixion of the body is the foundation and springboard of the whole baptism into Christ operation. Therefore, following the example of Jesus to become perfect is not just a mere imitation of the things that He did; but going through this baptism into Christ operation through the workings of the Holy Spirit. It is a mystery.
3.12.7 Doctrines and Mystery of Christ
Through His Disciples and Apostles, Jesus delivered to His Church for the perfecting of believers to fulfill God’s purpose seven principal truths. They were His doctrines and His mystery. Doctrines are taught and learned; but mysteries are revealed and imparted. Believers are rooted through the doctrines; but they are built-up to become perfect or complete in Christ through the mystery of Christ – the mystery of baptism into Christ (Col.2:6-12, 1:27; Heb.6:1-2).
As listed in Hebrews 6:1-2, the seven truths are:
(a) The foundational doctrine of repentance from dead works (Heb.6:1c).
(b) The foundational doctrine of faith toward God (Heb.6:1d).
(c) The foundational doctrine of baptisms (Heb.6:2a)
(d) The foundational doctrine of laying on of hands (Heb.6:2b)
(e) The foundational doctrine of resurrection of the dead (Heb.6:2c)
(f) The foundational doctrine of eternal Judgment (Heb.6:2d)
(g) The mystery of perfection (Heb.6:1b)
The mystery of perfection is the mystery of baptism into Christ that turns the believer to another Christ (Gal.3:27).
Jesus delivered His doctrines to His Disciples through His example and teachings (Acts 1:1); but He revealed and imparted His mystery to His Apostles that He ordained to be with Him (Mark 3:14). As the Apostles were with Him day and night, throughout His three and half years of ministry, He emptied Himself into them. The Apostles were ordained by Him to bring believers to perfection through His mystery.
3.13 MOVE OF GOD THROUGH THE EARLY CHURCH (30AD-500AD)
3.13.1 The Apostles and Disciples of Jesus were the first-fruits of God’s restoration. Jesus began their restoration while He was on the earth as He taught them by His doctrines and example. After His resurrection, He breathed on them and they received the seed measure deposit of the Holy Spirit that would facilitate their perfection to undertake the restoration work; it takes a restored believer to restore. He said to them, “…as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21b). Then on the day of Pentecost, they were empowered through baptism in the Holy Ghost to commence the actual restoration work of preaching and teaching in the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver the captives, as Jesus did (Luke 4:18-19, 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:1-4). That very day, about three thousand men were delivered from the kingdom of satan through their new-birth, the first stage of their salvation and restoration; their foundation layout was pegged, ready for the sure foundation to be laid.
3.13.2 In pursuant of Ephesians 4:13, the perfection of believers was the main focus of the Early Church Apostles (Acts 6:2-4). It was their greatest concern and major preoccupation as confirmed by Apostles Peter, James and Paul (1Pet.5:10; Jas.1:4; Col.1:27-29; 2Cor.11:2, 13:11). Therefore, both the Apostles and believers were perfect to manifest the supernatural as a life-style as Jesus did. They fulfilled Jesus’ word of doing the same miraculous works that He did while on the earth and even surpassing them (John 14:12). The report of Philip’s manifestation of miracles in the city of Samaria was typical of Christ’s (Acts 8:5-8; Mark 3:10-11). He was another Christ manifesting because he had put on Christ by being baptized into Him to become perfect (Gal.3:27). There is no record in the Scriptures of the shadow of Jesus healing the sick; but the shadow of Apostle Peter was healing them in the streets of Jerusalem (Acts 5:14-16).
3.14 APOTASY OF THE DARK AGES (500-1500AD)
But even though the Early Church believers became perfect to regain the image of the Trinity for fulfilling God’s purpose, they could not fulfill it by filling all the earth with the glory of God. It was not yet time. The Church had not grown to the place of numerical strength in addition to spiritual strength where it could possess all the kingdoms of the world without being overwhelmed by the wild beasts in the world. But as revealed to Daniel, a time would come when they would possess the Kingdom (Dan.7:22, 27).
In possessing the land of Canaan, the figure and shadow of the Kingdom of God inheritance, God told the children of Israel: “I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land” (Exod.23:28-30). Their gradual and progressive increase was a factor in their possessing the land. God was capable of driving all the inhabitants of the land out in one day for the children of Israel to possess it; but doing so would be to their disadvantage. Similarly, the taking-over of the kingdoms of the world by the Church in order to establish the Kingdom of God had been programmed by Him to be little by little from the day of Pentecost when the Church was born (Isa.9:7; Matt.13:31-33). The reason is the same: so that the wild animals in the world do not multiply against them. Wild animals or beasts here represent those who carry the spirit of satan that opposes the fulfillment of God’s purpose on the earth. They include pagan religion worshippers, Islamic Jihadists, wicked and ungodly rulers or governments and men with spirit of tradition and religion. The gradual and progressive growth of the Church had to continue until the time of attaining both spiritual and numerical strength to take-over the kingdoms of the world without the fear of being overwhelmed by beasts, as revealed to Daniel. This is one of the reasons why unity in the Church is critical to taking-over the kingdoms of the world. If there is no unity, then the purpose of achieving numerical strength will be defeated. But unity in the Church is conditional upon the perfection of every believer. This is another strong reason why the perfection of every believer is non-negotiable for the Church to take-over the kingdoms of the world.
But rather than continuing to grow both spiritually and numerically, a time came in the Middle Ages when the Church went into spiritual coma for about one thousand years between 500AD and 1500AD; the period referred to as the Dark Ages of the Church. The Church was overwhelmed by wild beasts of the world in the areas that it expanded to with its center in Rome. This was the period the Church was said to have gained the world through its expansion but lost its soul (its spirituality) by losing its tenets. The principal tenets of the Church were the foundational doctrines and the mystery of Christ. They became watered down until they were completely lost. But no matter how backslidden His people become, God always reserves a remnant for Himself with which He continues the implementation of His plan to achieve His purpose for creating the earth. Like Elijah and the seven thousand men God reserved for Himself during the reign of ungodly and wicked King Ahab of Israel who led the whole nation to worship Baal, they would refuse to be part of the apostasy of their times (1Kgs.19:9-10, 18, 21:25-26). It is through them He moves to continue the implementation of His plan to achieve His purpose.
3.15 MOVE OF GOD THROUGH THE LATER CHURCH (1500AD TILL DATE)
God has been moving progressively through His remnants from generation to generation in the last over five hundred years from 1500AD, towards restoring the six foundational doctrines and the mystery of Christ lost during the Dark Ages, back to His Church. The ultimate goal is to bring the Church to the place of perfection that the Early Church attained, but with the added advantage of having achieved numerical strength over the years, to take-over the kingdoms of the world and establish His Kingdom to fulfill His purpose. However, new threats to the ability of the Church to take- over came with the restoration movements. One of the major threats has been the proliferation of denominations. This has been the greatest hindrance to the unity of the Church thereby puncturing the numerical strength advantage. Since the unity of the Church is conditional upon every believer becoming perfect, it is expected that this major obstacle would be removed at the restoration of the mystery of perfection, the last major truth to be restored to the Church.
3.15.1 Restoration of First Foundational Doctrine of Christ through the Protestant Reformation Movement (1500 AD)
God moved through Martin Luther, a German Professor of Theology and Catholic priest to commence the restoration of the Church through the restoration of the First Foundational Doctrine of Christ – Repentance from dead works (Heb.6:1c) – back to it. Among others, God opened his eyes to the truth that salvation is by grace alone through faith; that the just shall live by his faith, not works. This and other objections to the way the Roman Catholic Church was being run made up his ninety-five theses nailed to the door of his catholic church in 1517. When he refused to withdraw his objections as demanded by the Pope, he was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. But his action sparked off the Protestant Reformation Movement across Europe. At the same period, God also moved independently on other men like John Knox in Scotland and John Calvin in Switzerland to lead the Protestant Reformation. Protestant denomination churches developed along the specific theologies and approaches introduced by the reformers – Lutheran Church after Martin Luther; Calvinism after John Calvin; and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland founded by John Knox. This was the beginning of proliferation of denominational churches in the Body of Christ – a development that has greatly hindered the achievement of the unity required for the Church to fulfill its purpose on the earth. However, all the historic Protestant Churches shared the same central truths: salvation is by grace alone through faith; the Bible is the sole authority for the believer; and the priesthood of the believer. (1)
3.15.2 Restoration of the Second Foundational Doctrine of Christ through the Holiness Movement (1800 AD)
About three hundred years after the take-off of the Protestant Reformation Movement, God moved again to restore the Second Foundational Doctrine of Christ – Faith toward God (Heb.6:1d) – back to the Church. The distinguishing characteristic of the movement was that holiness is attainable in this life through sanctification of the Spirit by faith in God. It promoted separation from worldly values and influences. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church denomination was the key figure that God used to birth this move. (2)
3.15.3 Restoration of the Third Foundational Doctrine of Christ through Pentecostal Movement (1900 AD)
About one hundred years after the take-off of the Holiness Movement, God moved again through the Pentecostal Movement to restore the Third Foundational Doctrine of Christ – the Doctrine of Baptisms (Heb.6:2a) – back to the Church. The Pentecostal Movement grew out of the Holiness churches. The central truth restored was baptism in the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in unknown tongues as it happened with the Disciples of Jesus on the day of Pentecost; and also faith healing. God used Charles F. Parham to birth this move in the early hours of 1901; and William J. Seymour to spread it world-wide through the Asuza Street revival in Los Angeles, USA. The revival began in the year 1906 and lasted for three years. (3)
3.15.4 Restoration of the Fourth Foundational Doctrine of Christ through the Latter Rain-Charismatic Movement (1950 AD)
About fifty years after the take-off of the Pentecostal Movement, God moved again through the Latter Rain Movement to restore the Fourth Foundational Doctrine of Christ – Laying on of Hands (Heb.6:2b) – back to the Church. The Latter Rain Movement came out of the Pentecostal Movement. It was birthed out of the proponents’ desire for a deeper dimension of Christianity than what obtained in the classical Pentecostal churches. The Pentecostals knew about the latter rain. They believed that the re-appearance of baptism in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues marked the “latter rain” of God’s Spirit and that the baptism on the day of Pentecost was the “former rain” that birthed the Church. But unlike the Pentecostals who held that the baptism of the Holy Spirit usually comes after prolonged waiting for the Spirit, the Latter Rain Movement held that the baptism of the Holy Spirit can be imparted on one believer by another through laying on of hands. Other features that distinguished the movement from the Pentecostals were:
(a) Laying on of hands were accompanied by personal prophecy.
(b) It emphasized a different eschatological outlook that saw the Church as victorious and overcoming by coming to the fullness of the stature of Christ; as against the pessimistic and dispensational outlook of the Pentecostals.
(c) It taught that as the end of the age approached, a company of believers who have come to the full stature of Christ would arise within the Church, manifesting as the sons of God after the order of Christ. They would complete God’s work of restoring man to his original state in the Garden of Eden, before his fall.
(d) It believed in the restoration of the Five-fold ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. It was believed that the foundational roles of Apostle and Prophet had been lost during the Dark Ages; but that God was restoring them. Classical Pentecostals understood the five ministerial roles not as offices or authority designated to any particular person but as functions available to the entire Spirit-baptized congregation, subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
(e) A major theme of the Latter Rain was “unity” among believers in the church service, the geographic region, and at large. They expected that in the coming “last days”, the various Christian denominations would dissolve into city wide churches under the leadership of the newly restored Apostles and Prophets.
(f) The “Sacrifice of Praise” and the restoration of the Tabernacle of David were important themes within the Latter Rain Movement. Dancing, lifting of hands and spontaneous praise were marks of the movement.
(g) It promoted typological interpretation of Scripture.
The movement later slowly dissolved into the larger Charismatic Movement. (4)
3.15.5 Restoration of the Fifth Foundational Doctrine of Christ through the Faith Movement (1970 AD)
About twenty years after the take-off of the Latter Rain Movement, God moved again through the Faith Movement to restore the Fifth Foundational Doctrine of Christ – Resurrection of the Dead (Heb.6:2c) – back to the Church. The principal requirement for resurrection from the dead is faith (John 11:25-26; Col.2:12). But resurrection has two connotations; there is the first resurrection and there is the second.
The first resurrection takes place when the believer is physically alive (Rom.1:3-4). When he dies with Christ through the crucifixion of his body, he will be buried with Him through his obedience and then resurrect with Him to glory. He will resurrect with the faith of God (the spirit of faith; the faith of Christ) to secure the righteousness of God and manifest the nature of God that manifests the supernatural as a life-style (Col.2:12). This is the life of power, victory, health and prosperity – the overcomer’s life through faith (Rom.6:4-5; 1John 5:4). Like Jesus, he becomes a quickening spirit, giving life to anything dead (1Cor.15:42, 45). This is the ministration of the spirit and of righteousness (2Cor.3:8-9).
The second resurrection will take place at Rapture. This is when the dead in Christ will resurrect physically from the dead to join Christ in the air at the shout of the arch-angel (1Thess.4:16-17). But it is only those who took part in the first death and first resurrection that would take part in the second resurrection (Rev.20:6).
The Faith Movement spread the message of victorious living, diving healing and health, and prosperity through faith that brought multitudes into the Church world-wide. The Faith Movement played a significant role in bringing the Church to the place of numerical strength to possess the land without the fear of being overwhelmed by wild beasts in the world. Two key figures that God used to birth the Faith Movement were E.W. Kenyon and Kenneth E. Hagin. (5)
3.15.6 Restoration of the Sixth Foundational Doctrine of Christ through “Christ’s Return Movement”
From the five foundational doctrines of Christ that God restored back to the Church over the four hundred and seventy years period between 1500 AD and 1970 AD, we can make some deductions as follows:
(a) God followed the progressive sequence as listed in Hebrews 6:1-2. This meant that He restored them in the order they were needed most to put the Church back on sound footing; and progressed towards its perfection and manifestation as listed in Section 3.13.8. Unarguably therefore, the Foundational Doctrine of Eternal Judgment was the next and last foundational doctrine to be restored. Then this would be followed by the final truth to be restored – the Mystery of Perfection. I cannot find a scriptural reason for God to change this plan at the point of restoring the sixth foundational doctrine of Christ. God is an orderly and consistent God.
(b) God did not restore more than one foundational doctrine of Christ at a time. The focus of the Church on one at a time for assimilation was a very crucial factor in the restoration. This is in line with the ways of God; for His Word says, “…If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matt.6:22b).
(c) A recognizable movement, whether universally embraced by the entire Body of Christ or not, was identified with the restoration of each doctrine. In fact, virtually all the movements began by departing from the existing order which resisted it at first. This was one of the main factors behind the proliferation of denominations. But gradually, the truth being restored would begin to permeate the Church until it became embraced by a significant portion. Hence, time was an important factor in the restoration of the doctrines.
(d) God allowed the time sufficient for each doctrine to sink into His Church at the time of restoration, before commencing the next one. He began with about three hundred years between the first and the second since He was just bringing the Church out of one thousand years in darkness. Then it reduced to about one hundred years between the second and the third because the Church had woken up from slumber. Then it reduced further to about fifty years between the third and the fourth; and twenty years between the fourth and the fifth. Based on this restoration trend, one would expect the restoration of the sixth foundational doctrine of Eternal Judgment to have commenced any time between 1980 and 1990, for the restoration of the mystery of perfection to commence between 1990 and 2010 or simply, at the beginning of the twenty first century. We are now in 2018; and the questions we need to ask are:
(a) Has the doctrine of Eternal Judgment been restored back to the Church?
(b) If yes; when was it restored and through what instrument?
(c) Has God commenced the restoration of the mystery of perfection?
(d) If yes; when did it commence and through what instrument?
(e) Where is the Church now in God’s programme to fully restore it to position it to fulfill His purpose of restoring the earth from corruption to be reflecting His glory through the establishment of His Kingdom, for it to fulfill its destiny?
Restoration of the Foundational Doctrine of Eternal Judgment
Going by the ways that the first five foundational doctrines of Christ have been restored to the Church, there is nothing to show that Eternal Judgment, which is the sixth foundational doctrine, has been restored back to the Church. Apart from Holiness churches that have been traditionally known for preaching about eternal judgment, there has been no recognizable major movement to focus the attention of the Church on its restoration. The major movements that gained currency in the Church in the period between 1980 and 1990 were the Prophetic Movement in the 1980’s and the Apostolic Movement in the 1990’s. These two movements are often linked together by their proponents as Prophetic-Apostolic Movement. (6)
The Prophetic-Apostolic Movement
Among others, the proponents of the movement believe that:
(a) There have been five major restoration movements between 1500 AD and 2000 AD; and that the first four foundational doctrines of Christ as listed in Hebrews 6:1-2 have been restored back to the Church as follows:
(i) Repentance from Dead Works in 1500 AD by the Protestant Reformation Movement.
(ii) Faith towards God in 1800 by the Holiness Movement.
(iii) Doctrine of Baptisms in 1900 by the Pentecostal Movement.
(iv) Laying on of Hands in 1950 by Latter Rain-Charismatic Movement.
(v) Restoration of the offices of the Prophet and Apostle in 1980 and 1990 respectively by the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement (restoration of Resurrection of the Dead replaced).
(b) The sixth restoration movement would be the Saints Movement in the twenty first century (to replace restoration of Eternal Judgment). (7)
(c) For the Church to fulfill its purpose and destiny, a Saints Movement is required to birth a generation of saints that would be conformed to the image of Christ, out of which the Omega-Transition Generation that would receive Christ at His second coming would emerge. The Saints Movement would be a time of activating the saints into their proper calling and membership ministry in the Body of Christ. It would be a time for the saints to be taught, trained, activated and equipped in their tools of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. The movement would hasten the return of the Lord. (8)
(d) The full restoration of the Five-fold ascension gift ministries of Christ into their proper places of recognition in the Body of Christ was a necessary pre-condition to bring forth the Saints Movement. This is because they were the ones called and commissioned by Christ to teach, train, activate and equip the saints into their membership ministries in the Body of Christ. These offices are Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher, Prophet and Apostle; and they were restored to the Church in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s 1980’s and 1990’s respectively. (9)
(e) The Prophetic-Apostolic Movement was required as a major restoration movement to restore the offices of the Prophet and Apostle. This was unlike the offices of the evangelist, pastor and teacher that were smaller restoration waves during the major restoration movements of the Latter Rain, Charismatic and Faith respectively. First, unlike these three offices, it was believed by some in the Body of Christ that the offices of the Prophet and Apostle were no more valid in the present day Church. Secondly, they were the offices required to activate the saints in the use of their weapons of supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit for possessing the land. The Prophetic Movement brought revelation of how to activate them into the gifts of prophecy, word of knowledge, and word of wisdom; while the Apostolic Movement brought revelation of how to activate them into the gifts of healings, faith and working of miracles. Thirdly, Prophets and Apostles play the vital leadership roles of providing protection, direction and timing for the forward move of the Church to fulfill its purpose. (10)
(f) The Holy Spirit’s designated time for the saints to fully come into their membership ministries was the first two decades of the twenty-first century (that is, 2000 AD – 2020 AD). (11)
The Prophetic-Apostolic Movement became a costly distraction to the Church
The proponents of Prophetic-Apostolic Movement have been silent about the restoration of the fifth and sixth foundational doctrines of Christ (Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment respectively) which they have replaced with restoration of the Prophet and Apostle, and the Saints Movement respectively. God’s sequential and progressive restoration plan based on Hebrews 6:1-2 was set aside and substituted by another plan.
No doubt, it is God’s will for Prophets and Apostles to be properly recognized and positioned to offer leadership to the Church and bring the saints to perfection as they did in the Early Church, for it to fulfill God’s purpose and its destiny. But God did not require a major Prophetic-Apostolic Movement that would cancel His sequential and progressive restoration of truth based on Hebrews 6:1-2 that He began in 1500 AD, to position His Prophets and Apostles for recognition and acceptance. It is also God’s plan for the Later Church Saints to become perfect like the Early Church Saints for them to possess the Kingdom and fulfill His purpose. But again, this did not require the setting aside of His sequential and progressive restoration of truth based on Hebrews 6:1-2. In fact, as you will see later, God’s plan for His saints to become perfect begins with the restoration of the foundational doctrines of Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment set aside by the proponents of the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement.
Our plans will never achieve God’s purpose no matter how good, sophisticated, well articulated and attractive they are. It is only God’s plan that will achieve His purpose no matter how crude, simplistic and unattractive it may appear. The organized pursuit of the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement only succeeded in shifting the vital focus required by the Church to assimilate the doctrines of Christ being restored through God’s plan, with grave consequences. The following reasons will make this very clear:
(a) In all history, God had never required a major organized movement to position His prophets for recognition and acceptance. He positions them through the miracles, signs and wonders He enables them to perform. That was how He positioned Joshua for the children of Israel to recognize, accept and obey him after he took over from Moses as their leader (Josh.3:7, 4:14). Prophets are, “…set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel (Church) and for a sign which shall be spoken against” (Luke 2:34b). Those who recognize and receive them are blessed through their ministries while those who despise them suffer the consequences (Matt.10:41; 2Kgs.7:1-2, 18-20). When you look closely today, you will discover that it is the Prophet or Apostle that is manifesting miracles, signs and wonders that is commanding the great crowds. It is on this platform they are recognized not only by the Church, but also kings and the unbelieving world; and obeyed by the saints of God. Without an organized movement, they will be recognized, accepted and obeyed. A major movement is not needed for their recognition and acceptance. Like the offices of the Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher that were restored through smaller restoration waves under God’s major restoration plan, the Prophets and Apostles could also have been restored under God’s major restoration plan for the Foundational Doctrines of Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment.
(b) One of the major reasons on which the need for the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement as a major movement was based was for the offices of the prophet and apostle to be restored to complete the five-fold ministers for the equipping and activation of the saints in their membership ministries and weapons of war for growing up to the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ; and for possessing the land. The most prominent of the listed weapons are the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (12).
But even though the gifts of the Holy Spirit are very powerful, they are not adequate for possessing the Kingdom and occupying till Jesus returns (Luke 19:12-13). They are not God-ordained weapon for possessing the land. He gave believers the gifts of the Holy Spirit for their profiting – to achieve success in life and ministry – pending when they would become perfect to secure His ordained-weapon for possessing the land (1Cor.12:1, 7-10). Paul imparted spiritual gifts to the Roman believers for them to become established (Rom.1:11). To be established is to become rooted; it is foundational (Heb.6:2b). You need more than spiritual gifts to be built-up to perfection to possess the land (Col.2:7; Heb.6:1). God’s ordained weapon for possessing the land is full, prompt and delightsome obedience to Him as a life-style (Judg.3:1-4). It enables the believer to manifest the nature of God naturally (without activation) through the dimensions of the Holy Spirit. These dimensions include among others the spirit of love, the spirit of revelation, the spirit of faith, the spirit of holiness, the spirit of power, the spirit of wisdom and the spirit of might. The believer will get to this realm of manifestation when he becomes perfect to be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit as a life-style. At this perfect realm, he does not need to covet spiritual gifts anymore; he has gone beyond that level. He can manifest any spiritual gift at will, as required for the fulfillment of God’s purpose through the relevant dimension of the Holy Spirit he is manifesting naturally. When the perfect comes, the temporary and inadequate spiritual gifts give way (1Cor.13:8-10). The weapons of the ever conquering, invincible Joel’s Army which is a prophecy of the End-time Army of the Saints of God that will possess the land are not the gifts of the Spirit but full obedience to Jesus, the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (Joel 2:11). The weapon is, like Jesus, living and operating by Holy Ghost revelation of the Word as a life-style (John 5:30). It has therefore been a great error to base the necessity for a Prophetic-Apostolic Movement that set God’s plan aside, on the activation of the saints in their weapons of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
(c) According to the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement, the pastors of the Charismatic Movement brought the Church to its Jordan River for the Prophets and Apostles to take- over the provision of protection, direction and timing from the cloud by day and the fire by night; as they take the Church across Jordan for the saints to begin to possess the land (13).
First of all, even though the children of Israel had crossed the Jordan to the border of the land, God did not allow them access into it, not to talk of possessing it; until all the males had been circumcised by Joshua (Josh.5:2-11). Even though the Later Church Saints have been crossing the Jordan to the border of the land, they will be unable to enter it to possess it until their hearts have been circumcised for them to become perfect. They are beholding the land through the great promises of God they hear, read about and confess every day. But they are unable to access them because their hearts are not circumcised for them to obey God as a life-style. As you saw in Section 3.13.2, it takes the fulfillment of the covenant of circumcision for the believer to obey God to access his inheritance (Gen.17:7-10). Inability to access the inheritance leads to frustration rather than manifestation. This is the situation of many believers in the Body of Christ today. This is one of the grave consequences of setting God’s restoration plan aside. It is the role of the Prophet to position them for this heart circumcision which will be performed on them by the Holy Spirit, as Joshua did for the children of Israel. This is the ultimate goal of restoring the sixth Foundational Doctrine of Eternal Judgment. But the Prophet has limited himself to the activation of the saints (whose hearts are not circumcised), in their weapons of the gift of the Spirit that are inadequate for possessing the land. Yes, they can manifest the gifts for profiting now and again; but not as a life-style that is required for possessing the land. This is why; eighteen years after the activation of the saints was supposed to have begun in 2000 AD after the restoration of the office of the Apostle, the anticipated manifestation in the Saints Movement cannot be seen. Instead, what you find is a high level of carnality among both the saints and Five-fold ministers; and increasing frustration due to inability to secure the inheritance.
Secondly, the Holy Spirit is the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night in the New Testament. After the Church has crossed the Jordan to the border of the land, He cannot be replaced by the Prophets and Apostles in providing protection, direction and timing for its forward move to possess the land. Rather, He will continue to provide them through the Prophets and Apostles until He fully replaces them in piloting the life and ministry of the saints of God as they become perfect. The major responsibility of the Prophet and Apostle is to facilitate how the believer will get to this place of perfection where the Holy Spirit will replace them fully.
At every point in time, there will always be a good number of God’s saints (they are in the majority) who have not gotten to this place of perfection. Therefore, the provision of covering, direction and timing by the Holy Spirit through the ministry of the Prophets and Apostles will always be required in the Church; the same way God provided them through Moses for the children of Israel when they were on their way to possess the land of Canaan (Psalm 77:20; Isa.63:11; Hos.12:13). Through them, the Church at large will know what the Holy Spirit is saying per time (Rev.1:20, 2:1, 7). But at the point of possessing the land to fulfill God’s purpose, the perfected saint will be depending fully on the Holy Spirit for protection, direction and timing; and not the Prophet and Apostle.
The role of the Prophet in the New Testament is not exactly the same as his role in the Old Testament. The Old Testament saints did not have the Holy Spirit in them. They also did not have access to the voice of God which Abraham and Moses who like them did not have the Holy Spirit in them had access to (Deut.18:16). Therefore, the Old Testament saints depended only and fully on God’s Prophets for instruction, direction and protection. But the believer has the Holy Spirit in him. He received a seed measure deposit at new-birth. The role of the Prophet and the Apostle is to facilitate the growth of this seed measure to full and overflowing measure. This is when he becomes perfect, set to possess the land. Rather than replacing the Holy Spirit, the Prophet is to take the believer to this place of perfection where the Holy Spirit replaces him as the believer’s instructor and director. This is why God will not allow him access into the land until his heart has been circumcised for him to become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He will begin to live and operate by Holy Ghost revelation of the Word as a life-style through His moment-by- moment instructions and directions to him. Then God’s Word shall be fulfilled that says, “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory” (Isa.60:19; see also Isa.24:23 and Joel 3:14-16). With the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the saint will become a Holy Ghost edifice that guarantees protection against the holocaust of the last days twenty four by seven. The gathering of these saints, their homes and endeavours will become places of refuge for the vulnerable that have not become perfect (Isa.4:5-6, 32:2).
(d) The platform and instrument for the saint of God to possess the land is his primary assignment. The Holy Spirit’s instruction and direction to him in the execution of this assignment supersedes any general instruction coming from the Prophet or Apostle. But one of the major problems in the Church today that is hindering it from fulfilling God’s purpose of possessing the land is that majority of believers do not even know their divine assignments not to talk of pursuing them! How then can they possess the land? The major role of the Prophet and Apostle is to bring the believer to the place of full, prompt and delightsome obedience to God as a life-style through his perfection. This obedience will be full when it covers the three areas of his walk with God. They are obedience to his primary assignment which is his capital obedience; obedience to the moment-by-moment and phase-to-phase instructions and directions of the Holy Spirit to him; and obedience to all the commandments of God which is summarized as walking in love or living and operating by the dictates of Scriptures. This full obedience is what the restoration of the Foundational Doctrines of Resurrection of the Dead, Eternal Judgment and the Mystery of Perfection are ordained by God to facilitate in the life of the saint through the ministries of prophets and Apostles.
(e) The Prophetic-Apostolic Movement has its roots in the Latter Rain Movement that promoted an eschatological outlook that saw the Church as victorious and overcoming by coming to the fullness of the stature of Christ; rather than a pessimistic and dispensational outlook held by the Classical Pentecostals. I believe this was one of the major reasons why they set aside God’s plan of restoring the fifth and sixth foundational doctrines of Christ of Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment respectively. They smelled dispensational!
First of all, unknown to them, God had actually restored to the Church the Foundational Doctrine of Resurrection of the Dead through the Faith Movement as presented in Section 3.15.5. The Faith Movement was a major restoration movement of God and not a small wave. Secondly, even though the restoration of the Doctrine of Eternal Judgment as a major restoration movement requires focus on it through preaching (which I believe the proponents of the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement were trying to avoid), it does not promote a dispensational eschatological outlook in God’s plan. Rather, it is to spur the saints of God to embrace God’s programme for them to grow to the fullness of the stature of Christ by becoming perfect. This is when they will be living a life-style of full obedience to God to manifest His nature of righteousness and holiness as a life-style. This is what makes them ready for the return of the Lord and at the same time guarantees their escape from eternal damnation. Jesus is coming back for a glorious, reigning Church; a Church of believers without spot, wrinkle of blemish; but holy. It is the saints whose hearts have been circumcised for them to become perfect that make up this Church. This is what the restoration of the Doctrine of Eternal Judgment was meant to facilitate through the Prophets.
(f) Even though the proponents of the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement acknowledges that the saints must grow up to the fullness of the stature of Christ before they can manifest like the Joel’s Army, they did not have God’s plan for its achievement. As presented in (b) above, activating the saints in the use of the tools of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit cannot. God’s plan for achieving it is in the restoration of the last three truths in Hebrews 6:1-2 – Doctrine of Resurrection of the Dead; Doctrine of Eternal Judgment; and the Mystery of Perfection.
God’s Plan for the restoration of the Foundational Doctrine of Eternal Judgment
God’s core purpose for the restoration of the Doctrine of Eternal Judgment to His Church is to facilitate the escape of His saints from eternal damnation by turning them from living a life-style of disobedience to that of obedience. This also is what prepares them ready for the Lord’s return. For this purpose, He has been sending to His people, Prophets in whom He put the spirit of Elijah that turns the disobedient to the obedient through the power to manifest miracles, signs and wonders (Mal.4:5-6; 1Kgs.18:21, 38-39). John the Baptist was the first of such prophets sent by Him (Luke 1:16-17; Matt.11:13-14, 17:10- 13). John the Baptist not only prepared the way for the first coming of Christ, he also began to prepare the saints ready for His second coming to facilitate their escape from eternal damnation by turning them from living a life of disobedience to God to that of obedience (Luke 3:1-14, 1:16-17). God has since then been sending such prophets and will continue to send them till Jesus returns, in line with His Word. The outcome of failure of the Prophet to discharge this duty is that the saints of God will continue to live in disobedience. This will bring them under the curse of the Lord that leads to death (Mal.4:6b; Deut.28:15-68, 30:19). Death here means the contrary situations of life which include among others poverty, sickness, disease, frustration, barrenness, defeat, misfortune, calamities and premature death here on the earth; and culminates in eternal damnation after life on the earth. Since restoring this doctrine is what prepares the saints for the return of the Lord, and we are commanded to speed up His coming, an appropriate name for the movement for this restoration would be “Christ’s Return Movement” (2Pet.3:10-14).
It is very easy to be doing good works and seeing good results and yet be very far away from achieving God’s result and fulfilling His purpose. Our willing and doing will not achieve God’s purpose. It is best to allow God to be working in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. This is when you access His Sabbath of rest. It is becoming perfect that will take you to this realm; and this is where He wants His Later Church saints that will fulfill His purpose on the earth to be.
On April 22, 2017, God said to me, “It is time to take my people to perfection”. Through this statement, He indirectly confirmed to me that He had already restored to the Church the sixth Foundational Doctrine of Christ of Eternal Judgment. You will remember that while the proponents of the Prophetic-Apostolic Movement substituted the restoration of the fifth Doctrine of Resurrection of the Dead with the restoration of the offices of the Prophet and the Apostle in the 1980’s and 1990’s, God had already restored it through the Faith Movement in the 1970’s (See section 3.15.5). God does not need great numbers or sophisticated organizations to achieve His purposes; one man had always been enough for Him (Num.14:12; Judg.6:14; Jer.1:17-19). His Word says, “For there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few (1Sam.14:6). Jesus also said, “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt.22:14). The few that are chosen are the remnants that God has reserved for Himself to fulfill His purpose out of the multitudes of believers that are being called into salvation through their new-birth in all the nations of the earth. They are the ones who will subscribe to His programme for them to become perfect. His prophets, known or unknown; recognized or unrecognized; accepted or unaccepted; are reaching them in different parts of the world to position them to become perfect.
3.15.7 Restoration of the Mystery of Perfection through Baptism into Christ
After the restoration of the sixth foundational doctrine of Christ, the next, seventh and last truth for God to restore based on Hebrews 6:1-2 is the Mystery of Perfection (Heb.6:1b). The number seven symbolizes perfection. This is not a coincidence; for God is not a God of coincidences but of plans and purposes. The saints of the Early Church were rooted in Christ through His six foundational doctrines; they were built-up to become complete in Him through His mystery – the Mystery of Baptism into Christ. This is the mystery that God will be restoring to His Church in these days to bring His saints to perfection (Col.2:6-12). Baptism into Christ will bring the believer to the place where he is conformed to the image of Christ which is the image of the Trinity for manifesting the nature of God that produces His glory to fulfill His purpose. It will make the believer another Christ, manifesting the supernatural as a life-style as Jesus did during His earthly ministry. This also was the secret of the manifestation of the supernatural by the Early Church saints like Peter, Stephen, Philip and Paul. The instruments that God will use to bring about this restoration in His Church are His Apostles whom He has gifted and raised (groomed) through the Holy Spirit, for this purpose. Concerning the mystery of Christ revealed to him through the Holy Spirit, Paul said: “Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets” (Eph.3:2-5, NIV). Speaking further about his responsibility concerning this mystery of Christ revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, he said: “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things” (Eph.3:8-9, NIV). His responsibility was to open the understanding of the saints of God to how to access this mystery. Then in discharging this responsibility, he said: “I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Col.1:25-29).
The ultimate goal of Paul’s preaching, admonishing, teaching, laboring and struggling as led by the Holy Spirit was to bring the saints of God to perfection through the revelation and impartation of the mystery. These are what the Apostles of the Later Church must do to bring the saints of God to perfection.
The believer received Christ into his life at new-birth through the seed measure of the Holy Spirit deposited into his heart (Eph.1:13-14; 1Cor.1:22; Rom.8:9). This seed measure is his hope of manifesting as a life-style the nature of God that produces His glory; this is the meaning of, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. This hope will become a practical reality when he becomes perfect to become filled with the full measure of the Holy Spirit – the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This is when he becomes complete in Christ and therefore conformed to His image. He will achieve this transformation through the mystery of baptism into Christ. This was the mystery that brought the Early Church saints to perfection. Addressing them, Paul said: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal.3:27). All of them were believers; but not all of them subscribed to the Baptism into Christ operation. It was only those who subscribed to Baptism into Christ operation that put on Christ – each of them became another Christ; became conformed to His image; grew to the fullness of His stature.
The truth of Baptism into Christ to become perfect was one of the truths lost by the Church during the Dark Ages. If you go through the history of Church restoration from the Protestant Reformation Movement of 1500 AD, you will hardly find anywhere that it has been mentioned. It is the only major truth that remains to be restored to the Church. Without its restoration, the Church cannot become perfect to fulfill God’s purpose and its destiny. But it is now time in God’s agenda for its restoration to the Church.
The perfection of the saint is what positions him to take-over the kingdoms of the world from satan and his children for him to begin to rule in righteousness and judgment to establish the Kingdom of God where all things reflect His glory. It is what makes him ready – without spot, wrinkle or blemish; but holy – for the Lord’s return. This is because it is what gives him the faith of Christ (the spirit of faith) that secures the everlasting righteousness of God – the sure mercies of David that seals his perfection or consecration forever (Phil.3:9; Acts 13:34; Isa.55:3; Heb.7:28).
Paul was an Apostle of Christ used by God to bring the Early Church believers to perfection after he himself had been brought to perfection through the mighty workings of the Holy Spirit in him; not all the Apostles of the Early Church were so used. The Apostles that will facilitate the perfection of the Later Church saints in these last days are those who have been brought to perfection by their baptism into Christ through the workings of the Holy Spirit in them. They are all over the world. Through them, the saints of God will access this mystery for their perfection.
You will discover that Jesus makes His Apostles to be Prophets also; but not all Prophets are Apostles. Therefore, the restoration of the sixth Foundational Doctrine of Eternal Judgment and the Mystery of Perfection through baptism into Christ become one continuous operation in the hands of His Apostles. This operation will bring the believer to perfection to possess the land, escape eternal damnation and reign with Christ in His Millennial and Eternal Kingdoms. God’s wisdom is infinite and unfathomable! Don’t ever try to set aside His plan no matter how unattractive it appears.
How long this Perfection Movement will take from now before the Lord returns is known to only God. But it seems to me that this will be the last major restoration move of God in His Church. This is because, after perfection, there is nothing more to pursue but to be going from perfection to perfection in order to go from glory to glory till we transit to eternal glory!
In his book, “The Day of the Saints,” Dr. Bill Hamon prophesied: “The Day of the Saints will bring the greatest revolutionary restoration truth since the Protestant Movement’s revelation and teaching on the priesthood of every believer.” I believe that Baptism into Christ to become perfect and conformed to the image of Christ, qualifies to be this greatest revolutionary restoration truth. I believe we are in the Day of the Saints from which the Omega-Transition Generation that will receive Christ as seen by Dr. Bill Hamon, will begin to emerge. (14)
The Day of the Saints was that day prophesied by Isaiah the Prophet: “In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel” (Isa.4:2). The believer is the branch of the Lord that will be reflecting the beauty and glory of God through His nature – the fruit (John 15:5). Those that are escaped of Israel are the remnants that God has reserved for Himself to fulfill His purpose this End-time. They are the holy saints who will go with Christ at Rapture and reign with Him in His Millennial Kingdom at His second coming and eternally afterwards (Isa.4:3). But they will secure their position in this End-time body of saints only after they have become perfect through the crucifixion of the body to circumcise the heart; through the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning (Isa.4:4). The spirit of judgment is the dimension of the Holy Spirit that reveals the truth that prompts the denial of the desires of the body (John 5:30); the spirit of burning is His dimension that gives grace to endure the suffering of denying the desires of the body to crucify it and obey the truth. This is the foundation and springboard of Baptism into Christ to become perfect. As believers subscribe to God’s programme for them to become perfect through baptism into Christ, they will grow up to the fullness of the stature of Christ.
A New Dawn for the remnant
Jesus came out of the remnant that God reserved for Himself in Israel to usher the remnant He reserved for Himself in the world into a new dawn through the Kingdom of God (Isa.10:22, 11:1; Luke 1:76-79; Matt.4:17; Rom.11:5). A new dawn means a new life altogether (Rom.6:4). It is the life of heaven lived on the earth. The sun and the moon have no relevance in heaven because everyone operates by light – Holy Ghost revelation of the Word. Jesus lived and operated in this new dawn when He was on the earth as example for the remnants to follow (John 5:30, 12:49-50; Isa.11:10-12). The main features of the new dawn as outlined in a Messianic prophecy by Isaiah the prophet and fulfilled by Christ are as follow:
(a) By becoming perfect, they will be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit for the manifestation of the seven Spirits of God (Isa.11:2).
(b) They will be living and operating naturally by Holy Ghost revelation rather than by what they hear or see to put the sun and the moon to shame (Isa.11:3; 60:19-20, 24:23; John 5:30).
(c) They will take-over the kingdoms of the world to begin to execute righteous judgment on the earth through Holy Ghost revelation of the Word (Isa.11:4, 32:1-8).
(d) Faith (that produces the righteousness of God) and obedience (that produces faithfulness) will be running in their blood to make them invincible in warfare as they execute righteous judgment (Isa.11:5).
(e) They will access the Pre-Fall realm of peace; they will be operating in the destruction- free, hurt-free and tension-free zone and realm on the earth (Isa.11:6-9, 65:1, 25).
(f) They will enter God’s rest (Isa.11:10).
(g) They will move from operating in the Old Order to the New Order (Heb.8:13).
The common denominator in all these manifestations is living and operating by Holy Ghost revelation of the Word because they have become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
In the years ahead, we will begin to see the Kingdom of God demonstrated in power in ways we have never seen before. The saints of God will begin to take-over in all realms of human endeavours to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth.
The door of Baptism into Christ is the greatest door that God has so far opened to man since his fall at the Garden of Eden. This is because it is what returns him to the image of the Trinity for fulfilling God’s purpose and his destiny lost at Eden. God will be releasing exceeding abundant grace for His saints to secure their perfection through Baptism into Christ. We are in the greatest hour of opportunity for the saints of God and the Church of Jesus Christ!
3.16 CLOSE-OUT PHASE 4 BY JESUS
The close-out phase of God’s earth restoration project is when Jesus will come back to the earth the second time to conclude the project. In the scope of works, it is the execution of vengeance on the enemies of God and His people, that still remain on the earth at His second coming (Isa.61:2b). Like the foundation phase, it will be executed solely by Jesus. He will tread the winepress of the vengeance of God all alone at this time (Rev.19:15): “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come (Isa.63:3-4).
The day of vengeance began at the time of redemption of the people of God on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of vengeance came to dwell in them. It will be concluded at Christ’s second coming. With the rod of His mouth and breath of His lips, He will slay all the remaining enemies of God who collaborate with satan in filling the earth with corruption (19:1-2, 11-21; Isa.11:4b). Satan himself will be arrested, bound and detained in the bottomless pit for one thousand years (Rev.20:1-3). During this one thousand years period, Jesus will be reigning as King over His Kingdom. Reigning as kings with Him will be believers who fulfilled God’s purpose while on the earth (Rev.17:14, 20:6). They were called by their new-birth (Rom.8:28-30); chosen by their perfection (Isa.48:10-11; Matt.22:14); and faithful in the pursuit of their primary assignment to fulfill God’s purpose of filling the earth with His glory. Like Jesus, they glorified God on the earth by finishing the work God gave them to do (John 17:4). At the end of the one thousand years, after the Great White Throne Judgment, Jesus would hand-over the completed project to the Father (Rev.20:11-15; 1Cor.15:24-25) – His Kingdom where everything reflects His glory (Matt.13:40-43; Rev.21:27).
The restoration of the Church must not be seen in isolation. It must be seen within the context of the overall restoration of all of God’s creation on the earth from corruption to be reflecting His glory to fulfill the purpose He set out to achieve in the beginning – the creation on the earth of a visible, physical domain of His Kingdom where all things reflect His glory as in the invisible domain in heaven. If this purpose for which He predestinated His Church from the foundation of the world is not achieved, then the Church has failed to fulfill its destiny.
That ant, cockroach, fly or rat may not mean anything to you other than being a nuisance that must be destroyed without blinking an eye. But it means a lot to God who created all things to reflect His glory for His pleasure. His goal is not just to restore the Church for believers to enjoy the good life, feel better than the rest of the people of the world and thereafter go to heaven to enjoy eternal bliss with Christ. No; He is restoring His Church to the perfect state because that is what is required for believers to be able to restore His creation from corruption to be reflecting His glory to fulfill His purpose. Jesus laid the foundation or substructure of this restoration at His first coming. The Church was birthed to build the superstructure (the visible, physical restoration) on the foundation laid by Jesus. It would do this by restoring the elects still in the world from corruption so they can join the restoration team; and then restoring from corruption all the systems through which the earth runs to make it habitable for all living creatures.
Like the broken walls of Jerusalem whose restoration was led by Nehemiah, every believer has a portion of this restoration work being led by Jesus, assigned to him by God from the foundation of the world (Neh.3:1-32). It is the desolate heritage that he will inherit and turn to the Garden of Eden (Isa.49:8b; Ezek.36:33-35). It is what Scriptures refer to as the old waste places or desolations of many generations (Isa.58:12, 61:4). It will be one of the numerous systems and sub-systems through which the earth is run to make it habitable for all living creatures. They include among others worship, health- care, farming, building construction, transportation, town planning, governance or ruling, nature preservation, music, writing, education, law, accounting, banking, dress-making, trading and entertainment. He will restore it from corruption by taking it over from satan and his children to run it by the Word of God. That was what Adam was doing in the Garden of Eden before his fall. This is what it means to take-over the kingdoms of the world. He will take-over by first dispossessing satan and his children through the power and the wisdom of God – parts of God’s nature he begins to manifest as a life-style because he has become perfect (Luke 11:21-22; Psalm 63:3; Prov.21:22, 24:5). Then, he will continue to rule in the midst of the enemies through the power, wisdom and righteousness of God; all accessed after becoming perfect (Psalm 110:1-2; Isa.11:1; Rom.5:17). The Rod is Jesus the Word; and Jesus is the Wisdom of God and the Power of God (1Cor.1:24). These will enable him to rule in righteousness and judgment to establish the Kingdom of God; for, “…the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness (Isa.5:16).God is honoured, glorified and worshipped in judgment and righteousness (when righteous judgment is being executed on the earth):
1 “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
6 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
8 But the liberal diviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.”
Believers are crowned kings by Jesus the King of kings when they become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to manifest as a life-style the nature of God for executing righteous judgment on the earth. They will execute righteous judgment in two ways. The first is by executing vengeance on the enemies of God and His purpose – the wicked oppressors of the vulnerable and challenged (the poor, needy, orphan and widow), through the power of God. The second is by, through their primary assignments, providing a canopy of protection, rest, refreshing and spiritual enlightenment for the vulnerable and challenged leading to his establishment, through the wisdom of God. These are what taking-over the kingdoms of the world by the Church to rule them in judgment and righteousness to establish the Kingdom of God are all about. This is the manifestation of the sons of God that the whole world has been waiting for to deliver it from corruption (Rom.8:19-21). It is not about the saints of God brandishing the power of God about on the earth for personal protection and aggrandizement that the Joel’s Army of Joel 2:1-11 seems to depict; and thereafter going to heaven to enjoy eternal bliss with Christ. No; it is all about stopping wickedness and oppression on the earth and establishing the people that God has sent you to, through the pursuit of your primary assignment, in righteousness. You will facilitate the establishment of the vulnerable and challenged among others through the provision of such facilities as Motherless Babies Homes, Home for the Handicapped, Old Peoples’ Homes, Rehabilitation and Correction Centers, Youth Centers and other welfare programmes; as directed by the Lord.
To assess how far the Church has gone in fulfilling its purpose, we need to find out the proportion of believers that are setting the pace for the world to follow as they pursue their primary assignments. We will have to find out the proportion of individuals that have become mighty nations, providing succor to the people of God and establishing the vulnerable and challenged in righteousness as they are led by the Holy Spirit, through their God-assigned endeavours. Concerning this manifestation, Isaiah the Prophet prophesied: “Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly” (Isa.60:21-22, NIV). From all indications, the proportion is very low. This has been due largely to lack of revelation of this agenda of God and His plan for fulfilling it through their perfection. But now that His time to take them to perfection has come, He is sending great light that will give understanding. As they subscribe to the demands of baptism into Christ to become perfect, He will release to them abundance of grace to achieve it. This is how He will hasten the accomplishment of His agenda for them to take-over to fulfill His purpose and their destinies. No matter how low your level or status is right now, you are a candidate to become a mighty nation. This indeed is your greatest hour of opportunity. Don’t miss it for anything!
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word of Faith
6. Haman, Bill, “The Day of the Saints”, 2002 Destiny Image Publishers (Shippensburg, PA) P. 154-155, 163-167
7. Ibid., P. 41, 42
8. Ibid., P. 41, 42, 76-77
9. Ibid., P. 172-173
10. Ibid., P. 163-166
11. Ibid., P. 134-135
12. Ibid., P. 143-144, 172-173, 322-326
13. Ibid., P. 163, 165-166
14. Ibid., P. 13-14, 77