KINGS: CHILDREN AND SONS
WHEN SONS OF THE NOBLE ARE KINGS
IN THE COOL OF THE DAY
COME UP HITHER
EVERY CREATURE DECLARING GLORY
"And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden" (Gen 3:8).
IN THE COOL OF THE DAY
When the Spirit of the Lord God comes in the midst of people, He is often heard walking in the cool of the day. They who also walk in that Day rejoice and are blessed by His presence. The revelers, however, feel threatened and seek safety among the crowd of like-minded trees.
The word, cool, in this verse, comes from a familiar Hebrew word, ruwach, which means, spirit. It's the same word used for Spirit in Genesis 1:2 "...the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 3:8 is the only place in the entire Bible where ruwach is translated cool, as Brother Eby brought to our attention earlier this year.
After Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil they found themselves in a new and dying way. Once they partook of the fruit, they entered into a different day. The Sun they had known was replaced by the dim rays of their own reasoning. Their day became darkness. Their actions of the independent, self-willed mind spread a death-shroud over their once enlightened minds. Their day was of death and not life. It was a day of darkness and not light, a day filled with toil, sweat and shame, void of rest and honor. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the cool of the Day, and they were afraid.
When the man and woman heard His Voice walking in the garden in the Spirit of that Day -- they hid themselves. They were no longer a part of the glorious Day, and they were afraid. And so it is now, when those who have independently ruled as children in their own day, and they hear the Voice of the Lord God walking in the Spirit of His Day, they will hide themselves, but not for very long. For He knows where to find them as His voice walks up the lane of their souls in the Garden of their being.
COME UP HITHER
The Cool/Spirit of the Day that pervades the Garden of God is nigh to shining its rays upon many borders and nations of people's souls. There is a day, His Day, that has always been, for our Lord has always been; but to the inhabitants of the earth, it is a day yet to come, awaiting its appearing. Depending on where we stand will determine which day we see, the dark one of old, or the bright one which is eternal. This is strange and impossible to grasp, that is, until we hear the command, "Come up hither." The view becomes suddenly much more clear. Those are the words John heard that opened the door to that day. From there he saw things that men are still trying to figure out. Mountains of books have been written about the few words John penned almost two thousand years ago. But how can anyone on the street-level expound upon, and bring to light, that which can only be seen and known from above? They can't! It's impossible! Only by the Spirit can one get a glimpse of tomorrow's glory. And only by being relative to that Spirit can one be there and speak with authority on such profound things. And when they speak with authority, they speak as they are, as the Sons of the Noble, and the land thereof is blessed.
"Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter" (Rev 4:1-2).
The first few things John saw after rising into the Spirit of that day was: a throne, the King, twenty-four thrones round-about His throne, and twenty-four elders with crowns of gold. He saw the King and His kings who had crowns of woven gold, which speaks of conquest, of rule, and of authority. These elder-kings, not children, knew the One to whom all worth was due. It was He who sat upon the throne from which all power and authority comes. Rather than clamoring for a place of power and recognition, and taking the glory unto themselves, in all humility they cast their crowns before Him.
It is in His presence that men's little hills crumble, pride vanishes, elitism becomes history, self-aggrandizement is unheard of, and they all cry out -- "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Rev 4:11).
It is by the reign of the elder Sons of God that the land is blessed. Children cannot pull it off, never could and never will. Before the land is blessed, however, even with the Sons of the Noble ruling, they must fall before Him. In humble honor their crowns must be relinquished. If not, the perfect rule of the Sons will never be seen. And think it not a strange or difficult thing; for we are already seeing crowns being cast before the throne of our King. Men and women of the Lord, those who have won the crowns of victory in many areas of their lives, are seeing who the true Victor is (Christ Jesus), and they gladly set themselves aside until they are bid to come. And when the Sons are called upon, they come without the pride they may have once known.
Relinquishing our crowns is not easy. To lay down every honorable thing and victory gained over the years is nigh to impossible; for in fact, it is a crucifixion of that which is holy. More than two years ago I pointed out that it is the new man who is crucified in the Sons of God, not the old man (See Pub. #97.95, The Crucifixion of Who? and Pub. #97.96, This Is My Body (free upon request), and I believe we see a clear type with the elders falling before the throne and casting their crowns toward Him.
When we hear, "Come up hither," we are caught up in the rapturous glory of God's unfolding Holiness, which in that Day He bathes every realm and faction of humanity in the radiance of Himself. We see the finished purpose for every spirit, every soul, and every body. Not one thing in any person is left out. Who could have imagined anything so grand? Certainly not the children of religious mind-sets, or anyone with their own agenda. The Sons of the Noble can not only imagine it, but they see it, and in due season declare it. They will manifest it as only God's kingly Sons can do. Peter wrote of this: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal (basileios, kingly) priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of (Adam's day of) darkness into his (Day of) marvellous light" (1 Pet 2:9) (parenthesis supplied for clarity).
Let all who are called to strive for the prize of the high calling continue to do so -- for it is a noble race. It is good to lay up spiritual treasures in the heavens, as Jesus spoke (Mat 6:20). To obtain golden crowns (Rev 4:4) -- it is worth the price. But know this, fellow sojourners, when the words are heard -- "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come" -- every crown will go. Every saint will know that there is not one shred of power in their own lives that can accomplish a thing. It is all Him!
It was from the third-floor balcony, in the Cool/Spirit of the Lord's Day, that those immortal words are heard -- "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God Almighty, which WAS, and IS, and is TO COME!" Talk about a complete, three-way, three day work. The Lord's Day reaches into the past, present, and future -- and everything is seen to be holy! Lord God Almighty! What a declaration! What a manifestation! Holiness, purity, absolute sinlessness in everything and everyone who has ever been, everyone who is, and everyone who shall ever be! That is what I hear in those resounding words -- "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God Almighty, which WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME!"
Those who are called to come up hither can hear the Sons of the Noble declaring the full scope of God's work. Their words roll out the scene of what Jesus came to accomplish. And what they speak into this day from the Spirit of that Day will be seen in all the earth. Their words will be much more than a news bulletin. The declaration is that which already is, yet unseen by those of Adam's day.
The Sons of the Noble see the end of the ages, when all is subdued in Christ, when every kingdom has fallen and becomes His and His anointed (Rev 11:15), when every tongue has reverently confessed Him as their Lord, and every humble knee has bowed to Him in godly sorrow and repentance -- and thus, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:9-11). What the Sons see far surpasses anything man's mortal mind could possibly conceive or contrive.
In the same manner we were all made alive at hearing the Voice of the Son of God (John 4:24), so shall it be for the rest of mankind. Every soul is quickened by hearing the Lord's Voice walking in the Cool/Spirit of the Day. There may be a time of hiding among the trees for some; but ultimately, they will all be made holy, for the Lord's Day utters to this day. The voice of lightning will streak from the heavens, walk every quadrant of the earth, and into every crevasse of every dark and weary soul.
From viewing history over the past 2,000 years, many are hesitant to believe such could ever come to pass. There is little wonder why the churches have come up with the scenarios they have. At best, their calculations have a scant 10 percent as being saved since Pentecost. According to this, it would appear that God is failing miserably. To add insult to injury, His handpicked, top-notched, number-one Son also failed in His mission, as most believe. What an embarrassing and sad ending it would be if the redeeming blood and the life of Jesus could only secure and save a small fraction of creation. It would be utterly humiliating on God's part to suffer such defeat -- especially after displaying His Son in shameful death upon Golgotha's hill, raising Him from the dead, and then promising to save the world through Him. It would be as if He had failed to count the cost and is destined to being mocked for not being able to finish what He started. Rather than being able to finish the tower, or win the war by the Captain He chose to head it, He would suffer the most humiliating defeat of all time. (Luke 14:28-30).
If we take Christendom's clouded concept of the final outcome of things, the above is an accurate picture. However, we refuse to bow to such outlandish lies about our God and Savior. We will not march to the mournful fife of such unlearned and/or lying pipers.
The truth remains today as it has always stood. God is taking out of the world a people for His name (Acts 15:14). His purpose was never to save the whole world before the proper season. If He had wanted to, He would have done it. God has been very patient in selecting those who are to manifest His name to the world, and they will not be heard nor seen until they are called to do so. But when they are called, they will show forth the Spirit of the Lord's Day in grand display.
The heavens of men's thinking will pass away with a great noise, and man's arrangements shall melt with fervent heat. The earth, Adam's source, also and the works that are therein, every carnal thing, shall be burned up in the presence of God's flaming evangels (rf. Peter 3:10).
EVERY CREATURE DECLARING GLORY
When the Sons of the Noble reign, what blessings they bring. Every soul falls before the Lamb in worship: the elders, the living creatures, and afterwards the rest of creation. "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands" (Rev 5:11).
What a wonderful thing John was privileged to see, hear, and walk in as he was caught into the Spirit of the Lord's Day -- the entirety of creation worshiping and giving praise to their Lord and Savior. The Spirit of that Day brought an explosion of reverent joy indescribable. The living creatures, the elders, and the angels (every messenger) were all seen and heard in numbers innumerable. Oh, but let us not stop short of such great victory and wonders to behold. Due to the high praise, worship, and testimony of life -- the rest of creation couldn't help from being drawn to the infectious Spirit of such praise and glory.
The very thing Jesus came to do is seen finished. The living word of God's fire consumes all hardships and turmoil. It leaves creation with no more tears, no more death, no more sorrow, no more pain in all of God's creation; for the former things are passed away (Rev 21:4). "And EVERY CREATURE which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever" (Rev 5:13).
What a difference it is when the Sons of the Noble sit as kings. Rather than the lost of the world avoiding them, as they presently give a wide birth to the children who sit as kings, they flood the gates with undaunted love and high praise.
Those who have peered into the Lord's Day, those who have been caught into the Spirit of that Day, see it and are sobered by what they see. When they are called to "Come up hither," I can tell you for sure -- there is nothing that can stop them from reaching into that Day, gathering it in the bosom of their spirits, shining its light into the world, and reconciling creation to God. The passion of the mission will bring it to pass. That which He created will be manifested in the earth.
You see, all things were created by Him (Col 1:15-17), and the love of what He has created cannot go unfulfilled. He will see to it through you and me. We like, Paul, will fill up that which is yet lacking. Moreover, He calls things that are not visible as though they were (Rom 4:17).
Pragmatists might say that God is lying by declaring something when there is no evidence of it existing. The fact is, that which He calls as being does exist. It depends on where you stand whether you see it or not. If you are on your proverbial little chair in front of the hardware store, you won't see it. If, however, you stand on the balcony of the third floor, you can clearly see it, and you will also call things that are not as though they were. And it really won't matter what the street-level people believe. You know what is real!
Let me ask, can you declare things that are not as though they already are? If so, by what or whose authority? Do you proclaim things as present reality when there is no evidence only because Brother Roach or some other teacher said so, or is it because you see it for yourself? It is important to know the difference. Before you can make such proclamations, you must first be in the Spirit of the Lord's Day. It is the difference between learning how to build a house in the classroom and actually building it in the field. Both are of value; but the former exists only in the heavens of the mind, while the latter has substance and brings the reality.
The Lord's Day has always been, else, John could not have been caught into it. Even so, it appears that before much of it is seen in the world, there must first be silence in heaven (Rev 8:1) and earth (Hab 2:20). Before the Son's of the Noble sit as kings and are given the authority of judgment, men's ignoble ideas and voices must be quieted. Every voice which is not walking in the Lord's Day, should be silent and cease from wearing out the saints and bringing woe to the land.
"Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment" (Isa 41:1). And "For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men" (1 Pet 2:15).
I believe the hour is upon us that so many of us have long awaited -- the silence of flesh and everything pertaining to it. The prophet spoke of this and pointed out what it is that puts flesh to silence: "Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation" (Zec 2:13). It is when our Lord of majesty rises in manifestation out of His abiding that flesh will be silenced. His place of abiding, of course, is in you and in me -- His house of many rooms and members. When His august glory becomes known, how can sordid flesh stand in pride? How can feeble voices of carnal wit resound with any magnitude of authority. With all candor, I must say that it all sounds less than a squeaking mouse in the presence of our Lord of Thunder.
"Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms" (Isa 47:5). Neither the woman as a whole, the Babylonish system, nor the offspring of this woman has any place or voice in the congregation of the Lord. The Lord will not suffer it to be in His Day. Therefore, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience..." (1 Cor 14:34).
You do what you will with that verse; but for me, it matters not whether it is a woman or a man -- if either speaks as a daughter of Babylon, from the precepts of the religious mind -- it is a grievous thing to my spirit. She/he should keep silent and be under obedience to the Spirit.
There is a time to speak, as Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:7, but in the same verse, he also said that there is a time to keep silent. The wise of the Noble are men and women of few words; but when they do speak, mountains move at the sound of their word. Children, on the other hand, are men and women of many words, and hardly a grass-blade moves at their blowing.
Being silent for half an hour is most difficult for children or anyone else who is not accustomed to waiting upon the Lord. But, oh, the results are so rewarding. It was after the silence that trumpets were given to the seven angels round about the throne of God. Another angel stood before the altar, and was given a golden censer with much incense, and offered it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne (rf. Rev 8:2-3).
The angel (messenger) continued by filling the censer from the altar and casting Godfire into the earth. What a word it must be; for that flaming word brings forth in man -- voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake (Rev 8:5). And then the seven messengers which had the seven messages (seven speaks of rest and spiritual perfection) began to sound (Rev 8:6).
Such a word sounding from these angels will shake apart people's worlds; but this is good, for their word will bring all the kingdoms of the world to their knees and be ground to powder. A terrible thing for Babylon, her daughters, and her many merchants, but it is good for God and His Kingdom.
We see something similar to this with Joshua at Jericho. There was silence for six days as the priests with seven trumpets of rams' horns marched before the ark and the army of Israel. You see, there was a time for silence, and although with trumpets in hand, they were all commanded to keep total silence. On the seventh day, the Lord's Day, however, they marched around the city seven times, blew the seven trumpets with long blasts, and the mighty men of valor shouted with a great voice (rf. Josh 6:2-16).
We so often are given a message, and we want to declare it the first day. We don't want our heavens to be silent, not even for half an hour. It is not easy when we have a word, and we can't tell it to anyone until it is time to speak. Had the priests sounded the trumpets the first day, the walls of Jericho would still be standing, and the mighty men of valor could have screamed their heads off, and yet, to no avail.
What will we, oh Sons of the Noble, do? Will we keep silent until the seventh day? Will we with patience bear up the ark, carry the word in silence, and wait for the time for the Lord's Day to be manifested in the earth? I pray that it will be so.
As the Lord spoke to Joshua and told him that Jericho had been given into his hand, so have we peered into and been caught into the Lord's Day. He saw the victory. It was in his hand, yet the manifestation of it in the earth would not be until the proper time of silence. And so it is with us. We can see the Lord's Day. He is walking in the Cool/Spirit of it. Moreover, He is the Spirit of His Day, and we can see the victory; but until the silence for the space of half an hour is fulfilled -- the trumpets are not likely to sound, and there will be no great earthquake in the lives of those of the world. On an individual basis, this may have already happened; but for the body collectively, I only see it stirring in the members, ready to be trumpeted at a moments notice.
Elwin R. Roach
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It was brought to my attention by Ralph Woodrow, author of Evangelistic Association, Inc., PO Box 21 Palm Springs CA 92263, that Jehovah's Witnesses do not meet on Saturdays, as I had mentioned in Publication #00.125, and he is right, they meet on Sundays. Please forgive me for that oversight. He also enclosed his February 1999 newsletter ("Did Sunday Worship Come From Paganism?") which sites the research by various ones who maintain that Sunday worship does not have its roots in Greek paganism, as I had thought it had; of which I made reference to in the same publication. It is a very compelling article that addresses a thought most of us had taken for granted.
And how many of you caught the paradox in that publication? James Kraemer did and he chided me a little about it. I closed by saying "IT IS FINISHED!" And the very next words were, "To be continued..." That indeed was a paradox, from which we got a good laugh.
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