Study #461 - Recognizing The Invisible Realms As The Normal Christian Life
(September 30, 2010)
2Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1Cor 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a
wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
The question we must answer is this; with which eyes do we see into these realms. He is not speaking of natural eyes. That which the Bible declares is normal for the church and the Christian life has become strange and mystical for the modern church. It is obvious that the visible church is subnormal and a stranger to Biblical Christianity of this dimension. It would be easy to be critical of the visible church but they seem to be ignorant that these realms even exist. Why? Because the “ministries” have remained ignorant of these realms or they have not became mature enough to “see” into these unseen realms.
2Cor 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
This “shining” is in the heart or the new inner man! This New Covenant provision is of the “invisible dimension” and is designed to provide an inner illumination within the new inner man that is the source of the knowledge of the Glory of Christ. This kind of knowledge is not available to us in the Sunday morning message and ONLY comes to us by inner revelation as this treasure shines within.
2Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves;
The Creator God is the One who has said that Light shall shine out of darkness (Genesis 1) and He is the exact same one who has imparted this Divine Treasure within us. This “treasure” is now the source of knowledge AND power. This is presented as the “Normal Christian Experience.”
The Bible clearly reveals that these “invisible realms” are normal and assessable to believers under the New Covenant. At least to those who are mature in the inner man. The Bible is also clear that these realms are only visible within the new inner man and is effective as he is in the state of growth and renewal. Why do we say “Under the New Covenant?” Because there was no new inner man under the Old Covenant. The Holy Spirit was not yet given in the New Covenant dimension under the Old Covenant.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
The Holy Spirit was only poured out in the New Covenant dimension AFTER Jesus ascended to the Father and was glorified. This event signaled the end of the Old Covenant was the announcement of the beginning of the New Covenant! This was the watershed moment for the Church He is Building. Everything before this event was part of the Old Covenant and everything AFTER this event was only relevant to the New Covenant. This is why we are adamant that these invisible realms were not made available to the general believer under the Old Covenant. Why? Only the natural man existed in the Old Covenant! In contrast, with the new inner man, these realms are NOW made available to the mature believer who is participating in the New Covenant provision.
Then why do we even care about or investigate why the visible church is living in some sub-Christian experience? We are concerned because it is obvious that a great majority of the “members” of the visible church are just NOT aware of the New Covenant experience! Why is that? Simply because the “ministries” are either ignorant of the New Covenant or they have not experienced the New Covenant themselves or see no benefit in it. Some have even created a doctrine against the New Covenant and substituted something called “accept Jesus as your personal Savior” to take its place. Some assume the New Covenant provision was just active and available during the first years of getting the church started. Of course all this is ridiculous and has caused this terrible and pitiful condition in the visible church that we see today.
What is the result of this ignorance? Only the visible realms are preached and considered as relevant and the invisible realms are labeled too mystical. Some preach and warn against the mystical realms which should be the normal Christian experience! Even in Pentecostal Churches the gifts are being ignored. Why? Because the advanced gifts and true prophesy only are manifested out of these invisible realms. The rejection of these “gifts” today is the result of attempting to “minister” from the natural realms! This carnality has caused the rejection of all gifts.
1Cor 2:10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God,
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
There are three requirements before we can see into these invisible realms. (1) The Promise of the Father which includes the New Covenant Provision of the New Spirit and the Holy Spirit; (2) A New and Mature Inner Man and (3) the inner ability to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit.
Why is the visible church so enamored with the visible realm and the temporal dimensions? Because the natural man can only relate to the natural visible realms. Many have no idea that there even exists a current invisible realm that is accessible to them. Paul is NOT writing about the invisible realms as in the “someday” time zone. He is writing about “seeing into” the current invisible realms and those eternal regimes of the Kingdom of God’s government which are now “visible” to the Church He is Building in the present tense. If Paul is ONLY speaking about his Third Heaven Experience that may seem to eliminate us. However, if we understand what he is saying it is surely confirmed that he is relating these things to the normal Christian experience.
We have received the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God! I have heard this preached as if every Christian was experiencing this supernatural knowing of things in the invisible realms. I have heard preachers pretending they were actually experiencing these things of the Spirit. Of course they were only “preaching” the doctrine of knowing and repeating a scripture about knowing.
It appears that everyone who has received the Spirit who is from God - The Holy Spirit- should have access to the “thoughts of God” that are in this “invisible realm.” These “thoughts” may even provide an explanation to the mysteries of the invisible realms. However, in actual practice it is clear that very few are living in these realms. Just because we can find a scripture and read it as part of a “Sunday message” that doesn’t mean we have experienced the truth that we share.
1Cor 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
This invisible realm is the “location” of the wisdom of God that has been hidden from the former generations but is NOW being revealed to us- in this generation- by the Holy Spirit. This
generation is referring to the New Covenant times. These things which the natural man, with
natural eyes and natural ears, can never see or understand are evidently designed to be
“opened” in that dimension of the new inner man but they are only available to those who are
mature and of the New Species Man. But the hidden wisdom and the mysteries are ONLY
revealed by the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven and even that must be within the Promise of
the Father. If you reject the provision of the Promise of the Father you reject the invisible realms.
In these realms the wisdom of God is normal and is revealed. However, we may assume that
since we accepted Jesus as personal Savior that we are living in these dimensions of revelation.
This error is propagated by uninformed “ministers” who are pretending to see into these truths.
Why are the “thoughts of God” hidden from us when the Bible clearly says they are available to us? Because NO ONE knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. If the Holy Spirit does NOT reveal the thoughts of God there is NO WAY we can participate in that realm. When so many entire denominations have rejected the Holy Spirit in His active role in the church, is it any wonder that the visible church just focuses upon the things that are seen?
Their ignorance of the Promise of the Father, of the New Covenant and the Kingdom of God has emasculated the visible church and has limited it to the visible / temporal realm of the natural man. The Holy Spirit has just become an abstract “spirit INFLUENCE” spoken of as relevant to our salvation but of little relevance in the daily operation of the church. Intellectual training and the development of knowledge has taken the place of the Holy Spirit in the function of the visible church. Certainly, no degree of intellectual development can EVER know the hidden wisdom or the thoughts of God or reveal the mysteries hidden from past generations. God is sovereign over these areas and He ONLY reveals these things to those who have met His qualifications.
Those who have not received the New Covenant provision in its full dimension as offered, have received from God a New Spirit and the genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit and grown to some maturity cannot qualify to receive from these mystical realms. When the “ministries” remain ignorant and aloof from these realities it affects whole denominations and limits entire congregations to natural realms. Ministries have been satisfied to just read and repeat these concepts derived from scripture as another “Sunday message” without any concern whether they have experienced these realities. How do I know that? Because that is how I preached these verses. After participating with other pastors and preachers in conferences for many years, it is evident that they “minister” the same way and nearly always in the natural realms.
Reading about or preaching about the “eternal weight of Glory” but rejecting the rectification through suffering that makes it all possible has become a big problem. Just preaching verses, but without the actual experience of these verses, is still called “ministry” but it is obvious that very little power is demonstrated and no Life and Spirit is imparted or manifested.
After having wasted nearly 40 years of my life ministering verses I can testify to the frustration of seeing so little eternal benefit. Therefore, in the years that I have left I want to warn every preacher not to waste their time, money, effort and vision in fruitless activity. If our “ministry” is evaluated by “eternal fruit” we surely don’t want to waste our time building in the visible realms because they are clearly defined as being only temporal. Only the invisible realms are eternal.
If the normal position / realm of the real church is raised up and seated in the heavenly places we could conclude that the normal realm of the Lampstand Church is in the invisible realm. This is confirmed by the structure of the Tabernacle of Moses and the Holy Place dimension. This dimension is completely invisible to those who were limited to the Outer Court dimension. This limitation included all those who came to offer sacrifices and to the tribe of Levi who were not of the family of Aaron, the High Priest, and his sons. Only the one family of Aaron and his sons could actually SEE things in the Holy Place. What was invisible to nearly all of Israel was visible to a very few who were called “priests”, (Aaron and his sons). Of course only the “priests” who were without certain defects could experientially enter into the invisible realms of the Holy Place. These who entered could then see and hear words from that Holy Place realm. They could eat from the Showbread ( John 6- the Living Word of God) in that realm. They could more easily understand things from that hidden dimension because the Holy Place was their actual experience.
Heb 9:24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
It is by understanding the shadow of reality in the priesthood after the Order of Aaron that is so valuable in understanding the function of the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. Of course the first is just a symbol or shadow while the latter is the reality. The Kingdom of Priests can ONLY be understood by the reality of the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. This exclusive New Covenant Priesthood functions in the invisible realms of the Holy Place. However, this invisible “ Holy Place” in the true sanctuary is NOT in an earthly structure but in the new inner man where God dwells in the New Covenant provision. The Old Covenant had an earthly, physical sanctuary that could be seen. However, the New Covenant has a heavenly sanctuary that cannot be seen. Nevertheless, it is not on another planet.
Heb 9:1 Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary.
Heb 9:24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
The New Covenant provision of the Heavenly Sanctuary and “I will dwell in them and walk among them” identifies the present sanctuary as within the New Inner Man.
This is why we insist that we must accurately use the Bible types and shadows to reveal these invisible realms which must be incorporated into the next restoration. The genuine function of the New Covenant Priesthood reveals that we must at least come to the maturity of manifested sons to see into the eternal realms behind the curtains of flesh.
1John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
To emphasize this progression of maturity we must make the distinction between the conception, the birth, the babes and then the growth of children to include all those who have been qualified for a minimum salvation simply by birth. Then we should contrast these with the young men stage who are strong with the Word of God dwelling in them and by living the overcoming life. These are the sons who are qualified for priesthood by maturity and function. How do we arrive at that conclusion? By the type and examples of the priesthood after the order of Aaron. Nadab and Abihu were called of God, cleansed, anointed and consecrated for priesthood and who were sons of Aaron. Even with all that preparation they are examples of what NOT to do in the next restoration of the Holy Place dimension under the New Covenant.
Lev 10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.’” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.
To multitudes of “Christians”, the Creator God is still an abstract power or higher power that can be called by many names like Alla or Vishnu or Buddha. In the visible realms this is called “Inclusive Theology.” In the invisible realms this is called “Garbage.” In the invisible realms the Creator God is the ultimate and absolute Life, Light, Spirit, Truth, Love, Power and Absolute Sovereignty. He manifests absolute Mercy and Absolute Judgement and Absolute Justice. Since He IS Absolute Light, in Him can be NO Darkness at all. God is absolute and Ultimate Glory, which is Absolute Purity, and in Him there can be No mixture of any other element than what He, Himself, is. All other gods are of a human or demonic origin.
1John 1:5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
Since God IS Light there can’t possibly be any darkness in Him at all. Therefore, if we have darkness present in us we will NOT be able to be IN HIM or to even have fellowship with Him. When we investigate these higher realms of the invisible dimensions we discover that many areas of our life are unacceptable to God. For instance;
1John 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
It seems clear that First John reveals truths that are just ridiculous to the visible church. How does “Accept Jesus your personal Savior and go to heaven someday” fit into these
1John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
Did Jesus appear to FORGIVE SINS? Certainly! But was that His only purpose? No! He also appeared to TAKE AWAY SIN? Certainly but these are two different functions of God’s grace and mercy. Removing sin from us is another work of His grace.
“And in Him there is no sin.” Since in God there can be NO MIXTURE how can we be joined to God if we practice sin? To tell congregations that are barely “saved” that they are part of the body of Christ and are therefore joined to the Father appears to be criminal. Why? It assumes that “believers” ( or ministers) who are still practicing sin can be joined to God because of His grace. Thank God, all can be “FORGIVEN” of past sins by grace but He appeared “to take away sin” which requires a further work of sanctification.
1John 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
It is obvious that it is only the old natural outer man that practices sin. The new Inner Man, who is born of God, does not sin BECAUSE he is born of God.
But why is any of this important since “We are already saved?” If living for eternity in the Outer Court/New Earth dimension is your vision and goal, this document is not relevant for you! However, if your vision and goal is in participating in the next restoration of the Holy Place Life and Ministry, there is MUCH work yet to be done in us and many degrees of transformation and purification are necessary. Why is this important? Because, to participate in the invisible realms the human frailties inherited from first Adam must be “overcome.” This will not be important to a rationalistic system of having church! Why? Because, this system of humanistic thought attaches its prime importance upon the human elements rather than upon the divine or supernatural / mystical matters. The visible church has drifted into more and more humanism. Corporate Christianity must escape from that human mentality but it MUST begin by personal transformation in the inner man.
How does this work? By putting off everything that is of first Adam and putting on everything that is of the Last Adam, Christ. But what if I think all that is just works! Then “be satisfied to be assigned to New Earth” and take up your eternal position beside the thief that was on the cross and all those who will receive white robes. These obviously are “in heaven” and they have escaped from earth. This altar is in heaven.
Rev 6:9 And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also.
Since this occurred during the Tribulation, there were yet many believers who had not advanced beyond the maturity of that “altar” / white robe group. These in the “altar group” had already been killed. However, there were still others that fit into that “altar” group which would yet be killed. Why? Because of a lack of development and maturity they were left behind. The “Altar” group could not be processed yet until everybody in that fit into that maturity level had been killed. These were NOT raptured as some say but were resurrected and they barely made it into heaven.
Even though these were basic “Christians” they will NOT be the rulers in the world yet to come! Why? They are just barely “saved” but not transformed and still have not put on the character and nature of Christ. How do we know that? Because they were still crying out for vengeance on those who had killed them when they remained on the earth during the first part of the tribulation. They were distressed because their desire was still to be on the earth. These are obviously “saved” and in heaven but qualify for NOTHING more than the first basic experience, similar to the thief on the cross.
Unless these truths about maturity are clearly preached, why would anyone want to go on to perfection, or change or to grow up? Humanistic preachers are offended by these facts because they would like for humans to be saved by saying certain words or believing a certain doctrine. Everyone MUST be Born of God in order to be saved. Born of the flesh can only reproduce flesh and cannot qualify for anything in the Kingdom. This kind of “flesh”ministry is rejected by God! Believing a certain doctrine or saying certain words doesn’t automatically enable you to experience salvation. Thank God, that His mercy and grace does permit the “altar group” to be barely “saved”, receive white robes, escape hell and be assigned to the New Earth dimension of heaven.
There are other groups that are martyred and then come out of the Great Tribulation and they qualify to be “saved.” ( Revelation 7 ) However, these are before the throne on God and the Lamb and serve Him day and night in His the temple. These are NOT on the throne. Why? They didn’t qualify for the throne but did qualify for the New Heaven dimension of eternity. John the Baptist will also be in that realm because He died before the New Covenant was established.
Why is this important? Because these are facts of the invisible realms and are necessary for our understanding of God’s Eternal Purpose. If the ministries fail to advance into these higher/invisible realms they will be unable to lead the believers into these experiences. The great “growth” limitation forced upon the believers is the ignorance and underdevelopment of the ministers. The current failure of the “leaders” is the result of not being able to see into these invisible realms. Why? Because they are involved in “visible activity and human/ mechanical programs” rather than in personal growth, change, rectification and development in the areas of the New inner Man.
This popular “substitute ministry” of activities and programs in the realms of natural light is why we insist that ALL ministry must begin in the Holy Place. In this realm of the illumination of the Seven Spirits of God, the Living and Abiding Word of God and the trauma of the Second Veil, the casual Christianity and carnal activities of the Outer Court will have been eliminated. Even the current “Nadab and Abihu ministry” is corrected by fire in the Holy Place. The Eternal Weight of Glory has become experiential in this realm. Even though we have not yet participated in this reality it is confirmed by scripture and by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit. It is necessary because of God’s Eternal Purpose, to prepare a bride for Jesus, to equip us for the Kingdom of God and to prepare a government for the world yet to come.
According to Ephesians 4:11 onward there MUST rise up a five fold ministry that is able to see into the invisible realms and is effective in perfecting the saints so the saints can do the work of ministry. Since we have not yet seen this kind of ministry, we should enquire why this priesthood ministry after the Order of Melchizedek has not yet been established. This lack of effective ministry is still the normal and the “average” in the visible church. It is amazing that the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek has been ignored after all these years.
Since it is obvious that so many in the visible church are fed up with this “sub-normal average” it is reasonable why so many are leaving the church buildings to seek reality elsewhere.
Since I am still active in the Visible church I must take personal responsibility for this pitiful condition of the visible church in which I am involved. It is my understanding that the Holy Spirit is warning every minister ( the angel - messenger- to the local church) that it is time to actually hear what the Spirit is saying and to take personal responsibility to make the transition to the next dimension of spiritual Life. Until this is real experience why try to lead the people into more Outer Court confusion? It is my understanding that NOTHING is more important than this change in ministry to this ascending reality. Why? Simply because He is building His Church in the Holy Place realm. If we expect to participate in it we MUST make the transition to the invisible realm where the Lampstand Church functions. That IS the Holy Place dimension and what in my opinion is the substance of the next restoration!