The Table of Show Bread and the Show Bread
The Eternal Christ, The Word of God.
Jesus Christ, the Fulfillment of the Word of God.
The Inherent Encyclopedia of Eternity
March 21, 2018
Col 2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,
2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Having a full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself The Mystery of Christ, Himself, is one of the Persons in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Paul’s burden was that all his believers might come to that True Knowledge of Christ, Himself!
Is there a difference between the Eternal Christ and Jesus Christ today? No! Jesus has become the Christ. The Eternal Christ is the Living and Abiding Word of God that was with the Father in the beginning. Both He and the Holy Spirit was with the Father in the beginning. All Three are GOD. Jesus is a man who was born of God. He was created in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, conceived with the Word of God (the Spirit of Christ), that became Jesus, in the womb of Mary! The Spirit of Christ is a portion of the Eternal Christ! Jesus didn't begin as the Word of God but He became the Word of God! He was conceived by the Word of God (by the Spirit of Christ!)
Rev 1:2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
Rev 1:9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Rev 19:13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Jesus, the Christ, has many names. One is called the Word of God and another is called King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
The Eternal Christ IS God's mystery. Within Him is the encyclopedia of ALL eternal truth. The real wealth of the universe is attained though a full, precise, true knowledge of Christ. While this "mystery" is of the greatest dimension of "wisdom and knowledge" it is obviously available to us. The problem is this; This wisdom and understanding is HIDDEN in Him. This "treasure" is what we are all seeking and we will not be satisfied until we find it. Even if it costs us everything! That cost is totallyirrelevant because it’s Treasure, Wealth and Glory is of another dimension from earth’s evaluation system. This is of the Holy Place dimension!
We are comparing Christ, the Word of God, to the Show Bread that is on the Table of Show Bread. The Priests had to eat the bread over seven days. The Holy Place is the first PLACE we find the Priests after the Order of Melchizedek functioning in Eternity. This is the PLACE we find our Great High Priest, who is ordained a Priest, after the Order of Melchizedek.
The Eternal Christ IS God's Encyclopedia and He contains the words, phrases, thoughts, ideas, concepts, principles and the reality of ALL eternal truths. The picture I want to present in this paper is of the Showbread which is made up of 12 loaves that represent this set of Eternal Encyclopedias. Each loaf is an entire encyclopedia of one or another subjects and there are 12 LOAVES or encyclopedias.
Since these encyclopedias (loaves) hold "eternal truths" we discover that "earth words" are totally inadequate to speak of these things and provide definitions or explanations. If we could just "eat" these encyclopedias they would be sweet in our mouth but bitter in our stomach. Still, these eternal truths would become part of us and their words, thoughts, ideas, revelations etc. would be of an inward nature and not just intellectual knowledge.
To speak of the things that are hidden in the “sanctuary of God will require different words, phrases and definitions. Outer Court words will be totally inadequate to speak of these hidden, spiritual things that are called the Mysteries. We will require "spiritual words to convey spiritual thoughts that have been given by the Spirit."
These "treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are hidden in Christ" are things which eye has not seen, ears have not heard and these truths have never entered into the heart of man by natural means. These things are beyond the words of the visible church! These truths in the encyclopedias (which are the "treasures of wisdom and knowledge") will teach us of those things that God has prepared for those who love Him. However, these hidden things are not taught by human wisdom, with common words, but are only taught to us by the Spirit who teaches with "spiritual words" to convey "spiritual thoughts" that have been given by the Spirit.
This arrangement then would eliminate the necessity for men to teach us from these encyclopedias (with human wisdom) but all must be taught directly by God. Since these truths do not enter into the "priesthood" by way of human ears or human words they must be taught by God and in THE INNER NEW MAN.
John 6:44 "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
45 "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.'
Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
When the Eternal, Living and Abiding Word of God dwells in us, He IS those encyclopedias of eternal truths that are available to us in Christ. Then it should NOT be thought of as an incredible occurrence that He would teach us these things. These ARE the things that belong to the Eternal Christ that the Holy Spirit will reveal to us. If we don't permit Him [the Holy Spirit] to teach us these things, we will fall short of the eternal promise. We, like Israel, will stop short of Canaan, the Kingdom. Since the Kingdom Begins in the Holy Place, if we fall short of the Holy Place, we will fall short of this "teaching."
The implication is this; Within the Kingdom of God there are "treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden" that cannot be known by those outside the Kingdom. Within the "Pearl of Great Value" there are hidden all the "treasures of wisdom and knowledge." ALL the other "Pearls" that we have accumulated are counted as nothing AFTER we have seen this "ONE PEARL of Great Price.”
Phi 3: 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,
It is apparent that God spoke to Abraham and to Moses differently than He speaks to us today. He even used different language and different words to convey different thoughts to the men of those periods. God spoke TO them and He spoke like a man, face to face.
II Cor 13:3 since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.
This is now a different dimension of "speaking" that is designed to be IN Us. With Abraham and Moses and others God used a certain vocabulary of words that they understood. Today our human vocabulary of words has many times the number of words that they had in those days. Our vocabulary of words is constantly increasing. There are many more words in my vocabulary today than when I was a child. I have stored in my brain many words and definitions today that I didn't have in my knowledge even 20 years ago. This increase of natural thoughts and the increase of natural words to communicate these thoughts have served us well in the Outer Court dimension, over the years.
[Amplified] 1 Cor 2:13 And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].
However, in the Holy Place dimension, of ministry, our multitude of natural words and natural thoughts will be totally inadequate to explain this next dimension of "spiritual wisdom and understanding." Just receiving spiritual truths is not complete until we receive the spiritual words to explain the spiritual truths. In other words there is a different vocabulary necessary to share these spiritual truths. This will make things very difficult or impossible for the natural person to understand. In fact Paul understood that the natural man will view all these things as foolishness.
My theory is that this whole set of encyclopedias that contain the "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" are written in this "new" language of the Spirit. This "language" is not spoken in our ears but into our spirit or in our NEW Inner Man / Life. Or, even more specifically, in our "sanctuary." In the "sanctuary" My sheep hear My voice but not always in natural words that the natural man can understand. Some will most likely just think it thundered.
I Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ.
2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,
3 for you are still fleshly.
Natural words, designed for the natural man, will always be necessary and very popular but these words are limited to very basic things called "milk." Spiritual "words" [solid food] can only be spoken to "spiritual persons" and here is the great problem with this next restoration.
First we must have the revelation, then we must have spiritual thoughts and then we have to have spiritual words that have been given by the Spirit AND THEN we have to have spiritual people who are able to receive the "spiritual words." Nothing is easy, as they say in Cuba.
I Cor 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;
Obviously, Paul did find some people somewhere that he could speak God's Wisdom to in a mystery. He said that God predestined us for this glory to share His "hidden wisdom."
Nevertheless, Paul knew there were many that he could not share these things with because they had no capacity to understand the mysteries. Regardless of how much natural wisdom we possess, it is not sufficient to share spiritual things. It is obvious that before WE can share these mysteries WE also must receive this "hidden wisdom" and then we must receive a spiritual language with which to share the spiritual thoughts.
To sum up this thought we could say that in the next restoration WE will be absolutely and totally dependent upon God for every aspect of ministry. We can do NOTHING out from ourselves because we will be helpless without Him. The only ministry that is possible is in cooperation with Him and Him working in us and through us. There just cannot be ANY independent ministry at this Holy Place dimension. We will need both the Abiding Word of God AND the Holy Spirit within us, revealing and speaking these mysteries of wisdom and understanding. These are the "treasures" of the Kingdom that are hidden from every natural man.
Trying to minister this hidden wisdom out of the intellect of the natural man will cause a big confusion. It is, therefore, absolutely necessary that we begin immediately to develop our inner life of the New Inner Man and prepare it for ministry. We might call this "The Seminary of the Spirit."
As the natural man goes to a "church seminary" for his preparation to minister natural things, so the New Inner Man must go to this "Seminary of the Spirit" to prepare him to minister the mysteries of God that have been hidden from all past generations! We must receive the spiritual thoughts and the spiritual words to minister the "hidden wisdom." Discipleship training may be helpful to minister "the milk" but to minister the Mysteries, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, is beyond the training capacity of men. In this Holy Place dimension we must be taught by God.
Does this mean we must go to "language school" to learn these new words? No! These words are not designed for our ears but they are heard in this other dimension of the intuition of the New Timer Man. This "revelation" is exclusively designed for the inner life dimension of our spirit. These "words" are designed to "feed" the New Inner Man / life.
Supplying this "manna from heaven" is beyond the capacity of natural man. It seems clear, then, that "feed My sheep" indicates that this "ministry" will require more than one kind of food. Most likely there is a proper food for the Outer Court and there is a proper food for the Holy Place but the "food itself' is of a progressing and mysterious nature. Simple nutrition from these
Mysteries is for some but for most is much too strong for them. The "Food Ministry" of the future will require the revelation of "spiritual chefs" who can prepare nutrition on many different levels of understanding.
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43 "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 "Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
To give them their rations at the proper time indicate that there are levels of understanding in receiving "their Rations!" To be put in charge of eternal things, we must learn how to give them their rations at the proper time.
In this "dimension of the inner Life" where intuition, conscience and union become a reality, we can know things that we don't know how we know. The "spiritual thoughts" develop in the intuition or inner life and we know something eternal. If someone asks us how we know we can't tell them. Did God speak to you? I don't know! I didn't hear any words but still I know! Can you share with us what you know? Not now because I don't have the ri ght words. Well, just give us a summation of this truth. I can't because I don't understand it. Then how do you know you received something? Because it has become an inner treasure of wisdom and understanding, within me. Then surely you can share it with us. Not yet because it is still a mystery.
The objection to this kind of "ministry" will be quite logical. Many will respond with "Well, all this is too radical and this is much too mystical for us. Why don't you just share practical things that we can easily understand with the natural mind?" We hear things like: "Don't you see that all this high and lofty teaching is much too complicated for new believers and you are driving them away?" "How can we expect to build up a church this way?"
All this is true and it cannot be refuted by some simple answer. Of course the truth is that we must give the "proper rations at the proper time to the proper people depending upon their need for the proper rations. In other words the "spiritual cafeteria" must have food for everyone.
This is a tremendous problem today because there should be "proper rations" available for those who have gone beyond the "milk." The "proper rations" for the mature must include this "wisdom" that Paul shared with some of his "ministers." The mentality today is this; In our cafeteria we only serve milk. If you want meat you must go to that kind of cafeteria. There are "vegetarian cafeterias" in other parts of the city. If you are having digestive problems you need to find a cafeteria that only serves "herbs."
Today there are Amish Restaurants, Baptist Restaurants, Liberal Restaurants, Conservative Restaurants, Pentecostal Restaurants, Charismatic Restaurants and Restoration Restaurants. There are even Holiness Restaurants! The problem is that each of these are only serving different flavors of milk. Some focus on Cow Milk while others on Goat Milk and some on Buffalo Milk. The more progressive churches specialize in Chocolate Milk or Raspberry Tea. A few are developing a menu that includes Soy Milk with herbs. No matter what kind of glass or cup it is served in, it is still just milk.
The "meat eaters" are out of luck in the church today. Many are going from cafeteria to cafeteria seeking for just a "meat substitute" but there seems to be a famine in the land. Not a famine for milk but for a "ration" that will meet a New Inner Life need.
A few are searching for the "encyclopedias" and all they can find is "comic books." Some are seeking for that "spiritual challenge" and all they can find is "entertainment." Some are seeking for a "new vision" and all they can find is "yesterday’s history." Some are seeking for "reality and all they can find is "outward religion."
Blessed is that steward whom the Master finds giving the proper rations at the proper time. He will put him in charge of his other things.
It is my opinion that raising up another church to serve a different flavor of milk is not a great priority today. Going on another missionary trip to deliver more milk to a people who are suffering from "milk poisoning" is a waste of time and money. Setting up "financial campaigns" to establish several "milk distribution centers" for other countries where there is already a surplus of milk is a waste of time and money.
A brand new idea today is to set up "Apostolic Milk Centers" where pastors can come to receive more milk. Even set up "Prophetic Milk Centers" where we can go to receive the same old, same old. How about "Evangelistic Milk Centers" where Evangelists can come to learn the new technics of "milk delivery" or how about "Cell Home Milk Delivery?" How about training "Milk Salesmen" who can go out to train other "Milk Salesmen" who in turn can train other "Milk Men" who can deliver "Milk" and produce a multiplication of ministry.
There is still another whole area we need to develop. We want to raise a lot of money quickly while we still have an opportunity to build “Evaporated Milk Factories" where we can condense the "Milk" for easy delivery. Another program that we need to investigate is the "Sweetened Condensed Milk" that can be canned for the next generation. We have also heard about a new product called "Kingdom Milk" but we have determined that is too strong for today's Christians. Lord, save us!
There is so much in Scripture, today, that we don't understand. These may be the Mysteries that are waiting to be delivered to the visible churches but they may need to be delivered to the Mature Church! They may need to be delivered to those waiting to be accepted in the Holy Place!
The Holy Place REVELATION will be limited to those who have made the transition to the Holy Place Life. In this location, Jesus Christ will give the message to the Seven Churches. This "message" will be very critical and full of rebuke. Some will be cast out of His body and a few receive the blessings. The average Pulpit Message will be a thing of the past and now in this dimension the Reality of the Gospel will be heard.
We hear about the Glory of going to heaven someday. That will certainly be GLORIOUS but the message of the Book of Revelations reveal that a lot of correction and change may be necessary. The New Earth may have redeemed men, who have Overcome, as their rulers but the Holy Place will have the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord of Lords and as their King of Kings. He has maximum Authority and He has the Maximum of Testimony. His Will is Sovereignly obeyed and His Word is absolutely Sovereign. His Word to the Seven Churches is the same as His Word to us. Even if we get into His Body, we must act like The Head says or be cast out.
The Words to the Seven Churches sets the severity of the requirements to participate in that dimensions of His Life! Those WORDS are very SEVERE. Only one Church could receive the full inheritance. At this level, You must OVERCOME to receive the next realization or the next elevation in the Kingdom of God.
All this potential was given by the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus on Calvary. We all, who have received Christ, have received this Potential blessing. Whether we actually experience All this Potential is based upon completing the preparatory process. The Outer Court, in the Tabernacle of Moses, represents the process of the Preparation of the Priesthood after the Order of Aaron. This is just a copy and shadow of the New Covenant Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek.
The Kingdom of Priests is made up of a New Covenant Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. He was both a King and a Priest. He was the only Priest in the Old Testament who was BOTH a King and a Priest. The Kings were from one tribe and the Priests were from another Tribe. We must become Both Kings and Priests! This is a severe message to New Covenant believers. The New Covenant requires the Whole Preparation Process of becoming King/ Priests!