True Biblical Prosperity (Part 2)
Review: In Part 1, we saw four Hebrew words translated into the word prosperity in English in the King James Version. Yet, none of them have to do with physical prosperity preached by the ‘bless me’, ‘name it and claim it’ preachers. The first Hebrew word, #3787, means to be changed or transformed. (1 Samuel 10:6 and Amos 5:6) The second Hebrew word, #6743, means ‘to press through with great pressure, to overcome great odds, to be well, righteous, profitable, and cause to make prosper.’
(Joshua 1:8) The third Hebrew word, #7919, means ‘to make to understand, to make to have wisdom. (Joshua 1:7, 1 Chronicles 28:19) The fourth Hebrew word, #7951, means ‘to be at rest, to be in safety, quietness from the enemy, to have peace.’ (Job 3:26)
We also saw that 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”, is a key verse for prosperity preachers and doesn’t mean what they say it does. The Greek word for prosper, (yoo-od-u’-o), #2137, came from two root words: one (yoo’) meaning ‘well done’ and the other (hod-os’) meaning ‘progress in a long journey, to help on the long road.’ Combined, the meaning is ‘to succeed or have a prosperous journey. The word ‘health’ is the Hebrew word, hugiaino (hoog-ee-ah’-ee-no), from the root, hugies (hoog-ee-ace’), #5199, meaning true in doctrine, doctrinally sound, whole. And, (hoog-ee-ah’-ee-no) means to be uncorrupt, true, sound, whole in doctrine, to be safe and sound, to be whole, to be in health. But, that’s not what is being preached! Prosperity preachers say God wants us rich, but God said in James 2:5 that, ‘He has chosen the poor to be rich in faith.’ Rich in reliance and dependence upon Him. Jesus said, ‘A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things He possesses,’ (Luke 12:15). We saw in Psalms 122:6 say, ‘Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem,’ and when Jerusalem lost its righteousness, it lost its peace. When you lose your righteousness, you lose the sovereignty of God’s throne. God sits upon His throne in the heart of the righteous and the power of His throne comes to that life and His protection. When we begin to compromise and walk back in sin, turning from holiness and righteousness, God removes His throne from our lives and its protection is lost and the demon powers begin to invade our lives.
In Psalms 97:1-3, we saw that righteousness and truth, or justice, are the foundations of God’s throne. The New Testament says that we are built upon the foundation of the prophets and the apostles, and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone. The foundation is righteousness. Our prosperity is the power of God’s throne in our lives, Jesus ruling and reigning in our lives bringing us victory and His resurrection power. Let’s begin where we left off in Part 1 and we will find out who makes it to heaven.
1 Corinthians 6:17 “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” When we join our lives to Christ, we are joined to His resurrection power. It means that we are not to live and walk in this world as a normal human being; but as a life that has been resurrected far above the powers and darkness in this world. Either we are ruling with Christ over sin and demon powers or we are being ruled over.
Ephesians 1:18 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”. What are the heavenly riches, the true riches, in the saints? (v.19-21) “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”. Is Christ ‘far above’ all demon powers in this world? Then, if we are joined to Him, we will be ‘far above’ them. That’s why sin should not have dominion over you and Satan’s power and authority doesn’t extend to your life. It has been nullified in your life because you are joined to Christ and Satan has no power over Christ. That’s the glory of His heavenly riches, but we know more about worldly treasures than heavenly ones. (v.22-23) “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” If we are joined to Christ and all things are under His feet, then, they should be under our feet. What is Christ’s body? It is ‘the fullness of Christ that fills us’. That is what makes us His body that joins us to Him, His fullness in us!
Those who are earth bound are not walking with Christ. The prosperity message causes men to be earth bound. Colossians 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Christ is saying, ‘come up with me, be seated in the heavenlies with me’! Rule and reign with me! Don’t have your affections set on this world, but on my world (v.2) “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Ephesians 2:1-2 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”. ‘In time past’. You are not supposed to be walking according to this world anymore. (v.3) “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” We were born enemies of God, children of wrath. Our nature was to follow the demon powers and walk in the flesh. (v.4-6) “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”. We were raised ‘together with Christ’, we are seated together with Christ. God has made us one with Himself. Jesus’s prayer of John 17:21-23, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”, has been fulfilled. Ephesians 2:7-8 “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”. From (v.1) it is talking about salvation, what happens when we are saved. But, many of Christ’s body have been severed from the head and are back in the wilderness, following men, building kingdoms for men, building monuments to man. They are in Babylon. Babylon is gorgeous. She sits and rules the lives of many whom claim to be saved and even filled with the Holy Ghost. There are two places that God’s people are dwelling in, either with Christ in the heavenlies, or in Babylon. You belong with Christ. Where are you?
Earlier we were looking at the Hebrew word (tsaw-lay’-akh), #6743, the first of the three Greek words we used, meaning ‘to press through with great pressure, to be well, righteous, to overcome great odds, to cause to prosper’. (It is a change to perfection and holiness.) Let’s go back to it. Genesis 39:1 “And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.” Did Joseph have to overcome incredible odds? He was lied about, falsely accused, thrown in prison. Didn’t Jesus say woe to you when all men speak well of you? Luke 6:26. (v.2) “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” He was in the house of an Egyptian and was prosperous. (tsaw-lay’-akh) No matter what our situation, wherever God places us, no matter how difficult, we have to keep our eyes on Jesus and stay where He has raised us spiritually. That’s why we’re not supposed to be living by feelings and circumstances, but by faith. (v.3) “And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.” The same Hebrew word. (v.23) “The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” In prison, he was still the same prosperous man as in v.2-3. He was still overcoming great odds, still prospering spiritually. If our heart is attached to Jesus, it shouldn’t matter what we are going through in the natural. We can be prosperous in whatever situation, just as Joseph. Even Paul, while being beaten, shipwrecked, and in prison, in all his circumstances he overcame. Joseph, as Paul, kept his heart on God and continued to walk faithfully with God.
Psalms 118:25 “Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.” Are you crying out to God to save you? Are you asking him to make you an overcomer? Take out of me the tendency to sin and make me to love holiness and righteousness. We can’t change ourselves; we are helpless in our own strength. That’s why we need Him to save us and make us prosperous – again – (tsaw-lay’-akh) – to make us to overcome against great odds. Salvation isn’t a one-time experience. It’s a walk, a battle, and we have to keep pressing through to attain holiness and eternal life. David’s prosperity, that he is speaking of, is being an overcomer in life (v. 5-24) “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Today many are following a false doctrine of material prosperity; but God’s divine prosperity has nothing to do with the physical accumulation of wealth. God’s idea of prosperity is for us to live as changed, resurrected men, walking in His victory, overcoming every evil thing in this life. Translated from the old fallen nature and created and made into the image, the nature and character of Christ. Putting aside all that is of the flesh and its lusts and being filled with the love of God, “shed abroad in our heart, loving the brethren, living in separation and holiness before God.”
Romans 1:1 “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,”. ‘Separated’, ‘set apart’. When God called forth natural Jerusalem, He said, “I’ve set you apart from the nations” – why? So that they wouldn’t be like and act like the world. We are all called to be saints. All through the New Testament, about 60 times, we are called saints. The Greek word (hag’-ee-os), hagios. It means ‘sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated, most holy’. (v.2-4) “(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:”. His resurrection power only comes with the Spirit of holiness. (v.5-6) “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:” All who are saved are called, called to be saints. (v.16) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” The power of God, its purpose is to bring salvation, to resurrect men from the dead (spiritually) and to make them alive in Christ. The purpose of the gospel is to bring God’s resurrection power to men that we would no longer live in the flesh. Here’s God’s warning. Romans 6:12 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Why? Because sin will remove God’s resurrection power from your life. It will keep you living in the flesh and keep you ‘earth bound’ and God wants you to be seated with Him and reigning over sin. (v.14) “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” ‘Have dominion’. It means ‘shall not be master’.
Deuteronomy 23:14 “For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.” God is in the midst of His people for these two reasons: to deliver us and defeat our enemies. ‘The battle is still the Lord’s’. When we live in holiness and righteousness, God builds His throne in our heart and delivers us and gives us victory over all our enemies. But, if we compromise and continue in sin and evil habits, then God turns away; He leaves us. We have to be holy and have no unclean thing in us if we want the sovereignty and power of His throne working in our life. If we don’t keep ourselves holy, then we will lose the hedge of His protection and be destroyed as described in Isaiah 5:5-7. “And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” Without holiness, we are simply going through the motions, having a form of godliness and move from the boundary’s of holiness to Babylon. Only religious works, hearing the word, which becomes but another lust. You hear, but you won’t obey.
What is God’s purpose for waiting to put His throne and resurrection power in our life? Romans 8:10-11 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” This isn’t referring to some day in the future when you’ll get a glorified body. It’s now. He will ‘make us alive’, quicken us that we can fulfill (v.14) being led of the Spirit of God. (v. 12-14) “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” God will only give His resurrection power to those who use His Spirit to put to death everything of the flesh, the old man and of rebellion and disobedience. That’s what it is to be led by the Spirit of God. That’s what v.13 said. Through ‘The Spirit’, His resurrection power, we have to kill, destroy the deeds of the flesh, that we can have His eternal life in us. We can’t do it in ourselves, our ability, our strength; we can only overcome and destroy the works of the flesh in our life by His Spirit, His resurrection power. That’s what the Spirit is leading us to do in (v.14). Then we are His sons, not those who go to church, are baptized in water, or even speak in tongues. God’s sons are those who reign in life over sin, who walk in the Spirit, the power of His Spirit, and overcome.
2 Corinthians 4: Here’s God’s ultimate aim! (v.10-11) “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” This is the mystery of godliness, that God destroy, put to death, everything in us that’s of Lucifer and transform us into the image and likeness, the nature and character of Jesus. Then, His body on the earth will be joined as one spirit to Christ, our head. Only the Spirit of holiness can be one with Christ, not an unholy spirit. Colossians 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” We have to keep seeking Him to live (according to Amos 5:6), to overcome. (v.2-3) “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” You’re dead to sin and this world. Paul said that ‘I’m crucified to the world and the world to me’. (v.4-6) “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.” No matter how much you speak in tongues or see visions, the wrath of God will still come…. (v.7-9) “In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” You put off everything of the old self, our nature to sin. (v.10) “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” ‘Renewed’, present perfect, ‘being renewed’. It’s a continual process.
This is the resurrected man, the overcomer, an inhabitant of Zion in Hebrews 12. It’s a place around the throne of God. Then, outside Zion, the inner court, is the outer court where most Christians live. They desire God, but they also desire the world. They desire to be holy, but don’t want to pay the price to become holy. Zion represents the true church, a church with one life and character of Jesus, a church full of spiritual life, not earth-bound, but heavenly-bound. Zion is the place full of the beauty of holiness, no mixture or compromise, spotless and blameless. Zion is the place from which Jesus rules and reigns and stretches forth His scepter to His children and says, ‘rule in the midst of your enemies’. (Psalms 110) It says, ‘thy people shall be willing’ – to what – to rule in the midst of their enemies – ‘in the day of thy power’, which is now! But, we can only rule and reign with Christ in holiness and righteousness and sanctification.
Revelation 14:1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.” Christ is always on Mount Zion. The 144,000 which have His Father’s name, His nature and character, His mark, the mind of Christ, written on their foreheads, what are these 144,000? (v.4) “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” ‘Women’, ‘virgins’. What is it saying? The word, virgins, is not speaking of physical virginity, but is used metaphorically of chaste persons, free from sexual impurity. They weren’t defiled with ‘women’. In other words, they didn’t have other loves in their life. The world, things of the world, money, pleasures… . When you are attached, joined to Jesus, you have no other loves. He is your life (according to Colossians 3:3). Jesus said His bride would be a chaste virgin with no other loves. They keep themselves pure. (v.5) “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” “guile’, blameless. There is no lie in their mouth, because there is none in their heart, for out of the abundance of the heart…. Who are these 144,000? Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” This is the clothing Jesus was speaking of in (Revelation 3:17), when He told the Laodicean Church that they were naked! They had all the world’s wealth and they confessed all the material blessing in Jesus’ name, like the bless me, name it and claim it prophets teach. But, we know that God will give such that aren’t His all the material things they desire and then send them to hell because they are spiritually naked. It’s just like the Israelites who were tired of God’s manna, of spiritual food. They wanted flesh fellowship. ‘And, while the meat was in their mouth, God destroyed them’. It’s happening today as God’s people follow after prosperity, material wealth, and greed under a cloak of religion. (v.9-10) “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This man was a resurrected man, in heaven, from the earth, escorting John around. He said, ‘Don’t worship me’. That’s what Romans 2:29 said about the spiritual Jew. His praise doesn’t come from men, but from God. Resurrected men don’t give or receive worship from men. (v.11) “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” ‘In righteousness’. Righteousness and truth are the foundation of His throne. (v.12-14) “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” When we were saved, were we not raised to be seated with Christ in the heavenlies? Are we not referred to as ‘soldiers of the cross’? So, then, what makes us an army? And have we not seen that we follow the Lamb wherever He goes? And the warfare we fight is against demon powers in the heavenly realm? This is us now! Are you following Christ? Are you wearing your fine linen garments of righteous deeds? Are you waging war with Christ against Satan?
Ezekiel 40:1-2 “In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither. In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.” ‘The land’, it’s singular. It’s the place of God’s presence, the land with boundaries of holiness. A land God called His people out to, to be separated from the world. Israel is ‘the people of God’, who dwell in the place God prepared for us. He set us on a high mountain, which is Mount Zion. The city is us. We are a city set on a hill. (v.3) “And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.” The man is Jesus and brass speaks of judgment. All judgment has been given to Jesus. The measuring reed or rod is God’s word. It’s the standard by which we are judged. Jesus said that His Word would judge us (John 12:48). (v.4) “And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.” It’s talking about the eyes and ears of the heart, as Paul prayed in Ephesians 1. Jesus is measuring and judging His people to see if they measure up to His Word. Revelation 11:1 “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Does 1 Corinthians tell us that we are the temple of God? God isn’t talking about brick and mortar, but a temple built by the hand and Spirit of God. (v.2a) “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles.” If there are things in your life holding you down to this world, you are earth-bound and not counted as those in the temple, in His presence. The word, Gentiles, from the Greek is also translated nations or heathens. It’s the uncircumcised in heart, those who walk in wickedness before God. They are in the outer court. They hear the word, but it doesn’t change their life. They don’t live in the Spirit, in His presence. Ezekiel 43:10 “Thou son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.” It is correctly translated ‘show the temple to the house of Israel’! It’s the temple inside us that God is building. And only those who are ashamed of their iniquities get to see the pattern. What pattern? The pattern for salvation! How do they do it? (v.11) “And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, show them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.” God wants us to know His entire pattern or plan for salvation so that we will be able to do, to fulfill His requirements. (v.12) “This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.” ‘The house’ is our body, for those who dwell upon the top of the Mount in Mount Zion. The limits or boundaries of God’s people who dwell in Mount Zion are holiness, holiness without which no man shall see God. Hebrews 12:14. Only the pure in heart will see God! No compromise is allowed in the inner court where God’s presence is. Psalms 50:2 “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” The perfection of beauty is the beauty of holiness of God’s people. Psalms 96:6 “Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.” Are you in His sanctuary or in the outer courts, desiring what God has, but unwilling to pay the price, wanting a short cut to glory? (v.7-8) “Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.” God desires for us to come into His presence in the inner court. (v.9) “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” The beauty of a holy life which produces holy attire, robes of righteousness. The world and those with a heart for this world cannot stand the beauty of holiness. It is as a stench in their nostrils. But those who are being saved are desiring it and crying out to God for it. Psalms 149:4 “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” The word, meek, also means humble, lowly, gentle in mind. God beautifies them with salvation. Salvation is beautiful to God.
Isaiah 60:13-14 “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” You are the city sit on a hill that can’t be hid. God is unveiling His church. We are the Zion of the Holy One of Israel, of Jesus. Did we not see God measuring His inner court in Ezekiel 43? Ephesians 3:18-19 “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” There are some more measurements. It’s telling us that wherever God measures His body, the true church, you will find the love of Christ and the fullness of God, and wherever you find these, you will find the beauty of holiness. Spiritual beauty, spiritual gems of diamonds and rubies and gold and silver. God is measuring His body for holiness and for His love. Revelation 21:6 “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” It says in the present tense, “Behold, I am making all things new”. If you are His, then this process is taking place in your life. ‘It is done’. The Greek means ‘be brought to pass, to come to pass, be done, be finished, be fulfilled’. Did Jesus say the work of salvation was finished? In Revelation 1:8, Jesus said “I am the Alpha and Omega..”. Does God see you as a finished product of His grace? Are you spiritually thirsty? What are the waters that He will give you? Revelation 22:1-2 “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Ezekiel 47:1,9 “Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. (9) And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.” Everything the water touches, lives!! ‘The leaves of the tree’ are for what? They are for healing. That must be for us now. There are no sick creatures in heaven. Glorified bodies don’t get sick. Those in heaven are already alive, eternally. They don’t need to receive life for they have eternal life. They don’t need washing for they aren’t dirty or filthy. You either get washed here or you won’t be there. This has to do with us now! Revelation 21:7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” This is for those who overcome, who press through, who remain faithful, who are pure and holy at His coming. All others are in (v.8). “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (v.9-10) “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” Are you part of that city or are you still walking in this realm and this world? Are you joined to Christ and seated with Him in heavenly places and connected to His resurrection power making all things new in your life? John didn’t say he was carried into heaven, but in the Spirit, to a mountain and saw the Holy City descending out from heaven. You are a city set on an hill which cannot be hid, a city not forsaken, Isaiah 62.12. (v.11) “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” Is the glory of God in your life? ….’a precious stone’… It costs you everything to follow Jesus. ‘Crystal clear’, there’s no darkness, only the purity of holiness in God’s people. This city is you and I, if we are Christ’s. (v.12) God is a wall of fire to His people. Proverbs 18:10 says, “the name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe”. Christ is our defense and protection. He puts a wall and a hedge about His people. (v.15) “And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.” He’s still measuring His people by His standards. Do you measure up? (v.18) “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.” The building of the wall is the beauty of holiness. 2 Timothy 2:19-21, compares men to vessels of gold and silver or wood and earth. 1 Corinthians 3:12, compares our works to gold, silver, and precious stones, wood, hay, and stubble. Peter said the trying of our faith is more precious than gold. Gold speaks of the glory of God and purity. Is His glory in your life? ‘Like unto clear glass’. Jesus said He was coming back for a spotless bride, a pure bride, without spot or blemish, a transparent heart and life, crystal clear, no darkness, no evil, pure before God. Jesus said, ‘the pure in heart shall see God! Is your heart pure?
You say what about the measurements. They are also in Ezekiel’s writings. They are the same material. They are symbolic. We have to be of the same character and nature as Christ, in His likeness and image. Is God’s spirit, His nature and character, His love and holiness in you? They are if you are part of Zion, the holy city. ‘The building of the wall was jasper’, a jewel. V.19 and 20 describe foundations of jewels. Malachi 3:16-18 “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” God calls His people ‘jewels’, those that discern between the righteous and wicked, between those who serve God and those who don’t. Revelation 21:21 “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” ‘Street of pure gold, transparent’. God has placed in you the highway of holiness and there’s nothing unclean upon that road. (Isaiah 35:8-9) No wild beasts are on this road, no demon spirits dwell in your life or rule your heart. [The Bible talks about those who have within their hearts the highways of Zion. They pass through the rough spots and cause you to turn into a place of streams of water.] (v.22-23) “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” A physical temple isn’t needed. We are His temple. He dwells in us and He is our Light. (v.27) “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.” Only those who’s names are written in the book of life are part of this holy city. This is the inner court, in His presence. Where are the others, those in the outer court? Revelation 17:3 “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” He was carried where? Not into heaven, but a spiritual wilderness! 'A woman sit on a scarlet-colored beast’. Those of us seated in heavenly places with Christ are following Christ on white horses. These are seated on a different creature, not white which represents purity and holiness, but scarlet which represents sin (Isaiah 1:18). (v.4) “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.” She’s beautiful to the world. ‘Purple and scarlet’ represent royalty. (v.5) “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” This woman gives birth to hrlots and those who are earth-bound. (v.6) “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Those who are earth-bound hate the true believers, those who walk and reign with Christ. (v.14) “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” The chosen, the faithful overcome her. That sounds similar to Revelation 12:17. (v.18) “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Now you know, there are two kinds of cities, two kinds of people, and two kinds of kings. The holy city, Zion, in habited by God’s people and another city that Christ doesn’t rule over, but Satan. The inhabitants of Babylon are Satan’s city, his people!
The heavenly Jerusalen has walls and gates, the purpose of which are to control who is admitted and who is kept out, to keep out those who aren’t following the Lamb. What is divine prosperity? It’s the resurrected life, being joined to Jesus Christ, being a resident and citizen of Zion, in Heaven! It’s living in the beauty of holiness and the fullness of His presence. It’s living in the spiritual realm where the power of the natural realm over our life is broken.
Psalms 16:7-11 “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” ‘In thy presence’. Psalms 96:1-10a “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth.”
Psalms 149: “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.” Isaiah 62:1-4, 6-7, 10-12 “For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. … I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. … Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.”
What is divine prosperity: knowing that our wrestling with demon powers and principalities is in the power of the resurrection. It’s not a conflict to gain power over the devil, but a conflict of our faith, that these evil powers have been defeated by Christ and on this we stand and prevail with Christ and have the victory.
God’s prosperity: Joseph in prison was prosperous, the same as in Potifer’s house. Psalms 118:25 “Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.” – tsaw-lay’-akh – to overcome great odds, to press through to righteousness. 2 Corinthians 4:10 “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be manifest in our body.”
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