#112

                                                                                      (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

The Father dwells in divine space, a formless area called the "above".  He bent in humility to form creation called heaven, earth, and death and hell.  The Father has no form and can wish anything to be the way He wants it to be.  We, as His creation, dwell in a world of form that frequently distracts us from recognizing the LORD Who is above all things.  He is from "above" (no form) and we are from "beneath" (form).  Please read the following scriptures to better familiarize yourself with this concept:  Psalm 8:1, John 8:23, and John 3:31.  

Please read Phillipians 2:9-10.  In verse 9, the Name of Jesus is established as being the Name that is above every Name.  In verse 10, we receive a blueprint of how that Name is to be reverenced.  Heaven, earth, and things under the earth (death and hell) are first to bow to the Name and secondly, confess the supremacy of this divine Name.  His formless Name dwells above all things (creation) and it is the responsibility of the creation to bow to and confess the position of His great Name.  The preponderance of recognizing His Name first is upon creation.  Every situation we are a part of, every event that involves us as individuals, is an opportunity to bow to and confess His Great Name to establish His position of supremacy in the "above".  

At one point in Israel's journey to Canaan's Land, Moses grew very angry with the congregation when they demanded water.  He interpreted the situation as a personal attack on him.  He reacted out of personal offense, thinking that they wanted him to make water appear.  The LORD told Moses to speak to the Rock and it would slake the thirst of the people.  Moses, in his anger, didn't recognize that it was the ROCK that would produce water, not him.  He furiously smote the Rock because of his offended feelings.  He, like us, reacted in anger to a situation, forgetting that he was to bow to the Name and confess the Name first.  His anger disallowed him to make the Name holy by establishing its supremacy above the creation.  Notice the order:  bow first and then confess.  We cannot confess His Great Name unless we have first bowed to it.  Humble deference to the Name allows us to confess the holiness of that Name. In every situation we are to sanctify His Name by confessing that it is above the situation.  The water will flow as a result.  Creation (people, places, things, events) is a great distraction to us as Christians.  It has a tendency to keep our attention "beneath".  We react in anger when we are personally offended, thinking that it is the cause of our discomfort and displeasure.  By doing so, we reverse the order; exalting the creation above the Name.  As a result, we miss the opportunity to sanctify the LORD's Name and also miss whatever change He wanted to make in us.  Remember the order:  bow first and then confess.  The establishment of His Name above all things will open the floodgates of heaven and produce personal change.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                  #111

                                                                                        (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Matthew 5:4.  From this scripture we can rightly deduct that mourning produces comfort.  Mourning is defined as grief, sorrow, lamentation.  As Christians we have the opportunity to not only mourn for our own sins, but also for others.  We can be grieved for an individual, a city, a nation, or the sinful world in general.  We can minister for someone, in their behalf, before the LORD and appease His anger.  As we mourn and repent over sin for ourselves or others, God is appeased and will send comfort.  

Please read Luke 16:19-25.  This is the story of the rich man and Lazarus.  In verse 24 the rich man addressed Abraham as "Father".  Abraham responded by calling him "Son" (verse 25).  These two clues allow us to see that the rich man was a believer.  Abraham continues and explains that Lazarus is being comforted and the rich man is being tormented.  While alive, the rich man had no need to grieve and lament for Lazarus.  He was married to his own pleasure and saw no need to mourn over his condiion.  He did not repent and appease the LORD for him.  The rich man also refused to repent over his own spiritual pride that caused him to scorn and detest Lazarus.  If you sow comfort to God you will reap comfort personally.  The rich man, not reaping any comfort, was tormented in the flame.  Mourning produces appeasement of God and, in turn, comfort.  The rich man did not mourn, therefore, did not reap comfort.  What a wonderful opportunity we have to mourn, grieve, and lament over our own sin, the sin of others and our nation. The LORD will comfort us in return.  

                                                                                                               #109

                                                                                        (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Note:  This lesson is a continuation of #108.  Please read #108 if necessary.  From the Cross of Calvary to the Rapture is a segment of time called the Dispensation of Grace.  Immediately following the Rapture, a 3 1/2 year period begins called the Great Tribulation.  At its conclusion, the dreadful day of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Battle of Armageddon will take place.  During the Great Tribulation, two witnesses are returned to the earth (Enoch and Elijah) who have been given a mission:  to witness to those who have missed the Rapture.  These two witnesses are called "candlesticks".  We know from prior lessons that they are called this after the fashion of the Golden Candlestick in the Mosaic Tabernacle.  Atop the branches and main shaft are 7 lamps.  Each lamp needs oil, fire, and light to perform their specific ministry.  OIL is a picture and type of gladness (Psalm 45:7).  Gladness does not come from the world.  FIRE relates to us the flame of the Father from off the Brazen Altar.  LIGHT demonstrates understanding.  

The only fire allowed to burn the oil of the lamp was from the Brazen Altar.  The source of the fire was from the Father Who abode above the Tabernacle in a Pillar of Cloud and Fire.  When a sacrifice was presented to Him at the Brazen Altar, and the Christ rested on the shadow and type, fire would fall from the the Pillar confirming that the sacrifice had been accepted.  The fire did not fall until the Christ rested on the sacrifice.  The fire consuming the sacrifice meant that it had presented a correct spiritual picture.  This fire of the Father was then taken to the candlestick and the oil was lit.  

The "old man" is a source of sacrifice for the fire to consume.  With its lively eagerness and cheerful readiness, the fire patiently waits for wood, hay, and stubble to be laid on the altar. In Biblical times, citizens of Israel had to bring their animals to Jerusalem and have them slain in the courtyard of the Tabernacle.  It was necessary in that dispensation to physically bring an animal.  Since Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law and we now participate in the Dispensation of Grace, physical animals are not needed.  We bring our flesh and carnal appetites to the Brazen Altar, spiritually, and the fire of the Father will comsume them with alacrity.  The LORD exposes the wood, hay, and stubble in our heart, we offer it to the Father and the fire falls, then fire from off the altar is taken to the Word of God at the candlestick to give us the light of understanding.  No sacrifice, no fire, no light of understanding.  The LORD's intention in exposing the faults and failures of the old man (sin) is for us to eventually receive understanding so we can see the way to walk.  He is not angry that our flesh is exposed---take it to the altar and receive the light of understanding!  Do you not understand sometimes?  Don't know what to do or what path you should follow?  Bring a sacrifice and take the fire up to the candlestick so the light can illuminate the 66 bowls, knops and flowers with understanding!  The candlestick was bathed in glorious light; each book (as it were) was revealed in the light.  He will not leave us clueless.  The purpose of exposure is to get light so we know how and where to walk.  Be encouraged---bring a sacrifice! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                       #110

                                                                                (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

                                                  Note:  This is a continuation of lesson #106; please read #106 if necessary.  

Please read Revelation 22:13.  Jesus declares Himself to be the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  Please read Genesis 1:1.  Here we see that the LORD created in the beginning (Jesus) heaven and earth.   In Psalm 148:3-5 we find that the Father commanded and the Son created.  The Son took the no-form substance of the Father and created forms, hence, all creation.  Proverbs 8:27-31 states that the Son's delights were with the sons of men, or aw-dawm.  This word delights translates into enjoyment, pleasure, amuse self, dandle, fondle, play, look upon, stare.  The souls and spirits of mankind had a very special relationship with the Son as He was being "truthed up" to become the Christ.  He shared with us what He learned from the Father as part of His "delights" with aw-dawm.  What we learned from the Son were theories of the Word of God.  Please read Psalm 74:12.  The word for "old" is ke-dem.  Of the four eternities, ke-dem has to do with God's Purposive Will.  We had a King in ke-dem eternity. A King has to do with authority, headship, reverence, servants, a lofty position.  Jesus was our King, our Authority in ke-dem eternity as He was being taught by the Father to be the Christ and as He shared with us the theories of the Word.  The LORD's Purposive Will is:  to make His Name known.  

Jesus, as our Master Example, learned the theory of being the Christ, laid aside His deity and came to earth to suffer the ignominy of the Cross.  All His theory was made personal experience through the Cross.  In the end He was made both LORD and Christ.  He asks us to trod the same journey.  In the beginning (Jesus) we had a glorious and beautiful relationship with Him in ke-dem eternity where we learned how to make His Name known.  His ultimate intention is to bring us to the end (Jesus) and have the same relationship.  We were IN Christ in the beginning and have the opportunity to be IN Christ in the end.  In the beginning we learned theory, in the end we join it to experience by way of Sin and the Cross.  Theoretical truths become experience through the crucifixion of the Cross.  Sin is not an aberration, it was not unexpected, it is not a mistake.  Sin is part of God's plan to make His Name known!  Sin allows me to fulfill His purpose for me by:  1. making His Name known.  2. experiencing the truth and returning back IN Christ.  Sin allows me to experience the crucifixion of the Cross and transform my Hate, Death and Darkness into Love, Light, and Life!  We can make His Name known in our own personal tabernacle (body) and fulfill our purpose while trodding through this sinful wilderness called Earth.  Be encouraged!  Sin is the vehicle through which we return back IN Christ and experience the delightful relationship in the end that we had in the beginning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         #108

                                                                                 (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Hebrews 9:27 states that "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment".  There are two men who did not experience death; they experienced translation.  Elijah was taken up before the eyes of his servant Elisha in the throne chariot of God.  Enoch also bypassed death and was translated into the presence of the LORD.  Both must return and experience physical death.  These two men, Elijah and Enoch, had ministries during their sojourn on earth.  Elijah ministered during a time of dead idols and Enoch during a time of living idols.  Both these men will be returned to earth during the Great Tribulation, a time when dead and living idols abound.  

Please read Revelation 11:3-12.  The LORD is the one who gives POWER to these two witnesses.  They do many amazing things but, it is God who gives them the power.  They will be virtually untouchable as they perform miracles in Jerusalem, the very seat of the antichrist.  He will not be able to silence or overcome them until the LORD is ready.  Please note in verse 4 that God calls them "two olive trees and two candlesticks".  In previous lessons, we have learned that the golden candlestick in the Mosaic Tabernacle had 66 bowls, knops, and flowers---a picture of the revealed Word of God given to us in the 66 books of the Bible.  Setting on top of each branch and the central shaft were 7 lamps.  Each lamp had oil, fire, and light.  Psalm 45:7 gives us a clue about what the oil represents:  gladness.  Gladness is defined as delight, mirth, pleasure, joyful, noisy.  The lamp, full of oil, rested on top of the Word.  Gladness comes from being in the Word of God.  When we study the Word, our lamps fill with oil (gladness).  The oil will be partially responsible for the defeat of the antichrist by the two witnesses; they were candlesticks with oil, fire, and light.  Likewise, we can defeat the enemy in our personal lives by filling our lamps with the oil of gladness.  The two witnesses will defy antichrist with gladness and joy!   We can defeat the enemy by staying in the Word of God!  As gladness gave them the ability to withstand antichrist, we can withstand the inward flesh and the outward attacks of the enemy.  Be encouraged to stay in the Word of God as much as possible.  Listen to a CD, read your One Year Bible, read some notes.  Put the oil of gladness in your lamps and experience spiritual victory!