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DISCOVERING THE TRUE ISRAEL

     By the Spirit there is simplicity in Christ but man-made doctrines tend to distort spiritual clearness.  In the parable of the wicked Husbandmen the vineyard of the Lord is so abused the Lord of the vineyard takes a drastic step indeed. (see Matt.21:33-43)  "Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof".  Here's the revelation; the nation that receives the kingdom of God is not a natural nation, it is now a "holy nation a Royal Priesthood"; the True Church of the Living God! 

     "Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine press therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 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 judgement, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry (weeping). (Isa. 5:1-7)

     It should be obvious the rejected stone is Jesus who came unto his own, and was not received. The drastic step of the Lord of the vineyard was to reject the wicked generation that rejected him, and give the True Spiritual vineyard to Spiritual Israel!  Hear the words of Jesus: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. JESUS IS THE NEW ISRAEL! "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit"(St. John 15:1-2) In-Christ no more wild grapes; "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing".

     Jesus' powerful ministry along with His crucifixion and resurrection are well documented in history. His victory over Satan and hell is well established! But the time is now to awake and fully know that these things must become EXPERIENTIAL inside those who profess His Great Name! "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (Phil.3:3). "And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, upon THE ISRAEL OF GOD" (Gal.6:16).
                                               In-Christ Always  Elmer Hart

INSIDE THE ROOM FAITH

     On Remnant Restoration Facebook page, Bro. Ferguson posted an article which ask the question: based on your faith level, would Jesus allow you inside the room while he resurrected the dead, or ask you to remain outside the room?  There is a reason the disciples ask Jesus to "increase our faith"(Luke 17:5). Simple faith believes enough to establish religion, but "inside the room" faith must grow and mature into a trust in Jesus that resurrection life rules in every situation over all things! Our next step could easily be an opportunity for our faith to tap into the realm of resurrection! That is why "easter celebrations" miss the mark. We need to celebrate resurrection every day and all day! I feel it constantly on the inside, always hoping for an invitation "inside the room"!

     "Where there is no vision the people perish..."( Proverbs29:18). According to scholars, this word for vision is deeper than we think. In my own words it is an "inside the room" vision! Something that is not an outward observation, but rather is birthed on the inside and takes on the life of the Spirit!  You see Holy Ghost Salvation was birthed from an "upper room"! Inside this room spiritual vision comes alive, and it always scopes from an elevated position. Holy Ghost binoculars that focus clearly, and bring things closer! There is inside revelation for the chosen of God, and we should hear the voice of the "Revelator" calling "come up higher"! Resurrection Rules! There is no perishing in the presence of resurrection , this is the life of Jesus that is out of reach of "missing the mark". Missing the mark can never go "inside the room"! Anything that is not of faith is sin (missing the mark). Without this kind of faith it is impossible to please God. 

     "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit and said, I thank thee O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:(Luke 10:21)  I would suggest that outside the room is a generation that has been blinded on purpose by the spirit so they cannot partake of "holy things"! "We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle" (Heb.13:10) I see here the impression of "robots" who have been programmed by "dead letter" just going about in a form and fashion without resurrection life. It is revealed unto "babes in Christ"! By His resurrection and ascension, Jesus was exalted to the position of both Lord and Christ! Given a name above every name! Out of this exalted Christ came a brand new generation! Jesus said it was revealed to babes, this is a new generation of Spirit Beings! We didn't stay babes very long, but grew in grace, knowledge and faith! Thank God to be a part of a "chosen generation" that comes with a standing invitation to remain "in the room" with Jesus, and participate in His mighty works!

In-Christ Always Elmer Hart

HEAVENLY PLACES

     Apostle Paul tells of knowing a man who could have left the body, although he wasn't sure, and was caught up to paradise where he heard words not lawful to utter!  This rapturous experience took him to the third heaven and how we need to hunger for such an experience.! In Strong's Concordance the Greek word for heaven is "ouranious" and signifies elevation and height. These things are still available to those who understand that our God is rich in mercy and As Paul says has Great Great Love! 

     Here's Paul's teaching in Ephesians; He has "loved us", "quickened us", "raised us" and "sit us" in the heavenlies! It seems to me it is not unlawful for God's chosen to hear things from the third heaven, but it is unlawful for uncircumcised ears to hear such things. God's martyr Stephen reveals what happens: their heart is cut to the core, they gnash their teeth and they stop up their ears! Job's revelation of the eagle applies to the "elect"; the eyes of the eagle behold afar off (Job 39:27-30). We have the "single eye" of the Spirit which has given Sons of God the ability to peer into the "power of the age to come"!  Help us see Afar Off !

     If you've seen pictures of the outside of the "upper room" in the days of Jesus you will no doubt focus on the stairs that had to be climbed to get up there. As the final Passover arrives before the Cross, Jesus leads his disciples up the steps into an upper room. Here's what's going on in the corrupt streets of Jerusalem: "And the Jews passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changer's money and overthrew the tables(St.Jn.2:13-15).

     Here's the revelation: "O my dove, thou art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice, and thy countenance is beautiful"(Song.2:14). You see the stairs to the upper room are symbolic; as I climb higher my visibility grows. Our goal is to see like Jesus, the end and the beginning at the same time; COME UP HITHER ! Each step represents separation from a religious celebration that Hebrews said is decaying and passing away! Each step upward represents a more intimate relationship as my eyes and ears are opened; "In those days saith the Lord I will put my laws in their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people"
In-Christ Always Elmer Hart

NOT ONLY PRUNED BUT STRIPPED

     One of the best trees in my orchard was shipped to me not only pre-pruned but also stripped. I was disappointed by its appearance, knowing the price! It actually looked like I was planting a stick, and for quite a while it was merely a stick. Then the day came when there was an explosion on the inside, it was now a stick loaded with spurs! Tree growers know the value of spurs, we want as many as possible. Today because of its shape and beauty, it is one of my favorites!

     The patriarch Jacob also had a favorite, his name was Joseph. "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:"(Gen.49:22) Joseph like my apple tree, was not only pruned but "stript". He is a perfect example of a stick growing into a fruitful bough. The Hebrew meaning of the name Joseph; is "God will increase"! "And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him;"(Gen. 37:23). It's obvious to me that "half brothers of religion" will strip full brothers out of true relationships! Here's the revelation; this first stripping of the coat of many colors signifies favor, sonship and birthright! To know the value and power of fruitfulness, we must understand stripping and pruning! The elect of God have experienced a coat dipped in our own blood just like Joseph and especially like Jesus!

     "And Potiphar's wife caught him (Joseph) by his garment, saying , Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled,"(Gen39:12). This second stripping in the house of Potiphar, was designed to cloud the mind of Joseph into forgetting his "royal identity" experiencing himself as a slave in prison! One of the hardest things to overcome is the "role of a scapegoat", to be blamed for something you never done. It is necessary to implant the nature of Jesus ( number one scapegoat) into overcomers! As we go through this experience, we really do allow the stick to become a fruitful bough! Joseph maintained his integrity, no integrity is now common place, in business, in education and in religion. Here's the norm; watch for "hackers", watch for "scamers" try not to get "cheated" when you need something!

     The time came when Joseph was called out of the dungeon; "...and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment..." (Gen.41:14). Joseph the dreamer who kept his honor above all, kept favor with his God. Here's the revelation; Joseph had gained wisdom and grew into maturity. Here shaving and changing raiment goes beyond the natural into the spiritual. In the midst of prison hardships, Joseph kept his soundness of mind! In going before Pharoah, he will look presentable and maintain integrity.At 30 years of age Joseph begins to reign! Pharoah re-names Joseph; he is called Zaphnath-paaneah, being interpreted Savior of the Age (Gen. 41:45).

In-Christ Always Elmer Hart

GODS UNDENIABLE FAVOR

     Here is a comparison worth looking into: "Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father..."( I Kings 2:12). Then we see this in (IChron.29:23) ; "Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father...".  The sacred  "throne of God" entrusted to the lineage of David, so it can interchangeably be called by either name! This becomes the subject of Peter's first sermon: "that of the fruit of the loins of David, God would raise up Christ to sit on the throne of David"! Here's the revelation: when we receive the real Holy Ghost we receive the legacy of Abraham, David and Jesus Christ!  Look at these "red letters" "...These things saith he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth , and no man shutteth; and shutteth and no man openeth;" The true Holy Ghost is the "key of David"  It empowers us to become OVERCOMERS, and look what comes next:"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne"(Rev.3:21). Peter taught that Jesus' resurrection and ascension into Heaven was the time that Jesus assumed David's throne, and likewise the Throne of God! If you can accept it; the Holy Ghost gives us a portion of resurrection life on the inside, and the "authority of the Throne" by our faith!

     Many times in Matthew's gospel Jesus is referred to as the "son of David" we can consider this as we read the Psalms, knowing David's words are powerful. "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life:..."(Psms 30:5) Extended translations clarify this; "his favor lasts a lifetime"! Through our connection to God's promises by the Holy Ghost we have the favor of our Father, how thankful is my heart in knowing personal times of God's unmerited favor (Grace)!  Here's another powerful comparison; the angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary "thou art highly favored! Highly favored is #5487 in Strong's Concordance. I was blessed when I saw this; #5487 is used only one more time in the NT. It is used by Apostle Paul in (Eph. 1:5-6) "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved". Accepted in the beloved, and "highly favored" are practically the same in the Greek! The Apostle blesses those "in-Christ" with the same blessing the angel Gabriel pronounced on Mary!  WOW!!

     "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,"(Eph.1:13). The sealing of the Holy Ghost signifies God's ownership, it also preserves me from all harm and finally it makes me privy to the secrets of the heart of God! Thank you Lord that we can know things the "religious world" has no idea! The Holy Spirit of promise goes back to the beginning when "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep". To the called, chosen and faithful the promises of Spirit can be seen throughout the OT; in a rock, in a rainbow, in a cloud, in a stream, in a fire, in a wind, in a breath, in the rain and on it goes when deep calls unto deep! Here's the icing on the cake; "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,(ICor.6:19) We're not the "outer court" nor are we "the holy place" we are the HOLY OF HOLIES we are God's Secret Place! Through "supplication" we can go inside ourselves ( this is the depths of prayer) and be intimate with Jesus. This gives us boldness when it's real: "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people"(IICor.6:16)          
In-Christ Always,  Elmer Hart

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