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The New Gentiles And The Next Revelation Of Christ
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[Addendum - 2016]
[Author's Note, November, 2009:
Caution: For Mature Eyes Only
This treatise was originally released as a circulation letter in the Spring of 1996. It corresponds with my leaving of established church ministry and a drawing to return to engage the secular world ahead of the Lord's return. I hesitate to post this material because of its extremely radical nature (which can excite the spiritually ignorant and lawless), its potential for misunderstanding in view of all the false cultic "new revelations" of Christ that dog these end times, and simply because it lies outside the box of my own prophetic understanding in some areas. I have no way presently to harmonize some of the implications here with the main body of other writings posted on this site. Nor does it adequately address implications for the restoration of Israel or the perfection of the Church.
The case laid out is based on a prophetic perception of broad patterns, and includes some prophetic "speculation" that is at best incomplete (if not inaccurate). Nevertheless, despite what remains unclear in it even to me, I offer it to the Lord's people by faith, being persuaded of the Spirit's impartation to write what I was given to see.
Only time will reveal the true value and accuracy of the treatise. Meanwhile, it is meant in no way to demean any genuine prophetic work of the Lord operating in the remaining present context of our "Gospel Era." It is meant only more to say, "Heads up. This is what's coming..." Let every reader use prayerful discernment to obtain his own conviction from the Holy Spirit regarding it.]
Approximately every seven years since I was converted in 1968, the Lord has ushered me through a major spiritual transition. At present, we are passing through just such a time. Through the contortion and uncertainty such transition involves, the Lord usually meets me with a new understanding that prepares the way for that next direction. This letter reflects new perspective the Lord is imparting to me now as a result of our present move.
In 1982, I left the evangelical/deeper life wing of the church to explore the Spirit-filled sector. Now, in 1996, He appears to be taking us into an arena that we would not have anticipated, namely, the secular world. In fact, the Lord has seemed to say the following to me, "For seven years, you gave yourself to Me. For another seven, you gave yourself to the church. Now, for seven more years I will give you to the New Gentiles."
After reading this letter, you will understand the vision that is motivating us to head in this otherwise unusual direction. What might normally appear as a step contrary to faith will, we believe, prove to be a forward step in God's plan for a new people, a yet undiscovered sheepfold for the next age.
PART I - The Historic Precedents And Patters For New Revelations Of Christ
I. A New Revelation of Christ?
At exceptional times in human history, God makes Himself known in a new way and on a higher plane than He has been known to that time. Those who stand out most uniquely in biblical history do so because they are the ones who received a new revelation of God at the opening of a new chapter in His dealings with men. Just think of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, and Paul.
The last time God presented a new revelation of Himself was when He revealed Christ in the flesh to His apostles. That was almost 2,000 years ago. Now, at the opening of the 21st century, I believe we're again on the verge of a further revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ--one that will set as much precedent as any before it.
To be sure, we are all awaiting the bodily reappearance of our Lord Jesus and the translation of his elect people into glorified life. But is this what I am referring to? Well, possibly. What I am seeing will almost certainly unfold right into that grandest of revelations.
But I believe what I am writing you about today may actually precede the Lord's physical coming, even if only by a few years. Yet it is a revelation of Christ not seen before, one to be as earth shaking as any before it, and needs to be prepared for. We need to prepare for it because it will not look like anything we have anticipated concerning coming revival or restoration based in our past experience with these moves.
From my special vantage point here in New England, I believe this coming revelation will 1) answer to the numerous prophecies of revival concerning New England that have been promulgated the last 15 years, 2) be the final revelation of God to North American society before final destruction sets in, 3) bring to completion the "times of the Gentiles" and 4) serve as the founding revelation on which the Millennial people will be built.
But before I can outline the specifics of this coming revelation, we need to examine key patterns that characterize past revelations of God. There are facets of the revelations to Abraham and to Paul that will especially help us understand the nature of this next one.
IL The Revelation to Abraham
In studying Abraham, we tend to focus on the watershed events of his life without appreciating the context in which he walked out his call from God. We're very aware of Abraham's communion with the Lord. We're less aware of the relationship of that communion to the times and people among whom he dwelt.
One of the first things we assume about God's revelation to Abraham is that this was the only revelation of God that anybody in the earth had, and that, until this call, no one had any knowledge of God. But closer examination will tell a different story. If we will dig deeper, we'll see that Abraham's call came amidst an underlying religious tension that existed between two family lines in the earth.
One line possessed a true but old, stagnant revelation of God. It was rooted in the revelation given to Noah and was perpetuated through Shem's line (which was Abraham's line). The other line bore a corrupted revelation of God. It was held by those of Ham's line, including Ham's sons Canaan and Cush, and Cush's son Nimrod. Look at these two competing religious powers with me:
- "Gimme That Old Time Religion"
Abraham was born into a line that held to a true but very old revelation of God. This revelation, given to Noah, was the "conservative evangelical" currency of its day. To understand its oldness yet currency to Abraham, we have to do a little math.
In Genesis 9:28 and 11:10-11, we learn that Noah lived 350 years after the Flood and that Shem lived 402 years after the Flood. When we proceed to add up the years of the generations from this point to Abraham's birth, we discover that Abraham was born only 292 years after the Flood. This means that both Noah and Shem were still living when Abraham was born!
Noah did not die until Abraham was 58. Shem did not die till Abraham was 110! When God appeared to Abraham at age 75; Noah had been dead only 17 years while Shem still had 35 years to live. At age 100, Isaac was born and Shem still had 10 years to live.
The point of all this is that Abraham did not receive his revelation of God in a vacuum as if there was no other knowledge of God. There was knowledge of God, but by Abraham's time it was very old, although he quite possibly heard of it straight from Noah himself. (Can't you hear the aged Noah picking up young Abram and saying, "Come up on Grampy's knees, little one, and let me tell you how I became the father of all living. It all started about 420 years ago. One day, I heard God say...")
Not only would Abraham have known all about the Flood and what caused it, but he would've had a basis for believing that God talks one-to-one with humans (although it hadn't happened since Noah). He also would have developed a hatred for the rival idolatrous clans of Ham that stretched from Egypt to Ur and who likely held Abraham's own people under the totalitarian grip begun with Nimrod.
- The "First Gentiles"
What first came to Noah and Shem as the true revelation of God was corrupted through the line of Ham and his sons Cush and Canaan. About 102 years after the Flood, Peleg was born to Shem's line. He was named after the great division that occurred in the earth, a likely reference to the scattering of the nations at the Tower of Babel.
At that time, Cush, his son Nimrod, and Nimrod's queen Semaramis set themselves up as gods in the earth. They took Noah's revelation of God together with the ancient promises to Eve, and applied it to themselves. Nimrod was heralded as the promised messiah, while Semaramis became identified as the queen of heaven. It is from them that the gods and goddesses of all Gentile mythologies became derived. (For more on this, study the book The Two Babylons by the 19th century scholar Alexander Hislop).
Ham's sons Cush, Mizraim and Canaan went on to populate the entire region from Egypt, through Canaan, and down the fertile crescent to Babylon and Ur. Nimrod began his oppressive empires at Babylon and Nineveh, certainly enslaving all from the Shemitic line that refused to bow to the Hamitic idolatry. As a resident of Ur, Abraham's clan would have been under the Babylonian thumb. By his time, the idolatry of the Hamites would have been entrenched for 190 years.
- Putting the Pieces Together
By the time Abraham was born, these two great struggling religious lines were at a stalemate. Neither could gain final ascendancy in the earth. The old Noahic revelation had no power to convert the Hamitic line, but enough power to survive and ward it off. The Hamites with their empires certainly oppressed the Shemites, but could never quite squash them out either. This was the context into which Abraham was born and later received the new revelation from God.
From here, the factors surrounding the revelation take on new significance:
First, God's new revelation to Abraham required him to leave his family line and travel to Canaan, the seat of his family's enemies.
In severing Abraham from his own family line, God's revelation was severing him from the only repository for the known truth about God to that time. In calling him to Canaan, God was asking Abraham to both risk his life dwelling amidst those that opposed his native spiritual heritage as well as to expose himself to their immoral idolatry. All of this is beside the faith it required to make a 1,000 mile journey into the unknown with an entourage of several hundred men, women and children.
Second, the new revelation of God lifted Abraham above the fray between the two lines.
By calling Abraham to live among his native spiritual enemies, God delivered Abraham from his native spiritual identity. His name was changed to show that he belonged to God above and apart from his natural kin that held the old revelation. In coming to Canaan, he neither came as a crusader for the "old time religion" of Noah, nor as an appeaser of the Canaanites (as Lot did at Sodom.) Rather, he lived out of the power of a new revelation, walking through enemy Canaanite society as a man from neither world.
Because of this, Abraham gained the respect of all among whom he settled. He won them to himself, bringing respect to his God from the least likely source, and in a way no Shemite ever could have. Both the Philistines under Abimelech, and the Hittites under Manire, Eshcol, Zohar and Ephron considered him to be as a "god-like prince" in their midst—a statesman of statesmen (Gen 23:6 Berkeley).
- What Is a Father of Faith?
We recognize Abraham as the "Father of Faith." But it's not til we look at the big picture with Abraham that we see what this really means. Fathers of faith are those with the capacity to steward a new revelation of God for their time by which they become a blessing to all lesser people groups (Gen 12:3). Specifically, their revelation does four things:
1) it delivers them from the encrusted culture attached to the older revelation by severing them from those who still hold the old revelation,
2) it raises them above the stalemate between the "false revelation" holders and the "fossilized revelation" holders by giving them a new identity based in the new revelation,
3) it enables them through this higher impartiality to become as true saviors to those with the false revelation ("left wing pagans") as well as of remnant followers of the old true revelation ("right wing religionists")
4) and it enables them to establish a new lineage of faith by bringing remnants of these two into one new identity through the new revelation.
These factors set the stage for what will mark frontiers of faith in following dispensations.
III. The Revelation to Paul
When we come to the New Testament 2,000 years later, we find similar conditions as during Abraham's time crying out for another new revelation of God to man. First, we see an underlying no-win clash between an outer heathen society and an inner religious society based on an old revelation of God. Compare closely:
- The Jews and the Gentiles
As the physical seed of Abraham, the Jews correspond to those of Abraham's time who stewarded the old revelation given through Noah. Only, since then an updated revelation had been given them through Moses. Moses came to be the reference point for the truth about God. Yet by 30 A.D., this revelation was exceedingly old, about 1500 years. Meanwhile, over against the Jews was the surrounding Graeco-Roman society: the Gentiles. These people were the spiritual descendants of the line of Nimrod, both in the worship of the mythologies as well as in empire building.
By the time of Christ, these two societies were caught up in the same interminable clash that existed between the ancient Shemites and Hamites. The two worlds were at a stalemate. The Jews and their synagogues had no power to convert the Gentiles to the God of Moses (as Isaiah lamented in 26:18, "We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.")
The Jews had only enough power to be a perpetual pain in the neck to the Greeks or Romans or whoever happened to rule them. Their extreme political wings were always involved in some sort of riots or subversion. Otherwise, wherever they went, they simply huddled together in cultural ghettos, smug bearers of a self-righteousness based on the old law. Priding themselves on being the chosen people, they sat around wishing that Messiah would show up to finally give them victory over the Gentiles.
Meanwhile, as heirs of Nimrod, the Greeks, Romans, and other goyim always dealt with a heavy hand toward what they considered these jewish "pests" in society. They certainly had no use for Jehovah (whoever that was.) Yet as much as they hated the Jews, they could never seem to squash them out. They could persecute them, ban them, punish them, blacklist them, but they could never overcome them. All they could do was try to keep a lid on them.
So this religious standoff continued in the Roman world.
- The Gospel of Christ: The New Revelation
It was into this very situation that God was ready to reveal Himself anewthis time through His own Son in the flesh. Out of the midst of the cultural war and spiritual chaos, the revelation of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ breaks loose upon a handful of men called apostles. The life of Jesus together with His death and resurrection become the basis for the transmission of this new revelation called the gospel.
One of these apostles becomes the man God uses in the steps of Abraham to carry the new revelation of Christ out of the jewish ghetto, into the open arena of the hated Gentiles, and above the stalemate that existed between the two. Through Paul, God transcended the conflict between the "good" Jews and the "evil" Gentiles, raising to Himself a new people from the confines of both systems who became identified only by His Son. By his majority contribution to the New Testament, Paul lays the foundation for the spread of this new revelation to the entire world over the next 2,000 years!
- Comparison to Abraham
The parallels between Paul and Abraham are striking. Paul's revelation had the same effects on his world that Abraham's had on his, making Paul a father of faith for the entire Christian era. As Abraham was first required to abandon the security of his Shemite roots to sojourn among the Canaanites, Paul was called to leave his heritage in Judaism to dwell among the Gentiles. Both were forced to abandon everything that in their time represented the true revelation of God to that time. Both were called to live and labor among those who were totally estranged from that lineage.
Like Abraham, Paul's gospel caused him to lose his original identity to become an ambassador from another world. He broke the cultural stalemate by rising above it. He went on to become a reconciler and bridge builder between those who had fossilized revelation and those who had false revelation.
Paul gained the ear and respect of Gentiles even as Abraham did of Canaanites. He became a savior to Gentiles as no Jew could do through the Torah. As an extender of the promise to Abraham that through him, all families of the earth would be blessed, Paul's influence brought forth a remnant people from both Judaism and heathenism into one new lineage of faith known as Christianity.
[In Part 2: Why the World is Ready for a New Revelation of Christ]
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