The Fellowship Of The Mystery
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Ephesians 3:8-15 KJV
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Matthew 16:13-21 KJV
In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:1-9 KJV
And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. Zechariah 4:1-14 KJV
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. Revelation 11:3-14 KJV
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:5-16 KJV
( Vision )
“The sons and daughters of the Lord were separated one from another, apart but joined vitally UNTO the Lord Himself. I saw them as though they were whole stones standing upon the earth but with mixed clay and filthy soils attached to them. The Lord was behind each one with His sword striking off the unclean attachments to the living stones. As He struck the stones the clay and defiled soils would fall away from the stones revealing them as they were made, original creations made by the Creator. The stones thought within themselves that they stood alone, but this was not true, for they were joined, one to another more perfectly as the defilements were removed from them. This joining was accomplished once the filth of their personal iniquity was removed in the form of these defiled soils. They were actually in perfect unity when that happened. Not just so but the striking of the Lord’s sword was an area of suffering and the stones were able to comfort one another in fellowship because of the Lord’s dealings in their lives.”
( End Vision )
The first mystery we will look into is called “The Fellowship Of The Mystery”. This mystery is what I call “the mystery for the long haul”. It is the main mystery which contains within it all the others and the time frame for this mystery to function is from the very beginning of creation in Eden when Adam and Eve communed as husband and wife together, right up until the Lord God the Father and the Lamb together form the finished tabernacle that all creation will abide in. The Fellowship Of The Mystery will encompass all of mankind, no one exempt, but will encompass them ONLY when the personal defilements of each person is removed from them. This mystery is empowered by the Creator to function in such a manner as to draw all mankind into it, but to draw them all into it with all defilements of the curse of the fall removed from them. The mystery runs while the defilements are being repented of and cleansed away as well as afterwards when perfection is returned to the human soul. A depth of fellowship comes by this mystery as person relates to person and by their testimony they share in the fellowship of sufferings. No one will be left out of this mystery, no one will be exempt from enjoying the benefits of it. It is the first mystery and the last mystery that happens after the mystery of God is realized. This mystery encompasses both the gamut of trial and testing as well as the full benefit of being joined unto the Lord in precious faith with holiness manifesting through the inner nature, born of the Spirit.
Adam and Eve first “knew each other”, then knew God who walked with them in the cool of the day in the beauty of Eden. It was there that this mystery began, but it was there, in the thoughts of father Adam, that the question of the person of God also began. So in truth, God became the first revelation in the mind of Adam, and in Adam’s complete state God was no mystery to him. But God later became a mystery to Adam when his perfect mind was degenerated into depravity. From God’s point of view, there was no division between Himself and Adam who He had created, UNTIL iniquity was found in Adam. At that point several things happened. First of all, before iniquity was found in Adam, the Fellowship of the Mystery was in full operation. Adam was NOT alone, he had a wife with him who was his created mate, the mother of all born into this earth. When iniquity was found in Adam, the Mystery of God and the Mystery of Iniquity also began. Those mysteries we will study at a future date, the Lord willing.
For the sake of this study I wish to not concentrate on the Fellowship Of The Mystery as relates to all mankind and the restoration of all things, but rather upon those who come into full identity with The Lord Jesus Christ and are known as “Overcomers”. These mentioned by the lips of the risen Lord in the book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, who overcome in the 7 churches. We will be looking at the Mystery Of The Seven Stars later on as well, the Lord willing. But for now I wish to carve out of The Fellowship Of The Mystery those who are borne in identity with the living Christ in the fellowship that comes first by sufferings, then later by resurrection and complete holiness, the hidden inward iniquity fully overcome. The inner hidden iniquity in each Overcomer is the basis of overcoming, it is why we are enduring trials day by day, it is those trials that assail us that causes us to kill personal iniquity by putting it off day by day. Not a one time act, but an act of contrition and humility by placing it off of ourselves in favor of taking on the nature of the risen Lord instead. Replacing ungodliness with godliness. For the sake of this entire study of all the Mysteries I will begin by stating that my heart is taken up with the Sons of God who are in the throes of putting off SELF WILL (personal iniquity).
There are then four things that will happen.
1) The Overcomer will find themselves separated by the Spirit of the Lord from all others so that the Lord can deal with their hearts.
2) The Overcomer will then find themselves in company with those of like precious faith who also are enduring the trial of separation from inward iniquity.
3) The Overcomer then discovers that they in holiness are part of the Body of Christ in the earth, represented by the Two Witness company found in Revelation chapter 11.
4) That the Overcomer thus discovering their true nature of holiness will ascend up to the Throne of God to rule with God throughout the cosmos for time unending.
For I do not believe that we go through this gamut of trial just to be found outside the Kingdom of God while we yet reside in these bodies of clay, but it is DURING our time here in these bodies of clay that we experience CLEANSING FROM PERSONAL INIQUITY. It is this cleansing process that joins us to those who endure the same testings and trials to remove our own way from us. It is while IN these bodies of earthen clay that we will also realize the hope of Christ’s appearing. It is while we are in these bodies of clay that we will experience being joined heart to heart with those who know this same testimony. It is while we are in these bodies of clay that we will take a hold of the hands of our brethren and run as ONE this race set before us. And finally, it is while in these bodies of clay that we will be able to rise in newness of life, be glorified and in unison receive our full inheritance in the Lord, even our new glorified eternal bodies. It is through all of this that this mystery runs its course, ending only when God Himself is the final resting place for all He made to abide in Himself, He being the eternal tabernacle for all things in eternity yet to come.
What excites me about The Fellowship Of The Mystery is the fact that the Overcomers in it, who are obeying the Lord, WILL FORM THE MOSES, ELIJAH COMPANY. They will be those two witnesses you read of in Revelation chapter 11. The two legs as it were of the Body, IN the earth, DOING the work of personal testimony. Their words condemn all others who do not know the depth of this fellowship but who fellowship in an ungodly fashion in persecuting those who belong to the Living God. These ones of this fellowship and this order are destined to be caught up to the Throne of God. But first they are destined to suffer utter rejection and crucifixion, disdain from the worldly element and being cast away as useless and as troublemakers. Their testimony of the power of Christ in their lives becomes a hateful thing to those in the world who love to abide in realms of death through personal iniquity. The standard raised by the two witnesses is a standard of HOLINESS. These have no other standard, and it is that standard that convicts the world of sin, unrighteousness and ungodliness. Dear Overcomer, you set aside in your closet of prayer, you are part of the Two Witnesses, those who bear the full image of Jesus and who rise with Him upon the wings of the Spirit to embrace the Father and His love.
This then explains how this mystery operates. For it is found to operate as a separate holy entity in the purposes of the Lord, but it only works in the lives of those who come
aside unto the Lord in absolute abandonment to His will. The Fellowship Of The Mystery then works to unlock in the life of the Overcomer the identity they have with Jesus, both in His sufferings and also, at the time of the manifestation of the Sons and Daughters of God, His glory. These who partake of The Fellowship Of The Mystery will be first to receive their full inheritance in Father and they will be seen upon the earth in deathless bodies, risen with Jesus out of the tomb of their own flesh nature, the stone being rolled away from their own carnality, and they will be seen is imperishable before all of mankind. All mankind attempts to live as long as they can by whatever means they can find, but the Overcomers will do it by the Lord changing them when He appears.
One of the things that will be a source of anger for the world’s masses will be extreme jealousy of the Overcomers. Not just because they will be seen through the world in new bodies, but because they will be seen through the world in The Fellowship of the Mystery, alive and in unity with no discord, no carnal law to keep them, but perfect in the Love of God and with God in them and upon them without measure. First the Overcomers go through the full range of testing to be set free of personal iniquity, then they by being the Two Witnesses convict the rest of the world of THEIR iniquity. This is the true catching up that we find is unto and into the Throne of God. It is as high above the earth as holiness is high above iniquity. Men the world over will be jealous that this mystery is portrayed upon the glorified overcoming company of Sons and Daughters who will be in bodies UNCLAYED and GLORIFIED. That jealousy will lead them into the bondage of corruption themselves wherein they too will learn to submit to the dealings of the Lord during the millennium and to come into perfection as well. As I said before, The Fellowship Of The Mystery will be for each soul that has ever lived, but ONLY when that soul comes into a cleansed and holy state.
So expect this dear Overcomer, the reader of this page. Expect that you will not just be alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, but that you will also be part of the Two Witness company caught up unto the Throne of the Lord forever. Now should the Lord tarry and you die first, your body laid out in dust or ashes, know that it changes nothing. The promise is still to you for this Two Witness company IS FOUND IN THE CENTER OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY. It is a fellowship that has been since the Lord began to deal with the heart of Adam and since the Lord chose those who He would glorify when He comes. That selected group who will form His government. Know that whether you live or die unto His coming, YOU ARE PART OF THIS. For the Lord Himself abides in The Fellowship Of The Mystery, He also desires to commune with us and to share with us His resurrection victory. As the head of this body, as the leader of the Army, so the Lord communes also with us in this very same fellowship. Yours is the right to know that The Fellowship Of The Mystery will bring you to perfection as well as to reigning rule and power forever more upon the earth and throughout the cosmos. This is indeed your future experience, expect it, for it will surely come to pass.
To be continued…………………
Kenneth B Visscher