For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32 KJV
And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1Corinthians 6:14-20
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Romans 12:1-5)
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 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. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2Corinthians 4:5-18
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust. Isaiah 25:1-12
In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: Isaiah 26:1-4
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Revelation 12:3-5
“The atmosphere was then filled with great blackened pieces of debris, dirt, broken parts of that which once was but was no more for the Lord in His judgment had destroyed all of Babylon, both the head and the body of it until it was broken to pieces. The smoke of this destruction filled the atmosphere over the earth until all of the earth was blackened and the air was choked with this utter destruction by the hand of the Lord. And I saw moving in the earth the glorious body of Christ, the church of the living God. High and majestic the body was moving forward as ONE MAN, filled with the glory of God. Through the debris and through the tempest of the utter collapse of Babylon moved forward this mystery church, the fullness of Him that fills all in all. As the body moved forward through the debris it remained untouched, unscathed, unsoiled by the pollutions of judgment which were round about it on every side. The body was perfect, sinless as the HEAD was sinless and the body had no schism or destruction or division upon it but it was altogether lovely.”
“I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.” Daniel 7:15-16
“And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me. Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber. And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.” Ezekiel 8:1-4
“Then the Angel with held me and carried me thus set me down very near to a great billowing fire, a fire which enfolded in upon itself. But as I looked I saw that the fire billowing forth and in great waves folding in upon itself was HOLY. And in the midst of the fire I saw a paved work, and on the top of the paved work I saw a Throne set and ONE who sat upon the Throne, even the Ancient of Days. And at His right hand I saw The Lord Jesus Christ. He was dressed in white even down to His ankles and upon His chest a golden breastplate and upon the breastplate the Ephod and upon the Ephod the stones of His countenance. As He stood at the right hand of God in the midst of the fire which enfolded in upon itself I saw that before God was brought all that He had thus judged in the earth. All the fragments and pieces of Babylon the great, all the realms of iniquity which came of the very mystery of iniquity and all of the phrases of blasphemy which came of the mouth of the harlot were brought before God. As they came they appeared as destroyed, black pieces of broken material, unusable, unsalvageable with no semblance of order. These came through the atmosphere of the earth and the heavens, and before God the heaven’s themselves broke apart and were drawn up even with the portions that had just been judged. All of that which was in the heaven and in the earth was drawn in such a way unto the Ancient of Days who sat upon the Throne in the midst of the fire. And the fire consumed them all. There was neither one blackened piece nor one part of the heavens themselves which was not utterly consumed by the fire. Being then consumed in the fire they existed no more, they disappeared in the great billowing flames. But then I saw the Lord. He opened His arms up wide to receive all souls back unto Himself in perfect love. For you see, the bondage of iniquity and of Babylon which held man captive were the elements which were thus judged, but mankind and those who inhabited eternity were ne’er left out of His purpose and His plan. The infinite great love of The Ancient of Days consumed each one into the everlasting arms, He embraced all of mankind, no one was left out of that embrace just as no one any more had any semblance of the former things, for all of the former things had passed away and were no more. As the Ancient of Days consumed all of mankind into Himself they all vanished into the very person of the Lord God Almighty, no one remained but the Almighty Himself. I wept when I saw this for it was the unspeakable love of God which encompassed all men in all time.”
When faith arises in the life of they that overcome the desire for the perfect things of the Lord rises with that same faith. As faith arises, so does an increased desire to please the Lord in all things. As this desire to please Him arises then one finds that the actual spirit of truth, the very spirit of the Lord Himself, directs one into pathways that will be pleasing unto the Lord in verity and in judgment. Those who arise in such a way realize that they reckon daily their spirit as dead to the elements of this world, including their very own old nature of flesh. The desire to please the Lord must be paramount in a continuance, even for many years, so that the reckoning of being dead to sin can be also a continual reality. For the spiritual new creation man is dead to the old man. The old man cannot please God for it is the height of iniquity and it is founded upon that which is carnal, sold out to the pleasures of this earthly worldly element. So then, they that overcome are simply those who realize their spirit life is dead to their carnal life, all within their very own persons. As such they have sole desires left to please the Lord and to enjoy day by day fellowship with Him in the fruitful bounty that comes only of the new creation.
In the Mystery of the Church, they who are vitally joined to the Head, even Christ, wish only to be pleasing to Him in all things. As a result they are drawn by the Lord to come aside and apart from all other things to be found complete only in Him. This coming aside is in stark contrast to those who also heard the voice of the Lord for salvation, but who mixed up that voice with the voices of religious effort and the desire they had to not be separate from those who believe in the Lord in the same manner. As such they bind themselves together to form assemblies and then take upon themselves the names of whatever choice doctrine binds them. When this happens they interpret the things of the Lord and of His word to fit that doctrine which they esteem to be a benefit to them. The result is they are no longer vitally joined to the HEAD, but they instead join themselves to each other in a confederacy and in a union which is empowered by their own soulish ambitions. For they that overcome, they hold to no ambition or singular doctrine other than to Christ Himself. Hence we have two groups. One tied to the religious order of all that ends up confused. And one that is vitally joined to the Head, even Christ.
Now the Apostle Paul defined the body of Christ this way. He said that we were all members of each other, each member joined to the head who was The Lord Jesus Christ. Each part of the body was born of the spirit and therefore had function and a part to play in the overall processes of that body. He also called this body “The Church of the Living Christ”. For it was alive and animated by the head. But we have come to a time where there has been a great falling away. Multitudes of those who are born of the spirit have done the very same thing that God’s people, the children of Israel did in ancient times when they married into the ungodly nations which were in the land of Canaan. At that time God said that Canaan was a land flowing with milk and honey, that it was a good land, a land that He had given them to inherit freely. However as soon as Israel crossed over the Jordan into this land they entered realms of horrific warfare because of the ungodly “ite” nations found therein. The promise of entry into the promises of God was accompanied by Great War. All Israel was required to do was to walk forward, step by step, and God would drive out the ungodly nations and would give them every single place that the sole of their foot would tread upon. Instead of obeying this promise and walking forward they turned and married into those nations, defiling both themselves and their walk. We have the books of Judges and Chronicles which narrate the raising up of judges to deliver Israel and then when these judges died, Israel would once again return to harlotry.
So it is in our day. In the upcoming study on The Mystery of Israel’s Blindness I will be demonstrating how this blindness is continuing to this very hour. Suffice it to say that the Lord will have His way in His Company of Sons because in the very end of all things, the blindness will be removed and all will see Him, from the least to the greatest. Modern Christianity, which was supposed to be vitally joined to the HEAD, even Christ, has prostituted themselves with every damnable heresy which is invented by the iniquity of man. Listen now to my definition of blasphemy. If a man states that what comes forth from within them if of the Lord when in fact it is their own iniquity being conceived and bringing forth a matter, then that bringing forth is BLASPHEMY. This blasphemy is what the Christian world is doing in about 99.9% of it. They have become a joke to mankind. They have invented escapism doctrines to get themselves out of the processing and they have so blasphemed the Lord they know not anymore what truth from error is, what is right from wrong, what is of the Lord and what is not. They are calling darkness light and light darkness, good evil and evil good. They have performed only one thing that I can see; they have defined and exemplified THE GREAT FALLING AWAY. They have fallen away FROM the TRUE BODY into that which is a harlot! I am speaking about those who once confessed their need for the Saviour and accepted the born again nature into their lives!
They have fallen away into such a reprehensible state. In my doctrine, I see this as THE LESSER BEAST OF REVELATION 13:11. THERE IS ANOTHER BEAST. And this one developed because of the great fall that has now fully taken place.
As such the Overcomers are not taking part in this falling away. They are instead being directed by the leading of the Lord into a life that is separated unto God by the Holy Spirit. The very first thing that happens to those who are being directed in such a way is that they are REJECTED AND CAST OUT BY CHRISTENDOM WHICH IS FALLEN. The “fallen away” bunch of people rejects those who are the “joined UNTO” people. The fallen away portion of Christianity rejects the Overcomers because the Overcomers TORMENT THEM. They torment them because the fallen away Christians conscience is pricked by the pure testimony of those who are joined vitally to the Head, even Christ. Hence a church within the church, the manchild within the woman, a wheel within a wheel, a new man within an old man, an elect within an elect. They that are of the Overcoming company form the Body of Christ in the earth and they are seen as THE TWO WITNESSES. And we see that the whole world rejoices when the two witnesses are killed and their dead bodies lay in the same place where the Lord was crucified.
Some will argue that there cannot be two bodies of Christ, two groups of people, two bodies with two differing heads on the body, one true one false. I agree. I believe that there is NOT two bodies, but ONE true body. There is however a conglomerate mass of confusion out there which carries no semblance of order at all and which is of the whorish nature of Babylon made up of not only disobedient born again Sons and Daughters in whom is strong delusion that they might believe a lie, BUT WHICH LOOK SORT OF LIKE A BODY. But I daresay that they are NOT joined unto the true Head, even Jesus! These are joined to another just as ancient Israel joined them selves to everything else BUT the Lord in truth. They became a harlot in that ancient day and modern Christianity is doing the very exact same thing TODAY.
The true overcoming body of Christ which has remained faithful to the Mystery of the Gospel and are walking in full understanding of the spirit of the Lord in their lives ARE THE TRUE ECCLESIA, the fullness of Him WHO FILLS ALL IN ALL, or if you will, ALL WHO ARE JOINED IN TRUTH TO THE HEAD, EVEN CHRIST. But alas, judgment has begun at God’s house and nothing of the whorish nature will survive this judgment. It is the true body of believers who are the visible expression of The Mystery of the Church. I hate to show such a dividing line, but we cannot feast at the table of the Lord and the table of devils at the same time. Judgment is falling like a billowing fire and no one who is abiding in iniquitous realms of delusion will survive these flames. From what I can see in the spirit, we have a mere .001% of Christianity which is walking in union with the Head of the body. The rest have been apostatized. It is upon this true ecclesia walking in the true directives from the Head that the 1st resurrection will come, the arising of the world rulers to take all that is fallen away into a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. And YOU dear reader of these pages, are a part of the true ecclesia, even in this very day of His appearing!
To be continued………………
Kenneth B Visscher