This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to them-selves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 1Timothy 3:1-13
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:1-3
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6 AMPLIFIED
The burden of Egypt. Behold, Jehovah rideth upon a swift cloud, and cometh unto Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his presence; and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek unto the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. And I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts. And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and become dry. Isaiah 19:1-5
Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. Isaiah 65:8-9
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken. The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 22:23-31
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. John 7:18
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated (held in relative disregard in comparison with My feeling for Jacob). [Mal. 1:2, 3.] What shall we conclude then? Is there injustice upon God’s part? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion (pity) on whom I will have compassion. [Exod. 33:19.] So then [ God’s gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy. [It depends not on one’s own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God’s having mercy on him.] Romans 9:13-16
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Cor 3:10-17
“Being then led out by the spirit of the Lord I saw the barren earth, hard, brown and polluted. Upon this one area the size of which was immense was an elevated structure that looked as though it were the ark of Noah. This ark was supported and elevated up off of the barren earth by struts and supports of wooden poles, beams and blocks, held up in an awkward manner by all these materials. The supports holding up this ark were bolstered and fastened to the earth and to the barren ground by being dug in, and the ark above it, although built, was very misshapen and had many gaps and holes between the boards so that if the ark were placed in water it would have no possible way of staying afloat. There was NO WATER ANYWHERE. The ark, standing upon this mess of poles and posts was very shaken and crooked and very flimsy was the entire structure. As I beheld this understanding came to me and in my mind rose wisdom and counsel came to me and the spirit of the Lord gave me insight as to what it was that I was seeing. This was the finished structure built outside of the will of the Lord by those who professed that they were Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers and Pastors (the 5-fold ministry) to Christ’s body in the earth. But they had an ordination that was not of God, but of man. They built this ark as the ark of safety in anticipation of the end of the age and the dawning of the Kingdom of God in the earth, but this ark was very much a man made effort, not made by the pure wisdom of the Lord and by those who were truly anointed as the 5-fold ministry. For the true structure that the Lord has built by His true anointed ministry IS NOT YET SEEN IN THE EARTH, IT IS YET TO BE REVEALED. As I beheld this structure that was built by those who possessed the ordination of man but not the ordination of the Holy Ghost; I became aware of the Lord’s impending judgment upon it. THIS JUDGMENT IS IN PRESENT REAL TIME, THIS JUDGMENT IS EVEN HAPPENING AT THIS VERY TIME. The Lord came forth with His battle axe and His strength of arm and a great hammer and He began to break away, destroy and remove the struts and supports and wooden poles, beams and blocks destroying them as He removed them. The ark above which was made outside of the will of God began to shake and crumble and fall apart piece by piece until the entire infrastructure of the ark above this supported place on the barren earth collapsed into a useless pile of dust. Nothing of it remained.”
Continuing on in the study of the mystery of the faith, this is the 3rd study in this chapter thus far. One very important thought that the Lord has at this time is the need for His people to come apart unto Him with a small grain of singular faith, like a mustard seed, small and very single in size and shape. The Lord is moving at this time to remove from His true heritage anything that is outside of this singular faith. As He moves this way, all that is surrounding our lives is being removed from us so that we in turn are only just having faith alone in the Lord and in no other thing. The Lord is moving in such a way as to draw us to look up to Him with singular vision and with that hope that cannot be moved or changed, faith that has no other element in it other than the view we have in faith of the Lord’s face alone. Everything else for the Overcomer is being removed; everything that is contrary to this singular faith is being taken away.
What the Lord is after is the realization in His people of pure simplicity, a singular faith that is not tainted by anything outside of the person or inside of the person that is contrary to that faith. These elements which “complicate” faith are elements of doctrines, differences, character and character traits that amplify anything outside of that one single element of faith in the Lord alone and in the Lord’s character. So to make us singular the Lord is turning up the heat in our trials, He is increasing the volume of tribulation, He is making the way much harder than it was before and He is increasing in us the shakings and the tumults of daily trial all to the end that we focus our vision on Him alone with faith in nothing else but His very person.
~ His very person becomes our only doctrine.
~ His very person becomes our only object in sight.
~ His very person becomes all in us that is all we want or could ever desire.
~ His very person is all we relate to, everything else holds no further value or relation to us.
The trial of this hour is to be brought to this single vision, nothing else is held on to anymore.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17. I daresay that this judgment is beginning not just at His house, but upon those first who bear the rule of the house! These are they that are of the 5-fold ministry! Now the 5-fold ministry is not being held in true definition. For I do not believe that the multitude of people we see around us in the world today of apostles and prophets and evangelists and teachers and pastors are truly part of the ministry of Christ to His church. These who have been ordained because of man’s ordination by course of study may not possess the ordination of the Holy Spirit! The witness of the Lord’s spirit upon them may be absent, not present and the Lord MAY NOT EVEN KNOW THEM. True ordained 5-fold ministries to the body of Christ DO NOT STEP OUTSIDE OF MINISTERING THROUGH THE PERSON OF THE LORD. These of the true 5-fold ministry do not make mistakes in ministry that will affect the body of Christ negatively, rather, they minister according to the wind of the Holy Ghost, and nothing else affects them. So now we have come to judgment of the body of Christ for two purposes.
1) To remove from the body anything that is not of pure faith alone in the Lord’s person.
2) To remove from the body anyone who is not genuine 5-fold ministry to His people.
There have only been a very few Apostles, or Prophets, or Evangelists, or Teachers, or Pastors given to the true Body of Christ in the earth in each generation. There are not hundreds and hundreds of these, but only 2 or 3 or 4 in each successive generation alive in the earth in any given time period. The masses of the 5-fold ministry that is found everywhere and in every corner of the earth HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LORD, even though they think they do. These are self made men who are “kingdom building” for their own little empires, they are not ministering to the true Body of Christ nor do they know the will of the Lord when it comes to ministering that will to His people. These are charlatans, they are not true ones with the Lord’s ordination, it is to these charlatans that the judgment is now falling to separate them from that which is true and from that which is the “in truth” part of His body in the earth. These charlatans minister to the same group that rejoiced in the Lord but then despised Him when He held out to them the cup of suffering by which they would drink His blood and eat His flesh. They killed the Prince of Peace instead thinking they were doing God a service. In our day the masses of Christendom in denominational systems are the fruit and offspring of the false 5-fold ministry, these will be the same ones who will rejoice over the dead bodies of the two witnesses and these are the same ones who in that joy will send gifts one to another. Right now the Lord is bringing them – and us – to judgment TO SEPARATE US FROM THEM.
Do not think for one moment that the coming of the Lord is far off. It is not, the Lord is coming for a church without spot or wrinkle, and to do that He must first judge His church to remove those spots and wrinkles from it. This is happening at this time by the false 5-fold ministry being judged. In times past I’ve written in prophecy that the Lord is presently exposing the hearts of world leaders to show the lies and evil things that have permeated modern society. Now I will also include in those exposed hearts the false 5-fold ministry. They too will be exposed as lairs and thieves and not as true or possessing true ordination. The Lord is coming, but He is coming at this first time FOR HIS SMALL REMNANT. Those who are of the faith order, those who have forsaken everything to look to Jesus alone and to gaze only upon Him. The rest of the world and that of their own lives they have forsaken, they instead seek only after the Lord alone and after n-o o-t-h-e-r t-h-i-n-g. The Lord is about to appear in these few and in that appearing all the systems of man, including the false ark of safety in the vision previous, as well as all that man has built; all of it will be utterly destroyed. There is nothing you see around you in this world that will survive into the age of the Kingdom of God, all that you now see around you in the realm of religion, politics or government must utterly collapse. This collapse will finish happening (because it has begun) AFTER the manifestation of the Sons and Daughters of God has taken place and it is by them that the collapse of society will finalize as a judgment of the Lord. The souls within the world at that time will come naked into the Kingdom of God, minus all the manmade structures, doctrines and things they thought true. The ONLY true thing in the world at this time will be the character of the Lord expressed through His glorified and manifested Sons and Daughters.
The Lord is going to appear in just that manchild, that two witness company, those who are but two bowls filled with the oil of illumination by the Holy Ghost. These very few who have forsaken all other things in their lives are the ones the Lord is stripping, scourging and judging right now to remove from them anything that takes their singular gaze away from looking upon Jesus alone. Everything else He MUST remove entirely. That is the present motion of the Lord in this hour. Suddenly the Lord will appear and will manifest Himself in these few and they will emerge on the world scene with the full power and scope of the presence of the creator all to undo all that man has done. When this is completed the nations will be stripped bare but then they will be clothed upon with the garments of righteousness and they will be brought into the Kingdom of God. Thus it is for this time we are in. The Lord is fulfilling all righteousness.
Going now into depth concerning the vision, the ark that was collapsing is the result of false ministry. These struts, supports, the boards and beams of this false ark are the “counterfeits”, those things which imitate the true. Right now the world is full of counterfeits, the false god standing in the Holy place as God saying I AM GOD. I have never accepted even for a moment that the ordination of people into ministry to the Christian church because of study in a college or university had accorded to it the favor of the Lord. Man’s ordination is something that the Lord does not even recognize. True ordination that comes by the Holy Spirit is given only to a very few people in each generation and all for the purpose of bringing the Lord’s people into a unity of faith in the bond of peace. Now there is the TRUE ARK!
If you look at all those who are ordained of man’s ordination because of a course of study, their work is to bolster up and support their man made systems and/or denominations. It never builds anything into the Kingdom of God. But those who are truly ordained of the Holy Spirit are used of the Lord to bring peace and understanding to God’s people as to the ALREADY PERFECT KINGDOM OF HIS ANOINTING. The true ordained ministry to the Body of Christ is in place TO BRING GOD’S PEOPLE TO MOUNT ZION, THE KINGDOM OF HIS ANOINTING. The false ones don’t even know where that is. The true ones only minister there continually. Nothing is out of reach in faith alone to the true ones. The false ones do not even know which way their faith is to be directed. All of this denotes the difference between true and false. False builds up a system, doctrine, denomination or effort in religious structure. The true ones already minister from the Kingdom of His anointing and they are not outside of His perfect will at any time or in any thing. They endure the chastisements of the Lord and His judgments and corrections because they know that it is making them even more holy than they were before, the false ones do not know of this chastisement nor do they understand His judgments. The false ones fight the judgments because they cannot understand that the Lord needs to strip His people of anything that is outside of that singular faith. It is the judgment of this hour to separate us unto the Lord and to separate us from the false! That is the present motion of the Lord’s spirit and it is indeed “QUIET AND WITHOUT GREAT NOISE.”
The world of Christendom has totally missed the mark when it comes to understanding the Lord’s judgments. They do not realize that the Lord would have us endure the personal cross right up until He comes. Outside of that nothing else matters, if it hasn’t gone through the process of personal crucifixion, then it is not worth keeping. So to sum it up, this singular faith works by singular crucifixion which works by singular motion of the Lord in purifying His elect. Everything that is outside of that is doomed to perish. Those who are upon crosses now will live, those who are not upon crosses now and who do not hold to simple single faith are doomed to utter loss and destruction. The crucified live, the un-crucified will lose everything.
The ONLY thing that pleases the Lord IS SIMPLE FAITH IN JESUS ALONE. Will Jesus find this faith when He comes? YES. Because His people will be filled with it, nothing outside of it will remain. The entire age and life of this second world will end due to the ending of this age, but the age of His Kingdom is the dawning of the next, both are happening and this generation is beholding it and seeing it take place, even from their crucified position. Perfect humility in perfect suffering by perfect and utter crucifixion. As those work together the will of the Lord is realized and man becomes filled with the knowledge of His will in all things. This is the total hope and working of single purpose and faith and to destroy the false structures of all that is apart from that. Even so Lord, this that you do is holy and is perfect and is happening very quickly. Even come quickly Lord Jesus!
To be continued…………..
Kenneth B Visscher