But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1Timothy 3:15-16
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, He comforting us in all our trouble, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in every trouble, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ. And if we are troubled, it is for your consolation and salvation, being worked out in the endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer; if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is certain, knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the consolation. For, brothers, we would not have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength; so much so that we despaired even of life. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver; in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us, with you also helping together by prayer for us, so that the gracious gift by many persons be the cause of thanksgiving through many for us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone will hurt them, so it is right for him to be killed. These have authority to shut up the heaven, that it may not rain in the days of their prophecy. And they have authority over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. And when they complete their testimony, the beast coming up out of the abyss will make war against them and will overcome them and kill them. Revelation 11:3-7
There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like a sin which comes from a ruler’s presence; foolishness is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants on horses and princes walking as servants on the earth. Ecclesiastes 10:5-7
Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. Exodus 30:22-29
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Revelation 14:1-5
“Then being in spirit on the Lord’s Day I was taken into that place which was the Holiest place of all, even the place of mercy upon which was the Throne set. Below the Throne was the paved work as though it were a seat although it looked as though it were fearsome in the form of that which was transparent, even as crystal (Ezekiel 1:22). As I beheld the Throne and looked at the work paved under it understanding was given unto me and in the thoughts of my spirit did wisdom rise. I knew that this was even the place wherein was once the presentation of blood, even the blood of the covenant which Christ did offer for the sins of whole world. Looking up upon the Throne one did sit, even the Ancient of Days, the Lord God Almighty, the Father, He to whom all things will return. Before the Throne was the Candlestick, the Altar which burned with hot coals and incense and a Table filled with bread. Christ Jesus the Lord stood beside the table of bread and with his left hand, bearing the scars of crucifixion, upon the edge of the table He did press and crush the cloves (cassia), the cinnamon, the myrrh and calamus mixed moist with crushed olives, the ingredients of the holy anointing oil. As these were crushed on the edge of the table of bread I saw around Jesus the appearance of 144,000 taken from amongst they that were scattered within the earth. The more Jesus crushed the spices, the more they appeared albeit they only appeared as transparent. So then the 144000 were gathered unto Jesus as He brought crushing into their lives but they only appeared as though they were ghosts and not with solid bodies and not with any resemblance of flesh and bone, but as though they lived as ghosts gathered around the living Christ in this most holy place even before the Throne set upon the seat of great mercy.”
“Christ then brought a second much harder crushing to the spices which sat upon the edge of the table of bread. As He did, the elements crushed were mingled with the oil from the olives upon this table. So much was the oil crushed under the nail scarred hand that the oil literally ran down the front of the table and covered the table until the whole of the table was covered with the oil fragrant in crushing. It was the hand of the living Christ that did this. As before, the 144,000 Overcomer’s were gathered around Christ. At the beginning they appeared half way, they were only partly in appearance and they only partly were seen as though they were ghosts. But as Christ continued to place pressure upon the spices and upon the edge of the table of bread, so much so did their appearance become clearer to see. The more the spices were crushed, the clearer did the 144000 become. Finally, once the spices were thoroughly crushed the 144000 then fully appeared in flesh and bone bodies but bodies that had the power of endless life for these bodies were fully glorified. When the bodies of the 144000 changed from being transparent as ghosts to being fully physical and glorified there was the blasting sound of a trumpet and the declaration of the Feast of Tabernacles and the full liberty of the Sons and Daughters of God was placed upon this little company who surrounded the living Christ. Upon them each were the Royal Robes of the order of Melchisedek and upon the skirts of the robes were bells and the pattern that denoted holiness in all that was now upon them in their persons. In my spirit I knew that these were those raised in the first resurrection and who were HOLY unto the Lord and who were of the order of Melchisedek who had no beginning of days nor ending of life, these were they that had Overcome and were now standing as priests of God before the eternal Throne, which Throne rested upon the seat of great mercy. To look upon them was to look upon Christ Himself, they were as He is, Holy, perfect and priests forever.”
The beginning study on the first writing on the Mystery of Godliness. That definition, Godliness, is one that is mistaken more than any other in our day. The definition of godliness is so maligned, just like the visage of Jesus face, so maligned is this understanding of what true godliness is. The reason for this is because godliness is the final result of our faith. The culmination of faith brings one to godliness, and godliness cannot be defined in the world’s language, the world is unable to understand it. Godliness in the core of our definition must only be seen and known by identity with a person. That person is Jesus alone; He is the only true definition of godliness. In our day we have in the world such a distorted view of Jesus that no one is able to clearly define His person. He cannot be known by definition or by those who would put forth a show of godly character, it cannot be duplicated. And to become godly one must take on the person of Jesus fully. You will not be able to find in the world today a true definition of godliness, you can only see it in He who stands as the great high priest at the right hand of God, and nowhere else can godliness be defined.
Now that does not mean that the scripture found in 1 Peter 2:9 is of none effect. We ARE that people, but I daresay that the reality of this, or the finding of this kind of people in the world is mostly impossible. Everywhere you look this kind of people, holy and peculiar showing forth the true light of who Christ is cannot hardly be found at all anywhere! The entire gamut of our modern world has been given over to illusion, not the testament of this sort of generation of holy ones! Some may protest that I say this, but it is truth, that there is now in the earth such a rise of iniquity that everything else has become clouded. The true member of Christ’s ecclesia can only be found separated unto God by the Holy Spirit. They cannot be found in assembly or function or gatherings or groups unless for a specific time and for a specific purpose in the Lord’s mind, but to find them as assembling AS a peculiar people, the Lord simply does not have that kind of assembly anymore. The assembly of the Lord’s people into one focal group showing forth the praises of Christ is almost impossible to find. The world has become steeped in every other kind of show other than the true one. Now don’t take my words wrong. You may be led to gather unto the Lord in a small group, but the manifest presence and knowledge of “godliness” is NOT YET BEEN DEFINED TO US. The doctrine of this hour holds that true godliness and the mystery of it will not be seen or known in the earth UNTIL THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD.
The only true definition of Godliness is seen ONLY in the life of Jesus, justified, certified, confirmed, yet crucified and slain, died, then received up into Glory, HE ALONE HAS THE DEFINITION OF GODLINESS. He is the only example we have. In our day however we have so many false imitations of the true that the entire sickening mess is to be utterly abandoned! Nothing is going to change in this world UNTIL THE LORD MANIFESTS HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS. Then the pattern of Jesus as being GODLY and filled with GODLINESS will be seen in a people. A people with flesh and bone, but a people in eternal deathless glorified bodies, RIGHT HERE ON THIS EARTH. It is all going to happen HERE. The glorification of the Overcomers IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND I SAY IN PROPHECY THAT THIS IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. We are about to hear the Tabernacle declaration where the Lord IN TRUTH WILL TABERNACLE IN GLORIFIED BODIES. The holy anointing oil of His precious spirit will be upon this crew of 144000 taken from amongst men in the earth, not a literal number, but figurative of those who learned to reign BY SERVING. They learned to reign with the Lord by serving all others! They did not serve “self” but “those who were around them”. They overcame every obstacle all in order to SERVE and these ones who learned this also learned the true right of God’s order of things. That one cannot rule with the Lord in authority until one has served with the Lord in humility. Both must work together as one and be seen as one in the life of those separate unto the Lord in this hour.
Backing up just a little, allow me to give you a defining of those who will be defined! The ones who will be seen as Godly! Right now the ones to whom godliness will be imputed and through whom the mystery of it will be openly revealed are right now overcome in worldly circumstances! They are themselves OVERCOME BY EVERYTHING THEY DO NOT WANT TO POSSESS IN THEIR FAITH. The one called to the first resurrection, called to inherit the blessing of life evermore, the one called to receive the glorified body at the onset of the age of His Kingdom is first overcome by all the circumstances that surround them in the earth. They are subjected to every sort of constraint and restriction that this modern world affords. Taken in by circumstance they are ones who have their own will removed. They are as it were “impaled” upon whatever structure is necessary to remove personal will from them. They are identified with Jesus as being pinned by nails upon the tree of death so that they with their own will cannot move or function or breathe except by pure heavenly mercy. The way of the world has overcome THEM it seems, it does not seem like they have overcome IT. They to look upon are a ghastly group. They have no semblance of any sort of real victory other than being cut off and alone. These are the ones who will form the government of the Kingdom, the right to rule and reign with Christ in this age that is dawning.
The member of the 144000, or the manchild, or the two witnesses, or the one called “Overcomer” by the lips of the risen Lord doesn’t look anything like a victorious one. Instead they are surrounded by impossible situations. They are covered in sorrows. The trial of their faith has nearly left them dead. Scourged, chastened and beaten down again and again these find themselves alone, apart, separate from all others, famished looking, gaunt, away from those who are eating swine’s flesh of religious tradition in an over abundant supply. The Lord skilfully, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, separated again and again, over and over again, the Overcomer from all those who surrounded them. Every part of their life has been brought to constraint, not freedom, and every decision they make seems to make the constraints worse. Nothing of this world works our right for them, no relationships seem to last and all they do seems to be almost futile in tremendous struggle. Now I could say that this describes most people who live in the world, and it is. But there is for those slated for the first resurrection one more vital thing that separates them from all others. And that is the heat of the fire of the Holy Ghost burning up in them all that is contrary to GODLINESS.
How do you know if you are part of the 144000? The answer is simple. You don’t. How do you know that you will be part of the first resurrection and receive at the beginning of the age of His Kingdom a glorified body? That answer is also simple. You don’t. You simply do not know FOR SURE, but you DO know one thing, THAT THE TRIALS HAVE NOT STOPPED. The trials and testings of life and the inworked power of the cross will continue to work in you all along until Jesus appears. Strange as it may sound, the Lord’s will concerning us is not to make us anything more than a people who bear the same semblance as Jesus. For the 144000 will look like Him. They won’t look like anyone else; they will be perfect mirrored reflections of Christ Jesus. To get there the trials now must continue to be endured, nothing can remain of your life in this world and everything must remain of His life in you in this world. All else must be removed by the heat of trial and testing, separation and scourging, rejection and being hated by those round about. These who have become your enemies you must love with no exception knowing that the rejection of your person which they do, the walking away from you which is their common action, those things are necessary to BARE YOUR HEART BEFORE THE LORD. The Lord allows these to reject and curse you all so that you can have your heart laid open before the Lord who consumes the dross within it with His piercing gaze and holy fire! If ever there was a time to be cognizant of what you are enduring, it is now so that you know it is a matter of heart, your heart and it is a matter of the Lord viewing it all and pouring forth the heat of His fire upon it.
So Christ then watches over His word to perform it. What this means to us is that He instils in us the measure of His word which we cannot mistake for any other thing. But then He takes that same word and He “presses” that word into our beings. He by the heat of trial and testing tests that word over and over and over again. He tests it with pressures, fires, judgments, scourgings and every imaginable circumstance all to catch you up into seeing that same word reduced to one simple faith trust in the Lord alone. Removed from you will be any thought that you can endure or make all that is in your life something you can remain faithful to by your own ability or accord or personal strength of character. The word is set in you, but then tried until all you have left is simple faith and nothing more, that word holds you, but it becomes faint and distanced. It is not as prominent as it once was; all because the Lord wants you to follow the same pattern He followed and be found in Christ with His righteousness and where He alone is GODLY IN YOU. The pressures you have had up till now are all for that purpose. You are left with a single trial, a single experience, a single hope, everything else falls away. This pressing by the hand of Christ upon you bursts forth the fragrance of the Lord like no other thing. We have to come to the place where we do not care if we are of this company or that order or do this thing to inherit some other thing. We have to come to the place where we only want the Lord to be LORD in us completely and that all we are is a complete glory unto Him. THEN we will know if we are part of His true government in the earth, not before!
You cannot compare yourself with someone else who is experiencing the same. The way the Lord works upon each one differs with each one. You may have an easier time walking with the Lord and perhaps not much is removed from you. You may instead have it very hard and suffer the loss of many things, many precious needful things. In either case the Lord is the judge as to whether or not you are being groomed for rulership upon the Throne with Him, it is not for you to know until you have experienced this full crushing of heart. Then you WILL KNOW but it will be to you as one who is being prepared to rule as a SERVANT to this fallen creation. Not one who will rule as a worshipped deity, but one who serves this creation in such a manner as to consume the dearth and remove the death, all in the name of that which is godly.
The Lord’s archangel is sounding the trumpet of Tabernacles. It is ringing out now from the expanses before His Throne out unto the outer edges of the cosmos. The time has come for the Lord to manifest His Sons and Daughters. He will be right on time with this, not one second late nor one second too soon. His timing in manifesting His people as His government and revealing to the world the true definition of godliness will be absolutely perfect. This trumpet is not YET to sound, it IS SOUNDING NOW. We ARE in the time of the sounding of the trumpet which declares the coming of the Lord in the full revelation of GODLINESS in the lives of those who have overcome. Come! Let us rise and meet the Lord even in this feast of eternal reward!
To be continued………………
Kenneth B Visscher