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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tree of Life Part 2

Topic: Symbols and Realities of the Matured Church and Tree of Life Part 2:  The Tree of Life

Greetings:

Let’s look at the tree of life here in Revelation 22:2.  First we see something very unique if not weird from the carnal eye.  The Scripture says, On either side of the river was there the tree of life.   Now wait, there are two sides to the river but there is one tree.  How can this be?  Let me use this analogy.  Have you ever been in a room with a picture of a person and it look like the picture is looking directly at you.  No matter where you moved in the room it seemed to keep looking at you.  Hey you could even leave the room and peak around the corner and it seems the picture is still looking at you. It is called single-eye vision.   No matter where you are you see one tree and the tree of life is Christ.  No matter which direction or position you are looking from there is one tree.   We were first introduced to the tree of life in this Scripture:

Genesis 2:9: And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Now for most people the tree of life is seen here and in Revelation but as we started this entire study.  The entire Bible is about the revelation of Christ but I desire to show you the tree of life through the Scriptures:

Proverbs 3:18:  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. 
1 Corinthians 1:24:  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 

Proverbs 11:30:  The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. 
Romans 10:4:  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth

Proverbs 13:12:  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Haggai 2:7:  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. 

Proverbs 15:4:  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. 

So there are multiple Scriptures speaking to the tree of life who is Christ.  Now lets further examine the tree a little bit.  The Scripture in Revelation 22:2 states that the tree bared 12 manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 

We see the tree of life bares 12 manner of fruit and the fruit is available every month.   We know the 12 is an apostolic number and the 12 fruits are symbolic of the fruits of dominion.  It is an endless supply because available all year long.  Moreover this is also a picture of the end of seasons.   Now as it pertains to the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  Here is a question?

If this was to be happening in Heaven as many people teach, why would anybody need to be healed in Heaven? 

No one is going to be healed in Heaven but there are many who need to be healed in the Earth.  The leaves of the tree represent the ministry gifts of Jesus.   When true ministry happens then the gifts of the Spirit can be used to heal people and notice all of this, the fruit and leaves are connected to the tree of life who is Christ.   So our fruit and dominion comes from Christ who dwells within us.  This progressing right now!  So many are trying to put this in the after-life when it is progressively happening now.   Let me show you this last picture and then we will wrap this series up!

After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden they were kicked out and then God did this:

Genesis 3:24: So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. 
We know that Cherubims and a flaming sword keeps the way to the tree of life to this day.  Sounds strange?  Well we know that angels are messengers.  The cherubim is the covering messenger who is carrying the proceeding word, the water of life and they lead you to the tree of life who is Christ Himself.    So to get to the tree of life, you must receive the one whom He sends because they are the messenger and the flaming sword is a picture of the Word which is a consuming fire that purifies the person that seeks to come to the Tree of Life.    The gifts of the tree of life is immortality and healing

In Summary:
Revelation 21-22 is a picture of the matured wife of Christ, the Church, the Sons of God and Christ Himself.  We as the sons of God are the New Jerusalem and within the city who is us is a street of pure gold who is Christ and He being the Way.  In the midst of the street is a proceeding river of the water of life who is the Holy Spirit and the Word of God from the throne of God and the Lamb.  On either side of this river within the street within the city who is us, is the Tree of Life who is Christ and from Him are the 12 fruits of Dominion and the ministry gifts (leaves) for the healing of the nations.  

What a powerful revelation of who we are and whom we are in and who is in us!  This is an unfolding reality for those are spiritually minded and connected to Zoe life.  To the carnal man this will be at best an after-life experience.  Do not let this be you!  Repent, hear the Word of the Lord and move by His Voice. 
 
Peace and Grace

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Matured Church and the Tree of Life

Topic: Symbols and Realities of the Matured Church and the Tree of Life Part 1

Greetings:

We were first introduced to the tree of life in the book of Genesis and now here in the book of Revelation we see the tree of life again.  Let me start with this Scripture:

Revelation 22:1,2:  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  

This is a very loaded set of Scriptures but we must dissect it and get an understanding of what this means.  We already discussed that what John was seeing and recording was symbolic so we need the Spirit to give the reality of what John was seeing.  We saw in the previous message that the sons of God is the New Jerusalem.  Let’s deal with each item and I promise you will be amazed. 

Street
Why the street?  Well if you have been around for a while you have heard that Heaven’s streets are paved with gold.  The Scripture says this:

Revelation 21:21: There are twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 

May I say to you there are no streets in Heaven.  This is symbolic but notice that the Scripture says “street”  as in singular. So there is one street in the city.  This is a picture of Christ because Jesus made the declaration that He is THE WAY.  The street represents a way, a path and the fact that it is pure gold is a picture of the divinity of God.  His path, His way is pure and Holy because He is Holy.  Remember the story of the transfiguration.  In Matthew 17:1-13 we see that Jesus takes Peter, James and John up into a high mountain and Jesus was transfigured.  Then appeared Moses and Elijah.  Peter thought in himself he would build 3 tabernacles, one for each.  Before he did, the Father came over and said these words:

Matthew 17:5:  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:  and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.

So the Father corrects the mindset that Peter have because Moses and Elijah were held in high places in the minds of the children of Israel but the Father shows us that the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah) was fulfilled in Christ.  So the street of the city is Christ.  

Water of Life
Well to know what the water is you can look at the next word which is life.  Life in the Greek is Zoe so this is eternal water.  Water is a picture of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.  You cannot go anywhere without the Word of God leading you.  We know the Holy Spirit and the Word of God is Zoe.

Proceeding
Proceeding is a unique but very powerful word in Scripture.  It means always flowing out.  In Revelation 22:1 it says that the pure river of the water of life is proceeding out of the Throne of God and the Lamb.  This means that the Word of God, the Spirit of God is consistently flowing out from the throne of God and the Lamb.  When we think of a river, it is always proceeding, it is always fresh and new and as the sons of God we should always be seeking a fresh word from the Throne.  When you think of the children of Israel in the wilderness, the manna they received from Heaven was fresh daily!  So fresh that God told them do not hoard or store but for one day which included the Sabbath.  So every day they got new bread.  The water that flowed from the rock that Moses struck, every atom of water was new, nothing regurgitated or stale.  We need the proceeding word from the Throne.  The wisdom that originates from the earth, is carnal, sensual and devilish and produces death. 

For the sake of information and time we will talk about the tree of life in the next message.

Peace and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun Jr.





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Destructive Spirits that Hinder the Building of the City Church

Topic: The Destructive Spirits of Jezebel, Korah, Absalom and Adonijah that Attempt To Hinder the Building of the City Church

Spirit of Absalom (2 Samuel 14:19-15:6)
Beware of this spirit in building the city church.  It is a son who seeks to usurp the authority of the set man by trying to appease the congregation by giving or planning to give them what they want, not what they need.  They seek the audience and plants seeds of doubt about the leadership.  In by doing so, they turn the hearts of the congregation against the set man.  Beware of this spirit.

Spirit of Korah (Numbers 16:1-35)
Korah was the leader of the rebellion against Moses and Aaron in  the wilderness when they came out of Egypt.  The spirit of Korah seeks to usurp the set man rebelling against authority and submission to authority.  These people are well-liked persuasive and charismatic.  They seek to get people to submit to them and desire to restore the old order of things.  They discontent with their position in the church and jealous.  They will try to get others to rise up against someone in leadership and campaign their ideas  and recruit others  before approaching leadership which creates a groundswell of favor and opinion for the idea so if it is reject the leadership looks incompetent.  They place themselves and their counsel above leadership and the assembly. 

Spirit of Adonijah (1 King 1)
This spirit seeks to take advantage of the set man in his most vulnerable position.  They seek to be the leader at all costs and they wait for the most opportune time to jump at the opportunity.  Even though God has a plan and a establish His successor as leader.  The spirit of Adonijah ignores the plan of God for selfish gain and pride.  Those who are truly covenantly bonded will stay with God’s plan.  But those who are not will side with those who have no vision for personal gain. 

Spirit of Jezebel (Revelation 2:20; 1 Kings 16)  
This spirit is very destructive to the building of the city church.  And the fact that it was seen in the Old and New Testament let’s us know that this spirit is still seeking to destroy all that is in true authority.  Some of the characteristics of spirit of Jezebel are:
1.   Seeks control through manipulation and has a deep hatred for true spiritual authority.  Uses emotional pressure, witcraft and sensuality (sexual and non-sexual)  in the pursuit of power to gain control.
2.   Likes to use the power and influence of others to accomplish its goals. 
3.   Seeks complete dominance and will attempt to cause leaders to be suspicious of the true prophetic message which bears the testimony of Jesus.

Leaders must show no mercy when this spirit tries to rear its head.  We must give not ground

These are the spirits that will seek to undermine and destroy the work of the Lord within the city.  In building the city church, it is not about numbers but about the quality of the people coming.   They must recognize the grace of the set man, they must give themselves to him in understanding how to carry the vision.  The doctrine of Christ must be to doctrine of the church within the city.  The leaders must be discerning and wise to prevent such spirits from destroying the church.  Let us mature that we may see with the Lord’s eyes and rule as He would have us to rule.  Show no mercy to those spirits that seek to divide and destroy. 

Peace, Mercy and Grace:

Calvin Calhoun Jr.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Principles in Building the City Church Part 4

Topic:  Principles in Building the City Church Part 4

Greetings:

1.   Understanding of the Times/Seasons of God
1 Chronicles 12:32:  And the children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment

There must be those sons within the house who can understand the times and seasons of God.  This is crucial because the Body of Christ must have a clear vision of where we are maturing to.   The Scripture says it yet appears what we will be but what we know and the Lord has revealed we should have a clear vision on that path and walk in it. 

In understanding the times and seasons there will be doctrinal adjustment in these times.  God is correcting inaccurate doctrinal positions.  This is the make or break line for many people.  Are they willing to give up their traditional, denominational doctrine for the doctrine of Christ, repent and adjust as necessary?  As I have said before the pride of some leaders will but the repentance and change of others will lead many sons back to their identity for the purposes for which they were called.  Let me show you this!  The four pillars of Kingdom Culture.

Acts 2:42: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 

Notice the order in which the first century church continued after the sermon by Peter in Jerusalem.   Apostle’s Doctrine is first and prayers is last..  Understand this, when we get the doctrine right, the prayers will began to be effective.  Why?

James 5:16b:…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availieth much. 

The righteous man has the right positioning but most of all the right doctrine.   Doctrinal adjustment is here…Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.  Repent and live! 

2.    Stout-Hearted and Loyal Men/Experts of Doctrine
1 Chronicles 12:33:  Of Zebulun such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

The city church must have loyal, stout-hearted men who are experts in doctrine.  Many of us see what double-hearted people can do to a congregation if not rebuked and chastened?  Confusion and division. These sons must be of one heart, one Spirit and willing to lay down their life for each other.  

Furthermore, when we look at the Scripture it says that the sons of Zebulun were experts of war with all instruments.   In the city church, there must be leaders who know how to equip the sons of God for battle.   Ephesians 6:10-17 teaches us the weapons of our warfare but when we look at the weapons notice none of them are carnal but are spiritual are in order to effectively put them on and most of all us them, one must have the doctrine right!  When the sons of God have the doctrine right they can withstand the schemes of the enemy.  When the Doctrine of Christ is right within a son, they will understand how to use truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God to overcome the enemy at every turn.  The city church must have men who are experts in the Doctrine of Christ.  They give themselves to the Word of God, studying and rightly dividing it for the Body that they may grow to the measure of the fullness of Christ. 

Once all of this has been done and set in place:

1. Recognize the David (Son carrying the Grace) within the House
2. Recognize the Helpers with a Pure Motive
3.  Recognize the Crossing Over Necessary to be Used for the Work
4. Recognize the Need for Men Fit for Battle
5. Need Men Activated By Tribulation
6. The Set Man has to be Discerning
7. Recognition of Grace / People Must Say: “We are Yours”
8: Sons who Understand the Times/Seasons of God
9. Loyal Men / Experts of Doctrine Now

We can now declare this within the city:

1 Chronicles 13:2:  And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in the cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul. 

When we can build the city church we will experience the presence of God like never before and signs and wonders will be so evident and truly common because the city is united in one heart and one Spirit.

In the final message I want to examine the spirits of Jezebel, Absalom, Korah and Adonajai that seek to destroy what is being built.


Peace and Grace
Calvin Calhoun Jr.