Preparation Or Separation
God spoke to me in the early part of the year 2013 and He said,
"The effective word for this hour is "Preparation." I find that it helps
me to understand what God is saying if I know the full definition of
the words that He uses when he speaks to me; so I will look up the
meaning to words in the Strong's Concordance and the dictionary
to give me a greater revelation of what God is speaking. The word
"effective" means to be productive, efficient, and to have a desired
effect or result. In essence God was saying that the Church must
be more competent and productive in preparing for the coming of
the Lord; there must be a relinquishing of the things pertaining to
the flesh, and a conforming to the Spirit of God. God's desired
result for the Bride of Christ, according to the Word, is for her to be
without spot, wrinkle, or blemish; she must be cleansed by the blood
of the Lamb, and adorned with the righteousness of Christ before
the coming of the Lord.
I know that we are living in the final hours just before the return of
Christ for His Bride, the Church; and I also know that according to
Scriptures, t he Bride must be prepared for the return of the Bride-
groom. "Preparation" must begin now: we must begin to prepare,
to make ready productively and efficiently for the coming of the
Lord. For there are only two choices, it will be "preparation," or
"separation." We shall either be separated unto God (separated
from the world), or we shall be separated from God (left behind
when Christ returns for the Church).
In the book of Matthew, chapter 25, we find the story of the five
wise, and the five foolish virgins; the five wise were aware and alert,
watchful, and prepared, when the Bridegroom came: and He took
them away with Him; but the five foolish were not prepared, and
they were left behind. I can't think of anything that could possibly be
more horrific or devastating than to come to know the Lord, to be
filled with His Spirit, and then become like one of those foolish
virgins, forsaking the Lord and allowing His Spirit to depart; and
then having Him come at the midnight hour, and me not be ready
to go with Him.
In the 18th chapter of Jeremiah we find that the potter works the clay
upon his potter's wheel to make a vessel suitable for his use; and if
the vessel of clay that he is working with upon the wheel becomes
hard, marred, broken, or otherwise unsuitable for the potter's use,
it is then thrown into the potter's field for destruction. And so again,
there are only two choices, the potter's wheel, where it may be
unpleasant for a season, but where the ultimate outcome will be one
of purpose and satisfaction, knowing that we are vessels of honor
for the Master's use; or we will wind up in the potter's field, a place
of utter waste and destruction. The "Potter's Wheel," or the "Potter's
Field;" the choice is ours, we must choose.
In Jer. 18:15 God tells Jeremiah that the people have stumbled in
their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast
up. In other words there are two choices, only two paths, in which
man may choose to walk. One way is the highway of holiness, the
straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life, and few there be
that find it: this is the high road; the other path is the broad way that
leads to eternal destruction, and many shall follow it: this is the low
road. Again, two choices, a path of preparation for eternal life on
the high road, the straight and narrow; or separation from God for
eternity on the low road, the broad way that leads to everlasting
Separation and indifference begins when there's a lack of intimacy
between two parties in a marriage contract, whether it's between
a husband and wife, or Christ and His Bride. And when they cease
to have intimacy and communication with one another, they come
to a place where there's no interest, no emotion, no feeling; they
become "apathetic" (absent of emotion, indifferent).
Where there's no intimacy, there's no conception. Everything from
God comes through 1st - Intimacy with God, then 2nd - Conception.
Conception takes place when something from God is implanted, it
has a beginning, it has formation within us. It is conceived, then it
begins to grow and mature until it becomes a new life, a new
beginning, that will be birthed, and will come forth from us to give
God glory. There needs to be "conception" in the body of Christ:
a birthing needs to take place, whereby new life is brought forth.
There's no joy, no peace, no confidence, and no steadfast faith in
God in the Body of Christ today; there's too much sickness, pain,
grief, bondage, lack of faith, and indifference in the kingdom of
God in this hour. But God said, "The effective word for this hour is
Preparation." Jesus is coming very soon, we must begin to prepare
and to make ready! God's people must separate themselves from
the world, and draw closer to Him, if we are going to be ready when
the clock strikes midnight, and the Bridegroom comes for His Bride;
a Bride which must be prepared, and adorned with righteousness,
being without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.
God always has a plan, and a route for His people to follow, in
order to accomplish that which He has designated for them to do,
or to reach the goal that He has set before them. We find in the
Scriptures that God does not deviate from His plan, nor His route,
from the Old Testament to the New Covenant, although the land-
marks and the road signs have changed. Under the Old Testament
there was a covenant between God and man, which was the Law,
a covenant of sacrifice and works; under the New Testament there
is also a covenant between God and man, the covenant of Grace,
which consists of a sacrifice and faith, but, no longer through our
own works. Jesus became the one and only, everlasting sacrifice,
for the sins of man: and it is through faith in Him, and receiving
Him in the new birth that we enter into covenant with God today.
We are being prepared for an "Ascension," the Rapture of the
Church, the Bride of Christ. The Scripture says that we shall be
caught away, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye: the dead in
Christ rising first, then those which are alive and remain until the
time of His coming shall be caught up together in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
There have been two ascensions that are recorded in the Bible,
one under the Old Testament, and one under the New Testament;
the ascension of the church will be the third.
Before Elijah ascended into heaven in a whirlwind there were four
specific places that he had to go just before he was to be taken up;
and these four places depict the time of his preparation for the soon
2 Kings 2:1
And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into
heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
The name "Gilgal" means "to wheel or to roll." It was at Gilgal that
Joshua and the children of Israel camped after coming out of the
wilderness and crossing the Jordan River, and just before entering
into Jericho. They were preparing to enter into the Promised Land:
and God told Joshua that all the males in the camp must be
circumcised, for none had been circumcised since departing Egypt
forty years earlier; and before entering into the Promised Land their
covenant with God must be renewed and re-established. It was then
that God spoke and said, "This day have I rolled away the reproach
of Egypt from off you." Again, the Bride of Christ, according to
Scripture, must be without spot, wrinkle, or blemish (all reproach of
sin rolled away) at the coming of the Lord.
2 Kings 2:2
And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord
hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord
liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
The name "Bethel" means "the house of God." It was at Bethel that
Jacob saw the ladder that reached from the earth up into heaven,
and angels ascending and descending upon the ladder. It was also
here that Jacob heard the voice of God and received the promises
of God; and so he called the name of the place "Bethel." This ladder
that Jacob saw was a type and shadow of the great work that would
be wrought by Jesus Christ at His death on the cross, His descent
into hell to take away the keys of death and hell from Satan, and His
victory over death, and ascension into heaven. This work made a
way for all Spirit filled believers in Christ to ascend into heavenly
places with Him, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father
(John 17:24, Eph. 2:6).
2 Kings 2: 4
And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord
hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy
soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.
It was "Jericho" that Joshua and the children of Israel came to after
leaving Gilgal, the place where they renewed their covenant with
God, and God wheeled away the reproach of Egypt (the place of
sin, bondage, and unbelief) from off them. And it was at Jericho
that the final battle was fought with their enemy before entering into
the promised land. There is always an enemy to overcome, and
defeat, before entering into the promises of God. There will be a
final, end time battle, for God's people today, just before the coming
of Christ, where the enemy must one more time be defeated, great
victory won, and the spoils of that final war gathered into the store-
house of heaven. If you look closely at what is taking place in the
world today, you will no doubt see that this war is already raging
around the globe; and God's people, the true believers, are being
targeted by Satan.
It was through their obedience to God in "Preparation" to overcome
and defeat the enemy at Jericho that total victory was won. They
leaned not to their own understanding, nor relied on their power to
bring down the walls of Jericho. But when they had obeyed the
Word of God spoken to them by Joshua, for the fullness of seven
days, then they saw the walls of Jericho fall by the power of God;
then, and only then, were they able to conquer and spoil the enemy,
and enter into the "Promised Land." Even so today our victory will
come when we submit wholly unto God, and we look to Him for
guidance and direction in every situation and circumstance that
arises, knowing fully that He, alone, is our Hope, our Strength, and
The fourth and final place that Elijah and Elisha went to before
Elijah's ascension was to Jordan. The name "Jordan" means "the
descender," or one who descends or proceeds from an original,
or another; one who derives from another (draws or receives from
another source or origin).
2 Kings 2:6
And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord
hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as
thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.
As the two of them approached the Jordan River, Elijah took off
his mantle and smote the waters, and the waters of the river were
parted, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. After
crossing over the river Elijah asked Elisha what he desired of him
before he would be taken away; and Elisha said, "I pray thee, let a
double portion of thy spirit be upon me." And Elijah's response was,
"If you see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee;
but if not, it shall not be so."
And as they continued on there appeared a chariot of fire, and
horses of fire, and parted the two of them; and Elijah went up by
a whirlwind into heaven. This is symbolic of the time to come when
the Spirit of God would, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost,
come and separate the two covenants of God, and make available
unto man (as was given unto Elisha) a double portion of the Spirit
of God (as given unto believers when Christ ascended, and the
Holy Ghost was sent down).
And, as Elisha saw Elijah when he ascended, so did the apostles
see Jesus when He ascended; and as Jesus had promised them
before He left, the "Comforter, the Holy Ghost" was sent down to
them. This promise from the Father was sent down, not only for
those who gathered in the upper room on the "Day of Pentecost,"
but to all that would come afterward, and would believe.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye
in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you,
and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as
the Lord our God shall call.
On the other side of Jordan lies the "Promised Land," the place of
eternal milk and honey, promised to the born-again children of God,
the descenders of Abraham through Jesus Christ and the New
Covenant, the Covenant of Grace.
The second ascension that took place in the Bible was when Jesus
ascended; and He, too, had specific, strategic places ordained for
Him to go to before his ascension. Jesus was born in the city of
Bethlehem, which means " house of bread." Jesus is the "Bread"
that came down from heaven, fulfilling the Old Testament "Manna"
that came down from heaven. He is the Bread that sustains us,
and gives us strength for the journey.
Christ's three and a half year ministry was in and around the city
and the sea of Galilee. The name "Galilee" means a circle or a
circuit; and this is what the ministry and the life of Jesus was all
about: for He completed the circuit, He brought back full circle,
the plan of God for man, the plan of salvation that would establish
the family of God, whereby there would be sons of God, born of
His Spirit, manifesting His nature and characteristics. God desired
and ordained in the beginning, when He created mankind, for there
to be a relationship between man and Himself, a relationship that
would give Him fellowship and communion with man. Adam and
Eve's sin and disobedience severed this relationship; and their sin
postponed the plan of God until the birth and death of Jesus Christ.
Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, He descended from, He
came forth from God; and through His life and death, and through
His resurrection we, too, become descenders. We can become a
son of God because He is the Son of God, we are the seed of
Abraham because he descended from Abraham. It was at the
Jordan River that the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus in the
form of a dove; and because the Holy Ghost descended upon Him,
we as descendants of Jesus through the Spirit of God, can expect
the Spirit and the Promise to descend upon us, even as it did
Elisha and Jesus.
Jesus also fulfilled the building of the temple of God, for He began
construction on a building, a Temple, that would be made without
hands; a spiritual building consisting of spiritual stones that would
become the "house of God." Remember Elijah was told by God to
go to Bethel, which means "the house of God." We are the House
of God, the Temple of God, the Church of God; however you say
it we are the place where God abides, the place where God dwells,
we are "Bethel."
When Jesus went to the cross this became his Gilgal. Gilgal was
the place where sin and reproach was wheeled away from off the
children of Israel when they renewed their covenant with God just
before entering into the promised land. Jesus became our Gilgal,
He renewed, He became the New Covenant of God; and through
Him sin was not just rolled away, but sin was cleansed away, sin
was destroyed by the shedding of His blood. We shall never enter
into the Promised Land except we first go to Gilgal through Jesus
When Jesus went to hell the three days that His body lay in the
tomb, this became His Jericho. While Jesus was in hell He took
the keys of death and hell from Satan, and He led captivity captive,
He took captive souls from hell with Him when He left that place.
Jesus overcame and defeated the enemy, and He spoiled the
enemy, taking what had belonged to Satan from him. Jesus
defeated our enemy for us, He went to hell, and fought the battle
in our stead, giving us the victory. Remember God told Elijah that
he had to go to Jericho, for God had an agenda, a purpose, a plan
to fulfill in the last days through His Son, Jesus. Sometimes we
find ourselves again at Jericho, a place where we face the enemy,
and a battle must be fought; but always remember that Jesus has
already won the battle for us, and the victory belongs to us. The
children of Israel at Jericho did not have to fight the enemy, they
had only to trust, and to obey God: and the enemy was defeated
by God. The keys and authority that Jesus took from Satan, He
then gave unto us; and the Scripture says that we are more than
conquerors through Him.
I said all of that to reiterate that we must begin to prepare ourselves
for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is coming after a
Bride that has made herself ready, and that is without spot, wrinkle,
or blemish. Remember the five foolish virgins, and how they let the
oil drain from their lamps; and the five wise virgins (a virgin is one
who is not defiled) who stayed awake and alert, and did not allow
their oil to diminish, nor their lamps to go out: and were found ready
when the Bridegroom came.
Again, I say, it's "Preparation" or "Separation."
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According to the Word of God Jesus is returning
for a Bride without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. We
are living in the day of "Preparation" for Christ's
return. Those who are not prepared for Christ's
coming will experience an eternal "Separation"
from God; and so will miss the first resurrection,
when the Bride of Christ is taken away, and will
be partakers of the second resurrection, that is
destined for the lake of fire, and eternal death.
Online Bible Teaching preparing God's people for
what is just over the horizon. We are living in the
last days, the time upon planet earth just before
the return of Jesus Christ.
Preparation Or Separation
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