THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 7

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A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

Part   7

theme scripture:

 

Romans chapter 5:1-4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope

2 Corinthians 4:17

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

Romans 8:18

I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us.

Job 23:10

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Continuation.

We are almost toward the end of this explicit series on revelatory concepts required to access, and at the same time function within the accepted standard of the kingdom of God. However, there are still some crucial lessons and principles to glean through the life of the patriarch Job.  Job is a pattern that in the scripture that predates the rule of the Mosaic law and speaks to us of the things yet to be revealed in this season regarding understanding the mystery behind trials, suffering, and tribulation. 

It is important that we differentiate between the coming destruction upon those who outrightly reject the truth in Christ, and the process of tribulation appointed for every member of the body of Christ, ordained to refine and prepare us for the glorious appearance of our bridegroom.

To be that church without spot, wrinkle or blemish, we will surely have to go through the crucible of refinement.  In this part, we shall begin to zero into some highly crucial spiritual understanding as we engage the forces that are set in place to derail us from our ultimate assignment of becoming like Jesus Christ, the pattern Son.  

Part 7

 

A principle that predates the Mosaic law

It is difficult for many today to put themselves in the kind of position Job and his family found themselves, Yet, many of these people are the very ones promoting the whole concept of the return of Christ to earth without truly building and preparing the church to finish its assignment.  

We cannot begin to fathom what Job went through emotionally, spiritually and of course psychologically as he battled with the lack of the understanding of his wife and his highly zealous, religious friends, who are completely clueless of the transaction between the father and Satan to test the faithfulness of Job.

This transaction literally employed the ministry of Satan’s affliction to test and prove the [righteousness] right standing of Job before his maker.  Not even Job’s opinion was consulted before he was assigned this unprecedented tribulation. Job had no reference to what was going on in his life, nor his family, except that he later knew the father had allowed the test to prove the reality of his goodness, faithfulness, and kindness which were all tested to the max. 

The tribulation of Job was pre-law, our tribulation and suffering will be post-law. If we are going to be a triumphant church like that of Job over Satan’s affliction, I am afraid, we must borrow the spiritual pattern from this iconic spiritual portal. Learning to embrace pain, suffering, disappointment, and tribulation for the sake of Christ needs to be taught again as a criterion for spiritual advance.  This is highly necessary due to the nature of the days we have stepped into.   

The virtue of pain received through the ministry of trial and tribulation, equips and positions us in an ascended quality of a spiritual experience that is precise and balanced, enriched, and fulfilling in the spirit of joy that someone who merely depend on some acquired third-party info knowledge of the truth that is yet to be tried and tested through the crucible.

Today, there are so many restored spiritual principles, and values of kingdom truth to the body of Christ, yet, we seldom hear a well-balanced, biblical message on one of the church’s core fundamental pillars in building character stability which is the ministry of suffering and tribulation.

 

Tribulation, our schoolmaster

The word of God informs us that suffering is a type of school master that prepares us for the work of ministry. As the church regains its position and influence within the global community without compromising its stand for truth and justice, we are going to see increase aggression against the values, principles, and model the church stand for from the left. Hence, there is a need to be adequately prepared for what is coming ahead. 

Jesus Christ, the son of Mary was the earthly agent the father chose to house, carry and represent his prophetic agenda for the redemption of the Jews and the entire creation. However, Jesus had to learn a vital spiritual law and principle that prepared him to perfectly function as a true regent in the earth. Hence, the scripture said, he learned obedience by the things he suffered.

Obedience to the will of the Father can only become possible when men will have been brought under the governing leadership of a well-refined character lifestyle. This is totally impossible without submitting and yielding to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, which comes through total submission to the law of righteousness in Christ Jesus.

Only the law [principle] of the Spirit of life in Christ, not outside of Christ can set us free from the law of Sin and death. Sin and death reigns within the unregenerate soul. A soul whose faculties are yet to be given over to the Lord only give the enemy the right opportunity to influence its desire, passion, and will.

We therefore see the Lord, in most cases, put the soul into certain difficult condition or position to cause a rude awakening for us to see things from a different view lens in order to make or accept the right choice, even when the choice may seem to hurt us at the moment but then we know that it will produce the harvest of righteousness. We can pretend to be what we are not without anyone ever finding out, but we cannot lie to God, ourselves and Satan himself. Consequently, our activities, decisions, and agenda must be regarded in the light of these three entities for us to have lasting victory.  

As we press into the new day of the 21st century, we have begun to see a drift and shift in direction and agenda of what formerly constitutes as a norm in the past seasons of the church. Whether the 21st century church community is ready or not for the harshness and the persecution of the new, humanist millennial generation, we are certainly going to be seeing an increase in the ministry of suffering coming which in turns will be one of the most important virtues returned to the church as she gets ready to finally ready to engage Babylon.

Prophetically, the church is in the twilight of the last face of its existence from its former weaken and blind position as the day of the kingdom of heaven presses upon the dwellers of the earth. The closure of one age obviously leads to the reopening of another, which in most cases is usually more strong, glorious and majestic, at least from a kingdom perspective. However, this truth is not consistent with the kingdom of men, which we know rises and fall to become even weaker and more ignoble in all sense as revealed in the book of Daniel.  

Please do note, when I refer to suffering or persecution within the community of saints, I am referring to that painful, required dealings and experience every called, sanctified, a disciple of Christ is duly ordained to face and go through because they have become a true witness of Christ. We are all called to be Christ witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. This command is far beyond the making of disciples. Being a witness also refers to a position where we bear the pain and assault for the sake of the gospel of Christ.

Make no mistake, some of the seemly unending domestic and family wars and the challenges you are faced with today may just be part of the process of your own tribulation, designed to build character, stability, and understanding in preparation of what you’ve been assigned and called by heaven to represent in the kingdom of God in days not afar.  

The two kinds of suffering

However, it is equally important I make a differentiation between this glorious call of spiritual development through suffering from some so-called ministry of exclusion and piety we see from the roman catholic monks who claim to have given up themselves over to some so-called life of poverty and suffering in serving society.

That’s what the word of God refers to as trying to pay your way through self-righteousness or good works, and this is completely far from what the lord is emphasizing and calling his church to embrace as we press into a day of engagement with Babylon. 

This is a suffering a man called himself into to gain or find some so-called enlightenment. No amount of penitence or self-affliction can be accepted by the father. For our righteousness are like filthy rags before him. further still, I am not referring to a suffering one gets into because one broke a civil law, or engaged in some ungodly, compromising situation that forces the mighty hand of the law, or some punishment on you.

These are self-afflicted sorrow or suffering if you will. However, there’s a challenge, persecution or tribulation that you’re currently in because of the revelation of Christ and passion to ascended to the mountain of the lord. A tribulation that comes due to your desire to know and please the father through your lifestyle.

The persecution that comes because you stand to be a witness for Christ in a society that is increasingly being hostile to Christ and his followers.  The persecution that comes because you will not compromise the standard of truth in your relationship or at your workplace.  A suffering that is increasingly becoming a true reality in many Christian marriages and families alike today.

When one spouse refuses to stand for truth in support of the other and continues to stand in the way of the culture of the kingdom either directly or indirectly in trying to break the spirit of the other.  This is becoming a trendy reality in most western, new age society. Marriage has become a powerful [weapon] tool in the society for the promotion of secularism which of course, is against any value, principle, or culture connected to the reality of kingdom truth.

We live in an Age when men are growingly becoming afraid to be fathers, husband and true men in the workplace according to the natural order, or ordained pattern.  Men are becoming afraid to stand for the values of sound, moral biblical truth because of the fear of reprisals from the government due to the feminist policies set in place.

Suffering for purification

I am referring to the suffering that will lead you to the island of Patmos like apostle John the beloved. I am highlighting the tribulation that befalls you due to your uncompromising passionate love and stands for the reality of the kingdom of the father. if we must see the glory of the father in the days ahead of us, then we need to develop a sense of a lifestyle of love, faith, and hope amid the purifying fire of Babylon.

We need to be like Daniel in the lion’s den with a full assurance of the presence of the father, or like Joseph who was bitrate by his own very brothers, yet learned the heart of forgiveness because he understood that nothing happens without the very approval of the father himself. I discovered that one of the kingdom keys that gave the early church the edge of boldness and authority against the on relentless persecutions, temptations, and trials they faced before the religious and political system of their day was their keen, personal, in-depth revelatory knowledge and experience of the lord.

The eyes of these men and women have been opened into an in-depth life of kingdom reality to the degree that whatever they may be faced in the human realm could not hinder, stop or crippled them from pressing further into the arena of fulfilling their prophetic mandate. They reached a spiritual zenith of knowledge that could not be denied after they each encountered a transforming experience with Christ.

However, this transformation did not start overnight. We do remember that almost all of the disciples who talked and walked with Christ during his earthly ministry at a point could not boldly stand in defense of their allegiance with the lord in his trial before the Sanhedrin, even though they’ve been informed in advance of what was going to happen.

Their knowledge and awareness of how they will deny Christ and be scattered could still not prevent them from compromising when the time came.  We had Peter, who out of zeal proclaimed that he will never deny or leave Christ even though others may. Yet, we now know that Peter did not only denied Christ once, but three times, so to open the eyes of peter to something valuable about the principle of kingdom lifestyle that is deficient in his walk with the Lord.

The truth is, Apostle Peter meant every word he uttered when he said he will not deny Christ. Peter thought that the power of self-determination and assurance was enough to decide in making a consistent kingdom centered life decision. 

Peter learned that following the lord and his divine agenda cannot be merely built on a self-confidence choice, regardless of how seemingly knowledgeable, determined, or persuaded we may think we are. The father will make sure every strength we have that does not completely depend on him will be drained from us. Every resource we depend on in trying to carry out his prophetic mandate is brought to an end.

Whatever kind of religious or philosophical doorway we might have passed through into what we now call Christianity, our spiritual orientation or exposure must process through a standard quality of faith experience (the eye of a needle) for everyone to come out on another side with the same standardized concept of truth, wisdom, and understanding in the lord. 

Many, up until this hour have built their faith walk and knowledge of spiritual things on some form of external frenzy, or popular religious tradition and beliefs that don’t represent the ways and nature of God’s kingdom truth. This kind of spiritual philosophy will not suffice in days to come. We will need more than what makes us feel good and materially confident to step into a season where everything we ever stand for or claim to be the truth will be challenged to its roots.

We must see the wisdom in embracing the rout the Lord has ordained for us to bring us to that place or point of adequate development and maturity for precise representation. While we are highly sighted that what is before may attract temptation, trials, and persecution, yet, we should be certain that all of that is ordained by the father so his light can effectively shine through us.

A new perspective in confronting the future

Therefore, out perception of engaging the future is one of a victor and a conqueror, regardless of what is ahead. Hence, this is a refresher note to awaken and further prepare those who may not be informed of the spiritual challenge and quality of life that is ahead of the body of Christ.

As the ecclesia of the lord further approaches a day of increased, advancement of its prophetic agenda across the nations, we are adequately informed of the increased activities of the powers and forces of darkness in using every available system of the world to try to stop and push back the eternal mandate of heaven.

Whiles, there’s a resounding ascendance call unto the mountain of the lord, the church on the same parallel will be facing an increased birth pang in preparation for this glorious day of the manifestation of the intent of Christ in the earth. In other words, our assignment to occupy the earth until the Lord’s return will be more faced with hostile resistance from the kings and systems of the earth.

Therefore, if we are yet to be trained on how to handle the assault of the enemy, we will abort the process of bringing forth the counsel of heaven by the smallest challenge the enemy throws at us. There’s a critical need to see what the scripture calls, the birth pang as key indicators of what is about to be unleashed through the glorious revelatory ministry of the company called sons of God upon the earth. Yet, if there’s no clear insight with regards to the desired purpose of passing through a season of pain and suffering in the birthing and nurturing of the fruit of sonship discipling within the ecclesia;

am afraid, there will be a relinquishing of the process of this sonship manifestation ministry ordained for representation. It is, therefore, adequately important, we start putting into context the present requirements and challenges the church of the lord will face in days ahead as the confrontation of false. Religious and humanist philosophy becomes a reality within the church.

This is not the time or day to draw back or retire from these seemingly, endless difficulties and intense trials we are facing. We need to rather see these challenges as the divine standard platform required to process, and build the necessary spiritual skill and muscles as we advance further into the next frontier of our prophetic mandate.

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 6

 

part 6

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

theme scripture:

 

Romans chapter 5:1-4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience hope.

continuation… Part 6

 

Redefining poverty

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [Mathews chapter 5:3]

Poverty itself must be understood from a kingdom perspective so the enemy does not use the distorted world view to keep us disenfranchised from our position of completeness in Christ. There are those who are rich unto material things but are poor in the sight of the father, and this is the plan of the enemy.

Many Christians have been taught that poverty is the lack of possession of things. While this may sound to be true from the human viewpoint, however, when you examine this belief from a true kingdom perspective and understanding, you immediately realize that such philosophy has no basis of standing. Every one of us has been apportioned a certain level of grace, favor, and virtue to allow us by default to produce all that we need for life and godliness according to the scripture.

None of God’s children is left wanting and disenfranchised. When there’s an understanding of our identity and position within the kingdom of sonship, we step into a reality of what is required for sustenance. Sustainability is a universal law that governs everything and everyone.

 On the other hand, there’s poverty we are called into that keeps us joyful, peaceful and righteous. This poverty amid wealth keeps us disciplined, focused, determined, humble, courageous in our spiritual journey unto perfection in Christ. This call into spiritual suffering regulates the entire spiritual structure of the person as it gives us a clear and sound outlook into the emerging reality of the father and his kingdom within us and through us.

It makes it easy to hear and access not just the mind of the Lord, but also regions that have been captured through the spirit of pride and materialism. This suffering is a call to meekness so one can inherit the earth. There are people I use to know who the Lord will visit at some seasons of their lives with a major complex challenge that shakes the very core of their spiritual foundation.

The father releases a particular wind to blow off the leaves on their trees only to make room for fresh greener one. But I can tell you honestly, that’s not a place you want to be if you’ve not been taught about the ways and dealings of the Spirit of God. Only those who are have been weaned from the gospel of materialism and carnal influence enjoy this spiritual reality because they now understand that such dealings are required for their perfection in Christ. The call to suffer with Christ is a virtuous thing we all need to embrace if we must be found matured and engage in the act of spiritual conquest

Yes, this suffering or tribulation is a seasonal reality for all spiritual migrants on earth. When the lord is trying to get our attention or usher us into a new season, he will usually do that by announcing the wind of sufferings to shake and awaken us, and this is good if we are going to adequately learn to know how to respond to this glorious dealing of the father.

There are virtue and glory revealed in the place of spiritual sacrifice. Experience in the ways of the lord and in the dealings of the ministry of the spirit of truth has begun to highlight and clearly separate between that which sound, look and even feel authentic from the actual acceptable biblical spiritual structure of a life refined and approved of the father to represent his voice and the activity of his kingdom in this new transitional season.

As we continue to witness the almost blurring of the line between biblically sound authentic spiritual value system from all those other things false brethren and charlatans are crafting today in the name of the lord. Truthbearer must continually seek from the lord how to raise the bar of spiritual standard and its required engaging value principle to the degree that the saints can precisely identify the false from the authentic. We must spiritually raise the capacity standard of the ministry of truth to the dimension it cannot be duplicated.

 

The consistency of readjustment

 

The constant readjustment of our wineskin and discernment capability to listen and flow at the same frequency heaven is broadcasting is highly recommended in this new day. We can no longer depend on the issues of the mere use of scripture and biblical phrases to ascertain if a person is one with the lord or just a wolf in sheep clothing.

I hear a lot of noise about the apostolic and the kingdom of God but when you examine the life of the bearers of the message, you hardly see a scar-mark received as a token of the reward of a true bearer of the (truth) treasures of the life and message of the kingdom of heaven. The truth is not just about the accumulation of theological information, nor is about the acquiring of some revelation.

Truth is a spiritual experience one grows and develop into seasonally in obedience and complete trust to the ways and dealings of the Lord. As one further journey into the glorious life and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, the very embodiment of the spirit of truth, one also become both the receptor and reflector of the very nature of the life of truth in those areas we have completely yielded to the Lord.

You see friends, we can never compare the response behavioral attitude of a person who accidentally stumbles on some spiritual things to a man who saw wisdom and value in selling all that he owns only to buy a piece of land, buried with a treasure of kingdom truth. They may both sound alike, look alike, or may even seem to share the same personality traits, but they sure do not have the same spiritual value structure and depth of perception in engaging the things of the kingdom.

 

 

The principle behind Job’s tribulation

 

The patriarch Job, is a character figure that predates the very theological base of some narrow down religious, or even spiritual argument that merely seeks to build the act of worship, righteousness, justice and the unfolding prophetic program of the father on the mere premise of keeping some ‘rigid’ acts of regulatory laws, beliefs and ceremonies as first seen under the old Mosaic covenant, and subsequently  seen in the religious church approach to understanding and interacting with the [Almightiness] sovereignty of the God of heaven and earth, who is also known as our father who is in heaven.

Our revelatory approach and understanding of spiritual matters and their realities far outweigh the very act of their manifestation through our lives. The seeking of an outward, material blessing as a sign of divine approval of worship or even righteousness is a powerful distractive mechanism from the enemy to lure us away from the true substance of what the father seeks to build and finally manifest through us at his appointed time of representation.

It is a fact that whatever is conceived through a process of seed carries within itself the season of fruition, as long as we allow other required processes of development to effectively play their part accordingly. In other words, you cannot have a seed not planted and water with the right atmosphere and expect to harvest fruit at some later season.

The pursuit of mere material manifestation without divine due process of a well-structured inner value principle, built on the accurate biblical pattern, always result in a state of deception and delusion that may lead to ultimate destruction if there’s no divine intervention. The renewal of our inward life is pivotal to the birth and sustainability of our journey into the kingdom life.

Those who merely seek to manifest certain spiritual or supernatural powers without a concrete footing of where and how this power gets to be formed in them to the degree of working through them risk being deceived by the enemy at a certain point in their life.

It does not take too much wisdom to understand why many leaders and followers alike today in the body of Christ are open to wholesale deception and delusion for that matter.

It is my strong opinion that even some today who claim to be at the forefront of the present apostolic reformation message is yet to clarify the issue of the authenticity of their faith culture.  There are certain approaches with regards to values standard that still baffles many of us, especially, when it comes to the origin of life, creation, the purpose of man, and even on the matters of the existence of God himself.

Many, in their faith philosophy, and spiritual approach, still struggles to confidently assure themselves on the issue of the sovereignty of God over their lives and everything else in the universe. These and many other spiritual fundamentals are what we see dealt with in the book of Job which is a beautiful piece of resource material we need to investigate as we once again sense the approach of the closure of the Age.  We shall not go on successfully with into this new season without dealing with the concept of the standardized concept of entering the Ark of God.

Building or entering the finalization of the Ark requires that all the divine measure given as a standard of accurate building is completely followed to the letter. How we know and understand the Godliness and fatherhood of the creator of the heavens and earth carries a far more implication of shaping our final destiny and relationship with the Lord and creation to whatever else we are seeking to receive or become in our Christian faith.

Perspective, of whatever kind, usually creates not just a general belief, opinion and approach system, but also forms the very basis of defining and interpreting what we want to see, believe and accept, regardless of the proven errors and inaccurate facts.

There’s a big difference between deception and delusion. In the case of deception, it is when someone else uses the means of a lie, or dishonesty to mislead, by convincing you to see, accept or even reject an idea, fact or believe. In most cases, deception uses the power of what seems right in the eyes or thought to misdirect, shift or readjust your opinion, value or even the principle of general interpretation and interaction.

While delusion, on the other hand, is more of a personal, inner false conviction, acceptance and even the assurance to suggest that what you think, see, belief and accept is most correct viewpoint or perspective, even when there are no concrete facts and evidence to prove that what you believe is inconsistent to absolute truth.

The ministry of Sonship

  6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11“But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.  [Job 1:6-12]

 

I am highly intrigued whenever I have the opportunity to read or study the book of Job because it connects and explained to me a deep genealogical, ancestral lineage of my spiritual image and identity. The spiritual ties the church of the last days has in connection with the spirit of Job is something I am perceiving the lord will have us to begin considering even as we enter the closure and the reopening of another Age.

We know the book of Job is, in fact, one of the earliest and oldest writings of the scripture. Some say the book was written just almost the same time the book of Genesis was penned down.  One thing is clear, the book is an ancient spiritual manuscript that gives us deep spiritual insight and technology with regards to the architectural design of the father sovereign process as also seen through the life of Joseph in Egypt.

 It is not coincidental that most of the prophetic expression today is centered around the return of the ministry of sonship, and yet, the very beginning of the book of Job starts with the gathering of the sons of God before the council of the father, and we are old that Satan, who is also known as Lucifer was present as a son. One thing is clear from this gathering is that there is a kind of [spiritual beings] people who are given the title sons of God.

All sons are born of God. Yet, the birth of the first man, who is also known as Adam reflected a different type, or quality design of sonship the rest of the sons of God have not seen before.  Other sons, which also known as angelic being does carry a high measure of spiritual power and authority.

When the councils of son’s seats 

However, the ministry of the sonship of Adam was the pattern after the image and likeness of the father himself. While this article is not directly on the ministry of sonship, I, however, thought I should give a brief background of this concept of sonship because of its link to the life and character nature of Job. The father had confidence in the sonship life of Job, and therefore, he was ready and willing to challenge Satan to test the quality standard of the spirit of sonship in Job.

While Lucifer, as a fallen [son] being now known as the accuser of the brethren was given the permission to also appear with other sons of God. He was given the opportunity by the father to test the integrity and position of Job as one of the reflections of the humans carrying the spirit of sonship who will not give in to the lies of the enemy as we see in the life of Enoch. Lucifer was asked by the father himself if he had noticed, or considered Job as the Father’s finest, most noble righteous man on the earth?  There was no doubt that the father was not just making a boast of the life of Job but was also making a statement and a declaration with regards to Job’s advanced spiritual status.  What an opportunity was given to Satan to prove his case before the council of the sons of God.

Satan made it clear to the Father that the only reason why Job was righteous was due to the

A]. the protection he enjoys over his life

B]. the protection of his family

C]. the provision and protection of his property

D]. the Father has blessed his handwork 

Satan declared to the father, you remove your hand of protection over his life and see if Job will not curse you to your face. Since Satan has well studied the fallen human nature to the degree that he can almost predict the response system of any man who is either searching for these four-seemly secure systems of man. Man will do anything to make sure he gets these four points as his secure bulwark and protection.  Satan was impressing a point the father that man will seek these four pillars in his quest for spirituality or the worship of the Father or will continue to seek the righteousness of the father in order to maintain what was given to him by the father.

Satan was indirectly saying to the father that man does not worship you without reward expectation.  It is easy to worship the Lord when there are protection, provision, and blessing. Therefore, the justice system of the father kicked in, go ahead and strip Job of everything he owns, including his children, afflict his body with sores, sickness, and disease. In the sovereignty of the Father, as he prepares us for what he has eternally designed our life to achieve for his glory, we may have to go through certain painful and suffering season like Job did.

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Part 5

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION AND STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 5

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

 

 

continuation…

Part 5

 

The foundation of all knowledge

We cannot venture into the knowledge of things, whether they be things in the heavens of heaven or things beneath the earth or within the innermost being of man without first having the knowledge of the Holy One. This basic point I am flagging is essentially crucial to the issues we are going to further consider, and I desire us to reexamine the foundation that ought to give us that proper orientation in both engaging and interpreting the mind of the Lord with regards to the knowledge and culture of his kingdom.

As a student of the scripture, I have discovered that even those who have been given to the body to teach and instruct us on basic principles, values and precepts of the word of God to some degree, share a bit of misconception, prejudices, and misrepresentation for various obvious reasons.

And therefore, I believe that reexamining the core footing that defines our theological prism of ideology inconsistent to biblical truth is highly necessary in order to have a correct, solid, holistic, unbiased spiritual footing as we press into the reality of what constitutes a precise, standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God.

 The true purpose of salvation

Firstly, the very spiritual footing that both carries and form the shape of the foundation of what is intended to be built as a spiritual edifies plays one of the most important roles in the journey of life. The outpouring substance of what is intended to be shaped as a template of our inner, cast spiritual structure must first align with the revelatory design of the heavenly temple pattern.

However, this is a huge challenge since not everyone had the right spiritual discipleship program to access the knowledge of the Spirit through a precise, standardized, revelatory knowledge of Christ and the kingdom.  One may quickly argue that isn’t that one of the reasons why salvation, through being born again was given?

Yes, that is one of the reasons, but we can equally also agree that not everyone duly understands, or have come to agree that the core purpose of salvation is not just to make it to heaven but to mature us in all knowledge and dealings of life.

True, biblical, precise teaching on salvation ought to teach us how to bring heaven down into our present domain, in a manner that affords us the grace to reflect the glorious beauty and grace of the kingdom of God to creation and humanity through our reborn and regenerated spirit-man. Salvation and redemption were given to create an equalized position for everyone to perfectly access the doorway into the revelation of Christ and his kingdom for all.

Hence, redemption becomes the schoolmaster that prepares us for the position of the sonship nature of the second man, the last Adam, who has become the pattern and template of how we see, receive and function in the ministry we’ve all been assigned.  This further background knowledge gives us insight into what we are examining as we are being called to ascend to another reality in the climbing unto the mountain of the Lord.

Understanding the ministry of suffering

The further we move into the day of the lord, the more resolute and determine we must become in embracing the virtue of suffering and the challenges presented to us in the spirit of joy and the fruit of the spirit as a necessary divine requirement in the preparation to be better equipped for the service of the ministry of Christ and his kingdom.

2 Corinthians 4:17

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The word suffering among most Christians today has been tagged with a negative unacceptable experience. Yet, when we consider scripture carefully we see how the lord use the ministry of suffering to refine and perfect his vessels of honor.

Suffering is not just about the lack of food, good clothing, money, nice house, the lack of education, job and so on. There’s [tribulation] suffering the lord has ordained and called his own into in an order to get the best of himself out of them.

The fact that Christians across the globe live in different political and socioeconomic realities, and to a large degree, those realities affect and shape their spiritual orientation and outlook of their faith. In order words, what some others consider as the norm in their part of the world may turn out to be persecution in another region or context.

 

Environment and perspective

By default, the environment we grew up plays a huge role in the shaping and the construction and formation of our lives orientation and general outlook. Here’s a good example, a believer who grew within a war zone environment, and a Christian who developed within an environment of peace, financial security and wealth will certainly not have the same faith perspective, insight to correct life’s value, and the preferred, operational value template and the opportunity to annex resources for productivity.

While this may not be categorized as a general principle, the fact remains that the realities of these two groups are a world apart, and that does impact on their life’s view and spiritual prism.

Another example I have personally noticed in the last 15 years or so of my stay in South Africa, having the opportunity to pioneer a fellowship, preach and teach in various churches within the provinces, I can confidently say that I’ve noticed a significant difference in the response system of the people to the gospel message.

Furthermore, there’s a unique character attitude many Christians display as they interact, perceive and even react to both the message and the messenger of the gospel from place to place. This concept I am relating to carries both a positive and a negative viewpoint that may not necessarily be seen or noticed on a face value relationship except the Lord opens one’s eyes to see it.

When you gather ministers of the gospel together in one place and give the task of preaching from the same text scripture, you are certainly going to get varieties of insight and interpretations, and that is true. However accurate is their revelation, you can rest assured that forty percent of what they might have said or taught are shaped directly or indirectly from the environment that shaped their perspective and life orientation.

This is a fact that cannot be denied. We are all products of our environment, either good or bad, and that’s the reason the Lord uses what is called a standardized knowledge of the spiritual [principle] truth to refine, balance or equalize our spiritual orientation so we don’t only reflect the experience of the environment that has shaped us, but rather see life and its various complex dealing through the eyes of Gods eternal design for us.

This simple, but, profound truth helps us to precisely interpret the whole concept of our lives, either from a positive or negative experience through the prism of the kingdom of God. Regardless of where we came from and the color of our skin or gender, our spiritual lens view changes to the father’s eternal designed blueprint for. Whether we are born with royal blood, or we are from an African linage of the slave trade, it really does not matter again, as our stature and identity in the kingdom of God bring us all back to that point of our true original state in the father, the state of sonship.

Unfortunately, not many understand this concept of life within the Christian faith, and therefore, the Lord often use certain parallel kingdom value principles like tribulation, or even temporal lack to awaken the spiritual faculty of his own chosen people, and to also to help them create that sense of spiritual understanding in measuring up to that spiritual standard in accessing the portal of humility and the rest of the fruit of the spirit that truly enriches their soul.

We are told that we can only enter the kingdom through much suffering. This suffering is the glorious pathway into the life and virtue of kingdom culture. Whatever way or condition we’ve been naturally born, or whatever place or location we maybe current located, if we’ve not been through the access point of suffering, the experience of our spiritual orientation will certainly not be completed or lopsided. Therefore, it will be highly challenging for you or me to relate and understand the key spiritual building components for the kingdom life and its representation.

There’s a single binding principle that allows every member of the church of Christ to see and interact with each other according to the stipulation of the ministry of the tree of life. Before we can truly and effectively access the glorious life of the kingdom, the valley conditions of our lives must be filled up, the mountains must be made plain, and the uneven roads must be straightened out. These are dimensions of ideological beliefs and standards we’ve inherited that must be given up to the new life and culture of the kingdom we are entering.

Everyone whose desire to ascend into the reality of true kingdom lifestyle must come through this doorway of tribulation. The wealthiest people within the body of Christ have their own seasons of suffering. My point is, this is not about the lack of money. Spiritual suffering is not poverty and poverty is not spiritual suffering.

A believer can amass all the wealth of this world but he or she is completely poor unto the true riches of the kingdom. There’s a poverty every believer must experience, regardless of how rich they may be, they must constantly seek this dealing of the spirit from the father to keep and maintain the sense of spiritual wealth in their journey towards the tree of life.

 

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 4

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by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

continuation…

 

Defining the word, knowledge

 

The Greek word gnosis means knowledge. This knowledge denotes various things to various traditions and civilizations, it just depends on the perspective of who is defining the source of such knowledge. However, the scripture emphatically clarifies and declares that the Lord gives wisdom and out of the pronouncements and declarations of his mouth comes [gnosis] knowledge and [insight] understanding [Proverbs 2:6].

 

Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are produced and released through direct contact and relationship with the God of heaven and earth. All knowledge and wisdom come from God’s divine approval, including the ones Lucifer was allowed to have, and he’s currently using to lie and deceive his followers and the world in general.

Tracing the footing and objective of divine knowledge

Very few people have this basic spiritual understanding of knowledge in their heart. Therefore, it becomes highly difficult for these individuals to understand the divine operational pattern and purpose of the father when it comes to his use of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding regarding any matter.  Keep this profound statement to heart because it will later bring perspective to our discussion when we start studying a critical value standard with regards to the spiritual technology unraveled through the tribulation and suffering of the life of Job.

 To have spiritual knowledge or experience without a thorough, biblically sound, prophetic understanding of its main reason and objective is a breeding ground for deception, misguidance, and of course, highly dangerous as we can see this manifestation today in the mainstream traditional and new age churches. The essence of spiritual [revelatory] knowledge is not to merely expose scripture or the display of spiritual gift in a manner that dazzles and mesmerize our audience to the point that it gives us entree to some pseudo influence that leverages our so-called visionary agenda in the construction of some wonderful and lofty ministry dream.

When we do not thoroughly follow the divine protocol standard of ministry initiative, and we vigorously pursue the promotion of our own definition of ministry, we have indirectly given into the spirit of deception and delusion, regardless of how seemly effective or prosperous the ministry might look on face value.

 When the search for knowledge leads to witchcraft

The power of blind spot in building ministry does not confine revelatory understanding sublime, bias, deceptive interpretation of the word of God, but also set the stage for the spirit of pride and arrogance which ultimately opens us and our ministry to a full-blown witchcraft activity.  A truth that has not set you free from the false agenda to use truth, people, or even a revelation as we see today to build something you term ministry for yourself in the name of the Lord is not the truth, but a lie that camouflages itself as an agent of truth from the pit of hell.

An ascended, purified truth on the other hand, primarily seeks to call you to submit your preconceived idea of truth and its intentions to the scrutiny and refining process of your heart and conscience before the father, as he works his way through every aspect of your life until you’re able to see the wisdom in you to relinquish all forms of power, knowledge, and wisdom, which then leads you to the next phase where the father begins to show you his eternal, intended objective for his wisdom over any situation.

When the perspective of knowledge is not in alignment.

There were things, situation, and conditions about my life I thought I had a perfect spiritual insight and understanding of until the next phase of my life began to unfold before my very eyes, and then I gradually realized how I had presumed the progressive voice and dealings of the intentions of the father for me.

There’s no mistake in the Lord, nor in his calling upon your life, or in your followership of his divine purpose. We only find ourselves in a difficult position when we build our dream and expectation on a false sense of spiritual purpose that is not resonating, nor consistent with the Father’s unfolding eternal, progressive objective for us.

We don’t own ourselves nor our future.  Hence, we cannot dictate, or sway the prophetic program and events designed to shape and determine the ultimate manifestation of the assignment of our representation. For in Christ we ought to live, move and have our entire being. This is the way of true spiritual knowledge and fulfillment.     

When the father called Abraham and gave a covenant of promise, all he said to him as part of his side of keeping of the covenant was for father Abraham to work with him in the heart of integrity and perfection. There’s no greater promise and a blissful future than to have a contrite and pure heart as we passionately follow the father.

The blessing of prosperity and a good family life stem out of the wisdom and knowledge that flows from the cleanliness of our well or stream.  The security of our future is not in the material we possess, or in the tranquility of our marriages or ministry as highly important and necessary as they may be. We are quick to forget that we live on a battlefront that requires we constantly maintain that position of rest and trust in the ever-abiding presence and glory of the Lord.

The future is not in what you know

Many indeed long for a future they can predict, determine and control to suit what they’ve envisioned and wanted in their days of youthful dream. Yet, wisdom is daily teaching and guiding us to understand that things are not usually the way we believe they should turn out in our narrow spiritual perspective.

Even then, as we grow in the things of the Spirit, we come to a day where the Lord takes our dream and fashion them into something even greater and beautiful than we can ever imagine. For all things work for the good of them who love the Lord and are called after his purpose.  My personal security should not be built around how I’ve been able to manage my past or present condition for a better, secured tomorrow as we’ve been commonly taught in the days of unbalanced faith prosperity theology.

Rather, my security, confidence, and hope should be established on how I respond to the daily call of yielding myself to the father’s voice in full assurance of his guidance and provision as I match towards the field of my prophetic purpose.

The dreams I had of a perfect, undisruptive spiritual community, having spent the better part of my life battling to create for myself a seemly, a legitimate spiritual platform that can enhance the advancement of the assignment of the kingdom did not turn out as I had thought, and to some degree, I was disappointed in myself for the singular fact that I did not prophetically see some of the unfolding reality of my life.

 Furthermore, I have also learned with time and through the crucible purifying process of the Spirit that my primary calling, duty, and assignment, regardless of my outward state is to daily carry my cross and follow Christ. Though our outer man may be wasting away through persecution and tribulation, yet the inner man is daily being renewed through the life and grace we have in Christ.  For that is my primary and the most important calling, to take up my cross and follow him wherever he leads.

Foundation for discovering true knowledge

Following Christ may sound so easy to many today when we consider how Christianity is been preached and projected from the liberal, humanist, material driven gospel preachers. However, it is now turning out to be one of the most challenging processes of the faith culture as present apostolic [voice] fathers bring to view the correct standard of the gospel of Christ kingdom. This is turning to become highly challenging for today’s Christians to accept since they’ve been hardly schooled in the principles of knowing and following the accurate doctrines of the way, truth, and life of apostolic Christianity.

Following Christ requires that your entire faculty, aspiration, motivation and desire, all lineup with his intention and not yours or someone’s else. Following Christ is beyond the preaching or teaching of the gospel. To follow Christ is to completely yield to his will and counsel in everything you think, imagine, and desire. To follow Christ is to become a bondservant.

To follow Christ means to completely abandon every form of humanist wisdom or agenda that may sound or even look intelligent and let his voice alone guide you.  Where the cross will daily lead me, only the one I am following knows. This is a critical aspect of understanding the spiritual nature of an advanced prophetic orientation.

For this is what I call the protocol of the divine regulatory process of maturity in applying the divine wisdom and kingdom resource. This is the big revelation behind the wisdom the father applied when he sanctioned Satan to touch Job and destroy everything he ever built. Job’s spirituality, authority, reputation, business, wealth, and family were all completely brought to ruins except for his soul. What a way for the father to boast of his own. I question how many of today’s believers can the father confidently boast has he did with the life of Job before Satan.

False leadership and ministry orientation

It is an unfortunate reality that not every spiritual leader within the fraternity of the present apostolic reformation have clearly been taught to understand the mechanism of accessing the pure, undiluted, undivided apostolic knowledge that comes from the Holy One.

One major point that immediately highlights this deficiency is the fact that in the past three decades, the major part of the church has been pursuing the knowledge of God for its own selfish purpose and gain. Many within the church has sought knowledge and ministry gift illegally to build a ministry for themselves to the degree that today, the ministry has become a business and family affairs.

The ministry has become what leaders dreamt and build for themselves, and later pass on to their groomed, biological children to inherit. This unfortunate, unbiblical and ungodly act of leadership misguidance has greatly exacerbated the number of illegitimate churches and ministries now opening up across communities within the nations.

When we consider the staggering number of folks who claim they are prophets or have been called into the prophetic ministry, one immediately see that something is wrong. The craving for the prophetic ministry from many is completely outside the legitimate restorative intention of the father. What we are seeing today with regards to what is being called the prophetic ministry is majorly build on the principle of demand and supply.

As the world becomes more uncertain and the world’s economy continues to collapse, many have become even more desperate and afraid of what their tomorrow hold, and therefore, they need someone who can look into the crystal ball and tell them about their tomorrow. Now we see desperate young men and women go into what they term as a pastoral school who later graduate them into some so-called spiritual leadership position.

The issue of unemployment and rebellion to leadership has led to many of the openings of what is called churches, and many have paid some so-called bishop to anoint them into the office of a prophet while they continue to consult the powers of darkness to give them some form of power to perform healings and miracles.

This unfortunate trend has brought a great deal of shame, not just to the church of the Lord, but also to those who stand in the position of leadership, and this is one of the reasons why we need to consider this article as a remedial solution to the present unfortunate state of the ecclesia.  Much of what is defined to be the operation of the knowledge or wisdom of God in most of these churches are a powerful demonic operation, camouflaging to be the legitimate operation of the heavenly pattern.

Ignorance of the way, truth, and life of the kingdom are no longer accepted, we must go up higher in our spiritual vision to clearly understand and identify the precise apostolic operating wisdom of the father. Then, we won’t get betrayed and deceived by the lies of the foe sounding like the truth to many ears today.

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Part 3

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION AND STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

PART 3

 continuation…

The church is changing from the way we know it

One of the most profound dynamics of life is the consistency of development, change, and even transformation. Change is required in order to experience the life and power of the new in its entirety. Change is complex, yet, constant in time and space, even when we don’t seem to understand or experience its immediate effect in our lives. Nothing within the confines of time remains the same. Life revolves around the circle of change according to the writing of the preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1 [There is a season for everything and a time for every event under heaven].

This is not simply a natural law, but likewise, a spiritual reality if maturity must be reached. The formation and establishment of the church were designed in a way that affords it to change as times, seasons and occasions will require, or in some cases, as the prophetic agenda of the father will demand of the saints.

From the very inception of the church in the book of Act of the apostles, we have seen its operation and development primarily based on the released, or accessed knowledge of kingdom truth from the throne of grace. In other words, the church has been changing and functioning based on what the saints have discovered through its interaction with the ministry of truth, revelation and wisdom as each generation transits and transform its wineskin from one dimension of spiritual knowledge to the next.

The church grows and matures as the information and revelatory insight and capacity of its custodians’ increases. The laying down of new floors of divine truth in the reconstruction of the church is strictly built on the inner structural capacity of its elders at the gate to understand and interact with each aspect of the ascended governmental values in its general program of development and productivity. 

We are systematically and aggressively coming to the end of the church from the limited, myopic way we’ve known and defined it from the past. Our methodology of understanding its position, function, influence, and authority in the last three to four decades has obviously now become weakened, dysfunctional and obsolete.

A new governmental, structural wineskin is currently being tailored to house, redefine and redesign the next strategic engagement of the ecclesia as we challenge the humanist, sociocultural norms of this millennium. We are beginning to also see the Lord reinforce the core foundations and eternal pillars of the ecclesia in order to hold and stabilize the church from the assault of darkness that will be mounting up against the saints as she presses into a new sphere of engagement in the divine initiative and spiritual warfare. 

The unfortunate thing, however, is that in the very midst of this advance, prophetic, governmental transition, we are still faced with the issue of having a very large population within the corporate community who have little or no knowledge of the life and the operational protocol of the culture of the kingdom of God. 

The tree of life is the access doorway

The lack of the revelatory knowledge of Christ from a well-balanced, biblical footing and understanding has continually weakened the saints from accessing the tree of life, which is the only portal into the reality and spiritual culture of the kingdom of God. Yet, these same individuals can so effortlessly and boldly quote, even to defend the tenants of their various church’s denominational belief values.

The knowledge many have of their spiritual leaders and value system of their various churches, in comparison to the knowledge they ought to have of the word of God, the revelation of Christ, and that of the cultural operating values of the kingdom of God is alarming. Paul said for we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord… [2 Cor 4:5] 

The preaching and teaching of some strange message that glorifies self and our little institutions have continued to hinder many from seeing the importance of knowing and embracing the value standard of the kingdom of God which is the preferred standard of lifestyle.  If there’s one critical truth, I believe the Lord is presently declaring and restoring as a fundamental spiritual value standard, is on how the saints can regain in full access, the position, and expression of the life the first man lost in Eden.

 

A journey back to Eden

Our journey back to the first state and estate Adam lost, and thus, was cast out of the paradise of God in Eden is a vital truth that is now requiring a high level, advanced, apostolic attention and engagement as we are brought to the border of the season of the restoration of all things. Both the reformation and the equalization of a sound, corporate prophetic sight, and a well-balanced apostolic [wisdom] doctrine in the building and preparedness of the saints in regaining perfect access in Eden has become a high watermark in the current deliberation of kingdom engagement initiatives.  

There is a subtle trend of teaching out there today that merely seeks to maintain the appetite of transition in the wilderness by feeding on manna without truly seeking to bring the church in the wilderness across Jordan, where she is able to re-access [the promised land] Eden. As we rightly saw that it was only two characters, Caleb and Joshua, out of the entire generation the father brought out of Egypt through the apostolic hospice of Moses.

These two icons carry an in-depth knowledge of how to access the reality of the kingdom of God, and of course, the rest of the Israelites who perished in the wilderness also shows us the character norms that will directly hinder and disqualify us from entering the promise Land of the father.

Caleb and Joshua are a type of apostolic pattern that crafts for us the kind of spiritual operating system that allows us to have seamlessly access the standardized knowledge of the will of the father in our corporate migration back to Eden. 

It is critical we remind ourselves of the main objective of why the Lord fed the church in the wilderness with manna less we develop a false doctrine of merely feeding on manna and never access the very purpose of the father for us.

The objective of manna in the wilderness

The scripture said, manna was provided to humble and prove the condition of the heart of the children of Israel, that they may know that man was not designed to live on bread alone but on every word, that proceeds from the mouth of the Father. This scripture seems to be strongly suggesting that the father was used the ministry of manna to purge out a false, prideful, value standard his people had gotten accustomed to in their seasons of slavery back in the land of Egypt.

 Even though manna sustained the Israelites throughout their journey in the wilderness, its mission, however, was to reform, transform and ultimately restore their original identity and dignity as a new spiritual breed, born of the father, with an ascended character [strength] fortitude as the march on with courage in possession of their position and inheritance in Canaan.

Manna was therefore designed to teach us how to trust the father in the spirit of faith, hope and complete dependence on his proceeding word. Manna was to fashioned in us after leaving Egypt, a new spiritual diet, a culture of faith, that allows us to grow and mature the kind of spiritual capacity and competence that allows us to engage the border of the land of Canaan without fear.  

Deuteronomy 8:3

“And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Many of the teachings and preaching’s of the church, and even amongst some of the current apostolic community, only emphasizes on the peripheral gospel that merely seeks to maintain the appetite and pleasure of many who are still accustomed to the lifestyle in Egypt. For as long as there is still room within us to lust and look back to the pleasures of the bondage of Egypt and Babylon, I am afraid, there will never be a true quest and passionate hunger to return to our first original state in paradise.

The maintenance of the people outside the gate of paradise or even the promised land should be vehemently rejected and change for the preferred spiritual diet that enhances the ability and grace to quest for the Lord even in days like ours.  The church has spent a too long time wandering the wilderness of Canaan. We’ve gone pass living within the boundary line of the country of Canaan without the right governmental capacity to repossess.

Embrace the flaming sword of the cherubim

 

This is the time and hour to engage with the inner depth of the revelation of the father’s  love and mercy, as we embrace the ministry of the cherubim as we allow their flaming sword to fall on our flesh that our soul for complete redemption and restoration back to the father who is patiently waiting for us in [paradise] Eden. only those who will pass through the flaming sword of the cherubim will access Eden Again. It’s time to annex Eden again as our eternal inheritance with the standardized quality of faith and revelatory knowledge of the Holy One. 

Eden is where the glory lies, and the only place we are allowed to govern the realities of the earth. It is the place the father promised to meet and speak with us. This is the place and position where the two wings of the cherubim meet in a perfect union of grace to function in our assigned ministries. To however access this realm again, we need what the scripture defines as the keys of the kingdom. These keys are symbolic of divine, revelatory knowledge, encounter and experiences in the spirit that allows us to pass through the portal of the gate of redemption and transformation into paradise.

Enoch, the seventh from Adam

The patriarch Enoch, the seventh from Adam carried that technology of divine knowledge to go on with the Lord to the next place of divine knowledge. Enoch restarts and redefined the whole concept of spiritual engagement and interaction as a righteous man found in the seventh generation from Adam.  Every seventh generation, or three of seven generations, opens a new spiritual portal of opportunities for redemption, reformation and even restoration.

The condition of the heart of Enoch in search of the God of his great grandfather unleashed a spiritual experience upon the earth that man has not felt since the days of the first man in the garden.  Enoch, being the seventh from Adam opened a spiritual portal of hope to walk with the lord again in the spirit of an undiluted knowledge and the fear of the father.  

The twilight of the seventh day

As we are witnessing a new portal opening for us to corporately access the doorway of entering the kingdom of God as in the days of Noah, we need to understand the sacredness of this hour and the immense spirit of distraction designed by the enemy to sway us away from this spiritual opportunity.

Friends, this is the twilight of the seventh day. The Spirit of the Lord is speaking expressly

A generation in search of knowledge

Today, we exist in a society that is highly driven by the quest for knowledge to the point of almost worshiping and lusting after it. In fact, today’s 21st century society and its economic revolution is mainly built and driven around what is now known as a knowledge-based economy, and it does pay a great high premium of salary to individuals or groups who are known or seen to be intellectually sound and productive in various fields that can seamlessly increase economic growth.

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

 23This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

24But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

The church itself is not immune from this sudden craving for some form of a higher dimension of spiritual knowledge that seeks to give her some kind of an honor and reputable position in the society. The quest for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been in high demand even from those we thought are the watchers and gatekeepers of the timing and seasons of the comings of God to the earth.   

Having a sense of knowledge is a beautiful and a wonderful feeling for many, especially, when such knowledge finally produces some experience of breakthrough and deliverance from a highly complex spiritual challenge regardless of how such knowledge is acquired to our hearts not to give in to the same distractive plies of the enemy that hindered the generation of Noah from yielding to the prophetic warning voice of what is not yet seen, but assured of becoming a true reality in days of destruction.

Prophet Daniel declared that knowledge will increase in the last days and men will run here and there in search for some form of knowledge in trying to update their well of information. Yet, this quest for knowledge is for self-glorification and preservation. 

Daniel 12:4

But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

 

A generation in search of knowledge

Today, we exist in a society that is highly driven by the quest for knowledge to the point of almost worshiping and lusting after it. In fact, today’s 21st century society and its economic revolution is mainly built and driven around what is now known as a knowledge-based economy, and it does pay a great high premium of salary to individuals or groups who are known or seen to be intellectually sound and productive in various fields that can seamlessly increase economic growth.

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

 23This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

24But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

The church itself is not immune from this sudden craving for some form of a higher dimension of spiritual knowledge that seeks to give her some kind of an honor and reputable position in the society. The quest for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been in high demand even from those we thought are the watchers and gatekeepers of the timing and seasons of the comings of God to the earth.   

Having a sense of knowledge is a beautiful and a wonderful feeling for many, especially, when such knowledge finally produces some experience of breakthrough and deliverance from a highly complex spiritual challenge regardless of how such knowledge is acquired.

 

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 2

 

The purpose of tribulation and the standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

PART TWO

The ministry of the third day

The ministry of the third day is the platform that introduces and ushers the body of Christ into the prophetic scope of both experiencing and manifesting the unfolding realities of the dawning of the kingdom age, which ultimately demands perfected lifestyle character and governmental capability from all of us. The current activity on earth today is being driven by powerful forces that have an in-depth understanding of both the protocol and governing system of the kingdom.

It is becoming clearer that there are only two main agendas defining the present activity of men across the globe even though we’ve always known this. Whatever secret idea or intention of men’s activity in the past maybe, it is now obviously clear that the present events of humans at all spheres are being streamlined to the battlefield of two kingdoms.

From global economic transactions to geopolitical negotiations, to the policies that define our children’s healthcare, education, marriages, and family values, are all now being redesigned and streamlined to serve either of these two agendas; that of the kingdom of darkness, or that of the kingdom of light. Kingdoms, either of darkness or light, operates through powerful principles, systems, values standard, and preferred model of lifestyle that seeks to advance their desired objectives.

The implication of this is, if the church does not swiftly shift from its current weak, operational base, and begin to fully function on a higher premise of God’s kingdom administrative culture, she will certainly remain irrelevant in the current apostolic emerging reality of the kingdom of God. 

The wrong footing and emphasis built by church tradition and denominationalism for decades have made it extremely challenging for many to either comprehend the desired blueprint of what is known as the kingdom life or accept what it entails to process its experience it in its true essence. 

Changing perspective to tribulation

 It is my desire to, therefore, use the few outlined principles and model values shared in this resource material to further demonstrate how the lord, in most cases, uses various mains, but in particular, the ministry of tribulation or suffering to both define, refine, and leverage the understanding of the corporate church in bringing an in-depth prophetic perspective in showing us how we should view and experience tribulation, even as the cultural lifestyle of the kingdom is being formed within us.

I know that as you come across the term suffering, many are already quick to judge or dismiss the rest information yet to be read. I would, however, encourage you to please continue reading so you have a holistic paradigm of what the Spirit is communicating through this passage. There are realms of truth from the eternality of the Spirit that are currently open and restore to the Body of Christ in order to clearly make sense of the present demand of the Spirit, and deal with the growing, complex challenges of the present darkness.

Either we accept or reject the notion of suffering as a divine tool for perfection, it is a deep experiential reality, many of us can speak of extensively. Yet, our perspective of suffering like mine in the past, are usually not in coherence to sound biblical knowledge. Many see and react to their challenges from a defeated, victim mentality even as believers. Yet, we are already told in the word of God that tribulation will come for the word sake. This simply means that if you are a Christian, and you love the word and practice what it says, you will be persecuted. This is one truth many would have so wished is not in the word of God.

The word of God must be seen and understood through a correct, biblical perspective, regardless of how it sounds or seem to us. There are some who today believe that God is not that cruel to allow them to go through certain difficulty. The presumed knowledge or idea we brought into our salvation experience with due correction has done a lot of damage to developing the right spiritual template.

 Eighty-five percent of the entire scripture speaks and deals with the issue of suffering or tribulation as it is called in some cases. Yet, ninety percent of today’s Christians don’t feel comfortable talking about the idea of suffering as a legitimate message of the new testament church.  It is highly critical we have a clear, well defined, balanced biblical perspective with regards to any issue or subject or else we will be making the mistake of presuming the mind of the Lord in terms of his desire and expectation for us.

We want to explore the word of God and the Spirit of truth in order to have a broad base revelatory insight of the demand of the Lord for us, even from the very footing of our first approach to salvation up until the present orientation we have with regards to approaching this next phase of kingdom demand and engagement.  We shall later consider what the Lord has in mind when he allows us to be purified through the furnace of life. For now, let’s deal with some powerful, basic spiritual footing that needs adjustment as we get ready to move on with the lord to the next frontier of the father’s objective.

Readjusting foundational philosophy

In whatever manner, we’ve come to know, accept, or even identify with what we generally term as salvation is not really the issue, but as we make our way into the core reality of what is known as the kingdom life, we are certainly demanded to have the same quality spiritual base, or experience in order to both access and precisely comprehend the nature and cultural life of the kingdom.

Being born of the water and of the spirit is both experiential and symbolic in the sense that they open the pathway which initiates us into a lifetime journey of interacting and understanding the things that emanate from heaven’s domain.

Not even our Lord will be allowed into his assigned earthly ministry without the experience of baptism. His Baptism in Jordan opens up heaven for a release of divine knowledge and approval into realms and dimension that grants and allows him to bring creation back into the culture of spiritual redemption.    

Defining standardization

Dictionary definition of standardization defines it as the practice of the process of implementing and developing technical standards. Standardization can help to maximize compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability, or quality. It can also facilitate the commoditization of formerly custom processes.

While some of these words may sound technical to some of us, they, however, help us to have a clearer definition and insightful understanding of the concept of integrated kingdom economy. The power of the shared kingdom culture only kicks into effect when there are a clear knowledge and insight of the driving system of the common faith and value we have in Christ. Kingdom culture is the parallel structure of thinking and existence within the community of Saints. Any other thought pattern, regardless of how ancient or contemporary are subservient to the identity and nature of the new creation reality.

There’s only one doorway

Everyone entering the kingdom of God cannot enter through his or her own personal experience or standard without following the due process and value standard. There’s only one doorway into the glorious life of the kingdom, and as I have explained that access point is the revelation of Christ. The revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is also known as the Ministry of sonship is the universal platform and language by entering and interacting with the reality and demands of the kingdom.

As we know, not everyone has experienced this sound biblical knowledge of Christ due to various reasons. Thus, the Lord uses certain challenges if you will bring his church to a standardized measure that allows everyone to pass through the same doorframe of understanding in experiencing and appreciating the cultural life of the kingdom of God.

We all are granted the same access to the things of the father. But not all of us share the same access point. Our access points are defined by the unique construct of our spiritual orientation and exposure. Why? Well, just as the way we are introduced to life generally differs, the same principle applies to the way and manner we are introduced to the life of God and the things of the spirit. 

Therefore, the manner we’ve been programmed to see, relate and respond to life and its activity both from the natural or spiritual point certainly will differ from each other, and the reason for this can be immediately traced to the value structure of our spiritual foundation and its orientation.

The role of a spiritual environment

The environment of our spiritual development plays a key role in shaping our belief system, operational values, and life expectations. As a natural environment, can enhance or deter the success and productivity of life so is it with a spiritual environment. Who you are today has been greatly influenced by the climatic environment you were born into. As the natural environment continues to affect who we are, so does the spiritual environment.

As individuals, families, and communities can be hindered from accessing certain breakthrough spiritual realities, so equally can an entire city, region or nation can be blocked or blind from accessing the speakings and frequency of the father for a given season due to their spiritual ignorance or location in accessing the speaking of heaven.

Engaging with entities and forces that represent the inflow or outflow of spiritual activity within a city or region is one of the core mandates of a true prophet. The inflow of knowledge and wisdom as spiritual tools for the building of the intention of the father first requires men and women who are living upon the mountain of the lord over their regions of location. 

In my study and observation, I discovered how our Lord engaged with people and entities as he approaches specific regions and locations. In most instances, what takes place within a sphere is not really the issue, but those seated at the gate of representation. This concept of engaging people’s spirit based on their territorial location is an arm of the governmental grace that we need to revisit if we are going to effectively shift regions into a new spiritual environment that will equally empower them to achieve what has been predestined for them.

As natural climate places a huge role in the kind of fruits, crops and vegetables planted and harvested in a geographical region, so it relates to the reality of the spiritual climate. As one moves from place to place, one began to realize how certain people are easily open to the things of the kingdom while on the other side of the divide is a completely different story of rejection and sometimes persecution of those bearing the message of the kingdom of God.

When the truth, we preach or teach is hugely influenced by the reality of our immediate environment, it hinders and limit us from developing a broader governmental prophetic perspective to embrace the greater theme of the message of the kingdom.

The message of the kingdom is the yardstick standard and melting point of all spiritual orientation and standard. In other words, if our concept of discipleship training is centered around what our Lord Jesus Christ calls the gospel of the kingdom or the everlasting gospel as proclaimed in the book of revelation, we will certainly be at the center core of spiritual truth and its present emphasis. 

This is a huge subject that I will love to expand on as we step into the next phase of divine engagement. However, I want to zero on a different side that should give us a bit of opening into this message. One out of several things that differentiate a person’s spiritual experience from another is the weight of the cross they bear, and the scar of suffering acquired on their journey to the mountain of the lord.

Both the value standard and perspective of life within the culture of the kingdom is completely different to that of the one raised within a Christian circle taught only to see life from two prisms, the positive and the negative. The footing of our spiritual orientation is merely designed to cause us to react negatively to what may seem negative and of course, positive to what or a person who sounds positive around us. We may never learn to develop and embrace the right capacity the Lord has planned for our spiritual construction and value system. Seeing life through the eyes of the lord is not an easy thing to do, especially when our faith has been orientated to see and respond from a certain religious or limited perspective.

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 1

The purpose of tribulation and the standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God

Part 1

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

 

Tribulation and the formation of character

When we mention tribulation or suffering, the first thing that comes to most mind is the end time anti-Christ theology. Most part of the church has bought into the lie that merely defers tribulation to a time period in the future where the antichrist will have his reign for a seven-year period.  Arguably, there’s no tribulation that can be greater in impact than the excruciating spiritual, emotional and psychological [pain] suffering the patriarch Job faced within a short period of his life.

What is so unique about the tribulation of Job is that it wasn’t caused by the act of personal sin as most Christians have been taught to believe. The suffering of Job was the sovereign act of the will and purpose of the father. And that sovereign nature of the operation of the father needs to become a deeper revelatory knowledge for many of us. The reality is, there will be a growing increase in trying to regulate and even shut down the activity of the church of the living God through various state apparatus in creating a full secularized society, and of cause the church will resist, and eventually be persecuted for its resistance as it has been done in the past.

The scripture and history clearly show that the persecution of the church has always been there from its very inception. I do believe in the final showdown battle between the church and the antichrist. In fact, some of the unfolding events we are witnessing across Europe and America with respect to righteous right are laying the foundation for the appearing of the man of Sin.  However, the painful reality of suffering or tribulation I am referring to is a present, current challenges many within the body of Christ are faced with.

I am not considering the tribulation that might directly come from the enemy, but the one the father himself allowed the enemy to afflict us with in order to bring the best of is the prophetic purpose to bear through us.

This is not some new, or strange doctrine, neither is it limited to some old testament prophet’s challenges.  The 21st-century church will be persecuted in order for her to develop and mature into the kind of governmental entity she was ordained to be in the earth. 

All followers of Christ are summoned to daily carry their cross. The invitation to carry the cross is not a fun walk, but painful drilling of our humanity until every aspect of the self-life is completely drained out of us. 

Some of the challenges we are going through or will pass through are not necessarily because we are in some kind of sin, but because the father’s desire to gain glory through our lives, and if we don’t precisely understand this truth from a sovereign perspective wisdom of the father, the enemy will take advantage and cripple our capacity to face headlong the training that prepares us for reigning in life.  All things are working for the good of those who love the Lord and are called after his purpose.  

I have often wondered how to best capture in words the spiritual technology behind the majestic, glorious architectural design of the father’s knowledge and wisdom in dealings with his creation, especially the likes of the icon and patriarch Job.

As I study the multifaceted descriptions and display of the grand wisdom, power and authority of the father in display, I begin to progressively understand why the creation of man in the image and likeness of the father captures, in summary, the grand purpose, and expression of such creative wisdom, and why the contention of the battle of the last day is centered on the issue of who will finally take residence and precedence over the human heart.

As the archangel, Lucifer, tried in the eternal past to dethrone the father from his glorious throne, he is also currently intensifying his diabolic scheme in trying to unseat him from his position over the human heart, especially that of those who have truly invited the father to come to take his place over their hearts.

And the father through his justice nature must allow him to try as he did allow him to test the faithfulness and loyalty of the patriarch Job in the beginning. There will be nothing the enemy will be able to hold against the love and the justice system of the father in the final judgment and condemnation of Lucifer and his fallen angel to the lake of fire.

Hence, the battle of this third day characterizes the same battle objective of the first man in the garden and after he was cast out of the garden. The church of this new day is a type of the corporate Adam that must clearly understand the spiritual dynamics of this season, and adequately position itself in the light of the revelation of the wisdom and sovereign reality of the father’s unfolding prophetic agenda. 

The stage is now being set for the knowledge of the glory of God to cover the earth, even as the water covers the sea. Both the formation and outflow of the glory of the father through the church are a call to maturity. A maturity that enhances our spiritual template to function adequately in the proper formation of the inner structure required to carry with all grace, the weight of the dealings and displaying of knowledge of the glory of the Lord.

 While justification by faith in Christ gives the church access into peace, we must, however, move on to the next revelatory reality of knowing how to rejoice in the hope of the glory that comes through the weight of our tribulation. The quality life of those called to represent the initiatives of the father in this period will be defined by the character virtue of embracing the reality of being persecuted for standing for truth and righteousness.

 

Sovereignty and the display of God’s glory

There’s no doubt that the third-day church is designed and mandated to usher in the golden era of the kingdom reign of God. It does make adequate sense for the church to start emphasizing on subjects and messages that are required to better groom and prepare the spiritual structure of the ecclesia in a manner that makes it possible to effectively fulfill this mandate.

This present house of the Lord has been sandaled with the administrative grace in creating the spiritual platform for the manifestation of the in-depth, glorious knowledge of the father for creation at all levels. Of a certain, creation is waiting in anticipation for the revealing of this matured company of Saints who are carriers of the glorious knowledge that will finally break the chains of bondage over death and decay.  

The vastness of one’s spiritual insight and understanding in terms of spiritual maturity cannot begin to comprehend the depth of glorious knowledge of the father from a limited, outer court position of the church’s spiritual orientation.

There are still realms, depths, heights, and measures of spiritual realities that are yet to be discovered, touched, or even explore in the second-day reality of our journey as we now transit into the third-day life in Christ.

The mountain of the father’s house is currently being built with well-matured spiritual stones, brought out of the river of living water that is trained to fully trust and obey the display of the father’s wisdom even when it seems to contradict our limited apostolic theology and revelation. 

The glory of the father is in degrees and dimensions of knowledge that are only understood through the embracing of the mystery of the crucified ascended life. Trying to describe this spiritual phenomenon is almost an impossible task when it comes to the experiential knowledge of the glory of the father.

Nothing you’ve ever been through, or are going through, or will ever go through in the future can be compared to the wisdom ordained to be revealed through your life’s obedience to the father’s purpose and sovereignty. For man was ultimately ‘created to reveal the glory of God in a multidimensional way.

Many have extensively spoken and written about the glory of God, especially if we are a student of the writings of the old covenant. However, very few can truly testify of personal experiential knowledge of the glory of the lord as it relates to his sovereignty in suffering and tribulation. Furthermore, the glory of God as we have studied in the past is not some misty cloud somewhere.

Neither is it all about the expression of the power and authority of God. The glory of God is about the operation of his wisdom and sovereignty over all things. His sovereignty is the very essence of his glory, who he is in our lives, and what he desires to achieve through our lives are best known to him. Of all the excellence, beauty and majesty of the father, his glory is the most profound expression of his life, image, and essence, and yet, he has chosen to hide this glory within the life of his redeemed creation.

Precise expression of this glory is one of the lord’s objectives for his ecclesia in this season. The preparation and process required for this glory to precisely manifest are what we are trying to discover and glean from this material.

The knowledge of his glory

Those who have journeyed and have reached a milestone of maturity through the grace of the lord can also testify to how they’ve been brought to the point of losing everything they defined as the most wonderful achievements, especially in their search and quest to fulfill some kind of grand ministry assignment.

Only for them to be introduced to another layer, or dimension, in the glory of the ascended life that brought them to nothing, except to finally behold the majestic, glorious, wisdom and love of the father, shining through the face of our Lord Jesus Christ, and then suddenly realized that that’s all they’ve ever needed to be fulfilled in their journey of faith.

A new height in the ascended journey brings us to start gaining a better glimpse of this glorious revelation of life in Christ. These individuals have arrived at a place of complete death to everything their former life had offered them, and they’ve just beginning to understand the essence of the very life of the glory they were being invited to experience at the summit of their trial, pain, and tribulation for the sake of kingdom truth.

A changing season for the church

In the last two thousand years, the corporate body of Christ has witnessed growth, reformation and transformation and resistance at all front. The church has been through various seasons of development and changes; from the very core of its assigned message and mission objective, to its priestly leadership philosophy have all been through a relentless, brutal assault from organized, humanist, tradition that in some cases, forces the church to back down, and compromise its stand against the enemy.

While in another season, the attacks from the enemy, made the church to even become more creative, strategic, stronger, resolute and determined to press beyond the boundaries of compromise, fear, pain, and persecution into that advanced arena of its prophetic spiritual conquest even unto death.

The fear of death was crushed by the early church to the degree that it became a joyful pleasure to embrace persecution and death. The sense of the counsel and will of the Father in their tribulation became the very fuel that drives their understanding to build a true apostolic community, established on their eternal faith and hope in Christ.

 

Building a commonality of a faith culture

A common denominator that gave the early church the edge over the scheme of the enemy back then was its shared power of community life. Christians back then clearly understood that the teachings of the apostle and the elders were built on the foundation of a powerful spiritual community lifestyle, whose value standard was primarily established on the core principle of Christ life, and the developing reality of his kingdom in the earth.

In other words, the faith doctrines being taught and established back then were built on the premise of a new culture, the culture of the kingdom of God. The Christianity they sought to build was established on the foundation of the power of truth and lifestyle which became the footing of the new society they were called to establish.

Their faith, hope, and love were not separated from their societal beliefs and obligation, neither was it divorced from their social economic responsibility. Their common, standardized believe system was in complete harmony with their social lifestyle either in business or career. Their homes, family, and friends were all extensions of their common faith philosophy, unlike we have today.

Today, the church is trying to establish a faith doctrine that is completely alien to the lifestyle of those who profess the faith.  No wonder, the more people tend to know, or even seem to understand the Christian faith they profess, the further their lifestyle speaks otherwise of such knowledge. This scenario, further makes it highly challenging to reconcile our doctrinal faith foundation from the actual reality of our true preferred position of values and principles models. Duality is a major challenge to the current reality of the church and its leadership. True biblical knowledge must be coherent to the power of lifestyle.

While many today claim to understand the standard principles of the message of the kingdom of God, they, however, deny the power thereof. If we must, therefore, rectify this anomaly we must once again consider several principles and factors that can precisely give us the biblical direction the father has ordained to bring us to the confluence of accessing the reality of his kingdom.  

My purpose through this material is to rediscover that ancient path that guides us into the concept of what I call the standardized principle of accessing the life reality of the kingdom.  The body of Christ has entered a crucial season that demands a thorough, broad knowledge, insight and wisdom into the operational life and nature of the kingdom of God if she must successfully advance the ministry of the third day.

 I have written extensively in the past about the ministry of the third day, which basically begins to wrap up the false operational humanist, church traditional belief system as the dawning of the government of the father’s kingdom makes its grand entrance into the activity of man in all dimensions of existence.