There are many mysteries in scripture, but truly, the greatest of all mysteries, is the Mystery of who we are, and who God is.
So what do you say Nancy Drew, shall we proceed and see if yet another mystery reveals itself before our eyes?
Let’s have a little fun first. Let me set the stage if you will. And no, this is not from my book, just something to demonstrate what is going on in many religious buildings today.
The Great Mistake
“GLORY TO GOD!” The preacher shouts.
My question… “Does he, or any other religious leader, have ANY IDEA, at all, what that means?”
My answer… “NOPE!”
Picture the service, the music swells, the lights dim… The religious leader takes microphone in hand. After 30 minutes of inspiring music, song, singing and dance, the “atmosphere for worship” is ready. In other words the audience is ripe for picking. The stage has been set, as they say. Everyone is FEELING good. The question remains, are they FEELING GOD?
The Big name Religious leader parades to the altar. His words are powerful and sharp. A great showman for sure. The smoke machines (hidden out of sight) release their contents over the emotional crowd.
“I feel the presence of God,” he says with a smile. (As if God just showed up. As if we don’t ALL have our existence in HIM, through HIM, by HIM, for HIM)
“Ohhhhhh, The Glory. Do you feel it Church? The GLORY OF GOD is here! Do you feel it?… It’s thick in the air.” The religious leader screams, wiping spit away from the corners of his mouth as he speaks. He is salivating over the offering and altar call to come. “This crowd is a keeper” he thinks.
The overwhelmed emotional church shouts, “Praise God” and they notice the smoke descending from the smoke machine above as if it is the Holy Spirit itself.
THEY WOKE UP
Because the GLORY OF GOD is WITHIN and not WITHOUT. And when the GLORY OF GOD fills the temple (when the TRUTH fills our being) the “wicked” (ignorant) generation will be released from the jaws of these scorpions whose sting is in their TALES!
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men
Oh, please “Church” don’t tell me you believe there will be some scorpion monster climbing out of some bottomless pit sent to TORMENT MEN.
A bottomless pit, has no foundation – The only foundation is CHRIST. So whatever crawls out of this pit is not rooted in the TRUTH of God.
John used symbolism of a scorpion here to picture Religious knuckleheads like the one I pictured above, keeping their blind flock in shackles (unequally yolked)
Did you notice the word TAIL! In the TAIL is the STING (The STING OF DEATH is SIN), THE LIES are the POISON released into the prey of these scorpions and it kills (make carnal and ignorant).
What an allegory this is for the LIES OF RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN, the STING OF DEATH is the SIN (error) they teach and help others to continue to walk in. Their TAIL is actually the TALES (Lies, false stories) they TELL about God. And many do this for profit. They look at the size and bank account of their church as evidence that God is blessing them, forgetting that HELL GETS LARGER BY THE MINUTE and that FEW ENTER IN SUCH REST in this age.
Before we get into this GLORY of GOD study, let me first point out what the TAIL of the scorpion that stings really is, and where it really comes from, so you can stop telling your kids about some spooky monsters that God is going to unleash on the Earth to torment us. It is Man’s Religion which has done more torment to mankind then anything else. The SCORPIONS of the world are FALSE PROFITS (Spelling mistake on purpose)
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
Notice the PROPHET that teaches LIES is the TAIL… The LIES or TALES, is the STING. The False Prophet is what the scorpion represents. Now, watch out for these little buggers. Shake out your shoes when you know they are near, because THEY LOVE TO GET INTO YOUR WALK and STING YOU WHERE YOU STEP and STAND!
But let’s get into the REAL MEANING of the GLORY OF GOD, already… I mean really Jacob, can you stick on one topic and write one article that doesn’t take up seven to ten pages….
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
This mystery has been hid from the eyes (understanding) of many, for many, many, years. But, NOW is being revealed to those CHOSEN firststripe or remnant, or whatever you want to call those who have begun to understand. And if they are anything like me, their life has been a hard one. A humbling existence for sure. For the PROUD GOD RESISTS, but the humble he embraces.
The question is, how do we present some of the things we have begun to realize as true without worrying about consequences? Or having family members and friends calling you crazy or cult leaders or a bunch of other knuckle head comments that hurt your heart and make you want to go to the gym and hit the heavy bag an extra hour or two … Or is that just me?
Well the answer is when it is TIME, it is TIME, and you will simply share what you believe God has given you to share and today it is about showing all of you WHAT THE GLORY OF GOD IS.
It really is simple… So I will put it simply…. “It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing” (Prov 25)
See you next time folks! LOL… Of course I will go into more detail. But really that is all we need to know. The GLORY OF GOD is the HIDDEN truth within us (Christ) – The hidden REVELATION of who we are. But don’t take my word for it, I’m a meathead like everyone else. I know in part that’s all.
1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
This article is about the GLORY OF GOD. And no, the GLORY does not present itself as something thick or oily in the air. It doesn’t look like smoke or fog, and NO you can’t FEEL the glory of God. Because the GLORY OF GOD is a MYSTERY that is to be understood.
The GLORY OF GOD is the REVEALING of his GOD’S CONCEALED TRUTH in US.
It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing after all. (Prov 25)
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Here is QUICK revelation for ya! If the GLORY OF GOD is to hide something, cover something, conceal something… And Christ is the TRUTH/WISDOM which COMES in the GLORY OF GOD. —- It stands to reason = The TRUTH reveals the MYSTERY of ITSELF (Christ comes in the Glory of God).
You see, the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is Hidden from man’s carnal understanding. Once we started eating from that TREE in the Middle of our Garden called the Nervous system, once we started putting faith in ourselves and senses, and everything outside of us, the TRUTH of who we ARE was hidden from our sight (understanding).
The good news is we will all wake up from our carnal stupidity.
1 Corinthians 15:51
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
And no, this has nothing to do with being poofed away in some hundred year old teaching created by some ignorant, indecisive Jesuit priests called the Rapture, Preterism, or Futurism… It has everything to do with being changed from the LIKENESS OF A CORRUPTIBLE MAN, into the IMAGE OF GOD.
1 Corinthians 15:42
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
In ADAM (Carnal mindset) we all die – In Christ (Enlightened understanding) we live. The incorruptible takes the place of the corruptible (sinful, ignorant)
And I know what you’re saying, JACOB that is talking about when we literally physically RISE from our literal death…. Well, I don’t personally believe that at all. I know the Flesh profits nothing, but hey, each to his own.
Don’t fault me for believing the RESURRECTION from “the dead” (plural form) takes place WITHIN US. That CHRIST rises out of our IGNORANCE and REBELLION. And I won’t fault you for being tricked into waiting for some Savior that has yet to come.
BTW, it’s no coincidence, the name MARY in Greek, means REBELLION. You see, Salvation is birthed out of our IGNORANCE AND DEATH (CARNALITY)
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
NOW THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS! The Gospel if you will. We shall all be RISEN with Christ and come to the stature of the perfect man. ALL WILL BE SAVED – ALL WILL WAKE UP!
But I digress, this above scripture has nothing to do with physically rising from the physical ground, as Jesus said…
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
YOU SEE? If you believe the TRUTH, even though you were DEAD (IGNORANT IN ADAM) you shall live (become ENLIGHTENED)
People, if this had anything to do with literal death, COULD YOU BELIEVE if you were six feet under? HELLO? Is this thing on?
Seriously, lets’ put on our big brain for a moment, DEATH IS AN ALLEGORY!
And the RESURRECTION from this DEATH comes in the GLORY OF GOD! (understanding the mystery of who we are)
Now, to understand this we have to first understand that the carnal man cannot understand spiritual things. The TRUTH of God MUST be revealed to the INNER MAN.
(Like Lightning from heaven = Enlightening from Christ within)
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Many Religious preachers have gone on and on about the “Glory” and how it filled their man made temples, churches, etc… But the GLORY OF GOD is the MYSTERY – It is the PARABLE, the ALLEGORY. Which cannot be interpreted my MANKIND, but can ONLY be revealed by GOD’S SPIRIT of TRUTH (Holy spirit – Highest TRUTH/THOUGHT OF GOD)
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This above passage makes it so clear. Light (Truth) Darkness (Ignorance/lies) – God commands the TRUTH to be revealed in MANKIND. He gives the REVELATION of The KNOWLEDGE of the MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM (glory of God) when we come to the full revelation of CHRIST IN US. = That we are ONE, God’s son.
After all God only has ONE CHILD (ISRAEL)
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
ADAM (MANKIND IGNORANT) – CHRIST (MANKIND ONE WITH GOD AND ENLIGHTENED)
God calls US out of our IGNORANCE (EGYPT)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
We have all been ignorant of the TRUTH. We have all missed the MARK and have NOT grasped the full revelation of who we are in Christ.
However, this was part of the plan. A seed must die to produce many others when it resurrects back to life to produce many more seeds.
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Like the Blind Man outside the Temple, and like Lazarus, these are allegories of us… And it is this SICKNESS of IGNORANCE that has come upon all men. – Lazarus in Greek means “Whom God Helps”
And God is MANKINDS HELPER
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
God helps us all… Lazarus another great parable of mankind being risen from their carnal state, and coming out of their TOMBS. (CARNAL NATURE) And it is so the GLORY OF GOD (Mystery of the Kingdom of God – Which IS Christ in YOU) might be glorified.
In other words, we are BLIND (IGNORANT) to the TRUTH of God but when we UNDERSTAND (SEE) The TRUTH is revealed and God (the TRUTH/SPIRIT OF LIFE) is revealed to all through us (as SONS AND DAUGHTERS of God)
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
If we BELIEVE the TRUTH we will understand the mystery of CHRIST IN US which is the Mystery of who WE ARE. When we understand we are GOD’S CHILD that DIED (became Ignorant and was Crucified with Christ) and when the HEAVENS (HIGHER UNDERSTANDING) open up to us and we Hear (Comprehend) that we are GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN CHILD IN CHRIST, then we SEE (UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERY) – And God is glorified.
So let’s talk salvation shall we? Many today, preach that Salvation is to keep us from a horrible endless torturous fate in the future… But, hopefully by now this MYSTERY has been revealed, this snare has been avoided.
Hopefully you know that INFINITE TORTURE AND FIRE is a bunch of fear tactics and lies, hogwash, created by bonehead greedy religious men who wanted to keep us in the chains of ignorance and fear.
They talk about all that scary “FIRE” as if FIRE is a bad thing. They leave out the fact that CHRIST baptizes with FIRE, that GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE!
1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Our WORKS and IGNORANT BELIEFS are what is BURNED (CLEANSED) so we can be SAVED. Fire is GOOD not bad people! It is an allegory of how God’s consuming spirit purges us from our wicked (ignorant) thoughts.
God holds us under the hottest part of the flame until we be pure. God gathers the TARES (LIES) and burns them away, so only the WHEAT (TRUTH) remains.
But let’s put that Eternal Torture nonsense aside for a moment to discuss what SALVATION really is.
First, we understand and hopefully agree that the ONLY WAY TO SALAVATION is believing on the NAME OF CHRIST and being BAPTISED into it… BUT let’s not be like the LITERALISTS of this world as we know the LETTER KILLS. Let’s understand what SALVATION REALLY MEANS.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Notice this NAME, which translates into NATURE (love, compassion, understanding, attitude, characteristics, etc) … this NAME is GIVEN among (within) men, it is this NAME (NATURE) that we must fully embrace to be saved!
So is it a literal name, like Harry, or Judith, or Jesus… or is it more than that?
You’ll find out we are not SAVED from some terrible endless fate by believing in some literal person or some literal name.
WE ARE ALREADY UNDER THS CURSE IF WE DON’T BELIEVE the TRUTH. We are already in the HELL of our ignorance and carnality if we don’t believe on the NAME (WHICH IS THE NATURE) OF CHRIST.
Even atheists believe in the literal name of Jesus. That doesn’t equal salvation.
You want to know what TRUE CONDEMNATION is… It is UNBELIEF. That’s all.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
We are SAVED FROM OURSELVES (IGNORANCE) by believing who we REALLY ARE IN CHRIST (God’s child and Image)
Let explain this NAME thing a bit more. Because it is NOT A LITERAL NAME that saves us.
Religious people will lead you to believe you go up and accept some carnal teaching about some literal man from thousands of years ago, and then if you say his name Jesus (which wasn’t even his literal name) that you are saved. Yet, your life continues on in darkness and you still suffer, and become RELIGIOUS and CONDEMNING if you have the wrong leaders… I MEAN, how silly is this belief. As if God has our “literal names” written in some literal book, he is checking twice to see if we are naughty or nice, HA!
Think about it, what happens, when more than one Jacob Israel shows us at those so called “Literal” pearly gates? If it be a literal name, how would we know who inherits the kingdom of not? WE WOULDN’T, BECAUSE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A MAGIC NAME OR LITERAL WORD!
NO! You are not confessing a LITERAL name and BELIEVING a literal NAME. The word “NAME” translates into NATURE. You have to BELIEVE the TRUTH of who you are in Christ, and CONFESS THIS, and believe in this NATURE as it is your OWN.
You see it is not a LITERAL NAME but what that LITERAL NAME inspires about the NATURE of that person.
Let me explain it like this, when you know someone named BOB, there are probably a million other BOB’S out there in the world. But this particular BOB is set apart from the rest because of his attributes, attitude, nature… So it is not the LITERAL NAME BOB that you think of when you hear about your friend BOB, but it is what MAKES BOB, BOB. That is what you think of to understand who BOB really is. It is BOB’S NATURE that we concern ourselves with.
John 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
The Instant you ENTER into the REVELATION of WHO YOU ARE you BECOME the SHEPHERD (CHRIST).
Meaning you realize YOU ARE CHRIST, (mind of Christ, body of Christ, NAME of Christ) – Then you become the Shepherd of the Sheep.
But to do this you MUST BELIEVE on the NAME (YOUR TRUE NATURE) AND CONFESS IT.
And it is ONLY THE NATURE of Christ that is written in the BOOK OF LIFE. So, any NATURE outside of CHRIST will be burned (purified from us) away. That is what that scripture means.
So let’s put the cartoon of God with the white beard standing at a literal gate with a check list away, please!
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Notice the Beast (OUR CARNAL EGO) was (past tense) and IS NOT (doesn’t really exist) = Who we thought/think we are is not the TRUTH of who we are. CHRIST is the TRUTH. So, the FALSE IDENTITY will end up being destroyed.
Whose FALSE NAMES = FALSE NATURES (greed, lust, pride, hate, etc, etc) were not written (expressed/remembered) in the book of Life (God). These aren’t literal NAMES people. GET ME?
LET’S LOOK at the definition of the word “NAME” original word “oànoma” – “The name is used for everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, i.e. for one’s rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds etc”
So, also, salvation has nothing to do with just saying a couple of words getting dunked in a big tub of water and then your “alllllll good” – My goodness that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
And yes, I believe we need to CONFESS the NAME CHRIST and believe on that NAME to be saved = But let me tell you what that meanS to me…. “I must know who I am in Christ and believe who I am in Christ to be saved from who I used to think myself to be.”
So we are saved NOT by any LITERAL CONFESSION of any LITERAL NAME, but we are saved by our FAITH in what is HIDDEN INSIDE OF US. The Treasure that is revealed when CHRIST RISES FROM THE DEAD (Our ignorant soul)
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
When we find the TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST, we get rid of everything that is not CHRIST. – This is what that passage in revelation really means.
EVERY NAME(Nature) not found in that BOOK OF LIFE or TREASURE is purged from us. To maintain the greatest treasure of all, CHRIST our TRUE LIFE.
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
So what saves us is our UNDERSTANDING and FAITH in who we are! A CHILD OF GOD!
And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
It was the person’s FAITH that saved them when they received the “Understanding of who they were”
Okay so I said the article was about the GLORY OF GOD… So let’s finish with that.
2 Corinthians 4:8,9 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2 Cor 13: We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
So pretty much everything we go through, hardships, pain, etc… all work together to bring us to the GLORY OF GOD. (Which REALLY means, bringing us to the understanding of the MYSTERY of who we are in CHRIST.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
The Hope of Glory = God making what he hid INSIDE US, which is CHRIST, manifest to us and the world. Christ is the HOPE of that HIDDEN MYSTERY. (Christ is the hope of Glory)
This is why CHRIST (truth) comes in the GLORY OF GOD = The TRUTH reveals the MYSTERY of who we are.
So understanding the GLORY OF GOD, is to understand CHRIST, which is his revealed MYSTERY.
Let’s now look at some of these scriptures with new eyes.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: – GLORY is the REVEALING of CHRIST IN US, the Hope of Glory (hidden TRUTH)
And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
(God showed that God lives in Man and talks with man (gives his thoughts to man as Man’s own)
The heavens declare the glory of God = Enlightenment reveals the Mystery of Christ
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? – Glory of God is CHRIST IN YOU. If you believe you will understand that CHRIST and YOU are ONE.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; – All have been ignorant and missed the TRUTH of CHRIST IN THEM/AS THEM.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. – The Glory of GOD comes by US!
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
The GLORY OF GOD lightened everything… and the LAMB (CHRIST) was the LIGHT. – Glory of God = The Revealing of CHRIST IN US.
Now I wanted to save the best for last. Because I had a recent conversation with a Pastor over this verse.
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
When I explained to a Bishop once, if everyone confesses Christ, how is anyone lost? He said, then it is too late. I replied, But the next line is “to the Glory of God the Father” and the Bishop said God will be glorified when they realize he is real and are punished… I looked at him with pitiful eyes, “So God is glorified by torturing people too ignorant to know the TRUTH?” He said, Yes! – I asked him, do you believe God can finish his creation in Victory and save all? – The Bishop said “No”
What MISUNDERSTANDING, terrible error, and it paints our God as a monster instead of a Loving Father using every experience as a took to bring us closer to the revelation of HIS GLORY (CHRIST IN US).
So let me close with what this means.
We know the GLORY OF GOD is the concealing of CHRIST IN US.
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So when everyone confesses Christ as Lord, they are confessing their TRUE NATURE, their TRUE LIFE (CHRIST IN THEM) and in this CONFESSION the mystery is finally revealed… The Confession of this, the understanding of this revelation, is made to the GLORY OF GOD.
THE REVEALED MYSTERY OF THE CONCEALED THING!
“It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing” And the GLORY IS CHRIST!
Now try and catch this! If you do, it will send chills racing your neck…
And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
When you “come up higher” when you LOOK TO GOD for revelation, you will see there is ONLY CHRIST! … And I say, GLORY TO GOD FOR THAT!
This is why, what we do to one we do to ourselves!