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Conversations With the Seer–Becoming the Temple of God

Immortality Road

(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.  I Samuel 9: 9)

“I’m trying to comprehend God’s plan and purpose about making us His sons and daughters, but it boggles my mind.  I can’t seem to take it in.”

The Seer looked at me and told me the truth, even though he knew that  it would sting.  “It is because your heart, your spiritual core, is small and unable to contain at present what the Creator wants to do with you.”

“How do I make my heart bigger?”

“You cannot make it bigger.  It is so typical of natural man, to think that it all depends on  his actions.  You can’t enlarge it to contain more of Him.  Even though you sincerely desire to…

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Going by Every Word of God—Really?

Many Christians proclaim that they “go by every word of God.” But sadly, that is not quite true. A more accurate statement would be that they go by every word that they think they understand. They go by every word, except those passages in scripture not understood by them.

The danger here is that not-understanding-a-passage leads to ignoring it. For huge portions of the Bible just lay there, ignored by billions of professing Christians, just waiting to be read, understood, and believed. But the ignorers don’t have the keys that open up passages of scripture because the keys are found in the books that are ignored.

Moreover, many dismiss entire books, especially from the “Old Testament,” saying that those books have no bearing upon born again Christians. And so they espouse the reading of the New Testament. But Christ’s word is a sword of sharpened irony. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). Christ was referring to the Old Testament books because the New Testament books in AD 26 were not yet written. In essence, He is saying that the books of the Old Testament is the word of God.

So we see that a vast expanse of uncharted spiritual territory lays before us. And God is telling us that, yes, we can take the land. “Taking the land” incidentally is one of the keys taken from the Old Testament books. It alludes to the children of Israel conquering the Holy Land. Their trials and tribulations in the taking of the land are written about extensively from Moses through David and on through the prophets and apostles. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [types; representations of things to come]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I Cor. 10:11).

“All these things that happened unto them” provide keys to unlock the mysteries of God. What happened to the Hebrews has been meticulously written down and preserved for you and me, to help us grow spiritually in these last days. God uses His people’s natural earthly experiences as types and shadows of the spiritual battles that He has in store for us today.

To what end? That we in these last days might grow up to be just like Him, thus fulfilling His purpose of reproducing Himself, reproducing Agape Love in the earth. The “old” books are what the apostles studied, and they wrote how that they elucidated the light of Christ. If we ignore them, we ignore them to our own hurt.

The Lost Sheep of Israel

The “keys” found in the Old Testament books unlock rooms of understanding in the mansions of our God. Another of Christ’s quotations languishes unread, untaught, and ignored. And yet, there it is, saying in every translation the same thing. “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24 ESV). These words of the King are ignored by billions because their priest/pastor/preacher has never taught them their meaning. In fact, understanding is blocked by false concepts and traditions.

Digging deeper, first, because these are Christ’s word, they are God’s words. And His words are important! Remember about going by His every word. And His words need to be understood. If this is our first exposure to this passage, and we do not quickly understand it, then we must not ignore these words of God! [I rarely use exclamation marks, but these words deserve to be exclaimed.]

Christ says that He was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel. The “lost sheep” must be very important to Him. His mind and thoughts were on the “lost sheep of Israel.” We are told to have the mind of Christ. This is how you have His mind. You think about what He was concerned about, and He spoke of them. No idle words found from Christ’s lips.

Wanting to have Christ’s mind, questions naturally bubble to the surface. Who are the “lost sheep of Israel? Why are they lost? What happened to them? Are they still around today? Do the early apostles speak of them? These are just a few questions we could ask as we “dig deep” into this mystery. Think of this as a treasure hunt, with a few clues dropped along the trail for us to follow.

Who are they? The main clue is that they are lost. They are the natural children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Old Testament books tell the story of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. They give the detailed history of the twelve sons of Jacob/Israel. They were slaves in Egypt, and were delivered by Moses under God’s direction. God told them to take the land occupied by pagan nations, a land named after Canaan. They did take the land, each tribe receiving a land grant from God.

For about 500 years they remained a kingdom with twelve tribes, but it split into two kingdoms in c. 950 BC. The Kingdom of Israel in the north with ten tribes and the Kingdom of Judah with two tribes plus some Levite priests were two separate governments, armies, kings, and priests. One can read about them even warring with each other. This went on until about 721 BC when the Kingdom of Israel (ten tribes), the Northern Kingdom, was conquered by Assyria. These ten tribes sinned greatly as a nation and were carried into captivity into northern Mesopotamia—Assyria.

It is here that they began to lose their identity. They lost the true Sabbath through their sinful pagan ways. They became the “lost sheep of the House of Israel.” They were spiritually and physically lost. They began to migrate “north and west” of Jerusalem, but they lost their identity as the children of Israel. This caused them to forget all of the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their offspring.

The Old Testament writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, took great pains in preserving their roots and their history. Knowing their history is the key that will solve the mysteries about the “lost sheep” that Christ was sent to. But it takes digging deep. Those who do not will not find the key to understanding, and they will wind up ignoring Christ’s words: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” But His sheep will hear His voice and will hunger for the truth found in His words.

This takes study, deep study. And you can study this out. The “giants are not too big.” We can take the land. God is looking for a few Joshuas and Calebs [That is another OT story, a type and shadow that speaks about you and me.] They said that we can do it. His sheep will hear His voice and will hunger for the truth found in His word—every word.

Here is another clue in discovering the “lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Some people will say that the Jews are the lost sheep. But this is not the case. For the Jews were of the Kingdom of Judah (two tribes) and were never lost. They were dispersed and scattered, but they kept intact their identity. In fact, they kept the Torah, the five books of Moses, the feasts, the times, etc.

Finally, for a New Testament witness, the apostle James writes a letter to the Israelites. “To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting” (1:1). The apostle Paul, also, spoke of them, quoted by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles. Speaking about the resurrection, Paul says, “…Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night hope to come” (26:7).

James, Paul and Luke evidently were digging deep into the mind of Christ. They studied His thoughts, and thereby changed the world.

But you won’t hear this in church. They don’t understand it, and so they ignore it. And so I must ask with respect: How are they going by every word of God?

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Kenneth Wayne Hancock


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New Commandment: Have God’s Faith in His Promise to Glorify Us

We can never please God without faith (Heb. 11:6). And there is no greater faith than God’s own faith in Himself and His word. It is His faith that He has “delivered to” those He has saved (Jude 1:3). And this is where Christ issues another new commandment. “Have the faith of God” (Mark 11:22). Have God’s faith residing in you, by making our hopes real by believing having not seen. That is what faith does. We have to reckon it so (Rom. 6:11).

Since we are now dead and have received the Spirit of Christ that has “raised us to walk in a newness of life,” we now live “by the faith of the Son of God” (Rom. 6:4; Gal. 2:20). We now live by Christ’s belief system. Whatever He believes, we believe through Him.

And He now commands us, “Have the faith of God.” Take it. Walk in it. Have it. Believe His word, which gives us many promises. The most breathtaking promise is that He will glorify those whom He has chosen when He returns to earth to usher in His government throughout the earth.

Have God’s faith is a new commandment given to us by Christ. We love Him and serve Him now, having not seen as of yet His promise of everlasting life. We have not yet seen with our eyes a “glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). The glory that the Spirit of Christ speaks of is the glorious spiritual body that we Christians will receive upon Christ’s return.

The whole creation is as it were, waiting “for the manifestation of the sons of God (8:19). At Eden, the Adamic race became destined to suffer the throes of an assured decline into the grave. The whole creation including mankind is bound for the dusty tomb (Gen. 3:19).

But God has a great hope for us and has provided a way to “deliver us from the bondage of corruption” and physical decay.

And so the earth and its inhabitants and “ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit,” we all are groaning…waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:22-23). And the Spirit of truth that now resides in believers “helps our infirmities” and “makes intercession for us with groanings (vs. 26-27).

And then comes the verse that almost all Christians know and quote. “And we know that all things work together for good…” And then most stop right there unfortunately. Things work out good for whom? “…To them who are the called according to His purpose” (v. 28; II Tim. 1:9).

The Spirit explains just who these “called” are. “For whom He did foreknow, [God knew them before their earthly existence] He also did predestinate [He gave them a destiny predetermined—but for what purpose?] to be conformed to the image of His Son [to be like the Son of God]…” (Rom. 8:29; II Cor. 3:18; I John 3:2).

Predestined them, called them, justified them, and glorified them. He promised us glory. We will receive this glory when we receive our glorified body just like Christ’s. This is being “conformed to the image of His Son.”

This is the “eternal life” He has promised us. This is the ultimate victory over death and the grave. God is for us. And “if God be for us, who can be against us?” asks the apostle Paul (Rom. 8:31-39).

The kicker is this: In God’s mind, this is already done. “God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Rom. 4:17). He declares the end from the beginning. That is His faith, and His faith, His belief system, has now become ours. This is contained in the new commandment, “Have the faith of God.”    Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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God Gets the Last Laugh

  I was reading Psalm 150 the other day, and I noticed a footnote at the end of verse 1.  The verse said, “Praise the LORD.”  So I checked it at the bottom of the page, and the footnote read, “Hebrew Hallelu Yah.” 

     So I looked up Hallelu and it does mean “praise.”  I looked up “Yah” in Wikipedia and it said this: “The name Yah is composed of the first two letters of YHWH.  It appears often in names, such as Elijah…as well as the expression Hallelujah.”  So Yah is God’s name and was translated “the LORD.” 

    I looked up “YHWH” in Wikipedia and it referred me to “Tetragrammaton”:  “The name of the God of Israel, written with four letters…appears over 6,800 times” in the Bible.

     Halleluyah.  How many times have I heard that word in my life?  I immediately thought of an old hymn.  “Hallelujah, Thine the glory.  Hallelujah, Amen.  Hallelujah, Thine the glory, “Revive Us Again.”  And it appears not just in hymns–in popular music, Ray Charles singing “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So.”  The “Glory, glory, Hallelujah” of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  And Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  And the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Mendel’s Messiah. 

And the movies, books, sayings, quotations.  And then I realized that the word “Halleluyah” permeates the very fabric of Western Civilization and American society, for we all have heard and said this word hundreds of times in our lives.

     And then I thought of God, sitting on His throne, looking down on us and smiling.  For He has the last laugh.  The “wise” men of this modern age have worked diligently to eradicate both God and His name out of the minds of the people.  And despite their efforts, the people still are praising His name in His original language Hebrew, when they say, “HalleluYah.”  Even the atheists praise His name when they say, “HalleluYah.”  He’s got to be laughing right now.            Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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