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Jesus Our Peace Offering… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2020 by paulthepoke

Yes and amen! The yeast of the Father’s glory is in the bread of life, and it greatly multiplies all that it’s worked into. Jesus is our Peace Offering.

Leviticus 7:11-15 “And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings that one may offer to the LORD. If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the thanksgiving sacrifice unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and loaves of fine flour well mixed with oil. With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving he shall bring his offering with loaves of leavened bread. And from it he shall offer one loaf from each offering, as a gift to the LORD. It shall belong to the priest who throws the blood of the peace offerings. And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten on the day of his offering. He shall not leave any of it until the morning.

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In the peace offering are both kinds of bread. The kind without yeast that puts to death the old nature within us (the dying of Christ—Christ in us—the hope of glory), and the kind with yeast, the good yeast of the kingdom of heaven that brings to life the new nature (the life of Christ—us in Christ).

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

He is our Lord of glory transforming our minds and multiplying, rising up within us, exiting our mouths in creative authority, beaming forth as radiating light, and exploding in manifested glory that transforms every dark condition around us into light! (Colossians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 2:7-8, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Hebrews 4:12, et. al.)

Thank You Father for Your wisdom!
Thank You Father for Your favor!
Thank You Father that Jesus gave us the same glory You gave Him and that He had with You before the world was!

So be it and let it be so! 🙏 ☀️❤️

“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Matthew 13:33)

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

The Bread of Life and Marriage… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2020 by paulthepoke

It takes both a negative and positive battery cable to jump start an engine with a dead battery. Most Christians only have the negative side hooked up, Christ in them—the hope of glory. Christ in them is the dying of Christ that puts to death the old nature. Yet even that doesn’t work until the positive side is hooked up that brings to life the new nature. The negative side is Christ in us. He is our hope of glory. The positive side is us in Christ. He is our Lord of glory. The glory of the Father raised Jesus from the dead. The same glory raised us too.

We eat that same bread of life when we take communion. Jesus is our peace offering and He is both kinds of bread. He’s the unleavened bread that puts to death the old nature and He’s the leavened bread that brings to life the new nature. But we can’t stop at the resurrection. We must have the image and revelation that we are seated in Christ and in the Father now.

Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman takes and works into 3 measures of flour until it forms into dough. What happens to dough when it has good active yeast in it? It rises! It multiplies! It makes a few fish and a few loaves of bread feed 5,000+ people on a hillside. It turns water to wine. The yeast of the Father’s glory raised the Bread of Life.

We are His disciples, following Him, being transformed into the image of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. From glory level to glory level we are transfigured into glory until we are wearing the full wedding garment of Christ which is life and immortality that came to light through the Gospel. We wear always eternal life, Zoe life, and the “never die”, the “cannot be corrupted”, the “deathless”.

The Bible says the Father created us for glory and honor. Psalm 91 and all through the old and new testaments are images of this wedding garment of Christ which is the activated state of the Father’s glory that we are to “live in”. From the beginning God created us for glory, to be in the image of his glory. The wedding garment of Christ, Joseph’s coat of many colors, the robe of righteousness, the armor of light, the garment of praise, and many more images are all the same thing! It’s the activated state of the Father’s glory that He has always wanted us to live in permanently! These are his real sons!

The evidence that we have on the wedding garment of Christ is perfect peace, perfect love, joy unspeakable existing in our lives; it is especially evident in storms. His glory is that “in Christ” position that all true disciples have. A believer is to wedding as a disciple is to marriage. We don’t get to date Christ off and on when He’s convenient.

Being a disciple is living in the activated state of the Father’s glory “in Christ” all the time, following Him, receiving revelation, being transformed into His image of glory, and releasing God’s glory in the earth realm where He transforms every dark condition into light. The Father takes over every realm on earth. His glory fills the earth through us! Sickness, disease, corona virus, deformities, sin, corruptness, are all meant for His glory and it all disappears as we release His glory! It’s replaced by health, life forevermore, immortality, obedience, perfect peace, perfect love, tremendous joy, etc.

There are many ways we can release His glory. Speaking the words we hear the Holy Spirit speak. Doing the works we see the Holy Spirit do. Declaring the revealed (Rhema) Word. Praise. Worshiping the Father in Spirit and in truth. Taking communion. Praying in the Spirit are some of the ways. All of these things also increase more of His power and authority in our lives. They increase and expand the realm on earth that the Father has given us to operate in. It’s our sandbox. He widens the tent pegs of our realms where we are kings and priests in His temple. Each widening is a promotion in glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Revelation 3:20 “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we have to start realizing who we are. ❤️

Jesus, Holy First Fruits Offering

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Prophecy, Spring Feasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2020 by paulthepoke

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

The context of John 20:17 is the first thing in the morning. This is the day after Jesus was crucified. It was a God appointed Feast Day, the day of First Fruits.

The third of God’s holidays is First Fruits or Reshit Katzir in the Hebrew. The one day holiday begins on the day after the Sabbath or Sunday on our calendar.

The directions for First Fruits are noted in Leviticus 23:9-14. The priest is to make a barley offering of the first portion of the harvest to the Lord. The priest intervenes of behalf of the people. The reality of the holiday for the people of Israel is this. The people bring their grain sheaf to the priest. They are to sacrifice a lamb without blemish. The offering is also to be presented with bread and wine.

Jesus is very specific in His directions to Mary. “Do not cling to Me.” The Greek word translated as “cling” is ἅπτομαι/haptomai. HELPS Word Studies defines the term as: to modify or change by touching, properly, “touching that influences” (modifies); touching someone (something) in a way that alters (changesmodifies) them, i.e. “impact-touching.”

John 20:17 translated another way. “Don’t touch Me. You can’t touch Me.”

Jesus is using very strong, directive language to Mary. Why?

Jesus is now in His glorified state and body. His resurrection had overcome sin and death. He was as Holy and pure as One could be. Jesus had not yet gone to His Father in Heaven.

Jesus tells Mary, “for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

Jesus has unfinished business for this appointed day. He is going to Heaven to be the First Fruit offering before God the Father in Heaven.

Jesus is our High Priest and representative before God the Father.

Jesus is the first portion barley offering before the Father. Jesus is also bringing a grain sheath offering with Him before His Father. Matthew 27:52-53 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Christ is the sacrificed Lamb for sin.

And we remember His death until He comes again at communion with wine and bread.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

In Christ… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2020 by paulthepoke

Get caught up in the rivers of living water that Jesus gives. These are streams of the Father’s glory. To be received by all and released by all who are called by His name.

Galatians 3:28 There is no male or female in Christ, no Jew nor Greek, no slave nor free, but all are ONE in Christ.

“In Christ” is the key. It means the activated state of the Father’s glory. All wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of His glory, all favor, blessing, perfect peace, perfect love, joy unspeakable and full of glory is available in His Presence.

It begins by knowing Jesus went to be with the Father and we are seated in Christ now. We are where He is right now—not someday. In Christ is where we all should want to be. It’s where we were all created to be even as we walk this earth. It is our home.

Many Christians have invited Christ to be in them, but they have not yet accepted the key to His place and stepped into Christ. Because the gospel everywhere has mostly fallen short of the glory—it has stopped after the resurrection. But the full gospel ascends all the way back up to the Father where Jesus sits as King of glory on the throne of glory. And we are seated in Him as joint heirs of glory. We are heirs now, not someday. Jesus already died to make it possible. If we truly accepted His ONE death, we don’t have to die too to make it effective. It’s effective now. We have been given the very same glory Jesus has always had with the Father (carefully read Jesus’ prayer of John 17). And the Father loves us in the very same way He loves Jesus. He proves it by always hearing us and always answering our prayers and declarations. Our words always manifest. Our works always prosper. Because we are ONE with His glory. Jesus reconciled us to the Father now.

Jesus prayed, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us…And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:5,22-24)

It is so important to know that Jesus went to be with the Father, and that the place He made for us is with the Father NOW, not someday after we die. All we have to do is know this and we have access to the “greater works” Jesus promised we would operate in. The greater works is anything you can imagine while in Christ. This is what Jesus always tried to teach us, but his disciples didn’t begin to understand until the end (John 16:25-30).

Jesus, The Way to The Father -Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on March 4, 2020 by paulthepoke

rodnalight“Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” – John 14:11-12

He who believes (aka whosoever) in Jesus will do the works we see Him do. Imagine all the works Jesus did in the Bible—we are to be doing those; AND greater works. The greater works come from the Father where Jesus went and where we are seated in Him.
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“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” – John 16:28-30

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Jesus started with the Father and ended with the Father. He didn’t sit down on the ground outside the tomb after the resurrection. He sat down on the throne after He ascended to the Father’s right hand of glory where we are seated in Him NOW. Our perspective must change to where we sit now. Not from the earth as a victim looking up with only a hope of glory. But we are seated in Christ now in the Father looking down with all principalities and powers and rulers of darkness under our feet, victorious and able to go in and out of the Father’s Presence taking “home” with us everywhere we go in the realm Jesus has assigned us to operate in on earth. We do the works Jesus did and greater works (which is way more than saving people’s souls but it does include that) because The Father loves us in the very same way He loves Jesus. The words we speak and works we do are powered by the Father so they manifest and prosper where He sends them.
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“And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” – Ephesians 2:6

Where is Christ Jesus? In the Father! We are seated with Christ as joint-heirs.
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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. – John 14:6

Jesus is the Way to what? He is the Way to the Father. And He leads us there NOW, not after we die. He does lead us there after we die if we want to be a “Resurrection Christian”—Christ in us, the hope of glory. But if we want to be a “Living Christian” then we can go to the Father now—us in Christ, He is our Lord of glory. That’s what it means to be “in Christ”.
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Dear Bride of Christ: It’s Time to Wake Up! And Shine! -Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

wake upDear Bride of Christ:

It’s Time to Wake Up! and Shine!

“Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14
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“Wake up My glory! Wake up psaltery and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” – Psalm 57:8
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“Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48

The perfect one is the Father.
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“When that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:10

The perfect one is the Father.
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“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…We love Him because He first loved us.” –1 John 4:18-20

The perfect one is the Father.
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You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3

The perfect one is the Father.
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“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was…And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” – John 17:5, 22-23

Jesus gave us the same glory He had with the Father before the world was. Wow!
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“As Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25b-27

Right now, the bride/church is old and wrinkly with lots of blemishes, still struggling with sin, and still dying off. She’s in covenant relationship so she will live again someday. But if she wakes up NOW instead of someday, Christ shines on her and she is able to put on immortality just as easily as she puts on her wedding garment.
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“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed (transfigured) into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

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The word transformed in the Greek is Strong’s 3339 metamorphoō, which is the same word transfigured found in Jesus’ transfiguration. This is the image we are being transformed into. Notice the glory of the Father present and how Jesus brought two men (Moses and Elijah) from heaven’s realm into earth’s realm momentarily, which is one of the “the powers of the age to come” from Hebrews 6:5.

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. – Matthew 17:1-3

Arms Wide Open… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , on February 19, 2020 by paulthepoke

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The Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of our Father in heaven, the Spirit of glory, given to those who are in Christ Jesus, woke me up a few moments ago singing to me the phrase “Arms Wide Open” in the tune of the song I’ve included here. If you want to read the lyrics to the song, it is something Papa God is saying to all who receive His Son Jesus—The Christ—the activated state of His own glory.

Right after the Holy Spirit said to me, “Arms wide open”, He said this prophetic word…

“This is going to be a true and powerful rite in the wave around the earth.”

The wave is a wave of His glory filling the earth prophesied even in the Old Covenant.

Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
– Psalm 57:8-11

For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.
– Habakkuk 2:14

but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD–
-Numbers 14:21

Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
– Ephesians 5:14

Christ—the activated and radiating state of the Father’s glory—the light of the world. Christ in us; us in Christ. Restored to the Father now!

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My response to the Spirit of glory was this, “Yes and amen Lord!… arms wide open for You!” Then I found the song and sang it to Him with arms wide open. I’m sharing it with you in case you want to practice being part of His glory wave that is being released even now in the earth. Hold nothing back! His glory is going to transform our lives and everything around us.

1) Christ gives us the power to lift our arms wide open in surrender and praise

2) Our Father in heaven pours out in us a giant creation-size wave of His glory that transforms every dark condition before us into light.

This is the pattern of us glory filling the earth: Without Christ we can do nothing. With Christ nothing is impossible. So the message is simple – our Father is about to transform every condition in our lives that is not good and make it good. We just lift our arms wide open to the fullest extent we are able in praise and thanks to the Father for restoring us to Himself through Jesus Christ. Trusting in Him and His glory to finish the work He started in us. Then His glory is released through us which transforms everything into light, into good, including us, our relationships, favor, healing, etc.

“Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.’” (John 13:31-32)

Arms wide open. When we glorify the Father, He glorifies us in Himself, in Christ, and He does it immediately.

Blessings to everyone receiving this word from His heart! ❤️

 

The Primary Purpose of the Gospel – And an Accurate Perspective… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on February 4, 2020 by paulthepoke

Jesus came down from the Father and went back up to the Father. He restored us to the Father. That’s the reason Jesus came and did all that He did—to restore, to reconcile us to the Father.

We are seated in heavenly places in Christ now, already restored to the Father. Knowing this changes our entire lives and the way that we see everything. It changes the way we see ourselves. It changes the way we see the world. It changes the way we see God.

It shifts our perspective from standing on the earth looking up and victimized, to the position of being seated in Christ where He is on the throne of glory with the earth as our footstool, and where all principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness are beneath us.

Knowing we are restored to the Father (restored to glory) causes the Word of God (Bible) to come alive immediately and make perfect sense, because it removes the veil that is over our eyes—the veil of a broken perspective.

Everything Jesus did was to restore us to the Father: the Father of glory…and love. He is the WAY to the Father. This is the primary message of the Gospel and everything Jesus taught. And He did it all for love, so that we would know the kind of love that holds no record of wrong, the kind of love that makes us able to love even our enemies.

I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father” (John 16:28).

And where I go you know, and the way you know…Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:4,6).

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:4-6).

And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was…And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:5,22-23).

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7).

Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:44,45,48).

The Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture of The Church

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Rapture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2019 by paulthepoke

Featuring Mike Brotherton

Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah begins Sundown September 29 thru Sundown October 1, 2019. It is believed by many to represent the coming of the Groom for His bride. There are other “theories” but I lean toward the Feast of Trumpets.

1. All the Spring Feasts were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming and on the exact day of the feast. All the Fall Feasts picture the second advent. And the Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall feasts picturing the rapture.

2. The Feast of Trumpets is when the “last trump” of the rapture of 1 Corinthians 15 is blown. 99 short blasts are blown. Then there is one long final blast known as the “last trump”. 1 Corinthians 15:52 …in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

3. The Feast of Trumpets is known as the Wedding of the Messiah. The Church is the Bride of Christ. The rapture is when the Church is caught up to Heaven to be wed with Christ.

4. The Feast of Trumpets happens on a “new moon”, which is 29.5 days after the last one. This means it might occur on the 29th or 30th day, nobody knows for sure. “Of that day or hour no man knows” is an expression referring to this feast, and thus, the rapture.

5. “Of that day or hour no man knows, but my Father only” is an expression used by a Jewish groom when asked when his wedding will be. He says this because it is his Father that will tell him when his preparations on the bridal chamber are completed and it is time. Again, the wedding pictures the rapture.

6. The “Open Door” of the rapture in Matthew 25, Revelation 3, & Revelation 4:1 is a symbol of the Feast of Trumpets. Ezekiel 46:1 “Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days; but on the sabbath day it shall be opened and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

7. We are told that the new moon and the Feasts of the Lord are a shadow of things to come in Colossians 2:16,17. Since the Feast of Trumpets is the only Feast of the Lord that falls on a new moon, we should take particular note. Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

8. There are 10 Days of Awe in between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. These picture the years of tribulation. (I believe there will be 10 years of tribulation. Although not all are included in the 7 years thought to be THE TRIBULATION. The seal judgments are not part of what is referred to as the tribulation period. They are pre Daniel’s 70th week.)

Atonement pictures Satan being defeated and cast away at the end of tribulation. If you add the two day Trumpet’s feast, and the Day of Atonement, the 7 Days of Awe are “ten days of tribulation” which might be referred to in Revelation 2:10. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

9. In the Jewish Wedding, a marriage takes place over a period of time known as the “bridal week”. During the bridal week, the groom and bride have sex in the bridal chamber. At the end of the week, there is a marriage supper. Compare Judges 14, Revelation 19, and Genesis 29:22-28. This bridal week will be the tribulation week on Earth, while the bride of Christ is in Heaven.

10. The Feast of Trumpets is also known as the Coronation of the Messiah. Then He will start reigning as king, thus the beginning of the “Day of the Lord”, which includes the tribulation.

11. In the Jewish Wedding, the groom is at his Father’s house.

12. It is also time for the Bema judgment, or the judgment of the works of the righteous, and judgment must begin at the house of the Lord.

Cling to Jesus Christ Who Is In the Father… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2019 by paulthepoke

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “- John 20:17

After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He commanded Mary to not cling to Him, to not fasten or adhere herself to Him. Not because there wouldn’t be a time when she couldn’t do that, but because the time for clinging to Him was not yet. The reason He gave her was that He had “not yet ascended to My Father”.

I’ve heard many a sermon in my life surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and every one of those sermons that I can recall clings to Jesus either at the cross or right after He was raised from the dead outside the tomb. But they don’t cling to Jesus where He commanded us to cling: in Christ who is in the Father after having ascended to Him. Clinging to Him there includes all other access points, including the cross and the empty tomb along the way to the ultimate destination.

Do NOT adhere to me—for I have not yet ascended to my Father!

The implication being that we CAN adhere to Him AFTER He ascends to the Father.

To ascend doesn’t appear to have meant a physical ascension at that point, because we see the disciples handling Him and perhaps clinging to Him before the mount of ascension event occurred. So during the time between His first appearance to Mary at the tomb and when He allowed His disciples to handle Him, Jesus ascended to the Father in some way spiritually, but likely not physically—not yet. He spent 40 days on earth first preaching the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus used this ascended kind of language even before the cross…

Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. – John 17:13

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.- John 3:13

Another way to say this is: There is only one person who has already ascended into heaven, Me, the Son is Man, and I’m in heaven right now.

When Jesus revealed the Father plainly to His disciples, He left out of His explanation all the stuff He did to redeem us. As important as all of that is, Jesus focused on the reason He did everything and where He took us—our ultimate destination. Here are His words,

“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”- John 16:28

This is the purpose of the Gospel: to show us the Way to the Father. The Father is the destination, and we follow Jesus all the way there, where the power exists to do the greater works, where the glory exists that makes us ONE with the Father in Christ in the same way that Jesus is ONE with the Father (John 17:22,23).

“…he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”- John 14:12

Greater works… because I go to My Father.

That’s how we do them. The power for greater works comes from being restored to glory, to the Father, right now. Our minds are still being transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), but we are still fully restored now because we are properly positioned in Christ.

We don’t continue only clinging to the cross or clinging to Jesus standing outside the empty tomb. We cling to, fasten ourselves to, adhere to Jesus Christ where He is now: in the Father. The Father is the clinging place—where His glory makes us ONE.

That’s not to say that we don’t carry about the dying of the Lord Jesus which puts to death the old nature so that the new nature in Christ wakes up within us. It’s not to say we don’t rise with Jesus from the dead by the same glory of the Father that raised Him. And it’s not to say that our minds are not being transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) as we overcome one suffering after another (Romans 8:18).

But for this post I’m just bringing into focus the actual purpose of the Gospel which has not really been understood. That Jesus restored us to the Father in Himself. He restored us to glory where we learn to cling to Him and never let go again: where we have the ABILITY to cling to Him and never let go again. Because from the place of the Father is where Christ holds us. He clings to us, we cling to Him. He abides in us, we abide in Him. That’s the point of everything Jesus did and it’s vital that we know this and are intensely aware of it. Perfect peace is the strongest and most obvious indicator that we are in Christ.

Have a blessed day everyone! ❤️🙏🏼

Paul the Poke

Habakkuk 1:5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. -LORD God

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