Series: The Book of Revelation; The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Sun am 21 February 2010 – Kobus Swart
Rev. 22:13; Rev. 1:1-20; 2 Thess. 1:3-10; John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:26-38;
1 Cor. 15:45; Luke 2:46, 49-52; Matt. 3:16-17; Luke 4:43; 1 Peter 1:22-23; John 1:11-13; 1 John 4:17; 1 Peter 2:1-9; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 7; (Matt. 24:26); Rom. 8:9-25
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13). Whenever we see “first fruits or first born” we know that there will be more to follow. This group is called a kingdom of priests. This has been God’s original intention for these kings and priests to rule and reign with Him on earth (Ex. 19:6).
Before the final unveiling something else is on Father’s agenda. Christ is going to be glorified in His saints and amongst all those who believe (2 Thess1:9-10).
It is important to see in Jesus, the Pioneer of our salvation, the pattern Son. If we follow Him we know what to expect in the corporate. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us..” (John 1:1,14). This is why we believe in the Feast of Tabernacles; the Firstborn came and He tabernacled with us. The same pattern will be repeated in the final fulfilment of the Feast of Tabernacles – this time corporately.
How did The Word become flesh? The angel spoke to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Jesus was born of God, from above, and there is a similarity between this event and being born again. There was nothing of the old humanity in Him. Mary set the example, which should be in every bondservant’s spirit, bowing to the holy seed – the proceeding Word of God, saying “be it done unto me according to thy Word.” There is no other way to enter into this Royal seed line. Jesus became the firstborn of many brethren. He was not born fully mature; He had to grow. He set the pattern for all the sons to follow.
Jesus knew who His Father was and His ministry could not start before He had affirmation from His Father that He was now a Son (Matt. 3:16 –17). Then His ministry was launched. The next thing we find Him in the wilderness, tempted by the devil, challenging His identity.
How do we enter into this corporate experience? “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Pet. 1:23). Why is it that confessing believers still have so many problems and battles? Have they made the transition or are they still rooted in the old? Is there something wrong with the way the gospel has been proclaimed? If we are born again, we have been born from above, from seed that is imperishable. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God”. (John 1:12-13). This talks about us. There is no need for us to continue the old life. We have no roots there! Now the Alpha and the Omega must be aligned. “As He is, so also are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17). We need to hear the truth; we are born from above! Let this truth set us free from playing church, battling with sin-consciousness.
We need to see where this corporate revelation comes from. “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity …” (John 17: 23). We cannot reach perfection as individuals. We will be perfected in the corporate. Church has lost the value and significance of the corporate. Here is the key to the corporate: “You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5). This is what God had in mind all along with our born again experience; a spiritual house, a priesthood, and a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). This is what the Church must reflect. The new wine is in the cluster!
This corporate identity will be challenged! “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.”(2 John 7). There is another “incarnation” taking place in the corporate. In the last days the evil one will even produce many false individual Christs.
There is a sound released and it is going to be picked up by the sons of God wherever they are. All around us we observe a pregnant creation; the difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. It’s not just around us but also within us. God’s Spirit is arousing us within. This promise binds us to the future. If you have bought into this promise, your future is secure. A power is released when we catch this revelation. Our hope and survival is in the corporate; we are being built into a spiritual house. The glory of God will settle on the corporate temple. Before the final unveiling, this revelation has to manifest.