“But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend,” (Isaiah 41:8)
“He (Abraham) was even called the friend of God.” (James 2:23b)
“For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)
Here’s a simple question. Who is acting more like their father? The Jews who are still determined to rebuild their earthly temple made of stones and brick? The Muslims praying in their Dome of the Rock? Or the Christians who recognize there has been a major change of High Priest, a major change of Covenant, and are no longer looking for a physical earthly building or kingdom?
>Who is the friend of God, in Jerusalem?<
(John 15:15) “I (Jesus) no longer call you (the disciples) slaves, because a master does not confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
“Revelation” is a key sign of being a friend of God!
I repeat, REVELATION (UNDERSTANDING) is a key sign of being a friend of God!
Is there an “awakening” in the House of God? Are the Ten Virgins waking up? Who will be taken, and who will be left behind to face all the horrible trials of tribulation? Who will miss the wedding feast, miss out on being part of the Bride, and miss being a part of New City Jerusalem? My eyes are not on the old temple, (or old Covenant!), but on the New City Jerusalem, a heavenly temple, a heavenly Bride, and the new earth God has promised! That’s where Abraham’s eyes would be, and one might even say already were, and he was the friend of God! But a Jew by physical birth only, is still looking for an earthly kingdom! And this is not God’s friend. At best, still a servant, having no true revelation of what his master is doing.
Jesus hung outside the gates of their city, paying the price for our sins, and they did not see. But some did see. Maybe not till the Day of Pentecost, but sight would come! And now, we who are God’s friends, spiritual descendants of Abraham, we know the future, for God has revealed it to us! And we watch with great groanings, desiring that our mortality be swallowed up by immortality, knowing what great promises all these things are working toward. Also knowing what great pain and suffering must be endured first, before Christ Himself sets upon a Jerusalem throne, reigning in love and peace for 1000 years.
Be of God cheer, brothers and sisters, we have a friend in God, and he has revealed to us how the story ends, and God says, “It is good.” Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
(Romans 4:11b -12) “… So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith. And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had ‘before’ he was circumcised.” (Certain notations added by me for emphasis.)
Brothers and sisters, it is so important we fully embrace the New Covenant of our High Priest, Jesus; and leave behind the lesser promises of “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”. God has called us his friends if we “know Him”. Jesus told some he did not “know them”, depart from me.
My heart is for this blog site, and my teepee, to be a place where we constantly desire to know Him more. To seek better understanding, and always be spiritually growing. We are seeking an awakening. Not only seeking it, but insisting on it, if we are to be ready when the call for the Bride comes. Scripture plainly shows there will be an awakening, and a dividing, and a leaving behind. For some, this awakening will lead to a sad revelation of “too little, too late”.
I would like to leave you with a final thought. We see there are “2” Covenants. One is called “the old”, and is supposed to be replaced by the success of our Lord’s mission here in earth. The other is called “the new”, and we should not mix the old with the new! Causing rupturing wineskins. And we see “2” judgement thrones. The judgement seat of Christ, and the Great White Throne judgement seat of God. And we see Ten Virgins, divided into “2” groups, on that day. We even see “2” temples, an earthly one in Jerusalem, and a spiritual one waiting to come down out of heaven. There are also “2” resurrections.
“2” Covenants…”2″ judgements…”2″ sets of virgins…”2″ temples….”2″ resurrections. We should see that both Covenants are still in effect depending on what we have personally decided about Christ, our personal relationship to Him.
Now we see “2” people, Mary and Martha, and the words Jesus spoke to each. Could Mary and Martha be a picture of those Ten Virgins? Has half the modern church become Martha? Have we inverted the order of the “2” greatest commandments as given by Christ? Have we become more concerned with serving man, than seeking the strong Presence of God? I leave you with these thoughts.