SCHOOL OF ISRAEL
Mini-Study Guides, 1994-5
"More Than Conquerors"
30. An Open Heart
Scripture Meditation: John 3:1-20
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us" (v.16, NIV).
Once a minister was interviewed by a radio program in Australia and was asked this question: "If you had a direct line into every church in the world, and you could send a message across that line to every church simultaneously -- and in no more than fifty words -- what would it be?" What would your response have been I wonder? Think about it for a moment. A fifty-word message for every church in the world, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak to billions of Christians. I wonder what a Catholic, or a Mormon, or a Jehovah's Witness, or a Seventh-Day Adventist, or a Pentecostal would say? What would your message be as a New Covenant Christian be?
I can think of many but the one I would probably give would be this one: "If you think your problem is that you do not love the Lord enough then think again, for you have got it the wrong way round. Your problem is that you don't know how much the Lord loves you."
Love begins and continues in the Christian heart when we allow Christ's agapé love to strike ours and create the same degree of agapé love in us.
Many years ago, a certain missionary woman arrived in China. As she was being taken in a rickshaw through the crowded streets of the place in which she was to live, a wave of horror swept over her. "Oh God," she cried, "I don't think I can love these people. The only way I can love them is to have a clearer picture of how much You love me." As she sat in her rickshaw her prayer was answered. A wave of divine love swept across her spirit. She saw in a new way how much she was loved by God and immediately her attitude changed. Where there was revulsion now came a tender love and concern. For the rest of her days she never stopped loving.
Our love of Zion -- our desire for it -- can only be built upon the same principle. The question you must ask yourselves, and the Lord, of course, is this: How much does THE LORD love Zion? And how much does HE want us to be gathered? Once you have discovered that, your love for Zion -- and the whole Patriarchal Theocracy, will bloom into sheer delight. You might even ask yourself: How much do I love the Church Patriarch? And if you find that hard to answer, ask the Lord to reveal to you how much the Church Patriarch loves you and how much the Lord loves him!! I happen to know that the new Church Patriarch loves you all very, very much, and that he bears you in his heart always as a true spiritual father always does.
This may be my last talk to you for a very long time. The summer is upon us. In two months' time I will have been in Norway for seven years, which is the deadline for the establishment of Zion in the northern lands. If the foundation is not temporally laid this year it will probably be another seven years before we will be ready again. When in my former leadership position I encouraged you to set 1 May as the deadline for knowing the location of Zion because I knew that this August would mark the end of this phase of the New Covenant in the north countries with one of two choices -- to either go upwards and build the first prototype and embryo of the Holy City or to fall backwards to a lower level of light and to function merely as an outer fellowship without the blessings of the Holy Order.
My calling has been intimately tied up with all of you. I will not pretend I have found this calling easy. Indeed, it has caused me much heart-ache, and, even though I have no formal position here now, it still does. Zion has been close to my heart for nearly 20 years and I have seen the better part of my life absorbed in it. To see so little apparent fruit has sometimes been heart-breaking. The greatest enemy that I have faced is the new age culture we now find ourselves in and the lie which steers almost everything nowadays which even this people has been strongly influenced by, and still is. And what is that lie? The lie is this: IF IT FEELS GOOD, DO IT! Or to put it another way: IF IT FEELS GOOD, IT'S RIGHT! I even saw an advertisement for jeans in a newspaper which reflected the same lie. It read: "Heaven isn't a place. It's a feeling." This lie, which undercuts the whole patriarchal theocratic system, destroyed the Independent Church and has been like a cancer eating away at the quest for Zion to this very day. And it is the lie which is destroying western civilization. You won't find anything remotely like it in the Bible -- anywhere.
"In the beginning was the Word" (John 1:1) -- not the feeling, not the night dream, not the burning of the bosom, not the tingling of the spine, not a vision, or any of the other guides which religionists seek. In the beginning was the WORD. That is the starting point. "And the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God." And do you know what has come under the greatest attack since this work began in 1988 here in Norway? THE WORD HAS BEEN DOUBTED, TWISTED AND ATTACKED, and the bearers of that Word -- the Lord's anointed -- maligned. So what did God do in 1992? He took it away! Not all of it -- He left the milk gospel -- but He took the Zion-bringing revelations and scriptures. They are gone, save a small handful, and sealed up. And now, unless the people repent, He will take away the Holy Order, the temple, and ordinances, and the covenants away too to a distant land where His Word will be respected and obeyed.
I do not speak in any official, outer capacity today but I do speak with the authority of the commission the Lord gave me in 1984, for that is branded in my heart. I know this is the feeling of the new Patriarch too. I know what I know and no man can take that away from me. The vision of Zion is burned into my soul and has been all these years. I know how it must be built. And there is only one way, and that is the Way of the Holy Order. Any other way will be of man and lead to disintegration.
I have done much soul-searching these few months, and particularly in the six months from October to March when my own spiritual foundations were severely shaken by what I call my "three surprises". In April I got a tooth abscess and experienced pain like I have never experienced before. I have come through them considerably strengthened, with a clearer understanding of what the Lord wants, and even more resolved than ever to fulfil my call to be a Zion-builder wherever the Lord wants me to be.
I pray that we will make it here in Scandinavia -- alot of people have exercised great faith and worked hard in laying the spiritual foundation stones of the Holy Order and the outer fellowship. I desire to see it succeed and to be a part of it. However, I am prepared for the possibility that maybe it is time for me and my family to move on to other pastures and to plant this work elsewhere. We do, after all, have 12 colonies to establish in maybe less that two generations. If we are to move on then we believe our call is to move to New Zealand, probably this autumn. I have had this understanding now since last March.
Should this happen the Scandinavian Church would be left with the first two preparatory degrees of the Holy Order, possibly enlarged, so that preparation for a later gathering can still take place. Let us pray, though, for the establishment of Kadesh-Ephraim now; and if we really want it, let us be prepared to sacrifice everything for it. As I listen to the various members' vision of Kadesh I am still surprised just how far off the mark they are and how the reality of firstborn community life will come as a major trial for them. Let there be no misunderstanding -- most of your dreams of Zion will be crushed as the order of God's True Zion is revealed to you.
Through all the pain I went through last April I was forced to open my heart to receive whatever the Lord wanted of me. I was shattered one night when He spoke to me in audible and said to me: "You are lacking in wisdom." That's all, but it was a crushing revelation. Are you now ready to have your dreams, hopes, and fears all crushed as the Lord God of Israel reveals His will to this people? Are you prepared to receive His Word again, and obey it without murmuring or disbelief? For without this contrition -- this deep sense of the poverty of our own vision and the acceptance of God's omniscience and omnipotence -- there can be no Zion-gathering revelation.
I have started to pack my things ready to move, and I have two sets of stickers to put on all the boxes: one set reads "Kadesh" and the other "New Zealand". Are you packed and ready to go? Are you ready to pull up your roots, wherever you are -- now -- and move to the place designated by the finger of the Lord? Are you prepared to exercise faith sufficient to part a Red Sea or to defeat enemies considerably greater than us in numbers? Are you ready to risk everything in what could be the greatest adventure of our, and our families', lives? And I'm not just talking to those who have been prepared for Kadesh the last seven years -- and especially these last three years since the NPKF started -- but to those who fell away too, for even they have a chance to move now if they so desire it, and if they work a great repentance in their hearts and throw themselves into the work of God in faith, obedience, love and energy.
History has revealed that when Israel fled Egypt many non-Israelites accompanied them, desirous to escape slavery, and were adopted into the Twelve Tribes. Yes, even those who have not identified with this work because of faithlessness or other difficulties have the opportunity of being adopted if they will enter into deep and binding covenants to be true, and give themselves unreservedly to God's Kingdom. God's grace is great, but it must not be abused.
I therefore challenge and invite every member and ex-member and investigator who desires the work of Zion, and who has a testimony of it deeply burned in his or her heart, to get in contact with the Church Patriarch and pledge their loyalty and obedience him, to the Lord our God, and to all the covenants of the Holy Order. This is the last hour. We either flee Babylon now or endure another unknown period of slavery in the world, oppressed by the system, distressed as our children are corrupted by false philosophy, depressed as we fail to achieve the Zionic unity we so much need.
The month of June is upon us -- the hour is late, but it is not too late. We have the summer before us to gather our belongings and our loved ones and to flee from the City of Destruction and the wrath to come (Isa.19:18; Matt.3:7; Luke 3:7).
May the Name of the Lord God of Israel, and that of His Son Jesus Christ, be praised for ever and ever, as we His people give ourselves in trust and obedience to the great call to gather to Zion, even as it is written in one of the ancient scriptures possessed by the Holy Order:
"The day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but My people will I preserve; and righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send for out of the earth, to bear testimony of Mine Only Begotten; His resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as a flood, to gather out Mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that My people may gird up their loins, and be looking for the time of My coming; for there shall be My tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem". Amen.
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