THE CHURCH MUST NOW ASCEND
By Dan Luehrs
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Eph 2:6 (NLT)
The very day that I started to write this message this verse was in my daily devotional book. I knew it was the Lordís conformation of what I was to write. A few years ago I wrote a book called, The Ascending Lifestyle. In this book I go on to explain how, ďWe can be living in heaven while walking on earthĒ according to the verse above. I will not try to rewrite the book in this message, however, the Lord has shown me that we the church must be seated with Him and beside Him if we hope to make it through the difficult days that lay ahead of us. Itís only when we can breathe Godís heavenly air and be filled with His presence that we will have the strength to make it through these trying days of tribulation. All the things that we need in life will be given to those who know how to wait in His presence and peace. (See Matt 6:33).
AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
Jesus said, ďIt will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.Ē Luke 17:30 (NASU)
The greatest days to be alive are right now. Congratulationís you have been chosen by God to live in these days, it will be much better than winning the lottery! Yes, these are not easy days to live in, but trust me, it will be worth it all when we make it to the day of the revelation of Jesus Christ. The day of His revealing or uncovering is when Jesus will be revealed in and through His people, because that is where Jesus now abides in the earth, all mankind will see this epiphany or apocalypse together. No one will be able to dispute that Jesus is not alive and that He lived, died, and rose again! He will be on full display for all to see His miracles, signs, wonders, and to hear Him teach through those who have become like Him through the process of their tribulations of life.
In Luke 17:20-21, the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God is coming, Jesus tells them that the kingdom of God is in your midst! Meaning, that HE, the King and the Kingdom is standing right in front of you and you donít even know it! Then Jesus goes on to explaining to His disciples how the day of His unveiling is going to take place.
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26-27 (NASU)
We must take note; that it will be as in the day(s) of Noah and just one day alone that will bring forth His revealing, it was the prier days that prepared them for that DAY! Life was pretty normal for most people in getting on with the duties of life, UNTIL the DAY Noah and his family entered the ark, that day changed everything! Jesus is our ark of safety and deliverance from this world of sin and death and when we are found in Him, and He is in us, we are prepared for the day of His revealing to take place in and through us.
When Noah and his family were in the ark the flood came and raised them up into the heavens high above the earth into a new realm that they had never been in before, even above the mountains of the earth. Think about it a minute! They were not just dwelling on the earth, they were in a heavenly realm were only the birds could fly. The mountains of Ararat where the ark laid rest is 17,000 feet high, in the natural the people and animals would have died because of the lack of oxygen, but not with God, in fact they all survived and prospered in the new earth that they were now given. They escaped by going up higher!
†It was the wicked who died and left the earth, not the righteous! In fact, the righteous inherited the earth for God to start all over again with a new group of 8 people. ďAnd just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of ManĒ Luke 17:26. When Jesus is revealed through His people God is going to start the earth all over again with His righteous ones. However, this time it is going to be much different, instead of God killing all the people with a flood of water, He is going to flood the earth with a flood of His Holy Spirit! He is going to deliver mankind through the flood of living water that is going to flow out of His people and into the lives of sinful man, destroying the man of sin that has plagued mankind since the fall of man.
We must understand the importance of this story, Noah and his family ascended into the heavenlies and were delivered from the destruction of the earth to inherit it all! We as Godís people must now ascended in Christ Jesus, sitting with Him on His throne ruling over our lives in peace and rest, not in worry and striving to make it through another day.
AS IN THE DAYS OF LOT
It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Luke 17:28-29 (NASU)
The story of Lot is even more in depth for us spiritually then the story of Noah and is filled with revelation as to what the day of the unveiling of Christ is going to be like.
As in the days of Noah the people were carrying on as if life was not going to have a drastic turn of events. I proclaim to you today, get ready, get ready because the day of the Lord is soon upon us and none will escape what God is about to do in the earth through His people that have been prepare for this day and hour. What a day it will be when Jesus is revealed through His people. I tell you it will be a day of days that will change the way the world has gone for thousands of years. †You and I are called to be the catalyst that changes everything!
†The full story of Lot is found in Genesis 19. Lot was a relative of Abraham that went his own way choosing to live in Sodom and becoming a leader in the community. However, Sodom was a wicked city with much sexual perversion that God had come down to see and destroy, but could not do so until Lot and his family had left the city and were high up in the mountains safely.
God could have left Lot in the city to die with the rest of the people because Lot tried to delay his leaving the city. He hesitated in getting up to the mountain for safety.
But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. When they had brought them outside, one said, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away." Gen 19:16-17 (NASU)
Godís people are once again hesitating on going up higher into the realms of God to escape what is coming to the earth. The name of Lot means, (to cover or hide). What the people of Sodom did not know was that Lot had hidden in him the same seed that Abraham carried in his loins and because he was a relative of Abraham God was not going to leaven him behind to be destroyed with the world. ďThus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot livedĒ Gen 19:29 (NASU). Lot was an agent of change, out from him came two tribes, the Ammonites and the Moabites of whom Ruth was from. Ruth was in the linage of David and Jesus. Even through Moab the son of Lot was born of incest God used Lotís seemingly mistake to cover for the coming seed of the Messiah through him. Godís ways are unsearchable!
Just as with Lot, we are also hidden or covered from the peering eyes of the world and from much of the churches eyes. The seed of Jesus is within us, who are the agents of change for the world, the sons of God, but unless we know how to escape the ravages of the world that are going on now in the earth, we also will not be ready for what God is about to do. This is why Revelation 4:1 is so expedient right now for the true church. ďAfter these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, " Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." We must COME UP to where Jesus is for us to be prepared for the outpouring of glory that is about to hit the earth.
THE DAYS OF FIRE
But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Luke 17:29 (NASU)
It is interesting to note, the name Sodom means, (secret or hidden). Almost the same as the name Lot. However, Sodomís cover up was their sin that was unveiled when the angels came to town to see their great wickedness and to be judged for it. Lotís hidden secret was not even known by him or anyone, but God! The same is true with us, we are carrying in our loins the likeness of Jesus Christ and we will not fully be a where of it until Jesus is revealed through us!
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2-3 (NASU)
The revealing or unveiling of Christ will come through Godís people like the flood of Noah to wash away all the sin of the world! The power of the Holy Spirit will come like fire to burn the love of God into the hearts of mankind and remove sin and death forever and ever, Amen! Jesus said, ďIt will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealedĒ Luke 17:30 (NASU).
We know this for sure, we carry God within us, He, Who is the consuming fire! When the judgment of God is poured out on the modern day Sodom (the world) the fire of God will consume the man of sin that is alive in the heart of all mankind and will do away with all sin and evil that is working in man. The Greek word for brimstone is, (Theios); meaning, GOD! The fire and brimstone that is coming to earth is the fire of the Holy Spirit to deliver mankind from the man of sin that has been plaguing us since Adam.
Jesus said, ďI have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!† "But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!Ē Luke 12:49-50 (NASU)
The flood of Jesusí blood is about to come and wash the sin of man away and to save us! The fire of God is coming to baptize us in the Holy Spirits power, and the brimstone (divinity) of God is going to change us into His likeness. We must be a prepared and ready people by going higher into the spirit realm by seeking Him daily in His presence through worship and waiting on Him. These three experiences with God will fulfill all three feasts of Israel in us at once. Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, which are also in Mosesí tabernacle, the outer court, they holy place, and the holy of holies. We will be like Him!
ÖLet him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Luke 17:31-32 (NKJV)
Jesus commands us not to come down once we have ascended into the realms of God through His Spirit. He then tells us not to be like Lotís wife whose heart was still in the things of the world and not seeking to go higher in Christ. Jesus alone is our ladder to ascend into the spirit realm where we find safety and peace in Him. We are the body of Jesus, we are to gather to Him in the spirit realm and soar like eagles! ďAnd they answered and said to Him, "Where, Lord?" So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together." Luke 17:37 (NKJV)