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What Must We Do?
While recently reading Isaiah 61, I was gloriously inspired when I again realized the high calling of God on Jesus our Messiah; that same high calling which we as followers of Christ are also called (Philippians 3).
There is one exception to our high calling and that is the high calling of Christ's death alone on the cross for our sins. Only Christ qualified and has fulfilled this call. Our God given DNA is to co-labor with our Heavenly Father as adopted mature sons in ministering reconciliation to a dying world (II Corinthians 5). God is in both Jesus the Christ and in believers declaring reconciliation.
God's Heart For Restoration of Mankind
Isaiah chapter 61 declares the loving heart desire of God for restoration of all things to those who will believe in and through His Christ and His Christed anointed sons.
My heart raced while realizing that in Jesus' advent 2000 years ago, all of the power and glory of God was made available for restoration to believers. The preaching and demonstration of the gospel of His presence (Matthew 24:3) has been the mandate since that time. We know that when the gospel of the presence of God in Christ has been preached throughout the world only then will the end (of sin) in the world happen.
Jesus Announces His Fulfillment As Messiah
When Jesus our Messiah appeared 2000 years ago in the temple (Luke 4:18) he announced that the following prophetic word given by the Prophet Isaiah (chapter 61) was being fulfilled at that moment. This word had been scribed by the Prophet Isaiah 700 years before Jesus appeared that day in the temple. The Prophet Isaiah wrote:
The Spirit of the Lord God (Yahweh) is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3 NASU
It is most important to note that the purpose of salvation in Jesus our Messiah is that we as believers shall be called oaks or trees of righteousness plantings of the Lord. Jesus our Tree of Life has come and established the parameters of anointed ministry. The above scripture refers to believers as they. The above prophetic word was fulfilled when Jesus entered the temple and announced the following:
And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written (Isaiah 61:1-3),
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." Luke 4:16-21 ESV
Faith for Fulfillment Given to Believers
The fulfillment of this prophetic word set into motion the required faith for the unveiling of the restoration of all things to those who will have faith. When Jesus was resurrected the restoration of all things in heaven and earth was fulfilled positionally and awaits faith activation in order to realize our full salvation. God has set in place all things pertaining to full salvation; we must experientially receive. God does not impose reconciliation upon us but rather bids us to agree that it is complete in Jesus the Christ.
From this point forward Jesus began to demonstrate for all mankind that which is required of believers in order to facilitate the totality of the "at hand" Kingdom of God. The faith foundation being mandated by God and demonstrated by Jesus the Anointed was actually listed in Isaiah 61:4-9. These mandates have been given to each and every believer. These mandates are our generic faith mandates and are given to bring an end to sin.
What Must We Do?
Then they (we as trees of righteousness…plantings of the Lord) will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will rise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Isaiah 61:4 NASU
Every individual is likened to a city. Not only are we to rebuild the ancient ruins, former devastations and ruined cities but also first individual and corporate human cities must be relieved of the desolations of many generations. Restored literal cites is a product of individual human cities walking in the fullness of salvation. Remember that God through Jesus His Christ has made us trees of righteousness, plantings of the Lord. We are totally equipped with love and life!
Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, and foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers. Isaiah 61:5 NASU
Strangers and foreigners will be drawn to us by the goodness of God being demonstrated in the Church. The strangers and foreigners having received a witness of the goodness of God are drawn into a place of servitude. It is only the goodness of God, which brings forth a true turning to God.
Benefits of Fulfilling Our Anointed (Christed) Mandate
But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.
For I, the Lord, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; And I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them. Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed. Isaiah 61:6-9 NASU
No Disclaimers Found
Jesus has and continues to totally fulfill the responsibility of his calling as savior of the world. I find no disclaimer in the holy written word of God. A disclaimer is a statement that denies something, especially responsibility. There are no additional responses required by Jesus to God in fulfilling the redemption of mankind.
Jesus declared 2000 years ago that it (redemption) is finished…redemption of mankind is in place and available to all who will believe. This is why our New Covenant declares that today is the day of salvation and that now is the accepted time.
Jesus is "Fixing" To…
A diabolical fallacy concerning our Messiah is that he is to return in the future to fix every wrong. Jesus has already rescued his Church. Again all is fixed in Christ's death and resurrection. By faith in the fulfilled responsibility of Jesus, with the total absence of disclaimers, the bride is making herself ready by the power of Jesus' advent 2000 years ago. Again there is no second advent for the rescue of the Church. The bride of Christ is without spot or blemish made possible through the finished work of the cross; making available present tense resurrection life.
Jesus is the last day(s)! Christ's full presence in the Earth came 2000 years ago. Christ's disciples acknowledge Christ's eternal presence in the following passage of scripture.
As He (Jesus) was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming (Greek parousia i.e. presence), and of the end of the age?" Matthew 24:3 NASU
The disciples wanted to know what the tokens and indicators of Christ's obvious presence and the end of the age. The disciples equated Christ's presence with the end of the age. Positionally Christ has overcome the age of sin. Indicators of Christ's presence and subsequent rending of sin are all of those events found in the "Olivet Discourse" in Matthew 24 and also in the synoptic Gospel's of Mark and Luke.
Jesus preached that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus fully represented God's kingdom so therefore we know that the presence of Jesus is the presence of the Kingdom of God.
It is the gospel of Christ's presence alluded to in the following verse which must be preached and attested to in order for the consummation of the age of sin to be fully realized. We are to utilize the already in place presence of Christ experientially and see the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.
Jesus said, "This gospel of the kingdom (Gospel of his presence) shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony (an actual hands-on witness) to all the nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14 NASU
Things Happen and Jesus Comes or Jesus Comes and Things Happen?
…So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Matthew 24:33 NASU
This verse is clear in relating all of the happenings of the "Olivet Discourse" to the presence of Jesus our Messiah. THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN AND THEN JESUS COMES…THESE THINGS HAPPEN ONLY BECAUSE HE HAS COME!
All of these things alluded to in this verse are the indicators or happenings listed in Matthew 24. We have been witnessing these things for 2000 years; therefore we know that Jesus was near and at hand both at that time and now.
"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Matthew 24:34 NASU
Generation in this verse is a Greek word which means to cause to be; to bring into existence. This is not a literal age group of people who happened to be living at the time Jesus spoke generating these words. Jesus was simply saying that the words contained in Matthew 24 will be totally fulfilled (not pass away) because these are spoken words from God. Proof that generation is the word of God and not a literal age group is found in the verse following the one above.
Scripture interprets scripture.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my (generated) words will not pass away." Matthew 24:35 NASU
This verse is proof that generation used here is a generation of the word of God; words which will totally be fulfilled.
Note: Many who call themselves partial preterist wrongly base their doctrine of eschatology on the false understanding that these verses must have for the most part had to have been fulfilled before the death of the generation of people alive at that time.
The term preterism comes from the Latin praeter, which is listed in Webster's 1913 dictionary as a prefix denoting that something is "past."
Again I believe that Jesus was simply saying that these generated words would be fulfilled (and not pass away) bringing an end to the age of sin.
So Let Us Do the Following…
Scribed in the Book of Revelation we find that Jesus said the following:
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Revelation 22:13 NASU
Jesus said on the cross that "It is finished." Jesus said 2000 years ago that he is the omega (last letter of the Greek alphabet), last and the end. I hear the spirit of God saying, "There ain't no more!"
Jesus as the omega is the fulfillment of the Greek alphabet; Jesus has communicated once and for all the fullness of his presence. From the Book of Revelation we know that our Messiah is totally revealed (apocalypse). Jesus is the last and end of the fulfillment of the promise of Messiah. If there is to be a second advent of Messiah then Jesus would be untruthful by calling himself omega, the last and the end.
I believe that Jesus can and will literally and physically appear at any time to those who can see him with the eyes of the heart. Jesus ascended into a cloud out of the onlookers sight and will in the same manner return as we have sight to see him. The mature bride of Christ is now seeing him with pure eyes of the heart. Jesus is come and continues to come a second time and a second time and a second…never ending time.
Jesus our Messiah Has "Come" and is "Come"
We find in the Book of Revelation at least 37 times the English words come or coming translated from the original Greek text. The Greek verbs indicated are never used in a future tense! In English If you tell me you are coming to my house then to me your coming is a future event. This is not so in the Greek tenses of come or coming.
The Greek word for come or coming in all 37 uses in the Book of Revelation is the imperfect tense and present tense. The Greek lexicon identifies the word for come or coming as erchomai (er'-khom-ahee); middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses.) The present and imperfect Greek verb tense is described as follows:
Greek Present Tense
In English, we know that the present tense describes something happening right now. It informs us of the time when an action takes place. In Greek, however, the present tense primarily tells us the type of action. The Greek present tense indicates continued action, something that happens continually or repeatedly, or something that is in the process of happening.
Greek Imperfect Tense
The Greek imperfect tense is straightforward.
Past time - Imperfect always describes something that happens in the past.
Continued action - Imperfect always describes something that is continued, repeated or habitual.
Has Jesus our Messiah Come?
In light of the revealed Greek verb tenses let us look at just one of the key verses found in the Book of Revelation which uses the English translation "come" or "coming."
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I (Jesus) am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20 NASU
Paraphrased this verses is saying, "Yes, I (Jesus) have come and continue to come to cut short. Even so be it (amen) Lord Jesus you have come and continue to come."
There is nothing in this verse that implies a future coming; on the contrary Jesus has come and continues today making himself available to all who will believe.
Glory to God forevermore!
Rejoice saints in knowing that our Messiah has come in the fullness of the love of his God and our Father God granting all believers victory over sin and death. Let us preach and witness the Gospel of his presence (Matthew 24:3) bringing an end to all evil (Matthew 24:14) in earth and heaven. He has come!