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I will try in the next few messages to show you something God has revealed to me. These kinds of things only can come from much study of the Word of God. It does not come to those who only glance at the word now and then. It takes diligent and ardent study. It takes years. It takes revelation from God. I cannot give this all to you in one message, so will only address parts of it as I can get to it.
The Word of God is not some shallow story about certain people’s lives. It is not Bible Stories, as most people think. That is all most people ever get from Scripture. Almost all preachers only tell the ‘obvious’ story, which is the most shallow depth of all to the Word of God. God’s word is ETERNAL. It is LIFE. There is absolutely no limit to the Word of God. It is INFINITE. Can you even guess at what this really means? It means that no matter how deep one gets into the Word, there is always much more. You cannot get to the bottom of it. You cannot get to the top of it. All you can do is keep digging and climbing and launching out into the DEEP. God’s Word is spiritual. It is not carnal. It may seem carnal to the carnal minded. But to the spiritual minded, it is spirit and it is life.
When you read about any one person in the Word, you will see that story about that person. That is only a starting place. It is not the real essence of the Word. God only USES those things to reveal something much deeper and spiritual of HIS THINGS. The things recorded in the Word about anyone is there only for the purpose of revealing secrets of God. Until you can see beyond the story of that person, and hear a much more profound language, telling you, from the very same words, a deep spiritual truth, you are only reading words, and not getting any understanding. You are not getting God’s Word. You are only reading a story. That is not the Scripture. Sure it uses Scripture, but it is not the message God is giving out.
Now you may not understand right now what I am trying to tell you. But keep reading and study the next messages and perhaps you will begin to understand. Then you will begin to get glory from the Word of God. When you can ‘hear’ the true language of Scripture and get into its depth, you will rejoice and fall in love with the Word of God. Then you can FEED upon it and grow up into the measure of the statue of the fullness of Christ.
(Lord, please give me the words to say!) When I first began to see these things, I thought at times that it was just my imagination. But then God showed me something which proved that it was not that, but instead, a very deep way to understand Scripture. I would read about David. This is where it first started. I would be reading Psalm, and I could see clearly that it was speaking about Jesus, and not David. But then it would mention his many sins, and I would say, no, then it cannot be Jesus, for Jesus never sinned. This went on for a good bit of time. Then one day as I was saying that to myself, God said to me, It is Jesus because he had the sins of the whole world laid upon him. They were counted as His sins. Then I began to understand. I began to get knowledge of Jesus which I had never known before, and mostly which is not revealed in the NT.
I found many places in the prophets which were also teaching about Jesus. I could see where Jesus and God would be talking to each other. I could see where Israel and God were speaking to each other. Each time, it took me deeper into the Word of God. It gave me understanding which I had never heard anyone else say. I can only hope that some hungry sheep of God read this and gleam the glory which is here for you.
The Word of God is so precious to me that I can think of little else. I wear myself out trying to get as much of it as possible into print, so maybe others can benefit from my studies and labour. I am certainly not trying to do as so many others have done, to cause anyone to think I am setting up myself as your teacher. I am only trying to help you get into the Word of God for yourself. These mysteries which God has given to me will help any sincere person to get deeper into God’s Word, must quicker. If you do not feed on the Word of God, you will have NO LIFE.
I want to show you something here. Eze 40:2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. Eze 40:3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. Eze 40:4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.
This is how you get into the depth of God. In VISIONS God took this prophet to a high mountain. He went up HIGH. Then God brought him somewhere else. He said, Behold with thine eyes and hear with thine ears, and set your heart upon ALL THAT I SHOW YOU.
Now if you do not ever get to this place, you will never get into God’s mysteries. If you never set your heart upon them, if you never hear and see what God is saying, you will just die and be gone without LIFE. God was taking this prophet into the very deepest of the mysteries of God. But it is not just for Ezekiel. It is for you and me. But only if we do as God said here, will we ever get to the height, and the depth and the breadth of the things of God.
Eze 41:1 Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle.
See, next God took him to another place and showed him the breadth of the tabernacle. God MEASURED.
Eze 42:1 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.
Next, God took him into the utter court and brought him into the chamber against the SEPARATE place. (You must be separate from the world.)
Notice, after this: Eze 43:1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: Eze 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
See, again God took him to another place, where he saw the glory of God. His voice was like a noise of MANY WATERS. Same thing is in Revelation. This proves that God is speaking through MANY PEOPLE. The Waters is the people. So as we speak God’s Word, it is the voice of God. He was taking Ezekiel into deeper understanding each time. But the important thing to see is that God kept taking him on. He was not standing still. You must keep moving in God, if you make it. If He is not taking you into greater depths each day, you are not growing in God.
Eze 44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
God showed him now that the outward, or carnal sanctuary was shut. God had taken him into something much greater than the outward sanctuary. You must get beyond this outer man, and physical building.
Now here is the main thing I wanted you to see here: Eze 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
(As God was continuing to take this prophet into deeper and deeper things, he kept moving him into different parts of the temple of God. But here he has taken him again unto the door of the house. He sees waters coming from under the threshold of the house. This water is LIFE. It is the river of Life. His Words are spirit and they are life. These chapters in Ezekiel are very, very deep with mysteries of God.)
Eze 47:2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
(Notice again, He BROUGHT ME, then He LED me…see God was leading him all the way, continually taking him into deeper things or understanding. He kept moving, never standing still. This is the only way to make it.)
Eze 47:3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. (Now this is the main thing here, I want you to see. The man that had the line and was measuring everything, (which was Jesus, for he is the judge or the one who measures), he measured a first time, and these WATERS were to the ankles. See? He had gone into the depth of God that first measure…to the ankles. He was wading…still seeing stories in the Word! But you cannot make it standing here…must go on out into the depth. Stories will not do! David is not the answer!)
Eze 47:4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
(He measured again, and HE BROUGHT ME…see? Jesus took him through the waters. He keeps moving us. If not, you will die. Must keep growing and learning and gaining faith…all that it takes. He measured the waters the second time, and they were to the knees. Now! He can see Jesus in all Scripture, not David. Has made great headway! But he is not finished yet. He now takes him through the waters one more time and measures again. This time the waters are to the loins. Now he can see Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel in Scripture. He can see people on the OTHER side of the river, not just on this side! Notice, it is always the SAME WATERS, THE SAME RIVER. It is not some other River. He is staying in the same River, only going deeper each time around. It is the very same WORDS, which reveal, stories, then Jesus, then Adam, Satan, Eve, Mother of all living, Cain, evil son, Abel, good son, keeping God’s sheep, not animals. He now sees Judas in Scriptures all over the Word.)
Eze 47:5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. (Notice, each time he measured, he measured a thousand. These are the DAYS of God, they are the teachers. Now for this last measure, it had risen and become a FULL RIVER, which could not be passed over. He now had the full understanding, as Paul had, which could not be rebuked. He now sees me in Scripture. He now sees you there. He now can read so many depths in the very same verses, that it is another world altogether. It is now waters to swim in.
Eze 47:6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. Eze 47:7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
(Now God takes him back to the beginning place, the brink of the river. Now he can go back to Genesis and see things he never dreamed of being there before. Now he can see the truth of the beginning. Now he sees the tree of life on either side of the river. Now he sees many trees there, which all have LIFE. He is back at the beginning, but also where the end and the beginning meet, where mortal has been swallowed up with immortality, where the Holy Marriage has taken place. Now there are living TREES on either side of the river. We now see the holy children of Eve, which were before the flood. We now can see what happened to them.
But now they are all living in the Paradise of God again. This is the ultimate goal of being led of God, of being taken from one glory to another glory. Unless you grow from glory to glory, you will not ever see this River of Life and those trees of Life, bearing that eternal FRUIT. So do not limit the Word of God to stories about David, Abraham, Isaac, Ruth, or anyone else. There are depths written there, which only the Living God can unfold and reveal. But unless you keep searching, knocking, praying, searching, studying, and growing, you will never see it. Those trees of life will be there, that River of life will be there, and you will be hungry and thirsty and not be able to eat or drink, for you limit the Holy God.)
See the Word is this River. You must get deeper and deeper into it. It is a ladder which leads to the top, to the heaven of God. Jacob saw that ladder and angels ascending and descending upon it. Jesus saw those same ascending and descending angels. He also had to climb that ladder. He had made a very good start by age 12. He had a good understanding of the things of God then. But he did not stop. He saw heaven opened when he was baptized. He kept growing and growing until he knew he had to die on that cross. There was no other way. He knew it was the Word and will of God.
(After all, Jesus had read Psalm 22 and Isa. 53, and understood them!) He learned it from studying the Word. You too must climb that ladder. You must get on that first step. The angels are there to assist you. But you must take the next step yourself. Then you must take another one and another one. You must not stop. If you stop when the waters are only knee deep, you will not see that River and those Trees of Life. So do not stop. Do not limit God and his Word. Do not listen to those who claim that God is all alone and is so lonesome. Don’t believe their lies. Study the Word for yourself. Where did God say that?
Do not listen to those who claim that there is only 1 or 2 or 3 members to the God kingdom. It is lies of Satan. He is cheating you of the glory. He is cheating you of climbing that ladder. He is cheating you of going into the depths of the Eternal, innumerable God. Notice, that all those who believe these lies, never climb or swim. They remain babies, babbling the same old ‘who-done-it’ junk, all the days of their lives. They never get any true revelation. They never even get in ankle deep. They are unable to climb to that first stop. That ladder is much too high for them to even consider starting to climb! The proof is there, that they never advance. They always believe the very same thing year after year. I once went to a church and the pastor preached the very same thing for over twenty years. He never got one revelation in all that time. Why? He had not gotten into the water yet. He was playing in the devil’s play ground = false doctrine.
Well, I set out to teach the purchase tonight, but God put me to another subject altogether. But this one needs to precede the next one. It will be clearer if you see this one. I prayed and God gave me this. So here it is.
By: Jo Smith ~~ Jan. 31, 2008
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