1. Serving God by Knowing the Age, by Realizing the Way Christ Fulfills His Economy, by Seeing the World Situation as the Indicator of His Move, and by Spreading the Truths of the Lord’s Recovery for His Coming Back
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Scripture Reading: Zech. 1:18-21; 3:9; 4:6-7; 5:5-11; 12:1;
Acts 5:31; 17:26-27a; Matt. 24:14
Zech 1:18       Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and there were four horns.
Zech 1:19       And I said to the angel who spoke with me, What are these? And he said to me, These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
Zech 1:20       Then Jehovah showed me four craftsmen.
Zech 1:21       And I said, What do these come to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns that have so scattered Judah that no man lifts up his head, but these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who have lifted up the horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.
Zech 3:9        For here is the stone that I have set before Joshua-upon one stone are seven eyes. I will engrave its engraving, declares Jehovah of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
Zech 4:6        And he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of Jehovah to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Jehovah of hosts.
Zech 4:7        Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain, and he will bring forth the topstone with shouts of Grace, grace to it.
Zech 5:5        Then the angel who spoke with me went forth and said to me, Lift up now your eyes and see what this is that goes forth.
Zech 5:6        And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the ephah vessel that goes forth; and he said, This is their appearance in all the land;
Zech 5:7        (Then a lead cover was lifted up) and this is a woman sitting within the ephah vessel.
Zech 5:8        Then he said, This is Wickedness. And he threw her down into the midst of the ephah vessel and threw the lead weight over its opening.
Zech 5:9        Then I lifted up my eyes and I looked, and there were two women going forth, and the wind was in their wings; and they had wings like the wings of a stork. And they lifted up the ephah vessel between the earth and the heavens.
Zech 5:10       And I said to the angel who spoke with me, Where are they taking the ephah vessel?
Zech 5:11       And he said to me, To build a house for her in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.
Zech 12:1       The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him,
Acts 5:31       This One God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 17:26     And He made from one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, determining beforehand their appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwelling,
Acts 17:27a    That they might seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, …
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
 
 

I.     We need to be those who know the age of today’s Christianity in a particular way, especially in relation to the revelation of the Scriptures, the divine truths, and the genuine and proper theology:

A.     Not one of today’s theologies, including the Nicene Creed, stresses adequately the following five critical points concerning the Spirit of God in the move of God’s eternal economy:
1.      The Spirit that gives life being “not yet”—John 7:39b.
John 7:39b     … for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
2.      The last Adam becoming a life-giving Spirit—1 Cor. 15:45b.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
3.      The compound Spirit typified by the anointing ointment—Exo. 30:23-25.
Exo 30:23      You also take the finest spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred fifty shekels, and of fragrant calamus two hundred fifty shekels,
Exo 30:24      And of cassia five hundred shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
Exo 30:25      And you shall make it a holy anointing oil, a fragrant ointment compounded according to the work of a compounder; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
4.      The Spirit of life, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, Christ Himself, and the indwelling Spirit in Romans 8:2, 9-11 all referring to the compound Spirit that gives life.
Rom 8:2         For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death.
Rom 8:9         But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Him.
Rom 8:10       But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11       And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
5.      The seven Spirits—Rev. 1:4.
Rev 1:4          John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
B.     The believers are held back by imperfect and unscriptural theology from the central revelation of God and come short of the completion of God’s eternal economy because they miss, neglect, or oppose the above five critical points concerning the Spirit of God.
C.     The Lord’s recovery today is just the recovery of these critical points concerning the Spirit of God in the move of God’s eternal economy.
D.     The Lord’s recovery and the central revelation of God are God becoming the flesh, the flesh becoming the life-giving Spirit, and the life-giving Spirit becoming the sevenfold intensified Spirit to build up the church that becomes the Body of Christ and that consummates the New Jerusalem; this is the full ministry of Christ in three stages—incarnation, inclusion, and intensification.
E.      Regarding the Lord’s present recovery, we should all be up to date and not held back by our old theology or by our old understanding of the recovery.
 

II.   The book of Zechariah reveals that the way to fulfill God’s economy in the divine history is by Christ as the sevenfold intensified Spirit in our spirit and that the building of the church will be consummated by Christ as the sevenfold intensified Spirit of grace to be the topstone of grace—4:6-7, 12-14; 3:9; 12:1, 10; Rev. 4:5; 5:6:

Zech 4:6        And he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of Jehovah to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Jehovah of hosts.
Zech 4:7        Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain, and he will bring forth the topstone with shouts of Grace, grace to it.
Zech 4:12       And I answered a second time and said to him, What are the two olive branches that are by the side of the two golden spouts, which empty the gold from themselves?
Zech 4:13       And he spoke to me, saying, Do you not know what these are? And I said, No, sir.
Zech 4:14       And he said, These are the two sons of oil, who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
Zech 3:9        For here is the stone that I have set before Joshua-upon one stone are seven eyes. I will engrave its engraving, declares Jehovah of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
Zech 12:1       The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him,
Zech 12:10     And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and they will look upon Me, whom they have pierced; and they will wail over Him with wailing as for an only son and cry bitterly over Him with bitter crying as for a firstborn son.
Rev 4:5          And out of the throne come forth lightnings and voices and thunders. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;
Rev 5:6          And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
A.     The focal point of the divine history within human history is the two comings of Christ for the testimony of Jesus, the building of God—Zech. 4:2-3; 6:12-13; 9:9; 11:7-13; 12:10; 14:3-5, 9.
Zech 4:2        And he said to me, What do you see? And I said, I see that there is a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl on top of it and its seven lamps upon it, with seven pipes for each of the lamps on top of it;
Zech 4:3        And there are two olive trees beside it, one to the right of the bowl and one to the left.
Zech 6:12       And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks Jehovah of hosts, saying, Here is a man, whose name is the Shoot; and he will shoot forth from his place and will build the temple of Jehovah.
Zech 6:13       Indeed, it is He who will build the temple of Jehovah; and He will bear majesty and will sit and rule on his throne; and He will be a priest on his throne; and the counsel of peace will be between the two of them.
Zech 9:9        Exult greatly, O daughter of Zion; / Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! / Now your King comes to you. / He is righteous and bears salvation, / Lowly and riding upon a donkey, / Even upon a colt, the foal of a donkey,
Zech 11:7       So I shepherded the flock of slaughter, and thereby the afflicted of the flock. And I took to myself two staffs; one I called Favor, and the other I called Bonds; and I shepherded the flock.
Zech 11:8       Then I destroyed the three shepherds in one month; for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also detested me.
Zech 11:9       Then I said, I will not shepherd you. What is to die will die, and what is to be destroyed will be destroyed, and those who are left will each eat one another's flesh.
Zech 11:10     And I took my staff, Favor, and I broke it in pieces so as to break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
Zech 11:11     And it was broken in that day; and thus the afflicted of the flock, who watched me, knew that it was the word of Jehovah.
Zech 11:12     And I said to them, If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, do not bother. So they weighed out my wages, thirty pieces of silver.
Zech 11:13     And Jehovah said to me, Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price that I am priced with by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter, into the house of Jehovah.
Zech 12:10     And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and they will look upon Me, whom they have pierced; and they will wail over Him with wailing as for an only son and cry bitterly over Him with bitter crying as for a firstborn son.
Zech 14:3       Then Jehovah will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights in a day of battle.
Zech 14:4       And His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split at its middle toward the east and toward the west into a very great valley, so that half of the mountain will remove to the north and half of it to the south.
Zech 14:5       And you will flee into the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach unto Azel; yes, you will flee, just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah the king of Judah. And Jehovah my God will come, and all the saints with Him.
Zech 14:9       And Jehovah will be King over all the earth; and in that day Jehovah will be the one God and His name the one name.
B.     We must see that Babylon is characterized by the wickedness of business, or commerce, involving covetousness, deceit, and the love of money; our Christian life should be without the love of money, and our Christian work should not be a money-making trade—5:5-11; 1 Tim. 3:3, 8; 6:5-10; Acts 11:29-30; 20:33-34; 2 Tim. 3:2-4; Heb. 13:5; 2 Cor. 2:17; 12:15; cf. 2 Kings 5:15-27:
Zech 5:5        Then the angel who spoke with me went forth and said to me, Lift up now your eyes and see what this is that goes forth.
Zech 5:6        And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the ephah vessel that goes forth; and he said, This is their appearance in all the land;
Zech 5:7        (Then a lead cover was lifted up) and this is a woman sitting within the ephah vessel.
Zech 5:8        Then he said, This is Wickedness. And he threw her down into the midst of the ephah vessel and threw the lead weight over its opening.
Zech 5:9        Then I lifted up my eyes and I looked, and there were two women going forth, and the wind was in their wings; and they had wings like the wings of a stork. And they lifted up the ephah vessel between the earth and the heavens.
Zech 5:10       And I said to the angel who spoke with me, Where are they taking the ephah vessel?
Zech 5:11       And he said to me, To build a house for her in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.
1 Tim 3:3        Not an excessive drinker; not a striker, but forbearing; not contentious; not fond of money;
1 Tim 3:8        Deacons must similarly be grave, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for base gain;
1 Tim 6:5        Perpetual wranglings of men corrupted in mind and deprived of the truth, supposing godliness to be a means of gain.
1 Tim 6:6        But godliness with contentment is great gain;
1 Tim 6:7        For we have brought nothing into the world, because neither can we carry anything out.
1 Tim 6:8        But having food and covering, with these we will be content.
1 Tim 6:9        But those who intend to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge men into destruction and ruin.
1 Tim 6:10      For the love of money is a root of all evils, because of which some, aspiring after money, have been led away from the faith and pierced themselves through with many pains.
Acts 11:29     And the disciples, according to how one was prospered, determined, each one of them, to send things for dispensing to the brothers dwelling in Judea,
Acts 11:30     Which also they did, sending it to the elders through the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
Acts 20:33     I have coveted no one's silver or gold or clothing.
Acts 20:34     You yourselves know that these hands have ministered to my needs and to those who are with me.
2 Tim 3:2        For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Tim 3:3        Without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, not lovers of good,
2 Tim 3:4        Traitors, reckless, blinded with pride, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
Heb 13:5        Let your way of life be without the love of money, being satisfied with the things which are at hand; for He Himself has said, "I shall by no means give you up, neither by any means shall I abandon you";
2 Cor 2:17      For we are not like the many, adulterating the word of God for profit; but as out of sincerity, but as out of God, before God we speak in Christ.
2 Cor 12:15    But I, I will most gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved less?
2 Kings 5:15   And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him and said, Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except with Israel. And now, please accept a present from your servant.
2 Kings 5:16   But he said, As Jehovah lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing. And Naaman urged him to take it, but he refused.
2 Kings 5:17   And Naaman said, Then if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth, for your servant will no more offer burnt offerings and sacrifices to other gods, but to Jehovah only.
2 Kings 5:18   In this matter may Jehovah pardon your servant: When my master goes into the house of Rimmon to bow down there and leans on my arm, and I bow down in the house of Rimmon, when I bow down in the house of Rimmon, may Jehovah pardon your servant in this matter.
2 Kings 5:19   And he said to him, Go in peace. And when he had gone from him a little way,
2 Kings 5:20   Gehazi, the attendant of Elisha the man of God said, Now my master has spared Naaman this Syrian by not receiving from his hand that which he brought. As Jehovah lives, I will run after him and take something from him.
2 Kings 5:21   So Gehazi pursued Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he alighted from the chariot to meet him and said, Is all well?
2 Kings 5:22   And he said, All is well. My master has sent me, saying, Now at this moment two young men from among the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim; please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothes.
2 Kings 5:23   And Naaman said, Please take two talents. And he urged him and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothes, and gave them to two of his attendants; and they carried them before him.
2 Kings 5:24   And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and deposited them in the house. And he sent the men away, and they departed.
2 Kings 5:25   And he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, Where have you come from, Gehazi? And he said, Your servant has not gone anywhere.
2 Kings 5:26   And he said to him, Did not my heart go with you when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive silver and to receive clothing and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male servants and female servants?
2 Kings 5:27   Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you and to your seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
1.      Of the cargo sold by Babylon, the first item is gold and the last is the souls of men; souls of men refers to men who sell themselves for employment, neglecting God and their eternal destiny—Rev. 18:12-13; cf. 2 Pet. 2:3, 15; cf. Luke 12:13-21.
Rev 18:12      Cargo of gold and silver and precious stone and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of thyine wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel of most precious wood and brass and iron and marble,
Rev 18:13      And cinnamon and amomum and incense and ointment and frankincense and wine and oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargo of horses and chariots and slaves and souls of men.
2 Pet 2:3        And in covetousness, with fabricated words, they will make merchandise of you, for whom the judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
2 Pet 2:15      Forsaking the straight way, they have gone astray, following the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness
Luke 12:13     And someone out of the crowd said to Him, Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.
Luke 12:14     But He said to him, Man, who appointed Me a judge or a divider over you?
Luke 12:15     And He said to them, Watch and guard yourself from all covetousness, for no one's life is in the abundance of his possessions.
Luke 12:16     And He told them a parable, saying, The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.
Luke 12:17     And he reasoned in himself, saying, What shall I do, for I have no place where I may gather my crops?
Luke 12:18     And he said, I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will gather there all my wheat and my goods.
Luke 12:19     And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; rest, eat, drink, be merry.
Luke 12:20     But God said to him, Foolish one, this night they are requiring your soul from you; and the things which you have prepared, whose will they be?
Luke 12:21     So is he who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
2.      God’s sovereignty will cause the wickedness in business, which the people of Israel learned from the Babylonians in their captivity, to go back to Babylon (the land of Shinar)—Zech. 5:10-11; Gen. 11:2, 9.
Zech 5:10       And I said to the angel who spoke with me, Where are they taking the ephah vessel?
Zech 5:11       And he said to me, To build a house for her in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.
Gen 11:2        And as they journeyed east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Gen 11:9        Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Jehovah confounded the language of all the earth, and from there Jehovah scattered them over the surface of all the earth.
C.     Christ is the last Craftsman used by God to break the four horns; the four horns are the four kingdoms with their kings—Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and the Roman Empire—also signified by the great human image with four sections in Daniel 2:31-33, the four stages of locusts in Joel 1:4, and the four beasts in Daniel 7:3-8, that damaged and destroyed the chosen people of God—Zech. 1:18-21:
Dan 2:31        You, O king, were watching, and there was a single great image. This image, large and its brightness surpassing, stood opposite you; and its appearance was frightful.
Dan 2:32        Concerning this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its abdomen and its thighs of bronze,
Dan 2:33        Its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
Joel 1:4         What the cutting locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; / And what the swarming locust has left, the licking locust has eaten; / And what the licking locust has left, the consuming locust has eaten.
Dan 7:3          And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
Dan 7:4          The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were plucked and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man; and a man's heart was given to it.
Dan 7:5          And there was another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and they said thus to it, Arise, devour much flesh.
Dan 7:6          After this I watched and there was another beast, like a leopard; and it had four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
Dan 7:7          After this I watched in the night visions, and there was a fourth beast, dreadful and frightful and exceedingly strong; and it had large iron teeth; it devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Dan 7:8          I was considering the horns; then there was another horn, a small one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted from before it. And there were eyes like the eyes of a man in this horn and a mouth speaking great things.
Zech 1:18       Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and there were four horns.
Zech 1:19       And I said to the angel who spoke with me, What are these? And he said to me, These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
Zech 1:20       Then Jehovah showed me four craftsmen.
Zech 1:21       And I said, What do these come to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns that have so scattered Judah that no man lifts up his head, but these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who have lifted up the horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.
1.      The four craftsmen are the skills used by God to destroy these kingdoms with their kings; each of the first three kingdoms (Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece) was taken over in a skillful way by the kingdom that followed it—Dan. 5; 8:3-7.
Dan 5            omitted.
Dan 8:3          Then I lifted my eyes, and I looked, and there was a ram, standing before the river, and he had two horns. And the two horns were high, but one was higher than the other; and the higher one came up last.
Dan 8:4          I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward; and no beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could deliver from his power; but he did as he pleased, and he became great.
Dan 8:5          And while I considered this, there was a male goat, coming from the west over the face of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.
Dan 8:6          And he came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran toward him in his mighty wrath.
Dan 8:7          And I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and broke his two horns; and the ram had no strength to withstand him, but the goat threw him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was none to deliver the ram from his power.
2.      The fourth Craftsman will be Christ as the stone cut out without hands, who will crush the restored Roman Empire and thereby crush the great human image as the totality of human government at His coming back—2:31-35, 44-45.
Dan 2:31        You, O king, were watching, and there was a single great image. This image, large and its brightness surpassing, stood opposite you; and its appearance was frightful.
Dan 2:32        Concerning this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its abdomen and its thighs of bronze,
Dan 2:33        Its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
Dan 2:34        You were watching until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the image at its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.
Dan 2:35        Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed all at once, and they became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Dan 2:44        And in the days of those kings the God of the heavens will raise up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and its reign will not be left to another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms; and it will stand forever.
Dan 2:45        Inasmuch as you saw that out of the mountain a stone was cut without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will happen afterward; and the dream is certain, and its interpretation trustworthy.
3.      This crushing stone is the corporate Christ, Christ with His overcomers, who are His dispensational instrument to end this age—Joel 3:11; Zech. 14:5; Rev. 12:1-2, 5; 19:11-21.
Joel 3:11        Hurry and come, / All you surrounding nations, / And be gathered. / There cause Your mighty ones to descend, O Jehovah!
Zech 14:5       And you will flee into the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach unto Azel; yes, you will flee, just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah the king of Judah. And Jehovah my God will come, and all the saints with Him.
Rev 12:1        And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon underneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
Rev 12:2        And she was with child, and she cried out, travailing in birth and being in pain to bring forth.
Rev 12:5        And she brought forth a son, a man-child, who is to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12      And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
Rev 19:14      And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15      And out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He will shepherd them with an iron rod; and He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
Rev 19:16      And He has on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Rev 19:17      And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid-heaven, Come here; gather yourselves to the great dinner of God,
Rev 19:18      That you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of generals and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free and slave and small and great.
Rev 19:19      And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war with Him who sits on the horse and with His army.
Rev 19:20      And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet, who in his presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone.
Rev 19:21      And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeds out of the mouth of Him who sits on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
4.      After coming to defeat Antichrist and to crush the aggregate of human government, the corporate Christ—Christ with His overcoming bride—will become a great mountain to fill the whole earth, making the whole earth God’s kingdom; this kingdom will consummate in the New Jerusalem—the ultimate and consummate step of the divine history—20:4, 6; 21:10.
Rev 20:4        And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and of those who had not worshipped the beast nor his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Rev 20:6        Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
5.      Thus, the great human image will be replaced with the eternal kingdom of God, the corporate Christ in the image of God for the glory of God.
 

III.  The world situation is the indicator of the Lord’s move on earth—Acts 5:31; 17:26-27a:

Acts 5:31       This One God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 17:26     And He made from one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, determining beforehand their appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwelling,
Acts 17:27a    That they might seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, …
A.     The mystery of lawlessness is working today among the nations and in human society; this lawlessness will culminate in the man of lawlessness, Antichrist—2 Thes. 2:3-10:
2 Thes 2:3      Let no one deceive you in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,
2 Thes 2:4      Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or an object of worship, so that he sits in the temple of God, setting himself forth, saying that he is God.
2 Thes 2:5      Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I said these things to you?
2 Thes 2:6      And now you know that which restrains, so that he might be revealed in his own time.
2 Thes 2:7      For it is the mystery of lawlessness that is now operating, but only until the one now restraining goes out of the way.
2 Thes 2:8      And then the lawless one will be revealed (whom the Lord Jesus will slay by the breath of His mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of His coming),
2 Thes 2:9      The coming of whom is according to Satan's operation in all power and signs and wonders of a lie
2 Thes 2:10    And in all deceit of unrighteousness among those who are perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved.
1.      Antichrist will be the power of Satan, the embodiment of Satan; he will persecute and destroy the people of God—both the God-fearing Jews and the Christ-believing Christians—Dan. 8:24; Rev. 12:17; 13:7.
Dan 8:24        And his power will be mighty, but not by his own power. / And he will destroy in an extraordinary manner / And will prosper and take action. / He will destroy mighty men / And the holy people.
Rev 12:17      And the dragon became angry with the woman and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.
Rev 13:7        And permission was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and authority was given to him over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.
2.      Antichrist will demolish and desolate the temple of God and the city of God; he will cast truth down to the ground—Dan. 9:27; 8:12.
Dan 9:27        And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week; and in the middle of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease and will replace the sacrifice and the oblation with abominations of the desolator, even until the complete destruction that has been determined is poured out upon the desolator.
Dan 8:12        And an army was given to him together with the daily sacrifice because of transgression; and he cast truth down to the ground, and he took action and prospered.
3.      Antichrist will have sharp insight to perceive things and will speak things against the Most High—7:8, 20, 25.
Dan 7:8          I was considering the horns; then there was another horn, a small one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted from before it. And there were eyes like the eyes of a man in this horn and a mouth speaking great things.
Dan 7:20        And of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up, and before which three horns fell, even that horn that had eyes and a mouth speaking great things and whose appearance was greater than that of its companions.
Dan 7:25        And he will speak things against the Most High and wear out the saints of the Most High; and his intention will be to change the times and the law; and they will be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.
4.      Antichrist will wear out the saints of the Most High—v. 25.
Dan 7:25        And he will speak things against the Most High and wear out the saints of the Most High; and his intention will be to change the times and the law; and they will be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.
5.      Satan and Antichrist want the souls of men to be the instruments for their activities in the last age—Rev. 18:11-13; 2 Tim. 3:5; cf. Zech. 12:1.
Rev 18:11      And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargo anymore:
Rev 18:12      Cargo of gold and silver and precious stone and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of thyine wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel of most precious wood and brass and iron and marble,
Rev 18:13      And cinnamon and amomum and incense and ointment and frankincense and wine and oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargo of horses and chariots and slaves and souls of men.
2 Tim 3:5        Having an outward form of godliness, though denying its power; from these also turn away.
Zech 12:1       The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him,
B.     The ten kings typified by the ten toes of the great image in Daniel 2 will be under Antichrist, who will be the last Caesar of the revived Roman Empire; all of this will transpire in Europe—Rev. 17:10-14:
Dan 2            omitted.
Rev 17:10      And are seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a short time.
Rev 17:11      And the beast who was and is not, he himself is also the eighth and is out of the seven and goes into perdition.
Rev 17:12      And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom but receive authority as kings for one hour with the beast.
Rev 17:13      These have one mind, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
Rev 17:14      These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and they who are with Him, the called and chosen and faithful, will also overcome them.
1.      Before the crushing of Antichrist and the totality of human government transpires, the Lord’s recovery must spread to Europe and be rooted there.
2.      The United States, Europe, and the Far East are the three influential factors of the present situation of the world; the recovery has taken root in the United States and the Far East, but there is a void in Europe.
3.      Europe, in the consummation of the fulfillment of the vision concerning the great human image in Daniel 2, is more vitally crucial than any other country or race—the crushing of the two feet of the great human image being the crushing of the entire human government.
Dan 2            omitted.
 

IV.  The spreading of the truths of the Lord’s recovery will be a preparation for the Lord’s coming back to bring the recovery and restoration not only to Israel but also to the entire creation—Matt. 24:14; 28:19; 19:28; Isa. 11:9:

Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt 19:28      And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the restoration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Isa 11:9          They will not harm nor destroy / In all My holy mountain, / For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah, / As water covers the sea.
A.     Immediately after Christ’s ascension, these four things—the gospel, war, famine, and death—began to run like riders on four horses, and they will continue until Christ comes back—Rev. 6:1-8:
Rev 6:1          And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying like the sound of thunder, Come.
Rev 6:2          And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he who sits on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
Rev 6:3          And when He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come.
Rev 6:4          And I saw, and behold, another horse, a red one, went forth; and to him who sits on it, to him authority was given to take peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another; and to him a great sword was given.
Rev 6:5          And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a black horse; and he who sits on it had a balance in his hand.
Rev 6:6          And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying: A choenix of wheat for a denarius and three choenixes of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.
Rev 6:7          And when He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come.
Rev 6:8          And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and he who sits upon it, his name is Death; and Hades followed with him. And authority was given to them over the fourth part of the earth to kill with the sword and with famine and with death and by the beasts of the earth.
1.      The spreading, running, and racing of the gospel of the kingdom throughout the whole inhabited earth is the kernel of the divine history within human history—Matt. 24:14.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
2.      The gospel of the kingdom, signified by the white horse of the first seal in Revelation 6:1-2, will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations before the end of this age, the time of the great tribulation.
Rev 6:1          And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying like the sound of thunder, Come.
Rev 6:2          And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he who sits on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
B.     We are not preaching a partial gospel but the full gospel that encompasses everything from Matthew through Revelation—the gospel of God’s eternal economy to dispense Himself in Christ as the Spirit into His chosen ones through His judicial redemption and by His organic salvation for the building up of His Body in the local churches to consummate the New Jerusalem as His bride, His wife, for His eternal expression—1 Tim. 1:3-4; Rom. 1:1; 5:10; Rev. 1:10-11; 21:2-3, 9-11; 22:1-2.
1 Tim 1:3        Even as I exhorted you, when I was going into Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus in order that you might charge certain ones not to teach different things
1 Tim 1:4        Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.
Rom 1:1         Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 5:10       For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,
Rev 1:10        I was in spirit on the Lord's Day and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
Rev 1:11        Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
Rev 22:1        And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
Rev 22:2        And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
C.     Actually, the gospel includes all the divine truths; the entire New Testament is the gospel, and the New Testament as the gospel is typified by the Old Testament; thus, we may say that the gospel includes the entire Bible.
D.     God’s unique purpose in this age is to have the gospel preached so that the church as the Body of Christ might be built up to consummate the New Jerusalem—Eph. 3:8-11.
 
Eph 3:8          To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 3:10        In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,
Eph 3:11        According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
E.      The overcomers who preach the gospel of the glory of Christ become the riders of the white horse—Rev. 19:11, 13-14; cf. Rom. 10:15.
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
Rev 19:14      And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rom 10:15     And how shall they proclaim Him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the news of good things!"
F.      May the Lord burden us to learn the divine truths of the gospel and to spread them everywhere for His recovery to bring in His restoration—Isa. 11:9.
Isa 11:9          They will not harm nor destroy / In all My holy mountain, / For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah, / As water covers the sea.
 
Excerpts from the Ministry:
 
NOT ONE OF TODAY’S THEOLOGIES, INCLUDING THE NICENE CREED,
STRESSING ADEQUATELY THE FOLLOWING FIVE CRITICAL POINTS
CONCERNING THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE MOVE OF GOD’S ETERNAL ECONOMY
 
The Spirit That Gives Life Being Not Yet
before the Glorification (Resurrection) of Christ
 
The Spirit that gives life was not yet before the glorification (resurrection) of Christ (John 7:39b). John 7:37-39 says, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” The historical background of the Lord’s word was related to the Feast of Tabernacles, the last and greatest of the Jewish annual feasts. The Feast of Tabernacles was a very pleasant feast. It was held at the time when the children of Israel came together to enjoy what they had harvested. They were happy together for a period of seven days. The last day was the great day of the feast. On that day, to the surprise of those attending the feast, the Lord Jesus stood up and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” This word is rich in meaning, for it indicates that those who were keeping the Feast of Tabernacles were still thirsty, having nothing to quench their thirst.
Both in the past and in the present, many great men, after becoming successful in their career or enterprise or after becoming renowned, felt that their life was still a vanity. Like King Solomon they could say, “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity…I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit” (Eccl. 1:2, 14). To have such a feeling is to be thirsty and unsatisfied. Realizing that the people had not been satisfied and their thirst had not been quenched, the Lord Jesus stood up and cried out on the great day of the feast, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). What a great word this is! Only the Lord Jesus is qualified to speak such a word. Only He, a man a little over thirty years of age, could say, “He who believes into Me…out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
In verse 39 the apostle John, the writer of the Gospel of John, gave the explanation, saying, “This He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive.” Here John speaks not of the Spirit of God, nor of the Spirit of Jehovah, nor of the Holy Spirit, but simply of the Spirit, telling us that “the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” His word indicates an expectation—the expectation that, although the Spirit was “not yet,” the time was coming when the Spirit would be there. This time was the time of Jesus’ glorification, that is, the time of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24:26). The Lord Jesus was the very God full of glory. However, He became flesh, and His divine glory was concealed within the shell of His flesh, the shell of His humanity. When He died this shell was broken, and when He resurrected the glory concealed within Him was released. From this we see that His resurrection was His glorification. Therefore, the expectation in John 7:39 was that when the Lord Jesus was glorified through resurrection, the Spirit who was “not yet” would become the Spirit who now is.
 
The Last Adam (Christ in the Flesh)
Becoming a Life-giving Spirit
 
The second critical point concerning the Spirit of God not adequately stressed in today’s theologies is that, as revealed in 1 Corinthians 15:45b, in resurrection the last Adam (Christ in the flesh) became a life-giving Spirit (fulfilling John 7:39). Hence, 2 Corinthians 3:17 says that “the Lord is the Spirit,” and the following verse uses the Lord Spirit as a compound divine title. The word in 1 Corinthians 15:45b about the last Adam becoming a life-giving Spirit is a strong fulfillment of the prophecy in John 7:39 concerning the Spirit being not yet because Christ was not yet glorified, resurrected. In resurrection Christ became the life-giving Spirit.
Many pastors, missionaries, theologians, and professors oppose us for teaching that, according to 1 Corinthians 15:45, Christ as the last Adam in the flesh became the life-giving Spirit in resurrection. Even two co-workers have opposed us in this matter. One of these co-workers, who eventually became an opponent, said that he did not believe that Christ the Son could become the life-giving Spirit. On one occasion this person told me that he believed that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit were three Gods. When I heard him say this, I told him that he was teaching the heresy of tritheism. I went on to point out that the Bible tells us that God is uniquely one. The other co-worker was troubled by three hymns I had written on Christ as the Spirit (Hymns, #493, 539, and 745). He admitted that the Bible does say that Christ became the life-giving Spirit, but then he warned me that if we preach this, Christianity will reject us. I said, “Brother, I came to this country with the burden to preach and teach this. Since you agree that it is according to the Bible to say that Christ became the life-giving Spirit, please give me the liberty to teach this truth.”
The New Testament speaks of Christ’s two becomings. John 1:14 says that, as the Word, God became flesh, and 1 Corinthians 15:45 says that Christ, as the last Adam in the flesh, became a life-giving Spirit. We should believe and teach both that God became the flesh and that the last Adam became the life-giving Spirit.
 
The Compound Spirit Typified by the Anointing Ointment
 
Third, not one of today’s theologies stresses adequately the critical point concerning the compound Spirit typified by the anointing ointment (a compound of one hin of olive oil with four kinds of spices and their effectiveness) in Exodus 30:23-25. The life-giving Spirit is not simple but is a Spirit that has been compounded. The last Adam was a man, and the life-giving Spirit is divine. Thus, this Spirit must be a Spirit with two natures—the human nature and the divine nature. These two natures have not only been mingled but have been compounded, as indicated by the type in Exodus 30:23-25, which records God’s instructions for forming the anointing ointment.
This ointment was not a single element but a compound. A single element cannot be an ointment. The anointing ointment in Exodus 30 was a compound of one main item—a hin of olive oil—compounded with four kinds of spices: myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, and cassia. In typology, oil signifies the Spirit of God. Flowing myrrh signifies Christ’s death, and cinnamon signifies the sweetness and effectiveness of His death. Calamus, a reed that grows in a marsh or muddy place, shooting upward toward the sky, signifies resurrection. Cassia signifies the repelling power and effectiveness of Christ’s resurrection. Cassia is a kind of bark that was used as a repellent to repel snakes and insects. Thus, cassia signifies the power, especially the repelling power, of Christ’s resurrection. His resurrection has the power to repel Satan, the serpent. These four spices were compounded with the one hin of olive oil to become one ointment of five elements.
With this compound ointment we have the number one (one hin of olive oil) signifying the one God and the number four (four spices) signifying man as God’s creature. We also have the number three, seen in the fact that the quantity of the spices involved three units, each of five hundred shekels: myrrh—five hundred shekels; cinnamon—two hundred fifty shekels; calamus—two hundred fifty shekels; and cassia—five hundred shekels. Hence, the amount of the spices consisted of three units of five hundred shekels, or five hundred shekels times three. The number three signifies the Triune God. Here we should note the second unit of five hundred shekels was split into two parts (typifying Christ, the middle of the Divine Trinity, who was wounded on the cross), each of two hundred fifty shekels. In the Bible two is the number of testimony. Furthermore, with this compound ointment we have the number five, formed by adding the one hin of olive oil and the four spices. The number five is seen also in the five hundred shekels. In the Bible five signifies responsibility. For example, the Ten Commandments were written on two tablets, with five commandments on each tablet. In Matthew 25 the ten virgins are divided into two groups consisting of the five wise ones and the five foolish ones. From all the foregoing we see that the numbers one, two, three, four, and five are all used in the type of the compound ointment in Exodus 30.
This Old Testament type, which actually was a kind of prophecy, must have a New Testament fulfillment. The type of the anointing ointment was completely fulfilled in the life-giving Spirit, which was produced in Christ’s resurrection. The life-giving Spirit, who the last Adam became, contains Christ’s divinity, His humanity, the sweetness and effectiveness of His death, and the power and effectiveness of His resurrection. The life-giving Spirit is therefore the compound Spirit typified by the anointing ointment in the Old Testament.
 
The Spirit of Life, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ,
Christ Himself, and the Indwelling Spirit
All Referring to the Compound Spirit That Gives Life
 
Christ is Christ, and He is also the Spirit, for He has been pneumatized and has become the pneumatic Christ. Concerning the pneumatic Christ, we need to see that the Spirit of life, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, Christ Himself, and the indwelling Spirit in Romans 8:2, 9-11 all refer to the compound Spirit that gives life. In verse 2 we have the Spirit of life, and in verses 9 to 11, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, Christ Himself, and the indwelling Spirit. Are these five, or are they one? The life-giving Spirit is called the Spirit of life, the Spirit of life is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Christ is just Christ Himself. Furthermore, this Spirit who is of life, of God, of Christ, and Christ Himself dwells in us as the indwelling Spirit to dispense life to us all the time. This is the pneumatic Christ.
Second Corinthians 3:17 says, “The Lord is the Spirit,” and verse 18 says that we are transformed “from the Lord Spirit.” Like the title Father God, the title Lord Spirit is a compound divine title. He is the Lord, and He is also the Spirit. Today our Christ is the pneumatic Christ, the pneumatized Christ, the Christ who is both the Lord and the Spirit.
With the Spirit Himself there was no humanity. Likewise, the Spirit did not include the elements of the death of Christ, the effectiveness of the death of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, and the power of the resurrection of Christ. However, the element of Christ’s humanity and the elements of His death, the effectiveness of His death, His resurrection, and the power of His resurrection have all been added to and compounded with the Spirit of God to produce the compound Spirit. Today the pneumatic Christ is such a consummated life-giving Spirit.
 
The Seven Spirits of God
 
The fifth critical point which today’s theologies do not stress adequately concerning the Spirit of God in the move of God’s eternal economy is the seven Spirits (the sevenfold intensified Spirit, cf. the sevenfold sunlight—Isa. 30:26) of God (Rev. 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6).
As the last Adam in the flesh, Christ could be our Redeemer, but He could not enter into us to impart Himself to us as life. But after He became the Spirit, He was able to enter into us as the Spirit of life to save us organically, carrying out His organic salvation within us as the Spirit that gives life. In particular, He is the life-giving Spirit to produce the church. However, not long after the church was produced, it became degraded. Revelation, the last book of the Bible, speaks of the degradation of the church. Because of this degradation, the life-giving Spirit, who is both Christ and the Spirit, became intensified sevenfold.
Isaiah 30:26, a prophecy related to the millennium, says, “The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold.” Whereas in Isaiah we have the sevenfold sunlight, in Revelation we have the sevenfold Spirit. For producing the church the life-giving Spirit is sufficiently strong, but under the degradation of the church this strong Spirit has been intensified sevenfold. Thus, Christ has become not only the life-giving Spirit but also the sevenfold intensified Spirit. The seven Spirits being the seven eyes of the Lamb (Rev. 5:6) indicates that the seven Spirits and Christ are one person.
 
 
BEING HELD BACK BY IMPERFECT AND UNSCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY
FROM THE CENTRAL REVELATION OF GOD
AND COMING SHORT OF THE COMPLETION OF GOD’S ETERNAL ECONOMY
 
The Catholic Church, the Protestant denominations, the Brethren assemblies, the Pentecostal churches, and all the free groups are held back by their imperfect and unscriptural theology from the central revelation of God and come short of the completion of God’s eternal economy because of their missing, negligence of, and opposition to the above five critical points concerning the Spirit of God.
We all need to have a clear view of the central revelation of God. The central revelation of God is God becoming flesh, the flesh becoming the life-giving Spirit, and the life-giving Spirit becoming intensified sevenfold to build up the church to issue in the Body of Christ and to consummate the New Jerusalem. We need to see that the Triune God became flesh, that the flesh became the life-giving Spirit, and that the life-giving Spirit became the sevenfold intensified Spirit. This Spirit is to build up the church, which becomes the Body of Christ consummating the New Jerusalem as the final goal of God’s economy. This central revelation has been altogether neglected in today’s theologies. The Catholic Church, the Protestant denominations, the Brethren assemblies, the Pentecostal churches, and all the free groups come short of the completion of God’s eternal economy because of their missing, negligence of, and opposition to the five critical points concerning the Spirit of God which we have covered in this message. The Lord’s recovery today is just the recovery of these critical points concerning the Spirit of God in the move of God’s eternal economy.
I am quite concerned for all the co-workers and elders. It may be that a good number of them do not have a complete understanding of what the Lord’s recovery is. If we are asked to explain what the recovery is today, we should be able to answer in one simple sentence: The Lord’s recovery is God becoming the flesh, the flesh becoming the life-giving Spirit, and the life-giving Spirit becoming the sevenfold intensified Spirit to build up the church that becomes the Body of Christ and that consummates the New Jerusalem. Regarding the Lord’s present recovery, I hope that none of you would be held back by your old theology or by your old understanding of the recovery.
 
GOD HAVING A GROUP OF PEOPLE
WHO ARE THE GOD-MEN TO BE HIS OVERCOMERS
 
God must have a people who are the God-men to be His overcomers for Him to accomplish His eternal economy concerning the church issuing in the Body of Christ and consummating the New Jerusalem. (The Divine and Mystical Realm, pp. 11-18)
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