Friday, May 1, 2020

What is the Divine Purpose for Anointed? | Heavenly

In the nation of Israel; those anointed at God's direction, were installed to serve God's nation, as either a priest or king 
(Ex.28:41; 29:7) (1Sam.10:1; 15:1; 16:12,13;  1Kings 1:34,39; 19:15). 
Prophets could also be anointed (1Kings 19:16;  1Chron.16:22; Ps.23:5; 105:15) because they too, are consecrated to serve God and His people (Ps.89:20; Isa.45:1; 61:1; Zech.4:14).
Anointing with the holy oil (Ex.30:25,31), set a person or item apart (Ex.29:21,36; 30:30; 40:9-10,13)... consecrating it so that it became sanctified to serve God 
(Lev.8:10,12; Acts 10:38;  2Cor.1:21,22;  1John 2:20,27; Rev.3:21; Eph.2:6; Rev.5:10; Mal.2:7;  1Cor.4:1).

Jesus said that the material Temple in Jerusalem, would be replaced on the basis of his blood of the New Covenant 
(Heb.9:22;  1Cor.11:25; Rev.5:9,10;  1Cor.6:11,19;  1Pet.2:5,9; Eph.2:20,21,22;  1Cor.3:16; Rev.21:2,3; 22:1,2,3; Matt.7:20). 
The members of that Temple of living stones, would also serve God and His righteous nation.

That capacity of service by the royal priesthood (Rev.5:10), was a covenant promise which God made to Abraham and his seed. God promised Abraham, that all nations would be blessed, through Abraham's seed/offspring (Gen.17:1-4,6; 28:4,12,13,14; Gal.3:29).

Abraham's seed/the trees of life, provide access to the blessing for the nations (John 1:51; Gen.28:12-14; Rev.22:2; Gal.3:29), which is to offer the crystal clear waters of truth (John 4:10,14; Rev.22:17), coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev.22:1; John 12:49,50; 13:20; Matt.10:20; John 17:22; 1:14).
There is a place in God's purpose for the garden of God, the Bride of Christ, and the angels that serve Christ (Jacob's ladder). 

When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost access to the "Tree of Life" (Gen.3:22,23). <(essential reading)
The blessing of life through the fruit of that tree, is once again made accessible from the Holy City (Rev.2:7; 22:1,2,3; Eze.47:12). The anointed servants of God will also be trees of life, to offer provisions of living water in their fruit and leaves... just as was promised, regarding the purpose of the seed of Abraham.
When the original Tree of Life is once again within reach for some, it is not accessible to all... only to the saints who conquer/die (Rev.6:9,10,11; 22:14; 19:8; 2:7; 22:2). 
There is not one tree of life. There are many in the "garden of God" in heaven. All of them, are for the healing from the curse of sin and death, through their fruit and leaves/teachings of spirit and truth.
Access to the tree of life (Christ) does not simply mean having access to his teachings in the Bible. It is the ability to directly and correctly, understand them 
(Mark 4:12; Matt.13:16;  1John 2:20,27;  1Cor.2:10,11,13; 4:1; Rev.10:7; 22:6,16).

Also, Christ is not only the Tree of Life. That is only one of the three symbols representing him. He is also the morning star (Rev.22:16), which rises in the heart to those priests who are brought out of a night of darkness, into the light (2Cor.4:6;  1Pet.2:9; Col.1:13; Eph.2:6; Rev.3:21; 5:10)...
...and he is also the HIDDEN Manna (Rev.2:17; John 6:48,49,50,51) because he can not be perceived, unless God grants it 

(John 6:44; 14:21;  1John 3:2;  1Cor.13:12; Rev.10:4; Dan.12:4,3; Rev.1:20; 10:7; 22:10).

Jesus said that the tree of life, is in the garden of God (Rev.2:7). Where is the garden of God in the New Creation? If you read Rev.22:1,2,3, you can see that the tree of life, is inside heavenly New Jerusalem... along with the other trees of life (Eze.47:12).
Take note, that Rev.22:17 reads; "The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life."
Do you see that there are those granted ears to hear, that are not the Bride? Yet who is it that starts the invitation to the waters of life (contained within the trees of life -Rev.22:1,2). It is the spirit and the Bride. Her members are, the trees of life, who have direct access to those waters.

We may wonder if we really need God's anointed Temple priesthood.
Why did God make Adam's life, dependent upon the Tree of Life, and eating it's fruit?
Why not just provide life and guidance to Adam directly?
How did Adam receive life? How was his eternal life, sustained?
What was the nature of Adam's life? As God's son, given the spirit of God inside him... did Adam become a spirit being? (Gen.2:7)
A question was raised, about Adam being spiritually alive by means of God's breath/spirit being put into Adam, making him a "living soul" made in the image of God. The question was raised, Does that make Adam a spirit being who can go to heaven?
There is a difference between having our flesh kept alive by the spirit/breath in us, [and that spirit being kept alive and maintained by spiritual food (Tree of Life),... and actually being a spirit/tree of life, which provides the spiritual food of life. 
Adam lived by the spirit (which gives life to our mortal flesh -Rom.8:11). Just as all need to accept and obey the teaching of Jesus, in order to remain alive spiritually (John 5:24; 6:63; 3:18); Adam and Eve needed to continue to consume and obey the Tree of Life. They depended upon its sustenance, for sustained life. When Adam and Eve sinned, the Tree of Life was removed from them (Gen.3:22,23,24), as was sustained life.
Without God's spirit in him (Ps.104:29), and without having living, spiritual food to sustain his spirit, Adam's flesh, expired. Adam was not a spirit-being. He was a physical being, sustained by the incorruptible "ruach" (breath/spirit of God), living in him. By subjecting himself to the serpent, he was no longer permitted free access to God's spirit.

At John 3:12, Jesus told Nicodemus; ""If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?"
So we see that when the tree of life offered the spirit in Adam, food for continued eternal life... Adam could be shown "heavenly things", without actually going to heaven [as if heaven were a physical place (it is not)]. By "opening" to us, spiritual understanding of the water of life (Luke 24:45), we are given access to heaven *through those who are OF heaven* (Heb.12:22,23; Eph.2:6; Luke 10:20)... the members of New Jerusalem (Rev.21:9,10; 22:17), the Temple abode of God's spirit among mankind 
(Rev.21:2,3;  1Cor.3:16;  1Pet.2:5,9; Eph.2:20,21,22).
The fruit of a tree of life, is sourced in heavenly waters. The water inside it is from the river of the water of life, in heaven. The fruit containing that water, is offered on earth (Rev.22:1,2; Matt.7:20).
Jesus could tell "heavenly things" (spiritual mysteries of God) because he learned from God/heaven, as do God's true prophets and trees of life (Matt.3:16; John 6:51; 12:49; 13:20; Rev.22:16).
You will see from Matt.3:16 that heaven opened for Jesus, and he received the spirit of God, seen as a descending dove. Both things were symbolic, and it was not necessary for Jesus to leave the earth, in order to have heaven open for him.

In vision, the apostle John also had heaven opened to him, by being invited up into that higher perspective (Rev.4:1).  This also occurs for the "two witnesses" (Rev.11:3,11,12; 10:7).
Take note, the stated purpose of that "opening" (as a door). It is to be "shown" the knowledge of God (Rev.4:1; Luke 24:32,45) (river of life -John 17:3; 4:10; Rev.22:1,2; Matt.7:20).
After the "two witnesses" prove faithful, we are told that they too, were invited to view the insight of heaven (Rev.11:12). When the "two witnesses" have that door of understanding opened (Rev.11:12; Luke 24:45), we are told that they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies observed it.
Is that literal and physical?
They too are given insight (Rev.2:7,17; Luke 12:37; Rev.3:20). Spirit from God enters into them (Rev.11:11). They are fed spiritual food and drink by God, through the Tree of Life, Christ. Heaven's waters are open to them, through Christ 
(John 4:10; 10:9; Rev.3:20; Luke 24:45)(John 14:6; Matt.7:7,8; Prov.2:3,4,5; John 14:6;  2Cor.4:6).
They are "caught up into a cloud", because they are then found worthy to join the other faithful anointed witnesses of heaven (Heb.12:1,22,23; Eph.2:6; Rom.8:9)...and that becomes recognized by their enemies (Rev.11:12; 3:9; Isa.60:14; Zeph.3:19; Isa.65:13).
So in trying to be more straightforward...
Adam was living spiritually, by God's spirit inside him. That spirit was kept alive, by the spiritual food provided by the tree of life. Just as we must continue to take in physical food in order to continue to live... we must continue to take in spiritual food from the trees of life (Christ and Abraham's spiritual seed) in order to live eternally by the spirit of God.
The *spiritual* death of Adam, affected his physical existence, because he was "also flesh" (Ps.104:29; Gen.6:3). His life was physical... maintained by the spiritual breath/spirit of God put in him (Gen.2:7; Rom.8:11). (see Gen.3:22,23,24; Eph.4:18; 2:12). --- So... Adam living by spirit, does not mean that he physically, goes up into heaven. Heaven is a spiritual state of being, not a physical place.
To have access to heaven (as the faithful anointed trees of life and "two witnesses" now do), is not physical. It is to have the door of understanding opened and to be shown heavenly things and given the ability to perceive them. 
Adam had that, through the tree of life. Adam was not made into the new creation of flesh and spirit. His physical life was maintained, by the spirit. Do you see the difference?
The same difference exists, between the Bride of Christ...
        [new creation of being born as heavenly spirit that can also be flesh], contrast to her children... [born again by spirit, to have spirit life in them, to keep their flesh alive, maintained by the spiritual food from the trees of life which are their spiritual parents (Isa.9:6; Gal.4:26)].
One can live by means of spirit and have a spirit-based life (maintained by spiritual food), without being A spirit/theos/god, who provides such food 
(John 10:34,35; Ps.82:6; Gal.3:26; Rom.8:14;  1Cor.3:16) ( 
Both sort belong to God's restored creation... the "new heavens" and the "new earth".
2Pet.3 reads; "13 But based on His promise, we wait for the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell."
Note that Rev.21:1 reads; "Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had pas
sed away, and there was no longer any sea."
Isa.57:20-21 reads; "20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
which cannot rest,
whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.’"

Ps.37: "10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it for ever

So, those who comprise the wicked sea, will be no more.
Those meek who comprise the righteous "earth" will live in it forever.
  Just as Adam was told regarding the original creation, "Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it" (Gen.1:28)... the last/second Adam (1Cor.15:45,47) is given dominion over the New Creation. 
He will accomplish what Adam failed to do when Adam handed the first creation over to the dominion of Satan (Luke 4:5,6;  1John 5:19). 
Jesus does succeed in subduing the earth (Ps.47:3; Ps.110:1,2;  1Cor.15:25; Phil.3:20,21; Rom.16:20; Rev.3:9), and filling it with the righteous children of the new, spiritual parental progenitors of life.
Those who comprise the "heavens", will serve God and mankind, forever (Rev.22:2,3; 3:12)... removing the curse of sin and death for those who receive the healing fruit and leaves (Rev.22:2; Gen.22:18; Gal.3:29; Heb.10:17).
The role of anointed kings and priests (Rev.5:9,10), are to serve God's people (Rev.21 and Rev.22).

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