Sunday, 31 October 2021

The Pre-Incarnate Jesus

 


Scriptures:  Exodus 3 v 2, 13 - 14: "2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
13  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."

Revelation 1 v 12 - 18:  "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."

After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus into Heaven, the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, persecutor in chief of Christians, had an encounter with Him when he was journeying to Damascus. Saul, later known as Paul, was soon transformed into the most powerful Christian ambassador.

Acts 9 v 3 - 6: "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."

As a result, Paul determined that from now onwards we know no man after the flesh but after the spirit. He had seen the glorified Christ in His Heavenly body. He realised that if we all are being changed into His glorified likeness we must not see Him as an Earthly man but as the first of a New Creation.  We must conform to this new creation and be denuded with power from on high.

Moses saw God in the burning bush that did not consume the bush.  He was given instructions about delivering the Jews from Egypt back to the Promised Land.  He needed to know on whose authority and got I AM THAT I AM!  Moses, sent from Heaven, knew who that I AM was.  That was good enough for him.

John also saw the glorified Christ and described Him in Revelation 1 - if we compare that description with who Ezekiel and Daniel saw the similarities are startling.  The appearance of the Son of God before He was born of Mary in Bethlehem, was always profound.  

They saw a man in a linen garment with a golden girdle across his chest; his eyes were a flame of fire; his feet like burnished brass and his voice like a trumpet or waterfall. They all fell at his feet like dead men and heard his kindness and love.

In Colossians 1 v 13 - 20 we learn that Jesus Christ created all things in heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible.....all things were created by Him. So in Genesis 1 v 26 God says "Let us make man in our image...." And we know that Jesus was present on Earth at the time of the Creation. 

Moses and Isaiah were present in the Heavenly council chamber, as was David, Daniel, Paul, John, Peter and others.  David remembered the cry of Jesus as He left Heaven "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" He wrote it in Psalm 22. Jesus spoke those words again on the Cross when He became Sin for all mankind. 

The mighty men who wrote the Bible under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit were in the council chamber of God after the abduction of the Bride. Moses knew at the burning bush exactly who was present. The words "I AM that I AM" were a signal across the realms, like a sleeper (hidden spy agent in a foreign country) waking up to his proper role.

Moses the pampered Prince of Egypt became the Deliverer of the Jews, the very one Satan had tried to kill through Pharoah murdering every boy child under the age of two.

Daniel in chapter 9 had an encounter with the angel Gabriel who had no visible emotional effect upon him. In chapter 10 however the presence of the pre-incarnate Jesus was profound. Jesus had come to give him information that was to be kept secret till it was the time of the end. That is now. Paul and John were given the same secret "mystery of the ages" and which John heard when the seven thunders uttered. 

Receiving the revelation of what happened in Heaven before the World was formed and how everything happening now is related to it has profoundly changed me. I cannot unsee the vision and cannot unknow the effects. It has made me very aware that the world as we know it will shortly change and that the sooner we make ourselves completely submitted to the glorified Christ the better our lives will be.

The Lord has already begun the process of sorting the sheep from the goats.  We need to prepare ourselves to help those who would be sheep, and make sure they are safe and secure in Jesus Christ.  

The Rapture is for the Body to meet Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body, in the sky above Earth so that the Bridegroom will be completely made whole, and the Wedding Feast can begin.  The Bride is waiting with her lamp in the window on Earth, to be rescued at the time of Armageddon.  The Bridegroom will destroy the armies of the world under Satan's power which march on Israel to annihilate her.  He brings her to the Marriage Feast as originally planned in Heaven.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father it is not Your will that any should lose their place in Heaven. Thank You for the very important appearances of Jesus on Earth in His pre-incarnate state, plus His ascended state to Paul and John.  Your plan has always been to rescue the Bride and the Body of Christ from this Earth. Help us to help one another to get home safely. In Jesus' name. Amen.