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Trans-Generational Building According to Kingdom Culture
Households Provide Accountability
John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen, it and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard we declare unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.
What is Eternal Life? John 17:3 “This is eternal life that they may know the only true God as their Father, and Jesus Christ His Son whom the Father has sent”.
The nature of the changing season is pristinely visible in the Culture of the Kingdom but most of the present Church structure is unable to advance towards this change only because they remain myopic to the current Church cultural trends and hence forfeit the glorious expression of the Father in the earth. The current leadership in the Apostolic Reformation does not fully comprehend their role in the plans of God and have not themselves shifted into the Fatherly Grace and the characteristic of Father. When the new season comes to the present leadership many believe that they are to also lead the revolution of the new season. Their role is not to lead, but to make room for the next generation of emerging leaders, giving counsel and wisdom. This kind of panoramic view is given to us in scripture when David was not permitted to build the House of God but to labor and gather the resources for its construction, for Solomon.
1 Ch 22:7-10 And David said to Solomon his son, As for me, it was in my heart to build a house unto the name of Jehovah my God. But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days: he shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
There is much confusion when the old Lions still want to hold on to their previous glory, power and influence over the new, it reflects immaturity. They are not permitted building access by the Spirit because they have not entered into the Rest of God. When these leaders are prepared to concede to this truth, their Sons will live in what they were unable to overcome and it will be accounted to them as righteousness, because these fulfill what their Fathers could not, only because it was not time. These Davidic leaders must find ways to empower the Solomon’s, their own Sons in the faith to take the new vision and run with it. There are presently the old Lions which are David’s and emerging young Lions which the Solomon’s. David’s anointing was different to Solomon’s anointing, not better but different, but Solomon had a closer and more accurate encounter with the actual culture that would follow in the preordained plan of the Eternal Spiritual Kingdom becoming a Holy Nation.
1 Ch 22:14-19 Now, behold, in my affliction I have prepared for the house of Jehovah a hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver, and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all men that are skilful in every manner of work: of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and Jehovah be with thee. David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his so, Is not Jehovah your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before Jehovah, and before his people. Now set your heart and your soul to seek after Jehovah your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of Jehovah God, to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of Jehovah.
David divides his Kingdom and assigns his entire Household to the purposes of the Kingdom of Solomon and his mandate from Heaven. This is the nature of a true Father, what internal accuracy; no wonder God called Him a, “man after my own (Father) heart”. This is how you build generationally.
1 Ch 23:1-6, Now David was old and full of days; and he made Solomon his son king over Israel. And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Jehovah; and six thousand were officers and judges; and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Jehovah with the instruments which I made, to praise therewith. And David divided them into courses according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
There are sons in the Household of David that will continue after their Fathers anointing of supporting the old order, these must not be discouraged if they are building just like their Father David, but they must discourage any further such mandate to those that will continue in the purposes of the Heavenly Father. They must change the order and point them in the direction of the other sons who are building according to the new culture. This is their obligation; failure to do this will render them as enemies of God or they must plan to switch to the new and trust the Fathers, both earthly spiritual Father and Heavenly Father to guide them through this process.
Biblical history has shown us that the pattern of the Holy Spirit is to always bring truths from the eternal Christ into time and to use the limitations of time to communicate to time bound beings eternal things. He does this by the activation of the Graces of Apostles and Prophets, now these are not independent graces, by that I mean they are not two different men that carry one grace each, they operate together from the one Spiritual Father. The mindset of “one grace each” must come to perfection and maturity. Co 13:9-13 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect thing comes, then that which is in part will be caused to cease. When I was an infant, I spoke as an infant; I thought as an infant, I reasoned as an infant. But when I became a man, I caused to cease the things of the infant. For now we see through a mirror in dimness, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will fully know even as I also was fully known. And now faith, hope, and love, these three things remain; but the greatest of these is love.
The vital ingredient that pulls all these graces to operate in the one Spiritual Father is unconditional (Agape’) love for the House of God, the Father. So when the eternal wants to communicate with the Sons of God in time, it will come as a shadow and a type for the immature and as the actual spiritual thing to the mature. This kind of communication showcases the love of the Father to always communicate to everybody at the level that they are at in various stages of their spiritual development of Sonship. It is the role of the spiritual father to upgrade the immature to more fully see the picture in the Spirit, to put away childish things.
Now what we need to do, is to understand what the end will look like and work backwards to the present and determine if the present will produce the end result. If what we are observing in the natural cannot be reconciled to the end then that means that our present mindset needs to be upgraded and changed or we need to change the end picture. Now destructive heresy will enter in when leaders want to change the end picture to suite their current culture. When you hear, “Rapture Fever”, “Restoration of Israel”, “Prosperity”, “Dominion Theology” and “Immortality” this is the enemy trying to change the end picture and will try and change the set times set by the Father. Immortality is not the end; it is not where the horizon meets the sky. Immortality is the byproduct of a life laid down in sacrifice for the purposes of the Eternal Father. You will remain shortsighted of the purpose of Heaven if you hold fast to immortality or any one of the others that I mentioned above being the end and believe me there is more.
1Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Tim 4: 3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
The problem with most Church cultured Christians is the picture of what the end will look like is not the picture in the Eternal Christ. This is the picture that they have as the end. We are rescued from the earth by the Lord Jesus Christ in the rapture, just before the Great Tribulation and suffering and Holocaust of Christians that do not receive the “Mark of the Beast”. We are caught up to heaven to be with Lord and live in our Mansions for eternity and walk on streets paved with gold and live a life of no more tears and sorrow. So if that is the end then all we have to do now is get saved and make sure we can hold out until the rapture, attend Church religiously, and warn as many people of the impending destruction to come and by so doing we work for our Mansion and try and rescue as many from the Beast, because each one you save will be worth a jewel on your crown. Should we die in the interim, make sure that you were a good person and that you have repented from all known and unknown sins the night before. This is the Doctrine of Demons and Destructive Heresies.
I have good news for you, that is not what the end looks like scripturally, therefore that is not what you should be doing presently. What then is the picture in the end scripturally? Let’s take a look together at some of them, shall we?
Rev 21:1-3 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them , and be their God:
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
The end is a Holy Nation, a spiritual Israel, a Kingdom of Priests and Kings, sons of God in the Family of God that make up a Nation, that rule the heavens and the earth. So at the threshold, the question we should be asking is how do we build a Spiritual Nation? The natural will highlight the way to the spiritual; the natural is a type and shadow to the eternal. Before you can build or construct a Nation you must put in place the Governmental Authority and Power and the accompanying Grace Offices for the Constitution and the distribution of this power. Now our problem is that when we hear the terminology of Government we want to see an Institutional Corporate model, just like one of the democratic Governmental Departments in a country, we want to see plush offices and boardroom and parking space and many staff, organizing everything, this is what is in the World, this is what we see in Babylon, a democratic governmental structure. This however, is not found in the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is a Theocracy one central seat of rule, also called the Throne. Now the King that sits on this throne has been anointed and appointed by God Himself Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. All power and all authority in heaven and on earth as been given to Him, Christ Jesus. So when He ascended on high, He divided and gave gifts to men and delegated His power and authority into these five Officers. These governmental officers when they mature in the Sons of God become the platform for their Ambassadorial function and becomes Christ fully formed in them, as Huios. The context for the operations of Governmental Office graces where never given to function over a congregation but to function over a Nation. Please note that there is no more power and authority for anyone else to have, unless the One who has it all, gives it. This Monarchy is also a Family or a House. This spiritual Family comprises of multi- generational Fathers and sons. To become part of this Royal Family, you must be up for adoption that means that you have to lose your natural heritage and lineage to be adopted into this spiritual family by the Father of this family, God, who is Spirit. Now our English definition and understanding of adoption does not convey the scriptural understanding of adoption. The Greek word for adoption is, “uihothesia” which simply means, “The placing of a Son”.
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
Rom 8:15-17 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together.
John 3:4-6Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except one be born of water (Word) and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God! That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
We can enter this Spiritual Family only if we are human and we must be born again of the Spirit, when we do this we are placed into the Family as a “Nepios” son or an infant child son, this is the adoption by which we cry Abba Father. You cannot be an alien being to have access into this family and this may come as shock to many, listen, there are no Alien Species that God the Father has created on another distant galaxy on some alien planet, okay, nor will He ever create such.
I remember the day I was placed as a infant son through the spiritual adoption process. I was having some conflict at work with some of my colleagues, they were messing with my faxes and prank calling my clients and so on, and I did not know how to deal with this situation but I figured that it was an attack on me. I was stressed, full of fear and utterly lost and alone. I had no one to turn to help me fight off this attack. I recall driving home from the office and just feeling so bad that I began to cry to the Father and begged him to help fight this battle for me as a Father would do for His son, I remember feeling the presence of God flood my car and I began speaking in tongues and wailing with a loud voice Abba Father, Abba Father, I instantly knew that I was adopted on that day into the Family of God, my Father and now had eternal life. I continued to attend institutional Church and was placed under many instructors (Pastors) and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for I was but a spiritual child. I am grateful to each one of them and love them. You may have many instructors but not many (spiritual) Fathers.
Now once you are born again by the Spirit into this Family over time you begin to grow spiritually and ask questions and see short coming, always being summoned to a higher level a more mature point of view of things, until eventually no one can answer your questions and you are frustrated and they are frustrated with you, and then you know that it is time to journey alone and beyond into the unfamiliar. It is at this time that you discover that the Kingdom is bigger than your Local Assembly and that everything here operates with an order that is not bound by religion. You come to understand that the Kingdom has a different culture to that of the Church and that it facilitates you being made mature in the Spirit only because it is built and equipped to produce mature sons from before the foundations of the earth.
The reason for this is because the Executor of the Estate of this Royal House is the Holy Spirit; His primary function is to oversee the maturing of the Sons in the Family to the stages of maturity coinciding with the seasons of God the Father with earth over time for the distribution of the inheritance to the sons. He is more concerned about you than any instructor because He has a vested interest in you by way of the fruit of the Spirit that He freely gives must displays His nature and character. To fully understand the Estate of the Lord Jesus Christ deserves another article on its own so I will leave that for another time. Let’s just pick up the tread by relooking as the original question. How does one build a Spiritual Nation? Let us look at the arrangement of the House of God in the Old Testament.
God the Father chooses a man Abram from Ur of Chaldeans whose father is Terah, calls him and gives him a promise that out of him He will make a great Nation. They come from the lineage of Shem, Noah’s son. Genesis 12 is the account of that first promise. Thereafter God gives Abram another covenant in Genesis 17 and changes his name to Abraham and his wife Sarai to Sarah, whenever God changes your name; He has changed the nature of a thing from natural to spiritual from unholy to holy. He now begins to give him an Everlasting Covenant of Sonship and the sign of circumcision, which is the cutting away of the flesh because this Covenant will have nothing to do with natural flesh but it is a holy seed, a spiritual seed. It may begin with a natural man but its finale and destination will be a spiritual Nation. Moreover in Genesis 17:6 is critical, “…and I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations (plural) of you and kings (plural) shall come forth from you. So we see its going to be a Royal Spiritual Nation. We know of the story of the promise of a son to Abraham and Sarah. Abraham produces an impossible offspring Isaac by Sarah and a natural offspring Ishmael by Hagar the maidservant of Sarah, one by the Free Women and one by the Bond Women.
Gal 4:22 - 31 for it hath been written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the maid-servant, and one by the free-woman, but he who is of the maid-servant, according to flesh hath been, and he who is of the free-woman, through the promise; which things are allegorized, for these are the two covenants: one, indeed, from mount Sinai, to servitude bringing forth, which is Hagar; for this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and doth correspond to the Jerusalem that now is, and is in servitude with her children, and the Jerusalem above is the free-woman, which is mother of us all, for it hath been written, `Rejoice, O barren, who art not bearing; break forth and cry, thou who art not travailing, because many are the children of the desolate--more than of her having the husband.' And we, brethren, as Isaac, are children of promise, but as then he who was born according to the flesh did persecute him according to the spirit, so also now; but what saith the Writing? `Cast forth the maid-servant and her son, for the son of the maid-servant may not be heir with the son of the free-woman;' then, brethren, we are not a maid-servant's children, but the free-woman's.
We are the children of the free women, we are heirs of the Promise made to Abraham, we are born from above, Zion. So God the Father begins with Abraham and gives him a son of promise, Isaac and Isaac produces two sons, Jacob and Esau and then we get to Jacob having twelve sons that give rise to the twelve tribes that becomes the Nation of Israel. That is why He is known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Please take note that at this time they have no Royal linage but Jacob prophesies that out of his son Judah the Royal Scepter shall come forth, speaking of the rise of King David that comes from the Tribe of Judah, see the genealogy in Matthew 1. Now Jesus Christ comes onto the scene after 30 years of learning obedience through the things He suffered and picks up the baton with 12 disciples, he begins with a Nation in mind only because he does not have to unlearn an orphan culture; He is the Son of God. The natural was a shadow and type of the spiritual and in the Book of Hebrews we see the shift.
The Old Testament puts on display what is the Culture of the Kingdom and what is the Order of the House of God. Immediately we see that the model is Patriarchal not Matriarchal, and when we observe the countless number of lineages and genealogies given to us in scripture we begin to see a pattern emerging of Fathers begetting sons and the continuing of the Family Order of building and raising Households. Why is this model the House of God? Very simply, this was what was given to Adam the first son of God and God made sure that he lived long enough on the earth even after fall, to bring this culture into the earth. It also affords a structure of accountability towards maturity in an environment of unconditional love and personal and corporate sacrifice from both the spiritual father and the spiritual son. Tell me is there any form of accountability today when you have 2000 members in a Church setting, anybody can come and go as they please, or is there any accountability and responsibility for the souls of the sheep, when the relationship that exists is that of Pastor and member or Senior Elder and member or Cell Pastor and member . The leadership is not laying down his life for the sheep for close attention of care and love. Neither are the saints accountable to the leadership because they do not know each other. Jesus Christ said that He was the Good Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd, and said this of His Fold, my sheep know me and I know them. Discipleship is a very personal affair, Jesus Christ had just 12 and even of that He lost 1, this is Him spending 3 ½ years with them 24/7. They ate with Him, slept with Him, travelled with Him, worked with Him, they observed His life and saw Him do only one thing, they saw Him only do what He saw the Father doing and only saying what He heard the Father saying. In others words He was demonstrating the life of a mature Son, which is to put on display the Father. He would continue to admonish them, if you see me, you see the Father because I and the Father are one because I am not about my own will and agenda getting involved in Ministry, I cannot act independently of my Father, because the Father is in Me reconciling the world to Himself and not counting mans sin against him. I and the Father are one.
Josh 16-19 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and brought Israel nearby its tribes. And the tribe of Judah was taken. And he brought the family of Judah near; and he took the family of the Zerahites. And he brought near the family of the Zerahites by men, and Zabdi was taken. And he brought near his household by men, and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. And Joshua said to Achan, My son, now give glory to Jehovah, the God of Israel, and give thanks to Him, and please tell me what you have done. Do not hide it from me.
The current Church culture enables sinful men entering the camp because they have an “open door policy” and offers no protection from sin for the others and they fall prey in this unprotected structure, and live absolutely defeated Christian lives and wonder why they cannot get their breakthrough after walking circumspectly in the statutes and precepts of God. So we understand that when there is no Family Order and disobedience, God removes his edge of protection and the Satan has access into the camp. We also see that it is not the strength of the leadership that restrains the enemy; it is the lack of proper Governmental Order and disobedience. I am sure that Zerah, addressed the Fathers of the family the night before regarding the instruction of the Lord and yet still their was a breach in the ranks, under such close fellowship. Now here is the arrangement of the House of God.
Jos 7:16-18 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. It all begins with a Father and his sons that form a Household, now many fathers with Households form a Clan and many Clans form a Tribe and many Tribes forms a Nation, do you see that? Now you will observe that this kind of Spiritual Family Order is found in the New Testament too, as Households. This is how Ananias and Sapphire’s deception was also found out. Peter who was their spiritual father, was able to apprehend this behavior. It will once again, return to this standard of righteousness when we change the order from Church culture to Kingdom Culture.
(Rom 16:10) Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ Household.
(Php 4:22) All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
(2Ti 4:19) Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the Household of Onesiphorus.
(Gal 6:10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do well unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Together, we are called the Household of Faith)
(Eph 2:19) Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the Household of God;
This is Kingdom Culture, a mutli-racial, intercontinental spiritual family, made up of Fathers and Sons. THIS IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. THIS IS THE HOUSE OF GOD, that will become the Holy Royal Nation to be seen by all men, physically. If it pleased the Father to manifest the Son of God in a natural Israel Nation context, then it will please the Father even once more to manifest the corporate Sons of God in a Spiritual Israel Nation context.
Grace and Peace