Along with His first coming, His life and His sacrificial death, with His Ascension and His soon coming return — Resurrection life, is being held out by, the ever opening, wide spread hands, of Christ.
For when I first saw the word coffer, describing the temporary dam structure (see Part 1), I then heard the words ‘coffin and coffers‘ (riches) — that spoke of China’s ‘false’ riches and the pursuit of them, in that it separates them from true wealth — even, from the hope of the resurrection from the dead.
Seeking more the hope, of the resurrection of China’s ancient glories and standing of the past that are fading and transient, and will lay ‘dead’ in their coffins.
Whilst The LORD God has laid up His coffers, His riches in salvation and eternity, in His Son, the riches of God in salvation are not obtained by being married to any other god — except the One LORD, the One True God.
A verse in Matthew was brought to mind, Matthew 6:19-21,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” emphasis added.
Here, in Him, there is no ‘grayness’ nor mixture. For in Christ; there is not here Jew or Greek, there is not here servant nor freeman, there is not here male and female, for all ye are one in Christ Jesus, (Galatians 3:28).
For here, in Christ, in Him, one is no longer ‘as grey’, but is without confusion, exclusion or contusion, being pure, with no mixture. Being brilliantly white and dazzlingly bright.
Then I heard, “China is a pearl of great price!” I then saw divers, diving deep to bring up pearls. In those depths I saw ‘as it were’ an underwater section of China’s Great Wall.
That was made up of hundreds and hundreds of irregular, but individually shaped stones. Each stone bearing its own face, each being an unique person. The stones, arranged and placed together, formed the shape of one large face within this ‘underwater’ portion of the wall.
A face with a great, dark, cavern of a mouth, set in the width of the wall. I could see the mouth create a current in the depths and thereby “suck in” souls and as it did, another stone (soul) appeared as it was added to the facade of the wall.
I knew the mouth was death, but I knew The LORD was to plunder death. I heard Him say, “Just as I called, to ‘Shut the mouths of lions’, so I call now and say … ‘Open your mouth and call forth the pearls in Christ from the mouth of death.'”
“Though China you weep, I weep for you more. Though your submerged, I dive deep for you,” and “Your grain* harvests are being gathered and sifted.”
China has always sought to match, even better Japan’s renown, in the gathering and harvesting of authentic freshwater pearls.
But China has succeeded only in the medium of the synthetic pearl and not with the authentic, the naturally real, freshwater pearls.
It is often traditional with Chinese deaths, to place a pearl, in the mouth of the deceased. Hence The LORD’s emphasis on living souls, living stones, as real pearls being gathered and plundered from the mouth of death itself, not from the bounty of China’s search for treasures in the seas of foreign lands, but the Resurrection unto Life, the true riches of living souls, redeemed from great depths at such a great price.
She, China, doesn’t need to sail far afield, upon the distant oceans to satisfy her search for riches, nor to command and rule to keep them.
For the real treasures are already landlocked, deep inside her, in her interior, within the broad ‘freshwater’ rivers and the wide canals.
Her real riches are found in the height, length, breadth and depth that are God’s dimension, the salvation of China’s people.
Her time of great unlocking and release are nigh.
The freshwater pearls are ready, for they are already bought and paid for. For in obedience, the Perfect One, having suffered with all our imperfections, has perfected them. Himself having already been cast — into the depths of our sea.
His name is Jesus, His Name is LORD.
* See Part 6
~ David Hood
David Hood, is from Stanley, County Durham, England and was born-again 30 years ago. He began a more serious prophetic insight in the 90’s.