Abraham was a tent dweller on a journey to another world.
The children of Israel initially were tent dwellers heading for a Promised Land but they did not finish the journey and were an example and warning for us today.
“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted,” 1 Corinthians 10:4-6.
“Now all these things happened unto them for example: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come,” 1 Corinthians 10:11.
We should take note of this warning, this is not just about getting to heaven it is about finishing our purpose and God’s plan for us while we are still here on this earth.
The fact that you are here on this planet earth bears testimony to the fact that you qualified and were chosen to come here. The question is of course WHY?
Your birth was not random but was with purpose and involves your destiny. God has a plan for your life here on earth.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” (or live without purpose), Proverbs 29:18.
Abraham the Dreamer
Abraham lived in a world that had reached its zenith in culture, science and prosperity. He lived in a great city that was the envy of the then known world. When Abram was called to follow the LORD, it required of him to leave all that he had formerly known.
His friends and relatives must have thought that he was insane. Babylon was one of the greatest wonders of the world. Babylon had magnificent gardens, homes, and a powerful army. It was the place to live. Abram left it all to wander around a wilderness for a mere dream, a vision of another city made without hands. No wonder he became known as the father of our faith, and a friend of God.
If we do not have a dream, a vision, a hope of a new world of exceeding wonder and glory we will perish in the midst of the coming great darkness that is about to envelope this world. We must see with the eyes of our heart a bright and shinning new world, a utopia of mind-blowing grandeur.
Biblical hope is different to what we generally understand as hope. Biblical hope is something that is certain, nevertheless still future.
Abraham faced many trials
Abraham’s sojourn was not an easy one. He faced many trials, and his faith was sorely tried. He made some bad mistakes but he learned by these mistakes and never lost sight of his dream. Getting back on course after failure requires some of the greatest levels of faith.
Biblical definition of failure is not in the falling down; it is in not getting up again.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles (tents) with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God,” Hebrews 11:8-9.
Like Abraham, we too must have a dream, a vision of a coming New World whose builder and maker is God. The children of Israel were firstly tent dwellers and the landscape in which they travelled towards the Promised Land was a desert.
It was temporal, it was not their final destination or their final destiny. We too are on the same journey and it it is not the final goal or dwelling place. Our journey is a learning curve a time of proving, a time of qualifying. Our journeying through this life is preparation for ruling in a brand new earth for a thousand years.
Tents do not speak of a permanence they are temporal and mirror our lives here on earth in this dispensation. The time we have now is preparation for God’s purpose for the ages to come.
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:5-7.
Time on this earth is short season of learning and being conformed to the image of Jesus in order that we may qualify to be a part of God’s incredible purposes in the ages to come.
God’s plan for Jeremiah
“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, LORD GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD,” Jeremiah 1:4-8.
Understanding that you have a destiny and plan for your life is very important. That plan is designed to train and qualify you for roles in the ages to come. Many people say “well I’m not a prophet, a pastor, an evangelist”.
Listen to me! God’s plan for your life first and foremost it is to become like Jesus. Everything else is secondary to this.
Adam did not fullfill the mandate that God gave to him, which was to bring heaven to earth. The ways of heaven the architecture of heaven, the art and sciences of heaven. Adam’s mandate was to build a perfect world that resembled heaven.
When sin entered his domain the opposite to what he was called to establish in this earth slowly began to invade this world. Today we see the results of this where many parts of the world today can be described as hell on earth. The good news is, we are going to get another shot at this.
You are in training right now to qualify to rebuild this world into the utopia that God initially intended. However the church has so often got their priorities wrong. The emphasis has been on what is your ministry.
So often I have heard the statement, I do not know what my ministry is! Well your main and utterly prime purpose is to become more like Jesus. This is what qualifies you to be a part of finishing what Adam’s mandate initially was. We are living at the end of time, the dawning of a new age for this planet is almost upon us.
You have been born into this age with a destiny and plan for your life. The skills you learn here will be utilised in the next age to come. Whether they be managerial skills, artistic skills, discipline and organizational skills, or just raising a family and teaching your children the ways of God and what God is like.
You see, the number of Christians who do not have ministry gifts such as a Pastor or Prophet or Evangelist etc., greatly outnumber those who we call ministry gifts. When all is said and done, we will all be judged on how much we have become like Jesus.
So you are here with a mandate and a purpose. You need to think of your time here on earth as it were as university with a course that is designed specifically for you.
Everything you have to face in this life is part of the course. We must face everything in this life with the attitude of how would heaven react to these circumstances we are presently in.
Knowing what God is like will mould your attitudes and actions. To know Him is to
become like Him. See 2 Corinthians 3-18.
The very foundation of the nature of God is this: GOD IS LOVE. Because God does not just have love, HE IS LOVE, everything that He does and allows is motivated by who He is: Love.
Knowing this can change your understanding of God and who you are to become. These are the qualities that we must learn to become in university course called your life that He has set for you while on this earth. This in turn affects the secondary skill we learn such as management, architectural, arts, sciences etc.
Some of the greatest managers are mothers who learn to manage a handful of children and a husband.
What is heaven like?
I have had the privilege and grace to visit heaven a number of times and it is far more incredible than we have been taught in church. Heaven is a reflection of what God is like.
Because there are many levels in heaven each ascending and more glorious, it is very hard to describe some of these things.
There are concerts in heaven. There are banquets in heaven. There are music
academies in heaven. There are many training facilities in architecture, music, sciences that blend the natural with the physical.
There are terraforming sciences which will be used across the universe in the ages to come. There are places where astrophysics are taught etc.
I could go on some of the higher levels I cannot describe. It is not just sitting in paradise playing a harp and having fun. The point is, it was Adam’s role to bring heaven to earth and begin to expand the kingdom of God across the universe, this earth being just the first planet.
The coming new age known as the Millennium Reign of Christ is to finish what Adam was given to do. You are in training to qualify to be a part of this. The training is to come to know God and become like Him in nature.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,” Matthew 1:23.
Recently the LORD spoke to me from Chronicles chapter 17.
“And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them anymore, as at the beginning,” 1 Chronicles 17:8-9.
It is always a continuing amazement to me how God directs our lives
I was reminded by the LORD the fact my wife Jo and I have lived in 14 different places and 4 nations and during this time the LORD has been with us in every place we went. See verse 8.
The vast majority of these times we have lived in rented homes. However God has always been good to us and watched over us for good.
As I read these scriptures the presence of the LORD overshadowed me in a powerful way. As I waited on the LORD He began to speak to me, saying, “You have one more move to make and this next move will be the last.
I will give you a home of your own which will be the last leg of your journey.”
I looked at the LORD and thanked Him for being with us all through our married life. There have been difficult times and good times, but this is just part of the course.
However, the fact that the LORD said to me that this would be our final home, underscored the fact we all have very few years left before the LORD returns to set up His rule in this earth.
“And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee,” 1 Chronicles 17:8.
We are all heading down to the end of our course on this planet. Time now is of the essence. Destiny is a wonderful thing, the fact that you are living in these end time days is a glorious privilege.
You were chosen to see the end of the battle and the beginning of a wonderful new age. This is not a time to give up, is a time to see how far you have come, and the graduation day is now closer than we think.
The conflict over who will rule this planet is heading to a climax as the Antichrist is moving towards a global economy and a one world government.
Donald Trump is a man chosen by God to help halt the decline of the world and the church which is descending into chaos and apostasy, and whether he realises this or not is not the point.
However, you too were born for this hour, do not underestimate the great privilege this is.
A Kingdom Economy
We are here to bring God’s ways and purposed to this earth. God’s Kingdom economy is very different to this worlds economic systems.
There is about to happen a transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous that will be astounding in both magnitude and wonder.
Nothing in history will be comparable to this. Many have been prepared for this and we are about to see this begin at any time now.
“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just,” Proverbs 13:22.
We don’t need this wealth in heaven, we need it on this earth now, to finish the task that God has given to the true church in these final days.
There will be a people, a Joseph ministry, if you will, who will bring a Kingdom economy to the earth in the midst of chaos and anarchy.
Our destiny is about to launch into a greater more wonderful way. Our time in this earth has been a proving time. The rapture and the return of Jesus with His saints is the main event and the climax of our journey, the beginning of our greater destiny.
We are privileged to be living in a time which will be known throughout eternity as the churches finest hour. Don’t waste the privilege that God has given you to be alive in this final hour.
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See also The Academy of Lights‘s bi-monthly Prophetic Magazine:
Our Finest Hour
March 2017 In this Issue:
- Life is a Journey – Neville Johnson
- These are Your Decisive Days of Destiny – Bobby Conner
- Going onto the Next Level – Joe Sweet
- Our Consolation During Times of Darkness – Paul Keith Davis
- Preparing for Enlargement – Kent Mattox
- Visitation by the LORD Jesus – Bruce Allen
- War and Glory – Rick Joyner
- The Official War on Trump
~ Neville Johnson ©
The late Neville Johnson of The Academy of Light. Neville was in full time ministry for over 40 years. During that time he founded two Bible schools training ministers and missionaries who are now serving the LORD in fifteen nations. He was Director of Living Word Academy of Light in Australia. With great effect Neville preached the Gospel and taught the Word of God in over thirty nations and ministered in countless ministers seminars around the world. He was burdened for the lost with an apostolic calling to the nations.
Neville returned to be with The LORD on September 1, 2019.