Moments with Jesus
You are a joy to me as I see your faithfulness to the tasks that I give you each day, and your love and devotion to me. The work is progressing around the world as both my leaders and my people are coming into line as they see the day of my coming approaching. The sleeping saints who have gone before you would rejoice with exceeding joy to know that their captivity is coming to an end and that soon we will all be in heaven together. Keep up the good work that you have begun, for my angels are beside you to guide and protect you, and the Holy Spirit is with you to be your Comforter and Counselor.
Now for the topic of the day. It is fellowship. When I created mankind, I put in them a desire for fellowshipping with others of like kind. No two people are exactly alike, and no one is an island unto himself. Only my Father and I are equals and can converse with each other on any topic with equal knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. But even in our relationship we have a need for fellowship with each other, because love cannot exist alone, and the interplay of thoughts from one to another sparks other thoughts that flow between the two. All of nature is on this pattern of interaction between two that produces activity and life. So anyone who withdraws within himself breaks down the very essence of life and joy and productivity and robs himself of continual growth and development.
In the human family I have divided the number of temperaments into 12, represented by the 12 tribes of Israel.
"When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the Lord's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance." Deut. 32:8, 9.
While these varieties of temperaments come from the mistake of Jacob in having two wives and two concubines, which is not my plan for families, I still overruled for my eternal purposes. In the seed of every man is the potential for producing these 12 temperaments, for this pattern for mankind came from me. In Jacob's family I had control over which child would be born and which temperament would be passed on through the seeds of Jacob, for he would be the progenitor of the nation of Israel, my chosen people from the seed of Abraham.
Therefore, since Abraham was a symbol of all people from all races who would eventually become the Israel of God, his progeny must not only represent all the Israelites through his natural lineage, but also all the saved of all nations until the end of time. That is why I promised him that his seed would be as the sands of the sea, the dust of the earth and the stars in the sky. [Gen. 13:16; 15:5; 22:17.] This is also represented by the great multitude that no man can number [Rev. 7:9-17], because it represents the saved of all ages from all the tribes of Israel, both literal and spiritual. Therefore, the 144,000, who are the representatives of the saved of all ages from the last generation, must represent everyone from every tribe of Israel throughout history who has, like Jacob, struggled with God and overcome. [Genesis 32:28.]
It is a great honor in heaven to be among the 144,000, because each one among that number will have overcome the root of all sin which is self-preservation, just as I struggled to the point of death in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross for you. Those who will not struggle with the sin in their lives to the point of victory will not be among the 144,000. I can have no fellowship with you if you do not follow in my footsteps and struggle to the point of death with me to overcome the sins that so easily beset you from the world, the flesh, and the devil. In all your struggles I will be right there beside you, because I trod the way first, and overcame the desire to escape from death, in order to provide the pathway of victory for you. If you are fellowshipping with me through this experience, I will help you to come to the place where you would rather die than sin. Only those who are willing to die to self and every sin in their lives, will walk with me through the end and be alive through the time of trouble after the close of probation when there will be no intercessor to stand in for you should there be any remnants of sin which you had not overcome.
The saved of all ages are accounted as overcomers also, because they surrendered everything in their lives that they knew would separate them from me - even to the point of martyrdom. But all the light had not been revealed to them that you have now, and they were not held responsible for what they did not know. Nevertheless, my perfect righteousness still covered them and was placed upon their records, for they were accounted as righteous as a result of their complete surrender in every area of their lives that had been revealed to them.
But now there is no more light to shine upon this generation, for their sins of rebellion and blasphemy have come up before me and must be dealt with, for it is Satan himself who is raising himself against me and is planning to obliterate my truth and my people. The earth and its people are now at the same point of rebellion that existed when I cast Satan and his followers out of heaven. When I say there is no more light to be revealed, I mean that all the light that is necessary for every soul on earth to make their final decision is now available for everyone.
But in the camp of my saints who love me and keep my commandments, there will be continuing light shining for them that will rejoice their hearts until the end of time and throughout eternity. [Prov. 4:18.] That is why fellowshipping with the saints who are journeying to the kingdom is so vital. Each person among the 12 tribes of overcomers has a unique testimony to give, and precious light that I have revealed to them that is to be shared with others of like faith. Because of the different temperaments and different gifts of each person from every tribe, I can give insights that can be shared with all believers which will add to their store of knowledge.
So it was with the disciples after Pentecost. No two were alike, and they often gathered to fellowship and share the light that they were receiving from me. And because they were together and sharing the light I had given them, I could send down showers of more light and understanding that would benefit everyone.
So it must be with you in the time of the latter rain. Ask for rain in the time of the latter rain and see if I will not send you bright showers of light to gladden your hearts and bring forth ripened grain in the field of your labors for me every day. [See Zech. 10:1.]
Now go to your duties and activities, but do not forget to fellowship with me as you go through your day, for I have interesting thoughts and insights to give you if you remain open to my Spirit. And remember that I am doing the same thing for all your brothers and sisters, and you will benefit by sharing these insights with each other at appropriate times as I shall guide you. Especially upon the Sabbath hours I will give you a double portion of light as you fellowship and study together. This is the purpose of the Sabbath hours which I have given you each week. They are designed to give you the opportunity to bring new light that you have garnered from me during the week and share it with each other on Sabbath. Sadly, I cannot do the same for those who worship on Sunday, for they have ignored me and worked upon my Sabbath, then come to me for blessings on a day that I have commanded them to work.
Nevertheless, I do have many true sheep that are yet in the other churches, and I will guide you to rescue these and call them out of Babylon, which accurately means confusion. As you fellowship with people of different faiths, let it not be to absorb their spirit, but to bring enlightenment to their minds of my soon coming, and how to prepare to be ready. The harvest of the earth is ripe for reaping, and you, my dearly beloved ones, are the reapers who will participate with the angels who are sent forth to guide and inspire you in your labors for me. Isn’t it a joy to fellowship with these emissaries from heaven every day? Open your heart to hear their words of admonition, counsel, and encouragement, and you will be enriched as you realize that you are not alone, but that you are a part of the fellowship of heaven. Lovingly, Jesus.