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Hope and Preparation

Kevin Elias Ezekiel James, bondservant of the Almighty in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His son and son of Zion.

To His church among all people and tongues, His servants who He has called and sanctified, and those who He has called to prepare His betrothed. All grace and His love be with you now and forevermore as we perish with Him unto life upon the closing of an age and the beginning of a new.

Take heed to the message of His Word from the city of truth upon His holy mountain where He dwells, coming quickly now, in decent from the Highest Place, longing to renew all things in His love and righteous virtue, to be present with us as our God and Father. Even now He turns His gaze upon us and our preparations, assuring and reassuring, that the sanctuary and host shall no longer be trampled underfoot.

So declares the Lord, “Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their glory For what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; Be very desolate,” says the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom (We have heard a report from the Lord, and a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying, “Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle”): “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever. “Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; you who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’ Though you ascend as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” says the Lord.

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

And our Lord has said, “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him; let him put his mouth in the dust— There may yet be hope. Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him being full of reproach.

The betrothed speaks from her place saying, “The voice of my Beloved! Behold, He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My Beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, He stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. My Beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, My love, My fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in Our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, My love, My fair one, And come away! “O My dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let Me see your face, Let Me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Like a lily among thorns, so is your love among the daughters.”

Thus says the Bridegroom, “You who dwell in the gardens, The companions listen for your voice— Let me hear it!” And His betrothed replies, “Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.”

And then the Father says, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree. There your mother brought you forth; There she who bore you brought you forth. Therefore, fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the Lord has done marvelous things! Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; For the open pastures are springing up, and the tree bears its fruit; The fig tree and the vine yield their strength. Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you — The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So, I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Yes, you shall know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, and no aliens shall ever pass through her again.”

As it is written: “For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited, and the ruins rebuilt. I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; They shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance; no more shall you bereave them of children.” Thus says the Lord God: “Because they say to you, ‘You devour men and bereave your nation of children,’ therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore,” says the Lord God. “Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore,” says the Lord God.’”

“So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? And you forget the Lord your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he has prepared to destroy. and where is the fury of the oppressor? The captive exile hastens, that he may be loosed, that he should not die in the pit, and that his bread should not fail. but I am the Lord your God, Who divided the sea whose waves roared— The Lord of hosts is His name. And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”

For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at first Into Egypt to dwell there; Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here,” says the Lord, “That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail,” says the Lord, “And My name is blasphemed continually every day. Therefore, My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’” How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; For they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; For the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”

“The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. What God has cleansed you must not call common or profane. For all these things that shall be done are in accordance with My purpose, salvation, and My church.”

“Be strengthened with might through My Spirit in the inner man, that I may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in Me and My love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love that I have placed in you which passes knowledge, truth and wisdom; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. For I and the Holy Breath do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you ask or think, according to the power that works in you, by Me, and your faith. For you are My workmanship, created in Me for good works, which God prepared beforehand that you should walk in them.”

Beloved, walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, in awe, and in wonder, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind, being blown into perdition. Assuredly beloved, the living waters flow from Zion to the east and to the west in the new Pentecost.

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever. For you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light, who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. See what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

Beloved, it is not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. You are not restricted by the clergy, who are Gods servants outpouring His love toward you, but you are restricted by your own affections, worldly riches, and misplaced tithing toward entities that are enmity to our Father’s kingdom. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

For every law, doctrine, tradition, philosophy, counsel, and border of man, formed in knowledge without wisdom, which are renounced in and by our faith, for those formed in the wisdom of God and His great city of truth on earth; the Spirit is overjoyed and mourns not the death of hypocrisy.

Preparations that need to be made are for the revival of the Body of Christ. Wedding preparations are in order. Assuredly, our brothers, sisters, and our saviors are coming from Zion to bring us understanding, truth, and zeal. We must be willing and prepared to accept them and the others of the remnant that return, as others come out from us, showing that they are not of us; and fall away. The body is being purged and the sanctuary is being cleansed. This is His consummation. When we have been unequally yoked with a secular culture, we are in need of unlearning that which we have learned. At one time we required a way to put new wine into a new wineskin and not an old one. Now we require bringing out the good seed from the storehouse and the vintage wine from the cellar. The good seed which we have reserved will only allow itself to be sown into proper soil. Soil not corrupted by the seeding and tithes of bad fruit and secularism, which denies His sovereignty, being enmity to our kingdom and His rule.

As much as we draw others into His love, we must always remain prepared to rebuke and reproach those who may have intent to harm us spiritually as His body, as a people, and as individuals. We truly love our enemies, yet we do so without putting down our staff. God alone do we serve. If we lay down prostrate before any, then it is the Father and Him alone. It is neither sensible nor logical to put on the whole armor of God in preparation for battle if one shall never be ready to draw his sword. Remember, we are already dead and have died with Him. Why have any fear of the reprisals of a secular and separatist culture or any culture that breeds divisions? For the sake of the salvation and the hearts of all, being His and our holiest place, it is time to take off and put away the fear of man, man’s counsels created without wisdom, and man’s oppression upon its inhabitants and creation, and put on the fear of the Lord. Hear Him roaring from Zion.

Those who reject the Word and works of the Lord, reject love, mercy, and righteous justice; Just as he who does not help to gather, by default, helps to scatter. These are the anti-Christ who rob God and rob you of your tithes, loyalty, love, and service to Him, to your brothers and sisters, and to your church. Just as one cannot serve the Lord and mammon, one cannot serve the Lord and the anti-Christ, a secular world, a separatist culture, or any other idol we put before Him. Focus on laying up treasures in heaven, beloved. Raise and serve the banner and standard of the Lord your God before any other. As we are citizens of heaven, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters of Zion. This world is not our home. It is a crucible. It is exile, and we are not of this world, just as He was not of this world, and we are justified in our faith and all that we renounce which is not of God.

It is with great thanks we give praise and honor to our Father and Brother and to those of you who have been, are, and remain faithful in the consolation of Their grace, because when you received the Word of God, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which so effectively works in you who believe. And our Lord says, “Why are there some who are so troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” As it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law or the letter, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, the father of us all. Was his faith not contrary to hope? Yet it was hope in faith and a fear of the Lord that prevailed.

Thus says the Lord, “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of, ‘Grace, grace to it!’ And who has despised the day of the small things? For the seven that were with Zerubbabel rejoiced to see the plumbline in his hand. Are they not as the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth? As it has always been, a prophet is not without honor except in his own country and his own home. The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. Yet, there is not inclusion in your officiated worship and service for their teachings nor their testimony. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Allow room for this Body to be complete and without schism and say to all that is unholy, ‘Come stand against this Mountain!’”

As it is written beloved, “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.’ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Both meekness and testimony are as crucial and necessary in our victory over evil, as the blood of Christ. Wherever there is the blood of Christ, there is need of the testimonies of His truth to be given with all humility and love. We must give one another the time and officiation of service to hear such testimonies in all ways, especially when we partake in His, remembrance, sufferings, and His body and His blood. If one is lacking in faith, trust, and discernment, to make a way for officiated testimony and prophecy, both in their time and service, then look within yourself where you are lacking and do not turn away from the fruit of the Spirit. All prophecy, faith, and testimony must be upheld by us, carried with love and devotion, and made way for, relentlessly. Make way for the names of the martyrs, both past and present, to be heard so that they shall never fall to the ground, assisting Christ and the Holy Spirit to bring 1000 more to God in their memory, in and by our testimonies of faith. Is it not true, that He as a Lamb without blemish or spot, has now opened the fifth seal of the great scroll? Indeed it is true. Hear the voice of the martyrs, beloved. He and His companions are waiting and longing to hear our voice, let us have our voices reach the heavens.

Has He not said, “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne, nor by the earth, for it is His footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair upon it white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is of the evil one.” Yet there are those that would have you confess sin of perjury before confessing a sin of swearing an oath. Do not be misguided, beloved. In our faith, we must have and protect the affirmation of His truth, love, and divinity in all His body and members. This is a fruit of the Spirit which allows us to be consecrated apart from the unholy and any who are separated from the Lord.

Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth. Have all confidence in this, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it till the day of Jesus Christ. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving, working out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. Standfast and help to bear the burdens of your brothers and sisters and those of the clergy. In His love we must help to carry one another across troubled waters, that we may lie down in green pastures. You, therefore, who have been placed in eminence by God, ought with all your power to check and repel those who prepare snares for brethren, or raise seditions and offenses against them. For it is easy by word to deceive man, not however God. Therefore you ought to keep these off, and be on your guard against them, until such darkness is done away utterly, and the morning star shines upon them, and gladness arises, most holy brethren.

Pray for your clergy and all ministers of Christ that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that those who run may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. As not all have faith and create strife and contentions, let us lift and raise the burdens of others from off their shoulders, that they are not overcome, and are less distracted from doing His works through them. Our priests, bishops, and ministers have their hands full and are overburdened. Many have become distracted with disputes where instead there should be love. Therefore, we must be that love for them in their place, for them and one another, that they may have consolation in our Lord and His body, the church. Let us have them remember without ceasing, we are the children who they have so loved. Let us show them their works of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope, which they have helped to instill in us with the blessing of the Lord. We are their epistles, and they shall know it and rejoice.

As our Father has turned his face and His gaze upon us, let us show to Him our faith and understanding of His Word. Let us demonstrate and acknowledge that we are at war with the principalities of darkness, the unholy, and secularism. As in any war there are casualties, the injured, the afflicted, and an increase of the displaced, the needy and the poor, and the suffering. All shall know that we are His children and Christians by our love, so lets us demonstrate that to all people of all walks of life. We are hospitable, loving, patient, kind, and compassionate. In turning our tithes and service and giving them back to the Lord and His church, let us make every effort to keep every door to our Father’s house always open to those of its need. His house is not only a place of worship, but a sanctuary from the unholy and a place of asylum and refuge from all that is of evil and darkness. Will not many of those who are so displaced in this war be like our brother Jacob who is returning to us? Will he not be as a very zealous and Messianic Jew in the middle of an adulterous and perverse generation, a secular culture, and therefore be very displaced and not acclimated. We must be watchful for his return, along with all the remnant, and be eager to invite them in and ready to accept them. For they are saviors for us and rods sent from Zion. The Lord prepares a highway for them, for us, and for all, back to Zion. We, beloved, are part of that highway.

Beloved, because I am a son of Zion, I am a bondservant of Christ, and thereby, a slave to love. For God is love. Love never fails, it endures all things, overcomes all things, and it is not arrogant but kind. Yet, in this love I am very zealous for you, just as our Father. In our Father’s love toward you, my heart is pure, just as His love. Where there is this love, there is always hope, and in any revival and renewing, hope and love must work together to fulfill all things.

As a prisoner of hope and love, I lament like our brother Jeremiah because of my youth, and bear all reproach for His kingdom, which is also your kingdom and mine. So I affirm boldly that I share all things with Christ and Love and They with me. He is King of my heart of hearts, and I am King in my own heart. We have left little to no room for self to sit on the throne, apart from whatever might be found useful toward His purpose. It is abandonment. It is incapacitation of what many would see as free will, but it is the liberty of love and a refusal to return evil for evil. Darkness has no place here. Let there be Light. Because of faith there is grace. More grace to it and abounding, with an outpouring of love and service and long-suffering for salvation. We are thrice blessed in this love and communion of the Trinity working together as one, having purged from ourselves any acceptance of divisions. There is no partiality. There is no accusation. There is acceptance of what is true and what is not. Therefore, there is also no partiality toward souls which are barren and desolate, not bearing the fruit of Love, but rather, an outstretched hand to help up any who have fallen, while knowing fully well that those who refuse this hand, and bite it repeatedly without repentance; our Father shall refine to ash we walk upon, and are remembered no more.

Fathers, love your children and give this heart to them, with all remembrance and teachings of our Lord’s sacrifice, meekness, and the history of our heritage and what is our inheritance. Assuredly, upon receiving the wisdom of righteousness your children shall love you for it and always seek more; wisdom smiles upon all her children; giving favor to them, that they also may give. Daughters have this heart and love your fathers. And my sons have this heart and love your fathers. Mothers you encompass us all, your love is critical to be had toward all your children, your husbands, and your Father. It is in your position of honor that you have the utmost respect, and in that honor a duty to set the proper example of love toward mankind. In your love toward our Father, you impart to the greater majority of mankind the wisdom highly esteemed by the Spirit, as all children become gifts to creation because of you. It is certain, John heard the voice of our Lord’s mother when in the womb and is still rejoicing because of it. All husbands do well to esteem there wife in this manner, being temperate and uplifting towards her in all love.

Daughters of Eve, those who choose to be apostate in and by loathing husband and children and placing themselves into the role of the father by blood, or Father in the Spirit, do well to seek repentance and understanding in our Father’s consolation. The Spirit does not withhold that which is rightly requested from a contrite heart, however, God reigns as Father everlasting, as does His patriarchy.

For all the fatherless or orphaned, your Father is your Father in heaven, who smiles upon you with great compassion and a longing to be with you in your heart. He knows who you are and has already prepared a place for Himself in you and with you. Your family is in heaven and they are your eternal family. And we here on earth are your family, among your parish. We are your aunts and uncles.

Little children I would like to tell you with more detail about a vision given to us by the spirits of the prophets. This one being from our brother Ezekiel:

“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.

He said to me, ‘Son of man, have you seen this?’ Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

In our spiritual cycle throughout our lives, living in faith toward our restoration from exile, which is our salvation. We are dependent upon the living waters from the sanctuary to be our foundation and source of that faith. There are many different measures of faith and water described because we are all different parts of His body and we all go through a spiritual growth in the course of our life. The waters are sanctified and healed in this faith as it runs its course and cycle. As much as the waters cleanse and purify us in faith in our beginning, when the waters reach the sea and are of a great magnitude, they are then purified in the great magnitude of faith in the great sea, being full of the many multitudes of fish. The multitudes giving testimony of faith for all to hear purifies the water in its cycle. We are renewed in faith just like the water is renewed in and by the hearing of faith and testimony. However, we are unable to navigate or remain afloat swimming upon these waters if our measure of faith does not align with the measure of water. If we lack in spiritual growth and faith; these waters will consume us in their magnitude and tempest which might arise. Here is where we are like Peter; walking upon the waters with Jesus, and having no doubt of faith.

Where these waters flow there is life. Where there is not this healing water of life there is stagnant pools of swamp and death. There is salt that is useless in these swamps being unseasoned in the absence of the hearing of faith. When looking at the trees we see that life flourishes because these trees are bearing fruit, having been rooted in living waters and thereby good soil. As we know, it also takes proper sunlight for such growth, germination, and flowering. Because the seed was germinated in living waters and good soil the seedlings spring into life and growth toward the sun. The light is hope that shines forth knowing no bounds and having not any bonds or vises, shining freely and radiantly, illuminating all that it touches. All grows toward this hope and light, perpetually moving forward to it.

The combination of hope and faith, being water and light, bring forth leaves upon the tree branches. Leaves which do not wither, else the plant becomes sickened and weak not able to bear fruit. The leaves are our spiritual teachings, service, and worship. The leaves encompass all of our spiritual practices as families and parish communities. Whenever we cut off, restrain, or separate ourselves from hope, faith, or our spiritual practices and worship; being water, light, and a pruned and nurtured vegetation, then the leaves start to wither and the plant will become noticeably disgraced and poorly nurtured. We are cut off from the medicine which we require while living in this mortal form; living among the thorns and pestilence of exile. In Eden, and the gardens of the city of truth upon His holy mountain; the leaves never wither.

Of course, with any well cultivated, lighted, watered, and pruned plant or tree, it then bears its fruit and becomes ready to harvest. The fruit is love, joy, happiness, rejoicing, edification, and praise. Our Father wants us to be filled with this fruit, to have it sustain us in holiness and compassion, and having us become thankful for it; thereby being workers in His fields and groves voluntarily, out of appreciation, proper discernment, and wisdom; working in the fields with serenity and joy. This then completes the cycle in our return of life and love for the life and love which we have been blessed with. And this is the simplicity of Christ. Yet the many find it too simple and not fulfilling. Blessed are those who accept the simplicity of Christ. As it is has been told, the children became fattened and full and rose up to play; when they should have risen up to be fresh, renewed, and ready to return life and love in gratitude upon their free will.

Many have been poisoning the water in the well and the waters of the sanctuary. The waters run throughout many rivers just as there are many branches upon the tree. They all have their purpose, but in the poisoning of the well, with divisions, harlotry, and envy; the children rose up to cut off branches from the tree, create dams on the rivers, and aqueducts and cisterns of polluted waters. The fruit became no longer fulfilling and as a result sprung forth all the weeds and tares among the groves and fields because the seed became corruptible. Instead of producing light and hope from good fruit the children produced dark clouds blocking out the sun. Many became sick and malnourished leaving few to tend to the fields.

Beloved, do you remember Jonah, and how he was so angry? Let’s recall. Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!” But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”

Remember that one day to the Lord is as a 1000 years and 1000 years may be but a day. We are all at different stages of faith and spiritual growth, and we all have our own religious practices and traditions which we may find useful or not. But, in the end it is our Father who knows the hearts and minds of all people and of all His children. Receive any who might be weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. Let one not despise or judge the other. Who are any to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. One esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in their own mind. All who come to the light are those who know and do truth, coming and growing toward the light so that their deeds may be clearly seen, and that they have been done in God.

Now is time to tend to all our gardens and purify all the waters. God is cleansing the sanctuary and the waters which come forth are once again, His living waters, which we must praise Him for with all gratitude and thanks, having our voices reach the heavens to our Bridegroom and His companions, the saints, the saviors, the heavenly host, and the prophets. Assuredly beloved, when we refuse to make way for the grumblings, complaints, and disputes of idle talkers, sectarians, separatist, and the legalist who go to law against their own brother; then He who is I AM opens up the clouds and makes way, as the Way-maker, for all of our praises, supplications, and prayers to be heard and reciprocated among all the heavens, its host and our Zion, helping to create His will and kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven. Then all who know our Father shall have no more tears, and in this our victory is and has already been declared.

May all the just who seek instruction and rejoice in it, eagerly anticipating the inheritance that is promised, with their lamps lit and their vessels of oil overflowing; find His hope, consolation, and zeal in the hearing of faith by His Word, while being held with all love in the palm of His hands. His grace and peace be with you everlasting, Amen.

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