This from a wonderful teacher of the word. I am glad he is a friend from Australia.

CHRIST THE ANTIDOTE REGARDING DEATH

Part 126

The Purpose Of Experience!

By Ralph W. Knowles

The purpose of an experience with the 'Bridegroom', which is really another term for the Christ-Spirit, this is also a reference to the Mystical Spirit that is between Spirit & soul, between the Bridegroom & the Bride. How can the Bride (the soul) wed until the Bridegroom or the Spirit comes? The Son within us is the Bridegroom to every soul. Whosoever that does not believe, how can they house the spiritual Light? As we each begin to allow ourselves to believe we open ourselves to the Son, this wonderful spiritual light will illuminate us & the Bridegroom or the Christ-Spirit comes & claims that, which belongs to Himself anyway. But because of what Christ Himself informed us in Matthew.

''He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.'' Mt 10;39.

MKJV.

We are also informed in the gospel of John regarding the lifting up & surrendering of our conscious spiritual wills.

''And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.'' Jn 12:32. MKJV.


Some may wonder how the above verse would apply to ourselves. The explanation is that if we are lifted up in our way of thinking, in our attitude, & take into consideration our earthly lower fleshly selves & are then lifted up into our Christ-Spirit attitude, the outcome will be that this Spirit, this Christ which is actually our true identity; we will then in this divine naturecollectively & corporately – draw all men our selves, or the Myself-Christ nature. This is the The Purpose Of Experience! The experience for which were originally created!

We have written in the past concerning a friend who was a real help in the message for this end-time understanding, his name is Des Walter. Even though he is not now writing he made a real impact in this world we live in as he for most of his life ministered in & to many, many countries & peoples in his lifetime. The below is something that he shared in one of his writings.

''God created man as spirit in Genesis 1:26, and this spirit is in every man beginning with Adam till this present day. This spirit in every man is Christ who is God, so this means that God has a direct line of contact with every man on this planet. But the majority of mankind never respond to the frequency of His divine voice, even though Father will hear the softest cry of the human heart, and will respond accordingly. If it were God's will that every man walk with God in perfect obedience, this would have happened long ago. But it did not, because mankind would become robots void of individual choice and will. Man was given a will, and God will never over-rule man's will. God is love and there can never be any force in a love relationship. That is why to make God responsible for a burning hell for those who fail to respond to Him completely destroys the love character of God.'' Unquote.

Who Are The Huios That Paul Referred To?

''The administrators of this completed covenant will be the finally fully manifested sons. We notice that Paul when referring to this in Rom 8:14 he very carefully chooses the word "huios" rather than the word "teknion" which means infant or "teknon" which speaks of a child or a youth because he was not referring to mere children. "Huios" specifically speaks of matured, fully developed sons, or those who have come of age into full maturity. Of the three words describing son-ship "huios" is the only word that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to use when he spoke of those to be manifested as sons of God in Romans 8, and it is also the only word that the Holy Spirit inspired the beloved John to use when he referred to the man-child in Johns own mighty Revelation in Chapter 12:5. Is that possibly because they are one and the same? I personally am 100% positive it is! Once this understanding is established in our thinking & especially in our Most Holy Place Christ-identity we should then realise that the manifestation of the sons of God is not merely a revelation of Gods love that has been occurring for the last two thousand years, but an a returning to our Job 38:7 experience & a realising of those of us who are returning to the reality of our true eternal Christ consciousness that we once had even long before the foundation of this present world. This could also be described as a coming into our fullness as huiosmatured sonsrather than teknons or – immature children – it is the culmination or full realisation or revelation of these that are coming into their age of full maturity when they are in fact presented as full grown sons, Rev12:5. We need to be embracing this by faith & confidence & realising all of the above is part of the wonderful paradigm-shift that is upon us even now! In answer to the above heading; Yes we are the HUIOS that Paul referred to.'' This last above thought is borrowed from Part100, which was written in 2017.

The Sacred Chest!

''The door to God's temple in heaven was then opened, and the SACRED CHEST could be seen inside the temple. I saw lightning and heard roars of thunder. The earth trembled and huge hailstones fell to the ground.'' Rev 11:19. Contemporary English Version.

The sacred chest could be seen inside the temple! This I feel is saying to us very clearly that many will see & realise the identity of the sacred chest, which is to not only be observed partly, but the full realisation of the MAN-CHILD will be revealed & recognised in His completeness! Rev 12:5.

''Then the sanctuary of God in heaven was thrown open, and the ark of His covenant was seen standing inside in His sanctuary; and there were flashes of lightning, loud rumblings (blasts, mutterings), peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a terrific hailstorm.'' Rev 11:19. Amp.

''For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth'' Isa 38:18. KJV.

The pit in this case to ourselves would be referring to our adversarial-allegory, found in the very depths of our unbelieving flesh or our carnality!

''For not Sheol shall praise thee, nor death celebrate thee; they that go down into the pit do not hope for thy truth''. Isa 38:18.Darby. We are also reminded of the verse, ''For death is to be swallowed up forever'' Isa 25:8.

''He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.'' Isa 25:8. Amp. I Cor. 15:26, 54; II. KJV.

The above is also something that we have also written on in the past & is a wonderful, fruitful, understanding & thought. At that time people will say, ''Let us CELEBRATE now our Progenitor is here, we waited and now he is here manifesting truth through His chosen ones''.

Lazarus And The Seventh Trumpet!

This was the seventh miracle or sign that Jesus performed & is indicative of the seventh trumpet the message that we are sounding today & is the stand up come out of the tomb message!

''Now there was a certain infirm man, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha'' Now it was Mary who rubs the Lord with attar and wipes off His feet with her hair, whose brother was infirm.'' The sisters, then dispatch to Him saying, ''Lord, lo he of whom Thou art fond is infirm!'' Yet Jesus hearing it, said, This infirmity is not to death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God should be glorified through it''. John 11:1-4. Concordant Literal.

''NOW A certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick. So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick. When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.'' John 11:1-4. Amplified.

Jesus had received a message that Lazarus was very ill. He did not make any move to help Lazarus but said to His disciples, this sickness is going to cause him to die, the disciples were quite perplexed as to why Jesus did not leave straight away, but Ah the Christ who knows all things had a plan which not only will bless the readers of this particular chapter for generations but He had a plan which would concern His corporate Son even in this very last day Paradigm-shift that we are experiencing yes even now.

Keep in mind that Jesus prayed Lazarus right out of the tomb & had His other helpers remove the grave clothes & to add, that is what many Christ-consciousness writers & teachers are doing in a latter day understanding even at this time, yes today.

The word Lazarus means ''who God helps'' So this is written to all men making it a 'to all' universal message. The word Bethany means ''unwalled village, unripe date or figs, or house of misery'' So Christ who loved Lazarus = all men, who dwell in a spiritual unwalled city or a house of misery is saying. This sickness or ''trance of guilt'' is not unto death, but on the contrary, to you this one who I love who ''God helps'' I am coming to you & especially to those who are not ripe but immature with a final blast of the seventh trumpet, to cause you to receive the message, to come forth & to come right out of the tomb & have your religious grave-clothes removed by the truth of God's word & ''fully inherit that final salvation'' that is being revealed to you right now today.

This salvation which is now being revealed to many. When? Right now: is found in 1Pet 1:5. This message is of course is of course declaring, a message not of death but one of extreme hope!

This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.'' John 11:4. Amplified. Our experience on earth has within it the message of ultimate, wonderful hope for each & every one of us, So says the WORD OF GOD!

We Have Been Locked Up To Be Shown Mercy!

''For God has consigned (penned or locked up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all alike''. Rom 11:32. Amplified.

For untold years the church institutions, plus many others – ourselves included before our eyes were openedwe thought this whole worldly mess of good evil, sickness & health, criminal & self righteous was man's fault. Whilst looking through the eyes of flesh it seemed like the way of no hope, but the good news is if we will lift our vision & open our hearts & realise that through the eyes of Deity it is all good. As the above verse would inform us ''For God has consigned (penned or locked up) ALL men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all alike'' Thank our GOD OUR GREAT Deity that mistakes are not a part of our the program. The best part of this verse is that in the lowering we find that the mercy comes into play. What a wonderful relief it is when we are made aware of the truth! Let us remember that as the apostle Paul informed us. All things are of God.

God has birthed a New Man

In the earth they now stand,

WORD OF HIS WORD

Expressed in the land;

All born out of His love

In a union of One!

Flesh of His flesh

And bone of His bone.

God has birthed a great Son

In which creation shall share!

LOVE OF HIS LOVE

Christ's image to bear;

SPIRIT OF HIS SPIRIT

Radiating as One;

LIFE OF HIS LIFE

God's glorified SON.

God has birthed a New Man

Breaking free from the sod,

SOUL OF HIS SOUL

They manifest God;

All clothed in His Image

His true Sons by birth,

FORM OF HIS FORM

Unveiled in this earth!

Dora Van Assen.

In this article we have quoted much from the Bible but we must keep in mind that what we are espousing & sharing is an allegory & we are quoting from it to bring home points with which you are familiar. I once again reiterate that we are the temple & we are the main purpose of our Progenitors concern. Why? For we were created in the Very Image of our wonderful Creator! Genesis 1:27.

If we can only grasp in our spiritual understanding all that we truly need & actually have at our disposal does not exist in time & space, it actually exists right now within our consciousness when we stop trying to acquire & attain in our lower consciousness & let that which is within take its own control!

An explanation For Many Of Us, As To Why 

The Returning Of Man's Soul To The Earth!

Many souls when returning to earth are given an opportunity of service to God & may accept affliction or suffering in order to demonstrate a lesson to humanity which also brings humility. Long before the soul descends through the spheres to be born into the body of flesh, an inner voice, the voice of God, speaks to it offering it the opportunity of service & sacrifice. The man healed of blindness by the Master Jesus, had volunteered long before he was born, that he would be used to demonstrate God's power working through the Master. He was willing to suffer in order that others should be helped through his suffering. In his flesh consciousness he was not aware of this, any more than you or I are aware of inner truths in your outer mind, which is absorbed by the affairs of the world, you have neither the time or the quiet to hear the voice of God speaking to you.

This explanation should enable us to view mankind with a great love, for not one of us can judge one another. We dare not do so!

We are actually born into a human state of consciousness which involves & accepts two powers: we go through lifetimes of disharmony, discord, (lying sin consciousness) disease & ultimately death. The only way we can successfully overcome the world of error is through the development of spiritual consciousness. This is all part of our title, The Purpose Of Experience! whether we are beginners or whether we have reached the stage or stature of a developed spiritual teacher, we are still in the process of building spiritual consciousness, and except, in rare moments of illumination, we do not often reach the place of having attained a certain understanding which is – likened toa certain higher realisation. There are of course times in meditation when it is a fact that wonderful realisation occurs, which will not be understood in its complete fullness until that full manifestation of the man-child takes place. Rev 12:5. This I believe is when the mystical marriage or full conscious union with God is attained. Some are mistakenly of the opinion, that this is what is known commonly as the catching away, or rapture, so called! In the opinion of those who are awake to the true latter day revelation there is a wonderful ''1Pet 1:5'' understanding & experience which many, in their own style & depth of knowledge of the SACRED CHEST, are sharing that which has been superseded, which most still cling to today. And so we say we need to – remember, it is not always as question of the working out of karma only. But in a deeper sense it is a way of service, for through suffering & the example of a noble life, others may learn & be helped. It is good to remember that karma can be transmuted through the redeeming power of God's Love working in man. We cannot too strongly emphasise the redeeming power of LOVE.

Jesus said. ''I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world: John 9:4-5.

So long as I AM, the DIVINE SPARK, the Son of God dwells in the flesh even on the outermost plane of existence. For so long as the I AM is the light of the world, I AM is the light of the world, but when the IAM withdraws itself from the world, then indeed the world is in DARKNESS. I ask the question: Are any bells beginning to ring in your understanding? What did many of the prophets of old forewarn us regarding the situation in the LATTER DAYS! One that immediately springs to mind is found in Dan Chapter 9.

''Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city

[Jerusalem], to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies.'' Dan 9;24. Amplified.

''Seventy sevens are set for your people and for your holy city to throttle rebellion, stop sin, wipe out crime, set things right forever, confirm what the prophet saw, and anoint The Holy of Holies.'' Dan 9:24. The Message. This verse of latter day information would lead us into a wonderful further thought!


HE-IS-NOT-COMING-TO-DEAL-WITH-SIN!

Please notice He bore the burden of sins for the manymeaning all – ONCE, AND ONLY ONCE FOR ALL. What's more when He returns a second time – which is even now in His corporate bodyit will not be to deal with sin. Why? I reiterate, it has been completely dealt with once & for all & in this returning it will be to open up our minds as to the reality of what has already been accomplished, & this understanding will have us to realise the ''full salvation'' or what the fullness of this salvation really means & that is that sin was in reality paid for & all sin & sin consciousness was FINISHED DONE AWAY at Calvary & the resurrection ONCE AND FOR ALL. This is pure & absolute truth.

TO-SHUT-UP-SEAL-UP-AND-COVER-SINS-AND-INIQUITY!

''Seventy weeks are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, to shut up the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover iniquity, and to bring in righteousness age-during, and to seal up vision and prophet, and to anoint the holy of holies. Dan 9:24 Young's.

We are told here that there is a certain time that we are to learn or that our mind would be opened to the fact that God has shut up transgression & has sealed up our sins & has covered our iniquities & we are to learn the fuller truth of the fact that the righteousness that has been hidden from many is to be revealed, & that God is NOW sealing up the vision & prophet of the second day understanding & the main purpose in all of this is to ANOINT THE MOST HOLY PLACE, which is in God's Holy Temple which is in every man. ''You are the temple of God.'' Keep in mind that God is revealing & opening out to our consciousness that which has been a fact since Calvary & the resurrection I would add that God in His plan did not just decide mid-stream to suddenly in these last days to eradicate sin; No! As we have said He is now at this time revealing that which has always been a wonderful fact & that is the sin question is finished & has been since Calvary & can only be revealed to us in the Most Holy Place & will never ever be realised in the flesh or the in part realm. We can only ever realise this within our Gen 1: 27 being. Furthermore I see that the understanding of the sealing up of sins & the anointing of the holy of holies are synonymous, they go hand in hand, we cannot have a full understanding of one without the other. I am not saying that there is not more to come but to me it is becoming more thrilling every day & what we are declaring here today is not just a doctrine or a belief, this is a reality of becoming. Let us once again take a look at the Amplified version of this same above verse.

''Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city [Jerusalem], to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies.'' Dan 9:24. Amp.

To ''put an end to transgression'' I would add for clarification to put an end to our biased & misinformed understanding of the meaning of sin or transgression. This verse emphasises this wonderful truth even more.

''And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be glorious.'' Isa 11:10. ASV.

Now in the light of what we are beginning to understand we can see why it was prophesied through Isaiah that his deeper resting-place was to be a glorious one, & what a wonderful resting-place it is to know that the end of sin & sin consciousness is ours from now on. I must add, I think it is very liberatingly glorious. The very next verse from the ESV explains how God Himself feels about it.

''The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.'' Zeph 3:17 ESV.

He will quiet you by his love. To make it clearer let us look at the Amplified rendition of the same verse.

''The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.'' Zeph 3:17. Amp.

How beautiful, He will be silent & make no reference of our past sins or even recall them. Why? All that stood against us was set aside & cleared completely out of the way by having been nailed to His Cross. I see that there is a land flowing with milk & honey available to each & every one of us right now.

The cry of Moses was ''Oh that I might know THEE''. The reason that the people of Israel did not enter the promised land is that they were not really concerned with truly knowing Him. Being content with only being blessed without concern for really knowing Him unfortunately cost Israel her inheritance just as it will us, but only for this present time. Oh that we might know thee without any condemnation, knowing that the sin question has been completely dealt with needs to get down into the nitty-gritty of the deepest understanding of our spirit.

Jesus said that His kingdom belonged to another world, a world that cannot be seen by us. This kingdom cannot be perceived or understood by our natural senses. We cannot see it, hear it, feel it, smell it or taste it, in this sentence we have mentioned the five senses that we use in this present sensual worldly existence. None of these senses will help us in any way spiritually; Why? ''The Kingdom of God is NOT of this world'' it is of & from another WORLD. To make any contact with this Kingdom we need another sense which has nothing to do with this world & believe it or not God has provided you with this other world sense, several godly teachers have called it our sixth sense, I am inclined to agree with them, it is called ---- FAITH.

This is not to be confused with the usual interpretation of sixth sense. So God has given us a further Godly sense apart from the five that we normally use, for the specific purpose of contacting Him & His Kingdom, it is FAITH, & this opens up a whole NEW WORLD to those who wish to take advantage of it. In Exodus we find a rather tragic verse.

''And they said to Moses, You speak to us and we will listen, but let not God speak to us, lest we die.'' Ex 20:19. Amp.

Similarly to a degree some people feel this way about something that may be new to them, they are fearful of the real true spiritual things. The strong meat of God's word is for the mature & also for our spiritual health & well being. I say to you all today if we will step into the river of God's end-time full revelation we will find miraculous, spiritual & even physical well being. Dare to be a Daniel, join forces with Joshua & Caleb, become a Gideon, Joseph could also in type become your mentor. Your sins & transgressions have been completely set aside ''as far as the East is from the West.'' Has it not been said that ''I will remember your sins no more'' I declare to all that now is the time for us to realise that sin consciousness is no longer on the agenda for God's people, if we believe it & so wish it!

''But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, which God has hidden, predetermining it before the world for our glory [But, we speak wisdom among those who are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the rulers of this; which none of the rulers of this world knew (for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory). But as it is written, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, "the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the true spirit of man within him? So also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1Co 2:6-16. MKJV.

In reading these words of Paul the apostle, we can see the wonderful insight & wisdom that was given him of the Spirit of God. That we might know the things that are freely given to us by God, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches. Let us read further.

''SO THEN, let us [apostles] be looked upon as ministering servants of Christ and stewards (trustees) of the mysteries (the secret purposes) of God.'' 1Co 4:1. Amp. ''So do not make any hasty or premature judgements before the time when the Lord comes [again], for He will both bring to light the secret things that are [now hidden] in darkness and disclose and expose the [secret] aims (motives and purposes) of hearts. Then every man will receive his [due] commendation from God.'' 1Co 4:5. Amp.

In the above verse 1 Paul mentions the mysteries or the secret purposes of God & then in verse 5 he goes a little further & mentions that He will bring to light these secret things that were for a season to many, still hidden, now is that time!! God is moving in a way a little different than what I expected, but move He is doing & move He will continue to do so for He is revealing & giving good things to His beloved, His man-child, His son's, His children.

The Word And The Spirit Must Agree!

The deep truths of God are always so simple, our great apostle Paul makes mention of the simplicity of the gospel & this is so true. This experience that I am sharing with you today I received in two ways. First by the Spirit, secondly by the word, I am glad to say that there was no escape, not that I was looking for one but I was delightfully entrapped by the simplicity of a wonderful experience of truth from which there is to be no return. Bless our wonderful Eternal One, even the true identity of our beings.

''AND THERE shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David's father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Himthe Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord-- And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness and justice shall He judge the poor and decide with fairness for the meek, the poor, and the downtrodden of the earth; and He shall smite the earth and the oppressor with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.'' Isa 11:1-4. Amp.

This expression Branch is used numerous times in the wonderful inspired texts we have been given. This Branch is growing out of the roots of our spiritual David & has much to do with the very Tabernacle of David, and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him this wonderful corporate Branch, even the son's of God & the man-child that has yet to be fully revealed. Even right now the Spirit of the Lord is making this one who is now emerging from the womb of the woman – even the soul - & is even now in part beginning to rule & reign, is being given quick understanding, yes even to Him who is the corporate Christ & He does not judge by the sight of His eyes or by the hearing of His ears but with righteousness & judgement is even now beginning to judge the poor & to decide in & by His faith fairness for the meek the poor & the downtrodden of the earth. I am sure that we yet have a way to go but let us not underestimate our identity & calling that we have right now in this I-identity of the one within us who is even our true eternal being. He shall smite the earth & the oppressor with fairness, with the rod of His mouth which is even in & by His son's, & even with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. I ask what wicked? The wickedness of our mistaken understanding or our identity that is any other than the true Christ, the true eternal one who dwells in every man, but alas sadly not all are yet ready to acknowledge this, but know this He through His chosen ones shall slay this wicked one who would try to keep us from knowing the reality of a God world which is not what most are experiencing, for My Kingdom is not from & of this world it is from another world, not geographically but that Kingdom is a kingdom which is truly ONLY EXPERIENCED WITHIN. Which is The Purpose Of Experience!

Much of this article has been taken directly from Part 50 The End Of Sin. I make no apologies for this as I know it was truly inspired by our Great Father even the Spirit of God!

Ralph Knowles, July 2019.

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Trust that this finds you in the high fellowship of God & His blessings. To those who are open hearted & are listening, blessings to you. There is always a higher place to be realised within. This is something that is never ending.