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FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
THE DESTRUCTION OF
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4).
was still physically on the earth as he heard another voice out of the heavens
of the spirit, not the same voice he heard before crying mightily that
celestial call to “Come out of
us now notice that even in
Oh, no! He was standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks! He is standing in the midst of the churches!
Now, we also know that there were some serious problems in the seven
beloved brethren, I am as much opposed to religion and man-made, organized,
carnal minded, fleshly religious systems as any man alive today. This has been my passion since that blessed
day when the voice of Christ first fell upon my ear bidding me, “Come out of
her.” At the same time I recognize the church as something beyond the system of
man, something in the spirit made up
of those who in and by the spirit are
the Lord’s people. Now, there are those
who come out of
chapters two and three of the Revelation we see the seven conditions within the
seven churches, good and bad, positive and negative, spiritual and carnal,
commendable and reproachable. The Lord
is right there in the midst of every one of those conditions! He walks in the midst of the churches, in the
midst of their love, strength, patience, righteousness, truth, and
faithfulness, and also in the midst of their weakness, faults, failures,
fornication, false doctrine, nakedness, rebellion, and shame. The Lord is there in the midst of every
condition! In the midst of images,
crucifixes, candles, incense, holy water, ritual, and ceremony the Lord
walks! In the midst of man-centered,
flesh oriented programs and promotions the Lord walks! In the midst of organization, man-made
structures, and grasping after men to draw them into the system and hold them in its clutches, the Lord walks! He condescends to come down right into the
midst of all this religious foolishness and live and walk and move in their
midst to bless men right where they are.
What love! What matchless
love! We cannot deny that He is there,
touching men, saving men,
work is wrought in our lives it is HE who does it! You will notice I put the emphasis on the word “HE” in the
precious passage above. Oh, yes, place
the emphasis on “HE,” for this is the work of the almighty Christ of God! It is HE who loved us and gave Himself for us,
it is HE who sanctifies and cleanses us, and it is HE who shall present us to
Himself a glorious church without spot, or wrinkle, holy, and without
blemish. HE is the One leading His
people! HE is the One who causes us to
come out of
no mistake about it, HE WILL HAVE A GLORIOUS CHURCH, and it is the result of
building — He is both the Author and the Finisher. There is a tremendous purging process on the
horizon among the many groups and institutions of man, for although the systems
is now performing this great work in His firstfruit
company, and we are experiencing what it means to be refined by fire,
purged, purified, changed, transformed, and conformed to the image of the Son
of God! For the called-out firstfruits
the place is HERE, and the time is NOW! The work taking place in the lives of God’s
sons in this hour is but the first step
in God’s great redemptive, reconstructive, and restorational purpose. When God has finished His purifying, all who
name the name of Christ will advance into heights and depths in Him! Mystery of mysteries, Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it
that He might sanctify and cleanse and present it to Himself (as a bride)
a GLORIOUS CHURCH without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. What anticipation this stirs in our
hearts! The final vision of this
glorious church is the NEW JERUSALEM COMING DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN
PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND.
And contrary to the teaching of some, this is not
are two calls of the Spirit in relation to
will understand a great mystery when you see that in the Revelation, in
connection with the bride and the harlot, there are four companies. On the one
side there is the sun-clad woman (the virgin bride of Christ), and then there is her child, the
manchild (manifest sons of God). On the
other side there is the great whore (the mother of harlots), and then there are
her many daughters (the great city
the Spirit cries, “Come out of her, my people,” this is not His call to sons. This is His call
I mentioned earlier, to truly “come out” of
As I have walked with the Lord for many years and the ever increasing wonder of the glory of God’s Christ has unfolded to my wondering spirit, I have come to realize that not only did our Lord speak in parables, but His whole life from the hour of His birth in Bethlehem to the day of His ascension into heaven was in itself a parable and a mighty sign of wonders which were to come in the lives of those apprehended to live and walk in that same blessed realm of sonship to God. His glorious life was a heavenly and divine life and those who have been born of His spirit and washed in His blood are called upon to walk even as He walked all the way into the fullness of God. In the light of this blessed truth I now declare that the wonderful life of the first-born Son was in itself a parable, expressly prefiguring the life, walk, experience, and destiny of all those holy sons of God who should follow after Him.
this marvelous parable of parables, the life of the Son of God, is found this
remarkable story of how His own family seized upon Him to take Him away by
force because, said they, “He is mad!”
The story is found in chapter three of Mark’s Gospel. “And He
(Jesus) went up on the hillside and called unto Himself those whom He wanted
and chose, and they came to Him. And He
appointed twelve to continue to be with Him, and that He might send them out to
preach and to have authority and power to heal the sick and to drive out
demons…then He went to a house, but a throng came together again, so that Jesus
and His disciples could not even take food.
And when those who belonged to Him (His kinsmen) heard it, they went out
to take Him by force, for they kept saying, He is out of His mind, beside Himself, deranged, mad! And the scribes who came down from
“He is mad!” His kinsmen after the flesh said. And I declare to you that from the world’s standpoint, the charge is true. It is useless to denounce this as a libel, a bitter, blasphemous slander. They could not be expected to understand the strange things Jesus was saying and doing, and from their human observation it was true! Your favorite psychiatrist today would probably reach the very same conclusion. There was no alternative. Either He was the Christ, the Son of the living God, or He was beside Himself. A holy and divine and heavenly life is always a phenomenon. A life which lives and moves after the principles of the kingdom of heaven is always a wonder. The world knoweth it not. It is either supernatural or weird. For what is being beside oneself? What is madness? It is eccentricity — ec-centr-icity — having a different center from other people! Webster defines eccentricity as: Not having the same center, as two circles; not having the axis exactly in the center; out of the ordinary; deviating from the norm, as in conduct; unconventional. Here is a man, for instance, who devotes his life to collecting objects of antiquarian interest, old coins perhaps, or old editions of books, or perhaps nothing more sensational than stray dogs or cats. His center is odd, his life revolves in an orbit of his own, his center is different from those around him, therefore his friends say, he is eccentric.
was the pronouncement concerning the firstborn Son of God by His kinsmen after
the flesh and by the religious leaders of
did not establish any form of ecclesiasticism, or any hierarchy of officials,
or any organizational structure, but He did say, “Be not ye called Rabbi (Teacher, Master, Doctor): for one is your
Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon earth:
for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Neither be ye called masters (leaders): for one is your Master (Leader),
even Christ. But he that is greatest
among you shall be your servant” (Mat.
23:8-10). Can we not see by this that
the blessed realm of sonship to God is an UNSTRUCTURED
REALM for it is not of earth (form), but of heaven (
all this was very eccentric. It was
living on new lines altogether. He did
God’s will. He pleased not Himself. His center was to one side of Self. Therefore He was beside Himself! From the standpoint of the world, religion,
and the flesh it was simply madness. Think
of this idea of His, for instance, of starting out into life with so visionary
an idea as that of doing good with no strings attached — no offering plate,
no books for sale, no
Jesus was eccentric. He had a different
center from other people. From the
world. From the world’s viewpoint He was
beside Himself, mad. Think of this
absurd notion that He had come into the world to usher in a kingdom in which
God’s will would be done on earth as it is done in heaven and that God’s mind
would direct all things and God’s life would quicken all things and bring all
men and every nation under the blessedness of heaven’s perfect order. It
can tell you of a certainty that every man who lives like Christ produces the
same reaction upon the world as did the first-born Son. This is an inevitable consequence. What men thought of Him, they will think of
you and me. The servant is not above his
Master, nor the disciple above his Lord.
If they misunderstood Him, they will misunderstand you. If they persecuted Him, they will persecute
you. A son is simply different from
other people! Time has not changed the
all who would be followers of the Lamb upon
precious brethren are perplexed that we no longer find any desire to fellowship
with them in their religious ceremonies, rituals, and sacraments; in their
so-called “holy days” and festive seasons, in their carnal programs, in their
static creeds and petty doctrines, in their fleshly board meetings and
organizations. They wonder why we don’t
run from meeting to meeting, to hear every preacher, and teacher, and prophet,
and healer, and miracle worker who passes through town. I do not want to beat around the bush in what
I am saying, but I want to speak my earnest convictions with clarity and
assurance. I find that even the
Christian bookstores with their endless shelves of books filled with spiritual
Pablum, if not with spiritual nonsense, have become a stench to my spirit. I tell you of a truth that I find the vast
majority of Christian radio and television, with their showmanship, religious
racketeers, and confusion of tongues to be nothing more nor less than ambassadors of the
saint of God and every group of saints who are moving on in God, had to come
out of the
GO YE OUT TO MEET HIM!
God created man male and female in His image, He revealed the great truth that
He is Himself male and female in His attributes and nature. In spiritual maturity we enter into relationship
with God in each of the facets of His being.
We may truly become both the bride of Christ and the sons of the Father
within ourselves, just as He is both male and female within Himself. Can we not see by this that brideship bespeaks the spiritually
feminine relationship of intimate love and reverential obedience to Christ,
whereas sonship embodies the
spiritually masculine characteristics of strength, authority, power, and
dominion to rule and reign over all things.
simple but sublime truth is that the way to sonship i-s brideship! This is why the Spirit has given us
in Revelation chapter twelve the example of a glorious sun-clad woman giving
birth to a remarkable man-child who is destined to rule all nations with a rod
of iron. This wondrous woman is a
corporate body of the Lord’s people, and her illustrious man-child is like
speaks to the heart. Our Lord prophesied
of this, our day, “Then shall the kingdom
of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to
meet the bridegroom” (Mat. 25:1). It
is not our purpose to explore the identity of the bride, or who were the five
foolish virgins, or the five
means “falling in love” with Jesus Christ our Head and Lord. It means being truly virgin in our desires
towards the Lord; it means walking in the spirit, following hard after the
Lord, seeking Him with all of our heart, keeping ourselves unto HIM and unto
HIM ALONE; it means once and for all forsaking all others, especially any
partnership with the wanton harlot, Mystery Babylon; it means renouncing the
schemes and plans and ambitions of the carnal mind and our love of the world
and the desires of the flesh; it means to have no other love and no other god
before Him, no master that rules our life, no lord that dictates our actions,
no reserved areas of our being. To those
apprehended ones quickened by the Spirit in this hour I proclaim — THE HEAVENLY
BRIDEGROOM COMETH! Listen! Have not the ears of your spirit been opened
to hear the joyful cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom!” Hearken! Has
not your heart been deeply stirred and moved within you to hasten to
are two voices abroad in the land today.
Each of these voices purports to be the voice of the Spirit of God. One
of these voices rings out loud and clear, “Come
out of her, my people!” The other voice issues forth from the
mouths of men who profess to be Spirit-filled, tongues-speaking, Holy Ghost
anointed leaders, teachers, apostles, and prophets of the
is a place in the spirit where saints may dwell in union with Christ. There is a true temple, not made with hands,
eternal in the heavenlies. There is a
church which is the true church. It cannot be seen of men, for God is
building it in the heavenlies of His Spirit.
There is a realm where Christ is all-in-all. There is a “place by me” where we stand upon
a rock and behold His glory (Ex. 33:21).
There is a path that no vulture’s eye hath seen (Job 28:7). There is a
So we are told that in this, our day, shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins. Virgins are pure and undefiled: not the common run of Christians who have defiled themselves with every lover-idol they can find and have departed from a walk in the Spirit of God and slithered off into the ditch, there to slop and flounder around in error and deception and ignorance and fleshly religious activities of every kind. These ten virgins took their lamps and went forth to meet the Bridegroom. Not very many people who name the name of Christ are doing that! Not very many know who or what the Bridegroom is, and therefore do not know where or how to meet Him. Not very many Bible students even suspect that the coming of the Bridegroom is different than the coming of the King, or the coming of Christ in other dimensions. Not knowing who or what the Bridegroom is, they therefore cannot know how to go forth to meet Him. The vast majority of Christians, unfortunately, are busily preparing themselves to go “UP” to meet the Bridegroom! All their fuss and stir will be in vain. For no one will ever go “UP” to meet Him! There is not one scripture in the entire Bible that speaks of being “caught up” to meet the Bridegroom or to “eat the marriage supper in the sky.”
preachers have the coming of the Lord all muddled because they cannot with
their carnal minds distinguish the difference between the facets of His
coming. They know nothing of the distinction between His coming as King and His coming as
Bridegroom, and His coming in many other ways and forms. To their unenlightened minds there is but one
single coming of Christ where He crashes down through the clouds of earth’s
atmosphere. Most saints today are not
preparing to meet the Bridegroom, but are trying to fix themselves up so that
they will be all ready to be whisked away into the clouds instead. But not so with the virgins! They are in the right place at the right
time, and all looking for a very blessed event — the coming of Christ as the
Bridegroom. And they are spiritually
intelligent enough to know that no one will ever go “up” to meet the
Bridegroom! They know, anticipate, and
understand the cry that is made at the midnight hour, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh —
go ye O-U-T to meet Him!” (Mat. 25:6).
In order to meet the Bridegroom, one must go “out.” And “out” does not in any way
One cry of the book of Revelation is for us to “Come up hither” into a higher realm of life and glory. The important truth for us to understand now is that in the Revelation there is both a coming out and a coming up. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). That very word came to us in great power by the Spirit many years ago during the time of a sovereign move of God in our midst. We were obedient to the word we heard from heaven and hasted to come out of the old order church system, and out of the whole religious order of man. God began in us a process of complete and total restoration of His truth, His ways, His will, His purpose, His life, His mind, His heart, and the things of His Spirit!
Then, after He called us out of the religious systems of man, and had consumed the spirit and ways of those systems out of our minds and hearts, we heard another Voice as of a trumpet talking with us, inviting us to “Come up hither” to a higher spiritual realm. When we came up to a higher place in the Spirit, He then said to us, “I will show thee things which must be hereafter.” Then we were immediately in the Spirit and saw “a throne set in heaven (or in the realm of the Spirit), and One sat on the throne.” When, at our Father’s invitation, we ascended in the spirit into the throne zone, we beheld the Lord seated upon His throne of majesty and power. And what a revelation that was! Yet here is the wonder of it all — not just to see God in Christ seated upon His throne, but to comprehend the deep and eternal significance of His invitation to us to “Come up hither.” Not just to see Him upon the throne — but to join Him! Thus His word comes: “To Him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne” (Rev. 3:21). Ah, beloved, experiences like this teach us the wonderful fact that the book of Revelation is not meant to be understood — it is meant to be EXPERIENCED!
reason we must go “out” to meet the Bridegroom is because He is Himself
“out.” The message of the Gospels is
very clear — all things related to Christ are OUTSIDE of religion. In that day Judaism was the religious
system of God’s people. But when Jesus came everything concerning Him
took place outside of that system. In
plain language, Christ had nothing to do with religion — not even that religion
which was purportedly based upon the holy scriptures. The birth of Christ was apart from the
religion of the Lord’s people. God did
not send the angel Gabriel to king Herod’s palace, not to the company of
priests, nor to the members of the Sanhedrin, nor to the leaders of either the
Pharisees or Sadducees. God sent His
messenger to a dusty little town in a despised Province,
the Christ child was found He was found outside of religion. He was not found by any priest, nor by any
Levite, nor by any scribe, nor by any Pharisee, nor any so-called holy
people. We are all familiar with the
account of the heavenly star appearing in a pagan land to people who were not
even worshippers of Yahweh. But they
found the Christ by the star! We know
also how the band of heavenly angels appeared to lowly shepherds attending
their flocks at night, and how startled and wondering they hastened into
John the Baptist and Jesus and His disciples and the multitudes who followed
Him, we are going out and away from the kingdoms of men! Out from self-will and from our own
preconceived ideas and religious understanding!
Out from the doctrines of men and the traditions of the elders! Out from man’s organization and
promotions! Out from the prophets who
preach for hire! Out from the shepherds
who deceive and fleece the sheep! Out
from the healers who heal for gain! Out
from the hireling ministry that incessantly cries, “Money, money, money,
money!” Out from bondage to the merchandisers,
the dove sellers, the book vendors, the CD peddlers (for a price), the
religious profiteers, who masquerade as prophets of God! Out from the confusion of
No man will ever go out to meet the Bridegroom until the ears of his spirit have been opened to hear that joyful cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom!” I would point out that it is in the original, “Behold, the Bridegroom,” not, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.” Many Greek scholars agree that the word “cometh” is an interpolation — an insertion into the manuscript by the scribes. If I tell you that the Lord is coming, I am putting the emphasis upon that coming, not upon HIMSELF. “The Bridegroom is here!” that is the cry. And it is a very solemn and yet blessed thing, and I am sure I seek to awaken my own soul to the reality of that cry — “He is here!” Suppose someone came to the door and cried, “He is here, go ye out to meet Him;” would we not drop all and go? It means an appointed place of rendezvous. We have no word in our language to express it properly. Let me assure you, precious friend of mine, that that place of appointment with the Bridegroom has to do with an attitude, a mind, a condition, a state of being. And it is right here within ourselves, where our soul bows low in surrender to the spirit and the bride-soul enters into union with Christ the Bridegroom within our spirit!
Some speak of the Lord coming because everything here about us is confusion and trouble. When the Lord comes, say they, He will settle all and solve everything. But I want to settle myself — to here and now be divested of everything that is unsuited to Him, that I may know Him in His coming, in His manifest presence. The apostle says, “…that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ…I am jealous over you…for I have espoused you to one husband.” I covet that preparation, to be washed and cleansed and presented to Christ, a part of that glorious church which is without spot or wrinkle or blemish.
I say to all as far as our message can reach: Listen! Do you not hear the cry which rings over the land? Listen! Soon it will swell to a mighty chorus. Listen! High above the cry of battle; high above the deafening roar of the grinding wheels of business; high above the clamorous voices of a pleasure crazed world; high above the rantings and ravings of the hucksters of religion. Listen! It is the Voice which cries: “Behold, the Bridegroom!” The Voice of the Spirit of God is calling you to lift up your eyes to the heavenly hills to behold the Bridegroom who sits in the heavenly places of the glory of God, enthroned within your regenerated spirit. Behold, the Bridegroom! Oh, my friend, forsake the bawdy harlot and let us arise and go forth unto the Bridegroom. Many tens of thousands of voices re-echo the soul-stirring cry until it passes in its mighty power, from pole to pole, from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth, rousing all the elect of God to abandon all and follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth!
closing this article, once more I would quote the challenging words of George
Hawtin, “With all my heart I believe
that the days are few for the people of God to escape from the power of
you done it? Can you say that you have
gone out to meet the Bridegroom? For a
number of years now a cry ever increasing in its intensity has been going forth to the
Lord’s listening saints — and, thank God! untold thousands have heard the
trumpet call and gone forth to meet Him.
Many others think they have come out — perhaps they have physically, but
often their mind is still in the clutches of the old traditions. So wrapped in
the grave clothes of creed and doctrine and
Each one who is truly virgin towards the Lord will cry with the Shulamite, “Draw me and we will run after Thee” (S. of S. 1:4). We know that we are helpless in ourselves, and He alone can do this. “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,” saith the Lord. Each one of the virgins who run after Him must be drawn by God’s personal dealing and working in the soul; and as each one yields to the Bridegroom’s drawing, they will all find themselves in the company of those who go forth to meet the Bridegroom. The word reads: “Draw ME and WE will run after Thee.” ME and WE! The drawing of God is upon each elect member who will make up the bride and bring forth the manchild. His hand is cutting and shaping each living stone for the habitation of the Spirit, which He is building for Himself. It is as each soul is drawn, that all run after Him; it is as He perfects each one, that all come forth in perfection; it is as each one is put into the purifying fires, that the gold in each life comes out pure and shining, and the glory of God shines out from the whole. Oh, the wonder of it!
Oh! let the ones that hear these lines know Revelation speaks;
Your mysteries are unfolding now: give ear unto the meek.
The proud and haughty will not hear the word you now proclaim;
They — like the Pharisees of old — hold fast to what is vain:
Tradition of theology, philosophy of men — will fight against the truth of God
Until the very end.
But — blessed are they who flee “her” walls,
Yea, blessed are they who weep: for God has heard, He bent His ear,
And He shall span the deep.
And everywhere His river flows, a healing shall be borne…
Oh! Marvel not — for great is He — His wonders to perform!
Twas not His choice to make a name — tho nonetheless He knew
That He was King of kings supreme — but He was like the dew
Which falls when men behold it not — even now it speaks anew;
you believe His word can speak — THO YOU’RE
Hail to the woman who’s elect! THE LADY OF GOD’S PLAN!
Woe to the woman faked in gold! Her treasures are of man!
Hail to the Lady! God’s elect! who in His footsteps trod.
GRACE BE TO YOU ABUNDANTLY…Grace be to you FROM GOD!
— Carlene Appleby
To be continued… J. PRESTON EBY
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