THE  WHITE  STONE
by George Kirkpatrick 
Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
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     Many look on the book of Revelation with fear, anxiety and
dread, but if they consider the first verse of chapter one, it
should remove any fear, anxiety and dread about the book.  The
first words revealed unto John were,  "The Revelation of Jesus
Christ..." *** Revelation 1:1

     Jesus was revealing Himself to a chosen generation of people. 
Knowing that the book of Revelation is revealing Jesus, should
bring comfort and joy.  Jesus gave His people a promise,

     "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words
     of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written
     therein:  for the time is at hand."  *** Revelation 1:3

     There is a blessing in store for anyone who reads the words of
this prophecy...if he keeps the things that are written therein. 
It was revealed unto John that the time was at hand.  Most would
proclaim, "It has been almost nineteen hundred years since this
book was written."  So logic tells us it must have already been
fulfilled.  Thank God we do not depend on logic, but the leading
and revelation of the Holy Spirit.

     John revealed, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day," ***
Revelation 1:10.  John was in the Spirit when this prophecy was
given to him, and this was on the Lord's day, or the Day of the
Lord.  Those who have chosen to be under the law would proclaim the
Lord appeared to John on Saturday;  to them that is the Lord's day.
Others would proclaim, "No!  It was Sunday.  That is the Lord's
day."  Both would be seeing the physical application through
fleshly understanding, instead of a Spiritual understanding,
revealed by the Holy Spirit of Truth.

     God had translated John through time to the "Day of the Lord".
The Day of the Lord is the "Third Day".  The "Third Day" lies
directly ahead of us.  The "Third Day" is the third day from Jesus.
A day with the Lord is as a 1000 years, and a 1000 years is as a
day, *** II Peter 3:8.  The "Third Day" is also the "Seventh Day"
if you count from God's creation, Adam.  The "Third Day" and the
"Seventh Day" are one and the same.

     John was translated through time to the "Third Day", the "Day
of the Lord".  Here, he would be shown the "third day", the events
leading up to that day and what would happen on that day.  When it
was revealed unto John that these things would shortly come to
pass, Jesus was showing John the things that would come to pass in
the "Day of the Lord", the "Third Day".  Jesus was showing John the
things that would be imminent at that time.  The whole creation is
waiting for this day.  Joel, speaking of this day, proclaims,

     "... there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be
     any more after it, even to the years of many
     generations."  *** Joel 2:2

     Most look at the book of Revelation as the great end-time
book.  In truth, the book of Revelation is the key that unlocks all
the prophecies concerning the "Day of the Lord".  We must use
Revelation to open the understanding that is hidden in all the
prophets concerning what they have prophesied pertaining to the end
of the age.

     The writings of the Apostles (the New Testament) are the keys
that will unlock the Truth God has spoken through His prophets
concerning the "Restoration" of His creation, man, back to His
original created position in God.  Through Adam's fall, all mankind
lost his place of dominion.  But it is God's whole purpose to re-
instate man to this place of dominion over all His creation.  With
this understanding, the book of Revelation can be viewed with new
eyes, Spiritual eyes;  eyes that we can understand the Revelation
of Jesus Christ given to John.

     John was one of Jesus' closest disciples.  Peter, James and
John were always present with Jesus on every special occasion. 
John is called the "beloved" disciple.  He leaned on Jesus' breast
at the Last Supper.  This was a sign of endearment;  close to the
heart of one that was loved.  Jesus revealed Himself to John on the
Isle of Patmos as

     "Him which is, and which was, and which is to come."  ***
     Revelation 1:4

     Jesus revealed Himself to John as...

     "the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the
     kings of the earth."  *** Revelation 1:5
     
     Jesus further revealed,

     "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending." 
     *** Revelation 1:8

     Jesus revealed Himself to John as the Almighty God.  This
fulfilled the prophecies given to Isaiah:

     "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: 
     and the government shall be upon His shoulder:  and His
     name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Might
     God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  ***
     Isaiah 9:6

     When Jesus appeared unto John, He appeared as the Almighty
God;  the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father.  In chapters two and
three of Revelation, He spoke of His overcoming church.  His
message was to him that overcometh and to him that heareth what the
Spirit saith unto the churches.  Through these seven churches,
Jesus has revealed everything in His church that is pleasing unto
Him, and also those things that are not pleasing unto Him.  Our God
is the same yesterday, today and forever.  The things Jesus exposed
in the seven churches need to be dealt with in every individual
life if we are to stand on the Sea of Glass, holy and without spot
or wrinkle before our God.

     John was to write one letter and send it to seven churches. 
He revealed to all the church what the Lord had told him to write. 
Then he told them how to be re-established with God.  They were
also told the reward they would receive if they would repent and
turn from their wickedness.   Jesus wrote to the church at
Pergamos,

     "Repent;  or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will
     fight against them with the sword of My mouth."  ***
     Revelation 2:16

     If the church of Pergamos would not repent, then God would
fight against them with the two-edged sword of His mouth; the
Anointed Word of God that had been spoken through His saints and
prophets.  Then God made them a promise,

     "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
     unto the churches;  To him that overcometh will I give to
     eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone,
     and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth
     saving he that receiveth it."  *** Revelation 2:17

     Those in the church at Pergamos who overcame would be given to
eat of the hidden manna.  This hidden manna is the revelation of
God that has been hidden in His Word from the foundation of the
world to be revealed in this last time.  Then He promised a white
stone to the overcomers.  This white stone would contain a new name
that no man knows, except the one who receives it.

     The basic Greek word translated stone is LITHOS.  This word
has six derivatives.  It is used eighty-two times in the New
Testament.  Another word translated stone is PETROS and is used 161
times as "Peter" and one time as "stone".

     When we consider "The White Stone" that was spoken to John,
the word used for the white stone was PSEPHOS.  This word is only
used twice in the New Testament and only translated once as stone. 
The other time it was used is in the book of Acts.

     "Which thing I also did in Jerusalem:  and many of the
     saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority
     from the chief priests;  and when they were put to death,
     I gave my voice (PSEPHOS) against them."  *** Acts 26:10

     Paul stated, "I gave my voice against them".  The word voice
is PSEPHOS.  Paul gave his consenting vote to the death of the
saints.  This same word PSEPHOS was translated stone in Revelation
2:17.

     The word white is LEUKOS and means "brilliant from whiteness",
dazzling white.  This was the white used to describe the angel's
raiment at Jesus' tomb.  This same white was used to describe
Jesus' garments when He was transfigured before Peter, James and
John on the Mount of Transfiguration.

     "And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; 
     so as no fuller on earth can white them."  *** Mark 9:3

     A fuller is a launderer.  No fuller on earth could clean
garments as white as the Spiritual garments that clothed Jesus. 
This same brilliance was used to describe "The White Stone" that
was revealed to John.  White always represents righteousness.  

     In ancient times, "The White Stone" was used in many ways. 
When someone was accused of a wrong doing and taken to court, when
they were acquitted they were given a white stone as a symbol of
their innocence.  They could show anyone their white stone to prove
their innocency.  We can show our innocency before God by putting
on the "Robe of Righteousness".  

     Paul revealed to the Romans,

     "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners,
     so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." 
     *** Romans 5:19

     We are made righteous by our obedience to Jesus and the voice
of the Father.  Jesus was obedient unto death on the cross.  When
we accept Jesus' shed blood, we are made the righteousness of God
through the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit.  Paul spoke to the
Corinthians,

     "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; 
     that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." 
     *** II Corinthians 5:21

     We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  He has
acquitted us from our sin, that we may overcome the sin nature.  

     "The White Stone" was also used in elections.  A person voting
was given a white stone and a black stone.  "The White Stone" meant
acceptance, the black stone meant rejection.  In later years,
marbles were used.  Most are familiar with the term "black balled".
This meant rejection.  Paul wrote to the Ephesians,

     "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath
     made us accepted in the beloved."  *** Ephesians 1:6

     We are accepted in the beloved and we now walk in the praise
of His glory and grace.  

     "The White Stone" was given to victors in athletic events. 
Sometimes the victors were given white stones with the name of the
event or the winner of the event inscribed on the stone.  Paul
related,

     "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but
     one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain." 
     *** I Corinthians 9:24

     We are all in a race and we run that we may receive the prize
that is set before us.  Paul stated,

     "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
     calling of God in Christ Jesus."  *** Philippians 3:14

     "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate
     in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible
     crown;  but we an incorruptible."  *** I Corinthians 9:25

     Those who run in this race must be temperate in all things. 
Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit.  We are not in this race to
receive a corruptible crown.  Corruptible means "to rot".  The
crown we desire is the crown of life.  In order to receive this
crown, we must finish the race.  No one ever won the prize who did
not finish the race.  In Paul's final letter to Timothy, just
before being taken to the chopping block, he proclaimed,

     "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,
     I have kept the faith:

     Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
     righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall
     give me at that day:  and not to me only, but unto all
     them also that love His appearing."  *** II Timothy 4:7-8

     Paul had finished the race.  He had kept the faith to the end.
Paul was promised an incorruptible crown, a crown of righteousness,
"The White Stone" of victory, the righteousness of God.  Paul was
proclaimed the winner *of the race.  But all who finish the race
will be declared winners.  Paul also declared,

     "... and not to me only, but unto all them also that love
     His appearing."  *** II Timothy 4:8

     The promise of an incorruptible crown is to all those who
finish the race.  Another use of "The White Stone" was that a white
stone was often given to honored guests.  It was generally
inscribed with the host's name.  The special guest who received
"The White Stone" could use it to purchase or to order the host's
servants to do as they asked.  It was used as a sign of authority
and power granted by the host.  All things that belonged to the
host were at the disposal of the special guest.  We have this
promise in Christ Jesus our Lord.

     "He that overcometh shall inherit all things:  and I will
     be his God, and he shall be My son."  *** Revelation 21:7

     The overcomers are those special guests at the marriage supper
of the Lamb.  These are the inheritors of all that belong to the
Father.  These are the Christs in the earth today.  Paul stated,

     "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and
     heirs according to the promise."  *** Galatians 3:29    

     Before we can become heirs we must be overcomers in God's
kingdom realm.  Paul further wrote to the Galatians,

     "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit
     of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

     Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;  and if
     a son, then an heir of God through Christ."  ***
     Galatians 4:6-7

     When the overcomers come into the sonship realm, they will no
longer be servants, but heirs.  The servants will not inherit with
the sons.  If we are inheritors then we will have already overcome
the old Adam nature, the carnal mind and the desires of the flesh. 
This is the only way we can come into sonship.  This is the only
way we will become joint heirs with Christ.  When this has been
accomplished in our lives, we, too, as special guests, will be
given our white stone.  Then everything that belongs to the Father
will be at our disposal.  He will then give us power and authority
to rule and reign with Him.  Jesus revealed this promise to John,

     "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."  *** Revelation 3:21

     The promise of ruling and reigning is made only to the
overcomers, and they, alone, will sit with Him in His throne.  This
is our place of authority in the kingdom.  

     The head of God's kingdom realm will be established in Mt.
Zion.  At the conception of Jesus, the angel spoke to Mary,

     "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son the
     Highest:  and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne
     of His father, David."  *** Luke 1:32

     Jesus' throne was established on David's throne.  David's
throne sat on Mt. Zion.  Mount Zion was the highest place in
Jerusalem.  Jerusalem represents the true place of worship.  So
Christ Jesus will rule from Mount Zion.  Mount Zion is also called
the New Jerusalem.  The writer of Hebrews proclaimed,

     "But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of
     the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
     innumerable company of angels."  *** Hebrews 12:22

     Mount Zion is the city of the Living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem. John was shown this Holy City,

     "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
     from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
     her husband."  *** Revelation 21:2

     This Holy City was coming down from God out of heaven;  this
holy city was being revealed from the Spiritual realm.  This city
was adorned as a bride, a beautiful glorious city, beautiful enough
for the bridegroom.  

     John was shown the dimensions of this city.


     "And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as
     large as the breadth:  and he measured the city with the
     reed, twelve thousand furlongs.  The length and the
     breadth and the height of it are equal."  *** Revelation
     21:16

     Mt. Zion, the Holy city, is this city foursquare.  The length,
breadth and height are equal.  Man has envisioned this city to be
a cube.  But through the revelation of God, He has shown that His
Holy City is in the shape of a pyramid.  A pyramid is made up of
four triangles.  The triangle is the strongest of all geometrical
figures.  When these four triangles are put together, they form a
square.  The base of the pyramid is square.  It was revealed to
John that the length, breadth and height of the Holy city are
equal.  The dimensions of a pyramid meet these specifications;  the
length of the base, and the breadth (or the width) of the base are
equal making a square.  The height of the pyramid is equal to one
side of the square's base, making this equation true and equal; 
length = breadth = height.

     The pyramid is a picture of the Body of Christ.  Josephus, the
Jewish historian, recorded Israel's history as passed down from
father to son.  In his writings he speaks of 2 pillars that were
built by the sons of Seth.  Seth was born to Adam and Eve after
they were expelled from the Garden.  Seth was a virtuous man and
was of excellent character.  His children displayed these same
virtues in their lives. 

     "They (Seth's sons) also were the inventors of that
     peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the
     heavenly bodies, and their order.  And that their
     inventions might not be lost before they were
     sufficiently known.  Upon Adam's prediction that the
     world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of
     fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of
     water, they made two pillars;  the one of brick, the
     other of stone:  they inscribed their discoveries on them
     both, that in case the pillar of brick would be destroyed
     by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and
     exhibit those discoveries to mankind;  and also inform
     them that there was another pillar of brick erected by
     them.  Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this
     day."  *** Josephus, Verse 2, page 72 

     Many believe the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt, is that pillar
of stone erected by the sons of Seth.  The pyramid at Giza was
never completed.  The head stone was never set in place.  When
Jesus was addressing the multitudes, He asked,

     "Have ye not read this scripture;  The stone which the
     builders rejected is become the head of the corner?"  ***
     Mark 12:10

     Paul revealed Jesus as the Cornerstone, *** Ephesians 2:20. 
Isaiah revealed Jesus as the tried stone.

     "Therefore thus saith the Lord God.  Behold, I lay in
     Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious
     corner stone, a sure foundation:  he that believeth shall
     not make haste." *** Isaiah 28:16

     Jesus was the tried stone, the chief cornerstone.  But Jesus
also spoke of the stone the builders rejected becoming the head of
the corner, or the Headstone.  Peter revealed the Headstone on the
day of Pentecost.

     "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
     that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have
     crucified, both Lord and Christ."  *** Acts 2:36

     Jesus, the tried stone, the chief cornerstone had become the
head of the corner.  Jesus, the Christ (the Anointed One), had
become Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit Anointing.  The stone the
builders rejected was Christ Jesus, the anointing in our lives, the
Holy spirit, the power from on High.  He has become the head of the
corner, the capstone that has yet to be set in place as the head of
His Body.  This, He will do when the building is complete.

     In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul stated,

     "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in
     all things, which is the head, even Christ."  ***
     Ephesians 4:15

     We are to grow up into the head which is Christ the anointing.
The headship of Christ has not been established in His Body.  It
has not been set in place upon the Body of Christ.  The Pyramid at
Giza is a picture of the Body of Christ in the earth today because
the Headstone, Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit anointing, has not
been set in place.

     When we look at the pyramid today, it is very drab, sitting in
the middle of nowhere.  This is not the way the sons of Seth
constructed it.  Ancient writings reveal the pyramid at Giza was
covered one foot thick with polished limestone.  It was stated that
it had the appearance of a jewel, set in the desert.  But looters,
robbers and builders stripped this glorious, white covering from
the pyramid.  Today all the limestone is gone.  This, too, is a
picture of the Body of Christ.

     When the church was in its infancy, the anointing was fresh
and clean.  The church grew by multitudes.  Miracles were common. 
People were healed by Peter's shadow.  Jails were opened;  jailers
were saved.  People dropped dead when they lied to the Holy Ghost. 
Others were translated.  Some were blinded when they spoke against
God and His people.  The glory of God shown through all the earth. 
Truly, God's Body (pyramid) in the earth was a jewel set in the
desert of religion and corrupt government. 

     Then man took hold of what God was doing and began to organize
it under his control.  When this happened, the glory left.  Today
the pyramid has been stripped of its glory and it sits in a
desolate place.  Now it looks to the corrupt, man-made,
governmental systems for its existence.  God has made us a promise.

Jesus revealed to John,

     "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
     from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
     her husband."  *** Revelation 21:2

     This Holy City came down from God out of heaven (Spiritual
realm) prepared as a bride that was made beautiful for her husband.
Jesus went on to reveal who this bride would be,

     "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had
     the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and
     talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will sew thee the
     bride, the Lamb's wife."  *** Revelation 21:9

     Jesus was going to reveal to John who the bride of Christ, the
Lamb's wife was to be,

     "And He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high
     mountain, and shewed me that great city, the Holy
     Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God."

     It was revealed to John that the Great City, the Holy
Jerusalem that he saw descending out of heaven (the Spiritual realm
of God), was the bride, the Lamb's wife.  What John saw was a
beautiful, glorious bride.  

     Today, the church proclaims they are the bride of Christ.  But
the church, as seen in the earth today, is not gloriously adorned
for her husband.  The church in the earth today is truly drab.  It
no longer displays the power and authority God has set in His
church, nor does the light of His grace shine in its face.  Their
righteousness is self-righteousness.  Self-righteousness is as
filthy rags in the sight of God.  The very fact that the church
proclaims itself to be the bride of Christ shows its pride,
arrogancy and self-esteem in our day.  

     The Holy City is called a Great City.  The word great is MEGAS
and means "large".   It is inclusive of the whole Body of Christ in
all the earth.  As the Body of Christ, we are going to make up that
city;  a corporate Body of Spirit-filled, glorified, cleansed and
prepared for the husbandman Body.  We have wonderful promises of
this glorifying process.  Jesus revealed this glorifying process to
John,

     "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him:  for
     the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made
     herself ready."  *** Revelation 19:7

     There is a preparation that must be made if we are to become
part of the marriage supper of the Lamb.  The wife hath made
herself ready.  When the bride is preparing for her wedding, she
does not wait until the bridegroom comes to make herself beautiful.
She prepares for months, perhaps years, making preparation for this
joyous day.  And yet, those who claim to be the bride, the virgin
in the earth today, are not prepared, nor are they ready.  Jesus
declared the condition of the church today,

     "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and
     slept."  *** Matthew 25:5

     The bridegroom is tarrying today, waiting for His Holy City to
prepare herself.  But while He is tarrying, they all sleep.  They
have settled back on their lees, taking their rest.  Jesus related
to John how the Holy City will appear,

     "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
     fine linen, clean and white:  for the fine linen is the
     righteousness of saints."  *** Revelation 19:8

     The Holy City of God is going to be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and gloriously white.  Linen is the symbol of purity.  Linen
is the clothing of the priest.  The fine linen the Holy city is
clothed in the righteousness of the saints, those who have become
the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  These are those who have
sought first the kingdom of God and His righteousness in their
lives, *** Matthew 6:33, and have been accepted in the Beloved.

     "And He saith unto me, Write,  Blessed are they which are
     called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.  And He
     saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."  ***
     Revelation 19:9

     Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper
of the Lamb.  Those who have been called are the elect.  Those who
have prepared themselves are without spot or wrinkle.  These have
clean hands and a pure heart.  These will ascend into the hill of
the Lord, *** Psalm 25:3, the Holy City of God.  Matthew recorded
Jesus' words,

          "For many are called, but few are chosen." 
          *** Matthew 22:14

     The multitude has been called to the marriage supper, but only
those who have been given "The White Stone", as special guests of
the Father, only those who have been given all authority and power
to use His name, only those who have finished the race and have
become victorious in the eyes of the righteous judge, only those
who have been acquitted of all charges made by the enemy and found
innocent will be at the supper.  Their righteousness is the fine
linen, pure and white, that will clothe the city of God.  God is
constructing this city today with living stones, pure and white.

     Jesus revealed to John that a new name would be written on
that stone, a name no one would know except the one who received
it.  The world cannot receive, nor will they understand that name. 
Those today who are called by His name and have not allowed the
cloven tongues of fire to cleanse, purify and make them whole will
not receive their new name.  Only those who are without spot or
wrinkle will make up God's true church.  Only these will receive
"The White Stone" and new name.  Isaiah foretold of those who would
receive that new name.

     "For Zion's sake will I not hold My peace, and for
     Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness
     thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof
     as a lamp that burneth."  *** Isaiah 62:1

     Isaiah was speaking of God's Holy City, New Jerusalem.  "God
will not hold His peace, nor will He rest."  The word rest means
"to be quiet and inactive".  The righteousness of God's Holy City
will go forth as brightness.  God is preparing His people whom will
shine forth into all the earth to become the lamp of salvation. 
These will become that Holy City set on an hill.  Jesus spoke,

     "Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an
     hill cannot be hid."  *** Matthew 5:14

     We are that city God is going to set on Mt. Zion for all the
world to see.

     "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all
     kings thy glory:  and thou shalt be called by a new name,
     which the mouth of the Lord shall name."  *** Isaiah 62:2

     God will give those set on His Holy Hill a new name.  His
mouth will name that name.  Only those who receive that name will
understand the meaning of their new name.

     "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the
     Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God."  ***
     Isaiah 62:3

     We will be that crown of glory in His hand, a royal diadem. 
A diadem is a turban.  This is to signify our crown of
righteousness that God has laid up for those who will finish the
race and receive His new name.

     "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken;  neither shall
     thy land any more be termed Desolate:  but thou shalt be
     called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:  for the Lord
     delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."  ***
     Isaiah 62:4

     Those who are given "The White Stone" will no longer be termed
forsaken.  Forsaken means "to leave alone".  The opposite of the
word forsaken is RESTORE;  those who have been restored to their
original created place in God.  "Our land" is speaking of our
bodies that were created from the earth.  Our land will not be
called "desolate".  The word desolate means "devastation, waste and
desolation".  Our bodies will be restored to their eternal,
everlasting condition.  This will constitute a change.  Paul spoke
of this change,

     "Behold, I shew you a mystery;  We shall not all sleep,
     but we shall all be changed,

     In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
     trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall
     be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

     For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this
     mortal must put on immortality."

     Paul spoke of a change that would come in our mortal bodies (a
body that will die).  It would be changed into an immortal body, (a
body that will not die).  Our corruptible (a body that will rot and
return to dust) will be changed into an incorruptible body (a body
that will not rot, an eternal Spiritual body).  This will take
place in the twinkling of an eye.  Those who are given "The White
Stone" will be given their new bodies.  Paul's second letter to the
Corinthians spoke of this same time,

     "For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being
     burdened:  not for that we would be unclothed, but
     clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of
     life."  *** II Corinthians 5:4

     We are still tabernacle.  We are still in our temporal bodies.
We desire to be clothed upon with our Spiritual house, so that
mortality (a body that will die) will be swallowed up of life. 
This is eternal life that dwells in us by the anointing of the Holy
Spirit.  We will no longer be called "Desolate".  We will be
inhabited by the Living God, endowed by all His power and authority
to do the greater works that were revealed by Jesus,

     "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me,
     the works that I do shall he do also;  and greater works
     than these shall he do;  because I go unto My Father." 
     *** John 14:12

     Isaiah went on to reveal,

     "...but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land
     Beulah:  for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land
     shall be married."  *** Isaiah 62:4

     Our new name will be Hephzibah.  Hephzibah means "My delight
in her".  Those who are a delight unto our Father will receive His
sign of acceptance as a special guest at the marriage supper of the
Lamb,  His white stone.

     Malachi, the last writer in the Old Testament, reveals,

     "And all nations shall call you blessed:  for ye shall be
     a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts."  ***
     Malachi 3:12

     When we come into God's order, we will become His delightsome
land.  Our land will be called "Beulah".  Beulah means "married". 
The meaning of marriage is coming into a oneness of relationship. 
The bridegroom only has one bride.  So the bride of Christ is the
Body of Christ that comes into oneness with each other.  

     Our land will be married.  The word married is the Hebrew word
Ba'al and means "to rule over, possess, own, to be lord and husband
(provider) over."  When the Body of Christ becomes one with the
head, which is Christ, then we will be one with Him.  Our land will
be married (become one with).  We will no longer be a group of
individuals, but a corporate Body with one head, one purpose, one
Lord and Master over all.  The Body of Christ will be the king's
domain, or the kingdom where Christ will rule for all eternity. 
These are those who are His delight in the earth.  These will
receive "The White Stone" of acquittal, also.  These will be known
as the city of the Living God,

     "The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come
     bending unto thee;  and all they that despised thee shall
     bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet;  and they
     shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the
     Holy One of Israel."  *** Isaiah 60:14

     We become Zion, the Holy One;  not the holy ones, but one and
only one, the united Body of Christ, the holy nation, Israel.  Paul
wrote to the Galatians,

     "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any
     thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

     And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on
     them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." ***
     Galatians 6:15-16

     To the Ephesians Paul wrote,

     "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens
     from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the
     covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in
     the world." *** Ephesians 2:12

     When we were without the anointing, Christ, we were aliens
(Gentiles) from the commonwealth (nation) of Israel.  Now we are
fellow-citizens of the covenants and promises made to Israel.

     We are that city of the Lord.  Our white stone will be used in
the construction of His temple.  Our white linen of purity and
holiness will clothe that city in all the glorious righteousness
that God will have put in His people.  We will become those living
stones that Peter spoke about.

     "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual
     house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
     sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."  *** I
     Peter 2:5

     Paul revealed what God will do with these living stones,

     "In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth
     unto an holy temple in the Lord:

     In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of
     God through the Spirit."  *** Ephesians 2:21-22

     We are being built into an habitation of God, through the
Spirit.  The cloven tongues of fire must cleanse and purify this
body so God can change it into an immortal body that He may inhabit
for all eternity.  Paul further revealed,

     "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and
     compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according
     to the effectual working in the measure of every part,
     maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself
     in love."  *** Ephesians 4:16

     The whole Body must be fitly joined together, compacted
(united and knit together).  Every joint must supply its ministry
in the Body of Christ, so that the whole Body can function
together.  The Body then will increase and edify itself.  When the
Body comes together, and all ministries are working as one, then it
will edify itself in love (agape love).  God does not have many
Bodies and many brides;  nor does He have many plans.  He has one
plan and that is His redemption plan for all mankind.  Those who
will become part of His kingdom, must become the king's domain. 
They must become a supplying joint in the Body of Christ.  Paul
wrote to the Ephesians that Christ gave Himself for the church...

     "That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing
     of water by the Word,

     That He might present it to Himself a glorious church,
     not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;  but that
     it should be holy and without blemish."  *** Ephesians
     5:26-27

     Christ Jesus will have a glorious church that He may present
to Himself without spot or wrinkle.  That church will be holy and
without blemish, and those who are a delight unto Him will receive
the name "Hephzibah".  These will receive their white stone as
special guests at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  This stone will
give them all power and authority in His kingdom.  These will rule
and reign with Him from that Holy City which they have become a
part of.

     God has our white stone with our new name written in it.  He
is only waiting on us to become a delight unto Him.  The cleansing
fire is being turned up in our lives.  We must let it do its
cleansing work.  The prophet Malachi states,

     "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: 
     and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as
     gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an
     offering in righteousness."  *** Malachi 3:3

     God is refining us that He may present us with "The White
Stone" as victors and overcomers in the race He has set before us. 
We must press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus. *** Philippians 3:14



Questions


1.   Why does Revelation 1:1 remove any fear, anxiety, and dread
     about the book of Revelation?  

2.   What is in store for anyone who reads the words of this
     prophecy in Revelation?  

3.   What day is the "Day of the Lord"?  

4.   What is the key that unlocks all the prophecies concerning the
     "Day of the Lord"?  

5.   What type of eyes will help us to  understand the Revelation
     of Jesus Christ given to John?  

6.   When is our God the same?  

7.   What is the hidden manna?  

8.   What does "white" represent?

9.   How can we show our innocency before God?  

10.  How are we made righteous?  

11.  What must we overcome, in order for us to be inheritors?  

12.  What does Jerusalem represent?  

13.  Who was the stone the builders rejected, and what is it in our
     lives?    

14.  What happened when man took hold of what God was doing and
     began to organize it under his control? 

15.  Man shows much self-righteousness, the fact that the church
     proclaims itself to be the bride of Christ shows its ___________, 
     _______________, and     ________-___________ in our day. 

16.  Who are going to be the ones called to the marriage supper of
     the Lamb?  

17.  Who will not receive their new name?  

18.  What is a "diadem" and what does it signify? 

19.  What will happen to our mortal bodies? 

20.  When the Body of Christ becomes one with Christ, we will no
     longer be what?     

21.  God has one plan, what is it?  

22.  God has our white stone with our new name written on it, when
     will we receive it?  



Answer Key


1.   Why does Revelation 1:1 remove any fear, anxiety, and dread
     about the book of Revelation?  

     Because it is about the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

2.   What is in store for anyone who reads the words of this
     prophecy in Revelation?  

     A blessing

3.   What day is the "Day of the Lord"?  

     It is the "Third Day".

4.   What is the key that unlocks all the prophecies concerning the
     "Day of the Lord"?  

     The book of Revelation

5.   What type of eyes will help us to understand the Revelation of
     Jesus Christ given to John?  

6.   When is our God the same?  

     Yesterday, today and forever

7.   What is the hidden manna?  

     The hidden manna is the revelation of God that has been hidden
     in His Word from the foundation of the world to be     revealed in
     this last time.

8.   What does "white" represent?  

          It represents righteousness.

9.   How can we show our innocency before God?  

     By putting on the Robe of Righteousness.

10.  How are we made righteous?  

     By our obedience to Jesus and the voice of the Father

11.  What must we overcome, in order for us to be inheritors? 

     The old Adam nature, the carnal mind and the desires of the flesh.

12.  What does Jerusalem represent?  
 
     The true place of worship

13.  Who was the stone the builders rejected, and what is it in our lives?    

     It was Christ Jesus, the anointing, the Holy Spirit, the power
     from on high.

14.  What happened when man took hold of what God was doing and
     began to organize it under his control?  

     God's glory has left

15.  Man shows much self-righteousness, the fact that the church
     proclaims itself to be the bride of Christ shows its
     ____________,  _______________, and     ________-___________
     in our day. 

     pride, arrogance and self-esteem

16.  Who are going to be the ones called to the marriage supper of
     the Lamb?  

     Those who are elect, who have prepared themselves and are
     without spot or wrinkle and have clean hands and a pure heart.

17.  Who will not receive their new name?  

     Those who have not allowed the cloven tongues of fire to
     cleanse, purify and make them whole.

18.  What is a diadem and what does it signify?  

     It is a turban and it signifies our crown of righteousness
     that God has laid up for those who will finish the race and receive
     His new name.

19.  What will happen to our mortal bodies?       

     They will be changed into an immortal body (a body that will not die).

20.  When the Body of Christ becomes one with Christ, we will no
     longer be what?     

     We won't be a group of individual, but a corporate Body with
     one head, one purpose, one Lord and Master over all.

21.  God has one plan, what is it?  

     His redemption plan for all mankind.

22.  God has our white stone with our new name written on it, when
     will we receive it?  

     When we become a delight unto Him.



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