- Series: November 2015
- Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-18
In the Message titled Paradox, the Prophet says that there must be an Ephesians coming. Right there in the Old Testament book of Joshua, one is able to see how the book of Ephesians parallels Joshua. For in that first exodus under Moses, the children of Israel left the first place called Egypt, then passed through the second place called the Wilderness before entering into the third habitation called Canaan. And before Joshua of the Old Testament takes the people over into Canaan, he encounters the Captain of the Lord’s Host, a man with a sword drawn. This Captain of the Lord’s host is a heavenly being who reminds us of the mighty angel of Revelations 10 who comes down from heaven with an open book in His hand. Before the mighty angel of Revelations 10 comes down, a man with the spirit of Elijah first comes. This Elijah is not like John the Baptist in his day who only pointed to the way, as he prepared people for the coming of the Messiah. This end time Elijah goes beyond being a mere signpost. The end time Elijah actually has a restoration ministry that first comes before ushering in the new Ephesians. This Ephesian book, even as reflected in the Old Testament parallel of Joshua, is a book of redemption. And redemption involves two processes of coming out of something and entering into something else, just like the children of Israel came out of Egypt and entered into Canaan. At spiritual level, we have to come out of unbelief and enter into faith. We have to come out of the world and enter into Christ. We have to come out of mortal flesh and enter, through the process of the rapture, into another body which is incorruptible. In the Church Age Book, the Prophet describes the city of Ephesus as a great city of Christian faith. The city of Ephesus is the third city of Christian faith, coming after Jerusalem (as the first) and Antioch (as the second). Therefore when the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians addresses the saints which are in that city, he is actually talking to inhabitants of the third city. The number three is important in terms of biblical numerology. After all, the three steps of Grace involve Justification, as the first phase, sanctification as the second and Holy Ghost baptism as the third stage. These also reflect the exodus process of moving of out Egypt first, then the wilderness and finally the Ephesian stage of possessing Canaan, the land of promise. The three stages are also reflected in the history of the earth itself, how it was covered with water during Noah’s flood (first phase) and then watered by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when he died on the cross (sanctification) and now awaits the third step of being burnt with fire, which is a type of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Even as Joshua takes over from Moses, he passes through 3 cities. The first two cities pertain to the two Amorite kings called Sihon and Og, who were utterly destroyed. For indeed kings do rule from their respective cities, even as our God has a city which the patriarch Abraham looked for, a city not build with man’s hands. We therefore see Joshua standing before the third city of Jericho. In this third city of Jericho, there is a mystery of the gentile bride called Rahab. Although Rahab was not a part of the exodus initially, she gets engrafted into it through the ministry of the Spoken Word. She hears what the Lord has done for Israel and believes. She never saw Moses the exodus prophet but she believes what God did through Moses. Rahab is a type of the Message of the Hour believer today. We may not have been with the Prophet in flesh, but we have believed what we have heard done by God through him. It is important to note that Rahab was called in the time of harvest and received the token, which blends well with the third pull ministry. And anyone in Jericho who wanted to be saved had to come to Rahab’s house. It did not matter that she had a bad history as an ill famed woman. If one wanted to escape destruction in Jericho, they could only find salvation under Rahab’s roof. This means that Rahab became the final voice to that city of Jericho. God did not see her uncleanness. God looked through the red colour of the token, God looked through the blood and saw her completely justified. She was clean. She was holy. She was blameless. That is why God had to destroy all the accusers in Jericho. God killed all the people that remembered Rahab’s history in Jericho when the walls fell down. That is why Rahab gets married and lives in Bethlehem, where no accusers are found. Yes, when Rahab is married by Salmon, that is beyond the third stage of grace. Justification as the first step only shows God’s grace in lifting up a believer from the rubbish dump of the world, like a dirty drinking glass found in a garbage yard being taken into the house. Sanctification means the cleaning and setting aside of the same glass for service. When the glass has been cleaned, it does not mean that it is now in use. It shows that it is ready for service. But the third stage is the filling up of the glass, which is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. After the Holy Ghost, God’s work is not finished, for a believer must now be adopted. Now Rahab receives her adoption through marriage with Salomon, a general of the Israeli army. We also get married to our five-star general The mystery of Jericho’s destruction was committed to Rahab. Nobody else knew about it except Rahab. She lived the mystery and preached it through the way she lived her life. Her life became a revelation of a mystery. That is why Joshua does not need to preach in Jericho anymore. There is Rahab in that city. She is the one with the Word of the Hour. She has the Word and she knows what to do with the Word. In the 11th chapter of Hebrews where Paul goes through the parade of the heroes of faith, we see only two women mentioned in that list. It is Sarah and Rahab. Both women have predestinated wombs which God shut up in order to preserve the lineage of the woman’s seed. For Sarah once fell into the hands of the Philistine king, Abimelech, when Abraham lied that she was his sister. But God protected the womb so that it would not receive wrong seed. The same applied to Rahab. Though she was a prostitute and went about selling her morals for a living, God shut the womb in the same way that He shut Sarah’s womb. Indeed, Rahab was predestinated to give birth to Boaz, the kinsman redeemer, through whom comes Obed, then Jesse, then David and Solomon, the son of David reigning in the millennium. In the same way, Sarah brings forth Isaac, the son of promise. As the scripture says that let the women learn in silence, we see it come to pass in Rahab’s life. Indeed, she is even saved through child bearing, when she brings forth Boaz through her union with Salmon. But her learning in silence occurs during the first six days when Israel marches around the walls of Jericho in silence. The people are instructed to only march silently during the first 6 days. But the march on the 7th day is the one that comes with the shouting when the 7 rams horns are blown in worship and praise. The blowing of the trumpets by the priests shows the mystery of human instrumentality in the hands of God. The breath of the priests blew into the 7 horns but the effect of the blowing crushed the walls : and that is supernatural. The seven thunders are the voices that bring the bride out.