BELIEVERS CONVENTION 2015
DAY 7 (SATURDAY, AUG. 22, 2015)
Reverend Kayode Oyegoke
To Him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb /x2
Be blessings, and glory, and honour, and power forever.
You are my hiding place,
You always fill my soul with songs of deliverance.
Whenever I’m afraid,
I will trust in you /x2
Let the weak say I am strong,
In the strength of the Lord.
“1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2. Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3. 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. 4. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”
Kenneth Copeland prophesied sometime this year that the church in America needs to grow up and particularly, he mentioned that men will be sent from Nigeria to pastor congregations there. Every blessing to God’s people can only come through priestly operation.
“23. Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25. The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
From verses 25-27, face and countenance will resolve to His name. What brings about the naming of the children of Israel is by the face and the countenance. Grace is first name, peace is also a commodity of name. When God is giving you grace, He is naming you, and when God is giving you peace, He is naming you.
From verse 23, Aaron was to keep saying the blessing until the stature of the name is built in the children of Israel. What he is saying to the children of Israel is grace and peace, face and countenance How do you say the blessing? Grace and peace! Face and countenance! Keep on saying it. When you come for teaching, you’re being blessed. Prayer is to say, while blessing leads to keeping. No one will be kept except he’s blessed.
“The Lord bless thee and keep thee” (Numbers 6:24) How does the Lord blesses? It is by saying, saying His face and saying His countenance; it is by dispensing grace and peace. The blessing is grace and peace. You can’t manage and administer grace when you still hold on to hand ministry. His face brings grace, while His countenance brings peace. In the Old Testament, Aaron just kept saying the blessing as commanded, but they were unable to do perform the face ministry. They were limited, but they blessed Israel in a measure saying “…The Lord makes His face to shine upon you…” (Numbers 6: 22-27). They blessed the people in a shadow, but to make it real, God has to raise a new testament to bring to pass, and administer His face over all the people.
All the epistles begin with “Grace and peace be unto you” and they end with “Grace be with you all”. Even John greeted with ‘Grace!’. Peter also greeted the same way in 2 Peter 1:2 – “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Jesus needed sons to transfer what He’s receiving from the Father to the church. Jesus’ priestly ministry is to bless the Church, but He can’t bless the church if there aren’t people to bless the church with the blessings. All Jesus is doing is to raise people who can hear Him from the dimension of His priestly ministry.
Jesus Christ has appeared to ministers of the gospel. Most of the generals of God in the book, “God’s generals” were fantastic men of God. Most of them were not face ministers, they were hand ministers. The man that wrote the book too was an hand minister. They didn’t bring season of His face to the church, they brought season of His hand. If you hate face, you hate your destiny. You can’t amount to much when you abide with hand. May we graduate from hand to face.
All the epistles from Romans to Revelation are Priestly, and what is contained there is face and countenance: grace and peace. They all communicate Grace and Peace, meaning face and countenance. That’s how you’ll get blessed in the New Testament. The blessing of Israel is Grace and Peace in God’s name. The name of the Lord is the blessing to the people of God. Without that name, we are crippled. All the epistles are Grace and Peace. In the Old Testament, there’s grace and peace just as in the New Testament.
Most of us can’t preach from Romans consistently if God doesn’t help us. Those epistles look dry; they have no storyline. You won’t see “And when Jesus was passing through Damascus…” Here, you’ll see “Greet Sosthenes”. The wisdom here isn’t ordinary, it is not for carnal exercise. If the epistles are Grace and Peace portions, then it means they are all priestly letters. It is written to priests when you are interested in priesthood.
I thank God for the priests that some churches are ordaining, they want to break through and I love their intentions. They’ve done so much, even more than Pentecostal churches. Pentecostal churches want to stay in only power and super power, but these people must have something in them to have said theirs is to stay in priesthood. The only problem there is that the way they go about it is not the way a priest is raised – you can’t raise a priest through seminary. To make a priest, “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron” – Heb. 5:4. No man can say you are a priest today, it is an office of honour and glory.
The five fold ministry were not priests yet, but it was drawn out of the priestly portion to serve priesthood. It’s a type of levitical ministry. At times, God buffet, discipline and separate those in the five fold ministry because of authority and to push the church into priesthood. New Testament preachers need to keep saying from Romans, until they have said all the grace and peace in them to the book of Revelation. Don’t stop saying it because it’s from one level of saying to another.
2 Peter 1:2
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord”.
Knowledge of God brings Grace and Peace. Face and countenance are all manifestations of God’s knowledge; what they both bring is knowledge – knowledge of peace and knowledge of grace. I’m not talking of grace to have money, that is external grace. I’m talking of internal grace for stature, which can only come through the knowledge of God. The priest is a tool for transferring knowledge. When you talk of grace and peace, you talk of knowing God.
Malachi 2: 1
“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you”.
In the Old Testament, just one tribe received the levitical priestly blessing, and that is the tribe of Levi. When the patriarchs were blessing Israel, they blessed the other tribes with land and other things but for them who endured at the waters of Meribah – the place of strife and who didn’t spare their own for these ones -“Let the urim and tumim be their portion”. Urim means light and Tumim means judgment. Levi didn’t love their lives unto death. God committed light and perfection to them, that is ability to know God.
Malachi 2: 5-7
“5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.”
Priests’ lips keep knowledge and they shall keep the law. A priest is a keeper of knowledge, and law can only be found in his mouth. Law is knowledge; knowledge is law. If you want to know God, come and seek a priest; priests keep knowledge. King Uzziah saw the Lord of hosts in the holy place: The seven golden candlesticks, the table of shewbread and altar of incense are in the holy place. One of the messengers of the holy place, a seraphim, flew and put a coal on Isaiah’s tongue. Isaiah was a messenger of the word of faith. Faith is a messenger of the Lord of hosts, it’s the substance of thing hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. If you’re in faith, there’s still a veil to the most Holy place. Faith is the evidence of the most Holy. When you’re in hope, you’re in the inner court, but when you’re in the holy place, you’re in faith.
If you put out the candlestick, you have darkness. All Christians must come to the night, where weeping endures then, you’ll break forth in the morning. Morning is where the sons of the morning dwell.
Who are messengers of the Lord of hosts? They are priests. Levi ministers in the outer court, while the sons of Aaron ministered in the holy place. The weakness of Aaron was that he couldn’t help his sons enter the most holy place. His own priestly ministry isn’t perfect, but our high priest is able to cross us from the holy place to the most holy place, so that we can have access worship to God; that is a superior priesthood.
Our singing “I enter into the holy of holies…” doesn’t mean we’ve entered into the holy of holies. Coming isn’t by singing. How do I come?
“But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
He that comes must believe. The just shall live by faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Faith is not a tool designed for cars, it is a tool by which we are being divided and packed into another realm that is away from us. A man living by faith is actually coming. When you arrive at the holy place, the crown of faith will be given to you.
The first name is our Lord Jesus’ name because He is the messenger of the covenant. Hosts are priests in the holy place. In the present churches, the Lord is lacking ‘hosts’. If we produce hosts for Jesus, the church and the world will know God. The Lord of hosts is interested in generating hosts. Angels who typify this ministry of host sing “Holy, holy is the Lord of host”. They know God, but yet, they don’t look on God. They veil their body with two wings, and with two other wings they cover their faces and use two to fly while they cry “Holy holy is the Lord of host. “The whole earth…” (Isaiah 6:3). There’s a knowledge of the Lord of hosts which is the knowledge of the Son of God. Host is holy place, and the holy place is also called sanctuary.
” For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.”
This is first. This is Alpha. We sing this song often: “Come bless the Lord, Oh ye servants of the Lord that watch by night… ” Why the word night? Night is a sign of a season, and a burning light is a fire. Don’t introduce shining light to the night, it will confuse it. Burning light is held in order to gradually move it to the shining light. Seraphims are called the burning ones, while the cherubims in the most holy place are the shining light – cherubims of glory. One is Alpha, and the other is Omega.
Tongues and Interpretation:
These are the divisions of your blessing; the divisions of the blessing of the Lord which He has blessed you with. Blessings that ye may approach and turn from even being a priest – one who can stand in the holy place. It’s a great blessing to be one who can stand in the holy place. It’s a greater blessing to be one who can stand in the holiest of all. It is a blessing to be in the holy place which is the night but much more joy comes in the new morning which is the holiest of all.
The two must come on you. Joy comes in the morning, in the morning light breaks forth which is the glory of the Father which dwells in the most holy place. These are blessings being unveiled. You are being blessed to come to the holy place and to the holiest of all. These blessings are also salvation. As you approach, you are saved with the beginning salvation and the uttermost salvation. You’re saved to the uttermost. Don’t relent or wait. As you hear, the veil is being unveiled; the veil from the first to the second sanctuary – by the voice of the Lord that ye might access all the blessings of God. For in Him are all the blessing of God. Yea! Amen!
What kind of knowledge do priests keep? Knowledge of God in the holy place is the knowledge of the sanctuary. The purpose of the sanctuary is to make you holy. A holy man is a host.
“1. Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2. A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices:wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer”.
Jesus Christ at the right hand side of the majesty on high ministers to priests in the sanctuary. He ministers to those who have received grace and peace into the holy place. The holy place is a place of knowledge. Most of the angels in the Old Testament are holy place angels. Angels of the holy place or second heavens are them who know the Lord and have the strength of the Lord of hosts.
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries:but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”.
They come to knowledge as a result of light, but a burning light is the candlestick. When all is put together, you have one eye which is the Spirit of the Lord and all the sticks together form a face which is the burning face.The outer court is not as glorious as the darkness of the holy place. It is a dark realm. You think you have light by the sun, but that light is a deception. That light is a light higher and clearer than the light of the sun. If you are an entity of outer court, you will not understand the darkness and can be confused. You will think you’re higher than the holy place, it’s a lie.
Holiness portion is from one degree to another. At the camp, there’s one, and at the court, there’s another. Separation is according to light. The light shining separates. What you see is what sets you apart. The holy place has servants. You cannot serve God if you’re bankrupt of the life of the holy place, to serve according to the dictates of the holy place. Why does the church need the light of the seven candlesticks? It is so that she can do holy works. To do evangelism is not the holy works. I can do evangelism and yet not enter into kingdom. When you get someone saved, you’ve not saved the soul, you’ve only brought the soul to be saved. For a soul to be cleansed, your own soul should be cleansed also. You are cleansed in the holy place.
To be blessed is to have knowledge. When you know God, you are blessed, and you have grace and peace. You can have car and not know God, you don’t have inner blessing.
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
When you tell a man to show forth his blessing, you’re wicked. Money, houses, etc are not the evidence of someone that God is building. That is the prosperity of the outer court. Men who dwell in outer darkness can never understand one who is blessed except he comes to life. If you are changing, God is blessing you. If any man will boast, let him boast that he knows God. “They that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits”. When you’re knowing God, it is the blessing. Why blessing? It is because cursed is the other man. Curse here isn’t what the natural man knows as curse. That everyone in the family is barren isn’t a curse, it is an oppression. Real curse is oppression on your soul. When your soul is barren, you’re cursed.
“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord”.
You’ve been blessed. How? It is with the knowledge of God – that gives you grace and in turn gives you peace. When you have strength, you have blessing. When God has strengthened you, He has given you knowledge. A man of knowledge increaseth in strength. If you’re a man of knowledge and you’re being discouraged about the strength you’ve acquired, it means you’re fainting. You should be like Abraham at age 99, strong in faith, believing and hoping against hope. It takes strength to come against the contrary because the preacher of the contrary is a strong one too.
The strength of satan is outside, He has put measurements outside to judge when a man is doing well. You’re pushing against the adversary. When your church doesn’t seem to be advancing and you’ve done well, continue. Be strong. Satan hates strength because men of strength break him. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word. We get purified by faith. Faith is the message of purification. Faith makes us holy. Faith is the message in the sanctuary for the life in the most holy.
The Word of God in the sanctuary is the testimony of faith. How many of you know that the most holy place has 2 veils? The one before and the one after. It makes it a wonderful realm. Veils are on either side of the sanctuary. The first veil is where faith is. Christ Jesus our Lord is the faith of God. When you operate by that faith, you’re still not seeing. Faith is “the evidence of things not seen”. You only have the substance of things hoped for which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. The whole stretch of the tabernacle from the first veil to the second veil is hope of glory which means hope has been seen. When you see hope when it has been revealed and it becomes real to you, it is no longer hope but faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
Though I can’t see, I have gathered the stature and have the substance and know that there’s something beyond the veil for me. Once you’ve left hope to faith, there’s no way the minister of the sanctuary won’t come to you.The 10 virgins entered into an inn and journeyed at night. They journeyed to the holy place waiting for the morning. At midnight, the bridegroom came just when the night was about changing, but five of the virgins didn’t have enough oil, and they left the holy place. Lack of oil is lack of strength, knowledge is strength. They couldn’t endure the night – weeping endures for the night. Weeping is faith and you will bear it for the night till it becomes the exceeding great promise. When He met Abraham, He said ” I am your shield and exceeding great reward…” Shield is faith which is Christ. When you hear excellency, that is God. God is excellent in strength, Eternal excellency. Jesus obtained a more excellent name than they.
Psalm 103: 19
“19. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul”.
Ye his angels is the next heaven to God. They are not just strong but are excellent in strength. They do commandments and they hearken. Serapahims are ministers of His holy place. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. They are ministers. The other ones are commandment ministers. Faith (Pleasure) ministers versus commandments ministers! Some don’t do what please God; they rather do what God commands. Those who please God (in the sanctuary) are strong because they know God, but there are those who know God excellently. Paul talked of having the excellency of the knowledge (Phil. 3:8). He knew God before he wrote the epistles, but he had not yet gotten the excellent knowledge. God gave it to John: knowing God excellently. Lucifer came from the excellent realm of this present heaven. So to deal with that, you need men who are excellent.
Death is knowledge that was perverted while sin used to be life that was perverted. It was faith of the holy place, and the love was love of the most holy place: so, it’s a law of sin and death. You can’t overcome death when you’ve not overcome sin.”This is the victory that overcomes …even our faith”( 1 John 5:4). Satan is death. He used to love, Cherubs are love. Seraphims are faith.
Song of Songs 8:6
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart,as a seal upon thine arm:for love is strong as death: jealousy is cruel as the grave:the coals thereof are coals of fire,which hath a most vehement flame.”
‘Commandments’ means they don’t think or ask questions, they hearken. Obedience is faith; to hearken is love. Rams are sacrifices of the most holy. When Abraham climbed Moriah, it was faith. He came to the word of oath. Balaam was dangerous prophet. Moses feared him because he was a prophet of the most holy who became satan. The word of God! ‘God’ realm is a realm of the most holy place, while Lord realm is a realm of the holy place.The holy place is our type of place. Let’s see how they praise God:
“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within:and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
These are angels of the Lord God Almighty who excel in strength. This is a higher realm than just Lord. Lord is revealed in the holy place. God is revealed in the most holy place. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved and not just being saved, but saved to the uttermost.
“He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty,falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:”
“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Balaam the son of Beor heard the word of God. He introduced Jesus as the “Lord almighty”. He fell into a trance having his eyes open and he had the Word of God. You don’t have the word of God without coming to the Holy place. It is the manna of God. He knew the “Almighty” God. Cherubims call God “holy, holy, holy, the Lord God Almighty”. He saw visions of Almighty revelations. What God is bringing to us in this end time is the almighty word of God.
The blessings of revelation was what Paul said in 2 Cor 12:3, “a man caught up to third heavens and heard unspeakable words…..” One man was caught higher to the third heavens, the realm of the Almighty, realm of paradise, and he heard words unlawful for man to utter. He heard words of God, not words of men. “Ye are gods”. Word of God is to make you god. The day you see it is the day you begin to change. What our Father wants to do is to put in you God content, put the genes of God in you.
God is love. His word is love, Love is God. You cannot carry God when you’ve not walked by faith. Faith purifies me to be the messenger of God. Love lays down his life for his brother; these are brothers in the holy place, and it is called Love of the brethren. Don’t break the brethren love code. When you’ve not been walking by faith of the Son, you will fall short when love is demanded, and you will break rank. You will break accord.
” Let brotherly love continue.”
When God finds love, the binding cord that binds the sons of Aaron, the veil will be broken. That’s where we smell love, and you can die for anyone. When you’re newly born again, you can’t do it. You must have purified your souls unto unfeigned love, (1Peter 1:22). To see love is to see God. When you love your brother, you will love God.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
“Now we see through a glass darkly…” When we are seeing ‘now’, we are seeing through faith. But many will move from ‘now’ to ‘then’. To see God is not to see him physically: If His vision appears, you may not gain too much. To see Him is for your soul to see Him and comprehend Him. “Love passeth knowledge.”
1 Corinthians 12:31.
“But covet earnestly the best gifts:and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
Love is God. You will meet Jesus at the phase of the tabernacle where He will escort sons into glory. Satan is a love that became hate. When you see him, you will love him and he is death. Death is not dying physically, it teaches you to love your life. Inside death is fear of life. You won’t want to commit your life because of fear of death. Faith doesn’t overcome death, Faith overcomes sin. Love overcomes death. We need to come to love that passes knowledge. Jesus is bringing us here to purge us from our name to attain the name of the Father called love. When you stand before God, nothing of yourself must remain in you. The greatest enemy is self. Self is death, self seeks its own. It can be there in ministry – when one is using ministry for selfish gain. Some are prospering in ministry, but they don’t love God. When they have trained us to become love beings, death fears you – when you don’t do anything for yourself.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Woe betide me if love ministry, who I should love is God alone. Doing this ministry may cost you your eternal inheritance, we (as ministers) are actually serving you, washing your feet. We have towel in our hands washing your feet. The mantle is the Truth to wash your feet because they have to be thoroughly polished for the preparation of the gospel of peace. God saw a man scattering His house and decided to convert him to be useful for Him. Then, he began to turn darkness to life.
A bull means ‘to steer’; God is raising bull. These are the sacrifices of God. He told Moses through Aaron: “offer lamb, but for you, offer bullock and ram” which will pierce into the holy place. His sacrifices are faith and love. Have you made sacrifices? They overcame him with the blood of the lamb; and the word of the testament. What did John have at that revelation! The word of oath – God swore by Himself!: “I am your shield and exceeding great reward”.
*breaking of bread*
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