~The New Jerusalem~
|Philip – Lover Of Horses|
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
John 6:4-14 KJV
( 3 Visions )
( 1st Vision )
“I beheld the face of Philip looking upon the face of Jesus. With a look of astonishment he received from Jesus a morsel of bread which he took unto his own hand.”
( End 1st Vision )
( 2nd Vision )
“Then the Angel which showed me these things held me in a place wherein I could see the nations on the earth and a great war that was happening in the spirit over the world and all they who dwell upon the earth. I saw a great red dragon that had been cast down to the ground and stood with large legs and large spreading feet trampling upon the peoples in the nations. The dragon trampled the peoples and nations and tongues under foot in pursuit of the woman who was travailing to give birth. I saw that the woman travailed to bring forth to the birth in present time, then in time that is yet coming I saw that the woman gave birth to a man. The dragon trampling upon the earth desired to consume this man in its mouth and to destroy it. Above this scene I could see the Throne of Heaven and ONE who sat upon the Throne, even the Ancient of Days. As soon as the man was born the Lord upon the Throne caught him up to sit upon the Throne. The man was immediately caught up and sat with the Lord upon the Throne to rule and reign over the earth with the Lord. The dragon had no power over the man or the woman as it trampled nations under its feet.” ( End Vision )
( 3rd Vision )
“I beheld the Overcomers in the Lord as individual members who were still being prepared to fit in rank and order in this manifestation the Lord is about to do. Each one had a measure of idolatry in their hearts because of carnality that yet remained in them and as a result they stood with doctrinal differences apart one from another. The unity of the Spirit needed for this Overcoming company to come together was not present, instead there were groups or individuals who were separate one from another with large stone walls between them. The Lord was dealing with the hearts of the Overcomers but there were still these large stone walls. But then I saw that in parts of the separate places in either small groups or in individuals there arose a spirit of praise unto the Lord. As praise ascended and worship and singing unto the Lord the hearts would lose their grip on idolatry and the fires and testings of the Lord would cleanse the dirty hearts. As the praisers praised the Lord the walls eventually began to crack and crumble with large pieces falling off here and there, finally the entire structure of all the walls gave way and collapsed completely to dust and there was no more division amongst the Sons and Daughters of God. Then they were able to come together in unity with no wall of division any longer present in those that Overcame.”
When time is taken to study the Word of the Lord and to wait before Him many things can come up which will draw away our attention. For the most part the natural mind races away into other thoughts rather than waiting solely upon the Lord and gathering all thoughts unto Him. To think with a mind stayed upon the Lord seems to be the most difficult thing to do for anyone professing a love for the Lord. Many things have been taught to us over the years, many words of prophecy given, many implications of how the Lord will move and what He will do, but it all pales when we realize that our thoughts are still for the most part untamed. Our minds are drawn continually into a war of thoughts. Keeping our thoughts upon the Father is a deep challenge in this time of our modern world with so many diversions available to us.
We have also heard many times that judgment must begin at the house of the Lord. Peter who wrote this in 1 Peter 4:17 stated that this judgment must begin with us, and if it does begin with us what will become of those that obey not the gospel? Have you ever asked yourself why judgment must begin with the Lord’s house? What is it that the Lord is doing in our lives to accomplish this judgment?
Very simple. He is bringing to pass the finished work of Christ in us. Jesus said a few things to Philip during the course of his training as a disciple, but one of them was the fact that Christ was NOW judging the prince of this world that this prince would be cast out. The Greeks came to Philip desiring him to give them an audience with Jesus. It was with this seeking of the Christ that we have some phenomenal statements by Jesus which lay out the path for they that would endure judgment and overcome. “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die “ John 12:20-33 When I look at the life of Philip, I see a man that endured specific challenges that Jesus placed upon him and that because of these challenges he endured judgment and became that evangelist that proclaimed Christ in the ancient world at that time. His life when I look at it is a picture of judgment first coming to the Lord’s house. That FIRST, those who would walk all the way with the Lord will be judged SO THAT THEY WILL WALK RIGHT.
We are under the judgment of the Lord at this present time, those who have turned their eyes unto the Lord and who are taming their thoughts to think only upon Jesus. As you turn your gaze, your thoughts, your eyesight only unto Jesus the fires of the Lord’s judgments increase and you are judged. The fruit of this judgment is not increased tribulation, harder trials, more disastrous circumstances or insurmountable obstacles. The fruit of all the judgment you are enduring IS A STRAIGHTER WALK, A WALK MORE CONFINED. For the one enduring the judgment of the Lord is one who has less and less personal choice. Less to think about other than the Lord Himself. Less to walk in that gives satisfaction other than to praise and worship the Lord and to sing unto Him songs of inspiration that give glory unto His holy name. The proof of YOU being under judgment is your increase in your LACK OF FREEDOM. You are instead more and more confined to a walk that is very straight, one foot in front of the other, and that there is less and less sideways looking or turning or wavering. Instead your face becomes set like a flint to the finished process of your personal cross and the promise of receiving your own glorified body. It is not death you are racing toward, it is life. And that life only comes by being constrained in judgment which causes you to lose your personal freedom.
Philip had 4 basic challenges given to him by the Christ.
Jesus said “Follow Me”. “The day following Jesus would go forth into
To show unto the Greeks the living Christ. “And there
were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same
came therefore to Philip, which was of
3) To know that he who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 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. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. “John 14:7-14 Philip handled in reality the very word of God.
4) To share the gospel in the regions of the ancient world as one who would evangelize men by the truth of Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.” Acts 8:29 It is here that we see the result of the challenges Christ gave him and how he did walk by the voice of the Lord that now spoke in him to evangelize in this ancient world. He now is known as an Apostle, one who knew Christ in person and saw Him in reality and now shared his gospel and atonement as one who endured the testings he was once placed in.
When I look upon the foundation of the New Jerusalem I see that one of the layers was to look upon as the Beryl Stone, the judgment of the Lord. I relate this judgment to Philip’s life and the challenges he faced and how he submitted himself unto Jesus to be one with Him in His purposes in fulfilling the promise of scripture. This is not a light thing. It is a very serious thing to know.
If the Lord were not to first judge the house in which He lives, then when would we see Him move? For the Lord will not bypass cleansing His house to simply judge the world, instead He will fulfill that which Christ proclaimed and promised. This judgment we are in which causes us to walk straight is the working out of that which Christ proclaimed to Philip. And that promise was that the “prince of this world”, the perdition of this life, IS CAST OUT. What is the perdition the Overcomer faces? THE WANDERING MIND, THE MIND THAT IS NOT STAYED IN PEACE UPON THE LORD ALONE, A MIND THAT IS FILLED WITH OTHER INTERESTS AND OTHER AMBITIONS OUTSIDE OF JESUS ALONE. So Jesus cast out this prince of the world, this carnality by His atonement. AND NOW THAT CASTING OUT IS BEING PRACTICALLY WORKED OUT IN THE LIVES OF THEY THAT OVERCOME. How is this being worked out? BY THE OVERCOMER BECOMING EMPTIED OF ALL THINGS EMOTIONALLY, AMBITION WISE AND IN THE DISATISFACTION OF WORLDLY THOUGHTS. The “proof” that you are under judgment dear reader IS YOUR LACK OF ANY PERSONAL AMBITION OTHER THAN TO KNOW JESUS IN FULLNESS. Everything else simply falls off of you. Everything else simply becomes tarnished brass or silver. Nothing else piques your interest anymore. Everything in this world becomes a dead thing to you and there is nothing in this earth that holds your interest. You are hungry ONLY FOR THE LORD. That dear reader IS PROOF THAT YOU ARE BEING JUDGED.
Anyone who desires to walk in Jesus will walk in judgment and in the laying down of their own self life.
Philip is an Apostle who reveals spiritual progression. But that progression cannot happen unless it is coupled with the judgment of the Lord. The result of the judgment of the Lord will be the waning of worldly ambition and desire and the increase of the hope of His coming Kingdom. Now do not confuse the waning of the things of the world with your own personal artistry or creativity as a person. For the artistry of ones life and the creativity that comes from the soul is not diminished, but enhanced by the Lord’s judgment. The more one submits to the judgment of the Lord, the more their personal artistic talent or ability becomes apparent as someone created with particular gifts. However, those gifts of life WILL BENEFIT THE BODY OF CHRIST. They are not just for personal fulfillment, but for enhancing the experience of the believer who comes to the Lord to be made whole. It is the ambition and the desire that is based ON CARNALITY that will be removed. The ambition and desire that is based on A CREATIVE SPIRIT will be enhanced and the result can only benefit the Body of Christ as a whole.
Philip’s name is worked then into the foundational structure of The New Jerusalem as the Beryl Stone of judgment. One who has endured the fires of testing, the scourging of daily life, the nitty gritty of daily living and of meeting their natural needs in this world by a job or earning wages. But at the same time they are judged according to the Word of God to become entire and whole and with no measure of duality. For our lives long TO SEE DUALITY END. This can only come by the judgment of the Lord who is coming for a glorious church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. “That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless].” Ephesians 5:27 AMPLIFIED
Philip was a lover of horses for that is what his name meant. He loved that which gave him strength and gave him beauty. And he had enough wisdom to realize that the strength and beauty he needed had to come to him through the judgment of the Lord. He first saw this in the life of Jesus who gave Himself for our trespasses upon the cross, that was the standard and light that Philip walked in which gave him the strength of horsemanship to endure judgment and to be a strong beautiful soldier of Christ. So it is for they that overcome. They LONG FOR THIS JUDGMENT. Their prayer is for judgment to touch every part of their life, every facet of their being so that they can be found complete in the Christ with the prince of this world – their own carnality – cast out. To the Overcomer this is the second best prize they could have, the end of their own personal duality. When that duality ends, they will also awake in their best most prize, glorified bodies with the unlimited full measure of the Lord upon concentrated upon them, death having been consumed because of the judgment of the Lord.
To be continued………….Kenneth B Visscher