Write the Vision and
Make It Plain
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers
temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh
patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye
may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4).
“And He gave some apostles; some prophets; and some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers: for the perfecting
of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ: Til we all come in the unity of the
faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
It is expedient in the light of these scriptures and many
others that God’s purpose is to have a perfect Church.
In order to have perfect Church, it will be necessary to have
some perfect individuals. Yes, God wants you to be perfect
and entire, wanting nothing.
When God created Adam every provision was made to fully satisfy
him. He was perfect but not tested. Genesis 1:26, “And
God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
God made provision for everything they would ever need and
when He finished, He saw it was good. We know the story –Adam
sold out and lost all this for the human race. God made several
attempts to bring man back into this state and at last He
sent His Son Jesus to redeem us. Romans 8:32 says, “He
that spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all,
how shall He not with Him fully give us all things.”
All things are available for us. What things? Everything that
was lost in the fall—and more. Everything we shall ever
need for spirit, soul and body.
The Apostle Paul saw by revelation the truth and was pressing
toward it (to become perfect or to the fullness of the stature
of Christ, which is perfect). “Not as though I had already
attained, either were already perfect but I follow after,
if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended
of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12). We notice that Paul
had not attained to that state yet, but he saw the provision
that was made for him and was pressing in that direction.
In every dispensation there have been men and women who have
seen God’s provision for them and done all in their
power to enter in and yet have not attained. It may cause
us to wonder if it is worth while to press in. If they could
not attain why should we hope to obtain? Have we any more
chance of entering than they? Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the
joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the same,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
He did, so we can. He is the Author and Finisher. You and
I can confess that He is the Author or He has begun a good
work—and if He is that . . . He is also the Finisher.
Looking over the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we find a list
of overcomers believing God that they could come to perfection
and they all died one way and another without arriving or
obtaining this perfection they were looking for. “And
these all having obtained a good report through faith, received
not the promise: God having provided some better thing for
us, that they without us should not be made perfect”
(Hebrews 11:39-40). So when we come into this fully redeemed
state, our Old Testament overcomers will come into what they
died in faith believing, the full salvation or perfection
which is our full inheritance in Christ Jesus.
It seems evident that no one has received this inheritance
yet. The Old Testament overcomers are waiting God’s
appointed time, and they, with the New Testament overcomers
will be the first to enter in and receive.
Revelation 21:7 says, “He that overcometh shall inherit
all things, and I will be his God, and He shall be my son.”
Some of the “all things” are in Revelation 21:3-4.
“God will dwell with them and God Himself shall be with
them and be their God. He will wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death.” This isn’t
speaking of heaven because no one dies in heaven, but to those
who overcome here on hearth, God says no more death, no sorrow,
nor crying, no more pain. God says, “Behold I make all
God says “IT IS DONE.” Looking at things from
God’s viewpoint—it is done. If we put what God
says into the far off future in the sky somewhere, we are
not really believing what He says. Faith is always now. Faith
IS the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen. (Not seen with the natural eye but seen with the
eye of faith.) It is done so let us begin to look at things
as God sees them. This of course takes a spirit of revelation
which if we don’t have, we should pray for. The Father
wants to talk it over with His sons that we, of a truth, be
joint heirs and co-workers together with Him.
In Psalm 23:1 David, by the inspiration of the spirit, declared
his position. The Lord is my shepherd—I shall not want.
And anyone else who dare declare they are fully and completely
following the Lamb will also be able to say “I shall
not want” because you will have everything that is needful
and necessary in the Lord. Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice
and follow Me—so if we are following Him, He makes this
carnal nature lie down. Hebrews 4:1 and 10 says, “Let
us therefore fear lest a promise being left us of entering
into His rest (ceasing from our own works) any of you should
seem to come short of it. For he that is entered into his
rest he has also ceased from his own works, as God did from
His.” About the last word Jesus gave to His disciples
before ascending into heaven was that they should not depart
from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the Father. “And
ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you and ye shall be witnesses unto me,’ or in other
words, You will have the divine ability to lay down your lives,
to cease from your own works and allow the Holy Spirit to
do the work through you.
In Ephesians 1:13-14 it says that “…after that
ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption
of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.”
“Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of
the Spirit in our hearts” (II Corinthians 1:22). “Now
He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who
also hath given us the earnest of the Spirit” (II Corinthians
5:5). “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then
face to face” (II Corinthians 13:12). It is evident
in the light of these and other scriptures that God has something
for us which we have not received as yet.
The general teaching is that we shall receive this full inheritance
when we die and go to heaven. But He is wanting a perfect
church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing here on the
earth. So the question arises when and where and how will
this take place? We look to the scriptures again for the answer.
God has a time and a place for everything. There are some
things we can have now, but some things we can only have by
divine intervention or when God is ushering in a new dispensation.
For instance, when it was God’s appointed time to fulfill
scripture, a virgin was to conceive and bring forth a son
and call His name Jesus. This was God’s appointed time.
There was not a prophet in the land to bring the word that
was necessary so God intervened by sending an angel and ushered
in a new age. God used intervention to Zacharias, something
beyond all human ability, to let him know that he should have
son and his name should be called John and that he would prepare
the way for the Son of God. Yet, it was another thirty years
before this supernatural ministry came on the scene.
In John2:4, Mary said to Jesus, “They have no wine,”
but Jesus said unto her, “Woman, what have I to do with
thee, mine hour has not yet come.” Mary, I am sure,
in her spirit was feeling it was God’s time for this
new ministry to come forth. But God has a time and Jesus would
not move. This ministry had been prophesied thirty years before
but there is a time.
Moses was in the backside of a desert minding a few sheep.
When he was born, his parents recognized the hand of God on
him for a purpose and God intervened when all the baby boys
were being killed, and Moses landed in the king’s palace.
Forty years later, after trying to meet the needs of his people
with his own ability, he had to flee to save his life. Then
when God’s time arrived to deliver the children of Israel
out of bondage, there was a supernatural visitation of the
presence of God in the burning bush. God spoke and put His
purposes in motion. So here we are at the end of an age and
the day of the Lord cometh, it is nigh at hand. The day when
He takes over through a people who have yielded themselves
and walk in submission to Him.
I am sure that we are well aware that we are at the end of
an age. A new age is about to be ushered in. If you have caught
a glimpse of the great things that lie ahead, the best thing
to be doing is to hold steady, submit to the dealings of God;
and keep available to meet the needs of those you come in
contact with using what you have been given thus far. “Who
then is a faithful and wise servant whom his Lord hath made
ruler over his household to give them meat in due season.
Blessed is that servant when his Lord cometh that shall find
him so doing. Verily I say unto you that he shall make him
ruler over all his goods” (Matthew 24:45-47). This is
not in heaven. This servant is ministering and using what
he has. He may very well feel his limitations and see by the
scriptures that there is more but he is faithful with what
God has given him.
To them that look for Him shall He “appear the second
time—not carrying any burden of sin nor to deal with
sin, but to bring to full salvation, those who are eagerly,
constantly and patiently waiting for Him and expecting Him”
(Hebrews 9:28, Amplified). We have the earnest of our inheritance
now but it will soon be time to receive our full inheritance
and those who have this hope are preparing for it. “To
an inheritance, incorruptible, and undefiled, that fadeth
not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept BY THE
POWER OF GOD THROUGH FAITH unto salvation ready to be revealed
in the last time” (I Peter 1:4-5).
“And the Lord answered me and said, WRITE THE VISION
AND MAKE IT PLAIN UPON THE TABLES, THAT HE MAY RUN THAT READETH
IT. FOR THE VISION IS FOR AN APPOINTED TIME, but at the end
it shall speak and not lie, THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT FOR IT BECAUSE
IT WILL SURELY COME, IT WILL NOT TARRY.” Habakkuk 2:2-3