Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Spring 1993

The Continental Divide in History
Richard M. Riss

There is coming a particular moment in history which will be like a continental divide, irrevocably separating the past from the future.

This moment is described in many places.

"Behold, I am going to send My messenger,
and he will clear the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly
come to His temple; and the messenger of
the covenant, in whom you delight, behold,
He is coming, says the Lord of hosts" Malachi 3:1.

The Lord will suddenly come to His temple, and we, the Body of Christ, are that temple. In a particular moment, like none other, He will come into His Body in fullness. This will be a decisive event. When God fills us with His fullness, momentous consequences will follow. There will be a manifestation of the power of God such as has never before been seen since the foundation of the world.

We have been filled with the Holy Spirit. While this is true, it is but a foretaste of the fullness which is yet to come, in this great moment. Hebrews6:4-5 tells us that we have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit; but this is only a sample of the fullness that will be ours when Jesus actually comes to fill His temple.

This time of fullness will be a time of tremendous ecstasy for those who love Him. At this time of unmitigated joy, we will be caught up into heavenly realms. When the Apostle Paul received a foretaste of this, he said he was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words.

This time of rapture, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, has been associated with the removal of the physical bodies of the saints from the earth, rather than the ecstatic joy and delight which we will have at that particular point in time, when we are filled with all of the fullness of God.

Prior to that time, however, I Thessalonians 4:17 was rarely, if ever, interpreted in this way. We, in the twentieth century must have the humility to recognize that our own peculiar ways of interpreting this passage may be erroneous.

Collectively, we are to become, at a particular point in time in the near future, the place of God's habitation. There are many incidents recorded in the Bible that prefigure that momentous occasion. One of them is the dedication of Solomon's temple, when the glory of God filled the temple. It is significant that this event took place during the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths), because the feasts themselves were representative of certain key events to come.

Under Moses, God commanded that three feasts be kept: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Leviticus 23). Passover was fulfilled in the crucifixion of Christ (I Cor. 5:7), and Pentecost was fulfilled when the Spirit of God was poured out upon the Church, and they all spoke with other tongues (Acts 2). The church still awaits the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, when God will Tabernacle within us, filling us with the fullness of His glory and presence.

Another incident is recorded in Numbers 9:15, which foreshadows the coming great moment when God will fill His overcoming saints with His manifest presence. After the Tabernacle of Moses was erected, the cloud of God's glory appeared. This manifestation of the presence of God continued to be visible to the people of Israel during the forty years in the wilderness as a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.

In Leviticus 16, God warned Moses that on the Day of Atonement, Aaron was to enter the most holy place of the tabernacle into the manifest Presence of God, but only under carefully prescribed conditions, lest he die. The presence of God will not coexist with sin, but rather will cause its immediate destruction. It will therefore be a very serious matter when the ark of His covenant appears in His heavenly temple of living stones, because it will mean the destruction of all that is in opposition to Him.

Although the ark of the covenant was a temporary place for the presence of God, the completed temple, the Church, will be His permanent resting place. All earlier manifestations of His glory were simply foreshadowings of the glory that is to appear in the Church at the time when He fills us with all His fullness.

As we have seen, one such manifestation took place at the time of the dedication of the temple of Solomon, when "the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God" II Chron. 5:13-14. This was a manifestation of the Shekinah. In a much greater way, at the moment in which the construction of the Church, God's heavenly temple, has reached its point of conclusion with all the finishing touches, it will suddenly be filled with God's manifest glory. Many will be astonished.

Before the construction of Solomon's temple, God had told David that his descendant would build a house for His Name (II Samuel 7:13). While there is a sense in which this was fulfilled in the temple of Solomon, it is nevertheless true that Solomon's temple only prefigured the real house. Although Solomon was David's son, Jesus, also, was a descendant of David, and it was His kingdom that was to be established forever, not that of Solomon.

The Lord said to David "Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? ... The Lord declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you. When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish His Kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the Throne of His Kingdom forever" II Sam 7:5, 11b-13.

There is an element of finality about the establishment of this temple. "The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house ... And He said to me, Son of man, this is the place of My Throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever" Ezekiel 43:5-7a.

It will be established forever. Each individual privileged to be a part of this temple will enjoy a very special relationship with the Lord. We will have a mutual fellowship with the Lord, in which He delights in us, and we delight in Him.

Paul describes this house, or temple, which the Lord is building and intends to fill with His glory. "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 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" Eph2:20-22.

How do we qualify to be part of this temple? It is not enough simply to call ourselves Christians, or to claim that we have been born again of the Spirit of God. The Lord requires humility and contriteness of spirit. We must be among those who tremble at His word. God is in the process of building a house which will be a suitable resting place for Himself; and for this purpose, He must use suitable materials - people who are willing to be brought, through God-ordained suffering if necessary, to the place where they meet these criteria.

"Thus says the Lord, Heaven in My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being, declares the Lord. But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word" Isaiah 66:1-2.

It is God who brings this about. In His providence, He arranges the exact circumstances needed to bring pressure to bear upon us to change us into His image and likeness. This requires our full cooperation, commitment and dedication. When we have given ourselves to Him fully, then whatever our circumstances, we know that through them, we are being made fit to be vessels of His glory.