ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
July 1, 2003
THE SPECIAL PEOPLE
Everyday, it is a privilege to receive email and phone calls from God's Special People. They qualify for that group briefly referred to in Titus 2:14:
"Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."Paul reviewed them as ranging from older men and women, young married couples, as well as servants and singles, who had one common bond: they turned from this world and its "labors" (II Tim 4:18...evil works, bondage) ceasing to embrace its "other gods" and were forward looking to the appearing of "our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." These are the special folks, the dignitaries of Jude and the "preserved" of Timothy. These are the "special" treasures both to know and emulate. God called them "his special treasure" during Old Testament days, and David sang of them continually. (Ex. 19:5; Deut. 7:6; 14:2; & 26:18; Psalms 135:4; Titus 2:14 and I Peter 2:9)
They (as do many of you) lived in a world markedly different than the "church-at-large (commonly referred to as "the body of believers")." Not only did they know they were different by virtue of their thoughts and hearts, their experience level in the Lord reflected that difference. Not all saw visions, dreamed dreams, waged battle or stood out as Hall of Famers, but all saw, dreamed, envisioned and spoke prophetically over themselves and others. They knew they were "peculiar" and as defined, "were beyond usual."
Laughingly, my aged mother would reply to someone who challenged her right to stand out of line at a queue, " but you don't understand, I'm special." (She truly was.) Similarly, in the queues of religion there are few who understand that God has a possession of "special people." They are HIS. They are preserved BY Him, FOR HIM. The whole church was born to be these, just as the whole nation of Israel was, but alas, Israel turned from that designation and so has the church.
"Special folks" have to exist though, because the tug and pull into the vacuum of religion is so great that without them, those who are drawn away would never realize the difference between themselves and "those others."
Paul compared these two groups in II Timothy 2-3. He stated: "I endure all things for the sake of the elect (the special folks)." They are the enduring Ones (It is the enduring ones who reign.) They are the "sealed" Ones. Cancerous Hymenaeus and Philetus will not be "sealed." They are examples of the "last days" church-folk who have a "powerless form of godliness." (Godliness has power.) They resist the "truth," like Jannes and Jambres, who stood as examples of those "of whom Faith disapproves." (Faith has an approved list.)
Adding to this, Paul used a series of "My" teaching: My doctrine/My manner of life/My purpose/My faith/My long suffering/My love/My perseverance/My persecution/My afflictions. Every one of the "special folks" can relate to these "my" passages, for they possess the same traits. Paul even declared a special note for the special folks: "Continue in the things which you have learned and BEEN ASSURED of."
Alas, the church writhes in the last day's enigma of "heaped up(a Texas Pile Up)" teachers who please ears and teach fables. This is why there is a great need for the "special folks" to do the work of an evangelist, knowing that the Lord will stand and strengthen them. He will preach through them and deliver them from the lion's mouth. THIS is the group that can say forcefully:
II Timothy 4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work (those works that are man's labors) and preserve (seal) me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! (Personally, I have internalized this verse as a prayer and confession everyday of my life.)
Note: Hebrews 11 is open ended, awaiting the final version about God's Special Folks.
Here is an email received June 25, 2003, from a reader of Sons of Zadok. (I have edited it to shorten the length.)
"I'd like to share with you something I came across this morning. I am currently rereading The Sons of Zadok and when I finished reading the section on Ezekiel, I decided to check back in one of my journals about something. In the process I discovered a note I had forgotten about. Several years ago, my son had a dream which he shared with me. We both knew it was significant, so I wrote it in the journal. The dream was about Ezekiel. He planted a tree that grew up and brought down the tower of Babel. I thought this might be significant to you as well. The Sons of Zadok is truly blessing me. Every time I read it, so much of what the Lord has been doing in me and showing me becomes affirmed. May God bless, Laurie J.NOTE: For the many of you who write from time to time and/or send data and printed material, please know they act as information and encouragement in these perilous times. His Special Folks are PRESERVED (SEALED TO THIS COMING).
NOTE: Without advertising, without formal distribution methods, without assistance by organized commercial religious processes, the texts (Solomon's Secret, Sons of Zadok, En Punto) continually trek worldwide. Just this week orders from Cambridge, England, New South Wales, Australia, and scattered addresses in the US (Calif., Florida, New Jersey, N. Carolina, Georgia, N.Y., Tenn.) were sent out in number. Our Lord is the great distributor and to Him we give glory.
Until next month, I encourage all who receive this to Enter In and be those SPECIAL FOLK.
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD.