ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
December 1, 2013
Having the same mind, having brought every thought to the obedience of Christ, having eyes opened to see in the Spirit, having learned not to lean on one's own understanding changes one's spiritual perception. To those who share these qualities, there is a deepening of insight, a change in values, a re-arrangement of priorities and a refreshed look at reality. Cultural constructs often look contrived when seen through "opened" eyes. Religious order and format may join a myriad of other conformities viewed as being arranged (in order to follow a pathway away from God and towards man's manipulative control).
Those of us who have been affected by the changes wrought from glory to glory, simply "see through" vast landscapes of subterfuge. We are aware of spiritual alliances and contracts among nations, religious entities and individuals which are both holy and unholy. We "know in the Spirit" what the world cannot fathom or discern. Our discernment causes our reactions to be different throughout a whole plethora of occasions. Viewing the same events as others, our "take" is often markedly in contrast to public opinion. Our value set is different. Our life goals are different. Our hearing and seeing is different. We have matured enough to recognize our spiritual perception can be honed and improved throughout a saint's life. (SP is not static.* Seeing, as God sees, revels in a world made clear and paths made sure.)
*(From this point forward SP will be substituted for Spiritual Perception.)
SP is a gift from God. It simply cannot be obtained through any other source. It cannot be an extension of experienced based learning. For example: The children of Israel went through continuous episodes of fantastic wonders, yet had no spiritual perception by which to view these acts. Similarly, while the church cries out for signs and wonders, the heavens deplore the lack of SP in its midst. The following three passages, spoken by God through Moses, are "eye opening."
Notice: SP is a gift given only by God. Seeking to remedy the lack of SP in this people required some commitment on their part. It required a covenant.
2 Now Moses called all Israel and said to them:"You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land - 3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. 4 Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. 5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness.
A better covenant between God and man exists today through Jesus Christ. We affirm it in each Lord's Supper. However, some fail to recognize there is no source of revelation or SP apart from one's bond with Him.
12 that you may enter into covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oath, which the LORD your God makes with you today, 13 that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Before going further, it is necessary to look into the New Testament Greek word for "perceive."
29 "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
When Solomon wrote in Proverbs of the necessity to have SP in order to receive from the Lord, the majority of the prophets' oracles heralded the lack of it. Solomon went so far as to say we must not associate with those who lack SP.
eido (i'-do); a primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent NT:3700 and NT:3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perf. only) to know:
KJV - be aware, behold, can (+not tell), consider, (have) know (-ledge), look (on), perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand. Compare NT:3700.
optanomai (op-tan'-om-ahee); a (middle voice) prolonged form of the primary (middle voice) optomai (op'-tom-ahee); which is used for it in certain tenses; and both as alternate of NT:3708; to gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable; and thus differing from NT:991, which denotes simply voluntary observation; and from NT:1492, which expresses merely mechanical, passive or casual vision; while NT:2300, and still more emphatically its intensive NT:2334, signifies an earnest but more continued inspection; and NT:4648 a watching from a distance):
KJV - appear, look, see.
Sadly, our congregations are subjected to diatribe from those who lack SP and have no evidence of the Spirit of Discernment. Pews are filled with those who blindly follow and are encouraged to continue in their spiritual blindness. Hear the prophet Isaiah speak to the people of God in Isaiah 6 (and know that for the next 52 weeks you will probably not hear this passage used for a sermonic text).
Go from the presence of a foolish man,
When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,
But the folly of fools is deceit.
As Jesus ministered and taught, He quoted the Isaiah 6 passage as being the condition of the religious leadership and their followers in His day. Sadly, this is again the condition of the church and the vast majority of Christian enterprises. Lacking SP, they pursue wondrous works and increased exposure to accumulated knowledge (bible schools, seminars and conferences) while never seeing as God sees.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
'Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?'
Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me.'
9 And He said, 'Go, and tell this people:
"Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive."
10 "Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart."
In Acts, Paul used the Isaiah 6 passage to convict Jewish dissenters by saying the Heathen (Gentiles) displayed SP while they did not.
13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled ...
SP the product of the gift of discernment:
28 "Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!" 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves
Eight ninths (8/9ths) is not the formula used by the Spirit in giving of gifts. I am convinced that those claiming to have received these gifts, while displaying no evidence of Spiritual Discernment, perpetuate error! The most needed attribute in the modern Christian is SP and it comes only through the gift of discernment.
Jesus blessed His Disciples because of their "opened eyes." (Elisha's servant never was the same after his experience of receiving SP [2Kings 6] and neither were the followers of Jesus during His earthly ministry.)
Many times in the gospels, a similar passage to the one below revealed the SP of Jesus. His SP was not that of God-man but of a God sent man. What He possessed, we must and can possess.
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it
Spiritual Perception also reveals the hearts of others and is not the art of counseling, teaching or doctrinal interpretation. Seeing motive, character and biographic events about ourselves and others is not a display of soothsaying.
(Matthew 18:1-5; Mark 9:33-37)
Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, 48 and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great."
Spiritual Perception allows the believer to understand circumstances in difficult surroundings. Surface judgments are put aside, in order to reveal that which is hidden from the natural eye. Those with SP are not caught "off guard" by world events. (Saints know what is going on! News media could learn something from the saints.)
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'?
SP played a large part in the early life of Jesus as well as throughout His ministry.
Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
(Joseph and Mary, his early childhood care givers, were warned to flee to Egypt when He was a baby. Their spiritual acumen was not from natural instincts, but by the Angel of the Lord. Spiritual Perception determines what is from the Lord and what is not. Course of action is often changed by a "word from the Lord." This attribute will be needed more and more as the dark covers the earth.)
David understood the foundation of SP was to have close adherence to the Word of God and intimate association with the Father. The following passage was not an ego trip.
Is it any wonder David's son penned in Proverbs a formula leading to one's possession of SP?
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
The cry of the church should be - "Forgive our blindness and cover us with Your mercy, help us to "see" and to "hear."
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
3 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just.
Daniel possessed SP and the world knew it. The king declared it and those around him knew his renown for it. Oh! That national leadership would acknowledge it ... O' that church leadership possessed it in abundance--then malfunctioning government and sloppy religion would cease and a new day would be birthed.
Paul possessed a Daniel like SP, and he declared his desire that all his hearers and followers would open their hearts to such spiritual discernment.
There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods.
His desire for the body of Christ to grow in SP was expressed throughout all his epistles. On this issue, he was similar to John in his writings. (If one would search the word "know" throughout the writings of John, one would be overwhelmed by his desire that "we would know.") Alas, the church does not "know" what these early saints knew. Having been spooned a soft mix of showmanship and watered down doctrine, the congregants exit with a sugar high, but no sustaining spiritual protein. No pastor, evangelist or speaker should address the congregation of the Lord without visibly being filled with the Spirit and displaying SP.
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
Paul's epistle to the Philippians stands solidly in contrast to what is encouraged among today's
weak sheep (Sheeples).
In speaking to young Timothy, Paul wrote:
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
John's Revelation is filled with spiritual insight. Jesus' insight into the seven churches went beyond the surface of their being to the depth of their issues. My God knows this is what must take place today if the pulpits of the world are to be credible. SP must be unleashed if the church is to know its true condition.
2 Timothy 2:7
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Many times in John's writings, he invoked SP. As an example, consider the following passage.
(Next month's Newsletter will continue this study and include "insight" and "know" as synonyms.)
18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
Remember also the rebuke made by Jesus to those practicing religion during His earth days.
In SP, there is the sense of knowing, foreseeing, prophetic understanding, envisioning and consciousness of things unseen. The words "awareness" and "knowing" are implied in it.
Possessing SP enables one to apprehend the intangible, the invisible, the undetected, and the unnoticed. Being able to see into the realms of the mysterious, yet not being mystical, is part of their personae.
Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?
SP does not come from the pursuit of education, but is imparted by the Spirit. One need notice only the appraisal of the Sanhedrin concerning the apostles in Acts, as they called them "unlearned," while marveling at their words.
Being apprenticed to the Spirit increases these qualities, hones one's own spirit and gives light concerning those with whom one comes in contact. Paul was bathed in the Spirit, and his writings are filled with spiritual perception. Most of the New Testament was written by him, yet he called himself "the least."
SP helps us know "who we are" in the currents of history and "where we stand" facing the issues of the day. SP is not an ingredient to be added into a worldly mix, but is part and parcel of a holy one's spiritual being. It is inseparable from a person once enjoined. It flavors every decision and is a part of every equation. Its resources are a constant factor in every venue.
SP haunts the auditory; it is phantom to one's vision. It makes the people of God the peculiar ones He calls forth. God speaks through SP and offers His help by it. Glory to God for it, nothing is like it.
(Because of the season of the year, allow me to say that Anna and Simeon exemplified it!)
Until Next Year,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD
From the Mailbag:
Carl and Luci T, of South Carolina
During the month of July, we ordered the book "Solomon's Secret" by C.R. Oliver. We received it right away. This is the most wonderful commentary on the Song of Solomon. The depth of understanding and meaning provides a great deal of insight into my relationship with the Lord as His Bride.
(Response: I think there is no other commentary like it and it is the foundation for my other books. Dr O)
Joanne L, Plano, Texas
"Called To Be Saints" and the workbook package arrived in good condition. It is most timely-what a blessing.
Carol T, Newburg, Oregon
I am wondering if you have done any studies on Ezekiel. I've been reading your newsletters for many years, and have all your books, but I can't recall anything on Ezekiel.
I look forward to your letters each 1st of the month, and am very thankful for the gift that God has put within you for His Body.
(Response: Carol, My favorite prophet is Ezekiel. I used Ezek. 44 in Sons of Zadok and an overview in En Punto. Thanks for asking and perhaps sometime will do a whole book on him. Dr. O)
John and Elaine F. from Colorado
... So blessed to receive your monthly Zadok messages. We have recently been studying, the two of us, the Solomon's Secret book, so this month's message resonates all the more.
Peace, health and joy be yours through Christ Jesus our Lord!
David P. (location not given)
Dr. Oliver, I met a Pastor that has come to visit you. He said when he came into your house and that he felt the presence of God so strong, that he made him weep. I been having your site for a while and I surely would love to have the anointing you have on your life. I know it has come through much time with the Lord, also I too have felt the calling of the Lord for 15 years. Now I am forming a group of people who really want to walk truly with our Lord and walk with the same passion as you have in righteousness and holiness. God Bless Richly.
IN MEMORIUM: LIZ MANNING, LOVIE MALONE:
Two of our beloved Board Members gave up a Loved One to Heaven's Call: Bro. Glenn Manning and Bro. Tommy Pitt.
Liz Manning transitioned to heaven on Oct 27. Liz was Glenn's true "other half." They were "one" in Christ and in marriage for over 51 years. Most of the readers of my books will remember she is cited in En Punto back in the Addendum section where special messages appear. Liz was a prayer warrior bar none; she possessed a prophetic ministry to me and to others-reaching into other countries and situations. Her love and care for their daughter (Misty) and grandson (Zack) will be sorely missed. My wife rarely missed a week conversing with her during the last few years, and their friendship yielded nourishment for both. Stephen, my son, always called to "see how you are doing" every Friday afternoon after work. Their conversations produced many layers of wisdom, advice and understanding. Many a time, I have called upon this couple for special intercession, uplifting and to be a "wall to bounce a thought or two off." They were always there for me and my family for over 40 years. Yes, Glenn will need our love, prayers and support, and as for Liz---heaven is richer for her being there.
Tommy and Gail Pitt, long time Board Members, will miss their weekly visits with Lovie Malone: Tommy's beloved mother. Though up in years (90), she still dwelled at home and carried out her household duties. She hosted a weekly Bible Study which Tommy and Gail directed for many years and was a light to her community. Lovie was a good mother and was a lifelong mentor to many. She will be missed as a witness to Jesus, but now is enjoying the community of saints on heaven's shores. (Tommy and Gail own and operate a large ranch in NE Texas and have been attacked in their bodies in varying degree. I ask for intercession for their healings even as they go through this time of adjustment.)
From Pastor Nickie D. Pinson, Recovering The Church Ministries:
PROGRESS REPORT ON REMODELING THE SHILOH HOUSE
The work on the Shiloh House is progressing slowly, but we are making progress. Four bedrooms are now ready and furnished, and another is very close. We still have much to do. We wish to thank to those who have helped financially and in prayer. This building is part of a regional center for restoration and revival that God is leading us to establish for burnout ministers and leaders here at Peerless, Texas.
This is a 5,000 square foot building directly behind our church that we are converting for use as the hotel. Will Euton is laying carpet in one of the bedrooms.
Can you find my oldest granddaughter in the picture on the left? I am in the picture on the right.
We don't know when we will have this building ready, but we are doing what we can with the help and finances that the Lord provides.
In our desire to prepare a place for those that need to be restored to come and be ministered to, this building is also available for our ministry.
Behind this building is a brand new church building which another congregation has built and is ready for occupancy.
The congregation will give our church this building if we will move it, otherwise they will tear it down. We want this building for our restoration ministry. We had a mover look at this building a few months ago and he gave us a price of $10,000 to move it three miles to our property. Now we have found another mover that will move it for $7,500.
The congregation wants this build out of their way and is willing to contribute $1,500 towards moving costs. That leaves only $6,000 for us to raise. We could never build such a building for that amount of money. The building is in very good condition, and with remodeling we can make it fit the need.
Will you join us in praying that our God will supply the money to move this building, to remodel it, and to hook it up to utilities. If you would like to donate you can do so on our website.
Thank you! Pastor Pinson
Pastor Pinson authors a newsletter called "Bread From His Table" from which the above was taken. Pastor Pinson may be contacted as follows:
Email: Pastor Nickie D. Pinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Recovering The Church Ministries, http://recoveringthechurch.org/
Phone: (903) 945-2653
Recovering The Church Ministries
201 CR 4754
Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482
DR. OLIVER'S BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE KINDLE ON AMAZON.COM AND FOR THE NOOK AT BARNES & NOBLE!
Because of high demand from our ebook readers, Dr. Oliver's books are being added to the e-reader online stores.
In addition, one new book has been added as an "e-book only", Double Grace.
Here is an excerpt from the Forward:
This book contains explosive knowledge about Grace. Readers will find themselves engrossed in the vastness of God's Grace explored in its pages. Also, those who complete the study will be equipped to define and defend their views on the subject.
Double Grace is available from Amazon.com HERE.
There is currently an attack on Grace. There is a concerted assault on the use and meaning of Grace in religious circles around the world. It is a devilish attempt to cloud the mind of Christians and contradict the word of God. The method of attack is to redefine Grace and to misapply it in almost every aspect of its original intent and application.
Those who oppose this assault movement have defined it as "hyper grace." Hyper grace relies upon forgiveness without repentance and offers a "free pass" for sin. It approximates the indulgence sales of the Middle Ages perpetrated by a corrupt Catholic Church. It offers its recipients pacification for themselves in the arena of responsibility. In essence, it declares that all sin has been abolished by the work of Christ and therefore Christians have no need to repent of sin or stand for correction. License is given for self pursuits into worldliness that contravenes biblical teachings.
This study acts as a defense of the true doctrine of Grace. It refines one's understanding of the nature of Grace upon entering the human heart and its intent to bring the person from where they are in their spiritual life to the 'stature of Christ.' True Grace restores; it acts much like the grace extended to the Prodigal son. Grace is interactive, in that it constantly connects one to the will of the Father. Grace is not static, like something received once for all. Grace is dynamic, in that it follows the prescription of the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures forming the true doctrine of Grace span both OT and NT and are linked inexorably with the teachings of Jesus and Paul. The golden thread of Grace can be seen in all spiritual transactions, because fallen man must rely upon it for life and salvation. It sustains the believer and carries him or her away from impurity across to purity and ultimately deliverance.
As this is the most exciting of subjects, the reader will do well to drink deep from the wellspring of this survey. Those who have coursed its pages in advance have declared them to be life changing.
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