By Mark Jantzi
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Praise the Lord. It is very good to be here. The Lord has been dealing with us and pressing us in this journey that we have taken. It is one of the longer ones that we have gone on and of course we are coming to the finality of all that God has given to at least Rita and I in this trip. You know how with God so many times He saves the best until last. It was at the final day of the feast that Jesus stood up and said, “Anyone who is thirsty come unto me and I will give you living water.”
There is a particular specific Word that the Lord has laid upon our heart for this journey. We have been sharing it everywhere that we have been and I am sure that we are not finished sharing it. It started with Rita having a dream on September 1st, 2010, which would be 8 or 9 days before we left for this trip. So that I don’t get it wrong I am going to have her come and share what the Lord showed her in the dream.
Sister Rita Jantzi: This dream came somewhere in the middle of the night on September 1st or early morning and it was a very short dream. In my dream I saw two houses. There was a house on the left and a house on the right. I had a knowing within me that the house on the left was an old house and the house on the right was a new house. To look at these houses with my natural eyes they looked no different, they looked the same. The old house didn’t look old and dilapidated and the new house didn’t look new and shining. They appeared to be the same by my natural eyes. I was not allowed to see the inside of the houses.
In between the two houses stood a huge bulldozer. I had the understanding again within me that this bulldozer was going to destroy one of these houses and that it was going to be final.
I heard a voice simply say, “Choose.”
That was the end of the dream.
Brother Mark: Amen. Is that sort of the picture that you saw Rita?
Sister Rita: The bulldozer was the size of the house.
Brother Mark: So we see that God is laying before us a choice. Now this dream has troubled me for lo these many days, nearly two months. Every time I share this message of the dream I begin to see new aspects of this thing. There is another layer of understanding. There is another layer of understanding that comes to us. What God is giving us here is a choice. He is giving us a choice that deals with the house. Once that choice is made it will be a permanent choice.
There will be no opportunity again to say, “Oh I think I’ll change my mind. I don’t like the house that I chose. I think I would like the other one.”
So if we take what the Lord showed Rita, the one on the left is an old house. The one on the right is a new house. But both of these houses to the natural eye looked alike. Amen. Does everybody understand what I said here?
Okay, in other words if we are going to judge by the flesh we don’t know what we are choosing. But by the Spirit it is revealed that one is a new house. Now as I am thinking about these houses, when I first heard this dream I was thinking only of the corporate house, the body of Christ. But as I began to meditate more and more on this house I see both the corporate house and my individual house. Not only do I see that this is something that applies to me and my circumstances, but I see that it is a Word that is given for the body of Christ, and that you must apply this to your life and your circumstances as well.
As I recall last year when we gathered together there was a Word given concerning the theme of that conference last. As I believe the Word was: “Final preparation and finishing touches”. So we have had I believe a season of time in which we can become prepared. We have been presented with a number of choices.
Now the Lord is saying, “You may not any longer sit upon the fence. You are going to have to make a choice.”
As I observe what God is doing in circumstances in people’s lives I see that choices are being made. I see people that have been sitting on the fence for a long time and they are not always making good choices. Some of the things that I see people doing, decisions they are making and the positions they are taking; it seems to be a final decrement of some sort and is very grievous to me.
And I am saying within my heart to these ones, “My God, how can you possibly, after all the Word that you have heard, how can you possibly make that choice?”
And yet it is happening. So I have confirmation that this dream is of God. This is the hour of making the choice. If you choose the old house, the new house, as far as you are concerned, will have been destroyed. If you choose the new house, as far as you are concerned the old house will no longer become available to you. I would like to think of it as if you choose the new house that you are sealed and you will not go back to the old house, which to me says that we are in the hour of sealing. I think we talked about the sealing, was it last year, the year before, maybe the year before that. We have been talking about how God is going to do a sealing and the time seems to be at hand.
Now I want to look at some of the scripture that relates to some of these houses, the old house, the new house, the corporate house, the individual house. Follow with me in the Word if you would, we start in 1st Peter Chapter 2.
1st Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively (living) stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
Hallelujah. “Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God.” Yesterday we had people coming up asking for prayer, seeking God. I believe the Word that I heard prophetically was that: “This was an acceptable sacrifice before God.” Now Peter here is talking first of all about the corporate house. We are going to go back and forth here for a little bit, but let’s start here with the corporate house. Now brethren when we talk about the corporate house we could also use the term tabernacle, we could call it the temple of God, we could call it the dwelling place of God.
So I began to build here, with my drawing, of what these living stones might look like. First of all we have Jesus, the chief corner stone. We have the foundational teachings which is the apostles and the prophets. I could not possibly draw a big enough house to show all the foundation of the house, but God is saying that we are living stones in this house. Amen. Built in the same fashion, in the same manner, after the same doctrine, after the same Spirit of God. We are partakers of the same Spirit brethren. I forget where it is right now, I believe it was one of Paul’s writings where he said that the children of Israel were all partakers of one baptism under Moses. Amen. They all went through the Red sea together. They were partakers of that experience together. They were all partakers of the plagues and they were all partakers of the tests and trials of the wilderness together. It says that they all went through the water and they were all under the same cloud.
You understand we are talking about this house brethren. In the time of Moses it was the new house and yet there came time when it was considered the old house because God did something new.
Now before we leave 1st Peter let’s look here at the 2nd Chapter of 1st Peter, the very first verse.
1st Peter 2:1 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings.”
Now you see we are talking about both houses here in the same passage. When we are talking about laying aside we are talking about your personal temple. If you want to be a participant in the new house, if you want to be built up among living stones of this house of God there are certain requirements that we are going to have to meet. You can’t see it from the outside by looking at this house. The outside looks nice: well dressed; hair combed; new clothes. But what God is saying is that inside that house there is a thing called malice.
What is malice brethren? Malice? Can somebody give me a definition of malice? Extreme hatred.
“Now I don’t hate my brother, I don’t like him, I don’t want to be around him. If I know he is going to be some where I am going to be somewhere else. I just don’t like him, but I don’t hate him Lord.”
But the Lord says otherwise. It isn’t just malice, it is guile. Oh my goodness. Words that we don’t ordinarily use. Give me a definition of guile Paul. It is in the same family, isn’t it. He is reading it from a dictionary, I can tell.
Brother Paul Davis: “Subtle deceptiveness to work evil.”
Brother Mark: Okay. A subtle deceptiveness to work evil. In other words you are planning to get revenge. Isn’t that what it is? Cunning craftiness. Amen. Cunning and craftiness is hidden under the surface, isn’t it.
This house has nice siding on it. It has nice paint on it. The roof looks nice. I don’t know if Rita told you, but it doesn’t look dilapidated. We have these houses in the back woods up in New York up in the mountains that nobody has lived in for years and years. The windows are all broken out. The roof is starting to cave in and it is starting to lean one way. NO, this house doesn’t look like that.
Hypocrisies: not being what we portray that we are; putting on a false front. Envies: envy and jealousy are first cousins aren’t they. They are brothers. Amen. Envy is where we see somebody has a relationship with somebody else and we get jealous, we get envious.
“Why are they having such good fellowship and I am cut out? I am cut out of the loop. I am angry about it. I want to do something about it.”
It (envy) gives bitterness of the soul and it brings forth evil speaking. When all this stuff is stored up in the house it is going to get out. The tongue is going to release it. There is going to be murmuring and complaining and tale bearing and giving an evil report.
Now while we are looking at this house, look over here in Hebrews Chapter 3, just two verses here. Go back to verse 4.
Hebrews 3:4-6 “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”
5 “And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.”
What was that house of Moses represented by? The representation was the tabernacle in the wilderness, a dwelling place of God. But the house of Moses included more than just this structure of gold plated boards and furniture and a tent in the center of the court. It was more than that. The house of God in that day was the people of God and the Word is saying that Moses was faithful over that house. But the book of Hebrews brethren is a book about better things, better covenant, better rest, better high priest and a better house. Amen. Hallelujah. For the next verse says:
6 “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…”
“Whose house are we”. How many of you believe that “whose house are we”? How many of you believe that you are of the house of God? But then we have that two letter word that follows called “if”. “If” means there is a condition.
You can’t just say, “Oh well we are all of the house of God” if some of us are disobedient to God.
“Oh we are all brethren. We are all going to the same place.”
No we are not. I don’t mean to start getting exclusionistic, but that is what the Word of God says.
6 “…if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
What are the two things that we have to hold until the end? “Confidence and rejoicing”. Now I can hold the confidence and not be very rejoiceful about it.
(Sadly :-() “Oh yes, I still believe these things.”
No, where is the rejoicing? Come on, I am also preaching to myself brethren. I need the rejoicing too.
(Sadly :-() “It’s not just the weary journey.”
Come on, life, life, life. There is life in the new house. Let that heaviness be the old stuff in the old house. If we are feeding on envy and strife and division we are not going to be rejoicing. All we are going to have time for is murmuring and complaining. Now bitter murmuring and complaining (from what I am reading here) are not of the house of Christ.
So Hebrews is telling us that there was a time that this was the house of Moses and at that time it was a new house. In the time of Moses there was a house and at that time it was a new house. But there comes a time that God moves on and when God moves on, if you stay where you are and don’t move you’re in the old house.
You might say, “Well I didn’t go anywhere. I am right where I was. This is where God called me. This was also my father’s house.”
Yes, you were in the right place twenty years ago. God moved on, now you are in the old house and He has moved on, there is a new house. Do you understand what I am saying? The thing keeps changing. You got baptized in the Holy Ghost, you got saved. You know let’s start with salvation. You got saved. Let’s build a house right here. You got baptized, let’s build a house there. It is a better house and we will make a religion out of it. Oh you had some miracles, you had some healing, let’s make another house. But God keeps moving and He keeps moving with me. Now we could say that this old house is the old house of religion and the things that make up the elements of religion had their place at their time and it becomes a ritual, it becomes a grinding out of the old corn. It becomes a ritual, the things of the old order of religion. Hallelujah.
You know we can get into a rut with anything that we do. Do you know that. We can get stagnant, we can get into an old channel that just keeps going in the same way. But you know God doesn’t stay in that same place, religion does. You know I guess I started to say, we praise God, we pray, we worship, we hear the Word of God. You know this is what they do in the houses of religion as well. When I study the history of many of these churches I find that they had life at one time. They weren’t prefect but God was there. God was giving them a revelation. He was showing them something new at that time. The problem is when God moved they didn’t move.
Brethren, my cry for my house, my home fellowship, my own being is this, “O God I don’t want to stay in the same old place, the same old way. I want to hear and move in what the Spirit is saying.”
You see the cloud moved in those days of Moses. The pillar and the cloud moved and the people had to move or they would be destroyed by the heat. You know, think about it. I don’t know how to put the temperature in your terms; I’ll just take a shot and say 40°C (104°F). Is that really hot?
“Yes. 40°-45° let’s say.”
All right, we’ll go 45°. I would say in my understanding is 114°F.
Okay, 50°, Burt, George and I were in India when it was 122°. They said that in some places it was getting close to 130°. To me that was HOT. Now in “Moses’ house” they were under the overshadowing presence of God. They were, shall we say a prisoner under the overshadowing of God for 40 years. In that desert, in the Sinai there was no place, no way any man could escape. When the cloud moved it protected them and kept them; it kept their babies, it kept their animals. I cannot understand how they had food. I cannot understand how the cattle had food in that place. The point I am making is that when God moved they had to move. They had no choice.
But you see, now we have been given a choice. Stay in the old dead thing or move on with God. You know it is in Romans, any one of the verses in the early part of Romans Chapter 8 is going to tell you what the contrast is all about. Yes, here we are, verse 5 for instance.
Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
Flesh (versus) Spirit. Now you can go through your whole life minding the things of the flesh. Did you know that? You can be a good church member and spend your whole life minding the things of the flesh. You can sit here and listen to the Word that is being brought, this end time kingdom of God Word and you can stay in the flesh just listening to the Word. But if you are hearing by the Spirit what God is saying, then you hear that God is demanding change of us. How many of you enjoy being changed? Then you are as crazy as I am. My flesh doesn’t enjoy it. I don’t enjoy the chastisement of God, but “when it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness”, yes, I like that part.
Do you understand? God is saying that you must make a choice. If you want to live in the old flesh, then the bulldozer will turn around and it will annihilate that house (the new house). You will be stuck a prisoner in that old flesh (old house).
Come on brethren! There was a Word given here yesterday and it doesn’t just describe one person. It describes many of us. “The chain around the neck”, do you know what “the chain around the neck” speaks of? It is slavery. Do you want that? Have you read about how they took the slaves out of Africa? They had things around the necks of these men and there was a forked stick that joined the one to the other in a line and chains on their feet rattling along as they came down through the jungles of Africa. It was the Arab slave traders that were moving them to the ships to be loaded to be sent to other places.
Listen, I want to tell you of the power that we have in Christ. David Livingston, I don’t know what you think of him. You might think he was some old fashioned missionary of way back, but the man had within him a power of the Spirit. The man was opposed to slavery, vehemently opposed. There was a line of slaves coming down through the jungles of Africa and word got to the slave traders that they were going to encounter David Livingston on the road. David Livingston and his men did not carry weapons of warfare, of the natural warfare. They carried medicine. They carried the Word of God. But when the local natives told them that Livingston and his men were coming they panicked and they released all of the slaves. Those devils could not face the wrath of David Livingston under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They couldn’t face it. Yes, they were Muslims, but they could not face the power of God in that man.
Listen, I am talking about the new house. We have many more verses here in Romans 8. Being after the flesh (versus) after the Spirit, there is no life in being after the flesh. Now Stephen was a man who saw the kingdom of God. Stephen was a man who saw the new house of God, he saw it; he saw what God was doing. He was a man of power. He was chosen (among the seven) only to be a man to wait on tables. Nobody laid hands on him and said, “You are going to be a great apostle, a great this or a great that.” He was just a man that was going to be a servant doing lowly things in the house of God: picking up trash; setting up chairs; making recordings of the Word; making sure the poor widows got their portion of food that day. But Stephen chose the new house. He had gotten full of the Spirit of God. Something came alive in that man. Something came so much alive that he was willing to lay his life down for what he believed.
Come on brethren. This is part of the choice. I am laying it out for you. This goes with the package, “lay your life down”. Acts Chapter 7, let me just read a couple of verses. We will start in verse 44.
Acts 7:44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness…”
The first temple, the first tabernacle, the first house of God. Our fathers had that.
Acts 7:44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.”
We have given over the years much teaching about this house, this tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness.
45 “Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus (Joshua) into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;”
In other words he is reviewing their history. He is bringing it up to the days of David when we are going to be preparing for another house. David, verse 46:
46 “Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.”
47 “But Solomon built him an house.”
Now remember brethren that we are still talking about houses that the hands of man have put together. But when we get beyond Solomon then we are going to have to be looking at a house that man’s hands have not built. Daniel had a vision of what this was all about when he heard the king’s dream. He saw the stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands. He saw how that stone came down and smote the image upon the feet and destroyed the image and annihilated that thing. You see, this is the house, this new house is going to be a house made without hands. Amen.
The old house, the house of religion (versus) the new house, the house of the Spirit.
All right, let’s go back to Acts.
Acts 7:48 “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.”
The most High is going to be made up of the people of God, together in that Stone coming down the mountain and smiting this beast system that has been rising up in the earth today. Brethren there is nothing we can do with manmade religion that is going to bring that beast to an end. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t get e-mail, it’s interesting e-mail, I’ll say that. But it’s e-mail about the terrible condition of the house of government and this and that and conspiracies. There is not a week goes by that I don’t get another one.
Just yesterday I sat down and I wrote a reply to another one that I got. I said, “My dear young friend, you are longing for the wrong kingdom. Yes, the kingdom of America is rotten. Yes, the politicians are all corrupt. Amen. Yes, America is deteriorating, our financial system is deteriorating. Yes, all the signs of Marxism and Communism and everything else are on the horizon. And yes, it grieves me. But do you know what? That is not the kingdom that I am laboring for. I’m sure the same thing is happening in the kingdoms where you live.”
Hallelujah. So let’s go on. I don’t know if I’ve read what Stephen is saying here.
Acts 7:48 “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,”
49 “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?”
50 “ Hath not my hand made all these things?”
And when Stephen got a little more personal about it and said that they were “stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart”, what was their response?
“Kill him! Kill him!”
“We don’t like what he is saying.”
“He is upsetting the status quo of our old house.”
“He is following that Jesus and he tried to upset our old house.”
You know what? God sent the Romans in and destroyed the natural old house. You know brethren, don’t be offended at me, but I am going to tell you something. There are Christians who very passionately believe that Israel is going to rebuild the old house (the old stone temple). You know there are preachers who specialize in this and this is about all that they preach and many Christian churches are supporting that effort. They are sending thousands and thousands of dollars to help them to rebuild their old house. Oh you know there are little news reports that they are collecting this and they are collecting that and they are finding a red heifer. Yes, I heard they found a red heifer somewhere in Texas that didn’t have one white hair on her.
You know, all those circumstances have nothing to do with the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ. Brethren watch carefully to where and what you give your soul. You know when the Brother had the picture of the soul here, what was at the top of the drawing? It was the mind; and the emotions were over here and the will was on the bottom and the desires were over here. I couldn’t help but think how God is working on this house. This house, this house of our soul here, the dwelling place of God. When this drawing was up here I saw a chisel and I saw a hammer. You know what I mean by a chisel? And I saw God going after these emotions and working on them with a hammer and a chisel.
He was cutting a piece off here and He was cutting a piece off of the desires and He was cutting a piece off of the will and He was taking a brick out of the mind and saying, “You don’t need to think that way anymore.”
It was like the Lord was saying, “If you want me to dwell on a throne here in the midst of this house, in the heart of this house. If you want me to sit here then there are things in your desires that are not compatible with the throne of God.”
You know you are going to have to ask God to clean up your mind. You are going to have to ask God to clean up your emotions, but you are going to have to cooperate with Him.
Every time that fire of anger, that fire of bitterness rises up, “Oh God I hate it,” that fire of jealousy that rises up. Hallelujah.
You know that is what is going on inside this house (old house) and you can’t see it. I can’t tell by looking at you. Just cast my eyes across: everybody has got a nice smile; everybody has got nice clothes; everybody’s hair is combed, you know. If you wear glasses, they are on the right way, they are not bottom side up. You know, everybody looks nice. Hallelujah. But God is at work. I saw the hammer, I saw the chisel.
Now let’s take a look at Solomon’s house. It tells that in the process of the building of the house (temple) that there was not heard the sound of the hammer and the chisel in the house.
1st Kings 6:7 “And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.”
Living stones. Living stones are going to fit perfectly. Do you notice that when I made the drawing of the living stones here, not every stone looks exactly like another stone and yet every stone has a place. This stone is a small stone but it is next to a big stone. For the wall to be square you can’t put another really big one here or it would stick out and it would look ugly.
Some of us are saying, “O God I want to find my place in the house of God. I want to find my place.”
We are out in the wilderness crying that we want to be part of the house of God. While we are crying:
“What was that? Oh the hammer just took a big piece of me off. It was part of my carnality, but it didn’t bother me. Why would it bother God? So I am a little jealous, so I have got a short temper, other people can get along with it.”
“Oh! There goes another piece.”
Do you see what God is doing? He is making me so that I will fit in my place and it has to be done out in my wilderness, in the place of my trial. Because when I come into the fullness of the house of God we are going to fit together perfectly and the steel is not going to be used upon us at that time. We will have been prepared for our place in God’s house.
Oh these building blocks, they went through it too. Don’t you see what Jesus suffered? How about the apostles and the prophets? Oh yes, they laid their life down.
Now go over to Chapter 5 of 2nd Chronicles. Now I am going to have to just tell you some of this, it would take quite a long time to read. Solomon is now prepared to bring the ark into the temple. But before the ark was brought in, there was great sacrifice made. It says that he sacrificed animals without number. Without number means that I don’t have a number to give it, more than a hundred, a great number. Can you imagine the blood that flowed on that day? Can you imagine surely God would be very impressed with all that blood? “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.” Solomon wanted to make certain that God was not looking upon their sins in that day. Do you know brethren, just a few drops of the blood of Jesus was far more precious than the blood of thousands of animals. But what we are seeing a picture of is the price, the price, the price of the presence of God. Solomon spared nothing. He had great wealth and he gave all. Then there came the time when the ark was actually moved into its place. Verse 8 tells how it was moved into the holy of holies into its place. It gives every detail of how then the staves were then pulled out of the ark, how the priests, every one of the priests was consecrated at this time, the ark being put in its place, the sacrifice of perhaps thousands of animals; and yet the Shekinah glory did not come at this time.
In the ark, the only thing that was in the ark was the tablets of the ten commandments. Only the evidence of the covenant was left in the ark. But now I am going to read in closing the next couple of verses. Amen.
2nd Chronicles 5:11 “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course.”
12 “Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)”
Can’t you just see the picture? A hundred and twenty priests standing with trumpets.
13 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound…”
No man standing out among them. No trumpet louder than the other trumpet. No one of the singers putting on a big show as the center of attention, nobody. No big time priest. No big anything. Everybody was one.
13 “…To make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;”
They were one. There was not one little family of priests that was having a war with the main party of priests.
There wasn’t one family of Levites saying, “We don’t like the way the Levites are going these days.” “The other Levites are getting all the attention.” “Yeah, I don’t like the way that they chose the priests that got to carry the ark in there. Who are they? We are just as important as they.”
No! When they became one, when they became one, God came. God came when they became one. What’s our problem? Do we want God or don’t we? It says:
14 “So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”
How many of you want to see the glory of God? How many of you have heard stories of the Shekinah glory coming into a meeting? Yes it has happened. It has happened in my generation. I don’t think the people in that meeting were perfect, but they must have had a oneness because God came into the house.
So let’s come back to the house.
CHOOSE! CHOOSE YE THIS DAY because your choice is going to be very important. Brethren we are closer to the great and terrible day of the Lord than you think. I am hearing what God is saying to His prophets concerning the circumstances that we are in today. I don’t know that if we can gather again that we would not do so under much greater peril than we have today.
Some of you may say, “Yeah, yeah, you guys have been saying that for twenty years.”
But you know what? The urgency of this hour is greater than it was twenty years ago. I leave you with that Word. CHOOSE!