(1Co.15:22) As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
(Rom.5:17) For if by the trespass of the one death reigned through the one much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one even Jesus Christ".
The first Adam and his children were given dominion over the earth, but he gave it away. The second Adam and His children were given dominion over the earth, too, but He didn't give it away; it is just that a lot of his children aren't receiving by faith this dominion that the Lord has given us. The Lord ordained that his people would reign in life. It is not because of our great ability, or power, or wisdom, or even sinlessness, but through what Jesus did at the cross that we have this authority to reign in life. It is a wonderful thing to realize and I don't think that any of us yet realize the extent of the dominion that God has really given us over this earth, and we never will realize it unless we reach out, stretch out our faith, and begin to exercise faith and really see things change. We have this authority that Jesus had to exercise power. The bible says in Revelation 5:10",And he madeth them to be unto our God a kingdom and priests and they reign upon the earth". This isn't in the next life, or even after the tribulation. The bible says, "...they reign upon the earth". We have the authority to reign as Jesus reigned because He lives in us through the word that we put in our heart. The more of His word you accept, the more He can live through you because he is the Word.
Jesus exercised dominion in his kingdom. Not the kind of dominion that some people want. Actually some people would like to have the kind of dominion that the Pharisees had. The kind that glorifies man. Jesus exercised dominion over God's creation. He didn't exercise dominion over people who wanted to put to death his flesh. We go through many things in order to put to death our flesh. That is what the world was created for, to bring us into sanctification. The world is putting to death the old man, the flesh, the carnal nature. Even while the world around us is spiritually putting us on our cross, we have to exercise dominion. Jesus exercised the dominion but he resisted not the evil, and turned the other cheek. While the world was crucifying him, even before he came to the cross, his spiritual man was exercising dominion and delivering this old world from the curse. He went everywhere delivering this world from the curse. So, you can get mixed upon when to exercise this dominion and when not. We don't want authority to let the old man live, we don't want to keep our old life, we want our new life. Jesus said that unless you loose your life you wouldn't gain your life, so this dominion that God has given us is the same type of dominion that Jesus had. This dominion is not to get rich with either, but it is to have all we need to do Gods will. God gave me my house and car free in order to do His will. "My God shall supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phl.4:19).
Some people say that Jesus had this dominion because he was the Son of God, but that is not what Jesus himself said, as we shall see. It is true that Jesus was the Son of God (spiritual man) dwelling in, and empowering the Son of man (natural man - Rom.1:3). I'm going to show you why Jesus always called himself the Son of man. They did not have the New Testament when Jesus was administering God's salvation, they had the Old Testament. Jesus always did things to fulfill the Old Testament "...so the scripture might be fulfilled", He called himself "the son of man". I'm sure the Jews caught on to what he was saying, because they heard that phrase, "the son of man" in the Old Testament. Jesus said of Himself in John 5:27, "and he gave him the authority to execute judgment because he is a son of man". Jesus didn't have authority to execute judgment because he was the son of God; he had authority to execute judgment because he is the son of man. You say, "what is he talking about"? First of all, God gave authority to execute judgment on this earth to man. The bible says so. Not only did Jesus turn to his disciples and say to them things like "what you bind on earth is bound in heaven and what you loose on earth is loose in heaven"; and "I give you authority over all the power of the enemy"; and "all things whatsoever you ask in prayer believing you shall receive"; and "whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou taken up and cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart ...he shall have it". This is the kind of authority that Jesus passed on to his disciples. But it is not because they are sons of God that they have the authority to exercise Gods power, it was because they were the sons of man. Why is that? Because that is who God gave his authority too. Turn to Hebrews 2:5 "For not unto angels did he subject the inhabited earth". The Greek says "the inhabited earth". He didn't put the inhabited earth under the authority of the angels. Who did he put it under? He put it under Adam. The bible says he gave this authority unto Adam, not the angels. I want to point out to you that Adam was given this authority, and one of the angels, the Devil tried to usurpt that authority. Gen.1:26 says, "...and god said "Let us make man in our image after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds in the heaves, of the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And God created man in his own image. In the image of God created he him, male and female created he them. And God blessed them and God said unto them "be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it", (that means to have dominion over it). Adam and his children were to have dominion over all the earth. Adam lost that dominion for himself and his children. He actually gave it away. Romans 6:16 says, "...know you not that to whom you present yourself as servants unto obedience his servants you are whom you obey. "That is what happened to Adam. He obeyed the Devil through Eve and gave him his own lordship. He obeyed and became the servant of unrighteousness, the servant of sin, and the servant of the Devil. The Devil ruled over him, the curse ruled over him, and the Devil through the curse ruled over him. But the first Adam failed and the second one didn't. Hebrews 2:6 says",...but one has somewhere testified saying "what is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that thou visiteth him?" Now this is a quote from Psalm 8. When Jesus kept relating to the Jews that he was the son of man, I'm sure that a few of them caught on. Actually when he was saying this, he was applying Psalm 8 to himself. 1Corinthians 15:45-47 tells us that he was the second man, the last Adam. Psalm 8 was spoken of both Adam and the second Adam. Notice that the Lord didn't give authority to just Adam, he gave authority to his children. Man and the son of man are mentioned here. Gen.1:26 says, ...Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion. Adam lost it for himself and his children, when he fell under the dominion of the devil. The second Adam overcame and took back dominion. "...What is man that thou art mindful of him or the son of man that thou art visiteth him"... This is talking about Jesus and his children just as much as it's talking about Adam and his children. Everybody thinks that Jesus did his great wondrous works because he was the son of God. God gave this authority to the son of man. Jesus passed on his same authority to his disciples, who were sons of man and sons of God. They weren't born sons of God, they had to be reborn sons of God. They were sons of men and that's why he passed it on to them, because God gave dominion over the earth to the sons of men. "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels, thou crownedst him with glory and honor and didst set him over the works of thy hands, "Thou didst put all things in subjection under his feet," which clearly means that man was meant to be a king on this earth and rule for God over His creation. The works of Gods hands here means the elements, not just things that occur in nature. Even the things that man makes are made of Gods elements. By Gods grace I have commanded cars, washing machines, refridgerators, air conditioners, microwaves, boat motors, lawn mowers, etc. etc. to be repaired and seen it happen. Jesus came down here and took on the likeness of sinful flesh and any angel in heaven had power and ability not limited by flesh. Jesus was limited by flesh. The bible says he got tired, he hungered, and he thirsted. He was "tempted in all points, like as we", but didn't give into sin. The reason Jesus had to come in the likeness of sinful flesh and become a man is because God wanted him to have this dominion and to pass it on to his spiritual children. The bible says in 1Cor.15:21 "...as in Adam all died, so also in Christ shall all be made alive". When Adam died all the seed of mankind was in him and they died too. When Jesus died and was resurrected, all the seed of the sons of God were in him because he was the word of God, and the word of God was the seed that the sower went forth and sowed. The word seed there is sperma. So the seed of all his children was in him when he was resurrected. "...As in Adam all died, so also in Christ shall all be made alive". Everybody who abides in Christ is resurrected above sin to die no more. What we are finding out is who it is that was chosen in him before the foundation of the world. His children are His seed, the word. They are the word in flesh. He said, "Thou has put all things into subjection under his feet". Everything was put under the feet of Jesus and His seed, for we are in him. "For in that, he subjected all things unto him and he left nothing that is not subject to him". There are people of God that have learned to exercise dominion over many and various things. What is going to happen in the end time is that God's people are going to enter into more dominion. It says, "... they reign upon the earth". Jesus didn't give us an example of what the Son of God could do; he gave us an example of what man was sent to do with Gods word in him. He gave us an example of exercising dominion over the earth. He gave us that authority. If we don't know it and we don't believe it, we'll never stretch out our faith to enter into it. Jesus didn't tell his disciples to " ask me to do this", he sent his disciples and gave them authority to do it. "...As the father sent me, so send I you". "Go ye therefore and make disciples". "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, freely you have received, freely give". He just gave them this authority. Jesus in Mt.28;19 told His disciples to teach disciples to "observe all things whatsoever I commanded you". We have to obey all these commands that Jesus gave them. That is our authority from the Lord. The great commission has been passed on to us from the Lord.
He said, "...thou didst put all things unto subjection under his feet, For he subjected all things unto him and he left nothing that is not subject unto him. But now we see not yet all things subject unto him". He said its already been made subject, we just don't see it happening. He's not saying it hasn't been made subject yet, we just don't see it done yet. There is a difference. If you understand your authority and you begin to exercise your authority over the curse, you'll see things happen. We are not seeing this great dominion that God gave manifested except in small ways. If people begin to exercise the authority that God gave them, and exercise their dominion that they were crowned with, we are going to see this dominion exercised more and more. Soon people begin to take this seriously and begin to stretch their faith for things that they have never done. Down the road a wilderness experience is going to thrust many people into a position of need. Not only that but it's going to thrust them into a position where they are going to be fellowshipping with disciples with different experiences. This is the place where God is going to destroy religion, he is going to bring people into close fellowship with people who have exercised their faith in other areas. This dominion is going to come forth because the need is going to be so great. People are going to put their trust in God,but we don't have to wait. It said he didn't leave anything that was not subject. The dominion is already given. Begin to exercise it now for everything. God wants you to exercise your dominion over everything. God is giving you this dominion and he wants you to use it to glorify Him. Jn.15:7,8 says If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and so shall ye be my disciples. Remember from the first verse we read in Romans chapter five, it's not because you are perfect, it is because you are a disciple of Christ. No one who begins to exercise this dominion is perfect. We are sons of God through God the Father and we are sons of man through Adam. God gave dominion to Adam, who then gave it to the Devil. Then Jesus took it from the devil and gave it to us. Begin exercising the dominion he gave us over everything. We don't have any authority outside of God; our authority comes thru Jesus Christ.
Psalm 8:2 says",...Out of the mouths of the babes and sucklings have thou established strength. Because of thine adversaries that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger". It's amazing because God can use little children to do this. Not just physical little children, but children in the Lord. This was spoken about Adam, and his children. So he put everything under the feet of Adam and his children. They lost this dominion because Adam sinned, but our sins were taken away. Look in Romans 6:14, "for sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace". And he goes on to say that you are the servants of those that you obey. In verse 17 he said that ".you are made free from sin". In Colossians chapter 1 he said that he "delivered you out of the power of darkness". All the things that the bible says about the curse we have been delivered of, if you believe it. You have to believe it. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation for those who believe it. But we have to know that we have this dominion, not because we have manifested perfection, but because of what Jesus did. Exercise faith and go out and do it. Exercise dominion over sickness, demons, and all forms of the curse. You'll be rejoicing if you stand in faith and do it because you're going to see that what God says is true. There are Christians all over the world who have exercised dominion in so many different ways. We exercise dominion not by prayer but by command as Jesus and His disciples did. Did you ever notice that they did not ask God to heal, deliver, etc.. They commanded these things because they knew these things were guaranteed by God to His covenant people. "And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Phl.4:19). You may say "Dave these things only happen for people with gifts of healings or miracles or faith". No, Mk.11:23 says, "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it". Notice that it is whosoever commands without doubt shall have it. By the grace of God I have commanded eyes restored, bones mended, cancers gone, diseases gone, bleeding stopped, blood pressure normal, demons out, dead resurrected, those in comas to come out, water pumps to stop leaking, alternators to have new bearings, smoking engines to stop, hurricanes to stop or change directions, property protected, storms to stop and back up, moles to get out of my yard, mole crickets to die, gas in my tank, engines to start, etc, etc,. Yet it was not I but Christ living in me through the word.
Jesus came to restore our dominion. Jesus was promoted "...far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this world but in the world that is to come" (Epe.1: 21). That's total authority, and that's what Jesus has. Our spiritual father has this authority and he has passed it on to his children. Verse 22 says, "and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and he gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him which filleth all and in all". So you know he's talking about his body here. Not his physical body, but his corporate body. God gave all things to be in subjection under the body of Jesus and he gave him to be the head. In this case you can see that even if you are the lowest member of the body, the feet, you have dominion. This dominion is when you are abiding in the body. It is being in the body that gives you this dominion. John 15:7,8 says, If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so shall ye be my disciples". Disciples are those who bear fruit in the area of answered prayer because the word abides in them. Rebellious Christians and those who have not yet come into the body of the resurrected Christ, lost their dominion when the first Adam lost his. They still don't have that dominion. We have to be educated into the understanding that we have this dominion because the word must abide in you. This dominion starts here but continues for eternity. It starts over the earth, the earth is just the training ground for this dominion. Here the Lord teaches us how to be kings over his creation. In the next world or in the age to come, we are still going to have this dominion. 1Corinthians 6:1 says, "...dare any of you having a matter against a neighbor go to law before the unrighteous and not the saints for know you not that the saints shall judge the world. And if the world is judged by you are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters, know you not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life if than ye have to judge things pertaining to this life, do you set them to judge who are of no account in the church? I say this to move you to shame"... If we have authority to judge angels in the next life, how much more do we have authority to judge things in this life? Jesus taught his disciples to pray like this, "thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven". The Lord pointed out to me one time that this is a command. Our work here is to bring God's kingdom down, to manifest his kingdom in the earth. At the last trump it says that the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior. Who did God do that thru? The bible gives credit to the saints. For instance, in Daniel 7:26,27, "The judgment shall be set and they (the saints) shall take away his (the Beast) dominion to consume and destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom, and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given unto the people of the saints of the most high". God's people are going to be running around here destroying the Devil's kingdom.
As the last Adam Jesus passed on his authority in promises such as Mt.18:18 Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind (forbid) on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose (permit) on earth shall be loosed (permitted) in heaven. 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Could God have given such authority unto men? Isn't that dangerous? Not at all. Most Christians have not put enough word in their heart to believe these promises. "Faith cometh of hearing and hearing by the word". A person has to have a renewed mind to believe this. If he has the renewed mind of Christ he is totally dependable. Jn.15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. When I was a baby Christian I loved the word and I was convinced it was all true. Before any religious folks got to me to tell me you couldn't believe these things I started exercising them. When these people did speak to me it was too late. I had discovered the power. So you do not have to be in the Lord for years to exercise faith. You just have to be convinced that what you read once is the word of a totally faithful God. Also stay away from those who have been in the Lord, so called, for years and still don't believe these verses. 2 Tim.3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof, from these also turn away. I have seen many who will not obey this verse stay double minded all their life.
That spiritual dominion that Jesus exercised and passed on to his disciples to exercise is going to become even greater at the end of time. The reason being is because we are going to come into secular dominion too. The Pharisees had dominion over the people of God. Jesus commanded the people not to do what they do, but obey them because they sit in the seat of Moses. He gave the Pharisees secular dominion over the people. He exercised dominion over the curse, over the Devil's kingdom, and he was destroying the works of the Devil everywhere he went. They had no kind of authority like that. They had only physical, secular authority and he had spiritual authority. In the end of time we are going to take personal authority even over the secular matters as only the government does now. They are not going to retain that authority; their kingdom is going to fall. We are going to have all authority in Christ. We are going to reign and rule with Christ for 1,000 years, just for a beginning! The dominion that God right now permits the world to have, and the Devil as the God of this world, to have through the governments we are going to get. Right now we have to be satisfied to exercise dominion over these governments by dominating principalities and powers. There is a dominion coming that is both secular and spiritual. Remember I told you that we don't have dominion to not go to the cross. Jesus exercised dominion while he was going to the cross over His flesh when He said "not my will but thine be done". He gave them authority to crucify his flesh. He had been given authority to destroy the Devil's kingdom. Our flesh (the carnal man) is part of the Devils Kingdom. In Esther, Haman had been given authority by Ahasuerus (the Lord) to destroy the people of God. Esther, the bride, had been given authority to save the people of God, at the same time. One authority had not been taken away when the other had been given. They were both given that authority at the same time. The king's authority could not be annulled in anything. We are coming to the end when all authority is going to be given to us. Authority has been restored through Jesus Christ that was lost by Adam, over all the works of God's hands. We are going to ultimately see this over everything that God created. Right now we need to start exercising that authority because all the way up to the end we are going to see it manifest more and more, until we see total dominion. So we have been given our number one job here, to lose our life. If you don't lose your life, you don't gain your life. Well the world is in total cooperation with that. They are there to help us to lose our life. They are our enemies to nail us to our crosses. Jesus didn't resist men who took physical authority over him, until he died. I believe that when you die and you give up your life to God. There is going to come a time in the tribulation period when God is going to take grace away from the Gentile's. He is going to permit Christians at that time to exercise their authority over these people. Fire from the Witnesses mouths destroying their enemies, smiting the Earth with every plague and stopping the rain for three and a half years are examples of that (Rev.11:5,6). They exercise dominion over people, to destroy the kingdom of the beast. From here to the end we are going to see the spiritual authority and the physical authority manifested more and more until this world becomes God's kingdom and he personally takes control. Personal control is different from control by proxy. God still runs everything, but he puts somebody on that throne that is a pagan and he is going to use him to do what he wants him to do. That guy is not going to stay there. God is running this world by proxy; in other words through other vessels. We are coming to the time when he's not going to do that anymore. He is going to personally take control. He has always had control, but he is going to personally take control. That is the only difference in the authority. This dominion is ours now as children of Jesus Christ.
Look at Micah 4:6, "...In that day, sayeth the Lord", I will assemble that which is lame, gather that which is driven away and that which I have afflicted, and I will make that which was lame a remnant and that which was cast off a strong nation". He is talking about a spiritual nation here folks. "And the Lord will reign over them in the Mount Zion and henceforth forever. (We are talking about the mount Zion that is forever, not that one over there in the Middle East) ...and thou oh tower of the flock the hill of the daughter of Zion, under these shall it come yeah the former dominion shall come the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem". You see just as at one time Jerusalem ruled the known world, this New Jerusalem is going to rule the known world. The former dominion is going to come. Paul says in Heb.12:22 But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. God is going to rule through his people that live in Zion. Micah 4:9 goes on to say, "Now why doth thou cry aloud? Is there no king in thee? Is thy counselor perished that pangs hath taken hold of thee as a woman in travail". Obviously the people of God are not living up to their stature that's been given to them. Verse 10 says "...Be in pain and labor to bring forth oh daughter of Zion like a woman in travail for now shalt thou go forth out of the city and shall dwell in the field and shall come even unto Babylon". Even though dominion had been given to Zion they lost it and were taken to Babylon just like Gods apostate people of today. The Christians have been taken captive to apostate religion, that's Babylon. "There shalt thou be rescued". See God is going to do this, and at the point in history that we are in. God is about to rescue his people out of Babylon, out of the hands of religious apostasy. "there will the lord redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies". See how God is going to do that. The enemies came and delivered God's people out of Babylon. "And now many nations are assembled against thee that say let her be defiled. let our eyes see our desire upon Zion, but they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel. For he hath gathered them as the sheave to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh oh daughter of Zion, for I will make thy horn iron and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many peoples and I will devote their gain unto the Lord and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth". Do you see something? God is going to gather the beast against Zion and then command the people of God to destroy the beast kingdom. That is when full dominion will be exercised. It has already bee given. The beast kingdom is not a man; the beast kingdom is all the people on the face of the earth whose spirit doesn't confess according to 1John chapter 4, that Jesus Christ is come in their flesh. Who is going to destroy that kingdom? It is a mighty kingdom, but there are only two kingdoms in the earth. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of the Beast. Jesus said there are only two men in the field (world), and that is Christ and Anti-Christ. There are only two corporate men in all the earth. What the Lord is telling us is that Zion is going to exercise God's dominion and destroy all the nations that come against it. Do you believe it? I tell you that we need to start exercising that dominion now.
That is what the Lord wants to teach us right now. He wants to show us that even though we aren't perfect, we have been given this right and this authority. Adam wasn't a perfect man; he was a natural man the bible says. Very ignorant concerning many things. He walked around naked, not that it was sin in those days because he was in a dispensation of innocence and he didn't have the knowledge of the tree of good and evil. But he was innocent and God gave him this dominion. Do you realize that you can be innocent in God? Even a baby in God, not knowing a lot of knowledge of good and evil and yet this dominion is yours. Don't let the devil deceive you into thinking that you have to get perfect before you can exercise this dominion. That is not true! Sin always hinders this because you have no boldness toward God if you have sin in your life. So the 1 John tells us, "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
I think that Sampson was a really good example. Look at Judges chapter 16.
Do you know what Sampson had, he had dominion. God gave him dominion. Now, Sampson was ignorant of a lot of things and he made big mistakes. How many mistakes did Sampson make while he was exercising his dominion? He made a lot of them, but God gave him this dominion. He ultimately lost this dominion because he lost his submission to God. What was the secret of Sampson's power? The bible tells us that the secret was his long hair, and as soon as he lost his long hair he lost his power. Sampson was not a big muscle bound man. Judges 16:17 says that if he shaved his head he would be like any other man. They wanted to know the secret of his power. They were not saying "how did you get such big muscles"? They didn't ask him that and they weren't interested in that. They knew that was not reason for his power. Sampson was given dominion. When he lost his submission to God is when he ultimately lost his dominion. In 1Corinthians chapter 11, the long hair was given unto the woman as a sign of submission. That is how we know that this is talking about submission. The long hair is given to the woman as a sign of her submission to her husband. Who is our husband? The Lord is our husband. But Sampson had long hair as a Nazarite. One who took the Nazarite vow couldn't cut their hair. But it was a sign of power. Like I said, he used this as a type and a shadow in the Old Testament, you don't bring types and shadows over literally into the New Testament. You have to see what it's a type and shadow of. It's a parable and you have to read the parable. The point is that this great dominion was given to Sampson from the Lord and he ultimately lost it because he lost his submission to the Lord. What happened to Adam? The same thing. Samson laid his head or mind in the lap of the harlot, Delilah and lost his submission and dominion. The moral of that story is don't let the harlot have your mind or you will have no power. The religious systems of man, or Babylon have deprived Gods people of their power. If you have been there and decide to repent God will restore your dominion. In bondage to the Philistines Samson repented and his hair began to grow. As you know his dominion returned and he smote the Philistines.
We don't want to get overbalanced here. You will begin to think that we have got to be perfect. Few who exercised dominion in the earth for God were perfect including Sampson. But he refused the dominion of the Lord over himself and he ultimately lost the dominion that he had over the earth. So we have to keep that in mind. The baby Christian has little knowledge of good and evil, but is innocent in God's eyes if he is doing what he knows to do. That baby has this authority. You have to be educated to know that you have this authority because if you don't know it you can't exercise faith to do it. All authority comes from exercising faith. All this dominion was given back to us through the second Adam, Jesus Christ. Zechariah 10:3 says "...Mine anger is kindled against the shepherds, and I will punish the he-goats, for the Lord of host hath visiteth this flock". Did you notice that here he has a flock of sheep and there is a goat leading them? Do you think that ever happens? Let me tell you it does, it happens all the time. He goes on to say, "For the Lord of Hosts hath visiteth His flock, the house of Judah, and will make them as his goodly horse in the battle. From him shall come forth the corner stone and from him the nail". From Judah came not only the corner stone, Jesus, but also the nail, those that put Him on the cross. Continuing He says, "...and from him the battle bow and from him every ruler together". The battle bow is for strength against enemies. All the rulers that God is making spiritually speaking, are from the tribe of Judah. You know why, because our father is from the tribe of Judah and he sowed the seed. We are rulers. We are all of the tribe of Judah spiritually speaking. Of course in other parables that is not true because the twelve tribes of Israel are still in the earth today amongst the Christians. You see everybody is not acting like a son of the line of Judah in that they do not exercise their kingly lineage. We are looking at one type right here and the type is every ruler is coming from Judah. In verse 5, "...and they shall be as mighty men treading down their enemies in the mire of the streets, in the battle and they shall fight because the Lord is with them; and the riders on horses shall be confounded". What does the riders on horses remind you of; Pharaoh's army. This is what is happening in type and shadow too. Pharaoh's army is coming after God's people and God's people are the rulers. God's people ruled at the red sea didn't they? Especially through Moses they ruled. Now I will grant you that some of God's people are like the northern ten tribes, they are worshiping the golden calf, they just don't realize it. They call him Jehovah but he is not. Their submission is to a false Jehovah. If you come into your dominion you are a son of Judah spiritually speaking but this dominion has been given to all the people of God.
Let me read you a testimony here. I have this book called "The Call", by Rick Joiner. I want to read this testimony because in vision he was taken to talk to the Lord and to Adam. Now I want to read to you what Adam said to him. Adam is now in the kingdom of heaven and a fully manifest son of god. "I am Adam", he said "and I was given authority over the earth. But I gave it to the evil one by obeying evil. He now rules in my place. The earth was given to man but the evil one has taken it. The authority I lost was restored by the cross. Jesus Christ is the last Adam and he will soon take his authority and rule. He will rule through mankind because he gave the earth to mankind. Those who live in your times will prepare the earth for him to rule". "Please tell me more", I asked a little surprised to see Adam but wanting to hear everything he had to say. "How do we prepare for him?" "Love". he said. "You must love one another, you must love the earth, and you must love life. My sin released death that now flows as rivers upon the earth. Your love will release rivers of life. When evil reigns death is stronger than life and death prevails over life. When righteousness reigns, life prevails and life is stronger than death. Soon the life of the Son of God will swallow up the death that was released through my disobedience. It is not just living that you must love, but life. Death is your enemy. You are called to be a messenger of life. When the Lord's people begin to love, he will use them to release his judgments. His judgments are to be desired. The whole world is groaning and travailing as it waits for his judgments and when they come the world will learn righteousness. What he is about to do he will do through his people, and his people will stand as Elijah in the last day". Their words will shut up the heavens or bring rain" (editors note: this is the first time I've found a confirmation to what I have preach. I've never heard it out of another man's mouth in my life until I read this right here. But Moses and Elijah were the two witnesses of the man-child in Rev.12. Jesus as the man-child sent out the disciples, who said they were His witnesses, two by two to do the things that he did. In the book of Revelation the man-child is sending out his disciples who are the two witnesses, that is Moses and Elijah.) " They will prophesy earth quakes and famines and they will come to pass. They will stop famines and earth quakes. When they release armies in the heavens, armies will march on earth. When they hold back armies there will be peace. They will decide where he shows his mercy and where he shows wrath. They will have this authority because they will love and those who love will be one with him". (editors note: This is the thing, love brings us into unity with God because God is love.) "What you will see through that door", (editor's note: he is talking about a door that he is about to walk through) " is to help to prepare you for what he is about to do through his people. I know authority and I know the responsibility of authority because of the great authority that I was given. I am responsible for what has happened to the earth. Even so the grace of God began to cover me and God's great redemption will soon swallow up my mistake. Peace will be taken from the earth but you are called to help restore it. Peace prevails in heaven and you are called to bring heaven to earth. Those who abide in his presence will know peace and will spread peace. The earth itself will shake and tremble. Times of trouble greater than have ever been known will begin to move across the earth like great waves of the sea, even so those who know him will not be troubled. They will stand before the raging of the seas and say peace be still and the seas will calm. Even the least of his little ones will be like a great fortress of peace that will stand through all that is coming. His glory will be revealed to his people first and then through them. Even the creation will recognize him in his people and will obey them as it does him. This is the authority that I had and it will be given to man kind again. I used my authority to turn paradise into a wilderness; the Lord will use his authority to turn a wilderness into a paradise. This is the authority that he is giving to his people". (editors note: When you heal the sick, that is exercising that authority. When you cast out devils, that is exercising that authority.) "I used mine wrongly and death came. When his authority is used in righteousness it will release life. Be careful how you use authority. With authority comes responsibility. You too can use it wrongly, but you will not do this if you love. As all of heaven knows, love never fails. " " What about the earthquakes, famines, and even wars that you said would be released upon the earth? Won't this be releasing death?" I asked?" (Adam again.) "All the death that is being allowed is to prepare the way of life. Everything that is sown must be reaped unless those that have sown evil call upon the cross in spirit and in truth"... (editors note: in other words you are going to reaped all the evil that you've sown unless you submit to the cross in spirit and in truth.) "... the army of the cross is about to be released and it will march in the power of the cross with the offer of mercy to all. Those who reject the mercy of God have rejected life. "That is a great responsibility", I said. "How we do we know when they have rejected his mercy?" "Disobedience brought death and obedience will bring life. When I walked with God he taught me his ways. As I walked with him I began to know him. You must walk with God and learn his ways. Your authority is his authority, and you must be one with him in order to use it. The weapons of his army are not carnal, they are spiritual and much more powerful than any earthly weapons. Your most powerful weapons are truth and love. Even the final judgment of destruction is God's love extended in mercy. When truth spoken in love has been rejected, death has been chosen over life. You will understand this as you walk with him. You will come to understand the spirit that he has given to you to bring life and not death. There is a time to give men over to reap what they have sown, but you must do all things in obedience. Jesus came to give life, he does not desire for any to perish and this must be your desire also. For this reason you must love even your enemies if you are to be trusted with the authority that he wants to give to his people. The time is at hand for the fulfillment of what is written. His people have prayed for more time and he gave it to them. (editor note: Notice that this was written in 1999.) "However, few have used it wisely. You have a little more time but soon the time can no longer be delayed. The time is near when time itself will seem to speed up. As it is written, when he comes he will come quickly. However, you are not to fear the times. If you fear him you do not need to fear anything that is coming upon the earth. All that is about to happen is coming so that his wisdom can prevail on earth as it does in heaven. All the evil that is sown in mankind is about to be reaped even so the good that he has sown will also be reaped. Goodness is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than death. He walked on earth to destroy the works of the devil and he will finish what he has done". The book is "The Call" and can be received by calling 800-542-0278 and they are several dollars cheaper on delivery than at the Christian bookstore.
We should all start somewhere. It is really easy for us to just depend upon the world and the world's way of doing things, but it is necessary to reach out and exercise our faith. "The righteous shall live by faith", which is a radical departure from the normal everyday Christian life. We should learn to do things with our faith for no other reason than to grow in the authority of God. If you can't see the authority I've tried to show you when I was speaking about the dominion given to Adam, it makes no difference. Just look at the promises of Jesus. As I pointed out earlier, he didn't take away the promise, he just said in 1John 3:21, "Beloved if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness towards God, and whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight". You see if you do not serve God your own heart will condemn you so you will have no faith to exercise dominion. He is still not talking to perfect people here, but he does expect us to be disciples. Jesus said, "...He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne". (Read Caught Up to the Throne) Spiritually speaking, a person that has authority is sitting down on that throne with Jesus, like a queen sits next to her King. We have that authority that Jesus has given us to rule, for " they reign upon the earth". He crowned us with glory and honor, so what we have to do to enter into this authority is start somewhere. Especially start in areas that really don't make any difference to you except that the Lord wants to teach every one of us to exercise authority. But if we do it, we learn that God honors his word and we begin to step out a little more. Each success is laying a foundation for a success following it, so that you know you can reach out your faith to command healings, deliverances and the provision of God. Jesus wasn't saying "I give this authority to move mountains just to people who have workings of miracles". This authority is for anybody who had faith; all you have to do is exercise faith. There are people of God who have done things that are just totally fantastic and if they told us about it we probably wouldn't believe them. Don't walk by sight, walk by faith. The power of God that is going to be manifest through his saints is stronger than any weapons in the whole world, even nuclear.