RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS THE LIFE OF GOD
DREAM – TWO CORPSES
Dream given to Kay Maiden January 25, 2006
The dream setting was in a wooden frame building much like an outdoor shelter. A portion of the structure was enclosed. It was obvious that preparations for a gathering of people were taking place. I was busy along with many others making preparations for this gathering.
I saw two corpses lying side by side on a table. The two bodies were wrapped in grave clothes except for the face area. Both faces had begun to decay. The eye sockets were totally empty.
My immediate reaction was to ask, “What should I do?”
I felt that I was to go get help. Immediately the Lord spoke to me saying, “Leave the corpses alone and continue your preparations for the gathering.”
END OF DREAM
INTRODUCTION; Our Burden and Heartbeat for this Season
By Gale & Kay Maiden
LAYING HOLD OF THE LIFE OF GOD
Before we expound the details of this dream and two other encounters with the Holy Spirit (expounded later in this article) we want to declare our heart beat surrounding these times and words. We feel that this dream and the two other encounters mentioned have everything to do with encouraging the body of Christ to maintain a righteous heart attitude for the LIFE OF GOD. King David wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right(eous) spirit within me.” (<Ps 51:10>, parenthesis added, KJV) A righteous heart attitude is a heart which heeds the call of God to lay hold of the LIFE OF GOD (I Tim 6:12; 19). Remember that God sent Jesus so that we might have LIFE and have LIFE more abundantly and in turn asks all saints to give this LIFE to others.
Heavenly burden for those turning from the path of righteousness…
We recently have been burdened by the Lord for precious ones who are wavering in their zeal for LIFE and are turning ignorantly (Not knowingly for the most part) from the way of righteousness. The righteousness of God is the LIFE OF GOD. Our Heavenly Father exhorts each of us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.” (Matt 6:33a, KJV) A self-seeking self-righteous spirit has crept into the ranks of some who in the past have truly sought the righteous will of God. This of course is an aged old problem. God is grieved and is calling us again to seriously focus on finding out that which is righteous i.e. God's word for our LIVES.
Exposing my desires vs. the desires of God…
The Apostle James wrote, “For the wrath (desire) of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20, parenthesis added, KJV) Do not allow the term self-righteous to condemn you but rather let it become a catalyst to ignite the fires of God's righteousness in your heart. James is clear in defining self-righteousness when is says that it is the desire of man and not the desire of God. It is by faith which comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God that the righteousness of God is imputed to all. If we are hearing and doing our own desires as opposed to the faith of God then our actions are deemed sinful and will bring forth death. God and God alone dispenses our good news i.e. His word of faith for us. Rejoice that God is so desirous to speak what is right into our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein (Good news) is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live (Have the life of God) by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17, parenthesis added, KJV)
Maintaining a zest and zeal for the righteous life of God…
Only those who maintain a zeal and zest for the LIFE OF GOD will overcome the chains of death and will be able as sons of God to give LIFE. Again we are called to lay hold of the LIFE OF GOD. As the righteous Kingdom of God rules the heart, the LIFE OF GOD is ever present. Father God loves us so much! How much? “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32, KJV)
LAYING HOLD OF THE LIFE OF GOD FOR OTHERS
How as lovers of LIFE are we to righteously address and redeem these precious ones who are going astray from the right eous way? The faithless and those faltering are to be redeemed by the faithful. If we do not maintain an overcoming personal faith LIFE (LIFE of righteousness) then those who have lost their zeal for LIFE will attempt to pull us into a place of bondage unto death. We must not allow this to happen. We are exhorted throughout the scriptures to walk in paths of righteousness demonstrating the ever present Kingdom of God. We are to earnestly contend for the faith that has been delivered to us. The path of righteousness is for the name sake of the Lord, for the believer's sake and for your enemy's sake.
How do I lay hold of the righteous life of God for others?
The Apostle Jude encourages, instructs and warns lovers of the righteousness of faith as to how we are to approach those who are wavering in the faith. Jude writes, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference, and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:20-23, KJV) Prayer in the Holy Spirit, keeping ourselves in the love of God, expecting mercy while at the same time plucking people from the fire of unbelief and having a God hatred for sin will make us totally effective as redeemers of those who are struggling with faith.
COMMON SALVATION – A PLACE OF DESTRUCTION?
Turning from the righteousness of God to self-righteousness…
The entire book of Jude addresses those who at one time walked in the faith of God but for various reasons turned away from the righteous way of faith in God. Jude identifies this departure from faith by calling it a common salvation. The Apostle Jude wrote, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the COMMON SALVATION, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3, emphasis added, KJV)
Common here means spotted or blemished . It is the Greek word koinos (koy-nos' ) which means: (literally) shared by all or several, or profane, unholy and Godless. At least 11 out of 14 times in the New Testament, the word common is used to mean defiled, unclean, unholy and profane. Certainly in the context of Jude's writing we see that the salvation of some had become common i.e. defiled, unclean, unholy and profane.
Those described in the book of Jude were those who had received the faith of God unto salvation but by turning away from the righteousness of faith had become common (spotted and blemished) in their salvation. Jude identifies some of those who have abandoned the faith. Jude specifically mentions the children of God who after having been saved out of Egypt perished in the wilderness. Also those angels of God (Sons of God) who left their place of salvation and authority with God to take wives who were daughters of men (Gen 6:2).
Earnestly contending for the faith unto righteousness…
Again we must understand that Jude is writing about those who were at one time walking in the faith righteousness of God (Please read Jude 1:1-14: II Peter 2:1-22). Now we begin to understand why Jude wrote this epistle with all diligence (Jude 1:3). In this scripture Jude wrote that in order to keep from falling prey to a departure from the righteousness of faith one must earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. It is also noteworthy to know to whom Jude was writing. Jude 1:1 says, “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.” (KJV) Do we need to be reminded to earnestly contend for the faith? I think so if Jude was warning those who are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ and called. This place of sanctification, preservation and calling did at one time also describe the children of Israel who were destroyed and the Angels (Sons of God) now bound in chains.
Only with a desire for the righteousness of God will a gathering together into a sheltered place of His LIFE presence transpire. Let this dream be an encouragement to lay hold of the LIFE OF GOD to which we are all called (See I Timothy 6:1-21) and to press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ i.e. resurrection life (Phil 3).
DREAM TWO CORPSES EXPLAINED
Shelter and workers…
The shelter would at least speak of God's place of life giving provision and protection. An outdoor shelter with the open sides would seem to denote easy accessibility. The gatherings of God must have unobstructed accessibility. This is the day of the locatable church. I am not only talking about providing access to the physical church building but also access to the Spiritual Church and to God's leadership. It is a noted historical fact that the Old Testament cities of refuge were so well identified and advertised that to miss finding these six cities would have been very difficult. These cities typify Christ and represent a place in the heart of God where shame and guilt are destroyed and freedom from death prevails (Numbers 35:10-15).
Without exception those workers from the dream in the shelter were faithfully and steadfastly fulfilling duties necessary for an ingathering. These are those who desire to be just stewards of God's provision thereby having all things pertaining to LIFE for those who have momentarily chosen death (See Luke 16).
Two corpses – choosing death…
We cannot allow those who have chosen the way of self righteousness and death to hinder God's preparations for LIFE. This is obvious from the dream by the Lord's reply when asked how to address the two corpses. The number two can mean choice. The fact that there were two corpses says that these two had more than likely chosen the way of death.
It is also significant that the eyes of the corpses were the most deteriorated part of the bodies. This could be saying spiritually that the eyes were diseased much more than other body parts before physical death. There are those who have made a righteous choice to live and there are also those who have made the unrighteous choice to close their eyes to LIFE. Moses wrote, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deut 30:19, KJV)
We know that eventually the two corpses will be resurrected as will all who are asleep. God may choose prior to His certain future resurrection of all dead to have someone(s) in the body to raise these two corpses from their sleep. Until we hear that specific command from God we must as in the dream continue in Father's business of providing a place in the Spirit of God conducive to resurrection.
Even Jesus was told by His Father to wait until the fourth day to raise His precious friend Lazarus. As we will explain later Lazarus' death was a result of unbelief. Unbelief is faithlessness which again does not work or produce the righteous LIFE OF GOD. Our hope is in the resurrection…present tense. As Jesus explained to Lazarus' sisters Mary and Martha, He did not disagree that there is coming a future resurrection but Jesus declared a more glorious life message when He said that if you can believe resurrection is now yours.
Grave clothes totally covered the two corpses and speak in part of man's (Not God's) preparation for preservation. It is faith in the resurrection that preserves LIFE and relieves us of any need of preparation for physical death. Mary anointed Jesus with a preservative for His future death. The good news is that the physical death of the perfect man Jesus was the only physical death needed to restore the full LIFE OF GOD. Lazarus was bound with grave clothes of unbelief. These are self-righteous death attitudes which afflict those like Lazarus (See John 11).
Jesus had told Mary and Martha that if they would believe that He is the resurrection and life, Lazarus would not die. Mary, Martha and Lazarus' faith had been dramatically ill-effected by those grave clothe bearers around them. Jesus proved that this is in effect the truth concerning the death of Lazarus when the Apostle John writes, “And when he (Jesus) thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto THEM, Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:43-44, KJV)
Key is the fact that Jesus asked those who had bound Lazarus with grave clothes to loose Lazarus and let him go (from death unto life) by removing the grave clothes. In other words Jesus was saying to all those who were responsible for binding him in death to now take the righteous faith act of loosening Lazarus from death unto life.
Jesus was righteously angered at the unbelief of those who had bound Lazarus (John 11:33, 38). These two verses say that Jesus groaned in His spirit. Groaning in the original Greek text means: (to snort with anger); to have indignation . Jesus snorted with anger like a stallion. One could truly assume that this was true because Jesus was seemingly corralled by unbelief. As Jesus our Lord we too are called to run as a stallion in the wind of freedom…free from all bonds of unbelief.
CONCLUSION: PREGNANT WITH RESURRECTION
Failure to hear and do the faith that God has raised Jesus from the dead will result in a grave clothe mentality thereby binding many to the pangs of death. The Apostle Peter preached the real good news on the day of Pentecost that the birth pangs of death had been loosed meaning that we are no longer to give birth to death. Unbelief is the power behind the birth pangs of death.
Aborting death and birthing life…
We believe that the Church is soon coming into a place of maturity whereby the wheat (The resurrected good seed of wheat i.e. sons of the resurrection) can and will be harvested and the tares (Those planted by the devil, sons of the evil one which represent death) can be bound up and separated from those who have chosen LIFE (See Matt 13:36-43; Parable of the Wheat and Tares). The sons of the evil one are the stumbling blocks to faith and are lawless and unrighteous (Without an active life in the word of faith). The parable then says, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matt 13:43, KJV)
How do we address those who have chosen death? The Lord's response is very clear. We are to continue functioning in our God given measure of faith, maturing, preparing a place of shelter for those who have chosen to acknowledge the call to lay hold of the LIFE OF GOD which happens to be eternal. Note: Eternal life is the life of God which has always existed. Eternity is not a measurement of time because eternity has no beginning or end. So when the scripture speaks of laying hold of eternal life it is a calling to enter into the present tense always existing LIFE OF GOD.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Apostle Timothy, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Tim 6:12, KJV) Also in verse 19 Paul wrote, “Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (KJV)
Paul was writing to Timothy (I Timothy 6:8-21) with a loving heart of concern for those who would trust in the life (riches) of this world as opposed to the ever present uncreated resurrection life of God.
TWO OTHER GOD ENCOUNTERS SUPPORTING THIS DREAM
(1) SECOND WITNESS WORD DEPOSITED IN MY SPIRIT
A few days before this dream, I (Gale) received from the Holy Spirit a single word. All during the night I awoke with this word in my spirit. The word is precipitous . I had no idea what this word meant. The following is a definition taken from Webster's New World Dictionary.
Precipitous 7prc sip$! t!s) means: steep like a precipice; sheer; from precipice which means vertical, almost vertical or overhanging rock face; steep cliff; a greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster.
I believe that God is lovingly reminding us that the ways of unrighteousness are precipitous. The Apostle Paul wrote the following reminder to his beloved Apostle Timothy.
“This know also, that in the last days (The last 2000 years) perilous (precipitous) times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” (2 Tim 3:1-4, KJV)
This scripture is describing perilous times. Perilous times are precipitous times. What or rather who makes these last times perilous and precipitous? People who are self-righteous lovers of self, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
Righteousness exposes and disposes of unrighteousness…
Because of the exponential increase of the righteous government of Jesus Christ in the earth this is an unprecedented season in which the accuser of the brethren is manifesting. We accuse or excuse (exonerate or forgive) in accordance with our understanding of the righteousness of God. We have no rights other than those graciously bestowed unto us by God. If this concept were fully understood then all arguments and controversies would be righteously and gloriously resolved.
We must walk in righteousness so that we may establish righteousness. Self-righteousness will cause me to accuse rather than excuse (exonerate or forgive). The good news is that the accuser of the brethren is being cast down now for those who know the following: “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives (souls) unto the death (Those willing to lay down their soulish desires for the righteous desires of God)” (Rev 12:10-11, parenthesis added, KJV).
Righteousness will be established in the earth. God made Jesus to become sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor 5:21). It was right in the heart of God to set us free from all unrighteousness through the once for all sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Christ knew no sin or unrighteousness yet took upon Himself the sin and unrighteousness all of mankind. As a result of Christ becoming sin for us in that he died once and was resurrected nevermore to die, we too have received the LIFE OF GOD.
(3) THIRD WITNESS DREAM – PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
More recently I had a dream in which I was walking down a paved highway. This dream seemed as though it lasted all night long probably because I was walking all through the dream. The road curved to my right and continued to do so throughout the dream. On my left near the edge of the pavement there was a white line either painted or taped onto the pavement. Throughout the dream I walked along the smooth pavement on the right side of the painted or striped white line area.
To the left of the white line a very short distance the embankment was very precipitous i.e. dangerously steep and almost vertical. Also the depth of this steep area could not be determined since I could not see the bottom from my walking position. I do remember stopping along the highway and tiptoeing to view the bottom but was never successful. I was very careful as I traversed this road not to cross the white line to my left. To cross over this white line would have been very dangerous and hazardous. Thank God that when the dream ended I was safely walking in the same location along the highway. END OF DREAM
This dream interpretation is very clear especially in light of the first two Spirit of God encounters. The highway represents the path of righteousness. The highway was smooth, continuously and gently curving to the right . The white line represented a line of demarcation (boundary or margin limit) called righteousness. The non-color white represents righteousness. In the dream I was very careful not to walk past or exceed the left hand limits of the white line of righteousness. The area left or across the line of righteousness of course represents the area of unrighteousness. Again to cross this line places one in a precipitous place.
We believe that all three of these God encounters are powerful and serious messages to the body of Christ. We believe that this is a cry from the heart of God to pursue and establish God's righteousness in the earth.
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS THE LIFE OF GOD.
Gale & Kay Maiden