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Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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Date: November 28, 2021
To all the Saints of God,
     Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 
     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public gatherings and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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      As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.
 Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
 TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
 This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:
 The Mountain of the Lord’s House (part 1)
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
     When we speak of entering the Kingdom of God, we are referring to the government of God which establishes the ways for righteous and holy living.  It defeats the ways of evil, the need for violent war, lustful sensual conduct, and give honor to marriage, family relations, and civil government. Without the commandments and guidance of the Lord the entire world would exist in a state of chaos, selfishness, and confusion. When the standard of the Lord Jesus Christ is lifted up it will draw all men unto the Lord.  It will draw all men because He is the light of the entire world for all nations.

John 12:32 - 35 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  This he said, signifying what death he should die.  The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?  Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

     The mountain of the house of God, the Kingdom of God, the one universal Church of God, is for all nations and all men. It seem to be generally agreed by some that Isaiah used the Mountain of the Lord’s House in reference to the Messianic age which some begin with the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross continuing in fulfilment in the Second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in physical, glorified form.  The Messianic Age generally refers to the coming of a time of peace and brotherhood on the earth, without crime, war and poverty referred to it as the " Kingdom of God" with the eventual physical presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in his physical glorified form".  

     With the crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ on the cross or the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of all believers in the world, the lifting up of Christ is seen by some as beginning of the Messianic Era, which will completed and brought to perfection by the Rapture and Translation of the Saints leading up to the premillennial Second Coming of Jesus Christ in his glorified bodily presence as Lord of Lords and King of Kings during his Millennial Reign in which their will be 1000 years of peace on Earth and good will towards all men.

     The mountain of the Lord’s house when understood from a sense of morality, speaks of the divine kingdom.  The symbolism in prophecy of the exalted place of Jerusalem is to reveal the status of moral righteousness that will be achieved in the world by following the precepts of the one and only God which is accomplished by committing to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the one and only Almighty God.   Some may see The Mountain of the Lord's House (Isiah 2:1–4) as the basic theme of the glorious future of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:1 - 5
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Micah 4:1–5
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

     Some may interpret "the mountain of the LORD'S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains" as a reference to the prominence upon which the temple was built in Jerusalem, perhaps referring to temple worship and sacrifices.   But as one writer indicates, the mountain as a prophetic symbol indicates either a kingdom or a government because a kingdom is a form of government and not the temple.  As a result of mountain referring to Kingdom or government, we may understand the meaning of Isaiah 2:2 to reveal that the government of the house of the LORD shall have preeminence over all levels of human governments. This we see in the Lord Jesus Christ being lifted up and drawing all men of every nation.

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Isiah 9:6 - 7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Revelation 19:15 - 16  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
We continue with a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton … "THE LORD'S HOUSE ESTABLISHED IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN"
By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton
          We want to say that this message is coming to you from Denver, Colorado—"The Mile-High City.” But we also want to tell you in our message about something that is higher than "The Mile-High City.” something that is higher than Mount Everest. There is a mountain that is above anything that man can achieve, that man can build. It is the top of the mountain, wherein the Holy Scriptures refer to the establishment of the Lord's House. It is there that God establishes His truth.

     He is not talking about an ordinary mountain, because God made all of the earth, but when He speaks of The Church being in the top of the mountain, He symbolically uses the mountain as a high level of elevation. When God speaks of the mountain through His prophet, He is showing mankind that the House of the Lord is something that has been placed on the top. It has been placed on a pinnacle and mankind must reach up and continue to climb; mankind must continue to grow and develop, and to lift himself up from the debased ways of sin.
      Mankind has to lift himself up from the cares of this life, to lift himself up from the low aspects of sin, to lift himself up from carnality, and be born again of the water and of the Spirit and begin this route toward perfection. The direction you receive is constantly an upward one.

      When one goes toward sin, they are going backwards. They are going toward the earth, but God is using the mountains because the mountain points toward the heavens. It is going upward and man's aspirations, man's devotions, man's hopes should ever be looking toward the hill from whence cometh his help, his help cometh from the Lord.

     The Scripture says in Isaiah the 2nd Chapter: "The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountain and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." Isaiah 2:1-2)

     The time is coming when we shall be caught up with the Lord—those who are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and who have the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. We are going to be caught up to meet God in the mid-air. And somewhere along the way, we are going to be above your "mile-high city". Your mile-high city is going to be below us, as tall as it is.

     Some questions have been sent in for us to answer, and we shall be answering them somewhere along the way. But we would like to say this concerning the scripture that talks about God's son from heaven. 

     The Scripture often times speaks of things which are not as though they were. When John looked into heaven, He did not see two there on the throne. He saw one! And when it speaks of the son coming from heaven, it is giving reference to this visualization of what He had been referred to when He was manifested in the flesh, being born of a woman. 

     They knew Him in this form. This was one of the references in which they referred to Him (even though they realized He was God), because God dwelt here on this earth in this body which they referred to as the son of God. 

     John made if perfectly clear as to who is the son of God now, for he said—beloved, now ye (The Church) are the sons of God.  

1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

     God is not divided into a separate person known as the Son, or a separate person known as the Father, or a separate person known as the Holy Ghost! That same Jesus who was crucified was Father in creation when He made everything, was Son in redemption when He (the Spirit) got Himself a body and bled on the cross and is now Holy Ghost in The Church.

     Yes, we all have one Father, and He (Jesus Christ) is that father. 

     In answer to the question of the Bible saying call no man "father", it was using the term father as was referring to God. 

In Malachi, it brings this out when it says, "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?" (Malachi—2:10) 

     Thus, it was saying call no man father in the sense of referring to God. You must look through the Scriptures, because they do not contradict one another. The Bible also talks an earthly father, for it said honor thy father and thy mother.  

So, the Holy Scriptures would not tell you not to call anybody something, and it did not exist or was contrary to the Word of God.

     Then, also, you have spiritual fathers, for the Bible says—"For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers…" (1st Corinthians 4:15) 

     But, of all these things, we believe the sonship is one of the most complicated things for mankind to understand, particularly for those who call themselves "Christians", because they see Jesus Christ only, as a son of some big daddy God. They see Him separate from His father. They see Him as some lower individual. If He is only that, what good is He? If that is all He is, He should have never come. Any man could have done what He did!  If that is all He is as the son of God, then we are that! 

     What makes Him greater than us is that He was the very God! What makes Him greater than us is that He was born without sin! What makes Him greater than us is that He was "God with us.”

     But as for His sonship (being the son of God), He was no more than we are. For sure His sonship was of significance, but it is nothing as far as the total spectrum of God is concerned. No wonder the Scripture says that God so loved the world until He gave His only begotten son. We do not blame Him for not keeping that sonship! (That body begotten of the Virgin Mary), He would have become old and perhaps bald. He might have become senile, with the members of His body becoming weak. He would have been subject to all of the fragilities which we are subject: the many temptations, all the illnesses, all of the weaknesses, all the mental and physical deteriorations. How could you have had God dying of old age?

     So therefore, He took on this form of a servant for only around thirty some years. After that, He was crucified, He shed His blood, and was buried. But when He arose, He arose glorified. He came up with a glorified body, and it is this body which confuses folks. The glorified body which went up into the heavens is now there as a mediator between the Spirit and mankind.  It is that sacrifice, it is that glorified body, it is that" mediator. It is that thing that is going to come back so that every eye can behold Him. 

     It is no longer that body that was referred to as son. It is no longer that body, because the Scriptures have declared that flesh and blood cannot inherit that kingdom of God.

     Some people get confused with inheritance and when different ones were caught up into the heavens, like Elijah, Paul, and the deacon, Phillip. Yes, they were caught up, but nothing in the Bible says they stayed up there! People ought to get their Scriptures straight. Many of us have been "caught up” in the sense of dreams, or in visions or when we were anointed. During these times, we have felt ourselves to be in the heavens—projected up with God.

      In the Scriptures they saw a certain beggar in the bosom of Abraham, who was symbolizing God. But this was all in the form of a parable. Jesus was showing them what was going to be, because no man has yet ascended into the heavens—not even David, and David has been gone a long time!

      When the Holy Scriptures mention the son of man, which has come down from heaven, people become very confused. God came down from heaven and overshadowed the virgin.  And that holy thing born of her was of the Holy Ghost. In other words, God put Himself into that body. That was God's (the eternal Spirit) body. God, Himself, created this body in the womb of a virgin, so that it would be a holy thing; so that it would not be the seed of man. He, Himself, created the body and caused it to be, and it was this body which was the son of the Spirit. It was not a different entity from God, but the spirit of God (which is God) got into that body.

We will continue with these messages in part 2…….

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will, may he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer, tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen
With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith
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