I just added a new article, “Christ’s Precedent.” The principle established by Christ in the Gospels reveals a systematic approach to the New Testament that has no exceptions. When you finish this article, you will see the New Testament through the eyes of Christ and His precedent. The article speaks to the present and future tense salvation of Christ’s kingdom, and the future salvation of Israel. When Christ’s precedent is applied to the revelation given to the apostles, the interpretation of their revelation is provided by Christ Himself. For, it is His precedent that is being applied—yielding sound doctrine. The article is on the right bar of this homepage.
GOD’S SUPERNATURAL INTERVENTION
In the first century AD, God’s supernatural testimony was commonplace with the apostles and for those who listened to them. Look at this testimony from our God:
This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Heb. 2:3, 4)
God testifies to salvation. And, if salvation is still valid today, then so is God’s testimony of it. God’s supernatural intervention is intended to manifest in our natural realm, just as Christ prophesied on the day of His Ascension:
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.... After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” (Mark 16:15-17, 19, 20)
The sign of “tongues” and the sign of driving out demons (spirits) prophesied by our Lord are unmistakably supernatural. Regarding these signs, they follow those who “believe.” That is His criteria.
Why would you allow yourself to be in subjection to any other criteria, but Christ’s alone?
In 1980, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke forth the language of the Spirit that God placed within me. God enabled me—as He can enable all of us—to manifest His power. Soon thereafter, I prayed in the Spirit and sang in the Spirit. I knew what Christ meant when He prophesied: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” God’s truth brings freedom. This freedom is only found in the supernatural realm. I was set free. I absolutely knew it; God testified to it, supernaturally. If you haven’t experienced God’s unmistakable divine intervention, consider Paul’s exhortation: “earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts)” (Cor. 14:1).
TREASURES IN HEAVEN
In the year 2000, I again experienced God’s intervention, only this time it was six weeks of supernatural events. I again experienced freedom, but on an entirely different level. Prior to this intervention, my prayer was to have the liberty to search out God’s truths. He answered my prayer with that intervention. This website and the recent publication, Treasures in Heaven, are evidence of His intervention.
Treasures in Heaven is based on the Sermon on the Mount and answers these questions:
What are treasures in Heaven?
How do you store them up?
Why did Christ give us this invitation?
Chapter 9 of Treasures in Heaven is about treasure in earthen vessels—which includes the power that is unmistakably divine. If you read it, and believe the revelation Christ gave us, you will manifest the power of God by speaking by the Spirit. Speaking by the Spirit—speaking in tongues—is God testifying in your life of your eternal salvation. (See also “The Doors of Paradise.”) Treasures in Heaven is posted on this site (top bar). Paperbacks are available online.
Every year we look for the appearance of our King. As Paul revealed, it will come to pass in accordance with God’s calendar, the Hebrew calendar. Our holy day of deliverance (the Rapture) is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah). (See the article, “Prophecy: The Seven Holy Days.”) This year the appearance of the seventh new moon is September 9. Let it be this year He raptures us. If not, so be it. We remain steadfast. Jesus said:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 5:5, 7, 8)
Blessings in our Lord,
Dr. William Ayles