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This afternoon I had a gripping vision which initially filled me with great joy. But later I got deeply sad. In order to spare you numerous details, I try to be as brief as possible and to rather point you to this excerpt from T. Austin-Sparks further below where he also described a personal experience. Reading what he had to undergo shed some light on what I saw and felt in the following vision.

I recall that the first part of this vision had begun yesterday. While praying I started to see Jesus on my right side in the spirit. He was standing behind a sort of speaker’s desk, overlooking an empty room in front of Him that resembled an auditorium in college. The only thing I ‘knew’  immediately when I looked at Him was that He was in charge, He was the Only One to decide, even everything. Therefore I knew I could lean back and rest. This sight of Him standing silently and immovably while radiating Divine Love was awesome. Furthermore, this peaceful view did not disappear in the night and when I awoke, Jesus was still there, standing on top of this room like a huge electromagnet, capable to draw all human beings like tiny iron filings toward Himself when He called them by their names.

But suddenly something happened. On both sides of the auditorium the doors were opened and crowds of people were rolling in. All these rows beneath Jesus’ speaker’s desk were filled with men and women. As I watched them sitting there, I wondered. While Jesus was on top of them, though in their back, they never turned their heads in His direction. Quite the contrary, like hypnotized they were gazing out of a huge half circle panorama window right in front of them. This window was really beautiful, no doubt. However, what were they looking at?  🤔

As I could not discern anything but landscape outside, I asked the Lord about their occupation. Sitting and watching…  still sitting and watching… what?? Jesus did not answer immediately. But when I looked into His face, I saw He was grieved. Without opening His mouth, I felt He was sad about Christians who were focused on everything that happened in this world, whether good or bad. This world represented their whole realm of concern. And it was also here on earth where they expected to find Him, where they served Him, even eagerly….. but alas, they either did not know Him personally or they could not recognize His actual will for them in their life. – End of vision

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:4-7 ESV) 

And here, as announced before, is T. Austin-Sparks’ excerpt from “The Kingdom That Cannot be Shaken”, Chapter 5 – Sanctification in Christ, the Way to Dominion. TAS asked,

“What is sanctification in relation to the Kingdom, the Throne, dominion? It is very vitally related. There will be no reigning unless there is sanctification; there will be no dominion unless there is sanctification. Sanctification in Christ is the way to the dominion, to the reigning, to the realisation of God’s eternal purpose. What is sanctification then with its tremendous significance for the purpose of God? It is a separation from all that which came in and, coming in, meant the forfeiture of that dominion which God intended.

“But I am going to put that in another way. It is the breaking of the power and the stripping off of the whole natural life. The whole natural life of man now since the fall — since Satan’s interference and man’s response to Satan’s interference — is in itself the great obstruction in the way to God’s purpose in him and for him; and when I speak of the whole natural life I am not just speaking of that sinful life which everybody recognises and acknowledges to be evil. I am speaking about man as he is. According to this world’s standards, and according to the best standards of men, he may be called a good man, but God says: “There is none righteous, no not one.” And the great apostle himself said: “In me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing.” That lies behind our religious life very often. Our very religious life can be energised by nature. Our interests for the Lord may be by the energy of our own natural life, and so we find the flesh sporting itself in the things of God, a kind of natural interest carried over into divine things: that just as you might be taken up with interesting things in this world, and study them, and apply them, and use them, and turn them to certain account for the furtherance of certain interests, so you have swung all the application of mind and heart and wisdom to the things that are divine, and you begin to manipulate things for God, and organise things for God, and govern things for God, and be something in the things of God. It is all the natural man brought over into divine things, which can be interesting, fascinating. Yes, the deep things of God making an appeal to that in us which can be so fascinated, things such as prophecy, the things to come. Oh, the fascination of prophecy!

“I shall never forget the shock that came to me once across the other side of the Atlantic. I was due to speak in a city there, and I arrived on the closing evening of a series of meetings on prophecy and was in the last meeting. I was to open my own series of gatherings at the end of that last meeting, and I listened to the address on prophecy, on the signs of the times and so on, and I saw the people all down with their notebooks, going at it as hard as they could go, noting down all these things, tabulating all these interesting facts, all this data about prophecy. They were very interested and very busy, and then that finished. I had been very much waiting on the Lord for His message, and He gave it to me, I believe, and when I began to speak at the end of that meeting my message was: “And he that hath this hope within him purifieth himself”; the practical outcome of the times being fulfilled and the Lord’s coming in view; the practical outcome of a life of sanctification and holiness. The people lost interest, and they flung down their notebooks, and closed their Bibles, and were not a bit interested any more. There was no fascination about it.

“You see where we can get to. It is all natural, busy, interested, feverishly taken up with things for the Lord, and yet it may be all the drive of this natural life.

“Now what I want to say, and the point upon which I want to lay special emphasis in all love, and yet with all faithfulness, is this: Beloved, you and I will never come through to God’s eternally intended place for us in the heavenly Kingdom until everything of this earthly life has been smitten, has been smashed. We have got to be broken men and women on the side of this nature; we have got to know the meaning of the cross as planted right at the centre of this whole life of nature, to bring it to naught, so that we can do no more of ourselves, we cannot speak as out from ourselves, we cannot work as out from ourselves, we can do no more organising as of ourselves, we can run nothing as of ourselves, we are brought to the place where we know nothing as of ourselves — and we know it; and if there is to be anything, and if there is anything at all, it is the Lord only doing it — doing it at the time, and then usually leaving us empty and spent and helpless, until He comes along again. It is so different from this continuous, everlasting go, go, go of the flesh. It is helpless dependence upon the Lord because the cross has been planted there right at the centre of all the strength of nature, and now our preaching of a crucified Lord has to be by crucified men, our working in relation to a heavenly Kingdom has to be by heavenly men; that is, those who are drawing their very life from heaven, from God: those for whom Christ and Christ alone is their life and their resource, and they know it. The essential unto the heavenly Kingdom is a breaking, fully, finally, of what is earthly.” (1)

  1.  https://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/002068.html

All pictures by Susanne Schuberth 2022

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