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And he said unto them [disciples: you and I], Go ye into all the world [Gk: kosmos; Eng: cosmos], and preach the gospel to every creature [Gk: creation, the sum total of what God has created]. (Mark 16:15)


The original Greek text of the New Testament commonly employs two different words which are both translated into our English as "world." As noted from the Lexicon of the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible by Zodhiates, one Greek word for world is aion which carries the denotation of time and refers to this present age (of unknown duration). The other Greek word for world is kosmos which refers to space and not time; the sum total of the material universe. Further, kosmos is rendered in the English spelling as cosmos and has the dictionary meaning of "universe." Therefore, what do you suppose Jesus was commanding us to do when He uttered the Great Commission? What exactly was His intent? Isn't that interesting?


Actually, more than interesting. Don't you find it somewhat mind-boggling (I did) that the Great Commission given (commanded) to all born-again children of God is not just to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all this earthly world (Gk: aion) only, but rather to "go ye" and preach the Gospel to all the world (Gk: kosmos - universe), i.e. His entire creation, which also includes this world? Hallelujah!


Like the receiving of a sudden revelation from God (POW) of the whereabouts and nature of a vast and glorious hidden treasure, does not the infinite barely comprehensible eternal grandeur of that command stir up your spirit ever higher nigh to God? "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also [the focus of the thoughts in your mind]." (Mat 6:21). Practice focusing your heart and mind on the concept of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire universe for a while - that will definitely "enlarge your coast." (1 Chr 4:9,10).


Yes, that is very interesting indeed. But because we are still partially in the flesh and not altogether Spirit, we many times are easily distracted by the "cares and riches and pleasures of this life" (Luke 8:14), and when that happens we lose all sight, all focus of the heart toward the Great Commission and its eternal connotations. It is then that we resemble more that dirty old slimy caterpillar from whence we came (the old man), natural eyes fixed upon the finite ground, crawling furtively about, gasping for the breath of life in the choking dust of this earthly world (Gk: aion).


Nevertheless, God has sworn by Himself through the authority of His inerrant Word that "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Heb 13:5). To whom did God make such a wonderful promise? Why to the wise (hearing) caterpillars of course. Oh yes, much like those few wise men who came from the east to worship Jesus, there are even to this day a few wise caterpillars amongst the thronging mass of the other-wise.


A notable and unique characteristic of these wise caterpillars is that they willingly attach themselves to the tree (that old wooden cross). This action becomes in fact "a living sacrifice" (Rom 12:1) of their body unto death, that is, death from this world's (Gk: aion) perspective, a perspective originating from outside the cocoon -the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14), i.e. the Body of Christ. The world (Gk: aion) really doesn't have any idea at all as to what is happening inside that cocoon do they?


The encased caterpillars then allow themselves to become "transformed" (Rom 12:2), metamorphosed, into butterflies within the cocoon of God's Word which has formed around them. And that cocoon acts as "a hedge" (Heb: of protection and restraint) for them "on every side" (Job 1:9,10) while this wonderful transformation work is being performed by the Holy Spirit inside the cocoon. We must remark also that to our great astonishment, this entire proceeding occurs with much patience (Luke 21:17-19) on the part of the wise caterpillars (Dan 12:10), as they (he or she) endure the hardships, i.e. birth pangs – tribulations, of the transformation process.


Upon completion of this process, the result of course is that a new creature emerges from the cocoon, a lovely beautiful butterfly joyfully afloat, borne upward upon the wind "on eagle's wings" (Exo 19:4), into the brightly beckoning Shekinah Glory of the eternal Heaven, i.e. into the never ending kosmos, where they shall preach "the everlasting gospel" (Rev 14:6) for ever more.


We are those new creatures indeed, and much much more; we are warriors of peace in the Army of God. Dear brothers and sisters, fellow soldiers and companions in tribulation, please help our speakers, volunteers, and staff with your prayers and financial support that we may continue to encase (cocoon) those dirty old caterpillars who do hear and do come to the Lord's tree (as we have heard and come). Help us that we may encase them in a new and marvelous cocoon just like ours. Hallelujah! Praise God.





But the spirit of the LORD [the Holy Spirit] came upon Gideon [a type of Jesus - as are you and I], and he blew a trumpet [the Word of God]; and Abiezer was gathered after him. And he sent messengers [Heb: angels] throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers [Heb: angels] unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them [i.e. to meet the invading Midianite host who had "entered into the land to destroy it." v.5]. (Judg 6:34,35)


But hush now! Look up. Do you hear the sound of angels? Gideon, the captain of the Lord's host, is issuing a trumpet call to the rear echelon soldiers in the Army of God; those vital support troops who are not daily fighting at our side in the hand-to-hand combat of the front lines of this battle; mighty warriors all who have been commissioned by the Lord God to supply their “victuals” (sustenance) and “trumpets” (prayers) (Judg 7:8) to His service. Listen up now, the enemy has forged a breach in the front-line and has entered in to destroy us. We need one or several warriors to move up to the front and stand in the gap of our financial distress amounting to $3000 per month. Do you hear that trumpet calling you? Only those who are true Warriors of God among you, those who are not "fearful and afraid" (Judg 7:3), i.e. those saints who believe God - for the victory, will respond to the sound of this trumpet call.


Yes, and beyond that, the Army of God (us - you and I) is in need of a much larger building, a type of a cocoon - a tent, a tabernacle, a temple, that will enlarge our coasts deep into the enemy's territory, that we may continue steadfast to "fight the good fight of faith" (1 Tim 6:12), to preach the Word of God, "the everlasting gospel" (Rev 14:6) "into all the world" (Gk: kosmos Mark 16:15).


What? How can we ask for (command - it is the Lord) your covering prayers and financial support to pay our overdue and current bills, and then in the same breath even think to ask for a much larger building with a proportionate increase in bills? Dear brothers and sisters, DON'T YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

God bless you. 

In His Service,

Rev. Lionel


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