Pt. 4: Angels – Cherubim, Living Beasts

Bible passages indicate that there are variations of cherubim.

  1. Four Living Creatures (Ezekiel)
  2. Four Living Beasts (Revelation)

In my previous post, I talked about the four living creatures mentioned in Ezekiel.

Four Living Beasts

In the vision that John the Beloved had in the book of Revelation, he saw four living beasts around the Throne. Each beast had its own face and appearance. These cherubim were part man and part beast.

One beast had the appearance of a lion. The second beast had the appearance of an ox. The third beast looked like a man. The fourth beast looked like an eagle.

Each beast had six wings.

They were full of eyes all around their bodies, and even under their wings (Revelation 4:6,8).

The four living beasts led worship around the Throne. They count themselves among the redeemed. They fall down before the Lamb (Jesus) and worship Him (Revelation 5:8-14; 7:11-12). The four beasts listen to the song of the 144,000 (Revelation 14:1-3).

The four beasts magnify the holiness and power of God.

The four beasts join with the saints and twenty-four elders in worshiping the Lamb at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and rejoicing over the destruction of the Harlot who corrupted the earth (Revelation 19:1-9).

The four beasts are emblematic of the Divine Providential Administration. The four beasts are associated with decreeing and executing the holy judgments of God. They represent the righteous government of God. The four beasts are specifically mentioned in Revelation as proclaiming the judgments contained in each of the first four seals when the Lamb opened each one (Revelation 6:1-8).

The four beasts are not specifically mentioned in the execution of the 5th, 6th and 7th seals, but is assumed to be associated because later on in Revelation 15:5-8 one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels (in the 7th seal) seven bowls of wrath to pour out.

The four beasts dwell in the center, and around, the Throne of God serving as attendants of Yahweh.

Revelation 4:6 “And before the Throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal; and in the midst of the Throne, and round about the Throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.”

Revelation 5:6-7 “And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the Throne.”

The four beasts in Revelation are not to be confused with the four beasts mentioned in Daniel 7:3-8 (lion with eagle’s wings, bear, leopard with four heads and four wings, beast with iron teeth and ten horns). These beasts represent world kingdoms.

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Pt. 3: Angels – Cherubim, Living Creatures

Cherubim are similar to, but not identical with the seraphim. Bible passages indicate that there are variations of cherubim.

  1. Four Living Creatures (Ezekiel)
  2. Four Living Beasts (Revelation)

Four Living Creatures

In the vision that Ezekiel had, he saw four living creatures. Each cherub bore the likeness of a man (Ezekiel 1:5). Each cherub had four wings (Ezekiel 1:6,11).

Each cherub had four faces (Ezekiel 1:6,10). In the front was the face of a man. On the right side was the face of a lion. On the left side was the face of an ox. On the back was the face of an eagle.

The hands of a man were under their wings on all four sides (Ezekiel 1:8).

They had straight legs like that of a man, but a cloven sole of a calf’s foot. Their feet gleamed like burnished brass (Ezekiel 1:7).

They had eyes all around their bodies (Ezekiel 10:12).

Their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and out of the fire went lightning (Ezekiel 1:13-14). The cherubim not only have the appearance of burning coals, but also dwell in the midst of fire. In Ezekiel 10:2,6 the man clothed in linen gathered burning coals in his hands from between the wheels and cherubim and scattered it over the city.

They went straight forward in the direction wherever the Spirit led them without turning their bodies (Ezekiel 1:9,12).

A wheel (Hebrew word ophan) stood beside each living creature (Ezekiel 1:15-21; 3:13; 10:2-19; 11:22). Ophanim angelic beings are also known as Thrones or Whirling Wheels, and are depicted by the appearance of a whirlwind (Ezekiel 1:4-5). The spirit of the cherubim were within the wheels (Ezekiel 1:20-21; 10:16-17).

The sound of the cherub wings was majestic, awesome, dreadful, amazing and wondrous (Ezekiel 1:24; 3:13; 10:5). The sound of their wings was like:

  1. The Almighty when He speaks
  2. The sound of many rushing waters
  3. Like the shouts and tumult of an army
  4. Like the roar of thunder or the rumbling of an earthquake

 

Pt. 2: Angels – Seraphim

Seraphim are an order of celestial beings who Isaiah beheld in a vision standing above Yahweh as He sat upon His Throne (Isaiah 6:1-9).

Seraphim are God’s attendant angels. Their occupation is three-fold:

  1. To celebrate the praises of Yahweh’s holiness and power (Isaiah 6:3)
  2. To serve as agents of purification and sanctification (Isaiah 6:6-8)
  3. To act as a medium of communication between Heaven and earth (Isaiah 6:6)

Anti-phonal worship

  1. Isaiah saw two or more choirs of seraphim standing on either side of the Throne singing and chanting anthems in anti-phonal mode. They would answer, respond and repeat each other as they cried out: “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”
  2. The seraphim call special attention to God’s glory and majesty.
  3. In Isaiah 6:4, as the seraphim worship Yahweh, the posts of the doors are shaken like an earthquake and the Shekinah glory in the form of smoke fills the House (Temple or Throne).

Seraphim serve as agents of purification and sanctification

  1. Seraphim depict the holiness of God. In Isaiah 6:6-7, one of the seraphs used tongs to take a live coal from off the altar and laid it upon Isaiah’s mouth. Then the seraph declared: “Lo this has touched thy lips and thine iniquity is taken away and thine sin purged.”
  2. The seraph imparts spiritual fire from God to Isaiah.
  3. In Isaiah’s case, his lips (words spoken, speech) was purified by fire so that he could enter into his prophetic office.
  4. As the hot coal purged Isaiah’s lips and removed his sin, he was inaugurated into office. In the same manner, so were the disciples by the tongues of fire resting on them, the sign of their magnifying Jesus in various languages (Acts 2).
  5. Isaiah’s feelings of unfitness for the prophetic office, as well as his personal sin, were removed only by being brought into contact with the sacrificial altar of which Messiah is the anti-type.

Seraphim act as the medium of communication between Heaven and earth

  1. The seraph was the servant God used to apply the hot coal and to be the mediator to deliver the message from Yahweh.

Appearance of Seraphim

Seraphim have six wings:

  1. With two wings they cover their face (a token of humility and reverence to not look upon a holy God nor pry into His secret counsels).
  2. With two wings they cover their feet (a token of respect and service).
  3. With two wings they do fly (they are kept ready for instant flight in performing God’s service).

Other than having six wings, seraphim bear a general resemblance to human likeness.

Seraphim have the appearance of fire or serpentine flashes of lightning.

Psalm 104:4 “Who maketh His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire” (cross reference is Hebrews 1:7).

The Hebrew definitions of seraphim are:

  1. Burning, glowing, to be set on fire; zeal; copper color (perhaps denoting their brilliance and brightness of appearance).
  2. Fiery serpents (see Numbers 21:6,8 and Deuteronomy 8:15). In Isaiah 14:29; 30:5, it’s translated as “flying fiery serpents”.

The Fausset’s Bible Dictionary states that seraphim and fiery serpents are connected in the same definition because seraphim are likened to the rapidity of a serpent in carrying out their duties in God’s service. Seraphim are likened to flashes of lightning, which resemble the swiftness of movement of the serpent. Seraphim are likened to serpents because of their wisdom.

Satan’s serpent form in appearing to man may have some connection with his original form as a seraph of light. In Ezekiel 28:14-16, Lucifer is described as the anointed covering cherub. Seraphim and cherubim are similar.

The first few letters of the Hebrew word sareph (sar) means: prince, ruler, head person of any rank or class. Thus, seraphim are noted as being one of the highest ranks of the order of angels.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states that seraphim in Jewish theology are connected with cherubim and ophanim (wheels) as the three highest orders of attendants of Yahweh, and are superior to the angels who are messengers sent on various errands.

100 Benefits of Fearing the Lord

Today’s message is regarding the connection between healing and fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in reference to showing Him reverence, respect, honor and awe.

God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.

The Hebrew word for “fear”, as it relates to fearing God, is the word yare’. It implies reverence and showing God the utmost respect and honor. It’s having awe for Him, holding Him in high esteem and obeying His commands. It is loving Him.

The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:

Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.

The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.

There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.

In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:

“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”

Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.

There is an element of feeling the terror of God in the Hebrew definition of the word “yare”. If He appeared to any of us in person and revealed His Holiness to a greater degree than our earthly minds can comprehend, we may fall down in terror and trembling at His mighty Presence. However, terror of God’s Presence is usually referring to those who rise up against God, those who are His enemies and do evil and do not have a repentant heart even after a long period of grace. The judgment of God is a terrifying thing. However, the judgment of God is a last resort after a person has been given every opportunity to repent.

I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.

A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.

Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).

Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus saying, ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”

Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.

HEALING PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD

God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.

Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.

Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days.” xref Deuteronomy 6:2.

Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.

100 BENEFITS TO FEARING THE LORD

Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)

Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)

Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)

Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: The land will yield its increase and you will eat its fill (Lev 25:17-19)

Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)

Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)

Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)

Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Prevention of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)

Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: Healing of diseases and sicknesses (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Living in Divine Health (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God will hear the cry of the afflicted (Psalms 22:23-24)

Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).

Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: Eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).

Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)

Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:14-15)

Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will instruct us in the way chosen for us (Psalms 25:12)

Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)

Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from the plots (KJV says “conspiracies”) of man (Psalms 31:19-20a)

Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:19-20)

Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).

Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18). Miraculous supply!

Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)

Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)

Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: You will see many good days (Psalms 34:11-14). Life will go much better for you.

Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)

Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)

Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Your soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)

Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)

Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; years added; days multiplied (Deuteronomy 6:2; Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:27)

Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)

Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: God forever separates our sins from us (Psalms 103:11-12)

Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s great compassion is on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13-14)

Benefit #43 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness and mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)

Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s righteousness is unto your children and grandchildren (Psalms 103:17-18)

Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)

Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: Your descendants shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)

Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)

Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3-4)

Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: God gives food and provision to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)

Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3).

Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)

Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)

Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)

Benefit #55 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)

Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)

Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)

Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)

Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)

Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)

Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)

Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)

Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)

Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)

Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)

Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)

Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)

Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)

Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)

Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)

Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)

Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)

Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)

Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)

Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)

Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)

Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean (pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, holy, morally innocent, sound), enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)

Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #89 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #90 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #91 of fearing the Lord: He that fears the Lord shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #92 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)

Benefit #93 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Benefit #94 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)

Benefit #95 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #96 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Benefit #97 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)

Benefit #98 of fearing the Lord: Habitation from God because he/she has set his/her love on Me (Psalms 91)

Benefit #99 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #100 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Pt. 16: Seven Churches – (G) What the Spirit is Saying to the Church (Promises Given to Overcomers)

We are talking about the seven churches in Revelation 1-3.  The admonitions and promises given to the seven churches apply to the Church today.  God has not changed and His message is still the same.

The question may be asked, “What is the Spirit saying to the Church today?”  Out of many things He is speaking, seven themes stand out in particular:

  1. Return to your first love and do the first works
  2. Repent from allowing false doctrines and carnality to remain in the Church
  3. Seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, as opposed to just being religious
  4. Put on your spiritual garments and guard against getting them soiled
  5. Repent from spiritual lukewarmness
  6. God is restoring the Tabernacle of David and the Key of David today
  7. God is looking for overcomers and has many blessings for them

The Spirit is saying that God desires for us to be overcomers. He does not want us to lay down and accept defeat or mourning as our lot in life. He doesn’t want us to give up or have a failure mentality.

He wants us to rise up, trust God, and allow Him to turn our weaknesses into strengths. He wants to turn our sorrows into joy. He wants to turn disappointments or setbacks into opportunities for advancement. He wants us to have faith and speak those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

We are not to give in or shrink back, but to stand strong and move forward. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphant procession in Christ, and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (NIV).

God has rich rewards for those who overcome. He has made specific promises to overcomers in this life.

  1. I will give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God (Rev 2:7).
  1. You shall not be hurt of the second death (Rev 2:11).
  1. I will give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it (Rev 2:17).
  1. To him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. (Rev 2:26b-28)
  1. Shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels (Rev 3:5).
  1. I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the Name of the City of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of Heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new Name. (Rev 3:12)
  1. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne (Rev 3:21)

In Revelation 2-3, seven times it says, “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” The Spirit says that He has rich and eternal rewards for those who overcome.

Through Christ, we are strengthened and can do all things (Philippians 4:13). 1 John 5:4 says that our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

Revelation 21:7 (NKJV) is a very encouraging Scripture. It says, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” Overcomers are not limited to seven promises, but they shall inherit ALL things according to Revelation 21:7.

Pt. 15: Seven Churches – (F) What the Spirit is Saying to the Church (Key of David)

We are talking about the seven churches in Revelation 1-3.  The admonitions and promises given to the seven churches apply to the Church today.  God has not changed and His message is still the same.

The question may be asked, “What is the Spirit saying to the Church today?”  Out of many things He is speaking, seven themes stand out in particular:

  1. Return to your first love and do the first works
  2. Repent from allowing false doctrines and carnality to remain in the Church
  3. Seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, as opposed to just being religious
  4. Put on your spiritual garments and guard against getting them soiled
  5. Repent from spiritual lukewarmness
  6. God is restoring the Tabernacle of David and the Key of David today
  7. God is looking for overcomers and has many blessings for them

Revelation 3:7 refers to the Key of David. What is the Key of David?

So far the Lord has revealed to me (and I know in time that the Holy Spirit will show me more) that the Key of David involves:

  1. Praise and worship as it was in the Tabernacle of David
  2. Role of prophet, priest and king – especially in intercession
  3. Kingly Office – access and authorization to lock and unlock doors in the Spirit realm

 

Rebuilding the Tabernacle of David

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

16 After this I will return and will rebuild the Tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;

17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.

Cross reference: Amos 9:11

 

Praise and Worship

In the last 30 years, the Holy Spirit has been restoring to the corporate Body of Christ the praise and worship as it was in the Tabernacle of David.  In David’s Tabernacle, worship went on continually day and night, and the Shekinah Glory of the Lord dwelt there.

There was no Veil separating the Ark of the Covenant from the people.  David’s Tabernacle was a prophetic picture of the time when Jesus would come and shed His Blood as a ransom for sin, and the way would be made for us to have free access to the Presence of God.  The Ark of the Covenant symbolizes the Throne Room of God and the Mercy Seat in Heaven.

David came into the Holy of Holies not with an animal sacrifice, but with the sacrifice of praise.  Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.”  The gates and courts are referring to the outer court of the Tabernacle.  This verse is telling us the protocol of how to come into the King’s chambers.  We enter in by praise and thanksgiving.

In David’s Tabernacle (where there was an atmosphere of worship and glory 24 hours a day), it was the place of communion and intimacy with God.  It was the place of revelation.  Worship and the Word are the keys to unlocking the treasures of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17-18).

The prophetic gifts flow in an atmosphere of worship.  Somehow the Lord created the sound of musical chords, instruments and worship to be a carrier of the presence and glory of the Lord.  Worship is like a current that keeps the anointing flowing like a river.

When we worship the Lord, His glory descends upon our lives.  Worship is one of the keys to ushering in the glory of the Lord and revival.  Praise is a key to victory and triumph in our Christian life.  Praise is a form of spiritual warfare which puts the enemy in confusion, as well as strengthening God’s angels to fight for us.

Psalms 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  God wants us to always have a song, and word, of praise on our tongue.  We can choose to bless the Lord or say something negative.

Worship magnifies the Lord, helps us take our focus off of our problems, and gives us a new perspective on situations.  There is an old chorus which says that the things of this earth will grow dim in the light of God’s glory and grace, as we turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face.

The worship in David’s Tabernacle is being restored to the Church today.  Some forms of Davidic worship include:  the use of musical instruments, singing, choirs, kneeling, bowing, dancing (choreographed and spontaneous), lifting up holy hands, clapping, shouting, laying prostrate before the Lord, silence at times, use of flags and banners, a prophetic flow.  Worship could include speaking your praise as well as singing praises, and standing in honor of His presence.

In David’s Tabernacle, there was freedom in the Spirit to worship, and it went on day and night.  The singers and musicians ministered in shifts.

 

Prophet, Priest and King

The Key of David also involves the role of prophet, priest and king as David operated in a three-fold anointing.  Jesus is also Prophet, Priest and King.

Revelation 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

A king has dominion and authority. God wants to raise up sons and daughters who would take dominion in the earth, and authority over the devil’s wickedness.

A prophet decrees, declares and proclaims God’s will in the earth. The prophet summons the people together.

The priest offers up prayer and intercession to God on behalf of others and himself. The priests also are the worshippers and musicians .

An intercessor operates in the role of prophet, priest and king.  To read more details about this, please go to:  Notes on the Principles of Intercession .

 

Kingly Office

The Key of David involves walking in the kingly anointing.  A king has access, authority and dominion.  Isaiah 22:22, in the Amplified, says: “And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.”

A key is a symbol of authority and access.  With a key, you are authorized to go in and out.

Jesus said that He would open doors that no man can shut, and shut doors that no man can open (Revelation 3:7).  Then in the next verse Jesus says, “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.”  The Lord has an open door for you to walk through.

Isaiah 2:2, in the KJV, says that nations shall flow through us.  “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.”

In early February 2011, I attended a Harp & Bowl Meeting at my church.  The harp represents our worship.  The bowls represent our prayers and intercessions going up as incense before God.  See Revelation 5:8 in the NKJV or AMP.  There was one particular prophetic word I wanted to mention that was given concerning the kingly anointing.

“God is birthing kings in the Spirit (the Bible says we are kings and priests, a royal priesthood).  These kings will take on the 7 mountains (7 worldly systems):

  1. Family
  2. Government
  3. Business
  4. Education
  5. Religion
  6. Media
  7. Arts and Entertainment

There is the spirit of momentum and escalation.  You will get more done in less time.  There is a remnant who will arise and build by faith.

These kings will release God’s children from a poverty and beggar’s mentality.  God’s people will be infused with the spirit of dominion, at which the oceans would obey at our mouth.  (The oceans refer to the sea of humanity.)  Kings and Priests are being raised up.”

Prophetic Song after the above prophetic word was given:

Come kings, be crowned tonight

Come kings, come kings

Come kings, be crowned tonight

Come kings, come kings

Pt. 13: Seven Churches – (D) What the Spirit is Saying to the Church

We are talking about the seven churches in Revelation 1-3.  The admonitions and promises given to the seven churches apply to the Church today.  God has not changed and His message is still the same.

The question may be asked, “What is the Spirit saying to the Church today?”  Out of many things He is speaking, seven themes stand out in particular:

  1. Return to your first love and do the first works
  2. Repent from allowing false doctrines and carnality to remain in the Church
  3. Seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, as opposed to just being religious
  4. Put on your spiritual garments and guard against getting them soiled
  5. Repent from spiritual lukewarmness
  6. God is restoring the Tabernacle of David and the Key of David today
  7. God is looking for overcomers and has many blessings for them

The Spirit is saying that the Church is to put on their spiritual garments.  Galatians 3:27 says, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (NIV).

We are also to keep our garments clean – by staying in close relationship with the Lord, obeying His Word, letting Him do a work of purification in our lives.  If our robes should become soiled, they can be washed clean in the Blood of Jesus.

In the natural, garments keep us warm, protect us from exposure to the elements, and cover our nakedness.  In the spiritual, the garments God provides for us acts as warmth to our soul and spirit, and protects us from the wiles of the enemy.

Examples of spiritual garments include:

  1. Salvation (Isaiah 61:10, Ephesians 6:17)
  2. Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
  3. Joy and Gladness (Psalm 30:11)
  4. Praise (Isaiah 61:3)
  5. Name and Blood of Jesus (covered by the Blood; Atonement)
  6. Cloak of Zeal (Isaiah 59:17)

In Ephesians 6:11 we are told to put on the whole armor of God.  The garment, or loin belt, of truth binds and encircles us.  As the loin belt held the other pieces of armor in place, the truth holds everything together.  When the truth is missing, everything begins to unravel at the seams and fall apart.

The garment or breastplate of righteousness guards our hearts and emotions.  This garment represents holiness, purity, uprightness and integrity.

The shoes of the Gospel of peace represent our daily walk with Christ.  As we live out what we share with others, the world will be drawn to hear the message of the Gospel – which is peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The garment of faith acts as a shield, repelling the fiery darts of Satan.  These fiery darts come in the form of lies, accusations, words of doubt, verbal abuse, gossip, fear and intimidation, and curses spoken against us.  The shield of faith causes these fiery darts, that would otherwise wound us severely, to fall to the ground extinguished and powerless.

The garment of salvation is like a helmet which protects our spirit, our minds, our intellect, and our thought processes.

The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is both a defensive and offensive weapon used against the devil.  When the enemy comes at us with all his lies and tricks, we can declare like Jesus did:  “It is written …” (and confess those Scriptures from the Word) and the devil will flee eventually.

(The devil knows the Scriptures better than many Christians and will use it against you to control and manipulate you, or to whip you and keep you in bondage and guilt.  However, the enemy will distort and twist the Scriptures, or tell you partial truth but not quote the entire passage or give you the whole counsel of God about a particular matter.  That’s why it’s so important to study the Word and to rightly divide it, so that you are on guard against the devil’s schemes.)

As we look into the Word of God, we will be changed into His likeness.  2 Corinthians 3:18 says that we are transformed into His image, from glory to glory (one level of glory to the next level of glory).

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP

It is possible for us to remove our spiritual garments.  We lay aside our garments when we are out of fellowship with God, or in total or partial disobedience.  If our clothes are missing, then we are vulnerable and exposed.  We are wide open to being wounded by the attacks of the enemy.

Our garments can become soiled through any kind of sin, sexual immorality, corruption or spiritual adultery (referring to idolatry and witchcraft/occultic practices).  Our garments are soiled when we refuse to repent of areas of sin that the Holy Spirit has pointed out to us.

The Greek definition of “repent” means to change one’s thinking.  As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).  Before our actions can change, our minds and thinking must first be transformed.  We must begin to think differently.  As we begin to change the way we think, then the course of our life will begin to go in a different direction.  The Word of God has the power to renew the mind (Romans 12:2).

The Blood of Jesus can wash us, remove every stain, and give us clean white garments to wear.  1 John 2:1 says, “If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.”  And 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

White garments (or robes of righteousness) in the Scriptures is talking about the righteousness of the saints.

And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.  Revelation 19:8 NKJV

The Spirit is saying to put on our spiritual garments, to keep them from becoming spotted and soiled, to live holy lives, to obey the Lord and His Word, and to allow Him to cleanse and purify us.

Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil (the anointing of the Holy Spirit and also the oil of joy).  Ecclesiastes 9:8 NIV

These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Revelation 7:14 NKJV

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  Isaiah 61:10 NKJV