Monday, November 19, 2018

FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE 68

FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
(A study in Book of Revelation Part 68) by J. Preston Eby

THE THRONE (continued)
“Immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone…” (Rev. 4:2-3).

The occupant of the throne appeared like the crystalline brightness of jasper and the fiery sardine (sardius) stone. The glory of the One sitting upon the throne is overwhelming in its impact upon the Seer. Yet, in the midst of it all, John recognizes certain truths expressed by the glory of all that he sees, and channels that truth to us by means of established oriental symbols which are to be found in the Old Testament. The first of these are referred to as the jasper and sardine stones. These were the first and the last precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest, only the sardine stone is there the first while here it is the last. The names of Benjamin and Reuben were engraven upon these two stones (Ex. 18:17-20). Benjamin means “the son of the right hand” and Reuben means “behold a son!” clearly and unmistakably connecting the throne with sonship. Thus we can conclude that God’s Christ, Head and body, God’s corporate son ready to reign in power — that is what the seer sees in his vision! The beauty and brightness of the jasper and sardine bespeak of the glory of manifest sonship. The sons of God who are coming to maturity shall be invested with the authority, power, and dominion of the throne of God, and they shall reign unto the ages of the ages.

Here is glory indescribable!

The scene is one of luminous splendor! The One sitting on the throne was in appearance like unto a jasper and a sardine stone — not as to form or shape, for the idea is not one of physical appearance, but of glory and power. The scriptural representations of jasper are that it is “most precious,” crystalline, and purple in hue. The sardine, or sardius, is also described as exceedingly precious, and of a beautiful bright red or carnation color. It is capable of a particularly high and lasting polish. Uniting the qualities of tint and brilliancy belonging to the purer specimens of these precious gems, we have the appearance of flames, without their smokiness — a pure, purple, fiery, red, crystalline, flashing light!

We find this bright, fiery appearance of the Lord also described in the books of Ezekiel and Daniel. “From what had the appearance of His waist upward, I saw a lustre as it were glowing metal with the appearance of fire enclosed round about within it; and from the appearance of His waist downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness round about Him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord” (Eze. 1:27-28).

The scriptures are many which describe God and His throne as fire.

“Our God is a consuming fire!” This is the aspect of God that so many fear. When Yahweh came down upon mount Sinai in a blazing, burning fire the children of Israel were frightened and refused to approach Him, sending Moses into God’s fiery presence to hear from God for them. Many today will not enter through the open door into the fiery presence of God’s throne because they fear the loss and pain it would bring to them! This fiery throne speaks of the Lord’s authority in our lives, first in us, then through us. By the power in His throne God consumes all we have and all we are in Adam, while at the same time catching us up into the brilliance of His ineffable glory where dwells divine life, immortality, wisdom, holiness, power, and authority.

The physical symbols of the great and eternal God who is Spirit are fire, light, and life.

Fire, as seen in the sun, is a terrible and consuming power. Yet it is the source of all life on this planet! Should you seek to enter into the sun, pain and death are the penalty. The sun will consume you! On the other hand, from this flaming source radiate all the marvels and beauties, colors, illumination, food, energy, and warmth that fill our earth. No fire means no light. No light means no life. The fire is only known and mediated to us in its eternal begetting of the light. It is the light from the fire that passes into all nature, quickening, transforming, sustaining, giving color, form, and substance to all things. This beautiful type teaches us the mystery of God with more force than any spoken word! To perform His life-giving work in creation our God, who is a consuming fire, reveals Himself in three operations: the fire must burn, the light must shine, and life must be quickened in us. These are the glorious and eternal realities emanating from the fiery presence of God and His throne! And these are the glories to be revealed through all of God’s sons who become the light and the life of the world!

THE RAINBOW AROUND THE THRONE
“And there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald” (Rev. 4:3).

There is one thing you can absolutely count on in this world — there will never be another world-wide flood! It was God who in the days of righteous Noah opened the windows of heaven and broke up the fountains of the mighty deep, sending upon the inhabitants of earth a flood to destroy the utterly wicked and perverse civilization of that time, but it was the selfsame Lord who, after the fearful flood of waters had abated, made this covenant with Noah and his seed: “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth” (Gen. 9:9-17).

Throughout the long centuries since that fearful day, God in His great faithfulness and mercy has hung His bow of seven-fold witness in the clouds of millions of storms throughout the earth that we may know His heart of love toward all His creation. Would God that every man and woman, boy and girl, who see the rainbow when it appears in the sky would lift up their hearts in praise and thanksgiving to Him whose promises never fail and who keeps His word of salvation and redemption to every man.

There is something entrancingly wonderful about a rainbow!

When by the spirit of revelation we look beyond the earthly symbol with its excellent beauty, we find God and see a truth and a glory that awakens the heart to worship at His feet. Thus did Ezekiel worship, when, caught up in the ecstasies of the Spirit, he beheld a vision of God so sublime that the heart of man has never yet been able to fathom its depths nor the tongue of man to expound its meaning. “Above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw…the appearance of fire round about…and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it I fell upon my face…” (Eze. 1:27-28).

It is interesting to note that the Greek word used for rainbow in Revelation 4:3 is iris and denotes a bow that is a complete circle. In classical Greek the word was used of any bright halo surrounding an object. Everyone knows that the iris of the eye (brought into English from the Greek) is a complete circle that wraps itself around the pupil in the center. The bow surrounding the great throne of the heavenlies is revealed as a circular bow which completely wraps itself around the throne. This is indeed wonderful! In all the world there has never been a circular bow seen in the cloud. Every rainbow beheld by the eye of man is a half-circle and if it is a full bow it connects with the earth at both sides. I’m certain that all who read these lines have heard the old myth that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Of course, as many a curious child has discovered, one can never find the end of the rainbow! Yet the rainbow ends where the earth begins. That is just the mystery of it!

Let your heart consider what I now say.

The rainbow in the heavens of God’s Spirit is a complete circle simply because there is no “earth” to break it! Only the earth prevents the natural rainbow from being a circle! In like manner, is it not the earthiness of man’s carnality, fear, and unbelief that obstructs the full revelation of the glory of the Lord and the dominion of His throne in our lives? My heart greatly rejoices today in the knowledge that God is forming a people, His chosen ones, raising up within us the dominion of His throne, subduing all things in us, ending the old fleshly nature, rooting out the old carnal mind, the old Adamic will, and the old soulical emotions, consuming by His fiery presence the old worldly ways, desires, plans, ambitions, hopes, and dreams, and the old Babylonish religious spirit and ways, that Christ may be all in all to us and through us. Oh, yes! How wonderful the path of the called and chosen really is! How blessed beyond belief to know that the rainbow of the glory of the Lord shall be beheld fully encircling the throne of God within us when there is no more “earth” in our hearts to break it!

Arched above and around the throne John saw a rainbow.

As I have previously pointed out, the rainbow was the sign of the covenant that God made with Noah and all the inhabitants of the world proclaiming that never again would He destroy the earth and all creatures with water. Noah is a picture of how we get out of the old world dominated by the flesh and under the curse, and how we get into the new world of the kingdom of God dominated by the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, wherein dwelleth righteousness. The only vehicle out of the old world is not a cruise ship, but a wonderful Person who has already made the transition! The rainbow around the throne is the symbol of God’s eternal covenant of mercy and grace whereby we escape from the old world of sin and death. In order to escape we must, like Noah, “find grace in the eyes of the Lord” in the very face of judgment upon the world in which we live. To escape we must pass through the judgment in the provision of God so that we come out of the judgment in our “ark” which is Christ!

In addition to this the rainbow has seven colors.

The covenant has seven levels, just as the tabernacle of Moses had seven pieces of furniture and Israel had seven feasts by which men approached unto God. The seven pieces of furniture and the seven feasts picture the seven-fold process of our complete entrance into Christ. People are at different levels, but each and every son of Adam must experientially pass through all levels in order to fully enter into the new world of Christ. When we have fully entered into the new world of Christ we shall be like Him in nature, mind, wisdom, and power and experience the fullness of His resurrection life in spirit, soul, and body! There will be no more sin or death, no more carnal mind or corruption, no more weakness or limitation, for we shall have put on the Lord Jesus Christ in all the glory of His life and victory, and even our vile bodies shall be changed and fashioned into a body like His body of glory! This new world, fully entered into, is the world of manifest sonship!

The rainbow is a display of the colors of visible light — white light.

The colors are arrayed in the order of the spectrum, red at the top, followed by orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. One writer has explained that when we analyze sunlight, we find that it consists of seven visible colors which compose the solar spectrum seen in the rainbow, or in the flashing colors of a well-cut diamond or beveled glass. If we pass a shaft of sunlight through a prism of glass, we find that the different colors have different angles of refraction, and when thrown upon a surface, the prism will appear in seven colors. The fact that light can be divided into the seven basic colors from violet to red speaks of the perfection of the divine nature, for the number “seven” stands for that which is complete and perfect, and God is perfect!

As I did some research on the rainbow I discovered that scientifically a true and complete rainbow has seven colors. This is important! It fits with the whole scheme of seven throughout the Word of God and in the book of Revelation. It is interesting to note that the New Age Movement today makes much of the rainbow. Their rainbow, however, has only six colors — and six is the number of man! What a revelation this is! I have made the necessary discovery that the “inner Christ consciousness” of which New Agers speak is in fact the soul of the natural man rather than the spirit which is in-breathed and regenerated by God. Does this not powerfully explain why New Age people as a whole do not embrace the fundamentals of the gospel, but in fact reject the life-giving blood of the Lamb of God and the quickening, regenerating power of the Holy Spirit?

I have no hesitation in telling you that the “true inner self” the New Age people have discovered within themselves is the awesome, unexplored power of the soul — the selfhood — of the ADAMIC MAN! This can easily be demonstrated. The popular emphasis among nearly all new age groups has to do with psychic powers! The word “psychic” comes directly from the Greek word psyche which means — guess what — “soul or mind.” Nothing psychic has anything to do with the spirit! All the major thrust of New Age philosophy concerns itself with psychics, psychic powers, psychic phenomena, extra sensory perception, transcendental meditation, bio-feedback, alpha-psigenics, alpha mind control, krishna consciousness, telepathy, hypnotism, psycho-analysis, psycho-therapy and a host of other soulical or mind sciences. None of these have anything to do with the Holy Spirit! And when they do delve into “spirit” realms it is always “spirits” of one kind or another from the “spirit world” and never the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD! All such activities stem from the recessed delusions of the Adamic mind or from familiar spirits out of the occult realms of darkness. I earnestly exhort every reader to seek the face of the living Lord Jesus Christ until the spirit of wisdom and discernment from God reveals to you by His Spirit the power of the living word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the deepest depths of our nature, even to the dividing line between old Adam’s soul and the quickening spirit of the living Christ in the spirit of every born-again, regenerated man.

The glory emanating from the throne of God’s power brings transforming rays of Life and Light and Love. It awakens dead and darkened worlds, and like natural light that is complete with seven colors, His emanating glory expresses the completeness of His divine attributes. Let us notice briefly these seven colors of light and see how they apply spiritually to the realities of Christ within:

RED — the color of LOVE. The ultimate manifestation of that love is when “God so loved the world, that He gave His Son.” His love went to the cross and poured out His life (blood) for all mankind. Love is forgiveness, acceptance, long suffering, gentleness, kindness, mercy, and blessing. “Whosoever loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

ORANGE — the color of PASSION. Passion in scripture is God’s burning desire, His great and unchanging purpose to produce growth power, warmth, life, change, transformation, like the power of the natural sun.

YELLOW — the color of the DIVINE NATURE. The divine nature is the heavenly nature of true and eternal joy, gladness, purity, peace, righteousness, wisdom, and power.

GREEN — the color of LIFE. This principle of life is typified by the green grass, vegetation, shrubs, and trees. It speaks of eternal, incorruptible life with healing and creative powers.

BLUE — the color of the HEAVENLY. Blue bespeaks of that which is high and exalted, far above corruption, limitation, and darkness of earth. It points to the higher principles of truth, the mind of Christ, and the power of God in our lives.

INDIGO — the color of PRIESTHOOD. Being a deep blue with a hint of sacrificial, redeeming red, it speaks of the heavenly calling, the ministry of reconciliation, the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, through which man and God are consciously made one. The writer to the Hebrews speaks of this ministry thus: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched by the feeling our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Wherefore, holy brethren, PARTAKERS OF THE HEAVENLY CALLING (of this priesthood), consider the apostle and high priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Heb. 4:14-16, 3:1). As every high priest must be a high priest over a house of priests (else he would not be the “high priest”), so Christ is the Head of His body, the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.

VIOLET — the color of ROYALTY. This is the color of kingly authority and dominion. Thus it is the color of sonship. “And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom” (Heb. 1:7-8). “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. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son” (Rev. 3:21; 21:7).

What this portrays is the prism of our experience in God by which the pure white of God’s unfathomable glory is filtered into our lives on different dimensions. Just as you cannot take a spacecraft and fly into the sun (and expect to survive!), so no natural man can approach unto that pure white light in which HE DWELLS. “Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.” (I Tim. 1:15-16). The words of this wonderful passage might seem to exclude us from ever reaching the throne! But such is not the case. The pure light in which He dwells is, like the sunlight, bent, broken, so that we see it in its parts and experience it progressively through all its levels of power, glory, and life. The marvelous reality of it is that having fully experienced the light that God is, in all His aspects, we come at last to that union in Him whereby the full WHITE LIGHT of His nature, wisdom, and power is perfectly blended in us and it is “no longer I but Christ that liveth in me.” The intense white light of God’s nature and glory consumes out of us all that is Adamic, so that we, our carnal mind and human identity, no longer exist. Christ dwells in that light which no man, that is, no natural man can approach unto! The natural man passes away in the fiery blaze of His glorious throne, and we stand in the light clothed in our new mind, new nature, new life, new identity which is Christ. THIS IS THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST!

The throne is referred to in scripture as the throne of His glory.

What is glory? What is its shape, size, and color? Perhaps you feel that you have never seen it, you feel that it is spiritual, and therefore cannot be seen. Not so, my friend, it can be seen. How my heart thrills to see the glory! The literal meaning of the Hebrew word for glory is weight or substance; worth, dignity and honor; splendor and majesty. In the eyes of men this literal meaning frequently lent itself to the idea that a person possessing glory was laden (heavy) with the substance and honor of this world. Jacob’s flock was his “glory” (Gen. 31:1). The Assyrians’ power was their “glory” (Isa. 8:7). Joseph’s high position was his “glory” (Gen. 45:13). The Israelites thought that they were living to the glory of God by acquiring a weight of material wealth, power, and position. Today, a number of “prosperity preachers” have the very same idea! They think God is glorified in the heaping of the weight and substance of worldly possessions and earthly blessings upon His people. But the prophet Jeremiah told God’s people that they should not consider such human values their glory. Rather, they were to glory in the fact that they knew the Lord, whose glory was His kindness, justice, and righteousness!

When the word was applied to God, it was meant to bring out the weightiness of God’s attributes. All Bible dictionaries agree that “glory” is “the exhibition and display of the excellence of the subject to which it is ascribed.” Thus, in respect to God, it is the visible manifestation of His attributes — His nature, character, power, love, justice, righteousness, etc. (Jer. 9:24). The glory of God is the visible manifestation of WHAT GOD IS. The glory of God is God REVEALED, God PUT ON DISPLAY, the EMMANATION OF HIS ESSENCE, all that God is brought into demonstration on the visible plane so men can perceive what God is like. That is what men saw when they beheld the glory of God! God is love, God is light, God is truth, God is peace, God is power, God is life, God is righteousness. When God brings what He is into expression so we can either see or perceive it, we then “behold HIS GLORY.” It was with this same sense of glory that Jesus spoke about how He would bring glory to the Father. Jesus would not acquire worldly wealth, fame, power, or position. On the contrary, His life would be “heavy” with the glorious heavenly qualities of love, mercy, goodness, purity, compassion, righteousness, wisdom, and spiritual power. And that is the call and aim of every son of God. This is the rainbow around the throne!

Now Christ has given His glory to His “many brethren” — the sons of God.

“And the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them” (Jn. 17:22). What a treasure! What riches! What heavenly splendor! God has called us to His kingdom and glory (Col. 2:12). We have been called to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Thes. 2:14). The Captain of our salvation was made perfect through sufferings that He might bring many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10). The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18). We are even now partakers of the glory that shall be revealed (I Pet. 5:1). Christ is coming to be glorified in His saints (II Thes. 1:10). We are called unto glory and virtue (II Pet. 1:3).

As I mentioned earlier, God’s great glory is His wonderful nature and character, the substance of His Being. Some people foolishly talk about dying and “going to glory” as if glory were a place, an astral location on a planet called heaven. But one doesn’t “go” to glory — the Bible says nothing about such a crude notion. Glory is revealed! Glory is revealed in us! Glory comes to us! Glory is given to us! Glory is not a place you go to, glory is something you become! When the glory of the Lord is fully revealed in the manifest sons of God “all flesh shall see it together.” That is the scriptural testimony about glory! If you don’t apprehend and experience God’s glory here on earth, forget about “going” somewhere to find it! As the sons of God ascend into the heavens of God’s Spirit, into the spiritual realm of His throne, the glory of God emanates through us and out from us — the rainbow around the throne! It is indeed wonderful!

Jesus Christ the firstborn Son of God is the brightness of God’s glory, the express image of His person (Heb. 1:3). That’s why in Old Testament times when the glory manifested, God covered it with a cloud. He had to protect mankind from it to keep it from obliterating them. In Jesus, however, the light of God was bent, broken, so that men beheld the light as a rainbow rather then a blinding sun. The bow is in the cloud, the Lord told Noah. Under the Old Testament economy God covered His glory with a cloud, but the people never saw the rainbow of promise. When Jesus came the rainbow appeared in the cloud! He was the promise of redemption, blessing, and life for all men!

While living here on earth our Lord was extremely kind.

He picked up little children and blessed them. He healed all who were suffering with pain. While relatives were weeping over dead loved ones, He raised four of them to life again. The Saviour of all men said to the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (Jn. 8:11). His kindness made an evangelist out of the wicked woman at the well (Jn. 4:29). Because Jesus really loved the weak, helpless creatures whom He had created, He wept over them, prayed for them and taught them continually. Except those religious Pharisees, Jesus never spoke one cross word to the unconverted masses. He was very tender and kind in all His dealings with men, even the most wicked among them. He sat at meat with the rich and ungodly and never upbraided them for their sins, shortcomings, and moral failures. His approach to them was very gentle, delicate, and considerate. Surely then, we are safer in His hands than anywhere else! The things He has in store for every one of us are far greater than we could plan for ourselves!

The Holy Spirit has taught me three things relative to the life of sonship.

These three principles are expressed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is God’s rainbow of promise around the throne. First, Jesus never condoned sin. How do I know this? Because, when the woman caught in adultery was left before Him, He spoke prophetically and redemptively into her life, saying, “Go, and sin no more.” I believe she did just that! His words were spirit and life unto her, transforming and lifting her life. Jesus did not come to condone our fallen state and sinful conduct, He came to save us from it! He didn’t come to say, “I’m O.K., you’re O.K., everybody’s O.K.” Everybody is not O.K.! Jesus was often forgiving sin and then admonishing, “Go and sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you.” He perfectly understood the law of sowing and reaping, the law of sin and death, with it’s inherent process of judgment.

Hear me now! Secondly, Jesus never condemned the sinner! Never! His testimony was that “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Though Jesus never condoned sin, He never condemned the sinner! He didn’t go around reminding men what terrible sinners they were. Most men already knew that! He didn’t counsel them about all the bad they had done or were doing. He knew what was in man, He understood that people really, within their own human strength and nature, could not help what they were! They needed compassion, love, mercy, and deliverance — not condemnation! Never, in all His years of ministry, did He ever condemn even one sinner! Jesus could do something that very few of our modern fundamentalist and evangelical preachers can do — He could preach salvation without first informing his audience about how fallen, rotten, wicked, and despicable they were, and how hot was the hell that awaited them if they didn’t repent! He didn’t say, “Repent, or you’re going to eternal hell!” On the contrary, He said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” “Repent — because I have something infinitely better prepared for you!” Isn’t it wonderful!

Sometimes people write to me and they have a son or daughter who has just announced that they are “gay”. This is so repulsive and an abhorrence to them, and they are so devastated by the news, that they don’t know how to handle it or even what their attitude should be. Sometimes the homosexual child wants to visit them and bring along their lover! The first inclination is to tell them what an abomination this is in the sight of God, and in their sight, and tell them in effect to “get lost.” They want to shut them out, cut them off, disown them. Or else they do tolerate them, but are continually offended and emotionally traumatized by the blatant life-style of their once beloved offspring.

The difficulty arises because we live still under an Old Testament mentality of that which is an abomination to God, worthy of judgment or death, and we view things as men under the law. But you see, my friend, the truth is that sin is sin, any sin IS SIN! We tend to “grade” sin according to our ideas of their perverseness. While on one level there is some truth in that, in the final analysis all sin is sin; the sins of gossip, hatred, covetousness, cursing, cheating, lying (even a little white lie), or drinking a little too much are just as deadly as the sin of adultery or homosexuality. The wages of sin is death — any sin! When it comes to the wages of sin all receive the same wages — there are no little sins that only make us sick and bigger sins that result in death. The wages of sin — any sin — is death! Because all have sinned, all have died, the apostle tells us. There is no difference. When the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus He said to her accusers, “Let him that is without sin, first cast a stone.” ANY SIN would prevent them from casting a stone! All were equally guilty, regardless of the nature of their sin. To shut one kind of sinner out of our lives while receiving another kind of sinner into our friendship is utter hypocrisy! The glorious truth is that Jesus paid the debt for every sinner, we are no longer under the law that condemns, but under grace that redeems! When Jesus came the rainbow appeared in the cloud!

I say to all who face situations such as this, what you need above all else is peace from God, the ability to rest in Him, and commit your son or daughter, or whoever it is, into His almighty and loving hands once and forever. You can never condone their state of being or their conduct, but neither can you condemn them and shut them out of your life! To do so is to shut them up from the flow of God’s love, mercy, and life. We are neither called to condone or condemn — God sends His sons into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through them might be saved! Sons are not called to be condoners, nor are they called to be condemners — a true son of God can be neither! God is bringing saviours up to mount Zion! Because Jesus understood this great sonship truth, He became saviour of all and condemner of none! Jesus loved unconditionally and infinitely. All sons must so love! And it is just at this point that the work of God must be fulfilled in our lives, bringing the rest, peace, joy, and confidence to wait for God’s deliverance to be wrought out. When you love, love never fails! Pray, intercede, and love unconditionally and you will BECOME A SAVIOUR! THIS IS THE RAINBOW IN THE CLOUD! Will you be a rainbow person?

In the Old Testament the glory was seen in the cloud, fiery, blinding glory, muted by the cloud.

We see an example of this in Exodus, when God appeared to Israel at mount Sinai. “And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days; and the seventh day God called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel” (Ex. 24:16-17). As we search the scriptures we see that “devouring fire” again and again. The prophet Habakkah says, “God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light; He had horns coming out of His hand: and there was the hiding of His power” (Hab. 3:3-4). According to various Bible helps the word horns in this passage refers to bright beams. One translation calls them lightning-like shafts of splendor. The Bible tells us that in these fiery, lightning-like shafts lies the hiding place of God’s power. That alone is enough to let us know that experiencing the glory is more than having a warm, “spiritual” feeling. It’s an encounter with the very nature, being, and power of God because His nature, being, and power is His glory!

The rainbow around the throne reveals the great truth that the throne is not a power of destruction, but the very power of life! While most rainbows have more than one color, this rainbow was in appearance like unto an emerald — accentuating only the color green. Webster defines emerald as: (1) A green transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone. (2) A clear deep green color. Ireland is called “The Emerald Isle” because of the abundance of lush dark green vegetation. The green is of course the middle tone of the color spectrum (red, orange, yellow, GREEN, blue, indigo, violet). The spectrum divides the white light into its parts, as the departing rainstorm does to the sun’s light and flashes back to the human eye the complete rainbow. God is light, not in the cosmic sense but in that spiritual reality of which cosmic light is the wonderful parable. Light in its energetic principle is the secret of creation, as the LIGHT WHICH GOD IS, is the source principle of all life.

Green in scripture is the supreme color of LIFE! Yes, there is death to the old, but in the throne we ascend to the highest dimension of life — divine, incorruptible, immortal life. John fell as dead before the face of the One sitting on the throne — his old Adamic life, identity, nature, and mind slain by the fiery glory of God! But let your heart consider the words of this glorious One when He says to John, “Fear not. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore!” In other words, “Don’t be afraid to give up your will, John, your ways, your desires, your emotions, your plans, your hopes, your dreams, your thoughts, your carnal, human identity. Don’t be afraid, says the Lord Jesus, for I had to give them all up when I walked in the flesh. I died! BUT BEHOLD, I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE!” Therein is both the power and the promise of the throne! The consuming fire of God will absolutely destroy every vestige of the carnal mind and the flesh life. And then the rainbow of promise establishes within the covenant of divine, heavenly life and reality. Adam dies and Christ arises within us! This is the glory of sonship! This is what is happening within the life of every son of God who hears the call to “Come up hither!” Oh, no, you are not going to be raptured up to a mansion in the sky, but as you ascend in the Spirit you are being changed, transformed into the image of Christ. Oh, the wonder of it!

THE RAINBOW IN THE CLOUD
I will speak of one more thing concerning the rainbow, for my joyful spirit goes far beyond even the blessed truths we have discussed thus far. As has already been pointed out, a rainbow is an arch of beautiful colors that appears when the sun shines after a rain shower. As the light passes through the rain drops still in the air, the rays of light are bent. When this happens, the sunlight separates out into its different colors. You see a rainbow when the sun is behind you, and the rain is in front of you. The ray is refracted as it enters the rain drop, and it is separated into the various colors. Then, as it strikes the inner surface of the drop it is reflected. That is when you see the rainbow in the cloud. The marvelous reality of this beautiful type points to the truth that there must be the idea of rain or moisture connected with the throne, or would it not be self evident that there could be no rain-bow? Where there are no clouds and no rain there is no rainbow! That is the type. That is the symbol. And Revelation is a book of symbols!

Jesus used graphic language when He spoke of His appearing.

To the disciples who asked what His coming would be like He said, “They shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mat. 24:30). The picture language of the Bible employs essentially all the created things of God with which we here on earth are acquainted. There are various reasons why the Holy Spirit has used so much symbolic language in the Word. I think that one of these is its unchangeableness. The meanings of words change somewhat through use and misuse. For instance, three hundred years ago the English word “let” meant to hinder or prevent; today the very same word means exactly the opposite — to allow or permit! Whatever man creates is also subject to change, but this is not true of the created things of God. Only a little more than a hundred years ago nearly everyone used oil lamps for light, today we use electricity. In the sign language of the Bible God has employed the sun, the moon, the stars, and clouds; and on earth, oceans, rivers, mountains, valleys, sheep, goats, horses, wheat, tares, fig trees, and so forth. The characteristics of these have not changed throughout the centuries, and when used in scripture to illustrate the exalted thoughts of God they should have the same meaning to us as they did to the ancients. As signs, they have a spiritual meaning and application.

One of the rabbinical names for the Messiah, based on Daniel 7:13-14, was “The Cloud Man.” Daniel writes, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like unto the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven…” Christ, of course, is plainly identified as the “One who comes with the clouds” in the Salutation of Revelation 1:7, “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him…” Furthermore, when our Lord was adjured by the high priest to tell whether He was the Messiah or not, Jesus answered with the old equivalent of “Yes!” Then He said, “Ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Mk. 14:62).

What, then, are those clouds with which, and in which, the Christ comes?

Why, bless your heart, WE ARE! The incontrovertible proof that the “clouds” in which Christ comes are in reality the sons of God in their glory is couched in the terminology of the scriptures on this subject. Note that in most places the passages in question speak of Christ coming “with clouds.” There is only one other group or plurality of objects of which it is stated that Christ comes “with” them or “in” them, and that is — the SAINTS! It is very careful to tell us that He comes “with” clouds. And it also tells us that He comes “with” His saints! “To the end He may establish your hearts…at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ W-I-T-H ALL HIS SAINTS” (I Thes. 3:13). Jude says, “And Enoch also…prophesied…saying, Behold, the Lord cometh W-I-T-H TEN THOUSANDS OF SAINTS” (Jude 14). The Amplified Bible is helpful, when it reads, “Behold, the Lord comes W-I-T-H MYRIADS OF HOLY ONES — ten thousands of His saints.” But the Interlinear reading from the Diaglott translation gives the clearest of all renderings from the Greek text, “Lo, comes Lord  I-N H OLY MYRIADS OF HIMSELF” “Myriads of HIMSELF!” All of them begotten out of His life, all of them partakers of His divine nature, conformed to His image, filled with His mind, matured in His life. Myriads of Himself, of His own kind, born of His seed, a many brethren company of sons of God. The apostle Paul once expressed the truth in this way, “When He shall come to be glorified I-N HIS SAINTS, and to be admired I-N ALL THEM that believe in that day” (II Thes. 1:10). And again we hear the testimony, “And the Lord my God shall come, and ALL THE SAINTS W-I-T-H T-H-E-E” (Zech. 14:5). John the beloved sees this same scene in wonder-filled vision and speaking in prophetical language writes: “Behold, He cometh W-I-T-H CLOUDS; and every eye shall see Him.”

The apostles Peter and Jude both tell us that false ministries are “clouds without water…carried about of winds.” A true ministry then, is a cloud with water. A true ministry has life to give, and like a cloud is willing to empty himself out in order to be a blessing to dry and thirsty souls. Jesus was a bright cloud laden with water, for “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and give His life…” (Mat. 20:28).

A cloud is made up of millions of tiny droplets of water in a big group.

The clouds you see in the sky were formed when a mass of warm, moist air rose from the earth and reached a section of colder air. The invisible moisture in the air condensed and made a visible cloud, just as your breath condenses on a cold day. When a cloud becomes so heavy with droplets that it can no longer hold them, it spills over, and we have rain. “O Lord my God, Thou art very great…who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters: who maketh the cloud His chariot: He watereth the hills from His chambers” (Ps. 104:3,13). The clouds are the chambers of God containing the water of life! A cloud is full of water and water speaks to us of life. Water typifies both the Word of God and the Spirit of God (Eph. 5:26; Jn. 7:37-39). A cloud speaks to us of a vessel which contains water or contains life. Even so, God by His Spirit gives Living Water to refresh and impart life to His creation! It is the nature of a cloud to empty itself! “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth” (Eccl. 11:3). When the cloud gets filled up, it rains. That is the nature of the clouds — rain pours out. All that God is was emptied into Jesus Christ! All that God is was poured into Him, He became a receptacle, a vehicle for all the fullness of God (Col. 1:19; 2:9). He was filled up with the life-giving properties of God! Now, all that Jesus Christ is, is being emptied into His body until we are filled with all the fullness of God — having all the life-giving properties of God! HE IS FILLING THE CLOUDS! The nature of each matured, manifest son will be to pour out that life just as God poured it into Jesus and Jesus poured it into us. That is what will deliver the creation from the bondage of corruption! Every eye shall see His glory. They shall SEE HIM IN THE CLOUDS!

If the saints be full of God they will pour Him out upon the earthly-natured, unconverted, tormented and bound, and unspiritual ones. This is the only hope of creation! This is why the whole creation still waits and groans and travails for the manifestation of the sons of God! A true ministry has life to give, and is willing to empty himself in order to be a blessing to a dry and thirsty people. Pour out his life for others — that is what Jesus did! We are called and chosen of God to empty out that same life on a larger scale on a groaning creation and break the bondage of corruption. Jesus was only one cloud, now we are many clouds! We will rain on all peoples and all nations! Life shall spring forth everywhere throughout the whole earth! All creation is awaiting with bated breath this son company of people who will be the clouds of glory! Their life-giving rain will be emptied upon a dry and cursed earth and creation itself shall be released into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. Aren’t you glad!

With these thoughts in mind we can better understand the fact that Christ Jesus departed this earth in one cloud, yet He comes again in many clouds. The one glory has become the multiple glory. Christ the Head has reproduced His life in a many-membered body. The one cloud of His presence has become many clouds of His presence in His many brethren. Isaiah foretold of this day: “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isa. 60:1-2). The sign of the coming or the presence of the Lord has always been the shekinah or the glory cloud. It was God’s sign to Moses, to Ezekiel, to Daniel, and when our Lord comes again in fullness in a many-membered body of sons, it will be IN THE CLOUDS OF HIS PRESENCE!

From earth’s teeming millions of all ages there is a people arising in the image of Christ.

We who watch the spiritual heavens are seeing a cloud as we have never seen before. We have seen inky black clouds, and clouds of snowy whiteness; clouds brightly tinted and many silver lined; clouds made brilliantly gorgeous by the afterglow of the setting sun. But we never before have seen a cloud made magnificently glorious by the blazing splendor of the Son of God! We have seen clouds charged with thunder and lighted up by flashes of lightning as those who call themselves the representatives of Christ have thundered at the world, intimidating them with words of condemnation and threats of judgment, telling all what awful sinners they are and frightening them with promises of certain hell-fire and eternal damnation. Clouds with thunder and lightning, but little rain! Not yet have we seen clouds charged with the power of omnipotence and flashing with the incorruptible radiance of the love of God in Christ! Afar off we have seen the morning clouds as they have enwrapped the distant mountain peaks and splendidly capped the hilltops. We have yet to see the clouds which shall enfold the absolute fullness of the Mighty One!

We have seen clouds driven as chariots to carry rain to the dry and thirsty fields here and there, as God has periodically visited people with revival by the moving of His Spirit. BUT NOW BRIGHT CLOUDS ARE FORMING IN THE HEAVENS OF GOD’S SPIRIT THAT WILL BE SEEN, THAT WILL BE THE CHARIOT OF HEAVEN’S KING OF GLORY WHEN HE COMES IN SONS TO REFRESH AND RESTORE AND QUICKEN ALL THINGS. What a sight it will be! Even as I pen these words droplets are forming, individual sons over all the earth, on every continent, in every nation, in every city, town, and hamlet are being filled with the spirit of sonship which is the fullness of God, and soon, my beloved, soon! these droplets will band together by the sovereign operation of God and these brilliant bands will fill the glory-flashing skies from end to end and flood the world with life and light and love. How magnificent will be the pageantry of the skies! How sublime beyond all mortal comprehension will be the flood of redeeming love, quickening power, transforming grace, the spirit of understanding, the impartation of righteousness, the breaking of the curse, the collapse of man’s vaunted kingdoms, the end of the rule of flesh, the resurrection unto life that shall spring forth in all the earth upon all peoples, bringing God’s kingdom to pass everywhere the rain doth fall!

Oh, the wonder of it! Having beheld these wonders in the Spirit, may our hearts be assured that the rain from God’s clouds of sons, refracting and reflecting the blazing Shekinah of His glorious presence and power, is what FORMS THE RAINBOW AROUND THE THRONE OF HIS RIGHTEOUS GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEAVENLY REALMS. That is the mystery. It is indeed wonderful!

A MAN IN THE RAIN
When light breaks through from the side of the skies
And finds itself caught and impaled and it dies
In the rain that descends from the dark cloud above,
A rainbow is seen, a sign of God’s love.

Oh, the colors were there in the light all along
But only the rain can bring out the song
That’s been sung by the glory around heaven’s throne:
Light’s manifold nature displayed and made known.

When the ark came to rest on Ararat’s horn
And Noah went forth into mankind’s new morn,
God’s judgment drew back with the storm on the wane
And His mercy shone forth in the sunlight’s new reign.

These two seeming foes did meet in the bow
That was set in the clouds God’s promise to show
Both to Him and to us the witness of light
That’s been caught in the rain, making peace of the fight.

Has your heart ever looked with wonder and awe
At the bow in the cloud and sensed more than you saw
In the judgment and mercy that met in the rain
And looked beyond that to the Lamb that was slain?

Look — a man just like us who lived life in our shade
And by that pure life a pure light He displayed
That shone with compassion and candor and grace
From Bethlehem’s manger to the skull’s awful place.

And there did God’s wrath and His love fully meet
Finding perfect fulfillment: a work that’s complete.
The whole spectrum of love through sorrow and pain
Was declared unto us by a man in the rain!
-- Thomas Worth

To be continued …

Friday, November 16, 2018

FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE 67

FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
(A study in Book of Revelation Part 67) by J. Preston Eby

THE THRONE (continued)
“Immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Rev. 4:2).

The exclamation, “Behold! A throne!” sets the mood and declares the scene which greets John’s gaze as he passes through the open door into the heavenly court. There is much more to be seen, but the glory of the throne and He who sits upon it is of such fabulous radiance that all else seems dim beside. In this and the next chapter the word “throne” occurs seventeen times.

The scriptures continually speak of thrones in connection with the sovereignty and power of God. The throne of God is a developing throne, just as every purpose of God is progressive and unfolding from age to age, the body of Christ is growing and being builded up a spiritual temple, the bride of Christ is being prepared and is making herself ready for the marriage union, and the kingdom of God is expanding so that “of the increase of His government… there shall be no end.” Let us then see that this is not the throne of God in its eternalness, but a new and fresh and more glorious revelation of the throne in an advanced manifestation and administration. John sees it, not as long since fixed and settled in this locality and form, but just as it was taking up its rest in this place. It was being set as He was looking! That is the sense of the Greek text. The expression is in a tense which denotes unfinished action, reaching its completion at the time of the seeing.

“I saw a throne as having just been set in heaven!”

This is truly marvelous, for it shows that this vision refers to a new order of things, which first comes into being at the time to which the vision refers. The apostle’s language implies that the act of the placing of the throne where he saw it, was only being completed at the moment of his looking. That moment was the moment of him being called up out of the earthlies into the heavenlies! The prophet Daniel beheld this same scene and describes it thus, “I beheld till the thrones were set (not cast down as the King James Bible has it), and the Ancient of days did sit, whose throne was like the fiery flame” (Dan. 7:9). Daniel’s vision embraced the placing of the throne, as well as the throne itself.

When John, being in the Spirit, looked aloft into the heavens of God’s Spirit, he saw a throne which is the seat of universal authority and dominion. But he saw that throne in a new and more glorious administration, to bring into view a new order of things. It is the same throne — but in a new dimension! Up until the vision of the open door in heaven only one man out of all humanity had access to the throne realm to capture the power, the glory, and the majesty of the throne realm, and then come back into the earth realm and reveal it. But now a many-membered man will have access to the throne realm, thousands of in-Christed ones to step forth from the mercy seat in the Holiest of all to express the life, light, love, goodness, deliverance, salvation, and power of God before the face of all nations and unto all the ends of the earth. This is the manchild upon the throne! These are the overcomers who are called to sit with Christ in His throne! These are God’s called and chosen elect who rule the nations with a rod of iron! This is the new administration of the throne that John beholds, high above the limited ministry of the candlestick realm, bringing the new order of the kingdom of God through manifested sons!

In a little nursery rhyme that many who read these lines will remember from their childhood we have a picture of the pathetic shroud of darkness that hangs like a pall over the church’s understanding of these deep and wonderful truths of God:

Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to see the Queen.
Pussy cat, pussy cat, what have you seen there?
I saw a mouse under her chair.

Pathetic as this picture is in the natural realm, it is even more sad in the spiritual realm. So many saints have visions of that bright glory world above, and instead of beholding the glory of sonship and the power of the throne, all they can see is golden streets, celestial streams, roses that never fade, mansions with gold bath tubs, harps, and fluttering angels. Like the pussy cat, they cannot see the queen in all her glory and dominion, they see only the mouse under her chair! The carnal mind simply cannot see the true realities and glorious significance of sonship to God. Instead it treasures the outer things of buildings, meetings, musicians, programs, rituals, ceremonies, ordinances, organization, efforts, and works. But God is calling a people to come up hither to the throne realm where all that God is many be touched, known, experienced, and manifested!

When one ascends high enough all he sees is the throne and One sitting upon it!

That is all the high priest saw in the Most Holy Place, and that is what John the beloved beheld when the door was opened in heaven. The throne room is so grand and so flooded with reality and glory, yet the old order church has been chasing mice under the throne and perceives not the majesty of that realm. When Isaiah stood in the throne zone he cried out, “The whole earth is full of His glory!” The glory of God became ALL to him in the presence of the majesty on high. When we turn from the religious mice and behold the true wonders of the Spirit world we come to know Him as He is. It grieves me when people talk about heaven and miss the glory of God upon earth! My spirit is saddened when believers talk about heaven in terms of mansions over the hilltop or a cabin in the corner, while they live out their lives void of a true spiritual understanding of Christ raised up within His people in the glory of kingdom authority and power — the throne zone. Golden streets, gates of pearl, and walls of jasper are merely spiritual poetry expressing to us deep and profound spiritual realities. They are figures of speech employed by the Holy Spirit of truth to help us leap over the walls of our logic and capture that which is indescribable. Oh, that all men might see the awesome glory of God that dwells in these vessels of clay! The kingdom of God is within you, precious son and daughter of the heavenly Father!

My deepest prayer is that men may get their eyes off the mouse under the chair and behold the throne, the wisdom and glory and power of the kingdom of God within. You need not go anywhere to come up hither to the throne realm! It is closer to you than the air that you breathe. It’s closer to you even than the blood that courses through your veins. In the power of the kingdom of God within you there is no limitation at all. All things are possible! All the wealth of divinity, all the riches of the mind of the Father, all the abundance of joy, peace, love, faith, and power is in your spirit, the throne room within Christ in you! All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are hidden in Him are in you today, in the Spirit of the living God which is in your spirit, that spirit which you are upon this earth! Discover that throne within today, my friend, draw from its wealth, suck from its life, receive from its power and you will walk as a new creation, transformed into the image of God. In the surpassing glory of sonship to God golden streets will have no importance at all! You won’t even see the mouse under the chair! All the virtues and values of God, all the attributes of wisdom, righteousness, and power, are centered in the throne zone. All that God is and ever shall be and all that He does is in the throne zone. All of God’s mercy, grace, and goodness radiate out from the throne zone. In the throne zone you can see all things as they really are!

“When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy messengers with Him, THEN SHALL HE SIT UPON THE THRONE OF HIS GLORY” (Mat. 25:31). When the Lord comes into His temple, which temple we are, and we are raised up into His glory and power in the Spirit, then He sits upon the throne of His glory! Darkened minds picture our Lord soaring down out of the skies on a great cumbersome throne, all dazzling white (Rev. 20:11), like a king arrayed in all his trappings in the natural. But we should remember that “the words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63); we should remember that prophecy is given in prophetical language, in highly figurative speech! A throne means dominion and power and authority. White denotes righteousness. So a white throne denotes righteous dominion. That is God’s throne! His dominion is righteous, that is, it is right. It is just. It destroys evil and redeems men unto God. It destroys sin and death and quickens men unto righteousness and life. It is a throne of mercy and judgment, even corrective judgment, that makes what is wrong, right. That is what is right or righteous! And that is the throne God is raising up within His sons! That is the spirit every son must have toward all men before we can reign upon the throne!

THE OMNIPRESENT THRONE
God is not a limited physical being that can sit on a tangible throne in one restricted locality somewhere out beyond the blue. God is spirit and God is everywhere and thus His throne is a spiritual throne and is everywhere. The one great truth that all theologians agree on is that God is omnipresent spirit who not only created, but upholds and fills the whole universe and all things! And our scientists tell us that in the universe there are more worlds than individual grains of sand on the beaches of all the earth. Astronomy informs us of the enormous distances that separate the stars of the physical universe. So remote are the nearest ones that four years are required for light traveling 186,000 miles a second to traverse the distance. Yet speaking astronomically, such stars are very near neighbors! Galaxies have been discovered which are billions of light years away.

You cannot put a God who is that great and everywhere present and bottle Him up on a physical throne in one limited spot. Oh, no! He is everywhere and His throne is everywhere. The throne of the God who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent spirit is not a material one but bespeaks the REALM OF HIS SUPREME AND UNIVERSAL AUTHORITY AND RULERSHIP; and our Lord Jesus Christ has been exalted to the glory of that rulership. The throne of God is a sphere of power and authority, a position of eminence, a condition and a state of being. The reign of God’s Christ is the assumption of the almighty power and universal dominion of the Father. It is the dispensing of HIS POSITIVE ENERGY FORCE into His creation in specific ways. Exalted to that high realm Jesus no longer walks in a limited physical body, but He now indwells the church, which is His body, the FULLNESS OF HIM THAT FILLETH ALL IN ALL (Eph. 1:22-23).

If heaven were a “place” out beyond the galaxies somewhere, can you imagine how long it would take for God to hear a prayer, how long it would take to get to heaven were we to travel there, how long it would have taken Jesus to get from heaven to earth when He descended to dwell among us? Why, bless your heart, after two thousand years Jesus would still be on His way back to the throne even if He traveled at the speed of light! And He would need billions of more years to get there! The angel Gabriel was dispatched from heaven while Daniel was praying and was able to reach the prophet Daniel while he was yet in his prayer (Dan. 9:20-23). Real distance is measured not in miles or light years, but rather in time required to reach a destination.

Heaven, therefore, is not far away!

When we pause to think of the terrifying vastness of the universe, our human tendency is to think that God could never pay close attention to the tiny details of our lives. Our walk to the store, the streets we cross, the entrance we use, the groceries we select, the people we meet, the mood of the cashier, the price we pay at the checkout, the thousand and one little decisions we must make and challenges we face — does God care about these trivial details? The McDonald’s restaurant chain says, “We do it all for you.” But they don’t. They can’t. Larger crowds make for less personal attention. So how can God direct the whole vast universe and give us personal attention at the same time? Well, says Jesus, amazingly God does! “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Mat. 10:30). To God both small and big are beautiful and worthy of His loving attention. And I will tell you how He does this!

The scriptures use many terms that are suited to our understanding.

When God speaks to us He uses terminology that is comprehensible to us, in order to convey concepts that are beyond us. These are called “terms or accommodation” or “anthropomorphic terms” if I might use that $10.00 word. It means simply this — there are certain attributes that belong to us as human beings that are attributed to God and they are used of God in order that you and I might understand God better. For instance, the scripture says, “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the earth.” Now God doesn’t have physical eyes! And frankly, I don’t understand how you can see without eyes, and therefore the only way I can understand it is for God to say to us, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the earth.” And now I understand that God sees!

Not only do I understand that God sees, but I also understand that God sees everything, everywhere. Nothing is hid from His sight! The “eyes” of God are spirit eyes. God is omnipresent, that is, present everywhere at the same time. The spirit eyes of God, or His ability to see by Spirit, are as omnipresent as God is omnipresent! That is, the eyes of Spirit are not localized — God doesn’t have two remarkable eyes somewhere in His head with wonderful X-ray vision that can pierce the vast distances of the universe and see everything, everywhere at will. Oh, no! His eyes are omnipresent — He sees everything, everywhere at the same time and He sees it from right there where He is, not from some distant vantage point. His Spirit is right there present with you as you read these lines and He sees you there by His Spirit that is there. Because He “fills all things” His Spirit is at the same time in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Washington, Caracas, Johannesburg, and Paris and He sees everything there by His Spirit there. Omnipresent eyes! It is indeed wonderful! And yet they are not eyes as we know eyes, but just His universal ability to see by His Spirit. The One who made the eye can see without an eye! I don’t understand it — therefore the term “eye” is given to us as a symbol standing for the reality in God the Spirit.

Again the scriptures say that the heavens are the “handiwork” or “finger work” of God.

God doesn’t have fingers like we have, but He can do the work of fingers, therefore the Holy Spirit speaks of the creation as the work of His fingers. So the One who made the fingers, the hand, and the arm can do the work of the fingers, the hand, and the arm, by His Spirit. The hand of the Lord is not localized, it does not exist in some specific spot somewhere in the universe from whence it moves out through time and space to perform some action. Oh, no! God is omnipresent Spirit — therefore the hand of God is as omnipresent as God Himself. His hand is a spirit hand and speaks of His great ability to act, perform, do, make, and create. God acts by His Spirit in every place at the same time. Therefore “His arm is not short that it cannot save.” God’s hand is right there in the room where you sit this very moment. And His hand is everywhere else in all the unbounded heavens at the same time!

Furthermore, Christ is now seated on the right hand of God — He is seated there on that right hand right there where you are, yea, even in the deepest depth of your being, so that the throne of God is nearer to you than the air that you breathe! Christ is seated at the right hand of power, that is, in the position where God acts, does, works, and creates, so that all God does He does in and by and through the Son of God. And He does it right there where you are! Can we not see by this how simple yet profound is the knowledge that we have been raised up and made to sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus! The spiritual dimension of God’s abilities in Christ have been awakened and quickened within us, our spirit joined to His Spirit, so that we sit in that spiritual dimension by spiritual consciousness, and we haven’t moved one inch to get there! Somehow I understand that today and it makes the reality clear to my own dull human way of thinking.

The “ears” of the Lord are not huge elephant-like ears possessing such super-sensitivity that they can hear sounds from billions of light years away. Oh, no! The ears of the Lord are spirit ears, equally present in every place His Spirit is; He hears you not from a distance but from right where you stand in His presence. The ears of the Lord permeate all places and all things by His Spirit and they are all about you and within you. He hears every thought of your mind, every desire of your heart, every cry of your soul! And His wonderful omnipresent spirit mind is able to instantly and efficiently assimilate, process, compute, utilize and respond to all these untold trillions of bits of information with the same ease that you and I can drive our car while talking on the phone and be conscious of the weather all at the same time! God is all He is everywhere, and He can do all that He does everywhere. The mouth of the Lord is an omnipresent spirit mouth, His ability to speak in every place at the same time. Out of His Spirit He can speak within your own heart or ears, while at the same instant He is speaking to millions of other people around the world and to holy angels and creatures of all kinds in far distant worlds. He speaks to each by His Spirit present within them, not from some distant “place” where His “mouth” is! In like manner the creative power of God is an omnipresent power and God creates, not in one locale, but out of the infinity of Himself.

The dwelling place of God cannot be any smaller or more limited than He is!

The whole vast realm of the heavens is His throne. The Lord spoke through His anointed prophet, declaring, “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (Isa. 66:1). He fills the entire immense extent of the heavens, which is the realm of the Spirit. The heavens are His throne, which means that He rules and reigns in the realm of the Spirit and by His Spirit. If we could measure the extent of the Spirit, from one end of the heavens to the other, we would then be able to estimate the extent or bounds of His throne. Just as scientists cannot discover the extremities of the physical universe, so is it impossible to know the expanse of the Spirit. Neither the heavens, nor the earth, nor the whole universe can contain Him. Solomon said that the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him. Our Father is greater than all! He and His throne are limitless and boundless! And He shall reign until all principalities and powers, all creatures and men, and all things of all orders everywhere throughout the unbounded heavens have acknowledged Him, and being reconciled in their hearts come to love, adore, honor, and obey Him with willing hearts. He shall reign until all things everywhere both perceive and resonate with the glory that He is!

Truly the throne of God is a spiritual throne and is as omnipresent as God is!

God is everywhere, and His throne is everywhere, for His throne is naught but THE REALM OF HIS ALMIGHTY AUTHORITY AND OMNIPOTENT POWER. There is no need to go anywhere physically to relate to God’s throne. The journey is a spiritual one! The throne is all around you, within you, and present equally everywhere within the realm of Spirit in which God exists and dwells. You can either experience or ascend that throne within yourself through union with Christ and the release of His power. “All authority in heaven and in earth is given unto me,” Jesus said. The ascension of Jesus was the supreme event of world history. He ascended not to a place, but to an office in and by the Spirit. He departed from the arena of humiliation and limitation to enter into His glory. He, in one instant, vaulted from the status of despised Galilean teacher to the cosmic King of the universe, rising over the heads of Pilate, Herod, and Caesar Augustus. The ascension catapulted Jesus to the right hand of God where He was enthroned as King of kings and Lord of lords. The implication of this event for every son of God and for the world is staggering. He has invited us to share that throne! He has beckoned all who have received the call to sonship to ascend in Him to that place in the Spirit where all authority and power is accessed. That is the destiny of every manifest son of God. That authority is present everywhere by His Spirit! But it must become appropriated, embodied, and expressed through a people who attain to the FULLNESS OF CHRIST. “Come up hither!” That is the reality of His throne in and by the Spirit!

The following words by brother Paul Mueller speak profoundly to our hearts. “Seeing that the throne of God is in the heavenlies, or in the realm of Spirit, there is no power anywhere that can withstand the power and authority of the throne of our Father. As His sons, we must ascend in the Spirit to the heavenlies, worship the Lord, and give Him all honor and praise. As we do this, we are establishing a vital link between heaven and earth by which the kingdom of God more fully comes to earth, thus unseating the powers of man. Each time we rise in the Spirit to worship our Father at His spiritual altar, the fire from His altar is cast into the earth to change the world (Rev. 8:1-5). That fire, which God is, also burns away the dross from our lives, and delivers us of this sinful, Adamic nature. This is the direct result of the reign of Christ, which shall continue to increase until all is changed!

“The Lord’s greatest dominion at this time is in the lives of His elect and chosen ones.

We are now being ruled and governed by the Lord totally and absolutely. He has extended the dominion of His kingdom to our hearts and lives, and now the Lord will rule us with complete and undisputed dominion. And He will continue to rule and reign in our lives until every enemy within us is made subject to Him. This is the present truth of the kingdom of God!” — end quote.

The Greek word thronos means “the place and seat of authority” and refers to all executive authority that is committed into the hands of God’s Christ, Head and body. Understand that the throne is here now; here is infinity; here is eternity; here is omnipotence, waiting for you to enter into your heritage in God! Again and again in the Psalms and in the Prophets David and others make this beautiful and significant assertion: ‘The Lord reigneth…” The Lord reigneth over the heathen, the Lord reigneth over the nations, the Lord reigneth in Zion, the Lord reigneth in the midst of His people! It is always present tense. The Lord reigns now! That doesn’t mean that He has purposed to deal with every thing and everybody now, but He has assumed the dominion of the world and all things, and all is safe in His care and all will experience His sovereign purpose in His timing and according to His program and will. It brings joy and victory to know that the Lord reigneth! His throne is established forever. The scepter of His kingdom is a right scepter.

He is clothed with strength that is unperceived by the world.

The Hebrew word translated “reigneth” is malak and means to reign, to ascend the throne, to induct into royalty. Thus, when we are called to “Come up hither” to share His throne, we are called to ascend the throne and to be inducted into the royal power of that throne! Therefore, as the elect hear His voice and hasten to His call, we are ascending the very throne of Christ in a greater relationship with Him and in Him. We are being inducted into the royalty of the throne of Christ — into His reigning realm! Through the experiences we encounter in this earthly life, with all their testings, trials, and provings, we are becoming overcomers and thereby learning to reign over all things by His royal mind, will, and life!

What does it mean when the door is opened in heaven and John sees a throne having just been set in a heavenly place? What is the divine message we should understand when the Voice as a trumpet invites John to come up to the throne room? When the Father shows us in the heavenly realm of the Spirit His throne of glory established in a fresh and more glorious revelation, it thus indicates an expanded manifestation and administration of His dominion. God is ready to deal in a brand new way with things not dealt with before! It indicates an increase in spiritual activity in the earth. It indicates a time of the greater dominion of the Lord as King in the earth. He calls His chosen ones to see His throne in the heavens, with Christ seated on that throne, to reveal His truth that He will now rule in them in a greater way, yea, completely, fully, so that He may then reign through them over the New Day He is birthing in the earth. It thus marks the beginning of a period of the revelation of divine truth and the dealings of the Father in His sons to bring them to the hour of manifestation.

Oh, how blessed the prospect!

Truly we have come to that time! May the Holy Spirit reveal to all His elect the power and authority of His kingdom that is now to be revealed through the sons of God! May all God’s called ones understand that God now determines to change things in the earth! As He allows His chosen ones to see the open heavens, with Christ seated on His throne, and to hear the Voice bidding us to arise and come on up into that place with Him, we know that He is coming to reign in our lives to redeem us fully and completely in spirit, soul, and body. And He shall reign in us until His throne is fully established in us, even that fresh, new, advanced manifestation and administration of His throne that shall subdue all things until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea! Hallelujah!

THE ONE WHO SITS UPON THE THRONE
“Immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat upon the throne. And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald” (Rev. 4:2-3).

Let us notice — THE ONE ON THE THRONE DID NOT HAVE AN IMAGE! All John saw on the throne was colors, beautiful colors. And yet, John saw One sitting there. What about this One that sat on the throne, that could be seen, and yet, was not visible to the natural eye? He had no form, only radiance! John was not looking into the natural elements when he saw the One on the throne. The scripture says he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day! John stood in the very reality of heaven as he was caught up in the highest realm of the Spirit. The One he saw was Spirit. Do not look, my beloved, at the throne of God as a natural seat sitting there for someone to sit on. Don’t imagine a throne-like chair! Here seated in the splendor of the omnipresent heavenly-spiritual realm John beheld One of many colors. Even though He did not have a figure, John could see Him in and by the Spirit.

The One John saw is Spirit.

In the tenderest of words Jesus explained to the woman of Samaria this great and eternal truth: “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:23-24). God is Spirit, and we will understand a great mystery when we see that Spirit is light. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (I Jn. 1:5). We cannot see God with natural eyes. No man hath seen God at any time! Pure light is invisible. That is why in outer space there is nothing but darkness, although the light rays from every star are passing through. It is only when light is reflected that it becomes visible. The rays of the sun strike the earth and are reflected off of it, creating the light of day on the planet. God is light, and no man hath seen God at any time! Only as we see the light reflected in God’s Christ do we see Him! “The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath led Him forth into view” (Jn. 1:18).

As I have mentioned, pure light is invisible.

One writer has pointed out that a scientific analysis of sunlight reveals that it consists of three kinds of rays. (1) Chemical rays or actinic. These rays are invisible and can neither be seen or felt. (2) Light rays. These rays can be seen but never felt. (3) Heat rays. These rays are felt but are never seen. GOD IS LIGHT, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Therefore God, in a spiritual way, has His being, function, and expression on those three levels. We know that God has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father corresponds to the chemical rays of sunlight. No man hath seen God at any time. The Son, who is the light of the world, corresponds to the light rays which are reflected, the One whom we can see but not feel. The Holy Spirit corresponds to the heat rays, since He is felt in the lives of believers but is never seen. Now, these are not three kinds of light, but three dimensions of the one reality of light. In like manner, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three individual Gods, but three dimensions, three expressions, or three operations of the one and only God!

Many a sermon has been preached about the throne of God in heaven, and I think most of them have missed the mark because they see only the Father on the throne. The greatest mystery of the ages is that seated on the throne of God today is a MAN. God Himself came down from heaven and invaded humanity, He took upon Himself the nature and the body of a man, so that when He went back to the throne (His omnipotent power in the Spirit) He would take humanity back to the throne. There is no mystery to it that God sits on the throne, He belongs there; but to think now that MAN is sitting on the throne! “Jesus of Nazareth, a MAN approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs…THIS JESUS hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore BEING BY THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD EXALTED…” (Acts 2:22,32-33). Our Lord Jesus Christ has been exalted to the glory of supreme and universal rulership! The right hand of God is the realm of power and authority, a position of eminence, a condition and a state of being. It is the assumption of the almighty power and dominion of the Father! It is the dispensing of His positive energy force into creation. Exalted to that high realm Jesus no longer walks in a physical body, for He now indwells the spirits of His many brethren, who are the fullness of Him who filleth all in all (Eph. 1:22-23).

John has given us a description of the radiant glory of this One who sits on the throne.

It is interesting to note that the identity of this One is given us further on in the book of Revelation. “And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 21:5-6). Oh, yes! The One sitting on the throne identifies Himself as “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” Then in chapter twenty-two this One whose name is Alpha and Omega says, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things” (Rev. 22:13-16). There can be no mistake about who Alpha and Omega is! Throughout the book of Revelation He is the Lord, Jesus Christ!

Yet — I show unto you a mystery.

In chapter five John beholds a Lamb as it had been slain. The Lamb is standing in the midst of the throne! But then the Lamb comes and takes the seven-sealed book out of the right hand of Him who sits upon the throne. It looks like an impossibility! If Jesus is the One sitting on the throne, how could Jesus come and take the book out of the hand of Him who sits on the throne? Throughout the New Testament only Jesus is the Lamb! Only He has redeemed us by His blood! Only He is Alpha and Omega, the Creator of all things! We can only conclude that both of these are Jesus! But how can this be? The answer is very simple. We do not see here two separate persons but two manifestations, operations, or ministrations of the same person. Do we not have these “parts” within ourselves? Each of us are composed of spirit, soul, and body. Are we then three different persons? Not at all! We are but one person in three dimensions of being. My spirit can speak to my soul and say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” And my soul will bless the Lord, prompted by my spirit. Then my soul may say to my body, “I am joyful — laugh!” And my body — facial expression, vocal cords, breath — will produce visible, audible laughter. Can you not see the mystery? People talk about the three “persons” of the Godhead — there is no such thing! Just as man is a tri-partite being, yet only one person, so is God a tri-partite Being, yet only one person of God!

In chapter four of Revelation, every description of Christ there is Christ in His deity, Christ as God, sitting on the throne, the eternal Lord, God Almighty. But then when we look at chapter five we find that every description of Jesus is Jesus in His humanity — the Lamb slain, the crucified One, the lion of the tribe of Judah. It was the humanity of Christ that was of the tribe of Judah. It was the humanity of Christ that was crucified. It was the humanity of Christ that died — the Lamb of God. The things seen by John are symbols, pictures, terms of accommodation to help us understand the mystery. You see, my beloved, the true and full revelation of God could not come to man until it came in the man Jesus. Through His sinless life, through His sonship walk, through His death, burial, and resurrection God in man overcame sin, limitation, death, hell, and the grave. Through this wonderful work God took everything that was in deity and transferred it into humanity! Therefore the Lamb is worthy! He is worthy to take the book! He is worthy to open the seals! He is worthy to bring to mankind the full revelation of God! Jesus the Lamb, Jesus the man, taking the book out of the hand of the Father, is just a picture of this transferal of divine, incorruptible life and glory from the realm of deity into the world of humanity! It is in and through Jesus the Lamb that this has been accomplished! Isn’t it wonderful!

A dear brother was caught up in the Spirit. I know not whether he was in the body or out of the body, but he was caught up in the Spirit and he saw, in spirit, the throne of God. There was One that sat upon the throne! He did not see three thrones: God the Father sitting on one, God the Son sitting on another, and God the Holy Ghost sitting on a third. Nor did he see one throne with three persons of God sitting side by side upon it. He saw One on the throne and the One that he saw was Jesus. He saw Jesus sitting on the throne! But emanating and radiating, in an unending, all encompassing, out-raying of glory, majesty, wisdom, dominion, power, love, mercy and goodness was the Father! God was in Christ and Christ was in the Father and they were one. Shining out of Jesus was the glory of the Father so that Jesus could say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself (of my humanity): but the Father (deity) that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works sake” (Jn. 14:9-11).

Blessed be God! It may stagger your imagination to hear what I now say, but, once you see the truth of it, the mystery of God will be complete. All those blessed ones who now hear the call to “Come up hither” are apprehended “in Christ Jesus” to share the honor and glory of His throne. “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). This shows that as we come to know the overcoming power in the resurrection life of Christ, we are also made to experience the ascension of Christ. We are chosen of God not only to be made alive from the dead and have God’s life, but also to sit in the heavenly places as ASCENDED MEN! And furthermore we are called and chosen not only to be ascended men, dwelling in the heavenlies, but also to sit upon the throne of Christ, which is the Father’s throne, as ENTHRONED MEN! Therefore ascension and enthronement truly are the position of those who know Christ in His fullness.

The position of ascension rests not only on the fact of Christ’s ascension, but on THE LIFE OF ASCENSION WE HAVE OBTAINED WITHIN US. Likewise the position of enthronement rests not only on the fact of Christ’s enthronement, but on THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF HIS KINGDOM DOMINION THAT HAS BEEN RAISED UP WITHIN US. The Christ who indwells our hearts and is being formed in our lives is the ascended and enthroned Christ, and His life is ascended and powerful and heavenly, and is given from heaven, out of the realm of the Spirit. Although in the conditions of our outer man we still live on earth, yet according to the inner man we are already in heaven. The situation is just like our Lord’s during His time on earth. He said that though He “descended from heaven” He was still “in heaven” (Jn. 3:13). This was due to the fact that His life and consciousness were heavenly and one with heaven — the realm of the Spirit.

It is true therefore that as we ascend into the high places of God in the Spirit, we are reigning with Christ in His heavenly, spiritual throne. As we truly become overcomers by the ascended life of Christ, we are also given power over the nations to rule them with a rod of iron, and as the vessels of a potter they shall be broken to shivers (Rev. 2:26-27). This rule is given to the overcomers in Christ! As the life of ascension within us raises up kingdom dominion in our lives we reign with Christ in the Spirit, and the worldly powers of man shall be displaced by the power of the Spirit and replaced by the spiritual power of the kingdom of God. We are a spiritual people. And the throne of God is the spiritual realm of our Father’s dominion. Therefore our reign in Christ is a spiritual reign, which is accomplished as we move in and by His Spirit in relation to things in the earth realm. Through that spiritual dominion God’s will is brought to pass on earth as it is in heaven.

The implication of such a marvelous truth is staggering to the imagination.

I want you to see yourself in Christ. I want you to know that we have a great and eternal King upon the universal throne in the heavens! But He is not only in heaven, for God’s elect is the body of Christ — the body of the One sitting on the throne! “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (I Cor. 12:12). If you can see that one throne where the Father of glory and the Son of man are seated together as one, and then see yourself and all God’s sons seated in them as one, you will understand that even if there should be 144,000 sons in Christ in the Father sitting on the throne, there would still be ONLY ONE UPON THE THRONE!

This is the mystery.
“That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us…and the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and Thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory…and I have declared unto them Thy name (nature), and will declare it (through them): that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them” (Jn. 17:21-24,26).

Such high and mighty purpose is certainly beyond the comprehension of the natural man or the natural mind. The truth and fullness of the wonder of it all only begins to seep into our quickened spirits when the spirit of revelation gives us a view of what it means for our life to be hid with Christ in God. Beholding in and by the Spirit the scenes of the wonderful heavenly scheme we see that in our union with Christ in God we are the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. GOD is upon the throne of the universe in the heavens! In the Father CHRIST sits upon the throne of the universe in the heavens! And seated in Christ WE are raised up and made to sit together with Christ in His throne, just as He sits in His Father’s throne.

There is only one throne and there is only One upon the throne!

There need be no question in the mind of any saint who is called to reign with Christ that the One on the throne is a CORPORATE ONE composed of many members. John described Him as having the appearance of a jasper and a sardine stone. That is only the radiance of the glory of the Father! Methinks that when all the sons of God have been perfected, changed, transformed, and caught up to the throne of God, one day another dear brother will be caught up in the Spirit and will see, in spirit, the throne of God. And he will not see many thrones: with God the Father sitting on one, God the Son sitting on another, God the Holy Ghost sitting on a third, and many sons brought to glory sitting on a vast array of thrones. Oh, no! He will see one throne and he will see One on the throne. He will see Christ, a Christ of many members, Head and body, sitting on the throne! And emanating and radiating, in an unending, all encompassing, out-raying of indescribable glory, majesty, wisdom, dominion, power, love, mercy, and goodness will be the Father. Shining out of this corporate Christ will be the glory of the Father, He in us and we in Him, so that we can say, “If you have seen us, you have seen the Father: for we and the Father are ONE!”

Jesus has promised us to sit down with Him in His throne.

Not in another little throne beside His throne! Just as there are saints who are stones in the wall of the heavenly temple, or pillars in the temple, so there are those who become a throne people. These are the ruling sons of God, and it is from the throne of God and of the Lamb that the living river of life proceeds! The greatest manifestation of life the world has ever seen shall yet come forth in the earth through a people who become the throne of God in the earth! The glory of God fills the city, and the whole earth is full of His glory, and His glory is above the heavens — yet God sits upon His throne — there is a unique concentration of divine life, power, and dominion from those who make up the throne of God!

To be identified with His throne is the ultimate attainment of union with God.

He is making us one with Him to such a degree that when He acts we act, when He moves we move, when He speaks we speak, and when He speaks all will speak the same thing because of the united life in the Spirit. It is a unity with Christ and with all who have grown up into the full measure of His stature. When God speaks from His throne, it is the voice of the many-membered Son, the voice that is as the sound of many waters, many spirits merged into one gigantic waterfall — ONE GREAT RIVER OF LIFE! Take the shoes from off your feet, oh saint of God, for the ground on which we stand is holy ground! Put away all lightness and foolishness that with heads bowed down, and hearts lifted up in worship, the Spirit of God may make plain how the life of God flowing in the exalted and enthroned Christ and the life of Christ flowing through His many brethren is ONE STREAM OF THE WATER OF LIFE! And these chosen ones who share His throne are included in the scene John saw as He gazed with holy wonder upon that glorious One who sat upon the throne!

Later John sees in the midst of the throne four living creatures, and also a Lamb standing as though it had been slain. And round about the throne, in the same position as the rainbow, which appeared as an emerald, were seated twenty-four elders. All of these are mere symbols of HIM who is seated upon the throne! I will write of this later, Lord willing, but let me say in passing that everything in and around the throne bespeaks of the different spiritual aspects, attributes, faculties, functions, powers, and ministrations of that many-membered One who occupies the throne. Oh, the wonder of it!

As we ascend in spirit to that heavenly realm of throneship we then realize this is where we really belong. The yearning deep within our hearts, wrought by the revelation and love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, to bless the world, right the wrongs, heal the wounds, assuage the suffering, abolish evil, and set creation free from its bondage to sin, sorrow, limitation, and death, is the divine indication that we are destined for throneship. Everything in the realm of the Spirit makes us feel at home with God and His Christ. As we consciously ascend higher and higher into the realm of Spirit, we see that a throne is set up in the heavens of His Spirit. We also see that One who is all glorious, arrayed in the Light that no Adamic man can approach unto, surrounded by a vast multitude of others who are arrayed as He is, and seated there upon the throne of the heavens. Truly it is a glorious scene of heavenly illumination and splendor to those who have been blessed of their Father to see as He sees!

A brother has shared the words of a prophetic song that was given by the Spirit at the time of a special moving of God some years ago. What a wonderful word it brings! The following are the words of that anointed song:

Don’t you hear the Spirit calling,
Rise up, my love, and come away?
Leave the things of earth behind you,
Come and walk in God’s new Day.

Enter now into His kingdom,
Bright the Light that points the way,
For the shadows now are fleeing,
Can’t you hear the Spirit say?

Cast your doubts and fears behind you,
All His leading now obey.
Man’s traditions will but blind you,
Jesus is the truth, the way. 

The New Age is just before us,
Ye sons of God come lead the way.
Tell all the earth God’s great salvation
To be revealed in this great Day.

Yes, I hear the Spirit calling,
Rise up, my love, and come away!
I’ve left the things of earth behind me,
And now I’ll walk in God’s new Day!

To be continued…

Thursday, November 15, 2018

FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE 66

FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
(A study in Book of Revelation Part 66) by J. Preston Eby

THE THRONE (continued)
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1).

This beautiful passage has been used by thousands of teachers and preachers to teach what is called “the pre-tribulation rapture.” They say John was a type here of the church being caught up off the earth into heaven just prior to the wrath of God falling upon the world in the fury of the Great Tribulation. But it says no such thing! Many believers and teachers have anticipated most enthusiastically that at this point when “a door was opened in heaven” the “rapture” of the church would take place. Of course you can see that since most of them believe that heaven is a limited and physical “place” out in the blue somewhere, the only way one could get there would be by being spatially transported. Oh, what shame! What deliriums! Men, poor deluded and blind children who know precious little of the Christ life and spiritual realities parade themselves as angels of light and their carnal imaginings as revelation direct from God!

“Come up hither” is not a geographical term. It doesn’t mean go up, it means grow up! Years ago I picked up a tabloid-size newspaper with these alarming headlines:

MILLIONS MISSING AROUND THE WORLD
MASS KIDNAPPING
STOCK MARKET FACES CRASH
THOUSANDS ATTEMPT SUICIDE


The articles in this paper sensationally described scenes of terror, fear, and anguish around the planet — planes crashing because the pilots disappeared, trains derailing when the conductors suddenly vanished, massive pileups on the highways as automobile drivers vanished into thin air, killer earthquakes, volcanoes erupting world-wide, tidal waves sweeping the continental coasts, mobs of looters roaming the city streets, thousands of persons dying of heart attacks triggered by stark fear, and on and on.

My response to this was something between a hearty laugh and disgust. This paper was merely a carnal-minded attempt to dramatize what millions of Christians have been led to believe will happen when Christ returns — the sudden, unannounced event that will cause the immediate disappearance of millions of believers from every city, town, countryside, and hamlet throughout the world. Some people publicize this theory with bumper stickers like the one that warns: IF DRIVER DISAPPEARS, GRAB THE WHEEL. The “any minute rapture” is preached today by many popular preachers and is called the believer’s “Blessed Hope.” It has been the subject of more gospel songs and hymns than anyone could number. Yet, there is no scripture in the whole Bible that plainly supports such a doctrine! It can be “read in” to the text in a couple places, but even then there are obvious problems with such an interpretation. Furthermore, they tell you that chapter four on through the book of Revelation is irrelevant to you, because you’re not even going to be here! The question follows: Then why study it? If you’re not going to be here — don’t worry about it!

The marvelous reality of it is that the journey from the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place, and from the feast of Pentecost to the feast of Tabernacles, is not a matter of chronology of time or distance, but a chronology of experience! One does not get from the feast of Pentecost to the feast of Tabernacles by a date on the calendar or by a trip through space — you get there by an experience in God. Tabernacles follows Pentecost just as Pentecost follows Passover. The Most Holy Place follows the Holy Place just as the Holy Place follows the Outer Court — not by waiting for a particular day, or by being raptured to a planet called heaven. It is not a sequence of times or locations, but a sequence of growth, experience, life, and reality! God’s called and chosen elect is beginning to move into a new dimension in God, the veil is being drawn back and we are seeing that there is another whole realm of reality that we never knew about in the church systems. There is a whole other feast, an entirely other dimension of being in God, another vast realm of glory that we have never entered into!

Pentecost is wonderful!

I have loved its power and its praise, its gifts and its graces, its life and its glory! If the firstfruits of the Spirit, the down payment of God’s glory in the Candlestick realm, has been so glorious, the redemption of the fully purchased possession must be beyond anything we can even imagine! Pentecost has not delivered creation from the bondage of corruption, therefore creation still waits and groans and travails for the manifestation of the sons of God. Only the fully manifest sonship ministry can save this old world, demolish the systems of man, establish the rule of the Spirit, and deliver creation from the bondage of sin, sorrow, sickness, fear, torment, hatred, tyranny and death! Ah, my brother, my sister, we have only seen the edges of God’s ways, the borders of His mind, and the fringes of His power, until the fullness of His great redemption is raised up within us!

If you are looking at outward things, the things you can see with your natural eyes, you are missing the point of meaning in the scriptures. When Paul spoke of our being “caught up in the air” he was not looking at the physical bodies of old Adam which are only temporal and return to the dust from whence they came, for the first man is of the earth, earthy. Should someone object that only a physical body could be caught up in the air, I would ask if Jesus was speaking literally and physically when He said, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you” (Jn. 6:53). Jesus wasn’t teaching cannibalism there, my friend, for the spiritual mind discerns that He was speaking of spiritual realities! His flesh is His Word, for the Word was made flesh! His blood is His eternal, divine life, for the life of the flesh is in the blood! Jesus was speaking spiritually, and Paul was likewise speaking spiritually! Paul was looking at the inner man, the new creation, the heavenly body, the offspring of the flesh and blood of the Son of God, which is the real person, and which bears the image of the heavenly. It is this man that is “caught up” into a new place in the Spirit!
COME UP HITHER!”

I have no desire to take away your “blessed hope,” but would point you to a blessed reality for the here and now! As Christ in this hour comes to us in and by the Spirit to lift our inner-man nature up into the fullness of union in Him, we certainly do experience a rapture — believe me! While the word “rapture” is not to be found in scripture, there are other words and expressions that bear the same or similar meaning. Paul told the Ephesians, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together… in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4-6). This passage says that God H-A-S RAISED US UP TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. Paul told the Thessalonians that the saints would be “caught up together” to meet the Lord in the air (I Thes. 4:16-17). It should not be difficult for any spiritual mind to see that in both cases the apostle is speaking of the same blessed experience! In both cases we are elevated to a higher plane in Christ, and with Him. There is a glorious company of these “caught up” ones! It is a wonderful place of rest, glory, revelation, wisdom, and power far above the beggarly elements of this world. Reba McMurry told of the little boy swimming in the pool who said to another, “Come on in, the water’s fine.” So I say to you who are dwelling in the earthlies, in the low lands of carnal mindedness, tossed by the storms of life, beset by problems, trials, difficulties, hindered by the flesh and the world, manipulated and controlled by the carnal religious systems of man, “Come on up higher — there is a wonderful realm above of peace, joy, victory, blessedness, power, and the mind of Christ!”

The preachers love to proclaim that Jesus is coming to “rapture the saints to heaven” or to “catch His waiting bride away.” But the word of God never says that! When the Bible speaks of being “caught up” or invites us to “come up hither” it is not speaking in terms of miles or light-years away. Let us consider the experience of the apostle Paul’s friend (this was not Paul Himself, as many erroneously assert!). Paul relates it this way. “It is not expediate for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one CAUGHT UP TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) how that he was CAUGHT UP INTO PARADISE, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities” (II Cor. 12:1-5).

Where did this friend of Paul’s go?

Physically, his body went nowhere! This was a spiritual experience! But he was “caught up” to the third heaven. And when he was caught up into God’s glory, he was actually right here on the earth. He never left the ground for a minute! And thus it is in this hour for all of God’s elect people! So completely overwhelmed was he, so utterly were his faculties under the control of the Holy Spirit, that he was not sure whether he was “in the body, or apart from the body.” God carried him into that realm of life known as paradise, the third heaven. Heaven is not a location! Heaven is a realm of Spirit in which we touch, experience, and know God. The first heaven corresponds to the Outer Court of the Tabernacle and brings us to the brazen altar where Christ the Lamb is slain for us, giving to us His life. This is our initial “salvation” experience where we know the joy of sins forgiven and reconciliation to God. There is also the laver, representing the washing of the water of the word, or the word of God that begins to cleanse our walk upon earth. The second heaven corresponds to the second realm of the Tabernacle, the Holy Place, wherein dwells the candlestick, the table of showbread, and the golden altar of incense. We enter the door of this dimension through the baptism in the Holy Spirit which ushers us into this second supernatural heaven in Christ where the Holy Spirit fills us and becomes the light of our life, as the oil fills the candlestick and gives light to the Holy Place. Here we begin to be illuminated by the Spirit, as the Spirit reveals Christ to us and we become aware of heavenly and spiritual realities. It is there we truly partake of the bread of God, and the word begins to be made flesh within us. Then we are able to offer up the incense of spiritual prayer, praise, and worship unto God!

The man of whom Paul wrote had already ascended spiritually into the first two heavens in regeneration and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. But now “in spirit” the Lord carried him for a brief moment into that realm of life, that dimension of glory, that third heaven of HIS FULLNESS, typified by the Shekinah Glory of God beyond the veil in the Holiest of all. For this man it was but for a moment, yet this third heaven of God’s fullness is the inheritance of every manifest son of God! Moffatt’s translation says, “In the body or out of the body? I do not know. I simply know that in the body or out of the body (God knows which) this man was caught up into paradise and heard sacred secrets which no human lips can repeat.” The glory, majesty, and power of the third heaven cannot be described by human lips! You cannot explain the glory of manifest sonship to sinful ears or to religious ears! It is not given to them to understand the mysteries of this kingdom! The third heaven must be experienced, for it cannot be told! In this marvelous experience it was not important for this man to know whether or not his body was caught up into that higher realm. He knew he was there! The real man, the inner man, the new man, the new creation, the Christ man, the spiritual body was there! He had entered into the realm of full sonship, the throne realm, the incorruptible, immortal, omniscient, omnipotent sphere of kingdom dominion! And he knew that in God’s due time he would have an abundant and permanent entrance into that realm of glory, by the resurrection power of Christ within, CAUGHT UP. In the Outer Court we die with Christ at the brazen altar. In the Holy Place we are quickened together with Christ by the indwelling of His life. In the Holiest of all we ascend, are caught up with Him into all His glorious fullness and eternal reality!

When the eagle-eyed seer of Patmos, being in the Spirit, looked aloft into the heavens, he saw a throne. There is a throne whose dominion reaches from Adam in Paradise down to “the last man,” whoever he may be. The natural man, in his blindness, looks, but he sees no throne; and therefore he cries, “I will live as I please, for there is no one to call me to account.” But John, with illumined eye, saw beyond the outer world, and distinctly saw a throne and One who sat upon it. When our eye looks through the glass of revelation, it sees a throne too. The higher we go in God, the more powerful that throne! We feel more and more the influence of that throne and its dominion in our lives. It is the throne of God, the dominion of God by the might of His Spirit within and by the power of the mind of Christ. There is a throne whereon sitteth the King eternal, immortal, invisible; that throne is everywhere by the dominion of God in Christ, and it is experienced in our hearts where dwelleth the King.

“Come up Hither!”

That is the cry in my heart for God’s elect in this hour. It is the cry of the Father’s heart for the people He loves. If only we can glimpse the wonder of what John experienced when those immortal words fell upon his ears! “I want to show you something, John — something special.” John beheld with wonder the majesty of the throne of the God of the universe and in that blessed moment he was invited to enter and sit down in the throne room. He was ushered into celestial scenes of divine life, authority, power, and dominion. Today, my beloved, I hear the Lord saying to His chosen, “Come — I am calling you up into the secret place of my presence, into the unknown citadels of my splendor; and when I have finished with you it will be on earth as it is in heaven. I am taking you on a journey into my glory, I am showing you things new and transcendental, I am raising you up into a dimension of union in me you’ve never known before; I am drawing you into the intimacy of the Father in the Son that John beheld, and I am meeting with you in the counsel of my eternal purpose.”

Your mind and heart will be tremendously illuminated once you clearly see that the call to “Come up hither” is the call to leave the candlestick realm and ascend to the throne realm! A tremendous revelation was given to John on Patmos. He was shown in holy vision the seven candlesticks “which are the seven churches” (Rev. 1:20). The seven churches represent THE WHOLE CHURCH REALM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CHURCH AGE. If you want to know what the church is like, look at the seven candlesticks! There you have the divinely inspired portrait of the church realm painted by the brush strokes of the Holy Spirit of revelation. Can any deny that they were imperfect, carnal, childish, idolatrous, heretical, rebuked again and again by the Lord — a realm of mixture and duality? The Lord commends and praises them on the one hand, while warning and rebuking them on the other hand. Some of the saints are praised for their works of faith and love, whereas others are warned of impending judgment if they fail to repent, and some are even threatened with extinction.

These seven churches reveal the true state and condition of the whole church throughout the age, and both history and personal experience testify unerringly that John was shown aright! The early church was a church of mixture and duality — flesh and spirit, truth and error, law and grace, spirituality and carnality. Even a casual perusal of the New Testament reveals this! And from that day to this, make no mistake about it — ALL CHURCHES HAVE BEEN THE SAME! Yours is no different, preacher friend of mine, no matter what lofty name you put to it. ALL churches are the same today! The church in El Paso is a carnal church. There are many denominations and groups here, but there is only one church in El Paso. It is composed of every believer in this city that trusts Jesus as Saviour and confesses the name of Christ. But whereas one says, “We are of Luther,” and another says, “We are Baptists,” and another says, “We are Pentecostal,” while yet another says, “We are of Christ,” are they not carnal and walk as men? There are indeed some spiritual people and some spiritually minded groups of saints in the church in El Paso, but the church in El Paso is a carnal church! And should the church age continue on for another thousand years the church would not have changed — the revelation of the seven candlesticks immutably declares it! The seven candlesticks are the seven churches, and the seven churches are the whole church throughout the entire church age!

As soon as this point is made abundantly plain John heard the voice saying, “Come up hither and I will show you things that must be hereafter.” After what? Why, bless your heart, after the candlestick realm! We’re not dealing here with years or ages of time, but with realms of spiritual experience. The promises had already been given, not to the churches themselves, but to “him that overcometh” — a company out of the church. “Come up hither” the voice commanded. John is now shown another realm HIGHER THAN THE CANDLESTICK REALM! It is the realm of the overcomer, and only the overcomer is promised a place in the throne! It is the realm of the throne, of the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. John is invited to leave the candlestick realm to ASCEND IN THE SPIRIT TO THIS HIGHER REALM where the Lamb is in the throne. This is what the brethren don’t want to do! They don’t want a change of order. How they cling to the candlestick realm with its five-fold ministry, its man-made systems, its carnal promotions and methods, its old order structure, its rituals, ceremonies, and ordinances, its weakness, limitation, mixture, and duality. This revelation was given to John about the year A.D. 96. The churches of his generation refused to leave the candlestick realm and rise to a higher place in God, and within only a few years the great apostasy set in, and by the third and fourth centuries the apostasy was complete, followed by an awful night of great and dreadful darkness. Even secular history refers to that time as “The Dark Ages.” It was the great “falling away” that Paul prophesied in which the man of sin was revealed in the church, the temple of God, sitting in that temple ruling as God over the nations! I have traveled to the sites of the seven churches in Asia and I can tell you that today there is nothing there — not one church exists, not one saint can be found. The seven churches were in Asia which is the modern nation of Turkey. Within the whole country of Turkey there are only perhaps 1,000 Christian believers — all the rest are Moslem. There are no churches to be seen anywhere except as museums!

Today, my beloved, all who are truly overcomers, pressing into sonship, caught up to the throne, have heard and heeded the call to “Come up hither” and have forsaken the carnality, foolishness, and limitation of the candlestick realm to become related to Christ IN THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WHERE HIS LORDSHIP SWALLOWS UP OUR LIVES, WHERE HE IS ALL IN ALL, WHERE HIS SPIRIT, MIND, AND LIFE REPLACE THE OUTWARD STRUCTURE OF THE CHURCH SYSTEM. But do not forget, the Lord is still out there in the candlestick realm, for John saw in the midst of the candlesticks “One like unto a Son of man.” As long as there are candlesticks this glorious One will be in their midst! Oh yes, He is there, ministering on that level, blessing by His grace, dealing in His mercy, saving, healing, and helping. I have seen Him there in the midst of all the flesh, error and delusion, in fact I first met Him there in the little light that remains in Babylon. I’m sure most who read these lines also met Christ in the candlestick realm. Yes, He is there alright, sometimes even manifesting in marvelous moves of His Spirit and rich outpourings of His grace. What love! What wondrous love! What condescension! That Christ Jesus the Lord would “stand in the midst” of all the foolishness of creeds and doctrines, of rituals and ceremonies, of programs and promotions, of formality, fanaticism, and sectarianism, to minister something of life on whatever level it can be received in spite of all.

I would be remiss if I failed to warn every saint of God that He is NOT THERE taking men on to perfection, into incorruptible life, into the fullness of sonship. The “up hither” realm is where that experience is known! If any man can show me any church order, any revival, any move of God, including the early church and the original apostles and prophets, that has ever carried God’s people on to perfection and into the fullness of God I will recant and gladly join it. If such a church cannot be produced, then John’s revelation of the candlestick realm remains valid and I have no obligation to join myself to that which is impotent to bring me into the depths of Jesus Christ and to the glory of the throne. Hear me now! I am not opposed to gatherings, meetings, corporate praise, worship and ministry! But we must know that all we have done in those realms is still “in part” and not to be esteemed as the vehicle to carry us into manifest sonship in the fullness of God.

As I have been led by the Spirit and taught by the Spirit it has become clear to me that the “open door” in heaven and the command to “Come up hither” separates between the candlestick realm in the earthlies, which are the seven churches, which is the entire church age economy — and the higher realm of His fullness, the throne realm! I say to you today as the trumpet-voice said to John in that long ago, “Come up hither!” We have stood on the sidelines and said, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus, and save us from this old world.” And He has sat on His throne and said, “Come my people; enter into my gates, ascend into the heavens of my Spirit.” Nearly all Christians have said, “Come get us Lord Jesus,” but we who have heard His voice have been instructed, “Come up hither, my people; come up into the realm of my Spirit, into the glory of my presence, into the power and authority of my throne!” THE DOOR IS OPEN IN HEAVEN TODAY. You may live in the candlestick or the throne. You may be an earth-dweller or a heaven-dweller. You may be a “Christian” or you may be a SON!

As we ascend in the Spirit to reign with Christ in His throne it indicates a departure from the candlestick in the Holy Place, to follow our glorious and exalted forerunner beyond the veil into the throne room of the Holiest of all. It means entrance into a greater and deeper and higher relationship with Christ the Lord. The throne of this realm is the mercy seat — the throne of mercy! Thank God, the throne of the universe is the throne of mercy! All men may boldly approach the throne of grace. The understanding of this is very simple. If I were to say to any brother in a gathering, “Brother so-and-so, take us to the throne of grace,” in and by the Spirit the brother could take each and every one of us to the throne and we would never have to leave our seats. When Jesus says, “Come unto me,” He is not speaking geographically. He is speaking experientially! The journey to Christ and into Christ is not outward or physical, it is inward and spiritual. Sometimes an evangelist will say, “Twenty-five people came to Christ last night.” Does he mean twenty-five people were “raptured”? Does he mean twenty-five people were transported to Galilee and found Jesus walking the shores of the blue sea, and joined themselves unto Him there? Of course not! Chances are they did not move one inch physically. To say that “Come up hither” indicates a physical rapture reveals the innate stupidity of the natural mind which discerns not the things of the Spirit. Christ is Spirit, Christ is omnipresent Spirit, one does not change his physical location to ascend into His glory!

I would draw your reverent attention to the sequence of events outlined by the Holy Spirit in the last three verses of chapter three of the Revelation and the first three verses of chapter four. In the original there is no chapter division here, but there is continuity of thought and a flow of revelation. At the conclusion of the messages to the churches the Lord says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” The same logic that invents the “rapture” would visualize Jesus standing at the wooden door of a church building on Main Street knocking to gain admittance. But Jesus has knocked on the door of the candlestick realm! Notice that Jesus does not call this “a door” or “your door” or identify it as any particular door. He calls it THE DOOR. It is one specific door the identity of which is taken for granted. It is abundantly clear that the door He knocks upon is the door that separates between the candlestick realm and the throne room! This door is the same as the veil that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place!

He has told us our need, He has told us there is another dimension in God beyond Passover and Pentecost, beyond the Outer Court and the Holy Place, He has told us there is something beyond the candlestick realm, and now, if you will hear my voice, and open the door, not only will I come into you, and sup with you and you with me, but there within yourself I will lead you up to heights never known by man! As you sup with me and overcome with me I will grant you to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne. Both of these propositions are spoken in two verses in Revelation 3:20-21. First the Lord says He stands knocking at the door. He follows this with the promise of raising us up to His throne as we overcome all things. Then only two verses later John says, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door stood open in heaven.” And through that door he saw the throne! Do you not see the mystery? Is it not clear that the “door” that was opened in heaven was the very same “door” that Jesus knocked upon? It is the gateway between the two realms, the gateway between the candlestick realm and the throne!

First Christ comes out of the heavens of His glory to enter into our lives by His Spirit.

He descends through the door. For Him to come into us and sup with us we must open the door. Thank God, some of us have opened the door! Christ came to us to feed us His truth and life and He has fed us wonderful spiritual food that the candlestick realm knows nothing of! What a table He has spread as He has taught us of Himself, of His word, His ways, and His will. Oh, what a grand and glorious table the Lord has spread for us in this feast of Tabernacles! How our hearts have thrilled as He has revealed the mysteries of the kingdom, the path to perfection, the power to overcome, transformation into His image, the putting on of His mind and nature, the hope of full and complete redemption, spirit, soul, and body! How we have been illuminated, strengthened, and quickened by this heavenly meal! In the holy intimacy of this supping together He has brought us to a fuller and more complete knowing and experiencing of HIMSELF! What a feast it has been! And because we have opened the door…the door is still standing open in heaven! Oh, the wonder of it! Christ came through the door to sup with us, and now He arises from the meal, He bids us go through the door and enter with Him into His throne! It is indeed wonderful!

The voice as of a trumpet was not the voice of a naked cherub floating on a cloud, it was the voice of the Son of God out of a heavenly realm, the prophetic voice heard within the midst of the Lord’s anointed. This prophetic voice is always saying to the Lord’s people, “Come on up, come up higher, I want you to ascend from glory to glory, from victory to victory, from experience to experience, from realm to realm, from reality to reality.” As I was writing this message brother Paul Mueller’s paper arrived in the mail in which he shares this inspiring thought: “‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vine with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away’ (Song of Solomon 2:10-13). This anointed word may be premature as to Father’s time and purpose, but we believe the time of its fulfillment is fast approaching. Who knows but what the new morning may break before us in great Glory and Life within just a few short years! Our WAITING PERIOD may soon be over! The time of the blooming of the flowers of spring and the singing of the summer song birds may very well be at hand! Are we beginning to hear the voice of the turtle? Is the fig tree yet putting forth her green figs? Are not the vines with their tender grapes giving forth a good smell, even the fragrance of fresh new growth? Ah, the time when our Father will say to us, ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away,’ may soon be here! And where will we go when He speaks that Word of authority and power, calling upon us to ‘arise’? Not to any place of earth, of course, but to the heavenly, spiritual Zion, the dwelling place of God, in the Spirit! And when we mature spiritually, the Lord will then build up Zion, clothing us with all those precious new garments of the Life and Glory of Christ! Blessed be His great name!”

Even as you read these lines, precious elect child of God, there is a descending of the Lord into your life. He is descending out from your spirit into your soul, and out of your soul into your body. That is how the redemption works! The mighty work of God begins in our spirit, then moves into the outer realms of our lives. There is a coming forth of the Lord out of the heavens of your spiritual life in Christ. As I have stressed, the heavens are not a geographical location, but a dimension of Spirit. When the trumpet sounds in your spiritual ear, and understanding pours into you by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation from God, there is a descending of the Lord into the lowest realms of your life and an ascending of your being into Him! Every trumpet that sounds will lift you up to a higher place, you will be “caught up” by each trumpet that blows its message of revelation into your reality. At last, when the last trump sounds within you, you will be caught up into the fullness of God and you will be totally changed in spirit, soul, and body! It is at the sound of the seventh trumpet, which is also the last trump, that the manchild is caught up to the throne of God to rule all nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 11:15 — 12:6). At the last trump there are also seven vials of blood poured out into the earth, and these are the revelation of the full redemptive power of the blood of Christ to bring the complete change in the land of our being in Christ. It is there that the carnal mind, the Adamic nature, the flesh, the seat of the beast, all that flows in that realm, with all the powers that generate the fleshly emotions, desires, and propensities of the natural man are forever swept away and brought to naught. THANK GOD FOR THE VIALS THAT BRING JUDGMENT UPON ALL THAT IS EARTHY WITHIN US!

A writer from the 1800’s described conditions in Switzerland in his time thus: “In the valleys in Switzerland many of the inhabitants are deformed and dwarfish, and the whole of them wear a sickly appearance, for the atmosphere is charged with miasma, and is close to stagnant; you traverse them as rapidly as you can, and are glad to escape from them. Up yonder on the mountain you will find a hardy race, who breathe the clear fresh air as it blows from the virgin snows of the Alpine summits. It would be well for their frames if the dwellers in the valleys could frequently leave their abodes among the marshes and the fever mists, and get themselves up into the clear atmosphere above.”

It is to such an exploit of climbing that I invite you today!

May the Spirit of God bear on eagle’s wings all who read these lines, that we may leave the mists of religion and the fevers of the flesh, and all the ills of sin and death which beset us in this miasmic valley of earth, the realm of the carnal mind, and get ourselves up to the mountain of the house of the Lord, the kingdom authority in the realm of the Spirit, where it is the delight of all sons of God to dwell in the rare atmosphere of truth and life and light! Oh, yes! God is disentangling us, cutting the cords that have kept us here below and permitting us to mount! We sit, some who cherish the hope of sonship, like chained eagles fastened to a rock, except that, unlike the eagle, we begin to love our chain, and would, perhaps, be loathe to have it snapped. Yet God is granting grace to all who have received the call to the kingdom to leave all the old orders of the religious systems and all the weakness, limitation, and bondage of an earth-centered life at the foot of the hill, so that our spirit may, like Abraham and Moses and Jesus, go to the top of the mountain and there speak with God and be transfigured in His glory.

His voice bids us come! “Come up hither!”

And our heart responds with an earnest, Yes, Lord, we desire to ascend, to be with Thee, where Thou art.” Come! The Spirit saith it in invitation, yea, in command. Come up from the lowlands of the flesh, come up from the monotony of religion, come up from the emptiness of tradition, come up from the foolishness of the carnal mind, come up from the glitter of the world, come up from the curse of sin, sorrow, and death, come up from your graves, ye risen ones! Come up from the orders of man, ye consecrated ones! Come up to wear my crown, to sit with me upon my throne! Oh, that word has omnipotence lurking within it. That is where God is calling every person whose ears hear the cry, “Come up hither!” It shall be to you your everlasting joy to arise and “come.” I tell you that my soul has sometimes been so full of glory that I could hold no more when my beloved Lord has said, “Come,” to my soul; for He has taken me into His banqueting house, and His love-banner He waved over my head, and He has drawn me away from the doubts and fears and frustrations of mortal existence, up to “the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon” where He manifests Himself to me.

Ah, dear one, truly He declares to you that when this “Come up higher” shall captivate your ear and ravish your soul, there shall not be the flesh to drag you back, there shall be no sluggishness of spirit, no hesitation of will — you shall hasten to climb the mount of God and enter through the door into the throne room — you shall not mount to descend again, but mount on and on in one blessed ascension forevermore! “Come up hither!”

At this point I am compelled to share the following words from brother Carl Schwing. “I do not write to exalt us, the Father will do that in His perfect timing. I write to exhort us to lose ourselves in the depths of Jesus Christ. To encourage us to love and honor our aloneness with Him. To cherish our birthright and to always give all glory to the Father. To walk with our hearts and our heads up- lifted…following only and always our Beloved Christ. To gather often in His presence, thus partaking of fellowship with Him and with one another. OUR FELLOWSHIP IS WITH AND IN THE FATHER! Spirit fellowships with spirit, Deep with deep. In the body, out of the body, in the light or in the darkness, in life or in death, we are one in Him. Hallelujah!

“Let us walk where others fear to walk. Let us live in the realm above the reach of mortal men. The Father bids us come up higher. Let us not tarry. He calls us to familiar grounds; to the house where only Sons can dwell. To a converse which only Sons can share. To a song that only Sons can sing, and to a place where only Sons can sit. We need not speak, we rest upon the bosom of the Father. We need not search, we ride upon the breath of God into the hollow of His heart. We draw life from the Source of all life. We shout as only Sons can do. And the heavens tremble at the beauty of our presence! All creation is quickened by the words we speak. And in the light of that glorious moment of manifestation, the Father will proclaim: ‘These are my Beloved Sons, hear ye them!’ With each sunrise the eyes and ears of our spirits are opened a little bit more…that we might see the unseen and hear the inaudible. Each sunset we walk deeper into the rising mist of His presence. And in the silence of the night hours we often hear His voice or feel His touch. We awake knowing that we are a little closer to home.

“Everything else becomes meaningless and lifeless in the beauty of His presence.

The words that He speaks are pure and life-giving; unspotted by the idle chatter of religious reasoning. Each word He speaks is a drop of life to our hungry souls. He calls us ‘sons’… ‘all that I have is thine,’ are the words that He speaks to us. We are overwhelmed by such love and goodness, we fall before Him in adoration, only to be lifted higher into the excelling glory that the Father has prepared for us. We are realizing that there is nothing left of us, we are reaching the point where we are lost in Him. We are entering into union with God! The doors of eternity are opening to us and we are seeing and knowing even as the Father. Finally we shall love with His love, imparting grace and life to all that are brought before us. It will be the hour when the hope and longing of all creation is fulfilled…it will be the hour of their freedom from the curse. And it all began when He led us to the straight and narrow way” — end quote.

Well did Paul Mueller write: “Many years ago the Lord got my attention through visions and other experiences with Him. One vision, in particular, was an urgent call to ascend the high places in God. In that vision, I saw a large mountain. It was the mount of the Lord’s presence. Many people were climbing that mountain, higher and upward toward the pinnacle of His presence. But few were reaching the heights. In that vision, the mount of His presence was like the literal mountains. The higher one goes, the fewer trees there are. And the higher we go in God, the fewer believers there are at that level. As I watched the people climb that mountain, they appeared on the spiritual level where they were when they died. Some of the people climbing that mountain of the Lord’s presence were loved ones and friends. One among them was a man whom I considered a man of God, a man I had known quite well. By the Spirit, I was taken up that mountain but close to the people who were on various levels ascending that mountain. As I passed by some friends and loved ones, they all cried out to me, ‘Go higher! Don’t stop now, but keep going higher and higher.’ That vision made a profound impact on my life. I shall never forget it! By His grace and His Spirit, I intend to keep climbing higher and higher in God!

“Those who have lived and died in Christ are now in a realm where they can see and understand more clearly. The true reality is in the realm of the Spirit, and they know it well now. They know what it means to walk with God toward perfection, and they appreciate it more now than when they were in this earthly realm. If the Lord would give us ears to hear the cries of those who have gone on before us, we would hear them crying unceasingly for us to ascend the very heights of the mount of the Lord. I heard them briefly. And the tone of their voices persuaded me to believe that our spiritual growth will also mean something significant and wonderful for them. Their call to keep going higher was almost a cry of desperation, but was one of hope as well. Without us they cannot be made perfect (Heb. 11:40). Therefore, the remnant of this hour must ascend in the Spirit to the heights of the mount of the Lord, where we shall be changed. And we shall also release many who died in Christ from their limited, static positions where they rest on the mount of the Lord.

“As we ascend the heights of the mount of the Lord, we will find that it is a lonely walk. To take a step higher in God may mean forsaking old friends and loved ones. When Moses made his seventh and last ascent up mount Sinai, the Lord said to him, ‘And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNT. And no man shall come up with thee…’ (Ex. 34:2-3). Like Moses, some are invited of the Lord to ascend the mount of His presence and meet Him there. Half way up the mount will not do! Those who shall partake of His life and the fullness of His kingdom must go all the way up. God said to Moses, ‘present thyself there to me IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNT.’ The top of the mount was Moses’ goal, and it is ours as well. And it is impossible for us to take anyone else with us. We must go alone! Spiritual progress is not based on fellowship with people, but on fellowship with God! A few others will also go alone to meet the Lord in the top of the mount, so that a remnant — all the remnant — shall ascend the mount to present themselves to Him in the top of the mount. No one member of that remnant company shall be missing, for the Lord will lead them all there by His Spirit” — end quote.

Scattered among earth’s billions is a special species of people.

They are in the world but not of it. These have known from the beginning that they were different. They have gone through the motions, tried to be a good Christian, held every office in the church and tried to live the way they were told. But in the midst of all the effort to belong, there has always been something that kept this people from blending in with the majority. There has been an emptiness and a knowing deep inside that this was not the reason they were here. There has always been something that separated them from all the external forms of religion they have passed through. This, precious friend of mine, is the day of RECOGNITION! This is your day of knowing and understanding where you came from and where you have been in order to arrive where you are right now, and where you are going. Something deep within has cried out, “I didn’t come into this world just to get saved from hell.” Deep has called unto deep and you knew you were born for a purpose. You knew that you were here by divine appointment. You knew there was something greater, more glorious, and transcendental in God. You knew you were born to unveil God’s great plan, will, purpose, wisdom, nature, power, and glory in the earth!

You came into this world out of the bosom of the Father!

Before the Creator formed you, He knew you. He didn’t know you in your present physical form as Joe Smith or Sally Brown, but He knew you as spirit. God spoke to you about His plan for your life before ever you were formed as an embryo in the womb of your mother. Paul states it so clearly when he says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Eph. 1:3-4). The Amplified Bible reads, “Even as He chose us (actually picked us out for Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation of the world.”

Never doubt this reality for a moment — the only way God could have loved you, chose you in Christ, and picked you out for His own before the foundation of the world is that you truly existed in and with Him before the appearing of the worlds. Nothing can be plainer than that! Yet we have supposed that we were just recently, in this life, apprehended of God to sonship. I thought the work of God began in my life sixty-five years ago. Now I find that the thing God is doing with humanity began in eternity! It didn’t begin in time. It began before the ages were framed! God loved me, chose me, knew me, counseled with me, and picked me out for His unique purpose before the foundation of the world. My origin was in God! God begat me out of Himself as spirit before He exhaled me as spirit into a very unique body upon earth.

The “kingdom message” deals with the conformity, maturity, and inheritance of the sons of God — those called to share His throne and reign with Him over all things. This great plan was conceived and initiated in eternity, before time began. “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:28-31). Now notice! These five verbs — foreknow, predestinate, called, justified, glorified — are all in the aorist tense. This denotes action at a given point in the past. All these things happened to us “before” the ages began! Some have stumbled over the fact that Paul says that those whom the Father foreknew, predestinated, called, and justified, He also GLORIFIED. They have questioned the meaning of “glorification,” wondering how they could already be glorified in their present imperfect, mortal state. Let us understand — ALL of this is in the past! God foreknew us in the past — before the world began. This is also when He predestinated us, called us, justified us, and glorified us. Jesus, the firstborn of this company of sons selected before the world began, reveals the deep mystery of this when He prays, “And now, O Father, glorify Thou me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was” (Jn. 17:5). Oh, yes! Jesus was glorified, had a glory, with the Father before the world began. He left that glory when He was lowered into this earth realm, and now He prays for the Father to restore to Him that glory He had with Him before He came! And that is when every son of God was glorified! It is not something happening now, though it shall be manifested now, but it was given us in Christ in that long ago before the world began. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). Aren’t you glad!

Clarity is coming to the sons of God. Understanding, perception, consciousness, expression, purpose, destiny. God is awakening all of this in us! We are called with an holy calling, called to ascend the mount of God, to ascend to the throne zone! He is awakening within us that reality we knew with the Father from before the foundation of the world. You are here by divine appointment! All your steps are ordered of the Lord. The body you were born with, the family you were born into, your parents, the town you were raised in, the school you attended, the friends you acquired, the mate you chose, the job you held, the life you’ve lived, the experiences you’ve had, the joys and sorrows, the tragedies and triumphs, the apparent mistakes and the victories, all that has taken place in your experience was mapped out in the council of God on that glorious day when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy!

As we ascend into the heavens of God’s Spirit to sit with Him in His throne we discover the truth of these words:

The throne room looks the same
As I ascend back to whence I came;
There’s the scepter that was mine
Before I left there;
And there I sit with all the sages
I was enthroned with before the ages,
But most of all, my Father
Out of whom I came!

The cry of the book of Revelation is the call for us to “Come up hither” into a higher realm of life and glory. The important truth for us to understand now is that in the Revelation there is both a coming out and a coming up. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying , Come out of her my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). That very word came to us in great power by the Spirit many years ago during the time of a sovereign move of God in our midst. We were obedient to the word we heard from heaven and hasted to come out of the old order church system, and out of the whole religious order of man. God began in us a process of complete and total restoration of His truth, His ways, His will, His purpose, His life, His mind, and the things of His Spirit!

Then, after He called us out of the religious systems of man, and had consumed the spirit and ways of those systems out of our minds and hearts, we heard another Voice as of a trumpet talking with us, inviting us to “Come up hither” to a higher spiritual realm. When we came up to a higher place in the Spirit, He then said to us, “I will show thee things which must be hereafter.” Then we were immediately in the Spirit and saw “a throne set in heaven (or in the realm of the Spirit), and One sat on the throne.” When, at our Father’s invitation, we ascended in the Spirit into the throne zone, we beheld the Lord seated upon His throne of majesty and power. And what a revelation that was! Yet here is the wonder of it all — not just to see God in Christ seated upon His throne, but to comprehend the deep and eternal significance of His invitation to us to “Come up hither.” “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).

Not to every man, not to every believer, not to every preacher is the invitation given to “Come up hither.” Not all have ears to hear the Voice! Not all are willing to leave the candlestick realm! Not all have followed on to be overcomers! If we have really heard the Voice, if the Lord has indeed revealed these truths to us by His Spirit, if we have truly overcome the world, the flesh, the devil, and the false religious systems of man, He also invites us to sit with Him and in Him on that throne! The kingdom of God will be brought to pass in all the earth as we, the overcomers, reign in union with Christ in the Spirit and by His spiritual rod of iron exercise His spiritual authority and power over the nations to break the rule of sin, tyranny, error, flesh, and death. This work will be accomplished by the mighty administration of His throne operating in our lives in and by the Spirit. Isn’t it wonderful!

To be continued…