MADE IN GOD’S OWN IMAGE

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Throughout the Book of Ezekiel, God addresses Ezekiel as “son of Adam (man)” as well as the House of Is-real (Israel). These references point to man’s original mission. Despite man’s shortcomings, we are expected to live up to our original design. We have been made in God’s own image – divine. A dear friend discovered that the first words in Scripture “in the beginning” can also be translated “created six” or “created man.” Check out her excellent video => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uXUW3PE1L4&feature=youtu.be. She teaches that God’s work was completed before the foundation of the world. That Adam existed before the foundation of the world. When Adam was created on the sixth day of creation, he already existed prior to the creative act. If nothing else, Adam existed in the thoughts of God. Hebrew mystics say that the very first thought of God was Adam and his sons. Therefore, man was the very first thought of God and His last creative act that was made in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). Selah.

TAKING ON COMMON UNION – Part 4

BEHOLD, THE NEW LIVING CREATURE IS THE CHERUBIM
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“I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire” (Daniel 7:9 NASB).

Yesterday we glanced at the Living Creature (i.e. four living creatures) depicting a dimension of the One New Man in Christ on a personal level where an individual is joined to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in a four-fold way, so that Christ’s Being can be lived out through a person by means of the seven Spirits of God according to the perfect will of the Father. This is not something done automatically when we are born again from above, but a progressive work of oneness wrought through a person aiming at the goal of becoming holy, as He is holy. Rightly searching one’s heart and taking things to the cross daily while taking on communion (common union) are essential ingredients to becoming a living breathing manifestation of a New Living Creature in Christ. God knows and He will tell you when you have reached a certain level of hitting this mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He is the only One that can.

Before we apply this picture on a corporate level, let’s examine this New Living Creature more thoroughly. Ezekiel 1:20-21 tells us that the spirit of the Living Creature is in the wheels. Yesterday, we alluded to the picture of the “wheel within a wheel” in the Book of Ezekiel, which symbolizes God ruling and reigning through His Purified (Crucified) Ones. Notice that the wheels on His chariot throne in Daniel 7:9 are described as a burning fire.

Hebrews 1:7 speaks of the Most Holy One making His ministers a flame of fire. Many people dismiss this verse as applying only to angels, but they would be missing a vital, albeit mysterious, ingredient. The word for “angels” in Hebrew 1:7 is the Greek word aggelos, which is from the Hebrew and means “sent one” or “messenger.” But here’s a hidden fact that will blow your mind! Both the Hebrew Scriptures and Greek Septuagint tell us that the sent one or messenger can be either a divine or human messenger.

The Living Creature of Ezekiel 1 are also called “Cherubim” in Ezekiel 10. The specific points that connect the Living Creature of Ezekiel chapter 10 to chapter 1 are:

[1] Four faces apiece – Ezekiel 10:21; 1:6,10.
[2] Every one four wings with the likeness of the hands of man under their wings – Ezekiel 10:21; 1:8.
[3] Went every one straight forward – Ezekiel 10:22; 1:12.
[4] Seen by the river Chebar – Ezekiel 10:20,22; 1:1.

Our next posts will delve deeper into each one of these points. For now note that when you see the word “angel,” “cherub,” or “cherubim” in Scripture, think of it like a red flag going up in a good way to alert us to the possible presence of a deep kingdom mystery connected to our being a New Living Creature in Christ. Not only is this mystery preserved in the bowels of Scripture, but also in a commentary about Melchizedek in the 11Q13 section of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

We will be studying the wings tomorrow. If you’d like to get a head start, here’s a previous post about “wings”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=514643898608109&set=a.436008649804968.101323.436004819805351&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_comment.

~ Robin Main

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“And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man” (Ezekiel 1:4-5 KJV).

“And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels” (Ezekiel 1:19-21 KJV).

“And 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 as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, 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 brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake” (Ezekiel 1:26-28 KJV).

“Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne … This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims. Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings. And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward” (Ezekiel 10:1, 20-22 KJV).

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References: Leviticus 27:14; Ezekiel 1, 10; Daniel 7:9-10; Matthew 16:24; Ephesians 1:4; Philippians 3:14; 1 Peter 1:15; Hebrew 1:7.

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