HOW DID YESHUA FULFILL THE LAW?

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Yeshua came to do the perfect will of the Father: “then He added — ‘Behold, I have come to do your will.’ He does away with the first in order to establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9). Yeshua walked in the Spirit of Life and the revelatory steps of the streams that make the city of God glad that flows from the Tree of Life. He fulfilled the greater Law of Life by being perfectly obedient, which is to perfectly love His Father and others. This flow lines up with the golden stream of God’s Word that comes from His throne.

Yeshua fulfilled the heart of the law when He fulfilled those things written about Him in God’s Word according to the perfect will of the Father: “Then He said to them, ‘These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything *written about Me* in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled’” (Luke 24:44).

We know that Yeshua came against man’s understanding and interpretation of several things in Scripture, like stoning an adulteress, not touching a leper, and what working on the Sabbath really means. Consider that Yeshua actually challenged and did not agree with many laws that were put upon God’s people. These oral laws originated with men who were trying to fulfill His law by fulfilling the letter of the law, but not its heart.

Walking in the same manner as Yeshua did, will cause us to fulfill the golden stream of the Word of God that flows from His throne too (1 John 2:6). The righteousness and justice that’s the foundation and habitation of His heavenly throne has the Living Word as its plumb line and life-giving source (Psalm 97:2).

So the next time you hear that the Lamb of God’s sacrifice on the cross made the Old Covenant obsolete, think again!

YESHUA DID NOT DO AWAY WITH THE SACRIFICE! HE BECAME THE SACRIFICE! There is a difference… a huge difference. Something obsolete or abolished or done away with IS NOT FULFILLED, it is sweep away because it is of no use anymore. Not once did Yeshua proclaim or act in a manner that abolished the law. In fact, He manifested the very opposite: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17 NASB).

Yeshua filled the entire Ten Commandments full of meaning when He demonstrated that all the Law and the Prophets hang on two commandments: Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-40). If we take Christianity’s common argument that the Old Covenant is obsolete and has been abolished to its logical conclusion, His people become lawless, which is the spirit of the anti-christ. Yeshua’s fulfillment of the Ten Commandments does not sanction being a false witness, murder, and the like on this side of the cross. We are called to walk just like He did.

Yeshua said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). These are the things that He saw His Father doing (John 5:19,30).

Galatians 5:14 tells us that the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Here’s the problem if you do not understand His entire golden stream. If a person violated one of the first five commandments of the Ten Commandments, they sinned against God while the last five deal with sin against a fellow man. When Galatians 5:14 tells us that loving your neighbor as yourself fulfills the whole law, it means that it fulfills the whole law where one would sin against a fellow man. So, let’s all put on our Kingdom of God Thinking Caps, and adjust accordingly. The only things that God rejects and abolishes are things that don’t originate with Him and His perfect character of love.

Love is the manifestation of perfection. Let us all live in LOVE!!!

~ Robin Main

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PRACTICING HIS PRESENCE – LECTIO DIVINA

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“Hot air rises.” This is the phrase I heard, as I spent my quiet time with Yeshua (Jesus) this morning. Then Yeshua breathed on me and I felt the heat of His breath, as we flew away together.

Yeshua is our daily bread (Matthew 6:11) in every sense of the way. He sustains our life and every breath we take. One of His Name’s is the “Word of God” (Rev 19:13). He is not some words on a page, but the Living Word – a living golden stream of life.

For those who are interested in growing in ascending and descending via the Son of Man (John 1:51), I would like to encourage you to practice going through the Revelation 4:1 Door now.

One way that I have ascended for years is over Scripture. I just began to “do it” naturally, as I spent more time in His Presence as well as in His Word. For those who find Ascension (i.e., Divine Encounters) more of a challenge, a possible place to start practicing His Presence is the “Lectio Divina.”

“Lectino Divina” in Latin means divine reading. It’s a Benedictine Scriptural practice of reading, meditation and prayer, which is intended to promote communion with God through an increased knowledge of God’s Word and the flow of His Spirit. It treats Scripture as a Living Word, not solely text on a page. “Lectino Divina” was first established in the sixth century by Benedict of Nursia. It was formalized into a 4-step process in the twelfth century. I am not Catholic, but I found that the deeper I pressed into God’s Presence and His Word together I began to flow in the same manner as this ancient spiritual practice.

The four traditional steps of the “Lectio Divina” are:
[1] read,
[2] meditate,
[3] pray, and
[4] contemplate.

I personally added a fifth step of grace that empowers me to stay in an ascended state in the Word (Yeshua). That step is prolonged time of silence (listening) to His Kingdom within and without to see what He has to say.

“Lectino Divina” can be an individual or corporate practice. Here some suggestions for individuals who would like to practice His Presence using the Lectio Divina. I basically expand the four core steps of the Lectio Divina into seven:

[1] CHOOSE a section of Scripture that you would like to listen to God about and experience His Presence.

For example: “This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement” (1 John 5:6-8 NASB).

[2] PREPARE: Quiet yourself to prepare yourself to hear God. I personally like to do my daily communion. You can do things like finding a quiet room, a favorite chair, some tea or whatever posture that will help you receive from God. One thing I like to do is come into DIVINE RIGHT ALIGNMENT where I command my body to submit to my soul, I command my soul to submit to my spirit, and I command my spirit to submit to the Holy Spirit. After you have done this for awhile, you will find that you do this naturally. You want your spirit man to have ascendency. Your soul and body are important too, but you want your spirit to lead, your soul to manage and your body to be in full health carrying out God’s mandates in the earth realm.

[3] READ & LISTEN: When you sense that your heart is ready, begin to slowly read the passage you selected and listen for a word, phrase or idea that the Spirit is highlighting to you.

[4] MEDITATE: Begin to meditate on the word, phrase or idea that has captured your attention by the Spirit. At this stage, you might want to ask questions, like: How can I grow into this truth? How does this apply to me? What are some practical applications to my life? Etc. It’s a good idea to write things down in a journal.

[5] PRAYER is simply meeting with God. Begin to speak to God using the word, phrase of idea that the Spirit highlighted. Speak from the depths of your heart. Tell God the particular way that you want to grow in His image, and take notes when things come to you.

[6] CONTEMPLATION: Focus your attention on the fact the God’s Presence is with you in the moment and always. Do what you feel led to do. You may feel like reading the text again, continue to meditate or talk to God or simply be silent.

[7] PROLONGED ASCENSION SILENCE: I have found that when I hover here in silence focusing on Him that I stay in all the Lectio Divina states at once. My main focus is on what He is saying, not the things I know. Many times I will write the Scripture down slowly, as I listen. I will write the revelation down as it comes to me. Some times I draw pictures too. The idea here is to experience the Living Word – the person of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Machiach) – in a new and profound way. Deep calls to deep.

Many times God takes Ascension Groups into realms of the spirit that illustrate His Living Word. An Ascension Group that I belonged to for 4 years found that we could go as high in the Spirit as we went deep into His Word. You can never go wrong seeking the Father both in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23). BTW – We have found that the Lectino Divina works especially well for men and people who seem to be more analytical (process things a lot in their soul).

So practice… practice… practice spending time in His Presence…
When we behold Him, we will be like Him.

~ Robin Main

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HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 8 – FAITHFULNESS TEST

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“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.”  Just as the inner ear spirals inward, so is the Bridal Journey of Purification. Just as the spoken word seeks the pure water within, so do Bridal Candidates seek the pure washing of the water of His Word in order to get to the very heart of God. Greater than glorious intimacy is a sacred oneness with the King and His Kingdom:

“That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in ONE all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him” (Ephesians 1:10 NKJV).

In our last installment of HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (see below), we began to explore the second crucifixion step in the Bride’s Baptism of Fire. As we follow Yeshua’s footsteps in our own baptism of fire, we are moving beyond salvation and sanctification to the place of purification where our perfection is to resound with renown at the perfect pitch of His Bride – “The Lord is our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16).

Jeremiah 33:17-18 tells us that YHVH will never lack a royal priest that will burn grain offerings before Him. Let’s first focus on the royal priest who presents the grain offering, then on the grain/meal offering itself. On this side of the cross, the Royal Order of Melchizedek acts as a treasurer of the King’s most valuable resources. The top priority on the King’s list is His Ravishing Bride. Esther 2:15 reveals that His Bride is required to do NOTHING but what the King’s Chamberlain appoints. A king’s chamberlain is an attendant on a sovereign in his bedchamber as well as a chief officer in the household of a king who is a guardian of a collection of treasures. Just so you know, the King’s Chamberlain is synonymous with one who maturely operates according to the heavenly Order of Melchizedek here on earth.

Melchizedek is the predecessor of the Bride. We need to understand that we have to first functionally operate in our God-given governmental seat as a kingdom priest before we become a suitable partner – His Bride.

The Bridal Candidate’s Grain Offering Test is an ancient pathway that’s reveals what the kingdom of priests will need to go through at the second stage of their Bridal Baptism of Fire. Numbers 5:11-31 describes the primordial faithfulness test for the Lamb’s wife:

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4 NKJV).

Let’s face it. Until we are truly without spot of wrinkle, we are wayward in many ways. This passage in Numbers 5 shows us how Yah (God) deals with infidelity. First and foremost, a husband had to be without sin to bring “the meal-offering of jealousies” on behalf of his wife (Numbers 5:15). Note that Yeshua brought the meal-offering for His wayward wife at the cross through the offering up of His Body (1 Corinthians 11:23-24; Ephesians 5:23-25). His Body will walk in the same manner as He did (1 John 2:6) filling up what is lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His Body, which is the church (Colossians 1:24).

This primordial faithfulness test for a bride was, and still, is focused on inducing her confession and repentance:

  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 KJV).
  • “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (Rev 3:19 NKJV).

Note: That the wife who endured this extreme ordeal to the end would be vindicated. In the Old Testament, the accused wife had to be innocent of infidelity to survive the ordeal, but on this side of the cross, this process shows us how the One who loves us and who desires for us to be ONE with Him will progressively break a beloved one’s soul in order to crucify our sin nature (flesh) until nothing remains, except that which is purely spiritual.

Picture, if you will, yourself as Yeshua’s Bride. You are standing before the LORD with your hair loose, which speaks of revealing the particular frequency of your manifestation of His glory. If a person has mixture (sin) in their life, their frequency will resonate at a lower level than the perfectly pure frequency of their Bridegroom. Recall that “to burn grain offerings” speaks of one’s life being measured according to the plumb line of God’s Word:

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:22-23 NKJV).

Once the Wayward Wife’s hair was let down, the High Priest would then place the grain offering in her outstretched palms, as he held the water of bitterness in an earthenware vessel. The priest would then have her move from place to place in the doorway of the courtyard where devout women served YHVH. The grain offering quickly became a burden that only the most resolute would bear. Afterwards, the priest would write the oaths contained in Numbers 5:19-22 on a parchment scroll. Ordinarily, in Biblical Times, it was forbidden to erase the sacred name, but here God commanded that His Name be erased in order to bring peace between man and wife.

Can you hear the shadow of the things to come that are here even now? Bridal candidates hold the grain-offering in her hands – the True Bread of Heaven – Yeshua. They hold onto Him for all that they are worth through the most difficult of circumstances. Remember, this is the place where the fiery eyes of Yeshua Ha Machiach searches  a person’s souls with the goal of the True Bread of Heaven manifesting fully through the supernatural enablement of the seven-fold Spirits of God (Isaiah 11:1-2). When a Bridal Candidate’s faithfulness is being tested at this level of purification, the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro throughout the whole earth – your earth and mine – is the substance that comes out of heaven – manna – that humbles and tests us. (Please refer to http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-lZ .) As we press into letting His Word sift us, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds and we prove the Father’s acceptable will through our lives (Romans 12:2).

Another present day expressions of a shadow of things to come is the High Priest of the Order of Melchizedek holds the bitter water in His hands as His Bride moves about His courts. The Temple Courtyard is symbolic of the body. It is here that by “the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1 NKJV).

The waters are called bitter, because purification (like sanctification) is a bittersweet process. One’s soul doesn’t like to die. We fight it, even when we desire it with all our heart. Therefore, these waters of purification are bitter until the tree is thrown in the water (Exodus 15: 25). When the Tree of Life is thrown in the water, the waters that our Great High Priest holds become sweet in order to sanctify and cleanse His Bride with the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:25-26). We know that the Tree of Life is synonymous with the Cross in this case, because the erasing of His Sacred Name speaks of: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Be encouraged Bridal Hearts! You are ONE who will endure to the end. The wayward wife in the Old Testament was found pure after she went through this arduous, humiliating process. The Messiah’s Bride will do no less. The All-Consuming Fire will lead us by His Spirit and His Word to the place where no carnal flesh will remain; and we will become – ONE – bone of His bone and flesh of His divine flesh.

REFERENCES:: Exodus 15:22-26; Numbers 5:11-31; Esther 2:15; Isaiah 11:1-2; Jeremiah 33:16-18; Zechariah 3:9; 4:10; Matthew 3:11; John 3:16; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:23-24; Ephesians 1:10; 5:23-27; Colossians 1:24; 1 John 1:9; 2:6; 1 Peter 1:22-23; James 1:2-4; Revelation 3:19; 4:5; 5:6.

~ Robin Main

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Originally posted on January 28, 2014 via Facebook =>  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=622773727795125&set=a.436008649804968.101323.436004819805351&type=1&theater

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Previous Posts in the “HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” series:

  • HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 3 – STEPS FOR THE BRIDE’S BAPTISM OF FIRE – http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-jX
  • HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 4 – HOLY PRIESTHOOD OFFERING SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES – http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-ka 
  • HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 5 – NEVER CUT OFF THE BODY FROM THE HEAD – http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-kf 

 

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HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 7 – PURIFY THE SOUL

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Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus… as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross… to the glory of the Father (Phil 2:4-11).

Picture with me (if you will) a more holy walk beyond salvation. Beyond sanctification. Picture His Bride walking through His fire to be purified wholly and fully for this is the level (i.e. purification) we are speaking about in this HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS series. Recall that the offerings by fire listed in Jeremiah 33:18 are:

[1] Offer Burnt Offerings

[2] Burn Grain Offerings

[3] Prepare Sacrifices Continually

Our last HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS post spoke about the reality of the Bride’s Baptism of Fire in His Outer Court, which is symbolized by bringing BURNT OFFERINGS to His Brazen Altar. (Please refer to http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-kn). This is the first of three crucifixion steps in the Bride’s Baptism of Fire where only the All-Consuming Fire knows its duration. Recall that it’s the Great Shepherd of our souls who chooses what part of ourselves that He would like brought to His Altar, so it can be burnt up in its entirety. You will bring the sacrifice – parts of yourself. HE will bring the fire.

The Bridal Journey from His Outer Courts to His Inner Courts is a painfully beautiful process. All three of the fiery stages of crucifixion (offerings by fire) are for the purpose of a person decreasing, so He may increase. It is a journey not for the faint-of-heart. It takes a whole-hearted commitment. It takes choosing His ways over your own until there is a total death of self. In a Bridal Candidate’s quest for purification, she must endure the greatest level of the testing of one’s faith. The hottest flame of His love is reserved for His Fire Bride where His coals of fire are indeed His coals of love (Sngs 8:6).

Please realize that the purification work within Bridal Candidates is not linear. The process of fully manifesting and  becoming the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus here on earth is a work that resembles a Fibonacci spiral. Think of a nautilus shell, and the ever tightening spirals that eventually becomes one with its center. Consider that the recurring tests or trials in your life does not necessarily mean that you are backsliding, but you are possibly coming back to your issues so you can go deeper and deeper into the very heart of God. (Please don’t assume anything and check this by His Spirit.) Sometimes things may even appear worse, because if you notice the spirals get tighter and tighter, as the goal of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus gets nearer and nearer. We will go deeper and deeper into the heart of a matter until the impure vibrations of that issue has been purified within you. Keep this concept in mind as we discuss the various crucifixion steps in the Bride’s Baptism of Fire.

The second quantum leap in the crucifixion steps for the Bride’s Baptism of Fire is portrayed through the burning of the grain or meal offerings in Jeremiah 33:18. “Never lack a man before Me to burn grain offerings” speaks of one’s life being measured according to the plumb line of God’s Word.

This is the place where the fiery eyes of Yeshua Ha Machiach (Jesus Christ) search our souls. As we press into letting His Word sift us, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds and we prove the Father’s acceptable will through our lives (Rom 12:2). Any mixture within us will be sifted out in this place.

Of all the voluntary offerings, only someone who brings a meal or grain offering is described as a “soul.” Traditionally, grain has been a staple of the human diet and represents our very existence, just as a SOUL speaks of one’s very life’s breath. Therefore, the burning of grain offerings proclaims that one’s life is in God’s hand and His fire refines as He chooses.

The goal of the “burn grain offerings” step is for Yeshua (i.e. Jesus)  — the True Bread of Heaven – manifesting fully in a person’s soul through the supernatural enablement of the seven-fold Spirits of God (Isa 11:1-2). When a Bridal Candidate’s faithfulness is being tested at this level of purification, His eyes are His seven spirits portrayed as seven lamps of fire burning before the throne (Zech 3:9; 4:10; Rev 4:5; 5:6).

The eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro throughout the whole earth – your earth and mine – is the substance that comes out of heaven – manna – that humbles and tests us, so we can know:

[1] what’s in our hearts (Deut 8:2,5; Heb 4:12).

[2] if we are walking in His ways (Exod 16:4; Gal 5:16-24).

[3] that man does not live by bread alone, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord (Deut 8:3-4; Matt 4:4; Luke 4:4).

[4] that we are true sons that He disciplines (Deut 8:5-6; Heb 12:10-11).

The central tenants of MANNA in John chapter 6 speak about:

  • It is the Father who gives the True Bread of Heaven (John 6:32).
  • Christ in us the hope of glory gives life to the world (John 6:33).
  • Like Yeshua, we are to do the perfect will of the Father who sends us (John 6:38-39,57).
  • His people shall be taught of God (John 6:45).
  • If anyone eats this bread, he shall live forever (John 6:51, 58).
  • Those who eat true food (His flesh) and drink true drink (His blood) abides in Yeshua (John 6:55-56).

May His MANNA manifest in and through our lives. Everyone made in God’s image has been designed to vertically climb greater heights, so the Bread of Life can manifest through us, and we can be also be walking-talking realities of the Word made flesh. YOU ARE A LIVING WORD – BREAD FROM HEAVEN – SENT FROM HIS MOUTH THAT WILL NOT RETURN TO HIM VOID.

Stay tuned, because the next installment in this series will explain a Bridal Candidate’s Grain Offering Test in more detail. Give em heaven!!!

~ Robin Main

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Previous Posts in the “HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” series:

HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 1 – MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP RED http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-jK 

HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 2 – BAPTISM OF FIRE http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-jR 

HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 3 – STEPS FOR THE BRIDE’S BAPTISM OF FIRE http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-jX 

HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 4 – HOLY PRIESTHOOD OFFERING SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-ka 

HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 5 – NEVER CUT OFF THE BODY FROM THE HEAD http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-kf 

HITTING THE BULL’S EYE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 6 – BECOMING A BURNT OFFERING http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-kn 

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References: Exod 16:4; Deut 8:2-6; Sngs 8:6; Isa 11:1-2; Jer 33:16-18; Zech 3:9; 4:10; Matt 3:11; 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 6:32-56; Rom 12:2; Gal 5:16-24; Phil 2:4-8; Heb 4:12; 12:10-11; James 1:2-4; Rev 1:14; 2:18; 4:5; 5:6.

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Originally published on 01-08-2014 – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=612297392176092&set=a.436008649804968.101323.436004819805351&type=1&theater

TAKING ON COMMON UNION – Part 3

BEHOLD A NEW LIVING CREATURE

4 Living Creatures by Mery Alvarado Argandona

The mysterious elements in Scripture are found when we study God’s Word like a man who brings out of his household treasures both old and new. I am going to reveal one of the treasured aspects of the picture the Lord gave when the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and I spontaneously recited in unison: “With this bread and wine, we thee wed.”

BTW – This is a huge key to the unveiling the mysteries surrounding the Order of Melchizedek.

Almighty God handed us a key to a treasure that is connected to the Living Creature portrayed in the faces of Ezekiel 1:10: “As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.”

The Father is represented by the face of the bull or the ox, which is communicated through the ancient Hebrew letter of alef/aleph. The Son is represented by the face of the lion who is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The Holy Spirit is represented by the face of the eagle that soars in the Spirit. Finally, put yourself in place of the face of the man; and thus, we see a new revelatory dimension that the four living creatures is a New Living Creature.

The One New Main in Christ has an application on both an individual and corporate level. Individually, you and I, need to be wed in a fourfold way, so that Christ’s Being can be lived out through us by means of the seven Spirits of God according to the perfect will of the Father. For today, let’s hover on the individual application on how God is going to rule and reign in and through His Purified (Crucified) Ones. BTW – We each need to be firing to-the-best-of-our-ability on all cylinders before we connect corporately. The key is to-the-best-of-our-ability for remember His fiery chariot throne is also a throne of grace.

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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).

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References: Ezekiel 1; Hebrews 4:16: Revelation 1:4.

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BRAZEN BELIEVERS – Heaven Meets Earth – Part 1 (Heaven’s Will)

 Heaven & Earth

HEAVEN MEETS EARTH

Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. Brazen believers are a place where heaven meets earth. Symbolically, we can catch a glimpse of this reality in the brazen or bronze (i.e., copper) items that were in the Mosaic tabernacle.

All the brazen furnishings symbolize the place where heaven meets earth.  God meets man. Think about the earth being God’s footstool (Isa 66:1), and when the apostle John saw Jesus in the Spirit on the Lord’s day “His feet were like burnished bronze” (Rev 1:15). The Church is Jesus’ Body and that Body has its feet bound “with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15). When we walk through our daily lives and reflect the radiance of God’s glory (the character of Jesus), God touches the earthly realm through us.

Feet Sandals

In the Greek, “bronze” in the burnished bronze feet of Jesus’ is the word chalkolibanon, which is a compound word made up of chalkos and libanos. From chalkos we get the idea of the hollowing out of a vessel for this glowing metal was chiefly used for that purpose. Its primary root word is chasma, which means to lower into a void or a gaping chasm. Jesus bridged the gulf between heaven and earth (God and man) “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him” (John 3:17). As we let Jesus have His way in our lives by working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12-13), our lives are cleansed so we may pour out His presence, to a lost and dying world “for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28 NIV). Through Christ in you the hope of glory (Col 1:27), heaven touches earth.

The word libanos means the incense tree (i.e., frankincense), and by implication the incense itself. Revelation 5:8 says that the incense in the golden bowls are “the prayers of the saints” and much incense was given to an angel at the altar so he could “add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne” (Rev 8:3-4). I believe this is a picture of the mixing of things that originated on earth with those originating in heaven — prayer.

Golden AltarFrankincense’s primary root means to become white, which additionally communicates the idea of purity. Incense is the material used to produce a fragrant odor when burned. It’s a pleasing scent to God and it causes passion or emotion to become aroused. Another word for a pleasing fragrance is “savor.” The Hebrew verb for savor is ruach. It’s the word for “Spirit,” as in the Holy Spirit. It means to blow or breathe, to smell, and figuratively, it means to joyfully anticipate. Jesus “breathed on” his disciples, “and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). This makes sense for the primary verb for incense is thuo meaning to rush (breathe hard, blow, smoke), by implication it means to sacrifice by fire. “They were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit …” (Acts 2:1-4).

Bronze FeetWhat a picture! Yeshua’s [1] glowing bronze feet have a dual meaning in this context:

[1] Jesus personally coming to earth for the purpose of bridging the gap between God and man, not only the first time, but also today through you and I.  Jesus tells His followers that the Kingdom of God is near. It is within you (Matt 10:7; Luke 10:9,11).

 

[2] The purified, Holy Spirit inspired groans and prayers of the saints (Rom 8:26-27; Eph 6:18). These are two places where heaven touches earth.

In April of 1998,[2] Cindy Jacobs mentioned that she believed that there is one body, one church in heaven and earth. I agree. Eternal life for believers necessitates that the body of Christ be one, as Jesus and the Father is one. Christ’s body, the church, is united in heaven and on earth. One of the prevalent pictures I received while studying “bronze” in Scripture was unity. The church is already united in the heavenly realm; therefore, what remains is unity here on earth.  I believe we will find some of the keys to uniting the earthly church with the heavenly one by looking at copper in the Mosaic tabernacle.

brazen-altarBRAZEN ALTAR – HEAVEN’S WILL

Yeshua, the perfect propitiation for sin, is mankind’s bridge to God. All furnishings in the tabernacle (i.e., tent of meeting) are different pictures of Jesus’ ministry on earth. The bronze furnishings — the Brazen Altar and Brazen Laver — are no exceptions. Jesus’ blood atones and washes away the sins of the world. Objectively, once for all, and subjectively, as you apply it to your life when you confess Jesus as Lord, and believe God raised Him from the dead (Rom 10:9-10).

Our New Testament brazen altars are our hearts. That was true of the Old Testament Brazen Altar also. The sacrifices were meant to point man to God, to rededicate their hearts to God. Unfortunately, the sacrifices (things that were seen) became the focus instead of the point to the exercise – relationship with the living God. God knows we must guard our hearts in Christ Jesus to make relationship with God a reality. Psalm 24:3-4 tells us that only those who have clean hands and a pure heart can have relationship with the Lord.

FieryThe one called the “father to all who believe” had a very close personal relationship with the Lord. Abraham was 137 years old when his faith was tested when God asked him to take his dearly loved son up Mount Moriah and offer him as a living sacrifice. It gives us a new perspective on Isaac’s willingness when we understand that he was 36 years old at the time. It is at the mountain of God’s choice that Abraham was directed to offer Isaac as a burnt offering.

The Word of God tells us of at least three virtues in our lives that have eternal substance: faith, hope, and love (1 Cor 13:13).When God tested Abraham, He was accessing Abraham’s character to see if these and other eternal qualities abided in him. Just as Abraham’s walk was tested to see if it matched his talk, so will ours.

Abraham_isaac_climb_DoreTo comprehend why God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering, we need to delve into the ancient Hebrew understanding of burnt offerings provided for us in the first chapter of the book of Leviticus. The book opens with the first revelation in the new Tabernacle, which had been built with their own contributions as a place where God’s shekinah glory (i.e., His dwelling presence) would rest among His people. They were made aware of their responsibility of maintaining a high level of holiness.

By the way, no other book in the Bible is so full of divine utterance as the book of Leviticus. Moreover, the Hebrew canon for the book we call Leviticus has the divine title “HE CALLED.” For the people in Moses’ day, its directions left nothing to the imagination. God was very specific in how He wanted/wants to be worshipfully approached. The content of Leviticus expresses the divine will of our heavenly Father for those who desires to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).

Worship Man RaysThat Leviticus is the third book of the Bible speaks of it being stamped with completeness. For instance, the phrase “I AM Jehovah” occurs 21 times in the entire book, which emphasizes that Leviticus is marked with completeness, but it additionally proclaims that within Leviticus are keys to the complete plan of God for spiritual perfection. There’s a holy, awesomeness that accompanies His name Jehovah, for it’s the ineffable name of God – He’s incapable of being expressed in words (i.e., indescribable).

Unfortunately, most Christians have dismissed, minimized or ignored this very important slice of the word that endures forever. It’s been an enigma to most, if not all, of us. We are confused because we no longer do temple sacrifices. Or do we? This is the day where devout hearts need to sit up and take notice of this unique book that almost wholly consists of the words of Jehovah, where “HE CALLED” us to worship Him according to His will and ways. This is the day when we will worship God His way.

Abel's SacrificeThe rest of this Brazen Altar section endeavors to unseal Leviticus chapter 1 for Christians and examines what is required when anyone wants to bring a worshipful offering to the Lord. First, let’s note that the only name of God used in connection with offerings is Adonai. This name represents His attribute of mercy. The Hebraic root of the word “offering” means to come near. As mentioned previously, any type of offering is meant to bring oneself closer to God. Additionally, the Hebrew word for “burnt” is olah, which literally means going up; therefore, we can see that a burnt offering is brought by a person who wants to go up and draw near to God.

When a person sincerely offers themselves or anything they dearly love – especially their own way — to the Lord for the purpose of drawing close, they spiritually go up to meet with the God of mercy personally to His throne of grace. “This is what the LORD says, ‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and have compassion on his dwellings … I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ ” (Jer 30:18; 21 NIV).

Mount SinaiThe burnt offering is also called by another name — the elevation offering, As its name suggests, it raises one’s spiritual level. The elevation offering was brought by everyone who went up to Jerusalem for the three pilgrimage feasts of the Lord (required by everyone who was part of God’s holy nation). The Hebrew prophets spoke that in the end times, all the nations will be coming to Jerusalem — going up physically and/or spiritually and they will take part in building the temple. Don’t forget that you are meant to be God’s dwelling place.

The elevation offering (i.e., burnt offering) in the Old Testament days was considered to be superior to all others, because it was a voluntary sacrifice and it was offered in its entirety. The word “unblemished” in Leviticus 1:3 symbolizes a person coming close to God with nothing missing. All one’s faculties are wholly engaged. When a person brought his burnt offering to the priests (i.e., Kohanim), he was required to lean his hand on the head of his sacrifice. Actually, one had to literally lay both hands on the animal’s head and then confess his sin or shortcoming. Leaning both hands on one’s sacrifice alludes to leaning on the Lord with your entire strength. Loving God with all your strength is synonymous with loving God vehemently, wholly, exceedingly, diligently, utterly. It is the highest form of love and is equated to one’s resources spent according to the perfect will of God… literally being spent on Him.

TabernacleWildernessThe burnt offering was the very first service performed by Aaron’s descendants — the Kohanim — in God’s wilderness tabernacle.  Anyone could slaughter an animal for sacrifice, but it took the descendants of the High Priest to receive the shed blood and transport it to the Brazen Altar. It’s interesting that even though there was a heavenly fire always on the altar, the Kohanim were commanded to add an earthly fire. Once the Kohanim arranged all the cut up parts on the fire, they tended the fire until the sacrifice was totally consumed. As a side, the smoke that rises up to God from the burnt offering is a symbol of the owner’s striving, and the Lord tells us that it pleases Him (Lev 1:9).

In our day of grace, God’s people, who become a royal priesthood through their reception of the gift of the shed blood of the Lamb, receive forgiveness for their shortcomings once they sincerely confess their sin. We bypass animal sacrifices because Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Mashiach) offered up the perfect sacrifice of His earthly body once for all. Yeshua became our burnt offering on the cross, and Jesus’ Bride will be like Him. The spiritual principle behind the burnt offering that remains true even today is “Behold, I have come to do Thy will” (Psa 40:7-8; Heb 10:7). It’s all about doing heaven’s will via sacrificing your own will on God’s altar of purification.

Lamb SacrificialThe fulfillment of the picture of the burnt offering in our day according to the fresh dispensation we are now operating under – “summing up of all things in Christ” (Eph 1:10) – is the baptism of fire that the Bride of Christ will come through to literally become the Lord’s pure and spotless Bride. God’s baptism of fire will burn off anything that is not of Him or in Him. Be encouraged, because He knows the way each one of us takes, and we will come forth as gold (Job 23:10).  Christ’s Bride will live and move in His divine will – the perfect will of heaven on earth. She will act as Jesus did. “And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments… but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:3,5-6).

Classically, the Brazen Altar has symbolized divine judgment. Before you freak out, please understand that the Hebrew word for “judge” is dan, and its pictograph reveals that the judge is the door of life – Jesus (i.e Yeshua). Our Great High Priest is the One who sympathizes with our weaknesses and encourages us to draw near with confidence to His throne of grace so we can receive mercy and find grace to help in a time of need (Heb 4:14-16).

Grace Sign 2Most Christians rightfully and whole-heartedly tout this truth, but please let’s quit cheapening His glorious grace. You’ve seen it. I’ve done it. A person sins over and over again with the supposed safety net that we know God will forgive us. I believe that this mentality is pervasive throughout Christianity. So what should we do with this Scripture? “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy in the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Heb 10:26-29). God actually handles unintentional sin differently than willful sin.

All divine judgment, while we live on earth, is ultimately meant for the purpose of “I am” making us one. Psalms 19 tells us that the “judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether … more desirable than gold … sweeter also than honey … by them Thy servant is warned.” The only way we can discern some of our “hidden faults” and “presumptuous sins” (Psa 19:12-13) is to let the living and active word of God rightly divide what is soul and what is spirit (Heb 4:12). The purifying effects of being washed by the water of the word (Eph 5:26) allows us to be an exact re-presentation of the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).

Honeycomb & BeesDon’t forget that we are not alone — the Spirit of the Living God divinely assists us in our path to perfection. The way we become perfected into the image of One – His very image – is to let the fear of the Lord and the divine judgments of His Word have their way in each one of us. By the way, the fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Prov 1:7; 9:10), but it also allows us to love what he loves and hate what He hates. Remember that it’s a good and faithful son that accepts His Father’s discipline, because he knows that his daddy loves him and is helping him to be the best person that he can be (Deut 8:56; Rom 8:14). Also, it is the sons of God that are led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14), and they inherit God’s Kingdom (Gal 4:7).

The Baptism of Fire (Matt 3:11) being released upon the earth in our day is a quantum leap above and beyond what we have known for the past 1,700 years. Get ready folks because people will actually manifest being “holy as He is holy” (1 Pet 1:16; Lev 11:44). By the way, when God says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy,” it’s not a suggestion but an exhortation (an actual command).  Even though authentic holiness has been rare, it will be a reality of those who will do the “greater works” (John 14:12). Bridal lovers of God will surrender their ways for His. They will recognize practices and beliefs that the Church has sanctioned as “holy,” which are not. These lovers of the Spirit and Truth will recognize what actually pleases Adonai, and then they adjust accordingly, come what may. The Word of God together with the Holy Spirit will be our guide, which is at least a partial realization of the picture that the fire that consumes the burnt offering is first and foremost a heavenly fire. Our voluntary offering to give up our own (earthly) desires and practices will combine with heaven’s fiery perfect will. Like the smoke that rises up from any burnt offering, our total surrender to the All-Consuming Fire will be one of our most pleasing sacrifices as well as one of our most satisfying services.

Throne HeavenlyTo be continued…

Written – October 24, 1998. Revision #1 – November 17, 2001. Revision #2 – December 30, 2002. Revision #3 – April 23, 2003. Revision #4 – December 9, 2010. Revision #5 –  May 29, 2013.

 All Scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise denoted.

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Heart - LoveNeverFailsAuthor’s Note

This is the day when God is unearthing treasures previously kept in darkness and uncovering hidden wealth previously kept in secret places. “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through the iron bars. I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name” (Isaiah 45:2-3). The Lord our God is unlocking the chambers of His vast treasure house, which speak of mysteries that have been in His heart for eternity. He’s opening the heights of the heavens and the depths of the earth.

One of these treasures of the deep is the understanding of the Biblical concepts associated with copper. Although my New American Standard Bible uses the word “bronze,” in Hebrew it actually means copper. This pamphlet is not an exhaustive study, but a tool meant to give you insight and draw you closer to the Lord. We will specifically focus on the picture copper reveals to us as it functioned in the Mosaic (Wilderness) Tabernacle, representing various parts of the Church.

Copper wireIt is significant that copper is the most conductive material on earth next to silver due to it having a free electron in its outer electron ring. Copper’s free electron exchanges freely with other conductive elements. In this study, we will see how Brazen Believers should naturally have a part of them that freely exchanges with other conductive materials — those made in God’s image — for that is what our heavenly Father does. We are to be wise, yet be as pure, transparent, vulnerable, sincere, and genuine as possible with others around us.

Technically, bronze is a metal alloy of copper and tin (sometimes other elements), which history records ancient man began using sometime between 4000-3000 BC. I am purposely using the word “bronze” to directly associate the Brazen Altar and Brazen Laver with Brazen Believers. I am also purposely using the word “brazen.” Brazen means to be made of brass, a harsh and loud sound like struck brass, or marked by contemptuous boldness. Believe it or not, a study of the redemptive qualities of brazen is quite rewarding; but for now let’s just focus on the idea of contemptuous boldness. Contemptuous is a state of being despised and lacking respect. Christians are to be in the world, not of it; and Jesus said we will be hated, rejected and despised by the world, just as He was. The Bible also says “because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God  with freedom and without fear)” (Ephesians 3:12 AMPL). Brazen Believers boldly approach God’s throne of grace. We need to be broken enough before God to speak the truth boldly and not participate with evil motives and intentions. Without brokenness (our flesh being in the heavenly brazier), boldness is simply pride.

Brazen Believers ultimately will only see themselves though Jesus. They will literally communicate with God, like Moses did, spirit to spirit  — face to face.

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[1] Yeshua is Jesus’ Aramaic/Hebrew name, which He was literally called when He walked the earth. It’s a shortened form of Yehoshua, which means “salvation” or “the Lord saves.”

[2] Prayer & Spiritual Warfare Conference, Colorado Springs CO, April 1998

[3] Hebrew Word Pictures: How does the Hebrew Alphabet Reveal Prophetic Truths  by Frank T. Seekins, p. 14

[4] Excerpt from The Divine Romance  by Gene Edwards