The Central Revelation

What is the point of the Bible? What is the whole point of living a Christian life? Is it to learn to be a good person? If so, I think 99.9% of Christians are failing at it. I wholeheartedly include myself in that 99.9%. And it’s not even just a matter of relativity: As in we are all “bad” because we don’t measure up to Jesus’ walk on earth. That’s not the point, see. So what is the basic and central revelation of the Bible?

Life and building are the basic and central revelation of the Bible.

Remember how the children of Israel were saved from bondage in Egypt? Recall what God said to Pharaoh about letting His people go that a they would serve Him in the wilderness? Well, after they reach the wilderness, what are they required to do? Two big things that we see in Exodus chapters 25-28 are the matters of the tabernacle and the priesthood.

In the gospel of John we also see these two matters. The tabernacle was God’s dwelling place on earth. When the Lord Jesus walked the earth He Himself was the real tabernacle, He was the dwelling place of God. Now in the epistles we are told that we, together, as the church are the dwelling place of God. This is not a matter of who we are, what we do or don’t do, etc. This is 100% a matter of the life within us. The gospel of John tells us that to those who believed into Him He gave the authority to be called children of God. To be a child of God is to have the life of our Father God.

When we have this life, there is a certain issue. In Exodus the sequence is first the life and building (tabernacle) and then the priesthood (service). This means that our service to God issues from our being built into God’s dwelling place and is for the building of God’s dwelling place.

God’s unique goal is the building. God desires to have a house, a home. A place for His rest. He wants this with us. If we want to be those whose service is acceptable and pleasing to the Lord than we must be built up in God’s house and do a work of building up God’s house.

Know God, Know His Ways

A few days ago, I had a realization: I have a very difficult time giving up control. This was a brand new realization, I always actually thought I was a pretty easy-going, hands-off type person. Over the last few years, (maybe longer) I have been in an internal struggle with the Lord over so many different aspects of my life. So the realization came about because I just realized, I want to control all parts of my life and yet, I don’t know what God is doing in me, or where He is going in my life. At the moment, the verse in Psalms came to mind that says something like: My thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways are higher than your ways. Inwardly, the struggle was over (at least for this particular thing) and in its place was just a peaceful, “Amen, Lord.”

Well, the second message was a confirmation of this experience. In Exodus 33:13 Moses offers a prayer to God in which he says, “Please let me know Your ways, that I may know You.”

Moses was led by God to know God’s ways. His ways refer to the ways in which He deals with us. This is a personal and intimate matter. God does not deal with every believer in the same way, rather He deals with each one of us in a very particular, intimate, detailed way. Our Christian journey is an eternal memorial between us and the Lord. Thus it is a matter that includes only us and the Lord, not any other person. This means that we cannot compare our walk with the Lord to anyone else’s. This means that our complaining to the Lord because His ways of dealing with us differs from His ways of dealing with someone else is vain.

We need to learn this crucial matter of knowing God’s ways of dealing with us. When we know His ways, we will come to know God. To know God means that we know Him as the God in our life. We will see that, actually, He is God and He is very good at being God. He knows what He is doing. Then, all that is left for us to do is accept His ways and to bow down and worship.

When we know God, accept His ways, and worship Him as God, then we will no longer be opinionated toward God, we no longer will attempt to give God advice or counsel, we no longer will demand that He explain and vindicate Himself because of what He chooses to do or not to do in our life. Instead, we will see what God does and simply be able to say, “Amen, Lord. I still just love You.”

When we relinquish control; when we know God; when we know and accept His ways; then and only then can we experience a peaceful life. This kind of a life is a simple life, it is a trusting life.

What can I say? Inside there is only an echo of Moses prayer, “Please let me know Your ways, that I may know You.” I pray this for myself and for each one of God’s children. May we each individually come to know and accept God’s ways of dealing with us and in this way, come to know Him as the only True and Real One.

A Matter of the Heart

Idols. Everyone has heard the word and we all have some particular idea of what is an “idol.” In the book of Exodus (Chapters 32,33) there is a clear instance where the children of Israel worshipped an idol: the golden-calf. While Moses was on the mountain top receiving the Ten Commandments from God, the children of Israel led by Aaron, forged a golden-calf and in the name of The Lord, worshipped it!

What happened was that when Moses was sent down to the camp, he broke the tablets that God had given him and took his tent and pitched it outside of the camp. If anyone, then, desired to receive a word from God they had to go outside the camp to Moses’ tent because here was God’s presence.

In Hebrews we are told that the children of Israel and their experiences are examples to us. So what is this matter of the golden-calf and the worshipping of it?

First of all, it is a matter of our heart. An idol, isn’t just a golden-calf (or otherwise) statue that we glorify. An idol is anything set up in our heart that usurps God’s place in us. Ezekiel 14:5, 7-8  shows us this; it reads: “That I may lay hold of the house of Israel in their heart, who have become estranged from Me because of all their idols…For each and every man of the house of Israel or of the sojourners who sojourn in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart…I will set My face against the man, and I will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people…”

What “thing” is usurping God’s place in our heart? How can we remove the idols from our heart? Well, in the case of the children of Israel, Moses reacted by pitching his tent outside the camp. What does this mean? Did you notice the words that I italicized in my recounting of the story above? “In the name of the Lord.” That’s right, look at the verses themselves:

Exodus 32:4-6 And he [Aaron] took the gold from their hand and fashioned it with an engraving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt! And when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; then Aaron made a proclamation and said, Tomorrow shall be a feast to Jehovah. And they rose up early on the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.

Did you catch that? “a feast to Jehovah.” They also did it with an altar and with offerings, just the way God had ordained all of their forefathers to worship Him. But was this the true worship that God desired? Obviously not, when God saw this He told Moses that the people had “corrupted themselves.” In fact, the reason Moses left the camp was because the entire camp had become corrupted. These were God’s people! The camp here signifies corrupted religious people who though they belong to the Lord in name, in actuality worship idols, that is they worship something and seek for something other than the Lord Himself.

We need to be those who remove the idols from our heart so that we “leave” our own corrupted religion and seek the Lord “outside the camp.” In Hebrews, we are given the secret of how to do this. Hebrews 6:19 states “Which we have as an anchor of the soul, both secure and firm and which enters within the veil” To enter within the veil is to come into the Holy Place. This is our spirit. When we turn our heart to the Lord, then the Lord has a way to work within us to remove all of the idols from our heart and give us a pure heart that seeks after only God Himself.

So, I will leave you with this: Psalms 27:8 “When you say, Seek My face,/ To You my heart says, Your face, Oh Jehovah, will I seek.”

Remember how God said He would turn His face against the one with idols set up in his heart? Well, Just like those who sought after God’s presence were required to go outside the camp, so when we answer the call in Psalms 27 to seek His face, we too will automatically be brought “outside the camp.”

Seek God, while He may yet be found. 😉

 

Study Questions ST2016

Well, it’s time for another semi-annual. I will update enjoyment from the messages throughout the week. For those of you who want them, I will update this post with the study questions for each message.

 

Message One:

  1. What is the intrinsic significance of the law and the sin of idolatry?
  2. What is the intrinsic significance of Moses’ going outside the camp, of the principal of the golden-calf idol, and of Moses being a companion of God outside the idolatrous camp?
  3. What is the goal and ultimate conclusion of the book of Hebrews?

Message Two:

  1. Why does God want us to know Him?
  2. What does it mean to know God as God, and what is required for us to know Him as God?
  3. What are the ways of God, and, from the Word and your experience, what have you learned concerning accepting the ways of God and worshipping His ways?
  4. What is the connection between John 17:3 and 1John 5:20, and what does it mean to know the true One?

Message Three:

  1. Explain the parallel between holding a feast to God and sacrificing to Him.
  2. Why did God have to bring His people to the mountain and show them the pattern there so that they could serve Him?
  3. Describe the blood of the covenant and the fire from heaven, which respectively enables and motivates us to serve God.
  4. Clarify the goal of God’s salvation in terms of the priestly service and the building of God’s house.
  5. To appreciate the scope of the message, try to commit to memory the eight main points (the Roman Numerals) of the outline.

Message Four:

  1. What are the three tabernacles revealed int he Holy Scriptures and their respective significances?
  2. Show how the New Testament, from Matthew through Revelation, is a record of the divine incarnation.
  3. Prove the close relationship between the golden incense altar in the Holy Place and the Ark of the Testimony in the Holy of Holies.
  4. Show how our experience of the two altars (the bronze altar of burnt offering and the golden altar of incense) leads us to be incorporated into the tabernacle, the incarnated Triune God, to become a part of the corporate Christ.

Message Five:

  1. What is the centra revelation of the Bible?
  2. Demonstrate that God’s house and the priesthood are one entity through the passages in Exodus 27:20-28:2 and 1Peter 2:5 and 2:9.
  3. Explain the importance of the building up of the believers into a spiritual house for the service of the priesthood.
  4. What is God’s unique goal?

Message Six:

  1. Say something about the introduction to this message.
  2. What is the highest definition of the oneness of the Body of Christ?
  3. What is the first aspect of the oneness of the Triune God seen in the tabernacle?
  4. What is the second aspect of the oneness of the Triune God seen in the tabernacle?
  5. What is the third aspect of the oneness of the Triune God seen in the tabernacle?

Message Seven:

  1. What is the significance of the four pillars on which the veil was hung, and why is there a great need for such pillars in the churches today?
  2. What is the significance of the five pillars attached to the screen, and according to what was spoken in the message, what does it mean to preach the gospel in the Body?
  3. Explain in detail why it is necessary for believers to be reconciled to God.
  4. Based upon what was presented in the message, what is the issue of the second step of reconciliation?

Message Eight:

  1. Explain the significance of Exodus 27:20-21 being inserted between the complete description of the tabernacle and the instructions concerning the garments for the priesthood.
  2. In order to light the lamps in the sanctuary, we must first experience the light ourselves. Explain the experiences we need in order to see the divine light and to walk in the divine light.
  3. Describe, from the experiential side, the fours elements involved in the genuine lighten got the lamps int he church meetings.
  4. What kind of person is qualified to light the lamps in the sanctuary? Explain his qualifications.

Message Nine:

  1. Explain why the breastplate should be considered the central and ultimate point of the priesthood.
  2. Using a case from the Old Testament, describe how the breastplate with the Urim and the Thummim functioned to provide a specific leading to God’s people.
  3. What are the requirements for us as the church to be the reality of the breastplate?

Message Ten:

Briefly cover the eightfold significance of the tabernacle related to:

  1. The redemption of Christ
  2. The manifestation o the divine nature
  3. The transformed human nature
  4. The balance in the Body
  5. The reinforcement at the turn of the Lord’s move
  6. The joining with others by the Holy Spirit
  7. The coving of a “fourfold” Christ
  8. The need of pillars in the building

 

The Oil, The Spirit (2)

In the last post I gave you a recipe. Well, now I want to tell you that you don’t have to worry about making it, IT’S FINISHED!!! Christ has been glorified and the Spirit that before John 20 was “not yet” now IS!!!

That’s right, the processed, compound, all-inclusive, life-giving, indwelling, seven-fold intensified, consummated Spirit is the Lord and is ready for us to enjoy and experience.

We can experience all the marvelous aspects of the Spirit. We can experience Him as the Spirit of God (Gen 1:2). The Spirit that can bring forth life no matter what kind of death is in us or in our situation. We can experience Him as the Spirit of Jehovah (Gen 2:4-5). He is Jehovah, the Great I Am. Through this Spirit we can have a personal and intimate relationship with God and know Him as the One who is everything we need. We can experience Him as the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15). The Holy Spirit separates us both positionally and dispositionally to make us a holy people, a holy nation, saints. We can experience Him as the Spirit of Reality (Jn 14:17). He makes all the riches of God real to us. We can experience Him as the Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:7). This Spirit has all the human elements of Jesus’ life. He understands our weaknesses and sufferings. With the Spirit of this man, Jesus, is the abundant strength to endure any situation, circumstance, and suffering. Because of this Spirit we can live a normal and proper human life. We can experience the Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9-11). The Spirit of Christ has the cinnamon, calamus, and cassia. The sweetness, preciousness, effectiveness, and power of the death and resurrection of Christ. If you want to throw in the myrrh, then we can experience the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19) the compound, all-inclusive, life-giving Spirit of the Triune God.

How marvelous all these aspects, and guess what? There are still more! Much more. Here are some others:

We can experience the Spirit of Life (Rom 8:2). This Spirit imparts all the riches of the divine life into every part of our being. Not only does it bring forth life in us, but this life transforms us metabolically so that we become a people of life, for life, in life, who can share this life with others! We can experience the Lord Spirit (2Cor 3:18). Today, the Lord is the Spirit! This is an amazing revelation. The Spirit is not something superficial or superstitious. The Spirit is not something merely sent “by” the Lord. It is not an ethereal “force.” It is not some paranormal activity. No, the Spirit is the Lord Himself in transfigured form. Jesus Christ the Lord is now the Spirit!

I need some time to digest that. But not too long, because there is more:

We can experience the Spirit as the Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29). Grace is not a little box of goodies for our human needs. Grace is God Himself becoming our enjoyment. God is enjoyable. God is enjoyable. That’s not a typo, that’s a revelation. GOD IS ENJOYABLE. If you are not enjoying God, then you need to pray that the Spirit would become the Spirit of grace in your experience. We can experience the Spirit as the seven Spirits of God (Rev 1:4). The seven-fold intensified Spirit is for the degradation of the Church. Do you feel dead and empty? Do you feel lukewarm? Are you attracted by the things (even good things) of this world? Are you practically contributing to the clergy-laity system? Oh Lord! We are in desperate need of the intensified function of the Spirit to trim the wicks and dress the lamps and for the seven eyes of the lamb to transfuse all God is into our being that we would be part of the brightly burning lampstands. Finally, we can experience the Spirit as the Spirit of Glory (1Pet 4:13-14). The Spirit of Glory rests upon, that is clothes, the suffering believers in their persecution.

Today, all of these aspects (and probably more) have been compounded into “The Spirit.” The Spirit that in John 7:39 was “not yet” now is! He is the totality, the aggregate of all the elements of the titles of the Spirit of God in the Bible. This Spirit is the unique and greatest blessing which God promised to Abraham and now has been not only revealed but given to us. Hallelujah for God’s promise of “The Spirit” which is nothing less than God Himself.

The Oil, The Spirit (1)

Today, I am going to give you a recipe:

1 hin of pure Olive Oil

500 shekels of Myrrh

250 shekels of Cinnamon

250 shekels of Calamus

500 shekels of Cassia

First you take the pure olive oil. This is the pure element of divinity of God. In the beginning there was just God. In Genesis 1:2 of the Spirit of God (the essence of this divinity) was all there was. Well, this is just the start of the recipe.

Then comes the Myrrh. Flowing Myrrh was used in ancient times as a painkiller and often used in burials. The Lord was presented with Myrrh by the wise men. At His death He was offered Myrrh to drink. Thus from childhood through death His life was a life of suffering. In Isaiah we are told that the Lord was a root out of dry ground. This means that He did not find any satisfaction in HIs environment.

After the Myrrh, we have to add the cinnamon. Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a heart stimulant. This means that the precious death of Christ is sweet and effective. It stimulates our heart making us happy and joyful in the Lord.

Then, we will add Calamus. Calamus was a reed that shot up from it’s swampy, marshy growing place. This represents the resurrection of Christ.

Finally, Cassia. Cassia is an insect repellent. The power of Christ’s resurrection repels all the evil “insects” (which of course is Satan) from our being.

This Holy Anointing Oil was compounded and used to anoint all the furnishings in the tabernacle. This anointing separated these items from common usage. Now they were separated and ready to be used in the service of the tabernacle.

In Psalm 133, the anointing oil was poured upon Aaron, the High Priest and upon his beard and garments. To be those doing the work of the tabernacle we need to be those anointed and filled with the Spirit. Then we will experience and enjoy all the aspects in this marvelous recipe of the Spirit. Then as we  remain in the body (signified by Aaron’s garments) we will have the “painting” of the anointing oil, then our service will be to “paint” others with this marvelous spirit.

God’s Military Draft

Have you ever heard the conundrum, “Can God create a rock so big that even He can’t move it?” Any way you consider it what it does is question God’s power. God is omnipotent. He has unrivaled and unlimited power. On this earth then, is God able to do whatever He wants to do? Oddly enough the answer is no. What? What is this? Why? Here’s the thing, God created creatures with a will. That’s right, you and I , we have an independent will. We can choose whatever we want to choose. God, because He is righteous and just, will not violate our free will. Our will then becomes God’s limitation. God’s will then can only be accomplished when God has a people who are one with Him. Today, God cannot do whatever He wants on this earth because WE ARE LIMITING HIM.

In the Old Testament, God moved through the tabernacle. In Exodus 30:1-10 there was the golden incense altar. As a previous message brought out those who pray at the incense altar are praying for God’s move on the earth. Immediately following verses 1-10 are 11-16 which show the result of that prayer for God’s move: The expiation silver that numbered the children of Israel and formed them into an army that fought for God’s interests on the earth. When we pray for God’s move at the golden incense altar we will realize that God is unwelcome everywhere on this earth. The only way that God can move is through fighting. Now, this fighting is NOT against flesh and blood. That is, this fighting is NOT a physical warfare but a spiritual warfare fought against the evil powers, principalities, and the authority of darkness in the air.

But to be drafted, conscripted into God’s army is not for just anyone. There are requirements. The requirements revealed in Exodus are these:

  1. Males. This is in typology, so it does not refer to only men, but those among God’s people who are strong in their spirit.
  2. 20 years of age. This means that they must have a certain degree of spiritual growth and be at least at a particular stage of maturity.
  3. Formed. This army is not made up of a special ops unit. It does not require individual Spiritual giants and “prayer warriors,” rather, this army has been formed of ones who are under authority, are experienced warriors, and have been coordinated for God’s move.

All of these requirements center around one crucial matter and this was the heart of burden of the message: growth. Our desperate and urgent need today is for a group of people to grow to maturity. Pray for God to grow in you. Pray for God to grow in your companions. Pray for God to grow in all the saints all over the world. Just begin to pray! The Lord then will sovereignly use persons, things, and events to empty us of everything that fills us. He will remove every preoccupation. This emptying out of everything else will then increase our capacity to be filled with Him. When we are transformed and filled with the divine life we will then reach spiritual maturity and be ready to be formed into an army that will fight the spiritual warfare so that God will no longer be limited and God’s will on the earth will be accomplished.

 

Water

In the matter of the Altar of Burnt Offering (the bronze altar), what was so significant was this precious matter of the death of Christ. On the cross, the Lord’s blood was shed for our redemption. However, it was not just blood which flowed forth from the Lord. John 19:34 reads: “But one of the soldiers pieced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.” Water also flowed from the pierced side of the Lord Jesus on the cross. In the tabernacle the next item also matches this experience for after the altar of burnt offering comes the laver of bronze.

This laver was formed from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance of the tent of meeting. This means that when we come to the Crucified Lord, we are exposed and we can truly see who and what we are. Like the hymn says, “I am a sinner that touchest You.” However, the bronze laver does not simply expose our fallen condition and defiled being, the laver is also filled with water. Hallelujah for the water! Water. I have never appreciated this clear, refreshing liquid as much as I have after seeing this. The water in the laver signifies Christ as the life-giving Spirit. Our hope is in tasting and experiencing this One in a constant way.

The water in the laver (that is the life-giving Spirit) is available for us to drink. Our drinking is actually our being washed and cleansed from all the earthly things that defile us. The serving priests HAD to FIRST come to the laver to wash before they could enter into the tabernacle and experience any of the furnishings. In our service to God, we must first experience and enjoy the washing of the life-giving Spirit.

This continual washing is the Lord loving us to the uttermost. Love is the source and motivator for our being washed. In Ephesians it says that Christ so loved the church that He gave Himself up for that He might sanctify her by washing her in the water of the word. We are so loved. He loves us to the uttermost. To respond to His love, we need to open up to drink the Spirit. We need to drink the Spirit when we come to the word in a prayerful, exercised way. This drinking is not something that we may graduate from. In fact, this process is one we must remain in for the rest of our lives. We need to be the “ing” people. That is, we need to be those experiencing, opening, calling, receiving, shouting, reveling in the washing of the refreshing, life-giving water in the word of God. As we drink and are washed and renewed, the bride of Christ is beautified and thus prepared to meet her Bridegroom.

Now Christ is the life-giving laver

Now Christ is the washing One too.

He’s now sanctifying, renewing,

To beautify both me and you!

//Oh Lord, Amen, Oh Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!//

Christ Crucified

The last message was on the golden incense altar, the executing center of God’s administration. This message the brother spoke on the altar of burnt offering, the center of God’s operation. They are two pieces of furniture in the tabernacle linked by the anointing, the blood, and the fire. Both altars signify Christ, but in two particular aspects. When in doubt, everything is just Christ. 😉

Well, let’s back track just a bit. God is a journeying God. He began His journey in eternity past in the heavenlies. However, God did not remain there. God was embodied in Christ (the Ark). This Christ tabernacled among men (that is He lived a perfect human life on this earth). He was Emmanuel, God with us. Just like the tabernacle was with the children of Israel. At the end of His human life He went through an exceptionally harrowing and yet marvelous experience. This is signified by the Altar of Burnt Offering.

Every part of the altar presents a picture of this Crucified Christ. The grating, the rings, the poles, I just can’t even begin to put my thoughts into words, but some gleanings:

The grating, the most important part of the altar depicts this mysterious redemption of Christ. Upon this grating the offering was burnt. It wasn’t at the top, but rather inside. This means that God’s judgement reached the innermost parts of Christ. We will never know the extent of the depths of His suffering. HIs greatest agony was not visible to the human eye.

Psalm 22:14-15 gives us a glimpse

I am poured out like water,/ And all my bones are out of joint./ My heart is like wax;/ It is melted within me. My strength is dried up like a shard,/ And my tongue is stuck to my jaws;/ You have put me in the dust of death.

The rings that were one piece with the grating signify the eternal Spirit. That Christ offered Himself through the eternal Spirit means that His death is efficacious from eternity past to eternity future. In Revelation we see that it is the freshly slain lamb (Christ Crucified) that is found worthy to open the scrolls of God’s administration. In the New Jerusalem, the throne is of God and of the Lamb. For eternity, His redemption will stand.

The poles represent the coordinated move in the body through which God’s testimony and redemption can be carried to the four corners of the earth.

Now, back to the Journey of the Triune God.  The story of this journey doesn’t end in death. Actually, this precious death is our new beginning! At the burnt offering altar, we join the journeying God on His journey.

Isaiah 53:6-7, 10-11~ We all like sheep have gone astray;/ Each of us has turned to his own way,/ And Jehovah has caused the iniquity of us all/ To fall on Him. He was oppressed, and it was He who was afflicted…But Jehovah was pleased to crush Him, to afflict Him with grief./ When He makes Himself an offering for sin,/ He will see a see, He will extend His days,/ And the pleasure of Jehovah will prosper in His hand. He will see the fruit of the travail of His soul,/ And He will be satisfied;/ By the knowledge of Him, the righteous One, My Servant, will make the many righteous…

The righteous One will make the many righteous. That isn’t just that our sins are forgiven, it is that we become the reproduction of God. It means that we have the boldness through the blood of the Crucified Christ to go from the outer court, experience the laver, the table of the presence, the lampstand, past the veil, to not just stand in front of the Ark, but to become a part of the Ark through the eating of the hidden manna to be the expression of the Triune God. All of this is possible because of our Crucified Christ.

Prayer Governs the Universe

I just don’t even know where to start with both of these messages from last night. The Golden Incense Altar, wow, what a piece of furniture and what a marvelous picture of what our experience needs to be. But, I am so far away, I can’t even see clearly what it’s all about…

Oh Lord.

Well, I will start here. There are these verses in the gospel of Matthew about the slave standing before his master and the master saying something like Well, done good and faithful slave, you were faithful in those few things, enter into the joy of your master. These verses have for a long time now been the center of my life with the Lord. I don’t know so much, and can’t do so much, and don’t see so much, but I just pray that what few things I have the Lord would have mercy on me to make me faithful to those things. Last night, I believe another prayer welled up in me.

Let me start with the message. It was concerning the golden incense altar. The golden incense altar signifies the Interceding Christ. Christ who is praying to God so that God can carry out His eternal administration upon the earth. This golden incense altar is actually the executing center of God’s administration. But in order for God’s administration to be carried out on earth, in order for Christ’s prayers to be fulfilled on earth, there is a need for those who would come to the golden incense altar to pray. The cycle begins with the interceding Christ releasing the prayer. We are one with this Christ to receive the prayer and pray these prayers back to God. Christ then adds Himself as the incense to these prayers thereby making them rise up as a sweet fragrance acceptable to God. God then is able to carry them out upon the earth. And the cycle continues. Our prayers are a crucial factor in this cycle!

So, the brother shared a word that just…anyway, he said something like, can you imagine to be before the Lord and hearing Him say to you, “your prayer helped me carry out my administration.”?!?

Whoa. Lord Jesus. Not just a faithful slave, but one whose prayers helped God accomplish what He has been waiting on since eternity past. I just can’t even begin to wrap my puny brain around it, but my heart was so touched and moved within me.

Of course, the second burden of the message came in at this point it can be found in this point:

If we would pray in the tabernacle at the incense altar, we need to be burned to ashes, reduced to nothing.

That’s right, these prayers are not about having a happy marriage. They are not about finding a job, getting a car, or mourning the moral degradation of the world. These prayers are not focused on man’s needs. No, these prayers come from the throne and can only be prayed by those who lovingly, willingly, present themselves to Him and are willing to be terminated and reduced to nothing.

What can I say? What is there to be said? Just, “Lord, I am willing to learn this. I am willing to see this. I am willing to experience this. Do it Lord, gain my cooperation so that I may experience this type of prayer at the golden incense altar.”