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THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
“After this I looked, and behold, a
door was opened in heaven…” (Rev. 4:1).
John the Revelator, as he entered upon the marvelous visions recorded in
the book of Revelation, saw a door opened
in heaven and heard a voice as of a trumpet speaking with him, saying,
“Come up hither, and I will show thee things…”
The door opened in heaven
bespeaks of an entrance granted into a realm beyond the flesh, beyond the
physical and psychical senses, into the realm of the Spirit.
That is where John entered and that is the character of the things John
saw. He beheld heavenly things —
spiritual realities. He saw a
throne set in heaven — he perceived the authority, power, and dominion of the
Spirit. He saw living creatures in
the throne, the principle of manifest life in the Spirit.
He saw the four living creatures in the midst of the throne and
twenty-four elders round about the throne, the King-Priest ministry of the
Melchizedekian Order after the power of an endless life — the ministration of
the redemptive power of the divine life unto creation.
It is being seen by a vast company of people that hears the voice of the
Lord in this hour that a door has opened in the heavenlies through which those
who are obedient shall enter into a state of being and a ministry of unsurpassed
and unimaginable glory — in the throne
To the church in Philadelphia the Lord Jesus said, “These things saith
He that openeth, and no
man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth” (Rev. 3:7).
And now a door is opened in heaven!
Only one can open this door,
even the one who openeth and no man shutteth.
What kind of door would Christ open?
It is the door of heaven, the entrance into the eternal realm of the
Spirit where our mind, vision, and experience go beyond our human understanding.
It is here that we enter into a heavenly understanding, into the divine
perception of things, into the mind of God by the Spirit.
Here we are raptured into a new glory, raised up into a higher dimension
of life and reality.
What is this door? Jesus
Himself has told us! Of all that
Jesus said about the life of sonship and entrance into the glory and power of
the kingdom of God, nothing is more significant than these words: “I
am the door — by me if any man enter in…”
And again, “I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.” What
a strange but wonderful figure of speech — Jesus, the door!
Now what does a door signify? One
can judge the interior of a house by its door.
Is the door shabby, paint peeling off, hanging on a single hinge?
Then it opens into a house of the same character — run down, in
disorder, unkempt. If, on the other
hand the door be spacious, costly, ornamental, distinctive, one has a right to
expect that the building into which it leads is splendid, spacious, beautiful.
this figure of Christ as the door is enchanting!
If Jesus is the door to the life of sonship, to immortality, glory and
power, what must that life be like? It
cannot be less than Christ! It must
be as much as Jesus was to His disciples and the multitudes who followed Him —
that much and more! If He spake as
never man spake, if He proclaimed the kingdom of God with power, if He forgave
and transformed the sinner, if He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out
devils, overcame all laws of nature, radiated the glory of the Father, and
conquered death within Himself — if He is the door into the life of sonship,
then we have only to follow His leading, obey His voice, cling to Him and walk
by faith in His presence until we
are changed in the light of the glory of His unveiled face and pass through the
door into all He is!
things are a matter of revelation. Man
in his natural state cannot see heavenly realities.
The beloved apostle found himself in a prophetic state in which the
wonders and glories of heavenly things were perceived by him.
The words point to the blinding limitation of our natural minds and state
of being, in which the heavens have no door open for us.
For long millenniums man was debarred from a clear vision of the eternal,
incapable of apprehending the spiritual and divine.
At his first calling to the apostleship, Nathaniel received this promise
from the Lord: “Hereafter ye shall see
heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of
man” (Jn. 1:51). To the Lord
Jesus Himself the heavens were opened
at His baptism, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and
lighting upon Him, and lo a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased” (Mat. 3:16-17). This
opening of the heavens to Christ was His public introduction as the SON of God! The
opened heavens declared His sonship! It
marks the beginning of that full revelation through Him, of the mystery of God revealed
in sons! It is in that capacity
from the throne of His exaltation in the heavens of God’s Spirit that Christ
now reveals to His many brethren the power and glory of their
sonship in Him! Have you heard
the voice saying to you, “Come up hither”?
I have heard that voice! All
who are called to sonship have heard that voice!
IT IS IN CHRIST THAT WE HEAR
THE VOICE BIDDING US TO COME UP HITHER. IT
IS IN CHRIST THAT THE HEAVENS ARE
OPENED. IT IS IN
CHRIST THAT WE ASCEND THE THRONE OF POWER AND GLORY TO RULE AND REIGN OVER
ALL THINGS. Oh, yes, HE
is the door!
Spirit-led, spiritual-minded saints of the Lord are beholding in the Spirit the
door that has been opened in the heavens! These
are listening only to the Voice and the Word of their Father.
They have been weaned from the mixture and weakness of the old order
church ways of the past (the candlestick realm), and are hearing only His pure
word from His pure mind. They
obviously have those necessary hearing ears of the spirit, which have been given
to them of their Father, and which enable them to hear His Word!
They also have the necessary eyes of understanding that have been
enlightened by their Father, which enable them to see into the heavenly realms
of the Spirit! As they ascend the
throne in the realm of the Spirit the new kingdom order expressed through them
will begin to change things in this old world of man’s corruption, iniquity,
and decay. These sons shall indeed
reign with Christ in the power and authority of the Spirit, by which this new
spiritual order shall be established in
we read these meaningful words of a door opened in heaven, with our mind’s eye
we can visualize a huge door creaking on its hinges, opening up in the sky.
But that is not at all what John saw!
The Greek word for door is thura
meaning a portal or an
entrance. A portal or an
entrance is opened unto us! The
word can also mean a vestibule and
denotes the first awareness of entrance into something.
It is the place of transition from the earthly to the heavenly.
The Greek text indicates that the door is there and it’s standing
open. This door is the
invitation of the Father by the Spirit, for upon seeing the door John
immediately “became in the
Spirit” or passed through the door and found Himself standing in the throne
room. A portal is a passage into
another realm. The door is the
spirit of Christ, and the spirit of His sonship is the “star gate” into the
throne room of the heavens!
Christ our Elder Brother and High Priest ministers this great calling to
us we are possessed of a hope — “which hope we have as an anchor of the
soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
whither the forerunner is for
us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of
Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:19-20). While
manifested on this earth plane, Jesus Christ left us His personal example that
we might follow in His footsteps. It
is a way that leads beyond the veil
into the glories of the Father. It
was necessary that He tread all the course that we might be able to follow all
the way into His divine fullness. He
is the way unto the Father, and by our union in Him we find it is first a
way of humiliation before it becomes a way of exaltation.
There is both Patmos and the candlestick realm before we access the
throne! Thus we humble ourselves
under the mighty hand of God, assured that in due time He will lift us up, and
we shall live in His sight.
forerunner is one who goes ahead of
others. He goes ahead as a sample
of those who are to follow. The
forerunner is one who gives us hope of entering in!
And the writer to the Hebrews says that it is this hope
which we have as an anchor of the
soul, both sure and steadfast, and it enters into that which is within the veil
whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.
What wonderful words are these! The
anchor is sure and the anchor is steadfast!
Do you know what that means? Have
you ever done some boating? When we
were doing missionary work on an island off the coast of Honduras many years ago
we became very familiar with boats, anchors, and dinghies.
Sometimes you throw out an anchor and it slips.
The writer knows that so he says, “Which hope we have as an anchor,
both sure (strong) and steadfast (unslippable).”
We have a hope that is sure because it is God who has called us, and we
have a hope that is steadfast because Jesus is leading the way!
is the anchor of the soul? What is
our hope of entering in to the Holiest of all, the throne room of God?
Christ Jesus the Lord! “Who
entereth into that within the veil.” The
veil separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
The high priest would go into the throne room of Yahwey through the veil.
The wonderful firstborn Son of God is the anchor of our soul!
He is sure! He is steadfast!
He is strong and cannot slip! He
has overcome all things, conquered death, hell, and the grave, resurrected and
ascended — He is the strong and mighty One who has blazed the trail for us!
He is our forerunner!
are many things to learn from types and anti-types, and nowhere more than in
this meaningful term “forerunner”. The
forerunner, in Bible times, was a little row boat, a forerunner went before the
big ship. The forerunner was a
little dinghy. The apostle already
mentioned an anchor that is sure, an anchor that is steadfast, and an anchor
that goes beyond the veil. All the
typology here is marine.
The imagery is of the Mediterranean where in the ancient world they had a
lot of harbors, but many of the harbors were shallow water harbors.
When the tide was low you often had a problem in that the larger ships
could not get across the sand bar or the rocks, so they couldn’t make the
entrance into the harbor. This was
a problem for these ships, they were out in the main channel but were unable to
get into the protective covering of the harbor because the tide was out or the
sand bar was in the way or the rocks obstructed their path and they couldn’t
big ship would then throw out an anchor and let it down into a forerunner
— a dinghy or row boat — and a man in the row boat would row the row boat
which could get across the sand bar and the rocks even at low tide.
When the forerunner would get into the safety and serenity of the harbor,
the man would then drop the anchor off the side of the row boat into the waters
within the harbor. The ship would
be out in the water, buffeted by the winds and the seas and the storm; but the
anchor was inside the haven, sure and steadfast.
Even so, we who have received the call to sonship have an anchor of the
soul, sure and steadfast, Jesus Christ our forerunner!
He is gone within the veil, He has ascended to the throne.
He is not entered into the tabernacle made with hands which was the
shadow, the type, the illustration, the object lesson.
Our forerunner is gone into heaven itself — into the highest realms of
the Spirit — seated on the throne of the majesty on high!
We, in this present walk in the weakness and limitation of the flesh, in
our outward life, are still out in the storms of life where the winds of
adversity blow, the rains of trouble fall in torrents, where the fearful
lightning flashes, the thunder roars, where the billows of trials and testings
angrily toss our vessel; and we feel engulfed in a storm where everything seems
to be closing in upon us. But we
are connected to Christ in our spirit, one in Him, called and chosen and
ordained by Him, and the anchor holds,
praise His name, and we are secure until the storm abates and the tide comes in
so that we may enter on in to the same
harbor whither our forerunner has for us entered. Oh,
yes! When all carnality, limitation
and death have been swallowed up in body, soul, and spirit, we shall know the
full power and glory of the throne zone. And
today we have a strong consolation because of the hope that is set before us!
is our forerunner, which clearly indicates that others are expected to follow on
into the same realms of glory. Christ
entered in first, and where He went in the power of His resurrection and
ascension, every son of God is destined to go.
The forerunner blazed the trail all the way, and we rejoice in this fact,
but then He also came back, by His Spirit, to escort us all the way into the
glory beyond the veil. Full well He
knows the route, for He has traveled it all the way through to victory, and now
is able to guide us down the same path into the glorious victory which He
obtained. It is His daily enabling
that gives us strength to carry on until the consummation is reached.
THE FORERUNNER IS THE DOOR!
this I looked, and behold, a door
standing open in heaven!” (Rev. 4:1, Amplified Bible).
The door is standing open —
now! Heaven is accessible — now!
Sonship is attainable — now! Immortality
and glory are obtainable — now! The
throne is reachable — now! The
Voice is calling — now! The door
is standing open!
Aren’t you glad!
What is lacking is a people that are in consciousness so in the heavenly
dimension now; so alive to the things that are eternal, the things that are
spirit, that even without them speaking this explicitly, their very presence
exudes the atmosphere of life and the fragrance of the heavenly.
God is preparing a people, a heavenly and celestial race, set in time.
“…and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might show…”
(Eph. 2:6-7). This is meaningless
prattle unless the Spirit opens our understanding!
We have been warned by the carnal minded of this age about the danger of
being so “heavenly minded” until we are “no earthly good.”
That is what the world says, and what should you expect from the world
but to controvert and take the wisdom of God and so distort and pervert it until
it appears ridiculous and absurd to have mankind believe exactly the reverse!
But these words are being written to show that we have no choice, no
option as to whether we will be heavenly minded or not, for we have heard the
Voice calling, “Come up hither,” and we stand in the blazing glory of the
door opened in the heavens. The
truth is, my beloved, IF WE ARE NOT HEAVENLY MINDED IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO BE OF ANY EARTHLY GOOD!
It is only as a power reaches down and touches earth that it can be
raised and quickened, transformed from the image of the earthly into the image
of the heavenly. And Paul, the
apostle of apostles, through whom the sacred secrets of God were revealed by the
grace of God, defying the empty and inane cavilings of men and their fruitless
doctrines and hollow traditions, admonished those who would be the sons and
daughters of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the HEAVENLY CALLING…if ye then be
risen with Christ, seek those things which ARE ABOVE, where Christ sitteth on
the right hand of God. Set your
affection on things ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Heb. 3:1;
It is when we are quickened to the realm of spirit,
to the heavenly and celestial, to that bright glory world where alone can be
perceived eternal truth and reality, that we hear our heavenly Father speaking
from the throne of eternity. Long
before the ages were framed and before the cosmos appeared out of the wastes of
chaos, there in the glory and wonder of His presence, from out of the depths of
His omniscient mind, His purpose for the ages and the world and every creature
was laid down upon the infinite blue-print, plan by plan, purpose by purpose,
age by age, person by person, so that each eonian purpose and every divine
decree shall be guided and controlled by His omnipotent hand to grow and mature
from glory to glory until His vast family of beloved sons shall deliver up to
Him all things in perfection that God Himself might be All-in-all.
The notion that one could in some way become so “heavenly minded”
that he would be “no earthly good” reveals the incredible darkness and
deluded stupidity of the carnal mind and its pitiful inability to comprehend
things that belong to heavenly realms. Oh,
that the wisdom of man which is foolishness
with God might be torn from our hearts that we might see beyond the mists and
theories of time and tradition right into the very heart of the eternal where is
found the infinite wisdom that teaches us how it is that until one becomes truly
HEAVENLY MINDED he CANNOT be of any EARTHLY GOOD!
The fact is, the only reality in the universe is SPIRIT!
The things which are seen are temporal,
says the Lord, and the things which are not
seen are eternal.
There is the wisdom of God in a mystery!
Until one learns how to live and have his being out
of spirit, out of the invisible realm, out of his very innermost being, he
will continue to be held captive by the corruption of the flesh and dwell in the
shadow of death.
That wonderful prayer Jesus taught His disciples, which we call The
Lord’s Prayer, begins with the words, “Our
Father which art in heaven.” Until
men recognize by the illumination of the Spirit who
their Father is they remain lost and dying in the dense darkness of the
carnal mind. Spiritually, they are
no different than the adopted child who has never been told he is adopted and
has no concept of who his biological parents truly are or from where he came.
Our Father in heaven is not the one who gave us our physical life in the
womb of our earthly mother. The
only reason Jesus could tell the vast throng gathered around Him, “Call no man
your father upon the earth, for ONE IS YOUR FATHER, which
is in heaven,” is that we all must recognize that our life did not begin
with our physical birth. Our
true Father is not a man upon earth, but our true Father is a spirit and He is
in heaven! Can we not see by
this that our life did not begin on earth — it began in heaven!
Nothing could be plainer than this!
Over and over again Jesus taught the multitudes about their “heavenly
Father.” Just look up the word
“father” in Strong’s Concordance and see how many times in the four
Gospels Jesus told the people that God was their
these were not born again men under the New Covenant, they were natural men
under the servitude of the law. Once
we know who and where our Father is it is easy to understand where our life
began and from whence we came. Our
birth, our beginnings, were with God! God
is our Father! Aren’t you glad!
There is a passage in the book of Hebrews that speaks of those great
heroes of faith under the Old Covenant, and it says, “These all died in faith,
not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were
persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek
a country. And truly, if they
had been mindful of that country from
whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, an heavenly: wherefore God is not
ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a
city” (Heb. 11:13-16). These
men of God were strangers on the earth.
They were seeking a country — Abraham knew that the ground he walked on
in the land of Canaan was not the true land of God, for “he looked
for a city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
He was searching for the City of God and knew that he was only a pilgrim
and stranger in the land of Canaan, though God had led him thither.
“If they had been mindful” — that is, if they had remembered
that country from whence they came, that celestial realm, that heavenly kingdom,
that spiritual reality from whence they were lowered into this earth-realm; if
somehow the veil could have been removed from off their minds, from the
limitations of their earthiness so that they could have remembered that country
from whence they came — they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But instead they died in faith — still looking for the city of God, the
kingdom of God — spiritual reality!
Blessed be the name of the Lord! God
has provided some better thing for us
and now we can return — the way has been opened into the presence of God, into
the life of God, into the glory of God, into the kingdom of God, into the
Holiest of all, into the throne of God. That’s
what this journey into God is all about — a return to the Lord!
It is our return to the heavenly; our return to the spiritual; our return
to the image of God; our return to Eden; our return to the kingdom; our return
to the incorruptible; our return to the
throne! In the words of the
All God’s sons are coming home,
All God’s sons are coming home —
Home to the Father, home to the throne,
All God’s sons are coming home!
All creation is coming home,
All creation is coming home —
Home to the Father, home to the Son,
All creation is coming home!
Coming home, coming home,
Never more to roam;
Open wide thy arms of love,
Lord, I’m coming home!
There’s a call within us, and deep calleth unto deep.
I tell you, my beloved, there is something within me, an inner
compulsion, and I know that I have passed the point of no return.
There is no turning back from this quest for God’s fullness.
I can’t go back to the world — the world has nothing to offer me; it
is all vanity and vexation of spirit. I
can’t go back to religion — religion holds nothing for me anymore; it is an
abomination. I can’t even go back
to Pentecost, back to the Holy Place — for the veil has been rent, the heavens
have been opened, I have heard the Voice bidding me to “Come up hither,” and
I stand in the glory of the door opened in heaven and have tasted the powers of
the world to come. There is no
turning back because my heart has been awakened by the Father of glory!
For some in this hour the veil has been rent, the door stands open, and
we pause in the vestibule beholding the transcendent glories of that land from
whence we came. By the blood of
Jesus we have been granted the opportunity to return.
We no longer feel strangers to our heavenly homeland!
God has redeemed us, awakened us, renewed us, and in His Son made us to
be again who we truly are! Christ
the door is standing open in the heavens!
of my many moments of being spiritually thrilled was upon examining the second
statement of the Lord’s prayer: “Our Father which
art in heaven.” But to be
correctly translated it should read, “Which art in the heavens,”
for it is plural, not singular. So,
contrary to popular thought, God dwells in more than one heaven.
The great king Solomon cried out, “Behold, I build a house to the name
of the Lord my God, and the house which I build is great: for great is our God
above all gods.
But who is able to build Him an house, seeing the
heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? who am I that I should build Him an
house, save only to burn sacrifice before Him?”(II Chron. 2:4-6).
Paul spoke of a man who was caught up into the third heaven, and God, our
Father, is the God of all the heavens! God
dwells in the heavens! He fills
every heaven! He rules in every
heaven! He is above every heaven,
beyond every heaven, higher than all heavens and greater than the reality of
each heaven! In our journey into
God we pass through all these heavens! Jesus
passed through all the heavens on His way into the glory of the Father.
How do we know this? “He
that descended is the same also that ascended up far
above all heavens, that He might fill all things” (Eph. 4:10).
In His ascension to the throne of His Father He passed through — experienced
— all the heavens. Not only did
He pass through them, He has also filled
them all so that God in Christ is the essence of every heaven.
You will find Him on a different plane, in a different dimension, in a
unique aspect of His life and purpose, in each heaven.
Heaven is not a place, not a planet somewhere out in the vastnesses of
infinity — it is a sphere or a realm of spiritual,
divine reality. It is a
dimension of life. It is a level of
God-consciousness. It is the
invisible realm of Spirit that transcends this gross material realm.
It is as omnipresent as God is omnipresent.
It is an absurdity to say that heaven is a place
somewhere beyond the blue where God dwells, and then say that God is omnipresent.
The omnipresent spiritual dimension is co-existent and co-extensive with
the physical universe, but on a different plane of reality and level of
consciousness, on a different “frequency,” if I may use the term in an
illustrative sense. It is the
dimension of spirit reality, of spiritual
being, where God is all that He is. God
dwells in the heaven that is beyond the time-space continuum, and therefore
undetectable by the natural senses of man or the probings of technology.
Heaven can only be discerned, contacted, seen, entered, or experienced by
Heaven is also the realm where God is revealed
by the Spirit. Heaven is the realm
where God is known in the Spirit.
Heaven is the realm where God may be touched
in the Spirit. Heaven is the realm
in which God can be experienced in
the Spirit. God is the God of the
heavens, and if ever you will see Him, if ever you will know Him, if ever you
will touch Him, if ever you will experience Him — it will be in the heavens of
His Spirit where He dwells, in the realms of His Being.
Heaven means “height, eminence, elevation.”
Heaven is the high and holy realm of the Spirit in which God exists. To
be in heaven is to be in the Spirit!
To experience God spiritually is to experience heaven!
To be “caught up” in spirit is to be “raptured” to heaven.
The heavens are the various realms or levels of spiritual
experience where we meet and know God.
When God and His realities are revealed to you by the Spirit, heaven
is opened and you behold heavenly (spiritual) things!
In the lower heavens, where most believers dwell, you know God in a more
It is wonderful to know God in His heavens!
Each heaven speaks of a plane of relationship with God by the Spirit.
When the Lord reveals Himself to us on a higher plane, in deeper
measures, in richer and fuller dimensions of His life, riches, wisdom,
knowledge, glory, and power, and we experience Him in it, we ascend in Him to a
higher heaven. As we pass through
the heavens we come to know and experience God in greater and grander measures!
It is indeed wonderful! The
spiritual world is a world with which we have become familiar as we have walked
in the Spirit of God and experienced more and more of our union with the Father;
a world so wonderfully real that all who once have their eyes opened to it beg
to remain in its celestial precincts, never more to return to the lowly estate
and level of the natural man. And
now I declare that not only the heavenly hosts, myriads of spirits,
but heaven itself is all around you even as you read these lines, and, should
the Lord but take away the veil of flesh from your sight, your spiritual eyes
would behold the celestial realm and you would see that beings, incredible in
glory and power, are all about us; for the Lord and the heavens in which He
dwells are not far from any one of us. They
are indeed closer to us than the air that we breathe, closer even than the blood
coursing through our veins!
Those holy sons of God who sit with Christ upon His throne in the heaven
of His throneship shall restore all creation into the love and glory of God.
The one man Jesus, when on earth as a manifest Son of God, taught, saved,
delivered, healed, and raised up His thousands;
His many brethren raised up into the power of His resurrection and throneship
shall teach, save, deliver, heal, and raise up their billions.
Thus shall their ministry and their years roll on from age to age
until that wonderful age of all ages, the dispensation of the fullness of times
wherein everything in all heavens, and in the earth, and throughout all realms
of the universe is gathered together into one in Christ and God becomes
All-in-all. What glories lie beyond
this, we cannot yet know. Of this
we may be sure: we who are redeemed have entered a progressive institution, a
kingdom in which stagnation shall never enter.
We will ever go on “from glory to glory” for “of the increase of
His government…there shall be no
end” (Isa. 9:7).
We will never come to the place where we can sit down with folded hands
and say, “This is the end.” We,
who are being raised up into the heavenly realm, have entered a stage of action,
we have become active agents in the greatest development program ever conceived!
A whole universe with planets, worlds, heavens, and hells awaits our
touch and guiding hand. “What is man
that Thou art mindful of him? Thou
hast put all things in subjection
under his feet. For in that He put all
in subjection under him, He left N-O-T-H-I-N-G
that is not put under him!
But we see not yet all things
put under him (man). But we see
Jesus crowned with glory and honor…” (Heb. 2:6-9).
Surely these words can mean nothing less than UNIVERSAL DOMINION!
That belongs to “the man” in Christ!
Away out there in the blue is a kingdom of life and light and love for
every son of God to explore and develop and perfect.
And if ever, in all the countless ages to come, that kingdom should
become too small or over-crowded for its citizens, let us remember that we,
being as He is, are therefore, one and all, the very same kind of Beings as He
who simply spoke the word, and lo! the present worlds appeared.
Being like Him, sons of God upon the very throne of His glory, we will
also be creators, one and all, and not destroyers, as in our Adamic state.
WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM! Sonship
to God does not entitle one to mere residence in God’s limitless and eternal
domain, but to the ownership and rule of that domain, in proportion to our
growth and stature in Christ. Being
heavenly beings, we can inherit, by our obedience to the heavenly Father,
heavenly riches which will not only be a place, but royal pomp and splendor and
majesty and dominion beyond compare. Oh,
that it were possible to lift men above the shadows, and give them just a
glimpse of something higher! Mortal
minds are so entirely inadequate; human eyes so dim; human ears so dull!
John saw a door opened in heaven. When
he passed through the door he beheld a throne.
God gives definitions in His Word. He
tells us exactly what certain things are — if we have ears to hear.
One of the definitions is found in Acts 7:49.
“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool.”
HEAVEN IS MY THRONE! The
Greek word for heaven is ouranos.
It is a word appearing in the New Testament 275 times.
And the meaning of the word is “elevation, height, exaltation,
eminence.” Therefore we have
exactly the same thought if we say, “My throne is elevation, height,
exaltation, and eminence.” That,
my beloved, is the central idea of heaven in the New Testament!
“Ouranos” is not a place.
It is the height, the very pinnacle of glory and eminence and exaltation
and majesty and authority and power over all God’s limitless domain!
This authority is in and by the Spirit, for God is Spirit, and does not
sit upon a physical throne!
will understand a great spiritual truth when clearly we see that the higher one
goes in God’s heavens, the higher one ascends into the realms of the Spirit,
the greater the intensity of the throne of power and glory!
Those who dwell in the lower heavens of spiritual experience and union
with God have a little spiritual authority and power.
The higher the heaven, the more lofty and exalted the realm of the
Spirit, the greater the power of God’s throne!
Heaven is His throne! Heaven
is height, elevation, exaltation, eminence.
The higher the heavenly exaltation, the greater the power and authority
of the throne. Can you not see the
mystery? Christ has ascended to the
highest heaven and therefore has been
given all power and all
authority in all the heavens and in all the earth!
And this very Christ is now the door — the “star gate” into the throne
zone! The door is standing
open, dear one, and a mighty voice bids you to “come up hither” to the throne
zone! Oh, the wonder of it!
Heaven is not a mansion over the hilltop, nor the gratifying of the needs
and desires of this vessel of clay. It
is not that which will bring creature comfort.
It is not a state of carnal creature enjoyment and rest.
Get the idea of golden streets, gold bathtubs, and gurgling streams of
water out of your mind! There is no
such thing materially in heaven! The
celestial realm is something infinitely higher.
It is eminence, power, majesty, glory, righteousness, peace that passes
understanding and joy unspeakable and full of glory!
It is becoming the same kind of a Being as the One who made the worlds (Jn.
10:34-36; I Jn. 3:2), and will bring, not inactive rest with fluttering wings
and strumming harps, which in a few short hours even becomes exceedingly
tiresome, but activity and accomplishments far surpassing that of earth’s
limitation! As Jesus said, “My
Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (Jn. 5:17).
It includes kingship and priesthood over God’s eternal and infinite
domain. It is dominion and power
and redemptive and creative influence far above that which earth can contemplate
or even imagine!
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the
first voice which I heard (out of the heavenly realm) was
as it were a trumpet talking with me…” (Rev. 4:1).
Everywhere in scripture the trumpet symbolizes the voice of the Lord.
The beloved John had marched with Christ through all the blessed dealings
of God in the candlestick realm, and now at the end of that wondrous experience
he heard the voice of Christ in a new way and out of a higher realm.
Who among us could deny that it was within
himself that John heard the Voice? Every
man hears the voice of the Son of God within himself!
Only on the rarest of occasions have men heard the voice of God as an
external voice falling upon the outer ear.
God dwells within us by the Spirit and when we hear that divine Voice as
John heard it, it is from within the holy temple of our spirit that the Lord
almighty speaks. At times I have
heard this voice of God so clearly that indeed I looked around to see the Voice
that spoke to me, yet I knew in my deepest heart of hearts that the Voice came
not from without, but from within. Each
of us must hear that Voice that is within us which opens our ability to walk
into the fullness of the Spirit of God.
John said, “I heard something — an unprecedented voice, a trumpet
voice.” As you trace God’s
voice throughout the ages from Abraham to the present, it’s getting louder and
clearer. Whenever you hear the
shofar, the ram’s horn, God is saying something to His creation.
He intends for His voice to be heard by those in whose presence it
sounds. God’s elect is hearing
the voice of the Lord in this very hour and the trumpet sound is becoming louder
and louder and clearer and clearer from day to day!
The marvelous reality of it is seen in the famous words Jesus spoke to
the adversary when He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of God.” The word
“proceedeth” is in the present, continuous tense in the Greek — “is
proceeding and continues to proceed.” Man
does not live by a word that has
proceeded out of the mouth of God in some past era.
Praise God for His word that He sent to Noah, but it is not our word for
today. I am not buying up lumber to
build an ark! We rejoice in that
word that God sent to Jacob in the long ago, but it is not a living word for us
today. Wonderful were the words of
the prophets to Israel, but we cannot live in the national message they
preached. The word of the Lord to
Martin Luther and John Wesley were mighty words for their time, but they are not
sufficient for us in this hour. There
is a proceeding word, a right
now word, a present truth, and
that proceeding word is going back
and gathering up every preceding
word, swallowing it up, and summing it up, into the fuller revelation for
God’s people in this great New Day of the Lord.
God is saying something now, and His word for today is greater than any
word He has ever sent to His people!
God’s people are at various stages of hearing His voice.
In John, chapter twelve, when Jesus declared that a grain of wheat must
fall into the ground and die, and said, “Father, glorify Thy name,” suddenly
heaven began to speak and the Father uttered His voice, saying, “I have both
glorified it, and will glorify it again” (Jn. 12:28).
The crowd of bystanders heard the sound and most of them thought it had
thundered. How often people hear
the word of the Lord and those who listen with spiritual ears get the message,
while to those who hear only with carnal minds and natural understanding it
sounds like so much thunder! They
hear the message but are unable to decipher its significance.
It is meaningless to them —
just THUNDER! Others said, “An
angel has spoken to Him.” To them
it sounded like an aggelos — a
messenger. These are those who
enamored by oratory, and moved by the charisma of personality, become fixed on
man, on the vessel, on the messenger delivering the message, and when they hear
the word of the Lord through one of His angel-messengers they respond to the
messenger instead of to the Lord. These
are man-followers and man-worshippers who fail to get past the vessel to hear
the voice of the Father. But some
who had their ears opened and could distinguish between the sounds, said, “No,
that was the voice of the Father!” Jesus
perceived the deepest intent of the Father, for He had said, “Father, glorify
Thy name.” The Father answered,
“I have glorified my name, my nature, in my firstborn Son, and once I get me a
people to hear what my Son is saying, I will glorify it again in them!”
The voice as of a trumpet is a word, a message of the living Christ!
The voice commanded John, “Come up hither, and I will show thee
things.” Thoughts, words,
pictures, concepts — wondrous truths beyond his understanding blasted with the
piercing of a trumpet’s sound into the consciousness of John.
Come up hither and I will show you — you can’t see these things where
you are! You cannot understand from
your present perspective in the candlestick realm!
You must arise, you must come up, you must be translated in consciousness
to a new level of communication, to a new plane of reality.
If your thinking is on the earth, you will not hear the heavenly Voice!
Every man must know within himself what he wants to hear — are you
satisfied to feed upon the vain clamor of earthly voices, religious voices, or
do you seek to hear the quickening sound of the heavenly Voice?
God is raising up a people in this hour that is seeing things which must
They have no desire to just keep doing the religious things they have
always done. It is all a weariness to the spirit.
They are hearing the sound of a trumpet!
Like the camp of Israel in the wilderness, these are hearing the blast of
heaven’s ram’s horn, and they know the camp must be broken up, it is time to
God has raised up a trumpet ministry in this hour!
I am a small part of that trumpet ministry.
I know this because the message God has put in my spirit and in my mouth
and in my writing has raised even me up into a heavenly place!
And those who hear are likewise lifted up into a new and higher realm and
place in God! I am not alone, the
trumpet is sounding all across the land and around the world!
Something greater is about to take place.
This is the word that shows us what must be hereafter!
The next step in God — after
the candlestick realm!
We want to hear the voice of God. I
have heard the voice of God! I do
not want to hear myself, I despise self, the self of me and the self of every
man. God is always speaking, if
only we have ears to hear. His
sheep hear His voice. They also
learn to know His voice!
To know the voice is greater than to hear the voice.
Every apprehended son of God is learning to both hear and know
(recognize) the voice of the Lord! Mature
sons are not fooled about what voice they are hearing!
Sons know the voice of their
Father and a strange voice they will not follow regardless of how smooth and
appealing it may sound! And we care
not one whit what channel the voice comes through.
Sometimes we hear the voice of the Lord through a brother or sister in
Christ, through a writing, through a circumstance,
through experience, sometimes through our own thoughts and hearts.
At times I have heard the voice of the Lord through things and people
that I would never have expected to hear God’s voice from. However God speaks,
only the one who truly knows the
Father’s voice will recognize the voice and “get” the message!
We also recognize the voice of the stranger.
There have been occasions when I have heard that “stranger’s” voice
through men reputed to be great men in God, sometimes through precious brethren
I love and esteem, sometimes in sermons and writings and books that less
discerning ones are charmed with and excited about as being great revelations of
truth. There need be no question in
the mind of any saint that only those who are able to hear
the voice and know the voice are
enabled to “come up hither” to
the throne realm!
To be continued… J.
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