Interpretation: Father of Lights

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., copyright 2008

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Forward

As has happened before, God prepared me for this vision's interpretation by leading me beforehand by a couple of weeks to study the portion of Scripture in the Bible that would give me the Biblical solution, and hence God's confirmation, to the puzzling message of Jeannette's vision. I had not studied Ezekiel for a long time and felt that I wanted to refresh my memory about his life, work, and his account of the Millennial Temple.

 

Thus, while reading in the book of Ezekiel the morning after hearing about the visitation, I knew rather quickly what God's message is to the church in this dream/vision. All I asked the Lord for as I prayed about it was a double witness that what I had in my spirit was accurate because it troubles me to have to report disquieting things to the Body of Christ.

I had the solution to this 'dark speech' [Numbers 12:8] fast, in less than 24 hours of hearing Jeannette tell about her experience, even before I had her written account of it in my hands. This astonished me for I had not prayed about it as yet. I struggled with the possibility that I might have misinterpreted the vision through the Ezekiel connection because, I find it unsettling to have to report things that could contribute to disunity in the church. But two days later through an unsolicited email which I find puzzling that I should have gotten not being a subscriber to any Internet ministries or newsletters, I had the first external witness that it was indeed the right interpretation. The second came as I was researching the cause of God's displeasure.

Normally I would pray and seek God's wisdom about the Lord's visitation after hearing Jeannette recount the experience and reading the written report, but this time I did not need to do so. Having the verbalization of her vision was all I needed for the gestalt to pop up as I was reading Ezekiel. From his account of why the glory left the Temple, I knew the reason God sent this message to the church although I did not know the specific details of the root cause.

As I said before, I do not read email newsletters from any ministry and I am not a blogger. Every so often I read the headlines from news organization to stay abreast of what is going on in the world, but I purposely do not engage in spiritual jostling with bloggers nor do I write position papers and articles for posting on the net because I want to stay unsullied from openly siding with issues which might compromise my freedom to respond to truth as I read and study the Word.

Yet I wanted a double confirmation because of the nature of the message. As is so often God's way, being a God of excess, He gave me not two but three witnesses, which helped to curtail any reluctance to tell the truth even though it meant pointing directly at a portion of the regenerate church. After reading Jeannette's written account, peripheral things outside of but relating to the vision describing her experience confirmed to me first that the decipher given me while reading Ezekiel was the right one. I'll speak to that later. Then the two external witnesses came forth. So when the email came out of the blue so to speak, I had my double confirmation that I had asked for.

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Preface

Anyone who has kept up with what is going on in the church today is by now familiar with the multitude of signs and wonders which have appeared in many revival meetings and conferences both now and in the recent past. I was not aware of the current revival underfoot because of the foregoing explanation in the Forward.

Hence, I did not know the cause of God's grievance expressed in the vision when we received it although I knew God was not happy about something. The email I received impelled me to find out what was happening because I sensed the Spirit was directing me to do so. Without the information derived from researching the Internet, the visionary's message would not have been decoded properly, and thus would not reveal the gravity of God's burden. Happily for me, while researching, the second external witness came forth.

I have discovered that there is a powerful healing revival that has begun in America with exceptional miraculous spiritual manifestations accompanying it, namely, the Lakeland Healing Outpouring. It began about six weeks ago in early April and seems to be spreading like wild fire around the world. It has been tabbed as a most contagious impartation of spiritual manifestations be they healing or otherwise and is being touted by many in the prophetic movement as a third, most powerful, and perhaps the last great wave of God's endtime harvest, the first being in Toronto, Canada's well-known revival, and the second wave stemming from Pensacola, Florida. Jeannette nor I participated in those movements so we are free from taint of false anointing that might have been dispersed through the laying on of hands. The late Derek Prince who had a powerful deliverance ministry said that false spirits are transmitted through the laying on of hands in like manner as the Holy Spirit.

Revival means different things to different people. Some say it is a reviving of sleeping believers, others say it is reviving the lost and unsaved host of walking dead men, and others contend that ever since the church began revival has been a continuous ongoing operation spreading the fire of the gospel to all parts of the world one on one. They say that the flames of Holy Spirit fire is ignited every time a person receives salvation and is carried with the converts everywhere they go as the Kingdom of Heaven is enlarged through them.

Anyone who has studied past revivals will know that all of them begin clean and usually wind up with dirty spirits invading and oftentimes hi-jacking God's move among His people. This is probably why they only last on average from two to four years. Because the Internet is filled with information concerning revivals, including the one addressed in this prophetic message, I will not delve into their history. My concern is what the Lord wants His people to hear related to the prophetic visitation at hand. I am not the judge of God's church nor do I want to be. I am just a delivery person who is commissioned to bring forth whatever words of wisdom or knowledge that is embedded in the experiences Jeannette has when the Lord visits her.

Jeannette must be faithful to declare the vision as the Holy Spirit guides her in absolute recollection of it. And I must faithfully write what I see and hear as the Holy Spirit explains to me the meaning of His visit. I can assure you that if Jeannette and my paths had not been divinely ordered, I would not be a part of the open Internet forums voicing opinions about what God is doing in His church because verbal wrestling and sparring with people is stressful to me. Moreover, I am fully aware that strife is injurious to one's walk of love [James 3:16] and hence hinders mountain-moving faith [Galatians 5:6]. I refuse to compromise my intimacy with the Lord.

I derive no pleasure out of talking about the stuff going on in the church today because it distresses me to see God's body fractionated. But would we be righteous in keeping silent when Jeannette and I have been given information supernaturally that could alert people to grave dangers lurking in the church? I have had to ask myself that question about several of the visions and dreams reported on this website due to their adversarial nature. Would Jeannette and I be held accountable in not reporting what the Lord has divinely spoken if that is our calling? How much worldly applause did Jeremiah, Ezekiel, or any of the Old Testament prophets forfeit in their day when they were called to speak forth hard things instead of smooth things appealing to the flesh?

 

Ezekiel in God's Present
Ezekiel 3:18-19
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, TO SAVE HIS LIFE; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

 

Bloody Letters Rasied Up on the Tablet

There is a double meaning to the bloody red letters Jeannette saw raised up and turned into English. On the one hand, they signify that this cry out of God's anguished soul is imbued with blood guiltiness. God cannot help people who refuse to heed His warnings. On the other hand, as Ezekiel states in the above Scripture passage of chapter three – and repeated almost verbatim in chapter thirty-three verses eight and nine – the blood of innocent bystanders, lambs if you please, would be on our hands if we did not fulfill our call to be spokespersons for the Lord since He has chosen to send messages to His church through us.

Like Paul, I am constrained to be obedient to my call, to be the interpreter of God's visitations to Jeannette for the church. I cannot cast this responsibility upon her. All she is responsible for in this work of the Lord is to accurately communicate what she saw and heard. Hers is the greater gift, but mine is the greater accountability as the interpretation must line up with Scripture.

We confer about a visitation and express our views regarding it, and we agree in the final analysis that the interpretation is the correct one before placing it on the Internet. As I have said before, we did not out of our own minds decide that we would collaborate to speak for God, hence, plowing a course for our own imaginations. This work of the Lord fell upon us without our being aware of what was happening when it all began.

Having cushioned the forthcoming interpretation with providential inevitability, and having vented my dislike, and Jeannette's as well, about causing offences or doing anything that might enhance diffusion and impair church unity, I will proceed to tell what the Spirit has shown me is the message in this vision.

 
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Since the burden of the Lord that compelled this vision is expressed in the English sentence, "The church is stealing God's glory from His people," I will begin by explaining God's attitude about what is happening in the church because a straightforward understanding of the meaning of the words reveals that God is not pleased with what He sees going on in the Body of believers.

As I read the first chapters of Ezekiel where the vision was deciphered, I noted that the glory of the Lord departed from the Temple just prior to its and Jerusalem's destruction. God tarried as long as He could among His people forbearing their spiritual adultery so flagrantly engaged in His very presence, even within the Temple confines, and He graciously gave them time to repent. What was it God was forbearing even though His people deserved punishment long before receiving it? The Bible says it was iniquity in their souls. As I read further in the book, I discovered what the iniquity was that grieved the Lord to the point of removing His glory from His Temple.

I peeked through the hole in the wall of the Temple along with Ezekiel and read about the abominable idolatrous images inscribed on the inside of the cubicles where priests kept their personal belongings while ministering to the Lord in the sanctuary and doing the required Levitical ceremonies.

Ezekiel 8:10
10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.

These compartments were the priests' resting places, their home away from home while doing the services in the Temple. Even though the idolatrous images were portrayed upon the physical walls of the partitions visible to the human eye, according to the Bible, the inscriptions represented iniquity in their souls, what they think about most often and desire to do, which is what separates one from God. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me [Psalms 66:18]. Note how the Spirit expresses it through Ezekiel:

Ezekiel 8:12
12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients (the elders or priests) of the house of Israel do IN THE DARK, every man IN THE CHAMBERS OF HIS IMAGERY? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

This, dear reader, is the root cause for God's apparent displeasure with the church in our day according to this vision. The imaginations of their hearts were wicked and they manifestly blasphemed God in His own sanctuary with a visual display on the walls revealing their idolatrous worship of unholy things. The walls of the cubicles represented the canvas of the mind. This recorded event about the reason for the glory departing is instructive for …whatever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament) were written for our learning… [Romans 15:4] …and for our admonition… [1 Corinthians 10:11].

Note that it was the ancients (the priests) who were doing evil things in their soulish minds. We can infer, then, that these spiritual outpourings of late are promoting strange fire along with the fresh fire of the Holy Ghost. Remember that revivals attract unregenerate believers as well as born again people. When hands are laid on everyone seeking an experience, there could be a mix of spirits transmitted.

Born again people, who have been made kings and priests unto God [Revelation 1:6; 5:10], might be receiving and manifesting a wrong spirit and fulfill Ezekiel's type. Hence, encouragement to experience the fire could cause sheep to unwittingly participate in idolatrous practices in the chambers of their imagery. This is not a put down of supernatural experiences because experiencing supernaturally is the province of the Holy Spirit. However, the Bible tells us to inspect the fruit. Unwary of this Scriptural admonition in 1 John 4:1-3, are immature believers being ensnared by false spirits to enter into wickedness in the imaginations of their minds when they ought to be renewing their minds with the Word of God [Ephesians 4:23], not spiritual encounters?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Great Priest"

Kohen Gadol or Kohen ha-Gadol (Heb. above means "Great Priest") is the title of High Priest of early Israelite religion.

 

 

Seduction of the sheep by false spirits is a speedy way to steal God's glory. Another more widespread and unspectacular means is to deny that spiritual gifts are bona fide manifestations of God's glory. Without doubt, the supernatural has always been a powerful means to confirm God's authenticity from the inception of the church. To say miracles, signs and wonders ceased when the last Apostle died and that they were merely instruments to get the church started is to write off the Scripture that says, Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, today, and forever [Hebrews 13:8]. If He performed miracles before He ascended, He will keep on doing it through His Body because as He is, so are we (empowered with His power) in this world [1 John 4:17]. This more subtle extraction of the glory of God from among His people has been going on for two millennia and probably far exceeds the grievance gradient of today's false spirituality. Together, these polar opposites are stealing God's glory from His people.

There are many confusing issues regarding church propriety in these endtimes all of which are propelling the world to its climatic conclusion. But don't worry, the devil will not prevail over the true church. She will be rescued by Jesus. Most dividing issues are factors emanating from the false church masquerading as the church of Jesus Christ. That church, the harlot bride of Revelation chapter seventeen, is not the real bride of Christ and will 'experience' the tribulation.

God's attitude towards the dividing issues of doctrinal positions separating the various denominations of the metaphoric dead 1 Sardis church of Revelation is not reflected in this vision. Why? These churches have none of God's glory to be stolen, for they are dead according to Jesus. And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;…I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art DEAD [Revelation 3:1].

However, ever since the Reformation began, the Holy Spirit has been separating out of the visible church, born again believers and sprucing them up for their wedding day. Starting with Martin Luther, as revival fires wane, the Spirit starts another fire with other missionary-minded believers looking for truth, righteousness, and holiness. God desires that this ever-renewing Body of regenerate believers take the fire of revival to the four corners of the earth.

This method of enlarging the Kingdom of Heaven through great waves of revivals has repeated itself for the last five centuries. As we progress towards the church's destiny of marriage to the Lamb, the revival fires have escalated in number and intensity, and the Body of Christ has gained in physical mass and spiritual enlightenment, for it is the church's destiny to depart this kingdom of darkness ripe for judgment in resplendent glory as she meets her Lord in rapturous exultation.

 

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See the interpretation of the vision entitled 'Breath Of The Lord' for an explanation of the dead Sardis church. (Sardis)
 

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