Interpetation: Pillar of Heaven

 

By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D,

 

 

©2000

 

Pillar: Introduction
The vision opened with Jeannette observing two people she knows having an intense conversation about the Word of God. She told me that the person who was relaxed and confident was the parent of the other. Both are believers, but their non-verbal communication appeared to reflect a doctrinal gap separating them, perhaps generational, perhaps only semantical. Not being privy to the discussion, we cannot adjudge.  
 

Since they are friends of the visionary and not just acquaintances, and since she is aware of their basic position on Christian issues, Jeannette was apprehensive that their dialogue might flare up into an argument even though the elder person did not seem agitated. Because they both embrace the doctrinal position of salvation by faith alone plus nothing, which fundamental Christians call "Sola Faith", we can assume that their points of view differ in what can be called the nonessentials of Christianity. For instance, they might disagree in areas related to how to worship God, the sanctification process of believers, church organization, and church growth. None of these would be considered doctrinal essentials for salvation. All of them relate to a believer's outlook on life after one is born again, whether one is conventional and conformist or non-traditional and unorthodox.

Since the two conversationalists are in concert on salvation, that is, one only comes to the heavenly Father by way of the blood of Jesus [Colossians 1:14], we can set aside the critical issue of what entails regeneration 1 . Agreeing about the new birth requirement Jesus spoke about in John 3:3 and how one gets born again, the visible "tone" of their spirited conversation, if I may use an oxymoron, symbolically reveals that a disturbance is brewing among believers. This is the inference I believe the Spirit would have us draw. Jeannette felt uneasy about the disturbance and backed away so her soul could rest in peace and quiet. God intervened at this point providing the nexus, the core connection between the scenes of the vision. Metaphorically, the pillar connotes the meaning of the rift developing between the pair, and since they were immediate family members, each one represented sectors within the true church. Most prophecies are generic and personal. When God speaks to the whole body of believers, it is because there is something extremely consequential at stake. Indeed, the last scene reveals as much.

The Church's Guiding Principle

Given that a rift is developing among brethren, and looking at the disastrous outcome of this vision, we can infer that the important concern God wants addressed is an issue that is causing factions of the church to drift away from the body's polestar - the purpose of the church in these last days. Is the great commission changeable? Has the marriage of mammon and human ingenuity undercut the principle of a personal Pentecost today? Are we now citizens of this world and expected to Christianize it, or does our citizenship in heaven make superfluous "liberation theology" as a mandate of the church in the new millennium [John 18:36 with Colossians 3:1-4]? What are we liberated from? Are there requirements in "stand(ing) fast…in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free;" and is "entangle(ment) with yokes of bondage," [Galatians 5:1] which we are charged not to do, in essence, exchanging protocols between kingdoms? How binding are the traditions of Paul? He said, "…brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or by epistle" [2 Thessalonians 2:15]. Are the church's traditions on a par with Paul's? Has the old wine turned to vinegar, or is the new wine made with sour grapes? I believe that the last scene of this vision is evidence that drifting off course can be catastrophic. We know that if one deviates even a miniscule amount at liftoff, a space probe to Mars might never see it, let alone land on it. I believe that God revealed through this vision that a lackadaisical attitude toward spiritual matters is not just irresponsible - it is dangerous. Hence, we must pursue God's answer to this prophetic enigma.

It is my contention that the Holy Spirit has given insight, for those with ears to hear, what is at the root causing the gap in the body of Christ which will ultimately produce the religious harlot of Revelation 17 and which will destroy many careless Christians who are merely playing church. The last promiscuous church does not appear out of thin air. Something produces it. Again, note that the conversational tone of the people Jeannette heard speaking made her feel troubled. Their behavior is typical of what is going on in the church today. Factious dialogues abound in all mediums of communication. New doctrines are causing strife between those who would keep things as is and those who want a new order for a new millennium. Everyone wants revival, but the differences lie in what constitutes true revival. The picture now is borderline strife amidst dialogue. In due time, however, the emerging gap will ultimately lead to bitterness and outright confrontation. The Bible indicates as much and many current prophets have prophesied it. So, our task is to see why those two men ended up on the beach in a catatonic state and make sure we are not one of them.

The Spirit reveals to me that the message here is not so much about the diverging direction the church is taking because we know there will be two brides at the time of Jesus' return, a true bride and a harlot one. Our Lord is warning as He has in the past that getting off course might cause one to become part of the Antichrist's bride. The intense discussion the couple was having and the outcome of the vision suggests that the two were discussing spiritual matters with enormous consequences. The rest of the vision conveys this assumption. On the other hand, we cannot presume that the elder is right merely because he/she appeared relaxed and uncompromising. Many false churches and false prophets are adamant that they are teaching the right way to God and appear undisturbed in their worldview. We must look to the details of the vision to determine what God thinks about this pair's doctrinal difference, and why He chose to speak to us through an oracle about it. Its content is always the clue to its message.

 

 

Amazing Grace

 
Rev 3:12
  12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. KJV 2

 

 
Pillars are for Supportr
Construction of Pillars

One of the primary meanings of a pillar is that it is a support or underpinning holding up a structure. They are called braces, buttresses, or props to shore up something overhead. In the above Scripture, we find that Jesus said the overcomer in this life would become a pillar in the temple of God in heaven. Does this mean that people will be propping up structures in heaven? No, on two accounts.

  Pillars Commemorate The "Chupah"

First, let us look at a few Jewish customs pertaining to weddings. Everything related to the Jewish culture has spiritual significance for teaching unrevealed truths. God raised up the Israelite nation for the express purpose of being the custodians of His self-revelation. He has chosen to keep some things secret, but others He has revealed for man's edification and comfort from a world gone awry. "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law" [Deuteronomy 29:29].
"The Chuppah" -Whikipedia.com
 

The "Ketubah"
The Bible is a marriage contract. Christians are taught that Jesus is coming for a bride for Himself selected from the mass of humanity by the Holy Spirit who is sent by God for this express purpose. The only reason the chosen ones are left here is for the purpose of propagating themselves through the great commission of Matthew 28:18-20. There are numerous customs associated with Jewish weddings, which have significance in demonstrating the reality of the marriage of Christians to God's Son. The only one that relates to this vision is the "Chupah" although others could apply. This is the marriage canopy under which the bride and groom stand to be married 3.

Jewish people in olden days erected a canopy to symbolize the groom's agreement to protect and defend his bride at all costs. Canopies are protective coverings. In Isaiah 4:5 it was called a "defense" because that is what they are for, to protect from something. When we read that our Lord is coming to get His bride accompanied by the saints in the clouds, we find there a covering in the form of clouds. He is coming to get His bride in order to protect her from the Days of Awe known in the Bible as the time of Jacob's trouble or the great Tribulation. Jesus has covenanted to protect and preserve us throughout eternity, and indeed, He will. He paid the bride price (another Jewish marriage custom) that cost Him everything. We "are bought with a price" [1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23], with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" [1 Peter 1:19]. He gave His life for us and promised us a joint heirship with Him as His Queen in His Father God's estate. Glory to God! He has chosen us for His inheritance, and what an estate we inherit!

 

The Envoy With A Message

Because we are betrothed to Jesus, we have a legally binding marriage contract. Betrothal in Jewish custom is the first stage of marriage. It is not consummated until after the groom goes home to prepare a place for His bride to live in. The celestial city is even at this time in preparation. The bride remains where she is until the "set time" for the groom to come get her. In the meantime, the Bible is the believer's marriage contract containing all the rights of the bride. It is called a "ketubah" in Hebrew meaning "that which is written".4 Everything in the "ketubah" is binding on the groom and that includes all 7,000 plus promises written therein. Remember, however, that the bride makes a promise too. She promises to remain faithful. This is where problems stem, and if it were not for grace, God could abrogate the whole thing. Shades of Hosea - what a Savior!

The Father of the groom carries out all of the arrangements. He sends an envoy and makes the choice of a bride for his son. This still goes on in some places like India. He sends gifts with his agent to give to whomsoever consents to becoming a bride. It is means of enticement to stay faithfully betrothed and not be impatient. The Old Testament type was Abraham who sent his unnamed emissary to choose a bride for Isaac. This special agent spoke only about his mission and about the good character of his master, Isaac. God's envoy is the Holy Spirit who silently tells people about the Father's glorious Son, Jesus, full of grace and truth. His mission is to convince people they need to take Jesus as their Lord and Savior for He will deliver them from a life of degradation and death. Abraham's agent chose Rebecca in a far off country and she consented to marry Isaac even before meeting him. She was not forced, but had the choice of rejecting him as her lifelong mate. [Read Genesis 24.] She jubilantly responded in the affirmative, and like her, believers agree to become part of the eternal bride of Christ, "whom having not seen, (we) love; in whom, though now (we) see Him not, yet believing, (we) rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" [1 Peter 1:8].

A Jewish Wedding by Jozef Israëls (1824–1911) Wikipedia.com
One last and significant custom is that it is the Father who decides all is ready and that it is time for His son to go get His bride. Not even the Son knows when the Father will say the Word that the marriage feast is prepared. This is an important part of the Jewish wedding protocol because it flies in the face of proponents of the World Christian Movement. They profess that the church has a mandate to unify all churches and clergy, which is why they are ridding Christianity of whatever interferes with peaceful coexistence. The unified corporate church on earth controls when the King comes back.
 
  The dilemma is that either the bride sends for the King after she has purged the earth with an invincible army led by the new elite of a so-called "Elijah Company"; or, the Father sends Him to get His bride in the customary fashion of a Jewish wedding, rescuing her from the coming holocaust. The concepts are mutually exclusive. I submit that the plain teaching of Scripture supports the latter case. The Father is responsible for bringing back the King to complete the marriage contract. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to unify the body of Christ, not men, and the body has always been unified spiritually ever since its inception.
 

Proofs of Betrothal

Because we are betrothed to Jesus, we have been given the Holy Spirit as the down payment on the inheritance of our marriage contract.

 
Eph 1:13-14
  13 …after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,…

Everyone knows that earnest money is a down payment on something. What did we get as the down payment on eternal life? God Himself! There's nothing cheap about God! Another Jewish custom, which our Lord carried out in truth, was the custom of giving the bride a gift of great value to show the groom's intention to carry out stage 2 of the marriage - the consummation. Usually it was a ring, known today as an engagement ring, but today the ring has lost a lot of its original meaning. Long ago, an engagement was legally binding on the couple. This is why Joseph thought about divorce before ever having "known" Mary, the mother of Jesus' humanity.

Not only did God give us His source of power at the altar of commitment, but He also gave us access to spiritual gifts as well. The gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us are extremely valuable because they produce miracles, signs, and wonders. They are enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, and are in effect, a demonstration of the power source God has given to us. These gifts do not belong to us; they belong to the Spirit and are distributed as the Spirit wills [1 Corinthians 12:11]. Do you remember that God told the young man in the vision he had to return the pillar after examining it? God's gifts cannot be toyed with, nor indiscriminately handed out to people as if men were the dispenser of the gifts. They are sovereignly bestowed and discretely operated by the divine Holy Spirit who acts only on God the Father's orders. Let me repeat. People cannot lay hands on others and pass out these gifts like candy. God does not yield to us; we yield to Him, and it takes a cleansed vessel to safely handle His power. More about this later. We see, then, that Stage 1 of a Jewish marriage was an important step in the process of covenant making because it was legally binding. Therefore, believers can be thought of as pillars symbolically upholding the "chupah" or marriage canopy. So much for "chupahs".

Pillars And Temples

Second, God's heavenly pillars connote authority. The central thought about Jesus' use of the term pillar for an overcomer in Revelation 3:12 is that he or she is "one who occupies a central or responsible postion" 5 in heaven. The Bible tells us that Christians will judge angels and will rule the world with Christ - implying the entire universe. Pillars, then, connote that believers will "occupy a central or responsible position" in heaven and the universe. Further, according to Scripture, there is no temple in heavenly Jerusalem. "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it" [Revelation 21:22].

Why is there no temple in "The Holy City?" After all, a temple is mentioned in the book of Revelation during the tribulation period twelve times from 11:1 to 16:17. The Bible tells us that God is preparing a celestial city for His family. Abraham and others "looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" [Hebrews 11:10]. Until that city is complete, there has to be a place for angels and other created beings to meet with God at convocations. The entire subculture of gods whether false and mythological or the one true God revolves around a place of habitation called a temple. Manmade temples were erected so that the gods of men could have a place to inhabit. Anything false must have a true type. Thus, there is a true temple in heaven at this time, which was the pattern for all the rest [Hebrews 8:5; 9:23].

God's Temple Is Made Of Lively Stones

Whenever God's plan of the ages is over, after the great white throne judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15, the Bible explains that God is going to completely dissolve the old creation and make a new heaven and a new earth with a holy city called "…new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" [2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1-2]. In this new creation, "…the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people…" [21:3]. Moreover, "God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people" [2 Corinthians 6:16]. This gives me chills! Think about the fact that God is in us. The word "men" here is the Greek word "anthropos," which means humans. Almighty God has chosen to dwell with and in human beings, not angels or some other super creature. He said humans would become His temple. In fact, we already are because God's Spirit indwells believers in order to give them supernatural power to accomplish supernatural goals through a frail body of dust. Thus, He abides even now in "living stones" and not a building made of dead rocks. All of us believers together "…as living stones are built up a spiritual house…acceptable to God…" [1 Peter 2:5]. We are God's temples, His house of pillars, each of whom contains the power of God the Holy Spirit. That is the foundation for the interpretation of this vision.

The Habitation Of God Must Be Holy

We are even now the abode of God. He has ordained that His people be living temples. We do not just represent His temple; we actually are the dwelling place of God.

  1 Cor 3:16
  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
  1 Cor 6:19
  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  2 Cor 6:16
  16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
One can see from the above that believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are walking temples and are the dwelling places of a holy God. Even though good works are important in the scheme of spiritual things being evidence that one has saving faith, God places more emphasis on who one is rather than on what one does, on being rather than doing. Instead of inhabiting an inanimate edifice, the Lord has chosen to occupy a sentient temple; and, eventually He will do away with the entire present cosmic arrangement including His heavenly temple [Revelation 21:22].

Now we can see why we must be holy - because God is holy. Having declared us righteous at regeneration, God expects us to become holy. Without the Holy Spirit's role in teaching us what constitutes holiness, mortal flesh would never be able to provide a dwelling place for a holy God. Not only will He not dwell with sin, He cannot. Purity requires no admixture of pollutant. Whenever we do not permit the Holy Spirit to have the rule in our life, we grieve Him. You can count on it; He will not dwell alongside of sin for long. He alone knows what is sinful and hindering the Father's plans, and He alone knows the Father's tolerance level of rebellion towards His Spirit's convicting ministry regarding sin. It is possible to snuff Him out, either by habitual sin or blaspheming Him. [Compare Ephesians 4:30 with Hebrews 10:29.] This is the reason we must yield to His direction in all things. We are told that God the Holy Spirit will never leave us after He comes in and regenerates us, and it is true, He will not leave us or forsake us. However, we may cause Him to leave through sin. In this regard, we have forsaken Him. God is faithful, but we can be disobedient to the point of "being past feeling," i.e., apathetic [Ephesians 4:19], not responding to the Spirit's convicting ministry, and that will eventually quench Him [1 Thessalonians 5:19]. This process is referred to repeatedly in Scripture as hardening the heart or becoming stiff-necked - development of insensitive scar tissue on the soul. Thus, it is all up to us whether we will forever be God's habitation.

From the foregoing, it is not difficult to see that promoting holiness in a believer is what the Spirit is all about. He is not given to make believers into human dynamos. God does not need super giants with superhuman power. Too many super spiritual people have ended up on the spiritual heap as spiritual midgets having lost their place in the Sun - of Righteousness. Samson was the Old Testament type. Like him, a good portion of the faith healers of the recent past has ended up shipwreck on the unseen reefs of pride. Could the two catatonic men on the beach represent the two forgotten giants of the past century who moved in spiritual power but who departed this world in infamy both thinking they were Elijah who was to come? I rather believe that the two casualties on the beach appeared in duet as conceptual evidence establishing the truth that it is dangerous to mess around with God's holy power. They are the double witness about abusing power "…that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established" [Matthew 18:16].

The point the Spirit is trying to make in this vision is that believers are not to presume upon God's power source. The Spirit has been sent to give us power to proclaim the gospel wherever the Lord sends us. He alone decides when and where the gifts will manifest. Our goal is to stay yielded to His direction as instruments of righteousness. We ought not seek crowds for a display of Holy Ghost power. Proclamation of the gospel with power to bring revival has always been the primary purpose of Pentecost. It is tied to complete submission to the Father's will. God's power is infinite and available but destructive when used for one's own ends. We have been given the source, but God has had to put a governor on its use so that we cannot destroy ourselves and those around us. We will find that when we enter the celestial city of God, we will have no more of the Holy Spirit then, than we have now. He is a person, not a thing, and cannot be given piecemeal. The difference at the consummation of things is that He will have more of us.

Living Pillars Containing Infinite Power

I find it awesome to think that the omnipotent power of the living God dwells in me. This same power resurrected Jesus from the dead. Listen to what Paul says, "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places " [Eph 1:19-20]. The power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me and if you are a believer, you too. What a thought! The same one who brooded over the creation and caused everything to come into being when God spoke dwells in me. Folks, this is omnipotent, infinite power. Keep that in mind. This power is tremendous and is frightening. Look at the outcome of the two men lying on the beach. Is it frightening because it can destroy you? Or is it frightening because it can depart? This is the puzzle of this vision.

 

Two Deadly Pillars

Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians that this power is exceedingly great and has been given to us who believe so that we may know what we have inherited from Jesus and so that we might not allow the unseen enemy to intimidate us from serving the Lord with boldness. In this regard, the power is given for the purpose of providing strength in order to proclaim the truth of the gospel with force. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…" [Romans 1:16]. This power of God resides in the blood of Jesus. Without His "soul cleansing blood", we could never hope to achieve the state of holiness required to permanently house God the Holy Spirit.

John explains how believers maintain this state of holiness in his first letter to believers. "…(I)f we walk in the light…the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us," and for this reason, "…if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" [1 John 1:7-9]. The Spirit set the syntax of the verb "cleanseth" as a Greek "present linear action sort", meaning that Jesus' blood continually keeps on cleansing all the time. Perpetual cleansing is provided to give us time to access the holy of holies in the throne room after committing a known sin. Don't wait to ask forgiveness. Run to the Father who is faithful to forgive. We do not have to wait to bring a sacrifice to the altar as they did in Old Covenant days. Jesus' blood is constantly waiting in the heavenly altar for the believer's use. Take advantage of this continual on-going provision in order to stay in a state of holiness at all times. Without holiness, The Holy Spirit will never use us in a significant way to carry out the Father's plans, and we will miss out on experiencing the presence of the Almighty. The devil will use us, however. God will put up with a little foot-dragging, and even a little repetitive sinning, but there will come a day when God's displeasure reaches a max and He will withdraw His Holy Spirit with a stroke.

 

Job 36:18-19

Job 36:18-19

18 Because there is wrath (the polarity to God's infinite love), beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee. (Behold…the goodness and severity of God…)
19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. (There is a point of no return, a place without forgiveness. The Bible calls it the "sin unto death" [1 John 5:16]. It is loss of reward at best and loss of salvation at worst.)

 

 
 
When anyone tries to usurp God's mighty power for his or her own personal aggrandizement, he/she will end up on the beach as in the vision in a catatonic state.
 

 

The Spirit showed me that this is the meaning of one of the spiritual casualties. It is the result of believers having become pillars with unlimited power lusting for forbidden fruit. It is the Pentecostal error primarily, the problem of having power without biblical discernment, using the gifts without total submission to the Sermon on the Mount, having knowledge without wisdom.

The other victim on the beach comes from the other end of the spiritual spectrum. This one is prey to the Pharisees who would have you follow their legalistic thinking about salvation. These poor plundered people want to be in the Shepherd's fold but in their youthful innocence follow the sound of the piper instead of the Shepherd. They come in all sizes from the infamous small cult known as the Branch Davidians to monolithic Christian denominations. Too many sincere converts become entangled with all sorts of dogmatic requirements, the doctrinaire notions of mere men who lust for fame or to be in control. False prophets and false teachers like these flourish today. "…(T)hey are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter" [Isaiah 56:11]. Instead of looking into the Word of God for truth and direction, these immature lambs look inside the "pillars" of the church for the way to Zion and meet with the deadly venom of a snake. Being inexperienced they make easy targets for the unseen powers of darkness. More often than not, they follow the leaders of the "…way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" [Proverbs 14:12].

 

The Reconstructionists

Protestantism rescued men from the clutches of the Inquisition that victimized people in the Middle Ages. The choice was spiritual death or physical death. Yet, today we see denominational offshoots of the Reformation that continue along the same lines. Things are shaping up in the unification movement to where the choice will again be spiritual death or physical death. The Reconstructionists are hard at work.

Our vision warns that one carefully handle the pillar of God, for we clearly hear God say, "You may examine the pillar but you must not look inside nor may you keep it. I must have it back." God's comment shows that Christians are encouraged to examine the Scriptures to find out what constitutes sound doctrine. When Bible teachers tell people not to analyze what is going on, according to this statement by God, they have left "the way" of Biblical instructions. The clear teaching of God is that one study the Bible to show himself approved of God [2 Timothy 3:16], and in so doing "(y)e shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you" [Deuteronomy 4:2]. Considering that we cannot add to nor dimish from the Canon of Scripture, God told the young man He must have the pillar back the same way he received it. In other words, after examination, hearken to it and do not try to change its clear meaning. If any thing seems foreign to the norms of conservative theology, check it out. This may take time, and we might find that strange things in the natural are normative in the spiritual world. God is long-suffering and patient and will give us ample time to search the Scriptures. Neglecting to find out if these things are so will condemn us in the end because the nature of man is to sin, to self-glorification, and not to holiness. God's statement reveals His concern that His people take heed how they stand on theological issues. Carelessness in heeding His commandments is costly. In court, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Lusting to engage the unseen world of the spirits is sinful, for God has expressly forbidden believers to cross that threshold.

 

 
Deut 18:10-14
  10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

Dealing with darkness is dangerous. God's instructions cannot be said with more clarity than the above. Why do people engage these things? I submit it is for power and a desire to be "some great one" as Simon in the book of Acts. The Spirit wrote through Peter that Simon had no part in this "matter", that is, moving in the spiritual gifts, because "his heart (was) not right in the sight of God" [Acts 8:21-23]. Furthermore, Peter warned him to repent and get right with God or he would (in essence) wind up on a beach in a stupor. From the above, we understand that God does not want His children seeking supernatural experiences for the thrill of it. Staying cleansed and available for the Spirit's use is what He wants from His people.

Power can be useful when harnessed but destructive when uncontrolled. Note how lightning wrecks havoc when it hits something. God has entrusted us with His power, but we must follow His guidelines as laid out in His Word. Whenever people change, revise, add to, subtract from, or paraphrase the Scriptures, in essence they are looking inside God's predesigned structure. Messing with the motherboard of the Word looking for a safe release of His power can open the circuitry to all kinds of occultic activity. Being hidden we cannot perceive it, hence avoid it. Have you ever seen written on the backs of electrical equipment a warning not to open the case because you might touch a place of high voltage that can kill you? Is that not similar to the message God is sending in this vision? People use appliances even though they require the pull of large amounts of energy. In like manner, God makes available His vast energy source in order to demonstrate on occasion His awesomeness. If we stick to His protocols, move in holiness, and let God be God, we will not get hurt in the process of demonstration. Evangelization through powerful preaching will manifest the gifts, and holiness, when moving in them, will insulate one from operating out of the old sin nature or from receiving demonic messages. Nevertheless, looking inside the pillar to try to control power for our own agenda puts one at risk for contacting the hidden forces of darkness.

 

 

Truck With Its Tools 

 
 

 

Recall that the truck was a white pickup containing all kinds of construction equipment. Because it was white, we can deduce that its owners were Christians, white denoting righteousness. Being a construction truck, let us assume its work force was engaged in doing good works, genuinely desiring to produce good fruit. If their motives were impure, the vision would not classify as a warning because sinful behavior produces justifiable punishment.

Jeannette saw tools for constructing buildings such as squares and levels, plumb lines and saws, sextants and scaffolding. These signified that the workers were engaged in erecting structures to edify the inner man. There is nothing wrong in that. Seeing the outcome of the workers, however, we must infer that either the design of their edifices was not taken to the master builder for approval, or they were making subsequent changes to the approved plans which did not meet the specifications of building codes. Man cannot change biblical codes that build spiritual houses. God alone is the developer of those codes. We must look unto "Jesus," who is the Word of God, "the author and finisher of our faith" [Hebrews 12:2], who leads us into holiness. "Finisher" connotes a finished carpenter in the Greek. Biblical doctrines are like OSHA safety regulations for safe assembly of a structure stable enough for the Holy Spirit's habitation. We have the manual for proper operation and maintenance of the complexes of spirit, soul, and body, but how many people turn to the Bible when they get in trouble? Most people mistakenly seek help in the world instead of going directly to the Lord to see what the manual says.

The other set of items in the back end of the truck were items related to development of the minds of men. They were Bibles, encyclopedias, concordances, educational books, books by great men, and so on. Because this list contained secular books along with Bibles, it gives the impression that the truck owners were people of higher learning who would reconstruct God's way of doing things as laid out in His Word and who would mix man's earthly wisdom with God's pure heavenly wisdom. Man's wisdom does not "descend from above, but is earthy, sensual, devilish…envious and (full of) strife…But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruit, without partiality and without hypocrisy" [James 3:15-17].

It is obvious from the list of fruit deriving from heavenly wisdom that these mental attitudes lead to meekness and holiness. The Biblical comparison reveals that people cannot mix sound doctrine, to use the vernacular of Paul in his letters to Timothy and Titus, with the wisdom of men because in so doing, heavenly wisdom becomes polluted and unfit for consumption. Indeed, James said as much in the verses immediately preceding the given quote. The context of the entire chapter three was a call to pay attention to what comes out of our mouths, to put a bridle on what we say. Mixing the wisdom of men with God's pure wisdom in Scripture creates a "fountain yielding both salt water and fresh, sweet water and bitter…Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not so to be" [James 3:12,11,10].

To illustrate the problem of mixing men's ideas with God's explicit instructions is the delicate problem believers encounter with healing. For instance, some in this work force might construct the notion that God needs help in healing people. God does not need help. Man does, however. He needs help in understanding that there is healing in the atonement. It has only been in the last couple of centuries that man has exponentially added his wisdom to aid God in healing. Someone has said that God does the healing, but the doctor takes the fee.

One of the blessings of God's covenant with His people is healing. Listen as the Psalmist speaks: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" [103:2,3], and who sends His word to heal [Psalms 107:20]. The subject is too involved and thorny to delve into here. Suffice it to say that medicine and psychology has so infiltrated man's thinking that it is almost impossible to separate people's dependence on the wisdom of this world to accept as true that Jesus' atonement on the cross provides healing for the spirit, soul, and body. Worldly wisdom says that Jesus' stripes were not enough, and that God lied when the Spirit penned that "with Jesus' stripes we are healed" [Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24] even though the word "healed" in both the Old and New Testaments refers to physical healing. They recommend hospitals instead of the communion table; doctors instead of Jehovah Rapha (the Lord that healeth thee), Christian counseling instead of the great Counselor Jesus [Isaiah 9:6], and self-help programs instead of the altar.

Change is not wrong. The problem comes when man seeks to make changes unauthorized in God's written Word. In effect, Revisionists are disobedient. Note how the young man in the vision was careless and casual in handling the pillar of God. His attitude towards God's Word was flippant. He held it from the bottom instead of the top and threw it into the back of the truck. He refused to heed God's instructions. Deviating from orders from the Supervisor of Scripture can cause a disaster as noted by the construction workers on the beach who disobeyed and who looked inside the pillar. Anyone writing a new Bible is at risk for mishandling God's Holy Words as given in the Antiochan text derived from the 5,000+ extant manuscripts that are in agreement with each other. The other 5% of available texts repeatedly disagree among themselves making them highly suspect for accuracy. 6 Yet, all Bibles since the King James Version follow the Alexandrian Greek text with least accuracy. Inerrancy of Scripture is an important guideline for construction workers because without a benchmark, a plumb line, and a true compass, builders would not be able to lay a sure foundation to anything that would stand the ravages of a destroyer. God "created the waster (who) destroy(s)" [Isaiah 54:16], so He can handle the devil. We cannot, except through His Word. But if the Bible has errors in it, we cannot be sure we are firing live ammunition at the devil. Hence, inerrancy of Scripture is critical since it is the only thing a Christian has as a point of reference for truth and for faith and practice. Known in evangelical circles as "Sola Scriptura", it is the Reformation's traveling companion to the aforementioned "Sola Faith".

 

 

Two Sets of Equipment

It is interesting that there were two different sets of equipment in the back of the truck and there were two catatonic men on the beach. Do you suppose there is a connection? The tools in the rear of the truck imply that one group of Reconstructionists would change the outer traditional forms of the tabernacle of the Lord, while the other group would change the inner workings of the temple. The former would change the forms of worship such as programs and methods for carrying out Christian ceremonies, while the latter would rearrange the table of shewbread and lampstand within the temple to include their concepts of how to approach a holy God. For example, they might make room on the table for the Buddhist's idol, divide the laver of cleansing to hold witches' brew alongside holy water, include the smoke of "pot" with the freewill incense in the offering of prayers, and so forth. We acknowledge the legitimacy of other forms of worship for others, but we must question the propriety of including them in Christian ceremony. The Holy Bible is the only measure of what is appropriate in the worship of a holy God. Any reconstruction of Christian protocol must be measured against the accepted yardstick. Consequently, acknowledgement of the inerrancy of Scripture and looking to it alone - Sola Scriptura - is absolutely essential if Christians want to avoid winding up on the beach in a daze.

Leaders of ecumenism are enticing and seem splendidly right. But their reconstruction of biblical doctrine to accommodate Islam, Dominionism, Replacement Theology, Hinduism, Reconstructionism, Voodooism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Satanism, Witchcraft, and all other religious faiths requires them to dismantle and reconstruct the Scepter of God, and in opening it, the "Dove" flies away. Doves are clean birds and will not nest in defilement. Do you remember that Abraham used a dove to determine if the flood's waters were abated and the ground free of mud and slime [Genesis 8:8,9]? Its instinct for clean places is why it symbolizes the Holy Spirit. In this regard, the bride of Jesus ought to fear lest she loosen her seal with which she was sealed, the Holy Spirit. He is what gives her status in the throne room of heaven. He is what makes her a pillar of prominence with distinction. Being a member of the royal family of God is a positional truth, a treasure one should guard with his life.

 
The Scepter of God
 

 

 

Num 24:17

 

17 … there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite … and destroy all the children of Sheth (the desolate who are barren and lifeless, who are the children of confusion stemming from the Tower of Babel).

The Star of Jacob and the Scepter of Israel is Jesus, the son of David from the tribe of Judah. God forced the wayward prophet Balaam to give this prophecy in spite of the fact that wicked Balaam's intentions were evil. Being an hireling prophet, he fully intended to prophecy a curse on Israel for profit. God would not let him curse Israel even though the King of Moab hired him for that express purpose and he tried three times to do it. Three times God forced him to turn his cursing into blessing. Are you living under a curse? Is there a generational problem following your family? God will turn your curse into blessing if you will let Him. Listen to the prophetic words of Dr. Lillian B. Yoeman's anointed sister related to curses:

 

If you seek His face with your whole heart, He will be found by you and will turn your curse into blessing. "…(I)f…thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all they soul. When thou art in tribulation (under a curse), if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice (whatever He says in His Word)…he will not forsake thee…nor forget the (new) covenant (cut by Jesus on the cross) of …which he sware unto" (you …with an oath) [Deuteronomy 4:29-31; Hebrews 6:17,18]. God will make good His promise to us, for we are told "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…" [Galatians 3:13]. Since Jesus was made a curse for us, we do not have to live under a curse any more. The law of double jeopardy applies here. A person cannot be tried twice for the same crime.

Balaam's prophecy (Read Numbers chapter 24 with Deuteronomy 23:5) will be fulfilled when Jesus comes to cleanse the earth Himself and destroy all who pollute it prior to setting up His Kingdom. Man's shabby efforts to cleanse the cosmic system satan has built are fraught with failure. The Spirit showed me that the Scepter in this prophecy was an important piece to this vision's interpretation. Having established that believers are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus, we function as "skin tents" housing the Spirit of God whose role is to guide us into reflecting the character of our Lord Jesus. As we change with the Spirit's help from glory to glory, we become brighter and more glorious, lights that act like miniature stars impersonating the "Star out of Jacob" as titled above. We stand out in stark contrast against the growing darkness of the world. [See the Addendum for a mini-vision Jeannette had about stars.] This is the reason we see so much Christian bashing in movies and television. The world hates virtuous people who insist on being righteous, separated from unwholesome behavior. Truly, light exposes darkness. People whose deeds are evil want the light as dim as possible if not out. The prophetic words of Revelation 22:11 have meaning here.

 

Rev 22:11-12

 

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Being the very last chapter of Revelation as well as the Bible, these are the last words spoken prophetically to the children of opposite kingdoms. The implication of the verse is that the foregoing chapters of the book will ultimately separate people into these two groups, the righteous, and the unrepentant. Because it does, the Spirit speaks sternly, and inexorably, that "what will be, will be". Therefore, let the unjust be even more unjust and the filthy be even more filthy; and let the righteous and holy be still more righteous and holy now that all things are ready for consummation. The wicked will become more wicked while the holy will shine more brightly exposing the wickedness of the wicked evermore intensely. The contrast is great now, but when the restrainer is gone taking the righteous ones with Him prior to the Tribulation Period, the world will experience wickedness it never imagined. Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah when demons infiltrated the earth, and Sodom and Gomorrah when men's ravenous lust shunned the cover of darkness. We are beginning to see emerging an escalation of evil even now. It is impossible to turn on the television without being forced to view salacious advertising of the worst sort. But the restrainer is still here, so there is still time to jump ships to finish your journey through life aboard the ship called Holiness. 7

Scepters and Authority

A scepter is "a staff held by a sovereign as a symbol of authority". 8 I was shown by the Spirit that the pillar God presented to Jeannette in the dream symbolized the King of Kings' scepter. Can you recall Queen Esther had to touch King Artaxerxes' scepter before she could speak?

 

COYPEL, Antoine: The Swooning of Esther c. 1704 - Musée du Louvre, Paris. Web Gallery of Art
 

Est 4:11
11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court,
who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not beencalled to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Est 5:2
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

 
 

The above Scripture is given here to show the connection between a scepter and power or authority. In the vision, the pillar descended from heaven like a scepter extended to the earth by God. Both the scepter and a pillar are long rods. Both have strength and wield power - the pillar to uphold and the scepter to rule. The Bible teaches that the sovereign Lord of all has freely given to believers in Jesus the privilege to speak in His presence on short notice unlike the rule of law in Queen Esther's day. "…Having therefore…freedom to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus…" we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace…to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" [Hebrews 10:19 w/ 4:16]. These graces are given to us because Jesus' blood at the heavenly altar keeps on cleansing us from sin. His death has opened the veil for believers to enter into the holy of holies confidently. We do not have to touch the head of the scepter because we are "members of his body of his flesh and of his bones" [Ephesians 5:30] making us an extension of Him here on earth. What status!

Recall that Jeannette's face shown when she placed her hand on the top of the pillar? In obedience to God's command to grab the pillar by its top, radiating God's glory rewarded her. Our Father is pleased when His children follow His orders. In contrast, the young man took the scepter by its bottom and recklessly threw it in the truck. We have here an extremely important comparison. The top of the pillar connotes the head. Who is the head of the church? We all know it is Jesus. Grabbing the pillar or scepter by its head typifies submission to authority. When Jeannette placed her hand on the head of the scepter, two things were implied in this behavior.

First, she acknowledged submission to a King. A long held custom of kings and dominions is the rule that no one speaks in the presence of a king until and unless he gives permission by extending his scepter to the person entreating him as we saw above with Queen Esther. The subject then touches its top in recognition that the king has total jurisdiction over what happens in his area of control. In the vision, God graciously extended His scepter in the form of a pillar out of His heavenly kingdom to one of His subjects on earth below. Proper protocol on the part of Jeannette reveals God's pleasure by allowing her to manifest His glory. All believers have this potential. The young man missed out on his blessing by disobedience to God's command. Jeannette was an instrument displaying power from submission while not seeking it, in contradistinction to the other who lost the privilege to experience the powers of the world to come from flagrant disregard of divine orders.

Second, the top of the pillar represents the head of the church. Accepting that Pillars typify saints in heaven, and accepting that "Christ is the head of the church" [Ephesians 5:23], believers must submit to the head's right to rule. The church's problem today is that believers deviate from the teaching of Ephesians 5. Anyone who reads that chapter cannot escape the fact that there is a simple five-step hierarchy in the authority structure given there - God the Father, Jesus, man, woman, child. This is God's design as a result of man's fall in the garden of Eden. Any other arrangement opens men to bondages to the devil via malevolent overlords including wicked shepherds.

God desires that persons in authority submit to lesser and weaker vessels as Christ did to the church. In fact, the Father wants everyone to submit to each other in lowliness of mind, each esteeming others better than himself [Philippians 2:3]. Christ is the model, for He was a benevolent healer, provider, protector, and peacemaker. This is the ideal arrangement. Unfortunately, too often those having control become dictatorial. This creates all kinds of scenarios, which cannot be addressed here. God is demonstrating through this vision that the saints of the church as represented by the pillar must yield to its head, Jesus who is the Word of God. They must learn to cling to His words, i.e., to sound doctrine [1 Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 4:3; Titus 1:9; 2:1], to protocol behavior typifying holiness. Yieldedness to the head precludes moving in areas God has chosen to keep secret. He knows what is best, and as we have seen, He has commanded that his children not delve into forbidden realms trying to tap into power that can kill. Reconstructing God's commandments is questionable and hazardous.

Only a couple of days has elapsed in God's eyes and we need to remember that Hosea said after two days He would revive Israel [6:2]. God's two thousand year days are up and if Israel's restoration is upon us, Jesus' return is soon in which case we should be seeking holiness in preparation to meet our beloved, not power. Holiness is the connecting link between God's face and His power. Until we get in His presence, we will never move in His power. "Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place" [1 Chronicles 16:27]. Signs and wonders are the result of His presence. Be assured, however, that He will not show up if there is sin in the camp. Satan might, but God will not. As long as we acknowledge Jesus as organizer of all things and stay yielded to His will laid out in His Word, willing and obedient to go and do what He wants, we can know we are safe from self-destruction.

Denying Holy Power Is Just As Deadly

At this end of the spiritual spectrum Christians ordinarily do not seek mighty signs and wonders as Pentecostals do, but their accepted wisdom can be deadly rhetoric. They may have begun their spiritual walk by means of the Holy Spirit, but often along "the way," many lose their bearing. It's a pity,

 

Heb 6:4-6

 

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened (heard the gospel), and have tasted of the heavenly gift (received the gift of salvation), and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost (born again),
5 And have tasted the good word of God (believed on the Son who is the Word of God), and the powers of the world to come (moved in the gifts of the Holy Spirit),
6 If they shall fall away, (it is impossible) to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Despite Calvinism and the doctrine "once saved always saved", the plain teaching in the above passage clearly indicates that a believer can lose his salvation and end up on the beach as a catatonic former believer. In fact, the entire letter to the Hebrews is about this possibility because many converted Jews in Paul's day were backsliding into the Old Covenant. He was desperately trying to show them how the New Covenant was so much better. Similarly, the purpose of these end time messages from the Lord on this website is to warn people of the danger of waiting too late to prepare to meet our King. The implication of the beach scene for this end of the spiritual spectrum is that holy power departs when believers disobey God's expressed commands. They look into the pillar in order to rearrange and take out things that do not satisfy the flesh or men's opinions. In a vacuous spot, deceptive powers of light come. Do not forget, satan was created "a shining one" [Isaiah 28:14], and can transform himself into an angel of glittering light [2 Corinthians 11:14]. Flesh cannot play around with mighty power be it holy or demonic without getting shocked if not electrocuted. Instead of retaining the "traditions of Paul" leading to holiness, Reconstructionists turn towards the "traditions of men" [Mark 7:8; Colossians 2:8] and often get burned.

 
A Lovely Pillar
So far, we understand that the pillar, which God told Jeannette to take by the head, epitomizes an overcoming believer's status in the spiritual Kingdom of God. We know from Revelation chapter 21 that the descent of the pillar in the vision is representative of the way the New Jerusalem will descend from heaven at the creation of a new heavens and a new earth. The one pillar Jeannette saw, descended amid waves of sound formed by a booming voice and beautiful lighting illustrative of the future glorious descent of Mt. Zion. The city with its myriad of pillars will come down amidst great fanfare and incredible splendor. But God teaches in His Word that believers do not have to wait to become His temple pillars because "we have this treasure in earthen vessels" right now [2 Corinthians 4:7]. After the resurrection, we will have no more of the Holy Spirit in a new sanctified eternal body like that of Jesus than we have right now in our weak vessels of clay. The difference will be in our tolerance level of His overwhelming power. This power is what makes believers luminaries. We are told to "let" our lights shine. This means we are responsible for turning it on. We are the only ones who can get the sin out of our lives, which hinders sanctification. Our destiny is to forever radiate the glory of God. What grace and condescension on the part of God entrusting His power source in earthen bodies!
 
 

2 Cor 4:6-7

 

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

From the above we learn that God uses the same process He used to cause the light to come out of darkness to create in us ability to reflect His glory. Truly, we have a treasure beyond comprehension. What is our problem then? Why are there so few shinning lights in the church? He spoke and the Spirit of the Lord brought forth the light in Genesis. The moment we speak and confess Christ as our Lord, the supernatural power of God regenerates our spirits and then remains there to guide us into becoming bright lights. May I suggest that our lights are dim because of a lack of consecration on the part of believers and an unwillingness to forsake friendship with the world, which "is enmity with God…Whosoever will be a friend of the world…is the enemy of God" [James 4:4].

As we renew our minds through meditating on Scripture, "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" begins to change our old nature into one that conforms to the image of Jesus [Romans 8:29]. Sin should become less and less attractive to us, if not downright abhorrent. As we refuse to let sin control our lives, the Spirit of life dwelling in us changes our countenance to radiate the glory of God more intensely. The power source never leaves unless we snuff Him out through the deceitfulness of sin [Hebrews 3:13]. As we have seen, He does not depart from us; we depart from Him. "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God" [Hebrews 3:12]. Yet, the fact remains that the Holy Spirit is the treasure we have in earthen vessels. That's the wonder of it all! To have the power source that created the universe residing in clay pots is truly a treasure to be guarded so as not to lose it.

An Endless Supply of Unfading Glory

When God handed Jeannette the pillar that came down from heaven, we had a glimpse of God's plan of the ages, which is to entrust each believer with His very own power. Is anyone left out? No. What we do with it is the problem we encounter in this vision.

 

2 Cor 3:18

 

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Recall that when Jeannette took the pillar, the elder in the vision remarked that Jeannette's face had changed and lit up. As she touched the pillar with the power in it, the glory of Christ shone through her countenance revealing that it is the Holy Spirit power in the pillar (symbolic of a believer), which causes one to radiate the glory of the Lord. The more one learns of Jesus from "the light of the knowledge of…Jesus" as the Spirit illumines Scripture, the greater will be the opportunity for radiation. When this happens, it catches the attention of bystanders.

How many of us are able to walk into a place and onlookers fall on their knees exclaiming that our presence convicts them of sin without ever having opened our mouths? It has happened before - Smith Wigglesworth and D.L. Moody to name two. The fact that God told Jeannette to grab the top of the pillar indicates that God desires for us to radiate His glory, but we can only do it "as by the Spirit of the Lord" noted above. Heaven opened and a pillar came right out of heavenly Jerusalem, the pillar typifying believers who encase in their bodies the power source of heaven.

Remember how the children in the wilderness could not look upon Moses' face after having spent 40 days in the glorious presence of the Lord? His face was so powerfully radiant that he had to wear a veil in order to talk with them [Exodus 34:33-35]. Yet, his glory was due to irradiation because it faded. Since we have the Spirit of the Lord dwelling in us, we radiate the glory of the Lord. The glory is emitted from within by the power of the Holy Spirit. Moses' glory was due to exposure to an energy source from without his body. He absorbed God's glory as he stood in His presence. When the source was gone, the glory faded. We carry God within us and should always be watching and waiting for opportunity to be used by the Spirit and reflect His glory.

Although our countenances radiate the peace and compassion of the Lord, every manifestation of the Spirit gives glory to God and to Him alone. We can never take credit for a wonder or miracle. We can do nothing ourselves just as Jesus said He could do nothing of Himself. Only when the Father gave the OK was He able to do anything. Hear His testimony: "…I am in the Father, and the Father (is) in me…The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" [John 14:10]. He was teaching that the signs or works follow the words spoken. When we speak primarily the Words of Scripture and quit trying to add to it with psychological precepts from humanistic reasoning or change the Bible with revision upon revision, the works will follow us too. If the devil can keep us chasing after the latest fashionable Bible, we will never be able to learn God's exact Words and thus hinder his works. Jesus stopped satan dead in his tracks by saying "it is written…" Furthermore, we must follow Jesus' example and never take credit for supernatural events. He always gave His Father the glory by saying "…the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." Neither should we try to promote ourselves as "some great one" as Simon wanted to do and was chastised by Peter as not having right motivations [Acts 8:9 w/18]. Stealing God's glory is a lie. Man never has been the originator of supernatural power to perform miracles and I doubt that he ever will. If the Bible is right and I believe it is, then it will always be God's power source within us (or a demonic one in the present temporal world) that performs supernatural feats.

It is sinful to hunger for God's power instead of His holiness. We are told to covet the gifts, but not control of the power source [1 Corinthians 12:31]. And furthermore, Paul teaches that love is a more excellent way to demonstrate the power of God in the 13th chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians. Love is the foundation of holiness. Sin crouches at the door when we become an interloper meddling with power as the younger person did in the vision. Lusting for power is dangerous because being sinful, lust causes the Holy Spirit to back off, at which time we become prey for demonic powers to take over. That is why sin is so awful. God will not fellowship with a sinner, and as long as one presses toward the wrong mark, there is unconfessed sin in one's life and it is impossible to commune with God, let alone radiate His glory. Remember that Satan can imitate the Holy Spirit and deceive people into thinking "some great one" is moving in the power of the Holy One. This is known as a false anointing and produces lying signs and wonders making it even more reason to keep growing in the knowledge of God through studying His Word.

 

Pillars are for Memorials

There are many accounts in the Bible about people setting up pillars as memorials of an event. Only one of them has significance for this message from the Lord.

 
The Story of Jacob's Dream: Free Christ Images.org

 

 

Gen 28:12-13
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

One can picture the ladder Jacob saw as a pillar extending out of heaven to earth. The angels ascending and descending represent God's power to control things on earth via His heavenly host of angels. Indeed, His name is Jehovah Sabboath, Lord of Hosts or Lord of the Armies of heaven. Jesus, as Lord, is standing at the top of the ladder signifying that He is the head of the pillar and the governing magistrate who extends His scepter to Jacob in the form of an extended ladder - a symbolic gesture that the King has recognized Jacob's desire for God's blessing, which he was permitted by God to steal from Esau because Esau despised it (did not hold it in esteem) [Genesis 25:34; Hebrews 12:16,17]. Indeed the next couple of verses outlines what God is going to do for Jacob.

 
 

 

 

Gen 28:17-18

 

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

The stone Jacob's head rested on stood for our Lord, the rock Christ Jesus. Throughout the Old Testament, rocks were symbols of gods [Deuteronomy 32]. Thus, resting his head on the rock epitomizes his submission to Jesus, his resting in God Almighty who is in control of all. In verse 18, we read where Jacob set up the rock as a memorial pillar and poured oil over it. Oil always speaks of the Holy Spirit and power. So the picture connotes power invested in the rock, the pillar's head, Jesus Christ. This matches the interpretation of this vision.

 

Conclusion An Ode to Holiness

 

 
 

Song 5:2

 

2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved (Jesus) that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

Oh, how Jesus loves His church. God planted this beautiful love story amidst the Scriptures in order to illustrate the depth of His love for His bride to be. The mutuality of this love is demonstrated in the use of the term "beloved" by both the bridegroom and the bride throughout the book. Notice, however, that the bridegroom calls His bride undefiled in verse two above and again in 6:9. His desire is toward a completely upright virgin who patiently anticipates His return to elope with His betrothed. "Undefiled" means "to be complete or perfect" in Hebrew and comes from a root having to do with "right-handedness" or "uprightness". When one is right, that person is free from moral impurity; he is not spotted by filth and dirt; he is not unchaste or polluted by worldliness; he is not prideful and self-seeking.

The entire book written by Solomon is about the marriage of a King to a commoner who had no time to flirt with the world or adorn herself as other women. It's a love story epitomizing Jesus' selection of His future bride called out of the world to be a chaste virgin who eagerly awaits His return. Chastity depicted by the word "undefiled" is the prime requisite for being among the chosen and is the key for making the Rapture when Jesus returns. We shall see this below. The King is not looking for outward beauty but inward holiness. Being forced to keep her family's vineyards, i.e. till by physical labor, the hot, scorching sun arrested any natural beauty she might have had, for she said, "…mine own vineyard (physical appearance) have I not kept" [1:6].

Like the beloved Shulamite woman in the Song, the church has learned that the world, the unspiritual, and the unscriptural are generally abusive. Yet, the King loves her more than he loves all in His harem of beautiful wives, concubines, and virgins. She is His delight because she comes from the "wilderness" where she has been preserved from worldly debauchery. The implication here is that God is looking for people who will preserve themselves and stay holy wherever they are. The Bible often refers to the whole world as a wilderness needing spiritual rejuvenation. In the last chapter [8] in verse 5, we find the key to how she stays preserved. She is seen by her unsaved brethren leaning upon her beloved as she leaves the wilderness to go to His palace with him. She leans upon the King's every Word - not the latest programs proposed by the lords of the political gates, not hedonistic pleasures, not television ads, magazines, or Hollywood prima donnas. In sum, the world has no affinity for this King's bride.

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1.) See The Red Book for a thorough treatment of what is involved in becoming born again. (Agreeing)
  2.) All references in this vision taken from the KJV unless otherwise noted. (One) 
  3.) Chumney, Edward, The Seven Festivals of the Messiah, (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Treasure House, 1994), p.224. (Jewish)
  4.) Ibid., p.225. (Everything)
  5.) American Heritage Dictionary. (in)
  6.) See the vision entitled Two Streams for a Word from the Lord about this matter. (Yet)
  7.) See the vision entitled The Red Book for a look at the ship called Holiness. (A)
  8.) American Heritage Dictionary. (I)
 

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