“He opened the doors of the house of Yehovah in the first year and in the first month of his reign and repaired them.”
Many a story has been told with regards to these accounts in the scriptures with the intent of providing guidelines for improved behavior or as a standard of conduct for the attentive student. Young naive teachers were groomed to instruct the ignorant hearers about the need to emulate these ‘champions of the faith’ in order to live the ‘victorious christian life’, singing “Oh how I love Jesus’. While the perceived intentions of these stories and their well meaning tellers are the compilation of speculation and conjecture, the purpose behind the teaching of these accounts is solely for the revival of the Adamic nature.
Generation upon generation of carnal instructors add a few more dead flies into the ointment of the apothecary as they attempt to present the cure for the wound of man. The pretense is even derived from what is called scripture as they model the work after the words of the Apostle. But as Paul instructed the church at Corinth to be followers of him, it was in accordance with as he followed the anointing (I Cor. 11:1). And to the church at Philippi, he instructed that they all follow the same rule being of the same mind, that the entire assembly “be followers together of me” (Phil. 3:17). This chosen vessel did not walk after the similitude of man’s theology or philosophy for when it pleased the Father to reveal Himself in him, “immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood” (Gal. 1:16). This one was taught the truth by the Spirit of Yehovah God through the revelation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah in the exact same manner as the Spirit teaches all the sons of God; “but this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, said Yehovah, I will put My Law in their inward parts and write it upon their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying, Know Yehovah, for they shall all know Me from the least of them unto the greatest of them, said Yehovah, for I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer. 31:33).
So, that which Paul received by revelation, he gave unto Timothy, who was taught of the same Spirit the exact same subject matter (being the truth in the Anointing) and this, which he heard of Paul in the presence of many witnesses, the same he was to commit unto faithful men “who shall be able to teach others also” (II Tim. 2:2). Paul lived by the evidence of the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God (faith) and he walked by the faith of the Son of God, how could he teach anything different? Especially when he instructed the church at Galatia, that if “we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8).
The people and events as presented in the testimony of the scriptures are all for a service unto the children of grace as they travail in earthen vessels through the foreign land of this existence “for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rms. 15:4). They set forth, in the trials and tribulations which the Father has assigned to His children, as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, the example; “take my brethren, the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience” (Jms 5:10). They depict the existence and conduct of the Adamic nature with all his frailties and failures to ‘hit the mark’ as he endures the time and chance which happen to the inhabitants of this world. These also demonstrate the attitude and conduct of the redeemed of the Lord being made subject to this vanity, whereby they have hope, as the types are set forth of Messiah and His people.
Hezekiah represents the anointed King upon His throne of ‘praise’ (Judah) and the work which He performed by the strength of Yehovah. This all came to pass at the same time as Israel was being delivered (Hoshea) from the evil of the polluted land into the hand of the King of Assyria by the hand of Yehovah God. He scattered the remnant according to grace into the protective hand of the king who was ordained to be the “rod of mine anger and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against the hypocritical nation and against the people of My wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil and to take the prey and to tread them down like the mire of the streets” (Is. 10:5f).
Now no praise is due unto the man Hezekiah, for the account also demonstrates his failures in Adam and, in Adam, he is not to be regarded as a ‘role model’ of any kind for he is ‘carnal sold under sin’ (Rms. 7:14). He is not to be emulated for “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rms. 3:23) and he is not to be worshiped for he is but a man “and I have said in my haste, all men are liars” (Ps. 116:11). The fact that this young man was raised up to be king of Judah in the midst of the social, economical and religious upheaval is essential to the ‘patience and comfort’ which the children throughout the ages are shown in the type portrayed; the axe does not boast itself against the hewer (Is. 10:15).
“...in the first years and in the first month of his reign...”
The ‘strength of Yehovah’ is the first, the Alpha and the beginning. Nothing precedes Him, for even though the manifestation of that which is natural was first, yet all things were made by Him and without Him was nothing made that was made. In the beginning (that is in Him) He created the heavens and the earth, for as He spoke, all that is came to pass in manifestation. It had a beginning in the eternal purpose of God and as He purposed in Himself so He performed the intent of His heart; therefore He looked and all was exceedingly good. He is the great King over all the earth and since time is a part of His creation, there was never a time in which He did not reign sovereign over everything.
In the beginning he opened the doors of the Temple of Yehovah and, establishing them firm; he strengthened them and sustained them. Hezekiah the man did not invent new doors nor did he augment the existing doors to be compatible with the times. He opened the doors that were set up by Solomon whereby the people could enter in and worship the Lord aright. There was nothing needed for the doors already existed, fully functional, yet they were closed and the service of the Sanctuary was halted. This was according to the will of God as He continued to shew the nation of Israel that they were not the chosen people of the Lord unto holiness. They were chosen a stiff-necked people upon whom Yehovah God poured out His long-suffering mercy as they inherently rebelled against Him. They were not thankful for His provisions, they could not keep the law in types and foreshadows for they could not repent of their evils ways. Thus Israel stands as the pattern of the nature of Adam and his children for “let favour be shewed to the wicked, he will not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly and will not behold the majesty of Yehovah” (Is. 26:10).
Hezekiah did not just throw open the doors of the Temple in an ecumenical motion for the people of the community to gather together to satisfy an imposed religious servitude. He opened the doors and strengthened them for the purpose of them being used correctly. After the doors were opened with strength and courage, he caused the priests and Levites to be gathered together into the east street. This was the street where the rising of the sun could be seen first and these men were particular to the holy service they were summoned unto. Those born of the house of Levi were separate from the nation of Israel for they were ‘joined’ unto Yehovah God. Because of the cruelty of Levi and his brother Simeon, the Word of God gave Levi no inheritance of the land. He cursed them for their fierce anger and wrath wherein they murdered the men of Shechem (Gen. 34:25) and proclaimed; “I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel” (49:7). Therefore they received no land in Israel and had not a city to claim as their own.
Yet the mercy of God was unto the pattern given in the mount. The house of Levi was assigned the station in Israel as those who would kill and butcher the animals of the sacrifices. They were assigned the labour of blood, the handling of the dead carcasses and the disposal of the waste and ashes of the service of the Tabernacle from generation to generation, thus, by the nature of the duties, they were all their days unclean, labouring in the ministration of death. Each and every meticulous detail of the types of the law was attended to by those who had been consecrated unto the holy service even though it was “impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins” (Heb. 10:4). And so, when the doors of the Temple were opened, the only men qualified to enter in and perform the duties of the services were the priests and Levites.
Yet these men were not waiting on the doorsteps for someone to come and open the doors. Nor was anyone standing at the door knocking in hopes that someone would hear and open unto him. The doors were closed because “the days come, said Yehovah God, that I will send a famine in the land; not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yehovah” (Am. 8:11), thus, “a wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means and My people love so: and what will you do in the end thereof?” (Jer. 5:30).
“And he said unto them, Hear me you Levites and sanctify now yourselves and sanctify the house of Yehovah God of your fathers and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place”
The commandment of the King went forth and where the word of the King is there is power. These men were caused to come together, being born, not of the will of men, into the house of Levi and assigned by lineage the attendance to the Temple. Their job was to go into this neglected building and bring forth out of it anything which defiled it and polluted the ordinances and statutes performed therein. This filthiness is identified as menstruous impurities whereby any who came in contact were rendered unclean and so by the labours of removing that which defiled these men in the performance of their holy order became defiled as they cleansed the building. Yet they did not do these things out of the goodness of their hearts or of their zeal for the Lord; they performed these functions because the word of the king gave them the right, the authority and the liberty to do that which was necessary and right.
And so in the building of God not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, only those who are born of God, thus eternally ‘joined’ in Him may enter in. Messiah set up this building in the beginning and the gates of hell cannot prevail against her. He is the door and only those who are His people and the sheep of His pasture may enter in. He has caused those whom He has redeemed by His shed blood to be kings and priests unto Yehovah God and has given them the labour of attention to the Holy city, not that there is anything which may defile in the New Jerusalem but the earthen vessel wherein the children grow in the grace and knowledge of His will is temporal, corrupt and cursed to return to the dust from whence it came. The works which the natural man does in his attempt to shew forth his righteousness before God are esteemed as filthy menstruous rags in His sight (Is. 64:4); “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing (new strength) of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
When it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in His people, He opens their eyes to see the truth and reveals unto them that they are gathered together in the ‘pasture of the rising sun’ (East Street). This is another reference to the beginning where, before Adam was even formed of the dust of the earth, those sanctified unto the service of the holy and joined unto Him were brought forth in Him. These are the children of Wisdom who was possessed of Yehovah “in the beginning of His ways before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning or ever the earth was” (Pro. 8:22ff). They are His sheep and though they were each assigned a time of habitation wherein they were to be made partakers of flesh and blood, yet they hear His voice and follow Him. These are in possession of the Word of the King, wherein is power, and, being made willing in the day of His power, they each walk in the light of the Lord and keep His commandments. They, being sons of God, know the unclean things of Adam and being made subject to the vanity of this world, they groan in earnest anticipation of the time when they shall be delivered form the body of this death.
The flesh of the earthen vessel is the land of the famine of hearing the Word for the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit. The filthy menstruous rags are the uncleanness of his ways in Adam wherein he is adorned in a fig leaf apron, blaming God for his condition and predicaments and never admitting his guilt. The Spirit shews these things unto the children of hope and as the light of His glory illuminates the heart of flesh (not the heart of stone) so the wretchedness of the body is made manifest. Thus when the eyes are opened to see the vanity of this world as the truth revealed, the testimony of the people of God is, “behold I am vile!”
This body is in darkness and has no affiliation with the truth for man loves the darkness because his deeds are dark and he will never come unto the light lest those deeds should be reproved. This darkness is incompatible with the children of light or the Temple of the Holy Ghost “for the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Rev. 21:23). This is the Beloved of the Lord in whom is neither sport nor blemish. She has been cleansed by the blood o f the Lamb of all unrighteousness in Adam and granted to be adorned in the righteousness of the saints. She is commanded to awake and be clothed upon with her beautiful garments; “for henceforth there shall no more come unto you the uncircumcised and the unclean” (Is. 52:1). She stands in the strength of Yehovah and shakes the dust off which is Adam as she is seated together with Her Beloved in the heavenly places. Thus the word of the King is unto those joined unto Him in the service of Holy things is to “flee youthful lust and follow after righteousness” (II Tim.2:22); “flee fornication” (I Cor. 6:19) and to “mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience” (Col. 3:5).
“Awake, awake, put on Your strength O Arm of Yehovah; awake as in the ancient days in the generation of old” (Is. 51:9)
The called-out assembly of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is not called out by an invitation to come unto Him; they are commanded to come forth. There is no request or plea for the children of the dust to search out, seek and hopefully find God in order to deliver them from the one event which happens to them all. The Word of God is unto all who have been given ears to hear, all who hunger and thirst after righteousness and all who labour and are heavy laden and when the Shepherd speaks His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him. Only these are of the house joined unto God and only these have the right, portion and memorial in the Jerusalem from above.
Nothing can be done by anyone but first the Arm of Yehovah has been revealed that He is clothed upon in His strength and has finished His work. Adam does not exist if the power of God did not form him from the dust of the earth and the earthen vessel is not ‘afore prepared unto glory’ if the Lamb is not standing, as He had been slain from the foundation of the world. God finished His work of creation in the seventh day and He rested and that testimony stands complete in Him; therefore “we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has afore ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
This strength of Yehovah has revealed unto each of His children as they dwell in the boothes of this journey in a foreign land the filth and uncleanness of the earthen Temple. He has also shown them that there is nothing amiss with His church which He has built. The outward man is perishing moment by moment as he travels through the time allotted to him but the inner man is strengthened by the Spirit of power. There is no commandment to this dying carcass to up and cleanse itself or to the carnal mind to set his affection on things from above. The prayer of the brethren is that the children “might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might according to His glorious power unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:9).
The acknowledgement of sin and the ability to recognize the wretchedness of man is the testimony of the wisdom and spiritual understanding for without the point of reference of the holiness of God man would not know what sin is. As the Spirit reveals this inability in the flesh to be obedient unto God, He causes the children to call out unto the Father for forgiveness and help. He shows them that there is sin in their members and evil is always present. He reveals that which is good and at the same time demonstrates that the way to perform that which is good is not found in the arm of the flesh. He teaches them that it is He who works in them both to will and to do of His good pleasure as He calls unto them saying, this is the way, walk in it. They are brought to the place where He opens the doors and shows them the defilement of this tabernacle of death which “if you live after the flesh you shall die but if through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live” (Rms. 8:13). They are brought to the place of contrition as they cry out, ‘be merciful unto me a sinner’ because Hezekiah has made a covenant with Yehovah God to turn away His fierce anger from His people (II Chr. 29:10). This covenant is fixed and established firm because it is based upon the eternal love of thee Father for His Beloved and nothing can separate or deter the eternal love of God. Since He does not change, His love cannot change. Since He cannot deny Himself or His seed, the sons of promise are not consumed but daily they die as He causes them to see the corruption in Adam and the vanity of this world.
“And they gathered their brethren and sanctified them and came according to the commandment of the King by the Word of Yehovah to cleanse the house of Yehovah”
No one was permitted into this work save those who were of the house of Israel and even then only “as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings”. The world may engage in many labours and benevolent activities to clean up Adam and his environment but only the brethren who have the testimony of the finished work of Yehovah can keep the commandment of the King. Hezekiah speaks to His people and when the voice of the King is heard, they which are dead come forth out of their graves unto newness of life. This newness is likened unto the receiving of sight to the blind wherein they see the glory of God and the filthiness of man. It is likened unto the leper who is cleansed from the disease but cannot rid himself of the legacy that he was unclean and it is likened unto the one who ran naked among the tombs but now sat at the feet of the master fully aware of who he is in Adam; ‘and such were some of you, but you are washed, sanctified and justified in the name of our Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God’ (I Cor. 6:11).
The brethren are the fellow members of the pasture of Yehovah. They are fellow servants and brethren who have the testimony of Jesus and worship God in Spirit and in truth. They are companions in tribulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ and they are fellow strangers and sojourners scattered, as the seed, into every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue of the world. They all have the same experience of the blindness of their walk, the revelation of the truth in Christ and the trials and tribulations of their warfare. They are of ‘like precious faith’, they walk by faith not by sight and they live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. They have the testimony of Jesus Christ and keep the commandments of God; therefore they love one another as He loved them.
The world calls for comradery through the outward experiences of the flesh and calls every man his brethren because of what they have done (accepting Jesus, having dominion over their sin and living the victorious ‘christan’ life…etc.). The children of the Kingdom of Light have not so learned the Anointing and until such day as they are delivered from the tabernacle of this dwelling they shall continue to experience the wonders of the power of God unto salvation and the need for the salvation (the sin that dwells within me) which He has given to His Beloved.
“And Hezekiah rejoiced and all the people, that God had prepared the people for the things was sudden” (29:36)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes