“Thus saith Yehovah, The heaven is My throne and the earth My footstool; where is the house that you shall build for Me and where is My place of rest?”
As this revelation of God to Israel through His servant, concludes, the testimony continues about the power and majesty of God. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof for He is the creator of heaven and earth. This aspect of the witness emphasizes that He is above, around and within all things whatsoever they may be. He is before all things as Alpha (first), all proceeds from Him and without Him was nothing made that is made and He is preeminent for He excels above His creation. Whatsoever is lofty (heaven) is by His decree and whatsoever is firm (earth) is equally subservient to His perfect will which is performed on the earth as it is in heaven (Luke 11:2).
The representation of the throne is first intended to show forth the sovereign rule of Almighty God. His authority is primal and unchallengeable. His will is done (initiated, actuated and completed), throughout the ages without exception, by His absolute power. None can stay His hand and though man questions what he does not understand, yet God is accountable to none but His eternal purpose. He asks neither advice nor counsel of anyone for as He has intended in His heart so to do, all things come to pass. He is the Great King over all the earth, His wonders to perform. The heavens declare His glory and by the good pleasure of His will the vast expanse of the universe is choreographed to sway and flow in the perfectly harmonious progression of time.
The throne is also representative of a seat or a covering. The Ancient of Days is not pacing about the regions of eternity anxious about the actions of man or a rogue comet that might strike this fragile world unless man can invent a protection for his planet. He is not concerned with global warming, He is not involved in an in-depth study of flatulent cattle, rising ocean waters, active volcanoes or unstable seismic plates. He has hung the planets in the proper locations in the abyss of space and set their courses. His hand keeps them moving through time and space commensurate to His purpose for everything is obsequious to His command.
All these works were complete and in place from the foundation of the world when God finished His work and rested on the seventh day. Here He observed all that He had created and pronounced it exceedingly good for all was according to the design of His intent. He did not ask Adam if the creation was to his liking rather He hid His work from the paragon of His creation and filled his mind with the affairs of this world. Nothing is outside the domain of this covering and nothing has been altered from the beginning; “I know that whatsoever God does, it shall be forever; nothing can be put to it nor anything taken from it and God does that men should fear before Him. That which has been is now and that which is to be has already been and God requires that which is past” (Ecc. 3:14).
God rested from His work and is seated upon His throne as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The lofty is without the limitations of the reaches of man and is therefore subject to the imaginations of his heart and the faulty conclusions of his limited ability; as are all the doctrines of man. Yehovah God however is not a man. He is not limited by anything but the good pleasure of His will and the eternal, love of His people, which are one in the same. “I Yehovah and none else, no God beside Me. I Yehovah and none else; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create evil; I Yehovah do all these” (Is. 45:7).
God has amply equipped man with sufficient curiosity and materials to venture into the unfathomable regions in quest of the unknown. He has also given him strong delusions to believe the lie and to follow after his relentless endeavours to prove what his heart has concluded; there is no God. Man has dedicated a majority of his time and resources in exploration hoping to find the better life and the answer to the queries of his corrupt nature. This one who was created incapable of receiving and knowing the things of the Spirit, which is the way of God, and whose mind is filled with the care and needs of this life is on the holy quest of a knight’s errand to find what he has concluded is truth. He knows not where to look, knows not what he seeks and could not recognize it were it before his eyes; “that seeing they may see and not perceive and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest at any time that should be converted and their sins should be forgiven” (Mark 4:12).
“...and the earth My footstool....”
The footstool is a place for the feet to rest. It is also a figure of complete dominance over all possibilities, variables and objections. God created the earth as the theater of operations where His purpose is manifested in and through the lives of the creatures. These events function along a time-line and are surrounded with the perception of circumstances, conditions and contingencies (Ecc. 9:11) yet God has rested from the work which He did from the beginning. The antics of man, which are the manifestations of his nature, are precisely ordered to fit the time slot and circumstances which God has purposed to come to pass for He has put all things under His footstool; “Yehovah has said to my Master, Sit here on MY right hand until I make your enemies your footstool” (Ps. 110:1).
David is the type of the Beloved Son of God. He was a man of war who fought the battles for Israel and subdued the nations. He was given to conquer and destroy his enemies by the power of the Spirit of God and when the time of his habitation was completed, the promise of God for the inheritance of Israel was fulfilled. God had brought David and Israel to a place and time of peace from the conflicts of the land when every one of the enemies was subdued and defeated. The work of David was done, the land and the people were at rest because the enemies were under the footstool; subjugated and controlled. This is the type but Messiah is the fulfillment.
John saw this man of war in heaven riding a white horse. This One was given the authority (crown) to perform His work and, although He took on Himself the form of a servant in the likeness of sinful flesh, yet His work was to go forth conquering and to conquer (Rev. 6:2). He is the Word of God which did not return unto the Father in vain but indeed finished all that was intended (Is. 55:11). He came forth by the power of His right hand and His holy arm to bring salvation unto Himself and He overcame the world by the power of His Word. The father has given Him power over all flesh (John 17::2) and put all things under His feet (I Cor. 15:27) for He is “My Beloved (David) Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:7).
He came forth in the day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness to manifest the Salvation of Yehovah for His people as the author and finisher of faith. His army was with Him and the earth did quake before them and the heavens did tremble; the sun and the moon became dark and the stars withdrew their shinning (Joel 2:10) as the power of His glory was revealed when He shed His blood and laid down His life for His people. All things in heaven, in the earth and beneath the earth were manifested as being under His sovereign command as the perfect sacrifice for sin brought judgment upon the earth; “now is the judgment of this world; now is the prince of this world cast out” (John 12:31). When the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah cried out, “It is finished” every jot and tittle of the work He was given to accomplish was satisfied. The perfect sacrifice for sin was slain, the sin of His people was full and the judgment of God was poured out upon the ungodliness and wickedness of man. He shed His blood as the remission of the sin of the Israel of our God in Adam and covered them. As He is seated upon the heavens as the Lord God Omnipotent and His blood covers His people. They are sealed by His blood which identifies them as Israel My glory (Is. 46:13).
“The earth is Yehovah’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods” (Ps. 24:1).
The visible things of His creation extend from the creation of the earth. All life is brought forth of the earth and, dwelling upon it, is nourished and sustained by it. This is a closed system, or an enclosed garden, which is full of labour but unto no profit. Everything which proceeds from the earth contains all attributes and characteristics of the earth and is made to be fully dependent upon the earth. There is nothing that came forth which is not of the earth and which is not part of the labours thereof and all these labours work together for the benefit of that which is earthly.
The doctrine of the fool surmises that sin is the product of man’s wicked heart but, and if the premise were to be stipulated unto, whence came that wicked heart? From without the confines of this world? From above the heavens? Then by what power came it into being, by whose permission was it empowered in the garden and by what authority is it sustained? “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Adam was brought forth and formed from the dust of the earth. His being was without life until God breathed into his nostrils and made him a living soul. His appetite is of the things of this world, which he is relentlessly drawn away after and he cannot survive outside the limitations of his environment. Every thought, word and deed is ordered firm and sure by the will of the Creator and every step is perfectly choreographed along an assigned path, each man in his order. Man is enabled with such abilities necessary for the completion of the labours assigned unto him and in the appointed hour, he is made willing to behave and function exactly as the Master desires (Ex. 36:1f).
Where then is free will? It is found in the liberty granted of God to each man in the performance of what he has been assigned. It is not by the initiative and designs of man wherein he may choose for himself the course he may walk and dictate the implications and ramifications of his conduct for “it is not in him that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). Freedom of will is the union of the assigned labours and the abilities granted of God with an earnest desire placed in the hearts and minds of the sons of Adam to unknowingly be obedient to His irresistible will. None is drug away kicking and screaming in objection to these labours and none who are assigned unto these works are ill-equipped to make full compliance. The minutest of particles of the invisible realm of existence functions accordingly as the foundations of those things which can be seen in the execution of the pageantry of life.
Adam willingly functions according to his ‘gifts’ and abilities as compliant to God’s will as the heavens above. The wicked follow as the instruments of God in the execution of His chastening rod (Is. 10:5) which is for the comfort to His people (Ps. 23:4). They are the sons of Esau, whom God hates with an eternal hatred, who have been fashioned as the servants of the children of promise (Gen. 25:23) and all these “things work together for good to them that love Him, to them that are called according to His purpose” (Rms. 8:28)
“...where is the house that you will build unto Me and where is the place of My rest?”
When God brought peace to the land and put all enemies of Israel under his feet, He also gave David the desire to build an earthly testimony to the greatness of Yehovah. The manifestation of this earnest desire was denied; “but God has said unto me, You shall not build an house for My name because you have been a man of war and has shed blood” (I Chr. 28:3), but it was not abandoned. The promise of Almighty God was that David’s son would be raised up to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of Yehovah over Israel and his kingdom would be in peace. God also told David that it was not David who would build God an house but: “Also Yehovah tells you that he will make you and house” (II Sam. 7:11). He did not mean that David the man was to be an house to be dwelt in or that his legacy was to be venerated and worshiped; God said that He, Yehovah God, was the builder and maker of the house that David would dwell in for nothing of the creation, either made by the hands of the creature nor imagined by the collective intellect of man could contain the wondrous expanse of the fullness of God. “But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You, how much less the house which I have built?” (II Chr. 6:18).
David had been given this sincere desire by the inspiration of God; “I in mine heart to build an house of rest for the Ark of the covenant of Yehovah and the footstool of our God” (I Chr. 28:2). This house was to be a testimony to the power and glory of God, the deliverance of His people from the house of the strong man and an ever present witness that He is a God who keeps His promise. God gave His word to the fathers before these things came to pass that they may know that He is God and there is none other. The arrogance of the deceived heart of Adam exalts himself as the eagle and makes his nest among the cleft of the rocks (Ob. 4) but he cannot shew forth that he is god; “Let them bring forth and shew us what shall happen. Let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them and know the latter end of them, or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter that we may know that you are gods. Do good or do evil that we may be dismayed and behold it together” (Is. 41:22f).
Neither Adam nor any of his children are capable of knowing the mind of God or understanding the works of He whose “way is on the whirlwind and in the storm and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry and dries up all the rivers; fruitfulness grows feeble, the garden land and the white sprouts droop. The mountains quake at Him and the hills melt and the earth burns at His presence, yea, the world and all that dwells therein” (Nahum 1:4f).
“So Solomon built the house and finished it” (I Kings 6:14)
The type was completed as the visual proof of the faithfulness of God. All that had been given to the Beloved (David) was completed by his son, the King of Peace (Solomon) in seven years. The glory of Yehovah filled the house in evidence of His approval for this work which stood in type of the true house of God. The testimony of Solomon to the entire house of Israel that day was to the holiness of God and the faithfulness of the Word which He spoke; “And He said, Yehovah God of Israel, no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, who keeps covenant and mercy with Your servants that walk before You with all their heart: who has kept with Your servant David, my father, that You have promised him. You spoke with Your mouth and have fulfilled with Your hand as this day” (I Kings 8:23). The type set forth the evidence of the finished work of God but the type, being of the earth can not continue for it is temporal and fades away.
“For all these has Mine hand made and all these have been, said Yehovah, but to this will I look, to poor and of a contrite spirit that trembles at My Word” (Is. 66:2).
The fulfillment of these beautiful types is in the Prince of Peace who came forth and was declared to be the Beloved Son of God. He came forth as the man of war to manifest that He had overcome the world and having all His enemies put under His footstool, He endured the cross, despising the shame “for He has made Him sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21).
He made Himself of no reputation and humbled Himself. He took on the form of the elect servant of God and, being born of the seed of David, He went forth to do the will of the Father. The work which was given unto Him was according to that “all things written by the prophets concerning the Son of God might be accomplished” (Luke 18:31) and His word was in preparation for the “days of vengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled” (21:22). That day was accomplished when it pleased God to manifest the Lamb of God who took the cup of the wrath of God and drank it for His people and poured it out upon the earth. David had conquered the enemies and overcome the foes and when He laid down His life for the sheep, they were justified by His faith.
Then arose the King of Peace who raised up the Temple of Yehovah God as He had foretold. The feeble corrupt mind of man cannot imagine this structure and the polluted hands of Adam cannot come in contact with this city, whose builder and Maker is God; there is no tool fashioned of man that is suitable for this construction. The Great Mountain, which is Zion, has come forth out of the confusion of this world (Babylon) bearing the headstone. This is that precious tried stone, which is the corner stone of the foundation which no man can lay. This is that Rock upon which the house is built, Jesus Christ the righteous; “the hand of Zerub-babel has laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it and you shall know that Yehovah of Hosts has sent Me unto you” (Zech. 4:9).
Jesus spoke to this when He gave the sign unto the Jews in the temple; “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty years was this temple in building and will you rear it up in three days? But He spoke of the Temple of His body” (John 2:19ff). This is that latter Temple whose glory outshines the glory of the former, “said Yehovah of Hosts and in this place will I give peace” (Hag. 2:9). This is the Bride of Christ, that New Jerusalem; “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now are you also no more strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner; in whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an Holy Temple of the Lord: in whom you also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph. 2:18ff).
This is the New Jerusalem which John saw coming down from heaven adorned as a Bride for her Husband. She has been granted to be arrayed in the righteousness of the saints which is the righteousness of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. She is raised up together in Him and is seated together in Him (Eph. 2:6) as He is “sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3) She is that city set upon the hill upon which is no dust (Is. 52:2) for no man has any right, nor portion nor memorial in Her. Nothing unclean nor hat which defiles or who loves and make a lie can enter in through Her gates, which are Praise unto Yehovah.
Adam/Edom/Esau has no place here for he is of the earth and the hatred of Yehovah abides in him. The redeemed of Yehovah dwell in these earthen vessels but they are not of the world and the love of God abides in them. These keep the commandment of God, for they love Him with all their heart, with all their might and with all their strength and they love the fellow sheep of His pasture as they love themselves. They dwell safely within the walls of this city, which are Salvation, and are always before the throne of God (Is.49:16). Here the redeemed of Yehovah are known by that new name which no man can know, call upon the name of Yah with that pure tongue and sing that new song which none but the redeemed can learn. The trials and tribulations of this habitation have no place in this Holy city and the glory of God and of the Lamb are the light thereof. The house of Jacob, the child of promise, walk in this light and though, while partakers of flesh and blood, they dwell from year to year in booths yet they await the manifestation of the sons of God. This is the hope of glory, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah
This is the assurance of the earnest expectation (hope) of every child of grace and the assurance of faith by which they live. Adam has no faith. His desire is for a sign whereby he can assure himself of his worth before God and his eternal abode. He seeks tangible proofs which satiate his natural senses as a comfort to his carnal ways. The city of our God is a work which was finished from the foundation of the world where the Lamb stood as he had been slain. The inhabitants there are holy and they sing the praise of the Lamb who alone is worthy. This is where the Israel of our God dwells in and with Yehovah of Hosts; this is the promise given unto David of a kingdom without end; this is Jerusalem which is from above which is the mother of all who are prisoners of hope.
“For we are saved by hope but hope that is seen is not hope for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?” (Rms. 8:24).
The throne of Yehovah God is unapproachable by the creatures of His creation. Only the election according to grace may boldly come before this throne for it is a throne of grace. The kingdom of God is as singular and all inclusive as He is therefore there is but one throne. The labours of man and the intents of his heart lay open and naked before the Righteous Judge but His people have an advocate with the Father who as the High Priest of their profession brings His children before the throne that they may “obtain mercy and find grace to ‘cry for help’ in the time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
Yehovah sits in the heavens and rules over the kingdoms of this world. The inhabitants are accounted as nothing before Him as He performs His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What are you doing? (Dan. 4:35). His desire is exclusively upon His Beloved and for Her has He done all these things.
“The worthiness of praise is Yah, the thanks unto Yehovah for good, for His eternal mercy. Who can utter the mighty acts of Yehovah and show forth all His praise? They who are blessed in keeping judgment and doing righteousness always” (Ps. 106:1ff)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 8, 2016