“And one cried unto another and said, Holy, Holy, Holy, Yehovah of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Isaiah was a prophet of the Most High God and in the year that the king died, the Word of Yehovah came unto him in a vision. King Uzziah (‘power of Yah’ also known as Azariah – ‘surrounded, supported or defended of Yah’) was a righteous man who “did right in the sight of Yehovah according to all that his father Amaziah (‘strengthened by Yah’) had done” (II Kings 15:3). In order for one to do that which is upright, righteous and correct in the presence of Yehovah God they can not be acting in the power or the will of Adam, for “it is not by might, nor by strength but by My Spirit said Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6). They cannot come with works of righteousness which they have done for all their works of righteousness are as putrid, bloody rags when measured against the standard of the Holiness of God (Is. 64:6, Titus 3:5). They cannot stand in Adam unless Adam has made an atonement for his sin for in Adam all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rms 3:23). If they stand in the presence of God without a wedding garment, being clothed in the fig leaves of this world and not being granted to be adorned in fine linen pure and white, then are they bound and cast into eternal darkness (Matt. 22:13). So for Uzziah, Amaziah and Jehoash to do that which is righteous in the sight of Yehovah, they must need be children of grace who live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them (Gal. 2:20). They must have the testimony of a finished work, completed in all righteousness and acceptable before God, and be clothed upon with the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:8).
God had given the throne of Judah to these men and they had accomplished all the labours assigned to them. At the end of the time of each of their habitations, the next was raised up to continue to complete the works they were afore ordained unto and the Spirit that dwelt within caused them to be obedient and faithful. Yet Uzziah, after God had defended him and strengthened him in battle against the Philistines causing the Ammonites to give him tribute and after his name spread far and abroad because he was marvelously helped till he was strong (II Chr. 26:15), his heart was lifted up in him. The same God and according to the same purpose, being the good pleasure of His will, brought this man forth unto fame, power and glory and then brought him to destruction by the pride in his heart. This child of grace, walking in the good works he was created unto found that in him, that is in Adam (his flesh) dwelt no good thing (Rms. 7:18). He found that envy, pride, arrogance, doubt and fear were the nature of the natural man and that he was drawn away after these lusts of the flesh. The limitations of this arrogance was to the point that he “went into the temple of Yehovah to burn incense upon the altar of incense” and when he was withstood by those who sought to protect him and turn him from this transgression, he became wroth with them that would do him good. This proud wave was stayed at this point and God struck the King of Judah with leprosy in his forehead before the priests in the house of Yehovah (26:19).
The righteousness of God demands perfection and disobedience is not an option. That which is born from above cannot sin because His seed remains in him but that which is of the earth cannot be obedient, therefore, because of the love of the father for his children, His chastening hand scourges them and struck Uzziah with leprosy until the day of his death. This was his thorn in the side, the messenger of Satan sent unto him lest he should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations of God of His power, majesty and strength. He did not lose his salvation and he was not deprived of any of the blessing which he was given in the Messiah of Yehovah. He like every member of that mystical body was raised up together with Him, blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in the heavenlies and was seated together with Him in the throne of God. Now at the time of the end of his habitation of this dwelling and in the year of his death, the Word came unto the prophet Isaiah.
“...I saw also Yehovah sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up and His train filled the temple” (6:1).
Isaiah did not see God pacing the floor and worrying about what was happening on earth. He did not see Him in conference with any others in attempts to devise a plan of action to counter the advances of wickedness against the kingdom of God and he certainly did not see the Almighty searching about to find someone to help Him facilitate His will on earth. Isaiah saw God sitting and ruling as the Sovereign King over all. He saw One who had finished His work and was at rest as the purpose that He had purposed throughout all the land was being made manifest.
The Sovereign Almighty King over all was sitting in a royal throne that was not built by man nor polluted by the tools of his hands. Man did not devise the plans, did not assist or oversee the construction and was not even present when God finished His work and sat upon it. There never was a time or a point in eternity where God was not the ruler of the universe or that His work was not completed in Him. Eternity could not have been without the throne, He could never have been not seated upon it and there could never be an instance when he was not ruling and commanding all because; “He is before all things and by Him all things consist” (Col. 1:17). He cannot and does not change.
This throne is not of this earth because it existed before He created the heavens and the earth. He is the throne (Dan. 9:7), He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6) and “the works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure, they stand eternal, done in truth and uprightness” (Ps. 111:7). His ways are higher than man and are lifted up above all because He is the preeminence of all, being before all things and performing all things by the power of His will. He has a name that is exalted above every name that is in the earth, in heaven and in the world to come. He is lifted up above all thrones, dominions and powers. He is lifted up as the obedient servant of God, the perfect sacrifice for sin, which He made before sin even entered into the world by the disobedience of Adam and He is lifted up in manifestation that He is the Son of God. There is no room for anyone else in the Temple of Yehovah save He in His perfection, the fullness of the Godhead. This is the Beloved Bridegroom, His Bride and His seed, therefore His Temple, His Body, the New Jerusalem is one and filled to capacity.
There is no room for who-so-ever will in the body of Christ for He is the Lamb of God that has taken away the sin of the world, His name is Jesus and He has saved His people from their sin. The Temple of the old covenant was destroyed when, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, the Anointed One was delivered up to be crucified and slain by wicked hands (Acts 2:23). But He who laid that temple down, for no man took it from Him, also raised up the new wherein dwells nothing that loves or makes a lie and the glory of the latter house is greater than that of the former, for He has filled this house with glory and has given peace (Hag. 2:9). There is no residue of Edom therein (Ob.18) and the wood, hay and stubble have been thoroughly consumed by the Refiners fire. All that remains is the perfection of Holiness in the New Jerusalem.
“Above it stood the seraphims” (6:3)
These ‘fiery ones’ (Often referred to as serpents for the way the flame twist and turns as it burns upwards) stand above the throne of God each having six wings. These wings are the number of man and the conclusion of God’s creation. The fire attends to and consumes the deeds of the flesh while the children of grace are partakers of flesh and blood (I Cor. 3:13). It is the trials and tribulations that God has precisely ordered for each of His own as the outward man perishes daily and the inward man is renewed. These are the same trials and tribulations that The Servant of God endured, being touched with the feelings of our infirmities. Thus the prophets and John saw the Messiah surrounded by fire, His eyes ablaze with fire and brazen as He had been in the fiery furnace of affliction (Ez. 1:4; Dan. 10:6; Rev.1:15). These are not present in the revelation of Jesus Christ as seen by His servant John after the manifestation of the Lamb of God, the cessation of the daily oblation and the confirmation of the oath with the many sons of glory, because all, for whom the atonement was made and redemption secured, were granted to be arrayed in the fine linen pure and white, which is the righteousness of the saints. All this was made evident when the mystery of God was finished in the day of the voice of the seventh messenger (Rev. 10:7) Then was it manifested, which had been finished from the foundation of the world, that all the host of the redeemed were sealed with the name of the Father in their forehead (Rev. 14:1). When the time of their habitations has ended, the limitations have all been attained and the tabernacle of this dwelling has been dissolved, then shall be the manifestation of the sons of God and nothing that defiles shall be seen in that glorious city.
Here and now, as the children walk the paths assigned unto them, fulfilling His will and performing the works they were created in Christ Jesus unto, there remains the evidence of leaven. The fiery ones (seraphims) cover their faces for they are not fit to behold His glory. They cover their feet because they walk to and fro upon the face of the earth (Zech. 1:8ff). They do fly away or cover the sin of the people of the Lord as they cried out; “Yehovah of Hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem and of the dwellings of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these seventy years” (1:12).
Yet in the midst of this evil, brought by the hand of God for the good of His Beloved, they proclaim the truth of the immutability and sovereignty of God. Even though the earth was still and at ease, even though man loved the darkness for his deeds are dark and even though the ‘power of Yah’ (King Uzziah) had died a leper, still the entire world, throughout all ages, in every event and all circumstances, was filled with the glory of Yehovah of Hosts.
“Holy, Holy, Holy”
The repetition of this phrase by the ‘fiery ones’ as seen by Isaiah and the four beasts as seen by John (Rev. 4:8) is in the fulfillment of the Word of God to Moses at the mount. The Law of God demanded that there be no private testimony to a matter but that in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall all things be established (Deut. 19:15). The testimony of these creatures is confirmation of the Holiness of God in all that comes to pass. God is Holy in the creation of the heavens and the earth. His Holiness is manifested in the order of the universe and the course of the sun, moon and stars. The heavens declare the glory of God and all that lives, moves and breathes is a testimony of His perfection. All that is created is made because He is God. All that is necessary for His design and purpose to come to pass is contained in the creation, which is a closed system. No man can add or detract anything from what God has done. He asks no assistance from any and consulted with none in the implementation and performance of the good pleasure of His will. He created the light wherein His children walk and live. He created the darkness wherein the deeds of man exist and the children of disobedience abide. He created the good wherein He has purposed all things to work together to the good for the called, according to His will and He created the evil which He brings upon the sons of man. He created the wicked and reserved them unto the Day of Judgment. He created the crooked serpent and, because of the beauty in which he was created, God caused pride in his heart to rise up in for he is the father of the wicked. The Sovereign rules over all His creation and He has put it in the hearts of man to fulfill His will, even that piercing dragon.
All things in heaven and in earth exist to proclaim the Holiness of God. This is a singular Holiness and the testimony of it is of one Word. There is one Lord and He has set forth the testimony of Himself in the declarations of the promise (the Father), the performance of His will (the Word) and the power of His might (the Holy Ghost) (I John 5:7) and these three testimonies are one. The singularity of the Word of this witness is manifested in the testimony of the manifestation of the coming of our Lord in the Spirit of Holiness, the water of regeneration and the blood of the covenant; these three agree in the One (5:8).
John saw four beasts, each having six wings and they spoke of these three witnesses and the word of testimony that they gave. God sent forth two witnesses upon the earth, the ‘sent forth ones’ (apostles) with the word God had spoken unto them (prophets) and when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, the testimony of these witnesses had come to pass and these witnesses were caught up into heaven in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now is the testimony manifested in His children who have “Christ in you the hope of glory”. God spoke His Word by the prophets but in the fullness of time, the end of the world, He has spoken to His Beloved by the Son as His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God.
“Woe is me I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” (6:5)
Adam cannot look upon the beauty of the perfect Holiness of God and he surely cannot speak His name. His Word is unlawful for man to hear, speak and understand because His Word is not for Adam. His Word is for those who have ears to hear, who have been quickened together with Him and have been raised up together with Him unto Newness of Life. His Word is not for the world. It is not for the dogs, the whore mongers or the seed of the serpent. The testimony of the finished work is foolishness and death in the ears of the natural man because he cannot comprehend the eternal love and mercy of God. This same Word, for there is only One, is life and health to the weary strangers as they traverse the barren wilderness of this present evil generation. It is that still small voice that says, this is the way, walk in it and the assurance that; “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, because Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4).
It is this same Jesus, the hope of glory, which works in his people both to will and do His good pleasure. It is the same Spirit that anointed Him to preach the salvation of Yehovah, which has quickened His people and awakened their mortal bodies, in Him, to do His will. He took the burning coal and touched the mouth of the prophet, purging and purifying him, making him able to speak the Holy name of the Redeemer. It is the Spirit of Holiness which has made His people willing in the day of His power to the casting down of strongholds and imaginations and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. This power of God, through faith, has given His Beloved the victory over this world and it is by that faith that she live and move and has her very being.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 21, 2013