“Walk about Zion and go about her, tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces that ye may tell to the generations following. For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide unto death.”
This is not some little village nestled in the woods, or a flourishing city of the plains but is a city set upon a hill, in the mountain of our God. It does not have for it’s foundation, the heap of rubble from the last generation or the well excavated site of the earth. The wise and master builder of this has removed all the sand of the sea and the dust of the earth and has builded her upon a Rock and that not with the hands of man. She was fashioned upon that the foundation of the Apostles and Prophet with that Rock being Jesus Christ our Lord as the chief corner stone. This does not mean that if we walk about her and mark her foundation we will find the apostles and prophets for they all speak of the principles of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Every step of our walk about must reveal the Christ and Him only. Nothing else will do as a firm foundation. And that foundation was established sure and firm before the foundation of the world since He is God, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end.
As we walk about her we are told to number her towers. We could not walk about her if she had no boundaries or walls but Solomon said that His beloved was a garden enclosed (Song 4:12). Not open to the public or ‘who-so-ever-will’ but the city of God with restricted access to those who have been made white in the blood of the Lamb. Her towers mark her defenses and the place where her armory is kept (Song 4:4) but the weapons of her warfare are not carnal but are spiritual in the pulling down of the strongholds of spiritual wickedness in high places.
She also has palaces within her walls. Not hotels to be rented out or time shares to be used at convenient times but palaces or mansions as the Lord called them, prepared for the inhabitants of Zion. These are the redeemed of the Lord washed by His blood and purchased for His own.
Her walls are the salvation of Jehovah (Jehoshua, Joshua, Jesus) and her gates are praise unto our God (Is. 60:18). Once again our Lord is that gate, or better said, He is the twelve gates that mark the twelve tribes of the house of the children of promise and no one enters but by Him.
She has no need for the sun, moon or stars for the glory of God is there and the Lamb is the light thereof. Without are the dogs, whoremongers and all that make abomination before the Lord and nothing enters her that defiles or makes unclean. She is His delight and she has no spot or blemish in her.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you” (I Cor. 3:16). Zion is His temple, His bride and His body. This earthen vessel we inhabit is but the tabernacle of this dwelling but within dwells the fullness of Immanuel. We all, who ever is a part of the members f the pasture, the sheep of His field, are not our own for we have been bought with the price of His precious blood. When John saw the temple opened and the ark of his testimony within, it is the Christ of our God; His Word (the tablets of stone), the Bread of life (the homer of Manna in the cup) and the sacrifice and resurrection (the budding almond branch). These testify to the work of God which Christ came forth to do and which He performed completely when all things written were fulfilled.
Do not look at the foundations of this world, the week and beggarly elements of this world or the workmanship of the hands of Adam. Man looks upon these things and seeks for them in the land of Palestine. They are not found in the bulwarks, towers or palaces of Zion and cannot be seen with the eyes of the flesh.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 25, 2010