“You have given a banner to them that fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth.”
The banner is a standard that is positioned high above the events and the people so that the group that it is over may be identified. Whether it was a streaming canvas of great colors or a fluttering flag in the wind, these standards were designed as a message board of extreme importance. They specified the location of the group or event (usually military) and the peculiar parts of the armada, such as infantry, archery or cavalry, and they were exclusive to the particular forces. Never was there an ambiguous banner which invited all comers to join in the conflict nor were there solicitations unto defection from the opposing combatants. All would think it absurd if a single man strove onto the field of battle and began accepting applications for an army but such is the doctrine and philosophy of modern evangelisms. The banners were the identification of the army, the land and their king and a clear indication of the intention of this auspicious gathering.
This ‘exalted standard’ was assigned by the ruling magistrate for a specific purpose. He wanted his name proclaimed and when victory was achieved, his glory to stand unquestioned. It was also set as the focal point for the battalions, divisions, squads and individual soldiers as to the advancement or retreat of their comrades in arms. And so when Yehovah the Lord God Omnipotent who sits in the heavens and rules over the inhabitants of this world has given a banner, it is indeed His name and none other. It is also the all encompassing gathering point where He has assembled His congregation for the work and warfare He has assigned them. They do not have unique battles to fight for “there has no temptation taken unto you but such is common to man” (I Cor. 10:13). The trials and tribulations which beset each member of the army of heaven as they are partakers of flesh and blood is and has been the same since Adam was formed from the dust of the earth. They have been individually assigned to each child of grace at a particular moment or time period of their habitation and they are extremely personal but there is nothing new under the sun “that which has been is now and that which is to be has already been and God requires that which is past” (Ecc. 3:15).
The exalted standard which is written of here to teach they which have ears to hear is most peculiar and precious for it is the eternal love of God for His people (Jer.31:3). It is displayed over His people not as a rally cry for war but because the Philistines have set the array against the army of Zion. The Syrians have joined forces with the Moabites and Ammonites and have come to Edom, belligerent and desperate. But as Moses, Joshua, Gideon and David have all born testimony to the enduring truth; Yehovah has given the foe into the hands of His Beloved for He has overcome.
David, the Beloved, fought these nations in time and space as commanded by God. These inveterate foes were joined in the appropriate time, order and manner as was ordained for good unto the children of Israel for the perfect purpose of God. These all worked according to the eternal will of God in type and foreshadow of the heavenly reality of He who came forth upon the white horse having “a bow and a crown was given unto Him and He went forth conquering and to conquer” (Rev. 6:2). He has fought and championed all the conflicts and struggles that the subjects of His kingdom have endured in Adam. Yehovah our righteousness has experienced their weakness, their inability and the feelings of their infirmities as He “was in all points tempted like as we, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15) for “though He were Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered. And having carried through completely, He became the Author of eternal deliverance unto them that obey Him” (Heb. 5:8f).
The ‘people of the land’, which is Adam/Edom/Esau are enmity against the Spirit of Holiness which is the indwelling Spirit. The land of sojourners is a vexation upon the soul, the way of the step (Assur) is alluring and intoxicating to the flesh and the traditions and customs ‘of the father’ (Moab) and the people of the ‘tribes’ of this world (Ammon) each have a banner over them announcing to the inhabitants of this world their worth. They speak of the exchanging and acquisition of the merchandise of this world, the wealth and affluence of the labour of the hands and, most importantly, the illusion of the righteousness of man. Their words are soothing to the itching ears of man. Their numbers boast of their successes and the tantalizing colors of their banners draw the eyes of the natural man after the winds and waves of this world. This is the warfare which is within the members of each and every Son of God as they walk through this barren wilderness. They feel the conflict and find themselves utterly frail and insufficient for the battle for when they would do good, evil is present. They find in them, that is in Adam/Edom/Esau dwells no good thing and they acknowledge before the throne of God in prayers and supplications, that they are liars.
The exalted standard is the perfect righteousness of God unto the glory of His name. He has prepared this glorious mark of identification as a testimony of the fact that He has delivered His people from their sin and he has gathered His people under this display of the beauty of His Holiness;
“That your beloved may be delivered; save your right hand and hear me”
The philosophies and theological speculations of the world have invented many fables and legends about salvation. The most sought after expression of the legions of duty faith and work mongers of the world is how someone ‘just got saved’. This phrase is not only unscriptural but it is abominable before God. Man cannot get anything but that which God has given him. He cannot add one inch to his height, he cannot control his appetites and he cannot improve upon his inabilities before God. More so the natural man does not know that he represents the opposing force in the conflict. He finds the things of this world pleasing and cannot see the emptiness of this existence. He lusts against the Spirit for he desires life, sustenance and acceptance in the sight of God but like Adam in the garden, he desires these things on his carnal terms.
The Lamb of God stands as He had been slain before the foundation of the world. The eternal seed stands ‘risen up’ in Him who is the ‘primary’ or ‘first resurrection’ and upon them the second death has no power. These all have been delivered from the wrath of God against the inability in Adam. They have had the leaven purged from within the houses of clay and from within their coasts and borders as their trespasses and iniquity (rebellion and guilt) have been removed as far as the east is from the west. The sin of Jacob is removed and the whole house of the Israel of our God is seated together with Him in the ‘heavenlies’ beholding Him that was slain and singing His praises forever more. “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath that they should not enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world, because He spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day of all His works” (Heb. 4:3f). This is the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
God created Adam, having his seed in him, when He fashioned him from the dust of the ground. He has made all men of one blood, which is the life of the flesh (Lev. 17:11) and they all proceed from that one seed ‘of the father’ therefore they are earthly. He has appointed the time of their habitations and the limitations thereof and has assigned labours to each and everyone wherein they manifest His perfect will. No one takes this upon themselves or can alter the assignment in any manner. Of that same lump of clay, God has fashioned vessels of dishonour wherein the seed of the serpent is placed. These are of their father the Devil and have been reserved unto everlasting destruction. He has also fashioned vessels unto honour, for which the blood has been shed, and the glory of the seed which is born from above. This incorruptible seed is born of God in perfect coordination with the time He has appointed for the earthen vessel to be made manifest. The child of the King is made subject to the vanity of this existence from the beginning as the ‘school-master’ brings the anointed ones unto the Anointing. Then, when it pleases the Father, who has separated His seed from their mother’s womb, the life within is revealed as the Anointing in them, the Hope of glory. Messiah, the Anointing, is made manifest in them, by His Spirit (the Comforter) that they are the sons of God. They know the power of this effectual work and they, like newborns, cry out to their Father. They have been ‘kicking against the pricks’ for however long the Father has decreed but now they know the wickedness of their ways and the ungodliness of the body of this death. They loathe themselves which is the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
The children of Zion anticipate their return home to their Fathers house, Jerusalem from above. The entire journey from cradle to grave is passed in expectation of the manifestation of this wonderful reality when they shall see Him and with the pure language they may speak the name of God. The vanity they have been made subject to in this life is unto this hope which cannot be seen, felt or explained by the natural man. This hope is not evidenced by natural things, which are temporary and can be seen, for faith is the substance of things hoped for and that not of this world. The expectations of the Spirit within is to finish the work assigned by the Father and be delivered from the body of this death. Then shall be the manifestation of the sons of God, when this tabernacle is ‘put off’ and death is ‘clothed upon’ in life; “we are saved by hope: but what a man sees, why then does he yet hope” (Rms. 8:24).
Every child of the kingdom has been distributed a measure of faith commensurate to the time of their needs (Rms. 12:3). These willing subjects of the King walk through this world by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. They live by His faith from day to day and by this faith they endure to the end where they are finally delivered. Only those who have been delivered are being delivered daily and only those who are delivered daily shall be delivered when this tabernacle is dissolved. The banner of love is because His name is Faithful and True, all His works are verity and judgment and because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life of His Beloved. This is the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
“And David gat a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, eighteen thousand” (II Sam. 8:13).
David was well known for many years throughout the region. His legend began with the anointing by Samuel and the slaying of Goliath as the Spirit of the Most High dwelt within him. His military achievements were acclaimed by the masses as they sang praises unto him. This enraged King Saul who chased him for many years desiring to kill him. David indeed had a name from the beginning. His father gave him his family name and when Samuel came to anoint him, he was called by that name. Samuel called him king of Israel and he gained great acclaim when he slew Goliath. He was known in the surrounding countries for when he sought refuge from the pursuits of Saul in the ‘land of sojourners’ (Philistines), the men of the king’s court recognized him and advised the king against him. He was a man praised for his “killing of his ten thousands” as the hearts of the people were drawn out after him. He was feared for his abilities and respected for his accomplishments. The reputation of David to those who fought with him and they who opposed him was that the Spirit of God was upon him, so what name did David get when he fought the Syrians army?
David was given to battle and defeat the people of Asshur, the step. This people represent the pride that was found in the heart of Satan when he was created in the garden of God and the pride of the heart of man, wherein he is deceived. This arrogant presumption was first manifested when Eve assumed that God had not given she and Adam everything necessary for their life. She looked upon the fruit of the forbidden tree and saw that it was “good for food” even though God had given them to eat of every tree of the garden. She observed that this fruit was more pleasant to the eyes than all the beauty of the creation of God and she lusted after the thought of being made wise, prudent and prosperous like God. This is the enemy of Edom in each descendant of the dust and the foe which David was brought to combat.
The enemy of the pride in the heart of Esau, the first born, is brought forth and set in array against the subjects of the eternal kingdom as a manifestation of their natural origin. Pride, arrogance and self confidence are necessary ingredients in the dealings of the business affairs of this world for they are kin to the flesh. Yet when the time appointed of the Father is come and He reveals His Son in His people, these same elements become the inveterate foe as they war against the spiritual man. The manifest token of the love of the Father for His people is that they not only have been given to believe but have been counted worthy to suffer for His kingdom and when He opens the eyes of the blind to see, then are the banners of the enemy revealed.
David was given a name which was above every name that is named in Adam before he was shapened in iniquity and conceived in sin. When the banner of the love of God was made known unto him, he knew that the name was exalted as the banner for it is the exalted standard, which is Christ. He was lifted up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God and He draws all men unto Him. This is the name given unto His Son who came to save His people from their sin and it is the name at which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Master (Phil. 2:10).
This is the banner name of David’s heavenly Father which has been written in his forehead or the uppermost of his head to show that he is under the command, ownership and love of Yehovah God. He was sealed from the beginning, being of the eternal seed, as the redeemed of the Lord. He was sealed in time when he was separated from his mother’s womb and this seal, which is the blood upon the door posts, is revealed as he wrestles against the Syrian foe. This is not a natural visible foe, although the needs and desires of the flesh are manifested in tangible things, for the children do not wrestle against flesh and blood. The Syrian foe, who is in alliance with the sons of Edom, is spiritual wickedness in exalted places which are raised up against the knowledge and throne of God but they are indeed manifested in the weak and beggarly elements of this world. The conflict began before time began yet when David was properly prepared for the encounter, the battle was joined. This was to make manifest the only name by which he could be delivered; the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
The enemy has been gathered in the valley of salt which is the drawing out of the life. God designed this valley as a demonstration of His wrath upon the ungodliness of the passions of man and by this He draws out and reveals these same lascivious desires in all who are engaged in the warfare. David, the Beloved, was brought into this valley to face the enemy and it was here that the name was revealed as God gave him the victory. He is the type of Messiah who has overcome all as His enemies have been put under His footstool but he also represents each child of grace who is “more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor power nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rms. 8:38). He has overcome the world and won the victory. He has overcome the wicked one and the accuser of the brethren is cast out and He is seated in the authority of the Godhead where He rules over all for His Beloved. His desire is upon Her and He has done all things, whatsoever comes to pass, for Her. Nothing that is or ever shall be can affect the Banner of the eternal Love which is above the children of the King, who are called by His name. They have been sealed by the blood of the Lamb slain and risen from before the foundation of the world (Rev. 7:3) and they are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Pt. 1:5). They have their Father’s name written in their foreheads for they are the redeemed of Yehovah (Rev. 14:1) and He has their names indelibly engraved in the palms of His hands (Is. 49:16) which have been sealed with the piercing of the nails. “Beloved now are we the sons of God and it does not yet appear what we shall be but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is” (I John 3:2).
“God has spoken in His Holiness; I will rejoice” (Ps. 60:6)
Peter told the election of grace, scattered throughout the world, that he and those with him, had not followed after “cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord, but were eye witnesses to His majesty” (II Pt. 1:16). The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among the inhabitants of this world as a testimony to the truth of His power and His irresistible will. The mouth of Yehovah God spoke all things into existence and by that same power do all things consist and endure. As He has purposed in Himself so He has done and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, what are you doing? Everything He has desired and therefore brought to pass is according to the perfection of His Holiness for there is no inability in Him; “I am Yehovah and none else, there is no God beside Me. I girded you though you have not known Me that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is none beside Me. I am Yehovah and there is none else. I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil; I Yehovah do all these” (Is. 45:5f). His eternal love is unto His Beloved and His desire is upon her, therefore whatsoever comes to pass in time and space is for the Beloved of Yehovah and these all work in complete harmony for good.
Edom, Moab, Ammon, Asshur, Philistia and all of Canaan tremble before the power and majesty of God as he shakes His creation but this does not change the nature of man given him in his creation. Man is unimpressed with the Holiness of Almighty God as he continues to strive to hit the mark in everything he does. He is incapable of receiving the instruction, love and wisdom of the Spirit of God and he has discarded the Rock of our salvation as being unsuitable for the building of his house.
This constant striving to show forth his worth and righteousness before God is the battle joined against the inner man who delights after the law of God and shall not cease until the limitations of the time of this habitation are realized. The perfect Holiness of God demands perfection in all things and man has fallen short of that glory for God has concluded all in inability. He looked and He saw there was no intercessor and that there was none to help. He did not look into the fallen race of Adam to find someone to assist Him in the salvation of His people; He looked before the heavens and earth were created and determined that there should be none capable or qualified to help Him for He is God and there is none other.
But the children of the King have an advocate with the Father, even Jesus Christ our righteousness; “Praise God all you His servant and you that fear Him both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude and the voice of mighty thunderings saying, Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns. Let us rejoice and give honour to Him for the marriage of the Lamb is come and His wife has made Herself ready; and unto Her it was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen clean and white for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints” (Rev. 19:5f). He laid down His life for His beloved in manifestation of the exalted standard of His love for His children. This is the testimony of God who is speaking in His holiness wherein His Beloved is rejoicing and triumphing in His finished work.
“Comfort My people, comfort My people said your God, speak comfortably to Jerusalem and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished (filled up and satisfied), that her iniquity is pardoned for she has received of Yehovah’s hand double for all her sins” (Is. 40:1).
The testimony of assurance of the love of the Father is the constant struggle and warfare against the flesh. Because of spiritual life there exists the conflict of the flesh; without life all is at peace.
Your servant in Christ,(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 2, 2015