“And I looked and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion and with Him an hundred forty four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads”.
The Spirit of Almighty God had caught John up to the heaven to see what things that must shortly come to pass. He was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day which is the day that Jehovah made in which His people rejoice and are glad. This was the day of the strength of Jehovah and His salvation, a day of rejoicing in the tabernacles of righteousness for the valiant work of His right hand (Ps. 118). John was shown the testimony of Jesus Christ as the great mystery in the wonder of the seven churches with all their short comings and weaknesses. Herein is the fulfillment of the feast of the in-gathering where the two loaves are presented with leaven and waved before the Lord. The conflicts and contentions between the Adamic nature and the divine Spirit within and the subjugation of the child of the King to the vanities of this flesh. Yet there is victory in the Lamb who has overcome all for His bride.
He saw that there was a sealed book of life in which was written the names of the elect from before the foundation of the world and NO MAN in heaven, in the earth or under the earth, was found worthy to open and to read the book neither to look upon it. Yet the Lamb, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof. The Lamb was found worthy because He had suffered and was slain and that He had redeemed His people unto God from every kindred, tongue, people and nation. And so the mystery of the kingdom of God is revealed, that the Gentiles (nations) should be partakers of the same grace, faith and Spirit as the chosen people of Israel and be made kings and priests unto their God to reign on the earth.
Now John has turned and looked and he saw the Lamb and an hundred and forty four thousand of His redeemed. He did not see them in prospect or in anticipation, he saw the true Lamb of God who came to save His people from their sins and those whom He had redeemed from the shadow called national Israel. These were not standing in line awaiting the imprinting in their foreheads for they had been sealed from before the foundation of the world when the Lamb was slain and the blood was struck upon the door posts. These having not yet been born and nor having done anything of any value or worth, so as to accredit them unto God or add value to His name, had been counted worthy of the name of “Jehovah El Shaddiah”, ‘I AM God Almighty’, identifying them as His possession. These were also not awaiting the arrival of the Lamb or anticipating His return for they were standing with Him in the Mountain of God where He had built His city. Here all of the true house of Israel have come and here they serve the Lord for He has accepted them (Ezk. 20:40), not for works of righteousness which they have done for they have nothing to bring of their own. He has accepted them because of His eternal love for them and because the Federal Head of their house, the house of the first-born, was faithful in all things assigned unto Him, to fulfill all the demands of the law of God in complete and perfect righteousness, therefore they are made accepted in the Beloved. They are the sons of God who have been sealed with an indelible seal by the messenger of Jehovah from the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel. They are in the mountain of God, nothing can or ever shall separate them from His love and they are with Him who shall never leave nor forsake them.
“And I heard a voice from heaven as the voice of many waters and as the voice of a great thunder, and I heard the voice of the harpers with their harps”.
The physical faculties of John were functioning properly as first he saw then he heard. He heard and gave witness to the sound of many waters, of a mighty thunder and the sound of the harps. He had not cunningly devised a fable about something mystical and bizarre. He heard the voice of Jehovah on high (Ps. 93:4), the voice of God (Job 40:9) and the sound of praise unto the Lamb (Rev. 5:8). These were given to John as the testimony of the finished work that exists before the throne of God. The power of God through His grace and mercy upon His people causes them to sing a song which Adam cannot sing. Adam does not know the meaning of or the application of the deliverance the Jehovah has wrought for His elect family and he cannot properly expound upon it. These first fruits of the kingdom of God sing this song of deliverance because they have been redeemed from the earth. They have been bought back by the One whose they are unto Himself. The first fruits of the crop are waved before the Lord of the harvest because they are His seed, planted in His appointed time in His field which He afore prepared to receive His seed so that His life which is in the seed, may bring forth fruit in the harvest.
Now because that life has become evident, these first shoots, or the first evidence of the impending harvest, are brought forth and waved as a thank offering to the Lord before any fruit has been realized (Lev. 23:10). There is nothing of market value to these little sheaves. Their worth is because they are His. They represent the life within, the propriety of the preparation of soil, the time of the year (or the fullness of time) and the anticipation of an harvest to come. To pluck them out of the ground and wave them before the heavens would, naturally speaking, reduce the abundance of the crop but God had ordained that these should stand as the sign for all the world to see, that the harvest of the good field of Jehovah was to ‘shortly come to pass’. It was not based upon the yield of the grain or the gain that would be obtained. The first fruits of the house of Israel were singing the praises of Jehovah God because of what He had done and their worth was because of who He is.
In the type of the feast of the first fruits, there must first have been the beginning of days. This must have been followed by the taking of the Lamb and the Passover being slain. The inside of the house must have been cleansed of all leaven before the blood was struck and then for seven days the feast of the removal of the sin must be observed. Then, once the inheritance has been realized and the promises of the Lord manifested (I Kings 8:56), the first blades that have sprung forth from the ground can be harvested and waved before the Lord. These 144,000, redeemed from the nation of Israel, because the kingdom was in their midst, stood with the Lamb who had redeemed them as a testimony to the life of the harvest and the amazing work of God.: “of His own will begot He us with the Word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures” (James 1:18).
In order for something to be redeemed it must, of necessity, first be owned by the redeemer. To go to a store and make a purchase of an item is not to redeem that item unless first it was owned and then sold. The eternal unity of God and His people begins in ‘Alpha’ before the heavens and earth were created. In the same manner that Eve was in Adam from the beginning, complete and whole, so the Bride of Christ was in Him (the second Adam) from the beginning. Since He is ‘Alpha’ and in Him there is no variance, she must have been and always will be with Him. When the incorruptible seed became partakers of flesh and blood, they became subject to the vanity of this existence and sold under the sin of their natural father, Adam. They were never partakers of his sin for they are incorruptible and even though these first fruits were in national Israel, they had never been defiled by the woman. They did not make any alliances with the people of the land, they did not fail to keep the law of God or walk according to His statutes because His Spirit abides in them. He bought them back from the curse of the law and paid the price of the redemption from the earth. Therefore they sing this new song, which is the song of Moses, the song of deliverance, saying; “Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof because thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood from every kindred and tongue and people and nation”.
“These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth”.
The religious minded people, being sincere in their own hearts and mind, desire to follow Jesus. They seek the places where He walked upon this earth, the manner in which He lived and the things that He did. They have a great zeal for the work that they have deemed worthy of the kingdom of God and are ready to perform it, but they do not follow the Lamb. The Lamb of God walked this earth contrary to the ways of Adam. He did not seek the wealth of the land or the prominence of the people. He rebuked that which was highly esteemed of man and cursed hypocrisy. He did not conform to the accepted principles and practices, He did not desire large audiences and He did not accept the praise of spirit or man. His sheep follow Him wherever He leads. They do not pick and choose where they should go or how they should go. He leads them in the path that they should walk and they follow. They are comforted by the great cloud of witnesses who have walked in the footsteps of the flock for the way leads to the shepherds tent. Even when He has led them into the valley of the shadow of death, they fear no evil because His rod and His staff comfort them. They shall not hear another man’s voice nor the voice of the stranger. They hear the voice of many waters and great thunders and follow because they have been given an ear to hear. They hear the Word of God by His Messenger who proclaims to them the words of the everlasting gospel which reminds them of their home, the love of their Father and the time when the feasts of booths shall be over and the jubilee realized.
These also have not been defiled with the woman. Their garments have not been tainted or blemished even though these first fruits have dwelt in the nation of Israel they have not been defiled with the sin of Israel. They are in the nation but not of the nation. These are they who are the treasure hidden in the field and the pearl concealed in the shell but they have no part in the fornication and the abomination that made the house of Israel desolate. They cannot become defiled because there is nothing that can separate them from the love of God. They cannot be defiled because they have been born of a seed that cannot be corrupted and they cannot have any guile in their mouths because they are without fault before the throne of Gd. They are His people and His bride and since He cannot deny Himself they could never be defiled or unfaithful.
“Here is the patience of the saints. Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ”.
Each and everyone of the redeemed of Jehovah have patience because they have the Spirit of God. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22), the child of grace walks worthy of the King in all long suffering (Eph. 4:2) is strengthened by His glorious power unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness (Col. 1:11) and have been clothed upon with it for the work of the ministry (Col. 3:12). Without this quality, they could not keep the commandments of God. If these attributes were not present then it would be evident that the Spirit did not dwell within and it is by the Spirit that the children walk in all the statutes of God. They do not walk in the flesh, they walk by the faith of Jesus Christ. They have been created in Him unto good works, they have been energized and effectually caused to walk by the Spirit and they are the willing people of God by reason of He who works in them both to will and to do His good pleasure. Therefore each and everyone of the elect family runs the race with patience and being raised up together with Him and clothed upon in righteousness they sing the song of deliverance, saying, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honour, glory and blessing” (Rev. 5:12).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 21, 2012