“After this I beheld and lo a great multitude which no man could number of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palms in their hands.”
The redeemed of Yehovah are revealed to the servant of God and identified as being preserved and protected. This protection is by the commandment of the living God who lives and reigns over all and is contained in all things whatsoever come upon the earth. The children of the Kingdom of God are not tossed to and fro by the adverse conditions and pleasantries of this existence as the inhabitants of this world. These trials and tribulations, which hurt the earth, the seas and the trees, have been ordained to come into their lives for good.
This good is not discernible to the eyes of man and is certainly not pleasing to the well being of the children of the dust. This tribulation comes in various forms and in differing degrees of intensity; therefore it is a great tribulation and it is an essential element in the life of the sons of God as they walk the path of this habitation. It demonstrates the inability of man revealing the bondage of the corruption of this world as it makes evident the contradiction of sin against that which is born from above. Every child of grace is assigned and must endure great tribulation and he that endures unto the end shall be delivered (Matt. 10:22).
The vision given to this servant of God is of the events and conditions in the heavens and upon the earth. Since the redeemed of Yehovah occupy both the habitation of this dwelling while being seated together with Him in the heavenlies, this revelation contains elements of both. They are sealed of the Messengers of Yehovah so that the judgments of God, which wrath is revealed against all ungodliness of man (Rms. 1:18) has no effect upon them as they endure the trials assigned to them for the proving of the faith within. This seal is not an identifier which the natural man can see nor is it intended for Adam. God did not seal His redeemed with His name in their forehead so that the inhabitants of this world would know who they were or that He might find them when He went looking for them. This seal of identification is the blood of the Lamb upon all for whom His precious blood has been shed and that name is one which no man knows.
The natural man with all his academia, like the Ephraimites of old (Judg. 12:6) cannot frame the word for he has not the ability to speak the name of Yehovah aright. God is Spirit and His name is far above the platitudes and utterances of the stammering tongue of Adam and so only those who have been born of the Spirit can speak His name aright. These alone have the pure language wherewith they call upon Him and in the trials and tribulations of this existence, they cry as children to the Father.
The natural man also is deficient in his ability to number this heavenly host. He does not have the comprehension to conceive the number nor has he the words to describe the host. When the Apostle was lifted up into the heavens and saw the vision of the Holiness of God in paradise, he said that he saw things that it was “not lawful to utter” (I Cor. 12:4). He did not mean to infer that a man might be incarcerated or fined if he were to speak of such things but rather that what he saw was not of this existence or of the present. Therefore, “as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” (I Cor. 2:9). What John was given to see was not of this world and therefore “no man could number” this host of redeemed of the Lord.
These stood before the Lamb as He stood, slain from the foundation of the world. They had come forth out of great tribulation and were clothed with white robes. These robes are the righteousness of the saints which is the imputed righteousness of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. These stand with the Lamb of God “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). The new birth is when the incorruptible seed becomes partaker of the earthen vessel afore prepared unto the glory of being the habitation of God. This is accomplished as the outer robes are washed and made white (shinny brilliant) in the blood of the Lamb.
“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel. And He answered and spake unto those who stood before Him, saying, take away the filthy garments from Him. And unto Him He said, Behold I have caused YOUR iniquity to pass from You and I will clothe you with a change of raiment” (Zech. 3:4).
He who knew no sin became the sin of His people in Adam. He took upon Himself the guilt of the violation of the Law of God and their inability to keep His statutes. Therefore He stood before the throne of God wearing the filthy garments. The adversary (Satan) stood there with Him to accuse Him before God but the Lord rebuked him. Because He had fulfilled the Law in righteousness and was Himself without sin the perfect sacrifice for sin, the imputed sin of His people upon Him was taken away. It was not excused or pardoned; it was removed into the uninhabited land, as far as the east is from the west, never to be called into account again. The shed blood paid the full price for the inherent inability of Adam, the habitual tendencies to continue in the violation and the arrogant complacency to the conclusion of these actions.
The outer garments or robes of the house of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb have been washed in that blood and made the righteousness of God. The ‘foreigner’ (Balaam) who was ‘not of the people’ witnessed this beauty in type when called upon by the ‘devastator’ (Balak) to curse Israel as they traveled through the wilderness. These, having been delivered from the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh) and having been revealed as the chosen of Yehovah were revealed in the parable of Balaam; “which heard the words of God, which saw the Almighty falling but having his eyes open: How goodly are you tents (brilliance) O Jacob and your tabernacles (dwelling places) O Israel” (Num. 24:4f). This is not to infer that the nation of Israel is the redeemed house of Yehovah but it is the type and pattern of heavenly things wherein the Israel of God has come through great tribulation and has washed their robes and made them brilliant (Rev. 7:14).
This is not meant to infer that the outer garments of the old man are simply removed washed and then re-applied. The filthy garments were removed “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12) and a change of raiment was given. The children of God have born the image of the first Adam during the time of their habitation when they became partakers of flesh and blood but when they bear the image of the second Adam being clothed in His righteousness. Then when the time of this habitation is complete shall the sons of God be manifested and the tabernacle of this dwelling shall be put off and they shall be like Him. These are the fellows which sit before the Lamb as a conspicuous sign (Zech. 3:8 - wondered at) for the children are for “signs and wonders in Israel” (Is. 8:18) thus they have been raised up together in Him and are made to sit together with Him in heavenly places; “That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6).
“Thus saith Yehovah of Hosts; If thou wilt walk in My ways and if Thou wilt keep My charge then Thou shalt also judge My house and shalt also keep My courts and I will give Thee places to walk among these that stand by” (Zech. 3:7).
The charge of Almighty God has never changed. He told the children of Israel that he could accept nothing less than full compliance to all He commands and that if they offended in one point they offended in every point. He gave this charge in the types and foreshadows of the patterns given in the mount and the natural man was revealed as guilty under the ministration of condemnation. God did not give these instructions in hope that someone would finally keep His law so that He could have a people and a kingdom; He gave this commandment to reveal His perfection and man’s impotence.
The children of grace, however, have the testimony of the finished work in the Anointed of Yehovah as He came and fulfilled the Law in all righteousness (Rms. 8:3f). He charged Himself with the same charge as He gave Adam in the garden and He gave to Moses and the children at the mount. This is also the same charge He set before Joshua the High Priest without exception. Adam could not be obedient to the word of God and neither can any of his children therefore the tablets were shattered by Moses before they even were delivered to the nation of Israel (Ex. 32:19). Joshua is the Word of God which became flesh and dwelt among His people; even now His name is Emanuel as He tabernacles with His people. He being the power and the fullness of God cannot deny Himself nor fail to keep His own commandments perfectly. He is the mind of God He is the Way the Truth and the Life of His people, therefore His people keep the commandments as they abide in Him and He in them.
There are without question conditions upon the salvation of God. The subjects of His deliverance must be of the eternal incorruptible seed which have the eternal love of the Father. These must have been ordained to be partakers of the flesh and blood in Adam who was ordained unto sin. This condemnation in Adam required the blood of the sacrifice of a perfect Lamb before the act was committed and the application of the mark of identity; thus the Potter has fashioned of the same lump one vessel unto honour and one unto dishonour. This work was not an after thought of God in response to what He saw would happen in time but rather the preemptive actions of a sovereign God according to the determinate counsel of His perfect Will.
Joshua is that Priest who sits on the throne as King to rule and command; “and the counsel of peace shall be between them” (Zech. 6:13). He is the High Priest after the order of without beginning and endless days (Melchizedek) who has been tempted in all points like unto His children with the feelings of the infirmities of the flesh and has endured all the temptation which is common to men. Therefore they heavenly hosts sing a new song which no man can sing; “Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof, because you were slain and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation, and have make us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9). God decreed the conditions which He required for the deliverance of His people and He met them, every jot and every tittle without fail.
“And cried with a loud voice, saying; Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb” (Rev. 7:10).
Every child of grace has been redeemed by the shed blood of the Lamb and there remains none to yet be redeemed. This finished work is His workmanship as He has brought salvation unto Himself. The blood of the sacrifice has been applied for the remission for sin and the worthy man who has removed that sin into the uninhabited land has returned. He showed Himself before the Father and is declared clean and thus He who became the sin of His people has been delivered from His sin. The redeemed sing the praises of His name because of what he has done. They do not sign the words to Adam in hopes of bringing him into the fold, they give an account of the hope that is within them, which is Christ in you the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
This is His salvation of His people and it is precious. No man can lay hold upon it and Adam cannot understand it. The preaching of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and His people is foolishness to those who are afore ordained unto judgment but to the prisoners of hope it is the power of God unto deliverance. They have been delivered in Him for all condemnation and they shall be delivered from the body of this death. They live the time of their habitation by the faith of the Son of God and they walk by the same faith. They experience the trials and tribulations of the vanity of this world as the refiner’s fire purges them from the dross of Edom. Though the sufferings of this present time appear grievous yet they cannot be compared with the glory that shall be revealed.
The salvation of our God and of the Lamb is exactly that; it is not the commodity of man. It is glad tidings of great joy to all men not in an universal application but in an all inclusive mystery. Every kindred, tribe, tongue, nation and peoples of this world throughout the annals of time have had a remnant according to grace reserved unto God. This remnant did not continue because of the benevolence of man or his evangelical endeavours. The Messenger of the Covenant which is the Angel of Yehovah with the everlasting gospel (Rev. 14:6) has spoken and His sheep have heard His voice. He has come into His Temple which is His body and He has glorified many. The world cannot identify these for they have the name of their Father in their forehead but Yehovah God knows His Beloved. He has called Her away out of this world and He has spoken peaceably unto Her. Though for a time she groans in the bondage of the weakness of the flesh yet she knows that He is Yehovah God and He does not change. Nothing that Adam can do can separate the Beloved from the eternal love of Her Beloved and nothing done in Adam can do anything to improve upon Her immutable stature in Him.
“But the Father said to His servants, Bring forth the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet” (Luke 15:22).
The father provided all the means necessary for his son to go forth into the country where he “wasted his substance with riotous living”. When the son came to himself and knew of his guilt and shame he was given a mind to return to his father’s house and there to serve as a servant. But the father saw him coming, because he was watching for him and when he was “yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion and ran an fell upon his neck and kissed him”. The son was shown from experience that the people of the land were not his people, the lifestyle of the people was not his way and the substance of the land could not feed him but nothing changed the fact that he was and ever shall be a son, therefore nothing could separate him from the love of the Father (Luke 15:11ff).
The father did not assign penance to his son to show his contrition nor did he send him forth to the river to wash. He covered his son with a NEW robe and placing the ring on his finger confirmed his position as son and heir of the family. He also put shoes upon his feet because they had been soiled with the dust of the earth.
When Jesus washed the disciples feet, Peter protested saying; “Lord do you wash my feet?...You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus told him that whoever is not washed of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah has no part in Him and whosoever has no part in him the same shall suffer the eternal damnation and destruction of the second death. Peter then changed his mind and said, “Lord not my feet only but also my hands and my head”. He had concluded that his walk, his work and his way of thinking needed to be washed and cleansed but Jesus told him that whoever is washed already, that is washed in the blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, need only that his feet be washed. These feet walk the path upon this present evil world but the children are not of the world. He has given His Word as a lamp unto the feet of the redeemed of Israel and a light upon the path that they walk (Ps. 119:105) as they walk in the light of the Lord (Is. 2:5). Therefore the feet of the redeemed are beautiful upon the mountain because they publish glad tiding of great joy from Jerusalem.
John saw the wonder of that which is seen of man in the testimony of the twelve. Twelve thousand from twelve tribes represents the all inclusive and equality of the redeemed of the Lord as they walk this earth. Men can see them and can number them though they do not understand the peace that passes all understanding. But Adam cannot see nor comprehend the remnant according to grace for this is the work which God has made from the beginning. The trials and tribulation which these endure while in the habitation of this dwelling is the demonstration of the love of the Father for whom He loves He chastens. Adam does not appreciate the refiner’s fire because it is consuming the wood, hay and stubble, which is Edom, as it purges the gold and silver in the proving of the faith within. Therefore;
“My brethren count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith works patience” (James 1:2).
“Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which you suffer” (II Thes. 1:5).
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rms. 8:18).
“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” ( I John 3:2).
Wherefore comfort ye one another.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 21, 2014