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Zechariah 3:1

“And He shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yehovah and Satan standing to resist Him; and Yehovah said unto Satan, Yehovah rebuke you, Satan, even Yehovah that has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you: Is this not a brand plucked out of the fire?”

The presence of Joshua the high priest is an indication of many things, first of which is the reality of the manifestation of the pattern of heavenly things. This Joshua or ‘ salvation of Yah ’ was standing before Himself as the fullness of all things as the High Priest of His people. There was no separation, in the type, between Aaron and the children of Israel for Aaron was a child of Israel who in the fullness of time was brought forth to occupy his station in life and ordained to perform certain labours essential in God’s creation. No one else could perform these assignments with such perfect precision for no one else was so qualified to both shew forth the pattern of heavenly things while displaying the wretchedness of man in the manner which this son of Levi did. Nor was anyone else suited to set forth the type of Messiah as the ‘ bringer of light ’ (Aaron), the brother of those ‘ drawn out ’ (Moses) of the house of the ‘ joined ’ (Levi). He stood as the word, for Moses could not speak. He showed forth the power of God in the ‘ great house of double defenses ’ (Pharaoh of Egypt) and led the people out of captivity. He alone was endowed from on high with the Word “and he shall be your spokesman unto the people and he shall be to you instead of a mouth” (Ex. 4: 16).

God appointed him as a leader in Israel and as head of the house of Levi. He received the covenant of Passover from the Lord and gave the instructions, in type, of the sanctification of the chosen people by the shed blood of the Lamb of God. And when the children of Israel began to posture before each other, comparing station to station, Aaron took the censer and made atonement for the people; “and he stood between the living and the dead and the plague was stayed” (Num. 16:48). Then the Lord commanded that a rod from each tribe be set in the Tabernacle of the congregation as a testimony from God of His chosen high priest. The name of each tribe was inscribed on the rods and when the rod of the house of Levi, named Aaron, budded it brought forth buds, then blossoms and finally almonds. God testified to the nation of Israel who their high priest was with signs and wonders.

Joshua is the High Priest of the Israel of our God. He is qualified for there is none that seeks after righteousness, no man knows the mind of God and His Spirit has anointed Him the servant of Yehovah. He is the Word of God which became flesh and dwelt among His people. He is identified by the bud, the blossom and the almond, which means to awake, for He is the first-born from the dead.

Joshua the high priest is standing in the presence of God. He is not hanging upon a stake or lying in a tomb; He is standing, “as he had been slain”. The salvation of Yah is He who was slain but is awakened and ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is also not on the earth. He is in the eternal realm wherein no man stands with Him. He made Himself in the form of a servant to fulfill the perfect Law of God and redeem His people from their sin. He has ascended back to the Father where He bears witness of the finished work. He has performed, in perfect righteousness, all the duties of the priesthood, the Tabernacle and the sacrifice and has completed every jot and tittle of the Law. He has also “abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments in ordinances for to make in Himself of twain, one new man, making peace” (Eph. 2:15). Jesus told Mary not to touch Him for He had not yet ascended unto the Father, and Joshua stands in the presence of God having “abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Tim. 1:10).

This One also stood for a people whom He had chosen. He was the representative of a particular group of people over whom He had the station as High Priest for the purpose of intercession to presenting them before the Lord. He was not a graduate from a fine academy who had thrilled the audience with His creative abilities, He was not one who attracted the eyes of man for when the natural eye of Adam beholds Him, “as many as were astonished at You; His visage was so marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of man” (Is. 52:14) it is offended and repulsed by His appearance; “He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief and we his as it were our faces from Him: He was despised and we did not esteem Him” (Is. 53:3).

Yet He stood in the beauty of His Holiness, wherein He finished the work that the Father gave Him to do, not losing any whom He was given, He represented His children, His Bride, His church, His Tabernacle and His Beloved for they are all One in Him. He stood before the throne as the head of the church of the first-born and the Bishop of the general assembly of the Israel of our God. He is glorified in the Godhead as the fullness thereof and having taken His power unto Himself and putting all His enemies under His feet, He stands in the glory of Yehovah as the High Priest of the profession of His fellow heirs of God and the author and finisher of their faith.

He is also standing before the Messenger of Yehovah as the Lamb of God who took away the sin of His people. This Messenger is the One assigned of the Father, being the only one qualified and capable, to preach the everlasting gospel “to them that dwell on the earth and to every nation, kindred, tongue and people, saying, Fear God and give glory to Him” (Rev. 14:6). Since there is no creature created by God, who has created all things, that can perform the work of God, which is that you believe on Him whom He has sent (John 6:29), then this messenger is no man. He is however the Word of God spoken by the mouth of God unto the people of God whom the Father has revealed Himself unto. Thus the salvation of Yah stands in testimony to the Word of God before the throne of God unto the Messenger of Yah who preaches glad tidings of great joy and peace to the sons of God as they sojourn here, being made partakers of flesh and blood.

“And the adversary standing at His right hand acting as His adversary”

Imagine that ! The adversary, Satan, that piercing crooked serpent who is the father of all lies, acts exactly as the Creator created him to act and all that he does is according to the good pleasure of God who works all things by the power of His will. He was not there of his own power nor was he there according to his private agenda. God had ordained in the beginning that this ‘ beautiful ’ messenger, being full of the pride of his heart and thus eternally guilty and condemned before God, should be the “anointed cherub that covers” (Ezek. 28:11ff). He is personified in Esau, whom God hates, and is the accuser of the brethren assigned the duties of trying the saints.

Yet he accused and opposed the brethren, being in Christ, before Adam was created. He stood, as appointed, in the place of authority at the right hand, to resist the head of the house. He was sent to try the house of man in Adam in the garden and to act as the litmus test that proved that man was created incapable of measuring up to the standard of the holiness of God; this he did as an obedient servant of the Master. When the adversary considered Job, the servant of God, his mind was stirred, enticed and empowered to bring railing accusations against the Creator for His love and care for this one chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. He continued in his adversarial role as he withstood the King of peace with his wisdom, authority and splendour but neither Adam, Job nor Solomon were directed or empowered to rebuke him; Yehovah rebuked him.

The wicked one was dispatched in the fullness of time to prove that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Son of God. Many of the evil spirits which God had placed in the earthen vessels at the time when Messiah was here on the earth, testified to His Sonship and power, but the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah would not receive their praise or testimony. Satan, however, did not come to praise Him; he taunted him with the needs of the body, the public presentation and showmanship of a carnal display of the presence and power of God and the subtle prevarication of an easy way to become Lord over the earth. Jesus rebuked him all three times as He stood in the place of authority as an expert witness to testify that He is indeed the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns over all; “Then the devil left Him and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him (Matt. 4:11).

Destruction and the destroyer do not oppose Messiah because of a struggle between ideologies or a conflict of opinions. He withstood the Anointed One, who is the Light of the world, because he is darkness and evil. He cannot comprehend the ways of God for he is the counterfeit representation of the truth. He is the labour of the hands of man by the arm of the flesh. He is the confidence in what can be achieved and obtained by hard work and sacrifice and is the epitome of self-esteem, self-righteousness and self-worth before God. He “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God shewing himself that he is God” (II Th. 2:4).

Therefore Satan stood, where he was ordained to be, for the purpose of proving that Jehoshuah is God by being completely contrary to truth, light and holiness. As he stood there performing as he ought, Yehovah did not bless him for his obedience or praise him for the manner in which he carried out his part; Yehovah rebuked him. God did not call on Adam or Eve to rise up and rebuke the serpent, He took care of that when his duties were finished (Gen. 3:14). God did not chasten Job because he did not put on the whole armour of God and slay Elihu with the sword of the gospel; Job was no match for such an one. The Lord rebuked this impostor who proposed to be in God’s stead to Job saying, “Who is this that obscures advice by words without understanding ?” (Job 38:2). He did not commission Solomon or his son to hunt down Jeroboam and rid the land of this ‘ satan ’ (adversary); He predestined the counsel of the ‘ contention of the people ’ to become the sin by which all Israel sinned in manifestation of the ways of man.

God has not called His people to battle the man who is stronger than they are. He has fought for Israel and has put all His enemies under His footstool and the last manifestation of this is when the body of this death shall be put off in the final hour of this existence. The warfare of the children of the Kingdom is not against flesh and blood. The instruments of this warfare are not carnal and the battle is not fought in the courtrooms, school houses or social media of the times. The struggle of the children is the contradiction of sin against the perfection of Holiness in Messiah; the inner man. The thrones, principalities and powers are of spiritual wickedness in high places and although the seed is engaged in this wrestling yet are they not to take the battle to the enemy. It is Yehovah who fights for Israel and no man can stand against Him; “Your eyes have seen all that Yehovah your God has done unto these two kings, so shall Yehovah do unto all the kingdoms whither you pass. You shall not fear them for Yehovah your God shall fight for you” (Deut. 3:21f).

“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the Messenger”

The wicked one has resisted the High priest of the profession of the children of light, and that before the founding of the world; he has also withstood and resisted each and every person whom that High Priest represented. The High Priest gave no verbal evidence for His works preceded Him and He stood there clothed in filthy garments. Had He been arrayed in fine linen clean and white, there would be no evidence that this one had trodden the winepress in the fury of His anger. If His garments were not stained red, like him that treads the wine-vat, where then was the second witness to this fact; for indeed in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall the matter be determined (Deut. 19:15).

The High Priest stood before the Messenger of Yehovah in filthy garments. He had done the required work in the slaying of the sacrifice, the sprinkling of the blood upon the people, the altar and the Tabernacle and finally the presentation of the blood upon the Ark of the Covenant. In the type the daily sacrifices were accomplished for the nation and the Tabernacle and the people brought forth their daily oblations as directed. The priest would take and slay the animals at the door of the Tabernacle and the blood would stain the ground and their clothes. They would then prepare the sacrifices by removing the inner organs and dung and butchering the meat to lay upon the fire in a particular order and then the fire was applied to present the sweet smelling savor before the Lord. By the end of the day, in the heat of the wilderness, the man who properly performed his duties as the priest of Yehovah would smell of sweat, blood and fire; thus he could not return home before he put off his filthy garments and bathed himself. Then he could return to his common garments and return to the confines and comforts of his dwelling.

On the Day of Atonement, Aaron, after he made reconciliation for the holy place and the tabernacle of the congregation, was to lay both of his hands upon the goat and confess over him all the iniquity of the children of Israel and all their transgression in all their sin. Then he was to set the animal free in an uninhabited land, by the hand off a ‘ fit man ’, while the other goat was slain and his blood poured out for the atonement for the people; “and Aaron shall come into the Tabernacle of the congregation and shall put off the linen garments which he had put on when he went into the Holy place and shall leave them there. And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place (notice it does not say with holy water !) and put on his garments and come forth and offer his burnt offering for the people and make an atonement for himself and for the people” (Lev. 16:20ff).

Therefore if Joshua stood as the High Priest of His people in filthy garments, and this before the foundation of the world, before time and man were created, then His filthy garments must indicate that He had completed the work of the atonement for His people. Since He knew no sin himself but rather became the sin of His people by imputation, the adversary could bring accusation as he resisted the Prince of Peace but there is no condemnation for the Father saw the travail of His soul and was well pleased. The High Priest of the profession of truth and righteousness gave open testimony that He had finished the work completely. Yehovah rebuked the adversary and demanded the obvious saying profession of the testimony, “Is this not a brand plucked out of the fire ?”

Nothing that has been placed in the fire can be immune from the effects of the fire save the three Hebrews whom God protected denying the power of the fire over them. The outer bark of the wood is effected first as the fire consumes that which is seen first. Then as the interior or denser portions succumb to the advance of the flames, the brand is chard and smoking. No one could miss the obvious evidence of the use of the brand or mistake where it had been. So it is with the Anointed One was in the fire (which is the Refiner’s and therefore Yehovah) as; “His eyes were as a flame of fire and His feet like unto fine brass as if they had been burned in a furnace and His voice as the sound of many waters” (Rev. 1:14f).

Yehovah rebukes Satan because the Salvation of Yehovah stood before Him with incontrovertible evidence that He had overcome the wicked one. He overcame His enemies who are under His footstool and overcame sin, death and the world for His name is Faithful and True. As the High Priest of Israel, all His people are delivered in Him and have peace; “therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah: by whom we also have access by faith into the grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Rms. 5:1).

“And He answered and spake unto those that 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. 4:4).

When Aaron completed his assignments in the service of the altar, he laid aside his filthy garments as a testimony to the people that the offering had been accepted. If he went into the Holy place with any impropriety or strange blood, he would have been struck dead on the spot, so, when he emerged from behind the veil, the people knew that God was pleased with the offering. Had Aaron continued in his blood soaked and filthy attire after he came forth, he would have presented confusion before the people for the conclusion would have been that something still needed to be done. When, however, he set aside these work clothes and, after washing himself, clothed himself in his own clothes, then the people knew that the work was done.

The type, of course, is limited in the corruption of the flesh and the finite nature of the creature. Messiah, however, is the Eternal Father who cannot see corruption and is not limited by time. Therefore in the absolutely perfect demonstration of His impeccable obedience to His Law (since He cannot deny Himself) He removed His sin, which is the imputed sin of His people in Adam. He alone is the only ‘ fit man ’ (being the Son of man) to remove the sin as far as the east is from the west and to insure that it is never to be called into account again (Ps. 103:12; Heb. 10:17). He was then adorned in the glory that He had in the fullness of the Godhead before the events for which the sacrifice was made had even transpired or the actors even created. This was manifested in the fullness of time in the last days when God provided Himself a sacrifice (Gen. 22:7).

As Adam, knowingly and of a willing nature without duress, took upon himself the transgression and iniquity of his wife in the garden, so the Beloved became the sin of His bride. Not that the eternal incorruptible seed could possibly ‘ miss the mark ’ for whosoever is born of God does not ‘ miss the mark ’ because His seed remains in them (I John 3:9), but the children are predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son, therefore they become partakers of flesh and blood which is carnal, sold under sin. The precious blood was shed to properly prepare the earthen vessels for the seed which should be planted within and to protect those preserved in the Anointed. Thus the inability of Adam, inherent in the nature of the vessels assigned unto the seed born from above, was covered by the blood and the houses identified by the blood upon the door posts for the blood of the Anointed Salvation of Yah cleanses His people from all unrighteousness.

When the eyes of Adam were opened and he saw his nakedness, he began fashioning aprons of fig leaves to conceal his quilt before God. He never confessed his action nor sought forgiveness for what he did but rather took confidence in the works of his hands. This of course was unacceptable before the perfection of Holiness, therefore “unto Adam also and his wife did Yehovah God make coats of skins and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21). Many have speculated that God slew an animal and gave their skins to Adam and Eve as outer clothing because of their nakedness but whatever this was God gave to them it was indeed a ‘ covering of an hide ’. Job said that when that hide was struck off of him, that he would still see Yehovah God in his own skin and not another’s. Should man then stand naked before Yehovah in his guilt ? Or is it that when the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved, the children each have a Tabernacle not made with hands, eternal in the heavens?

“For this corruption must be clothed upon in incorruption and this mortality must be clothed upon in immortality” (I Cor. 15:53)

Joshua, the High Priest, had His filthy garments removed and He was given a change of raiment which was clean and white. Upon his head was placed a beautiful bonnet signifying His right as the High Priest, the mighty One of Praise (Lion of the tribe of Judah) and the profession of the Israel of our God and the charge was set before Him. Since the head of the house, the elder brother and first-born of the family was declared righteous and His work accepted of God, so also are all that He represents. The removal of the outer covering of man could only reveal the corruption that Adam had in the beginning but unto the Redeemed of the Lord the sin of Adam has been removed and that corruption and mortality have been swallowed up in incorruption and immortality. The residue of Edom is consumed in the Refiner’s fire as the works of man are revealed as wood, hay and stubble as the outer man is perishing daily; thus this tabernacle shall be put off. But right, portion and memorial have been granted to the Bride in the Beloved; “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. 19:8).

The faith of the Anointed Salvation of Yah has been imputed unto all His children who believe in Him for righteousness. This faith is not of man nor of the will of whosoever wants it; faith is the gift of God and the fruit of the Spirit within. Each child of the Kingdom lives by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them and they walk by that same faith for there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism (Eph. 4:5). In the exact same manner and commensurate in degree to the sin imputed unto Messiah so is the imputation of the righteousness of God to His people;

“So when this corruptible shall have been clothed upon in incorruption and this mortal shall have been clothed upon in immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (I Cor. 15:54)

The sin was imputed unto the sacrifice and the High Priest wore filthy garments. The sin was removed from His people and they are blessed that the Lord does not regard their iniquity as the filthy garments were removed from off the High Priest.

The High Priest is adorned with a change of raiment as His whole body is clothed upon with the glory that He had with the Father before time (John 17:5). He told His disciples, “in My father’s house are many dwellings; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,  there  ye may be also” (John 14:2)

Therefore the Bride has a Tabernacle not made with hands eternal in the heavens and she is adorned in the righteousness of the holy ones. Her garments have been washed int he blood of the Lamb and she has overcome the beast by the shed blood of the perfect sacrifice.

“Praise the name, Yehovah; praise Him you servants of Yehovah” (Ps. 135:1).

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 5, 2017