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Zechariah 3:9

“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone seven eyes: behold I will engrave the graving thereof, said Yehovah of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.”

The word of the Lord unto His high priest and His brethren with Him is to behold the stone. He is not instructing these to become archaeologists and to begin looking for stones and He certainly was not expecting them to bring stones to Him for His consideration. He spoke through His Messenger to His servant as the representative of His people commanding them to look upon the sign that He had given as a testimony to what He had said.

This sign is that Branch that should grow as a tender plant and a root out of dry ground ; He should have no splendour or majesty and men should see no beauty in Him that they should desire Him (Is. 53:2). This Branch was not like the ruling desire of the people (King Saul) who stood head and shoulders above the crowd and was an attractive man. The Branch does not have the attention of the people and when men see Him, He is cast aside as inadequate for the purposes of man and discarded. This is indeed the Lord of glory who made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of the servant and when in the fullness of time He was born of a woman and manifested in the flesh, He was openly despised of men. His doctrine was not of the ruling religious class, He was of questionable origin and His family was of a shunned reputation. The Pharisees sought to trip Him with their questions that they might find occasion against Him and His own disciples were unaware of His purpose.

The Branch was sent of God, being the fullness of the Godhead, to manifest that which was finished from the beginning. His coming was in affirmation of the promises given which were for the comfort of the brethren who were strangers and sojourners in a weary land. yet His existence is forever. He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. The work He was to manifest was that of the Temple that He built, not of the wood, hay and stubble of this world or carved from the stone quarries of the ground, for this was a Temple not made with hands. It is that city whose builder and Maker is God which stands eternal in the heavens which Jesus told the Pharisees that when they destroyed this temple yet would He raise it again in three days ; “but He spoke of the Temple of His body” (John 2:21).

This Temple, not built by man, was set upon a foundation, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. This is the most precious stone that is proven to be faithful and true, not only because He is the fullness of the Godhead and therefore cannot fail in the completion of the work He has assigned Himself, but also because He is the Way the truth and the life. He came forth upon a brilliant horse and in righteousness He did judge and make war. His eyes as a flame of fire and upon His head many crowns (fair mitre) and He has a name written which NO MAN knows but He Himself ; and He was clothed with vesture immersed and stained in blood and His name is the Word of God. (Rev. 19:11ff). This is the foundation stone laid in Zion which He that came forth out of the confusion by mixing of the world (Zerub-babel) has brought forth crying Grace, Grace unto it (Zech. 4:9). It is a tried stone, a precious corner and a sure foundation which is laid with perfect judgment and is fixed in righteousness (Is. 28:16).

NO MAN has sought after, found or chosen this stone though He is ever present. NO MAN has set this stone nor established His rights for He is the Great King over all the earth and since He is set by His mighty hand where, NO MAN can ever move this stone. The Lord God all mighty is the builder and maker of His temple which is eternally fixed and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. He is the headstone of the corner and the foundation as confirmed by the apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20) and the Temple which He built is His body ; therefore the commandment was unto Joshua and the children who stood before Him to look upon the chief cornerstone and consider Him.

This stone, being the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is not the second person of a triune God, as some may infer, He is the fullness of the Godhead and the bodily manifestation of the Father ; “if you have known Me you have known the Father also” (Jn 14:7). The Spirit of the Godhead has anointed Him to preach the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation (Is. 61:1), the High Priest of the profession of His brethren and the great prince which stands for His children (Dan. 12:1). He has the seven eyes of Yehovah which run to and fro upon the face throughout the whole earth to shew Himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him (II Chron. 16:19).

These eyes behold the fullness of His creation without the obstruction of time and oversee (govern) those whom He has assigned to run to and fro upon the face of the earth. They behold every thought, word and deed of the Adversary whom He has assigned to be constantly going to and fro in the earth and running up and down (Job 1:7). They oversee the rising up and falling down of His servant Job (7:4), causes men to reel to and fro and stagger as drunken men at their wit’s end and observes, commands and controls the sin and wickedness of the flesh. As He has brought forth troubles and tribulations, so He also sends forth comfort and peace to the sons of man (Ps. 107:27ff). The eyes of the Lord sent forth His servant to run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, which is beneath, to seek in the broad places and see if he could find a man that executed judgment and sought after the truth for to be pardoned of the Lord, yet he could not find one (Jer. 5:1). He has sent forth a famine into the land of hearing the Word of God “and they shall wander from sea to sea and from north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of Yehovah and shall not find” (Am. 8:12). This is the station of man and the labours assigned by the Creator.

The seven eyes are the eyes of Yehovah (Zech. 4:10). These are upon the stone which is the Rock of Deliverance for His people and that stone cut out of the mountain without hands whereby thrones, principalities and powers are destroyed (Dan. 2:45), “the ways of man are before the eyes of Yehovah and He weighs out all his goings” (Prov. 5:21). Nothing is beyond His sight or can be hid from Him for “the eyes of Yehovah are in every place beholding the good and the evil” (15:3). But He is not simply an onlooker who delights in observing the ant farm of man’s existence ; His eye preserve knowledge and overthrow the words of the transgressor (22:12) and being on the stone with the names of His beloved engraved upon it, His eyes are upon His children unto deliverance ; “I bring near My righteousness, it shall not be far off and My salvation shall not tarry and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel My glory” (Is. 46:13). This is the work of God which He has done from the beginning which no man can find out.

“Who shall ascend into the hill of Yehovah or who shall stand in His Holy place? He that has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity nor sworn deceitfully” (Ps. 24:3)

Those whose heart is complete are the partakers of the new covenant not because they have made their heart prefect before Him nor because they have washed their filthy hands and made them clean. They are complete in Him because they are one in Him, not being born of blood or of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God (John 1:13). These are the Israel of God and He is good unto them (Ps. 73:1). He has given an heart of flesh unto His people whereon He has written His law. His Spirit dwells in each member of the covenant causing them to walk after His precepts and keep His commandments. Yehovah God tabernacles in His people as Immanuel as they walk in the brilliance of His countenance and there is nothing which can separate the salvation of Yehovah from His Beloved. These indeed are men wondered at who are for signs and wonders in Israel ; they love Yehovah with all their hearts, with all their minds and with all their strength because He first loved them with and eternal love ; this Adam cannot do.

These are the called-out assembly of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, sons of God, whom He has scattered as seed into the land afore prepared for them ; herein they become partakers of flesh and blood. Yet He has never left them nor forsaken them for He that has scattered is also He which came to seek and deliver the seed. As the blood of the lamb upon the door post protected the children of Israel in Egypt so the precious shed blood of the Lamb of God protects His people from the wrath of God which is poured out upon all ungodliness of man. He is the Rock of deliverance, the full assurance of their faith and the anchor for the soul, and He has identified His children with His blood sprinkled and struck upon the door posts of their tabernacles. They each have the name of their Father in their foreheads and they delight after the Law of God after the inner man.

It is this inner man who is born from above and as the outward man is perishing daily, unto the quietus of the dust, this inward man is renewed and strengthened by the Spirit of God. The outward man delights in the vanity of his environment and enjoys the fading delicacies of life but the inner man, being made subject to this vanity in earnest anticipation of the deliverance and the manifestation of the sons of God, groans daily as he waits. His hands are clean because he has no contact with the body which is polluted by reason of death or the deeds of the flesh. His soul delights in Yehovah as he longs for the return unto Jerusalem from above and, since he has the right, portion and memorial in the Tabernacle not made with hands, he will not swear an oath against that which is tangible or take the name of the Beloved in vain.

“...Behold I am engraving the graving thereof said Yehovah...”

Time is the creation of God which He commands and controls. He is not restricted by time nor has time any influence upon Him because He is and was and shall be forever unchanged. He has made the engraving upon this stone from the beginning and it remains according to His immutability without additions of deletions since all His work is finished. NO MAN can look upon this engraving and nothing can be added to that which is complete.

The engraving is manifested in type as given in the hand-writing of ordinances as Yehovah gave a pattern of heavenly things. He instructed His servant Moses to fashion holy garments for the high priest for the performance of his duties ; “that he may minister unto Me in the priest’s office”. A breastplate was to cover the holy garment of “fine twilled linen, with cunning work” and the shoulder pieces were to be joined together on the edges. Two pouches were fashioned to accommodate two onyx stones which were placed upon the ephod and the breast plate. The names of the twelve tribes of Israel were to be engraved upon these two pale white or blanched stones ; “six names on the one stone and six names of the rest on the other according to their birth. With the work of an engraver in stone, the engraving of a signet shall you engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel and you shall make them to set in ouches of gold” (Ex. 28:9ff). This engraving was also to be made upon a plate of gold that hung from a blue ribbon upon the head of the high priest which read, “like the engraving of a signet, Holiness to Yehovah” (28:26).

Thus the type given of the heavenly reality was to signify, by a seal, that the Holiness unto Yehovah was the children of Israel. Not the natural sons of Jacob and his wives but the Israel of our God for “they are not all Israel which are of Israel. Neither because they are the seed of Abraham all children, but in Isaac shall your seed be called. That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God but the children of promise are counted as seed” (Rms. 9:6).

This engraving was finished and sealed with seven seals before Adam was fashioned ; when NO MAN existed to perform this work. This was the work of the Father who knows His children and calls them by their name ; not the name which is given unto the natural man in his earthen vessel but by that new name written upon a white stone “which NO Man knows save he that receives” (Rev. 2:17). This is the name whereby the Father speaks to His beloved in the pure tongue of the language of Peace, the same language which He has returned unto His people “that they may call upon the name of Yehovah to serve Him with one consent” (Zeph. 3:9).

When the instructions were finished for the assembling of the Tabernacle and all related items, Yehovah made the ‘ shadow of God ’ and ‘ My Father’s dwelling ’ (Bezaleel and Aholiab) able to do the work which he had commanded. They “and every wise hearted man in whom Yehovah put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Yehovah had commanded” wrought the work and made the carvings as Moses instructed. These men did not have the knowledge before the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and although they had fearfully stated that all that the Lord had commanded they would do, yet they had not the wisdom or understanding to perform these labours. Man can do nothing of himself as everything he is or has comes from above thus before Adam was fashioned, when NO MAN was present, Yehovah God made the engraving of the names of His children upon the Rock of their deliverance. He gave His signet or seal upon that Anointed Rock of all who are “sanctified by God the Father and preserved in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah” (Jude). Thus every name engraved in this precious and proven stone was also indelibly inscribed on the palms of the hands of the Redeemer and sealed by the piercing of the nails.

“...and I have removed the iniquity of the earth in one day”

The ground was cursed in the garden to bring forth thorns and thistles but the ground never sinned against God. Neither is the soil dead in trespasses and sin for any transgression against God’s law or for not living by faith ; therefore there is no sin to be removed. This world is revolving every cycle spinning closer to the time of extinction because it was created finite of God and it shall perform that which it was intended unto by the eternal purpose of God. When that purpose has been accomplished it shall fade away and, even though man occupies the land and commits that which is contrary to the standard of the holiness of God, yet the land is not a sinner.

Once again the mystery of the gospel is set forth even as it was hidden from the beginning. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for true Israel. He has not supplied sufficient blood for every inhabitant who can activate it and make it efficient by reciting an incantation, performing a ritual even though it is sought after with tears. He has engraved the names of His people of every kindred, tribe, nation and tongue upon the cornerstone of the called out assembly in the wilderness, the church of the first born, and He has declared His generation. He removed the guilt of the flesh from His High Priest (filthy garments stained with blood), which is the imputed sin of His people in Adam and He has delivered His people from the inability in the flesh. These being of the four corners of the earth has He made manifest to every man in his order in the time of habitation according to their birth.

Adam demonstrated how that by the deed of one man sin entered into the world and was imputed unto all his seed. This one man, acting after the nature which God gave him, demonstrates the pattern of conduct for every child of the dust. He, being the first, manifests the perfection of creation and from generation to generation, his children continue to walk after his nature. Therefore there is none righteous, not only in Adam but also in every thought, word and deed. Man cannot hit the mark of the standard of perfection and his nature compels him to continue to demonstrate this basic nature.

Adam is a type of the Son of Man who by His one act, wrought salvation upon His people. As every seed of Adam is dead in trespasses and sin so every seed in the Anointed is alive for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life of His people. In Adam all his seed have a limited lifespan unto death as they return unto the dust from whence they were formed ; in Messiah all His seed have abundant eternal life in Him who alone inhabits eternity. He has blessed them with all spiritual blessings and given them all things pertaining to life and godliness sufficient for their sojourning as they endure the contradiction of sin against themselves. He created the heavens and the earth to His glory and honour for His Beloved. He has orchestrated all things to come to pass in perfect precision so that they all work together in harmony one with the other. This is according to the good pleasure of His will and for the good of the called according to His purpose as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His perfect will.

By the one act of the Branch, the perfect sacrifice for sin was offered and accepted. His people were covered and sealed, being sprinkled with the shed blood, sanctified and preserved in Him. The seed was prepared to be planted in the earthen vessels afore prepared to receive them in their appointed time as the inherent inability of the flesh was removed. The dust of the earth was set apart but it is temporal and shall fade away while that which is planted within is eternal. The Branch completed this work of deliverance for the branches in Him that they might bring forth fruit unto the praise of God.

“Abide in Me and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in Me” (John 15:4).

The eternal union of the incorruptible seed and the Father is the source from whence all life flows. This life is the life of the vine and the branches. The fruit which is produced is not of the soil wherein the seed is planted but is after the life within the root. The keeper of the vineyard properly prepares the ground, as he digs to remove nay harmful obstructions and fertilizes to make the soil conducive to the planting, yet no amount of preparation can cause a stalk of wheat to come forth when corn has been planted. That which goes into the ground produces after it’s kind sufficient to the designed yield ; “but other fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold and some thirty” (Matt. 13:8). So is every seed which the Master has planted in earthen vessels and appointed a time of habitation in the flesh.

As the fruit cannot deny the seed so the children of this world cannot deny their father Adam. As he was in the garden so are we today with all ignorance, obstinate rebellion and corrupt imagination. These traits are made manifest by the Spirit within, that Comforter of the Father, as He shows His people the body of this death, the wilderness of this land and the bondage of corruption. The children know that they are carnal in Adam, sold under sin, yet, as the Spirit teaches them all things, they are given hope of the deliverance and the manifestation of the sons of God. All who have this testimony call each other brethren and neighbour (fellow inhabitant of the pasture) in the vine and under the testimony of the fig tree (fruit bearing tree).

There is no room here for the pride of the heart of man or the presumption of holiness by the arrogance of his mind. Each knows the sin for which the Lamb was slain and they understand the guilt that they bear in Adam and are ashamed of themselves before God. They are convinced that there is no hope for them because of the magnitude and consistency of their sin yet in the Beloved they find rest and comfort. This dichotomous relationship between the inner man and the vanity of this world causes the children to hate themselves in Adam and despise the things of this world, crying out to the Father for the deliverance. Therefore, through these trials and ‘ proving through temptation ’ (tribulation) they are assured of their guilt in the flesh, yet these all stand as the manifold testimony of the Kingdom of God for which they suffer (II Thes. 1:5).

The finished work of God from the founding of the world is by Him, through Him and for Him and since His delight is in the Beloved and His desire is upon Her, all these things are for the Redeemed of Yehovah.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God” (I John 3:1).

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 26, 2017