“And I turned and lifted up mine eyes and looked and behold a flying roll.”
The Word of Yehovah came to His servant Zechariah (Yehovah remembers) in the second year of the captivity under Darius the Mede. This corresponds with a time about 20 years short of the 70 years of captivity as proclaimed by the prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 25:11). Soon this same King would issue the edict to return and rebuild the Temple. But Yehovah God still sent forth His Word to His people concerning the revelation and the meaning for their captivity and their immanent deliverance; “Yehovah has a sore displeasure with your fathers” (1:2). The fathers here spoken of could of course be in reference to the former leaders of Israel and their lack of obedience to the Law of God but such an absolute conclusion raises more questions than answers.
The children are not held accountable for the deeds of the fathers unless the father in question is Adam. In his inability to obey the commandment of God in the garden is the manifestation of the nature and characteristics of his seed as God created them. He could not refrain from lusting after the fruit that his wife gave to him for by that one act, sin was ordained to enter into the world and death by sin. Even though he did not possess the knowledge of good or evil yet he lusted after the fruit and desired to be wise, therefore, having done neither any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, Adam acted as decreed of God and he did take and eat.
The controversy that Yehovah God has with the fathers is not to say that he who bore us was untoward and therefore God is taking it out on his children. It is to say, that Yehovah God is sore displeased with the nation of Israel which stands as the type of the natural man who cannot receive the things of truth, neither can he be obedient to the Word of God. The example, given in the type, demonstrates that God has shown forth His long-suffering to all of His creation, especially the nation of Israel, as He manifests Himself in the things that He has made; “because that which may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shewed it unto them. The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood b y the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rms. 1:19). Yet if further demonstrated that no matter what is shown unto the natural mind, heard by the natural ears or seen with the natural eyes, yet man cannot come to the knowledge of the truth.
The Messenger of Yehovah came to Zechariah to show him the Testimony of Jesus Christ as seen in Joshua the High Priest. He was adorned in the filthy rages of the sin of His people for He was the propitiation for their sin. He was the scapegoat upon whom the sin was imputed, He was the fit man who removed that sin into the uninhabited land and He was the Lamb slain. He stood before the throne of God being complete in all that He suffered and the righteous judgment of God was satisfied in a finished work. He was given a change of raiment as the sin of Jacob in Adam was removed and the Lamb was identified as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Then the Messenger of Yehovah, which is the One upon the mountain who proclaims glad tidings unto His people (Is. 52:7) as that angel which did “fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people, saying, Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of judgment is come, and worship Him that made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of waters” (Rev. 14:6) comes to Zechariah and awakens him as one is awakened out of his sleep. There was no star gazing astrology; there was no researching of the old writings or consulting the ancients of man as the Spirit of Yehovah God revealed the truth to His servant. He showed Zechariah that there is a perfect light that is complete and forever shines which is the light of the world. This light has seven lamps and seven pipes leading to the lamps which are constantly filled with the oil from the two olive trees.
This perfect eternal light is not of the earth, nor of the will of man, nor of the power of the flesh and though it is ‘sown in the confusion by mixing’ (Zerub-babel) of this world yet is it completely the work of God. He and He alone has sent forth this perfect Light of the World into a world that lies in darkness. He appointed this light for His people who are in the world but not of the world for Adam loves the darkness and the deeds of man are evil (John 3:19) but the children of the Israel of our God walk in the light thereof.
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerub-babel you shall be a plain and He shall bring forth the headstone shouting; Grace, grace unto it.” (4:7).
This is that great burning mountain of the one who would ascend into the heavens and make himself as God. He is the created covering cherub whom God has created and established as a murderer from the beginning and the father of all lies. He was created beautiful and iniquity was found in his heart by reason of that very same beauty. He was in the heavens in the presence of God, gathered together with the hosts of heaven and being wiser than Daniel, he was cast out to roam to and fro upon the face of the earth.
He is not an independent agent who has set forth in a search and destroy mission, he is the servant of the Most High God. He is lead about by the Will of the Lord God Omnipotent by the hooks in his jaw (Ezek. 29:4) as the rod of His wrath and the staff of His indignation (Is. 10:5). He is the accuser of the brethren and he has been cast out of heaven for there is now no condemnation unto them that are in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. He withstood the sacrifice for sin and was rebuked by Yehovah God, therefore are his subjects the inhabitants of the world and the seed of the serpent his children.
He, who is exalted in his heart and would make himself to be God yet he is a man, has been brought low. He is the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience, and he answers to the Lord God Almighty. The revelation of the abasement of the exalted one is part and parcel to the testimony of the “two anointed ones that stand by the Master of the whole earth” (4:14). They speak of the power of the Sovereign God over all and glorify His name. He is the King of kings and He alone is seated upon the throne in the heavens. He rules over all His creation to ensure that, by the power of His will, as He has spoken so it shall come to pass. He is not influenced by the conduct or intentions of man and His decree is not altered or amended by the prayers and supplications of man no matter how devout and religious he or she may be. “Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready; and to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints”(Rev. 19:6).
“Then He said unto me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole earth; for everyone that steals shall be cut off as on this side according to is and everyone that swears shall be cut off as on that side of it” (5:3).
The curse, as given in the garden, is upon the entire earth and all descendants of Adam. He was formed from the dust of the earth and “shapened in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5). God concluded all (shut up) unto sin before the foundation of the world therefore there is none righteous, no not one. Adam saw the fruit that God forbade him to eat and he desired it more than life. He took that which was not his and he used it for his own personal pleasure in hopes of improving upon that which God had created. He esteemed the work of God incomplete and inferior as his ears and mind were opened to the logic and persuasion of the most subtle creature that God had created. IN his disobedience to God and his attraction unto the creature more than the Creator, Adam demonstrated, again, that he was performing as he was intended to perform according to the perfect will of God.
Was this contrary to the eternal will that God had purposed in Himself before the world began? Was Satan’s fall from his first estate a result of a revolution in heaven or the divine will of God? Was Adams conduct a test to see how the matter would fall out so that God could decide on plan ‘A’ or plan ‘B’ depending on the outcome? This is how the doctrine of Adam attempts to explain things. He cannot comprehend that the eternal will of God and His two anointed witnesses should include the wickedness of man but how can He be a Sovereign God and not in complete control of all these things?
“God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He not said, and shall He not do? Or has He spoken and shall He not make good?” (Num. 23:19) and “I have said in my haste, all men are liars” (Ps. 116:11) is the testimony of the Spirit of Holiness. Adam is incapable of speaking that which he does not know and unless the Spirit of Truth reveals Himself to the children born from above, no man can know the truth and therefore Adam cannot be free. The wickedness and ungodliness of man is measured out by the hand of God and has been sent forth to do His bidding. This resemblance is through all the earth that all things have been granted, appropriated and assigned in the exact quantity and quality commensurate to the need which God has afore ordained; “I Yehovah do all these things” (Is. 45:7).
This flying book which the servant of God saw was the book of remembrance of Yehovah. He wrote all tings in the book that should come to pass in His creation at their appointed times which He purposed in Himself before the foundation of the world. This book is written within and without and there remains no more room for anything to be added; nor can anything be detracted. All that God intended to do is set forth and established fast and true as He has recorded it ‘in the volume of the books’ as a testimony to His will and His immutability. That which was purposed is that which is willed and all the intent of His heart is perfectly performed by the power of that same will. There is no permissive will and decreed will for He is singular in purpose and performance and there is none other.
“I will bring it forth, saith Yehovah of Hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief and into the house of him that swears falsely by My name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house and shall consume it with the timbers and the stones thereof” (5:4).
This curse written in the flying book does not happen by chance or in a random manner. It is by the ordained will of Yehovah God that it exists and that it is manifested in time. Many will say that man sins because of the sinfulness of his heart but none of the children of Adam will ever acknowledge the fact that God works ALL THINGS by the power of His will, even the curse written in the book.
Nor has God simply set forth these things as a consequence of the actions of man. He has not given an ultimatum to the children of the dust in case they misbehave or fail to measure up to the standard of His Holiness. He has ordained the curse of the ground to enter into the dwelling place of Edom and to remain there. He has made the natural man dependent upon the things of the world and placed the desire for these things in his heart and mind. Therefore he is drawn away after the natural needs of the body. He is concerned with what he should eat and what he should wear as he daily tries to sustain that which is perishing with the temporal things of this existence which are themselves, growing old and fading away, like a garment.
No amount of religious service, devotion or meditation can purge the body of this death from the inability that is his inherent nature. The wood and stones of this tabernacle are of the earth for it is an earthen vessel. The works which he does are esteemed as wood, hay and stubble before the works that the hands of Zerub-babel has done and all these were finished before the foundation of the world. Man builds his dwelling place upon the foundations and base of those things that are familiar to him. He does not know that Rock which is Anointed and he cannot do those works which alone belong unto God.
God has also put the things of this world into the mind of man so that he cannot find out those works which God has done. The curse of the ground is manifested in the nature of man and is demonstrated in his labours, which he has been assigned by the Author of the book of the curse. When the time of the habitation of each man is completed, every man in his order, then shall the books be opened and every man judged by those things written in the books (Rev. 20:12). This judgment is not to determine if the works were good or evil but rather to identify the work that is of man and to show how that it has been consumed by fire.
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (I Cor. 3:13)
The Refiner’s fire is the furnace of affliction wherein He has chosen His people. He is not refining Adam to make him suitable for heaven; His flame is refining and revealing the truth within. Herein is the precious living stone of that inner man that has been predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. This is that man born of incorruptible seed who has been created in Christ Jesus unto good works. The fire of the furnace can never tarnish that which cannot be corrupted any more than that which is fuel for the fire can escape being consumed by the flames.
This ‘booth’ which the children of grace inhabit from year to year during the time of their habitation is formed from the corruptible things of this world (Zech. 14:16). God has planted His seed in this corruption, which He has cleansed by the shed blood of the Lamb making it a suitable habitation. This is the second Adam who shall never see corruption nor perish for he is “sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ” (Jude 1). This is that inner man, who is “renewed day by day” (II Cor. 4:16) as he is “strengthened with might by His Spirit” (Eph. 3:16) for he “delights in the Law of God” (Rms. 7:22). This is that Tabernacle not made with hands wherein God dwells with His people.
The work that His people have been created in Christ Jesus unto is performed by the Spirit within for it is “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts” that the Temple of the Holy Ghost exists and continues. His people are His workmanship, He has placed His Spirit within, causing them to walk according to His statutes as he who has begun this good work shall continue it unto the day of the coming of the Lord with all His saints. The second Adam is not a remake of the first Adam.
“Then I lifted up mine eyes and looked and, behold there came two women and the wind was in their wings for they had the wings of a stork and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven” (5:9).
The ‘ephah’ represents a measured amount. The sins of the people of Israel were an exact measurement as they were imputed unto the scapegoat and the blood of the living goat was equally an exact amount to atone for their sin. The Lamb was not slaughtered or butchered in such a way as to spill any blood upon the ground that was intended for the altar nor was there any blood remaining after all was completed. “Has He smitten Him as He smote those who smote Him? Is He slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by Him? In measure, when it is discovered you will contend with it (He stayed the rough wind in the day of the east wind) by this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged and this is the fruit to take away his sin; when He makes all the stone s of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and the images shall not stand up” (Is. 27:7ff).
The wickedness of this world is also in an exact measurement in perfect accordance with the divine will of God. He has sent forth His witnesses into this world wherein they testify to His house in the land of Shinar (the country of two rivers). There is and always shall be a city whose builder and maker is God. This city is not of this world and shall never be polluted by the tools of Adam, for they are abominations before God. Nothing shall ever enter into this city set upon the mountain of Israel that loves or makes a lie; this is Adam and the children of the Devil. Only those whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb shall enter in through the door, which is Anointed, for they are His sheep and they follow Him.
The first Adam was made alive by the power and will of God. His form was made from temporal matter and his habitation was restricted. He accomplished all that God gave him to do and by him ‘many be dead’. The second Adam is a quickening spirit. His form is the visible image of the invisible God. In Him the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily and by the power of God He has accomplished all that the Father has given Him to do. He has fulfilled the law in all righteousness and has abolished the handwriting of ordinances, nailing them to the cross. He endured the contradiction of sin for His people that they may be partakers of His glorified, resurrected body. Thus until the time of this habitation be over, the creature, that inner man, groans within for the vanity without as he awaits the day when the son of God shall be made manifest and he shall be like the son of God not the son of Adam. This is the adoption, for we shall all be changed.
The house which Zerub-babel has built is the New Jerusalem. Her foundation is laid upon the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and he has builded her. Her walls are the salvation of her members and her gates are praise unto her God. She has been adorned in the righteousness of her Beloved and she is complete in Him. Each of her members has endured the trails and tribulations meted out to them for the perfection of the saints as they, being fitly framed together grows together unto an Holy Temple of the Lord (Eph. 2:21). This house has no place for the first Adam and not one of the sons of God shall be excluded from this dwelling. This is the tabernacle of God with His people wherein He abides with them and they with Him.
“And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar and it shall be established and set there upon her own base” (5:11).
The land of Shinar is not some distant isolated place where nomadic tribes wonder amidst sand storms, it is the dwelling of this habitation. Here the two rivers flow side by side and corruptions coexists with incorruption. It is the place where the natural man trust what he can see while the spiritual man walks by faith; the foolish carnal heart is enmity with God and the heart of flesh delights in the Law of God; the feet of the natural man follow after the needs of this frail being walking in the darkness of ignorance while the just walk in the light of the Lord. In this land there exists the counterfeit representation in types and foreshadows while the reality of truth dwells within and all according to the exact measure of the wise and Master builder.
During the time of this habitation, the desire to do that which is good is according to the second Adam within while in the first Adam dwells no good thing. The first is natural and because he is dust to the dust he shall return. The second is spiritual and though for the time he is made subject to the vanity of this world, yet when the Lord shall return for His servant, when the time of this habitation is over, then shall be the manifestation of the sons of God. The inner man shall be revealed as being like the Son as he was afore predestined to be as the tabernacle of this dwelling is put off (II Pt. 1:14).
The talent of wickedness in the measured amount as prescribed from God is the manifold token of His love for His children. Here in the body of this death they are appointed to dwell as God has properly equipped them with all necessary talents and abilities commensurate to His purpose for their lives as they dwell in the earthen vessels.
Your servant in Christ,
Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 26, 2015