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Zephaniah 3:9

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language that they may call upon the name of Jehovah to serve Him with one consent.”

The word of the Lord had come to His servant as a testimony to the truth of His righteousness and His mercy. He proclaimed that in His time He would be both the salvation of His people and the judge of all the earth. He would take a candle and search out those who would dare to impugn His perfect Holiness by saying; “Jehovah will not do good neither will He do evil” (1:12). “This is that rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly and said in her heart, I am and there is none besides me” (2:15). It is that great whore that sits upon many waters, drunken with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus (Rev. 17:6) She has said, “I sit as a queen and am no widow and shall see no sorrow” (Rev. 18:7). This is the city which became spiritually Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8) and Babylon which is destroyed. She is as Sodom to the Lord and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah for “an horrible thing, they have committed adultery and walk in lies, they strengthen the hands of evildoers that none doth return from his wickedness” (Jer. 23:14) therefore He came forth, in His day, riding the white horse conquering and to conquer and out of His mouth went the two edged sword, the Word of the Lord.

At the same time the haven of the sea was made the dwelling place for His flock. The remnant of the house of praise (Judah) is fed there by the tent of the Shepherd as they walk in the footsteps of the flock (Song 1:8). Here they lie down in the evening for Jehovah their God has visited them and turned away their captivity (2:7). Even though all these works were completed from before the foundation of the world yet there remained from the time of this prophesy 650 years before the manifestation of this finished work of God. Therefore he commanded His people to “wait ye upon Me, saith Jehovah, until the day that I will rise up to the prey” (Zeph. 3:8).

The promise of God to the King of Peace (Solomon) was that when the people sinned and called upon His name He would hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land (I Kings 8:29ff & II Chr. 7:14). This was nothing new for God has always been merciful to His people that call upon His name but not according to the lips of Adam. The nation of Israel had many who called themselves by the name of the Lord and ascribed themselves to the name of Jacob but these were not the children of grace who are called by His name. Many of the nation drew nigh unto the Lord with their mouths and with their lips they did honour Him but their hearts were far from Him and the fear of Him was taught by the precepts of man (Is. 29:13). These have the heart of stone, are carnally minded and have not the Spirit of God dwelling within; therefore they are none of His (Rms. 8:9).

But unto His elect nation, the Israel of our God, He has given a pure language wherewith they may call upon His name. The mind of Adam does not know the name of ‘Jah’ and his tongue cannot call upon Him aright but unto redeemed of Jehovah is given in the inner man a polished, purged and purified tongue. This is the voice of the Spirit and He speaks aright that name above every name, Jesus, (Jehoshuah) Jehovah’s salvation.

His name has been for all eternity, the Mighty God, the Eternal Father and the Prince of Peace. He is Jehovah God and He is One, He in the Father, the Father in Him and in His people. This is a secret and wonderful name that is the name that is better than the sons and daughters of natural Israel for it is an eternal name that shall not be cut off (Is. 56:5). It is a name far more excellent than the angels (Heb. 1:4) and is the only name whereby His people are delivered from the bondage of the corruption of sin.

It is a name of power and might for by it every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess to God before the judgment seat of Christ (Is. 45:23 & Roms. 14:1). His name is the Salvation of Jehovah and His word has gone forth from His mouth and has not returned unto Him void. His Word, that two-edged sword which proceeds from His mouth, has accomplished all that he has sent forth to be done (Is. 55:11). Therefore the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us has declared, “It is finished”. This is the testimony of Jesus Christ.

This is the name of the Most High God which mortal man cannot speak. Many have speculated about the name and great arguments have ensued about its origin, spelling and pronunciation. These are arguments about words and do not edify the church. If one has been taught of the Spirit of God to know that this name is the name of the Sovereign of the universe who works all things after the counsel of His own will and that He, according to His eternal love for His chosen people, has redeemed them by the power of His own blood, then it matters not how the stammering lips of Adam pronounce the arrangement of the letters of an ancient alphabet. He is called by His name by His people. The fact that God spoke the name to Moses and told him to repeat it to the nation of Israel should indicate that it is a real name and can be pronounced without fear of judgment, yet the perfect Holy name of God cannot be properly enunciated because of the fallen nature of Adam. The Psalmist is given the Word of the Holy Spirit to instruct the beloved to praise the name of ‘Jah’ and call Him by name (Ps. 68:4) but the tongue of flesh and blood can neither form the word nor understand the meaning thereof. Therefore He, Jehovah God, has turned to His people a clean language from a pure tongue that they may accurately and properly call upon His name.

This was made manifest in the end of time when God poured out His Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:18) and they prophesied in His name. This was the time of the sounding of the seventh trumpet of God when the mystery of God should be finished (Rev. 10:7) as testified by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:16). This day of the trumpet is further testified to in the work of the apostle to the Gentiles as they that were ordained unto eternal life gladly received the Word of truth. The time had come to pass that the covenant was confirmed with many, the daily sacrifices and oblations ceased (Dan. 9:27) and many sons were brought unto glory (Heb. 2:10) by the manifestation of the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. Now out of every nation, every tribe, every people and every tongue, those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, awoke from the sleep in Christ at the command of His voice. The Holy city Jerusalem shook off the dust of Adam, the type of weak and beggarly elements of this world, and arose to meet Her Lord and Beloved Husband (Is. 52:1f). Herein the church of Jesus Christ was revealed as a Bride who had been prepared for her husband. No longer was she arrayed in woven cloth dyed red with the blood of bulls and goats, no longer was the altar ablaze with the flames of judgment against the sacrifices and no longer was there a separation between her and the Holiest of all, for the marriage feast of the Bridegroom had come and the sacrifice had been completed. At the same time that she was brought unto the table prepared for her in the presence of her enemies, so those who had no oil, no anointing of the Spirit of God for they are workers of iniquity, are cast out. The doors are shut, banquet seats are full and those who are none of His are excluded from the feast. The Bride has been sealed by the name of the Father in her forehead (Rev. 14:1 & 7:3) she had been given a new name (2:17) and it is the name of her God and the city of her God (Jerusalem Rev. 3:12). She had been given to sing the song of Moses, the song of deliverance, and the song of the Lamb, the song of redemption, saying;

“Great and marvelous thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true thy ways, thou King of the saints who shall fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name for only thou art Holy. All nations shall come and worship before thee for thy judgments are made manifest” (Rev. 15:3)

The natural man cannot learn this song no matter how many lessons he attends in the most prestigious schools of this world. No man can learn this new song that is sung before the throne of God save those redeemed from the earth out of the tribes of national Israel (Rev. 14:3). It is the song of praise unto our God and is the gates of the New Jerusalem whereby the sheep of the Lord go in and out (John 10:3) as they are led by Him. He is the gate, the porter and the Shepherd. He is the way, the truth and the life.

One who is born from above by the power of the Spirit with that incorruptible seed, speaks the native tongue of the homeland. They are assigned a time of habitation and limitations thereof as they travel through this barren land but their affections are set on things from above. They long to hear the songs of Zion and to enter into that rest where they are delivered from the bondage of the corruption of the body of this death. When it pleases the Father, who has separated them both from the womb of their natural mothers, as He did Jacob and Esau, and also from the womb of Mother Jerusalem, which is from above the mother of all the elect, they call upon the name of the Salvation of Jehovah because there is no other name given in heaven whereby ye must be delivered (Acts 4:12). When His Spirit reveals the commandments to the child of grace they are slain by them and found guilty before the law of God. Here the Spirit bears witness with the Spirit of the inward man, who delights after the Law of God, that he is a child of God. Therefore, being redeemed from under the law and having received the adoption of sons, because they are the sons of God; “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, “Father, Father“” (Gal. 4:6).

Unto whosoever, then, elect according to the foreknowledge of God, through the sanctification of the Spirit, has He given a pure language that they may cry out to Him and call upon His precious name, thereby being delivered from the condemnation of the Law and Commandments. It is not because of the preaching of man or the audient faculties of the flesh that man hears the voice of the Son saying “come ye out and be ye separate” (II Cor. 6:17). It is not according to the will of the flesh that the dry bones of that valley did come together and live (Ezk. 37) and it is not with the tongue of Adam in the dialect of Israel, Ashdod, Rome, Grease or any other language of Canaan that he calls upon the name of Jehovah God and is delivered.

Adam is a man of unclean lips, polluted hands, limited understanding and vain imaginations. The child of grace speaks the precious and True Word of God without spot or blemish to the Praise of His glory of God. No longer are the people of the Lord ashamed of all their doings as they were under the ministration of condemnation, wherein they transgressed against the Lord, for He has taken away out of the midst of them all that rejoice in pride. Every mountain has been made low and every valley has been exalted and the haughty have been debased because of the Holy mountain of God. No more shall there enter in any that defile or make unclean. The blaze of the sun of the commandments does not shine upon the Israel of our God for the glory of God and the Lamb is the light thereof. Each and every inhabitant of the kingdom trusts implicitly in the name of Jehovah God for it is their name. Even though they are a poor and afflicted people in this world, yet do they wait upon the Lord, for when He shall appear they shall be like Him. They rejoice evermore by the Spirit within and in everything they give thanks for this is the will of God.

“Come house of Jacob and let us walk in the light of Jehovah” (Is. 2:5)

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 9, 2013