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    THE GOSPEL OF OUR DELIVERANCE

    “He canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained soul—he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation. Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!”

    (Colossians 2:14‭-‬15 TPT)

    And this certainly includes Generation curses so called.( Ezek.18:1-4., .Jer. 31:29-30.Gal.7:5)

    If the cross can break what Adam did ,what is there in what your Father did that can’t be destroyed?

    As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. Know this truth and be set free in your walk in Christ.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 27

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    “And they sang a new song BEFORE THE THRONE (OF GOD) and before the four living creatures and before the elders (of the heavenly Sanhedrin)…” Rev. 14:3 AMP.

    UNIVERSAL REIGN FOR THE OVERCOMERS, continued

    Jesus promised to share His throne, which is the throne of the Father, with all those who like His faithful Apostles were in the New Covenant and had conquered, or overcome, the world, the beastly system of man, even as He Himself overcame the world (John 17:33).

    So we see that the major qualification for ascending to the throne is that of overcoming in addition to being a faithful servant. For to whom you yield yourself to serve, his servant you are; and it is such a one that grants you a throne.

    Hence, the devil wanted Jesus to worship (serve) him that he might grant Him his throne. Above all, those who rule the people must know the laws of God (Ezra 7:25). For they must rule with the mind of God. And do not forget that you can manifest the gift and power of God without the mind of God, even as Judas could cast out devils without knowing the plans of God.

    What are we saying? God’s throne is within His Kingdom. It is a realm for overcomers who have the mind of God. It is attainable even while in the flesh. It is the universal authority of God in the Spirit of righteousness and holiness as empowered by the spirit within to bless the nations (Rev. 22:2b).

    “BEFORE THE THRONE” IS TO BE IN HIS PRESENCE

    “And they sang a new song BEFORE THE THRONE (OF GOD) and before the four living creatures and before the elders (of the heavenly Sanhedrin)…” Rev. 14:3 AMP.

    “This tremendous choir – 144,000 strong – sang a wonderful new song in front of the throne of God and before the four living beings and the twenty four Elders; …” Rev. 14:3 TLB.

    Before moving on to consider the place where the 144,000 are in relation to the throne of God, I would like to quote a few more Scriptures to give further insight as to the location of the throne of God. In Matt. 5:34 – 35 we read, “But I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by HEAVEN; for it is GOD’S THRONE; nor by the EARTH; for it is His FOOTSTOOL; neither by JERUSALEM; for it is the CITY OF THE GREAT KING.”

    So here in the words of Jesus, Heaven is the throne of God, Earth is God’s footstool, and Jerusalem is His great city. Now can we imagine that Jesus was talking of a heaven up in the sky where we need to go to some day? NEVER!

    In the first place, what do you think Jesus was saying when He said “…swear not at all…?” That word ‘swear not’ is the same thing as saying do not make vows that you cannot fulfill or that you will make vows and neglect to perform them. That is why you read in verse 33 that “…ye have heard that it hath been said by them (the prophets) of old time, Thou shalt not foreswear thyself, but shall perform unto the Lord thine OATH.”

    And this is in line with what is recorded in Deut. 23, “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not put off doing what you PROMISED; the Lord will hold you to your vow, and it is a sin not to keep it. It is no sin not to make a vow to the Lord, but if you make one voluntarily, be sure that you keep it,” verses 21-23 GNB.

    So He simply said, “Just say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – anything else you say comes from the evil one” (v. 37). In other words, whatever promises you are making to the Lord, let it simply be as you have said. Do not go further to appeal to a higher authority to prove your point. For the higher authority is the heaven, earth and Jerusalem, which are held in awe by the worshippers of God and are all one in the nature of God.

    They speak of holiness and righteousness and the unchanging realms of God’s nature, but you are subject to changes (John 2:24-25) in relation to your promises which is the nature of the evil one.

    Paul, therefore, in emphasizing the absolute truth in us in relation to the Gospel we preach as enshrined in the nature of Christ said, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me…, was not yea and nay, but in Him was yea. For ALL PROMISES OF GOD IN HIM ARE YEA and IN HIM AMEN, unto the glory of God by us” (2Cor. 1:19-20).

    Therefore, “whatsoever ye do IN WORD OR DEED, do all in the name (nature) of the Lord Jesus,…” (Col. 3:17).

    “Therefore if any man be IN CHRIST, he is a new creature; old things are passed away…” (2Cor. 5:17). In other words, his old fluctuating character, his unreliable nature ought to cease.

    Now how many of us so called Christians are keeping to our words? How many of us can determine to do anything and be sure with all joy that it is done without giving excuses? How many keep on regretting for failing to do a thing we ought to have done? That is the sure proof of the unreliable nature of the old man.

    HEAVEN – GOD’S THRONE

    It was the tradition of the Jews that no Gentile is allowed to enter the temple of God. That would amount to unholiness. But when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans; they did not only enter but looted and burnt it down, which was a terrible thing to the Jews. Above all it proves that God has abandoned them.

    Therefore, in the lamentation of Jeremiah the prophet we read, “How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in His anger and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not His FOOTSTOOL in the day of His anger,” Lam. 2:l.

    Now what we read in Matt. 5 is that you must not swear, with Heaven or the Earth, for the Earth is His FOOTSTOOL. Again, it is important to observe that you cannot separate the footstool of a throne from the throne.

    Therefore, the rule of God is His throne, which is Heaven resting on the Earth. What we read as FOOTSTOOL in Lamentations is actually the same as the TEMPLE OF GOD; “…on the day of His anger, He abandoned even His temple,” GNB.

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 26

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Rev. 14:1-5. “And they sang a new song BEFORE THE THRONE (OF GOD) and before the four living creatures and before the elders (of the heavenly Sanhedrin)…” Rev. 14:3 AMP.

    So you find that the Ark will not be sought after, because what was in it has been transferred into the hearts of His people.

    And do not forget that the Ark must be found in the temple. When this begins to happen, we are told, “…the Lord Himself will be among you (the Church), and the whole city of Jerusalem will be known as THE THRONE OF THE LORD and all nations will come to Him and no longer stubbornly follow their evil desires,” Jer. 3:17 TLB.

    Now do not be deceived into thinking that we are talking about a so called Jerusalem in the Middle East to which Jesus will come some day in order to set up His kingdom. This Jerusalem we are talking about that is to be called the throne of God is the Church of the Living God.

    The Word says, “But ye are come unto Mount Zion and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem …to the general assembly and CHURCH of the firstborn …” (Heb. 12:22+).

    Now let me quickly say this. You cannot separate a man’s throne from His Kingdom. In other words, a throne is found within a kingdom. That is why we read, “That in those days, when the King Ahas-u-erus SAT ON THE THRONE OF HIS KINGDOM, which was in Shu-shan the palace…,” Est. 1:2.

    So evidently we can see that the throne of God is to be found within a people. For the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17) and is found within you (Lk. 17:20-21; Matt. 12:28).

    Therefore, the release of the authority of God is from within those who have become the very temples of God. It is out of them that the life of God flows to reach the nations. Again we read, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life” (symbolic of the Holy Spirit – “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water,” John 7:38).

    The very same river that broke into four heads to water the Garden in Eden (Gen. 2:10-13),“clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb …And there shall be no more curse…” (i.e. the city of God having God’s throne formally established with the life of God following shall be safely inhabited [Zech. 14:11] “…but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it. And His servants shall serve Him,” i.e. His servant shall worship Him).

    In other words God shall have a place of true worship (John 4:24); and this is what the 144,000 is to do before the throne (Rev. 14:3). “And they shall see His face; and His name (nature) shall be in their foreheads (Rev. 14:1). And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle neither light of the sun for the Lord giveth them light.”

    In other words, they are now before the throne, for they have moved beyond the realm of the Holy Place (candlestick realm), beyond the outer court that is open to the natural sun with the brazen altar for sacrifices, into the Most Holy Place where there is no artificial light except the Shekinah glory of God.

    At this realm of their walk in God, they need no human understanding, doctrines or philosophy as a guide; but the very mind of God as imparted by God’s glory within. “Christ in you the hope of glory,” Col. 1:27. “And they shall reign forever and ever (ages of the ages),” Rev. 22:1-5. Amen.

    UNIVERSAL REIGN FOR THE OVERCOMERS

    “I will let everyone who conquers sit beside me on my throne, just as I took my place with my father on His throne when I had conquered,” Rev. 3:21 TLB. So we find that reigning with Christ requires overcoming the flesh and the old man.

    Jesus promised to share His throne, which is the throne of the Father with all those who, as His faithful apostles, were in the New Covenant and had conquered, or overcome the world, the beastly system of man even as He Himself overcame the world (John 17:33).

    This promise to the apostles was meant to have its fulfillment at the time of the regeneration – Matt. 19:28; Lk. 22:20; 28-30; Tit. 3:5, which really speaks of the time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit right from the day of Pentecost.

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 25

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5. “And they sang a new song BEFORE THE THRONE (OF GOD) and before the four living creatures and before the elders (of the heavenly Sanhedrin)…” Rev. 14:3 AMP.

    THE THRONE OF GOD, CONTINUED

    As we continue our meditation on what the ‘throne of God’ is all about, I would like to give a particular definition here based on Scripture. In Rev. 13:1-2, we are told that, “…the dragon gave him (the beast of verse 1) his power, and his seat (throne) and great authority.”

    We do know, as well, that the dragon, which is the devil, is here being spoken of as having given its authority to the system (the beast) that persecutes the Church. But what is interesting to us here is that the devil has a throne. And it is this throne and the power thereof that he gave to the beast.

    This is what we read in Matt. 4 about the temptation of Jesus, how “…the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, and THE GLORY OF THEM – And said unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (vs. 9-1O).

    This actually speaks of a universal throne (authority) of the devil given to those who obey him. For we read of “…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh IN the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). Now the throne of the devil is spiritual because the devil is a spirit. And with that it would not be difficult for us to understand, as well, that the throne of God is spiritual, for God is Spirit.

    CHRIST ON GOD’S UNIVERSAL THRONE

    In line with the prophecy of Zechariah about Jesus, that the man called THE BRANCH, shall build the Lord a temple (which is what He spoke about in John 2:18-22, the temple of His body after resurrection) “…And He shall bear the glory, and shall SIT and RULE UPON HIS (God’s) throne; and be a priest upon His throne…” (Zech. 6:11-13), Paul said, “The great point of all that we have said is that we have a high priest of exactly this kind. He has His place at the right of the throne of divine majesty in the heavens and He is the minister of the sanctuary (temple) and of the true tent of meeting which the Lord, and not any man set up” (Heb. 8:1-2) JB.

    Furthermore, that Jesus in this position of authority “…regulates the universe by the mighty power of His command. He is the one who died to cleanse us and clear our record of all sin, and then sat down in highest honour beside the great God of heaven” (Heb. 1:3-4) TLB.

    Now you can see that this universal dominion (throne) to which Jesus has risen into through His obedience, death and resurrection (Acts 2:29-34) is what the devil was craftily wanting Him to ascend to through the wrong spirit. The exact thing – dominion that Adam was supposed to have, from whence he fell by listening to the voice of Satan (Gen. 3:1+).

    JERUSALEM THE PLACE OF GOD’S THRONE

    From where exactly is the Christ ruling? Where is this throne located? In Jeremiah 17:12, we are told that, “…There is the glorious throne on high from the start; it is the place of our Sanctuary” (Interlinear Trans). So here we find that the throne is located at the sanctuary. And we are told that God is enthroned, seated between the Cherubs on top of the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant in the Sanctuary (Exo. 25:22; 1Sam. 4:4).

    Now the presence of God on the mercy seat was symbolized by a brilliant light called the Shekinah glory (Lev. 16:2) from which position He determined to commune with His people. Now follow this. Whatsoever housed the Ark of God is His temple (Sanctuary). And the Ark carries the presence of God, the mind and will of God, for the laws were in it.

    As a matter of fact, the Ark was the strength and the life of Israel, for it was God in a bodily shape going and residing among them. But in relation to what God had in mind to do in the latter days as touching the Ark, He said in prophecy through Jeremiah, “Then, when your land is once more filled with people, says the Lord, you will no longer wish for “the good old days of long ago” when you possessed the Ark of God’s Covenant. These days will not be missed or even thought about, and the Ark will not be reconstructed” (Jer. 3:16) TLB.

    Why? Because “…this is the new agreement I will make with the people of Israel (the church of God) says the Lord; I “will write my laws in their minds so that they will know what 1 want them to do without my even telling them, and these laws will be in their hearts so that they will want to obey them and I will be their God and they shall be my people, and no one then will need to speak to his friend or neighbour or brother saying ‘you too, should know the Lord; because everything, great and small, will know me already” (Heb. 8: 10-11) TLB.

    So we find that the Ark will not be sought after, because what was in it has been transferred into the hearts of His people. They can at this stage obey and perform the will of God because it is no longer externally communicated to them, the laws and the nature of God which it represented has become internalized. Therefore, it has now become their true nature.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 24

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    “GOD’S THRONE”

    The Bible makes it clear that the universal God we serve does not sit on a literal throne or chair. The Word says, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heavens cannot contain thee;…” (1Kgs. 8:27).

    Furthermore, the sweet singer of Israel said, “…whither shall I go from thy spirit or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there; if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the utter most parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right hand shall hold me” (Ps. 139:7-10).

    What can we understand by this? It simply means God cannot be located in a particular place because He is Spirit (John 4:24). Therefore, His authority is a universal one, making HIS THRONE a universal spiritual throne.

    The Psalmist in further describing the universality, the majesty and power of the throne of God and His position as the supreme judge over all realms of creation, founded from time immemorial said,

    “Justice and judgment are the habitation (establishment) of thy throne; mercy and truth shall go before thy face,” Ps. 89:14. See also Ps. 93:2; 97:2.

    The Living Bible puts it this way, “Your throne is founded on two strong pillars – the one is Justice and the other Righteousness; mercy and truth walk before you as attendants.” It therefore follows that any true government in the Spirit of the Father, operating on these two pillars, is an extension of the throne of God on earth.

    Otherwise, how could Solomon possibly have sat on the throne of God in Israel if God’s throne is just up there in heaven? For we read, “…Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David His Father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him,” 1Chron. 29:23. This same “throne of the Lord” was called the “throne of Israel” in 2Chron. 6:5, 10.

    So we find that God extended His throne to earth in a typical and unique way then when He dealt with the Children of Israel as a nation. This is clearly the meaning of the scripture, “…thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” Matt. 5:10.

    The will of God, which is God’s government, founded on justice and righteousness, is to be made manifest on earth through a people chosen and anointed by God to serve as His instruments of righteousness. So when we read of God having “…made us unto God Kings and priests; and we shall rule on the earth” (Rev. 5:10), it is a direct answer to the model prayer of Matt. 6:10, which was before the sacrifice of Jesus.

    But here we are to have a people, the royal priesthood (1Pet. 2:9), combining the office of the priest and that of the king in executing the laws and righteousness of God on earth. And with this we find that God’s throne is being established on earth.

    They combined the two fold office of kings and priests, because with their kingly office they execute the laws of God – Justice – and with their priestly office they bring forth the righteousness of God as they that offer the sacrifices that are acceptable unto God on behalf of the people. With this you find that they are also sitting on the throne of God-for-in administration their rod of authority is the two pillars of God’s throne- Justice and Righteousness, accompanied by mercy and truth.

    This is why we read of Christ, the Pattern Son, “…seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens (plural) Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (as Christians, having faith no matter the circumstances facing us). For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. LET US THEREFORE COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE THAT WE MAY OBTAIN MERCY, and FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED,” Heb. 4:15-16.

    The throne of God is the same as the throne of mercy. When the woman whose child was stolen in the night by her fellow woman in the maternity ward approached Solomon for justice (1Kings. 3:16-28), the verdict of Solomon at the end of the day proved that Solomon was actually sitting on the throne of Grace, for the rightful woman did find grace in the time of her need-trials.

    When the news got to Israel, we are told, “And all Israel heard of the judgment, which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do judgment (justice)” (v.28).

    Before I proceed, let me ask this question. If the throne is up there in the far away heavens how can we approach the throne for help? Somebody says we do that by prayer. That is good, we thank God for that.

    But hear the Word of God, “But the salvation that comes through faith says, “You don’t need to search the heavens to find Christ and bring Him down to help you” (meaning His throne is not up) and “You don’t need to go among the dead to bring Christ back to life again. For Salvation that comes from trusting Christ – which is what we preach is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact it is as near as our own hearts and mouths… For it is by believing in his (man’s) heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation. For the scriptures tell us that one who believes in Christ will never be disappointed,” Rom. 11:6-11 TLB.

    People of God can you get anything from this? The man that is sitting on the throne is within us (2Cor. 13:5). It is the Christ Spirit enthroned within, the power of the life of God that energizes and releases life in us to overcome our weaknesses and gives to us the abundant life we are ordained for.

    To approach Him on the throne is a prepared heart void of offence, doubts and unbelief. For God on His throne is “…not far from every one of us (as we have been made to think by religious men). For IN HIM (God) we live, and move and have our being;” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Now to be “in Him” is to be in the Spirit, because He is Spirit where HIS throne is. But you may say, but I am in the flesh, No! The Word of God says, “But ye (you) are NOT IN THE FLESH, BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” (Rom. 8:9).

    The question now before you is; do you have the Spirit of God? Then of course you are in the Spirit – in Him. The difference is, you do not know it and you do not believe in it; hence you can still be manifesting hatred, envy, gossiping spirits, etc., which are the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19+) for that is your faith.

    But if you truly come to know that the spirit you’re made of is the Christ Spirit, all of your old man will die, for you will stand to reject it.

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 23

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Rev. 14:1-5. “2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.”

    Continuing with the words of Charles H. Spurgeon, on exposition of the Psalms, he said;

    “…If Israel when restored and renewed has new cause for rejoicing, much more should the New covenant Israel feel constrained to strike the new note of triumph. Infidels blaspheme, the ungrateful murmur, the thoughtless are silent, the mournful weep, all acting according to their old nature; but new men take up a new mode, which is the divinely-inspired song of peace, charity and joy in the Lord” (Page 455).

    Again, commenting on Ps. 96:1, “O sing unto the Lord a New Song,” he said, “New joys are filling the hearts of men for the glad tidings of blessing to all people are proclaiming, therefore let them sing a new song. Angels inaugurated the new dispensation with new songs, and shall not we take up the strain? The song is for Jehovah alone, the hymns, which chanted the praises of Jupiter and Neptune…, are hushed forever …lascivious sonnets are no more. Unto the one only God all music is to be dedicated. Mourning is over, and the time of singing of hearts has come. No dismal rites are celebrated, no bloody sacrifices of human beings are presented, no cutting with knives, and outcries of lamentation are presented, by deluded votaries (devotees) the names of Baalim are no more on their lips… The foolish chatty and the cruel war songs are alike forgotten; the song is holy, heavenly pure and pleasant…” (Page 181).

    “…Sing a New Song.” That is let us put off the old man, and become new men, new creatures in Christ; for the old man sings old songs; only the new man sings a new song; he speaketh with a new tongue and walketh in new ways, and therefore doth new things… his language is not of Babylon or Egypt, but of Canaan, his communication doth edify men, his song glorify God…” (Page 215); end quote.

    THRONE OF GOD

    “And they sang a new song BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD and before the four living creatures and before the elders (of the heavenly Sanhedrin)…,” Rev. 14:3 AMP. The next thing is the THRONE OF GOD. So just what do we understand by this? Where is the throne of God? Is it just up somewhere in the heaven or can it be located elsewhere?

    Now do not forget that these 144,000 which are redeemed of the Lord from amongst men that are from the earth are singing their new song “before the throne.” We shall understand better what this means as we progress.

    Meanwhile the question is what do we mean, “the throne of God?” The Greek word for THRONE is thronos, while in Hebrew it is Kisse and basically it all means “seat” (1Sam. 4:13) or a seat of special importance such as a “throne” (1Kg. 22:10).

    The application of this word is not limited to the seats of a ruling monarch as in 1Kgs. 2:19; Neh. 3:7, etc., nor does it strictly refer to a seat with a high back and armrests, such as the ones seen in the palaces of African traditional rulers.

    For we can see that Eli while at the gate of Shiloh fell backward from his throne (Kisse), indicating that there was no backrest. Evidently, the Bible shows clearly that all civilizations from time immemorial had thrones; e.g., the throne of Egypt (Gen. 41:40; Exo. 11:5), that of Assyria (Jonah 3:6), Babylon (Isa. 14:4, 13; Dan. 5:20) even that of Israel (1Kgs. 10:18-20; 2Chron. 9:17-19), etc., that were given a graphic description in the Bible.

    So we find that scripturally speaking a ‘throne’ is, therefore, a seat of ruling authority (1Kgs. 2:12; 16:11) or the authority of a King and His sovereignty (Gen. 41:40; 1Chron. 17:14; Ps. 89:44), referring to a reigning government or royal administration (2Sam.14:9) or the sovereign control over a territory (2Sam. 3:10). Therefore, it is a position of honour as can be seen in 1Sam. 2:7-8; 2Kgs. 25:28.

    I herein quote 1Sam. 2:7-8, “The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich; he bringeth low, and maketh up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifted up the beggar from the dung hill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit THE THRONE of Glory; for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s and He hath set the world upon them.”

    So we find that there is a throne called the throne of Glory which the poor can be exalted to in God. We are, therefore, beginning to understand that when we are talking of the throne of God, we should not just have our minds fixed on an arm chair with a foot rest located somewhere up in the sky where God is seated at the center and Jesus Christ at His right hand, perhaps on a lower throne, with nobody at the left hand, or as the Church says, the Holy Ghost is at the left hand. Does that make sense?

    Next will be “GOD’S THRONE.”

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 22

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.”

    Again, the record says, “At that time David began the custom of USING CHOIRS IN THE TABERNACLE TO SING THANKSGIVING TO THE LORD. Asaph was the director of this choral group of Priests,” 1Chron. 16:2+ TLB.

    So considering the fact that songs were meant to inaugurate a new season, can we not see that this new song of the 144,000 that we are about to consider proclaims, in truth, the overcoming and victory of God’s people over the power of the enemy, as we are brought back to our home in Zion and the enthronement of King Jesus, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world?

    People of God, this is the reality of this new song which is informed by our victory and our eventual rest in Christ (on a daily basis) as the spirit of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah unfolds to put under feet all opposing spirits (within us) against the will of the Father for us. And so we find that the ‘harpers’ are many, forming an orchestra to the glory of God as we all join hands, spirit, soul and body to exalt the name of our glorified king in praises. Hallelujah!

    ‘A NEW SONG’ BEFORE THE THRONE

    So what is this New Song all about? First of all, if we look at Rev. 15:1-2, we are told that,

    “…all them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stood on ‘the sea of glass,’

    [This ‘sea of glass’ depicts, evidently, the tabernacle laver (Exodus 30:18-21; 27:3) of the OT, or more directly to the sea in Solomon’s Temple (1Kings 7:23-37); both of which were being used for washing by the priests. However as it can be seen in this new order, it speaks of a fixed state of holiness, both inward and outward. And since it is “before the throne,” it simply means it is the purity that is in keeping with the holy character of the throne of God itself to which we have been called.]

    having the harps of God, and they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the lamb…” Rev. 15:2-3.

    So what is the difference between these two songs?

    (i) “The song of Moses” is the song of deliverance. It is the song composed to celebrate the triumph of Israel over Pharaoh as can be seen in Exo. 15. It is one of the most important thanksgiving Psalms in the OT. “…Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song in honour of God,” (v. 1) JB.

    It starts with the recounting of the destruction of Pharaoh’s army and goes on to describe the power and care of God for His people, the wonders of the Exodus, the conquest of Canaan and the building of the temple in Jerusalem. So here we see that the overcomers of the beastly system are celebrating the justice of God in punishing the wicked persecutors.

    (ii) When we want to talk of “the song of the lamb,” we are then talking of the song of REDEMPTION, which is the NEW SONG. The new song celebrates the new deliverance of God’s people and of the new order introduced by the Lamb that was slain. Therefore, when we look at Rev. 5 we are told of the Lamb that was slain standing upright in the midst of the throne with the four living creatures and the four and twenty elders, each one of them holding a harp and a golden bowl full of incense made of the prayers of the saints.

    “And (now) they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for you were slain (sacrificed) and with your blood, you purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation,” (Ps. 33:3). “And you have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign (as kings) over the earth!” (Exo. 19:6; Isa. 61:6), Rev. 5:8-10 AMP.

    So you find that this New Song is a song of “the redeemed from the earth,” (Rev.14:3b). The earth here is speaking of the ‘world’ of the gospel of John. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah because He was able to overcome death, so that He who was slain is ‘now standing up.’

    “The Lamb … slain” is directly connected to the sacrificial death of Christ by which God’s eternal purposes contained in the scroll are accomplished (Isa. 53:7; John 1:29, 36). In other words, He was qualified to open the contents of the will of God sealed before His appearance; “…lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me to do thy will O God…” Heb. 10:5-7.

    Therefore, when the cry of the angel came “…who is worthy to open the book (containing the secret will of God) and to loose the seal therefore (so that the inheritors can find and enter into their processions)? And no man in heaven or in earth, neither under the earth was able to open the book, ‘neither to look therein. And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me. Weep not; behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof…” Rev. 5:2+.

    Therefore, prophetically, the Psalmist now said, “…Sing unto Him a New Song” (Ps. 33:3); or “Sing a New song in His honour, play with all your skill as you acclaim Him,” JB.

    Prophet Isaiah in adding his voice to this said, “Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare before they spring forth I tell you of them, therefore, Sing unto the Lord a New Song and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the earth; ye that go down to the sea; and all that is therein the Isles, and the inhabitants thereof,” (Isa. 42:9-10).

    Why? Because “…behold I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,” (Isa. 43:19) speaking of our restoration to glory from our previous dry conditions as in Adam.

    I herein quote a few passages from the book, “THE TREASURY OF DAVID,” Volume II, an exposition of the Psalms by Charles H. Spurgeon on the issue of “The NEW SONG:”

    “Praise ye the Lord sing unto the Lord a new song” Ps. 149:1. “The old man hath all old song, the new man a new song. The Old Testament is an old song, the New Testament is a new song …Whoso loveth earthly things singeth an old song; let him that desireth to sing a new song love the things of eternity…, for this Psalm is a Song of renovation. .. If Israel when restored and renewed has new cause for rejoicing, much more should the New covenant Israel feel constrained to strike the new note of triumph.”

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 21

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.”

    THE HARP

    Again, we find in this passage “the harpist playing their harps.” Basically, the harp is a stringed instrument of music. We are told David was skillful at playing this instrument (1Sam. 16:16, 23).

    He gave it a prominent place in the orchestra that was later performed at Solomon’s temple (1Chron. 25:1; 2Chron. 29:25). It could be played by groups, such as the band of the prophets (1Sam. 16:5), David’s family (2Sam. 6:5) or individuals even through the city (Isa. 23:15, 16).

    So we find that the harp as an instrument is a symbol of joy, peace and freedom (Neh. 12:27). For we read in Ps. 81:1-2, “Sing aloud unto God our strength; make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a Psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the PLEASANT HARP with the Psaltery.”

    Therefore, the harp was an instrument of exaltation and praise. It then follows that those in captivity of one form or the other cannot play on the harp, as they are in sorrow.

    This is fully supported by the state of the children of Israel in their Babylonian captivity, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down where we wept when we remember Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song and they that wasted us required of us mirth (gaiety, merriment; joyousness. laughter) saying sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Ps. 137:1-4).

    Can you see it? So we can see that the sound of the harp, which is the symbol of joy and gladness, will cease in times of punishment and judgement by God (Ezek. 26:13; Isa. 24:8, 9); and when one is in captivity, as we have said earlier.

    Therefore, it becomes necessary for those in Mount Zion now with the lamb (Rev. 14:1-2) who have been able to overcome the beastly system and its nature to pick up their harps again to sing the Lord’s song.

    So when we read, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord,” Col. 3:16 (see also Eph. 5:19), it is talking of our expression of joy and gladness as we walk in the liberty of Christ, who has redeemed us from the captivity of sin and the deceitfulness of life as expressed in the carnal man.

    “For the joy of the Lord is our strength,” (Neh. 8:10). “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son. In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins,” Col 1:12-14.

    Therefore I say, “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice,” Phil. 4:4. What am I saying? I say play your harps always, “for the Kingdom of God (to which you have come- Mount Zion) is …righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost,” Rom. 14:17.

    THE SONG IS A NEW NATURE OF PRAISE

    “And they sing a new song before the throne (of God) and before the four living creatures and before the elders (of the heavenly Sanhedrin). No one could learn (to sing) that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been ransomed (purchased, redeemed) from the earth” Rev. 14:3 AMP.

    Before we proceed, let us remind ourselves of the fact that those to sing this new song are those who have “the voice of harpers harping with their harps,” v. 2. So you find that the song followed the harping and something must have happened that resulted in this group’s praise and worship.

    INAUGURATION OF A NEW ERA AND A KING

    Looking at the Bible, we find that this kind of group worship followed the inauguration of a new era and that of a King. For instance when King David eventually restored the Ark to Jerusalem (1Chron. 15-16). In Chapter 16, we are told David appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the Ark of God to commemorate, glorify and praise the God of Israel.

    This eventually became their regular duty, in which occasion he composed a song of praise made up of the fragment of Ps. 105, which recounts the history of Israel from the patriarchs down to their rest in Cannan, the Promised Land. This he handed over to the leader of the singers, Asaph and his kinsmen.

    So the record says, “At that time David began the custom of USING CHOIRS IN THE TABERNACLE TO SING THANKSGIVING TO THE LORD. Asaph was the director of this choral group of Priests,” 1Chron. 16:2+ TLB.

    Here we have the origin of the mass choir in praising the Lord. “…harpers harping with their harps.” Now do not forget that the song they were to sing was composed or originated based on the victory the Lord has given them, showing forth His faithfulness. By implication, it was a song of a new era.

    Again, we see that when Joash was crowned King the same group singing was employed in the service. “Then they brought out the little prince and placed the crown upon his head and handed him a copy of the law of God, and proclaimed him king. A great shout went up, ‘long live the king’ as Jehoiada and his sons anointed him … and the TRUMPETERS SURROUNDING HIM AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE LAND REJOICING AND BLOWING TRUMPETS AND THE SINGERS SINGING ACCOMPANIED BY AN ORCHESTRA LEADING THE PEOPLE IN A GREAT PSALM OF PRAISE,” 2Chron. 23:1-12 TLB.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 20

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.”

    As stated earlier on, the meaning of the voice explains their deliverance from the hand of the wicked one and their long expected salvation in Christ. So essentially we are talking of the language of the overcomers.

    And so the Word says, “…God is so rich in mercy; He loved us so much that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives (the life of God -Zoe) again … and lifted us up from the grave (of sin) into glory along with Christ (when He rose from the grave) WHERE WE SIT WITH HIM IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS – all because of what Christ Jesus did,” Eph. 2:4-6 TLB.

    So you can see that those occupying the heavenly realms with Jesus are the ones that have this voice or language, hence it is coming from heaven. The next thing we see here is that “the voice is like the voice of many waters.”

    The simple meaning of this is that the voice is coming from a multitude of people. It is a language known to a people, only that they are many in number. This is clear enough when we realize that ‘many waters’ speaks of a multitude of people.

    Therefore, when the harlot church was being described to John in the vision, we are told, “And the angel… talked with me saying …come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgement of the great whore that SITTETH (controlling) UPON MANY WATERS,” (Rev. 17:1). And the interpretation to this ‘many waters’ in verse 15 says “THE WATERS which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth are peoples and MULTITUDES and nations and tongues.”

    The next thing we see in that verse is that the voice is “like the voice of loud thunder.” Again, it is clear that what makes it sound like thunder is the volume of the language (voice) because of the number of people that are involved in it. Those releasing the sound are multitudes; therefore, it sounds like it is thundering.

    Furthermore, we can as well understand that “the sound of many waters” and “thundering” are symbolic of the voice of the exalted Jesus Christ. When God responded to the prayer of Jesus to have Him being glorified when He was talking about His death in John 12:20-29, we are told God said, “…then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by and heard it, said that IT THUNDERED…”

    Furthermore, we are told, when John in the island of Patmos identified the voice of the glorified Jesus that spoke to him (Rev. 1:10-15), he said “…and His voice as the SOUND OF MANY WATERS.” It simply means that these people having the thundering voice and that of many waters in Rev. 14, are taking on the nature of God, for now they speak as Him, even as they are now His voice.

    The truth is the “thunder and lightning” are symbols of God’s theophanic expression. (See Exo. 19:9-16; Acts 9:3+.) It is an expression of the Spirit realm visiting the earth realm. And of course we find that He, the glorified Jesus, “cometh with Clouds” (Rev. 1:7); and it is the evaporated and accumulated waters in the sky that form clouds.

    When this accumulated waters is about to break forth again on the earth to continue the water cycle (Eccl. 11:3a) there is this release of electrical charges resulting in thunders and lightning. The clouds with which He comes is a glorified people – the clouds with waters (Heb. 12:2; Jude 14) as opposed to “the clouds without water” (Jude 11-12, 2 Pet. 2:17).

    So when we are talking of “clouds with water” with which He comes, we are talking of a people with not only the anointing of God but also with the mind of God and the ministry of reconciliation.

    Friends, I see a people so equipped at the end of the age coming forth with the anointing and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God rending the air as their voice thunders forth, thereby drowning the confusion that is presently going on in Christendom.

    They shall speak with one voice as a united family, even as they have become united with the Lord, the head. They shall only be vessels through whom He who has the “thundering and the voice of many waters” passes through.

    For we shall take of Him and speak as He has commanded.

    We shall not speak of our own but through the Holy Ghost. (See John 16:14-15). This move of the thundering – clouds of God’s people – equipped with the life of God can best be described as “that great City, that holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God…” (Rev. 21:10-11).

    They shall be as lightning messengers of God, for He “…maketh His angels Spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire” (Heb. 1:7; Ps. 104:4). The witness of Stephen who was full of FAITH and POWER (Acts. 6:8) is typical of what we are saying. We are told those who “…disputing with Stephen… were not able to resist the WISDOM and the SPIRIT by which he spake” (Acts 6:9-11).

    We are told of when he witnessed against the Jews of his day about their stiffneckedness towards the move of God in their generation in Acts 7:1-60. “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth” (Acts 7:54). Above all, as he witnessed before those “…that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15).

    Wow! They saw light, coming out of Stephen, “…he being full of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 7:55). The very light that was revealed in its fullness by Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-2). Oh my! What a glory for these thundering -Iightening – Clouds Company of people! We give our Daddy praise!

    People of God we are onto something. Do not be weary. Something is around the corner that cannot be described with words. It can only best be witnessed.

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    THIS IS APPALLING

    What’s happened in this country (The Church)?

    Jer. 5:30-31 “Prophets preach lies and priests hire on as their assistants.

    And my people love it. They eat it up! But what will you do when it’s time to pick up the pieces”? Msg.

    Jer.5: 31 “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests exercise rule at their own hands and by means of the prophets. And My people love to have it so! But what will you do when the end comes”? Ampl.

    Can this be true of today’s Church? Just wondering if this is the present state of the Church. And if so, what can be done? What ought to be done?

    This is sobering people. We are in a bad season at the moment. God is at the back side of the Church. Man is largely standing tall in front doing his own thing the way he feels pleasing to him and calling it ministry. But there is coming an end to all these falsehood., the end as the true sons of God begins to arise.

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