“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.
How Do You Stand With the Lamb? continued
In the real sense of it , you can either be with Christ or be against Him by your actions, attitude, language, thoughts, etc. The truth is even if you do claim to be a believer and you are doing nothing to expand the course of what you believe in, you may end up being against Him; you cannot be said to be with Him.
Otherwise how can you be employed in a factory and you are doing nothing towards the increase in production or output. Of course, you are only a financial drain to the establishment. And with that you are against the progress of the establishment; because your nonproductive posture is equal to a decrease in output, hence a financial waste. And so you are not with the company. You become redundant.
Now let us not forget that the main purpose of the Lamb that was slain (Rev. 13:8) standing up in Mount Zion (Rev. 14:1) is not just to prove His overcoming ability but to take over control of the rulership of all realms of creation as the King enthroned.
As we have said elsewhere in this study, when King Solomon dedicated the temple he had built, we are told, “…And the King turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel and the congregation of Israel stood and he said…” (2Chron. 6:8).
To say the congregation stood, simply means they stood with him, not only in prayer or that they should be prayed for but in total agreement as to what the future of the Kingdom of Solomon holds.
So we are beginning to see that for the 144,000 to stand with Jesus (the lamb) is a clear indication of their total commitment to the course of the Lamb.
THE STRENGTH OF THE WORD ‘WITH’ IN THE GREEK
The Greek word “WITH” is “META” which means “with,” “together with,” “IN THE MIDST OF,” “between,” “in common with,” “the help of,” “by means of.” Looking at this definition, firstly we can see that it simply means that Christ is standing in the midst of His people, the overcomers. And that they and the Christ in their midst are not only to do things in common, but to also advance the course of Christ by His help.
At this realm, the overcomers are sharing a common trait with the glorified Christ because God has “…made us alive together WITH THE CHRIST … and seated us together in the heavenly places in UNION WITH CHRIST JESUS,” Eph. 2:4-6, Inter Lin. Trans.
And do not forget that according to Col. 3:1, Christ being seated at the right hand of God and the Saints being seated together with Him speaks of the place of authority in God as the Christ in the midst and indwelling in His people reign in (with) power. A corresponding scripture to this can be found in Isa. 57:15 which reads,
“…thus saith the high and holy one that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
The above scriptures give us the condition of those who can dwell with the Lord. Those who are qualified to share not only this glory but also be partakers of His grand plan of total redemption as He walks and works out His will in and through them (2Cor. 6:16-18) are all in this high realm of Mount Zion.
Again, looking at Isa. 57:15 from the Living Bible, it says “…I live in that high and holy place where those with contrite humble spirits dwell; and I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant heart.”
By implication those who can dwell with the Lord up there in Mount Zion, that holy place, are those who have abandoned themselves to the course and the will of the Lord. Those whose minds have been totally emptied of everything that is of self and human influence. Those who have had their souls completely renewed in the light of the Gospel of Christ, thereby overthrowing all works of the beast in their lives by the power that worketh in them. No wonder they are termed “Virgins” (Rev. 14:4) for “…they follow the lamb whithersoever He goeth.”
At this level of relationship with the Lamb, we can no longer be speaking our own words, neither do we have any choice of our own as to what we should do in every situation in life and ministry; but such is decided and communicated to us by Him. The best description of those who are with Him is found in John 3:8, “The wind blows (breathes) where it will; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit,” AMP.
For those in this realm, they have lost their mind; now they walk with the mind of Christ. Therefore, they are ‘strangers’ among men both in language, conduct and dealings, etc. For the influence of the communication of the serpent in their souls has been washed away by the Word of the Spirit of life, hence to God they are virgins.
Next will be “UNDERSTANDING THE ‘THOUSAND’ LANGUAGE OF GOD.”
To be continued…