“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.
Again, we reiterate that the primary purpose of God in giving us the Holy Spirit is to be witnesses for God, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES unto me…” (Acts 1:8) and that as we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit in this newness of life, the old Adamic life and its deeds are destroyed.
Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit means a total change of life, a refocusing of our direction from the soul realm to the spirit realm, from God outside to the God that dwells within. From the Jesus of tomorrow to come to the Jesus of today who is alive forever more.
For He that dwelleth is us (2Cor. 13:5; Col. 1:27) is “…Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20) “…whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (Eph. 3:21).
Whosoever is a slave has no authority of his or her own and since a mark on a forehead indicates ownership, it identifies a slave or servant with the ownership of that mark. It, therefore, follows that such a one will have no authority over himself. Why? Because their master is now their authority or head.
That would mean that they have lost their initial head or authority as they are subject to another king. Again, we discover that to lose one’s head is to lose his mind or source of wisdom or control.
Let me give you a simple illustration on this. When Elijah was to be taken away from Elisha by translation, the sons of the prophets came and asked Elisha, saying, “…knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy HEAD today?…” 2Kings 2:5. What is the meaning of this statement?
It is another way of saying; do you not know that your master will be taken away from you today? In other words, don’t you know that your source of authority, wisdom, guidance, rulership, etc., will be taken away from you today?
Are you seeing it? Now if the head that controls the body is taken away, then of course his source of authority is taken away. And that includes his “forehead,” for the “forehead” is contained within the head.
GOD’S SERVANTS ARE BEHEADED PEOPLE
For you to truly be a disciple of God, you must lose your HEAD, that is your initial authority, for the leadership of Christ. And once this begins to happen, to the world and people around you, you are mad. Why? You can no longer reason like them, think like them and enjoy what they enjoy. Are you then surprised that Paul was called a mad man?
” … Paul, thou are besides thyself; much learning doth make thee mad,” Acts 26:24. “Suddenly, Festus shouted, Paul, you are insane; your long studying has broken your mind!” TLB. See 2Cor. 5:14; John 10:20.
What made Paul to be mad in their estimation? The language and reasoning of Paul, who was once a Pharisee of a respected order, has changed.
The man who was supposed to go after the Christians to put them in chains has automatically become a witness for the same course he was destroying.
In their view, certainly enough, only the spirit of madness could be responsible for this. But the truth is, Paul is now the disciple of Jesus. He has received another head, a new authority; and this has influenced his reasoning, behaviours, and conduct. A new personality has emerged from the old Saul of Tarsus that they used to know.
No wonder the scripture says, “…If any man be in Christ, he is a new CREATURE; old things (reasoning, attitude, desires, etc.) are passed away; behold (look), all things are become new,” 2Cor. 5:17.
No wonder the world cannot see Christ today because they cannot see those so called Christians who have lost their minds for the course of Christ.
No wonder we cannot see the revelation of Christ in our lives to lay down the old man. We have not lost our minds. We are still holding to the old ideas of doing things. Our former head, whatsoever it was, is still controlling us; and yet we claim to be in Christ.
No, my brother, those in Christ are new creatures. Stop deceiving yourself. Look at your anger, your language, the way you rate yourself. What occupies your mind the most everyday, my friend?
There is no half-truth, just as there is no half-belief. It is either you are for Christ in your witnessing, or you are against him by your conduct that keeps sending people away from Christ as you keep embarrassing them with your character. I’m sure you are following me.
Can you now see the meaning of the words of Jesus when he said, “…the son of man hath nowhere to lay his head?”(Luke 9:58). It simply means, he could not find a man then to carry his wisdom, revelations, truth, etc.
But thank God today after His death and resurrection, He has been able through the Holy Spirit to find a man, His body – the Church – which is you and I, now filled with “…the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. 3:9-10). Even as He is the head of the Church (Col. 1:18), His body.
So when we read of “…the souls of them that were beheaded (lost their head, mind) for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years,” Rev. 20:4; i.e., they are alive from the dead IN sin and trespasses and alive unto righteousness in Christ on a daily basis.
We are talking of those who are exercising the authority of Christ in their lives even as Elisha took over from Elijah. We are talking of those who have no say but the will of God. They have refused to identify with the beastly, earthly way of life. Their conduct is now in the heavenlies. They have had their minds renewed in the Spirit of the Father (Rom. 12:2).
Until you are beheaded you cannot reign with Christ, because you cannot receive His mind to sit on a throne – the place of rulership. Thank God we have His mind (1Cor. 2:16), as we have lost our mind for His.
To be continued…