“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…