“And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the 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.
Why the Lamb is Standing, continued…
Let us further state that after the fall, which is the slaying of the Lamb in man, man through the Spirit, is returning back to his original state where he can manifest the life of God again. And so we read, “It is the spirit that quickeneth (i.e., gives life) the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life,” John 6:63.
Since it took words that contained poison from the serpent to kill man, to reverse the process it is taking the words again in the spirit of Christ to do so. And this is what is meant by the seed of the woman bruising the head of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15). In other words, a new and more powerful seed of the Christ Spirit is undoing the very power deposited by the word of the Serpent in the bloodstream of man.
And so we read; Heb. 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Now the marrow is where the blood is formed in man. So what do you think the word is going into the marrow to do if not to change the life of man; for the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11).
Again, “No one born (begotten) of God (deliberately and knowingly) habitually practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him – His principle of life, tie divine sperm, remains permanently within him – and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God,” 1John 3:9 Ampl.
The King James Version says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin (singular) for his seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin; because he is born of God.” And we are told that every seed must bring forth its own kind (Gen. 1:11). So what are we saying? The Lamb that was slain is eventually standing up again in us as we overcome the Adamic nature with its beastly character through the power of the Christ indwelling. This is “the power that worketh in us to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). Thank God for the Lamb of God!
THE LAMB STANDING IS TO CONSOLE AND TO BLESS
“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.
We know already that the Lamb so mentioned in this passage is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. And again that He is so called a lamb in His function as the sacrificial lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world (Jn. 1:29). We now want to give due consideration to the reason why He stood and the place He is standing as well in the vision.
WHY IS THE LAMB STANDING?
In our attempt to answer this question, I want you to bear in mind that He stood with a group of people called the 144,000. So why was He standing? Is there any relationship why He should be standing with them? What must have happened to them that will cause His standing with them?
Now to answer all these questions, I will quote two passages of Scripture; one from the New Testament and another from the Old Testament. Firstly, the Greek word for stood is
“Histemi” which means to stand, abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant. Please keep this in mind as we go on, especially the last word “covenant.”
In the account of Acts 27, we are told of how Apostle Paul and those who were with him suffered a shipwreck at Mileta on their way to Italy. We are told in verse 21-24 that,
“But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto
22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”
Now just meditate on this; the two times the word ‘stood’ appeared, it has to do with an address by the one that is standing: (1) Paul stood to comfort the people that were in distress; (2) the angel of God ‘stood’ to comfort Paul that he in turn may comfort the people.
So essentially their purpose of standing was that of consolation. The word of the angel was that all those in the ship with Paul have been given to him. Paul was in charge spiritually, overseeing them spiritually and therefore there shall “…be no loss of any man’s life among you..”
So what would you think Jesus was saying to the 144,000? He was simply encouraging and strengthening them who have been undergoing persecution in the hand of the beastly system of Rev. 13; that is what the Saints of God suffer for standing for the truth.
In verses 5-6, we are told there was given unto him (first beast) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; “…he opened his mouth and blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle (ye are the temple of God – the church, 1Cor. 6:19) and THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN.”
Who are the them that dwell in heaven? These are those who are identifying with the cause of Christ, whose mind is set on things of heaven where Christ is sitteth at the right hand of God (Col. 3:1). They are they whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb of God.
The Bible puts it this way,
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” Eph. 2:5-6.
So we can see that those who have been able to overcome the earthly consciousness are the heavenly dwellers. For “as is the earthy (Adam) such are they also that are earthy (carrying all with the life and nature of Adam); and as is the heavenly (Christ) such are they also, that are heavenly (carrying all with the life and nature of Christ),” 1Cor. 15:48.
Again we are told that those who will “not worship the image of the beast should be killed…” (Rev. 13:15-17).
Therefore, we can understand that the heavenly dwellers have not only suffered persecution in the hand of the harlot religious and political system, but have been able to overcome the character of the old man – Adam.
In other words, they do not have the mark of the beast in their right hand (place of power) or forehead (place of wisdom); that is, doing service to Christ with a wrong spirit, in thoughts and power, which we can see today in most religious circles.
Also, they have not received his number 666, which is the fullness of the beastly system, the completeness of the Adamic earthly consciousness and its manifestation. This is why these heavenly dwellers are called “virgins” in chapter 14:3-4, for they have been redeemed from the earth. So if they have been redeemed from the earth, then of course they now live their lives in the heavenlies.
What are we saying? The Lord stood to console these heavenly dwellers. He stood to address this heavenly congregation in Mount Zion that has now been bought with His blood from amongst men (Rev. 5:9) as a general would address an army.
So here in this realm of Mount Zion not only do we receive a word of consolation in times of distress that we will be able to overcome and remain covenanted with our captain, but we also receive further instructions on how to continue to abide in this heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1) wherein we are called, as the Lamb begins to stand within us as Lord.
In 1Kings 8:54-62, Solomon after he has finished building the Temple we are told,
“And it was so that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hand spread up to heaven. And he STOOD and blessed the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying;..”
So the Lamb standing on Mount Zion is to bless the people, the 144,000.
To be continued…