A LOOK AT MOUNT ZION (B)
“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.
“…So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the City of David built round about from Millo and inward… And David perceived that the Lord had established him King over Israel. And David took him more Concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron; and there were yet Sons and daughters born to David,” 2Sam. 5:9-13.
I would like to touch on some vital points of Spiritual truths on Spiritual Zion based on the literal Zion that David as a King occupied.
ZION THE BIRTH PLACE OF SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD
Looking at the above text in 2Sam. 5:13 – The literal Zion that David occupied became the place where he gave birth to his sons and daughters. We can also see that King David took his wives and concubines “…out of Jerusalem.” The words ‘out of Jerusalem’ means they were taken from a lower realm to a higher realm to fellowship with the King.
We already know that Zion as the City of David was the territory outside the twelve tribes of Israel. While the seat of the King was in Zion (2Sam. 5:9, 12), the rest of the twelve tribes were occupying a lower realm called Jerusalem from where he took his wives.
David as a King in Mount Zion above the city, Jerusalem, rules the rest of the twelve tribes from this vantage position; as the laws were made from this position. In the same vein, we found that Christ being the “offspring of David” (Rev. 22:16) ascended to the throne of His father through His death and resurrection.
For we read, “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead…” (2Tim. 2:8).
“Therefore, (David) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He (God) would raise up Christ to sit on his throne…”(Acts 2:29-34).
Now we do understand that ‘Christ’ is Spirit even as the Word says, “…God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). “Now THE LORD IS THAT SPIRIT…” (2Cor. 3:17). It therefore follows that this Messianic throne of Christ in Zion is Spiritual. For “Yet have I set my King (Christ) upon my holy hill of Zion” (Ps. 2:6). “And I looked and lo, a lamb stood on Mount Zion…” (Rev. 14:1).
So we can see that this Zion to which the Lamb is standing is a high realm of the Spirit to which a few have been called into. It is the high realm of God’s Spirit from where the rulership of the Christ Spirit is to be exercised. It is the high realm where the mind of God is made known and communicated to the rest of creation in judgment based on true righteousness and holiness.
“And in thy Majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness” (Ps. 45:4). For “they (those who have ascended into the Mt. Zion) shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy Mountain…” (Isa. 11:9). “Thy throne O God, is forever and ever; the Sceptre (rod of authority) of thy Kingdom is a right Sceptre” (Ps. 45:6). And with this right Sceptre, the Lord “…Shall break them (the nations) with a rod of iron: thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Ps. 2:9) causing “all knees to bow, both of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Phil. 2:10).
King Solomon describing the enthronement of the Christ in this holy hill said, “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning or ever the earth was,” Prov. 8:23. And I want to declare to you that this high realm of God’s glory in Christ is what Abraham saw afar off on the “third day” when he was to offer Isaac.
“Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off,” Gen. 22:4. Now the “third day” is the day of Christ. It is the day of resurrection; it is the day of the power of the Spirit. It is the high realm away from tradition, ceremonies, and customs that are not befitting to the course of the Gospel of Christ; it is the realm where only the Spirit is in total control. It is the realm where the voice of the King is distinctly clear, for the Christ Spirit is not the author of confusion (1Cor. 14:35).
If you are still battling with what to believe and what we are not to believe, whether to worship God or not to worship God because of either what you are seeing around – “the twelve tribes of Israel” (Jerusalem) down the hill, then you have not ascended this mountain.
If you are still “tossed to and fro” by every wind of doctrine and the sleight of men and cunning craftiness (Eph. 4:14), then you have not ascended this mountain; you have not entered into the third day.
For when the Pharisees came to warn Jesus of the threat of Herod to kill him, He said “…Go ye and tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow and the third day I shall be perfected” (Luke 13:32).
The perfection is in relation to bringing His body to maturity by the Spirit, “…till we all come in the unity of the faith… Unto a PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Eph. 4:12-13.
Again, we must understand that Abraham ‘lifting up his eyes’ speaks to us of having his eyes single unto God, for “when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light…,” Luke. 11:34. In other words the vision of God’s mind in Christ as revealed in the sacrifice of Isaac was opened unto him.
So in that he saw the place afar off, he saw the Christ enthroned and so “…he looked for a city (of David, Mt. Zion) that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God,” Heb. 11:10. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is JESUS CHRIST,” 1Cor. 3:11.
In other words, every other concept of sacrifice or mode of worship like what Abraham intended to do will not avail for the sin of men and will not receive the acceptance of God other than that of Christ.
To be continued…