Those below the firmament see through a glass darkly".
Isaiah and John clearly saw the crys-from above the crystal sea. Ezekiel these were blocked from his view n cherubim tal sea, the seraphim, and very throne of God did not at first see the throne of God because by the underside of the crystal sea or firma ment. Ezekiel could only hear a voice from above the veil which is the crystal sea. Good heavens
- you mean there is another veil to go through other than that which is in front of the holiest place!
- yes there is. For the purposes and dimensions of God are never ending and forever unfolding. Examine the scriptures below and you will see that Ezekiel only saw the underside of the crystal sea - then later - he was able to see through a glass darkly to see the "likeness" of the throne above it.! He did not describe the seraphim above the crystal sea as did John and Isaiah.
Ezek 1:22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature [was] as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
1:23 And under the firmament [were] their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that [was] over their heads, when they stood, [and] had let down their wings.
1:26 And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
ezekiel foresaw the dissolving of the glory from the temple at jerusalem
EZE 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;
4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
There is a sixth ministry that is a transition from the five husbands [apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers] to the seventh ministry of the order of Melchisedec. It is the ministry of the writer that refuses to be a husband with oversight of the people. Instead, it only points believers to the seventh ministry, teaches them to be totally submitted to the ministry of Christ as administered through the order of Melchisedec. After the sealing of the foreheads (symbolic) of the location of the cherubim, we find that the glory lifted from the cherubim and departed. And so it will be that the glory that is ascribed to the human brain will be lifted so that it may be replaced by the mind of Christ. Note in the verses below that the coals of fire must be scattered over the old Jerusalem and then the glory departs and heads toward the east. This is a pattern of how the human brain will be changed into the mind of Christ.
EZE 10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.
2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
3 Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
EZE 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD'S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
SEALING OF THE FOREHEAD IS A PRIORITY!
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
The man in the linen garment with the writer's inkhorn was instructed that first those men who sought righteousness must be sealed in the forehead before the coals of fire could be sprinkled over the city. And now, we see this old testament admonition being played out in the book of Revelation. What does it mean to seal men in their foreheads and why was it related to the twelve tribes? Why not just seal the righteous men period and not be concerned about which tribe they were from? After all, could there not be 14,000 righteous men in one tribe and 10,000 in another. We would not want 2000 righteous men to get left out because of a mere quota or 2000 unrighteous men to be added just to fill a quota. Perhaps, the sealing of the twelve tribes is symbolic of something else. Conventional wisdom has been that God will have 144,000 very elite members of a special endtime force. And, many of the denominations teach that the 144,000 will come from their particular denomination because of the particular knowledge that their denomination possesses. And, it may well be true that a literal number of 144,000 will be assigned to perform a special mission upon mount Sion for the Lord.
LUK 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Both John and Ezekiel spoke about seeing the throne of God. Where you have a throne, there is a king, and where you have a king, there is a kingdom. But, the above scripture tells us that the kingdom of God is within us. So, if we are sealing the foreheads, this would tell us that the activity is located somewhere around the head. And if we are doing some internal work in the forehead, then it would seem that it might be related to twelve of something related to the mind. Further, the scripture mentions trees, so we are admonished to do the sealing before the trees are hurt. The scripture mentions earth, so we would relate earth to being the human body. And then it mentions sea - could this have something to do with the crystal sea? Is it not true that those who go through the crystal sea are those who "had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." We know that the 144,000 need harps for their new song. So, if this sealing of the forehead is an internal work, then what is it? We would submit to you that the answer is given on the next page.
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