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Understanding the Book of Revelation pt 1

Important!

The Book of Revelation is called the revelation of Jesus because it reveals first the majesty of His heart, power, and leadership in His plan to transition history to the age-to-come.

This revelation will sustain our hearts in the deep darkness of end-times before the rapture, as we ask the Father for revelation on this.  The descriptions of the beauty of Jesus are given to fascinate the church in a time when temptation and lust and demonic distraction is at an all time high.  We must discipline ourselves in seek the Holy Spirit to escort us with revelation on the Word.  He wants to fascinate our hearts and we can’t get there without Him.  The issue is that hunger and persistence are the only way forward into this fascination.  Journal revelation and meditate slowly.  Long and loving meditation is the way in, at ihop we are focused on singing these truths, as that is how Paul said the Word will dwell in us richly (Col 3:1,16).  (Jesus asked that we seek to have His word abiding in us, Paul tells us how.)

REVELATION 1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him (Jesus) to show His servants–things which must shortly take place. He sent and signified it by His angel to…John… (Rev. 1:1)

Much of the bible is veiled, so that we would take the Scriptures to God and not be wise in our own understanding.  Sadly most commentators have missed this and this is why there is such division as to how things should be interpreted.  The prayer movement has an advantage in this, as they call the body to seeking God with fasting for revelation and understanding a virtue (Eph 1:17, Matt 9:14-16.).

Revelation is secondarily a prayer manual detailing events in the End Times to purify the church, bring in the harvest, and to replace all the evil governments on the earth as He drives Satan off the planet.

But God’s purpose in this book is meant first to reveal Jesus as the Man behind the plan.  He gives us this revelation of Him to sustain our hearts, through tribulation, if we would but take these Scriptures to God and mediate on them, sing them and keep asking for revelation on them, journaling that which the Spirit tells us.  1 Cor 2:10 talks about the Spirit searching the deep things of God, so that the Spirit can reveal them to the one who is asking, seeking, and knocking.

Each Scripture is an invitation to an experience in the knowledge of God.

I

EIGHTEEN DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 1 WITH COMMENTARY

A. Jesus is the First and the Last: humanity. He is the first to be raised from the dead and the first in authority (Col. 1:15, 18; Rev. 5:12). This is the title Jesus used most (Rev. 1:11, 17; 2:8; 22:13).

He spoke it in the context of His death and resurrection, calling us to resist fear of martyrdom.

8 These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life … 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer … be faithful until death. (Rev. 2:8-10)

15 He is…the firstborn over all creation… 18 He is the head of the body…who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1:15-18)

B. Alpha and Omega: deity with absolute completeness in wisdom and love. The Greek alphabet started with “alpha” and ended with “omega.” The common phrase “Alpha and Omega” means the first and last letters, including all the letters in between to indicate completeness.

1. This title sets forth Jesus as the sovereign Lord over everything that takes place in the entire course of history. Jesus established an eternal plan for us in which nothing is missing. His Bride has all the elements necessary for eternal love, joy, peace, and fascination without sin yet retaining a free will. The government is right, the human dynamics are right, and eternal rewards are right in varying measure according to love, yet there is no jealousy—only gratitude in God’s partnership with people forever.

2. Because of His wise leadership we will live forever with awestruck affectionate gratitude.

C. Voice like a trumpet: witness who faithfully warns the people of coming judgment. He is the Faithful and True Witness telling us the truth (Rev. 1:5; 3:14).

6 If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned … [their] blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezek. 33:6)

D. Son of Man: the God-man who rules all nations as the King of kings, seen in Daniel 7:13-14.

13 Behold, One like the Son of Man … came to the Ancient of Days … 14 Then to Him was given dominion … that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away. (Dan. 7:13-14)

E. Garment down to His feet: by wearing the robe of the high priest, Jesus shows Himself as the sympathetic High Priest who made a way for us to live in God’s presence.

19 Having boldness to enter the Holiest … 20 by a new and living way … through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest … 22 let us draw near. (Heb. 10:19-22)

14 We have a great High Priest … Jesus the Son of God … 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:14-16)

F. Girded about the chest with a golden band: breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 25:7; Lev. 16:4)

G. Head and hair white like wool, as white as snow: the Ancient of Days has white hair (Dan 7:9).

Jesus’ eternal preexistence was with pure, perfect wisdom and dignity (Lev. 19:32; Prov. 16:31).

9 The Ancient of Days was seated … the hair of His head was like pure wool. (Dan. 7:9)

H. Holding the seven stars in His right hand: Jesus holds the seven stars (apostolic leaders) as His promise to anoint, direct, and protect them. He is tender towards us when we feel inadequate or like a failure. Jesus holds His leaders as He helps us to do that which He entrusts to us.

I. Walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: manifest power with consequences because of His goodness and holiness. He walks in the midst of the candlesticks (church; Rev. 1:20) in His deep involvement with us. He walks with us, aware of our needs, frailty, and pressures.

3 I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way. (Ex. 33:3)

J. Eyes like a flame of fire: His knowledge searches and penetrates all things as fire penetrates metal. He is fully God, with eyes like fire to impart holy love and remove all that hinders love.  He has eyes of love and zeal for His people as a Bridegroom. He imparts love and holiness.

18 The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass …  23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. (Rev. 2:18-23)

K. Feet like fine brass: judgment of sin. His feet are like fine brass and judge all His enemies. His commitment is as a mighty warrior to trample over Jezebel in victory. He will bring all His enemies under His feet (Ps. 110).

L. Voice as the sound of many waters: powerful, as in Gen. 1, and directs the armies of heaven.

11 The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great. (Joel 2:11)

M. Sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth: releases the Holy Spirit and judgment. He has zeal to fight for us against all that opposes us with the sword of His mouth. The breath of Jesus’ mouth is another way of expressing the power of His words.

17 The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:17)

15 Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. (Rev. 19:15)

N. He who lives: He came back to life. He has power over death and gives eternal life. He was “dead and came to life” after He experienced the suffering of a cruel death. He understands our humanity and suffering and possesses power over death, knowing the way to victory. Our view of death is different from Jesus’ because He is rooted in eternity.

O. Countenance like the sun: exhilarates His Church and is a weapon against His enemies, since it is impossible to look directly into the sun. He is the Morning Star that fills us with brightness.

8 Then the lawless one [Antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (2 Thes. 2:8)

P. Keys of the kingdom: authority over Hades and Death, and key of David to establish the kingdom. He has the key of David to open and shut all necessary doors.

n Rev. chapters 1-3, John reports one visionary experience which highlights 30 specific descriptions of Jesus’ personality and ministry. This passage gives us the clearest picture of Him in Scripture. If we read it with the right perspective it inspires us to adore Jesus and trust His leadership. There are nearly 100 descriptions of Jesus in Revelation (especially see Rev. 1-3; 14-15; 19; 22).

Jesus is initially seen as a loving priest, righteous prophet, and warring king who judges all that hinders love in Rev. 1. However, as the book unfolds, He is presented as our Bridegroom, King, and Judge in Rev. 19-22. Jesus is shown as fully God and fully man as He openly manifests His love, power, and wisdom before all the nations.

Now these are just phrases, but at Ihop, i have heard an amazing worship set done on just one phrase!  You’re maybe heard “the firstborn from the dead” one that is popular, but I heard audra lynn’s team do 30 mins on “Voice like rushing waters.”  Click on archives/image on the right to see such worship with the word.  Deep calls unto deep, one verse in revelation corresponds with many other verses and the Holy Spirit can take you ‘into’ the reality of a verse and teach you on it.  Singing the Word to Him, opens up your heart like nothing else does.  Fasting intensifies this.  

 

Everything about Jesus’ appearance, apparel, and actions are very intentional with the purpose of communicating a message to His people.

A. We can only understand these truths about Jesus in Rev. 1-3 by seeing them in the context of eternity. We can endure persecution and understand His judgments with an eternal perspective. If we are anchored only with a temporal perspective, then His judgments seem to contradict love.

B. In Rev. 1, John is commissioned to prophesy by seeing these aspects of Jesus’ majesty. These truths will prepare the Church and form the way we prophesy about the End Times. With these insights we can avoid prophesying with a wrong spirit. We must speak with confidence, boldness and tender love without anger, fear, cynicism or timidity so that we impart a right spirit to others.

C. We must search out these truths which will produce love, humility and the fear of the Lord in us. These truths will exhilarate us with love, stir our faith, and empower us with righteousness.

D. The theme of Revelation is Jesus’ Second Coming (Rev. 1:7). It is set forth with three primary emphases: what Jesus wants us to know about His personality and ministry (Rev. 1), how He wants us to dwell together as the Church (Rev. 2-3), and what His end-time plan is (Rev. 6-22).

E. Rev. 2-3 describes how we are to live before Him. It describes how the saints dwell together on His terms, so we can mature in faith that we may fully release His power. We must build our ministry on these insights.

F. Hearing someone teach the Scripture can be compared to reading a menu that stirs our appetite. We do not fully feed on the Word by hearing someone teach. We may be inspired in our faith, but we actually feed our spirit as truth becomes part of our prayer language with God. In other words, we are not really fed until truth enters into our dialogue with God in our private life.

G. The goal of this message is to draw attention to the 30 specific truths of Jesus, in order to stir your faith, so that you may feed on them in your private prayer life for many years.

 

 

 

VI. SIX DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 2-3 (NOT MENTIONED IN REV. 1)

A. Son of God (Rev. 2:18): He has all power as the eternal, omnipotent God.

6 Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (Rev. 19:6)

B. Has the seven Spirits of God (Rev. 3:1): Jesus has authority to release the diverse ministries of the Spirit to equip and revive us.

C. Jesus is holy (Rev. 3:7): two primary applications: His holiness as a man and as God. As a man, Jesus lived set apart fully to obey the Father. He understands what it means to walk out costly commitments among sinful people. He is sympathetic (Heb. 4:15). As God, He is transcendent (wholly “other than”), or infinitely superior to all. He is worth whatever it costs to obey Him.

8 He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

D. Jesus is true (Rev. 3:7): reliable in giving extravagant promises. They seem too good to be true, but He is faithful to follow through with us, for His promises are sure.

E. The Amen (Rev. 3:14): He requires agreement with us as the way to finish what He started in us.

F. Jesus is the Beginning of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14): He is first in cause and authority. The power and authority over all creation “begins” with Him (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Rev. 1:8; 21:6).


Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer

Many are awakening to the love of prayer, and are seeking to connect with God in a deeper way.  Seeking to experience the Holy Spirit is a biblical, tangible reality.

In John 5 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees; He says, “You do not have His word abiding in you, because [Him] whom He sent, Him you do not believe”   The Father sent Jesus, but they don’t believe Him. Why? Because they don’t have His word abiding in them.

  • Verse 39 is when it began to really become clear. He says, “You study the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are those which testify of Me. You are unwilling to come to Me that you might have life (Jn. 5:38).
  • Often we as believers confuse the value of bible understanding we get. We confuse its value, thinking, “It’s complete; it’s enough to have this.”  Yes, it’s valuable to understand the passage, but it’s incomplete, but often you end up with leaders who have head knowledge, but they don’t interact in a fresh way with the Living Son of God, by the Spirit.
  • I read that verse once and I was shocked, I said, “That’s what I do.  I’m searching”—you can also use the word ‘studying’—“the Scriptures. I’m engaging my mind. I thought that through Bible study I would experience life. That was the same problem the Pharisees were having; but here’s the key phrase, in verse 40: “But you are not willing to come to Me that you might have life” (Jn. 5:40).

    What came to my thinking the first time I saw this, changed me forever, it is that you can do Bible study all day long, but if you don’t take the Word to Jesus with a hungry heart, you don’t experience life. It hit me like a arrow, that I wasn’t coming to Him in this way. “You’re not dialoguing with Me. You’re not interacting with Me in your searching of the Scriptures.”  The written word must take us to the Living Word, this is the way to the life and food of the Word..

    So from that point on, I began to try and have a running dialogue with Jesus as I read the Scriptures.  Each passage is a door to knock on and ask Jesus for the Eph 1:17 spirit of Revelation.  The bible never says to read it in a year, but it says over and over to meditate on it.  A verse can be made a prayer quite easy.

  • The implanted Word delivers our soul from bondage to filthiness. 21 Lay aside all filthiness…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (supernaturally deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)   7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…ask…and it shall done. (Jn. 15:7)

  • There are three components necessary for the power of the Word to live in us. First, we use our choice to pursue God with a spirit of obedience, faith (confidence He answers) and loving devotion. Second, we feed our heart continually on the Word (implant it in our heart) through mediation. Third, we need the activity of the Spirit to turn meditation into living revelation (turn water into wine, Jn. 2) to save or deliver us from sinful desires.  We must fellowship with the Holy Spirit by talking to Him.   Summary of the three components: we must obey God, feed on the Word and talk to the Spirit.

  • The bible highlights two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our innerman.  The Spirit flows from our “innermost man,” its where the Holy Spirit lives in us if we are born again.  We know from Scripture that He dwells in our innermost man (John 7:38), but we only experience Him in the innerman.  The innerman contains our mind will and emotions (Eph 3:16) We turn the attention of our soul to the Spirit in our spirit to grow in the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • Meditation must be made prayer to enter the heart.  Christianity is relationship with the Man Jesus, we are sanctified and transformed by beholding Him, via the Word and Spirit.  Paul reveals here, that Scripture verses aren’t too just be figured out by the mind, but require the Holy Spirit to impact the heart, we want living understanding.  It takes God to get God.

38 If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believes on me, the way the Scriptures say,  From his innermost being (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water.  (Jn. 7:38 NAS)

  • By believing the Scriptures with authentic faith, we will connect with God and experience the Holy Spirit.  This experience Jesus likens to drinking from rivers of living water.  I’m going to talk about some very powerful activities that have been highlighted as a focus in the prayer movement.   Its easy to slip from the discipline of pursuing God, we must resolve to go after loving Him with all of our heart.  Getting the Word alive in your heart takes time and focus, it must become your main priority, and you must resist activity and speech that hinders it.  If we will commit to agressively feed our heart on the Love of God, we will take spiritual ground and be anointed by the Spirit to love God in yet greater ways.  If we are not agressively taking new ground, we will lose the ground we have, in stagnation.
The Mind Mouth Heart Method
Reading Scriptures gets them in our mind, and we need to love God with all of our mind, but speaking them over ourselves and speaking them to God, gets them in our heart.  John 15:7 reveals that if His words abide in you, you will have greater authority in prayer and see more answers.
4 ways to go Deeper-

1) Pray-Read Scripture to God (thanking Him, asking for revelation or power to obey).

  • Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)   Scriptures will impact us when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.  “We let the written word take us to the Living Word, Jesus.”
  • So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God/Christ to dwells within us (Eph 3;16-19).  We renew our mind (Col 3:10) and walk as a new creation.
  • So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
  • Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God.
  • The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.
  • 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)
  • 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13)
  • 27 The anointing…abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

2) Sing the Scriptures to Him

  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18-19 Niv)
  • I believe Eph 5:18-19 is being emphasized by many Spirit-led ministries, as the way to be filled with the Spirit.  The verse says we should not answer the longing of our hearts with drunkenness, but rather be filled with the Spirit, by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures. I believe this is one of the most important verses in the bible about prayer.   This message of singing the Word is being spread all over the world through the prayer movement, and it needs to be a part of our prayer life.  God created the human heart so that singing opens the heart in a way that nothing else does.  Singing the Word is the main biblical prescription, the premier way, to be filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God.  Jesus was the Living Word before He became a man, and now we encounter Him by singing and praying/dialoguing the written word.  So we let the written word take us to the Living Word.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.
  • “Biblical ideas that you sing are ideas that you own.” They become yours.
    Premiere means to get the scripture deep in us: sing it, pray it, and not to the air, but to Him. Often.
    Is there anything as satisfying and powerful as singing about the details of Jesus, and declaring to Him that He is beautiful?
  • To pray consistently, pray the scriptures. The word of God is the “chariot” the Holy Spirit rides on best in our lives and heart.
    To pray consistently, sing the scriptures. Singing unlocks the heart, causes truth to go deeper, and makes prayer enjoyable.
    Sing the word of God until you feel something on the inside move. Then sing more.
    To study the word and comprehend it is transforming; to then pray it and sing it – consuming.
    Prayer & the corresponding power of the Holy Spirit makes the heart fertile soil for the seed of the word to flourish.
  • Click on the picture on the top right to see an archived worship with the Word set, with us at Ihop-kc, a 24-7 worship and intercession ministry.
  • When we stand before God on Judgment Day, He is not going to ask us how big of house did we get, or how big did we make our bank account, but how big did our heart get by experiencing His love and revelation (1st commandment.)

3) Fast

  • Fasting does not ‘earn’ us more of God.  It does increase our capacity to experience the Holy Spirit, and accelerate the process of communing prayer.  I have found fasting on water, 1 day a week, to be unparallelled in terms of its impact on my experiencing of God.  I am calling fiery believers to fast at least one day a week.  The benefits are tremendous in fasting two days a week, but let desire for God drive your fasting, not commands or religious spirit.
  • This depth of fasting is well within the reach of most people.  But we desperately need more revelation of Jesus as our Bridegroom who has burning desire for us and fiery affections toward us.  As we live in the truth of the bridal paradigm, we fast because we long for Jesus.  Jesus told the Pharisees the day would come when the Bridegroom would be taken away from the disciples, and then they would fast out of longing for Him (Matt. 9:15).  When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His death and resurrection, He was taken away in the sense indicated in this Scripture.  The Bride of Christ is meant to long for His return, His Second Coming, and fasting is one way we express this longing.
  • By knowing Jesus as our Bridegroom and seeing ourselves as His Bride, we will become energized with a spirit of prayer and filled with courage to live lives abandoned to God in holiness. Only then will fasting seem appropriate, reasonable or Continue reading

The Power of Revelation

THE GREATEST PLEASURE IS GOD REVEALING GOD TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT

There’s no aspect in the grace of God that more powerfully transforms the human emotions than when God reveals God to the human spirit. When God reveals God to our spirit, when the knowledge of God touches us, it shifts our emotions.  Its often little by little over months and years, but it makes a significant difference.
We should encourage people who are struggling with bondage, as they’re trying to get free, gritting their teeth to resist and break free from that bondage, rather than trying harder to resist the bondage, to put their focus and their attention on going deeper; gaining new understanding about God. Its good to encourage them to go deeper and focus on that instead of trying harder. Because you can’t grit your teeth and just by resolve free your emotions. However, you can go after information about God, and when the Holy Spirit touches our heart with it, it liberates our emotions, little by little.

THERE’S MORE TO JESUS THAN THE BENEFITS HE LOVES TO GIVE US
Now many people think about Jesus mostly in terms of a savior. He forgives us of our sin and rescues us from hell. I like that but there’s so much more! It’s part of His ministry to us. They only think about Him as One who heals, who directs, who provides, and who blesses circumstances. And that’s true! That’s what He does for us, but there’s so much more about Jesus than the benefits that He loves to give us and that we love to receive. There’s so much more about Him than the fact of what He does for us to enrich our life.

Now the witness to this truth is found around the throne of God in Revelation 4. The seraphim, the high-ranking angels, who are known as living creatures, cry day and night, offering unending, unceasing adoration and worship—not because they were forgiven; not because they were given financial provision or prophetic direction; not because the Lord healed them; for none of those reasons, but because they saw the glory and
magnificence of God. And the glory of God, His magnificence, always provokes a response in those that see it.
And this is the Jesus who forgives and saves, heals, directs, provides, and protects, but He’s so much more. And as we see Him, it provokes a response in us; it moves us on the inside like it moves the seraphim around the throne.

Philippians 3.

Paul is the premier example of this truth of how the knowledge of God changes people’s emotions and their emotional makeup and the way they think and feel. Paul gave testimony of this: he said, “I count all things as loss” (Phil. 3:8, paraphrased). He said, “I gladly give up everything.”
Now why? What would motivate Paul to give up everything? He said, “I’ve had a glimpse of the excellence, the magnificence of the Man Christ Jesus.” And as I grasp who He is even a little, it moves my heart in the deepest way.

Video Podcast /Life of Jesus

I wish I could say that the Christianity of our day is centered around love for Jesus. But if our passion is for a Person, the most natural thing would be to devour every detail of His life available to us. Love demands entrance into every chamber, even the smallest, that it might discover more about the object of its affection.
The Crisis of Ignorance
1. It is becoming common for people in this generation to know very little about the life of Jesus and yet call themselves followers of Him without seeing any contradiction. Christianity is increasingly being defined by belief in very basic truth-formulas, participation in activities, and allegiance to issues rather than a loving preoccupation with Christ Himself.
2. We must soberly ask hard questions about what our ‘relationship’ with Jesus is based upon and consider the possibility that we are often guilty of being more in love with the idea of Christ than with Jesus Himself. How can we relate to Jesus in authenticity if we have little regard for the story of His life – His past, His family, His friends, where He went and what He did? -Stephen Venable

I invite you to click the links here below and subscribe to this video podcast that will be helping us all dive deep into meditation on the face of God and the beauty of God, which is revealed in the life of Jesus. To stay steady in the days to come, to resist the allure of the spirit of the age that will cause the love of many to grow cold, we must feed our hearts on His life and ask Holy Spirit to fascinate us with the most fascinating thing He has to offer, the life of Jesus.
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The Beauty Realm

So if you’re life is like mine then it has been directed into the beauty of Jesus by http://www.Mikebickle.org.  However there are some things that are not on there, so I’m going to put them up here.

Here is a series on the Revelation 4-5 Throne Room of God, called the Beauty Realm.  Please note that I have also included a few extra messages and notes from Revelation 1, 2, 3 which center around the 30 descriptions of the Beauty of Jesus.
I am have been led by the Spirit so many times to dial down and refocus my life to gaze on the beauty of God, just as King David asked of the Lord in Psalm 27:4.  Jesus is more fascinating than anything the world has to offer, yet He veils it for the hungry who will pursue it by the Word and Spirit..

Here are the Teachings:

http://archive.org/details/LinkForNick
Here are the Notes:

https://ia600804.us.archive.org/24/items/TheBeautyOfJesusNotes/

Mike Bickle Gazing on the Beauty of God – Session 1

Gazing on the Beauty of God

Psalm 27:4:

    • Gives a unique insight into the heart of David
    • God declared that David was a man after His own heart
    • The secret to his power and consistency, his highest goal, the one thing that he is seeking
    • This psalm is so important because David tells us the most important thing in his heart:

To Behold the Beauty of the Lord

  • The thing he returned to regularly throughout his life.  In all of the seasons of his life, through seasons of victory or season of testing.
  • Unique drawing in his life by the grace of God to discovering God’s beauty.  Unique grace upon him even in the old covenant.
  • Beheld God’s beauty in creation, understanding, forgiveness, and redemption, and through the written word of God as he had it in that day.
  • David would never say that he did not lose sight of this focus, but he always went back to it, whether the season of victory or the season of testing.
  • The center of his life. 
  • The thing that God drew him back to.  The core of truth that David lived his whole life through. 
  • Desired and Sought—endeavored to exert energy to go after it.  It was his lifelong treasure hunt to discover the beauty of God.

The reason we have to seek his beauty:

  1. God is delighted in hiding His beauty from us.  The most powerful force of God is His composite beauty.  It conquers all of creation.  It conquers all of the hosts, of the angels and all of the redeemed.
  2. When He progressively unveils His beauty, it entirely subdues us and changes our emotional chemistry, and makes us wholehearted lovers of God.
  3. The fact of God’s beauty that is fully unveiled at the very end of time, this beauty He has possessed from before eternity, He’s hidden it, and little by little, He unfolds it throughout redemptive history.  He’s so secure in his beauty, although His beauty is so obscure He holds it back for reasons that as we seek for it, He reveals it to the very hungriest of heart.
  4. In the very process of unveiling it, He creates ownership in us of these things.  He can just make divine proclamations of His beauty, but He wants us to discover it systematically.  In ownership and transformation, our own chemistry changes when not only we desire it but also we go beyond to seek it, we go on a secret journey to discover it.

David’s Secret Weapon: Focus

Although he had many things that occupied his heart and mind on a secondary level, there was one primary preoccupation.  Not only did he have one primary focus, but also it was the right one.  God’s beauty was David’s one primary focus.     Jesus talks about the power of Continue reading

Facination with God

The living creatures are gazing on Him with fascination. Night and day they are fascinated with God. They peer into the mysteries of God. These four living creatures are right near God’s throne, they are nearest to God’s throne, they are seraphim.  Isaiah witnessed them, look at what Isaiah records of their experience. He actually tells us what they encountered, or what he saw, their response to the majesty of God. He said I saw the Lord, sitting on a throne.  He is looking at Jesus. John 12 tells us that he is actually looking at Jesus. Jesus says in John 12:40-42, Isaiah saw My glory and talks about the time when he appeared to Isaiah.  So Isaiah sees Jesus on a throne and he sees the robe or just the train, the end of the robe, the end of Jesus’ robe is in the temple. And above it, that is the temple, are seraphim.

Those are heavenly beings, there are cherubim and seraphim; the seraphim are the highest. The seraphim each have six wings and the point that Isaiah wanted to tell us is that with two of the wings they covered their face.  When they gaze onto God’s beauty, His majesty, His jasper-like glory, it overwhelms them and they cover their eyes because they are overwhelmed with what they see.  They cover their eyes because they are ‘short-circuited’, so to speak, they are overwhelmed and undone, like Isaiah is in chap 6 verse 5. They are undone. Those nearest, the jasper-like glory of God, those nearest are completely undone.

They cannot gaze on it and they are at God’s throne for billions and billions of years. They never grow accustomed and they never exhaust the transcendent splendor and glory that God reveals to those that are near him.  And when they see God’s glory they cover their eyes and then they open their mouths; those are the two things that they do. When they open their mouths they are not just saying anything.  They are consumed with one thing, holy, holy, they have to give expression to what is burning inside of their being. They close their eyes because their spirit is being moved powerfully.  And then they give expression, they have to express the burning fire that is imparted to them when they look on God’s glory. And the phrase holy, holy, holy, you could say it differently.

You could say “transcendent beauty, transcendent beauty, transcendent beauty,” infinitely superior, holy other than, holy other than, completely in another realm is what they are saying.  They are not saying, purity, purity, purity, they are saying, you are wholly of another category of life, of another realm from everything else that is created, you are different, in a category of your own, you are transcendent.  You are wholly, other than. And when we see glimpses, I mean just faint glimpses; we need to be grateful for faint glimpses. Somebody said I want to see God face to face.

20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

It says in Rev. 20:11 when God’s face is unveiled with nothing protecting it the heavens and the earth flee. When God’s face is unveiled with nothing protecting it; the heavens and the earth, they flee from His presence.  I do not know that we want to see His face just yet. But when we see glimpses of His glory, our eyes our closed, meaning our spirit is moved powerfully.  Powerfully moved, the fire of God touches our spirit, the presence of God touches us and our mouth utters clean things and not just truth, we are consumed with God, our being is consumed with God.

They are not just speaking truths about God, they are consumed with God. That is all they can say, God you are holy, God you are beautiful, God, oh God, you are glorious.  This encounter, these kinds of even dim glimpses make our being God centered. The reason I am saying all this is because people want to know how to get their life more focused and they want to know how their heart can be more moved.  I can tell you that the model is right here in Isa. 6.

You want your spirit moved like the seraphim, they had to close their eyes, that means their spirit was deeply moved. You want your being to become God centered. When they cried holy, holy, holy, they could not talk about anything else. All they could say, in essence, was you are God, God has consumed me. In essence, that is really what they are saying.  Transcendent beauty. Some people try to become God centered, they try to move their heart by the force of their own determination. I tell you, our spirit is moved and our being is God centered by touching God.

By encountering a little bit of who He is and we do that a little bit by filling our mind with it. I try to do what David has done.  I want to be consumed with God so I have to study about God and I have to think about God. I have to take these revelations of the scripture and say them back to Him so that seed grows in my spirit.  See what God says about God and let’s give ourselves to it. I do not mean a little bit on the run, I mean hours at a time, consume our life with this pursuit. That is why we are just kind of slowly working through these phrases here in Rev. 4. I want to take time on them.

Facination

The fascinating God created us with a need to be fascinated. Beloved, we have a need, we have to be fascinated. If we are not fascinated we are bored. And if we are bored, we open, we are very vulnerable to Satan in a far greater way.  We were never ever made to live properly except that we are fascinated. And they only possible way the human spirit can be fascinated in any deep and sustaining way, and that is the key idea, deep and sustaining way, is by God.

Because the fascinating God created us with a need to be fascinated. The church in the west is as bored with God, as bored in their spirit, as any time in history. The church in the west is bored with God and are spiritually bored. That’s why most of the church is spiritually boring.  Most of the church is boring. Its boring to unbelievers for sure and they are boring to one another because they are bored. Bored believers are boring. That is true. They wouldn’t hang out with them. It is not good enough to just share who we are in the natural, in our human dimension. To bond people, to fascinate people. We were created to be fascinated.

We cannot be right, spiritually, except for fascinated, and the only possibly way is to fill our mind with long and loving meditation on God Himself. I have said for years that the most neglected subject in the Kingdom of God is God. God is the most neglected subject in the Kingdom of God.  The being of God, Himself. It is not enough to preach on it. I want to talk to God about God. I want to take what God says in His word and I want to say it back to Him.  I do not mean just declare what He says, I want to do that too, but to declare it with a ‘thank you’ and to ask Him to reveal it, to meditate and to wait, and to have my pen and journal thoughts and to say them back to Him. Say back to God what God says about Himself.  Rewriting the code of your heart and mind and connecting with Holy Spirit.

Ask the Spirit to come and illuminate it and throw in some fasting, and have a spirit of obedience, and take long hours to do this. Beloved, it is our right, our birthright in God to live fascinated.  At the end of the day, living fascinated is the only way people will sustain a life of holiness. You can threaten people with hell and if it is anointed it will get their attention but more times than not that does not hold peoples heart. Although, when God anoints it, it does. You can tell people if not, you are not going to be anointed, well, they will stay with dedication for a few weeks because they want to get anointed.  If you are not dedicated you are going to get found out, put to shame. That works a little bit. But at the end of the day people will only live in dedication because they’ve touched a little bit of fascination and they want more of it.  At the end of the day, that is what sustains a person. The only way to fascination is God Himself. We have to take on this subject called God. And we have to talk to God about what God about Himself in the written Word.

A satisfied, fascinated believer is strong. Fascinated in God I am talking about. One reason people think they do not have time for prayer; most believers think they do not have time for prayer.  Even in the IHOP world they do not have time to pray. The real reason they do not have time for prayer is because they have not experienced anything that has fascinated them.  When it fascinates us a little bit we will do anything, we will move mountains to make time for it. What they are thinking, their paradigm of prayer and the Word is wrong.

Their paradigm of prayer and the Word is that they have to endure God to prove to God that they are sincere. To prove to You that I am sincere if you will finally anoint me.  will even put up with You if You will anoint me, finally.  And that God would see our sincerity because we are enduring Him and then He will go, well in that case you have hung in there so long with boring Me, I guess will anoint you.  They have this bizarre paradigm of what they are doing in prayer like they are earning something or proving they are dedicated. And the reason they are proving it is because it iss so hard to be dedicated because God is so, He is not that exciting to be dedicated to.

Away with all of that. We do not do those things to prove our dedication. We give time to the Word and prayer because we have touched a little fascination and our hearts expand and that’s how we enter into more of God.  I hear people say, I have had people tell me this over the years and I do not mind it.  I am not paying any price or hanging in there for some cause. I am hungry for fascination. I am in it for another reason. And God uses that very thing of prayer and fasting to release the power of His Kingdom but He motivates us not kind of enduring it so we can finally get power; its God Himself that will make our hearts alive.  The greatest secret in the body of Christ is God and how beautiful He is when He is encountered a little bit. A little bit of this; I tell you I have encountered a very small portion of the revelation of God but the little I have, I am dying, I am craving more of it.  I do not go to IHOP just so I can get revival going, I want to see revival. I want my spirit alive with God, that’s why I want this lifestyle.

The beauty of God, what God looks like. That is a really heavy sentence. I tremble before the angels who are in these buildings; the little guy thinks he knows what God looks like. Where is he coming from?  That very sentence scares me. To have it in print. It says, He who sat there was like a jasper. He wanted us to know that He had a diamond-like glory that emanates out of His being.  It is like a jasper and a jasper in the modern, in the ancient world is different than a jasper of today. It is diamond-like, it is radiant. He wants us to know of the descriptions that He gives of himself in verse 3.

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

The first point He makes is His diamond-like translucent glory. The fact the He has that bright, crystal color emanating out of His being that fascinates all that is around Him. He wants us to know this.  This is God revealing God; this is not a new age thing. God wants us to know this about God. I have jasper-like glory.  I have color that emanates out of My being. I have fascinating colors. When you see it or behold it your spirit will tremble, you will marvel, you will be awestruck by the color and the light and the beauty.  It is beyond anything we could imagine. God is indescribably beautiful and His jasper-like glory is about His beauty. As we are going to see next week sardius is about His emotions, what God feels like.

And the emerald rainbow is about His mercy. It is what He acts like; it is how He acts. He acts in mercy. Even in His justice He is revealing mercy. This is very significant.  This is one of the most important sentences in the human race. That God talked to us about God. This little sentence that John wrote down. It is like, thank you God.  You could not get that sentence out of God’s hands for all the wealth in the earth except for God wanted to give you that sentence. I have jasper-like glory.  Implied in that sentence is that if you talk to me about it I will unveil more of it to you and if I unveil more of it to you it will fascinate your spirit. I want to know about this. It is in the Bible, God wants me to know about this.

I want to be fascinated; I need to know what God says about God and not just God’s wisdom and God’s power. I want to know about God’s glory; His beauty. What He actually looks like, not just what He thinks and what He does. I want to know that stuff too. I want to know what He looks like, even in the faintest, million of one percent. I want to know the faintest. It is enough to me that He put this in the Word, for me to go after this.

God’s beauty is seen in His royal court. Ps. 96; Honor and majesty are before Him. Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary; its talking about His heavenly sanctuary. Beauty is in God’s heavenly sanctuary.  The psalmist said I have seen the consummation of all perfection. The consummation of all perfection is the throne of God. It is Revelation four. That is where beauty is revealed at its highest pinnacle the Word of God, is around the throne of God.

It says in Ps. 50:2, out of Zion the perfection of beauty God will shine forth. Out of the presence of His throne the perfection of beauty shines and the subject of beauty and the subject of His shining go together.  The jasper-like qualities of God reveal His beauty. His beauty is manifest in His shining. And again, without the help of the Holy Spirit we can only go so far with this; we can just get a little picture in our mind but the little picture in our mind is a jumpstart.

If we say these things back to God we declare to God, thank you for your jasper glory, show it to me. We begin to meditate on the God who shines with a brilliance far beyond the sun and all the diamonds that we could imagine, with supernatural dimensions to these diamonds, crystal.  We begin to think about this, we begin to fix our mind on it because it is in the Word of God. It is not just ok to fix out minds on it, we are commanded to fix out minds on it. All scripture is profitable for equipping us and it is biblical and profitable for us.

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