After these things I looked and behold a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying,"Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this. " Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty four elders sitting, clothed with white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. Revelation 4:1-4
In order for the "Church of the Firstborn", the General Assembly of God to manifest His glory and exhibit His power there must be a "Divine Alignment" in the earth. Man-made religion must be destroyed and the Biblical pattern set forth by the Lord Jesus Himself, must be reinstated.
John was shown a vision of "Divine Government" with the Lord Jesus Christ sitting on a magnificent throne of divine headship and supreme power and glory. I Corinthians 11:3 states that Christ is the head of every man, in other words the Lordship of Christ must be the fundamental doctrine and foundational truth that the church must adhere to in order to be fruitful and multiply.
Jesus Christ is "King of Kings" and "Lord of Lords" and sits on the seat of power ruling over all that exists in the universe. His rule is supreme and endless in strength and He has given all power and authority to His bride to rule in His stead on the earth as long as she receives her orders from the throne of His presence and not from man. The bride of Christ, His warrior Queen has an eternal destiny and a divine mandate to reap the harvest of souls from the earth and to rule and reign with her Husband in glory for all of eternity.
Jesus Christ came to earth for two primary reasons, to pay the debt of sin that man deserved to pay, and to establish His kingdom in a people that would love Him and obey Him with all of their heart. Through the payment of His shed blood and the manifested power and glory of His Holy Spirit man was granted access to the very throne room of God. His bride could now enter the bridal chamber to become intimate with Him thus producing spiritual children of destiny.
The twenty- four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created." Revelation 4:10,11
A WISE MASTER BUILDER
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:9-11
Since the beginning of time and the fall of man and the subsequent reign of Satan, man has desired a king to rule over him instead of God. From the "Tower of Babel" when men sought God on their own terms up until the time that they chose Saul to be their ruling monarch, man has constantly rebelled from the divine plan that God set forth before the beginning of time.
Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil and the man-made fleshly system of worship run by a corrupt priesthood. As Jesus suffered on the cross and shed His precious blood for us to whom the punishment belonged, the angels ripped the curtain from top to bottom that prohibited man from entering the very presence of the eternal Father forever. The"Transition to Glory" had begun and the beginning of the "Divine Alignment" was set forth for all of eternity.
Today after hundreds of years of man- made tradition, doctrine and liturgical nonsense prescribed by professional clergy we have at best a Sunday morning franchise that is totally incapable of carrying out he great commission. An encapsulated social club of codependent congregates sucking the life out of the pastor who all by himself has taken on the entire job of the "Fivefold Ministry." The reason this type of model has failed miserably is because it is man-made and not of "Divine Design."
Imagine one man taking on the pastoral ministry of one hundred to three hundred people, a good example of a normal sized congregation. On call 24/7 and available for funerals, weddings, grief counseling and a vast array of other clergical duties, not to mention preparing a stirring message for Sunday morning and Sunday night; its a wonder the man doesn't implode. The truth is, many do and at least fifteen hundred men of God burn out and leave the ministry every month.
For one man to undertake a job description such as previously stated, plus take on the powers of darkness that are flowing through the cracks and devouring the flock because there is no spiritual intervention to stop them is not only a travesty, but is totally un-scriptural and based on pure man-made religion. By copying the old priesthood that Jesus totally abolished when He inaugurated a new covenant in His own blood; man has resurrected an old outdated and worthless form of worship devoid of the power of God.
Jesus left us an example of true and pure spiritual government by training and installing the twelve apostles. Twelve for the Jewish church and one for the Gentile church, Paul, who would later train his own apostolic team. Apostles have within them the very blueprint and divine plan for the "New Covenant Church" and through their diligence by prayer, fasting and preaching provide the proper foundation on which the Holy Spirit can build.
'Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? Haggai 2:3
Sadly, no one has seen the glory of the former temple or has experienced the kind of power that emanated from a people totally sold out for God. Today we can only read about the great miracles and manifestations of the glorious church and wish that maybe someday in the "Sweet by and by" we can see it for ourselves; or are we missing the entire vision because we refuse to change and align with God"s plan for His church?
BACK TO THE FUTURE
After spending three years with the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving His divine blueprint for His glorious church of called out disciples, the eleven were ready to obey the commands of Christ! Even though they didn't have a clue what was about to happen to their lives they were willing to trust in His word that He would fulfill everything He told them He would do.
And so it came to pass that a sold out company of disciples and eleven apostles sought to agree and wait for the promise of the greatest outpouring ever experienced in the earth. The foundation of truth had been laid in the hearts of the apostles and the "Glorious Church of Jesus Christ" was about to be birthed.
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT OF GOD
The "Spiritual Body of Christ" was about to be born and receive power from on high when Peter made the announcement that there needed to be one more apostle chosen to fill Judas' place and to fulfill scripture. Okay, I can see the need to fulfill scripture but why the need for another apostle, after all there were eleven, isn't that enough? No! The new church couldn't begin because there weren't twelve apostles, God's divine number of perfect government.
Twelve is the number of "Perfect Divine Government" as seen throughout biblical history. It is the very foundation on which the Holy Spirit builds on. Twelve is the product of three, and the Holy Trinity used this number to establish "Divine Government" throughout the earth. There are twelve hours that govern the day, and twelve that govern the night. There are twelve months that govern the year and God chose twelve to govern His people Israel and twelve tribes were birthed from them.
Jesus chose twelve apostles to govern His church and the apostle Paul did the same. In Revelation 21:12-21 when John was shown the "Holy City" descending from heaven he saw that the foundation, the gates, the building blocks and even the measurements were all based on the number twelve. On the other hand, man's number is six, representing fleshly works and his vain attempt to accomplish "Divine Design" through earthly means.
The number six was used to build the great pyramids of Egypt, man's symbol of power and authority still used today in the corporate world and sadly by the church. The number six and the fleshly attempts of man to build for God using human means has failed miserably throughout history. The church of Jesus Christ has survived for over two thousand years because of the "Principal of Twelve," even though greatly weakened because of man's human intervention it still stands today because of its divine foundation.
The glorious church of the last days will never succeed as long as she stays under man's control and human leadership. "The Spiritual Temple of God" will have to be built according to God's pattern and design or it will never achieve the pinnacle of greatness that He intended her to have. The office of twelve and the fivefold ministry of equippers must be installed by men and women that have totally surrendered their lives and ministries to build up the "The Glorious Church of Called Out Saints of the Most High God."
"Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. "And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances and perform them. Ezekiel 43:10,11