I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Revelation 1:10-20
And when He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stood before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer. And many incenses were given to him, so that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God from the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it into the earth. And voices and thunderings and lightnings and an earthquake occurred. Revelation 8:1-5
And He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me. And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will. And He came to the disciples and found them asleep. And He said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done. Matthew 26:37-42
In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me. And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease. Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah. And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time. And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him. 2 Chronicles 16:1-14
“I was in a very old house, one built in the 40’s or 50’s, a house that was very old with old paint on the interior walls and stank of age and of deterioration. I stood in front of the electrical panel which was hotwired, sparks coming off of it, but not functioning any power to the rest of the house. There was a horrible smell of human body waste. I looked down and up to my knees the entire floor was covered in this waste, putrid and which stank horribly. Something was changed in the electrical box and I had to see if it worked the basement lights, so I made my way to the stairwell to see if the basement lights would come on, they did, but the basement was piled high close to the ceiling with this waste which was extremely putrid. I left the house after I determined that it could not be saved nor cleaned nor rescued from the filth and the damage and the electrical panel which was not working right at all and I said that the house was a complete loss. As I left the house there was nothing more I could do to rescue it and as I looked at the house from the outside it crumbled and collapsed and nothing of it remained except the smell of the filth which had once filled it inside.”
“An Overcomer stood before the Lord surrounded by filth and contamination and debris and was in much bondage. It was the will of God for a time for this filth and contamination and bondage to rule in the life of the Overcomer, but the time came when the filth and the contamination and the bondage was to be removed. God moved by His spirit and tore away with much wrath all that bound the Overcomer to set the Overcomer completely free of any contaminate that would bind them. Now the Lord has made this clear, that the debris surrounding the life of the Overcomer was now removed. But the Overcomer was not able to remember what it was like to be clean, or to know that the Lord had purged them of their old sins and had set them free of bondage. But then the spirit of the Lord rose in the mind of the Overcomer and caused the Overcomer to remember that they are cleansed by the blood of Christ from their bondages. However, they also recognized that the purpose of the Lord in cleansing them in this present time was solely for the purpose of the Overcomer BEING COMPLETELY ALONE. The cleansing, the tearing away of obstacles, the rescuing by the spirit of the Lord and of burning was done to isolate the Overcomer and to make sure they were completely alone and separate unto the Lord with very little sideways fellowships or communion with others who were also thus rescued.”
“Then the Angel which was with me and who carried me brought me up through the bands of the bow which was situated round about the Throne. Passing through the bands I was brought to stand to the right of the Living Christ who also stood at the right hand of The Ancient of Days, even the Father before whom all the heavens and the earth fled away. I beheld Jesus at the right hand of the Father and saw Him hold up in His right hand 7 stars which are the Angels of the 7 churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. As I beheld the stars in the right hand of Jesus I was beckoned to look down and to the right before the Throne, looking beyond the bands of the bow, past the end of the paved work and there I saw the earth and all they that dwelt upon it in their nations and in their depravity of being separate from the Lord. The earth was covered with a very large blanket of darkness, so thick was the darkness that the surface of the earth was not visible nor could any soul be seen in that darkness as the entire world of man had become covered in gross thick black darkness. I looked back then and saw the Father bend forward upon the Throne towards the earth. With an utterance of longing in His voice He cried out to men who were upon the earth, with a great cry the Father did extend His left hand over the dark blanket that covered the earth. As the Father did extend His hand over the dark blanket a strong east wind began to blow within the thick darkness, a horrendous wind. All of the works of man inside the darkened blanket cloud collapsed, the wind destroyed all the works of man utterly collapsing tall buildings and constructed places and places of carnal knowledge and understanding. The entire system of mankind over many ages had this strong east wind blow upon it. Nothing remained intact as the wind did blow upon the structures of man and the carnal wisdom of man. Then the Father with His left hand tore off the blanket of darkness leaving bare the earth beneath it. As He tore it back, the entire world of man was stuck in debris and in pieces underneath the blanket; everything that had been covered by this dark blanket was completely destroyed. Then Jesus, who stood at the right hand of the Father and who held in His right hand the 7 stars did hand the stars over to the Father who now held them in His right hand. I saw that as Christ handed the stars to the Father, that the stars remained all the while in His hand even though He gave them to God. The stars remained intact in the hand of the saviour even though the Father had them now also. The Father, even the Ancient of Days did take those stars and did cast them into the bare earth wherein the earth was cleansed by them and the earth and all the inhabitants of the earth came into the Kingdom of God within the 7 stars.”
The first writing on The Mystery of the Seven Stars in the right hand of the Lord. This mystery is everything about being “hidden” in the clay of the earth. One would think that it is about being high up in the heavens with the Lord, seated in heavenly places with Him. It is, but it is by process, not by naming it or claiming it. It is by being developed over a long period of time into perfect ones who become holy as He is holy and righteous as He is righteous. This mystery begins by being buried in the earth, not in a state of unconscious death, but in a state of trial and tribulation. Being buried in the clay of the earth while having faith alone to view the Lord in the constellation of Heaven itself with the “hope” of our becoming like Him, both in earthly as well as in heavenly appearance. This mystery has all the gamut of the life long trial of our lives within it yet for each one it is suited in a differing manner, no two Overcomers are the same in the final working and outcome of this mystery. The end result is a pure reflection of the Lord Jesus in the face of each one who endured the judgment of the 7 stars, for that is what this mystery is, a “judgement” of your life in the Lord.
There is no shortcut to having this mystery worked into you by the Holy Spirit. The Lord, as He
works in you, causes your life to be cut off from all others if you are indeed following Jesus the pattern son. If you are indeed learning what it means to be an Overcomer, then you will be at this time very much alone, hidden away in the clay of this world, unknown, unseen, unrecognized by others around you except for the very few who understand your way in the Lord. Those who do recognize you would be fellow companions in this journey you are on of overcoming victory for they could only recognize you if they themselves are also in the same passion of trial and testing. It is this trial and testing of being alone and hidden away in the clay soil of this world that is the very first part of the mystery of these 7 stars. As the Lord works in you, your life may not recognize fully what the Lord is doing in you by His hand. It may not be clear to you, but know this, that the promises to they that Overcome in the 7 churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 are yours if you submit to this dealing of the Lord. If you do not submit to it, but look for an escape from the clay soil of this earth, then you do indeed disqualify yourself from the prize and instead you end up falling short of all that the Lord wants to give you in this very mystery. The first part of this mystery is to recognize that you must “endure” the time you are in during your current tribulation of being set alone in the clay of this earth. One cannot soar in the height of the heaven’s with Jesus until they are first confined by tribulation in the gamut of trial buried alive as it were in this present evil world.
The Mystery of the 7 Stars is completely opposite to the rescue and prosperity and “special persons” doctrines that are permeating the earth through all the false evangelists and false teachers and false ministries that are walking about as though they are the mouthpiece of God. If you are an Overcomer, then none of their words can find place in you because you are too busy being “buried” in this present mortal clay. But it is to you, buried in this clay that the promise is given of first resurrection, not to the others who heap to themselves many teachers because they itch to hear a new revelation every day. Instead we learn to endure the long trial of our faith, allowing longsuffering and patience to become our character as we wait for the Lord to work in our lives all these things which need to be worked into us so that the clear line of distinction between who we are on earth and who we are in heaven can be drawn. It is very quiet here in the clay of the earth, we do not hear much out there in the way of the rustling winds, we instead are buried in silence waiting the day of our resurrection. We cannot run with the multitudes who think they are in God’s will because they believe some false prosperity or high place doctrine. Instead, we are cut off, alone, separate IF we are indeed Overcomers. The true Overcomer is not found any more in the earth, they are completely hidden away, silent, unseen, unknown, yet to them will these stars be given as they rise (one day) in the power of the first resurrection at the promised coming of Christ.
With this being then laid as a groundwork to
the doctrine of this mystery, I will state two sections in the rest of this
writing as to how this mystery is working in you at this time. This may seem a bit “dry”, but it is necessary
to understanding where we are at this time in the Lord. The first is taken from
the 2 Chronicles 16:1-14 scripture above. This is a type and shadow of where we
are in this day. To summarize that chapter is to explain how it works in our
lives as Overcomers. First of all, we have two Kings. King Asa (physical, cure) represents Judah (praise). This is a picture of the
current state of Christendom, they have a cure, they have an answer for
everything and they demand to be heard on the issues that surround modern
society. But Baasha,(he that seeks or
lays waste) the King of Israel comes to lay Judah waste. Asa represents
modern Christendom selling the word of God for profit and for gain, for worldly
recognition. Asa in these verses takes the vessels of the Lord’s treasury in
the house of the Lord and gives them to an ungodly King. The Lord’s prophet
then pronounces continual war on Asa because of this and because he did not
inquire of the Lord Himself. Ramah
represents the high places of spirit, which Baasha puts off building when he is
attacked by the Syrian king. The four cities, Ijon, Dan, Abelmaim and Naphtali
represent a very unique pattern we see also in the life of modern Christendom.
That is that they see the treasure of the Lord, but they end up selling
themselves short for it by introducing false efforts and doctrine to gain that
which they claim they see. As a result then are overtaken by war. Modern Christendom
is completely held captive in this hour because they have taken the precious
things of God’s word and have defiled it through modern name it and claim it
doctrines. When Baasha heard of the attacks on these cities he left off
building Ramah:"elevated, sublime";
left off building up the high places of the spirit; brought that work to cease
totally. This is akin to the mystery of the 7 stars being cast into the earth
albeit remaining in the hand of the Christ. Baasha then represents the
Overcomers destroying the systems of Christendom and of this present fallen
world. Asa represents Christendom who has sold the precious things of the
Lord's house for temporary relief. Christendom goes to "(noise) false anointings" to build
themselves up. This "(noise)
false anointing” is in the place of limited blood in a sack, and a false
similitude of personal sacrifice. Such is Christendom who will not be part of
the first resurrection. They are found to be false testaments to that which is
holy, even the precious things of the Lord which for them have been made into
imitations of the true.
Asa, King of Judah then takes the building materials that was constructing Ramah and carries them off to build instead Geba:"a hill, cup" and Mizpah:"a watch-tower; speculation".
The prophet Hanani:"my grace, my mercy" comes to Asa and accuses him of trusting in the King of Syria rather than trusting in the Lord and the result is bondage by continual war. A perfect picture of this very hour we live in where Christendom does not know peace at all.
The second section I would state is that in the vision above, the 7 Stars are “cast” into the earth. For the Overcomer, there is no place in them where they think they are high and lifted up in the heavenly sphere and at the right hand of God except that they hold that AS A HOPE FOR THAT WHICH IS YET TO COME. Instead, the 7 Stars are cast into the earth. The true Overcomer holds the hope of the resurrection and of communion in absolute holiness in the Lord as a distant hope, an area that they will yet come to wherein they will be found perfect in the image of Jesus. For now however their stars are cast into the clay of this earth, they are bound by time and place and by the process of personal trial and tribulation and of being cut off and completely alone, except for some small bits of sideways fellowship. The Lord does join the Overcomer buried in the clay of this earth with those of the same like precious faith, and some are allowed to gather often to praise His Name and to wait on Him together, but for the most part they are cut off and alone and they see nothing but the clay of this mortal earth and not much more. The stars are seen by faith in the hand of the risen Christ, but it is for them a hope that is yet to be. We do not claim to be there outside of our hope, but we are on this journey TO that place of being raised together with Him and seated together with Him as full Overcomers in that which is yet to come.
We have forsaken everything to obey the Lord, the result is we find ourselves outside of all the fellowships of Christendom, bearing His reproach rather than thinking we are going to be rich in worldly wealth. We are hidden, our way is not made plain to others, we are not seen or known, but this is the first step of this mystery and of seeing Him who holds the 7 stars and who judges right, promising to raise us in the first resurrection.
To be continued................
Kenneth B Visscher