Light and Oil
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. Rev 11:15-17
Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Heb 9:1-15.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:4-9
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at [thy] side. Isaiah 60:1-4
And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation]. Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. Numbers 14:17 - 19
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Proverbs 25:4
And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Malachi 3:3
"Then being supported under my right arm and being held tightly by the side of the Angel I was taken to a place wherein I could see the expanse of the earth and the nations that would dwell therein. But this time the earth as to continents was not seen but that it looked as though it were the surface of the Sun so hot and boiling. The entire expanse of the earth had lost the outline of shore to sea and of sky to firmament of ground. The earth at this point looked no different than the Sun looked upon its surface. There were darkened patches of earth mixed with molten lava and heat. Nowhere upon the surface of the earth was the fire not consuming it and melting it completely, nothing was left untouched by this fire. I saw the earth swelling up like the boiling surface of the Sun, much fire mixed with black pitch and pieces of earth floating above the molten state but still entirely consumed by the heat thereof. The entire heat of it and the length of it covered the earth and also came from the wrath of The Ancient of Days from within the inner elements of this fire for it was Holy Fire. I saw that the fire that burnt the earth and the person or personality of the Ancient of Days were one in the same. This was the wrath of God in a continuance and unabated and nothing in the world of man could stand before it. So hot was the fire that all the elements of the world of man melted in this fervent heat. I saw that this is a present reality in the world of man and this consuming dearth will not cease until the wrath of God for this time has been fulfilled."
(Vision of the Golden Candlestick in the Open Temple in Heaven)
"Then to the side of Grace and to the side of Glory by the lower leg of the Throne was the candlestick (lampstand) and between the Table of Showbread which in this realm was seen at the same time as multitudes upon multitudes of souls in the world of man. So great was the expanse of the Golden Table to cover humanity and endless was the breadth and height of it to encompass all peoples in all ages. Yet my eyes were turned to the lampstand and I saw the light of it emanating in two directions. On the one side of it towards the Heavenly Sea the light did bend out over mankind where there was sorrow and heartache and woe and much tribulation. The light of the candlestick searched the earth but only the elements of sorrow and woe were found therein. However the light of the lampstand also had from its candles the light bend towards the Throne wherein it did reveal elements of Holiness and Purity from the Ancient of Days that did sit upon the Throne. The Lord was fully seen in the light of the candles and nothing of His person was not fully revealed for anyone who would seek to look and to see. So then the light of this lampstand revealed at this time both the woe upon the world of man and the Holiness and Purity of the Lord above it so that there was no mistake as to His purpose in that He be revealed to mankind as the only answer for this hour wherein He will make full restitution and full compensation to those who were found in tribulation in the world and in the time frame upon which they lived."
(Vision of the Golden Table of Showbread in the Open Temple in Heaven)
"Then to the other leg of the Throne on the side nearest the center front of the Throne was the sea of the multitude, ten thousands upon thousands and millions upon millions of souls were gathered in this sea unto and before The Ancient of Days that did sit upon the Throne. However my eyesight changed to see that this multitude and this sea were before the Lord as the Golden Table of Showbread, a table wherein the loaves were gathered in 12 groups of 12 and were in pans upon the table. As my feet approached to the table I picked up a loaf and examined it. The bottom of it was covered in thick oil and the pan was covered in oil and I could see the oil seething out of all the other pans. As I picked up the loaf there was a loud and unified and perfect rise in singing and in worship unto the Ancient of Days who did sit in Glory above the sea of the multitude which sea was to Him as the Golden Table of Showbread. The worship of these who were in the sea sounded as the sound of many waters and of a great crescendo of worship and of praise and of the fear of the Lord. The oil that was on the bottom of the loaf I had picked up off of the pan and the oil that was yet under the other loaves of the pans began to flow and to swell in the worship and began to flow down over the table, down over its legs and onto the floor of the Open Temple and it began to fill the paved work upon which the Throne did sit so that the bread, the pans, the table and the paved work were covered in this holy oil that moved at the motion of worship and praise unto the Ancient of Days who did sit in Glory above the sea of the multitude."
One of the greatest temptations facing the Sons and Daughters of the Lord at this time can be "impatience in waiting for the coming of the Lord." This impatience can easily become oppressive and overbearing as one wonders at the time it is taking for the Lord to fulfill the promise of His appearing and the ending of this present time of tribulation. This impatience is being displayed as a realm of further dealings by the Lord in rising to the surface in us the thoughts that we can "command" God and "order" God to do for us what we expect Him to do. Like a toddler stamping their feet to get their way there are many who are chafing at the bit to see this time end in the coming of the Lord. Now that alone is not totally wrong for it is a hope in us that purifies and keeps us clean in faith in waiting for His appearing. What becomes wrong is when we attempt to display to the Lord the reason why He should appear bringing His Kingdom with Him at this time rather than later. Our minds become perplexed when we do that because we have learned that faith alone is to keep us in this hour and whether we live or die we are the Lord's. His coming is right on time whether we think it is or not. Some are overwhelmed by trial and test, others by illness and disease of aging bodies, others by long fought warfare and resistance to the minions which would thwart faith and have one fall back into religious works instead. In any case be comforted knowing that His promise is sure, that He is coming right on time and will not be one second out of step with the greater purposes of God and of His promised Kingdom.
We come in this study to the Golden Candlestick before the Throne and before humanity. There is a vision above concerning the Table of Showbread which I will address in the next paper after this one, for now suffice it to say that none of the oil of anointing from those loaves of bread will be wasted on anything in creation that God has not fully determined to restore. For now however the Candlestick offers revelation and light into our present circumstances while at the same time revealing the Holy Standard which is the person of the Lord. The light of this lampstand reveals both our need and His fulfillment of that need. So then there are two areas that the spirit of the Lord has brought up which are paramount to this very hour, both of these are important to remember and to retain in your knowledge.
First of all the scripture from Proverbs 25:4 and Malachi 3:3, that the Lord has sat as the refiner and purifier of silver. For long years the Sons and Daughters of God have walked with the Lord in all gamut of life with their tears and their joys being their constant companions. Through tribulations unique to each one yet with the same overall purpose the numbers of those whom the Lord has chosen for His greatest purpose have come to the same arrived conclusion. That is that they find themselves standing in faith and rejoicing in their faith in the Lord. The Lord has during this time baptized these believers in the Holy Spirit which coming to us as a flame of fire burns with divine heat and light bringing forth an upward change. This heat and light has boiled to the surface now all the dross that is within us and within our thinking minds. It bears repeating. That the dross is now all surfaced.
I have stated before that "iniquity" is the root and cause of sin, it is the power of "self will". It was iniquity found in Adam that caused him to reach forth his hand and partake of the forbidden fruit and it is iniquity in the children of God that causes them to be identified with the world of man. Iniquity is seen as the marrow of the bone, discovered by the tip of the sword of the Lord which is the dividing asunder of the bone and marrow by His word. When we find our lives overcome by something, it is because iniquity is the power behind the marrow that makes that thing happen. I say now in prophecy, that your iniquity and your carnal natural power is now all surfaced as dross in your life.
The dross which has come up has proven that we are called and chosen for the Lord does not move except He purifies the Sons of God through much tribulation. The dross was brought up along with two other elements. The passed down iniquities of the forefathers to their children and the power of demonic and satanic influence in combating the faith of the Overcomer. The fact that the dross has risen has caused increase in demonic attacks and spiritual wars as well as all the over bearing iniquities (self will after sin has taken hold) in the life of the one who desires to overcome. They can only see this part for now and are not able to see that the Lord has boiled all this to the surface so that it can be judged. The manchild to be caught up to the Throne has first the dragon ready to devour him as soon as it is born. The woman which is represented of the systems of Christendom and the world systems flees to the wilderness where she is then held and kept safe while this judgment of the boiling up of dross then begins on her.
Remember this dear reader. Your natural thinking mind can only see the dross and can only think in the dross realm. Your mind is cognizant of the dross, it is not cognizant of the Holy nature of the new creation in your life, it only recognizes the failures of flesh in not being conformed to the Holy nature of the Lord. This natural mind then becomes the landscape of war and of accusation by enemy spirits which confront the mind and cause it to be under manifold temptations and discouragements. Because the natural mind cannot perceive the Lord in His holy nature it attempts to be holy in whatever framework it thinks holiness is. As it does it attempts to present itself to God as worthwhile as it bears an image of holiness that it thinks is correct when in fact it is mere religious effort at attempting to be like God. It becomes a ruse to us for it tries to be like God with the power of choice and with the power of effort but it never succeeds for God has rejected it. This is the same as the whore of Revelation 13 riding the scarlet colored beast attempting to be godlike in appearance but seen as corrupt and defiled and unholy. The discouragement of the natural thinking mind comes because of the thought that the mind ought to be holy as well, but it cannot be for it is at enmity against God.
The second area that the Lord brought up before me was the fact that the world now lays in gross darkness. Isaiah 60:1-4. We are seeing the gross darkness. We see the darkness covering the world of man, the earth, and gross darkness the people. We "forget" that the Lord has planned to "rise" upon us with "light". This light is none other than the same light of the golden lampstand that illuminates the darkness in the world and the light of Lord in revelation. The lampstand does both. This now bears another verse of scripture which helps us to understand this time of darkness we see the world in.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it [is] a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry [land]; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:6-8
It is "a little while". This shaking. Now the world has surely entered this shaking. We are seeing the blocks of Babylon tumble and dismantle and crash to the ground as never before. The Lord for "a little while" shall shake all these things. Fear not flock of God, for this is but a transition from one humanity to another, from one realm of time to a new realm of time, a time not yet created but shall be wherein all nations will find their desire and peace in the Kingdom of the Lord here upon this earth. Rest in this knowledge as you see the world of man shake apart and as you see the pride of man collapse into futility and then into dust. The house He will fill with Glory is the assembled persons of His new covenant, those who have partaken of the body and blood of Jesus in Holy communion and who have ordered their lives aright by His grace. These shall see the desire of His Holy nature become their only life manifested.
It bears repeating here that the world is in gross darkness. Not only in its economy and science, but also in the knowledge of the Lord. His knowledge is now so marred by the truth being held in unrighteousness, even more so than in Jesus day by the Jewish assembly that rejected Him. The darkness of that day Jesus was in and today are both due to an inability of man to recognize the true person of the Lord. Because that is the first thing and because that first thing is so prevalent, mankind becomes atheistic and apathetic and is full of unbelief. So surprising shall it be when the light of the Lord rises upon the lowly Overcomer. When that light begins to manifest in this darkness! When it is seen for what it is, a TRUE revelation of the living Christ! That is the end of the shaking and the darkness and the tumult caused by the rise of personal iniquity! Christ shall be seen and will not be mistaken for any other thing. That false Christ which looks like the real Christ shall be rejected and repented of. Man who is atheistic because of science will worship God because of true science! All of it will come together at the same time to reveal a people who are filled with the light of the Lord in continuing endless eternal waves of light and glory. Such is the hope that keeps us.
So remember those two things. Iniquity (dross) has risen to the full which your natural mind can only perceive and gross darkness that covers the earth. By this you will come into your faith knowing that this is the last time and the end time for your testimony and for the light of Christ which has risen upon you.
To be continued............
Kenneth B Visscher