Exod. 25:17-22, “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold (Gods nature); two and a half cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width (2 ½ + 1 ½ = 4 cubits, pointing to the fourth day resurrection of Gods man-child two witnesses). And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work, you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat (Christ and His first fruits as one). And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat (first fruits lives centered upon Christ Jesus). You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark, you shall put the Testimony (Christ nature) that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel (Christ the head and His firstfruits become God’s nature unto all the earth)”.
“Cherubim” is the plural word of “KERUV”. “Keruv” meaning is “covering angel”. In this, we see the greater expression when two angels covered and guarded Jesus the Christ as His body lay quietly in death. John 20:12, “And she saw two in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain”. Thus, the resurrection of Jesus becomes the focal point concerning the establishing of Gods kingdom upon this earth. All the types concerning the ark of the Old Testament represent and are fulfilled in Jesus, the Christ who now lives in a firstfruits remnant. These firstfruits become the visible expression of Jesus Christ as He makes His appearance through them. These firstfruits, at the time of Christ appearing are those who become the manifesting kingdom of God in the earth. God’s kingdom, prophesied and foretold of, is in the earth to make its appearance in covering the whole earth. Therefore, what are the firstfruits who become the visible expression of God and the Christ in establishing that Godly kingdom?
The mercy seat, hidden behind a third veil was a woven cloth of blue, purple, scarlet, and linen with cherubim woven all over it. At this veil, there were four pillars of wood overlaid with gold. This “wood” speaks of “man”, but man overlaid with “gold” represents the “divine nature of God”. The number “four” speaks of “tribulation” or the completion of the progressive change that each member of Christ body experiences in becoming the firstfruits entering into the heavenlies of God, the Holy of Holies.
The veil that separates man from God represents the “flesh nature” of the man. In this, the man breaks through the veil, the flesh nature, as a re-entry into the Garden of Eden. Remember that fallen man’s own beast nature keeps him from this realm called Eden. Also, remember that God has promised, He has ordained and He has supplied the way for the new creation man to dwell in Eden. Dwelling in Eden speaks of Gods ordained purpose for man to return to Eden and even go beyond it into immortality. With the “tree of life” pointing to and speaking of eternal life, the “flaming sword” of God, His word that changes man, ordains and protects the way to immortality. Gen 3:24, “So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden (pointing to the Christ and His return, head and body, to affect His kingdom in the earth), and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way (no flesh or carnality of the fallen nature can enter) to the tree of life”.
Note, that it is of a necessity that man must pass through the flaming sword of fire. This passing is the only way God has made available (Christ Jesus) to re-enter into life from the death realm, which is a separation from God. Upon the pathway called Christ Jesus, man partakes of the immortal realm of God. Luke 12:49-50, “I (Jesus) came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!” “Fire” speaks of and represents tribulation. Note that fire changes the consistency of anything physical. Fire is the instrument used by God to bring all necessary changes. These changes are the necessary transition taken to partake of the fullness that God has made available. Matt. 3:11-12, “I (John the Baptist) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire”.
God has used many types in His word that speaks to His people as a spiritual revelation. These truths revealed allow understanding to support Gods purpose in His eternal plan, truth such as written in the writings of Ezekiel as he received a vision from God. (Read Ezek. 1:1-18). Ezek. 1:10, “As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle”. These living creatures or beasts, depicted as representing the soul of man. As a fallen soul, men’s souls consist of four fallen areas that God reveals as the functioning character of the man. Men’s soul wherein his nature abides consists of the mind, the emotions, the will, and desires.
1. The mind of man pictured as an eagle. The eagle is the bird that flies in the heavens with keen eyesight in which to observe the earth for prey. Man, like unto an eagle, with a fallen mind that soars high into carnal imaginations, searching the carnal world for ways that take him away from God.
2. The emotions of man pictured as a lion. The lion known as the king of the beasts rules the emotions, the ruling factor of men’s makeup. Fallen man responding to the carnal mind allows his emotions to rule, as a beast that seeks the realm of death without true life, living a life torn apart by emotions.
3. The will of man pictured as an ox. The ox, while strong also known for his stubbornness. Fallen man, in desiring his own will and way in all things becomes a vessel that wars against the ways of God for self. Remember, God’s ways are higher than the ways of man.
4. The desires of man pictured as the face of a man. Man is the most desirous of Gods creation. Fallen man with his desires observes all of Gods creation with but one desire. That is a desire to posses and unlawfully receives all that God created. In this fallen desire, man desires to take God’s place and become a god unto self. In this, man desires heaven and hell at the same time.
As a person reads of these same areas of the soul in the book of Revelation, the ability to see the revealing of another order for the soul comes forth. While in Ezekiel’s time, the children of Israel, because of rebellion against God’s ways, His nature, they went into captivity and destruction. Here in Revelation the soul now stands before the throne-room of God as a restored completed soul manifesting the nature of Christ. (Read Rev. 4:1-10). Rev. 4:6-7 states, “Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and back. The first living creature was like a lion (emotions), the second living creature like a calf (the will, no longer a stubborn ox, but a calf of dependent nature yielding to God), the third living creature had a face like a man (desires), and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle (mind)”.
Thus, we see a people, the first fruits that have broken through the veil into God’s Holy of Holies, the throne-room. This speaks of carnal man breaking through the veil of his flesh. First fruits separated unto God for His use alone. God’s people are those who manifest the nature of Christ, as they become the expression of Gods mercy seat. The act of God’s mercy sending these first fruits throughout the earth establishing His kingdom of love and peace, as Babylon knows destruction and replacement.
It was God from His heart that spoke of His manifesting glory coming forth as His knowledge covered the earth as the waters cover the sea. God also spoke of restoring David’s Tabernacle, the tabernacle of manifestation when all men could come and look upon the glory of God. Acts 15:16-17, “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things”.
In discussing God’s purpose for men’s re-entry into Eden, the way is clear. The necessity for man to go through the flaming sword of God, which is knowledge of Gods Word, that gives enlightenment. The man also must go through the fire of God in purifying the vessel of all the chaff and tares. The baptism of fire brings man into God’s purposed state of perfection. That is, a being made complete according to God’s purpose for the birthing of the man. In this, man escapes the order called the realm of in part, how, because that which is perfect has come. Perfection as it dwells in you has completed God’s perfect process. I Cor. 13:9-10, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect (Christ complete in you) has come, that which is in part will be down away”.
In all that, humanity observes and experiences in the earth during this particular age, events happen that staggers the mind. These events, while overwhelming at times are but a prelude to greater events that are in the making. These greater events, reserved until God completes what the scripture declares as a people sealed. This is a sealing of the mind, the nature of Christ. Understanding is given that at the completion of this people’s sealing these greater destructive events come. This speaks of a release for a God given purpose. This is to bring destruction to men’s world that God might rebuild it into His kingdom. Thus, the purpose for God’s first fruits is the establishing of God’s kingdom in the earth. This kingdom results in God’s mercy seat revealed unto the world as God’s first fruit king/priest come forth to manifest the nature of Christ. These are vessels of mercy affecting the whole of the earth with Gods order and purpose. In all this we say come forth.
Rev. 7:1-3, “After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four (number for tribulation) winds of the earth that the wind should not flow on the earth, on the sea, or on the tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and sea, saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in the forehead (mind)”.
The question is and are we seeing and living in the time of God when He seals or completely restores the mind of Christ unto these firstfruits? In having a greater understanding of what and who these sealed servants are, consider that God’s first fruit remnant is the sons of Abraham. Who are the true sons of Abraham? Gal. 3:7, 29, “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. …And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise”. Consider that these true sons of Abraham, those of a first fruit company of God, are manifesting the mercy seat nature of Christ unto the nations.