In the timing of God, according to that which He purposed from Himself, movements of fulfillment have been and are continuing to take place. These movements, as ordered by God, cause certain reactions to take place in both the heavens and the earth. Meaning, that a time has come, with these movements taking place within the heavens, that the reactions to these movements are beginning to bring forth a visible manifestation. For this cause and purpose, God sends forth messengers who sound out a message according to these movements. In the sounding out with a clear sound, let us take notice of Rev. 10:2 and receive understanding as to the results of God’s released message. The message is one of deliverance and authority, to now appear and take dominion according to God’s intentional purpose. “And he [God’s messengers] had in [speaking of a union and fellowship] his hand a little book [words and purpose of God] open [no longer sealed, but understanding to be given]: and he set his right foot upon [denoting a place of dignity and power, overcoming] the sea [represents the heart of the carnal church], and his left foot on the earth [represents the realm of self-will independent from God’s will, the fleshly nations]”.
Consideration, when given to the “little book” as mentioned above, it brings our attention to the fact that what was formally sealed and hidden from man has now been opened. When considering this book that was once sealed, attention is given to one made worthy to undo the seals. Rev. 5:1 & 5 states, “And I saw [not the mere act of looking, but the actual perception of the object shown] in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne [God’s place of divine authority] a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals [as yet closed from spiritual perfection]. …. And one of the elders said unto me, weep not: behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed [overcame] to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof”.
With this book, as spoken of above, being a closed or sealed book, its secrets, its mysteries remain unknown and closed to those who still abide in the old Adam man and his continuing fleshly carnal nature. Therefore, that place of spiritual perfection could not be attained because the revelation of spiritual truth and perfection was as yet still hidden to them. But, back to Revelation chapter 10, with spiritual movements taking place and the opening of seals continuing. This means, God’s time for heavenly movements bringing change have and are now taking place. Therefore, let us notice again the results of said movements. As the opening of the book becomes available, the revealing of hidden truth and mysteries come alive. Remember, that which God opens, no man can shut. So with the seals being broken, it reveals accountability. A people now accountable to become the expression of each opened seal. The end results speak of a people moving into a life-style of spiritual perfection, spiritual authority to establish God’s kingdom on the earth.
With those willing to receive and recognize these movements that are taking place in heaven, and with each seal remaining unsealed until each following seal is received by and within the vessel, it incorporates the preceding one. In this progressive journey, the obedient vessel matures through each opened seal with each trumpet sounding until spiritual perfection comes. While once a mystery, God’s way to perfection is available because the pattern son, Jesus Christ, has been found worthy to release God’s spiritual perfection. This continues until its fullness is known within the receiving vessels. In this, the mysteries of God shall be finished within those receiving.
In declaring the setting of His right foot upon the sea, understand that the obedient body of Christ likewise spiritual matures to set their feet upon the sea. The sea, as used here represents a group of people who live and dwell in the life-style of carnality even though many are calling themselves Christian. This speaks of a people of the world in general, those whose worldly nature consumes them, even living a life-style which is at warfare, at enmity against God. In this regard, it points to the ministry of and to the carnality that dwells within the man-made church.
Rom. 8:7-8, “Because the carnal mind [minding the things of the flesh] is enmity against God: for it is not subject to [does not submit itself to] the law [nature] of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh [live according to its lusts] cannot please God”. For this cause, spiritual movements from heaven must needs be exercised in the earth realm. When placing the foot upon the sea and the earth, it speaks of gaining and having total victory in Christ. Which points to total victory over the sea and earth realm.
This word earth also points to the need for victory over the evidential conditions which the earth represents. It points to the nations, the people, as they dwell within the confines of unregenerate carnality. This speaks of the self-will having dominion over the vessel as it wars against God’s will. It speaks of man’s fleshly nature which dwells in its consuming lusts. As a people place their feet upon the earth realm it declares a conquering people. Therefore, once an enemy of God, but having conquered the flesh, the Christ can now be revealed in and through them. Note the transformation for this people changing from one world to another. From the god of self to the God of all creation. 1 Cor. 15:47-49, “The first man is of the earth [carnality as distinct from being spiritual] earthy [of the dust realm]: the second man is the Lord from heaven [spiritual realm of throne-room authority]. As is the earthy such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly [celestial – spiritual realm], such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly”.
This reveals the divine purpose of God in transforming His people from a life-style promoted by the earthy, the dust carnal realm without regeneration, to a people of change. A change that transforms a people into the realm of the heavenlies. Speaking of a people that are transformed by the renewing of the mind, the soul of man (this points to change in spirit, soul and body). Rom. 12:1-2, shouts out, “I beseech [to call aside with purpose] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies [compassion] of God, that you present [yield] your bodies [for a change from the dust man] a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable [well-pleasing] unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not [depending on feelings] conformed to this world [age]: but be ye transformed [to change the form] by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable [well-pleasing], and perfect [reaching the end of God’s purpose for you, completion], will [God’s desire] of God”. Herein, a people that are hearing and seeing the heavenly movements of God are yielding to His purpose. The Holy Spirit is actively enabling an obedient people to know the death, the separation from the carnal dust of the earth man, to become and live according to the order of God’s heavens. These are taking their place in God’s spiritual perfection and authority.
In this heavenly movement, a people with a Christ-like nature are being called to come forth. In the call, a need to yield to the call of transformation they know that Christ is qualified to bring forth such a change in each yielded man. In this type of change, the Apostle Paul speaks loudly in Gal. 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ [as we abide in Him]: nevertheless, I live, yet not I [dust realm of the earth man], but the Christ lives in me [Christ nature within responds to heavens movements]: and the life which I now live in the flesh [flesh man dying in Jesus Christ] I live by the faith of the Son of God [its Christ faith – a believing in His strength and ability], who loved me, and gave Himself for me”. Note, that the transformation pointed to here is one of dying to the self-will mind-set, as Christ, through the Holy Spirit, is the one doing the transforming. Transformation does not come through the ability or strength of the dust-man. Rom. 6:5-6 states, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also of His resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man [fallen Adam dust-man nature] is crucified with Him, that the body of sin [the old nature which is a slave to sin] might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin [rendered inoperative]”.
The importance of knowing that, as heaven moves, God is sending forth the reality of bringing the order of heaven to earth. This heavenly order is one of perfection which causes activity to bring forth a response among believing people. That is, those who are hearing and seeing the movements of God’s divine throne-room order and authority, it is affecting these receiving people. Even as Job responded to the movements of God concerning his time of increase, a like-kind people are responding today.
Job 42:1-6, “Then Job answered the Lord [the creator], and said, I know that You can do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from You [God declares that He looks upon the heart, not man’s outer appearance]. Who is he that hides council without knowledge? Therefore, have I uttered that I understood not [includes todays carnal theology and good for self-will doctrines]; things to wonderful for me, which I knew not [carnal minded thoughts are without God’s true knowledge]. Hear, I beseech Thee, and I will speak; I will demand of Thee [needing an answer from God], and declare [truth] unto me. I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye sees Thee [note the change from hearing to seeing], Wherefore I abhor myself and repent [a change from carnal natural religion to a life manifesting the Christ nature] in dust and ashes [remember man in his old nature is a dust-man needing repentance while God is a consuming fire burning and leaving behind the ashes of all carnality through repentance]”.
Know that these movements in the heavens have a determining factor concerning the reaction within the earth realm. While man can claim to be the children of God, we must know, He is being revealed only to those who have eyes to see. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear [not yet brought to light to and within us] what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear [God given revelation, brought to light with spiritual understanding], we shall be like Him; for we shall see [that which is presented to be seen and that which the receiving person perceives] Him as He is”. Such promises and such a day is this day. A people living in a time purposed by God to see and know the things of heaven. No longer citizens of the earth but now becoming the citizens of God’s heavens. Eph. 2:19, “Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God”. Because we are citizens, we now have all the rights of God’s kingdom government as its given to rule and reign in our lives. God’s Heavenly order has come to our earth and now dwells within His people, that is, a people wherein His nature is manifesting to the establishing of His kingdom on earth. What are you as an individual hearing and seeing?
Here let’s consider what John shares with us in taking necessary steps to enter into the fullness of God’s purpose. While searching out the word of God it remains very important, let us not leave out the most important and best part, a needed step. John 5:39-40 declares, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are they which testify [bear witness] of Me. And you will not come [do not will to come] to Me, that you might have life [the fountain of life]”. Note the greater need, to come to Him, the author of all life with this desire. That we may not only know about Him, but become one with Him in His life, with His nature manifesting through us. Thus, a receiving of God’s heavenly order consuming a yielded people who become the Kings and Priest of His kingdom.