A few days ago we were
singing a song given to us from another brother in Christ, and it has
been in my head ever since.
Awake! Zion awake!
trim your lamps (Repeat)
stars of heaven shall fall
moon shall turn into blood
sons of God shall arise,
Isaiah tells us,"Awake, awake; put on
thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the
holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the
uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust;
arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy
neck, O captive daughter of Zion." Isaiah 52:1-2
The word awake means "to be roused, to stir up, to be excited, to be
triumphant." Beloved, the Lord desires us to stir up our
inner man and be excited about serving Him. We must awake
from our Adam sleep and put on our strength and our beautiful garments
which are our robes of righteousness.
Verse 2 says, "Shake thyself from the dust". Dust is dry earth and
represents the fleshly man. We must get rid of that old
fleshly man that holds us back from going on in God.
Verse 2 goes on to say, "Arise! Sit down!" The word arise
means "raise, establish, stand, stablish, abide, and
accomplish." We must rise to the high place in God and sit
down. The phrase sit down means to "inhabit, abide, remain, tarry, and
dwell in." We must remain and abide near the Father.
We all know the story of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, and in
verse 3 we discover: "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took
no oil with them:they took no oil with
them." The oil represents the Holy Spirit
in our lives. What a pronouncement on today's church system!
Many in the church today are as these five foolish virgins. They have
no Spiritual walk with God.
Verse 4 tells us that the wise took oil in their vessels with their
lamps. Not only must we have our lamps full of oil, we must
also have our vessels full of the extra Holy Spirit oil of
preparedness. Now is the day we need to arise, trim our
lamps, so that we will be ready for the Bridegroom's coming.
One of the meanings of the word lamp is "to glisten." The glistening
lamp of God's love, joy, and peace has all but gone out of the earth
today. Where are those in the church who are glistening
bright with the fruits of the Spirit? It is indeed time to trim our
lamps and make ourselves ready for what lies ahead. In the
book of Revelation, John tells us:
". . .and there were seven lamps of fire
burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."
If our desire is to stand before the throne of God then we must have
these seven Spirits of God; which are the spirit of widsom,
revelation, judgement, grace, truth, meekness, and life. [see "The
Seven Spirits of God" by George Kirkpatrick]
Each day we spend time in
His word and in prayer He is filling us with His Spirit.
"And I beheld when he had opened the
sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became
black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars
of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely
figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind." Revelation 6:12-13
Awake! Zion! It is high time to awake
out of our sleep!
"And that, knowing the time, that now it
is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer
than when we believed." Romans 13:11
The sixth seal is about to be opened. Is your life a lamp
glistening? Are you standing firm in Mount Zion - - - or is
your focus on the desires of the flesh and the ways of this
life? Robert Bixler