Vital Words to the Body of Christ
  
Teaching the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
Revelation 14:6-7

Issue 201210
Awake! Zion Awake!
            


   
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!
                Awake and trim your lamps (Repeat)
                For the stars of heaven shall fall
                And the moon shall turn into blood
                And the sons of God shall arise,
                Zion awake!

    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." Revelation 4:5

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    
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