The Rock in the Wilderness
George Kirkpatrick
 


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As we begin to look at the mystery of the Rock in the Wilderness, we must realize the rock spoken of is Spiritual. Although physical rocks are alluded to, the application of these rocks is Spiritual.

As we discover the pre-existence of Jesus in the Old Testament, we must always remember that Jesus has existed from the beginning of all time. He only came in the flesh for thirty-three and one-half years as the Saviour of all mankind. Jesus' fleshly walk was to be an example to us that we, too, can overcome our fleshly existence. We are to overcome so we may dwell eternally with Him in His Spiritual realm, commonly referred to as "heaven".

When Jesus was born into the world, He was known as Jesus Christ, or Jesus the Anointed. Today we know Him as Christ Jesus, the Anointing of the Father. Paul revealed the pre-existence of Christ Jesus in his second letter to Timothy:

"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," II Timothy 1:9

Christ Jesus, the Anointing of the Father, existed before the world began. So, when the Word speaks of the Rock in the Wilderness, it speaks of the Spiritual anointing that has been upon God's elect from the beginning of time. Paul spoke of this anointing in his letter to the Corinthians:

"Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;And did all eat the same Spiritual meat; And did all drink the same Spiritual drink:for they drank of the Spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." I Corinthians 10:1-4

Christ, the Anointing, was the Rock that followed Israel in the wilderness. Paul recorded they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them. The word drank means "to receive into the soul, that which serves to refresh, strengthen, nourish unto eternal life." Eternal life only exists in the Spiritual realm, and it is only through Christ that we can enter into God's eternal realm.

As we begin to discover the Rock in the Wilderness, it soon becomes evident that the Rock appeared many times in the lives of God's ancient people. The prophet Isaiah spoke of the cleaving of the rock in the wilderness:

"And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts: He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out." Isaiah 48:21

Moses clave the rock and the waters gushed out. We know who our Rock is. Our Rock is Christ. The Psalmist declared:

"The Lord is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." Psalm 18:2

Our Rock is our fortress, deliverer, strength, buckler (shield), horn (power) of our salvation, and our high tower (hiding place, a place of refuge). When we cleave our rock, then the water will gush out. The water is the Word. When we begin to apply God's Word to our life, then all the promises of God become ours. We can claim every promise made to man from Adam through the book of Revelation.

Moses is the one who clave the Rock in the Wilderness. How many times did Moses get water out of the rock for Israel? The answer is "twice". The Psalmist wrote:

"He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths." Psalm 78:15

The Smitten Rock

Moses clave the rock more than once. The first time Moses clave the rock was at Rephidim. God told Moses:

"Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel." Exodus 17:6

The Lord informed Moses He would stand before him upon the rock. Moses was to smite the rock so God's people could drink; or, so God's people could partake of the Word of life. When Moses smote the rock at Rephidim, it revealed Jesus as the "Smitten Rock". It was God's plan that His only begotten Son be smitten, and become an example to all mankind. It is through Jesus, the Smitten Rock, that we can be reconciled to the Father, and be restored to our created place in God. The word Rephidim means "resting place." Jesus told the people:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

We can only enter into God's rest by partaking of His shed blood for the forgiveness of our sin and through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We must follow Jesus' life as our example, and allow the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit to equip and prepare us to overcome the old, sin nature. Only then can we enter into Rephidim the place of God's total rest.

The Hearing Rock

The second time Moses was to cleave the rock was at Kadesh Barnea. This time God told Moses to...

"Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth His water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. Numbers 20:8

The place Kadesh Barnea means "the son of wondering, set apart." This time Moses was to take the rod and speak to the rock. The rod is the symbol of authority. Both times Moses had God's authority to operate in His name. But this time he was not to smite the rock, but only speak to it for the water to gush out. This represents Christ the Hearing Rock. Jesus informed His disciples just before His death:

"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24

After Jesus' death on the cross, it is only necessary to ask the Father in Jesus' name, and we shall receive. It was Jesus' willingness to be totally obedient to the Father that made this possible. It is only through our total willingness and absolute obedience that we may partake of God's wonderful promises.

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13

Whenever we begin to operate upon the Word that comes from the claved rock, then we will have whatsoever we desire as long as it brings glory to the Son. The beloved John wrote:

"And this is the confidence that we have in Him that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us:" I John 5:14

The secret in approaching the Hearing Rock is praying according to His will. How do we pray in His will? In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the secret of praying in His will.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" Matthew 7:7

If we are to approach the Hearing Rock we first must ask. When we ask we are inquiring of His will. If we are to pray in His will, then we must inquire what His will is in every situation.

Next, we are to seek. To seek takes time. The word seek means "to inquire, strive after, crave and to demand." When we approach the Hearing Rock we must approach Him with our whole heart.

Next, we are to knock. To knock means "to get someone's attention." Jesus revealed to John on the isle of Patmos:

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock: Revelation 3:20a

Jesus declared to John that God is trying to get the attention of His people. When we knock, we have opened the door to Him. He will enter into our lives to sup with us, and we with Him. Paul explained it all in his letter to the Ephesians:

"For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." Ephesians 2:18

When we come into communion by and through the Spirit of the living God, then we have access to the Father (the Hearing Rock). We will have come into communion with the Hearing Rock. John recorded Jesus' words concerning this oneness we are to come into:

"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John 17:21

When we come to the Hearing Rock, we have come to our rightful place in God. Many today, like Moses, continue to smite the rock. Their only belief is in the crucified Christ. They have no faith in the Risen, Overcoming Christ that has given us total victory in all areas of the flesh. When Moses smote the rock, not once, but twice, it kept him from entering into his promise land. Today many will miss the Kingdom of God because they are still smiting the Hearing Rock instead of simply speaking to Him as a child would to his father.

God gave us another example of the Hearing Rock when Israel entered into their promise land:

"And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which He spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God." Joshua 24:26-27

It has been generally understood that Joshua wrote the words of the law on the stone, but the Scripture tells us Joshua did not write the words of the law on the stone, but in a book. Then he took a great stone and set it under an oak tree. Joshua told the people, "This stone will be a witness to all of us because this stone has heard all the words of the law that God spoke unto His people". The stone Joshua set up as a memorial was symbolic of Christ Jesus, the Hearing Rock. The Hearing Rock is a witness to all who have not heeded God's Word. John recorded the words of Jesus:

"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:47-48

The Hearing Rock is set in our midst. He has heard all the words God has spoken to His people. Those who reject God's Word do not believe. To them the Hearing Rock will be a witness against them when they are judged by His Word in the last day.

Many confess Christ, but their lives do not show the change God demands in our life. They have not allowed their thinking to be changed or renewed by the ever-cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit. They go on their own way believing the lie, that they are acceptable in the sight of God. Solomon wrote:

"Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth." Proverbs 6:2

Many are snared by the words of their own mouth. They deceive themselves by the lies they speak to themselves and to others. Solomon continued:

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

We can speak death or we can speak life. We will eat the fruit of what we speak. If we speak life, we will eat the fruit of life. If we speak death, we will partake of the fruit of darkness.

The Hearing Rock is set in our midst as a witness of what we say and do. Our words are our life. Luke recorded Jesus' words:

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

We are what we speak because what we speak comes out of what we are thinking. If our thoughts are evil, then what comes out of our mouths is evil, and brings forth death. If our thoughts are righteous, then our mouth speaks forth righteousness and life. The Hearing Rock is our witness. He judges the thoughts and intents of our heart.

As we seek further revelation of the rock that Moses clave in the wilderness, we must understand the purpose for cleaving the rock. It was to bring out the water, so God's people could receive the life of God.

Israel was in a desert place. This is where most of the church system is today; in a place of dryness. No refreshing water of the Word is coming forth to quench their thirst for life. Moses addressed this situation in Israel's life:

"Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;" Deuteronomy 8:15

The Rock of Flint

Moses described the rock that was clave as the "Rock of Flint." Flint is one of the hardest rocks on earth. This is what the early Americans used to make their arrowheads. Flint is worked by chipping away a little at a time. If too much is chipped away at one time, then the object being made is ruined. To some, God's Word is like flint. Our understanding in the Word comes forth as we chip away at it, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in every understanding the Lord is revealing to us. As this understanding is applied in our lives, then the chipping and applying process continues until the finished product appears complete, whole, and useable in the hands of the Master Craftsman. As Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus:

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

As we keep chipping away at the Word, the Holy Spirit keeps chipping away at the hardness of our hearts. This process continues until all the old man is fashioned into that new eternal man that is useable in the Kingdom of God. The Psalmist wrote:

"Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters." Psalm 114:8

The rock was turned into a standing water and a fountain of water. This tells of the two types of water that affect our lives: the standing water, the pool of water that surrounds us; and the fountain of water from the ever-flowing river of God. The standing pool of water that surrounds us is God's Word that is available to us, but which we have not yet applied it in our life. The fountain of water is becoming a river that flows continually through our lives. This is the Word that has yet to be revealed to us. God revealed this river of life to the prophet Ezekiel:

"Then brought He me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over." Ezekiel 47:2-5

With our first understanding of the Word, the water only comes up to our ankles. We barely get our feet wet. This is as far as most people go in the Word, understanding only the simplest message of the Word. These remain babies, unable to masticate the meat of the Word. The writer of Hebrews describes these who are unskillful in the Word:

"For everyone that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:13

Those who are unskilled in the Word are babies, and they remain babies until they cleave the Rock, and the Word brings forth life. Ezekiel was shown those who continue in the Word. For these the water comes to their knees, then to the loins. Anyone who has ever waded in water knows the deeper the water, the harder it is to move. The deeper we go in the Word, the harder it is for man to move us with His religious doctrines and the precepts of men. Paul stated in his letter to the Ephesians:

"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" Ephesians 4:14

Children are blown around by every wind of doctrine. Those who are deep in the Word cannot be moved. They stand firm, unmoveable, equipped for all tasks, fitted for the Master's use.

The prophet Ezekiel stated the next step we take is to the fountain of life, a river that cannot be passed over, waters to swim in, water enough that we can move by our own accord to fulfill God's will in our life. The writer of Hebrews also spoke of these:

"But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:14

These have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. The senses spoken of here are not our five physical senses, but our Spiritual senses. By exercising these senses we will not be tempted by good or by evil. Those who are swimming in the water of the Word only do what they see the Father doing and only speak what they hear the Father saying. The prophet Ezekiel declared what would become of those who have the river of life flowing from their innermost being:

"Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said He unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh." Ezekiel 47:7-9

When Ezekiel returned to the river, he saw many trees on both sides of this river of life. These are the same trees that Jesus showed John on the Isle of Patmos:

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2

The Tree of Life stood on both sides of the river of life, and it bear twelve manner of fruit. These are the twelve fruit of the Spirit. The leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. The leaves are the covering of the tree. The covering of the tree is the righteousness of God. Ezekiel proclaimed that this river would go into the east country toward the new day. He proclaimed these waters would be healed. The Word of God is going to be healed in those who are searching, seeking, and applying it to their lives. When the waters are healed in our lives, then everything the water touches shall live. This is the water of life in its purest form, doing the work God has intended for it to do from the beginning.

This pure, unadulterated Word of God will bring forth a multitude of fish. Jesus proclaimed He would make His disciples fishers of men. It is only by and through the anointed Word that God is going to fill His boat with the keepable fish, those who have been healed, delivered, and made whole by the living Word of God - - - not polluted by man's religions, doctrines, or precepts. As Ezekiel stated, "Everything shall live whither the river cometh." The Psalmist proclaimed:

"He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river." Psalm 105:41

This river is about to gush out of God's anointed people, and run like a river into every dry place upon the face of the whole earth. What has become more dry than the church? God is going to give all His people a chance to be refreshed by His living Word. Many will reject the refreshing water, but many will come to a new understanding of His Word, His will, and His purpose in their lives. The Psalmist Asaph declared for all to see:

"He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths." Psalm 78:15

When we keep chipping away at that rock of flint, and the Word begins to open up unto us, then we can truly drink out of the great depths of God's living Word. Mark recorded Jesus' words:

"But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:23

If, by Jesus' words, we have been foretold all things, why do we not have a clear understanding of what Jesus, the living Word, has foretold all of us? It is because we have not chipped away at the rock until it is clave in our life. The rock is still sealed because we continue to look to the "Smitten Rock" instead of speaking directly and openly to the "Hearing Rock", Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit. [see the book "Christ Jesus" by George Kirkpatrick]

The Rock in the Wilderness

God uses the rock many times to teach us Spiritual truths. The prophet Isaiah wrote of the Rock in the Wilderness:

"And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem." Isaiah 8:14

Isaiah spoke of a Stone of Stumbling and a Rock of Offence. He stated these would be for a gin (trap) and snare to both houses of Israel. The first house of Israel was God's ancient people, natural Israel. The second house of Israel is Spiritual Israel, the church. The Stone of Stumbling is Jesus. Jesus is still a stumbling stone to natural Israel because they refuse to accept Him as Messiah. [see "Mystery Israel Revealed" and "Who Are God's Chosen Israel" by George Kirkpatrick]

The Rock of Offence is Christ Jesus the Anointing. Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit) has become the Rock of Offence to the church system because they have their own way of doing things. They refuse to submit to the Holy Spirit as God's authority and power in their midst, working in their lives to change them again into the image and likeness of Christ. When they are confronted concerning this, they are offended, and separation is the result. They refuse Spiritual guidance in their lives. These would be a snare and a gin to both houses of Israel: ancient Israel which is natural Israel and Spiritual Israel (the church).

The Stone of Stumbling is Jesus. The Rock of Offence is Christ Jesus. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a Stumblingstone and Rock of Offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed." Romans 9:33

We must not only believe on Jesus, the Stumbling Stone, but Christ Jesus, the Rock of Offence. We must not only believe in the Smitten Rock, but also on the Hearing Rock. If we believe on the Stumbling Stone and the Rock of Offence then we will not be ashamed to confess Christ as our all in all. Jesus warned those who would be ashamed:

"For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels." Luke 9:26

In the Day of Judgment, the Son will be ashamed of those who are ashamed of the Stumbling Stone and the Rock of Offense. Peter also wrote of the stumbling stone and the rock of offence in our lives:

"Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed:" I Peter 2:7-8

Those who have rejected Christ, the Stone in the Wilderness, are content to build their own earthly kingdoms. These have become disobedient, and they continue to stumble at the Word. Jesus is the Word made flesh, John 1:14. When they stumble over the stumbling stone, then Christ has become the rock of offence to them because they have no clear understanding of the Word. They are blind and fall into the ditch of their religious doctrine.

The Millstone

Another example of the Rock in the Wilderness was when God gave Israel the law. God informed Israel:

"No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge." Deuteronomy 24:6

The nether stone of the mill is the lower stone. The lower stone never moves. The upper stone does all the grinding. The lower stone does all the breaking. The writer of Hebrews informs us:

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8

God's principles are the same in the Old Testament as they are in the New Testament. God never changed the way He deals with man. Jesus is the Breaking Stone. He is the Immovable Stone. All that come to the Father must come by Him. He is our example that we must follow, I Peter 2:21. Matthew recorded Jesus' words when he spoke to the Pharisees:

"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Matthew 21:44

Jesus is the Breaking Stone, and all that come to Him must be broken. Those who do not repent are not broken. Where there is no repentance, there is no forgiveness of sin. Those who will not repent are still dwelling in sin, and have no relationship with God.

The Upper Stone

After we have fallen on the Nether Stone, the Breaking Stone, then the Upper Stone must do its work. The Upper Stone is the "Grinding Stone". The Grinding Stone will grind to powder whatever has been broken on the Nether Stone. The Upper Stone is the stone that comes from above. The Upper Stone is the Holy Spirit anointing in our life that reveals the inadequacies of the old, sin nature.

Most, when they begin to come to the knowledge of the truth, resist change in their lives. You will hear them say, "God accepts me as I am." This is true. God does accept us as we are, but it is so He can change us. As we learn more about God, His Word, and what He expects us to be, we come to the place where we accept change. And, as we witness the fruit of change in our lives, then we demand change. Our total desire is to be changed into His image and likeness so that we may partake of all His goodness and walk into His promises.

In order for us to do this, all the inadequacies of the old, carnal, fleshly nature must be ground to powder by the Grinding Stone working in our life. These must be dealt with, if we are to become that new creation in God that is created in righteousness and true holiness, Ephesians 4:24. Moses wrote in Deuteronomy:

"No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge." Deuteronomy 24:6

Whoever takes either the Upper Stone or the Nether Stone to pledge takes a man's life. Yet, many who stand in the pulpit today have done just that. They have removed the Breaking Stone in peoples' lives with their easy message to fill the pews. They never speak of the Grinding Stone that will grind them to powder to bring the new creation process in their life. These have truly taken the people's lives from them. They have removed all hope of living an overcoming life, now, in this time.

Just as the mill needs both stones to do its job, so we need both the Breaking Stone and the Grinding Stone in our lives to produce the righteousness of God in our lives. It is the anointing in our life that brings us to an understanding of God's will and His way in our lives. The beloved John revealed:

"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27

It is by the Holy Spirit anointing coming into our life that we have Spiritual understanding in the Word. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul revealed how we can become useful to our Father:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15

If we are to become useful to our Father, then we must study the Word, and by the anointing that is upon us, rightly divide the Word of truth. We can only do this by setting aside the religious doctrines of man, and receive our instructions from our teacher, the Anointing that is upon us. When we have accomplished this, then we need not be ashamed of our knowledge of God's Word or our relationship with Him. Then we can become a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

The Cornerstone

The Rock in the Wilderness is the witness of many things in our lives. God inspired the prophet Isaiah to write for all time:

"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." Isaiah 28:16

The Lord declared that He laid a foundation stone in Zion; a tried stone, a precious cornerstone. Paul revealed the Cornerstone to the church at Ephesus:

"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:20

Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone. He is truly the Tried Stone. He is the Foundation Stone upon which God will build His Kingdom. Paul was inspired to write to the church at Philippi:

"And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:" Philippians 2:8-9

God exalted Him, and gave Him a name above every name on earth, because He was obedient unto death. Paul went on:

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;" Philippians 2:10

Every knee will bow to the name of Jesus. Nothing can stand before His pre-eminence in God. He has been highly exalted because of His obedience. But the foundation is not the whole house, nor is the cornerstone the entire building. Peter proclaimed to all the religious leaders of his day:

"This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner." Acts 4:11

Peter spoke of the head of the corner, or the Headstone. The Headstone is the Anointing, the Overseer of His whole body. This is Christ Jesus, the Anointing of the Father. The Rock in the Wilderness came in human flesh to show all mankind the way back to the Father. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom by Jesus, revealed in his first letter:

"Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner," I Peter 2:7

When we recognize the Rock in the Wilderness in the Old Testament as Spiritual, then we can begin to understand that the same God came in the flesh as Jesus, the anointed of the Father. Jesus was under the guidance and direction of the Father's anointing while He was in His fleshly condition. After His death, Jesus returned to His position as the Father. His prayer was:

"And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5

After His death, Jesus returned to His rightful place as the Father of lights. He became the head of the corner to oversee His overcoming body in the earth. The prophet Isaiah revealed:

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

We need to recognize that if Jesus was the child born as the Son of God, if He is Wonderful, Counsellor and the Prince of Peace, then He is also the Almighty God and the Everlasting Father. He came as the Cornerstone, and through His obedience unto death, has become the Headstone, the Capstone of His body. This is the same Rock that followed Israel in the wilderness which Moses clave to give life unto God's ancient people. [see the book "The Pyramid, The Symbol of the Body of Christ" by George Kirkpatrick]

Water is always the symbol of life in the Bible. Water speaks of the Word. Jesus addressed this water of life when He spoke to the woman at the well. He proclaimed:

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

Jesus spoke of a well of water springing up into everlasting life. This well of living water is the anointed Word in each of us that produces God's salvation in our life. God showed us a type of this well in the Old Testament. When it came time for Jacob to take a wife, he went into the east country to the people of his father, Abraham, Genesis 29:1.

The Covering Stone

As we understand the typology of the Bible, we know East is always towards the new day. God is beginning to reveal what is coming on His body in His New Day of creation through the Rock in the Wilderness. As Jacob approached his destination, he...

"...looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth." Genesis 29:2

When Jacob got to the well there were already three flocks at the well. There was also a great stone on the mouth of the well. As we look at this account Spiritually, we come to the understanding that the well was in the field. Jesus proclaimed:

". . .the field is the world. . ." Matthew 13:38a

The prophet Isaiah informs us:

"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:3

The well in the field is the Well of Salvation. God's salvation has always been in the world, but God has put a great stone on the mouth of this well, and until we cleave the stone, then His salvation plan is not open unto His people.

There were three flocks of sheep already at the well. These are God's people who have come by way of salvation. The first group are those who lived before the law during God's patriarchal system. These were righteous before God, and lived under grace.

The second group are those who were righteous before God because they kept His law. The writer of Hebrews wrote of these in the eleventh chapter which is called the faith chapter:

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:" Hebrews 11:13 & 39

Even though these men of faith had a good report before God, they could not receive the promises made by God because the Well of Salvation was not open to them.

The third group are those who are righteous before God through grace, but they have not entered into God's presence because the stone is still on the mouth of the well. The Rock in the Wilderness has not been claved in their life.

Jacob inquired of Labon, the son of Nahor, Abraham's brother:

"And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep." Genesis 29:6

Rachel came with her father's flock. The name Rachel means "a ewe, or a female sheep." The church is always related in the feminine gender. Rachel represents the true church, those who are bringing the Father's flock to the wells of salvation. The herdsmen told Jacob:

"And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them." Genesis 29:7

It was yet high day. It was not time to gather God's flocks together. We need to water and feed the flock while it is yet day, because as Jesus spoke to His disciples, "The night cometh when no man can work," John 9:4. Night is the time of God's judgment. This is when God will pour out His wrath upon all mankind. It is at this time His flocks will be gathered from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other, Matthew 24:31. Jacob wanted to remove the rock from the well:

"And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep." Genesis 29:8

When all God's flock is gathered in the New Day, then the Well of Salvation will be open to all, and they shall drink of the water of life, freely. Jesus spoke of this time to His disciples when He stated:

"Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them." Luke 12:37

Praise the Lord. Jesus will come and serve us what is needed to enter totally into the place God had created for us from the beginning: [see "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb" by George Kirkpatrick]

"And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother." Genesis 29:10

This was a great stone that covered the well's mouth. When the father's flock was gathered, Jacob, himself, rolled the stone away, and the father's flock was watered. The rock was claved, and the wells of salvation were open to all. The prophet Isaiah informs us what to expect when the Well of Salvation is opened to God's people:

"And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me." Isaiah 12:1

God will gather His people through His wrath. Many teach that before God's wrath is poured out, God will take His people off the earth. This is not the message in His Word. Jesus spoke through the pen of Matthew as to when God will gather His people:

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:29-31

God is going to gather His elect immediately after the time of tribulation that shall come upon the whole earth. This tribulation will come upon God's people as well as the world. His wrath will be poured out upon everything that is wood, hay, and stubble in our lives.

The rock that covered the well in the field was the Covering Stone. The prophet Daniel also had experience with the Covering Stone. Daniel was the number one President in the nation, Babylon. All the other men in government hated Daniel because of his wisdom and his right-standing with King Darius. So the other presidents and princes of the land tricked Darius to sign a proclamation:

"...that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions." Daniel 6:7

Daniel was there when this order was signed. But Daniel was determined that the government was not going to change the way he worshiped his God.

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." Daniel 6:10

Daniel did not worship his God in private. He knew the governmental proclamation, yet he prayed three times a day before an open window. Those who were out to get Daniel reported his time of prayers to King Darius:

"Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee.

And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel." Daniel 6:16-17

Daniel was thrown into the lion's den, but God's Covering Stone was put in place. King Darius had faith in Daniel's God. He stated, "Thy God, whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee." If God's people had this kind of faith today, they would truly make a difference in the kingdom of men. We know Daniel was not hurt by the lions. His testimony was:

"My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O King, have I done no hurt." Daniel 6:22

When the Covering Stone is on our lives, then nothing can touch us. Daniel knew the Rock in the Wilderness. He depended on that Rock. He worshipped that Rock, and he knew that Rock as few man have known Him. Daniel had the Holy Spirit covering in His life.

God also revealed the Smiting Rock to Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great image. He called Daniel to interpret the dream. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar the dream:

"Thou, O King, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay." Daniel 2:31-33

The Lord gave Daniel the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. These separate parts of the image's body were four kingdoms that God would raise up in the earth. The image in Nebuchadnezzar's dream had a head of gold. His breast and arms were silver. His belly and thighs were brass. His legs were of iron, and his feet were part iron and part clay. Nebuchadnezzar's image foretold the four kingdoms that would be in power until the first coming of Christ. Daniel first revealed the head of gold. He told Nebuchadnezzar:

1. "Thou art this head of gold". Daniel 2:38

                   Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold who ruled over the kingdom of Babylon.

2. History has revealed the Silver Kingdom. These were the Medes and Persians.

3. The Brass Kingdom was the Grecian Empire with Alexander the Great as its head.

4. The Iron Kingdom was the Roman Empire.

God revealed to Nebuchadnezzar in his dream the kingdoms that would be on the earth until the coming Christ. As we know the Roman Empire was in power when Jesus was born in the Roman Province of Judah. God revealed the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream to Daniel. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar:

"Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces." Daniel 2:34

The stone cut out without hands is the Smiting Stone. The Smiting Stone smote Nebuchadnezzar's image upon the feet, and the image was broken to pieces. None of these kingdoms will ever stand again.

"Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." Daniel 2:35

All these kingdoms were broken to pieces and became as chaff, and were carried away by the wind. Chaff never comes back together to form anything. Much has been spoken about the revised Roman Empire. The Roman Empire will never be revised. The Roman Empire, as the Grecian Empire, the Medes and Persians, along with Babylon will never become kingdoms again.

What became of the Smiting Stone? The Smiting Stone became a great mountain (kingdom) and filled the whole earth. This is the Kingdom of God, and Jesus was the beginning of His Kingdom Age. The Lord continued His revelation to Daniel:

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." Daniel 2:44

The God of heaven does have a kingdom, and it is for His people only. Others will have no part of His kingdom. His kingdom will stand forever. It will never be broken, nor destroyed. It will be inhabited by those who have walked into eternal life. [see "The Gospel of the Kingdom" by George Kirkpatrick]

God also declares what He will do to the nations who will not serve Him. The prophet Isaiah proclaimed:

"For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." Isaiah 60:12

Nations are peoples. Those who will not serve God shall perish and be utterly wasted. God revealed an important truth to Daniel that man should never forget:

"...that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." Daniel 4:17

God sets up kingdoms and God throws down kingdoms. He sets over them the basest, or the lowest of people. Man is not being ruled by the elite, but the lowest form of life God has upon the earth. So it comes as no surprise when they act like animals because they are the basest of men and women.

David's Five Smooth Stones

Another place we see the Smiting Stone is in David. Israel was confronted by the Philistine army, and their champion Goliath, the giant. It is written of Goliath:

"And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span (over 9 feet tall). And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders." I Samuel 17:4-6

Goliath was totally clothed in brass. Brass is the symbol of sin. His head was covered with sin. He had a coat of sin. His whole body was covered with sin; his legs, and even between his shoulders was covered with sin. Goliath represents the "man of sin" that is resident in each one of us.

David was to do battle with this man of sin, because as David stated, "This uncircumcised Philistine hath defiled the armies of the living God," I Samuel 17:36. So, David armed himself, and . . .

". . . took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." I Samuel 17:40

David took his staff in hand. The staff represents God's authority in our life. Without God's authority we can never do battle with the man of sin. David selected five smooth stones out of the brook. These were stones that had been worn smooth by the water of the Word. He took five stones. Five is the number of grace. David also knew Goliath had four brothers bigger than him. Praise the Lord, he did not intend to stop at Goliath. He intended to rid all the giants from the land.

"And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth." I Samuel 17:49

David chose the Smiting Stone. It was not David's prowess with the sling that killed Goliath, it was Israel's Rock in the wilderness.

David could not miss because he had God's authority in his hand, grace in his bag, and praise on his lips.

That big fellow did not have a chance. Goliath was doomed when David made the decision to go to battle. We can defeat every giant in our land if we only decide to do battle, and arm ourselves with God's authority, and choose the rock that has been worn smooth by the water of the Word. We, too, can claim the victory if we understand the battle is not ours, but the Lord's. We must only be willing to do battle no matter how big the opponent. [see "Giants in the Land" by George Kirkpatrick]

The Supporting Stone

As we continue to understand the Rock in the Wilderness we are reminded of Moses when he fought with Amalek. As long as Moses held up his hand, the battle belonged to Israel. When his hands were raised, Joshua prevailed in the battle. When Moses' hands were down, Amalek prevailed:

"But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun." Exodus 17:12

To Moses, the Rock in the Wilderness was his Supporting Stone. As long as we are founded upon the Rock our battles will be successful. But if we are founded on the things of the earth, then our trust is in the flesh, and God cannot prevail in our lives. Many times our hands get heavy when we are in the battle, but God always supplies our Aaron and Hur to support our hands in prayer. Israel prevailed that day because they did not depend upon their own strength. Their strength was in the Supporting Stone, their Rock in the Wilderness.

The Memorial Stones

Another place we discover the Rock in the Wilderness is in the priestly garments:

"And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a memorial." Exodus 28:12

The priestly garments were designed with two stones upon the shoulders. These were Memorial Stones, and the names of the children of Israel were inscribed upon these stones as a memorial before the Lord. A memorial is a reminder. Israel was to always remember the two stones in the wilderness that poured out water before them. We, too, are to remember these two stones in our lives: first, the Smitten Stone, Jesus Christ, and the Hearing Rock, Christ Jesus our Lord. We are to remember these two stones as the Breaking Stone and the Grinding Stone.

The priests of Israel were not permitted to enter into the presence of God without the Memorial Stones in place. We will not enter into the presence of God unless these stones are in place in our lives. We must allow the Breaking Stone and the Grinding Stone to complete their perfect work in our lives.

The Sealing Stone

At the death of Jesus we witness the Rock in the Wilderness as the Sealing Stone. Joseph of Arimathaea begged Pilot for the body of Jesus . . .

"...And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed." Matthew 27:60

Jesus was sealed into death, just as we were sealed into death by the sin of Adam. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22

In Adam all die, or all are dead in the old sin nature of fallen man. We were sealed into death, but when we come to Christ the Holy Spirit anointing, we are then made alive unto Christ. Paul revealed to the Romans:

"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:10

We, as Jesus, are sealed into death. What happened to the stone that sealed Jesus into death?

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it." Matthew 28:1-2

That rock was claved. It was toward the first day of the week, or the New Day. God sent an earthquake. He has promised a great earthquake in His people to awake them from their sleep. The writer of Hebrews proclaimed:

"Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven." Hebrews 12:26

God's voice shook the earth when He spoke to His ancient people on Mt. Sinai. This time when He speaks He is not only going to shake our earthly existence, but our Spiritual walk also. Then His angels will remove the rock from the Well of Salvation and loose us from the bonds of death. As Paul declared to the Corinthians:

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." I Corinthians 15:26

When the Rock in the Wilderness is cleaved in our lives, then death will have no more dominion. We will be free from the bonds of death. The Hebrew writer spoke of this time:

"And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Hebrews 2:15

We will be loosed from the bondage of death. The life of Christ will become a reality in our lives, and we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. The Holy Spirit revealed through Paul:

"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." Romans 8:11

It was the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead. We must remember the word angel means "a messenger from God." The angel that rolled the stone away from Jesus' tomb was the same angel that closed the lion's mouth in Daniel's den. This is the same angel that will quicken our mortal bodies, and free us from the bondage of death. Paul wrote to the Colossians:

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27

It was Christ that followed Israel in the wilderness, and it is Christ in us that is our hope of glory. We must fall upon the Breaking Stone and be broken. Then we must allow the Grinding Stone in the wilderness to fall upon us and grind us to powder so God can shape and mold us again into His image and likeness. This we must do if we are to enter into that New Day when the rock is rolled away.

Christ is standing at the door and knocking, wanting to come in and sup with us, so we may be one in Him as He is one with the Father. The rock must be cleaved in our life if His eternal Word is to do its wonderful work in our lives. Begin today to cleave the Rock in the Wilderness in your life, and let God have His way because His is the only way. Praise God!

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The Rock in the Wilderness Questions

1. What is the Spiritual realm commonly referred to as?
2. How many times did Moses get water out of the rock for Israel?
3. Who is the "Smitten Rock"?
4. What stone is a witness to all who have heeded God's Word?
5. Where did the Tree of Life stand, and how many fruits did it bear?
6. What was the first house of Israel? What was the second house of Israel? 7. What is another name for the "Breaking Stone"?
8. What is the "Upper Stone" in our lives?
9. The "Cornerstone" represents...
10. What is always a symbol of life in the Bible?
11. In the Bible, the direction East is always towards...
12. What well is the "Well of Salvation"?
13. What is another name for the "True Church"?
14. When will the "Well of Salvation" be open to all?
15. Who rolled the stone away from the well?
16. When will God gather His people?
17. What stone became a great mountain and filled the whole earth? 18. Name a symbol of sin?
19. What represents God's authority in our lives?
20. What is the last enemy to be destroyed?


The Rock in the Wilderness Answer Key
1. What is the Spiritual realm commonly referred to as?
Heaven
2. How many times did Moses get water out of the rock for Israel?
Twice
3. Who is the "Smitten Rock"?
Jesus
4. What stone is a witness to all who have heeded God's Word?
The Hearing Stone
5. Where did the tree of life stand, and how many fruits did it bear?
On both sides of the river of life, and it bear twelve manner of fruits.
6. What was the first house of Israel? What was the second house of Israel?
The first - Natural Israel. The second - Spiritual Israel.
7. What is another name for the "Breaking Stone"?
Jesus
8. What is the "Upper Stone" in our lives?
The Holy Spirit anointing
9. The "Cornerstone" represents...
Jesus Christ
10. What is always a symbol of life in the Bible?
Water
11. In the Bible, the direction East is always towards... The new day
12. What well is the "Well of Salvation"?
The well in the field which is the world
13. What is another name for the "True Church"?
Rachel
14. When will the "Well of Salvation" be open to all?
When all God's flock is gathered in the new day.
15. Who rolled the stone away from the well?
Jacob
16. When will God gather His people?
Immediately after the tribulation.
17. What stone became a great mountain and filled the whole earth?
The Smitten Rock or the stone that smote the image.
18. What is another symbol of sin?
Brass
19. What represents God's authority in our lives?
The staff
20. What is the last enemy to be destroyed?
Death


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