The Wheel In The Middle Of The
By George Kirkpatrick
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For many years, the local churches have taught that in our goal to reach God, we are all on the same road - - - some are ahead, some are behind, and that God is somewhere in the front. This never seemed right to this author. Then one night the Lord woke me, and showed me a wheel. The wheel had a hub, spokes, and a rim around the outside. He showed me that the hub was Christ Jesus, the spokes were God's elect all moving toward the hub, and the rim on the outside was Jesus Christ.
Some may seem like they are coming from another way, but all are moving towards the hub, which is Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ, the rim, has given us the power to move on into the hub, Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ, God's elect, and Christ Jesus are all part of the same wheel.
Without complete understanding, this information was stored until further understanding was given by God. It was not until the interpretation of the vision God gave Ezekiel concerning the wheel in the middle of the wheel, that understanding came:
"Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw the visions of God." Ezekiel 1:1
God showed Ezekiel a great vision - - - and this vision is for today.
"And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire." Ezekiel 1:4
The whirlwind is a symbol of the Spirit of God. On the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit came as a rushing, mighty wind. This whirlwind came out of the North. The direction North always represents moving towards the throne of God - - - or, this whirlwind came from the throne of God.
Next, was the great cloud. The cloud reveals God's glory.
Then came the fire. Ezekiel spoke expressly about the brightness of the fire. This is God's holy fire. It is bright white because there are no impurities in it. Out of the midst of the fire was the color of amber, which meant a shining substance like polished brass.
"Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man." Ezekiel 1:5
It has always been a mystery as to who these four living creatures are. The number four represents God's creation. He created four seasons, four directions. There are four angelic realms: Angels, Arch Angels, Cherubim, and Seraphim. There are also four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Matthew was a publican or tax collector. In the book of Matthew, we are given all the numerical facts of Jesus' life.
Mark portrays Jesus as the powerful, suffering servant of God.
Luke was a physician or doctor. In the book of Luke we discover all the medical facts about Jesus' life, and especially His death.
John was the love writer. In the book of John, we are given all the passion Jesus had for His creation.
In the Bible we have the Rhema Word and the Logos Word. The Rhema Word is the spoken, or Spiritual Word, and the Logos is the written Word. In the vision God gave Ezekiel in Chapter One, God was revealing the Rhema or Spiritual Word to Ezekiel.
The four Cherubim Ezekiel saw represent the four gospel writers who recorded Jesus' words, and revealed His life, His death, and His resurrection. These four living creatures had the likeness of a man, and that man is Jesus Christ.
"And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side: they four also had the face of an eagle." Ezekiel 1:6 & 10
In Ezekiel's vision, we can see the four attributes Jesus had in His life. First the living creatures had the face of a man. Jesus was born of a woman, like every other man on earth. He came as a man to His creation so all His creation could relate to God in their fleshly existence.
The living creatures also had the face of a lion. Jesus Christ declared Himself to be the lion of the tribe of Judah.
Next was the face of an ox. The ox is the symbol of sacrifice and service. As the ox, Jesus was the servant of all mankind - - - and as the ox, He became the perfect sacrifice for sin. As an ox, we too must become as Jesus our example, ready for sacrifice or service.
The next face was that of an eagle. Jesus is our example of overcoming all obstacles. God's elect, too, must become like the eagle who soars above all situations and problems on the earth, making our nest on high, away from the intrusions of man.
Ezekiel continues to explain his vision:
"Now, as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces." Ezekiel 1:15
As Ezekiel gives us insight we discover the wheel upon the earth was "by" the living creatures. The word by means "beside." The living creature and the wheel were always in close proximity. The wheel upon the earth was Jesus. This reveals His ministry upon the earth. Ezekiel continues:
"The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel." Ezekiel 1:16
The appearance and the work of the wheel was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. Everyone who has read this Scripture thinks of a gyroscope. When we were children, gyroscopes were sold as toys. They consisted of a wheel within a wheel. You wound a string on the inner wheel so it would spin. As long as the inner wheel spun, you could balance the gyroscope on your finger, or you could swing it back and forth on a string. Everything was in perfect balance.
Today, the military uses the gyroscope to guide torpedoes, help guide airplanes on automatic pilot, for guided missles, and in space exploration. Anytime you need perfect guidance, a gyroscope is used.
The wheel in the middle of the wheel Ezekiel saw in his vison represents the anointing Jesus had in His life to give Him perfect guidance in everything He did. This same guidance is available for our life in our Holy Spirit anointing.
God's Word uses many different ways to describe Jesus. He is called the Rock, the Great Physician, the Bread of Life, the Bridegroom, and by many other names. In Ezekiel, Jesus is shown as the wheel on the earth. As stated before, this was to reveal His earthly existence. Jesus came to earth like any other human being. Paul reveals Jesus was born of a woman. It was God's plan to send His only begotten Son to earth, clothed in flesh, so mankind could relate to God in their own environment. Jesus could be touched and handled by humankind, and even killed by His own kind. The beloved John wrote:
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John 1:11
Jesus was rejected by His own creation.
Ezekiel further explains the four living creatures:
"And they went every one straight forward: whither the Spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went." Ezekiel 1:12
The four living creatures went straight forward. They were totally directed by the Spirit. In Jesus' earthly existence, He totally followed the Spirit in everything He did. If we are to become God's elect and part of the wheel in the middle of the wheel, we too must become as Jesus, our example. We must become God's army that will march through the land, never breaking rank, and moving straight forward as the time of God's judgment approaches. The prophet Joel spoke of that day:
"A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations." Joel 2:2
Joel informs us when God is going to raise up this army. It will be in a day of darkness and gloominess, in a day of clouds and thick darkness.
Joel tells us there has never been an army like this, and shall not be any more after it. We can truly witness the day of darkness and gloominess coming upon the earth, when everything we know as normal has become abnormal. Joel continues:
"They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on His ways, and they shall not break their ranks:" Joel 2:7
This army will march in rank straight forward as the Spirit moves. This army will be totally directed by Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit. Paul spoke of this army in his second letter to Timothy:
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." II Timothy 2:3-4
Those who, like their example Jesus Christ, have totally given their lives to the direction of the Holy Spirit will not entangle themselves with the affairs of this life. They only hear the still, small voice that says, "This is the way, walk ye in it, Isaiah 30:21."
Looking again at the vision given to Ezekiel, we see:
"As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning." Ezekiel 1:13
The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire, and there were lamps (torches) that moved up and down among the living creatures, and the fire was bright. Again, this is the consuming fire of God that consumed all the impurities in the lives of those who wrote the gospels. These men had a pure heart toward God and His work. [see "God's Holy Fire" by G. Kirkpatrick]
Out of the fire went forth lightning. Lightning is always part of God's judgment. Lightning always reveals the power of God. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul spoke of those who were also flames of fire:
"And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire." Hebrews 1:7
The word angels means "messengers." The Lord's ministers are His angels (messengers) who speak the true Word of God. These angels or messengers are lamps or torches who shed light upon God's Word. Jesus spoke of these ministers of fire as the lights of the world:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14
God's ministers of fire are the lights of the world, and they will not be hid in the day of God's judgment. They will shine forth in all God's power and glory.
Ezekiel continued his revelation of the vision he saw by the River Chebar:
"As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four." Ezekiel 1:18
The rings were the rims of the wheel, and they were full of eyes. Eyes always represent vision. Jesus Christ was a man of vision. Jesus told His disciples on the road to Emmaus:
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:27
Jesus could not only look backwards, He could also look forward. In Matthew twenty-four, He foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Jesus also knew what was going on around Him. He could perceive their thoughts. He also gives us insight to what we face today. Truly he was a man of vision. Ezekiel continues his vision:
"Whithersoever the Spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the Spirit of the living creature was in the wheels." Exodus 1:20
The Spirit of God was one with the wheels, and the wheels only went when and where the Spirit directed them to go.
"And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.
And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it;" Ezekiel 1:24 & 26
God established the firmament in the book of Genesis. The firmament is the clouds that hold the rain. Clouds always represent the glory of God.
Above the firmament was the likeness of the throne. The throne is where the King sits to rule over His Kingdom.
And on this throne was the appearance of a man. This is where Jesus Christ sits today, as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. [see "Christ Jesus" by G. Kirkpatrick]
"As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake:" Ezekiel 1:28
The rainbow was around the throne of God. This was to remind God of the promise He made to all mankind that He would never destroy the earth again by water.
The brightness that surrounded the throne was the glory of Almighty God. When Ezekiel saw it, he fell on his face, and God began to speak to him.
What was it that God spoke to Ezekiel? He began to show Ezekiel the gross sin that was in Israel, and the judgment He was going to bring upon them. This same sin exists in the church today - - - and we need to take heed to what God spoke to Ezekiel.
As we continue to understand Ezekiel's vision, we begin to witness the day in which we live. This is the Day of Judgment.
After the vision God showed Ezekiel in chapter one, He began to reveal what we can expect in the coming days. In the seventh chapter of Ezekiel, God begins to lay out His coming judgment on a sinful, wicked world:
"Now will I shortly pour out My fury upon thee, and accomplish Mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations." Ezekiel 7:8
God is going to pour out His fury. The word fury means "anger and wrath." God is going to judge all mankind according to their ways, and recompense them according to all their abominations.
"Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them." Ezekiel 7:11
Violence is risen up in this nation, and the world is filled with violence - - - and as God describes violence - - - it is the rod of wickedness. Yet the televisions, movies, magazines, and newspapers are filled with terrible violence. God is going to judge this nation and the world for their violent acts.
"And Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth." Ezekiel 7:9
When God's judgment begins, there will be no turning back. God had promised in the book of Deuteronomy:
"If I whet My glittering sword, and Mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine enemies, and will reward them that hate Me." Deuteronomy 32:41
This is the same word God gave Ezekiel. This is also the same word Jesus gave John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains: And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:15-17
God's wrath is sure because God's Word has declared it. Ezekiel continues:
"The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him." Ezekiel 7:15
Pestilence (disease) and famine will destroy those in the cities. And the sword (war)and rumors of war will destroy many on the battlefields. All these are part of God's judgment upon the sins of mankind.
"They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity." Ezekiel 7:19
Those who amass great wealth will throw their wealth in the streets as worthless. Their amassed wealth will not deliver them from the Lord's wrath. Their wealth has been a stumbling block of their iniquity (sins).
As Ezekiel continues to reveal his vision, he begins to lay out the abominations that were in Israel, and we discover these same abominations in the church today:
"And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain." Ezekiel 8:4
What God was showing Ezekiel was all part of the same vision.
"Then said He unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry." Ezekiel 8:5
Today, the spirit of jealousy still exists in the church. One church is jealous of another church because they have a bigger and better building, or they have more people, or they have a more charismatic preacher, or they have padded pews, or a paved parking lot. All this jealousy is an abomination to God. Ezekiel was shown even greater abominations:
"And He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said He unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And He said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about." Ezekiel 8:7-10
Ezekiel was shown all the creeping things, beasts, and idols that God's people worship and portray on their walls. These idols portrayed on their walls include sports stars, movie stars, and all those who are famous but who do not worship God. These are an abomination to our God. God's people collect frogs, owls, and all kinds of beastly creatures. One of the most abominable objects is the unicorn. This has become a cult figure, but God's people still collect them.
"And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up." Ezekiel 8:11
These elders of the church had censers in their hands, and were burning this incense unto their god. Incense is a sign of worship - - - or the elders of the church were worshipping these images (pictures) which were displayed on their walls.
"Then said He unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth." Ezekiel 8:12
These elders believe God has forsaken the earth, and they can do every evil thought their hearts can imagine.
"And He brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." Ezekiel 8:16
One of the greatest abominations to our God is when they stand with their back toward the temple, and worship the rising sun. Today this is called the Easter sunrise service - - - and it is an abomination in the face of our God. God has proclaimed:
"Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eyes shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them." Ezekiel 8:18
God will no longer hear or answer their prayers. Then God reveals to Ezekiel what He will do next:
"And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar." Ezekiel 9:2
All these men had slaughter weapons in their hands, except one - - - and that man had a writer's inkhorn by his side. This man was clothed in linen. Linen represents righteousness. This linen clad man represents God's prophets which have written God's Logos Word to this end time generation. The men with the slaughter weapons in their hands are God's overcoming army who will be part of His judgment:
"And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the Cherub, whereupon He was, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." Ezekiel 9:3-4
The man clothed in linen was directed to go throughout the city, and set a mark upon the foreheads of those who sighed and cried for all the abominations they saw.
And to His overcoming army, God's directions were:
"And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." Ezekiel 9:5-6
This overcoming army was to spare no one who did not have the seal of God in their foreheads - - - and they were to begin at the elders. Peter gave us insight as to what Ezekiel saw:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
Yes, judgment is going to begin at the house of God.
"And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as Thou hast commanded me." Ezekiel 9:11
After God showed Ezekiel His judgments and explained all the abominations and the execution of His judgments, He again showed Ezekiel the same vision He had shown him in chapter one - - - with a few additions.
"Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the Cherubim there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne." Ezekiel 10:1
As stated before, the firmament over the heads of the Cherubim was the clouds. The clouds represent the glory of God. And above God's glory was the appearance of a throne. This is the throne of God in all His glory. This is the same firmament and throne Ezekiel was shown in his first vision in chapter one.
"And He spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the Cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the Cherubim, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight." Ezekiel 10:2
The man clothed in linen with the writer's inkhorn by his side was to go in between the wheels under the Cherubim, and fill his hand with coals of fire. Throughout the Bible, coals of fire were used to burn incense before God. This is the symbol of praise, we are to give unto God. The man clothed with linen was to scatter these coals over the city.
The prophets of God who have written His words of warning were to spread praise to God over the whole city. This is God's way to show us, the prophets of God are to teach the people to praise God and give Him all the glory.
Again, we discover the wheels under the Cherubim. In this vision, the wheels under the Cherubim represent God's overcoming army who will be part of God's judgment upon the earth. These had the coals of fire in their midst, and their praise went up continually before God.
"Now the Cherubim stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court." Ezekiel 10:3
The inner court is the Holy Place. This is where God's overcoming army will minister from. When the man clothed in linen went into the inner court, then God's presence filled the Holy Place.
"And the sound of the Cherubim wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when He speaketh." Ezekiel 10:5
The outer court is where the organized church dwells. The organized church will know something is happening, but they will not be part of what God is doing. They are not part of the wheels, nor will they be a part of what God is doing.
"When I looked, behold the four wheels by the Cherubim, one wheel by one Cherub, and another wheel by another Cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone." Ezekiel 10:9
God's overcoming army will have the same anointing Jesus had when He walked the earth.
The wheel in the middle of the wheel is Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. He is the voice at the head of His army.
"And when they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went." Ezekiel 10:11
This is the army Joel wrote about. Let us look again at Joel's army:
"They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on His ways, and they shall not break their ranks.
Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in His path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth His Word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?" Joel 2:7-11
This is the same overcoming army God revealed to Ezekiel. This army will march straight ahead, and in its rank. When it marches, the earth will quake before them, and they will be totally directed by the voice of God. These will be part of God's judgment, and they will execute God's Word.
As we look further at the visions God showed Ezekiel, the first wheel upon the earth was Jesus. His overcoming army will have the same anointing Jesus had. In his letter to the Romans, Paul gave us insight to this overcoming army:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:29
God's overcoming army are those He predestined before the foundation of the earth. So we need to ask, "How is God preparing this army?" As stated before, the wheel in the midst of the wheel was and is Christ Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth, men could touch Him and handle Him, and yes even kill Him, but mankind could not touch the risen, glorified Christ. [see "Christ Jesus" by G. Kirkpatrick]
When Paul saw Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus, he fell prostrate to the earth. When Christ Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, the same thing happened. When He appeared in the upper Room as cloven tongues of fire, the one hundred and twenty stood in awe of Christ Jesus.
We know God's Word proclaims Jesus Christ as the Chief Corner Stone, but Christ Jesus is the Head Stone. Matthew recorded Jesus' Words:
"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 Christ is the Chief Corner Stone, and all who come to Him must be broken. This is called `repentance'. Christ Jesus is the Head Stone, and when He falls on us, He will grind us to powder (or flour). When grain is ground to flour, then no part of the grain is any longer recognized. It is the same with God's overcoming army. When the Head Stone falls upon this army, then no part of this army's former being can be recognized. This includes their personality, their way of life, or their self-being. These have one purpose and one objective, and that is to execute God's Word. [see "The Rock In The Wilderness" by G. Kirkpatrick]
God then takes His overcoming army who have been ground to powder, and makes them into one cake. This cake is the body of Christ. At the Last Supper, Jesus stated, "This is My body." Jesus' body is made up of those who have been ground to powder, and put in the oven, until all the dross and the chaff have burned out of their lives, and all that is left is one body.
Looking again at Romans 8:29, Paul's words reveal:
"From whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:29
God's overcoming army is to be conformed to the image of God's Son, Jesus Christ - - - and Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren.
As Jesus was the wheel upon the earth, so His overcoming army are His brothers. They are His brothers because they have the same Father, the Holy Spirit, and they have been conformed (or have the same image as Jesus with the same anointing). Then this overcoming army will do greater works than Jesus.
This is the promise Jesus made to His disciples. The man clothed in linen and those with the slaughter weapons in their hands are His disciples also:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father." John 14:12
These are the ministers of fire Paul revealed to the Hebrews:
"And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire." Hebrews 1:7
These ministers of fire have the coals of fire in their midst. These ministers will execute God's Word, and teach the people how to offer up the incense of praise to their God.
God is raising up this army in our day - - - an army that neither sword nor spear can harm - - - an overcoming army who are flames of fire:
The word angels is the Greek word AGGELOS and means "a messenger, an envoy of God, one who is sent." These angel envoys sent from God are flames of fire. These have the coals of fire in their midst. These ministers will execute God's Word, and teach the people how to offer up the incense of praise to all mankind.
Looking again to the vision God revealed to Ezekiel:
"And the cherubim lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above." Ezekiel 10:19
Every one of these Cherubim stood at the East Gate, and God's glory was above them. What a perfect picture of the body of Christ. They were at the East Gate looking for the Lords return, basking in His glory. This is a true picture of God's overcoming army. Ezekiel concludes his vision with these words:
"This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the Cherubim. Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings." Ezekiel 10:20-21
This second vision of the living creatures was the same as He saw by the River Chebar in chapter one. These are the same living creatures Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind." Revelation 4:6
These living creatures were full of eyes, just as God had shown Ezekiel.
"And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." Revelation 4:7
The word beast in this Scripture is the Greek word ZOON and means "living being, or living creature." These living creatures had the same four faces God had shown Ezekiel by the River Chebar.
"And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8
Jesus showed John these living creatures, just after He had shown him His overcoming army in the second and third chapters of Revelation. This overcoming army knows the benefit of the wheel within the wheel. They know, that to accomplish their purpose they will need perfect direction in their lives. These will need to have on the whole armor of God. Paul explained this armor in his letter to the Ephesians:
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God;
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" Ephesians 6:14-18
These who are armed with their Spiritual armor, and have God's direction and guidance in their lives are those God revealed unto John:
"These are they which were not defiled with women: for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Revelation 14:4-5
These followed the Lamb whithersoever He goeth, just as the living creatures in Ezekiel's vision. These were not defiled with women (the church system). These were redeemed from among men, and were God's firstfruit company. These had no guile (deceit) in their mouths, and they were found without fault before the throne of God.
Then we need to ask, "What is the purpose of God's overcoming army?" It is to make their Lord victorious in setting up His Kingdom. Jesus spoke of this time to the beloved John:
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
All the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord, and His overcoming army - - - and they will rule and reign with him for the one thousand year millennium. Praise the Lord!