After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared in His resurrected body to His disciples and other saints over a period of forty days (cf. Acts 1:3).
Acts 1:3:
3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
The Visitation of Jesus in a New Way and the Renewing of the Spirit
The Lord wants to meet us in a new way, which relates to an intensification of quality in the spiritual relationship. This is about the encounter with Christ, which brings us into a deeper revelatory knowledge as well as understanding in His Word.
Based on the Word of God, we are told about the following appearances of Christ in His resurrected body, where He met the following persons:
  1. Mary Magdalene (cf. Mark 16:9; John 20:11-17),
  2. the other women – Mary, mother of James, Salome, Joanne (cf. Matthew 28:8-10),
  3. Peter (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:5),
  4. the two Emmaus disciples (cf. Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32),
  5. the ten apostles in the house in Jerusalem without Thomas (cf. Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-24),
  6. the eleven apostles including Thomas (cf. John 20:26-29),
  7. the seven disciples at the Tiberian Sea, where Jesus performed a fishing miracle (cf. John 21:1-14),
  8. the five hundred men and the eleven disciples on the Mount of Galilee (cf. Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; 1 Corinthians 15:6),
  9. His half-brother James (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:7),
  10. His disciples in Jerusalem (cf. Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:3-8).
After these supernatural encounters Jesus Christ ascended to heaven before the eyes of His disciples on the Mount of Olives.
It is evident from these ten supernatural encounters that some individuals didn’t recognize Christ even though they accompanied Him for many years and had a personal relationship with Him. This calls us as God’s people to renew our minds and spirits in order to be able to recognize Jesus Christ in our time as He encounters and speaks to us now (cf. Ephesians 4:23-24).
Ephesians 4:23-24:
… 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Through the appearance of Christ in His resurrected body over the period of 40 days on earth, we can discern the following facets of His spiritual presence in His fulfilled triumph:
  1. Bridegroom (Mary saw Jesus as gardener, an expression of the lover from Song of Songs; cf. John 20:14-16 i.c.w. Song of Songs 4:12-16; Song of Songs 5:1; Song of Songs 6:2-3),
  2. Risen one (cf. Matthew 28:9-10),
  3. true Rabbi/teacher (cf. Luke 24:13-32),
  4. the crucified and resurrected One (cf. John 20:19-24),
  5. Giver of faith (cf. John 20:26-29),
  6. Heavenly Father as supernatural provider and as the One, who restores (cf. John 21:5.15-17),
  7. the powerful One and Commander in Chief (cf. Matthew 28:18-20),
  8. the fulfilled Word of God (cf. Luke 24:44-49).
In connection with the previously mentioned manifestations of Christ, the Holy Spirit placed His emphasis on the encounter with His disciples while they were together in a locked room due to fear. There, Jesus stepped right into their midst and revealed Himself to them as, among other things, the risen Lord and true Rabbi.
While they saw Him, they were troubled and afraid because they thought that He was a ghost. This shows that in that moment the disciples couldn’t clearly discern spiritually, because they thought that Jesus was a ghost (cf. Luke 24:36-38).
Luke 24:36-38:
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
38 He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
The Alignment of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Revelation with the Presence of God
Jesus invited His disciples to approach Him, to contemplate Him, and to touch His presence.
When they saw His wounds and were given the opportunity to touch His body, it is said that because of their joy they couldn’t believe it, so Jesus asked them for something to eat. As a result, they handed Him roasted fish and of a honeycomb (cf. Luke 24:39-43).
Luke 24:39-43:
39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish (note: and a honeycomb), 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
In order to enter into a higher realm of knowledge of the living Word of God, it is essential that we combine the quality of wisdom/knowledge (note: fish) and revelation (note: honey) that we currently have in the Word of God with His presence, in order to accordingly get the Word of God unlocked in a greater and new way through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 24:44-48).
Luke 24:44-48:
44 He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46 He told them, ‘This is what is written: the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
The Necessity of Sobriety in the Spirit
In all of this, it is important that we not give priority to the ‘ecstatic influence’ of our souls at the times of the LORD’s visitation, even if it feels positive, because it can stop us from properly recognizing Christ Jesus at such times.
This is evident from the joy in the disciples when they saw Jesus as described. It is said that their own ‘ecstasy/delight’ lead to the fact that they couldn’t believe it was Jesus and were amazed (cf. Luke 24:41a).
Luke 24:41a:
41a And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, …
The Word of God encourages us to be sober in spirit because within it the gift of discernment of spirits leads to the right result (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 i.c.w. 1 Peter 4:7).
1 Thessalonians 5:8:
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
1 Peter 4:7:
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
As humans, we tend to evaluate a moment of God’s visitation through our own emotions, resulting in an unhealthy drive of the moment, which can have devastating consequences.
This is illustrated to us, for example, by Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, who entered the presence of God and offered a strange fire to the LORD as an own drive to hasten the glory of God, which wasn’t in God’s will (cf. Leviticus 10:1-2).
Leviticus 10:1-2:
1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorised fire before the Lord, contrary to his command.
2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
When the presence of the LORD visits us, it is significant that we are not tempted by our own joy to become exuberant to increase the presence of God in a carnal way. It is not in God’s interest that we put His presence on a new chariot (note: misuse of God’s presence by putting the ministry, the gift ...etc. in the centre and thereby robbing God of His glory). Why not? The reason is only because God is a jealous God, and He doesn’t share His glory with anyone (cf. Isaiah 42:8 i.c.w. 2 Samuel 6:3.6-7).
Isaiah 42:8:
8 ‘I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. …’
2 Samuel 6:3.6-7:
3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart …
6 When they came to the threshing-floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.
7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Accordingly, it is crucial that we have all our conceptions and impulses strapped with the reins of sobriety of mind and self-control.
=> Furthermore, our joy about God’s visitation shouldn’t be uncontrolled or become unrestrained, because otherwise there is a danger that the work of the LORD, which is holy, will be humanized by our human adding and thus devalued.
This can lead that God isn’t represented properly in front of the people or the people of God. Our devotion to God should always be within the boundaries and expressions set by the LORD. <= (note: The text set in ‘=>’ is based on an insight from the book ‘Keys to the Torah’ by Ludwig Schneider, page 127-128; ISBN: 3-7751-3398-4)
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

As God’s people, we are in a new harvest phase (note: barley harvest, wheat begins to ripen), which relates to the meaning of the sheaf (note: Omer) of the first fruits. Each harvest phase is usually accompanied by a spiritual battle because the adversary wants to prevent growth within the Kingdom of God. Because of this, I would like to examine the spiritual battle in the time of Joshua when he fought with the people of Israel against the Amorites.
This was the battle in which the sun and moon stood still at the word of Joshua, helping them to triumph against the Amorites (cf. Joshua 10:12-13).
Joshua 10:12-13:
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.’
13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.
The Book of Jashar and the Harvest Phase
This battle is written in the book of ‘Jashar’, which means ‘straight, complete, sincere, righteous, honest’. The book just mentioned points us to a harvest phase, since the harvest is related to completeness and concludes the cycle of sowing and growing, as well as revealing the result of it.
The harvest of Joshua and the people of Israel was related to the victory over the Amorites, who are also called ‘those who dwell in the mountains’. This means for us in today’s time that this harvest is a harvest of influential personalities, because mountains or high places in the Word of God are connected with an influential position.
Therefore, it was not a coincidence that the sun (note: which is in a higher position than the moon in the sky) shone on ‘Gibeon’, which means ‘hilly, hill city’, and the moon shone on ‘the lowland of the deerfield’, which is the name of ‘Ajalon’.
We know that the sun is ordained by God to rule the day, and the moon to rule the night, and the stars together with them are signs in the heavens (cf. Genesis 1:14-19), and this reveals a speaking of God for us at this time can be inferred from the situation of the battle at the time of Joshua.
Genesis 1:14-19:
14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.
16 God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.
Sun, Moon and Stars and the Three Levels of Revelation
The cycle of the sun marks the time of the day, where the cycle of the moon marks the time of the month, and the yearly rotation of the constellations in the sky marks the seasons of the year as spring, summer, autumn and winter. This means that the position of the sun indicates the exact hour of the day and the cycle of the moon indicates the phase of the month.
If we apply this knowledge to the region of Gibeon and Ajalon, it shows that the sun with its higher position in contrast to the moon, shone on the higher place, Gibeon on the earth and the moon shone on the lower place, the valley Ajalon.
With this constellation of the sun and the moon, a total of three levels of revelation are revealed to us, with the third level containing the spiritual battle mentioned before:
  1. the level of the spirit (note: Gibeon) and the soul (note: valley of Ajalon),
  2. the level of the bridal structure (note: the love or covenant relationship with Jesus, our bridegroom) and the structure of the body of Christ on earth (note: governmental authority on earth),
  3. the spiritual battle of the body of Christ with the heart of the bride against the ‘Amorites’.
Before we can fight the spiritual war, based on the third level described, the requirement is that we walk as God’s people in the first and second levels. It is so important that our soul (note: will, emotions and mind) walks in harmony with our spirit and is submitted to it, so that we are able to show the will of the Heavenly Father, which the Holy Spirit reveals to our spirit, on earth through our deeds.
The valley of Ajalon carries the revelation about our personal position as sons of God as our spiritual authority in Christ, but also the position of the Ekklēsia – Church as united body of Christ on earth.
The Appointed Hour of God and the Time of Glory
The position of the sun and moon in Joshua 10:12-13 reveals to us that God has appointed a definite hour in His eternity, bringing forth the visitation of His glory in the earthly realm and encompassing a continual time of His special presence on earth, since the sun is associated with the day and the moon carries within it the alliance of days and weeks.
This is equivalent to the saying in 2 Peter 3:8, where it is said:
‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.’
The hour of glory is born out of our close love relationship in the Holy Spirit with Jesus Christ as our Bridegroom and God as our Heavenly Father, which results in every saint having a deep longing for more of God in his heart and a firm confidence of restoration (cf. Psalm 42:1-2 i.c.w. Isaiah 42:3).
Psalm 42:1-2:
1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Isaiah 42:3:
3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; …
The Valley of Ajalon – the Deerfield
The reason for the desire and the confidence for the restoration is hidden in the fact that the valley Ajalon relates to the deer.
The deer is associated with the soul’s desire for more of God, and the Hebrew word ‘desire’ is the word ‘ḥāmaḏ’ and means ‘to lust, to find pleasure, to be red by inflammation => (as the deer’s fur gleams reddish’).’ (note: The word explanation of the Hebrew word ‘desire – ḥāmaḏ’ is taken in part from the Elberfelder Study with word key number: 2592.)
When we move in this passionate love desire of the LORD, we as God’s people are able to victoriously fight like Joshua the spiritual warfare that is not against flesh and blood. This means that our prayers are fearless and powerful that cause influential figures (note : ‘Amorites’ => ‘those who dwell in the mountains’), who now still move in darkness, come into contact with the breath of God and help prepare the way for the glory of Jesus at this time, much like the straw that lay in the manger at the time of Jesus’ birth in order to receive Him.
The Third Level of Revelation and the Battle Against the Giants
The third level includes the fight that is prayerfully contested through love for the Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, so that the giants, like Goliath in David’s time, will fall.
This fight is directed against the ‘Nephilim’ (note: It is the Hebrew word for ‘giants, titans, heroes, magnates.’), as they are called in Genesis 6:4 i.c.w. Luke 17:26.
Genesis 6:4:
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterwards – when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Luke 17:26:
26 ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. …’
The so-called giants are not in the literal sense tall people or a brood due to the earthly intermingling of demons with humans, but they are an agenda of darkness that carries a united, loud voice (note: such as the public advancement of homosexuality into society, transhumanism, …) to destroy the righteousness, standard and purity of God on earth as well as to blaspheme the God of Israel and intimidate the saints.
Thus, the ‘giants’ can be considered as the implemented ‘plans/thoughts’ from the demonic world (note: fallen angels), to which the influential personalities as a symbol of the daughters of men (note: men and women => since the woman conceives the fruit and carries it until birth) have given themselves in order to establish them in the visible world. For this they take all medial aids to the hand, in order to exert ever more unjust influence on mankind.
When the word of God speaks of the ‘sons of God’ in this context, these are not of divine nature, but are under the rule of demons. This demonic influence causes these people to enjoy great prestige among other people and thus have greater influence over women, as well as companies to seduce or abuse them for the satisfaction of their lower instincts for their plans and purposes.
Because of this great demonic infiltration, children born of these marriages or contracts have ‘hero status’ (note: ‘famous men’). Since they are made of ‘flesh’, they too will die according to the curse, like all members of the human race. When God judges the world -and He will do so in His time- no giant, no deity, and no human being can oppose Him with any power. God sovereignly determines the days of each individual as they are ‘numbered’.
Furthermore, the Nephilim are the product of a demonic mindset such as transhumanism that is allowed onto the earth because of the wickedness of the earth’s inhabitants, so that the relevant people are given over to their shameful desires or are currently ruled by the so-called transhumanists (cf. Romans 1:18-32).
The Power of True Intercession
But thanks be to God, who makes it clear to us by means of the example of David, who fought against the giant Goliath, that through the power of true intercession, which is comparable to a sling, the agenda of darkness is brought down, and the harvest is gathered.
Intercession contributes to the shaking in heaven and on earth by the glory of God (cf. Haggai 2:6-9 i.c.w. 1 Samuel 17:49-51; Revelation 8:3-5).
Haggai 2:6-9:
6 ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord Almighty.
8 “The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” declares the Lord Almighty.
9 “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty.’
1 Samuel 17:49-51:
49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
Revelation 8:3-5:
3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.
4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Since the hurling of the prayers of the saints is performed by an angel, and angels are winds in the Word of God based on Psalm 104:4 i.c.w. Hebrews 1:7, this means that the LORD destroys the plans infiltrated by darkness by the power of His breath (cf. Isaiah 27:1 i.c.w. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8).
Isaiah 27:1:
1 In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword – his fierce, great and powerful sword – Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-8:
7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming.
The outcome is that unjust systems are dissolved and there is a supernatural division of the harvest by the guidance of the LORD. As a result, the Ekklēsia – Church receives great influence on earth for a certain period of time because Satan has to desist from it, similar to what happened to Jesus when he stayed in the desert for fasting (cf. Luke 4:13).
Luke 4:13:
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
The letting go of the enemy results in the Word of God spreading on earth in greater power (cf. Luke 4:14-15).
Luke 4:14-15:
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole
15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

According to John 3:16, the fundamental trait of God that the Father embodies through the Lamb of God is His love for us as human beings in order to give everyone the opportunity to be freed from the oppression and separation due to sin and to have eternal life (cf. John 1:29).
John 3:16:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 1:29:
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! …”
The Lamb of God encompasses the structure of God’s sonship, which is at the same time connected to God’s seat of government, because at Jesus’ baptism the Father’s voice was heard from heaven, thereby revealing eternal sonship before men (cf. John 1:33-34 i.c.w. Revelation 5:6).
John 1:33-34:
33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
Revelation 5:6:
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. …
The Lamb of God and the Temporal Time Frame
In the book of Revelation, the Lamb of God bears the temporary body of time that includes the life of Jesus Christ as the one who died, was crucified, and is resurrected.
At the time of Passover, the blood of the Lamb was smeared by the Israelites on the lintel of the door as well as on the two doorposts, and it was Jesus who spoke of Himself as being the door (cf. Exodus 12:5-7 i.c.w. John 10:9).
Exodus 12:5-7:
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
This reveals to us that only through the Lamb of God is access granted to the governmental realm of God, which is related to true dedication to God the Father and submission to His will. Only by acknowledging the Lamb of God, who is Jesus Christ as the one who died and rose again, are we authorized to sit at the right hand of God (cf. Colossians 3:1-4).
Colossians 3:1-4:
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The Seven Horns and Eyes of the Lamb of God
As a result, we move in the power of the seven horns and the seven eyes of the Lamb of God.
Using the Hebrew word שֶׂה – śäh’ for ‘lamb’, it is clear that the kingship of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in the form of the ‘breath/wind’ have their starting point in the sacrifice of Christ (cf. John 16:7). (The word explanation to the Hebrew term for ‘lamb’ is taken from the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number: 7782.)
John 16:7:
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Each individual characteristic of the Holy Spirit according to Isaiah 11:2, acting like a blazing ray of light (cf. Luke 11:34a), is assigned to a horn of the Lamb. Thus, the following arrangement can be revealing, which can only be active through the sacrificial death of Christ, which He suffered on the middle cross of Golgotha (cf. Revelation 5:6.12):
  1. The Spirit of the Lord => authority structure of power
  2. The Spirit of wisdom => authority structure of wealth
  3. The Spirit of understanding => authority structure of wisdom
  4. The Spirit of counsel => authority structure of strength
  5. The Spirit of might => authority structure of honor
  6. The Spirit of knowledge => authority structure of glory
  7. The Spirit of the fear of the LORD => authority structure of praise.
Isaiah 11:2:
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord – …
Luke 11:34a:
34a Your eye is the lamp of your body. …
Revelation 5:6.12:
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. …
12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
The Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God
It isn’t the lion structure of Christ that bears the seven horns, but His body as the Lamb. However, before the Lamb is revealed, the Lion from the tribe of Judah (means ‘praise, worship’) is revealed concealed by the auditory, which is connected to the root (Note: hidden realm) and Judah is the sound that praises God (cf. Revelation 5:5-6).
Revelation 5:5-6:
5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Accordingly, in the Lamb of God is revealed humility and its power in the form of obedience to the Father, since it was slain and is in possession of the seven horns as well as seven eyes.
Passover and the Blood of the Lamb
In Exodus 12:3-14 we read, “The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you when I strike the land of Egypt … This day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord. Throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.”
Passover is a biblical feast created by God to celebrate protection and deliverance through the blood of the Lamb. This festival was given to us to strengthen our faith and prepare us in order to enter into the fullness of God’s blessings (Note: grace).
The Passover was ordained by God for the Jewish people in the Tanakh (Note: Hebrew Bible) to teach them the importance of redemption through the blood. Furthermore, it was observed by Christians in the New Testament to internalize and remember God’s redemptive work. The period of Passover is also included in the slain Lamb of God standing before the throne of God.
Passover is thus as much a New Testament festival as it is a Tanakh festival. It runs through the entire New Testament. Jesus and the apostles also celebrated Passover. The original Last Supper of the Lord was a Passover meal. The apostles taught the Gentile churches to celebrate the Passover.
In First Corinthians, Paul wrote to a predominantly Gentile congregation and said, “For our Passover lamb, Christ, has also been slain. Therefore let us celebrate the feast.” (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
The Nature of the Lamb of God and the Cycle of Redemption
The nature of the Lamb, which represents, among other things, love, humility, purity, freedom and obedience to the will of God, is a call to us as the people of God in Christ Jesus to enter the new time phase of the redemption cycle in these qualities and to be ready to develop them further. It is a matter of identifying with Him in the Holy Spirit in Christ without compromise in order to merge (Note: become one) with His nature.
As Jesus teaches us as disciples that apart from Him we can do nothing and He exhorts us to abide in Him, at Passover we can enter into a new time cycle of redemption in Him, the Lamb of God, and be grounded in it to bear fruit anew in the form of works of faith and grace through redemption (cf. John 15:4 i.c.w. John 6:56).
John 15:4:
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
John 6:56:
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
Furthermore, it is a call to pass through Christ as the door to be nourished in the Spirit-Man through His sacrifice on the cross in the throne room presence of the Father, just as Jesus said (cf. John 10:9 i.c.w. Revelation 4:2-3).
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture (Note: greenish).
Revelation 4:2-3:
2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald (Note: greenish in its color) encircled the throne.
John the Baptist revealed Jesus to the people in the wilderness with the words, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Furthermore, Paul writes to the saints in Corinth that “Christ our Passover Lamb has been slain.” From this it is clear that the Passover is solely about Jesus.
Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of God!
His blood redeems us!
Through His blood, judgment was averted!
By His blood the power of the enemy is broken!
By His blood we are set free from bondage and oppression!
By His blood we are made free in order to enter into God’s promise!
(Note: This message contains content from the teaching “The Passover and its Meaning” by Dr. Robert Heidler, GZI)
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel & Tina Glimm