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17 The chariots of Elohim are 20 000, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
...Now, reader, ascend with me into the Mount of the Elohim, and from the top of the rocks look into the open spaces of this elevated region of the peninsula; what seest thou outspread before thee? What but the goodly tents and tabernacles of the "Holy Nation," the "chosen generation," the "royal priesthood," the "purchased people," the "Israel of God" (1 Pet. ii. 9; Gal. vi. 16);
"as the valleys are they spread forth as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lignaloes which Yahweh hath planted, as cedar trees beside the waters ... whose King shall be higher than Agag (Gog), and his Kingdom shall be exalted''.
Behold them "abiding according to their tribes" -- those tribes apocalyptically "sealed in their foreheads with the seal of the Deity" (vii. 4-9). How beautiful are they in their encampment, who as the four living ones, lie foursquare, and as broad as their length, being 144 cubits, which is "the measure of a Man, that is, of the Angel" -- even of the RAINBOWED ANGEL (Apoc. xxi. 16,17); whose altitude is equal to his breadth; an altitude by which his relationship to "the light which no man can approach unto," is established and revealed.
But, why do they lie there in their encampment? What is their angelism? Why are they thus marshalled,
"looking forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?"
Why have they been hastily transported hither in clouds? Why are they here in convention with the Yahweh in the aerial? Are they to remain here permanently encamped in the elevated region of the peninsula?
No, the wilderness of Sinai is only the place of gathering where the saints are organized, and developed into this mighty angel. They are the SWIFT CLOUD upon which the Spirit rides. In their camp, they are but waiting for "judgment to be given to them," that they may go forth and "take possession of the kingdom under the whole heaven." "He stood and measured the earth." The wings of their flight upon the prey are not yet expanded. Though they had been gathered by the angels of his power into the presence of Israel's King, preparation for action upon the outer world was not complete.
Israel after the flesh has to be "made willing" to move in obedience to the commands of Jesus, as the Leader and Commander of the people" (Psa. cx. 3; Isa. lv. 4). This may be also the mission of the angels. But this work of the Spirit, however, executed by the angels or by the saints, it would seem to be a necessary preliminary to a general movement for their deliverance. This is after the order of the type.
The Spirit's Messenger in the bush sent Moses and Aaron to the elders of Israel to make the people willing to remove from Egypt under their leadership, before any communication was opened with the court of Pharaoh, or any judgment had been inflicted upon their enemies and oppressors.
18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men [the Man - Eureka]; yea, for the rebellious also, that Yahweh Elohim might dwell among them.
A PERFECT MAN
...the "we all" who had "come to A PERFECT MAN'...
This was that one styled by the Spirit in David, in Psal. lxviii. 18, adam, "the man," for whom the Lord Jesus received official gifts when he ascended to the right hand of power -- "thou receivest gifts ha'adam for the Man," or for the Adam.
Paul styles Jesus, "made Lord and Christ," "the last Adam;" and says, that as the saints have born the image of the first Adam, so also shall they bear the image of the last (1 Cor. xv. 45-49). They shall be in nature like what he is now.
But, in a moral sense they are required to be now like to what he was while on earth
"learning obedience by the things which he suffered."
This tuition developed the moral image of Deity, as the creative energy of the Spirit did the material image after his resurrection.
It is divinely predestined, therefore, (and the predestination is a necessity that cannot be dispensed with) that all who shall inherit salvation in the kingdom of the Deity shall be
"conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the Firstborn (or Chief) among many brethren."
Paul says to the Colossians, "ye have put off the Old Man," or moral image of the First Adam, "with his deeds; and have put on the New Man," or last Adam, "who is renewed by knowledge after the image of him that created him" (iii. 9,10). This they had done. They were in the last Adam, and conformed to his moral image, in hope of being conformed to his material image at the coming of their Chief.
Eureka 6.2. Preliminary Remarks
23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
The original Jezebel essayed the utter abolition of Yahweh's worship in Israel; and substituted the adoration of other deities, with the lascivious abominations which had formerly brought extermination upon the Canaanites.
Her fate also made her a fit emblem of the apocalyptic Jezebel, whose children will be eaten by dogs in the day of Jezreel.
The false teachers and seducers of the first three centuries, although they did not avow it as their purpose, effected completely what Jezebel aimed to accomplish in Israel. They utterly abolished "the doctrine of Christ" by their traditions; and if it had not been for "a little strength" found among a very small remnant that kept the Spirit's word, and had not denied His name, "the Israel of the Deity" would have been entirely transformed into "the Synagogue of Satan."