….There was radiance all around Him. Like the appearance of the bow which shines in the clouds on a day of rain, such was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. That was the appearance of the semblance of the Presence of the Lord. (Eze. 1:28)
Vision: A Colorful Invation
A discussion arose today that brought back to my remembrance a vision from many years ago in which I was shown our Lord Jesus Christ standing in what I strongly sensed was a doorway. He was dressed in a long bright white robe with long sleeves. His hands and arms were open wide from left to right. Behind Him were about a dozen flat horizontal bands. And each band was made of one solid bright color. The vision lingered a little and then disappeared.
Decrypting the Vision: Joseph – A Type & Shadow
At the time of the vision, I had very little knowledge of the Bible and the interpretation was not understood. What were those horizontal colorful bands? The meaning would only be ‘spiritually discerned’ years later in scriptures through Israel’s 11th Son, Joseph, who is a type and shadow of Jesus in so many ways…
Now Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age: and he had made him a robe ‘of many colors’ And when his brothers (11 brothers) – saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him so that they could not speak a friendly word to him. (Gene. 37:3-4)
Interestingly Strongs #6446 reveals the words of many colors as: ‘Flat (of the hand and of the foot)’. By implication of other verses, it further means: ‘A long sleeved tunic (a wide one of many breadths).’ Strongs #6447 continues: ‘The palm of the hand as being spread out.’ And then Strongs brings it home in #6461 and #6462 which means: ‘To disperse, dispersion.’ At this point, the vision in its entirety was understood.
A Global Gathering
The flat colorful bands represented Jesus’ Body which comprises the 12 sons and tribes of Israel which are also symbolic of the 12 colorful stones on the High Priest’s breastplate. They also represent the futuristic precious lively stones that will adorn the 12 foundations of the New Jerusalem. (1 Pet. 2:5, Rev. 21:14) As our High Heavenly Priest, the Lord is presently calling, shepherding and gathering unto Himself with two strong and outstretched Arms and Hands the lost from both sides of the earth: throughout the breadth of the globe. It includes not only those belonging to the dispersed tribes of Israel; it also includes the ‘grafted ones’ of the Gentile nations. “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (Jn. 10:16; 17:9-19 Cf. Rom. 11). Most importantly, it was further understood that it was the resurrected Lamb’s empowered and finished work: His once flattened, spread out and crucified Hands and Feet that will make this awesomely herculean colorful gathering and resurrection possible:
This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and *I will raise him up at the last day.* (Jn. 6:39-40)
In brief, the Vision symbolically depicted the semblance of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head standing over One unified Body. (Col. 1:18) It is a testimony meant for everyone so that we all can recognize our divine inheritance in GOD. But importantly, to also recognize that under the auspices of Christ’s New Covenant, faithful Believers can still joyfully live a purposeful, contented and blessed life despite what the world throws at them; despite Satan’s hatred for them! Clearly, the Lord is preparing and gathering those who are being raised up. They – some after great tribulation – will ultimately and metaphorically find their place as precious colorful stones in the heavenly temple where GOD and the Lamb are the Light. And when the new earth emerges, they will be placed in the lands of a new governing Body ‘authoritatively’ established by the Lord of Righteousness Himself. (Rev. 21:1-3) Now that is something to look forward to! Praise GOD and thank you Jesus.
I (Jesus) pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them….But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them (as was Joseph, as was Jesus) because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sake I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. (Jn. 17:9-19)
Strength And Authority: Foreshadows the Head of the Church
Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong. (Joseph would excel in power and strength) By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (**From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel**(1 Cor. 10:4) ). By the God of your father who will help you. And by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above. Blessings of the deep that lies beneath. Blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors. Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. *They shall be on the head of Joseph. And on the crown of the head* of him who was separate from his brothers. (Gen. 49:22-26)
Heavenly & Earthly Authority: More Than Just An Angel! (Mat. 28:18)
I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them. The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets. (Rev. 10:1-7)
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