DELUXE PAVILION - PART 6
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2023
According to the book of Hebrews, here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honour beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven (Hebrews 8:1 NIV). Archiereus, is title of a high priest from ancient Greece, and this Greek word for high priest, as NAS Exhaustive Concordance reveals, is in all likelihood borrowed from the vocabulary or word origin, archó and hiereus.
The title "Great high Priest" denotes that Jesus is a pre-eminent authority or Oracle in the office of Priesthood. This means that He was exalted to the greatest rank which puts Him in charge of everything as a Prophetic deity in the throne room seated at the right hand of the Father, and so, He is held in high repute by heavenly hosts. That's the reason Jesus gave his servant, John, an accurate prediction of what will happen in the future. And He made it known by sending His angel to John (see Revelation 1:1 NIV). And I'll touch on his throne room revelation later. More below!
Reference: PSALM 27:4-5 The Message (MSG) "I'm asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with Him in His house my whole life long. I'll contemplate His beauty; I'll study at His feet. That's the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic."
Now watch this: David said, "I'm asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with Him in His house my whole life long. I'll contemplate His beauty; I'll study at His feet." What is the Lord's beauty which David wanted to contemplate? And what did he want to study at His feet? It's simple! The Lord's beauty at the throne room was described by John, which I specifically pointed out in part 5. Just like David desired, let's contemplate the beauty of the Lord for a moment.
According to John's vision in Revelation 4:2-3 (The Voice): "Immediately I was caught up in the Spirit, and I saw a throne that stood in heaven and One seated on the throne. The One enthroned gleamed like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow encircled the throne with an emerald glow."
In other words, He had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, which are gem hues of amber and flame, with a rainbow that encircled the throne, displaying as a nimbus glow of emerald.
When David said he would contemplate His beauty, it means that His appearance of jasper and carnelian beautified Him gracefully which denotes His Kingly splendour. Have you ever thought of eternity by contemplating the beauty of your heavenly Father on the throne? For instance, a Jasper appearance is described as an opaque reddish-brown precious stone consisting of a variety of chalcedony, which shines crystal-clear, and serves as a gemstone of splendid wholeness with posh appearance.
Notice that John noted in his vision that a rainbow that encircled the throne sparkles as a nimbus glow of emerald. That's the "pavilion", a luminous cloud that surrounds God and His throne, denoting His covering. Just like David, once in a while, make time to contemplate your heavenly Father's beauty. Interestingly, David didn't stop at alacritous cogitation; He desired to study at His feet (full-time education). This also implies that you can study the wonderfully made designs, profound artistic productions and peculiar features of the throne room. It's not fully an esoteric mystical knowledge, because it's been revealed in several passages of the Bible, and they serve as authoritative secret perspicacity because God is sovereign. He is seated on the throne and possesses supreme or ultimate power.
So when you hear about the secret place of God's glorious presence, it's not like you're called to run inside a cave for protection. Spiritually, God doesn't keep us in a tent or a cave. His majesty or splendour is bigger than such dwellings. This means that when we were born again, we were born into a wealthy place, namely Christ. So as the new creation, in the spiritual realm, we are seated together with Christ at God's right hand, which is suggestive of my phraseology, deluxe pavilion. Stay tuned for part 7. Shalom!
. Scripture Reading - Psalm 45:6; Isaiah 66:1; Psalm 103:19; Hebrews 8:1; Revelation 4:1-6.
Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, blessed is the one you have chosen and brought near to dwell in the inner court of your presence. In your deluxe pavilion, I am filled with the goodness of lovingkindness; I'm loaded with benefits of the pleasures of your right hand, and I'm saturated with the holiness of your temple, in Jesus' Name, Amen!